Apr
30
2015

Difference between Car Sharing and renting a car

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What is Car Sharing? Car Sharing only started to become popular in recent years in the United States and Europe. Now, it’s growing in Australia. It’s a similar concept to renting a car, but there are differences. Car Sharing can occur through casual sharing via a website, but there are also professional Car Sharing companies, which organise everything for you. How does Car Sharing work? Car Sharing is charged by the hour, including insurance and fuel. Free mileage is capped, with per kilometre charges for extra travel. Share cars are also distributed around cities, close to where people live and work, which isn’t always the case with rental cars. Instead of filling out lengthy paperwork before each trip, Car Sharing just requires customers to register. This is usually done through an online registration form. You’ll also have to present your details such as your drivers’ license and credit card. Some organisations are free while others may charge a joining fee….

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Apr
29
2015

Swimming with whales sharks and dolphins in Western Australia

By Australia / Perth / Western Australia /

Western Australia is an Aussie holiday destination with thousands of great outdoor activities to explore, including two fantastic ocean adventures. Swimming with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef Where: Off the coast of Exmouth, roughly 1200km north of Perth, WA Ningaloo Reef is home to an abundance of fascinating sea life and colourful coral, with plenty of snorkel and dive tours to choose from. Between April and July thousands of whale sharks descend upon these tropical waters, enabling visitors to come face to face with these fascinating creatures. They are the world’s largest living fish with mouths are up to one metres wide and lined with up to 350 rows of teeth but don’t let that scare you – these gentle ocean giants feed mainly on plankton, not snorkelers. Ningaloo Reef is one of the few unique spots in the world where large numbers of whale sharks regular appear. It’s also the only place in Australia where it’s possible to swim…

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Apr
27
2015

Four great experiences in Australia for road-trippers

By Australia / Melbourne / Port Douglas / Queensland / Victoria /

Learn to water ski with a world champ Where: Echuca Moama, 215km north of Melbourne IF anyone tells you Brett Sands can walk on water, you had better believe it. This triple world champion and two-time world record holder, who has lived on the mighty Murray most of his life, first put on water skiis when he was just three years old so you’ll be learning from the best. Brett Sands Watersports in Echuca-Moama offers lessons in waterskiing, wakeboarding, barefooting and kneeboarding. Take part in anything from hourly lessons to multiple day packages on the calm waters of the Murray. Family beginner packages offered. Having spent thousands of hours on the water and instructed and coached throughout the world you are in for a lot of FUN and stories about celebrities. The school, located on 26 acres of beautiful, waterfront property, has had clients returning time and time again since opening in 1986. Whether you’ve never hit the water before…

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Apr
23
2015
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Three ways to enjoy adventure travel in Australia

By Australia / Gold Coast / Melbourne / New South Wales / Queensland / Sydney / Victoria /

Skydive in the best ‘drop zones’ Where: Toogoolawah, 120km north west of Brisbane THE blue skies in Toogoolawah aren’t just “famous for fun”, but are also skydiving central. People travel to this small town from all corners of the globe to take a leap of faith up to 14,000 feet in the air. There are about 5000 people taking their first tandem jump with Ramblers (pictured, courtesy of www.ramblers.com.au) each year. “People have been known to come for a day and stay for months, or years … some have never left since 15 years ago,” sky dive instructor Susie McEvoy says. The company offers adrenalin-pumping jumps for everyone from beginners to those more experienced. Night jumps are also held staged every month around the full moon, treating thrill-seekers to spectacular views of the city lights spanning Toowoomba, the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.  Susie says the most unique experience is the Skydive Safari 4 Jump Day Trip around southeast Queensland. “People…

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Apr
17
2015

5 dreamy Australian accommodation choices for winter

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As the colder weather sets in, who wouldn’t be looking for some dreamy accommodation choices to escape to? After browsing through Beautiful Accommodation, we’ve found 5 winter hideaways perfect for a weekend away. The Buckland – Luxury Retreat, VIC (pictured) Tucked away in the beautiful Buckland Valley, The Buckland Luxury Retreat offers romantic 180 degree High Country views, including views across the majestic Mt Buffalo. Only 15 minutes from Bright, this area transforms into a colourful visual of red and orange at the beginning of autumn, and in winter it turns into a bright green, tranquil heaven. Hillside Bed and Breakfast, TAS Set on the banks of the Huon River in southern Tasmania, Hillside B&B offers stunning views of the Sleeping Beauty Ranges and the surrounding apple orchards and gardens. The cosy River Room, which faces downstream towards the Hartz Mountains, is perfect for couples looking for an elegant, light-filled space during winter. Boonooloo Beach House, QLD This modern beach…

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Apr
14
2015
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5 great things to do while driving around Canberra

By Australia / Australian Capital Territory / Canberra / New South Wales /

People sometimes perceive Canberra as a city with little to do for those who aren’t interested in politics, but reputations can be deceiving. There are plenty of exciting things to do and see in and just outside of Canberra. Here are five recommendations from The Poacher’s Way… Robyn Rowe Chocolates In the small village of Murrumbateman, only half an hour from Canberra, is Robyn Rowe Chocolates. These award winning chocolates are loved for their smooth, creamy and glossy taste. Chocolates are made on site using traditional European methods. The Canberra region’s fresh produce influences the flavours used in the chocolates, including walnuts, honey and locally-grown Clonakilla muscat. Old St Lukes Studio This gallery is located in the historic village of Gundaroo, only a 25-minute drive from Canberra. The historic stone building was constructed in 1848 and it’s now the home for artists Ian Jones and Moraig McKenna to display their wood-fired ceramic masterpieces. The gallery’s nine-metre kiln fires up three times a year, followed by a garden…

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Apr
12
2015
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7 legendary farmers markets in Australia

By Australia / Hobart / Noosa / Tasmania / Western Australia /

Farmers markets showcase the best food of each region. By shopping at these markets you’re supporting Australian farmers, who are the lifeline of Australia’s food industry.  Here are 7 legendary farmers markets in Australia the world must know about. Golden Plains Farmers Market, VIC Golden Plains and its surrounds are famous for wine and fresh produce, and you can pick up your own at the Golden Plains Farmers Market. Held on the fist Saturday of the month between 9am and 1pm, Bannockburn’s Golden Plains Farmers’ Market offers wine, seasonal and organic produce and La Madre sourdough. Look for Ross Creek Garlic, and DIY growers will also be pleased with the selection of  potted herb and veggie selection. Noosa Farmers Market, QLD In this pretty coastal region, residents rise early to shop for their weekly fix of fresh, tropical fruit and vegetables. Even if juicy mangoes, creamy avocados and fresh coffee beans aren’t on your list, make sure you go out of your way to pick…

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Apr
10
2015

5 of the best Melbourne food tours

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

Melbourne is renowned for its trendy cafes, bars, pubs, restaurants and wineries. There are so many that you’ll never be able to see them all. Here are five of Melbourne’s best food tours to steer you on the right path. Progressive High Tea Stroll If you’re a sweet tooth then you’ll love exploring Melbourne’s best afternoon tea spots with a few anecdotes along the way. Dig into delicious chocolate, scones, macarons, and cup cakes, which will be joined with tea, juice and wine. The tour is perfect for a day out with the girls. Vietnamese Cooking Class Celebrate the flavours of Vietnam with a cookling class and food tour in Richmond. Chef Ha Nguyen takes you to Victoria Street’s best food outlets, where he’ll fill you in on where to buy the freshest produce, meat and seafood. Then he’ll show you how to cook classic Vietnamese dishes such as chicken in banana leaf or pineapple spring rolls . Melbourne Art and…

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Apr
08
2015

5 reasons you’ll love a holiday in Bunbury

By Australia / Western Australia /

Western Australia’s third largest city, Bunbury, has everything you’d ever want for your dream holiday destination. You’ll arrive for only a few days, but you’ll want to stay forever. Here are five reasons why you should move to Bunbury. The wildlife You’ll find some of Bunbury’s friendliest locals in the waters of Koombana Bay. The Dolphin Discovery Centre lets you stand knee-deep in shallow water as some of the bay’s 100 bottlenose dolphins come up to greet you. You can also sign up for a cruise or a guided swimming with wild dolphins experience. This experience is ranked number one on Tripadvisor’s list of things to do in Bunbury. Beautiful beaches Bunbury is surrounded by several gorgeous beaches for swimmers, surfers and children. Dalyellup Beach is known for its beautiful, clean water. Just south of this beach is what’s known at The Hutts, where the locals go diving for crayfish. Go snorkeling on a calm day at Hungry Hollow Beach…

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