Jul
29
2015

5 Sydney museums you must see

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Museums are places where curious minds can explore and learn about history. Sydney has so many wonderful museums with interactive and interesting displays. Here are five of the best museums that you must see in Sydney. Australian Museum The Australian Museum (pictured) was established in 1827, which makes it Australia’s first museum. Its fantastic displays feature extensive collections of natural science and cultural artefacts. Take a closer look at Australia’s unique animals or hear in-depth stories about the plight of Indigenous Australians. You can also delve deep into history of the dinosaurs to explore how they lived and died. Sydney Jewish Museum The permanent exhibitions at the Sydney Jewish Museum include Jewish culture and Jewish involvement in the Australian military. Visitors have the opportunity to examine original documents and newspapers, life-size sculptures and interact with multimedia displays. One of the temporary exhibitions on display is Signs of Life – Letters of the Holocaust. It showcases about 1000 Nazi and postwar era letters…

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Jul
28
2015

5 great hotels in Brisbane for business travellers

By Brisbane / Queensland /

Brisbane is the capital of Australia’s ‘Sunshine State’, which also means there’s a constant stream of business travellers. Among several great hotels here are five to ponder. NEXT Hotel Brisbane This hotel (pictured) offers city views, free WiFi and is located just opposite Queen Street Mall. Add a restaurant, fitness centre and a rooftop swimming pool with a poolside bar, and what other extras could you possibly ask for? NEXT Hotel Brisbane is about a 15-minute drive from the airport. There’s a 24-hour check in for your convenience and there’s also a ‘Transit Zone’, which has sleeping areas for a power nap, along with showers and free toiletries. Stamford Plaza Stamford Plaza’s guest rooms are traditionally furnished with spacious sitting areas but the cherry on top after a long day at the office are the  gorgeous views of the Brisbane River from Stamford. There’s a hot tub and a poolside terrace for you to relax and unwind. Stamford Plaza is situated in the heart…

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Jul
24
2015
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Five things to do in Alice Springs and surrounds

By Australia / Northern Territory /

Uluru (Ayers Rock) South west of Alice Springs, near the border with South Australia, lies one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, Uluru. This magnificent rock formation is 348 metres high and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Anybody can complete the 10km walk around the base of Uluru. It allows you to explore indigenous rock paintings, learn about indigenous culture and see native flora and fauna. Quad Bike Tour The Northern Territory’s oldest working cattle station, Undoolya Station, has been operating since the 1800s. It’s only 17km east of Alice Springs and here you can opt for an adventurous quad bike tour of the station. A guide will take you alongside mountain ranges, over bush tracks and riverbeds. It’s also a fun and exciting way to spot wildlife, such as kangaroos. No license is required and all bikes are automatic. Alice Springs Reptile Centre The Alice Springs Reptile Centre showcases more than 100 reptiles and nearly 40 different…

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Jul
21
2015

5 great restaurants to kill for in Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

Luckily for Melbournians, there are so many amazing restaurants to kill for – and they’re spread throughout the city. You’ll find dishes from every culture, including Chinese, Vietnamese, Italian and Greek. Here are five of the best restaurants. The Press Club Owner and Masterchef star George Calombaris loves to make others happy through the love and emotion of hospitality – so much that this is even stated in his menu. He draws on his Greek heritage to bring you Greece’s exquisite flavours and aromas. Delicious sweets and flavours such as Psari with plum and yoghurt are always popular with diners. The Press Club offers between four and six course meals. Rice Paper Scissors Rice Paper Scissors is modelled on South East Asia’s hawker dining bars, with the focus of its offering being a shared-eating concept. Fresh and organic ingredients are plentiful, and the homemade sauces, pates and relishes are a must-try. Rice Paper Scissors is open every day from noon until 3pm,…

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Jul
17
2015

Tasmania wilderness – 5 great natural attractions

By Tasmania /

Almost half of Tasmania is covered by national parks and reserves – 20 per cent of which is World Heritage-listed. Here are five fantastic natural attractions set in the great Tasmanian wilderness. Bay of Fires (pictured) The Bay of Fires is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Tasmania. Located on the state’s north east coast, this coastal paradise stretches 50 km from Eddystone Point to Binalong Bay. Walk along the white, sandy beach or go fishing in the clear waters. Either way, it’s the perfect way to relax and enjoy the spectacular surrounding views. Cradle Mountain The still water of Dove Lake mirrors Cradle Mountain’s jagged peaks. Walkers come from all over the world to witness this gorgeous scenery in the World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park in the state’s north west. Here, you’ll come across unique vegetation in nearby forest and waterfalls. Liffey Falls Liffey Falls is located in the Midlands region of Tasmania. Many…

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Jul
15
2015

5 amazing things to do within two hours of Perth

By Australia / Perth / Western Australia /

Perth is one of Australia’s most laid-back capital cities, but best of all a charming countryside escape is just a short drive away. Here are five amazing things to do within two hours of Perth. Rottnest Island This beautiful island is located just 19km off the coast of Perth. There’s stunning scenery, an array of marine life and pristine, sandy beaches. It’s perfect for a day trip from Perth, with several activities. Favourites include snorkeling or swimming at one of the island’s 80 beaches or bays. At Little Salmon Bay and Parker Point, you’ll discover more than 135 species of colourful, tropical fish and 20 species of coral. Just beyond the coral are a dozen shipwrecks waiting to be explored. Swan Valley Swan Valley, situated only 25 minutes from Perth’s CBD, is Western Australia’s oldest wine growing region. It’s ideal for wine and food enthusiasts. In this scenic part of the state, you’ll come across world-class wineries, cafes, restaurants, breweries and distilleries.  You can…

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Jun
30
2015
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8 great Aussie movie locations for road trippers

By Australia /

There’s nothing quite like exploring behind the scenes of a movie location, where iconic moments in film history took place. Luckily for Australians, many of these locations are just a short drive away, in surprising places you wouldn’t have expected. Here are eight great movie locations in Australia you should visit. Australia (2008) Baz Luhrmann’s romantic adventure film ‘Australia’, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, showcases some of the country’s most spectacular scenery. While scenes were filmed across four different states or territories, the views of the gorgeous, sweeping plains with the rocky backdrop are in the East Kimberley. Explore the views from the Home Valley Station, close to the gorgeous Pentecost River and in front of the Cockburn Range. Great Gatsby (2013) Another Baz Luhrmann great. Leonardo di Caprio’s lavish lifestyle in this timeless classic amazes viewers. One spectacular element is his luxurious mansion. In real life, this magnificent building is the International College of Management, located in Manly, Sydney. The Matrix (1999) The city of…

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Jun
19
2015

Winter wonders: 5 cosy Aussie B&Bs that must be experienced

By Australia /

One of the most enjoyable winter experiences is a stay in a cosy B&B in the countryside. Here are five of Australia’s best B&Bs that you must visit. Lakeside B&B, New South Wales (pictured) Nothing says ‘relaxing getaway’ quite like this cosy B&B located on the edge of a stunning lake in the Blue Mountains. This Wentworth Falls property is ideally located for a romantic hideaway, surrounded by lush bushland and tranquil water views. This bed and breakfast is also a bird watchers’ paradise. There are many walking trails nearby, and the Three Sisters lookout is only a short drive away. Seas the Day, Victoria This gorgeous bed and breakfast is one of the closest to Phillip Island’s world-famous fairy penguins. This romantic, boutique guesthouse is also located along one of the island’s most stunning stretches of coastal scenery. At certain times of the year, guests can spot whales and other native wildlife in the distance. A stay at Seas the…

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Jun
15
2015

Fly to Adelaide and drive to five great regions in South Australia  

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

Adelaide is home to so many great areas that offer a range of activities. Next time you fly to Adelaide, make sure you hire a car and drive to these amazing regions. Adelaide Hills, 25 km east of Adelaide The Adelaide Hills i only a short drive from the capital city. Here, you can explore German heritage at Hahndorf, or go strawberry picking at Beerenberg Farm. Head to the Mount Lofty summit to admire sunset views of Adelaide. Don’t be afraid to get in your car and get lost in the Adelaide Hills – you’ll be amazed at the gems you’ll discover off quiet roads. Drive along Onkaparinga Valley Rd for green scenery and historic towns. There’s also Melba’s chocolate factory waiting for you! Clare Valley, 100 km north of Adelaide The Clare Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions. It’s the home of several great wineries, such as Sevenhill and Skillogalee, and the wonderful food being dished up at these wineries are equally superb. If you’re after…

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Jun
10
2015

Five unmissable museums in Sydney

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Step back in time at one of Sydney’s museums, which allow you to explore Australia’s fascinating history. Here are five unmissable museums in Sydney. Macleay Museum This natural history museum, located on the University of Sydney’s main campus, holds the oldest natural history collection in Australia. Alexander Macleay and his family acquired most of the items on display in the museum. Here, you’ll find collections of Aboriginal, Torres Strait and Pacific Islanders’ cultural artefacts. There are also collections of insects, scientific instruments and historic photographs. Australian Museum The Australian Museum was Australia’s first museum, which was established in 1827. It exhibits extensive collections of natural science and cultural artefacts. Take a closer look at Australia’s unique animals or explore stories of Australia’s Indigenous people. You can also delve deep into history, exploring how dinosaurs lived and died. Museum of Sydney This modern museum lets visitors explore Sydney’s places, people and culture. It was built on the ruins of first Government house for the…

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May
31
2015
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Escape to the best wineries in South Australia’s Clare Valley

By Australia / South Australia /

The Clare Valley has some of South Australia’s most beautiful scenery. It’s also one of Australia’s oldest wine regions. Make the most of your time in the Clare Valley by tasting the region’s delicious produce and drinking the unique and exquisite wines that are born here.  Annie’s Lane In the south of the Clare Valley is the heritage listed Quelltaler Estate, which dates back to 1865. It’s the home of Annie’s Lane, where traditional winemaking techniques come together to create fine, flavoursome wines. There’s a versatile choice of fresh white wines and fruity reds. There are on-site picnic grounds where you can enjoy the range. Be sure to indulge in the iconic Copper Trail Shiraz. Skillogalee This boutique family-owned and operated winery offers hand-crafted, world-class wines. It was established in 1970 and soon after, the winery’s dry Riesling was taking out key awards at state and national wine shows. Skillogalee has since grown to become one of the Clare Valley’s…

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May
28
2015

5 top Aussie lookouts for road trippers in New South Wales

By Australia / New South Wales /

Heading off on a road trip? Here are five top lookouts in New South Wales. Mark these lookouts on your itinerary – the views are so picturesque that you won’t want to miss them. Bald Hill Lookout, Grand Pacific Drive Spectacular scenery of rainforests, beaches and coastal towns makes the Grand Pacific Drive one of Australia’s most magnificent routes. The 140m drive takes you to Bald Hill in Illawarra, which is one of the route’s most popular lookout points. It treats you to the famous Seacliff Bridge and the surrounding beaches. Scammells Lookout, Kosciuszko Alpine Way A wonderful stopping point off the Kosciusko Alpine Way. The drive takes you from Canberra and through the Snowy Mountains to the Victorian border. Scammells Lookout, 1000m above sea level, is a highlight. You’re treated to stunning views of Western Falls Wilderness and Main Range. Any time of year is good for stopping, and in winter, the summits are snow-capped. Echo Point, Blue Mountains…

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