Feb
16
2015

What women want in winter – 5 luxury retreats on Australia’s east coast

By New South Wales / Victoria /

You’re in need of a perfect winter getaway for R&R, and you can’t imagine a girls’ weekend away without the massages, spas and facial treatments. Pamper yourselves with one of these five luxury retreats on Australia’s east coast.  Buddha Gardens Day Spa, Byron Bay Spend a relaxing weekend away with this girls at the Buddha Gardens Day Spa in Byron Bay. Take a dip in the spa’s heated pplunge pool and sauna while surrounded by Balinese-inspired gardens. Offering hot rock massages, facial rituals and luxurious body wraps. Their signature massage is the Bamboo Massage which uses traditional eastern massage techniques using bamboo stalks. This 60-90 minute massage is said to refresh the spirit and renew vital energies. www.buddhagardensdayspa.com.au Cockatoo Hill Retreat, Queensland Set in the heart of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation, Cockatoo Hill Retreat is paradise. With four exclusive tree lodges and views of the surrounding rainforest and Coral Sea. Surrounded by…

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Feb
14
2015

Five Australian shopping experiences every woman must consider

By Australia / Brisbane / Sydney /

Every woman loves a bit of retail therapy and luckily, Australia has everything from designer labels and vintage fashion stores to unique shopping tours. Here are five Australian shopping experiences every woman must have. Go Get Around Tours, Melbourne Are you ready for a jam-packed day of some serious bargain hunting? Visit up to 15 factory warehouses of some of the most popular brands in Australia with Go Get Around Tours in Melbourne. The tour allows you to start at whichever warehouse you want and escort you around town. Ugg – Meet the Maker Factory Tour Tour the birthplace of the Ugg boot, one of Australia’s iconic fashion items. These comfy, warm and fuzzy boots are a part of almost every girl’s wardrobe. From the factory in Brunswick, watch workers craft freshly cut sheepskins into Ugg boots. You can even grab a pair while you’re there too. Strand Arcade, Sydney Built in the 1890s, the Sydney Strand Arcade is one of Sydney’s most…

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Feb
13
2015

Six great reasons to visit Perth

By Australia / Perth / Western Australia /

PERTH is said to be the world’s most isolated capital city, closer to Singapore than it is to Australia’s capital, Canberra. One thing is certain – despite its distance, every Australian and visitor to our country should spend at least some time in this glorious city. Here are six great reasons to head west: 1. It’s the sunshine capital Ever booked a beach holiday but it turned into a holiday on the couch because there was hardly sun? Weather is unpredictable but Perth has more sunshine than any other Australian capital city, so you could visit Perth at almost any time of the year and you’re likely to enjoy plenty of outdoor activities. Perth enjoys 3000 hours of sunshine a year (8.8 hours each day on average) and summer sees temperatures remain around 30 degrees celsius. 2. Beautiful beaches Facing the Indian Ocean, Perth is within close proximity to several gorgeous beaches. The crystal clear waters at Cottesloe Beach, about 15 minutes…

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Feb
08
2015

Seven great reasons to visit Newcastle, Australia

By Australia / New South Wales /

There are so many reasons why you should visit Newcastle. Surrounded by beautiful beaches, full of historic landmarks and with endless exciting activities, there’s something for everyone no matter what’s your style. Here are seven reasons why this vibrant regional city should be next on your holiday bucket list: The beaches Newcastle is famous for its wicked surf spots and beautiful sandy beaches. Bar Beach is perfect for families, with a patrolled swimming area and a sheltered rock pool for kids. Nobby’s Beach is another popular swimming spot for families. Surfers everywhere know of the iconic Merewether Beach where you’ll find local surfers at any time of day. There’s also Newcastle Beach, which is recognised as one of the Australia’s best surf spots. Surfest The city famous for its surf beaches also hosts the largest surfing festival in the southern hemisphere, Surfest. Held every February, this exciting festival attracts the world’s best surfers. Locals and visitors crowd onto Merewether Beach to watch…

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Feb
04
2015

Five sports events in Australia for sports lovers

By Australia / Hobart / Sydney /

Australia truly is a sporting nation. Home to football fanatics, surf beaches, international tournaments and great races, there’s so much for sports lovers to experience in this great country. Here are five of Australia’s most exciting sporting events to mark in your diary. Surfest, Newcastle The world’s best surfers come to Newcastle every year for the largest surfing festival in the southern hemisphere, Surfest. Hundreds of surfers spend several days competing at the stunning Merewether Beach, which is recognised as an Australian National Surfing Reserve. The festival also includes the Burton Automotive Pro and the Burton Automotive Women’s Classic, along with eight supporting events. www.surfest.com Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Thousands of people line the shores of Sydney Harbour to witness the spectacular sight of hundreds of yachts taking off from Nielsen Park to begin the famous 1100km race. The race starts on Boxing Day, taking competitors down Australia’s magnificent south-east coast. The first yacht to cross the finish line in Hobart, Tasmania wins. It’s said to be the world’s…

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Jan
28
2015

6 romantic places in Victoria to steal a kiss

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner which means a world of lovers will be out in force looking to impress their loved ones. There are plenty of great romantic drives in the state of Victoria, and a romantic kiss at a beautiful location to set the perfect atmosphere is a special moment that never fades from your memory. So when it comes to finding the right location to spark some fireworks, here are six of the most romantic places in Victoria to kiss somebody.  Eureka Tower, Southbank The southern hemisphere’s highest viewing platform, the Eureka Skydeck, offers 360 degree views of Melbourne’s CBD, Port Phillip Bay and Docklands. Finish off your exciting experience standing on ‘The Edge’, which is a projecting glass cube hanging 300 metres above the ground, with a surprise kiss. If not a reassuring hug that everything’s going to be ok! The Yarra Valley The stunning Yarra Valley provides some of the most romantic sights on the planet,…

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Jan
27
2015

Toll charges in Melbourne and hiring a car

By Australia / Melbourne /

Are you visiting Melbourne and are you planning on driving around the city? Melbourne has some toll roads and you may not have even thought of how to go about paying toll charges while driving around the big city. Many rental vehicle companies are fitted with an electronic tag which automatically pays for the tolls. This means you won’t have to arrange a pass before renting your vehicle. However, each rental vehicle company’s charges for using toll roads may vary, so it’s important you check these details with your hire car company before driving away. However, if your hire car company hasn’t organised toll payments for your hire vehicle, you must ensure you pay the toll charge within a certain time frame when using Melbourne’s toll roads. Otherwise you face fines from the toll road company, while your rental car company may also charge extra administration fees when you miss payments. Here’s a quick guide on paying to use Melbourne’s toll roads when…

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Jan
19
2015

Eight amazing wilderness camping spots in Victoria

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Victoria /

Victoria is home to some of the best camping areas in Australia. From the dramatic cliffs along the scenic Great Ocean Road to the impressive mountains in the northeast, we’ve identified eight of Victoria’s best wilderness camping spots. The Grampians Admire stunning forest landscapes, adventure out on day hikes and swim in cascading waterfalls. There are several camping spots in a peaceful forest setting beside a tranquil river throughout the Grampians National Park, including the Jimmy Creek Campground, Strachans Campground and Borough Huts Campground, to name a few. The Great Ocean Road The Great Ocean Road is one of Victoria’s most pristine stretches of coastline, with opportunities to surf, hike, visit historical attractions. One of our favourite places to stay around the area is Cumberland River Reserve – an unspoiled, grassed camping area. Located next to a gentle river flowing out to sea and surrounded by cliffs, it’s nothing short of magical. Croajingolong National Park You’ll encounter white sandy beaches and lush rainforest throughout Croajingolong National Park in Victoria’s far-east. Go hiking,…

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Jan
16
2015

Top 10 Australian mountains to climb

By Australia /

Australia has several panoramic, famous mountains worth conquering. The thrill, the beautiful scenery and the physical challenge make them stand out above the rest. 1. Mt Kosciuszko, NSW Height: 2,228 m The easiest way to reach Australia’s highest peak is to take the chairlift from Thredbo before beginning a relatively easy 6 km walk. There’s also the Main Range Circuit, a full day walk to the summit which crosses the famous Snowy River and has wonderful views of the Blue and Albina Lakes along the way.  2. Cradle Mountain, TAS (pictured) Height: 1,545 m The jagged contours of Cradle Mountain are tucked away amid ancient rainforest and glacial lakes. The Cradle Mountain Summit Bush Walk (five and a half hours return) takes you past Dove Lake and Marions Lookout. There are several tracks to choose from on your return. 3. Mt Ngungun, QLD Height: 253 m Mt Ngungun’s summit walk begins in open forest and offers panoramic views of the Sunshine Coast hinterland and the dramatic volcanic peaks…

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Jan
13
2015
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The best free campsites in Australia

By Australia /

Travelling around Australia doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, finding excellent free campsites is easier than you may think!  When looking into your next holiday around Australia, look into visiting one of these free camping grounds: Blue Pool, VIC Camp next to a deep, beautiful gorge in Gippsland’s Briagolong State Forest, about a 2.5 hour drive from Melbourne. The Blue Pool camping area is an ideal summer destination where you can take a refreshing dip in the stunning, natural Blue Pool, picnic on its banks or adventure through the surrounding wilderness walks in the Briagolong State Forest. Dogs are allowed at this small campsite and toilets are nearby. Bretti Nature Reserve, NSW This lovely, picturesque camping and picnic area, situated about 30km north of Gloucester, is a wonderful family and pet-friendly camping spot. Feel in sync with nature, surrounded by large open spaces, birdlife and a flowing river which is perfect for swimming. Facilities are basic, with no showers, taps or toilets but you can boil water from the river…

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Jan
05
2015

Top snorkeling spots in Australia

By Australia / Brisbane / Cairns / New South Wales / Perth / Port Douglas / Queensland / Sydney / Western Australia /

AUSTRALIA  has some of the best snorkeling spots in the world. If you’re heading to the Australian coast this summer, consider discovering the beauty of the underwater world with snorkeling. Join a guided tour or grab your snorkeling gear and swim through some of the most spectacular marine areas – anybody can do it. Here are some of Australia’s best places to snorkel. Ningaloo Reef, WA Check out the whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and humpback whale at certain times of the year around this incredible section of the world. Some of Ningaloo’s hotspots are: The Oyster Stacks. Five isolated islets which protrude from the reef and are covered with oysters. It’s also home to a variety of colourful fish. Best accessed during high or incoming tide. Turquoise Bay. Absolutely stunning and is widely considered by many to be one of the area’s best snorkeling spots. Beginners who don’t want to deal with currents can simply step off the beautiful sandy…

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Dec
31
2014

Keep the faith with the Twelve Apostles in Victoria

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Victoria /

A stunning landscape, a fascinating history and one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations. The Twelve Apostles is the number one must-see attraction for every person who travels along the Great Ocean Road. The Twelve Apostles have survived for longer than the number of years that people have inhabited Australia. They were created by constant erosion of the mainland’s limestone cliffs by the Southern Ocean up to 20 million years ago. Eight of these Apostles still remain, with the limestone columns rising up to 45 metres from the sea. Yet sadly, the erosion from wind and waves which helped form these magnificent structures all that time ago will also eventually destroy them, with the base of the cliffs being eroded at a rate of roughly 2cm each year. It’s possible that further erosion of the mainland will cause new structures to naturally form in their place but it’s still worth witnessing the spectacular sight of the Twelve Apostles as they stand today. Gaze at these majestic…

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