Oct
30
2015

Six places to spend New Year’s Eve in Sydney and surrounds

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

New Year’s Eve is perhaps the most exciting time of the year in Sydney and surrounds. Whether you want to watch the spectacular fireworks at Sydney Harbour, or celebrate quietly on the beach, everyone has different ideas on how to best bring in the New Year. Here are six great places where you could spend this New Year’s Eve. O Bar and Dining At O Bar and Dining, you’ll be celebrating the end of the year while sitting 47 floors above everyone else. This restaurant treats diners to more than just good food and wine – its revolving design gives customers a 360 degree view of the city. Best of all, you get to enjoy the fireworks display from the sky! On a cruise A handful of companies allow you to admire Sydney’s famous fireworks from the water. Some offer a fancy five course dinner and drinks menu in a relaxing, intimate setting. Others cater for a wilder crowd, with a more…

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Oct
30
2015

Five jacaranda hot spots in NSW

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Late October and November is a time Sydney and NSW is a purple explosion of jacaranda season signalling one of the most beautiful times of the year in the state. Set against harbour backdrops in some of Sydney’s most picturesque suburbs and historic regional towns in NSW, it’s the perfect time to visit Sydney to take in the stunning sight of the jacarandas. Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said: “NSW has so many jacaranda trees in bloom, we even have an annual festival dedicated to them in the historic town of Grafton.  From harbourside enclaves to regional towns, spring is a wonderful time to visit with family and friends to enjoy NSW in bloom during jacaranda season.” Here are a few of NSW’s fantastic jacaranda spots: 1. North Shore: The North Shore suburbs of Lavender Bay, Greenwich, Waverton, Hunters Hill, Woolwich, Longueville and Wollstonecraft all display a beautiful selection of jacaranda trees during the season. Make a day of it…

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Sep
30
2015

Best campsites and hidden gems in NSW this spring and summer

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Destination NSW know better than anyone about the best camping spots for the warmer weather that comes with spring and summer. As the team says “It’s the ideal time of year to discover some of the NSW’s secret campsites and hidden gems.” According to Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase, “NSW is filled with hidden camping gems waiting to be discovered. NSW has amazing coastal and bush camping spots that continue to stay under the radar and would make an ideal weekend away this spring.” “These hidden camping gems are just that, secret spots that locals across NSW love due to their unique location and easy access to beautiful beaches, stunning national parks and pristine wilderness environments.” “Tourism managers across the state have shared their favourite secret camping spots with Destination NSW for this short-list, however this does not exhaust the multitude of amazing campsites just waiting to be discovered. I encourage everyone to get out and explore NSW’s hidden gems…

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Aug
30
2015
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Five great Australian sporting events you can’t miss

By Australia / Hobart / Melbourne / New South Wales / Sydney / Tasmania / Victoria /

It’s no secret we Australians are absolutely crazy about our sports and springtime is arguably the most action packed time of the sporting calendar. To get into the sporting spirit, here are five huge upcoming events that everyone can cheer about. 1. Australian Football League grand final, October 3 (Victoria) Now complete with a pre-final public holiday, the AFL Grand Final weekend will see fanatics swarm the city on Grand Final eve for the annual parade. Here, you can catch an up close view of players from the two competing clubs as they eye each other off before Victoria’s largest sporting event at the world-renowned Melbourne Cricket Ground. AFL is the unofficial religion of this southern state, so if you plan on visiting make sure you book accommodation early. On the big day, the whole of Melbourne buzzes with a festival-like atmosphere, suburban verandas proudly draped in team colours while out back the beer flows and sausages sizzle. If you’re…

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Aug
24
2015

NSW getaway ideas for families in the Spring holidays

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

THE Spring School Holidays are only weeks away, from September 19 to October 5, and NSW offers families plenty of exciting short breaks and fun-filled getaways. GETAWAY IDEA 1: Get Wet and Wild – Beat the summer crowds, don your swimmers to slip, slide and float your way down Wet’n’Wild Sydney’s waterslides. Make a real break of it, spend the night at Atura Blacktown and take the family along to the Skyline Drive In whilst in the area. Wet’n’Wild’s summer season kicks off in time for the Spring School Holidays, opening on September 19.  For more water based adventures, visit the nearby Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre where the water is a lovely 26 degrees all year round. Little kids will love the Splasher’s Playground. Kids in the Park , also at Sydney Olympic Park, offers the largest range of School Holidays activities in NSW in one precinct. Kids can take part in creative workshops, sports clinic and adventure activities….

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Aug
20
2015

Five Australian resorts for a girls weekend away

By Adelaide / Australia / Brisbane / Melbourne / New South Wales / South Australia / Sydney / Victoria /

Looking for a girls’ weekend away? Here are five resorts, which are absolutely perfect for a some relaxing time with the ladies. Smiths Beach Resort, Margaret River, WA Experience the ultimate beachfront lifestyle at Smiths Beach Resort, which is nestled between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia. It’s heaven for beach lovers who are looking for a sunny weekend away with the girls. Spoil yourself with self-contained accommodation that boasts ocean views. In the resort you also have a cellar door, bar and restaurant at your disposal. Not to mention the many spa treatments available. The Mineral Spa, Daylesford, VIC This retreat is located in the heart of Victoria’s spa country. The Mineral Spa retreat offers you an indulgent spa experience, with its two warm mineral spa pools and a cool plunge pool that overlooks beautiful gardens. There are exclusive packages on offer when you have six or more friends. These include a choice of facial, massage, exfoliation, pedicure and manicure options –…

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Jul
31
2015
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Six Australian food festivals you simply cannot miss

By Australia / Brisbane / Melbourne / New South Wales / Perth / Queensland / Sydney / Victoria / Western Australia /

Food, fabulous food. Everyone loves it – that’s why we celebrate it with food festivals. As we gladly wave goodbye to winter and welcome springtime with open arms, both seasons offer the perfect opportunity to unwind and enjoy the incredible fresh produce and diversity in food that Australia is gifted with. Is there anything more indulgent than sitting by an open fire, sharing a charcuterie board or an aged bottle of deep, woody Shiraz? To celebrate the country’s love affair with all things delicious, here are six upcoming food and wine festivals from around Australia. Barossa Gourmet Weekend, SA, 14-16 August Shed the winter blues with a weekend getaway to the world renowned Barossa Valley in South Australia, just over an hour’s drive north from Adelaide Airport. The weekend showcases everything delicious that the picturesque wine-producing region is famous for, as visitors are treated to a packed program of winery tours, masterclasses and long lunches, all accompanied by live music…

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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
27
2015

Seven incredible spots to go surfing in Australia

By Australia / Brisbane / Great Ocean Road / Hobart / New South Wales / Perth / Queensland / Sydney / Tasmania / Victoria / Western Australia /

There’s not much that can come between Aussies and surfing. Even Pro surfer Mick Fanning’s dramatic brush with a Great White won’t put a stop to his love of combining the board with the breakwater. As a tribute, here are seven epic spots to catch a wave around Oz. 1. Sheringa, SA While only accessible by 4WD or foot, a short hike is well worth it to discover these hidden gems in South Australia. On the southern side of a rocky outcrop, the mellow point break at Sheringa Beach offers up a challenge. For those who like to live life on the edge, Sheringa Left to the north produces an unpredictable swell amongst a rocky, reefy, remote part of the Eyre Peninsula. Sharp rocks, dangerous rips, and even sharks make surfing at Sheringa something to write home about. 2. Ningaloo Coast, WA Ningaloo is famous for its incredible UNESCO World Heritage listed reef, home to more than 500 species of…

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Jun
23
2015

5 Great Ways To Discover Byron Bay in NSW

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

A beautiful beachside town famous with backpackers for its laid-back vibe and enviable year-round weather, Byron is also a crackerjack holiday spot for everyone from families to grey nomads and friends on the loose. At mainland Australia’s furthest point, visitors do more than admire the Cape Byron Lighthouse that sits atop the headland, dividing the uncrowded beaches stretching miles north and south of the township. No.1 Whale Watching The perfect place for whale watching, Byron Bay is arguably unmatched as the east coast’s premier spot to sight a pod of humpbacks. While you can join one of the intimate tours, the likelihood of catching a glimpse of them from the headland on their annual migration from May to November is high. There can’t be many better places to wait for the whales than in the breathtaking surrounds of the point. No.2 Byron Bay Brewery For those who love to finish of a long day’s exploration with a cold one, there…

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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
08
2015

5 great historic New South Wales pubs

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

New South Wales is home to so many pubs that you’ll probably never get the chance to visit them all. Add these five historic New South Wales pubs to your bucket list of great old pubs to visit for an awesome night out with your mates. The Lord Nelson, Sydney Established in 1841, The Lord Nelson is one of the country’s oldest brewery pubs. This is the place to go for decent ale. Choose from an incredible selection which is brewed on premises, including several 100 percent natural award winning Mainstay ales. The Newport Arms, Sydney The Newport Arms (established 1880) is one of Sydney’s iconic pubs, which consistently ranks among some of the best pubs in Australia. International visitors have this outdoor beer garden and its stunning ocean views at the top of their to-do list in Sydney. Jack Duggans Irish Pub, Bathurst The Irish know how to drink, and Jack Duggans Irish Pub’s numerous awards for excellence over…

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