Sep
05
2018

Countdown to Spring: 10 Places to Visit in Australia Now the Weather is Warming Up

By Australia / Esperance / Great Ocean Road / Perth / Queensland /

Excited for spring? You should be. Springtime brings warmer weather, which means it’s the perfect time to plan your next campervan adventure. But where should you go? Here are 10 places to visit in Australia now the weather is warming up.   1. Margaret River, Perth Famous for its many wineries and gorgeous coastlines, Margaret River is located just three hours south of Perth. It is an ideal spot to visit in spring, with many pristine beaches where you can soak up the sun. Take a drive around the region and visit quirky country towns such as Busselton, Dunsborough, and Augusta, and admire the beauty of the Boranup Forest along the way.     2. Uluru, Alice Springs Visit Australia’s spectacular sandstone formation, Uluru. Right in the heart of the Australian desert, Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is sacred to Indigenous Australians and is believed to be formed more than 550 million years ago. Stopping by in spring means the climate won’t be too cold or too hot in this…

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May
08
2018

The Chair’s Where? Fraser Range, Western Australia

By Australia / Perth / Western Australia /

Home on the range So you have decided you want something a bit different. You have decided you are happy for a “good drive” to get to somewhere different. You have hired a Perth campervan or you have booked accommodation and sorted a Perth car rental. You have checked the map, worked out fuel locations, worked out shopping opportunities and you have pegged some terrific sightseeing opportunities to keep you interested on the trip. Wow! I can only think of one place you’re talking about… Fraser Range Station and Caravan Park. Location and history For starters, the Fraser Range Caravan Park is set in the Great Western Woodlands of West Australia. This is the western end of the Nullabor, and constitutes the largest temperate woodland in the world. Many travellers, heading either east or west, pass by the gates of the Fraser Range station. Originally founded by John Forrest while doing an expedition from Perth to Adelaide in 1870, it…

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Apr
21
2018

The Chair’s Where? Merredin, Western Australia

By Perth / Western Australia /

So, you have arrived in Perth after a nice flight, you’ve gone to the Perth airport car rental kiosk to grab your vehicle of your choice and then you have been to the more well-known destinations like Mandurah, Bussellton, Jurien Bay and the like. You will have seen plenty of ocean, long sandy beaches and lots of coastal attractions but surely that’s not the end of your journeys? Surely it’s time to go a little inland and explore a true wheatbelt town? Yep. Time to broaden your travel horizons and head to the township of Merredin. Location The township of Merredin is a comfortable three-hour drive from Perth. The route is well signed on a major road with all necessary fuel, shopping and sightseeing available to break up the drive. Merredin is part of the wheat belt and as such is a town steeped in tradition and history. The wheat belt consistently acts as a major provider of revenue to…

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Feb
28
2018

WA: 5 Dreamy Autumn adventures along the west coast

By Perth /

  As summer comes to an end, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking the holiday period is over. That’s not true. The West Australian coast is home to plenty of autumn adventures, from swimming with whale sharks to discovering the golden, picturesque valleys. In fact, March to May is the best time to see many of Western Australia’s top attractions. Down south, the trees in the valleys turn gold and orange. While the weather remains warm further north. In this part of Australia there are many great autumn adventures waiting to happen. Hire a 4WD at Perth Airport and drive to one of these experiences. See Broome’s Cable Beach at sunset Forget your summer holiday and save it for autumn! Not only does Broome’s sunny, dry season kick in from April, but it’s also the end of the stinger season. Enjoy the long stretch of white sand and turquoise waters at Cable Beach. Between March and October at Roebuck Bay…

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Oct
11
2017

Seven incredible spots to go surfing in Australia

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

Pro surfer Mick Fanning may be contemplating getting back into the ocean, but even his dramatic brush with a hungry Great White can’t put a stop to Australia’s 100-year love affair of combining the board with the breakwater. In a tribute to surfing, here are seven incredible suggestions on where to catch an epic 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, but for those who really have a death wish, 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 – if you survive. 2. Ningaloo Coast, WA Famous for its incredible UNESCO World Heritage…

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Nov
09
2016

5 of the best Perth food experiences

By Australia / Perth /

You may not realise it, but Perth boasts some of Australia’s most exciting food experiences. Whether you want to visit a fresh farmers’ market, dine in elegance or join in an educational foodie tour, Perth is the ultimate destination for food lovers. Hire a car from Perth Airport and add these Perth food experiences to the top of your to do list! Friends Restaurant (pictured) This CBD venue is a multi award winning restaurant. It has also been voted number 1 on Tripadvisor. Head chef Frederic Verschoore serves up Modern Australian cuisine. He combines the world’s finest culinary techniques with Australia’s wide variety of fresh produce. Friends Restaurant also offers stunning views of Perth’s skyline and the Swan River. Subi Farmers Market The Subi Farmers Market has been operating every Saturday since 2009. Organisers say they aim to encourage a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Here, you’ll find everything you need to make that possible. Shop around for fresh produce, gourmet foods, breads,…

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Sep
29
2016

Perth and 4 awesome road trips north and south

By Australia / Perth /

Aussies are increasingly choosing Perth as their next holiday destination. Is it any wonder why? It has everything you want including gorgeous surf beaches, wineries, eateries and national parks right on the city’s doorstep. Hire a vehicle from Perth airport and choose one of these four awesome road trips. Perth to Exmouth This 13-hour drive north of Pert takes you past Western Australia’s most stunning beaches.. If you’re driving up this way during wildflower season you’ll also witness the landscape come alive with wildflowers. It’s a scenic drive and you can stop at several locations along the way. When you finally arrive at your destination, you won’t want to leave. Located on the tip of the North West Cape, Exmouth is the perfect place to explore the colourful coral and fish at Ningaloo Marine Park. Monkey Mia About 9 hours north of Perth is Monkey Mia. Bottlenose dolphins have been visiting this beach for more than 40 years. Fishermen returning…

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Oct
22
2015

Five of Perth’s finest foodie haunts for road trippers

By Australia / Perth / Western Australia /

With fresh caught seafood straight from the ocean, abundant world- class wineries and a climate fit for growing the freshest produce throughout the year, it is no wonder Perth is known as a foodie mecca, with more restaurants per capita than any other capital city in the country. Here are five of our favourites. The Old Crow Located in the heart of the city, Perth’s answer to southern style American soul food serves up a mouthwatering menu including slow cooked pork shoulder, chipotle braised lamb shoulder, pumpkin pie with honey cream and buttermilk pannacotta. Pair them all with the Old Crow’s range of cocktail pitchers, beers, ciders and wines and you have the perfect ingredients for one incredibly satisfying food coma. A crowd favourite for locals and tourists alike. Check out theoldcrow.com.au for more info. Bread in Common To Fremantle’s Esplanade, where rising star Bread in Common has made a name for itself in an old warehouse space designed with communal…

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Oct
06
2015
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Five reasons to fall in love with Margaret River

By Australia / Perth / Western Australia /

From acclaimed wineries to breathtaking beaches and even a giant hedge maze, Margaret River has plenty to offer every type of traveller. For those on a budget there are hundreds of free natural attractions such as hiking the Cape to Cape walking track, wildflower spotting in Boranup Forest and plenty of surfing spots on the west coast. Those enjoying a romantic weekend away might like to instead head to one of the many markets before an afternoon of whale watching and later a degustation dinner at one of the area’s many fine dining restaurants. Cave ‘n’ Canoe Bushtucker Tour (pictured) Combining an active day of swimming, canoeing and caving while learning the history of our first native inhabitants, the Bushtucker tour also includes a special lunch of exotic tastes from all over Western Australia, as well as locally made pestos, chutneys, dips and baked breads. For a truly Australian experience, it also includes bushtucker meats like emu, kangaroo, crocodile and…

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Sep
15
2015

Five great things to do in Perth and surrounds this summer

By Australia / Perth /

If you’re heading out west this spring/summer, then there are many exciting festivals and events waiting for you. Here are five great events in Perth and surrounds to add to your calendar. Kings Park Festival For the month of September This beautiful inner city park is home to the Western Australian Botanic Garden, which has more than 3000 species of the state’s unique flora. For the first month of spring each year, Kings Park hosts an annual festival, which is ideal for wildflower lovers and gardening enthusiasts. For the entire month, you can sign up to guided walks and tours, visit outdoor exhibitions and enjoy live entertainment in the park. Rottofest Music and Comedy Festival September 19 Get ready for a jam-packed weekend of comedy and music on Rottnest Island. Since 2009, the annual festival has attracted comedy legends, such as Fiona O’Loughlin, and music talent from across Australia, including electronic dance trio Art vs Science and rock band Tame Impala. If…

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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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