Jul
27
2015
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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 /

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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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
13
2015

West is best for adventure – try these four ideas for your next road trip in Western Australia

By Australia / Broome / Perth / Western Australia /

Comprising an entire third of Australia, there’s plenty to do out West when it comes to travel adventures. Try these experiences for size … Photograph the pinnacles Where: Nambung National Park, 250km north of Perth THOSE with a burning desire to capture the world through their camera lens will relish the chance to photograph the Pinnacles at sunset. These dramatic limestone formations are up to five metres tall, having formed 25,000 to 30,000 years ago. Wind, rain, sun and vegetation have sculptured these dramatic structures over time. Top photographer Ilya Genkin advises using polarising filter and a low level shooting point to achieve brilliant shots at any time of day, but avoid shooting on dark, moonless nights or extremely rainy or cloudy days. “The Pinnacle formations are best photographed in the early morning or late afternoon as the play of light brings out the colours and the extended shadows of the formations delivers a contrast that brings out their features.”…

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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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Mar
31
2015

5 great Aussie caravan parks in wine regions

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

Where there’s a wine there’s a way, so jot down these five holiday parks close to vineyards throughout Australia. 1. BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park, SA SOME travellers say Australia’s greenest wine region is the McLaren Vale, a must-see destination when in the South where the wine regions are some of the world’s best. Only 10 minutes from the wineries, BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park is considered the hot ticket venue for caravanners and campers to set up camp before experiencing the delicious home grown food and wine, popular beaches and nearby art galleries. Famous for producing great reds and chardonnays, some of the best wines in the world feature among the 75 cellar doors you can explore in the region. Try Woodstock Wine Estate, Aramis Vineyard, Angrove McLaren Vale Winery and Cellar Door, and d’Arenberg for a real taste of the area. Even create your own food and wine trail by taking a car, walking or bike riding around…

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Feb
24
2015
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Nature’s best in Western Australia – five unmissable natural attractions

By Australia / Broome / Perth / Western Australia /

SO you’ve jumped in a Perth car rental for an adventure in Western Australia. The problem is, you’ve just lobbed in Australia’s biggest state, with an area of more than 2,500,000sq/km, a 12,500km coastline and spanning 2400km from north to south. For an entire state being a third the size of a large continent, quite simply you’ve got to know where to go and we’ve hand-picked five unmissable natural attractions while you’re on the road in WA. 1. Cable Beach (pictured, photo James Morgan) Could there be a better way to catch a sunset than by cruising along on the back of a camel on pristine white sand stretching 22km? We think not. The beach is steeped in beautiful Broome’s history, earning its name from the telegraph cable laid between Broome and Java in the late 19th century that connected Australia’s secluded North West with the world. Stay at one of the resorts near Cable Beach or visit for the…

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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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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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Oct
25
2014

Go retro with these 4 Australian drive in venues to catch a movie under the stars

By Australia / Darwin / Melbourne / Perth / Sydney /

GOING to the local cinema always guarantees a good night out, but nothing compares to the nostalgic charm of jumping in a car with your partner, or the family, and watching a movie at the drive in theatre. Whether you’re with your partner, friends or family, everybody loves a night under the stars. It’s an old-fashioned way to have some fun, but it’s a goodie. 1. Skyline Drive In Blacktown, 38km west of Sydney CBD When it comes to drive in movies Sydney does as well if not better than anyone with its only drive in featuring a 50s-in-America theme, perfect for anybody who wants to go back to the days of Elvis, Rock’n’Roll and puffy dresses for an evening out. The staff at the diner even bring you burgers and hotdogs in their ’50s style costumes. It’s serious retro fun at a Sydney drive in threatre that offers the lot! 2. Deckchair Cinema 13km south east of Darwin Airport…

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Aug
19
2014

5 incredible ways to go missing in your Perth car rental in Western Australia

By Australia / Perth / Western Australia /

WAY out west there are plenty of reasons to lose yourself from the daily grind of city life. Western Australia is overflowing with great escape options, so get yourself a Perth car rental and hit the accelerator as you head for one of these sublime destinations for some serious R&R. 1. Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages (pictured) TWO hours south of Perth (246km) along the coast is all it will take to reach one of the highest accommodation locations in WA’s South West – and most enchanting – the multi-award-winning Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages. This venue’s has only just unveiled a fresh look for its five rustic timber cottages following a major renovation. A Spring Special is on for stays up until December 20 this year (2014), so get in quick – stay a minimum of three nights in your choice of cottage and receive a complimentary farmhouse breakfast hamper, a gourmet cheese platter and bottle of award-winning Smallwater…

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Jul
31
2014

Three spine-tingling Australian haunts

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

AFRAID of ghosts? What about paranormal activity? There’s plenty of spooky places around the planet but Australia has many of them. It’s not for everyone, but if you have hired a car in Sydney, Melbourne or Perth here are three places that promise to spook the hell out of you. 1. Monte Cristo Homestead in Junee NSW – Could this old mansion be the most haunted place in the world? Many say it is. The resident ghost is said to be Mrs Elizabeth Crawley, the original owner, who apparently is fiercely protective of her property. In addition to spooky visions there’s believed to be poltergeist like activity as well. Yikes! From Sydney, Junee is a four hour drive. We suggest you get a room at the Mercure in Wagga Wagga just a racing heartbeat away. Don’t forget to do a tour of the mansion. 2. Princess Theatre in Melbourne Victoria – This gorgeous building was built in 1854 and is known as the…

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Jul
24
2014

7 amazing things to do in Australia’s great outdoors before your croak it

By Melbourne / Northern Territory / Perth / Port Douglas / Queensland /

AUSTRALIA’S landscapes are so vast and diverse, with so much to offer travellers who love an unforgettable outdoor experience. Hit the road and explore the great outdoors (and underground!) with one of these exciting adventures. 1. Hang gliding in one of Queensland’s popular seaside towns Where: Port Douglas, 67km north of Cairns Hang gliding is probably the closest you’ll ever come to experiencing what it’s like to fly like a bird. Admire Port Douglas’ stunning beaches and blue waters from above, while enjoying the thrill of take off and landing. 2. Horse riding in the Snowy Mountains Where: Bago State Forest, 240 km south west of Canberra Explore a stunning landscape on horseback with Mountain Ash Trails’ half day and full day rides. Ride through the gorgeous Tumbarumba region and spot kangaroos, brumbies and kookaburras along the way. 3. Cave exploring in Gippsland Where: Buchan, 355km east of Melbourne Underground a wonderland of ancient caves awaits, formed nearly 400 million…

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