Five things to do in Liverpool and surrounds

By Europe / UK /

Liverpool in North West England proudly carries the title of the country’s most successful footballing city. Home to both Liverpool and Everton with close to 30 League championships plus many other major titles, it’s also

Hire a car from Liverpool airport and add these five great activities to your things to do in Liverpool and surrounds list.

Tour Liverpool Cathedral
At first glance, Liverpool Cathedral is impressive. Once you step inside and pay closer attention to the building’s finer details and artwork, it’ll blow you away. Just a few minutes inside and you’ll come to understand why high profile poet and writer Sir John Benjamin called it “one of the great buildings of the world.” Britain’s largest cathedral is free to enter, and hosts many events on a daily basis.

Tour the homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Massive Beatles fans take note! A guided tour takes you to Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road – the homes where Beatles stars John Lennon and Paul McCartney grew up. Learn about their childhoods and reflect on the making of one of the greatest bands in the history of music. You’ll never again have the opportunity to walk through their homes and stand in the very spot where the pair composed some of their most popular songs.

Visit the Museum of Liverpool (pictured)
This museum is completely devoted to the history of Liverpool and how it’s emerged over the centuries. There are several free fascinating exhibits featuring a total of more than 6,000 objects. Discover Liverpool’s social and historical issues, along with the city’s many triumphs since it was founded in 1207. Learn about the regional city’s rich sporting past and see the stage where music legends Paul McCartney and John Lennon first met.

Walk the Sandstone Trail
This scenic trail stretches 55km across the green countryside of Cheshire. It’s become one of England’s most popular long distance walks in North West England. The trail begins in the ancient market town of Frodsham, which is only a 40min drive from Liverpool city, to Georgian Whitchurch. You can split the walk over several days or just stroll for a few hours. Some of the best sections are where you walk past Delamere Forest and ancient Utkinton Hall.

Explore the Mersey River
Signing up to one of the daily cruises on the world-famous Mersey River takes you past many of Liverpool’s most iconic sights. Hop on board a one hour River Explorer Cruise, where you’ll take in magnificent riverside views and learn about the history and the role Mersey Ferries played in WWI. You can also organise to stop off at some of the waterfront attractions with the family.



5 things to do in San Francisco

By United States /

San Francisco is one of California’s most visited cities – and for good reason. It’s famous for it’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and hilly landscape.

Pick up a hire car from San Francisco Airport and explore this amazing city by visiting these five attractions.

Cable cars

When you’re tired of walking up those hills, you can always turn to a cable car for an enjoyable rest. These are a National Historic Landmark, which treats you to amazing views of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island and Fisherman’s Wharf, to name a few attractions. Jump off at Mason and Washington Streets to pay a visit to the Cable Car Museum, where you’ll discover the history and the fascinating workings of the cable car.

Visit Alcatraz

Although once the site of Western United States’ first lighthouse, Alcatraz Island became home to a federal prison from 1934 up until the early sixties. Through a tour of the prison you’ll learn about the fascinating history of famous prisoners who were confined here, life in these cells and also the many attempts at escape. If you want a real spine-tingling experience then opt for the night tour.

Golden Gate Bridge

It was once called “the bridge that couldn’t be built” but after finally opening in 1937 after four years of delays, the struggle against elements such as strong winds and tides finally paid off. Today the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the seven wonders of the industrial world and tourists travel from all over the world to photograph it. After seeing it from a distrance, it’s also worth walking or cycling across the 1.7mile long bridge.

Telegraph Hill stairs

Stairs aren’t for everyone, but if there’s a set of stairs you must experience it’s the 400 stairs on iconic Telegraph Hill. You’ll see beautiful gardens and coloured Victorian-era cottages along the way. The good news is if you struggle going up, then consider heading in the other direction to make the experience more enjoyable. While you’re walking, keep an eye and ear out for Telegraph Hill’s famous wild parrots.

Lands End

Tucked away in the northwest corner of the city at the entrance of San Francisco Bay are many stunning views, which many travellers often don’t even know exist. Walk the Coastal Trail and Lands End and you’ll pass views of shipwrecks, hillsides of wildflowers and even the ruins of Sutro baths. This rugged stretch of coast also features Cypress forest, surrounded by plunging cliffs. It’s the perfect setting if you want to get away from the crowds while still admire the gorgeous city.


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On the road out of Vegas – 5 hot spots within two hours

By Las Vegas / United States /

The glitzy strip and bright lights of Vegas are like magnets for all of America’s fast cars and even faster women and men, but if you can look away and beyond there are some great short trips just around the corner. Here are five within an hour once you jump in that car rental and hit the open road.

Valley of Fire (pictured)

Meander through the mesmerising Valley Of Fire, Nevada’s oldest state park, with countless moments of nature’s beauty smacking you in the senses. The park earnt its name from its fiery red sandstone, formed from fossilised sand dunes more than 150 million years ago by a shift in the Earth’s crust, faulting and wind and water erosion. Today, only wild animals dwell within Valley of Fire year-round. Rattlesnakes, kangaroo rats, kit foxes, coyotes, bighorn sheep and the white-tailed antelope ground squirrels are just a few. Oh, and cougars, of course, “but only at night”, as my highly entertaining guide Mike Franklin pointed out, “as opposed to the Strip – these particular cougars are hard to spot given they’re minus the bright red lipstick and high heels.”

Lake Mead and Callville Bay Resort & Marina

Monster-sized man-made Lake Mead is a major recreation area in addition to being a major water artery for the region, originally formed by the building of Hoover Dam on the Colorado River in 1935. Callville Bay Resort and Marina hums with houseboats, jet skis, and speed boats. The big drawcard is the ultimate houseboat adventures on offer providing a visual feast of desert/water contrasts, mountains and canyons. All Forever Houseboat rentals include a waterside, barbecue, kitchen and a top deck with canopy; deluxe widescreen TVs and stainless steel kitchens. Wildlife comes out to play up around the banks and I was lucky to get close to a coyote, eagles, mallards, grebes and hummingbirds. If you’re lucky, a bighorn sheep may wander down for a drink.

Red Rock Canyon

Conditions are hot and dry in summer so load up on bottles of water. The fast pace of the Strip quickly subsides once out on the highway as scenery smacks you in the senses. Copper-coloured mountains leap out from the desert floor highlighted by Red Rock Canyon’s bluffs, cliffs and petrified sandstone boulders. Time really does stand still out here. These mountains were formed by geological forces including fractured faults where the earth’s crust collided over millions of years and fossilised sand dunes. Some cliffs reach a kilometre high. It really is breathtaking. The 20km round-trip tourist route at the actual site is a must-do.

Hoover Dam

Let’s see, we’re back in 1929 in a harsh climate, remote location and facing solid rock. So why not build a massive arch-gravity dam? Something with 2.4 million cubic metres of concrete, spillways, the lot? Crazy but brilliant, and also serving the dual purpose of being a film set for great flicks such as Transformers and more recently San Andreas. The sheer size of this man-made but essential engineering masterpiece really is hard to put into words, so taking a guided tour of the powerplant and passageways within Hoover Dam itself is highly recommended to gain an understanding of the purpose this mighty Nevada icon serves.

Boulder Brewing Co

Let’s face it. Any drive in the desert is thirsty work, so this is a must stop-off point. The small township of Boulder is where the craft beers are cold and tasty and the atmosphere warm and addictive. Practically a museum in itself, Boulder Dam Brewing Co is a few minutes down the road on the return to Vegas. Mementos such as axes, picks and gauges used in the construction of the dam adorn the inside walls and in the beer garden. Owner Lisa explains the brewpub is Boulder City’s hot spot for music which can be “anything from bluegrass to rock ’n’ roll and old-fashioned country”. Get stuck into the food menu, too, which is a mix of naughty but nice treats including battered pickles and cheese-loaded pretzels, burgers, salads and pub fare. The beers, of course, are the focal point. Boulder Dam Brewing Co brews everything from European pilsners to happy pale ales to rich, creamy stouts.



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Unmissable Autumn adventures in NSW

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

With the Easter long weekend and school holiday break approaching, now is the time to take advantage of the changing season and plan an autum adventure in regional New South Wales, according to the Desination NSW gang.

From gourmet escapes to fossicking and heritage trails, the Destination NSW team gives us three getaways that will make you fall in love with regional NSW this Autumn:

50 shades of Orange and Bathurst
Autumn is a fantastic time to visit Central NSW, with the region guaranteeing vibrant Autumn foliage, delicious seasonal produce and a stellar line up of local festivals and events.  If you’re a foodie then the Orange F.O.O.D Week is an iconic experience for gourmands, with the 10 day festival in April a testament to the region’s great reputation for food and wine, and beautiful colours (see picture, courtesy of Destination NSW). Indulge your senses as local chefs and restaurants showcase their skill with farm gate tours, cooking demonstrations and the famous 100-Mile Dinner. Continue your Central NSW love affair with a side-trip to Bathurst, just a 45-minute drive away.  One of Australia’s oldest inland settlements, Bathurst’s historic town centre is fascinating, with a blend of old and new including revitalised laneway bars, cafes and restaurants. Be sure to check out the Autumn Colours program of events and the Bathurst Motor Festival at Mount Panorama from 25-27 March.

New love in New England
There is so much to love in the New England region, the changing leaves of trees in towns like Glen Innes, Inverell, Tenterfield and Emmaville are spectacular, as is the fossicking for gemstones. Armidale, the hub of the New England High Country shines in Autumn, with numerous parks, tree-lined streets and gardens displaying a spectrum of reds and oranges. With the city housing many heritage buildings, grand cathedrals and churches, Armidale is the perfect destination for an autumn break, and its annual Armidale Autumn Festival in March a stand out event on the local calendar. A visit to nearby Uralla is a must to admire the famous Gostwyck Chapel covered in Virginia Creeper.

The laidback country charm of Tamworth and the wider region is ideal for a short break, with national parks, trout fishing, horse riding and great local produce aplenty. Another must see is the historic gold mining village of Nundle, just a 50-minute drive from Tamworth. With great local cafes, antique stores and delicious baked goods at the Nundle Craft Inc. weekly farmers market, you’ll find plenty to do in town. The scenic Fossickers Way touring route begins in Nundle and takes in key fossicking areas. It’s especially pretty in Autumn with its wooded hills, open green pastures and fertile valleys. A little further afield, Boggabri promises a weekend of family fun at the Boggabri Drovers Campfire from 20-25 April with events including a big campfire, camp oven cooking, shearing demonstrations, tours of the district, bush poets, craft stalls, whip cracking, antique machinery display, a bush band and much more.

Beautiful Bellingen
Pack up the car and escape on a road trip to the North Coast destination, Bellingen. With lush valleys, a rich architectural heritage, rural charm, delicious local produce and natural beauty, Bellingen is also known for Australia’s largest regional market offering an amazing selection of handmade arts and crafts, regional produce and live entertainment.  Neighbouring Dorrigo National Park is a must see, offering stunning scenery that has been millions of years in the making. The World-Heritage listed rainforest offers a variety of rare flora and fauna, swimming at Crystal Shower Falls, a Skywalk lookout which takes in Bellinger Valley and scenic barbecue and picnic spots.

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5 holiday parks to make a splash


A family holiday isn’t the same without a fun water park nearby, and it’s even better when the splash park is located only metres from your accommodation!

Here are five Big4 holiday parks where you can make a splash.

BIG4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park, NSW (pictured)
Located on the Far North coast of New South Wales, the Big4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park is touted as the country’s premier holiday park with a water playground. It promises more than just endless entertainment with its tipping bucket and slides. The splash park design even reflects the magnificent surrounding Wollumbin-Mount Warning landscape.

BIG4 Inverloch Holiday Park, Vic
This surf themed indoor water park, Surfari Splash Zone, operates all year round. The splash park not only provides a cool relief in the summer months, but it’ll warm you up in winter, when it transforms into a heated water park. Some of its special features include a giant shark tipping bucket, cannon guns and fountains.

BIG4 Swan Hill, Vic
This zero-depth multi-level play area has interactive features for kids of all ages. The aquatic park boasts three water slides, spray cannons and a giant, 8.5m super splash tipping bucket. It’s bound to keep the kids entertained for hours on end. There’s also a toddlers’ area away from the spray cannons with a soft fall surface.

NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Park, Qld
Located just 10 minutes north of Surfers Paradise, the NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Park has an exciting Shipwreck Shores Pirate Themed water park. There are three swimming pools, along with a waterslide, waterfall and wading area surrounded by landscaped gardens. Best yet, Treasure Island Holiday Park is centrally located between all of the major theme parks!

Marion Holiday Park, SA
Beautiful Marion Holiday Park is nestled amongst wetlands and 200 year old red river gum trees, providing an intimate and cosy backdrop for a memorable holiday with the family. It has a lagoon pool and a fun water park with playground facilities, including a water slide. The best part is its central location, just a few minutes south of Adelaide’s CBD.



5 Adventure activities on the North Island

By New Zealand / North Island /

From climbing bridges to trekking through alpine wilderness, New Zealand’s North Island is home to many exciting activities, which are often overlooked by travellers in favour of the South Island’s outdoor adventures.

Here are five adventure activities you must try up north.

Auckland Bridge Climb
New Zealand’s only bridge climb is based in Auckland. Your tour guide leads you up the bridge, highlighting some of the bridge’s architectural features. The one and a half hour tour also allows you to spot the city’s iconic landmarks before you reach the summit, where incredible 360 degree views await.

Rafting on the Kaituna River (pictured)
White water rafting at its best awaits on the Kaituna River. You’ll be bumped around as your guide takes you across the river at high speed and launches over waterfalls, which are several metres high. This thrilling but safe activity keeps you on the edge of your toes but is also loads of fun.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro is New Zealand’s oldest national park, which is famous for its dramatic scenery. It’s volcanic peaks and the amazing views make the Tongariro Alpine Crossing one of the world’s best one-day treks. The 19km journey is steep in some parts, but the scenic views are rewarding.

Waitomo Caving
Exploring the underground Waitomo caves is like entering another world. Waitomo Adventures’ Lost World 7 Hour Epic tour takes you river caving, swimming, climbing and also abseiling through the caves. Other tours take you to see beautiful glowworms, or you can even go black water rafting in the caves.

Snorkel the Poor Knights Islands
More than 20km off New Zealand’s Tutukaka Coast you’ll find the Poor Knights Islands. The islands are 11 million years old with volcanic origins, treating travellers to spectacular arches, tunnels and drop offs. There are impressive underwater caves and unique, tropical fish that have made the rocky reefs below the surface their home.



Driving through New Zealand’s north island

By New Zealand / North Island /

A drive through New Zealand’s north island in a campervan is one of the best experiences you’ll ever have. Head to DriveNow to hire a campervan in Auckland, then make your way to these fascinating areas.

Bay of Plenty
The beautiful Bay of Plenty is home to New Zealand’s only active volcano, White Island. You’ll have a chance to explore the island and learn about the country’s volcanic workings. While in the Bay of Plenty, take in the sights of Tauranga Harbour with a kayaking trip, join a night-time glow worm tour on Lake McLaren, or swim with wild dolphins on a boat trip.

Experience Wellington’s vibrant street culture, and its lively city markets, walking and biking trails and superb dining scene. The city is also filled with museums, galleries and parkland, making Wellington an interesting destination with lots to see and do. One of Wellington’s highlights – not to be missed – is the Mount Victoria Lookout, which looks upon the city and its surrounds.

This is your chance to experience Middle Earth! Take a guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set, where the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit stories came to life. During the tour, true LOTR fans will spot where certain scenes took place, but you’ll also be treated to spectacular views of the Kaimai. Under the region’s rolling hills, you’ll also find a fascinating system of caves and underground sink holes.

Rotorua is an ideal destination for outdoor adventurers, with its crystal-clear waters and exciting mountain biking trails. You can also experience a taste of traditional Maori culture, by heading to a village on the edge of Lake Rotorua. Head a little bit further to Hot Water Beach, on the shores of Lake Tarawera, to experience Rotorua’s volcanic and geothermal activity!

Lake Taupo
Visit the Huka Falls, which transports water from Lake Taupo in the Waikato River. To see the falls firsthand is a sight you’ll never forget. The Huka Falls drops 220,000 litres of water every second! Afterwards, you can enjoy a relaxing walk along Lake Taupo, which can also take you through native forests, if you choose to do so.



5 great outdoor adventures in Auckland

By Auckland / New Zealand /

There are so many amazing outdoor adventures to explore in Auckland. From kayaking to hiking and climbing, you’ll find everything there is in Auckland. Grab a hire car at Auckland airport and drive to your next outdoor adventure, whenever you feel like it!

Here are five ideas for outdoor activities that every adventurous traveller must experience in Auckland.

Hike Mt Eden
Mainland Auckland’s highest volcanic peak offers beautiful 360 degree views of the city and surrounds. It’s 196m tall and while many visitors opt for a tour bus or train to reach the top, many find it’s much more rewarding to drive to the bottom and then hike the trail up.

Zip-lining across Waiheke Island
Beautiful Waiheke Island is renowned for its wineries, but for the adventurous traveller, it’s the ultimate destination for zip-lining. There are three 200 metre zipline flights, which take you across valleys, above vineyards and a lush forest. While it’s an incredible adrenalin rush, you’re completely strapped in and safe!

Mountain biking through Woodhill Forest
Woodhill Forest is said to be home to some of the city’s best mountain biking trails, making it a fun playground for riders of all ages. The single track network in this sand based pine forest is located about 40 minutes from Auckland CBD. Don’t have a bike? You can hire one without spending a fortune – just book in advance.

Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb
Experience the Auckland Harbour Bridge on foot! Take a 1.5 hour tour, which leads you to incredible 360 degree views from the top of one of Auckland’s most iconic landmarks. You’ll learn about the bridge’s construction and engineering along the way.

Sea kayaking around the islands
Auckland is located in a region of unique natural beauty, with sandy beaches, volcanic islands and clear waters. Why not explore it with a kayak? Take a guided tour and kayak to Rangitoto Island at sunset, or more experienced kayakers might prefer to spend days kayaking from one island to another.


5 great reasons to visit Auckland and surrounds

By Auckland / New Zealand /

There are so many great reasons to visit the New Zealand city of Auckland and surrounds. You can drive to Mount Eden or Woodhill Forrest for the day. These are just some of the many wonderful attractions the city has to offer.

Head to DriveNow’s Auckland car hire page, to find the cheapest car rental deals for your next New Zealand holiday.

Mt Eden

Mount Eden’s peak treats you to a stunning 360 degree panorama of Auckland and its scenic harbour. Standing 196m tall, it’s the highest volcanic peak in mainland Auckland. There are many options for getting to the bottom of Mount Eden. You can take a tour bus or train but it’s worth driving at your own leisure to the bottom, and then using your physical energy to reach the summit. Then you can really appreciate the rewarding views.

Sky Tower

The other Auckland peak worth visiting is The Sky Tower, which at 328 metres, is New Zealand’s tallest man-made structure. View the city’s harbour and city lights at night from the spacious viewing deck. Another ideal time to go is sunset, when the sky’s colour changes to shades of red and orange. There’s also a dining area, which rotates once every sixty minutes, allowing you to enjoy every angle of the city’s skyline.

Rangitoto Island

Sitting majestically off the coast of Auckland, Rangitoto Island boasts a charming landscape of native bush, lava crops and sandy beaches. It’s only a short ferry ride to get to this island, where you can escape for the day and enjoy the scenery. The volcanic island has many walking tracks, and lava caves waiting to be explored.

Woodhill Forest

Some of Auckland’s best mountain biking trails are found in Woodhill Forest. Visitors describe it as a stunning natural playground, which is perfect for those seeking some adventure. The sand-based pine forest is spread over 12 hectares of land, and you’ll find plenty of activities at any time of the year.

SeaLife Aquarium

Kelly Tarlton’s SeaLife Aquarium is the perfect destination for the whole family. You’ll come within inches of sharks, stingrays and other fish as you walk through glass tunnels. Daring visitors can go swimming with sharks, which is an absolute thrilling experience. Or, on certain days of the week you can hop into the penguin enclosure, and get close to gorgeous King and Gentoo penguins!


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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 not lucky enough to be heading to the game, be sure to arrive at the pub well before the opening bounce to secure yourself a prime viewing spot. Alternatively you can catch the game on the big screen at Federation Square with thousands of other crazy fans.

2. National Rugby League grand final, October 4 (New South Wales)

The day after Victoria’s premier event, down some Berocca and bounce back into sports spectator mode because all eyes will be on Sydney’s ANZ Stadium which plays host to the NRL 2015 Grand Final. The occasion is more of a week-long celebration, with a live screened Grand Final Breakfast function attended by both teams and hundreds of guests in the days before. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is lit up each night in the countdown to the big day with 80-metre high projections of the competing teams. This year, the Grand Final will be marked by an NRL first, with Darling Harbour the home to a new interactive fan engagement centre where visitors can meet players from all 16 clubs and catch a glimpse of the two competing teas as they prepare to go head to head. Skills tests, giveaways and free entertainment will also be available to fans of the game.

3. Bathurst 1000, October 8 -11 (New South Wales)

For petrol heads who can’t get enough of the smell of burning rubber, the Bathurst 1000 is widely regarded as the pinnacle of Australian Motor Sport and is known as the “The Great Race” among motorsport fans and media. Run exclusively for V8 supercars, the four day event sees fans pitching camp under the stars on Mount Panorama for a weekend of high octane fumes, cars racing at dizzying speeds and of course, plenty of beer. The race culminates with the winner being presented with the coveted Peter Brock Trophy, introduced in 2006 to commemorate the death of supercar legend Peter Brock, who won the event nine times.

4. Melbourne Cup Spring Racing Carnival, October 31 – November 7 (Victoria)

Touted as ‘the race that stops a nation’, the Melbourne Cup is a heart-stopping event accompanied by yet another public holiday that is celebrated throughout Victoria. While the carnival runs over a week, the big race is held on the first Tuesday of every November. In nearly every home, workplace and local pub, all eyes on the room will be glued to the TV for about three and a half minutes, followed by gasps of elation, but mostly sighs of disappointment. The event sees some 110,000 people attend, some in formal race day wear and others in amusing costumes, but even if you are not terribly fond of racing or betting, the people watching opportunities are endless.

5. Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, December 26 – 31 (NSW, VIC, TAS)

Considered one of the most difficult sailing races in the world, the incredible Sydney to Hobart race covers nearly 1200 kilometres through the Sydney Headlands, across the Tasman Sea and to the Derwent River before the boats cross the line just in time for New Year’s Eve celebrations. The yachts come from all over the world, as do competitors, hailing from the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, Cyprus and New Zealand. With the firing of the starting cannon, around 100 yachts will set sail in front of a crowd of 600,000, with the best vantage points including North Head and South Head in Sydney. Hobart’s historic waterfront plays host to a post event reception and spectators are encouraged to head there for celebrations after welcoming the yachts at Battery point.




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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 listed reef which is home to more than 500 species of fish, rays and turtles, many don’t realise that between July and October the fringing coral reef of the Ningaloo Coast serves up some pretty awesome swells. At the north of the cape, The Bommie, Dunes and Wobiri Access offer waves of varying difficulty while at the southern end of the reef, surfers at Gnaraloo can expect three metre waves even on an average day. The perfect combination of endless surf breaks and ecological wonders make the Ningaloo Coast a great getaway destination for those who can’t agree on one or the other. Make sure you have plenty of time to explore all of the Reef’s secrets though, as driving along the length of the 280km reef takes at least eight hours!

3. Bells Beach, VIC

Who can go past the famous Bell’s Beach in Torquay? Home to matted mops of salty, sun-kissed hair, surf brand warehouse sales and of course the world’s longest running professional surfing competition, the Rip Curl Pro, which since has continued to draw massive crowds over the Easter long weekend. I still remember visiting as a little kid in my oversized Rusty cap with ice cream in hand, jostling other spectators for a prime viewing spot atop the golden Torquay dunes.

4. Lord Howe Island, NSW

For those who strive to avoid the crowds, there are few destinations more intimate than the beautiful Lord Howe Island. With a strict cap on the number of visitors to the island at any one time, Lord Howe was once described as ‘paradise on Earth’ and ‘quite possibly the most perfect place in the world’ by globetrotter Lee Abbamonte. If anyone should know it is him, having visited every single country on the planet! There are eight designated surf spots dotted around the island, but it’s rumoured a friendly chat with the locals can sometimes reveal the very best kept secrets.

5. Gold Coast’s Superbank, QLD

For those hoping to catch a glimpse of our resident shark wrangler and other world champs Steph Gilmore and Joel Parkinson, the Superbank is your best bet, where surf breaks Snapper Rocks, Rainbow Bay and Greenmount combine. If you are lucky, you may manage to catch a wave for 2kms along the coast!

6. Yallingup, WA

Not for the faint hearted, Yallingup Reef, located 300kms south of Perth boasts consistent 10 foot waves along the Margaret River coastline. Brave surfers impress beachside spectators, while others snorkel and paddle in the lagoon, soaking up the brilliant view of the Reef’s aquatic wonderland. Surfers of all ability come from near and far to visit the famous waves of Yallingup. If you haven’t already, it’s one to add to your bucket list.

7. Lighthouse Beach, TAS

Of course, we can’t forget our cousins across the Strait, where surfers brave the chilly waters of Lighthouse Beach, a beautiful stretch of pristine coastline offering a sheltered yet powerful beach break for beginners and accomplished riders alike. Relatively deserted, this unpatrolled, isolated spot serves as the perfect oceanic escape.

And remember folks, if you do happen to be that unfortunate one in 11 million confronted by a shark, contrary to Mick’s action of ‘punching him in the back’, the best advice is to punch and claw at the eyes and gills aggressively.



Four great reasons to visit Bundaberg in Queensland

By Queensland /

Next time you’re in Queensland, jump in a Brisbane campervan rental or car hire and hit the Bruce Highway for a four-hour leisurely cruise north to Bundaberg where there’s plenty of things to do for roadtrippers. Try these four:

Take flight at the Hinkler Museum
Bert Hinkler was the “Boy from Bundy” who, in the early part of last century, spent the spare pennies that he earned buying materials for his gliders and every spare moment building and testing them. What happened after that was legendary as he tested his aircraft out from the top of nearby sand dunes on Mon Repos beach before perfecting his constructions to become one of Australia’s most famous pioneer solo aviators. More than a museum, the Hinkler Hall of Aviation. comprises a spacious exhibition hall, multi-media exhibits, flight simulators, the ‘Globe Theatre’, five aircraft and historic Hinkler House all in the tropical surrounds of the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens.

Visit the Bundaberg Rum Distillery
But beware those big white Drop Bears! The home of our mighty Bundy rum has a ripper guided tour where you can discover how the sugar mill, refinery and rum distiller all tick along. It’s chock-full of history … and full of Australia’s biggest selling spirit which you can sample in a few clever cocktails at the end of the tour.

Best for Ginger Beer and a big Barrell!
You haven’t tasted real ginger beer unless you’ve tried world-famous Bundaberg Ginger Beer. The Bundaberg Barrel’s True Brew Experience Tour and free product tasting is a sweet adventure for all the family as you discover the fine art and secrets of brewing Bundaberg Ginger Beer with an interactive activity walk-through display as you learn how ginger is crushed, brewed and fermented to become the popular drink.

Check out the Loggerhead Turtles at Mon Repos Beach
Now here’s an experience that is ‘turtley’ awesome for all the family, but you’ll have to wait until November before the season opens. Mon Repos is the largest Loggerhead turtle rookery in the South Pacific and you can catch a great night tour when they come in to nest and lay their eggs in this much loved conservation park. The Visitor Centre will keep you entertained, too, with all its wall displays and interactive features.