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Australian Adventure Festival heads to East Gippsland


The second annual Australian Adventure Festival heads to East Gippsland over three days from Friday October 21 to Sunday October 23.
The family-friendly event, which brings together a range of adventure sports into a single, ultimate outdoor festival provides athletes with events across several disciplines in some of the most beautiful wilderness in Australia.
Nestled in Victoria’s eastern corner, East Gippsland has a mild climate and stunning natural environment with high-country grandeur, isolated beaches, rugged coastal outcrops and Australia’s largest inland water system, the Gippsland Lakes.
It is rich in natural attractions, ranging from the remote wilderness of the UNESCO-recognised […]

Gold Coast escape – how to plan your next winter school holidays away from Melbourne


What to do when the school holidays arrive next winter has the whole family shivering in its collective boots?
You head north, hit the east coast and soak up the sun in between theme parks, that’s what. But it’s not for the faint-hearted. We may be heading into the warmer weather, but here’s a cool plan for school holidays next winter.
A Gold Coast adventure with theme parks on the agenda in a Griswald-style escape may be an oldie, but it’s certainly a goodie and the perfect way to elude the Victorian winter chill for a week or so. With […]

Looking for some great travel apps? Here are seven to consider for iPhone and Android


Tripomatic – Australia & New Zealand Trip Planner
Tripomatic is the easiest way to formulate your own travel itinerary as you’re cruising around Australia and New Zealand – you can plan a trip in minutes. Check out all the attractions, explore sights with opening hours, photos, contact info, maps and much more.
Here’s an Aussie-made app revolutionising the way we score a taxi and it’s “catching on”, if you’ll pardon the pun, in other parts of the world outside Australia including Singapore and Croatia. The app identifies where taxis are on the goCatch map – and finds your own […]

Melbourne events you can’t miss in 2015


The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (March 25 – April 19)
The “people’s festival” draws thousands of people to Melbourne each year as the world’s funniest men and women strut their struff all over the city. The festival doesn’t hold back when it comes to sharing the comedy. The young and the young at heart; the wealthy and the fiscally-challenged; the rabblerousers and the do-gooders; the dirty jokers and the good, clean humourists… Absolutely everyone gets in on the joke. It’s an unmissable Australian event.
Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (Feb 27 – Mar 15)
Melbourne Food and Wine […]

5 great Australian regional centres for road trippers

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Regional cities may not have as much on offer as their capital cousins, but these five, with recommended caravan parks to park your wheels, pack a punch for great things to do when you’re road-tripping in a hire car or campervan throughout Australia.
BIG4 Shepparton East Holiday Park (pictured)

DO you enjoy a hit of golf? How about one of Australia’s best adventure parks for the kids? Shepparton East Holiday Park is the perfect place to plant your wheels or step it up in style and stay in a beautifully designed cedar cabin in the heart […]

5 Australian caravan parks with golf courses nearby

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Barwon Heads Caravan Park, Victoria
IF you love the great outdoors and the idea of pitching a tent or parking your wheels in a caravan holiday park somewhere on our great land Down Under, it makes perfect sense that many of you will also love the idea of chasing a little white ball around the fairways. Head south and the great thing about Barwon Heads Caravan Park on the Great Ocean Road is not only is the venue a five minute drive from the lush fairways of Barwon Heads Golf Club (or a 15-20 minute walk), there’s also a great […]

Top 10 Australian mountains to climb

Lake Dove and Cradle Mountain

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 […]

The best free campsites in 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 […]

Top snorkeling spots in Australia

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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 […]

Seven stunning lookouts in Australia


WHEN it comes to lookouts Down Under, there may not be another country in the world that matches Australia for sheer diversity and absolute stunning sights whether be inland or coastal. We fetch seven from throughout the continent to consider during that next road trip.
1. Staircase to the Moon (WA, pictured)
One of the world’s great mystical wonders for sightseeing, visit Broome in the north-west from March to October and you can witness the Staircase to the Moon, a natural phenomenon when the moon rises over the mudflats at Roebuck Bay at low tide.
2. Echo Point (NSW)

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