5 ways to play in Sydney this winter

By Australia / Sydney /

In winter when you’re in need of a holiday, look no further than Sydney! While the coastal city comes to life in summer, it’s also an exciting destination full of things to do in winter.

Hire a car through DriveNow, chuck on some warmer layers and check out this list of five ways to play in Sydney during the cold weather.

Sydney Opera House

The Opera House caused a controversial stir when it first opened in 1973. However, with time it became one of the twentieth century’s most iconic manmade attractions. It’s highly recommended that you get your hands on some tickets to see a show one night. You can also book a tour to gain VIP backstage access to the Opera House and learn about its fascinating history.

Whale watching

From April to November each year, thousands of whales migrate between New South Wales and Queensland to give birth. While on their journey to and from the warmer northern waters, the humpback whales pass Sydney. Grab a pair of binoculars and make your way to North Head Lookout and Cape Solander. These are some of the best vantage points to spot humpback whales.

Roller skating

It can be hard to get motivated to exercise during the cooler months. So why not make it fun? Head to Sydney’s Rollerhouse, where you’ll experience the ultimate roller disco! Sing along to your all-time-favourite tunes, grab your leg warmers and dress up in neon gear for the night. All while improving your skating skills with your friends!

Sydney Observatory

Visit the Sydney Observatory to learn about the stars and planets that fill our night sky. It’s set inside a beautiful sandstone building, which is the highest point that overlooks the harbour. Guides will teach you about the universe while you explore the exhibitions on display. During the daytime, you can also put on special lenses to observe the sun. The observatory is open 10am to 5pm daily.

Vivid Sydney

Every year Vivid Sydney warms up the city with its incredible light displays. Taronga Zoo, The Royal Botanic Garden and the Sydney Opera House are among the iconic sites that will light up with moving projections of magical colours and patterns. In 2016, the festival runs from May 27 to June 18. This year’s theme is heavily focused on flora and fauna.

Also … 5 short road trips from Sydney and 7 top spots for a sunrise or sunset in Sydney


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5 places to park your camper within 2 hours of Brisbane

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

There’s no better way to explore sunny Queensland than in the comfort of a campervan. Not only is it cost-effective but you can travel at your own pace and know you always have somewhere to sleep!

Hire a campervan from Brisbane Airport and make your way to one of these fantastic holiday parks.

Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park (pictured)
Have the time of your life at the Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park. During the day you can explore some of Queensland’s most popular surf beaches and return to your accommodation where there’s a huge pool with a monster water slide for the kids. You’re also within walking distance to the famous theme parks, including Movie World and Wet’N’Wild.

Coolum Beach Holiday Park
Only a short drive north of Brisbane is the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Park your campervan at Coolum Beach Holiday Park, where you’ll have direct access to a white sandy and patrolled surf beach. This holiday park is also within walking distance to shops and restaurants and is set on ten acres of stunning beachfront land.

Jolly Swagman Caravan Park
If you ever find yourself in Toowoomba then make sure you head into the city centre. There, in the heart of town, you’ll come across Jolly Swagman Caravan Park, which boasts award winning gardens and the famous statue of Jolly Swagman and his dog. Speaking of dogs, this is one of the few sites where you can bring pets along on your holiday too, provided you make an application.

Esk Caravan Park
This little slice of paradise, known as Esk Caravan Park, sits in the stunning Brisbane Valley. It’s set between lakes Wivenhoe and Somerset (which are conveniently only a short drive from the caravan park) and is also surrounded by beautiful mountains and creeks. In a quiet and peaceful setting, the Esk Caravan Park is also the ideal place to spend your days enjoying all kinds of water activities.

Green Mountains Camping Area
Sit in the lush Lamington National Park, the Green Mountains Camping Area is made up of a grassy sloping hill, with campervan sites cut into it. You’ll feel right in amongst the wilderness, which makes this location an extra special place to stay. There are plenty of walking tracks leading you to spectacular views around the park within easy walking distance.


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5 unmissable features at this year’s Noosa Food & Wine Festival

By Australia / Brisbane / Gold Coast / Queensland /

The Noosa Food & Wine 2016 is on again with more than 30 fantastic events showcasing some of Australia’s best chefs in beautiful locations throughout Noosa from May 20 to 22.

With almost 50 chefs from around Australia and Noosa’s own restaurants featured in the program, along with more than 20 wineries, events will take place under the Noosa Tipi on Main Beach, in Hastings Street for a long lunch, by the Noosa River in Noosaville and in signature restaurants throughout Noosa. Guest chefs include Pete Evans, Ben O’Donoghue, Luke Mangan and Matt Golinski and more from some of Australia’s best restaurants including Nu Nu, Fish House, Gerard’s Bistro,  European, Stokehouse and Harrison’s.

So what are the highlights of an action-packed program? It’s a tough call, but here are 5 to mark down as tasty treats.

Friday 20 May, 5-7pm, $45
Noosa Main Beach sets the scene for a wonderful weekend of food, wine and lifestyle. Join acclaimed chefs Pete Evans, Peter Kuruvita, Shane Bailey, Ben Bertei and Sammy and Bella from MKR and others under the Noosa Tipi, right on the beach, for a cocktail party with light canapés and drinks.

Saturday 21 May, 12.15-2.30pm, $85
Dig in to the long lunch on Noosa’s famous Hastings Street with some of Noosa’s favourite restaurants taking part in the Noosa Street Feast. The 2-course lunch will be accompanied by wines and beer by Asahi. Choose your favourite restaurants from: aromas, Boardwalk Bistro on Hastings, Bistro C, Gaston, Locale, Miss Moneypenny’s, Noosa Beach House, Rococo or Season.

Saturday 21 May, 12.00-5.00pm, free entry
Enjoy wine tastings from 22 of Australia’s best wineries at the Wine Tasting Quarter. Purchase a token for $3 for 3 tastings or $6 token for 6 tastings or a glass.

Sunday 22 May, 11.30am-4.30pm, $15.00 entry
The Noosa River shores will come to life when Noosa Boathouse presents a celebration of Australian beef and live music from Sunshine Coast music legend Carl Wockner and powerhouse band Honey. Renowned chefs Matt Golinski, Alastair McLeod, Sunny Gilbert and Shane Bailey with Sammy and Bella from MKR will serve up their favourite sirloin dishes along with Stone & Wood craft beers and selected great Australian wines. Come and enjoy a fantastic day of food, beer and wine on the Noosa River at Lions Park in Noosaville.

Sunday 22 May, 5.00-8.30pm, $65.00
You’re invited to dine under a full moon on the beach for the finale of Noosa Food & Wine 2016 with an Asian Hawker style feast presented by Ben Bertei, Hajime Horiguchi and Hamish Ingham, with local culinary talent from Embassy XO, Spirit House and Junk. Featuring modern Asian influences, move between tasting stations full of flavour. Wines by Treasury Estate Wines and beers by Asahi.

For the full program, and to purchase event tickets see



Byron Bay on the fly

By Australia / New South Wales /

Stopping over in Byron Bay, New South Wales? There’s plenty to do around Australia’s most easterly point.

Here are six things to do/visit while in the hood.

Cape Byron Lighthouse
The lighthouse that sits on Byron Bay’s magnificent coastline is an iconic attraction, which is worth a visit from any traveller to the region. Construction for this monument began in 1899, and years later the dramatic views from this structure are just as marvellous. From here you can’t help but admire the stunning views over the bay to the Border Ranges.

Whale watching
A popular activity for Byron Bay’s visitors is whale watching. At certain times of the year, Cape Byron is one of the best vantage points for whale watching on Australia’s east coast. From late June to August, these mammals migrate north to give birth in the warm northern waters. In September and October, they return down south, passing through the area with their new babies.

Byron Shire boasts more than 30km of beaches and you’ll any type of beach suitable for your needs. There are the bustling, patrolled swimming beaches near town. Or drive a few minutes away and you’ll find isolated coves worthy of a photograph, dog friendly beaches and peaceful rock pools. Keen surfers can head to Lennox Head, which has been declared a National Surfing Reserve.

Stand Up Paddle boarding
Stand Up Paddle has been labelled one of the world’s fastest growing sports. Give it a go at Byron Bay and you’ll probably understand why. It’s a fun and easy family activity, best enjoyed on beautiful waters around Byron Bay. There are a few amazing locations where you can try Stand Up Paddle, including Pelican Island, Tunnel of Trees and the Sting Ray Sanctuary.

Sea turtle snorkel tour
It’s a different world underneath the clear waters off the coast of Byron Bay. Swim with gorgeous turtles in the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. While you’re at it, you’re likely to come across manta rays and many other tropical species. A tour guide will show you the techniques of snorkelling and also educate you about the different species you’ll encounter. Snorkelling tours run three times a day.

Stone and Wood Brewery
Stone and Wood Brewing Company was established in Byron Bay in 2008. Its owners’ proudly state that their philosophy is about making the most of the ingredients available today. As a result, they’ve formed a simply but remarkable beer list, which comprises of Pacific Ale, Green Coast, Jasper Ale along with many limited releases. Stone and Wood Brewery is definitely worth a stopover for a relaxing afternoon.



Beat the heat with these five Australian beaches

By Australia /

The sun is peaking and temperatures are spiking into the 30s and 40s as we near the halfway mark of summer. There’s a great solution to all that if you’re on the road Down Under and it’s a five letter word – beach! Here are five worth splashing about it in to beat the heat.

1. Cable Beach

Broome, WA

A beach is a beach, until you reach Cable Beach in Broome, that is, when you realise beaches throughout the world can be very different indeed. The burnt orange sunsets set this place apart from others along its 22km stretch and throw in the fact that it really does present as an untouched stretch of shoreline with pure white sand and turquoise water and it’s an unforgettable experience. Set on the Indian Ocean, the sunsets are insanely beautiful. At the southern end is Gantheaume Point where at low tide you can see 130-million-year-old dinosaur footprints. Gantheaume Point Lighthouse is also a super place to catch a glimpse of dolphins and migrating whales.

2. Venus Bay

South Gippsland, VIC

The coastal hamlet of Venus Bay is set on a narrow peninsula of land, bordered on one side by the open sea of Bass Strait and on the other by the calm waters of Anderson Inlet. The powerful tides of Venus Bay entice surfers throughout the year and are frequented by travellers in need of a refreshing swim, but they are not for the faint hearted ? remember to always swim between the flags. Venus Bay is patrolled by lifesavers throughout the summer months.

3. Noosa Main Beach

Sunshine Coast, QLD

Noosa Main Beach is one of those dreamy, picture-perfect scenes (pardon the cliches) where beaches simply don’t come as enticing for leaping into or going for a cruisy stroll at morning or night. Pods of dolphins often turn up for a splash and the beach has ripper surfing conditions around the Noosa Park headland, which presents annually as home to the Noosa Festival of Surfing each March. Noosa Main Beach’s north-facing direction is perfect for sheltered conditions which takes the edge of the cooler breezes in the colder months, so it becomes the great allrounder: you can turn up any time of the year and enjoy this beach for all seasons. It’s a beauty.

4. Seven Mile Beach

North Coast, NSW

Secluded Seven Mile Beach near Nowra is a beach located within its own national park and surrounded by sand dunes and several coastal sand forests, some of which are listed as endangered ecological communities. Seven Mile Beach was once used as a runway by Sir Charles Kingsford Smith as he took off on his first commercial flight from Australia to New Zealand in 1933. A very isolated beach, windsurfers find the secluded spot perfect. The beach is great for families with barbecue and picnic facilities and it is also one of New South Wales’ most famous beaches for a spot of great fishing.

5. Glenelg Beach

Glenelg, SA

The beauty of Glenelg beach is that it’s only a hop, skip and a jump away from Adelaide’s CBD, so is very accessible when it comes to beaches nearby capital cities. Glenelg is vibrant beachside suburb alive with lots of activity. The main street of Jetty Road features some great shopping opportunities and there is a handy tram service to and from the city. Glenelg is also home to the Beachouse, a fun park with waterslides, dodgem cars and loads more. Enjoy a drink at the mighty Stamford Grand Hotel on the esplanade and kick back and catch the boats cruise into the marina.



Where to take your campervan in New Zealand

By New Zealand /

Wellington is the perfect place to start your campervan trip across New Zealand. The country’s capital city is located at the bottom of the North Island and isn’t far from the top of the South Island.

Pick up your New Zealand hire campervan and drive to these incredible places.

Milford Sound
It’s one of New Zealand’s most famous natural attractions, with its dramatic peaks overlooking beautiful coastal scenery. Hike to the mountain tops, or perhaps cruise or kayak along the famous Mirror Lakes. Wherever you go in Milford Sound, take your camera with you, because at every turn incredible natural beauty awaits.

Franz Josef Glacier
The Franz Josef Glacier is only a few kilometres from the town of the same name. It’s one of the world’s most accessible glaciers, with several lookouts and hiking trails. However, it’s definitely worth taking a guided ice walk over the 12km long glacier, which descends from the top of the alps into a rainforest close to sea level.

Bay of Islands
The beautiful Bay of Islands is made up of nearly 150 islands, plus enough sandy beaches and hidden bays to make you feel as if you have your own private space. The Bay of Islands is home to marine life, such as whales, dolphins and penguins, which can be spotted on many wildlife tours.

Cape Reinga
No visit to New Zealand is complete without stopping by the country’s northwesternmost tip. This vast and pristine region is surrounded by rolling green hills. Then there’s plenty of beautiful coastal views along Ninety Mile Beach. The region is also rich in Maori culture and tradition.

Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Rotorua’s famous tourist attraction is known as the world’s youngest geothermal system. There are many eco tours through this geothermal park, where you can explore volcanic craters and steaming lakes. You can also take a boat cruise or go hiking, which will last you from 40 minutes to several hours.



Driving through New Zealand’s south island

By New Zealand / South Island /

New Zealand’s south island is home to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Hire a campervan in Christchurch and drive through some of these incredible regions.

The Alpine Pacific Triangle comprises of three incredible areas. Head to the Waipara Valley, where you’ll encounter award winning wineries. The area is best known for its rich and spicy Pinot Noirs and Rieslings. You can then expore the thermal waters along with native forests and limestone hills in Hurunui. Then there’s the waters off Kaikoura, where majestic Humpback whales and orcas are frequently spotted.

One of the most popular attractions for tourists is watching yellow-eyed penguins surf into the beach along the scenic Otago Peninsula. Also worth exploring, is Dunedin’s incredible architecture. Travel around the city and take in all the sites it has to offer. Don’t miss the country’s most photographed building, Dunedin Railway Station, which was constructed in 1906!

Queenstown and its surrounds captivate visitors from all corners of the globe. The snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes and outdoor adventure activities so often seen on postcards are all found in Queenstown. Kayak across Lake Wakatipu, go bushwalking, skiing, white water rafting and canyon-swinging – these are just a few of the adventures to be had here.

The amazing Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail takes you past glaciers, mountains, golden highlands and vineyards. Another popular attraction, which is located in the middle of the Waitaki region’s coastline, is the mysterious Moeraki Boulders. The sight of these two metre high, spherical boulders scattered across the beach at sunset is a photographer’s delight.

There’s no shortness of pristine beauty in Fiordland. The region has crystal-clear lakes, lush forests and tumbling waterfalls – each as breathtaking as the other. Cruise the glacial waters of the south island’s biggest lake, Te Anau, or around the famous Milford Sound. Take a tour to the glow-worm grotto near Lake Te Anau, where the caves are geologicall active. Wherever you go, there’s no shortage of amazing experiences in Fiordland.



Great places to park your campervan in Auckland and surrounds

By Auckland / New Zealand /

Auckland’s an amazing city with plenty to offer its visitors. Make your stay in Auckland more affordable and at your own place, by hiring a campervan in Auckland and exploring the city as it suits you.

Here are five of the best sites to park your campervan in Auckland.

A Kiwi Farmstay
Just north of Auckland city is A Kiwi Farmstay, where you’ll experience traditional Kiwi farm life. Chatter around the campfire at night, feed baby goats and lambs, sheer a sheep or enjoy a horse ride. It’s the perfect destination for a lovely getaway with the family.

Whangateau Holiday Park
Whangateau Holiday Park, situated on the water’s edge on Whangateau Harbour, is a peaceful and award-winning campground. With several waterfront powered sites available, along with fishing and safe swimming nearby along the pristine Matakana and Kowhal Coast, this is one destination you must visit.

Orere Point TOP 10 Holiday Park
Located about an hour from Auckland’s CBD is the Orere Point TOP 10 Holiday Park. It offers affordable accommodation, including powered and non-powered sites, and is close to many regional parks and the Hunua Ranges. From here you can also access the Hot Springs and many water activities, such as kayaking.

Waitakere Ranges Regional Park
Park your wheels within the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, which covers more than 16,000 hectares of native forest, waterfalls, cliffs and beautiful coastline. Stay at a basic campsite in the enchanting Pararaha Valley, which isn’t far from Blacksand Beach. Bookings must be made through Auckland Council.

Remuera Motor Lodge and Campground
This inner city camping ground offers affordable powered sites just minutes from Auckland’s city centre. Here, you’ll find a quiet, park-like setting with a swimming pool and many nearby attractions, such as spas, golf courses and beaches.



Swim with whales in mooloolaba

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

TO see a whale up close is one thing, but to float above them is another and certainly an Australian first that Sunreef Mooloolaba can lay claim to. It’s an experience you can’t miss while staying at beautiful Maroochydore Beach Caravan Park just up the road.

“I just love the sound of awe that comes up through people’s snorkels as a sort of muffled squeal when they spot their first whale,” Sunreef Mooloolaba’s Dan Hart says after taking our small group through our paces for whale swim protocol. “Mostly it’s just great to see everyone’s excitement before, during and after their first in-water encounter.”

He’s not wrong. The experience is mesmerising, almost dreamy, and there’s no doubt for us there’s a connection between man and whale. For the “humpies” to go out of their way and interact is a clear message they don’t mind sharing their backyard with us – though remember we’re at the “mercy of the whales” and it’s a 65 to 70 per cent strike rate when it comes to them venturing over, Hart says.

There is a 70 per cent chance whales will be curious enough to swim over and interact with humans.

“One particular encounter I remember was when a whale came and circled the boat and swam straight past all the guests before doing a headstand, with its tail out of the water just a couple of metres away before slipping gently in the water and leaving us in its slipstream,” Hart says, as if it were yesterday.

This year an estimated 20,000 humpback whales migrate up the east coast of Australia and back down to the Antarctic, with the season on the Sunshine Coast running until late October. So it’s ripe for the picking in coming months.

“The more people know about whales, the more likely they are to love them like we do and want to see them protected worldwide,” Hart says, before pointing out that Sunreef keeps two spots available on every trip for whale researchers.

The whale swim experience is a three-hour round trip with 20 people tops taken on each trip. You get a full briefing on what to expect and safety procedures as well as a wetsuit, snorkelling equipment and scrumptious little snack packs.

The process is simple. Once a whale is seen, “which can take just five minutes”, according to Hart, the boat will stop 100m or more away from the whale and if conditions are appropriate, the boat is turned off and swimmers are allowed into the water holding on to a floating line attached to the boat.

Visit: or Ph (07) 5444 5656 for the whale encounter.



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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.



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 take a tour and focus on the highlights or explore them individually.

Fremantle (pictured)

Fremantle is famous for its old-fashioned charm. The port city is a vibrant tourist precinct, located about 20 minutes from Perth’s CBD. It has several beautiful colonial buildings, which date back to the 1830s. One of the best ways to see this magnificent city is to simply walk through it. Take a guided tour, or look up self-guided walks on the Visit Fremantle website. Here, you’ll find several walks to choose from, including the award winning Hotels and Breweries Walk, which takes you through the city’s historic west end. 


York’s pretty rolling hills are located less than an hour and a half east of Perth, in the Avon Valley. Few Western Australian towns hold the ‘Historic Town’ status, with York being the first inland settlement for Western Australia’s colonists. To this day, it retains its charm with its Victorian-era and Federation style churches, tea rooms and restaurants. Visit the area for a burst of history, arts and crafts, and outdoor activities, such as horse riding.

Bibbulmun Track Day Walk 

This is one part of the eight day walk on the famous Bubbulmun Track, which stretches 100 km from Kalamunda to the historic seaside city of Albany. Begin your day walk about an hour and half’s drive south of Perth at Sullivan Rock. The 19 km return walk leads you to Mount Cooke’s summit, where epic views await. It’s an enjoyable walk, with April to mid-October being the best time to walk the track.



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 is plenty of choice at the local brewery. With six beers brewed on site, why not grab a tasting board and sample them all? The food is sure to satisfy the hunger worked up throughout the day and if you are lucky enough to be here on a lazy Tuesday or Thursday arvo, a brewery tour will take you behind the scenes, explaining what goes into the beer that you are about to sample. More

No. 3 Cape Byron Walking Track

For incredible views of the golden sandy beaches, glistening ocean and tropical vegetation that make Byron Bay the ultimate escape, the Cape Byron Walking Track is sure to mellow even the most stressed of visitors. Why else would you come to Byron, if not to unwind and take it all in? Setting off from the Captain Cook Picnic Area, the two hour walk winds through Palm Valley, past Watego’s Beach and to the heritage-listed lighthouse and Keeper’s Cottages, which have been converted into rustic accommodation and which boast stunning coastal views. More

No 4. Circus Arts Byron Bay

For those who need something a little more interactive than walking to keep them entertained, Circus Arts is a kid’s play space where littlies can get physical and learn the basics of flying trapeze, indoor climbing, yoga and circus. Circus Arts is open year-round but hosts dedicated school holiday program events.  More

No 5. Main Beach

We know what you’re thinking. The beach? Hardly rare in Australia, no doubt. But what makes this one so special? It’s quite possible that this is the most family-friendly beach in the country. For starters, Main Beach is sheltered from wind by the headland and patrolled from October to Easter by surf lifesavers. Parents’ lives are made easier with a baby change room in the surf club and a playground nestled in the shade of the soaring pine trees, as well as plenty of food and drink options nearby. For a bit of adventure with the older ones, a popular activity is to snorkel out from to the Tassie II, a ship off the coast. If you’re lucky you may even spot some passing whales and dolphins from the shoreline, proving that this is NOT just any beach.