Get up close to Aussie animals in the city!
Whether you’re visiting Brisbane from overseas or looking for somewhere to take the family on a weekend, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is an absolute must-do experience. Lone Pine is the world’s largest koala sanctuary, and it’s the perfect way to get up close and personal with a range of Australian wildlife including kangaroos, snakes & reptiles, dingoes, birds, Tasmanian devils, a platypus and even farmyard animals (not just koalas)!
As a child, I always dreamed of traveling to Sydney. I wanted to visit the Sydney Opera House, hold a koala, and swim at the beach, and when I traveled from the US to Sydney, I had the chance to participate in all of these activities. This vacation was definitely a highlight of my childhood and easily one of my favorite trips.
Don't worry about the sharks...
Shark Bay is a World Heritage Site on the west coast of Western Australia. Our journey there was so worth the trip because it is a beautiful place to be if you love swimming in the ocean, especially with the marine life. From the map below, you can get an idea of where it’s at and why it’s such a popular vacation spot.
ATCA at Paul Wild Observatory
Just west of the town of Narrabri in country New South Wales is a fantastic spot for science nerds (like me) the nation over. The Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) at the Paul Wild Observatory is an array of 6 antennas (think “The Dish”) used for radio astronomy.
CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope
If you’re seen the typically-Australian film “The Dish“, you’ll know exactly what you’re looking at in the pictures below. Located just north of the country town of Parkes, the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope (more commonly known as “The Dish”) is one of the largest radio telescope in Australia (after Tidbinbilla near Canberra), and still remains one of the largest in the world!
Explore Australia's convict past
If you’re a history nerd (like me) then you’ve probably heard of Port Arthur. The Port Arthur Historic Site is a fantastic look into Australia’s convict past; it was a place where repeat offenders from the colonies were sent for punishment, using the same model as Pentonville prison in England. This was a place for hardened criminals and was intended to discipline, punish and ultimately reform such men.
Explore Australia's Vineyards
Australia has a reputation for producing some of the finest wines in the world. From the big reds of the Barossa Valley to crisp white Chardonnay from Margaret River each region has its own signature wine styles, varietals and producers. Why not take a closer look? See Australia and taste these wines directly from the cellar door.
A Hot Destination For Active Travellers
Adelaide, a beautiful and charming Australian city, is famous for its 19th century architecture, wide parkland areas, and the ultimate sense of openness. The wonderful city hosts an extensive array of events, exhibitions and festivals throughout the year, and it is a hub for culture and art in Australia.
Recently, Adelaide was named as a ‘top city to visit in 2014’ by Lonely Planet; it is the only Australian city that could make it through in the world’s top holiday destinations 2014 list declared by Lonely Planet.
Experience nature from a different angle
If you’re looking for a way to get back to nature and explore somewhere new, make your way to one of the Adventure Forests in Tasmania. “What’s an adventure forest?” I hear you ask. Well, there are four of these forests set up around the state, with each offering different “adventure” activities to enable you to experience nature from a different angle.
Things to do in Sydney free or cheap
I have always been very keen on visiting Sydney, Australia for one very specific reason – I always saw a lot of the place on Animal Planet and as a child who was fascinated by animals, I could not wait till the day I would visit the city. That is how it started off for me. But once I was actually in Sydney, I discovered so much more. I went there in the month of January, when it is summer in Australia, and that is easily one of the best times to visit this vibrant city.
As a student, I had obvious budget constraints when I was in Sydney, but I was determined to see and do as much with the modest amount of money that I did have. My friends and I did a whole lot of research on our first night in the city and we figured out the different things that we could do there for free. And since making that list worked for us, I have decided to share that with everyone else too.
The most fun 3 hours you'll ever have
I recently spent a week in Tasmania, speeding from one side of the island state to the other, trying every adventure available. And the Bruny Island Cruise was by far the most heart racing, squeal inducing and educational (yes, adventure AND education!) attraction I came across. It’s the kind of adventure that you could do again and again and it would take your breath away every time.
Experience convict history through a live performance
I’m actually embarrassed to admit my lack of historical knowledge about this magnificent country. My generation tend to forget there was a time before mobile phones, the internet and online shopping. We all know to some degree that Australia was built on the back of convict settlement, but it wasn’t until my most recent trip to the breathtaking state of Tasmania, that my eyes were opened and my ignorance to our past was highlighted.
2.5 hour drive from Brisbane
When I was at school, I was a cellist in the Bundaberg Youth Orchestra. Every second year we would go on a tour of the Great South East, entertaining rural country towns with rather talented albeit small orchestra.
In 2009, whilst on tour, we visited the Jondaryan Woolshed. Actually, we were lucky enough to be able to perform for the farm staff and local townspeople inside the woolshed. It was truly magical to play amongst the wooden beams and hay bales. Since then, I have been back as a day visitor as well as an overnight camper. And let me tell you, the damper improves each and every time.
A fun day out for the whole family
To anyone that grew up in Brisbane, the word “Ekka” conjures up memories of dagwood dogs, fairy floss, nausea-inducing rides, animals, showbags and fireworks. For me it brings back memories of shovelling cow poo and watching the precision driving team (though not at the same time). You see, my family is full of dairy farmers, and every year they would bring their best show cows to Brisbane to enter them in the dairy judging at the Ekka.
Explore Margaret River in Western Australia
Margaret River is located in Western Australia and it’s a fantastic place to visit while you are on vacation. If you want to have an enjoyable time with your family, it’s recommended that you visit some of the 7 places that you will find below. All 7 of these attractions can be done in a single day! If you are short on time or you simply want to pack your day with as much excitement as possible, this is a list made perfectly for you. Margaret River is a place where you can relax with your family and have an enjoyable time with your loved ones. If you are ready to make the most out of your vacation, continue reading and explore some of the 7 things below.
Various locations across Australia
The Australian wine industry is booming–forget the typical vino tipples of Southern France–the Australian produce is up there in terms of quality and taste. Australia is now the world’s fourth largest exporter of wine with approximately 750 million litres a year to the international market.
The capital of the Sunshine State
As the capital of the state of Queensland and one of the most vibrant, exciting cities in the whole of Australia, Brisbane has an awful lot going for it. Its reputation as a great city, as well as the sprawling parkland and clear freshwater lakes that can be found a short distance away, make it a brilliant city to visit, whether you’re just passing through or aiming to spend a lot of time there.
A great attraction for the whole family
The Perth Mint was originally established in 1899 to create Australian dollars. It’s an elegant late-19th century building located close to Perth’s CBD. It’s the only gold refinery in Australia and one of the largest in the world, although the Australian coins of today are made in Canberra.
Drive a V8 Supercar in Sydney
Marco, my bombastic and rather pretentious client-friend told me that driving a V8 Race Car is about as close as one can come to driving a V8 Supercar. I kind of disagreed – I have a thing for the real V8 supercar. Still, he went ahead and got me a gift voucher for a V8 Race Car driving experience in Sydney.
Take a leisurely drive down the NSW coast
Sydney is Australia’s largest city, and there are plenty of things to do both in the city and further abroad. The best way to make your way around is by renting a car from one of the major car rental companies in Sydney and choosing your own adventure! If you are on a holiday or just spending a weekend stopover in Sydney, here is an idea of where the road might take you.
2 hour flight north of Brisbane
Though it may be best known for its natural beauty, Cairns offers vacationers plenty of activities to keep them busy during their stay. Whether you’re looking for peace and relaxation, adventure, or something in between, Cairns and the surrounding region have more than enough to offer.
With so many things to do in Cairns, it’s really no wonder Cairns is the fourth most popular destination for tourists in Australia. When on vacation, it’s not so much finding something to do, but deciding what shouldn’t be missed.
1 hour south of Brisbane
The Gold Coast is an amazing place to visit, whether you live in Australia or on a tour. The place is buzzing with life and is a heaven for tourists. However, it is known to be expensive, which deters many tourists who want to explore but are on a budget. Being such a person myself, I can convince you that you can actually enjoy a Gold coast holiday, without running out of money.
Things to do in Brisbane
I’m a Brisbane local through and through. I was born here, grew up here, and though I’ve traveled the world, I think I’ll always call Brisbane “home”. Brisbane has just about everything that you could want; the convenience and variety of a big city, friendly locals and easy access to great beaches, rainforest and country scenery. There are so many things to do in Brisbane, but if you’ve only got limited time (i.e. a weekend stopover), here are some of the best things I’d recommend. Rather than a set itinerary, I’ve listed lots of things that you can pick and choose from to create your own adventure to suit your taste, budget and weather!
Australia's "Cultural Capital"
Melbourne’s vigor and verve are addictive. The city’s throbbing charm resonates a rapture that is difficult to resist. Referred to as the ‘Cultural Capital of Victoria’, Melbourne provides one with an array of activities during vacation. From just sightseeing to being part of the culture, this great city offers a little something to all its enthusiasts. With the bustling markets, fantastic architecture, the sprawling green gardens and sophisticated sport facilities, one wouldn’t know what to choose. If you are planning to visit this city for a holiday or a business trip, here are some of the best things to do in Melbourne.
Adventure activities on the Brisbane River
Adventure on Riverlife Adventure Centre
Looking for fun ways to spend the day with kids in Brisbane? There is hardly a lack of options, but few days out can be quite as exciting as a trip to the Riverlife Adventure Centre. Whether you want your kids to enjoy a fun and cultural experience, or to simply try out some new activities, it is the perfect way to spend a day. So what exactly can you do at the centre? Here’s a quick guide to a fantastic family day out.
Festival of music, lights and ideas
Vivid Sydney is an annual festival of light, music and ideas and features an amazing light show projected onto the Opera House called “Lighting the Sails”. The Vivid festival is usually on around May/June, and even though I don’t live in Sydney I’ve been lucky enough to experience it a couple of times.
1 hour north-west of Townsville
Who doesn’t like a good slippery slide. Come on, if you have ever been to a real Australia Day BBQ (that’s a barbie for all you international readers out there) someone, somewhere has pulled out a sheet of black builders plastic, grabbed a bottle of fairy liquid, a garden hose and a camera and some hours later, you all emerge from the suddy, muddy party covered in bruises but with a huge grin on your face.
Explore the east coast via some of these "big" attractions
Aussies of a certain generation might fondly remember piling into the back of a Kingswood for the family holiday and cruising down the open road, headed perhaps to a beachside holiday park or aunt and uncle’s house somewhere. In between the games of “I-Spy” and kids constantly nagging “Are we there yet?”, Australia’s “big things” were a welcome sight; an opportunity to stretch the legs and entertain the kids, and maybe sneak in an ice cream.
1.5 hours south of Sydney
Located just over an hour from Sydney, NSW’s largest water theme park is the place for day long thrills and spills. Jam-packed with water rides and attractions there is something at Jamberoo Action Park for all ages.
Not only does Luna Park Sydney provide hours of fun for all ages, it is also a restored 1930s theme park with a magical early 20th century charm about it.
The world's biggest monolith
When you’ve seen an iconic profile in promotional material a gazillion times before, can it when finally seen in the flesh, live up to such hype?
In Uluru’s case – Yes… and more! All those sunset photos you’ve seen are not a scratch on the real thing!
45 minutes from the Gold Coast
For a long time I thought there was nothing cooler than glow worms. They’re bright, they live in caves, their soft-toy likenesses wear jaunty night-hats. But while researching where I could go to visit these fun little guys, I stumbled upon something which could be even cooler—the Annual Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival.
I moved to Brisbane from Ohio, looking for interesting people and a bit of adventure. Through mutual friends, I was invited to what would be my first social gathering, something called “Pims in the Park” as was stated on the Facebook invite. I was really looking forward to a nice day in the sun and the August forecast stated the weather would be partly sunny. Not fully converting Celsius to Fahrenheit, I assumed this meant t-shirt and jeans weather.
1.5 hours south of Cairns
I was about 12 when I was first taken to Paronella Park by my parents on a family holiday to North Queensland. It’s one of those mystical, magical places that takes you back in time. Think The Secret Garden mixed with a little Jane Austin (in particular Mr Darcy). It’s a place I will never forget. The magical moss covered stones of this gorgeous park could be mistaken for a medieval castle and grounds. However, whilst the very real love story behind the castle goes hand in hand with turrets and balconies, the structures themselves are relatively new.
A beach right in the heart of the city
There are many places I like to pass time in Australia, but I love to become lost in thought strolling through Brisbane’s South Bank. Meandering like the river at a pace akin to a snail. This could be day or night but mostly around dusk. There’s still the bustle of people making their way home from work, meeting friends, restaurants are filling, lots of lives passing me by oblivious to my observing them in a non judgemental fashion. Groups of friends barbequing, sky scrapers loom above, archways of flowers and bustling bars, the rivers constant flow that’s been there longer than any of these things, winding through without having to remind me it’s her city not ours.
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Attractions, Beaches, Nature, Parks, Wildlife
Attractions, Cities, Wildlife
Attractions, Cities, Nature, Wildlife
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Attractions, Beaches, Cities, Nature, Parks, Wildlife
Attractions, Cities, Nature, Parks, Wildlife
Attractions, Cities, Nature, Parks
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