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)!
Accommodation for any budget
Melbourne Australia, with its cafe culture, quirky artiness, theatre & shopping options is an incredible city and one not to be missed when exploring the land down under. A city with such a wide variety of shopping and entertainment, antique and vintage mixed with modern and unusual, will naturally have an equal variety of accommodations to fit any budget. Whether your wallet is thin or overstuffed, we have a few places worth checking out for your stay in Melbourne.
Gold Coast Foodies Rejoice!
The Gold Coast is best known for its beautiful long white beaches, while its culinary appeal is rather less documented. So let’s dive on in to the best places to eat when visiting the Goldie.
Explore this Aussie Gem
I have spent most of my life in Melbourne. I love the city and occasionally have been known to support the friendly rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney quite expressively, so you can imagine my nervousness when I first found out that I might have to move to Sydney. I have visited NSW’s capital city on several occasions and seen “The Sights” – Sydney Opera House, Luna Park, the Sydney Harbour Bridge etc. Trust me, they are marvellous but I have never felt at home in Sydney. That is until the day I visited Coogee Beach.
A Festival That Captures A City
With the bustling cities of Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast attracting so much tourist attention, Adelaide is often forgotten. Only once a year this sleepy little city rises up in unique artistic expression and celebration.
See the coast in a campervan
Taking my holiday on the road with friends was one of the best ideas I ever had. With just a rented camper and the coastal road, we made the most of a great situation. This is our story, and I hope it gives you inspiration to take your own road trip. Seeing the country in this way can’t be beat, but it pays to have a bit of an idea about the items that will make your journey easier and the sites you absolutely must not miss on your way from Sydney to Melbourne. Make your own Great Australian Road Trip a success.
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.
Best Events in Melbourne
Melbourne is widely regarded as Australia’s cultural capital and it’s often hard to keep track of everything happening in Australia’s second most populated city. Aside from the festivals and events happening in the Summer, there’s the sumptuous international cuisine on offer, the picturesque bike ride routes (a great way to see the city), internationally acclaimed theatre and opera, as well as fantastic comedy going on. It’s often easy to forget that you’re in Australia, and not a major European city. Melbourne, throughout the year, is host to a range of international festivals. Here are our top picks and what not to miss in Melbourne.
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.
See some of Australia's highlights
The south east corner of Australia holds many the best natural wonders, sprawling cities and rolling coastline that this magnificent country has to offer. Planning a road trip from the Gold Coast to Melbourne will take you through some of the highlights, spanning a journey that covers 1,700km and taking approximately four or five days, depending on how long you wish to stop off for along the way.
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.
Fun for the whole family
Finding things to keep kids busy during the school holidays can be a challenge, especially if the weather is not cooperating. But, don’t stress! We’ve gathered together some of the best things to do around Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. You’ll find some classics in there (like the museum) but we’ve been on the hunt for some more interesting ideas, too. Many of these activities would make great birthday party ideas. Maps are included for some listings to help you find the closest venue, and Queensland school holiday dates are at the bottom. As always, if you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments below!
Explore these world class coffee spots
Maria Paoli is an international coffee judge, trainer, consultant and coffee connoisseur with over 15 years experience. Maria runs coffee tours of Melbourne, and has been gracious enough to share her top Melbourne coffee spots below. You can find more information at her website, www.evolvingsuccess.com.au
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.
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!
The best eats in the capital!
There are so many things to do and see when you go to Australia and especially to Canberra. There are zoos, museums, amazing clubs, beautiful buildings and so much more. Whatever you decide to do, one group of attractions will always have to be on your list – restaurants. As with everything in Australia, the food is influenced by Asian flavours, European techniques, American styles and much more. There is a great restaurant for every budget and taste.
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.
4.5 hours north of Perth
When part of our country’s history is felt on a personal level we become more passionate about who we are, where we came from and why we are here. The more we explore this history the more we want to share it. This is just one story. A story, a place that has great significance to our family.
Right in the heart of Ipswich
“It has to be a dinosaur, it looks like a Plesiosaur. How come we’re the only people to have discovered it? It’s right there.” My excited 6 year old exclaims.
“No, it’s a monster.” Miss 4 retorts.
While the conversation bounces back and forth this Mother smiles as her heart does a little flip. It’s that beautiful little surge of butterflies that you get when your babies are making discoveries, rationalising and believing. Their enthusiasm is overwhelming.
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.
Explore these wonderful Brisbane coffee shops
The Brisbane coffee scene is a treasure chest full of little gems that shine because of what they do, not necessarily because of how they look. If you’re riding coffee’s third wave, then strap on your leg rope and dive into our favourite Brisbane coffee chill spots! We have reviewed over 40 coffee shops in Brisbane, and these are our ‘best of the best’.
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Attractions, Beaches, Cities, Nature, Parks, Wildlife
Attractions, Cities, Nature, Parks, Wildlife
Attractions, Cities, Nature, Parks
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