Enjoy Top Ten Destinations in Australia This Christmas

This Christmas thinking to go on a trip to some extraordinary place that caters you not just beach activities, sightseeing opportunities, and wonderful cities but also some wild exotic animals, snow-capped mountains, rainforests or maybe a desert too. Then, keeping in this mind, Australia would be the right destination for you to enjoy your Christmas vacation.

The top 10 destinations of Australia, which you should visit to enjoy this Christmas, are Sydney, Cairns, Brisbane, Melbourne, The Great Ocean Road, Canberra, Gold Coast, Tasmania, Magnetic Island and Kimberley.

1. Sydney:
Sydney is Australia’s number one travel destination. A large number of visitors come here every year. The Sydney Opera House is the main attraction. It has both cultural and fun activities to enjoy.

2. Cairns:
Cairns is the main center from where you can travel to north or south or other beautiful island resorts. The world’s largest coral reef The Greater Barrier Reef is one of the main attractions of this place. This reef is the home of large variety of birds, fish and other forms of sea life.

3. Brisbane:
Located in Queensland, Brisbane is popular for its nightlife that offers something for everyone. It offers a wide range of cuisine that is considered to be the best in Australia by many visitors.

4. Melbourne:
Melbourne, considered as the emotional heart of Australia, offers a mixture of modern architecture and amenities apart from the most beautiful examples of Victorian architecture in the world. You can enjoy a fine cuisine along with the pleasure of shopping.

5. The Great Ocean Road:
One of the most beautiful roads, The Great Ocean Road runs for over 200 hundred miles along the coastline in the area of Victoria and has beautiful natural scenery. You can hire a car and enjoy a wonderful drive over this road.

6. Canberra:
A fascinating place to see, Canberra is the capital of Australia. Most of the attractions of this city are the National Gallery, Parliament House, the War Memorial, the National Library, National Archives and artifacts.

7. Gold Coast
Gold Coast is an exotic place with pretty beaches special for surfers and beach lovers. Other attractions are the Theme Parks and the busy night life in Surfers Paradise.

8. Tasmania:
Tasmania is the place for hiking and camping with the background of beautiful sceneries. The main land can be reached by rental car or by a short flight. You can enjoy the delicious food at various local restaurants.

9. Magnetic Island:
Lavished with fantastic beaches, Magnetic Island is in front of Townsville. The land is mostly a national park with many colonies of kangaroos and koalas to be seen in their national habitat.

10. Kimberley:
Kimberley, famous for its diamonds, is the rugged terrain with beautiful scenes. Get a cruise around this region to view beautiful waterfalls, rivers, red cliffs and some rain forest as well.

You can even go around the interior parts just by hiring a car in Australia, as they too offer beautiful scenes and wild life. Get insights of many historical places by renting a car that is easy to hire, quick to access and comfortable to make your journey leisure. Australia is the beautiful place to enjoy as words are not enough to elaborate it. So, better check out yourself this Christmas and make your trip a part of your memories.

MySelf Kathy Green and traveling is my passion, I like to travel in different destinations all over the world and I preferred to book my car by car hire Australia service. Car hire Melbourne service in Australia made my last trip successful and enjoyed a lot.

The Gold Coast’s Best Nights Out

Australia’s Gold Coast is known for it’s spectacular beaches, awesome surfing, and a breathtaking skyline. There are an endless variety of attractions and activities you can engage in to fill your days. But it’s the nightlife that brings many people back again and again.
Pint of 90 Shilling Amber Ale by Michael Fajardo

Bars, Taverns and Pubs

Surfers Paradise Beer Garden is known for some of the best live music on the Gold Coast. The bar offers different themes daily, such as Ping Pong Monday and Girl Power Wednesday. Friday and Saturday enjoy live bands until five in the morning. On Sundays come join in on something totally different — goldfish racing!

The Fisherman’s Wharf Tavern once hosted a concert by Nirvana. Here you can have a drink on the waterfront, listen to some great tunes by live bands, or even play Keno.

Clubbing the Gold Coast

japanish by Fabio Venni

There are literally hundreds of places you can dance and party, but beware — three in the morning is lock out time. If you step outside, you will not be allowed back in. Saturday and Sunday are the biggest club nights, with plenty of choices on where to spend them.

Platinum Nightclub

The Platinum is known for it’s large space allowing up to 1,500 people to hang at once. Customers can receive free water at any time, and you will never wait in line for the rest room. DJ Flash is one of Australia’s most popular DJs, and is guaranteed to keep the club hopping all night long.

Ruby Tramp

Ruby Tramp is one of the most awesome clubs to party at, but very picky on who they let in. Maybe you will get lucky and be one of the selected.

Vanity Night Club

The Vanity night club is something totally new. Relax on a bed with your own personal TV, listen to some awesome music, and dance, dance, dance.

Melba’s on the Park

If Top 40’s are what you like to listen to, Melba’s is a great spot. Very touristy, but a lot of fun to meet people and listen to some of your favorites. You can also find 80’s and 90’s, golden oldies, or whatever genre you might prefer.
Australian Outback Spectacular

Dinner Theater

When it’s time to dine, there are some entertaining dinner shows for you to attend. The Australian Outback Spectacular combines music, lights and some outrageous horses for an awesome show. Add in some cattle, camels and bush vehicles, and you have definitely entered the Outback. While you are intrigued by the show, dig into a scrumptious feast of barbecue tenderloin beef steak and garden vegetables, and baked pavlova for dessert.

If you have flown to the Gold Coast, car rentals are easy to find and very convenient for your sight seeing. You may even have the option to rent a car with your vacation package. Check it out.

Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant is something totally unique. Mix some comedy and music with vampires and what do you get? A super fun evening that will have everyone laughing. A night of B-movie horror that is not for small children. From the moment your “finger” foods arrive to the presentation of your “death by chocolate” dessert, you will be in stitches. Hopefully not literally.

Dracula’s recently opened it’s own Haunted House as well. Do you dare walk through the five levels of Gothic scares, “dare” doors, and the deadly Australian creature? Get up close and personal with a shark, funnel spider and giant crocodile.

Museums

The Wax Museum on the Gold Coast is the largest south of the equator. It houses over 110 wax figures in genuine costumes. See villains and movie stars, scientists and explorers who look so real you will do a double take.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium is full of all sorts of strange displays. Enjoy interactive displays, bizarre and unusual exhibits, and amazing illusions. Count how many times you say “I don’t believe it!”

Other Night Attractions

The SkyPoint Observation Deck is the place to go to get the absolute best view of the Gold Coast. Located atop one of the world’s tallest towers, more than 750 feet above the ground, you can see some amazing views. Get a 360 degree view of the Gold Coast and all the surroundings. Take one of the world’s fastest elevators, or climb the 1,331 steps to the very top. Have a drink in the coast’s highest lounge bar, or salsa the night away on the dance floor. The city lights are a breathtaking backdrop to your evening entertainment.

For those who need to get the blood pumping, check out the bungee rocket, sling shot, vomatron or fly coaster. These super adrenaline rides will test your courage. Not to mention your stomach.
spin by conorwithonen

Casino Fun

Jupiter’s Hotel and Casino is great for all your nightlife activities. Play some gaming machines, tables or poker. Have a few drinks at one of the six bars in the casino, enjoy live music, comedy or a meal. Or head to the theatre and be entertained by internationally known artists such as Jason Derulo, Rod Stewart, or Michael Bolton. Be sure to ask about the special casino promotions. The casino also has excellent rooms and service if you choose to stay there.

The Gold Coast is an endless adventure waiting to be explored. No matter the weather, you can find activities indoors or out to keep you going all day and into the night. Whether you are alone, on a romantic holiday or with a group, the attractions available will keep everyone entertained and content.

Plan your next trip to the Gold Coast for the total package. Sun, sand, surf, great dining and shopping, awesome shows, and nightlife that never ends. What more could you ask for in a holiday destination.

The Best Australian Road Trips

In Australia, the grand tradition of the road trip is alive and thriving, and one of the most worthwhile road trips to experience is an epic trek from Sydney to Melbourne. However, there are plenty of other popular routes that appeal to everyone from foodies to Outback adventurers. Get hip to the best road trips in Australia with the guide below.

Coastal Journeys

The Sydney to Melbourne drive is truly a journey, generally taking a full week to complete – that is, if you stop to enjoy what each leg of the trip has to offer.

 Sydney to Nowra. Head south to Stanwell Tops for breathtaking cliff-top views, and surf, swim or have a picnic before crossing Sea Cliff Bridge to Kiama. Witness the famous Blowhole there as it shoots water up to 60 meters high. On the way to Nowra, cruise by Seven Mile Beach to Shoalhaven Heads for some beach fishing before stopping for evening refreshment at a local pub.

Nowra to Batemans Bays. Sink your toes into the world’s whitest sand at Hyams Beach before sea kayaking in Honeymoon Bay. Grab some fish and chips on the harbor at Ulladulla before taking the “One Track for All” walk and learning all about local Aboriginal history. When you get to Batemans Bay, fresh oysters await on the Clyde River cruise.

Batemans Bay to Eden. Explore a 19th century gold mining village in Mogo before watching traditional craftspeople at work in Central Tilba. Throw a boomerang at the Umbarra Cultural Centre, and then go snorkeling at Mimosa Rocks National Park. Arrive in Eden from May to November for whale watching.

Eden to Bairnsdale. Go canoeing down the Wallagaraugh River to Gypsy Point to feed sea eagles and picnic with kangaroos. Visit the largest known little penguin colony at Gabo Island before a stop at a World Biosphere Reserve in Croajingolong National Park. Sail Australia’s largest inland waterway, Gippsland Lakes, before turning in for the night at Bairnsdale.

Bairnsdale to Wilsons Promontory. Tidal River at Normal Bay offers a variety of nature walks through rainforests, heathlands and beaches. Admire panoramic views of Victoria from the vantage point of Mt. Oberon, or dive the granite cliffs of Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.

Wilsons Promontory to Phillip Island. Enjoy a cup of coffee and browse the bookstores and galleries in the township of Fish Creek. Once on Phillip Island, see koalas and waterfowl at Rhyll and fairy penguins at Summerland Beach. Seal Rocks is home to Australia’s largest fur seal colony, while Cape Woolami is home to thousands of short-tailed shearwaters. Cowes or Rhyll are both good locations to spend the night.

Phillip Island to Melbourne. In this lovely home stretch, cuddle with koalas in Cowes before swimming with dolphins at Sorrento. Go berry picking in Red Hill, and check out the beach town of Mornington before reaching the vibrant metropolis of Melbourne.

If you’re looking for a slightly shorter journey, there are plenty of prime coastal locations with something for everyone:

•    New age, nudism and surfing at Byron Bay, New South Wales.
•    The Great Barrier Reef, the Coral Sea and seclusion at Whitsundays, Queensland.
•    Beaches, rainforests and theme parks at Gold Coast, Queensland.
•    Historic villages, lighthouses and swimming with dolphins at Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.
•    Wine tasting, caving and whale watching at Margaret River, Western Australia.
•    White sand beaches, scuba diving and kayaking at Wineglass Bay, Tasmania.
•    Shipwrecks, windsurfing and incredible headlands at Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia.

Nature and Outback Journeys

The coast is just the beginning of the spectacular natural beauty of Australia. There are a myriad of inland itineraries for nature lovers as well. Some of the more popular driving journeys are:

The Rainforest Way. Choose from one of 7 different day drives throughout New South Wales and Queensland. These drives include wonders such as World Heritage rainforests at Richmond Range National Park, Minyon Falls in Nightcap National Park and a 1,000-year-old red cedar on the Tweed Range Scenic Drive.

Red Centre Way. For the ultimate Outback driving journey, follow this 5-day route that begins and ends in Alice Springs. Along the way, listen to ghost hums in Simpsons Gap, climb the rim of Kings Canyon, witness the majesty of Uluru, swim in the Garden of Eden and marvel at the dozen meteor craters at Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve.

Food and Wine Journeys

Food and wine lovers will not be disappointed with these delicious journeys:

Poacher’s Trail. This three day drive starts and ends in Canberra, passing by 140 vineyards and 33 wineries. Start your drive on a Sunday and have breakfast at Canberra’s Old Bus Depot Markets before exploring award-winning wineries in Hall. During Labour Day weekend in October, sample the Murrumbateman Moving Feast. On day two of this drive, go from Murrumbateman to Yass, and visit explorer Hamilton Hume’s home. Merino wool, glass blowing factories and Carey’s Caves all await on this leg of the journey. Finally, enjoy the drive over Old South Road loop and a meal at an award-winning restaurant in Yass before returning to Canberra.

South Australian Loop. Take anywhere from 8 to 14 days to travel from Adelaide to Flinders Ranges to Kangaroo Island and back to Adelaide on a gustatory odyssey. With this itinerary, not only can you taste wine made by Jesuit priests in Sevenhill; you can also explore the historic copper mining town of Burra, as well as enjoy up-close encounters with penguins and sea lions in Penneshaw and Kangaroo Island.

Australia has 50,000 kilometers of coastline, but you don’t have to try to see it all at once to appreciate it. Choose your favorite pastime, and one of these drives is sure to take you there.

This guest post article was written and provided by Erica Gustafson who is an avid Australia traveler, freelance writer and digital media consultant for Expedia.  When traveling to Australia she enjoys staying at the Mercure Sydney hotel.

 

This Holiday Season Visit the Most Popular Cities of Australia

Here is the list of some of the most popular and most interesting cities of Australia to visit; these cities are very beautiful and attractive. If you’re planning to visit Australia, then make advance planning to visit these cities and make your trip a part of your unforgettable memories.

Adelaide:
Located between the beautiful white sand beaches and splendid natural scenes, this city provides you the most beautiful scenery to enjoy. Adelaide is the city to be enjoyed just by a walk. It hosts the finest cultural events and boutique wines that Australia offers.

Darwin:
Darwin is Australia’s most popular city named after famous scientist Charles Darwin. Darwin is the entry point to the world famous Kakadu national Park, the dramatic Katherine gorge, the gorgeous Litchfield National park and the red crags of the Kimberly region. Thus, Darwin car hire is proper transport option which can be used enjoy the wild life here and surrounding areas of Darwin.

Melbourne:
Located on the magnificent port Philip Bay, this is a vibrant cosmopolitan city. It is the state capital and cultural heart of Victoria. Many different communities have made their home here. Thus, you can find different cultures along with varied cuisines to enjoy. It is a place to relax in beautiful gardens, explore the underwater world and do visit a zoo.

Perth:
Perth is totally isolated from Sydney and Melbourne. But still it offers the most interesting tourist attractions with its extravagant beaches. Extravagant beaches round off a city that’s largely shaken off its image as a boring backwater to emerge as a vivacious and culturally significant Australian destination. Near by Rottnest Island can be easily visited by Perth car hire which is famous for penguins and quokka bird.

Cairns:
Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s most popular diving sites. It is a bustling tourist centre with countless excursions to Daintree Rainforest departing daily. No beach exists here; but still people come here to enjoy the man-made lagoon on the Esplanade. It is surrounded by pleasant grassy areas perfect for relaxing under the sun.

Brisbane:
Brisbane is the vibrant capital of Queensland. Situated along the Brisbane River, the city is a true mixture of old and new culture. There are many older heritage buildings surrounded by modern monuments. There’s an abundance of green spaces to walk around and enjoy the pleasant sun. There are numerous outdoor activities going on round the year to participate.

Sydney:
Vast, vibrant and dynamic sun baked beaches offer this strewn metropolis. Sydney is the epitome of easy going happy life. World-class cuisine, cutting edge street culture, sport, and fashion makes it the world’s top cities to live in. The Harbour Bridge, opera house and Bondi beach are the main attractions of Sydney never to miss destinations on your trip.

These are the top cities of Australia that offer you the best tourist attractions. This Christmas, arrange your tour to these cities for enjoying your holidays. In advance, make all the preparations in order to make your trip pleasurable and comfortable. If you are planning to make a trip to these destinations, then book tickets for flight, hire car services and make accommodations in advance so as not to end up in a last minute rush. You can even hire a car to go around these cities to explore the local attractions.

Top Four Beaches in New South Wales Australia

Beaches in Australia are characterized by their pristine soft white sand and crystal clear blue waters. Many of the beaches are ideal for surfing, snorkeling, diving and numerous other activities. Visitors of Australia will enjoy nearly 16,000 miles of coastline. New South Wales Australia is a year round destination. Some experts recommend November to March for a beach holiday. Other experts suggest that June, July and August are the peak beach months. Travel dates will depend on your availability and personal preference. The temperature during this time ranges from 19 degrees Celsius to 31 degrees Celsius. Though Australia officially enters winter in July, the weather is still pleasant during these months.

New South Wales Australia is home to some of the top beaches in Australia. Peering through the clear ocean waters, travelers will view some of New South Wales most breathtaking sites. The coral reef barrier is one of the largest in the world. Sydney alone has over 70 beaches where guests may enjoy this national treasure, as well as, indigenous wildlife such as dolphins. Whether you are seeking a relaxing day at the beach or an island adventure, our New South Wales beach guide can recommend a beach to cater to your needs.

Manly Beach, New South Wales

This beach is one of the well known beaches in Sydney for scuba diving, surfing, sailing, biking or volleyball. The area also attracts numerous artists to capture the beauty of the mountainous landscaping juxtaposed with the cycling blue waves. The name was given by Captain Arthur Phillip. He thought the indigenous people were characterized by the term, “Manly.” Visitors should consider the beauty of Manly Beach for their beach holiday.

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach is one of Australia’s most famous and well-known beaches. This beach is a mile long and is coveted by surfers, hikers, backpackers and true nature lovers. Whale and dolphin sightings are not uncommon at this particular beach. Bondi Beach was the host of the 2000 Beach Volleyball Olympics. The beach also features events such as Sculpture by the Sea, World Environment Day and Flickerfest. These events are held annually and bring visitors to the beach from all over the world. Hotel Bondi is a famous landmark of the area. This hotel features numerous bars and restaurants.

Byron Bay

Byron Bay is located on the North Coast of Sydney. This beach is characterized by white sandy beaches and ideal surf breaks. Long boarders especially enjoy this stretch of the beach. The waves are often long and tubular. Surfers feel as though they are riding on a pocket of air. Dolphins are not uncommon in this area and may often approach surfers or swimmers near Wategos. Beach goers of all types enjoy Byron Bay’s immaculate beaches.

Hyams Beach

The Guinness Book of World Records has recorded Hyams Beach as having the “whitest sand in the world.” Hyams is a quiet beach recommended for a romantic excursion. There are numerous cottages and resorts catering to both couples and single travelers. Gourmet restaurants and cafes are available for the guests to enjoy as well.

Pebbly Beach

This beach is famous for its frequent visits by kangaroos. If you are searching for a wildlife adventure, Pebbly Beach has all the essential components of a beach vacation: Beautiful scenery, interesting rock formations, sand and surf. This beach requires a drive, but is worth the opportunity of viewing the kangaroos up close and personal. Because of the abundance of kangaroos, the beach is associated with a National Park and is considered one of the park’s main attractions. Birds, such as parrots and goannas are also indigenous to the area. Hilly grasslands, along with tidal rock pools, are not uncommon in the area. The beach is also conducive to surfing, as well as, surfing.

Summary

Beach vacations are a glorious way to relax and unwind. Australia’s beaches are some of the most coveted beaches in the world because they not only offer sand and surf, but beautiful underwater exploration. Activities are numerous for those who desire active beach vacations. Most of the beaches are within one hour or less of an area with cosmopolitan nightlife and bars. This type of activity is often within a few minutes of the beach area. Australian beach vacations will impress even the well-traveled individual.

10 Unique Reasons to Visit Australia, Now

You’ve seen the photos of beautiful beaches, you’ve heard all about the surf and the sights, but do you know what’s behind the poster image? Australia is much more than the stereotypes, and there’s plenty of offbeat fun to be had. What’s more now’s the time to think about Australia – booking hostels and flights from New York, organising visas, stocking up on audio books and packing your bags – it’s time to get ready for a holiday down under.

Melbourne Australia
Melbourne Australia

Open yourself to exploring the unique, and in Australia you can:

1. Overdose on cute Quokkas

Visit Rottnest Island, off the coast of Perth, to say hi to some of Australia’s cutest animals, the Quokkas. These extremely charming marsupials are protected, so look but don’t touch. The island is also car-free and boasts quiet beaches, good for chilling out on.

2. Crack up on a comedy roadshow

Australians love their comedy. From the caustic to the cringe worthy, you’ll find big names touring all year round, especially in the bigger cities. But if you’re seeking out some serious comedy, Melbourne should be your first stop. Celebrate Christmas at the Comedy Club, chortle your way through the Melbourne Comedy Festival in March-April and crack up during the Melbourne Fringe Festival at the end of September.

3. Don’t eat the Idiot Fruit

Feel like you’re on another planet by visiting the Daintree Rainforest in Cape Tribulation, the largest block of topical Rainforest in Australia, where you can see the very rare Idiot Fruit – don’t eat it! – as well as one of the worlds most complex ecosystems and a whole host of Australian wildlife.

4. Bet on a bug

If you like a flutter and you’re not squeamish, swing by the Australia Day Cockroach Races in Brisbane when January rolls around. The bugs are the main attraction, but there are plenty of live bands, refreshments and street entertainments to liven up the proceedings.

5. Sneak a peek at the past

Being a relatively new country, Australia isn’t known for it’s historic sites, but a visit to Tasmania’s smaller villages is a great peek at former years. If you’re looking for quaint towns packed with gift shops and pretty views, visit Campbell Town and Richmond but if you’re looking for the real deal, visit Ross – where the air is clean, the tourists are few and the buildings old.

6. Start Swinging

Dust off your dancing shoes and get busy at the Melbourne and Sydney Swing Festivals and Jitterbug Championships. Watch or compete, the choice is yours, but dress up swish and check out Swing Patrol for tickets and events.

7. Spook yourself at Melbourne Gaol

If you aren’t afraid of no ghosts, pay a visit to the Old Melbourne Gaol, which has a reputation as the most haunted spot in the country. Book a night tour and protect your candle flame as you’re shown the spot of 136 executions, including that of the infamous Ned Kelly.

8. Enjoy a Romantic Kayak Book a double sea kayak with your favourite person and explore the sheltered lagoons around Ningaloo Reef – home to 500 species of tropical fish and 220 species of coral – for an up close glimpse of the local wildlife and some romantic views of the open seas.

9. Play the Pokies

Pokies – also known as poker or slot machines – are big business in Australia. Recently announced one of the world’s 10 top gambling spots, you’ll find more than 200,000 gaming machines in pubs and clubs across the country, so be sure to take plenty of change.

10. Get Cranked up on Caffeine Might not be the most obvious national drink, but you don’t have to go far in Aus to find a good coffee – especially the much exported flat white. If you’re the real deal, visit in May for the Australian Coffee Festival in Melbourne or The Rocks Aroma Festival – a celebration of coffee, teas and spices – in July.

Campervan Holidays in Australia

Travelling in a campervan in Australia with your family can be fun, especially if you rent or own a nice and comfortable vehicle where you can all sleep and enjoy the sights and the company. Australia has many attractive, touristy locations where you can go, most of them are located on the coasts where you can swim in the light blue waters of the coral ocean or dive in its reefs. A great trip to plan and take with your family during the summer is a trip from Port Douglas to Melbourne or vice versa.

Campervan
Image by Christian Haugen

The distance between the two cities is roughly 1,474 miles. Most people enjoy the drive up the Sunshine Coast driving slowly and staying a couple of days in campervans along the way to rest and enjoy the ocean. There are many campervan parks along the way where you will find every commodity you need, running water, electricity, restaurants and even swimming pools to bathe in when you are tired of the ocean.

Port Douglas is a great place to visit, in fact it is unique in itself. Here you will come in contact with amazing ocean creatures which swim in the coral reefs and in the crystalline waters, huge white sand beaches where you can catch the rays or wander about. Four mile beach is another beautiful spot where you find small cafes and bars on the edge of the beach where you can enjoy an afternoon or lunchtime with your family and friends. When you grow tired of the beach the fun continues, it is time to move into the rain forest on a trip upriver to take a look at crocodiles and beautiful birds in their natural habitat. When travelling to Port Douglas, it is also an opportunity to visit Cairns, one of Australia’s major cities.

Mackay is another place you cannot miss on your way to Melbourne, it is another natural paradise besides the ocean. In Mackay it is possible for you to leave your campervan and take an overnight cruise out to the barrier reef, the most impressive and the largest coral reef in the world. It is totally unnecessary to mention the beauty you will see there and the great service cruise ships have on the way. Another option in Mackay is wild, unvisited, untamed rain forest. Here you have the chance to enjoy the animals and the plants in the forest from a different angle; you take a canopy ride and look at the forest from above.

Brisbane is another possible stop on your way; it is a vibrant city that prides itself for its restaurants and entertainment industry. Shows and musical events are a permanent occurrence in Brisbane where the people are friendly and enjoy tourists and their visits. Brisbane has something for everyone in the family, great historical buildings to visit, amusement parks, wild life reservations and picnic parks, the shopping district is also a place to visit and spend the day in.

Other possible places where you and your family can spend a couple of days visiting landmarks and zoos, or just having a good time at the beach or other resorts are Port Macquarie and finally Sydney. Australia has many places which you and your family will enjoy visiting, taking time off to enjoy them together is great opportunity you should not miss. It is important that before you leave your home all the plans and projections are in place. Make reservations ahead of time, check the news so you know if there are any climatic changes, check your campervan to make sure the motor, tires and everything else is in working order and finally get everybody inside and hit the road.

Emma is an experienced travel writer and contributes to a number of online travel blogs on a regular basis. She recommends that you take the time to enjoy a little luxury even when on a campervan holiday. It can give you a good chance to unwind, particularly if you are travelling with the family. If you are travelling to Port Douglas, she recommends you stop overnight in one of the many cheap Cairns hotels that are available. If need be, get separate rooms to the kids, just to give everyone some alone time.

Exploring Australia- How to stay safe in the bush

Exploring Australia
Exploring Australia

If you want to see the real bush, you do need to know the dangers and stay alert. If you’re prepared to face the risks, grab some cheap travel insurance and come and have a look.

A simple fact- People die in the bush every year. Bush hazards are very real, and not always obvious:

Heat: Dehydration can kill, quite easily. Some parts of Australia record temperatures of up to 50C in summer. Other hazards include heat stroke, kidney stones and related medical issues. Carry plenty of water and stay out of the heat if at all possible.


Animals:
These animals are genuine risks:

  • Crocodiles: Extremely big and very dangerous, and often aggressive. When told about safety precautions in croc country, follow them to the letter, no exceptions. Crocodiles don’t give refunds.
  • Wild pigs: Will usually avoid humans, but if they get nasty, they’re dangerous and ferocious. Avoid like the plague.
  • Snakes: Extremely common. Most Australian snakes are poisonous, and many are very dangerous. Learn the anti-venom requirements and first aid procedures. Don’t guess about this, because these snakes can kill quite easily.
  • Insects and spiders: Paralysis ticks, European wasps, the Australian Trapdoor and Redback (the local Black Widow species) spiders are common in some areas. Mosquitoes may carry Ross River Fever (break back fever) and dengue. Do your homework and read up on the local first aid procedures.
  • Dingoes and Super dogs: Dingoes aren’t necessarily dangerous to humans, but stressed dingoes have been known to attack children. The “super dogs”, packs of feral dogs, are potentially dangerous. The simple solution is take no chances.

Bushfires: Deadly and often very large fires, and they’re also extremely fast moving. Radiant heat from these fires is also dangerous and can cause burns at a range of 100 metres. Get upwind, and do not drive into areas of poor visibility. Follow police and emergency services instructions immediately.

Widow makers- Unstable trees: Some Australian bush trees fall over after heavy rain or when their roots are disturbed. You’ll see signs of the root system moving, and notice a tilt compared to other trees. These trees have earned their name. They can demolish a house. If a tree in the area looks unstable, park or camp well away.

Firearms: The non-debatable preference in Australia is that only competent people handle firearms. Firearm accidents are no joke when you’re literally miles from anywhere. If you want to carry a gun, play safe. You must be licensed to have a firearm.

Communications and reliable transport: Standard practice in bush travel is best practice survival, not misplaced machismo:

  • Make sure people on your line of travel know when to expect you.
  • Keep your vehicle well maintained at all times.
  • Make sure you have a two-way radio or other type of efficient communication, and spares, including a charger.

Children in the bush: Do not allow young kids out of sight, or where they can’t see where they’re walking. Make sure the area is safe, and stay alert at all times.

These are only the basics. In the bush, you must know how to manage situations. Get some travel insurance and see the greatest place in the world.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6leHGHCKeSg[/youtube]

5 of the Best Nightclubs in Sydney

Whether you and your friends are celebrating a special event or simply going out at the end of a long week, there are many great nightclubs in Sydney to accommodate everything your heart desires.

With great music, good food and various vibes from the décor, everyone will find what they are searching for to have a great night. Here are a few of the best nightclubs in Sydney.

Chinese Laundry
111 Sussex Street
Sydney, NSW

Voted the number one nightclub in Sydney several years in a row, the Chinese Laundry is located under the Slip Inn, a hotel for both business and pleasure. If you are in the mood for music, one of the three bars, including the Tuscan-inspired outdoor garden, will help you party the night away in style. This happening club, recently ranked number 67 in the world, consistently brings in the best music in interstate, international, kings of house, Baltimore, progressive, tech, breaks and electro for club-goers musical pleasure.

The Argyle Hotel
18 Argyle Street
The Rocks, NSW

You won’t find The Argyle Hotel under any cheap hotel search because it is actually six venues of nightlife packed into one spectacular space. The premiere venue is the Argyle or the sandstone courtyard where visitors go back in time with a mixture of modern and original décor. There are the preserved cobblestone pathways and festive, colorful drapery, lights and extra-large tables and lamps plus dancers on special nights on the red carpet. At its heyday, the Argyle Hotel was one of the premiere Australian hotels and dining establishment in town. The building dates back to the 1820s and is one of the country’s oldest commercial buildings still welcoming guests. In addition to the courtyard party area, there is the Gallery and the Belvedere, the Aviary and the lush Reibey. The food is fabulous and the entertainment in each section is as varied as the décor. This is a great place to come after work, with a client or with friends for a celebration or just to kick back and relax.

The Gilmore Rooftop Hotel
96 Cumberland Street
The Rock, NSW

If you did a search for cheap hotels or wanted to find hotels in the Rock area of Sydney, you would come across one of the favorite watering holes of that area, The Gilmore Rooftop Hotel. No other nightclub offers the 180 degree view of the CBD or the Sydney Harbor. People come from miles around to enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the beautiful beer garden and sample some of the lands finest brews. Built in 1921, the beautiful Gilmore Hotel retains most of its colonial charm and character of the English settlement that first arrived on the Rock in 1788, but is equipped with modern conveniences.

The Retro (Bristol Arms Hotel)
81 Sussex Street
Sydney, NSW

A Sydney hotels search will not find any other like this one because it is not a hotel at all but one of Sydney’s Premiere nightlife locations. The Retro is not one bar but five bars under one roof and then the roof is also a party haven with a spectacular view. There is also a great restaurant to enjoy a bite before or after partying.

There is the Retro Basement which offers the Retro Meal Deal. It is only $20 during the week, $32 on Fridays and $42 on Saturdays. This offer gets you a three course meal, karaoke in addition to the club entry.

Party Central is where sports fans want to be for anything and everything sports. It is located on the ground level and features four plasma screen televisions with various sports playing every day and night, all the time.

Pure Retro is where you want to dress in your best 80s attire. Footloose and legwarmers seem to be the way to go in this busy bar. It’s a fun blast from the past with all your favorite music and dance moves.

Old Skool is open on Saturday’s and will rock you or let you boogie down with the best of the partiers. And if you are wanting a more relaxed evening, try the Rooftop Terrace for a romantic evening, a birthday or other celebration with a spectacular view.

The Arthouse Hotel
275 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW

Search for cheap hotels and you will find Australia hotels that are not really hotels at all. Take for example the Arthouse Hotel. It boasts four unique and distinct bars, each one more elegant than the one before. The Arthouse Hotel offers a fine dining and drinking experience in their Dome Restaurant and Bar with lounge and table seating, artist paintings on the wall, fabulous food and a private cocktail bar all located under a hand-painted dome ceiling.

The Gallery Bar at the Arthouse Hotel is located on the ground floor and offers table or lounge seating for your entire party. There is DJ facilities, a private and public cocktail bars and streaming music, just perfect for intimate parties and gatherings for the office or personal. The Verge Bar is a large open space, certified for aerial acts, theatre and chapel events. It is a dazzling space, perfect for dance parties or movie screenings with the large projector and 3m screen. The Attic Bar is the most casual of the three with a cozy atmosphere and a vibe of the art school days. It features a private entrance and built in projector and screen for world premieres of videos and short films.

It doesn’t matter if you and your mates have lived in Australia for many years or you and your friends are visiting from another country, the nightlife is something to experience. You can party the night away with a cocktail or two and dancing until dawn or you can find a cozy, secluded spot where people watching and conversation are more enjoyable. Try one or more of these exciting nightspots next time you find yourself in Sydney.

This guest post article was written and provided by Erica Gustafson, freelance writer, avid Australia traveler and online media consultant for Expedia.

Summer Holidays in Queensland

Australia is sixth largest country and smallest continent of the world. Australia is famous for natural sceneries and species. Australia is divided in six states: Western Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia and two territories: Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory. Australia has many attractive places and home to many unseen species. Most part of the Australia is covered by vast desserts and lovely beaches. Australia is diverse country having many interesting places that attracts tourists from all across the world.

Queensland is situated on North-East side of Australia and recognized as jewel and tropical paradise of Australia. There are many world heritage sites, vibrant cities, rainforests, landscapes, national parks and much more spread across Queensland, so choosing Australian Campervan Hire service is most advisable. Queensland is a large state that has many amazing locations worth to visit including Golden Coast, Sunshine Coast, Great Barrier Reef, Daintree National Park, Lamington National Park, and many more. Queensland is ideal holiday destination as it offers great choice of fun and adventurous activities. Planning holidays well in advance helps you and your family to get most relaxing, comfortable and unforgettable holiday experience. Fly to Brisbane, capital of Queensland. Campervan Hire is an essential requirement to cover most of the locations, driving down the locations will kill your entertainment as well as makes you tired. Campervans or Motorhomes comes with all the modern amnesties, it’s like an apartment. Tourists can get number campervan hire options from small to long distance tour.

Hire a campervan from Brisbane to Cairns which goes along to Great Barrier Reef which provides ideal tour to explore natural wonder of the world. During their campervan tour tourists get a chance to visit exciting places like Sunshine Coast, Whitsunday Islands, Tropical city Mackay, Coral Islands, etc. One of the biggest advantage of the campervan hire is tourists can explore these interesting places at their own pace and time, so they don’t have to rush around. Campervans come with attached toilets, baths and other facilities which keep tourists fresh and relaxed which is one of the important factors to enjoy the tour with family and friends.

Overview of some of the interesting cities:

Brisbane is capital of Queensland and third largest city of Australia. Tourists can visit world-class galleries and other historic and modern places in this cosmopolitan city. Brisbane provides tourists all kind of entertainment as there are number of bars, restaurants, cafes, shopping malls, etc. where tourists can get friendliest atmosphere. Some of the Brisbane’s top attractions are the CBD, South Bank, Brisbane City Hall, Fortitude Valley, West End, New Farm, Paddington, Mount Coot-tha, Portside Wharf. Make your trip to beautiful coastal city and Surfers Paradise, Gold coast which is just 73Km from Brisbane, that can be visited by Brisbane Campervan Hire easily. Gold coast is well known tourist destination for national and international tourists from long time.

Mackay is a coastal city situated north to Brisbane. This tropical city got many attractions like Whitsunday Islands, Bluewater Trail, Historical Farleigh Mill, lovely beaches and national parks. Mackay Campervan Hire is the best transport option to visit these amazing sights. Mackay is also known for Arts festival and River Sessions Festival which features music performances and food tasting activities. Mackay is approx. 600 miles from Brisbane and 460 miles from Cairns.

Cairns is a popular tourist city located on far north Queensland, Australia. Cairns is surrounded by rainforests, Daintree rainforest is well known in tourists. Tourists can get a chance to watch never seen birds and ladies aqua dances. Cairns is well known for world famous diving sites. Tourists can get number of mind-boggling tour options like cruise, dive, snorkel, etc. Cairns is approx. 460 miles and 1000 miles from Mackay and Brisbane respectively. Travelers can easily make a tour to Mackay and Brisbane by using Cairns Campervan Hire.

Eastern Australian coastline abounds with many delightful coastal towns, vibrant cities and lovely beaches that can be only visited in campervan or motorhome hired tour. Travelers can also enjoy spectacular views of many beautiful locations, get a chance to make BBQ and other activities during their campervan tour.

Make travel route like: Brisbane-Rockhampton-Mackay-Townsville-Cairns which in approx. 1000 miles journey.