Here’s a glimpse of some amazing things you probably never knew about the wonderful country of Australia. Beyond the wildlife and free-spirited lifestyle, here are more great reasons to visit.
It’s safe to say that Australia is the most unique place on the planet. It’s the world’s smallest continent, largest island and sixth-largest nation by area – all this in one place. Interested to learn more about this amazing spot? Here are nine surprising facts about Australia most people don’t know about.
Top Reasons to visit Fraser Island, The Largest Sand Island in the World
‘Where is paradise?’ – one may ask. K’Gari, literally meaning ‘paradise’, is how local Butchulla people call their homeland, Fraser Island. The island is the largest sand island in the world and offers numerous attractions and beautiful landscapes to welcome tourist. The unusual mix of untamed rainforest and peaceful beaches guarantee a memorable holiday experience. Read on to find out why you should choose Fraser Island as your next holiday destination.
Great Cities For The World’s Best Surfing Experiences – Grab Your Board and Soar!
Waves not only produce beauty and excitement, they create magic for those who ride their power. If you are looking for a great surf town for your next vacation then the following list of the world’s best surf towns will guide your way. All are not necessarily picked because they have the best waves, but because they also have superb hotels, welcoming locals, amazing nightlife, soul-satisfying cuisines and lots of fun activities!
Great Travels tips for Free Things To Do in Sydney! As Australia’s foremost global city, Sydney is considered one of the planet’s most green and connected cities. Sydney offers an excellent choice for numerous tourists, business leaders, and thousands of students each year. Blessed with a sunny climate along with stunning beaches, Sydney is one of the most vibrant and dazzling cities in the world.
And the good news is that visiting doesn’t require a plump purse to enjoy the sights and sounds of Sydney. Here are our best travel tips to explore Sydney and see the sites – for Free!
The exotic markets of Byron Bay are a fanfare of culture, music and color ingenious art and craftworks, freshly-harvested and home-made produce; handy massages to soothes away your aches and pains. All this and much more greets you in the Markets of Byron Bay.
Also called the Style-Capital of the Northern Coast, Byron Bay is the easternmost beach-town of New South Wales, Australia and is located around 180 km south of Brisbane and around 780 km north of Sydney, just off the Pacific-Highway. This region is one of the major tourist attractions of Australia famous for its whale-watching, beach-surfing, scuba-diving, rural-beauty as well as a laid-back lifestyle. The entire Byron Bay region comes alive on weekends with its exotic markets.
The National Geographic Society has a well earned reputation for capturing the essence of a destination in vivid detail while igniting our imaginations about what it would be like to visit there. Now their team of experts have scoured the world to identify the most extraordinary places in the world to stay. The initial selection of 24 Unique Lodges of the World include properties that demonstrate a dedication to authenticity, sustainability, excellence in service and outstanding guest experiences.
Why visiting Australia during Australia Day Celebrations is an unforgettable experience:
Every year on January 26th, Australia celebrates a national holiday to commemorate the first arrival of British Ships to Port Jackson, New South Wales in 1778. Termed ‘Australia Day’, this annual event is an opportunity for small and large events to take place around the country, from beach parties to parades with everything in between, including concerts, sports and fireworks.
When I decided to visit the Great Barrier Reef the last summer, I had a lot of expectations and, believe it or not, during a week-long stay they all were met and I enjoyed it even more that I could have imagined. It was a rather good idea that I spent weeks prior to the big trip reading Australia Top 10 Lists online, charting out my stay. A lifetime would not be enough to see and do all you want to in the Great Barrier Reef area – there are approx 2,900 reefs and 900 islands, so you can only see a few on your brief holiday
Experience Ancient Australia by Sharing Time with Aborigines.
Australia’s vastness and natural beauty offers seemingly endless options for vacation destinations but none offer a more mystifying experience or cultural connection than sharing time with Aborigines. Over 6 million people a year spend vacation time interacting with Aboriginal culture. These fortunate people realize that Aboriginal beauty doesn’t solely reside in remote, hot, dry and dusty locales. They also see current day Australia and are simultaneously chaperoned back through time to feel an ancient Australia, held sacred by its oldest inhabitants. Here are some of the best places to enjoy the gifts that Aborigines want to show the world, which will make their home ten times more meaningful to you.
Things done to an extreme level can be a good thing, or a bad thing. All extreme activities in New Zealand though, are not only good, but mind-blowing. If you’re looking to take your life experiences to the next level, then New Zealand is the spot to head to. Widely considered the adventure mecca of the world, New Zealand has more adventure activities to choose from than almost anywhere else on the planet. Here are six of the most extreme and exciting adventure activities you’ll find in on the North and South Islands of New Zealand.
Australia’s Most Iconic Road Trip – Sydney to Cairns With All The Stop Along The Way
Australia is known all around the world as one of the dream destinations for RV enthusiasts – sunny beaches, dramatic scenery and great weather are just a few of the things that attract thousands of RV-rs each year. However, although you would probably have a hard time finding a soul that wouldn’t know about the beauty of cities like Sydney and Cairns, there’s actually an unforgettable trip that waits by traveling between the two cities. In the two and a half thousand kilometers that separate these two cities, you can find so many spectacular places to visit along the way that it would probably be impossible to see them all in one trip.
This compelling question tickles our imagination and is the basis of a terrific new book published by Lonely Planet: The BEST Place To Be Today, 365 Things To Do & The Perfect Day To Do Them. The premise of this entertaining guide is to provide interesting and unique places you should consider traveling to – on the very best day to visit that particular spot. With something intriguing to do on every day of the year in 2015, this book makes it on our list of great Christmas presents for your favorite travel enthusiast.
So what’s the first day you would look up? Your birthday, anniversary, or perhaps that cold mid-winter week that you always hit the wall and want to escape to someplace exciting and warm.
Find Inner Peace by Hiking the Fautaua Valley to Two Spectacular Waterfalls in Pape’ete, Tahiti
Neither lengthy nor difficult, if there is any outing you really ought to take in Tahiti, it is the Fautaua Valley Trail hike. When we entered the gate opening the way into Fautaua Valley, the following step was obvious – follow the bubbling stream and the trail of fruit trees. We asked beforehand, not wanting to be horrible tourists, and yes, visitors are allowed to pick fruit, but you’d have to wash them first. Avocados, mangoes, passion fruit, everything looked like a tropical fruit flavored shampoo commercial, but we were actually there.
3 Fantastic Spots to Go Freediving
Fuelled by determination and a sheer love of the deep, freediving is an adrenaline-pumping experience that certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted. Hungry for the challenge, divers ditch their breathing equipment for the power of their own lungs to descend to great depths and explore all the underwater world has to offer. The thought might seem intimidating but anybody can learn the art of freediving, and those that do never look back.
Renowned as the “Gateway to The Great Barrier Reef”, which is acknowledged as the largest living organism on the planet at 2011 km long (just under 1250 miles), Cairns has even more than sea life to offer. Although, the journey out to the beginning of the reef at Green Island certainly has to be done simply for the experience. However, my interests are more green than blue, and with that in mind, my thoughts go inland to the Wet Tropics Rainforest.
When I yearn to get away from the stress and break-neck pace of everyday life, I prefer to head somewhere snug and comfortable. Sure, you can find those adjectives in a 25-story luxury resort, if you’re looking – but I think small. A lot smaller, in fact. ‘Tiny houses’ appear to be all the rage. Modest and minimalistic, a diminutive domicile can provide an excellent opportunity for clearing your mind and providing focus.
If you want to take the cozy experience for a test drive, there are a myriad of ‘tiny’ vacation rentals out there. From spaceship-inspired houses in the shadow of the towering Alps to Northwestern Oregon treehouses, the options wide and varied. Let’s take a look at a few unique selections…
The vast majority of travel guides that crowd dusty shelves in books stores and personal libraries tell you where to find the best hotels, countless museums and endless architecturally significant churches, but they’re missing one of the most important reasons we travel – to discover where locals go to party!
Where To Party Around The World. The Matador Network, a community of young travel bloggers who tell it like it is, has just published the “ultimate guide to partying around the world”, with 101 Places To Get F*cked Up Before You Die.
One Of The Top Activities When Visiting Australia is to Experience Aboriginal Life
When a guy from Perth decides to go on a vacation, I think the natural thing to do is look for something completely different to experience. My friend and I decided that Australia’s North Queensland or more specifically Cairns, would be the right place to look for that welcomed change of scenery. My friend suggested that Cairns has a “blend of modern and ancient with nice beaches, hospitable sea and lots of Sun”. It was fantastic.
Of course, considering how long it had been since I had taken a proper vacation, I was bound to be thrilled unless I got shot, stabbed or bitten by one of the poisonous Aussie animals, of which there are plenty. Never the less, I believe Northern Queensland would be equally enjoyable even if I went there every year.
Having the opportunity to swim with dolphins in the wild is one of the best experiences a person can possibly have in a lifetime. At least this is exactly how it felt to me. It’s a rare treat to find a destination where you can swim with Dolphin in the wild, which is what makes a visit to Nelson Bay Australia so exciting.
Dolphins are incredible creatures. They are not only beautiful and friendly, but also super intelligent. Take the opportunity to be part of the natural environment of dolphins, to be there and see the way they play and live, to closely look at them and see them looking back – all these are moments that can undoubtedly warm the heart of everyone, even people who are not huge dolphin-lovers. Swimming with dolphins in Nelson Bay, Australia, I had a time which will remain in my mind and heart for the rest of my life.
There’s a new focus on Foodie based shore excursions and chef prepared regional dishes aboard major cruise lines in 2014. While cruising has always had a reputation for offering an abundance of food, cruise lines haven’t often tapped into local ingredients or presented regional dishes of the ports they visit. For many of us, half the pleasure of traveling to new destinations is to experience the local fare and to bring home a recipe for a wonderful regional dish. Thankfully, this is all changing with cruise lines featuring celebrity chef experiences, cooking classes and on-shore culinary excursions.