3 must-visit driving destinations in Australia

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You can hear all sorts of references about Australia’s undeniable beauty on the internet and top travel magazines. No wonder more than 8.8 million people flew from different parts of the world to this famed holiday destination in 2017.

From Cable beach to Byron Bay, you can expect nothing but clear waters and perfect waves for surfing enthusiasts. Indeed, one of the country’s best attractions is its coastline. What makes it perfect is that you can travel by land to enjoy incredible landscapes and it doesn’t have to be a rugged road trip at all.

You wouldn’t want to miss any of the places you can go to in this amazing country. The best way to do that is with a car hire service.

A drive through Australia

The best way to explore Australia is going for a drive from key cities. From these starting points, you can drive off and explore some of the best places around. To help you get started, here’s a quick guide on the places you can visit during your stay. Pack your bags, prep your car, and let’s go!

From Perth to the Margaret River

If you’re a lover of wine, then a visit to the Margaret River is just right up your alley. There are more than a hundred wineries in this small town, giving you the perfect opportunity for a wine tasting weekend with your buddies. Some of the wineries you should visit along the way include:

  • Brookwood Estate. Established in 1996, visitors are treated to a panoramic vineyard view along with unique single vineyard wines. Brookwood Estate is a family-owned business hailing from the pioneer farmers of the region. Wine tastings are available daily from 11am to 4.30pm.
  • Cullen Wines and Restaurant. Toast to an unforgettable holiday in a panoramic view of Cullen Wines and Restaurant’s historic vineyard. Apart from tasting one of the best wines in the region, you can also eat to your heart’s content in their restaurant.

If you are not into wine tasting, there are many activities you can also try. Spending time with nature is one of them.

  • Fishing and boating. If you want to get away from the noise, then boating and fishing are perfect for you. The Margaret River offers fishing tours that will take you out to catch some fish and crabs. If you’re lucky, you might even end up snagging a West Australian Dhufish! There are also boating tours specifically for sightseeing.
  • Rock climbing, high ropes, and zip lining. Everyone needs a good challenge every now and then. The Margaret River is the perfect destination if you want to try something new and physical. There are high ropes, rock climbing and zip lining adventures waiting for you to try.
  • Mountain biking and road cycling are both popular sports in Australia. If you’re on the fence about steering your bike, then you should know that the Margaret River has a mountain bike trails for you to try.

From: Gold Coast to Byron Bay

Gifted with pristine natural beaches, it’s no wonder that surfing is a favourite sport in Australia. There are over 2.5 million recreational surfers in the country and there is no shortage of waves for each one of them.

One of the famous road trip and surfing destination is Byron Bay. It’s a coastal town located on the far north coast of New South Wales. Apart from the beaches, scuba diving sites and surfing spots, it is also home to the country’s most easterly point and the iconic Cape Byron lighthouse. An unforgettable holiday awaits you and your family in this renowned destination.

  • Watch the sunrise. Start the day right by watching the sunrise from the Byron Bay Lighthouse. Wake up early and follow the trail up to the lighthouse for the best sunrise view from Australia’s most easterly point. Satisfy not just your need for a good snap for the ‘gram but also your need for a quick workout during your holiday.
  • Visit hidden beaches. Byron Bay is a beach town and there’s always a new beach to see every day. After watching the sunrise up at the lighthouse, take the time to visit some of the other lesser known beaches in the area like Wategos Beach and Tallows Beach. There are relatively fewer people in these parts, the perfect place for a romantic picnic by the beach.
  • Catch some waves. Of course, you can’t come to Byron Bay and not surf or learn how to surf. There are plenty of places that cater to beginners, and they’ll make sure you can handle yourself around a surfboard by the time your lessons are up.

From: Melbourne to the Great Ocean Road

Your Australian road trip adventure won’t be complete if you don’t include the Great Ocean Road on your itinerary. Part of what makes it a popular destination is the fact that you can drive along and stop by the many landmarks along the way.

The Great Ocean Road is Australia’s most treasured coastal route and it is also considered the world’s largest war memorial. The soldiers that returned from World War I worked on this route from their return in 1919 to 1932, intending to connect isolated settlements along the coast.

When you drive along this road, you will not only treat yourself to a gorgeous scenery along the way. You can also learn a bit of history with each kilometer traveled as you remember the great men who helped build this road. Some of the places you should stop by are:

  • Bells Beach. A lot like Byron Bay, Bells Beach is a popular surfing destination. Travelers and surfers that are looking to catch the next big wave stop by here to hone their skills in time for the next competition. If you’re planning to stop here, don’t forget to bring your surfboard to test out the waves for yourself.
  • The Otway Vista. What’s a better way to complete your holiday than a nature trip to Australia’s best rainforest scenery? Discover hidden waterfalls, tall trees and ancient plant and lush ferns in the morning and end your day with a camping trip. If you’re up for more adventure, the secluded Cape Otway is also a place you shouldn’t miss.
  • 12 Apostles. Along your drive, you will pass by the famous 12 Apostles. The name suggests otherwise but they’re not people. It’s a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of Port Campbell National Park. It’s one of the must-see destinations and the best way to wrap up your Great Ocean Road trip.

Driving on a road trip is always a great idea to explore Australia. Whatever place you pick, you’ll never regret travelling to each destination by land and enjoy what each has to offer, more than enough to make your holiday an unforgettable one.

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Why Melbourne Is An Unrivaled City For Event Tourism

You don’t really need a reason to travel to Australia. For reasons that are just about innumerable, it’s high on a lot of people’s lists, and it’s a country you’ll never forget having had the opportunity to visit. If you are the type to look for specific reasons to travel, however, or at least specific times to do it, Australia – and Melbourne in particular – might become all the more interesting.

This is because Melbourne happens to be one of the best cities in the world for fun and festive events. Any of these events can give you a perfect reason to visit, and a nice excuse to pack up your bags and head to Australia. We couldn’t possibly touch on all of them here, but these are some of the prominent examples you’ll want to keep in mind.

Australian Open

The Australian Open is the first “Grand Slam” tournament for professional tennis, and really signifies the beginning of the annual season to most fans. You can find pros and cons for each of the four Grand Slams around the world (the others being in Paris, London, and New York), but it’s fairly common to see comments suggesting the Aussie Open in Melbourne is the most enjoyable. Granted, it tends to be exceptionally hot when this event is held in late January, but it’s still a fun-filled two-week event and a chance to see world-class tennis.

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Australian Grand Prix

Formula 1 racing travels all over the world and involves a lot of great cities and locations. And sometimes those locations change from one year to the next, so that the calendar is rarely repeated. But the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne is one of the fastest growing races on the circuit, thanks in part to Melbourne’s sports-loving culture. If you’re interested at all in high-speed racing, or if you’re just looking for another terrific sporting event to take in, put it on the list!

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Melbourne BeerFest

Held in the spring, Melbourne BeerFest is one of several different food and drink festivals you could pick from throughout the year. Though as its name would imply, it’s certainly one of the signature ones, so to speak. Picture a major outdoor gathering in a pretty spot with craft beer and food available for you to consume to your pleasure, and you’ve pretty much nailed it. There are similar festivals all over the world, but it’s tough to beat the Melbourne setting for it.

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White Night

White Night festivals happen around the world, and while they vary from place to place the general atmosphere is that of a massive nighttime festival complete with brightly lit attractions and whatever entertainment comes out to play. In Melbourne this is a major event, held in February and bringing out a dazzling number of floats, light shows, and other attractions. It truly is a magical carnival of sorts, and a lovely excuse to spend a whole night out in Melbourne.

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Moomba Festival

Moomba is a little bit difficult to describe, but has been called Australia’s largest free community festival – which is to say it’s sort of a festival for festivity’s sake. It typically takes place on Labour Day weekend, and brings millions of revelers out to the banks of the Yarra River. The celebrations consist of fireworks, parades, watersports in the river, and even an event that sees people diving into said river for charity.

Melbourne Cup

Getting back to another of Melbourne’s celebrated sporting occasions, the Melbourne Cup horse races are perhaps as good as it gets. The event takes place on the first Tuesday of November, which is designated as a national holiday thanks to all of the attention that surrounds the races. The Melbourne Cup grounds are packed with a fun and festive version of the traditional pomp and circumstance that are attached to major horse racing events, and the action on the tracks is always compelling.

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Earthcore

Earthcore is another event that’s a little bit difficult to describe, but could be unforgettable to experience. Ostensibly a music festival, it basically encompasses all aspects of the arts, and is held for about a week in late November. There isn’t a precise location for the bulk of Earthcore. Rather, the festival takes place at various outdoor venues in and around Melbourne, and even in the Victorian woods.

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6 Planning Tips For Your Vacation Abroad

Traveling to another country on vacation can be a wonderful experience.  Travel broadens the mind and refreshes the spirit.

Choose an interesting place to go. Rather than settling on a well-known holiday destination, think outside the box. For instance, if you want a seaside vacation, consider an exotic location like Larnaca, a 6,000-year-old seaport in Cyprus. Next, determine how much money you will need, hunt for travel deals, and work and save for the trip.

Some things that you should take care of well before your intended trip include making sure that you stock your wallet, get your passport renewed, apply for any necessary visas, and get an International Driver’s License (if you intend to rent a car). You may also want to consider whether you should get Traveler’s Insurance, if you need to get any health shots and if you have enough prescriptions meds with you.

1. Decide how you’ll stock your wallet

Although traveler’s checks used to be a go-to solution when traveling, they can be problematic if you go to a less developed country. Getting cash in the foreign currency might be a problem, too, because you might have to take a large stack of notes, which increases the risk of theft. You might be better off taking a credit card and informing the issuer which country you’ll be visiting. This way, your card won’t be denied for suspicious activity when you make purchases from a foreign country.

Additionally, you have to consider what to do if your wallet is stolen. One simple solution is to have a family member send you money. If, for instance, you live in Australia, you can ask them to sign up for a Ria Money Transfer Australia account. They can then use this service to send you the amount you need in an emergency.

2. Renew your passport and apply for any necessary visas

Make sure your passport is up-to-date, valid for 6 months after your date of return. Renew it, if it’s set to expire. Next, see whether you will need a visa and find out where to get one. Make a photocopy of everything. If your passport is ever stolen, file a police report, go to the nearest embassy or consulate and fill out a statement about the theft and apply for a new passport. Carry your photocopies with you in your carry-all.

3. Apply for an International Driver’s License

If you are planning on renting a car, then also consider getting an International Driver’s License.

4. Decide on Travel Insurance

Travel insurance can provide protection should you have a medical emergency or trip interruption. But before you apply for this, make sure that there are no travel warnings and advisories about the country you’re planning on visiting. If they are, then you may not be able to get travel insurance.

5. Find out about Vaccinations

Find out about any required vaccination shots at least six weeks before you leave. These may be necessary if you’re traveling to a country where a disease is widespread. Also, find out about any dangers associated with drinking the local water.

6. Fill your Prescriptions

Take photocopies of your prescriptions and pack them separately from your non-prescription meds. You may also have to check to see these prescription drugs are legal in the destination country. Usually, this is not a problem, but it’s best to make sure that it’s not on a confiscation of prescription drugs list.

And if you need to use a syringe, then get a letter from your doctor about why you need to inject yourself. As you go through customs, be sure to declare your syringe.

Finally, get enough medicine to last your whole trip as it might be difficult to get a prescription refill when you’re abroad.

Plan Early

By planning ahead, you’ll enjoy a safe time abroad. The earlier you take these six steps the better.  If there are any delays in getting the required paperwork, it won’t interfere with your flight plans.

Challenge Yourself: An Adventure in The Australian Outback

Looking to explore wild terrain that’s well off the beaten path? The Australian Outback is about as remote as it gets. From awesome towering mountains to desert, animals that exist nowhere else in the world and the driest climate on earth- it’s both challenging and fascinating. If you’re looking to really ‘find yourself’ or are sick of the same old tourist spots, this is an adventure like no other. But just because it’s remote certainly doesn’t mean it’s boring. Here are a few exciting things you can do on your trip.

Go on a Cruise in Broome

Broome is a beach resort town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Known for it’s thriving pearl industry, it’s a tropical paradise of white sandy beaches and turquoise sea- set against a backdrop of stunning red mountains. You can enjoy the views from the waters by hiring a yacht or going on a cruise, you can find the best Kimberley cruises online. Something to consider if you’re visiting the region! Other fun things to do in Broome include visiting the Broome Bird Observatory, exploring Roebuck Bay and riding 4x4s on Cable Beach at low tide.

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Cruise in Broome (sourced from Flickr)

Go on a Camel Expedition in the Flinders Ranges

A camel expedition is the ultimate desert adventure. Out in The Flinders Ranges (the largest mountain range in South Australia) you can discover all kinds of indigenous animals and experience what remote Australia is really like. It’s a chance to enjoy being out in the wilderness away, far away from all of the stress and pressures of everyday life. Whether you go for a short overnight or two-day trek or a full ten-day adventure is up to you. Either way, it’s the experience of a lifetime. It’s sure to change your perspective on the world and is something you will remember forever.

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Camel Treks (sourced from Pexels)

Visit The Outback National Parks

There are a wide range of national parks in Australia, some being more popular with tourists and others mainly being used by the locals. In the outback, you could explore Purnululu National Park (also known as ‘Bungles’). Here you will see breathtaking orange and black striped domes- these really dominate the landscape and are one of Australia’s most unique land formations. You could go camping and sleep under the stars, take in the nature and wildlife and take incredible photos and watch the sunset from the Walanginjdji Sunset Lookout.

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Purnalulu National Park (sourced from Wikipedia)

Hike Alice Springs

Popularly known as ‘The Alice,’ this remote town is a gateway for exploring the Red Centre- the country’s interior desert region. You can explore picturesque gorges, lush watering holes, and stunning red desert. Whether you want to go on a short walk or an overnight trail, there’s something for everyone in Alice Springs. Another stunning location perfect for snapping photos for your travel album.

Have you ever visited the Australian Outback? Is exploring a remote location like this on your travel bucket list?

Update Your Bucket List To Include These Breathtaking Locations

If you have had a bucket list of travel destinations for some time now, you will probably be making some very good progress on it. You may even be running out of ideas! But don’t worry, though; this is where this blog post comes in. Below is my list of some of the best destinations to visit this year. They are all very worthy of a spot on your bucket list!

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Czech Republic

If you are a very keen traveler, you will have probably already been to Prague and seen all of its historic sites and attractions. But the city isn’t all there is to the Czech Republic, though! There are in fact a lot more locations dotted throughout the country that should be on your bucket list. For instance, how about heading to one of its many wine regions? Czech wine may not be too popular right now, but that is all set to change as its wine industry is improving year upon year. Take a trip to Moravia to sample some of the country’s best wines.

Iceland

Iceland is incredibly popular with tourists who want to glimpse the famous Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. Not sure about what time of year can you see the Northern lights? Most travelers head there in the autumn and winter, when the longer nights give you a better chance of spotting them. These aren’t the only reason to head to Iceland, though. You can also chill out in a geothermal spa, or soak up the culture in the capital city, Reykjavik.

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Hadrian’s Wall, England

Fancy a camping trip? Then why not head up to Hadrian’s Wall in England. It has been mentioned as one of the Lonely Planet’s travel picks for 2017, so you better get your trip booked quickly before everyone is trying to go! This ancient Roman wall was built to keep the Scots out of England by Emperor Hadrian. It is surrounded by some absolutely stunning countryside so there will be plenty of chance to go out hiking. There are also a number of Roman museums and dig sites dotted along the wall so you will be able to learn about the history of the area.

South Australia

When you think of holiday destinations in Australia, you probably instantly think of Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney. But there is so much more waiting to be discovered as well! Most notably, the state of South Australia. This state features a large wine country so there will be many chances of sampling some local tipples! Not only that, though, but there are also miles of beaches, and none of them are as busy and crowded as the famous ones on the west and east coasts. If you do fancy experiencing life in an Australian city, you can always make Adelaide, the state’s capital, your base for your trip.

Hopefully, this post has helped to stoke your inspiration for some exciting travel plans this year! Who knows where you will end up?!

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