On the heels of Shark Week, the message is clear: we must protect the sharks in our oceans or suffer the consequences of the imbalance in nature. That prompted me to look to see how many of the growing shark sanctuaries around the world has been established in Australia. Actually, I thought that I would find several. Sadly, I found none. While there are wildlife sanctuaries and marine parks, there are no sanctuaries implicitly set up for sharks. There is a movement to make Shark Bay in Western Australia a shark sanctuary,  but for now, we will have to hope that the protections of the marine wildlife sanctuary is enough to help keep the many species of sharks here safe from human dangers. People who are so afraid of shark attacks forget that we are entering their domain and even in their own domain, humans kill millions more sharks than the other way around. Today, I hope to show you the beauty of Shark Bay and Faure Island and you will see why they are protected wildlife sanctuaries. In fact, it is a World Heritage Area. Hopefully you will plan a trip there in the near future. Continue reading

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This is part two of our series on the special offers and discounts we have available in car rental deals this month. In August the weather is cool, but our deals are hot! We have a two part series of deals this month since there are so many great offers and specials. You can book your next car rental with us online, over the phone, or on our new Budget app. Every which way, Budget Australia offers you great prices, convenience, and a variety of vehicle choices. Budget Australia Car rental has all different types of vehicles to help you get around when travelling in Australia including cars, trucks, 4WD vehicles and more! Find all of this month’s discount codes, special offers, and details on our website: Budget.com.au. You can be sure that there is a special pricing offer available at almost every Budget location in all states in Australia. Some of these special offers are regional and some discounts are available throughout Australia and some are regional or in certain states or territories. In part one of this series, we featured the following deals:  the new range of SUVs, a free upgrade on rentals for 2 or more days, 3rd weekend day free for a longer weekend, and Qantas points. Now, in part two, our featured car hire deals are: 5th day free in Cairns, Free double upgrade in Mackay or Townsville, $10 off when renting for 3 days or more, Maxi Cosi Prams in Tasmania, and a North Queensland special offer. As always, get a free upgrade when you sign up for our email newsletter to get deals delivered to your inbox and download our new mobile app for added convenience for car hire at your fingertips. Continue reading

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August is here and so are some cool savings deals and offers! We have a two part series of deals this month since there are so many great offers and specials. You can book your next car rental with us online, over the phone, or on our new Budget app. No matter how you book your next rental with us, Budget Australia offers you great prices, convenience, and a variety of vehicle choices. We also have all different types of vehicles to help you get around when travelling in Australia including cars, trucks, 4WD vehicles and more! Find all of this month’s discount codes, special offers, and details on our website: Budget.com.au. You can be sure that there is a special pricing offer available at almost every Budget location in all states in Australia. Some of these special offers are regional and some discounts are available throughout Australia and some are regional or in certain states or territories. The special deals we have for you featured in part one of our monthly deals series includes: the new range of SUVs, a free upgrade on rentals for 2 or more days, $30 off 5 day rentals, 3rd weekend day free for a longer weekend, and Qantas points. As always, get a free upgrade when you sign up for our email newsletter to get deals delivered to your inbox and download our new mobile app for $10 off an an added convenience for car hire at your fingertips. Stay tuned for part two of our August car hire special offers and discount specials. Continue reading

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We previously told you about all of the walking tracks in Brisbane Water National Park.  Today, we will be highlighting the lookouts, biking trails, picnic spots, and exploring Aboriginal culture and history of the park. It is 11,506 hectares and located 27 km north of Sydney. It takes about 1 ½ hours to drive to the park from Sydney’s CBD. Brisbane Water National Park is located in the Central Coast region of New South Wales. We have been featuring the national parks in the region north of Sydney in New South Wales including the Greater Blue Mountains Area National Parks as well as other national parks in the region.  We featured Berowra Valley National Park, Marramarra National Park, Dharug National Park,  Yengo National Park, Kanangra-Boyd National Park, Nattai National Park, Gardens of Stone National Park, and Thirlmere Lakes National Park.  Previously, we highlighted several other National Parks in this region including Blue Mountains National Park, Ku-ring-ga National Park, Royal National Park and Wollemi National Park. There are so many national parks in this region close to Sydney, some are part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage-listed area and some are not. Visiting a national park helps contribute to their protection and is an excellent way to be able to enjoy the Australian wilderness. Today’s focus is on the different things to do in Brisbane Water National Park like the scenic lookouts, biking trails, picnic spots, and the Aboriginal art in the park. Continue reading

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As you might have just learned in our last blog post, an Australian holiday isn’t only about exploring the beautiful nature that Australia has to offer. Gambling is one of the most popular pastimes in the country. In part one of our series on the most popular casinos in Australia; we featured Adelaide SKYWAY Casino, Casino Canberra, Country Club Casino Tasmania, Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex Melbourne, and Crown Perth. Today, we have five more of the most popular casinos: Crown Sydney, The Star Gold Coast, Lasseters Hotel Casino, Sky City Darwin, and The Star City Casino. Here is a little bit about each one. Continue reading

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When you think of visiting Australia, the things that come to mind might include The Great Barrier Reef, the wildlife, Sydney or Melbourne and the Outback. However, what you may not realise is that gambling is one of the most popular pastimes in Australia and therefore, there are some pretty fantastic casinos in each of the major capital cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, and the capital of Canberra. There are also other casino hubs, namely in Gold Coast as well as some other regional cities. According to WorldCasinoDirectory.com/australia, as of 2015, over 80% of all adults in Australia take part in gambling. In fact, Australians have the highest gambling rate in the world. Close to 10% of all state revenues come from gambling. “Pokies” (short for the Poker Machines and also refers to slot machines and video poker consoles) are one of the most popular, but there are also lotteries, dog racing, horse racing, sports betting,a and casino gaming. Here are a list of the most popular casinos in Australia. When you plan your next Aussie holiday, perhaps you can incorporate a visit to one of them. Continue reading

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We have been featuring things to do in Australia during the winter time. Winter in Australia is filled with festivals that make for great things to do on holiday or just with friends all over the country. We told you about some of the winter festivals in our feature on Things to Do in Australia in Winter, but now we will go into more detail about upcoming festivals still happening this winter. Continue reading

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This is part two of our series on the special offers and discounts we have available in car rental deals this month. In July the weather is cool, but our deals are hot! We have a two part series of deals this month since there are so many great offers and specials. You can book your next car rental with us online, over the phone, or on our new Budget app. Every which way, Budget Australia offers you great prices, convenience, and a variety of vehicle choices. Budget Australia Car rental has all different types of vehicles to help you get around when travelling in Australia including cars, trucks, 4WD vehicles and more! Find all of this month’s discount codes, special offers, and details on our website: Budget.com.au. You can be sure that there is a special pricing offer available at almost every Budget location in all states in Australia. Some of these special offers are regional and some discounts are available throughout Australia and some are regional or in certain states or territories. In part one of this series, we featured the following deals:  the new range of SUVs, a free upgrade on rentals for 2 or more days, 3rd weekend day free for a longer weekend, and Qantas points. Now, in part two, our featured car hire deals are: 5th day free in Cairns, Free double upgrade in Mackay or Townsville, $10 off when renting for 3 days or more, Maxi Cosi Prams in Tasmania, and a North Queensland special offer. As always, get a free upgrade when you sign up for our email newsletter to get deals delivered to your inbox and download our new mobile app for added convenience for car hire at your fingertips. Continue reading

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July is here and so are some cool savings deals and offers! We have a two part series of deals this month since there are so many great offers and specials. You can book your next car rental with us online, over the phone, or on our new Budget app. No matter how you book your next rental with us, Budget Australia offers you great prices, convenience, and a variety of vehicle choices.. We also have all different types of vehicles to help you get around when travelling in Australia including cars, trucks, 4WD vehicles and more! Find all of this month’s discount codes, special offers, and details on our website: Budget.com.au. You can be sure that there is a special pricing offer available at almost every Budget location in all states in Australia. Some of these special offers are regional and some discounts are available throughout Australia and some are regional or in certain states or territories. The special deals we have for you featured in part one of our monthly deals series includes: the new range of SUVs, a free upgrade on rentals for 2 or more days, 3rd weekend day free for a longer weekend, and Qantas points. As always, get a free upgrade when you sign up for our email newsletter to get deals delivered to your inbox and download our new mobile app for $10 off an an added convenience for car hire at your fingertips. Stay tuned for part two of our March car hire special offers and discount specials. Continue reading

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Last week we did a feature on things to do in Australia in winter and we highlighted five different things to do including relaxing in Noosa, Kakadu National Park, winter festivals, whale watching in Hervey Bay and skiing in the mountains. Today, we have 5 more things to do in Australia in winter: Christmas in July, The Great Barrier Reef, Hobart, Swimming with Whale Sharks, and a Top End Road Trip. Continue reading

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