D’Entrecasteaux National Park is named after the French Admiral who was the first to sight this beautiful section of Australia’s southwest coast, called the Rainbow Coast. He named it Point D’Entrecasteaux in 1792. The national park covers the narrow strip of land along 130 km of coastline between Augusta and Walpole. At the widest points, the park is about 20 km wide. Packed in this small park is an area of extreme biodiversity and picture perfect beaches, Karri forest, coastal heath, and several rivers flow through the park with outlets into the sea. The protected lands of the entire park include different State forests, timber reserves, Crown land, Shire of Manjimup reserves, conservation reserves, pastoral leases and freehold purchases. Continue reading

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We just finished our big seven part series all about the nature and national parks that are all around the city of Perth, Western Australia. Even though Perth is a big metropolis and is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia, it still remains surrounded by nature that is now protected so that it stays that way. If you are visiting Perth, you have got to take the time to explore the various parks, forests, and nature that makes this region beautiful. Perth is unique in that nearby is the Indian Ocean coastline, forests, and a unique and very large cave system. In total there are 15 national parks, 7 regional parks, 3 marine parks, and 3 nature reserves. Continue reading

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It’s time to spring into some great car hire deals this September. Budget Car rental has all different types of vehicles to help you get around Australia at a great, affordable price. 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 great price or 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 this month include: a long term deal in Brighton, 3rd day free, 5th day free of the base rate, $5 off in Brighton, Victoria, $99 Wollongong, NSW weekend special, free upgrade with newsletter sign up, earn Qantas points, one way special from North Queensland, and a free upgrade on 2 day rentals. Continue reading

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Many of Australia’s cities are being hailed from all over the world as some of the best destinations for food and wine aficionados. If you love food and wine, here are some of the top Australian destinations that should be on your holiday agenda. All across the country, you can find good eats pretty much anywhere you go. A wide variety of produce is grown all over and in different climates. Beef and lamb are raised and, as a result, Australia has one of the highest meat consumptions in the world. Fish, like barramundi and other seafood is, of course, very popular since the country is a continent and the oceans are never too far away. International cuisine has also taken a foothold in most cities’ dining scenes with many world renowned chefs setting up shop. Pavlova is Australia’s most favourite dessert, but if you want an edible souvenir, Tim Tam varieties of sandwich cookies are a sure bet. Wine plays a big part of the foodie scene in Australia and is a big business too. The wine industry has been going strong in Australia since the 1950’s. Since the country has so many different types of soil and varying climates, it is able to support over 100 varieties of grapes. Another drink you may not realise is very popular in Australia is coffee. In fact, Australians are very serious about their coffee. Tea is also popular because of so much British influence; however, “teatime” in Australia doesn’t always necessarily mean drinking tea, rather “Morning Tea” and “Afternoon Tea” are more like light snacks in between meals. As you can see, no matter where you go in Australia, you are likely to have some delectable culinary delights to choose from. Here are some other foodie adventures to think about when travelling throughout Australia: Continue reading

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This is our final blog in our series on the different nature parks near Perth, Western Australia. Although Perth is a big and fast growing, metropolitan city that is the capital of Western Australia, the surrounds are filled with 15 national parks, 8 regional parks, 3 marine parks, and 3 nature reserves; plus an interesting mix of forest land, caves, and coastline. In our first blog post about National Parks near Perth, we visited Avon Valley National Park, John Forrest National Park, Serpentine National Park, Yanchep National Park, and Beelu National Park. Our second blog post on national parks near Perth  included a closer look at Walyunga National Park, Yalgorup National Park, Wandoo National Park, Kalamunda National Park, and Greenmount National Park. Our 3rd series  featured the last five national parks in the surrounding region of Perth including Korung National Park, Midgegooroo National Park, Gooseberry Hill National Park, Helena National Park, and Neerabup National Park. Next up, are the Regional Parks surrounding Perth. In our fourth series, we took a look at the Regional Parks around Perth: Beeliar Regional Park, Canning River Regional Park, Herdsman Lake Regional Park, and Yellagonga Regional Park. Our fifth post covered the other regional parks: Rockingham Lakes Regional Park, Jandakot Regional Park, Woodman Point Regional Park, and Mundy Regional Park. Part six of our series highlighted the marine parks near Perth Western Australia: Marmion Marine Park, Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, and Swan Estuary Marine Park. Continue reading

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Over the past few weeks, we have been looking at all of the fabulous different types of parks near Perth. Although Perth is a big, metropolitan city that is the capital of Western Australia, the surrounds are filled with 15 national parks, 8 regional parks, 3 marine parks, and 3 nature reserves; plus an interesting mix of forest land, caves, and coastline. In our first blog post about National Parks near Perth, we visited Avon Valley National Park, John Forrest National Park, Serpentine National Park, Yanchep National Park, and Beelu National Park. Our second blog post on national parks near Perth  included a closer look at Walyunga National Park, Yalgorup National Park, Wandoo National Park, Kalamunda National Park, and Greenmount National Park. Our 3rd series  featured the last five national parks in the surrounding region of Perth including Korung National Park, Midgegooroo National Park, Gooseberry Hill National Park, Helena National Park, and Neerabup National Park. Next up, are the Regional Parks surrounding Perth. In our fourth series, we took a look at the Regional Parks around Perth: Beeliar Regional Park, Canning River Regional Park, Herdsman Lake Regional Park, and Yellagonga Regional Park. Our fifth post covered the other regional parks: Rockingham Lakes Regional Park, Jandakot Regional Park, Woodman Point Regional Park, and Mundy Regional Park. Continue reading

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The surrounds of Perth are unique because there is so much protected land around this growing city and greater metropolitan area. Perth is the capital of Western Australia and it is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities. Surrounding the growing metropolis are 15 national parks, 7 regional parks, 3 marine parks, and 3 nature reserves; plus an interesting mix of forest land, caves, and coastline. In our first blog post about National Parks near Perth, we visited Avon Valley National Park, John Forrest National Park, Serpentine National Park, Yanchep National Park, and Beelu National Park. Our second blog post on national parks near Perth  included a closer look at Walyunga National Park, Yalgorup National Park, Wandoo National Park, Kalamunda National Park, and Greenmount National Park. Our 3rd series featured the last five national parks in the surrounding region of Perth including Korung National Park, Midgegooroo National Park, Gooseberry Hill National Park, Helena National Park, and Neerabup National Park. Next up, are the Regional Parks surrounding Perth. In our fourth series, we took a look at the Regional Parks around Perth: Beeliar Regional Park, Canning River Regional Park, Herdsman Lake Regional Park, and Yellagonga Regional Park. In our post today, we will be exploring Rockingham Lakes Regional Park, Jandakot Regional Park, Woodman Point Regional Park, and Mundy Regional Park. Continue reading

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The surrounds of Perth are unique because there is so much protected land around this growing city and greater metropolitan area. Perth is the capital of Western Australia and it is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities. Surrounding the growing metropolis are 15 national parks, 7 regional parks, 3 marine parks, and 3 nature reserves; plus an interesting mix of forest land, caves, and coastline. In our first blog post about National Parks near Perth, we visited Avon Valley National Park, John Forrest National Park, Serpentine National Park, Yanchep National Park, and Beelu National Park. Our second blog post on national parks near Perth  included a closer look at Walyunga National Park, Yalgorup National Park, Wandoo National Park, Kalamunda National Park, and Greenmount National Park. Our 3rd series featured the last five national parks in the surrounding region of Perth including Korung National Park, Midgegooroo National Park, Gooseberry Hill National Park, Helena National Park, and Neerabup National Park. Next up, are the Regional Parks surrounding Perth. This blog features Beeliar Regional Park, Canning River Regional Park, Herdsman Lake Regional Park, and Yellagonga Regional Park. Continue reading

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The surrounds of Perth are unique because there is so much protected land around this growing city and greater metropolitan area. Perth is the capital of Western Australia and it is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities. Surrounding the growing metropolis are 15 national parks, 7 regional parks, 3 marine parks, and 3 nature reserves; plus an interesting mix of forest land, caves, and coastline. In our first blog post about National Parks near Perth, we visited Avon Valley National Park, John Forrest National Park, Serpentine National Park, Yanchep National Park, and Beelu National Park. Our second blog post on national parks near Perth  included a closer look at Walyunga National Park, Yalgorup National Park, Wandoo National Park, Kalamunda National Park, and Greenmount National Park. Come with us again as we explore five more national parks in the surround region of Perth including Korung National Park, Midgegooroo National Park, Gooseberry Hill National Park, Helena National Park, and Neerabup National Park. These national parks highlight the natural surrounds of metropolitan Perth including the Perth Hills, caves, forests, and walking trails in Perth’s surrounds. Continue reading

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The surrounds of Perth are unique because there is so much protected land around this growing city and greater metropolitan area. Perth is the capital of Western Australia and it is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities. Surrounding the growing metropolis are 15 national parks, 7 regional parks, 3 marine parks, and 3 nature reserves; plus an interesting mix of forest land, caves, and coastline. In our last blog post, we visited Avon Valley National Park, John Forrest National Park, Serpentine National Park, Yanchep National Park, and Beelu National Park. Today, we will be taking a closer look at five of the national parks near Perth including Walyunga National Park, Yalgorup National Park, Wandoo National Park, Kalamunda National Park, and Greenmount National Park. Come with us again as we explore the Perth Hills, caves, forests, and walking trails in Perth’s surrounds. Continue reading

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