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5 Day Trips from Brisbane

Brisbane is the urban and cultural heart of the Gold Coast in Queensland. A colonial settlement that’s grown into the powerhouse metropolis of the northeast, it is the perfect place to arrive on the Gold Coast and an ideal base from which to explore both the coast and the lush green interior of northeastern Australia. […]

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March 3rd, 2014
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Day Trip from Cairns

Cairns makes a fantastic base, on the north coast of Australia, for exploring the diverse range of ecosystems and the adventures to be had within them. Regardless of your age or ability, experience or interests, there are options that will appeal to everyone within a day’s drive of Cairns.

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January 7th, 2014
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Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy, according to the Explore Australia road atlas, is taken from the local Aboriginal language and means, “white man’s hole in the ground.” An amusing and apt name for a town that is as active below ground as it is above. Located on the Stuart Highway (A-87) about halfway between Adelaide and Alice Springs, Coober Pedy is an Outback mining town that has a wild west feel to it.

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December 13th, 2013
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Melbourne With Kids

Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and the hub of arts and culture for the state of Victoria. It’s a city that feels very much like San Francisco, without the hills, and the perfect place to use as a base for explorations in southern Victoria, or, to spend a little more time delving deeper into one of the most charming cities in Australia. There’s no shortage of adventures and cultural diversions to be had.

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November 5th, 2013
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Travelling Through Soverign Hill and Ballarat

The old mining town of Ballarat, an easy day trip from Melbourne or Geelong, is well worth a visit. We rented a car from Budget in Geelong and took off two separate weekends to explore Ballarat. Stay a long weekend if you can manage it! It’s one of those towns with a quaint and walkable […]

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October 25th, 2013
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Climbing the Karri Tree

The scent on the morning breeze, as the sun yawns into her golden arc and warms the grey green leaves of a eucalyptus forest, is intoxicating. It’s a forest smell unlike any other I’ve had the privilege of waking too, being born of northern forests on the Canadian Shield with their sharp, piney scent and deep peat undertones. Forests are a bit like wines, with their layers of aroma and flavour that make up the nose of a place, wholly dependent on ingredients and age.

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September 25th, 2013
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5 Stops on the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road, along the coast south of Melbourne, between Torquay and Allensford, is one of the world’s epic road trips. It’s well worth renting a car and devoting a long weekend to the slow wind along the coast. Pack a picnic, your camera and good walking shoes. Plan to stop lots and explore […]

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September 25th, 2013