Visiting Australia in the winter is a great time because of the varying temperatures, different options, and variety of festivals available. Depending on where you decide to travel, you can experience the tropics in the north, the mountains in the southeast, the Great Barrier Reef and whale watching along the coasts. If you plan for a road trip, you can get to see a little bit of everything. Here are 5 things to do in Australia this winter. Continue reading

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When you are travelling away from home, your vacation can be cut short fast if you forget an essential item. We aren’t talking about your toothbrush or underwear. While those are important to have, there are certain must-have things you need to take on a trip with you. Make sure to make a list of essentials and check it twice. Continue reading

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In the past, we featured many of the National Parks of NSW near Sydney. One of the national parks there with the most to see and do is Yengo National Park. First, we featured the campgrounds and accommodations in Yengo National Park. Then, we focused on the walking trails and lookouts in Yengo National Park. We previously told you all about Berowra Valley National Park, Marramarra National Park, Kanangra-Boyd National Park, Gardens of Stone National Park, Thirlmere Lakes National Park, Brisbane Water National Park, and Dharug National Park. We also just did a feature on the Nature in Nattai National Park. Yengo National Park is adjacent to Dharug National Park directly to the east and in the Lower Hunter region of New South Wales. Yengo National Park is located about 85 km northwest of Sydney’s CBD. It takes about 2 hours to drive there from Sydney. The park is vast, covering 154,328 hectares of land. This protected park along with seven other national parks all make up the UNESCO World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains Area. Yengo National Park features walking trails, campgrounds, accommodations, cycle trails, bushwalking, horseback riding, bird watching, panoramic lookouts, scenic drives, and Aboriginal cultural heritage sites. This is part three of our blog series on Yengo National Park. In part one, we highlighted the places to stay in Yengo National Park: The Big Yango House and the four different campgrounds in Yengo National Park plus the Big Yango House. The campgrounds are Mogo campground, Finchley campground, Mountain Arm campground, and Blue Gums campground. In part two, we explored the walking trails and picturesque lookouts available inside Yengo National Park. Today, we will be exploring the bike trails and scenic four wheel drives in the park. Continue reading

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Now is the time to start planning your next road trip through the Northern Territory. It is only passable during the dry season, which is the winter. Nature’s Way is a rugged and remote, adventurous road trip through the Top End of Australia’s Northern Territory. The name says it all, this journey really helps you get in touch with the beautiful nature here in one of the most  untouched places in the world. The road trip is a triangle including Darwin through the Adelaide and Mary River wetlands, parts of the gigantic Kakadu National Park and the magnificent landscapes of Litchfield National Park. If you are not familiar with Australia’s climate, it is important that you understand that the north is tropical and it is hot and humid, even during the winter dry season.  The whole Top End of Australia gets warmer and more humid the further north you go. Be sure to dress appropriately and still drink plenty of water; the humidity can be deceiving. Our blog today will be covering a 7 day itinerary of a possible holiday journey that is part on land and part cruise. Continue reading

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Nattai National Park is located south of the Blue Mountains and is adjacent to Kanangra-Boyd National Park  which we have featured before. It is just a 1 ½ hour to 2 hour drive from Sydney. It is located 150 km south west of Sydney. This protected park along with seven other national parks all make up the UNESCO World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains Area. We previously featured some of 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, and Dharug National Park  and Yengo 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, Brisbane Water National Park, Gardens of Stone National Park, and Wollemi National Park.  Today, we are featuring Nattai National Park. Visiting a national park helps contribute to their protection and is an excellent way to be able to enjoy the Australian wilderness. Nattai National Park includes the Nattai River, the Little River, Allum River and the Wollondilly River, the dramatic Hawkesbury sandstone cliffs, Mount Jellore and is heavily forested. Even though it is this close to Sydney, it is one of the more remote national parks and is not as well visited as many of the other national parks of this region. If you are into remote wilderness exploration, then Nattai National Park is for you. While there, you can also visit the Nattai State Conservation Area, the Burragorang State Conservation Area, Lake Burragorang, the Bargo State Conservation Area, the Wombeyan Caves, and the Yerranderie State Conservation Area. Continue reading

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One of the many things that the Internet and social media has made possible is the ability to travel and share your experiences with others through a blog and social media. If you love to travel and always wanted to start a blog, we have compiled a list of tips from the experts who are already doing it. Last week, we told you how to make your travel blog a “must read”; today we are taking a step back. Here are 10 tips on how to get started on a travel blog. Continue reading

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An Australian road trip is a very exciting holiday for the entire family. However, the idea of a road trip with the kids can be quite daunting. These tips and tricks in our road trip with kids survival guide will help you be prepared and keep them occupied so that everyone has a great road trip holiday. Preparing ahead of time is key. Before doing anything, check out our Long Distance Road Trip Checklist. If you are planning to hire a car for the road trip, then this might help you decide: Which is the Best Rental Car for You. Lastly, you might want to get some packing tips on How to Pack Less and Travel Light. You will see that many of our tips are about preparing ahead of time. 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. June is here and the weather might begin to cool down, but our deals are still sizzling! 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: new SUVs, the 5th day free on 5 or more day rentals, 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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June 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, the 5th day free on 5 or more day rentals, 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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The height of whale watching season has just begun in Western Australia. The Indian Ocean and Southern Ocean coastlines of Western Australia are home to one of of the longest whale watching seasons in the world. These are also some of the most isolated coastlines, which gives you an amazing opportunity to see these magnificent creatures of the deep up close and personal. The height of whale watching season in Western Australia is from May through September. However, something unique to Western Australia is that if you know where to look (and most of the expert whale watching charter companies do), then you can seek out and find different whales on year long; more on that later. Continue reading

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