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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When you are on holiday in Brisbane, or just looking for new things to do for those long weekends and time off, check out these island escapes just off the coast of Brisbane. Moreton Island is a well-known island, and also Brisbane’s largest. Instead of following the more common trail, take the path less travelled and gain a unique and special island experience by visiting some of the lesser known and less travelled islands just off the coast of Brisbane. The islands we will be featuring today are North Stradbroke Island, Bribie Island, Coochiemudlo Island, Macleay Island, Russell Island, St Helena Island, Green Island, Peel Island, Mud Island, Lamb Island, and Karragarra Island. Continue reading

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When you are on holiday in Australia, no doubt you will want to get in some shopping. Whether you are looking for an amazing souvenir to remember your time on holiday or if you want to choose fresh produce and delights from the markets each day, there are plenty of places to shop in each state until your heart’s content. Choose from mega malls, to small boutiques, street markets, or high end shops. This blog post will cover places to shop in Melbourne in Victoria, Sydney in New South Wales, Brisbane in Queensland, Adelaide in South Australia, Perth in Western Australia, Hobart in Tasmania, Darwin in Northern Territory, and Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory. Continue reading

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Brisbane is the 3rd largest city in Australia in terms of population. Even in a big city like Brisbane, you can find many different free things to do on holiday, or maybe you just want to take a few days off for a mini “staycation” without breaking the bank. Brisbane is the perfect place to do this because there are so many fun things to do that are free or almost free. Brisbane is in between the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast on the east coast of Australia in Queensland. Brisbane is metropolitan with a population over 2.2 million and a humid subtropical climate. The warm weather makes a holiday here good anytime of the year. The summers are hot and winters are warm and mild. The city is known as BrisVegas and here is a previous post about vacationing in the area: 5 Day Trips from Brisbane and Things to Do in Brisbane. Continue reading

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Brisbane is located on the east coast of Queensland in between the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast sections. It is the 3rd most populous city in Australia with a metropolitan population over 2.2 million. The climate is humid subtropical, with hot summers and mild warm winters; this makes for great warm holidays even in the winter. While in the city fondly known as BrisVegas, check out our previous blog post on 5 day trips from Brisbane. Continue reading

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We are on #8 out of the top 10 best road trips in Australia, as listed by AustralianTraveller.com. We have outlined the details of each road trip with details and highlights of things to do in each road trip destination. Road trip #8 on the list is a drive up the Legendary Pacific Coast of Australia from Sydney in New South Wales to Brisbane in Queensland. In part one of this road trip, we covered the start of the Legendary Pacific Coast road trip starting out in Sydney, then on to Port Stephens, Terrigal, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, South West Rocks, and Coffs Harbour. Continue reading

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We are on #8 out of the top 10 best road trips in Australia, as listed by AustralianTraveller.com. We have outlined the details of each road trip with details and highlights of things to do in each road trip destination. Road trip #8 on the list is a drive up the Legendary Pacific Coast of Australia from Sydney in New South Wales to Brisbane in Queensland. Continue reading

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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. Spend a week savouring the city and then, rent a car and branch out.

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