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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There are so many different places to visit and things to do while on holiday in Australia. There is something for everyone, but if you like lists, we have compiled some of the best Australian travel destinations with the help of AustralianTraveller.com. Read on to find some of the winners of their people’s choice awards for best food and wine region, best outback adventure, best historical site, most scenic road trip, best walk, best annual festival, and best guided tour. In part one, we covered the first four destinations on our list. Now, for part two, will be covering the three best travel destinations from our list that all happen to be in or near Sydney. Continue reading

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You may not associate snorkelling with Sydney, but there is some world class snorkelling right in Sydney that will fulfill your need for adventures with a mask and fins. No need to travel far and wide, clear waters and unique marine life awaits you right off of the coast and beaches of Sydney. Here are seven places you should definitely check out and plan a snorkel and see adventure soon. Continue reading

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Last week, we featured Berowra Valley National Park, today we are headed just north of Berowra to Marramarra National Park. It is close to Sydney; takes less than 1 ½ hours to drive there. Marramarra National Park is 11,785 hectares of land 40 km north west of Sydney’s CBD. However, it is hard to imagine that this nature wonderland is that close to one of the biggest cities in the entire Southern Hemisphere and all of Australia. It feels remote and is a haven for outdoor lovers because you can camp here, kayak, canoe, swim, cycle, picnic, bird watch, fish, and bushwalk. The Hawkesbury River, Berowra Creek, and Marramarra Creek are a few of the waterways in the park. There is also much to be learned about the Aboriginal heritage here as well as European settler history of this region and its historic orange orchards. It is a great place for a day trip or an overnight adventure. Continue reading

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Bushwalking in Australia is one of the top attractions for holiday goers. When locals and tourists alike plan a vacation in Australia, you can be sure that walking trails, hiking, or bush walking will likely be on the agenda. However, you don’t have to traverse deep into the outback or remote locations in order to do some holiday bush walking in Australia. There are plenty of beach walks, walking trails in national parks, and even city walks to explore. Whether you are walking in the city, the mountains, or the outback, it is very important to be prepared at all times. Do your research about the requirements and details of the walk you choose. No matter the length of your walk, be sure to plan ahead, understand the fitness level requirements, use sunscreen and hats to protect your skin from the sun, have the right shoes and attire, bring plenty of drinking water, have emergency supplies with you, and make sure that someone not travelling with you knows when you are expected back. Check the weather before your walk so you know what type of conditions and temperatures you can expect. When you take all these necessary safety precautions, it ensures that you will have the most enjoyable bushwalking holiday. It is also important to always remember that you are a guest in nature. Bring a bag with you to take your own rubbish away. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures. Here are 5 must see and do walks right in Sydney and surrounds. Continue reading

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Family getaways throughout Australia are so much fun! Families with children of all ages can have amazing holidays all over Australia. There is something for everyone and every type of vacation wish. Last week, we told you about this in part one of our Family Getaways throughout Australia. Continue reading

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Celebrating the New Year might seem kind of familiar or like a distant dream, depending on how you rang in 2016. Now, it is time to usher in the Lunar New Year and the Celebration of Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival. The Chinese Calendar counts the years by astronomical phenomenon and The Year of the Monkey begins with this next full moon. Chinese New Year Celebrations typically run from the first day of the new moon until the day of the lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. For 2016 the first day of celebrations starts February 8, 2016 and many of the celebrations throughout Australia run through the 21st of February to include the weekend after February 15th. Since Australia is home to a large population of Asians, the Lunar New Year celebrations are very popular throughout the country and especially in Sydney and Melbourne. Stay tuned to our blog next week for other places throughout Australia to celebrate Chinese New Year. Here are some of the top Chinese New Year celebrations in Sydney and Melbourne: Continue reading

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When you are on holiday in Sydney, one of the best things to seek out is the variety of outdoor pools all across the city. They are a refreshing way to experience Sydney’s amazing views and coastal beaches in a safe environment without having to deal with waves or strong currents. Although it should be noted that during rough tides, some pools can experiences waves and often times sea life gets into them. The outdoor pools are also referred to as rock pools and some are called baths. Baths are the historic name from many pools because they were used for bathing throughout history. The rock pool name comes from being hammered and carved from the rocks of Sydney’s coastal cliffs or some of them started out as naturally occurring rock pools, shallow and sheltered from the tides by rocks strategically placed by nature. Almost every major beach in Sydney has a rock pool and there are several harbourside outdoor pools too, Most outdoor pools are free and open to the public. Before planning to visit any of these outdoor pools, check for their schedules online, many are cleaned on Thursdays. Also, websites for the different pools list conditions, entrance fees (if applicable) and special events. Even though we are highlighting these outdoor pools for fun in the summer, most are open all year long and some are even heated in the winter. Research the different outdoor pools in Sydney and be sure to incorporate some of them into your Sydney holiday. Continue reading

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New Year’s in Australia is a great time to travel around and take the opportunity to see the sights.  Each year you might decide to spend the holiday in a new spot around the country. Last year, we highlighted New Year’s Eve in Sydney and also New Year’s Eve around Australia. For 2015, we already highlighted what Sydney has to offer in the way of New Year’s celebrations this year and the Taste of Tasmania Festival and New Year’s Celebration in Hobart. Now, we will show you other hot spots around the country you might choose to spend ringing in the New Year. Last year, when we showed you different places to celebrate New Year’s around Australia, we basically featured the events in all of the major capital cities. This year, we wanted to highlight some of the most unique ways to celebrate the New Year in Australia. Even though many of the New Year’s Eve celebrations we are featuring are close together, they couldn’t be more different. Enjoy any of these 5 New Year celebrations or whatever you decide to do and be safe. We hope you have a Happy New Year filled with peace, love, and wanderlust! Continue reading

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Of course, we have to highlight Sydney when talking about New Year’s Eve celebrations in Australia because Sydney’s New Year’s Eve is iconic and known as one of the top places in the world to ring in the New Year. Last year, we highlighted New Year’s Eve in Sydney  and other Places Around Australia for New Year’s Eve. For 2015, we will be highlighting what Sydney has to offer in the way of New Year’s celebrations this year as well as several other hot spots around the country you might choose to spend ringing in the New Year. In Sydney, the fireworks display is launched off of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, so do not plan to try to go onto the bridge since it is off limits for the display. There are vantage points throughout Sydney where you can see the fireworks and enjoy the other experiences around the city like rooftop bar parties, cruises, family viewing parties, dining options, and the Opera House. Continue reading

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