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 think of visiting Australia, the things that come to mind might include The Great Barrier Reef, the wildlife, Sydney or Melbourne and the Outback. However, what you may not realise is that gambling is one of the most popular pastimes in Australia and therefore, there are some pretty fantastic casinos in each of the major capital cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, and the capital of Canberra. There are also other casino hubs, namely in Gold Coast as well as some other regional cities. According to WorldCasinoDirectory.com/australia, as of 2015, over 80% of all adults in Australia take part in gambling. In fact, Australians have the highest gambling rate in the world. Close to 10% of all state revenues come from gambling. “Pokies” (short for the Poker Machines and also refers to slot machines and video poker consoles) are one of the most popular, but there are also lotteries, dog racing, horse racing, sports betting,a and casino gaming. Here are a list of the most popular casinos in Australia. When you plan your next Aussie holiday, perhaps you can incorporate a visit to one of them. Continue reading

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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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Last week we did a feature on things to do in Australia in winter and we highlighted five different things to do including relaxing in Noosa, Kakadu National Park, winter festivals, whale watching in Hervey Bay and skiing in the mountains. Today, we have 5 more things to do in Australia in winter: Christmas in July, The Great Barrier Reef, Hobart, Swimming with Whale Sharks, and a Top End Road Trip. 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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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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There is always something to do in Australia and it is easy to find all different kinds of events and festivals happening everywhere all the time. We already told you about May festivals and events in New South Wales and in Western Australia. This is part two of upcoming festivals in Queensland. In part one, we featured the Brisbane Jazz Festival, Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival, Anywhere Theatre Festival, Port Douglas Carnivale, and the Noosa Wine & Food Festival Today we are featuring 4 more upcoming festivals and special events in Queensland, some of them are quite fun and quirky, so let loose and enjoy! Stay tuned for more festivals and events in other states around Australia. Continue reading

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In our last post, we told you all about May’s festivals in New South Wales. Today, we are featuring the May festivals in Western Australia. If you have been looking for a reason to go west, then one or more of these fun festivals might be just that final decision maker for you. A big plus is that Western Australia is simply spectacular in the fall, between the colours of the Autumn leaves and whale migration season, what’s not to love? No more excuses, hire a car and go west this Autumn, you will thank us later! Here are just some of the festivals we’ve found happening in May. Continue reading

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Sometimes packing light isn’t all about making decision on what to take and what not to take. Sure, that does play a big part of it, but there are other factors that help you to know what to take and what not to take and think outside the box to be creative about saving space in your suitcase. Here are some tips we have compiled for you on packing light: 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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