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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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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If you are looking for the best places to see the autumn colours in Australia, we’ve got you covered. You may not even realise that you can find some picturesque and amazing autumn colour scenes in Australia. Get your rental car ready and head out to some of these beautiful places between March and May. Continue reading

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We have been featuring the national parks in the region north of Sydney in New South Wales.  We featured Berowra Valley National Park, Marramarra National Park, and Dharug National Park. Today, we will be highlighting Yengo National Park. It is adjacent to Dharug National Park directly to the east and in the Lower Hunter region of New South Wales. 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 is located about 85 km northwest of Sydney’s CBD. It takes about 2 hours to drive there from Sydney. The park features walking trails, campgrounds, accommodations, cycle trails, bushwalking, horseback riding, bird watching, panoramic lookouts, scenic drives, and Aboriginal cultural heritage sites. This is the first of a three part blog series on Yengo National Park. Today we will be featuring 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. Stay tuned for part two, where we will explore the walking trails, picturesque lookouts, and scenic drives also available inside Yengo National Park. Continue reading

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The Scenic Rim mountains are located in the Great Dividing Range of Queensland. It is 69 km south of Brisbane and inland from Gold Coast. The Hidden Peaks Trail is a four day, guided bicycle tour through the beautiful landscape of the Scenic Rim. The cycling tour covers 110 km over the various trails, tracks, roads, and terrains. By day, your tour guides will show you a wilderness adventure, at night you will be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the three different eco-luxury accommodations, and freshly prepared gourmet meals in this all inclusive package. When you book the Hidden Peaks Trail package, you also get: Continue reading

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Cape Arid National Park is on the southern coast of Western Australia near Esperance. It is less than an hour away from Cape Le Grand National Park  which we just featured in last week’s blog. We recently featured a seven part series on the National Parks and nature parks near Perth. Now we are heading away from Perth but still staying in Western Australia to explore some of the more remote National Parks in the state. We are in the southwest corner of the state and we have covered some of the beautiful national parks there including Mountain Hiking in Stirling Range National Park, the Biodiversity of D’Entrecasteaux National Park, and Walking Among the Giants in Walpole – Nornalup National Park. Now, we are featuring Cape Arid National Park. Continue reading

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This is our final blog in our series on the different nature parks near Perth, Western Australia. Although Perth is a big and fast growing, metropolitan city that is the capital of Western Australia, the surrounds are filled with 15 national parks, 8 regional parks, 3 marine parks, and 3 nature reserves; plus an interesting mix of forest land, caves, and coastline. In our first blog post about National Parks near Perth, we visited Avon Valley National Park, John Forrest National Park, Serpentine National Park, Yanchep National Park, and Beelu National Park. Our second blog post on national parks near Perth  included a closer look at Walyunga National Park, Yalgorup National Park, Wandoo National Park, Kalamunda National Park, and Greenmount National Park. Our 3rd series  featured the last five national parks in the surrounding region of Perth including Korung National Park, Midgegooroo National Park, Gooseberry Hill National Park, Helena National Park, and Neerabup National Park. Next up, are the Regional Parks surrounding Perth. In our fourth series, we took a look at the Regional Parks around Perth: Beeliar Regional Park, Canning River Regional Park, Herdsman Lake Regional Park, and Yellagonga Regional Park. Our fifth post covered the other regional parks: Rockingham Lakes Regional Park, Jandakot Regional Park, Woodman Point Regional Park, and Mundy Regional Park. Part six of our series highlighted the marine parks near Perth Western Australia: Marmion Marine Park, Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, and Swan Estuary Marine Park. Continue reading

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Perth is the capital of Western Australia and it is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities. However the city’s surrounds is filled with 15 national parks, 7 regional parks, 3 marine parks, and 3 nature reserves; plus an interesting mix of forest land, caves, and coastline. Today, we will be taking a closer look at five of the national parks near Perth including Avon Valley National Park, John Forrest National Park, Serpentine National Park, Yanchep National Park, and Beelu National Park. Come with us as we explore the Perth Hills, caves, forests, and walking trails in Perth’s surrounds. 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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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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