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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At Budget Australia, we like to think that we are the masters on budget and saving money. We hope you get the most out of our money saving holiday tips. There is so much to do in Australia no matter where you are, the city, the outback, the Great Barrier Reef, or the mountains, there are ways to save money and still enjoy your holiday to the fullest while on a budget. Check out our five tips for saving money while on vacation in Australia: Continue reading

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When you are looking for the most scenic places, Australia does not disappoint and there is no shortage of beautiful scenery. As you will see from the most Instagrammed places in Australia, that there is also a big variety in the different types of beauty our country has to offer. Here are 10 of the most Instagrammed places in Australia (in no particular order). Continue reading

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If you are into long distance trekking, then you should consider The Bicentennial National Trail for your next holiday adventure. Originally known as the National Horse Trail, the Bicentennial National Trail is a challenging hike stretching over 5,330 km from Cooktown, Queensland through New South Wales, the ACT, and ending in Healesville, Victoria near Melbourne. The trail was originally intended for horses, and is now one of the longest non-motorised trails in the world. It is classified as multi-use, so horses are still used on the trail as well as bicycling and walking. In fact, the entire length of the trail is not yet suitable for hiking and cycling; so use caution and obey all signs. The trail is rugged and passes through the Great Dividing Range, several national parks, private property and wilderness areas. The trail’s concept was developed by legendary Australian bushman, RM WIlliams and the route was first blazed by Danny Seymour in 1972 with his horses named Smokey and Dino and his cattle dog, Bluedog. The Australian Trail Horse Riders Association (ATHRA) was formed that same year, and the group helped to develop a plan to map out the trail from the Far North of Queensland down the eastern seaboard. The trail uses old coach roads, stock routes, brumby tracks, rivers, and fire trails. The trail is separated into 12 sections and there is a Guidebook for each section. You must have the Guidebooks in order to follow the trail. In part one of our blog coverage today, we will be covering sections one through six beginning in the north at Cooktown. 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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Fitzgerald River National Park  is on the southern coast of Western Australia in between Albany and Esperance. There is so much biodiversity and so much to see and do in this remote wilderness, we have split it up into two blog posts. We just told you about the flora, fauna and camping options in the park. Today, we are featuring the scenic drives and picturesque walking trails in Fitzgerald River National Park. It is one of the sparkling gems in the south of Western Australia. We recently featured a seven part series on the National Parks and nature parks near Perth. Then we headed south to explore some of the more remote National Parks in the state. There is Cape Le Grand National Park  which we just featured last month, and Cape Arid National Park, which we just wrote about last week are on the east side near Esperance. The other remote southern national parks of Western Australia we featured are closer to Albany. We highlighted the southwest corner of the state and 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. Continue reading

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The surrounds of Perth are unique because there is so much protected land around this growing city and greater metropolitan area. Perth is the capital of Western Australia and it is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities. Surrounding the growing metropolis are 15 national parks, 7 regional parks, 3 marine parks, and 3 nature reserves; plus an interesting mix of forest land, caves, and coastline. In our last blog post, we visited Avon Valley National Park, John Forrest National Park, Serpentine National Park, Yanchep National Park, and Beelu National Park. Today, we will be taking a closer look at five of the national parks near Perth including Walyunga National Park, Yalgorup National Park, Wandoo National Park, Kalamunda National Park, and Greenmount National Park. Come with us again as we explore the Perth Hills, caves, forests, and walking trails in Perth’s surrounds. 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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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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Australian holidays can be great for the whole family. When you are going on holiday with the whole family, there is much to consider making sure that everyone will have fun. Last week, we told you about family fun holidays in the Selwyn Snowfields, Daydream Island, Kangaroo Island and Hobart, Tasmania in part one of our Family Getaways throughout Australia. There was still so much to cover so in part two, we took you to family destinations in Cairns, Ballarat, Sydney, and Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island. Continue reading

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