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Making the most of winter in Australia

Friday, June 27th, 2014

When most of us in the UK are going on our summer holidays Australia is in the middle of winter, situated as it is on the opposite side of the equator. This makes it a fantastic spot for those who would prefer a more active holiday – the winter sports are one of the country’s biggest and best secrets, not to be missed if you’re looking for a more interesting holiday destination this year! Here are three of our favourites, to give you an idea of what you could be getting up to this summer. (more…)

Visiting Lizard Island

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Lizard Island is a stunning island paradise just off the north-east coast of Australia, promising soft sands, lush countryside,a diverse wildlife and water so clear you can see to the bottom – and it’s practically unspoiled by modern tourist fare, making it ideal for those looking for a little peace and tranquility. Whether you’re taking a day trip from the mainland or seeking a little luxury in the Great Barrier Reef, this is a fantastic destination. (more…)

Visiting Kangaroo Island

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Kangaroo Island is a must-see destination for anybody looking to get up close and personal with one of Australia’s most iconic national animals. Situated just off the coast of Adelaide, this lush green space is famous for its towering cliffs, fertile soils, soft sandy beaches and of course, the multitude of kangaroos living across the island. (more…)

The Great Alpine Road Itinerary

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Victoria’s Great Alpine Road runs from Wangaratta to Metung, taking about five hours and offering a wealth of places to stop and beautiful views throughout the journey. Along the way you’ll pass the stunning Gippsland Lakes, drive up into the mountain ranges and right down into the valleys below for a truly beautiful look at the many diverse landscapes of this corner of Australia. (more…)

Vivid Sydney – a festival through May and June

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

If you’re visiting Australia during the end of May, you may be interested in the Vivid Sydney festival which takes place until 9 June 2014. It’s a festival of light and music, which sees the city transformed by colourful displays and performances.

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Exploring Aboriginal Australia

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

if you’re visiting Australia, one of the things you simply must enjoy and appreciate is the country’s Aboriginal heritage. Many of the main attractions and sights Down Under have Aboriginal roots, and if you’re a history buff you must add seeing some of the culture’s relics and landmarks to your list of things to do.
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Things to do in Canberra

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Canberra is often overshadowed by its bigger neighbours Melbourne and Sydney, however it’s a city that shouldn’t be overlooked on your visit to Australia as it has many of its own unique sights and attractions to see.
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Running tours down under

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

A running tour is the ideal way to see Australia in a way that you may not have ever thought of before. If you’re an avid runner and want to combine your passion with your holiday, then a running tour can be the ideal way to do this.
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A guide to touring the Outback

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The Outback of Australia is the most thrilling, desolate and wild place in Australia. It’s home to an array of breathtaking natural wonders, roaming wildlife, and miles and miles of serene desert.
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The lure of Australia’s Big Things

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Australia’s Big Things are one of the more unusual tourist oddities that you can expect to see on your travels Down Under. They are a set of more than 150 novelty architecture sculptures which are dotted all over the country, in every state, originally designed as a tourist trap between destinations.

However, many of the Big Things form part of a vital trip for tourists in Australia, so here are a few of the well known, and not so well known Big Things to visit on your holiday. (more…)

2015 ICC Cricket World Cup just one year away

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

If you’re mad on cricket then now is the time to start making preparations to go Down Under to see the ICC Cricket World Cup. It takes place in New Zealand and Australia over the course of a month and a half from 14 February 2015, finishing with the dramatic final in Sydney on 29 March 2015. (more…)

Celebrating 30 years of throwing another shrimp on the barbie

Friday, March 14th, 2014

It’s one of those things that easily comes to mind when thinking of Australia: shrimps on the barbie, and it was a term that was put widely into use back in 1984 when Paul Hogan of Crocodile Dundee fame urged US tourists to put Kakadu at the top of their list of places to go on holiday. (more…)

Bleach Festival Round Up

Friday, March 14th, 2014

The Bleach Festival is an arts, music and beach culture festival which takes place on the Gold Coast each year. This year it happens from 7 – 23 March, and moves down the coast, starting at the surfing world tour Quiksilver and Roxy Pro, moving to Currumbin, before ending in East Street, Tugun in a flurry of barbecues, activities and music.

Musicians playing at the event include Ash Grunwalk, Violent Soho, Elizabeth Rose and Jeremy Marou. As part of the festival a unique outdoor opera will also take place at Greenmount Beach, Coolangatta, where a performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute will be performed underneath the stars and to the sound of the rolling waves of the sea. (more…)

Top 10 Things to do in Perth

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

1. Perth Zoo

A great family day out, Perth Zoo has been open to the public for over 100 years, and has over 1,200 animals including reptiles, primates, tortoises, giraffes, big cats and more. (more…)

Best Places to Eat in Perth

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

As western Australia’s capital, Perth offers up a huge array of activities and things to do, especially fascinating cultural exhibits. After a long day sightseeing you’ll want to round the day off with a fab meal, or even before you get started you’ll want to fill up on the best that Perth has to offer. Here’s our suggestions for where to get your breakfast, lunch and dinner. (more…)

Best Places to Drink in Perth

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Situated on the oft-forgotten about west coast of Australia, Perth is becoming more popular because of its exciting cultural scene and diverse population. As such a number of exciting bars and pubs have opened up in the city, and now there are hundreds of unique little drinking establishments dotted through the city’s winding lanes.

Whether you want a refreshing cocktail, a small-batch beer or some tasty local wine, Perth has the right thing for you. (more…)

Best Beaches in Perth

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Australia boasts some of the best beaches in the world and Perth is no exception. Looking out onto the waters of the Indian Ocean, you can find a beach to sit back and relax on, or to spend the day surfing on – there really is endless opportunities here. (more…)

What to pack for a working holiday

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

If you’re considering heading to Australia for a working holiday, then don’t delay in planning everything you need! Once you get your working visa approved, you can start planning everything that you will need to take with you, including a few of these essentials.  (more…)

8 Things to Do in Australia in 2014

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

1. Australia Day

Celebrating the anniversary of the day that Captain Arthur Phillip first claimed the land at Sydney Cove, Australia day is a national holiday, a lot like the USA’s Independence Day and crowds gather in major cities like Sydney to celebrate and party. (more…)

Tourism Australia highlights food and wine holidays

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Tourism Australia is launching a new marketing campaign to begin next year, promoting its food and wine experiences. While many people familiar with travelling to Australia know how great its food and wine are, according to research by BDA Marketing, it found that only a quarter of people who had never been before associated it with good food and wine. (more…)

The world likes Queensland

Monday, December 16th, 2013

The Visit Queensland Facebook page has been liked by over a million people, gaining status as the world’s most popular tourism page.

The Visit Queensland page has gained more likes than other tourism pages including those for California, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Fiji and Singapore. Over a third of the million likes are from key visitors from the USA, New Zealand and the UK.  (more…)

Sydney set for a wet summer with the arrival of Wet ‘n’ Wild

Friday, December 13th, 2013

West Sydney is set to launch it’s newest water park – Wet ‘n’ Wild on December 12, ready for the summer season. With over 30 water slides, the park is set to offer something a little different from its Gold Coast counterpart with its own unique attractions and decorations. (more…)

Royal Brunei to offer flights to Melbourne on the Dreamliner

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

 Flying to Melbourne has just got easier, with the announcement from Royal Brunei that they will be offering flights from London to Melbourne on their new Dreamliner 787 plane. (more…)

A Foodie Holiday in Sydney

Friday, November 29th, 2013

As Australia’s largest city Sydney is jam-packed full of chic restaurants, low-budget eateries and high class dining experiences. Some of the best food in the world is available here, and as such any budding foodie will enjoy indulging in the treats Sydney has to offer. (more…)

A Bite Sized Guide to Sydney

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The Harbour City is Australia’s oldest, largest and most vibrant metropolis. Any visit to Down Under wouldn’t be complete without seeing the hidden marvels and landmarks that epitomise Aussie culture.

Nestled on a harbour that features two of the most iconic landmarks in the world: the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, it offers up a mix of cosmopolitan restaurants, inspiring culture and some of the best bars surrounded by miles of coastline and rolling beaches. (more…)

Shopping in Melbourne

Monday, October 21st, 2013

As a cosmopolitan city, Melbourne offers up one of the greatest shopping experiences Down Under. It’s the fashion capital of Australia and boasts plenty of shopping malls, boutique-lined streets and unique designs that can only be found here.

Shopping hours are typically from 9am until 5.30pm, with stores open seven days a week. Most shopping centres will stay open late on Thursdays, and there are also a range of 24-hour supermarkets too. (more…)

Brits flocking to Australia for the Ashes – A Guide to the Ashes cities

Monday, October 7th, 2013

As the Ashes are due to start at the end of November, many Brits are making preparations to head Down Under to catch England play against long-time cricket rivals Australia.

This is the first time that the Ashes have been played twice in one year. Usually series are held approximately every two years, but this new one-of change in schedule will ensure that the Ashes will not fall before the Cricket World Cup, which will take the pressure off of the cricket teams’ schedules.

The five venues for the matches are The Gabba in Brisbane, Adelaide Oval, WACA Ground in Perth, Melboune Cricket Ground, and the Sydney Cricket Ground. Here are a few things that you can do in each of the cities if you’re planning on visiting to support England. (more…)

A Bite-Sized Guide to Melbourne

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Sunny Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and is Down Under’s cultural capital. Victorian-era architecture, sweeping skyscrapers and extensive museums, galleries and theatres pepper the city’s landscape.

It’s the home of that great Australian export, Neighbours and also hosts many of Australia’s major sporting events including the Australian Open and the Grand Prix. Surrounded by beautiful sights such as the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island, you won’t be short of things to do in and out of the city. (more…)

Tasmanian Wine Holidays

Monday, September 30th, 2013

A trip to Australia isn’t complete without visiting a few wineries along the way and sampling some of its characteristic plonk. Before you leave, make sure you visit Tasmania, Australia’s most southerly island which produces a huge bulk of Australia’s wine, and because of its cooler climate there are a plethora of wines to get your tongue round! (more…)

Tasmania Activity Holidays

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Miles of untouched beauty, roaming wildlife, majestic mountain peaks and rolling rivers, Tasmania is a haven for those who want to be at one with nature.  With so much to do including diving, trekking, mountain biking and fishing, you’ll be spoilt for choice on a holiday to Tasmania. (more…)

Foodie Holidays in Tasmania

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

The majestic beauty of Tasmania offers up a whole selection of activities for any intrepid explorer to enjoy, and foodies will particularly love the unique cuisine on offer, in restaurants in beautiful locations and bustling cities. (more…)

A Bite-Sized Guide to Tasmania

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Australia’s Island of Inspiration, Tasmania offers up unique experiences off the south coast of the continent. Characterised by unusual rock formations in the Tasman Peninsula, the majestic sweeping beauty of the Derwent River and its Tasmanian devils (yes, they exist!), Tasmania is the perfect place to go for serene beauty, natural landscapes and for something a little different to the beaches and outback Australia is famed for. (more…)

Melbourne Fringe Festival taking place next month

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

The independent arts festival, Melbourne Fringe takes place from the 18th September to the 6th October, offering a range of different forms including comedy, music, circus and dance.

The events will take place in a myriad of different venues across the cities from tiny bars to high-profile locations. Full details of the line-up is expected to be revealed on the 7th August, but highlights from last year included an opera based on the re-enactment of the British colonisation of Australia, a performance of Sylvia Plath’s work, and a party celebrating 30 years independent art in Melbourne. (more…)

Brisbane Festival set to blend a mix of the arts next month

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

From the 7th to the 28th September, Brisbane will come alive with a mix of music, theatre, dance, comedy, art and performance in its annual Brisbane Festival. (more…)

A Foodie’s Guide to a Holiday in Australia

Monday, August 5th, 2013

If a holiday for you means trying out as much food as you possibly can while in foreign territory, then check out this mini-guide to taking a foodie holiday in Australia. (more…)

Australian domestic airline Tiger Airways rebranded

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Australian low-cost airline Tiger Airways has been rebranded Tigerair after Virgin Australia is set to take control of its operation. (more…)

Love the Rugby? Join the Lions Tour in Australia!

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

This year, the British & Irish Lions return to Australia for a series that has been 12 Years In The Making. They will play nine games, including three Tests and will be hungry to revenge the hurt of 2001. (more…)

Driving in Australia – it’s easy!

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

It’s easy to drive in Australia – it’s just the same as driving at home; Aussie’s drive on the left, road signs are familiar and recognisable and the language is English! (more…)

Australian Grand Prix Melbourne, March 2013

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

If you’re not attending the Australian Grand Prix this year then you sure are missing out; with five FIA Formula One World Champions on the grid, the Grand Prix promises to be an electrifying start to the year. (more…)

What kind of holiday are you searching for this year?

Friday, January 18th, 2013

If you’ve already decided that you’d love to visit Australia, but not so sure about where exactly, our handy guide may help you narrow down your decision. Below, we’ve listed Australia’s top destinations to suit the needs of every traveller. (more…)

Virgin Australia & Tourism Australia double marketing spend

Friday, December 21st, 2012

According to a report, Tourism Australia and Virgin Australia have made a commitment to double the amount they spend together on marketing activities to AUS$12 million over the next three financial years, in a bid to further support the growth of Australia’s inbound tourism market. (more…)

January 2013 Australia Events

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Kick-start your New Year like never before and watch some of Australia’s most specular events during January 2013.

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Emirates and Tourism Australia’s joint marketing campaign

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Visas4oz, a provider of low-cost Australian visas, has noted that Tourism Australia and Emirates are joining forces and have signed a global marketing agreement in order to “further boost visitation from key markets in Europe and New Zealand.”

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