Archive / Australia News

Prince William and Kate’s visit Down Under set to boost tourism

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

It’s been reported that the recent trip to Australia and New Zealand by Prince William and Kate will attract tens of millions of dollars with a boost of visitors to the country.

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El Questro Wilderness Park opens for the season

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

The privately owned wilderness park El Questro has reopened for the 2014 season, offering visitors a whole host of new experiences.

Based in Kimberly, West Australia, the park spans over one million acres and was once a cattle station. It now is home to an array of natural and man made wonders, and has three resorts on site which offer everything from camping up to luxury hotel rooms and suites.
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A guide to The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

This year, from 27 June to 6 July, the Vision Splendid film festival will take place in the remote small town of Winton in Queensland.
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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…)

Australian mentorship scheme offers UK under 24s a chance to work abroad

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

The opportunity of lifetime awaits young UK residents as the launch of the Mentor Me scheme gives eight lucky winners the chance to work and live in Australia for a month.

STA Travel and the Government of South Australia have teamed up to offer the placements which will take place at eight prestigious companies. The scheme is also backed by Karren Brady CBE of The Apprentice fame.  (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…)

Hottest year on record for Australia in 2013

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Officials from the Bureau of Meteorology have said that 2013 was the hottest year on record in Australia with temperatures up 1.2C on average.

It’s the hottest since 1910, when records began, and 2013 saw a record warm winter which produced the most devastating fires since 1968 in Sydney. Other significant events which affected the climate included the arrival of an early spring and a number of devastating tropical cyclones.  (more…)

Adelaide voted the best city to visit in 2014

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

For once Melbourne and Sydney aren’t topping the charts! Adelaide has been voted as one of the top cities to visit in 2014 in a global poll conducted by Lonely Planet.

Adelaide was voted the 10th best city to visit in 2014 due to its quiet beaches, and emerging wine and arts scene. Paris, France topped the list, but there were some other unexpected contenders in the top 10 too, including Riga in Latvia and Trinidad in Cuba. Other cities included Cape Town in South Africa, Zurich in Switzerland, Shanghai in China, Vancouver in Canada, Chicago in the USA and Auckland in New Zealand. (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…)

Sydney to come alive in New Years Eve celebrations

Monday, November 18th, 2013

It may be a little early to think about ringing out the year already but if you want to do it on the other side of the world, in the most iconic city, then you might want to start planning right now!

Over 1.6 million visitors flock to the city each year to be one of the first people in the world to ring in the new year, with many people sticking around in January for the Sydney Festival and the culture it offers.  (more…)

Finalists for The TNT Golden Backpack Awards Announced

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

The finalists for the prestigious Golden Backpack Awards have been announced ahead of the award ceremony on 8 November 2013.

The awards recognise the best that New Zealand and Australia have to offer backpackers in the way of hostels, tours and transportation. (more…)

First Stream of the Great Barrier Reef Broadcast Live

Monday, June 17th, 2013

To celebrate World Oceans Day, the Queensland tourist board and James Cook University organised a live 12 hour stream of a dive to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Three divers led the stream in a popular dive spot near Lizard Island in Queensland, north Australia. (more…)

Australia Named Best Place to Live and Work

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

For the third year running Australia has been named the best place to live and work in the OECD Better Life Index.

This comes after the UK was only ranked number 10 in the index. Australia has a happiness score of 7.2 out of 10, with the average being 6.6, plus a life expectancy of 82 years- two years above the average.

Australia is one of the most popular destinations for ex-pats to go on a working holiday, and it’s easy to see why, with the statistics showing that Australia is really one of the most satisfied countries in the world. (more…)