Australia Travel Tips - General

Bleach Festival Round Up

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

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…)

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

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…)

Hottest year on record for Australia in 2013

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

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…)

8 Things to Do in Australia in 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…)

Sydney to come alive in New Years Eve celebrations

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

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…)

Seven people are awarded Australia’s “best jobs”

Tourism Australia has announced the winners of their competition to give people the “best jobs” in Australia. (more…)

What is a sports visa?

 You may be considering travelling to Australia and in weighing up the options you will have seen that there are many different types of visas to apply for. So what exactly is a sports visa and are you qualified to get one? (more…)