From the spectacular sea views and breathtaking outback to World Heritage-listed rainforests and beautiful, rugged coastlines, the best way to explore this amazing country is to go on long drives. So, rev up your engine, create your road trip playlist and hit the road for an epic and unforgettable drive.
Here, we share the most beautiful Australian road trips.
1.Great Ocean Road, Victoria
This beloved tourist destination is definitely worth the long drive. Scenic, beautiful and breathtaking, the 243-kilometre stretch takes you along cliff tops, surf beaches, past quaint seaside towns and lush patch of rainforest. Witness the stunning views of the famous Twelve Apostles (limestone stacks), Bell Beach and the coastal cliffs in Port Campbell National Park. Great Ocean Road is the world’s largest war memorial, built and dedicated to soldiers killed in World War I.
2.Sydney-Melbourne Coastal Drive
This beautiful and dramatic coastal drive is every road trippers dreamland. Take the scenic coastal route through rolling hills and bushland, for fine food and wine, fabulous beaches and charming beachside towns. Marvel at the sights of the Blue Mountains National Park, the Australian Alps, Promontory National Park and Philip Island.
3.Great Alpine Road, Victoria
The spectacular Great Alpine Road is considered the mountain equivalent to Victoria’s famous oceanside route, Great Ocean Road. It covers 339 kilometres from Wangaratta in the state's north-east to Bairnsdale in the Gippsland region. The picturesque alpine scenery, lofty mountain ranges, lush forests, snow-covered hills and rolling vineyards will take your breath away.
4.Great Eastern Drive, Tasmania
Located in Tasmania's East Coast, Great Eastern Drive is one of the most dramatic and beautiful coastal drives in the world. Explore the amazing beaches of the Bay of Fires, the spectacular Freycinet National Park, the east coast wine country and charming beach towns. Soak up the fabulous views of the white beach with its pristine waters or travel inland to discover jaw-dropping views of valleys, waterfalls and mountains.
5.The Savannah Way, Queensland and Western Australia
The Savannah Way is Australia's longest route stretching from Cairns in Queensland to Broome in Western Australia. An epic drive to this beautiful 3,700 km road will take you through National Parks, World Heritage areas, ancient gorges, wetlands and impressive wildlife.
6.Red Centre Way, Northern Territory
From the iconic landmarks of Uluru and Kings Canyon to vast spinifex plains, the Red Centre Way is truly an unforgettable outback roadtrip. Be mesmerized by the breathtaking Uluru and Kata Tjuta, the awe-inspiring sandstone walls of Kings Canyon, the "biggest little town" Alice Springs and the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges. Discover beautiful landscapes, gorges, camping and hiking trails as you wind your way through the heart of Australia.
7.The Nullarbor Plain
In the middle of the Eyre Highway lies a vast stretch of land called the Nullarbor Plain. Nullarbor in Latin means “no trees” because quite literally, you are lucky to see any surviving trees along this vast plain. The roadtrip will take you through the stark, rugged, low-lying bushes, in a flat and almost treeless expanse. It is also home to wild camels, kangaroos, wombats and emus.
8.The Great Green Way
The Great Green Way is a beautiful 400-kilometre road that lies between Townsville and Cairns in Far North Queensland. This breathtaking journey of charming seaside villages, bustling towns, rugged mountain ranges, tropical fruit farms and sprawling deserted beaches will mesmerize you. It also drives you through the World Heritage listings of the Wet Tropics rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
9.Gibb River Road, Western Australia
Gibb River Road is a 660-kilometre of legendary road of spectacular landscape located in the rugged Kimberley region of Western Australia. Go on an epic adventure on 4WD as you pass magnificent rivers, cattle stations, dramatic gorges, sprawling savannahs and beautiful cascading waterfalls. Marvel at the rich aboriginal history of the Great North West as you travel through country that was once inhabited by tribes.
10.The 75 Mile Highway, Fraser Island, Queensland
Located in Fraser Island, the 75-mile highway, is a magnificent stretch of golden sand famous for offroad beach driving. It is considered as a National Highway & landing strip for light aircraft. Although not a swimming beach because of its dangerous currents and large shark population, the 75-mile highway is a fisherman's paradise and a perfect spot for ocean views.
With lovely bays, waterfront restaurants, wall-to-wall wineries, lively local markets and amazing art galleries, the beautiful Mornington Peninsula has always been Melburnians favourite getaway spot. And with the new freeway, the trip going from Melbourne is just over an hour. Below, we’ve listed our top things to do when heading on down south to the peninsula.
1. Ride a Gondola
Board the Arthur Seat Eagle or a gondola and fly over the state forest to the highest point on the peninsula, where the views will take your breath away. You will be torn between looking at the spectacular vista across the bay to the city or down the bay, and spotting the wildlife, as you soar high above the trees.
2. Discover a Slice of French Riviera
Discover a little slice of the French Riviera down under at the Pillars, Mt Martha. It is considered as one of the best places to go cliff jumping.
3. Climb a Lighthouse
Get the opportunity to climb the stone stairs to the lamp room of the beautiful and historic Cape Schanck Lighthouse which provides panoramic views of the ocean. One can even spot whales through the waters during the migration season.
4. Relax on a Hot Spring
Unwind in thermal pools scattered amongst an Australian bush setting. The Peninsula Hot Springs offers a truly tranquil experience with its 20 bathing experiences including a cave pool, Turkish steam bath, reflexology walk, mineral showers, hilltop pool and more.
5. Take a Tour at the Old Fort Nepean
Go and learn about Australia’s diverse history at the old Fort Nepean. You’ll be amazed at the tunnels, bunkers, cannon and infrastructure left in place from the turn of the last century are beautifully maintained and curated with lots of audio visual prompts to recreate Australia at war.
6. Ride an Old Steam Railway
Take the old steam Mornington Railway that chugs between Moorooduc and Mornington. It’s a lovely way to remember a bygone era.
7. Eat, Drink and Be Merry
The Peninsula’s love affair with wine, fresh produce, seafood and bountiful food on the table becomes evident as you drive through the region. It’s all here- casual cafés, chic restaurants, award-winning restaurants with decks and terraces overlooking vineyards or kitchen gardens, winery restaurants and fine dining both in our coastal villages and our hinterland hamlets.
8. Swim with the Dolphins
Mornington Peninsula boasts two unique bays, Port Phillip and Western Port, which offer hundreds of exciting sites to explore and fascinating marine life to see. In the summer months, swim with fur seals and dolphins in the Peninsula’s perfect waters. You can also meet cheeky Australian fur seals, or snorkel with delicate weedy sea dragons.
9. Play Golf
Play a round on a magnificent cliff top golf course. The peninsula is Australia’s number one golf destination with 15 clubs and 20 outstanding courses. It boasts spectacular coastal views, excellent on-course accommodation and great packages.
10. Visit Local Markets
You’ll find weekend markets, mid-week markets, markets with a focus on food or crafts, markets with entertainment, breakfast and brunch. You can buy organic vegetables and fruit, sourdough breads, mussels, grass-fed meats, cheese, wine, free-range eggs, pasta, jams, olive oils and more.
Culburra Beach, often referred to as Culburra is a small seaside town located in the south coast of New South Wales. This charming seaside town is a popular holiday, fishing and surfing destination. It is situated 185 kilometres south of Sydney and 25 kilometres east of Nowra.
Known as “Wheeler’s Point” after the first landholder George Wheeler, it was changed to Culburra in 1916 after an aboriginal word meaning “sand” which in itself is a good reason to visit.
Take delight in Culburra's fine beaches, sparkling waterways and superb fishing. Relax and swim at beautiful golden sand beaches. Take your pups who might love to swim and roll around in the sand. Enjoy kayaking and fishing on beautiful waterways and have a taste of the fresh and succulent oysters from the Crookhaven and Shoalhaven estuaries. Located just north of Culburra are Crookhaven and Shoalhaven rivers, which are known as "Australia's Oyster Coast".
Enjoy a beautiful and picturesque walk to Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse which boasts of stunning views. Despite being the most endangered lighthouse in New South Wales, the lookouts from there are spectacular and perfect for watching migrating whales and catching a breeze.
If you feel like hitting the surf, head over to the Warrain Beach which is Culburra’s surf beach. It is a major tourist attraction as people flock to swim, surf, fish and relax on the beautiful white sands. It stretches for 3.7 kilometres, from Culburra Beach to Currarong and includes the mouth of Lake Wollumboola. It is also home of the Culburra Beach Surf Club and is patrolled in peak holiday times.
Explore the waterway in a boat or kayak at Greenwell Point, which holds the Riverside Markets every third Sunday of the month. Shop for almost anything including fishing gear, jewellery, plants, natural timber products, homemade soaps, seashell wind chimes and many more products. Just west of Greenwell Point is picturesque Pyree which holds the Pyree Village Art and Handmade Market. It features local produce, arts, crafts, pottery, woodcraft, needlecraft, natural fibre baskets, plants, etc. To the south of Culburra is town of Currarong and Lake Woolumboola - a popular waterway for sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing.
It may not have the allure of Whale Beach and Palm Beach but what Culburra Beach lacks in glamour it makes up for in affordability and diversity. It is a perfect seaside escape and has a place for everyone- families, dogs, anglers and all budgets.
Laidback, low-key and affordable, Nambucca Heads in New South Wales is an authentic beach destination you should definitely explore. Quiet beaches, meandering rivers, inviting climate and incredible island golf course, we say it has everything to make your holiday perfect and worthwhile.
Here, we share all other reasons why we think Nambucca Heads deserves to be on your list of must-visit places.
1. Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park
A unique marine playground, Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park offers a variety of fun water activities perfect for adventurers. Have an amazing time kayaking, swimming, boating, fishing, camping, birdwatching, bushwalking – the activities are endless!
2. Nambucca Heads Main Beach
Visit Nambucca Head’s gorgeous and most popular beach, with summer surf life-saving patrols and a Surf Club located only meters from the breaking waves. Feel free to take a stroll along the pristine shore, admire the beautiful panorama or simply enjoy the day swimming, surfing and relaxing along the golden sands of the beach.
3. Nambucca V Wall
As you stroll along the waterfront at Nambucca Heads, see the decorated rocks of the breakwater which holidaymakers and residents have decorated for decades. There are notes to lovers, families and others. Visitors are also encouraged to paint their own messages.
4. Dunggir National Park
Enjoy scenic driving routes, a stellar lookout, quiet picnic spots and bushwalking for serious hiking at Dunggir National Park. Take a scenic drive to the top of Bowra Sugarloaf Mountain and from Kosekai Lookout, enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding forests and all the way to the coast.
5. Valla Beach
Enjoy the quiet and uncrowded beaches of both South and Valla Beach. Besides the pristine shores and golden sands, they offer amazing beach activities such as parasailing, surfing, fishing, sea kayaking and sail boarding.
6. Headland Historical Museum
Whether you're into history or nostalgia, a visit to the Headland Historical Museum will pique your curiosity and fascinate you. It has a collection of local history exhibits including a collection of more than 1,000 photos.
7. Yarriabini National Park
Yarriabini National Park invites visitors to relax and enjoy the dramatic and magnificent coastal views to the Macleay River estuary and Trial Bay from the summit of Mt Yarriabini. Go on a scenic drive, take a rainforest walk and watch the amazing birdlife in this lush and spectacular rainforest-filled park.
8. Captain Cook’s Lookout
Located beneath the Smoky Cape Lighthouse, Captain Cook’s Lookout offers a magnificent view of the Pacific ocean and is a perfect viewpoint for spotting whales during the migration season.
10. Shelly Beach
Listed as one of Australia’s top beaches, the pretty Shelly Beach is a great place to relax and unwind. It might be a small beach (only measuring 500 metres!) but its beauty has been popular with artists and photographers.
From the spectacular and jaw-dropping natural attractions to the glitzy culture and art scene of cities, Queensland is a haven for travellers and adventurers. As Australia’s “Sunshine State”, it has become a popular holiday destination.
Here, we give you 12 reasons to fall in love with Queensland.
1. GREAT BARRIER REEF
As the largest living structure on earth, the Great Barrier Reef which is off the coast of Queensland is about 350,000 sq km in size and 2,300 km long- that’s about the size of Japan or 70 million football fields! It can even be seen from space! It is the world’s largest coral reef system and home to one-third of the world’s coral species. October is turtle’s nesting season, making it a perfect time for a trip. Be amazed as you view this spectacular work of nature, recognized as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. With underwater viewing stations and glass bottom boats or if you prefer scuba dive tours, you’ll have the perfect view of this underwater wonderland that you’ll surely fall in love with.
2. DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK
Another World Heritage Site, the Daintree National Park in Far North Queensland has the world’s most ancient rainforest thought to be about 165 million years old! This vast, dense but beautiful rainforest has extraordinary diversity, with high concentration for flora and fauna that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. Take a scenic drive and explore this amazing rainforest that meets the pristine beach. Enjoy the forest canopy in a flash through an exhilarating zip line or experience it through an aerial walkway. Take a laid-back and leisurely cruise along the Daintree River and spot crocs! Join a spotlighting tour to see other native animals like cassowaries. Here, you’ll see how two World Heritage Sites connect as the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef.
3. FRASER ISLAND
Fraser Island, a World Heritage Listed Site is an 800,000-year-old beauty and another reason to fall in love with Queensland. It is the largest sand island in the world, stretching over 123 km in length and an area of 184 hectares. It’s also the only place on earth where rainforests grow on sand dunes of over 200 metres! With beautiful and spectacular white beaches fringed by coloured sand cliffs and over 100 freshwater lakes to swim in, not to mention having an amazing, ancient Eucalyptus rainforests teeming with plant and animal life, Fraser Island is simply a stunning spectrum of greens and blues that one can easily fall in love with.
4. GOLD COAST
With its sunny subtropical climate, the Gold Coast has been an ideal vacation area with its surfing beaches, skyscrapers, massive theme parks, booming food scene, exciting nightlife and beautiful rainforest hinterland. This coastal city is the 6th largest city in Australia. It is home to Australia's most diverse cultures, ethnicity, and vegetation making it an undisputed tourist capital of Australia. Explore this exciting city and visit Gold Coast’s other attractions - Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Main Beach, The Hinterland, The Spit and Stradbroke Island and have the best holiday ever.
5. PORT DOUGLAS
Port Douglas sits adjacent to two World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, making it the gateway to these two World Heritage wonders! Take an hour drive to this town from Cairns and drive along Australia’s most scenic coastal roads with the rainforest on one side and the Great Barrier Reef on the other. With its relaxed and intimate tropical vibe, you can also appreciate and enjoy food, wine, arts and culture. As luxury is the town’s highlight, it has been favoured by A-list celebrities with its magnificent resorts, superb apartments and elegant homes.
6. WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS
The Whitsunday Islands, composed of 74 stunning islands off the coast of Queensland is one of the most popular Australian tourist destinations with 3.5 million yearly visitors. Take a trip and fall in love with its pristine beaches, powdery sands, turquoise water and world-class hotels and accommodations. Beautiful, serene and romantic, it’s no wonder an estimated 1,500 people get married in the Whitsundays each year and has become a popular wedding and honeymoon destination.
Brisbane is Queensland’s capital and is known to the Aboriginal people as Meanjin, meaning "a place shaped like a spike". The city is vibrant, laid-back and has a friendly atmosphere with its youthful crowd. It is Australia’s third largest city and the center of Queensland culture. Take a trip to the historic Windmill and Old Commissariat Store, built by convicts in 1828, or to the new Gallery of Modern Art. Discover restaurants, charming riverside gardens and beautiful man-made beaches.
8. KURANDA SCENIC RAILWAY
Kuranda Village is a picturesque town 25 km northwest of Cairns and is surrounded by a World Heritage Rainforest. The perfect way to enjoy the spectacular journey to this charming town is by riding the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Enjoy incomparable views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and beautiful waterfalls such as Barron Waterfalls and Stoney Creek Falls. The trip lasts for an hour and 45 minutes, starting from Cairns to Kuranda.
9. SUNSHINE COAST
Sunshine Coast which is 55 km north of Brisbane is home to vast beaches, booming food scene and many other natural wonders of the bordering rural hinterland. It has become a centre for tourism with its attractions, such as Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo, Aussie World with the Ettamogah Pub, UnderWater World marine park, The Buderim Ginger Factory, The Big Pineapple, the Eumundi Markets and the Majestic Theatre at Pomona. You can also visit Noosa with its fashion shops and hip cafes, surf at holiday town of Coolum or get in touch with Maroochydore’s interesting culture.
Cairns, located on the east coast of Far North Queensland is also North Queensland’s main centre, being the 5th populous city in the state. Today, Cairns is the most popular base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest and the Atherton Tablelands. With its laidback feel, Cairns boasts of its beachfront esplanade and has also its shares of hip bars, nightclubs, eateries and cafes.
11. LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK
About 110 km or 2-hour drive south of Brisbane lies Lamington National Park. Be enchanted with its lush rainforests, beautiful waterfalls, ancient trees, birdlife, majestic views, expansive walking tracks, remarkable ecological value and natural beauty making the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, a World Heritage Site. It lies on the Lamington Plateau of the McPherson Range on the Queensland/New South Wales border.
12. TOWNSVILLE AND MAGNETIC ISLAND
Townsville, which is Australia’s largest tropical town, famous for its parks and private gardens is a popular base for tours on Magnetic Island. A 20-minute ferry ride from the beautiful town of Townsville, the Magnetic Island is an established holiday destination with its charming hotels and resorts. Visit the Fort Walk and marvel at World War II ruins and the majestic views of the island’s 23 bays and beaches. Go on a self-guided snorkeling tour of Geoffrey Bay. Take a drive on a classic topless car. Go on other man-made adventures - jet-ski, kayak or even ride a horse!
From gorgeous sandy beaches, marine animal parks to huge shopping centres and thriving food scene, Maroochydore is everything you could want in a holiday destination. Known as the heart of Sunshine Coast in Queensland, it is a major commercial centre that offers a refreshing blend of business and tourism which makes it a fun seaside town for visitors and residents to enjoy. Be it a fun-filled family adventure of a quiet romantic getaway, Maroochydore is sure blow you away.
Here we give 10 reasons why this beautiful town on the Sunshine Coast is definitely a travel heaven!
1. Maroochydore Beach
Take a relaxing dip in the pristine waters of Maroochydore Beach. Great for families and water activities, and with other activities such as beachside shopping, dining and clubbing, Maroochydore offers a complete holiday experience.
2. Sea Life Sunshine Coast
Get up-close and personal with the much-loved sea creatures at Sea Life Sunshine Coast. Learn, explore and interact with thousands of marine life with their different fun talks, seal encounters and animal feeds. There’s really plenty for everyone to enjoy at this wonderful attraction.
3. Chambers Island
Considered as the hidden gem of the Sunshine Coast, Chambers Island is a great place to retreat away from bustling tourists. Cross the island by footbridge or by a boat then go sailing, paddleboarding, jet skiing, boating, kayaking and canoeing- the adventures are endless.
4. Maroochy River
Wind down and float on the gentle Maroochy River current for endless carefree hours while taking time to see the birdlife and amazing views. It is also a prime spot for water sports and fishing. The Maroochy River starts on the slopes of the Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and flows through Eumundi before entering the ocean just north of Maroochydore.
5. The Wharf
The Wharf at Mooloolaba overlooks the beautiful Mooloolah River. With distant shops, restaurants, bars and cafés, the marina makes an enjoyable place to just relax and chill. Stroll around the boardwalk and admire the amazing views. You can also indulge in fun water activities such as whale watching, swimming with the whales and scuba diving.
6. Bellingham Maze
Wander around and find your way through the star-shaped hedge maze attraction called the Bellingham Maze. With activities suited for all ages, a visit can be a relaxed or active as you like. There are other mazes such as the rope maze as well as tyre and scrabble maze. You can also play 18 holes of mini golf or just sit in the garden cafe and relax with your favourite coffee.
7. Sunshine Plaza
More than just a mall, Sunshine Plaza, Sunshine Coast’s largest shopping mall has become a tourist destination. With its large cinema complex, fashion boutiques, department stores and food court, it has become a centre for shopping, leisure and entertainment.
8. The Sunshine Castle at Bli Bli
Go on a self-walk tour at an award-winning museum, attraction and function venue called the Sunshine Castle. This Norman style castle is complete with medieval touches including a moat, turrets, towers and drawbridge! Feast with Kings in the Great Hall or squalor in shame in the dungeon. The castle also has 24-metre tower which offers stunning views from coast to hinterland.
9. Marcoola Beach
Enjoy a day out in the sun at Marcoola Beach, a beautiful quiet beach with pristine waters and white powdery sands. This long, patrolled beach has rows of restaurants that you can try after a quick dip in the water. Take an enjoyable stroll and catch the fresh salty breeze of the ocean or choose to swim, surf or simply bask in the glorious sun.
10. Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden
Enjoy the gardens, spot the wildlife, listen to the native birdsong, have a picnic or go for a walk at the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden. The magnificent 82-hectare garden supports native plants and wildlife which are native to the Sunshine Coast region. It also features lagoons, rocky gullies and the headwaters of Mountain Creek.
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With its staggering natural beauty of magnificent Eucalyptus forests, sandstone cliffs, caves, canyons, picturesque towns and breathtaking waterfalls, the Blue Mountains region has become a haven for nature lovers. And as Australia's most accessible World Heritage listed wilderness, just 50 kilometres west of Sydney, it's the perfect place to reconnect with nature, breathe clean mountain air and have an amazing adventure.
Here we give you 10 reasons to include on your bucket list the breathtaking Blue Mountains. So lace up your bushwalking boots, get your camera ready and join us on a fun trip to one of Australia's most loved tourist destinations!
1. Three Sisters
Blue Mountain's biggest and most iconic attraction is also the most mythical. Three Sisters are three stunning sandstone pillars recognised as a place of special cultural significance to Aboriginal people. The legend tells the tale of three sisters who fell in love with three men from a different tribe- something that's forbidden. When the men tried to capture and marry the women, war broke out and the ladies were turned to stone to protect them.
2. Scenic World
If you want gorgeous views mixed in with some serious thrills, then Scenic World in the heart of Katoomba is for you. Ride the steepest incline railway in the world or glide across the forest canopy on the glass-floored Skyway. Enjoy panoramic views at the Scenic Cableway or stroll along the 2.4 kilometre Scenic Walkway, an elevated boardwalk through the Jurassic Rainforest. Definitely the ultimate Blue Mountains adventure!
3. Govetts Leap Lookout
Perched over the steep plunging Grose Valley, Govetts Leap Lookout is considered as the most scenic Blue Mountains viewpoint. It offers undulating views of the valley that are covered in blue gum trees and the spectacular Govetts Leap Falls, the tallest single-drop waterfall in the National Park.
4. Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens
Enjoy a stroll and a picnic at the perfectly manicured gardens of the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Perched on a basalt peak (1,000 metres above sea level) at Mount Tomah, it offers magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. The garden is home to thousands of species of plants from all over the world. Beautiful in every season, the Botanic Gardens are the most stunning in spring and autumn.
Known as the "The Jewel in the Mountain's Crown, the town of Leura is picturesque and charming, with brightly colored flowers and beautiful gardens. The town comes to life in spring. See the artists’ galleries, visit the First Sunday Markets or the Leura Mall for quaint cafes and upscale shopping. If you prefer the outdoors, visit the Leura Cascades with its impressive waterfall which is an ideal spot for birdwatching and walking.
6. Wentworth Falls
One of the most beautiful towns within the Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls offers some of the finest scenery, bushwalks and lookouts. Take a leisurely hike, dine at the town's charming cafes, walk along the town's quaint streets or enjoy the majestic views of Wentworth Falls waterfalls as it cascades 100 metres to the valley floor.
As the largest town in the Blue Mountains and a popular holiday resort, Katoomba is a major tourist hub. But there's more to Katoomba than the Scenic World or the famous lookouts. It is also home to culture and festivals. Centrally located in Blue Mountains National Park, Katoomba is also packed with galleries, boutiques, antique stores, cafés and fine restaurants.
8. Hiking and Heritage Trails
The best way to admire the beauty of Blue Mountains wilderness is by exploring some of the park's 140 kilometers of hiking and heritage trails. Some of the spectacular tracks include the National Pass carved into the edge of a cliff, Jellybean Track that descends to picturesque Jellybean Pool and the popular Cliff Top walking track, which goes from Govetts Leap Lookout to Evans Lookout.
9. Jenolan Caves
With crystal clear underground rivers, stalactites and stalagmites, and crystal limestone formations that will take your breath away, a visit to Jenolan Caves should not be missed. It is said to have some of the oldest caves in the world. Take a guided tour to explore the caverns and see native cave wildlife or attend musical concerts which prove the caves excellent acoustics.
10. Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum
A controversial artist and author in his time, Norman Lindsay's home now serves as a gallery and museum of his many works. Perfect for a sunny afternoon stroll, the landscaped gardens are dotted with his sculptures and fountains while the sandstone cottage houses the artist's impressive practice including watercolours, oils and ship models. Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum is located in Faulconbridge and is run by the National Trust.
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The sun-soaked city of Perth, Western Australia's capital city boasts of a relaxed outdoor lifestyle that attracts tourists from all over. And with never-ending list of things to do, Perth attractions are sure to provide something for everyone during their stay. In Perth you'll find the best of both worlds: a bustling city rich in arts and culture with beautiful blue skies and sea.
Here we share a guide on the best highlights and things to do in the sunniest city down under.
1. Kings Park
Pack a picnic or barbecue and head over to Kings Park, one of the largest city parks in the world. Perched high on the crest of Mount Eliza, it’s a perfect spot to take in the sweeping views of Perth’s city skyline and Swan River.
2. Perth Mint
Visit the Perth Mint and see the largest collection in Australia of natural gold nuggets including precious coins being pressed and molten gold being poured to make a gold bar in the original melt house. Discover and experience all the magic, allure and wonder of gold.
3. The Swan Bell Tower
Visit the towering glass spire of the Swan Bell Tower built in 1999. It is one the biggest musical instruments in the world with 18 bells making its ringing. The bells came from the Parish of St. Martin in the Field of London and were given to the City of Perth as a gift in celebration of the Australian Bicentennial.
4. Rottnest Island
With its laid-back atmosphere and lovely beaches, Rottnest Island has been a popular day trip from Perth. It’s the perfect place to have a picnic or snorkel, swim, fish or simply bask in the sun.
Visit the charming town of Fremantle renowned for being both artsy and eclectic, with streets lined with performing artists and the side walks filled with a wild collection of music and art. Take the heritage trail and delight in seeing the local attractions such as the Western Australian Maritime Museum, World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison and Western Australia's oldest public building, the Roundhouse.
6. Cottesloe Beach
With its pristine sands, shady Norfolk Pines, smooth terraced lawns and rows of cafés and restaurants, Cottesloe Beach makes a perfect setting for a lazy afternoon and a family day out. It is considered Perth’s favourite seaside destination.
7. London Court
With its Elizabethan or Tudor facade and architectural features looking something out of a British period film, London Court, a small street in the heart of Perth is worth visiting. Built in 1937 by a wealthy gold financier as a combination of residential and commercial premises, it is now an open-roofed shopping arcade, lined with shops, restaurants and cafes.
8. Swan Valley
Go on a relaxing and gastronomic wine tour at Swan Valley. Learn how organic wine is made from vineyard to bottle with a guided walking tour through vineyards and underground cellar. Finish it off with a taste of some of the best wines in the country. Swan Valley is Western Australia's oldest wine region.
9. Perth Observatory
Take a stargazing night hike at Western Australia’s oldest observatory, Perth Observatory. Be amazed by the incredible cosmos and universe. Take a night sky tour of the magical southern hemisphere sky through a range of historical and modern telescopes.
10. Hillary’s Boat Harbour
Take a stroll at the Hillary's Boat Harbour and enjoy views of world-class yatchs and finely polished sailboats. Enjoy the salty breeze while cycling along the coast or relax with your friends over coffee at an outdoor cafe that overlooks the water. Everyone can enjoy activities along the boardwalk that teems with hundreds of visitors. Hillarys Boat Marina also offers whale-watching cruise.
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It’s no surprise why Fraser Island in Queensland was originally known as K’gari, meaning “paradise” by the local Butchulla people, because quite literally, there’s no better way to describe the island but paradise. Stretching 123 kms long and 23 kms wide, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and was inscribed as a World Heritage Site.
If you’re planning for a getaway in this amazing island, then look no further. Here we give you recommendations on 10 best things to do in Fraser Island to make it an unforgettable experience.
1. Drive the 75-Mile Beach
Head to the vast sandy highway known as 75-Mile Beach on the eastern side of the island. Load up your 4WD and drive along this iconic beach highway. It’s coastal four-wheel-driving at its best. As this is classed as a highway, be wary of other 4WD’s, the washouts, wild roaming dingos, the wandering tourists and beach fishermen and the joy flights taking off on the beach.
2. Float Down on Eli Creek
Experience tubing, wading or swimming at Eli Creek, an estuary with crystal-clear water flowing down to the sea. Walk the boardwalk through the bush and then jump in the fresh, cool water and let it carry you along the gently winding path. The creek pumps nearly 3.5 million litres of fresh water in the ocean every hour!
3. Visit the Maheno Shipwreck
One of the most photographed and visited sites in Fraser Island is the Maheno Shipwreck along the 75-Mile Beach. Once a luxury cruise ship, it was bound for a Japanese wrecking yard when it was beached by a cyclone in 1935. Today, it sits rusting on the shoreline, looking majestic and splendid.
4. Take a Trip to the Indian Head
Enjoy insanely gorgeous 360 degree views of the ocean and the island at Indian Head located along the eastern edge of Fraser Island at the end of the 75-Mile Beach. It was named by the famous Captain Cook who, whilst sailing his ship the Endeavour, spotted a group of Aboriginals standing on the headland, hence, the Indian Head.
5. See the Champagne Pools
There is no better spot to relax and take a refreshing swim in the Fraser Island than in the tranquil swimming holes called Champagne Pools. These shallow and crystal-clear pools received their name from the waves that crash over rocks, creating pools of bubbling and fizzy white water. Take a dip into these shallow sandy pools that are alive and calming at the same time and bask in the stunning scenery that will surely leave you breathless.
6. Take a Scenic Flight
Get a birds-eye view of the island’s most beautiful spots and keep your eyes peeled for marine life as you take flight with Air Fraser Island which takes off from the natural runway, 75-Mile Beach highway. You will be afforded with spectacular views of the coast, the massive sand dunes and the pretty Butterfly Lake.
7. Swim at Lake Mckenzie
Take a refreshing dip at the beautiful Lake Mckenzie, a freshwater lake fed only by rainwater. It has the brightest blue colour making it look magical and with water so crystal-clear, you can see everything. Lay by the purest white sand and simply bask in the glorious nature, you’ll surely be blown away.
8. Visit Sandy Cape Lighthouse
Take a trip to the active and heritage-listed Sandy Cape Lighthouse on the most northern point of Fraser Island. It is the tallest lighthouse in Queensland. Bring water, snacks and your camera as the climb might be steep and challenging but the views at top are nothing but spectacular.
9. Watch Sunset at Kingfisher Bay
Take in as many sunsets as possible because the sunsets in Fraser Island are absolutely gorgeous. A great place to watch them is from the beach in front of Kingfisher Bay Resort.
10. See the Pinnacles
Visit and be amazed at the Pinnacles Coloured Rocks along the east coast of Fraser Island, a small section of coloured sandy cliffs. The rainbow layers of sand that make up The Pinnacles are stunning and one of the reasons why Fraser Island has UNESCO World Heritage listing.
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Looking for a quick breather from Brisbane this weekend?
There's nothing like a quick getaway to restore some balance in our busy city life. Luckily, Brisbane is surrounded by charming little towns, breathtaking wilderness, cool-climate vineyards and stunning subtropical beaches all within a 3-hour radius.
Below are 10 amazing day trips from Brisbane that speak to the outdoorsman, foodie, art lover and history geek in all of us.
1. BRIBIE ISLAND
The only Moreton Bay Island that you can drive to, Bribie Island is the perfect island escape for a day trip of fun in an almost private paradise. Connected to the main island by bridge, it is home to dugongs, dolphins and turtles who feed on seagrass along the 35-kilometre Pumicestone Passage. Enjoy the incredible stretch of beach on a 4WD and spot schools of dolphins and humpback whales jumping close to the shore as you drive along or simply relax at at beach and enjoy the sun and sand.
2. TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN
Head to the winding roads of the Gold Coast Hinterland which are practically made for leisurely weekend drives. Spend your morning wandering the dense forest of the beautiful Tamborine Mountain, an hour away from Brisbane. Walk the pristine forest tracks and admire the colourful birds and wildlife. If you’re up for more adventure, try the amazing Skywalk and take an easy walk among the treetops and admire the stunning view of the forest canopy. Visit the Glow Worm Caves. Head back down and discover charming art and craft stores, as well as local cafes and wineries perfect to refuel after your walk.
3. COOCHIEMUDLO ISLAND
Hop on a 10-minute ferry ride from the Victoria Point Jetty and get across the Coochiemudlo Island, fondly called “Coochie”. Located in Redland City, it is one of Moreton Bay’s smallest and most secluded island. With its quiet, calm and relaxed feel, the island seems a world away from the busy and vibrant Brisbane. Set up a camp or a picnic along the beach, cook up a bbq or hire a bike or take a stroll and explore the island which is only 5 kms long. The shallow waters of the beach makes it also a kid-friendly environment.
4. MONTVILLE AND MALENY
Drive up to the heart of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland’s charming and lovely towns of Montville and Maleny. Perched on the Blackall Range, Montville known as the “creative soul” of the Sunshine Coast is home to many art and craft shops, boutiques and gift shops. Maleny meanwhile is famous for its award-winning cheeses and the spectacular view of Glasshouse Mountains. Take a gastronomic tour on these town's fantastic local restaurants and amazing cafes. Wander for a few hours exploring antique stores and bookshops. Enjoy great viewing points of rolling green hills, lush rainforest and spectacular views in all directions.
Just 35 minutes north of Brisbane is Redcliffe, a beautiful seaside city that was once home to the Bee Gees. Redcliffe is a perfect day trip from Brisbane with its 22 kilometres of sandy beaches, seafront promenades, jetties and mouth watering seafood restaurants. There are endless activities to enjoy from historic walks to Settlement Cove Lagoon, cycling along scenic bikeways and exploring the pristine wetlands. It has plenty to fill your day - swimming, boating, skydiving, scuba diving, fishing and windsurfing. You are definitely covered for an amazing weekend.
6. SAMFORD AND MOUNT NEBO
Only about 30 minutes or so from Brisbane CBD to Samford, a picturesque town in a beautiful valley, and you'll feel a world away from the city's hustle and bustle. Once there, visit preserved heritage buildings, history museum, gourmet cafes, a century-old pub, old-fashioned Saturday country market and local arts and craft stores. Continue the drive to Mount Nebo, with spectacular views and rainforest/bush walks on the way.
7. MORETON ISLAND
Spend a blissful day on Moreton Island, known as "The Gem of South East Queensland". Explore the beautiful beaches, snorkel sites and sand dunes. Go on a rugged 4-wheel drive , going from sea to sand as you snorkel at the Tangalooma Wrecks and kayak around the coral reef, then head inland to try sandboarding on the dunes. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach and soak in the tropical scenery of Moreton Island on this fun-filled tour.