Category: Australia

5 of the best alternative places to unwind in South East Australia

5 of the best alternative places to unwind in South East Australia

South East Australia has some of the quirkiest coffee shops, scenic beaches and cultural communities in the whole of Australia. The region offers something for everyone – especially the quaint cafés and scenic surroundings that are perfect if want to unwind and explore. Here are my top 5 recommendations. Surry Hills, Sydney Surry Hills prides […]

5 ways to enjoy Christmas and New Years in the city

5 ways to enjoy Christmas and New Years in the city

With chalets filling up fast, and little availability left for Christmas and New Years in many of the popular mountain destinations, a city escape may just be the alternative winter holiday you’ve been looking for. With so many amazing short-term city apartment rentals available year round, you will not be hard-pressed to find a last […]

The top 10 places to visit in 2014

The top 10 places to visit in 2014

Lonely Planet’s “travel experts” have come up with three lists for where to visit in 2014.  The top 10 cities to visit in 2014, the top 10 countries to visit in 2014 and the top 10 regions to visit in 2014. I do feel it lacks credibility when one of the “countries” they list is […]

The ultimate island guide

The ultimate island guide

Think island-living and do you imagine being shipwrecked on a deserted island, Robinson Crusoe style, but perhaps a little less rustic and a little more luxurious living? This can either be your idea of complete paradise or confined torture. But lucky for some there can be more to island living than lying on a perfect […]

An iconic Australian event: the Woodford Folk Festival

An iconic Australian event: the Woodford Folk Festival

Australia’s iconic annual event, the Woodford Folk Festival, held in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterland, just one hour’s drive north of Brisbane, is back for its 28th year with their most ambitious programme ever. This ‘festival of festivals’ will feature over 500 acts in 28 venues with 1,235 shows across six spectacular days and nights. Offering the […]

10 of the best beaches on the planet

10 of the best beaches on the planet

Whether you are looking for a private patch of perfect sand, the best seaside party or a beach you can even enjoy in the rain, our round-up of the best beaches on the planet has something for everyone. If you know of some great beaches too, then feel free to add them in the comments […]

Happy 40th Birthday, Sydney Opera House

Happy 40th Birthday, Sydney Opera House

The iconic Sydney Opera House is celebrating its 40th anniversary on 20th October this year. And believe me if anyone knows how to throw a party, then it is Sydney and indeed Australia as a whole. That is why the party will go for the entire month of October, and it is an open invitation […]

5 exciting city breaks

5 exciting city breaks

Beach holidays are great, but towards the end of the holiday they can start to lack excitement.  City breaks are therefore a perfect alternative – and often you can get your beach time too.  A city break means you can have it all! Ideal for those that need entertainment and want a trip that includes […]

Preserving our cultural heritage with the Zebedee scanner

Preserving our cultural heritage with the Zebedee scanner

A new handheld 3D mobile mapping system called ‘Zebedee’ has been developed by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO (the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation). It uses a primary sensor (a 2D Hokuyo lidar scanner) on a simple spring mechanism (hence the name Zebedee from The Magic Roundabout) which measures the distances to surfaces in […]

Surfing in Australia

Surfing in Australia

It is hardly surprising that Australia has some of the best surfing beaches in the world. The beach is a massive draw card for Australians and visitors alike, and it’s not hard to understand why. Surfing is a natural adjunct to this beach obsession. Surrounded by the oceans and seas, an excellent climate and a […]

See Australia’s iconic saltwater crocodiles up close and personal

See Australia’s iconic saltwater crocodiles up close and personal

Bringing together some of the largest saltwater crocodiles in Australia and boasting the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles, Crocosaurus Cove is a must see attraction when visiting Darwin and the Top End. Bring your bathers and “swim with the crocs”, jump on their “fishing for crocs” platform and smile for the camera while holding […]

The Australian hotel that has been entirely transformed into a work of art

The Australian hotel that has been entirely transformed into a work of art

Visitors to Adelaide in South Australia can now enjoy an unparalleled art gallery experience by sleeping in a hotel where each bedroom has been turned in to a art canvas. In an Australian first, the Majestic Minima Hotel Adelaide has undergone a transformation, which has seen the entire hotel become a work of art. All […]

Luxury resorts in Far North Queensland that will leave you speechless

Luxury resorts in Far North Queensland that will leave you speechless

Queensland, Australia has the fortune to be the host of the Great Barrier Reef, the largest living creature and a recognized wonder of the natural world. It is also where the magnificent Daintree Rainforest, a World Heritage listed sight and the Whitsunday Islands, considered a sailing paradise, are also located. This is all bound by […]

Barossa Valley - a wine and food capital where it's all about the dirt!

Barossa Valley – a wine and food capital where it’s all about the dirt!

The Barossa Valley is renowned as one of Australia’s most prestigious wine and food destinations. It is also a virtual commune of passionate connoisseurs, devoted to their food and wine, all bound by the all important dirt. The Barossa Valley exudes history, culture and a sense of free spiritedness, in a totally distinctive environment. The […]

Melbourne - a smug little city

Melbourne – a smug little city

Melbourne is a suave and chic destination. It is also smug. Renowned for its food, bars, appreciation of art and culture, you can fully expect a memorable experience. There has been a long standing rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne, and many claim that is why Canberra, Australia’s capital city, was placed in the middle. Melbourne […]

Darwin Symphony Orchestra to perform at Ayers Rock

Darwin Symphony Orchestra to perform at Ayers Rock

Uluru (Ayers Rock) will take centre stage this October as the Darwin Symphony Orchestra will perform for the first time to this magnificent, iconic backdrop. Tickets are now on sale for this world-class concert series on 18th and 19th October 2013 with prices starting from AU$95 plus booking fee. The opening night presents Viva Verdi, an operatic […]