Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Tour of the Week: Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves Tour

The Blue Mountains promise a surreal backdrop of velvet peaks and dipping valleys, as well as a unique ecosystem and some incredible natural wonders. Set just outside of Sydney, they offer the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, complete with an abundance of native wildlife and spectacular views.

At the heart of the Blue Mountains, you’ll find the Jenolan Caves, an award-winning magical natural wonder that boasts 11 stunning caves decorated with crystal clear rivers and mesmerising limestone formations. On tour of the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves, you can discover everything this unique part of Australia has to offer. 

Scenic World
Our first stop after we depart from Sydney is at Scenic World, which is home to the steepest railway in the world, as well as a range of other fantastic rides that let you view the ancient floor of the Jamison valley from a different perspective. You can also see the incredible Three Sisters from here, a quirky rock formation that dates back thousands of years, and learn more about the rich Aboriginal history that imbues the region. 

Jenolan Caves
Next, it’s on to the Jenolan Caves, the largest limestone cave system in the country. They are thought to date back over 340 million years, and you can explore their beauty on a guided tour. You’ll weave your way through the complex system of caverns, complete with underground rivers and unique limestone formations while you learn about the history of the caves and their unique ecosystem.

Blue Lake
Afterwards, you’ll have time to chill out and relax at the Grand Arch before we head on to experience the stunning beauty of the Blue Lake and the Caves Guesthouse. Here, you’ll get to tuck into a delicious bistro lunch (at your own expense) to fuel the rest of the day’s explorations.

On the way back to Sydney, we’ll journey through Homebush, which was the home of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Here, you’ll board a river cruise and venture back to Sydney via the exceptional landscape of the Parramatta River. We’ll dock in either Circular Quay or Darling Harbour, where this magical tour of the Blue Mountains and beyond unfortunately comes to an end. You’ll have plenty of memories of the sweeping landscape and the ancient caves, though, and a unique experience outside of the city centre under your belt.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Tour of the Week: 1-Day Kangaroo Island Tour

Kangaroo Island basks in a paradise glow, boasting pristine beaches, lush greenery, and shallow waters that seem to flow endlessly to the horizon. Here, you can explore an eclectic selection of native Australia wildlife, like kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and echidnas, as well as take in some of the country’s most incredible scenery.

Our Kangaroo Island day tour lets you discover everything the island has to offer and more, giving you the chance to get up close and personal with the island’s residents.

Fleurieu Peninsula and Cape Jervis

We start the day with a voyage to Kangaroo Island, passing through the incredible backdrops of the Fleurieu Peninsula and Cape Jervis along the way. We’ll also pass Backstairs Passage, which is home to stunningly clear waters and the white sands of Penneshaw. 

Australian Sea Lions

Once we get to the island, you’ll have the chance to discover the wild seals that have lived there for centuries. Watch them bask in the warm Australian sun and learn more about their fascinating behaviour and habitat as you go.

Vivonne Bay Bistro

For lunch, we’ll serve you up a delicious two-course meal at the luxurious Vivonne Bay Bistro, where you can dine out against a backdrop of charming scenery.

Flinders Chase National Park

The next stop is the beautiful expanse of the Flinders Chase National Park, where you’ll have the chance to explore wilderness peppered with colourful flora and exciting fauna. We’ll take a walk along some of the natural trails, keeping an eye out for animal and bird species at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. 

Remarkable Rocks

Kangaroo Island is home to some amazing natural wonders, and we’ll take you to see some of them, including Remarkable Rocks, a surreal natural rock formation that has been eroded by the wind and waves over the years. 

Admirals Arch

We’ll also take you to Admirals Arch, which is home to the island’s colony of New Zealand Fur Seals. Here, you can watch flocks of sea birds as they weave in and out of the beautiful, blue waters. 

Flinders Chase Visitor Centre

We’ll finished the tour with a visit to the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre, where you can enjoy a tea or coffee and pick up a souvenir or two to remember your time on Kangaroo Island. We’ll then make our way back to Adelaide, where the wildlife-fuelled adventure unfortunately comes to an end.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

What to Expect at Adelaide’s SALA Festival

Adelaide plays host to a number of cultural events throughout the year, and the month of August is dedicated to the South Australian Living Artists Festival, a.k.a. SALA. 

It’s renowned as the biggest and most innovated community-based visual arts festival in the entire country, and promotes a series of exhibits and events throughout galleries, art studios, and non-conventional spaces in the city. 

Shows and displays can also be found in places like cafes, restaurants, wineries, and offices, making the event city-wide and all-inclusive.

SALA prides itself on showcasing every kind of visual art medium going, including sculpture, painting, photography, mixed media, moving image, and a variety of installations both outside and inside. 

The event takes place throughout August and will feature a programme of more than 500 exhibitions held in Adelaide and beyond, and many Adelaide city tours during this time will include events that are part of the festival.

The Concept Behind SALA

The idea behind SALA is to create a platform where artists (both local and international) and venues can partner together and create new projects and pathways in the art world. They can then bring them to the public, reaching a wider audience than the artists and venues would have reached alone. 

SALA has considerably boosted South Australia’s reputation in the arts and culture world, and it has helped Adelaide be considered a culturally-rich and exciting place to live.

The History of SALA

The festival was set up back in 1998 as part of an initiative of the Australian Commercial Galleries Association SA

Brach to promote and celebrate many of the visual artists and creatives who live and work in South Australia. Its goal is to reach as many audiences as possible both in Australia and outside of the country, with a mantra of being inclusive to artist of all levels and all ages, and those who work in every kind of medium imaginable.

The month of August is a great time to visit Adelaide, and that is helped a great deal by the SALA festival. During this period, not only can you explore everything the city has to offer, from world-class restaurants to natural wonders, but you can also experience the vibrant art world that this part of Australia has become well-known for over the past couple of decades. If you find yourself in Adelaide, be sure to pop into any of the venues that are part of the festival to explore trending themes and to soak up a hearty dose of creative culture.