Thursday, 25 February 2016

Why You Should Visit Melbourne in Autumn


Melbourne in autumn is absolutely spectacular. The city bursts to life in a painted picture of rusty oranges, deep reds, and clear blue skies. The sticky heat of the summer has dissipated, leaving very pleasant temperatures that never really exceed 20 degrees.

And, to accompany the great weather and glorious colours, there are a slew of activities to enjoy in Melbourne at this time of year. Between March and May, the city hosts a range of festivals, and it is the season known for fashion, good food, and flowers.

Why Visit Melbourne in Autumn

Autumn colours in the gardens

The autumn colours are the most beautiful thing about Melbourne at this time of year, and many of the boulevards and streets are lined with crisp trees in golden hues. Combine these with the clear blue skies that dominate autumn, and you have an incredible backdrop from which to explore the city.

If you want to discover pockets of autumnal colour in Melbourne, head to one of the many gardens that are dotted around, like the Royal Botanic Gardens or the Fitzroy Gardens, or head to the Yarra Valley. There’s also the Bright Autumn Festival held in the small town of Bright just outside of Melbourne in April and May.


The Comedy Festival

If it is laughs you’re after, the Melbourne Comedy Festival has you covered. This annual event spans three weeks in the autumn and hosts a selection of world-famous comedians and shows. There is also a packed schedule of visual arts, theatre, and cabaret, making for a fun autumnal treat.

Anzac Day

Australia’s Anzac Day takes place on the 25th April every year and commemorates the Australians who have died in wars and conflicts all over the world. It is a day of celebration which sees the city come together for parades,
performances, and feasts.

Great Spots to Visit in Autumn

There are plenty of Melbourne Tours that take you around all the best attractions at this time of year.

Spots like the Melbourne Museum, the Botanic Gardens, the Aquarium, and Melbourne Zoo are all worth a visit in the city, but you can also head out of town to explore the nearby Yarra Valley, Grampians National Park, the Great Ocean Road, and Phillip Island for some breath-taking autumnal scenes. All of these hotspots are ideal for exploring at this time of year, bringing you spectacular colours and mesmerising natural views.


Tour of the Week: Wine and Food Lover’s Barossa Valley Tour $119


The Barossa Valley is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in Australia. Sprawling out in a patchwork quilt of green, rolling fields, historic farmhouses, and vintage wineries, it is the perfect place to get to know the gastronomic delights of Australia.

As well as a contemporary wine culture, the region also harks back to when the first German settlers arrived, and still boasts several Lutheran churches dotted around. This combination of old sights and new culture is what makes our Barossa Valley Tour so fantastic.

If you’re looking to sample some of Australia’s finest flavours and test some of the region’s most delicious tipples, you have come to the right place. On this day trip, we’ll take you to all the major wine cellars and restaurants in the region so you can get an overview for the tastes of the Barossa Valley.

Highlights of the Barossa Valley Tour

 

The Whispering Wall

This 9-storey high dam is an iconic landmark in the region, and is known as the Whispering Wall because of its amazing acoustics. You’ll be able to take pictures here and marvel at this incredible wonder.

Chateau Yaldara

Chateau Yaldara is one of Barossa Valley’s best-loved wineries. It boasts a rich history that spans back decades, and is one of the forerunners of the Australian wine industry. The

Chateau also happens to be one of the South Australia’s most photographed buildings, and you’ll get to sample wine and soak up the views in its breath-taking grounds.

The Township of Tanunda

In between wine tasting and eating, we’ll stop off in the small, quaint town of Tanunda, where you can pick up a couple of souvenirs and explore the tree-lined streets. There’ll be time for you to stop for a coffee and enjoy the picturesque scenes.

Lunch at the Peter Lehmann Winery

Lunch is a feast at this exquisite winery, where you’ll get to tuck into platters piled high with fresh cured meat, local cheeses, and baked bread, accompanied by a glass of delicious plonk.

Old Langmeil

If you’re a Shiraz lover, you’ll enjoy our stop off at Langmeil, one of the oldest wineries in the

Barossa Valley and the oldest Shiraz cellar in the entire world. We’ll sample wines here and enjoy the views of the valley from nearby Mengler’s Hill.

New Thinking at Murray Street Vineyards

Here, you can try some of the artisan wines of this contemporary and forward-thinking winery. Combining old and new ways of producing wine, it offers a complete overview of the wine-making process.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

A Guide to the Northern Territory


Australia’s Northern Territory is home to some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes. From the dusty, orange desert, ancient monoliths rise skywards, proffering incredible views and surreal scenes. From scraggy bush land intercepted by soaring mountains and dipping, sandstone canyons, exploring the Northern Territory is like exploring another planet entirely. Here are some of the best places to discover.
Uluru

Uluru is probably Australia’s most iconic landmark. Rising up in a flurry of vibrant orange, this huge rock formation is home to an ancient narrative that spans thousands of centuries. All around its base and along its length, there is an age-old heritage that relays the cultures and customs of the local Aboriginal tribes, and there are numerous bird species to keep an eye out for.


For the ultimate Uluru experience, make sure you catch the giant monolith at sunset, when it turns from a bright orange to a dusky pink in the glow of the setting sun. Be sure to visit the nearby Cultural Centre, too, to learn more about the Aboriginal tribes who call the area home, and to pick up a souvenir along the way.


Darwin

Darwin is the Northern Territory’s bustling city, offering a gateway to the natural phenomena that surround the region. The laid back cosmopolitan scenery is peppered with fun things to
do, from the Smith Street pedestrian mall, where you can pick up locally made Aboriginal crafts, to the waterfront area, which is alive with trendy cafes, bars, and restaurants.


Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park sprawls out over 1500 square kilometres to the south-west of Darwin. Filled with an abundance of wild flora and flauna, it’s the perfect place for hiking and wildlife spotting, while soaking up the incredible scenery that this part of Australia is renowned for.

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park is another of the Northern Territory’s beloved parks. This bio diverse reserve hosts more than 2,000 plant and animal species, including the native saltwater
crocodile and Flatback turtles. There are also numerous opportunities to discover the ancient rock paintings that etch the jutting monoliths – you can view these at Nourlangie, Nanguluwur, and Ubirr.

Katherine Gorge

Also known as Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine Gorge is home to hundreds of picturesque waterfalls that stud a vast expanse of escarpment-filled country. Here, there are 13 gorges carved out of the pale sandstone that’s typical in this region, which you can explore by foot, canoe, boat, or helicopter. As well as discovering some of the hidden waterfalls, there are plenty of plunge pools to cool off in, as well as rock art and wildlife to look out for.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Tour of the Week – 4 Day Rock to Rock


Our Uluru and Kings Canyon Tours take you through some of the most spectacular scenery in Australia, where you can soak up the rich red of the country’s most famous landmark, and revel in the fascinating culture and history of the region. This 4-day tour gives you the chance to really delve into the ancient stories that unravel around rustic monoliths and get to know the vibrant culture that has imbued the landscape for thousands of years.

The highlight of the tour is Uluru, Australia’s most beloved natural monument that rises in sunset red from the depths of the desert. With an ancient mythology circling its heady heights, and a collection of colourful bird species nesting in its many crevices, there’s so much to explore in this region. As well as natural wonders, the tour also takes you to the

Aboriginal Cultural Centre where you can learn more about the heritage of the region and pick up a souvenir.

Perhaps the most magical moment, though, is when we watch the sunset over Uluru. As she turns from vibrant orange to dusty pink, you’ll get to experience a sight that not many people get to experience in a lifetime.

Kata Tjuta is also a major hotspot on our 4-day rock to rock tour. Here, you’ll have the chance to hike through the National Park, carving your way through natural canyons, visiting the high domes of the Olga’s, and exploring the Valley of the Winds.


To add another mighty natural monument to your list, we’ll head to the Kings Canyon, a

surreal landscape filled with pale sandstone cliffs with incredible views. You’ll have the chance to soak up the Garden of Eden, with its lush springs and vibrant greenery, and even explore the region from a different perspective – whether you choose a camel ride across the desert, a quad bike race, or even an incredible helicopter tour to see the region from above.

In the evenings, we’ll enjoy a delicious barbecue beneath the stars before getting to watch the beautiful sunrise cast an ethereal glow across Australia’s most spectacular region each morning. As you get to explore the magnificent silhouette of Uluru, delve into the other famous landmarks of the region, and revel in the incredible heritage in the area, you’ll be making new friends along the way, and you’ll realize that this really is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.



Book one of the best Uluru and Kings Canyon Tours today!

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Tour of the Week: Jumping Crocodile Cruise from Darwin $99


If you’re on the hunt for an exhilarating experience that you won’t forget in a hurry, join our tour of the week, which will bring you face to face with one of the fiercest predators in the region.

The tour begins in Darwin, where you’ll get picked up, and we’ll head on through the beautiful countryside until we get to the calm banks of the Adelaide River. Though it might seem like a tranquil setting, with the sun beating down on the tufts of greenery, and the shimmer of the smooth water, this river is actually home to some of Australia’s deadliest predators – the saltwater crocodile.

These magnificent beasts are the largest reptile species in the world and can grow to a whopping 7-metres long. They can weigh up to 1,000 kilograms, with tails that are made up of pure, solid muscle. These act as their springboard, allowing them to propel themselves out of the water to snap their jaws around their prey.

Don’t be put off by their sharp teeth, though, as these creatures are some of the most

fascinating in the country, and our Jumping Crocodile Cruise Darwin $99 gives you the chance to get to know a bit more about them and see them thrive in their natural habitat.

As we make our way down the river, we’ll keep an eye out for the glint of an eye or the hump of a spine, as well as have a go at spotting some of the other wildlife that calls the area home – there will be plenty of time for bird-watching and discovering some of the native plant species that grow along the banks.

The best part of the tour is feeding time for the crocodile’s, where you’ll get to see these incredible creatures hurl themselves out of the water to latch onto their prey. This is a once in a lifetime experience, giving you the opportunity to gain an unparalleled insight into the life and diet of a saltwater crocodile.

After feeding time, we’ll head to the Wetlands Visitors Centre and the Fogg Dam
Conservation Reserve, where you can discover the beautiful wetlands ecosystem and get up close and personal with some of the region’s other species of wildlife.

At the end of the tour, we’ll take you back to Darwin, where your day of adventurous animal watching unfortunately comes to an end. If you’re looking for an exciting opportunity to get within reaching distance of some of Australia’s most fascinating creatures, our Jumping Crocodile Cruise Darwin $99 is the tour for you!


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Sightseeing Tours Australia is now offering tours in South Australia


South Australia is home to some of the most stunning scenery in the country, as well as some of the best cultural attractions. From the arty streets of Adelaide and the rolling vineyards of Barossa Valley, to the incredible wildlife on Kangaroo Island, we’re now offering tours to this spectacular part of Australia. Our new selection of tours gives you the chance to discover South Australia from every angle, whether you’re a wine enthusiast, an animal lover, or on the hunt for some cultural encounters.  
Adelaide Tours

Our Adelaide Tours show you the rich heritage of the city, whisking you past impressive buildings and exposing you to the best restaurants, galleries, and activities in town.

As well as discovering some of the hot spots in the city, we also take you into the beautiful Adelaide Hills, where you can marvel at the remarkable views and visit age-old towns that hark back to yesteryear. The oldest German settlement in the region, Hahndorf, is a firm favourite on our tours through Adelaide. Here, visitors can explore the cobbled streets, refuel with a bratwurst from the local pub, and get to know the expansive history that characterizes the region.

Barossa Wine Tours

The Barossa Valley is one of the most famous wine regions in the world, and our Barossa

Wine Tours give you the chance to experience it in all its glory. As well as taking you through rolling hills studded with picturesque vineyards, you’ll have the chance to sample wine in some of the world’s best-loved wineries, including Jacob’s Creek, Penfolds, and Rockford, and tour some of the grand chateaus that characterize the area. There’s also plenty for foodies to enjoy here, too, with a selection of contemporary restaurants serving everything from traditional Australian cuisine with a modern twist, to Asian delights.

Kangaroo Island Tours

Kangaroo Island is a haven of wildlife, with its pristine beaches, lush forests, and its
abundance of native species that wander around of their own accord. Our Kangaroo Island Tours give visitors the chance to get up close and personal with nature, including walking amongst seals that flop about on the beach, hand feeding wallabies and kangaroos, and spotting unusual bird species as they hop from treetop to treetop.

You’ll also get to soak up the incredible views of Cape Jervis as we pass through it on our way to the island – the crystal clear waters here are some of the best in the country.

5 Reasons You Have to Visit Sydney


Sydney is one of the most vibrant and iconic cities in the world. Its stylish backdrop is complemented by an array of shopping outlets, art galleries, and incredible beaches, not to mention the great feats of architecture that grace many a postcard. So, if you haven’t already thought about visiting Sydney, here’s why you should.

Sydney Opera House

First things first, the Sydney Opera House is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the world, rising up in a quirky design that casts a futuristic silhouette across Sydney. There are plenty of Sydney Day Tours to the Opera House, where visitors can learn about the history of the building, its cultural importance in the city, and, of course, watch one of the world-class performances that take place there throughout the year.

The Great Galleries and Museums


Though Sydney is often overlooked in favour of Melbourne when it comes to art and culture,

it actually has a huge amount of galleries and museums. In the city centre, you’ll find great bastions of modern art like the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, as well as more factual museums like the Australian Museum and the Sydney Museum.

The Beautiful Beaches


As well as a hearty dose of culture, Sydney Tours also showcase some of the city’s
incredible beaches. Wherever you are in the city, you’re never far from a beach laden with white sandy shores and glistening waters. For some coastal fun, there’s the opportunity to swim, dive, and snorkel, as well as surf, sail, and sunbathe - all great ways to enjoy the Australian sun.

The Shopping Scene

Sydney is a shopaholics dream, with plenty of outlets and malls to explore. As well as high-end designer shops and artisan crafts stores, you can also browse a huge collection of
souvenir shops, jewellery stands, and boutique art stores. At the weekend, the city hosts a selection of quirky markets, each one offering up a slice of laid back Sydney life.

The Picturesque Parks

If you ever get tired of the beach, Sydney has a number of beautiful parks and gardens to kick back and relax in. The Royal Botanic Gardens are a firm favourite amongst locals and visitors, whilst Hyde Park offers a slice of natural life in the heart of the city centre. Just outside the city there are a whole host of national parks filled with exciting flora and fauna waiting to be explored, too.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The Diverse Australian Landscape



Australia boasts an eclectic mix of landscapes. Covering such a huge area, it is no wonder it is home to a vast array of stunning scenery. From the red scenes of the Outback to incredible beaches and lush rainforests, there’s a new experience to be had in every part of the country thanks to the beautiful and diverse landscapes of Australia.

The Red Centre


Perhaps the most popular part of Australia, the Red Centre is home to a whole host of the country’s most iconic landmarks. It’s here that you’ll find Uluru and the surrounding dusty red landscapes, but you’ll also stumble across some of Australia’s fascinating culture – this is the Aboriginal heartland and it is filled with ancient stories and authentic traditions.

Whilst the Red Centre is predominantly made up of stark orange scenes and desert landscapes, there are also flashes of tufty greenery and a number of incredibly surreal natural rock formations.

Cool Victorian Coastal Areas

The Victorian coastline is a sight for sore eyes. Spanning out across kilometres and kilometres, it takes in lush white sands and endlessly dazzling waters. In contrast to the arid scenes of the Red Centre, the coastal region of Victoria is a lush display of vibrant

vegetation and startling turquoise waters. Here, a road trip along the shorefront exposes you to ancient, natural landmarks, hidden coves filled with incredible marine life, and warm waters that are perfect for surfing, sailing, and swimming in.

Steamy Lush North Queensland Rainforests

To the north of Australia, lush rainforests seem to sprawl out in every direction. Where the Red Centre was stark in terms of foliage, the rainforests are the complete opposite, filled with beautiful exotic plants and an array of wildlife.

Throughout these dense areas that climb up mountains and look out over sweeping valleys,
much of Australia’s native wildlife bustles about in its natural habitat, and plenty of hiking routes take in the breath-taking panoramas and the age-old natural scenery.

Each part of Australia boasts its own scenery, meaning there is something for everyone. Whether you’re the kind of traveller who likes to hit up the beach and kick back and relax by the sea, or whether you’re in search of nature walks through ancient forests or cultural experiences in the red heart of Australia, you’ll be amazed at what the incredibly diverse landscapes of Australia have to offer.

Top Five Beaches in Australia


Australia is a haven for beaches, with a never-ending coastline which encompasses dazzling white sands, clear blue waters, and a quirky array of marine life. All over the island there are coves bursting with incredible views and popular surf spots that draw in thousands of visitors from around the world. With so many sandy shores to choose from, though, how do you begin to make a decision? Here are the best beaches in Australia:
Bremer Bay, Western Australia


Bremer Bay languishes in the southern part of Western Australia. All along this stretch of coastline there are pockets of private beaches with remote landscapes and surreal views. Along here you’ll find Bremer Bay, a spot well worth visiting to the east of Albany.

There are only 250 people who live in this area, so you can already picture the quiet sands and the peaceful ambiance. That being said, the beach is becoming increasingly popular with tourists on the hunt for authentic Australian nature, but the developers have stayed away. This means you’ll find a relatively untouched beach with beach shacks, and the perfect conditions for swimming.

Whitehaven Beach, Queensland
Whitehaven Beach is perhaps one of the most recognisable scenes in Australia, and also

the most surreal. Set on the coast of Queensland, it boasts a paradise display of clear blue lagoons that venture out into the sea. Surrounding these are impossibly soft white sand banks that, when zoomed out, look like something out of a storybook. If you’re looking to be blown away, then Whitehaven Beach is the place to go.

Bondi Beach, New South Wales

Bondi Beach raises images of fit surfers, lithe beach bods, and a youthful vibe. This is exactly what it offers, set against a backdrop of plush sands and glistening waters. It’s a great place to get together with friends, enjoy a bite to eat, and check out the local watersports in the region.

To explore the heart of Australia’s beaches and for that postcard-perfect moment, make sure you lay your towel down on this stretch of sand.

Elephant Cove, Western Australia

Situated just outside the town of Denmark, Elephant Cove is made up of jutting granite
boulders that pop up from the water’s surface. Their humped silhouettes look like elephants, hence the beach’s name. The rectangular shaped bay is great for swimming and, just a five-minute walk away, you can explore Greens Pool, a natural swimming spot encircled by unusual rock formations.

Monkey Mia, Western Australia

As well as offering sprawling white sands and perfect, turquoise waters, Monkey Mia near Perth is also home to hundreds of dolphins. Whilst most of Australia greets dolphins seasonally, Monkey Mia welcomes them every single day, which means you’re bound to clap eyes on these beautiful creatures if you head to this beach. The marine reserve the beach is set on is home to a whole host of other fabulous marine life, too.



Monday, 1 February 2016

Top 5 Australian Wine Regions

Wine lovers will rejoice when they arrive in Australia and learn that there are not one or two, but five wine regions in the country. And these regions aren’t small. Each region is known for a certain wine, producing the best in the country. Wine regions have also been getting quite a bit of press not for just the wine, but for the world-class hospitality and food that comes along with the exquisite wines. The top five are known world-wide for their continuous production of ‘New World’ wine.

Probably the most famous region is the Barossa Valley. Sometimes compared to Napa Valley in California, the Barossa Valley houses some of the biggest wine producers in all of Australia. Located in South, Australia, the Barossa is a premier wine destination for the beginner or the connoisseur. Their most popular varietal is the red wine Shiraz. Known around the world for its jammy like flavour and bold textures, this wine is constantly sought after. Pair that with the incredible views from the perfectly landscaped vineyards, and you have a perfect holiday.


Margaret River is located in Southwest Australia on the west coast. With over 150 wineries and some of the oldest vines in the country, Margaret River produces top-notch wine year after year. Their specialty is the white wine Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc blend. They also produce a wide variety of other wines like the classic chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet. If you hit your dates right, you might be able to experience the area’s best food and wine festival, the Gourmet Escape where thousands come from all over the world to taste the local cuisine from top-rated chefs and the best beer and wine around.

The Hunter Valley is a mere two hour drive from Sydney and is a popular getaway for city dwellers. One of the classiest regions in the country, Hunter Valley is known for its world-class hospitality, fine foods, and impressive wines. The region is most known for its chardonnay, being the first region to bottle it in the country.


The Clare Valley is also one not to be missed. A great getaway for the romantic, this wine

region is located close to the Barossa Valley. Many tours and visitors tend to visit both regions, getting the best of both worlds. The Clare Valley is known for its local produce and sensational restaurants and cafes.

Whether you’ve never had a glass of wine or you are part of a wine club, each wine region in Australia has something for everyone. If wine doesn’t sound nice, the beautiful view and food will change your mind.