Sunday, 20 March 2016

How to Experience Adelaide in the Autumn


Autumn is one of the best times to visit Adelaide. The sunshine of summer still lingers, and the weather remains warm and pleasant. Throughout the city, the trees turn orange, golden, and red in a stunning display of colour, while the streets come to life with festivals, events, and performances.

Between March and May (when autumn falls in Adelaide), temperatures range from a comfortable 12.5 degrees to a high of 22 degrees, meaning it is not as sticky as summer, but still pleasantly warm.

As well as wandering the streets that are framed with golden trees at this time of year, there are plenty of other activities to get stuck into, and numerous Adelaide tours to help you take in everything the city has to offer.

Tasting Australia Festival

Between April and May, Adelaide comes to life in the biennial Tasting Australia Festival.

Held in the city and other regions across South Australia, the festival is all about local produce. Here, you can tuck into fresh dishes, purchase some homemade goods, and soak up the jovial atmosphere that shrouds the festival.

All the Events

In Adelaide, March is affectionately known as Mad March because there are so many events that take place throughout the month. This is when festivals bring parades, exhibitions, and local eats to the streets amid the golden glow of autumn. Numerous Adelaide city tours will take you around some of the events on offer, but you can expect hundreds of art exhibitions, plenty of foodie fairs, wine events, comic book conventions, and all sorts of musical offerings – from rock and roll, to jazz and contemporary gigs.

It is near on impossible to check out every event that takes place in March in Adelaide, but
there will definitely be a few things that will tickle your fancy.

Visit Stirling

Located just 20 minutes from the centre of Adelaide, the picturesque village of Stirling is a haven in autumn. The main street is lined with cute cafes and local restaurants, while the parks and open spaces sprawl out in a fine display of golden hues. It is the perfect place for a day trip at this time of year.

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Autumn is all about the foliage in Adelaide, and the best place to soak in all the colours is at the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden, where you can walk amongst golden trees and vibrant red bushes. Kick back and relax in this peaceful part of Adelaide.

Tour of the Week: Food & Wine Delights McLaren Vale Tour $109


If you’re a wine enthusiast, you’ll love our McLaren Vale tours, which take you through the incredible scenery of the region. As well as lush greenery and sprawling fields, the valleys are also home to numerous wineries, gourmet restaurants, and local farm shops where you can get a real taste for the region.

We’ll give you the chance to check out everything McLaren Vale has to offer, from its selection of well-known vineyards to its breath-taking landscapes and everything in between.

Port Noarlunga

On the coast of McLaren Vale, we’ll take you to the sprawling sands and turquoise shallows of Port Noarlunga. Here, you can soak up the stunning views across St Vincent, where the paradise backdrop is second to none.

We’ll also make a quick stop off at Beck’s Bakery here, where you can grab yourself a complimentary morning tea and cake to start the tour off in the right way.

Wirra Wirra


When we arrive in McLaren Vale, we’ll start by driving through the lush scenery, passing cute colonial houses and picturesque villages before we make our first stop at Wirra Wirra. This popular winery creates the Church Block label wine, which you can sample on a tour of the vineyard before tucking into a delicious luncheon at Red Poles where you’ll have spectacular views while you eat.


D’Arenberg

Then it is on to one of the country’s best-known wineries, d’Arenberg. At the on-site Stables Wine Immersion Centre, you’ll have the chance to sample some of the delicious wines made here, as well as marvel at the incredible views from d’Arry’s Verandah.

This winery boasts a rich and lengthy history, so you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about its past and its unique wine-making
methods.


McLaren’s Main Street

At the end of the trip, we’ll stop off at the main street in McLaren Vale, where you can grab a coffee, try some more wine, or browse the great selection of shops that line the street. This is the perfect time to pick up a souvenir of your time in the area so you can remember your delicious, wine-infused day long after your trip is over.

Our Adelaide wine tours really take you deep into the local life of the region, giving you the chance to get to know the wine making process and sample some delicious flavours.





Friday, 18 March 2016

Kakadu Dry Season


 Situated in Australia’s Northern Territory, the Kakadu National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with a whole host of endemic animals to spot. The lush scenery sprawls out for miles around, taking in rainforests, creeks, billabongs, and cliffs. There’s plenty to see and do, especially during the dry season, which is the most popular time to take a Kakadu tour thanks to the mild weather and lack of rain.

The dry season at Kakadu runs between April and October every year, and it’s the time of year that gets the busiest with tourists and nature enthusiasts. In the middle of the season, from mid-August to mid-October, the temperatures rest anywhere between 23 and 37 degrees. At this time, sea turtles come onto land to bury their eggs in the sands of Field Island and West Alligator Head, while unusual birds, like white-breasted wood swallows, turn up with the thunderclouds that start building towards the end of the season.



It’s a fascinating time to visit Kakadu, because life is at its most colourful. Southerly and easterly winds offer some respite from the heat of the sun, and humidity and rain levels are very low.

What to see and do in Kakadu during Dry Season


Kakadu National Park Tours offer a whole host of incredible sights throughout the year. The spectacular landscape is home to sprawling bodies of water which plays host to numerous native animal species. During the dry season, the fauna tends to congregate around the billabongs for fresh water, so there’s a high chance you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of some of the most popular critters that call the area home.

With more than 60 species of mammals, hundreds of freshwater fish, and tens of reptile
species at Kakadu, there are plenty to keep your eyes peeled for. When the temperatures are cooler, kangaroos and wallabies can be spotted hopping around in the woodlands, while almost 300 species of birds make homes in the lush foliage.

The dry season is also a great time to take a stroll through the park, thanks to the lack of rain and the cooler winds. You’ll be able to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most beloved wildlife, and take in the spectacular views that can be found all around the park from various viewing hotspots.


Regardless of what you want to see in Kakadu, the dry season is a great time to visit.




Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Tour of the Week: Sydney Harbour Luncheon and Attractions Package $190


See all the major Sydney Attractions on our one-day tour of the city harbour and its surroundings. You’ll get to see some of the most iconic landmarks in the world, as well as get a taste for the bustling vibe of Sydney life. We’ll take you to monuments, architectural wonders, and show you the city’s incredible foodie scene. Regardless of whether you’re on the hunt for cultural experiences or simply want to get to know Sydney on a deeper level, this tour is for you.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The first highlight we’ll hit up is the Sydney Harbour Bridge, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city. You’ll get to soak up the exceptional views from the bridge before we head to Milsons Point, which is where the Sydney Opera House is located.

Sydney Opera House

While we’re at Milsons Point, you’ll have the chance to take in the impressive architecture of the Sydney Opera House up close and explore the Conservatorium of Music, as well as catch a glimpse of the Harbour Bridge from a different perspective.

Incredible Viewing Points

Sydney’s scenery is pretty spectacular, so we’ll take you to a number of lookout points

where you can marvel at the panoramic views. We’ll head to Middle Head and Pearl Bay Marina, as well as North Head Lookout where you can gaze right the way out across the sparkling Pacific Ocean.

Manly

A trip to Sydney isn’t complete without a trip to the beach. At Manly, we’ll enjoy a cup of tea and take a walk along The Corso. You’ll get to see the beaches that Sydney is famed for, before lunch.

Onboard Lunch

Lunch is a special affair onboard a cruise that’ll take you around the harbour. While onboard, you’ll get to tuck into a delicious buffet, complete with Sydney rock oysters, local

fish, vegetarian dishes, desserts, and local cheeses.

Cultural Explorations

In the afternoon, we’ll pack in lots of cultural sightseeing for you, including a trip to Hyde Park, St. Mary’s Cathedral, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. We’ll also point out some of the beautiful architectural offerings in the city.

Bondi Beach

To end the tour, we’ll take a leisurely stroll along Bondi Beach, one of the most famous stretches of sand in the world. You can enjoy the views and soak up the laidback lifestyle.




Sunday, 6 March 2016

Tour of the Week – 3 Day Kakadu and Litchfield Tour $449

Set among some of the most breath-taking scenery in Australia, Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks offer an incredible experience for anyone wanting to get up close and personal with the country’s exceptional wildlife.

Located on the outskirts of Darwin, the natural surroundings are the perfect escape from bustling city life, making our 3 Day Kakadu and Litchfield National Park Tours particularly popular.

This trip is a nature-lover’s dream, where you’ll get to walk through spectacular landscapes, learn more about the region’s history, and try your luck at spotting some of the native creatures that call the area home.

Kakadu National Park

On the first day you’ll be catapulted into the centre of the action at Kakadu National Park, but not before we’ve stopped off at the Windows on the Wetlands on the way. Here, you’ll be able to indulge in the beautiful views across the Adelaide River, taking in the sprawling lowlands and dipping valleys.

When we arrive at Kakadu, we’ll head out on a picturesque stroll through the Mamukala wetlands, where you can spot flocks of magpie geese amongst other cute critters.

Nourlangie
The Kakadu National Park is not just a beautiful natural location, it is also home to a rich and lengthy history. At Nourlangie, you’ll get to see some of the region’s famous rock art on a guided tour from a knowledgeable local. You’ll develop a deeper understanding of the

indigenous past of the park, and learn more about how art was considered one of the most important educational tools.

Gunlom Falls

After a quick pitstop for lunch near Yellow Water, we’ll head on to Gunlom Falls, which you might recognize from the Crocodile Dundee movie. Here, you’ll have the chance to climb the falls and take a refreshing dip in the pools at the bottom.

Litchfield National Park


On the third day, we’ll leave Kakadu and venture towards Litchfield National Park, another breath-taking hotspot in this nature-filled part of Australia.

Here, you’ll have the chance to discover the quirky termite mounds that the park is well

known for, as well as bask and bathe in a collection of waterfalls and rock pools.

Like Kakadu, Litchfield National Park is a haven of history, so you’ll also be able to learn more about its importance to the Wagait Aboriginal people, as well as explore its unique, impressive landscapes. Before the trip ends, you’ll have the opportunity to relax at Buley Rockhole, one of the region’s best-loved spots.

Grand Prix 2016 Melbourne



Melbourne’s Albert Park racing track has become a firm favourite amongst Formula One aficionados since its opening in 1996. Every year, world-class drivers compete against each other to win trophies and titles. But it’s not just races on offer at the Grand Prix. In fact, there’s plenty to do amidst the party atmosphere, from rides and performances, to shows and exhibitions for all the family.

This year, the Grand Prix will take place from the 17th to the 20th March and will be the very first race of the new Formula One season.

Thinking of cheering on your favourite drivers? Here are some more things you can enjoy during the Grand Prix 2016 Melbourne.

More Cars, More Action


This year there will be more racing than usual, thanks to the return of the Australian GTs after a six-year break. In addition, the V8 Supercars will take to the tracks once more, and there will be a couple of races featuring the classic cars. What’s more, the engines are set to be even louder this year, bringing the atmosphere to an all-time high. They’ll be around 25% louder, so you’ll be able to feel well and truly part of the action.

Fan Zone

The popular Fan Zone will open its doors to visitors this year, where you can get answers to

the burning questions you have about the races or Formula One in general. You can also hear from the drivers, the team principals, and other top dogs in the racing game here.

The V8 Village

The V8 Village will return to the Grand Prix again this year, featuring a whole host of impressive cars that will be exhibited throughout the event. You’ll have the chance to meet some of the world’s best Supercar drivers and pilots, and grab a snap with one of the Grid Girls.

Winning Experiences

In the newly announced social hub you can hop on the digital kiosks and check out what you’d look like on the cover of #AusGP Magazine, as well as try your luck at winning some

top prizes.

While you’re in Melbourne, don’t forget to explore everything else the city has to offer. Take a day trip to Phillip Island for the magical Penguin Parade tour, head out on a Great Ocean Road tour and experience the spectacular landscapes in this part of the country, and sample some local wine and food on Yarra Valley tours.













Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Adelaide as a Tourist Destination


Adelaide is South Australia’s cultural, cosmopolitan hot spot. It boasts a laid back vibe and a menu of creative activities including museums, galleries, and festivals. As well as educational, arty offerings, it’s also home to a ring of parkland around the River Torrens that’s ideal for kicking back and relaxing on, as well as plenty of delicious restaurants, cafes, and bars to enjoy.

Things to do in Adelaide


Whatever kind of traveler you are, Adelaide has you covered with its eclectic selection of things to do, from museums and zoos to malls and parks. In addition, there are numerous Adelaide Tours that give you the chance to experience everything the city has to offer.

Art Gallery of South Australia

This popular art gallery showcases a collection of Indigenous art from around Southern Australia. Founded in 1881, it’s dedicated to not only supplying the creative backstory of the region, but also to highlight the area’s historic past and heritage.

South Australia Museum

In a similar vein, this central museum highlights the natural heritage of Australia through a selection of interactive displays and exhibitions.

Adelaide Botanical Garden



For some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, head to the Botanical Garden, which is home to a collection of beautiful, exotic plants, conservatories packed with vibrant species, and a few cafes to enjoy a peaceful hot drink in.

Rundle Mall

Rundle Mall is Australia’s first pedestrianized mall, offering a huge selection of shops, cafes, and restaurants. It’s the perfect place to head to pick up a souvenir and to people watch in one of the city’s most visited hotspots.

Migration Museum, Adelaide

History buffs will love this museum, which showcases the history of South Australia and its migration narrative. There are a collection of fascinating displays and educational exhibits that bring the country’s past to life.

Cleland Conservation Park

For incredible views, head to this conservation park which offers a number of hiking and walking trails with beautiful vistas. You can soak up the scenery that surrounds Adelaide and get up close and personal with nature.

Adelaide Zoo

Animal lovers will enjoy a trip to the city zoo, which is home to hundreds of native and exotic species. As well as catching a glimpse of cute critters, you can learn all about the feeding habits and lifestyles of some of Australia’s best-loved species.

Victoria Square, Adelaide


For some fun in the sun, grab a picnic and make a day of it at Victoria Square, a lush green park in the middle of the city. As well as recreational areas for all the family, there are plenty of green spaces to enjoy a bite to eat and relax on.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Tour of the Week – 1 Day Kangaroo Island Tour $249


With its pristine beaches, lush greenery, and array of native animal life, Kangaroo Island is probably one of the most picturesque spots you can visit in Australia. There are so many opportunities to get up close and personal with nature and see a variety of cute critters in their natural habitats.

With our Kangaroo Island tour from Adelaide, you’ll have the chance to explore the amazing scenery for yourself and learn more about the conservation efforts that go into keeping the island as beautiful as it is.

If you want to see Australian favourites like kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and echidnas, Kangaroo Island is definitely the place to go, and we’ll show you all the best spots on this memorable tour.

The Fleurieu Peninsula

On the way to Kangaroo Island, we pass through the incredible Fleurieu Peninsula, which boasts incredibly blue waters and a paradise backdrop. As we sail past Backstairs Passage, you’ll get to see the impossibly white sands of Penneshaw draw nearer.

Wild Seal Encounters
Kangaroo Island is known for its wild Australian Sea Lions that bask on Seal Bay. You’ll have the chance to walk amongst these fascinating creatures and learn more about their lifestyles.



Aussie-style Lunch

We’ll break for lunch in true Aussie style against the beautiful backdrop of the island. While you’re tucking into lunch, keep your eyes open for koalas and echidnas.

Flinders Chase National Park

Flinders Chase National Park boasts some of the best scenery on Kangaroo Island. Packed full of vibrant flowers, un-spoilt wilderness, and an eclectic mix of wildlife, you’ll be able to take a stroll along the natural trails and take in the surreal formations at Remarkable Rocks. Remember to pack a camera, so you have memories of the mesmerizing landscape for years to come.

Admirals Arch

After seeing the Remarkable Rocks, we’ll head on to Admirals Arch, where you’ll be able to
catch a glimpse of New Zealand Fur Seals as they laze about in the sunshine. There are also plenty of sea bird species to spot in this area, as well as beautiful sea views to enjoy.

After seeing all these amazing sights, we’ll make our way back to Penneshaw and board the boat back to Cape Jervis, soaking up the scenery as we go. We’ll sail back past Backstairs Passage and through the breath-taking scenery of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Then it’s back to Adelaide, where your trip to paradise finishes.