Sunday, 24 July 2016

Tour of the Week: Hunter Valley Wine Tours $115


The Hunter Valley is renowned for its delicious local foods and amazing wines which will get your taste buds going on our fun and cultural Hunter Valley tours.

You’ll get to explore the rolling hills of the Valley, tuck into a selection of seasonal foods and mouth-watering native dishes, as well as sample some of the region’s best-loved tipples. Throughout the day, you’ll get an insight into how the area has become well-known for its food and wine production and why it is such an important industry in Australia.

McGuigans Wines

After making our way through the lush Valley, past the Hunter River, we’ll take our first stop at McGuigans wines where you’ll get to go behind the scenes and learn the ways of winemaking. During the tour, you’ll learn the process used to create the remarkable flavours and you can sample some of their famous red, white, and sparkling wines.

Cypress Lakes Resort

Next, we’ll make our way to Cypress Lakes Resort, where you’ll get to tuck into a delicious meal made from fresh ingredients farmed in the local vicinity. Soak up the mesmerizing scenery while you eat and refuel before we make our next pit stop.



Drayton’s Family Wines

Then we’ll head on to Drayton’s Family Wines where you can get stuck into an extensive wine tasting experience. The Drayton’s are well-known as one of the Valley’s most prominent winemakers, and you’ll soon find out why with their delicious selection of tipple.

Wynwood Estate

Lastly, we’ll go to Wynwood Estate, which is one of the region’s most traditional wineries. Here, you can learn how the winemakers hand pick the finest grapes to create the most authentic flavours, and you’ll get to try some of their produce including some of their famous red, white, and sparkling varieties.

This is where the tour comes to an end, and we’ll take you back through the Valley so you can catch one last glimpse of the stunning scenery that defines this part of Australia. You’ll
have enjoyed a fabulous day tucking into tasty Australian dishes, sampling magnificent, world-famous varieties of wine, and soaking up the stunning scenery – from lush, rolling hills and traditional vineyards, to the cascading flow of the Hunter River and everything in between. Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir or two to remember your special day!

Why You Should Go to the Great Barrier Reef in Winter


The Great Barrier Reef is a must-visit for travellers to Australia. Boasting hundreds of paradise islands and some of the best dive sites in the world, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to swim amongst the world’s most mesmerizing marine creatures.

The best way to reach the Great Barrier Reef is via Cairns, a tropical port city that boasts two distinct seasons – the “wet” season which runs from December to May, and the “dry” season, which runs from June to November (Australia’s winter).

During the dry season, the temperatures are much more bearable than in the wet summer months, and there is considerably less humidity. However, there are more visitors during this time – and for good reason. The dry season (or winter) is the perfect time to take a dive as the marine life really blossoms at this time of year.

Whether you’re taking your very first dive or are a seasoned pro, here’s what you can expect to see during a Great Barrier Reef tour during winter.

Minke Whales

In June, the start of the winter season, the cooler temperatures bring in the fascinating

Dwarf Minke whales who flock to the dive sites in the Great Barrier Reef. This is the only place on the planet where you can dive with these incredible creatures – but only between June and July when they are in the area.

Manta Rays

As July comes round, you can expect to catch a glimpse of some Manta Rays that make a beeline for the clearer waters of the Coral Sea.

Humpback Whales

During August, you might be lucky enough to see the mesmerizing Humpback whales that grace the area with their presence during this month. They often put on a show for the boat trips, slapping the water with their tails and breaching. This is the time the water is at its coolest, so the Humpback whales stick around until September before they return south with their calves. If you’re really lucky, you can see Migaloo, the world’s only completely white
Humpback whale – and incredible sight to behold!

Everything else…

Although these three creatures are amazing additions to the marine life on offer during the winter months, you’ll still be able to get amongst the selection of species that live in the Great Barrier Reef year round – creatures like ancient turtles, colourful fish species, and a fascinating collection of different corals.



Thursday, 21 July 2016

Wurrgeng: What to Do in Cold Weather Season in Kakadu


The Kakadu National Park boast an ancient landscape filled with lush rainforests, sprawling scenery, and a collection of great things to get stuck into. Covering around 20,000 square kilometres, Kakadu tours give you the chance to absorb the wildlife of the region and get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most mesmerizing views.

Life at the park is highly reliant on the water of the tropical monsoon climate, but the dry season provides a great time to take one of the many Kakadu National Park tours.

Despite having a wet and a dry season, the park itself sees an extremely diverse set of weather conditions. So much so, in fact, that the Aboriginal inhabitants have created six distinct seasons throughout the year.

Wurrgeng is the cold weather season and takes place between mid-June and mid-August. During this time, humidity is low and daytime temperatures hover around 30 degrees Celsius. At night, they can drop down to 17 degrees Celsius. As it is in the dry season,
many of the on-site creeks dry up and the floodplains become cracked and arid. Birds flock to the shrinking billabongs, while forest fires are a regular occurrence in some parts.

That doesn’t mean that Kakadu isn’t worth visiting at this time. In fact, this is one of the best times to visit if you want to explore the region in cooler temperatures.

Places to Go in Kakadu During Wurrgeng

South Alligator Area

Here, you’ll find the Mamukala wetlands which provide the main attraction in this part of the park. There is a short walk you can take to an observation platform which looks out over the sprawling wetlands and the diverse array of wildlife that calls them home.

East Alligator Area

To the east, this part of the park marks the gateway to the ancient Arnhem Land. Here, you can explore the largest Aboriginal reservation in the whole of Australia, but it can only be accessed with a permit or on a guided tour.

Nourlangie Area

Keeping to the Aboriginal theme, this part of the park boasts an incredibly rich selection of Aboriginal art sites. Throughout the landscape here, you can explore ancient caves that are
marked with thousand-year-old paintings that tell the histories and stories of the local tribes.


Jim Jim Falls Area

For a glimpse into the amazing natural beauty of Kakadu, head to the Jim Jim Falls Area, which can only be accessed during this time of the year – and only in a 4-wheel drive.

You can take a 1km walk through the monsoonal forest, passing some of the park’s most breath-taking waterfalls.





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


Sprawling vineyards and lush countryside make up the stunning region of the Barossa Valley, an area known for its dedication to winemaking and fine, local foods.

Our Barossa Valley Tours take in everything the picturesque scenery has to offer, giving you the chance to explore the laidback lifestyle in the Valley, sample some delicious tipple, and tuck into a range of seasonal dishes. Throughout the day, we’ll weave our way through rolling vineyards, stopping off at well-known wineries along the way, and marvelling at the old Lutheran churches that hark back to the 19th century.


Adelaide Hills and the Whispering Wall


Our journey begins in the Adelaide Hills, where you can soak up the arty vibe of craft shops, independent cafes, and cute villages that seem to have stepped back in time. We’ll make a pit stop at the Whispering Wall, a 9-storey high dam that produces incredible acoustics.


Chateau Yaldara

The first winery we’ll stop off at is the historic Chateau Yaldara. The impressive building is
one of the most photographed pieces of architecture in the south of Australia, so we’ll give you plenty of opportunity to snap the perfect shot while sampling a range of world-class wine.

Jacobs Creek


We’ll then make our way to the heart of the Valley, crossing the babbling Jacobs Creek along the way and heading straight for the quaint township of Tanunda. While here, you’ll have some free time to pop in and out of the artisan shops and grab a coffee.

The Peter Lehmann Winery


Lunch is a feast fit for kings at the Peter Lehmann Winery. After a morning of exploring, you’ll get to kick back with platters full of mouth-watering local produce, including freshly cured meats, creamy cheeses, and warm bread.


Langmeil


Once refuelled, it’s onwards and upwards to Langmeil, one of the region’s oldest wineries. It is home to the oldest Shiraz vineyard in the world, and you’ll get to try some of their signature flavours. While here, you’ll also get the chance to discover the mesmerising views
from the Mengler’s Hill Lookout, where you can gawk at the valley views.

Seppeltsfield Winery and Murray Street Vineyards


The two final stops will take us to the iconic Seppeltsfield Winery and Murray Street Vineyards, where you can sample yet more delicious local flavours.


This is where the tour comes to an end, and we’ll make our way back through the scenery of Barossa to Adelaide.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Why You Should Visit Uluru and the Red Centre in Winter


Australian bucketlists are often always topped with Uluru. The beating heart of the country is a firm favourite with visitors, thanks to its mesmerising combination of sheer grandness and heady colours. The huge sandstone monolith is perhaps the most iconic image of Australia, covering numerous postcards and memorabilia for miles around.

But it’s not just Uluru that sits pretty in the Red Centre of Australia. In fact, this area is a haven of ancient landmarks that offer incredible views and fascinating histories. Throughout the untamed surroundings, there’s Kata Tjuta, a collection of quirky rock formations, Kings Canyon, with its sweeping gorges, and the MacDonnell Ranges, a set of soaring mountains. Combined with Uluru, these natural wonders form an iconic site that draws in millions of visitors each year.



Set in the middle of the Outback, one of the first things people think of before they visit Uluru is the weather. It’s set in a notoriously hot part of Australia in what is, essentially, a desert. This means that daytime temperatures in summer can get almost unbearable in the sparse landscape. Luckily, the winter temperatures in this part of Australia are very mild and there’s still plenty of sunshine and warm spells, which makes it the perfect time to visit.

The thing that surprises most people is the temperature at night. Even in the hottest depths of summer the temperatures at night can be freezing, particularly in contrast to the high temperatures at daytime. During the winter months, the night time temperatures are pretty similar to the summer time, especially towards the end of the season. This means there’s
less contrast in the daytime and night time temperatures at this time of year.

As well as cooler and less extreme temperatures, winter is also a great time to visit for the flora and fauna. During this time there is increased rainfall (albeit a small amount) so the plant life begins to flourish. Beautiful colours pop up against the red landscape, and lush greens add another dimension the barren scenery.

Finally, taking Uluru tours in the winter months means you’re visiting outside of the school holidays, which means the region is less busy.

Visiting Uluru is the highlight of many people’s trip to Australia, and it’s worth visiting whatever the season. However, with cooler temperatures, fewer crowds, and the abundance of vibrant plant life popping up, winter is definitely a fantastic time to visit.

Book your tour with Uluru Tours Austalia today!





















Tour of the Week: Mount Buller Tour – Snow Tour $79


Mount Buller offers a completely different perspective on Australia. Elsewhere, lush rainforests sprawl out and pristine beaches offer summer fun. But in the winter, a Mount Buller tour will open your eyes to a different side of the country, where snow-capped mountains cast a magical silhouette against the skyline and skiing is the name of the game.

This beautiful white wonderland is tucked away on the ski fields and is peppered with quaint lodges, cosy restaurants and cafes, and a collection of luxury hotels to warm up in.

For ski and snowboard enthusiasts of all levels, there are more than 300 hectares of runs, as well as a whopping 25 different lifts so you can explore all crevices of the mountain. But it is not just a playground for skiers and snowboards. In fact, there is plenty to do away from the runs, including tobogganing, exploring the village, and soaking up the amazing views that can be found in every direction.

This snow-focused tour starts by taking you through the picturesque scenery of the Yarra Valley before heading into the high country where the landscape begins to turn white. On
the way, we’ll stop off at Mansfield, where you can pick up any clothing and equipment you need before we head on to Mount Buller.

When we arrive, you’ll have plenty of free time to discover everything there is on offer, whether you want to hit the slopes for hours or wander around the shops and sip a hot drink in one of the numerous cafes.

Victorian High Country

Along the way you can marvel at the stunning views in Victorian High Country, where snow-peaked mountains aid post-card perfect sights.

Explore the Alpine Region

You’ll have at least six hours to explore Mount Buller’s village and its surrounding scenery.
The alpine landscape is like nowhere else in Australia, giving you a unique insight into the diversity of the country.


Expert Advice on Snow Activities

This trip isn’t reserved for keen skiers and snowboarders. It caters for every level, whether you’re just starting out or are a pro. You’ll get expert advice regardless of your experiences, and will come away knowing more than you did when you arrived.

Hours of Snow Fun

Winter is a beautiful time in Australia, and this tour gives you the chance to enjoy the snow in one of the country’s most picturesque hotspots.


Thursday, 7 July 2016

Scenic World in the Blue Mountains



Boasting a landscape made up of velvet green hills, dipping valleys, and ancient forests, the Blue Mountains are an exceptional place for visitors to admire some of Australia’s most mesmerising scenery. 
 
The best Blue Mountains Tour Sydney takes visitors the Scenic World, one of the most magnificent spots for viewing everything the region has to offer. Here, visitors can marvel at the eclectic range of plants and animal life, and check out some of the attractions, like the Scenic Railway, the Scenic Skyway, and the Cableway. Each one provides a unique way to experience the region while getting to know more about the flora and fauna that call it home.
 
Scenic Railway 
 
This is the steepest funicular railway in the world, promising visitors spectacular views from
the top. It inclines at a 52-degree angle for over 300 meters and overlooks the sprawling floor of the Jamison Valley below. Originally, it was created to shift coal during the mining operations in the valley, but today it solely allows visitors to marvel at the amazing views from the top. 
 
Scenic Skyway  
Another cable-driven attraction, the Scenic Skyway travels above the incredible gorge at Katoomba Falls. It glides along more than 250 meters above the floor, offering visitors the chance to soak up the views below. It stops part-way along route to allow passengers the chance to follow bush walking trails to nearby Echo Point.
 
Orphan Rocker
 
For the more adventurous traveler on the hunt for an adrenaline rush, the Orphan Rocker is the attraction to ride. This roller coaster features a banked turn that rushes riders to the edge of a 200m cliff – how’s that for exciting? To begin with, the ride was supposed to be a
simple, scenic monorail, but it was soon turned into a roller coaster to offer visitors a more hair-raising experience.

 
Scenic Cableway
 
Again crossing the Jamison Valley, the Scenic Railway soars 25 meters skywards on the edge of the cliff, exposing riders to incredible views across the sweeping landscape below.
 
The attractions at Scenic World are all focused on providing visitors with the most amazing views possible. As well as riding the selection of cable cars and the adrenaline-pumping roller coaster, you can take numerous walking trails around the region that let you get up close and personal with the vibrant wildlife in the area.
 

 



Tour of the Week: Great Barrier Reef Cruise Deluxe $195


The Great Barrier reef is by far one of the most mesmerising places in the country. Covering 2,300 kilometres of fascinating ecosystem, it is home to some of Australia’s most incredible scenery and an abundance of colourful marine life. Our Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling Tour and our Great Barrier Reef diving tour give you the chance to get up close and personal with the landscape and get to know the habitats of the creatures who live here.
Modern Catamaran


The tour takes place on a modern, speedy catamaran, which provides you with a comfortable and stylish way to explore the Great Barrier Reef. We’ll get you out onto the reef in just over an hour, so you can get stuck straight into exploring the under water world.

Hearty Breakfast


As we make our way out into the reef, you’ll get to tuck into a hearty breakfast that’ll set you
up for the day. We’ll serve up platters of fruit alongside BBQ egg and bacon rolls and a couple of vegetarian offerings.

Learn How to Snorkel and Dive


On route, your knowledgeable dive and snorkel instructor will brief you on the equipment and what you can expect from diving in the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll also have a safety briefing at this time and a short marine biology presentation where you’ll learn more about the amazing ecosystem.

A Selection of Reefs

We’ll decide on the day which reefs are the best to visit depending on the conditions. A few of our favoured spots include Hastings Reef, Breaking Patches, Norman Reef, and Saxon Reef. Each one offers its own eclectic scenery, but they all offer exceptional snorkelling and
diving sites with a fascinating range of underwater creatures.


Glass Bottom Boat Tour


Before you take your first dive or dip into the ocean, we’ll take you on a glass bottomed boat tour where you can admire the underwater world from above sea level. After this, it’s time to take your first dive in the Great Barrier Reef.

A Refueling Lunch

Lunch will be served on board the boat, where you can tuck into platters of BBQ food and salad. We’ll then move on to the second dive site where you can once again get to know the beautiful world of the Great Barrier Reef. On the way back to Cairns, you can kick back, relax, and enjoy the spectacular landscape. Then, unfortunately, it is time for the day to come to an end.