Monday, 30 January 2017

Tour of the Week: 2 Day Great Ocean Road and Grampians



The Great Ocean Road boasts an impressive landscape filled with high cliffs, wild beaches, and stunning sea views, while the Grampians offer a natural surrounding packed full of native creatures and beautiful scenery. You can explore all of this and more on our Great Ocean Road & Grampians Tour.

Memorial Arch

The two-day adventure begins on the Surf Coast, where you can snap some pictures of the world-famous Memorial Arch and wander along the incredible beaches of Lorne and Anglesea.

Kennett River

From there, we’ll take you to the lush surrounds of the Kennett River, where you can spot cute koalas up the trees and see vibrant birds, like King Parrots and the native Kookaburra.

The Otway Rainforest

You’ll take a guided bushwalk through the ancient backdrop of the Otway Rainforest, stopping at Mait’s Rest to lookout over the breath-taking surrounding scenery.

The Best Attractions of the Great Ocean Road

Then it’s on to see some of the Great Ocean Road’s most popular attractions. You’ll get to experience the impressive silhouette of the 12 Apostles, learn more about the tragic shipwreck that took place at Loch Ard Gorge, and visit the Razorback and the London Bridge.

Halls Gap

As evening falls, we’ll head to the heart of the Grampians to Halls Gap, where we’ll spend the night after some kangaroo spotting.

Grampians National Park

Day two starts early as we take you to the Grampians National Park. While there, you’ll be able to spot kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, emus, and echidnas. We’ll then head to either Hollow Mountain or Chautauqua Peak, where you can look out over the huge sandstone outcrops and surreal landscape of the North Grampians.

Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Once we’ve explored Halls Gap, we’ll move onto the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre, where you can learn more about the history and traditions of the Jardwadjali and Djah Wurring tribes.

Waterfalls

Afterwards, we’ll take you on a picturesque stroll to the McKenzie, Clematis, or Silverband Falls, before moving on to the popular picnic spot at Lake Bellfield. After you’ve refuelled, you’ll have the chance to wander around the lake’s pretty shore and enjoy the fresh mountain air at Reed’s Lookout.

Traditional Aussie Pub

On our way back to Melbourne, we’ll stop off in an historic Aussie pub. Here, you can grab a drink (at your own expense) before we make our final journey back to the city. This is where your two-day adventure along the Great Ocean Road and through the Grampians unfortunately comes to an end.



Monday, 23 January 2017

Things to Do at Sydney Festival



At the end of January, Sydney comes alive with the annual Sydney Festival. During the multi-day event, class acts hit the stage, creative, innovative ideas are realised, and visitors tuck into all the food, drink, and fun they can get their hands on.

All the major hotspots throughout the city burst into life, making Sydney tours during this time that little bit more magical.

If you’re looking to dive headfirst into the cultural happenings during this hugely popular event, here are some of the top things to do.

The Hair Salon

Hyde Park is one of the major hotspots of the Sydney Festival. Throughout the event, it will be hosting the Festival Village, where numerous personalities, music acts, and circus performers take to the main stage.

The Beach

This year, the Festival is going all out with a giant ball pit that will act like a sand-less beach. There will be more than 1.1 million recyclable polyethylene balls in the Cutaway at Barangaroo.

Glitterbox

Make some memories at the Sydney Festival by hitting the Glitterbox with your friends. You can dance away to your favourite song in a glowing box that automatically turns your awesome moves into a work of art.

Art Exhibitions

Because of its cultural prowess, the Sydney Festival sees numerous exhibitions open their doors during the event every year. This time, you have the chance to see Vernon Ah Kee’s not and animal or a plant exhibition and artworks by the late Myuran Sukumaran amongst many others.

Carriageworks Night Market

For the foodies out there, Sydney Festival has you covered. At the Carriageworks Night Market, you can browse the stalls of fifty leading restaurateurs, sampling their goods and filling up on all things delicious.

Roller Jam

Step back in time to the 80s with Hyde Park’s Roller Jam. Taking place every Saturday morning throughout January, this mass roller jam is a fun way to stay active and listen to some awesome tunes.

Breaking Ground

The urban scene of Sydney comes to life at the Breaking Ground show, where you can watch as the country’s best breakdancers battle it out during one afternoon of pure hip hop and body pumping.

The Sydney Festival brings to life all the incredible cultural aspects of the city. It brings together an eclectic mix of events, from opera evenings and art exhibitions, to quirky installations, great food encounters, and an excellent selection of activities.


Tour of the Week: 2 Day Great Ocean Road & Phillip Island



Get to know the beautiful landscape and culture of Phillip Island on our 2 Day Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island Tour $259. Over the space of two days, you’ll have the chance to learn more about this fascinating part of Australia, visit stunning beaches, and explore the culture of cute coastal towns.

The Great Ocean Road

We’ll start the tour from Melbourne, taking you straight out onto the Great Ocean Road – one of Australia’s best-loved attractions. Here, you can admire the wild scenery as we stop off at some of the major landmarks, including the 12 Apostles, the Shipwreck Coast, and the Gibson Steps. Before we leave, you’ll have ample time to take photos of the impressive Archway and the Razorback, and discover the haunting story of Australia’s most famous shipwreck at the Loch Ard Gorge.

Otway National Park

Afterwards, we’ll take a stroll at Mait’s Rest, which will take you through the ancient, lush rainforest at the Otway National Park. Marvel at the huge trees and look out for a diverse selection of critters as you go.
 
Get to Know the Animals

We’ll then take a break in quaint seaside town Lorne for some lunch, before we head to the Kennett River to do some animal spotting – expect to see koalas, kookaburras, and colourful parrots amongst other species.

We’ll spend the night at Bells Beach Backpackers after tucking into a delicious traditional Aussie barbecue.

Bells Beach

We’ll kickstart the second day by watching surfers work their magic on the waves at Bells Beach, before we cruise through Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove. We’ll then board the Queenscliff to Sorrento Ferry and head to Phillip Island – keep your eyes peeled for seals and dolphins as we make the crossing.

Phillip Island

Once on the island, we’ll head to a wildlife park to see kangaroos, emus, and wombats in their natural habitat, before we check out the surf at Woolamai Beach. In the afternoon, you’ll have the chance to see the Moto Grand Prix Track, spot some seals, and see the Nobbies before the evening show of the world-famous Penguin Parade, where you can watch the resident colony of Little Penguins march up the beach to their nests for the night.

This is the last stop on the tour, and afterwards we’ll take you back to Melbourne with your incredible memories of this amazing two-day adventure.