Sunday, 30 April 2017

Tour of the Week: North Stradbroke Island

Located just outside of Brisbane in Queensland, North Stradbroke Island presents visitors with a stunning expanse of scenery with numerous iconic landmarks. On our Stradbroke Island Tour, you can explore everything this paradise haven has to offer and more.



The tour begins from Brisbane, where we’ll hop on the ferry to Stradbroke Island. Along the way, we’ll pass through picturesque Moreton Bay, where you can marvel at the stunning surrounding views and get a preview of what’s awaiting you when we get to the island.

Once there, we’ll make our way straight to the magnificent Brown Lake. This perched lake maintains its water levels thanks to the thick layer of leaves on its base, which give it the tea-brown colour it is well-known for. Here, you can relax on the sandy beaches that flank the water and bathe in the tea-tree oil-infused waters while learning about the fascinating cultural significance this natural pool of water has for the local Aboriginal people.
 
After that, it’s on to the North Gorge, where we’ll take you on a leisurely stroll around this natural attraction. You’ll get to experience some of the wild scenery the island is so well-known for, and get up close and personal with the exotic plant life.

Elsewhere on the island, you can spot native species, like laidback koalas kicking back in the trees, and colonies of kangaroos that graze in the woodland and in the open scenery. In the water around Stradbroke Island, you might get to catch a glimpse of the resident dolphins, sea turtles, and manta rays, as well as other colourful marine life that graces this part of Australia with its presence.

During the day, you’ll also get to explore Point Lookout, from which you have the perfect vantage point for spotting the local Humpback Whales. From there, we’ll make sure you get to see all the best spots on the island, including the top beaches, Cylinder, Frenchman’s, and Main. Elsewhere, you’ll have the chance to explore the charming little town of Dunwich and the historical fishing village of Amity.

As you go, you’ll learn more about Stradbroke Island’s fascinating past and the battle between the Aborigines and the military that took place on its shores. This fascinating island is well worth a visit if you’re looking to discover Australia’s exceptional scenery and its abundance of wildlife.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Tour of the Week: 2-Day Fraser Island

As the world’s largest sand Island, Fraser Island offers a unique array of natural beauty for you to soak up on our Fraser Island 2-day tour. Listed as a World Heritage site since 1992, it boasts an eclectic range of wildlife and stunning scenery like nowhere else in Australia. Throughout this adventure, you’ll get to explore lush rainforests, wander along paradise beaches, and get to know the island’s quirky attractions.

We’ll provide you with everything you need to really get under the skin of Fraser Island, indulging you in stories about the island’s past and teaching you all about its current natural conservation policies.

To begin with, we’ll take you on a guided walk through the ancient rainforest at Central Station and Pile Valley. While we walk, you’ll get to know more about the unique ecosystem that’s at play on the island and discover the colourful collection of wildlife that calls it home.

In the afternoon, you can cool off with a refreshing dip in Lake McKenzie or take a swim in Eli Creek. Afterwards, we’ll explore more of the island, taking you to some of the best viewing spots along the way.

As the tour unfolds, you’ll get to see Mabeno Shipwreck and learn all about the fascinating stories that imbue the site, and The Pinnacles, which are a quirky collection of unique natural rock formations. You’ll also get to explore Coloured Sands, where you can marvel at the unique colourful sands and enjoy a spot of wild dolphin feeding at Tin Can Bay (for a local donation of $5).

We’ll stay overnight at the Fraser Island Retreat in Happy Valley. Here, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to sleep amongst the beautiful surrounding natural scenery and prepare for your next full day of spectacular sightseeing on the island.

By day, we’ll get around the island in a 4-wheel drive – one of the best ways to experience everything on offer.

If you’re ready to explore the stunning beauty of Fraser Island and learn about the fascinating natural history of this part of Australia, our 2-day adventure around the island is the best place to start. You’ll see spectacular scenery, discover unique wildlife opportunities, and learn more about this incredible World Heritage Listed site. You’ll have plenty of memories to take home with you after this adventure!



Sunday, 16 April 2017

Tour of the Week: 2-Day Kakadu 4WD Safari Tour


 Kakadu opens its arms to visitors throughout the year, and our 2 day Kakadu 4WD safari lets you explore everything it has to offer in a unique adventure. Across the two days, you’ll get to hike through spectacular scenery, swim in refreshing pools, discover magical waterfalls, and learn more about the fascinating natural history of the region.

On the first day, we’ll take you from Darwin to the Corroboree Tavern which has been in business since the 1980s. Here, you can meet Brutus, a four metre saltwater crocodile amongst other, exciting native creatures.

Then it’s on to the Bark Hut Inn before we take you to check out the Magnetic Termite Mounts in the depths of Litchfield National Park. While here, you’ll have the chance to wander the boardwalk that weaves through the mounds and discover more about these natural architectural wonders.

Afterwards, it’s on to White Lilly Billabong to soak up the unique collection of birdlife and tuck into a delicious picnic. Once lunch is done, we’ll take you to Maguk, or Barramundi Gorge. There are some spectacular plunge pools to cool off in here. In the afternoon, we’ll head to Nourlangie, where you can learn about the fascinating Aboriginal history of the region through the ancient rock art and dreamtime stories.

Before we bed down for the night, we’ll make a quick pitstop at Yellow Water Billabong, which is home to a third of Australia’s birdlife. Then it’s on to Jim Jim Campground for a BBQ dinner and a good night’s sleep.

The second day starts with a visit to Nuwurlandja Lookout for some excellent views across the cultural landscape before we move on to Ubirr. This is a hotspot filled with Aboriginal rock art and amazing views of the surrounding scenery.

In keeping with the cultural theme, we’ll then head to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre to browse interactive displays and check out the local arts and crafts. In the afternoon, we’ll make our way to Yurmikmik for a hike through the lush rainforest, stopping off at landmarks like Boulder Creek and Kurrundie Creek.

Finally, it’s on to the Bowali Visitor Centre to learn more about the natural history of Kakadu before we head back to Darwin at around 6pm in the evening.

This all-round tour of Kakadu gives you the perfect mix of nature, history, and culture as you learn more about this fascinating region. 


Sunday, 9 April 2017

Visiting the Sydney Easter Show



Taking your Sydney tours during Easter? You won’t want to miss the hugely popular annual Sydney Easter Show. Dating back to 1823, this event is the largest in Australia and draws in crowds of 800,000 and up every single year.

The show itself is a big old celebration of all kinds of Australia culture, ranging from the rural traditions that date back centuries to the modern-day lifestyle that imbues the bustling cities. Everyone comes together at Sydney Showground for two weeks of scheduled agricultural competitions, experiences, live entertainment, and general merriment. There are plenty of food and drink stands to explore and shops to browse, too.

Dubbed as an event that sees city meet country, there are plenty of things to get stuck into.

Agricultural Shows

There are numerous agricultural shows that celebrate the lifestyle of Australian farmers and produce-growers. Browse stalls and check into competitions that people have been preparing all year for.

Amusement Park

For the younger members of the family, there is an amusement park and a fairground that will get the adrenalin pumping in between shows.
 
Competitions

As well as agricultural shows, there is an abundance of competitions in many different fields to enjoy. Locals and visitors compete to win titles in the world of arts and crafts, photography, cooking, and unique skills like wood chopping.

Dog and Cat Shows

But it’s not just humans competing for the top prize. There is also the annual conformation dog show and a cat show to enjoy during your time at the Easter fair.

Live Music

The live entertainment is one of the best parts of the Easter Show. Watch live local bands work their magic on stage and be entertained by a range of unique performers.

Shop till You Drop

For keen shoppers, there are plenty of stalls to browse that sell everything from boutique clothes to local produce and everything in between. Simply “window shop” or pick up a souvenir from your time at the event.

Grab a Bite

Catering for so many people means there are hundreds of food trucks and eateries that open their doors during the Easter Show. Try everything from local Australian cuisine to international dishes to keep you going in between the shows.

The Sydney Easter Show is a great way to get amongst local life in the city and learn more about the age-old history of Australia as well as its modern-day lifestyle.