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.

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.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Laugh It Up at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

If you’re enjoying a Melbourne city tour between March and April, don’t forget to check out the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. This is the world’s third largest festival of its kind, and the largest cultural festival in the whole of Australia.
Dating back to 1987, it takes place every year between March and April at Melbourne’s Town Hall – though there are plenty of other hotspots that host performances throughout the event.

This year, the event takes place between the 29th March and the 23rd April, when the city once again opens its arms and welcomes laughter and comedy throughout the city, giving you the perfect chance to forget all about the gloom and doom of the world at the moment.

The event is well-known for its all-encompassing range of events for all the family, including locals and visitors alike. Hundreds of comedians from all over the world flock to Melbourne to share their latest materials throughout each evening and into the small hours of the morning.

The International Comedy Festival is just entering into its fourth decade, and it seems to get better every year, welcoming in the world’s hottest talent and the most inspiring comics to the numerous stages dotted around the city.

As well as promising side-splitting shows every single night, the Festival also runs a few development programs that coincide with the main events. Raw Comedy is Australia’s largest open mic competition, giving up-and-coming comics the chance to share their material with the masses, while Class Clowns is a national comedy competition geared towards high school students.

Finally, Deadly Funny is an indigenous comedy competition that showcases the unique material of Indigenous Australians. When the Festival is over, it hits the road to share its latest findings and shows with the rest of the country, stopping in small towns and big cities along the way.

The Festival is known for its collection of special one-off events that run alongside the main shows, the best of which is the Comedy Festival Gala. Highlighting short acts from a number of award-winning comedians who are performing lengthier shows at the festival, it forms the flagship event and gives visitors bitesize snippets of what’s to come in month of comedy.

So, if you’re ready for a laugh and want to dive deep into Australia’s biggest cultural event, make sure you grab a ticket or two for the International Comedy Festival.