Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Tour of the Week: Springbrook Tour Itinerary



The Gold Coast Hinterland boasts incredible scenery filled with tropical rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and a unique ecosystem that’s just waiting to be explored. You can discover all of this and more on our Springbrook National Park Tour, which takes you away from the beaches of the Gold Coast and to the spectacular World Heritage Listed Springbrook Mountain.
 
To start the day, we’ll head out into the Hinterland where you can spot native plant species and colourful breeds of bird. We’ll stop off at magical waterfalls that flow deep in the heart of some of the world’s oldest forests. You’ll learn all about the ecosystem and the history of the region as you go.

For lunch, we’ll stop at Springbrook Manor, where you can tuck into local cuisine (at your own expense) and relax and soak up the views. Surrounding the manor, there are 25 acres of pristinely manicured gardens and lawns that you’ll have plenty of time to stroll around. While you’re there, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for evidence of the Yowie, an ape-like creature that is thought to walk the forests of the region.  

After we’ve refueled, it’s back into the Hinterlands where we’ll take you to Natural Arch. This natural rock formation is a hugely popular attraction in the area and boasts a fascinating natural history. You can learn all about how it was created by the force of the water over the basalt cave it originally formed. While here, you can also spot the glow worms that live inside the caves and provide a magical addition to your experience in the Hinterland.


Before we head back to the Gold Coast, you’ll have the chance to enjoy some of the exotic bush tucker that’s found in the region for a real taste of local life. Once fully satisfied, we’ll take you back through the Hinterland and return to the pristine beaches of the stunning Gold Coast. Here, you’ll melt back into coastal life with plenty of memories from your time on Springbrook Mountain.

Don’t forget to pack your camera, as there will plenty of opportunities to snap the stunning scenery, which includes everything from lush rainforests and ancient plant life, to cascading, majestic waterfalls, and fairytale scenes of glow worms as they flit around centuries-old caves. The Gold Coast Hinterland is well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

The Animals of Taronga Zoo



Taronga Zoo is one of the top attractions on Sydney Tours. Found on Bradleys Head, Mosman, the zoo boasts an eclectic selection of native species as well as those from further afield. You can enjoy the pretty park via a Sky Safari and a zoo train, or simply wander from one enclosure to the next learning about the species as you go.

How to Get to Taronga Zoo

Getting to Taronga Zoo is easy. The quickest way is via public transport – you can either hop on the ferry from Circular Quay for a 12-minute trip, or grab a bus or train from North Sydney.

Top Attractions at Taronga Zoo

The Sky Safari

One of the most popular ways to explore the zoo is via the Sky Safari. This cable car takes you above the enclosures so you can spot the animals from a different perspective. As you cruise around the park, you can enjoy stunning views of the area and learn more about the behaviour and habitats of the local residents.

Zoo Train

Alternatively, if you want to stay at ground level, you can explore the zoo on the train. This leisurely route takes you from Backyard to Bush to Sun Bears, taking in the vast majority of cute critters and furry residents as you go. You can board the train outside the Taronga Food Market or pick it up anywhere on the route by hailing the driver.

Animal Shows

No zoo is complete without daily animal shows, and Taronga Zoo is no different. Every day there is a Seal Show and Bird Show, where visitors can watch the keepers feed and interact with the animals while learning more about their surroundings, behaviour, and eating habits.

The Animals of Taronga Zoo

Of course, the highlight of Taronga Zoo is the incredible collection of animals. As well as native Australian species, you can spot animals from all over the world in a variety of different habitats.

You can spot locals, like the Tree Kangaroo, the Greater Bilby, the elusive Tasmanian Devil, and the Hairy-Nosed Wombat, as well as other creatures, like Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Giraffes, Tigers, Rhinos, and Meerkats. With more than 4,000 animals of over 350 different species, there is plenty to see. While you go, you can learn more about the dedication Taronga puts into its conservation campaigns, its breeding programs, and its animals’ welfare.

Taronga Zoo is the perfect destination for all the family, providing both an educational, fun, and memorable experience.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Van Gogh and the Seasons at the NGV


One of arts greatest masters comes to the National Gallery of Victoria in partnership with Art Exhibitions Australia. Van Gogh and the Seasons is a vibrant show curated by Sjraar van Heugten, former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum.

The show is exclusive to Melbourne and showcases the largest collection of Van Gogh works that have ever travelled to Australia, so if you’re in the area while it’s on, make sure you incorporate it into your Melbourne city tour.

Van Gogh himself is by far one of the most iconic figures in the art history world, and he enjoyed a particularly brief but well-known art career that really only spanned a little over a decade.

The exhibition will explore the artist’s connection with the seasons of nature through a display of almost 50 paintings and drawings that cover winter, spring, summer, and autumn. For Van Gogh, the seasons meant more than just weather. They represented the circle of life, spanning birth, bloom, maturity, and death in one fell swoop, and his ongoing collection of work represented all four of these themes in detail.

In much of his body of work, Van Gogh painted scenes that evoked the senses in each season – for example, you’ll spot blossoming orchards for sprint, ripe fields of wheat to represent summer, and a small, shared meal by candlelight that depicts the cold, harsh realities of winter.

The show will be home to a number of key pieces that have been lent from world-famous museums across the globe, like the Van Gogh Museum, and the Kroller-Muller Museum.

The paintings are displayed in sections, each one of which is devoted to one of the four seasons. Alongside the artworks, there is additional material shown via different forms of media, including installations and sketches by other artists that relate to the four seasons.

As well as the exhibition, there will be a program of relevant talks, tours, and events taking place, as well as a number of NGV Friday Nights programs that feature live music, food, and special performances.

The show will take place between the 28th April and the 9th July as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series at the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

If you’re a Van Gogh lover, or simply want to explore some works by one of the most prolific artists of all time, check out the exhibition and its series of side programs and installations.