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Welcome to the Totally Australia travel news page and blog. These pages are a collection of travel journals, articles, photos and videos from around Australia.

VIDEO: The view south over Sydney Harbour and Sydney CBD.

 

The Real Australians

POSTED BY TA ON 4 FEBRUARY, 2013

When one is asking 'are the indigenous people of Australia the real Australians', one must also ask who are the real, or 'first' people on any continent. It is said, for example, that the original people coming to North America crossed the land mass at Alaska and were the first people on the land, but were they the 'real' American?. The American Indians, on the other hand, claim that they were the first people while, in reality, they were probably descendants from those original first people.

When trying to distinguish between real and original there is a problem. Of course, the indigenous (in old English meaning 'first or earliest known') were the Aboriginal people. They most certainly were real but were they the original people occupying the country?

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Should One Only View Uluru

POSTED BY TA ON 1 NOVEMBER, 2012

Should Uluru be only for viewing or should the authorities allow visitors to have more access to it? Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is arguably Australia's most famous natural icon. Made of sandstone, the rock stands 348 meters high and has a circumference of 9.4 kilometers.

It rises out of the flat desert in the Australian Outback and is an awe-inspiring landmark. It is the most photographed natural phenomenon in the country. Apart from its unique shape, Uluru is famed for its remarkable changing of colours at certain times of the day. At sunset, the entire rock glows red. Rain does not fall often in this arid region but, when it does, Uluru becomes a silver-gray colour.

The rock is steeped in Aboriginal history and still has an immense spiritual significance. The Aboriginals will not climb Uluru because of this. They have asked the government not to allow visitors to climb it, for two reasons. Firstly, one of the climbing paths crosses a sacred track. Secondly, because the land belongs to them, they feel responsible for the safety of climbers.

In 1983, the Australian government gave back the land title to the traditional owners but did not agree to forbid climbing. One of the conditions of the 99 year hand-back lease stated that Uluru could be climbed. The former landowners were obviously pleased to have the land back, but were disappointed about the climbing proviso.

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Thinking About a Vacation in Australia?

POSTED BY TA ON 31 OCTOBER, 2012

Are you thinking of a vacation to a country where you can surf, visit the opera, wander on beaches and see the largest coral reef in the world? Then it has to be Totally Australia all the way! A trip to Aus has all that and more!

The land down under has some of the best beaches in the world, and a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef will be something that you remember for a long time. There, you can snorkel, scuba dive or simply take a glass-bottomed boat out to see the reef and the wide variety of marine life.

Australia also boasts some amazing national parks, where it is possible to take boat rides over crocodile infested rivers, wander through gorges, and see the vastness of the fabled outback. Did you know that Australia has the largest wild camel population in the world?

The west coast of Australia is not as well known as its Gold Coast counterpart, over on the east coast, but still has much to offer the visitor. It is possible to walk into the ocean and have dolphins swim up to you, visit amazing natural rock formations and more.

Australia has something for everyone, a perfect balance of culture and the outdoors. Why not consider a visit to Australia for your next vacation?

 

Travelling To The Oldest Rainforest In The World

POSTED BY TA ON 27 AUGUST, 2012

The Daintree Rainforest, which is estimated to be 65 million years older than the Amazon, is a living museum rich in volcanic lakes, rushing waterfalls, ancient pines and many rare or endangered species. Although it takes up only .1 percent of Australia’s landmass, it is believed to be one of the most complex ecosystems in the world. Home to 65 percent of Australia’s bat and butterfly species, 30 percent of its marsupial species, 30 percent of its reptile and amphibian species and 20 percent of its bird species, the Daintree Rainforest is considered the oldest rainforest in the world and is the largest single rainforest in Australia. The Daintree Rainforest stretches across 1,200 acres and is protected as a World Heritage Site.

Although the Australian continent today is quite diverse and includes vast stretches of desert and bushlands, it was once covered by lush rainforests. As the climate became more arid, the rainforests began to die, but the Daintree Cape Tribulation region was warm and humid, which was the ideal climate for supporting a rainforest. The Daintree combines golden beaches, massive granite outcrops, remote wilderness, steep gorges and dense forest. The vegetation is diverse and includes primitive and exotic plants, ferns and mangroves along the plentiful rivers and creeks. The animals of the Daintree Rainforest are just as diverse and include cassowaries, saltwater crocodiles and more.

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Where to Start Your Adventure in Australia

POSTED BY TA ON 15 JULY, 2012

Where do you want to start your adventure in Australia? We have clear sapphire water, warm sandy beaches, kilometres of open spaces, and animals unlike any you've ever seen before. Looking for great deals on Australia flights shouldn't take hours of research. Flights land at all the capital cities, and thanks to the Internet, you can often find great deals whether you plan your trip months ahead or wait until the last minute. So, the question remains: How do you want to spend your holiday?

Do you want to surf Bondi? Bondi Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the country with a kilometre of sand and water beckoning visitors. Bondi has been a favourite location of Australians since the mid-19th century, when picnickers frequented the area. By the 1900s, beachgoers from across the globe had discovered Bondi, earning it the nickname, “Playground of the Pacific.” Bondi Beach today is known for seasoned surfers who take to the water like fish and bronzed sun bakers lying across the sand soaking up the sun.

Maybe you've always dreamed of walking the back streets of St. Kilda. St. Kilda is one of Melbourne's most fashionable suburbs, known for its seawater spa, fine dining options, and historic amusement park built in 1912. Go windsurfing on the water, penguin-spotting on the beach, or just enjoy a quiet stroll past the picturesque bay. St. Kilda also hosts several annual festivals including a gay pride march and the St. Kilda Festival, and it has a lively theatre and arts scene.

Australia is an immense continent, and adventures and opportunities for travellers are plentiful. Fly into Sydney or Melbourne to start your Bondi or St. Kilda holidays, or make plans to visit Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin, or Canberra to create your own customized experience. Your choices are endless. Go online to learn more about deals on flights to head into the capital city of your choice and off into the Australian adventure of your lifetime.

 

The Beauty of Beaches In Australia

POSTED BY TA ON 5 MAY, 2012

Australia has nearly 11,000 beaches that are ideal for surfing, sunning, swimming or simply beach walking. Barbecuing, fishing, sailing and camel trekking are popular activities as well. Four out of five Australians live along the coastline of the country, where they can enjoy sun and surf after a long day’s work or while on holiday. Although some of Australia’s beaches are well-known hot spots, such as Sydney's Bondi Beach, complete with a distinct daytime beach culture and exciting nightlife, others are remote and beautiful, just waiting to be explored.

The most popular beaches in Darwin include Lammeroo and Mindil beaches. Lammeroo Beach is located near downtown Darwin. The walk to the beach winds through dense rainforest vegetation and opens onto the rocky beach. Lammeroo Beach is picturesque, with overhanging trees and the ruins of an old sea bath giving it character and charm. Mindil Beach is located near the Casino. The site of the Mindil Markets, which specialise in ethnically divese foods, entertainers, and artists and crafters selling their wares, Mindil is a busy beach in a scenic setting. It is bordered by Bullocky and Myilly points and the Mindil Beach Reserve.

Wineglass Bay in Tasmania is another of Australia’s finest beaches. Located just a few hours from Hobart, this beach is a visual feast, with white sands, turquoise waters, pink granite peaks, and diverse wildlife, from Tasmanian devils to wallabies and wombats. Visitors to the beach can enjoy a brisk sightseeing walk, a cruise into the bay, or rock climbing and abseiling.

Bells Beach in Torquay, Victoria, is an internationally recognised beach. A stunning rocky cliff, the little town of Torquay and farmlands surround this pretty beach, but its beauty is not what brings most people here. Bells Beach has such a consistently good surf that it became the world’s first surfing reserve in 1970 and is listed by the National Trust as a site of historical significance.

Broome, WA, is home to Cable Beach, a 22-kilometre stretch of white sands fringed with swaying palms and lapped by brilliant turquoise waters. Cable Beach has a distinctly tropical air about it, and visitors come from around the globe to enjoy sunset camel treks or take a guided tour through the region’s history by way of its perfectly restored pearl luggers.

 

A History Of Australia In 500 Words

POSTED BY TA ON 16 MARCH, 2012

A history of Australia. What history? Australia was once a vast uninhabited land. The first people to arrive, Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders, are believed to have travelled from Indonesia between 70,000 and 40,000 years ago. They were split into several hundred tribal groups, often speaking different languages and having unique customs and traditions. The Aboriginal people maintained a complex series of beliefs called the Dreamtime, which included a creation myth and stories surrounding what they called the Ancestors.

Although Europeans began to explore Australia in the 16th century, it wasn’t until Captain James Cook sailed along the eastern coast of the continent and landed at Botany Bay that the land was claimed for Great Britain. The first settlers may have looked askance at the estimated 300,000 Aboriginal people who by then called Australia home, but the original inhabitants of the continent had a rich culture, and their hunting and gathering way of life was thriving. After contact with the Europeans, however, this changed. Influenza, smallpox, and other diseases spread quickly through the tribes, killing those with no natural immunity. Violent conflicts between some settlers and tribes killed many others.

On 7 February 1788, the Colony of New South Wales was formally established under the jurisdiction of Governor Arthur Philip, who was dedicated to maintaining positive relationships with the indigenous inhabitants. Although Sydney Cove provided plentiful fresh water supplies, the first years in Australia were difficult for the settlers. Food was scarce, and their agricultural efforts were met with little success. As the settlers began to explore for more fertile ground and new settlers arrived from Britain, the colony expanded and finally began to thrive. When gold was discovered in 1851, the population exploded by hundreds of thousands of people.

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People, Culture and Lifestyle in Australia

POSTED BY TA ON 25 FEBRUARY, 2012

One of the most culturally and ethnically diverse countries in the world, Australia has drawn more than 6.5 million migrants to its shores since 1945. Although English is its national language and Christianity the predominant religion, residents and visitors are welcome to speak any language or practise any religion they choose.

Australia is a progressive country with democratic values and traditions, which strongly reflect the influences not just of immigrant settlers but also the traditional custodians of the land, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The population of the country has burgeoned since the second world war to include a dramatic influx of migrants from around the world, including more than half a million refugees. Almost 23 million people live in the country today, with more than a fourth of them born overseas.

The diversity of the population has led to an overarching egalitarian society. Australians tend to be informal and tolerant, committed to the success of their people and their country. Overall, they respect one another’s dignity and freedom, support parliamentary democracy, and are united for peace, tolerance, and compassion. Australia has a low unemployment rate and comfortable per capita income. People can be expected to be treated equally under the law.

Given the diversity of the country, there is no such thing as a typical Australian, although stereotypes abound. One popular stereotype is of the Australian living in the Outback, but more than three-quarters of Australians live in burgeoning cosmopolitan cities along the coastline. Another stereotype is of the irreverent, laid-back Australian, but Australians work some of the longest hours in the developed world.

The arts scene in Australia blends traditional with modern and migrant influences to create something truly unique, and Australians tend to be passionate devotees of art, dance, film, music, and theatre. Nearly 90 percent of Australian adults attend cultural events annually, with film and music events being most popular, followed by art galleries, operas, and theatre events.

Australians are about more than just art, though. Sports play a major role in their day-to-day lives, and they have ranked highly in the 2004 Olympics, 2006 Football World Cup, and is considered the world’s top cricketing nation. On a more personal level, Australians enjoy regular participation in physical activity as they take advantage of their continent’s pleasant climate through walking, cycling, swimming, skiing, and sailing.

 

Helpful Facts When Travelling To Australia

POSTED BY TA ON 31 JANUARY, 2012

When you are planning to visit Australia for work, on holiday, or for a visit to friends or family members, having a reliable source of information can be a crucial part of your travel plans. The Australian government’s Factsheets on Australia is just such a source. You can locate everything you need to know about your upcoming visit whether you are a migrant or a tourist as well as glean a few fabulous facts about this vast country.

You can walk through the history of Australia, explore its unique geological features, learn about Australia’s World Heritage Sites, and discover the details of this country you are about to visit through Factsheets on Australia.
You can also wander through the Dreamtime legends, learn about conservation efforts in the Great Barrier Reef, or read about Australia’s innovative advances in science and technology.

Australia is a multicultural country that prides itself on offering a welcome embrace to migrants and visitors alike. Whether you are looking for information on the economy, international relations, or opportunities for furthering your education, if you are a migrant, this site should be one of your first stops.

Tourists may find they don’t even know where to start their explorations on this diverse continent, which is home to lush tropical rainforests, rugged outback, craggy gorges, and quiet billabongs. Of course, exploring the natural wonders is only part of the pleasure of this country. Australia is also home to glittering coastal cities bustling with fine dining establishments, diverse markets, cultural venues, and more. From Sydney and Melbourne to Darwin and Canberra, each city has something unique to offer visitors.

Factsheets on Australia will provide you with valuable information regarding government services and benefits, sport, education and employment services, natural resources, taxes, health services, laws, tourism, transportation, and immigration. Check out the site to find answers to all your questions regarding where to find medical care in Australia, how to find supportive services, how to locate public transportation, and so much more.

 

Australian Customs Laws

POSTED BY TA ON 23 NOVEMBER, 2011

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service is the government agency responsible for protecting Australia’s borders. More than 22 million travellers cross those borders every year, and Australian customs agents have the responsibility of preventing the unauthorised entry of goods or people, checking passports and collecting duty or taxes, and guarding against criminal activity.

If you are planning a visit to Australia or returning from a visit abroad, the Australian government’s customs website can help you save valuable time, reduce confusion about laws and regulations, and promote traveller safety by ensuring you are properly prepared.

The Australian customs site provides incoming and outgoing travellers with crucial information on a diverse range of topics, including:

1. Papers and documents
You will need your passport and Passenger Card, as well as a boarding pass if you are flying. Save time by having your Passenger Card completed and available at all times. Declare medications and restricted goods, and be aware of duty-free concessions and other applicable regulations.

2. Duties and taxes
Not all goods are necessarily subject to duty and taxes. For instance, many personal items are considered duty-free. Limits may apply to goods that were purchased abroad or in a duty-free shop.

3. Quarantine
Certain items, including those made from animal products, may be prohibited and subject to seizure. Others may require permits.

4. Imports and exports
Customs affects everyone who imports or exports anything into or out of Australia. If you purchase anything from abroad, you may be responsible for paying a Goods and Services Tax, or GST, on those goods.

5. Links to other sites
No one site can have it all, so customs.gov.au links you to all the government-related information you need before setting off on your holiday or business trip.

Customs is major player when it comes to keeping Australian borders safe. Australian customs agents are taxed with the responsibility of keeping citizens and visitors safe while monitoring for criminal or risky activities. Make their jobs easier by knowing what you can and cannot bring across the borders and what you need in hand by visiting Australia’s customs website today.


Travelling Smart For Australians

POSTED BT TA ON 10 NOVEMBER, 2011

No matter where in the world you are planning to travel or why, you need access to reliable travel information so that you can make the kind of wise decisions more likely to keep you safe and healthy throughout your trip. Smarttraveller.gov.au is a government site that provides up-to-the-minute information for Australians travelling overseas, including critical information about travel advisories, and consular services.

Adequate preparation is always going to be a vital aspect of your journey and may make the difference between an enjoyable journey and a travel disaster. Your travel to-do list should include such things as researching your destination, gathering necessary paperwork and documents, and double checking travel advisories.

Overseas travellers should also seriously consider traveller’s insurance. Medicare does not cover accidents, injuries, or illnesses that may occur while you are travelling overseas. Traveller’s insurance information can be located on Smart Traveller.

When you are travelling, you may need to be prepared for any eventuality, from getting married to being arrested overseas. You need to understand the legalities of buying wildlife or discover whether or not your medications may be considered illegal in other countries and how to handle them if they are.

Of course, even the most prepared traveler will still occasionally reach some bumps in the road. The Australian government encourages you to register your contact and travel information in case of emergency. Additionally, the Smart Traveller site allows you to subscribe to updates for specific areas or regions so that you can receive alerts whenever any new advisories are issued.

If you do need help while travelling overseas, contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, or the consular services. Consular officers can provide valuable assistance to travellers, including but not limited to contacting loved ones for assistance, providing support during health crises, and issuing emergency passports.

Travelling can be a wonderful, life-changing experience. Make sure your trip meets and exceeds your expectations by staying current on all the travel news you need to stay safe and healthy.

Smart Traveller provides information to travellers in English, Vietnamese, Greek, Chinese, Arabic, and Spanish.

 

Travel Visa Information For Australia

POSTED BT TA ON 24 SEPTEMBER, 2011

If you are planning on visiting Australia as a tourist, student, or worker, you’ll need to have a valid visa in order to enter the country. Requirements for obtaining Australian visas vary according to your status, so it’s essential to ensure you complete the correct visa application.

Tourists

Tourists can apply for ETA Tourist Visas online. This type of visa is valid for a year and permits multiple entries of up to three months at a time. Visitors may not work on an ETA Tourist Visa. Other tourist visas are also available that allow visitors to stay for a period of up to six to 12 months at a time.

Students

Australian student visas are broken down into subclasses. The subclass for which you will apply depends on your primary course of study. Students who are studying English language, primary or secondary education, higher education, or participating in vocational training or post-graduate research will each have a separate visa subclass. Students may need to apply separately for permission to work.

Workers

Employer-sponsored visas are the most common type of visa for workers coming to Australia. These visas can be issued on either a temporary or permanent basis and allow their holders to work at a particular lawfully operating Australian business. Other business visas are also available for certain eligible skilled candidates, and criteria for obtaining them vary.

Other Australian Visas

Family visas allow dependents or family members of Australian citizens or permanent residents to be sponsored into the country. Migrants and refugees have specific visa requirements that allow them to enter, live, and work in the country.

In order to be eligible for a visa, you must be healthy, of good character, and have a clean immigration record. Those who apply online may have a response to their visa inquiry in as little as 24 hours, while mail applications may take 10 or more days.

 

Is Travelling Still A Hobby?

POSTED BY TA ON 24 AUGUST,2011

The past several years have not been easy for the travel industry. With threats of terrorism, rising oil costs, and the global recession, are people still travelling abroad, or are they staying at home or travelling in their own states or countries instead?

Although the global aviation industry lost billions of dollars in profits in 2009, they are expected to finally turn a profit again this year. In fact, tourism is expected to expand by nearly six percent in the Asia-Pacific region, accounting for more than a fifth of arrivals by 2020.

Still, while the economy and travel industry are expected to recover, the question remains: Will travelling for pleasure and adventure remain a popular hobby, or will the face of travel change forever? Recent surveys indicate that although fewer people intend to travel this year, more than half of families do still intend to enjoy their holidays.

Holidays are an important way for people to recuperate and relax and get away from the stress of their everyday lives. Although money may be tight, this is one luxury few people are willing to give up. Instead, many are finding ways to economize while still enjoying their time off from work.

A substantial percentage of people are seeking more affordable holiday activities, while others are trying to find ways to save money on meals by cooking their own or eating at more affordable restaurants. More than half are trying to find reasonably priced accommodations.

Additionally, people are finding ways to economize in their day-to-day lives in order to enjoy the holidays they want. They prefer to cut back on expensive clothing or eating out than on their travel plans. Some are focusing on family or group travel rather than individual splurges at expensive resorts in order to make the most out of each trip.

Traveling can be an expensive hobby. However, with some creative adjustments, it's definitely one that can be enjoyed for many years to come regardless of the economy.

 

Where Would We Be Without the Internet?

POSTED BY TA ON 23 JULY, 2011

The Internet is sometimes hailed as the greatest invention of our era. Just 35 years ago, what we now call the Internet was a loose network of computers available to only a select few. Today, nearly two billion people worldwide have access to the Internet. As Internet usage becomes ever more prevalent, we must ask ourselves the question, “Are we really better off?”

There is no question the Internet has changed the way we live, work, and play. Bill Gates has said of new technology like the Internet that it “amplifies human potential.” Unfortunately, the Internet amplifies our potential in ways both positive and negative.

The Internet can bring us news at the click of a mouse, bring us closer to friends and family across the globe, and facilitate our thirst for knowledge by giving us access to unfathomable amounts of information. People are increasingly able to manage their financial business online, create and operate business websites, or even go back to school with online courses.

On the other hand the Internet tends to encourage superficial relationships, is home to quantities of inaccurate information, and encourages an increasingly sedentary society to remain inactive. Worse, some people are at risk for becoming addicted to online gaming or gambling. New crimes linked to the Internet are springing up daily, including identity theft, online predators, and piracy.

Millions use the Internet on a daily basis, both casually and professionally. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are accessible through personal computers or mobile phones. Our society is increasingly plugged in, unable to pass even a day without checking our many e-mail or social networking accounts.

While the Internet can be a great force for good when used correctly, it can also be a curse. Many choose fleeting online relationships over real relationships, always searching for something better. Social networking or gaming keeps kids indoors and inactive, contributing to the obesity epidemic. Those who lack tech savvy can easily fall victim to fraud.

Where would we be without the Internet? Would we be out nurturing real life relationships with old and new friends? Would we be out living our lives fully and actively? Would we be healthier and happier? Ultimately, the choice is ours. We know how to unplug. We just need to do it. The Internet can play a valuable role in our lives, but only if we can maintain balance, remembering the difference between virtual and real.


Deciding on a Holiday Destination

POSTED BY TA ON 11 JULY, 2011

Selecting a country in which to spend your vacation can be a difficult business. Unless you have somewhere specifically in mind, you may well be totally overwhelmed by the number of destinations at your fingertips as well as anxious about choosing the wrong one.

To begin with, it is important to narrow your search. Until you have selected a few potential options out of all the world's countries, you simply will not be able to progress towards making a final decision. Think hard about this; take into account weather, budget and the sort of holiday you’re after. Ask friends and family for suggestions and recommendations.

Once you have decided on a smaller range of possibilities, get on with doing some research. Go through the country's official tourist sites, and be sure also to read reviews and stories published online by fellow visitors – sites like Totally Australia are informative and accessible and will provide you with valuable information.

This reading time should narrow the search even more and ultimately make the choice relatively easy. If the decision still isn't made however, consider which holiday will be the most budget friendly and ask the opinion of those accompanying you.

With the help of the internet, deciding on a holiday destination can be a painless exercise, free from agonising indecision. Be sure to utilise sources of all kinds, and pay special attention to blogs, reviews and message boards for straight-talking advice.

 

A Country for all People

POSTED BY TA ON 8 JULY, 2011

One of the great things about Australia is that you can choose to be in the thick of the crowds and surrounded by people, or, on the contrary, if you prefer the quiet life you can decide to go to the middle of nowhere for total solitude, the decision is yours.

There are many large towns and cities all over Australia such as Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane, which are vibrant and full of life every day of the year and especially on Australia Day. You can choose to be an anonymous face in the city or make friends with the warm Australian people, it is totally your choice.

But travel an hour or so out of the cities and you can find a totally different world where you can be alone and gather your thoughts. Then there is the really deserted territories where you may not see another face for days, although you should take advice and keep safe if you are going to the more remote areas.

Australia is a huge country and one which is very under populated compared to other countries, so there will always be somewhere that you can be alone if you so choose it.

Anonymous, solitary or surrounded by folk, there is always somewhere in this beautiful country which will appeal to your nature.

 

Strive to be the Best

POSTED BY TA ON 7 JULY, 2011

Whatever field you work in, whatever type of business you own, it is always a mark of honour to be awarded an accolade by your own field of business such as the travel industry award for Totally Australia.

It is great when your customers recognise that you run a good business but when experts in the same industry also reward you then this is a real pat on the back. Whether you are in the travel industry, the estate agent business, hairdressing or retail, an industry award goes a very long way.

It can have external benefits as customers are more likely to be attracted by your business and have confidence in it, so an industry award can actively help you to pick up new customers. It may also mean that potential investors and creditors are more likely to take your business seriously.

It can be extremely hard to win these awards as businesses face tough competition and they really have to be the best to stand any chance of winning.

But on a personal level it means a lot to any business owner. They have worked hard, and their staff has worked hard to make the business a success and provide a good service for your customers, and for this hard work to be recognised by your peers is a great honour indeed.

 

Australia Seems to Have it All

POSTED BY TA ON 5 JULY, 2011

With all the doom and gloom in the newspapers and on television about economic woes, and the dark, cold winter nights, wouldn't it be nice to escape from it all, even if only for a couple of weeks?

A trip down under just might be the cure that you are looking for. Australia holidays present a way to have a vacation where the sun is shining and life is a little more relaxed.

Australia has an abundance of activities and sights to keep everyone interested and happy. In Sydney, there is the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House of course, and it also boasts some great beaches, particularly Bondi beach. The nightlife also has a lot to offer, with a great local music scene and some wonderful restaurants featuring food from around the world.

Further a field is the Gold Coast, where surfing is a major draw card, along with the Great Barrier Reef. There are many ways to see this natural wonder, such as glass bottomed boats, snorkelling and scuba diving.

It would be remiss to mention Australia without also talking about kangaroos and the other marsupial creatures for which the country is famous. No holiday would be complete without some pictures featuring koalas and more. The land of Oz really does have a lot to offer the tourist, and will leave you wanting to take your next holiday there as well!

 

Australia for Nature Lovers

POSTED BY TA ON 4 JULY, 2011

Australia is a perfect holiday destination for all types of visitors, but it can be heaven for those interested in all things outdoorsy. Known all over the world as a country of adventure and thrill, a holiday in Australia can be very absorbing!

Travelling to Australia may seem like a giant project, but there are often amazing deals and holiday packages that make life much easier. With so much to see and even more to do, plan a long and comfortable holiday so you can make the most of it.

The Australian scenery is varied and rich. Flat plateaus make up most of the continent, with ragged mountain ranges lining them at intervals; making for a spectacular landscape. The Great Barrier Reef is another Australian feature that is a delight for visitors.

The Great Barrier Reef is a world heritage site and a marine biodiversity hotspot. Talking of biodiversity, Australian wild life is no less, what with Koala bears and Kangaroos! Adventure is an integral part of Australia and of Australian people as well! If you fancy going to the land down under, plan your holiday in advance you can avail of the best travel deals.

 

Australia : Family Life and Holidays

POSTED BY TA ON 2 JULY, 2011

Australia provides so many wonderful outdoors activities, it’s no wonder so many Australians do not want to leave the continent to enjoy their family holidays. An adventurous driving holiday can be had sightseeing and enjoying destinations near or far, stopping for activities all along the way. Whether you are a Sydneysider headed to Queensland for your holiday or a Melburnian considering taking the family to Flinders Ranges, your next holiday is sure to be a memorable one.

There’s a reason many Sydney families love visiting Queensland for their holidays: it's “beautiful one day, perfect the next.” The beaches are clean with soft, perfect sand, the Great Barrier Reef beckons to intrepid explorers, and the tropical rain forests and authentic outback are the perfect spot for eco-tourists. The capital city of Brisbane offers arts and cultural activities, as well as the City Botanic Gardens, Portside Wharf, and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Melbourne families, on the other hand, may prefer to trek to Flinders Ranges, the mountain range to the northwest of Adelaide. An estimated one billion years old, Flinders Ranges is home to a wealth of fossils and is dotted with ancient petroglyphs. The mirrored rock pools are fairy-like in their perfection, and the graceful wildflowers lend a variety of colour to the landscape. Wildlife is plentiful, with emus, kangaroos, wallabies, and parrots found at various points throughout the range. This is the perfect spot for caravans, scenic drives, or backpacking.

Australia offers so much to its families for holiday trips. Whether families enjoy snorkelling or bushwalking, scuba diving or backpacking, there are plenty of locales to provide them the outlets for their favourite activities. Wildlife sanctuaries, zoos, gardens, and eco-tourist locations provide numerous educational opportunities for parents and children alike. Whether families choose to visit popular holiday spots or go off the beaten trail, there is a little bit of something for everyone in Australia.

 

Travelling Through Australia

POSTED BY TA ON 1 JULY, 2011

If I had a week in Australia, I would do as much as I could do there. Australia is such a colourful place, I would have a hard time figuring out what to do first. But there are definitely a few things that I would work into my holiday adventure.

Australia has a really diverse landscape. There are deserts, mountains, coastlines, beaches and even a rainforest to explore. I would definitely take a horseback ride through the Blue Mountains. There are over 2,000 acres of trails and you'll be taken care of whether you're a expert horseback rider or a novice, like me.

Hand-gliding or paragliding is really popular in Australia, and it would also be on my to-do list. Canungra, in the Gold Coast Hinterland, is one of the most popular places to try out these sports in the country. You'll be in flight for 20 minutes, with a bird's eye view of beaches and skyscrapers.

I would also want to head up to northern Australia to visit the Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre, to visit the art gallery and perhaps try my hand at learning to play the didgeridoo.

I'm a terrible golfer, but I might want to stick around the northern territory to play a round at the Alice Springs Golf Course. It's in the desert, which gives a stark contrast to the manicured course. The views there are simply breathtaking.

So many wonderful reviews have been written about the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant in Melbourne, that I couldn't leave the country without a dining experience there.

There are also islands of Australia to check out. The water sports are seemingly never-ending, with snorkeling, swimming, surfing, diving, or just relaxing on the beach.

I hope that I'd be able to fit this all into my week in Australia! Book the flight to Australia now please Dora!

 

 

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