Sydney’s Top 5 Alternative Attractions

Sydney’s Top 5 Alternative Attractions

Of course, you won’t want to leave Sydney without taking a trip over to the world-famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge, but there is so much more to the city than this. Sometimes, it is a good experience to get off the tourist trail a little bit and experience some of the alternative sights that a city has to offer. This guide is here to give you a helping hand to do this.

Sydney's Top 5 Alternative Attractions

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So, start by sorting out accommodation – you could book Darling Harbour hotel – and travel and we will help you to spend your time in the city wisely.

 

Explore the Rocks

 

The oldest part of the city is the Rocks, and it is an area where you can wander its narrow lanes past some of the finest colonial buildings anywhere in the country. Almost torn down in the 1970s to make way for high-rise apartments, it is now a place where you can enjoy the markets, art museums and street entertainment. For a great view over the city, check out the Sydney Observatory Hill Park.

 

Wine Tasting in the Hunter Valley

 

North of Sydney is one of the country’s premier wine regions, the Hunter Valley. If you are looking to get out of the city for the day to explore a little bit more of the surrounding countryside, look no further. Another activity which you could enjoy while you are out here is cycling – though you should probably avoid combining this with a day of wine tasting if possible!

 

Enjoy One of the Coastal Walks

 

They say that one of the best ways to really get to know a place is to walk around as much as possible, and this is certainly true on Sydney. The two-hour Coogee-to-Bondi walk is certainly the most popular of the different options that you can try, but you can get away from the crowds a little bit with a short stroll along Watson’s Bay or the incredibly scenic Split-to-Manly walk.

 

Take a Trip to the Blue Mountains

 

The magnificent rock formation of the Three Sisters is well worth the trip over to the Blue Mountains on its own. Hiking is a must when you are in this part of the country, and you will be able to enjoy plenty of views across the valleys, cascading waterfalls and lush, green forests. You can get the 90 minute train over here from Sydney, but it is probably worth staying overnight if you want to get a full experience of the area.

 

Go by Ferry to Manly Beach

 

The ferry ride over to Manly is one of the best ways that you can enjoy views across the harbour. At the other end, you wind up in the northern part of the city which is much less explored than the downtown area. If you want to enjoy the classic Australian beachlife and surfing, this is the place to go.

So, take in these five attractions and you will get to enjoy a totally different side of Sydney.

 

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Sydney to Brisbane: The Drive Of Your Dreams

Sydney to Brisbane: The Drive Of Your Dreams

Forget about Route 66 or La Route Des Grandes Alpes; the Australian Pacific Coast Drive is one experience you have to see for yourself.

If you’re touring Australia, the drive from Sydney to Brisbane will offer you some of the best views in the world, with plenty of adventures along the way. Here are just some of the highlights you can look forward to during your trip.

 

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Experience spectacular Sydney

Perhaps Australia’s most famous city, you’ll need to take a few days before you set off on your trip to make the most of it. Enjoy some of the highlights of Sydney such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, while also taking some time to explore the city’s incredible beaches. It’s a beautiful city with a lot to offer – the perfect place for you to begin your trip.

 

Sydney Harbour Bridge meets the Opera House.

 

Get up close with koalas

 

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One of the first stops along your route is Port Macquarie, where you’ll find the famous Koala Hospital. While you won’t be able to hold or touch a koala (it’s illegal in New South Wales), you will get the opportunity to see many of them, as well as find out about the fantastic conservation work being done at the hospital to protect them. A lovely experience with one of Australia’s most treasured animals, this stop is a must for your trip.

 

Enjoy not one, but 48 national parks

While you will get to explore and enjoy hundreds of miles of striking coastlines, you’ll also pass through several national parks en route along the Pacific Coast drive. Make a point to stop at Bouddi National Park along your journey, a stunning sight to see combining rainforest and marine life to offer a unique experience as you make your way through the Central Coast.

Stop and enjoy the water

The great thing about the Pacific Coast Drive is that you can take it all at your own pace, giving you plenty of time to stop and enjoy the water. One top recommendation is to visit Nelson’s Lagoon, which you’ll find in Mimosa Rocks National Park. It’s a secluded spot where you can enjoy stand up paddle board experiences and other water adventures to help you make the most of your trip. If you can enjoy a spot of sailing along your journey, it does come highly recommended, and there’ll be ample opportunities to enjoy the Australian coast along the way.

 

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On the lookout over Australians waters.

Soak up the sun in Byron Bay

Byron Bay is one of the world’s best-known beach towns, ideal for surfing and enjoying the sun by day and a thriving nightlife after dark. Laid back, relaxed and offering some amazing experiences, you’ll have plenty of incredible things to do in Byron Bay. Time your visit right and you could encounter a festival during your stay, adding to the party atmosphere and giving you the chance to let your hair down.

 

The drive from Sydney to Brisbane offers some truly incredible sights that you won’t forget. Plan your journey in advance and make sure you tick off as many on your list as possible to help you make the most of your amazing Australian adventure.

 

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The Gold Coast can be found on the way from Sydney to Brisbane.

 

 

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The Wildlife You Should Know About Before You Travel Australia

The Wildlife You Should Know About Before You Travel Australia

Australia is an absolutely giant country, with many different animal and wildlife habitats. One thing you can guarantee when you visit Australia, is that you’ll see some animals/wildlife you would never see in your home town. That being said, not all of them are good!

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The white Kangaroo.

 

If you’re going to have a great time and stay safe in Australia, then you need to be aware of these before you travel. Some of Australia’s animals are specifically only found there, and nowhere else. Australia can be well known for ‘joey’s’ Aka Kangaroos, and also Koalas, but what about snakes and spiders? Read on to learn more!

 

The Dingo

The Dingo is a type of wild dog that lives in the deserts, grasslands, and forests. They are a huge part of the culture, often found in aboriginal carvings. Dingo attacks are rare but can happen.

 

The Wildlife You Should Know About Before You Travel Australia

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The Great White Shark

The Great White Shark is something to be aware of when you’re traveling to Aus. Not that we’re trying to scare you or anything, but you don’t need to be far out in the water to be attacked by one of these. They have been known to come close to land and attack humans, as well as sea birds, sea turtles, and more.

 

Inland Taipan

There’s good news and bad news. In Australia is the Inland Taipan: the world’s most venomous snake. There’s the bad news. The good news is that it isn’t aggressive, and it’s only found in uninhabited areas – so you should be safe.

 

The Kangaroo

It wouldn’t really be a list of Australian wildlife without mentioning the kangaroo, would it? There are over 30 million of these guys in Australia. They jump rather than walk, and are really fast and strong. It’s probably best not to irritate one of them. Read up on them if you’re so inclined – the stuff that goes on with the mother’s pouch will either gross you out or make you go ‘awww’. Don’t get the kangaroo confused with the wallaby – although they are very similar in appearance!

 

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Camels

Some don’t realise that Australia has camels at all. However, Australia’s wild camel population is the largest in the world. You can even take camel tours in the outback. Although they are not native or limited to Australia, many say they were made for the outback environment.

 

Koala

Koalas are cute little creatures. They spend up to 20 hours a day sleeping and live off eucalyptus leaves. They are not members of the bear family, in spite what some believe.

 

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Get cuddly with a Koala.

 

The Platypus

The Platypus might just be the weirdest creature (although this can be up for debate). It has parts that look like they belong to other wildlife, from ducks to beavers. They even have fur, but it’s waterproof and allows them to spend more time in water.

 

Which of these are you hoping to see on your visit to Australia? Of course there have been some weird and wonderful creatures missed off the list, but with so many different species, we would be here all day!

 

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Get up and close to the kangaroo.

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How To Enjoy The Great Barrier Reef

How To Enjoy The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is perhaps one of the most well-known attractions in the whole of Australia. Located just off the coast of Queensland; it’s an excellent place to visit alone or with your friends and family.

The Great Barrier Reef is visible from space, and it’s also home to no less than six-hundred different types of hard and soft coral. If you like the idea of visiting the reef and seeing it firsthand, use some of the advice from this page when planning your trip. With a bit of luck, this article will assist you in leaving no stone unturned.

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Getting to the Great Barrier Reef

 

It’s always sensible to fly from your location to Queensland if you want to visit the Great Barrier Reef. The Gold Coast airport is the most suitable landing destination, but you could also arrive at Brisbane airport if worst comes to worst. It makes sense to take your driving licence because hiring a car is going to work out much cheaper than using taxis or public transport. Also, Australia is a vast place. Getting from A to B can take hours, and you’re always going to feel more comfortable if you’re behind the wheel and you don’t have to deal with buses and trains.

 

The Great Barrier Reef

Under the sea. (picture by Pexels)

Finding places to stay

Some people choose to book accommodation in Queensland when they plan to spend time at the Great Barrier Reef, and there are hundreds of hotels you can book online with ease. Just check out some of the best booking and comparison sites to ensure you don’t overspend. However, there are also lots of islands in the area of the reef that also offer accommodation. Some of the most frequently chosen islands include:

 

  • Bedarra Island
  • Brampton Island
  • Daydream Island
  • Hamilton Island
  • Lizard Island
  • Magnetic Island

 

Organising a tour

 

There are lots of options on the table when it comes visiting Australia and seeing the reef firsthand. Many people choose to arrange a snorkelling experience that enables them to get up close and personal with the coral. If you aren’t a strong swimmer or you don’t want to get wet, there are plenty of glass bottomed boat tours available that will give you the best possible view of the reef without getting in the water. Just be sure to make all the bookings before you leave home to avoid disappointment. Also, making the arrangements in advance will mean you can relax a little more than you otherwise would have done during your visit.

 

Now you know how to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland; you just have to set the wheels in motion. When all’s said and done, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the world, and so everyone should try to see it during their lifetime. Depending on where you live, flights to Australia can become expensive. For that reason, it’s always wise to start making plans as early as possible so you can ensure there’s enough money in those accounts by the time you plan to travel. Enjoy!

 

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Enjoy the Great Barrier Reef. (Picture by Pexels)

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Savouring Sydney: Everything You Need To Know About Australia’s Favourite City

Savouring Sydney: Everything You Need To Know About Australia’s Favourite City

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Perhaps the most famous city in Australia is Sydney and with a population of over 4 million is an urban and cultural hotspot that is definitely worth a visit. Of course, you’ll want to make sure you get to see the best places while you’re there. With this in mind read on for some of the most popular highlights of this fair city, enabling you can plan a trip that will be utterly fair dinkum.

 

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Amazing Sydney.

 

It has amazing beaches

Being the city by the sea, Sydney has plenty of beaches for you to explore and some famous ones at that. In particular, Bondi Beach and Botany Bay are worth a visit. Bondi for the surf and Botany Bay for the Aquatic centre.

 

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You won’t want to miss the surf at Bondi Beach. Image here

 

If you have time though try and fit in some of the northern beaches as well such as Manly and Collaroy as they are perfect for swimming and surfing, or for just soaking up that sea and sun atmosphere that Oz is so famous for.

 

The foods not bad either

 

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Great Sydney food.

 

Sydney is a great place to eat, with a plethora of restaurants to choose from like EST. in George Street and Tetsuya’s on Kent Street. The popularity of fusion cuisine also makes for an exciting array of dishes that will keep your pallet interested and Longrain on Commonwealth Street makes a good place to start.

However, if you are looking for some more budget eating options, you won’t be disappointed either. Check out the Playfair Cafe famous for their delicious veggie options, and then there is Mr Crackles

for some decent fried grub, although if you go make sure that you order the pork hero with crackling. You won’t regret it.

 

 

There’s a few place you can bed down for the night

 

Sydney hotels

Sydney is full of amazing hotels.

 

Sydne, being such a huge and popular city almost boats many types of accommodation. Something that makes it a suitable choice for all travels from the luxury seekers all the way down to the lowly backpacker.

Hostel like Wake Up with a bed for around $70 a night suit the latter well, while the Hotel Double Bay Sydney provides clean and reasonably priced accommodation for travel that want their own private room.

Then you have the upper-end of the spectrum such as the Park Hyatt where a room will suit you back over 600 dollars a night! Although you can expect luxury spa treatments, room service, and the softest sheet you have ever experienced.

 

You can easily have a great night out

 

Australia's favourite city

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Last, of all don’t forget that a visit to the city of Sydney would be net be fair dinkum unless it involved a night out or two. If a pint and a chat are what you are after try the Lobo Plantation or the Zeta Bar. Sports fans will enjoy the 24/7 Sports Bar and the York 75 for the rugby or cricket.

 

Alternatively, if you want to party the night away with a room full of sweaty strangers, (I’m not judging) try the Chinese Laundry or S.A.S.H for an experience you won’t forget.

 

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Epic Sydney Views.

 

 

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Make The Most Of Your Trip Down Under

Make The Most Of Your Trip Down Under

Many people could only dream of visiting Australia in their lifetimes. It’s one of the most popular destinations in the world, especially for backpackers – although it isn’t only nomads that visit! It’s the perfect place for camping, road tripping, surfing, relaxing, and exploring. It’ll be a trip you’ll never forget.

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a popular landmark down under in Australia.

 

If you’re visiting, then it goes without saying you need to do your utmost to make the best of this trip. You may never come back, and you want to squeeze as much enjoyment out of it as possible!

With that in mind, here are 8 ways to make the most of your trip down under. Enjoy!

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Enjoy the land down under with some wonderful water views.

 

Know What You Want Out Of Your Trip

Knowing what you want to get out of your trip to Aus will help you to plan it. Don’t just show up without any idea of what you want to do, as you’ll feel so overwhelmed when you arrive. Sydney is Australia’s largest city, so there’s a plethora of activities to choose from.

You can climb the Harbour bridge, surf on Bondi Beach, party at King’s Cross, visit the Opera House…the list goes on. Although Sydney has a laid back vibe, it’s definitely still a bustling city with plenty to do. Bear in mind that it can be pretty expensive.

 

Melbourne

The Yarra with the mighty MCG in the background.

 

Melbourne is far more relaxed than Sydney, if you wanted an even more chilled out vibe. You’ll find more cafes and restaurants here, and far less clubs and crowds if they aren’t your thing. Some would say that the music is better too.

You could relax by the river, take awesome walks, eat yummy food (it’s the food capital of Aus), and more. It isn’t unusual to find an awesome rock concert going on somewhere. It’s known as the hip city for a reason.

 

Wherever you choose to go in Aus, your trip won’t be complete unless you’ve visited the outback. You’ll see crocs, valleys, lakes, and the red desert. You have a few places to choose from, including Kakadu and Litchfield National Park.

 

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Don’t Go It Alone

Plenty of people backpack alone, or go for a few weeks/months by themselves. If that’s something you’d like to do, then more power to you. You can plan your own trip right down to the last detail, and won’t have to compromise in the slightest. However, it could be a good idea to work with a tour operator like Instyle Adventures to get the most from your trip.

If you’d like to make sure you have the ultimate luxury guided trip, then make sure you work with a company that can help you to arrange it. Many people worry about planning everything correctly, from flights, to accommodation. Not to mention avoiding running into some of the scary spiders, snakes, and wildlife that Australia has to offer. Going with an expert company can stop the worry and help you to focus solely on enjoying your stay.

Making the most of your trip down under shouldn’t be too difficult – live in the moment and plan a little ahead. Have the time of your life!

 

Enjoy fine cafes down under.

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