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.

 

family fun

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.

 

Sydney to Brisbane

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

 

 

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Postcards: Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Western Australia

Postcards: Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Western Australia

Elizabeth Quay is the new exciting hub for city of Perth, Western Australia. It’s where people come together with families or friends, and participate in mini golf, have lunch amongst stylish city views, or take in a stroll along the magnificent Swan River.

It is Elizabeth Quay, it is new and it is the social vibe of the city.

Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Western Australia

Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Western Australia

 

Where is it

Elizabeth Quay is in the southern end of Perth CBD and situated along the banks of the Swan River. Parking is insufficient around the Quay but paid parking is available a good kilometre away along Riverside Drive.

If all else fails and you are not in the vicinity of the city, catch a train into the city and get off at Elizabeth Quay train station on the Mandurah and Joondalup lines.

Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Western Australia

Welcome to The Quay

 

Eating Out

There are a couple of dining options inside The Quay, well outside the city centre that is. You can dine in style at the Isle of Voyage or The Reverley restaurants. Or you can take the laid-back approach and grab a burger and coffee at the V Burger Bar and watch the ferry’s come in.

Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Western Australia

The Isle of Voyage restaurant.

 

Cruises and Ferries

Elizabeth Quay is the home of the Transperth Ferry terminal, where you can get aboard the ferry and head to South Perth on the other side of the Swan River and check out the attractions available on the south side, the Perth Zoo is always popular.

The Little Ferry Co. terminal is also situated at The Quay.  A boutique ferry shuttle that takes you to stunning river front restaurants at the “On The Point” location and Claisebrook. Once you have done dining out The Little Ferry Co. will be ready to bring you right back again.

The Little Ferry Co.

Elizabeth Quay, the home of The Little Ferry Co.

 

Kids Fun

The kids aren’t forgotten at The Quay either, with a challenging mini-golf course that will bring kids and parents together or perhaps create a family rivalry. There is also a playground and carousel for the younger ones and if all else fails hire a bike and take a ride along the Swan River.

In summertime the kids can have a real splash at the BHP Biliton Water Park. At various times of the day the fountains spurt out water and the kids or bigger kids get drenched in their everyday clothing. Who doesn’t love running under the sprinklers on a scorching summers day.

Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Western Australia

Mini golf at the Quay.

 

Elizabeth Quay is still on the rise

Elizabeth Quay is still on the build with the luxury Carlton- Ritz Hotel and Towers making good process. It is bound to add an even great appeal and to the glamour of The Quay.

Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Western Australia

On the rise.

 

 

Swan River Walk

It is the finest walk in the city, the Swan River on one side and towering buildings on the other side. On a perfect summer’s day, you will nothing more therapeutic than taking a stroll over the unique Elizabeth Quay Bridge, where you can capture the greatest images with your camera and breathe in the fresh air that you normally can’t get at a major city.

Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Western Australia

Stroll over the Elizabeth Quay Bridge.

Elizabeth Quay

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The Blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng – Laos

The Blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng – Laos

It’s the perfect healing therapy from the unforgiving Laos heat, relaxing in the cool fresh waters of The Blue Lagoon in the stunning Vang Vieng area. It refreshes the body and the mind like no other, cooling off in the shade of the overhanging trees that keeps the water refreshing at all times and quite a chill when you first step in.

The Blue Lagoon caps off most day trips that take place in Vang Vieng, whether it is kayaking the Nam Song River, ziplining in the hills or hiking the fabulous outdoors. After a hard slog during the peak of the heat during the day, The Blue Lagoon is the perfect conclusion before heading back to the town at night for a couple of cold Lao’ beers.

The blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng, Laos

 

Getting there

As previously mentioned, The Blue Lagoon can be included on any, very affordable, day trips that are on offer in Vang Vieng. Get down to a travel agent, there are plenty in the area, and check out any deals that include or only include The Blue Lagoon. Either that or get your own way there with various taxis, tuc tuc’s or bikes available in the area.
Staying in Vang Vieng? Check out TripAdvisor for hotels.

Blue Lagoon Vang Vieng

Cooling off in the Blue Lagoon.

 

What to do at The Blue Lagoon

  • Chill in the fresh water: It may come as a horrific fright when you first touch the cold water, but you soon get used to it as you take in the crowds of nationalities around you and marvel in the scenery, then you can sit back and take in the nature around you.

    The Blue Lagoon Laos

    Relax in the cool waters.

  • Splash around: Swinging on the rope and landing in the water, jumping on the tyre, or conquering your fear of heights and jumping off the big branch while making a splash in the water, there is plenty of splash to be had in The Blue Lagoon, whether you’re an adult or a kid in the shallower waters.

    splashing at the Lagoon

    Having a splash.

  • Sunbake in the huts: Had enough of the water in the overcrowded Lagoon and need a little siesta in the Laos sun. Get in quick and grab a hut, roll out the large beach towel and have a little snooze in the afternoon sun, just don’t forget to apply the sunscreen.Heading to Vang Vieng? Check out this guide to the picturesque town.
Vang Vieng

Picturesque Views of Vang Vieng.

Lagoon Vang Vieng

Get ready to jump off a tree.

 

 

 

 

The Blue Lagoon

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The Patuxai War Monument in Vientiane, Laos

The Patuxai War Monument in Vientiane, Laos

 They say you haven’t been to Laos if you haven’t visited the Patuxai War Monument in the country’s capital, Vientiane. With good reason too, as this special landmark represents the country so proudly and it stands large and mighty for everyone to see on the famous Vientiane strip, Ave Lane Xang.

 

Patuxai Monument, Laos

Entering the Patuxai.

Patuxai Monument, Laos

The Patuxai from the down the road.

 

The meaning behind the Patuxai War Monument

The construction of the monument was completed in 1968 and it took a good ten years to construct. The Monument is dedicated to people of Lao, who struggled their way for independence from the French, who colonised the country from 1893 to 1953. The Patuxai is also know as the Victory Monument and for obvious reasons too.

Patuxai Monument, Laos

Great structures of the Patuxai.

 

The Happenings in, around and on top of the Patuxai

There is a lot happening around the Patuxai War Monument during the day. First, there is Patuxai park, which great to stroll around the gardens, with the magnificent Monument standing large in its grand structure in the background. There is often plenty of entertainment and ceremonies happening within the park grounds on any given day and particularly important public holidays.

Patuxai War Monument

The view from the top over the Patuxai Park.

 

Inside the walls of the Patuxai itself, there are plenty of market places as you elevate and struggle your way to the top with many steps to confront. Each separate floor has market stalls that sells a variety Laos souvenirs and a very reasonable price, so purchase an item without fear of being ripped off. Also take in some great artwork with in the walls of the Monument.

Patuxai, Vientiane

Great artwork inside the Patuxai.

Once you make your way to the top and I can’t stress strongly enough about going on a clear day, you get a brilliant 360-view of the Vientiane city. It is a breathtaking scenery as you stand on top of this precious landmark and marvel on all things around you. The best bit is, Vientiane doesn’t have many sky rise buildings to block your gorgeous view.

Patuxai War Monument

Structures on top of the Patuxai.

Vientiane, Laos

A view of Vientiane, Laos.

All smiles at the Patuxai Monument in Laos.

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Visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, Bali

Visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, Bali

You could spend an hour at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, Bali and you would see more action than spending a whole day at the zoo. It all happens in Ubud, with our little money friends, as they run around in a frenzy and seemingly having a good old time in the semi-enclosed confines of the Monkey Forest.

I say a whole hour as it is about all you need to spend in the Money Forest to get the most out of the wonderful confides of this sacred little forest. But it’s not only a forest, it also comes with beautiful temples, a few market places and of course those active monkeys that are scurrying around the place. It is a bustling little attraction that is worth a visit when in the town of Ubud.

The best part about the Monkey Forest, is that it is dirt cheap. For around five dollars you can wander the sanctuary at your own pace, take pictures and videos of those active monkey’s, who will put on a show, and even get in on the feeding frenzy, but more on that later.

Monkey Forest

Relaxing high in the trees in the Monkey Forest.

 

Watch your back and belongings

These quick witted little friends move around at serious pace. Swinging from branch to branch or along the ground, their movements are quick. One moment they are staring at you with curiosity, then next they are on your back, trying to get into your backpack or taking your sunglasses of your head and making a run for it.

king monkey

Watch out for the King of the forest. All good if you feed him.

 

These monkeys have teeth, sharp teeth

Be aware when these monkeys do jump on your back. They have teeth, sharp teeth. The best practice is to let the monkey do what they do and before too long, they will jump off and leave you alone.

I was lucky, in the shock of a monkey jumping on my back the first time, I tried to nudge it off with my hand, not knowing what to do. I tried to gently force it off me, before realising this monkey tried to have a swipe at me with its teeth. Luckily, I moved my hand in time. I have though heard bad luck stories involving monkey biting incidents, so tread carefully. It is important to know that these monkeys are not fierce creatures, but they too get protective.

Sacred Money Forest

These monkeys have some sharp teeth.

 

Buy a bunch of bananas

Inside the Monkey Forest, there are stalls that sell old bananas. Buy a bunch for around fifty-cents and in an instant moment you will be surrounded by a bunch of new friends desperate for a banana or two. Quick tip, if the big one is close by, you’ll recognise him, give it to him first without hesitation, he is the king and he demands it.

Another fascination in the Monkey Forest is the feeding time itself. One moment you are walking in the grounds of the forest, the next you see a whole army of monkeys descending to a central location for feed time. It is quite a sight to see so many monkeys up close in large numbers waiting for a feast.

a monkey feast.

They all descend for a feast

 

The action can happen outside the enclosure

You don’t want to pay the small entrance fee? Remember the Monkey Forest is only semi-enclosed which means the monkeys do escape and wander the streets. Therefore, you can hang around the boundaries of the enclosure and let the monkeys come to you.

There are not too many places in the world where you can walk the streets and see monkeys crossing the road like a casual pedestrian. It can happen in Ubud, well close by to the park anyway and that is what makes it so unique and for that matter so is the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.

Heading to Ubud, Bali, Check out TripAdvisor for hotels in the area.

Monkey Forest

Outside the grounds of the forest.

Monkey forest temple

Temple with in the forest.

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The Stunning Prevelly Beach in Marageret River

The Stunning Prevelly Beach in Marageret River

Prevelly Beach, a famous beach in Western Australia’s Margaret River. It is where tourist come from all over the world and not only for it’s stunning picturesque views and a surf at the beach. As it stands Prevelly Beach is one of the most famous surfing beaches in the world.

Known mainly for the name Margaret River, a lovely town centre only ten-minutes from Prevelly. There is plenty to do in a day at the beach on a hot summers day. Beautiful sandy walks, beach fishing, surfing, improve your photography (because this place can’t hurt it), play in the sand and have a swim of course. Probably  the best bit is enjoying a glass of red bought from a local winery while cooking an Aussie BBQ.

Prevelly Beach, Western Australia

Prevelly Beach in Western Australia, where surfers gather all over the world to catch a wave or two.

Margaret River Pro

Just how famous is it. Each year, Prevelly beach host the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro. Where all the top surfers from both men and women gather from all over the world to show off their world class abilities. That’s right, even Kelly Slater has even surfed these waters.

Margaret River

Well known naturally for its surfing, but also its wineries, chocolates, cheeses, natural Australian bushland, with its amazing wildflowers and just plain friendly town folk. Margaret River is a place to be for all seasons.

Margaret River, a town for all seasons.

Margaret River, a town for all seasons.

Accommodation

Where to stay in this gorgeous South West town, your choices are plenty. Whether you are looking for luxury or pitching a ent under the stars. You will find the accommodation you are looking for. But be aware in Summer, accommodation books out quick, so get in early. To find a suitable place to stay, click on Accor hotels for great deals.

So hop to it. It’s Prevelly Beach, It’s Margaret River, It is the great state of Western Australia. Come for a day at the beach or come for a holiday. There is one guarantee you’ll have a great time.