Cairns is the gateway to the a Great Barrier Reef and popular all year around with visitors and local Queenslanders alike. While international travel is still a fair way off, Australians are taking the opportunity to explore their own country. While in Cairns it is best to get out of the city during the day and explore up and down the coast from the coast through to the rainforests. Continue reading “Beginners Guide to Cairns”
Situated on the Brisbane River, the aptly name city of Brisbane is Australia’s third largest capital city. Often overshadowed by the more well known cities of Sydney and Melbourne. However, Brisbane has its own unique vibe and welcoming atmosphere. Continue reading “Beginner’s Guide to Brisbane”
Known as the Disneyland of Australia, but delve a little deeper and you will soon discover there is more to this golden paradise than theme parks and beaches. First of all, the Gold Coast is more than just beach and sky rise buildings. The locals will tell you that it stretches beyond the sandy beaches to the farmlands just 40 minutes away. Continue reading “Beginners Guide to the Gold Coast”
In South Australia you can go overseas without leaving the State. Overseas at least to Kangaroo Island – this means you have to cross a stretch of water by ferry to get there. Once you are there, there is a natural, remote paradise to explore. Kangaroo Island is one of the most popular destinations in South Australia and top of the tourist list. Continue reading “Beginner’s Guide to Kangaroo Island”
The city of churches is often overlooked by its eastern seaboard neighbours, but it has so much to offer if you are looking for a different kind of vacation. With so much wide open space, a laidback community, world class wineries and best festival in the world; Adelaide has something for all.
As Australia slowly begins its journey towards a new normal, to get to Adelaide you can either fly, drive or take the train from most capital cities.
There are lots of accommodation options in and around the city. Hotels and apartments are centrally located and can be booked through your favourite online booking website such as Booking.com, Hotel.com, Trivago or even TripAdvisor.
As restaurants, bars and cafes begin increasing their opening hours, there are a range of options along Rundle Street or Gouger Street to satisfy your hunger. You can choose from Italian, Asian, vegetarian or vegan. While you are on Gouger Street check out the Central Markets next to Chinatown for daily fresh produce.
Things to Do
Free Walking Tours
Explore the city at your own pace with your mobile device as a local guide. Simply download the State Library of SA Walking Tour App and choose from several walks around the city. Choose the democracy walk which takes you along North Terrace passed the museum and galleries or delve into the cities dark past and discover some shady characters.
While it is not as high as climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Adelaide Oval Roof Climb is still a must do. Once on top, you can get a Birdseye view over the River Torrens before gazing down at the playing over below. If you are in town during football season check out the ticket options for roof seating.
BBQ on the River
Indulge in an Aussie BBQ while enjoying a cruise with a difference on the River Torrens. BBQ Buoys are a floating round boat with a barbecue in the middle. Perfect for enjoying lunch or dinner on the water.
Hahndorf Day Trip
Day trip to Adelaide Hills – being so close to the hills take a trip by car, or bus, to the historic German town of Hahndorf. Buildings and shops still retain their old world charm in a modern day society. Enjoy lunch at a traditional German pub of schnitzel and German beer.
Head to the Beach
The beach in South Australia is popular all year round. A short drive from the city centre will have you at Henley Beach in the west or jump on the tram and head south to Glenelg Beach. While they may be quieter during the winter months, it makes it perfect for exploring without the crowds. However, during summer take advantage of the cafes for lunch, dinner or simply a sunset cocktail.
The Top End of Australia is a place of open spaces and natural beauty. You can also experience an authenticity of the oldest Indigenous culture in the world. Australia has opened up a travel triangle between South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory which makes Darwin the perfect destination to add to your post COVID-19 travel list. Continue reading “Beginners Guide to Darwin”
Central Australia is a popular destination, especially for visitors who flock to take in the magical views of Uluru. The red brown rock, shaped like a jelly mould, has a history dating back more than 60,000 years which can be best appreciated by helicopter or guided walking tour around it. Uluru is home to the Anangu Aboriginal people who are happy to talk to you about this sacred site located on Pitjantjatjara Lands. Continue reading “Beginners Guide to Uluru”
A trip to Central Australia is all about culture and outback exploration. Home to the Arrernte Aboriginal people, Alice Springs is a remote outback town located in the Northern Territory and halfway between Darwin in the north and Adelaide (South Australia). It is exactly halfway between the two capital cities, equally 1500 kilometres each way. Best known as the gateway to Australia’s Red Centre, it also played a significant role in our telecommunications history. In 1872, Alice Springs linked the Overland Telegraph line between Adelaide and Darwin. The old telegraph station is just one of the historic sites you can visit on your trip to Central Australia. Continue reading “Beginner’s Guide to Alice Springs”
In Kyoto, it is all about slowing down and relaxing. The former imperial capital of Japan is located on the island of Honshu and home to many Shinto shrines, peaceful gardens and traditional wooden town houses known as machiya.
Amidst the temples and shrines you can explore centuries of history and stories waiting to be discovered. You will then venture through the cobbled streets of Gion and immerse yourself into a world of tea ceremonies, flower arrangements, calligraphy, Japanese puppet shows and, of course, the world famous (and elusive) Geisha. Continue reading “A Beginners Guide to Kyoto”
With the Olympic Games rescheduled to July 2021, there is plenty of time to plan your trip to Tokyo. Tokyo is a fast paced, hectic city which may seem overwhelming at first. However, the Japanese people are the most friendly and helpful I have met. You only have to give the slight indication of uncertainty and they will quickly offer their help.
This guide has been prepared to help make your experience here less hectic so that you can fully enjoy your journey. Continue reading “A Beginners Guide to Tokyo”