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”
Since March, the festival state has been less festive than it usually is with online events taking over from live ones. However, as the weather warms from spring to summer, Adelaide is once more coming alive to reclaim its title of the Festival State. Continue reading “Adelaide: The Festival State”
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”
One way to escape into travel without leaving your country is to immerse yourself in an international movie festival. Over the past two weeks the Italian Film Festival provided that much needed escape to Bella Italia. Continue reading “Living Italian in Adelaide”
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”
This month the theatre made a comeback in Adelaide after months of lockdown. It was also the month that our historic, heritage listed Her Majesty’s Theatre reopened after months of restoration. It’s grand opening with the State Theatre of South Australia’s production of Gaslight last week saw theatregoers happily return. Continue reading “Adelaide’s Theatre Revival”
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.
Travel journals provide you with a lasting memory of your vacations to refer to over and over again. However, a travel journal is much more than just an account of what you saw, did or ate. Writing a journal is an art and written with all of your senses. Continue reading “Writing a Travel Journal”
A trip to the Art Gallery is more than just an experience in viewing fine art and sculpture. It is an activity in the art of mindfulness. As you walk through an art gallery, take your time and allow yourself to connect with it. Let yourself get lost in the different genres until you find a piece that speaks to you. Continue reading “Mindful Art”