The Island state that is… Tasmania

Posted by Carys   November 20th, 2014

Tasmania, officially the destination with the cleanest air in the world.

In our opinion, if you’re travelling around Australia, or looking for somewhere for a holiday – a visit to Tasmania should definitely not be missed.The Island is the 26th largest in the world and sits 240kms South of Melbourne. Almost half of Tasmania lies in reserves, national parks and world heritage sites. The stunning island is well known for its unique fauna, flora and diverse vegetation, many fauna species are in fact unique to Tasmania – meaning if you want to see it, you have to visit! Unlike parts of Australia, Tasmania has four distinct seasons and temperatures drop down relatively low during the winter months, so be prepared!

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The capital and largest city in Tasmania (also referred to as Tassie) is Hobart, founded in 1804 as a penal colony. It stands as Australia’s second oldest city after Sydney and sits on the Derwent River in Tasmania’s south. Basically, if you’re located in Hobart you can drive for a maximum of 90 minutes and be in reach of the Island’s most visited attractions. WINNER.

The city sits with the beautiful Mount Wellington as a stunning backdrop and offers plenty of restaurants, bars and shops – which makes it even more appealing to holiday makers. If, however, you are looking to make the most of Tasmania’s raw beauty and you are keen to see what is on offer then you have plenty of options.

9979326594_43c9cd126d_zAs mentioned above, Mount Wellington is a jewel in Tasmania. The mountain stands at 1271 metres above sea level and is a 25 minute drive from the centre of Hobart – the summit offers a 360 degree view and generally has clear blue skies. From the peak you’re able to make out the city, the boat covered harbour, Derwent river and the luscious green of Derwent valley. Make sure you bring a jacket as it can be as much as a 10 degree difference in temperature from the city to Mount Wellington!

There are plenty of hikes available to you around Tassie, the Pipeline Track from Fern Tree to Waterworks Reserve is a fantastic walk that has some great views but isn’t too challenging (it’s slightly down hill too – phew!)

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For those of you that enjoy being outdoors Hobart also offers horse riding, The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Bonorong Wildlife Sancturary/Zoodoo – where yes, you can see real life Tasmanian devils.

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Finally, if you’ve already come all this way, a trip to Bruny Island should not be missed. Voted for in the ’100 greatest trips in the world’, Bruny Island is one of Australia’s true wilderness retreats and remains to be a prime spot for sighting various wildlife such as; fur seals, fairy penguins, dolphins, albatross and occasionally even whales. This marine life thrives along the rocky and wild coastline and you can take your pick as to how you get there – high speed adrenaline pumping boat or on a slower eco cruise – giving you the chance to truly soaking up mother nature in all its glory.15134769281_54b2190ff4_z

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What happens if you breakdown in Australia?

Posted by Carys   November 18th, 2014

When you’re travelling in Australia, one of the first things you’ll notice is that it’s HUGE! Too big to travel on foot, or by bicycle – leave that for exploring Amsterdam. If you’re smart, and you plan on having your own adventure (not sharing it with 55 other people) then you’re probably planning to get yourself a set of wheels.

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Discover the raw beauty of Broome

Posted by Carys   November 13th, 2014

As a british person writing this post, I can empathise with those backpackers that come all the way to Australia on a time limit and end up missing out on the west side of this ginormous country. When planning a trip you ultimately want to see as much as you can and with Melbourne to Cairns so accessible in as little as four weeks (although we don’t recommend it!) it’s no wonder backpackers choose to explore the east coast. However, for those of you who are curious, have the time, or simply just fancy seeing what the west has to offer, we reckon visiting Broome should be WELL up there on your list.

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Some of the best beaches in Australia!

Posted by Carys   November 5th, 2014

When tourists think of Australia, several things spring to mind. Kangaroos, beer, friendly people, koalas, gorgeous weather and perhaps at the top of the list would be: beaches.

People flock from all around the world to indulge in the beautiful beaches that Australia have to offer and although we’re no experts (but have done our fair share of sampling!) we thought we would help out and write a list of beaches we thought would be worth checking out. Apologies for any that are missing off of this list! Let us know which ones you think we’re missing out on!

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Australia’s Best Campervan-Friendly Holiday Parks

Posted by Alicia   October 29th, 2014

 

All set for your campervan adventure in Australia?

 

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Before you hit play on your road-trip playlist and set off, there’s something you need to know: no matter which part of the country you’re road-tripping across, a couple of good holiday parks along the way are essential.

Making these much-needed stops will give you time to breathe, recharge and take some time off the road.

Here are our picks for the best campervan-friendly holiday parks Australia-wide:

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