In the past 10 years, the Australian Traveller team has been to some pretty special places and had some amazing experiences across this great continent of ours (we’ve sky dived, swam with sharks, ridden Harley-Davidsons and trekked through the outback, purely for research of course). So we often get asked that tough question: what has been your favourite place so far? While we find it hard to choose between the...
The Birdsville Races is an Australian outback bucket list item of mythical proportions, with around 7000 pilgrims covering thousands of kilometres to swarm on the remote Queensland town each September (since 1882). But Birdsville ain’t no one horse-race town. If you make it that far into the outback, you should do Birdsville thoroughly. So here are the 10 other must do’s. (words: Steve Madgwick) 1. The pub of many hats Don’t just stop outside and snap the obligatory photo of one of the most photogenic outback pubs in Australia (circa 1884) - although you won't be able to help yourself. Step...
Take a walking tour of Sydney’s heart of cool, Surry Hills - its best restaurants, newest bars and the only places you need to shop. Leigh-Ann Pow is your guide. If Sydney has a hipster heart it undoubtedly beats strongest in Surry Hills, an intricate rabbit warren of streets housing funky cafés and award-winning theatre companies, creatives’ offices and hatted restaurants, chic boutiques and multi-national businesses located on the southern fringe of the CBD. A heaving, heady mix of cultures, crafts and attitudes, its occupants run the gamete from the well-heeled to students, to social housing residents to recent converts...
Shark diving Port Lincoln appears in as many nightmares as it does bucket lists. Alissa Jenkins finds out that diving with great whites is confronting… but not for the reasons you’d expect. "I tried to gouge his eyes out, which made him loosen his jaws, but as I attempted to push myself away my hand disappeared back into his mouth. Before he could bite my hand off I pulled it back, ripping it across the teeth – I received 97 stitches in that hand, with only one tendon left.” This is the story of Rodney Fox – the South Australian...
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