Australia is a big country, and travelling by 4wd certinly opens up the areas that you can explore.
Don’t worry though. You don’t NEED to have the most fancy 4wd on the market. As long as you follow some basic setup, your vehicle will be capable of taking you to the most rugged parts of Australia, and take you back. Below are the tips from Australian Traveller magazine on how to set yourself up for the big trip. In addition there are articles from our contributors explaining their big trp in more detail.
We asked Australia’s top food and travel journalists to nominate the country’s best new food weekends (as part of 'The Hot List' issue, out now) . Here’s what they had to say If you’re in-the-know (or let’s face it, even if you’re not), you’d be aware that gourmet getaways are the holiday of the moment. But once you’ve eaten your way through umpteen courses at our most awarded restaurants, and sipped on the chardonnays, sauvs and chenin blancs of our most beloved wine regions, where does the next notch in your belt come from? Fear not, we asked six epicurean...
Georgia Rickard discovers surprises at every turn on a trip of a lifetime to idyllic Indian Ocean outpost Christmas Island. Somewhere, deep in a crevice of the Christmas Island jungle, a rifle-wielding Coconut Crab is biding his time. “It happened when the soldiers relocated here, after the Tampa crisis,” recalls long-time resident, Linda Cash. “They were going through a training drill in the jungle when one of their rifles just clean disappeared. Gone. Just like that.” Having looked everywhere, and failing to locate the gun, the soldiers were eventually forced to conclude what the locals could have told them....
Free your spirit on the beautiful Coral Coast, where rolling red desert dunes collide with a turquoise ocean teeming with colourful underwater characters – including the world’s largest fish, The Whale Shark - (one of Australia’s 16 Ultimate Escapes) The landscape between Western Australia’s Shark Bay World Heritage-listed area and the northern tip of Ningaloo Reef is as dramatic as the frontier is remote. Alien-like termite hills dot the horizon in the north and turquoise waters brim with lively fringing reefs that stretch across 260 kilometres of coastline. Along with exquisite white-sand beaches, this region is most famous for its abundant...
The mother of all Whitsundays events is back on for its 31st year. Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is a firm fixture on the international sailing calendar with hundreds of yachties – from amateurs to old salts – coming far and wide to compete in 10 days of racing. It’s quite the spectacle, seeing the trademark turquoise water dotted with a fleet of bright, billowing sails; and the atmosphere is just as colourful on shore. The program includes everything from fancy lunches with free-flowing champagne, to fashion parades and pool parties, as well as more low-key events like beachside yoga,...
Subscribe to Australian Traveller and you not only get Australia’s greatest travel magazine delivered straight to your mailbox (at a discount) but you also walk away with the chance to win a dream escape on one of the most elegant and spectacular hiking experiences around. To subscribe and win click here Tasmania’s multi-award winning Maria Island Walk is recognised as one of Australia’s outstanding walking experiences. Set on a remarkable, World Heritage-listed island national park, this four-day walk is a delightful blend of rare wildlife, convict heritage and elegant accommodation. Small groups of just 10 guests and two guides enjoy...
Memories of burning your feet on hot sand and gobbling down fish and chips quick enough to displease any lurking gulls is worth a trip down memory lane on NSW's South Coast. Words by Megan Arkinstall Jervis Bay - The classic Jervis Bay is pretty much smack bang in the middle of the South Coast and famous for its unspoiled white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters. And that’s all you really need for a summer holiday, right? One particularly lovely swimming spot is Honeymoon Bay, a rock-bordered beach amongst a natural bush setting. Don’t be deterred by the name though, it’s perfect for families! And if you decide...
Any Victorian worth their coffee beans knows you’d be silly to go north during summer... not with that stunning local coastline to explore. Here, 10 of the best secret beaches 1 Point King Beach – Portsea It’s certainly not obvious that there is a pretty sandy beach tucked below Portsea’s mansions. But if you walk to the end of Point King Road, you’ll find a hidden path leading to wooden stairs down to Point King Beach. Before joining the rich and famous on the sand, though, check out the monument commemorating the first hoisting of the Union Jack in 1802 as Britain took possession...
Looking for a short holiday that won’t liquidate the credit card? Quentin Long focuses on Port Stephens, NSW, finding plenty of bargain highlights for couples and families. There are loads of great value destinations in NSW, but I have gone for Port Stephens (over Gerringong, Blue Mountains and Central Coast) because, being that little further out of Sydney means prices are a little cheaper. To do Families Go fishing in the port. Amazing dolphin viewing tours - family of four about $75 Hire bikes and ride along the port. Stocktonsand dunes – for sandboarding or a camel ride. Shark and...
Australian Traveller's Steve Madgwick talks to Julia Lines from passenger rights group Airline Customer Advocate to get the low-down about your rights when your plane/flight is delayed or cancelled (in Australia). Am I entitled to monetary compensation for flight delays? You are not entitled to mandatory compensation when a flight is delayed because the airline’s agreement is limited to flying you from airport A to airport B, rather than flying you from A to B at the times specified in your itinerary. What about the right to be put up in a hotel room and meals overnight? Airlines do not...
Perched on the cliffs between the Pacific Ocean and Pittwater, Jonah’s has spectacular 180-degree ocean views over Whale Beach. One lucky reader will win an overnight stay in one of the 11 gorgeous Ocean Retreat rooms (worth $650), which are styled in a relaxed chic design, all with private balconies and jacuzzis. Breakfast is served in the award-winning restaurant, which is renowned for its contemporary Australian cuisine. jonahs.com.au For your chance to win CLICK HERE and tell us, in 25 words or less, ‘Why do you want to visit Jonah’s? Special terms: Valid until 31 August 2015. Subject to availability,...
Australian Traveller picks the most pamper-filled day spas in all of cosmopolitan Sydney. The Spa, The Darling The name says it all: this is the new darling of Sydney’s spa-land, and with good reason. Part of the city’s controversial redevelopment of The Star casino complex, The Spa takes up an entire floor of The Darling, and like the rest of the hotel it’s uber- uber-stylish (with prices to match). The dim lights, plush couches and sleek, dark timber furnishings create a space intimate enough and luxe enough to feel like you’ve climbed into honeycomb-infused chocolate – and it’s at least as...
Quentin Long lists nine tricks of the travel insurance trade that may see you up claim creek without a paddle. 1. No, you are not covered when you take unnecessary risks like running with bulls. And it could be argued being a spectator is taking unnecessary risks. 2. Drinking and taking drugs – yep, you are not covered. 3. Breaking the law – guess what? You are not covered. 4. Many domestic travellers think they do not need travel insurance - au contraire. There are so many instances where domestic travel cover helps. You are air-lifted from a remote location to hospital, leaving...
Want to take a sleep back in time and play lighthouse keeper for the weekend? Here are five Australian lighthouses which have seen the light, offering comfortable cottages and quirky accommodation: Montague Island, NSW South Coast Two lighthouse keeper’s cottages on Montague Island (NSW South Coast) have reopened to guests. With a penguin colony (of around 12,000), visitors can tour the island on a day trip (eurobodalla.com.au), explore on a night tour, or sleep overnight in one of the refurbished cottages. A two-night package with transfers, tours, plus the five-bedroom head keeper’s cottage is $3600 (sleeps up to 12). Cape...
With a stampede of travel apps on the market, it’s hard to wade through the tide of pretenders to find the one or two truly special ones that you’ll actually use on the road. Now the International Travel Writers Alliance has compiled a list of stand-out apps, based on suggestions from its travel journalists and tourism industry members. Steve Madgwick picks through them to find 10 simple, do-one-thing-really-well apps that stand out so much that even hardened travel writers rate them. 1. Passbook – scan instead of print out your tickets Passbook stores bar-coded tickets in your phone/device so they can be scanned...
You can travel along Kimberley's amazing outback Gibb River Road in the several different ways – and not all of them involve driving: 1. BYO Bedroom After a really authentic Kimberley experience? You’ve got two options: hire a 4WD and camp, or hire a 4WD campervan, which is camping, the spoon-fed way. (Your car comes with everything – cutlery, kitchen stove, in-built bed and so on.) We tried the latter, with Apollo Car Hire in Broome, and it was almost too easy. Where: Start and finish at Broome or Kununurra. (The car hire companies here require you to drive back...
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