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.
Foodies, here is your plan for the year ahead - cancel everything else... Kangaroo Island Feastival 24-28 April The 'Island' has been described as ‘Aussie bush meets the Mediterranean’ and, with its similarly crystal waters, excellent food culture and laidback lifestyle, we can understand why - especially when the island’s annual food celebration, FEASTival rolls around. With 30 events to choose, make sure you set aside at least one early morning to watch the sun rise at one of the island’s many beaches. Noosa International Food & Wine Festival: 15–18 May There’d be a fair few people willing to rank Noosa...
Quentin Long gives insider hints on how to squeeze the best deal from travel agents, hotels and airlines next time you book your holiday. Travel agents are your friends (and vice versa) Travel agents can mark-up the itinerary price so you can negotiate their commission ("how about we half the commission and I’ll give you something in return" - such as referring friends to them)? Make friends with a travel agents and they might just call you next time they have some industry specials to offer. The airfare price match reminder Jetstar guarantees to price-match plus a further 10 per...
Whether it's that elusive bungee jump, a strange phallic souvenir from Bhutan or chowing down on crocodile, life on the road for Getaway's Catriona Rowntree is more serendipitous and enthralling than ever, finds Steve Madgwick. You must have covered most of Australia working on Getaway; any room left on the bucket list? The Tiwi Islands: The beauty of them, the mystery of them. I would like to share their story with as many people as possible. I’m a great believer that tourism can help so many communities in the most wonderful way. I also feel like I’ve only just touched on...
Subscribe now and you are in the chance to win an indulgent holiday of food & luxury at the Lake House Daylesford. Subscribing will save you up to $46 on top of the shot at the $5,200 dream escape. The Lake House sits on the shores of beautiful Lake Daylesford in southern Victoria, only 80 minutes from Melbourne. Known as the ‘lady of the lake’, it has, over the past 30 years, consistently won awards for its stunning accommodation, which includes The Retreat, a super luxe secluded country house, and state-of-the-art Salus Day Spa. Its two-hatted restaurant is one for every...
Experience No.063 in Australian Traveller Magazine's 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences. This honest, quintessentially Australian biscuit is a surprise gourmet inclusion for some. Some of the panellists absolutely loved them; others were not so keen. Jacques Reymond says they’re his “favourite biscuits” and Peter Russell-Clarke calls them “right and proper”. “An important and iconic link with our heritage, especially for what is still a very young country.” – Alla Wolf-Tasker Made by women for their men serving in the WWI trenches, the brittle treat was designed to last the long boat journey to Europe. Where lesser baked goods would have...
Even though the hipster scene here is flourishing, there are still plenty of brilliantly nerdy things to see and do. Leigh Ann Pow likes: Questacon The Questacon is crazy good: seven science-themed rooms in which absolutely everything can be pushed, poked, cranked and jumped on. The most popular room by far (measured by how long it takes to extract kids) is the high energy Excite@Q, with its giant wall of vacuum tubes sucking up and spitting out neon scarfs, mammoth six-metre free-fall vertical slide, robotic air hockey game and the 360 Swing that requires a safety suit, lots of strapping...
So many unbelievably good holidays didn’t make it into the 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia list that we felt compelled to share the runners-up 100, too. How many have you done? And, of course, the big question - what have we left out? Beach break at Airlie Beach, Qld Dreaming Place Trail, Nitmiluk NP, NT Jatbula Trail, Nitmiluk NP, NT Whitewater raft the Franklin River, Tas Horse ride Snowy Mountains, NSW Take a cruise on the yachts of Seabourn Take a Silversea Cruise Tackle the Whitsunday Great Walk, Qld Eat your way through Derwent Valley, Tas Kayak Katherine River with Gecko, NT...
The Hedonistic Hiking company has put a couple of new feathers in the cap of its Victorian Alpine experiences. Sue Gough Henly goes into gourmet-Heidi mode The aptly named Hedonistic Hiking company combines several of life’s great pleasures – fabulous food, fine wines and great guided walks – in tours of the spectacular Victorian High Country. This year, company owners Mick and Jackie Parsons, whose knowledge of the area’s natural and cultural heritage is enlightening, have added two new hikes to an already indulgent programme. Walk #1: The Highlights of Mount Buffalo National Park This itinerary is your ticket to three fully...
Australia’s wine regions offer guaranteed relaxing breaks thanks to scenic drives, gorgeous rural vistas, endless rows of romantically gnarled grapevines, and increasingly exceptional on-site restaurants. Alissa Jenkins finds the most delightful accommodation nestled among the vines, so you can stay where you play. 1. Chateau Yering Although this estate no longer encompasses a vineyard – it was subdivided from the winery (now named Yering Station) 15 years ago – this luxurious five-star property remains an icon of the Yarra Valley. Founded in 1838 by the Ryrie brothers, it was here the brothers planted vine cuttings that grew Victoria’s first vintage....
Australians are looking for deeper meaning in their holiday experiences, ones that expand the mind while we travel, according to our 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia. And Aussie’s are flying the culture vulture route well outside the big cities, the traditional bastions of all things edifying: whether it’s travelling to an inspiring indigenous dance gala in the outback; letting yourself go at one of the more progressive festivals; or challenging ideas at the refreshingly challenging MONA. So here are the top 10 places our 20-member panel of experts deemed to be the go-to destinations for culture vultures (with the position...
Escape to the coast at Bannisters, where fantastic ocean views and award-winning deluxe accommodation make a great combination for a relaxing break. Add Rick Stein at Bannisters Restaurant for delectable seafood dining, Bannisters Day Spa for pampering treatments, and a pizza and cocktail bar set around an infinity wet-edge pool and you have all the ingredients for a wonderful stay. Prize includes: Two-nights in an Ocean Deluxe room with deck and stunning ocean views, hot breakfast on both mornings, $150 voucher to Rick Stein at Bannisters Restaurant, spa treatments for two and a copy of Rick Stein’s India. For you chance...
What you’re about to read is the culmination a body of work that goes far beyond any ‘normal’ article. This project involved not only the most industry involvement and expert opinion to have ever been included in an Australian Traveller project – some 12,000 nominations were accepted at the outset of this project – but a list that is, quite possibly, the most comprehensive, unbiased, well-considered gazetting of Australian holidays to have ever been published by the media. Big call, we know. But we’ll let you make up your own mind… The top 20 Greatest Holidays of Australia 1: Cruise...
These 10 gadgets may very well change the way you travel. Then again... (By Steve Madgwick) 1. Brace(let) for the sun The ‘June’ bracelet, designed by Louis Vuitton no less, monitors your sun exposure, with a know-it-all app reminding you when to re-apply sunscreen or slap on your Panama hat. Available in gold, gunmetal and platinum (in 2nd quarter of 2014) for around $140. See Netatmo 2. Stopping goggle-eyed jet lag? These white-framed, green-lit goggles are designed (at Flinders University) to improve your sleep when your circadian rhythms are upset – i.e. they are supposed to help with jet lag. Do...
Megan Arkinstall finds seven long-weekend ideas to take you away from it all so you can indulge in, well, pure indulgence. 1. Glide on water in the Top End: Kakadu National Park, NT Bamurru Plains coined the term ‘wild bush luxury’ to describe their accommodation; a down-to-earth camp with a focus on fine details, designed to draw your attention to the surrounding environment rather than the distractions of modern life. There are a host of activities to get you out and about to explore the wildlife, but we recommend starting with a morning glide on the wetlands on board a fan-propelled airboat...
Kangaroo Island has been described as ‘Aussie bush meets the Mediterranean’ and, with its similarly crystal waters, excellent food culture and laidback lifestyle, we can understand why. Especially when the island’s annual food celebration, FEASTival rolls around. Here are KI's gourmet commandments. (by Tobi Cornwell). 1. Taste tests at the local markets are mandatory A sniff of this cheese, a taste of that bread… Like those of any town square, KI’s farmers markets are an open-air affair, with a list of artisan producers and tasting stations that’s longer than an Italian lunch-break. Get amongst it all at ‘Big Day Out’, the...
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