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.
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...
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...
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...
For those who think they've left it too late to score a value-packed Easter break for the family, Quentin Long comes to your rescue. Going Big in Melbourne The Melbourne Big4 Holiday Park, just 9km from the CBD, has villas, cabins and camping spots still available - $195 for a cabin (sleeps 5) over Easter or $1260 for the seven nights. Features: newly renovated (heated) pool area, playground, arcade games, and in-house movies. What to do Five minutes’ drive: Take in Pentridge Prison Ghost Tours, Coburg Reserve, which is fantastic for a stroll , or follow the entire Merri Creek...
Here you have it, straight from the horses mouth – the perfect way to get aquainted with the stunning Kimberley, says Alissa Jenkins. Photography by Lauren Bath There’s something to be said for that quintessential outback stereotype – sitting in the saddle, between blue sky and red dust, while an unforgiving sun beats down. However, while films like Australia and The Man from Snowy River suggest horsemanship is as natural to Aussies as barbecued lunches and backyard cricket, the reality is few of us ever master it, let alone live that dream of fearlessly galloping through rugged terrain. But if...
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...
With Qantas making fundamental changes to its frequent flyer scheme, we ask which, if any, of Australia’s domestic airline programs are worth it. (By Steve Madgwick) The important question to consider when deciding which domestic frequent flyer program to use (or indeed whether to use one at all) is "do I fly enough to make it worth my while?" While very frequent business travellers may profit from being aligned to the programs of one airline or the other, the benefits to the occasional leisure traveller are increasingly less obvious. “Unless you fly often, don’t let the pursuit of frequent flyer points...
You don't have to hike far out of town in NSW or Canberra these days to find a rural weekend experience that feels a thousand miles away. By Megan Arkinstall Sleep in a heritage cottage: Belconnen, Canberra These two quaint 1860s pioneer cottages are set on a fifth-generation family sheep and cattle farm only eight kilometres from the centre of the nation’s capital – one of the last farms in the area. Rosebud cottage, which had been lived in almost continually for 150 years, and Bell’s cottage were refurbished in 2008 and 2011 respectively – reclaimed timber floors, new plumbing...
How do travel professionals and experts deal with the dreaded jet lag. Steve Madgwick talks to a doctor, a former long-haul flight engineer and a travel professional to see how they suggest to combat it. The Doctor Dr Brian Morton, Chair, Council of General Practice, Australian Medical Association (AMA) What causes jet lag? Quite simply, it occurs when we cross time zones and our body clock hasn’t adjusted to the different time zone. Normally bright light/sunlight sets our wake-up and sleep cycle and it’s this change in exposure to light where it begins. Any long-term effects for frequent travellers? It’s may affect not only people's...
It can be exhilarating and it can be nerve-wracking but there aren't many people whose lives aren’t enriched by one of the growing number of 'swim with' experiences offered in Australia. Ningaloo Reef on Western Australia’s Coral Coast was the 12th most popular destination on The 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia list, thanks largely to the whale shark encounters on offer (incidentally placing it ahead of the Great Barrier Reef). But that’s just the start: you can frolic with dolphins or stare face to face with a great white shark (from behind the safety of a cage). So, get your togs on, here are Australia’s...
If the thrill of a hot-air balloon flight has always been on your bucket list then this is for you. Balloon Aloft is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a balloon flight for two* at one of its four locations – Hunter Valley, Camden Valley, the Hawkesbury or Mudgee (worth $687). Sunrise flights depart daily offering spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. After the flight enjoy a gourmet breakfast and champagne celebration. Q. For you chance to win, CLICK HERE, and tell us, in 25 words or less who would you take up in a hot air balloon,...
It’s not at all about relaxing on a beach anymore, Australians are increasingly happy to lace up their walking boots to explore the countryside on foot in their time off. On the ‘100 Greatest Holidays of Australia’ list walking of all types took centre-stage, from the exclusive luxury of Freycinet and Bay of Fires in Tasmania to the outback walks of the Northern Territory and a coastal walk in southern WA. One theme that did reign supreme was, well, Tasmania, taking out the top four spots on Australia's Greatest Walking Holidays destinations. Here are the top 10 (with the number they finished overall...
Steve Madgwick chats with the increasingly well-travelled Matt Moran about his foodie journeys, his newest restaurant and what he cooks when he’s feeling lazy. With your television series, Paddock to Plate, you seem to be covering a lot of Australia. What’s your favourite destination? It’s a bloody hard one. It depends if I feel like a warm climate or a cool one. I have to say that Broome is a very special place. I’ve been there twice, once in my early 20s – my first real holiday, at Cable Beach, before it was really discovered – and once a couple of years...
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