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've combed Australia’s cooking schools to find this top-shelf selection of cooking classes that are out of the ordinary in their food, philosophy and, of course, their locations (By: Greta Stonehouse). 1. The Agrarian Kitchen, Lachlan, Tasmania Where better to learn the art of cooking wholesome food than where it comes from. The Agrarian Kitchen is a sustainable, farm-based cooking school in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley. One of the founders, Rodney Dunn, a former chef under Tetsuya, combines his passion for great cuisine with the pristine Tasmanian landscape – a foodie’s dreamland. See: The Agrarian Kitchen 2. Cape Lodge, Margaret River,...
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...
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From the vast wetlands, mighty gorges and waterfalls in Kakadu and Nitmiluk to the ancient indigenous rock paintings in Arnhem Land, the Northern Territory's Top End is the glittering jewel of the north - and one of Australia’s 16 Ultimate Escapes Soul-stirring and steeped in spirituality, the Northern Territory is an achingly beautiful part of Australia, home to larger-than-life scenery and six dramatically different seasons. With its ancient Aboriginal connection, the stories of the Dreamtime are shared on cliff-face galleries, creating the greatest and oldest collections of rock art in the world. In national parks like the Kakadu, a pristine World...
Louise Goldsbury falls in love with the top-end Seabourn Quest; understated elegance with a side of caviar. The defining moment of a Seabourn cruise occurs within seconds of stepping aboard, when a tuxedoed waiter hands you a flute of champagne. As per the golden rule of five-stars-at-sea, the all-inclusive special touches – and they do mean all-inclusive – start upon arrival when crew members line up to warmly greet you and, impressively, remember your name for the rest of the trip. As of now, you are one of the privileged few who has discovered the huge difference that a small...
Novice photographer Steve Madgwick gets ‘flown in the deep end’, receiving a masterclass in aerial photography (in a helicopter with the doors taken off) from Grand Master photographer David Oliver. Here’s how he fared under the tutelage of the 20-year veteran attempting to capture the stunning Whitsundays Islands in a Volkswagen sized Robertson helicopter. Why take the doors off a perfectly good helicopter? David Oliver: The glass in a helicopter is thick acrylic, not pure glass, which tends to get scratches. So your view is not absolutely clear because of the scratches, the weather and, of course, the reflection. The...
Seven of the best places in Australia to see Indigenous art as it was intended. 1. Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory All the academics agree that Kakadu holds one of the world’s greatest concentrations of rock art; approximately 5000 sites have been recorded, a further 10,000 are thought to exist and these are just a sliver of the total body of art on the Arnhem Land Plateau. The paintings, estimated to range in age from 20,000 years (and probably a lot older) to the recent past, constitute one of the longest historical records of any group of people in the...
Looking for a short holiday near Melbourne that won’t bash the budget? Quentin Long takes a stroll through the bargain highlights of Mornington Peninsula, finding affordable options for couples and families. I chose Mornington Peninsula because the region has a lot going on for kids. Other alternatives are Daylesford, Yarra Valley and the Great Ocean Road. To do Family It’s all ‘aMAZEing’ with a couple of different mazes. And all the activities I mention below have cafes to feed the kids. Enchanted Adventure Garden is a lot more than just a maze, with an indoor maze, “tree surfing”, tube slides and outdoor...
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,...
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...
World Heritage-listed rainforests, bohemian towns, surf beaches and a legendary food and arts scene, you can find the country’s best features between Bryon Bay and the Gold Coast - one of Australia’s 16 Ultimate Escapes Stretching from Byron Bay to the Gold Coast and west into the hinterland of the Great Dividing Range, the Green Cauldron is one of the few places in the country where mountain rainforests meet the ocean. The region encompasses secluded and surf beaches, subtropical rainforest and 12 national parks. Many are found in the Gondwana Rainforest World Heritage Area, a magnificent landscape created from an ancient...
A pinch of good advice can go a long way when it comes to taking great holiday photos. And who better to give photography advice than multi-award winning and AAIP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) Grand Master photographer David Oliver. Try out these simple tips for size (and let us know how you go)... 1. Go it alone Designate some time for yourself to go out shooting alone. If you're travelling with family or in a large group, this ensures that you won't be holding anyone up or missing shots due to other plans. Sunrise or early morning are particularly...
Whales, sharks dolphins, penguins, camels, horse - whatever your wildlife fave, we've tracked down the most amazing places and best experiences to come face to face with the best of Australia's wildlife. 1. Swim with the whale sharks, Ningaloo Reef, WA Few people who encounter Ningaloo Reef’s whale sharks (around 12 metres long) deny it is a life-changing event. The best time to swim with these massive softies on the north-west tip of Western Australia (in one of the world’s healthiest reef systems, World Heritage List in 2011), is between April and June. Operators such as Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours,...
It's an outback epic road trip that cuts a swathe right through the middle of the Kimberley - we've found the most 'do-able' way to navigate the iconic Gibb River Road... DAY 1: Find your 4WD Pick up your 4WD (broomebroome.com.au) or campervan (apollocamper.com) in Broome and stock up on food, water and alcohol. Head to Matso’s Brewery for dinner (a Broome must-do), then stay at The Mantra Frangipani – it’s great, and at a great price. DAY 2: Drive to Derby (3 hours) Stop at the Derby Prison Boab Tree (signposted), which tells the sad history of local indigenous...
Of course, a Whitsundays holiday is all about sleep-ins, fine dining and cocktails by the pool. But if you get bored with the finer things and feel like an adventure, here are five ways to explore Hamilton Island without too much sweat - and a big pay-off big pay-off. 1. Hire a kayak for your own personal reef tour Short of doing a guided tour out to the reef (which is a no-brainer), hire a kayak and go exploring yourself. The water is crystal clear, so it won’t be hard to spot coral and schools of tropical fish while paddling...
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