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.
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...
Nothing shouts ‘Canberra isn't boring’ like a 14-metre high, Hollywood-style sign that is proposed by one tenacious ACT local. New Jersey-born Alicia Doherty is driving an ambitious idea to construct a corrugated steel sign that will spell out 'CANBERRA' on an entire tier of a disused quarry on Eagle Hawk Hill, facing the Federal Highway as you drive into the capital from Sydney, two kilometres on the NSW side of the border. “A lot of people were saying Canberra hasn’t got a real sense of arrival and this would certainly change that,” says Doherty. “When my husband and I first moved...
Our five favourite coffee roasters to pick up your morning brew. St Ali Roasters, South Melbourne Here customers can sip house-roasted coffee by 2013 Australian Barista Champion, Matt Perger. There’s also a healthy all-day menu to sink your teeth into, while their factory across the road runs workshops from roasting to latte art. stali.com.au Campos Coffee, Newtown, Sydney Campos made headlines when a New York Times journalist declared their coffee was worth the 22-hour flight. Now the flagship store includes an espresso bar downstairs and a cupping room upstairs, where you can sample various brews and pick up a bag of your...
Australia’s fabled red heart is a place rich in indigenous culture, and sun-seared natural icons like Uluru, Kata Tjuta, the West MacDonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon - and one of Australia’s 16 Ultimate Escapes Australia’s red centre is often referred to as the spiritual heart of Australia, a living landscape of breathtaking beauty that encompasses the World Heritage-listed Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park, Alice Springs, the ancient West MacDonnell Ranges and Watarrka National Park. The traditional custodians, the Anangu, believe the Central Australian landscape was created at the beginning of time by their ancestors. Their descendants have protected these sacred...
***This article was created in partnership with our sponsors Sunset Events*** The North West Festival, the Pilbara region’s premier annual music event, returns to Western Australia’s Port Hedland (August 22 to 24) with an amazing line-up of artists and a bunch of colourful activities in between. The North West Festival has grown into a true weekender, with two nights of entertainment and free camping, as well as an acoustic ‘Sundowner’. In its third year, the festival has attracted big names such as Missy Higgins, The Dandy Warhols, Wolfmother, Ball Park Music, Art vs Science and Illy. To cap off a memorable few...
Despite wanting to keep it to ourselves, we simply couldn’t resist bringing you the incredible views from the deck of the luxe retreat Thalia Haven on Tasmania’s east coast. What better way to envelop yourself in all things winter than with a long, hot soak in the tub, wine glass in hand, as the waves of Great Oyster Bay crash below you. Bathe after sundown for a truly spectacular atmosphere – just you, the stars, the moon and the Milky Way. The rugged yet elegant house, which has been fully open since April, is completely wind- and solar-powered. Set on...
What if Queensland’s Sunshine Coast offered more than a summery beachside retreat? Words by Celeste Mitchell, Photography by Krista Eppelstun It’s not what you’d expect. Blonde-haired locals, cerulean water, resort wear, sand between your toes – that’s what you expect when you visit the Sunshine Coast. But here in the hinterland – a charming mixture of fresh, organic food, luxury B&Bs and roadside honesty boxes – is Queensland’s wintery answer to Noosa; a place of lush rainforests, fresh air, and a vibe somewhere between sophisticated and bohemian. But restaurants, rolling hills and hatted retreats aside (this area is also home...
Everything you need to know about cruising the spectacular waters of The Kimberley: price, star rating, which port to jump on board and just how much luxury you can expect. Silversea Cruises Luxe rating: 6-star Cruising style: High-end luxury; a more traditional-style cruising experience thanks to ship size; international staff Ship name: Silver Discoverer Departure ports: Darwin, Broome Berths: 120 Price: From $10,950 for 10 days Contact: 1300 306 872; silversea.com True North Luxury Adventure Cruises Luxe rating: 5.5-star Cruising style: Intimate adventure expedition with Australian staff; high-end luxury Ship name: True North Departure ports: Broome, Wyndham Berths: 36 Price: From...
Visiting Norfolk Island is like meeting a long-lost relative (who just happens to be a phenomenal cook), says Nikki Wallman. Photography by Hayley Anderson G’day mate!” might be our most loved form of greeting, but what you hear on the street typically varies from that. Queenslanders are far more likely to greet you with an “’Ow you goin’?”, while a Melburnian may simply gift you with an air kiss or two. At the tiny airport of Norfolk Island, however, you’ll hear a decidedly lesser well-known phrase: “Wataweih!” Norfolk might be only two-and-a-half hours from Sydney, but the fact that you...
Oversized hotels, cookie-cutter rooms... No thanks. Alissa Jenkins sets out to find bespoke hotels for the plushest of unique stays The Islington, Hobart With enough old-world charm to impress the staunchest of contemporary fans, the Islington takes the historic and makes it cool and convivial. A century-old structure mingles with a modern conservatory, restaurant and guest wing; each room adorned with art, antiques and plush furnishings. In any of the 11 suites at The Islington, you can sink into a custom-made ultra-comfy king-sized bed each night. Or soak in a free-standing bath tub in your private marble bathroom, lathering up in...
When it comes to iconic Australian road trips, you can’t go past the spectacular Great Ocean Road, the coastal drive that winds its way along the windswept Southern Ocean, but don’t just drive it – ride it, trek it, taste it - one of Australia’s 16 Ultimate Escapes Taking a trip along the Great Ocean Road is an Australian rite of passage. Opened in 1932, the road – built by returned soldiers and dedicated to those who lost their lives in World War I – winds 243 kilometres along some of the most awe-inspiring coastline in the world. Taking in rainforests, sunburnt...
Small in size but big on hydration, these mini products - creams, moisturisers, balms - are a must for winter travel 1. Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream, $135 (50ml) When it comes to hydration, hyaluronic acid is your best friend, thanks to its ability to draw moisture to and hold it in the skin; and this day cream from Clarins has it in spades. Throw in shea and mango butter and even the driest skin will be singing. clarins.com 2. Antipodes Moisture Boost Minis, $19.95 These two best-sellers have been miniaturised but still offer a double-edged attack on dryness. The...
A vast tract of land in the northern Kimberley has been returned to its traditional custodians – bringing an incredible new travel experience to its jaw-dropping shores at The Kimberley Coastal Camp. Words by Alissa Jenkins Cool blobs of ochre paint are dotted around my eyes. Albert Peurmora, a traditional owner of this land, has put them there. He thumbs the same decorative markings his ancestors wore to signify ceremony, for thousands of years before us, before each member of the group is brushed with a gumtree branch in a traditional smoking ceremony to cleanse us of any bad spirits...
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