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.
The Northern Lights get all the love when it comes to natural light phenomena but did you know Australia has its own light show – the Aurora Australis? Greta Stonehouse speaks to ‘Southern Lights’ experts to see why you might want to consider Tasmania before you book your flight to Scandinavia, Canada... or Siberia. Fifteen years ago Margaret Sonnermann was driving from Launceston to Hobart when she noticed something in the sky that made her pull over in shock. This was Margaret’s first glimpse of the Southern Lights. Back then, there was no portal available to discuss this amazing natural...
Uncrowded beaches, mist-tinged rainforests and rocky islands teeming with fairy penguins and seals... This stretch from the Sapphire Coast to East Gippsland has it all, and a host of hidden gems - one of Australia’s 16 Ultimate Escapes Scattered with national parks and reserves, Mother Nature puts on one of her finest performances in this special corner of Australia. Highlights include the 100-kilometre Wilderness Coast Walk, which traverses the inlets and rolling dunes of Croajingolong National Park to the bird-rich heathlands of Nadgee Nature Reserve. Together the two parks are listed as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and contain more...
The humble bicycle meets rolling countryside... hop on for one of these luxury cycle tours through some of the finest scenery and fecund food baskets in all of Australia. Gourmet Cycling for Softies, Victorian High Country If you’re inspired by our experience, the aptly named ‘gourmet cycling for softies’ just might also appeal. This five-day fully guided tour through Victoria’s High Country will have you pedalling from Milawa to Myrtleford, indulging in fine produce along the way. $1950 per person, twin-share including breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Best of Tasmania From white sandy beaches to rugged mountains, Tasmania has the...
It was 1999 when two Queensland girls launched a small jeans label in Sydney. Fifteen years later, the pair have left an indelibly Australian imprint on the international luxury fashion industry (and reinvented the average jean zip-length in the process). sass & bide co-founder Sarah-Jane Clarke talks to Georgia Rickard about one very Australian journey Let us, for a moment, take stock of Australia’s fairly impressive reputation for success. We make great wine. We can act. We can even manage to win the odd Olympic gold… in winter. For a population of our size, some ridiculously miniscule fraction of the...
You’ll find Australia’s red wine capital, the Barossa Valley, 75 kilometres north-east of Adelaide, disguising an equally impressive food scene. Centred around three main townships – Angaston, Nuriootpa and Tanunda, expect sprawling vineyard, strong German and English influences and rich soils, which combine to produce a rainbow of goodies. Everyone knows you should… Go to the farmers’ markets There are two must-do local markets here – the Barossa Farmers Market at Angaston and the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market. Every Saturday, both burst with regional producers showcasing food from local homes and farms. Visit the Artisans of Barossa cellar door The love child of seven...
Australian Traveller gives you this spring's hottest travel bargains right here, right now: accommodation, walks, flights and cycling tours. Happy travels and, oh, be quick... To receive the latest travel discounts and deals straight into your inbox every month, and have the chance at winning a $4000 luxe holiday to Bali, simply >>click and subscribe here Hilton Hotel Brisbane You don’t have to look far for that perfect romantic getaway. Today, surprise your special one with a stay at Hilton Brisbane, and spend quality time together. Explore new sights and discover what makes Brisbane great. From $225 p.room p.night* Book a It’s...
Is there ever, ever any instance where shared bathrooms can be chic, asks Winsor Dobbin? A night in Tasmania's new Montacute Boutique Bunk House should answer that... Rose Flynn and Antony Langdon, the livewire young owners of Hobart’s chic new accommodation offering, reckon they opened Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse because they “know that a trip to Tasmania can add up”. Is it a hotel? Not really. Is it a guesthouse? Not exactly. Is it a hostel? Well... not like any hostel you’ve stayed at before. It has been described as perfect for those with champagne tastes on a cider budget, and...
From mineral springs to mud baths, these are Australia's best natural hot soaks to put on your weekend bucket list, says Mandy McKeesick 1. Peninsula Hot Springs, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria This lovely little retreat in Victoria is the real deal, having been voted ‘Best Luxury Mineral Spa’ in the 2014 World Luxury Hotel Awards. By all accounts, however, Peninsula Hot Springs – found on Victoria’s physically-blessed Mornington Peninsula – is something of a stand-out experience, located on a 17-hectare property offering not one, but 20 different styles of relaxation, including thermal mineral spring pools, an underground sauna, private outdoor baths,...
Nominate and win: Tell us your best holiday experiences of 2014 and you could win a dream trip from the Outback to the Reef staying at Crystalbrook Lodge and Orpheus Island in far north Queensland. Every year we need your help to uncover and reward Australia’s favourite travel experiences, accommodation and destinations for our People’s Choice Awards. The winners will be revealed in Australian Traveller’s People’s Choice Issue – December/January special edition on sale 4 December. TO ENTER/NOMINATE CLICK HERE As a reward for your time, your nomination will be in the running to win a Outback to Reef luxury prize for two people. The $11,000...
The Queensland capital might have taken a bit of time to emerge from the shadows of its east-coast cousins, but boy, has Brisbane ever gotten its cool on. Enough so to have Lonely Planet proclaim it as Australia’s hippest city in December last year; and it’s only going to get better. Here’s why. 1. it’s a rising hub of gastronomic creativity Do we dare declare Brisbane as Australia’s most hot-right-now culinary corner? Whoops, we just did – sorry Melbourne. With a host of lively and über cool watering holes, chic wine bars, excellent fine dining, and cute and cosy cafés,...
There's a whole other side to the Australian coast that few see - but here's how to get a scuba view with a difference worth diving for. 1. Underwater Photography Workshop, Port Stephens, NSW Mastered the art of taking photos on land (or not)? Either way, you can now get snap happy underwater with this Dive 2000's unique photography workshop. Over a weekend at beautiful Port Stephens, you’ll improve your underwater photo skills as trained instructors teach you practical knowledge and techniques on capture styles, equipment, composition and lighting plus more. The quality ‘selfies with the fish’ you’ll bring back...
Ember-red sunsets, silent swimming holes, thunderous waterfalls and cavernous gorges... these classic Kimberley outback scenes sprawl across one-sixth of Western Australia - one of Australia’s 16 Ultimate Escapes A place of soaring red cliffs, cavernous gorges and cascading waterfalls, The Kimberley is as captivating as it is wild, rugged and immense. Covering nearly 423,000 square kilometres of northwestern Australia, the region is five times the size of Tasmania. It’s also one of the most remote corners of the country, where you will encounter some of the most extraordinary outback adventures. Journey east from Broome – with its colourful history, landscape and...
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,...
Even if you’re not a cyclist, what awaits you along this trail is bound to have you peddling your little heart out, and then eating and drinking the finest Victorian produce. Chanel Gallen goes for a 3-day gourmet cycle: Beechworth, Milawa, Myrtleford, Bright, Rutherglen... (photography by Rebecca Taylor). How can you tell if someone’s taken up cycling? Why, they’ll tell you, of course. Just ask one of the fluro-wearing MAMLs (middle-aged men in lycra) who’ve taken over Saturday morning roads – they’ll happily chat to you about clicks, cleats and the fact of the matter: cycling is the new golf. It...
An adventurous 10-day, 2500-kilometre journey following the Warlu Way from Broome to Exmouth, with some luxury along the way (By Daniel Scott). We arrive at Deep Reach Pool in the Millstream-Chichester National Park at the mid-point of our 10-day journey from Broome to Exmouth. After the hot three-hour drive from the Pilbara coast, travelling through spinifex-covered hills and past huge mesas rearing out of the red desert, we are amazed to discover this deep waterway, lined by paperbark trees. The campervan’s engine has not stopped humming before we are immersed in the pool’s cool waters. For the next half-hour we...
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