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5 Affordable Tropical Island Getaways in...
After days, weeks or months of the daily grind, there’s not much better than sitting back on a white sandy beach on your very own island getaway.
5 Reasons to Add Hayman Island to Your Travel...
Australia is no stranger to beautiful stretches of sand, with some of the best beaches in the world located on its magnificent coastline.
What You Need to Know About Seasons in Australia
With Australia in the Southern hemisphere, several things that set it apart from countries in the Northern hemisphere, particularly its seasons.
What to Expect if You're Visiting Australia in...
The Australian winter takes place in the months of June, July and August.
Australia in October
October is midspring in Australia, the flowers are in bloom, the weather is warm, and the sand and surf of Australia's beaches beckon.
Queensland Islands
A number of Queensland islands along the Australian east coast, many of them part of the Great Barrier Reef, are popular holiday and daytrip destinations. Drive along the coast and you'll find jump-off points to these islands in the sun.
What to Wear in Australia
Except for really formal occasions, casual wear is pretty much the norm in Australia.
Learn Why Australia’s National Flower is...
The golden wattle, Acacia pycnantha, is the national flower of Australia.
Mt Augustus
Mt Augustus in Western Australia is the world's biggest rock, about two and a half times the size of Uluru in the Northern Territory.
There Are Lots of Reasons to Visit Australia in...
September in Australia is the first month of the southern spring and it's a season of regrowth and flowers.
Melbourne's Free Tourist Bus
Melbourne's free tourist bus, the City Tourist Shuttle, is a free hop on, hop off service with stops at a number of Melbourne city attractions.
Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk
You can take the Sydney Harbour Bridge walk from The Rocks to Milsons Point, and it's free.
What Are Thongs?
Thongs in Australia are not the skimpy, sexy pieces of underwear some people think of when hearing the term.
Why Winter Might Be the Best Time to Visit...
Sydney in the winter could be the best time to visit Australia's largest city.
Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle
The Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle is a free hop on, hop off bus service with stops at a number of Melbourne attractions.
Do You Need a Visa to Visit Australia?
Do you need an Australian visa? Here's what you need to know.
The Best Time to Visit Sydney
This page talks about the Australian Spring and why Spring is the best time to visit Sydney, Australia.
Australia Travel: The Top 10 Free Melbourne...
There are a number of free attractions available in Melbourne, Victoria. Here's a selection of Melbourne attractions which shouldn't cost any money.
Tips on Tipping in Australia and New Zealand
Tips on tipping in Australia and New Zealand shed light on tipping customs.
A Tourist's Guide to Driving in Australia
Driving in Australia means having to know Australian traffic rules and regulations.
Australian Traffic Rules
You would need to know these basic Australian traffic rules and regulations if you want to go driving in Australia.
What You Can Expect from Australia in December
December is a month of holidays. Not only are there two public holidays - Christmas Day and Boxing Day - but quite a number of businesses close down for the Christmas season, and school terms end before Christmas, so it's holiday time for large numbers of Australians.
Why July Is a Great Month to Visit Australia
July is midwinter in Australia, and one of the best months for skiing and other snow activities. There's also Yulefest and the Darwin Regatta.
10 places to stay in Australia on the cheap
Wallet-friendly lodgings are available in abundance across Australia – and just because they’re affordable, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort, quality or amenity.
Going Down Under? Learn Some Common Aussie...
The Australian language includes some unique idioms, terms, words, phrases
Is Summer the Best Time to Visit Sydney,...
The best time to visit Sydney could be in the Australian summer.
7 Essential carry-on items when travelling...
Nothing can ruin a vacation quite like getting sick: when a cold takes hold or a tummy bug derails you, all of your carefully-laid plans go out the window.
City Circle Tram
The City Circle Tram in Melbourne operates daily along a city circuit passing a number of Melbourne attractions.
What Is Yum Cha?
Yum cha in Australia, and particularly in Sydney, is a serving of small Chinese dishes of a large variety of mainly steamed items, such as dim sums and barbecued-pork buns, served from trolleys that go around among the diners.
Irukandji Jellyfish
The Irukandji jellyfish is found in north Australian waters during the jellyfish season from October to May. Here’s what to do if you are stung.
Ferry to Tasmania
A guide to passenger and vehicular ferry transportation to Tasmania, Australia, including schedules, prices, and booking information.
The True Story of Red Dog
The movie Red Dog is based on the true story of a hitchhiking, people-loving adventurous red kelpie in Western Australia's Pilbara region.
Daydream Island
Daydream Island is one of the smaller islands in the Whitsundays with resort accommodation and facilities for guests and daytrippers.
Is Mel Gibson Australian?
Actor, director, producer Mel Gibson spent much of his early years in Australia, studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, and starred in a number of Australian films at the start of his movie career.
The little-known secret luxury Australian...
I stumbled upon a secret a number of years ago that literally transformed my travel experience – it can have a huge positive impact on your hotel stay!
Australia in August
August in Australia is the last month of the southern winter but in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains and the Victorian Alps, you'd hardly know spring is just around the corner.
Australian Open Year by Year
The Australian Open sees the continuing march of champions, retaining and losing titles as well as coming up through the qualifying rounds.
Spring in Australia
Spring in Australia begins on the first day of September and ends on the last day of November.
Melbourne Theatre Guide - What's Playing in...
The Melbourne theatre guide is a regularly updated listing of theatre productions in Melbourne, when and where they are playing, and how to book tickets.
Australian Money
Australia’s national currency is the Austrian dollar. Here is what you need to know about denominations and coin restrictions to help you avoid confusion.
Australia's Capital Cities
While it’s easy to forget that Sydney is not the capital of Australia, here are the capital cities of Australia’s six states and two mainland territories.
Autumn in Australia
Autumn in Australia begins on March 1 and ends on May 31.
Your Guide to June in Australia: The First...
June in Australia is the beginning of winter which also sees the start of the ski season during the Queen's Birthday holiday weekend.
The Dog on the Tuckerbox
Celebrated in Australian folklore, poetry, and song, the Dog on the Tuckerbox, a monument to the pioneers of the Riverina region, has become an icon of Australia's past.
Walk into History at The Rocks in Sydney
Take a walking tour into history at The Rocks in Sydney for an insight into the beginnings of the city.
Hook Turn
If you plan to drive in Melbourne, watch out for the
Canberra Attractions
The Canberra City Explorer takes in Canberra's major attractions on a hop on, hop off tour.
Australia Weather
Australia weather should be a guide to what clothes you wear.
Australian Visa
If you need to have an Australian visa to visit Australia, here's how to get one.
12 Facts you (probably) didnt know about...
What are the first things that come to mind when you think of Australia? Once you learn the following striking facts about Australia, they may completely redefine how you think about the land down under...
Australia Facts
Here are some Australia facts for a quick overview of this nation continent.
Arriving in Sydney
Here's what to do on arriving in Sydney and how best to get to your hotel.
Fraser Island
Fraser Island is Australia's fourth largest island and the world's largest sand island, a popular holiday destination off the Queensland coast.
Want to Visit Australia or New Zealand? Read...
Australia and New Zealand Map. Australia Travel.
Summer in Australia
It's summer in Australia when it's winter in the northern hemisphere.
Top 10 Queensland National Parks
Queensland national parks feature spectacular landscapes, offer insights into the Australian natural environment and provide spaces for passive and active recreation.
Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne, capital of Victoria, has a large number of interesting city attractions best visited by tram or on foot.
Magnetic Island
Magnetic Island off the Queensland coast east of the city of Townsville is one of the nearer coastal islands fringing the Great Barrier Reef.
Heron Island
Located on the Tropic of Capricorn, Heron Island is one of the true coral islands off the Queensland coast. Page 6.
Ever Thought of Visiting Australia's Great...
Australia's Great Barrier Reef is a succession of spectacular reefs extending from just south of the Tropic of Capricorn off the Queensland coast to Torres Strait in the north.
Australian celebrity hometowns to visit on your...
Keen to see where some of Australia’s most famous acting imports sprouted up? Explore the home towns of everyone from Hugh Jackman to Iggy Azalea on your next trip down under!
Australia in February
February is the last month of the Australian summer with generally warm weather in most of Australia tapering to cool as autumn approaches.
Australian Theme Parks
Australian theme parks are popular attractions for the young and the young at heart. Here are some of Australia’s major and more popular theme parks.
What Is the Haka?
The popular form of the New Zealand Maori haka is a war chant and challenge with many aggressive sounds and movements.
Sydney to Melbourne
From Sydney to Melbourne the major inland route is through the Hume Highway.
Australia in November
November in Australia is best known as the month of the Melbourne Cup. It is, too, the last month of spring.
The Best Time to Visit Sydney - Autumn
The best time to visit Sydney could be in the Australian autumn.
Southwestern Western Australia
The southwestern arc of Australia's Southwest includes cities and towns from Fremantle to Albany.
Australia Pictures
Australia's unique landscapes and seascapes are the subject of pictures in this photo gallery.
How Is the Australian Prime Minister Chosen?
The Prime Minister of Australia is chosen by members of the winning party or coalition in an Australian Federal election.
Sydney Walking Tour - Circular Quay to Hyde Park
Start your Sydney walking tour from Circular Quay.
10 Facts About Australia That Aren’t...
Australians have adopted a global reputation for being fit, fun and friendly – and for the most part, that’s true! However, there is plenty of misinformation out there...
Strine and Australian Slang
A glossary of Strine and Australian slang - words and phrases starting with the letter A
Floriade Flower Festival
The Floriade flower festival is an annual spring festival redolent with the scents, sounds and sights of the Canberra spring held from around the middle of September to around the middle of October.
Aussiespeak
Aussiespeak needs an understanding of the Australian language, its idioms, terms, words, phrases
Driving in Australia
There are rules to follow regarding parking and roundabouts when you're driving in Australia.
Hamilton Island
About 900 kilometres north of Brisbane, in the heart of Queensland's popular Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island is one of the more accessible islands on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
Skiing in New South Wales
Skiing in New South Wales takes place in the northern summer when it's winter in Australia.
New Zealand Visa
Holders of certain passports will find it easier getting New Zealand visas
Your Guide to Australian Holidays in March
The first month of the Australian autumn, March is a month of various festivals and holidays.
Lizard Island
Lizard Island is Australia's northernmost resort island on the Great Barrier Reef. Page 9.
Hinchinbrook Island
Hinchinbrook Island is a designated national park and the waters around it are a part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. . Page 7.
What to pack for a winter holiday in Australia
Australia is a huge and diverse country, and as a result we have a lot of different weather conditions – even during the same season!
Top 10 Free Sydney Attractions
There are a number of free Sydney attractions available in Australia's largest city. Here's a selection of free Sydney attractions.
Heron Island, Queensland
Heron Island is an island resort off the Capricornia coast of Queensland, Australia.
Lady Elliot Island
Lady Elliot Island at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef is a coral cay providing some of Australia's best diving locations on the north Queensland coast. Page 8.
Phillip Island
What you need to know to see the Phillip Island penguin parade, including access, viewing areas, and travel information.
Princess Mary of Denmark: A Fairy-Tale Romance
Australian-born Mary Donaldson became Crown Princess of Denmark after her marriage to Danish Crown Prince Frederik on May 14, 2004. A son, heir to the throne of Denmark, was born of the union on October 15, 2005, followed by a daughter on April 21, 2007, and twins on January 8, 2011.
The Bungle Bungles
Some fast facts you might want to know about the Bungle Bungles in Purnululu National Park. Page 3.
6 places to swim with Dolphins
Sweet, smart and keenly social, dolphins are utterly enchanting. With their cheeky chatter and human-like displays of affection and altruism, they seem to relate to each other in ways that we’re still just beginning to understand.
Australian Population
The Australian population of 21 million comprises a mix of cultures, ethnic origins, marital status, family structures, education, religion, and financial and economic standing
Melbourne Landmarks
Melbourne, Australia's second largest city and the capital of the state of Victoria, is a fascinating blend of old and new in its buildings and their architecture.
Australia Travel Planner
An Australia travel planner helps organise a trip to Australia especially for people visiting Australia for the first time.
G'day and All That: A Guide to Australian Slang
G'day, here are some Strine and Australian slang words and phrases you may come across on your visit to Australia.
Your Guide to May in Australia: The Month...
May in Australia is the month before the onset of the southern winter.
Matariki
A constellation of stars whose appearance in New Zealand skies marks the start of the Maori new year. Matariki is also known as the Seven Sisters.
South Island, New Zealand
Take a five-day South Island tour to see the island's major attractions.
Blue Mountains Yulefest
In a country where Christmas takes place in the summer, it seemed only a matter of time before people started enjoying the spirit and the trappings of Christmas in the middle of the Australian year, which is when it's winter in Australia. So was born Christmas in July and Yulefest in the New South Wales Blue Mountains.
Australian Wildlife
There is a variety of Australian wildlife, from kangaroos, koalas and kookaburras to bilbies, boobie birds, bottlenose dolphins and brolgas. Here are some of the animals and birds of Australia.
Sydney Theatre Guide - What's Playing in Sydney
The Sydney theatre guide lists current and coming plays, musicals and other theatre productions in Sydney with venues and booking information.
What Is XXXX?
XXXX is Queensland beer brewed by Castlemaine Perkins.
Go Fossicking for Thunder Eggs
At Mount Hay Gemstone Tourist Park, visitors are able to fossick for thunder eggs through rock and soil carted down from the volcanic slopes. The volcano, subsequently named Mount Hay, has been extinct for millions of years.
10 Reasons to Visit Sydney
Sydney is Australia's best known city and one of the most popular destinations Down Under. Here are 10 reasons why.
Car Hire
When renting or hiring a car in Australia and New Zealand, watch out for possible problems in order to have hassle-free travel.
Eureka Flag
The Eureka flag was first hoisted at the Eureka Stockade in 1854 and is generally considered a symbol of Australian rebellion.
10 Reasons to Visit Melbourne
Melbourne's most popular visitor attractions make the Victorian capital one of Australia's top destinations.
Sydney Dining Guide
Sydney dining guide: Dining in Sydney gives you a wide choice of restaurants but you must know where to go.
Australia in January
January in Australia is a midsummer month of the Sydney Festival, Australian Open, Australia Day, and various other Australian events and attractions.
Driving in Australia - Getting It Right
Driving in Australia means learning a few things and getting it right.
Tweed Valley Australia - Discover Tweed Valley...
The Tweed Valley in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia, is home to the largest extinct volcano in the southern hemisphere, World Heritage national parks, great surfing beaches.
Royal National Park, Sydney: Getting There
Here's how to get to Australia's Royal National Park at the southern edge of Sydney city.
How Do You Get to the Sydney Opera House?
Here's how to get to the Sydney Opera House on foot or by car, train, bus, taxi, water taxi, ferry.
Australia Quiz - Test Your Knowledge of Australia
In this Australia quiz, test your knowledge of this great southern land.
Webb Bridge at Melbourne Docklands
Webb Bridge, or Web Bridge, is a footbridge spanning the Yarra River in the Melbourne Docklands precinct.
Australian Opals: A Buyer's Guide
Australian opals are a popular and beautiful souvenir, but it's easy to buy the wrong type of gem. Read up on the different types of opals, including black opals, triplets, and boulder opals.
Australia in April
April in Australia is mid-autumn with temperatures starting their slide into winter. Anzac Day is celebrated in April and Easter celebrations may occur in April as well.
How Are Tropical Cyclones Rated?
Australian tropical cyclones are rated in five categories according to their strongest wind speed.
Alice Springs Regatta
The Henley-on-Todd Regatta takes place on the Todd River in Alice Springs, but only when the river is dry. If rains somehow cause the river to have water, well, the regatta is called off. Of course. Page 12.
Movie World
If you are fascinated by movies, movie characters, movie shows and how movies are made, Movie World on Australia's Gold Coast could be a place to visit on your trip to Queensland.
Green Island
Green Island is a 12-hectare coral cay in a 710-hectare reef bed just about 30 kilometres from Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Page 4.
What Is the Sydney Explorer?
The Sydney Explorer is a visitor-oriented Sydney sightseeing bus which takes in Sydney's major attractions.
Horse Racing in Australia
Sydney has two major metropolitan horse racing venues at Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens with two other sites at Canterbury Park and Warwick Farm.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef along the Queensand coast of Australia is a popular destination for Australian and overseas visitors.
10 Most Popular Australia Beaches
With more than 10,000 beaches all around Australia, there's no problem finding one along the coast, with some more popular with beachgoers than others.
Australia Month by Month
Visiting Australia? Check out the months when you plan to travel.
Circular Quay
Circular Quay in Sydney is an ideal place to start your Sydney discovery tour.
The Ghost of Princess Theatre
Melbourne's Princess Theatre is said to be haunted by the ghost of a man who died during a performance of the opera Faust.
Royal National Park
The Royal National Park in Sydney has many walking tracks of varying degrees of difficulty
Canberra in the Winter
Canberra in the winter is cool to cold but there are a number of activities suitable for the season.
What Is a Hongi?
The hongi is a traditional Maori greeting expressed by the rubbing or touching of noses.
Melbourne Beaches
Melbourne beaches can be found close to Melbourne city centre.
Don't Die in the Outback
What you need to know to properly prepare for a trip through the Australian Outback and what to do if you get lost.
Western Australia
Western Australia is Australia's largest state with a coastline starting at the state's northern boundary with the Northern Territory and southward along the Indian Ocean coast and, in the south, the Southern Ocean until the South Australia border.
Brisbane Australia
Brisbane, located between Australia's more popular Gold and Sunshine Coasts, is a destination in itself with its own unique attractions.
Great Keppel Island
From an image of tropical near-hedonistic island playground to today's reality of fewer visitors - but still the same 17 beaches of such enticingly pristine beauty - Great Keppel Island is moving on from the disrepair of its great resort to being a friendlier, kinder place. Page 3.
What Not to Do in Australia
Visiting Australia for the first time? Here are some things to watch out for, including driving a car, beach safety, and language.
Sydney Landmarks
Sydney landmarks are not only distinctive structures on the Sydney urban landscape but also assist visitors and newcomers to the city to find their bearings.
Where Is the Sydney Subway?
In Sydney the underground train circuit is the City Circle. The terms subway, underground, tube and metro are not used in reference to the current city railway system.
Animal Emblems of Australia
Certain states and territories of Australia have adopted official animal emblems or state and territory animals symbolic of them.
Shark Beach
The beach in Nielsen Park, part of Sydney Harbour National Park, faces Shark Bay in the east Sydney suburb of Vaucluse, and is properly known as Shark Beach but is popularly known simply as Nielsen Park. Page 14.
Australian Vineyards with food as good as their...
Where good grapes grows, good food usually follows! At these delectable restaurants throughout Australia’s famed wine regions, you’ll enjoy creative and flavourful meals paired with some of the finest wines you’ll have the pleasure of tasting.
Sydney, Australia
Sydney is Australia's best known city and the first to be established in Australia by the English navigators, soldiers and convict settlers.
Best and cheapest deals for Australian theme...
Planning a holiday to the Gold Coast? You’ve no doubt heard about – and if you’re travelling with little ones, you’re likely planning to visit – the city’s famous theme parks.
South Bank Dining and Shopping
South Bank in Brisbane provides an attractive dining venue and shopping area across the Brisbane River from the city central business district.
The Southern Spirit
The Southern Spirit train travels between Adelaide and Brisbane and between Melbourne and Brisbane.
Top 5 Australian Travel Books
Top picks in Australian travel guide books
Australian Visa Centres
Here are some Australian visa centres where you could get a visa to visit Australia.
Bowral Tulip Time Festival
The Bowral Tulip Time Festival is held each spring in the New South Wales Southern Highlands southwest of Sydney.
Sydney Central Business District Map - Australia
Map of the central business district of Sydney, Australia.
Australian Language
Knowing the Australian language and uniquely Australian words and phrases helps in understanding the Australian idiom.
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