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Things To Do In Perth

5, April 2016 Posted by Australia_Travel

Things To Do In Perth, Western Australia

Perth is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia. It’s popular for a number of reasons, one of which is the majestic Swan River with its ecologically important Swan Coastal Plain. The Swan Coastal Plain has many attractions that recommend it to tourists. There is the Yanchep National Part, for example, and Nambung National Park. Read about what things to do in Perth for you and your family.

Perth - WA

Wetlands and dunes The Yanchep National Park is a mere 48km north of Perth and it’s a wetlands fanatic’s dream. There are four wetlands that are home to a variety of birds and animals. Unsurprisingly, most of the birds are water birds, such as swans (also unsurprisingly), pelicans, and kingfishers. It’s also a great place to spot Western Grey kangaroos. Much of the Swan Coastal Plain is under threat from urbanisation, but every effort is being made to keep the Yanchep National Park well-protected. Nambung National Park is Yanchep’s polar opposite. Here you will find the rolling yellow sands and limestone formations that make the Pinnacles Desert one of the most interesting attractions in Western Australia. You can also spend some time exploring the scene at some of the beaches in the park.

 

It’s all about the birds It’s not really all about the birds, but it might as well be given all the attention that the birds in the plain get. For example, the Northern Swan Coastal Plain Important Bird Area is pretty self-explanatory. It’s over 2300 square kilometres of protected land in the south western sector of Western Australia. The sheer size of the area means that it contains many, many additional attractions. Technically, Perth can be included in that list as it forms one of the area’s boundaries. It also includes the Swan River, the low Darling Scarp, the Yanchep National Park, and the very rough and rugged Neerabup National Park. BirdLife International designated it an Important Bird Area (IBA) because it’s home to many threatened bird species, including Short-billed Black Cockatoos, Red-capped Parrots, Red-eared Firetails, and Western Thornbills (Wikipeda).

Yanchep National Park

It’s not all about the birds It takes more than thousands of threatened birds to qualify a region as a specific botanical province. Other vulnerable, endangered, and endemic plant and animal species are at home in the Swan Coastal Plain. There are over 8000 plant species in the plain, including exotic Caladenia orchids, Synaphea flowers, Cockies Tongues, and the hardy red-blossomed quandong, a popular bush fruit which also has medicinal properties and can even be used as hair conditioner. Australia is not short of kangaroos, and it’s true that you’re likely to see a fair few while in the Swan Coastal Plain, but that’s not all there is. The coastal plains skink was only recently found in the region. Unfortunately, it’s also been found to be endangered; which is why the conservation projects in the plains are so important. Other animals you’ll see (some in obvious abundance and others that are more difficult to spot) include the Southwestern Pygmy Possum, the Tammar wallaby, and the cute-as-a-button Quokka.

 

More swan less plain: If you get tired of all the birds, plants, animals, and stunning landscapes, you can always trade in the Swan Coastal Plain for the Swan River and all its urban attractions in Perth. The obvious attractions are the water sports that are available up and down the river. Sunset cruises, ferry cruises, weekend yacht charters, parasailing, canoeing, jet skiing – you name it, you can do it on the Swan River. A less obvious attraction is the Bell Tower, a culturally-significant attraction which is steeped in history and which overlooks Swan River. You can hear the 12 Bells of St Martin-in-the-Fields which are rung every day at noon, or you can catch the bell handling displays that are held twice a week. You can also visit two of the most famous parks in Perth.

There are 400 hectares of Kings Park to explore, some of the prettiest of which are on the banks of Swan River. There are plenty of hiking and picnicking spots, not mention the Botanic Garden, and, of course, views of Swan River. Bold Park is close to Perth’s CBD and while it’s not as big as Kings Park, it certainly rivals it for attractions. There are plenty of walks, one of which takes you to a great lookout point above the Swan Coastal Plain. You don’t have to like actual swans to appreciate all the attractions that the Swan Coastal Plains and Swan River have to offer tourists. All you need is a sense of adventure and an appreciation of nature.

 

 

 

Happy Travelling!!

Aussie Guy Drinks A Beer Upside Down

11, March 2016 Posted by Australia_Travel

Drinking a Beer Upside Down – Skol / Scull / Scol / Skull a Beer Upside Down

Watch as this guy does a head stand a drinks a beer upside down.

Drinking water upside down is supposed to be a cure for the hiccups but not sure what ailments will help by drinking a beer in this way

Drinking A Beer Upside Down

 

Just trying to do a headstand is hard enough but doing while drinking a beer must be very hard. Plus how do you do it when you are drunk. It must take a fair bit of balance.

 

Drinking A Beer Upside Down Video

Other upside down skulls on the internet are people doing it against a wall or by having people hold their legs but this one is done unaided.  It must take a lot of balance to do this along with drinking the beer and i wonder how many spillages there have been.

It would be a good party trick but if it failed there would be beer everywhere and the beer would go all over his clothes. Maybe it would be a good way to get a few free drinks at a pub. I dare say a few people would buy him a beer just to watch him do it. Imagine having to this a few times a night. A few free drinks is good but how would your balance be after sculling 3 or 4 beers,?

 

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Best Ten Attractions in To See In Tasmania

1, January 2016 Posted by Australia_Travel

Ten Tasmania Attractions the Whole Family Will Love

Best Ten Attractions in To See In Tasmania – There is almost universal agreement that Tasmania offers visitors and tourists a memorable experience when visiting arguably the region’s most beautiful area, which has many unique features and a spectacular coastline. Here are ten attractions that you really should aim to see when you visit beautiful and enchanting Tasmania and its capital Hobart.

 

Port Arthur
This historic site was once a penal facility that is now considered a shrine of remembrance for many Australians and is a designated World Heritage site. Despite the painful history of the building it offers visitors a memorable day exploring the grounds and discovering some of the stories of survival. There are plenty of tours and facilities to keep all the family happy throughout the day and you genuinely feel that you are touching history when you visit Port Arthur.

Port Arthur - Tasmania

 

Strahan River Cruise
This area of Tasmania is open to the ocean elements and rainfall tends to be measured in metres rather than inches, but the result of this water, which is collected in lakes and dams and winds its way down the Gordon River, is a natural haven that can be viewed in all its glory at Macquarie Harbour. If you take a cruise starting from Strahan you will be treated to some spectacular rainforest scenery created by the temperate climate.

 

Tahune Forest Airwalk
If you don’t have a head for heights then this is not a trip for you, but the kids will absolutely love it! The forestry department of Tasmania have built a 600 metre long walkway through the treetops at Tahune which is situated on the very edge of the South West Wilderness. At the highest point you are some 48 metres above the ground and the view of the forest and mountains will inspire everyone that is lucky to witness this amazing scenery.

Tahune Forest Airwalk

 

Mt Wellington
If you feel inspired by the dizzy heights of Tahune then why not plan a trip along the winding roads that lead to the summit of Mt Wellington which is some 1270 metres high. The 360 degree panoramic vista that greets you is your reward for what could be an epic family adventure, and is sure to guarantee a goods night’s sleep after these endeavours.

 

Sullivans Cove
The working docks at Sullivans Cove are a magnet for tourists and it is easy to see why when you take in the view of fishing boats mingling with luxury yachts and against a foreground of historic colonial houses and numerous places to eat and drink. The Salamanca Markets (in Hobart) transform the area every Saturday morning and if you like arts and crafts in particular, then it would be a good time to be in Sullivans Cove.

Sullivans Cove - Tasmania

 

MONA
This is all about art but nothing to do with the famous smiling lady called Lisa. MONA stands for the Museum of Old and New Art and is actually the most visited attraction in Tasmania since it opened in 2011. Immerse you family in lively debate about what is art and what is not in your opinion, before retiring to continue the debate in one of the many restaurants there in Hobart.

 

Southwest National Park
If you are looking for a truly memorable family adventure then a visit to Melaleuca in the South West Wilderness comes highly recommended. The only problem is that the National Park is not accessible by road so you have to grab a flight from Hobart Airport, but make the effort and you will be truly rewarded by being transported to an area that is as nature intended it with a few Orange Bellied Parrots thrown in for good measure.

 

Central Highlands
When you visit this region you could be forgiven for checking whether you are in Scotland rather than Tasmania and the fact that there are places called Ross and Campbelltown are a clear indication of the Scottish influence brought about by migrants who settled here from over there many years ago. Why not take a picnic at the Great Lake which is the largest natural freshwater lake in Australia.
Central Highlands Tasmania

 

Cataract Gorge
Whilst trying to avoid the obvious pun by saying “are my eyes deceiving me”, but a gentle twenty minute stroll from the city centre of Launceston transports you to this haven of wildlife that seems such a contrast to the city that you have only just left behind.

 

Wineglass Bay
On the east coast of Tasmania lies the Freycinet Peninsula and this nicely sheltered playground for enjoying swimming and even kayaking is understandably popular with the natives who don’t mind sharing their beach with you. Out on the seaward side which is more exposed, you will find Wineglass Bay, which is guaranteed to deliver you an iconic photo opportunity that will provide an everlasting memory of a great family trip to Tasmania.

Wineglass Bay

 

About The Author
Elizabeth is a travel consultant and she absolutely loves Tasmania. Her articles mainly appear on travel blogs where she enjoys sharing her experiences and insights. Learn more about booking Travel Insurance securely online.

 

 

Happy Travelling!!!

 

 

 

Melbourne Culture

28, November 2015 Posted by Australia_Travel

Visit Melbourne

Melbourne Culture: Melbourne is located in South Eastern Australia; it is one of the top favorite destinations in the world for tourist from a vast array of countries. Actually, Melbourne receives thousands and thousands of tourists each year. Seduced by its beauty, its climate, and the various activities and services it has to offer the tens of thousands of tourists keep returning to Melbourne year after year.

Melbourne

 

The Climate
Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and possesses a temperate climate; the summers are hot and appealing, while the winters are cold. The best season to visit this beautiful Australian city is during the Australian summer which takes place during December, January and February. During the Aussie summer, you can expect to find temperatures ranging from 14ºC and 25ºC (57ºF and 77ºF). However, if you want to visit Melbourne during the winter, which happens from June to August you can expect to find temperatures ranging from 7ºC – 14ºC (45ºF – 57ºF). During the rest of the year, the temperatures range form 10ºC to 20ºC (50ºF to 68ºF). Melbourne it’s an amazing place to visit, but the weather can change in a matter of minutes, it is recommended that you come ready for every situation in regards to the Melbourne weather.

 

The Transportation System
Melbourne is one of the most populated cities in Australia; it is the second most populated city to be precise. It has a population of about 4.25 million people. With so many local people and tourists, there has to be a functional transportation system. In fact, Melbourne has a good transportation system, let’s have a look at the various transports you can use while you visit this impressive city: it possesses a large tram network; you can take the bus; you can take the metro; you can take the freeway; you can use the railway system; you can enter and exit Melbourne using the Melbourne Airport; you can use the services of the Port of Melbourne; you can hire a public bicycle; you can call a cab; or you can rent a car, which is the most commode and comfortable option.

Melbourne Trams

 

The Activities
As one of the top destinations for tourists all over the world, Melbourne has to possess a wide range of activities and services that please tourists with different backgrounds, cultures, economic power, likes, and dislikes. What can you do in Melbourne?

a) Guided Tour: Interact with the locals, get to know new places, and get to know the Aussie culture and the Melbourne historic background. There are also tours on bikes, a healthy, green and innovative way to get to know this fantastic city.

b) Enjoy the Various Festivals:Melbourne houses countless cultural festivals you can’t afford to lose.

c) Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens:Classified by many tourists as one of the best landscape gardens on Earth. Will you miss it?

d) Visit the Melbourne Museum: Like most museums, the Melbourne Museum will provide you a better insight about the Melbourne culture and more information in the history of Melbourne and by consequence, the history and culture of Australia.

e) Get to Know the Melbourne Zoo:Exploring wildlife has never been so funny. You can’t miss a visit to the Melbourne zoo!

f) Visit the Arts Center: If you love art, you have to visit the Melbourne Arts Center where you will be able to see various types of art.

g) Enjoy the Nightlife:Pubs, bars, clubs, a mild temperature, a beautiful city, and friendly local people make the perfect combination for an even more perfect nightlife in Melbourne. It is something you have to try out!

Melbourne Zoo

 

 

About The Author
Written by Aronno, a freelance writer and a travel lover. If you are visiting Melbourne and want to rent a car to pick you up at the Melbourne Airport you must visit www.melbourne-airport.com in order to get more information.

 

 

Happy Travelling!!

 

 

 

Barossa Valley Wine Region

3, September 2015 Posted by Australia_Travel

Australia’s Most Famous Wine Region In South Australia

When travelers consider touring Australia, the scenic iconic sights such as those in Sydney Harbour and The Great Barrier Reef immediately come to mind.  But another beautiful destination increasing in popularity is the Barossa Valley wine region, which is one of the most famous wine regions in Western Australia.

The beautifully scenic rural region of Barossa Valley, located in South Australia just over an hour north of Adelaide, is home to over 20,000 people with the majority working in the wine industry.  Formed by the North Para River and known mainly for red wine, Shiraz to be specific, the Barossa Valley is known for its contribution of Shiraz to Penfolds Grange, Australia’s most famous wine.  Being a relatively warm region, the valley also produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and the rich Semillon.  Most of Australia’s largest wineries, including Penfolds are based in Barossa Valley.

Barossa Valley Region

 

The name Barossa Valley was given by Colonel William Light in 1837 in memory of the British victory over the French in the Battle of Barrosa where he fought in 1811.  The misspelling, single r and double s, was due to a clerical error in transcription but remains to this day despite the mistake.

 

Settled in large part by European immigrants and retaining its old-world charm and character, Barossa Valley has become a world renowned wine region.  Generations have produced wine one after another and the valley boasts quaint heritage towns and century old cellars as well as some of the oldest Shiraz vineyards.

 

Take a scenic drive through the countryside on Barossa Valley Way and follow a food and wine trail between boutique producers.  Photograph beautiful old stone churches and visit wineries for tastings and tours.  Along the way, among the 150 wineries and 70 plus cellar door tastings, you’ll find a relaxing spa or two if you’re feeling tired or overwhelmed.

Barossa Valley, SA

 

Many of the cellar doors are open to the public but the rest are by appointment only.  Find out from the locals and other tourists which ones you need to make an appointment for and enjoy the exclusive experience of tastings without a tourist crowd queue.

 

If you prefer walking at your own pace, drinking in the scenery as well as the wines, take the Para Road Wine path.  You’ll visit four acclaimed cellar doors along the river in historic Tanunda.  They are Stanley Lambert Wines, Richmond Grove, Peter Lehmann Wines and Langmeil Winery.

 

Serious wine tasters pack an esky with specialty cheeses and begin the trail of exploration by matching wines along the Barossa Cheese and Wine Trail.   You’ll be fascinated by Barossa’s rich history stretching from Kapunda in the north to Mt. Pleasant in the south.  The road winds it way through the many villages of the region.  Stop along the way to visit museums, pioneer buildings, churches and more.  Notice the rich distinctive heritage from the region’s early German settlers.  If antiques and local art interest you, there is no shortage of antique shops and galleries.

 

If driving yourself or walking doesn’t sound fun, take the daily bus service from Adelaide or join a tour group.  Local companies offer everything from the typical bus tour to personally tailored motorbike, vintage car or even hot air balloon packages.  If your budget allows, try the helicopter tour.  Go for a day or stay overnight.  With the many combinations available, you’re sure to have a fantastic experience in the Barossa Valley.

Lightning storm over the Barossa Valley, SA

 

When touring Australia, Barossa Valley is ideal for unwinding and enjoying beautiful scenery at a quieter pace.  Top off your holiday with a game of golf on one of the region’s championship courses or take a lovely walk through the fragrant lavender farm and end with a day at a spa.  Obviously, you’ll want to see the iconic sights in Sydney and The Great Barrier Reef but don’t forget Barossa Valley for the full flavor of Australia.

 

 

Happy Travelling!!