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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!!

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!!

 

 

Adelaide To Perth Road Trip

6, July 2015 Posted by Australia_Travel

Great Australian Road Trips: Adelaide To Perth Road Trip

An Adelaide to Perth Road Trip has everything, from fluffy and cute animals to majestic sea creatures. The total distance travelled in this road trip will be around 3800 Kms across the Nullabor Plain experiencing the wildlife and the diverse landscapes that satisfies both adventurers and nature lovers alike.

Adelaide is the state capital of South Australia, where one can explore and experience the Barossa Valley and Clare wine regions or jump across the Kangaroos Island. This town is also the gateway to Australia’s outback, including the Flinders Ranges

Adelaide to Perth Road Trip

 

Adelaide to Flinders Ranges:
A road drive from Adelaide to Flinders Ranges may take around 4 hours 15 minutes, which covers a total distance of around 370 Kms. Journeying north towards one of the world’s oldest mountain Ranges, The Flinders Ranges to venture the bottom of Alligator Gorge and walk onto the terraces and through the narrows formed from an ancient sea bed. Even today, the rock has ripples of sand which can be seen and felt by anyone visiting there.

The Flinders Ranges date back as far as a billion years and are a magnet for paleontologists and geologists who are keen to uncover the fossils hidden inside the mountain that may hold the key to human evolution. The seasonal changes in Flinders ranges are magnificent, thus making it a popular place for authors, poets, and artists. Following spring, the rain brings out brightly coloured wildflowers throughout the regions. Concealed within the Flinders Ranges through the gorge, lies a wonderland of wildlife.

Quorn is a home for the Pichi Richi Railway that played a crucial role in linking the different gauges of railway line crossing the continent. Moving towards the eastern edge of the range past Quorn, is the Warren Gorge, which is not only amazing but also has the almost extinct yellow-footed rock wallaby.

 

Flinders ranges to Eyre Peninsula:
The next stop in this long road drive journey is the Eyre Peninsula, which is the home for some great Australia’s wildlife. This place is well worth a stop, because there is incredible scenery and plenty of things to see and watch. The Lincoln National Park, Galwer Ranges National Park, Coffin Bay national Park, and a number of conservational parks and reserves are also there in Eyre Peninsula. You can even do fishing.

Eyre Peninsula is a surprisingly remote location with Port Lincoln as its only sizeable town. Some free camping spots are seen on the eastern side of the Peninsula, and one among them is the Lipson Cove. The beach, the hills and fishing here is really amazing.

Port Lincoln is situated in the Boston Bay and a home for huge tuna farming industry and tuna fleet. The Lincoln national park, located just down the road has abundant birdlife, stunning white beaches, as well as good access to fishing.

Tumby Bay, a seaside town is the best place for car parks, pubs, and fish-and-chip shops. Another tourist attraction, the Coffin Bay which is located little west is equally attractive. It offers some of the spectacular coastal scenery that ranges from sandstone, limestone, ancient limestone cliffs to long beaches.

The western coast of the Eyre Peninsula features wild seas, sheer cliffs, colonies of sea lions, and beautiful beaches. Head up to the Head of Bight near Ceduna, if you are planning to travel between the months of June and October to watch the beautiful Southern Right Whales migrating to warmer waters.

Eyre Peninsula

 

Eyre Peninsula to The Nullabor:
To taste the true West Australian outback, head toward the Nullabor plain. It’s also one of Australia’s best self-ride road trips. Austrians call it as null-boring, and is believed to be a place formed due to dried up sea bed.

If you are travelling in Nullabor in Car, there is nothing to worry about in this desert because every 200 Kms has a roadhouse, where you can get accommodation or free camping. Nullabor has many things to see and do.

Check in to the New Nullabor Links Golf even if you are not interested in golf. The 18 holes span a distance of around 1365 Kms, spread across the Eyre Highway with a hole at every roadhouse and town between Kalgoorie and Ceduna.

Another must see place is the Bunda Cliff, which is still a part of Australian Bight. The cliff offers some magnificent views of the surrounding places, but make sure you don’t get blown off by the strong winds blowing here.

The road signs in Australia are pretty much exciting, at least for a foreigner. Kangaroo, Wombat, and camel crossing signs can be seen frequently on the roads of Nullabor while moving ahead.

Border village between the Southern and Western Australia’s some interesting things to see. A giant Kangaroo statue, the Rooley II Statue is one where you can climb into its pouch and take a funny picture. Just behind the statue is the golf course. Once you cross the border, a big monument or a statue is found having some useful information on tourist attractions, wildlife, etc underneath.
Eucla is one of the best places to relax and take a break. Do not forget to visit the Eucla Telegraph station (not in use any more), which is getting gradually buried into the sand. Climbing on the buried telegraph station is not only fun but also provides a fantastic view of the surrounding places, such as coasts and sand dumes which are well worth to experience and explore.

Nullarbor Plains

 

Nullabor to Esperence:
A bit of a detour to the western side, you can reach Esperence. Since you are heading from deserted Nullobor, Esperence may seem to you like a big town. This place has more than 9 national parks. This is one place where the blue beach mixes with powder white beaches and also you have enough stopways and swims in between.

Experence is a remote beach town, and has some of Australia’s best scenery. It is a blessed place having clean beaches, untouched islands, turquoise waters, and colour filled wildflowers.

Most of Esperence’s attractions are easily accessible for anyone, however having a 4 wheeler is easy to venture off the beaten track. Idyllic spots for swimming and snorkeling are the Twilight Cove and the Blue haven Beach. The lagoon, just east of west beach is also the best for snorkeling, according to local people.

In the town of Espernece, the adventure continues with steam train rides, mini golf, canoeing, sand boarding, abseiling, diving and fishing charters, island cruises, helicopter flights, coach tours, indigenous cultural tours, and self-drive beach safaris. It is also a good choice for motels, hotels, restaurants, backpackers, chalets, and Bed and breakfast.

The art centre, galleries, and Museum in Esperence are other must-see places in this small beach town. Check out the museum to see what is left after the NASA Skylab slammed back to earth neat Belladonia. On the way to Cape le Grand, one can find ancient druid history with a full-size replica of Stonehenge.

 

Esperence to Albany:
Travel through the beautiful national park towards Albany, which is one of the oldest town in Western Australia. It has the oldest river system in the whole world called the “Ancient Kalgan River”, and no trip to Albany Ends without a trip on the local riverboat, the Kalgan Queen to the river. You can also do fishing while travelling in the kalgan queen

Whale watching is very popular in Albany if travelled to this region between July and August. In Australia, Albany was the last mainland Whaling station. It is the Whale world, the building with some of the greatest tale to tell. However, it is not functional now and was closed in the year 1978. Whale watching can be done in almost all beaches in Albany, but start off at the lookouts between the Albany

Esperance, WA

 

Town Centre and the Middleton Beach.
The city of Albany marks its spot where European traveler’s fist set their foot here in Western Australia. Much of the city’s legacy remains even today with 50 colonial buildings standing proudly as restaurants, galleries and museums.

Torndirrup national Park is one of the most scenic coastal are that is perfect for whale watching. Other things to see and do in Albany includes wine tasting, fishing, Old Convict Gaol Museum, King George Sound hub of Albany, natural rock bridge, West cape Howe national Park, York Street in the centre of Albany, and kalgan Cruises.

 

Albany to The Valley Of The Giants, Walpole:
Walpole has a wide range of tourist attractions and activities like fishing, boating, hiking, golf, and bush walking. There are beautiful beaches, islands, and massive cliffs too. Travelling in the town of Walpole makes easy access to Fuel, as it has 2 petrol stations. Apart from this, bakeries, hardware store and few cafés are also there.

The Coalmine caravan park in Walpole has a number of facilities for visitors like toilets, showers and even cooking facilities. Other caravan parks are also there in Walpole that can be utilized. Do not forget to go for fishing in Walpole. Fishes like herring, beam, pink snapper, tailor, Whiting, Flathead, Skippy, and other fishes too. Fishing competitions are held regularly in Walpole due to the great fishing options the city offers.

One of the most popular tourist attraction, the valley of the Giants is just a short drive from Walpole. It is a stunning towering forest around Walpole and a tranquil township. There is something unique about this Walpole; It has giant red tingle trees that grow up to 40 metres. You can get a bird’s eye view of the sky scrapping trees from the valley of Giants treetop walks. Cruise along the Walpole’s inlet and river, and explore the white pristine beaches of the Walpole-Nornalup National park.

Aerial view of Princess Royal Harbour and Middleton Beach, Albany

 

The Valley Of The Giants to Perth:
The distance between The Valley of the Giants and Perth is around 400 Kms that can be travelled in around 5 hours’ time. This was easy enough in my trusty ute. Perth, due to its huge foreign investment and mineral resources, has tall buildings touching the skyline and influx of immigrants, thus giving it a healthy diversity.

A visit to the surfer’s paradise town of Yallingup in the Margaret river is another popular tourist attraction. Apart from surfing caves and wine tasting are other reason why people flood into this tourist location. Visit the caves around Margaret river and watch up close and personal the crystalline features of the stalactites and stalagmites. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of this booming town and discover the underwater world at Busselton for the last wild encounter.

Perth has a number of tourist spots. Some of the best places to visit include the Perth Zoo, Perth Mint, Adventure World, AQWA, and the Perth bell tower. The perth zoo is a place for fun and entertainment and can be visited throughout the year. Just take a tour and watch the creatures during their feeing time, and take pictures of your favourite animal or bird.

Perth Mint is one of the biggest gold and silver producers in the world. It is here the Australian gold and silver bullion coins are manufactured, in addition to gold and silver bars. It is a place which offers a combination exhibitions, attractions, and demonstrations to its visitors.

A biggest theme park in WA, is the Adventure park in Perth. It has many attractions and over 23 rides. If you are interested in marine life, then AQWA (The Aquarium of Western Australia) is a must see place, which is an underwater marine attraction showcasing unique and incredible marine life of western Australia.Don’t forget to visit the Perth Bell Tower which is a 271 foot high glass and copper campanile and has 18 below known as swan bells. Every year thousands of people from around the world visit the Perth bell Tower which makes it one of the best tourist attraction in Perth.

Tourist attractions in Perth are not limited to the above but also include Fremantle, Rottnest island, Swan Valley, Lancelin, New Morcia, Mandurah, York, Cottesloe and the Araluen Botanical garden.

 

Conclusion:
The journey between Adelaide to Perth, across the Nullabor Plain is an unforgettable long trip of around 3800 Kms distance. Get prepared earlier for the journey earlier, to make the trip pleasant and rewardable.

 

 

 

 

Happy Travelling!!

 

 

 

Sailing Around Australia

4, June 2015 Posted by Australia_Travel

Take A Sailing Trip Around Australia

Are you interested in taking a sailing trip around Australia, stopping to visit some of the more popular destinations along the way? There are many destinations that you can stop and take a look at, offering beautiful surroundings for you to enjoy while on your Australian holiday. The destinations in which you stop at will depend very much upon the route that you take, and the amount of time that you have available to you in order to properly plan the different stops that you are going to make. There are literally hundreds of excellent destinations around the rim of Australia, and each one requires careful consideration before reaching a final decision. Some of the different destinations that you should take into consideration when you are planning a sailing trip around Australia include;

Sailing Around The Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef The best aquatic destination that you should look into when you are looking to take a sailing trip around Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef in the world, and is absolutely teeming with life. Of course, there are many things that need to be taken into consideration when visiting the Great Barrier Reef, such as where you are going to be docking the sail boat while you are out, as well as the amount of time that you would like to spend at the reef. The Great Barrier Reef is something that everyone should attempt to see at least once in their lifetime, as it is the premiere destination for tourists and locals like in Australia.

The Great Barrier Reef

Sydney Harbour Another excellent place for you to stop on your trip is in Sydney Harbour, where many different docks are located. The harbor itself is what you might expect, but the stop does provide you with an excellent destination, as there is a lot to do in the Sydney area. Sydney as a city is filled with great entertainment including shows, beautiful sights and sounds, and excellent restaurants and food. You may even want to consider setting aside multiple days so that you can spend a great deal of time in the city. It provides you with a great way to get off of the boat in the beginning, which should allow you to ensure that you get to enjoy the city to its fullest potential and see all of the beautiful sights and sounds that are available to you.

Sydney Harbour

Green Island Green Island is another beautiful destination that you should consider on your trip. Green Island is a common spot to stop during sailing trips. There are multiple reasons why Green Island is a must see destination during your sailing trip. To start, Green Island is not much more than a day’s sail from the Great Barrier Reef, which makes it a very easy area for you to visit during your stay. Green Island is a coral island, about 26 kilometres from Cairns, which makes it a convenient place to sail to. The island offers excellent scuba diving, beautiful sights and sounds, and some of the best aquatic life outside of the Great Barrier Reef. Green Island is an excellent destination for your sailing trip around Australia. 

Green Island

Port Douglas Port Douglas is another popular destination for individuals that are sailing around Australia. Known for its beautiful sunsets, Port Douglas allows you to check out the Coral Sea and Low Isles, both beautiful destinations that you should check out if you have the time during your trip. It is a relaxing destination, and stopping in the port itself can provide you with some excellent dining and wonderful entertainment.

Port Douglas

Derwent River Another popular location that many people visit is the Derwent River, which can be sailed down, with many different smaller destinations available along the way. The Derwent river is a hugely popular sailing destination, giving you access to hundreds of destinations along the long river. Australia is a beautiful continent, and there are many different sights that you can see during your sailing trip that can help you to really get a feel for what the area has to offer and make the most of your vacation time. Plan ahead, know the routes that you are looking to take, and ensure that you have an excellent vacation and sailing trip as a whole.

The Derwent River

About The Author Julia Brown is a writer with a lot of experience in sailing throughout Australia. She one day plans to apply for boat finance loan and perhaps helping other individuals to enjoy the joys of sailing throughout the area.

 

 

 

Happy Travelling!!

Bike Paths in Melbourne

21, May 2015 Posted by Australia_Travel

Melbourne Bike Paths

With so many bike paths scattering the landscape of Melbourne, it may be difficult to choose which one to follow. Here’s a list and description of 5 awesome bike paths in Melbourne, (The capital city of Victoria) to help in the decision making process:

 

The Capital City Trail:
This trail is perfect for those who want to experience the city of Melbourne. It trails in and around the city central, connects to 8 other trails, and passes several landmarks including: the Southbank, Alexandra Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens, Rushall Garden, Melbourne Park, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Yarra River, Yarra Bend Park, Princess Park, Royal Park, Collingwood Children’s Farm, Hardy Gallagher Reserve, Merri Creek, Moonee Ponds Creek, Melbourne Zoo, Telstra Domes, and Docklands. This trail is a 32-km loop of infinite opportunity.

Princes Park

 

Bay Trail:
This biking trail is a total of 70km and is great for anyone who wishes to get a dose of the area’s natural, watery beauty. The trail follows coastline of Port Phillip Bay via a meandering trip through a section of the Melbourne suburbs. On weekends, the trial is extended by a punt, which ferries both pedestrians and bikers across the Yara River to Spotswood, a suburb in west Melbourne. The Bay Trail passes these landmarks: the Port Phillip Bay, Sandringham Harbour, Eldwood Canal, Elster Creek, Half Moon Bay, Patterson River, Eadithvale-Seaford Wetlands, Mordialloc Creek, St. Kilda Marina, Station Pier, Westgate Park, Rickett’s Point Tea House, Wreck of HMAS Cerberus, and Westgate Bridge.

The Bay Trail

 

Merri Creek Trail:
The Merri Creek Trail offers a challenging ride for the more hardy bicyclist. The views of Merri Creek, by which the trail winds, make the ride worth it. The creek passes by the famous CERES Cafe, a great place to stop for lunch and coffee. Other landmarks on this trail include: the Brunswick Velodrome, Coburg Lake, and HM Prison Pentridge.

Merri Creek Trail

Merri Creek Trail

 

Warburton Rail Trail:
This trail follows the path of an old railway bed and became popular after the tracks were torn up. It offers a fairly easy ride with a wooded, picturesque scenery and passes Cog’s Cafe and Bike Shop, a pie shop, and several picnic areas. The Warburton Rail Trail is perfect for bikers seeking solitude and tranquility, for families, and for couples.

Warburton Rail Trail

Warburton Rail Trail

 

Maribyrnong River Trail: This trail is another nature and landmark-rich bike path. It offers a wide variety of scenery as it passes through sections of valley and flatlands, follows and even crosses the Maribyrnong River and passes the Brimbank Park, Horseshoe Bend Children’s Park, Pipemaker’s Park, Burndap Park, Canning Reserve, Thompson Street Reserve, 16m Mazu Statue, and Newell’s Paddock Wetlands Park.

Maribyrnong River Trail

 

These trails are a few of the many trails in the city of Melbourne. In fact, after recent expansions, Melbourne is now home to over 670 km of bike trails and the budget and expansion projects for them have been growing every year.

When biking on trails always remember safety first. Keep to the correct side of the path, except when passing. Give audible warning when passing. Move off of the path when stopping, and be sure to use lights and reflectors at night.

 

 

About The Author
Robert Jhonson is an active mountain biker who loves traveling and the out doors. He also loves browsing the latest bike models in melbourne bicycle stores.

 

 

Happy Travelling!!!