A BIG Heist In Far North Queensland

A BIG Heist In Far North Queensland

You may or may not be aware, but Aussies love things to be BIG. There are hundreds of giant roadside attractions throughout the country; I’ve even written about some before. I never would’ve thought that one would disappear in the middle of the night, but it seems that’s exactly what happened in the early hours of this morning!

big mango in Bowen missing

The internet is abuzz with the news – apparently someone made a visit in the middle of the night with a mobile crane, and stole the 10 tonne, 12-year-old giant mango. To what ends? I don’t know. But I’m actually quite surprised that anyone questioned it. It seems like the sort of activity that would fly under the radar, with most people assuming it had been removed for repairs. Let’s hope this isn’t the start of a spate of “big things” abductions!

[Read more at News.com.au]

Things to do in North Queensland

Things to do in North Queensland

North Queensland is a colossal portion of northern Australia that’s off the beaten track. Uninfluenced by modern history, untouched by the fast pace of urban life, and undeveloped, North Queensland is a haven for tourists and busy professionals alike, who long to unwind. This is the place to put your feet up and let your hair down!

A single visit to North Queensland is sure to leave you so spellbound, that you’ll want to return to this retreat again and again. North Queensland is a treasure trove of all things natural. From the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef to rainforests and pristine beaches, North Queensland has a plethora of things to offer tourists. (more…)

Top Places to Go for Luxury Travel in Australia

Top Places to Go for Luxury Travel in Australia

Who doesn’t love the wonders of Australia? I for one adore it inside out. The attractions, the cities, the people, and ultimately, the wildlife are absolutely breathtaking. Everyone here loves snorkelling, swimming, diving, fishing, biking, and more. That’s why I think this place is divine. I’ve been traveling to Australia for 5 years now. Every year I try to uncover destinations and attractions that go beyond the conventional. Here are some of my favourites.

Western Australia – The Kimberley

A car… On my road!
Credit: Jon Connell on Flickr

It’s time to start dreaming! The Kimberley is one of Australia’s most iconic travel destinations; the original Australian Aborigines first came to this territory nearly 40,000 years ago. I love the historic allure of the place; the culture, the people, and the overall vibe of the surroundings. I always get a feeling of isolated romanticism when I come here. It’s such a rugged, untamed destination that I personally find luxurious, but in a different sense of the word.

The Kimberley is vast. It spans on 420,000 sq. km, however only 40,000 people live here. If you’re looking for a place to relax and unwind far away from the hustle and bustle of Australia’s big cities, this is it. Whenever I tell my friends I’m going to the Kimberley, they always ask me why do I like it so much if there’s no really much you can do here; I always give the the same answer: “I love going back to the roots, and explore the sheer-side mountain regions; regions that very few have had the chance to explore”. Among some of the Kimberley’s most memorable sights, I have to bring up the waterfalls; the gorges, and the beautiful rivers.

“The first time I was in Melbourne I was surprised to find out that there are so many parks and green lands…”

Queensland – Great Barrier Reef

Helicopter - Great Barrier Reef - 31
Credit: Kyle Taylor on Flickr

The Great Barrier Reef is destination like no other in this world. I’ve never been to space, but I’ve heard it’s one of the largest and most vast living structures on Earth. The ecosystems present underneath the waters are breathtaking. I enjoy snorkelling a lot, so I often explore the under waters whenever I feel that I need to relax and unwind. Over 3,000 coral reefs and 600+ continental islands are in the area.

The park spans on 2,300 km, about the distance between Vancouver and Mexico just for you to have a broader perspective. Whenever I think of luxury travel destinations in Australia, I always prefer the wildlife instead of the luxurious resorts. There’s something about rugged terrains and unexplored territories that entices me, and makes me want to see more. This year, I plan on renting a glass bottom boat so that I can have a closer look at the tropic fish, turtles, corals, and overall sea life of this place. I’m sure it will be an experience I will remember for a lifetime.

Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains Australia

Another World Heritage Site in Australia that I’m deeply fond of is Blue Mountains National Park. It is located about 80 km away from Sydney, and it got the name because of the blue haze that comes from the eucalyptus trees in the area. Over 660,000 acres encompass the beautiful park. The first time I came, I just wanted to trek and explore the premises all day long. I’ve seen incredible waterfalls, dramatic gorges, plenty of tricky trekking and hiking trails, and of course, the main attractions of the park: the Three Sisters; a towering sandstone formation of rocks that simply took my breath away.

Melbourne, My Love!

St Kilda Melbourne

Australia has its fair share of outstanding cities and metropolises. I prefer Melbourne because it packs amazing theatres, restaurants, beautiful resorts, galleries, and restaurants; I also love the vibe the city gives me. It’s energetic and sophisticated, especially close to the Yarra River area. The first time I was in Melbourne I was surprised to find out that there are so many parks and green lands spread across the city. The Royal Botanical Gardens and the National Gallery are two of my favorite spots.

Whenever I feel the need for some extra luxury, I head to the Royal Arcade, or explore the Melbourne Central Shopping Centre. Every now and then, I go for a jet hire to see the outskirts of the city and have a broader picture of Australia beauties.

The ultimate Brisbane weekend itinerary

The ultimate Brisbane weekend itinerary

-Updated September 2017-

I’m a Brisbane local through and through. I was born here, grew up here, and though I’ve traveled the world, I think I’ll always call Brisbane “home”. Brisbane has just about everything that you could want; the convenience and variety of a big city, friendly locals and easy access to great beaches, rainforest and country scenery. There are so many things to do in Brisbane, but if you’ve only got limited time (i.e. a weekend stopover), here are some of the best things I’d recommend. Rather than a set itinerary, I’ve listed lots of things that you can pick and choose from to create your own adventure to suit your taste, budget and weather!

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Brisbane Ekka

Brisbane Ekka

Updated August 2017

“Starting in 1876, the “Intercolonial Exhibition of 1876″ was created to promote and encourage agricultural and industrial development in Queensland”

To anyone that grew up in Brisbane, the word “Ekka” conjures up memories of dagwood dogs, fairy floss, nausea-inducing rides, animals, showbags and fireworks. For me it brings back memories of shovelling cow poo and watching the precision driving team (though not at the same time). You see, my family is full of dairy farmers, and every year they would bring their best show cows to Brisbane to enter them in the dairy judging at the Ekka.

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