Kakadu National Park

Located 240 kilometres east of Darwin in Australia’s tropical north Kakadu National Park is the largest national park in Australia. The park covers almost 20,000 square kilometers it is approximately the size of Israel. This unique archaeological and ethnological reserve has been inhabited continuously for more than 40,000 years.


Approximately 300 Aboriginal people reside in the park, including traditional owners and Aboriginals with recognized social and traditional attachments to the area. The park contains one of the highest concentrated areas of aboriginal rock art sites in the world; the most famous examples are at Nourlangie Rock and Ubirr, sacred and art sites.

The traditional owners Bininj Mungguy have lived on and cared for this country for more than 50,000 years. Their deep spiritual connection to the land dates back to the Creation and has always been an important part of the Kakadu story.

The secret to discovering Kakadu is taking your time. You’ll find stories, secrets and sights never imagined. It is impossible to appreciate the full breadth and beauty of the park in a fleeting visit – if you can afford the time, spend a week or more.


Jim Jim Falls, Kakadu National Park

Jim Jim Falls, Kakadu National Park via Wikitravel

Because of its diversity of land systems from marine and coastal habitats (which support substantial turtle and dugong populations) through to the arid sandstone escarpment, Kakadu is one of the world’s richest wildlife parks. Is home to 68 mammals (almost one-fifth of Australia’s mammals), more than 120 reptiles, 26 frogs, over 300 tidal and freshwater fish species, more than 2 000 plants and over 10 000 species of insects. It provides habitat for more than 290 bird species (over one-third of Australia’s birds). Its internationally important wetlands are a major staging point for migratory birds. Some of these species are threatened or endangered. Many are found nowhere else in the world and there are still others yet to be discovered.

The Creation Ancestors gave Bininj/Mungguy a kinship system linking people to all things and the cultural responsibility to look after them all. They have always understood the biodiversity of country and their traditional ancestral knowledge is a vital part of managing Kakadu’s rich environment.

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Uluru (Ayer’s Rock), Northern Territory, Australia

Uluru is a large sandstone rock formation in Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park in the southern part of the Northern Territory in central Australia.

view of Uluru (Ayers rock) from a helicopter

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Uluru is one of Australia’s most recognisable natural landmarks. The sandstone formation stands 348 meters high and has a total circumference of 9.4 km. Uluru has great cultural significance for the Aṉangu people, the traditional inhabitants of the area, who lead walking tours to inform visitors about the local flora and fauna and bush foods.

Uluru is an inselberg, literally “island mountain”. An inselberg is a prominent isolated residual knob or hill that rises abruptly from and is surrounded by extensive and relatively flat erosion lowlands in a hot, dry region.

The park is listed as a World Heritage Site.

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Queensland Gallery of Modern Art

Queensland Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane is located next to the Queensland Art Gallery in the South Bank area. The architecture of the building is worth appreciating in addition to the art held within it. And outside you have great views overlooking the river.

The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art is a highlight of a Brisbane trip for any art lover.

The collection includes Indigenous Australian Art, Contemporary Australian Art, Contemporary Asian Art and Contemporary International Art.

The international collection includes: La Belle Hollandaise by Pablo Picasso, 1905; Three dancers at a dancing class by Edgar Degas, c.1888-90; and Virgin and Child with Saint James the Pilgrim, Saint Catherine and the Donor with Saint Peter c.1496.

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Mount Hotham Ski Resort in Victoria

Mount Hotham, in Victoria, Australia offers great skiing options. The mountain is located approximately 350 km north east of Melbourne; 750 km from Sydney; and 1,000 kilometres from Adelaide by road.

Hotham Alpine Resort features 3.2 square kilometres of ski area including 35 km of tree-lined cross-country trails and a network of 13 lifts. The longest run at Hotham Alpine Resort is 2.5 km. Hotham features an abundance of runs for skiers and boarders of all standards from beginners (20%) to intermediates (40%) and advanced (40%). The resort is home to one of Australia’s most difficult runs, the steep Mary’s Slide.

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Mount Buller Skiing

It is the time of year when Australians start to think of heading to the mountains for some skiing, snowboarding and relaxing in mountain lodges. Mount Buller in Victoria is one of the favorite spots for such ski vacations. The Mount Buller ski season opens Jun 9th this year.

Mount Buller is the closest major mountain to Melbourne, just 3 hours drive (220 km).

Check up on current conditions with the live Mt. Buller snow cams. Normally the peak snow pack is in late July or early August.

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Touring The Hunter Valley Wine Region

Hunter Valley Wine Region

Hunter Valley Wine Region by zcasper

The Hunter Valley Wine Region has a great deal to offer. The cellar door tasting activities offered by wine vineyards in the region tops the list. The wonderful lodging and relaxation provided by the wonderful views and calm atmosphere also attract many visitors.

There are enough good options to keep you busy for many visits. Scarborough wine company in Pokolbin offers great wine, scenery and service. James Halliday awarded Tyrell’s Vineyards, also both located in Pokolbin, as Winery of the Year in his 2010 Wine Companion.

Margan Cellar Door in Broke Fordwich and the Briar Ridge Vineyard located in Mount View are great options outside Pokolbin.

James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion recognised Ballabourneen Wine Company (located in Pokolbin) as 1 of 10 dark horse wineries to watch in 2012

The scenery and great food and drink offer a great escape for a weekend, or longer. There are so may options it is hard to choose. Arranged tours let you leave the logistics to someone else and concentrate on relaxing and quenching your pallet.

Hunter Valley Cadillacs and Morpeth Horse Carriage are good options with varying modes of transport (as the names hint) to suit your mood.

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Tours offer private luxury tours for 2 to 10 guests. They only started in 2008 but already have legions of fans.

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Three Things to Do on a Budget Trip to Brisbane

You’ve decided to travel to the capital of Queensland, Australia, glorious Brisbane, also known as the River City or Australia’s New World City. Surely if you’ve got the budget to rent a villa, there are loads of ways to party and have fun in this populous and vibrant city. But what can you do in Brisbane on a budget? If you’re worried you might get bored, if you imagine that Brisbane is no place for a less costly vacation, allow us to inform you that all your worries end here.

Brisbane tourism is one of the city’s most important sources of income. No wonder, given the impressive number of landmarks scattered all over the city. There are so many parks, rocks, bridges, museums and shopping malls that you’ll have a hard time deciding what to do and where to go first. However, if you’re willing to take our word for it, there are at least three sure fire ways to have fun while in Brisbane on a budget. All three hotspots are listed and described below, to help you plan the perfect stay in Brisbane. Irrespective of the contents of your wallet, of course.

There are perhaps many skeptics that will go, “Right, watching a river flow past… That sounds like fun… Not!” Think again, cynics. The Brisbane River, the longest in south east Queensland is no ordinary course of water. Since tourism is a pivotal aspect of Brisbane economy, you will discover that there are many things to do and sights to see along the course of the river.

photo of Kangaroo Point Cliffs

Kangaroo Point Cliffs, by Figaro

A popular spot are the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. They might not seem so, but they’re man-made. They were created before the early nineteenth century and comprise Ignimbrite, a type of volcanic rock that is over 220 million years old and dates all the way back to the Triassic period. Those of you who simply like to kick back and admire the view will be happy to discover that the rocks are lit all night via many flood lights. The more adventurous will surely be happy to partake in some rock climbing. There are also several great picnic spots and electric barbecues in the park by the foot of the rocks.

The Riverlife Adventure Center

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Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House has become the icon of Australia. Since it was designed 50 years ago by Jorn Utzon, it has become a tourist spot never to miss when visiting Australia. The Sydney Opera House is a performing arts centre venue for performing different theatrical plays and musicals. In 2007, it has been awarded as a UNESCO World Heritage and branded as one of the architectural breakthroughs.

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House by Tasumi1968

With so much praises about the Sydney Opera House, there is no wonder why tourists make it a point to see this icon up close. Even those who are not inclined in theatrical and performing arts find the place a must to visit. There is no best time to visit the place because every day is a perfect day to drop by. Even without any concerts or productions happening, you can have guided tours to learn more about the place ad have deeper appreciation about it. You can contact the management to inquire of available tours and rates. You can choose to have advance bookings to make sure that you get slots on your preferred schedule.

Situated in Benelong Point, Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House is near another famous Australian landmark, the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can easily navigate around the area since it is very near the central district of Sydney.

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Whitewater World: Super Tubes HydroCoaster

Using the latest innovation in terms of theme park slides technology, Whitewater World offers the Super Tubes HydroCoaster. This is one of many great water rides at the Gold Coast Whitewater World.

This is your rollercoaster version of slides. Visitors experience adrenaline pumping slide as they get to the terrifying twists and step drop along the way. The water slide boasts the steepest drop while sliding at a very fast speed. The next 28 seconds of your life will be filled with heart pumping adrenaline rush as you ride in a special raft for two and blasted from an 18 meter high tower in the Super Tubes HydroCoaster.

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Norfolk Island National Park and Botanic Garden

Australia is a place for all types of travelers, from the adventure enthusiasts to the family vacationers and especially, for the nature lovers. For this blessed continent is a place where nature is struggling every day to win supremacy over humans and one cannot say that it is losing the battle. Australia is a little world in itself and in this world, Norfolk Island and National Park is a spot which deserves to be known better.

Photo of Cook's Monument, Norfolk Island

Cook's Monument, Norfolk Island National Park

An island where Nature and Man reached an armistice
Sadly, the small Norfolk Island suffered great damage since the moment when people decided that they wanted to live here: agriculture and house building destroyed much of the indigenous life forms. A national park and a botanic garden were established in order to protect what was left: 180 species of plants, of which 40 cannot be found anywhere else in the world, grow in this shelter.
Norfolk Island is a unique place on Earth and, as many other beautiful places in Australia, it cannot be entirely known in a day long exploration. When going to Norfolk Island, one needs to take its time and discover all its secrets.

Norfolk Island is located in the south-west Pacific Ocean, approximately 1,700 kilometres east of Sydney and 1,100 kilometres north-west of Auckland. Norfolk Island is serviced by regular flights from Australia (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Newcastle) and New Zealand (Auckland).

What Norfolk Island has to offer?
What makes Norfolk Island so special is the fact that its flora and fauna developed here in isolation from the main land and thus there are many endemic species to this island which add diversity and charm to the breathtaking landscapes.

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