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Destination Australia – Visit Perth

perth-1368337_1920So far we have told you about Sydney and Cairns, today we take you across to the capital of Western Australia – Perth.

Perth has an attractive setting on the Swan River and has several stunning beaches close by that are a lot less crowded than those on the east coast. A relatively young city that is constantly evolving, the city centre has been revitalised over recent years with a waterfront development, which is like a mini-version of Darling Harbour, Sydney. There are also many more cafes, restaurants and small bars that add a lot to the city.

When I visited this area I stayed in Scarborough, just north of the city centre. Below I will list my 5 favourite things to do when in the area.

Our top 5 things to do in Perth, WA.

  1. Take a day trip to Rottnest Island – Located 18 kilometres off the coast, this is a premier island getaway with over 60 beaches and bays.There are no cars on the island so Rotto is best explored by bicycle, making it a very relaxing and enjoyable experience for people of all ages. Other activities on the island include fishing, swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, and diving.booked-e83cb20e2e_1920
  2. Take a Swan River Cruise – Take the trip from Perth down to Fremantle on a relaxing cruise down the Swan River. Take in spectacular views of the city skyline, marvel at some of the most expensive real estate in the country and the many sailing boats. We actually did our cruise at night and the glittering lights looked fantastic as they shine down from the city and reflect on to the water.
  3. Sundays at Cottesloe Beach – Cottesloe is  about 15-minutes drive away from Perth and the crystal clear waters make it a popular place for swimming, snorkelling, surfing and it’s a great spot for families too. Get down to the beach by mid-morning as the famous ‘Fremantle Doctor’ breeze comes in off the Indian Ocean around 2 o’clock, making your beach day a much less pleasant experience. Don’t let that send you packing though, Cottesloe has several bars and cafes on the sea front and Sunday’s in particular are very busy with a great atmosphere. And if you get the taste and end up staying for a while then it is also one of the best places to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean.
  4. Visit Margaret River – Just three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is one of Western Australia’s most renowned food and wine regions. Take a tour of the cellars and taste local brews at the boutique breweries. A trip down to Margaret River wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the farmer’s markets to try the artisan cheeses, local handmade chocolates and delicious fudge. At the end of the day find somewhere to dine on fresh crayfish straight from the ocean or the local beef and truffles. Yum!
  5. Explore the historic town of Fremantle – this makes for a really nice day trip. Located just 30 minutes from Perth, Fremantle is brimming with cafes, bars, seafood restaurants and heritage buildings and maritime history. In fact it is known as ‘the world’s best-preserved example of a 19th-century port’ 

 

Whatever you choose to do out there, enjoy it!

Thanks for reading, until next time keep searching for YOUR Best Destination….

Destination Australia – Visit Cairns

Hello again travel fans. Following on from my last blog, we’re moving north from Sydney to Cairns in north Queensland.

Catching a flight from Sydney to Cairns is relatively cheap and is only a 3 hour flight. I would recommend booking your accommodation in Cairns city so you’re nice and central.

As one of Australia’s biggest tourist towns and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is certainly a vibrant place with plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars to keep you happy. Whilst a visit to Cairns is generally about getting yourself out to the Great Barrier Reef, the surrounding area and nearby rain forest are certainly worth exploring.

Our top 5 things to do in Cairns

  1. Day trip to the Great Barrier Reef – heart-reef-e833b5062a_1920 as I mentioned above the main reason for a visit to this part of Australia is to experience this true wonder of the world. At over 2,300km long the Great Barrier Reef consists of 900 islands and 2,900 individual reefs. It is the world’s largest coral reef and the largest living structure on the planet. Whether you go for a full scuba dive or just snorkel on the surface, this is one of the only places in the world that I have been to that I tell people that they MUST DO!!
  2. Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park –  this is a great, down to earth way that the local people share their culture. Enjoy dancing shows and learn about the didgeridoo, learn to make a fire with sticks, learn about bush medicine and food, and get the chance to throw boomerangs and spears.
  3. White Water Rafting – if you are a bit of an adrenaline junky then head down to the Tully River. Experience the magnificent landscape of  the World Heritage Rainforest while navigating the white water rapids of this mighty river.rafting-eb3cb20a2c_1920
  4. Relax at the Cairns lagoon –  in the north you get really hot summers but you can’t swim in the sea as they’re full of jelly fish (the kind that can seriously harm you, even kill you).  Luckily the man-made Cairns lagoon gives you crystal waters, beach views and a cool place to relax.
  5. Take a sky dive! – OK so this one definitely isn’t for everybody but why not. A skydive over Cairns is guaranteed to be an unforgettable lifetime experience! The Cairns drop zone offers spectacular views of the Great Barrier Reef, The World Heritage Rainforest and Trinity Inlet. If you are ever going to do it, I doubt there is a better place to do it.

Whatever you choose to do out there, enjoy it!

Thanks for reading, until next time keep searching for YOUR Best Destination….

Destination Australia – Visit Sydney

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G’day travel fans. This week at Best Destinations our feature destination is probably on most people’s bucket list – Australia. But Australia is a vast country, almost the same size as the USA, so writing a blog about this country just isn’t going to cut it. So we are going to break this fabulous country down for you, starting with Sydney.

When you visit Australia you simply cannot miss out Sydney. Besides being Australia’s largest and probably most famous city, there are many other reasons why Sydney is also the most visited city. The stunning harbour side location, iconic beaches, fantastic cafes and pubs, excellent restaurants, world heritage sites, terrific shopping, fabulous festivals, and good year round weather.

Our top 5 things to do in Sydney:

  1. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge – climbing one of the most famous bridges in the world is a once in a lifetime experience. Take either a dawn, day, twilight, or night climb and take in the breathtaking views. If the thought of climbing the bridge fills you with dread, another option is to simply walk across for FREE and take in the views from a lower level.
  2. Catch the ferry to Manly – a great way to experience the beauty of Sydney Harbour, with stunning views of the city is to catch the ferry to Manly. Manly is a beach-side suburb of northern Sydney, most notable for its beaches which are popular tourist destinations. Take a walk down the palm tree-lined streets towards the beach, walk around the bay to picturesque Shelly Beach, or grab an ice cream or a cold beer on the promenade. If you time your return ferry trip back to Circular Quay right, you will arrive back in Sydney with the sun setting behind the harbour bridge.
  3. Explore The Rocks District – this historic area of Sydney is probably my favourite part of the city. Home to some of Sydney’s oldest pubs, cobbled streets, weekend markets, and great views of the harbour.
  4. Visit The Royal Botanic Gardens – the serenity and harbour views from the gardens make this a must. Take a picnic and admire all the different types of plants the gardens have to offer.
  5. Hit the beach – Sydney is famous for its beaches, none more so than the world famous Bondi Beach, a must visit at least once. There is a lovely coastal walk from there to Bronte beach which will take about 40-50 minutes.

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Thanks for reading, until next time keep searching for YOUR Best Destination….