Visiting the Land Down Under: Australia Travel Guide

It has something for everyone-its wild outback for the adventurer to explore and its coastal cities for the trendy party seeker. In this travel guide, we tell you exactly what you should visit/do when you visit this stunning corner of the world.

An Opera in Sydney:

No visit to Australia would be complete without visiting one of its most iconic structures. The Sydney Opera House is a stunning example of modern architecture. Enjoy a drink at the Opera Bar before seeing a performance in the famed Opera. Sydney itself is one of Australia’s best cities, and besides its Opera House has many other impressive attractions like the Sydney Harbor Bridge,Australian National Maritime Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens and Bondi Beach (among others).

An Ocean Road:

The Great Ocean Road is a 243 km long road that stretches between Torquay and Allansford – a couple of Victorian cities. For those who like driving and a bit of adventure, traversing this tranquil road is one of the best things to do on their vacation. It passes by spectacular ocean views, rainforests and natural limestone and sandstone formations including The Twelve Apostles.

A Valley outside of Adelaide:

Located 60 km northeast of the Adelaide City Center, Barossa Valley is a beautiful lush green landscape renowned for its vineyard and wine production. Sip tasteful wines as you gaze at a dying sun sinking behind gently rolling hills. The best time to visit this valley is during Vintage Festival which is held once every two years.

Blue Mountains:

A mountain range in New South Wales, this is a must visit for those who love the tranquility and peace of nature, and also for those who love adventure. The Blue Mountains offer a myriad of activities to engage in and sights to see. Popular attractions/activities include The Three Sisters, a huge choice of bushwalks and discovery walks, camping in the wilderness, Open Gardens and the Six Foot Track. The place also offers sumptuous food and art galleries which you can visit.

Margaret River:

A town in the South West of Western Australia, Margaret River is a popular tourist destination famous for its wine region, beaches, surfing breaks and its caves. The adventurous would definitely like to see the caves, which number in their hundreds and are located within the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. The Mammoth Cave located 21 kilometers outside the town is the most famous and contains fossils which date back to 35,000 years.

Melbourne:

Australia’s second most populated city is also one of the world’s finest and is known for its shopping, restaurants and culture. The Yarra Valley, Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, Queen Victoria Market and Scienceworks are just some of the places you can visit in this famed city.

How to Travel to Australia and New Zealand by Ship From Russia

Have you ever considered travelling to Australia and New Zealand by ship? Cruising is a great way to travel to far-away destinations, especially if you are `over’ long-haul flights (and who isn’t?) If you are looking for a new destination to travel to for your next holiday, then how about looking Down Under to Australia and New Zealand; the newest and hottest travel destination!

Australia, the `Lucky Country’ – great climate, vast outback, prosperous, modern cities, sea and surf beaches and plenty to see.

New Zealand is the home of `The Lord of the Rings’ and `The Hobbit’ movies – it’s clean and green, it has scenery `to die for’, and friendly people.

Cruise ships to Australia and New Zealand depart from Xingang (Beijing), and so if you live in Russia, you would need to fly there to board your cruise liner. You would then travel via a number of Asian ports including Shanghai, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Ming City, Bangkok and Singapore.

In Australia there are around eighteen ports where cruise ships berth, including Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Whitsunday Island, Darwin, Freemantle, Adelaide and Melbourne. In New Zealand there are seven cruise ports including the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Picton, Lyttleton (Christchurch) and Dunedin.

The great thing about cruises is that the cruise ships travel at night and berth at the stopover ports in the morning, so that allows you to experience various on-land sight-seeing excursions in Australia and New Zealand by day.

Cruising is a very relaxing way to travel – no hassles with airports, hotels, arranging tours etc – it’s all done for you. Cruising has the benefit of having your accommodation, food and travel all in one package. There is no packing and un-packing of suit-cases, rushing to catch the next tour bus, having to find a good restaurant at the end of a busy day of touring. It’s all done for you, and you even get to sleep in the same bed each night – ‘pure bliss! That’s why a cruise from Russia to Australia and New Zealand is becoming a popular travel option, especially for those who don’t have a tight holiday time schedule.

The 4 Best iPhone Apps For Travelling in Australia

After having looked in to a lot of iPhone and iPad apps that will help the traveller get around Australia, these are the ones that I travel with and I think are the best 4 iPhone apps for travelling in Australia. There are plenty of others that deal with restaurant reviews and a plethora of other categories, these one are specifically tailored to help you out if you are travelling Australia in a campervan. That being said, some of them can come in very handy when doing day walks around the city or when floating through any town in the country.

Show the Loo – free

This great little app shows you where all the public toilets are that are near you. It is particularly handy when doing city walks but also can be handy if you are looking for a sneaky free park in a larger city. In all the major capital cities it can be difficult to find official camping places that are close to anything good. If you are trying to save money and continue to use your camper in one of these larger cities, this app can show you where all the toilets are in the area. Some are 24hr toilets and it will also show ones that have showers etc. Provided you obey any parking restrictions (if there are any), then you are free to stay in the vehicle over night. Its a simple app, but is THE handiest app to have in Oz.

Campee – free

This app shows you where all the free camps and caravan parks are around Australia. Its free but you must set up an account with them. It wants you to sign in with Facebook, however there are other options to set up account with an email. I used an email address and I have had no spammy contact from them. The most annoying thing about this app is that if you leave it for 5 minutes or so it asks you to log back in which means repeatedly typing in email and password.

There is a “near me” icon on the home page so if you just want to find out what is closest camp site or caravan park to you, then click that at it will bring up your current position. Surrounding your location on the map will be places to stay. Alternatively, type in the town you want to camp near and it will bring up a map with the town pinned and show all the campsites, roadside rest areas and caravan parks nearby.

There is also a massive filter range to pick different elements that you are keen on. To start with you can differentiate between campground and caravan park or both, you can also filter free or paid or both. Then there is a list of 41 filters of “must have” things if you are after them, this is things like toilets, showers, laundries, phone reception etc. After you have filtered things, each remaining icon on the map will show you the facilities available once you select them.

The app is user driven, so users add info as they go along. You can add in details like photos and reviews to help out the community. This app is free and does an excellent job.

Wiki Camps Australia – $2.99 (also available for Android)

If you are looking for the best camping and caravan iPhone app for Australia it is going to have to be this one. It costs a small fee though.Setting up an account is optional, but gives you access to post in forums if you do. If you don’t set one up you can still read the forums that are accessible within the app.

This app is also user driven and so has information uploaded by others. It seems to have the jump on Campee for the moment with a few more comments and photos added by users. This app tends to have more listings for places to camp and has a lot more obvious listings for additional services like dump sites. If you have a campervan that has a toilet then this app is for you. If using no filters at all in your search, then this app will also show things like Information Centres and Points of Interest on the map near the town you asked for. It has 57 filters to customize your search, but can be a little harder to initially navigate than Campee. Once you get the hang of it though, it is pretty easy to handle and is more powerful.

There is also a download for offline section which is handy in a country that has such awful mobile data coverage. You can select by state but it takes a looong time to download, even on a WiFi connection.

Around Me – free

This iPhone and iPad app is designed to show what is around you wherever you are: it has categories like ATM (automatic teller machines), bars, coffee and cafes, hospitals, hotels, parking, fuel, supermarkets and more. It is updating all the time and unfortunately is now ad driven. They are not too interfering though. It doesn’t always list everything that is near you in the category you search, but it is very quick and will find something in the category you want. Handy not only if you are driving through a town looking for a supermarket, but also great if you want a stay a while. I know that this app works in the US so I am thinking it will probably work across the Tasman in New Zealand as well. (so put it on the list for the iPhone travel apps for New Zealand too).

Travel – Fishing In Australia – Kimberley Coastal Camp

The Ultimate Anglers Retreat – North West Australia

The Kimberley Coastal Camp is one of the most exclusive travel fishing destinations in the top end of Australia. Isolated and pristine, the focus is on creating an intimate atmosphere while reducing impact on the local environment.

Nestled on the pristine shores of the Admiralty Gulf opposite the Mitchell Plateau in Western Australia, the Kimberley Coastal Camp can’t be accessed by road. Arrival is either by a spectacular floatplane experience with an impressive water landing or an exhilarating helicopter transfer directly onto the beach in front of the camp.

Guests can expect to encounter endangered Quolls, Olive Pythons, Sea Eagles and numerous other native animals in the vicinity known to the traditional landowners as ‘Yalrundair’.

The camp is extremely isolated with access limited to a privileged few. To get to your destination a float plane and helicopter are essential.

Extraordinary Fishing Experience

Setting the benchmark in remote location tropical sports fishing, Kimberley Coastal Camp is situated amidst the pristine waters of the Admiralty Gulf in the far north Kimberley region of Western Australia. Considered universally to be one of the best fishing regions in Australia.

The Admiralty Gulf is recognised as one of the best fishing destinations in Australia with a wide variety of species and fishing options to enjoy. Kimberley Coastal Camp is one of the very few fishing tour operations that include tackle on an unconditional basis. No cost for loss or breakages.

This is a real positive when one considers the possibility to go through some tackle loss given the amazing variety of large predatory fish on offer. In any one day it’s possible to catch a variety of fish from Barramundi to Blue Fin Tuna.

Huge tidal rivers together with mangrove lined creeks, estuaries, flats, offshore reefs and islands as well as crystal clear blue waters; ensure an exciting range of fishing options. Kimberley Coastal Camp is one of very few fishing destinations in Australia able to offer such diverse variety to the travelling fisherman.

Situated right on the water, Kimberley Coastal Camp offers immediate access and no set itineraries with a massive expanse of water to explore. Fish all day, every day or maybe after a morning’s fishing take your catch ashore on a deserted island fringed by Boab trees and have your host and guide cook it for you ‘bush style’ on the coals. Take some time to snare a few succulent mud crabs from the mangrove-lined creeks and have the chef prepare them to your liking for your evening meal.

The camp operates on a simple catch and release format so only those fish destined for the table will be kept. Sustainable fishing practices are promoted at all times.

Getting To The Kimberley Coastal Camp

Commercial flights operate to our most popular departure point, Kununurra, daily, and other departure points, Broome and Darwin. We suggest you check Qantas, Airnorth, Skywest and Virgin Blue for flight options.

For the adventurous travel fisherman – it’s possible to arrange a connection with the camps helicopter from the world-famous ‘Gibb River Road’. Vehicles can be left safely at the Mitchell Plateau.

Travelling from the East Coast of Australia, Kirkhope Aviation offers flights form Victoria and New South Wales. This option is ideal for anyone with time constraints or those looking for a tailored package.

Fabulous Accommodation

Nestled amongst the red sandstone and native grasses, generous guest gazebos offer privacy and comfort. Taking full advantage of the tranquil views over the Admiralty Gulf your ‘room with a view’, is elegantly furnished featuring king size or twin single beds fitted with quality linen, screened walls, handmade timber furniture, reading lamps and a ceiling fan. Comfort and luxury abounds, providing the ideal retreat after a solid days fishing.

A spacious open sided pavilion, hand-built using recycled timber with high raked ceilings, is the ideal place to talk up the day’s fishing adventures. Relax and unwind with a book from the library, listen to some music, or simply enjoy the sound of waves lapping on the shore.

The swimming pool with exquisite water views is the ideal place to cool off at the end of the day with an icy cold drink in hand, prior to a delectable entrée served with the most sensational of Kimberley sunsets.

Gourmet Cuisine

Amazing gourmet meals are provided at the Kimberley Coastal Camp. Wild saltwater Barramundi straight from the ocean, succulent oysters plucked from the rocks, delicious mud crabs taken from the mangrove lined creeks or a simple pizza garnished with rosemary and drizzled with olive oil, the cuisine is guaranteed to please even the most discerning guest.

There are a very few places in the world where you can enjoy such amazing scenery, delicious gourmet food, unique and luxurious beach front accommodation, world-class fishing and magnificent ancient rock art – all combined with unparalleled hospitality in a remote wilderness location.

Karijini National Park, Western Australia

This National Park in northwestern Western Australia is just North of the Tropic of Capricorn over 650 miles from the state capital Perth. At 627, 442 hectares, this is the second largest National Park in Western Australia. The park covers an amazing and awe-inspiring section of the Australian outback, centred around the Hamersley Ranges of the Pilbara region. While it is a long way from any of Australia’s cities, Karijini National Park is relatively easy to access as it is served by Solomon Airport, which is fewer than ten miles to the west of the Park. The Hamersley and Robe River Railway runs down a corridor than separates the park into a north section and a south section. Within this corridor you will also find the Marandoo iron ore mine.

The park’s spectacular landscape is characterised by the gorges that run through it, cut by the north flowing rivers. The four prominent gorges are Bee Gorge, Wittenoom Gorge, Kalamina Gorge and Yampire Gorge. There are also several smaller gorges to explore. In these gorges there are a number of places where you can see the geological rock formation layers of banded iron formation between sections of dolomite and shale, which create an amazing and beautiful geological landscape. Some of the oldest rocks in the world can be seen in this area. These gorges are also characterised by flowing waterfalls and water holes, which stunning spots attract a lot of interesting wildlife as well as intrepid tourists.

There is a great biodiversity within the park. Here you can see, amongst other things, red kangaroos, wallaroos, echidnas, geckos, goannas, lizards, bats, a variety of different snakes and many bird species. This is a great place for those interested in exploring a rugged landscape that teems with Australian life and is one of the last few true wilderness areas in the world.

Within the park it is possible to stay at the Karijini Eco Retreat, owned by aboriginal people and on land leased from the Department of Environment and Conservation for Western Australia. The eco accommodation is 100% owned by a collaborative group of various tribes of the Pilbara region and managed by Eco Company PLC, Ecomodation, a brand of Hospitality Inns. Alternatively, there is camping at Dale Gorge.

Wherever you stay within the park and whatever you choose to do and see while you are there, you are sure to be wowed by the spectacular and ancient landscape of Karijini National Park.