Budget Ideas For Summer Weekend Getaways

budget-ideas-for-summer-weekend-getawaysSince summer is a great time for outdoor activities, it can be perfect for you to organise a weekend getaway trip with your mates for escaping the hustle & bustle of your daily life. You need not be extravagant and spend a huge amount on booking flight tickets, hotel rooms and the like. There are plenty of low budget ideas that you can give a try to and still have loads of fun with your near & dear ones:

Hiking

There is no need to buy expensive camping or hiking gear for this. A simple tent and some planning in advance would be more than enough. There are plenty of sites in Western Australia that you can pick from. If you like, you can even set out to explore the Great Southern and enjoy the peaceful scenic beauty, in addition to sharing indelible moments with your pals.

Diving

If you want to enjoy summer to the fullest, then do not miss out on the chance of visiting a nearby beach and taking part in various water activities, such as diving, swimming, snorkelling, and so on. Not very fond of spending time in the water? No problem, just lay out a towel on the sand and bathe in the rays of the sun for that naturally tanned skin.

Travelling To A New Town

Why not pay a visit to some town or city that you never been to? There are a number of choices filled with attractions – Kojonup, Perth, Albany, Esperance, etc. Most of these places even offer cost-effective long stay accommodation facilities, including B&Bs. But you must book your place to stay in advance, to avoid last minutes rushes.

Visiting Amusement Parks

If you seek some thrill and excitement during the weekend, then visiting amusement parks in close proximity of your locality is a must for you. Scare yourself to death by riding the roller coasters, enjoy cotton candy with your best buddies, or simply roam around and click selfies. But make sure you choose parks that are within your budget.

So if you usually get bored at home on weekends, then gear up to spend your leisure time in ways that are way more fun than staying glued to your gaming console all day long. Inform your friends well, plan your budget, make in-advance bookings and create unforgettable memories with your partners-in-crime.

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Road Trip Getaways For Valentine’s Day In Australia

road-trip-for-valentines-day-in-australiaLove is in the air, and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s time to plan a romantic getaway with your sweetheart.

A road trip together is a fantastic way to spend time with one another away from screens, work, family and other commitments. So here are a few of Australia’s most loved-up spots that you can drive to in a rental car and make it an occasion to remember!

The Barossa Valley, South Australia

Are you the kind of couple that loves to sit back with a delicious Australian wine and enjoy the summer sunshine? It’s hard to imagine many who wouldn’t enjoy a few days hidden away together soaking up the sunshine and the wine in equal quantities, so consider picking up a hire car in Adelaide and meandering your way through the valley.

the-barossa-valley-south-australiaThis South Australian destination offers everything you could ask for in a romantic getaway with a loved one – peace and quiet, whimsical scenery and all the wine and cheese you could wish for.

There are more than 550 grape-growing families in the region, many of whom have been cultivating land and creating some of the country’s best drops for generations. Altogether, there are more than 170 wine companies in the valley, so you won’t be short on choice when it comes to picking your next stop. A few of the most well-known brands include Wolf Blass, Rockfords, and Peter Lehman. And don’t forget to stop by the Barossa Valley Cheese Co. for additional tastings and takeaways.

Palm Cove, Queensland

For couples who dream of white sands, blue waters and lazy days on the beach looking up at palm fronds and blue skies, a road trip to Palm Cove in Queensland could be the perfect Valentine’s Day escape.Palm Cove, Queensland .jpgHere, you’ll escape to a world where meetings, conference calls and deadlines feel like a faraway dream, and there’s nothing to worry about aside from which cocktail to order next. You can stay anywhere from a low-key holiday park to a fancy resort with all the trimmings, you can spend all day by the beach or head out and adventure together with scuba diving, walking, boating and more.

This idyllic location is found just up the road from your Cairns car rental pick up location, or you can pick up your vehicle further south and make a longer trip of it up the coast!

Cradle Mountain

Escape to the Tasmanian wilderness and discover Cradle Mountain on a getaway that’s every bit as adventurous as it is romantic.cradle-mountain1024Pick up your car rental from Launceston or Hobart Airport and make your way to this unbelievably scenic spot. This is an especially good option for couples who have never visited Tasmania, as discovering a new place together is a wonderful way to strengthen your bond.

While you’re in the area, map out a few hikes – it takes roughly a day to tackle the summit of the mountain, or you can try a shorter trip by walking around Dove Lake for stunning views of the peak. Or, you can even walk the famous Overland Track, a hike that takes roughly six days and will give you an unforgettable experience of Tasmania at its best. Of course, you can always book a stay in the luxurious Cradle Mountain Lodge and enjoy your relaxing time in the wilderness!

The Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula is just an hour from Melbourne, so it’s ideal for busy couples who want to spend more time exploring their destination.The Mornington Peninsula .jpgThe Peninsula Hot Springs are made for romance, as this beautiful and relaxing spot will give you time to yourself to relax, soak in the glorious hot waters, and simply be together away from the madness of everyday life. There are a number of day spas to choose from should you fancy a couples massage. The area is also known for its food and wine, and the Wine Food Farmgate Trail is the perfect activity with a rental car as it will take you from restaurant to cafe to winery to sample plenty of the region’s best produce. Plus, you really can’t beat a romantic walk along the beach at sunset, and the Mornington Peninsula certainly offers some spectacular opportunities.

Western Australia Is Pretty Much A Wildflower Haven

WildflowerBlessed with immense dimensions, photogenic landscapes and stunning natural attractions, Western Australia has plenty of things to boast of. However, there is one more thing that attracts nature lovers and photographers to this state. Right from the middle of July up to the beginning of November, major locations across the state remain blanketed with over 12,000 different wildflower species. And in order to commemorate the wildflower season, local parks and reserves host a number of festivals where enthusiasts are offered guided tours for witnessing the glory of the exquisite blooms.

wildflower AustraliaIf you are planning to visit Western Australia just for taking a close look at its wildflowers, then it would be best to plan your trip during September or early October. Keep Perth and Kojonup on your must-go-to list, as they host the best wildflower festivals in the state. When you are finally there, you can begin your journey with the Kodja Place, which features a mesmerising display of indigenous blooms and orchids, in association with the annual Kojonup Wildflower Bloom Festival. There are guided wildflower tours that you can take part in and get to know more about the stunning floral beauties from herbarium references, which are always available at hand. Besides that, you would have plenty of other activities to engross yourself into, such as viewing the Bush Pockets in the courtyard of Kodja Place, taking a Bush Tucker tour and so on.

kings-park-in-perthWhen your wanderlust for Kojonup is satiated, head to the Kings Park in Perth. The Kings Park not only showcases a brilliant display of blooms during the wildflower season, but also facilitates free guided tours, family activities, sale of native plants, and to top it all of, art & music. If you wish to enjoy more, then drive to the famous Swan Valley region, where you can help yourself to an appetising lunch and some excellent wine.

whiteman-parkAfter lunch, if you still wish to explore further, then your best bet would be the Whiteman Park – a paradise for photographers. And what doesn’t it feature during the wildflower season! There is a range of flower trails where you can feast your eyes upon grass trees, bark banksia and hibberias, but that’s not all. Take a walk through the Noble Falls Walk Trail and you will find yourself surrounded by orchids, petrophilus, trigger plants, haekass, verticordias, isopogons and grevilleas. Even if you are not a shutterbug, don’t forget to pull out your smartphone camera and capture beautiful memories.

Head Down Under for Christmas Holidays in Australia

Head Down Under for Christmas Holidays in Australia.jpgAustralia is the perfect place for holidaymakers and backpackers to spend Christmas…it’s got the usual festive traditions like Christmas trees, carols and present but the best thing about this season in Oz is the weather! It’s warm, sunny, the sand is golden and the sea doesn’t contain icebergs. The biggest question you need to be asking yourself is how you should spend your Christmas in Australia?

Christmas Eve – Carols By Candlelight, Melbourne
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Start your Christmas in Oz with the local tradition Carols by Candlelight (originated in Australia and impressively dates back to 19th century!). Melbourne’s Carols by Candlelight is held every Christmas Eve at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne’s Kings Domain Gardens.

This top event is a spectacular mix of entertainment and carols, accompanied with a mind blowing spectacle of thousands of candles lighting up the sky on eve of Christmas. It’s the perfect way for young and old to start the festive celebrations in Australia.

Christmas Day – BBQ on Bondi Beach, Sydney
Christmas Day – BBQ on Bondi Beach, Sydney .jpgChristmas Day is a time for getting merry, over indulging and having fun (and playing like a child with your new presents!) Forget your roast turkey dinner, Christmas pudding and glass of sherry though…the only way to do it is the Aussie way. Instead crack open the champagne and head for some sun and surf at Sydney’s Bondi Beach for a day to remember. Here the locals, holidaymakers, backpackers and expats rejoice in the sunshine, with a BBQ or picnic. What a cracker of a way to spend Christmas Day in Oz.

Boxing Day – Cricket Test, Melbourne
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Another Aussie tradition and massive sporting event (which is a must for Boxing Day) is the start of the Ashes. Head to Melbourne Cricket Ground and join the other eager (100,000) spectators for a great battle between Australia and England. The Ashes is outstandingly popular worldwide, and this year is no exception as the Aussies play their best bat and balls in an attempt to win back the Ashes from England. Its great fun for young and old, plus there are plenty of events in and around the Melbourne Cricket Ground to keep you entertained.

New Years Eve – Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Sydney
New Years Eve – Sydney Harbour New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Sydney.jpgOf all the places you could be for New Years Eve, Sydney Harbour is home to one of the most spectacular parties in the world (And most watched on TV across the world!) .Think of the breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour Bridge, mixed with extravagant fireworks, shaken up with a handful (slight underestimation!) of partygoers, creates a cocktail of celebrations!

There are 2 firework displays, one at 9pm for the families then the other as the clock strikes midnight. A top tip to escape the crowds is to take a ferry trip round the harbour and see the fireworks light up the sky all over Sydney.

New Years Day – The Perth Cup, Perth
New Years Day – The Perth Cup, Perth.jpgPut your posh frocks and designer hats on and welcome in the New Year in style. The Perth Cup is Western Australia’s leading horse race, held annually on New Year’s Day at Ascot Racecourse (accompanied with prize money that’ll blow your mind!). It’s not only the highlight of Perth’s social scene but also a renowned horse riding event with premier Thoroughbred horses. There are general admission tickets, race day packages, marquees, picnic areas…the ideal place to celebrate with friends and family.

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Upcoming Events In Kojonup That You Must Attend

Upcoming Events In Kojonup That You Must Attend .jpgAre you one of those social butterfly Aussies who love to attend one or more events every week? If your answer is yes, then you will be delighted to know that Kojonup is going to host a number of social events in the upcoming weeks. Even if you are not a resident of the city, no worries. Most of the programs are open to the general public, and the best part is that tourists are welcome too. So book an accommodation in Kojonup in advance and gear up for enjoying your pre-Christmas weeks with these:

Donnybrook Food & Wine Fest
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Do you love attending family friendly parties with your partner and kids? Then you definitely don’t want to miss the Donnybrook Food & Wine Fest, which is going to take place on 26th November. The event would feature live entertainment programmes, activities for kids completely free of cost, and several specialty stalls. In addition to enjoying these, you will also get the opportunity to taste the best wine and food from south-west. There is no entry fee, all you need to do is drive to the Donnybrook Amphitheatre in the Southwest Highway.

Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival
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Enthusiastic about community festival ceremonies? Then pop down to Manjimup for partaking in the Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival, which will celebrate the versatility of the regional horticultural industry. There would be a vast range of entertainment programmes and activities for adults as well as kids. So if you are interested in attending the festival, then set a reminder for 10th December. The event will start at 9 in the morning and end after 6pm.

Vasse Felix Sound & Sense
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If you are a music lover and foodie, it would be a shame to miss the Vasse Felix Sound & Sense. Selling out almost every year, this wonderful event hosted in the Margaret River region incorporates scrumptious delicacies, award-winning wines and excellent music from talented artists. This year, Vasse Felix Festival is going to take place for three days, commencing from 9 December. Ticket prices start from $10 for children and $40 for adults.

So, mark your calendars and get ready to attend these fantastic events to make your weeks leading to Christmas indelible. For more information on the festivals, you can check out official websites or just search on Google. If you wish for your friends and relatives to accompany you, then don’t forget to inform them in advance.

Visit Creepy Hollow Cafe & Markets While In Kojonup

Visit Creepy Hollow Cafe & Markets While In Kojonup.pngIf you are going to Kojonup for the first time, you would be delighted to know that the town has plenty of tourist spots that you won’t be done checking out even in a week’s time. Besides that, there are also several B&B facilities in Kojonup, and some of them even provide long stay accommodation at discounted rates. Moreover, the town is dotted with enough excellent cafes, pubs and restaurants to satisfy the cravings of any foodie.

Apart from all these things, there is one attraction so grotesquely delightful in this old town that you simply wouldn’t be able to avoid its charm. Creepy Hollow Cafe & Markets is located about 15 away from Kojonup on its north. You are bound to spot it if you are using the Albany highway for accessing the town. After all, you don’t get to see places adorned with skeletons, vampires and werewolves everyday.

visit-creepy-hollow-cafe-markets-while-in-kojonupThe primary section of the Creepy Hollow Cafe & Markets, as you might have guessed by now, is a cafe. With fake grass serving as the base for some neat benches outside and cosy country-styled diner on the inside, the cafe features cheerful & slightly idiosyncratic owners, live old music and spooky or conventional decorations on the walls. Although the food they serve cannot boast of being the best in town, it definitely is decent enough. There is something on the menu for everybody – coffees, cakes, cooked breakfasts, pastries, pasta dishes and so on. All items are pocket-friendly and served fresh.

The most peculiar and unique thing about the Creepy Hollow Cafe & Markets is its market, because its entryway exists right within the cafe. Besides that, the market is an indoor one, and has all kinds of intriguing products on sale. Accentuated with animated creepy insects, witches, skeletons, ghosts, ghouls and famous murderers from Hollywood, the marketplace has got spooky costumes available for sale. Despite of all that, however, everything about the section feels very comfortable and homely, just like the cafe.

The adjoining toilet block on the outside shares the spooky feel of the rest of the place too. It has a sinisterly painted building featuring black bricks, and is very craftily adorned with warlocks and witches where the toilet signage should have been.

Thus, if you love horror movies and novels, have a taste for quirky stuff, and can’t wait an entire year to celebrate Halloween, then you ought to check out the Creepy Hollow Cafe & Markets during your stay in Kojonup.

Top Aboriginal Experiences In Western Australia

top-aboriginal-experiences-in-waIf you are interested in knowing about and exploring the Aboriginal culture of Australia, you would be delighted to know the state of Western Australia offers plenty of opportunities to do so. There are spectacular and beautiful landscapes that you can visit and tour by kayak, on foot or even overland. What’s best is that you will be assisted during your tours by intriguing and vibrant Aboriginal guides.

Here are the top Aboriginal experiences of Western Australia:

Kodja Place, Kojonup

Kodja Place, Kojonup.jpgThe Kodja Place is an exotic and exquisite museum as well as a culturally interpretive place that features various interesting displays – pictures, stories, exhibits and artifacts. In addition to that, there is also an astonishing rose maze. You can easily participate in a cultural tour to know about different traditions of the region. There is also a fantastic B&B just near the highway and it is regarded as one of the best facilities offering comfortable accommodation in Kojonup.

Koomal Dreaming, Dunsborough

Koomal Dreaming, Dunsborough.jpgCurated by a skilled musician Josh Whiteland, the Koomal Dreaming can provide an amazing experience of the local culture of Dunsborough, along with Dreamtime stories and enchanting didgeridoo performance by Josh himself. And all of this will take place nowhere but inside the Ngilgi cave. While talking about Dreaming spirit, plants and animals, Josh will also demonstrate the ancient tool making methods and fire lighting techniques.

Urban Indigenous, Perth

Urban Indigenous, Perth.jpgWant to gain insight of the culture prevailing in the wild South West or Kimberley? Urban Indigenous is just what you are looking for. It offers private guided tours of Perth as well as its surrounding areas. It also provides the opportunity to know about the community and culture of the Aboriginal people.

Shark Bay Coastal Tours, Shark Bay

Shark Bay Coastal Tours, Shark Bay .jpgOwned by an Aboriginal family, the Shark Bay Coastal Tours is an excellent opportunity to enjoy four-wheeler drive adventures in the Monkey Mia and Shark Bay regions. Through the guided tours, you would be able to witness the limestone blowholes & cliffs at Steep Points and the famous Stromatolites on the Shell Beach. You will also get to know about the old hunting techniques at Eagle Bluff. The tours would feature fresh local seafood and home cooked meals as well.

Now you know where to go for experiencing the Aboriginal culture of Australia. So pack your bags and get ready to explore the traditions and ideals of the centuries-old community.