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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Places To Visit During Your WA Trip

AUS1.jpgGenerally, travellers visiting Australia seem more inclined to explore the southern regions of the country, such as Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, etc. However, if you want to experience the true beauty of Australia, you better not go with the flow. Instead, plan a trip to Western Australia from the very beginning. Not only does the state have some really fantastic places that would leave you in awe, but is also dotted with various comfortable accommodation facilities.

Here are a few regions that you can check out during your vacation in WA:

Rottnest

rottnestDeriving its name from the misunderstanding of Dutch explorers who mistook quokkas for rats, Rottnest can be easily accessed from Perth via ferries. Since cars are not allowed here, you will have to rent a bike for exploring the bays, which serve as excellent spots for fishing, snorkelling, surfing or simply lazing. If you are a camper, Rottnest can seem like a paradise to you.

Kojonup

Kojonup .jpgHave a love for historical sites and things from the past? A visit to Kojonup can be a highly delightful and rewarding experience for you. Simply following the famous Historical Walk Trail here would lead you to the intriguing heritage of this place, which includes the Military Barracks, St. Mary’s Church, Old Post Office, Railway Station and the Old School. Finding a long stay accommodation in Kojonup is not tough either, thanks to the many B&Bs situated across the town.

Kalbarri

Kalbarri.jpgKalbarri is a calm and peaceful town located on the north of Perth, with sheer cliffs that serve as a viewpoint for watching dolphins and whales. The place is quite famous for crayfishing, which can do in plenty near the rivermouth. Besides that, there is also a fish barbecue in Finley.

Fremantle

fremantle-0Although this city underwent an evolution before the America’s Cup of 1987, it retained majority of its Mediterranean touch. Once you are in Fremantle, you can choose to enjoy an espresso on The Strip or even spend some time in the markets.

Esperance

esperanceThe most striking features of this windy town alongside the coast are some truly remarkable white beaches. You would be able to explore the coastline of Esperance simply by visiting one of its national parks. There is also an old and obsolete whaling outpost here that witnesses the mingling of Southern and Indian Oceans.

So are you ready for some adventure in Western Australia? Plan your journey, pack your bags and set off for wonderful trip.

The Unique Features Of A Bed & Breakfast Accommodation

ar130677893632362.jpgA bed and breakfast is a home away from home, providing a good breakfast and a comfortable night’s stay. This type of accommodation not only gives bed and breakfast services but also allows personal contact between the host and the guests. There are quite a handful of B&Bs providing family accommodation in Kojonup, Australia. People who stay in bed and breakfast are usually the ones looking for a quality service and lodging at a reasonable price. However, in most B&Bs, breakfast is included with the price of the stay. If you are planning a trip to Kojonup and haven’t booked a place to stay yet, here are some important reasons why you should try out a bed and breakfast.

Cheaper than hotels
cheaper-than-hotelsInstead of staying in an overpriced five-star hotel, it is ideal enough to stay in a B&B since the latter provides delicious and refreshing breakfasts and a cosy, soft bed to sleep on. This is an effective cost-cutting method of letting guests stay over without having to deal with the superfluous expenses. Services like laundry, kitchen facilities and WiFi are also provided by B&B hosts.

Homemade breakfast are usually served
Bed & Breakfast Cheaper than hotels.jpgUnlike hotels where ready-to-eat breakfasts are served, B&B provides homemade breakfast to their guests. It is an awesome place to stay for people who tend to get homesick while travelling. Since breakfast is included within the price of the room, you can fill your stomach with tasty local food and drinks to get yourself started for the day.

Safety and cleanliness
The Unique Features Of A Bed &  Breakfast Accommodation .jpgSince you are staying in a small room at a B&B, it is easy to differentiate between the hosts, guests and outsiders. This ensures much safer surrounding unlike that of big hotels. Again, the owners of B&B have a great tendency to keep the rooms neat and tidy. This is because a greater level of responsibility comes when running a B&B.

Meet other guests
The Unique Features Of A Bed & Breakfast  Accommodation.jpgIf you are interested in meeting new people – to do activities with or share anecdotes from personal experiences, a B&B accommodation is the right place. You can always invite someone over for breakfast and create a better experience of your journey with them in the process.

So, if this ideas interest you, book an accommodation at a B&B. You would be able to enjoy a new experience that can be both cherishable and profitable for you.

Western Australia – A Land Of Natural Beauty

Western Australia -  A Land Of Natural BeautyWestern Australia is often deemed as the final frontier of Australia because of its meagre population, immense dimensions and having the most isolated capital in the world. However, it does not mean that the country has not got anything for offering to tourists and backpackers. Up in the northern regions of the nation, one can expect to encounter a variety of photogenic landscapes. For instance, the Karijini National Park has got eye-catching waterfalls and gorges. Then there is the enchanting area of Bloome, where flaming red sunsets adorn the shores of Cable Beach.

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For those who wish to witness marine life and beaches filled with white sand, the Coral Bay is more than an ideal spot. On the other hand, the Southwest has got to offer lush green flora, wildflower expanses and also its own impressive beaches. Enthusiastic surfers can ride the waves at Margaret River where vignerons produce world-class wines. Besides that, there are also some really delightful restaurants in the town that offer gourmet grub.

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There is one thing common among all places in Western Australia – abundant native wildlife. So visitors and travellers can expect to witness indigenous fauna of the nation up close. Enthusiasts will have the tempting opportunity to spot pods of migrating whales from the coast of Albany. Besides that, one can also have a jolly good time interacting with dolphins at Monkey Mia.

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However, Western Australia is not just about exquisite flora and fauna. The cosmopolitan cities and suburbs of the country have a laid-back feel about them, which makes them more than perfect for holidaymakers and vacationers. For example, on the way from Perth to Esperance, there are quite a number of fantastic B&Bs. What’s even better is that travellers can also avail group discount at Kojonup accommodation facilities. They are ideal to use as a base while exploring the Great Southern. In addition to that, the owners of these facilities are very friendly and take great care of their guests.

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To top it all off, the nation of Western Australia is really vast and one can practically lose their way without a proper guide. The driving distances are more than mind-boggling, complemented by unforgiving elements and challenging terrains. However, the experience travellers collect here remain etched in their memories for a lifetime.

So if you were in two minds about visiting Western Australia, don’t waste anymore time and book your tickets as soon as possible to holiday in this wonderful nation.

A Guide To The Great Southern Region Of Western Australia

A Guide To The Great Southern Region Of  Western Australia.jpgA trip to the Great Southern region of Western Australia will not only allow you to cherish your presence amidst a unique & spectacular natural environment, but also provide a memorable experience filled with food, history and wine. Though this region is a bit far away along a less trodden track and quite isolated, the solitude that offered by this place is invigorating and peaceful.

The Great Southern is inhabited mainly by fisherfolk and mariners, and also the Noongar people. It is also the home to thousands of indigenous animals living in the forests. There are farming communities as well, who work closely and harvest their crops during summer.

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As has been mentioned already, the culture of the Great Southern region is characterised by a love for great wine and food. On one hand, the pristine seas surrounding the area deliver a variety of seafood. In addition to that, the agricultural land practically acts as a bowl of food for the whole state and regional chefs serve inspired fare. Simultaneously, wine is available in abundance across 5 sub-regions of the Great Southern. What’s more is that each of those sub-regions have their own distinct terroir.

The mountain wilderness, forests and spectacular coastlines of the place are a treat to the eyes of any nature lover. There are several attractions available for tourists, including the Granite Skywalk in Porongurup Range, the Natural Bridge & Gap in Albany and so on. According to locals, the best time for visiting the Great Southern is autumn, as the whole place attains a soothing stillness that is ideal enjoying mountain biking, coastal treks, alfresco winery lunches and bushwalking.

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However, winter is also not a bad time for holidaying in this awesome place. Throughout the chilly days of June to October, whales start to appear in large numbers in the Southern Ocean. Days alternate from being sunny and still to wet and cold. The weather becomes perfect to enjoy hearty meals in front of roaring log fires.

Places which offer the best accommodation in The Great Southern are Kojonup and Albany. While Albany has its own motels and holiday apartments to boast of, Kojonup boasts of many B&B accommodation facilities offering corporate packages. So if you are making plans to visit the Great Southern soon enough, make sure to book a place to stay in either Albany or Kojonup well in advance.

 

Australian Beaches – Not To Miss Out

Around the world, Australia is renowned for its beaches & it isn’t hard to see why : with some of the longest stretches of sand-covered coast line in the world, Oz’s beaches are not only plentiful but also of an almost universally-high quality.

Aussies take care of & take pride in – keeping them generally clean and pollution-free.

Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia.

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Pinky Beach, Rottnest Island, Western Australia

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Cable Beach, Western Australia

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Yallingup Beach,Western Australia

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Cape Le Grand Beach,Western Australia

Cape Le Grand Beach in Esperance, WA

 

Contos Beach,Western Australia

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Coolangatta Beach,Queensland.

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Mooloolaba Beach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

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Wategos Beach, NSW

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Seal Rocks, New South Wales

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Hyams Beach, NSW

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 Whitehaven Beach, Queensland.

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Bronte Beach, Sydney

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Bondi Beach, Sydney

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Cosmopolitan Beach, Brisbane. 

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Hazards Beach, Tasmania.

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Mindil Beach, Northern Territory

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Australian’s love and respect for the ocean is strong and has been from the beginning. Australia’s have almost 10,700 beaches – in all shapes, sizes and colours. The beaches in Australia are some of the best in the world.

Planning A Trip To Kojonup

Trip To Kojonup.jpgLocated 2-hours drive away from the city of Perth on the Albany Highway is Kojonup, one of the oldest places in Western Australia. The region is more than a historic town or an exquisite gateway to the Great Southern. The heart of this place houses the famous freshwater spring which attracted the European settlers for the first time ever in 1837. In addition to that, Kojonup is also home to the Old Military Barracks, which is one of the most antique military structures in Western Australia.

Kojonup possesses a lengthy and proud history that stretches back almost centuries to those days when the nomadic Aborigines started settling in the area due to availability of abundant game and also the freshwater spring. The name of the town itself bears a historical significance. It was derived from ‘kodja’, a stone axe that was made by the Aborigines using local stone found in the region. For those who wish to know more about the indigenous culture and history, a visit to the famous Kodja place is imperative.Planning A Trip To Kojonup?.jpg

The Kodja Place remains open for visitors all throughout the year except for Christmas Day. Its main attractions are the Australian Rose Maze and 3 Women’s Stories, the Kodj Gallery & storyplace and Jack’s indigenous tours. The appealing and spacious settings of the place are also rented out for weddings, cocktail events, meetings and concerts. Its Visitor Centre features a wonderful gift shop offering Noongar-Indigenous craft, art, stationery, printed shirts, gourmet produce, greeting cards, books and lots of other goods.

There are plenty of places that offer family accommodation in Kojonup, such as bread & breakfasts, hotels, resorts, etc. The town is also exceptionally well-equipped with various facilities for catering to nearly all sports activities. Travellers can even simply relax by basking in the tranquillity and peacefulness of the surroundings. For nature lovers, there is the picturesque countryside, filled with wildflowers and native wildlife. Many homes in Kojonup also take part in Australian Open Garden Scheme under the Festival of Wildflowers organised every year in September.Planning A Trip To Kojonup.jpgIf somebody is looking for a good place to eat and drink in Kojonup, they definitely would not be disappointed with the available options. Pizza and lamb souvlaki lovers can dine at Tom’s Bakehouse, which also serves freshly made pastries. Then there are the 124 Cafe, another pizza joint and Caltex, where one can get great tasting food & coffee.