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Ayres Rock or Kakadu in June
I will be traveling in June with two teenagers and I am interested in either going to Ayres Rock or Kakadu. Which area would be better if I only have time

Source: Outback Australia Travel Blog | 13 Nov 2017 | 5:22 am

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Planning a trip to Alice Springs via Uluru
Just looking for a few tips on how much I should budget for a 10-14 day trip to Alice Springs & Uluru/Kata Tjuta. We (my boyfriend and I) are planning

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Unique Sleeps: Hotel Andra Seattle, America

Smack bang in downtown Seattle, at first glance the Hotel Andra looks like a typical, inner city American hotel. The doormen are swift to bundle your bags into a lobby that has the warmth and comfort of a stylish living room, the staff are friendly, guests with dogs come and go. It’s only when you get to check in that you start to notice groups of people milling around in the lobby. The bar is upstairs so the gathering of two, three and four people is odd. And then you discover they’re all waiting for a table at one of Seattle’s hottest restaurants.

Lola is rated top of Seattle’s breakfast spots and sits right inside the hotel. It turns out the hotel’s lobby is a favourite spot to hang out during long waits for a table – the situation attracts a cool foodie crowd who will happily share their other favourite hotspots with out-of-towners.

Hotel Andra

And this isn’t just any café – Lola is part of chef Tom Douglas’ impressive portfolio of Seattle restaurants. The celebrity chef owns several restaurants and cafes in the city, funnily enough most of them are on the same block as Hotel Andra. Dahlia Bakery and Lounge and the Pie Shop are right across the street. At Lola, the signature dish is Tom’s Favourite Breakfast, a Mediterranean-inspired mezze of octopus, scallions, sumac yoghurt, poached eggs and toast. His Dahlia bakery’s granola makes an appearance from across the street, and the made to order doughnuts have a cult-like following. For hotel guests, best news is Tom’s team is responsible for the hotel’s room service menu. Guests can start the day with house cured gravlax sandwiches, a stack of fluffy gold pancakes without even leaving their room.

And why would they want to? The boutique hotel sits right on 4th Avenue, looking out over the city skyline. Large open plan rooms have kitchenettes, desks and sitting areas, with walk in robes. The hotel is pet and family friendly, so you’ll see small dogs popping in and out for walks, but I never hear a peep from pet nor child during my stay. Rooms facing the street get a full day of beautiful sunlight.

At night, the hotel hosts the Hot Stove Society Cooking School in its upstairs bar and kitchen. The custom fit out is again the work of Tom Douglas, who I start to see has his hands in the pots of many fun projects. In the space of one evening I go from never having heard of Douglas to a downright fan who can’t believe my luck to be staying in a hotel so heavily connected to the chef. It turns out Douglas is self-trained, with a palate honed by extensive experience in dining out. He is casual and irreverent, bold and daring. Not afraid to do things differently, and always committed to giving back. Or so I’m told by his passionate staff. He is spearheading a “strawless Seattle” campaign to remove the disposable plastic from the city’s bars and restaurant, supports a rehabilitative cooking school by bringing program graduates into his own kitchen, and has a perchance for combining cooking and cocktails that quite frankly speaks to me!

Hotel AndraHis cooking classes are run by his chefs, along with guest celebrity chefs. I join Drinking, Cursing and Cooking, with Lola’s head chef Matt Fortner. The school does run hands-on classes but tonight it’s more demonstration-style, with rows of high bar tables curved toward an outwards facing kitchen bench. Fortner’s classes are some of the most popular, regularly selling out. It’s easy to see why. It’s a few fun hours on a Saturday night, with Fortner doing all three things the class suggests. Each small dish is paired with a cocktail, we taste around 6 different dishes, there’s plenty of “cursing”, a lot of American hoo-ha, with the crowd bursting into applause every time Fornter swears (which happens a lot). They also burst into applause when his sous chef, Jack, demonstrates his personal BBQ sauce recipe – Jack has come from the program, and the Americans are wild with their applause, and encouragement, as Jack, clearly a little nervous, stumbles through his sauce. It doesn’t matter, because Fortner is larger than life, and carries on with the show, nudging and supporting Jack. It’s charming to watch, and I find myself sipping my long island ice tea and reminding Jack to stir his sauce. Fortner’s classes change theme every month – the Drinking and Cursing remain the same, but we get to try Southern American corn bread, brisket, baked beans and pulled pork buns, but next month the theme is Oktoberfest pretzels and pork knuckles. The evening ends with Fortner’s wife’s “famous jello shots”. As Dahlia’s pastry chef, she’s part of the Tom Douglas clan too, and I decide if her jello shots are anything like her famous pastries, I’m having breakfast across the road at Dahlia tomorrow. The class is the perfect night out for a solo traveller – I chat to my neighbours and am swept up in group mentality that we’re all here to have fun. Best of all because I don’t even have to leave the hotel.

Hotel Andra

Hotel Andra

Lisa was the guest of Hotel Andra 

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Source: Out There Starts Here | 10 Oct 2017 | 12:24 am

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How to Spend a Weekend in Melbourne

Melbourne skyline

A weekend trip is a fun way to get to know a new place, especially if that trip is to a great city like Melbourne. From climbing to the top of the Eureka Skydeck to eating at fine restaurants—and of course, staying in seriously cool digs—the only question is, how will you see it all? We’ve put together a list of the best places to eat, play and stay in Melbourne, so you can see the highlights in just 48 hours.


Dinner by Heston

Chef Heston takes dishes inspired by medieval Britain and brings them into the present—and the future—at this innovative Southbank restaurant. This is just about the only place we’d recommend you try dishes with names like  “Meat Fruit” or “Rice & Flesh”. For dessert, just wait for the liquid-nitrogen ice cream trolley to come ‘round. It’s dinner and a show!

The Meat and Wine Company


Photo via Yelp/The Meat & Wine Co

Also located in the awesome neighbourhood of Southbank, this steakhouse is a cut above. They even have their own exclusive line of steak. Start off with a wagyu bresaola charcuterie board and then top it off with chili lime pork belly. And just wait until you get a look at the wine list—it’s liquid silk in bottles.

Waterfront Southgate

Waterfront Southgate

Photo via Yelp/Nathan F. 

There’s no shortage of fantastic seafood joints in this city, and Waterfront Southgate is one of the best. Get yourself some sushi rolls, a king prawn cocktail or a dozen oysters from the raw bar. We’re getting hungry just writing about it, and it gets better. Whether you dine on the patio or with sweeping views of the Yarra River, the atmosphere can’t be beat.


The Langham

The Langham

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If you’re looking to live in the lap of luxury during your holiday, look no further than The Langham. Enjoy the skyline views from your very own terrace or go all out in the Chairman Suite, where you’ll have a separate office and second bedroom. When it comes time to treat yourself like a king or queen, a few hours at the Chuan Spa will do the trick.

Citadines on Bourke

Citadines on Bourke

Citadines on Bourke is a fully serviced apartment hotel in the CBD that’s the perfect place to call home for the duration of your holiday. The amenities include a fully-equipped gym, a business corner with free Wi-Fi, a sauna and an indoor heated pool. What more could you ask for?

Rendezvous Hotel

Rendezvous Hotel

After you wake up in your Heritage Suite at Rendezvous Hotel, go for an early morning walk along the Yarra River. Head back to the hotel and take a dip in the pool or enjoy a delicious breakfast from the on-site restaurant. Now you’re ready to start the day.


Eureka Skydeck

Eureka 89

Photo via Flickr/Tourism Victoria

Wandering the streets of downtown Melbourne is great, but wait until you see the city from 285m high. The Eureka Skydeck occupies the entire 88th floor of the Eureka Tower and is the highest observation deck in the southern hemisphere. If you feel adventurous—or want to cure your fear of heights—venture into The Edge, a glass cube that sticks out 3m from the building. You can have dinner here, too, at Eureka 89. Just make sure you have a reservation, because this is one popular place.

National Gallery of Victoria

National Gallery

As you can tell from the array of fine dining options, Melbourne appreciates the finer things in life—and that includes art. At the National Gallery, the wall of Aboriginal shields and the world’s largest stained-glass ceiling are two things you must check out in addition to the rotating exhibitions.

Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens

Royal Gardens

These spectacular gardens are perfect for an afternoon adventure—and they’re free! You’ll feel like you’re back in the Jurassic period after a stroll through the Fern Gully. If you need to get in your morning workout, go for a run around ‘The Tan’, which runs in an 8km circle around the gardens and King’s Domain.

Now that you’ve got your weekend agenda in Melbourne all squared away, there’s really not much else left to do except pack up and go! See you there.

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Source: Out There Starts Here | 26 Sep 2017 | 8:09 pm

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Unique Sleeps: Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas

One could be forgiven for looking out from the cabanas on the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi’s private beach and wondering if they’d suddenly found themselves on a deserted island. A strip of bright white sand and a turquoise sea that stretches out into the horizon as far as you can see. In a region as busy as the UAE, the Park Hyatt is literally an oasis in the desert. Gone are the cranes and construction sites, the towering skyscrapers and industrial parks. Instead, it’s just you and the ocean.

The sea breeze blowing warm on my face is what makes this fact really sink in. During our oceanfront stay in Dubai, the water was still and calm, our room looking straight out at our hotel’s private beach, but also on towards the dusty city skyline. Here, the ocean is whipped up into white horses. We spend our Abu Dhabi afternoon bobbing up and down in the water, letting the warm breeze dry the salt spray off our faces, lounging in cabanas with icy cold drinks and wet towels to cool us down.

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi pool

The Park Hyatt sits on the edge of Saadiyat Island, just north of Abu Dhabi’s main CBD, but a world away from the city. It still has an element of the bigger is better mentality seen throughout the city, but when that means there is a huge pool that stretches almost from the lobby right down to the sea, and plenty of lounge chairs tucked into small raised pavilions alongside it, bigger is definitely better. Villas and rooms spread out alongside the beachfront, so the views are just as dramatic. The private plunge pools inside the villas are the cherry on top.

Guests spend their days around the pool, or in the ocean, popping out to dine on fresh pasta, meat off the grill, and healthy salads at the Beach House, with icy cocktails to quench their thirst.

If you’re after a beach holiday with a difference, put the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi on your bucket list.

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi

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Source: Out There Starts Here | 20 Sep 2017 | 5:33 am

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5 reasons to see South America

Whether you’re an adventure junkie, a wildlife lover, history buff or hardcore foodie, South America is a one stop shop for every type of traveller. At Expedia we’re passionate about helping travellers get out there to see the world, and if you don’t already have South America on your bucket list, luckily we’ve partnered with LATAM Airlines to show you a few reasons why it should be right at the top:

1. History: Machu Picchu

One of the true wonders of the ancient world, Machu Picchu is a site that needs to be seen to be believed. Adventurers climb the final steps of the Inca Trail’s four-day trek to arrive just as the dawn mist lift off the mountain, getting this UNESCO World Heritage Site all to themselves. There’s no shame in arriving later in the day via the extremely civilized train and bus trips. The scenery is dramatic and the anticipation of finally seeing the ancient Incan citadel rise above you is intense.Machu Picchu

2. Peruvian food: quinoa, quinoa, quinoa

Most travellers will fly to Peru via Lima, spending a few days acclimatizing before heading to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Contrary to popular belief, Peruvian cuisine is about a lot more than quinoa. The health conscious will appreciate hotel breakfasts packed with ancient grains like quinoa and amaranth, but foodies will salivate over some of the world’s best cuisine. Lima has two of the top 50 restaurants in the world, and its chefs are known to experiment with cutting edge culinary techniques. Book well in advance for meals at Central or Maido restaurant.

3. Liquid gold: the wines of Santiago

Santiago is not just the capital of Chile but the gateway to South America, acting as a hub for short flights to Peru, Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil. LATAM Airlines flies to Chile’s capital city daily from Sydney, and three times a week from Melbourne starting in October. The non-stop flight from Melbourne is a quick, easy way to kick off your adventures, especially  onboard the airline’s new 787 planes. Splurge on Business Class or Premium Economy and you’ll get to try some of South America’s liquid gold before you’ve even landed. The wine list heavily showcases local drops – just a little precursor to what you’ll sample on the ground in Santiago. The city is famous for its wine bars, some stocking more than 400 different types of Chilean wine. Hop off your flight and head out for a night cap, after all, South Americans stay out late. In the morning, check out one of the many nearby wine regions. The Casablanca Valley’s Malbec and Syrah are definitely worth a day trip.

Machu Picchu

4. Serious beach time: Rio de Janeiro’s famous strips

The long sandy beaches at Copacabana and Ipanema are some of Rio’s most iconic destinations. What’s not to love about a city where beach time is high on the tourist must-do list? With the dramatic peak of Sugarloaf Mountain in the background, Copacabana stays busy well into the evening, when the bars backing onto the beach get busy.

5. Natural wonder: Bolivia’s salt flats

If you’re into photography, and like to have a bit of fun with your creative angles, the salt flats in Salar de Uyuni are your playground. Beloved by tourists, the flats are perched 3,565 metres above sea level and cover more than 10,582 square km. The long stretches of white, white salt are the perfect backdrop for playing with perspective – from giant to tiny, portraits and group shots take on new meaning, make sure you bring some props. Tiny T-Rex figurines are a favourite.

Salt flats Bolivia

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Source: Out There Starts Here | 4 Sep 2017 | 11:15 pm

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16 Best Places to Surf in Australia

With nearly 60,000km of coastline, Australia has some of the best surfing in the world. But how do you narrow down those thousands of kilometres to find the surf towns that are truly, unequivocally the best? Well, we combed through over 300,000 social media posts—from July 2016 to July 2017—to find out what locals had to say. We found the locations that were generating the most buzz and created this definitive list of Australia’s best surf towns, from the tip of Cape Range to the east coast of Tassie.

These are the places with the most hype: they’ve got awesome waves, laid-back beach bars, and last but certainly not least, passionate locals. Some of the classics definitely made the list, but others may surprise you. Whether you’re looking for wild waves and incredible stories, or just want to stand up on a board without wiping out, we’ve got the beach for you.

1. Central Coast, NSW


Its location halfway between Sydney and Newcastle is convenient for day-trippers, but that’s not the only reason Central Coast is one of Australia’s most popular surf destinations. Check out these beaches for reliable waves for all experience levels.

Avalon Beach. Just 45km north of Sydney, this beach has waves from beginner to expert level, and longboarders love it, too. It’s also produced champions like Ben Player—no big deal.

  • Fuel up: The Kiosk at Avalon on the Beach opens at 7am to feed the dawn patrol.
  • Wind down: The Surf Lounge at Avalon Beach RSL Club is open ‘til 2am on weekends.

Copacabana Beach. Save this one for the pros—this beach’s ledge breaks form powerful, hollow waves that really rip. Head to the Bonnie Lookout if you just want to watch.

  • Fuel up: Allagai Bay Café serves up hearty brekkies like croissant French toast.
  • Wind down: Sundowners Bar & Grill has the only tap beer in the area—enough said.

2. Exmouth, WA

Exmouth may be best known for Ningaloo Reef and swimming with whales, but surfers know it for its beautiful coastline and gnarly waves. It’s a great home base for exploring legendary spots like The Bommie, a left-handed ride on the peninsula’s northern tip. Beginners can hook up with Exmouth Surf Centre and head to Wobiri Access Beach for lessons.

  • Fuel up: Get your protein on with a breakfast wrap from Ningaloo Bakehouse & Café.
  • Wind down: Live tunes and cold brews flow at Froth Craft Restaurant in the evenings.

3. Yamba, NSW

A stay in picturesque Yamba puts you in perfect proximity to some world-famous breaks. At Turners Beach, Mother Nature provides both left-hand breaks at the northern end, and rights at the southern end, while Yamba-Angourie Surf School provides the lessons for those just starting out. Nearby Angourie Point is a well-known right-hand point break, made famous by legend Nat Young.

  • Fuel up: Order the Big Breakfast at Pippi’s Café, and you’ll be set for the day.
  • Wind down: Keep the ocean theme going with oysters or salmon at Pacific Bistro.

4. Kiama, NSW

First things first—stop in to see the friendly folks at Zink Surf to gear up and get some advice from a local. They might tell you to go north to The Farm in Killalea State Park, designated a National Surfing Reserve in 2009. Or, hit Werri Beach to the south for fun, clean breaks, good longboarding waves, and of course, the famous Werri Beach Fish Shop.

  • Fuel up: The Hungry Monkey was awarded “Most Outstanding Café” by the local business association.
  • Wind down: El Corazon’s specials, like $3 tacos and tequila shots on Tuesdays, make it a popular spot.

5. Bicheno, TAS

Tasmania’s Surf Coast runs from Bicheno to St. Helens Point, but you can just stick around Bicheno and shred the gnar. Example: 42 South Surf School does lessons right at Redbill Beach. Denison Beach is the place to go to get away from the crowds. It’s got a carpark, but the amenities end there. Bring a buddy and get ready to go wild.

  • Fuel up: Blue Edge Bakery has handmade pastries and strong coffee ready to go at 6am.
  • Wind down: Sip and swirl local wines at The Farm Shed East Coast Wine Centre.

6. Victor Harbor, SA

Photo via Flickr/reggie35

It’s no secret to the city dwellers of Adelaide—85km south lies Victor Harbor, a stretch of coastline that just about anyone can love. North of town, you’ll find intense waves on Knights Beach, home of the Pro Bodyboarding Competition. To the south, experts can head to Waitpinga Beach, aka Waits, for consistently huge 3m waves. This beach can be isolated, so grab a friend, and stop by local favourite The Surf Shop for some supplies and advice.

  • Fuel up: Café Bavaria near the Esplanade in town has a full menu available all day.
  • Wind down: The Original Fish Shop has the best fish and chips this side of Kangaroo Island.

7. Wonthaggi, VIC

Past the penguins of Phillip Island is the laid-back town of Wonthaggi, the perfect place to stay for surfing south of Melbourne. Hit up Vortex Surf for a new wetsuit, then head to the Eagles Nest. You’ll find a point break so consistent, you’ll wonder why there aren’t more people around. Grommets will have a good time at Inverloch Surf Beach, with its sheltered beach, flat sandbar, and lessons from Offshore Surf School.

  • Fuel up: Get in the regional spirit at Mega Bites Café, which uses locally sourced ingredients.
  • Wind down: The sports bar at The Caledonian Hotel, aka “The Cally”, has live music ‘til 3am on Saturdays.

8. Kalbarri, WA

Photo via Flickr/Kristina D.C. Hoeppner

In the vastness of Western Australia, 6 hours is a pretty short road trip—and that’s how long it takes to get from Perth to Jakes Point, in Kalbarri. This storied left-hand wave breaks for up to 200m and frequently reaches 5m high … so it goes without saying that this one is for the pros. The experts at Kalbarri Jetty Surf can get you kitted out with all the latest gear.

  • Fuel up: Bean Drifting café is right on Jakes Point, with all the sweet views you’d expect.
  • Wind down: Head into Kalbarri for dinner at Dirt Dust N Diesels Outback Restaurant.

9. Ulladulla, NSW

If it weren’t for a smattering of guest houses, no one would know that Rennies Beach, Ulladulla, even existed. With consistent lefts and rights that break in almost any conditions, this beach is definitely a hidden gem—and that’s just the way the locals like it. Check the conditions or stop in to Southern Man Surf Shop for some advice—on good days the waves can reach 5m high and 3m wide, with perfect hollow barrels.

  • Fuel up: Just a few blocks off the beach, Hayden’s Pies opens at 6am for the early birds.
  • Wind down: The verandah at Elizans Wine & Mezze Bar is especially relaxing after a long day.

10. Sunshine Coast, QLD

Sunshine Coast isn’t just for families with ankle biters looking to splash around—those in search of serious rips can travel here from Brisbane in just over an hour. Here are just a couple of its amazing beaches.

Caloundra. Near Caloundra, Dicky Beach is popular with families and beginners, thanks to its great facilities and active surf lifesaving club. Moffat Beach, aside from being a pristine point break, is also home to the Ma and Pa Bendall Classic, the country’s oldest surf competition.

  • Fuel up: The delish brekkie at Café by the Beach involves fresh made muffins and buttermilk waffles.
  • Wind down: Dicky Beach Surf Club serves dinner until 8:30pm and drinks at the bar until whenever people go home!

Peregian Beach. Head north past the crowds of Coolum Beach and you’ll find total serenity on Peregian. High tide brings fast and fun beach breaks to both the left and right, and this chilled out beach town has plenty of amenities.

  • Fuel up: Start the day with cheese and bacon pie at Peregian Beach Bakery—you won’t regret it.
  • Wind down: The bar at Peregian Beach Hotel is the place to be after the sun sets.

11. Batemans Bay, NSW

Photo via Flickr/Andrew

If you’re a surfer who lives in Canberra, Batemans Bay is for you. About 150km east of the capital, you can settle into your digs and reach multiple awesome breaks in just a few minutes. Broulee Beach features easy-breaking waves that provide a cruisey ride for longboarders, while Depot Beach has consistently awesome surf, but has remained under-the-radar.

  • Fuel up: Protein brownies from Nourish on North will definitely give you energy for the day.
  • Wind down: The huge menu at JJ’s at the Marina can satisfy any post-surf craving.

12. Gold Coast, QLD

Photo by Lauren Bath via Trover

No place in Australia is as famous as the Gold Coast when it comes to surfing, and for good reason. Of course, there’s Surfers Paradise, but that’s really a surf beach in name only. For the really good stuff, you’ve gotta head south.

Duranbah and Snapper Rocks. D-bah is actually the northernmost beach in NSW—in the summer, you can walk just a few metres north and find yourself in a different time zone in Queensland. Also to the north you’ll find Snapper Rocks, the home break of champions like Mick Fanning. Grab a new rashie and leggie at HSD Kirra and get going.

  • Fuel up: Do some whale-spotting along with your coffee at Café DBar in Coolangatta.
  • Wind down: Recount the day’s tales over small plates and sips at Bin 72.

Burleigh Heads. This one is in the running for Australia’s greatest surf break, period. First of all, it’s beautiful: the Gold Coast skyline in the distance, the water that’s practically neon blue. Second, The Point, at the southern end of the beach, creates long, spinning tubes that are out of this world.

  • Fuel up: Nook Espresso is so close to The Point, you can practically smell the fresh brewed coffee.
  • Wind down: Stop into Burleigh Heads Hotel and see what’s on—it’s probably live music!

13. Merimbula, NSW

Photo via Flikr/Percita

It’s always a good idea to explore the Sapphire Coast, and staying in Merimbula is really genius. The surrounding coastline is perfect for beginners, whether you pick up the gentle breaks of Tathra Beach and ride them straight into the sandy banks, or head south to Pambula Beach for a bit more of a challenge.

  • Fuel up: Toasty sourdough from Waterfront Café provides the foundation on which a great day of surfing is built.
  • Wind down: Dinner in a garden with live music sounds like a great way to end the day, right? Dulcie’s Cottage has you covered.

14. Esperance, WA

Esperance is well-known to a certain kind of surfer: its relatively isolated location and incredibly scenic, rugged coastline definitely attract adventurous types. West Beach is fairly tame for the area, with consistent beach breaks that are better at low tide. Twilight Beach, however, is one for experts only. It’s got strong, permanent rips with high waves that will have noobs bailing out in record time.

  • Fuel up: Every day is breakfast pie day at Aurelia’s Ice Creamery & Café.
  • Wind down: Have a chat—and a pint—with the friendly bartenders at Loose Goose Bar & Restaurant.

15. Streaky Bay, SA

Streaky Bay is a local’s sort of place. Just friendly people, hanging out the pub, trading tales about fishing, hiking, and of course, surfing. Nearby Sceale Bay offers both beach and reef breaks, and as a bonus, it’s one of Australia’s cleanest beaches! Further south, Back Beach is about as secluded as it gets—that is, if you can find it.

  • Fuel up: A coffee and a scone from Elliott’s Bakery & Café will put you in the Streaky Bay state of mind.
  • Wind down: The bar at Streaky Bay Hotel is just “Streaky Pub” to the locals, so get it right.

16. Forster-Tuncurry, NSW

Yes, there really are this many amazing surf spots in New South Wales. In Forster-Tuncurry, the Tuncurry Breakwall’s clean barrels and big swells will definitely impress you—and have you wondering why this spot hasn’t blown up yet. Better get here before it does! Forgot your surf leash? The friendly folks at Jungle Surf can help you out with that.

  • Fuel up: Rockpool Café is your classic pre-surf kiosk—grab a coffee and watch the sun rise.
  • Wind down: After your day of dropping in is done, head into town for a schooner and a laugh at Reef Bar & Grill.


If you made it all the way to the end of this without grabbing your board and packing up your steamer for a road trip, we’re proud of you. But now that you’ve got some new ideas in your head, what are you waiting for? Get out there and start perfecting your cutback!

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Source: Out There Starts Here | 28 Aug 2017 | 8:07 pm

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People broke into my hotel room at 3.30am, and no one cared
Let me tell you about an unscheduled 3.30 am wake-up call I experienced the other day. I'm hoping my story also serves as a wake-up call to the travel and security industries as well as for the police (though I doubt it).

Source: - Australia | 21 Jun 2017 | 10:30 pm

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Tasmania's Freycinet Experience Walk: 'Truly one of the greatest experience of your life'
The acclaimed British novelist Nicholas Shakespeare describes it as "the only trek".

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Cuisine editor: Should a NZ eatery be among the World's 50 Best Restaurants?
OPINION: Melbourne was home to the World's 50 Best Restaurant awards this year. The only other cities to have hosted this prestigious event are London (for the first 14 years) and New York (last year). Landing an event of this magnitude was game-changing for Australia. And so back in April, I set off to experience a series of events designed by Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Tourism Australia and Visit Victoria to spread the message that Australia is a must-visit culinary destination.

Source: - Australia | 18 Jun 2017 | 6:38 pm

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My Sydney, with Vivid's Kiwi Director Ash Bolland
As Vivid Sydney wraps up for another year, we chat to Kiwi director Ash Bolland who designed the festival's most prominent show, Audio Creatures.

Source: - Australia | 16 Jun 2017 | 7:28 pm

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Google sings songs of Uluru with new Street View vistas
With ever-growing troves of valuable data on its shelves, Google has expanded its Street View range further to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Northern Territory, Australia.

Source: - Australia | 11 Jun 2017 | 6:55 pm

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General tips for visiting Uluru
Read all you can before you go as I am not going to tell a granny how to suck eggs. Make sure you ingest the advice and be wise to the risks, it gets mighty

Source: Outback Australia Travel Blog | 26 Feb 2017 | 5:54 am

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Finding unskilled mining jobs in WA
This page is a bit unusual in that it isn't for travellers. Or rather I should say not for tourists, because for long term travellers it may well be very interesting! In the section on this website about financing your travels by working in Australia I wrote about the possibility to get temporary jobs in the mining industry, which is VERY lucrative. And that page became very popular also with Australians and New Zealanders looking for permanent mining jobs. I also have two reader pages on the site where people looked for advice on finding mining jobs. No other pages on my site have received anywhere near the same amount of comments! All comments are from people looking for help with getting a mining job. Hence the new page. I hope it helps!

Source: Outback Australia Travel Blog | 22 Nov 2012 | 8:07 am

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Travelling with Camels
HOW FAR CAN YOU GO IN A DAY? When Bob Sargeant and his partner Dawn Wiles became fed up with the craziness of modern day living away back in 1987, they

Source: Outback Australia Travel Blog | 5 May 2012 | 1:25 am

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