Australia

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Australia, Oz, the land down under, our home country is one of beauty and with a lifestyle that just can’t be matched. To many travelers, it’s on the bucket list but also at the top of the too hard list. Come on people, don’t you know what you’re missing out on? From America, the flight is a little long, clocking in at up to 22 hours from the eastern-most point, but more commonly you can be there in 18 hours (or what’s also known as about nine movies and three meals). It’s basically having a snooze in an undersized armchair, so honestly, get over it because the reward outweighs the pain of travel.

As a country, Australia is a land of extremes. Extremely fresh, tasty food, extremely chill, yet welcoming people and extremely dangerous wildlife – almost everything can bite, sting, poison or maim you. It is also extremely large. Somewhere along the line, the cartographers got things very, very wrong. Most visitors assume that it’s a smallish island. That’s what they were taught in middle school geography. It is in fact almost as large as the United States. In the same state you can experience jungles, alps and deserts. Distances are massive between capital cities, usually taking up to 15 hours to drive. Whatever the experience and no matter where they come from, no one who visits Australia leaves disappointed. Below you will find some of our favorite experiences with a little local “know-how”.

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Byron Bay, Australia’s Worst Kept Best Secret

For many years, Byron Bay was Australia’s best kept secret. Now it’s out, are you in? During the 1970s through to the 90s, the Bay was a haven for hippies. What’s not to like? It’s a beautiful beach side community where dolphins frolic and surf the early morning waves alongside local surfers. It has a peaceful vibe that can still be felt despite the crowds and it has...

Queensland’s favorite beer? We say XXXX yeah!

A beer so good (or so bad) it’s very name is censored – that’s XXXX. Australian for beer There was a time where almost as much Fourex beer was sold in England as it was in its hometown, Brisbane. Between the four Xs, Fosters Lager and tourism ads for Australia featuring actor Paul Hogan (at his peak of Crocodile Dundee fame) inviting visitors over to throw a...

The Brisbane Ekka

Every August, The Ekka, the annual state fair comes to town, bringing with it great food, fresh produce, carnies, rides and a hideously contagious flu. In the heart of the Queensland winter the Ekka brings a country carnival atmosphere to the big smoke, blown in on the cyclonic August winds. The Ekka means two things – fun and flu. The fun comes in the form of rides...

They named it Mount Glorious because it really is

If you want to experience your first real taste of Queensland rainforest, Mount Glorious on the outskirts of Brisbane is just within reach.   The slow, chilled pace can get to you. Seriously. For all its lazy, Sunday afternoon vibes and notoriously inefficient public transport, you don’t normally feel stressed when you’re in Brisbane. But when you do, there are...

Eat Street, Brisbane

Hearty wholesome street food has experienced an unexpected growth across the globe as local hot spots like Brisbane’s Eat Street capture the imaginations of both foodies and young entrepreneurs alike.  As quasi New Yorkers, Smorgasburg in Williamsburg has been top of the list of places to recommend visiting friends and compatriots. This waterfront hot spot situated...

The Gabba, Brisbane

Every major city and sports code has its sacred stadium, the hallowed ground where their premier team has battled it out for immortality. In Brisbane, that ground is The Gabba.   For the last 120 check years, the Brisbane Cricket Ground has played host to cricketing legends, Aussie rules dynasties, Olympic finals and rugby matches. Situated in the inner city...

Fitzroy, Melbourne

Melbourne’s Fitzroy is an arty precinct heavy on graffiti filled alleys, craft breweries, hip boutiques and rock venues. Centered on Brunswick Street, the area’s main thoroughfare, Fitzroy is only a short stroll from downtown Melbourne. The extra steps will earn you a frosty Little Creatures Rogers or Pale Ale from the Little Creatures Dining Hall. The once craft...

St Kilda, Melbourne

A quaint British style seaside community in the 1900s, a fetid pit of drug abuse and prostitution in eighties and now back to being an upmarket seaside community, St Kilda has more than a few stories to tell. 

 Set on the shores of Port Philip bay, the beaches are a haven in summer, with a cool Antarctic breeze offsetting the extreme heat that Melbourne gets (as one...