Australia

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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Unbeatable Brisbane: Take a Tangalooma day trip to experience stunning Moreton Island.

Moreton Island is a tropical haven just off Brisbane and a Tangalooma day trip is a must-do when vacationing in Queensland, Australia. Moreton Island is arguably the best day out you can take, whether as a citizen or a tourist. A Tangalooma day trip isn’t exactly a secret for locals, yet it’s far off the radar for most visitors who see Brisbane as little more than a...

Bribie Island – Not quite an island getaway

Bribie Island is a 40-minute drive from Brisbane (on a good day). With a calm and a surf side of the island, it makes it the perfect holiday destination, with something for everyone. Bribie Island has played a big part in both of our youth. It was the closest beach with waves you could body board on. It was only an hour (back then) to get to from the big smoke and it...

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary: Meet Australia’s bizarre and fascinating wildlife – and cuddle a koala

Before Steve Irwin was anyone, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was the place to go to cuddle koalas and see a real saltwater crocodile. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the closest place to go to cuddle a koala from Brisbane. Its inner urban location, accessibility by bus and river cruise and proximity to the state capital makes it the go-to for all wildlife fondling...

Netherworld Arcade Bar: Music, 80s computer games, and craft beers make Netherworld Brisbane a popular nightspot

Netherworld Brisbane Arcade bar has transformed the former Shamrock Hotel into a live music venue. For over one hundred years (and long before Netherworld Brisbane, an arcade bar, or computer gaming was a thing), The Shamrock Hotel was a Fortitude Valley icon frequented primarily by journalists and old alcoholic barflies. In the nineties and early noughties, Bernie’s...