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Lacing Up for Katherine: Beautiful Trekking Territory

Lacing Up for Katherine: Beautiful Trekking Territory

Camping at Katherine Gorge

There are not too many people who have been on one of the many different hiking tours in and around Katherine in the Northern Territory, Australia that have come away feeling disappointed. On the contrary, most visitors to this region of the Territory are so impressed with the trekking trips they go on that they do not hesitate to recommend a visit to Katherine to friends and loved ones. However, in order to make the most of what should be a once in a lifetime experience hiking in Katherine, it is imperative to plan well before embarking on your trip.

And not only is it important to ensure we have packed our bags with all the essential hiking gear appropriate for Katherine terrain, but we should also start the day with an invigorating swill of tea or similarly refreshing beverage. Of course, by starting the day off in the right manner, we should be able to enjoy a successful walk around what can be a challenging area to trek in. There are lots of things that all hikers in the Northern Territory should adhere to in order to have a safe hiking trip including the ones listed here:

  1. Ensure to make check-lists
  2. Be equipped to source water in case of emergencies
  3. Keep a roll of duct tape for quick repairs
  4. Evenly distribute equipment and food on a group hike
  5. Carry extra boot laces

 

Booking Up

Katherine Gorge walk

Adventurous travellers looking forward to going on numerous hikes in and around Katherine would be wise to spend time searching for the more suitable accommodation for their trip.

Whether you plan to stay at Mataranka to experience the thermal pools there, or you fancy setting up camp in Nitmiluk National Park, it should not be difficult to source the kind of place you will find more appealing to get your head down at night. What some people looking for the better Katherine accommodation deals will do is take their time with booking up their place in order to avoid missing out on a particular hiking experience in this region of NT. One thing is for certain, lovers of the great outdoors who will be hiking around Katherine will be keen to stay at one of the many camping sites so they can experience real outback living.

By taking the opportunity to get closer to nature by choosing to camp out under the stars whilst on a hike in Katherine, travellers with this approach are bound to feel like they have truly achieved something quite special.

Travel Blogs

One way to document an adventurous hike over rough terrain in Katherine would be to start a travel blog. Indeed, even if we do not have the time to make an entry every day, it is still great fun to record the day-to-day activities we have undertaken regardless of when we are able to put our thoughts down in the form of an interesting blog. By taking the time to look at travel blogs for inspiration, hiking enthusiasts itching to experience the challenging walks in Katherine should feel like they have been there already.

Reading blogs written by people who have similar travel tastes to us will help us feel more empowered when we decide to plan our next trip to Northern Territory, Australia. Moreover, inexperienced hikers could end up with the kind of insight into this kind of activity that will help them avoid making silly mistakes. Fortunately, it really does not take too long to find well-written and informative travel blogs about hiking in Katherine, NT.

 

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How To Get Around New South Wales

How To Get Around New South Wales

New South Wales

NSW is by far the country’s most populous state and travelling from Sydney to any other places in NSW is a common occurrence. In this post, we look at several transport options worth considering.

Flying

Flying is probably the best way to cover the large distances in Australia in as short a time as possible. The country has a number of domestic airlines that serve all the capital cities along with several regional cities, making it a quick and favoured way to travel between the country’s many iconic destinations. Since competition is rife between domestic airlines, you can get great value fares, especially when booking in advance.

There is also the option of hiring Sydney HeliTours helicopter charters. This is a fast and efficient way to travel around New South Wales and means that, via helicopter, you will arrive at your destination quicker, saving you a great deal of time. It also means you won’t have to rely on airline schedules – you get to fly off whenever you want to.

Getting Around by Bus

Bus and coach travel in the country is efficient, comfortable and not badly priced. The country’s long-distance coaches usually have air conditioning, adjustable seats, reading lights and in some cases, free Wi-Fi. Australia’s national coach operator also offers hop on hop off passes for the more popular routes, flexible passes and short trip passes – all based on the distance you want to travel.

Using a Car to Get Around

In Australia, there is a vast network of well-maintained roads and, perhaps, some of the most stunning road trips on our globe. While the drives vary in length, you can choose from an array of routes to get to your destination. Some routes may take several days, but you can enjoy beautiful attractions along the way, along with plenty of accommodation choices and loads to do in the villages and towns you pass through. Once you get to NSW, you can go on so many scenic drives, such as the 300km Snowy Valleys Way where you travel through the Snowy Mountains; or the 200km Waterfall Way. If you’re a foodie, you should travel along the Poachers Way, a stunning food and wine trail.

Getting Around by Train

Train travel in Australia is convenient and another scenic way to see the country. Services run between Sydney and other areas in New South Wales, as well as along the country’s east coast to Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne.  There are even some sensational rail journeys such as the Indian Pacific and The Ghan that sweet right across the continent and offer a sense of romance and nostalgia.

Getting Around with a Disability

Ferries, buses, trains, airlines and helicopters in Australia are accessible to people using a mobility device or wheelchair. The airport alone provides services for those people with disabilities and there’s always someone on hand at helicopter charters to assist with getting on and off the aircraft.

Overall, if you’re looking for the fastest way to get around New South Wales, consider a helicopter charter. It’s affordable, scenic and incredibly quick!

Go East: The Further Afield Destinations Not To Be Missed

Go East: The Further Afield Destinations Not To Be Missed

I often wonder whether there is going to be enough time to visit some of the places we put on our bucket lists. Many of us can have dreams and aspirations of seeing some of the most famous places on the plane,t but often we have to cherry pick due to commitments at home. I guess that is why so many students decide to take year ong excursions traveling over several different countries at once, so that they can really experience some of the beauty this world has to offer. However, not all of us can just do things like that, which is why we all have some form of bucket list and hope that one day we will get to tick the destinations off one by one.

It got me thinking about some of the popular destinations, or indeed some of the further Eastern points of the world that we may not necessarily get to frequent as often as we would like. I wanted to share with you some of the best destinations, offer insight on some pf the places to visit if your find yourself there. Who knows, maybe a few more places will be getting added to your bucket list come the end of this article.

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New Zealand

New Zealand is a country in the Southern Pacific ocean that is made up of two main islands. North island and South island. The capital city of New Zealand is Wellington, which is situated on the North island. Both islands have volcanoes which makes it quite the mountainous and green visual beauty. There are certainly plenty of things to do in this country. However, if you are fan of the Lord Of The Rings films, then you will know that some of the filming took place on the South Island. So much so, that you can still go and see some of the sets such as Hobbiton. You have plenty of other great sites and cities. Along with the capital city of Wellington you also have other popular destinations like Auckland. Some of the popular tourist highlights are the Milford Sound, Lake Tekapo, and the Waitomo caves. Wherever you are traveling from, New Zealand is one of the first countries to start their day, and quite often can be on the bucket list for many people to consider exploring in the future.

East destinations

Australia

Australia. Possibly one of the most popular bucket list destinations of all time. Australia is a vast country, with so many places to see that many travellers can spend months touring the country just to ensure that they take it all in. Different regions of Australia are different, and both seasons can be experienced at different times of the year due to how big it actually is. Melbourne is classed as one of the most popular destinations and actually has been named the most liveable city in all of the world. Known for its coffee culture and laidback city lifestyle Melbourne is quite the destination to visit. But let’s not forget some of the other iconic places such as Perth in Western Australia. With a great town and also some of the smaller more rustic places like Freemantle, there is a great laid back vibe in this region. Then you have iconic Sydney with possibly the most known sight of Australia the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Adelaide, Brisbane, The Gold Coast, Cairns, there really is much to see and do there. One of the most requested things to do would be to swim in the Great Barrier reef. However you choose to spend your time in Australia, it is clear to see that you won’t be disappointed with your time there.

Japan

Japan is a mecca of possibility out in the Pacific and it has dense cities, mountainous regions, many beautiful palaces and thousands of shrines. With a population of 127 million people, it’s easy to see why it could be a destination not to be missed for you in the future. Tokyo is Japan’s busy capital city and is bustling with the ultramodern which meets the traditional in regards to buildings and culture. It is an extremely metropolitan city, and technology is vast here. Tokyo is well-known for its skyscraper building and shopping culture. Japan, and Tokyo in particular, tends to be known for some of the most out there and modern technology pieces, with toilets that can talk to you and an AI culture that would certainly fascinate even the most scientific among you. Which lends itself to be the perfect destination for an extended holiday if this sort of field happens to be of interest. Japan is certainly a destination that wouldn’t be for someone who wants to just sit and relax, there is too much to explore and see. There are also the cities of Kyoto, Osaka and Hakone.

Indonesia

Indonesia is fast a region that is growing in popularity amongst people wanting to take advantage of some of the most unspoilt places in the world. Bali is actually a real popular destination and can be one of the best places to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Sitting on the beach taking in the beautiful surroundings of the ocean and beach, not to mention some of the most luxurious resorts available. There is Ubud, which is the cultural heart of Bali that will help you experience some of the more diver side of this place. However, Jakarta is the Indonesian capital and it is a great city to see and spend some time in. As a matter of fact, it can often be a destination where people choose to have extended holidays as they can see so many other places on this side of the world. Websites like https://rumahdijual.com/jakarta-selatan/rumah-murah can be useful when looking for places to stay or invest in while you are there. Indonesia is a great place, and often the regions sits on peoples bucket list just because there is such a diverse amount of things to do and see in the area.

China

China may already be on your bucket list, and I guarantee that is probably for one reason only. Walking the Great Wall Of China. One of the seven wonders of the world and something that can actually be seen from space, which is mind blowing on its own. While, of course, that is something worthy of your bucket list there are other factors to the country China that you should definitely consider adding to your trip. Of course, one main factor being the food. But other places to see would be the capital of Beijing. This is the place where you could witness the Forbidden City palace. However another city to see would be Shanghai, which also has many historical tourist sites that are worth a visit. China is vast, and happens to be one of the most populated places on earth. It is such a vast place, that there is often things to consider doing that perhaps will enable you to avoid the initial tourist hotspots. Perhaps venturing into smaller towns, or experience the true Chinese culture.

Thailand

Thailand is definitely more well-known for its beaches and is certainly a destination that is popular with backpackers. With Bangkok being a real vibrant city, you also have some of the beautiful and unspoilt islands that will give youa true authentic and relaxing take on Thailand. One of the popular things to do while you are in Thailand is visit a Full Moon party. It is certainly one of the highlights of some of the backpackers and students that venture over their just for this event. Some of the best islands to see would be Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and the Phi Phi islands. There are some famous beaches and one in particular is iconic film called The Beach which is located in Phi Phi Leh island near Phuket. Which is also another destination to see. You can find more online on websites like http://www.phiphi.phuket.com. You can see why Thailand is on the bucket list for many people, and how you can really spend a great deal of your time exploring some of the beautiful islands.

India

Finally, India may not be seen as a huge holiday hotspot, but that doesn’t mean that you couldn’t consider a trip there as it definitely has much to offer. One of the big reasons to consider travelling to India would certainly be for the food. Indian food is loved by the whole food, but nothing could quite beat actually eating it authentically. Another reason would be to consider taking on a big challenge such as trekking the Himalayas. New Delhi is the capital, and it certainly is a city fit for anyone wanting to enjoy a real metropolitan and vibrant destination. Finally, one of the most famous sites would be the Taj Mahal, where you can have your photograph sat outside, just like some of the most famous people in the world have done.

I hope that this has inspired you to consider some of the Eastern destinations that are either on your bucket list or that need to be added to your bucket list pronto.

 

The Ultimate Western Australian Road Trip Guide

The Ultimate Western Australian Road Trip Guide

If you are planning to drive through Western Australia, you are certainly in for a treat, and with so much to see and do, the trip will be a memorable one. If you are arriving by air, Perth International Airport would be the obvious choice, where you can rent a vehicle and set off on your trip. As with any holiday, it always pays to do your homework, and if have yet to research, here are some valuable tips to help make the holiday truly memorable.

The Right Vehicle

If you plan on spending a few weeks on the road, the vehicle must be in tip top condition, and you shouldn’t compromise on comfort, as you will be spending a considerable amount of time in the car. If you are looking for a reliable and inexpensive car hire company, Perth car rental by Ace Rent a Car will provide you with the ideal vehicle.

Swan Valley

If you are coming to WA, you simply must visit Swan Valley, the home of some of Australia’s finest vineyards, as well as numerous other attractions. Situated in the upper regions of the Swan River, this wonderful region is only a thirty minute drive from Perth, and you can sample the exotic native wildlife at Caversham Wildlife Park. The region has stunning landscapes, and is one of Western Australia’s most popular areas for tourists, foreign and local alike. If there are more than 4 people in your group, it might be wise to consider minivan hire, as this will ensure that all of your luggage can be included without a squeeze.

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Margaret River Wine Region

This is an enchanting region, with almost 200 wineries, offering the best wines Australia has, and with superb cuisine, you won’t want to leave! Both red and white wines are produced by the many boutique size wineries, and the region accounts for 20% of premium wine production in Australia. There are nature trails for hikers and bikers, with many interesting natural highlights to admire.

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Rottnest Island

Although it had an unpleasant history, Rottnest Island is extremely popular today, with pristine beaches and spectacular marine life. If diving is your thing, you must include a trip to this enchanting island, and there is something for all the family. See a wide range of animals, including dolphins, sea lions, and penguins, and you can kayak in the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park.

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Albany

The almost 5 hour drive is worth it when you see the view from the summit of Mount Clarence, and the city is steeped in history, as it was one of the first to be established in the early 19th century. The city is located on the northern side of the Princess Royal Harbour, and the marine life in this area is something not to miss.

Fisheries Beach - Albany Western Australia
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Before setting out, it would be wise to talk to your car rental company, as they would have all the information about tourist attractions and routes, and would be happy to assist you in any way they can. There is literally so much to see and do, they would help you to plan the perfect itinerary.

Amazing Road Trips that are worth checking out in New South Wales

Amazing Road Trips that are worth checking out in New South Wales

Australia offers a plethora of summer activities. With unbeatable surfing, beautiful beaches and diverse wildlife, what better way to see what Australia has to offer than with a road trip. While there are many terrific road trips in Australia, New South Wales is home to many amazing drives that are worth checking out.

Here is a list of some of the best road trips in New South Wales, that are in Sydney’s back yard. So pack your bags, get your car serviced, and buckle up, because there is a lot to see.

 

Grand Pacific Drive

 

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The Grand Pacific drive starts about an hour and a half south of Sydney, at the Royal National Park. This drive takes you southern down the coast, passing Wollongong, Shellharbour and ending at Kiama. On the way, you’ll visit the Sea Cliff Bridge, which is an iconic destination within NSW.  The drive has beautiful views and winding roads right along the coast.

Once in Kiama, you’ll have access to many different activities such as coastal walks, the famous Kiama Blowhole Point and the Kiama Lighthouse. Shellharbour is also not too far away, if you’re keen for a visit.

 

Fossickers Way

 

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Fossickers Way drive one of the older, well known drives in the northern part of New South Wales. This trip is a series of country roads that has hidden treasures amongst the rivers and rocks. As the name implies, the drive is a popular gold and mineral fossicking location.

Along the way you’ll find towns rich with gold rush history. There are 9 member owns in four all within driving distance of each other.  These towns provide many of them offer great recreational areas and hospitality great for the family.  Each stop has different history and activities making this drive truly unique.

 

Darling River Run

 

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Heading west towards the Outback, this road trip can take up to 7 days and is about 1000km in distance. Although it’s not necessary to have 4WD, it’s important to properly plan your trip because the Outback is nothing to mess with.

This drive is considered one of the most iconic river drives within NSW, stalking the Darling river, running through rich aboriginal history and culture. Although the drive is so long, there are many side roads and short options available, making it easy to take in parts or for the ambitious, can be taken in full.

 

The Greater Blue Mountains Drive

 

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Only about an hour and a half outside of Sydney,  the Greater Blue Mountains Drive takes you on a choose your own adventure style road trip.The drive offers over 18 discovery trails that part from the main route. Each of these trails explores national parks and conservation areas in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. This drive lets you truly explore the Blue Mountains, with countless bush walks, recreational areas, camping, caving and more.

 

Sydney to Canberra

 

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Starting again from Sydney, you will head south towards the thriving capital city of Australia. Home to the National Museum of Australia, the parliament and National Gallery of Australia and many other iconic Australian monuments, this drive will offer rich Australian history.

Taking the Princes Highway to Batemans Bay down the south coast, you’ll pass through historic towns of Braidwood and Bungendore. Canberra offers rich history with its historical buildings and exhibits.