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What To Do In Brisbane: Tips For First Time Travellers

I can fairly remember how when an invitation from the Queensland Tourism to explore the region of Gold Coast landed in my inbox, I humbly requested for an overstay in the country after the completion of our blog-tip, to experience a bit of Brisbane as well. Though I had to travel Brisbane on my own, without any support from the Queensland Tourism, it still made sense to stay back and not miss the chance of exploring Brisbane now that I was already in Queensland. I mean Brisbane is, after all, considered as one of the friendliest travel destinations in the world and has been topping Tripadvisor’s ranking in the South Pacific region since years. So yea, my love for Brisbane started before I even visited Brisbane. And when I actually ended up there, my love only intensified. What To Do In Brisbane Exploring The Seaside Town Of Sandgate  …and learning Paddleboarding! Jump into a train and your next destination is Sandgate — a vibrant and historic seaside town, laden with cute cafes, even more relaxing vibe, …

Exploring Brisbane On Segway

Want to explore Brisbane on a fast-track? Go for a Segway tour in Brisbane! I remember the last time I tried Segway I was on a different continent and some 15,000km away — exploring the city of Rome. And the idea of a Segway tour in Rome germinated in my mind because I was short on time and Rome was massive and overwhelming — a quick Segway tour around the city felt like a perfect idea to get familiar and explore all its highlights in no time. Though of course, the charm of walking around the romantic Roman streets was unbeatable by any means, since I was short on time, what could be my best shot? And this time again, as I landed in Brisbane with no more than three nights to spare, the idea of opting for a quick segway tour on the first night itself made a perfect sense. I wanted to get hold of Brisbane and become familiar with its popular highlights without wasting any time and so that I know where to …

9 Reasons To Travel To The Gold Coast On Your Next Australia Adventure

The Gold Coast region in the Queensland region of Australia turned out to be my personal favourite among all the places I’ve been to in the country so far. Though it’s true that I still have a significantly larger portion of Australia to discover, out of whatever little of it I’ve seen so far, the Gold Coast remains a particular highlight, and there are many reasons for it. Gold Coast is the epitome of the Australian dream: from exploring picturesque surfing beaches to experiencing laid-back cafes to trying adventure sports of different kinds. In just a 60km of a stretch, you get to do so much that you otherwise don’t in most of the other tourist places in the world. I remember how before arriving on the Gold Coast, I underestimated it as just another upcoming beach towns in Australia, laden with nothing beyond surfing experiences and a laid-back life, but I was wrong. Gold Coast has much more to see and do than one can imagine. Also Read: A 5 Day Action-Packed Travel Itinerary For …

Hot Air Ballooning In The Gold Coast

It felt all okay initially as our hot air balloon took the flight from in the Gold Coast, but as it continued rising higher and higher my knees started going weak. “How high are we going today”?I asked the pilot, with a doubtful voice, expecting him to sense the nervousness in me, but ignoring me at all and with a big playful smirk on his face, he spat, “over 3500 feet”. More than a km higher from the ground, and a few long minutes away, as my eyes finally adjusted and my head came to its place — a bit relaxed now, after something a habit — I realised that my last experience of hot air ballooning in Goa was, in fact, a low altitude ride over the suburbs of the central Goa. It may just be as beautiful and surreal as an experience, but the flight certainly didn’t feel this high! The Hot Air Ballooning in the Gold Coast was certainly in the top experiences I was looking forward to since an invitation from the Queensland …

A Day Trip To The Lady Elliot Island From The Gold Coast

Visiting Gold Coast in Queensland? Don’t miss a day trip to The Lady Elliot Island — the most picturesque highlight! As I carefully treaded on what appeared as a million broken shells and conches, with my shorts carefully rolled up, I experienced a soft touch of the residual waves of the Coral Sea caress my feet and playfully slip the sand from underneath my soles. I looked at the chirpy turquoise blue waters before me and suddenly realised why this place is considered as a mecca for snorkels and divers. I was not even 10 steps away from the beach and the beautiful coral life had already started and stretched for as far as I could see. A few dozen colourful, tiny fishes had moreover approached me before suddenly disappearing into nothingness as if almost inviting me to their beautiful world underwater! I remember when an invitation from the Queensland Tourism landed in my inbox, asking me if I would be interested in exploring the Gold Coast region during a few days of an action-packed journey, the first thing …

How To Spend 5 Days In The Gold Coast: An Ideal Itinerary

Planning a trip to the Gold Coast in Queensland and not sure what to see and do? Follow this 5-day see-it-all itinerary and make the most of your Gold Coast Holiday. Recently I had a chance to visit the most frequented place for Indian tourists in the Queensland region of Australia — the Gold Coast, during a blog trip with Queensland Tourism and Scoot Airlines. A nearly 60-km expanse of photogenic beaches, the Gold Coast, that I, before my visit, expected to be no different than any other upcoming beach-destination in Australia (dominated by water sports, traditional cafes, and a laid-back Australian life) started surprising me as soon as I get there. As I explored its one neighbourhood after the other, I realised that the Gold Coast had much more to offer than what I had initially thought it will. It wasn’t just another laid-back beach towns in Australia (which in fact it was) but much more than that. There were nature trails, beaches, crazy unheard-of-before adventure tours, beautiful wildlife, cafes, casinos and everything else you …

Mountain Biking In Margaret River

After a few weeks of a quest for some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches in Australia, my love for Australian beaches and the beckoning Indian ocean was far from over. I mean in a country where finding a beautiful beach is an everyday story, the excitement to explore a few more of them, dies pretty quickly. And so was the case with me. So as I moved down south of Perth, during my three-week backpacking trip in Western Australia, and hit Margaret river (bypassing Busselton) — another town popular in Western Australia for its white sand beaches perfectly beautified by sloping grassy banks and huge Norfolk pines in the background — I was a little unsure. Margaret River As A Town Margaret River, as a town, is a beautiful concoction of a good life and entertainment, with a number of craft breweries and boutique wineries available at every junction. The many world-class beaches, surfing points and a lively marketplace moreover add to its charm. However, one thing that differentiates Margaret River from many other nearby tourist towns, in Western Australia, is …

Tips On Travelling Through Western Australia If You Aren’t Driving

In Western Australia, there is something for everybody, especially if you opt to take a self-drive through the regions spanning the biggest state down under. Here you can find moving sand-dunes, white sand beaches, some 100,000-year-old sandstone formations, massive gorges, mountain ranges, vineyards, historical towns, indigenous communities and everything else you can think about. One thing for sure, the roads and highways are really great and you’re going to have the best time of your life driving. But hey, wait, what about those who aren’t driving, and wanted to travel across Western Australia, the country’s biggest and the least populated state, using public transport? Is it even possible for someone to travel here if they decided not to drive? Well, I’d give it a Yes and a No. If you’re going to and from the main cities, like Perth or Albany or Broome, you should be fine, though the frequency of buses and train connecting different cities will always remain poor. Moreover, the cost of transportation is so heavily overrated that you are anyway not going to be …

What To See And Do In Bunbury

There are some towns that you instantly build a liking for, and Bunbury, for me, turned out to be one among them. As I left Perth and travelled south to Bunbury, on a chilly Monday morning in August, the time of the year when tourism in Southwest of Australia is at its all-time low, I found a city like no other. It was quiet yet not dead, urban yet bucolic. Western Australia’s third largest city Bunbury, has something for everyone — from beaches to wildlife to wineries. But one thing that makes it wonderful to a next level is its peaceful locales! You’ll arrive for only a few days, but you’ll want to stay forever, as was the case with me. When I initially arrived in Bunbury, I’d planned to stay for only 2 nights, rather I ended up staying four. It was wet and cold when I visited Bunbury, and had I arrived a couple of weeks later, I’d have explored a completely different side of the city. As soon as the winter goes weak, after the month of August, Bunbury, just like most of Western Australia, turns …

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Finding My Love For Astrophotography And Stargazing In Australia

As I grabbed myself in the middle of a pitch-dark forest with nothing but a cosmic diffusion of blackness spread all around and looked above, the sky glittered in the distance. It felt like a fairy tale with a million stars twinkling in my eyes. I couldn’t recall when did I last saw something as beautiful and surreal. They say that the Southern Hemisphere holds all the good stuff, with most of the largest and brightest galaxies visible directly through a naked-eye. I couldn’t agree more. Here the central parts of the Milky Way are always directly over your head, stretching from the horizon to horizon, like an open, brilliant bruise. As the night grew darker, and any sort of artificial light disappeared, the many diffused nebulas and a hazy Milky Way took over the reality, giving an unbelievably strong bright light, casting dramatic shadows of anything and everything that stood tall on the ground. At about 3-hour drive, in the east of Perth, The Space Place Observatory (the place I was volunteering at) offered …