Bring your stubbies – Darwin beer can regatta July 15

Pic: beercanregatta.org.au

Ever had too many beer cans and didn’t know what to do with them?

Well the people of Darwin have faced such a problem but they overcame it by building boats from the cans and racing them down the river.

They’ve been doing it ever since and it’s now become an annual festival known as the Darwin Beer Can Regatta.

The 2012 date is fast approaching on July 15. Check it out! Continue reading

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The Aussie travel wishlist

There's nothing like a camel ride on cable beach with a stunning summer sunset. Alice Bell, Middleton, SA Image taken at Cable Beach, WA

Back in September 2011 we posted the list of “10 things to do in Australia before you die“.

In that list we had things like visit the rock (Uluru), drive the Great Ocean Road and see the penguins at Phillip Island.

Apparently a list was compiled by Australian Traveller Magazine by 800 reader nominations. There are 100 in the list but the top 10 included:

Visit Lord Howe Island
Fly over the Bungle Bungles
See Lake Eyre in flood
Walk our most beautiful beach at Wineglass Bay
Take a year off and drive around Australia
Go back to nature in Kakadu
Explore ancient Arnhem Land
Visit the Australian Antarctic Territory
Cross the country both ways by train
Soak up the spectacular Flinders Ranges

How many can you tick off? Or are there places you want to add to the list?!

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10 things to do in Australia before you die

Read on for the ultimate list of things to do in Australia.

1. Visit the rock
The great monolith, Uluru, beckons out in the middle of central Australia with walks, camping and the chance to learn about Aboriginal Australian heritage. An absolute must on your downunder list.

2. Drive the Great Ocean Road
You can’t beat the Great Ocean Road for romantic and scenic drives. Stretching between Melbourne and Adelaide it’s a good overland weekend trip, or you could make it longer stopping off to camp, surf, sight see and snorkel on the way.
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Five warm places to spend winter downunder

In the southern hemisphere the nights and mornings are getting cooler and, if you’re like me, it’s a little tougher getting out of bed! I don’t know about you, but I’m always in search of something warm to do when winter comes around.

So with that in mind here are five really warm places you could spend winter in Australia this year (and in our next blog we’ll do the same for New Zealand):

Wildlife in Kakadu. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

1. Go troppo – Darwin, Northern Territory
Darwin is one of the most laid back capitals in Australia. And given it’s usually pretty humid most of the year, the winter really is the best time to go. Take a few days to see the city and experience the history of the town in the WWII and Cyclone Tracey damage, then head out to national parks such as Litchfield and Kakadu. Kakadu needs little introduction – aboriginal rock art, amazing landscapes, plenty of wildlife (including the croc variety) and terrific waterfalls. Litchfield may be less well known but is equally fantastic. It’s still warm enough to swim at the park’s many waterholes and waterfalls and those that have a healthy respect for crocs will be pleased to note it’s safe for swimming. Continue reading