Sunday, 24 May 2015

Tour of the Week - Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Tour

One of the most popular destinations in all of Australia and maybe even the world, the Great Barrier Reef is a fascinating site.  Its one of the seven wonders of the world, a World Heritage Site, and just plain beautiful.  Its kilometres of turquoise waters filled with millions of different living organisms in one designated location.  Its no wonder people from around the world come to see what its all about.  You can anyone around the best way to see the reef, is to be in the reef.  And the best way to do that is to book a Great Barrier Reef Tour.

This all-inclusive Great Barrier Reef Tour is the only tour in Cairns that offers everything within the price!  The tour starts early in order to give you as much time as possible out at the Great Barrier Reef snorkelling or scuba diving.  You are feed a lovely BBQ brekkie before you set sail on one of the most incredible, state-of-the-art catamarans you will ever see.  On the hour long boat ride out there, you will be informed of safety, how to properly using the equipment, and a lovely marine biology presentation.  By the time you get out to the reef, you will be completely ready to dive in and start exploring!

One of the best features of this tour is that the captain of the boat does not pre-plan your destination. 
They figure out which diving spot has the best conditions and then decides to take you there.  So no matter what, you will be in the best place in the Great Barrier Reef to snorkel or scuba dive.  You have the opportunity at that time to explore the reef by glass bottom boat before you get equipped to get in the water the first time. 

The first dive of the day is going to be either your certified dive or beginners dive, which both are included in the price.  From underwater, the reef comes to life, and you will finally see why everyone claims it as one of the best places on earth.

After your first dive, a BBQ lunch is served for you while you chat with other divers about what they discovered.  You get another chance to see the Great Barrier Reef diving into the clear water.  This time you have the option of upgrading and making this dive another certified dive.  You have two hours time to enjoy your surroundings and explore underwater. 

As you leave the reef, you are served a glass of wine and are presented with a cheese and fruit platter to relax on the journey back to Cairns.  It will be one of the best days of your life and of your holiday in Australia.  Nothing will compare to Great Barrier Reef snorkeling or Great Barrier Reef Diving.  And now having the experience, you can agree. 

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Melbourne Vs Sydney: Which is Your Favourite City?

Sydney and Melbourne are the urban bastions of Australia, both of which offer an excellent array of amenities and lifestyles. But, when it comes down to it, which one is the better city? It’s fairly safe to say that neither city is better than the other, but don’t say that out load in either city, as a fierce rivalry exists between the inhabitants of both cities as to who holds title as Australia’s best.  In reality it depends on what kind of traveller you are and where your interests lie.
Both Sydney and Melbourne proffer a collection of menus that cater to all different travel styles, whether you’re a foodie traveller, a culture-vulture, or on the hunt for a good nightlife.
Without further ado, let’s compare the two!

Sydney certainly has more world-famous attractions. Its harbour and Opera House are two of the most recognisable scenes in the world – the contemporary sails jutting upwards against eternally blue skies. This is also an important part of the city’s cultural scene. Whilst it may not have as many museums and galleries as Melbourne, it rocks it hard with
mind-blowing operas and plays from all over the world.
Then there’s the beach lifestyle that goes hand in hand with Sydney. Set right on the shimmering shores, Sydney is a playground for surfers and beach-bums with an eyebrow-raising list of great coves and intimate bays.
When it comes to nightlife, Sydney is definitely the clubbing capital of Australia. In the anonymous veil of darkness, revellers hit up some of the biggest clubs in the world, breaking out some shapes to world-class DJs. 
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Melbourne is often touted as an urban delight, set against a backdrop of winding laneways adorned with vibrant street art and quirky scenes. Whilst it may not boast as many landmarks as Sydney, everywhere you wander in Melbourne you’ll find something new – whether it’s a cute café down a hidden backstreet, or an artist’s workshop tucked in between designer shops.
Which brings us to the culture of Melbourne. Unlike Sydney’s dominant Opera House, Melbourne’s cultural pursuits are dotted all around the city. You’ll find independent galleries rubbing shoulders with fascinating museums, and small performance halls bursting with quirky adaptations. The cultural scene in Melbourne is very independent and unique, which is why it often gets a better rap than Sydney in this regard.
Nights in Melbourne are still as lively Sydney, but they revolve around authentic bars, local
gigs, and hipster venues rather than international-scale clubs.
As you can see, both cities have extremely redeeming qualities, and which one you choose depends entirely on your travel tastes. 
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So what will it be? Sydney for the landmarks and beach life, or Melbourne for the street art and local bars?

Sunday, 17 May 2015

5 Cultural and Creative Things to do in the Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains open up a beautiful and fascinating part of Australia that draws in millions of visitors every year. The region sprawls out across a flurry of velvet mountain peaks, smooth valleys, quirky natural wonders, and incredible, breath-taking views. It’s also home to some of Australia’s best-loved wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, dingoes, and wombats.

The Blue Mountains don’t just offer a pretty picture. They also have a rich and fascinating history, a plethora of arty residents, and compelling stories that weave their way around the landscape. Once you’ve marveled at the views and soaked up the surrounding scenery, head to some of these cultural centres and galleries where you can learn more about the region and its history.

Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Located in Penrith near the base of the Blue Mountains, this institution was once a meeting place that acted as a focal point for local custodians. Now, the museum is dedicated to showing creative works and stories of the Dharug people, as well as many other indigenous
peoples around Australia. During the summer months the outdoor amphitheatre bursts to life in a flurry of dance and music, and there’s a quaint, on-site café to refuel in.

Waradah Aboriginal Centre
Set slap bang in the middle of the World Heritage Plaza, this colourful gallery doubles up as a shop. So, once you’ve browsed through the vibrant Aboriginal works you can pick up a souvenir or two to take home with you. There’s also a schedule of fun an informative shows throughout the day which offer a glimpse into Indigenous culture.

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
This institution is an important pit-stop on any journey through the Blue Mountains as it provides a back story to the region. You’ll find a collection of interactive displays, wall projections, and sound installations, and the adjoining gallery hosts a range of local exhibitions throughout the year.

Falls Gallery
The small town of Wentworth Falls is tucked against the foot of the Blue Mountains and proffers some incredible views across Jamieson Valley. In the town itself you can pop into
the Falls Gallery which is considered to be one of the best privately run galleries in the area and showcases incredible art works amidst well-manicured gardens.

Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum
Famed artist and creative Norman Lindsay lived in the shadows of the Blue Mountains for his entire life. When he died, his home and studio were turned into a celebratory art gallery which exhibits a whole host of his paintings, sculptures, and stories. 

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