Monday, 27 March 2017

Tour of the Week: 1 Day Great Ocean Road

Experience everything the Great Ocean Road has to offer on this one-day whirlwind adventure. Throughout our Great Ocean Road tours, you’ll get to soak up spectacular coastlines, dig your toes into pristine beaches, and wander beneath the lush canopies of ancient rainforests. There’s a bit of something for everyone on this tour, whether you want to explore the quaint seaside towns of the coast or get stuck into the natural history of the region.

Memorial Arch

The day begins from Melbourne, where we’ll take you out to Urquhart Bluff to explore the coast’s thriving surf scene. Grab a morning tea before we move onto the historic Memorial Arch, where there will be plenty of photo opportunities. Afterwards, we’ll pass through the charming resorts of Lorne and Anglesea as we make our way to our next stop.

Kennett River

Get up close and personal with some of Australia’s best-loved critters alongside the Kennett River. Spot koalas and keep your eyes peeled for colourful parrots as you go. We’ll then stop for lunch at the delicious Iluka Restaurant in Apollo Bay.

Maits Rest Rainforest

Next, it’s time to discover the ancient rainforests that sit back from the coast. We’ll take you on a guided tour through the Otway Rainforest to Maits Rest where you can see tall Eucalyptus trees and soak up the beauty of Port Campbell National Park. If you want, you can take a helicopter ride to enjoy the scenery from another perspective.

Loch Ard Gorge & 12 Apostles

Then we’ll take a wander along the beach at Loch Ard Gorge, where you can learn more about the region’s natural history before we take you to see the Archway, the Razorback, and Dumpling Pots, and let you in on the tragic stories that haunt the Shipwreck Coast.

Before we leave the coast, you’ll get to see Gibson’s Steps, which are carved into the cliff face, and the Twelve Apostles, one of the Great Ocean Road’s most iconic landmarks. Finally, we’ll stop off at London Bridge, so you can see what remains of this natural wonder.

We’ll then take you back to Melbourne where your discovery of this mesmerizing part of Australia unfortunately comes to an end. Exploring the Great Ocean Road is a must-do while you’re in Australia, if only to experience the unique concoction of rainforests, beaches, cliff faces, and natural wonders that occupy the same space.

Monday, 20 March 2017

The 5 Best Beaches in Sydney

Sydney is famed for its pristine beaches, each of which brings visitors on Sydney tours something a little different. Whether you’re looking for a cool hangout, a place to try out surfing for the first time, or a hidden hotspot to catch some rays on, here are some of the best beaches in town.

      1. Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach might well be the most famous beach in the world. Though its reputation might have you thinking it’s packed full of tacky souvenir stores, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Sure, there are a great selection of bustling restaurants, cafes, and shops along its length, but there are also great opportunities for watersports and kicking back and relaxing.

      2.   Bronte Beach
From Bondi Beach, it’s just a 40 minute coastal walk to Bronte Beach, a quieter version of Sydney’s bustling stretches of sand. The sea here picks up plenty of swell, making it the ideal hangout for keen surfers. To the south-side, there is a pretty rock pool, where swimmers can take to the water and relax.

      3.   Gordons Bay
Tucked away between the popular beaches of Clovelly and Coogee, Gordons Bay is kind of a little oasis. Home to an impressive and colourful underwater nature trail that span 500 metres, it attracts a lot of divers and tourists who want to get to know Australia’s spectacular marine life.

     4.   Manly Beach
From Circular Quay, you can hop on the ferry and lay your beach towel down in Manly. Here, you can dip your toes in the turquoise ocean, stroll along the lively Marine Parade, or go snorkeling at Shelly Beach, a little cove tucked away from the hustle and bustle. At the weekend, be sure to check out the local arts and crafts market before tucking into the impressive foodie scene.


5.   Palm Beach
Palm Beach is characterised by a long strip of sand that runs alongside a picturesque golf course. Here, you can swim in the protected waters of the southern end or hop in the Olympic-sized ocean pool for something a little different. If you’re feeling hungry, grab a bite to eat at The Boathouse, where you can tuck into delicious dishes on the timber decking.

The beaches of Sydney are some of the best places to explore local life, whether you want to sunbathe, swim, or join the abundance of surfers who flock to the city’s shores every day.