Monday, 25 September 2017

Kangaroo Island Sufferfest Triathlon Festival

Kangaroo Island lies just off the coast of the Australian mainland and is predominantly made up of nature reserves. The scenery is the biggest draw, with plenty of lush bushland, pristine coastlines, and an abundance of wildlife spotting opportunities.

Kangaroo Island tours are some of the most popular in the region, but if you’re visiting at the end of November, you’re in for a treat.

From the 24th to the 27th, the Kangaroo Island Sufferfest Triathlon Festival is taking place. This is Australia’s newest iron distance race, but it is also one of the most scenic and fastest races in the entire world. 

Over the two years since it began, the Sufferfest Triathlon Series has grown to encompass nine races across the country. The first event took place in Mt Martha Victoria in 2015, but it has since grown in popularity, with races and events held in Western Australia, including Albany, Rottnest Island, and Cottesloe. Kangaroo Island will host two of the South Australia events, while the third will be held in Murray Bridge. 

Each event in the Kangaroo Island Sufferfest Festival has a range of different distances made for all abilities and ages. These include:

·    IronFest, which includes a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike ride, and a 42.2km run.

      Half IronFest, which includes a 1.9km swim, a 90km bike ride, and a 21.1km run

·        OlyFest, which includes a 1.5km swim, a 40km bite ride, and a 10km run

·        SprintFest, which includes a 500m swim, a 20km bike ride, and a 5km run

·        EnticerFest, which includes a 150m swim, a 10km bike ride and a 2.5km rune

·        KidsFest, which includes a 75m swim, a 5km bike ride, and a 1km run. 

There are also individual running, swimming and Frogman events, which include a 5km and a 10km fun run, a 600m and a 1.2km swimming race, and a swim and run event which is competed in pairs of 10km. 

The event is hugely popular and a large reason to visit Kangaroo Island in November. Even if you’re not taking part, you can join in the festivities and soak up the friendly atmosphere of the events and their surroundings.

While watching the action unfold, you can marvel at the stunning landscape of Kangaroo Island and look out for the resident wildlife that make it so famous. The sprawling beaches combined with the rainforest make it the perfect destination to enjoy this active adventure.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Tour of the week: 1 Day Atherton Tablelands Tour

Get back to nature and escape busy city life on our Atherton Tablelands Tour. As you get away from Cairns for the day, we’ll show all the good spots, including pretty cascading waterfalls, lush rainforests, and cool waters set amongst millennia-old landscapes.

Gillies Range

We’ll start the day by taking you from Cairns to the Gillies Range, passing incredible scenery as we go. On the way, we’ll stop off at the impressive and popular Cathedral Fig Tree, where you can see nature at its finest.

Lake Barrine

Once we’ve finished there, we’ll move on to Lake Barrine, another natural hotspot set in a volcanic crater lake. Here, you can explore some of the area’s most impressive scenery and learn more about the natural wonders that characterise it.
Before we stop off for lunch, we’ll take you to Lake Eacham, where you can cool off after a morning of exploring.

Millaa Millaa Falls

After lunch, we’ll venture on through the tablelands’ countryside, making pitstops at cascading waterfalls along the way. You’ll have the chance to dip into the refreshing pools of the falls, and marvel at the stunning scenery that surrounds them.
The most popular waterfall in the area is Millaa Millaa Falls, and we’ll take you there before an exciting jungle trek up the Dinner Falls. While there, you’ll be able to see and explore the huge crater in Mount Hypipamee National Park.

On the Wallaby Lodge

Before we head back to Cairns, we’ll stop off at On the Wallaby Lodge. Here, you can recharge with a refreshing cup of tea or coffee, which marks the perfect way to end a day exploring the Atherton Tablelands and everything they have to offer. 

This tour is the perfect introduction to the region, giving you the chance to explore everything the Atherton Tablelands are known for and more. As well as unique natural wonders like volcanic craters and the impressive Cathedral Fig Tree, you’ll learn all about the picturesque landscape and discover picturesque waterfalls and lush scenery. 

There’ll be plenty of opportunity for you to take refreshing dips in the many watering holes along the way, including the base of popular Millaa Millaa Falls and the stunning expanse of Lake Barrine. 

It’s the perfect chance to escape the hustle and bustle of city life in Cairns and experience the landscapes that make rural Australia so incredible.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Top Ten Attractions in Melbourne

Melbourne is renowned for being a colourful city bathed in culture and cool activities. Throughout the streets, there are numerous museums, galleries, restaurants, and shops to explore, as well as a range of must-visit attractions. Here are some of the best things to do on Melbourne city tours.
1.    Eureka Skydeck
The Eureka Skydeck is the highest viewing platform in the whole of the southern hemisphere, and offers breath-taking views out across the city from the 88th floor. From the top, you can look out at some of Melbourne’s top attractions, including the picturesque Dandenong Ranges in the distance.
2.    St. Paul’s Cathedral
Boasting an impressive dose of the Gothic Revival style, Melbourne’s St. Paul’s Cathedral dates back to the mid-1800s. Today, it continues to be a top attraction amongst the city’s best-loved stores in the shopping precinct.
3.    Dandenong Ranges
Set around thirty minutes or so outside of the city centre, the Dandenong Ranges unfold in a show of picturesque mountain scenery that is the perfect contrast to the hustle and bustle of city life. There are plenty of walking tracks to enjoy and spectacular wildlife to spot in these parts.
4.    Melbourne Zoo
Animal lovers should hotfoot it to Melbourne Zoo, which sits in the heart of the city. Here, you can see some incredible animals and learn more about their behaviour and habitat.
5.    Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens
The Botanic Gardens unfold in a show of fine landscaping, offering a relaxing backdrop for a leisurely stroll and a wander through amazingly scented rare plant species.
6.    National Gallery of Victoria
Culture-vultures will love the array of museums and galleries in Melbourne, and the National Gallery of Victoria is one of the best. Here, you can peruse paintings that date back to 1861 and learn more about the historic creative pursuits of the city.
7.    Melbourne Cricket Ground
The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground has been home to some of the world’s most major sporting events over the years, and you can learn all about the part it played in them at this popular destination.
8.    The Laneways
The laneways form an important part of Melbourne’s cultural scene, each of which has its own personality and set of quirky eateries, cafes, boutique stores, and graffiti scenes.
9.    Market Life
Markets are a huge part of Melbourne life, and there are numerous vibrant stall-based events that take place throughout the week. Check out the Queen Victoria Markets, the South Melbourne Market, and the Sunday Camberwell Market to get started.
10.     Dine at the Best Restaurants
Melbourne is home to a fantastic burgeoning foodie scene, which you can try out in one of the many delicious restaurants dotted throughout the city.