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Travelling from Melbourne to Sydney by Car May 14

The drive from Melbourne to Sydney is a fabulous one, though only if you take your time and go the long way. This stretch of coastline offers some of Australia’s most magnificent scenery, wildlife, towns and people, and it is worth taking your time to see it properly. The following are some of the stand-out places that you should be sure to stop at along the way.

Wilson’s Prom

The southernmost point of mainland Australia is well worth a visit, even though it is a little far. The drive from Melbourne is spectacular, especially once you get to Leongatha, as you wind your way down through beautiful rolling hills before entering the National Park at Wilson’s Promontory. If you have time, it is absolutely worth spending a night or two here, as there are a number of gorgeous cabins to rent, and between the wildlife and the hiking there is plenty to see and do.

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Lake’s Entrance

The drive up to the Lake’s Entrance from ‘the Prom’ is absolutely gorgeous, and the Lake’s Entrance makes for the perfect spot to take a break, get a bite to eat and enjoy stunning views of the ocean.

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Travelling by Boat in Vietnam Apr 23

The sights you’ll see looking out of your Vietnam hotel room window will be vastly different to the view you’ll get when experiencing this beautiful country by boat. In fact, taking a boat ride in Vietnam is really a must. Just like when you are staying in Gold Coast apartments with beach views and a ride on the Aquaduck is a prerequisite for your holiday, so too a boat ride in Vietnam.

There are plenty of boat services which run between the mainland and the islands in Vietnam. Getting around from one place to another by boat is also rather cheap too. If you want to take a less scenic approach to your boat ride, take the express boat service between Vung Tao and Con Dao and between Rach Gia and Phu Quoc.

Ha Long Bay

Take a glimpse at the nature limestone wonders of Ha Long Bay. It’s full of limestone karsts and islands, each ranging in size and shape. Take a tour by boat and experience sandy beaches, freshwater swamp forests and freshwater lakes. There are plenty of tours you can take by boat which will ensure you don’t miss out on any of the beautiful sights here in one of the most popular spots to visit in Vietnam.

Travelling by Boat in Vietnam

Travel Along the Mekong River

Running through Vietnam, China, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia the Mekong River is the longest in south-east Asia. It’s simply brimming with history, culture and opulent natural beauty. There are many different tours you can take, starting at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam for instance, to enjoy a portion of what the river has to offer. Take a ferry, small boat, raft or cruiser depending on the type of experience you want to have. Here is what you can expect:

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A Seafaring History of Portland, Victoria Apr 18

The city of Portland is home to the only deep-water port between Melbourne and Adelaide. It is located on the far south-west coast of Victoria, midway between Port Fairy and the small town of Nelson, which is near the state border with South Australia. It is also the international gateway for the Green Triangle region.

The port handles bulk commodities in agricultural, forestry, mining, aluminium and fertiliser products. It also exports grain, woodchips, logs, aluminium ingots, livestock and timber products. Imports include alumina, liquid pitch, petroleum coke, sulphuric acid and fertiliser products.

Today, Portland is also known as Victoria’s second fishing port with professional fishing fleets and vessels. Locals and many of the tourists who stay at a Portland hotel also fish for King George whiting, snapper, kingfish, flathead, morwong and bluefin tuna.

Portland, Victoria

Naming the Port

The port’s history started in 1800 when Lieutenant James Grant sailed the Lady Nelson there. He named it Portland Bay in honour of His Grace, the Duke of Portland. By the early 1800s, whalers and dealers took anchorage shelter in Portland while working the strong waters of Bass Strait.

The First Settler

A British man called Edward Henty, who migrated to Western Australia with his family in 1829, arrived at Portland Bay in 1834 during his 34-day voyage of the Thistle. He became the first permanent settler in the Port Phillip district, which was later known as Victoria. His brother, Francis, later joined him to ferry additional stocks and supplies. Soon after, they established a landing place at Portland Bay, which eventually became the town of Portland. Whaling captain, William Dutton, was also a resident.

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Staying In Touch on Holidays Apr 12

While enjoying holidays, most people at some point want to contact home to tell friends and family that everything is going well. Fortunately, there is a myriad of ways that people can communicate with each other these days, and staying in touch is easier than ever. The following are the best ways that you can touch base with friends and family while you’re on holidays.

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Postcards and Letters

Sending and receiving letters or a postcard is an old-fashioned style of communication but for many it is still the best way of generating and maintaining a closer relationship with someone. Postcards are great for on-the-go travelers who don’t have a lot of time to write a long letter, but they still give people at home a good idea of the fun you are having on your trip. Writing letters is the ultimate way to send someone a thoughtful and personal message, and there is nothing better than receiving a letter from a loved one in the mail.

 

Phone

There was a time when calling home from overseas wasn’t a viable option simply because of connectivity and cost concerns. Nowadays, however, calling home on the phone is a great option for travellers wanting to catch up with friends and family no matter where they are in the world. Thanks to the many international calling services that are now available, people can catch up quickly and enjoy hearing a familiar voice on the line.

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Down Under Cruise and Dive Adventures Mar 18

If you are travelling around Australia and want to see all of the best there is to see, you had better have a lot of time on your hands as this country is jam packed with fantastic treats. If you have already gone on one of the Hunter Valley wine tours and have checked out the Outback, you should now concentrate your energies on exploring the water! The following are some great options for cruises and diving that will be sure to be some of the highlights of your trip.

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Sydney Harbour Cruises

 

You really haven’t seen Sydney until you have been on a harbour cruise, as this is the best way to get a proper look at this magnificent city. Whether you go for a classy dinner cruise or head out to check out the Heads, you will feel like you are floating in a postcard as you slowly explore what is one of the world’s finest harbours. So if you haven’t been on a harbour cruise yet, get your camera gear ready and go on one as soon as you can!

 

Dive The Reef

 

If you like scuba diving, you know what you need to do; head straight up to the Great Barrier Reef and spend a good few days exploring this underwater wonderland. One of the natural wonders of the world, there really is nothing like it anywhere in the world, so give yourself plenty of time to properly check it out. It is some of the best diving you will do in your entire life!

 

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Port Campbell, Australia: A Simple Overview Mar 13

Nestled on the coast on the western end of the Great Ocean Road is one of Victoria’s cutest and friendliest towns, Port Campbell. This charming little place is not only in a beautiful location but has everything you would want from a great holiday destination. The following are just some of the reasons you should stop in and pay a decent length visit to Port Campbell.

Location

Port Campbell is located 280 kilometres west of Melbourne and is an essential stop on any Great Ocean Road tours. This cute little hamlet will have you within striking distance of some of the biggest highlights of the Great Ocean road, such as the iconic 12 Apostles and London Bridge.

Port Campbell, Australia

History

Port Campbell was established as a community in 1870, building its first wharf 10 years later. Famous as the sight of some major shipwrecks, Port Campbell has slowly grown to be one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Great Ocean Road, and has a population on just over 600 actual residents.

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Why You Should Think Small On Your Next Big Cruise Mar 10

Going on a cruise is always going to be awesome, whether you go on a huge world tour or a smaller pacific cruise. But when it comes to cruises, there is something to be said for smaller sometimes meaning better. The following are a few of the reasons why you may want to try a smaller cruise for your next big trip.

Meet More People / Less Isolating

Even though the idea of a huge boat with lots of people might sound appealing to some, it can often be harder to meet people when there are so many around, and can have people end up feeling quite isolated. Smaller boats on the other hand allow you to be able to familiarise yourself with others on board, and you have more chance of seeing each other around if you do want to be able to hang out.

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Better Service

Smaller cruises mean there are less people to be taken care of, making it so that you get better service and more attention from the staff. You also have a better chance of getting to know the staff when there are less passengers on board, which can often make a cruise that little bit more special. Going on a smaller cruise can be like staying in one of the nicer boutique luxury resorts, on the sea.

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3 Reasons to Choose a Cruise for Your Next Holiday Mar 01

Sure, you may have seen a few episodes of ‘The Love Boat’, or spoken to a few people who have been on a cruise, but until you’ve experienced the sheer luxury, elegance and fun of a cruising holiday, you really don’t know what you’re missing out on. Cruising holidays are a great way to see everything you want to see without the hassle of organising transfers, individual hotels and transport. People love them for how easy they are—simply book, hop on-board and sail to your destination in style. Whether you’re hankering for the tropical sun and relaxation of a Fiji holiday package or the cultural explosion that comes with experiencing South East Asia, you should think about incorporating a cruise into your travel plans.

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Here are three reasons why a cruise is the best way to travel:

 

  1. Getting There is Half the Fun!

 

How many of us hop on a plane to our destination and immediately begin wishing the hours away, killing time by watching movies, reading, or trying to sleep in the cramped little seats while a three-year-old behind you kicks your chair. With cruising, the ‘getting there’ part – the part we usually wish was over fastest – is the best part of the whole experience, with the freedom to stretch out, laze by the pool, and enjoy a cocktail while you wait to arrive.

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Safety Tips For The Adventurous Traveller Feb 21

If you’re the kind of traveller that likes to unwind at a slightly more adrenaline-fuelled pace than your average tourist, then this article is for you. An increasing number of travellers are seeking out bigger and better thrills, whether that means a hair-raising jet boat ride around a shallow river or throwing yourself out of a plane in a skydive.

Occasionally we hear stories in the news of situations in which these adventurous feats somehow go awry, and while in many countries the adventure travel industry is well regulated and safe, there are nevertheless things that need to be taken into consideration. From a safety point of view, here are a few tips to make sure you come home happy, relaxed and in one piece!

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Do Your Research

Whether you’re deciding on a skydiving operator or a bungee jump to take, you need to put in the hard yards and do a little research before committing. You’ll be surprised to discover that in some countries, different tour operators or adventure companies offer wildly varying safety standards—so it pays to figure out which ones have a better reputation.

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6 Things to know about Australian Beaches Feb 09

Beaches are one of the most attractive features of Australia. Every tourist wants to visit and swim at world famous beach resorts. However, few visitors realise that there are some important facts that should be known before going to a beach. Travel insurance is necessary for everybody intending to swim, in case of accident. It is also best to stay in local accommodation such as serviced apartments. Sydney apartments will have concierges who will advise visitors on safe beach practices.

Australian Beaches

Some basic tips for visiting Australian beaches are:

  • Swim between the flags
  • Be careful of rips
  • Read signs for information
  • Beware of blue bottles
  • Be sun aware
  • Know shark safety

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