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We know because we go: Our Top Tips – Aussie style

Australia is the sixth LARGEST country on the planet. Like a delicious All-You-Can-Eat buffet, it’s hard to know where to start. You don’t want to fill up on salad, you need to save room for the best bits. So, with that in mind, we thought we’d get sentimental with a few wanderlusters here at STA, to find out their favourite memories Down Under and give you some hot tips to help you get stuck in!

Luke (Social team)

The best thing I did in Aus was buying a camper-van (a 1983 Nissan beast named ‘Roy’) with three good mates. We were on the road for two months (probably the best 2 months of my life!) travelling through every state. We had no itinerary, no set plan and no time restraints… just a map and a boot full of goon (for whoever wasn’t driving, of course!) Yes, there were sketchy moments e.g. close encounters with kangaroos, spiders, snakes and echidnas; But the laughs, sights, stories and memories I have from those two months will live with me forever.

TIP: I would 100% recommend buying or renting a campervan and going as far as you can. It’s the freedom to drive where you want, when you want that makes it the ultimate adventure. Buying can mean you can then sell your camper before you leave, and recouping a lot of dollar! But admittedly, renting is a lot simpler and more hassle free.

Dane (Social team)

Tip: If you’re not a lover of seafood, I have a place that will convert you… Claypots in St Kilda, Melbourne. Each day they change the menu on the chalk board depending upon what they caught that day, so you know it’s going to be fresh! If you’re dining during the summertime, make sure to ask for a seat outside in the courtyard, it’s so pretttttty.

Rachel (Content team)

TIP: If you’re in Melbourne I’d 100% recommend going on a bar crawl of all the ‘hidden’ cocktail bars across the city – I reckon if you went to them all you’d be drinking for a good week straight (who could complain?!)

My faves were Eau De Vie on Malthouse Lane, which was hidden behind a big wooden panel – being served a cocktail with candyfloss and a paper airplane on it felt like an alcoholic childhood dream. The prohibition-style 1806 bar on Exhibition Street, where the cocktails are sorted by era and tell the history of the world through drinks. AND the Evelyn, which was behind an unassuming chicken shop on Gertrude Street, playing jazz and serving up cocktails the bartenders make based on alllll your favourite spirits.

TIP: Or if you’re in Sydney check out the underground Soda Factory on Wentworth Street – it’s an old-school American diner hidden behind a fridge, serving fancy hot dogs, cocktails and hosts a movie night once a week. Best thing is it’s stupidly cheap: hotdogs are $1 every Tuesday!

Georgie (Content team) The mysterious west coast… when planning your trip to Australia you’ve no doubt been taking in just how freakin’ big it is! Therefore, the west coast is often the first thing to get scratched off the to-do list. Perth? It’s boring right, nothing to see. A small part of me wants to tell you that yes you shouldn’t go it’s awful, just so it can stay as beautifully untouched and uncrowded as it is. BUT travel is about sharing (I guess) and you’d be silly to think this diverse region of Australia isn’t worth a visit (or just stay a year like me).

TIP: My favourite experience, this is a toughie as I could list about 10, would have to be road tripping the North West Coast of Australia with a convoy of 4 different trucks and cars. Just a few highlights…

Camping in the outback under the stars (actually bloody freezing), climbing trees and swimming/ bombing into red rock gorges and pools in Karrijini. Pretending to be a mermaid and snorkelling with rays, turtles and sharks in Ningaloo Reef. And those well-deserved sunset beers on the sand dunes of Exmouth.

Laura ( Social team) One of my most vivid memories of Australia was having my sausage roll stolen away from me by a kookaburra!

TIP: But my favourite experience was visiting Mount Gambier, a small town smack bang in the middle of Melbourne and Adelaide. Famous for the Blue Lake, the best part of my visit there was climbing down into the Umpherston sinkhole and feeding the resident family of possums that appear each night.

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Jack (Creative team)

One of the only places in the world where I could sit all day and just be in constant awe is Wentworth Falls (Blue Mountains). Take the walk down 200 steep steps (and when I say steep steps I mean you essentially have to climb down them at times) and yes, the climb back up is even more fun! The views along the walk are something I can’t do justice by writing about OR even taking photos.

TIP: If you’re in NSW make sure you take the time to head over to The Blue Mountains and experience Wentworth Falls.

Oh and another TIP I remember from the tour guide. Be careful when you go off the track, and DO NOT sit on any of the tiny little holes you might see in the ground. Why you ask? Because deadly spiders tend to like living in there!

Kim (Content Team)

All beached out? If you’re in Sydney, don’t miss a trip inland to the Blue Mountains, so named because on a clear day, these canyons reflect the deep blue of the sky. It’s easy to reach the National Park via a train to Katoomba. From there it’s a short walk to the famous Three Sisters rock formations. And from there, head down Prince Henry walk, away from the crowds of tourists towards Leura Cascades and Wentworth Falls, from which you’ll be able to catch a train back to Sydney. Along the way, keep a keen eye out for awesome rocks and hidden viewpoints perfect for picnics and travel instas.

TIP: Any night in Sydney wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the famous Frankie’s Pizzeria & dive bar. Cool music, rum cocktails in plastic beakers, awesome pizzas, pinball and decor straight out of a Tarantino film – what more do you need?

There you have it. Some top tips that have made us all want to go back to Aus urgently! If you’ve already been lucky enough to go, let us know your favourite tips in the comments. If this has given you the urge to experience Australia for yourself, then check out flights here and make it happen.

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