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16 Off the beaten track Destinations Down Under

Today’s blog comes from STA Travel’s James Greenslade, who has left his Oz homeland for a few months to explore the UK. He can currently be found pretending to be a super healthy Aussie in London while taking the tube everywhere because “no one walks anywhere in Australia”.

You know Australia for its big laid-back cities, awesome beaches and the big red rock in the middle. If you head off the beaten track however, you’ll uncover some of our lesser-known, but beautiful, interesting and isolated spots.

Australians are fond of their dense, deserted and vast spaces, and to find them, you’ve got to venture out from the cities. Read on for 16 of Australia’s best unheralded destinations along the east coast from south to north.

Working in Australia’s Northern Territory

If you’re heading to Australia on a working holiday visa you’d be forgiven for thinking that the only place you could find work is on the East Coast. Big mistake. Read on for three tales of desert stars, secret canyons, buzzing cities and a whole world of working opportunities you’d never even considered. Welcome to Australia’s Northern Territory.

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10 things to do in Australia’s Northern Territory

Australia’s very own wild (north) west, the vast Northern Territory is timeless and iconic. From the red rivers of rock at Uluru to the nature lover’s haven at Kakadu National Park, there is a seemingly endless parade of wonders to discover here. We pick out 10 highlights that’ll make you want to strap on your cork hat and head into the action.


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New Zealand: North or South Island?

Today’s blog comes from STA’s James Greenslade who has left his Aussie homeland for a few months to taste British life. So far it tastes of Marmite. 

Let’s face it, not everyone heading to New Zealand will have the option to spend a month or two quietly idling the days away in Hobbit country; some will be more strapped for time. Though it is possible to cover both the South and North islands in a couple of weeks, if you’re not one for moving every day, sitting on enumerable buses for hours at a time and generally getting yourself into a bit of a tizz, you might find that choosing one or the other is your best bet.

But the problem is, which one? Never fear intrepid, time short traveller, here we pick out some well-known and less famous highlights from the two main Islands that make up New Zealand to help with your decision making. Don’t say we never do anything for you.

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9 Amazing New Zealand Experiences

New Zealand is not a country that does things by halves. So much more than just a nice backdrop to Ian Mckellen’s horse riding antics, it’s a wild, seeking, joyful, seemingly limitless land stuffed full of adventures just for you. Which ones specifically? Read on for a glimpse into everything waiting for you when you turn left at Australia and go straight on till morning…

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