For as long as I can remember, hiring a campervan and driving it round Australia has been on my travel wishlist. I’m not alone: last year, thousands of STA Travellers used a campervan to explore Oz. There’s a definite novelty factor about driving your entire house around, making beautiful National Parks your home for the night and living a basic kind of life for a while. On top of that, campervans are also a really practical and often budget friendly way to get around, especially if there’s a group of you to share costs.
Luckily for me, when I met my now husband a few years back, it turned out that an Australia road trip was pretty high on his bucket list too. So when set about planning our wedding, we decided enough was enough. We blagged a couple of months off work and set about booking a somewhat unconventional honeymoon that would see us driving up the east coast of Australia in a campervan on an epic drive from Sydney to Cairns. In 3 weeks.
Let me stress that Sydney to Cairns is really quite a long way. Over 2,400 kilometers if you go in a straight line (we clocked up over 4,000km in ours). But of course, when it comes to road trips, it’s all about the journey as much as it is the destination. We stayed at some simply incredibly spots on our trip, and as we spoke to other travellers we met along the way, were pretty gutted we couldn’t stay longer and drive that campervan all over Australia.
Sydney is one of the best cities in the world. Fact.
There’s a lot to do, all set in pretty stunning surroundings. People living in and around Sydney, in Australia in general in fact, enjoy a largely ‘outdoorsey’ life style and that’s visible across every inch of Sydney.
Here’s a short city guide to Sydney, what is without a doubt one of the world best, most exciting, most liveable cities. If you’re going, lucky you, enjoy every second, if you’re not going, this is your chance to remedy that quick sharp…
View from the Harbour Bridge.
With thousands of young people heading for the shores of Australia every year to embark on a working holiday, the thought of joining them can seem daunting.
It’s only natural to feel a little nervous about what happens when you get there, ‘how will I find a job’, ‘which city is best to base myself’ are just 2 of the frequently asked questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
We touch on working holidays regularly on the STA Travel blog in articles including A Dummies Guide to Working In Australia but this time we’re going to talk you though some top tips for actually getting a job when you’re there.
What job would you like to do in Australia?
On 28th May this year Qatar Airways start their new service flying from Edinburgh, opening up their network of 125 destinations to the northern part of the UK, via their base in Doha.
That’s exciting enough, but wait, here’s some more exciting Qatar Airways related news: did you know they’re the only airline to offer a complimentary glass of champagne to their economy class customers? True that.
So, with those two golden nuggets of information ringing in your ears, let’s take this opportunity to remind ourselves of our 5 favourite destinations you can reach using Qatar Airways – now via Edinburgh (champagne in hand).
It’s been nearly 7 months since Graham Freeman from South Africa, started working as a Tassie Wrangler in Tasmania, he’s currently starting his next adventure exploring the Aussie main land, but after a life changing 6 months working in what is without a doubt Australia’s best kept secret, it’s proving hard to tear himself away. Here’s his story about this time in one of the Best Jobs in the World…
“Forward Paddle!” bellowed our guide from the rear of the raft, struggling to catch his breath as we dipped in and out of the onslaught of rapids. We were nearing the end of our trip: 7 days, 100kms, the first people in this remote region of South Western Tasmania in more than 6 months.
Releasing Tasmanian Devils on Maria Island. Image credit Graham Michael Freeman.