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How to Travel the East Coast of Australia by Campervan

Last year we asked you to pick your favourite campervan route from a choice of 3 amazing Australian itineraries and 2 marvellous New Zealand routes. The winner was Charli’s East Coast extravaganza where she rocked the Cairns to Sydney.

Want to do it yourself? Read on for a run down of how it’s done.

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Frigid Five: 5 places that do winter properly

The British winter is not internationally renowned for it’s ferocity, beauty or quite frankly anything other than being a bit wet and cold. Sure the north of Scotland gets some pretty epic snow fall and there are a couple of fields in the south west that when covered in frost and deer make the front pages of certain less news-centric papers, but in general the season is rather mediocre.  (Think we’ve qualified that enough…pretty worried about reprisals from the British Winter Society.)

We’ve searched the globe (figuratively, there’s no budget for a winter recky to look at snow) and found 5 places that do winter properly. A Frigid Five if you will. Or if you wont.

Bridge to nowhere
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An odd number of things you probably don’t need to know about Australia

Today’s blog comes from our resident cynic Hannah “Jeffers” Jeffery who actually loves Australia. Honest.

Ordinarily, you can’t stop us from writing lyrical about Australia’s abundant charms…awash with desert island discos, sunkissed sailing adventures and wild outback odysseys etc etc. But on this particularly apocalyptic and drizzly December day at STA Travel’s London HQ, we suddenly ran out of superlative steam. While we were sat staring into the pitch black abyss of another London afternoon (no there wasn’t a capital-wide power cut, this is what happens at 4pm in the midst of a dark British winter)* our Australian cousins (or whatever, the commonwealth lineage is fairly confused and frankly a bit messy) were probably splashing around in their swimmers enjoying the full throes of summer.

So in miserly wintry protest, we decided to not taunt ourselves further with blogs of perfect beaches and smoky barbies with sunbronzed Bruce and scantily-clad Sheila (delete accordingly to preference).Instead, we’re bringing you all the bizarre stuff that almost certainly, you won’t need.**


Yeah yeah your lives are perfect we get it go away

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Mentor me – Who made all the pies?

Earlier this year, we sent 8 lucky winners to complete exciting internships in South Australia. Today’s blog comes from one of those winners, Sarah, who worked as a food ambassador for Vili’s Pies – an iconic family run meat pie company in Adelaide.

When I discovered I had won the chance to do a working holiday in South Australia I couldn’t wait. I have always wanted to explore Australia and the chance to tie that in with gaining valuable work experience seemed like a once in a lifetime opportunity.

My time in South Australia is an experience that I’ll never forget. Some of my favourite moments were spent relaxing at the beach, hiking in the hills and trying all of the delicious food the region has to offer.


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5 reasons working in Adelaide was the best!

Earlier this year, we sent 8 lucky winners to complete exciting internships in South Australia. Today’s blog comes from one of those winners, Camilla, who worked at The Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide, home to one of Australia’s great art collections. Following her placement, Milly chose to stay on and explore Australia further, backpacking around the country.

I was instantly struck by the hotchpotch of architecture they have in South Australia. Flanked with looming glass towers over Victorian brickwork, straight, flat avenues of road are cornered with French-colonial balconies.

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