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Road Trip Australia: The Best Stops in Victoria

As road trips go, there are few better destinations to fuel up on unforgettable experiences than one of the world’s most diverse destinations: Australia.

If you had Austown down as all about koalas and surf, you need to slam your foot on the brakes.

Starting today, we’re taking the scenic route through each of Australia’s seven states and territories. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be showcasing a six pack of seductive ideas, to help you mix up an almighty, uncompromising series of adventures of your own.

First up, we’re firing up the motors in Victoria; Australia’s second-smallest state, which still manages to make up an area roughly the same size as the British Isles. It’s steeped in fun, high on adventure, and aching to be explored. What are you waiting for?
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Around the world in 80 ways

A round the world trip is about experiences: the people you meet; the memories you make; and the stories you tell. And, usually, those things aren’t found at your final destination. They’re found on the road. Or on an elephant. Or on the roof of a bus. Or on an elephant on the roof of a bus.

Get going in a tuk tuk

There are heaps of ways to make your way around the world, and we’ve rounded up some of our favourite. So grab your backpack, and leave your expectations at home. We’re going round the world in 80 ways.

Have an open mind

What you are about to witness are some alternative ideas for travelling round the world. Some are practical, some are a bit out there, and some are verging on the ridiculous. Let’s go!

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7 Exciting After Hours Destinations

In a dark dark town there was a dark dark street, in the dark dark street there was a dark dark hostel, in the dark dark hostel there were dark dark stairs, down the dark dark stairs there was a dark dark dorm, and in the dark dark dorm, some travellers lived!

If you didn’t grow up with The Funnybones theme tune, you are probably quite confused by that opening sentence, so I’ll quickly gather myself and get to the point: night time.

Walk into the light… | Photo by Alexis Fam Photography

It’s dark. It’s cool. It’s sexy. That last one, I’m happy to debate over a beer one night.
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Australia: What’s all the Bus About?

Today’s post explores the myriad differences between two of Australia’s best-loved ways to travel: the Greyhound and Oz Experience and is written by our resident Travel Expert, Lisa Richardson, from our STA Travel store in Victoria, London.

It should come as no surprise that Australia’s vibrant east coast, is the most popular stretch of adventure for travellers Down Under. With its exciting cities, show-stopping beaches and breathtaking coastline, it’s a route bursting with opportunity.

Open your mind to new experiences, along Australia's East Coast.

For that reason and more, it’s the perfect place to rest your wings, and skim the route by road, enjoying the scenery and the people that make up some of Australia’s most friendliest hangout.

Does that sound like your kind of thing? We’re about to explore two of the most popular ways to achieve the perfect blend .
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6 Offbeat Outback Events

Whenever I start talking about Australia’s Northern Territory; I am transported back to some of my favourite travelling days; road tripping with my girlfriend around Australia. While not strictly true in a geographical sense, the Northern Territory acted like a wonderland plateau. An escape from the gold-lined coastlines and coffee shop urbanity of Australia cities.

“This, ” I figured, “is the Australia I came for.”

The experience of road tripping through the Territory was often a surreal one. We would drive our ute for long hours, without sight of another vehicle. Our Sat Nav stared at us nonchalantly. We cheered as we veered around rare bends in the road; and whooped as the fear of an empty fuel tank was alleviated by petrol stations that appeared from nowhere.

The landscape is indubitably one of its most iconic features; in the south, its fire red deserts are pinned down by pale green bursts of spinifex grass and the length of steel grey tarmac that make up Highways 1 and 87.

In the tropical north, a mishmash of wetlands and winding rivers flourish in “the Wet” season (the Australian summer, November to January) before drying out for the winter months.

But there’s something else going on in the Northern Territory, which, if you’re a traveller seeking out authentic experiences, could be right up your creek. The people of the Northern Territory have a character that can only be born within such a unique collection of landscape. And from that; a collection of curious events have bloomed:
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