A recent article on couriermail.com.au listed ten great Australian school holiday attractions that the kids will love, no matter the time of the year.
- Otway Fly Tree Top Adventures – Fly on a wire through spectacular rainforest in Victoria’s Otway ranges.
- Werribee Open Range Zoo – See Africa’s iconic animals up close in this open range zoo near Melbourne.
- Port Arthur Ghost Tour – Tour the eerie ruins of Tasmania’s historical penal settlement, said to be one of the most haunted places in Australia.
- Bay of Fires – Go camping at this spectacular coastal hideaway in Tasmania’s Mount William National Park.
- Uluru – Watch the sun rise over Uluru in the Northern Territory and learn about its cultural significance from its original owners.
- Mon Repos Beach – Near Bundaberg in Queensland, this is the largest turtle rookery in the South Pacific, where you can watch turtles come ashore in the moonlight to lay their eggs.
- Lady Elliot Island – This is a stunning coral island north of Brisbane, where you can snorkel, swim or dive on the Great Barrier Reef directly from the beach.
- Monkey Mia – Hand-feed wild dolphins in this unique wildlife experience at Shark Bay in Western Australia.
- The Gold Coast – With its perfect-for-surfing beaches, exotic rainforest and wall-to-wall theme parks, Queensland’s Gold Coast has something for every family.
- Sydney Sea Life Aquarium – Home to 75 sharks and the world’s biggest Great Barrier Reef exhibit, every kid will love a visit to the Sydney Sea Life Aquarium in Darling Harbour, Sydney.
According to an article on mainstreet.com, there are some major pitfalls to avoid when travelling on business. These include:
- Never fly anything other than non-stop – If you do, you double the likelihood of encountering delays and cancellations.
- Never check your bag – This increases the likelihood of delays and it could be lost by the airline. You can comfortably carry everything you need for a business trip in one carry-on bag.
- Always know where you are going before you get there. Use a map or a location app to know where your meeting is being held and how long it will take you to get there.
- Don’t run up big expenses on your company credit card. If you do it regularly, you’ll get a reputation for it, and it won’t do anything for your promotion prospects.
- Don’t put negative comments on Twitter or Facebook about your accommodation or current location. Local business people may see them and this could make doing business awkward in the future.
- Don’t forget to look around and smell the roses – This means getting out and sampling something of the local culture once the business aspect of your trip is over.
An article on shine.yahoo.com recently offered five simple tips to help you eat clean and stay healthy while travelling on vacation.
- Stock up before you go – Visit your health food store and stock up on healthy snacks and treats to keep you going between meals.
- Bring your own water bottle – Travelling is thirsty work, so bring your own bottle, fill it whenever you find a filtered water supply and drink lots of water to stay hydrated and to help flush the toxins from your body.
- Keep exercising – Don’t put daily exercise on hold while you’re travelling. Allow twenty minutes a day for exercise wherever you are. This will help with digestion if you’re eating more than you usually do, and will improve your energy levels as well.
- Stock up when you get there – Most towns have a health food store these days, so ask the locals where it is and drop by while you’re in town. Stocking up on healthy alternatives along the way can help you avoid having to eat junk food if that’s all there is available where you’re staying.
- Go vegetarian – Wherever possible, choose the vegetarian option on the menu. Meat sits heavier in the body and takes longer to digest. Stick with lots of light, nutritious vegetable dishes and you’ll feel much better for it on your travels.
An article on relocatemagazine.com recently described the benefits of two-bedroom serviced apartments for employees being relocated by their companies to a new area.
Typically, a two-bedroom apartment is comprised of two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a good sized living/dining area and a fully equipped kitchen.
There are plenty of ways to save money on travel, according to an article on smh.com.au. Here are just a handful of the best:
- Book your holiday when the Aussie dollar is high to avoid paying more overseas.
- If breakfast isn’t included with your room, eat out at a local café as it will normally be cheaper than a hotel breakfast.
- Avoid duty-free purchases at the airport unless you know the normal price back home of the item you are buying is more.
- Travel in the off-peak season if you can. You’ll avoid the crowds and pay less for everything.
- Book a package holiday. Packages are usually cheaper because travel agents buy in bulk at lower prices.
- Get an apartment rather than a hotel room. You’ll save money on everything, including meals.
- When shopping, avoid locals offering to guide you. Shop alone and always haggle for a bargain.
- Make lunch the main meal of the day, as restaurants charge more for dinner.
- Go on a cruise – This is one of the most cost-effective holidays of all, as your accommodation, meals and entertainment are all included.
If you only have one day in the harbour city, an article on experienceoz.com.au offered the following suggestions on how to see as much of Sydney as you can:
- Take in the spectacular views of the city from Sydney Tower Eye, on the corner of Pitt and Market Streets.
- For a taste of Australian culture, visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Art Gallery Road.
- Explore the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens, which are just a short walk from the art gallery.
- Continue on to Circular Quay, where you can take a ferry to a variety of locations and get great views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
- Check out the iconic Sydney Opera House on Bennelong Point and take a tour if time permits.
- Hop on a ferry and take a harbour tour, or pop over to Taronga Park Zoo for a relaxing afternoon.
- Have dinner at one of the many restaurants in Darling Harbour, with around forty different dining options to choose from.
- End your day with a night tour of Sydney’s CBD for a whole different perspective, taking in Chinatown, the Spanish Quarter and George Street.
A new translator app is revolutionising the way we do business overseas, according to a recent article on forbes.com.
Called TripLingo, the new app is available from the iTunes store and offers an amazing range of features. These include:
Sydney is known as one of the most expensive cities in the world. It’s funny because it really has so much to offer, and on the cheap. You just need to know where to go to get the best deals. If you want to take in the sights of Sydney on a shoestring then add these activities to your ‘to do’ list:
Take a coastal walk
There are plenty of great coastal walks to be had right across Sydney. Many of which offer great views of the ocean or harbor. One of the most famous walks is the Bondi to Bronte or Coogee walk. Bring your camera for this one. There’s some stunning clifftop scenery to enjoy. Already done this walk or want something on the other side of the bridge to enjoy? Try the Manly Spit bushwalk. It’s a quieter stroll that gives you the chance to take in some of the divine northern beaches
Meriton Serviced Apartments experienced the highest growth out of Australia’s top 10 accommodation owners in 2013, according to the annual Australian Accommodation Survey by Jones Lang LaSalle’s Hotels & Hospitality Group. The company recorded the most significant increase in room holdings, with two new properties, MSA North Ryde in Sydney and MSA Herschel Street in Brisbane, adding to its rapidly expanding portfolio with 469 serviced apartments.
Alongside additions to its existing properties, the two new launches bring Meriton Serviced Apartments’ total holdings to 13 properties and more than 3,200 serviced apartments along Australia’s east coast. This makes the brand, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013, the number one Australian-owned accommodation operator on the list. ADIA (Abu Dhabi Investment Authority), based in the Middle East, took out top place.
Once more the Gold Coast International Food, Wine and Music Festival is being held and, according to an article on visitgoldcoast.com, this year’s festival will be the biggest and best yet!
Being held at various venues around the Gold Coast, the festival is a much anticipated event that showcases all the best in local food, wine and music.