Australia

Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

On researching things to do in Tasmania, the one place that came up time and time again was Freycinent National Park, on the East Coast of Tasmania, about a 2 hour trip North of Hobart. Initially we had considered renting a car, and staying 2 days in Hobart, then making our way to Launceston via Freycinent National Park, but it was going to work out too expensive and...

Cost of travelling Australia

A little while ago, I wrote a post on the cost of travelling New Zealand. This was more of a generic post, with tips on how to make travelling New Zealand cheaper, which I have learnt through being an expat in this beautiful country for the past two years. As many a Traveller will tell you, travelling to New Zealand and Australia, is expensive, especially of you have...

Visiting Mount Wellington, Tasmania

One of the reasons we choose to stay in the hostel we did, was because they offered a free shuttle to Mount Wellington on a Thursday. However, when we got to the hostel, we were informed that due to Christmas, the driver of the shuttle was on holiday. Unsure if we were going to go up, we looked at alternative things to do in and around the Hobart area. We looked into...

Christmas in Tasmania, Australia

Last Christmas was my first Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere. It was something I wanted to experience for a long time. I had visions of everyone going to the beach en mass, with their BBQs, sun hats, buckets and spades and having a right big party. However, this was a pretty big stereotype, along with the thoughts that in Australia and New Zealand, they bask in...

Sydney, Part III: Discovering the new in the old

I don’t think that anyone can truly say that they are ‘done’ with a city or a country, or that they’ve seen all there is to see in or about a place; Instead, I believe that you can continue to discover new things in an old place, which is why I am excited to write about my recent stopover in Sydney. My stopover in Sydney was a last minute (one week prior) change to...

Sleeping on a train: YHA Railway Square, Sydney

At one stage or another, most travellers can say that they’ve been on one or two overnight trains (or perhaps many more). I think I have slept on a few on short train journeys, but have never done the distance on a big overnight train.       The Trans-Siberian Express train, as well as other train journeys through Asia are on my list one day...

Australian Tourist Visa’s: my experience

Recently (today in fact) I have had the stress of trying to quickly obtain a visa for visiting Australia, and it was not an easy process to figure out; so I thought I’d give you a quick run down of the process I went through. Please note .. I am not a licensed or registered immigration advisor. Visa conditions change all the time, so if planning on a trip to...

Sydney and The Blue Mountains, Australia

Recently I have been thinking about my past travel experiences, and thought I’d do a wee series of postings about them, as apart from my photographs on Facebook, or hard copies (printed) my travel hasn’t been that well documented. I did keep a journal of my trip to Australia and NZ for this period, but it is at home somewhere. However, I think I can...

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

After about 4 hours sleep in Sydney, I got up at 5am and headed to the domestic airport, which was thankfully only a 15-minute drive from where I was staying. No matter where you travel to, or what country you are in. Airports are always really busy first thing in the morning. Perhaps it is cheaper to fly out of a country at those times for the airline itself, i.e...

Sydney, Australia: travel and night scenes

October 5th-7th 2012 Earlier this year I travelled back to Sydney in Australia. It was around my birthday and I wanted to get out of Christchurch for a little while. Orginally I was going to hit Melbourne to go to the music festival parklife, but after weighing up cost of flights to Melbourne in time for the festival, as well as the festival ticket ($190 AUD) vs the...

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