August is a fantastic time to visit Australia. The end of winter signals the excitement of springtime Down Under, so there’s a lot to do as the weather begins to heat up. In Sydney, for example, the temperature on average sits around 60 degrees, which also makes it an ideal time to get outside again and explore. Around the country there are some unmissable events going on. Here’s a look at what’s happening this month.
Driving a campervan up the east coast is a quintessential Australian experience. Almost a rite of passage. When the weather is cold in the south, hire a van — Jucy is one of the most affordable, and campers are equipped with gas stoves, battery-powered mini fridges, DVD players and stereos — and go forth, to the north. From secret beaches and swimming holes to friendly towns and memorable meals, here’s what travelers should seek out on their next road trip from Sydney to Byron Bay.
The Whitsundays are paradise for sailing. Later this year, in August, thousands of visitors will come to the islands to compete in and watch the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, a popular yachting event on the international sailing calendar. If you’ve witness the races before and are intrigued by sailing, this is the perfect place to give it a try. And you don’t have to have grand aspirations of participating in a regatta; plenty of visitors come to the Whitsundays each year to sail around the islands, even if just to kick back and enjoy the rays while letting someone else man the ship.
Just because it feels like winter in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Hobart doesn’t mean all of Australia is caught in the doldrums. In the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, for example, it feels more like autumn. Clear, sunny skies and weather that’s cooler and dryer than during the muggy summer months makes the archipelago an ideal […]
What is more Australian than staying on a working cattle or sheep station, just you and the livestock (and maybe an Australian shepherd), making Billy Tea or sausages over an open fire, tending the herd, sleeping in shearer’s quarters and exploring the native bush? Not much. Lucky for travelers, there are many places in Australia where you can do just that, several of which are in Western Australia between Perth and Exmouth. Here’s a list of some of the most interesting station stays in Western Australia, open from April to October.
When it comes to the tropics of Australia, popular spots like Hamilton Island or even Whitehaven Beach might come to mind, but did you know the Whitsundays are actually comprised of 74 different islands? Here’s a look at a few of the ones you might not recognize that are worth a visit.
Home to ultra-luxury resorts like Qualia and One&Only Hayman Island, and located at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday archipelago doesn’t exactly have a reputation for affordability. But that doesn’t mean it’s not possible to explore the islands on the cheap. A wealth of outdoor opportunities, plus campsites and budget accommodations, means you can visit the Whitsundays on a budget.
Along the idyllic shoreline of North Queensland, Palm Cove invites visitors to dine before the crashing waves and setting sun. Just a 17-mile drive from Cairns, this coastal community offers some fantastic oceanfront restaurant options for sampling not only local cuisine but a variety of fare.
Home to some of the best waves in the world, Australia is synonymous with surfing. Of course, there are plenty of places along the coast to choose from when it comes to finding ideal breaks to ride, and Sydney surely comes to mind. At the very north of New South Wales, just within reach of the Queensland border, Byron Bay is king. Back in the 1960s, the small town once played a big role in Australia’s burgeoning surf scene, and the sport has held important ground there ever since.
May has been declared Aussie Wine Month on the island continent, meaning heaps of wine tastings, pop-up wine bars, wine-pairing dinners and educational events all across Australia to showcase the nation’s collection of stellar wines and broadcast their flavors to the world. A new initiative called Ultimate Wine Experiences Australia got started just in time […]