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Things to do in London!

London is commonly a prominent selection when it concerns choosing a location to begin a Europe tour. It’s simple to get to, there’s a lot to see and also it’s a gorgeous component of the globe. Whether you have a week to check it out or a day or two, these are the 5 things you should do when you travel to London!

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Eat Fish and also Chips

What could be more English then consuming some greasy fish and chips? Do on yourself a favour and appreciate the conventional British fish and also chips. Locate a beautiful area in St James’ Park to devour your dish with the Buckingham Palace in the background!

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Admire Westminster Abbey

Over 700 years of ages, the Westminster Abbey is just one of the most prominent tourist attractions in London with over 1 million site visitors every year. It is merely gorgeous to look at and audio overviews are cost-free with specific tickets

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Enjoy the Changing of the Guards

Possibly among one of the most famous tasks for travelers to do in London is to view the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. This event is complimentary to view so make certain you turn up very early to obtain a suitable place! Be sure to do your research to find out what times and days it will be taking place.

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Have lunch in Hyde Park

A lovely bright day is difficult to come by in London; nevertheless on the off possibility you do appear to really feel the sunlight radiating on your face get a few of your much-loved foods and visit Hyde Park for lunch. Situated right in the city of London, it is the ideal area to kick back and appreciate the city’s elegance.

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Ride the London Eye

The London Eye is a must  for any first time tourists to the location. It gives you an attractive sight of the city from several angles, likewise educating you of the structures that border you when taking a trip in the little sheathing over the city.

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5 Things to Do in Auckland

Auckland is one of the biggest cities in New Zealand’s north island. Cosmopolitan with natural surrounds, Auckland is a unique city with a wide range of fun things to do and attractions. Whether you’re headed to the city for a short city break or a longer holiday, you won’t find time to get bored in the Land of the White Cloud.

Read on to find out 5 things to do in Auckland and start planning your trip to New Zealand!

One Tree Hill

Auckland is surrounded by volcanoes, with over 40 ancient volcanic cones dotted around the city. Take a walk through One Tree Hill, an 182-metre volcanic peak to the east of Auckland CBD. Climb to the top for a full 360 degree view of Auckland and both of the city’s sparkling harbours. The site is also home to the grave of John Logan Campbell and holds great significance for New Zealanders and Maori cultures.

Take a trip to Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island is full of natural attractions, including beautiful beaches, native forests, and vineyards. Just a 35-minute ferry from downtown Auckland, escape to the gorgeous shores of Waiheke Island and discover art galleries, cafes, local wineries and craft boutiques. Hit the beach and enjoy a swimming, surfing and more beach activities, or just soak up the sun on the island’s pure shores.  

Shop til you drop on Queen Street

Take some time out from sightseeing and head to Queen Street to enjoy the New Zealand shopping experience! Queen Street is one of the main shopping streets in the CBD, offering a wide range of fashion stores, restaurants, cafes, bars and more. Visitors can also explore the laneways around the area for more independent shops and boutiques.

Head to the top of the Sky Tower

Get an unrivaled view of Auckland from above at the top of the Sky Tower. Experience breathtaking vistas of the city from 220 metres in the air, with views as far as 80 kilometres in each direction. Travellers can also take the opportunity to dine at the 360 degrees revolving restaurant, drink at The Sugar Cube cocktail bar or relax with a coffee at the Sky Cafe.

Get cultural at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

Art lovers should head to the Auckland Art Gallery to see beautiful artworks from home and away. Sometimes known by its Maori name Toi o Tamaki, the gallery is the largest in the city and is home to a huge collection of national and international art. Check online for exhibition information before you go, as the gallery regularly hosts events and one-of-a-kind exhibits.

Cheap Eats in Sydney & Surrounds

 

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Tio’s – Surry Hills

Tio’s popped up a few years ago, and it hasn’t left. For good reason. Free popcorn, tasty tequila, and one hell of a vibe. Give the bartender your bra, listen to some surf rock tunes, and drink the night away. It’s way too easy to stay here, it’s even easier to never leave. They also serve up a couple of different tacos to quench your midnight hunger.

Batch Brewing Co – Marrickville

Born out of a garage in Marrickville, Batch is quickly becoming the spot to have a beer on the weekend. In true Newtown style you will be treated to bearded men in golfer hats serving you some of the most delicious pale ale in town. Grab yourself a tasting plate, or if you’re interested jump on a brewery tour.

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Thai la-ong – Newtown

Newtown is a Thai mecca in the borders of the city, don’t let anyone tell you differently. A five minute walk down King Street will have you swamped in smells of fish sauce and coriander. Thai la-ong is an institution with the locals here. Every night of the week you will have hoards of Uni students, couples, and hipsters converging on this cheap and tasty bite. What makes it better, and even more affordable is its BYO rules, bring one bottle bring the whole case, they don’t mind. Grab dinner and an entree for $15.

Baja Cantina – Glebe

Come here on a Monday and get Nachos, Fajitas and Sangria for $40. Grab some extra wraps on the side and you’ve got a meal for three people. This funky little restaurant has a beer garden, frozen margaritas and some of the tastiest Mexican in Sydney. Meals are huge so if you think something is too expensive it’s because you can share it with someone else.
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Hive Bar – Erskineville

Drop into this local hole in the wall for a quick feed and a couple of tasty beers. With lots of local brews on tap, you are in craft beer heaven. Grab a $5 cheeseburger or two, they are pretty tasty. Certain days in the week they rock old school vinyl and allow you to pick your favourite hits.

 

Rural Sunsets on a Whirlwind Roadtrip

Long road trips create an unreal excitement. Planning, packing, organising the perfect playlist Two weeks exploring the heart of New South Wales is the best way to spend your winter, or summer breaks. But, be prepared for some bumps along the way. Travelling over 2000 kilometres in two weeks isn’t always going to be easy.

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Cocoparra –

The drive from Sydney to Cocoparra National Park is around 6 hours and isn’t that remarkable. If the trip is too long, drop into Yass on the way for lunch, it’s a nice way to break up your drive. We luckily stopped at Yass! As we went to set off again, we quickly realised our battery had died. A quick call to roadside assistance, and one new battery later, we were on the road (Don’t make our mistake, check your vehicle before you leave). Arriving in Cocoparra we ventured straight for our campsite at Woolshed Flats.

Jack’s Creek walking track is by far the best bushwalk in the area, a short 2.5 km walk. We didn’t find the walk to hard, but we did it early morning, as to avoid the hot sun. The rocky shelves, rugged bushland and bird sightings made this walk surreal. We were one of the only groups on the walk at this time, making the adventure all the more serene.

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Yanga –

Yanga National Park is only a 4 hour drive from Cocoparra, so it can be done at any time in the day. We arrived at lunch to allow for time to set up camp. Driving into Yanga felt like driving onto someone’s property, there were lots of small wooden fences and flat expanses. We camped at WIllows which was a great place to rest your head for a night. The lake viewing deck is a good place to see some wildlife in action. The homestead on the lake offers historical tours, and information about the area. The Red Gum bird hide was the highlight of our trip to Yanga, although looking much like a backyard shed, the hide offered a great vantage point to see the spectacular birds of Yanga.

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Mungo –

Mungo was well worth the seven hour drive. The epic landscapes hit you as you begin to drive towards the parks. Even the change in environment from dense bushlands, to drier flats takes you a little by surprise. Despite its abundance of national heritage Mungo is a relatively quiet to travel around, I suspect its distance from capital cities keeps the tourist hoards away.

Belah campground was our home away from home. Our first day included the magnificent Foreshore walk which took us over sand dunes, to Lake Mungo, a World Heritage site. We saw a couple of baby joeys, and a plethora of pink cockatoos so it was well worth the trip. We also jumped on a Walls of China tour which guided us through the past, discussing the immense cultural history of the Australian Aborigines.

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Murrumbidgee –

The famous Murrumbidgee National park is around a 6 hour drive from Mungo, but is a great stop on your journey home. This is the place to go for a swim, a four wheel drive or just relax. Go straight to Middle beach, and wash off. Finding a camp spot near the river can be a task but it beats camping away from it! Hire a canoe, or do some fishing. Visit the Koala reserve and try to spot one of the Murrumbidgee little residents. Pay attention to signs around the area as you don’t want to disrupt Australia’s favourite furry friend.

Jugiong –

With a small town vibe, Jugiong is the perfect place to wind down after two weeks worth of adventures. Drop into Longtrack Pantry for lunch, and be spoilt for healthy choices. They also sell a range of jams, and chutneys if you want a little reminder of your trip. Not that it will last long, everything that comes out of this place is too delicious to preserve. If you are looking for a break on your way back to the city, set up camp in the showgrounds which are located just down the road from Longtrack. This campground is also close to the Murrumbidgee River so go for a walk along the banks whilst you are there, you are sure to see some local wildlife.

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The Riverina area is a bustling agricultural hub, with thousands of acres of farmland throughout. If you are in need of something a little more luxury to finish your trip pop into anyone of the motels within the area. The town of Young is a short drive, and offers plenty of overnight accommodation. While you are there visit a cherry farm, a Young speciality, or pop into one of the vineyards in the area. Grove Estate winery, located just outside of town offers free tasting, and decently priced wine.

The drive from Jugiong to Sydney is a short 4 hours. Again it isn’t the most spectacular drive, but you can spot farm life and baby animals depending on the time of year. September is the nicest time to travel through this area as the canola crops are bright yellow, and wheat dark green. It’s a nice feeling seeing where your food comes from, so stopping at a couple of farmer’s stalls on the way home was how we finished our trip.

Scenic Road Trips Around NSW

NSW, or New South Wales, is home to some of the most popular attractions in the world. From the Sydney Opera House, to Bondi Beach, these attractions get most of the glory while the rest of New South Wales is often passed over by tourist.

Just miles outside of the central business district of Sydney, you’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with unbeatable surfing, and coastlines, it’s worth planning a road trip on your next visit to NSW. Forget the tour buses – rent a car and see the sights at your own pace. Here’s some of the best scenic road trips around NSW with views to cruise to:

Sydney to Canberra

A little over 3 hours south of Sydney, Canberra is a vibrant capital city that is home to Australia’s Parliament House, the National Museum of Australia, National Gallery of Australia and the Australian War Memorial. Taking the Princes Highway to Batemans Bay down the south coast, proceed to the Kings Highway, through the historic towns of Braidwood and Bungendore. Canberra offers rich history with its historical buildings and exhibits.

The Legendary Pacific Coast

Heading the opposite direction, you can cruise up the Pacific Ocean coastline, with options for you to stop at famous stops areas of the Central Coast, Coffs Harbour, Port Stephens, Ballina and the famous Byron Bay. Here you can to hit the beaches and explore the forests of the national parks. The trip from Sydney to Byron Bay is abundant with ocean activities that the whole family can enjoy.

The Greater Blue Mountains Drive

Just a short drive outside of Sydney, the Greater Blue Mountains Drive takes you on a great adventure of your own choice of either of the 18 discovery trails that branch out from the main route. Each of these trails explores national parks and conservation areas in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. This drive lets you take as many stops as you’d like, to explore walking tracks and admire the amazing views of the Blue Mountains.

The Grand Pacific Drive

Beginning at the Royal National Park, this beautiful driving route takes you south of Sydney all the way down the coast, passed Wollongong, Shellharbour and finishing at Kiama. The Sea Cliff Bridge is a big highlight of this scenic drive, as it offers wonderful views swerving out from the cliffs above the ocean.

Both the journey and destinations of the Grand Pacific Drive are spectacular with plenty of pit stops such as the Symbio Wildlife Gardens, the beaches at Stanwell Park, Old Helensburgh Railway Station, Nan Tien Temple, Jamberoo Action Park, Kiama Blowhole and many more!

Darling River Run

Outback NSW can sound daunting with the sheer size, heat, and possibility to get stranded in the middle of nowhere, but you can’t miss the the Darling River Run. This drive takes you from Walgett all the way to Wentworth in a span of 4 days. From outdoor adventure tours, wine tastings, and even water skiing, this multi-day road trip will leave you impressed with the Australian Outback landscape as you venture through several iconic country towns such as Broken Hill and Silverton.

With so much to see around Sydney, NSW, make sure you plan your trips properly. Regardless of how long you’re driving, always remember to drive safely and be prepared! Driving out in the Outback can be dangerous.