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Hello Sunshine - Australia


Australia is a wonderful country with so much to offer.  Why not explore some of the iconic beach, aquatic and coastal destinations?
Queensland's Great Barrier Reef is well known for the superb diving it offers. This impressive coral garden reveals many astounding underwater attractions including the world’s largest collection of corals, coral sponges, molluscs, rays, dolphins and over 1500 species of tropical fish.  See also more than 200 types of birds, around 20 types of reptiles including sea turtles and giant clams over 120 years old. 
The Great Ocean Road in Victoria offers you a drive to take in the fantastic scenery.  There is so much to do along the way from surfing, scuba diving and sea kayaking to arts, cultural and heritage attractions.  
Sail through the Whitsundays with its turquoise waters, stop and have a picnic on the glorious white sand.  It is made up of 74 tropical islands of which only a handful have resorts on them, to stay there is a real tropical desert island experience.
Think of taking a visit to Kangaroo Island which is easily accessible from Adelaide.  Here you can mingle with the sea lions, kangaroos, wallabies, penguins, echidnas and many birds. There is plenty to explore here such as the underground caves, national parks, beaches and bays making it a definite stop within your coastal journey.

 

With just a 20 minute ferry ride from Townsville, North Queensland you could be on Magnetic Island.  Here you can work your camera and your legs on the Forts Walk, see WWII military base ruins, have breakfast with the koalas and see views of the islands 23 bays and beaches.  There is also a snorkelling tour around Geoffrey Bay - hand feed the rock wallabies and venture to the secret national park beaches. You could also sail on a tall ship or saddle up a horse and ride.
Get away from the hustle of Sydney and experience a real Australian beach culture in one day, beginning at Bondi Beach meeting the lifeguards, see where the famous TV show 'Bondi Rescue' is filmed, have a private surf lesson then walk the stunning coastline past Bronte Beach to Coogee Beach. Breakfast can be found in the Bondi café and a seafood lunch at the southern end of the coastal stretch on Coogee Beach. 
Why not spend a day checking out Australia's biggest arts and crafts market on a full day tour that also takes you to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.  At the Eumundi Markets you will see wares from over 600 venders, then take off to explore the attractive mountain town of Montville, visit the Mary Cairncross Scenic reserve, take photos of the Glass House Mountains and even include a guided walk through the rain forest and a visit to the Noosa National Park, famous for its wild coastline and gorgeous beaches.  You can hike along a selection of five tracks ranging from one km to eight km catering for all fitness levels. Here you can also be spoilt with rocky shore lines to rain forests - but make sure to keep to the tracks at all times!! 

There really is an endless list of the experiences you can have in Australia, so why not contact us and let us help you put together your own bespoke, tailor made itinerary of a life time to Australia.  You could even add New Zealand to your adventure if time permits.

Please click link for our Australia Newsletter.  If you would like a hard copy please give us a call and we will be happy to pop one in the post.

 
All pictures courtesy of Tourism Australia

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The Red Centre

Whether you arrive by rail or air, your first impression of the Red Centre will be breath taking; a vast area of outback, punctuated by strangely shaped rocks and small hills that change in colours according to the time of day.A short itinerary incorporating Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kings Canyon and Alice Springs.

Photograph by kind permission of Tourism Australia.

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Yukon Highlights

In this self-drive itinerary we introduce you to the fascinating land that is Canada’s Yukon before dipping into Alaska’s south-west corner.

Photograph by kind permission of Government of Yukon.
 
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The Wild West

Travel into the heart of the Wild West including Yellowstone National Park on this self drive trip.  This itinerary takes you into the heart of the Wild West – the Rocky Mountains, the vast plains of Wyoming, the Big Horn Mountains and basin. 

Photograph by kind permission of Peter Ellis.
 
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Little Gem of the Month

Experience The Northern Lights in the Yukon

From Autumn to Spring, when darkness comes to Yukon skies, the Northern Lights come out. First you might see a hint of neon colour in the starry sky, then a jagged burst of green, and soon you're transfixed by an ethereal display of shimmering aurora borealis. Depending on auroral activity and cloud conditions, you could spend hours watching with rapt attention as the magical show unfolds overhead. Whether you're fascinated by the science or thrilled by the opportunity to photograph the aurora, the sight of dancing lights in the night sky nourishes all souls.
The best time to visit the Yukon for the dancing northern lights is between September and April. While tour operators can't guarantee you'll see the aurora borealis, they will do everything they can to make your visit here memorable. They can direct you to the best viewing spots, share aurora lore and culture, and make sure you stay warm.
 
Aurora forecasting technology also helps increase the odds and Tourism Yukon have developed a tool at: http://travelyukon.com/Plan/Travel-Info/Aurora-Forecast to help predict when you can see this amazing phenomenon. With scientific data collected from the Space Weather Predicition Center, we're able to forecast the aurora every 15 minutes.  
 
Just have a few days?

Spend your days visiting museums, sightseeing and sampling local cuisine in Whitehorse, and spend your nights watching for the Northern Lights.
Day 1 – Bright Lights, Northern City
Settle in to your hotel, cabin or B&B, then soak in Whitehorse's bustling Main Street atmosphere. Enjoy dinner at one of our fine downtown restaurants. You might want to squeeze in a nap because this will be your first night watching for the northern lights. Join a scheduled aurora tour or explore our dark skies on your own. 
Day 2 – Parade of Colour
Southern Yukon is awash in fall colour, so take a scenic day trip south to Carcross or west to Haines Junction. Try some gentle hiking, watch for wildlife and explore local visitor centres and museums. Get ready for another night of northern lights viewing    
Day 3 – Discover Yukon Arts and Culture
Late nights are part of the aurora experience, so enjoy a slow start in a café. Wander through Whitehorse galleries, visit the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, and keep an eye out for a special piece of Yukon art to take home. Tonight you might even catch another glimpse of the aurora. 

 

Did you know?
The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are caused by huge explosions on the surface of the sun that send out streams of charged particles that interact with the Earth's upper atmosphere. These reactions occur 60 to 80 miles above the Earth's surface, so it doesn't make any sense that they can be heard. Still, many people report hearing a crackling or rustling noise when they see the lights. It could be that the sound is created near the ground by electrical phenomena associated with the aurora. It could also be that watchers are being affected by psychological or physical processes that we don't yet understand. Of course, seeing the aurora on a dark, silent night is so exciting it might just be the sound of blood rushing through veins that's being mistaken for the sound of light!
Want to know more about this amazing bucket-list destination? Then please contact us, we have all the info you need on what to see, what to know, and what not to miss!

 
Pictures courtesy of Tourism Yukon
 

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