Adelaide will be hosting the 2018 Australian Tourism Exchange

The Australian Tourism Exchange will be travelling to Adelaide this April, bringing 1,500 Australian seller delegates that hail from 550 companies, 700 key buyers from over 30 countries and more than 80 international and Australian media, all looking for the development of the tourism industry within the country. This global event will be held on April 15-19 in the newly renovated Adelaide Convention Center, in conjunction with Tourism Australia and the South Australian Tourism Commission.

Spotlighting South Australia’s offerings for food, wine and tourism, ATE will gather together businesses specialising in Australian tourism as well as global wholesalers and retailers to participate in networking events and over 50,000 scheduled business appointments.

Attendees of the conference will have the opportunity to explore some of the tourism offerings themselves with activities across the board. The trips are offered as both pre- and post- event trips that will provide visitors with the opportunity to explore the wine regions including Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Clare Valley then check out the beaches and wildlife excursions of Kangaroo Island. They can venture out to the ancient landscape of Flinders Range and take in the Australian Outback. This is all on top of exploring the host city Adelaide itself, recently added to a list of the Great Wine Capitals.

ATE promotes tourism in South Australia by highlighting the destinations and experiences they offer to the experts who can send other people to travel there. Encouraging future travel to Australia, this event is looking to use the relationships that are built there to expand the already $1.1 billion dollars spent annually on tourism. Australia has seen growing tourism figures over the past few years and as a result, the economy has seen a significant improvement.

 

Everything you need to see in Canberra, Australia’s capital

Canberra is often overshadowed by Sydney and Melbourne in the tourism stakes, but you may be pleasantly surprised if you make time to visit this enigmatic, charming city on your personalised Australia holiday. Canberra may not make the front cover of all the guidebooks, but there’s plenty to see and do.

What you need to see in Canberra

National Gallery of Australia

If you’re an art enthusiast, Canberra is the place to be. Home to the National Gallery of Australia, you won’t be disappointed in the vast array of masterpieces on offer in the capital. The gallery houses iconic works by artists that include Monet, Dali, Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol. The museum offers free guided tours and there’s an ever-changing collection of temporary exhibits in addition to the stalwart pieces. Keep your eyes peeled for the famous Aboriginal Memorial, which was created to mark Australia’s bicentenary in 1988.

Australian Parliament House

Those who have an interest in politics should make for the Australian Parliament House. This quirky building is open to the public and you can even apply for tickets for lively debates that take place as part of regular question time events. Opened in 1988, the building has great significance and symbolism to Australians and it is one of Canberra’s premium attractions. As you take a tour, you can inspect the Great Hall, the Marble Foyer and the Member’s Hall before taking your place to watch events unfold from the public galleries. Old Parliament House is also worth a visit. Home to ministers from 1927 to 1988, this beautiful building is now home to the Museum of Democracy.

Australian War Memorial

Built in tribute to all those who have lost their lives in military combat, this enormous, domineering shrine is a national symbol, which plays a hugely important role in modern Australian culture. The building houses a museum, as well as a shrine, and there’s an impressive collection of informative displays and temporary and permanent exhibitions, which educate and inform visitors about military warfare and the role played by soldiers from Australia and other Commonwealth countries. The aim of the memorial is to pay respects to those who have died, but also to ensure their memory lasts forever.

If you’re visiting Australia, it’s well worth spending a couple of days in Canberra, especially if you’re a fan of art, politics or history.

 

Swimming with wild Dolphins in Western Australia

Western Australia has some of the most exciting opportunities that travellers to the country down under has to offer. One of the most popular activities that tourists end up participating in, especially in Western Australia, is swimming with the Dolphins off the coast of Perth. One of the industry’s premier companies, Rockingham Wild Encounters, is an excellent source to use.

Rockingham’s founder Terry Howson followed his dream at the age of 23 to spend his life swimming with dolphins. One of the main goals for Howson, as he began his career, was to run his business differently than most dolphin swimming companies. He does not believe that Dolphins should be fed by humans or taken out of their natural environment.

Rockingham has six different boats in its fleet, the newest being the Apollo 3. It can fit up to 44 passengers and has a large focus on conserving the environment for where the dolphins make their home. The boat has on-site showers available, lunch, self-serve tea, coffee, hot chocolate & fresh water, and complimentary photos at the end of your journey.

Their main vision has helped them become widely recognised across Western Australia. They have won the state ecotourism tour award three times and was inducted into the West Australian Tourism Hall of Fame in 2004. They were also inducted into the Tripadvisor Hall of Fame in 2015.

A standard swim with the dolphin’s package will give you a six-hour cruise. When Rockingham pulls you to the swimming area, you could see as many as 200 dolphins! However, this is where Rockingham separates itself from the rest of the pack. Once ready, you will get your typical snorkelling and swimming materials ready. But don’t expect to see these wild dolphins perform tricks. While the dolphins are very accustomed to interacting with humans, they are still wild animals. Rockingham believes that the less domesticated the dolphins are, the better experience you will receive. The company’s experts have a very strong understanding of how the dolphins think and interact with tourists. They will teach you how to properly snorkel and are trained to help customers that may feel anxious about being with the dolphins.

If your experience with swimming with the dolphins turns out to go worse than planned, have no fear! While it’s very unlikely, Rockingham has their wild dolphin guarantee. If your trip does not actually give you an opportunity to swim with dolphins, Rockingham will offer you another opportunity to swim for FREE.

Saturdays in Salamanca Market

Salamanca Market of HobartIf you’re planning to visit Tasmania on your personalised Australia holiday, it’s well worth timing your trip to enjoy a Saturday at Salamanca Market. Tasmania is famed for its vibrant cultural scene and an impressive array of locally-produced foods, wines and craft beers, and this is your opportunity to sample the local delicacies and really get a feel for the Tasmanian culture.

Your trip to Salamanca Market

No trip to Hobart, Tasmania’s captivating capital, is complete without visiting the famous Salamanca Market. Every Saturday, the city comes alive, as stallholders set out their wares and people come from far and wide to shop up a storm. Nestled on the bustling and beautiful waterfront, the market takes its name from its backdrop, Salamanca Place.

The market is the place to be if you’re keen to experience the sights and sounds of Tasmania and you’re eager to enjoy the local produce. With over 300 stalls selling everything from handmade crafts, jewellery, clothing and ceramics to ale, cakes, wine and cheese, this is heaven on earth for foodies, fashionistas and tourists keen to immerse themselves in the culture.

The market opens every Saturday, regardless of the weather, and it’s best to arrive early to avoid disappointment and make a day of it. Most stallholders open up at around 8.30am and pack up at 3pm.

What’s on offer at Salamanca Market?

One of the best things about Salamanca Market is the range of products on sale. Tasmania is famed for its organic foods and you’ll find an impressive array of delicacies on offer here. You can also sample and buy wine, beers and spirits. Away from the fresh produce stalls, you’ll find quirky gifts, decorative items and ornaments, as well as clothing and accessories and unique pieces of jewellery. There are also stallholders exhibiting ceramics and glassware, woodwork and artistic masterpieces.

Discovering Hobart

After mooching around the market, why not check out Hobart’s many galleries and museums and take a look at the vibrant array of cafes and restaurants if you haven’t overindulged on tasty treats already. The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery are definitely worth a visit. Housing a selection of artefacts and art and displaying captivating exhibitions focused on Tasmanian culture and history, this is the place to be if you’re interested in learning more about Tasmania, its people and its place in Australian history. Another highlight for art lovers is the Museum of Old and New Art.

Aquarium of Western Australia: A Perth staple

Perth is a very popular stop-off on many a personalised Australia holiday. Perth is a bustling city, but it also occupies an enviable waterfront location. This means that you can enjoy city life as well as laid-back beach living. You’re also within easy reach of a host of dazzling national parks. If you’re visiting Perth, there’s no shortage of things to keep you busy, but we highly recommend spending a day at the Aquarium of Western Australia. This best-selling attraction is much more than a collection of colourful tanks. It’s a unique underwater adventure that’s perfect for the whole family.

Discovering the Aquarium of Western Australia

Located in the heart of the city, the Aquarium of Western Australia is one of the best-loved tourist attractions in the region. As you step inside, it’s not hard to see why visitors leave rave reviews. There’s a spectacular array of exhibits and you could easily spend a whole day here. The aim of the tour is to take you on a journey of Australia’s famous coastline, introducing you to a dazzling collection of different species and enabling you to learn all about the diversity of the waters surrounding this giant land mass.

Your coastal tour

Your voyage of discovery will take you from the freezing waters of the Southern Ocean to the tropical seas and glimmering reefs of the North. Along the way, you’ll come across species include the Moorish idol, the mandarin fish, giant clams, clownfish, sea dragons, Western blue devils and loggerhead turtles. In the Danger Zone, keep your wits about you as you encounter some of the sea’s fiercest creatures, lionfish, sea snakes and the blue-ringed octopus.

Interactive experiences and once in a lifetime encounters

A visit to the Aquarium of Western Australia isn’t just a chance to see beautiful creatures gliding effortlessly through the water. There are also some incredible interactive experiences and once in a lifetime wildlife encounters on offer. Here, you can snorkel or dive with sharks and you can also enjoy a taster scuba session if you’re new to diving. Shark encounters are available for over 15’s and groups are limited to either 3 or 4 people. On this adventure, you’ll come face to face with sharks, as well as stingrays and a host of different species of vividly coloured fish. The shark dive is restricted to qualified divers. For children, a ‘swimming with mermaids’ experience is also available.

The aquarium also works with two local whale watching companies, so you can set up tours to get out onto the water and watch these enormous creatures slipping in and out of the water and spouting jets into the skies above. For those who can’t bear the thought of leaving, you can even take advantage of a unique shark sleepover experience. Enjoy dinner, a night time tour of the exhibits and a movie before bedding down for the night.

If you’re heading to Perth and you’re keen to learn all about the intriguing creatures of the surrounding waters and the West Coast, you won’t be disappointed if you take a trip to the Aquarium of Western Australia.