Estimated 10,000 visit the Twelve Apostles in tourism boom

Estimated 10,000 visit the Twelve Apostles in tourism boom

By Taylor Williams

An extremely popular attraction on personalised Australia holidays, the Twelve Apostles that reside alongside the Great Ocean Road experienced a massive estimated influx of 10,000 visitors last Saturday.

With this number of people accessing the car park belonging to the iconic series of limestone formations seven days ago, regional Victoria news outlets are reporting that it was this weekend that has been the busiest of the 2015 summer season so far.

The February tourism boom has been attributed to the Chinese New Year with the ‘Year of the Goat’ officially heralded on February 19th. Continue reading

Sydney hotels close on full occupancy for Chinese New Year

Sydney hotels close on full occupancy for Chinese New Year

By Taylor Williams

With the turn of the Chinese New Year taking place yesterday, Sydney is reaping the rewards of the festivities by boasting almost 95 per cent occupancy in CBD-based hotels for Thursday, according to research by the Accor group.

In what has proved a breakneck beginning to the Lunar New Year period, Sydney’s central hotels are almost at full capacity already, offering a huge boost to the regional economy with the celebrations running for another 14 days yet and ending on March 1st. Continue reading

Five things you didn’t know about Ayers Rock

Five things you didn’t know about Ayers RockLike the majority of tourists preparing to discover the rural heartland of Australia, I was eager to get to the iconic burning red stone mass that is Ayers Rock as quickly as possible after touching ground on the tarmac Down Under.

Even seeing it countless times in magazines, on other people’s blogs and travel guides can’t prepare you for the awe-inspiring sight that greets you when you arrive at Uluru-Kata Djuta National Park.

If you’re counting down the days before the start of your tailor-made holidays in Australia, here are five things you didn’t know about Ayers Rock. Continue reading

Five things you didn’t know about Byron Bay

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By Taylor Williams

Revered amongst backpackers, gap year students and watersports enthusiasts alike, the New South Wales coastal town of Byron Bay often forges part of the narrative in conversations encompassing spots of true scenic beauty Down Under.

Located just under one-and-a-half hours via a flight from Sydney or alternatively, an eight-and-a-half hour drive north along Australia’s Pacific Coast Highway, what waits at the destination is an eclectic mix of wide sandy beaches, optimum surf conditions, the Cape Byron Marine Park and an overall air of escapism.

But what else did you know about the vicinity? Here are five things you didn’t. Continue reading

The top five best BBQ cookout spots around Sydney

The top five best BBQ cookout spots around Sydney

By Taylor Williams

To many living here at home in the UK, the land Down Under is often portrayed to gap year folk and younger couples as a sun kissed, carefree paradise whereby life creeps by at a slower and less frantic pace.

While this dreamy image isn’t representative of Australia at large (I mean, what country is!), it must be acknowledged that the New South Wales metropolis of Sydney does boast its fair share of lush beach and park spots scattered in and around the high rise skyscrapers and world class tourist attractions.

And when the beach is involved, this means barbecue time. A staple part of Aussie culture, here are the top five cookout spots around the city. Continue reading