How to get around in Sydney?

Sometimes when you arrive in a new city, it might seem hectic and not logical at all and too big and/or busy.

Sydney does the same to you. It might be a worldwide city, but...the city itself is not too big and easily accessible by foot.

Just remember the two main streets in the city and you will get everywhere.

Street 1 to remember: William street (not just because we are here ;) ) with the Coca Cola on one end (where Kings Cross is) to the other end which is Darling Harbour (William street will turn into Park and Druitt street, but keep on walking straight ahead).

Street 2 to remember: George street. This street goes from one end with Central Station and Chinatown all the way to Circular Quay where you can find the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

The public transport network in Sydney is pretty good. We have trains, lightrails, buses and ferries that can take you wherever you want to go.

If you want to use public transport, we recommend you get an Opal card.

This card you use to tap on/off on all ways of public transport (buses, trains, ferries, lightrails) in NSW. You can buy a card for $10 (with the $10 credit on it) and use it straight away.

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And did you know they have capped it off per day/week, so you will not spend more than necessary.

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If you need to plan your trip, click here!

I'm FREE tours Sydney - a MUST-DO while you are here!

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SYDNEY SIGHTS FREE TOUR:

2 ½ – 3 hours - 10:30am and 2:30pm Every Day from Town Hall Square.

George St between Sydney Town Hall and St Andrew’s Cathedral.

"Explore some of Australia’s best cities with your friendly and knowledgeable local tour guides. Experience the culture and lifestyle as we delve into the history, stories and culture to ensure you get the best out of your stay in Sydney.

Rain, Hail or Shine, I’m Free Tours walk EVERYDAY. NO NEED TO BOOK, just turn up and look for your local guide in a bright green I’m Free T-shirt."

Meet on George street between Town Hall and St Andrew’s Cathedral for the Sydney city tour (see pictures :)).

We can definitely recommend these cool tours! A MUST-DO when in Sydney!

GOOOO I'm Free Tours!

 

ROCKS AT 6PM FREE TOUR:

1 ½ hours - 6pm Every Day from Cadmans Cottage (water side)

The Rocks District / Circular Quay

 

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They also have the I'm FREE tours in Melbourne as well! Don't miss out on these entertaining and interesting tours.

How much do you know about driving in OZ?

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So many people travel to Australia and have a dream of buying or renting a campervan and explore this immense country by themselves.

To enjoy most of the country, we advise you to drive not more than 150 km's per day, so you can enjoy at a calm pace and actually see something. This is probably the main reason why you came to Australia to start with, isn't it?

However, are you aware of the driving/road rules in Australia?

Not only do they drive in Australia on the right side of the road (if you are from most European countries)...yes, we mean the LEFT side, but also many other rules might be different from what you are used to.

If you don't feel fully comfortable yet driving here, check out these driving knowledge tests

Are you looking to hire a car or campervan and you need some help or tips, contact us and we will help you out!

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Christmas is about to start - FREE Christmas concert Martin Place

It is not Christmas time yet, until the Christmas lights have been lit in the Christmas tree on Martin Place in Sydney.

And this is about to happen in 2 days time...YAYYY!

On Saturday November 25th from 6.30 pm - 8.30pm the kick off Christmas 2017 starts with the FREE Martin Place Christmas concert.

The Christmas tree will be lit by Santa and the Lord Mayor (they will arrive on a cycle-drawn sleigh).

Enjoy performances from: Kate Miller-Heidke, Justice Crew, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Jay Laga’aia, Australia’s most prolific Indigenous female entertainer Christine Anu, and the Australian Girls Choir.

The night will finish with a spectacular fireworks display.

Did we mention to you it is completely FREE :)!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!!!

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November campervan special

Can you see yourself behind the wheel of your campervan while cruising the endless roads in Australia?

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Australia is a country that is made to discover yourself with your own wheels. Drive into the Blue Mountains, follow the windy road of the Great Ocean Road, explore inland Australia while driving between endless meadows with cows and sheep with the mountains ranges in the back...or wake up in the morning and open your van-door to find yourself on a campground surrounded by walabies.

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Travelling in your own vehicle can be amazing. Whether you just want to go by yourself, or with one or more friends, there will be a vehicle available.

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At most capital cities there will be depots of campervan rental companies where you can pick it up and drop it off. Did you know that you do not have to pick and drop off at the same location, but you can also choose another city?

And have you thought about how much money you can save by sleeping in your campervan on (free or (low) paid) campgrounds instead of paying a hostel every night? There are so many campgrounds where you can stay, some are free, some are paid (and prices differ for powered or unpowered sites) and along the highways you have many toilets and free BBQs to use.

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Campervans go from small (2 berth) to big (motorhome that could fit 8 people). You have 2wd's and 4wd's. You have manuals and automatics. You have a fridge or an esky. You have an amazing time or you have an amazing time.

We want you to have an amazing time in Australia, so we have for the rest of the month November our CAMPERVAN SPECIAL for campervans starting from $49 per day and travel before the end of December 2017.

Contact us now and we will get back to you with some amazing deals!

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Tropical rainforest meets deserted beaches

110 Kilometers north of Cairns (north east Queensland) there is a remote headland called Cape Tribulation.

Here you will be overwhelmed when walking through a dense tropical rainforest while the next moment you will be standing on a deserted beach with your feet in the water.

Cape Tribulation is where the oldest rainforest (Daintree) collides with the Great Barrier Reef.  The most popular time of the year to visit is between July and November (the dry season). During the wet season you might not want to find yourself in the water due to the present marine stingers and crocodiles. When is does say 'do not enter the water'...do NOT enter the water (just saying...).

Popular activities to do here are 4WD tours, horse-riding, jungle surfing, snorkelling, kayaking, guided nightwalks and crocodile cruises. There are tours leaving Cairns and Port Douglas on a daily basis.

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Just some fun facts:

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  • The Daintree rainforest is thought to be 165 million years old
  • It is home to at least 663 species of vertebrate animals, 230 butterfly species, 135 dung beetle species and 222 of land snails (who knew there would be that many land snails)
  • The giant bird that lives in the Daintree (and is endangered) is also called the Cassowary. You can recognise them by their blue neck
  • There are two plants you need to avoid while in the rainforest 'The spiky 'Wait-a-while vine' and the itchy 'Stinging tree'
  • Did you know you can eat the 'green lemon ants' that are found in the open woodlands in Far North Queensland. They are believed to relieve colds, headaches and sore throats. Only do this under supervision :)!

You have the option to do one day tours, but you can also stay overnight in one of the beach houses/resorts/backpackers in Cape Tribulation.

In Far North Queensland there is more than just the lagoon or the Woolshed in Cairns. If you cannot be convinced by the pictures and story above, and you want a bit more info on why you MUST go to Far North Queensland, check it out here!

Christmas accommodation deals - Sydney

Only 42 more days until Christmas. Over Christmas and New Years Eve there will be over 1.5 million people in Sydney watching the fireworks in the city.

It is an amazing time to be in the city and to get in the mood walking on your thongs and in your shorts (while your friends and family in your home country will be wrapped in thick coats and warm boots). Buy a Christmas hat and take that selfie/bothie on Bondi Beach :).

Most of the hostels will be requiring a stay of minimum 10 or 14 nights over this period. If you do not want to miss out on a bed during this time of year, check now with the hostel Original Backpackers to secure your bed. They have Christmas specials on for 4 and 6 bed dorms and still some doubles left.

For 10 nights (23rd of December - 2nd January) in a 4 bed dorm - only $549 and for 10 nights in a 6 bed dorm - only $499!

Get in touch now with us directly or the hostel and prepare yourself for an amazing new start of 2018!

If you are just arriving into Sydney around that period and you need a hand with starting up your travels in Australia, check out our services and start the new year all organised and without any worries... NO WORRIES at all!

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Fraser Island - what is not to love about the biggest sand island in the world?

Fraser Island is one of the (what do we say? one? we mean THE) biggest sand island in the world.

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FRASER ISLAND

You can find Fraser Island on the Eastern Queensland coast and stretches over more than 120 km long. Backpackers have been travelling to this island for years and years to view all the amazing nature the island has to offer.

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What does Fraser Island have to offer? just to name 'a few': freshwater lakes, rainforests, dingo's, 120 km beach highway, huge sand dunes, cliffs of coloured sand, the iconic Lake McKenzie and Lake Wabby lakes and not to forget the Maheno shipwreck.

 

You can spend one day here up to as long as you want. There are tours leaving from the mainland for 1 day, 2 days or 3 day tours.

Whether you are driving/travelling to Hervey Bay, Rainbow Beach or Noosa, there will be a tour available from those spots. Most popular is the self-drive safari, where you will be (with others in the car) in a convoy of jeeps driving on the island. You will have a tourguide in one of the cars, so you will have someone experienced (who knows the tides, the dangers, the magnificant spots, and who knows how to cook you an amazing bbq) with you along the way. These self-drive safaris are a minimum of 3 days.

If you are not sure if you want to drive, or if you don't have your license, no worries, you can still go on the trip and have other people drive you.
Another option is a guided tour, where you will be in a group with your tourguide/driver. These trips start from 1 day.

Of course you can also rent your own 4WD and drive yourself on the island. You will get information on camping, the island and where to (and not to) go.

If you are interested in more information on this unique island, contact us and we will gladly tell you much more.

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East Coast fever

Summer has started and is the best time to go and travel the East Coast of Australia.

Can you imagine yourself travelling up the coast (on a tour, in your campervan) and end your day sipping a cocktail while on a boat in the Whitsundays, or maybe gearing up your snorkel gear and jump in the water close to turtles, or maybe you just want to drive a 4WD on the biggest sand island in the world, or maybe you just want to hang out in Byron Bay and play your guitar on the beach?

Australia is a country with such a diversity of nature and animals. It is very easy to travel from one spot to another. If you are time limited and it is too far to drive by car/campervan, you can always take a plane.

Even if you don't like the beach, you can explore thousands of nature parks or go for hour-long hikes into the mountains.

How to get from A to B? How to travel? Have you thought about maybe renting a car/campervan, or do you rather join an amazing group with fun-filled people on a tour and let the tourguide do all the hard work?

We have been there and seen almost everything on the East Coast. We have travelled all over the coast and can tell you the best spots to stop and what stops not to stop.

Do you need some inspiration? Do you just want some tips? Or do you just want to have a chat?

We are here for you!

Stop by in our shop, give us a call, send us an email...we are here!

 

Just imagine what you can do...

... Sip wine in Hunter Valley

... Go for a Skydive and see the Great Barrier Reef

... Go sandboarding in Port Stephens

... Learn how to surf in the best spots

... Drive your 4WD on Fraser Island

... Sleep on a boat in the Whitsunday Islands

... Visit the amazing waterfalls near Cairns

Who are we kidding? This list can be endless....

Just shoot us a message and we can tell you sooooooooo much more!

Speak to you soon! Travel safe!