Planning to do the Great Ocean Road? Don’t miss the Twelve Apostles in Port Campbell National Park.
These magnificant rock formations were once part of the mainland but years of harsh weather conditions gradually eroded the limestone forming caves.
The caves eventually became arches and when they collapsed rock stacks up to 50m high were left isolated [...]
If you’re looking for a hotel in Soho, London, chances are you have some money to burn. Good. The Soho Sanctum Hotel is the perfect place to squander some serious cash.
It’s a luxurious venue made up of two Georgian townhouses on Warwick Street in the West End. The location couldn’t be better – right in the heard of Soho and only a 5-minute walk to Oxford Street.
The hotel itself boasts luxurious rooms, a 24-hour rooftop bar and alfresco spa. There’s even a private cinema down in the basement!
So if want to brush shoulders with celebrity guests and rock stars, this is the place to be seen.
Rooms start from $240 per night. Book online now!
Looking for accommodation in Red Hill? King Louie’s Cubby is the ideal base for exploring the nearby beaches, wineries, breweries and walking trails.
Cook up a feast on the barbecue, help yourself to some fresh herbs from the garden or relax on the decking. There’s even a rustic dining table so you can enjoy family meals in front of the fire.
Fluffy white towels, soft bedlinen and fresh flowers on arrival make this self-contained cottage an absolute winner.
There are countless wineries in Red Hill – the nearest being Paringa Estate, Montalto Vineyard and Tucks Ridge. The famous Red Hill brewery, a convenient lunch stop that prides itself on delicious pub grub, is also a must for beer lovers.
A little further afield lies T’Gallant, Port Phillip Estate (highly recommended) and Mantons Creek. Our advice? Spend a day cycling around the local wineries. Yes, it’s hard work. Yes, you’ll get soaked if it rains. But if the sun’s shining, it will be the highlight of your trip!
Looking for more things to do in Mornington Peninsula? Visit the Peninsula Hot Springs for a spa-like experience you’ll never forget.
Visiting the Mornington Peninsula? Don’t miss a trip to the Peninsula Hot Springs for a spa experience that will take your breath away.
Relax in the hydrotherapy pools, work up a sweat in the sauna or retreat to the darkness of the cave pool to enjoy the tranquility. There’s even a hilltop hideaway (pictured) with 360 degree views across the countryside – perfect on a cold winter morning.
How it works
The natural spring water flows from an aquifer 637m below the ground. It rises to within 10m of the surface before getting pumped into over 20 pools across the complex.
It is this process that ensures the water remains a balmy 37C – 43C. The heat helps induce blood flow and sweating, both of which release toxins and assist the healing process. The springs also contain natural minerals such as bicarbonate, magnesium, potassium and sodium.
Best time to visit
Avoid the crowds and visit the hot springs Tuesday – Thursday. Better still, get here at the crack of dawn (or when it opens at 7.30am) to enjoy the peace and quiet. Fancy a moonlit dip? As the night draws in, the lights cast eerie shadows over the bubbling pools. What better way to spend a romantic evening?
Early Bird prices (before 10am) vary from $15 to $20; standard prices vary from $20 to $35; and and kids prices vary from $10 to 20. Fancy an upgrade? Bathe in the tranquil Spa Dreaming Centre pools. Price includes use of a locker, towel and a fluffy white bath robe – a nice touch in the cooler months. Entry $50-$60 ($30 when you book in for a spa treatment).
This 120m-high sand dune is where the National Paragliding Championships are held every January and it’s easy to see why travellers flock here.
Pink clouds drift across the horizon, rainbow-coloured cliffs tower above the ocean and the windswept dunes are perfect for sandboarding.
How to get there
Frasers on Rainbow Beach Backpackers offers free guided walks up to the Carlo Sandblow with sandboarding and boomerang lessons followed by a short history of Rainbow Beach, told by the lovely Jet (pictured), who actually got married on the sandblow. Trips usually leave daily at 4pm.
Travelling the east coast of Australia? Gagaju Bush Camp is an absolute MUST for nature lovers and backpackers.
Tucked away between Lakes Cooroibah and Cootharaba, this rustic camping ground is the perfect base for exploring the Australian bush – and it’s only 20 minutes from Noosa.
Hop in a canoe and paddle down river to enjoy fabulous views of Cooloola National Park and the Everglades – a section of river stained black from teatrees and famed for its beauty. Don’t forget to stop by the historic Apollonian Hotel for lunch.
Back at camp, enjoy a barbecue with fellow backpackers, snuggle up round the camp fire or watch a movie in the TV room. Keep an eye out for kangaroos in the woods, Blade the dog (who is on heat) and any other creepy crawlies that might wonder into the camp.
How to book
Contact Travel Bugs to book a 1, 2 or 3-day trip. Prices include return transfers from Noosa, accommodation (camping and basic dorms) kitchen facilities, canoe hire and TV room.
Going travelling? There’s a high possibility that you’ll turn into a fun-loving hippy. Read on to see what happens:
1) You deliberately grow a dreadlock
Sometimes it’s just easier NOT to brush your hair.
2) Suddenly, hippy pants and Alpaca clothes are cool
Been to Bolivia? You’ll know exactly what we mean. Anything with a llama on it is as good as sold.
3) Shoes are no longer necessary
It just feels so good…
4) Fire dancing becomes an art form (NOT dangerous)
The first time you see it you’re worried, the second time you’re amazed; the third time you’re doing it.
5) There’s no such thing as TOO many bracelets
If you don’t have at least 8 bits of string and a few beads tied round your wrists then you may as well stop reading.
6) You say ‘aura’ at least once a day
Travelling is all about ‘finding yourself’, right? Well auras are just taking it to the next level.
7) You become vegetarian and drink herbal tea but STILL smoke
Any of this happening to you? Enjoy it while it lasts! As soon as you’re back home (or maybe 6 months after) you’ll cut out the braid, ditch the bracelets and be back in the office. And as for meditating, you won’t even have time to sleep let alone ‘find the real you’.
So guys, ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF BEING A HIPPY. Sadly, it may not last.
Colombia is one of the most beautiful countries in South America – but it still has a reputation for being dangerous.
Yes, you have to be careful but this rule applies everywhere. Click on the links below to see what you MUST do before you leave this incredible country.
3) Sail from Colombia to Panama
Looking for the best hostel in Coffee Bay, South Africa? Coffee Shack has a feel-good vibe that’s contagious.
Not only will you be given a guided tour and a welcome drink (which you MUST drink with your left hand), you’re introduced to staff members and invited out to dinner with other guests.
Whether it’s munching curry at the hostel or heading into town for more traditional African food, we promise it will be an experience to remember.
By day, enjoy the free activities on offer including treks to the Hole in the Wall, cheap surf lessons and sundowners (see picture). And if you like open fires, drum circles and plenty of drinking games then you’ll never want to leave.
Choose from simple dorms (120ZAR); private rooms (from 240ZAR) or camping. Bathrooms are spotless, and there are even hairdryers for the girls!
South Africa is full of amazing things to do – from diving with Great White Sharks to spotting lions on safari.
Read on to see which things you absolutely MUST do before you leave this incredible places. And don’t forget to click for more details…
9. Hire a car and explore the north coast