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You've heard of the Big Banana, but have you heard of the Big Dugong? Australia is renowned for outrageous "Big Things." Here are our 10 faves!
Seeing the Northern Territory during the green (wet) season is a must do. It's cheaper, the landscape comes alive and the storms are the prettiest you’ll ever see. Here’s 8 reasons to ignore what you’ve been told and experience the outback during November - April.
Check out our review of Tokyo Sumidagawa Youth Hostel - one of the many hostels all around the world you can enjoy your YHA benefits at!
New Years Eve in Australia doesn't begin and end with Sydney. Here are 8 of our favourite unique spots around the country that promise to dazzle you just as much as the main event.
Summer in Australia is done best with good friends and a great pool. We've hand-picked our 6 favourite pools at our hostels. Start practising your handstands!
Australia has eight wide and wonderful states and territories, with a whole lot going on in between them.
Eight is the luckiest number in Chinese culture – the way it’s pronounced sounds the same as the word for ‘wealth’ or ‘prosperity’.
Tattoos can be a very controversial topic, with the most recognised style being that of travel tattoos. Many backpackers and travellers alike acquire a mark of their journey around Europe, Australia, Asia or wherever it may be.
We love a road trip. But let’s be honest, there’s an awful lot of bitumen to stare at during those long stretches between pit stops, and there are only so many renditions of ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ you can belt out and games of ‘I spy’ you can play before you start to go a little mushy in the head. Lucky you’ve now got this long list of thought-provoking enquiries to help you pass the time with riveting conversation, instead.
Some songs are best consumed with the wind in your hair and your feet on the dashboard. Here’s 20 of ‘em.
“Eat your vegetables. Take a sweater. I don’t think that’s a good idea. Hmmm”. We don’t want to sound like a naggy Marge Simpson, but this is the stuff you need to wrap your head around if you’re planning to jump behind the wheel for an epic Aussie road trip.
Cats, Kardashians, lush photos of South Australia. The three things that are guaranteed to rake in bulk likes on Instagram.
Spanish amigos Carlos and Diego tackle a journey from the Gold Coast to the Red Centre and miles of Aussie outback terrain in between.
Scottish couple Sean and Rhianne take us on a South Australian road trip to see things you can’t find anywhere else on earth.
English backpacker Christine Jess jumped behind the wheel with her partner Richie, and now takes us on an epic journey through South Australia.
The prisoners’ digs weren’t exactly cosy but the guards’ homes were positively pretty – and these days, you can book one of these charming seaside cottages all to yourself in the historic port city of Fremantle.
Danes live their lives by the mantra of ‘hygge’ – cosiness, comfort, contentment. And just like how Denmark took Princess Mary from Australia, now we’re pinching their cosy little concept. Discover these dozen places to get your hygge on this winter.
“Oh you’re from Australia? My college room-mate’s cousin lives in Canberra, I think”. Everyone who’s slammed into this conversational brick wall when they’re travelling knows how tedious the ‘Where are you from?’ chat can become after a couple of weeks on the road. Spare your new travel mates the common room clichés and break the ice with these more interesting talking points instead.
What do you call the garments that conceal your bits and bobs at the beach? What’s that thing in the playground you slurp water out of? What’s the name of that round slice of processed meat that pairs perfectly with fluffy white bread and a dollop of tomato sauce? That depends on where you live. From the Great Swimwear War to the sausage that splits a nation, find out all the funny foreign words they’re using over the state border.
If you had a dollar for every wannabe social media influencer who captioned their holiday snaps ‘W.A.N.D.E.R.L.U.S.T’ accompanied by a plane emoji, the fortune sitting in your bank account would make Elon Musk jealous. Give your followers something original with one of these beautiful travel words instead.
Anyone who’s ever whipped up a spag bol in the hostel kitchen or sparked up a conversation in the hostel common room knows how easy it is to find friends when you’re travelling by yourself. And as our mates at Lonely Planet explain in this excerpt from their new book ‘The Solo Travel Handbook’, there are plenty of positives to hitting the road on your own.
With miles of pristine beaches, dozens of tropical islands, acres of ancient rainforest and the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef to explore, we show you how to squeeze all of North Queensland’s most exciting experiences into seven spectacular days.
We reveal the places you can scratch off your bucket list… and where you should visit instead.