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Flying Taxis Due to Launch in Australia

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Uber is as ubiquitous now as it ever was. We’ve all reached for that handy little app countless times after a night out or just because we feel too damn lazy to take the bus. But how about taking a taxi to the sky? Well, you may well get your chance very soon when Uber’s first airborne taxi service (known as Elevate) opens for business in Australia in the next couple of years. Joining the ranks of Los Angeles and Dallas, Melbourne has been chosen as the first city outside of the US for the American giant’s helicopter taxi service. Test flights are due to take off next year, with commercial operations predicted to start from 2023, as announced by Uber at their annual “flying car conference”  – yes, that’s a thing.

The idea behind taxis by air is that city dwellers are sick to death of sitting in traffic, and that already dwindling personal car ownership figures will continue to fall. Melbourne has its fair share of tail backs, especially on popular routes like that from the airport to the CBD, but with an Uber air taxi that journey which would otherwise take about an hour would be cut down to just 10 minutes. The fun factor is a huge one too, who could resist making an entrance via a helipad rather than the door?

Granted the costs are likely to be pretty steep, but knowing Uber (who knows us very well) it won’t be completely out of the realms of possibility that you could finish your night with a quick flight home through the clouds, rather than on the tarmac.

This is exciting news for Melbourne and potentially other cities in Australia in the future. So if you can’t have a jetpack, take the next best thing – Uber Elevate is big news for Australia.

5 Health Tips Everyone Should Follow While Travelling

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While most people travel to relieve stress, the whole process of travelling can actually be very stressful. From the possibility of cancellations, missing your flight, getting lost in a city you’ve never been or having an accident. You constantly need to be on top of everything to ensure your trip goes smoothly which can often lead to stress. This could not only ruin your trip but impact your mental and physical health too. And let’s be honest, travelling should be fun and exciting!

As a traveller, you can take certain measures to reduce stress and while it may not be possible for everyone to travel stress-free, you can come close with the following tips.

Travel Insurance

While you may not be able to have any control over accidents and cancellations, you can have both covered on your trip with travel insurance Canada. The insurance will provide you with medical coverage which can save you tons of money in case of an accident or other health problems. It will also cover money lost due to cancellations or even lost baggage. Knowing that you are insured will help you reduce stress and not worry too much about any medical problems and allow you to travel with more ease. You can also compare leading travel insurance companies on www.comparethemartket.com.au

Get enough sleep

Travelling to a new location can be exciting. So exciting that you overlook the need to get a decent night’s sleep. A lot of travellers like to enjoy a night out to socialise with new friends which is great! But it’s very easy to get stuck in a cycle of late nights, early mornings and those pesky hangovers. Whilst it’s good to socialise and have fun, make sure you dedicate yourself to having a few good night’s sleep to keep your energy levels and your mental health steady. Most people need to get an average of 7-8 hours of sleep a day as this allows your mind and body to rest and rejuvenate for the day that is ahead. Along with sleeping, be sure to also eat well balanced meals.

Include some form of physical activity in your itinerary

Even if you are travelling for just a few days, make sure you get some form of physical activity in. Whether it is going hiking, camping or swimming in the local pool or a nearby lake, keeping your body active is a must. Going for walks around a new place is the best way to explore and meet the locals. You see so much more when you walk then when you drive around. A lot of cities also have running groups that take you running around the city and it’s the perfect sightseeing/fitness activity! By keeping physically active during your travels, you will help your body and mind stay energetic throughout the day, whilst also giving yourself some time outside to catch some sun and fresh air. Both of which, as we know, are good for your physical and mental health.

Disconnect yourself from technology

Constantly checking your social media or messages on when travelling can take a lot away from it. One of the reasons why you travel is to disconnect and relax, so do just that. Keep your phone on you for emergency purposes only and disconnect yourself from social media altogether while you are out. You can allocate 15-20 minutes at the end of the day to socialise on it but the rest of the time you should try and enjoy your trip and stay present.

Listen to your mind and body

Only you know your mind and body so listen to it when it’s telling you to slow down. It’s great enjoying lots of activities and excursions but it’s also not so fun when you’re too tired to take anything in. Have a balance of relaxing by the beach, reading your book and taking in your surroundings, with going on tours, out for drinks and dinner with new friends. By having a balance, you will have more of an appreciation for your surroundings, for the places you visit and for the people you meet.

 

Author

Natasha is a world traveller who never says “no” to adventuring to a new location. As a globetrotter from Canada, she’s engaged in being a writer with Best Quote Travel Insurance where she shares her experiences and travel tips with fellow travellers. Her favourite saying is, “Home isn’t where you were born, it’s where you feel the happiest.”

Discover the Atherton Tablelands with Barefoot Tours

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The beautiful tropical paradise of the Atherton Tablelands just south of Cairns is a stunning area of majestic waterfalls, volcanic lakes and a World Heritage listed rainforest brimming with natural wonders. Easily accessible in a day trip from Cairns, this beautiful little spot is the perfect place to chill out and reconnect with wild north Queensland, then head back to the city in time to share your adventures over a few beers.

Sound appealing? Well if you’re itching to find out more about the Atherton Tablelands and experience all that natural beauty for yourself, the friendly folk over at Barefoot Tours have you covered. Their excellent Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Day Tour takes in everything the area is famous for and does it in style, with  a good dose of laughs thrown in.

Leaving Cairns in the morning the tour stops at some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area including Ellinjaa Falls with its swimming hole ripe for a cooling dip, then on to Josephine Fall and Dinner Falls, “The Crater” and more. Take a refreshing dip under the pounding waters of Millaa Millaa Falls and test your nerve on a natural rock slide at Josephine Falls. Get to swim in an actual volcano at Lake Eacham and watch out for legendary Cassowaries as you explore the stunning rainforests.

All that action needs some good Aussie fuel which is why they also throw in a tropical morning tea, picnic lunch and all the Tim Tams you can eat. So just bring yourself, your swimmers, a camera, change of clothes and a thirst for adventure. Never rushed, all tours with Barefoot take place at a leisurely pace meaning more time to appreciate those beautiful surroundings. Also by travelling with Barefoot Tours you’ll be supporting a small local business in the process, so its a double winner.

So what are you waiting for? Give Barefoot Tours a call today and put your name down for a day of adventure, nature and memories to last a lifetime.

 

 

Where Best to Sky Dive in Australia

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Australia has a stunning array of landscapes that are impressive enough from the ground, but become even more mind blowing from thousands of feet up in the air.  Ranked as one of the best places to sky dive in the world, Australia isn’t short on places to take the plunge with sites ranging from pristine beaches and coral reefs, to mountains, deserts and more. Each place has its own merits and all are guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping, but where should you choose? These are just some of our all time favourites.

 

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

The Great Ocean Road is well known for being one of the most spectacular drives in the world, but from above this breathtakingly beautiful coastline really comes into its own. Only a birds eye view can allow you to take in the enormity of the Southern Ocean waves crashing onto the rugged coastline, the many weird and wonderful rock formations that line the coast as well as the lush green forests and soaring cliffs that travellers from all over come to see. The 360 degree view also takes in the pretty towns that line the coast, as well as the famous surf spot of Bells Beach, the beautiful sweep of Port Philip Bay and the sky line of Melbourne in the far distance. There are a few sky diving spots in Victoria but none that match the iconic splendour of the Great Ocean Road. She’s a beaut.

 

Uluru, Northern Territory

The enormity of Uluru can never really be fully appreciated until you see it from above. The circumference of Uluru comes in at just under 6 miles, and her sheer size and awe inspiring presence rising out of the barren desert landscape like an eerie monolith is breathtaking. Depending on what time of day you decide to dive here, Uluru’s myriad colours could be anything from red to orange to earthy brown, and everything in between. This iconic, much revered rock is somewhere that should be on every traveller’s itinerary and seeing it from above gives a completely different perspective. Highly recommended.

 

Rottnest Island, Western Australia

“Rotto” is one of the most beautiful islands in the whole of Australia, and the only island you can skydive in Western Australia. Just off the coast of Perth, this quintessential island paradise is fringed by white sand beaches, bays of turquoise waters and bears a not dissimilar resemblance to one of the Greek islands. Western Australia’s coast is as wild and untouched as its interior, with Ningaloo Reef to the north with its amazing marine life and corals and Rottnest to the south. Skydiving over Rottnest allows you to see how the deeper ocean waters turn from rich, dark blue to light green as it shallows towards the shore, and witness the reef that borders the island in its full glory. Just a short ferry ride from Perth and a doddle to get to, Rottnest Island is one of the most unique dives you can do in WA, and the country.

 

 

 

5 Best Wild Swimming Spots on the East Coast

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Australia isn’t short on opportunities to get back in touch with nature and no activity is more back to the wild than wild swimming. Some of the best spots in the country can be found on the east coast   and we’ve broken down the top five places to take a dip in the wilderness.

North Queensland – Lake Eacham and Millaa Millaa Falls

Lake Eacham is a huge volcanic lake located in the Atherton Tablelands up near Cairns which came into being more than 9,000 years ago when a volcanic eruption left a huge crater in its wake. This slowly filled with water and formed the lake as it is today. Its deep waters are a great place for swimming, hiking and kayaking. Just 30 minutes away is Millaa Millaa Falls, a gorgeous waterfall with a plunge pool suitable for swimmers and part a hiking trail which takes in two other falls along the way. Its well known for its wildlife such as Ulysses butterflies, turtles, flying foxes and even water dragons. Join a tour and take in both sites in the same day.

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Fraser Island – Lake Wabby and Lake McKenzie

These two beautiful lakes are located on the sandy paradise of Fraser Island and, like most places on the island, are idyllic places to visit. Lake Wabby is Fraser’s deepest lake with striking green waters backed by beautiful sand dunes meaning you can swim and relax in equal measure. Lake McKenzie is a larger, “perched” lake which means it sits well above the water table, so the water you’ll be swimming in is pure rainwater. It’s silica beach is even whiter than regular sand and makes for a beautiful place to chill out. Let someone else do the driving on a group tour around the island.

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Gold Coast – Cedar Creek Falls

Cedar Creek Falls are a series of picture perfect waterfalls and plunge pools formed out of natural rock amphitheatres located in the Tambourine National Park, about an hour’s drive from Brisbane. The rocks surrounding the falls are smooth and flat meaning they’re great for sunbathing and relaxing after your swim. A hiking trail passes close by and the falls are very easy to access. Cedar Creek is a great day trip from Brisbane when the city madness gets too much.

New South Wales – Jellybean Pool

Probably the best named of the lot, Jellybean pool is located in the stunning Blue Mountains National Park. With a sandy river beach and calm waters it’s a great place to take a relaxing dip with kids. There’s plenty of shade on land and it’s an easy hour’s drive from Sydney. Check out Red Hands Cave while you’re here. Vibrant red, white and yellow hand print silhouettes grace the walls and are thought to date back as far as 1,600 years.

Sydney – Figure of 8 Pools

This natural ocean side rock pool has been perfectly carved by the waves into a figure of 8. Its shallow size is better suited to anyone looking for more of a cooling dip than a swim but its spectacular location by the ocean more than makes up for its diminutive size.  Just be sure to watch out for any big waves and slippery algae around the pool. The Figure of 8 Pools are easy to reach from Sydney and the easiest way is with a group tour from town that will guide you to and from the pools safely.

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The Best Way to Explore the Whitsundays

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The Whitsunday Islands embody the breath taking natural beauty of Australia, with desert island paradise credentials, which are off the scale. Located just off the coast of Queensland, the Whitsundays comprise 74 lush green islands situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, and are almost entirely uninhabited. Sailing past their pristine, deserted shores can make you feel like Captain Cook himself and that sense of remoteness is just part of the appeal of the Whitsundays. The Great Barrier Reef is naturally a huge draw for travellers and the islands’ proximity to world class diving and snorkelling spots couldn’t be better. Colourful corals, shoals of tropical fish and larger species such as sharks and whales all make their home here and the Whitsundays are in the middle of it all.

Visiting the Whitsundays without compromising the health of the reef or impacting the delicate island environment can be tricky, but factors we should all be considering before booking a tour. That’s where Whitsunday Sailing Adventures and the SV Whitehaven comes in.  One of the best tour operators in the Whitsundays and the country, Whitsunday Sailing Adventures promises a unique, small group experience with eco conscious practices and a personal touch. There’s no wild parties on the Whitehaven but instead plenty of opportunities to snorkel and kayak the reef and learn more about the islands in an eco conscious way. Named after the Whitsundays famed Whitehaven beach, the 17.5m boat was designed specifically to sail the tropical seas in comfort and style. She has plenty of deck space for relaxing and sunbathing by day and stargazing by night, as well as a spacious area providing permanent shade from the sun and weather. The friendly crew are professional and knowledgeable about the reef and its inhabitants, as well as the islands’ rainforests and wildlife. Learning about what you’re looking at makes for a much richer experience.

The night skies out here are magical and fascinating star talks are held on deck so you can learn more about the constellations of the southern hemisphere. As the SV Whitehaven is a traditional sailing boat, there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved and hoist some sails yourself and learn more about traditional sailing practices. On board sea kayaks mean you can explore the reef from above whenever you choose and learn more about what you see from one of the experienced guides. Their tours are officially eco certified so you can relax knowing you and your guides will be having a minimal impact on the islands and its ecosystem as you sail and explore.

So whether you just want to relax on board and take in the scenery, snorkel and kayak, hike and learn more about the Whitsundays’ unique eco system and wildlife, Whitsundays Sailing Adventures will give you an eco conscious, small group experience that you’ll remember for a life time. What are you waiting for? Book today! And if you are looking to book both your Whitsundays and Fraser Island tour get a discount on tours booked through us!

Explore these beautiful islands with the best crew around.

 

5 Top Things to do on Fraser Island in 2019

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Fraser Island may be a staple on the classic backpacker route up the East Coast, but did you know there is so much more to this sandy Aussie beaut than just beaches and dingoes? Here’s a breakdown of the 5 best things you absolutely have to experience while travelling around this unique island.

 

Hike and swim at Lake Wabby

This stunning lake is the deepest dune lake on the island and, unlike many of the other lakes in the Great Sandy National Park, is full of fish – 12 species to be exact, including the rare honey blue-eye fish which zip around at lightening speed. The trail head is located just north of Eurong and it’s an easy 40 minute hike to the lakeshore through shady forest and across seemingly endless sand dunes. The crystal clear lake waters are perfect for a refreshing dip.

 

The coloured sands of the Pinnacles

The beautiful coloured sand cliffs which line the eastern coast are a prime example of Fraser’s unique geological history. Formed over hundreds of thousands of years when minerals drained through the sand and dunes, today there are more than 70 different colours on show as a result. Head over at sunrise and sunset when the sun’s rays brings out the red and golden tones in the cliffs.

 

Float effortlessly down Eli Creek

Eli Creek, on the eastern beach, is the largest creek on the island. In fact, it’s so large it dumps up to 4 million litres of fresh water into the ocean each hour! That’s a lot of H20. Get in on all that natural free flowing energy and head into the water at the far end of the boardwalk and float effortlessly down the creek. The water is crystal clear and honestly, what beats a refreshing swim requiring zero effort? We can’t think of anything.

 

Bathe in a natural jacuzzi at Champagne Pools

There aren’t many chances to cool off in an all natural jacuzzi, but Fraser Island gives you that chance. The Champagne Pools are a series of sandy bottomed rock pools facing the ocean which fill up whenever a wave hits, causing a lovely load of bubbles in each pool which, it’s said, feels a lot like champagne. And who are we to argue. These bubbly little wonders are a unique experience not to be missed.

 

Marvel at the Maheno Shipwreck

Probably the most famous of all of Fraser Island’s shipwrecks, the Maheno was forced on to shore way back in 1935, during a fierce cyclone. The Maheno, up until that point, was a well known liner plying the route between Australia and New Zealand for many years. Today her wreckage is an atmospheric, eerie sight, slowly being eaten away by her harsh salty grave. The wreck of the Maheno is a top spot for photographers and a fascinating glimpse into Fraser Island’s history.

 

Fancy hitting K’gari?! With two and three day tours available inclusive of awesome 4wdriving experiences be sure to get in touch with Drop Bear Adventures. Also find out about how you can get hold of discounts on other tours such as the Whitsunday Islands! Not to be missed!

 

 

 

 

 

A Serene Adventure – Kayaking the Noosa Everglades

Nothing beats the serenity of captaining your very own kayak and floating through pristine wilderness, and the Noosa Everglades are the place to do both. This watery paradise is one of only two everglades environments on earth and its rarity makes it even more special. The everglades have been given the nickname of “the river of mirrors” and it’s well deserved – the reflections of the trees in the still waters is magical. This precious, rare ecosystem is virtually untouched, with 65% of its catchment within national park boundaries and the entire area being within the Noosa Biosphere Reserve.  You’ll find more than 44% of Australia’s birdlife here along with more than 1,300 species of plants, and a ton of other water and land based wildlife. That’s a lot to keep an eye out for.

 

With all that wildlife around, you need to keep quiet, and that is what makes the kayak the best way of getting around. Not only are you literally immersed in the environment, kayaking is almost completely soundless, which is what you want if you want to spot the critters that live here. A self guided kayaking trip is also the perfect way to get a bunch of brand new dorm mates together for a mini adventure. Having challenging and inspiring experiences with new friends is what makes travelling so meaningful and something as easy and accessible as a self guided tour through this pristine wilderness is one of those experiences. Hiring your own kayak means you can go at just the right pace for your group. Self-guided tours are really popular here so there’s little chance of getting lost!

 

Head out for the day or, for some proper adventure, camp overnight at one of the many camp sites on offer. There are plenty to choose from, from full service campgrounds at Boreen Point and Elanda Point to the more basic Fig Tree Point and Harry’s Hut. Bear in mind you’ll need a permit to camp at any of the sites. If you prefer to let someone else do all the organising, join up with a guided overnight camping trip and have everything taken care of in advance.

 

Kayaking the Noosa Everglades is a dream come true for wildlife enthusiasts and adventurers alike. It’s easy, accessible and a fantastic way of bonding with a new group of mates. Book direct with our friend’s at Noosa Everglades here and get the best deal on tours and kayak hire. Enjoy the serenity!

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 ways to travel more sustainably in Australia

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With more and more of us getting out there and exploring every corner of the planet, more often and travelling further and further away from home, it’s now more important than ever to consider our impact on the environment. Back in the days of the single two-week package holiday a year, the global environmental impact was pretty minimal and localised. But today far flung travel, especially to remote corners of the globe like Australia, is an almost universal right of passage. It’s about adventure and experiences and creating incredible memories, but when you’re out there having your jaw dropped at every turn, the environmental impact of just being there is often far from our minds. But planning a trip with a more eco conscious approach pays dividends down the line. Smart decisions on how to travel from A to B, where to stay and how to make more sustainable choices in general benefits not only the planet for now, but for future generations of travellers.  And it’s pretty damn easy to be honest.

Share the ride

Need to get across the Nullabor Plain or from Melbourne over to Sydney? The next time you’re planning a trip, truly consider your options. Travelling with other like-minded travellers cuts back on the amount of cars on the road, the cost and your impact on the planet. Consider joining a group tour or just ask around and see who’s going in the same direction. Flying may be quick, but it means missing out on all that good stuff in between. And it’s the places you find along the journey that are often the most memorable. Grab a bus ticket rather than a plane ticket, or hire a car and cram it with new mates. Avoid the skies and the planet will thank you.

Bike it

If there’s one piece of kit that will keep on giving in terms of eco kudos, it’s the humble bike. Dirt cheap, readily available and by far the best way to explore a new place on your own terms, bikes have zero environmental impact and are good for your health too. Download the local city bike rental app or just rent one locally. Getting around by bike is one of the best choices you can make.

Watch your water

Often overlooked but one of the biggest environmental concerns around is water waste. Invest in a cheap shower timer and limit your shower to 3 minutes – yes, it’s possible! Only wash clothes when they’re truly dirty and save the baths for sub zero temperatures only.

Stay sustainably

Choose locally run, independent guesthouses and hostels. This not only supports local communities but the more simple a place is, the less impact you’ll be having on the planet. A fan cooled room is a more eco conscious choice than an air conditioned one, and nothing beats the personal touch of a local guesthouse.

Travel with reusables

Endless plastic water bottles are clogging up the ocean, literally. Bring your own water bottle with you and refill it whenever you can. Put shampoo, shower gel and any other liquids into reusable bottles and choose environmentally friendly washing powder when it comes to laundry.

Little changes make a big difference. It’s simple and so true! Want to travel in a more sustainable way? Chat to the eco conscious folks over at Bare Travels for some impartial advice on the best eco tours around.

A day out of the city: The Perfect Day Trip from Sydney

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Sydney-siders will probably wonder why you’d want to leave their gem of a city. Gorgeous sunny days, beaches on your doorstep, and of course that jaw dropping harbour are pretty hard to beat. But every now and then we all need to take a break from the city madness regardless of how great the city in question is.  So, if you’re momentarily tired of Sydney, where should your day trip take you?

The areas surrounding Sydney are well known for their stunning natural beauty and the plethora of outdoor activities on offer. From sky diving to hiking and everything in between. The mighty Blue Mountains are rightfully one of the first places city weary folks come to dust off the pollution and breathe in some fresh mountain air. But popular spots like this attract hoards of people, all crowding into otherwise quiet and serene look out points and quiet mountain roads. But head into less well chartered territory and you’ll soon have be able to avoid the day tripper crowds and have a unique experience all to yourself.

The Royal National Park is one of those places, the path here is less well trodden and it is all the better for it. Just 23 miles from Sydney and a world away, the park is probably best known for the unique natural rock pools found along its coast, known as the Figure 8 Pools. Reached via a moderately difficult, but rewarding coastal track which passes through rainforest and beautiful coastal views, the pools are an awesome natural phenomenon where it’s possible to swim at low tide. No two pools are the same and each one is a distinctly different weird and wonderful shape. Once you’ve snapped a few insta-worthy pictures hike further up into the mountains and on to Wattamolla. This picturesque little spot boasts a beautiful waterfall, lagoon and beach where you can relax after the hike. There are numerous look out points in the park where it’s possible to get a good look at this wild area of coastline, and marvel at just how close you are to the city.

When it comes to escaping the city for a day, the Figure 8 Pools are hard to beat. A natural phenomenon that you can literally immerse yourself in, surrounded by a pristine national park without the crowds. If this sounds like the day trip for you, the good folks over at Barefoot Downunder have you set. They operate the only day tour to the pools and are on hand to answer any questions you might have. Explore away here!