7 Australia Travel Blogs You Should Follow
Featured destinations: Australia, South Australia, Western Australia
Published 21 February 2017
Here at Round the World Experts, we love all things Australia. So, in the interests of research, we’ve scoured the net and come up with a list of our favourite Australia travel bloggers. If you’re as Oz-obsessed as we (and they) are, check out these well-written sites, all filled with detailed information and on-the-ground hints and tips for the perfect Australia holiday.
Follow for: adventure travel, off the beaten track
Who? Aussies Alesha Bradford and Jarryd Salem have been travelling together since 2008, seeking out adventures across the globe. With the aim of encouraging others to travel, they started NOMADasaurus in 2013. Follow them on twitter: @NOMADasaurus and Instagram.
Recommendation for first-time visitors to Australia: “We really believe that the southwest of Western Australia is one of the most spectacular regions in the entire country. Make sure you set aside some time visit Margaret River, Pemberton, Nannup and all the other beautiful towns that make up this coastal paradise covered in old growth forest.”
Best advice for Australia visitors: “If you have the time, buy a car or a campervan! Australia is a massive country, and exploring it with your own set of wheels is by far the best way to experience Down Under.”
Sunset in Ceduna, Australia. Image: www.sunsettravellers.com
Follow for: couples’ travels, sunsets
Who? Steve and Sabina are an Irish couple who moved to Australia in 2013. They love sunsets and have plenty of gorgeous photos of them on Sunset Travellers, as well as detailed travel advice for those hoping to follow in their footsteps. Follow them on twitter: @TravelSunset and Facebook.
Recommendation for first-time visitors to Australia: “Your first-time Australian experience is going to be different depending on where you decide to arrive in Oz. Our advice is just to get out there, meet some new friends, explore all the great things to do around your area and just take it one day at a time.”
Best advice for Australia visitors: “If you’re travelling long-tern, don't do what we did and transfer all your money to Australia via banks. We made 3-4 bank transfers and probably lost easily a few hundred dollars on the exchange rate. Use a reputable money transfer company and check out our Money Transfers Guide.”
Michela at Wilson Promontory 2014 Image: www.rockytravel.net
Follow for: solo travel
Who? Rocky Travel Guide's author Michela is a solo travel addict who has covered nearly 100km around Australia in 12 years. In 2014 she wrote and published her first travel guide on how to create the perfect itinerary around Australia. Follow the Rocky Travel Guide on twitter @rockytravel and Facebook.
Recommendation for first-time visitors to Australia: “I recommend creating a well-balanced itinerary that combines all way of transportation so as to maximise time and money. Depending on the time you have, avoid cramming too many places into your trip, instead find one or two areas and have a good look at them. First and foremost find a clear focus on what is important to make that trip a great one. This will help you to choose, among the many Australian attractions and off-the-beaten-path sites, those places that are interesting to you and skip those that are not in in line with your wants/needs.”
Best advice for Australia visitors: “There are too many misconceptions about Australia travel. While it’s certainly an expensive country, there are many ways to travel on a budget if you do your research. It’s not a travel destination for last minute decisions either. So my best piece of advice to visitors is to be well organised and have an accurate travel plan. The better you are prepared the more you will enjoy. This is the only way to make a quality trip while keeping travel expenses within budget.”
Jane and Duncan Dempster-Smith in Florence Image: www.totraveltoo.com
Follow for: baby boomer travel advice, budget travel
Who? Jane and Duncan Dempster-Smith follow two mantras: ‘Chase time – not money’ and ‘Age is no barrier when it comes to travel’. Travelling on a budget equivalent to the Australian pension, To Travel Too is full of travel tips that won’t break the bank. Follow them on twitter: @totraveltoo and Instagram.
Recommendation for first-time visitors to Australia: “A visit to Sydney should be high on your bucket list. In particular, we recommend a visit to Taronga Zoo and Manly Surf Beach. You can take the Ferry to Taronga Zoo and Manly from Circular Quay and on the way you will get to see Australia’s icons the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Once you arrive in Manly and disembark you can head down the Corso to Manly Beach and enjoy watching the surfers or enjoy fish and chips in one of the many restaurants.”
Best advice for Australia visitors: “Australia is such a large country and there is so much to see and do, so plan your journey as much as you can in advance and try to spend longer than 3 weeks. If you have only 3 weeks, choose two cities and spend equal time in both, this will reduce your travel costs and give you a better understanding and experience of this amazing country that is our home.”
Follow for: food and wine
Who? Christine Salins and her partner in life, travel and online, Maurie O’Connor, roam far and wide from their Redcliffe (Queensland) home, seeking out inspiring food and travel experiences. They like getting off the beaten track, staying a while, moseying down back streets and alleys, and always making sure they have great food on their table. Follow Food Wine Travel on Facebook and Instagram.
Recommendation for first-time visitors to Australia: “Don’t just stick to Sydney, the reef and the rock. As wonderful as those places are, try to include Melbourne for its vibrant food scene, South Australia’s fabulous wine regions, and Canberra for the story it tells about Australia as a nation.”
Best advice for Australia visitors: “Allow plenty of time and fly between the main points of interest. Don’t attempt to drive unless you have oodles of time. It’s a big country!”Driving to Kings Canyon via the Ernest Giles Road Image: www.traveloutbackaustralia.com
Follow for: Outback adventures
Who? Gary and Amanda, a park ranger and an anthropologist, live in the Australian Outback and share their insider advice on their blog. Their site is filled with detailed information and is especially useful for first-time outback visitors. Follow Travel Outback Australia on twitter: @TravelOutbackOz and Facebook.
Recommendation for first-time visitors to Australia: “One of the big-note places to visit is Uluru in the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory. Don't just fly in though as you'll miss out on the best part, the journey there. If you want a taste of the outback then hire a 4WD and take the Red Centre Way to get there from Alice Springs; you won't regret it.”
Best advice for Australia visitors: “We always get enquiries from people asking about very short trips, sometimes of only a few days duration, and how they can see all the things they want to see. Well, you simply can't do it, so our best piece of advice is to make sure you can put aside a reasonable amount of time to be able to do all that you wish to do. There is nothing worse than missing out on something you could easily have experienced if you had only had a little more time. Remember this could be your trip of a lifetime; make sure you have no regrets.”
Follow for: family friendly travel
Who? Matt and Loreena Walsh are travelling full-time around Australia with their three children and their dog Kelpie. They aim to inspire other families to get out and explore, and recommend plenty of things to do with kids. Follow Little Aussie Travellers on twitter: @LittleAusTravlr and Facebook.
Recommendation for first-time visitors to Australia: “There's so much to see in Australia beyond the big cities; some of the best parts of the country are tucked away off the main roads. Consider hiring a vehicle and doing a road trip; there is plenty of opportunity for camping along the way to enjoy the true spirit of Australia. If you aren't keen to do a road trip, consider smaller local tour companies, or head to visitor information centres to get the real local insights. Experience the variety: you can see desert, beaches, bush and rainforest all within close proximity.”
Best advice for Australia visitors: “Sunscreen! It's hot here and you're sure to get sunburnt without it. Be sure to carry plenty of water when out and about. Don't be scared of the wildlife they're more scared of you, we promise (but please do be aware). If you're hiring a vehicle then try not to travel at dusk, dawn or in the night as that's when Kangaroos and other wildlife are more likely to be on the road.”
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