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Six stunning world heritage sites in Australia

EVER wondered about our country’s incredible world heritage areas?
Australia is home to several world heritage sites, including pristine rainforests, marine parks, historic convict settlements and world-class architecture.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place that’s culturally or physically significant to the international community, which an international committee considers as being of ‘outstanding universal value’.
Here are some of the Australia’s treasures which feature on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
    The Ningaloo Coast, Western Australia
Recently inscribed on the World Heritage List, the Ningaloo Coast includes one of the world’s longest near-shore reefs. With turquoise waters, underground caves, […]

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Six great whale watching spots in Australia

AUSTRALIA’S whale watching season mostly runs during the second half of the year, but it’s always good to plan your whale watching trip in advance for next year. You can take a boat tour or spot whales from the mainland as they make their annual journey. It’s a spectacular sight of nature, one not to be missed.
Humpback and southern right whales are most commonly spotted migrating up and down Australia’s east and west coasts each year as they search for warmer waters and places to breed.
Here’s some of the best spots in Australia for whale watching.
Cape Byron, New South Wales
Australia’s most […]

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Best markets in Melbourne (Part II)

SOME of Melbourne’s most famous and unique markets attract visitors from across Australia – and then there are some which are still well-kept secrets by locals. Food stalls, live entertainment, arts and craft, vintage fashion, trash and treasure – you name it, Melbourne’s market scene has it all.
In our second installment of recommendations for markets in Melbourne, take a break from the same old shopping centres and discover some of the city’s exciting weekend markets.
Camberwell Sunday Market
Shop for a good cause on a Sunday morning. Since opening in 1976, the Camberwell Sunday Market (pictured) has raised close to $9 million for […]

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Visit the Sydney Flower Market for a splash of colour and sweet scents

The Sydney Flower Market in Flemington is without a doubt one of the most colourful markets you’ll come across in Sydney, perhaps even Australia. Get out of bed at the crack of dawn and make your way to Flemington to make sure you don’t miss out on the market’s beautiful colours and the sweet, flowery scents that fill the air.
Address: 250-318 Parramatta Rd, Flemington
Trading hours: Open Monday to Saturday, 5am – 11am but most stores start closing around 10am
About the market: The Sydney Flower Market is Australia’s largest market for fresh cut flowers. While the market supplies flowers to florists […]

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Five of the best boutique hotels in Sydney and luxury accommodation

THE Harbour City is overflowing with hotels, B&Bs, backpackers, hostels, apartments and more. When it comes to boutique hotels in Sydney or luxury accommodation, there is no better place than our NSW capital.
Where to start? Here are five to ponder for your next Sydney visit.
1. QT Hotel, Market St, Sydney (right)
Funky bar, slick restaurant, powerhouse design elements threaded throughout, bold and daring modern touches to complement the heritage architecture, and a location right in the heart of Sydney’s CBD in Market Street. QT is one of the smoothest movers on the boutique hotels Sydney scene with […]

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Top wineries to visit in the Hunter Valley

EVERYONE loves a wine region, especially in Australia where we have an abundance of great wine country whether it’s for whites, reds or stickies.
Australia’s oldest wine-growing region, the Hunter Valley, lays claim to being “the toast of NSW” and is only two hours’ drive from Sydney.
When it comes to things to do in Hunter Valley, there’s no shortage. But the wineries are an obvious standout.
Eleven Hunter Valley tourism operators have been acknowledged for their contribution to NSW Tourism by being named finalists and shortlisted for national recognition at the NSW Tourism Awards tomorrow and just to prove […]

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10 fun things to do in Melbourne this summer

MELBOURNE is one of the world’s most liveable cities. Some say THE world’s most liveable city. So, where to go in Melbourne? There’s an endless list of places to go in Melbourne, with exciting things to see and experience at any time of day.
Here are 10 fun things to do in Melbourne recommended by the DriveNow team.
1. Climb the 1000 Steps, Mt Dandenong
Experience a fraction of the exhaustion felt by Australian soldiers following the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea in WWII. Appreciate the surrounding tree ferns, manna gum trees and plaques in memory of the soldiers […]

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Top 7 things to do in Canberra

WHAT to do in Canberra? It’s a question visitors ask regularly. Australia’s capital city has several exciting things to do and landmarks to see. Many attractions in Canberra that will undoubtedly blow you away.
Here’s seven things to do in Canberra.
1. Visit Parliament House
When you’re visiting the nation’s capital city, visiting Parliament House is a must. Explore the public galleries and watch politicians debate at question time. If you’re there at the right time, you might even see the House of Representatives or the Senate pass an historic law!
2. Take a tour of the Royal Australian Mint
Since […]

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5 short road trips from Sydney

LIFE in the fast lane in Sydney can be extremely busy and at times stressful, so we could all do with a weekend getaway from time to time. Are you in need of an escape, a perfect weekend trip that’s just a short hope, skip and a jump from Sydney?
Maybe one of these Sydney weekend getaway ideas is your answer.
1. Blue Mountains National Park
A two-hour drive from Sydney’s CBD, the Blue Mountains is beautiful at any time of year. Go bushwalking, marvel at the iconic Three Sisters, chill out at Wentworth Falls (pictured), explore the underground rivers […]

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Top museums in Melbourne

MELBOURNE’S museums offer you the chance to see, feel and touch what you would otherwise only read about in books or watch on television. Melbourne is home to many unique museums, giving you the opportunity to see famous art up close.
Many museums host permanent collections but there’s always something new and exciting to see with new exhibitions always coming to Melbourne.
Pencil in a date to explore history, culture and science at some of these top museums in Melbourne.
Melbourne Museum
No childhood is complete without a memorable experience to the award-winning Melbourne Museum. See Australia’s most famous racehorse […]

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