Fresh and fashionable
Famous for being hip and happening, Victoria
has been ahead of the market shopping trend for years, with a variety of markets from fresh produce to handcrafted goods available in both rural and urban areas. Melbourne in particular plays home to a variety of well renowned market places, where you are likely to be surrounded by bargain hunters, early birds and those looking to meander and seek out the unusual. Victoria’s premier open air market is that of the Queen Victoria Market
, a cosmopolitan and vibrant marketplace for Melbournians for over 130 years. Here, you will find everything from fresh food and produce to specialty goods and entertainment.
Markets in Victoria
For its small size, Victoria plays host to an impressive amount of farmers markets, one of the most bustling being that of the St Andrews markets, located in the Yarra Valley
. Situated in the Victorian bushland, the St Andrews Markets offer a large variety of fresh produce, with an atmospheric community market ambiance.
City vintage hunters flock to Collingwood
’s Lost and Found Market to find things weird, wacky and retro. These markets are held indoors so regardless of weather conditions, you can trawl for a treasure until your heart’s content. For those looking for the best of all marketplaces in one, try the Dandenong
Markets, one of the oldest marketplaces in Victoria. Here, you will find an array of fine foods, fresh produce, clothing, homeware and imported items from all over the world.
About New South Wales
Birthplace of the
Sydney Harbour Bridge, Mount Kosciuszko and The Australian Ballet, New South Wales is Australia’s most populous
state…and for good reason. Situated in the east of
New South Wales is boarded by
Queensland in the north,
in the south and
South Australia in the west,
Tasman Sea as its coastline. Having
the best of both worlds,
Wales largely misses the extreme temperatures which
hit its bordering states, making for comfortably warm summers and mild winters.
Home to some 7
million people, New South Wales holds what is
perhaps Australia’s most
historic and internationally renowned state capital of Sydney, where tourists gather in thousands to
begin their Australian adventure. Whether you find yourself attempting an opera
in the Sydney Opera House, driving through the scenic route of the outback or
heading to the Hunter Valley for some fine wining and dining, New South Wales has an
assortment of activities, catering to every traveler’s itinerary.
What to do in New South Wales
Here you will the
best of what New South Wales
has on offer, with a list of the top 15 destinations, attractions and
activities every visitor should see, do and explore for themselves.
Lord Howe Island
Beaches & Surfing
Additionally, experience New South Wales hospitality by taking a look at the many restaurants, bars and accommodation services available.
Experience Australia's famous wine regions with a vineyard tour
Once a nation of beer and tea guzzlers,
many Australians have taken a turn towards wine and coffee as their preferred
beverages of choice. With a reputation for good climate, rich soil and clear,
fresh air, Australia
produces some of the world’s top quality wines, with the wine industry expanding
rapidly in the last 30 years. Wine is
produced in every state in Australia,
with more than 60 wine regions around the country totalling approximately
160,000 hectares. As a result of different environmental factors, each state
produces different wine varieties and styles, so why not jump aboard and go on
a tour to explore the flavours Australia
has on offer?
Where are some of the best wine regions in Australia?
Producing more than half of Australia’s wines, South
Australia is famously renowned as the wine region of the country,
home to the regions of the Barossa Valley, Clare
Valley and McLaren Vale. Western Australia is home to the Margaret
River region, as well as the Swan Valley,
closely located to Perth.
In Australia’s south, the Victoria wine region includes that of the Pyrenees, Yarra Valley
and Goulburn Valley.
find out which region will tempt your tastebuds for a glass or two, see
Wineries in the ACT: http://www.agfg.com.au/Blog/post/2007/09/03/Wineries-in-the-ACT.aspx
Wineries in New South Wales: http://www.agfg.com.au/Blog/post/2007/02/27/Wineries-in-New-South-Wales.aspx
Wineries in South Australia: http://www.agfg.com.au/Blog/post/2007/06/07/Wineries-in-South-Australia.aspx
Wineries in Western Australia: http://www.agfg.com.au/Blog/post/2007/08/03/Wineries-in-Western-Australia.aspx
Wineries in Victoria: http://www.agfg.com.au/Blog/post/2007/05/05/Wineries-in-Victoria.aspx
Australia's Beach BBQ Hotspots
Barbecues on the beach can often be a tiresome affair, with wind blowing, flies buzzing and sand somehow getting in every space possible. So why not hire a barbecue pontoon to make it that little bit easier? Skipper the barbecue around on the calm waters, fire up the barbie and do some fishing in the sunshine. Better yet, why don’t you make it a challenge and fish for your supper? Available for day or half day hire, barbecue pontoons are ideal to escape, relax and enjoy your barbecuing with a select group, or even on your own if you please. The Gold Coast is most popular for having pontoons available for hire, where you can enjoy the pristine waters and head on over to pretend you are on one of the super yachts located in Marina Mirage.
But where can I have a BBQ on the beach?
If you're lucky enough to avoid the wind and sand accumulation, a barbie on the beach can be very relaxing depending on your location. Victoria’s Ninety Mile Beach is one of the most natural and unspoilt beaches in the world and upon sunset, is a perfect backdrop for your outdoor dinner. One of Australia’s largest beaches, the Ninety Mile Beach is perfect for fishing, so you are pretty much guaranteed dinner will be served. Queensland’s Rainbow Beach in the south east is also another great Australian barbecue destination, with barbecue facilities available for a relaxed, warm evening. Don’t forget to throw a shrimp on the barbie to say you have done a truly Australian activity – even though most Australians have never partaken in such a thing.
Don your riding boots and take Australia by horseback
You can’t have an outback adventure without a horse, and with Australia’s golden beaches, flowing rocky streams and wide grass paddocks, it would be a shame to have to experience it all alone. Make like the man from the snowy river and saddle up. Horse riding is a great way to get around the great southern land, whether it’s going from pub to pub, galloping along a beach or discovering the hidden trails.
Where can I horse ride in Australia?
New South Wales is home to Glenworth Valley, Australia’s largest horse riding and outdoor adventure centre, where you can take your pick from 200 horses and giddy up. Queensland beaches are spectacular for a sunset ride or if you want a little more freedom, Mount Tambourine is also perfect to explore whilst riding a horse. If looking to explore the beauty of Western Australia or the Northern Territory, keep in mind that the summer time heat may knock both you and your horse for six. It is then best to go horse riding on sunset or in the late afternoon.
Leap into your lycra and hit the track
An increasingly popular activity in city and country areas alike, it seems Australia just can’t avoid those tight, bright lycra shorts. Cycling in its many forms is not only an ideal method of eco friendly transport for adventuring the Aussie outdoors, but allows you to go at your own pace, stopping wherever you please to really make the most of your journey. In a country so vast, there are plenty of off the road tracks to experience and explore with the additional bonus of not having traffic to worry about. For those not ready to tackle the 900 kilometre Mawson Trail of Adelaide just yet, there are also plenty of short, scenic tracks to take that are just as adventurous. It is advised that if going along, you stick to tracks where help or assistance is close by if needed. You don’t want to be stranded in the desert with nothing but a broken bike chain for company.
Where are some of the best cycling trails in Australia?
A cycling haven, South Australia is one of the best states to explore on two wheels. The Claire Valley, Barossa Valley or McLaren Vale are perfect routes for cycling, with a glass or two of wine and delicious local produce your reward after a day on the road. Victoria too is a cycling hotspot, with an abundance of purpose built city cycling tracks for you to cruise through Melbourne and see the sites. A trail such as the Capital City Trail takes you from the hub of Southbank through the city, allowing you to stop at attractions such as the MCG and Royal Botanic Gardens before looping around to end back where you began. Over the other side of the country, Western Australia’s flat terrain makes it an ideal cycling location, with off-road tracks like the Munda Biddi Trail becoming vastly popular.
For some of the best places in Australia to cycle, see;
Glitz, glamour and an underbelly of crime
Ever wondered what it would be like to be an inner city mass murderer or a member in the seedy underbelly of organized crime? Well, prayers answered. Now you can, minus the actual crime taking place or repercussions of committing such an act. Over the years crime in Australia, although considered minute in the grand scheme of things, has been pretty grim and gruesome and the best place to learn about it is by the locals themselves. Wander through the streets as you learn the history of some of the nation’s most dangerous criminals, what acts they committed and where the crime took place. A diversion from the norm, Australian crime tours go to photographic destinations with such a dark history, it will evoke emotion and horror,
Where are Australia's crime tours?
Melbourne’s great crime tour delves into some of the city’s most notorious events, getting inside the mind of a criminal and showing you exactly where these deadly deeds took place. From learning the disturbing facts of Melbourne’s darker days to catching a glimpse of where some of the bloodiest confrontations occurred, a Melbourne crime tour is a great night time activity to educate, inform and entertain.
Additionally, Sydney’s Crime and Passions walking tour takes you through the infamous Kings Cross and its dark history of fame, murder, drugs, crime, mystery and romance. Gleefully retelling the glitz, glamour and gritty crime underbelly of 1920’s Sydney as well as the true stories of murder and betrayal that are stranger than fiction. City tours are often best suited for walking, with tales and sites best seen and heard for yourself.
The next best thing to botanic gardens
For the perfect weekend location to unwind
after a morning full of adventure, you can’t go past a beer garden. Welcoming
everyone from families to the lone traveller, Australian beer gardens are
buzzing and bustling locations on weekends and a pleasant location to be
experienced in each state. To make the most of the Australian beer garden
charm, start with lunch and settle down for an afternoon of people watching and
casual conversation, not worrying about anything other than who’s getting the
Beer Gardens in Australia
Beer gardens are a popular Australian
hangout for all ages at all times, from the sneaky mid week beer with your
co-workers to a Sunday afternoon full of cocktails and chatter. From the upper
class garden’s such as The Ivy in Sydney to the
Bimbo Deluxe bohemian beer garden in Melbourne,
you will never have to look too far to find one and each beer garden has its
own unique ambiance, bringing in a variety of different crowds for an enjoyable
Bream and blackfish on the breakers
Whether you choose to cast a line in the beach, try your hand at spearfishing or kick back with the family and head to a lake for the weekend, New South Wales
is home to some of the best fishing spots in Australia. Before commencing fishing in any of the state’s waterways, a recreational fishing fee is required, exempting that of charter boats, hire boats or those with a fishing guide. This fee goes towards improving recreational fishing in New South Wales. Fish caught in New South Wales waters are also subject to size restrictions so be sure to check before you cart your fish back to the barbecue.
Where are some of the best fishing spots in New South Wales?
is home to a number of beaches for both surfing and surf fishing, where you can catch bream, tailor and whiting. Prime locations throughout the bay are Watego’s Beach and Cape Byron.
If in Sydney
and looking for a spot to drop a line, the three main waterways of Botany Bay, Sydney Harbour and the Hawkesbury River are the most popular fishing waters in the big city. Main catches in Sydney include bream, blackfish, whiting and flathead. Lakes and surfing beaches across the New South Wales central coast are particularly busy areas for fishing, attracting holidaymakers from Sydney to Newcastle. Tuggerah Lake is renowned as a recreational fishing waterway in the area, with bream, flathead, luderick and prawns plentiful in the water.
Southern New South Wales
is full of tidal lakes, high cliffs and breakwaters providing excellent fishing for both locals and holidaymakers. Jervis Bay has a wide selection of fishing spots where you can catch anything from whiting to kingfish, salmon and even marlin. Ulladulla has excellent boat fishing with the nearby Mollymook Beach an ideal surf fishing location.
Embrace the summer time culture
If you’re looking for a destination to mix and mingle with Aussies or international travelers, chill out in the sunshine and listen to some live tunes, then look no further than a live music festival. Home of the internationally renowned Tamworth Country Music Festival
, New South Wales plays host to a variety of music festival performances under a variety of genres. With international headlining bands and artists often performing in Sydney throughout the year, the other areas of New South Wales also celebrate in festival style, with a range of annual music performances held in areas great and small.
What are some popular music festivals in New South Wales?
To name just a few, Festival of the Sun is an annual outdoor festival held in Port Macquarie
, celebrating summer culture and Australian music. Also known as FOTSUN, this festival has dramatically increased in popularity since its beginning in 2001, with some of the nation’s biggest names in the music industry making a performance.
A Day on the Green is one of New South Wales most relaxing festivals, combining music with magnificent winery locations for a day of good food and wine, good company and great music. Similarly, Jazz in the Vines is held in the Hunter Valley
and combines a selection of local wine, produce and a range of jazz artists amidst a vast natural setting. Get amongst the great outdoors with a day of great tunes and experience the best of New South Wales food and wine while supporting some great Australian artists.
For more of Australia's biggest music and cultural celebrations, click here