A Barbie on the Beach

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.  



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Horse Riding in Australia

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. 

For the some of best places in New South Wales to giddy up and roam free, see http://www.agfg.com.au/Blog/post/2007/01/23/Horse-Riding-in-New-South-Wales.aspx



Cycling in Australia

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. 

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Australian Crime Tours

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.




Beer Gardens

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 next round.




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 time. 




Fishing in New South Wales

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?

Byron Bay 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.
Find out more about fishing in Queensland

Music Festivals in New South Wales

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

Scenic flights around Australia

Fly amongst Australia's great outdoors


A scenic flight anywhere in Australia is guaranteed to amaze you with its vast land views, spectacular sights and sheer immensity. However, for areas such as the Northern Territory and Western Australia, a scenic flight is the perfect means to experience the vast landscape if you have a restricted time limit. It is also the best way to get some magnificent aerial style photography of sites such as the glorious Flinders Range and its surrounds of the Western Plains amidst a backdrop of extraordinary colours and textures. 




Where can I take a scenic flight around Australia?


However, it’s not only the Australian countryside that will have you marvelling. Scenic flights are also available over most of Australia’s cities and urban areas, where you can get an eagle eye view of Australia’s unparalleled metropolitan architecture. If you’re one to spice up your scenic flight with a little thrill, scenic joy rides are also an Australian specialty, available in Sydney and along the Gold Coast, with jet fighter joy flights an Australia wide experience. 


For some popular destinations to experience in the skies, see http://www.agfg.com.au/Blog/post/2007/07/16/Scenic-Flights-in-the-Northern-Territory.aspx




Best Road Trips in New South Wales

From beach to bush 

A state rich in natural beauty, city entertainment and old style country charm, New South Wales has a lot to offer so why not explore with a road trip, taking time out to stop at iconic destinations and embrace some of the state’s best hidden secrets. With 877 national parks ranging from rainforests to outback deserts, a range of laid back coastal towns and a number of wineries, you will be sure to find a route to suit every traveler in New South Wales.  If deciding where to drive first is too hard, why not follow a planned itinerary and discover the state from beach to bush. 

What are some popular road trips in New South Wales?

The Darling River Run follows the river system through Outback NSW, starting at the black soil plains of Walgett in the New South Wales central north and heads south to Wentworth. Along the way, stop and see the stone walls of Brewarrina believed to be over 40,000 years old, see the burial site of internationally renowned Australian eye surgeon Fred Hollows in Bourke and explore a world lakes, red river gums, unusual wildlife under blazing skies and wondrous sunsets. 

For those who want to experience New South Wales beaches, wineries and flourishing rainforests, take the Pacific Coast Touring Route from  Sydney to Brisbane and explore the best of the state in a most scenic manner. From Sydney, it’s a straight drive north, stopping at the wine region of the Hunter Valley, a range of pristine beaches and mountain ranges. Along the way, be sure to stop at Bellingen and wander upon the waterfalls and rainforests and experience the free spirited magic of Byron Bay.  
For more road trip itineraries across Australia, click here

Fruit Picking in Australia

A fresh feast  

Fancy some fresh handpicked fruit and the grocery store just won’t cut it? A pick your own fruit farm is your ticket to a fruity heaven. Located throughout Australia, particularly near the coastlines, many pick your own fruit farms are open on a daily basis during their specific growing seasons for you to grab your produce of choice before it hits the supermarket shelves. From berries to peaches, plums and pumpkins, pick your own fruit farms are scattered all over Australia and provide the perfect pit stop for those long car rides.



Where can I fruit pick in Australia? 

From cherries and berries in South Australia to organic apples and pears in New South Wales, each state in Australia offers a range of different fruits to bag. Queensland’s strawberry fields are open on a year round basis with Western Australia’s Donnybrook farm offering not only a range of fruit, but cider, wine and olives. Most farms charge for their fruit on a per kilo basis, so be sure to pick just as much as you want to pay for. Containers should be taken along just in case farms do not supply them and most importantly, remember to check whether the fruit on the farm is in season before you head off for a day of picking. 




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