AUSTRALIA

Australia is a continent and country surrounded by the Pacific and the Indian oceans. The country is in the Southern Hemisphere and hence the name “Land Down Under“. There are six states –

  1. New South Wales (NSW)
  2. Queensland (QLD)
  3. South Australia (SA)
  4. Tasmania (TAS)
  5. Victoria (VIC)
  6. Western Australia (WA)

And two major mainland territories –

  1. Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
  2. Northern Territory (NT)

Important information for traveling into Australia:

  • Capital city: Canberra
  • Main language spoken: English
  • Tourist Visa: Visa is required to enter Australia (latest information can be found on Australian immigration website)
    • Things you can carry into Australia: The border protection force is extremely strict in Australia (ensure all things including souvenirs are declared correctly).
  • Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
    • Forex Exchange: Currency can be exchanged at any international airports
  • SIM: Can be bought at any international airports by submitting a passport copy
    • ISD Code: +61
    • Phone service providers: Optus, Vodafone, Telstra and others
  • Cheapest airlines: Tigerair and Jetstar
  • Best Time to Visit/Weather:
    • Summer: December to February
    • Autumn: April to May
    • Winter: June to August
    • Spring: September to November
  • Driving licence: International unexpired valid driving licence is required

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Flights

  • Airasia and Scoot are the cheapest airlines to get to Australia.
  • Tigerair and Jetstar are the cheapest airlines to travel within Australia.

Accommodation

Barrington wilderness cedar lodge
Barrington wilderness cedar lodge is located in the Barrington Tops national park of New South Wales in Australia. It is
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Budgeted stay in Australia & New Zealand
Why I love hostels? For a regular traveler like me, I prefer staying at hostels because: They are cheap (sometimes
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Diamond Head Camping Ground
One of the best things about Australia is the camping sites. The camping sites under the Milky Way. They are
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Food & Night life

Chilli Basil Chicken
Chilli Basil Chicken is one of my favourite dishes in Thai cuisine. I try this dish almost every single time
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Chocolate Fondue
Chocolate Fondue in Max Brenner is something that I can never get enough of. It is so amazingly delicious. Chocolate
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Chocolate marble chiffon cake
I am grateful about the day when I decided to try a slice of chocolate marble chiffon cake, at the Pishon
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Dark Baked Chocolate Cake
I think that the dark baked chocolate cake at Guylian Cafe, The Rocks, Sydney is one of the best creations
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Miang Kham (Thai beetle leaf)
Miang Kham is a traditional snack from Thailand. It is mixture of lemon grass, gangplank, lemon, ginger, red onion, mint, shredded
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Night life in Sydney!
Few weeks ago, one of the fellow travelers I know had visited this city and she accused Sydney of not
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Sache Torte
A slice of Sache Torte is my next favorite, after the Chiffon Marble cake, at Pishon Cafe in Chatswood, Sydney. It is
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Spicy minced chicken
Sailors Thai is a famous Thai restaurant in The Rocks, Sydney. I happened to visit this restaurant with a friend. Being
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Local Transportation

Travel within Sydney
Sydney has four modes of public transport: Trains Buses Ferries Light rails The main train station is the Central train
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Highlights

10 places to see Milky Way in NSW
I am a huge fan of Milky Way. I get transformed into a small child when I see stars. The
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Abseiling! 
I was standing on top of a cliff. I saw people ahead of me (including my friend Vijay) go down
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And they are back!
Yes, they are back! Yet again! My most favourite part of winter – the Humpback Whales <3 . Starting from
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Art is where “Work” meets “Love”! ~Unknown
As Henry David Thorean once said “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” I believe that art is
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Cage of Death
Yes, you heard it right. It’s the cage of death – the only crocodile dive in Australia. Crocosaurus Cove is
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Cradle mountain!
“Are you crazy?” asked our bus driver. She was dropping us to the starting point of our hike – Ronny’s
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Even nature believes in love
The pilot of the sea plane announced, “We have the Heart Reef coming up in 100 meters”. My heart skipped
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Glittering dots and dust in the sky…
I have always enjoyed meeting other fellow travelers. Some become good friends and some provide awesome information and/or tips regarding
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Guide to heaven called Whitsunday!
The Whitsunday island is a collection of around 74 islands. It lies between the central coast of Queensland, Australia and
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Guide to spiritual heart of Australia (Uluru)
Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the middle of Australia. It is in
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I love Bruce!
‘Call me immediately’, my mother had texted after seeing a picture I had posted on Facebook. I had forgotten that my
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Lighthouses in South Coast NSW
Are you one of those, like me, who love lighthouses? The function of a lighthouse is simple right? Yet each
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Mount Kosciuszko – A dream come true!
Have you ever thought of doing something and have waited a very long time to actually do it? Well, Mount
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My 2 days itinerary in Darwin
Darwin is Australia’s capital of tropical cities and is in the Northern Territory state. From its beautiful sunsets and harbors
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Ngadiku Dreamtime Gorge walk – Must-do from Cairns
There is something intriguing about the Indigenous culture and the people. Indigenous people are the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
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Perth & The Pinnacles – A weekend trip
One of the items on my 2016 bucket list was to travel in Western Australia (WA). Even though I was
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Sad tales of Female factory
Located in Hobart, Cascade female factory is Australia’s most significant historic sites. The female factory is associated with the female
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Sydney to Lakes Entrance – Road trip
When I informed people about our ambitious road trip from Sydney to Lakes Entrance, everyone asked me if I knew
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The Seven Bridges Walk!
Last year 2017, my friends and I decided to do this beautiful walk, which was for a purpose – to
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The Six Foot Track – Complete guide!
Last weekend, my friend and I completed the Six Foot Track (#6fttrack) and I am still hungover by the excitement.
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Top 10 things to do in Australia
I get asked this question a lot – “What are your favourite and top few things to do in Australia?”.
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Tropical North 🌴
The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Queensland is the Great Barrier Reef. The northern
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Hikes and Walks

Belmore falls – hike to the bottom!
Belmore falls is in the Morton National Park. The walk provides a spectacular views of the Kangaroo valley and starts
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Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi to Coogee walk is a famous 6 km coastal walk in Sydney. It is ranked as one of the
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Burbie Canyon
A very short walk but a beautiful walk is the Burbie Canyon. The walking trail is through the Warrumbungle National
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Castle Head Walk
Another spectacular walk in Blue Mountains is the Castle Head Walk. The walk provides the actual bush walking experience and
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Central to Milsons Point ❤️
Everyone knows about Sydney Opera House. It is a jewel that Sydney has. Sydney also has a Harbour Bridge that
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Dantes Glen loop walk
Dantes Glen loop walk is a walk in the Blue Mountains area of New South Wales. It is an easy
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Eagle Rock
I was jumping with joy and excitement when I visited Eagle Rock. Imagine seeing a waterfall along the cliff with
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Emerald Beach & Solitary island coastal walk
Emerald beach is about 20 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour. Coffs Harbour is a city on the north coast of
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Figure 8 natural pool
What are Figure 8 pools? Figure 8 pools are the natural pools in the shape of the number 8. They
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Hanging Rock & Baltzer Lookout
The Hanging Rock is a huge sandstone that is overhanging from the main cliff. It is over 100 meters high. It is
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Kurnell to Cronulla coastal walk
Australia is known for its amazing coastline and its coastal walks. One such beautiful walk around Sydney is the Kurnell
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Mermaids Pool
No! I did not find any mermaids in the pool. But it is definitely a place where mermaids would have
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Mt Bishop
A steep and narrow track to Mt Bishop summit in Wilsons Promontory National Park in Victoria is definitely worth hiking.
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Muogamarra Nature Reserve
Muogamarra Nature Reserve is a protected nature reserve, located in the northern part of Sydney. This reserve is home for
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Pulpit Rock lookout (Australia)
There are times when you instantly fall in love with a place. So much that the place becomes a beautiful
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Ruined Castle
One of my favourite walks in Blue Mountains is to the Ruined Castle. After planning numerous times, one fine day
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Spit bridge to Manly walk!
Another favourite city walk in Sydney is the Spit Bridge to Manly walk. The walk starts at the Spit Bridge.
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Spit bridge to Manly coastal walk
One of my resolutions for this year is to walk and hike more. The Spit bridge to manly coastal walk
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Square Rock
The square rock lookout is located in the Namadgi National Park in ACT. It is about 1400 metres above sea
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The red rocky walls – Kings Canyon it is!
Three days before the tour: “Is it worth the amount I am spending?” I asked two of my colleagues. One
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The Seven Bridges Walk!
Last year 2017, my friends and I decided to do this beautiful walk, which was for a purpose – to
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Tomaree Head Summit Walk
Tomaree Head Summit walk provides breathtaking views of Port Stephens and the north coast. The summit is about 160 meters
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Valley of the Waters walk
One of the must do walks in the Blue mountains is the Valley of the Waters. The walk is into
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Valley of the Winds
One of the most renowned walks in Australia is the ‘Valley of the Winds’. This walk offers spectacular views of
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Watsons Bay to Coogee beach via Bondi beach
One of the most scenic and beautiful walks in Sydney is the Watsons Bay to Coogee beach walk. The views
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Waverton: Balls Head Reserve
A very easy and relaxed walk to do over the weekend is the Balls Head Reserve walk in Sydney. It
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Wedding Cake Rock
One of the most beautiful rocks I have ever seen in my life is the Wedding cake rock. Why is
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Cradle mountain!
“Are you crazy?” asked our bus driver. She was dropping us to the starting point of our hike – Ronny’s
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Mount Kosciuszko – A dream come true!
Have you ever thought of doing something and have waited a very long time to actually do it? Well, Mount
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The Six Foot Track – Complete guide!
Last weekend, my friend and I completed the Six Foot Track (#6fttrack) and I am still hungover by the excitement.
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My stories

Air Asia
Being an avid traveler, I have no other option but to look for cheapest flight options. Air Asia and Scoot
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BestJet is the worst third party provider!
Today morning 12 December 2017: “Raksha, there is a problem!” said my friend Vijay in a stressed tone. Background 29
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Longest lunar eclipse of 21st century!
It was the lunar eclipse and I couldn’t have missed it for any reason. On 27 July 2018, the Sydney
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My “Australian” bucket list – tick tick tick!
While browsing through my old pictures, I found my notes that had the bucket list I wanted to cover in
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