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Australia is where my husband (we call him Chef) was born. The rest of the family have spent around a decade living in Australia too. We travelled around Australia as young backpackers (with a tent!) and as a family with kids of every age. Our Australia content is here to help you explore Australia, with ease, find the hidden gems and must-sees, and to help you do it cost-efficiently because Australia isn't a cheap destination!

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We have a lot of content on this site about Far North Queensland, because our house is there, but we've been all over Australia too, both as young backpackers with a tent, and on family road trips.

We're passionate about the ocean so you'll find a fair amount of content about snorkelling and scuba diving on the reef. We also have city and state information for Sydney, Canbera, WA, the NT, and more. Please browse our content below and you should find what you're looking for.

Our Australia content was originally created for international travellers but the domestic market are using it too. Keep Australian tourism afloat, I know we need tourists up here in FNQ!

At the end of 2023 we went through Cyclone Jasper and the subsequent torrential rain as he became Tropical Storm Jasper. Now, in January 2024, there is another Tropical Cyclone out there, Cyclone Kirrily is still being called a Severe Tropical Storm, but it is looking like it will become a cyclone, and hit the …

Read More about Cyclone Preparation – Mistakes We Made!

Port Douglas is a lovely holiday town in Far North Queensland Australia. It’s the perfect place to stay for visiting the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. It really is a great holiday destination. Are you planning a trip to Port Douglas? Here’s what you should look out for when planning a trip or …

Read More about Port Douglas, 12 Mistakes Not To Make in Planning Or Visiting

The Atherton Tablelands, known locally as “The Tablelands” covers a huge area in Far North Queensland, close to top holiday hotspots, Cairns and Port Douglas. There is a vast amount to see and do on the Tablelands and your average visitor probably won’t be able to do it all. So once you’ve been to the …

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In January 2024 the Daintree Rainforest, north of the Daintree River, is closed to tourists because of damage caused by tropical storm/cyclone Jasper. You can drive to Port Douglas and Mossman via Mareeba, Atherton, Kuranda and the Tablelands, or you can take a ferry to Port Douglas. We’ll update again as soon as we know …

Read More about How To Visit The Daintree Rainforest From Cairns 2024

Yes, you can walk the Daintree Rainforest by yourself at several designated boardwalks. We explain where these rainforest walks are, the dangers you need to know about, and which walks are free. There are also tour options and ways of accessing the Daintree Rainforest in this post. Please find what walking or entry information you …

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There is no entry fee for the Daintree National Park, it is free to enter other than the privatised sections like the Mossman Gorge. There are two main parts of the Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge is south of the Daintree River, the Daintree Rainforest extends north of the river through Cape Tribulation. In this …

Read More about Daintree National Park Entry Fee (2023)

Port Douglas is a pretty resort town in Far North Queensland Australia, roughly an hour north of Cairns, a much larger city. Cairns has the nearest international airport to Port Douglas and most visitors will arrive here for their Port Douglas stay. From the airport, either book the shuttle to Port or pick up a …

Read More about What Are The Best Day Trips From Port Douglas

Most of the biggest and best hotels in Port Douglas do not allow dogs to stay, other than assistance dogs, but a handful of hotels, camp sites and villas, will allow dogs and pets. We run through the best Port Douglas hotels with dogs.  Some Port Douglas restaurants and pubs will also allow dogs on …

Read More about Dog Friendly Hotels and Accommodation Port Douglas

The best time to visit Cairns is broadly considered to be Australia’s cooler months, thus avoiding the wet season, tropical cyclones, and stinger season. If you’d prefer to avoid these natural phenomena, you should visit between May and October, these are the months many people consider “ideal” for visiting Cairns. However, you can visit Cairns …

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Yes, you can snorkel off the beach in Port Douglas at any time of year. In summer “stinger season” there is a netted swimming enclosure on Four Mile Beach. Snorkelling at Port Douglas beach is something I’ve done many times. But read the rest of this post to find out about potential dangers and limitations. …

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A lot of people wonder, are there crocodiles in Australia? Yes, there are a lot of crocodiles in the warmer parts of Australia, notably the large, dangerous, saltwater crocodile, Crocodylus porosus, but also the less-troublesome freshwater crocodile (Johnstone’s Crocodile). There are large numbers of crocodiles in northern Queensland and The Northern Territory Australia. Western Australia …

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Port Douglas has just one beach, Four Mile Beach. Another site claims Port Douglas has multiple beaches, they’re a large, commercial site and are trying to cash in on the keyword “Port Douglas Beaches”. That keyword exists because Port Douglas has a hotel called “Beaches”. We live in Port Douglas. We live minutes from Port …

Read More about Port Douglas Beach – Four Mile Beach

Port Douglas is pretty popular as a Christmas holiday destination. With Australian long summer school holidays falling over the Christmas period, many families choose to travel around Christmas time and into the early New Year. However, Christmas and summer time bring some of the hottest, most humid weather to the tropics. Port Douglas is just …

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Stuck for places to visit in Melbourne? Have you visited most of them already? What about places to visit near Melbourne? Day trips, tours, places of interest and activities near Melbourne CBD. We bring you our best places to visit in and near Melbourne in this travel blog post! Melbourne attracts millions of visitors from …

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Mossman Australia is a small town in Far North Queensland. It is north of both Cairns and Port Douglas, south of Daintree Village and the main part of the Daintree Rainforest. It’s not really a tourist town other than for visitors going to the Mossman Gorge, an incredibly beautiful rainforest spot, for walking, learning, enjoying, …

Read More about Port Douglas to Mossman Gorge (& Mossman Gorge Info)

Australia is known for its unique and very special wildlife but can you eat them? We have quite a selection of native animals, like kangaroo, wallabies, wombats, platypus and echidnas. Many are marsupials, which are a type of mammal. In Australia you will also find native birds including emu and kookaburras. Then there are the …

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What is Australian food and what are the most popular Australian foods? Modern Australia exhibits a diverse blend of global cultures and histories in its modern cuisines. Many popular Australian dishes are synonymous with Australia, verging on the unique, yet they tend towards Australian variations on international dishes. Other dishes that are most certainly popular …

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There are many things to do in Port Douglas Australia and others near this pretty Australian resort town. Most visitors take trips to the Great Barrier Reef and Low Isles for snorkelling and scuba diving. Then there are natural attractions like the Daintree rainforest and Mossman Gorge to explore. This post lists the best activities, …

Read More about Things To Do in Port Douglas 2024

Port Douglas Queensland Australia is a beautiful, up-market resort town with easy access to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. It’s a dream destination for families with kids with many safe, beautiful, outdoor things to do. We’ve called it home since our kids were toddlers, babies really. If you’ve not had a chance to …

Read More about Port Douglas With Kids (& Things To Do in Port Douglas With Kids)

Yes, you can swim in Port Douglas Australia year-round in the sea from the beach, unless the lifeguards close the beach due to various unusual dangers. Beach closures aren’t common. Should you swim? There are a few things you need to know about safety, crocodiles, deadly jellyfish, nets (swimming enclosures), and lifeguards. This post is …

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Queensland in a vast state in the northeast of Australia. The best places to visit in Queensland are the beaches, rainforest, The Great Barrier Reef, many islands and historic towns, along with vibrant modern cities and some of Australia’s best tourist attractions. Queensland has mile after mile of beaches, surf, perfect island destinations, coral reefs, …

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Visiting Canberra used to be rather humdrum and uninspiring.  But, Australia’s capital city is finally shaking off its boring reputation to become a destination in itself.  Canberra is a bustling cultural wonderland first and foremost.  Also, with a range of world-renowned exhibitions at Australia’s National Gallery, the fascinating and somber Australian War Memorial, and the …

Read More about 19 Hidden Gems of Canberra

Sydney is Australia’s most famous city.  It contains such exciting and famous landmarks as The Sydney Opera House and The Sydney Harbour Bridge.  But anyone can tell you the regular things to see in this vibrant and spirited capital city.  Taronga Zoo, Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, Manly, Bondi Beach, Darling Harbour, Sydney Botanical Gardens and …

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The Northern Territory is Australia’s spiritual heart. From the green lush spectacle that is the wet Kakadu wilderness right through the red centre of the country and the enduring Uluru, the Northern Territory covers many types of magnificent landscapes. The pulse of Australian Indigenous culture is palpable in the Northern Territory. You can find the …

Read More about Northern Territory Destinations Top 10!

Welcome to Queensland!  This is a land full of pristine white sand beaches, perfect rainforest vistas, island resorts and outback splendour.  We have cosmopolitan cities, and quaint coastal towns all begging to be explored.  But all of this beauty can come at quite a cost if you want to holiday here.  However, we have found …

Read More about 10 Ways to Save Money on Queensland Holidays

Melbourne, Australia is consistently rated high on the list of the most liveable cities in the world.  We visited pre-children and caught an overnight bus along the southeastern coast road from Batemans Bay in NSW. A windy road that doesn’t give you a remote chance of sleep. With its incredibly eclectic vibe, vibrant bohemian feel …

Read More about Fun Things to Do in Melbourne – For Kids and Family, All Ages.