Places to stay

TAXI! Win an Extraordinary Taxi Ride across Western Australia

Image of a taxi by the Pinnacles, Western Australia
Catch a cab to the Pinnacles?

Now this is a Taxi ride I want.

Brilliant competition from TravelBag that has 11 chances to win a different leg of a journey across Western Australia.

11 couples will each travel a different section of the taxi tour across this vast Aussie state with what sounds like the chance for quite a few adventures along the way…

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Love and Australia

Image of Heart Reef in the Whitsundays, seen from our sea plane out of Airlie Beach, Queensland
Heart Reef in the Whitsundays

As my one concession to it being Valentines Day thought I would have a romantic 5 minutes and share places in Australia that I love, are special and hey – one of them is even heart-shaped!

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Insider guide to Sydney, Australia.

Image of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House in Sydney, NSW
The Harbour Bridge and Opera House in Sydney

Read a really good guide to Sydney over the weekend in the Sunday Times.

Clearly written by a local ‘Sydneysider’ it had some great tips for:

  • beaches
  • restaurants
  • cafes
  • things to see
  • suburbs to explore
  • shopping
  • countryside

Well worth a read if you’re heading to the lovely harbour city any time soon…

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Location Location Location – the best places in Australia?

Image of pelicans on Belongil Beach, Byron Bay, NSW
One of my favourite photos of one of my favourite places in Oz – pelicans on Belongil Beach, Byron Bay, NSW

I am a huge fan of Kirstie and Phil and their location/relocation on-screen shenanigans, so am doubly excited that this week sees the lovely Phil hot footing around Australia helping people to buy a house Down Under. Phil Spencer Down Under is on this Friday (22nd January) Channel 4 at 8pm.

There was an article in the Sunday Times at the weekend written by Phil where he listed some his ‘ideal’ places to live in Australia.

So where does Phil like (and do I agree?):

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Create a virtual Gap Year Down Under – Tourism Australia on Facebook

Image of Facebook logo with Kangaroo for Australia
Tourism Australia have launched a virtual gap year app on Facebook

Thought this looked a little bit interesting if you’re planning (or at least dreaming about!) a gap year, working holiday, or any holiday to Australia.

Tourism Australia has launched a Facebook page featuring an app that allows you to create a “virtual gap year”.

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2 chances to WIN your way Down Under!

Image of Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Your chance to win a trip to Melbourne

For this first competition, if you have friends and relatives in Western Australia you can enter.

The second competition, however, is open to all (UK residents) — a 10-day trip to Melbourne and Victoria could be yours

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Hotels in Melbourne on sale – quick quick quick (all under AUD$100 a night!)

Travelzoo have triumphed again with an amazing sale on hotel rooms. This time it’s Melbourne only, but the rates are super cheap — so if you’re off to the Victorian capital anytime before the end of October 2009, then take a look at these bargains:

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Sydney half price hotel sale – book quickly!

Image of a Sydney Harbour from our sea plane, NSW, Australia
Enjoy the delights of Sydney for less – if you’re quick…

Got an email from TravelZoo Australia today (sign-up if you want to keep an eye on good hotel, flight and travel deals Down Under!) with a 72-hour sale from for Sydney.

It means there are some bargains to be had, with hotel rooms in the lovely harbour city from just AUD$44 (under £25) a night!

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You’ve got the cheap flights Down Under, now here’s how you stay in Australia for less

Image of The Mercure Hotel in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
The 4-star Mercure Hotel in Brisbane is just one of the hotels offering great deals at the moment

If you can leave it to the ‘last minute’ to book your accommodation for Australia then, like the UK, you can also access and see what hotels (and trips) they have available for you, as well as some great deals to be had on

But here are some other great bargains I heard about today from TravelZoo Australia…

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Cheapest flights to Australia EVER and they leave NOW! Book your summer holiday Down Under.

Just a quick note to let you know: if you’re thinking of heading to Australia this summer, you can for only £469 return!

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