ST. KILDA | MELBOURNE | VICTORIA
Visiting Australia is on the bucket list of many young travellers, and it is easy to understand why! It is the fascinating combination of natural wonders, mysterious expanses of outback, some of the best beaches in the world, exotic wildlife and highly developed cities… such as Melbourne! Our city is constantly ranked as the Most Liveable in the world, and there isn’t a better place to use as ‘exploration headquarters’ than lively St Kilda. So, what’s there to do in St Kilda, Melbourne and Australia? As you are about to discover, what not to do is the real question!
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Little penguins in St. Kilda: Head to the breakwater at the end of St Kilda pier to see these lovely penguins. It is possible to see them every night, but the best moment is half an hour past sunset.
St. Kilda Esplanade Sunday Market: This iconic market is all about arts and crafts, with St Kilda beach as the background. Open every Sunday -except during extreme weather conditions- from 10 am to 4 pm (5pm daylight saving time).
St. Kilda Botanical Gardens: Declutter your mind with a walk or relax with a picnic in one of the best maintained botanic gardens in the city.
Acland Street Village: Enjoy countless options of outdoor dining and drinking in the lively centre of St Kilda. If you have a sweet tooth, do not miss the best cake shops in the city!
Fitzroy Street: Combine food from all around the world with a vibrant live music scene, and you will never run out of options in this famous strip.
St. Kilda Festival: This is Australia's biggest music festival... and it is FREE! Celebrate St Kilda with music, dance, food and giveaways the second Sunday in February every year.
Luna Park: Ever wondered how a roller coaster operated back in 1912? Melbourne’s Luna Park has been a galaxy of amusements and sensations for almost 100 years.
St Kilda Sea Baths: Immerse in the beach side lifestyle, swimming in their heated filtered seawater pool, or sipping cocktails while overlooking the bay.
Palais Theater: A fundamental part of St Kilda's cultural heritage, this Art Deco jewel has hosted performances of the Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, among many others.
Sky dive St. Kilda: Get your adrenaline fix and unparalleled views of St Kilda beach and Melbourne's skyline!
Federation Square: Ever since this landmark cultural and entertainment destination was opened to the public, Melburnians and visitors have been gathering here. It is a meeting place with restaurants, galleries, theatres, shops, etc.
Gasworks Arts Park: It is a multiple purpose arts precinct set on the edge of Melbourne CBD. Gasworks is a not-for-profit community arts centre in beautiful park surrounds. The precinct houses four hectares of park, two theatres, three gallery spaces, a café, a children’s bookshop, as well as function and workshop spaces.
Melbourne Zoo: Journey through a world of wildlife in the heart of Melbourne
Palace Cinema: Enjoy a wine while you watch a movie.
Royal Botanic Gardens: One of the world’s finest botanic gardens with over 10,000 species and 50,000 individual plants in 38 hectares, including trees and plants of great cultural value. Wander through the gardens or take a tour.
Queen Victoria Markets: Shop till you drop in the historic Queen Vic Markets.
The Melbourne Aquarium: Check out the penguins or swim with sharks!
Walking Tour Podcasts by ABC Radio: Do your own walking tour of Melbourne with one of these unique PodTours. All ABC Melbourne PodTours begin at the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square and can be completed in about an hour, unless you’re tempted to linger. What’s more they’re free to download. Three tours available.
View the 12 Apostles, get up close with wild Koalas and Rosella’s, take a stroll through the Otway Rainforest. Enjoy one full day or take your time over three days, we can find an itinerary that will work for you. CheapAZ Travel offers this 1 day tour for just $89 with lunch. Book HERE
Visit a local Wildlife Park and learn about some of our Native Animals, check out some of Phillip Islands stunning beaches, stopping off to view ‘the nobbies’ and ‘Seal Rocks’, where you will find the largest colony of Fur seals in the Southern Hemisphere!! You can’t go to Phillip Island and not finish the night with the adorable (and noisy) Penguin Parade, watching them return to their burrows as the sun sets. You can book your tour HERE with CheapAZ Travel.
Try your hand surfing at one of Victoria’s many famous breaks. Learn water skills, wave knowledge, practice on the sand, then take it to the water to catch a gnarly wave or simply relax on the beach. Board hire, coaching, wetsuits all included.
Visit some of Victoria’s best vineyards, amidst the picturesque landscape of the Yarra Valley. Taste the wines, cheeses and other delights of the area with your friendly and informative guide. Book your tour HERE through CheapAZ Travel.
Known as Australia’s best kept secret, Wilsons Promontory or “the Prom” is one of Victoria’s most loved and cherished natural attractions. Located at the most Southern point of Australia where you are guaranteed to enjoy panoramic views, white beaches and coastal forests. There are loads of spectacular tracks where you can find diverse native wildlife, enjoy magical bush walking tracks, be entertained by the pure white quartz “singing sands” at Squeaky Beach and be mesmerized by the awe-inspiring Giant Rock, made from giant granite formations. Book your 1 day TOUR through CHEAPAZ Travel HERE.
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Byron Bay is known for its pristine beauty with simply spectacular beaches. Famous for their beauty and quality waves, millions flock to visit them each year. Protected by the Cape Byron Headland, which is the most easterly point of Australia, they’re usually calm and look as though they are straight from a postcard. Discover fun activities, great food and unique shopping in this magical destination. Book your tours HERE
With thousands of kilometres of coastline, it could take a lifetime to experience Australia’s incredible East Coast. We appreciate you are looking for an experience of lifetime that won’t take a lifetime. Making your way along the East Coast and ensuring you take in all the hot spots has never been easier in the hands of our Travel Guru who has loads of options for you to consider depending on the time you have and your budget. Book HERE
World Heritage listed Fraser Island stretches over 123 kilometres in length and 22 kilometres at its widest point. It is the largest sand island in the world. Known as a place of exceptional beauty, with its long uninterrupted white beaches flanked by strikingly coloured sand cliffs, and over 100 freshwater lakes, ringed by white sandy beaches. Ancient rainforests grow in sand along the banks of fast-flowing, crystal-clear creeks. SOLD! …and all the arrangements conveniently handled by our inhouse Travel Guru! Book HERE
Great Barrier Reef
One of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays and literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the worlds most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches. Whether you want to snorkel, dive, learn about the reef or simply soak up these incredible surrounds, head to Travel HQ and our Travel Guru will make it happen! Book HERE
Days of action, wildlife and wilderness including close up encounters with sea lions, beach walking, sand-boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming and quad biking amongst the bush. For breathtaking scenery, adventure packed days in a truly natural and untamed wilderness, look no further than Kangaroo Island. Hop to it and see our Travel Guru to book this incredible experience. BOOK HERE
No matter how many pictures you’ve seen, nothing will prepare you for your first view of Uluru. Even from a distance, across the rich red plains of the Centre, the energy of its ancient spirit will astonish you. Once you stand at its base, touch it and explore the mysteries of this perimeter, you will understand why it is not only a treasured icon to local Anangu people of the region, but also one of the great wonders of the world. Let our Travel Guru create an experience like no other!
Ask any Australian and they will tell you Tasmania has the most stunning landscapes in the world. Check out the rugged beauty of the Wild west and the stunning white beaches of the East. Lose yourself in the delights of idyllic small cities and towns. Explore convict stories and rich sandstone heritage at five World Heritage Convict sites. Discover places that have remained unspoilt for thousands of years. Our Travel Guru will ensure you have the ultimate Tasmanian experience at the best possible price! BOOK HERE
Our goal is to connect you with experiences not just another sightseeing tour. There are great options to explore unforgettable forest and desert landscapes and world heritage national parks. Immerse yourself in over 40,000 years of rich, living Aboriginal culture. Camp under the stars, relax in cool waterfalls or try fishing for the famous Barramundi. So many options to consider, our experienced Travel Guru will tailor experiences that will exceed your expectations.
If you are looking for an extraordinary destination then let our Travel Guru create a West Coast package like no other. Step into a world of awe-inspiring beauty and discover experiences found nowhere else on earth. Take in Western Australia’s most iconic destinations whether it is exploring the Desert and National Parks, swimming with wild dolphins, hiking the Kimberleys or 4 wheel driving the Bungle Bungles. From the coral coast to the golden outback, take your pick from competitively priced 4 day – 10 day packages. BOOK HERE
Lying at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and just off the Queensland coast of Australia, the Whitsunday Islands are one of the world’s most spectacular aquatic playgrounds. Encompassing 74 tropical islands rising from pristine turquoise waters with an abundance of incredible marine and wildlife, your Australian trip of a lifetime would not be complete without spending time in Whitsundays. With so many options available, our travel guru will ensure you get the best experience for the best value.
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