Queensland


The clear warm waters and blue skies of Queensland make this region the number one dive haven in the world for Queensland holidays. Cod Hole at Ribbon Reefs in North Queensland offers scuba divers a large selection of local potato cod, as well as red bass, emperor and Maori wrasse. Divers can actually see the fish being fed by dive […]

Top 10 Dive Reefs in Queensland


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The tragedy that has struck large parts of Queensland is nothing less than heartbreaking. I’m sure you’ve heard about it, and I’m sure you’ve been concerned about your upcoming Australia travels because of it. For this reason, I’d like to take a moment to reiterate the sentiments of the various tourism agencies in the state that have been seeing the […]

Reasons Queensland Should be in Your Australia Itinerary Now More ...


So far for 2010, the Maroons have already won the first two games in this 30th annual State of Origin series. Even though this means that the Origin victory is already theirs, the third and final match is always played. The real question now is whether or not they will make it a sweeping victory of three wins, which they […]

2010 State of Origin – Game III



Although this neighborhood has a notorious reputation, it attracts some of the best night life that Brisbane has to offer. The center has a pedestrian walkway that intersects Ann St. which is perfect for drunken rampages in order to avoid cars. There are numerous clubs, pubs, venues, bars and cafes of all sorts for all walks of life. By day, […]

Fortitude Valley nightlife: Clubs, lounges, and offbeat bars


Located scattered off the central Queensland coast, the Whitsunday islands are characterized by azure/turquoise blue waters, coral flowerbeds, sandy beaches, lush, green topped islands popping above the sea. With beautiful scenery, access to the southern portion of the Great Barrier Reef, and a tropical climate that’s pleasant and warm year-round, it is no wonder the Whitsundays are a hugely popular […]

Things to know before going to the Whitsunday Islands


Nestled among the southern portion of the spectacular Great Barrier Reef Marine Park on the Queensland coast, you will find the 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays. First “discovered” by James Cook, who named the islands, the Whitsundays are characterized by azure blue waters, spectacular coral beds and incredible marine life, white sandy beaches and green capped islands. With […]

74 Ways to experience the Whitsunday Islands



The launching point for trips out to the Whitsunday islands off the coast of Queensland, Australia, Airlie Beach is a backpackers haven where you’ll find plenty of sunbathers working on their tans pre and post sail trip, a plethora of bars to get down and dirty at, and great hostels where you can post up and enjoy sunshine, making new […]

10 Things to do in Airlie Beach


Located scattered off the central Queensland coast, the Whitsunday islands are characterized by azure/turquoise blue waters, coral flowerbeds, sandy beaches and lush, green topped islands popping above the sea. With beautiful scenery, access to the southern portion of the Great Barrier Reef, and a tropical climate that’s pleasant and warm year-round, it is no wonder why sailing trips around the […]

Sailing in the Whitsunday Islands


With lush rainforests, big rivers and the Great Barrier Reef just off the coast, it is no wonder that Cairns is a major tourist destination in Queensland, Australia. Beautiful scenery, proximity to some of the most beautiful parts of the GBR in the world and lots of opportunities for adventure and trouble making, Cairns is beer and barbie Mecca—a place […]

Top 10 Things to do in Cairns



As a budget traveler myself, I have had the opportunity to become acquainted with a wide range of hostels around the globe. From Panama to Amsterdam, I’ve spent the night bunked up with perfect strangers, made hostel friends over beers and shared enough toilets and bathrooms to know that it’s not as bad as I had once imagined. All of […]

Where to stay in Cairns: Calypso Backpackers