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

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

If there were a drinking Olympics, I’m pretty sure the Aussies would win all of the gold medals up for grabs. I once saw an Aussie wearing a shirt that read, “I’m not an alcoholic, I’m Australian,” which I think pretty accurately sums up the Aussie attitude about copious drinking. When it comes to downing cold ones, barbecuing and general […]

Party Hostels in Cairns

First things first, Brisbane is NOT on the coast! Many people arrive and are disappointed to find out that the buzzing little city of Bris-Vegas is not on the coast. It is about an hour in land built on a river. That said it is still a beautiful and fun place to visit. So close to the infamous Gold Coast, […]

How to Get around Brisbane, Maps and Transport Options

Are you in Australia and looking for something unique and different to do? Right up there with the Lightning Ridge Great Goat Races and the Parkes Elvis Festival, The Birdsville Races are quintessentially Aussie. The Aussies looooove their horse racing. The glamour, the excitement, the money, the thunder of the hooves, and the cold refreshment of the booze. Birdsville is […]

Outback Australia, The Birdsville Races