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The Basin New South Wales has a very organized set of national parks that are complete with cooking, shower, and camping facilites. Among the parks I have visited, The Basin is a stand out. If you live in or around the Sydney area it is the easiest way to get completely OUT of the city in under an hour.

Sydney- Camping in the Northern Beaches

Pine Creek, is basically the bottom corner of “The Triangle” (an hour north of Katherine and about 2 hours south of Darwin), and is a historic mining town. It has housed and currently houses migrant mining populations for the last 100+ years as world markets for Gold and other precious metals rise and fall. The town itself is worth a […]

Northern Territory- Pine Creek

One thing definitely worth a splurge of your trip money is a flight over Kakadu. All of the local people I encountered on my trip recommended it and they were absolutely right. Driving through Kakadu does little to give you the same perspective on the terrain, the interaction of the natural forces, and the sheer size of the park.

Northern Territory- Scenic Flight Company

What a find! This sparkling swimming center is built right on the cliff overlooking the Darwin Harbour up in the suburb of Nightcliff. At the corner of Nightcliff and Causarian Roads, It is virtually unpopulated. The pool facilities include swimming, lap lanes and a beautiful children’s pool with an Italian style fountain in the middle.

Darwin- NightCliff Aquatic Center

Cavenagh Street is two over from the Backpacker hangout/Entertainment district of Mitchell Street. Watch out for… or… check out the small “adult entertainment” district plunked right between the two (depending on your preference). There are many fun shops and cafe’s on Cavenagh- as well as the post office and a good Woolworths (“Woolies” = grocery store). Mostly a business street- […]

Darwin- Cavenagh Street Attractions

The Old Fitroy (Pub/Theater) 129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011 This place is a Culture Vulture Backpackers dream. Ah, this place is just down right cool no matter who you are quite honestly. Where else can you get a Laksa+beer+theatre for $24! The Old Fitzroy is a fabulously seedy dingy little place that has creeky dark wood stairs, tiny […]

Sydney- Beer, Laksa, and a Show!

OK- so you’ve arrived into Australia and you need to buy a few housekeeping items- Tupperware, toilet paper, cleaners, extension cords, etc. The first thing you will notice is how ridiculously expensive all the things are in the stores you are used to going to such as Target.

Australia- Moving in on a budget!

Glorious from the first to the last second, the sunsets in Darwin are almost a religion all of their own. Everyone, tourists and local alike, are out on the streets or at the beach to witness the sun slipping behind the opaque golden surface of the ocean almost everyday. Thursdays and Sunday’s the Church du jour for food, fun, and […]

Darwin- Mindil Beach Night Markets