South Australian Distilleries

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017

South Australia isn’t just about koala bears and kangaroos. Here you can find quite a few world class distilleries. So if you are feeling a little thirsty and want to check out some of the spirits that are unique to the area, visit one of these South Australian distilleries.
 

Applewood Distillery
Where: Adelaide Hills
What To Drink:: Applewood Gin or Applewood Colonial Malt

Created by husband and wife Brendan and Laura Carter, this duo uses some of the local ingredients as inspiration for the spirits they make. There’s a lot of versatileness in the drinks found here. This means that you can purchase anything from sweet spirits to those that are more similar to moonshine.


Encounter Coast Spirits
Where: Victor Harbor
What To Drink: the Fortune Teller Gin

This is the only micro-distillery in South Australia that is farm based. Those who visit it it can learn about the process of making some of the spirits and even see the Irreverent Kitchen. This is where a lot of South Australian condiments and jams are produced.
 

Kangaroo Island Spirits
Where: Kangaroo Island
What to Drink: Any Of The Gins

The spirits here are created using environmentally sustainable practices. While they do have a lot of different spirits to try, you really need to sample some of the gin that it’s known for. Old Tom Aged Gin, Whiskey Barrel Gin and the Mulberry Gin, which is seasonable, have flavors that will make you a repeat customer when you are in South Australia.
 

Red Hen Gin
Where: Adelaide
What To Drink: Red Hill

This distillery was founded in the 1880s by bootleggers. It’s become well loved in the community thanks to the London dry style that is uses. You can find a variety of spirits produced by the distillery at many of the area bars including The Archer.


Settlers Spirits
Where: McLaren Vale
What To Drink: Rare Dry or G & Tea

Many of the spirits produced here have been made using grapes that are grown on the property. This allows for a softer flavor than spirits that are created out of grain. The vapour distillation method they use allows for clean flavors.

 

Twenty Third Street
Where: Renmark
What To Drink: Not Your Nanny’s Brandy
Built back in 1914, this distillery has been restored, but still has a vintage feel. Visitors have the opportunity to take part in a tour and tasting. They take place each day at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. The cost is only $25 per participant.

Australia's Animal Sanctuaries

Posted on Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Australia is filled with a lot of amazing animals. There are quite a few sanctuaries available for tourists to visit. From koalas to kangaroos, you’re bound to find them at one of the sanctuaries below.


The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Located at Kuranda Village in Queensland, this is Australia’s largest butterfly aviary. There are more than 1,500 butterflies located here. These include the Cairns Birdwing and the Ulysses butterfly. More than a million people have visited the sanctuary since it opened in 1987. Visitors can go on a 30 minute guided tour to learn more about the butterflies and the sanctuary.


The Australian Reptile Park And Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in Somersby, this sanctuary is about an hour away from Sydney. It houses Australia’s largest collection of reptiles. There are hundreds of different venomous snakes that are located in the venom production unit. Favorites on display include massive pythons, death adders and taipans. For those that don’t like snakes, there are also a variety of different mammals including kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, wombats and koala. There is an enclosure that allows visitors to be close to kangaroos and feed them.


Billabong Sanctuary

This 11 hectares sanctuary is located only about 20 minutes south of Queensland. There are a variety of animals to see here including birds, snakes and crocodiles. There are feeding and animal handling shows that take place throughout the day. Visitors can also take a picture holding a wombat or a koala.


Currumbin Sanctuary

Located on the Queensland Gold Coast, there are more than 1,400 birds and animals at this sanctuary. First opened in 1947, millions of individuals have visited the sanctuary. One of the highlights of the sanctuary is the lorikeet feeding exhibit. This is where visitors get to hold a dish of food while lorikeets swarm them in order to get a bite to eat. In addition to this visitors can hold a koala, feed a kangaroo, participate in a ranger talk or watch a snake show.


Healesville Sanctuary

Located about 40 miles from Melbourne, this is one of Australia’s most well known sanctuaries. It houses over two hundred different species of wildlife. This includes both birds and mammals. There are many walk through exhibits as well as walking paths and aviaries. There are also a number of animal talks such as platypus talks and Tasmanian devil talks. The birds of prey presentations is popular as well as the pelican feeding. Visitors should expect to spend about three hours here.


Koala Park Sanctuary

Located only about 30 minutes from Sydney, this is a paradise for those that love koalas. In addition to the many koalas, there are little penguins, echidnas, wallabies, wombats and kangaroos. Koala Park first opened it’s doors in 1930 and was Australia’s first research hospital. There are a variety of shows that take place at the sanctuary and visitors can even hand feed kangaroos.


Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Located in Brisbane, this is the world’s largest koala sanctuary. There are more than 130 koalas located here and visitors can hold a koala. Since koalas are social animals they are divided up into groups based on their age. One of the most popular encounters at the sanctuary is the koala hug exhibit.


List of Regions in Australia

Posted on Saturday, October 28, 2017

There's an entire list of regions in Australia that's discussed in Wikipedia, tour books, and other resources... However, here we're going to discuss them without the bullet points.

Tours of Australia offer one of the most diverse travel experiences around. Australia may be the world’s smallest continent but, it features many of Mother Nature’s biggest feats. From the world’s largest coral reef, the Great Barrier Reef, to the world’s largest monolith, Mount Augustus, as well as mammoth stretches of outback, Australia is one colossal adventure.

Since Australia is quite a long flight from the U.S., particularly from the East Coast, we recommend when taking an Australia tour that you allow a minimum of 14 days, ideally around 21 to get a taste of various regions in Australia.

40,000 years before Europeans settled in the 18th century, Australia was inhabited by indigenous people, and thankfully these Aboriginal cultures can still be experienced across the country. In Cairns, you can visit the award-winning Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to learn of Aboriginal history and dance theatres, or you can follow the meandering Adelaide River deep into Kakadu National Park to find Aboriginal art at Nourlangie Rock. Also visit the unique outback town of Alice Springs where you could be greeted by a local Aboriginal Guide who'll show you the park from the traditional perspective of the Arrente people.

Canberra may be the capital, but most visit Sydney first, to stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens, Bondi Beach and iconic Opera House. For unbeatable views of the Sydney skyline including Sydney Harbor Bridge, head to Mrs. Macquarie's Chair or Milsons Point come dusk. Sydney also has ample culture to spoil yourself with, such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales which houses both global and Australian collections.

You won’t have to go far to escape urban Sydney. Beyond Bondi, beach lovers should head north of Sydney to the popular Manly Beach. Families will be amused by Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Wildlife World; here you’ll meet one of Australia’s national icons, the very cute koala bear! The towering Blue Mountains are also close by and even more of Australia's native wildlife can be spotted at Featherdale Wildlife Park.

Head into the outback to Alice Springs, to stand in awe at the striking color changes of Ayers Rock at twilight, and admire the mystical 36 domes of the Olgas. Stop at Simpsons Gap with its lovely red river gum scenery and take a walking tour down the stony watercourse of Standley Chasm to really experience Australia’s natural landscape.

For more city sightseeing try Melbourne where St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Shrine of Remembrance and much more can be seen. The Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road are also a spectacular sight. If you take an excursion to Phillip Island in the evening you might witness the nightly ritual of the little penguins returning from a day of fishing! Animal fans should also hop to Seal Bay Conservation Park on Kangaroo Island, where you can walk amongst Australia’s most accessible colony of Sea Lions as they doze in the celebrated Australian sunshine.

Australia Is For Vegans

Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2017

Australia For Vegans