The Backyard Tourist

Awesome things to do in my own backyard – Australia!

Panorama image of Uluru in Central Australia. Sun is hitting the rock and there are clouds in the sky behind and above the rock.

Bloggers Love; The Best Books set in Australia you need to read

From fiction to non-fiction, colonial history to modern day, from novels set in the Australian outback to a tale of a city or country town, there is no doubt that the landscape of Australia offers vast opportunities for the backdrop of epic tales. Or even to be such a fundamental part of the story and …

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Humpback Whale raises head above water in the ocean off Sydney coastline

Cruise the Humpback Highway; best whale watching Sydney

Every year, between the months of May and November, Humpback Whales undertake their migration along the eastern coastline of Australia. Eagle-eyed Sydneysiders may spot the whales from a number of vantage points along the coast. But if you want the chance to get a little bit closer there is only one way you’re going to …

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The Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road

Driving around Australia; the best routes for your Aussie road trip

My cousin visited from the UK a couple of years ago. He was staying with my family in Western Sydney, but thought he could just pop on over to Uluru and take a quick trip through the Barossa Valley. He couldn’t believe it when I told him both would require hours of flying. Non-Australians often …

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Looking out over the Hunter Valley

Gigging in wine country; Making the most of Hunter Valley concerts

The Hunter Valley, about 250 kilometres from Sydney, is best known as one of Australia’s premier wine regions. In recent years the Hunter Valley has earned a burgeoning reputation as the hottest music destination, with a number of wineries taking advantage of their large property to play host to big name international artists and a …

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