Monday, September 30, 2013

First Time in Australia? Best Places in the Outback to Experience

The outback is the heart and soul of Australia. It is place of rugged beauty and stunning landscapes. It is vast - the distances between towns and settlements are often great. If you are visiting Australia for the first time you must visit the outback to gain a true understanding of the spirit of the land.

Travel in the outback is not for the feint-hearted. You will need to be prepared. If you are driving you will need to make sure your vehicle is in good condition. You should always carry extra water. It is a good idea to let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return. Rather than carry a lot of cash you should carry a travel card as there are ATM’s at most outback posts. There are lots of travel cards available for this purpose. One of the best is the Travel Money Oz Cash Passport. You can apply for one online at http://www.travelmoneyoz.com/and collect it two days later.

So, where should you visit in the great Australian outback? Here are some of the top places to experience.

Longreach, Queensland

Stockman's Hall of Fame in Longreach, Queensland / image via Wikipedia
Longreach is one of the most famous outback towns in Queensland. It was the founding centre for the Qantas, Australia’s most iconic airline. It was originally established at the crossroads of many of the stock routes winding through western Queensland.

Broken Hill, NSW

Broken Hill has its roots in mining and is the quintessential outback town. Its’ claim to fame is the classic Australian pub, Mario’s Palace, which was starred in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Heysen Trail, South Australia

This amazing walking trail takes in 1,200 kilometres of incredible outback terrain. It will take you along the ridge of Mt Lofty, through the breathtaking Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Range and ends at the Parachilna Gorge. Awe-inspiring!

Coober Pedy, South Australia

This is the town under the ground. To beat the scorching 50°C heat, this town was carved under the outback sands. Coober Pedy is an opal mining town and you can still try your luck fossicking for opals here.

The Kimberley, Western Australia

This is one of the most dramatic and remote areas in Australia. The best way to visit is from Broome, a remote beach town with a history of Chinese and Malay occupation. The Bungle Bungle national park is one of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet.

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Kakadu covers more than 19,000 square kilometres. It is massive. In this ancient part of Australia you will find Aboriginal rock art dating back more than 20,000 years.

The Ghan

This is Australia’s great outback railway, running right across the country from Darwin to Adelaide. It follows the path of Afghan camel trains who gave the train its’ name and is the journey of a lifetime if you want to experience the outback.

Uluru, Northern Territory

In the very heart of Australia this great rock rises out of the land. It is a sacred aboriginal site and is one of Australia’s most famous outback destinations.
Don’t miss the outback. It is truly the heart and soul of Australia.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Five Ways to Free up Some Space in Your Kid’s Rooms

It’s all too easy for your kids room to become a pig sty; in fact, they will make every effort to ensure it happens. What kid doesn’t like pigs? Children have lots of difficult to store items like soft toys, mini-trucks and lego, and a stink is always kicked up if any of them go missing. This means not only that storage needs to be effective so one doesn’t end up using a Tonka truck as a rollerskate, but also immediately accessible.

Bunk Up

Bunkbeds are not only a savvy use of space; they will offer your child as much enjoyment in play as they will offer them sound slumber. If you have two children sleeping in the same room the major use of space will be the two bedframes. Economising with bunkbeds is a brilliant way to free up floor space and utilise vertical space, a trick which a lot of people overlook. Many bunkbeds can also be fitted with drawers underneath for extra storage. Single bed bunks with wardrobes underneath are another option for a room with only one child, using only half the floor space needed for both a bed and wardrobe. Head to http://www.bunkers.com.au/ to check out the full range and find something that suits your needs.

Attic Space

An increasingly popular trend to develope the attic space of your house into a storage space or even extra room. Not only could attic space be used as toy storage, but if you child is old enough to climb a ladder, and if your attic space is big enough, it could even be used as an extra bedroom!

Don’t Be Afraid to Look Under the Bed

Under the bed is usually a scary place in anyone’s room but especially in those of children. Not because of monsters, but because of all the rubbish that accumulates under there. No one dares venture under it except in the desperate search for lost toys. This doesn’t need to be dead space though. You can fit rails with caster-wheeled baskets to the underside of beds so you can slide the baskets out and under. This allows for ventilation and avoids excess build up of dust and debris.

Pigeon Hole It

Another good use of vertical space is to mount pigeon holes or shelves directly onto you wall. This doubles as both a storage solution and a decor idea. Precious or delicate items, including findings from nature like seashells, can be put on display. It also allows easy access for toys and books.

Trunks

For bulky or awkwardly shaped items like stuffed animals, model cars and moving equipment it can be had to find a storage solution. The best idea for these items is big trunks that can be placed at the foot of the bed. With a swinging lid and at an easy-to-access height, trunks are the perfect idea for frequently used toys that can be hauled out and then just chucked back in without worrying about sorting or breakages.

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