Summertime in Australia

Cool down and snorkel with aquatic wildlife, savour the most Instagrammed soft serve and take your drinks sky-high  — all in the same day! Is there any better way to spend a summer in Australia?

From unique, icy treats to rooftop bars with a twist, the country offers a spectacular range of experiences that are best enjoyed on a lazy summer’s day or night. Here’s a can’t-miss checklist of things to do down under for a summer you’ll never forget.

1. Keep Cool with Icy Treats

From rosé sorbets to artisanal ice pops, few things are as refreshing as these Aussie frozen treats.

Frosé at Mr Miyagi, Melbourne, Victoria

Knock back chilled glasses of candy-coloured frosé, a combination of rosé wine and strawberries frozen into a slurpee like concoction and served straight from the tap at Mr Miyagi, along Melbourne’s Chapel Street. Boasting pretty pink hues, a glittery, icy texture and topped with a delicate flower, this ultimate summer cocktail is bound to rake in the ‘Likes’ on Instagram.

Ice Pops from Delish Ice, Perth, Western Australia

Track down the classic Delish Ice caravans and carts, which can be found all around Perth, for your ice pop fix this summer. Peddling artisanal pops in inventive flavours such as basil and elderflower and watermelon lemonade, the light blue caravans also pump out infectious tunes from the swinging ‘60s for a deliciously retrolicious experience.

Dreamy Blue Soft Serve at Aqua S, Sydney, New South Wales  

Get your hands on the prettiest soft serve that you will ever see at Aqua S, an ice cream parlour with three outlets across central Sydney. Expect pastel blue swirls of sea salt-flavoured soft serve, surrounded by candyfloss and caramel corn and topped with a toasted marshmallow. The parlour introduces new flavours fortnightly, and has featured innovative concoctions such as matcha cheesecake and honey lavender soft serves in the past.

2. Swim, Shop and Dine by the Beach

Dive into a world of outdoor summer fun on Australia’s beaches, waterfront restaurants and open-air shopping.

St Kilda Esplanade Market, Melbourne, Victoria

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St Kilda Beach, Melbourne, Credit Visit Victoria

Browse the St Kilda Esplanade Market, a short 15-minute tram ride from the city. Open every Sunday, shop for one-of-a-kind artwork and jewellery from more than 140 stalls, and then fuel up with street food at the Flavours of the World Foodie section.

Visit in February for the St Kilda Festival, a summer music festival that combines performances, workshops and carnival rides against a spectacular shoreline.

Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Western Australia

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Cottesloe Beach, Sunset Coast, WA, Tourism Australia

Shake up your beachside dining experience at the Indiana Teahouse building, which sits on the shores of Cottesloe Beach. Just a 15-minute drive from Perth’s city centre, the art deco building houses a restaurant that serves wood-fired delicacies and local seafood, overlooking the Indian Ocean. Then, head down to the beach for a refreshing dip in the cool ocean waters or have fish and chips by the beach.

Shelly Beach, Sydney, New South Wales

Say hello to adventure at this gorgeous beach, tucked around the corner from Manly’s main beach, and just a 15-minute fast ferry ride from Sydney’s CBD. Snorkel in the protected marine reserve, alongside blue gropers, cuttlefish and sea dragons. When you’re ready for some grub, head over to The Boathouse Shelly Beach to tuck into Australian cuisine with a modern twist, including fresh, locally-caught seafood.

3. Go Sky-High

From outdoor cinemas to clifftop beer gardens, Australia’s rooftop venues are the perfect way to spend the summer months in good company and spirits.

Rooftop Cinema, Melbourne, Victoria

Catch cult classic movies like Home Alone and The Goonies or new releases like Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049 at the Rooftop Cinema, located at the top of Curtin House in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.

Open from December to March, the open-air cinema is a casual affair, allowing you to bring drinks and snacks from the rooftop bar to your seats.

Scarborough Hotel, Sydney, New South Wales

Offering 180-degree views of the stunning coastline between Sydney and Wollongong, the Scarborough Hotel is perched on the clifftops and offers one of Australia’s best hotel beer gardens. Pop down to the Scarborough Beach for a quick dip, then walk back up to the hotel and settle in for an afternoon of beers, wines and bites with spectacular views.

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Summer Fruit Picking in Australia

Looking to shake up your farm-to-table food experience? Then, make your next holiday destination Australia. On the menu this summer in Australia: country air and lots of fresh fruit. Be dazzled by colourful fruit bowls, bottled preserves and pick-your-own fun at fruit farms offering affordable activities for everyone, just a short trip away from the big cities. Australia’s fruit-picking season is open for a limited time only, so what are you waiting for?

Australia’s summer is bountiful with fruit-picking adventures, hands-on bottling workshops and a wide selection of juicy produce available — that’s right, it’s not just about strawberries! Besides being tasty and fun, fruit picking has the added benefit of not creating a dent in your bank account!

Rayners Orchard, Victoria

Come for the orchard tours and stay for the fruit-themed activities at Rayners Orchard, just under a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, in the Yarra Valley.

Home to over 450 types of fruit, including peaches and apricots between December and March as well as unique mixed varieties such as pluots, a hybrid of apricots and plums, and nectarplum, a fruit with both nectarine and plum traits, the farm offers tractor tours around its orchard daily. On these fruit-fest tours, sample up to 12 types of fruit.

For more hands-on fun, opt for a U-Pick tour that lets you pick as many fruits as you like daily for just A$5 per kilogram! Or create the perfect souvenir at a fruit-bottling workshop — free for kids accompanied by at least two adults.

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Apple Shack, Glenbernie Orchard, New South Wales

Glenbernie Orchard, Darkes Forest, Credit Dee Kramer Photography

What better way to celebrate the Australian summer than with a day spent on a beautiful apple orchard?

Treat your taste buds to a wide range of crisp, apple produce, including cider, jam and apple vinegar, from Apple Shack in Glenbernie Orchard, just over an hour’s drive from Sydney. Fill your basket with apples, peaches and nectarines from the orchard between November and April and be sure to feast on all the raspberries you can eat!

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Hillwood Berry Farm, Tasmania

Hillwood Berry Farm, Credit Tourism Tasmania & Hillwood Berry Farm

If you prefer your fruits small and sweet, then Hillwood Berry Farm in scenic Tamar Valley, Tasmania is the place to be this summer.

Just 30 minutes north of Launceston, the family-owned farm offers pick-your-own experiences that lets you pluck strawberries (from November to May), raspberries and blackcurrants straight off the vine for just A$10 per kilogram.

Once you have filled your punnet to the brim, make a beeline for the on-site café, open daily from 9am to 5pm, for scones and homemade berry jam, and its famous Super Deluxe Ice Cream Sundae. The farm also sells a range of cheese and wine, made from grapes next door, for a true farm-gate experience! Kids will be delighted by the farm’s menagerie, which includes ducks, dogs, sheep and even a cockatoo.

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Spirits and Cider: 3 Must-visit Attractions for Thirsty Travellers in Australia

It’s not just about beer or wine in Australia. Craft spirits and cider are raising the bar too

Tired of your usual watering holes? While Singapore might be home to a long list of cocktail bars, Australia has something even better: independently owned distilleries and breweries that offer an exclusive look — and taste — at how some of the world’s best craft drinks are made. Here are three in Australia you need to visit:-

Distillery Botanica, Erina, New South Wales

Gin enthusiasts, this one’s for you. Located on the Central Coast, just a 90-minute drive north from Sydney, Distillery Botanica, recently won Australia’s first gold medal for gin at the International Wine and Spirits Competition, Helmed by expert distiller Philip Moore, Distillery Botanica specialises in spirits using native Australian botanicals such as Illawarra plum, grown in the grounds.

Stop by the tasting room for a range of fragrant gins including the award-winning Moore’s Vintage Dry Gin, and the limited-edition Rather Royal Gin made with eight ingredients picked from the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney.

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Sullivans Cove, Hobart, Tasmania

Toast with a glass of whisky at Sullivans Cove, recognised for having the world’s best single malt whisky at the 2014 World Whiskies Awards.

A mere 20 minutes by car from Hobart, the distillery offers whisky tours and tastings. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how one of the world’s most desired single malt whiskies is made. Then, relax with a dram or three of whisky carefully crafted with Tasmanian-only ingredients. Aficionados will be pleased to know that every barrel of whisky is bottled individually, ensuring that each bottle comes with its own unique flavour, aroma and colour. 

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CORE Cider House, Western Australia

If you prefer something lighter and sweeter with a hint of sparkle, then drop by CORE Cider House located just 35 minutes from Perth city.

This fourth-generation family farm offers artisan cider tasting sessions, wine trails and apple orchard tours, which include fruit-picking from January to August and a hearty farm-to-table lunch overlooking the orchards. From sparkling apple and lemon to pear flavours, tickle your taste buds with a range of orchard-bred ciders from the only Western Australian cidery to win the “Best in Class” award at the Australian Cider Awards.

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Affordable Adventures in Adelaide, Hobart and Launceston

Home to weekend farmers’ markets, rolling lavender farms and off-road cycling trails — who says that these South Australian and Tasmanian cities are only known for the finer things in life?

These cities in Australia’s southern states may be known for their laid-back atmosphere and gentle pace, but there is actually plenty to see and do — at wallet-friendly prices. Be it shopping at bustling farmers’ markets or riding the longest single-span chairlift in the world, it’s non-stop action for visitors.

Adelaide, South Australia

Adelaide Central Market | Credit Copyright SATC

No matter the season, the South Australian capital will let you sample the best of Australia — from food hubs to wildlife and interactive nature — at inexpensive prices.

Explore the city on two wheels by hiring an Adelaide Free Bike from one of 20 locations in the city, complete with a helmet and bicycle lock for free. Take the leisurely River Torrens Linear Park Trail, which runs through the city to the coastal suburb of Henley Beach. Pack a picnic to enjoy on the beach or unwind at one of the many cafés in Henley Square.

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Or ride to Adelaide Central Market, in the heart of the city, where you can stop and sample a mouth-watering array of fresh, homegrown produce. Shop for locally farmed seafood, gourmet cheeses and pastries across more than 80 stalls at reasonable prices or join a market tour, which includes generous tastings of local produce and coffee or tea. Open from Tuesday to Saturday, it has free entry — and complimentary Wi-Fi service for those planning to document their food adventures on social media in real-time.

Take a walk on the wild side at Adelaide Zoo, Australia’s second oldest zoo and home to more than 3,000 animals. Enjoy a free guided tour, or pay for a range of special experiences, including a chance to mingle with a penguin colony and handfeed lions, for just under A$50 each.

For a breath of fresh air (literally!), visit the Adelaide Botanic Garden. Offering year-round, free access to all, the Garden spans landscaped greenery and stunning architecture, including a must-see Victorian glasshouse with a fascinating collection of plants from the ancient island of Madagascar. If you are travelling with kids, drop by the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden for a sensory playtime session with vegetables, fruits and herbs.

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Hobart and Launceston, Tasmania

Cataract Gorge | Credit Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett

Whether it is unique food or affordable adventures that you are after, Tasmania’s two main cities have it all.

Be sure to visit Salamanca Market in Hobart, the Tasmanian capital, which houses over 300 stalls offering an array of products from delectable coffees and cakes to Tasmanian art and crafts. Open on Saturday mornings, the marketplace is the perfect spot for those in search of local bites and gifts at great prices.

Bridestowe Lavender Estate, Tasmania | Credit Tourism Tasmania and Bridestowe Estate

When visiting Launceston, Tasmania’s second biggest city, drop by nearby Bridestowe Lavender Estate. Home to one of Tasmania’s most beautiful sights between November and February, it’s the one-stop shop for all things lavender. Watch the grounds come alive for just A$10 during flower season, or enter for free during off peak season. Those visiting between December and February also enjoy a complementary guided tour. Shop for unique souvenirs, such as hand creams, soaps and Bobbie, the famous lavender-filled heat pack bear. Or, head to the Woodcroft Café on the estate for lavender ice cream and brownies.

No visit to Launceston is complete without a stop at Cataract Gorge, just a stone’s throw away from central Launceston. It’s home to the world’s longest single-span chairlift, which is a must-visit for adventure and nature lovers alike. View rugged cliffs and the river from above in an eight-minute ride, before cooling off in the free outdoor swimming pool open from November to March. End your visit with a barbecue or picnic amid exotic plants and the occasional peacock or wallaby. The variety of free yet fun things to do ensure it’s a must-not miss experience.

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SilkAir’s First Direct Flights from Singapore to Broome

Visit the perpetually sunny, friendly, multicultural pearling town of Broome in north-west Western Australia and you will never want to leave.

A fusion of peacefulness, intriguing history and vivid Indigenous culture, Broome also offers rugged natural beauty, from stunning turquoise water to vast white beaches and the spectacular Kimberley. Continue reading “SilkAir’s First Direct Flights from Singapore to Broome”

The 4 Things to Do in Gold Coast this Year

Your guide to the best cafés, beaches, theme park rides, rainforests and entertainment in Gold Coast! Choosing the best things to do in Gold Coast is no easy task. Known as the city on the beach with truly epic theme parks, the Gold Coast is the go-to destination for non-stop action just an hour’s drive from Brisbane, Queensland.

From beachside cafés to thrilling amusement park rides and a World Heritage-listed wonder, here’s a list of activities that offers the gold standard in fun for the whole family!


DC Rivals Hyper Coaster, Warner Bros. Movie World. Image Credit:

Ride the tallest and fastest hyper coaster in the southern hemisphere at Movie World, just a 25-minute drive from Surfers Paradise. The newly opened DC Rivals HyperCoaster travels at speeds of up to 115 kilometres per hour — around the top speed of the cheetah, the fastest land animal on the planet!

SeaWorld Dolphin Swim. Credit: Tourism Queensland

Or visit Sea World, an easy five-minute drive from Surfers Paradise. Here you can wade into a shallow water encounter with dolphins or experience a thrilling shark feeding session!

4 Days 3 Nights Gold Coast Adventure
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Explore rainforests and national parks in the Gold Coast hinterland via a four-wheel-drive tour, with customisable itineraries.

Make the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park your first stop. Take on O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk, a free activity that will see you suspended among tree canopies some 15 meters above ground, amongst the birds and animals that inhabit the treetops.

Tamborine Mountain Rainforest Skywalk. Image Credit:, Ryan Graham

Later, visit Tamborine National Park — the third-oldest national park in the world and filming location of Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok. Explore glow-worm caves; attempt the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, a 45-minute experience that suspends you among lush canopies and above creeks; and visit wineries, a brewery and a distillery up on Tamborine Mountain, which offers uninterrupted coastal views.


What’s a holiday without good food and retail therapy?

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Tuck into an Instagram-worthy açai bowl or a delicious raw peanut butter and jelly smoothie bowl at The Cardamom Pod, a cosy café in Southport, just a 10-minute drive from Surfers Paradise. Or, visit Dune Café at Palm Beach on the Surfers Paradise strip, voted one of the top three places for breakfast on the Gold Coast by locals. You’ll find yourself spoilt for choice with a range of hearty and healthy dishes — think free-range eggs with organic sourdough and avocado mousse with quinoa-and-potato hash.

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Once you’ve fuelled up, drop by Pacific Fair — the Gold Coast’s main shopping and dining destination — and shop to your heart’s content at over 400 stores, ranging from global luxury labels to local retailers. The shopping center can be accessed via a free shuttle service that stops at Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Mermaid Beach!


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Take your experience of the Gold Coast to new heights by participating in the SkyPoint Climb, which will see you ascend 270 metres into the air within 90 minutes. Drink in unobstructed views of Gold Coast’s pristine beaches, city skyline and lush hinterland when you summit.

Rest assured that the climb is secured by an inner handrail and safety equipment, including a harness and static fall arrest line, so you can focus on what matters — the breathtaking view before you!

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So, put Gold Coast on your bucket list right now! Whether it’s a short trip to a family getaway or a relaxing road trip and farmstay, Jetabout Holidays has got you all covered!
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Australia’s Biggest (And Best) Events of 2018

Make the most of your annual leave this year with a list of Australia’s best, biggest and most electrifying events that promise a good time and good vibes only

It’s that time of the year again, when you start marking out long weekends and public holidays on your calendar. And with Australia’s impressive line-up of festivals and events, there is plenty going on no matter where or when you choose to visit.

Here’s a snapshot of what you can experience Down Under — and why you need to start pencilling in these dates now.

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The Cheap Eats Guide to Australia

Cheap eats have long been part of Australia’s DNA, with plenty of places that care more about the food on your plate than the décor. So leave your reservations about expensive degustation menus at the door; these local favourites will have you rediscovering the value of good food at great prices.

Black Star Pastry, Sydney, New South Wales

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Home to possibly the world’s most Instagrammed cake, Black Star Pastry is a rite of passage for visitors and locals of Sydney alike. Refresh your palate with the café’s strawberry watermelon cake, which is a multilayered confection of almond dacquoise (similar to a meringue), rose-scented cream, watermelon, strawberries and a generous topping of pistachios and dried rose petals. Plenty of time and effort go into whipping up this signature cake.

Burger Project, Sydney, New South Wales

Credit: Burger Project, NSW

Taste fast food done right at Burger Project. Founded by celebrity chef Neil Perry, the seven Burger Project outlets in Sydney have a menu focused on homegrown ingredients — think slabs of Tasmanian grass-fed beef or Lilydale free-range chicken patties sitting on a bed of beetroot, cheese and secret sauce. Complete your burger with a side of thick-cut chips and a shake for a meal that won’t cost more than A$25.

Lune Croissanterie, Melbourne, Victoria

Grab your forks, croissant lovers; we’re headed to Melbourne’s trendy Fitzroy district where Lune Croissanterie, declared as having the “world’s best croissant” by The New York Times in 2016, is located. Munch on traditional French croissants or more unique creations such as the Reuben, a twist on the classic American sandwich, complete with pastrami, sauerkraut and Swiss Gruyere.

Can’t get enough of Lune’s pastries? Sign up for a 90-minute degustation at the Lune Lab. For about A$35, you get to sample three experimental pastries accompanied by all the flat whites you can drink.

Jimmy Grants, Melbourne, Victoria

Prefer savoury food? Just a 15-minute walk away from Lune Croissanterie is Jimmy Grants, the brainchild of MasterChef Australia judge George Calombaris. Inspired by Calombaris’ Greek roots, the restaurant specialises in souvlaki — a popular Greek food consisting of small, tender pieces of meat, served wrapped in pita and finished with a variety of toppings, like lettuce, tomato and tzatziki.

If you’re there with a friend, try the sharing plate, which offers a choice of lamb or chicken, a side salad, some dip, chips and a heap of pita at A$40 — it’ll satisfy your stomachs without burning a hole in your pockets.

Eat Street Markets, Brisbane, Queensland       


Eat your way around the world at the aptly named Eat Street Markets. Specialising in globally inspired street-style food, the market is a wonderful mix of over 70 stalls serving a variety of small bites from Mexican quesadillas to Asian pan-fried pork dumplings. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste local specialties such as rosemary and mint lamb burgers and grilled potato slinkys, surrounded by priceless city and river views. With an entry fee of just A$2.50 and free entry for kids under the age of 12, there’s no excuse not to drop by. Catch the CityCat to the Northshore Hamilton Ferry Terminal then take a short two-minute walk to the eastern entrance.

The Beach Club, Cottesloe, Western Australia                                     

Credit: Cottesloe Beach Hotel

Slurp shucked oysters fresh from the ocean or polish off a plate of fried local calamari for less than A$20 at The Beach Club in Cottesloe Beach Hotel, just a half-hour drive from Perth’s CBD. On top of seafood, the beachside beer garden also serves inventive mixes such as chocolate negronis and pink vertigos. As you sip on delicious cocktails and dine on fresh local seafood, you’ll find it hard to leave this beach-chic venue before the night is over. 


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Coral Coast: Western Australia’s Secret Paradise

Throw on your explorer’s cap! It’s time for one-of-a-kind land and sea adventures

All Perth-ed out and lusting for adventures beyond the urban cool of Western Australia’s capital? Pack your bags and make for the Coral Coast, where the outback meets the sea, just north of Perth. Not to be outdone by the Great Barrier Reef and its surrounding islands in Queensland, the Coral Coast boasts two World Heritage-listed wonders, Shark Bay and Ningaloo Reef, an endless expanse of sand and priceless experiences from culinary to downright adventurous. Continue reading “Coral Coast: Western Australia’s Secret Paradise”

A Road Trip to Remember: 3 Great Coastal Drives Down Under

Time to get off your couch and onto one of Australia’s most spectacular coasts

Do you find yourself daydreaming of golden beaches and beachside bistros with seafood menus long enough to chase away the midyear blues? Chances are that you are probably in need of a holiday, pronto. Luckily for you, Australia has all of the above and then some. Think endless beaches, spectacular sea views and off-the-road adventures — all of which can be explored on four wheels. Continue reading “A Road Trip to Remember: 3 Great Coastal Drives Down Under”