The Hidden Culture of Cairns

Cairns is commonly stereotyped as a holiday spot for beach bums and water-sport fanatics. However, there is more to Cairns than meets the eye. When you strip off the top layer, it’s a surprisingly cultural city. Read on for a guide to some of the coolest experiences in Cairns to get your cultural fix. When…

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Fishing Holiday Fun in Queensland

If fishing is your thing, you can’t look past the rivers and seas of Queensland — two of the top places in the territory to catch your fill are the Gold Coast and Cairns. With a range of different types of fishing on offer and hundreds of species of fish native to Queensland, there is…

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Sun, Sand and Surf: Why Not Experience a Different Side of the Gold Coast?

Typically, when you think of the Gold Coast you think of golden sand, sunny beaches, great surf, and holiday theme parks. But there is another side to our great Gold Coast, and that’s the hinterland. From stunning rainforest skywalks to relaxing wine tours, scenic national park walks to exotic spa retreats. The Gold Coast hinterland…

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The Idea of ‘The Big European OE’ For Those Down Under

Whenever a gap year is mentioned in Australasia, it is usually stated as ‘The Big OE’. Emphasis on the word ‘Big’ here. Seeing as most countries in the Southern Hemisphere are surrounded by sea, any venture away is considered pretty far away, therefore proving it difficult to travel to a destination for just a few…

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Best Sunsets

Everyone loves a sunset but I think we only really appreciate them when we are travelling. Might be down to the fact that we don’t have the time to fully appreciate them day to day or maybe it’s down to the fact that when we travel we are doing something amazing at the time and…

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From England to Ozstralia: A Mini Language Guide

Vital grammar that every backpacker should know when stepping out and about in the land down under… 1. Replace the casual ‘hello’ and expect to be greeted with a ‘G’day Mate’/’How ya doing mate’/ ‘You right mate?’ …. You will soon become everyone’s ‘mate’ and everyone will be your ‘mate’. 2. ‘Chavs’ are known as…

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Living the Dream: Mojosurf

Hayley Woolf recently joined us at Gap Year Escape as a writer. She currently works hard and plays harder on her Gap Year in Australia. She told me she hadn’t learnt to surf yet. That’s it, off you go to surf camp missy! With surfing being synonymous to Australia, a three day organised trip up…

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Byron Bay Bluesfest Review

On home soil we are spoilt for choice with great festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading and V. If you’re on a Gap Year down under have you ever considered catching a festival out there? I sent Caz and Craig from Y Travel Blog to investigate the Byron Bay Bluesfest and report back to us. “I’ve…

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