Category Archives: Attractions and experiences

Uncover a wealth of breathtaking Australian attractions – from hidden gems to spotlight stealers – and discover unforgettable travel experiences.

9 irresistible Australian food and wine festivals

BIG4’s Taste for Travel theme is cooking up a storm throughout autumn, but why should the indulgence stop there? Allow tastebud-tempting travels to linger by checking out these upcoming food and wine festivals held throughout the country.

You can’t beat a food and wine festival. It brings out all the elements we love in life: good food, good wine, good company, and good times. And where there is a superb food and wine festival, there’s bound to be a BIG4 park nearby. It’s time to get a taste for what is on offer…

City Wine festival, PerthWine and Food Events WA
City Wine festival, Perth. Credit: Wine and Food Events WA.

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7 amazing Australian places to visit this autumn

Australia teems with vibrant holiday destinations that are captivating year round. However, some locations stand out from the crowd at autumn, displaying beauty of gob-smacking proportions.

Autumn delivers the right ingredients that allow these destinations to be at their blooming best, and trees, vineyards, and other natural features explode with colour. This aesthetic awesomeness is often backed by humming seasonal events that lure visitors year after year.

With autumn in full swing, we’re delivering you seven Australian places to visit right now. It’s best to start planning…

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6 mouth-watering Australian gourmet food regions

Australia serves up a feast of first-rate gourmet food regions that are all cherry ripe for an indulgent break.

Whether it’s sampling abundant local produce at its absolute freshest or dining in style at a top-class restaurant, these gourmet food regions deliver a plethora of palate-pleasing options.

We’ve highlighted half-a-dozen of the best of them. It’s time to unleash your tastebuds.

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Best places in Australia to experience water sports

We might live in the driest inhabited continent on earth but look all around and you’ll spot water. Lots of it. Australia is encircled by thousands of kilometres of breathtaking coastline, which gifts us with an incredible aquatic playground.

Yet with so much coastline to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start or where to go to next for an unforgettable scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, or kayaking experience.

Don’t be sunk by information overload. We’ve done the hard work for you and found the best places to indulge in water-based leisure. Whether you’re an expert or a beginner, there are plenty of world-class locations scattered all across the country.

It’s time to hit the water…

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Australia has a wealth of magnificent spots to enjoy abundant water sports.

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The best dive sites in Australia to see marine life

Heading underwater provides an extraordinary thrill. Scuba diving – and snorkelling – allows you to embark on a surreal journey where you enter a world bursting with incredible interactions and amazing colours.

Whether you’re being wowed by marine life or marvelling at colourful coral, each dive warrants endless superlatives: captivating, enthralling, exciting, fascinating…

Fortunately, Australia’s extensive coastline allows for ample underwater exploration, and the many BIG4 parks lined along the coast means we can easily put you at the heart of the action. Grab your wetsuit and flippers – it’s time to explore the best dive sites in Australia.

Diving with Seals, Narooma credit Sebastian Goldhorn
Diving with seals at Montague Island, near Narooma in New South Wales, is bucket-list material. Image credit: Sebastian Goldhorn.

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7 rewarding one-day Australian mountain climbs

There’s something special about climbing a mountain, and it’s a feat that conjures up a whole range of thoughts and feelings. You start by psyching yourself up for the challenge, ooze energy and enthusiasm as the climb begins, question your sanity part way through, and then, with elation, enjoy a huge sense of achievement when you reach the summit.

Holidays are the perfect time to tackle a mountain: you literally have all day to play with and plenty of recovery time.

With this in mind, we thought we’d share with you our favourite Australian mountain climbs. We’ve highlighted those that can be conquered as part of a daytrip from your; yet still present a decent challenge. And the further you read, the tougher the climbs become!

It’s time to put on your walking shoes and prepare to encounter these incredibly rewarding Australian mountain climbs.

Hiking within Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is incredibly rewarding.
Hiking within Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is incredibly rewarding.

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Top 6 Australian flower festivals to brighten your spring

Nothing better signals the arrival of spring than a display of bright, colourful flowers carpeting the landscape. It’s a comforting sign, indicating that the cold and wet of winter has passed (for many Australians) and plenty of sun-kissed days lie ahead.

A stack of destinations around Australia embrace the floral theme by hosting flower festivals each spring. In fact, some of these festivals have a history that dates more than half a century, and they attract big crowds. And with more than 180 parks scattered across Australia, BIG4 has fantastic accommodation that can put you at the heart of the action.

Here are half a dozen annual Australian flower festivals that have caught our eye.

Ruston's Rose Garden is centre of attention for South Australia's Renmark Rose Festival in October.
Ruston’s Rose Garden is centre of attention during South Australia’s Renmark Rose Festival each October. Credit: SATC.

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Australia’s best whale-watching locations

Watching whales at play is a breathtaking experience. The sheer size of whales is almost unfathomable and their obvious power and grace is remarkable.

Fortunately, there are many whale-watching hotspots around Australia, and now is the peak viewing time. Australia’s east coast is lined with prime viewing spots. From late April to August, whales  journey from Antarctica in search of the warmer waters of Queensland. Then, during spring, these majestic animals make their way back to Antarctica. This means there’s double the chance to spot them!

It’s not just the east coast of Australia that receives all the attention – read on and you’ll discover that whales have a strong affinity with many of our waters.

Humpback and southern right whales are the main species to watch for, although there are opportunities to view other varieties.

And where there are up-close encounters with whales, you’ll almost always find a BIG4 park nearby. It’s time to uncover Australia’s best whale-watching locations.

Whales at play, like this one near Busselton, make for an inspiring sight. Credit: David Ashley
Whales at play, like this one near Busselton in Western Australia, make for a remarkable sight. Credit: David Ashley.

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12 of the best Victorian art galleries

Winter has arrived, and for many of us the skies are grey and the weather cold. To escape the nasty conditions, embrace the great indoors and uncover a world bursting with colour.

The corridors of art galleries transport you to a time long ago, a time familiar, even a time hoped for. The stories that are secured on the walls or behind glass are many and varied: dramatic, thought-provoking, subtle, intricate, controversial.

Victoria’s art galleries are among the most impressive in the land and are the ideal wet weather holiday activity. Better still, where there is a wonderful art gallery; there is a BIG4 park nearby. Brush aside bad weather – it’s time to explore Victoria’s leading art galleries…

The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne is world class.
The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne is world class. Credit: Ben King.

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10 must-visit regional Australia museums

When on holidays in winter, you may find yourself hurrying indoors to escape the cold. It’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Avoiding a showdown with Mother Nature can mean entering a realm you never knew existed; one that will have you completely captivated. It’s the world of museums.

Regional Australia has roughly 2000 museums, which are filled with inspiring, fascinating, and even quirky stories. We could make a case for all of them, but our compilation concentrates on those that capture our attention for their unique themes.

Whether dedicated to poetry, photography, brollies, or batsmen, prepare to unearth 10 must-visit regional Australia museums.

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