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6 underrated Australian wine regions you shouldn’t miss

The Barossa, the Yarra Valley, Margaret River – it’s easy to reel off famous Australian wine regions. While they all warrant endless praise, Australia has dozens more wine regions that deserve a slice of attention, too.

Scratch below the surface and you’ll discover a wealth of magnificent vineyard-cloaked areas that demand the attention of your eyes, nose, and palate and are perfect for a weekend away.

Don’t know where to start? Not to worry – we’ll help you on your way with our handpicked selection of underrated wine regions. There’s one for each of the six states of Australia.

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The best places to spot kangaroos

There’s something about viewing kangaroos in the wild that is truly captivating. Whether it’s their awkward stances, their inquisitive looks, or the way in which they appear to effortlessly yet gracefully bound through the air, kangaroos are a constant source of fascination.

These native animals can be spotted at abundant locations throughout Australia, but what happens if your four-year-old – or an international guest – exclaims ‘I want to see a kangaroo’. Do you know where you would take them?

Don’t fear – we have the answer. Whatever state or territory your travels take you, here are the top locations for kangaroo spotting. Please note: the best times to view kangaroos are either at dawn or dusk.

Kangaroo sunset

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17 reasons why dogs make great travel companions

There are plenty of dog lovers within the BIG4 family, and we love it when we can enjoy pet-friendly holiday adventures. In fact, some among us even cheekily suggest that our dogs make better travel buddies than our partners!

All this love for our pooch pals got us thinking – what is it about dogs that make them such great travel companions?

The subject is even more pertinent now that more than a third of BIG4 Holiday Parks offer pet-friendly accommodation. So let’s pay tribute to Rover, Rex, Ruby, Randy, Ralph, Roxy, and Rollie with 17 reasons why dogs make the best travel buddies.

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Australia’s must-see botanic gardens

Glorious botanic gardens are dotted throughout the Australian landscape and attract visitors and locals alike for their magnificent colours, extravagant beauty, and tranquil surrounds. Whether positioned in major cities or small towns, Australia’s botanic gardens are a source of immense pride.

You could easily have the attitude ‘if you’ve seen one botanic garden, you’ve seen them all’. However, if you think all Australian botanic gardens are the same, think again. So many of them have individual or rare attributes that ensure they are essential attractions when on your travels.

We’ve handpicked a wonderful selection of gardens that make essential viewing, so it’s time for you to wake up and smell the roses. Literally.

Adelaide Botanic Garden's Palm House is grand.
Adelaide Botanic Garden’s Palm House is a seriously grand building.

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Best summer holiday destinations in Australia

With thanks to guest blogger Jennifer Adams of Places We Go.

Ooh, I have excitement in my fingertips even writing this blog article! When I think of summer holidays in Australia, I think of our great country sparkling at her very best; what a beauty she really is, especially over the Christmas ‘summer’ holidays.

Enjoying Australia’s spectacular backyard.
Enjoying Australia’s spectacular backyard.

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8 memorable Australian zoo experiences

Australia has a superb collection of zoos and wildlife sanctuaries that entertain, enthral, engage, excite, and educate. Yet visiting an Australian zoo or wildlife park is like standing in a supermarket’s confectionery aisle – there’s so much on offer that it’s tough to know what to choose (or where to start).

So rather than just informing you of the best zoos in Australia, we’ve gone a step further. We present the lowdown on great zoo experiences – the must-sees, the rare encounters, the up-close meetings, or the captivating shows – and when to witness them.

We understand a day at the zoo can be pricey even without add-ons, so our choices are limited to experiences that form part of a general admission ticket, (which means the chance to wrestle dozy polar bears at $10,000 a pop was omitted from the list, sorry). With the hard work already done for you, prepare to enjoy a bunch of great Australian zoo experiences.

Zoos allow for incredible up-close encounters.
Zoos allow for incredible up-close encounters. Image credit: Perth Zoo.

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Why Kiama has got it all – the beauty of the South Coast of NSW

Blog contribution by Jennifer Adams, presenter of the popular TV travel series Places We Go.

The New South Wales South Coast is a blend of what I consider to be some of the best qualities of Australia: kilometres of lush green rolling farmland, framed superbly by never-ending spectacular coastline that’s home to some of the most pristine beaches in the country.

Kiama, where rolling farmland meets the sea.
Kiama, where rolling farmland meets the sea.

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5 facts you should know about Tasmania’s Port Arthur Historic Site

Blog contribution by Jennifer Adams, presenter of the popular TV travel series Places We Go.

Here is an interesting question to discuss around the dinner table – do you know if you have any convict stories within your own family history? It’s certainly adds an intriguing twist to many Australian families. And on our recent visit to the Port Arthur Historic Site, the home of what was our country’s largest penal colony, this topic was discussed with much interest.

Port Arthur historic site, Tasmania
Port Arthur Historic Site in Port Arthur, Tasmania

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Reasons to visit Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest-surviving German settlement

Blog contribution by Jennifer Adams, presenter of the popular TV travel series Places We Go.

Let’s be clear. South Australia is an absolute treasure. It’s overflowing with beauty, history, world-class food and wine, and the most welcoming locals you could wish to meet. I could reel off several places you ‘must’ visit.

But I have to admit, until recently, I had never heard of Hahndorf. I knew of its neighbour, the Barossa, but this charming little German town had somehow slipped under my radar. Now that I have been, I urge you not to let it slip under yours!

The iconic Hahndorf Inn. Photo source: Places We Go.
Get a taste of Germany at the iconic Hahndorf Inn.

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10 spectacular Australian national parks that dodge the spotlight

Did you know Australia is dotted with more than 500 national parks? From the east coast to the west coast and everywhere in between, you’ll find these enormous gem-filled patches of turf wherever you choose to roam.

Some of these national treasures fall into properties that are classified as World Heritage-listed; others earn this honour all on their own. And then there are the many national parks that have been holiday hotspots for generations.

While these big guns deserve the headlines, there are many other Australian national parks that warrant a slice of attention, too. And it’s time you were in on the secret – we don’t want you missing out on a wonderful experience on your next BIG4 holiday.

It’s time to lift the lid on 10 Australian national parks that you must explore.

Great Otway National Park, Great Ocean Road region, Victoria.
You’ll be green with envy if you don’t stroll through Great Otway National Park in Victoria’s Great Ocean Road region.

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