I love visiting new cities. One of the best activities is to wander the streets, browsing, gazing, and stumbling into new precincts and finding good coffee while absorbing the atmosphere.
I also love chatting with baristas, imagining what it would be like to live in that area, soaking up the climate, the history- you could be anyone from anywhere and they wouldn’t know.
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It does help to have a bit of a plan before you begin. To save precious travel time, here is a list of the 8 Best Best Australian Travel Websites You Need To Know, to expand your experience.
This list may assist budget wise, culture wise or general info wise.
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5Why is a bit like your family. A combination of the sensible information with the Gen Z voice throwing in banter along the way, switching between five different topics, but providing current information.
Directed at the younger generations, their website has heaps of sections, labeled such as:
‘Food and Bevs’
The info is spot on, offering detail on cheap eats, best drink deals and newest information.
‘Out & About’
5 Budget-Friendly Events to check out at Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
How to approach a mate when they’re really struggling.
5 rookie errors to avoid on a long haul flight. Sure there are plenty of flight booking sites out there, but these tips are priceless once you bord the plane.
‘Latest Trending stories’
Initially seeming like taboid fluff, but in reality, consisting of current real information covering important topics, and reported with a youthful style.
5Why is perfect for checking out Australian cities for all kinds of travellers, particularly those born after 1990.
“Broadsheet is a city guide. We cover food & drink, art & design, fashion, entertainment, travel and active lifestyles.”
Broadsheet is a perfect go to if you’re into wandering in search of good coffee and food along the laneways of Melbourne or hilly streets of Sydney.
Broadsheet caters to a slightly older audience. 20 somethings to 30s, 40s and older, the focus is on unique pairings and good quality. Kind of like your hipster, well off aunt, passing on some top places to visit.
Current food and drink recommendations range from the best pie, retro karaoke and new vs traditional sushi. Yum!
The underrated road trip destinations is one of the reasons this website is worth checking out. Traveller is one of the best Australian travel websites.
Amongst others, Traveller also provides articles on where the ‘real Australian road trips’ are, and The worst person to bring on a road trip, resulting in this site being an essential go to for all things travelling through Australia.
Keen to know what the rules are for visiting Central Australia, but you want your own experience?
Lonely Planet Central Australia guide
Although Lonely Planet may already be on your radar, they continue to write contemporary up-to-date, informative articles, answering most peoples specific travel related questions.
This line of hotels and resorts all round Australia have fantastic reviews, are reasonably priced per night, and offer rooms ranging from basic to all-out luxury.
Often advertising good deals, they are definitely competitive for what you receive for your ca$h.
With no pre payment and free cancellation, Oaks Australia are worth considering for your city stay.
Flashpack provide travel experiences for anything from dinners, and one day to two week trips. They are on the expensive side but the company is well equipped, providing small group travel experiences to incredible locations.
Flashpack is well organized and caters specifically to those no longer happy with the hostel budget backpacking chaos, who are keen to meet new people.
A trip of theirs I took in Italy included bike riding, visiting wineries (north of Venice!), good hotel accommodation, continental breakfasts and a lot of laughs. Always expanding, this site is worth adding to your list.
THE URBAN LIST
The Urban List is fantastic website for all cities of Australia and New Zealand. Search through a jam packed list of things to do and unique & fun travel ideas in each city.
Some of the Urban List’s popular articles include Best Op Shops, Best Yum Cha, Best Pastry- you name it, to out of town cinemas, markets, and brewery festivals.
Travelettes is a website for females and is a global hub for travel writers. Contributors’ locations range from the UK, France, Vienna, the U.S, and Berlin.
Since 2009 the website is a collection of travel stories from all corners of the world.
The Travelettes’ goal is to “inspire, inform and motivate young women to travel more”. Search by city and you’ll find the best articles on ‘Nature breaks’, ‘Top Breakfast spots’ and ‘Beaches off The Beaten Track’.
Alternatively, if you’d rather pick up an old fashioned book-in-print, Lonely Planet continues to provide up to date information for travelling Australia. Check the below for the best tips on Australian road trips.
I would love to hear your fave go- to websites for discovering Australian cities! Please comment below with any suggestions 🙂