KANGALUNA CAMP: Outback Safari in SA

From sleeping in a swagon in the Gawler Ranges to swimming with sea lions on the Eyre Peninsula, this corner of South Australia offers a variety of outback and coastal adventures you won’t want to miss. For a truly amazing and authentic outback experience there is no greater guide than Geoff Scholz, the quintessentially Australian proprietor of Kangaluna Camp in the Gawler Ranges. Born … [Read more...]

NSW South Coast, AUSTRALIA

A leisurely road trip along the South Coast of NSW is one of Australia's great drives with spectacular coastal scenery, wildlife and loads of adventure experiences. Crystal-clear bays and lakes, uncrowded beaches and beautiful rivers are perfect year-round for fishing, diving, canoeing and boating while the pristine bushland entices bush walkers, bird-lovers and cycling enthusiasts. For the … [Read more...]

BANNISTERS: Mollymook’s Motel with the Mostest

Kate Ayrton finds something fishy and fabulous on Australia's scenic South Coast. Bannisters guests generally fall into two categories: those who have been and those who have not. The first are a devoted lot who return on a regular basis to graze at Rick Stein’s famous table while taking in the fresh seaside air and stunning ocean views. The second simply don’t know what they’re … [Read more...]

KANGAROO ISLAND: South Australia’s National Treasure

Kate Ayrton discovers the culinary delights, pioneering spirit and natural wonders of KI. Spanning 4,400 square kilometers, Kangaroo Island (known as KI by the locals) is roughly the same size as Bali, minus all the people and traffic, and the third largest island off Australia. With a ratio of approximately 1 square kilometer per person, there is plenty of space for all walks of life. Half … [Read more...]

MOGANSHAN: Retreat to the Hills

Looking for a chance to escape the big smoke and explore the countryside around Shanghai? Retreat to the scenic mountaintop village of Moganshan, only two and a half hours drive from the city – once home to British missionaries, Chinese gangsters and interesting expats like Mark Kitto who wrote a delightful autobiography about how he lost a fortune and found a life in China in the … [Read more...]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: From Adelaide to the Barossa

Sydney-sider Kate Ayrton heads south to discover the culinary delights and natural wonders of SA. South Australia is like the redheaded stepchild of Australia – often overlooked because of her more popular sister states, New South Wales and Victoria – but in fact the one with more personality, style and substance. From the coast to the desert, through farmland, bushland, wine country, and … [Read more...]

FOOD BUZZ: Kangaroo Island Food Safari

Special alert for traveling gourmands! This August the popular KI Food Safari returns once again with a star studded cast of Australian chefs including Maggie Beer and Simon Bryant returning for their second year in the saddle, and joined by acclaimed restaurateur, Damien Pignolet. Kicking off from August 24 - 30, the Safari is a hands-on, muddy-boots paddock and vineyard discovery of Kangaroo … [Read more...]

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Sunset in BALI

This striking image was captured at the Rock Bar at Ayana Resort & Spa in Jimbaran, Bali during sunset. After having queued for 35 minutes and then taken an inclinator straight down the cliff face to Bali's "hottest" bar, I was disappointed by the warm beers and over-priced cocktails, but as the sun set and the effects of the alcohol kicked in, I warmed to this hip joint, seduced by the … [Read more...]

VIDEO of the Week: ICELAND

At wandermelon we are constantly amazed by the amount of creativity, talent, passion, and vision that travelers bring to their work and adventures, which is why we wanted to share this beautiful video with you by Sebastian Baltyn from Perth, WA: Iceland: An Iceland Venture from AnIcelandVenture on Vimeo. "With little to go by other than pre-flight internet research, a Lonely Planet guide … [Read more...]

NEW ZEALAND’S Road To Happiness

Kate Ayrton connects the dots between the North and South Island on the ultimate Kiwi road trip with pit stops at some of New Zealand’s finest hotels. If you want to experience the best that New Zealand has to offer, then the concept of Relais & Chateaux’ “Routes de Bonheur” is hard to bypass. This exclusive French hotel collection has been drawing in discerning travelers since … [Read more...]