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Local Expert Interview - Kenneth Hall, ...

Tell us about your area of expertise My area of expertise falls into the two categories of bushwalking and photography and I have been involved with both for a long time. I was born in Yorkshire where I spent much of my time as a child out in the pad...

Mollymook – South Coast

The Sydney basins biggest feature is of course the beautiful natural harbour that stretches from the majestic sandstone cliffs on the coast at Manly on North Head and Watsons Bay on South Head to the suburb of Drummoyne at the mouth of the Parramatta R...


The Melbourne Arts Club takes us off the busy city streets and into a secret space of reflection with Scott Morrison's latest installation Small Choir Beam Contemporary is the perfect place (sorry, still can’t bring myself to say ‘sp...

Westham Farmhouse

Every now and then a sailor must leave the sea and head to places so far removed that the smell of salt air becomes a foreign scent. I did this recently. In fact I try to do this regularly so I don’t loose touch with another of my great loves an...

Keep your cool with these top 7 summer ...

As the temperatures are decreasing significantly in many regions of the world as the winter season is underway, it is definitely safe to say that the Australians are lapping up the summer’s sun! With temperatures rising you want some activities w...

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  • 6 popular self-guided tours

    Kayaking is great fun for both children and adults! With this Kayak hire you have the option of a single or a double kayak, and you have the choice to hire a snorkel and mask if you’re planning on seeing what underwater life there is too!
  • 11 Great idea's for Mother's Day

    Forget the flowers, jewellery and typical Mother’s Day gifts this year and make some lifelong family memories with a day out instead. Show mum you learn from the best when it comes to planning ahead with a pre-booked experience that will make it her best ...  more
  • 15 Great Reasons to Visit Australia!

    15 Great Reasons to Move to Australia – An infographic by the team at True Blue Migration
  • Become a TripTide Blogger

    Do you love to blog about your knowledge as a local in Australia? Or have you been travelling to Australia and would like to share your amazing experiences with other members of the community? Blogging in our community is a great way to get you...
  • 20 Awesome Australia facts

    Kangaroos can’t walk backwards.They might be missing out on the moonwalk but they do have a pretty impressive hop! Learn more about the mechanics behind the famous hop
    The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from space making it the world's largest...
  • Local Expert Interview - Kenneth Hall, New South Wales

    Tell us about your area of expertise
    My area of expertise falls into the two categories of bushwalking and photography and I have been involved with both for a long time.
    I was born in Yorkshire where I spent much of my time as a child out in the pad...
  • Trade - How to use the TripTide community

    Trade member – Guide to getting started
    Welcome to TripTide Australia!
    As a valued Trade Member of TripTide Australia you have the opportunity to speak directly with new and existing customers plus share and promote an abundance of your...
  • How to use the TripTide community

    Community member – Guide to getting started
    Welcome to TripTide Australia!
    Whether you are a local resident looking to learn more about Australia or researching your first ever trip, our community has a wealth of knowledge and inspirati...
  • Keep your cool with these top 7 summer activities

    As the temperatures are decreasing significantly in many regions of the world as the winter season is underway, it is definitely safe to say that the Australians are lapping up the summer’s sun! With temperatures rising you want some activities w...
  • 8 Essentials for planning your trip to Australia

    1. Get the right visa for your tripYou will need a visa to enter Australia unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen. There are different types of visa you can apply for depending on the purpose of your trip, from several types of tou...
  • 6 Top Ideas for New Years Eve in Australia

    Wanting to do something different in Australia to bring in 2014? Well this list of events may just help you!
    1. Join in on some rooftop celebrations happening throughout Sydney city where you can bring in the new year with the best p...
  • Australia Visa for British Citizen

    Short advice on Australia Visa's for British Citizens, including a link to the Australian Immigration Service's application form.
  • Things to do for Halloween in Australia

    Ideas for an Australian Halloween
    Limited dates to explore the dark and mysterious Newport Substation in Melbourne by lamplight. Join as we reveal strange curses, mysterious happenings and restless spirits whose stories have remained un...
  • The British Guide to Australian Shopping

    The British Guide to Australian Shopping
    by Shaun Millis
    Whether you’re relocating to Australia permanently, making the best of Bondi Beach on a gap year or simply popping down under for a short holiday, there comes a point where every ...
  • Lunch love in Geraldton

    Looking for a delicious dining experience in Geraldton? Salt Dish Cafe has it all: charm, efficiency and most importantly, yummy eats!
    If you are doing a road-trip north of Perth, chances are you will be stopping in Geraldton. The coastal city is 418 ...
  • Getting Around Australia on a Budget

     Getting a second hand car is often the cheapest option to travel around Australia, it may sound costly but for people who want to spend several months travelling around the country buying a car and selling it before they leave, it&rsquo...
  • 14 Father’s Day Ideas in Australia

    Father’s Day in Australia falls on Sunday September 1st this year but don’t worry if you haven’t thought of the perfect gift just yet.  We’ve put our heads together to compile 14 great Father’s Day ideas that will kee...
  • Choosing Among Hotels for Your Destination Wedding in Australia

    There are many options to choose from when all you need is to find a location that will be perfect for your ceremony site that is accessible. You probably would like to find a location where it will serve as the most perfect wedding venue that matches ...
  • 5 top beaches in Australia:

    It's very difficult to list the top 5 beaches in Australia, probably even 500 wouldn't be enough. Here are just a few from my own experience..
    Bells BeachIf you are one of those with a soft spot for surfing, your Oz experience would be incomplete with...
  • Australia on a Budget

    Ways to save money and stay on a budget whilst travelling Australia
  • Mobile Phones in Australia part 3

    After Mobile Phones in Australia part 1 and part 2, this article aims to show, besides mobile phones, other convenient ways for people to communicate in Australia. 
    Calling cards
    Despite the popularity of mobile phones, calling cards are still...
  • Mobile Phones in Australia part 2

    Mobile Phones in Australia. This article gives an overview of the main mobile phone networks operating in Australia as well as the virtual mobile phone network you may alternatively use.
    Prices and mobile phone deals change all the time theref...
  • Mobile Phones in Australia part. 1

    Mobile Phones in Australia. This article gives suggestions on the best way to use your mobile phone in Australia. From the main mobile networks to the danger of roaming and much more.
    Mobile phones
    If your mobile phone is unlocked and works with th...
  • 39 things to do in Melbourne

    1. Hot Air Balloon Ride over Melbourne
    2. Take a Yarra River Cruise...  more
  • Doing Time in Fremantle

    Keen to get out of Perth for a day or two? Hop in your car or on the train to Fremantle where you will find history, charm, unique architecture, fishermen and their wares, museums, a legend, a big ferris wheel and one damn fine brewery
    Fremantle, ...
  • Autumn in Mount Macedon

    One of the highlights of my recent trip to Australia was a day in Mount Macedon in the company of members of the Melbourne based Lyceum Club whose ranks include women who have distinguished themselves in art, music, literature, philanthropy or public s...
  • 10 tips on how to get a job in Australia

    Do you ever dream of working overseas, but think it would be impossible to find a job in Australia? Well, you are mistaken! It’s not exactly simple to find work abroad, but there is a wealth of information on the Internet to help you in your sear...
  • Adventurous fun on Western Australia's Turquoise Coast

    New ideas for an adventurous stay in WA!
  • My day out at the North Sydney Oval

    After a quite hectic couple of weeks in Sydney and Melbourne I finally had a day off. Here I am 12,000 miles from home, Saturday afternoon, early autumn, Lions tour imminent – it’s got be a taste of local rugby. So where to go? I was very f...
  • Sports Round-up - Australia 2013

    4 of the biggest sporting events in Australia in 2013 and a round-up of the Sports series so far.
  • Netball - Australia 2013

    Speed, agility and championship winning ability - Australia's top netbal team, the Diamonds, and where they are playing this year.
    Plus more on other teams and what to look out for!
  • Daring Darwin

    If you’re feeling adventurous, then it’s time to visit Darwin!
    This tropical town is the capital of the Northern Territory, situated at the top of Australia and is named in honour of naturist Charles Darwin.
    The town has the sa...
  • Cricket - Australia 2013

    Looking at the locations and dates of the Ashes 2013 series in Australia.
  • Rugby - Australia 2013

    Where to see Rugby in Australia this year. Some great matches are lined up, including the anticipated Lion's Tour! Keep your eyes peeled!
  • Canberra - 100 year anniversary celebrations

    Canberra, Australia's capital city marks its centenary with a year of celebrations, shows and events, providing something for everyone.
    This past week and next week mark a massive bout of celebration in Australia's capital, Canberra, with mult...
  • Naked Boys Singing

    It took over Broadway and the West End by storm, and now the Naked Boys Singing is taking off Down Under too. 
    In this musical, tailored to suit an Aussie audience, four singing boys dance and perform a hilarious comedy act… and ju...
  • Isles of Australia

    Myself and the TTHQ team are big fans of island life. The sense of escapism, exploration and community spirit all add to the customary jaw dropping views that make for a lasting impression.So researching and swooning over Australia's many neigbouring i...
  • Sugar Mills

    A brief over-view of Australia's sugar mills, their work in creating a more sustainable environment and particular mention of Farleigh Sugar Mill, Mackay, Queensland.
  • Daintree Rainforest

    The power to inspire: the Daintree Rainforest and the educational centres and sanctuaries nearby.
  • Australia Day Barbeque Safety Tips

    So January 26 is Australia Day, the annual event which commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788.
    It’s an official public holiday throughout the country, and outdoor concerts, festivals and firework displays take pl...
  • The Aussie Sporting Psyche

    Not all Australians feel passionately about sport, sport is undeniably linked to the Australian psyche
    Australians pride themselves on their sporting prowess and success. Most Australians could easily name ten famous Australian athlete...
  • Top Australia Festivals this season!

    Australia’s top festivals
          Music      January      Big Day Out – Sydney, Gold Coast, Adelaide etc
    Traveling from city to city, Big Day Out is Australia’s biggest and ...
  • Stay safe this summer

    Ready to travel?
    Camera - check
    Passport - check...  more
  • Summer in Australia

    See Australia at its best and visit during the summer season from December – February.   The sun is high, the locals are happy and welcoming plus you will never be short of spectacular things to see and do! 
    What better ...
  • Sydney Fireworks

    Where's the best place to watch the display?
    It’s the largest firework display in the world - with more than 1.5 million people heading to Sydney Harbour to get a glimpse of the dazzling display that is on offer ...
  • Manly Inflatable Boat Race

    The ocean has never been so much fun when it comes to the Manly Inflatable Boat Race, which is one of biggest, wettest and fun events on the Sydney calendar!
    Hundreds of wannabe-buccaneers in fancy dress take to the waters in in...
  • The Hunter Valley

    With more than 150 wineries to visit, what’s there not to love about the Hunter Valley?
    The Hunter Region, which is commonly known as the Hunter Valley is 120km, a two hour drive, north of Sydney and an...
  • The Blue Mountains

    A trip to Sydney would not be complete without a visit to the famous Blue Mountains.
    Located less than two hours from the city centre, the mountainous region has been aptly named due to its appearance. The blue colouring comes f...
  • Heading back in time in Redcliffe

    Historical Redcliffe, the first colony in Queensland.
    The picture perfect beachside town Redcliffe is located 35km north east of Brisbane. It has 20km of coastline and is surrounded by the majestic Glasshouse Mountains.
  • Sandboarding in Port Stephens

    With so many beaches around, many tourists try their hand at surfing, but I decided to try a different type of sand activity – one that didn’t have the threat of sharks! I went sand boarding in Port Stephens for the weekend.
  • The Other East Coast

    Every backpacker knows about the notorious East Coast!
    Starting at Sydney and snaking it’s way up to Cairns, travellers usually chase the sun and hit up major lively spots such as Byron Bay, Brisbane, The Whitsundays a...
  • A Town Like Alice

    Looking briefly at Alice Springs and what it has to offer.
  • Tangalooma, Moreton Island - Queensland

    Tangalooma (Moreton Island, Queensland) and its Dolphin Care Program.
  • Hardware Lane Restaurant, Melbourne

    Hardware Lane Restaurant, Melbourne. The Mill Restaurant opened in August 2006, quickly gaining a reputation as one of Hardware Lane’s best Melbourne restaurants
  • Australia’s Best Kept Secret – Hyam’s Beach

    So the question sun lovers ask once they’ve touched Down Under is: "What beach is the best one to visit?"
    In a country known for its sun, sand, surf and scenery… it seems there are just too many to choose from!
    The most popular choice fo...
  • 7 Spooky Destinations for Halloween in Australia

    The Monte Cristo The house known as Australia’s most haunted house sits just outside of Wagga Wagga in the small friendly country town of Junee, NSW. A worthy reputation has been built around the numerous ghostly encounters experienced by hundred...
  • The day that stops a nation

    Pink! A colour many individuals associate with girl’s stuff, including me.
    For one city, or rather a nation, the colour pink in spring means something exciting is coming up. One single day – the day that stops a nation.
    Living in ...
  • My Melbourne Festival Highlights!

    My must see attractions at this years Melbourne Festival!
  • Coffee Culture Trek: Melbourne’s Best Cafes

    The Coffee Culture Trek tour is ideal for anyone looking to discover the best espresso haunts in Melbourne’s inner city village. While the Coffee Culture Trek operates on a regular basis, the proceeds raised from last Friday’s adventure, we...
  • Edmund Pearce Gallery - Swanston Street

    Local Art lovers of Melbourne - The Melbourne Arts Club tell us which exhibitions to check out this month!
    Culture Shock 
    Edmund Pearce Gallery, Level 2, 37 Swanston Street Melbourne. Nicole Robertson – ‘Keeping Up Ap...
  • This weekend in Melbourne

    Oktoberfest in Melbourne!
    From Friday 5th until Friday 12th October The European Bier Cafe hosts a weeklong event celebrating the worlds biggest beer festival in Melbourne!With Oompah bands, German food and bucket loads of bier, be prepared for a cult...
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade

    Get back to nature with The Phillip Island Penguin Parade and watch wild wonders unfold
    For a unique experience that the whole family can enjoy, watch these intriguing little penguins go about their day to day business waddling acros...

    Football as Art - Are you keeping up with AFL 2012?Melbourne Uncovered Guest Bloggers 'Melbourne Arts Club' have your weekly AFL update
    In the words of J Forsyth last week, FIRE UP! This weekend is AFL’s preliminary finals week. No more s...
  • My favorite Victoria Weekend by Charles Rignall

    Great weekend activities in Victoria
  • Melbourne this weekend - The Royal Melbourne Show

    What's going on in Melbourne this weekend - From cake decorating to chainsaw racing, Guest blogger J Forsyth tells us why The Royal Melbourne Show has something for everyone!
    The Royal Melbourne Show is the largest community event, b...
  • Vignetting Victoria - A Lomography Exhibition

    This Weekend - Check out the Lomography exhibition down at Fed Sq for a different angle on Melbourne and Victoria!
    Guest Blogger J Forsyth from the Melbourne Arts Club gives us the heads up..
    No Vacancy Project SpaceThe Atrium, Federatio...
  • Urban Healing Hotels

    The Lyall Luxury Hotel and Spa
    "The nicest staff anywhere in the world…I feel at home every time I come back"  Olivia Newton-John
    It's been a busy day taking in all the sights of this fast paced city and you're looking for somewhe...
  • What's going on this weekend in Melbourne

    Sports fans listen up as J Forsyth from the Melbourne Arts Club gives us an AFL rundown for this weekend and the best pubs to watch from.Football hysteria has arrived and the atmosphere reeks of life or death compe...

    The Melbourne Arts Club takes us off the busy city streets and into a secret space of reflection with Scott Morrison's latest installation
    Small Choir
    Beam Contemporary is the perfect place (sorry, still can’t bring myself to say ‘sp...
  • MSFW- What's happening this weekend!

    We don't want you to miss anything this weekend! That's why TT are speaking to local journalists for their take on what's hot, what's not and what's simply essential over the next couple of days.
    Melbourne Spring Fashion Week - Weekend Rundown...
  • This weekend in Melbourne

    Here are my top 3 things to be done in Melbourne this weekend!Let me know if you are planning on doing any of the following or if you have been previously, would love to hear your thoughts! 
    1.  If you are looking for a cultural spin on your...

    Irregular Hexagon is on at the Gertrude Contemporary from 24.08.12 – 22.09.12
    Irregular Hexagon, Gertrude Contemporary, 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
    Walking into the collection of natural objects that is Irregular Hexagon elev...
  • Melbourne Uncovered - Living luxuriously

    1.  For a high end hotel and the plushest luxury in town, make sure you secure a night at The Park Hyatt Hotel in East Melbourne. Choose from Deluxe King rooms with city views to die for, to Deluxe Spa rooms with Italian marble bath, walk-in showe...
  • Melbourne First Impressions

    Australia is recognised for laconic beach life and open armed koala’s (a popular misconception; the grey bears are tremendously grumpy and will take smug pleasure from weeing on you).  And these national associations are well earned.
  • Melbourne Uncovered! TT's Weekend Top 5

    Trip Tide uncovers Melbourne's top 5 hottest must do's this weekend!
    1.  This weekend kicks off the start of Market Week over at the infamous Queen Victoria Market, with a host of historical tours running daily from the 1st to 9th Septemb...
  • Happy Birthday Melbourne!

    August 30th 2012 marks the 177th Birthday of the City of Melbourne!It was 177 years ago today that the city was founded and the first European settlers landed on the north bank of the Yarra River back in 1835.This is also a special day in terms of cele...
  • Why a Thumbs Up could get you a Thumbs Down...or even worse!

    EVERY country has its cultural quirks. To avoid being the subject of tut tuts and disapproving looks while you're travelling, we take you through the top taboos from Japan to the Middle East.
    JAPAN:The most common greeting in Japan is the bow;...
  • Sydney International Boat Show - Aug, 2012

    Spent a few hours at Darling Harbour at the weekend trying to decide on the next toy...our erstwhile TT member Patrick Bollen is seen showing of the newly restored 1023 60' ketch, Hurrica V. Shortly to be seen in the remake of 'The Great Gatsby' with L...
  • Mollymook – South Coast

    The Sydney basins biggest feature is of course the beautiful natural harbour that stretches from the majestic sandstone cliffs on the coast at Manly on North Head and Watsons Bay on South Head to the suburb of Drummoyne at the mouth of the Parramatta R...
  • Fraser Island

    Aboriginal gods wanted a paradise on Earth. So they created Fraser Island.
  • Bush Medecine

    The Chinese drink tea from sweet wormwood leaves to cure chills and fevers, Egyptians used a herb from a plant called khella to help pass kidney stones, and all around the world, leeches were placed on sores to stop blood from clotting.  
    While ...
  • Sydney - Hobart Wrap Up

    Imagine running the Melbourne Cup or even the Kentucky Derby, seeing your horse or the horse you backed win but not win because of a protest. Sure, it happens and usually the protest is heard within minutes of the horse or horses crossing the line...
  • Sydney - Hobart Finish...Investec LOYAL takes line honours in race number 67

    A rare duel on the Derwent ended this evening with Investec LOYAL narrowly edging Wild Oats XI in one of the tightest finishes in Sydney to Hobart race history.Eyeballing each other since sunrise, less than a nautical mile separated the supermaxis as t...
  • Sydney - Hobart Update 4

    Supermaxis Wild Oats XI and Investec LOYAL are eyeballing each other down the Tasmanian coast as they head towards a thrilling finish in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
    Wild Oats XI has regained the lead in the race for line honours but is only a nau...
  • Sydney - Hobart 2011 Update 3

    5th December 2011
    With just weeks to go until the start of the 67th sailing of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race host club, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has received a total 90 entries to contest the gruelling and challenging 628 nautical mile o...
  • Queensland Luxury Hotels: Kewarra Beach Resort.

    If you appreciate the attention to detail, sumptuous environment seclusion, luxury and escape offered by some of the world's finest hotel destinations. Lets say Jade Mountain in St Lucia, Palm Island and The Firefly in Mustique, Ibiza's boutique hotels...
  • Golf in Orange - Duntryleague

    Thursday, 10 November 2011
    Golf  in Orange.
    Considered to be one  of the best country courses in Australia the Orange Golf Course is truly a golfers dream.With its South African grass, or winter grass fairways that are like carpet...
  • A Sunsail Story - Part 2

    After four fabulous days cruising around the Whitsundays aboard a Leopard 384 catamaran we headed back to Hamilton Island on Monday morning to change boats.We were met at the harbour entrance by Sunsail staff who escorted us to our marina berth alongsi...
  • Melbourne Cup 2011

    The $6.175 million (Australian, about $6.4 million US) Emirates Melbourne Cup (G1) is the world's most famous 2 mile race, and is the "Race That Stops a Nation", as millions of Australians tune into the race on the first Tuesday in November, on t...
  • Cruise Whitsundays

    Arriving at Hamilton Island last week we were greeted by strong winds under a dreary grey sky accompanied by dismal, soaking, driving rain. 
    Not the best conditions  for what I hoped would be a liesurely cruise of the glorious Whitsunda...
  • Tourism’s Champion leaves us

    Wednesday, 19 October 2011 
    We may never again see the likes of an entrepreneur like Keith Williams.
    He was a man before his time - a man of great vision and energy. A man who saw it all long before anyone else could even imagine it. A...
  • Sydney - Hobart 2011 Update 2

    The 67th Rolex Sydney to Hobart update: 
    With just over ten weeks to the starters gun on Boxing Day 2011, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Commodore Garry Linnacre is confident of a fleet of a hundred boats contesting the iconic passage race to H...
  • Sydney-Hobart 2011 Update

    The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has announced first entries have been received for the forthcoming ocean classic considered by many as the toughest ocean passage race in the world. 
    At the time of writing 33 yachts have entered the great 628...
  • Bird Island Race

    Around the country the summer yachting season is now under full sail.
    In Victoria at the Sandringham Yacht Club on the eastern shore of Port Phillip Bay well respected sailor  and mentor John Chatham owner of the Sydney 38, 38 DEGREES SOUTH kicke...
  • Westham Farmhouse

    Every now and then a sailor must leave the sea and head to places so far removed that the smell of salt air becomes a foreign scent.
    I did this recently. In fact I try to do this regularly so I don’t loose touch with another of my great loves an...
  • Summer Sailing Season Opens Across Australia

    It is early spring in the land down under and with the Rugby World Cup all set out in bootlaces most everyone who has a love of sport will be thinking of days on the pitch or in the stand, of lying on the beach or catching a wave or of weekends on the ...
  • Sydney Kids Eateries: Pancakes on the Rocks

    Are you in Sydney? Do you need to treat the kids to something that they love to eat? Pancakes on the Rocks could well be the perfect treat for the little ones. The menu also ensures that Mum and Dad don't leave hungry either.
    Pancakes on the R...
  • Hamilton Island Race Week

    G’day everyone and welcome to yachting, AUSTRALIAN yachting that is. 
    This is what I suspect will be the first of many reports keeping you all abreast of what is happening in the world of Aussie sailing. 
    I have just returned from Bob...
  • Alice is in a whole new kind of wonderland.

    Alice Walker is the author of the brilliant 'The color purple'. Alice Cooper is a heavy metal singer. Lewis Caroll's 'Alice' is a girl with blonde hair who falls into a fantasy world through a rabbit hole. But there is another Alice, that over here in ...
  • Robbers, killers and cane toads.

    I think it is fair to say, that your DVD collection doesn’t have to be studded with ‘Crocodile Dundee’ to know that Australia is home to a lot of exotic animals. If we are going to give into the stereotype-I write as I look outside at...