Archive for August, 2015

10 Useful Tips for Tourists in Australia

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Australia is a huge country with lots of attractions and things to do. Travelers who are planning to visit Australia must have collected all the important information about its attractions and things to do. But, here is a list of ten small tips and shortcuts which will help you enjoy your journey.

1) Australia is a developed country and provides clean drinking water. You can save your money by drinking tap water. Just buy a reusable bottle, fill it with the tap water and carry it with you. (But don’t drink bore water.)

2) Many shops in the country are cash only. They do not accept credit or debit cards and some accept a card on a bill of minimum $10. So, it is a better idea to keep some loose change with you.


3) You won’t find many fast-food options in Australia. McDonalds, KFC and Burger King are the only fast food restaurants what you will find here.

4) Australia has a GST (Goods and Services Tax) of 10%. If you shop for the minimum of 300 Dollars (AUD) in one store, you can claim a refund of GST under the Tourist Refund Scheme which is available at airports.

5) 000 is the number for all emergency services: ambulance, police and fire brigade. In any situation of an emergency, just dial 000.


6)  The internet in Australia is very expensive, but you can take advantage of free Wi-Fi in libraries and restaurants such as Starbucks and McDonalds. (Only first 30 minutes are free in most of the restaurants.)

7) The sun in Australia is not much friendly. You would need to apply an SPF 30+ sunscreen lotion before getting out. Reapply sunscreen, if you are spending a long time outdoors. Also, wear a hat and full sleeves clothes, and drink lots of fluids.

8) Urban transport is very expensive. So, it is better to rent a car to get around in Australia. Hitch hiking is another option to save money.


9) Eating out could be very expensive. You can save money if you cook you meal yourself. You can also grab a meal for half or one-third of the price in the food courts of any shopping mall if you hit the restaurant around its closing time.

10) There is no one right time to travel to Australia. Being the 5th largest country by size, Australia covers different climatic zones. The best time to travel to Australia depends on the area you want to visit.

These tips and hacks will make your journey easier in Australia. Also, share these tips with your friends.

The Best Places to Shop in Melbourne

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Melbourne has a wide range of activities for travelers and shopping is one of them. The people of Melbourne love to shop and that is why the city has so many shopping malls. There is everything from top national and international brands to local street markets. Let’s take a look at the most visited shopping destinations of Melbourne:

Queen Victoria Market

The Queen Victoria Market is the soul of Melbourne and today it has become a historic icon of the city. For more than a century, opened in 1878, it has been a popular tourist attraction. Also known as ‘Queen Vic’ or ‘Vic Market’, the Queen Victoria Market consists of over 600 shops divided into different categories. In Deli Hall, you will find huge variety of cheese, cakes, pastry, dressed meat; Meat Hall has huge range of fresh meat and seafood; Fruit & Veg has exotic variety of fruit and vegetables. In other parts you can buy clothes, jewelry, toys, electronics etc.


DFO South Wharf

The DFO is a shopping mall with hundreds of leading brands, national and international, all under the one roof. Huge range of clothes, kids wear, footwear, accessories, jewelry and sports merchandise is available here. Heavy discounts are offered by the retailers on daily basis. You can have a quick meal and coffee in the food court or something that suits your taste. Over 4600 parking spaces are available in the mall. It is open seven days a week from 10 AM to 6 PM(Friday: 10 AM-9 PM)

Melbourne Central Shopping Centre

Melbourne Central is a popular mall in the city offering shopping, dining and entertainment options at one place. There are more than 300 stores spread over 5 levels of this modern architectural mall. GG House, Seafolly, R.M. Williams, Sass & Bide and Gorman are some popular brands located here. Strike Bowling is a place for entertainment offering 10 bowling lanes, pool tables, a bar, dance floor and music. Catch a movie at Hoyts Cinema, enjoy a chill beer in Asian Beer Cafe and taste something from the menu of Pancake Parlour. Melbourne Central is a place for the whole family.


Chadstone Shopping Centre

Chadstone is Melbourne’s leading shopping mall and a must-visit on your trip to the city. Located almost 20 km from the city center and it offers free shuttle service for its customers. With almost 500 retail stores, Chadstone claims to be the largest shopping center in Southern Hemisphere. It has a large collection of numerous international luxury brands and Australian designers, that’s why it is called ‘Fashion Capital’ of the country.

Chadstone Shopping Centre

The list of amenities offered by Chadstone includes a food court with a wide selection of restaurants and cafes, banks, ATMs, currency exchange, baby change rooms, wheelchairs and more. It also boasts the largest parking area with over 9000 free parking spaces.

In addition, Northland Shopping Centre, Spencer Outlet Centre, Highpoint Shopping Centre, Collins Street, Swanston Street and Royal Arcade are worth visiting places in Melbourne.