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New Zealand ladies, find your suitcases and start packing! The trans-Tasman travel bubble is here which means that travelling to Australia is on the cards again.

Whether this will be your first time in Australia or your hundredth trip, we’ve put together a list of fun experiences and places that we bet you have yet to discover!

1. Have a Picnic in a Secret Garden

If you need to escape the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s CBD for a few minutes, look no further than Wendy’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay.

 

The land, which used to be an abandoned trainyard, was transformed over the years into a beautiful garden by artist Wendy Whiteley as a way of coping with her husband’s passing. Today, it is the perfect spot to sit, meditate and enjoy a different perspective of the Harbour Bridge while learning more about the history of the place and admiring the artefacts and birdlife that fill this sanctuary.


And, because it’s a “secret” garden, you’ll have to use Google Maps to find it - it’s an activity in itself! P.S. you’ll need a good pair of sneakers as it is steep.

Wendy's Secret Garden, Sydney (image credit)


2. Drink a Cocktail in a Laneway

It’s no secret, Melbourne is known for its food scene and mysterious laneways. Chuckle Park Bar is located in the heart of the CBD and serves cocktails from a caravan under fairy lights and lanterns, making it the perfect spot to have an evening drink and a few nibbles after completing a Street Eats of Melbourne food tour - a 1.6km route with stops along the way for dumplings and cheese, now that’s our kind of exercise!

 

3. Ride a Camel at Sunset

We’re not kidding! No need to travel to Egypt or Morocco to go on a camel ride when you can do so on the beachfront in Broome, Western Australia with Broome Camel Safaris.


Closer to Perth, check out the Lancelin Sand Dunes known as a premier sandboarding destination - thrills guaranteed! If adrenaline-inducing activities are not your thing, just driving on the beach and admiring the impressively steep white sand dunes will have you feeling like you’re on another planet.

Chuckle Park, Melbourne (image credit)


Glow Worm Tunnel, Newnes Plateau, Lithgow (image credit)

4. Whip Up a Gourmet Meal

How does learning how to cook Thai food surrounded by lush tropical gardens and the odd lizard sighting sound? Well you can do just that at the Spirit House located in Yandina on the Sunshine Coast.

 

After learning how to cook a whole fish and make their famous lemongrass and coconut soup, you’ll reap the benefits of your efforts by getting to savor what you cooked in good company and with a glass of wine. Have we mentioned you’ll only be 30 minutes away from Noosa?

5. Go For a Walk in the Dark

Now we wouldn’t usually recommend that you go for a walk in the dark but we’ll make an exception for the Glow Worm Tunnel walking track in Wollemi National Park, NSW!

 

Grab your torch, your boots and your walking partner and get ready to walk 2km through an old railway tunnel now inhabited by thousands of glow worms - if you stay quiet, you will see star-like luminescence on the walls, breathtaking.

6. Stay With Maggie Beer

Ok, not literally, but this is probably the closest that you’ll get to doing so! Famous Australian foodie Maggie Beer has made a private cottage, Orchard House, available for guests directly on her farm in South Australia’s Barossa Valley.

 

This makes the perfect holiday destination for a girls weekend or romantic stay; just picture yourself having a cup of tea on the terrace, overlooking the grounds and fruit trees, with the sound of a roaring fireplace in the background. We feel relaxed just thinking about it!


And if you need a snack, you’re in luck. Just go for a walk in the orchard and grab a piece of fruit or hop over next door to Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop where you can indulge in a freshly baked treat or a cheese and paté platter.


7. Go Glamping in the Bay Of Fires

We wouldn’t call ourselves precious but we do enjoy the luxury of having a bed to fall into after a long day of exploring… Which is why we LOVE the idea of glamping - just enough wilderness without needing to pull out Bear Grylls’ survival tips!

 

And what better place to try glamping than Tasmania. The Bay of Fires Bush Retreat offers accommodation in luxury bell tents - think king-size bed, power and a bottle of red - and the option to have meals and gourmet platters filled with local delicacies prepared by the on-site chef.


This makes it the perfect base camp to explore the natural beauty of the Bay of Fires, which is only a few minutes away. Enjoy a leisurely walk on the beach and take in the pure white sand, orange lichen-covered boulders and turquoise waters characteristic of this part of the world.

Bay of Fires Bush Retreat, Tasmania (image credit)

8. Learn the Art of Wine Blending

Tucked in near James Street in Brisbane which is famous for its high-end shopping and dining experiences, City Winery is an urban micro-winery and restaurant famous for its small-batch wines and modern Australian menu best enjoyed sitting around a wine barrel serving as a table.  


Not only can you enjoy gourmet food and wine pairings, but you can attend a wine blending workshop in the company of one of their winemakers. Best of all? You get to leave with a bottle of your own unique blend - now that’s a travel souvenir!

 

BONUS: Enjoy a Glass of Champagne and a Styling Session at Blue Bungalow

We heard that there’s a place located in the hip suburb of Newstead in Brisbane where women of all ages, shapes and sizes can find amazing clothes to flatter their figure and have a glass of bubbles while doing so… We don’t mean to toot our own horn but our boutique is truly a little hidden gem!

 

Why not book in for a personal styling session while you’re here? Our lovely stylists can help you refresh your wardrobe or find an outfit for a special event that will fit your style and your budget.


And believe it or not New Farm Confectionery is right around the corner, meaning you can get your chocolate fix before you hit the road (our team is a tad obsessed with the caramel popcorn - be warned, it’s addictive).

Blue Bungalow's Australia Style Capsule

We know a thing or two about dressing for Australian weather; it’s unpredictable and dramatically different from one state to the other and from one season to the next!

 

One thing’s for sure, dresses are popular here and, contrary to what you may think, can be worn throughout the year. Don’t believe us? Read up on How To Winterise Your Wardrobe!

 

Here’s what we’d pack in our suitcase for an autumn or winter trip to Australia:

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We’re so looking forward to seeing our beautiful New Zealand BB fans in person - it’s been way too long!

Have you already started planning your trip to Australia? If so, let us know what’s on your itinerary in the comments below.

 

BB xx

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