Friday, 16 May 2014

Removals to Australia: Where do Australians go for their Holidays?

If you are organising removals to Australia, you will most likely settle within easy reach of a beach but whatever your reasons for moving to the country you will want to go on vacation at one point.

In the UK, it is easy to take a long or short city breaks as countries such as France, Italy and Switzerland are just a short flight away. However, unfortunately this is not the case in Australia where you may well find that a long-haul flight puts Europe outside your reach – unless you are lucky enough to get a lengthy holiday period to recover from the jet-lag.

So, the big question is, where do the Australians go on holiday? Do most Australians holiday on the continent, or are they more likely to jet off to places such as Indonesia or Singapore for their vacations?

If you require removals to Australia, read on to discover some of the top holiday destinations for Australians.

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Top Holiday Destinations for Australians

While most Australians holiday within their own country, there is still a large number who jet off abroad. Statistics show some 45 per cent of Australians seek overseas destinations for a vacation – and the UK is among the top four places to visit outside Australia, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2001)

If you require removals to Australia to settle in the county, here we take a brief look at some great destinations to visit in Australia, and also overseas. This is by no means a comprehensive list as there are lots of fantastic holiday destinations, but this is our pick of some of the best.

Our top Pick of Family Destinations in Australia

For Wildlife - Kangaroo Island, South Australia – This is a wonderful family destination which you can reach by air (30 minute flight) or by ferry from Adelaide. Some of the things your children can expect to see are seals, wallabies, koalas, possums and kangaroos in their natural environment.

For Skiing – Mount Horham, Victoria – Yes, you really can go skiing in Australia! Mount Horham, which even has its own airport, is popular with families as it caters for youngsters aged three and upwards. Some of the fun-filled activities include skiing, show boarding and snow mobile rides.

Beach Holiday – Broome, Western Australia – This is a great tourist destination for Australians seeking a beach holiday and is the pearling capital of Australia. June to August is peak season and Broome is famed for its Cable Beach sunsets. The beach is made up of 22km of stunning white sand and has crystal clear water. 

Theme Park - Gold Coast, Queensland – For fun-filled theme park adventures, the kids will love a visit to the Gold Coast where attractions include Sea World (where you can see dolphins, sea lions and penquins) to Movie World, and Australia’s biggest theme park, Dreamworld.

Must Visit - Tasmania – Tasmania, home of the Tasmanian devil, is on many a must visit list. It is a stunning destination with as much as 40 per cent of the island state made up of national parks and reserves. Here you can visit the wildlife sanctuaries, go on a rainforest walk, take a cruise or enjoy fishing and golfing.

Holiday Destinations Outside Australia

Thailand – If you want to holiday in Thailand, flights from Sydney to Bangkok take about nine hours. But despite the lengthy flight, it is a great place to go for a budget holiday as you get more for your money here. Thailand, dubbed the ‘land of smiles’ has some of the best beaches in the world. 

Indonesia – Bali – Flights from Sydney to Bali, Indonesia, take about five hours and 45 minutes. Again it is a popular place to jet to from Australia as it offers a fun-filled tropical paradise with dramatic scenery, mystical temples and fantastic beaches. The flights are relatively cheap and it has a good exchange rate.

New Zealand – With flight times from Sydney to New Zealand taking just two hours and forty minutes, New Zealand is just on the doorstep -  so no wonder it is such a popular destinations for Australians!  You can find out more about Maori culture, marvel at the amazing scenery and mix with the locals.

Fiji – Flight times from Sydney to Fiji are just under four hours so it is a great holiday destination. It is a paradise island nation with as many as 300 beautiful islands, so you will find it a great place to go for anything from family holidays, couples holidays, or a luxury break away. In Fiji you can relax and on the fabulous sandy beaches or enjoy adventure activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, cruising, trekking and kayaking.

Vietnam – Flights from Sydney to Vietnam take just over nine hours, but it is worth it for a budget holiday. The flights are relatively cheap and the cost of living is low when you get there. Vietnam is blessed with some beautiful landscape and varied scenery and the people are friendly too.

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Monday, 12 May 2014

Removals to Australia: How Was Christmas and New Year Celebrated in Australia?

If you require removals to Australia, you will want to know how the Aussies celebrate Christmas and New Year. There are certainly some major differences – the weather being the top one – as instead of a snowy Christmas, you can expect Christmas in the sun!

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If you are organising your removals to Australia, here is our brief guide on how Australians celebrate Christmas and New Year.

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Christmas in Australia

In Australia, you definitely won’t need scarves and jackets at this time of year as December 1 is the start of the summer season in Oz. Christmas in Melbourne, for example, can be a sweltering 30 degrees centigrade so you are more likely to celebrate in shorts and a T-shirt and head down the beach, instead of staying out of the cold indoors.

If you require removals to Australia to settle here, Santa is more likely to arrive by boat or on a surfboard at the beach, rather than down the chimney, which is another difference at Christmas time. If you live in Sydney, Bondi Beach is a popular place to head for on Christmas day and attracts thousands of Australians and tourists.

Carols by Candle-light is popular in every state capital city on Christmas Eve. The celebrations - which started in South Eastern Australia and were popularised in Melbourne -  are broadcast across the country. However, there are also smaller ones taking place in cities, towns and schools across the country. And you will find that the wording of many of the carols we know are adapted to suit the Australian climate!

Just as in Britain, people brighten their homes and gardens with festive lights and other decorations and have a Christmas tree. However, one of the main decorations that differ from the UK is Christmas Bush – a native plant with small green leaves and cream flowers that turn red over time. And just like in the UK, you can expect to take down the Christmas decorations 12 days after Christmas

If you are looking for Christmas cards to send back home, you can expect to see the same snowy cards in shops, despite the fact you will be celebrating in the heat! So there won’t be much change there.

However, instead of staying at home, as Christmas falls in line with the school holidays, many families go away during the festive season.

Christmas Dinner

Just like in Britain, the Christmas feast is at lunch time but it may well be served outdoors as barbecues or picnics are often held on Christmas Day.

Christmas dinner sometimes comprises of seafood, such as barbecued lobster or prawns, or cold food, with Pavlova and trifle for afters. The traditional Christmas dinner with turkey may also be served, followed by Christmas pudding with a lucky coin or favour hidden inside. You can also expect to be served mince pies and your dinner will be washed down with champagne to celebrate.

New Year in Australia

Like most places throughout the world, New Year’s Eve is a time to party in Australia - and with great weather over the festive season, lots of people will be celebrating outdoors! The bars, clubs, party boats and beaches are packed with people bringing in the New Year, although some people may hold their own festivities at home and sound horns or trumpets when the clock strikes midnight.

There are all sorts of organised celebrations all over the country to bring in the New Year including parties, balls, dinners and barbecues. Each Australian capital city holds its own New Year celebrations and breathtaking firework displays take place up and down the country. For example, a spectacular firework display is held each year on the Iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and this can be seen up to ten miles away!  In Sydney in 2012/2013, Pop princess Kylie Minogue kick started the celebrations and some 1.6 million people descended on the city to watch the fireworks. Meanwhile, others headed to Bondi Beach for a new year’s dance party with big name DJs.

The city of Melbourne also held two incredible firework displays along with live music and performances to bring in 2013.

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Thursday, 8 May 2014

Removals to Australia: Ancient Sites in Australia

If you are undertaking removals to Australia and want to find out more about your host country’s history, there are plenty of interesting ancient sites to visit. Australia has a wealth of early history, with the Aboriginal people at the heart of this. Their culture is one of the oldest on earth, and it is now estimated that their ancestors left Africa up to 75,000 years ago.

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Here we have listed just a a few of the fascinating ancient sites to visit in Australia, but there are many more which you can discover when you settle here.

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Fascinating Early Historic Sites to Visit

Uluru/Ayers Rock – This massive sandstone rock formation in Australia's Red Centre is estimated to be 300 million years old. It is a world heritage site, open all year round, which attracts large numbers of tourists, and is a must-see attraction for anyone moving to Australia. The Aborigines call it Uluru, and regard it as sacred, and it is now at the heart of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Visitors are requested not to climb the famous rock, but instead to explore the park by walking or joining a guided tour. There are historic rock caves and paintings to see here, and you can also observe a host of wildlife. Special viewing spots give an opportunity to watch the impressive spectacles of sunrise and sunset. Visitors often stay at Ayers Rock Resort on the edge of the park.

Lake Mungo – Located in New South Wales, this dry lake is the archaeological site where the remains of the oldest humans found in Australia were unearthed in the 1960s and 70s. Known as Mungo Man and Mungo Lady, the two partly cremated bodies have been estimated to be around 42,000 years old. Another fascinating discovery in the area was 20,000 year-old human footprints at Willandra Lakes, revealed in 2003. The real tracks have been re-covered to preserve them, but, if you visit Mungo National Park, you can see a re-creation of the footprints at the visitor centre. You may also want to see the 'Walls of China' lunette, a 30km half-moon dune formation which you can visit via a boardwalk. It is possible to camp at Mungo during your stay.

Kow Swamp – This ancient burial ground in Victoria is a very important archaeological site, where the skeletons of nearly 40 people were found in the late 1960s and early 1970s on the edge of a dry lake. Experts disagree over the age of these remains, which have now been re-interred, but they could be as much as 20,000 years old. If you visit this site you can see the unusual sand dunes landscape, where the discovery was made. Another attraction is the modern lake here, a water storage facility which is a wildlife reserve and a popular spot for fishing. Hotels are available in nearby towns.

Ubirr at Kakadu National Park – If you want to learn more about ancient Aboriginal rock art, then a visit to Ubirr, in Australia's Northern Territory, is a must. A number of rock shelters around the East Alligator River have been painted and re-painted over thousands of years. The paintings show wildlife from the area, including the Tasmanian tiger, which became extinct in the region 2,000 years ago. There is a gallery dedicated to the sacred Rainbow Serpent. As well as the famous rock art, the park also includes other attractions such as boat cruises to see a rich array of birds and other wildlife. You can either camp or stay at one of the local hotels.

Ngarrabullgan/Mount Mulligan  – A striking natural landmark in the north of Queensland, this tabletop mountain is one of the Aboriginals' most sacred sites. They revere it as a "Dreaming" mountain and the birthplace of the Rainbow Serpent. There are many rock caves and shelters around the area, including two ancient sites on the mountaintop, Ngarrabullgan Cave and Nonda Rock. It has now been declared an Aboriginal cultural heritage area.

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Monday, 5 May 2014

Removals to Australia: Top Five Restaurants in Australia

Once you have organised your removals to Australia and sorted out your new home, you will no doubt want to celebrate in one of the country's top restaurants. Australia has many restaurants featuring everything from southeast Asian cuisine to European and Middle Eastern food, and even barbecue meals.

However, in this article we will focus on some of the most upmarket restaurants. The country does not have any Michelin-starred restaurants, because the Michelin Guides have not yet published an Australian edition, and at present focus on other areas of the map, such as France and Hungary. Nevertheless, Australia does have restaurants which have been named as among the world's best.

When you are moving to Australia, the whole idea of uprooting your household and heading for the other side of the world can seem quite intimidating. However, if you choose Moving Partnership Ltd to organise your move, we can ensure that it all goes smoothly. You only pay for the services you require, and we save you money while assuring quality.

We work with highly respected companies and compare hundreds of quotes to make sure you get the best value possible. Indeed, you could always put some of the money you save on your removals to Australia towards your special restaurant meal.

Here is the Moving Partnership Limited's guide to some of the gourmet restaurants you will be able to visit once you have made your big move.

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Where to Eat in Australia for Fine Dining

Australia has various accolades to mark out fine dining establishments, such as gourmet traveller stars and Good Food Guide ratings. Eating at top establishments which have received these awards will not be cheap, but putting your money where your mouth is should guarantee a meal to remember.

Marque, Sydney: In a 2013 survey, the US Elite Traveller magazine named Marque as among the world's top 100 restaurants –just one of numerous awards it has received. It is run by chef Mark Best, who has worked in top kitchens in France, so it is no surprise that some of the food here has a French flavour, along with contemporary Australian dishes. The restaurant sits 50 people. Unusual items on the menu include delicacies created from ingredients like buckwheat biscuit, smoked eel and Blue Swimmer crab. There are also chicken and venison dishes, all featuring surprising combinations of flavours, and the restaurant even matches a specially chosen wine to each main course.

Jonah's Restaurant, Sydney: Set in the exclusive north beach resort of Whale Beach, this famous hotel-restaurant first opened in the 1920s, but was completely refurbished a few years ago. Many celebrities have stayed and dined here over the years, including names like Rod Stewart and Sir Mick Jagger. Chef Peter Ridland, who has worked in restaurants in France and London, serves modern Australian cuisine with the emphasis on seasonal produce. In keeping with the seaside location, fish is strongly featured on the menu, and one speciality is fruits de mer, including oysters, trout, scallops and prawns.  

Attica, Melbourne: Creative flavour contrasts are always on the menu at this restaurant in the Melbourne suburb of Ripponlea. Chef Ben Shewry forages for wild produce on the coast to add an unusual note to his cooking. He and his team test out new dishes at their Chef's Table events on Tuesday nights, while their midweek and weekend tasting menus offer the chance to try a range of delicacies. Australian dishes are showcased here, with Flinders Island Wallaby among the more surprising menu items sometimes available to try.

Quay, Sydney: Spectacular views are guaranteed at the Quay, which overlooks Sydney Harbour. The food is pretty spectacular too, and has won a whole string of accolades for both the restaurant and chef Peter Gilmore. Tasting menus are offered if you would like to sample a wider range of dishes, including such unusual delights as mud crabs, roast goose and Guava snow egg.

Tetsuya’s, Sydney: Australian, Japanese and French dishes are all featured on the menu at this internationally-known restaurant, owned by Japanese-born chef Tetsuya Wakuda. Tetsuya's overlooks a Japanese garden and features sculptures and ceramics to add to the atmosphere. Dishes featuring trout, Barramundi and quail breasts are among the dishes you might find on the menu.

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Thursday, 1 May 2014

Removals to Australia: Best Beaches for Surfing

If you are a keen surfer, then undertaking removals to Australia will give you a chance to visit some of the world's most famous beaches. The country is famed for its prowess in the sport, with leading surfers regularly smashing records. As you will know if you have tried surfing yourself, it is a sport which takes you to picturesque locations and offers fantastic exercise. It's also a super stress-buster and way to meet new friends, while riding a wave gives an adrenalin rush.

Even if you haven't tried your hand at surfing yet, it is likely to be one of the activities you will want to get involved in when you have settled into your new home. Australia has some leading surf schools, so the time is right to book your first surf lesson. Invest in a wetsuit, a good board and some wax and you will be ready to go and hit some waves.

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We will ensure you get exactly the services you need during your removals to Australia – and we will always make room for your surfboard!

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Best Surfers' Beaches in Australia

Bondi Beach, New South Wales – Australia's most celebrated beach, this world-famous stretch of golden sands is only about five miles from central Sydney. Stylish surfing is a way of life here, with shops selling all kinds of designer swimwear. Serious board riders take to the waves at the south end of the beach, where the waves are strongest, while there are also sheltered areas for rookie surfers to learn in safety. A locally-based surf school, Let's Go Surfing, can give you your first lessons in the sport, or help you improve even if you are already an experienced surfer. Once you've finished your session, there are plenty of caf├ęs and restaurants here where you can relax and soak up the sunshine.

Noosa, Queensland – Situated on the Sunshine Coast, Noosa is approximately 75 miles north of Brisbane, with several beaches and small bays which have become magnets for surfers. The town holds an annual Festival of Surfing in March, which attracts adventurous longboard surfers from around the world. Noosa has a series of points which are famed as among the best along the popular surfing coast of south-eastern Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Snapper Rocks, Rainbow Bay, Queensland – At the southern end of Queensland's Gold Coast, Snapper Rocks is a world-renowned surfing spot. It is at the start of the Super Bank sand bar, which is said by some to have the world's most consistent long waves – so it can be possible to ride one wave for around one-and-a-half miles. International surfing events are held here and champions use the area as a training ground.

Northern Beaches, New South Wales – Sydney's northern peninsula covers a 12-mile stretch from Manly Beach to Palm Beach, with a range of waves to appeal to all abilities from youngsters to experts. Freshwater Beach is the spot where the first surfing demonstration in Australia was given, nearly 100 years ago in 1915, by visiting Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku. That was just the start of the huge popularity of the sport.

Surf Coast, Victoria – You'll find a host of great surf breaks between the Bellarine peninsula and the Great Ocean Road, near the city of Geelong. The most famous destination here is Bells Beach, which stages the oldest professional surfing event in the world, now known as the Rip Curl Pro. You can see the World Surf Museum in nearby Torquay and discover more about the sport's history.

Strickland Bay, Western Australia – Rottnest Island is a popular spot for surfing with both local residents and visitors. It is set in a very attractive bay with a number of islands, where the waves are said to be ideal for both surfing and body boarding.

Marrawah, Tasmania –  Australian and international surfers all visit Greens Beach at Marrawah, which is also a popular spot for kite-surfing.

Cactus Beach, South Australia – About 13 miles south of Penong, this beach might be off the beaten track, but it has three great surfing breaks.

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