The Aussie Flashpacker

The Aussie Flashpacker Travel Blog & Magazine brings you the best in luxury and adventure travel.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Six week long winter escapes from Australia

After two UK winters I thought I would never complain about an Australian winter again, turns out I was wrong. There's nothing like daylight savings ending, a bit of drizzle and winter chill for one to start daydreaming about tropical climates, sunshine and holidays! Whilst we love ski holidays and visiting snowy places, we really don't enjoy the cold when there is no snow involved and so more often than not end up chasing the summer sun! There are some incredible places in Asia and the Pacific that are right on our doorstep and are perfect to visit during winter! Here are six destinations that could provide you with the perfect week long winter escape from Australia!

Tropical Island Paradise

Monday, June 26, 2017

A Vivid Sydney Photo Diary

Vivid Sydney is an annual winter festival of light, music and ideas showcasing amazing light sculptures, creative industry forums and a cutting-edge contemporary music program. The most iconic part of Vivid is the illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails! Vivid Sydney is grown to become the largest of its kind in the world and is an event that has been on my radar for a long time. We made the trip down the Sydney on the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend and loved exploring the city whilst being dazzled by the light installations! Vivid has grown so big that this year there was over 400 music events, 260 ideas sessions and 90 light installations spread across seven locations! Our favourite aspects of the festival were seeing the Opera House lit up, experiencing the light and music show at Darling Harbour, taking part in the Vivid Light walk along the foreshore, through the lanes and backstreets of The Rocks and through the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens.

Monday, June 19, 2017

A Luxury Staycation at Rydges Sydney Central

Over the recent long weekend, we headed down to Sydney for a nice little staycation and to check out the annual Vivid Festival which had been on my Sydney bucket list for a while! We booked an amazing Vivid package at Rydges Sydney Central and loved the uniqueness of this modern, elegant hotel and its convenient location in Surry Hills. We had an amazing weekend checking out all that Vivid had to offer and really enjoyed our stay at Rydges, a hotel we would certainly return to again when visiting the city.

Sydney Harbour and Circular Quay

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Most Luxurious Island Resorts in the Philippines

The Philippines is made up of 7,000 beautiful tropical islands with jungle, mountains and beautiful beaches galore. This friendly country is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia and boasts some of the best islands and beaches in Asia. The Filipino islands are also home to some of the top luxury resorts in all of Asia. These hotels and resorts guarantee you a tropical island paradise where white-sand beaches are lapped by azure seas and palms sway in the breeze, whilst the top-notch service will ensure you never forget your luxury island stay in the Philippines. As luxury hotel lovers we would happily book a luxury island getaway in any of these amazing hotels!

Philppines Beautiful Islands

Monday, May 22, 2017

The World’s Most Luxurious Train Journeys

Train travel was the most luxurious way to travel in the past and over the last few years, it has made a resurgence and no matter where your destination there are sure to be a choice of luxurious train journeys on offer. Never before has there been so many companies promising to pamper you through some of the most remote, exotic, romantic and beautiful landscapes. Dan and I have fallen in love with train travel over the last few years with our favourites being the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland and the Belmond Hiram Bingham in Peru! Train travel is a truly unique way to travel and allows you to sit back and relax and truly take in the majestic scenery around you. Here’s a look into some of the very best train journeys around the world and the incredible scenery you'll experience along the way!

Train Switzerland Grindelwald

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Girls Weekend at the Luxurious Meriton Parramatta

Last weekend I headed down to Sydney with my mum and three best friends from University to go wedding dress shopping! Our wedding is six months away and whilst I was incredibly nervous about the dress shopping experience I was really excited to have a girls weekend in the city! I'd done a great deal of research and found a lot of beautiful dresses at Luv Bridal in Parramatta that I absolutely adored! I booked us into the luxurious Meriton Church Street Serviced Apartments in Parramatta for the weekend and it was the most amazing weekend where I am happy to say that I 'said yes to my dress' and then celebrated with a very indulgent weekend at the Meriton in our very luxurious River View suite!

Meriton Church Street Parramatta Indoor Pool

Monday, May 8, 2017

Waverley Mills: Australia's Oldest & Most Luxurious Textiles Company

After travelling and living abroad for the better part of my twenties, I am really enjoying settling down and making a home back in Australia. Whilst we still have plenty of travel plans, both Dan and I find we are also craving some normality and a place to call home. Last year we saved a lot and purchased the beautiful furniture I’d always wanted and it’s so nice to come home from work and appreciate what you work so hard for. Obviously you need more than furniture to make a home and so we’ve been loving scouting out our favourite Australian companies and brands to style our home. I have recently fallen in love with Waverley Mills and their gorgeous, sophisticated blankets, scarves and throws. Waverley Mills is Australia’s oldest working textile mill and they have recently teamed up with award-winning Australian designers to create an amazing new look and feel for their products (and trust me, it has worked)!

Waverley Mills Throw

Monday, May 1, 2017

Hiking Lake Titicaca's Isla del Sol

Lake Titicaca is the world’s largest, high altitude lake and it is easy to understand how the Incas give credit to Lake Titicaca for the creation of their entire civilisation. Located on the Southern Part of Lake Titicaca, Isla del Sol is considered by the Incas to be the birthplace of the Sun God. My best friend and I were on a tour of Bolivia and Peru with Dragoman for the final month of our time in South America. We visited this tranquil island on a day trip from Copacabana and the day we spent hiking and exploring it was a welcome relief after the craziness of La Paz!

Isla Del Sol Lake Titicaca