Places to visit this Autumn

-early morning2The weather is cooling, the leaves are falling and bursts of red, orange and brown make for fantastic photo opportunities at every turn.

It’s Autumn in Australia and we’ve picked out some interesting places for you to visit, where the season is celebrated with activity, striking visual vibrancy and foodie delights.

NSW

Lying at the foot of an extinct volcano, Orange is a great place to unwind and relax and immerse yourself in the region’s sumptuous food and wine. The fertile volcanic soils produce stone fruits to olives, fungi and grapes. Take a walk through the Orange Botanic al Gardens or the city’s Heritage trail to get to know the history of the area, or visit the limestone caves of Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve to see one of Australia’s first gold mines, which lies just beyond the border of Orange. Continue reading “Places to visit this Autumn”

See Sydney for free

Post 2.1 imageVisiting Sydney doesn’t have to be an expensive experience. There are loads of free or budget conscious events available for young and old and for the entire family.

For a no cost scenic exploration on Sydney – get your feet moving and walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge or visit the steps of the Sydney Opera House. The Royal Botanic Gardens are not far from here where you can admire 30 hectares of tropical plants, green lawns and ponds and simply relax while you overlook the harbour.

There are wonderful weekend markets around the city which feature entertainment, fresh produce and interesting arts, fashion and souvenirs. Continue reading “See Sydney for free”

House and pet sitting in prime holiday destinations

A1Many Aussies are realising just how cost effective it is to travel as a house and pet sitter, as many recent articles have mentioned.

Rent free holiday accommodation during peak season is unique to a house and pet sitting holiday and it means more cash in your pocket to have more fun on your holiday.

For David and Glenys, staying on the Sunshine Coast instead of experiencing a cold winter back home, was the ideal way to spend their holiday. Mooloolaba was another of their favourite house and pet sitting holiday destinations where they spent many days swimming in the surf and enjoying the shops and restaurants. Continue reading “House and pet sitting in prime holiday destinations”

Wine, Cheese, House Sitting and Old World Charm in the Barossa Valley

House sitting in The Barossa Valley About an hour’s drive northeast of Adelaide in Southern Australia lies the Barossa Valley which derives its name from the surrounding Barossa Ranges. With a population of only 20,000 people living mostly in four major towns, the area exudes a quiet, quaint serenity that belies its role as a world-class wine producing region. It is a restful and interesting location to venture out with a spot house sitting or pet sitting and take in a touch of the world!

If Germany and a bit of history interests you, then look no further, you can almost feel the atmosphere when you are house sitting in Tanunda. Continue reading “Wine, Cheese, House Sitting and Old World Charm in the Barossa Valley”

Darwin Festival – Showcase of the Northern Territory

Darwin Festival Children Perched atop the northern rim of the country, closer to Singapore than it is to Canberra, Darwin has grown from an outpost into one of Australia’s most modern cities with a cultural diversity unseen in any other part of the country. Named after the Charles Darwin who had previously sailed with the HMS Beagle, the city was destroyed by Japanese air raids in WW II and Cyclone Tracy in 1974. Because of both occasions, Darwin has been rebuilt twice, each time making it more and more modern. It has a dry season with blue skies and soft breezes, and a wet season with cyclones, heavy rains and spectacular lightning displays.

Every year, to celebrate its phoenix-like rise from the ashes, the city stages the Darwin Festival, an exciting event that showcases its multicultural population, distinct weather, picturesque outdoors and vibrant arts.

18 Days of Fun

Darwin Festival lasts for 18 days and nights featuring concerts, theatre and dance music, comedy shows and cabaret, exhibitions of film and visual arts as well as workshops all staged by local and touring groups. Scheduled for August 8 – 25, 2013 the event is the first Australian festival to make use of audience impact methodology to help develop productions that engage the audience and deliver deeper experiences. Darwin residents often travel at this time of the year too, making the need for a house carer or pet sitter an attractive and viable option for people looking to immerse themselves into the culture of the Northern Territory. Continue reading “Darwin Festival – Showcase of the Northern Territory”

It’s as ‘Good as Gold’ being a house sitter on the Gold Coast!

House Sitter Gold CoastWhether you are holidaying or home sitting on the Gold Coast in sunny Queensland, you are sure to find a whole range of things to do, see and have fun. The Gold Coast is a place with a heart of gold, full of lively, vibrant people and all the amenities close at hand.  Only 94 kilometres south of Brisbane, the Gold Coast has a reputation as a top class tourist destination, fantastic surfing and impeccable views and beaches.

With a humid subtropical climate the Gold Coast is a great place to visit at any time of the year. You will find the city welcoming and full of friendly people. Surfing and water are very much a part of life here, with many properties having access to the canals and coastline that is so popular. The Gold Coast has a fantastic 57 kilometres of beaches and a very impressive surf lifesaving service that is one the best in Australia. The Queensland Shark Control Program is in place to help keep beach users and surfers safe by netting sharks that venture into the waters off the major beaches. Continue reading “It’s as ‘Good as Gold’ being a house sitter on the Gold Coast!”

Explore Victoria on a Budget


From the heights of the eucalyptus-scented Dandenong Mountains to the emerald green expanses of the Yarra Valley, Victoria is one of Australia’s most stunning states. You can save money on renting property in Victoria by choosing to housesit, and will find a wide range of accommodation types available to suit your needs. Although Melbourne can be as pricy as any major metropolitan area, there are also many sights that are free of charge. This means that enjoying your time in Victoria doesn’t have to break the bank.

Free Melbourne Attractions

One of the highlights of Victoria is its cosmopolitan capital city, Melbourne. You’ll find no shortage of slick boutiques and fashionable lounges to spend your money in, but the city also boasts plenty of attractions that don’t cost a cent. The quaint City Circle Tram is a good way to see the city for free, allowing you to hop on and off as many times as you wish. Another great way to see all that Melbourne has to offer is to explore its narrow European-style streets on foot, particularly around Flinders Lane and Brunswick Street. Continue reading “Explore Victoria on a Budget”

House Sitting in Nashville

Grand Ole OpreyI love to travel and my most recent experience was to Nashville where I visited the Grand Ole Opry. This is best known for housing the longest-running radio show in America, and a country music institution since 1925.

The venue used to be housed at the Ryman Auditorium (which is a wonderful old building still in the heart of Nashville), until 1974 when it moved to its new location on the east side of downtown Nashville. It now seats over 4000 people.

They brought the original circular oak stage with them in the move and incorporated it into the new stage giving the feel of ‘age’ to this new location. This also means that the current artists appearing at the new venue are actually standing on the very same boards that the early singers such as Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley and many more, stood on. It has a fantastic atmosphere. Modern performers talk of the thrill they get from treading these same boards as their heroes. Continue reading “House Sitting in Nashville”