It was my first time organising a corporate event, there was lots of things to check of the list.
Oh my, Dietary Requirements that was perhaps my biggest problem, it seems like everybody is allergic to something these dates. Let me tell you, I learnt a lot about the different problems people can have with food and I’m glad that I don’t have these problems. Everyday life for them most be a nightmare.
So with the venue booked and paid for, we could start to plan the event in earnest. I’m really thankful to the guys and girls are Australia Wide Coaches in Alexandria, NSW. They were a massive help and really helped us out with our requirements for Corporate Coach Hire. The vehicles arrived on time each day, and the drives were immaculately dressed in their uniform of white shirt and black pants. We had the same drivers on both days, Steve and Colin. It turns out that Steve is from the same part of the world as I am, what a small world we live in. Colin had some of the more demanding guest, but he never let them break his smile. Even though he had to injure a lot of Sydney questions from out of town visitors.
We really couldn’t have been happier and we’d certainly use Australia Wide Coaches again.
Brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine, design, Sydney’s set next to miles of ocean coastline and sandy surf beaches. Longterm immigration has led to the cities reputation as one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in Australia and the world. The city is also home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, two of the most iconic structures on this planet.
Sydney’s skyline is large and widely recognisable. Sydney also possesses a wide array of diversity of modern and old architectural style. They range from the simple Francis Greenway’s Georgian buildings to Jorn Utzon’s Expressionist Sydney Opera House. Sydney also has a large amount of Victorian buildings, such as the Sydney Town Hall and the Queen Victoria Building. The most architecturally significant would be the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, among many others. Skyscrapers in Sydney are also large and modern. Sydney Tower just rising above the rest of the Sydney skyline.
Sydney’s laid-back outdoor lifestyle and physical allure make it one of the world’s top cities to visit and live in. The stunning harbour provides a dramatic backdrop for the city’s famous icons – the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydneysiders are a friendly, energetic bunch with a positive approach to life.
Sydney is Australia’s only global city. It’s a city with a genuine sense of style, a love of sport and celebrations including New Year’s Eve, Mardi Gras, the Sydney Festival, and the Sydney International Art Series.
Brisbane comes alive each day as the subtropical setting calls people from their beds year round to wake up and smell the coffee, soak up the sunshine and drink in the view of the winding Brisbane River.
Cycle up the Brisbane River, then catch the CityCat back down
Walk through the City Botanic Gardens and dine alfresco along Eagle Street Pier.
Climb the Story Bridge and abseil down the side, James Bond style.
Run the 107 steps at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs… or just have a barbecue overlooking the city as the sun goes down.
High-culture, no pretention
Experience the festival buzz of South Bank, with markets, bars, restaurants, live performances and Australia’s only inner-city beach providing the ultimate free playground.
Watch Broadway shows and explore the museums and art galleries of the Cultural Precinct.
Wander Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery or Queensland Museum. Check the calendar of events for current exhibitions.
Discover independant dance, theatre and comedy in Fortitude Valley’s eclectic performance spaces.
Shop in boutique-filled inner-city boroughs – each with their own special personality.
Get outta town
There are plenty of decidedly un-city places to explore within a short drive of Brisbane.
Hand-feed wild dolphins on Moreton Island or camp on the beachfront at North Stradbroke Island.
Swim, surf, snorkel, sand board or four-wheel drive on one Moreton Bay’s Islands
Indulge in local wine at a family-run vineyard.
Hike through national parks and get high in the mountains of the Scenic Rim.
South Australia is a state that has remained politically innovative and culturally vibrant throughout its history. It is known for its festivals and fine produce. While South Australia is not the tourist magnet that its northern neighbour is, South Australia offers a different perspective on Australia from many of its different parts. With world-class wine and other produce, friendly people, unspoilt environment and a very relaxed pace of life, it offers the break in Australia that you may have been looking for.
Referred to as the wine and festival capital of Australia, Adelaide is a great place to experience the culture and convenience of a nice sized city without many of the frustrations of a larger city. Adelaide is surrounded by parklands, together with a range of historic buildings, wide streets, various street cafes and restaurants and shops of all descriptions. Walking is a popular way to enjoy the city with several short walks enabling you to enjoy much of the city.
A great way to explore the city of Adelaide is to take an organised tour. Popular tours include taking a river cruise, an Adelaide guided city tour and visiting Kangaroo Island or the local wildlife parks all of which can be booked online with Australian Explorer.
In addition to these tours, there are some a little bit different which you may like to try your hands at. How about a Mountain Bike adventure, or swimming with dolphins?
Perth boasts some of the country’s best beaches, which are ideal for swimming during the warmer months. Sunscreen is essential and insect repellent may come in handy during the evening. Perth Bus Company have a fleet of vehicles to suit all of your Perth Bus Hire needs As the beaches are on the open ocean it is strongly advised that you only ‘swim between the flags’ at patrolled beaches.
Probably the easiest beach to get to by public transport is Scarborough beach, which can be accessed by catching the Clarkson line from platform 1 at either Perth Underground or Esplanade stations, getting off at Glendalough station before catching the 400 bus (Bus 400 doesn’t exist 990 goes to Scarborough beach and has a stop at Glendallough station Jan15).
Alternatively, you can catch the 400 (990 is the right bus) from the Wellington St bus station which is located down the far end of the central station – from any of its platforms, head west to the concourse, turn left and then head down the ramp. Cottesloe Beach, one of Perth’s most famous, and a favourite among locals and tourists alike, it even easier to access by public transport.
Take the Fremantle line to Cottesloe Station, exit the platform at the Perth end, and head west down Forrest Street for about 10 min. Or you can take bus 102 from Williams street or Esplanade station and it has a stop right by the Cottesloe beach. There is a shady grassed area as well as sand, and the beach is patrolled.
Corporate Coach Hire Vehicles are designed for a client with a more discerning taste. With quality grey metallic paint work and tinted windows to the luxury leather seated interiors our corporate class coach range ooze a more sophisticated quality for an impressive travel experience.
The Great Ocean Road, the start of which is 90 mins outside central Melbourne. Is famous in Australia and around the world as one of the best drives on the planet.
We’ve seen so many photos of the Great Ocean Road over the years that it almost feels like we’ve done it. But nothing prepares you for the real thing.
The Great Ocean Road stretches over 250 kilometres to Warrnambool, and attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year. It can get really busy with all of the buses full of tourists. Whilst driving it yourself would be spectacular, we were happy to be on a bus provided again by Melbourne Bus and Coach.
It really is a stunning drive and we highly recommend you place it on your Australian travel bucket list.
Below are some of highlights of our trip:
The Twelve Apostles
Just a couple of rocks jutting out of the ocean. Really, what’s all the fuss? These were our initial thoughts when planning to visit the 12 Apostles.
But they are the star of the show. We got lucky with the weather the morning we arrived and after all the hype and expectations I’m happy to say we were left awe-struck!
These massive limestone structures tower 45 metres above the ocean and were formed some 20 million years ago as the sea gradually eroded the soft limestone cliffs.
There are only eight remaining (the rest have fallen) and forming the backdrop are these magnificent cliffs up to 70 metres high.
Get there for sunrise – you’ll beat the tour buses and have the place almost to yourself.
Enjoy a sunset with a picnic or we grabbed a takeaway pizza from Port Campbell.
Walk the boardwalks around the cliff tops which provide various viewing platforms.
Just down the road from the Twelve Apostles Visitors Centre are the lesser known Gibson Steps. Walk down these steps on to the beach for a close up view.
Here you can experience a new perspective on the power of the waves and the height of the rocks. You can even touch the rocks and feel how easy they crumble away.
Take time to watch the water crashing around the base of the limestone stacks to understand the true power of the ocean and how it’s constantly shaping our earth.
Loch Ard Gorge
Loch Ard Gorge is amazing and only a few minutes drive west of The Twelve Apostles. The gorge is named after the ship Loch Ard, which ran aground on nearby Muttonbird Island at the end of a three-month journey from England to Melbourne.
Take the stairs down to the beach and sit in wonder. There are three easy walks you can take to discover the area and getting view points.
It had been a long day and we were looking for to our nights accommodation in Lorne
Our journey to Australia began when landing at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport. Tullamarine is Melbourne’s main domestic and only international airport. Not to be confused with Avalon airport which is further to the west of city on the way to Geelong. Many international airlines fly into Melbourne, including national carrier Qantas, Emirates and Etihad.
Getting off the plane after such a long journey is always welcome and we were greeted with a queue at passport control. Our passport officer was officious but welcoming and upon passing back our passports, said ‘Welcome to Australia’. It’s our first time in Australia and it was nice to get an official welcome. After a 20 minute delay our bags arrived, we cleared customs and was on our Australian adventure.
Whilst our bodies thought it was still the middle of the night, the sunshine was bright and the temperature wonderful, much nicer than the cold european winter we left behind.
We exited the arrivals hall and went to the bus rendezvous point. We had booked ahead of time with Melbourne Bus and Coach and were greeted by our driver Dave. Dave helped us all load our luggage onto the vehicle. We’ve had bad experiences before in not being able to get a taxi, so booking a bus in advance to meet us at the airport was a great idea.
We were treated to one of the most iconic Australian songs on the way into the Melbourne CBD. I’m pleased to say the bus was in a lot better condition than this video
Upon arriving in Melbourne we visited the main tourist information office in Federation Square, the staff were very knowledgable and we are now armed with loads of interesting information of what to see and do.