10 Lovable Animals You Can Cozy Up with in Australia

Australia is home to some pretty amazing people, but the animals are quite incredible as well. You may be familiar with a couple of famous Australian animals, but a road trip in a camper van hire isn’t complete without getting to know all of its unique wildlife.

Check out (what we think) are the top 10 cutest and unique Australian animals:

  1. Wombat
    At first glance, the wombat may not be your first idea of a cute animal, but once you get to know these adorable creatures, you’ll see just how cuddly they are. They love to dig and while they can be a bit angry in the wild, they’re still pretty cute!"Wombat" BY Steve Stair via flickr.com/photos/sstair/5010230824 under a Creative Commons Attribution CC BY 2.0. Full license terms at creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0
  2. Quokka
    One word can describe the Quokka—adorable. Not only they cute to look at, but they mimic Australians in their behavior as well. Quokkas are sociable and friendly and definitely worth your time. While they do have big claws and “scary” teeth, they won’t do much unless provoked. They know how to convince people to give them food, and they usually do this by playing adorable and innocent. If you’re visiting Rottnest Island, you’ll discover what posers these little creatures are, with most tourists easily getting selfies with them. Just remember – you can look but don’t touch!
  3. Koala
    An obvious spot on the list, we know, but it doesn’t take away from the fact how cuddly and cute koalas are. They like to sleep a lot, so meeting one awake isn’t always possible.  "Rob & Koala" BY Rob Chandler via flickr.com/photos/96147639@N00/143874069 under a Creative Commons Attribution CC BY-SA 2.0. Full license terms at creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0
  4. Sugar Glider
    Some people mistakenly call this cute creature a rodent. Those who know better call it a marsupial. They have a sweet tooth, but love their veggies. They get attached to humans, when living in human households (some rescued ones live with foster carers) and will want to hang out with you wherever you go. Try and spot these ones if you’re road tripping along the north-eastern side of Australia.
  5. Kangaroo
    Okay, so maybe they aren’t the cuddliest of creatures, but they are cute—especially as babies. While they may be worth cozying up with when joey’s (never in the wild), you may not want to do the same with the mama or papa kangaroo. They’re known as boxing ‘roos for a reason!
  6. Platypus
    These creatures may be confusing, but they’re sweet-looking in some kind of odd way. Looking like ducks and beavers at the same time and proud owners of webbed feet, they get the best of many worlds. While they are cute to look at, you may not actually want to cozy up with these creatures as they are in fact venomous.
  7. Tree Kangaroo
    There are a lot of marsupials in Australia and the tree kangaroo is just another one to put on your list.  They are really, really cute to look at and look like they want to be cuddled continuously. Like normal kangaroos, they can jump pretty high, but unlike your average kangaroo, they also have the ability to climb trees. "Tree Kangaroo" BY Eric Kilby via flickr.com/photos/ekilby/19242743835 under a Creative Commons Attribution CC BY-SA 2.0. Full license terms at creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0
  8. Dingo
    A dingo pup is an adorable one. They are friendly as babies and can definitely be considered some of the cutest, cozy pups around. If you come across an older one, you may not want to get too close. They are pretty smart and in the wild, are not the safest to be around. After all, they are wild dogs, complete with wild instincts.
  9.  The Port Jackson Shark
    If you like marine life more than the animals that roam the land, a Port Jackson shark may be the underwater version of cozy. They have funny faces, are not unfriendly and couldn’t hurt a fly. Okay, you don’t want to get bitten by them, but it won’t be as harmful as one from, say, a Great White. There are plenty in Australian waters and you could definitely get close to one if you so wish.
  10. Great White Shark
    Where else could you get so close to this fascinating creature than in Australia. Well-known for being a place where they thrive, Australia’s waters are full of this big fish. While you don’t want to come face to face with one alone, if you go cage-diving, you can get as cozy to them as you would ever be able to—without being shark dinner.

If you are in the mood for getting to know new creatures, visit Australia. It’s full of some adorable animals that you won’t find anywhere else. It’s also a great chance for you to get to know more about these animals that may be misunderstood.

From swimming with sharks to cuddling Koalas, a trip throughout Australia in a camper van hire is a fabulous way to spend your time. You’ll get to know many creatures, some known and others you’ve never seen before. Enjoy and don’t forget to visit the crocodiles!


The Best Way to Go Whale Watching in Australia

Life is too short to sit at home while there is a whole world out there to discover. From tropical jungles to ginormous mountain ranges, the earth is full of beautiful greenery you’ll want to see. Oceans, lakes, and rivers are just as fascinating to explore. If you want to really explore a country that has it all while traveling in a camper van hire, you should put Australia on your list of places to visit.

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3 Savvy Tips for Traveling Solo

Nowadays, traveling alone is no longer a rare and risky venture that people feel apprehensive about. In fact, whether it’s backpacking in the wilderness or going on a road trip aboard your campervan rental, it is now a fiercely admired practice—or a rite of passage, if you must—that more and more travelers are eager to take on.

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3 Safe Camping Tips for Canyon Country

Guest blog post by Michael Bourke

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If you want to make the most of your time in the great outdoors, safety must be your top priority. Whether you are camping in some of our country’s beautiful national parks, road tripping across the country aboard a campervan hire, or hiking some picturesque trails, you need to be prepared. This mean ensuring you have enough supplies, the proper safety equipment, and a plan for hiking and camping as safely as possible. These safe camping tips will help you ensure your time in nature is as enjoyable as possible.

1. Prepare Plenty of Safe Food and Water

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No matter where you travel for a camping and hiking trip, you want to ensure that your food and water are safe and free of contaminants. The best way to do this is to pack your own food and water. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you follow a few steps to ensure the safety of your food and drink:

⦁ Pack food in tight, waterproof containers or bags and keep them in an insulated cooler.

⦁ Wash your hands and surfaces often. If you do not have water and soap available, use hand sanitiser.

⦁ Keep raw and cooked foods separate.

⦁ Cook foods to the correct temperatures.

⦁ Chill your foods promptly after eating. Do not allow foods, especially those containing eggs, dairy, and meat, to get to room temperature or to be in the sun for long periods of time.

Tips for Packing

Certain areas of the country will require you to pack more food and water than others. If you are travelling to canyon country in the American Southwest, for example, keep in mind that stores are few and far between. Stocking up with an ample supply of water and food before heading into the canyon is a must.

You also should pack nutrient-dense foods that will help you and your traveling companions have plenty of energy and stamina for hiking through the amazing scenery Gunnison National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and the Dixie National Forest and Bryce Canyon have to offer.

Staying hydrated is always essential when you are camping and hiking, especially if you’re in the desert during the warmer months. It is best if you drink 15-20 ounces of water one to two hours prior to your hike, another 8-10 ounces 15 minutes before you begin, and another 8 ounces every 15 minutes during your hike. If you sweat heavily or hike in extremely hot weather, you should drink more water.

2. Hike in a Group

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Staying together as a group is vital to your health and safety while hiking. You should remain in a group from the beginning to the end of the hike. Be sure that your group has an adequate number of leaders for the number of hikers in your group and that the hike will be paced to the slowest hiker.

Before heading out, make sure that each member of the hiking group has the minimum gear including warm clothing, hiking boots that cover the ankle, extra food and water, a whistle or noisemaker, rain gear, and a flashlight. You also should make sure that each group member knows exactly what to do if he becomes separated from the group or if an emergency occurs. Finally, you should be sure that the hike leaders know the medical conditions of each group member.

3. Carry Safety Items

Aside from food and water and the minimum gear, you will need safety items to ensure you remain protected in the wilderness. A tent that is both the correct size and weather resistant goes a long way for protecting you from rain and bugs and will provide you with much-needed shelter from the sun.

You also should carry a flashlight, extra batteries, a multi-tool, and a phone charger in addition to a fully-stocked first-aid kit, sunscreen, personal medication, creams for blisters or sunburn, and a solution for insect bites to relieve itching and pain. Many hikers and campers carry a mirror that assists in drawing attention to their location should an emergency occur.

You’ll also need some fire starters, waterproof matches, and other items for starting a fire to keep you warm at night, cook, and keep away animals. Of course, you will need to make sure that you have sand and water on hand to put out your fire before you leave your campsite; otherwise, you risk starting a forest fire.


In summary, hiking and camping are two of the best ways to reconnect with friends and family and spend more time in nature. To make your experiences outdoors as safe as possible, you should prepare plenty of food and water, hike in a group, and carry safety items.


What First Time Campers In Australia Must Know

There is no absolutely no need to feel intimidated because camping is the simplest, cheapest and most fun way to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. If you are going camping in Australia for the first time though, here are a few tips that can help you make the experience more memorable and a bit more comfortable.

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Road Tripping On A Budget: How To Do It Right

Who says you cannot have a memorable, fun road trip on a budget? Regardless how long a trip you are planning, we have listed a handful of tips on how you can road trip without spending a fortune.

1. Plan Your Route

By planning where you want to go and how you are going to get there is vital to staying within your set budget for the trip.

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Mapping your route will help you determine the the duration of your trip and the distance you would have to travel. This will help you set a spending limit on gas, food, accommodation or even toll fees. Additionally, this helps you determine what to pack for the road trip.

2. Do Not Overpack

You may think it is better to pack for “emergencies” considering that you have an entire motorhome to fill. Nope. Packing too much adds clutter and this makes it difficult to find things you actually need during the trip. Keep in mind that you are going to spend a lot of time in your vehicle so it is important to keep yourself comfortable. Besides, taking too much with you adds weight to the vehicle, which makes the motorhome burn more gas.

3. Research Affordable And Free Entertainment

Entertainment and sightseeing are parts of any vacation and there are a number of things you can do to find budget-friendly, if not entirely free, activities during your trip.

Check out tourism websites of countries or cities you are going to visit. These websites provide information about local tourist spots, tour activities, etc.

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If the city you plan to visit has local museums, check if they have “free days”. Travelling during summer is also advisable because the warm weather brings about more free outdoor activities: carnivals, town fairs, art shows, concerts, etc. Lastly, if you are a student or a travelling with students, do not forget to present your school ID to get student discounts.

4. Set Spending Limits

Once you have determined the length of your trip, what you will do, where you will stop along the way and what you will do, you can now set spending limits on all your expenses. Set priorities if budget is tight. Do you want to eat in nice restaurants or spend a little more on a bigger motorhome rental with a kitchen? Do you want to spend most of your budget on attractions and activities or spend more time camping in national parks and cooking over a campfire?

Gas is one of the most important parts of your budget and once you calculate how much you will spend on gas, you can then set a budget for food, activities and other experiences. Keeping track of how much you are spending helps keep you from overspending.


Road trips are a fun, memorable way to spend your holiday. Rather than flying to and from your chosen destinations, you can travel at your own pace and enjoy the sights along the way.

Just remember, drive safely and stay on budget. Hopefully these tips can help you do that. And have a worry-free, much deserved vacation!


5 Family Friendly Things To Do In Darwin

Outdoor activities, wildlife parks and encounters, beach side markets and swimming in waterholes and cave pools, it is no surprise why Darwin is a popular holiday destination for families. Whether you are bringing your own car or touring the city in a motorhome hire, there are 5 things you can do that are guaranteed to make your family holiday enjoyable.

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