by Delia Toh
Shopping in Australia: One of the most popular shopping areas in Australia is the Queenstreet Mall in Brisbane, an ideal spot for being the one-stop retail location in Brisbane, and comes complete with a wide range of hotels, restaurants and bars as well. If you're in Melbourne, check out the Chapel Street, the predominant shopping area of the city. Many exclusive upmarket designs and clothing lines can be found here, and it is also home to iconic attractions such as the Astor Theatre and the St. Michael Grammar School, which is now a holding site for many old buildings.
Superbee Honey factory: This is the place for you to savour and purchase some of Australia's most authentic honey. The honey is harvested straight from the beehives of the Australian Honey Bee. Not only will you visit the colonies of bees in the factory (from a safe distance of course), you will also find a wide range of honey products, from honey candy and royal jelly to uniquely concocted recipes like the Superbee Honey and Ginger. The Superbee Honey Factory is located on the corner of Newell Hwy & Landrace St in New South Wales.
Aboriginal Workshops: Queensland is the heart of Australia's art and heritage, and was also the main area of settlement for the Aboriginal people. Here, through hands on activities, you will discover the culture of Australia's indigenous people at the Basement. These workshops are specially arranged for people to put themselves in the shoes of the average Aborigine back then in the olden days. Art fanatics should not miss the gallery, also situated within the Basement.
Melba Chocolate and Confectionery Factory: Situated in Adelaide, South Australia, this place is great for all with a sweet tooth. This factory-cum-retail outlet has a wide variety of chocolate merchandise. It also allows you to discover the chocolate-making process as you embark on a self-guided tour around the factory.
The Big Pineapple: The Big Pineapple, located in Queensland, is a great place for fun and delicious food. This 16m tall structure houses two exciting rides and a little animal farm where visitors can interact with the many different animals kept there, such as the alpacas, deers and donkeys. The Big Pineapple is also a great place for you to refresh and rejuvenate, with a large range of delicious deserts, parfaits, fresh juices and sumptuous meals.
Farmstay: There are many locations in Australia where you can enjoy the recluse of rural dwelling during your trip there. If you would prefer to be away from the city centre, why not opt for farmstays? A few of the nicest accommodation areas in Australia include the Mowbray Park Farmstay (situated just an hour away from Sydney Airport), the Blue Mountains Australia Farmstay, Beachfarm Farmstay and Gilston Retreat. Facilities (whether there is air-conditioning etc) at the place of accommodation depends on your hosts. However, these are generally peaceful and serene lodging areas for all who wish to unwind and relax.
Theme parks on the Gold Coast: For a day of exhilarating excitement, visit the theme parks on the Gold Coast. The entertainment here comes in many forms, including dolphin shows and rides that can make your adrenaline rush, and various amusement parks such as Movie World, Sea World, Tropical Fruit World. Gold Coast is rather like our very own Universal Studios, but comes with its own unique concepts and elements.
Abbey Beach Resort: This is a great place to be if you wish to be close to the beach and the elements of nature. Situated near the Busselton Jetty, the resort faces the picturesque Geographe Bay. If you're in Perth and are looking forward to a relaxing day on the sunkissed coast of Western Australia, don't miss this spot!