An animal lovers guide to Sydney

Whether you’re in Sydney for a few days or are lucky enough to call this place a home, you’ll know that this city is full of furry, cuddly, slimy, and wild and all other sorts of creatures. And this is your perfect chance to go say hello or even take your pets for a little pampering day! We all know that there’s Taronga Zoo and the Sea Life Aquarium, but venture into this list to find a list of other places where you can embrace the animal-lover within you!

Featherdale Wildlife Park

This place is home to over 1700 animals from 250 different species and is mostly famous for all the Koalas that the place shelters. It’s not as massive as the Taronga Zoo, but all those famous names that you keep seeing on TV or reading in books are all here. Kangaroos, koalas, quokkas, wombats, crocodiles and much more.

This is also the place where you can get a picture taken with a koala for free! You can even pay and have your own one-on-one session with a koala and pet them. All the zoo keepers take a very personalized approach to each animal and give you little stories about them while they’re at it, making the feeding times of each animal one of the best when compared to other parks!

Spot some kangaroos and cockatoos at Euroka clearing

Other than the best secret place for camping and bush-walking, Euroka Clearing is the best place to catch some kangaroos in their natural habitat. This hidden spot that is located near Glenbrook has over 40 campsites and the best time to find those roos are during dawn and dusk. Although these kangaroos are not like the ones in the zoo, unfortunately you cannot feed them but as they are used to people coming and observing them, they do not scare away that easily. So go get lucky and watch them closely while you can! I would advise you to stay away from the large male ones as they can get a bit aggressive and the mothers can get a tad bit protective if there are small joeys in the group.

Mix it up in Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Park

If you’re a fan of tiny little fish, Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Park is a nice short little walk from Manly Wharf. This reserve that covers the area between the southern ends of Manly Beach to the northern ends of Shelley Beach Headland attracts schools of small fish. If you’re lucky enough you might even get to see some gropers. The area is also staffed by volunteers on the weekend who will happily answer any questions that you might have. And if you want to mix up observing some fish with something else, this is also a great spot for snorkeling and underwater photography. It is famous among photographers as at various times, over 150 different species of fish have been recorded to be swimming in the water!

So now that you know where the wild things are, here are some tamer places for you and your furry ones!

Chew Chew Pet Restaurant

This is where pet nutrition comes first! Pet nutritionist and pet care advisor Naoko Okamoto has designed a Japanese style dog menu with a focus on nutritional content and taste. Serving organic meat and fish straight from the Sydney fish markets, there is always a lot of thought that is put into the dishes for your pals. You can order 3-course meals for your dog, including an entree of soup, a lamb omelet, and a cupcake and doggie cappuccino to top it off. In case this cafe couldn’t get any more loveable, you can now host your pooch’s birthday party here! 

Catmosphere

Sydney’s first space-themed cat café is going to be your heaven if you have been wanting those cuddles with kitties. You can have a yoga session for 45 minutes followed by 15 minutes of cuddling with cats! How good is that! I cannot think of a better way to relieve stress! All the cats here are fostered rescues and chosen especially because of their sociable purrsonalities. Entry to the café is free and you can just get a coffee there and relax and the rooms with cats can only be entered after you’ve paid for it.

Your pets deserve pampering too!

Australia’s premier pet grooming station- The Fur Station by Rufus & Coco that opened up in April this year is not just about haircuts and all. Your furry ones are more than welcome to get a full-standard massage just like humans in order to shine on their inner a well as their outer beauty! This pet grooming center that has taken the idea to a whole new level uses products only from Rufus & Coco. These are high quality products that are free of paraben and soap and also sulfate. Catered to the breed of your pal, they can get a full mud bath and well-being massage so that even the most sensitive ones can experience the very best!

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The best markets around Australia

Whether you’re after the freshest produce possible or the tastiest food truck grubs, these markets have got it all! Come along with us as we show you some of the best markets across Australia!

NSW – Carriageworks Farmers Market

Although there’s a mecca of markets for you to visit in Sydney (lucky you), if you could only visit one, you must visit Carraigeworks Farmer’s market! Whether you’re after the best seasonal produce or freshly baked artisanal bread, you’ll find it here. Open from 8am on Saturdays, they’ve got a range of gourmet products for you to choose from! Whether truffles or gourmet chocolates tickle your delight, they’ll be sure to fix you up at this farmers market.

SA – Adelaide Farmers Market

Although Adelaide Central Market steals the show, many forget about the quaint Adelaide Farmers’ market! Here, you’ll have access to some of the best produce from South Australian family farms and a vibrant environment. Open from 9am every Sunday, you’ll have a stellar morning at one of Australia’s best farmer’s market! Whether you need little nibbles for your charcuterie board or a hefty meal for your lunch, the Adelaide Farmer’s market has got something for you.

VIC – Queen Victoria Night Market

The first thing you’ll notice here is the aroma of barbecued meats wafting to your nose as you enter the market. Held on Wednesdays in the summer, the QV night markets is an iconic food mecca that you cannot miss! With more than 60 eclectic street food stalls and 100 specialty stores, you’ll be lost in choices! Soak up the last drops of sun in the hottest place in Melbourne and treat yourself to a drink before the night begins.

WA – Perth City Farm Farmers Market

Situated in Perth City Farm, this market is the perfect place to shop for all of your sustainable and ethical produce! They’re held every Saturday and is connected to an amazing café and nursery. Whether you wanted to grab some homemade produce, relax in the courtyard or have an extravagant breakfast at the farm café, you won’t be disappointed at this market!

NT – Mindil Beach Sunset Market

Whether it’s late lunch or a dinner date, enjoy a slow and evening by spending it at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. Run on Thursday and Sunday nights, it’s the perfect way to end the weekend or had a mid-week break! With more than 260 stalls, you won’t fall short of having something to see, eat or do. Hungry? They also have more than sixty food stalls! Grab yourself a bite to eat and settle yourself down on the beach to enjoy the real sunset

TAS – Farm Gate MYarket

Although most tourists go to the infamous Salamanca for their market visit, the Farm Gate Market is where you need to be! Rather than being a tourist destination, a majority of the traffic each week is from the locals. It opens from 8:30am every Sunday until 1 and it also has a designated food hub, so come hungry! From fresh seafood to breakfast delights, the Farm Gate market will definitely satisfy your delight. If the delicious bites don’t tickle your fancy, there’s an abundance of local produce that you can take home with you!

QLD – Noosa Farmers Market

From organic local produce to freshly squeezed juices, Noosa Farmers Market has everything for your perfect Sunday morning out! Being situated amongst the gum trees, it’s the perfect place to wander around and sample some delicious bites.  It’s deemed one of the best markets on the Sunshine Coast and we definitely agree! Want to spend more time here? Check out all the things you must do in Noosa!

Wherever you are in Australia, you’ll find an amazing market to stroll and peruse around. Wherever you are, you can also find an amazing property to stay at Aabode.com!

6 essential tips for your next road trip

Whether you’re on the road for an hour or a week, make sure you’re prepped! Check out these tips for your next road trip so you can just enjoy the ride.

Take frequent breaks

We’re not saying you have to stop at every servo when you’re on the road but its worthwhile taking a pit stop every hour or two. Whether you want to get out and explore the area a bit or get a quick bite to eat, taking a break is essential for the whole crew! Whether you need to take a quick toilet break or need to pump some petrol, stop at the next rest station or servo.

Dress comfortably

There’s nothing worse than sitting in a car for hours on end wearing tight and uncomfortable clothing! Make sure you wear comfortable and cozy clothing so you can feel relaxed during your ride. We recommend breathable clothes with some slippers or sneakers. If you even want to feel more comfortable, bring a mini pillow and throw!

Have entertainment on hand

Whether you bring along some games or whip together a playlist on Spotify, it’s essential that you have some entertainment for your journey, whether it’s long or short! Before you head off, be sure to download some audio books or trivia games to keep you occupied for your trip. Bring some Uno, crank up the speakers and get ready for a great time.

Pack snacks

Depending on how big your stomachs are and how many people are coming with you, you might need to bring a whole heap of snacks. An essential part to any road trip is having an excessive amount of snacks to share around the car while you chat or play games! Load up at the grocery store before you leave so you don’t have to purchase overpriced chips and meat pies at the servo. If you want a healthier alternatives, bring some homemade chip and dip or sliced fruit in advance!

Bring all of your chargers

This might be one of the most important tips for your road trip! Phones and devices are often used as a GPS, a music player or just for your social media scrolling pleasures. Running out of battery for any of these devices could lead to you getting lost or feeling extremely bored during your trip. Make sure you’re bringing a portable charger or a cord to plug into your car to avoid any messy mishaps!

Stay fresh – pack your toiletries

If there’s a full house in your car, the last thing you want to do is stink it up, especially if you’re driving for a long period of time. If there are no showers at your pit stop on the way, consider getting some wet wipes, dry shampoo or deodorant to keep yourself feeling fresh. Otherwise, just pack some mini toiletries and have them nearby in case you need to pull over at a rest stop and have a quick shower!

Every road trip will lead to a destination! No matter where you go, you can always find the perfect property at Aabode.com!

Tips to stress less on your holiday

Stress is something all of us experience. Whether its at work, home or at uni, it’s something we can’t escape, but it shouldn’t ever exist on a holiday! Check out our tips to help you stress less on your getaway so you can just focus on your relaxation!

Plan your pick up

This doesn’t mean you have to plan the transport for your whole trip but you should have a rough idea of how you’re going to get to your accommodation when you arrive. Taxis are sometimes the most expensive option and are sometimes not available in smaller cities at certain times! Whether you’re renting a car or planning to take public transport to the city, think about what you need to do beforehand to save yourself from any troubles. Whether it’s booking the car online or purchasing a travel card at your arrival, just do some quick research to save you from any trouble. Note: there might not be data or wifi available when you arrive!

Download offline maps

In case you’re stuck with no wifi or you’re unable to get your data up and running, you’ll be saved if you follow this tip! Most map applications allow you to download the whole map of a city or suburb so you’ll be able to use it without any internet! If you know where you’ll be exploring, you can download multiple maps so you can always check for directions on the go! Hot tip: Check out some great offline map and travel apps here!

Pack light

This might be the most obvious tip, but it might be the thing that causes you the most grief on your holiday! Try to fit everything in a small suitcase or a carry on style bag so you’ll always have a hand or two free for carrying other things. Some cities don’t have elevators or lifts so reconsider whether bringing two large suitcases is worth it! If you’re able to carry your luggage up and down a flight or two, you should be sweet to go! Check out some more packing tips here!

Have a digital backup

Although many people print out physical copies of their travel documents and organize them accordingly, it’s also a good idea to have a digital backup that is easily accessible on your phone. A simple way to do this is to just store them in your email in a folder so they can be easily accessed when needed! If you’re tech savvy and want to up the ante, there are also other travel apps that can store all of your documents and tickets in one place!

Bring what you need for a comfortable ride

Plan to stay comfy. Whether you’re travelling by car, plane or train, make sure you prepare to satiate and entertain yourself for the journey. Be sure to pack some travel snacks such as muesli bars or fruit to keep your stomach from grumbling for the whole journey. For long haul or overnight travel, make sure you also pack your sleeping essentials such as toothbrushes, pajamas, an extra set of clothes and a sleeping mask. Whether you’re travelling for a hour or a day, make sure you have your snacks at the ready, your movies downloaded and your headphones in so you can travel like a pro!

We’ll even if you an extra tip for having a stress free holiday…Book your property on Aabode.com! From 4000+ properties to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Top travel mistakes not to make

When you’re trekking across the globe, your bound to make mistakes and run into some issues, but it’s all part of the learning process! Travelling gives insight into some of life’s larger lessons and provides a different perspective on how to see the world. Even though you’ll be learning these lessons on your own, we’re here to give you some basic tips on what not to do, to get you started!

Skimping on travel insurance

Even though flights, accommodation and activities can quickly strain your bank account, travel insurance is NOT something you want to skip on, especially if you’re travelling outside of the country. Travel insurance is usually a fraction of the cost of any other expense and it will protect you from any medical or non medical emergency. Your thirst for travel might be quenched by a spontaneous holiday but your safety always comes first!

Cramming your day to the max

So many sights to see and so many things to do! Travelling to a new place is always exciting and you’re always presented with a plethora of things to do. Even though you should definitely make the most of your holiday, don’t pack your itinerary by the minute! By doing this, you might be disappointed when you don’t get enough time to do an activity or you won’t have enough time to enjoy the sight itself. Take it easy and enjoy your time in each place or activity. If you want to roughly plan your day, perhaps schedule in one or two events! That way you have time to relax and enjoy your time, which is what travelling is all about!

Over packing

Although you want a killer outfit for every instagram photo, there is a thing such as over packing! For most of you guys out there, half of the clothes you pack in your suitcase end up staying there for the whole trip! Make you only pack what you need and clothes that you know you’ll wear! Carrying extra large luggage can also make transportation a hassle. We recommend you pack wisely and think about your destination when packing!

Not informing your bank

Although planning your getaway can be extremely exciting, some get too excited and forget this vital step! Failure to do this could mean your account could be locked and you won’t have any funds available overseas. Make sure you go and have a chat with your bank or inform them through a mobile banking app to notify them of your travel dates! Hot tip: When travelling, especially overseas, make sure you have a bit of cash in case of an emergency, even if your destination is card friendly.

Skimping on accommodation

Just to be clear, this doesn’t mean you have to splash millions and stay in a penthouse! Although travel can get expensive, it’s ideal not to skimp on accommodation because it’s where you’ll be resting and recharging. There are lots of affordable accommodation options out there and you just have the right one for you! Just keep in mind that your accommodation should be a place you can get a good night’s rest or take a quick break, so find a place where you feel comfortable. Make sure your accommodation has all of the amenities you need such as air conditioning, linen or towels. You can always be spontaneous in your adventures around your destination, but you never want any nasty surprises about your accommodation!

Whether you’re on a budget or ready to ball out, Aabode.com has all of the best accommodation for any traveler! We know how important accommodation is and we’ve chosen the best for you!