7 things you must do in South Australia!

With urban Victoria and beachy Queensland attracting a large portion of tourists, the stunning South Australia often gets neglected! There’s a lot to experience beyond Adelaide so check out the seven things you must do when you go to South Australia!

Shuck oysters in an oyster farm

Sipping on champagne and having oysters is often seen as the epitome of luxury. Well, you can now do it while standing in the sea! One of the top things to do in South Australia is to go to the Coffin Bay Oyster Farm and eat oysters straight from the sea. Here, you’ll be able to sit in the water and watch as the oysters are being harvested! This is a once in a lifetime experience and you will be able to devour the freshest oysters you will ever taste. Shuck your own oysters, sip on some champagne and enjoy the picturesque views because you won’t get them anywhere else!

Sleep underground

Unique Underground

Why stay in a hotel when you can stay in a home that’s completely UNDERGROUND? Coober Pedy is known for their underground town filled with churches and homes. While many underground houses are available in Coober Pedy, why go anywhere else when we have them available on Aabode.com? This swanky stay needs to have a place on your bucket list as it’s decked out with a pool, an outdoor wood barbecue and full amenities! Check it out!

Hop on board the wine train

Not just any train. A wine train. While going on a wine tours are commonplace for visitors in South Australia, there’s no wine tour like this one. Travel in style on a heritage train while you gaze out at stunning scenery and breathtaking plains. The train stops at different wineries so you have an opportunity to sample some of the wines or enjoy some bites at local restaurants!

BBQ on a buoy down the river

There’s nothing more quintessential than a barbeque, except for having a barbecue on a buoy with some of your best mates! In the heart of Adelaide, you’ll be able to float on a buoy with some of your friends and float down the river while you grill away! This is an experience not to miss as they have a variety of packages for you to choose from! Whether you want to float down and have a cheese platter with the ladies or have a barbecue with the boys on a buoy, you’ll have an amazing time!

Go fig picking

You’ve heard of strawberry and cherry picking but have you ever heard of fig picking? You can do just that at the Glen Ewin Estate! The estate is adorned with almost twelve thousand fig trees and provides you with an abundant variety of juicy figs! With only $5 entry, you’ll be bound to have a great time! If you’ve got time after all of your harvesting, also check out their fig bar for an amazing range of products.

Visit and stay on Kangaroo Island

Whether you want to visit some of the friendly native creatures or relax to the swooning sounds of the ocean, the only place to do it is in South Australia! The island has a heaping variety of activities for the whole family including quad biking, paintball, snorkeling and horse riding! If you’re after something more for the adults, check out one of the twenty three hikes for a romantic stroll or the accommodation for a stunning morning in. We recommend some of these stunning properties on Aabode.com!

Regardless of whatever you do or wherever you stay, you love it in South Australia. We’ve got some stunning properties on Aabode.com so go and check them out!

The best breakfasts around Australia

Whether you’ve got a jam packed day full of activities or plan to relax until the sun goes down, you have to get up for the most important meal of the day! No matter where you are in Australia, we’ve got somewhere for you to kick start your day!

Sydney – Cornersmith

Nestled amongst the suburbs of the inner west is Sydney institution Cornersmith which delights its hungry patron’s day in and day out. If you drop by on the weekend you’ll always notice long lines and big crowds waiting for a table, so get in there quick! Their menu changes scenery but you’ll be likely to come across charcuterie and cheese plates, fermented drinks and house pickles. If you like more of what you taste, don’t worry, they also have a range of pickles and preserves for you to take home!

Melbourne – Grub Fitzroy

Seat yourself in this bright, airy and picnic table filled at Grub Fitzroy. Whether you’re here for a quick snack or for the most important meal for the day, Grub Fitzroy has an all day sustainable menu to satisfy your desires! The place is adorned with a mecca of plants, garden gnomes and eclectic knick knacks, so you won’t be disappointed by the atmosphere. Their menu changes frequently but you could look forward do dishes like orange marmalade and rose cream crumpets or pork belly ramen!

Brisbane – Billycart Kitchen

Once a corner store, now a culinary hotspot. You’ll always find locals hanging in and out of Billycart having a coffee or a quick bite to eat. We think if you’re in Brisbane, it’s the perfect start to your day! They always have an assortment of house baked cakes and pastries available for your sweet tooth but they also have a sweet selection of breakfast options. While you’re there, have a go at their croquet madame or their honeycomb butter banana bread!

Adelaide – Whistle & Flute

Get ready for a morning stroll and bring your pup along to Whistle & Flute! The alfresco setting of Whistle & Flute welcomes a small crowd on Greenhill road. As ferns and plants spill of every surface, you’ll enjoy a morning treat in this luscious green space. They offer unique fares such as chai spiced chia bowls and chilli prawn scrambled eggs, but if you’re up for something more indulgent, check out their sriracha chicken and waffles!

Hobart – Room for a Pony

Take a seat near the window and bask in the morning sun at Room for a Pony. You’ll see a range of visitors at this café and a lot of pups around as well! The menu is fresh and generous, which leaves the locals coming back for more! If you get a chance to drop by, order their potato and pumpkin rosti or their huevos rancheros wood fired eggs!

Perth – Architects and Heroes

Whether you’re after a hefty brunch fare, creamy cakes or artisian coffee, Architects and Heroes in Perth have got it all. This sleek café pumps out an unreal amount of coffee everyday to its regulars and offers a solid fare to go along with it! Along with your top notch coffee, why not grab a loaded bagel or some mac and cheese balls!

Darwin – Alley Cats Patisserie

Although sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed, a breakfast at Alley Cats is worth getting up for! Whether you’re a morning person or not, Alley cat will always entice you with their chicken and waffles or mushroom breakfast burger! As well as a scrumptious morning fare, they offer a mean coffee and house made infused iced tea. What’s not to love!

This article has you sorted for the start of the day but Aabode.com has you sorted for the end of the day when you want a decent snooze! For tons of amazing properties around Australia, check out Aabode.com!

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!

Tips for travelling solo!

We’re back again with some more travel tips! This time, we’ll go through our top tips for travelling solo.

Travelling along can seem daunting, but first time solo travelers always describe their experience as amazing and self-indulgent. You can take as long as you want at any location, and set your itinerary exactly as you prefer!

Keep reading for our tips for successfully travelling solo.

1. Book solo-friendly accommodation

Book your accommodation at a hostel, home stay, B&B or small inn. These locations often have other solo tourists too, giving you the perfect chance to connect with other solo travelers.  This can help when you’re feeling lonely and need another person to interact with.

2. Avoid appearing like a tourist

Giving off signs that you’re alone in a foreign location may draw uninvited attention to yourself, which can be risky if it’s coming from someone untrustworthy.

Walking down Manhattan wearing an “I love NYC” t-shirt is the equivalent to wearing a sign displaying “I’m travelling alone”. And don’t have your head buried in a map while you’re trying to navigate the city.

3. Keep your devices connected and charged

One of the best things about travelling solo in the 21st century is how easy it is to communicate with family and friends across the world. In the chance of an emergency or misadventure, you must be digitally connected to let someone know.

Make sure your phone is charged before leaving, and that you have enough data to stay connected to the internet. Bring with you a portable charger in case your phone’s batteries goes flat.

4. Create a spreadsheet to share with relatives

One option is to let your relatives know your itinerary for the day before setting off.

Another option is to create a spreadsheet to share, which outlines your itinerary and the days you visited a location.

5. Be open to meeting new people!

Our last tip for travelling solo is to be open to meeting all sorts of new people! We can guarantee that you will meet a range of interesting, inspiring and captivating people, don’t be intimidated! Learn from them and their travels and maybe share some of your own wisdom! 

Who knows? You may have made a life long friend (and somewhere free to stay in the country they’re from)!

When you’re planning to jet set off to your next solo adventure, be sure to book your accommodation through Aabode.com!