Slow travel: Explore Australia’s east coast by train

You might have heard of Eurail but have you heard of the Discovery Pass? The discovery pass allows you UNLIMITED travel between 365 destinations across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Canberra by train and coach! Starting from $232, you could get unlimited travel for fourteen days, a month, three months or six months.

All you have to do is simply buy your discovery pass and book all of your trips! If you’re not already sold, here are 5 reasons why you should travel the Australian east coast by train:

1.The scenery is amazing
Whether you’re zooming past the red land of the outback or cruising along the white coastlines, you’re bound to encounter some beautiful sights! Instead of experiencing turbulence and cloudy skies, why not experience a feast for your eyes?

2. It saves you money because the fares are fixed.
When you purchase the discovery pass, you don’t have to purchase anything else! Just grab your bags and go. There’s no need to worry about fluctuating flight prices or extremely expensive petrol prices because you’ve already paid for it! If you even want to save some more dollars, you can catch an overnight train as well!

3.It’s extremely flexible
The discovery pass is valid for unlimited travel, so you don’t have to plan everything in advance! If there’s a time and a place to be spontaneous, its now! Whether you want to book a train one week or one hour in advance, its possible with the discovery pass.

4. It’s convenient
The last thing you want to be doing when you arrive at a beautiful destination is to worry about how to get to the city center. But not to worry, most train stations and coach stops are already in the middle of the city center! With drop off stations being so close, your accommodation should only be a step away.

5. It’s helping the environment!
Trains are more energy efficient per passenger than planes or cars, which means its one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transport! Did you know train emissions are not directly released into the upper atmosphere? Who knew you could travel and save the planet at the same time!?

What are you waiting for? Get your discovery pass now! Whether you’re travelling to Byron Bay or Melbourne by train, we’ve got properties for you at Aabode.com!

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!

Featured Properties: Aabode Victoria

Head to Victoria this Spring and experience some of the glorious wonders that the city has to offer. From state of the art museums, striking heritage sites, mouth watering food, and the sporting culture, we can guarantee you’ll have an absolute ball! To top it off we’ve hand picked some of our favourite and most unique properties in Victoria that you won’t want to miss staying in!


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Aquabelle One is a large, light-filled Rye apartment with beach views and suits families or groups of 4. Architect designed with holidays in mind, this stunning space offers modern, beautifully styled interior with room for everyone

Key Inclusions
  • Master king bedroom with ensuite
  • Views over Port Phillip Bay 
  • Full equipped kitchen
  • Two 3 seater leather couch
  • Board games
  • Contemporary interiors with high ceilings
  • Secure parking for 2 cars
  • Keyless PIN access entry 

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Eden is the perfect retreat for your next family holiday. Watch the kids swim in the in-ground solar heated pool from the sun-soaked living room or relax on the resort sofas next to the pool. This property is perfect for the outdoor entertainer. 

Key Inclusions
  • 5 spacious bedrooms: 1 king + ensuite, 2 queen, 1 tri bunk, 1 queen + ensuite
  • Outdoor fireplace 
  • Poolside cabana
  • Solar heated pool 
  • Butler’s pantry
  • Hydronic floor heating
  • Secure car and boat parking facilities 

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Island Pearl, as the name suggests, is something of a rarity on the Island – a beautifully appointed home in a prime location that also has wheelchair access. No matter what your reason for visiting Phillip Island, be it business or pleasure, “Island Pearl” offers an exceptional travel experience. This superb property is loaded with appeal, and is one that you’ll be keen to return to time after time! 

Key Inclusions
  • 4 bedrooms: 2 x queen, 1 x bunk, 1 x single
  • Wheelchair access
  • Double carport 
  • Gas BBQ 
  • Outdoor sitting area
  • Fully fenced courtyard

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Offering luxurious studios featuring a fireplace and patios offering mountain views, Studio 1 is set on 40 acres of farm land. Stunning views of Mt Buffalo and the Buckland Valley can be enjoyed from each patio and balcony, which also offer a BBQ and outdoor furniture.

Key Inclusions
  • Cooked breakfast: cooked bacon, eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes, fresh bread, locally made jams, yoghurt, cereals and seasonal fruit
  • 6 minute drive from the nearest town, Porepunkah
  • Several wineries and restaurants within 30 min drive 
  • Free WI-FI
  • Fireplace

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The ultimate mountain experience enhanced with all the luxury comforts you could ask for.  Elevated and surrounded by a lush forest of greenery, the Artist on Everest is a tree house like no other.  A sophisticated & contemporary 2 bedroom home, with an attention to detail second to none. 

Key Inclusions
  • Main bedroom with king size bed and ensuite
  • Huge open plan living
  • Luxurious couch and dining space
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Log fireplace and ducted heating
  • 5 minute stroll from the township of Olinda

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Riptide @Cape Woolamai has been superbly set up with one goal in mind, and that is to make your holiday an enjoyable experience! This beautifully furnished and decorated home is situated just 250m from “The Colonnades” surf beach and 1km from the supermarket, shops, cafes and restaurants in downtown Cape Woolamai. 

Key Inclusions
  • 3 spacious bedrooms with heating and ceiling fans
  • Sunlit living space
  • BBQ 
  • Outdoor furniture 
  • Great rural and water views