Awesome Adelaide Campervan Holiday Adventures

Adelaide is not only South Australia’s capital, it’s also the cultural and culinary centre of the state. The city was established as a home to the region’s first European settlers. Colonel William Light, Adelaide’s founder, helped in envisioning a “City of Churches” and gardens that could only be described as divine.  So if you’re planning to visit this sublime city,  a hired campervan can easily take you to any of the scenic destinations.

For a hassle-free tour of Adelaide, we have come up with a list of destinations guaranteed to inundate your senses with exceptional sights, sounds, and flavours.

  1. The Adelaide Central Market

Before travelling to any of the fantastic tourist destinations in Adelaide, why not buy some of the freshest produce in the city at the Adelaide Central Market first? Apart from being the cultural hub of South Australia, Adelaide is also one of the best places to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as premium cuts of meat at surprisingly affordable prices.

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"Central Market, Adelaide Australia” by brianj.lowe available at under a Creative Commons Attribution. Full license at BY brianj.lowe

Adelaide Central Market is also the oldest in the state, and has withstood several developments since 1869. From the first 500 farmers selling home-grown produce, the market is now known as the “Heart of Adelaide.”

The market even offers tours for first time visitors. You can meet locals as and observe their daily routine at the market. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience and fully understand the local culture. 

2. The Adelaide North Terrace

Tourists and art connoisseurs are guaranteed to have a splendid time at the North Terrace. Its array of art galleries, memorials and libraries provide cultural immersion like no other. North Terrace is also home to Adelaide University, where South Australia’s young local talents are honed.

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Among the major bureaucratic buildings in the North Terrace are the State Library and Parliament House; as well as the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and the “Walk of Fame”. So whether you’re interested in the cultural, entertainment, and natural attractions of the city, you won’t run out of places to check out.

3. The Adelaide Oval Stadium

Popularly known as one of the prettiest cricket grounds, not only in Australia, but also the world. The first stadium was erected in 1871 but an agreement made within the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) paved the way for the oval’s redevelopment in 2011.

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Currently, the oval is host to several sporting events in the state like SANFL. Interestingly, the oval has also hosted several functions like weddings and other intimate celebrations thanks to the renovations made over the years.

Nonetheless, the true spirit of sportsmanship in the Adelaide Oval Stadium lives on. The earth still rumbles with the energy of the first sportsmen that honoured its grounds with their determination to claim victory for their team and their country.


4. The Adelaide East End

In the afternoon, buy a bottle of wine or a cup of hot coffee at Adelaide’s East End. You can get either and so much more in one area- the Ebenezer Place. The street has several independently owned shops that sell fine wines and exquisite food. 

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"Adelaide. East Terrace the Fruit and Produce Exchange. Was the wholesale fruit and vegetable market. 1904.” by denisbin available at under a Creative Commons Attribution. Full license at BY denisbin

A trip to the Ebenezer Place is also a trip down memory lane. The area was originally a place where fresh produce was sold by local farmers. In fact, the Adelaide Fruit and Produce Exchange stood in the area for more than 80 years. It was only in 1988 that the market was shut down and the structure was given a fresh coat of paint.

Amazingly, the East End withstood the test of time despite undergoing several changes. And as old habits die hard, Ebenezer Place remains a food haven. Only now, it’s a centre of fantastic restaurants and cafés that serve gourmet meals. Its shops serve strong flavoured coffee and crisp sweet wines.

5. The Adelaide Hills

Speaking of wines and spirits, Adelaide Hills is one of the best places to grab a bottle of that sweet wine you’ve been craving. Amid panoramic views of the rolling hills, you can buy wines that would complement the sumptuous food served in any of the cafés in the area.

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Add to that, there are also shops that sell fresh local produce like olives and cheese. Both should never be absent on the served entrée. The seasons also bring different flavors like strawberries and other fruits that are ripe for the picking.

However, the greatest prize in visiting Adelaide Hills is the destination itself. There are several spots in the area where you can meet an occasional koala or feed farm animals when you visit any of the local vineyards.

Indeed, there are a lot of possibilities when you head out to Adelaide. From being a small community of European settlers, it has grown to include several national parks, art galleries, theatres and wineries. Its up to you how far you’d like to go on a hired campervan for a memorable vacation with family and friends.

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6 Reasons to Visit New Zealand Every Year

One trip to see them all.

Have you ever seen the movie Lord of the Rings? The film was shot in one of the most picturesque countries in the world, New Zealand. And just like how the film has portrayed it, the country is charming, if not magical.

New Zealand’s unspoilt scenery, from its breathtaking glaciers, lush green forests, quaint rolling hills and crystal clear lakes has attracted millions of tourists. The country is also compact and easy to travel from its northern to southern islands thanks to budget ferries.

Renting a campervan or a motorhome is a great way to explore this small country. You can pick them up in two of New Zealand’s largest cities, Christchurch and Auckland.

Whether you have been to New Zealand multiple times or a would be first time visitor, here are six reasons why this place deserves to be on your bucket list:

  1. Hobbit Village

Relive the scenes from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in the village of Matamata. Take photos of Bag End, home of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. The hobbit-sized town also has 43 other hobbit holes; some of which you can enter.

Roam the area and you will notice some familiar places from the two films like the double arched bridge, the mill, and the infamous Party Tree. Run along the green pastures and rolling hills of The Shire.

Not far from Matamata to the east, lies Wairere Falls. Plunging at a stunning height of 153 metres, it is the highest waterfall in the North Island. Wairere also has a scenic walking track and a panoramic view of the Waikato plains and valley from its lookout.


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  1. Glacier Hikes

New Zealand is famous for its snow-capped mountains and glaciers, especially in Southern Alps in the South Island. Leave your footprints in the snow while you hike through many glacial patterns.

Choose between the equally famous neighbour glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef, both in Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Leave your rented motorhome at one of the many campervan sites at the base of the mountain. Book a tour to one of these informative guided helicopter walks.

Other things to do while in this area include riding cross-country in quad bikes, kayaking the mirror-like waters of the nearby glacial lake, and getting close with kiwis (the animal, not the people) at the Westcoast Wildlife Centre.

  1. MÄori Culture

The MÄori people is perhaps among the most passionate in the world. Just listening to their “haka” war dance, popularised by the All Blacks Rugby team, lets out a fire inside your heart. The film, Whale Rider, has perfectly portrayed the life and traditions of this vital Kiwi tribe.

Nowhere in New Zealand can you experience MÄori culture more genuinely than in Rotorua. The indigenous people of New Zealand are welcoming and gladly let visitors in their homes in the spirit of manaakitanga (hospitality).

Grab a seat as locals perform their evening cultural dances or join classes on how to carve and weave traditional Maui patterns. Satisfy your hunger with steamy hangi food that is slowly cooked through thermal heat.

Aside from the unique local culture, Rotorua is also a haven for adrenaline-pumping extreme sports. The surrounding lush green forest has trails perfect for all mountain bikers, rushing rivers draw many kayakers and river rafters, and bush walks are perfect for all-terrain bike rides.


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  1. Whale Watching

New Zealand is famous for its herds of sheep grazing on lush grasslands, but there is a rarely seen animal that swims in its waters- whales. Half of the world’s whale species like Blue whales, Humpback whales, Southern right whales (Tohora), Pilot whales and Sperm whales are in NZ.

The little seaside town of Kaikoura, 150 kilometres of Christchurch, is one of the best places to catch a glimpse of these gentle giants. Take a photo of them slapping their tails or spouting water through their blowholes. It is not always simple to spot them. So, if you’re intending on going whale watching, read some articles (check about how to prepare for this magnificent experience.

Other places where you can catch a glimpse of whales are in Bay of Islands where there is a large population of bottlenose dolphins, Whakatane which has a sunny warm climate, and Hauraki Gulf where you can spot orca whales and Bryde’s whales.

5. Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Are you fond of stargazing? Now, imagine doing that inside a dark cave, and instead of stars you are looking at glowworms clinging on the roof.

Waitomo Glowworm Grotto in the Northern Island is probably the best memory you will have out of your journey in New Zealand. The cave is a quiet repose that brings a magical moment as if you are frozen in time as you gaze into the living lights.

For the more adventurous, try the nearby Lost World cave tour where you get a chance to rappel 100 metres down a cave wall, followed by a dry carving adventure. The cave has a mystical vibe because of an eerie mist amplified by the roar of the Mangapu river echoing throughout its cavern.


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6. Marlborough Region

Toast a glass of exquisite wine as you explore the wine region of Marlborough. Close to eighty-percent of wine products in New Zealand is produced in this region including the renowned Sauvignon Blanc.

There is nothing like the seafood dining experience in one of the region’s restaurants and wineries. The regional dishes in Marlborough has components of honey, wild meat, oils and nuts produced from its

Aside from wine, the region is also famous for its historic sites and serene coastline. At Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, they show old plane models from the World War I and II era. Meanwhile, the sea-drowned valleys of Marlborough Sounds offer great kayaking experiences for beginners and pro paddlers.


These six things will surely make you want to go back to New Zealand every year. Hire a campervan or motorhome if you want to explore this wonderful country in an inexpensive and convenient way.

10 Trips You Can Take In Christmas


 Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for the tourism industry. After all, a lot of people get days off during the holidays and spend their free time travelling with family or friends.

If you are planning a Christmas vacation this year, there is no need to spend a ton of money booking flights and hotels out of the country. Simply rent a campervan and drive to Australia’s greatest holiday destinations.

Do you need help planning your itinerary? No worries! We have listed down the top 10 trips you can take this Christmas.


1. Go Christmas Camping

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Believe it or not, many Australians go camping on Christmas Day. What better way to enjoy the holiday than being one with nature?

Drive your campervan rental to Lemon Tree Flat camp grounds at Kwiambal National Park in NSW. The park boasts of breathtaking river gorges and great swimming holes, making it a perfect destination for the summer. In addition, Kwiambal is the one of the least visited national parks in the state, so you can truly get away from the holiday crowds and enjoy a relaxing Christmas with your loved ones.

2. Have A Whitesunday Christmas

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If  you want to retain the “White Christmas” spirit but do not like the cold, the white sands of Whitehaven Beach does the trick.

Located in Whitesunday Island, the area is known the world over for its pure white sands and sparkling clear waters. Take your family snorkelling, and snap some underwater photos of the famous Whitesunday coral reefs.


3. Drive Down Waterfall Way

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Spend your Christmas by getting away from the beach crowd – it’s summer so everyone’s flocking to coastal areas. So drive along the mid-north coast of New South Wales to Coffs Harbour; up to the Great Divide and ending the drive in Armidale. Simply put, make sure you drive down Australia’s famous Waterfall Way.

Do not miss out spending time at Ebor, Apsley, Dorringo’s Danggar and the highest waterfall of the bunch – Wollomombi.


4. Relax At Coffs Harbour

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Take a step further away from the noisy, sandy beach and take a relaxing drive to Coffs Harbour.  Christmas day is actually the perfect time to visit the city because the weather is perfect. Not too hot, just pleasantly warm and sunny. The Solitary Islands Marine Park  is another ideal Christmas getaway. The coastline is never crowded, and there are plenty of spaces you can park your campervan while you are enjoying the day at the beach.


5. Escape The Bustling City At Botanic Gardens

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The Botanic Gardens is open every day, so you can enjoy your much-needed respite from the bustling city, regardless of the season. These hidden gardens are a great place to escape the holiday crowds, and still have your family enjoy nature.

Spot koalas up in the trees; trek through mangroves and explore glass houses that showcase  plants and flowers from various countries. At the end of the day, celebrate the Christmas holiday with a picnic lunch laid out on the lush green grass.


6. Culture Walk At The Capitol

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Canberra, being Australia’s capital city, is not all about politics and power. The city is also home to the country’s proudest museums and art galleries.

So drive the cultural path and visit the National Museum of Australia, Old Parliament House, National Portrait Gallery and more. If you are travelling with young children, they will have a grand time at the National Dinosaur Museum so make sure you have that on top of your list.


7. Christmas Off The Beaten Track

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For an extraordinary, adventure-filled Christmas, drive your campervan to Bellingen. The town is a favourite among holiday travellers for its mild weather all year round. Spend the day kayaking in its warm beaches or go bush walking in the town’s popular nature spots.  Bellingen is also home to some of the country’s biggest regional markets, so have fun shopping for fresh produce when you visit.


8. Horseback Riding at Main Ridge and Red Hill

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If beaches, waterfalls and bush walking aren’t your cup of tea try taking your family or friends horseback riding in Red Hill and Main Ridge, and spend a very memorable Christmas day. You can also take a guided tour in Mornington Peninsula, there are tour guides that can take your group down to the beach. There you can spend the day watching horses running free along the coastline.


9. Exploring The NSW Outback

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One of the best things you can do with your family or friends during Christmas in Australia is exploring the New South Wales outback. Escape the searing summer heat by going underground – literally.

The opal mining town of White Cliffs is a great way to keep cool and experience the town’s unique mining culture. Do not miss the underground art galleries and opal fields. Trust us, it is a Christmas road trip you will never forget.


10. Wildlife Tour At Kangaroo Island

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For exciting, up-close wildlife encounters, you need to spend your Christmas at Kangaroo Island, which is home to Australia’s most popular national parks. The island also has the highest concentration of wildlife in the country, so it is not surprising to come across sea lions when you stroll down the beach.



Unlike the rest of the world, Christmas in the Land of Oz is all about enjoying the summer season to the fullest. Whether it is spending the day at the beach, jumping down a waterfall or setting camp in national parks you are set to have the time of your life. It is after all, the season to be jolly!

So what are you waiting for? Tell Salamanda Travel about your holiday plans via Facebook and Twitter today!



The 10 Most Australian Animals Ever

Even if you are not exactly a digital native, you might have seen photos or heard rumours of the dangers of Australia—well, the animals Down Under. We’re not denying the fact that there are some pretty scary ones like sharks, snakes, jellyfish, crocodiles and *gulps* spiders. Still, needless to say though, we’ve got some smackingly awesome (and friendly) ones too.

Don’t believe us? Here are ten of the most Australian animals, some of the top zoos and national and natural parks you can find them!

Australia Animals WallabyWallaby. If you thought Australia was all about kangaroos, then you’ve been wronged. Although a wallaby may look like the most famous mammal in the country which is the kangaroo, you’ll see some striking differences upon close inspection. The easiest way to distinguished them are through their size. The wallaby is smaller and its legs are shorter—making it more proportionate to the other parts of its body. Another thing you’ll notice is that the wallaby’s fur coating is brighter. Drive a campervan to Flinders Rangers in South Australia or in Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park.

Australia Animals KangarooKangaroo. Perhaps the most popular marsupial (pouched mammal) in the world, the kangaroo has always been one of the most iconic things (not just animals in Australia). The Kangaroo is endemic in Australia; there are 55 different species and about 35 million are found in the country. The males of these large footed creatures are known for boxing with other males to win the heart of the females in breeding. To find the kangaroos in Australia Flinders Ranges, in Kangaroo Islands, Anglesea  in Victoria and in the Grampians. 

Australia Animals KoalaKoala. Koalas, often also referred to as Koala Bears because of their semblance to the toys, are native in Australia. These cuddly herbivorous marsupials get their daily fluid intake from mint leaves and are active only two hours per day—sleeping for up to 18 hours. they are often found tucked in tree forks or dozing off at nooks. When travelling to Australia, drive to the coasts of Queensland in Victoria and in South Australia for wild Koalas.

Australia Animals QuokkaQuokka. One thing’s for sure: the quokka may very well be awarded as the most adorable animal in the world. Another marsupial belonging to the macropods family, quokkas are friendly herbivores who like to take photos. We mean to say that the cat-sized furballs have increasingly jumped into the bandwagon of selfie-loving millennials. Find them in Western Australia particularly on Rottnest Island near Perth or Bald Island in Albany.

Australia Animals EchidnaEchidna. Gamers will recognize an echidna to be what Knuckles, Sonic the Hedgehog’s first nemesis, is. In real life, echidnas aren’t red; they are brown, have a long beak of a mouth, have spikes shooting out of their bodies and eat ants—thus the name spiny anteaters. They are part of the monotreme family which means they are mammals that lay eggs. Another fun fact is that they are the oldest living mammals today which means they are well protected and conserved. If you’d like to see one, make Southern Queensland part of your self-drive holiday itinerary.

Australia Animals PlatypusPlatypus. The platypus is another monotreme that does not fall short on looking weird. The strange semi-aquatic creature looks like a crossover between a duck and a beaver with a bill-like mouth, webbed feet and a tail like that of the dam building animals. They may look harmless but male platypuses are able to secrete venom from their ankle spurs for defense and to assert dominance. The duck-billed platypus, as it is otherwise known is found in eastern Australian and mostly in Tasmania.

Australia Animals Tasmanian DevilTasmanian Devil. If this doesn’t scream Australian, we don’t know what does; it already has Tasmania on its name so you surely won’t be lost. The Tasmanian devil shares some characteristics with its Looney Tunes hit cartoons counterpart; they are both “specifically carnivorous in nature, [with a] voracious appetite, surly disposition” and “crazed behaviour”. Their main difference, however, lies in the appearance; the real life Tasmanian devil dons and black fur coat with a white line across the top of its front legs.

Australia Animals DingoAustralian Dingo. The dingo may look like a regular village dog but the main difference lies on the ecology. Dingos are free-ranging; roaming around mainland Australia is varying terrains such as grasslands, desert, tropical regions and woodlands. Dingos can be domesticated but they still have a penchant for hunting small animals like ground-dwelling birds, sheep, wallabies and even kangaroos. Fancy spotting one? Try a quick drive to the Australia Zoo!

Australia Animals Saltwater CrocodileSaltwater Crocodile. Steve Irwin likes a challenge and to challenge a saltwater crocodile he does. In fact, this is one of his favourite animals and where he got his daughter’s name, Bindi, from. The estuarine croc is the largest species of all living reptiles with sizes reaching up to six metres. They are considered to be the most dangerous animals in Australia and that is exactly the reason why more people would like to see them. For a thrilling Outback adventure with them, they could be found in of the zoos across Australia in the north.

Australia Animals Great White SharkGreat White Shark. The Great White Shark, like the Saltwater Crocodile, may not be natural in Australia but they certainly are one of the most wanted animals in terms of tourism. People flock for heart-stopping thrillers and this is exactly what a Shark Cage Diving Experience provides! The most famous destinations are found in South Australia’s Port Lincoln so you better wait no longer for your dose of adventures!

Travel one by one in Australia’s top destinations to see all of the most Aussie animals you can find with Salamanda Travel! Got a suggestion or comment or are you looking for the latest updates on our blog? Like and follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts today. If you need a vehicle for a self-drive holiday, you may click here!


Healthy Food For Travelling in Australia

Healthy Food to Keep Fit While Travelling - FoodIn this era of quick fixes, it’s can be difficult to keep track of what we’re eating especially while we’re travelling. Time and time again, we’ve proven how easy it is to “forget” that we are on a diet—opting for a quick drive through a fast food chain for some greasy cheesy burgers. Road trips and travels can be tempting what with all the glorious delicacies to try, the char-grilled barbecue nights, or munching on those oh-so-delicious crisps while idly making conversation inside a campervan.

We’re not saying you should miss out on any of that great food; we just want you to keep it balanced. If you don’t want to stare at a muffin top scare when you get back home, here are some food, drinks and tips to keep fit while on a campervan adventure!

Healthy Food For Travelling

Detox Drinks

Nothing beats hunger like buffets and we all love to give in to all the selections from appetizers to desserts. When, you’ve had your fill of everything from the table, that’s when you noticed a bulge in your tummy that was definitely not there two hours ago. Get  help in flushing away all the junk with detoxifying juice drinks like:

  • Carrot and mint juice

  • Cucumber, lemon, and mint-infused water

  • Banana, pineapple and apple shake

  • Ginger, apple, lemon and apple juice

Also, don’t forget to stay hydrated while on the road or ticking off tourist attractions from your checklist; always keep a bottle of water within reach.

Energy Everyday

Aside from the regular breakfast, lunch and dinner, snacks are the bridges to keep us fueled all day. It’s okay to give in to snacks without getting all guilty and sad. Some food are simply a gift from the fit gods helping us stay in shape when all seems futile. Pack in some homemade bran bars  or trail mixes with cereals, nuts, seeds and dried fruit. These food choices are full of protein, vitamins and quickly metabolizing carbohydrates. These will give you the energy you need for all the walking, touring and driving.

Fruit Fusion

If you think all this talk of health is keeping you from having fun with food, then worry not. Turn the frown upside down with fruits to make the diet a little less like a chore and more colourful. Adding fruits to your diet will help in fighting all sorts of bad bacteria you might get from your travels. Meanwhile, there’s also no need to worry about fast spoilage because you can always purchase them fresh from fruit stands and green groceries. Make sure you have some bananas, citrus fruits, mangoes and apples, blueberries and even sugar snap peas on your list.

Stopover Search

There are probably two ways your diet can go: it can get lost while stumbling upon restaurant upon restaurant for all your meals or you can plan ahead and prepare meals and eat clean. There is absolutely no way we can stop you on doing the former but if we can offer some sound unsolicited advice: don’t make restaurant trips a habit. What actually happens is all your money (that’s supposedly for experiences) goes straight to your belly!

Another tip? Go to the grocery store after a meal and never before. This will help you stay within your needs and not buy unnecessary stuff that are only within your whims.

Don’t forget to have fun! You still deserve to have what you want as long as you keep ‘em moderated. Tell us what you think by commenting below and keep following our blog for more travel tips and updates. Like our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter too!