Last week, we started part one of presenting 4WD Adventures in Australia to you with destinations like Stockton Beach, the Gibb River Road, and the Simpson Desert French Line. Today, we are out to find more adventures in Australia where you will need a 4WD to get there.  Come with us as we explore the remote regions of the outback through its road trips: Canning Stock Route, the Gunbarrel Highway, the Birdsville Track and the Hay River Track. Continue reading

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This is part three in our series on the best places in Australia for vacation homes. Here on the Budget Trucks Blog, we often highlight cities to move to but now we are featuring the best cities to have a vacation home in. If you are planning on a vacation home, you likely want to find some place to relax, have fun, or an adventure away from all of the hustle and bustle of city life. In part one of our vacation home series we featured the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Mackay on the coast of Queensland, Port Douglas in the Tropical Far North of Queensland, and Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne, Victoria. In part two, we took you to possible vacation home destinations: Margaret River Region in Western Australia, Bruny Island in Tasmania, Shark Bay in Western Australia, and the Australian Alps. Here are four more places where you might choose to make your vacation home: Surfer’s Paradise, Kangaroo Island, Byron Bay, and Ningaloo Reef. Continue reading

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Mildura, Victoria and Wentworth, New South Wales are two adjacent cities on the opposite sides of the Victoria and New South Wales border. They are located inland and also very close to South Australia. These two cities are growing in popularity and population. The combined population of these cities is over 50,000. They are both centrally located to Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, and the Murray River. If you are thinking about moving to either city in this Sunraysia region, read on to find out more about each city. Continue reading

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Wagga Wagga is a city in New South Wales that straddles the Murrumbidgee River. It is New South Wales’ largest inland city with a population of over 55,000. Important industries in Wagga Wagga include agricultural, military, and transport. It is located halfway in between the two largest cities in Australia, Sydney and Melbourne. It is actually closest to Canberra when it comes to proximity to other cities. Continue reading

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Bundaberg is a city located close to the Queensland coast in between Brisbane and Rockhampton. There is quite a bit of history in the city and how it has evolved into a big tourism hub for the Great Barrier Reef. Bundaberg was first surveyed in 1870 and became a city in 1913. As a result, there are many historical buildings in the city. Even though Bundaberg has experienced a great deal of growth, it still maintains a relaxed atmosphere with a natural charm. The city has plenty of parks and natural landscape. Residents and visitors alike can participate in the city’s recreational, educational, cultural and sporting facilities. In addition, there are plenty of shopping opportunities and a wide variety of restaurants and eateries. The combination of the equable climate of the region, amenities, relaxed lifestyle and low cost of living make Bundaberg an appealing choice for new residents. Continue reading

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Bendigo is located in the centre of Victoria about 150 km north of Melbourne. Like Ballarat, Victoria  (which we also have a City Spotlight on), it was a boomtown of the Victorian era gold rush. The city has a population just over 100,000 and is the 4th largest inland city in Australia. It is one of the only non-capital cities to have a large financial district and is home to the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank as well as the Bendigo Stock Exchange. With the rich history and present day financial district, the city is an interesting and eclectic blend of old and new. Continue reading

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Alice Springs is the 3rd largest city in the Northern Territory; but it is probably better known that Darwin or Katherine. Alice Springs goes by many names like “The City in the Outback”, “The Alice”, or just “Alice”. The Arrernte People (pronounced Arrenda) are the original land owners of this place and they call it Mparntwe. Alice Springs is located in the centre of the country, also known as The Red Centre. It is a very dry and arid town situated across the Todd River, which is usually dry. The MacDonnell Ranges are location to the south and the Simpson Desert is adjacent to the town. The economy is driven by the mining industry and tourism. The largest employer in Alice Springs is the Northern Territory Government. Continue reading

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