Over the past two months we have been highlighting some of the best 4WD destinations and adventures in Australia. This is the 7th installment in our blog series. All Budget Trucks locations have a wide variety of vehicles available including 4WD and all terrain trucks that allow you to get to some of the most remote and rugged destinations in Australia. There are many tracks, adventurous road trips, and destinations in Australia where a four wheel drive vehicle is required and then others where one is recommended. 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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Bunbury is a port city in the southwest corner of Western Australia. It is the 3rd largest city in Western Australia and, like the other major cities of Perth and Mandurah are growing very quickly. Since it is surrounded by water on three sides, Bunbury is known as the City of Three Waters, offering waterfront living and a cosmopolitan lifestyle. It is located 175 km south of Perth’s central business district. The city itself has a population over 33,000, but including the surrounds that make up the Greater Bunbury area the population is estimated to be just over 67,000. The Greater Bunbury area includes the adjacent city centres of Australind, Leschenault, Eaton, Gelorup, Dalyellup, and Stratham. The suburbs of Bunbury include South Bunbury, Withers, Mangles, Glen Padden, Crosslands, Carey Park, Wollaston, Picton, Sandridge Park, East Bunbury, Rathmines, Glen Iris, College Grove, Kinkella, Mindalong Heights, Pelican Point, Usher, Grand Canals, Vittoria Heights, and Tuart Brook. Continue reading

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Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania after Hobart. It is located in the northern section of Tasmania and is close to where the ferry comes over from mainland Australia. The city is situation at the junction of the North Esk and the South Esk Rivers where they become the Tamar River.  It is the only Tasmanian city not located on the coast. It is a portal for travellers hiking in Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park. The city has a rich history, as it it is one of the oldest cities in Australia, settled by Europeans in March of 1806. Other firsts for Launcestion include the first Australian city to have underground sewers, the first Australian city to draw power from hydroelectricity, and the first place in the Southern Hemisphere to use anaesthetic.   Continue reading

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ogether, the twin cities of Albury in New South Wales and Wodonga in Victoria form an urban area. As of june 2014, the population was close to 90,000. The popular is very evenly split between the two cities. The Murray River separates the two cities and so does the border between New South Wales and Victoria. Even though the two cities are in different states, they form one unique community. The cities have built up transportation to connect the two cities and makes travel back and forth very simple. The cities are located a little over 450 km southwest of Sydney and 326 km northeast of Melbourne. Off in the distance to the south, you can see the mountains of Victoria’s alpine region. Continue reading

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The city of Cairns is located on the east coast of the Far North Queensland and is one of the main ports with access to the Great Barrier Reef and is often a stopping point for travelers heading to Cape York and other points in the Far North of Queensland. In addition to Great Barrier Reef excursions, the port houses a large amount of exportation business for the city. Cairns is an exciting city to live in bordered by mountains and rainforests on the mainland sides, with the clear blue and turquoise waters of the Coral Sea to the east. This region is known as the Tropical North and the climate is predominately warm and wet. The city offers a laid back atmosphere and relaxed lifestyle. A little over 150,000 people live in Cairns now. There are plenty of schools available in Cairns. For families moving to Cairns, you can choose from private, religious, or public schools. There are also universities located in Queensland specializing in higher educations and vocational studies including the Tropical North Queensland Institute of Tafe with the Cairns Maritime Academy. Continue reading

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Wollongong is quite an interesting city to learn about and a very appealing place to live. It is close enough to Sydney (82 km south of the capital) to visit the major metropolitan hub, but also far enough away from all the hustling and bustling to be laid back and relaxed in atmosphere. Wollongong is in the Illawarra region of New South Wales right on the Pacific Coast. It is the 3rd largest city in New South Wales and the 10th largest city in Australia. It lies in a narrow coastal strip between the Pacific Ocean and the Illawarra Escarpment. This makes for quite a beautiful and dramatic city skyline nestled between the deep blue ocean and lush green mountains. Continue reading

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Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania, Australia’s island state. Hobart is located close to the southeast coast of Tasmania on the Derwent River which leads out to the Tasman Sea. As you can see from the close up map, there are many inlets and bays all around the city. It is Tasmania’s most populated city with over 200,000 residents. Much of the city’s property is waterfront or on reclaimed land. It is a very picturesque place to live; the city’s backdrop to the west is Mount Wellington. There is a lot of history in Hobart, it is Australia’s 2nd oldest capital city after Sydney and was originally founded as a penal colony in 1804. Hobart has come a long way since then and is a thriving and interesting city to live in. Today Hobart is a busy seaport and its economy relies on the sea. It is the home port for the Antarctic imports and exports for Australia and France. There is a big cruise ship business in the port during the summer months. Tourism plays a big part in Hobart’s economy. Most recently the wine industry has begun to take shape in the countryside areas near the city. Continue reading

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