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MAD Travel Guide - Inspiration For Adventurers!

Welcome to the MAD Travel Guide! Whether you are looking for travel planning advice or  need some inspiration for your next adrenaline-filled adventure, the MAD Travel Guide  is packed with essential information and unique articles on all the best travel destinations in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. So dive in and get inspired!

Use the menu on the right to choose your country and city destination of choice. Our destination guides offer information about your destination and it's history, and is also packed with attractions and activity suggestions to suit all budgets.


The first time I walked on the main beach in Byron Bay I felt so sorry for my friends back in (cold and wet) Holland. It was so amazing, I saw people everywhere with surfboards and tight wetsuits. I thought, if I really want to experience Byron Bay, I must become a surfer.

Since I am from Holland, I had never surfed before. We have plenty of beaches but no big waves and the water is brown coloured, so not very inviting...



The Parnell Rose Garden is really close to Auckland CBD. To get to the Rose Garden it takes around 10 minutes to walk from Britomart. It is also known as Dove-Myer Robinson Park, this name came from the popular and longest serving mayor in Auckland, he was Mayor for 18 years from 1959 to 1980!

The other day, I decided to walk to the Parnell Rose Garden because I'd heard that there are over 5000 rose bushes there!



I arrived at the Airlie Beach Abel Point marina to find over 100 people waiting to board their boats, there were 3 or 4 boats sailing that day, it was a great experience to get to know fellow travellers interested in the Whitsunday islands, we all signed the relevant paperwork and were sent aboard, after we were allocated our beds and stored our luggage we were then taken onto the deck and advised of the itinerary for the next two days and of course we had a safety briefing.



Have you ever seen hundreds of penguins just one foot high? If not the reason could be you haven't been to Phillip Island. Phillip Island is a small island in the South of Victoria with 97 km of beautiful coastline. I booked a day trip with Wildlife Tours to get there and it was definitely worth it!



I recently had a wonderful opportunity to go out on one of the most popular 2 day, 2 night trips around the Whitsundays known as Wings 3.

My Wings 3 trip set for departure on Sunday around midday. It was a beautiful day in the Whitsundays; sun was shining, no clouds in the sky, 28 degrees with a slight breeze, most would not argue if I said it was absolutely perfect weather. We then made our way to Blue Pearl Bay located at the top of Hayman Island for an afternoon filled with snorkeling and diving!


Things to do in Byron Bay Lighthouse walk

There are plenty of fun things to do when you're staying in Byron Bay. And luckily a few of them are also free things to do in Byron Bay, how great is that? Here are just a few ideas for you for how you can spend your time in Byron Bay without breaking your budget (although, if you do have a bit of cash we've also listed a few fun things that cost a bit of money but are well worth considering)



Parks are the destination of choice when you’re up for a relaxing day and to breath nice fresh air and the smell of trees and flowers. As I go for the big, I chose the biggest and oldest park in Auckland City and took the green inner link bus from Britomart, which is only 5 minutes walk from Nomads Auckland, to Auckland Domain. About 15 minutes of staring at the roads the bus driver told me that we'd arrived at the Auckland Museum stop, which is located in Auckland Domain, and he told me that it is just a minute walk from the bus stop.



In the west of Auckland, there is a fabulous area which includes lots of different beautiful views. It takes just about one hour drive from Auckland city to get to Lake Wainamu. The Wainamu lake area really did make me feel like I was stepping into paradise. In this region, you can explore what seems like a desert (seriously there's a huge sandy area), the lake, a huge waterfall and some smaller waterfalls, forest and beach. The famous Piha beach is also in this area.