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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.


Melbourne is known as Australia's Cultural and Sporting Capital and there's a good reason why. All the major Music Acts that visit Australia invariably play somewhere in Melbourne and all of Australia's major sporting events seem to be held in Victoria's capital city.

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When most people come to Auckland they tend to stay around the city itself and do a city tour, choosing some traditional tourist places to visit like One Tree Hill, Mt Eden, the Auckland Skytower and Auckland Museum. Don't get me wrong, all these places are well worth a visit but there are lots of places around the outskirts of Auckland that have fabulous views and they're really worth visiting too.



Leigh is a small coastal town located north of Auckland in New Zealand. It lies on the west side of Omaha Cove, a small inlet within Omaha Bay to the south of Cape Rodney.

You can find some great coastal, bush and farm walks in Leigh, which is the first marine reserve at Goat Island. Leigh is the best place to see marine life, just chill out on the beach and enjoy the wind gently blow in my opinion. You can also go snorkeling and scuba diving here to experience swimming with fish!



Melbourne is not just a cultural mecca and cosmopolitan city, if you fancy just sitting on the beach with a few drinks, even that’s possible while you’re in Melbourne! The St Kilda area of Melbourne is very well known and it's only a short tram ride from the city centre. I've been there a few times now, since I arrived in Melbourne a few weeks ago, because it’s a great place to relax and enjoy a sea breeze while you’re staying in Melbourne and who doesn't enjoy hanging out at the beach?


Twilight sailing airlie beach

So we all know (or should know by now!) that Airlie Beach is famous for being the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and of course the gateway to sailing around the 74 magnificent Islands on a boat! Here at Nomads Airlie Beach we hear on a daily basis how much people loved their trip and they wished they could have more time out on the water, some people even come back with a new found passion for sailing and the skills behind it and want to soak it all up like a sponge!


Taronga zoo sydney feeding kangaroo

Here I am, two months in Sydney with only one month until I return back to my home country of France. With only limited time left in this amazing city I really felt the need to make the most of it… bring on my "to do" list! And at the very top of my list was to visit the world famous Taronga Zoo!

Taronga Zoo is located in the exclusive suburb of Mosman on the northern side of Sydney Harbour about half way between Circular Quay and Manly. A day at Taronga Zoo is more like an expedition rather than a simple visit to an ordinary zoo.



Just 15 minutes away from Rotorua you'll find Mourea, home to a number of small Maori communities. One of these communities has opened it's doors to the passengers of Stray Travel. Upon arriving in Mourea we were greeted by two members of the Maori family, they gave us a quick run-through of what would be happening that evening.


Blue duck station

Blue Duck Station is an absolutely amazing place in the middle of nowhere, or at least, that's what it feels like. The owners of this piece of land have dedicated themselves to nature conservation and are trying to educate the visitors and the locals of the importance of this. When we arrived here we were welcomed by Dan, who told us about the property, the history and all the conservation work that they are doing.