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  • What's On: Christmas in Sydney

    With the magical evening of December 24th only a few weeks away, we thought we should give you a list of some things to put you in the Christmas mood before you stuff your face with family friends and open the presents Santa has left under your tree. Sydney is going all out this year, so let’s get started with a few idea’s we’ve found. 1. Darling Harbour Christmas Bonanza Darling Harbour is putting on a show for all those near and far. Enjoy a stroll by the waterfront, marvelling at the 6 meter tall Giant Christmas Bauble, or messing around with the Sky Castle interactive light installation. There are pedal boats to take you around the water, a golden light tunnel to light up your Instagram feed, and more experiences than we can count. Starting on November 12th, this free experience will put you and the whole family in the Christmas mood. 2. Woolworth Carols in the Domain 2021 will mark the 39th year of Carols in the Domain. This year hosted by Natalie Barr and David Koch, the star-studded line-up will feature Samantha Jade, Phill Burton, Penny McNamee and many more. Make sure to take a note in your calendars for December 18th, as you and the family venture down to the Domain to hear some of the greatest Christmas classics, which will be sure to get you ready for the big night a week later. You can book your tickets today, so make sure to get in quick before it sells out! 3. Centennial Parks Christmas Fair Centennial Parklands are pulling out all the stops for Christmas this year, as a spot for families to get together and enjoy, some fingers crossed, sunshine. Bring down the little ones to get a photo with Santa, his elves and many of his furry friends, and don’t forget to bring their cossie for the Epic Racer water slide. As the sun goes down, grab a blanket, something to nosh on and maybe even a bottle of wine for mum and dad to enjoy some of the great Christmas classics upon the open-air big screen. And yes before you ask, we will all be doing our yearly re-watch of Love Actually here at FreeGuides, and I’m sure you’ll be able to catch it on the big screen in Centennial. You can catch the fair every weekend of December leading up to Christmas. 4. Markets Abound There are numerous Christmas Markets popping up around Sydney this year for Christmas, with locally sourced fruits and veg to complement any feast to be had on the big day itself, or any handcrafted artisanal pieces to brighten up a home for the guests that will be coming. The first is the Carriageworks Christmas Market happening in Everleigh on December 23rd. Make sure to register early if you plan on stopping by, as COVID restrictions look to keep capacity to a manageable and safe size. The next night the Rocks by Circular Quay will be abuzz with numerous stalls selling some of the most amazing tidbits that will really light up the face of your secret Santa. 5. Tinseltown Sydney You may have heard of this event when it was first buzzing around July. Meant to bring you all the joy of Christmas in July, this event has been rescheduled as a proper Christmas boogie. The event runs at Wonderland Bar in Potts Point and emulates the perfect Christmas getaway for the mums and dads who want to sip on some mulled wine by the fire. Wonderland Bar will be set up for Tinseltown for the entirety of December, so if you’re looking for a few drinks and some classic holiday anthems to make you forget the lockdown this is the place for you. We here at FreeGuides hope you all have a happy and healthy holiday season. Regardless of what you’re celebrating this December, check out some of these festive-themed events to liven up your month. Looking to find more activities to do this Christmas? Download FreeGuides to find all the best-hidden experiences in your area.

  • Travel Tips: Leaving Australia in a Covid World

    With the announcement of restrictions easing as of November 1st, we thought it prudent to provide you with some information and tips if you wish to travel the world. Tip 1: Get Vaccinated Our first tip if you wish to go on an amazing vacation outside of Australia is to get vaccinated. If you are a fully vaccinated Australian citizen or permanent resident, then there are no restrictions for your travel. Australia considers if you have had 2 doses of the following vaccines at least 14 days apart to be fully vaccinated: AstraZeneca Vaxzevria AstraZeneca Covishield Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty Moderna Spikevax Sinovac Coronavac Bharat Biotech Covaxin It is also advised that if you are arriving in Australia, complete an Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before departure. Once you have your vaccination, you will also need some proof to show airline staff and border officials. If you are an Australian citizen, you should have an Australian COVID-19 digital certificate, which you can even get on your phone! Although this only applies to those coming into Australia. If you are leaving, you’ll need an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate. Tip 2: If unvaccinated, know your exemptions If you are unvaccinated and want to leave Australia, there are a few exemptions under that you may fall. Unfortunately, none of them includes travelling for pleasure, but we will list them below so you can check if your travel meets any of the criteria. your travel is as part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the provision of aid your travel is for your business/employer you are travelling to receive urgent medical treatment that is not available in Australia you are travelling outside Australia for a compelling reason for three months or longer you are travelling on compelling or compassionate grounds your travel is in the national interest you are ordinarily resident in a country other than Australia. All claims for exemptions can be applied online. Just make sure you have your evidence ready, as the Australian Government will require proof of all claims. Although you may be in luck if you qualify for some of the automatic exemptions, such as the ones below. a fully vaccinated Australian an airline, maritime crew or associated safety worker a New Zealand citizen holding a Special Category (subclass 444) visa, even if they are usually resident in Australia engaged in the day-to-day conduct of inbound and outbound freight travelling in association with essential work at an offshore facility in Australian waters travelling on official government business (including members of the Australian Defence Force and any Australian Government official travelling on a diplomatic or official passport) travelling directly to New Zealand and you have been in Australia or New Zealand for 14 days or more immediately before your travel date* Tip 3: Read up on restrictions for where you’re travelling The final travel tip we have for you is to read up on all the various restrictions of the countries you plan on visiting. This includes interstate travel. Whilst most of this article has focused on coming and leaving the Australian border, we should mention that every state in Australia has its own rules and regulations on travel. This also applies if you plan on travelling overseas. Most countries have websites dedicated to explaining the rules and restrictions following the pandemic, so we don’t think you’ll have any issues there. There is also DFAT’s smart traveller guide, which should help you with many of your travel concerns. We here at FreeGuides wish you happy and safe travels. We can’t wait to see where you all go, and all the experiences you can create from them. We hope you have a happy and healthy new year!

  • Taking the Plunge

    Our next Super Guide that we will be highlighting in this series exploring some of the FreeGuides top experience makers is Samuel Morse. Known for his experiences showcasing Sydney’s very own Berry Island Loop and Thailand’s Khong Chiam, Samuel looks to inject his experiences with all that he’s learned from his travels. “My parents first moved me to France when I was 9 years old. I got to learn French which was pretty cool. I returned home to Sydney to finish high school, and then in 2015 I took the plunge and moved to Thailand. I started teaching English there, and only planned on staying for 5 months. 5 months turned into 1 year, 1 year turned into 2 years and eventually 2 years turned into 6 years.” Immigrating as Samuel did is a daunting task for anyone. To move overseas to a country where the majority of the population don’t speak your language and be thrust into a whole new world filled with a rich culture and history can seem insurmountable to even the most hearty of travellers. But it seems like Samuel just had that itch to experience new things. “I think having lived overseas when I was younger, I was given the travel bug at an early age. That restless feeling. I remember as a teenager I stayed in Australia and in 2015 I wanted to try something new after travelling for a bit. I started teaching ESL here to people from all over South East Asia, and remember my Thai students being quite friendly. I think it was a little bit of everything that inspired me to take the plunge.” Samuel fell in love with Thailand during his 6 years in-country and has brought that joy for the countryside and lesser-known regions to audiences. His experiences are aimed towards those who’ve visited South East Asia before but perhaps have only explored the major cities. Hoping everyone will get something from his experiences, Samuel has tried to educate people about the beauties of a country he called home for so long, drawing from his background as an English teacher both here in Australia and Thailand. “For a few years, I was switching around, teaching secondary school kids and primary school kids. But for the last three years I was teaching nursery aged students, so between the ages of 1 and 3 in Si Sa Ket and that was a different experience. Local kids who had never met a foreigner before and they were thrust into this classroom with 27 other kids.” Coming back to Sydney last July, Samuel has looked to implement everything he has learnt teaching and experiencing overseas into creating new experiences of little known places in Sydney, such as his Berry Island experience. He looks to help people enjoy parts of his home that he thinks others will miss, all before a big return back to Thailand soon. “I noticed a few weeks ago when I went back to Berry Island it was packed to the rafters. I’d never seen anything like that before there. I think people are looking for new places to go and see. With Kong Chiam, I think it’s a place that people haven’t heard of before. There’s an original aspect to it that I don’t think people get to see too often.” We look forward to seeing what experience Samuel decides to write about next, as I’m sure you all are as well. Hopefully, you’ve picked up on a few tips and tricks you can include in creating your own experience, or perhaps you’re inspired to try out the Berry Island Loop or Kong Chiam if you happen to be travelling soon! Check out Sam's experiences on FreeGuides: APPLE: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/freeguides/id1527520653 ANDROID: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.freeguides.freeguidesapp&hl=en_US&gl=US We look forward to bringing you new content on all of the amazing guides here on FreeGuides. If you would like your story to be heard, simply contact partnerships@freeguides.com.au and we’ll be in touch!

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  • Auckland Day-Trip

    Blog FAQs Experiences More Sign Up < back to all experiences Auckland Day-Trip Spending a day in Auckland is obligatory when on a New Zealand adventure. Auckland is the largest city in NZ & this experience is bound with adventure 3.5 4 Reviews Experience guided by Bruce Zhu · City ABOUT Spending a day in Auckland is obligatory when on a New Zealand adventure. Auckland is the largest city in NZ & this experience is bound with adventure ITINERARY 1) Auckland Domain, Auckland, New Zealand 2) Albert Park, Auckland CBD, Auckland, New Zealand Hi! My name is Bruce and I love travelling the world. I am based in Northern Beaches of Sydney and I love beaches and burgers!! Explore Now *View on mobile app 2 hours Bruce Zhu View More REVIEWS 3.5 4 Reviews elias davi Massa Pedro Emmerich ​ Pedro Emmerich ​ Virketyte Samanta ​ View More Previous Next

  • Esperance Beach hopping 2 day tour

    Blog FAQs Experiences More Sign Up < back to all experiences Esperance Beach hopping 2 day tour Esperance has so many beautiful beaches so I have listed my favourites to hopefully save you some research time! This is a driving tour! 4.8 5 Reviews Experience guided by Aimee Bell · Nature ABOUT Esperance has so many beautiful beaches so I have listed my favourites to hopefully save you some research time! This is a driving tour! ITINERARY 1) Esperance WA, Australia 2) Blue Haven, Esperance, WA, Australia From Western Australia! Love traveling and snapping my memories along the way. Explore Now *View on mobile app 2 hours Aimee Bell View More REVIEWS 4.8 5 Reviews Devina Safira ​ Daniel Wasilewsky ​ Vivid Sydney ​ Vivid Sydney ​ View More Previous Next

  • Southern Island Guide

    Blog FAQs Experiences More Sign Up < back to all experiences Southern Island Guide Hit The Road, Here’s Your Complete Guide To The Extra Charming Southern Highlands 5.0 2 Reviews Experience guided by Urban List · City ABOUT Hit The Road, Here’s Your Complete Guide To The Extra Charming Southern Highlands ITINERARY 1) Gumnut Patisserie Bowral, Bong Bong Street, Bowral NSW, Australia 2) Harrys @ Green Lane Bowral, Banyette Street, Bowral NSW, Australia We’re moving people to find and do more of what they love—your best life starts here. Explore Now *View on mobile app 2 hours Urban List View More REVIEWS 5.0 2 Reviews Bruce Zhu Great experience!! Daniel Wasilewsky Great way to explore Orange ​ ​ ​ ​ View More Previous Next

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