Ensure that Your Super Benefits Work the Best for You

Ensure that Your Super Benefits Work the Best for You

Most people, especially those who are new to Australia, are stumped by information related to Super Benefits and  the Superannuation Guarantee. Whether it’s related to entitlements, co-contribution rules, Super Refunds, super taxes, retirement and making extra contributions, the information is not easy to understand for a ‘beginner’. So, they would naturally find it a complex and mind-boggling task to utilize the fund in a way which would bring them the best benefits later in life.

So, here we give the preliminary steps which a beginner has to follow, which would help their future: Continue reading “Ensure that Your Super Benefits Work the Best for You”

Australian Super Money Saving Guides: Darwin’s Best Cheap Eats

Darwin's Best Cheap Eats

Darwin may not immediately spring to mind when thinking about Australia’s culinary delights, but it should! It has some quirky, but wonderful eateries which will literally make your taste buds go wild with gastronomic pleasure.

With a great mix of high-end restaurants as well as hip cafes offering street style food inspired by everything from European to Asian to Australian cuisine, you’re truly spoilt for choice at Darwins best restaurants Whether you want a simple cappuccino, breakfast, lunch or dinner, Darwin’s eateries have you well and truly covered. In this article, we present eight of Darwin’s best cheap eats.

Darwin’s Best Cheap Eats

Sari Rasa

6/24 Cavenagh Street, Darwin City 

Though not easy to spot, it’s a place which just shouldn’t be missed. This café, which offers mouthwatering authentic Indonesian delicacies, ticks all the right boxes when it comes to hearty Asian fare and the large number of patrons at lunchtime is evidence of this.  The chilli beans in coconut sauce, grilled eggplant and white fish curry (AUD$13) coupled with a chilled, homemade ginger drink (AUD$5) is a combo worth trying. The café is open until early afternoons only on weekdays and doesn’t accept credit cards. 

Eat at Martin’s

6 Caryota Court, Coconut Grove 

If healthy and wholesome is what you are after, this vegetarian joint is the place for you. At Eat at Martin’s, all food is sourced and prepared according to traditional Ayurvedic principles, a concept borne in India to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Its most popular offerings are chocolate and chickpea cake (AUD$5.90) and black organic quinoa in coconut milk, served for breakfast with pears, ginger, spices, yoghurt, coconut cream and walnuts (AUD$14.90).

Crazy Acres Darwin

Crazy Acres

70 Reedbeds Road, Berry Springs 

This family-run farm shop is a favourite of visitors to Litchfield National Park or Berry Springs Nature Reserve. Highlights include tropical fruit-inspired homemade ice creams (AUD$5), picnic platter with smoked barramundi, honey roast ham, salad and roast beef (AUD$19.50) and mango cheesecake (AUD$7). It’s open from May to September, which is Darwin’s dry season.  

Laksa House

54 Stuart Highway, Stuart Park 

The café is run by East Timorese and is known for its South-East Asian fare. A favourite among locals, the eatery has earned a name for its fresh and delectable laksas and soups (AUD$16-$17.50) and charcoal chicken with sweet and spicy Timorese sauce (AUD$22.50). Closing time for dinner is rather early at 8.00 pm. 

Chow

Shops D1 & D2, 19 Kitchener Drive, Darwin City 

This fun restaurant has a bright, colourful, modern and youthful vibe. Vietnamese cuisine is the main inspiration for Chow which also serves Malaysian, Thai and Indonesian fare. Favourites include spring rolls (AUD$15), fresh coconut water (AUD$9), scrumptious laksa (AUD$15-$19), pad thai (AUD$19) and Vietnamese chicken curry (AUD$22). 

Jetty & the Fish

260 Casuarina Drive, Nightcliff 

The red food truck is open for business from Thursday to Sunday evenings on Nightcliff Foreshore in the north. The stars in their menu include hot chips (AUD$3.50) and South Mexico-inspired fish tacos, served with spicy white sauce, cabbage and coriander (AUD$5). 

Alley Cats Patisserie

14/69 Mitchell Street, Darwin City 

The most delicious breads and pastries, organic sourdoughs, croissants, Danishes and traditional sweets in Darwin can be found at this bakery cafe. Its heavenly creations include the cronut (AUD$7), a twist on the classic custard doughnut, and cruffin, a cross between croissant and muffin (AUD$7). Its sister café, The Rabbit Hole, has a stall at Nightcliff Markets on Sunday.

 Manoli’s Taverna

64 Smith Street, Darwin City 

The charming restaurant reminds you of its Greek heritage at every turn and takes the customers’ focus to its delicacies which include fried saganaki cheese (AUD$17), pureed potato and garlic dip (AUD$7), chargrilled octopus (AUD$25), spanakopita dishes (AUD$14) and the Greek vanilla slice galaktoboureko (AUD$9.50). 

Super Travel Guides: The best tips for traveling Australia on a budget

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The amazing Australian continent is full of so many adventures and encounters that most tourists think they need large budgets to explore the country. Not so if you’re ‘super‘ careful as some of the best and cheapest tours are when you learn to travel on a plan, let get started with our guide for the  best tips for traveling Australia on a budget.

The best tips for traveling Australia on a budget

Travel Australia on a Budget by Planning Ahead

Don’t wait for last minute decisions; make use of sites such as Skyscanner www.skyscanner.net and Google Flights www.google.com to snap up those fab low-cost flight promotions. Australia is a large continent and deserves proper attention before you get there. A travel plan will help you identify the most cost effective accommodation, attractions and transportation options.

Choose the Right Time of Year to Travel Australia

Every budget traveller to Australia knows to stay away from the continent during high-season; hence you should look at March to May or September to November. These off-season months are ideal for enjoying lower airfares and even entrance tickets to parks etc. Besides, if you’re planning to backpack and explore, the weather is pretty conducive too.

Come Up With a Budget Friendly Itinerary Plan

Take time, explore the web and come up with an itinerary that matches your style, needs and budget. Go through the free Australia travel plans available online and you can tailor-make the type of holiday that works for you. There are many sites like bbmlive.com offering comprehensive tips.

Look for Budget Accommodation

Hotels in Australia can be expensive which is why the wide network of hostels spread across the continent is so popular. Forego a few comforts in exchange for an interesting communal stay meeting new people from across the world. Some hostels offer private rooms at very nominal rates and communal kitchens for doing your own cooking and saving on dining out.

Eat At Food Stalls And Open-Air Markets

You don’t have to stay in and cook throughout your holiday; you can eat out for cheap in Australia. There are lots of Street markets and food stalls where you can enjoy a meal for around $10 to $ 15, while Bowling Clubs and RSL Clubs serve the same purpose in rural areas.

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