Denpasar is the capital of Bali, but with the all Aussie visitors roaming about, it can feel like an extension of Australia. With a largely Hindu population, Denpasar has a chilled, smiley vibe evident from the tranquil Orchid Gardens to the daily fruit-offering ceremonies. Even the traffic jams are relaxed – if you get stuck, kill time by the road with a plate of nasi campur, a scrumptious rice dish. For more food and shopping, wander the fruit-piled aisles of Pasar Badung, then try spit-roasted pork at the famed Babi Gulung Chandra.
Love coffee? Try Kopi Luwak, the Balinese coffee beans that are pre-digested by a civet cat before roasting.
Denpasar is the gateway to the rest of Bali, so head to Bingin Beach for cliff-top vistas, to Ubud to sate your inner artist, and to Nusa Dua for volcanic stone beaches. Top your adventure on Mount Agung for panoramic views. Like the Aussies, don’t forget your Bintang Beer t-shirt.