May
31
2015
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Escape to the best wineries in South Australia’s Clare Valley

By Australia / South Australia /

The Clare Valley has some of South Australia’s most beautiful scenery. It’s also one of Australia’s oldest wine regions. Make the most of your time in the Clare Valley by tasting the region’s delicious produce and drinking the unique and exquisite wines that are born here.  Annie’s Lane In the south of the Clare Valley is the heritage listed Quelltaler Estate, which dates back to 1865. It’s the home of Annie’s Lane, where traditional winemaking techniques come together to create fine, flavoursome wines. There’s a versatile choice of fresh white wines and fruity reds. There are on-site picnic grounds where you can enjoy the range. Be sure to indulge in the iconic Copper Trail Shiraz. Skillogalee This boutique family-owned and operated winery offers hand-crafted, world-class wines. It was established in 1970 and soon after, the winery’s dry Riesling was taking out key awards at state and national wine shows. Skillogalee has since grown to become one of the Clare Valley’s…

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May
28
2015

5 top Aussie lookouts for road trippers in New South Wales

By Australia / New South Wales /

Heading off on a road trip? Here are five top lookouts in New South Wales. Mark these lookouts on your itinerary – the views are so picturesque that you won’t want to miss them. Bald Hill Lookout, Grand Pacific Drive Spectacular scenery of rainforests, beaches and coastal towns makes the Grand Pacific Drive one of Australia’s most magnificent routes. The 140m drive takes you to Bald Hill in Illawarra, which is one of the route’s most popular lookout points. It treats you to the famous Seacliff Bridge and the surrounding beaches. Scammells Lookout, Kosciuszko Alpine Way A wonderful stopping point off the Kosciusko Alpine Way. The drive takes you from Canberra and through the Snowy Mountains to the Victorian border. Scammells Lookout, 1000m above sea level, is a highlight. You’re treated to stunning views of Western Falls Wilderness and Main Range. Any time of year is good for stopping, and in winter, the summits are snow-capped. Echo Point, Blue Mountains…

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May
21
2015
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5 places to explore near Alice Springs

By Australia / Northern Territory /

There are many beautiful and exciting destinations to discover in the Northern Territory, apart from Uluru. Here’s a list of five places to explore near Alice Springs, Australia’s spiritual heart. The sky above Alice Springs A spectacular bird’s eye view awaits as you float gently over the West MacDonnell Ranges at sunrise in a hot hair balloon. This unique experience sees you wake early and drift across the red desert landscape and historic cattle stations. Keep an eye out for wildlife, such as kangaroos, roaming around below. Rainbow Valley The Rainbow Valley’s famous sandstone cliffs are covered with different coloured rocks. Located an easy day trip south of Alice Springs, you can either drive or take a tour, which will educate you about the area’s significance to Indigenous Australians. Make it a priority to visit in the early morning light or late afternoon, when the sun changes the cliffs from red to orange and purple. You can even visit this site after heavy rainfall, when…

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May
18
2015

6 unmissable museums in Queensland

By Australia / Queensland /

Queensland is home to several great museums, which are not to be missed. Here are some of the best to include in your next Queensland holiday. Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach Explore the history of Qantas, right from its humble beginnings. This museum uses interpretive displays, interactive exhibits and replica aircraft to educate visitors about the founding of the iconic Australian airline company. The museum allows you to see the things you’d never see as a passenger on a Qantas jet. Extra tours allow you to live every child’s dream by sitting in the pilot’s chair and learning about the buttons in the cockpit, or you could walk along the wing of the 747. Australian Age of Dinosaurs, Winton Australia’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils is found a short drive from Winton in central Queensland. It’s also surrounded by wilderness views. Paleontologists are still making fascinating discoveries about the dinosaurs that roamed Australia well before humans came into existence. You also have the opportunity…

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May
14
2015

5 great animal encounters in Victoria

By Australia / Victoria /

Everybody loves animal tours, whether you’re spotting tiny, adorable penguins or gentle giants, such as giraffes. Victoria is home to both, and so many more animals you might never see in the wild. Here are five of the most exciting places to go for animal encounters in Victoria. Phillip Island Penguin Parade The penguin parade is one of Australia’s most popular tourist attractions. Seeing so many fairy penguins return from the sea at sunset and waddle up the beach to their borrows in the sand dunes is simply adorable. You can observe them from a viewing platform, or if you’re looking for something a little more personalised, Phillip Island Nature Parks also offers eco-tours for small groups, where you’re taken to a secluded beach to watch the penguins. Magic Moments at Healesville Healesville Sanctuary lets you enjoy ten minutes with your favourite Aussie animal. It’s a magical experience for small children and their families. Spend some time with a koala, kangaroo, echidna,…

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May
08
2015

5 great historic New South Wales pubs

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

New South Wales is home to so many pubs that you’ll probably never get the chance to visit them all. Add these five historic New South Wales pubs to your bucket list of great old pubs to visit for an awesome night out with your mates. The Lord Nelson, Sydney Established in 1841, The Lord Nelson is one of the country’s oldest brewery pubs. This is the place to go for decent ale. Choose from an incredible selection which is brewed on premises, including several 100 percent natural award winning Mainstay ales. The Newport Arms, Sydney The Newport Arms (established 1880) is one of Sydney’s iconic pubs, which consistently ranks among some of the best pubs in Australia. International visitors have this outdoor beer garden and its stunning ocean views at the top of their to-do list in Sydney. Jack Duggans Irish Pub, Bathurst The Irish know how to drink, and Jack Duggans Irish Pub’s numerous awards for excellence over…

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Apr
30
2015

Difference between Car Sharing and renting a car

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What is Car Sharing? Car Sharing only started to become popular in recent years in the United States and Europe. Now, it’s growing in Australia. It’s a similar concept to renting a car, but there are differences. Car Sharing can occur through casual sharing via a website, but there are also professional Car Sharing companies, which organise everything for you. How does Car Sharing work? Car Sharing is charged by the hour, including insurance and fuel. Free mileage is capped, with per kilometre charges for extra travel. Share cars are also distributed around cities, close to where people live and work, which isn’t always the case with rental cars. Instead of filling out lengthy paperwork before each trip, Car Sharing just requires customers to register. This is usually done through an online registration form. You’ll also have to present your details such as your drivers’ license and credit card. Some organisations are free while others may charge a joining fee….

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Apr
17
2015

5 dreamy Australian accommodation choices for winter

By Australia /

As the colder weather sets in, who wouldn’t be looking for some dreamy accommodation choices to escape to? After browsing through Beautiful Accommodation, we’ve found 5 winter hideaways perfect for a weekend away. The Buckland – Luxury Retreat, VIC (pictured) Tucked away in the beautiful Buckland Valley, The Buckland Luxury Retreat offers romantic 180 degree High Country views, including views across the majestic Mt Buffalo. Only 15 minutes from Bright, this area transforms into a colourful visual of red and orange at the beginning of autumn, and in winter it turns into a bright green, tranquil heaven. Hillside Bed and Breakfast, TAS Set on the banks of the Huon River in southern Tasmania, Hillside B&B offers stunning views of the Sleeping Beauty Ranges and the surrounding apple orchards and gardens. The cosy River Room, which faces downstream towards the Hartz Mountains, is perfect for couples looking for an elegant, light-filled space during winter. Boonooloo Beach House, QLD This modern beach…

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Apr
14
2015
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5 great things to do while driving around Canberra

By Australia / Australian Capital Territory / Canberra / New South Wales /

People sometimes perceive Canberra as a city with little to do for those who aren’t interested in politics, but reputations can be deceiving. There are plenty of exciting things to do and see in and just outside of Canberra. Here are five recommendations from The Poacher’s Way… Robyn Rowe Chocolates In the small village of Murrumbateman, only half an hour from Canberra, is Robyn Rowe Chocolates. These award winning chocolates are loved for their smooth, creamy and glossy taste. Chocolates are made on site using traditional European methods. The Canberra region’s fresh produce influences the flavours used in the chocolates, including walnuts, honey and locally-grown Clonakilla muscat. Old St Lukes Studio This gallery is located in the historic village of Gundaroo, only a 25-minute drive from Canberra. The historic stone building was constructed in 1848 and it’s now the home for artists Ian Jones and Moraig McKenna to display their wood-fired ceramic masterpieces. The gallery’s nine-metre kiln fires up three times a year, followed by a garden…

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Apr
12
2015
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7 legendary farmers markets in Australia

By Australia / Hobart / Noosa / Tasmania / Western Australia /

Farmers markets showcase the best food of each region. By shopping at these markets you’re supporting Australian farmers, who are the lifeline of Australia’s food industry.  Here are 7 legendary farmers markets in Australia the world must know about. Golden Plains Farmers Market, VIC Golden Plains and its surrounds are famous for wine and fresh produce, and you can pick up your own at the Golden Plains Farmers Market. Held on the fist Saturday of the month between 9am and 1pm, Bannockburn’s Golden Plains Farmers’ Market offers wine, seasonal and organic produce and La Madre sourdough. Look for Ross Creek Garlic, and DIY growers will also be pleased with the selection of  potted herb and veggie selection. Noosa Farmers Market, QLD In this pretty coastal region, residents rise early to shop for their weekly fix of fresh, tropical fruit and vegetables. Even if juicy mangoes, creamy avocados and fresh coffee beans aren’t on your list, make sure you go out of your way to pick…

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Apr
10
2015

5 of the best Melbourne food tours

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

Melbourne is renowned for its trendy cafes, bars, pubs, restaurants and wineries. There are so many that you’ll never be able to see them all. Here are five of Melbourne’s best food tours to steer you on the right path. Progressive High Tea Stroll If you’re a sweet tooth then you’ll love exploring Melbourne’s best afternoon tea spots with a few anecdotes along the way. Dig into delicious chocolate, scones, macarons, and cup cakes, which will be joined with tea, juice and wine. The tour is perfect for a day out with the girls. Vietnamese Cooking Class Celebrate the flavours of Vietnam with a cookling class and food tour in Richmond. Chef Ha Nguyen takes you to Victoria Street’s best food outlets, where he’ll fill you in on where to buy the freshest produce, meat and seafood. Then he’ll show you how to cook classic Vietnamese dishes such as chicken in banana leaf or pineapple spring rolls . Melbourne Art and…

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Apr
08
2015

5 reasons you’ll love a holiday in Bunbury

By Australia / Western Australia /

Western Australia’s third largest city, Bunbury, has everything you’d ever want for your dream holiday destination. You’ll arrive for only a few days, but you’ll want to stay forever. Here are five reasons why you should move to Bunbury. The wildlife You’ll find some of Bunbury’s friendliest locals in the waters of Koombana Bay. The Dolphin Discovery Centre lets you stand knee-deep in shallow water as some of the bay’s 100 bottlenose dolphins come up to greet you. You can also sign up for a cruise or a guided swimming with wild dolphins experience. This experience is ranked number one on Tripadvisor’s list of things to do in Bunbury. Beautiful beaches Bunbury is surrounded by several gorgeous beaches for swimmers, surfers and children. Dalyellup Beach is known for its beautiful, clean water. Just south of this beach is what’s known at The Hutts, where the locals go diving for crayfish. Go snorkeling on a calm day at Hungry Hollow Beach…

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