Jun
10
2016
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5 wild Cairns adventures for kids in a campervan

By Cairns / Queensland /

Cairns is the perfect place to explore in a campervan with the kids. Hire a campervan from Cairns Airport. You can also hire a vehicle from Port Douglas. Begin your wild adventure by visiting these five incredible places. Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary The butterfly sanctuary in Kuranda is Australia’s biggest butterfly farm. It’s also home to the country’s largest walk-through aviary. Step inside and you’ll be surrounded by about 1500 butterflies. Spot these beautiful insects in all colours, including the magnificent, bright blue Ulysses. Make sure you wear bright clothes and they won’t stop landing on you! Snorkelling at Green Island, off Cairns Hope on a short boat trip from Cairns and you’ll be amazed by the beauty of Green Island. It’s the ideal place for those who want to give snorkeling a try but are uncomfortable with heading further out on the Great Barrier Reef. Make sure you check out the coral gardens close to the pier – that’s where you’ll…

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Dec
30
2015

7 unmissable Queensland food and wine events in 2016

By Australia / Brisbane / Cairns / Gold Coast / Port Douglas / Queensland /

THE Sunshine State is not just beaches, babes and sunshine, you know, it’s also home to an endless supply of delicious local produce that’s been grown, caught, baked and served by “an array of clever clogs and inspired minds”, as the Tourism Queensland crew tell us and here are five suggestions by them for Queensland food and wine events to kill for in 2016 What: Ginger Flower & Food Festival When: January 22-24 Where: Yandina The Ginger Factory Yandina comes alive for the weekend-long Ginger Food & Flower Festival, surrounded by Australia’s largest and most ornamental gingers and heliconias, all under one roof. This year the festival celebrates its 20th birthday with a line-up of local kitchen maestros and gardening experts. What: Feast of the Senses When: March 12-20 Where: Innisfail Discover North Queensland’s premier tropical food event that engages every one of your senses! Over 10 amazing days, this region’s abundance of exotic tropical fruits, produce, seafood and meats…

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Jan
05
2015

Top snorkeling spots in Australia

By Australia / Brisbane / Cairns / New South Wales / Perth / Port Douglas / Queensland / Sydney / Western Australia /

AUSTRALIA  has some of the best snorkeling spots in the world. If you’re heading to the Australian coast this summer, consider discovering the beauty of the underwater world with snorkeling. Join a guided tour or grab your snorkeling gear and swim through some of the most spectacular marine areas – anybody can do it. Here are some of Australia’s best places to snorkel. Ningaloo Reef, WA Check out the whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and humpback whale at certain times of the year around this incredible section of the world. Some of Ningaloo’s hotspots are: The Oyster Stacks. Five isolated islets which protrude from the reef and are covered with oysters. It’s also home to a variety of colourful fish. Best accessed during high or incoming tide. Turquoise Bay. Absolutely stunning and is widely considered by many to be one of the area’s best snorkeling spots. Beginners who don’t want to deal with currents can simply step off the beautiful sandy…

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Sep
12
2014

Five great spots on the east coast to beach yourself after a beautiful drive

By Australia / Brisbane / Cairns / Melbourne / New South Wales / Queensland / Sydney / Victoria /

It’s easy enough to fly in to any capital city along the east coast, but one of the tougher tasks is knowing which way to go to reach a great beach. Due to the sheer volume of beaches Down Under, the options can even confuse you. Without rolling out pages of recommendations or offering up a best of, we’ve tracked down five beautiful beaches in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland where you can’t go wrong once you’ve jumped in that car rental from the airport and hit the road. 1. Lennox Head Where: Summerland Coast, 755km north east of Sydney Thrill seekers from all over the country journey to Lennox Head to surf its hardcore waves. The relaxed seaside village is famous right-hand point break and it’s also home to one of Australia’s biggest and longest warm water surf breaks. Definitely not for the faint-hearted. 2. Hyams Beach Where: Jervis Bay, 190km south of Sydney One of the country’s…

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Aug
22
2014

A visit to Mossman Gorge – Daintree Rainforest

By Australia / Cairns / Port Douglas / Queensland /

SITTING on the edge of the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge is part of the world’s oldest rainforest tracing its origins back over 130 million years and home to an extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna. If you are visiting Far North Queensland take time out to spend a half-a-day visiting Mossman Gorge. Located just over an hour’s drive north of Cairns and 20 minutes from Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge is easy to reach with sealed roads and plenty of parking available at the Gorge Centre. DriveNow can help with car hire in Cairns and there are also rental locations in Port Douglas. The Mossman Gorge Centre is staff and managed by the local indigenous Kuku Yalanji people and through its Art Gallery showcases artwork from artists based locally and from across northern Queensland. There’s a retail shop with gifts and souvenirs designed by the local community and the Mayi Cafe allows you to experience locally sourced bush…

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Jun
28
2012

The road to fun and friendship drives a girls’ weekend away

By Australia / Cairns / Melbourne / New South Wales / Perth / Queensland / Sydney / Victoria / Western Australia /

A weekend away with the girls is a great way to take some time out to recharge the batteries. Whether you want to get away from the kids for a while, have some fun with your bridesmaids before the big day, or catch up with old school friends you haven’t seen in ages, there are some fabulous packages around that are designed to spoil you rotten. When it comes to choosing a Australian hire car, find a vehicle that is roomy and comfortable enough for several adults. You might even decide to stay in a holiday park, so a campervan may be the way to go. So if girls just want to have fun, where do they go? In your Melbourne car rental head for Daylesford. This beautiful town in Spa Country in Victoria has an excellent reputation for accommodation, restaurants and relaxing spa treatments. It’s a 110km (one and a half hour) drive from Melbourne taking the Western Freeway…

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Mar
29
2012

Pick up a car rental and go cruisin’ with your pooch

By Australia / Brisbane / Cairns / Gold Coast / Great Ocean Road / Melbourne / New South Wales / Queensland / Sydney / Victoria / Western Australia /

WANTING a road trip and accommodation for the whole family, four-legged friends included? Gone are the days when pet-friendly accommodation consisted of mildew walls and flea ridden couches, or when you had to re-mortgage your home to pay the kennel to keep your beloved pooch fed, watered and entertained. These days, there are a range of pet friendly holiday accommodation options that will ensure fun for all the family, two and four legged creatures alike. With pooch in your Gold Coast hire car, head for the hinterland and beach all rolled into one in the beautiful areas surrounding Byron Bay. Nestled on the exclusive Tallow Beach, Puri Pantali House affords absolute beachfront location in luxury Balinese style.  The house has four bedrooms, each with ensuite, catering for up to eight people comfortably.  Open plan living and a kitchen complete with state of the art appliances will ensure you feel right at home.   A private salt water solar heated pool will…

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Feb
01
2010
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Great driving holidays – Cairns to Cape York (Qld)

By Australia / Cairns / Queensland /

CAPE York is absolutely totally out of this world. No word can sum it up, no matter how much you try to describe it. Quite simply, you just don’t know how great it is until you experience it for yourself. I bid farewell to Sheree and the kids (they are having a week in Cairns) while myself and the film crew head into the unknown territory of Cape York Peninsula. Firstly, there’s a few very important things to remember. If you are travelling along, as in only one vehicle, make sure you stick to the Cape York Development Road at all times! If you are lucky enough to have a support vehicle or vehicles with you, then venture off on to the Telegraph Track. We had only one vehicle, but we still saw so much and had the best time ever. Once you get past Laura you will feel like you are in a different country. It isn’t that far…

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Jan
14
2010

Great driving holidays – Cairns to Mossman (Qld)

By Australia / Cairns / Queensland /

WHO ever would have thought that a place like Mossman was only a 90-minute drive north of Cairns. Tucked away in the beautiful hinterland and on the base of the Daintree. Mossman hides one of the most spectacular and entertaining places that is simply unforgettable – The Karnak Playhouse, owned by world famous Diane Cilento! It is so enchanting, I could have stayed there forever. They do world class stage performances and when you throw the setting into the equation, it’s really something out of a story book. After leaving the Playhouse, we took in the Mossman Gorge. Once again, somewhere you simply do not want to leave after experiencing it. The scenery is so untouched, which is awesome to see, and make sure you take your swimmers as the big swimming hole is fantastic! Best of all, you don’t have to be fit as you can go to the main viewing platform. It’s an easy 250m stroll with only…

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