Feb
22
2016
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5 things to do near McLaren Vale, South Australia

By Australia / South Australia /

McLaren Vale and the surrounding area is easily one of the most charming regions in all of South Australia. This wine region is located approximately 35km south of Adelaide, and is home to many gorgeous wineries, beaches and towns. Here are five things to visit near McLaren Vale. Primo Estate (pictured) This family owned winery is the home of JOSEPH wine and olive oil. Primo Estate produces a unique range of wines, which the owners say reflect their Italian heritage. Decades upon decades of family members have been creating these exquisite wines since Primo Grilli arrived in Australia and planted the family’s first vineyard in 1973. It’s since expanded, with visitors to McLaren Vale now being treated to ‘la dolce vita, Australian style’. Off road 4wd tour Journey through the magnificent Fleurieu Peninsula with Off Piste 4WD Tours. It’s a 40-minute drive, which leaves from central Adelaide and takes you to hard-to-reach and mostly unknown places along the peninsula. Tour itineraries…

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Feb
09
2016

Byron Bay on the fly

By Australia / New South Wales /

Stopping over in Byron Bay, New South Wales? There’s plenty to do around Australia’s most easterly point. Here are six things to do/visit while in the hood. Cape Byron Lighthouse The lighthouse that sits on Byron Bay’s magnificent coastline is an iconic attraction, which is worth a visit from any traveller to the region. Construction for this monument began in 1899, and years later the dramatic views from this structure are just as marvellous. From here you can’t help but admire the stunning views over the bay to the Border Ranges. Whale watching A popular activity for Byron Bay’s visitors is whale watching. At certain times of the year, Cape Byron is one of the best vantage points for whale watching on Australia’s east coast. From late June to August, these mammals migrate north to give birth in the warm northern waters. In September and October, they return down south, passing through the area with their new babies. Beaches Byron Shire boasts more than…

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Jan
17
2016

5 Adventure activities on the North Island

By New Zealand / North Island /

From climbing bridges to trekking through alpine wilderness, New Zealand’s North Island is home to many exciting activities, which are often overlooked by travellers in favour of the South Island’s outdoor adventures. Here are five adventure activities you must try up north. Auckland Bridge Climb New Zealand’s only bridge climb is based in Auckland. Your tour guide leads you up the bridge, highlighting some of the bridge’s architectural features. The one and a half hour tour also allows you to spot the city’s iconic landmarks before you reach the summit, where incredible 360 degree views await. Rafting on the Kaituna River (pictured) White water rafting at its best awaits on the Kaituna River. You’ll be bumped around as your guide takes you across the river at high speed and launches over waterfalls, which are several metres high. This thrilling but safe activity keeps you on the edge of your toes but is also loads of fun. Tongariro Alpine Crossing Tongariro is New Zealand’s…

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Jan
15
2016

Five unmissable chocolate factories in Melbourne and surrounds

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

THEY say woman rated chocolate higher than sex in a recent survey (Women’s Health Mag) giving a whole new meaning to the saying “I’ll have what she’s having”.  The humble cocoa bean clearly isn’t just a pretty face! So where best to experience this love affair with the converted cocoa bean? A chocolate factory, of course, and there are plenty around Melbourne that must be on your hit-list. Try these. Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery 35 Old Healesville Road, Yarra Glen Head out Old Healesville Road in the Yarra Valley and you’ll stumble across this gem at which free tastings are in abundance. Best of all it’s only an hour from Melbourne’s CBD and set amidst one of the state’s premier wine regions. The bonus? Ice creamery as well! Skilled European chocolatiers craft more than 200 varieties of chocolates, there’s a cool cafe inside and the kids can run off all that extra energy on the games area and…

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Oct
28
2015

Country retreats in Queensland for a romantic getaway

By Australia / Queensland /

Sometimes amid the hustle and bustle of daily life, couples forget to take some time out for themselves. Sometimes you just need to retreat for a relaxing and romantic getaway. Where else better than country Queensland? The Stonehouse Retreat (pictured) The Stonehouse Retreat is a unique, hand-built lodge made of stone and recycled materials. It’s located in Esk and is surrounded by 175 acres of Australian bush. Daytime views stretch for hundreds of kilometres. encompassing several lakes. Night views of starry skies are just as magical, and it’s only an 80-minute drive from Brisbane. Mt Quincan Crater Retreat This retreat’s six private bungalows overlook Mt Quincan Crater and the Atherton Tablelands. Relax in your private spa, as you take in the peaceful sounds of the rainforest. For some physical activity, go bushwalking at one of the many nearby trails nearby or see what surrounding towns, such as Atherton, have to offer. The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses Sleep while perched high in the rainforest canopy in a…

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Oct
06
2015
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Five reasons to fall in love with Margaret River

By Australia / Perth / Western Australia /

From acclaimed wineries to breathtaking beaches and even a giant hedge maze, Margaret River has plenty to offer every type of traveller. For those on a budget there are hundreds of free natural attractions such as hiking the Cape to Cape walking track, wildflower spotting in Boranup Forest and plenty of surfing spots on the west coast. Those enjoying a romantic weekend away might like to instead head to one of the many markets before an afternoon of whale watching and later a degustation dinner at one of the area’s many fine dining restaurants. Cave ‘n’ Canoe Bushtucker Tour (pictured) Combining an active day of swimming, canoeing and caving while learning the history of our first native inhabitants, the Bushtucker tour also includes a special lunch of exotic tastes from all over Western Australia, as well as locally made pestos, chutneys, dips and baked breads. For a truly Australian experience, it also includes bushtucker meats like emu, kangaroo, crocodile and…

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Aug
28
2015
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Five natural attractions in Victoria that can’t be missed

By Australia / Victoria /

The best time to get out and experience nature in Victoria is undoubtedly during the springtime, when wildflowers begin to blanket the landscapes in colour and rivers and lakes swell thanks to the melting alpine regions. Here are five of the best attractions in Victoria for enjoying all that nature has to offer this season. 1. Tower Hill Reserve at sunset Nestled in a dormant volcano, the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve offers nature lovers five differently themed self-guided walks through wetlands, islands and grassy, wildflower dotted plains. The large lake in the middle of the reserve was originally a crater, formed after a large eruption 30,000 years ago. A haven for an abundance of wildlife including koalas, emus, sugar gliders, kangaroos and a variety of water birds, the reserve also treats visitors to cultural displays of ancient aboriginal artefacts at the Worn Gundidj Visitor Centre. Be sure to stay until sunset to take in the awe inspiring view of the…

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Aug
20
2015

Five Australian resorts for a girls weekend away

By Adelaide / Australia / Brisbane / Melbourne / New South Wales / South Australia / Sydney / Victoria /

Looking for a girls’ weekend away? Here are five resorts, which are absolutely perfect for a some relaxing time with the ladies. Smiths Beach Resort, Margaret River, WA Experience the ultimate beachfront lifestyle at Smiths Beach Resort, which is nestled between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia. It’s heaven for beach lovers who are looking for a sunny weekend away with the girls. Spoil yourself with self-contained accommodation that boasts ocean views. In the resort you also have a cellar door, bar and restaurant at your disposal. Not to mention the many spa treatments available. The Mineral Spa, Daylesford, VIC This retreat is located in the heart of Victoria’s spa country. The Mineral Spa retreat offers you an indulgent spa experience, with its two warm mineral spa pools and a cool plunge pool that overlooks beautiful gardens. There are exclusive packages on offer when you have six or more friends. These include a choice of facial, massage, exfoliation, pedicure and manicure options –…

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Jun
19
2015

Winter wonders: 5 cosy Aussie B&Bs that must be experienced

By Australia /

One of the most enjoyable winter experiences is a stay in a cosy B&B in the countryside. Here are five of Australia’s best B&Bs that you must visit. Lakeside B&B, New South Wales (pictured) Nothing says ‘relaxing getaway’ quite like this cosy B&B located on the edge of a stunning lake in the Blue Mountains. This Wentworth Falls property is ideally located for a romantic hideaway, surrounded by lush bushland and tranquil water views. This bed and breakfast is also a bird watchers’ paradise. There are many walking trails nearby, and the Three Sisters lookout is only a short drive away. Seas the Day, Victoria This gorgeous bed and breakfast is one of the closest to Phillip Island’s world-famous fairy penguins. This romantic, boutique guesthouse is also located along one of the island’s most stunning stretches of coastal scenery. At certain times of the year, guests can spot whales and other native wildlife in the distance. A stay at Seas the…

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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
27
2015

Four great things to do in South Australia

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

From dives with Great White sharks, cave and opal mine explorations to some of the most exquisite and beautiful wine regions on the planet. Hands up who wants to visit South Australia? Swim with the Great Whites (Port Lincoln, 340km south west of Port Augusta) IT’S often said that Great White sharks are the most misunderstood creatures of the ocean – yet that still doesn’t change the fact that you wouldn’t want to be stranded in open water with one nearby! In Port Lincoln, however, you can safely get close to these apex predators in their natural habitat. From the security of a cage, hold on tight as Great White Sharks swimming around the waters off South Australia interact with other members of their species and search for food. And take a good look at the human zoo in the cage. Port Lincoln also one of the few places in the world – and the only location in Australia –…

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May
06
2015

The hills are alive – five great ways to holiday in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

LOOKING for somewhere to sweep your loved one of his or her feet? Then head for the Hills. Adelaide Hills, to be precise, just a 20-minute drive from Adelaide’s CBD in South Australia. It’s a land of the long lunch, with nature’s eye candy at every turn, delicious locally grown food and wine, and accommodation to match the country’s best when it comes to small luxury. Here are five ways to enjoy your time in this little gem of a region tucked away in South Australia. No.1: Sticky Rice Villas and Cooking School. Now here’s a place you can get really messy … in the kitchen! The Sticky Rice Cooking School is where some of the best chefs on the planet, including Ty Bellingham, Mark McNamara, David Thompson and Katrina Ryan take a small class and guide them through creating a culinary feast fit for kings and queens. The dining room setting is beautifully oriental with warm, soft colours, chunky…

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