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Jun
06
2015
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Five great reasons for a winter escape in Phillip Island

By Australia / Victoria /

JUST over 90 minutes drive from Melbourne, Phillip Island is an ideal place for a romantic weekend getaway with a selection of cosy accommodation, great restaurants with open fires and outdoor activities to blow away the winter blues. And don’t forget to take advantage of the Rhyll Winter Escape Package for just $395 per couple for a two night getaway. The Rhyll Winter Escape Package includes two nights luxury B&B accommodation at Oak Tree Lodge, gourmet breakfast daily, a 20% discount on dinner at The Foreshore Bar & Restaurant, a 10% discount on a bottle of wine and cheese platter at Purple Hen Winery, 50% discount on the new Wild Oceans Eco Boat Adventure to Seal Rocks ($42.50 per person) and 20% off the Ultimate Penguin Tour at the famous Phillip Island Penguin Parade ($69.15 per person). The Rhyll Winter Escape Package is available until 31 August, 2015. Bookings can be made directly with Oak Tree Lodge on 03 5956…

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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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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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Mar
31
2015

5 great Aussie caravan parks in wine regions

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

Where there’s a wine there’s a way, so jot down these five holiday parks close to vineyards throughout Australia. 1. BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park, SA SOME travellers say Australia’s greenest wine region is the McLaren Vale, a must-see destination when in the South where the wine regions are some of the world’s best. Only 10 minutes from the wineries, BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park is considered the hot ticket venue for caravanners and campers to set up camp before experiencing the delicious home grown food and wine, popular beaches and nearby art galleries. Famous for producing great reds and chardonnays, some of the best wines in the world feature among the 75 cellar doors you can explore in the region. Try Woodstock Wine Estate, Aramis Vineyard, Angrove McLaren Vale Winery and Cellar Door, and d’Arenberg for a real taste of the area. Even create your own food and wine trail by taking a car, walking or bike riding around…

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Feb
23
2015
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Seven South Australia events you cannot miss in Adelaide and surrounds

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

From arts festivals to music celebrations, food and wine, and sports events, there’s something for everyone in Adelaide and surrounds in coming months. Try these six … 1. Adelaide Festival The Adelaide festival is a multi-arts event with great diversity and a big tradition of innovation with a program including opera, dance, theatre, music, cabaret and visual arts. In addition, there’s the Adelaide Writers’ Week. The party has already started, but continues to March 15. Visit www.adelaidefestival.com.au 2. Fork and Cork With a name like Fork and Cork, there can only be two things at the forefront of everyone’s mind – food and drink, and it’s all quality. Mount Gambier’s Garden Square will host a fun-filled day that’s set to include masterclasses, workshops, music and a chance to learn tips and techniques from the best local chefs in the region. The big event on the Limestone Coast takes place on February 28. More visit www.forkandcork.com.au 3. WOMADelaide WOMADelaide has been…

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Nov
01
2014

Five great markets in Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

VICTORIANS and visitors alike aren’t shy when it comes to weekend markets in Melbourne. Craft markets, farmer’s markets, bric-a-brac, clothes, design, computers, food … you name it, there’s a market somewhere close by. Then there are thousands of garage sales in the streets. Where to begin when it comes to the best Melbourne markets? It’s hard to squeeze all the good ones into 10 slots, but we’ll give it a go. Here are some well worth the visit. 1. Queen Victoria Markets Some say this is the one to rule them all for more than a century for everything from fish and seafood, meats, chicken, gourmet products, doughuts, sweets, and fruit and veg to clothing, souvenirs, cosmetics and roaming street performers among many more features spread over two city blocks. 2. Warrandyte Community Market When it comes to finding Saturday markets, Melbourne is up there with the best and sometimes it pays to dig deep to unearth the gold. Warrandyte…

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Oct
18
2013
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Keeping young children safe in your car rental

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Exploring the vast and scenic expanses of Australia or diverse beauty of New Zealand with a rental car is a fantastic holiday idea for the whole family.

There are strict rules on securing your young child when they're in the car.

To make the experience enjoyable for everyone, you’ll want to make safety a top priority and you’ll most likely know the basics of safe long-distance car travel.

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Sep
07
2013
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How to go on road trips with the kids

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They say that when setting off to a faraway destination, whether it is by plane, train or automobile, getting there is half the fun. Those that have ever been on a long road trip with kids in the back seat may beg to differ. Restless by nature, young children can drive you insane with their endless cries of “Are we there yet?” Here are some things you can do on your next family road trip,

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May
26
2013

Free things to do in Auckland

By Auckland / New Zealand /

Auckland has a multitude of things to do and see, but sometimes the cost of visiting lots of places with ticket entries can add up, and use up funds you’d rather spend on food and souvenirs! So to keep that expenditure down, check out some of these activities you can get stuck into – for free! Here are three ideas for free activities…….

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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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May
31
2011

Keeping it in the family – hit the holiday park Victorian road trip highway

By Melbourne / Victoria /

HOLIDAY parks are experiencing a boom time period, there’s no doubt about that, with more and more Australians realising the idea of a road trip holiday staying at the new breed of caravan parks is not only a financially convenient option, but also a fun one. So, where do you begin? Let’s start with Victoria and, as a starting point, let’s choose the state’s capital city for collection of your Melbourne campervan rental. Then let’s look at one of the more popular holiday park chains  – Family Parks. The facilities at most holiday parks these days are ideal for campervanners and caravanners, and Family Parks destinations cater for just about every type of road-tripper.  The company motto? “Holidays for all the tribe”. Their philosophy is simple and effective: “Family has so many different meanings whether it be you and your partner, you and your pet, you and your extended family or you and a close group of friends – no…

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