Grab a van in San Fran and hit the road

By United States /

San Fran is a wonderful place to visit. It’s an even better destination to hire a campervan and head out for a day trip to one of these hotspots.

Santa Cruz
With 46 kilometres of stunning coastline, Santa Cruz Country is the place to be if you want to experience some of California’s greatest beaches. Just under two hours from San Fran you can go surfing, play some beach volleyball, or just simply kick back and relax in the sun. There are also plenty of great beachside cafes and restaurants.

Big Sur (pictured)
Keep driving a bit further, for about another hour, and you’ll come to the tiny seaside town of Big Sur. This particular road trip is all about the journey. Highway 1 winds along the rugged coastline, offering spectacular views of cliffs towering over the ocean for as far as you can see.

Lake Tahoe
Just a four hours’ drive inland from San Francisco is the beautiful Lake Tahoe. It’s where California and Nevada meet. The large freshwater lake offers stunning scenery of beaches, pristine water and snow-capped mountains in the background. Some of the popular activities here include canoeing and fishing.

Yosemite National Park
The views of grand mountains, deep valleys and cascading waterfalls have made Yosemite National Park one of the most popular adventure playgrounds for thrill-seekers from across the world. There are plenty of hiking trails to explore. Rock climbing, camping and bird watching are other popular activities here.

Anderson Valley

Head north to Anderson Valley for incredible scenery of green rolling hills. It’s also the perfect destination if you’re looking for an authentic wine-tasting experience. The valley is known for its Pinot Noir, and some of the best places to stop include Goldeneye Lula Cellars and Phillips Hill. The best thing about Anderson Valley is you won’t find as many tourists as Napa and Sonoma.

Gold Country
Journey to the heart of California’s Gold Country. Drive two and a half hours northeast of San Fran and you’ll find the historic town of Grass Valley. Base yourself here to explore nearby attractions such as the Empire Mine State Historic Park. There, you can discover the history of the state’s once-richest gold mine.

Drive about two hours south of San Francisco off Highway 101 to explore California’s newest national park. The Pinnacles is heaven for any adventure-seeker. It has several hikes, including the High Peaks Trail, which offer panoramic views of rock formations and vast grasslands. There are also ancient caves waiting to be explored.

Half Moon Bay
Just under an hour from San Francisco, Half Moon Bay is a convenient and leisurely drive. Locals say it’s the perfect place to be if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Browse some local shops or art galleries, or perhaps ride a horse on the beach as part of a guided tour. Whatever you choose to do, it should be relaxing.



5 reasons to head for the hills on the Gold Coast

By Australia / Gold Coast /

The Gold Coast is one of Queensland’s premier destinations. With sun, sand and surf waiting for you all year round.

Ignore the beaches, hire a car from Brisbane Airport and head for the hills on your next trip to the Gold Coast. Drive thirty minutes inland from the beaches and you’ll find the Hinterland, which is full of rainforests, farms and vineyards.

Here are five things to do when you’re there.

Sip some wine
The Gold Coast Hinterland is a fantastic destination for wine-lovers. It’s one of Queensland’s fastest growing wine regions, thanks to the range of micro-climates creating perfect growing conditions for a variety of grapes. Mount Tamborine (pictured), Mount Nathan, Lamington and Canungra are full of top-notch wineries. Some wineries that we recommend include Albert River Wines and O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards.

Hiking in Springbrook National Park
Hiking is a popular pastime in Springbrook National Park. The track to Natural Bridge, which has formed over millions of years from water pounding onto the roof of a basalt cave, is one of the most popular. It’s the perfect place for a picnic. At night in summer, the cave is equally enchanting. Take a guided tour to see amazing glow-worm colonies, fireflies and even luminous fungi.

Visit the Cheese Shop and Factory
Just an hour from Brisbane and in the heart of Mount Tamborine is The Cheese Shop and Factory. Deliciously soft and hand-made cheeses are waiting to be sampled and bought. The factory proudly produces small batches of high quality cheeses and other dairy products, such as ice cream. This amazing destination could keep you tied up all day!

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk
Walk 30 metres above the ground through the rainforest canopy. Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is an exciting eco-adventure that’s suitable for all ages. The 1.5km long path at Skywalk treats you to views of lush rainforest leads you to the crystal clear rock pools of Cedar Creek. During the trip, you’ll encounter rare butterflies and other rainforest animals.

Get up close with Alpacas
The Mountview Alpaca Farm is an exciting destination for people of all ages, especially kids. Not only is the beautiful view of Tamborine Mountain and the Gold Coast likely to inspire you, but you can cuddle and pat alpacas! For just a few dollars you can buy a large bag of food and feed these friendly animals. There’s also a gift shop, where you’ll find unique alpaca-themed goods from Australia and South America.

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Six ways to enjoy an escape to Sorrento

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

HOLIDAYS hot spots in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula don’t get much more glam than stylish Sorrento, about an hour and a half drive in your Melbourne rental car from Melbourne’s CBD and wedged in between Portsea and Rye.

But you don’t have to be a high flyer to live it up in Sorrento, a beachside haven with cosmopolitan cafes, shopping strip and beautiful boulevard to explore. Here are six ways to make it all happen.

STAY: And the winner is Sorrento Holiday Accommodation at where you have a choice of two absolute gems – The Erlandsen Entertainer sleeping 16 and the Sorrento Avenue option sleeping 12. Both have the aim of suiting two families who can share a holiday together. The bigger option is a classic 5 star Sorrento beachhouse (100m from the beach!) sleeping up to 16 adults and additional trundles for two children. There are three living zones – this is a whole lot of house focussed on a great entertaining courtyard with a mid sized pool to cool off in with solar heating. There is stunning outdoor furniture to watch pool swimmers have fun. Dine on the outdoor table after cooking on the gas Webber. For other options think about Hotel Sorrento in Hotham Road for anything from around $190 a night or a luxury BnB like Eastcliff Cottage in the historical district and only minutes from the local golf club.

PLAY: Speaking of golf clubs, Sorrento Golf Club is a beauty with its rolling hills. One problem is if you’re a visitor (not a member) you’ll have to fork out $120 for a round of 18. Other activities to enjoy are the beautiful beach walks (and FREE) on the front beach and stunning back beach for splendid sunsets and plenty of rock pools. Sorrento Museum is worth an hour or so to check out the history of the area which includes shipwrecks, horse-drawn carts and the old steam train that roared through town. Manyung Gallery is always chock-full of terrific work by local artists.

EAT: For breakfast, lunch or dinner head for an authentic Italian experience at where the accents are thick and the food sensational – cured meats, Italian cheeses, great pizza, salsas, gnocci, calzone, ravioli … yum. Oh yes, the coffee is the best in town, too. For Asian, try Chopstix Asian Bar (which has home delivery, by the way) in the main street with great munchies like Shanghai dumplings and chicken satay bites, while mains include noodle dishes like pad thai, Singapore noodles, as well as rice dishes, soups, salads and great numbers for “little people” such as Teriyaki noodles with hicekn and colourful veggies.

WATCH: With a feel of yesteryear and great mod cons for quality movie watching, Peninsula Cinemas is a great way to spend a night after a bite out on the town. This one’s a long-running picture house screening new releases, plus recordings of opera and theatre productions.

RIDE: Get your motor running and your adrenalin pumping with a scenic ride from the back of a late model solo or sidecar Harley Davidson as you are chauffeured around the Mornington Peninsula with Andy’s Harley Rides.

SWIM: Beautiful beaches means Sorrento swimming and lazing in the sun is a breeze. But go a step further, take the plunge and do something different like swimming with dolphins. Moonraker Seal and Dolphin Swim Tours is a snorkel adventure like no other. Bottlenose dolphins and naughty Australian Fur Seals join in the action for what is an unforgettable experience.


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Snuggle up at these five cosy B&Bs in the Yarra Valley this Autumn

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

The Yarra Valley region makes for a relaxing weekend away at any time of year. Pick up a rental car from Melbourne Airport ( and drive only 60 minutes to explore everything the Yarra Valley has to offer.

When you arrive, pick from one of these five cosy B&Bs to stay. It’s the best in Yarra Valley accommodation.
Bonza View
The owners proudly say Bonza View bed and breakfast apartment offer the best views in the Dandenongs. During the day you have a sweeping scene of the Port Phillip Bay to Mount Macedon and the Warburton Ranges, even the Lilydale Lake. At night you have a spectacular 180 degree view of the city lights. Your private, undercover deck also has a bubbling hot tub – perfect on those chilly nights.

Valley Guest House
Experience country living at its best. At Valley Guest House, you’ll wake up to a beautiful sunrise and the sound of native birds. You’re also surrounded by lush gardens with neat gardens full of roses, camellias and wisterias. Natural light fills your studio, which has tall, wide windows and a private balcony. Or you can opt for the Honeymoon suite, which has its own private courtyard, heated spa and fireplace.

Yering Gorge Cottages
Not only does this property offer incredible views of the Yarra Valley from your bedroom window, but it also treats you to plenty of luxuries, such as free Wi-Fi, your own private spa bath and a beauty centre. Yering Gorge Cottages are also located close to popular fishing spots and cycling trails. Perfect for a romantic weekend away!

Dalblair Bed and Breakfast
Ever dreamed of your own luxurious suite with a large veranda, spacious living area and pool? Then Dalblair Bed and Breakfast is the right kind of place for you. It’s set of 30 acres of colourful gardens with picturesque views of the surrounding Warburton Ranges and vineyards. Dalblair makes for the idea location for a peaceful getaway.

Sanctuary Park Cottages
Hire out one of these rustic cottages for a romantic weekend away. They’re perfect for any time of year – in the warmer months you can relax by the lake, while in the cooler months you can admire the changing colour of the landscape or relax in the hot spa. Majestic mountains surround the property, which you’ll never want to leave.




Beat the heat with these five Australian beaches

By Australia /

The sun is peaking and temperatures are spiking into the 30s and 40s as we near the halfway mark of summer. There’s a great solution to all that if you’re on the road Down Under and it’s a five letter word – beach! Here are five worth splashing about it in to beat the heat.

1. Cable Beach

Broome, WA

A beach is a beach, until you reach Cable Beach in Broome, that is, when you realise beaches throughout the world can be very different indeed. The burnt orange sunsets set this place apart from others along its 22km stretch and throw in the fact that it really does present as an untouched stretch of shoreline with pure white sand and turquoise water and it’s an unforgettable experience. Set on the Indian Ocean, the sunsets are insanely beautiful. At the southern end is Gantheaume Point where at low tide you can see 130-million-year-old dinosaur footprints. Gantheaume Point Lighthouse is also a super place to catch a glimpse of dolphins and migrating whales.

2. Venus Bay

South Gippsland, VIC

The coastal hamlet of Venus Bay is set on a narrow peninsula of land, bordered on one side by the open sea of Bass Strait and on the other by the calm waters of Anderson Inlet. The powerful tides of Venus Bay entice surfers throughout the year and are frequented by travellers in need of a refreshing swim, but they are not for the faint hearted ? remember to always swim between the flags. Venus Bay is patrolled by lifesavers throughout the summer months.

3. Noosa Main Beach

Sunshine Coast, QLD

Noosa Main Beach is one of those dreamy, picture-perfect scenes (pardon the cliches) where beaches simply don’t come as enticing for leaping into or going for a cruisy stroll at morning or night. Pods of dolphins often turn up for a splash and the beach has ripper surfing conditions around the Noosa Park headland, which presents annually as home to the Noosa Festival of Surfing each March. Noosa Main Beach’s north-facing direction is perfect for sheltered conditions which takes the edge of the cooler breezes in the colder months, so it becomes the great allrounder: you can turn up any time of the year and enjoy this beach for all seasons. It’s a beauty.

4. Seven Mile Beach

North Coast, NSW

Secluded Seven Mile Beach near Nowra is a beach located within its own national park and surrounded by sand dunes and several coastal sand forests, some of which are listed as endangered ecological communities. Seven Mile Beach was once used as a runway by Sir Charles Kingsford Smith as he took off on his first commercial flight from Australia to New Zealand in 1933. A very isolated beach, windsurfers find the secluded spot perfect. The beach is great for families with barbecue and picnic facilities and it is also one of New South Wales’ most famous beaches for a spot of great fishing.

5. Glenelg Beach

Glenelg, SA

The beauty of Glenelg beach is that it’s only a hop, skip and a jump away from Adelaide’s CBD, so is very accessible when it comes to beaches nearby capital cities. Glenelg is vibrant beachside suburb alive with lots of activity. The main street of Jetty Road features some great shopping opportunities and there is a handy tram service to and from the city. Glenelg is also home to the Beachouse, a fun park with waterslides, dodgem cars and loads more. Enjoy a drink at the mighty Stamford Grand Hotel on the esplanade and kick back and catch the boats cruise into the marina.



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 beautifully-designed timber and glass treehouse. Each treehouse features a double spa, wood fireplace and a balcony with a hammock and barbeque. You’ll be right up there with all the wildlife and if you feel like getting back on the ground to explore, the beautiful Malanda Falls is only 12km away.

R on the Downs Retreat
The ‘R’ in R on the Downs Retreat stands for many things – romance, relaxation, rest and reconnect. At this retreat in Yangan, you can do it all while enjoying a rustic fireplace and double spa. Step onto your private veranda, which offers amazing views of Swandels Valley.

Thala Beach Lodge
Set on the beautiful Thala Beach Nature Reserve, this lodge sits on a secluded beachfront of untouched coastline near Port Douglas. One of the main draws of Thala Beach Lodge is that it sits between two World Heritage Sites – the magnificent Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. You can opt for a private bungalow by the coral sear or one that’s nestled inland amongst the trees.



5 things to do in the Barossa Valley in Spring

By Australia / South Australia /

Spring is heavenly in South Australia’s Barossa Valley. The Barossa is only 60km northeast of Adelaide and it’s one of Australia’s oldest wine-producing regions. Not to mention the romantic rolling green hills and range of interesting activities.

Here are five great things to do in the Barossa Valley this spring.

Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop

Located on the outskirts of Nuriootpa, Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop is well worth a visit. Wander around the Farm Shop, tasting all of Maggie Beer’s delicious products. Whether its fresh fruit from the orchard, wine, ice cream or a delicious coffee and cake, Maggie Beer’s wonderful recipes melt mouths and hearts. If you want to learn how to cook some of these amazing dishes, then you can attend one of the daily cooking demonstrations.


The Barossa has many cycling tracks where you’ll pass incredible scenery along the way. A popular trail for travellers is the 27km Jack Bobridge track. The cycling track links Tanunda and Gawler, while offering beautiful views of the North Para River. You’ll cycle past rolling vineyards, while having the opportunity to stop at wineries for a delicious lunch and a glass of wine.

Chateau Tanunda

Chateau Tanunda, which is located in the heart of Tanunda and was established in 1890, is said to be one of Australia’s most stunning winery estates. With its magnificent buildings, impeccable gardens and range of wines at the heritage listed Cellar Door, there won’t be a single minute where you’re not enjoying your time at Tanunda.

Historic walk of Bethany

The beautiful village of Bethany was the first to be established in the Barossa Valley. A group of families from Europe settled there in 1842, and it has since become famous for winemaking. Stop over at Bethany Wines – a beautiful stone winery, which offers magnificent views of the valley. You can also explore Pioneer Cemetery, which will offer you an insight into the lives of the town’s early settlers.

Hot Air Ballooning

If the Barossa Valley’s scenery amazes you, then just wait until you see the world-famous wine region from the air! A peaceful hot air balloon rise over the valley for sunrise is the perfect way to start your day, as you enjoy 360 decree views that span from the Barossa ranges to the ocean. After your flight, you have the option of a gourmet breakfast served with a glass of wine.


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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 purple and pink bathed clouds reflected in the stillness of the great lake.

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 2. Venus Baths, Halls Gap

A picturesque waterway running though the gorgeous Grampians mountain range, the Venus Baths area boasts a naturally formed water park complete with waterslides created by crystal clear water flowing over smooth and unusual rock formations. Accessible only by foot, the 2.3km family friendly Venus Baths loop begins at the Halls Gap shops and the shady track leads visitors a alongside a creek to the beautiful rock pools. As well as swimming, sliding and diving, explorers can enjoy a number of scenic trails through lakeside areas as well as tougher hikes up the mountain peaks.

 3. Buchan Caves (pictured)

Created around 400 million years ago, this ancient system of underground tunnels are now lit up to display spectacular limestone stalactites, stalagmites and calcite-rimmed pools. For the more adventurous, guided tours to wild unlit caves are also available to smaller groups and the adjoining Buchan Caves Reserve offers an ideal bushland base for those wanting to explore the surrounding Snowy River National Park which is home to wombats, wallabies, kangaroos and over 60 species of native birds.

Visit Parks Victoria for tour schedules and prices.

 4. Wilson’s Promontory

For nature lovers, nowhere in Victoria offers such a diverse display of natural colour and beauty than Wilson’s Prom. Famous for its many labyrinths of bushwalking trails, land dwelling creatures and spirited flock of rosellas, the Prom is perhaps lesser known for its incredible aquatic wonderland, which was recently compared to the Barrier Reef. A diver’s paradise, the marine park is home to brilliantly coloured fish, sea dragons, rays, anemones and sea stars that live among the deep, sponge covered reefs. Book well in advance if you plan on visiting during in the warmer months or over the school holidays.

5. Beehive Falls Trail

A short but rewarding walk, this 1.5 hour trail is best visited in spring when water levels are at their peak and the display of pink and white wildflowers add a bright splash of colour to the scenery. A gentle track that meanders upstream along the Mud Hut Creek, the highlight of the forest walk is the waterfall that cascades into a rocky valley. The 25 metre drop flows over huge boulders and delicate ferns and mosses that cling to the steep rock walls. At the base of the falls, large stones provide a perfectly peaceful picnic spot.



Gorgeous wineries of the Hunter Valley

By Australia / New South Wales /

Spring is in the air, which means it’s the perfect time to visit Australia’s oldest wine-growing region, the Hunter Valley. Only two hours from Sydney, you’ll find more than 150 wineries and cellar doors, offering flavours that are unique to the Hunter region of New South Wales.

Here are five gorgeous wineries worth visiting in the Hunter Valley.

Tyrrell’s Vineyard

Tyrrell’s Wines is renowned for its Semillon, which is the region’s most popular variety. This Australian family-owned business is steeped in history, dating back to 1858. It offers a superb line-up of sparkling wines, and then there’s the Vat series wines, which is world class and worth a tasting while you’re here.

Tulloch Wines

The Tulloch story began 120 years ago. John Youni Tulloch took on a 43 acre property at Pokolbin, and set to work on rejuvenating its five acres of vines. This has transformed the family company into one of the best wineries around today. Pick up some of Tulloch’s incredible Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Verdelho, along with other limited releases, during a visit to the Cellar Door.

Audrey Wilkinson

It’s arguably the Hunter Valley’s most picturesque winery, but this isn’t all Audrey Wilkinson is renowned for. The winemaking techniques used here are influenced by the Wilkinson family, who studied winemaking in France and Germany. This, mixed with modern technology has created several wines to die for, including chardonnay, shiraz and Gewurztraminer.

Brokenwood Wines

Brokenwood is one of the Hunter Valley’s iconic vineyards, having evolved from a weekend hobby for winemakers in 1970 into one of the country’s best wine labels. Brokenwood is set in the heart of the Hunter Valley and is famous for its Cricket Pitch Red. However, the incredible chardonnays are also to-die for.

Gartelmann Wines

Gartelmann is a boutique winery producing fine, handcrafted wines. This family owned and operated winery is set in the heart of the Hunter Valley. The love and care put into crafting these wines shows in the sensational products – the multi-award winning Semillon and Shiraz, the soft Merlot, elegant Chardonnay, aromatic Verdelho and the toasty spiced Liquor Muscat, Gartelmann.




Five B&Bs for a romantic weekend away in the Blue Mountains

By Australia / New South Wales /

Nothing spells a romantic weekend away like an overnight stay at a B&B in the Blue Mountains. The World Heritage listed region lives up to its reputation as a major tourist attraction, with its gorgeous mountain views and nature walks.

Here are five romantic B&Bs in this beautiful part of New South Wales.

Silvermere Bed and Breakfast
Relax on this picture perfect country estate, which is restored from the 1920s. There are several unique accommodation experiences at Silvermere, but the standout for romantic couples is Chauffeur’s Cottage. It’s hidden in the gardens, with shops, restaurants and Wentworth Falls Lake only a short stroll away. In the evenings, watch the sunset from the veranda before the lights of Sydney light up in the distance.

Moments Mountain Retreat
This beautiful homestead is situated at the entrance to the Valley of the Waters and treats you to incredible views of the surrounding wilderness. Gaze at these amazing views right from your veranda, and if you choose to stroll just 50 metres down the road, you’ll stumble upon many walking tracks. Moments Mountain Retreat’s spa suites feature in-room double spas and an open gas fire.

Lakeside B&B
The Waterfront Suite at Wentworth Falls, which is situated in the heart of the Blue Mountains, is an absolute dream come true. Get cosy in your accommodation, which is located right on the edge of a stunning lake. If that’s not enough, then perhaps the lush bushland surrounding you will be. This area is a bird watcher’s paradise, with many nearby walking trails and the famous Three Sisters only a short drive away.

Katoomba Manor
This modern house, which was opened in 2013, is simply magnificent. The marble columned veranda and the surrounding mountain garden, complete with winding paths and garden walls, will take your breath away. It’s a haven that will give you the chance to relax as time passes you by.

Edgelinks Country House
Edgelinks oozes warmth and country charm. Unwind in this perfect paradise, where you’re surrounded by tranquil European gardens and mountain views. Inside your boutique luxury accommodation you’ll find all the modern comforts you need, but it’s Edgelinks’ old world charm from a bygone era that will truly capture your heart.



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 Day will bring you a lovely, peaceful weekend, full of beautiful scenery.

Bed in the Treetops B&B, Tasmania

This luxurious B&B hideaway, constructed using whole Celery Top pine logs, is perched high on 32 hectares of bushland. Two private, luxury spa suites are available. One of its major attractions is that it overlooks the stunning Bay of Fires and Georges Bay. These incredible views will draw you in and make you never want to leave this incredible part of Tasmania’s North East coast.

Whistler Farm B&B, South Australia

Located in the heart of the Barossa Valley wine region, this gorgeous bed and breakfast makes you feel right at home. You’re surrounded by rolling green hills and grand eucalyptus trees as you make your way down Whistler Farm’s magnificent driveway. Relax on the farm, visit nearby wineries, start a cooking class, go for a bike ride or spend time with the horses and other animals that live on the farm. The options for activities in this lovely part of the world are endless.

Bli Bli House B&B, Queensland

Advertised as “one of the Sunshine Coast’s finest experiences”, this luxurious and elegant riverside retreat will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. The multi award winning bed and breakfast is situated in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, and replicates the Victorian era. A beautiful house with amazing water views and great weather… you can’t go wrong.



6 romantic places in Victoria to steal a kiss

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner which means a world of lovers will be out in force looking to impress their loved ones. There are plenty of great romantic drives in the state of Victoria, and a romantic kiss at a beautiful location to set the perfect atmosphere is a special moment that never fades from your memory. So when it comes to finding the right location to spark some fireworks, here are six of the most romantic places in Victoria to kiss somebody. 

Eureka Tower, Southbank

The southern hemisphere’s highest viewing platform, the Eureka Skydeck, offers 360 degree views of Melbourne’s CBD, Port Phillip Bay and Docklands. Finish off your exciting experience standing on ‘The Edge’, which is a projecting glass cube hanging 300 metres above the ground, with a surprise kiss. If not a reassuring hug that everything’s going to be ok!

The Yarra Valley

The stunning Yarra Valley provides some of the most romantic sights on the planet, with its enchanting rolling hills attracting couples year-round. Indulge yourself in gourmet food and wine at one of the area’s many superb wineries for a romantic lunch or dinner. A kiss and a toast to a wonderful day together is the perfect way to end your experience in this beautiful region.

Balloon flight, Melbourne CBD

Watch Melbourne start its day from the clouds above. While you’re hundreds of metres above the ground standing in the basket of a hot air balloon, marvel at the views of Melbourne’s famous skyline and the surrounding Port Phillip Bay. A truly romantic experience if you and your partner aren’t afraid of heights.

In a boat on Lake Daylesford

Daylesford, located in Victoria’s Spa Country, is famous for its mineral springs, massages and spectacular scenery. Hire a small rowing boat and go for a trip on the stunning Lake Daylesford, surrounded by trees which are reflected in the water. Whether you’re in a boat or watching from the shore, Lake Daylesford oozes romance and it’s a great spot to stop and give your other half a big kiss.

Tawonga Gap Lookout, High Country

Gaze down upon the beautiful mountain ranges of Victoria’s High Country while you’re standing 880 metres above sea level. A lovely, romantic spot with panoramic views of Mt Bogong (Victoria’s highest mountain) and the gorgeous Kiewa Valley. You may also want to bring your own picnic so you can relax and enjoy the views for longer.

Bay of Islands Coastal Park, Great Ocean Road

Just beyond the 12 Apostles is the Bay of Islands, which stretches from Peterborough to just before Warrnambool. It has superb ocean views, dramatic cliffs, rock stacks and quiet beaches where you can relax and share a special kiss with your partner.