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Planning a holiday using takeabreak.com.au
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By Bruce Mumford

Once upon a time, planning a holiday was both time-consuming and expensive. It could involve a lot of map reading, phone calls and visits to bookshops or the library. Doing all that research and then developing an organised system to record all your findings was a major trauma. Thanks to the internet, everything is now so much easier - and often cheaper, too. For our Great Ocean Road accommodation, I went to the local travel agency and picked up a few tourist brochures on the areas we intended to visit. These are useful to get an idea of the significant sites and tourist spots, so I can choose to include them in our itinerary – or, in some cases, avoid them.   I then worked out a route using the NRMA Trip Planner, www.drivethere.com.au, which gives you the distance betwe... Read more

Australia's Best Accessible Accommodation 2009
By Penny Parsons

Have your say in the ‘people’s choice’ voting on the best Accessible Holiday Accommodation in Australia The 2009 state winners have been chosen for the leading holiday rentals across Australia with guests rating their favouritehotels, motels, hostels, B&Bs and accommodation parks.    TakeABreak.com.au, Australia’s only independent boutique accommodation website, is presenting the “Best Places to Stay” awards for the tourism industry, which recognise outstanding service in specialist segment categories.    State winners were selected via an exhaustive process from over 13,000 properties in 1400 localities and 39 accommodation types. National winners will be announced in early Nove... Read more

Safety tips for travelling in Australia
By Lisa Monk

Those of us who live in Australia grow up understanding the joys, dangers and safety rules that make it such a great place.  However, many visitors to our country find Australia an alien, but starkly beautiful country, and they have little or no understanding of the best way to stay safe and enjoy their time here. A few very simple rules can help to make a visit to Australia a safe and pleasurable experience, and Tourism Australia has a brochure available for download that lists safety tips in a variety of languages. Driving tips One of the first things to remember is that speed limits are strictly enforced in Australia, more so than in many countries overseas.  Generally, when driving in urban and suburban areas, the speed limit is between 50 and 60 kilometres per hour. When ... Read more

Review - Anzac Park Homestay
By Lisa Monk

Anzac Park Homestay 108 Anzac Park East Campbell Canberra, ACT Great accommodation, glorious food and a touch of France as well! This B&B is just lovely – a modern home, with a separate wing for guests, close to many of Canberra’s delights and with helpful and unobtrusive hosts, Phil and Mercedes.  Overall rating? Excellent What makes Anzac Park Homestay different? The home has been purpose-built to provide luxurious short-term accommodation.  Only 10 minutes from Canberra airport and 200 metres from the impressive Australian War Memorial, it is perfectly located to allow guests to make the most of their time in Canberra.  It is a lovely quiet area and the hosts make pets truly welcome. Accommodation overview There are three bedrooms, the... Read more

Canberra on wheels!
By Bruce Mumford

I first stayed in Canberra (ACT) when I was researching my History thesis in 1979.  Back then I wasn’t in a wheelchair - but I did rely on wheels for mobility; all I had to get around on was my pushbike. Canberra is ideal for accessible travel as the paths and their coverage are excellent.  As befits a national capital, access just about everywhere is taken for granted. There are just too many sightseeing spots to cover, so before you start, a good place to visit would be the Canberra Visitors Centre on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin; right in front of the Captain Cook Fountain at 330 Northbourne Avenue. Some of the major attractions you might want to see which have good access, disabled parking and toilets would include Parliament House  (take the lift up to the ro... Read more

Your honeymoon – why it really should be all about you!
By Lisa Monk

  Weddings are wonderful, glorious, exciting, romantic, memorable … and fraught!  It doesn’t matter how well-organised you/your partner/your mother/your wedding planner is …no-one can deny that arranging a wedding is an exercise in endurance, as well as joy. So, the honeymoon should be the time to wind down, enjoy one another and do as much or as little as you please.  But that brings up another problem, because these days, honeymoons are nearly a competitive sport!  Where are you going, how long for, is there a spa, is it 5 star, is it eco-friendly, can your furry family come too, can your normal family come too???? Whew! - honeymoon options need to be as modern and flexible as weddings have become. And they can be! First, decide what you want &... Read more

Active seniors, action-packed holidays
By Penny Parsons

Need to get away but want to make sure the access, activities, attractions and facilities where you are going meet your needs? Not to mention finding a great deal!   Reports that we are all living longer and most of us are getting about more freely than our parents could at our age (yippee!). The great news is that we are taking advantage of our good health and traveling more, and for longer. For some of us this is thanks to a financial boost from our compulsory superannuation funds. Better health and more money give us the flexibility to keep on having fun and lets hope it stays that way!   According to the National Visitor Survey conducted by the Bureau of Tourism Research, “The increase mobility and longevity of senior Australians and the financial boost of pay-outs ... Read more

 
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