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Travel guide New South Wales

Exploring Narooma and surrounds
By Penny Parsons

Narooma is a well-known fishing destination, whether your thing is estuary, river, bay or deep-sea fishing, this is the place! Its proximity to the continental shelf and reef fishing around Montague Island (only 8kms from the mainland) make it a popular holiday spot.   Of course, there is much more to the area than just fishing and it's a lovely location that is worth exploring in more detail, from the heritage village of Tilba Tilba to the ‘mystery’ of Mystery Bay.   Top 5 things to do and see   Montague Island - www.montagueisland.com.au Montague Island is a National Parks and Wildlife Reserve with a historic lighthouse, huge seal colony, little penguins, great snorkelling and - of course - fishing (although some areas of the surrounding waterway ar... Read more

The best of Batemans Bay
By Penny Parsons

Part of the Eurobodalla area of NSW, Batemans Bay is around 4 hours south of Sydney, 2 hours east of Canberra and only 15 minutes south of Nowra. This is a popular Canberra holiday spot and a great family or weekend getaway with a variety of land and water activities for everyone.   Top 5 things to do and see   Fishing Batemans Bay is part of a marine park that extends down the coast, however there are many areas still open for fishing, particularly recreational fishing. There are a number of fishing charters based in Batemans Bay that will take you reef and deep-sea fishing – suitable for anyone over 12. Fish along the Clyde River from one of the jetties for whiting, bream or flathead, or out along the rockwalls into the bay. You can also hire a tinnie so you can enjo... Read more

A journey to Jervis Bay
By Penny Parsons

Part of the Shoalhaven area of NSW, Jervis Bay is 15 by 10km of crystal clear waters. It is dotted with towns, including Huskisson, Vincentia, Hyams Beach, Callala Bay and Sanctuary Point, and enclosed by Booderee National Park at the southern end.   Only 15 minutes south of Nowra, Jervis Bay is a great family and adventure getaway from both Sydney and Canberra.   Top 5 things to do and see   Beaches Jervis Bay is ringed by beaches from Callala Beach in the north, past the famous white sands of Hyams Beach to Greenpatch, which faces west. These are bay beaches, so perfect for  families and the water is very clear, and the rocky outcrops at the headlands are full of rockpools and perfect for snorkelling.   Diving Jervis Bay is famous for diving and there... Read more

Guide to Kiama, Gerringong and Gerroa
By Penny Parsons

Only an hour and a half drive south of Sydney brings you to Kiama, Gerroa and Gerringong, an area of lush green pastures, spectacular cliffs along the seaside and almost a dozen fabulous beaches.   Kiama is a vibrant and historic town with many landmark buildings and is a great spot to wander for the day or to catch a bite to eat.   Top 5 things to do and see   Minnamurra Rainforest The Minnamurra Rainforest is near Jamberoo, around 15 minutes drive from Kiama. There is a 1.6km boardwalk that takes you through the subtropical landscape where you can see huge ancient fig trees, massive ferns and native lyrebirds. A part of this walk is wheelchair-friendly, and it’s suitable for kids through to seniors - so long as you take it slowly, as it’s lovely and shad... Read more

Planning a holiday using takeabreak.com.au
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

Sapphire Coast
By Rachel Power

Everyone in Australia has a favourite family holiday place. The place that you might have gone to when you were a child, or that place that you go to with your family on holidays, every chance you can get. For us it’s Tathra on the NSW South Coast.     We know the area quite well, but there are always those wonderful spots that you always say you should visit but often don’t. This time we vowed to visit as many as we could. We based ourselves in Merimbula in a holiday house and this time we had more than just our family; we were accompanied by Greg’s brother Vince, and our niece Theresa. Our children, Jasmine (7), Jemma (5) and Teddy (15 months) are used to travelling, but the extra people made this adventure even more fun for them.   Working closely wi... Read more

Northcove Retreat
By Greg Ledwidge

Northcove Retreat is a truly restful beach escape. The house is situated in a bush setting with views of the ocean and direct frontage on the reserve. This peaceful beach house,completely clad in cedar, offers style and comfort in a peaceful and beautiful setting. Spacious and airy, the main living area features three sets of French doors that open out onto an expansive wrap-around deck. The deck is cleverly sheltered under the main roof canopy, which means that you can relax on the deck with your favourite beverage and enjoy the ever-changing views and animal life. Particularly pleasant when it's raining! Enjoy picnics and lazy afternoons on the nearby beaches. Pack your basket and walk to your choice of two beaches. Longbeach is an easy 5 minute walk and is particularly good for ... Read more

An artistic rural retreat
By Carol Joyce

Do you enjoy shopping, antiques, visiting wineries, fine dining, the beach, fishing, whale watching, golf, bush walking, art galleries, live theatre/music, magnificent rural and coastal views? The village of Milton on the NSW south coast and the surrounding area has all this and more. Only a 3 hour drive from Sydney and less from Canberra, Milton was founded in 1860. The town's historic buildings combine with boutique shops, cafes and galleries to create a contemporary lifestyle. A short drive to Mollymook and you can experience fine dining at Rick Stein's at Bannisters. Experience the best the area has to offer by staying at the peaceful artistic rural retreat Milton Country Cottages. Each cottage is architect-designed with high ceilings and every comfort including a spa bath... Read more

Dam It Getaway - a family-friendly experience
By Bev Price

Dam It Getaway is a beautiful property set on 78 acres of farmland, situated 8km from Gloucester and only 30 minutes to the World Heritage Barrington Tops National Park. The Bowman River runs through the property, take a walk to the river where you can go for a swim in summer, or go for a paddle in the canoe provided. The property has an outdoor pool and spa with magnificent views over the valley. The perfect place to sit back, relax and have a drink! At Dam It Getaway you can choose from a three bedroom homestead, which sleeps six people comfortably or a two bedroom cabin, which sleeps four people. The pool and spa are conveniently located in the middle of both accommodation options. Children have the space to run around without parents worrying about where they are, what t... Read more

Jewel in the Sawtell crown
By Martin Wells

Whether you're looking to unwind on the perfect beachside holiday, or explore everything there is to do on the Coffs coast, Sawtell Shores is a newly renovated air-conditioned apartment and is the perfect base for your holiday adventures. Just a flat 150m stroll to the patrolled Sawtell Beach, or a flat 300m meander into Sawtell village, where you can enjoy the north coast's best-kept secret. Fine dining, boutique shopping, cinema, RSL and bowling club all await. Next door is a massive children's play ground, BBQ and play area. There's even a secure storage area for bikes and boards, and an outdoor shower to wash off the sand when you get back from the beach. Whether it's doing nothing, whale watching, walking the beach, exploring World Heritage listed forests in Dorrigo, or ge... Read more

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