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Travel guide New South Wales for Eco-friendly


Eco destinations to savour without guilt
Australia
By Lisa Monk

  We all love to relax and get away from the stresses and responsibilities of everyday life, but more and more we realise the fragility of the many wonderful eco systems that comprise the Australian continent. We want to be able to leave our troubles behind and there is an inspiring way to do that, make memories and leave only footprints on our stunning landscape.   We have rounded up five of the top eco-friendly destinations on takeabreak.com.au to help you choose a holiday that leaves you – and our country – in good shape.   Anketell Forest, NSW Anketell Forest has history, location and eco awareness all rolled into one lovely property. All the timber used in the extensions, fittings and furniture was salvaged from fallen trees and milled and handcrafted ... Read more

Terrigal
By Nicole Corson

Terrigal is the perfect base to explore the Central Coast as there is so much to see and do. It is halfway between Sydney and Newcastle, which makes it a great holiday destination without having to travel too far, although we came from further afield and it was definitely worth the trip.   Things to do Terrigal has something for everyone... one of the great pleasures is walking along the beach with your loved one and hearing delighted squeals as children play in the water and build sandcastles on the beach. There are many activities in the area from sailing to kayaking, and pelican feeding tours to horseriding, which are all available on Holiday Inspirations under Terrigal activities.   If shopping is your thing, then you will enjoy the many great shops, with everything fr... Read more

Best eco-friendly holiday destination in Australia
By Penny Parsons

What is the best eco-friendly holiday destination in Australia? Here are some of the finalists - as voted by you! Just some of the TakeABreak Eco Destination Finalists Kangaroo Island, SA 26.87% Frankston, VIC 2.24% Capricornia region, QLD 2.24% Royal National Park, NSW 3.73% Kuranda, Far North, QLD 11.19% Ningaloo Reef, WA 14.93% Flinders Ranges, SA 6.72% Wilsons Promontory, VIC 10.45% Rainb... Read more

Review - Q Station Retreat
By Penny Parsons

North Head Scenic Drive Manly NSW The old quarantine station has recently been transformed into an expansive and peaceful retreat, which certainly lives up to its catchphrase ‘seven miles from Sydney but literally a thousand miles from care!’ Overall rating?    Excellent    What makes Q Station different? The property has a sense of tranquillity and seclusion, yet its remarkable proximity to both Sydney CBD and Manly beach make it a unique place to stay. The dinner and show packages and the interactive tours are also a stand-out. Accommodation overview The majestic yet comfortable old converted rooms include all the modern amenities you need for a relaxing stay. Each room features a queen sized bed with crisp white and gold linen, a... Read more

Review - Benbellen Country Retreat
By Lisa Powell

Cherry Tree Lane, Hannam Vale Manning Valley A beautiful and eco-minded property that ticks all the holiday boxes… Overall rating?        Outstanding        What makes Benbellen Country Retreat different? This wonderful property is so many things … a country retreat, farm stay, B&B, country cottages – and all with environmental concerns firmly at the fore. As you arrive you are entranced by the farmland setting, superb outlook and luxurious country home.  This is a working farm, and the kids will love feeding the animals, including baby alpacas (depending on the timing of your visit). Accommodation overview You are spoiled for choice here!  Stay in the B&B luxury of the house f... Read more

Merimbula
By Kylie Jane Degeling

With sandy beaches, sparkling blue waters, and abundant fresh seafood, Merimbula is a paradise for anyone who appreciates the ocean. Nestled into the Sapphire Coast along the southeast of Australia, this town boasts more than its fair share of attractions. There are calm beaches to suit families with young children, and faster waves for surfers intent on a thrill ride. There are boat tours to take you whale watching and fishing, as well as a fabulous wharf where you can throw your line in deep without going out on the sea. Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, Wake boarding / water skiing and canoeing are all fun pastimes of the region. But while Merimbula has something for every person who visits, it isn’t just people who enjoy the area. You may also encounter penguins, seals, and dolphi... 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

Travelling with Teens
Australia
By Lisa Monk

We know that our teenage children can be delightful, exasperating, funny, sullen, adventurous, shy, talkative, slothful and manic – and sometimes that is just in the space of an hour!  All these moods are magnified when it comes to travelling, be it in Australia or overseas, as teens and parents are forced into one another’s company without a ‘get out of jail free’ card, such as time with friends. Travelling overseas with teenagers tends to be a better experience for a number of reasons, such as the brilliant entertainment systems now available on most flights, menus that let them eat things they like, resorts that have activities that cater for most age groups and the “wow” factor.  So let’s concentrate on surviving travelling in Austra... Read more

Byron Bay
By Lisa Monk

Byron is one of those places that attracts almost everyone – because it offers something for everyone.  Once nothing more than a sleepy little surfing village, it has enjoyed a special place in the tourism world for some time now, as it manages to be a hippy haven, upmarket holiday retreat, shopping mecca, dining delight and more. These days Byron seems to be edging more towards the visitor with money to spend than the backpackers, but there is no doubt that all the market segments are catered for when it comes to accommodation and activities. As the eastern-most point on the Australian mainland, Byron commands magnificent views and also boasts a very rare north-facing beach at Watego’s.  Main Beach is a glorious stretch of sand, as is Tallow Beach, Broken Hea... Read more

Blue Mountains – World Heritage area
By Tourism NSW

Blue Mountains – World Heritage area The Blue Mountains are just 90 minutes drive from Sydney, the perfect short break from the cosmopolitan city. Most famous for the World Heritage Blue Mountains National Park, this area is a great place to explore at a leisurely pace. The mountain air is fresh, waterfalls plunge into sandstone valleys thick with the eucalypt forests that create the blue haze. Elegant spa retreats and cosy B&Bs have serene valley views, there are golf courses and bushwalks and some of the best dining in the State. The adventurous will love this terrain where you can safely abseil, try canyoning or rock-climbing in pristine surrounds.    As a popular retreat for Sydneysiders for over a century, the Blue Mountains offers an excellent choice of accomm... Read more

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