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Wauchope, Mid North Coast NSW
By Kylie Jane Degeling

Talk to any adult who grew up in Sydney, and there’s a good chance they have fond memories of spending family holidays driving up the Pacific Highway to the Mid North Coast. For decades it has been a popular holiday region, with plenty of farms, quaint towns, parks and wildlife to enjoy. Year-round pleasant weather combined with delightful scenery beckon families, couples and groups alike. Wauchope is a small country town, which was originally home to a thriving timber industry. Today the timber mill is gone but the town has immortalised its origins by building a historical tourist attraction called Timbertown, which recreates the early settlement of the area.   Wauchope also prides itself on a thriving dairy industry and within Timbertown itself, you can visit a cheese makin... Read more

Kurrajong Village Collectables & Antiques Market

Contact: 0408970786 or be_nice58@hotmail.com
SUNDAY 16th May 2010 9am to 3pm At The CWA HALL OLD BELLS LINE of ROAD KURRAJONG VILLAGE, KURRAJONG NSW. Tables Available for Rent Contact Bernice on 0408 970 786 or visit website below Help us raise Funds for the local Kurrajong Rural Volunteer Fire Brigade  Sausage Sizzle and fantastic raffle prizes including the latest & signed copy of Alan Carter's Antiques/Collectables Price Guide Many stalls with quality Collectables & Antiques Eg: China, jewellery, dolls, kitchenalia,  Vintage Read more

Australia has it's say on Best Adventure Destination
By Penny Parsons

Best Aussie Adventures Where do you think is the best adventure holiday destination in Australia? The 2009 votes are still being counted to find the best place to take yourself and your friends, partner or family on an adventure holiday. Where are the best places to go, things to do and things to see? TakeABreak.com.au, Australia’s only independent holiday rental website, has initiated a first time ‘Best Places to Stay’ award for Australian destinations, which recognises towns and cities that have outstanding facilities in specialist segment categories. Winners will be voted on by the public with 8 categories presenting finalists across each state. Just some of the TakeABreak Adventure Destination finalists… Freycinet P... Read more

Review - Villa Merlot
By Penny Parsons

Cypress Lakes Resort Cnr McDonald & Thompsons Roads Pokolbin Hunter Valley NSW This self-contained apartment is within the Cypress Lakes resort, but has a feeling of privacy and solitude, thanks to the elevated outlook and the leafy surrounds. Overall rating?      Excellent What makes Villa Merlot different? It is wonderful to be so close to all the facilities that a world-class resort offers, and yet feel separate and private. The upstairs location, coupled with the beautifully tended grounds and bushy outlook, means that you feel quite apart from the bustle of the resort – yet with access all the facilities you could want. Accommodation overview Villa Merlot has one spacious bedroom with a king-size bed and fine quality linen.  There is a d... 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

Review - Twin Trees Country Cottages
By Katrina Drewer

Peace and quiet – and Hunter Valley wines!   Arriving at Twin Trees the first impression is of solitude and beauty.  The cottages are in the heart of the Hunter Valley, but feel quiet and peaceful.   Overall rating?                        Great   What makes Twin Trees Cottages different?   Your break away begins even before you leave home, as the communication from booking through to payment was excellent and left us in no doubt over the details of our accommodation and what we could do once we arrived.   There are a number of cottages on the property – but you feel like yours is the only one!   Accommodation overview ... Read more

The Southern Highlands - access all areas!
By Bruce Mumford

The beautiful Southern Highlands region lies to the southwest of Sydney on top of the escarpment overlooking the South Coast.  The region enjoys four distinct seasons and stunning scenery ranging from native wilderness to cool misty pastures reminiscent of England, to hidden valleys with remarkable waterfalls.  All this and only 2 hours away from Sydney! There are many reasons why you should visit the Southern Highlands aside from its rolling green farmscapes and rugged natural beauty.  There are historic villages, superb gardens (and special events like the Tulip Festival held in late September when many gardens are open for display). There’s a wide range of accommodation - everything from farmstays to motels, and antique and book shops that entice you in - with enou... Read more

 
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