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Travel guide New South Wales for Luxury


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

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

Destination wedding etiquette
By Kylie Jane Degeling

If the idea of running along the beach barefoot with your wedding gown streaming behind you sounds more tempting than walking down the aisle of a church or registry for your big day, you’re not alone. More and more couples are opting to seek out exciting destinations for their ceremonies rather than have their weddings closer to home. Australia is one of the most spectacular and diverse countries in the world to hold a destination wedding. You could choose to tie the knot on top of a hill in the Snowy Mountains. You might decide to say your vows on a sailboat while drifting around the Whitsunday Islands. Perhaps your dream wedding is out in the Red Desert on top of Kings Canyon or in a remote part of the Daintree Rainforest. There are countless breathtaking destinations in our vast ... 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

Travellers have their say on the best romantic accommodation in Australia
By Penny Parsons

TakeABreak.com.au Inaugural Winners announced The 2007 votes are in for the leading accommodation sites across Australia with guests rating their favourite hotels, motels, hostels, B&Bs and accommodation parks. TakeABreak.com.au, Australia’s only independent boutique accommodation website, has initiated a first time “Best Places to Stay” award for the tourism industry which recognises outstanding service in specialist segment categories. Winners were selected via an exhaustive process from over 11,000 properties in 1400 localities and 39 accommodation types. 16 categories were judged in total with winners awarded in segments such as Beach, Budget, Eco, Gay and Lesbian-friendly, Romantic and Self-contained accommodation. TakeABreak Romantic Accommodati... 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

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

Hunter Valley – World Class Food & Wine
By Tourism NSW

Lovers of good Australian wine know that the Hunter Valley’s semillon is amongst the best in the world. The Hunter is the oldest continuously planted wine region in Australia. Fine wines are matched here by a determination to supply the freshest and best produce. So it’s not just great wine at the cellar door in the Hunter – visitors can  taste olives, cheeses, sourdough and other delicacies, all locally grown.   Fine golf courses – the Vintage Golf Resort was designed by Greg Norman – stylish spa retreats, outdoor pursuits such as hot air ballooning and 4WD tours into World Heritage Barrington Tops National Park make the Hunter Valley a perfect place to relax and enjoy.  Boutique accommodation is a speciality here with funky, designer guest... Read more

Byron Bay – the home of coastal chic
By Tourism NSW

Byron Bay is on the north coast of New South Wales, an hour’s flight from Sydney. It’s a “hot” destination, and was most recently noted as one of the world’s top 25 sexiest beaches by Forbes Traveller Magazine. It’s a real must do for international visitors looking for a sublime beach holiday. The town itself is a melting pot of cosmopolitan chic, alternative philosophies, beach culture and hedonistic indulgence that spreads into the surrounding towns and villages. There’s plenty on offer here from surfing and kayaking with dolphins to a family day at the beach, gourmet dining to fish and chips on the sand, from massages, mud-baths and meditation to cycling, skydiving and hang gliding.    It’s also shopping heaven – the... Read more

Plan the perfect honeymoon
By Penny Parsons

Location, Location, Location Just as location is important for your big day, for both the ceremony and your reception, choosing the right honeymoon destination is key to your enjoyment once all the hard work is over.   Whether it is the bride or the groom planning your honeymoon, there are a range of things you should consider. Selecting the right place to stay Finding the perfect place for your honeymoon is a big decision, but don’t let it overwhelm you. The following outlines some key areas that you and your partner should decide on well in advance: - One of the first things to decide is whether you want to go overseas, or stay somewhere local and simply hide away. - How long can you afford to take off (how long will your boss give you and how much will it cost). - ... Read more

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