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Review - Grass Trees Escape
By Samantha O'Donovan

35 Fern Tree Close Arakoon NSW Grass Trees Escape is quiet and private and enjoys beautiful natural bushland surrounds. Overall rating?    Excellent What makes Grass Trees Escape different? The property is peaceful and secluded and set in 2.5 acres of bushland full of birds and kangaroos, yet you are only minutes away from beaches and all the wonderful activities that South West Rocks has to offer. There is another house, Tallow Wood Pavilion, making this property perfect for larger families or friends getting away together. Accommodation overview There is one room with a queen-size bed and ensuite, another room with a queen-size bed and the third room has two single beds. Tallow Wood Pavilion has one queen room and one with two king singles. There is a tra... 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 - Glen Davis Boutique Hotel
By Penny Parsons

1 Canobla Avenue Glen Davis NSW This grand and historic hotel is set in Australia’s equivalent to the Grand Canyon – a region of amazing escarpments and natural wonders. Overall rating?    Outstanding    What makes Glen Davis Boutique Hotel different? The setting is amazing – deep in the Capertee Valley and close to the Wollemi National Park, and yet only a few hours drive from Sydney.  The Hotel originally serviced the bustling town’s shale oil mine and various visiting dignitaries and was considered to be the finest hotel west of the Blue Mountains. Accommodation overview There are a variety of rooms from family suites to queen and single rooms.  Some have ensuite facilities, while some have shared facilities... Read more

Review - Romantic Beach Pad
By Col and Judy Williams

10/2 Monash Parade Dee Why NSW This studio apartment has dress circle positioning with sensational views over Dee Why Beach and the headland. Overall rating?            Excellent What makes Romantic Beach Pad different? You could not ask for a better location, waking to wonderful views, going to sleep with the sea breezes and watching the waves roll in from the balcony … this is as close as you can get to living on the beach, yet with a great choice of restaurants, shops and activities all within walking distance. Accommodation overview This studio apartment has a luxurious queen-size premium pillowtop mattress, as well as a single sofa bed (with an innerspring mattress) that is suitable for an adult.  A portacot is ... Read more

Review - Big4 Lake Macquarie Monterey Tourist Park
By Penny Parsons

Monterey Avenue Mannering Park NSW This is a large and well-priced property in a lakefront location, with fabulous views. Overall rating?      Excellent What makes Big 4 Lake Macquarie different? This is a caravan park, but once you are inside you feel as though you have your own space and privacy.  The park is in a waterfront lake location; with plenty of trees for shade and the local shops are only a stroll away. Accommodation overview The cottage has two bedrooms, there is a parents’ retreat upstairs, with a queen-size bed and balcony, air conditioning and fan. The second bedroom is downstairs and also has a queen-size bed, along with two bunks. Facilities overview This is a lakefront spa cabin, so the bathroom has a great spa bath and there is a lar... Read more

Review - Bell Chapel
By Hannah Kothe

Bell Chapel B&B - Winner Best Accessible Accommodation Bell Chapel B&B in Carey Bay on Lake Macquarie was recently announced as the TakeABreak National Award Winner for best accessible holiday accommodation for 2008. The deserving recipients, Tricia Hunt and Tony Stephens, won this award for their charming refurbished old church, which offers an open plan space perfect for those with access issues and certified to AS1428 standards. The Lake Macquarie area is a quick 90 minutes drive from Sydney and is a perfect location for a romantic getaway. The abundance of attractions close to the cottage offer plenty of choice and the ambience of the cottage and tranquillity of the landscape will provide a perfect escape. The location is the ideal mix of lake, beach and village and ensures a... Read more

Review - Milton Country Cottages
By Nicole Corson

83 Egan’s Farm Lane, Yatte Yattah, NSW Only a short drive from Milton, this wonderful bed & breakfast is perfect just to sit and relax after a stroll through the gardens looking at the pottery made by the owner. Overall rating?  Outstanding What makes Milton Country Cottages different? Milton Country Cottages has such a relaxed atmosphere, with wonderful hosts who are there if you need them or just ready for a chat, without making you feel crowded during your stay.  In a great location, not far from Milton, it is just far enough away that you can enjoy the native flora and fauna from your private verandah in the evening while eating dinner, yet know that anything you need from the shops is only a short drive away. In fact, not long after we arrived a couple of k... 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

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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