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Travel guide New South Wales for Winter Holiday


Review - Review – Swissôtel Sydney
By Rachel Power

Recently, we were lucky enough to stay at the Swissôtel Sydney, a five star hotel located right in the heart of the city, walking distance to Darling Harbour, shopping, attractions and the monorail.   We travelled to Sydney for business, however in our line of work, our children are part of our business. It was important to have them with us, yet entertained when we needed, so we chose the Swissôtel Sydney. We booked a Family Package, which included two rooms, a one-bedroom area with meeting space for the adults and the interconnecting room, which was set up as a kid’s paradise!   Swissôtel do a fantastic job with the kids’ room. Bright blue doona covers and adorable brightly coloured toys in the bedroom, to the bright coloured bath mats, ... Read more

Review - Karralika Springs B&B Mountain Retreat
By Anita Lai

50c Keoghs Road Kangaroo Valley Karralika Springs has glorious views over Kangaroo Valley and a lovely welcoming feel. We were greeted by the hosts and made to feel at home straight away.   Overall rating? Great, with outstanding cleanliness   What makes Karralika Springs B&B different? Wherever you are – inside or out, the stunning views are a feature of this lovely property. We had a wonderful panorama of the mountains, which we could enjoy while lying in bed!   Accommodation overview There are three rooms, which can be booked separately or together. One room has a queen-size bed and can be booked with access to a large bathroom with twin showers and basins, spa, and separate toilet. The Queen Room can also be booked along with the Double Room, with sh... Read more

Review - Review – Lakesea Park
By Bruce Mumford

Durras Lake Road South Durras NSW   Lakesea Park is in a wonderful location, as the name implies, between the pristine beach and Lake Durras.   Overall rating?       Outstanding   What makes Lakesea Park different? The wonderful bush surroundings and the benefit of both lake and sea frontage are the standout features of this holiday park. Lakesea Park is serene and the plentiful wildlife is a bonus.   Accommodation overview Our Seaside Cabin had ramped access, although the entrance and interior is not really made for disabled access. While the cabin is roomy, there are no grab rails or wheelchair facilities.   The cabin was clean, modern and well appointed, with three bedrooms. Two bedrooms have queen-size beds and an ensuite each a... Read more

Review - Kiama Eureka Beach House
By Michelle Kothe

33 Eureka Avenue Kiama Downs NSW   This is a suburban house, but with huge living areas and wonderful views. Watch whales go past in the season and just chill out on the enormous front deck and let the peace and quiet wash over you.   Overall rating? Excellent   What makes Kiama Eureka Beach House different? While the house is actually in the suburbs, the amazing view from the front deck, the proximity to the greenery and walking trails of the headland and the myriad things to see and do make this a perfect spot for a break with friends.   Accommodation overview There are three bedrooms upstairs, two with queen-size beds and one with two singles. There is another huge bedroom downstairs, with a queen-size bed. This room is so large, it is more like a parent&r... 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

Skiing at Mt Selwyn
By Lisa Monk

A family ski holiday is one of those things we all want to do, but various issues can make us choose another destination, price obviously being one! However, that first family holiday to the snow is not necessarily out of reach, and can offer enough interest and variety to keep the non-skiers happy as well! What is needed is a family-friendly resort that understands that the needs of family skiers are different to those of others. Mt Selwyn is a friendly ski resort that is ideal for a family ski holiday.  The Selwyn snowfields offer shorter, safer runs due to the gentle nature of the terrain, and the Chum Bowl is probably the best beginners area in the mountains. The ski programs cater to both adults and children, with toddlers as young as 18 months eligible to join the ski school.&n... 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

Coonabarabran, Central West, NSW
By Cooonabarabran Visitor Info Centre

Coonabarabran and the Warrumbungles Coonabarabran is the gateway to the spectacular Warrumbungle National Park. One of the highlights of Central NSW, the Warrumbungles is an amazing landscape of dramatic mountain peaks with intriguing rock formations, plentiful wildlife and a huge variety walking trails including one of Australia’s great walks, ‘The Grand High Tops’. Astronomy is also big in town with two observatories. Visit the impressive white domes of Siding Spring Observatory - Australia’s largest optical astronomy research centre or gaze through telescopes on a stargazing tour at Skywatch Observatory with a professional astronomy guide.   Other Must See and Do Activities… • Admire remarkable fossils at Crystal Kingdom. It also provid... Read more

Ski Thredbo
By Penny Parsons

Ski Thredbo, Snowy Mountains, NSW Thredbo ski fields, in NSW’s Kosciuszko National Park, are home to Australia’s longest ski run, the 5.9km from Karel’s T-Bar to Friday Flat, across wide open slopes and fascinating snowgum trails. World Class Skiing With 672 metres of vertical and its highest elevation at 2,037 metres, 14 lifts and 480 hectares of terrain, Thredbo is the place to ski, snowboard or après-ski in NSW. For beginners, intermediate or advanced skiers and snowboarders, there is something for everyone in Thredbo. As the advertising slogan says – Thredbo, You’ll like it! Friday Flat is purpose-built for beginners with a carpet lift and chairlift. Intermediates can cruise the Cruiser at Meritts and carve the Supertrail down the main spine o... Read more

Sensational Singleton
By Penny Parsons

Singleton – A Tidy Town Singleton, discovered in the 1820’s, prides itself on the rich heritage and natural country splendour that is ever present. The township is the centre of an area of strong farming, mining and military operations, and is dotted with preserved buildings and historic museums that provide a unique insight into life in Singleton at the beginning of the 19th century. Singleton can boast of being the actual geographic heart of the Hunter Valley. The town centre comprises numerous businesses, convenience stores and country pubs. Singleton’s central location on the New England Highway makes access easy and convenient and hence the town becomes a popular overnight stopover for travellers from inland New South Wales. However, if you wish to explore beyon... Read more

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