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Planning a holiday using takeabreak.com.au
Australia
By Bruce Mumford

Once upon a time, planning a holiday was both time-consuming and expensive. It could involve a lot of map reading, phone calls and visits to bookshops or the library. Doing all that research and then developing an organised system to record all your findings was a major trauma. Thanks to the internet, everything is now so much easier - and often cheaper, too. For our Great Ocean Road accommodation, I went to the local travel agency and picked up a few tourist brochures on the areas we intended to visit. These are useful to get an idea of the significant sites and tourist spots, so I can choose to include them in our itinerary – or, in some cases, avoid them.   I then worked out a route using the NRMA Trip Planner, www.drivethere.com.au, which gives you the distance betwe... Read more

Review - Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Vineyard Sumday 30 May 2010

Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Vineyard is held annually on the last Sunday in May and is one of the premier annual music events on the Granite Belt events calendar. Read more

Australia's Best Accessible Accommodation 2009
By Penny Parsons

Have your say in the ‘people’s choice’ voting on the best Accessible Holiday Accommodation in Australia The 2009 state winners have been chosen for the leading holiday rentals across Australia with guests rating their favouritehotels, motels, hostels, B&Bs and accommodation parks.    TakeABreak.com.au, Australia’s only independent boutique accommodation website, is presenting the “Best Places to Stay” awards for the tourism industry, which recognise outstanding service in specialist segment categories.    State winners were selected via an exhaustive process from over 13,000 properties in 1400 localities and 39 accommodation types. National winners will be announced in early Nove... Read more

Editor's Choice - The African Cottage and The Rondawel
By Lisa Monk

Often when we think of holidays, we think of sparkling sands and pristine waters. However by thinking only of beach holidays, we are missing many of the glorious treasures that nestle in the hinterland behind the beaches. They offer a different type of holiday, but one still within close proximity to beaches, if that is what you are looking for. The hinterland behind the Sunshine Coast hides many treasures, such as The African Cottage and The Rondawel. These African-inspired cottages are the brainchild of Matilda, who came to Australia from South Africa over 20 years ago. She spent many years running a restaurant that served traditional South African food as well as developing a range of sauces, chutneys, marinades and spices. These Gourmet Afrika products are still available, however M... Read more

Editor's Choice - Murralea Place
By Lisa Monk

We all dream of a tropical holiday, swaying palms, balmy breezes and of course, wonderful views and the tranquillity of being far away from the humdrum of everyday life.  Port Hinchinbrook at Cardwell ticks all those boxes and more and Murralea Place Apartments are the answer to your tropical holiday dreams. Hinchinbrook Island, at 393 sq.km, is Australia’s largest island National Park and a wilderness area of great beauty and diversity.  It lies off the Cardwell coast halfway between Cairns and Townsville and has abundant flora and fauna, as well as pristine streams and palm-fringed beaches.  The island is uninhabited, except for an eco lodge at Cape Richards. However, Murralea Place Apartments in Port Hinchinbrook offer great accommodation options, including a ... 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 to Australia
By Kylie Jane Degeling

For many, it is a dream to travel to the Land Down Under.  The Great Barrier Reef is a natural phenomenon many long to see for themselves, as is the giant Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock) sitting smack in the middle of the country. Seeing kangaroos in the wild, the chance to cuddle a koala, and just experience the laid-back attitude for which Australians are famous, may seem like an impossible dream. Happily, it takes only a day to travel to this great island continent, and with flights more reasonably priced than ever, and plenty of deals available throughout the year, you could soon be chatting with the locals while marveling at the mixed-up features of a platypus. Getting there Plenty of airlines travel to Australia, including their main carrier, Qantas. How much you pay to t... Read more

Editor's Choice - Curramore Country Cabins – a touch of Maleny magic!
By Lisa Monk

Sometimes we forget that holidays can go beyond the coast; but taking time out in the magical hinterland of Maleny has many rewards – including Curramore Country Cabins.  Situated in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and surrounded by breathtaking valleys are these gorgeous cabins, which offer an escape most adults are crying out for!   Only a few minutes drive from Maleny and in the heart of spectacular countryside, these 41/2 star cabins are nestled on the top of the Blackall Range, with commanding views of the valleys and ranges.  Imagine relaxing on your own private balcony with a glass of champagne, listening to the bird calls – these cabins offer solitude and serenity. The accommodation also includes purpose-built accessible cabins, ensuring that those in wh... Read more

Your honeymoon – why it really should be all about you!
By Lisa Monk

  Weddings are wonderful, glorious, exciting, romantic, memorable … and fraught!  It doesn’t matter how well-organised you/your partner/your mother/your wedding planner is …no-one can deny that arranging a wedding is an exercise in endurance, as well as joy. So, the honeymoon should be the time to wind down, enjoy one another and do as much or as little as you please.  But that brings up another problem, because these days, honeymoons are nearly a competitive sport!  Where are you going, how long for, is there a spa, is it 5 star, is it eco-friendly, can your furry family come too, can your normal family come too???? Whew! - honeymoon options need to be as modern and flexible as weddings have become. And they can be! First, decide what you want &... Read more

Active seniors, action-packed holidays
By Penny Parsons

Need to get away but want to make sure the access, activities, attractions and facilities where you are going meet your needs? Not to mention finding a great deal!   Reports that we are all living longer and most of us are getting about more freely than our parents could at our age (yippee!). The great news is that we are taking advantage of our good health and traveling more, and for longer. For some of us this is thanks to a financial boost from our compulsory superannuation funds. Better health and more money give us the flexibility to keep on having fun and lets hope it stays that way!   According to the National Visitor Survey conducted by the Bureau of Tourism Research, “The increase mobility and longevity of senior Australians and the financial boost of pay-outs ... Read more

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