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Travel guide Queensland for Honeymoon


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

Spotlight on- Turkey’s Nest
By Lisa Monk

Mt Glorious … the name says it all! The village of Mt Glorious is just 35 kms north-west of Brisbane, yet a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  Imagine leaving the stresses of city life and being surrounded by clear air and pristine rainforest less than an hour later. Turkey’s Nest Rainforest Cottage is the ideal antidote to our culture of ‘rush’ and a stay here will allow you to relax and find the serenity and clarity of thinking that re-connecting with nature – and one another – can bring. Mt Glorious village is in the D’Aguilar Range and surrounded by Brisbane Forest Park, so even the drive up is picturesque; and being over 600m above sea level gives the best of both worlds – beautiful daytime temperatures ... Read more

Review - Kuranda Villas
By Hannah Kothe

12 Barang Street Kuranda QLD 4881 This fully equipped, clean, bright, charming property is located a stone’s throw from the main street of the lovely rainforest village of Kuranda, 40 minutes out of Cairns. The villa comes with everything you need for a relaxing holiday. The easy access parking (for unloading the car) means that you feel relaxed from the moment you arrive. Each of the self-contained villas features an outdoor seating and barbecue area, the optimum way to enjoy the small lush garden. The charming owner, Melissa, greets you with a smile on arrival and helps you settle in. Overall rating?    Great    What makes Kuranda Villas different? The proximity to the main street of the village and the little extras  (champagne, coff... Read more

Review - Meridien at Trinity Apartments
By Tim Hobson

Meridien at Trinity 26-30 Moore Street Trinity Beach, Far North Queensland   Self-contained apartments with all you could ask for, including a tranquil beachside location and close to all the delights of Cairns and beyond.      Overall rating? Excellent   What makes Meridien at Trinity different? The wonderful on-site managers are there to ensure that you have a wonderful stay.  They are there when you need them, but unobtrusive.  The quality of the accommodation and facilities was first class, and it was only a very short walk to great restaurants, shops and amenities.  The apartments are large and spacious with wonderful balconies overlooking the beach.   Accommodation overview  There is a choice of 1, 2, or 3 bedroom... Read more

Review - Mediterranean Beachfront Apartments
By Tim Hobson

77 Sims Esplanade Yorkeys Knob Beach, QLD   The apartment was perfect for our needs and has a peaceful ambience.  Close to the beach and with good eateries just down the road … all you need to get away from it all.   Overall rating?             Excellent     What makes Mediterranean Beachfront Apartments different? These luxury apartments are large and well furnished and the location just over the road from the beach is really convenient.  Also just 15 minutes north of Cairns and a great base for exploring the wonders of the region.  Having an onsite manager means any problems are quickly sorted out and it is easy to get some ‘local knowledge’ to help you make ... 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

Whitsundays
By Kylie Jane Degeling

When Lieutenant James Cook discovered the Whitsundays in 1770, he probably wished he could sneak off the ship and spend the rest of his days basking on the white sandy beaches among their swaying palm trees. He could have spent a lifetime swimming among brightly coloured fish, dining on tropical fruits, watching beautiful birds, and trekking the many different landscapes of the islands. Surely if he could have just turned back the clock, history would have been very different. Fortunately for us, word spread about the beauty of the Whitsundays and today they are a paradise which is easily enjoyed by all.   Top 10 things to do If you don’t have enough time or money to do all of these activities during your trip, you’ll just have to return to the islands and keep ... Read more

Sunshine Coast
By Kylie Jane Degeling

If you visit the Sunshine Coast, you may never want to leave. The stretch of towns from Caloundra to Rainbow Beach boast exceptional weather, sunrises you'll actually want to wake up to watch, beaches perfect for surfing as well as beaches ideal for people who hate surfing, vineyards, scenic vistas of Glasshouse Mountains and even dolphins. The list of reasons to visit has barely started. The truth is, the Sunshine Coast is the perfect holiday destination for honeymooners, families, retirees, singles, mates, couples, professionals, blue-collar workers, domestic gods and goddesses, dogs, SCUBA divers, yobbos, fishermen, bush-walkers, wine connoisseurs, greenies, and even accountants. It should be illegal to go there and not have a good time.   Family fun If your family needs more... 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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