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Travel guide Queensland for Winter Holiday

Canungra, Queensland
By Kylie Jane Degeling

In a tranquil valley in the Gold Coast hinterland is a rural gem. The pretty country town of Canungra has the feel of yesteryear with the amenities of today. Plenty of old-fashioned hospitality awaits in this delightful destination, where you can choose to kick back your feet and soak in the atmosphere, or float over the region in a hot air balloon or hang glider.   When people move here, they tend to stay. Many descendents of the original pioneers live in the area, although industry has changed somewhat. The town started with timber as its primary industry, but by the 1940s that era came to an end when the mills closed. Instead of departing the area, many chose to try their hand at dairy farming, beef cattle, and eventually – vineyards. Today, Canungra boasts a variety of del... Read more

Editor's Choice - Sunset Waters
By Lisa Monk

We all love the romance and pampering that comes with a luxury holiday and a high standard of service, facilities and attention to detail is the very least we expect. No wonder then that Sunset Waters won the luxury accommodation category in the 2009 TakeABreak Awards.   It boasts a superlative location on tranquil Macleay Island, which lies half way between the Gold Coast and Brisbane and the views across Moreton Bay to the hinterland beyond are breathtaking.   This luxurious waterfront home features a stylish and thoughtful design, which makes the most of the location, and the vast expanse of floor to ceiling glass is a welcome feature that brings the outside in. The land runs down to the high water mark, so it is waterfront in the true sense of the word and it is easy to s... 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

Review - Dalrymple Tourist Van Park
By Kylie Jane Degeling

TakeABreak Awards 2009 Winner, Holiday Park Accommodation: Dalrymple Tourist Van Park  If you head up into the beautiful tropical paradise of Far North Queensland, you’ll encounter a fabulously fun holiday park in the town of Charters Towers. Loaded with clean and comfortable cabins, plenty of spaces to pitch a tent or park your caravan, and fun organised events like campfire sing-a-longs and Devonshire teas, Dalrymple Tourist Van Park is the standout winner in 2009 TakeABreak Awards, Holiday Park Accommodation category. Located 130 km southwest of Townsville, Charters Towers is an inland town with a rich history and plenty of well-preserved heritage buildings to admire. Once a bustling gold rush town in the 1870s, residents of Charters Towers speak of ghosts that haunt ... Read more

Australia’s favourite winter getaways
By Penny Parsons

Australia’s favourite winter getaways Where’s your favourite destination in winter? Heading for the cool of the highlands or north for the heat? We asked you to vote on your favourite winter holiday destination. TakeABreak.com.au, Australia’s only independent holiday rental website, initiated a first time ‘Best Places to Stay’ award for Australian destinations, which recognised towns and cities that have outstanding facilities in specialist segment categories. Winners were voted on by the public, with 8 categories presenting finalists across each state. Just some of the TakeABreak Winter Destination Finalists: Goldfields, VIC 0.70% Darwin, NT 2.82% ... 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
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

Queensland outback
By Kylie Jane Degeling

When foreigners visit Australia, they tend to flock to the major tourist havens. Let’s face it – Australia has some amazing places, so we can’t blame the people of the world for wanting to see them. But where can Aussies go when they want to get away from it all? You know, get back to the basics – enjoy some rugged yet beautiful terrain, see where the dinosaurs roamed and laze by a billabong? You won’t find the Queensland outback in many international tourism brochures, but this is a good thing. Australians can relax on a private verandah in Longreach enjoying the tranquillity and character of the town, or can head to a true outback pub in Winton for a yarn and beer with the locals. While you’re in Winton, be sure to have a good look around. Does anyth... Read more

City Guide pages
By Style Correspondent Teresa Gomez

BRISBANE BRISVEGAS FASHION AND BEAUTY Brisbanites love to look good and there are many places to give that plastic card some exercise. FORTITUDE VALLEY This is the 'Fashion Hub' of Brisbane and is filled with high-end boutiques. If you love the finer things in life, then this is the place to visit for everything from a wide range of home-oriented retailers to fashion specialty stores for females. ‘The Valley’ stocks the likes of international labels such as, Collette Dinnigan & Collette Dinnigan Enfant, Citizens of Humanity Denim and Christian Louboutin shoes. There are also great male and children ranges thrown into the mix. • Faves are Ultra Suite and Blonde Venus for up-to-the-minute style. • Also, Jean Brown at Emporium, Ann St. A fantastic boutique... Read more

Rockhampton Rocks
By Rockhampton Tourist Information Centre

Rockhampton, Tidy Town's 'Friendly Town' award for QLD in 2006. Rockhampton sits astride Queensland’s largest and most picturesque river, the Fitzroy.  The magnificent Berserker Ranges and Mt Archer provide an imposing backdrop to this city. Rockhampton, known as the Beef Capital of Australia, is different things to different people, and a gateway to adventure. Rockhampton is located on the Tropic of Capricorn and is approximately 40 kilometres drive inland from the Capricorn Coast on the Pacific Ocean. History and Culture Rockhampton was founded in 1855, soon after the pioneering Archer Brothers settled at Gracemere, 6.5 km to the west.  It was named by Queensland’s first Land Commissioner, Mr W. Wiseman, who was inspired by the rocks in the river. You will f... Read more

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