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Travel guide Tasmania for Adult retreat


Editor's Choice - Hargate
By Lisa Monk

When it comes to things to see and do, and areas of immense natural beauty, Tasmania has more than its fair share… and Launceston certainly punches above its weight with so many sights to see, things to do, and experiences to enjoy and indulge in.  Known as ‘The Valley of the Senses’ thanks to the many flowers of the nearby Cataract Gorge, Launceston also has myriad restaurants, cafes and gourmet outlets to further tempt your senses. It is the third oldest city in Australia, behind Sydney and Hobart and has magnificent examples of Victorian and Georgian architecture, giving the city a mellow sense of history. Hargate sits very comfortably in Launceston, being a heritage listed Queen Anne Federation home built between 1900 and 1903.  It is a short drive from t... Read more

Review - Quamby Pines Chalet
By Penny Parsons

521 Quamby Brook Rd, Deloraine, North Tasmania An eco-certified, self-contained B&B in a beautiful valley, Quamby Pine Chalets has lots of room for children to run around.  There are plenty of animals on the farm for kids to see and feed. Overall rating?         Great What makes Quamby Pines Chalet different? On arrival our hosts were very welcoming with interesting conversation and the heater on in the room to take the chill off. This lovely valley setting is the right atmosphere for a relaxing holiday, taking advantage of the trout fishing, plenty of room to explore and local activities. Accommodation overview Quamby Pines Chalet has both the Cabin and Unit 2, which can be hired separately or together. The Chalet is a comfortable t... Read more

Review - Pendragon Hall
By Justin Wastnage

120 Goulburn Street West Hobart This converted church is distinctive in style and the musical welcome you receive from the owners – along with the amazing interior – really sets this property apart. Overall rating?    Excellent What makes Pendragon Hall different? It is very rare to be able to sleep inside a genuine old church.  Waking up to the sunlight streaming through the enormous stained glass windows was magical and the 25m high ceilings give a sense of space you would never have experienced before.    Accommodation overview The church is one large hall with two double four-poster beds – complete with curtains. The king-size master bed is at one end of the nave (and is screened) and it is lit by a magnificent four-panel ... Read more

Ross, Tasmania
By Lisa Monk

Tasmania is blessed with a landscape of incredible natural beauty, a climate that truly reflects the four seasons and a sense of history that evokes memories of our convict past.  One of the best ways to see a fabulous selection of the treats on offer in this island state is to travel the Heritage Highway. This historic highway was built using the plentiful convict labour and runs from Hobart to just south of Launceston, and a journey along it takes you many beautiful places that tell the story of Tasmania’s convict past. One of the most memorable towns you will visit is Ross, a former garrison town brimming with history and the 2008 winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns Culture and Heritage Award, as well as being winner of Tasmania’s Tidiest Town Award.... Read more

Places to propose
By Kylie Jane Degeling

The moment has come, and you know with absolute certainty that you have found your soul mate. You dream of spending the rest of your life with this incredible person and hope the feelings are shared. You want to propose, but know that this moment will stand out in both of your memories for eternity – so it has to be really special. Holiday Inspirations has searched Australia for the most romantic destinations and activities to enjoy while proposing to the love of your life. New South Wales Countless movies have shown Sydney Harbour to be a romantic spot to stroll, while gazing at views of the bridge or Opera House. But move out a bit further, and you have the wine regions, beautiful beaches and mountains. Whether you decide to jazz up your proposal with a limousine or fancy restaur... 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

Editor's Choice - Crabtree River Cottages
By Lisa Monk

Tasmania is only a small island, yet it is reminiscent of so many different places.  Different people see different things, but many are reminded of England, Ireland, France and more as they venture around this treasure trove of beauty. Crabtree River Cottages are nestled at the gateway of the beautiful Huon Valley, long renowned for its amazing natural beauty, yet have the convenience of being only 25 minutes from Hobart. A stay at Crabtree River Cottages gives you the best of southern Tasmania… the famous Huon Trail, which takes you through the Huon Valley, D'Entrecasteaux Channel & Bruny Island - a region of waterways & wilderness; art, craft & heritage; apple blossom and vineyards; farmers, foresters and fishermen – all this and more is within reac... Read more

Editor's Choice - Bears Went Over the Mountain, Geeveston, TAS
By Penny Parsons

The Bears Went Over The Mountain started life as the Commercial Bank in 1908 and was the first bank in Geeveston. In fact for many years it was the only bank in the far south of Tasmania. The theme of this bed and breakfast reflects the interest of the owners in bears and teddy bears. So  they have named the accommodation after some of the great teddy bear manufacturers of the early 20th century. The Chiltern and The Steiff both have ensuite facilities and The Merrythoughts has a spa ensuite. For bear cubs there is the Bears Bunk Room which is themed on a forest cabin. The guest lounge is spacious and comfortable, having an area to simply relax or play cards or boardgames together with friends and enjoy a fresh coffee or perhaps a glass of wine. At your leisure you can peruse the... Read more

Editor's Choice - Woodbridge on the Derwent
By Penny Parsons

Convict-built in 1825 as a luxurious gentleman's residence, Woodbridge on the Derwent is a unique blend of convict authenticity and contemporary elegance. Woodbridge on the Derwent is a grand three-level Georgian mansion on the banks of the Derwent River. It is located in the historic town of New Norfolk, approximately 25 minutes from Hobart and 40 minutes from the Airport. The building is restored to the original floor plan. It contains nine unique and luxurious suites, each named after a person of significance in the building’s history, or after an architectural feature. All suites have spectacular river views, unique commissioned art works, lounge suites, tea and coffee-making facilities, mini-bar, television and DVD player. Guests also have access to the Reading Room, the Bal... Read more

Need to get away
Australia
By Penny Parsons

Do you just need a break from the hum drum of every day life? Escape from the city, for a weekend, or a longer getaway! The average Australian takes holidays twice a year, and most often we travel with families and friends, including children, according to recent research commissioned by Take A Break Away. Australian holidaymakers most often choose to stay in self-contained accommodation, either an apartment or a house, followed closely by bed and breakfast properties and guesthouses. It seems we like access to self-catering facilities so we can do our own thing, relax and fire up the barbeque. Decisions, Decisions, Decisions How do we decide where to go? We look at location and availability, as well as personal recommendations from friends and relatives. More and more we are using the... Read more

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