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Australia has it's say on Best Adventure Destination
By Penny Parsons

Best Aussie Adventures Where do you think is the best adventure holiday destination in Australia? The 2009 votes are still being counted to find the best place to take yourself and your friends, partner or family on an adventure holiday. Where are the best places to go, things to do and things to see? TakeABreak.com.au, Australia’s only independent holiday rental website, has initiated a first time ‘Best Places to Stay’ award for Australian destinations, which recognises towns and cities that have outstanding facilities in specialist segment categories. Winners will be voted on by the public with 8 categories presenting finalists across each state. Just some of the TakeABreak Adventure Destination finalists… Freycinet P... Read more

Blow Your Cares Away
By Sally Hobson

Lucky enough to have a weekend in Melbourne, we decided to do something different and head down to the Docklands to enjoy a sail on gorgeous Port Phillip Bay. Once aboard we were given a quick safety lesson and shown where to stow our valuables – important, as if anything goes overboard – that’s where it stays, except people, of course! We motored up the Yarra River to Port Phillip Bay, passing the navy port and multi-million dollar homes of Williamstown, and watched the spectacle of the loading and unloading of the cargo ships in the docks. The crew are happy to adapt the day to the wishes of those on board, so if you prefer a sedate motor while you sip a glass of champagne and enjoy the scenery and passing parade of vessels, no problem.  However, if you love to ... 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
Australia
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

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

The Great Ocean Road
By Kylie Jane Degeling

Whenever you drive along The Great Ocean Road, you could be forgiven for having illusions of grandeur. You might picture yourself as James Bond zipping along in a shiny Aston Martin. Or perhaps you'll wonder if you're actually part of a luxury car advertisement. The scenery is so incredible; your mind will transport you into a world of extravagance - even if you are puttering along in a broken-down heap. The stretch of road between Torquay and Allansford in southwest Victoria was predominantly built by World War I returned soldiers. Commencing work with picks and shovels back in 1919, the men laboured hard, and few would have lived to see the whole expanse of road complete. Various sections opened over decades, with the first 75km between Anglesea and Apollo Bay completed in 1932. More t... Read more

Twelve Apostles Region
By Port Campbell Visitor Information Cent

The Twelve Apostles region features some of the world’s most spectacular coastal scenery. The 3 coastal townships of Port Campbell, Princetown and Peterborough are ideal bases for a thorough exploration of the Western Otway Ranges rainforest, Great Ocean Road and Shipwreck coast. On Foot Take advantage of a comprehensive system of boardwalks, paths and viewing platforms to witness the spectacle of the Southern Ocean’s “work in progress”. The combined Port Campbell National Park and Bay of Islands Coastal Park covers 65km of pristine coastline. Take time to explore more than the big 3 (Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge). The depth of diversity in this park is a major reason for its international acclaim. “The Great Ocean walk” expec... Read more

French Island National Park
By Parks Victoria

"French Island attracts visitors who enjoy the beauty and isolation of walking along beaches where your only companions are hundreds of wading birds." Mick Douglas, Ranger, French Island National Park. Only 75 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, French Island has unspoiled natural bushland and is a refuge for a diverse range of native flora and fauna . For those who are fortunate enough to visit its shores, it is a unique island sanctuary where one can stop to appreciate rugged beauty and isolation. The first sight for visitors after departing the ferry is a vast sea of impenetrable scrub, but spend a little time on the island and you'll soon be fascinated by the rich and diverse flora. French Island National Park forms two thirds of the island and features over 580 indigeno... Read more

Western Port & Surrounds
By Parks Victoria

"Fishing, sailing, diving, boating, canoeing, windsurfing and waterskiing… when it comes to water sports, Western Port is the perfect place to visit." Taffy Evans, Bays Ranger, Western Port. Western Port is a waterway which forms an extensive tidal bay covering 680 square kilometres. The Bunurong Aboriginal people lived in the area for tens of thousands of years, enjoying the range of shellfish, Mutton birds and plant life with which it abounds. Today, the area has a diverse range of experiences, satisfying both nature lovers and adventure seekers. According to Taffy Evans, a Bays Ranger at Western Port, "it is the best training ground in the world for sailing and navigational training because the islands create a number of arms to the waters of Western Port. Tida... Read more

The Yarra River Shuttle Service
By Parks Victoria

"From the Yarra River you get a whole different perspective of Melbourne." Vin Wright, District Chief Ranger, City and Waterways. At the centre of a capital city of three million people, Melbourne's Central Business District bustles and buzzes at all hours. Trams compete with cars and buses, which compete with pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders and skaters, joggers and even the odd horse and carriage; all of which move at a pace and with a purpose through the streets and lanes of this big, confusing city. As a state capital very generously endowed with parklands, there are quite a few venues for quietude in Melbourne. One of the most novel, relaxing and interesting however, is the new Yarra River Shuttle Service, a ferry service that takes advantage of the wide water road... Read more

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