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Travel guide Victoria for Eco-friendly


Eco destinations to savour without guilt
Australia
By Lisa Monk

  We all love to relax and get away from the stresses and responsibilities of everyday life, but more and more we realise the fragility of the many wonderful eco systems that comprise the Australian continent. We want to be able to leave our troubles behind and there is an inspiring way to do that, make memories and leave only footprints on our stunning landscape.   We have rounded up five of the top eco-friendly destinations on takeabreak.com.au to help you choose a holiday that leaves you – and our country – in good shape.   Anketell Forest, NSW Anketell Forest has history, location and eco awareness all rolled into one lovely property. All the timber used in the extensions, fittings and furniture was salvaged from fallen trees and milled and handcrafted ... Read more

Walhalla, Gippsland, Victoria
By Kylie Jane Degeling

Sometimes, a person wants to escape the rat race and get back to the simple life. But not if you live in Walhalla! If you lived there, you probably wouldn’t encounter much traffic, as today there are only ten permanent residents! But it is this simplicity that makes Walhalla such a delightful destination to visit. Over a hundred years ago, thousands of gold miners and support businesses made this town a thriving community, but today only their ghosts remain.   Ghosts? Well – friendly ghosts anyway. If you fancy some intrigue, a local favourite tour is the Walhalla Ghost Tour where you will hear eerie stories about the characters that once roamed the town (and never left…).    Things to do: If the idea of a ghost tour gives you the chills, conside... Read more

Review - The 2010 RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride

The 27th edition of one of the world’s great bike rides features a diverse combination of lakes, rivers, scenic roads and stunning mountain ranges. Organised by Bicycle Victoria, the 590 kilometre cycling holiday will have people from under two years of age to over 80 – there is no excuse! With up to 5,000 people, the event is as social as you want to make it. From the communal meal times to enjoying a drink and entertainment in Café de Canvas, there are plenty of opportunities to catch up with new an Read more

Best eco-friendly holiday destination in Australia
By Penny Parsons

What is the best eco-friendly holiday destination in Australia? Here are some of the finalists - as voted by you! Just some of the TakeABreak Eco Destination Finalists Kangaroo Island, SA 26.87% Frankston, VIC 2.24% Capricornia region, QLD 2.24% Royal National Park, NSW 3.73% Kuranda, Far North, QLD 11.19% Ningaloo Reef, WA 14.93% Flinders Ranges, SA 6.72% Wilsons Promontory, VIC 10.45% Rainb... Read more

Review - BIG4 Anglesea Holiday Park
By Hannah Kothe

Best Park accommodation BIG4 ANGLESEA HOLIDAY PARK, Victoria Your kids will be spoiled for choice at the BIG4 Anglesea Holiday Park … there is so much to do in the way of children’s activities that they may complain of being too busy! This popular holiday park located in the charming town of Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria is a most worthy recipient of TakeABreak’s 2008 national award for best Park Accommodation and a great stopping point on a Great Ocean Road road-trip. The seaside town of Anglesea is situated between Torquay and Lorne and is an easy 90 minutes drive from Melbourne and 50 minutes from Avalon Airport. The town features  glorious patrolled surf and swimming beaches and is surrounded by  serene forest. Attractive parks and gard... Read more

Editor's Choice - Lochinver Homestead and Cottages
By Lisa Monk

The Victorian goldfields are a treasure trove and we are not just talking about gold.  They are liberally sprinkled with other precious finds, such as Lochinver Homestead, a magnificent 1860s property nestled in 1000 acres of fine farmland in the glorious Carisbrook region, rich in history and things to see and do. The area abounds with attractions, such as driving through Maldon – the setting for the highly regarded film ‘Romulus, My Father’, visiting Kyriong, a traditional farm with resident emus, and you don’t need to be a trainspotter to marvel at Maryborough Railway Station with its café and antique shops … so much to do, so little time! Not if you stay at Lochinver – as this historic homestead is a place of peace and relaxation and t... Read more

Touring Routes The Great Ocean Road, Victoria
By Tourism Australia

Expect more than ‘great ocean’ on this iconic touring route. Rightly regarded as one of the most spectacular coastal roads in the world, the Great Ocean Road loops like a rollercoaster along the southern sea-cliffs of Victoria. Carved out of the mountains, the road winds its way around some 300km of rugged, exposed coastline from Geelong to Warrnambool, past cliffs, roaring seas, tranquil coves and some of Australia’s best surf beaches. Along the way it links the deliciously quaint fishing villages and seaside holiday towns of Torquay, Lorne, Anglesea, Airey’s Inlet and Apollo Bay before heading inland through the Otway Ranges. Emerging from the forest, the road then reveals a vastly different landscape as it runs behind sandstone cliffs, which face the onslaught of... 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

Croajingolong National Park
By Parks Victoria

"There is nothing like watching the sunset from the Point Hicks Lighthouse. It is the most spec... Read more

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