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Travel guide Western Australia for Pet friendly


Pemberton, Margaret River, Western Australia,
By Kylie Jane Degeling

A recent visitor to the area referred to the town as “Pamperton” and for those who enjoy the finer things in life, like wine, art, spas, and gourmet food, a trip to Pemberton is a dream. Yet for those who prefer simple pleasures, like a walk through a forest, throwing a fishing line or swimming in a dam, Pemberton is a relaxing yet exhilarating break. Located in a region of Western Australia known as the South West, Pemberton is a delightful town close to the Margaret River. Like many towns in this region, it has gone through a series of changes, having first been settled as an agricultural town. Later, it became known for its timber, while today tourism and wine are its lifeblood.      Things to do:   Indulge:  Local spas offer relaxing treatments ... Read more

Australia's Best Group Holiday Accommodation 2009
Australia
By Penny Parsons

Here are the 2009 state winners for the leading holiday rentals 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, presents the “Best Places to Stay” awards for the tourism industry, which recognise outstanding service in specialist segment categories.    State winners were selected via an exhaustive process from over 13,000 properties in 1400 localities and 39 accommodation types. National winners were announced in November.   18 categories were judged in total with winners awarded in segments such as Beach, Budget, Eco-friendly, Gro... Read more

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

Pet paradises
By Kylie Jane Degeling

Planning a holiday when you have a pet can be an emotional experience. While you excitedly thumb through pamphlets of your dream holiday destinations, your loyal pal is gazing up at you with those big brown eyes as though pleading with you to bring him along too. Or maybe it’s your cat, purring while rubbing past you, hoping that you’ll get the hint. At this point you remember the difficulties of holidays when you have pets. Not only will you feel guilty about leaving them cooped up at a kennel or cattery, but you’ll also have the huge cost associated with their care as well. Further, pets tend to remember these slights, and as one Canberra cat-owner discovered, they can get vindictive too. Each time she began packing for a trip, her cat would pee in all of her shoes! ... Read more

Sailing in Fremantle
By Kylie Jane Degeling

At the mouth of the Swan River is an exciting destination filled with history, culture, and beauty. Considered to be the best preserved 19th century sea port in the world, Fremantle is famous for its outdoor cafes, bustling markets, nightlife, and more than 150 National Trust buildings. Sailing the Indian Ocean along this beautiful coastline is a joy, and with exciting places like Perth and Rottnest Island only a few gentle breezes away, you’ll have no shortage of reasons to set sail. The toughest decisions you’ll face will be in deciding whether you want to spend your time on the water, or exploring the fascinating sights on land. Moorings and berths Fremantle is such a popular sailing destination; it’s tricky to find a place to drop anchor. At time of writing, there a... Read more

Do Right By Your Doggy (And Moggy) On Holidays!
By Lisa Monk

More Australian families are taking their furry kids on holidays.  We all know that feeling… getting sorted for a holiday, packing the bags – and having to deal with the morose looks coming our way from the pets.  At least dogs are so happy to see you when you get back that they quickly forgive you, but we all know how well our gorgeous feline friends can hold a grudge!  It used to take my cat a good couple of days before she would talk to me again – and while there are many caring and well-run catteries and kennels who do their best to keep your pet’s spirits up, there really is no substitute for taking them with you. This is becoming easier all the time as accommodation operators (usually pet lovers themselves) realise that more and more people wa... 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

Active seniors, action-packed holidays
By Penny Parsons

Need to get away but want to make sure the access, activities, attractions and facilities where you are going meet your needs? Not to mention finding a great deal!   Reports that we are all living longer and most of us are getting about more freely than our parents could at our age (yippee!). The great news is that we are taking advantage of our good health and traveling more, and for longer. For some of us this is thanks to a financial boost from our compulsory superannuation funds. Better health and more money give us the flexibility to keep on having fun and lets hope it stays that way!   According to the National Visitor Survey conducted by the Bureau of Tourism Research, “The increase mobility and longevity of senior Australians and the financial boost of pay-outs ... Read more

Don’t let kids have all the fun, pets can holiday too!
By Penny Parsons

Need to get away but can’t bear leaving your ‘best friend’ home alone? Not to mention finding someone to look after them, and then the long face they pull when you all pile into the car.   According to the RSPCA, “Australia has the highest incidence of pet ownership in the world with pets being owned in more than 66% of households.” The Petcare Information and Advisory Service (PIAS), says that pets are a normal part of childhood for over 83% of Australians. “You only need to see a child’s face light up when they’re with their pet, to understand the important role pets play in a child’s life” says Ms Denise Humphries, Consultant to PIAS.   14% of us always travel with our ‘best friends’, according PIAS. ... Read more

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