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Travel guide Western Australia for Wine Appreciation


A break in Balingup
By Kylie Jane Degeling

  There’s an old saying that 'good things come in small packages' and when you look at the humble size of Balingup’s population, you can rest assured it’s all good. This delightful rural town in the southwestern part of Western Australia is a rare gem, filled with friendly people, fun-filled festivals and events, and beautiful scenery.   Situated on the edge of Balingup Brook, close to the Margaret River, the town is a part of the world famous Bibbulmun Track, where you can pack your bags and trek for weeks between Kalamunda and Albany. If you prefer to stay closer to town, there are plenty of festivities, ranging from the annual Small Farm Field Day in April, to a Medieval Carnival in August and the Bibbulmun Track outdoor concert in November. But even if yo... Read more

Spotlight on- Woollybush Guest House
By Lisa Monk

Sometimes you want a getaway that gets away from the real world altogether… one where you spend time with your loved ones or close friends… one where your little darlings aren’t in the picture… one where you can pamper yourself in peace and tranquillity - well, Woollybush Guest House is the answer! Nestled in 3 acres of lawns, gardens and unspoiled bush and just an hour away from Perth on the Coral Coast, Woollybush is an ‘adults only’ retreat that offers you the chance to recharge, rejuvenate and re-connect. Perfect for a weekend getaway, a mid-week break away from the everyday or longer stays, the wonderful hosts at Woollybush know how to pamper you and help you to take a break. This is a remarkable B&B – the owners like to say that... 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

Delightful Dunsborough
By Alison Aprhys

© Alison Aprhys 2006 If you are looking for a romantic break, a family holiday or a cool getaw... 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

BirdWatching in Australia's South West
By Penny Parsons

As one of the world’s premier biodiversity regions, and with over 24,000 square kilometers of forests, farmland, vineyards and orchard the South West of Western Australia is not to be missed. You can explore the area from any one of a number of towns and villages dotted throughout the region. If you’re heading to the South West for a spot of birdwatching and are also looking for a great place to stay that offers peace, serenity, bird and animal life we have found a number of options from which to choose. Stoneridge Cottages, Balingup Balingup is a tributary of the Blackwood River Valley, an area of rolling, fertile timbered country with rich pastures and historic towns. Private, secluded and tranquil, Stoneridge is separated from the winding valley drive by 200m of timber,... Read more

Margaret River
By Penny Parsons

If you're visiting Western Australia, then this is one place not to miss. And there really is no excuse. Just a few hours drive south of Perth the Margaret River region is magical and well worth the trip... Read more

Amazing Albany
By Alison Aprhys

© Alison Aprhys 2006 Images supplied courtesy Tourism Western Australia Allow plenty of time to explore the many charms that amazing Albany has to offer! Set between two mountains and on the edge of the King George Sound, Albany is a beautiful town in a breathtaking location, offering magnificent views including the immense Southern Ocean and across the harbour from just about every vantage point. As you explore the areas outside Albany, the landscape offers the diversity of some of the most incredibly rugged and awe-inspiring coastal scenery in the country as well as vineyards, sand dunes, pastured landscape, forests, rolling hills and the towering peaks of the Stirling Ranges and the Mt Barker wine region to the north.  Many visitors often comment that they didn’t real... Read more

Winter Getaways in Perth
By Western Australia.com

When it’s cold outside there is something quite delicious about retreating indoors to a cosy... Read more

Perth Summer Holiday
By Sue Waters

Reclining with my sandy feet on the open window frame of a beachside bar along the coast of Perth, I sip a glass of cool local wine and indulge in one of the world’s truly most magnificent views. Beneath me the Indian Ocean greets the pure white of Cottesloe Beach. Two young boys paddle at the water’s edge, refusing to relinquish the summer’s day that is already giving itself over to evening.  The sun is now a disc of deep orange slipping into the ocean and throwing off a golden light against the darkening sky. It is still; the afternoon sea breeze didn’t turn up. Probably, like me it just decided to take a day off. A Perth summer holiday is about lazy days spent by the sea and warm nights strolling on the beach or dining in alfresco restaurants.... Read more

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