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Review - Wildflower Festival at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Saturday 18 September to Sunday 3 October
Australia

Spring is a spectacular time to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne and especially during the Wildflower Festival, when the bush land and the Australian Garden are carpeted with beautiful flowers This year’s Wildflower Festival is filled with opportunities to explore the bushland, learn how to create a native garden, uncover the secrets of orchids and spend time with the kids. An extensive school holiday program will run. 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

Review - Yondah Beach House
By Lisa Monk

Tucked into the sand dunes of Yorke Peninsula’s ‘shipwreck coast’ is an absolute jewel – Yondah Beach House. This architect-designed home is set in 300 private acres and offers spectacular sea views across rugged limestone cliffs to Kangaroo Island. The winner of the ‘Self-contained’ category in the 2009 TakeABreak Best Places to Stay Awards, this property offers everything you need for a wonderful holiday experience in a glorious location and is only 25 kms from Marion Bay and the stunning Innes National Park. Stroll from the front steps along the cliff tops and you may see whales or sea lions playing in the surf, or make your way down the cliffs and bask on a perfect sandy beach of your very own. Wander through the pristine mallee scrub and marvel a... Read more

Spotlight on- Tanonga Luxury Eco Lodges
By Lisa Monk

Tanonga Luxury Eco Lodges Imagine a region the size of Tasmania, one that stretches from Whyalla to the Nullarbor, from the Gawler Ranges to Port Lincoln - with nearly 2000kms of unspoilt coastline, it is home to sheltered bays, surfing beaches, fabulous sailing and fishing. Imagine exploring from the limestone cliffs to the national parks, watching whales and dolphins and enjoying the birdlife that abounds… well don’t imagine it – visit the Eyre Peninsula and see it all. Another treasure tucked away into this magical region is Tanonga Luxury Eco Lodges. Its aboriginal name means ‘sweet water’ and refers to the permanent springs and billabong on the creek, which runs through the historic 200-hectare property.  This is purpose-built luxury accommod... 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

Spotlight on- Yelverton Brook Eco Spa Retreat & Conservation Sanctuary
By Lisa Monk

Western Australia is special and very different to the other states of Australia. It has a marvellous climate, beautiful white sand beaches washed by the amazingly clear waters of the Indian Ocean and a variety of landscapes, which offer something for everyone. The region of Margaret River is a stand out in a state full of stand out attractions and seems to have more than its fair share of bounty … world-class wines, an ever growing gourmet food industry, incredible beaches, karri forests, wildlife and Yelverton Brook. This property is really something quite special, with its eco-friendly materials, such as rubberwood and other timbers, stone and solar dried mudbricks, wool insulation and other thoughtful design features that flatter, rather than harm our environment. Escape from... 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

Blue Mountains – World Heritage area
By Tourism NSW

Blue Mountains – World Heritage area The Blue Mountains are just 90 minutes drive from Sydney, the perfect short break from the cosmopolitan city. Most famous for the World Heritage Blue Mountains National Park, this area is a great place to explore at a leisurely pace. The mountain air is fresh, waterfalls plunge into sandstone valleys thick with the eucalypt forests that create the blue haze. Elegant spa retreats and cosy B&Bs have serene valley views, there are golf courses and bushwalks and some of the best dining in the State. The adventurous will love this terrain where you can safely abseil, try canyoning or rock-climbing in pristine surrounds.    As a popular retreat for Sydneysiders for over a century, the Blue Mountains offers an excellent choice of accomm... 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

Bargara Beach
By Bargara Tourist Information Centre

Tidy Towns Winner 2004 (Litter prevention Award) Clean Beach Challenge Winner 2005 Bargara is Bundaberg Region’s premier beachside resort, just 13kms – a short 10 minute drive – from Bundaberg city and only 4 hours from Brisbane.  Bargara has a picturesque, newly-developed esplanade, complete with BBQ facilities and a playground featuring a giant turtle for the kids to go wild in! It has excellent shopping facilities, both luxury resort accommodation and caravan parks, first-class golf courses and a range of choices for the angler, diver or swimmer. Just offshore, Woongarra Marine Park marks the beginning of the Southern Great Barrier Reef and offers numerous choice dive sites, such as Barolin Rocks, Hoffman’s Rocks and Double Rock. 4.5 kilometres out you wi... Read more

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