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Review - Review – Swissôtel Sydney
By Rachel Power

Recently, we were lucky enough to stay at the Swissôtel Sydney, a five star hotel located right in the heart of the city, walking distance to Darling Harbour, shopping, attractions and the monorail.   We travelled to Sydney for business, however in our line of work, our children are part of our business. It was important to have them with us, yet entertained when we needed, so we chose the Swissôtel Sydney. We booked a Family Package, which included two rooms, a one-bedroom area with meeting space for the adults and the interconnecting room, which was set up as a kid’s paradise!   Swissôtel do a fantastic job with the kids’ room. Bright blue doona covers and adorable brightly coloured toys in the bedroom, to the bright coloured bath mats, ... Read more

Review - Pobblebonk B&B
By Lisa Monk

TakeABreak Best Places to Stay Awards 2009 National Winner Pet-friendly Accommodation: Pobblebonk B&B   The first thing you think of when you hear the name ‘Pobblebonk’ is probably frogs, not dogs – and the property is named after the Eastern Banjo Frog and the distinctive ‘bonking’ call it makes. However, it is four legged creatures of the furry persuasion who are the real winners at Pobblebonk – oh, and their owners, of course! This delightful B&B is the winner of the Pet-friendly category in the 2009 TakeABreak Best Places to Stay Awards for its outstanding dedication to ‘fur children’.   Pobblebonk B&B is a truly pet-friendly property… one that doesn’t just allow dogs, but welcomes them and caters t... Read more

Review - Beachside Beauty
By Mignon Chepel

4/40 Oceanside Drive Caves Beach NSW   This is a beautifully presented apartment with wonderful ocean views and quality finishes and appliances. There is a lock-up garage and security entry as well.   Overall rating? Outstanding   What makes Beachside Beauty different? The apartment is in a small block and you don’t really notice that there are other units in the complex, giving you a feeling of privacy.  You are only a 100 metre walk through bush from gorgeous Hams Beach, Caves Beach is only 200 metres further south and the location is peaceful and serene.   Accommodation overview This modern and open apartment has two bedrooms, the main has a queen-size bed and the second bedroom has two singles, making the configuration perfect for our family of... Read more

Review - A Rainbow’s End Bed & Breakfast
By Kylie Jane Degeling

TakeABreak Awards 2009 Winner, Hosted accommodation: A Rainbow’s End Bed & Breakfast The winner of TakeABreak’s 2009 Hosted Accommodation Award was difficult to choose because Australia is home to thousands of quaint, unique, warm, and friendly B&Bs. With so many outstanding hosted accommodation options vying for the title, the winner needed to stand out with exceptional service. A Rainbow’s End in the Adelaide Hills did just that, with many extras and special touches leaving guests feeling truly cherished. Upon arrival at A Rainbow’s End, visitors are treated to a charming afternoon tea on the patio, where they can enjoy the beautiful views of the valley. Hosts Pam and Dave go out of their way to make guests feel welcome in their home, and many rave... Read more

Buccaneer Archipelago
By Adrienne Costin

The Buccaneer Archipelago is a stunningly rugged area off the Kimberley coast in Western Australia, consisting of up to 1000 islands. The scenery is spectacular with secluded white sandy beaches, patches of rain forest, mangrove estuaries, plunging cliffs, indigenous rock art and hidden reefs that litter offshore waters. Situated approximately 2800 kilometres north of the Western Australian capital of Perth, its distant location has meant it has remained an unspoilt and remarkably pristine location to explore and experience. Tides of up to 11 metres are among some of the biggest in the world, and certainly the largest in Australia. In some places they are treacherously strong and unpredictable, surging up rivers and ripping through inland passages. These tides create such phenomena as... Read more

The Barossa Valley
By Kylie Jane Degeling

To many throughout the world, it must seem unfair that – in addition to having beautiful beaches and scenery, a warm hospitable climate and adorable fuzzy animals with pouches, Australia also has the best wines. In any country where reds or whites are appreciated, you are bound to encounter Aussie wines proudly adorning the shelves of the best shops, or prominently listed on the menus in fine restaurants. The reason – our wines are truly special. And many of the best Australian wines call The Barossa Valley home. The Barossa Valley is made up of several small towns, villages, and hamlets, each with their own unique character and historical significance. A short drive from Adelaide, the region is approximately 40km long by 40km wide and consists of such historic towns as Betha... Read more

Sunshine Coast
By Kylie Jane Degeling

If you visit the Sunshine Coast, you may never want to leave. The stretch of towns from Caloundra to Rainbow Beach boast exceptional weather, sunrises you'll actually want to wake up to watch, beaches perfect for surfing as well as beaches ideal for people who hate surfing, vineyards, scenic vistas of Glasshouse Mountains and even dolphins. The list of reasons to visit has barely started. The truth is, the Sunshine Coast is the perfect holiday destination for honeymooners, families, retirees, singles, mates, couples, professionals, blue-collar workers, domestic gods and goddesses, dogs, SCUBA divers, yobbos, fishermen, bush-walkers, wine connoisseurs, greenies, and even accountants. It should be illegal to go there and not have a good time.   Family fun If your family needs more... Read more

Plan the perfect honeymoon
By Penny Parsons

Location, Location, Location Just as location is important for your big day, for both the ceremony and your reception, choosing the right honeymoon destination is key to your enjoyment once all the hard work is over.   Whether it is the bride or the groom planning your honeymoon, there are a range of things you should consider. Selecting the right place to stay Finding the perfect place for your honeymoon is a big decision, but don’t let it overwhelm you. The following outlines some key areas that you and your partner should decide on well in advance: - One of the first things to decide is whether you want to go overseas, or stay somewhere local and simply hide away. - How long can you afford to take off (how long will your boss give you and how much will it cost). - ... Read more

Aberdeen, Upper Hunter, NSW
By Cherie Donavan

The Upper Hunter Valley and Barrington Tops region offers much in the way of both horses and wine appreciation. With over 70 fine horse studs breeding winners for major horse races across the globe. Kia Ora, founded in 1912 is the birthplace of seven Melbourne Cup winners.  All year round horse events are featured in the area with all disciplines being represented including polo, polocrosse, camp drafting, rodeos etc. These are brought together during the Horse Festival which runs for 16 days during May starting with a parade and ending with the Scone Emerites Cup which is the richest regional horse racing event in Australia. Tours of both Horse Studs and vineyards can be arranged. Wine tasting is available at the many surrounding vineyards including Rosemoun... Read more

Eden - A Whale of a Time
By Penny Parsons

Eden has been the home of whales since early Australian settlement, starting with a land based whaling facility that saw the capture and killing of the Southern Right Whale throughout the early and mid 1800’s. From whale slaughter to whale watching, Eden is now home to a large whale watching industry. Each Spring, from late September through to November, the rare Southern Right and Humpback Whales pause to feed offshore on their way south to cooler Antarctic waters. Photograph: Hamilton Lund, Courtesy of Tourism New South Wales Whilst the whaling industry was abandoned in the early 1900’s, Eden’s Killer Whale Museum provides a fascinating history of the industry and the Killer Whales (Orcas) that helped the whalers catch their prey. Things to See and Do The Killer W... Read more

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