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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

Ocean Grove, Victoria
By Kylie Jane Degeling

If you are considering taking a break where you can achieve the perfect mix of excitement and relaxation, look no further than Victoria’s Ocean Grove. This seaside town situated along the Bellarine Peninsula offers visitors thrills, surfing, and plenty of natural beauty. Things to do: The proximity of Ocean Grove to both Melbourne and Geelong, combined with its seaside location, means that you will find something to keep you busy, whatever you choose to do. Whether you want to leap out of a moving aircraft, scuba, surf or sip wine, you can do it nearby. Here are a few interesting ideas to get you started: Adventure Park: Geelong has an exciting theme park that will thrill children and adults alike (hey – there’s even an adult jumping castle!). Themed water slides, trad... Read more

Canungra, Queensland
By Kylie Jane Degeling

In a tranquil valley in the Gold Coast hinterland is a rural gem. The pretty country town of Canungra has the feel of yesteryear with the amenities of today. Plenty of old-fashioned hospitality awaits in this delightful destination, where you can choose to kick back your feet and soak in the atmosphere, or float over the region in a hot air balloon or hang glider.   When people move here, they tend to stay. Many descendents of the original pioneers live in the area, although industry has changed somewhat. The town started with timber as its primary industry, but by the 1940s that era came to an end when the mills closed. Instead of departing the area, many chose to try their hand at dairy farming, beef cattle, and eventually – vineyards. Today, Canungra boasts a variety of del... Read more

Journalling travel tips
Australia
By Kylie Jane Degeling

Holiday journalling for kids: It can be exciting for a child to develop their own scrapbook, and with the many family-friendly accommodation options on takeabreak.com.au, you’ll have endless choices to explore with your children. Each evening, have them write, type, or illustrate their experiences. It may be as simple as asking a preschooler to draw their favourite memory of the day, or asking a toddler to paste ticket stubs, pamphlets and photos into a book alongside their photos. Older children can use the computer to write out their journal entries, or if doing it the old-fashioned way, can neatly write onto the pages and then attach their favourite photos and travel memorabilia.   Including the family pet: If you’ve travelled to one of the many pet-frie... Read more

Port Lincoln
By Kylie Jane Degeling

Matthew Flinders knew he was onto something when he discovered Port Lincoln. In February 1802, he sailed into Boston Bay where he found beautiful beaches, bountiful seafood, and fascinating flora and fauna all around. It must have been tough to continue his job of charting unexplored coastline, when he knew he had already found paradise. Secretly he fantasised about leaving Port Lincoln off the charts altogether so that he could sneak back, pitch his hammock, and lead a life of pure contentment while feasting on the gifts of the land and sea around him. But alas, he charted this oceanfront jewel of the Eyre Peninsula ensuring we could all discover her beauty for ourselves. Sunshine in the south: Considered to be the driest state in the driest continent in the world (well…other... Read more

Out & About - Orange
By Tom Barclay

More than just a wine region, it’s the depth of produce that’s giving Orange the green light as a foodie haven to rival Mudgee. Tom Barclay travels just three hours west of Sydney to bring you AT’s selection for the perfect foodie/romantic weekend. Apples on the Mount A winery, orchard, restaurant and now even cottages. The scenery at Borrodell on the Mt makes the trip up a steep hill worthwhile. One of the highest vineyards in Australia with magnificent vistas across the countryside. Aside from wines, there’s also a range of ciders to try. However, the piece de resistance is the apples. Track down Borrodell’s owner (Borry) to guide you through his heritage apples. He has more than 170 different species, which he can rattle off at breakneck speed, includin... Read more

Sydney Accessible Day Trips
By Tourism Australia

We’ve made planning your accessible day trips easy. We have highlighted a variety of wonderful day trips with specific information about the many accessible options that can assist in making touring easier for people with disabilities. Whether it is marvelling at the landscape, visiting the vibrant cities, trying the local produce, or meeting the characters and experiencing the unique Australian way of life en route – these trips will leave you feeling inspired. And no matter whether you pack up a car, board a plane, jump on a train or float on a boat, the stories you’ll bring back will stay with you forever. The Hunter Valley The town of Cessnock is gateway to the wine-growing region of the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest commercial wine-growing district, with ... Read more

Touring Routes Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island
By Tourism Australia

Some of Australia’s finest wine valleys and wildlife wonderlands are just a stone’s throw from Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Historic architecture, fine food and a friendly welcome just add to the mood. Among the first travellers to cruise South Australia’s coast was explorers Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin. Although their respective nations, England and France, were at war at the time of their encounter in 1802, the pair swapped notes before peacefully going about their business to map the southern coast of Australia. It’s thanks to Baudin that today we have the Fleurieu Peninsula (honouring French politician, Comte de Fleurieu). This route takes you from Adelaide down through the scenic Fleurieu Peninsula and across to Kangaroo Island, a haven for wildl... Read more

Adelaide Accessible Day Trips
By Tourism Australia

We’ve made planning your accessible day trips easy. We have highlighted a variety of wonderful day trips with specific information about the many accessible options that can assist in making touring easier for people with disabilities. Whether it is marvelling at the landscape, visiting the vibrant cities, trying the local produce, or meeting the characters and experiencing the unique Australian way of life en route – these trips will leave you feeling inspired. And no matter whether you pack up a car, board a plane, jump on a train or float on a boat, the stories you’ll bring back will stay with you forever. Clare Valley Set amongst eucalypt hills, Clare Valley is another of South Australia’s beautiful wine regions and is famous for its Riesling. The region&rsquo... Read more

Fleurieu Peninsula
By Kylie Jane Degeling

To the south of Adelaide is a beautiful peninsula with dozens of towns scattered along hills, coasts, and vineyards. Stretching from Aldinga to Delamere, and all the way across to Strathalbyn and Goolwa – Fleurieu covers a massive area and has plenty of holiday options for everyone. Whether you are after a quiet retreat to get away by yourself, or want an action-packed holiday with friends, you’ll be sure to find the perfect break. Wine and dine The region is famous for its excellent produce, world-class wines, and gourmet restaurants. With more than 75 different vineyards, there are many boutique wines and emerging vineyards to sample – you may find a new favourite. Tours are available, or you can drive to the different vineyards for tastings on your own. Getting back... Read more

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