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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 - Old Dadswell Town
By Kylie Jane Degeling

TakeABreak Awards 2009 Winner of two categories: Group Accommodation AND Unique and Unusual Accommodation. Congratulations to Old Dadswell Town!    If a place wins two completely separate categories in the annual TakeABreak Awards, it must be something extraordinary. And that is exactly what Old Dadswell Town in Horsham, Victoria is… extraordinary! The 2009 winner of the Unique and Unusual and Group Stay categories provides atmosphere and fun for groups, families or couples in a completely bizarre (yet most enjoyable!) manner.     Old Dadswell Town is like nothing else you will ever encounter, and the people who put it together clearly had a great sense of humour and an eye for detail. Set on 280 acres of bush land, Old Dadswell Town is a series of self-cont... Read more

Review - Cedars Indulgence Retreat
By Kylie Jane Degeling

TakeABreak Best Places to Stay Awards 2009 National Winner - Romantic Accommodation: Cedars Indulgence Retreat    Every now and then, we catch glimpses of life for the extremely rich. On television, movies, and in magazines, we view stories featuring wealthy men and women immersed in lives of pampering and luxuries. Out loud, of course, we ridicule their excesses, their complete disregard for the real world and their obvious addiction to extravagance. We have to work, after all, and are proud of our accomplishments. But when no one else is around, when we’re all alone after a hard day at the office, cleaning our kitchens or stressing about the day’s events, we secretly wish we could be them…just for a day, of course. Maybe a weekend. Certainly not longer&hel... Read more

Review - Ebb Tide
By Kylie Jane Degeling

TakeABreak Awards 2009 Winner, Budget Accommodation: Ebb Tide If your idea of ‘budget’ accommodation involves packing sleeping bags and sharing a bathroom with strangers, you’re in for a shock. The 2009 winner of the TakeABreak Budget Accommodation Award is Ebb Tide, a two-bedroom holiday home loaded with extras in Ocean Grove, Victoria. With attractive prices, a fully fenced backyard complete with private playground, plenty of room for a large family, and even a games room, this property offers value beyond belief. Located just 400 metres from Victoria’s Barwon River, and 1.3km from Main Ocean Grove Beach, Ebb Tide offers families, couples and friends the opportunity to experience a beach holiday with compact accommodation at less than the price of a typica... Read more

Editor's Choice - Lawson Lodge
By Lisa Monk

Lawson Lodge   The Macedon Ranges in Victoria are beautiful, iconic and known as the home of the famous and mysterious Hanging Rock. The region abounds with wineries, gourmet food providores, picturesque hamlets and stunning scenery that will stir your senses. It is definitely something out of the ordinary – and the perfect place to visit if you are looking for accommodation that is out of the ordinary too. Lawson Lodge is unusual… it’s like a holiday house, but not quite; a resort – but far more intimate; a boutique hotel – but far more personal; a B&B – but you know everyone staying there. In fact Lawson Lodge is all of these things, and more, and when you book the retreat, you can be sure that only your group will be in residence. As... Read more

Spotlight on- Venus Bay Getaways
By Lisa Monk

Venus Bay Getaways Venus Bay is a coastal resort on a narrow strip of land with Bass Strait on one side and the sheltered waters of Anderson Inlet on the other. It has a permanent population of around 500 and five wonderful surfing beaches, as well as the safer option of the calm waters of the inlet, for those less adventurous souls. The town is central to the many natural wonders of the South Gippsland area, including Wilsons Promontory National Park, which is only 40 minutes away, as well as Phillip Island and its famous penguins, and much more. Venus Bay Getaways is nestled on an acre of secluded land, only 300 metres from the wild beauty of the coast. It is hard to believe that a two-hour car trip from the centre of Melbourne can transport you to this haven of peace, tranquil... Read more

Review - The Shell Croft
By Angela Taylor

Rye, Victoria In a quiet location, close to Rye’s Bayside Beach, The Shell Croft is part of the Blue Moon cottages site, a group of three cottages in established gardens in the lovely seaside village of Rye. Overall rating?    Great, with excellent ambience and location What makes The Shell Croft different? When we arrived there was classical music playing, the cottage was warm and welcoming and all this, combined with the glow of the bedside lights and the complimentary bottle of wine, made us feel relaxed and welcome. Accommodation overview There are three bedrooms, two with queen-size beds and a third room with bunks (accessible via one of the queen bedrooms). Our bedroom was beautifully presented with a white cotton and embroidered doona cover and ... Read more

Editor's Choice - Anchors Port Campbell
By Hannah Kothe

The seaside town of Port Campbell is located on the scenic Great Ocean Road, between Warrnambool and Lavers Hill (just over 280 kilometres from Melbourne) and is a popular destination for holidaymakers taking the breathtaking coastal road. Anchors Port Campbell has two units and offers quality self-contained accommodation for up to four people and is the perfect base for exploring the wonders of Victoria’s stunning Great Ocean Road. This luxurious and well-fitted property delivers comfort and privacy in one of the state’s most attractive locations. Lord Street is the vibrant and tree-lined main street of Port Campbell and boasts cafes, restaurants and boutique shops to cater for the most discerning traveller. The steep rocky coastline and the pristine white beaches aroun... Read more

Spotlight on- Ambrose Cottage
By Hannah Kothe

This quaint 1850s miner's cottage is in the historic former mining town of Castlemaine in central Victoria, which lies between Ballarat and Bendigo, and is the ideal destination for a couple in search of respite and relaxation. Castlemaine, is at the confluence of the Barkers, Campbells and Forest Creeeks almost 120 km north-west of Melbourne, and is famed as much for its rich mining history as for the popular beer - Castlemaine XXXX, which takes it name from the town. The town's streetscape is a testament to the wealth of the bygone gold-mining era, with buildings such as the Castlemaine market, several hotels and the Theatre Royal being excellent examples of the town's fine heritage buildings. The local botanical gardens established in 1856 are recognised as some of the state's best. ... 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

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