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Review - Karrak Reach
By Lisa Monk

TakeABreak Awards 2009 Winner: Gay & Lesbian-friendly – Karrak Reach   Denmark is in the south of Western Australia and is just 50 km west of Albany, a town that lies on the edge of the Southern Ocean and has amazing views of the coastline. Karrak Reach, national winner of the Gay and Lesbian-friendly accommodation category in the 2009 Best Places to Stay Awards, is nestled into the glorious Scotsdale Valley near Denmark and is a wonderful place to stay.   This is not the place for you if you need to stay connected… mobile reception is patchy (although improving!) and the roads can be steep, but the rewards are endless for those who want to experience a region where vineyards, farms and forest combine to offer amazing scenery and wonderful experiences. &nbs... 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

Editor's Choice - Loose Goose Chalets
By Lisa Monk

Nannup is a magical place, in the heart of the south west region of Western Australia. The name comes from the local indigenous language and means ‘stopping place’. Nannup was historically a timber town and it lies in the heart of the beautiful Blackwood Valley, around 280km south of Perth. Also known as the “Garden Village” it is famous for the beautiful flowers, thanks to its wonderful climate and there are so many glorious gardens and areas of immense natural beauty that it is easy to see how it earned the name ‘stopping place.’ When you want to stop in Nannup, look no further than the Loose Goose Chalets, an award-winning, wheelchair-friendly property that embodies the welcoming nature of the region… even pets are welcome, by prior arrangem... 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

Review - Pemberton Farm Chalets
By Hannah Kothe

Pemberton Farm Chalets - best farmstay holiday accommodation Pemberton Farm Chalets is a great farmstay experience for the whole family. Set on a 35 acre property bordered by the Gloucester National Park and the State Forest, the kids will love getting up close to the friendly farm animals and you will love being able to sit back and relax surrounded by amazing natural beauty.   The town of Pemberton in southwest Western Australia is in the heart of Karri country, named after the magnificent Karri tree, which is one of the largest trees in the world. Pemberton Farm Chalets, the 2008 winner of the national TakeABreak Award for best farmstay experience, is ideally located in a region of pristine old growth forests, rivers, mobile dune systems and secluded stretches of coastline. &nb... Read more

Spotlight on- Karma Chalets
By Lisa Monk

Just 400 kilometres south of Perth is Denmark, a region of enormous natural beauty with a blend of rugged coastline and natural inlets, karri forests and national parks, and you will see why the locals say that Denmark is “where the forest meets the sea”. And what a sea … there is no doubt that the Indian Ocean possesses a colour and clarity that is completely different and totally captivating.  The long and spectacular coastline offers any number of wonderful places to cast a line, surf, whale watch, swim in quiet inlets and more.  Depending on the season, the rivers meander quietly to the sea or thunder down cascades offering views of nature at its wildest. However there are also places of great peace and tranquillity, where nature is in its most gentle and... Read more

Editor's Choice - Blue House Bed & Breakfast
By Lisa Monk

Nannup is a glorious part of the South West region of WA and the name itself is an indigenous one, meaning ‘stopping place’. It is known as the “Garden Village”.  and with so many beautiful flowers to see, along with a great climate and immense natural beauty, it is easy to understand why you would want to stop in Nannup. There are so many reasons to visit Nannup and The Blue House B&B is just one more.  This Queenslander-style house is warm and welcoming and each bedroom opens directly on to the verandah, making the most of the lovely valley views and the 5 acres of land, bordered by river and forest. The Blue House has three bedrooms and offers the best of traditional homestay accommodation, where the owners are there when you need them and me... Read more

Editor's Choice - The Beach House, Shoalwater Bay
By Lisa Monk

There are certain places that make you let out a sigh of relief as soon as you see them, knowing that all your holiday boxes have been ticked.  Well, the Beach House at Shoalwater Bay is definitely one of those. With its absolute waterfront location and stunning 180 degree view of the bay and its islands, this house is the answer to the dreams of every stressed, busy and wrung-out holiday seeker.  You could be forgiven for thinking that you are miles from anywhere, but the delights of Perth are only 40 minutes away, and the area abounds in things to do and see. The House was originally a “renovator’s delight” that the inspired and talented owners have turned into a retreat from the everyday.  With such a magnificent location it is the ideal place for a ... Read more

Editor's Choice - The Rosewood Guesthouse
By Lisa Monk

You don’t even need to step inside the Rosewood Guesthouse to see that it is something special.  Maybe it’s the sweeping driveway, bordered by glorious gardens, which leads to the charming and gracious guesthouse.  There is that indefinable special something, even before you go through the front door. Whatever it is, stepping inside will just confirm that you are about to experience something well and truly out of the ordinary.  And the judges of the Western Australia Tourism Awards seem to agree, having awarded the property “WA Tourism Award for Hosted Accommodation 2007”.  This award reflects the dedication and professionalism of the owners, Jane & Keith Purdie, who see themselves as tourism operators, rather than simply accommodation prov... Read more

Editor's Choice - The Painted Fish
By Lisa Monk

We really are spoiled for choice in Australia, not only because our country features so many different and wonderful landscapes, but also because there are accommodation operators like Shani Graham and Tim Darby, who have taken their love of art, nature and sustainable tourism, and turned it into a unique place to stay, The Painted Fish. Take an exceptional location like Fremantle, add a mixture of quirky accommodation and a commitment to a greener way of living, and you have a fascinating and sustainable place to stay for a break like no other. Shani & Tim had several goals when they conceived the idea for The Painted Fish.  They wanted to offer a haven from the noise and ‘busyness’ of the city to relax and inspire; provide short-term accommodation for travellers wi... Read more

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