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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 - Review - Woolloomooloo Waters
By Lisa Monk

80 Dowling Street Woolloomooloo   The apartment is part of a hotel/apartment complex, which offers a variety of different configurations, to suit most requirements.   Overall rating?     Excellent   What makes Woolloomooloo Waters different? The location, close to the iconic Finger Wharf and Harry’s Café de Wheels, is the perfect spot for a taste of Sydney nightlife. Easy undercover parking, plenty of restaurants, bars and taxis – all add up to a great place to savour Sydney.   Accommodation overview There was loads of room, as this was an apartment, rather than a hotel room. Our apartment had a king-size bed and there was plenty of storage space in the built-in wardrobes. You enter into a hallway, with the bathroom and bedro... 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 - 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

Review - Castle Keep B&B at Thorngrove Manor
By Quentin Long

Glenside Lane Stirling, Adelaide Hills South Australia This amazing castle-like gothic building stands majestically on a leafy street. It feels grand, whimsical and straight out of a fairytale. Overall rating?    Excellent, with outstanding ambience What makes Castle Keep B&B different? Located in a relatively quiet lane in Stirling, Thorngrove Manor is surrounded by green and towering trees. The gardens and the greenery of the Adelaide Hills make you feel as though you are in your own private and compact castle in Europe. Accommodation overview An amazing experience! Climb the spiral staircase, marvel at the stone flagged floors and the Angaston white marble and arrive at the sleeping/living sitting area, with nine sides and a vaulted ceiling. The 19t... Read more

Review - Seabreeze Thirroul
By Susie Moore

2/16 Bath Street Thirroul, Illawarra Region NSW This is a modern, clean and fresh two-bedroom apartment, perfectly located between the beach and the town. Overall rating?    Excellent, with outstanding cleanliness What makes Seabreeze different? This clean and bright apartment has everything you need for a seaside holiday and being self-contained, it means that you can choose to browse the local shops and self-cater, or sample the delights of the eateries in the town. Accommodation overview There are two bedrooms, one has a queen-size bed and the other has a double bed. There is room for extra guests, with the sofa sleeping one and there is also a single folding bed that can be used, if necessary. The bedrooms have plenty of wardrobe space and lovely li... Read more

Editor's Choice - The African Cottage and The Rondawel
By Lisa Monk

Often when we think of holidays, we think of sparkling sands and pristine waters. However by thinking only of beach holidays, we are missing many of the glorious treasures that nestle in the hinterland behind the beaches. They offer a different type of holiday, but one still within close proximity to beaches, if that is what you are looking for. The hinterland behind the Sunshine Coast hides many treasures, such as The African Cottage and The Rondawel. These African-inspired cottages are the brainchild of Matilda, who came to Australia from South Africa over 20 years ago. She spent many years running a restaurant that served traditional South African food as well as developing a range of sauces, chutneys, marinades and spices. These Gourmet Afrika products are still available, however M... Read more

Review - Dumas House
By Greg Barton

11 Druids Avenue Mt Barker SA The large and beautiful front gardens are a welcome surprise and the house is set well back, seeming to nestle within its leafy surrounds. It is a beautiful heritage-listed building, which makes you feel as though you are stepping back in time. Overall rating?    Outstanding What makes Dumas House different? The house was originally the home of the Dumas family (Charles Dumas founded the local newspaper) and there are many interesting mementos and historic touches that reflect the house’s history. The rear garden is a stand out feature of the property, not least because of the heritage-listed and majestic English oak but also thanks to the glorious gardens that provide an explosion of colour. Accommodation overview There... 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

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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