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Australia has it's say on Best Adventure Destination
  • Adventure means different things to different people, so if you have your own adventure story to share, share with us now.
  • Stretch yourself...
  • "Sailing around the Whitsundays!"
  • "Our 10 days in Palm Cove were spent exploring the Daintree, the rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef..."
  • "Exploring the Great Ocean Road is our favourite holiday experience. The endless white beaches and wonderful historic buildings..."

Best Aussie Adventures

Where do you think is the best adventure holiday destination in Australia?

The 2009 votes are still being counted to find the best place to take yourself and your friends, partner or family on an adventure holiday. Where are the best places to go, things to do and things to see?

TakeABreak.com.au, Australia’s only independent holiday rental website, has initiated a first time ‘Best Places to Stay’ award for Australian destinations, which recognises towns and cities that have outstanding facilities in specialist segment categories.

Winners will be voted on by the public with 8 categories presenting finalists across each state.

Just some of the TakeABreak Adventure Destination finalists…

Freycinet Peninsula, TAS 14.93%
Jabiru, NT 6.72%
Flinders Ranges, SA 5.97%
Daintree, QLD 18.66%
Kimberley, WA 15.67%
Gold Coast, QLD 15.67%
Exmouth, WA 5.97%
Bellingen, NSW 2.24%
Grampians, VIC 11.19%
Fraser Coast, QLD 0.75%
Wilsons Promontory, VIC 0.75%
Riverland, SA  0.75%
Wandiligong, VIC  0.75%

This is what just some of our visitors have to say…

Exmouth WA Pristine waters, fantastic diving (in particular Exmouth Navy Pier), spectacular marine life, beautiful weather... Great for families, couples, singles!!”
“My favourite holiday was with my parents as a 12 year old visiting Wilsons Promontory. It was the 1st time I'd seen kangaroos in the wild, saw my first snake on a bush walk, had lorikeets on my head at Tidal River, walked bare foot on Squeaky Beach, swam in the Ocean at Waratah Bay, had a chocolate milkshake at Fish Creek and loved every minute being part of a family on an adventure. At nearly 40 years of age it still brings a smile to my face nearly 30 years later! Any holiday that lives on in your heart is a winner in my mind!!”
Sailing around the Whitsundays
“Our favourite holiday experience was a self-drive holiday in Tasmania, one of the best places that we stayed was Diamond Island Resort, excellent food and service and we loved the walks along the beach and the penguin tour. Tasmania has everything that you could want in a self-drive holiday. A really good destination for romance, adventure, family and beaches. Tasmania has it all.”
“In January 2009 my husband and I went to Tasmania. Our favourite part was the 3 day hike around Freycinet Peninsula - the most gorgeous beaches, amazing camping spots with 6 star views and stunning views. It was pristine, relaxing and so refreshing. However, it was so quiet and special that it's like a secret I'm not sure if I should tal about.”
“To live underground in Coober Pedy - we stayed with Down to Earth B&B ... fabulous experience and wonderful hosts! Plus all those opals and weird landscapes....”
“Two years ago I booked a holiday on TakeABreak for my family to Palm Cove. It was the first time we had all travelled together as a family of five. Our 10 days in Palm Cove were spent exploring the Daintree, the rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. One of my children has autism and having everything handy in our apartment made this holiday run smoothly for us. It was a great success and a very special experience for us all. We all, including my youngest who was then 3yrs old, still talk about our trip to Palm Cove with great happiness.”
“Driving across the Nullarbor, a fantastic road trip, definitely an eye opener, and we met so many great people along the way, some we still keep in contact with.”
“Last year a friend and I flew to Darwin and then took three weeks making a leisurely trip around Darwin and then south to Alice Springs and Uluru. We stayed wherever we found ourselves at night for as long as we wished. It was a wonderful experience, making the most of the outstanding scenery, staying at camp sites and other simple accommodation. We met up several times with the same people, including overseas visitors, following the same route. As a pair of travellers who easily get talking, we found both the local people and our fellow travellers easy to get on with - a highlight of our trip.”
“Commencing in Perth and driving all the way up the coast to Monkey Mia where we fed and swam with dolphins. Then back down to Perth where we swam with seals and then onto the Margaret River region, where we fed stingrays. Along the way we found some spectacular places to stay and discover and the weather was absolutely fabulous. WA has so much to offer and the people were always friendly and helpful. Next time we will make our way up to Exmouth and experience the whale sharks in action.”
Australian holiday of my lifetime was a two week trip around the Kimberley from Broome up the Gibb River Road and to the Mitchell Plateau, back down through the Bungle Bungles and Fitzroy Crossing to Broome. Rough roads, magnificent scenery, spectacular gorges, Tunnel Creek and stories from local Aboriginal guides about the meanings of the rock art. Just magnificent.”
“Amazing bushwalking and stargazing at Coonabarabran in NSW - stunning scenery and a relaxing holiday just getting away from the crowds!”
“Flight to Alice Springs with family of 5 and stay there as the base (Desert Palms Resort). Pick-up pre-booked 4WD and do day trips exploring surrounding attractions and areas returning to Alice each night. Then drive the loop from Alice to Uluru, spent two nights at the Desert Gardens Hotel Ayers Rock, two nights at Kings Canyon (Campground Budget Rm) and return via Palm Valley, then to Alice overnight. Fly out.”
“Our best holiday was a four month adventure holiday - weaving a path up through outback Queensland to Lawn Hill, King Fisher Camp, over to Kakadu, over to Broome, back through the Kimberleys and up to Mitchell Falls and Kalumburu. We then made our way home via Wolfe Crater and the amazing Lake Gregory in the Tanami Desert to Alice Springs and back home to beautiful Jervis Bay.”
“Our most recent holiday was a backpacker tour from Perth to Broome. We abseiled, climbed up and down gorges and swam in pristine waterholes in Karajini National park. We camped out under the stars, serenaded by howling dingoes. Nothing can surpass the beauty of nature and the ethereal experience of snorkelling with the underwater angels, the manta rays and the once in a lifetime experience of visiting the biggest fish in the world, the majestic whale sharks. This tour was completed by an exquisite sunset in Broome with the famous camel ride on Cable Beach. We travelled from here to another three day tour, with a seaplane flight to Derby and the horizontal waterfall, being thoroughly spoilt on the Adventure Cat, our home for three nights visiting the area's archipelago islands. Back to Perth for a day trip to see the ancient forest and tree-top walk in southern Western Australia. We met many new friends, both young and old. The hardest part was returning to work. We totally recommend any of these places.”
“My favourite was when my husband and I joined the Grey Nomads and had a wonderful six week trip to Broome, exploring outback Australia on the way - meeting lots of other Aussies and folks from overseas - fellow travellers and locals. It has changed our outlook - and we now take every opportunity to take off for further explorations!!”
“Favourite holiday experience is tropical North Queensland, diving at the Great Barrier Reef, then driving to the Daintree Rainforest.”
“Driving holiday from Adelaide to South West Rocks NSW. Driving down through Dorrigo was breathtaking, beautiful scenery looking down through the tree tops, then arriving into South West Rocks, a beautiful little getaway. The birds chattering in the trees behind Horseshoe Bay, beautiful beaches, spectacular coast line, and world class diving at Fish Rock Cave with the boys from South West Rocks dive Centre. I've been back there 8 times in 5 years from Adelaide, I don’t think I like the place!!!”
“We have just come back from a trip through the Kimberley. I was enthralled with the bird life on the Yellow Waters cruise in Kakadu. You could almost touch the exotic Jabiru or Blue Azure Kingfisher while floating past large crocodiles. Camping in the Bungle Bungles and seeing some of the oldest rock art in the world makes one realise the importance of preserving the country.”
“Our favourite holiday experience was touring in a campervan around Tassie ... it was so many different experiences packed into one holiday!”
“We took 14 months off work and went around Australia. We stayed at all types of accommodation. Mostly caravan parks, as accommodation was limited at a lot of places. I think a lot of people give Australia the thumbs down and jet off oversees. They don't see how unique this country is.”
“We love the NSW South Coast, particularly Jervis Bay (Vincentia, Huskisson). The area has so many of the most beautiful beaches - quiet, protected, child and dog-friendly. It is an extremely scenic area with whale and dolphin cruises, large areas of national park to explore, miles of bike tracks, and lots of good restaurants too! It's a great place for a family holiday (including the fur kids!).”
“Driving from Broome to Perth in a Campervan. Taking our own path and discovering the treasure of Coral Bay. We nearly did not stop there but so glad we did, that and all the National Parks on the route down.”
“5 day adventure just after adopting my furry kids, 2 dogs that is! 2 Shih Tzus, one campervan, one guide to pet-friendly accommodation, and me. Nowhere to get to and no schedule!!!! Destination: somewhere north. We got to Port Macquarie, arriving one morning at the lighthouse to observe a whale, followed by a group of dolphins as an impressive Brahminy Kite flew over us. Memorable!”
“My favourite holiday experience was snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef on my honeymoon. My first ever experience snorkelling and we saw turtles, beautiful rainbow coloured fishes and the most iridescent coral ever!”
“For the past two years we have headed to Bright for the Autumn Festival for several days after finding great pet-friendly accommodation through TakeABreak. We found the beauty of Bright and the surrounding areas, townships, mountains and valleys surpassed anything we have experienced here or overseas. And oh! The amazing colours of the autumn leaves. Mother Nature at her best.”
“Our fantastic holiday was in Tasmania; we always wanted to visit there but never thought places like St Helens, Bicheno and Wine Glass Bay would be as beautiful as they were. Any tourist would fall in love with the place.”
“My favourite all time holiday experience was 40 days spent travelling around Tasmania - which we called our "40 Days in the Wilderness" trip. Travelling across on the Spirit was a wonderful experience. Tasmania provided us with adventure, history, wilderness, beaches, wonderful local produce and products, and friendly faces everywhere we travelled.”
Fraser Island. Beautiful, natural, relaxing or you can go on many tours.”

“Around Perth - family trip with 17 people and 4 cars - it is the best experience with city, country, farmstay, adventure, things to see and do that cater to all people - seniors, young, adults, couples etc. We drove from Perth city down to Margaret River, wine tasting and food sampling, Cape Leeuwen Lighthouse, Augusta, hiking in Pemberton, Tree-top walk, Walpole, Gap and natural bridge at Albany and went back north through the city towards the Pinnacles, then back to the city to stay at Scarborough and Fremantle. It is the talk of the town topic to all of us and we never forget this experience.”
“Surf lessons at Gerroa NSW
“I went to Gulgong for a travelling holiday and loved the people and the historical value of the town... it was a step back in time and the locals were so friendly. Also pet-friendly... you must visit.”
“Swimming with the whale sharks in Exmouth was totally awesome, we went with Blue Horizon Charters and the kids had the most amazing experience.”

“Snorkelling with the family at Ningaloo Reef.”

“Visiting Arnhem Land in the NT, seeing Aboriginal rock art and really feeling one with the land.”

“Exploring the Great Ocean Road is our favourite holiday experience. The endless white beaches and wonderful historic buildings. The area is blessed with a combination of history and modern adventure. Our kids love exploring the rock pools and lighthouses at places like Ocean Grove, Lorne, Torquay and Queenscliff, while we enjoy the serenity of walks along almost deserted beaches. It has something for everyone.”

“Our favourite holiday was to Noosa Heads where we rented a car for day trips to various attractions up and down the coast such Australia Zoo, Glass house Mountains, Underwater Water World, Bribie Island long beach and the beautiful rainforests.”
Atherton Tablelands – friendly, relaxed and welcoming people when we first visited the region five years ago.”

“About ten years ago we travelled to Tasmania to visit one of our sons who was studying in Launceston. We packed a tent in Launceston and went on four short trips, each one for three days. We visited some amazing places, including Cradle Mountain, Stratton, Beauty Point and Hobart. I remember an amazing camping ground on the west coast, where there was an incredible display of fireflies and wallabies. This would have to be my favourite all time holiday spot.”
“Taking the kids to the Gold Coast and experiencing the fun and adventure of Movie World, Sea World and Wet n Wild.”

Adventure means different things to different people, so if you have your own adventure story to share, share with us now.

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