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Byron Bay

Travel and vacation in Byron Bay, Australia Here you will find general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts as well as travel deals. See current weather, forecasts and exchange rates. About Byron Bay The city What is attractive about a stay in Byron Bay are its stunning beaches. The main beach is quite wide and lengthy, with warm, golden sands and plenty of space to enjoy. Most of the beaches in the area are perfect for surfing. It is also a good...
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Coffs Harbour

Travel and vacation in Coffs Harbour, Australia Here you will find general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts as well as travel deals. See current weather, forecasts and exchange rates. About Coffs Harbour The city Coffs Harbour is a friendly seaside town located on the New South Wales North Coast. ‘Coffs’ as it is affectionately known by locals, is the biggest city on the Coffs Coast which stretches for over 90 kilometres. Coffs Harbour has its own airport with direct flights from...

Lismore

Travel and vacation in Lismore, Australia Here you will find general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts as well as travel deals. See current weather, forecasts and exchange rates. About Lismore The city Lismore is one of the places people come to escape the tedium of the big coastal cities and with regular flights flying direct to Lismore Regional Airport you only have to travel five minutes to get to town when you land. Once you arrive there are so many amazing...
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Lord Howe Island

Travel and vacation in Lord Howe Island, Australia Here you will find general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts as well as travel deals. See current weather, forecasts and exchange rates. About Lord Howe Island Is this Australias best kept secret ? Lord Howe Island is an extraordinary place, and has been described as the last paradise, where you will often find more fish and bird species than people, and this includes the visitors as well!! No mass tourism here The reason for this...
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Newcastle

Travel and vacation in Newcastle, Australia Here you will find general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts as well as travel deals. See current weather, forecasts and exchange rates. About Newcastle The city Newcastle is the heart of Australia’s Hunter Region famous worldwide for its wineries. Newcastle is the second oldest city in Australia and is a fabulous place to explore for the weekend or a week. Newcastle features a spectacular coastline, eight surf beaches and nature reserves at your doorstep. Newcastle offers...
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Sydney

Travel and vacation in Sydney, Australia Here you will find general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts as well as travel deals. See current weather, forecasts and exchange rates. About Sydney The city Sydney is the iconic Australian city. Think of it and you immediately picture the city’s landmarks. You’ve got the Sydney Opera House, the Harbor Bridge, Fort Denison, and Sydney Tower all to enjoy within the confines of the local harbour. Sydney, however, is a destination that is defined by its...
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Wagga Wagga

Travel and vacation in Wagga Wagga, Australia Here you will find general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts as well as travel deals. See current weather, forecasts and exchange rates. About Wagga Wagga The city Wagga Wagga is one of those destinations that sounds inviting from the first moment you hear of it. This community will not disappoint. Located in the eastern Riverina region, you’ll find river beaches, plenty of sporting opportunities, and wonderful museums to tour. In Australia, Wagga Wagga is home...
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Wollongong

Travel and vacation in Wollongong, Australia Here you will find general travel information, guides, “good to know” and facts as well as travel deals. See current weather, forecasts and exchange rates. About Wollongong The city Located on the coast in the New South Wales, Wollongong, or just the “Gong,” lies on a narrow strip of land between the ocean and the Illawarra Escarpment. It is one of the most beautiful regions of Australia, with cliffs and eroded plateaus leading to gorgeous mountain ranges in...

Australia – New South Wales, travel and discover

Find in New South Wales, a coastline lined with towns and cities boasting the best beaches in Australia. A New South Wales holiday means having the chance to visit some of Australia’s best surfing spots. The Blue Mountains in the southwest boast iconic rock formations and in the winter are a snow-laden skier’s paradise. Find one of Australia’s many superb wine-growing regions in the Hunter Valley and taste first hand what this world famous wine country is all about.

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Witness the artistic skyline of Australia’s largest city, Sydney. Find pumping nightlife, superb harbour views, restaurants and live music venues amongst the worlds best. Or, find a laid-back life style in the blue-collar town of Wollongong, backed by a magnificent cliff scape. Explore the traditional lands of the Dharawal people.

Find down to earth locals and an innovative arts scene in Newcastle. Hang out on the funky Darby street and roll around the newly rejuvenated harbour in this easy-going city. Find Australia’s premier surf beaches in and around Byron Bay. With seven different beachfronts around the point there is always a break to surf in this super cool beach town. A holiday to New South Wales has no limit to the variety of its incredible destinations.

Explore the coast on a New South Wales holiday. Boasting picturesque ocean scenes and high quality surf beaches, New South Wales is the beach lovers dream destination. Visit Australia’s largest and most energetic city, Sydney, and indulge in the fine art, cuisine and nightlife that is always on offer.

New South Wales is far enough south of Australia’s tropical regions to enjoy four distinct seasons through the year. Australia’s states being so large the weather will vary a little depending where you are, but you will find that summer is still summer and winter is still winter wherever you are in this great state. Enjoy the heat of summer or the cool and comfortable seasons of spring and autumn, but unless you love the cold, perhaps avoid the months of June to august during winter.

Find some of Australia’s best surf beaches in New South Wales. You will find perfect beaches pretty much everywhere you go along this magnificent coastline, but if you will hit the jackpot in Byron Bay. This Lazy beach side town is such a perfect holiday spot it puts a glimmer in the eye of developers, but locals have fought to keep the high rises and big beach resorts out of this low key, funky surf town.

Wollongong has long been an industrial hub and the blue-collar resolve of this honest town shows through in the best way. Laid back and genuine locals welcome tourists to this town framed by magnificent cliff faces, boasting surf beaches to the north and the Illawara escarpment, a heritage protected reserve with no vehicle access, southwest.

Enjoy the lazy life in Newcastle. Wander around the newly rejuvenated harbour and take in the innovative art scene of this funky city. Spend time on the super trendy Darby street and of course relax on the picturesque beaches.

Spice up your holiday with a trip to the up-to-the-minute city of Sydney. Join in on the pumping nightlife and enjoy the plethora of top quality restaurants, hidden music/art venues and cruise the harbour on one of Sydney’s iconic ferries.

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Travel and vacation in Albury, New South Wales, Australia
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About Albury

The City

Albury is a picturesque country town and is the perfect place to unwind. Albury is serviced by its own airport and its location along the Hume Highway means that it is easily accessible for those travelling by car from Sydney, Canberra or Melbourne. Unlike some of New South Wales’ coastal towns, Albury experiences the four seasons and temperatures regularly drop below zero during winter. Separated from its twin city Wodonga only by the Murray River, the area is commonly referred to as Albury-Wodonga.

Wander around the towns to experience well-preserved 19th century architecture and beautiful gardens and parks. Two popular spots include the historic Albury Botanic Gardens which is the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful picnic and the Sumsion Gardens which offer an excellent children’s playground. Albury-Wodonga prides itself on its interesting history and thriving arts and culture scene. Make sure to stop by the Albury Railway Station which was built in 1881 and the Albury Art Gallery. Walkers and cyclists will love discovering the 45 kilometres of bike and walking paths along the Murray River. Serious cyclists looking for a challenge should head to the nearby mountainous town of Bright.

Albury-Wodonga is blessed with some of the best regional produce in Australia and is a must visit for gourmet food and wine lovers. With their famous ‘eat streets’, Albury-Wodonga offer a huge range of dining options ranging from classic pub meals and family friendly bistros to fine dining. The historic Kinross Woolshed Hotel built in the 1890s is well worth a visit for a hearty pub meal. For a dining experience you will never forget head to the Border Wine Room.

In the region around Albury-Wodonga you will find the King Valley which produces the largest number of Italian wine varieties in Australia and the Rutherglen wine region. These two regions are home to more than 40 wineries which offer cellar door tastings. Beer aficionados should not despair, as Bridge Road Brewers in nearby Beechworth is open seven days a week and offers a range of delicious hand crafted beers

Where is Albury ?

Albury is a beautiful country town in New South Wales situated along the spectacular Murray River. On the other side of the Murray is Wodonga, Albury’s twin city. Albury-Wodonga is a great place to stop for a night’s rest on the long drive between Sydney and Melbourne or to relax for a week. Albury-Wodonga boasts beautiful 19th Century architecture, excellent restaurants which serve fresh regional produce and a thriving arts and culture scene. Located only a short drive away visitors can experience the King Valley winery region and the mountainous town of Bright which is extremely popular with cyclists.

Where to stay in Albury ?

There is a great range of options when it comes to choosing your Albury accommodation. Despite its country location, in addition to motels and motor inns, Albury-Wodonga also offers luxury suites, stylish cottages and serviced apartments. The majority of Albury’s accommodation is concentrated around the city centre. This is a great choice for those who want easy access to restaurants and shopping. For couples seeking a romantic getaway consider staying around Lake Hume or at Table Top Mountain. Golfers should not look past the Howlong Country Golf Club located in Howlong along the Murray River.

Travel and vacation in Anna Bay, New South Wales, Australia
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About Anna Bay

The City

As beach destinations go, Anna Bay is an oasis of happiness. The dunes in Anna Bay constitute the largest coastal sand mass in New South Wales, and are popular for quad-biking, sand-boarding, and camel-riding. The Tomarree Head Lookout walk provides a perfect view of the bay after a refreshing stroll, and in Spring you can experience the ethereal beauty of the area’s native wildflowers.

The bay’s One Mile Beach, is the perfect place to drop a line or catch a wave, and if you’re not a pro, don’t worry—Anna Bay offers surfing lessons that will have you looking like you’ve been doing it all your life. You might also like to go scuba-diving or snorkelling around the bay, or perhaps a quiet cruise out on the waters is more your style. If you’re a little more adventurous, jet-skiing could be a great option for you in Anna Bay, or maybe you’d like to experience a romantic horse-ride across the beach.

From May to July, you can experience the wonder of whale watching in Anna Bay. Take a guided whale watching tour to learn all about these magnificent creatures, or bring a pair of binoculars and spot them for yourself. Anna Bay is also famous for its local, year-round dolphin population.

In the village, you might like to visit the Australian Shark and Ray Centre, or perhaps try your hand at a round of golf. The village is host to weekly craft markets, as well as spa retreats for the perfect dose of relaxation. You might also like to experience some of the bay’s fantastic festivals during the year, like the Blue Water Country Music Festival, or the Oyster and Timber Festival. Perhaps you’d like to grab a bite to eat at one of the many bistros and taverns Anna Bay has on offer, or try some of the regions fresh fruit and vegetables. Whether you want to wine and dine at a classic restaurant, or witness the stunning sight of migrating whales, Anna Bay is sure to amaze you.

Where is Anna Bay ?

Holidays to Anna Bay are the perfect outdoor escape, with an abundance of activities for families and couples. With a strong World War II history, beautiful beaches and waters, music, and of course, outdoor activities, Anna Bay has something to interest absolutely everyone. If you’re looking for a romantic weekend away, Anna bay has plenty of spots for pampering and exploring. Or, if you’re geared up for a family adventure, Anna Bay has something to keep everyone interested and entertained for the entire stay. Accommodation is as forth-coming as the region’s lengthy list of activities; you’ll be sure to find the perfect place to stay in Anna bay

Where to stay in Anna Bay ?

Situated in the Hunter region of New South Wales, Anna Bay accommodation offers its visitors everything from good old-fashioned beach-front stays, to village-central apartments. With great beaches, serene bushland, and everything you could possibly need for a great holiday in Anna Bay’s village, you’re sure to find somewhere that fits your holiday plans perfectly. You might enjoy an immersive farm-stay experience in the hinterland—a truly unique holiday. Perhaps you’d prefer a beach-front stay where you can enjoy the calm sea breeze and stunning ocean views. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Anna Bay

Travel and vacation in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
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About Armidale

The City

Armidale is a picture perfect country town and a great place to unwind. Located in New South Wales’ Northern Tablelands, Armidale marks approximately the half way mark between Sydney and Brisbane and is a great place to have a stopover on an east coast road trip. Armidale is also serviced by its own airport. A great time to visit Armidale is between March and May when a number of its biggest events are held including the Australian Wool Fashion Awards, the Autumn Festival and the New England Wool Expo. Visitors year round will be impressed by the Museum of Antiquities located at the University of New England as well as the New England Regional Art Museum which houses over 5000 works of art. Make sure you take advantage of the free Armidale Heritage Tour bus which takes visitors along a narrated tour of the most important sites of the city.

The region surrounding Armidale features a number of World Heritage national parks, spectacular gorges and waterfalls. An excellent way to explore the area is driving along the scenic Waterfall Way which leads you back out to the coast. Along the drive you will find a number of major waterfalls, a trout farm and quaint country villages. For those wanting to stay in the Armidale region, the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park should not be missed. The World Heritage listed area boasts the Apsley Macleay Gorges, one of the largest gorge systems in Australia, as well as the highest waterfall in New South Wales. Activities in the park include walking, paddling, fishing, cycling, horse riding and swimming.

Despite its regional location, Armidale has a thriving night life as the University of New England’s largest campus is located in the city. With a number of pubs and clubs to choose from you will certainly not be bored when the sun goes down. The New England Hotel is a great choice with a sports bar, chill out bar and a night club. Armidale is also the perfect base for exploring the New England wine region where there are more than 20 cellar doors open to the public. If you only have limited time, the award-winning Petersons Winery is one of the best and offers a wide range of both red and white wines.

Where is Armidale ?

The historic town of Armidale is one of the most picturesque rural towns in New South Wales. Armidale offers country charm but with all the comforts of a modern city making it the perfect place to unwind. Armidale features beautiful cathedrals, an interesting arts scene, excellent cafés and restaurants. The Armidale Heritage Tour bus offers free tours of the most important sites of the city. Just out of the city itself you will find the New England wine region and four national parks within a one hour drive. The Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is also one of the best in Australia and will impress with its spectacular gorges and waterfalls

Where to stay in Armidale ?

You will be impressed by the range of Armidale accommodation on offer. Armidale boasts a number of hotels, serviced apartment and bed and breakfasts. Those wanting to stay in the heart of the city and within walking distance of many of Armidale’s shops, restaurants and pubs should try and find a hotel near Marsh or Barney Street. Holiday makers who really want to get away from it all, or couples looking for a romantic getaway, should consider staying in the nearby countryside or one of New England’s local towns including Uralla, Guyra and Walcha

Travel and vacation in Avoca Beach, New South Wales, Australia
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About Avoca Beach

The City

Avoca Beach is located on New South Wales’ beautiful Central Coast, around 100 kilometres north of Sydney. The town is a popular tourist destination, particularly for Sydney-siders who want to take a break from the fast paced city lifestyle. Avoca Beach is an easy 90 minute drive from Sydney and the town is also serviced by regular trains which depart from Sydney and Newcastle. If you’re serious about starting your coastal vacation as soon as you walk out your door – why not take a ferry from Palm Beach in Sydney or Ettalong Beach on the Central Coast.

Avoca Beach’s main beach is situated between two rocky headlands and has a range of surf conditions to suit all levels of experience. Avoca Beach is also an ideal place to go for a swim. Families with young kids will love the ocean rock pool near the Surf Live Saving Club where the little ones will enjoy having a splash and searching for sea creatures.

If Avoca Beach is too crowded for your liking, head out of town where you will find a number of great beaches all with golden sand and deep blue ocean. Venture south to Copocabana Beach or north to Terrigal – both beaches are patrolled by lifesavers and have good swimming conditions. While you are in Terrigal, consider trying something totally different and head out on a Microlight flight. You will soar with the birds high up in the sky while soaking in the beauty of the Central Coast.

Holiday makers who have always dreamt of experiencing the thrill of surfing should pay a visit to the Central Coast Surf School. The School offers group and private lessons at Avoca Beach and caters for all ages and skill levels. With the School’s experienced staff – you’ll be standing up in no time! Keen divers should check out the Ex-HMAS Adelaide Dive Site. The purpose prepared dive site is home to a variety of marine life including kingfish, octopus, bat fish and the giant eastern cuttlefish.

The Bouddi National Park is a short drive out of Avoca Beach and is a must-do for nature lovers. The Park offers bush walking, fishing, picnic spots and camping facilities set along a stunning coastline. One of the most popular walking tracks is between Putty Beach and MacMasters Beach. In the National Park you will also find a number of significant Aboriginal sites.

In Avoca Beach itself, make sure you pay a visit to the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre. The theatre was built in the 1950s by Norman and Mervyn Hunter and is still owned and operated by the Hunter family. The theatre is licenced and shows a large range of movies including foreign language films, art house classics and the latest blockbusters. The Beachside Markets are held on the fourth Sunday of the every month at the Heazlett Park Foreshore. The markets feature live music and more than 100 stores selling local art, jewellery and home wares

Where is Avoca Beach ?

The coastal town of Avoca Beach is one of the gems of the New South Wales’ Central Coast. As the name suggests, the town’s main attraction is its golden sandy beaches which are popular with sun lovers and experienced surfers.

Its beaches might be the star of the town, but there is plenty to see and do in Avoca Beach apart from swimming and surfing. Avoca Beach has a historic cinema, bowls club and a number of restaurants and cafés. A short drive from town you will find the Bouddi National Park which is a great place for a picnic or a bush walk

Where to stay in Avoca Beach ?

There is a great range of choice when it comes to your Avoca Beach accommodation. To be centrally located and within walking distance of the beach and a range of cafés and restaurants, try and book a hotel close to the beachfront along Avoca Drive. For holiday makers seeking a bit of privacy and peace and quiet, consider staying just out of town in Picketts Valley or close to Saltwater Creek. The towns of Terrigal and Copacabana are just a stone’s throw away from Avoca Beach and also offer some excellent accommodation options

Travel and vacation in Ballina, New South Wales, Australia
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About Ballina

The City

Ballina is easily accessible by car and is about a 90 minute drive from the Gold Coast airport and is also serviced by its own airport with direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle – making it very accessible to visitors.

Between Ballina and the nearby town of Lennox Heads, famous for its right-hand point-break, lies 35 kilometres of pristine golden sandy beaches. Such a long stretch of coastline means that you have a good chance of discovering a secluded beach where you can relax with no interruptions for the day. For those who aren’t bothered by crowds, one of the most popular beaches in Ballina is Lighthouse Beach. Great for both swimming and surfing, Lighthouse Beach is patrolled between September and the end of Easter. Those travelling with children should head to Shelly Beach which has a wading pool built into the rocks or the well protected Shaws Bay.

Ballina is also located on the mouth of the Richmond River. The picturesque waterway can be explored either on a cruise or by wandering along the Kerry Saxby river walk. If you are feeling adventurous, kayaks are available for hire to explore the nearby North Creek wetlands.

Ballina is famous for being the home of the Big Prawn, one of Australia’s many ‘big things’. The Big Prawn has recently undergone a major refurbishment and is now sporting a fresh coat of paint and a new tail. The Big Prawn signifies the fact that the seafood industry plays an important role in the local economy and a great time to visit Ballina is during the Ballina Prawn Festival. Visitors to the festival can participate in shelling competitions and try their luck at ‘throwing a prawn on the barbie’.

If you can’t make it during the Prawn Festival, make sure you still make the most of the local seafood by visiting one of Ballina’s many cafés and riverside restaurants. If you are after something more casual, grab some fish and chips from a takeaway store to eat on the beach watching the sunset.

Where is Ballina ?

Beautiful Ballina is a stunning coastal town on the New South Wales north coast. Ballina is the perfect place to unwind with the town offering a number of beauty spas, a golf course and excellent restaurants. Ballina is also home to a number of art galleries, interesting museums and of course, the infamous Big Prawn. Surfers and beach lovers alike will not be disappointed with the 32 kilometres of pristine coastline that runs from Ballina to Lennox Head. The region surrounding Ballina features three major rivers which connect more than 300 towns and villages meaning there is always plenty to see and do.

Where to stay in Ballina ?

All budgets are catered for when it comes to Ballina accommodation with a range of luxury hotels, holiday apartments and motels on offer. Most of Ballina’s accommodation is concentrated around River Street where you will have uninterrupted waterfront views of the Richmond River and be close to plenty of dining options. For a more secluded getaway, consider staying in Empire Vale or near the Richmond River Nature Reserve. A hotel in East Ballina will ensure that you are only a short walk away from beautiful beaches. Serious surfers should stay in the nearby town of Lennox Head which has some of the best surf breaks in Australia.

Travel and vacation in Barooga, New South Wales, Australia
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About Barooga

The City

Thompson’s Beach on the Murray River is said to be the largest inland beach in Australia, and many people head to the region just for that reason. You can just simply relax at this glorious spot of natural beauty or do any manner of activities, from swimming to kayaking to angling and a whole lot more.

Another beautiful location of quiet serenity is Barooga Botanical Gardens. Set on six acres of what was once a cricket ground, the gardens feature delightful trees and shrubs as well as various walkways. There are free barbeque facilities there, so visitors can really make a day of it.

Towering, flowering cacti are not something you see very day in Australia; there are no native species in the country. But, near Barooga there are lots of them, at Cactus Country gardens. Well worth a visit this is a fascinating place to stop, you can even buy a cactus to take home as a souvenir.

Getting in touch with nature is what the various reserves along the Murray River are all about. There, you can go walking or cycling or canoeing on the river itself. A great way to experience these wonderful natural areas is to spend some time camping there.

The Farm Gate Trail is another fun and interesting activity, following a route that takes in unique farms that produce various products for local sale, from olive oil to fresh vegetables. You’ll be guaranteed warm welcomes along the way.

Holidaymakers can visit a number of wineries in the area and sample their offerings, including whites, reds and fortified wines.

In the evenings, it’s time to kick back and relax, having some local beers or excellent wines and dining on the finest of fresh, local produce, all with the best of Australian hospitality. It rounds off a perfect day in this great part of the country.

Where is Barooga ?

With its wide, open spaces of natural landscape and river activities, the town and surroundings of Barooga is a popular holiday destination in New South Wales. Set along the Murray River, Barooga has a twin town, Cobram, on the other side of the river which is more commercial. Barooga is only two and a half hours by car from Melbourne, and is known for its challenging 36-hole golf course as well as having the largest inland beach in Australia. The warmest time of year tends to be around February, when temperatures are around 24C, and in July it can fall to 8C, before picking up again towards the end of the year.

Where to stay in Barooga ?

Accommodation for visitors is found in Barooga and Cobram, with the two towns, separated by the Murray river, almost melding into one for many purposes. In central Barooga there’s luxury resort accommodation with a golfing theme and offering a range of options, including cottages, suites and a caravan park all in the one location. There’s more resort accommodation across the water, again with a number of options and particularly good for visitors with children as there’s a range of facilities especially for them. Staying along the Murray River offers visitors a more tranquil holiday, and there are plenty of places to choose from

Travel and vacation in Bateau Bay, New South Wales, Australia
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About Bateau Bay

The City

Many who come to Bateau Bay just want to chill out by the beach and totally unwind, but there’s lots to see and do here as well as in the surrounding areas.

While you’re in Bateau Bay, why not hire a bateau and go for a lovely day out on the water, taking a picnic and doing some fishing to see if you can catch something for dinner your accommodation chef can cook up for you.

Whale watching is a popular activity along the coast during the migratory months of May and August. One of the best vantage points for a sweeping view of the ocean and its mighty creatures is at Crackneck Lookout in the Wyong Area of Bateau Bay.

If you’re an avid golfer, or just starting out but keen, there are a number of good golf courses in the area. There’s a whole host of attractions around Bateau Bay, including the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby and the Australian Rainforest Sanctuary in Ourimbah, both about a 20-minute trip further inland.

Other places of interest to visitors include various well-known wineries spread about while hot air ballooning and scuba diving are popular – one going up, the other going down – and there are a number of operators in the region.

Tourists can also go paintballing, horse riding and feed pelicans, at The Entrance, a fashionable town 10 minutes to the north of Bateau Bay.

Art lovers will be keen to visit the Ken Duncan Gallery in Wamberal as well as the Neale Joseph Fine Art Gallery in Terrigal, both nearby towns to the south.

No visit to Bateau Bay would be complete without exploring Wyrrabalong National Park at The Entrance. Set on almost 600 hectares, the park is split into two parts, north and south, and has a number of walkways for visitors to discover its delights.

Where is Bateau Bay ?

Bateau Bay is a popular tourist destination in the Central Coast part of New South Wales. Bateau Bay – after the French for ‘boat’ – has great sandy beaches and the thrashing waters of the Tasman Sea attract many surfers to its shores. The state capital, Sydney, is just over an hour away to the south, making Bateau Bay easily accessible for those flying into the city. The climate is humid subtropical, which gives warm summers that reach 26C and mild winters with lows of around 10C. It tends to be wettest from around April to the start of July and driest from August to the end of October.

Where to stay in Bateau Bay ?

Along the splendid beachfront of Bateau Bay is one of the most desirable places to stay in the area. It’s lined with wonderful beach resorts and tourist parks that add enjoyment and relaxation to any holiday. Many are full year-round, such is the popularity of the area and excellent weather, so it’s advisable to book well in advance. Some resorts are kid-friendly, with all manner of activities and facilities to keep the little ones occupied and entertained. However, other places in this tourist haven do not allow children or even adolescents, up to the age of 20, to ensure the most peaceful holiday possible.

Travel and vacation in Batehaven, New South Wales, Australia
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About Batehaven

The City

Among the many things to see and do in Batehaven, it can be extremely relaxing to take a cruise on the beautiful Clyde River. Nothing beats an afternoon of watching the world go by from a boat, especially when the scenery is so picturesque. Whether you know the area well or you’re a first-time visitor, you will love the feeling of freedom that such a journey brings. Be sure to set aside some time for this wonderfully soothing experience.

You will find a great range of water-sports at Batemans Bay, enabling you to enjoy anything from slow, lazy undersea exploration to wild, white knuckle excitement. If you’re keen to try the local surfing, you will be pleased to know this area is perfect for all standards. One of the most popular activities is sea kayaking, which gives both beginners and experts a chance to savour a few hours of enjoyment on the ocean.

The area around Batehaven is particularly synonymous with the artistic community. The beautiful coastline, the spectacular countryside and the abundance of natural light all combine to make the area perfect for those who like to create. In the various towns and villages in the region you will find a wide and diverse selection of galleries, studios and stores dedicated to paintings, sculptures and craftworks.

One of the most popular tourist activities in the local area is wine-tasting. There are a great many wineries and vineyards in this part of New South Wales, creating some of Australia’s finest wines. Even if you’re not a particular fan of the grape, a tour will provide you with a fascinating insight into how these wines are created, and how they get to the dinner table.

Where is Batehaven ?

While some holiday destinations offer all the buzzers and bells of an exciting location, life is a little more understated in Batehaven. This charming little town is friendly and attractive, and it provides the perfect environment for an exceptionally relaxing idyll close to the majestic New South Wales coastline.

Just four kilometres from the scenic Batemans Bay, the close proximity of Canberra makes it a popular holiday spot for visitors from the Australian Capital Territory. Even in the height of summer, however, the pace of life remains pleasingly slow, and it never seems to get even remotely overcrowded.

Where to stay in Batehaven ?

Although it’s only a small town by New South Wales standards, you will find a great selection of Batehaven accommodation options here. The majority of the hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfasts are to be found along Beach Road, many of them offering superb views out to sea.

There are several more locations which could appeal, many of them located on Batemans Bay itself. Malua Bay is a popular choice, as is Broulee. Both of these lie to the south of Batehaven, while Ulladulla to the north is also a viable option

Travel and vacation in Batemans Bay, New South Wales, Australia
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About Batemans Bay

The City

Ideal for holidays, Batemans Bay is located around four hours south of Sydney and an easy two hour drive from Canberra. The closest airport to Batemans Bay is Moruya, located about a 20 minute drive from the town.

Located on the coastline at the mouth of the Clyde River, Batemans Bay’s best attractions involve the outdoors. Plenty of water sports are available on the Clyde River including water skiing, jet skiing, canoeing and kayaking. A number of local operators also offer lunchtime cruises of the river so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Fishing is a popular recreational activity in the river and one of the best spots to catch flathead, bream and whiting is in front of the Clyde View Holiday Park. Make sure to pick up a fishing licence before casting your line as the Clyde River is part of the Batemans Marine Park. In the Batemans Bay area you will also find a number of gorgeous beaches. Head to Surf Beach, Broulee or Narooma which are generally patrolled during the summer holidays.

History buffs and those travelling with children should head to The Original Gold Colony. Located just south of Batemans Bay in Mogo, the colony offers guided tours of an authentic gold mining town. Visitors can even try their luck panning for real gold. Another highlight of nearby Mogo is the Mogo Zoo. The privately owned zoo is dedicated to the preservation of endangered animals and is one of the most popular attractions in the area. The zoo provides an intimate experience allowing you to get up close and personal with animals such as meerkats, lemurs, white lions and red pandas.

Some of the freshest local seafood on the south coast is found in Batemans Bay. The oysters grown in the Clyde River are regarded as ‘the best of the best’ due to the river’s very clean water. To purchase fresh Clyde River oysters head to The Oyster Shed on Wray Street. If you want to learn more about the Clyde River’s oyster farms, tours are also available. For those seeking a more traditional seafood experience, there are plenty of fish and chip stores in the Batemans Bay area

Where is Batemans Bay ?

Batemans Bay on the New South Wales coast is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the area and it’s not hard to see why. The area features beautiful beaches, excellent fishing spots and its restaurants and cafés serve some of the freshest seafood on the south coast. Batemans Bay is set along the picture perfect Clyde River and is surrounded by a number of National Parks and State Forests just waiting to be explored. With plenty of activities on offer including snorkelling, diving, golf courses and animal parks you will certainly not be bored in Batemans Bay

Where to stay in Batemans Bay ?

Batemans Bay accommodation ranges from bed and breakfasts to holiday houses and luxury resorts. In Batemans Bay itself, a great place to stay is along or close to Beach Road which will ensure you have easy access to most of the town’s best attractions as well as the Clyde River. Beach Road continues out of the town towards the south and a hotel in Surf Beach, Denhams Beach or Sunshine Bay is a good choice for those who want to be close to Batemans Bay’s best beaches. Longbeach, located on the other side of the Clyde River to Batemans Bay, boasts luxury accommodation with spectacular cliff top views

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About Batemans Bay

The City

Ideal for holidays, Batemans Bay is located around four hours south of Sydney and an easy two hour drive from Canberra. The closest airport to Batemans Bay is Moruya, located about a 20 minute drive from the town.

Located on the coastline at the mouth of the Clyde River, Batemans Bay’s best attractions involve the outdoors. Plenty of water sports are available on the Clyde River including water skiing, jet skiing, canoeing and kayaking. A number of local operators also offer lunchtime cruises of the river so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Fishing is a popular recreational activity in the river and one of the best spots to catch flathead, bream and whiting is in front of the Clyde View Holiday Park. Make sure to pick up a fishing licence before casting your line as the Clyde River is part of the Batemans Marine Park. In the Batemans Bay area you will also find a number of gorgeous beaches. Head to Surf Beach, Broulee or Narooma which are generally patrolled during the summer holidays.

History buffs and those travelling with children should head to The Original Gold Colony. Located just south of Batemans Bay in Mogo, the colony offers guided tours of an authentic gold mining town. Visitors can even try their luck panning for real gold. Another highlight of nearby Mogo is the Mogo Zoo. The privately owned zoo is dedicated to the preservation of endangered animals and is one of the most popular attractions in the area. The zoo provides an intimate experience allowing you to get up close and personal with animals such as meerkats, lemurs, white lions and red pandas.

Some of the freshest local seafood on the south coast is found in Batemans Bay. The oysters grown in the Clyde River are regarded as ‘the best of the best’ due to the river’s very clean water. To purchase fresh Clyde River oysters head to The Oyster Shed on Wray Street. If you want to learn more about the Clyde River’s oyster farms, tours are also available. For those seeking a more traditional seafood experience, there are plenty of fish and chip stores in the Batemans Bay area

Where is Batemans Bay ?

Batemans Bay on the New South Wales coast is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the area and it’s not hard to see why. The area features beautiful beaches, excellent fishing spots and its restaurants and cafés serve some of the freshest seafood on the south coast. Batemans Bay is set along the picture perfect Clyde River and is surrounded by a number of National Parks and State Forests just waiting to be explored. With plenty of activities on offer including snorkelling, diving, golf courses and animal parks you will certainly not be bored in Batemans Bay

Where to stay in Batemans Bay ?

Batemans Bay accommodation ranges from bed and breakfasts to holiday houses and luxury resorts. In Batemans Bay itself, a great place to stay is along or close to Beach Road which will ensure you have easy access to most of the town’s best attractions as well as the Clyde River. Beach Road continues out of the town towards the south and a hotel in Surf Beach, Denhams Beach or Sunshine Bay is a good choice for those who want to be close to Batemans Bay’s best beaches. Longbeach, located on the other side of the Clyde River to Batemans Bay, boasts luxury accommodation with spectacular cliff top views

Travel and vacation in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
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About Batemans Bay

The City

Bathurst is a regional city located approximately 200 kilometres west of Sydney. Combining the benefits of a big city with country charm, Bathurst is a fantastic holiday destination for families or those seeking serious rest and relaxation. Bathurst’s claim to fame is, of course, the internationally recognised Mount Panorama racetrack. Thousands of tourists descend on Bathurst each year in February and October when the town hosts the Bathurst 12 hour motor race and the Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar race. If you’re planning on visiting Bathurst around this time, make sure to book your Bathurst accommodation early to avoid missing out. If you’re a motoring enthusiast but your visit doesn’t coincide with any big races, don’t despair, you can still visit the National Motor Racing Museum which celebrates the best of Australian motor sport history. A highlight of any Bathurst holiday would be driving around the Mount Panorama racetrack which is open to the public when there are no races on. The racetrack is a regular public road so make sure you don’t exceed the speed limit!

Beyond motor sports, there is so much to see and do in and around Bathurst. Bathurst has a rich history being Australia’s oldest inland settlement and the location of the first gold rush in Australia. A great way to experience Bathurst’s history is a visit to the Victorian era Court House and the Bathurst District Historical Museum. The Beekeepers Inn which was built in 1859 houses antiques and collectables and is also worth a visit. If you are feeling lucky, head to Mount Gray where you can learn more about the gold rush and fossick for real gold.

Families travelling with kids should visit the world class Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum. The museum is home to the only Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil in Australia! For a day trip the whole family will love, head to the Abercrombie Caves. The caves feature the largest natural limestone arch in the Southern Hemisphere and guided tours are available. Once you’ve finished exploring the caves, discover the surrounding nature reserve where you can cool off in one of the multiple swimming holes.

Bathurst also has a bourgeoning boutique wine scene. A number of cellar doors in the region offer wine tastings overlooking their vineyards. Where there is good wine there is usually good food and Bathurst is no exception. Visitors will be impressed with the range of fine dining restaurants in Bathurst which fit in effortlessly with traditional country pubs

Where is Bathurst ?

The beautiful country town of Bathurst is a fantastic choice for your next vacation. Situated on the Macquarie River, Bathurst is Australia’s oldest inland settlement and was the site of the first gold discovery in Australia. Bathurst is a must-see for any motor enthusiast. It is the home of the world famous Mount Panorama race track which plays host to a number of important events on the motor racing calendar including the Bathurst 12 hour motor race in February and the Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar race in October. Bathurst also offers a unique mix of architecture and a number of excellent boutique wineries

Where to stay in Bathurst ?

There is a great range of accommodation options in Bathurst including well-appointed bed and breakfasts, boutique hotels and self-contained apartments. Most of Bathurst’s accommodation is centrally located in and around the middle of the city. A hotel in the city is a great choice for families who want to be within walking distance to Bathurst’s best shops and restaurants. Serious motoring enthusiasts should book accommodation near to Mount Panorama to be close the race track and the National Motor Racing Museum. For the ultimate luxury experience, consider staying just out of town at the Lochinvar Luxury Cottages where you will wake up to spectacular views across the Macquarie Valley

Travel and vacation in Bellingen, New South Wales, Australia
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About Bellingen

The City

Bellingen is a small town located on the banks of the Bellinger River in a beautiful valley. The town is a 30 minute drive from Coffs Harbour and is located on Waterfall Way which links Armidale with the Pacific Highway. Famous for its alternative lifestyle, Bellingen is a great holiday destination for those seeking a relaxing bohemian getaway without having to deal with the crowds in Byron Bay.

A great time to visit Bellingen is during the annual Jazz and Blues Festival. Held over three days in August every year, the festival attracts some of the best Australian and international jazz and blues performers. If you are in town on the third Saturday of the month, make sure you visit the Bellingen Community Markets one of the largest regional markets in Australia. You will find handmade gifts, fresh produce, live entertainment and massage.

Bellingen has an excellent art scene and is home to many accomplished local artists. The town has its fair share of galleries and studios open to the public. Highlights include the Nexus Community Art Gallery which has new exhibitions on a monthly basis and Cargo Lane. Bellingen also has some a number of award winning cafés and restaurants which serve fresh local produce at reasonable prices. For a fun night out head to the Federal Hotel located on Bellingen’s main street. The Hotel is very popular with locals, has free Wi-Fi Internet, an award winning bistro and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.

A visit to Bellingen would not be complete without exploring its picturesque natural surrounds. Bellingen Canoe Adventures offers canoe tours of the Bellinger river. For a romantic evening, take one of the company’s sunset or full moon tours. The canoe trips are suitable for visitors of all ages and no experience is required. If canoeing is not for you, you will find a great swimming hole in the river along Glennifer Road. Further along Glennifer Road lies Promised Land, part of the tranquil Bellinger Valley. Promised Land looks like it is part of a movie set with its rolling green pastures and the crystal clear Never Never Creek; one of the most popular swimming spots in the area

Where is Bellingen ?

Bellingen has been described as one of Australia’s best kept secrets. The small riverside town is only a short 30 minute drive from Coffs Harbour but feels a whole world away. Bellingen is a bohemian town known for its creative, alternative lifestyle and has a strong arts scene with a number of small galleries and artist’s studios open to the public. With beautifully restored historic buildings, markets and plenty of cafés; Bellingen is the perfect place to unwind. Bellingen also plays host to a number of festivals throughout the year including Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival held in March and the Jazz and Blues Festival held each August

Where to stay in Bellingen ?

When it comes to Bellingen accommodation those who are looking to treat themselves to a luxurious vacation or a romantic getaway will not be disappointed. Bellingen has a number of health retreats, luxury guesthouses and spas. For the more budget conscious traveller, Bellingen offers some excellent bed and breakfasts, self-contained cottages and cabins and motels. Bellingen is a small town and most accommodation options will allow you to easily explore the town on foot. To be close to most of Bellingen’s restaurants, stay on the Waterfall Way side of the Bellinger River. For the ultimate escape, consider staying out of town near Glennifer or Hydes Creek

Travel and vacation in Berry, New South Wales, Australia
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About Berry

The City

Berry is located around 150 kilometres south of Sydney and is easy to access either by car or by train on the South Coast Railway. With its spectacular green landscape, the perfect time to visit Berry is in Autumn when its trees turn magnificent hues of gold and amber. Those visiting in summer can easily escape the heat with the beautiful Seven Mile Beach and seaside town of Kiama only a short drive away. Berry is a historic town and one of its most beautiful buildings is the Berry Courthouse which is open to the public. Another Berry icon is The Great Southern Hotel, a true blue Aussie country hotel which offers family friendly dining at reasonable prices. If you are interested in learning more about Berry’s history, the Berry Historic Museum is open on weekends and offers guided tours.

Berry is famous for its excellent food and wine offerings. Berry’s Treat Factory is the largest gourmet food outlet on the South Coast. Since the 1950s the Treat Factory has sold a large assortment of gourmet food lines including handcrafted chocolate and pantry goods such as chutneys, butters and dressings. Berry also has a number of fine dining restaurants and a thriving café scene. A short drive out of Berry visitors will find the Jasper Valley Wines and Vines Café – the first winery established in the area. Pack a picnic or eat at the café while enjoying a range of red and white wines.

For those seeking a bit of adventure why not head to Segway Tours South Coast where you can enjoy a guided tour of the area on an all-terrain Segway. The company offers a number of tours which cover rainforests, wetlands, beaches and farms. A horse ride through the gorgeous Kangaroo Valley is also an experience you will never forget. There are also trail rides suited to all skill levels.

Where is Berry ?

Berry is one of the best small towns on the New South Wales South Coast and is a popular tourist destination. With a permanent population of less than 2,000, Berry is the perfect place to escape from the city, to relax and unwind. Known as the ‘town of trees’, Berry is set amongst never ending rolling green hills and its surrounding countryside is a bushwalker’s paradise. Berry boasts a number of gourmet food stores and boutique wineries. The town is also a short drive from some of the most beautiful beaches in New South Wales including Kiama and Seven Mile Beach

Where to stay in Berry ?

Despite its size, there are a number of excellent choices when it comes to Berry accommodation. With plenty of cosy bed and breakfasts, holiday homes and boutique motels, Berry has something for all budgets. While it is hard to go wrong when deciding where to stay, those wanting to be close to Berry’s cafés and restaurants should try and find accommodation on or near Queen Street. If a luxurious getaway is what you are after, consider staying in one of the deluxe modern hotels. Those who can’t bear to be too far away from the coast should stay nearby Shoalhaven or Seven Mile Beach

Travel and vacation in Bilpin, New South Wales, Australia
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About Bilpin

The City

A holiday to Bilpin would not be complete without exploring the charming countryside and enjoying the local produce. Stop in at a local orchard to pick your own fresh fruit and vegetables. Indulge in one of Bilpin’s famous crisp and juicy apples, fresh from the tree. Don’t miss the local Famer’s Markets held every Saturday at the community hall, where you’ll find the very best and freshest produce.

Visit Bilpin’s most famous tourist attraction, the World’s Largest Fruit Bowl. The roadside attraction draws visitors from across the country and the world. View the impressive fruit bowl and relax in the quaint coffee shop. While you’re there, treat yourself to a selection of homemade apple pies, jams, local honey and of course Bilpin’s famous apple juice and apple cider vinegar.

After sampling the plentiful produce of Bilpin, burn some calories at the Mount Toomah Botanic Gardens. Located just 12km out of Bilpin, the gardens make up the Blue Mountains’ section of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. With 28 hectares of well-maintained grounds, the site is home to a fine selection of cool climate plants from around Australia and the world.

While visiting the Mount Toomah Botanic Gardens, choose from a number of different styled gardens to explore, including a Rock Garden, Formal Garden, Residence Garden and Lawn Terrace. From wild waterfalls and rocky ponds to formal gardens with manicured lawns and hedges, the grounds are home to an array of different gardens. Stop in at the visitor centre to find a wealth of information and displays, as well as one of the most stunning views in New South Wales.

Another must see garden in the area is the Waratah Native Garden, just off the Bells Line of Road. Home to a variety of native plants and an excellent collection of Waratah’s, the garden provides a pleasurable opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Australian bush. Set out on a bushwalk to discover gullies leading to a waterfall and waterhole

Where is Bilpin ?

Bilpin is a popular tourist attraction in the pristine region of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. The quaint village is ideally located on the historic Bells Line of Road, just 90km away from the state’s capital, Sydney. Known as the ‘Land of the Mountain Apple’, the town is infamous for its fruit orchards and delicious apples and apple juice. The area is home to an abundance of road side fruit stalls and pick-your-own orchards. Another popular roadside attraction in Bilpin is the World’s Largest Fruit Bowl. The town is a fresh produce paradise and a foodie’s dream holiday destination

Where to stay in Bilpin ?

As a popular holiday destination, Bilpin accommodation features an array of premium properties. From the core of apple country to the outskirts, the accommodation options throughout the region are abundant. Choose a comfortable hotel or motel in the middle of town for convenience and coziness. Opt for a cottage or cabin set amongst an apple orchard to enjoy magnificent views of the Blue Mountain surrounds. With a wealth of country style accommodation in scenic settings, the area is an idyllic holiday destination. Browse our fine selection of Bilpin hotels, homesteads, boutiques and bed and breakfasts to find your perfect holiday property

Travel and vacation in Blackheath, New South Wales, Australia
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About Blackheath

The City

Located just over 100 kilometres west of Sydney, Blackheath is an excellent holiday destination and the perfect base for exploring the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. The town of Blackheath has a number of pubs, shops and gift stores. Foodies will not be disappointed in the town’s fine dining restaurants and choice of friendly cafés. Blackheath is also home to a number of interesting art galleries including Gallery Blackheath and Hat Hill Gallery. Every year in November, the town hosts the annual Rhododendron Festival where you can enjoy the beautiful flowers and catch interesting performances including the Chainsaw Competition.

The main reason for visiting Blackheath is to explore the Blue Mountains. A great place to start is by simply checking out the view from one of the many lookouts in Blackheath. A popular area is Govett’s Leap. From here, you can take on one of the most challenging walks in the region in the Grose Valley where you will be rewarded with views of spectacular cliff faces.

Bushwalking is the most popular recreational activity in Blackheath. The town has a number of walking tracks on offer for all levels of fitness. The Fairfax Heritage Track is the easiest walk in the area and has disabled access. This is one hour walk is a good choice for those travelling with children. Despite its short distance, the track has great views and takes in two waterfalls.

The six kilometre Grand Canyon track is a great option for those looking for something slightly more challenging, but not overly difficult. The track leads you past creeks, waterfalls, an abundance of native parks and beautiful sandstone walls. In the warmer summer months the Grand Canyon track is particularly popular as it is well-shaded and its close location to Greaves Creek means a cool down is never far away. The full track is about a 3.5 hour trip.

Centennial Glen Stables is also well worth a visit. The Stables offer pony rides for children, carriage rides as well as mountain trail rides which vary in length from half an hour to a full day. The trail rides are a great way to experience the valleys around the beautiful Blue Mountains.

Where is Blackheath ?

Blackheath is a historic town located in the beautiful Blue Mountains. A great holiday destination for families, couples or those who just want to get away from the city, Blackheath offers fresh mountain air, excellent food, beautiful lookouts and an interesting local art scene. Keen bushwalkers will not be disappointed with the many walking tracks located in and around Blackheath. Blackheath also features horse riding, a golf club and swimming pool. A great time to visit Blackheath is during the annual Rhododendron Festival held in November. The Festival sees the city come to life with impressive floral displays and activities for kids of all ages

Where to stay in Blackheath ?

When it comes to Blackheath accommodation you will be surprised at the range of options no matter what your budget. As one of the most popular destinations for exploring the Blue Mountains, Blackheath offers numerous guest houses, motor inns, lodges and resorts. The town itself is quite small so it is hard to go wrong when choosing the location of your Blackheath accommodation. The Great Western Highway is in the centre of town and a hotel near here will ensure you have easy access to Blackheath’s amenities. To wake up to beautiful views of the surrounding area consider staying near Govetts Leap or Evans Lookouts.

Travel and vacation in Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
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About Blacktown

The City

In the centre of Greater Sydney, Blacktown allows easy access to any Sydney Motorway or main rail-way line—so it’s perfect for day trips to the surrounding Sydney areas. Half-way between the Sydney CBD and the Blue Mountains, a holiday to Blacktown offers the perfect escape with both the hubbub of one of Australia’s most visited cities and the stunning sight of the mountains not far away.

In such a historic Australian town though, there’s no need to travel out for entertainment. Blacktown offers many informative history exhibits, like the Prospect History Cottage which details the history of the town’s farming, of the Blacktown City Bicentennial Museum, where you can view many antiques from the past, including household furniture. At St Batholomew’s Church and Cemetery you can enjoy the excitement of a ghost tour—sure to make your trip memorable!

Blacktown also offers a range of cultural activities for its visitors to enjoy. Perhaps your holiday in Blacktown might include a visit to the Arts Centre. If you’re looking for a trendy bargain, then the Blacktown Op-shop Tours are a must do. Pick up some great styles and beautiful bargains, or perhaps just a funky souvenir. In February, the Echo Music Series fills the town with captivating live music and even flamenco dancing!

Of course, a stay in Blacktown wouldn’t be complete without the perfect bite to eat! Visit the Blacktown and Parklea Markets for great bargains and the most vibrant marketplace in the Southern hemisphere. You can even experience the Sydney’s last remaining drive in theatre. For all the big brands, head over to Blacktown’s Westpoint shopping centre, a popular place for shopping or catching a movie. Blacktown offers a great range of places to eat, with bars, restaurants, taverns, bistros and cafés around every corner.

Where is Blacktown ?

The city of Blacktown is a situated on the Cumberland Plain, only 35 kilometres from Sydney’s CBD. As the most populous local government area in New South Wales, a holiday to Blacktown offers a great metropolitan experience with all the relaxation of nature and the engagement of history. Blacktown’s diverse land use continues to attract retailers to the largest quantity of commercial land throughout New South Wales. Blacktown’s city centre provides visitors with numerous shopping facilities and services, including the Westpoint shopping mall. A stay in Blacktown is perfect for an overnight stop or a week-long escape

Where to stay in Blacktown ?

Whether you’re looking for budget accommodation or something a bit fancy, Blacktown has got you covered with its wide range of places to stay. Indulgent accommodation in the city centre has all the facilities of this metropolitan town close to hand. Or perhaps you’d prefer the quiet serenity of something a little further out. Whether you’re looking for a luxury estate where you can enjoy the fineries of life, or just a cosy place to rest your head at night, you’ll be sure to find the perfect Blacktown accommodation for your stay here.

Travel and vacation in Bowral, New South Wales, Australia
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About Bowral

The City

It’s easy to see why the beautiful town Bowral is the most popular holiday destination in the New South Wales southern highlands. Bowral is located almost halfway between Sydney and Canberra and features a great range of boutiques, cafés and gourmet restaurants. Bowral is the perfect base for visiting Mittagong, which is the centre of the Southern Highlands wine region. The region has over 60 vineyards and has been recognised as a cool-climate wine producing region.

A great time to visit Bowral is in September and October when the town plays host to Tulip Time, one of the leading flower festivals in Australia. Tulip Time isn’t all about the flowers with the festival also featuring a Rugby 7s match and the ‘Battle of the Bangers’ where local purveyors of fine meats compete to be declared the best sausage maker in the area.

Cricket fans will be impressed by the Bradman Oval and the International Cricket Hall of Fame. Inspired by the vision of cricketing great Sir Donald Bradman, the International Cricket Hall of Fame has dedicated itself to the promotion of cricket and features exhibits with cutting-edge technology. The International Cricket Hall of Fame is also home to the Bradman Gallery where you can learn about the life of the Don and view memorabilia.

If you are looking to explore the region surrounding Bowral, a highlight would have to be a day trip to the historic village of Berrima. You will feel like you have been transported back to the 1800s wandering around Berrima which has been recognised as the best preserved Georgian village on the Australian mainland. Berrima’s historic buildings include its beautiful court house and the St Francis Xavier Catholic Church. If you are feeling brave take a ghost tour and learn about Berrima’s mysterious past with Mrs Mulligan’s Ghostly Whispers of Old Berrima. Berrima also offers some excellent dining experiences. For a special treat, head to Eshalot for modern French cuisine or Two Skinny Cooks for a culinary experience like no other

Where is Bowral ?

Located almost halfway between Canberra and Sydney, the beautiful town of Bowral is the gateway to discovering the New South Wales Southern Highlands. When you arrive in Bowral you feel instantly relaxed with its beautiful architecture, old estates and perfect country gardens. Bowral is a food lover’s paradise. Its gourmet restaurants and thriving coffee scene is only a short drive away, and just waiting to be explored. Highlights include The Cheese Store at Bowral, which stocks over 120 varieties of cheese and Wolfgang’s German Restaurant, famous for its hearty pork knuckle. Bowral is also a must do for cricket lovers as it is home to the International Cricket Hall of Fame dedicated to Donald Bradman

Where to stay in Bowral ?

Bowral offers a great range of accommodation options catering to all budgets. From luxury accommodation to self-contained cottages and a mix of hotels and motels, there is something to suit everyone when it comes to Bowral accommodation. Bowral is a relatively small town, so any accommodation located in the city itself will ensure you are close to all of Bowral’s best attractions. Visitors who want to experience the best of the region’s wineries should consider staying in nearby Mittagong. Those looking for a romantic vacation, or to really get away from it all, should look at accommodation in the historic village of Berrima

Travel and vacation in Box Hill, New South Wales, Australia
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About Box Hill

The City

A holiday to Box Hill would not be complete without exploring the area’s rich history and cultural significance. See the fine grass, tea trees and red box eucalypts of Box Hill in famous paintings such as Robert’s ‘The Artists’ Camp’ and McCubbin’s ‘A Bush Burial’. Reminisce on the area’s artistic past at the memorial cairn erected in the town. Located in a small park on Prince Street, the site marks the spot where the original Artist’s Camp was thought be.

For more history and heritage, head to the Box Hill Town Hall. The historic landmark building is one of the most iconic in the City of Whitehorse. The then Governor of Victoria, Lord Huntingfield officially opened the town hall on the 15th of April 1935.

Another point of interest in the town is a statue of the Box Hill’s emblem, a white horse on a pedestal. Appropriately located in the centre of Whitehorse Road, the statue is of historic significance to the community. The history of the statue lies in the control campaign of the Methodist and Presbyterian churches in the area.

Apart from its rich history, Box Hill is also known for its natural beauty and scenic surrounds. The famous Dandenong Ranges National Park is located just out of the town. With over 3215 hectares of native bushland and wildlife in a rugged landscape, the park is the perfect place to experience the Australian wilderness. The National Park is home to an abundance of flora and fauna, with more than 350 plant species and 130 bird species. With walking trails, bush drives, picnic spots and nature observation areas, it is the ideal place to spend the day in Box Hill.

Where is Box Hill ?

Box Hill is a vibrant village in the City of Whitehorse, Victoria. Located just 14km away from the state capital of Melbourne, the area is an ideal holiday destination for a relaxing retreat or weekend away. Once known as the rural setting for one of Australia’s most famous art communities, Box Hill retains its artistic flair and rich culture. Today, the area is known for its multicultural diversity and superior selection of international cuisines. For a memorable holiday in an artistic community, you cannot go past Box Hill. With an array of accommodation options, the area promises a pleasurable holiday experience

Where to stay in Box Hill ?

Box Hill accommodation features a fine selection of premium properties located throughout the region. Find your ideal holiday accommodation in the centre of town or the scenic outskirts. Choose from a number of quality hotels and motels conveniently located in the centre of Box Hill. Opt for a charming bed and breakfast out of town to experience the scenic beauty and country lifestyle of rural Victoria. From the city limits to the city centre, Box Hill has an abundance of accommodation options. Browse our excellent collection of Box Hill accommodation to find the perfect holiday property for you

Travel and vacation in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
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About Broken Hill

The City

One of the oldest mining towns in Australia, Broken Hill was named by the famous explorer Charles Sturt. This fascinating outback town is located in far west New South Wales close to the South Australian border. The closest major city to Broken Hill is Adelaide which is around 500 kilometres away. Despite its rural location, Broken Hill is easily accessible and the town serviced by its own airport, trains and buses.

A great place to start discovering the interesting history of Broken Hill and the surrounding region is at the Sulphide Street Railway and Historical Museum. The museum is actually four museums in one and combines the Broken Hill Migrant Museum, the Hospital Museum, the Ron Carter Transport Pavilion and the Triple Chance Mineral Collection. One of the highlights of the museum is the resorted steam engines which will be sure to delight kids and the young at heart.

After the museum head to Argent Street, the main street of Broken Hill where you will find an abundance of shops, galleries and excellent cafés. Argent Street is also home to many of Broken Hill’s most beautiful heritage buildings. If you are looking for a bite to eat, why not have lunch or dinner at one of Broken Hill’s excellent country pubs which offer delicious pub fare at reasonable prices. After dark, Broken Hill has a decent night life for a rural town. Head to the Musician’s Club or the Democratic Club for live music and a lively atmosphere.

Broken Hill is also renowned for its arts scene. The famous Australian artist Pro Hart hails from the town and the Pro Hart Gallery and Sculpture Park contains a large collection of his paintings and sculptures. The Broken Hill Living Desert and Sculpture Reserve is located nine kilometres from the city and is well worth a visit. You will be rewarded with a series of sandstone sculptures scattered around the dramatic outback landscape. The best time to visit is at dawn or dusk when the light will allow you to capture breathtaking photographs.

A trip to Broken Hill would not be complete without a visit to the desert. If you are short on time, head to the Mundi Mundi lookout for a sunset that you will never forget. If time is not an issue consider a tour of the outback with Tri State Safaris. The company offers small group four wheel drive tours which take in some of Australia’s most iconic outback destinations

Where is Broken Hill ?

The isolated city of Broken Hill is one of the oldest mining towns in Australia. Located in the far west outback of New South Wales, Broken Hill has a rich history and is the perfect place to discover what life in the outback is like without having to give up too many creature comforts. Lovers of fine art and movie buffs will recognise the landscape around Broken Hill. World famous artist Pro Hart hails from the city and the region inspired many of his paintings. Broken Hill was also the filming location of Mad Max 2 and the Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Where to stay in Broken Hill ?

With plenty of hotels, motels, cottages and bed and breakfasts in the city, you will not be disappointed when it comes to choosing your Broken Hill accommodation. To be within walking distance of many of Broken Hill’s shops, restaurants and pubs choose a hotel in the middle of the central business district. A great option for large groups or families is one of Broken Hill’s many cottages located just out of the city. If the true blue outback experience is what you are after, consider a farm stay on a property in the Broken Hill area

Travel and vacation in Budgewoi, New South Wales, Australia
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About Budgewoi

The City

Budgewoi means ‘Meeting of Two Waters’ in the Aboriginal language and it is appropriately named as it is located between Lake Munmorah and Budgewoi lakes. Budgewoi is a playground for adults and children alike. Here you can find remember your childhood and find a new adventure to explore.

Your Budgewoi accommodation is within driving distance to most adventure activities and local attractions. Your first stop on this great nature adventure is Tree Top Adventure. Nothing says ‘I am Tarzan, hear me roar’ like moving from tree to tree on suspension bridges through the canopy. You’ll know you’ve hit jackpot when you hear the screams of excitement ringing out through the adventure. We bet that one of those joyous screams will be yours!

A nature walkabout at the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park will get you up close and personal with some of Australia’s furriest and loveable bush animals. They have it all here: koalas, wombats, Tasmanian devils, emus, red kangaroo’s – the list goes on. You can even hire a Personal Ranger for your visit to get the most out of your visit.

Hire a bike and head out to Nora Head Lighthouse; opened in 1903, you can climb the 96 stairs and enjoy panoramic views from the lighthouse balcony. Kids will be fascinated by the stories of shipwrecks. For lunch: try one of cafés a Mazline Reserve or cop a squat and have a picnic.

Your Budgewoi accommodation is right on the foreshore of Lake Munmorah; there are loads of activities: bushwalking, fishing, surfing, swimming. If you’re here at winter, don’t forget your binoculars for a bit of whale spotting at Wybyrg Head or bird watching: watch for gulls, terns, and herons. Laze around Elizabeth Bay picnic area, explore the rock pools with the kids at Moonee Beach.

Where is Budgewoi ?

Budgewoi is the gateway to the Central Coast; a small resort village located 112kms from Sydney Stay in Budgewoi accommodation, a peaceful spot where you can recharge your batteries with families and couples. With so many things to do from adventure activities to simply chilling with a glass of wine by the barbecue – you will be in no hurry to decide on what your itinerary is. Here, time stands still enough for you to enjoy every moment against the backdrop of bright blue waters and spectacular wildlife.

Where to stay in Budgewoi ?

You can choose from a range of options from cabins that are all inclusive, full or half board. You can also take advantage of our self-catering options to make your stay a bit more like home: pop over to the shop and stock up on your favourites.

Travel and vacation in Burrill Lake, New South Wales, Australia
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About Burrill Lake

The City

The area around the lake itself is perfect for a day of fun and relaxation. There are a number of exciting activities to be enjoyed, and in the afternoon there is a chance to experience something that young children in particular will love. Feeding the rainbow lorikeets, which usually takes place at around 4pm, is a wonderfully pleasing activity, especially for family groups with younger travellers. These colourful birds are simply beautiful.

If you’re planning to spend the day on the shores of Burrill Lake you will find a number of ways to enjoy a few hours on the water. One of the most popular is undoubtedly canoeing, so if you’re keen to try your hand at this hugely enjoyable pastime this is the place to do it. Even if you have never had a go before, you should try to set aside a little time during your holiday to break that duck. It’s great fun.

The region around Burrill Lake is well-known for the quality of the surfing. This part of New South Wales is home to a number of wonderful beaches which offer the perfect conditions for wave-riding, so make sure you include it on your holiday itinerary. Many of those in the know head to the harbour at Ulladulla, which lies just a few kilometres to the north. For relative newbies as well as seasoned campaigners, this is a great location.

It goes without saying that some people prefer their holidays to be a little more relaxing and a little less white-knuckle. Thankfully, those seeking peace and solitude have a number of options to choose from. The local beaches are superb, and they offer plenty of tranquillity to sun-worshippers. You can also head to the shores of Lake Burrill itself and settle back for an afternoon of quiet reflection.

Where is Burrill Lake ?

Where to stay in Burrill Lake ?

To the north lies the resort of Ulladulla, where you will find even more choice. As a region that has been attracting visitors for many years, this particular part of New South Wales has an excellent range of options. Whatever you might be looking for, there is every chance you will find it here with ease

Travel and vacation in Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia
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About Bundanoon

The City

You get the best of both worlds in Bundanoon. There are all the charms of a typical Australian hinterland town, yet the stunning beaches of Wollongong are only 80 or so kilometres away. If you have time on your schedule, you should definitely take the bus east in order to enjoy some seaside fun. With beautiful sun-bathing locations and a wide range of water-sports on offer, you have to include the coastline on your itinerary.

If you’re fortunate enough to be in town in April, you will be captivated by the fun and frolics at the Bundanoon Highland Gathering. The town has strong links with Scotland and everything Scottish, and this annual event underlines this. There will be several sporting contests taking place, and a wide selection of Scottish foods to tempt you. As soon as you hear the stirring of the bagpipes, make tracks to the gathering.

Exploring the local countryside is a must, and the best place to find hiking trails set amid spectacular scenery is at the nearby Morton National Park. If you’re here with the family, it’s a good idea to pack a picnic and to take the children off on a voyage of discovery. The park is home to a number of beautiful spots, and the highlight is undoubtedly the majestic Fitzroy Falls, which are more than 80 metres high.

Bundanoon is in the beautiful Southern Highlands region of New South Wales, and if you’re keen to get a flavour of this unique area it’s a good idea to hire a car and set off for a little exploration. There are a number of charming towns and picture box villages just waiting to be discovered here. The people are friendly, the scenery is superb and the atmosphere is wonderfully laid-back, so take to the road and see for yourself why so many visitors return here time and time again.

Where is Bundanoon ?

Where to stay in Bundanoon ?

Despite the fact that it’s a relatively small town by Australian standards, there is still a good choice of Bundanoon accommodation options waiting for the visitor. The majority of the bed and breakfasts, hotels and guesthouses are located along Railway Avenue, the main road which passes right through the heart of town.

Travel and vacation in Cabarita Beach, New South Wales, Australia
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About Cabarita Beach

The City

On the beach, there’s plenty on offer for your holiday to Cabarita. With great surfing and gentle swimming, Cabarita beach is a lovely place to spend a relaxing day in the sun with family or loved ones. Cabarita offers a range of ‘learn to surf’ schools if you’re not a pro, as well as great diving and snorkelling. Explore the tranquil rock pools or enjoy a fishing charter or river cruise.

A holiday in Cabarita Beach offers bike tracks for cycling, coastal walkways and beautiful rainforest sights. On the nearby Cudgen Lake, families can enjoy a day of boating on the water, with catamarans and canoes for hire. Atherton also offers a renewed skate-park for the kids, as well as a headland barbeque and picnic areas with uninterrupted views of the ocean.

Atherton holidays offer a great chance to experience the sights of natural wildlife, both in and out of zoos and sanctuaries. Whale watching is a favourite local pastime in Atherton – enjoy a picnic or some fish and chips as you view the magnificent sight of whales breaching. If you’re feeling adventurous, there are plenty of hikes and walks in Atherton that along which you can enjoy the natural scenery. Or perhaps try your hand at a round of golf or a romantic horse-ride. A stay in Atherton also offers plenty of fantastic tours, like the Snowy Valley tour, or the Greater Blue Mountains drive. With these, you can enjoy the fantastic sights of the surrounding region with a lovely scenic drive. Atherton also offers diving tours, as well as fantastic tours of the Madura Tea Estate, perfect for the budding connoisseur of a good cuppa.

Wining and dining in Atherton is also a great experience, with several wineries, pubs and breweries offering a great drink at the day’s end. You can also sample fresh produce at the farmer’s markets, or enjoy the gourmet experience of one of the many fine restaurants. You are even able to eat and drink within a short distance of the main beach! With great food, great adventure, and a beautiful sea, you won’t forget your time in Cabarita Beach.

Where is Cabarita Beach ?

Where to stay in Cabarita Beach ?

If you’re looking for accommodation with calming sea breezes and the sounds of the ocean lulling you to sleep, then you can’t go wrong with a holiday to Cabarita Beach. Whether you’re on a budget, or looking for the kind of luxury tourist accommodation that Cabarita beach offers, you’ll be assured a pleasant stay here. Relax and rejuvenate in seaside accommodation. No matter what your budget is, accommodation in Cabarita Beach is perfect for a family adventure or a romantic getaway as a couple. With everything from the cosy bed-and-breakfast to luxurious hotels, accommodation in Cabarita beach is suited to absolutely everyone! You’re sure to find what you’re looking for in this lovely coastal town

Travel and vacation in Camden, New South Wales, Australia
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About Camden

The City

A holiday to Camden offers a wide range of heritage for its visitors to explore. You can visit Macarthur park, which has been open since 1906, and is famous for its beautiful heritage rose gardens. The Camden Historical Museum offers a detailed account of the district’s history. The museum is as old as Australia itself, and the unique heritage of Camden is displayed for visitors to stroll through. Historical Society members and volunteers are on hand to make your visit even more special. If you’d like to get outdoors, then you can also discover some great local heritage sites on an historic walking tour.

Another outdoor must-do is a visit to Belgenny Farm. Located in the historic Camden Park Estate, the farm is famous as the home of Australian agricultural pioneers. Belgenny Farm has a unique setting and offers a number of picturesque locations, including the famous Granary reception room and beautiful country gardens.The property is a major educational centre for agriculture today, as well as offering a unique setting for all kinds of special occasions.

A great Camden Holiday also requires a trip to the Bents Basin State Conservation Area. The deep waterhole forms part of a gorge for the Nepean river, where you can enjoy many water-based activities like swimming, fishing, and canoeing. There are many facilities and bushwalking tracks as well. This makes it the perfect spot for an extended picnic. If you’re looking for a bit more adventure, then you can’t miss the Enduro Trail Mount Annan Botanic Garden, either.

A holiday in Camden also offers plenty of tours to keep everyone entertained. With food, photography, hot air ballooning, history, and paintballing tours, Camden offers a range of things to do. The Camden show is also an annual event which offers plenty of family fun, combining amusement park attractions with elements of a state fair. The rest of the year sees the About Face Portrait Group explore the human face through portraiture, and the Pitter Patter Markets offer up a truly great bargain. There’s always a range of great things to see and do just around the corner on your memorable Camden holiday

Where is Camden ?

Where to stay in Camden ?

Whether you’re looking for quiet or comfort, you’re sure to find it with a holiday in Camden. If you’re on a budget then Camden accommodation offers a great variety of options that is perfect for keeping your pockets happy. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something really special, then you can still find all you need to make your stay perfect with Camden accommodation. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to be happy coming home to Camden’s range of cosy places to stay

Travel and vacation in Cowra, New South Wales, Australia
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About Cowra

The City

Cowra is a beautiful country town located in the New South Wales’ Central West region. Most easily accessed by car from Sydney or Canberra, the town can also be reached easily by bus from Sydney. Cowra has a rich and interesting history. During World War Two Japanese prisoners of war were kept at an internment camp in the city. A mass breakout was staged on 5 August 1944 which led to the death of more than 200 Japanese prisoners. Today, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cowra is the tranquil Japanese Garden designed by a Japanese garden architect to reflect the peace and reconciliation that occurred after the war. Tourists can also visit the actual prisoner of war camp site as well as the Japanese and Australian War Cemeteries. The Japanese war cemetery contains the graves of the prisoners of wars who died during the 1944 mass breakout as well as the soldiers killed in the battle of Darwin. The Japanese cemetery is significant as it is the only Japanese war cemetery in Australia. To learn more about the failed Cowra Breakout head to the Prisoner of War Theatre located in the Cowra Visitor Information Centre.

Another major draw of Cowra is the 40 wine bars and vineyards which surround the area. Since the 1970s Cowra has been producing excellent Chardonnay and today the wines produced by the region include Shiraz and Tempranillo. For views of the vineyards that you will never forget, consider taking an early morning hot air balloon ride with Balloon Joy Flights. Watch the sunrise over the beautiful Belubula Valley before enjoying a hot country style champagne breakfast when you land back on solid ground.

Cowra has a vibrant retail and commercial centre. Head to Kendal Street, the main shopping precinct in Cowra to discover interesting boutiques and unique souvenirs. Cowra also boasts a number of excellent local art galleries, a golf club and lawn bowls club. For a real country experience, you should not miss having a meal at one of Cowra’s historic country pubs.

Where is Cowra ?

Where to stay in Cowra ?

You will be pleasantly surprised when it comes to choosing your Cowra accommodation. The region features a range of accommodation options from hotels and motels to self-contained apartments and cosy bed and breakfasts. Nearly all of the accommodation in Cowra is concentrated around Kendal Street which is also Cowra’s retail and commercial hub. Just outside the city centre you will find some excellent accommodation options. For a real country experience, consider a farmstay in the nearby town of Mandurama

Travel and vacation in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
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About Dubbo

The City

Dubbo is one of the largest regional cities in New South Wales. Ideally located on national highways which lead to Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide – so no matter what direction you are travelling in, a stopover in Dubbo is a real possibility! Bus and train services also stop daily in Dubbo and the city also has its own airport with flights arriving from Sydney and Broken Hill.

The most famous attraction in Dubbo is the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. The zoo is set over three square kilometres and is one of the most highly regarded zoos in Australia. The 700 animals which call the zoo home do not live in tiny cages but roam free on wide open plains. Highlights of the zoo include its rare black rhinos and the friendly hippopotamus. Given its size, one of the best ways to discover the zoo is on bike or electric cart which the zoo offers for hire. For a once in a lifetime experience, consider staying overnight at the zoo. Families can sleep under the stars at Billabong Camp while couples looking for a romantic getaway will be tempted by the luxurious Zoofari Lodge.

While the zoo might be Dubbo’s most famous attraction, there is much more to see and do in the city. Highlights include the Old Dubbo Gaol and the Dundullimal Homestead. The jail operated as a penal institution between 1859 and 1966 and has a rich history. If you are feeling brave, visit the jail by night and experience what life was like for a 19th century prisoner. The Dundullimal Homestead was built in the early 1840s and is the oldest building in Dubbo open to the public. The Homestead is a National Trust property and children will love playing games on the Homestead’s four hectares and visiting the farm animals. The Homestead also has a café which serves traditional Devonshire tea.

As a popular tourist destination, Dubbo has a great range of dining options. Its pubs and clubs offer reasonably priced meals served with old-fashioned country hospitality. Dubbo also has a number of excellent restaurants. For a real treat, head to the Cattleman’s A La Carte Restaurant which was voted the best restaurant west of the Blue Mountains.

Where is Dubbo ?

Where to stay in Dubbo ?

When it comes to Dubbo accommodation you will be surprised at the range of options no matter what your budget. As a popular stopping off point for those on the road, Dubbo offers numerous bed and breakfasts, motor inns and hotels. To be close to plenty of dining options, shops and some of Dubbo’s most popular attractions, try and choose accommodation along the Mitchell Highway/Cobra Street. For an experience you will never forget, consider staying overnight at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo which offers both camping under the stars and a luxury resort.

Travel and vacation in Eden, New South Wales, Australia
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About Eden

The City

The picturesque coastal town of Eden is located on the New South Wales’ Sapphire Coast on the border of New South Wales and Victoria. Eden is around a six hour drive from both Sydney and Melbourne or a three hour drive from Canberra. The Sapphire Coast has its own airport which has daily connections with Melbourne and Sydney. Regular bus services also stop in Eden making it easily accessible for those who do not want to drive themselves.

With its temperate climate Eden is the perfect place to visit year round. Eden has some of the most beautiful coastline in New South Wales. With crystal clear blue water and golden sandy beaches set against the backdrop of rugged cliff faces and unspoiled rainforest, Eden is a nature lover’s paradise. One of the most popular beaches in Eden is Aslings Beach which is great for families. If you are looking for something more secluded head south towards Wonboyn.

Make sure you also visit the area around Two Fold Bay where you will find the historic 5-storey Boyds Tower. Keen hikers should consider doing the Light to Light walk – a multi-day hike from Boyds Tower to Green Cape Lighthouse taking in the Tea Tree Lakes and Banskia Woodlands. Eden also provides easy access to some excellent national parks. One of the best is Boyd National Park where you will be able to spot rare wildlife nestled along the rugged rocky coastline.

Eden was historically a whaling town. Today, whaling is no longer practiced and the town is one of the best places to take a whale watching tour on Australia’s east coast. If you are interested in learning more about Eden’s whaling history, make sure you visit the Killer Whale Museum. Here you will find a skeleton of ‘Old Tom’ who along with his pod used to herd baleen whales into Twofold Bay for whalers to kill. The museum also has boat displays and whaling apparatus on show.

After discovering the best of Eden’s outdoor activities you will be relieved that a great meal is not far away. Eden has a number of excellent restaurants and cafés along its waterfront which serve fresh local seafood

Where is Eden ?

Where to stay in Eden ?

There is a great range of accommodation options in Eden including boutique hotels, self-contained apartments and beach cottages. When choosing your Eden accommodation the best places to stay are in either Eden itself or in Twofold Bay. A hotel in either of these locations will ensure you are close to shops, restaurants and of course the beach. A hotel near Lake Curalo is a great option for those travelling with kids or for holiday-makers who want to be close to Eden’s nature reserves. If you want to really get away from it all consider staying in nearby Boydtown

Travel and vacation in Forbes, New South Wales, Australia
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About Forbes

The City

The history of Forbes is practically written on the town walls, and with such a rich Australian background, you’ll be entertained for hours in this cosy country town. Renowned for its connections with notorious bushrangers, Forbes is a story just waiting to be told. You can visit the history museum, or take a tour along one the heritage trails. There’s even a motor museum for those interested in the history of cars, and other day tours throughout the town. The Central West Livestock Exchange is a unique experience for anyone coming from the city, and the Platypus gallery holds a collection of art that will be of interest to culture-buffs of all ages.

In the town centre, you might enjoy an hour or so relaxing in a day spa, or perhaps you’d like to try your hand at the many activities on offer at Forbes’ arts and crafts centre. The town centre is also a great place to grab a quick bite, with everything from Cambodian to Italian on offer. Forbes is also home to many great bakeries, cafés, bistros and restaurants. You’ll find something for every palate—and wallet!—in Forbes.

Once you’ve soaked in all the history and had your fill to eat, you can’t miss Forbes’ lovely natural environment. From the Goobong National Park to sweeping farmland, Forbes is a patch-work of the country’s finest scenes. Lake Forbes is a beautiful spot to enjoy a picnic or go for a refreshing swim, or just sit and take in the tranquillity of nature. Bushwalking is also a popular outdoor pastime in Forbes, and the Bird-watching Wetland Sanctuary is only a short four kilometre drive from Forbes.

Forbes is a town thriving with history, but its cultural scene is also alive and well. There are many festivals and events throughout the year in Forbes, like the Jazz festival in January and the Country Music Campout in September. If you’ve a cultural interest of any kind, you’ll find it in Forbes

Where is Forbes ?

Where to stay in Forbes ?

Whether you’re looking for a town-centred motel, or the privacy of a quaint little cottage hidden away in the back-country, Forbes accommodation has something for you. From self-contained holiday homes to franchise hotels, Forbes has something to suit every style and budget, and is sure to make your holiday an experience to remember. With tourist and holiday parks, and much more, Forbes accommodation will ensure that your trip back to yester-year is totally complete. With all the charm of a country town, and the ease of access of a modern city, Forbes is perfect for a weekend escape or a week-long holiday

Travel and vacation in Forster, New South Wales, Australia
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About Forster

The City

Set in the northern region of the world famous Great Lakes, Forster is New South Wale’s gateway to the ocean. Boasting small but charming fishing villages, tranquil lakes and surrounded by a whole host of national parks, there’s a never ending list of things to be discovered on a Forster holiday. Spend laid back days on the gorgeous coastline and evenings in the bars and restaurants that dominate the towns. There’s plenty of inland adventure to be had too, so what are you waiting for?

With over 145 km of stunning coastline, there are plenty of places for you to kick back and relax and the most popular is Port Stephens. Seek out your secluded spot and soak up the sun as you lie back on the powdery beach and forget about the world. When you want to cool off, just take a few steps into the turquoise sea and enjoy the stunning scenery that surround you. You’ll find it so idyllic; it will be hard to leave!

When you finally manage to tear yourself away from the beach – we did warn you! – there are a plethora of things to be discovered in Forster. Venture into Booti Booti National Park where you’ll hike through tropical lush greenery and stumble across secluded waterfalls, crystal clear lakes and a colourful array of flora and fauna. Green Point is another popular spot among holiday makers who flock to this quaint but beautiful village to see the Green Cathedral and catch the gorgeous sunset over the water.

A trip to Forster isn’t complete without a visit to Tuncurry, home to the world famous Great Lakes, secluded beaches and dramatic natural scenery. Whether you’re wanting to rest or play, choose to sit back and relax or get out and explore, the choice is yours. Expect aquamarine waters to splash around in, tranquil lakes to rest alongside and plenty of restaurants and bars to keep you busy in the evening.

Where is Forster ?

Where to stay in Forster ?

If you’re looking for an active holiday, choose to stay in Tuncurry and be in touching distance of all the lakeside adventures that await you. There’s also an array of accommodation that can be found along the coast, which is great if you plan on spending your days skimming the ocean’s surface on a surf board. If you’d rather be in the heart of the Forster, staying in city centre accommodation that is located mere minutes from the lively restaurants and bars is ideal. Whatever you’re looking for on your holiday, you’ll find it in Forster

Travel and vacation in Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
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About Gosford

The City

Indulge in the natural beauty of Gosford, New South Wales’ travel hotspot. Get acquainted with nature surrounded by lakes, beaches, and state forests. Enjoy the ocean breezes and mild waters perfect for swimming and surfing off of its many beaches; Terrigal, Avoca Beach, and Ettalong Beach are just some of the top names.

Go inland for a look at bushland life with a visit to the Bouddi national park and hike through the state forests. Take the whole family to the Brisbane Water National Park for a truly memorable outdoorsy getaway, or discover the Mount Penang Gardens, home to thousands of plant species native to Australia. There are boundless options for nature lovers in Gosford.

Take the kids to the Australian Reptile Park, a hands-on zoo that is sure to make for a great outing. Watch NSW’s resident cranky crocodiles get fed every weekend and school holiday by brave zookeepers and meet the giant Galapagos turtle during Snappy Hour. This award winning park is an excellent family day out that allows the kids to get up close to tons of interesting animals, like koalas, pythons, and wombats.

For culture lovers, head to the Laycock Street Theatre, the culture centre of the Central Coast. Watch any of the numerous thrilling performances by dance, theatre, and other groups that are able to rent out the space. Check the box office before heading out to see if your favourite act is on. The Gosford Regional Gallery is another fabulous creative space in the shores of Caroline Bay; it offers a varied and exciting exhibition programme of different media – painting, photography, sculpture and ceramics to name a few.

Don’t forget to eat at the tea house or Caroline Bay Brassiere if you’re in the area. Gosford has a whole host of excellent eateries to challenge even the highly selective tastebuds.

Where is Gosford ?

Where to stay in Gosford ?

You’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding on the perfect accommodation for your Gosford holiday. Choose between charming inns set in the midst of tropical gardens, luxurious rooms just outside Gosford CBD, and comfortable bed and breakfast apartments along the coast. Just an hour away from Sydney. Gosford keeps you near to the amenities of larger cities but in the comfort of the coast and breathing room of the bushland.

Travel and vacation in Grafton, New South Wales, Australia
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About Grafton

The City

As the commercial hub of Clarence Valley, you can never run out of things to explore and admire in Grafton on holiday. Famous for its graceful jacaranda trees, Grafton exudes natural beauty, including its broad Clarence River which is gorgeous in itself. Learn about the history of these famed trees – planted in the 1870s by a local merchant – and see them in full bloom in the spring, all 6,500 of them.

Spend your days out by the river for some relaxation in the sun on the shore or on the water. Head to Clarence Gorge for postcard-worthy nature photos complete with cascading waterfalls, deep pools, and bold rapids. The breathtaking view will leave you in awe, and with an empty camera battery.

Visit the home of the Clarence River Historical Society, the Schaeffer House, for a look at the Museum and Research Room. Walk around town and see the gothic Christ Church Cathedral, built in 1884, to see its beautiful stained glass windows. Take in an exhibition at the Grafton Regional Art Gallery in the restored Prentice House, originally built in the 1880s. Admire the large watercolour collection of the local flora and fauna of Clarence Valley, and view some contemporary art by regional artists in the form of drawings, ceramics and prints.

Enjoy a refreshing drink at the family-run Georgie’s at the Grafton Regional Art Gallery, or a dish or two off of the modern Australian menu with fresh ingredients straight from the Clarence Valley. For a delicious meal paired with excellent wine, head to Victoria’s Restaurant and Wine Bar within one of the inns in town.

For a look into the intriguing history of the area, check out the Alumny Creek School Museum and Reserve. Once open from 1872 to 1969, the school is currently a living museum about school life over the centuries. Don’t forget to visit the Coldstream Gallery nearby in Ulmarra for over 100 original paintings and thousands of handmade items.

Where is Grafton ?

Where to stay in Grafton ?

You’ll be spoilt for choice with accommodation options for your holiday in Grafton. Stay in the heart of the town centre, just across from the convenient Shopping World and near enough to Christ Church Cathedral. Choose from charming cabins and cottages or romantic bed and breakfasts scattered around the town. You can also rest your head in a State Heritage home just on the banks of Clarence River or just outside of town. In Grafton you are along the main highway so day adventures north and south are completely possible. No matter your holiday plans or travel style, there is accommodation in Grafton to suit your budget

Travel and vacation in Gundagai, New South Wales, Australia
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The City

Making an adventure into bush is a must when in Gundagai. Take a scenic drive through the Crisp Galleries to Yass and Wee Jasper, venture through the Snowy Valleys or visit one of the charming villages including Nangus, Coolac or Jugiong. Expect breath taking scenery and dramatic mountain peaks.

Make a trip into the old town, where you’ll find cosy cafes, unique boutiques and friendly eateries. There are a handful of museums to visit there too, choose from the Lanigan Abbey Gallery for modern art and sculpture or the Gabriel Gallery for a slice of history. It’s also where you’ll find the Art and Craft Emporium, where up to 50 artists exhibit their creativity.

A trip to Gundagai isn’t complete without stopping by the famous Dog on the Tuckerbox. Located just off Hume Highway, the iconic statue has stood there since 1932 and is often referred to as the Gateway to Gundagai. It was originally created to raise funds for Gundagai Hospital however it has since become an Australian phenomenon, with the dog featuring in a poems, songs and stories. The statue also celebrates its birthday on 30th November, so if your getaway coincides, grab a slice of birthday cake and join in the bash.

If you were ever a fan of Steele Rudd’s ‘Snake Gulley,’ make sure you take a trip to Carberry Park where you will find life size copper statues of the characters. Seek them out among the lush park greenery and take a sneaky snap!

If you enjoy drinking wine, Gundagai is a good place to head. Take a wine tasting tour and visit the vineyards that spread over the rolling green hills before heading down to the cellar where you will try some of the best bottles and test your wine knowledge

Where is Gundagai ?

Where to stay in Gundagai ?

With some gorgeous scenery all around, you’ll want to explore what Gundagai has to offer. Hike up Mount Kimo for fantastic views of the rolling green hills and great city views, venture through the White Box Woodlands and seek out the beautiful array of flora and fauna or take a leisurely fishing trip along the Murrumbidgee. With a wealth of things to see and do, you’ll never be far from anything when staying in Gundagai accommodation. Choose woodland cabins and be nestled in the lush greenery for a true sense of peace and quiet or comfortable bed and breakfasts in the heart of the town to be mere minutes away from the region’s most iconic landmarks

Travel and vacation in Kingscliff, New South Wales, Australia
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The City

The location of Kingscliff couldn’t be better, with a short drive to two amazing parts of Australia, the Gold Coast and Byron Bay. In this coastal town you have the freedom to roam around, or stay put in one of the most popular destinations for surfers, sun-lovers and families.

With fewer tourists than the northern beaches, the shoreline in Kingscliff is much quieter; allowing you to wind down and really relax. The calm, shallow waters also mean the beach is safe for children. The beaches in this area also have a loyal following of water sports fans, with a five day competition, the Australian Longboarding Open, taking place in Kingscliff every March.

The culinary scene in Kingscliff is hard to beat, with a myriad of delectable different culinary creations. Regularly receiving awards for excellence, Choux Box Café is a popular spot for many local and visitors alike. Overlooking Kingsland Beach, Choux Box boasts a moreish menu of breakfast and lunchtime classics like eggs Benedict with leg ham and homemade hollandaise or the local favourite caramelised banana pancakes served with honeycomb pieces.

There are a huge number of incredible heritage locations and nature reserves nearby Kingscliff so if you are an active holiday maker, get out there an experience the wildlife. A top local place to trek is Mount Warning, also known as ‘Australia’s Green Cauldron’. Towering over Tweed Valley this inactive volcano is a heritage site that offers excellent bushwalking trails and stunning views.

For a fun family day out visit the Davis Fleasy Wildlife Park in Burleigh Heads. There are a wonderfully diverse range of animals here including some endangered species. Great for the kids as well as adults you can learn all about all about the wildlife and encourage awareness of the creatures that live all around Australia. Easy to access by public transport, the wildlife park is the perfect place to while away a few hours, the on-site café is also an excellent place to relax.

Where is Kingscliff ?

Where to stay in Kingscliff ?

Coolangatta Airport is just under half an hour’s drive away from Kingscliff, so the town is highly accessible and the perfect base to explore the northern coast of New South Wales. There is a terrific range of accommodation in Kingscliff with 5-star all inclusive resorts, oceanfront hotels and self-catering lodgings with private balconies. Many resorts are located just seconds from the beach and top attractions in the area. Stay in luxury accommodation in the grounds of manicured tropical gardens and lagoon pools, get active in the gym, on the tennis court or in the heated lap pool at your own convenience

Travel and vacation in Lennox Head, New South Wales, Australia
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The City

For a small seaside village, Lennox Head has a lot to offer. It has a relaxed village atmosphere which will appeal to many visitors. The village itself is growing and strolling down the streets you’ll notice the lively atmosphere. Along Ballina Street, you will find a range of restaurants, cafés and bars. The town’s pub is considered a local icon and a good place to enjoy the nightlife.

When holidaying in Lennox Head, you have to take advantage of its coastal location. Lennox Point has recently been declared a national surfing reserve, but you can catch good waves at Boulders and Flat Rock as well. Other popular water sports include wind-surfing, swimming, fishing, sailing and snorkelling.

Just behind the dunes of Seven Mile Beach, Lake Ainsworth offers a safe swimming spot for families. The lake is stained brown by the tea trees that grow along the bank which are said to have rejuvenating health properties. With plenty of shade and barbeque areas, Lake Ainsworth is a great place for a picnic.

To the western end of Lennox Head, an Aboriginal ceremonial ring, or ‘bora’, can be found. The area is part of the Bundjalung nation and this site is sacred to the local indigenous people. The ‘bora’ is unusually large and spans over 30 metres. This is a great place to learn more about the cultural history of the area.

For art lovers and photography enthusiasts, Lennox Head has a few impressive galleries and art spaces. The Craig Parry Photography Gallery is renowned for its collection of underwater pictures and landscape photography. The Lennox Art Space is another gallery where you can purchase local handmade artwork and gifts.

Lennox Head is also famous for its community markets. The markets are held by Lake Ainsworth every second and fifth Sunday of the month and you can find great local gifts and homewares, food and drink, as well as produce and plants

Where is Lennox Head ?

Where to stay in Lennox Head ?

Lennox Head offers a range of accommodation options that cater to all budgets and needs. A number of hotels and motels are located in the village centre within short distance to restaurants, shopping and the beach. If you are after a relaxing seaside holiday, Lennox Head has a variety of self-contained apartments near Seven Mile Beach and Lennox Point. For a romantic getaway, you can opt for a luxury beachside resort as well as a day spa retreat. Families holidaying in the area have a number of accommodation options, including camping sites, caravan parks and holiday parks. Lennox Head also has a youth hostel and backpacker accommodation

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