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Eternal Lure of the Pacific

Surfing Spots


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places to stay SUMMER 2010-2011


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2 Australia’s best surfing spots 5 Holiday Essentials 6 Whale of a time in Vava’u 8 Keep the kids happy 9 Feet first walking in New Zealand & Tasmania 12 What’s On 84 The Fabled Islands of the Pacific

destinations 14 new south wales 45 queensland 63 northern territory 64 western australia

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Australia’s best

surfing spots

Unique Places To Stay looks at some of our secret and not so secret surf breaks


reshwater Beach, Sydney will always remember that day in the Summer of 1915 when the great aquatic Hawaiian, Duke Kahanamoku gave an amazing exhibition of wave riding. ‘The Duke’ fashioned a solid board from local timbers, modelled on the very type used by him in his native Hawaii. It was here he first introduced to Australians the ancient craft of Hawaiian kings - the art of surfboard riding. Out through the surf-break The Duke paddled. He turned around and having paddled onto the face of a breaking wave, caught the wave back into the beach while standing tall on this newly carved timber surfboard. This exhibition of skill and grace captivated the imagination of all those present. Surfing came to Australia in 1915 when the Duke demonstrated his style, but it was not until the 1950’s that this sport became popular here. Today an estimated 1.4 million Australians use a surfcraft of some kind each year. The surf industry which began with the manufacture of boards, ‘togs’ and ‘wetties’ in the 1960s, is now worth $400 million annually. Thousands turn up to watch professional surfing events, which began in 1973 with

the Bells Beach Surfing Classic (now Rip Curl Pro), the world’s longest running and most prestigious. Surfing in Australia is for anyone and everyone. It’s a great healthy summer activity and more importantly it’s fun. 60 year old Malibu riding veterans, young kids with short boards, frontier surfers looking for remote breaks in impossible places and even 50 year old mums like me who took their first surf lesson recently at Sunshine Beach, near Noosa. A long list of locally bred world champions such as Midget Farrelly, Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew, Nat Young, Mark Richards

area, talk to locals and get some advice on conditions. Best to surf with a mate and always check the weather. Are you keen? Well read on for the lowdown on where to get some barrels and have fun at Australia’s best surfing spots. Gold Coast, QLD. Beautiful weather and great waves make this major holiday area an obligatory stop on any surfing safari. Expect big crowds in the water at certain times of the year. Highlight – surf one of the world’s top breaks at Kirra Point. Noosa, QLD. Here your morning is greeted with long glassy conditions and surfers running to get amongst some

Surfing in Australia is for anyone and everyone. It’s a great healthy summer activity and more importantly it’s fun. and Mark ‘Occy’ Occilupo have helped make Australia one of the great surfing nations. A huge range of surf schools and surf shops can be found at major surf destinations around Australia. Novice surfers can take advantage of the local knowledge from surf instructors by signing up for lessons before going out. If you are experienced but unfamiliar with the

of the best surf anywhere in the world. Surfing at Noosa really starts at Sunshine Beach and continues right around the national parks coastline and onto the North shore. A distance of approximately 12 km. The breaks are: Sunshine Beach, Alexandria Bay, Granite Bay, Tea Tree, Boiling Pot, Noosa First Point, Noosa Beach, Noosa River Mouth and North Shore.

Surfers at Bennetts Beach at dawn, Hawks Nest, North Coast NSW Courtesy of James Pipino; Tourism NSW

Australia’s Best Surfing Spots

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Learning to surf, First Point Noosa National ParkCourtesy of Darren Jew; Tourism QLD

Bells Beach, VIC. Powerful, fast waves make this beach Australia’s premier surfing destination. Byron Bay, NSW. Surfers come here West Coast, TAS. This region is for the regions’ legendary big right-hand something of a surfing frontier; remote, reef breaks, the subtropical surrounds and wild and rugged. The swell is consistently the tranquil alternative vibe is a bonus. big, and there is rarely if ever a crowd. Highlight – share a wave with a dolphin at Highlight – surf huge swells at Marrawah. The Pass. Around Cactus, SA. Good right Crescent Head, NSW. Where the hand reef breaks are on offer here, and the Malibu champions surf, this hot spot was extreme isolation of the place – perched on the breeding ground of longboard surfing the edge of the desert – means the crowds in the 1950s. Today, Crescent Head are thin. Highlight – surf at Cactus Beach. attracts longboard riders from around Margaret River, WA. From the world. Nat Young first Perth to Augusta, this area visited Crescent Head in is renowned for its large 1961 with John Witzig and extremely powerful and Terry Purcell in waves. Some breaks Here’s some surf terms to John’s mum’s VW. are hard to access, help you get by on the board: Surfers have been but there are 360, Aerial, Air, Barrel, Blown-out, floating off Little plenty of options. Bottom, Bumpy, Channel, Close out, Nobby’s long Covered, Cut-back, Drop-knee, Floater, crescent-shaped Goofy-foot, Grommit, Gun, Hang Ten, headland ever Hollow, Mushy, Over-the-falls, Pit, Lip, since. Pitched, Ripping, Re-entry, Short Summercloud board, Shore break, Stoked, Bay, Wreck Bay, Swell, Surfs Up, Take off point, Top turn, Tube. Aussie Pipeline, Black Rock, NSW. It’s known by more names than any other surfing break. This ‘secret spot’ was originally known only to the surfing cognoscenti and to the local Aboriginal community at Wreck Bay, about 170km south of Sydney, between Jervis Bay and Sussex Inlet. When the standard summer nor’easter is blowing into a southerly swell and everything else is mush, Wreck Bay is turning it on. Bells Beach, VIC. Powerful, fast waves make this beach Australia’s premier Surfer washing his board at Bennetts surfing destination. Highlight – Watch Beach, Hawks Nest NSW Australia’s top professional surfing event, Courtesy of James Pipino; Tourism NSW. the Rip Curl Pro, held here at Easter.

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Don’t surf alone.  Only more experienced surfers who know their local breaks and currents have the confidence and experience to surf alone.  Remember, it’s always bigger when you get ‘out back’. Study the surf. Watch for a good 5-10 minutes before going in.  See how big the ‘sets’ are so you know you don’t get out of your safety zone.  Study the beach. Look where the waves break, the direction of the sweep and what rip currents to avoid. Sharks. The risk of shark attack is very small. To decrease the risk even more, avoid the ocean at dusk and dawn when sharks are more likely to be in the inshore waters.

Surfers walking along Tallow Beach in Byron Bay, Northern Rivers NSW. Courtesy of Sharyn Cairns; Tourism NSW

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Sailing around the kingdom of Tonga

Whale of a time

in Vava’u The Kingdom of Tonga is one of the most scenic and natural of all the Pacific island nations. Stay in a hotel and you never see it, cruise in a boat and you could spend a lifetime exploring its brilliant colours, blue lagoons, fine white coral sand beaches and lush green coconut plantations.


t is with much anticipation that my family and I venture to Tonga in July to escape the routine of our busy lives and experience somewhere quite different from home. Our destination Neiafu, in the Vava’u group of 50 islands, is located at the northern end of Tonga. Experienced travellers liken the Vava’u group to “a cross between the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands” with its dramatic deep water dropoffs and brilliant shallow lagoons. It’s here that we pick up our chartered catamaran to cruise Vava’u’s sheltered waters for the next 8 days. Our arrival into Vava’u coincides with the annual royal visit of Tonga’s Princess. Scenic Neiafu town is spick and span, ripe with streamers, balloons and a festive air of anticipation. Our friendly Tongan guide James, rather cynical of the royal supremacy, provides a wonderful local insight and introduction to Vava’u. James is just one of the many genuinely friendly Tongans who make our stay so special. We check into the modest Hilltop Hotel to be rewarded with panoramic views of the island, incredibly comfortable beds and a surprising wake-up call at 4.30am by the island’s band and the church’s choir practicing for the Princess. At the local Utukalongalu market we purchase provisions, and James drops us off at the marina for the briefing onboard our catamaran. Then, charts in hand, we cast off and head down Refuge Harbour. 6


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The hard part is deciding where to go first, but really it doesn’t matter as long as we tick off the five items on our must do list – the Swallow and Mariners Caves, the lagoon within Hunga Island, a Tongan feast and a Sunday church service. The beauty of sailing in Vava’u is that there are so many unspoilt islands, all within a couple of miles of each other and most only accessible by boat. Our first night at Port Maurelle on Kapa

Island proves a picturesque and safe anchorage. Popular with other yachties, it’s close to the Swallows Cave and there is excellent snorkelling just off the stern of our boat. We time our trip during Tonga’s whale watch season. One afternoon is spent up close to a mother humpback whale and her newborn calf in the warm Tongan waters. Another day my husband and eldest daughter bravely dive into the

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spectacular Mariner’s Cave at Nuapapa. Not for the faint hearted, it’s a snorkelling experience they will never forget. Hunga Island with its enclosed lagoon is spectacular. The lagoon’s hidden entrance is a very narrow pass between the rocks to be entered only on the high tide. It’s tricky

but once safely inside we are rewarded with a protected azure blue lagoon paradise. We splurge out that evening with dinner ashore at the incredibly fine beachfront restaurant run by the Ika Lahi Game Fishing Lodge. Early next morning I am cordially invited

The beauty of sailing in Vava’u is that there are so many unspoilt islands and most only accessible by boat. Photo courtesy of Tourism Tonga

to visit Hunga village by a local man who arrives at our boat in his dugout canoe. Although I decline his offer he is back later to trade provisions. We receive a generous hand of bananas and he happily paddles off with a kilo of flour. ‘Barnacle Bill’ from Kapa Island hosts a traditional feast every Saturday night during the season. We arrive barefoot to feast on suckling pig and Tongan delicacies cooked in the umu. Later two charming, shy, local girls demonstrate their dancing. In the morning, just over the hill from our feast we are welcomed to join in the church service. In crisp white Sunday best attire, the congregation breaks into song. The stirring choral singing is joyful and the sound is incredible. Back in Australia, we reflect on where we’ve been and what we’ve done. Our sailing holiday gave us an intimate and treasured glimpse into the traditional day to day lives of Tongans, in the paradise they call home.

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Great Walks

Feet fi rst walking

The great outdoors of New Zealand and Tasmania has walking tracks to glacial lakes, soaring rainforests, deserted beaches and thundering waterfalls.


id you know that Cradle Mountain in Tasmania is on the same latitude, 41 degrees south, as Queen Charlotte Sound in New Zealand? Both destinations offer walkers the perfect climate for exploration on foot – cool summers and crisp autumns. It’s also this same latitude that produces some of the world’s cleanest, freshest air, remarkable diversity of landscapes and glorious natural scenery. In New Zealand of course, it’s called tramping not walking and there are hundreds of opportunities available. These range from walking tracks on public conservation and private land to heritage trails of up to a day’s duration in urban areas. All New Zealand cities have great native bush walks nearby, making it easy to get off the beaten track for people of all fitness levels. Just bring a spirit of

adventure and a desire to leave cities and roads far behind. Some tracks are so spectacular they’re called Great Walks. One of them, the Milford Track in Fiordland, is known as ‘the finest walk in the world’, even outside of New Zealand. The Abel Tasman Coastal Track has beautiful beaches and remarkable rock formations to explore or can be conquered by sea kayak. But what these tracks have in common is stunning scenery and the feeling you have escaped from the rest of the world. Queen Charlotte track, between Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds in the Marlborough region, offers 67km of stunning views, contrasting land and seascapes, and wide variety of native bush and wildlife. While walkers can start or finish at any point along the way, Ships Cove to Anikiwa is a popular choice.

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Walking the complete Queen Charlotte track takes three to five days. Accommodation on the track ranges from cheap backpackers to luxury B&Bs serving fine food and award-winning wines. Pack transfers between accommodation providers let travellers enjoy the views unencumbered. There’s a story that goes like this. One Saturday morning a group of mothers known as the Lady Walkers of Arrowtown handed their toddlers to their husbands, filled their backpacks with food and cans of beer, and drove to the Greenstone Track. They hiked up the valley to Greenstone Hut and spent the evening cooking dinner, eating fruitcake, playing cards and talking. Next morning they hiked back stopping for a leisurely lunch featuring superb mountain scenery, lots of homemade treats and more homemade gossip. Tramping – it’s how you escape in New Zealand. Not to be outdone by our lofty Kiwi neighbours, Tasmania now has their own Great Walks. Just in time for the start of the walking season (October - mid-April), some of Tasmania’s best tourism operators have come together to create the Great Walks of Tasmania. These seven Great Walks offer world class scenery, great Tassie food and wine and experienced guides with extensive knowledge of the wilderness and a true passion for their vocation.

There’s the world famous Cradle Mountains Hut – 3 to 6 day walks through the acclaimed Overland Track in the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair National Park through ancient temperate rainforests, along the edges of spectacular glacial cirques and over alpine plateaus. Less well known, the Tarkine Rainforest Track takes walkers through rainforests linked to the ancient Gondwana continent, valleys of giant ferns, and button grass plains. The Walls of Jerusalem Experience goes to within the heart of the ‘Walls’ exploring soaring dolerite peaks, alpine lakes, ancient pencil pine forests and abundant wildflowers. For the very experienced, the most challenging of all is the South Coast Track – 9 days, 80 kms. On the east coast take your pick from 3 different Walks. There’s the Freycinet Experience Walk, frequented last summer by our then ‘soon to be disposed’ Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Highlights include a trek to the renowned Wineglass Bay, walks along fine white sandy beaches and through forests of towering white gums and accommodation at the award-winning Friendly Beaches Lodge. The Bay of Fires Walk, with accommodation at Forester Beach Camp and the spectacular Bay of Fires Lodge, was named by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s top 10 spots to visit. My favourite however, is the absolutely

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irresistible Maria Island Walk. This 4 day/ 3 night easy trek takes you through eucalypt and blue gum forests, secluded beaches and bays, and woodlands. At night you stay at comfortable wilderness camps and the restored Bernacchi House. There are few places on the planet that offer the total tranquillity and unspoiled natural beauty of Maria Island. Your ramble starts with a short boat ride across azure sea from the Tasmania mainland and it’s here that the adventure begins. Tasmania also has an incredible 60 or so Great Short Walks (day trips) into rainforests, along ancient sea cliffs, beside turquoise seas and over jagged mountain peaks. Taking you to such beautiful and diverse places as Organ Pipes Mt Wellington, Lady Barron Falls, Tahune Airwalk, Cape Raoul or Bivouac Bay – all near Hobart, these short walks range from a gentle stroll or a physical challenge; a seaside ramble, a long day’s outing or a short wander. This summer and autumn grab some hiking boots, good thermals, a sense of adventure and escape. Be prepared to have the time of your life. Visit these websites for more information:





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Paddington markets Image courtesy of Pierre Toussaint; Tourism NSW.

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onely Planet ranks Sydney as the third best city in the world according to their publication ‘The Cities Book’. We are up there with the likes of Paris and New York, and rightly so. To arrive in Sydney by boat or by air shows off our spectacular harbour to its full advantage. It’s a sight you’ll never forget. This beautiful city really comes into its own through the summer months. Sydney’s natural surrounds and gorgeous harbour form the perfect backdrop for harbourside activities. Soak up Sydney’s scenery, seductive outdoor lifestyle and great natural beauty. Kayak under the Sydney Harbour Bridge or wave at the Opera

House as you ride a ferry across the harbour to Manly. Learn to surf at Bondi Beach or swim in the calm waters of Coogee. Lose yourself in the cobblestone cul-de-sacs of The Rocks or in the markets, boutiques, cafes and pubs of Paddington. As well as more than 70 sparkling beaches, Sydney offers fabulous food, festivals and fun. The Art Gallery of NSW adjacent to the Domain, the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay and the Powerhouse Museum at Darling Harbour hold world class exhibitions year round. For all things musical go to the Opera House for ballet, opera and concerts; and the historic State Theatre and the Lyric Theatre at Star City

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Casino for Broadway musicals. Live theatre thrives with award winning plays at the Sydney Theatre Company. The Botanic Gardens and Hyde Park add more natural beauty to Sydney. Wander around the Domain and then down past the Art Gallery to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. Arguably this is the best harbourside vantage point in Sydney. On summer evenings Mrs Macquarie’s Chair hosts movies under the stars. Hire a comfy chair or bring pillows and a picnic rug and soak up the magnificent atmosphere. Arrive in style by water taxi to picturesque Rose Bay or Watsons Bay for alfresco dining. Catch the ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo and ride the cable car to the top. Here, the zoo residents have some of the best views in the world. Paris and New York – eat your heart out. UNIQUE PLACES TO STAY


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Sydney City & Suburbs Artarmon (8 km N) Daylight International, 19 Whiting St. Linwood Lodge Motel, 312 Pacific Hwy.

Ashfield (9 km W) Ashfield Manor, 83 Liverpool Road.

Camden (60 km SW)

Darlinghurst (2 km E)

Kings Cross (2 km E)

Camden Valley Inn, Old Hume Highway. Grove (The), 176 Macquarie Grove Rd.

Altamont Hotel Sydney, 207 Darlinghurst Rd.

Alice’s Tudor Hotel, 64 Darlinghurst Road.

Drummoyne (6 km W)

Kirribilli (2 km N)

Castle Hill (34 km NW)

Harbour Breeze Lodge, 5 Collingwood Street.

Glenferrie Lodge, 12a Carabella St.

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Dural (34 km N)

Manly (16 km NE)

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Chippendale (2 km S)

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Coogee (8 km E)

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222 Glebe Guest House, 222 Glebe Point Road.

Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach, 242 Arden St.

Hawkesbury River (60 km N)

Cremorne (6 km N)

Forgotten Valley Country Retreat, Singleton Rd, Wisemans Ferry.

Park Regis Concierge Apartments.

Hunters Hill (8 km NW)

Brooklyn (60 km N) Boathouse on Hawkesbury, Little Wobby Beach. [GH - 6] Oxley Boatshed on the Hawkesbury, Bar Point. Pelican Pier On Hawkesbury, Bar Point.

Bundeena (41 km S) Beachhaven Exclusive Accommodation, 13 Bundeena Drive.

AEA The Coogee View, 56 Carr St.

Cronulla (26 km S) Cronulla Retreat B&B, 54 Glaisher Pde. Quest Cronulla Beach, 1 Kingsway. Rydges Cronulla , 20-26 The Kingsway.

Glebe (3 km W)

Banksia Rose Cottage, 12 Alfred St, Woolwich. Magnolia House Bed & Breakfast, 20 John Street.

Manly Shore Holiday Apartments, 93 North Steyne. Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, 55 North Steyne. Q Station, North Head Scenic Drive. Quinton House B&B, 29 Quinton Rd. [H - 1][BB] Sebel Manly Beach (The), 8-13 South Steyne.

North Sydney (3 km N) Harbourside Apartments, 2A Henry Lawson Ave, McMahons Point. McLaren Hotel (The), 25 McLaren St. [GH - 28][BB]

Kenthurst (25 km N)

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Rydges North Sydney, 54 McLaren Street.

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Bayview Boulevard Sydney, 90 William St.

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Mantra Parramatta, Cnr Parkes St & Valentine Ave. Mercure Hotel Parramatta, 106 Hassall St. Parkside Apartments, 49-51 Grose Street. Parramatta View Serviced Apartments, 10 Bridge St.

Penrith (53 km W) Nepean Shores Riverside Resort & Conference Centre, 6-22 Tench Ave.

Potts Point (2 km E) Diamant Hotel Sydney, 14 Kings Cross Road. Quest Potts Point Serviced Apartments, 15 Springfield Avenue.

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Sydney Albert & Victoria Court Sydney, 122 Victoria Street,Potts Point. [PH - 25][BB]

Breakfree on George, 653 George St. Capitol Square Hotel, Sydney, Cnr Campbell & George Sts. Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169-171 Castlereagh St. Citigate Central, 169-179 Thomas St. Harbour Rocks Hotel, 34 Harrington St, The Rocks. Hilton Sydney, 488 George Street. Ibis Darling Harbour (Hotel), 70 Murray St, Darling Harbour. Ibis World Square (Hotel), 382-384 Pitt St. Imperial Budget Boutique Hotel, 11 Pyrmont Bridge Rd, Pyrmont. InterContinental Sydney, 117 Macquarie Street. Mantra on Kent, 433 Kent Street. Menzies Sydney (The), 14 Carrington Street. Mercure Sydney, 818-820 George St. Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour, 17 Little Pier St.

Novotel Sydney On Darling Harbour, 100 Murray Street. Oaks Harmony, 107 Quay Street,Haymarket. Oaks Hyde Park Plaza, 38 College St,Darlinghurst. Paddington Bed & Breakfast, 7 Stewart Place, Paddington. Park Hyatt Sydney, 7 Hickson Rd, The Rocks. Parkroyal Darling Harbour, 150 Day Street. Pyrmont Place Bed & Breakfast, 109 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont.

Sydney Harbour Marriott at Circular Quay, 30 Pitt Street. Sydney Harbour YHA, 110 Cumberland Street. Wyndham Vacation Resorts Sydney, Cnr Wentworth Avenue/ Goulburn Street.

[H - 1][BB]

Terrey Hills (25 km N)

Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney, 27 O’Connell St. Regis on Castlereagh, 317 Castlereagh Street. Rendezvous Stafford Hotel Sydney, 75 Harrington St. Rydges World Square Sydney, 389 Pitt St. Sebel Pier One Sydney (The), 11 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay. Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, 176 Cumberland St, The Rocks. Sheraton On The Park, 161 Elizabeth St. Sir Stamford at Circular Quay, 93 Macquarie Street. Sofitel Wentworth Sydney, 61-101 Phillip St. Swissotel Sydney on Market Street, 68 Market St.

Y Hotel Hyde Park, 5-11 Wentworth Ave. Ph 02 9264 2451. See our display advertisement. YHA Travel, 422 Kent Street. York by Swiss-Belhotel, 5 York St.

Checkers Resort and Conference Centre, 331 Mona Vale Rd.

Whale Beach (32 km N) Jonah’s, 69 Bynya Rd. [GH - 8][AMA]

Whale Beach Bed & Breakfast, 36 Careel Head Road.

Wilberforce (62 km NW) A Spot on the River, 16 Manns Rd.

Windsor (56 km NW) Sebel Resort & Spa Hawkesbury Valley (The), 61 Richmond Road.

Woollahra (5 km E) Hughenden Boutique Hotel, 14 Queen St. [GH - 33][AMA]

GIVING TO CHARITY IS AS EASY AS STAYING AT Y HOTELS SYDNEY If you’re looking for hotel accommodation in the centre of Sydney which won’t break the bank and leaves your conscience clear as well, then look no further than Y Hotel Hyde Park and Y Hotel City South. Offering contemporary, affordable 3.5* rooms, Y Hotels are owned by YWCA NSW, where all profits go directly back into disadvantaged NSW communities. Y Café situated within Y Hotel Hyde Park has a fresh seasonal menu for breakfast and lunch or check out the gym at City South and enjoy the feeling that it’s not only your bank balance that you’re helping.. disadvantaged individuals, families and communities across NSW will thank you too.

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DESTINATION + Blue Mountains

Leura Golf Course. Image courtesy of Hamilton Lund; Tourism NSW.

There’s something

about Leura

Image courtesy of Hamilton Lund; Tourism NSW.

This gem in the Blue Mountains is a great place for a summer getaway.


on’t you think the word ‘quaint’ is horribly over used. It always seems to be the perfect adjective to go with the noun ‘village’. I’m sure Leura in the Blue Mountains used to be a quaint little village long ago. Today however it’s a thriving town bursting with life, history, arts and culture, great coffee, fine food and cool mountain air all in spectacular surroundings.



On the weekends and school holidays the main street of Leura main can get busy. Best to park the car down the road a bit and walk on up. Then you can meander and browse to your hearts delight through all the lovely shops. Work your way to the top, cross over and wind your way back down the other side of the street. Here there are no fast food outlets and copy-cat chain stores, but individual shops that provide a vast array of goods for sale from antiques, books, jewellery, clothing and gourmet delights. I must admit my two favourites are the well-stocked stationery store and the luscious lolly shop. Drop in to the Waygoose Café for a hot chocolate, coffee, cake or whatever takes your fancy. It’s all good. Sometimes on Saturdays there’s a small flea market in the side street off the main drag. Last time I was there I met a man selling vintage 12 inch records and posters who claimed to have once played bass guitar for Pink Floyd. There’s a really interesting Toy and Railway Museum that you have to go to. Set in gracious gardens this historic Leuralla mansion houses a remarkable

Image courtesy of Hamilton Lund; Tourism NSW.

collection of vintage toys, dolls, teddy bears and model railways. Kids love it and adults love it even more as they get to reminisce about their childhood. Opposite the Toy and Railway Museum is a natural amphitheatre with spectacular views. Also recommended is the Everglades Gardens. Owned by the National Trust, it features hectares of green and floral beauty. You can stay at some beautiful historic homes, gracious guest houses and B&Bs, and boutique accommodation. There’s some great places to choose from in Leura and other Blue Mountain towns on the following pages.

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Blue Mountains Area + Mudgee Valley Area + NSW

Blue Mountains Area Bilpin (93 km NW) Bilpin Springs Lodge, 46 Bilpin Springs Rd. Ghost Hill Cabins, 73 Ghost Hill Rd.

Blackheath (116 km W) Allview Escape, 415-419 Hat Hill Road. Bower Cottage, 176 Evans Lookout Rd. Clairvaux Cottages, 14 Burton Rd. [CO - 3][SC] Federation Gardens Lodge, 185 Evans Lookout Rd. [CO - 4][SC] Harrow Cottages, 21 Brentwood Ave. [CO - 2][BB] Jemby-Rinjah Eco Lodge, 336 Evans Lookout Road. Kubba Roonga Guesthouse & Spa Cottages, 9 Brentwood Ave. [GH - 7][DBB]

Lavender Cottage, 201 Govets Leap Rd. Possums Hideaway, 185 Evans Lookout Rd. [GH - 4][SC] Secrets Hideaway, 173 Evans Lookout Rd. [SC] Some days...Some nights, 21 Days Crescent. St Mounts Boutique Hotel, 194 Great Western Hwy. [GH - 17][DBB]

Tails of Blackheath, 209 Great Western Highway. [GH - 7] Woolshed Cabins, Kanimbla Valley, via.

Clarence (134 km NW) Dargan Springs Mountain Lodge & Blue Mtns Wellness Retreat, 9 Donald Road. [L - 8][AMA]

Faulconbridge (77 km W) Mountain Jewel, 51 Summer Rd.

Grose Vale (72 km NW) Hidden Valley Retreat. [CO - 7][SC]

Hartley Vale (140 km W) Blue Hills Farm Retreat, 261 hartley Vale Road.

Jenolan Caves (140 km W) Duckmaloi Farm, 54 Karawina Dr Oberon.

Jenolan Cabins

42 Edith Rd Ph: 02 6335 6239 Fax: 02 6335 6239 6 Fully self-contained cottages. 2 bdrms, 1 Qn, 2 sets bunks, bthrm, lounge, kitchen, dining & log fire. Commanding views of Blue Mountains. [CA - 2][SC]

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Katoomba (111 km W) Amore’ On Cliff, 325 Cliff Drive. [CO - 2][SC] Blue Mountains Boutique Accommodation, 91 Waratah Street. Blue Mountains Tourism Ltd, The Tourism Cottage. Carrington (The), 15-47 Katoomba St. Cecil Guesthouse (The), 108 Katoomba St. [GH - 23][BB] Clarendon Guesthouse (The), 68 Lurline St. [GH] Cloudlands, 4-6 Banksia Park Road. Crystal Lodge Health Retreat, 19 Abbotsford Road. [AMA] Devon Cottage Echo Point, 26 Echo Point Rd. [H - 4][SC] Echo Point Motor Inn-opp.Three Sisters, 18 Echo Point Road. Echoes Boutique Hotel & Restaurant, 3 Lilianfels Ave. [GH - 12][DBB]

Edgelinks B&B, lb. Hydro Majestic Blue Mountains, Great Western Highway,Medlow Bath. Jamison House, 48 Merriwa St. [GH - 4][BB] Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa, Lilianfels Ave, Echo Point. Lurline House, 122 Lurline St. Metropole, Cnr Gangang & Lurline Streets. Mountain Top Holiday Home, 42 Merriwa Street. Palais Royale, 230 Katoomba St.

Shelton-Lea B&B

159 Lurline St Ph: 02 4782 9883 Our suites are very private. Conveniently located within minutes walk to scenic attractions, bush walks and restaurants. AAA 4½ star. [BB]

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Sirens Bed & Breakfast, 3 Duff St. [H][BB] Teddy’s Boutique Accommodaion, 24 Waratah Avenue.

Rustic Spirit (The)

23 Glenara Rd Ph: 02 4567 7170 Fax: 02 4567 7170 [CO - 6][SC]

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Lake Lyell (150 km W) Eagle View Escape, 271 Sandalls Drive, Rydal via. [A - 12][SC]

Leura (108 km W) Argyll Guest House, 11a Craigend St. [GH - 3][BB] Bygone Beautys Cottages, 20-22 Grose St. [CO - 12][SC]

Gabbinbar Chalets

43 Olympian Parade Ph: 02 4784 1522 Gabbinbar provides selfcontained accommodation in the Blue Mountains region of Sydney for couples, families, groups and small conferences. E-mail: Web:

Leura House

7 Britain St Ph: 02 4784 2035 Fax: 02 4784 3329 Historic 1880’s home with large rooms, private ensuites, relaxing lounge and gardens.’Our house is your house’. Leura House, easy to find, hard to forget. [GH - 14][BB] E-mail: Web:

Leura Rose Cottage, 17 Woodford Street. Peartree Cottage, 9 Holmes Street. Strawberry Patch Cottage, 10 Wascoe St.

Megalong Valley (130 km W) Euroka Homestead, Megalong Road. [FS - 5][SC] Megalong Valley Heritage Farm, Megalong Valley Rd. [AMA]

Rydal (150 km W)

The Yellow Cottage, 314A Katoomba St.

6 Cliff Drive Ph: 02 4782 9999 Fax: 02 4782 9999 [GH - 3][BB]

(80 km NW) Madison’s Mountain Retreat, 1880 Bells Line of Rd.

[CO - 3][SC]

Mudgee Valley Area Gulgong (296 km NW) Goldfields Motor Inn

212 Mayne St Ph: 02 6374 1111 Fax: 02 6374 1086 The Goldfields Motor Inn is situated on three acres of landscaped grounds and only 200 metres away from an excellent nine hole golf course and close to all the facilities of the historic Gulgong township. Enjoy superb rural views and no traffic noise. The Goldfields Motor Inn features a swimming pool and barbeque facilities. E-mail: gulgonggoldfield@bigpond.

Mudgee (260 km NW) Ardrossan B&B Mudgee Accommodation, 286 Gulgong Rd. At Seventy Seven Bed & Breakfast, 79 Mulgoa Way. Beverley House, 4 Lawson St. Birch Cottage Mudgee, 100 Market Street.

Forgandenny House B&B 15-19 Short St Ph: 02 6372 2437 Mobile 0438 151 719. A magnificent Federation Home, specialising in fine bed & breakfast accommodation, located 250mtrs from town centre. Relax & enjoy. [BB]

Suzie’s Hideaway At The Garden Cottage

Windradyne Boutique B&B

Kurrajong Heights

Bodhi Cottages, 38 Tarella Rd. [CO][SC] Bunjaree Cottages, 62-64 Railway Parade. Falls Mountain Retreat, The Avenue (Off Falls Rd). Gatekeepers Cottage, c/- Blue Mountains Retreats. [CO - 2][SC] Grand View Hotel, 174 Great Western Highway. [CP - 19] Hideaway Retreat (The), 50 Railway Pde. Yester Grange Estate, Yester Rd.

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Waratah Cottage, 30 Waratah Avenue.

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Wentworth Falls (99 km W)

Seclusions Blue Mountains 209 Martins Rd Ph: 02 6355 6300 Fax: 02 6355 6371 ’Exclusively Couples’.

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32 Winbourne St Ph: 02 6372 6464 Fax: 02 6372 2627 In a quiet tree-lined street - no through traffic. A choice of self contained garden cottage or sunny queen bedroom - ensuite & private lounge - very private. Home cooked country style breakfast. [CO][BB]

E-mail: Web:

[CA - 8][SC]

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NSW + Central West Area + Far West Area A FRIENDLY WELCOME AWAITS YOU AT THE WENTWORTH GRANDE RESORT With 51 Rooms covering a range of Styles & Budgets, the Wentworth Grande Resort can comfortably accommodate all guests. Our Presidential Suites are the ultimate in luxury, featuring a lounge, separate bedroom, spa and a large balcony overlooking the Darling River. Our King Spa rooms which contain a King Bed and corner spa in the main room also have a balcony overlooking the Darling River. Whatever your purpose for travel you are sure to enjoy the hospitality and the many features and facilities of the Wentworth Grande Resort, the “Jewel of the Outback”

61-79 Darling Street, Wentworth NSW 2648 Ph: 03 5027 2225

Old Parkes Convent (The)


Image courtesy of Hamilton Lund; Tourism NSW.

Of all the old goldmining towns in New South Wales, Sofala is one of the most interesting and unusual. A village with an authentic old world charm, Sofala can legitimately claim to be ‘Australia’s oldest surviving gold town’ as it developed on the back of Australia’s first goldrush. Excellent homestead accommodation is available at Sofala.

Central West Area

Dubbo (416 km W) Country Apartments, 230 Brisbane St.

Bathurst (207 km W)

Western Plains Zoofari Lodge, Obley Road. de Russie Boutique Hotel Dubbo, 95 Cobra Street.


448 Conrod Straight, Mt Panorama Ph: 02 6331 2469 Fax: 02 6331 8082 The Lochinvar Collection offers superb 5 star private cottages for those demanding privacy and style. Nestled amidst a beautiful private garden setting the cottages are beautifully appointed with stunning views across Bathurst. Only 5 minutes drive to CBD. [CO][SC]

Orange (266 km W) Greentrees Guest House, 33 Pinnacle Road. [GH][AMA] Melview Greens Country Apartments, Ploughman’s Lane.

Parkes (360 km W) Kadina Bed & Breakfast, 22 Mengarvie Rd.

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Moonraker Motor Inn Parkes, 444 Clarinda St.

33 Currajong Street Ph: 02 6862 5385 Experience spacious living in one of our two exclusive apartments. You’ll enjoy your own private lounge room, bathroom, kitchen area, high ceilings & air conditioned comfort. [A - 2][BB] E-mail: Web:

Sofala (249 km NW) Chesleigh Homestead, Hill End Rd. Ph 02 6337 7077. See our display advertisement. [GH - 10][AMA]

Image courtesy of Rob Blackburn; Tourism NSW.

Far West Area Broken Hill (1169 km W) Miners Rest Cottage, 104 Piper St. [CO - 2][SC]

Moama (822 km SW) Comfort Resort Echuca Moama, 54-56 Meninya St (Cobb Hway). Rich River Golf Club Resort, 24 Lane. Winbi River Resort, Perricoota Rd.

Wentworth (1049 km W) Wentworth Grande Resort, 61-79 Darling Street Ph 03 5027 2225. See our display advertisement.

the far west

The Far West is the state’s western half - a place where the welcome is as wide as the country itself. The townships including Bourke, Lightning Ridge, Broken Hill, Wentworth and Hay, give a rich sense of the character of Australia’s arid interior. Travellers will find a range of excellent accommodation in the Far West, ranging from farmstays to bed and breakfast accommodation.



Sofala (near Bathurst), NSW 2795. Telephone: (02) 6337 7077. Web: Chesleigh is the heart of Sofala’s colourful goldfields. A comfortable stopover amid the wild, rustic shanty towns of Sofala & Hill End. Lovely accommodation and genuine, delicious home cooking using fresh local produce. Dinner, B&B, weekends and extended stays.

Rates: From $95/person for dinner, B&B. Distance: 3 km from Sofala, 45 km from Bathurst. Rooms: 10 (6 with ensuite). Reservations: Required.


Credit Cards: Accepted. Children: Welcome. Features: Gold panning, horse riding, trout fishing, great food & terrific bush entertainment. A wealth of facilities.


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Lord Howe Island

Australia’s own Neverland

The timeless tale of a magical land created by the imagination of children has come to life- and it’s only 700 km away from Sydney.


xcitement builds as the 32-seater Qantas Link plane lowers its wheels and gradually descends for landing. Then, out of my window, the clouds part and a beautiful paradise comes into view. A real-life Neverland soaked in sunlight and encompassed by an endless blue lies beneath me. I step off the plane and greet one of the world’s best kept secrets. Lord Howe Island is nestled at the southernmost part of the Great Barrier Reef. In 1982 Lord Howe scored a World Heritage listing for its extraordinary volcanic geology, outstanding variety of plant, bird and marine life, and its stunning natural beauty. Lord Howe offers an enormous diversity of things to do, including swimming in the Lagoon, snorkelling and scuba diving

amongst the teeming marine life, cycling to a sunny picnic spot, playing golf, hiking up the 875m Mt Gower, and surfing, sailing, kayaking and fishing on the vast sparkling waters. James M. Barrie’s timeless tale, Peter Pan, described a beautiful island far away from civilization. As soon as you entered Neverland, time was said to have froze, and this is exactly what it feels like on Lord Howe Island. The private, safe and laid-back atmosphere temporarily detaches you from the stresses of daily life. With only 320 residents and a maximum of 400 visitors at any one time, this peaceful environment remains untouched. With no mobile phone reception, dirty pollution, or high rise buildings, Lord Howe provides

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a luxurious escape from the hustle and bustle of a city lifestyle. No magical pixie dust is needed to reach this spectacular paradise, as Lord Howe is less than two hours flight from Sydney and Brisbane but still a world away. By Carla Jamieson



NSW + Lord Howe Island + Norfolk Island

Ideally situated off Middle Beach Road opposite the main grocery store, 100m from Visitor Information Centre, Cafe and Museum. Leanda Lei is 200m to Lagoon Beach and within easy walking distance to Bowling Club and several restaurants.











Offering studio, one and two bedroom fully self-catering units, with cooking facilities, TV, DVD Player, radio, hairdryers and full laundry facilities. Cars and pushbikes available for hire on premises. Guests at Leanda Lei have priority on boating activities with ‘Marine Adventures’.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Lord Howe Island

Howeana Apartments, Lagoon Road.

Pandanus Apartments, Anderson Road.

Leanda Lei Apartments, Middle Beach Rd. Ph 02 6563 2195. See our display advertisement.

Pinetrees Resort Hotel, Lagoon Road. Ph 02 9262 6585. See our display advertisement.

Lord Howe Island (850 km NE) Arajilla Retreat, Old Settlement Beach. Beachcomber Lodge, Lord Howe Island. Blue Lagoon, Lord Howe Island. Broken Banyan Apartments The, Lord Howe Island. Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island. Ebbtide, Muttonbird Drive. Hideaway Apartments, Middle Beach Road. [A - 3]

Middle Beach Road, Lord Howe Island NSW 2898 Phone: (02) 6563 2195 Fax: (02) 6563 2095 Email: Web:

Lorhiti Apartments, 78 Anderson Road. Mary Challis Cottages, PO Box 69. Milky Way Holiday Apartments, Old Settlement Beach. Ph 02 6563 2012. See our display advertisement.

Somerset Apartments, Neds Beach Road.

Norfolk Island Norfolk Island (1400 km E) Anson Bay Lodge, Bullock Hut Rd. Bounty Lodge Apartments, Ferny Lane.

Cascade Garden Apartments, New Cascade Rd. Cobbys of Crystal Pool, Rocky point Road. Cumberland Resort And Spa, Taylors Road. Fantasy Island Resort, Taylors Road. Forrester Court, PO Box 496. Governor’s Lodge Resort, PO Box 898. Selwyn Cottage, PO Box 359. Shearwater Scenic Villas, Point Ross. Shiralee Executive Cottages, Taylors Road.



A guest house for over 100 years,

Lord Howe Island where the

Pinetrees is now the main resort hotel on

golf, the fishing, the diving,

Lord Howe.

the coral reef, the lagoon, the

Still run by the same island family –

beaches and the mountain walks

catering for just 85 visitors. Famous for

are all magnificent.

excellent food, good accommodation and natural hospitality. Great value all inclusive packages offer accommodation with all meals, return air fare from Sydney or Brisbane and island transfers. PINETREES LORD HOWE ISLAND TRAVEL PTY LTD ACN 003 663 607 Lic No. 2TA 002973 VISIT OUR WEBSITE OR RING, FAX OR EMAIL FOR EFFICIENT PERSONAL SERVICE

PHONE: (02) 9262 6585 FAX: (02) 9262 6638 TOLL FREE 1800 226 142 email: |



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Lord Howe Island + Central Coast Area + Lake Macquarie Area + NSW Patonga Dickerbusch, 21 Patonga Street.

Terrigal (100 km N) Beach Hut Terrigal, 6 Ash St. Casa Bay Vista, 24 Charles Kay Drive. Clan Lakeside Lodge (The), 1 Oceanview Drive. Country Comfort Terrigal, 154 Terrigal Drive. Crowne Plaza Terrigal, Pine Tree Lane. Star of the Sea Terrigal, 8 The Esplanade. Terrigal Lagoon Bed & Breakfast, 58a Willoughby Road. Terrigal Sails Serviced Apartments, 6 Maroomba Rd. Tiarri Terrigal Beach, 16 Tiarri Cres. Villa by the Sea, 27 Tabletop Road.

The Entrance (106 km N) Lavender House by the Sea, 66 Dening St. [H][SC] Oaks Waterfront Resort, 89 The Entrance Rd. Waldorf Apartment Hotel, 18 Coral Street.

Central Coast Area Avoca Beach (100 km N) Acreage (The) B&B, 110 Picketts Valley Rd,Picketts Valley. Avoca Palms Resort, 194 Avoca Drive. Decks at Avoca, 177 Avoca Drive. Lighthouse Apartments at Avoca Beach (The), 3/15 Cliff Ave. Rileys Bed & Breakfast, 370 Avoca Drive. Two Peaks Guesthouse, 14 Hillside Road. Treetops Resort Avoca Beach, 360 Avoca Drive.

Gosford (86 km N)

Toowoon Bay (106 km N)

Bermuda Motor Inn, 303 Henry Parry Dr, Wyoming. Best Western Gosford Motor Inn, 23 Central Coast Highway.

Kims Beach Hideaway, Charlton St.

Toukley (122 km N)

Catherine Hill Bay (100 km N) Catherine Hill Bay Beach House, 6A Clarke Street.

Caves Beach (144 km N) Blue Horizons, 138 Caves Beach Rd.

Coal Point (160 km N) Gables By The Lake, 162 Coal Point Rd. Green Cottage (The), 158 Skye Point Road. Lakeside House (The), 296 Skye Point Road.

Dora Creek (140 km N) Between Waters Bed & Breakfast, 246 Dora St. [H][BB] Lazydays Waterfront Cottage, 34 Baker St.

Gwandalan (136 km N) Holiday House on Lake Macquarie (The), 66 Gamban Rd. [H - 4][SC]

Kilaben Bay (158 km N) Loft (The), 72 Kilaben Bay Rd.

Mandalong (130 km N) Kemeys At Mandalong, Sauls Rd.

Marks Point (100 km N) Iona Cottage, 135 Marks Point Road. Lakeside Marks Point (The), 95 Marks Point Rd. Selby Cottage, 151 Marks Point Rd. [CO - 1][SC]

All Comfort Bed & Breakfast, 34 Highland Crescent.

Beachcomber Hotel (The), 200 Main Rd. Toukley Motel, 185-187 Main Road.


Umina (110 km N)

Central Coast Tourism, 52 The Avenue.

Beach Lodge, 224 The Esplanade, Ocean Bch. [H][SC]

Killcare (98 km N)

Wamberal (105 km N)

Morisset Park (134 km N)

33 Degrees Beach House, 4 Manly View Road.

Apollo Resort, Wamberal, 871 The Central Coast Highway.

Lake Escape Lodge, 15 Macquarie Rd.

Bateau Bay (96 km N)

Bells at Killcare, 107 The Scenic Road.

Yarramalong (113 km N)

Murrays Beach

Bateau Bay Beachfront Luxury Spa Accom for Couples, 22 Reserve Dr. [SC]

Kincumber (98 km N)

Cedarbrush Downs, 318 Brush Creek Road. Yarramalong Manor Motel, Linga Longa Rd. [GH - 6][AMA]

Bluebell Retreat, 10 Saltwater Row.

Colo (91 km NW)

Hamlyn Terrace

Kincumber Hotel Motel, Cnr Carrak Rd & Willessee Cres.

Ossian Hall, Putty Road.

Kincumber South (94 km N)

Daleys Point (92 km N)

Cockle Bay House, 1 Calool Street. [CH - 4][BB]

Windows on the Water, 25 Empire Bay Drive.

Kulnura (86 km N)

Ettalong Beach (89 km N) Ettalong Beach Holiday Village, Fassifern Street. Luro On The Beach, 119 The Esplanade.

Forest Park Country Retreat, 252 Forest Road. Noonaweena, RMB 2405 George Downes Drive.

Lake Macquarie Area Cams Wharf (135 km N) Mercure Lake Macquarie Raffertys Resort, 1 Wild Duck Dr via Raffertys Rd. [AMA]

Carey Bay (160 km N)

Lower Mangrove (102 km N)

Bell Chapel B&B, 34 Excelsior Pde.

Forresters Beach (100 km N)

Norah Head (115 km N)

Captain’s Cottage Lake Macquarie (The), 1 Laycock St.

Forresters Beach Bed & Breakfast, 9 Yumbool Close.

Norah Head Lighthouse, Bush St.

Julia’s Waterfront Retreat, 1 Ambrose Street.

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Martinsville (140 km N) Watagan Lodge, 79 Kings Road.

Nords Wharf (110 km N) Cottage Holidays, 131 Marine Pde.

Swansea (145 km N) Lake Macquarie Tourism, 228-234 Pacific Highway. Lakeshores Self Catering Accommodation, 2/147 Bowman Street. Swansea Motel, 250 Old Pacific Hwy.

Toronto (158 km N) Brighton (The), 157 Brighton Avenue. Tranquil Shores Waterfront Cottage, 6 Moore Street.



DESTINATION + Hunter Valley

Something to quaff about

Image courtesy of James Pipino; Tourism NSW.

Image courtesy of Anson Smart; Tourism NSW.

Weave your way through the Hunter’s tapestry of vineyards, valleys and villages.


ears ago I travelled with my boyfriend to the Hunter Valley for a much anticipated long weekend. We were young and in love and it was a marvellous adventure. Staying the nights in an historic country pub in Cessnock, by day we wound our way through the wine trails stopping for impromptu roadside picnics and at wineries for their cellar door tastings. The thing that sticks in my mind was how young and naïve we were about the ways of wine but how friendly and accommodating the wineries welcomed us. We came home worldly and triumphant with a few bottles of wine and several highly coveted bottles of Draytons Port. This experience was certainly something we’d never done before. The Hunter Valley is the oldest and most 24


renowned wine producing region in Australia. Vines were first planted here in the 1820s; by the 1860s there were 20 sq km under cultivation. A Hunter sparkling wine made its way to Paris in 1855 and was favourably compared to the French product. Easily accessible from Sydney the Hunter Valley has become a thriving tourist district. However, it still manages to retain much of its old-world charm and character. There are plenty of sleepy little villages and hidden vineyards off the beaten track that are just waiting to be explored. With more than 120 wineries, the Hunter Valley produces some terrific wines, loved at home and abroad, including the crisp Hunter Semillon and the ripe Hunter Shiraz. Today, the Hunter Valley has an important ace up its sleeve: these wineries are still

refreshingly attitude-free and welcoming of viticulturists and novices alike. Isn’t it time you tasted their delights? The Hunter Valley is only two hours’ drive north of Sydney. Fly from Sydney with QantasLink, from Melbourne, Gold Coast and Brisbane with Jetstar or Virgin Blue. Newcastle Airport is one hours’ drive to the Hunter Valley.  There’s also a great range of unique accommodation in the Hunter region. See the following pages for some great choices.

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Hunter Valley Area + NSW

Hunter Valley Area Aberdeen (302 km NW) Craigmhor Mountain Retreat, 2120 Upper Rouchel Rd. [CH - 4][BB]

Bolwarra (203 km N) Maddies of Bolwarra, 35 Paterson Road. [GH - 3][AMA]

Broke (170 km N) Ferguson’s Hunter Valley Getaway, Hill St. Monkey Place Country House, 69-71 Wollombi Street. [CH - 4] Starline Alpacas Farmstay Resort, 1100 Milbrodale Rd.

Cardiff (171 km N) Travellers Home B&B, 51 Maud Street. [GH - 2][BB]

Cedar Creek (139 km N) Cedar Creek Vineyard Cottages, Wollombi Rd. [CO - 5][SC]

Cessnock (153 km N) Briar Ridge Cottage, Mt View Road. [CO - 3][SC] Greta Main Pay Office Guest House, 988 Wollombi Rd. [GH - 5][DBB]

Rosedale Bed & Breakfast, 377 Lovedale Rd. [CH - 3][BB]

East Maitland (200 km N) Old George & Dragon Guest House (The), 50 Melbourne St. [GH - 5][DBB]

Greta (225 km N) The Table, 3 Water Street.

Heatherbrae (168 km N) Sir Francis Drake, 2259 Pacific Highway.

Laguna (121 km N) Judsons at Laguna, 3868 Great North Road.

Lochinvar (213 km N) Pindari House, 78 Winders Lane.

Lovedale (200 km N) Adina Vineyard, 492 Lovedale Road. Blackwattle, 169 Talga Road. Bluebush Estate, 196 Wilderness Road. Claremont House @ Warraroong Estate, 247 Wilderness Rd. [CH - 5][SC]

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Resort, 430 Wine Country Drive. Ironstone Estate, 160 Londons Rd. Lillians on Lovedale, Lovedale Rd.

Lovedale Cottages, Brickmans Lane. Lovedale Lodge, Hunter Valley, Lot 33 Londons Rd. Parrot Stump Farm, 300 Talga Rd. Sovereign Hill Country Lodge, Talga Rd. Tatler Vineyard, 477 Lovedale Rd. Tonic Hotel, 251 Talga Road. Vineyard Hill, Lovedale Rd. Wilderness Grove, 77 Wilderness Rd. Woodlane Cottages, McCarthy Rd via Lomas Lane.

A Magical Place..... Bushland Retreat Hunter Valley

hugged by bush and wildlife

Maitland (201 km N) Monte Pio Hunter Valley, New England Hwy Rutherford. Peacock Grove Bed and Breakfast, 84 Valley St.

Millfield (150 km N) Bellbird & Swallows, Lewis Lane,Mt View. [CO - 9][SC]

Morpeth (165 km N) Bronte Guesthouse Boutique Accommodation, 147 Swan St. [GH - 3][SC]

Morpeth Convent Guest House, 24 James St. [GH - 4][BB]

Mount View (153 km N) Bimbadeen Estate, Cnr Bimbadeen & Mount View Rds. Cedars Mount View, 60 Mitchells Rd. [CO - 2][SC] Clydes at Mount View, 27 King Road. Cottages on Mount View, 1329 Mount View Road. Hunter Valley Country Cabins, 1329 Mount View Rd. [CO - 8] Sincero, 147 Mount Bright Road.


Muswellbrook (262 km NW) Baybrook Motor Inn & Apartments, 147-151 New England Hwy.

Newcastle (174 km N) Balgownie Cottage, 59 Tooke Street,Cooks Hill. Chifley Apartments Newcastle, Lee Wharf. Cooks Hill Cottage, 102 Dawson Street,Cooks Hill. Crowne Plaza Hotel Newcastle, Cnr Merewether St & Wharf Rd. Executive Inn (The), 10 Rugby Rd, New Lambton. Grand Mercure Newcastle Apartments, 741 Hunter Street. Hamilton Heritage B&B, 178 Denison St. [H - 2][BB] Quality Hotel Noah’s on the Beach, Cnr Shortland Esp & Zaara St. Sebel Newcastle Beach, 5 King Street.

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NSW + Hunter Valley Area Paterson (195 km N) Belleray Homestead, Duns Creek.

Pokolbin (165 km N) Araluen Mistletoe Cottages, 108 Mistletoe Lane. Billabong Moon, 393 Hermitage Road. Blackthorn Hill Retreat, 148 Old North Road. Broken View Estate, 547 Old North Rd. Buffs At Pokolbin, Lot 99 Coulson Road. Camway Estate-Suites, Villas, Cottages, Campbells Lane. [CO - 16][SC]

Casuarina Estate, 1014 Hermitage Road. Chez Vous Villas, 148 De Beyers Road. Cypress Lakes Resort, Cnr McDonalds & Thompsons Rds.

Hermitage Lodge, 609 McDonalds Rd. Hunter Habit (The), Rothvale Winery. Krinklewood Cottage, 333 Palmers Lane. [CO - 4][SC] Kurrajong Vineyard Cottages, 614 Hermitage Rd. [CO - 4][SC] Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill, Cnr Broke & McDonalds Rds. Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens, Broke Rd. Mulberry Cottage @ Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard, DeBeyers Road. Nirvana Vista Estate, Lot 3 Sweetwater Road. [H - 4] North Lodge Cottages, 198 Old North Rd. Olive Grove, 576 Hermitage Road. Peppers Convent Hunter Valley, Halls Rd. [GH - 17][BB] Peppers Creek Yacht Club, Cnr Broke & Ekerts Roads. [CO - 6][SC]

DenMar Estate

479 Hermitage Road Ph: 02 6574 7291 DenMar Estate - the complete package. Welcome to quality - accommodation, wine and views. There are few properties in the Hunter Valley where you can luxuriate in near new self-contained accommodation, sip award winning Estate grown wines while taking in the majestic views across vineyards to the Brokenback Ranges or enjoy your own private Cellar Door tasting without leaving the property. DenMar Estate has two near new 2-bedroom self contained villas with spacious ensuites, a 10 acre vineyard and a newly opened Cellar Door. Two night packages include provisions for a gourmet cooked breakfast daily, a cheese plate, chocolates and a bottle of our Estate grown wine on arrival. E-mail: enquiries@denmarestate. Web:

Elfin Hill Lodge, Marrowbone Rd.

Peppers Guest House Hunter Valley, Ekerts Rd. [GH - 1] Pokolbin Cabins, Palmers Lane. Pokolbin Village Resort, 188 Broke Rd. Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley (The), 336 Oakey Creek Rd. Splinters Guest House, 617 Hermitage Road. [L][SC] Thalgara Estate, De Beyers Rd. Thistle Hill, 591 Hermitage Rd. [GH - 6]

Tuscany Wine Estate, Cnr Mistletoe Lane & Hermitage Rd. Twin Trees Country Cottages, 111 Halls Rd. [CO - 10][SC] Verona Vineyard Accommodation, McDonalds Rd. Villa Provence, 132 Gillards Rd. [GH - 9][BB]

Vineyards Estate at Pokolbin (The), 555 Hermitage Rd. [GH - 8][BB]

Windsors Edge, Cnr McDonalds Rd & Branxton Rd. Woods (The) at Pokolbin, Halls Rd. Woolshed Hill Estate, 342 Deasys Rd. [GH - 11][DBB]

E-mail: stay@hilltopguesthouse. Web:

Madigan Vineyard, Lot 1 Wilderness Road. Manzanilla Ridge, 442 Talga Rd. RidgeView Cottages, 273 Sweetwater Road. Rothbury Escape, 310 Talga Rd. Wandin Valley Estate, Wilderness Rd. [CH - 10][SC]

Scone (320 km N)

Grange on Hermitage The, 820 Hermitage Road.

Rosebrook (150 km N)

Grapevines Boutique Accommodation, 1941 Broke Rd.

Hunter River Retreat, 1090 Maitlandvale Rd. [CO - 8][SC]

Hanging Tree Winery Homestead, 294 O’Connors Road.

Rothbury (200 km N)

Hermitage Hideaway-Homestead & Cottages, 535 Hermitage Road.

Burncroft, 207 Talga Rd.


288 Talga Road Ph: 02 4930 7111 Fax: 02 4930 9048 Enjoy the peace and tranquility of these romantic villas in the Australian Countryside. Upstairs spacious bedroom with cosy king bed, opening onto a private balcony with panoramic views of wine country and the Hunter Valley where you can capture the beautiful sunsets. Double spa bath, kitchenette, TV, CD, AC. Kookaburra Lodge has woodfire. Tandem massages in the privacy of your room. Winery tours leave daily by bus or helicopter. Horse riding, horse drawn carriage rides and bush walking onsite, spectacular views and kangaroos. Guest house and cabin accommodation.

Airlie House Motor Inn & Restaurant, 229 Kelly St. Belltrees Country House & Mountain Retreat, Gundy Rd. Strathearn Park Lodge, 2 New England Hwy. [GH - 4] Willowgate Hall, 91 Kingdom St.

Glen Ayr Cottages, De Beyers Rd. [CO - 9][SC]


Lovedales Love Nests

Hunter Valley Retreat,Watagan Centre, 626 Sandy Creek Rd.

Raymond Terrace (170 km N)

[GH - 6][DBB]

Vacy (226 km N) Banjos Bushland Retreat, Summer Hill Rd. Ph 02 9403 3388. See our display advertisement. Eaglereach Wilderness Resort, Summer Hill Rd. [CA - 45][SC]

Retreat Bushland Lodge (The)

Quorrobolong (129 km N)

Colonial Terrace, 130 Adelaide St. Doribank Farm Cottage, Six Mile Rd.

[GH - 6][SC]

Casa Della Vigna, 228 Sweetwater Road. Chateau Elan Destination at The Vintage, Vintage Drive. Emma’s Cottage, 438 Wilderness Rd. [CO - 3][SC] Grand Mercure The Vintage Hunter Valley, Vintage Drive. Hill Top Country Guest House, 288 Talga Road. [GH - 5][AMA] Hunter Homestead, 348 Talga Rd. I Villini, 497 Talga Road.

Singleton (220 km N) Glen Nevis B&B, 399 Westbrook Rd.

St Albans (96 km N) via Wisemans Ferry Bandusia Country Retreat, 1056 Upper McDonald Rd.

Summer Hill Rd Ph: 02 9909 2900 Fax: 02 9909 2911 Just 2.5 hours from Sydney is a luxury holiday house, with a stunning view, in a 400 hectare bushland resort. Designed for romantic getaways (ensuite has spa), but with 3 bedrooms & bathrooms is ideal for families. Swim, play tennis, bushwalk, picnic, BBQ on the deck with views, laze by the fire, billiards, table tennis, board games, books, CDs, TVs, video library. Weekends $440/couple or $480 for family/group of up to 5. Midweek 2/3 night special $340/ couple. Credit cards. [CO - 3] E-mail: info@retreatbushlandlodge. Web: www.retreatbushlandlodge.

Wisemans Ferry (85 km NW) Australis Retreat at Wisemans, Hawkesbury River. Del Rio Resort, Chaseling Road,Webbs Cereek.

Wollombi (140 km N) Avoca House, Wollombi Rd.

Mystwood Valley Cabins 117 Milsons Arm Rd Ph: 02 4998 3234 Fax: 02 4998 3240 5 Star. 5 cosy cabins ($100 Dbl w/days, $132 w/ends). In secluded, tranquil valley on 500ac near historic Wollombi, National Parks & vineyards, only 1½ hrs from Sydney. L/fires, Qn beds, A/C, verandahs, hampers. [CA][SC]

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Barrington Tops Area + Port Stephens Area + NSW

Barrington Tops Area

Port Stephens Area

Barrington Tops (279 km N)

Anna Bay (211 km N)

Barrington Tops Organic Retreat, 384 Jems Creek Road.

Dungog (240 km N)

Samurai Beach Resort Port Stephens Bennetts Beach. Image courtesy of James Pipino; Tourism NSW.

Bandon Grove School House

Image courtesy of James Pipino; Tourism NSW.

Port Stephens

Image courtesy of Hamilton Lund; Tourism NSW.

Port Stephens, a large and scenic bay just north of Newcastle, is one of the state’s most popular holiday destinations. The towns and villages that line its shores offer a huge array of holiday accommodation, especially guesthouses and self-contained apartments and holiday houses. Visitors in search of small, distinctive, deluxe accommodation also have many outstanding choices. In recent years, a number of glamorous resort style hotels have been established here, one of which is built around a marina. These resort properties offer excellent recreational facilities as well as business amenities for conferences and wedding venues.

Chichester Dam Rd via Ph: 0412 284 852 Fax: 02 9923 2893 Located in the lush Williams Valley, 12km north of Dungog and near the beautiful Barrington Tops, the Bandon Grove School House is absolutely charming. The School House was built in 1882 and recently refurbished with 3 new bathrooms and a commercial standard kitchen, all with polished concrete heated floors. There are cool verandahs and a plexipave tennis court with lights. Accommodation for 16-18 includes 2 queen bedrooms with ensuites, 2 double bedrooms sharing large bathroom and a detached bunkhouse for 8 others. This is a perfect house for a family reunion or gathering of friends. [SC - 7] E-mail: Web:

Barringtons Country Retreat (The), Chichester Dam Rd, via Dungog. [L][AMA] Bluegums Cabins, 1953 Chichester Dam Road. Carriageway Resort (The), 4426 Clarence Town Road. School Hill, 381 Sugarloaf Road.

Gloucester (294 km N) Avonview at Tintuppa, 55 Fairbairns Road. Barrington Riverside Country Retreat, 312 Thunderbolt Way. The Ridge, 135 Thunderbolts Way.

Monkerai Valley (279 km N) Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley Resort, 311 Upper Monkerai Rd. [GH - 20][AMA]

Salisbury (240 km N) Bennetts Beach. Image courtesy of James Pipino; Tourism NSW.

Barrington Tops Salisbury Lodges, 2930 Salisbury Rd. [L - 7]

Barrington Wilderness Cottages, 2940 Salisbury Rd.

For bookings and further details visit

562 Gan Gan Road Ph: 02 4916 3400 Fax: 02 4982 2107 New resort set in 8 hectares of stunning bushland and nestled on the edge of Samurai and One Mile Beach sand dunes. 4 star self-contained villa & suite accommodation. Facilities include: pool, spa, tennis courts, kids bush golf, free Foxtel, BBq’s, free laundry. 15 minutes walk to spectacular surf and swimming beaches. 8 minutes drive to Nelson Bay. [SC]

E-mail: info@samuraibeachresort. Web:

Hawks Nest (250 km N) Ocean Side Hawks Nest, Cnr Booner & Bennett Sts.

Nelson Bay (224 km N) Admiral Nelson Motor Inn, 16-18 Gowrie Avenue. Landmark Nelson Bay, 61A Dowling St. Oaks Lure Apartments, 20 Tomaree Street.

One Mile Beach (225 km N) O’Carrollyn’s Eco Village Resort, 5 Koala Place. Wanderers Retreat Port Stephens, 7 Koala Place.

Salamander Bay (216 km N) Le Meilleur Horizons Golf Resort, 5 Horizons Drive. Oaks Pacific Blue Resort, 265 Sandy Point Road.

Shoal Bay (224 km N) Ocean Beach Bed & Breakfast, 16 Ocean Beach Rd. [H - 2][BB] Shoal Bay Resort & Spa, Beachfront.

Soldiers Point (216 km N) All Seasons Salamander Shores Resort, 147 Soldiers Point Rd.

Tea Gardens (250 km N) Oaks Boathouse Tea Garden, 21-23 Marine Drive. Tea Gardens Waterfront, 117 Marine Drive. [GH - 2][BB]



NSW + Mid North Coast Area Hallidays Point (345 km N)

Port Macquarie (421 km N)

Tallwoods Verve resort, Black Head Road.

Azura Beach House B&B, 109 Pacific Drive. [H - 2][BB] Beach Blue Resort, 68 Pacific Drive. Beachside Holiday Apartments, 48 Pacific Drive. Comfort Inn Aquatic, 253 Hastings River Dr. Country Comfort Port Macquarie, Cnr Buller & Hollingworth Sts. Flynns Beach Resort, 68 Pacific Drive. Le George Motel, 4 Hollingworth St. Macquarie Waters, 11 Clarence Street. Mantra Quayside Apartments, Cnr William & Short Streets. Mercure Centro Port Macquarie, 103 William Street. Mid Pacific Motel, Cnr Short & Clarence Streets. Narimba Lodge Motel, 4 Narimba Close. Northpoint Apartments, Apt 304/2 Murray Street. Wyndham Vacation Resorts Flynns Beach, 14-20 Flynn Street.

Kempsey (457 km N) Kempsey Motor Inn, 320 Pacific Hwy. Macleay Valley Coast, 22 Tozer Street, Kempsey West. South West Rocks Motel, 110 Gregory Street.

Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, Seal Rocks. Image courtesy of Great Lakes Tourism. Burgess beach, Forster.

Limeburners Creek (406 km N) Ocean & Earth Farmstay, Lot 32 Fords Rd.

Lorne (377 km N) Gypsy Falls Retreat, 375 Tipperary Road.

Nabiac (314 km N) Bundacreek Country Lodge Retreat, 226 Minimbah Rd.


The Great Lakes area on the NSW mid north coast is a natural paradise, stretching from Hawks Nest in the south to Forster and Tuncurry in the north and encompassing Wallis, Smiths & Myall Lakes. It is celebrated for its magnificent coastline, numerous national parks & state forests and basks in a year-round temperate climate. Just 3 hours from Sydney the Great Lakes region is perfect for a weekend away. Jump in a kayak & explore the lakes. Discover a wide choice of walks, from long distance paths to pleasant coastal tracks. Surfing, diving and fishing.

[GH - 5][DBB]

Old Bar (330 km N) Chiltern Lodge Country Retreat, 139 Metz Rd. [CO - 4] Kiwarrak Country Retreat, 239 Half Chain Rd. [CO - 3][SC] Meridian Resort-Beachside, 32 Lewis St.

Pacific Palms (280 km N) Azure On The Beach, Boomerang Beach.

Bonny Hills (402 km N)

Coomba Bay (280 km N) Whitby on Wallis B&B, 1770 Coomba Road. [CH][BB]

Brushy Point Great Lakes Escape, 540 Coomba Rd. Capricorn Apartments. Laaqua, 9 Headland Road.

Seaview, 2 Skyline Pl.

Crescent Head (440 km N)

Lizzie Beach House, 4 Lethbridge Road.

Bulahdelah (245 km N)

Killuke Lodge Holiday Cottages, Point Plomer Rd. [CO - 7][SC]

Sandpiper on Smiths Lake, 113 Patsy’s Flat Road.

Forster (325 km N)

Sayang, 209 Boomerang Drive, Blueys Beach.

Beaches International, 1 Beach Street.

Pampoolah (320 km N)

Clarendon Forest Retreat, Coates Rd, Possum Brush via.

Mescal’s at Pampoolah, 53 Malcolms Rd, via Taree.

EcoPoint Myall Shores, Myall Lakes National Park. Peacehaven Country Cottages, 353 Upper Myall Road. Stoneholme Farmstay B&B, 386 Old Inn Road.

Rela x, rediscover and spoil yourself...

Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, Kinka Road. Ph 02 4997 6590. See our display advertisement. Twin Pines, 32 Kinka Road.

Blueys Retreat, 285 Boomerang Drive. [CO - 26][SC]

Mid North Coast Area

Seal Rocks (270 km N)

[H - 3][SC]

South West Rocks (496 km N) Grass Trees Escape, Arakoon. Little Bay Cottage, East St. [CO - 2][SC] Smoky Cape Lighthouse B&B & Cottages, Lighthouse Road.

Taree (337 km N) Comfort Inn Marco Polo, 30-32 Crescent Ave. Mansfield on the Manning, Lot 95 Beauly Rd. Nundoobah Retreat, 200 Woola Road.

… in 3 beautifully restored heritage listed lighthouse keepers cottages. Be surrounded by unspoilt wilderness, pristine beaches, stunning vistas and expansive horizons.

Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse Holiday Accommodation Kinka Road, Seal Rocks, NSW, 2423 Ph: 02 4997 6590 Fax: 02 4997 6419 Email: Web:



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Coffs Coast + New England Area + NSW Opal Cove Resort, Pacific Hwy, Korora Bay. Pacific Marina, 22 Orlando St Coffs Harbour Jetty. Saltwater on the Beach, 104 Fiddaman Rd Emerald Beach. Santa Fe Luxury B&B, 235 The Mountain Way. [CH - 3][BB] Smugglers on the Beach, 36 Sandy Beach Rd, Korora. Villa Vivante, Brukner Park Road. Glen Innes. Image courtesy of Tourism NSW.

Waterside (The), 80 Tiki Road. [GH - 4][DBB]

new england

Dorrigo (591 km N)

The New England region of NSW is an area of spectacular waterfalls, attractive and unspoilt mountain countryside and prosperous rural townships. Rural accommodation is found in all its forms throughout New England, ranging from farmstays to country cottages and guesthouses. Luxurious boutique accommodation is another specialty, often located in gracious country houses that were established on some of Australia’s finest grazing properties. The main New England towns include Armidale, Tamworth, Glen Innes and Inverell. The appeal of the New England region is its remarkable rural beauty. Its location on the Great Dividing Range ensures both landscape and accommodation of great diversity.

Fernbrook Lodge B & B, 4705 Waterfall Way. Moss Grove, 589 Old Coast Road.

Nambucca Heads (525 km N) Best Western Destiny Motor Inn, Cnr Riverside Drive & Pacific Hwy.

Ashby Ashby Cottage, 2 Tullymorgan Rd.

Bellingen (557 km N) Aniseed Luxury Villas, 1090 Promised Land Road. Arika Retreat, 33 Lyon Street. Aunty Lil’s, 7&9 William St. CasaBelle Country Guest House, 90 Gleniffer Road. Casey’s Lane Luxury Retreat, 11 Casey’s Lane. Finders Keepers Cottage, 8 Coronation Street. Koompartoo Retreat, Dudley St. [CO - 4][SC]

Lily Pily Country House

54 Sunny Corner Rd Ph: 02 6655 0522 Fax: 02 6655 2448 Enjoy the secluded luxury of Lily Pily Country House. Relax on the private balcony, relish the tranquility or indulge in a candlelit spa. Enjoy the magic of Bellingen a short 5 minutes away. [CH][BB]

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Promised Land Cottages, 934 Promised Land Road. Rivendell Guest House, 10-12 Hyde St. [GH - 4][BB]

Coffs Harbour (555 km N) Aqualuna Beach Resort, 840 Pacific Highway, Sapphire.

Arosa Motel, 220 Pacific Hwy South. Bananatown Motel, 15 Grafton St. Bangalow Waters, 95 James Small Dr Korora. Best Western Zebra Motel, 27 Grafton Street. Bonville Golf Resort, Nth Bonville Rd Bonville via. Cinque Terre Beach House, 4 Beach Front Close. Coffs Coast Marketing, Cnr Duke & Coff Streets. Country Comfort Coffs Harbour, 353 Pacific Highway North.

Headlands Beach Guest House

17 Headland Road Ph: 02 6654 0364 Fax: 02 6654 0308 An architecturally designed bed and breakfast offering guests absolute beach frontage with relaxed, warm and friendly coastal style living. Located north of Coffs Harbour on the Solitary Islands Marine National park, presenting great surfing beaches, fantastic headland and beach walks. The guest queen bedrooms with private ensuites are tastefully decorated for your ultimate comfort. The main guest lounge and dining room overlook the guest pool, Mullawarra Beach and Arrawarra Headland. Indulge your senses with our gourmet breakfast. Restaurants are only minutes away.

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Alpha Motel, New England Hwy. Central Motel, 131 Meade St. Kings Plains Castle, Kings Plains Road.

Guyra (599 km N) Milani Trout Cottages, Milani, Baldersleigh Rd. [CO - 10][SC] Top of the Range Retreat, 93 Ollera Street.

Hernani (637 Km N) Marengo Chalet

1699 Marengo Rd Ph: 02 6657 6175 Fax: 02 6657 6175 4 Star, 2 storey log chalet on cattle station. Fishing, tennis, b/ walk. Sleeps 6-8. All amenities, linen incl. Dbl from $185, extra person $30. Discount for 4+ days. [CO - 3][SC]

Sawtell (569 km N)

E-mail: Web: au/~marengo

Creekside Inn B&B, 59 Boronia Street. Sawtell on the Beach, 131 Fourth Avenue.

Inverell (680 km N)

Scotts Head (523 km N)

Coffs Coast

Glen Innes (636 km N)

OceanScape Luxury Beachfront Villas, 2 Sea Breeze Place. Pure Indulgence B&B, 71 Raleigh St.

Upper Orara (565 km N) Friday Creek Retreat, 267 Friday Creek Rd. [CO - 9][SC]

Urunga (552 km N) Aquarelle Bed & Breakfast, 152 Osprey Drive. Maino Gabuna, Wollumbin Drive, Hungry Head. [H - 3][SC]

Woolgoolga (580 km N) Safety Beach Ocean Bungalows, 41a Safety Beach Drive.

New England Area Armidale (539 km NW) Armidale Rose Villa Motel, New England Hwy. Best Western Cotswold Gardens, 34 Marsh St. Best Western Moore Park Inn, Uralla Rd. Country Comfort Armidale, 86 Barney St. Executive Oasis, 2/156 Marsh Street. Lindsay House, 128 Faulkner St. Mews on Moore (The), 208 Baardy Street. Petersons Armidale Winery & Guesthouse, Dangarsleigh Road. Poppys Cottage B&B, Malvern Hill. [CO - 2][DBB]

For bookings and further details visit

Sapphire City Motor Inn, 34 Glen Innes Rd. Twin Swans Motel, 189-199 Glen Innes Rd.

Pine Ridge Little Kickerbell Guest House, Bundella Road.

Tamworth (428 km NW) All Seasons Tamworth Towers, 80-90 Ebsworth Street. Best Western Sanctuary Inn, 293 Marius St. Best Western Tamworth Motor Inn, 212 Goonoo Goonoo Road. Comfort Inn Hallmark at Tamworth, 236 Goonoo Goonoo Road. Golf Links Motel, Cnr Bridge & Mahony Ave. Plumes on the Green, 25 The Ringers Rd. [GH - 7][DBB] Retreat at Froog Moore Park (The), 78 Bligh St. Tourism Tamworth Ltd, PO Box 552.

Tenterfield (750 km N) Peter Allen Motor Inn (The), N.E. Highway. Wangrah Wilderness Resort, Bluff River Rd,Sandy Flat. [CO - 8][SC]

Uralla (540 km NW) Altona-Regency Motel, New England Highway. Cruickshanks Farmstay B&B, 313 Mihi Road. [CH - 5][AMA]

Walcha (520 km N) Cheyenne Wilderness Retreat, Cheyenne via. [CO - 3]



DESTINATION + Far North Coast Area

Byron Beach Cafe. Image courtesy of James Pipino; Tourism NSW.

From Byron Bay

to murwillumbah

Belongil Beach, Byron Bay. Image courtesy of Sharyn Cairns; Tourism NSW.

Catch the vibe in the Far North Coast region a mixing pot of sparkling beaches, emerald green hills and valleys and the odd colourful hippie.


yron Bay, a surfing mecca and meeting place for alternative cultures since the 1960’s is one of the most popular spots on the NSW east coast. Home to glorious white beaches and a subtropical hinterland it’s famous for its ancient rainforests and renowned surfing spots. In fact Byron has a collection of beaches ranging from 10km stretches of empty sand to secluded coves, like Little Wategos located almost at the tip of Cape Byron Headland Reserve. Cape Byron was named by Captain Cook after the poet Byron’s grandfather,



who had sailed around the world in the 1760’s. The Cape is Australia’s most easterly point. Just 20 minutes drive from Byron Bay, Bangalow is wonderful place to visit. Towns like Bangalow have a quiet sense of community pride, offer good cafes and restaurants, hold markets, and put on music festivals and agricultural shows to keep their villages alive. Bangalow’s market is on the fourth Sunday of the month and brings together artists, artisans, bakers, therapists, farmers and friends in a cheerful and multinational gathering. You can find a

Road travelling between Dunoon (north of Lismore) and Murwillumbah. Image courtesy of James Pipino; Tourism NSW.

market at one or other of the region’s towns on any weekend. Nimbin is also well worth a visit for its counter-culture main street and

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Main beach, Byron Bay. Image courtesy of Sharyn Cairns; Tourism NSW.

The Pass beach at Byron Bay. Image courtesy of Sharyn Cairns; Tourism NSW.

colourful characters who’ve opted out of conventional lifestyles. Further north, Mullumbimby also has a market at the museum every 3rd Saturday. From Mullumbimby you can join the Pacific Highway to Murwillumbah, the main town in the Tweed Valley and a major area for banana and sugar growing. There is also an art gallery, museum and the excellent World Heritage Rainforest Centre. Just south from here is the beautiful Mt. Warning and the Mt. Warning National Park From Murwillumbah you can also get to the Border Ranges National Park. There are some fabulous lookouts along the route through the park, as well as some walking trails. If you’re not scared of heights definitely walk out to a rocky crag

Home to glorious white beaches and a subtropical hinterland it’s famous for its ancient rainforests and renowned surfing spots. called the Pinnacle, but don’t look down. Set on the Tweed River, Murwillumbah has many fine old buildings. Catch an exhibition at the acclaimed Tweed River Regional Gallery. The richest portrait competition in the world is held here each year. And don’t miss a visit to the miniature horses and cows at Crystal Creek near Murwillumbah. To explore the Far North Coast region you can easily fly into Ballina Byron Gateway Airport from most capital cities. Hire a car and make Murwillumbah or Byron Bay your base. For a choice of great unique places to stay here check out our following pages.

For bookings and further details visit

Byron Bay. Image courtesy of Sharyn Cairns; Tourism NSW.



Far North Coast Area

Your Choice Holidays, PO Box 1519. Ph 02 6688 4617. See our display advertisement.

Ballina (773 km N) Chaparral Motel, Pacific Hwy. Comfort Inn All Seasons, 301-309 River Street. Ramada Hotel & Suites, 2 Martin Street. Tassiriki Ranch, 249 Moylans Lane.

Bangalow (810 km N) Possum Creek Lodge & Hilltop Cottage, Cedarvale Road. [FS - 3][DBB]

Byron Bay (805 km N) Aarons @ Byron Bay, 44 Shirley Street. Amigos Guesthouse, 32 Kingsley Street. Ayindi, 166 Lighthouse Road. Beach Hotel Resort, Bay Street. Byron Bay Farmstay, Bangalow Rd. [CO - 6][SC] Byron Beachcomber Resort, 23-25 Shirley St. Byron Retreat, Plantation Drive,Ewingsdale via. Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, 77-97 Broken Head Rd. Cape Byron Lighthouse Cottages, Lighthouse Road. [CO - 3] Gaia Retreat & Spa, 933 Fernleigh Rd. Rae’s on Wategos, 8 Marine Parade. [GH - 7][AMA]

Casuarina (888 km N)

Villas of Byron (The)

19-23 Gordon Street Ph: 02 6685 6746 Features: You are assured absolute privacy and freedom in your own Balinese inspired villa where no expense has been spared. Each Villa is luxuriously appointed ensuring your every need is catered for, with impeccable style and detail. State of the art media centre, gourmet kitchen, spacious king rooms, heated marble floors, sumptuous bathrooms and open air showers compliment the theme of spacious luxury where a fusion of East meets West. The one and two bedroom self contained villas are nothing short of 5 star. Designed for pure relaxation with extravagant furnishings from the Asia Pacific. Relax to the sound of flowing water, take a dip in your own heated plunge pool and spa, indulge in a massage in the sanctuary of your villa or enjoy private dining with your own personal chef, once you arrive you may never want to leave. E-mail: escape@thevillasofbyron. Web:

Casuarina Beach Domain Resort, 1 Barclay Drive. Santai At Casuarina Beach, 9 Dianella Drive.

Coorabell (820 km N) Peppers Coorabell Retreat, 139 Newes Road.

Cougal (832 km N) Cougal Park Bed & Breakfast

145 Lions Road Ph: 02 6636 6213 Fax: 02 6636 6124 Escape to the peace of the rainforest near the Border Ranges National Park. 2 hours from Brisbane. Great food, excellent country hospitality. Experience the difference. [CH -


Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat, Brookers Rd, Upper Crystal Ck. Ph 02 6679 1591. See our display advertisement. Grandview Cottage, George Street. Tweed Tourism, Cnr Tweed Valley Way & Alma Street.

Nimbin (816 km N) Calurla Chalets, Lillian Rock Road.

Tweed Crabbes Creek Cottages, Tweed Valley Way.

Tweed Heads (883 km N)

Crystal Creek Post Office Cottages, Numinbah Road.


Uki (890 km N)

Tropical Coast Retreat, 249 Duranbah Road.

3][AMA] E-mail: Web:

Crystal Creek (878 km N)

Kingscliff (888 km N)

Mavis’s Cabins @ Mt Warning, 64 Mt Warning Rd. Mt Warning Forest Hideaway, Byrill Creek Road. Shambala at Uki, 36 Meadow Place. Uki Village Guest House, 1453 kyogle Road. [GH - 6][AMA] ecOasis Resorts, 55 Tateywan Drive.

BreakFree Paradiso Resort, 78-80 Marine Parade.

Wooli (685 km N)

Kingscliff Seaside Guesthouse, 46 Walsh Street. Mantra On Salt Beach, Gunnamatta Avenue.

Pacific Dawn Beach House, 22 South Terrace. [H - 3][SC] Wooli River Lodges, 365 North Road. [CA - 5][SC]

Kyogle (796 km N)

Yamba (724 km N)

Ripples On The Creek, Lions Road Tourist Drive.

Angourie Rainforest Resort, 166 Angourie Rd. Twin Pines Motel, 49 Wooli Street.

Aamari Thai Retreat, 3 Magnolia Place. Amber Gardens, 66 Plantation Drive.

Limpinwood (865 Km N) Limpinwood Lodge, 531 Zara Road.


Amazing Wollumbin Palms Retreat, 112 Mt Warning Rd.

Best Western Kennedy Drive Motel, 203 Kennedy Dr. Dolphin Hotel and Motel, 23 Wharf St. Las Vegas Motor Inn, 123 Wharf St. Outrigger Twin Towns Resort, Cnr Griffith St Coolangatta & Wharf St. Woodlands Lakeside Manor, 399 Piggabeen Rd,Piggabeen via. [CH - 6][AMA]



Murwillumbah (865 km N)

Lismore (785 km N) Dawson Motor Inn, Cnr Dawson & Orion Sts. Invercauld House, 161 Invercauld Road. New Olympic Motel, 244 Molesworth St.

Mullumbimby (832 km N) Mooyabil Farm Holidays, 448 Left Bank Rd. [FS - 10][SC]

Byron Bay Hinterland Newrybar (838 km N) Old Church at Byron Bay, 14 Brooklet Road.

Numinbah Amirah’s Oasis Luxury B&B, Lot 140 Settlement Road.

Rosebank (810 km N) Mud Manor, Fox Rd.

DESTINATION + Southern Highlands White Horse Inn, Berrima. Image courtesyTourism Southern Highlands.



It’s never been a better time to discover the glorious Southern Highlands.


he Southern Highlands of New South Wales is a unique area. In fact it’s hard to find a region similar anywhere else in Australia. Most visitors feel they are entering ‘another world’ yet it is only a short distance from Sydney. This beautiful region proudly offers magnificent gardens, speciality shopping, natural attractions, award winning cool climate wines, local produce, numerous cafés and restaurants and a depth of history and heritage. If heritage is your fancy, summer is a great time to discover the many historic walks the Southern Highlands has to offer dotted throughout its picturesque towns and villages of Berrima, Mittagong, Bowral & Moss Vale. Better still drive along the Heritage Trail and visit historic sites like Throsby Park in Moss Vale where the regions first pioneers settled. Also visit Bowral the home of Australia’s favourite son and the worlds’ greatest cricketer, Sir Donald Bradman. The Heritage Trail throughout the Southern Highlands is a great opportunity to see fine examples of Australian heritage and its rich architecture. Australia’s best colonial architecture and sandstone buildings dating from the 1800’s are 34


Bradman Oval, Bowral. Image courtesyTourism Southern Highlands.

scattered throughout many of the towns and villages and particularly Mittagong and Berrima. Restored Railway Stations and Refreshment Rooms can be found at Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale and Robertson, and there are smaller stations at Burradoo, Exeter and Bundanoon. Fabulous stone churches can be found throughout the region, many in picture postcard settings. The historic village of Berrima is one of the finest examples of living history and is Australia’s best preserved Georgian town. Here you will find the impressive stone courthouse, now a museum where you can be spooked on one of its regular Ghost tours. See the tall stone prison walls of the operating jail, along with many historic inns, houses, churches and have a drink at Australia’s oldest licensed hotel, the Surveyor General. Many of the Highlands cemeteries are also alive with history of the past where many notable figures and stories can be found. South of Berrima is the Morton National Park which comprises 1000’s of hectares of pristine bushland and three magnificent waterfalls with easy access for visitors. With deep gorges and high sandstone plateaus, this national park offers a wide

range of bushwalking in a landscape which is uniquely Australian. The climate too, is an attraction in itself. Four distinct seasons offer different experiences and attractions. Fresh air though, is always guaranteed, with the region rising to a height of approximately 610 metres above sea level. This produces a noticeably cooler highland climate (compared to the Sydney and coastal regions). Excellent in the warmer months as humidity rarely reaches these heights.

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Southern Highlands + DESTINATION

This beautiful region proudly offers magnificent gardens, speciality shopping, natural attractions, award winning cool climate wines, local produce, numerous cafĂŠs and restaurants and a depth of history and heritage.

St Maur winery, Exeter. Image courtesy Tourism Southern Highlands.

Tulip Time Festival at Corbett Gardens in Bowral. Image courtesy Tourism Southern Highlands.

Garden lovers also make the Southern Highlands a must visit destination every Spring and Autumn. A large number of private gardens and estates open their gates for visitors during both seasons. The 5th annual Wine, Arts & Roses Festival celebrates the best of the Southern Highlands rose gardens, wineries and arts during the first three weeks of November. These classic roses are the star features in November when they are in full bloom and fragrance - an experience not to be missed.

Shopping, Berrima. Image courtesy Anson Smart; Tourism NSW.

The Southern Highlands is the perfect destination for day trips, short stays and for those who have more time, longer stays are also well catered for. Accommodation choices are excellent with everything on offer from cottages and guest houses to five star boutique hotels, farm stays and bed & breakfasts. Peruse the following pages for some fine examples of where to stay.

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Fitzroy Falls, Morton National Park. Image courtesy Susan Wright; Tourism NSW.



NSW + Southern Highlands

Southern Highlands/ Tablelands

Bundanoon (141 km S)

Picton (80 km S)

Robertson (124 km S) Castle (The), Lot 21 Illawarra Highway. Lloran Log Cabins, Lloran, Yeola Rd. [CO - 6][SC] Lyndon-May, 24 May Street. [CH - 4]

Berrima (124 km S) Ashrowan, Wilshire St.

Binda (254 km SW) Binda Mill Cottage, 9 Queen Street.

Bowral (116 km S) Arcadia House, 124 Old South Rd. Ph 02 4861 7046. See our display advertisement.

Berida Manor,

6 David Street. Ph: 02 4861 1177 Fax: 02 4861 1219 Step back in time to Berida Manor, in the heart of the beautiful Southern Highlands Bowral. The grand old country manor house allows you to relax and enjoy the charm and nostalgia of yesteryear. E-mail: Web:

Chelsea Park, 589 Moss Vale Rd, Burradoo. Ph 02 4861 7046. See our display advertisement.

Solar Springs Health Retreat

96 Osborn Ave Ph: 02 4883 6027 Fax: 02 4862 1809 Overlooking the Morton National Park in the tranquil township of Bundanoon you will find the perfect retreat from the rigours of modern life. Be pampered by our caring bodycare therapists, be motivated by our energetic fitness consultants, be advised by our excellent naturopaths and life coaches. The food is scrumptious and the comfortable accommodation allows you to switch off from the everyday. Do as much or as little as you like - the choice is yours. Solar Springs Health Retreat... seriously healthy E-mail: Web:

We invite you to be our guest in sharing a unique bed and breakfast experience. Chelsea Park is an Art Deco mansion with commanding views over mature gardens. Your first impression as you travel up its sweeping driveway, is of a home for those who appreciate style and desire something a little different. If you like absolute privacy and space to unwind then Chelsea Park is for you. Relax in comfort, slip into a thick towelling robe, be pampered with warm bath sheets after a long soak in the spa, or sit and read in the sun-filled rooms or enjoy sitting in the garden. A game of billiards on a full-size table enjoying a few drinks, listening to the echoes of the jazz age, the 1930’s the years that shaped the way people dressed, travelled and enjoyed their leisure, an age when comfort and style was the objective and life was for living to the fullest. The spacious light filled guestrooms are distinctly different. The Chelsea room is cream and pale cream with Hollywood dressing table. Close to upstairs gallery, the bathroom and all facilities. The Mayfair room has French wallpaper a day bed to relax on and prize-winning furniture made in 1936. Japanese inspired furniture and pictures enhance the quiet elegance of the Shibumi room. Close to the sitting room, bathroom and all facilities.

Mowbray Park Farm

745 Barkers Lodge Rd Ph: 02 4680 9243 Fax: 02 4680 9224 The perfect family escape just 9km from Picton and 90 minutes from Sydney, day visit or weekend stay. This historic 1822 property has lodges with well appointed en-suite rooms, a cozy country cottage or large dorm style lodges for that group or family gathering. Country style meals, farm activities all day, pony and horse rides, swimming pool, spa, tennis, canoeing, archery and more. Kids club weekends and holidays. Five day Farm Experience and Natural Horsemanship Camps each holiday. [FH - 36][AMA]


in the Highlands


Rose Ella B&B

McGuinness Dr, Mt Murray via Ph: 02 4885 1401 Fax: 02 4885 1717 Rose Ella is set on 5ac at the top of Macquarie Pass, with extensive views of the coast & escarpment. Queen size suites with ensuite bathrooms. [H - 2][DBB] E-mail: au Web:

Sutton Forest (124 km S) Peppers Manor House Southern Highlands, Kater Road. [CH - 44][AMA]

E-mail: mowbray@farmstayholidays. Web:

Arcadia House is a two storey country-style home located close to the heart of Bowral in the Southern Highlands. Delightfully renovated its spacious modern interior offers fully self-contained accommodation for families and groups – ideal for holidays or weekend getaway. Arcadia House has 5 luxuriously appointed bedrooms suitable for up to 5 couples or several families. The master bedroom downstairs has a queen-size bed and its own large ensuite with bath, shower and toilet. Upstairs there are 4 other bedrooms – 2 with queen-size, one with a double, and one with double bed and bunk above. These bedrooms share a spacious bathroom which has a shower, toilet and large corner bath tub. All beds have fluffy doonas, quality linen and electric double blankets (except the twins, which have doonas). To cater for families, extra cots or children’s beds are also available. The favourite focal point is the large family room adjoining the kitchen. Here there are comfy leather lounge chairs and a gas-log fire for colder evenings. A TV, VCR and CD player are available for your entertainment. House sleeps 11 comfortably. Local attractions: Placed as it is near the centre of Bowral, Arcadia House is close to all of its boutiques, cafes, restaurants and other attractions. Tariff: [Includes GST] Midweek (Tuesday to Thursday) $750 FOR 2 NIGHTS Additional Nights $130 Weekend Two Nights $1,100 Week Rate 7 NIGHTS $1,250

Tariff: [Includes GST] Midweek $150 (per double/night - B&B) Weekend from $185 (per double/night - B&B) Weekend Special – 2 nights $330 (per double/two nights, 2 breakfasts, complimentary supper)


Pepper Tree Ridge B&B, 1315 Remembrance Drive.

589 Moss Vale Road Burradoo NSW 2576 Phone: (02) 4861 7046 Fax: (02) 4862 3597 Email: Web:

124 Old South Road Bowral NSW 2576 Phone: (02) 4861 7046 Fax: (02) 4862 3597 Email:

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in the south

Jervis Bay National park. Image courtesy Nick Rains; Tourism NSW.

Unique Places To Stay looks at some key towns in the Shoalhaven region of NSW.


everal years ago, on a whim I rented a house in seaside Mollymook, packed our two kids in the car and in less than 4 hours we were there. Five days of uncomplicated, unhurried holiday bliss was our reward. Safe swimming, beachcombing, fish and chips, walks along the rock pools, sunshine, laughter and good times. It was so simple, yet one of the best holidays we’d had in a long time. Only three hours’ drive south of Sydney, the Shoalhaven region is a majestic stretch of coast endowed with beaches, bays, interesting country towns and natural wonders. Here the beaches are famed for their white sands and wildlife, the towns for their cafés and old pubs, and the crystal clear waters for their fish, dolphins and migrating whales. Nowra, the commercial heart of Shoalhaven is close to beaches and national parks. It’s a good base to explore the region. Situated on the Shoalhaven River, Nowra offers fishing, boating and river cruises. Nowra is also a base for local adventure tour operators which include four-wheel drive tours, scuba diving, canoe trips and cycling tours. An interesting mix of rustic and sophisticated, Berry is an attractive and historic village.

It’s surrounded by rich dairy country and is a great place to visit year round. Berry has become a favourite refuge for Sydneysiders seeking fresher air and a less hectic lifestyle. Milton is an historic agricultural town close to magnificent beaches. Perched on a ridge between green valleys and the Great Dividing Range, this National Trust town has blossomed over the past few years. Bookshops, cafés and galleries have taken over most of the main street, making Milton a pocket-sized delight. Set in lush farmland, Milton is starting to meld with the neighbouring coastal towns of Mollymook and Ulladulla. To the west, the landscape is dominated by the rock spire of Pigeon House Mountain. It’s a great time to go and there’s some great accommodation choices on the following pages. Why not, on a whim take a holiday in the Shoalhaven region. I can highly recommend it.

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Image courtesy Hamilton Lund; Tourism NSW.

Image courtesy Hamilton Lund; Tourism NSW.

Safe swimming, beachcombing, fish and chips, walks along the rock pools, sunshine, laughter and good times. It was so simple, yet one of the best holidays we’d had in a long time. UNIQUE PLACES TO STAY


NSW +South Coast Area + Jervis Bay Area + Mid South Coast Area

South Coast Area Austinmer (68 km S) Sur la Mer Austinmer B&B, 8 Moore Street. [A][SC]

Beaumont (136 km S) Netherby

169 Tourist Road Ph: +61 2 4447 5251 Fax: +61 2 4447 3784 Relax in a secluded mountain retreat set on 7.5 parklike acres more than 500 metres above sea level, just two hours drive south of Sydney. [GH - 3][SC]

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Bellawongarah (141 km S)

Cambewarra (137 km S)

Nowra (145 km S)

Hyams Beach (191 km S)

Arcadia Bed & Breakfast, 94 Barfield Road. [AMA] Waymount Farm, 23 West Cambewarra Rd.

Guesthouse Group Accommodation, 1 Scenic Drive. [SC] Houseboats on Shoalhaven Pty Ltd, 120 Binnaburra Park Road. Marriott Park Motel, Cnr Princes Hwy & Douglas Sts.

Baywatch at Hyams Beach, 84 Cyrus Street. [H - 3][SC] Minke, The Whalers Cottage, 57 Cyrus St. [CO - 1][SC]

Corrimal (76 km S) Corrimal Beach Bed & Breakfast, 56 Dobbie Avenue. Villa (The), 28 Foothills Rd. [MU - 2][SC]

Gerringong (130 km S) Anchor Inn, 139 Belinda St. Bellachara Boutique Hotel Gerringong, 1 Fern Street. Tralee by the Sea, 160 Fern Street.

Gerroa (136 km S) Mistral, 48 Stafford Street. [H - 4][SC]

Wombat Hill B&B, 1010 Kangaroo Valley Rd.

Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park, 200 Crooked River Road.

Berry (140 km S)

Jamberoo (122 km S)

Accommodation South Coast Association

PO Box 338 Ph: 0427 105 659 Choice of quality accommodation from Berry to Jervis Bay. B&Bs, self-contained, chalets, cottages, hotels, motels & tourist cabins. E-mail: info@accommodationsouth Web: www.accommodationsouth

Barefoot Springs. Ph 02 4446 0509. See our display advertisement. [CH - 3][BB]

Bellawongarah at Berry

869 Kangaroo Valley Rd Bellawongarah Ph: 02 4464 1999 Fax: 02 4464 1988 Luxurious B&B. Relax in this tranquil mountain rainforest retreat between historic Kangaroo Valley & Berry. Gardens, wildlife, local produce. E-mail: deb@accommodation-berry. Web: www.accommodation-berry.

Berry Hotel, 120 Queen Street. Berry Village Boutique Motel, 72-76 Queen St. Broughton Mill Farm Guesthouse, 78 Woodhill Mountain Rd. Drawing Rooms of Berry, 21 Wattamolla Road. Flying Cow Retreat, 219 Wattamolla Road. Gabby’s At Berry, Prince Alfred St. [CH - 3] Woodbyne Private Hotel, 4 O’Keeffes Lane Jaspers Brush. [GH - 5][AMA]



Jamberoo Valley Lodge, 406 Jamberoo Mountain Road.

Shoalhaven Lodge

480 Longreach Rd Ph: 02 4422 6686 Absolute Riverfront 4.5 Star Accommodation. A Short drive to the beautiful beaches of Jervis Bay and 12 minutes from Nowra, Shoalhaven Lodge offers 2km of stunning absolute riverfront, self contained accommodation in luxury chaletstyle lodges tucked away in an idyllic, quiet, 156 acre farming property. Private boat ramp, beach and abundant fauna and flora. A `piece of heaven’ that will not disappoint.

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Shellharbour (103 km S)

Silos Estate (The), B640 Princes Hwy.

Shellharbour Resort, Shellharbour Road. Tasman Accommodation, Reddall Parade.

Kangaroo Valley (177 km S)

Shoalhaven Heads (129 km S)

Crystal Creek Meadows, 1655 Kangaroo Valley Rd. [CO - 5][SC] Hamilton Country Retreat, 360 Bendeela Road. Heavens Mountain Escape (The), 94 Paddington Lane. [FH - 2][SC] Jenoma Holiday Rental, 65 Bendeela Road. Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat, 55 Radiata Rd. [CA - 14][SC] Kangaroo Valley Getaways, 165 Main Road. Kangaroo Valley Golf & Country Resort, 390 Mt Scanzi Road.

Coolangatta Estate, 1335 Bolong Rd, Shoalhaven Heads via.

Jaspers Brush (130 km S)

[CA - 30][AMA]

Keevers Cottage, Jarretts Road. Rathkells Farm Cottages, Kellys Rd, Upper Kangaroo River. Riveroak Lodge, 149A Moss Vale Road. Terralong Farm, Jarretts Lane.

Keiraville (84 km S) Keiraville Miners Cottage, 45 Grey St.

Kiama (122 km S) Beachfront Apartment, 7 Gwinganna Ave. [A - 2][SC] Kiama Harbour Cabins, Blowhole Point. Seashells Kiama, 72 Bong Bong St. [H - 3][SC] Sebel Harbourside Kiama (The), Cnr Minnamurra & Shoalhaven St. Spring Creek Retreat, 41 Jerrara Rd.

Stanwell Tops (52 km S) Tumbling Waters Retreat, End of Stonehaven Rd. Tumbling Waters Retreat.Back Cover, End of Stonehaven Road.

Tura Beach Dolphin Cove Bed & Breakfast, 336 Pacific Way.

Vincentia (170 km S) Sanddancer In Jervis Bay, 311 Elizabeth Drive. [GH - 4][BB]

Woollamia (176 km S) Maguires Tall Gums B&B, 9 Seasongood Rd. [H - 3][BB] Paperbark Camp, 571 Woollamia Rd. [DBB]

Mid South Coast Area Bawley Point (258 km S) Bawley (The), 31 Murramarang Rd. Bawley Point Bungalows, 1 Weemala Grove. [CA][SC] Interludes at Bawley, 103 Forster Drive. [CO - 10][SC]

Berrara (190 km S) Berrara Beach Holiday Chalets, Berrara Rd. [CA - 24][SC] Bunkys by the Sea, 14 Myrniong Grove.

Milton (226 km S) Acacia House B&B, 203 Evans Lane.

Wollongong (82 km S) Above Wollongong at Pleasant Heights, 77 New Mt Pleasant Rd Mt Pleasant. [SC][BB] Best Western Wollongong, 6-10 Gladstone Avenue. Comfort Inn Fairways, 24 Golf Place, Primbee. Ibis Wollongong, Cnr Market & Church Street. Quest Wollongong, 59-61 Kembla Street. Rydges Wollongong, 112 Burelli St. Wollongong Serviced Apartments, 54 Kembla Street.

Jervis Bay Area Falls Creek (157 km S) Parma Farm Cottages, 269 Parma Rd. [CO - 2][SC]

Huskisson (177 km S) Diamond Cottages, 22 Bowen Street. Dolphin Sands Jervis Bay, 6 Tomerong St.

Meadowlake Lodge

318 Wilfords Lane Ph: 02 4455 7722 Fax: 02 4455 7733 Features: A lovely 5 star, awardwinning country house set on a gentle hill side overlooking tranquil lakes. Surrounded by orchards, olive groves and extensive gardens it is easy to see why Meadowlake Lodge has won the NSW South Coast Tourism Award for Accommodation up to 5 stars in 2007, 2006, 2005 & 2004. Elegant furnishings and spacious rooms featuring beautiful artworks. Add a memorable breakfast and a gourmet dinner by arrangement and you have the perfect place to indulge yourself. E-mail: enquiries@meadowlakelodge. Web:

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Mid South Coast Area + Far South Coast Area + South West Area + NSW Moruya (310 km S)

Milton Country Cottages

83 Egans Farm Lane,Yatte Yattah Ph: 02 4456 5299 Award winning artistic rural retreat. Private, peaceful bush setting close to Milton and beaches. Gourmet breakfast hampers, spa baths, herb garden, pottery workshop/gallery. Lessons available. [CO - 6][SC]

E-mail: enquiries@miltoncountry Web: www.miltoncountrycottages.

Milton Country Retreat, 142E Woodburn Rd.

Mollymook (233 km S) 145 On the Parade, 145 Mitchell Parade. Bannisters Point Lodge, 191 Mitchell Pde.

Breakers Apartments

62 Ocean Street Ph: 02 4454 2154 Fax: 02 4454 2155 Breakers Apartments, 62 Ocean St. Spacious awardwinning 2 level one bedroom luxury apartments, overlooking Mollymook Beach. Well equipped, self-contained, air cond, adults only, close to golf, restaurants, clubs with on site cafe. [A][SC] E-mail: info@ Web:

Narrawallee (233 km S) Cottage at Washburton (The), 20 Victor Ave.

Sussex Inlet (188 km S) Alonga Waterfront Cottages, 166 River Road. [CO - 32][SC] Calm Waters Waterfront Cottages, 187B Jacobs Drive.

Swan Haven The Springs, 1A Yarroma Avenue.

Ulladulla (233 km S) Pigeon House Motor Inn, Princes Highway. Ulladulla Guest House, 39 Burrill St. [GH - 10][SC] Ulladulla Holiday Village, 300 Kings Point Dr.

Far South Coast Area Batemans Bay (280 km S) Araluen Motor Lodge, 226 Beach Rd, Batehaven. Chalet Swisse Spa & Surf Beach Retreat, 676 The Ridge Road. [GH - 17][AMA]

Coachhouse Marina Resort, 49 Beach Road. Comfort Inn Lincoln Downs, Lot 3, Princes Highway.

Knoll (The), 182 South Head Rd. Post & Telegraph B&B, Corner Campbell & Page Sts.

Narooma (350 km S)

Corrigan’s Cove

204 Beach Rd Ph: 02 4472 6111 Fax: 02 4472 6199 Contemporary coastal selfcontained holiday apartments. 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and short stay studio rooms. A continental buffet breakfast served on the deck overlooking the pool and beautiful Corrigans Beach.

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EcoPoint Murramarang Resort, Banyandah St, South Durras. Mariners on the Waterfront, Orient St.

Bega (425 km S) Fernmark the Inn, 610 Warrigal Range Rd,Brogo via. Rock Lily Cottages, 864 Warrigal Range Rd, Brogo. [CO - 4][SC]

Ben Boyd National Park (532 km S) Green Cape Lightstation, Via Eden. [CO - 4][SC]

Amooran Serviced Apartments & Motel, 30 Montague St. Cooinda Holiday Units, 170 Princes Highway. Mystery Bay Cottages, 121 Mystery Bay Rd, Mystery Bay. [CO - 12][SC]

Tathra (444 km S) Blossoms B&B, 22 Bournda Park Way. Kianinny Resort, Tathra Road. [CO][SC]

Tilba Tilba (363 km S) Green Gables, Corkhill Drive. [CH - 3][BB] Mountain View Tilba Farm Cottages, Mountain View.

South West Area Albury (572 km SW) Albury Manor House, 593 Young St. Astor Hotel and Motel, Cnr Young & Guinea St. Chifley Albury, Cnr Dean & Elizabeth Sts.

Country Comfort Albury Hovell Tree, Cnr Wodonga Place & Hovell St. Lake Hume Resort & Conference Retreat, Riverina Highway. Sundowner Albury Paddlesteamer, 324 Wodonga Place.

Crookwell (239 km SW) Bank House (The), Cnr Goulburn & Spring Sts.

Griffith (616 km SW) Ingleden Park Cottage, Coghlan Rd. [FH - 3][SC] Wilga Park Cottage, 6 Condon Rd Bilbul. [CO - 2][SC]

Howlong (613 km SW) Howlong Country Golf Club & Motel, 188 Golf Club Drive. Old Post Office Bed & Breakfast (The), 39 Hawkins Street.

Wagga Wagga (466 km SW) Astor Inn, Cnr Edward & Baylis Sts. Country Comfort Wagga Wagga, Cnr Morgan & Tarcutta Streets. Townhouse Wagga, 70 Morgan Street.

Yass (280 km S) Globe Inn (The), 70 Rossi St. [GH - 6][BB]

Bermagui (384 km S) Beachview Motel, 12 Lamont St. Mimosa Wines & Cottages, 2845 Tathra Rd.

Central Tilba (364 km S) The Stay at Tintagel, 228 Armitage Road. Two Story Bed & Breakfast, Bate St. [CH - 3][BB]

Cobargo (389 km S) Historic Bunnerong Cottage, ‘Illawambra’ Yowrie Rd. Old Cobargo Convent B&B (The), Wandella Road. [H - 2][BB]

Deua River Valley (300 km S) Bakers Flat Cottages, 3539 Araluen Rd, Deua River Valley.

Eden (484 km S) Crown & Anchor Inn, 239 Imlay St. [PH - 5][BB] Gibsons By The Beach, 10 Bay St. [GH - 2][BB] Whale Cove Inn, 13 Whale Cove Circuit.

Merimbula (472 km S) Coast Resort Merimbula, 1 Elizabeth Street. Robyn’s Nest Boutique Resort, Lot 188 Merimbula Drive.

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BAREFOOT SPRINGS 155 Carrington Rd, Beaumont (Cambewarra Mountain), NSW 2577 t: 02 4446 0509 From: $460 p. couple for 2 night weekend inc. cooked breakfast. See website for specials Relax and enjoy breathtaking views over the Shoalhaven coastline. Close to Kangaroo Valley, Berry and Nowra. Three secluded luxury Studio Cottages with double spa, log fire and well-equipped kitchenette; also a private Queen Room with en-suite in the main house. Savour fabulous cooked breakfasts and gourmet dinners and wander around the beautiful gardens and acreage which abound with native birds and wildlife. AAA Tourism accreditation



DESTINATION + Snowy Mountains

Lake Albina, Kosciuszko National Park. Image courtesy Nolan Oayda; Tourism NSW.

Sailing on Lake Jindabyne. Image courtesy Tourism NSW.

Banjo’s Country Why it’s cool to go to the Snowy Mountains in summer.


veryone knows that Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand. But did you know that Jindabyne is fast becoming the adventure capital of Australia. In the summer time it’s an outdoor lovers’ playground with an amazing variety of things to do. The Snowy Mountains and the Snowy River is a part of Australia’s folklore heritage, brought to life by Banjo Paterson’s famous poem - The Man from Snowy River.



When you visit the snowy region expect to see some of Australia’s most spectacular and wild scenery. High peaks, clear mountain streams and cool, crisp air – coupled with the abundance of unpolluted freshwater streams. There’s the famous Murray and Snowy Rivers, magnificent valleys and undulating meadows. The Snowy region is proudly unique and abundant in its natural attractions. All this sets the scene for some fantastic outdoor fun. The Snowy

Flyfishing in Tumut River. Image courtesy Ross Honeysett; Tourism NSW.

Mountains are a must-see place, winter or summer. In summer it’s an amazing location for bushwalks, trout fishing, horse riding and experiencing the Australian bush, frontiersman-style. “This is the real Australia. You feel like the man himself - the scenery is spectacular, the people Dinky Di, and the feeling of riding the high country is

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He hails from Snowy River, up by Kosciusko’s side,

White water rafting on Thredbo River in Summer. Image courtesy Jon Armstrong; Tourism NSW.

Where the hills are twice as steep and twice as rough, Where a horse’s hoofs strike firelight from the flint stones every stride, The man that holds his own is good enough. And the Snowy River riders on the mountains make their home, Where the river runs those giant hills between; I have seen full many horsemen since I first commenced to roam,

amazing.” - David Koch Some areas around Mt Kosciuszko have been national parks since 1898, so in the summer the bushland is pristine and beautiful. The relatively mild climate of the Australian snowfields means that there’s an glorious palette of flora to see. While Tumut, in the foothills of the NSW Snowy Mountains, is the same whichever way it’s spelled, its seasons are vastly different. Summer brings cool, clean and fast-moving waters perfect for trout fishing. Green Kosciuszko National Park melts into the autumn colours Tumut is famous for. Winter brings skiing enthusiasts as the Snowys are covered in a blanket of snow and wildflowers jump into life on the edges of the Tumut River as spring emerges. This is one of Australia’s really beautiful towns. Tumut is encircled by popular walking tracks and abounds in brown and rainbow trout. Batlow, the apple capital of Australia is close by. During the 1850s

rush, Tumut’s population boomed with prospectors staying or passing through to mine for gold in the neighbouring towns. Tumut is the perfect base for exploring the Yarrangobilly thermal pools and limestone caves. The township of Jindabyne, nestled around the shores of magnificent Lake Jindabyne comes into its own in summer, when people are drawn to its diverse attractions. Its lake and mountain location makes it perfect for extreme sports or wildflower walks. Take advantage of the plenitude of mountain bike, 4WD, horse riding and hiking trails in the area. Lake Jindabyne is popular for waterskiing, snorkelling, sailing and canoeing. “Climb” Mount Kosciuszko – it’s more of a nice hike, really. In January, check out the Jindabyne Rodeo. Visit Gaden Trout Hatchery. Fish and wake board on Lake Jindabyne. Or for something completely different,

Mountain biking, Snowy Mountains. Image courtesy Tourism NSW.

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But nowhere yet such horsemen have I seen. - Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson (1864-1941) Berridale. Image courtesy Don Fuchs; Tourism NSW.

go to The Boggy Creek Show - an outstanding representation of Australia’s unique Mountain Heritage. A third generation mountain cattleman, Tim takes you through the history of Boggy Creek and tells the tales of long ago. The show contains varied aspects of rural life, which includes mustering, whip cracking, sheep tricks, shearing, Australian working kelpies and horsemanship. www.boggycreekshow. Phone: 02 - 6948 8273 The Snowy Mountains region is approximately five hours by car south from Sydney, eight hours north from Melbourne and just over an hour south from Canberra. Or you can fly into nearby Cooma. This summer try the Snowy Mountains. It’s Banjo’s Country. He would have been so proud to see it all again now. UNIQUE PLACES TO STAY


NSW + Snowy Mountains

Snowy Mountains Area Adaminaby (453 km SW) Gooandra Alpine Cottages, Snowy Mountains Hwy. [CO - 2][SC]

Bombala (506 km SW) Bombala - Maneroo Motel, 167 Maybe St.

Bredbo (370kmS) Feather’s Bed & Breakfast, 12 Cosgrove Street. Paddington Hills Rural Retreat, 157 Jerangle Road. [CA - 4][BB]

Cooma (405 km SW) Cooma Visitors Centre, 119 Sharp Street.

Crackenback (465 km SW) Altitude 1260 Resort, 226 Westons Road (off The Alpine Way). Crackenback Farm Mountain Guest House, 914 Alpine Way. [GH - 8][AMA]

Lake Crackenback Resort, 1650 Alpine Way.

Guthega Guthega Alpine Inn, Guthega Village.

Jindabyne (465 km SW) Aalberg (The), 8 Kirwan Close. Alpine Gables Apartment Motel, Cnr Kosciusko Rd & Kalkite St. Andrea’s Whitehouse, Alpin Way. Banjo Paterson Inn, 1 Kosciuszko Road. Ph 02 6456 2372. See our display advertisement.

Image courtesy Tourism NSW.



Bimblegumbie Mountain Lodge, 942 Alpine Way,Thredbo Valley. Carinya Alpine Village, 82 Carinya Lane. Discovery Holiday ParksJindabyne, Kosciusko Road & Alpine Way. Enzian Lodge, 42 Gippsland St. [GH - 8][AMA] Hannas Hutte, 51 Gippsland Street. Highland Lodge, Eucumbene Rd, East Jindabyne. Jindabyne Equestrian Resort, Cnr Kosciuszko Hway/Hilltop Road. Kosciusko Mountain Retreat, Kosciusko Rd, Sawpit Creek. Lakeview Plaza Motel, 2 Snowy River Ave. Mia Creek Bed and Breakfast, 88 Wollondibby Road via. Peppers Over The Lake, 12 Candlebark Circuit. Quality Resort Horizons, Kosciuszko Rd. Ph 02 6456 2562. See our display advertisement. Snowy Wilderness, 2911 Barry Way. Station Resort - Jindabyne (The), 8228 Snowy River Way. Stockyards Jindabyne Snowy Mountains, PO Box 489. Swagman’s Rest (The), PO Box 976. Tourism Snowy Mountains, Snowy River Avenue.

Nimmitabel (450 km SW) Nimmitabel Royal Arms, Snowy Mountains Hwy. [GH][AMA]

Perisher Valley (495 km SW) Chalet Sonnenhof. Stables Resort in Perisher Valley, Valhalla Road.

Smiggin Holes (494 km SW)

Tumbarumba (504 km SW)

Lodge 21, Kosciusko National Park. [L - 15][DBB]

McPhersons Plains Alpine Retreat, PO Box 253.

Thredbo (497 km SW)

Tumut (420 km SW)

Alpenhorn Lodge, Buckwong Place. Aneeki Ski Lodge, 9 Bobuck Lane. Bernti’s Mountain Inn, 4 Mowamba Pl. [GH - 29][AMA] Blackbear Inn, 30 Diggings terrace. Candlelight Lodge, 32 Diggings Terrace. [GH - 14][DBB]

Denman Hotel, Diggings Terrace. House Of Ullr, Mowamba Place. Lantern Apartments (The), 2 Banjo Drive. [A] Oberdere, Summit Way. River Inn, Friday Drive, Thredbo Village. Silvertop Snowy Mountains Retreat, Westons Road. Ski In Ski Out, Chalet 9 end of Crackenback Drive. Snowgoose Apartments, Diggins Terrace. Squatter’s Run Apartments, Mowamba Place. The Peak at Thredbo, Thredbo Alpine Hotel & Apartments, Friday Drive. Thredbo Chamber of Commerce (Tourism Thredbo), PO Box 132. Winterhaus Lodge, 11 Alpine Way.

Thredbo Valley (526 km SW) Alpine Habitats, 11 Wollondibby Rd Corner of Alpine Way. Pender Lea Chalets, 1056 Alpine Way. [SC]

Elm Cottage Tumut

Little River Road Ph: 02 6947 5818 Three private self contained cottages with stunning river and valley views make Elm Cottage a magical destination for a relaxing holiday just a 4 hour drive from Sydney. Set on 62 acres Elm Cottage is a pet friendly property which takes you away from city life and helps you to slow down and enjoy nature at its own pace. Whether you’re on your honeymoon, celebrating a special occasion, or just looking for an unforgettable spot to relax and recharge your batteries then Elm Cottage is for you. [CO][SC] E-mail: Web:

Nimbo Fork Lodge, 330 Nimbo Road.

Ribbonwood Cottages

116 Lacmalac Rd Ph: 02 6947 2527 Fax: 0407 493 515 Five beautifully appointed cottages nestled on the banks of the Tumut River. Trout fishing, farmstay, private, close to town, close to Selwyn snowfields. [CO - 8][SC] E-mail: brett@ribbonwoodcottages. Web: www.ribbonwoodcottages.

Tumut Valley View Motor Inn, Snowy Mountains Hwy & Bundarra Cresc.

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The following packages are designed especially for couples to come and enjoy: | gourmet and indulgence | skiing and snow boarding holidays | quad bike riding in the Snowy Wilderness to view wild brumbies | eco-tour to the fabulous Snowbridge underwater caves of the Snowy River | abseiling | bushwalking | trout fishing with your own guide and boat.

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1 Kosciuszko Road Jindabyne, NSW 2627 Freecall: 1800 046 275 T: (02) 6456 2372 F: (02) 6456 1138

Here’s a place to have it all! Right in the heart of Jindabyne with a choice of three beautiful bars, Clancy’s delicious restaurant and even its own brewery on site, ‘The Banjo’ is the perfect base for relaxing, romantic weekend escapes as well as for experiencing the legendary line-up of outdoor activities in the area including skiing and boarding in the winter season. In its central location with brilliant views over the lake, ‘The Banjo’ is just a short walk from all the town’s facilities. Not that you’ll want to stray far as, in addition to accommodation to suit every pocket, the contemporary surroundings and modern facilities include Musters Bar, Clancy’s Brasserie and Cocktail Bar and Banjo’s Nightclub. This is also home to Australia’s highest brewery, Dr Chuck Hahn’s Kosciuszko Brewing Company. What better than to sip the fruity,

golden Kosciuszko Pale Ale, produced right here on the premises and available on tap? If you feel like really spoiling yourselves, check in to the Executive loft apartment which has wonderful views, two balconies, a luxuriously over-sized king bed, fully equipped kitchen and many other desirable features including a plasma TV and leather lounges. There are also Budget rooms as well Lakeview rooms with ensuite, king bed, TV, bar fridge and tea/coffee making while Lakeview Deluxe rooms have additions such as spa baths or full kitchens. Your welcoming hosts know just what you like – the freedom to do what you want, when you want, whether you are here to enjoy the activities the Kosciuszko National Park has to offer, just relax, take a spa treatment or combine all of the above for a very special break in one of Australia’s most beautiful regions.




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Fresh light on the

Gold Coast “Very GC” is the way Australia’s favourite playground, the Gold Coast, likes to promote itself these days.


oday’s “Very GC” consists of sleek and stylish shopping malls, theme parks that continually reinvent themselves, world-class restaurants, great wineries and a quality outdoor experience that’s near perfect all year round. If you haven’t visited the Gold Coast for a while, you’ll be amazed to see how Surfers Paradise has morphed into a far more vibrant and sophisticated place to relax and savour the soft sea breezes. Take a ride to the 77th Level of Q1, the tallest residential tower in the Southern Hemisphere and drink in the views up and down the coast. At the base of the building is Absynthe, a restaurant run by a chef with Michelin-star credentials and well on its way to gaining iconic status as the Gold Coast’s top diner. The Tedder Avenue restaurant strip is the place to go to be seen by everyone who 46


counts on the coast. Only a short drive inland lies the spectacular Gold Coast Hinterland, an area frequently overlooked by visitors as they hare up and down the highways. Those who venture away from the coastline, however, are rarely disappointed. The dramatic landscape wrapped around the McPherson Range, which stretches back 60km to the NSW border, is rich with national parks and mountain air. This unspoilt environment is a medley of rural plantations, vineyards, thickly forested valleys, enchanting bushwalking trails and pristine mountain pools. Easily accessible by car, the area is the perfect antidote to the cacophony of the coast. The Gold Coast Hinterland is loved for its rainforests, temperate climate and creative talents of the people who have made it their home. Among them

Hinterland, Gold Coast. Image courtesy Tourism Queensland.

are a new generation of winemakers who currently have more than 1,300 hectares of vines, producing some highly acclaimed wines. Tamborine Mountain has some great galleries and cafes, as well as a thriving avocado industry. It’s also well known for its rhubarb and kiwi fruit. The oldest winery and vineyard is at the beautiful Tamborine Estate. Albert River Wines, with its cellar-door tasting rooms and Verandah Restaurant, is housed in the former Auchenflower House, a famous Brisbane landmark that was home to three former Queensland Premiers.

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Hinterland, Gold Coast. Image courtesy Tourism Queensland.

Springbrook is a small town located in a beautiful World Heritage listed rainforest area behind Queensland’s Gold Coast. It’s surrounded by Springbrook National Park which offers some superb bushwalking and viewing areas. Also in the Springbrook area are a number of restaurants, tea rooms and craft houses. Some must see aspects of Springbrook include: • The giant Purling Brook Falls; • The famous Natural Bridge with dramatic waterpool and cave pool; • 100 bird species including rare and threatened species; • Nocturnal tours to see delicate glowworms; • The aptly named Best of All Lookouts, set among the clouds with views across the New South Wales Border. The Mt Cougal section of Springbrook National Park is the northern rim of what

Only a short drive inland lies the spectacular Gold Coast Hinterland, an area frequently overlooked by visitors as they hare up and down the highways. Those who venture away from the coastline, however, are rarely disappointed.

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was once a massive volcano which stretched south from Byron Bay and west to the Great Dividing Range and is also part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. We were savvy with this history, having visited the Green Cauldron exhibit of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary which provides an introduction to the history of the area and animals found in the region.  Currumbin Valley is an easy 20 minute

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drive from Currumbin Beach. The lush hinterland is a 1.5km wide and 15km long sub-tropical with sheer escarpments, creeks, rock pools and waterfalls, all of which can be explored on well maintained walks. On the way back from the Hinterland make a compulsory stop at a roadside fruit stall – the inexpensive and locally grown fruit and vegetables are out of this world with their flavours and freshness. UNIQUE PLACES TO STAY


QLD + Brisbane & Surrounds

Brisbane & Surrounds Ascot (7 km N) Airway Motel, 6 Lamington Ave. Quest Ascot, 289 Lancaster Rd.

Mantra on Queen, 570 Queen St.

Royal on the Park, Cnr Alice & Albert Sts.

Spring Hill (1 km N)

Marque Hotel Brisbane, 103 George St.

Sebel & Citigate King George Square Brisbane (The), Cnr Ann & Roma Sts.

Best Western Astor Metropole Hotel & Apartments, 193 Wickham Terrace.

Sebel Suites Brisbane (The), Cnr Albert & Charlotte Streets.

Best Western Portal Hotel, Astor Terrace.

Skyline Apartments, 30 Macrossan Street.

Oxygen Apartments, 150-170 Leichhardt Street.

Sofitel Brisbane Central, 249 Turbot Street.

Quest Spring Hill, 454 Upper Edward Street.

Stamford Plaza Brisbane, Cnr Edward & Margaret Streets.

Ridge On Leichhardt, 189 Leichhardt St.

Urban Brisbane, 345 Wickham Terrace.

Spring Hill Mews, 27 Birley St.

Brookfield (16 km W)

Tribeca Apartments, 292 Boundary St.

Toowong (3 km W)

Oaks Festival Towers, 108 Albert Street.

LeatherWood Lodge, 49 Leatherwood Place.

Ipswich (40 km W)

Oaks Lexicon, Cnr Ann & Wharf Sts.

Jephson Hotel, 63 Jephson Street.

Metro Hotel Ipswich International.

Medina Executive Brisbane, 15 Ivory Lane. Metro Hotel Tower Mill, 239 Wickham Terrace.

Waves Resorts, PO Box 2225.

Bribie Island (69 km N) Avon Lodge, 132 Avon Ave Banksia Beach. Fairways Retreat, 22 Links Road, Woorim. Placid Waters Holiday Apartments, Cnr Toorbul & Foster Sts. [A][SC]

Brisbane Annies Shandon Inn, 405 Upper Edward St. [GH - 19][BB]

Brisbane Marriott Hotel, 515 Queen St.

Oaks 212 Margaret 212 Margaret St Ph: 07 3012 8020 Fax: 07 3012 8070

E-mail: 212margaret@theoaksgroup. Web:

Oaks Charlotte Towers, 128 Charlotte Street. Oaks Felix, 26 Felix Street.

Park Regis North Quay, 293 North Quay.

Paddington (3 km W)

Q Resorts Abbey Apartments, 160 Roma St.

Fern Cottage B&B, 89 Fernberg Road. [H - 3][BB]

Quality Hotel The Inchcolm, 73 Wickham Terrace.

Redcliffe (34 km N)

Quay West Suites Brisbane, 132 Alice St.

Waltzing Matilda Motel, 109 Margate Pde.

Hilton Brisbane, 190 Elizabeth Street.

Rendezvous Hotel Brisbane, 255 Ann St.

South Bank (2 km S)

Holiday Inn Brisbane, 159 Roma Street.

Royal Albert Hotel & Apartments, Cnr Albert & Elizabeth Sts.

Mantra Southbank, 161 Grey St.

Chifley at Lennons (The), 66-76 Queen St Mall. Conrad Treasury Brisbane, 130 William Street. Grand Chancellor (Hotel) Brisbane, 23 Leichhardt St (Cnr Wickham Tce).

Toowong Central Motel Apartments, 38 Jephson St.

Woolloongabba (3 km S) Diana Plaza Hotel, 12 Annerley Rd. Hotel Chino Apartments. 19 O’Keefe Street. Q Resorts Gabba Central Serviced Apartments, 803 Stanley Street Cnr Ipswich Road.

Brisbane City Skyline. Image courtesy Tourism Queensland.



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The Mouses House Springbrook, Gold Coast Hinterland

Tucked amongst the giant tree ferns of the rainforests, just inland from the Gold Coast, these cosy timber chalets are just the place for romantics with a taste for nature and tranquility. Multi award winner, The Mouses House consists of 12 delightful Rainforest Chalets named after the characters from the fairytale classics. The cedar and cypress chalets are shaded beneath the forest canopy, and reached via a series of elevated walkways lit by twinkling fairy lights. The music of nature is all around - in the shrill cries of native birds, the haunting sound of nocturnal animals, and the rush of cascading mountain streams. Each Individual chalet has a fully equipped kitchen, wood fireplace, reverse-cycle air conditioning, separate bedroom, television, DVD player, stereo radio, telephone, wi-fi internet, combined lounge and dining room, private balcony with barbecue. All chalets have their own private in-chalet two person corner spa baths with views into the rainforest. One chalet has disabled facilities. The most recently built chalet is Sleeping Beauty, which has a sunken kitchen, mezzanine bedroom and beautiful rainforest views. At night possums will visit each chalet and can be hand fed. Why not spoil yourself with an in-chalet Swedish Body massage and they are only 400 metres away from the magnificent four kilometre ‘Twin Falls’ Rainforest walk. Weekend and midweek discounted rates with 3, 4 and 5 night packages available on request. 2807 Springbrook Road, Springbrook 4213 QLD Phone: 07 5533 5192 Email: Web:

QLD + Gold Coast & Hinterland & Granite Belt Area

Gold Coast & Hinterland Beechmont (74 km S)

Currumbin Valley (100 km SW)

Macleay Island (45 km E)

Tuckeroo Cottages & Gardens, 115 Forest Home Road.

Cougal View Homestead, 848 Tomewin Mountain Rd.

Sunset Waters, 126 Weston Road.

Sovereign Islands (68 km S)

Mermaid Waters (87 km S)

bluewater on the Gold Coast, 18 King James Court.

Quality Mermaid Waters Hotel, Cnr Markeri St & Sunshine Blvd.

Springbrook (107 km S)

[CH - 4][BB]

Hope Harbour Couran Cove Island Resort, South Stradbroke Island, Departure Terminal John Lund Dr.

Hope Island (85 km S)

E-mail: reception@binnaburralodge. Web:

Solitude Chalets at Natural Bridge, 3376 NerangMurwillumbah Rd. [CO - 6][SC]

North Tamborine (80 km S)

Binna Burra Mountain Lodge Binna Burra Rd

Ph: 07 5533 3622 Fax: 07 5533 3747 Experience the magic as Binna Burra Mountain Lodge combines the peace and tranquillity of a mountain getaway with a unique opportunity to explore a truly beautiful rainforest environment. Located amidst the sub-tropical rainforest of Lamington National Park, Binna Burra is centre stage to some of Australia’s most spectacular natural features. Be amazed by the rich abundance of birds and unique wildlife that inhabit this complex and diverse ecosystem. ‘Relax, be refreshed, feel renewed and discover the world of nature based tourism at its best.’ [CA - 42]

Natural Bridge (112 km S)

Marina Quays International

John Lund Drive Ph: 07 5530 1999 Fax: 07 5530 1205 We cater to every style of stay, a weekend getaway, family escapes, honeymooning couples, even business travellers. Located close to theme parks, golf courses and pristine beaches. [BB]

E-mail: Web: www.marinaquaysinternational.

Camelot Magical Mountain Retreat, 322 Main Western Road. Cottages (The), 23 Kootenai Dr. [CO - 6][SC] Curtis Falls Mountain Retreat, 24 Eagle Heights Rd. Pethers Rainforest Retreat, 28B Geissman St. Witches Falls Cottages, 132 Main Western Rd.

Mouses House (The), 2807 Springbrook Rd. Ph 07 5533 5192. See our display advertisement. [CO - 15][SC]

Springbrook Lyrebird Retreat, 418 Lyrebird Ridge Road. Springbrook Mountain Chalets, 2058 Springbrook Rd. [CA - 5][SC]

Surfers Paradise (75 km S) Artique Resort, 16-18 Enderley Ave. Australis Sovereign Hotel, 138 Ferny Ave. BreakFree Acapulco Resort, 2 Thornton St.

Palm Beach (96 km S)

BreakFree Beachcomber Resort Surfers, 18 Hanlan St.

Regency On The Beach, 1483-1489 Gold Coast Hwy.

BreakFree Beachpoint Resort, 4 Staghorn Ave.

Rathdowney (88 km S) Lillydale Farm Stay, Mount Barney. Mount Barney Lodge, 1093 Upper Logan Rd, Mt Barney Via. [CH - 10][SC]

BreakFree Cosmopolitan, 3142 Gold Coast Highway. BreakFree Longbeach Resort, 28 Northcliff Terrace. BreakFree Paradise Centre Resort, 3 Hanlan St.

Cedar Creek Lodges is nestled within Thunderbird Park’s 112 hectares of towering rainforests and gum studded woodlands, with the tumbling waters of Cedar Creek adding to the overall ambience. Cedar Creek Lodges offers quality accommodation, comprehensive catering, and a range of activities. Plan teambuilding programs on Australia’s largest adventure ropes course. Other activities include abseiling, mountain bike riding, horse trail riding, laser skirmish and thunderegg fossicking in an open cut mine.

Corner Cedar Creek Falls Road, Tamborine Mountain, Qld, 4272 Ph 07 5545 1468 Email 50


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Gold Coast & Hinterland & Granite Belt Area + QLD

ballandeen In the heart of the Granite Belt, just south of Stanthorpe lies the village of Ballandean. Renowned for its picturesque setting, brilliant country hospitality and its proximity to some of the best Queensland wine makers, Ballandean is the perfect destination. Ballandean has a wide variety of accommodation choices from farmstays to eco retreats and everything in between. With easy access to the local, award winning wineries and home to a stunning array of local produce and gourmet foods, Ballandean is a foodie’s paradise. The amazing Girraween National Park and rugged Sundown National Park is a short drive from Ballandean.

Spa at Girraween Environmental Lodge

BreakFree Paradise Island Resort, 1 Paradise Island.

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Ave. Vibe Hotel Surfers Paradise, 42 Ferny Avenue. Watermark Hotel & Spa Gold Coast, 3032 Surfers Paradise Blvd.

BreakFree Peninsula Resort, Cnr Clifford St & Esplanade. BreakFree Surfers Plaza Resort, 70 Rememberance Drive. Courtyard by Marriott Surfers Paradise Resort, Cnr Surfers Paradise Blvd & Hanlan St.

Tamborine Mountain (68 km S)

Crown Towers Resort Surfers Paradise, 5-19 Palm Avenue.

Amber Lodge, 8 Wongawallan Rd,Eagle Hts via. [GH] Avocado Sunset, 186 Beacon Rd Nth Tamborine. [CH - 4][BB]

Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, 2807 Gold Coast Highway. Holiday Inn Surfers Paradise, 22 View Avenue.

Cedar Creek Lodges At Thunderbird Park, Tamborine Mountain Rd. Ph 07 5545 1468. See our display advertisement.

Islander Resort Hotel, 6 Beach Rd. Mantra Circle on Cavill, 9 Ferny Avenue.

[L - 64][AMA]

Muscatels at Tamborine, 161 Eagle Hts Rd. [H - 3][DBB] Villa Della Rosa, 5 Platt Place, North Tamborine. Woodleigh Homestead, 13 Munro Crt, Mount Tamborine.

GRANITE BELT Ballandeen 269 km SW)

Girraween Environmental Lodge

Mountain Edge Studios

387 Henri Robert Drive Ph: 07 5545 3437 Fax: 07 5545 4334 Breathtaking views from bed, bath, lounge, patio. Studios and 2 bed cottage have winter fires, spa/giant bath, kitchenette, TV, DVD and CD players. Breakfast provided. [CO][SC] E-mail: Web:

Pyramids Road Ph: 07 4684 5138 Fax: 07 4684 5148 For a romantic getaway, or for families who just want to get away, experience the Granite Belt from a secluded chalet at the Girraween Environmental Lodge. It is set on 400 acres, abundant with native wildlife, surrounded by National Park. Close to wineries and Ballandean restaurants. [CA - 10] E-mail: Web:

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LODGE Granite Belt, Queensland Tel:07 4684 5138 For bookings and further details visit




The countryside of the hinterland has often been referred to as a cross between the hills of Switzerland and the paddocks of Ireland.

Maleny high country The hinterland which overlooks Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is a great place to visit in its own right. 


ven travellers who make the string of beaches their main objective, usually put time aside to explore the galleries, arts and craft shops, coffee shops and restaurants and the myriad of country lanes. Daytrippers from Brisbane enjoy the scenery, the picnic spots, the national parks and state forests, plus the range of dining options. But for those who can set aside two or three days, then it’s paradise. A place to unwind and soak up the real beauty of the area. This area of the Sunshine Coast has also created a name for itself as the B&B capital of Australia, with dozens of host properties scattered throughout the hills. These range from cottages through to true bed and breakfasts, some of which are five-star and others at prices to suit most budgets. The countryside of the hinterland has often been referred to as a cross between 52


the hills of Switzerland and the paddocks of Ireland. Dining in the region almost reflects that, with cuisines ranging from Swiss, German, Italian, South African, Asian, to English. Maleny and Montville are the better known villages and wineries are located at Maleny, Montville and Flaxton. There are a number of good vantage points too - anywhere along the ridge at Flaxton and Montville, through to purposebuilt lookouts at Balmoral, which is a settlement between Montville and Maleny.   

Travel along Mountain View Road near Maleny, to Mary Cairncross Park and witness a masterpiece of a view. There’s Brisbane and Moreton Bay in the distance with a foreground made up of the Glass House Mountains. On a good clear day, the photographs also become masterpieces. It’s at around five o’clock that daytrippers make the promise to return, but next time, at least for a couple of days. The lucky ones, who were in the know, are just starting to make their way back to the cosiness of their favoured B&B, or host-stay cottage. Dinner tonight is at one of the restaurants, but first a comfy chair, a glass of wine - aah the good life.

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QLD + Sunshine Coast + Hinterland + Cairns & Tropical North





Perched on a ridge overlooking the spectacular Glasshouse Mountains, Braeside is a spacious, modern home 75 minutes north of Brisbane and 30 minutes from Sunshine Coast beaches. Enjoy exceptional hospitality, pre-dinner treats by the fire or on the deck and scrumptious breakfasts. Chill out in your private, stylish, air-conditioned suites or relax in our guest lounges. Be indulged with Braeside’s contemporary style, traditional service and superb views. Tel: (07) 5494 3542

Set on 25 acres, we have 3 luxuriously appointed cabins with breathtaking hinterland views. All cabins have a carport, double spa, wood fires, private deck with BBQ, LCD TV, DVD, air conditioning, fully equipped kitchen and king size beds. Enjoy walking trails, bush BBQ, camp fire, and a 9 hole mini golf course. Spoil yourself in our Therapeutic Centre with sauna, where you can have a relaxing massage, facial or choose one of our many beauty treatments available. Tel: (07) 5435 8300

Tucked away in a rural setting, among trees, hedges and beautifully maintained gardens is Bendles Cottages of Maleny. A cosy retreat for couples to blissfully escape from the outside pressures of the world. Gourmet cooked breakfast served on your private veranda each weekend (continental midweek) is a treat to experience. The five cottages are decorated in country style with queen sized bedding, wood fires, double spas, offering privacy, tranquility for that essential touch of indulgence. Tel: (07) 5494 2400




Escape to one of our four luxurious, private & romantic cottages, positioned on one of the highest points in Maleny with fantastic panormanic views. We are the closest cottages to Maleny, only 2 mins from Town. Your double spa is positioned so you can relax with a glass of champagne and watch the sun setting over the range. Our cottages welcome you, offering romantic private and relaxing indulgence for couples wishing to escape and enjoy time together. Tel: (07) 5494 3320

First class comforts for couples. Magnificent scenic views of valley, forests & ranges from the bed, spa & private patio. Romantic & relaxing ambience. Beautiful rural-mountain accommodation with choice of individually-decorated A/c suites. Three private king Spa Suites serviced with hot breakfast each morning and one Penthouse-Cabin with Jacuzzi, self-catered kitchen, BBQ/Gazebo & ensuited king bedroom. Tel: (07) 5494 4222

Discover a world of relaxation & romance at this charming B&B Guesthouse, complete with Honeymoon Cottage. Roseville House is a federation Queenslander near Balmoral Lookout between Maleny & Montville which boasts ocean, mountain and valley views. We take pride in the special touches - flowers, crisp white linen, tea/plunger coffee with homemade shortbread served on your arrival. Tel: (07) 5494 3411




Tucked away in a lush valley just outside Maleny, you’ll find one of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland’s most secluded cottage retreats - a relaxed luxury escape for couples and small groups. Whispering Valley is a place to breathe real fresh air, wonder at the stars and wake to the sounds of nature with someone special. So come and explore our secret hideaway. Separate 4BR farmhouse is available. Tel: (07) 5494 4367

We offer something different from the traditional B&B. The unique Balinese theme creates tranquility and harmony for romantic couples of all ages. Step into another world and meander through lush tropical gardens to the private guest entrance. Inside, enjoy the peaceful tropical rainforest setting with hinterland views from your private spa, and the sounds of Obi Obi Creek from your deck. Tel: (07) 5435 2113

Experience an Eyrie Escape high above the Sunshine Coast. Our award winning luxury accommodation offers superb views of mountain and coast in a tranquil 32 acre setting. Choice and privacy are our specialities: Single nights, candlelit dinners and chauffeured evening service. We have three private suites with resort facilities including a heated outside spa, swimming pool, tennis court, billiard room, sitting and dining room with bar, and rain forest walk in winter. Tel: 0414 308 666

Find your perfect Maleny Escape…





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QLD + Sunshine Coast & Hinterland

NOOSA Noosa is a world class destination without being concerned about what the rest of the world is doing. Maybe it’s best captured the first time you swim out past the frothy breakers of Laguna Bay and feast your eyes on the National Park headland, the glistening crescent of sand called Main Beach and the stylish accommodation, restaurants and shops that await your attention on Hastings Street. Noosa is stylish and sophisticated, yet casual and relaxed. The first thing that will strike you is that no one’s in a hurry to get anywhere. There are no suits and often no shoes, the long lunch is mandatory and the locals greet you like old friends. Hastings Street at Noosa Heads, Sunshine Beach or Noosaville are the perfect bases to explore Noosa’s natural beauty and enjoy the great shopping and fine dining.

Sunshine Coast & Hinterland Caboolture (45 km N)

Caloundra (95 km N)

Eumundi (120 km N)

BreakFree Grand Pacific Resort, 100 Bulcock St. Crowne Plaza Pelican Waters Golf Resort & Spa, 38 Mahogany Drive.

Eumundi’s Hidden Valley B&B, 39 Caplick Way. [H - 4][BB] Panorama Blue, 54 Panorama Drive.

Hervey Bay (289 km N) Alexander Luxury Apartments, 496 Esplanade, Torquay. Bayview Court Apartments, 494 The Esplanade.

Caboolture Riverlakes Motel 14 Morayfield Rd Ph: 07 5499 1766 Fax: 07 5499 1767 Caboolture Riverlakes Motel is located in the heart of Caboolture only 30 minutes from either Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast. This architecturally designed motel caters for tourists and the business traveller. Overlooking the Caboolture River with views across Centenary Lakes to the heart of the Caboolture CBD, Riverlakes is only minutes from restaurants and shopping. Riverlakes has over an acre of grounds sprawling down to the river for our guests’ enjoyment. All of the units feature an ensuite, some with spa, and are `non-smoking’. Guests have full use of the secluded pool area, designed to be visible only to motel guests, for relaxation and enjoyment. E-mail: enquiries@riverlakesmotel. Web:



Grand Mercure Apartments Allegra Hervey Bay, 70-72 Cypress St.

Eyrie Escape, 316 Brandenburg Rd, Bald Knob nr. Ph 0414 308 666. See our display advertisement. Jacaranda Cottages, 158 Teutoberg Avenue. Lillypilly’s Country Cottages, 584 Maleny-Montville Rd. Lyola Pavilions in the Forest, 198 Policemans Spur Road. Maleny Country Cottages. Maleny Escapes, c/-Braeside B&B. Ph 1800 993 344. See our display advertisement. Maleny Hideaway, 130 Maleny-Kenilworth Rd. Maleny Tropical Retreat, 540 Maleny-Montville Rd. Ph 07 5435 2113. See our display advertisement. Maleny Views Cottage Resort, 1 Panorama Place. [CO - 6][BB] Middleton Manor, 3 Middleton Road,Witta. [GH - 3] Rosebrook Cottage, Ph 07 5494 3320. See our display advertisement. Roseville House, 640 Maleny/Montville Rd. Ph 07 5494 3411. See our display advertisement. [H - 4][BB]

SpaViews, 475 Maleny-Kenilworth Tourist Dr. Ph 07 5494 4222. See our display advertisement. Tamarind (The), 88 Obi Lane South. Tranquil Park Resort, 483 Mountain View Rd.

Kondari Resort, gw.

Norfolks on Moffat Beach

32 Queen of Colonies Parade Ph: 07 5492 6666 Fax: 07 5436 6988 North facing complex with views of beautiful Moffat Beach from every 2 or 3 bedroom apartment. Enjoy the view from the large balconies or courtyards. [A - 36][SC] E-mail: Web:

Rydges Oasis Resort Caloundra, Landsborough Pde. Waterview Resort, Unit 2/14 Esplanade.

Coolum (131 km N) Papillon Coolum, Richmond Close,Point Arkwright. Point (The), 1 Bay Terrace.

Cooroy (126 km N) Plantation (The), 142 Mary River Road.

Ramada Hervey Bay, 627 Charlton Esplanade.

Maleny (98 km N) Arley Farm, The Old Dairy, 150 Kings Lane. Bamboo Retreat, 949 Kidaman Creek Road. [H - 1][BB] Bendles Cottages, 41 Montville Rd. Ph 07 5494 2400. See our display advertisement. [CO - 5][BB]

Blue Summit Cottages, 547 Maleny-Kennilworth Road. Bluebell Cottage, 4 Tulip St. Braeside Bed & Breakfast, 305 Maleny- Stanley River Rd. Ph 07 5494 3542. See our display advertisement. Curramore Country Cabins, 383 Curramore Rd. Ph 07 5435 8300. See our display advertisement.

Wattle Gully Retreat

Wattle Gully, 94 Ansell Rd Ph: 07 5494 4426 Secluded bush retreat log cabins, large 6 b/room farmhouse, horse riding, animal feeding, pony rides for children. Family get togethers and wedding accommodation. Close Maleny and Australia Zoo. [CO - 3][SC] E-mail: Web:

Whispering Valley Cottage Retreat, 35 Rosegum Lane. Ph 07 5494 4367. See our display advertisement. [CO - 6][SC]

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Sunshine Coast & Hinterland + QLD Mapleton (106 km N)

Maroochydore (100 km N)

Mt Coolum (115 km N)

Seahaven Resort, 13 Hastings St.

Mapleton Eden Lodge, 97 Flaxton Dr. [H - 5][BB]

Maroochy Sands Holiday Units, Cnr Sixth Ave & Aerodrome Rd. Sebel Maroochydore (The), 20 Aerodrome Rd.

Mt Coolum Retreat B & B, 77 Mountain View Drive.

Sebel Resort Noosa (The), 32 Hastings St.

Ninderry (115 km N)

Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa, Hastings St.

Montville (105 km N)

Ninderry House

Noosa Valley (130 km N)

Taman Sari, 226 Obi Obi Rd.

Tanglewood Gardens Rainforest Retreat

136-146 Flaxton Drive Ph: 07 5445 7100 Fax: 07 5445 7528 Tanglewood Gardens is the perfect rainforest getaway for couples, families or groups. An ideal blend of peace, relaxation and nature with a range of activities for the more energetic. We also have a chapel, beauty salon and a place for your next function. [CO][SC]

E-mail: info@tanglewoodgardens. Web:

Marcoola (108 km N) BreakFree Marcoola Beach, 885 David Low Way.

Clouds of Montville, 166 Balmoral Rd. Hunchy Hideaway, 609 Hunchy Rd, Hunchy Valley. [CO - 5][SC] Misty View Cabins Resort, 284296 Western Ave. [CA - 3][SC] Montville Country Cabins, 396 Western Ave. [CA - 7][SC] Montville Ocean View Cottages, 549 Palmwoods Montville Road. Narrows Escape (The), 78 Narrows Rd. [CO - 6][SC] Spicers Clovelly Estate, 68 Balmoral Road.

Mooloolaba (100 km N) Beach Club Resort, Cnr Meta St & First Avenue. BreakFree Caribbean Resort, 17-19 Brisbane Road. Landmark Resort, Esplanade & Burnett St. Mantra Mooloolaba Beach, Cnr Esplanade & Venning St. Osprey Apartments, Cnr Buderim Ave & Esplanade.

Mooloolah (107 km N)

8 Karnu Drive Ph: 07 5446 8556 Fax: 07 5446 8556 Central. Make this your base to explore the Sunshine Coast, its beaches, art & craft, native plant nurseries & fine restaurants. Ensuite guestrooms. Comfort, beauty, service. [GH - 3][BB] E-mail: enquiries@ninderryhouse. Web:

Noosa Valley Manor Luxury B&B Retreat, 115 Wust Rd, Doonan. [H - 4][BB]

Noosaville (160 km N) Australis Noosa Lakes, 3 Hilton Terrace. Islander Resort, 187-193 Gympie Terrace. Villa Noosa, Mary Street.

Noosa Heads (156 km N) BreakFree French Quarter, 62 Hastings Street. BreakFree Noosa International Resort, Edgar Bennett Ave. BreakFree Ocean Breeze Resort, 52 Hastings Street. Eumarella Shores on Lake Weyba, Noosa, 251 Eumarella Road. Lookout Resort (The), 1 Picture Point Cres. Noosa Blue Resort, 16 Noosa Drive. Noosa Quays, 4 Quamby Place.

Peachester Candle Mountain Farmstay, 179 Crohamhurst Road.

Peregian Beach (148 km N)

Glen Eden Beach Resort

Surfair Marcoola Beach- by Wyndham Vacation Resorts

923 David Low Way Ph: 07 5412 0100 Fax: 07 5412 0101 Situated in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, with sweeping 180 degree views of the sparkling coastline, SurfAir Marcoola Beach, managed by Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific, is superbly positioned on the beachfront of Marcoola with Noosa to the north and Maroochydore to the south. Creating an atmosphere of style and sophistication, SurfAir Marcoola Beach offers four star accommodation providing guests luxury and comfort with accommodation options of hotel rooms, one, two and three bedroom apartments, most with private balconies of which many have breathtaking views of the ocean. E-mail: surfair.reservations@ Web:

Frangipani House

93 King Rd Ph: 0408 224 668 HOWDY Pardners! So you wanna be a cowboy & go horseriding in the mountains! You wanna stay in a star-spangled guest house & enjoy a true-blue country holiday! Come visit FRANGIPANI HOUSE! It’s an Aussie Ranch House... fantasy style! By day... don your hat & boots and saddle up your bronc! By night... discover an exotic world & sleep amidst starry romance! Romantic couples, families, celebrations. 3 fully self-contained guest houses. Funky flamboyant western-style! Spas, heated swimming pool, log-fires, BBQs, Wood-fired-Pizza oven, bicycles, horses, ponies & donkeys. Glorious gardens & entertainment areas. Set in picturesque countryside in Mooloolah Valley. 15 minutes from beautiful Sunshine Coast beaches, markets and attractions. E-mail: Web:

Noosa Springs

Links Drive Ph: 07 5440 3333 Fax: 07 5440 3300 Welcome to a place of splendour, elegance and natural charm - in a location of breathtaking beauty. Just three kilometres from Hasting Street, sun drenched beaches, powder white sand, pristine waters nestled alongside Noosa National Park and Lake Webya. Noosa Springs Resort centrepiece is the spectacular Clubhouse, with expansive views over the 18 hole championship golf course. Noosa Springs’ Clubhouse and leisure facilities have now been complemented by the Noosa Springs Resort nestled alongside the first fairway of the golf course.The world class Noosa Springs Day Spa and Fitness provide guests and visitors with the ultimate in pampering and therapeutic treatments and high energy workouts.

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388 David Low Way Ph: 07 5448 1955 Fax: 07 5448 1677 At Glen Eden Beach Resort, located at Peregian Beach on the magnificent Sunshine Coast, we are in a great position to make your beach holiday as peaceful and relaxing or as energetic as you like. Glen Eden’s absolute beach front position is peacefully situated behind the dunes at Peregian Beach. Whether you are a family looking for great value holiday accommodation, or a couple wanting a quiet weekend away from it all, Glen Eden is the place to stay. Choose from our Spacious 1, 2 or 3 bedroom townhouses. Our extensive lawns and gardens are a great place to relax, as you leave your cares from the busy demanding world behind.

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Lake Weyba Cottages, 79 Clarendon Road. [CO][SC]

Sunshine Beach (154 km N) Andari Apartments, 19-21 Belmore Terrace. [A][SC]

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DESTINATION + Whitsundays

Cruising around the Whitsundays

Larry Jamieson takes his reluctant mariner wife and young family on a voyage of discovery.


t was a test. It could have been a complete disaster. When I suggested that we hire a boat and cruise around the Whitsundays with our daughters aged two and four years old my wife had a meltdown. The secret plan was to head straight to one of the most protected anchorages in the islands, not move, relax and let nature take its course. Sound simple? In reality it was. The Whitsunday Coast and Islands are right in the heart of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. There are 74 semi tropical islands fringed with coral reefs, white beaches and featuring numerous secure anchorages. The sheltered warm waters of the

Whitsundays make boating holidays irresistible. Sail yourself around the calm waters on a bareboat sailing charter or motor cruiser. Take a week or two to explore the Whitsunday islands, renowned as the finest region in Australia for cruising and sailing. We chartered a sailing catamaran. These boats are safe and incredibly stable. With loads of room they are ideal for almost any form of boating. There was an enclosed cockpit which the kids never left while we were underway. Cruising time between anchorages is in most cases less than two hours. Chartering a boat will allow you to see a part of the

Whitsundays which you may otherwise miss out on. Such as the famous “Whitehaven Beach”. Drop anchor and swim ashore to one of the worlds prettiest beaches. Within hours of arriving on our boat that first day, we were anchored off a beach with a waterfall cascading into the bay. A refreshing swim soon cleared away any tension imported from the city. Later, while having dinner in the cockpit and admiring the peace and tranquillity, a turtle quietly popped its head up beside the boat to see what we were up to. It was like something out of a Disney movie and the children have never forgotten it. We have been back to the Whitsundays many times since. However I regard our initial Whitsundays charter “test run” as both a success and an important step for my wife and family beyond the usual.

Coastal + Country + Offshore Islands+ QLD Peppers Coral Coast, 9a Hermitage Drive.

Coastal, Country & Offshore Is

Pinnacles Resort & Spa, 16 Golden Orchid Drive.

Agnes Water (494 km N)

Q Resorts Whitsunday Terraces, 5 Golden Orchid Drive.

Edge on Beaches, Cnr.Captain Cook Drive & Beaches Village Circuit Mantra Pavillions Mirage on 1770, 4 Beaches Village Circuit.

Airlie Beach (1112 km N) Airlie Beach Hotel, Cnr Esplanade & Coconut Grove. Airlie Beach Organic Bed and Breakfast, 8 Lamond St. [GH][BB]

Airlie Court Holiday Units, 382 Shute Harbour Rd. [A][SC] Boathaven Spa Resort, 440 Shute Harbour Drive. Charter Yachts Australia, Abel Point Marina. Ph 07 4946 6666. See our display advertisement. Club Crocodile Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour Rd. Coral Sea Resort, 25 Oceanview Ave. Fantasea Cruises Pty Ltd, PO Box 616. Island View Bed and Breakfast, 19 Nara Ave.

Coochiemudlo Island

Reefside Villas Whitsunday, 12 Eshelby Drive. [H][SC]

Mediterranean Resorts 14 Golden Orchid Drive Ph: 07 4946 6391 Fax: 07 4946 5556 Luxurious 1, 2 & 3 bedroom self-contained apartments with magnificent Coral Sea & Whitsunday views. The apartment-style complex is ideally positioned, offering all the right ingredients for you to experience every wonderful aspect of the Whitsundays & The Great Barrier Reef. Just a short stroll to the heart of Airlie Beach, with its outdoor cafes & restaurants. By day you can island hop, parasail, swim, snorkel, scuba dive or take a reef/rainforest trip. By night visit Airlies nightclubs or take a moonlit walk along the beach. [A][SC] E-mail: Web:

Searene Whitsundays, 18 Seaview Drive. Waterfront Whitsunday Retreat, 438 Shute harbour Road.

Bargara (380 km N) Bargara Blue Resort, 4 Baxter Street. Bargara Shoreline Apartments, 104 Miller Street. Mercure Resort, 83-87 The Esplanade. Point Resort (The), 19-25 The Esplanade.

Bedarra Island (1560 km N) Bedarra Hideaway.

Bundaberg (365 km N) Coopers Couples Retreat, 850 Gooburrum Rd, Welcome Creek

Childers (315 km N) Mango Hill Cottages B&B, 8 Mango Hill Drive. [CO - 2][DBB]

Quirky Cottages

Welsby & Aminya Streets Ph: 07 3207 0877 Quirky Cottages is nestled on the lush sub tropical island of Coochiemudlo. Four pet friendly, fun, funky, and uniquely themed cottages, filled with quirky treasures collected from throughout the world. Children adore the playground which features a combi cubby, pet chickens, dress ups, toys, bikes and much more. Enjoy golf, tennis, fishing, swimming and taking leisurely nature walks. Just 40km east of Brisbane, yet a thousand miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Ideal for family reunions, celebrations, couples and small groups. [CO][SC] E-mail: Web:

Skipper Yourself

Modern Fleet of Yachts, Sailing and Power Catamarans

Charter Yachts Australia is Australian owned an operated. Located at Abel Point Marina, Airlie Beach in the beautiful Whitsundays. Skipper yourself on one of our modern vessels and discover the magic of the Whitsundays Islands. Take a walk on a deserted tropical beach, snorkel the many coral reef systems or visit one of the seven first class world resorts.

Sailing catamaran Popular for comfort and stability, choose from an impressive range which includes Seawind, Perry and our new Fusion 40 and Lightwave 45 (ideal for crewed charters).

Power catamaran Perfect for larger groups, choose from three spacious power catamarans ranging in size from the Venturer 38 and Tasman 40 suitable for 8 passengers to the larger Suncrest 1350 with 3 bathrooms and sleeping for 10.

For bookings and further details visit

Yacht Choose from a modern fleet of yachts ranging in size from the Catalina 320, ideal for a couple or family up to the luxurious Jeanneau 49 with four double cabins, all with ensuite.

Toll Free 1800 639 520 UNIQUE PLACES TO STAY


QLD + Coastal + Country + Offshore Islands The Glasshouse is one of the most exclusive homes on the island. 4 Bedrooms plus office, 5 bathrooms, private infinity Pool, teppanyaki bar and breathtaking water views of the beautiful Whitsundays. This magnificent home is for those wanting the ultimate in luxury on Hamilton Island. From $1550 per night. Includes 2 x 4 seater electric golf buggies and valet island airport return transfers.

The Glasshouse on Hamilton Island

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Fraser Island (270 km N) Fraser Island Hideaway, Poyungan Beach. [H - 4][SC]

Yacht Club Villa. Ph 1300 653 997. See our display advertisement.

Grandchester (70 km W)

Kalbar (89 km SW)

Spicers Hidden Vale, 617 Mt Mort Road. [CO - 25][AMA]

Wiss House Bed & Breakfast, 7 Ann St. [GH][DBB]

Hamilton Island (1135 km N)

Killarney (176 km SW)

Hamilton Island Great Barrier Reef, Great Barrier Reef.

Spring Creek Mountain Cotttages, 1503 Spring Creek Rd.

Glasshouse on Hamilton Island (The). Ph 1300 653 997. See our display advertisement.

Kingaroy (225 km NW)

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Qualia Resort.

Mulanah Gardens, 763 Deep Creek Road. [CO][SC] Old Boyneside Farmstay, Bunya Hwy, Kumbia MS 514.

Kingsthorpe Sugarloaf Mountain Country Retreat.

Lizard Island (1850 km N)

Villa Illalangi

Melaleuca Drive Ph: 07 4946 8901 Fax: 07 4946 8901 Enjoy world class Hamilton Island at Villa Illalangi your own private paradise. Choose either perfect solitude within magnificent tropical gardens or the very best of dining and activities at the Resort. Discerning guests will appreciate 10,000 square feet of beautifully furnished living space. Complete seclusion, modern facilities, landscaped pool, 2 spas, sauna and air-conditioning throughout, airport transfers and a 6 seater buggy. Sleeps 8 people. You owe it to yourself to stay in this truly stunning property. Rates from $1250 per night. [H - 4][SC] E-mail: Web:



Spicers Peak Lodge, Wilkinson Rd.

Oakey (172 km W) Moorlands Farmstay, Oakey-Cooyar Rd. [FS][AMA]

Rockhampton (641 km N) Capricorn Caves, 30 Olsen Caves Road. Fitzroy Motor Inn. Motel 98, 98 Victoria Parade.

Rolleston (740 km NW) Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge, PMB 1009. [CA - 23][DBB]

Stanthorpe (250 km SW) Alure Stanthorpe, 280 Mt Tully Road. Escape on Tully, 934 Mt Tully Rd.

Historic Yongala Lodge, 11 Fryer St, North Ward. Holiday Inn Townsville, 334 Flinders Mall. Leisure Inn Plaza Hotel, Cnr Flinders & Stanley Sts. Orpheus Island Resort, Great Barrier Reef. Q Resorts Itara Apartments, 1-15 Sporting Drive, Thuringowa Central. Quality Hotel Southbank, 23 25 Palmer Street. Quest Townsville, 30-34 Palmer St. Seagulls Resort on the Seafront, Cnr Primrose & Marshall Streets. Strand Motel, 51 The Strand.

Warrill View (117 km SW) Scenic Rim View Cottages, 357 Old Rosevale Rd.

Lizard Island.

Olive Grove Estate, 5 Harris Street.

Long Island (1135 km N)

Whiskey Gully Wines, 25 Turner Rd.

Long Island Resort,Whitsundays, Whitsunday Passage.

Wisteria Cottage, Pyramids Road, Girraween. [SC]

Paradise Bay Eco Escape, Whitsunday Passage. Ph 07 4946 9777. See our display advertisement.

Downs Motel, 669 Ruthven St.

Whitsunday (1135 km N)

Mackay (968 km N)

Lauriston House B&B, 67 Margaret St. [H - 2][BB]

Grand Mercure Suites Mackay, Wood & Gregory Sts.

Park Motor Inn, 88 Margaret St.

Laguna Whitsundays Resort, Kunapipi Springs Rd.

Seabreeze Resort Hotel, 72 Pacific Esplanade Lamberts Beach.

Quality Burke & Wills Toowoomba, 554 Ruthven St.

Magnetic Island (1380 km N) All Seasons Magnetic Island, Mandalay Avenue, Nelly Bay. Peppers Blue On Blue Resort, 123 Sooning Street, Nelly Bay. Shaws on the Shore, 7 Pacific Drive.

Maryvale (128 km SW) Bestbrook Mountain Resort, Cunningham Hwy.

Toowoomba (162 km W)

Silver Ridge B&B, 103 Silver Pinch Rd Silver Ridge. Toowoomba Cottage Accommodation, 11 Gentle St. [CO - 3][SC]

Warwick (160 km SW) Abbey of the Roses, 8 Locke Street. Collinora Health & Relaxation Retreat, 52 Canning Street. Kerong Cottage Heritage B&B, 98 Fitzroy Street.

Wilson Island (539 km N) Wilson Island Resort, via Heron Island.

Yeppoon (689 km N) Rydges Capricorn Resort, Farnborough Rd.

Vacy Hall Historic Guest House, 135 Russell St. [GH - 12][DBB]

Townsville (1360 km N) Best Western Cluden Park Motor Inn, 147-149 Stuart Dr. Billabong Sanctuary & Bungalow Bay Koala Village, Bruce Highway.

To advertise or list in this magazine phone +61 2 8522 0075

Coastal + Country + Offshore Islands + QLD

Yacht Club Villa 5 – ‘Izulu’ The new Yacht Club villas are now available for holiday letting. They have certainly been worth the wait. The villas are in a class of their own with unparalleled prestige and exclusivity. Designed by renowned architect Walter Barda, with the landscaping crafted by celebrity designer Jamie Durie. For those that want the best of the best. These exclusive 4 bedroom villas have a waterfront location next to the new Yacht Club and overlooking Dent Passage toward the new Golf Course. Contact us 7 days per week to book this exclusive villa on Hamilton Island. 1300 653 997 or for our international guests, call +61 434 004 029

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DESTINATION + Mission Beach

However, it’s the tranquil nature of Mission Beach that makes it a great place for all kinds of travellers to visit.

On a Mission For a true break from everyday life discover Mission Beach - a natural midway point between Townsville and Cairns.


ission Beach is a relaxed, yet vibrant beachfront town with over 14 kilometres of magnificent golden sandy, palm fringed beaches. Here two World Heritage areas, The Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest, come together to form a tropical paradise. In many places, the rainforest literally fringes stretches of pristine golden beach, giving the destination a reputation as an ideal holiday choice. The Great Barrier Reef is only 38 kilometres away making Mission Beach the closest mainland access to the Reef, just an hour or so away by boat. Mission Beach offers as much to the extreme sports enthusiast as to the holiday-maker after some peace and 60


quiet. Some activities you may or may not decide to participate in are: Skydiving, White water rafting, Sea kayaking, Jet skiing, Scuba diving, Snorkelling, Fishing, Hiking, Croc spotting and Sailing. However, it’s the tranquil nature of Mission Beach that makes it a great place for all kinds of travellers to visit. In fact it’s quite likely that you’ll catch a glimpse of the endangered Southern Cassowary while you are here. Mission Beach’s signature species, the southern cassowary (seemingly part emu, part aging rock star with attitude, and a black wig to prove it) lobs around reminding everyone why they came here in the first place. There are four villages that are collectively known as Mission Beach: South Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach,

North Mission Beach and Bingil Bay. Less than 5 kilometres offshore, Dunk Island and Bedarra Island make up an aquatic playground that is renowned along the coast of Queensland. At Mission Beach there’s an excellent array of accommodation, from luxury resorts and holiday homes to secluded rainforest retreats and superbly appointed B & Bs. Romantic getaways, family holidays, birdwatchers, backpackers, adventure travellers, campers and caravanners are all catered for. So if you desire timeout from everyday life, seek out Mission Beach. It’s only about 2 hours’ drive south of Cairns.

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Cairns + Tropical North + QLD

Cairns & Tropical North Area Cairns (1718 km N)

Daintree (110 km N Cairns) Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa, 20 Daintree Rd. Daintree Rainforest River Trains, Lot 61 Baileys Creek Road. Daintree Views Rainforest Retreat, George Road. [H][SC]

Eungella (1053 km N) Broken River Mountain Resort, Eungella National Park.

Holloways Beach Cairns Beach Resort

129 Oleander St, Holloways Beach Ph: 07 4037 0400 Fax: 07 4037 0600 Beachfront location. Our four star resort offers everything to create a home away from home on the beach. SIMPLE PLEASURES - PURE RELAXATION - THINK CAIRNS BEACH RESORT. [A][SC]

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Beachfront Hideaway (The), 10 Coconut Street. Ph 07 4055 0444. See our display advertisement.

Captain Cook Highway Ph: 07 4055 3538 Fax: 07 4055 3077 Situated between Cairns and Port Douglas on the beautiful Tropical North Queensland coast and wedged between the rainforest and the Coral Sea, Ellis Beach offers absolute beachfront accommodation in a variety of styles to suit every budget. [CA] E-mail: stay@ Web:

Cooktown (240 km N Cairns)

Sovereign Resort Hotel 128 Charlotte Street Ph: 07 4043 0500 Fax: 07 4069 5582 A beautiful 4 star rated resort situated in the heart of Cooktown, close to all historic sights, amenities, shops and wharf. E-mail: Web:

Wongalinga Luxury Beach Apartment

64 Reid Rd Ph: 07 4068 8221 Absolute beachfront at its best. Nine superbly appointed apartments. One, two or three bedrooms ideal for couples, families and groups. Central location. E-mail: Web:

Malanda (91 km S Cairns) Canopy Rainforest Treehouses & Wildlife Sanctuary (The)

247 Hogan Rd,Tarzali Ph: 07 4096 5364 Fax: 07 4096 5380 Set in 100 acres of ancient high country rainforest, the Canopy blends luxury riverfront treehouse accommodation with a passionate regard for the environment and wildlife. [CO - 3][SC] E-mail: stay@canopytreehouses. Web:

Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows

Port Hinchinbrook

Mission Beach (1578 km N)

Palm Cove (1744 km N) (26 km N Cairns) Oasis At Palm Cove, McDonald Cl. Sea Temple Resort & Spa Palm Cove, Triton St. Villa Paradiso Palm Cove, 111-113 Williams Esplanade.

Port Douglas (1778 km N) (60 km N Cairns) A Tropical Nite Holiday Townhouses, 119 Davidson St. Sea Temple Resort & Spa Port Douglas, Mitre Street. Ulysses Getaways, Captain Cook Highway.

port hinchinbrook accommodation

Ph: 07 4066 2250 Port Hinchinbrook is a Tropical Resort on the Queensland coast near Cardwell. This tranquil place is the gateway to Hinchinbrook Island with some of the best fishing in Far North Queensland. Inspiration offers accommodation for everyone; from studio apartments to Beachfront and Marina View Holiday houses. You will find everything you need for a great holiday here; Fishing Charters, Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, Day Trips to Hinchinbrook Island, Discover the unspoiled beauty of the Rainforest walks plus a range of eco adventure tours, flowing waterholes and more! The Resort facilities include the Marina Restaurant, tennis court, pool and only 5 minutes from the sea side town of Cardwell. E-mail:

(140 km S Cairns)

The Beachfront Hideaway

Mission Beach Luxury Accommodation

Ph: 07 4088 6699 Fax: 07 4088 6020 Holidays in Mission Beach is total bliss! Mission Beach is the tropical destination of your imagination - uninhabitated islands surrounded by turquoise seas, verdant rainforests. Mission Beach Luxury Accom offers many of Tropical North Queensland’s luxurious accommodation, from absolute beachfront homes to the seclusion of your private holiday retreat in a gated estate. They are the holiday specialists who offer the only exclusive range of private holiday accommodation in Mission Beach. Speak to one of their Holiday Consultants to arrange the ultimate escape to Mission Beach - one of ‘The Best Kept Secrets in the World’.

E-mail: info@missionbeachluxury Web: www.missionbeachluxuryaccom.

For bookings and further details visit

Absolute beachfront Balinese Holiday House, step right onto the sand. Enjoy Bali’s deck with large day bed; soak in the spa whilst sipping a glass of Champagne. Hai features a Balinese Hut overlooking the solar heated tropical pool. The NEWEST addition to our Hideaways is ‘Cocos Hideaway’. It features Queen Bedroom and spacious Lounge. Dine or relax in your own private Balinese Garden Courtyard or around the Oceanfront Tropical Pool & BBQ deck, looking out over the Coral Sea. Bali, Hai & Palms all together (interconnecting doors) accommodates 12 people.

10 Coconut St, Holloways Beach, Cairns QLD Phone: 07 4055 0444 | Fax: 07 4027 9442 | Mobile 0417 044 444 |



DESTINATION + Tropical North

Discover the

Bloomfield Track Want to get off the beaten track and see a part of Australia still relatively undiscovered? Take a big step north and visit fascinating Cooktown. I drove up there before the road was sealed and our family still talk about it today.


e took a four wheel drive from Port Douglas to Cooktown along the scenic coastal route called “The Bloomfield Track”. What an adventure! The Coastal road is suitable for four wheel drive vehicles only. It can be difficult dirt terrain. I don’t profess to be a four wheel drive expert and we soon found ourselves crossing rivers and scaling steep dirt inclines. When my daughter yelled “hey Dad, I can see a crocodile on the riverbank outside the car door” we knew we were well outside suburbia. Although the rugged coastal track offers breathtaking scenery, I was relieved to arrive without incident in Cooktown. Cooktown is a small frontier town located in the far north of Tropical North Queensland. It boasts a unique character but it’s this local charm that makes it all the more appealing. Add to this the unspoilt natural beauty of the area, and 62


you’ll really feel like you’ve stumbled back in time and across a local secret. I did. Cooktown is Australia’s first nonindigenous settlement, discovered and settled by Captain Cook and his crew in 1770. All modern town services are available as well as comfortable and affordable accommodation to suit all budgets. Visit the James Cook Historical Museum to explore Cooktown’s interesting past, including the gold rush days and Cook’s voyages. Another must-see is a visit to Grassy Hill Lookout, where you can experience 360 degree views of the tropical countryside, Barrier Reef islands and beaches. In the past, Cooktown could only be accessed by four wheel drive vehicles, but with the completion of the sealed Cooktown Developmental Road in January 2006, Cooktown is now more accessible to everyone. Having survived the Bloomfield Track and enjoyed Cooktown,

we opted to take the inland road back to Port Douglas. Back in cosmopolitan “Port” we felt like returning explorers. I am now itching to get back to Cooktown and use it as a base to explore the Heritage Wilderness of the Cape York Peninsular and the Great Barrier Reef.

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Adelaide River (113 km S)

Crowne Plaza Darwin, 32 Mitchell St. Mantra Pandanas, 43 Knuckey Street. Mantra on the Esplanade, 88 The Esplanade. Novotel Darwin Atrium, 100 The Esplanade. Palms City Resort, 64 The Esplanade. Quality Hotel Frontier Darwin, 3 Buffalo Ct. Quest Darwin, 55 Cavanagh Street. SKYCITY Darwin, Gilruth Ave, The Gardens, Mindil Beach. Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, 7 Kitchener Drive.

Humpty Doo (40 km S) Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge, PO Box 2120.


Jingili (11 km NE)

Feathers Sanctuary


49a Freshwater Rd Ph: 08 8985 2144 Mobile: 0408 895 512. Feathers Sanctuary, a unique bed and breakfast accommodation located in Darwin, Northern Territory. Two minutes to airport, ten minutes to city. It combines first class hut-style rooms set in the surrounds of a 2 acre private bird park landscaped to attract and breed native bird species. Relax and unwind in the architecturally designed huts. Feathers Sanctuary the natural place to stay.

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Mount Bundy Station

Haynes Rd Ph: 08 8976 7009 Fax: 08 8976 7113 Mount Bundy Station offers a unique stay on a working cattle property with a wide range of accommodation. Experience the tropical outback on a Mount Bundy Horse Trek. [FS][SC]

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Alice Springs (1490 km S) Alice Springs Airport Motel. All Seasons Oasis Alice Springs, 10 Gap Road. Bond Springs Outback Retreat, Bond Springs Station. [CH - 4][BB]

Comfort Inn Outback Alice Springs, 46 Stephens Rd. Crowne Plaza Alice Springs, Barrett Dr. Diplomat Motel Alice Springs, Cnr Gregory Tce & Hartley St. Glen Helen Resort, Namatjira Dr, West Macdonnell Ranges. Lasseters Hotel Casino, 93 Barrett Drive. Vatu Sanctuary Apartments, 43 Todd Mall. Wayoutback Desert Safaris, 30 Kidman Street.

Alyangula Dugong Beach Resort.

Daly River (232 km S) Perrys on the Daly, ayo Park. [FS - 3]

Katherine (331 km S) All Seasons Katherine, Stuart Highway. Knotts Crossing Resort, Cnr Giles & Cameron Sts. Nitmiluk Tours, Gorge Road,Nitmiluk National Park. St Andrews Serviced Apartments, 27 First St.


Tennant Creek

Munupi Wilderness Lodge, T/A Clearwater Island Lodge.

Eldorado Motor Inn, Paterson St.

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53 South Perth Esplanade Ph: 61 8 9368 6688 Fax: 61 8 9368 6689 Features: Stunning location, s/c apts, wireless broadband, 13 Foxtel channels. TV, DVD, reverse a/c, daily dry-cleaning, free parking. Affordable accom in a million dollar setting. 4 star apts on the picturesque Sth Perth foreshore set in lush landscaped gardens, overlooking the Swan River & Perth skyline. CBD is only 5 mins by ferry or car & restaurants & shopping facilities are only mins away. Enjoy a romantic walk along the river, backlit by lights of the city & Kings Park, with the convenience of a cosy apartment on your return. TCWA accredited. [A - 71][SC]

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Margaret River Region Margaret River (283 km S) Admiral Stirling Inn


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Margaret River was originally a chilled out surfie town, but has evolved into the ultimate smorgasbord of fine wine, good food and spectacular scenery – just a three-and-a-half hour drive south of Perth. There’s an excellent supply of world-class wineries, boutique breweries, and restaurants overlooking sweeping vineyards and surf breaks. The wine is definitely top notch - the region produces less than one per cent of Australian wine, but over 15 per cent of the country’s premium wine. Accommodation-wise, there’s something for all budgets particularly some outstanding boutique, guesthouse and eco friendly choices.

Ned Higgins Lane (near Higgins St) Ph: 08 9757 2296 Quality, character accommodation as memorable as the rest of your Margaret River experience, Admiral Stirling Inn offers a range of styles, configurations and tariffs, from beautifully appointed selfcontained to rooms with private facilities and all-guest facilities of equally masterful craftsmanship, in the town heart of the internationally renowned region.

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Bridgefield Guest House

73 Bussell Hwy/Cnr Higgins St Ph: 08 9757 3007 Picture-postcard Bridgefield Guest House is at the entrance to Margaret River town, within walking of all restaurants, galleries, shops and riverside walk trails. Offering chef’s sublime buffet breakfast, tastefully renovated rooms seamlessly combining original heritage with modern comforts, and cosy warmth of winter log fires, Bridgefield is Margaret River’s original character accommodation. [GH][BB] E-mail: Web:

Yelverton Brook Eco Spa Retreat & Conservation Sanctuary

Roy Rd Metricup Via Ph: 08 9755 7579 Fax: 08 9755 7597 Holiday with wildlife with your sweetheart, family or friends. Spas under the stars, private chalets, special packages, friendly wildlife on your doorstep, includes local produce in tariff. [CO - 5][SC] E-mail: Web:

Witchcliffe (275 km S) Boranup Forest Retreat 422 Sebbes Road Ph: 08 9374 0333 Fax: 08 9374 0333 [CO][SC]

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Mid West & South West Balingup (241 km S) Balingup Hillview Retreat

Cnr Elliott Rise & Bailey Heights Ph: 08 9764 1504 Fax: 08 9795 3989 Set high on 7 acres overlooking peaceful Balingup, we offer 7 separate fully self contained accommodation sections. Sit on your own private verandah and enjoy rolling mists, lovely sunsets and starry skies. Go to our website to view true life photos of each beautiful sections, with a ‘real-time’ availability and booking system. [CO][SC] E-mail: Web:

Busselton (237 km S) Aqua Resort

605 Bussell Hwy Ph: 08 9754 3311 Fax: 08 9754 3322 Understated luxury with absolute beach frontage on the shores of Geographe Bay, Busselton, Western Australia. Enjoy the privacy of your own beautifully appointed Beach House. E-mail: Web:

Country Broome (2388 km N) Cable Beach Club Resort Broome, Cable Beach Rd. Captain Kennedy House, 84 Herbert Street. McAlpine House, 55 Herbert St. [GH - 6][AMA]

Pearle of Cable Beach, 14 Millington Road.

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VIC + Melbourne City & Suburbs Wellington House Boutique Accommodation, 159 Wellington Street.


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melbourne Melbourne is a cosmopolitan, cultivated city with accommodation to suit all requirements. The city centre has a wide choice of international style, five-star hotels that are tailored for the business or upper leisure traveller. Some of these hotels date back more than a century and are renowned for their character as well as their quality. Melbourne is particularly well equipped with modern hotels with outstanding convention facilities. The city also has a number of small, elegant boutique hotels for travellers who want to add romance to their travels.

Melbourne City & Suburbs Albert Park (3 km S) Jackson’s on Middle Park

404 Richardson St Ph: 03 9534 7615 Fax: 03 9534 7615 Sgl $100-$120, Dbl $120$150. City 5km. 2 QS rms with spas. A Victorian home close to tram, shops, lake, parks, beach, aquatic ctr, CBD & trendy cafe/ arts/tourist precincts. Smoke free. Melways: 57 J7. [H - 2][BB]

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Brighton (13 km S)

Quest Carlton on Finlay, 2-9 Finlay Place.

Caroline Springs (5km W) Mercure Melbourne Caroline Springs, 234 Caroline Springs Boulevard.

Croydon (29 km E) Victoria House Motor Inn, 331 Maroondah Hwy. [CH - 20]

East Melbourne (2 km E) Eastern Town House, 90 Albert St. Georgian Court Bed & Breakfast, 21-25 George St. [GH - 32][DBB]

Hilton on the Park - Melbourne, 192 Wellington Pde.

EuroVillas, PO Box 272.

Magnolia Court Boutique Hotel, 101 Powlett St. [PH - 25][BB]

Carlton (1 km N)

Quest East Melbourne, 48 Wellington Street.

Apartments on Lygon, 700 Lygon St.

Quest Jolimont, 153 Wellington Parade South.

Arrow on Swanston, 488 Swanston Street.

Essendon (10 km NW)

Drummond Serviced Apartments, 371 Drummond Street.

Castles on Waverley, 16 Waverley Street.



Fitzroy (2 km N) Metropole Hotel Apartments, 44 Brunswick St. Nunnery Accommodation (The), 116 Nicholson St. [PH - 22][BB]

Quest Royal Gardens, 8 Royal Lane.

Forest Hill (18 km E) Apartments @ Forest Hill (Park Avenue Group), 305 Canterbury Rd.

Glen Waverley (20 km SE) Quest Glen Waverley, 353 Springvale Road.

Hampton (14 km S) Kimberley Wilderness Adventures, 475 Hampton St.

Kew (10 km E) Apartments @ Kew (Park Avenue Group), 104-106 Walpole St. Apartments @ Kew Q45 (Park Avenue Group), 45 Pakington St.

Adelphi Hotel & Spa, 187 Flinders Lane. Albert Park Manor Boutique Hotel/Motel, 405 St Kilda Rd. Alto Hotel On Bourke, 636 Bourke Street. Apartments at Docklands, 15 Acquitania Street. Atlantis Hotel, 300 Spencer St. Best Western Riverside Apartments, 474 Flinders St. Bible House, Apt 302/241 Flinders Lane. Charsfield Hotel, 478 St Kilda Road. Clarion Suites Gateway, One William St. Clarion Suites Milano, 8 Franklin Street. Crossley Hotel Managed by Mercure (The), 51 Little Bourke St. Crowne Plaza Melbourne, 1-5 Spencer St. Darling Towers on Collins, 233 Collins St. Docklands Apartments Grand Mercure, 23 St Mangos Lane. Elizabeth Tower Hotel, 792 Elizabeth St. Enterprize (Hotel), 44 Spencer St. Golf Retreats Melbourne, 19 Augusta Square. Grand Chancellor Hotel Melbourne, 131 Lonsdale St. Grand Hotel Melbourne, 33 Spencer Street. Grand Hyatt Melbourne, 123 Collins St. Grand Mercure Flinders Lane Apartments, 321 Flinders Lane. Honey Apartments, 39 Queen Street. Ibis Little Bourke Street (Hotel) Melbourne, 600 Little Bourke St. InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, 495 Collins Street. Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street. Leo Pacific Hotel, 378 Little Bourke Street. Mantra 100 Exhibition, 100 Exhibition St. Mantra On The Park, 333 Exhibition St. Mantra on Little Bourke, 471 Little Bourke St. Mantra on Russell, 222 Russell St. Medina Executive Northbank, 550 Flinders Street. Medina Grand Melbourne, 189 Queen St. Melbourne Marriott Hotel, Cnr Exhibition & Lonsdale Sts. Mercure Hotel Melbourne, 13 Spring Street.

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Melbourne City & Suburbs + Mornington Peninsula + VIC Mercure Hotel Welcome Melbourne, 265-281 Little Bourke St.

Villa Donati, 377 Church St.

Novotel Melbourne On Collins, 270 Collins St.

Bayview Hotel, 273 Cecil Street. Boutique Stays, PO Box 1036.

Oaks On Lonsdale, 23-33 Lonsdale Street. Oaks on Collins, 480 Collins Street.

South Melbourne (3 km S)

South Yarra (5 km SE)

Quest Hero on Russell, 140 Little Collins St.

Balmoral of Melbourne, 783 Punt Road. Bloomfield Albany Hotel, 1 Millswyn St. Como Melbourne (The), 630 Chapel Street. Darling Towers Executive Serviced Apartments, 32 Darling St. Punthill Serviced ApartmentsCorporate, 470 Punt Road. Quest Prahran, 9 Balmoral St. The Olsen, 637-641 Chapel Street.

Quest on Lonsdale, 43 Lonsdale St.

St Kilda (6 km S)

Oaks on Market, 60 Market St. Park Regis Griffin Suites, 604 St Kilda Road. Quest Collins Street Central, 182 Collins Street. Quest Docklands, 750 Bourke St. Quest Fairfax House, 392 Little Collins St.

Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens, 380 William St. Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders St. Robinsons in the City, 405 Spencer St. Rydges Melbourne, 186 Exhibition St.

Barkly Apartments, 180 Barkly Street. Charnwood Motor Inn, 3 Charnwood Rd. Crest on Barkly, 47 Barkly St. Easystay At 65 Acland Street, 63 Fitzroy Street. Urban St Kilda, 35-37 Fitzroy St.

Seasons Heritage Melbourne, 572 St Kilda Rd.

St Kilda East (5 km S)

Sebel Albert Park (The), 65 Queens Road.

Quest East St Kilda, 441 Inkerman St.

Sebel Melbourne (The), 394 Collins St.

St Kilda West (5 km S)

Somerset Gordon Heights, 19-25 Little Bourke St. Sophia (Hotel), 227 King Street.

Bishopsgate House, 57 Mary St. Fountain Terrace, 28 Mary St. [H - 5][BB]

Stamford Plaza Melbourne, 111 Little Collins St.

Williamstown (11 km W)

Swanston Hotel-Grand Mercure (The), 195 Swanston St.

Captains Retreat

Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne, 630 Little Collins St. Westin Melbourne (The), 205 Collins St. Windsor Hotel (The), 111 Spring Street.

North Melbourne (2 km N) Hotham Hill Terrace, 443 Abbotsford Street.

Notting Hill (20 km SE) Cameo House, 78 Westerfield Drive. [GH - 3][BB]

Gateway on Monash, 630 Blackburn Rd.

Richmond (3 km E) Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne, 649 Bridge Road. Quest Richmond, 187 Lennox Street. Richmond Lodge, 37 Buckingham St. Rotherwood, 13 Rotherwood St. [H - 1][BB]

2 Ferguson Street Ph: 03 9397 0352 Fax: 03 9399 8817 Just one door from the water, shops, restaurants and yacht clubs, this lovely, large, old former convent (7 bathrooms!), has been beautifully refurbished. Something special! E-mail: Web:

Mornington Peninsula Arthurs Seat (77 km S) Arthurs Superb Views Luxury Retreat, 10 Nestle Court. Barn (The) and The Studio, ‘Glassonby’ 190 Purves Rd. [CO - 2][SC]

Georges Boutique B&B & Culinay Retreat, 776 Arthurs Seat Road.

Hidden Treasure at Pirates Bay, 15 Knox Rd. [CO - 2][BB] Quarterdeck-Clifftop, 26 Fawkner Avenue.

Cape Schanck (77 km S) Cape Schanck Lighthouse, 420 Cape Schanck Road.

Dromana (68 km S) Lakeside Villas @ Crittenden Estate, 25 Harrisons Road.

Flinders (89 km S) Nazaaray Country Retreat, 266 Meakins Rd. [CH - 3][SC]

Frankston (42 km S) Mizu B&B Retreat & Spa, 38-40 Menzies Close. Oaks (The) Bed & Breakfast, 20 Victoria Parade. [BB] Quest Frankston, 377 Nepean Highway.

Main Ridge (74 km S) Spring Creek Farm, 356 Shands Rd.

Moorooduc (48 km S) Gooseberry Hill Farm Cottage, 170 Graydens Rd. [SC - 2][BB] Woodman Estate - Luxury Country Hotel, Restaurant & Spa, 136 Graydens Road.

Red Hill South (81 km S) Jane’s Hide-Aways, 114 Shoreham Rd. Max’s Retreats Red Hill Estate, 53 Shoreham Road/ 9 Station Road. Meadowood, PO Box 307.

Rosebud (77 km S) Admiral Motor Inn, 799 Nepean Highway. Fairways Resort, Rosebud Country Club. Nepean Country Club Resort, 205 Browns Road. SeaCove on the Beach, 910 Point Nepean Rd.

Rye (80 km S) Abode in Style Sandy Ridge, 90 Serina Rd. [CO - 4][SC] Blue Moon Cottages, 12 Blakiston Grove. Hilltonia Homestead, Lot B1 Browns Rd. [CH - 5][SC] Ocean Blue Retreat, 24 Sabato Street. Peninsula Hot Springs, 140 Springs Lane. Plantation House at Whitecliffs, 33 Maori Street,Whitecliffs.

Safety Beach (67 km S) Valley Resort, Country Club Drive.

Mornington (55 km S)

Shoreham (85 km S)

Best Western Brooklands of Mornington, 99-101 Tanti Avenue.

[CO - 3][BB]

Petit Amour B&B Cottage, 21 York St. Royal Hotel Mornington (The), 770 Esplanade.

Mount Eliza (50 km SE) Morning Star Estate, 1 Sunnyside Rd.

Mount Martha (63 kms S) Glynt Manor, 16 Bay Rd. [DBB]

Kudos Villas, PO Box 614. Stone Cottage (The), 22 Finlayson Avenue.

Portsea (97 km S) Bayplay, 3755 Pt Nepean Rd. Grange at Portsea Village Resort, 3765 Point Nepean Rd. Portsea Hotel, Point Nepean Rd.

Red Hill (77 km S) Lindenderry at Red Hill, 142 Arthurs Seat Rd.

Le Pavillon, 1 Pine Grove. Shoreham Beach House, 20 Myers Drive.

Sorrento (90 km S) A La Plage B&B, 1 Watson Rd. Bilinga B&B and Cottages, 105 Hotham Road. [CO - 4][SC]

Drop Inn, 150 Ocean Beach Road. Hotel Sorrento, 5-15 Hotham Road. Rockpool Studio Units, 85 St Pauls Rd. Saltwater @ Sorrento, 12 Russell Crescent. Shells Apartments, 85-99 Ocean Beach Rd. Tamasha House, 699 Melbourne Rd. [H - 2][BB]

St Andrews Beach Big Blue Backyard, 56 Paradise Drive.

Tootgarook (77 km S) Truemans Cottages, Truemans Rd. [CO - 3]

Blairgowrie (85 km S)

Stony Creek Cottages, Cnr Stony Creek & Flinders Rd.

Tyabb (56 km S)

Golf Retreats Blairgowrie, On the Peninsula, 23 Ti-Tree Ave.

Tallowood Cottage, 92 Donaldsons Rd.

Olivers Creek Retreat, 52 Wellington Rd.

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Going to

Gippsland Along the Victorian South East Coast the Gippsland Area’s coastal wilderness offers visitors beautiful beaches, rugged cliffs, extensive lake systems, rainforests and mountains, with gourmet produce at its rich farming heart.


hether you want to hike, fish, sail, horse ride or tour in the car, Gippsland has some of Australia’s finest scenery, as well as all the creature comforts in and around the many towns. The extensive network of the Gippsland Lakes is fed by no less than five rivers, with glorious Ninety Mile Beach on the long coastal fringe. The Lakes are Australia’s largest waterway, a paradise for boaters and fishermen. There are exceptional opportunities for many other water-based activities, as well as enjoying the towns and villages on the water’s edge, including Metung, Lakes Entrance and Paynesville. Most of the lakeside towns such as Metung, Paynesville, Hollands Landing and even the smaller ones such as Nicholson or Johnsonville have boats for hire. Exploring the various waterways is great fun – navigate your way around Lake King, Lake Victoria or Lake Wellington, just to name a few. Lake Tyers, the most eastern lake in the system is bordered by ocean and state forests and meandering along it as it moves inland to Nowa Nowa is a real adventure. 68


For those with land legs, there is plenty to do in the cosmopolitan towns of Metung or Lakes Entrance that are full of cafes, shops and craft. Take a 2-hour cruise around Bancroft Bay and Shaving Point, enjoy the scenic drives, bushwalks, and have a fish. There are many walks around Lake King, Tambo Bluff and Chinaman’s Creek. Immediately fronting the coast beyond the Gippsland Lakes is Ninety Mile Beach with its deep, golden sands that stretch from north of Yarram to Lakes Entrance. It’s perfect for swimming, fishing and sand dune sliding. Wherever you stay, find a lakeside pub or restaurant, where the food reflects the gourmet specialities from Central Gippsland’s rich dairy-farming country, where cheese makers, vineyards and berry farms flourish. Gippsland is a well-established food destination, known for its fine meat and delicious fresh seafood, organic fruits and vegetables like local asparagus, and specialities including hazelnuts. Touring Central Gippsland, you will discover more about the local produce in and around villages such as Yarragon, Jindivick, Noojee and Warragul. The city

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Croajingolong National Park. Image courtesy Tourism Victoria.

of Sale is the capital of Central Gippsland on the Latrobe River, home of the Howitt Bicycle and the overnight Marley Point Yacht Race, starting near Sale and finishing at Paynesville. Cool-climate wines are also flourishing in the area, with a full fruit style to sample at more than 20 cellar doors, such as Wild Dog, Narkoojee (place of flowers) and Paradise Enough. To the north-east lies the Buchan Caves

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Wherever you stay, find a lakeside pub or restaurant, where the food reflects the gourmet specialities from Central Gippsland’s rich dairy-farming country, where cheese makers, vineyards and berry farms flourish.

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Wilsons Promontory. Image courtesy Tourism Victoria.

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and at the state’s eastern tip is the majestic wilderness coastline of the Croajingolong National Park – the jewel in the crown of Victorian National Parks. This UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve has diverse eco systems which remain as pristine as they were when Australia’s first people inhabited this area. Magnificent beaches, dramatic rocky coastlines and a wonderful array of flora and fauna are to be found here. The charming lakeside town of

Wilsons Promontory. Image courtesy Tourism Victoria.

Mallacoota is nestled in the park and from nearby Cann River, visitors can access areas such as Point Hicks with its sand dunes, lighthouse, walks and camping areas. You can’t see all of Gippsland in one

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visit, but our advice is to discover it in bite-sized pieces. You’ll certainly be spoiled for choice, whether you feel like boating, fishing, wining, dining, horse riding, surfing, walking or just enjoying the simple pleasure of a picnic beside a lake or river. UNIQUE PLACES TO STAY


VIC + SE Coast + Gippsland Area

SE Coast/ Gippsland Area Bairnsdale (283 km E) Waterfront Retreat At Wattle Point, 200 Wattle Point Rd, Wattle Point. [CA - 19][SC]

Briagolong (250 km E) Shanti Relaxation Retreat, 304 Marathon Road.

Cann River (451 km E)

Gipsy Point (521 km E)

Mallacoota (542 km E)

Gipsy Point Lakeside Boutique Resort, 261 Gipsy Point Rd. Gipsy Point Lodge, 35 MacDonald St. [GH - 8][AMA]

Karbeethong Lodge, 16 Schnapper Pt Dr.

Lakes Entrance (320 km E)

5 Knots Apartments, Shaving Point. Ph 03 5156 2462. See our display advertisement.

Esplanade Resort & Spa (The), 1 The Esplanade. Goat & Goose Bed & Breakfast By The Sea (The), 16 Gay St. Goldsmith’s in the Forest, Harrison’s Track. [CH - 4][DBB] Lazy Acre Log Cabins, 35 Roadknight St. [CO - 3][SC] Tambo Lodge, Princes Hwy, Kalimna West. [A - 6][SC]

Waverley House Cottages

Point Hicks Lighthouse

Point Hicks Road Ph: 03 5158 4268 Fax: 03 5158 4268 Set in a World Biosphere Region and at the base of Australia’s tallest lighthouse, this is a magnificent site for walking, canoeing, diving, whale and bird watching and then relaxing on the balcony or in front of the fire. [CO][SC] E-mail: Web:

205 Palmers Road Ph: 03 5155 1257 Fax: 03 5155 1267 Spacious spa cottages nestled in peaceful native gardens. The setting is warm and welcoming, the facilities - BBQ’s, pool and heated spa, perfect for a special getaway. E-mail: enquiries@waverleyhouse Web: www.waverleyhousecottages.

Leongatha (134 km SE) Lyre Bird Hill Winery & Guest House, 370 Inverloch Road.

Metung (314 km E)

Anchorage Bed and Breakfast, 11 The Anchorage. [GH - 3][BB] Maeburn Cottages, 33 Mairburn Rd. [CO - 4][SC] McMillans of Metung Resort, 155 Metung Rd. Moorings At Metung (The), 44 Metung Rd. Tambo Park Cottages, 57 Swan Reach Rd. [CO - 5][SC]

Phillip Island (137 km S) Apartments at Glen Isla Day Spa, 234 Church Street, Cowes. Black Dolphin, 40 Seaspray Avenue,Cape Woolamai. Castle Villa by the Sea, 7-9 Steele St, Cowes. [PH - 3][DBB] Charmandene, 27-31 Osbourne Ave, Cowes via. Cliff Top Country House, 1 Marlin St Smiths Beach. [CH - 3] Cottages for Two, 226-228 Settlement Rd,Cowes. Cowes Cottages, 100 Church St, Cowes.

Glen Isla House, 230-232 Church St, Cowes. Hill of Content, 33 Rhyll-Newhaven Rd, Rhyll. Holmwood Guesthouse, 37 Chapel St cnr Steele St,Cowes. [GH - 4][AMA] Otira on Needle’s Eye, Ventnor Bch Rd. [CH - 3][BB] Silver Waters B&B, 9 Gordon Street,Cowes. Woodbyne Cottages, 2185 Phillip Island Road, Cowes.

Sale (214 km E) Captain’s Lodge International, 46 Princes Hwy. Princeton Motel & Convention Centre, 25-41 Princes Hwy. Quest Sale (The), 180-184 York Street.

Warragul (103 km SE) Southside B&B, 20 Korumburra Rd. [H - 2][BB]

Yanakie (192 km SE) Coastal View Cabins, 150 Foley Road. Singapore Deep, Foley Road. Tingara View Cottages, 10 Tingara Close.

Yarram (225 km SE) Eilean Donan Gardens, 102 Collins Rd.

a private oasis




The 5knots experience is something truly special.

Shaving Point Metung Victoria PO Box 234 Metung VIC 3904 p. 03 5156 2462 f. 03 5156 2087 e.

For a short stay or extended stay, from relocation to rejuvenation.

Love the point of difference. The surprises, the unexpected.


1, 2 or 3 bedroom waterfront apartments. Uplifting style and contemporary ambience.

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Indulge in a feast for the senses at Yarra Valley, an easy hour’s drive from Melbourne.


urrounded by mountains, including the Dandenong Ranges, the Yarra Valley is a rare place of incredible beauty, serenity and escape. It’s also a gastronomic wonderland. For the wine lover, the Yarra Valley is paradise with over 50 world class wineries dotted over the countryside. Dine in style and marvel at the fresh local produce at tables in Healesville and Yarra Glen. The Yarra Valley offers a diverse range of dining experiences, including pinot and cassoulet at the multi-faceted Healesville Hotel, jazz and mezze at Stones, not to mention gourmet snags and ale at White Rabbit - the latest brewery to set up taps in the region. There are many opportunities for visitors interested to learn more about the foodmaking process - from milking the herd at the Yarra Valley Dairy, to wandering through Punt Road’s cider apple orchard or helping with the grape harvest at Ainsworth Estate. There are also many farmers’ markets and produce stores so visitors can take home a slice of the Valley themselves. One of the major drawcards to the Yarra Valley is Healesville Sanctuary. Located in a natural bush setting, the sanctuary

boasts a collection of iconic Australian animals such as platypus, koalas, Tasmanian devils, lyrebirds and echidnas. A ride on Puffing Billy, Australia’s oldest steam railway and one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world is a must. Travel 24 kilometres through the beautiful forests and fern gullies from Belgrave to Emerald Lake Park and Gembrook. The open-sided carriages are the best way to see the stunning views. You can

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catch the train at any of the stations along the way or just watch the train go by from one of the station’s refreshment rooms. For an exciting view of the valley, take to the skies at dawn in a hot-air balloon. Gaze on the patchwork of verdant pastures and colourful vineyards before descending into a vineyard to enjoy a breakfast of sparkling wine and just-picked produce.  The Yarra Valley may only be an hour from Melbourne, but you’ll be rewarded for taking a few days to get to know it. Stay a night or two in a chic boutique B&B, self-contained cottage, winery retreat or five-star luxury.



VIC + Yarra Valley + Dandenongs + Ranges + North East Country

Yarra Valley/ Dandenongs/ Ranges

Monbulk (47 km E)

Sassafras (42 km E)

Avenel (115 km N)

Eagle Hammer Cottages, 440 Old Emerald Rd. [CO][SC]

Harvest Home Country Retreat, 1 Bank St. [CH - 7][DBB]

Beaconsfield (47 km S)

Montrose (35 km E)

Melaleuca Lodge, Princes Hwy & Brunt St.

Japanese Mountain Retreat, 14 Mountain Crescent.

Belgrave (40 km E)

Mount Dandenong (43 km E)

A Cottage Amidst Tranquillity, 81 The Crescent. Clarendon Cottages, 11 Clarkmont Rd. Fleurbaix, 286 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd. [BB] Katrina Lodge, 76 Sassafras Creek Road.

Belgrave Bed & Breakfast, 11 Monbulk Rd. Glen Harrow Garden Cottages, Old Monbulk Rd. [CO - 4][SC] Stones Throw Cottage, 11 Wattle Avenue.

Arnica Views, 10 Observatory Rd. Linden Gardens Rainforest Retreat, 1383 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road. Observatory Cottages, 8 Observatory Rd. [CO - 3][SC]

Emerald (40 km E)

Summerlea Manor, 34 Summerlea Road. [CH - 5][AMA]

Butterfield Cottages, 139 Emerald/Monbulk Road.

Narbethong (84 km NE)

Woorilla Cottages, 77 Hilton Rd. [CO - 3][SC]

Hermitage (The), 161 Maroondah Highway. Woodlands Rainforest Retreat, 137 Manby Rd. [CH - 3]

Gembrook (63 km E)

Olinda (35 km E)

Alkira Cottages

Arcadia Cottages, 188-190 Falls Rd. [CO - 4][BB]

Ferny Creek (37 km NE)

2427 Launching Place Rd Ph: 03 5968 1484 Fax: 03 5968 1907 [CO - 4][SC]

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Cambridge Cottages, 182-184 Falls Road. Candlelight Cottages Retreat, 7-9 Monash Ave. [CO][SC]

Carinya Park, 2405 Launching Place Rd. [CO - 2] Gembrook Cottages, 91 Main Street.

Yarra Glen (50 km E)

Kangaroo Ridge, 38 Turners Lane. Lavender Farm, 100 Pine Avenue. [CO - 3][SC] Mt Rael Retreat, 140 Healesville Rd. [GH - 2][BB] Outlook Hill, 97 School Lane Tarrawarra. Sanctuary Park Cottages, 85 Badger Avenue. Susan’s in the Valley, 108-110 Badger Creek Rd. Wide Horizons Bed & Breakfast, 19 Juliet Crescent. [H - 3][BB]

Kalorama (40 km E) Bonza View, 26 Bonza View Street. Country Place Retreat (The), Olinda Creek Road. Holly Gate House, 1308 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road. Lotus Lodges, 92 Old Coach Road.

Marysville (97 km E) Acqua Studios, 24 Kings Rd. Marysville Tavern at Crossways, 4 Woods Point Rd.



Beechworth (271 km NE) 1860 Luxury Accommodation, 4 Surrey Lane. Albertines, 12 Albert Road.

Balgownie Vineyard Resort & Spa, Melba Highway & Gulf Road. Ph 03 9730 0700. See our display advertisement.

Beechworth House, 5 Dingle Road.

Melba Lodge, 939 Melba Highway. [BB] Valley Guest House, 319 Steels Creek Road.

Annabells B&B, 33 Wood St. Barnsley House Bed & Breakfast, 5 John St. [GH - 4][BB]

Blue Wren Cottage, 10 Atkinson Street. Country Charm Swiss Cottages, 22 Malakoff Rd. [CO - 7][SC] Erindale Guest House, 1 Victoria Rd.

[GH - 3][BB]

Finches of Beechworth, 3 Finch St. [GH - 5][DBB]

Yering (45 km E)

Freeman on Ford, 97 Ford St.

Chateau Yering, 42 Melba Highway. Gatehouse at Villa Raedward (The), 26 Melba Hwy. Yering Gorge Cottages & Nature Reserve, 215 Victoria Road.

Gorge Walk Guest House B&B, 10 Last Street. [GH]

Alexandra (130 km NE)

Healesville Apartments, 18 Symons Street. [A - 4][SC] Jedda House Bed & Breakfast, 6 Birdwood Ave.

Koendidda Country House, Off Indigo Valley Rd. [CH - 5][BB]

Amethyst Lodge, 139 Wills Road. Araluen Lodge, 603 Steels Creek Road.

North East Country

Healesville (61 km E)

Barnawartha (277 km NE)

Kinross Bed & Breakfast, 34 Loch St. [GH - 5][BB] Laidlaw Cottage, 12 Finch St. [CO - 3][SC] Lilac Cottage, 23 William St. [CO - 2][SC] Provenance Restaurant & Luxury Suites, 86 Ford St. [GH - 2][BB] Stone Cottage (The), 6 Tanswell’s St. Winterwood Park, 6-18 Elgin Road.

Como Cottages

1465 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd Ph: 03 9751 2264 Fax: 03 9751 2264 LUXURY ACCOMMODATION IN THE DANDENONG RANGES... Escape to one of our cosy, romantic cottages with panoramic city views, fresh mountain air, open fires, scrumptious breakfast, lush gardens, large spas and places to explore! Choose from 1, 2 and 3 bedroom cottages, set on 2 properties in Olinda. With the villages of Olinda and Mount Dandenong on your doorstep and the local markets and wineries only a short drive, there is plenty to do on a weekend or midweek escape. Our massage service is a must! [CO - 3][BB]

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Cottages of Mt Dandenong, 17 Sunset Ave. [CO - 4] Forest Glade Olinda, 82 Olinda Monbulk Road. Loft In The Mill, 1602 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd. [BB] Port Phillip Penthouse Sandstone Cottages, 9 Sunset Ave. [SC]

Benalla (196 km NE) Belmont Bed & Breakfast, 80 Arundel St. [H - 4][BB] Merriollia, 17-19 Cecil Street.

Howqua Athlone Country Cottages

266 UT Creek Road Ph: 03 5772 2992 Fax: 03 5772 3480 Just two hours from Melbourne and five minutes from Alexandra township, you arrive at Athlone Country Cottages and feel the tension slip away. Relax and surrender to the peaceful surroundings, delightful birdsong and tranquil environment of this 275 acre property. The sumptuous breakfast hamper provides sustenance to explore the farm or surrounding attractions. Alternatively, you can fish, swim, play tennis or simply relax using the wonderful on site facilities. An antipasto platter and/or BBQ pack can be provided on request. [CO - 3][SC]

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Calm Waters Retreat, 2595 Woods Point Road. [CO - 7][AMA] Sambar Park, Howqua River Road.

Rutherglen (274 km NE) A Country Experience at Mt Ophir Estate, 168 Stillards Lane. [H - 6][BB]

Country Cottage Accomm. B&B, 2 Moodemere Street. [CO - 2][SC]

Cuddle Doon B&B Cottages, 9-13 Hunter St. [CO - 2][SC] Motel Woongarra, 40 Drummond Street. Mount Ophir Estate, 168 Stillards Lane.

Shepparton (182 km N) Country Comfort Shepparton Parklake, 481 Wyndham Street. Parklake Motor Inn, 481 Wyndham St.

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Yarra Valley + High Country + Snowfields + VIC Wangaratta (237 km NE)

Mansfield (183 km NE)

Kurringai Cottage, RMB 7242. Mount Pleasant Homestead, 181 Wightons Road. Warby Range Homestead, RMB 8720.

Alzburg Resort, 39 Malcolm St. [A] Burnt Creek Cottages, 68 O’Hanlons Road. [CO - 9][SC] Erinview House, 694 Hows Creek Rd. Grand Mercure Pinnacle Valley Resort, One Mimosa Drive. Highlander Lodge, 4 Summit View Crt,Alpine Ridge. [L - 4][BB] Highton Manor, 140 Highton Lane. [GH - 11][DBB] Mansfield Lake House, 70 Banumum Road,Ford Inlet. Mansfield Spa Retreat, 92 Malcolm St. Ovata, Old Tolmie Road. Riverhouse at Howqua Dale, Howqua River Rd, Howqua.

Wooragee (271 km NE) Colby Cottages, 1149 Woodonga Road. Serena Cottages, Reids Way.

High Country/ Snowfields Bridge Creek (184 km NE) Hillview at Bridge Creek, 1527 Mansfield Whitfield Rd.

Bright (312 km NE) Ashwood House Cottages, 22a Ashwood Ave. Bright Alps Guest House & Ski Lodge, 83-85 Delany Ave. [GH 20][AMA]

Bright Avenue Motor Inn, 87 Delaney Ave. Bright’s Historic Oriental Boutique Hotel, 2 Ireland St. Cedar Holiday Units, 40 Bakers Gully Road. [A - 12][SC] Centenary Peaks, 1 Delaney Avenue. Chalets Lumineux, 414 Back Porepunkah Rd. Eucalypt Mist, 152a Delany Avenue. Glass Pinnacle (The), 1 Delaney Avenue. Holyrood Bed & Breakfast, 25 Bakers Gully Rd. [CO - 1][SC] Merrimeet, 40 Showers Avenue. Mine Manager’s House B&B, 30 Coronation Ave(cnr Hawthorn Lane). Odd Frog (The), 3 McFadyens Lane. Onsen Retreat & Spa, PO Box 140. Pioneer Garden Cottages, Cobden St. Villa Gusto, 630 Buckland Valley Rd, Buckland. Zirky’s, PO Box 140.

Dinner Plain (383 km NE) Retreat @ Michael’s (The), Lot 3, Drovers Lane. Rundells Alpine Lodge, Big Muster Drive.

Falls Creek (375 km NE) Attunga Lodge, 10 Arlberg St. Frueauf Village, 50 Schuss Street. Huski, 3 Sitzmark Street. Julians Lodge, 18 Slalom St. Nelse Alpine Lodge, 17 Slalom Street. Summit Ridge Alpine Lodge, 8 Schuss Street.

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Tavistock House, Cnr High & Highetts Sts. Willowlake, 16 Willowlake Dr, Macs Cove via. [CO - 6][SC]

Merrijig (203 km NE) Blue Gum Ridge, Lot 33 Buttercup Rd. Merrijig Lodge & High Country Horses, Mt Buller Rd. Merrijig Motor Inn Resort, R.M.B. 4392, Mansfield. Willawong B&B & Cottage, Lot 12/13 Mt Buller Rd. [CO - 5][BB] Svarmisk Resort & Spa, High Plains Road.

Mount Beauty (345 km NE) Dreamers Spa Village

218 Kiewa Valley Highway Ph: 03 5754 1222 Fax: 03 5754 1333 Rates: Dbl $200, Suite $350. Distance: 1km Mt Beauty. Rooms: Each cottage has loft bedroom & master bedroom. Reservations: Required. Credit Cards: Accepted. Children: By arrangement. Close To: Ski fields, high country, wineries, historic gold mining towns & local crafts & galleries. Dreamers have created inspiring sustainable architecture in a pristine rural landscape. Luxury romantic spa chalets for couples and spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom 4½ and 5 star eco friendly rammed earth apartments for groups, all overlooking lagoon and in winter snow capped mountains. [A][SC]

Luxury in the Heart of the Yarra Valley

Less than an hour’s drive from Melbourne CBD & airport this impressive resort & spa offers 69 first class rooms including contemporary appointed one bedroom spa suites all with private balconies and incredible views of the Yarra Valley. The resort also boasts Rae’s Restaurant providing exceptional service and the freshest local produce, Cellar Door with complimentary wine tasting, Natskin Day Spa with a selection of signature skin & body treatments guaranteed to relax you, health club with experienced pool and numerous other leisure activities. So no matter what your reason for wanting to get away Balgownie Estate offers it all including the perfect setting for weddings and private functions. Rates from: $219 per night cnr Melba Hwy & Gulf Rd Yarra Glen VIC 3113 P: 03 9730 0703 F: 03 9730 0750

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Mount Buller (245 km NE) Mt Buller Chalet, Lot 207 Summit Rd.

Whitfield (183 km NE) Guesthouse at Whitfield (The), 5998 Mansfield Road.

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VIC + Murray Region + Macadon Ranges & Spa Country

Murray Region Barooga (290 km N) Cobram Barooga Golf Resort, Golf Course Rd.

Echuca (206 km N) Bella Casa Houseboats, 14 Genevieve Ave. Clocktower Apartments (The), 234 Anstruther St. Echuca Hideaway B&B, 718 Stratton Rd. Echuca’s River Gallery Inn, 578 High St. [A][BB] Elinike Guest Cottages, 209 Latham Rd. [CO - 2][BB] Hodgson House, 66 Wharparilla Drive. Paddlesteamer Emmylou, 57 Murray Esplanade. Steampacket Inn, 37 Murray Esplanade. [GH - 10][BB] Sundowner Nirebo Motel, 251 Hare St.

Mildura (555 km NW) Best Western Boulevard Motor Inn. Mercure Hotel Mildura, 120 Eighth St. Mildura’s Linsley House, Sturt Hwy. [H - 3][BB] Murray Darling River Holidays, 1128 Benetook Avenue. Quality Hotel Mildura Grand, Seventh St. Rockford Mildura, 373 Deakin Ave.

Moama (208 km N) Chiplands B&B, RMB 2170 Perricoota Rd. [CH - 3][BB] Murray River Country Retreat, 524 Cobb Highway. [FS - 3][BB]

Swan Hill (336 km NW) Best Western Resort Swan Hill, 405-415 Campbell Street.

Tallangatta (346 km NE) Towong Shire Council, 32 Towong Street.



Macedon Ranges & Spa Country Carlsruhe (80 km NW)

Willowbrook Cottages, 319 Trentham Road.

Glenlyon (98 km NW)

West Rock Farm, 124 Three Chain Road. [CO - 3][BB]

Armley Park Luxury Accommodation, 1065 Daylesford Rd.

Daylesford (109 km NW)

Holcombe Country Retreat, 189 Holcombe Rd. [H - 3][SC]

Al Qassr, Ballan Road. Ambleside on the Lake, 15 Leggatt St. [GH - 3][BB] Balconies Daylesford, 35 Perrins St. Barcaldine House, 238 Dairy Flat Road,Musk. Birches of Daylesford, 88-90 Central Springs Rd. Ph 03 5348 1463. See our display advertisement. Boat Shed Villas Daylesford, 20 King St. Cherry Tree Cottage of Daylesford B&B, 42 Jamieson St. [GH - 3][BB] Clairdalara, 37 Leggatt St. [CH][SC]

Daylesford Getaway, 2/123 Vincent Street. Drummond Park Cottages, 1555 Daylesford Rd. [CA - 4][BB] Forget Me Not Garden Cottages, 7-9 Stanhope Street. Frangos & Frangos, 82 Vincent St. Jolee Accommodation, 24 Hepburn Springs Road. Lake Daylesford Cottage, 11 Leggatt St. [CO - 3][SC] Lake Daylesford Lodge, 32 King St. Lake House, King St. [GH - 2][DBB]

Lavandula, 350 HepburnNewstead Road,Shepherds Flat. Pendower House, 10 Bridport Street. [H - 3][BB] Possum Cottage, 33 Leggatt St. Royal Hotel Daylesford, 27 Vincent St. Station House Daylesford, 15 Raglan St. [GH - 11][BB] Tarascon Village, 530 Porcupine Ridge Rd. [CO][SC]

Hepburn Springs (114 km NW) 65 Main B&B, 65 Main Road. [CH - 5][BB] Beethams of Hepburn Springs, 9b Tenth Street. [H - 3][BB] Bellinzona Grange Country Retreat, 77 Main Rd. [GH - 24] Jim Crow Country Retreat, 120 Ajax Rd. [CO - 6][SC] Lulworth Holiday & Tangenong Cottages, 5-7 Forest Ave.

Mount Macedon (61 km NW) Clonandra Country House, 553 Barringo Road. Fearn Lodge on Mount Macedon, 550 Mount Macedon Road.

Riddells Creek (50 km NW) Viewbank Farm B&B, 303 Mt Charlie Road.

Trentham (100 km NW) Studio 500 Country Retreat, 500 Trentham Road. [SC]

Woodend (69 km NW) 7 Chimneys (The), 45 High St. Cammeray Waters, 140 Taylor Road. Campaspe House, Goldies Lane.

Mooltan Guest House, 129 Main Rd. [GH - 11][BB] Peppers Springs Retreat (The), 124 Main Rd. Raven Retreat, 28 Golf Links Road. Shizuka Ryokan, 7 Lakeside Drive. Summerfield Country House, 11 Radium Ave.

Kilmore (60 km N) Lancemore Hill, KilmoreLancefield Rd. Merlin Park Bed & Breakfast, 65 O’Sheas Road.

Kyneton (84 km NW) Kyneton Ridge Estate, 90 Blackhill School Road. Wyoming by Botanic Gardens, 17 Mollison St. [CO][BB]

Lancefield (66 km N) Glen Erin at Lancefield, Rochford Road. Grange at Cleveland Winery (The), Shannons Rd. [GH - 2]

Malmsbury (97 km NW) Mill at Malmsbury (The), Calder Highway.

Holgate Brewhouse at Keatings Hotel

79 High St Ph: 03 5427 2510 Fax: 03 5427 3502 Close to Hanging Rock, Mt Macedon, Hepburn Springs. This grand old hotel has been stylishly refurbished to house 10 modern rooms, each with own ensuite & queen-size beds. Enjoy a bed & breakfast with fantastic views across the village of Woodend or onto Mt Macedon. Relax in the warm & friendly atmosphere of our cosy bar & lounge; enjoy 8 locally brewed Holgate draught beers, a superb local wine list, Byron Bay grown coffee & our popular restaurant. Brewery Tours & tastings also available. $135-185 Dbl. Reservations req. C/C accepted. [CP - 10][AMA] E-mail: Web:

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Goldfields + Western Districts & Grampians + VIC


Image courtesy Tourism Victoria.

McIvor Estate, Heathcote. Image courtesy Tourism Victoria.

Goldfields Ballarat (113 km W) Abena’s Bed & Breakfast, 210 Grant Street. Ansonia on Lydiard, 32 Lydiard St South. Argyle Apartments (The), Cnr Doveton & Clarendon Streets. Ballarat Heritage Homestay, Ballarat MC 3354. [CO - 5] Ballarat Mid City, 19 Doveton St North (off Sturt St). Braeside Garden Cottages B&B, 3 Albion St, Golden Point. [CO - 4][BB]

Comfort Inn Bell Tower, 1845 Sturt St. Craig’s Royal Hotel, 10 Lydiard St South. Cumberland Villa, 332 Lydiard St. Harrowfield House, 106 Ripon St South. [CO - 3][SC] Kryal Castle, Forbes Rd. [AMA] Oscar’s Hotel, 18 Doveton Street. Ravenswood Cottage, 404 Havelock Street. Silver Birch Bed & Breakfast, 803 Ligar St. Sovereign Hill Ballarat, Magpie Street. [BB] WorldMark Resort Ballarat, Cnr Morgan & Grant Streets.

Bendigo (150 km NW) Best Western Crystal Inn Bendigo, 233-235 McIvor Highway. Lakeview Resort, 286 Napier St. Landonia, 87 Mollison St. Langley Hall Bed & Breakfast, 484 Napier St.

In the heart of Central Victoria, nestled beneath the McHarg and the McIvor Ranges lies the postcard region of Heathcote. It offers spectacular landscapes, mining relics, heritage architecture, abundant wildlife, unique flora, local art and craft outlets, premier Australian wines, regional food, a National Park, several state forests and nature reserves, comfortable accommodation in tranquil settings, along with great sunrises, sunsets and night skies. Although a relatively new wine region, Heathcote is fast developing a reputation for producing some of the finest Shiraz in the world, as well as high quality varieties such as Malbec, Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Its’ unique Cambrian soils produce internationally known fine wines.

Nanga Gnulle Garden Cottages, 40 Harley St. [CH - 2][DBB] Sundowner Golden Reef, 186 McIvor Highway.

Castlemaine (119 km NW) Empyre Hotel (The), 68 Mofton Street. Green Gables of Castlemaine, 94 Hargraves St. [CO - 4][SC] Midland Private Hotel, 2 Templeton St. Yellow House, 95 Lyttleton St.

Clunes (150 km NW) Clunes Cottage, 10 Nicholson Street. Dukes B&B, 19 Fraser Street. Union Bank Arts Centre, 22 Fraser Street.

Creswick (130 km NW) Novotel Forest Resort, 1500 Midland Highway. Rossmore Cottage, 12 Balls Hill Road. [CO - 2][SC]

Heathcote (109 km N)

Maldon (137 km NW) Calder House, 44 High St. Heritage Cottages of Maldon, 11 Reef Street. [CO - 25][BB] Porcupine Township, Allans Rd. [CO - 14][AMA]

Moonambel (211 km NW) Moonbeam Cottages, Mountain Creek Rd. Summerfield Wines & Accommodation, RMB 4355 Main Rd. [SC]

Western Districts & Grampians Dunkeld (257 km W) Aquila Mount Abrupt Eco Lodges, 586 Manns Rd. Mount Sturgeon Cottages, Glenelg Hwy. Royal Mail Hotel, Glenelg Hwy. [CP - 22][AMA]

Southern Grampians Cottages, 33-35 Victoria Valley Rd. [CA - 14][SC]

A Hut On The Hill

Comfort Inn Country Plaza Halls Gap

141 Grampians Rd Ph: 03 5356 4344 Fax: 03 5356 4442 The Comfort Inn Country Plaza Halls Gap is set in the heart of the Grampians National Park offering peace, tranquility and comfort in the midst of fabulous mountain ranges with native fauna at the door. Located 3 hours from Melbourne we are surrounded by some of the most spectacular landmarks that Victoria has to offer. The Comfort Inn Country Plaza is a superb and comfortable base from which to explore the local shopping galleries, craft galleries, wineries and numerous activities on offer. With 51 rooms, outdoor pool, well tended gardens, conference rooms and the highly regarded Darcy’s licensed restaurant we have something for the leisure and corporate market. All non smoking rooms with LCD television, AUSTAR, DVD player and in-room safe, just to mention a few facilities. Darcy’s offers hearty meals complemented with some of the Region’s finest wines or get your morning off to a great start with our buffet breakfast. [DBB]

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Kiramli Villas, 27 Warren Rd. [SC] Marwood, 31 Halls Gap-Mt Zero Rd. [BB]

Mountain Grand Boutique Hotel

Main Rd Ph: 03 5356 4232 Fax: 03 5356 4254 Enchanting indulgence getaways. Delightful dining, live jazz, located in picturesque town centre close to mountains, bushwalking, bike & kayak hire, abseiling, rock climbing, native flora & fauna. [GH - 13][DBB]

720 Dairy Flat Road Ph: 03 5433 2329 4½ star Bed & Breakfast Heaven in Heathcote, unique, luxurious accommodation for couples. Exclusively private location over 80 hectares, inspiring sunsets over Mt Alexander, expansive views in every direction.

Great Western (219 km W)

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Boroka Downs, Birdswing Road.

Horsham (300 km NW)

Boronia Peak Villas, 233 Grampians Rd. [SC]

Comfort Inn Capitol Horsham, 109 Firebrace St.

Emeu Inn Restaurant B&B and Wine Centre, 187 High Street. Olive Grove Retreat, PO Box 146.

Bruces Hideaway and Retreat, Cnr Young & Scotts Roads.

Horsham Mid City Court Motel, 14 Darlot St.

Cathedral Heights, 61 Scott Rd. [CO - 3][SC]

Sundowner Horsham Westlander, Western Highway.

Allanvale Homestead, Western Highway.

Halls Gap (262 km W) Aspect Villas, off Mackeys Peak Road. At The Gap, 1A Tardara Rd.

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DESTINATION + Great Ocean Road

Take it slow The Great Ocean Road is one of the best coastal drives in the world.


his cliff-hugging Victorian seaside drive has some of the most photographed rocks in the country and sweeping views that will literally leave you breathless. With the crashing waves of Bass Strait, it’s a constantly changing panorama steeped in history and alive with attractions. Everyone knows the Twelve Apostles, but you might not know that the drive spends quite a bit of time inland in some of the best rainforest you’ll find south of the tropics. This drive deserves to be taken slowly with as many stops along the way as possible to savour the whole experience. The total distance from Torquay to Port Fairy is 260 km. Here are our top spots to stay along this great ocean road of ours.

Torquay. Welcome to Victoria’s surfing capital where the beach-based culture is at its strongest. Torquay’s Surfworld is a unique museum-cum shrine to the art and culture of wave riding. The Surf Coast Walk is spectacular in any weather. Sheltered Fisherman’s Beach and Back Beach are great family beaches, and nearby Jan Juc is a little wilder. Bells Beach is next stop on the coast where the big swells are definitely for experienced surfers. This world famous beach is the venue for the Rip Curl Pro held every Easter.  Lorne has a Mediterranean feel and picture-postcard scenery. This beautiful seaside town has attracted visitors for more than a century. Set between the waters of Loutit Bay and the cool Otway

forests, Lorne has a charm that’s hard to surpass. As well as the mild weather, café culture and galleries, visitors come to enjoy the natural surrounds. The rainforests and waterfalls are a true highlight. Erskine Falls near Lorne is the easy one, but a beauty is Triplet Falls in the Otways just off Lavers Hill Rd.  Apollo Bay, at the foothills of the Otways is in the heart of the Great Ocean Road region. Here you can swim in the clear water, sea kayak with local seals,

Anglesea. Image courtesy Great Ocean Road Marketing.

Lorne. Image courtesy Great Ocean Road Marketing.



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This drive deserves to be taken slowly with as many stops along the way as possible to savour the whole experience.

Apollo Bay. Image courtesy Great Ocean Road Marketing.

indulge in some deep-sea fishing, learn to surf, or horse ride along the beach at sunset. Fishing is an important local industry and seafood is always on the menu. From here the road temporarily leaves the coast to climb over Cape Otway. The main road winds through relatively untouched rainforests, fern gullies and forests of mountain ash. Turn off onto Lighthouse Road to find mainland Australia’s oldest lighthouse 12 km down the road. Cape Otway Lighthouse is open daily. Port Campbell is nestled among some of Victoria’s most spectacular coastline scenery, including Port Campbell National Park and the Twelve Apostles. Sheltered by cliffs and Norfolk pines, it has the atmosphere of a haven on the edge of wild nature. Other stunning coastal features include Gibson Steps, the Bay of Islands and Loch Ard Gorge. It was here in 1878 that clipper Loch Ard was driven onto the rocks around Mutton Bird Island on the final night of her voyage from England . The only two survivors were 18 year old Eva Carmichael who was washed into the gorge and her rescuer Tom Pearce also 18. Port Fairy has history in every corner of this charming old fishing village. Wide streets are lined by nineteenth century cottages, great Norfolk pines, old stone churches, boarding houses and inns. Many fine examples of the architecture of the

Port Fairy. Image courtesy Tourism Victoria.

Jan Juc Surf Beach. Image courtesy Tourism Victoria.

1800s remain intact, and more than 50 buildings are classified by the National Trust. Here you can follow the Shipwreck Trail and discover the treacherous history of this coastline.

Twelve Apostles. Image courtesy Tourism Victoria.

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A cruise out to the seal colony on Lady Julia Percy Island shows that the most barren places in nature support some of the most spectacular wildlife. Ringed by cliffs, Lady Julia Percy Island is home to mutton bird colonies, fairy penguins, sea birds, crayfish and sharks. However, the island is owned by seals, approximately 23,000 of them. As the charter boat from Port Fairy approaches, hundreds of seals waddle, lumber and tumble down off rocks into the sea, swim out around the boat, and poke their heads up to investigate. It’s here that our great journey ends. You must do it some time. UNIQUE PLACES TO STAY


VIC + South West + Great Ocean Road

South West & Great Ocean Rd

Cape Otway (229 km SW) (Great Ocean Road)

Anglesea (109 km SW) (Great Ocean Road) Surfcoast Spa Resort, 105 Great Ocean Rd.

Apollo Bay (187 km SW) (Great Ocean Road) A Great Ocean Road Resort Whitecrest, 5230 Great Ocean Rd, Wongarra. [A][SC]

Apollo Bay Bed & Breakfast

4 Murray St Ph: 03 5237 7153 Enjoy a “B&B” experience with king-size beds, own entrance, ensuite, common room, TV’s, VCR. 100m beach, 400m cafes. From $150 couple includes self-serve continental b’fast. [H - 3][BB] E-mail: Web:

Apollo Bay Colonial Cottages, 2-6 Great Ocean Rd. [CO - 11] Arcady Homestead Farmhouse B&B, 925 Barham River Rd. Beacon Point Ocean View Villas, 270 Skenes Creek Rd. [A][SC] Captain’s at the Bay, 21 Pascoe Street. Chocolate Gannets, 6180 Great Ocean Road. Ph 1300 500 139. See our display advertisement.

Claerwen Retreat

480 Tuxion Road Ph: 03 5237 7064 Fax: 03 5237 7054 Luxurious Guesthouse with spacious suites, large lounge/ library/dining area, 3 bedroom cottages & 1 bedroom studios with VCR, DVD, CD player & open fire. Tennis court. Saltwater pool & spa. 7 rainforest gullies on the 210 acre property. [GH 10][BB] E-mail: cornelia_elbrecht@claerwen. Web:

Coach Houses (The), 1-3 Old Coach Road Skenes Creek. Cyrstal Waters Bed & Breakfast, 4 Joyce Street. Great Ocean Eco Lodge, Cape Otway Conservation Centre. Great Ocean Rd - Getaways, 5084 Great Ocean Road. Marriners Falls Cottages, 1090 Barham River Road. Paradise Gardens Cottages B&B, 715 Barham River Road. Rayville Boat Houses, 9-13 Noel St. [CO][SC] Seafarers Getaway, 6080 Great Ocean Rd. [A - 19][SC] Stephanie’s at Onion Bay, 5084 Great Ocean Rd, Sugarloaf.



Cape Otway Lightstation

Cape Otway Lighthouse Rd Ph: 03 5237 9240 Fax: 03 5237 9245 Cape Otway Lightstation is the oldest, surviving lighthouse in mainland Australia. Experience the tranquility of a world-class destination, with stunning views of the Southern Ocean and Australia’s most significant lighthouse. Spectacular ocean views, glorious sunsets, close encounters with koalas, and the sound of the ocean will be among the highlights of your stay in our heritage accommodation. Central to all the highlights of the Great Ocean Road, the Lightstation is a great spot to base yourself for a long weekend, a week or a fortnight. Explore the Twelve Apostles, the Great Ocean Walk, shipwrecks, beaches, waterfalls, cool temperate rainforest and the beautiful Otways hinterland. [CO - 10][SC] E-mail: Web:

Geelong (72 km SW) Aaron Lee Waterfront Apartments, 30 Western Beach. [A - 11][SC]

Chifley On The Esplanade Geelong, 13 The Esplanade. Comfort Inn Eastern Sands, 1 Bellerine St. Hacienda Motel, 15 Mt Pleasant Rd,Belmont via. Haymarket Boutique Hotel (The), 244 Moorabool St. Mercure Hotel Geelong, Cnr Gheringhap & Myers Sts. Quest Geelong, 16-18 The Esplanade South.

Johanna (209 km SW) (Great Ocean Road) Blue Johanna Cottages, Blue Johanna Rd. Both Feet Eco Walking Lodge, Great Ocean Road-Eco Village. Johanna Seaside Cottages, 395 Red Johanna Rd. [CO][SC] Southern Heights Bed & Breakfast, 5159 Great Ocean Rd, Lavers Hill via. [H - 2][BB]

Comfort Inn Lorneview Motel Apartments, 3 Bay St. Cumberland Lorne Resort, 150 Mountjoy Pde. Erskine Falls Cottages, Erskine Falls Rd. [CO - 12][SC] Grand Pacific Hotel Lorne, 268 Mountjoy Pde. Great Ocean Road Cottages, 10 Erskine Ave. [CO - 10][SC] La Perouse B&B, 26a William Street. [BB] Lorne Bush House Cottages, 1860 Deans Marsh Road. [CO] Mantra Erskine Beach Resort, Mountjoy Pde. [A - 150]

Phoenix Apartments

60 Mountjoy Pde Ph: 0414 528 911 Fax: 03 5289 2000 Simple, stylish S/C accommodation in the heart of Lorne. Modern interiors, individual balconies overlooking the ocean & elegant surrounds. TV/DVD, all linen, breakfast incl. [A][SC] E-mail: phoenixapartments@bigpond. Web: www.phoenixapartmentslorne.

Port Campbell (249 km W) (Great Ocean Road) Bay View Villas, 4 Tregea Street. Daysy Hill Country Cottages, Port Campbell/Timboon Rd. Eastern Reef Cottages, Lot 1, Port Campbell Rd. Southern Ocean Villas, 2 McCue St. Waves Luxury Suites, 29 Lord St. [A - 7][AMA]

Port Fairy (291 km W) Best Western Ashmont Motor Inn and Apartments, 47 Bank St. Clonmara Bed & Breakfast, 106 Princes Hwy. [CO - 1][BB] Comfort Inn Port Fairy & Seacombe House, Cnr Cox & Sackville Streets. [CO - 34][DBB] Moyne Wharf Apartments & Cottages, 21 Gipps St. No 1 William St, 1 William St. [CO - 3][SC]

Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel

41B Gipps St Ph: 03 5568 3022 Fax: 03 5568 3042 An enviable waterfront location, overlooking the marina of yachts, features 7 king size rooms & includes gourmet breakfast prepared by our chef. [GH - 5][BB]

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Lorne (140 km SW) (Great Ocean Road)

Princetown (230 km SW) (Great Ocean Road)

Banksia Lake Cottages, 1460 Deans Marsh Road.

12 Apostles Motel & Country Retreat, Booringa Rd.

Queenscliff (103 km SW) Athelstane House, 4 Hobson St. [GH - 9][AMA] Kiaora at Queenscliff, 38 Gellibrand Street.

Torquay (95 km SW) (Great Ocean Road) Crowne Plaza Torquay, 100 The Esplanade. Golf Retreats Torquay, 28 Coast Mews The Sands. On The Esplanade Torquay, 119 The Esplanade. Peppers The Sands Resort, 2 Sands Boulevarde. Surfcoast Retreat, 15 Aquarius Ave. [CO - 10][SC] Whites Beach Torquay, 1212 Horseshoe Bend Road.

Wallington Arusha, 50 Mirranda Court. Oakdene Vineyard Estate, 255 Gross Road.

Warrnambool (262 km W) (Great Ocean Road) Country Comfort Warrnambool, 525 Raglan Parade. Gateway Motor Inn, 69 Raglan Parade. Lady Bay Apartments & Day Spa, 2 Pertobe Rd. Lady Bay Lighthouse Lodge@ Flagstaff Hill Marine Village, Merri Street. Logans Beach Spa & Fitness, 7 Logans Beach Rd. Merton Manor, 62 Ardlie St. [H - 6][BB]

Sebel Deep Blue, 16 Pertrobe Road. Sundowner Warrnambool, 525 Raglan Parade. Warrnambool Heritage Cottage, 26 MacDonald Street. [CO - 2][SC]

Warrnambool Motel, 65 Raglan Pde.

Wongarra (185 km SW) (Great Ocean Road) Points South Cottages, 5260 Great Ocean Rd. Wongarra Heights Guesthouse, 65 Sunnyside Rd. [GH - 5][BB]

Woolsthorpe (282 km W) Quamby Homestead, 3223 Caramut Road. [CH][DBB]

Wye River (158 km SW) (Great Ocean Road) Cocoon House, Riverside Drive. Zarbeach, Great Ocean Road.

Yuulong (245 km SW) Moonlight Head Resort, Parkers Access Rd. Seatree Cottages, 5745 Great Ocean Rd.

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ucked into a hillside overlooking a great swath of sea at Apollo Bay, these four striking villas bring luxury, space, and a great sense of style to the rugged grandeur of the Great Ocean Road, one of Australia’s national treasures. Beneath a wave-shaped roofline that echoes the ocean swell, these villas stand as a model of design excellence. Each villa has two bedrooms with spacious ensuites, a sitting room, its own spa bath in a separate room with sparkling ocean views, a laundry, and a generous deck area equipped with an electric barbecue. Among the highlights is an in-built espresso/cappuccino coffee maker, a plush leather sofa in the sitting area, electric blinds, a CD/DVD player with a selection of titles for each, a sleek modern glass wood fire, and ducted heating and air-conditioning.

Activities include scenic ocean or rainforest drives, and swimming off some of Victoria’s finest beaches. A popular trip, if you can tear yourself away, is the stroll along the beach to the Saturday markets in Apollo Bay, to pick up some ingredients from the fisherman’s co-op. Tariff starts from $319 per night. Tel: 1300 500 139. Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, Vic Email:






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KANGAROO ISLAND Located to the south-west of Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third-largest island. Easily accessible by car/passenger ferry from Cape Jervis, Kangaroo Island is a superb and fascinating wilderness area mixed with a number of attractive small townships. Attractions at Kangaroo Island include Seal Bay Conservation Park, which is home to about 500 sea lions, Little Sahara, the Vivonne Bay Wildlife Reserve, Kelly Hills Conservation Park, Flinders Chase National Park, Cape Borda Lighthouse, Stokes Bay, Emu Bay and American River. Visitors to Kangaroo Island can also enjoy a range of outstanding holiday accommodation.

Adelaide City & Suburbs Adelaide Chifley On South Terrace Adelaide, 226 South Terrace. Grand Chifley Adelaide, 208 South Terrace.

Adelaide Meridien Hotel, 21 -39 Melbourne St. Majestic Old Lion Apartments, 9 Jerningham St. Majestic Tynte Street Apartments, 82 Tynte St.

Adelaide Hills Area

Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide on Currie, 18 Currie Street.

Hahndorf (28 km SE)

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, 55 Frome St.

Hahndorf Resort & Convention Centre, 145A Main Street. Manna of Hahndorf, 25 Main Street.

Mantra On Frome, 88 Frome Street.

Oakbank (25 km SE)

Medina Grand Adelaide Treasury, Cnr King William & Flinders Sts. Rydges South Park Adelaide, 1 South Terrace.

Adelaide Hills Country Cottages, Oakwood Rd. [CO - 6][BB] Apple Tree Cottage, Amorilla Stud, Oakwood Rd. [CO - 1][BB]

Sebel Playford Adelaide (The), 120 North Terrace.

One Tree Hill (32 km NE)

Stamford Plaza Adelaide, 150 North Terrace.

Garden Pavilion at AL-RU Farm, One Tree Hill Rd.

Flagstaff Hill (22km S)

Fleurieu Pen. and Kangaroo Isl

Kingfisher House, 58 Kingfisher Circuit, Craigburn Ridge.

Glenelg (10 km SW) Glenelg Beachside Luxury Apartments

17 Colley Terrace Ph: 0421 478 922 Fax: 08 8258 4049 Glenelg Beachside Luxury Apartments have 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom and HUGE 3 bedroom apartments right in the heart of Glenelg. Only 100 metres to the beach and to over 300 cafes, shops and restaurants. Clean, modern,secure; enjoy! [A]

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Barossa House

Barossa Valley Way Ph: 08 8562 4022 Fax: 08 8562 4002 Join Judi and Lee at their traditional Bed & Breakfast accommodation in this stately residence offering 3 guestrooms all with ensuite bathrooms, beautiful gardens, convenient location close to wineries, restaurants and shops. [GH - 3][BB]

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Jacobs Creek Retreat, Nitschke Rd, Jacob’s Creek. [CH - 5][AMA] Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, Golf Links Road.

Limestone Coast Coonawarra (381 km SE)

North Adelaide (2 km N)

Hilton Adelaide, 233 Victoria Square.

Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide on Hindley, 65 Hindley St.

Tanunda (70 km NE)

Kangaroo Island (120 km SW) Kangaroo Island Seafront Resort, 49 North Terrace, Penneshaw.

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat

1 South Coast Rd, Flinders Chase Ph: 08 8559 7275 Fax: 08 8559 7377 Perfectly located at entrance to the national park & close proximity to all attractions. Wildlife at your doorstep. Back to nature with all the comforts of the 21st century. Nicolas Baudin restaurant, open to the public, bookings essential. [L - 22][DBB] E-mail: Web:

Pavilions Kangaroo Island Retreat

Gum Creek Rd Ph: 08 8553 9115 Fax: 08 8553 9115 Stylish Island accommodation, perfect location, luxury linen and many inclusions. B&B optional, fully self-contained. Sleeps 2-6. Koalas, private creek setting, farm views, from $160. [CO][SC]

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Victor Harbor (84 km S) Anchorage Seafront Hotel, Flinders Pde. [BB] Captains Cottage, 15 Dundalk Avenue. [CO - 3][SC] Whalers Inn Resort, The Bluff, 121 Franklin Pde.

Willunga (44 km S) Sea & Vines Cottage Bed and Breakfast, Culley Road. Willunga House, 1 St Peters Terrace. [H - 4][BB]

Yankalilla (80 km SW) Rose Cottage B&B at Gaia’s Garden, Smith Hill Rd. Sleepy Hollow Farm Cottage B&B, Section 200 Woodvale Rd.

Barossa Valley Angaston (80 km NE) Collingrove Homestead, Eden Valley Rd. [GH - 7][DBB] Country Pleasures B&B, 2 Blee Street. [CO - 4][BB]

Lyndoch (50 km NE) Applecroft Cottages Bed & Breakfast Accommodation, Trial Hill Road. Barossa Country Cottages, 55 Gilbert St. [CO - 4][BB]

For bookings and further details visit

Chardonnay Lodge, Riddoch Hwy. [L - 38][AMA] Punters Vineyard Retreat, PO Box 296.

Mount Gambier (440 km SE) Apartments on Tolmie

27A Tolmie St Ph: 08 8725 1429 Fax: 08 8725 1852 2 & 3 bedroom self contained. AAA 4 star. Sleep 6-8, king or queen & double beds. Fully equipped kitchens, dishwashers, heat/cool. Privacy. Pets welcome. [A - 4][SC]

E-mail: mail@apartmentsontolmie. Web: www.apartmentsontolmie.

Country Clare (138 km N) Brice Hill Country Lodge, Warenda Rd. [CH - 5][SC] Chaff Mill Village, 310 Main North Rd. [A - 8][BB]

Moonta (167 km NW) Amelia’s Bed & Breakfast, 31 Bay Road.

Port Lincoln (650 km W) Blue Seas Motel, 7 Gloucester Tce. Port Lincoln Hotel, 1 Lincoln Highway.

Port Pirie (230 km N) Travelway Motel, 149 Gertrude St.

Watervale (130 km N) Quince Cottage, Cnr South & Commercial Rds. Stanley Grammar Country House, Commercial Rd.





























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Hobart + Suburbs + Southern Area + Northern Area + TAS Oatlands (85 km N)

Deloraine (203 km N)

Waverley Cottage Collection

Quamby Pines Chalet

Waverley Cottage Ph: 0408 125 049 Fax: 03 6254 1527 Boutique beachfront Bed and Breakfast style accommodation on the Solitary Islands Marine National Park. Short drive to cafes, relaxed shopping and 18 hole golf course. [GH - 3][BB]

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Bicheno is a charming seaside resort town noted for its quality accommodation, its excellent fishing facilities and its safe and attractive beaches. The area round Bicheno also offers some interesting coastal walks which take in superb rocky outcrops and spectacular blowholes. The Bicheno Courthouse (1845) is of interest, as are the East Coast Birdlife and Animal Park, the Sea Life Centre, Diamond Island Nature Reserve and Bicheno’s Rocking Rock - a huge 80-tonne piece of granite balanced so that it rocks with the movement of the tide.

Hobart City & Suburbs

Southern Area

Battery Point (1 km S)

Mandala Bruny Island Holiday Home, Sheepwash Bay, Alonnah. [H - 4][SC]

Barton Cottage Bed & Breakfast, 72 Hampden Road. [GH - 6][BB]

Battery Point Bed & Breakfast, 74 Hampden Rd. [H - 2][BB] Battery Point Boutique Accommodation, 27-29 Hampden Road. [A - 6][SC] Cromwell Cottage, 6 Cromwell St. [GH - 5][BB]

Hobart Battery Point Guest House, 7 McGregor Street. Elms of Hobart (The), 452 Elizabeth St. [GH - 6][BB] Grand Mercure Hadleys Hotel, 34 Murray St. Henry Jones Art Hotel (The), 25 Hunter St.

Bruny Island (72 km S)

Hamilton (74 km NW) Hamilton Heritage Holiday Homes

13 Franklin Place Ph: 03 6286 3232 Four character houses with heritage values, generously equipped for comfortable, private, self-contained, selfcatering accommodation. Historic township, private gardens, kitchens, laundries, deep baths, BBQs, TVs, breakfast. [H - 2][SC]

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Hobart Mid City Hotel, Cnr Elizabeth & Bathurst Sts.

New Norfolk (33 km W)

Innkeepers Lenna of Hobart, 20 Runnymede St.

Heimat Chalets

Islington, 321 Davey St. Leisure Inn Hobart Macquarie, 167 Macquarie St. Salamanca Inn, 10 Gladstone Street. Salamanca Terraces Apartment Hotel, 93 Salamanca Place,Battery Point. Somerset on the Pier, Elizabeth Street Pier.

430 Blackhills Road, Ph: 03 6261 2843 Two modern and stylish selfcontained chalets and luxury caravan ensuite sites on picturesque farmland only 45 minutes from Hobart - a private and secluded holiday retreat. [CO][SC] E-mail: Web:

521 Quamby Brook Ph: 03 6362 3919 Best ECO Tourism Australia accredited Farm-Stay B&B in Northern Tasmania. Relax, go bird watching, go fishing on the farm dam, get spoiled. Full meal service.

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Launceston (199 km N)

Port Arthur (100 km SE)

Elphin Villas Motel & Serviced Apartments, 29A Elphin Rd.

Sea Change Safety Cove

Grand Chancellor Hotel Launceston, 29 Cameron Street.

425 Safety Cove Road Ph: 03 6250 2719 Fax: 03 6250 2719 Beautiful sea, beachfront location. S/C & B&B accommodation.Magnificent views of Tasman Island & Cape Pillar. $160-$200 Dbl. Web:

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Richmond (27 km NE) Mulberry Cottage B&B

23a Franklin Street Ph: 03 6260 2664 Tariff includes discount to awardwinning cultural heritage show at Grannie Rhodes’: $35 for 2 normally $45. Hosted B&B built from the reclaimed wall of Hobart’s Old Penitentiary, in historic village. Themed ensuite studios or self-contained Christmas Cottage. [CO - 2][SC] E-mail: Web:

Mercure Hotel Launceston, 3 Earl Street.

Quest Launceston

16 Patterson Street Ph: 03 6333 3555 Fax: 03 6333 0566 A beautifully restored building featuring 4½ contemporary, spacious apartments, located right in the heart of Launceston and close to restaurants, shopping and Cataract Gorge. [A][SC] E-mail: questlaunceston@ Web:

Queenstown (258 km W) Chancellor Inn Queenstown, Batchelor Street. Penghana Guest House, 32 The Esplanade. [GH]

Strahan (200 km W)

Northern Area

Ormiston House, The Esplanade. [GH - 3][DBB] Wheelhouse Luxury Apartments, 13 Frazer Street. [A][SC]

Bicheno (179 km NE)

Swansea (133 km NE)

Bicheno Hideaway

Amos House Hotel & Swansea Ocean Villas, 3 Maria Street.

179 Harveys Farm Rd Ph: 03 6375 1312 Fax: 03 6375 1700 Hideaway consists of four chalets and the unique boathouse set on seven acres of oceanfront bushland. Enjoy the wildlife, the sound of the waves and fabulous ocean views. [CA][SC]

E-mail: bichenohideaway1@bigpond. com Web:

Coles Bay (206 km NE) Edge of the Bay Resort, 2308 Main Road.

Cradle Mountain (355 km NW) Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village, Cradle Mountain Road. Kentisbury Country House, 42 Luttrells Road,Kentish Park.

For bookings and further details visit

Avalon Coastal Retreat, 11922 Tasman Highway,Rocky Hills. Swansea Cottages, 43 Franklin St. [CO - 13][BB] Wagners Cottages, Tasman Hwy. [CO - 8][BB]

Table Cape (350 km NW) Winged House (The)

400 Tollymore Rd Ph: 02 9906 3224 Exceptional art and architectural experience. Award-winning luxury accommodation cantilevered over cliff top at Table Cape. Ten minutes from regional airport. Dial-a-chef, dial-a-cray, dial-amassage. [H - 2][SC]

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DESTINATION + Cook Islands

Cook Islands

A culture shaped by the marriage of Polynesia & Europe

The beauty and charm of the Cook Islands is matched only by the friendliness of the people. Here among island friends, you will find the hospitality warm and spontaneous, the music and dancing exuberant, the mood relaxed.


magine 15 islands in the heart of the South Pacific spread over an area the size of India with a population no bigger than a small country town of 13,200 people. If travel is about meeting new people and being exposed to different cultures, the Cook Islands is where you will find the heart of the Pacific. These unique and friendly Polynesians have their own language and enjoy a vigorous and diverse culture. The Cooks are largely unspoiled by tourism. They offer a rare opportunity for people from the cities of the world to experience a different type of vacation. There are no high-rise hotels and very little hype. Ideal for travellers seeking more than the usual clichĂŠs associated with the South Seas, each island has its unique qualities

and offers the visitor a special experience. Fly into the capital of Rarotonga and you can circumnavigate the island easily in a day. You could happily spend your entire holiday here enjoying the quiet life. However if you visit no other island I would suggest at least a short day trip up to Aitutaki. This magnificent and remote island is what dreams are made of. It is a triangular-shaped atoll rising 4000 metres up from the floor of the Pacific Ocean. Life on Aitutaki moves at a wonderfully relaxed tempo which is why it is such a popular destination for visitors who fly in from Rarotonga. The lagoon can be enjoyed in a leisurely fashion in traditional outrigger canoes by paddling just off the beach. Or try a more sophisticated

launch favoured by anglers who know its reputation for saltwater fly fishing for the fighting bonefish. The motu are wonderful landing places for day cruises. The favourite islets are Akaiami and One Foot Island. Come to the Cooks – the heart of the Pacific.


Cook Islands

Little Polynesian (The), Titikaveka Lagoon. Main Islander On The Beach Holiday Properties, Rarotonga Cook Islands 682. Manea Beach Villas, Muri Beach. Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel & Villas, Titikaveka. Muri Beach Club Hotel, PO Box 3050. Muri Beach Cottages, PO Box 346. Muri Beach Hideaway, Rarotonga. Pacific Resort (The), Avarua. Palm Grove Resort Rarotonga, Vaima Rarotonga. Puaikura Reef Lodges. Raina Lagoon Villas. Rarotonga Beach Bungalows. Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa (The), Aroa Beach. Rendezvous Villas, PO Box 346. Royal Takitumu Villas, Titikoveica Beach. Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa, Muri Beach. Sokala Villas, Muri Lagoon. Sunrise Beach Bungalows, Turangi. Sunset Resort (The), Arorangi. Te Vakaroa Villas, Muri Beach. Temanava Luxury Villas & Spa, Muri Beach.

Aitutaki Aitutaki Beach Villas. Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa (The), Motu Akitua, Akitua Lagoon. Amuri Pool Villa. Gina’s Akaiami Beach Lodge. Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Amuri Aitutaki Island. Petero’s Place. [CO][SC] Popoara Ocean Breeze. Tamanu Beach Aitutaki, Amuri.

Rarotonga 8491 Beachcomber. Air Rarotonga, Rarotonga International Airport. Ph 682 22 888. See our display advertisement. Aquarius Rarotonga, Main Coast Road Near Avarua Rarotonga. Aroa Beachside Inn, Arorangi Rarotonga. Aroa Kainga Bungalows. Aroanui Cottages. Avana Waterfront Apartments. Castaway Beach Villas. Club Raro Resort, Avarua. Crown Beach Resort Rarotonga. Hawaiki Villas, PO Box 346.

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DESTINATION + Pacific Islands

The Fabled Islands

Unique Pearls of the Pacific In the first of a two part series, Unique Places To Stay looks at the eternal lure of the Pacific.


he Pacific is home to people who have been largely unspoilt by the trappings of the outside world. They continue to live a traditional lifestyle which places kinship and kindness above the so-called civilised values of material possessions and wealth. These are people who rely on the natural bounty of the sea and the land,

many who still live as their forebears, in harmony with nature and all the gifts she has bestowed on this vast expanse of oceans and islands. This is a place like nowhere else on earth. Culture and tradition live side by side, gently guiding the lives and customs of these friendly caring people, spread across more than eleven million square miles of ocean dotted with islands, some no larger than a suburban backyard. All have a charm and allure which has attracted explorers, adventurers and fortune seekers since the dawn of time. The Pacific is a region alive with cultures and ceremonial rituals thousands of years old. It is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty in the lushness of tropical

rainforests. With soaring mountain ranges, a stunning combination of magnificent oceans and a generous share of sunshine with white sand beaches fringed with swaying palm trees. These countries enjoy the knowledge that their environment is still clean, relatively free of pollution and their shores offer a safe and idyllic place to unwind and relax. In this part of the world, culture is a living, breathing, vibrant thing where the ancient art of tattooing is still practiced. Where shells, pigs and feather ‘money, are still used as part of a dowry or to barter for food and other items. Where ancient ritualistic dances and songs are performed and handed down from generation to generation. The Pacific is where myths, legends, folklore and stories all come together in a fascinating blend of traditional dance and celebration.

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The Pacific holds a special place in the hearts of people from all over the world. Its innumerable attractions are considerably enhanced by the islanders themselves whose basic values have not changed.

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Almost 3000 years ago, before Europeans explored the vast Indian and Pacific Oceans, primitive seafarers from the Pacific Rim had navigated countless miles of ocean where thousands of tiny tropical islands scattered over millions of square miles of the Pacific Ocean in “postcard perfect” island paradises. The ancient seafarers made the journey in flimsy sailing canoes using primitive methods of navigation and taking months at a time. The Pacific holds a special place in the hearts of people from all over the world. Its innumerable attractions are considerably enhanced by the islanders themselves whose basic values have not changed.

Native peoples of the Pacific, though of similar origin with related languages, customs and cultures, are still each different, set apart by their history and cultural development unique to each island group. These are truly “Unique Places”. Clifford C W Neerunjun

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Fiji Islands Bekana Island Paradise Island, Private Mail Bag Lautoka.

Castaway Island Castaway Island Resort, Private Mail Bag.

Kadavu Island Alberts Place. Matana Resort - The Astrolabe Hideaway, PO Box 63 Vunisea. Tiliva Resort, PO Naleca.


Nadi Airport

Taveuni Island

Fiji Beach Resort managed by Hilton, Denarau Island. InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Natadola Beach. Melanesian Hotel (The), Nadi Airport. Radisson Resort Fiji, Denarau Island. Sandalwood Lodge, Queens Road. Sheraton Denarau Villas, Denarau Island West. Sheraton Fiji Resort, Denarau Beach, Denarau Island.

Bounty Island Resort, Bounty Island Mamanuca Island Group. Nadi Bay Resort Hotel, Wailoaloa Beach Road, Nadi Airport. Raffles Gateway Hotel, P O Box 9891.

Coconut Grove Beachfront Cottages, Matei.

Tokatoka Resort Hotel, Queen Street. Ph 679 6720222. See our display advertisement.

Matangi Island Resort, .

Korolevu Coral Coast Beach Resort, P O Box 104. Crusoe’s Retreat, PO Box 20. Warwick Fiji Resort & Spa, Queens Rd. Wellesley Resort (The), Man Friday Road, The Coral Coast.

Korotogo Crows Nest (The), Queens Rd. Sandy Point Beach Cottages, P O Box 23 Sigatoka. Tabakula Beach Bungalows & Beach Club, Queens Highway. Tambua Sands Beach Resort, PO Box 177 Sigatoka.

Lautoka Anchorage Beach Resort, Vuda Point. Beachcomber Island Resort, Vuda Marina Road-Vuda. Mediterranian Villas, P O Box 5240 Lautoka. Navutu Stars Resort, PO Box 1838.

Malololailai Island Musket Cove Resort, Private Mail Bag NAP 0352. Plantation Island Resort, PO Box 10939.

Mana Island Mana Island Resort, PO Box 610.



Pacific Harbour Fiji Palms Beach Club, Box 6 Postal Agency. Pearl South Pacific Resort & Championship Golf Course (The), Queens Rd.

Savusavu Daku Estate Resort, PO Box 18.

Sonaisali Island Resort

Sonaisali Island Ph: 679 670 6011 Fax: 679 670 6092 Sonaisali Island Resort is a true island escape, a small green dot in the beautiful South Pacific Ocean. 4½ star accommodation of both hotel rooms and bures, two world-class restaurants, day spa, numerous activities water and land based, one of the largest freestyle lagoon pools. Simply paradise. The Resort has a choice of 2 Restaurants, with food ranging from the best of European, Indian, Fijian and Asian influences. Exquisite menu selection and excellent wine selection caters for even the most discerning guests. Enhance your holiday at Frangipani Spa, an extensive range of beauty treatments available including our signature treatments - Four Handed Massage and the Warm Stone Massage. E-mail: Web: asp?id=60856&ru=directhotel. asp?id=30258

Garden Island Resort, Aqua Trek Taveuni, Waiyevo. Maravu Plantation Resort, Taveuni Island. Paradise Resort Taveuni, 69 Waiyevo Taveuni Island. Rainbow Reef Resort, PO Waiyevo. Taveuni Island Resort & Spa Fiji, PO Box M3.

Toberua Island Toberua Island Resort, Bau Watess, Taileni.

Tokoriki Island

Koro Sun Resort, .

Tokoriki Island Resort, PO Box 10547 Nadi Airport.

Lesiaceva Point Beach Apartments, P O Box 57.

Treasure Island

Lomalagi Resort, PO Box 200. Moody’s Namena, Private Mail Bag. Namale Resort & Spa, Box 244, Hibiscus Hwy, Savusavu. Savusavu Hot Springs Hotel, P O Box 1310.

Sigatoka Casablanca Beach Hotel, Queens Rd. Outrigger on the Lagoon, Queens Road. Rydges Hideaway Resort, PO Box 233. Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island Cuvu.

Treasure Island Resort, Treasure Island.

Turtle Island Turtle Island Resort, P O Box 9317.

Vatulele Island Vatulele Island Resort, Vatulele Island.

Vomo Island Vomo Island Resort, managed by Sofitel, Beachfront.

Wakaya Wakaya Club (The).


Yanu Yanu Island

Sunset Apartment Motel, Cnr Gordon & Murray Sts.

Lomaloma Resort, PO Box 55.

Suva Apartments, 17 Bau Street, Flagstaff.

Yasawa Island

Townhouse Apartment Hotel, 3 Forster Street. Travel Inn, 19 Gorrie St.

Nanuya Island Resort Fiji, Nanuya Island Yasawa Island Group Fiji.

Tropic Towers Apartment Hotel, 86 Robertson Rd.

Yasawa Island Resort, PO Box 10128 Nadi Airport.

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Far from the Madding Crowd

in Bali

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Reflect, relax and rejoice at this long favoured island neighbour of ours.


hen I close my eyes and think of Bali I see green terraced rice paddies and humble roadside offerings to the gods. I hear soothing gamelan music and roosters crowing at dawn. I smell the heady scent of tropical flowers and pungent flavours at a warung. I taste the exotic spices and the salt encrusted sea spray. I feel the warm sun and cooling mountain air. In my heart I am reassured by the kind and gentle nature of the Balinese. Located just south of the equator, Bali is blessed with incredible beauty, beaches and a culture that pervades into all corners of life. Here are some my favourite places that encompass all that is good about Bali.

Head to the hills of Ubud. It’s cool up here and the streets teem with culture. Artistic villages, stone sculptures, temples, health retreats, rice paddies, museums, spas, great cuisine all mixed in with the traditional village way of life. Nusa Lembongan has a tiny population of about 5,000 people living in their two traditional villages. Quiet, white sandy

Image courtesy of iStock Photo.

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Image courtesy of Ulin Villas & Spa.

beaches, simple rooms right on the beach and incredible sunsets. Here is the Bali that many only dream about. Located in the north of Bali, Lovina Beach offers a beautiful coconut fringed panorama. The sea is calm all year round. Dolphin watching on an outrigger canoe is a highlight. If you like what Kuta offers but don’t like the crowds, Lovina Beach is for you. Now until the end of March 2011 is the shoulder season in Bali with great deals to be had on flights and accommodation. Take advantage of our strong Aussie dollar – it’s a great time to be visiting Bali. You will be rejoicing soon too. UNIQUE PLACES TO STAY



Indonesia Buleleng Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali, Jln Singaraja-Amlalura #100 Desa Tembok.

InterContinental Bali Resort, Jalan Uluwatu 45. Jamahal Private Resort & Spa Bali, Jalan Uluwatu 1 Jimbaran. Udayana Lodge, Kampus Bukit Unud Bali Jimbaran.




Canggu Tirtarum Villas, Jl Nelayan Gg Dolphin No 3. Tugu Bali Hotel, Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong.

Denpasar Bali Sani Sentra Wisata (Hotel), PO Box 2011 Denpasar. Bali Tourism Board, Jl Raya Puputan 41. Hotel Cakra Bali, Jln Bypass Ngurah Rai 28. Inna Putri Bali (Hotel) Cottages & Spa, Nusa Dua. Legian Paradiso Hotel, Jl Legian No 118, Kuta. Nusa Lembongan, PO Box 3846. Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, Jalan Kayu Aya. Palm Beach Cottages, Jl Pantai Br Segara, Tuban. Segara Village Hotel, J ln Segara Ayu.

Alila Manggis Hotel Bali, Buitan Manggis. Kubu Bali Hotel, Candidasa. Rama Candidasa. Santai Hotel - Bali, Bunutan, Amed.

Kuta Bali Garden Beach Resort, Jl Kartika. Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa, Jalan Padma No 2. Bounty Hotel (The), Jl Segara Batu Bolong PoppiesII No 18. Casa Indigo, Jalan Raya Petitenget 88x. Grand Avenue Bali, Jalan Bumbak No 22 Kerobokan. Hard Rock Hotel Bali, Jalan Panti, Banjar Pande Mas. Kuta Beach Club Hotel Bali-Kuta Beach. Ramada Bintang Bali Resort, Jalan Kartika Plaza. Surf Haven Bali, Jl Merta Nadi No 11. Villa Eight Bali, Jalan Drupadi 25 Br.

362i Lumbung Cottages Munduk Village Ph: 62 362 7012887 Fax: 62 362 7005267 The first of its kind in Bali, Puri Lumbung Cottages is more than a hotel - it is an ecotourism project dedicated to the discovery, conservation and enhancement of the unspoiled area around Munduk. [CO]

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Nusa Dua

Peruna Saba Villas, Desa Saba.

AlamKulkul Boutique Resort & Hotel, Jalan Pantai Kuta. All Seasons Resort Legian Bali, Jalan Padma Utara Legian. Legian Beach Hotel, Jalan Melasti.

Aston Bali Resort & Spa, Jl Pratama No 68X Tanjung Benoa. Bale (The), Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan. Bali Golf & Country Club, Kawasan Wisata. Bali Tropic Resort & Spa, Jl Pratama 34A. Grand Bali (The), Jalan Nusa Dua Selatan No 8. Grand Hyatt Bali, Kawasn Wisata Nusa Dua. Grand Mirage Resort Bali, Jl Pratama 74,Tanjung,Benoa. InterContinental Resort Bali, 45 Jalan Uluwatu Jimbaran. Novotel Hotel & Residences Nusa Dua Bali, Jl Pantai Mengiat.


Legian Beach


Ayana Resort, Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera.

Padma Resort Bali at Legian, Jl Padma No 1.


Alit’s Beach Bungalows, Jalan Hang Tuah Pantai. Ph 62 361 28 8560. See our display advertisement.

Santosa Villas, Jl Raya Senggigi Km. Tugu Hotel Lombok, Sire Beach,Sigar Penjalin Village.

Bali Hyatt Hotel, Jl Danau Tamblingan 89. Bali Pavilions, Jalan Danau Tambling an 76 Sanur.

Gianyar Alila Ubud Hotel Bali, Desa Melinggih Kelod Payangan. Chedi Club (The) at Tanah Gajah, Ubud, Jalan Goa Gajah, Tengkulak Kaja. Lorin Hotel Saba Bai, Saba Sukawati. Masari Villas & Spa Bali, Jalan Pantai Purnama Banjar.

Bali Baliku Luxury Villa at Jimbaran Bay, Jalan Bukit Permai 5A. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Jimbaran, Denpasar.


Bali Villa Weddings, Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai No 103. Mercure Resort Sanur Bali, Jl Mertasari.

Amala (The), Jalan Kunti 108. Elysian Villas Resort Bali (The), 18 Jalan Sari Dewi Seminyak Kuta. The Villas Bali Hotel & Spa, JL Kunti 118X. Vila Lumbung Hotel Bali, Petitenget Batu Belig Seminyak.

Seminyak Beach Club At The Legian Bali (The), Jalan Laksmana Seminyak Beach Bali 80361. Sofitel Seminyak Bali, Jl Camplung Tanduk.

Tuban Holiday Inn Resurt Baruna Bali, Jalan Wana Segara 33. Sari Segara Resort Villas & Spa Bali, Jalan Pantai Kedonganan Tuban Bali.

Ubud Kamandalu Resort & Spa, Jalan Tegallalang, Banjar Nagi. Kori Ubud Resort, Spa & Restaurant, Jl Raya Sanggingan. Maya Ubud Resort & Spa Bali, Jalan Gunung Sari Br Ambengan. Payogan Villa Resort & Spa Bali, Banjar Bunutan Desa Kedewatan. Pita Maha Resort & Spa, Jalan Sanggingan. Puri Bunga Village Hotel Bali, Jalan Raya Kedewatan Ubud. Royal Pita Maha Resort Bali (The), Desa Kedewatan Ubud Box 198. Santi Mandala Villa & Spa, Banjar Bucuan Desa Batuan Sukawati. Taman Harum Cottages Bali, Jalan Raya Mas Ubud. Ubud Hanging Gardens Bali, Desa Buahan Payangan Gianyar. Ubud Village Resort (The), Jalan Raya Nyuh Kuning Pengosekan.

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ew Zealand is so close. A typical direct flight from the Australian East Coast takes only 3 hours. With seven international airports throughout New Zealand it’s so easy. Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua and Wellington airports service the North Island; with Queenstown, Christchurch and Dunedin in the South. For Australians it’s also very attractive because air travel to New Zealand is now so affordable. It’s an ideal time for travel to New Zealand because of our strong Aussie dollar. At today’s rates we

can exchange $100 AUD into $130 NZD on arrival. From its early beginnings, New Zealand tourism has thrived on innovation and adventure. Some of the best known contributions to the tourism industry have been kiwi inventions such as the ski-plane, the jetboat and bungy jumping. The first country in the world to have a government ministry for tourism, Tourism New Zealand celebrated its centenary in 2001. Now in the 21st century, New Zealand is leading the way in sustainable tourism. The focus is on nature and green initiatives that will protect the natural environment for future generations, and telling New Zealand’s stories through authentic encounters with local culture and people. New Zealand’s awesome landscapes, lush forests and amazing wildlife make it a haven for so many outdoor activities

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and a great place to unwind. A diverse, sophisticated and multicultural society awaits you. The honesty, friendliness and openness of Kiwis will impress you. It’s an enviable destination. The cooler, less touristed ‘shoulder’ periods (October/November and April/May) are a great time to visit, with some very unique and affordable accommodation on offer. Check out some fantastic places to stay on the following pages and go to our new improved website. now lists New Zealand accommodation in an easy to read format by region.



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North IslandAuckland Area

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Airport Garden Inn Auckland, 10 Tidal Road Mangere. Auckland City Hotel Hobson, 157 Hobson Street Auckland. Badgers of Devonport, 30 Summer Street, Devonport. Barrycourt, 10-20 Gladstone Rd Parnell. Base ACB (Auckland Central Backpackers). Base Auckland Backpackers, 16-22 Fort Street. Best Western President Hotel Auckland, 27-35 Victoria Street. City Central Hotel Auckland, 37 Wellesley Street. CityLife Auckland A Heritage Hotel, 171 Queen St. Comfort Inn Suites & Newton 121, 121 Newton Road. Esplanade Hotel (The), 1 Victoria Road, Devonport. Fernglen B&B Homestay, 33 Hebe Place. Grand Chancellor Hotel Auckland, 1 Hobson St. Grange Lodge Motel, 1 Grange Road, Papatoetoe. Kingsgate Hotel Greenlane, 187 Campbell Rd, Greenlane.

Budda Lodge, 1608 E State Highway 10. Kerikeri Village Inn, 165 Kerikeri Road. Ora Ora Eco-Wellness Resort, 28 Landing Road. Riverview Park Lodge, 28 Landing Road. [L - 5]

Country Comfort Palm Court Motor Lodge, 671 Gladstone Road. Portside Hotel Gisborne, 2 Reads Quay, Gisborne North Island. Turihaua Homestead, 771 State Highway Turihaua Bay.


Accolades Boutique Hotel, 31 Flemington Place, Brunswick Park. Ariki Lodge, 2 Manuariki Avenue Ngongotaha. At The Lake House, 6 Cooper Ave Holdens Bay. Base Hot Rock Rotorua, 1286 Arawa Street Rotorua. Best Western Thermal Garden, 88 Ranolf St. Country Comfort Accolade Lodge, 30-32 Victoria Street. Country Villa, 351 Dalbeth Rd. Distinction Rotorua Hotel & Conference Centre, 390 Fenton Street. Flag Inn Heritage, 349 Fenton St. Manor Inn Rotorua South, 280-286 Fenton St. Marama Resort Rotorua, 1420 Hamurana Road, RD4.

Kingsgate Hotel Parnell, 92-102 Gladstone Rd. Kiwi International Airport Hotel. Lincoln Green Hotel & Conference Centre, 159 Lincoln Rd Henderson. Mercure Hotel Windsor, 58-60 Queen Street. Quest Matakana Auckland, 170 Green Road, Matakana. Quest Newmarket Auckland, 31-39 Davis Crescent, Newmarket. Rendezvous Hotel Auckland, Cnr Mayoral Dr & Vincent St. SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre, 88 Federal Street. Sebel Suites Auckland (The), 85-89 Customs St West.

Bay of Island Lodge Opua, State Highway 11, Port Opua. Cliff Edge by the Sea, Richardson Rd West. Opua House (The), Ward Drive.

Paihia Abri Apartments, 10 Bayview Road. Aloha Motel, Seaview Rd. Bay Of Islands Motel, 6 Tohitapu Rd. Bayview Motel, Marsden Rd. Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands, Tau-Henare Dr. Haruru Falls Resort Panorama, Old Wharf Rd, Haruru Falls. Paihia Beach Resort, 116 Marsden Road. Scenic Circle Bay of Islands Hotel, Cnr Seaview & McMurray Rd.

Russell Eagles Nest Lodge, 60 Takeka Rd. Motel Russell, Matauwhi Bay Road. Pukematu Lodge, Top Flagstaff Hill.

Warkworth Castle Matakana (The), 378 Whitmore Road. Kintail, 14 Gordon Craig Place. Uhuru, 390 Pukapuka Ra RD3. Walton Park Motor Lodge, 2 Walton Ave.

Westin Auckland Lighter Quay (The), 21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue Lighter Quay.


Great Barrier Island

B.K.’s Pohutukawa Lodge, 362 Western Hills Drive.

Earthsong Lodge, Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

Oneroa (17 km E) Giverny, 44 Queens Drive, Oneora. [CO - 2]

Waiheke Island (17 km E) Boatshed (The), Cnr Tawa & Huia Sts. Gulf Haven, 49 Great Barrier Road. Te Whau Lodge, 36 Vintage Lane R D 1.




Arches-Ridgeland Farm estate, Parua Bay.

Best Western Fountain Lodge Motel, 17 Tarewa Rd. Cheviot Park Motor Lodge, Cnr Western Hills Dr & Cheviot St. Kensington Motel, 85 Kamo Rd. Kingsgate Hotel Whangarei, 9 Riverside Dr. Parua Bay Cottage, Parua Bay Cemetery Road. Pembrooke Motor Lodge, Hatea Drive. Sierra (Motel), 26 Western Hills Dr.

Nicara Lakeside Cottage

40 Ranginui Street Ph: 647 357 2105 Fax: 647 357 5385 Nicara Lakeside Cottage, Rotorua, offers a delightful holiday home, peaceful and yet close to many tourist attractions. Spacious garden right to the lake’s edge, BBQ on the large elevated deck - ideal for lazing or entertaining. Fully self-contained and comfortably sleeps 6 in a combination of king and queen doubles and a twin room. Great for families or couples. All linen and towels supplied plus many extras. No sulphur smells. 10km from city centre, on bus route. See our great website. Your HOME from HOME. Book the cottage and use the new direct Sydney Rotorua Air New Zealand service to receive a complimentary pass per person to the Rotorua Museum. E-mail: Web:

Nicara Lakeside Lodge. Peppers On The Point Lake Rotorua, 214 Kawaha Pt Rd. Rotorua Motor Lodge, 418 Fenton St. Royal Lakeside Rotorua, Lake-end Tutanekai St. Treetops Lodge & Wilderness Lodge, 351 Kearoa Road. Waiteti Lakeside Lodge, 2 Arnold Street, Ngongotaha.

Taupo Amakaya Homestay, 2/70 Harvey Street. Beside Lake Taupo B&B, 8 Chad Street. Cedar Park Motor Lodge, Main Hwy, Two Mile Bay. Lake Taupo Lodge, 41 Mapara Road. Lakefront Motor Lodge, Cnr Lake Terrace & Taharepa Rd.

Point Villas (The)

24 The Point Ph: 64 274 774 323 The Point Villas are situated in a private setting overlooking the blue waters of New Zealand’s largest lake. Surrounded by beautiful areas of bush, these two luxurious villas are a short drive from Taupo Village. The Taupo area has two world renowned 18-hole championship golf courses. It also offers some of the best trout fishing in the world. The villas are exceptionally spacious, with each villa having a private swimming pool including a 12x3 metre MAGNA heated lap pool along the front of Villa 1 deck. Both villas are in close proximity to flood-lit tennis courts, petanque and croquet. The villas have two large bedrooms with superbly appointed travertine bathrooms. Magnificently equipped kitchens are a feature of each villa - a chef’s service can be arranged, although culinary-inclined guests may prefer to self cater. E-mail: Web:

Quest Taupo, 9 Tui Street. Riverview Lodge, 3 Larchwood Grove. Sails Motor Lodge, 138 Lake Terrace. Taupo Garden Lodge, 70 Hindmarsh Dr, Rangatira Park. Tui Oaks Motor Inn & Lake Terrace Motel, 84-88 Lake Terrace.

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North IslandSouth Hamilton Le Grand Boutique Hotel Hamilton, 237 Victoria Street Hamilton. Matangi Oaks Country Stay B&B, 634 Marychurch Road. Quality Inn on Ulster Hamilton, 86 Ulster Street.

Napier Art House (The), 2/214 Emerson Street. Country Comfort Spanish Lady Motel, 348 Kennedy Rd. Country Comfort Sunset Court Motel, 68 Meeanee Quay. Deco Dreams, 7 Tom Parker Ave. Hannah House, 30 Fitzroy Road. Large House (The), 4 Hadfield Terrace. Manor on Parade, 283 Marine Parade. Pania Lodge Motel, 332 Kennedy Rd.

South IslandChristchurch Area Christchurch All Seasons Christchurch, 72 Papanui Road, Merivale. Crowne Plaza Christchurch, Cnr Kilmore & Durham Sts. Grand Chancellor Hotel Christchurch, 161 Cashel St. Ibis Hotel Christchurch, 107 Hereford Street. Merivale Manor Christchurch, 122 Papanui Road, Merivale. Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square. Peppers at Clearwater, Clearwater Ave. Taurikura Lodge, 114a McQueens Valley Road.

North Canterbury Claremont Country Estate, 828 Ram Paddock Road.


Hokitika Beachfront Hotel Hokitika, 111 Revell Street. Fitzherbert Court Motel, 191 Fitzherbert St.

Milton Chalet Motel, 119 Milton Street. Muritai Manor, 48 Wakapuaka Rd, Wakapuaka, RD 1. Rutherford Hotel Nelson A Heritage Hotel, Trafalgar Square. Te Puna Wai Lodge, 24 Richardson St. Wakefield Quay House, 385 Wakefield Quay. Wheelhouse Inn,Captain’s Quarters and The Chart House, 41 Whitby Road.

Picton Kapitea Ridge

Chesterfield Road/State Hwy 6 Ph: 64 3 755 6805 Fax: 64 3 755 6895 Distinguished boutique lodge, with five superbly decorated guest rooms. Kapitea Ridge overlooks the Tasman Sea and provides panoramic views of nature at its best with blazing sunsets to snow capped mountains. [L - 5][BB]

Furneaux Lodge, Endeavour Inlet. Jasmine Court - Travellers’ Inn, 78 Wellington Street. [L - 4][SC] Mercure Picton Marlborough Sounds, 25 Waikawa Rd. Raetihi Lodge, Double Bay, Kenepuru Sound, RD 2.

Queen Charlotte Sound (350 km N)

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Palmerston North Hibiscus Motel, 114 Fitzherbert Ave. Kingsgate Hotel Palmerston North, 110 Fitzherbert Ave. Quest Palmerston North. Sheraton Tourist Hotel, 101 Milson Line. Travelodge Palmerston North, 175-185 Cusa Street.

Wanganui Arles Bed & Breakfast, 50 Riverbank Road. Country Comfort Astral Motel, Cnr Dublin & Somme Pde. Kingsgate Hotel The Avenue Wanganui, 379 Victoria Ave. Quality Inn Collegiate, 122 Liverpool St.

Wellington Abel Tasman Hotel, 169 Willis St. Apollo Lodge Motel, 49 Majoribanks Street. Central Stratford Apartment Hotel, 156 Willis Street. CityLife Wellington A Heritage Hotel, 300 Lambton Quay. Grand Mercure Wellington Century City Apartments, 70 Tory Street. Holiday Inn Wellington, 75 Featherston Street. InterContinental Wellington (Hotel), 2 Grey St.

Kaikoura (185 km N) Ardara Lodge, 233 Schoolhouse Road. Carrickfin Lodge, Mill Road. Clearwater Motel Kaikoura, 168 Esplanade.


Wairepo Rd, Twizel Ph: 64 3 435 0785 Fax: 64 3 435 0615 25 Chalets and lodge in quiet park like setting located 45 minutes drive from Mount Cook. Some chalets have Mount Cook and Southern Alps views. 11 studio's sleep 1-3, 4 x 1 bedroom sleep 1-3 (with access facilities) 10 x 2 bedroom chalets sleep 1-5. All with cooking facilities. E-mail: Web:

South IslandNorth Blenheim Chateau Marlborough Blenheim, Corner High & Henry Street. Colonial Motel Blenheim, 66 Main Street. Peppertree Luxury Accommodation (The), 3284 State Highway 1.

Fifeshire Fyffe Quay, The Point Farm. [FS][BB] Fyffe Country Lodge, 458 State Highway 1, Peketa. [CA][AMA] Kincaid Lodge, 611 Main North Road. Pacific Palms B&B, 218 The Esplande. Waves On the Esplanade Kaikoura (The).

Marlborough Donegal House, Schoolhouse Road. Portage Resort Hotel (The), Kenepuru Sound, RD2 Picton.

Motueka (427 km N) Abel Tasman Marahau Lodge, Marahau Beach, RD 2. Abel Tasman Ocean View Chalets, Sandy Bay Road, Marahau Beach, RD 2.

Nelson (424 km N) Cambria House, 7 Cambria Street. Country Comfort Chelsea Park Motel, 214 Rutherford Street.

Manor Inn Wellington, 1 Newlands Rd, Newlands.

Scenic Circle Blenheim Country Hotel, Corner Alfred and Henry Streets.

Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Apartments, 6 Point Road, Monaco.

Mercure Hotel Wellington, 345 The Terrace.

Hanmer Springs

Kimeret Place Boutique B&B, 78 Bronte Road East, Nr Mapua.

Quality Hotel Wellington, 223 Cuba Street.

Cheltenham House, 13 Cheltenham Street.

Little Retreat (The), Level 1/22 Nile Street West.

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Craglee Lodge

Bay of Many Coves Ph: 64 3 579 9223 Fax: 64 3 579 9923 Whether you are walking the Queen Charlotte track or just looking for a cosy hideaway, it is a place to unwind and thoroughly indulge. From the moment you step onto the Jetty, your welcoming host Shane Boese, the Craglee Mermaid and a very friendly dog will make sure your experience at Craglee Lodge is one you will never forget. Just a few metres up from the jetty, snuggled in lush native bush sits Craglee Lodge. We cater for up to four couples at any one time and each queen-sized ensuite bedroom has a balcony and boasts stunning views of the ocean, native bush and our flower gardens. All beds are made up with quality linen and beautiful hand-embroidered duvet and pillow cases. The added touch of electric blankets, bathrobes, hairdryers and New Zealand made soaps and shampoo add to the feeling of being pampered during your stay. Our resident chef prepares all meals with fresh local produce and ensures that fresh fruit and baking is available every day. Candlelight dinners of sumptuous fare can be enjoyed indoors in the cozy lodge or al fresco. [L][AMA]

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South IslandWest

Te Anau Anchorage Motel, 47 Quintin Drive. Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas, 64 Lakefront Drive. Fiordland Lodge, 472 Te Anau Milford Highway.

Arthur’s Pass (145 km W) Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass, State Highway 73.

Franz Josef (395 km W) 58 On Cron Motel Franz Josef, 58 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier. Glenfern Villas Franz Josef, State Highway 6 Franz Josef Westland. Punga Grove Franz Josef, 40 Cron Street Franz Josef. Scenic Circle Hotel Franz Josef, State Highway 6 Franz Josef.

Punakaiki Punakaiki Resort, State Highway 6, Punakaiki.

South IslandSouth Arrowtown Arrowtown House, 10 Caernarvon St. Millbrook Resort, Malaghans Rd.

Dunedin Albatross Inn, 770 George Street. Alcala Motor Lodge, 704 George Street. Brothers Boutique Hotel, 295 Rattray Street. Constable Cottage, ‘Lauderdale’ RD. 2 Omakau. Hulmes Court Bed & Breakfast, 52 Tennyson Street. Quality Hotel Cargills, 678 George St.

Wanaka Central Ridge Boutique Hotel 4 Sydney St Ph: 64 3 442 8832 Fax: 64 3 442 4233 Set in the heart of Queenstown, Central Ridge offers a warm inviting atmosphere and personalised service at its best. Join us for a cooked breakfast daily and pre-dinner wine tasting nightly. [BB] E-mail: Web:

Comfort Inn Melbourne Motor Lodge, 35 Melbourne Street. Coronet Peak Hotel, 161 Arthurs Point Road. Dairy Private Luxury Hotel (The), Cnr Isle & Brecon Sts. Esplanade Residence, 58 Lake Esplanade. Goldridge Resort, 594 Frankton Road. [DBB] Highview Apartments, 66-70 Thompson Street. Kingsgate Hotel Terraces Queenstown, 88 Frankton Rd.

Pinesong Bed & Breakfast

58 Fitspatrick Road, Dalefield Ph: 64 3 442 5607 Fax: 64 3 442 5697 Situated in a beautiful alpine countryside, lies a stone and cedar cottage with stunning views over the valley, to the right the beautiful Remarkables Mountain Range and to the left, Coronet Peak. Constructed from stone and cedar, we are a mere 10min from international airport and 15min from Queenstown. The chalet downstairs features a king bed with ensuite and enclosed log burner. Upstairs features a spacious lounge and dining with self-catering kitchen. Pinesong only accepts one couple per booking, ensuring complete privacy. E-mail: Web:

Queenstown House, 69 Hallenstein Street. Queenstown Park Hotel, 21 Robins Road. Rees Apartment-Hotel (The), 377 Frankton Road.

Oamaru Alpine Motel, 285 Thames St. Heritage Homestead, 527 Burnside Road,Enfield. Pen Y bryn Lodge, 41 Towey Street.

Queenstown (486 km SW)

Lodges (The)

8 Lake Esplanade Ph: 64 3 442 7552 Fax: 64 3 442 6493 Apartments on the lakefront. 2 minute lakeside stroll to town centre. Studio 1-3 bedroom fully self-contained executive standard. All with lake and mountain views. FREE activity booking service. [A - 13]

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Alpen View, 7B Galway Court. Amokura Lodge, 351 Frankston Road.

Matakauri Lodge, Glenorchy Road.

Apartments @ Spinnaker Bay, 151 Frankton Road.

Mercure Queenstown Resort, Sainsbury Rd, Fernhill.

Azur Lodge, 23 Mackinnon Terrace.

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, Cnr Earl St & Marine Pde.

Barn at Moonlight Country (The), Morven Ferry Road.

Oaks Shores Apartments, 327-343 Frankton Road.

BreakFree Alpine Village Resort, 633 Frankton Rd.

Parklane Boutique Lakeside Accommodation, 138 Park St.

Browns Boutique Hotel, 26 Isle Street.

Peppers Beacon Hotel, 33 Lake Esplanade.



29 Warren Street Ph: 643 443 6969 Fax: 643 443 6869 Features: Best Western Belvedere Luxury Apartments opened in Dec 2006 and features 18 attractive fully self-contained two bedroom apartments, including two large superior apartments plus 2 two bedroom and 2 three bedroom townhouses. These are situated on a very quiet street but are still only a few minutes walk from town centre, supermarket, choice of places to dine. All units have full kitchens, laundry, undercover parking with lift access, balcony/courtyard & broadband. [A - 25][SC] E-mail: Web:

Lake Tekapo Creel House Bed & Breakfast, 36 Murray Place. Residence Lake Tekapo (The), 1 Beauchamp Place.

Best Western Belvedere Luxury Apartments

Remarkables Lodge

State Highway 6 Ph: 64 3 442 2720 Fax: 64 3 442 2720 Enjoy the delights of Queenstown in a stunning rural location, adjacent to Jacks Point Golf Course and just 10 minutes from the centre of town. A reputation for fine cuisine crafted from local produce and matched with local wine with a dinner inclusive tariff. Remarkables Lodge has all the facilities. [L][DBB]

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Sherwood Manor Motor Lodge, Frankton Rd. Skyview Magic, 44 Jeffery Road. Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa, 8 Duke Street. Stoneridge Estate, 756 State Highway 6. Trelawn Riverside Bed & Breakfast, 35 Watties Track off Georges Road.

Edgewater Resort Hotel, Sargood Drive. Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort, Cnr Cardrona Valley Road & Studholme Rd. Lake Wanaka Lodge, 24 Tenby Street. [L][SC] Manungawera Lodge, 602 State Highway 6. Mountain Range Lodge, Heritage Park, Cardrona Valley Road. Stone Cottage (The), Dublin Bay, Central Otago RD 2. Te Wanaka Lodge, 23 Brownston St. [L - 13][BB] Tiritiri Lodge, 8 Minaret Ridge. Villa South Pacific, 155 Stone Street. Wanaka Edge Suites, 13 Plantation Road. Wanaka Hotel, 71 Ardmore St. Wanaka Lakehouse, 27 Penrith Park Drive. Wanaka Luxury Apartments Wanaka, 8 Stone Brook Drive. Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet, 494 Mt Aspiring Road.

Lake Tekapo Godley Hotel (The), SH8.

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Heathcote.....................VIC, Goldfields................................................75

Adelaide River..............NT, Country.....................................................63 Airlie Beach..................QLD, Coastal & Offshore Islands.....................57 Albert Park....................VIC, Melbourne City & Suburbs.....................66 Alexandra.....................VIC, North East Country.................................72

Hernani.........................NSW, New England . ....................................29 Hokitika........................New Zealand, South Island............................93 Holloways Beach..........QLD, Cairns & Tropical North..........................61 Hope Island..................QLD, Gold Coast..............................................50

P Parkes...........................NSW, Central West.........................................20 Peregian Beach.............QLD, Sunshine Coast......................................55 Picton............................NSW, Southern Highlands.............................36 Pokolbin........................NSW, Hunter Valley........................................26

Anna Bay......................NSW, Port Stephens.......................................27


Apollo Bay....................VIC, South West/Great Ocean Road...............78

Jindabyne.....................NSW, Snowy Mountains................................42

Port Fairy......................VIC, South West/Great Ocean Rd...................78


Jingili............................NT, Darwin......................................................63

Port Hinchinbrook........QLD, Cairns & Tropical North..........................61

Jenolan Caves...............NSW, Blue Mountains....................................19

Port Huon.....................TAS, Southern..................................Back Cover

Ballandeen...................QLD, Granite Belt............................................51

Port Arthur...................TAS, Southern................................................83

Balingup.......................WA, Mid & South West..................................64



Batemans Bay...............NSW, Far South Coast.....................................39

Kangaroo Island...........SA, Fleurieu Peninsula...................................81

Queen Charlotte Sound..New Zealand, South Island............................93

Bathurst........................NSW, Central West.........................................20

Katoomba.....................NSW, Blue Mountains....................................19

Queenstown.................New Zealand, South Island............................94


Kurrajong Heights........NSW, Blue Mountains....................................19

Beaumont.....................NSW, South Coast..........................................38 Beechmont...................QLD, Gold Coast Hinterland...........................50


Bellingen......................NSW, Coffs Coast............................................29

Launceston...................TAS, Northern.................................................83

Berry.............................NSW, South Coast..........................................38

Lakes Entrance..............VIC, South East Coast Gippsland....................70

Bicheno.........................TAS, Northern.................................................83

Leura.............................NSW, Blue Mountains....................................19

Bowral..........................NSW, Southern Highlands.............................36

Long Island...................QLD, Coastal & Offshore Islands.....................58

Brisbane........................QLD, Brisbane City..........................................48

Lord Howe Island.........NSW, Lord Howe Island.................................22

Bundanoon...................NSW, Southern Highlands.............................36 Busselton......................WA, Mid & South West..................................64 Byron Bay.....................NSW, Far North Coast.....................................32

C Caboolture....................QLD, Sunshine Coast......................................54 Caloundra.....................QLD, Sunshine Coast......................................54 Cairns............................QLD, Tropical North........................................61 Cann River....................VIC, SE Coast & Gippsland.............................70 Cape Otway..................VIC, Great Ocean Road...................................78 Chippendale.................NSW, Sydney City & Suburbs.........................16 Coffs Harbour................NSW, Coffs Coast ...........................................29 Cook Islands..................Cook Islands...................................................87 Cooktown.....................QLD, Tropical North........................................61 Coochiemudlo Island...QLD, Coastal & Offshore Islands.....................57

Lorne.............................VIC, Great Ocean Road...................................78


Richmond.....................TAS, Southern................................................83 Robertson.....................NSW, Southern Highlands.............................36 Rothbury......................NSW, Hunter Valley........................................26 Rotorua.........................New Zealand, North Island............................92 Rydal.............................NSW, Blue Mountains....................................19

S Sanur............................Bali.................................................................90

Malanda.......................QLD, Cairns & Tropical North..........................61

Seal Rocks.....................NSW, Mid North Coast.................................. 28

Maleny..........................QLD, Sunshine Coast & Hinterland................53

Sofala............................NSW, Central West.........................................20

Mapleton......................QLD, Sunshine Coast & Hinterland................55

South Perth..................WA, Perth City & Suburbs..............................64

Marcoola.......................QLD, Sunshine Coast & Hinterland................55

Springbrook..................QLD, Gold Coast & Hinterland........................49

Margaret River..............WA, Margaret River Region...........................64

Strahan.........................TAS, Northern.................................................83

Melbourne....................VIC, Melbourne City.......................................67

Sydney Harbour............NSW, Sydney.........................Inside Front Cover

Metung.........................VIC, SE Coast & Gippsland.............................70

Sydney..........................NSW, Sydney City...........................................17

Milton...........................NSW, South Coast..........................................38 Mission Beach..............QLD, Cairns & Tropical North..........................61


Mollymook...................NSW, Mid South Coast...................................39

Table Cape....................TAS, Northern.................................................83

Montville......................QLD, Sunshine Coast & Hinterland................66

Tanunda........................SA, Barossa Valley..........................................81

Mooloolah....................QLD, Sunshine Coast & Hinterland................55

Tamborine Mountain...QLD, Gold Coast & Hinterland........................50

Mount Beauty..............VIC, High Country/Snowfields.......................73

Cougal...........................NSW, Far North Coast . ..................................32

Mount Gambier............SA, Limestone Coast......................................81


Mudgee........................NSW, Mudgee Valley......................................19

Dalefield.......................New Zealand, South Island............................94



Taupo............................NZ, North Island.............................................92 Tumut...........................NSW, Snowy Mountains................................42 Twizel............................New Zealand, South Island............................93

Murwillumbah.............NSW, Far North Coast.....................................32


Deloraine......................TAS, Northern.................................................83


Vacy..............................NSW, Hunter Valley........................................25

Dungog.........................NSW, Barrington Tops....................................27



Nelson...........................New Zealand, South Island............................93


Gembrook.....................VIC, Yarra Valley/Dandenongs.......................72

Ninderry.......................QLD, Sunshine Coast & Hinterland................55

Glenelg.........................SA, Adelaide & Suburbs.................................81

Noosa............................QLD, Sunshine Coast & Hinterland................55

Williamstown...............VIC, Melbourne City & Suburbs.....................67

Gulgong........................NSW, Mudgee Valley......................................19

Nowra...........................NSW, South Coast..........................................38

Witchcliff......................WA, Margaret River........................................64


Nusa Dua......................Bali.................................................................90

Wollombi......................NSW, Hunter Valley........................................26

Daylesford.....................VIC, Macedon Ranges/Spa............................74

New Norfolk.................TAS, Southern................................................83

Wanaka.........................New Zealand, South Island............................94 Wentworth...................NSW, Far West................................................20

Woodend......................VIC, Macedon Ranges/Spa............................74

Halls Gap......................VIC, Western Districts/Grampians.................75


Hamilton......................TAS, Southern Area........................................83

Oatlands.......................TAS, Southern................................................83


Hamilton Island............QLD, Coastal & Offshore Islands.....................57

Olinda...........................VIC, Yarra Valley/Dandenongs.......................72

Yarra Glen.....................VIC, Yarra Valley..............................................72



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a welcome rest for locals, visitors and yachtsmen

At the end of a long voyage, stay in an authentic country hotel true to its deco style - offering traditional friendly pub service with great food and accommodation. Kermandie Hotel was built in 1932 to accommodate travellers to the lower Huon and Esperence district, and as a watering hole for timber, orchard and river workers. Come and soak up the magnificent views of the Huon River in a warm and inviting atmosphere, whilst enjoying one of the enticing creations of our Chef and his team. Our menu includes local and seasonal produce, local wines, traditional pub meals and modern cuisine. We offer great food, friendly service and value for money that will keep you coming back again and again. Our new floating marina provides casual and permanent berths and is the perfect departure point from which to cruise the surrounding region- the Huon River, the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Recherche Bay. The Kermandie Hotel offers traditional, friendly service with great food and accommodation.

4518 Main Road, Port Huon, Tasmania 7116 Ph: (03) 6297 1052

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