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■ Observer columnist Mike McColl Jones has paid a lovingtribute to entertainer Stuart Wagstaff, at a memorial service held at the Theatre Royal, Sydney. Wagstaff, 90, died after a long illness. McColl Jones, a close friend for decades, read a ‘Fax From Heaven’, in the same way that he did at the service for Australian television ‘king’Graham Kennedy. “A couple of weeks before dear Stuart passed away, he was honoured by Variety Australia - he was named as one the 100 ‘Variety Entertainers of The Century’. “He replaced a Mr R. Harris of London. “Variety's Chief Barker Paul Mullaly said: "It was really a good fit as Stuart came in as 102 on the original list.” I sent this information on to Stuart, and received the following reply on the Friday before he left us….. "Dear Mike - Thank you for all that. I would be grateful if you could satisfy my curiosity - Who the F was 101?". “Today is almost 10 years since

Stuart hosted the memorial service for one of his close friends Graham Kennedy. The same day - the 31st. “I was honoured to speak on that occasion as I am honoured to speak here today. “Like Graham, Stuart loved sending and receiving faxes and emails, and this morning, as I'd hoped.. a fax arrived for me from Stuart, from heaven. I'd like to read it to you. “Dear Mike, A great flight up here. I managed to pick up a book at the terminal to pass the time. It's a new one: The sex life of a standup comedian - 50 Shades of Ugly Dave Gray. “As we flew over the harbour I saw Luna Park. I thought … it must be the only thing in Australia that has a bigger mouth than Clive Palmer. “When I arrived I was met by Graham. Already he's got me a gig ….I start next week on Blankety Blanks. Graham took me to the ‘Cloud Club’ and introduced me to a lot of interesting people. Johnny Meillon is still behind the bar. He was serv-

ing drinks to Desmond Tutu and Vivian Leigh. I had to leave before he told me about the actress and the bishop. “I bumped into a recent arrival, Malcolm Fraser. He told me he was really embarrassed when he arrived at the Pearly Gates ... he'd left his pants behind. “I was introduced to Sir Walter Raleigh - and I thanked him for inventing tobacco. “By the way, tell Russell Crowe I met Noah. He said he thought Russell played him very well. Noah whispered to me "The weather bureau can't get it bloody right up here either!" “I had a drink with Lawrence Oliver. He's currently playing in Richard III. I didn't have the heart to tell him I used to call him that! “I met Adam ….you'll never guess what he does up here? He runs the local Apple store. “Graham introduced me to God. I said he could call me Stuart. “I thanked God for the beautiful house he'd given me. Sandstone with a white picket fence. It even has it's name in gold lettering …’The Waggery’.

“He's provided me with my own gardener. Benson is his name ... he's going to trim my Hedges. “Do you know something … I'm starting to become a believer. My diary is filling up very well. I start in Fair Lady next week …I'm replacing Rex Harrison. “I'll bet Kamahl is there at the Theatre Royal ... he really loves a funeral. I reckon the only one he's missed in recent times was Bin Laden's. “Anyway, God told me to pass on a message to Kamahl: "Kamahl, you're going to live for a very long time !" God is errified he might come up here and want to sing with the choir. Dear Stuart ... much love from me, my family who adored you, former players and members of the Hawthorn Football club ... and so many Australians who were delighted by your loveliness and wicked sense of humour. “PS: If anyone would like to contact me, write c/o Sydney University, Anatomy Department. Shelf 37. Jar 463.”

Chance to visit Gallipoli David Ellis reports on a last-minute travel opportunity to the battlefields

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■ SeaDream Yacht Club has a five-night sailing from Athens to Istanbul in May aboard the world’s most highly rated boutique motor-vessel, Sea Dream I at a neverbefore (and most likely never-again) price that starts from just US$2104 per person twin-share price. It includes two of the most popular Greek Islands, Mykonos and Patmos, Kusadasi for a visit to spectacularly ancient Ephesus or Kusadasi’s magnificent Grand Bazaar, and Kepez for the opportunity to visit Gallipoli and the ANZAC battlefields and cemeteries during this 100th ANZAC anniversary year. Originally planned for a private company that’s had to reluctantly cancel for corporate reasons, this just-now available sailing includes accommodation in an ocean view stateroom, wines with lunch and dinner, open bars with select premium brands, gratuities, use of power and sail water-sports where locally permitted, mountain bikes for shore explorations, a golf simulator, and all port charges and taxes. The five-star mega motor-cruiser SeaDream I will sail this unique fibe-nights on May 16 for a maximum of just 112 guests served by 95 crew – ideal for anyone visiting Europe at that time to enjoy SeaDream’s “world’s best boutique experience” at an unheard-of price. Details from travel agents or - David Ellis

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Coral Cove Apartments

Coral Cove Apartments are situated on the very edge of the sparkling Coral Sea, offering superb views from every apartment over the magnificent turquoise waters. Full kitchen and laundry facilities boast European appliances and many extras and a second bathroom services the second bedroom. Enjoy the surround sound home theatre system in air conditioned comfort. Extensive Foxtel channels are available free of charge. All apartments have access to direct dial phones and broadband internet, with fax and photocopying facilities available at reception. Cots and high chairs are available on request.

Fact File NAME: Coral Cove Apartments ADDRESS: 2B Horseshoe Bay Rd, Bowen, Qld 4805 PHONE: (07) 4791 2000 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Dianne Dalton WEB: E-MAIL: stay@coralcove

One Bedroom Holiday Apartment in Bowen Enjoy stunning ocean views from private balconies with outdoor setting. Appreciate quality furnishings throughout these luxury apartments. The bedroom has an ensuite bathroom, walk in robe and king sized bed. T w o Bedr oom Apartment Bedroom Our two bedroom apartments have private balconies with outdoor settings and stunning ocean views. Appreciate quality furnishings throughout these luxury apartments. The main bedroom has an ensuite bathroom, walk in robe and king sized king sized bed. Full kitchen and laundry facilities boast Eurobed. pean appliances and many extras and a second bathroom services the second and third bedrooms. Enjoy the surround sound Three Bedroom Apartment home theatre system in air conditioned comfort. The three bedroom apartments are available in a number of Extensive Foxtel channels are available free of charge. bedding configurations. All apartments have private balconies with outdoor settings and stunning ocean views. Appreci- Penthouse Apartment ate quality furnishings throughout these luxury apartments. The The penthouse apartments are luxuriously designed with qualtiy main bedroom has an ensuite bathroom, walk in robe and king fiittings. The penthouse features private balconies with outsized bed. door settings and stunning ocean views. Appreciate quality furnishings throughout these luxury apartments. Sub Penthouse The main bedroom has an ensuite bathroom, walk in robe and These sub penthouse apartments are luxuriously designed with king sized bed. Full kitchen and laundry facilities boast Euroqualtiy fiittings. These apartments feature private balconies pean appliances and many extras and a second bathroom serwith outdoor settings and stunning ocean views. Appreciate vices the second and third bedrooms. Enjoy the surround sound quality furnishings throughout these luxury apartments. home theatre system in air conditioned comfort. The main bedroom has an ensuite bathroom, walk in robe and Extensive Foxtel channels are available free of charge.

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Swaggers Motor Inn Fact File NAME: Swaggers Motor Inn ADDRES S: Cnr Laidlaw and Castor Sts, Yass, NSW 2582 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 6226 9900, 0421 126 003 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Gene Berner WEB: E-MAIL:

Swaggers Motor Inn Yass is the most comfortable and quiet motel accommodation in Yass. Whether you are just passing through or staying a while. Our motel is located within walking distance to CBD of Yass Town. We are located 3 hours SW of Sydney, the perfect stop to get a head start on your long drive after work. At only 45 minutes to Canberra City we are an ideal option for more affordable Yass accommodation compared to Canberra pricing. Open 7 nights from 6pm, Swaggers Restaurant and Bar offers the finest dining, best steaks and pizzas in Yass. With meeting, conference or function facilities that can cater up to 100 delegates we are the perfect selection and endeavour to meet any requirements desired. Plus 24 hour check in, guest laundry and complimentary car parking available. Now gain Qantas Frequent Flyer Points, OR Virgin Velocity Rewards Points* when staying with us! *To earn points you must be an Escape Club Member of SilverNeedle Hospitality PL. At Swaggers Motor Inn, You’ll be glad you stayed. All rooms feature Austar Facilities Motel Complimentary On-Site Parking Express Check In / Out Self Service Laundry Facilities Dry Cleaning / Laundry Service Fax / Copy Services Room Service Covered Patio Area with Newly Landscaped Garden & BBQ Facilities Room Air Conditioning Coffee / Tea Making Facilities Direct Dial Telephone Hair Dryer Cable TV (Foxtel) Internet Access Iron / Ironing Board

Kitchen / Kitchenette Minibar Non-Smoking Room Types Standard Room 1 Queen Bed Delux win R oom Deluxee T Twin Ro 1 Queen Bed & 1 Single Bed Family 2 Bedroom 1 Queen Bed & 4 Single Beds Spa Suite 1 Queen Bed with large Corner Spa 2 Bedroom Apartment 1 Queen Bed & 2 Single Beds 3 Bedroom Apartment 1 Queen Bed & 4 Single Beds Stockman’s Honeymoon Suite 1 Queen Bed Family Room – Room 12 1 Queen Bed & 2 Single Beds Family 2 Bedroom with Spa 1 Queen Bed & 2 Single Beds Dining & Entertainment

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Kirra Surf Apartments

Coolangatta Holiday Accommodation Facilities BBQ facilities Gym and Sauna Outdoor heated Horizon Edge pool Secure underground parking Tour Desk Experienced on-site Management Security Intercoms Beautiful Kirra Beach, right opposite the resort and located at the quiet Southern end of the Gold Coast. Kirra Surf Apartments is located at the Northern end of this protected, idyllic surfing oasis. Just a short stroll is the North Kirra Surf Lifesaving club and just south, a further stroll to a fine and ever expanding restaurant and cafĂŠ precinct. The Gold Coast Airport, experiencing huge upgrades at present, is barely 5 minutes away by car and although a busy airport, is not audible at all from the resort.

Fact File NAME: Kirra Surf Apartments ADDRESS: 2 Creek St, Coolangatta, Qld 4225 PHONE: (07) 5589 0300 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Lloyd Collingwood WEB: E-MAIL: Driving up from the Southern Regions of New South Wales, you enter the Southern Gateway to the Gold Coast. Two large shopping centres are within easy driving distance with a wealth of restaurants and cafes along the beach front of Coolangatta. To the north and Hinterland, within 20 – 30 minutes are some spectacular beaches and a wide range of natural features, National Parks and Rainforests.

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Nirvana By The Sea

Nirvana by the Sea, Coolangatta, has redefined the Kirra beachfront esplanade, creating a new class of luxury holiday apartments. Nirvana by the Sea raises the bar for holidays on the southern Gold Coast – maximising it’s breathtaking views and central location – located just 5 minutes from Gold Coast Airport. Each apartment is finished to the highest standard, with living spaces boasting unmatched panoramic views across Kirra and the Gold Coast skyline. Nirvana by the Sea is perfect for your next luxurious holiday escape on Queensland’s famous Gold Coast. Luxury living rises to a new level with these superbly appointed holiday apartments. With floor to ceiling windows showcasing stunning beach views, and subtle attention to detail, each apartment transforms the essence of beach lifestyle. Choose from 2 bedroom apartments, sub-penthouses or the amazing Skyhomes Home to pristine white sands and the famous Kirra barrel surf break, Nirvana by the Sea has the ideal Gold Coast location just minutes from the Gold Coast Airport (OOL). Nirvana by the Sea is on Kirra Beach which is home to a range of relaxing activities and more for the adventurous.

Fact File NAME: Nirvana By The Sea ADDRESS: 1 Douglas St, Coolangatta, Qld 4225 PHONE: (07) 5506 5555 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Steve Sargent WEB: E-MAIL:

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Boulevard Towers Fact File NAME: Boulevard Towers ADDRESS: 45 Broadbeach Blvd, Broadbeach, Qld 4218 PHONE: (07) 5538 8555 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Terry WEB: E-MAIL:

Experience the finest Gold Coast holiday accommodation at Boulevard Towers. Our spacious and self-contained Gold Coast apartments are perfectly located near the heart of Broadbeach, where sophisticated shopping centres and restaurants are complimented by a relaxed beachside ambiance. You are spoiled with choices at Boulevard Towers with our one, two and three bedroom apartments. Our family accommodation in Broadbeach provides free WiFi, free Foxtel Cable TV, fully equipped kitchen with microwave, cooktop and oven, dishwasher, fully equipped laundry, linen and towels, and airconditioning. All of our apartments have private balconies, where you can unwind, and simply take in the spectacular beach and ocean views. At Boulevard Towers, we aim to make your Gold Coast holiday both relaxing and exciting. Our Gold Coast apartments are designed so you could unwind, and simply take pleasure in our many amenities. HEATED POOLS The sparkling swimming pools of our Gold Coast apartments offer hours of lazing around with the family or partner. There's even a wading area for the little ones to splash around in. Relax and unwind in your choice of either our heated outdoor or heated indoor pool. SPA / SAUNA Step into our fantastic spa and relax and enjoy the envigorating bubbles and jets on your body, or why not turn the heat up and have a hot sauna to rejuvenate those muscles after a day of fun. GYM FACILITIES Boulevard Towers has arrangements with a local gym for our guests to be able to use for a small charge. Please contact

reception direct to arrange use of this amazing facility. TENNIS COURT Show off your Wimbledon serve on our half-size tennis court of our family accommodation in Broadbeach. It’s a fun way to keep fit when you’re on a Gold Coast holiday. Tennis equipment is available from the office and can be hired for a small fee. FREE WIFI / PRINTING FACILITIES Tweet about your latest Gold Coast escapade. Log in to Facebook, and post photographs of you, enjoying a siesta on the beach, or gobbling up prawn pasta or steak. You can keep in touch with envious friends and office mates with the Boulevard Apartments wireless internet and office facilities. We have free WIFI internet available in every room. Our friendly office staff will be able to assist you with your printing and photocopying for a small fee. BBQ AREA & GAZEBO Our Gold Coast holiday accommodation provides a stateof-the-art BBQ area, where you can take pleasure in cooking an alfresco meal with your family and friends. Set in lush tropical grounds, the gazebo is the perfect setting to sit and relax with a refreshing drink. TOUR BOOKING DESK The fun-loving and approachable Boulevard Towers tour desk staff will only be too happy to help you plan your beach holiday. Get suggestions on the top destinations for dining out and sheer revelry near our family accommodation in Broadbeach. We can also organise airport transfers, car hire, tours, and theme park tickets for you - NO BOOKING FEE CHARGED. MORE FACILITIES Undercover secure parking 24 hour IDD phone system 2 elevators to every floor FREE Wi-Fi Internet is available in all apartments FREE Foxtel Hire of body boards (small fee) Hire of surf board (small fee) Hire of tennis equipment (small fee)

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Ramada Hotel Hope Harbour Gold Coast Fact File NAME: Ramada Hotel Hope Harbour Gold Goast ADDRESS: 11 John Lund Drive, Hope Island, Qld 4217 PHONE: (07) 5530 9111 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Angus Dunbar WEB: E-MAIL:

Wyndham Hotel Group has acquired the management rights of a boutique Hope Island property, which has undergone a sleek and sophisticated transformation, following an extensive $2.5 million refurbishment by Anthony Moreton Group and Pryde Group. The stylish new-look hotel was officially rebranded Ramada Hotel Hope Harbour, Gold Coast following the refurbishment of the hotel rooms and common areas. The hotel was formerly Marina Quays International. The waterfront hotel will feature 69 guest rooms, managed by Ramada, all offering stunning views across the adjoining Hope Harbour Marina. The new design throughout will provide leisure and corporate travellers with a quality accommodation experience in a relaxing waterfront location, complete with dining options and extensive conference and events facilities accommodating from 20 to 300 guests. Ramada Hotel Hope Harbour is owned by interests associated with Anthony Moreton Group and Pryde Group, and will be managed through Wyndham Hotel Group's South East Asia and Pacific Rim operations, based on Queensland's Gold Coast. It will become the second Ramada to open in the area over the past two years following the addition of Ramada Couran Cove Island Resort in July 2013. The hotel will join Wyndham Hotel Group's robust portfolio of more than 30 South East Asia and Pacific Rim Ramada hotels at a time of unprecedented growth for the brand in the region. Earlier this year, the Hotel Group announced the brand's expansion into Fiji with the signing of Ramada Suites Smugglers Cove. The brand's existing presence in Australia includes resorts in Phillip Island, Dandenong, Ballina, Diamond Beach,

Shoal Bay, Couran Cove, Marcoola Beach and Port Douglas. "The Gold Coast is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations and a key Australian city for both leisure and business travel," said Barry Robinson, President and Managing Director for Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim. "We have been actively seeking to expand the Ramada brand here and are delighted to announce this partnership with Anthony Moreton Group and Pryde Group for Ramada Hotel Hope Harbour." Ramada Hotel Hope Harbour will offer two food and beverage venues, including a waterfront restaurant and hotel bar. Recreational facilities include a gym, two outdoor swimming pools, sauna and access to a nearby tennis court as well as the adjoining 280-berth Hope Harbour marina. The resort will also offer services for conference, meetings and business guests with flexible function spaces. Conveniently located approximately 40 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport and 50 minutes from Brisbane International Airport, Ramada Hotel Hope Harbour is close to the Gold Coast's best dining and entertainment precincts including Main Beach and Sanctuary Cove, and is well positioned within one of Australia's most renowned golfing precincts. Rooms start from $179 per room, per night for a deluxe queen room. For more information visit

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Vineyard Motel Fact File NAME: Vineyard Motel ADDRESS: 42 Chardonnay Rd, Cowra, NSW 2794 PHONE: (02) 6342 3641, 0447 423 361 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Wendy-Jane Saywaker WEB: E-MAIL:

Surrounded by picturesque fields of grapevines (which have just recently been converted to cow pastures) and overlooking the lush Lachlan River Valley, ‘The Vineyard Motel’, with only six rooms, cottage decor and friendly atmosphere, offers a quiet, secluded stopover only three minutes from the heart of Cowra. If you are looking for your ideal break, a business base, a romantic tryst with your loved one, or just comfortable, roomy accommodation and true hospitality, we would like to welcome you to our Vineyard Motel. Relax on the verandahs with a book, some friends, a glass of wine. The perfect place to relax and recharge. With only 6 rooms, bring a group of friends and have the place to yourselves. The motel is licensed, there is a guest barbecue, or you can dine at any of the excellent restaurants nearby. We are happy to provide meals with some advance notice. FEA TURES A T A GLANCE ATURES AT Quiet and peaceful accommodation amongst the vineyards (which have just recently been converted to cow pastures) 3 minutes from Cowra's town centre 2 minutes to the golf course 6 charming spacious rooms with all facilities - 1 deluxe double room with spa bath Complimentary Continental Breakfast Pool with shade cover, and a guest barbecue Air-conditioning and underfloor heating, openable windows

Wireless Internet for your wireless enabled notebooks Motel Liquor Licence NRMA rating 3.1/2 stars We are a very pet friendly motel - please enquire when you book. Ask if there are currently any special deals when you ring. Top of the list is Cowra's excellent Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre - renowned for its beauty and tranquility. Enjoy coffee or lunch in their lovely cafe. Venture out by chauffer driven limosine for a tasting of Cowra Wines at the various cellar doors, sample the quality restaurants in town or play a round of golf next door. Visit the Darby's Falls Observatory and scan the heavens for your favourite stars. Call in to the local Tourist Information Centre for all the latest information as to what is happening during your visit. They are a font of information and have a wide selection of informative brochures to browse through.

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Ivy On Glenelg

Ivy on Glenelg offers three tastefully furnished accommodation options, each with its own entrance. There is also a traditional B & B room, The Tuscan Room. The Doctors Wing has two bedrooms appointed with a queen-size and single bed respectively. It is self-contained with a fully equipped kitchen, sitting room, wood and electric heating and private bathroom facilities. Dry Cottage is also self-contained with a fully equipped kitchen, combined bedroom and sitting room, queen-size bed, en suite bathroom facilities and disabled access. The Turnbull Suite is also self-contained with cooking facilities and has a spacious combined bedroom and sitting room with queen-size and single bed with private bathroom facilities. Continental Breakfast is provided. Self contained apartments have LavAzza Coffee machines and Dishwashers. There is off-street parking and a barbeque area. . Relax in one of the sun-drenched courtyards, or take a stroll in the cottage gardens. For a delicious lunch or dinner, take a 5-minute stroll to Zeps Café/Restaurant on the main street. From Campbell Town you are well positioned to go fishing at the highland lakes or explore the stunning beaches of the east coast. Ivy on Glenelg is located on the Heritage Highway in Tasmania’s midlands about 40-minutes (68 kilometres/42 miles) drive from Launceston. Ivy Cottage is believed to have been constructed around 1838, by James Hamilton who was a storekeeper and wine merchant in Campbell Town and was originally called “Dry Cottage”. It was purchased by Dr Adam Turnbull in 1871 for £325 and remained in the Turnbull family until the late 1940s. Centrally located between Launceston (45 minutes), Hobart (1.5 hours) and Devonport (1.5 hours) – Only 1 hour to the beautiful East Coast. years service.

Fact File NAME: Ivy On Glenelg ADDRES S: 9 Glenelg St, Campbell Town, Tas 7210 ADDRESS: PHONE: (03) 6381 1228, 0418 132 832, 0418 132 211 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: David and Irene Heath WEB: E-MAIL:

You have an amazing home here in Campbell Town. We can see that you've put a lot of care and love into the detail and presentation of this wonderful Bed'n'Breakfast. We enjoyed your courtyard last night, the beds were comfortable, breakfast was lovely and plentiful and the overall atmosphere was very relaxed. Great friendly service. We would stay here again and definiitely recommend your business to others. Thank you and good luck in the future. - Wendy and Hans 13/02/2014

A choice of three separate, fully appointed accommodation facilities, with free Wi-Fi, and their own entrance, separate to the main entry to the house but under the same roof There is also one in-house room. Dr Turnbull was born at “Bacclough Place” in Edinburgh in 1803. He obtained his medical degree and then married Margaret, who was the daughter of the Post Master General of Scotland, on October 12th 1824. They travelled to “Van Diemans Land” on the City of Edinburgh arriving in Hobart Town on April 13, 1825.

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Snowy Mountains Alpine Cottages Fact File NAME: Snowy Mountains Alpine Cottages ADDRES S: 6076 Snow Mountains Hwy, Adaminaby, ADDRESS: NSW 2629 PHONE: (02) 6454 1120, 0408 417 016 CONT ACT CT:: Ross and Laurie ONTA WEB: E-MAIL:

Snowy Mountains Alpine Cottages, 1 and 3 bedroom self contained cottages on 140 acres, are just 8km from Adaminaby township. This is 30 minutes to the Mt Selwyn Snowfields, 10 mins to Lake Eucumbene and 15 mins to Koscuiszko National Park rivers and streams. If you need help planning your holiday, talk to us about: ski hire packages, fishing lessos, tailor made fly There are eight 3 bedroom cottages, all with gas heating. Each cottage contains a kitchen/dining/lounge room, one bedroom with a queen bed, two bedrooms with two single beds in each room, a bathroom with bath and shower, and a laundry with washing machine and clothes dryer. Peak Period – June 24 to September 3: $259 for July School Holidays and Friday, and Saturday night for July and August. $249 per night for balance of peak period. Value Period – June 10 to June 24 and September 4 to October 2: $199 Rest of Year $155 * All rates are per cottage per night Discounts available for group bookings – Not available in peak period Annual E Evv ents include: Easter Fair – Easter Saturday Opening Ski Season – June Long Weekend Close of Fishing in Rivers & Streams – June Long Weekend Opening of Trout Season – October Long Weekend Close of Ski Season – October Long Weekend Trout Festival – First Week November Race Day (Adaminaby Cup) – 2nd Last Saturday November Camp Draft – 2nd Weekend December

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Freycinet Haven

W h e rree bushland meets the ba bayy. Freycinet Haven emerges from its peaceful surroundings at the edge of Freycinet National Park, as luxurious affordable boutique Coles Bay accommodation that is immersed in nature. This special place, beautiful and natural, enjoys uninterrupted views of the pink hued granite of the Hazards Mountains and Freycinet National Park, providing a spectacular and continuously changing backdrop from sunrise to sunset. Only a stone’s throw away from shops and cafes of Coles Bay, yet surrounded by natural beauty, this stylish 4 star secluded accommodation is an experience designed to relax and uplift and to connect with the environment. It is just minutes walk to Richardson’s Beach and central to all Coles Bay attractions. Watersports, beaches, bush walks, local food and wine the choice is yours. .. Wake up to the morning chorus of myriad bird songs and the sun rising over the Hazards Mountains. Relax on the deck with a glass of cool climate Tasmanian wine from one of the local vineyards and watch the late afternoon sun play on the granite boulders of the Hazards. Take a walk up to the Wineglass Bay lookout and experience the breathtaking vista of Wineglass Bay (voted one of the world's top ten beaches) from the top, a memorable view to cherish for yourself. The sights and sounds of the bush, pink granite mountains, sparkling white sand beaches and crystal clear sea water make a visit to Freycinet National Park, an amazing holiday destination on Tasmania's East Coast.

Fact File NAME: Freycinet Haven ADDRES S: 12 Braddons Lookout Rd, Leith, Tas 7315 ADDRESS: PHONE: (03) 6428 3486, 0419 139 927 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Louise Hodgson WEB: E-MAIL:

Freycinet Haven is four bedroom beach house accommodation situated in Coles Bay on the east coast of Tasmania, which provides affordable luxury accommodation for up to 8 people. This contemporary self catering accommodation is decorated with quality furnishings and has, a large open plan living area and two bathrooms. Freycinet Haven offers flexible accommodation configurations to suit the holiday needs of everyone –from a romantic getaway for two to an affordable family holiday.

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Ikon Hotel

Boutique Hotel providing luxury accommodation in Tasmania - The Ikon Hotel is an award winning AAA rated 4-star boutique hotel offering luxury accommodation in the CBD of Burnie, Tasmania. The Ikon Hotel perfectly combines the history of an iconic landmark building tastefully renovated with stylish and sophisticated decor. Ikon Hotel is close to the beach, restaurants, cafes and attractions so visitors will not need to venture far to enjoy most of what Tasmania's North West Coast has to offer. Recently completely refurbished to offer 12 spacious, luxurious and modern suites to cater for travellers, couples or corporate travellers. Each room is decorated with stylish Italian imported leather furniture, floor to ceiling ornate mirrors, LCD TVS, and large ensuite bathrooms. Each apartment offers the comfort of a King bed topped with the most comfortable tempur mattress and king size pillows to ensure a good night's rest. 4 balconies across 2 levels offer guests ocean or street views of the city, whilst enjoying morning coffee - or viewing the spectacular vintage prints that adorn the hallways. Access is by secure swipe card only, to ensure guest privacy and security at all times. Guests also have access to secure underground parking a minute walk from the hotel.

Fact File NAME: Ikon Hotel ADDRES S: 22 Mount St, Burnie, Tas 7320 ADDRESS: PHONE: (03) 6432 4566, 0418 434 566 C ONT ACT ONTA CT:: Steven Kons WEB: E-MAIL: We greet our guests personally, and show them to their rooms giving each guest that extra attention. Please note, Ikon Hotel is heritage listed and does not have an internal lift. Ikon Hotel is the only 4 star boutique hotel in Burnie. Only a short stroll to the beach, restaurants, cafes and attractions so visitors will not need to venture far to enjoy most of what the North West Coast of Tasmania has to offer.

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Otago Cottage

Hobart Cottage Accommodation Otago Cottage and Bungalow are charming country-style modern cottages overlooking Derwent River and Mount Wellington located on Hobart's eastern shore at Otago, directly opposite the iconic Mona Museum. Otago Cottage and Otago Bungalow are a peaceful and pleasant place to stay and is only 15 minutes from Hobart. The timbered ceilings and attic bedrooms add to the country atmosphere. Guests can relax on the shaded veranda or around the barbecue and walk along the river and greet the swans. Charming Country Style Family sized cottage with modern facilities and a friendly atmosphere. Otago Cottage accommodates up to 6 guests and features full kitchen, 3 bedrooms, laundry, spa bath, BBQ facilities, linen provided and breakfast provisions. Children are very welcome. Waterfront property on the banks of the River Derwent, just a scenic 15 minute drive from Hobart's city centre. Hearty country breakfast provisions provide energy for touring the nearby sights which include Go Wild Tasmania (formerly known as Bonorong Park Wildlife Centre), Richmond, Risdon Brook Dam and the city of Hobart. Then return to your cosy fully-equipped cottage, cook a meal in the delightful kitchen and sink into a deep spa bath. Enjoy the complimentary port and scrumptious Tasmanian chocolates. Features: Luxury Spa BBQ Facilities Off Street Parking All Kitchen Facilities Dishwasher Tea/Coffee facilities

Fact File NAME: Otago Cottage ADDRES S: 19 Restdown Drive, Otago, Tas 7017 ADDRESS: PHONE: (03) 6273 3922, 0418 123 335 C ONT ACT ONTA CT:: Karen Smith WEB: E-MAIL:

Microwave oven Refrigerator Electric Blanket Hairdryer Heating Flat Screen TV Clock Radio Stereo/CD player

VCR Washing Machine Clothes Dryer Iron & Ironing board Cots Available Stairs Non Smoking 15 Mins from Hobart CBD

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The Billi Resort Fact File NAME: The Billi Resort ADDRESS: 23 Council St (Lullfitz), Cable Beach, Broome, WA 6725 PHONE: (08) 9192 1711, 0419 123 667 CONT ACT CT:: Amanda Treleaven ONTA WEB: E-MAIL:

Located in the tourist precinct of Cable Beach, The Billi is the ideal private escape. Enjoy its tranquil surroundings and exceptional amenities or use it as a convenient base to explore Broome and the surrounds. Choose from superb, fully self-contained Villas and ultraluxurious Eco Tents. Perfect for corporate, couples and families, and ideal for weddings. The Billi Resort, Cable Beach, opened in October 2011. There are 8, 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, exceptionally finished holiday villas complete with a fully equipped kitchen, outdoor shower, private entertaining deck with BBQ. All villas have access to a stunning central pool area with day beds set amongst the expansive gardens and adjoined by meandering wooden walkways. Everything about The Billi is bright, fresh and uncomplicated with attention to finish and detail – just what you need for your ideal holiday escape or Broome base. As a valued guest of The Billi Resort you are also entitled to a 20 per cent discount with Broome Broome Car Rentals on the daily rate of car hire, for the duration of your stay with us. Where once you had to travel to the distant outback to experience the magic of the Luxury Eco Tent, now The Billi Resort has brought it to you. From the moment you step on to your private limestone encased timber deck area, your luxury tent warmly welcomes you inside with soft cow hides on the floor, original artwork on the walls, serene lighting, faux fur throws and a sumptuous five star pillow topped bed. The four Luxury Eco Tents are nestled under a large canopy of majestic trees and are each connected to the other areas of the resort by expanses of raised timber walkways which meander gently though the established gardens.

From small cocktail soirees poolside to formal dinners under the majestic canopy of trees, The Billi Resort has a number of areas specially designed for group events and weddings. There is a large area of decking that envelops the resort pool which illuminates an iridescent blue with its cascading water feature as a backdrop. This is the perfect place for intimate gatherings and cocktail drinks. For larger events and a more formal Marquee wedding – we have a rectangular area of grass which can comfortably fit a marquee. It sits adjacent to the pool providing a stunning outlook and different areas for a progressive event. However by far and large the most popular spot is under the stunning canopy of trees which has a large area of synthetic grass (which always looks perfect) on which to paint your picture. There is a raised “stage area” which can accommodate entertainment and speeches. The area is fringed by evergreen Frangipanis and has a built in bar area for the serving of drinks. We are more than happy to assist with any aspects of your event planning.

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Smugglers Rest Fact File NAME: Smugglers Rest Self-Contained Accommodation ADDRES S: 56 Station Rd, Dover, Tas 7117 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 6298 1396 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Glenda Rowntree WEB: E-MAIL:

W a t erfr ont Apartments on Do erfront Dovver Ba Bayy Quiet, spacious, clean and perfectly positioned amongst all of the far south Tasmanian activities. Majestic Adamson’s Peak provides a dramatic backdrop to the township of Dover and picturesque Port Esperance with its three islands - Hope, Faith and Charity. Once a convict probation station (est. 1845), now a popular seaside destination and main service centre for the area, Dover‘s main industries are tourism, aquaculture, fishing, toward Bruny Island and the Channel, and gives a close up orcharding and forestry. glimpses of salmon farm operations. Surveyors Bay has a lovely In and around Dover there is a good array of services, inpicnic area - BBQ and toilet. cluding banking, post office, newsagent, bakery, pharmacy, takeaway, supermarkets, mechanic/service station, ‘wood fired’ pizza restaurant, hotel, laundromat, hardware, real estate, hairdresser, online access centre, sailing club, golf course, cellar door/gallery and most types of accommodation including a well located caravan park on the beachfront, a variety of clean, comfortable bed & breakfasts, backpacker, hotel/motel, and selection of nicely appointed self contained apartments. It’s a good idea to stock up with supplies here before heading further south. A short drive inland from Dover to the Esperance River Picnic ground rewards with a delightful spot on the bend of the river with BBQ shelter and toilets. Dover foreshore has some easy walkways and BBQ shelter for picnics at the beach. Recreational fishing from the wharf is another popular pastime. The alternative coastal route into Dover, via Police Point, is well worth the detour, providing some spectacular coastal views

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Portside Links, King Island

King Island - A Portside Experience Only 4-star rated accommodation on the island Ken and Marilyn Chapman first came to King Island as tourists and immediately fell in love with the atmosphere, landscape and friendly island community. They decided to sell their home in Mt Evelyn, Victoria, in 2002 and relocate to the township of Grassy, King Island, where they built their beautiful home from scratch on the old disused golf course overlooking Bass Strait. Ken did much of the hard labour on the house, while Marilyn applied her interior design skills to the internal fittings. As one of the island’s many artists, Marilyn has also designed each of the beautifully appointed apartments herself, ensuring only the highest quality furnishings and touches. More recently, the couple has built a gallery next to the main residence, showcasing the best of local artists and crafts, which guests are welcome to peruse. Portside Links takes pride in offering its guests the ultimate in modern comforts and facilities in a relaxed rural setting. The two spacious and luxurious one-bedroom apartments have been designed to create a private retreat for couples, singles, or small families. The two apartments are separated by an enclosed carport to ensure sufficient privacy, and each apartment comes with its own barbecue facilities. The real beauty of the accommodation, however, is the breath-taking views of Grassy Harbour and ‘Sand Blow’ beach. Enjoy the solitude and beauty of the beach at first light, or

Fact File NAME: Portside Links ADDRES S: 255 Grassy Harbour Rd, Grassy, King Island, ADDRESS: Tas 7256 PHONE: (03) 6461 1134 CONT ACT CT:: Ken Chapman ONTA WEB: E-MAIL:

head to the harbour in the evening for a close encounter with fairy penguins as they return to their colony at dusk. The fully equipped kitchen allows plenty of scope for cooking up King Island’s world-renowned produce, whether it be the fresh steaks from the butcher, freshly caught crayfish or abalone, or some delicious cheese samples from the King Island Dairy. Both apartments are non-smoking offer a queen bed, kitchen and living area, TV and DVD, ensuite, dedicated BBQ facilities, an undercover car park, ocean views, a 300m walk to the beach and penguins, and offer a foldaway single bed if required.

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A uldington

Fact File NAME: Auldington ADDRES S: 110 Frederick St, Launceston, Tas 7250 ADDRESS: PHONE: (03) 6331 2050 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: James Marshall WEB: E-MAIL:

Auldington Hotel offers true boutique accommodation in the ccentr entr asmania. entree of Launc Launcee sstt on, T Tasmania. What was once Presentation Sister’s Convent, established in 1899, has now been converted into a luxurious, welcoming and peaceful 4.5 star, AAA rated hotel. Operations of the convent ceased in 2003, with only 2 nuns, both aged in their nineties, left to manage the three story building. It was a huge task to say the least! In the early 2000s, both ladies were moved on by the Catholic Church to something more practical. Surprisingly, and somewhat unusually, the Catholic Church auctioned off the property. The property was purchased by local couple Mr and Mrs Bowman, who quickly set about renovating the interior to convert the building into a hotel. Retaining its striking heritage architecture, its wonderful central staircase and numerous historic features, the spaces within its walls were tastefully refurbished to create modern, luxurious rooms, all with private ensuite bathrooms. Once renovations were complete, the opening of the 18room Auldington Hotel on 26th December 2005 marked a new era for this beautiful heritage building. Changing hands again in 2014, new owner James Marshall is passionate about his guest’s comfort and continuing the tradition of offering a truly unique and satisfying accommodation experience in Launceston, Tasmania.

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Sails On Port Sorell Fact File NAME: Sails On Port Sorell ADDRES S: 54 Rice St, Port Sorell, Tas 7307 ADDRESS: PHONE: (03) 6428 7580 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Keith Moylan WEB: E-MAIL:

Unique and modern boutique studio apartments, together with a stunning villa situated in Port Sorell on the North West Coast of Tasmania. These boutique studio apartments and villa, combine style and comfort for those who appreciate beautiful decor, using rich and vibrant colours and modern furniture to relax in. Whether you are staying for one night or an extended stay this is definitely an experience in accommodation at its finest. All apartments have self catering kitchens and outdoor barbeques, however our resident qualified chef is also available to cook special meals on request if you so desire. To top off your stay, we are only a 200-metre walk to a beautiful pristine beach and easy walking tracks where you can view the adjacent Narantawpu National Park just across the inlet, or just laze on the picturesque beach. Why not make Sails on Port Sorell Boutique Apartments your Day Trip Central? Sails on Port Sorell is the perfect place to base yourself and

discover what the North West Beaches, Devonport and Cradle country regions have to offer. Take day trips to Leven Canyon, Gunns Plains, Penguin, Burnie, Boat Harbour, Dismal Swamp or the "Nut" at Stanley. Day trip to Cradle Mountain, the Tamar Valley and Cataract Gorge in Launceston or head off to Deloraine, Mole Creek, Liffey Falls, Longford, Sheffield and Latrobe. Take a day to visit the mine and museum in Beaconsfield and visit Seahorse World and the Platypus and Echidna Experience at Beauty Point. All this within a 60- to 90-minute drive from Sails on Port Sorell. Features: ● Off street parking ● Children welcome ● Cot and highchair available ● Only 200 metres from pristine beaches ● All rooms are ground level ● Non smoking rooms ● Own BBQ for each room ● Tasmanian Hospitality plus

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Scamander Beach Resort Hotel

We offer family based accommodation and bistro style meals 7 days a week. Scamander Beach Hotel Motel is situated on the beautiful sunny East Coast of Tasmania, where the beaches are pristine and the air is clean. We offer all day snacks; lunch and dinner in the Sand Bar and Beach Bistro; all located within the grounds of Scamander Beach Hotel Motel with plenty of off street parking. To make a reservation please call (03) 6372 5255 Our rooms have ensuite bathrooms, some have walk-in showers or a bath to relax in after a hard days site-seeing. They also have tea/coffee making facilities. Corporate Rates and Tour Group Packages available on Request. We have a range of rooms to suit both couples and families. Our adjoining rooms open onto the gardens and playground, making these ideal for families.

Fact File NAME: Scamander Beach Resort Hotel ADDRES S: 158-164 Scamander Ave, Scamander, Tas 7215 ADDRESS: PHONE: (03) 6372 5255 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Margaret and Brian Forsyth WEB: E-MAIL: The majority of our rooms have ocean and river views from your own balcony. A guest laundry is avaiable. Places of interest include: St.Columba Falls, Wineglass Bay, Bay of Fires, St Patricks Head Walking Track, Blue Tier, Derby Tin Mine, Eddystone Point Lighthouse, St Helens History Room, Mt.William National Park, Winifred Curtis Nature Reserve, South Sister Lookout, White Gum Reserve, Mathinna Falls Myrtle Forest Walking Track, 3 Golf courses within 20km.

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Ross Motel and Caravan Park

The Ross Motel is currently for sale through Knight Frank Launceston (03) 633378988 selling agent is Rodney Rawlings. The vendors John and Christina have run the Ross Motel, Caravan Park and Heritage Cabins for the past 5.5 years and have developed the business into a highly successful and profitable accommodation enterprise with further opportunities for growth and expansion. The 4 star-rated Ross Motel is also currently rated at 4.5 stars by Trip Advisor and regularly rated in the Top 10 of all accommodation facilities in Northern Tasmania. A great business in Ross in the “centre of Tassie” which is regularly selected as the best heritage village in Tasmania. A significant increase in tourism to Tasmania and the growing Asian market will see further growth to the current figures. The owners having retired once are now looking to re-retire. “Great business – huge potential”.

Fact File NAME: Ross Motel and Caravan Park ADDRES S: 2 High St, Ross, Tas 7209 ADDRESS: PHONE: (03) 6381 5224 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Christine Brooks and John Edwards WEB: E-MAIL: John and Christina have run the Ross Motel, Caravan Park and Cabins for the past 5 and 1/5 years and have grown the business to a new level. Recently the Ross Motel was selected as the no.2 accommodation facility in all of Northern Tasmania. Full trading details iare available from the selling agents, Knight Frank,Launceston. 03 6333 7888. Ask for agent Rodney Rawlings

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Alexandria Bed and Breakfast

Alexandria is a gracious Federation style home built in 1905 on the banks of the Inglis River 1.5 km from the Town Centre of Wynyard and Burnie Airport, in North West Tasmania offering services of Bed and Breakfast Accommodation and Function Venue. We invite you to experience the historic and tranquil surroundings and great personal service we have to offer. Bed and Breakfast Continental breakfast included in the tariff (room service) Cooked breakfast menu available at extra cost Heating, Television, radio, bar fridge, tea and coffee making facilities Early check-in / Late check out can be arranged (extra costs apply) Complimentary use of the Laundry Facilities and Barbeque Area Free Wireless broadband Internet access Mini Bar Option in each room Cot and Highchair Other Services Gift Vouchers for that special gift Corporate bookings and discounts on long stays are available Ample off street parking (1 car per accommodation suite) Reception hours: 9am to 8pm daily Visa, Mastercard, AMEX and Eftpos are accepted Accommodation There are 4 suites available for guests all with private ensuite bathrooms. Two are situated in the main house and two are situated amongst the beautiful cottage gardens. Three suites have views of the gardens and the unique ever changing Inglis River. Continental breakfast is included. A cooked breakfast menu is available at extra cost. We also offer room rates only - please contact us directly for these. Oak Suite The Oak Suite, named after the magnificent shady French oak tree in the back garden, is the main suite in the garden cottages and the first choice for a honeymoon suite. It is spacious with a queen and single bed for an extra guest or child and is well equipped for either short or longer stays, with microwave, bar fridge and full crockery supplied. A private reading area is also available for use outside your door. 1 person - $105 2 persons - $125 3 persons - $145

Fact File NAME: Alexandria Bed and Breakfast ADDRES S: 1 Table Cape Rd, Wynyard, Tas 7325 ADDRESS: PHONE: (03) 6442 411, 0417 900 280 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Rachel Arnold WEB: E-MAIL: Chestnut Suite Riv er V ws River Vii eew The Chestnut Suite, named after the graceful chestnut tree in the back garden, is the second suite in the garden cottages. It is spacious with a queen and single bed for an extra guest or child and is well equipped for either short or longer stays, with microwave, bar fridge and full crockery supplied. A single foldaway bed can also be set up for a fourth person, perfect for travelling families. A private reading area is also available for use outside your door. Complimentary port and chocolates are provided on arrival if book through our website. 1 person - $110 2 persons - $130 3 persons - $150 4 persons - $170 Daisy Suite The Daisy Suite, named after the many long flowering daisy bushes in the garden is our largest suite available. It is a spacious queen suite in the main house positioned with views of the magnificent English Oak in the garden. An adjoining room is set up as a semi-kitchen with bar fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster and extra crockery, perfect for longer stays. 1 person - $120 2 persons - $140 Camelia Suite The Camelia Suite, named after the many camelia bushes in the garden, is situated in the main house and is ideal for the single traveller. This suite has a double bed and features the largest bathroom we have to offer. Continental breakfast is served in the main house dining room. Please contact us by phone or email when booking this suite.

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Emu Point Motel and Apartments

Emu Point Motel and Apartments in Albany, WA welcomes you to one of the world’s most peaceful escapes. Just minutes from the thrivingcoastal town of Albany, you can relax on pristine beaches (200 metre stroll) and enjoy all sorts of leisure activities from fishing, boating, surfing, golf and bowls to dining out on Albany’s fresh seafood, gourmet delicacies and wine. Our Emu Point Albany accommodation offers a fantastic location for holidays and business. Enjoy comfortable accommodation with a choice of Classic Studios,Classic Queen studio, Classic King Studios, Deluxe and Executive Apartments. Experience unforgettable whale watching in WA! Package your Emu Point Motel and Apartments Accommodation & Whale Tour Together for HUGE SAVINGS! Check out our special couple and family 'Whale Watching Stayovers'. Accredited 3.5 star rating. WINTER W ARMER SPECIAL WARMER Stay for 3 nights and have the 4th night free! - Direct bookings only - see contact details below - Excludes all Public and School holidays - Available from 1st May to 24th September - Offer is available only once per week not combined with any other discounts. TO BOOK, contact us by using form on contact page or call us on (08) 9844 1001 Emu Point Motel & Apartments presents ideal Albany accommodation for tourists, holiday makers and travelling business people looking for a great value motel in Albany WA. We give you a great choice of accommodation styles: • Classic Motel Studio (sleeps 3) 1 Queen bed and 1 single bed • Classic Super King Studio (sleeps 2) 1 King bed • Deluxe Apartment studio style (sleeps 4 or 5) 1 Queen bed

Fact File NAME: Emu Point Motel and Apartments ADDRES S: Cnr Medcalf Pde and Mermaid Ave, Albany, ADDRESS: WA 6330 PHONE: (08) 9844 1001, 0438 441 662 CONT ACT CT:: Christine Edwards ONTA WEB: E-MAIL:

and 2 or 3 single beds • Deluxe Queen Apartment studio style (sleeps 4) 2 Queen beds • Executive Apartment studio style (sleeps 2) All rooms in our accommodation are self-catering for your convenience and also feature Telephones and Free WIFI. The property has a fantastic fully enclosed BBQ area perfect for large families or groups and a guest laundry.

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Golden Embers Apartments and B&B Fact File NAME: Golden Embers Apartments and B&B ADDRES S: 98 Inglis St, Wynyard, Tas 7325 ADDRESS: PHONE: (03) 6442 4755, 040 7 9 7 0 7711 11 0407 97 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Maragert Mikhaiel WEB: E-MAIL:

GUESTS’ TESTIMONIALS “W onderful plac Wonderful placee and full of lo lovv e ” 5 of 5 stars we stayed in Golden Embers-Ross cottage for 2 nights, it is the best accommodation in our round trip vacation. very clean, spacious room, perfect kitchen and lovely garden. The host, Margaret, is very nice and helpful. she kindly introduced the cottage and share with us about the sight seeing point in Wynyard, such as Table cape, lighthouse tower touring etc. there are really good and worth to spend time on it. she let us know Wynyard is more than a mid way point to Stanley, it is a quiet, peace and lovely town. on the other hand, we have our lunar new year in Ross cottage, the host even help us to prepare flowers, little gifts and table setting. it was surprised us a lot about her kind and willing take care of us like her family!! i highly recommend who want to have a comfort, clean and full of love place. - P olly sham fr om T aichung, T aiw Polly ollysham from Taichung, Taiw aiwaa n “Relaxing Break” This was a lovely comfortable spot , with a great host, and a good base for touring. Lots of space, and all the kitchen you could need. Great spa. There are several options for rooms, get the spa , if you like them? Much work being done on the garden. - Frank Sainsbury from Kingston Australia “ LLo o v ely plac o sstt aayy ” placee tto Highly recommend the Golden Embers. A Very friendly welcome and a wonderful home with plenty of room of a large family to stay and feel comfortable. Can highly recommend it to you. Thankyou so much Margaret :-) - Lisaanne 25 7, fr om Sale A u sstr tr alia 257 from Au tralia

Golden Embers Apartments and B&B has been operating since 2004 offering a completely unique and stylish experience in accommodation. We aim to provide Clean, Quality Accommodation at affordable rates. AAA 3.5 STAR rated. Conveniently located close to the beach, town, shopping, Burnie / Wynyard Airport, Cradle Mountain, Strahan and Stanley. Ideal for the longer stay & exploration of the scenic North West Coast of Tasmania. Accommodating up to 6 guests exclusively. There are 3 accommodation opportunities available ... "The Oriental Apartment", "The Rose Cottage Apartment" and the "Golden Embers Historic Home". As a new and unique Experience, we are now offering our valued guests, the ability to stay in the Grand Historic Home of "Golden Embers" (zirca 1900). "Golden Embers" accommodates up to 6 guests in comfort & style and you have the whole (approx. 30 square) renovated unique home all to yourselves. The main bathroom has been recently renovated and has a luxurious spa bath to enjoy. why not share the experience with special friends, family or treat yourselves? Ideal for that Special Occasion, Romantic Getaway, Honeymoon, Anniversary or get together with friends, family or functions. Browse our photos ... you will be amazed!

“Ex ying ffor or 14da “Excc ellent sstt aaying 14dayy s ” had wonderful 14 days stay in Golden Embers. The house was really excellent, large, impeccably clean and well equipped. There was a lovely spa and comfortable living room with a big TV set. And we had great night with watching Taken in the living room. And the toilet and shower rooms were clean and feel comfortable. The rooms were nicely furnished and spacious and exceptionally clean. Great location and easy to access to the beach and the Wynyard town. We had very good welcome from Margaret and was very helpful. Never forget to stay in such a wonderful house forever. Thanks for the stay Margaret. i had a unforgettable stay in Wynyard - Semi LLee ee fr om South K o rree a from Ko “Unbelievable” This is a great house rather than an apartment. There are three large rooms, a study/reading room, a well decorated living/playing room, a large kitchen and a well look after garden. The kitchen facility is great with almost everything your need. Two of the rooms have en-suite shower and toilet and loads of space. There is an independent spa and a toilet. The collection in the reading room makes it more like a small library. You can look up for famous persons who share the same BD with you. We enjoy our stay very much and would like to come again if the house have not been sold. Many thanks for the hospitality of Margaret. - HK JIM fr om Hong K ong from Kong

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Amy’s House

Visit the beautiful Clare Valley Wine Region, and come and indulge your senses at Amy's House, where all your creature comforts are catered for. Nestled in the old part of Auburn - Gateway to the Clare Valley and beginning of the Riesling Trail, end of the Rattler Rail Trail and stop-over for the world heritage Flinders Ranges. Only 1¼ hours from Adelaide. Amy's House offers all that is truly beautiful in a bed and breakfast. Amy's House is a stunning early Australian design fully selfcontained bed and breakfast cottages set in a tranquil garden featuring the latest country decor, it offers a beautiful blend of old world charm and modern day comfort. Spend your day strolling around the town appreciating the heritage buildings or visiting antique stores, tea rooms and specialty shops. Then head to the nearby wineries, historic and welcoming country pubs or outstanding restaurants. The Clare Valley provides a range of exciting trail experiences and includes three of the state's top trails Heysen, Mawson and Riesling. The Riesling Trail, passes right by Amy's House; a multi-use recreational trail for walking and cycling, which presently utilises a 25km disused section of a former railway line. This section meanders the length of the beautiful Clare Valley wine region. Auburn - Leasingham - 6km Leasingham - Watervale - 2 km Watervale - Penwortham - 5 km Penwortham - Sevenhill - 5 km Sevenhill - Clare - 7km The Rattler Rail Trail is a multi - use recreational trail for walking and cycling, which utilises the disused former railway line between Riverton and Auburn. It is 20 kms in length and adjoins the Riesling Trail at Mt Horrocks wines. We can arrange mountain bikes for hire and can organise lunch hampers to be dropped at a pre-arranged location. Try the Cheese and Wine trail which starts in Clare at Wild Saffron. The Clare Valley Cheese and Wine Trail offers a progressive picnic matching some of South Australia's finest arti-

Fact File NAME: Amy’s House ADDRESS: Lot 6 Church St, Auburn, SA 5451 PHONE: 0408 492 281 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Yev Azzopardi WEB: E-MAIL:

san made cheeses with wines from some of the region's best wineries. Three separate Trails are offered, each highlighting four Clare Valley Wineries, each providing patrons with an exciting overview of the diverse microclimates and wine styles of the Clare Valley. With a few days notice we can organise either of the trails for you, just call 0408 492 281. The Clare township is just 24 kms from Auburn, via some of Australia's most famous wineries. Historic towns of Leasingham, Watervale, Penwortham and Sevenhill, with their rolling vineyards, are situated north of Auburn. Visit Mintaro, famous for Martindale Hall, Mintaro Maze and Timandra Garden, and Geralka Rural Farm, Burra for its Monster mine and antique shops and Kapunda where you can discover our Celtic origins and visit "Map the miner" There are 3 conservation parks within the region - Spring Gully, Martindale Hall & Redbanks all with diverse wildlife. Auburn is the ideal base to explore this lovely region.

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Burra Motor Inn Visit the Burra region of South Australia Burra Motor Inn is a comfortable, well appointed motel situated alongside the tranquil, tree-lined Burra Creek with lovely views and abundant birdlife at your door. A short 350m stroll from Burra's town centre, Burra Motor Inn offers accommodation with air conditioning, heating, electric blankets, Foxtel, en suites, bar fridge, and tea & coffee making facilities. Our 20 modern, spacious motel units all feature a King or Queen sized bed. Conveniently located onsite, our well-reviewed Jumbucks Restaurant is a warm and inviting space that opens up onto a lawned outdoor area looking out across the Burra Creek. Admire the Rail Memorabilia and Australiana whilst you wine and dine in an intimate setting with locally sourced food & wine. Jumbucks Restaurant is open to guests and the general public from 6pm, Monday to Saturday. Cooked Breakfast is available in the restaurant by appointment, or a continental breakfast can be ordered to the room. Base yourself in the heritage township of Burra whilst you discover parks and wildlife, walk the trails of great men in history such as Sir Hubert Wilkins, General Douglass McArthur, Henry Bryan and pioneers of the Merino wool industry. Explore the beautiful Goyder region, and return to Burra Motor Inn in the evenings to relax in the heated spa. Stay a little longer and visit a few of the numerous attractions within an hour of Burra. Visit historic townships such as Mount Bryan, Terowie, Morgan, Mintaro, Peterborough, Eudunda, (and more). Experience the rail history of the region at Steamtown, and taste the wines at the Cellar doors of world-renowned wineries in the Clare Valley. Within the township of Burra, visit the Burra Regional Art Gallery featuring artwork from local artists, and purchase a Burra Heritage Passport from the Visitor Information Centre and enjoy access to numerous historic sites and museums for the duration of your stay. Visit us on Facebook and view our photo albums for photographs of the many attractions around our region. Jumbucks Restaurant is a warm & inviting space that opens up onto a lawned outdoor area looking out across the Burra Creek. Admire the Rail Memorabilia and Australiana whilst you wine and dine in an intimate setting with locally sourced food and wine. Jumbucks Restaurant is open from 6pm Monday to Saturday. Base yourself in the heritage township of Burra whilst you discover parks and wildlife, walk the trails of great men in history such as Sir Hubert Wilkins, General Douglass McArthur, Henry Bryan and pioneers of the Merino wool industry. Explore the beautiful Goyder region, and return in the evenings to dine in the relaxed, intimate setting at Jumbucks Restaurant. There are accommodation options available to suit all budgets within our region, so why not stay a little longer and visit a few of the numerous attractions within an hour of Burra? Visit historic townships such as Mount Bryan, Terowie, Morgan, Mintaro, Peterborough, Eudunda, (and more). Experience the rail history of the region at Steamtown, and taste the wines at the Cellar doors of world-renowned wineries in the Clare Valley. Within the township of Burra, visit the Burra Regional Art Gallery featuring artwork from local artists, and purchase a Burra Heritage Passport from the Visitor Information Centre and enjoy access to numerous historic sites and museums for the duration of your stay.

Fact File NAME: Burra Motor Inn and Jumbucks Restaurant ADDRESS: Market St, Burra, SA 5417 PHONE: (08) 892 2777 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Robert Frischke WEB: E-MAIL:

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Welcome to ‘Amble at Hahndorf’ bed and breakfast just 150m from Hahndorf’s Main Street, and only 25 km east of Adelaide CBD. Nestled in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia ‘Amble at Hahndorf’ Bed and Breakfast is perfectly located for an enjoyable and peaceful escape. For those who wish to venture further afield, Amble at Hahndorf is an ideal base for day trips to Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale wine districts. Set in lovely gardens, ‘Amble at Hahndorf’ offers tranquillity, romance and seclusion. This beautiful Hahndorf accommodation is offered in either: Amble Wren Cottage, Amble Fern Studio or Amble Over Apartment. Amble W Wrr e n An intimate self-contained, four star rated Cottage for a couple. Relax in your private spa with a delightful rural outlook. Sit on your private deck, enjoy the views of the English style Garden and watch the antics of many species of native birds. Amble Fern Amble Fern is a contemporary styled Studio. It overlooks the garden with its own private patio. Relax in the spa or sit in your private courtyard with an English Garden setting. The peace and tranquillity are yours to enjoy. The native birds dart around the garden and often stop to drink from the water fountain. Amble Fern can accommodate up to four people. Amble Ov er Apartment Over Amble Over is a stylish, upstairs Apartment for a couple. Experience the serenity of either the rural or garden views from either of your balconies. Your spacious bathroom includes a luxurious spa and gives a sweeping view over the rear paddocks. The front balcony provides a wonderful view over the gorgeous English style garden. This apartment has been tagged with a quirky, ‘tongue in cheek’ name. With two well established accommodation choices, we saw the opportunity to offer another, with the unique advantage of elevation. The name could simply imply ‘relaxed’, or ‘above all else’, but ideally we see it as ‘relaxed sophistication’. The views offer something special. Amble Over has an open plan lounge / dining area, it is extremely comfortable and very spacious.

Fact File NAME: Amble-At-Hahdorf ADDRES S: PO Box 165, Hahndorf, SA 5245 ADDRESS: PHONE: 0408 105 610 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Di Meyer WEB: E-MAIL:

The special things… We stock the apartment with some special things (included in the tariff) to make your stay even more enjoyable. Where possible and when we know we can maintain quality, we source from the local area. Breakfast: fresh orange juice; ground plunger coffee; low fat milk; sausages (contain rye flour); bacon; fresh tomato and eggs; baked beans; grain bread (gluten free available on request); spreadable butter; Vegemite; jams & sauce (gluten free); cereal (contains gluten); natural muesli Treats: chocolate truffles; biscuits (all contain gluten); nuts and dried fruit; port Drinks: bottled water; selection of teas and coffees; hot chocolate Kitchen staples: sugar & artificial sweeteners; pepper & salt; olive oil Bathroom: shampoo; conditioner; soap &spa/shower gel Room inclusions: Flat screen TV; DVD player; radio/cassette/CD player; clock/ alarm with iPod docking; internet access; refrigerator; microwave; kettle; toaster; electric frying pan; portable induction hotplate with pots; full range of cutlery, crockery and glassware; microwave containers; serving bowls; paper towel; cling wrap; foil; napkins; hair dryer; iron & ironing board; first aid kit reverse cycle air-conditioner; gas BBQ with hood; outdoor setting

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Windana Cottages Fact File NAME: Windana Cottages ADDRES S: 12 West End Flat Rd, Hawker, SA 5434 ADDRESS: PHONE: (08) 8648 4201, 0428 484 201 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Pat and Keith Wiseman WEB: E-MAIL:

LO C A TED IN THE FLINDERS RANGES ATED For the chance of a lifestyle that will really capture your soul - prepare to fall in love with this magnificent p rroperty operty operty.. Set on the outskirts ooff H aaw w kker er on 6.2 Hectar Hectaree s , "Windana Cottages" comprises a comfortable 3 bedroom homestead together with 2 cottages - currently used as a 3 and a half star Bed & Breakfast style accommodation. The main dwelling incorporates 3 bedrooms plus a good siz ed ooffic ffic o main bedr oom, a sized fficee //ss tudy tudy,, ensuit ensuitee tto bedroom, country style kitchen with adjoining dining and family sized lounge.

T her viting timber deck ed pa tio which oovv erheree is an in inviting decked patio looks the natural gardens and the inground swimming pool and is a great place to relax and appreciate the open space outlook and colourful views of the rugged C entr al Flinders R anges ar ea tha Ranges area thatt ar aree aavv ailCentr entral able here. T her oo man tur es tto o lis ou listt but yyo heree ar aree simply ttoo manyy ffee aatur tures will certainly appreciate the superb workshop and gar aging, solar panels, and 22, 000 gallons ooff rrain ain w a t er 22,000 ainw s t o rrage age on ooff ff er tanc w a y is a set ooff 2 ffer er.. A short dis distanc tancee aaw well equipped, fully operating B & B cottages. Known as "Windana Cottages" with 2 bedrooms in each unit, a very comfortable living room, kitchen, together with undercover parking and everything needed to provide its quality 3 and a half star rating. (for further information see w w w .w i n d a n a cco o ttages. o m ) If you're looking for a change and love the outdoors - t h i s m aayy b e r i g h t ffo o r yyo ou. Inspection b byy less

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Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort

Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort is a friendly oasis set amidst 28 acres of immaculate grounds lush with palms, rainforest areas and award winning tropical gardens and is situated on the southern entrance to Cairns, just seven minutes from the city centre. Catering to travellers and holiday makers who appreciate quality, cleanliness and excellent value for money, Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort has a full range of accommodation, camping and caravan sites to suit couples, families, groups or independent travellers looking for a friendly home away from home. Our accommodation ranges from luxury Sun Lagoon Condos that sleep up to eight people with two bathrooms to Spa Villas and Tropical Ensuite Cabins for smaller families and those travelling on a budget. If you prefer to bring your own home away from home there is no need to rough it with our spacious sites for caravans, tents, camper trailers, motor homes and our immaculate park amenities and facilities like full Campers Kitchen and mini mart. We have everything to ensure a comfortable stay even Super Ensuites with private bathroom and washing machine. No matter which accommodation choice you make everyone gets to enjoy the multitude of activities and facilities here at Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort. Fill your day between lounging beside the Sun Lagoon Pool and spa, dodging the bucket at SPLASH water park, flipping out on the Jumping Pillow or perhaps a game of tennis or giant chess. There are so many things to do you will never want to leave. If you can drag yourself away for a day, our location in Cairns is perfect for travellers wishing to visit one of the natu-

Fact File NAME: Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort ADDRESS: 23-51 Anderson Rd, Cairns, Qld 4868 PHONE: (07) 4054 6644 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Kim Thomas WEB: E-MAIL:

ral Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef. To snorkel, dive or cruise this magnificent ocean playground is a must for any Cairns holiday and our friendly staff can assist you with the many choices available or see our Tour Packages for more information. Our friendly staff at Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort Holiday are waiting to welcome you.

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Fitzroy Island Resort Fact File NAME: Fitzroy Island Resort ADDRES S: Fitzroy Island, Great Barrier Reef, Qld 4870 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 4044 6700 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Glen McDonald WEB: E-MAIL:

Fitzroy Island is a tropical paradise of rainforest and beaches within the calm sheltered waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. A listed National Park the island is ideal for families or a romantic gateway. Visit for a day or stay overnight in our boutique 41/2 star island accommodation. Located 45 minutes by the Fitzroy Fast Cat, from Cairns, the island facilities include a diving school, conference and The boutique resort has 99 rooms, offers 4 types of guest wedding venue, restaurant, Foxy's Bar, walking trails, glass accommodation and is the only resort on the island. The facilibottom tours, kayaking and snorkelling. ties are exclusive to resort guests and include a restaurant, a large swimming pool and spa, a swim-up pool bar, conference rooms, indoor and outdoor function space, a cinema, games room and kids play room. Fitzroy Island Resort is a licensed premises and BYO alcohol is not permitted onto the island in any form. All alcohol brought onto the island will be held by the resort until day of departure. Zephyr Restaurant is open daily for buffet breakfast and serves the essential morning cappuccino. At night the outdoor terraces come alive with diners enjoying the alfresco settings for a la carte dining. The menu is modern Australian, using locally sourced ingredients with nightly specials available. If you have special dietary requirements, please advise us on booking. The restaurant is fully licensed and has a wide selection of wines and beverages available. Celebrating a special event? Let us know and we can tailor make your dining experience. The Pool Bar is open daily until 4.30pm for resort guests. The bar has a great range of cocktails, coffees and offers a light snack menu.

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Beach Huts Middleton

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At Beach Huts Middleton you will experience a village style atmosphere with a uniqueness and charm like no other. Feeling stressed? Relax and unwind on the deck of your own self contained beach hut, tune out to the sound of the birds and the waves of the nearby south coast surf. Feeling peckish? How about a delicious meal at award winning Blues restaurant. Energetic? Perhaps a game of tennis on the full sized tennis court or a short walk to local Middleton Surf beach. Centrally located between Goolwa, Port Elliot and Victor Harbor, Beach Huts provides the perfect place from which to explore the many local attractions. Located centrally along the south coast between the townships of Port Elliot and Goolwa. Beach Huts Middleton are 1km east of the Middleton township, heading towards Goolwa on the main Victor - Goolwa Road. Directly opposite Peterson Road.

NAME: Beach Huts Middleton ADDRESS: 1 Charles St, Middleton, SA 4213 PHONE: (08) 8554 3933, 0411 473 188 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: David Palmer WEB: E-MAIL:

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Devonshire House

Heritage B&B Accommodation. Circa 1856. Central to the Clare Valley wine district, 1.5 hours drive north of Adelaide, the Devonshire House is truly a part of South Australia's colonial heritage. Devonshire House (built in 1856 as the Devonshire Hotel), now provides three luxury self-contained apartments. Spacious and private, each apartment is elegantly furnished and decorated to make your stay truly memorable. Devonshire House is an ideal base to explore the many attractions the Clare Valley has to offer. Each Apartment provides luxury bathroom with large twoperson spa. Romantic bedroom with antique queen size bed. Large living room with open wood fires. Colour television and DVD. Air-conditioning for year round comfort. Fully equipped kitchen with provisions for cooked breakfast. Terraced patio with barbecue facilities overlooking large private gardens. Local red or white wine provided, chocolates and port for after dinner. Experience the history and charm of this unique heritage accommodation reminiscent of a bygone era. Ideal accommodation for that 'special' romantic occasion.

Fact File NAME: Devonshire House ADDRES S: PO Box 7, Mintaro, SA 5415 ADDRESS: PHONE: (08) 8843 9058 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Maragret and Villis Marshall WEB: E-MAIL:

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Port Lincoln Foreshore Apartments Fact File NAME: Port Lincoln Foreshore Apartments ADDRES S: 100 Tasman Tce, Port Lincoln, SA 5606 ADDRESS: PHONE: 0448 790 114 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Carissa Woolford WEB: E-MAIL:

Port Lincoln Accommodation – Choose a rate saving combination to suit your group from just $180 per night! Looking for accommodation in Port Lincoln? Book an apartment on the esplanade and enjoy your holiday from the comfort of Port Lincoln’s ultimate foreshore location. One of the only CBD locations that offers spacious, affordable, house size apartments that are perfect for groups and families – from only $220 per night for 4 people, be quick as we only have 2 apartments to choose from (now with interconnecting balconies)! Check rates and availability easily through our online booking system, or make a telephone enquiry during business hours – remember our best rates are available when booking online. Staying a little longer? Then our 5+ night rate is the smarter accommodation choice for groups and families, or couples simply wanting to indulge a little. Apartments from $200 per night for 4 people, that’s great value! WINTER MID WEEK COUPLES SPECIAL NO W A VAILABLE OW AV $180/night (3 night minimum). Or enquire with the property manager for last minute mid-week specials to suit your family. We look forward to seeing you in Port Lincoln! Port Lincoln Foreshore Accommodation Beachside accommodation doesn’t get any more comfortable than Port Lincoln Foreshore Apartments, the popular choice for families, leisure and corporate travellers looking for space and affordability in a central location. Whether your stay is long or short, Port Lincoln Foreshore Apartments are the ideal way to combine business and pleasure. From the balconies you can take in the magnificent views over Boston Bay. Relax in spacious surroundings, while enjoying the convenience of nearby restaurants, hotels, beaches, playground and shopping precincts.

After an early morning dip, linger over breakfast at one of Port Lincoln’s excellent seaside cafes before heading off to explore the many unique activities and attractions of the city and surrounds. Discover new places you’ll love, or your fully-equipped apartment is always ready for you to entertain “at home”. Drinks on the balcony at sunset? However you choose to spend your days, we are sure your visit will be unforgettable.

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Linger Longer Cottages

W elc ome tto o Linger LLonger onger SSA A elcome Peter and Lyndal offer you a choice of three private, secluded themed cottages on three acres at the end of a quiet country lane and only five minutes from Victor Central, Port Elliot and Boomer Beach. We have taken great care to set up each cottage as a ‘home away from home’ with all the conveniences and creature comforts that we would like to find ourselves while away and have received feedback from many of our guests that we have successfully achieved this. Each cottage is a private retreat surrounded by gardens carefully landscaped to provide privacy and encourage birdlife yet at the same time offer sweeping rural views to the sea at Watsons Gap, across the wetlands towards Victor and to the hills to the north. We challenge you to spend time at Linger Longer Cottages and not want to LINGER LONGER!

Fact File NAME: Linger Longer Cottages ADDRESS: 18a Duncan St, Lockleys, SA 5032 PHONE: 0418 842 097 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Lyndal and Peter Melnyk WEB: E-MAIL:

Sleeps 4, spa, DVD, CD, BBQ, reverse cycle Air-con. Ideal spot to "GET AWAY" FULL DISABLED ACCESS Deck with views to sea & hills Tranquil Rural Setting Queen bed, 2 singles Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning Full Kitchen Facilities Linen provided Gas BBQ & outdoor eating, 2 person spa Lot 21 Mentone Road, Hayborough Via Port Elliot A funky blend of shabby chic and genuine vintage, this two bedroom cottage is set on three acres with tranquil rural views to the sea and hills. Only 5 minutes from either Victor Central or Port Elliott. Frangipani Cottage: A self contained two bedroom cotSleeps 4, spa, DVD, CD, BBQ, tage set on three acres at the end of a country lane with reverse cycle Air-con. tranquil rural views to the sea and hills. Ideal adult "GET AWAY" Only 5 minutes from either Victor Central or Port Elliott. Sleeps 6, spa, DVD, CD, BBQ, reverse cycle Air-con. Tranquil Rural Setting, Deck with views to sea & hills, Reverse Ideal spot to "GET AWAY" Cycle Air Conditioning. Queen bed, 2 singles. Linen provided Tranquil Rural Setting Full Kitchen Facilities. Gas BBQ & outdoor eating. 2 person 2 decks with views to sea & hills spa, 3 way bathroom Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning Lot 21 Mentone Road, Hayborough Via Port Elliot Queen bed, sofabed, 2 singles Central location in Barmera with Linen provided views across parklands to Lake Full Kitchen Facilities Bonney. Affordable 2 bedroom Gas BBQ & outdoor eating unit convenient to many 2 person spa, 3 way bathroom Riverland attractions. Lot 21 Mentone Road, Hayborough Via Port Elliot More sun than the Gold Coast! Winner of the TakeABreak 2 minutes from the main street Awards 2010 for Accessible or the lake. Spacious, sleeps 6, holiday accommodation DVD, CD, BBQ, reverse cycle FULL DISABLED ACCESS. Self contained, two bedroom cot- Air-con. Ideal base to see Riverland. Convenient central locatage on 3 acres, tranquil rural tion. View across parklands to lake. Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning. Queen bed, 2 double bunks. Option of linen provided views to the sea and hills. Only 5 minutes from either Vic- Full Kitchen Facilities. Gas BBQ & outdoor eating Unit 9 86 Nook amk A 55345 345 Nookamk amkaa T Tcc e . Barmer Barmeraa SSA tor Central or Port Elliott.

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Robetown Motor Inn and Apartments

The Ideal Holiday Getaway Stylish, modern motel and apartment accommodation located close to the centre of Robe ... and within walking distance of shops, restaurants, cafes and Robe's main attractions Take advantage of our great location. Leave your car at the Robetown Motor Inn and enjoy the leisurely pace of this historic seaside village Robetown Motor Inn and Apartments enjoys a wonderful reputation for friendly service and hospitality A selection of fine restaurants, pubs, shops and galleries is just a short stroll away. We've set the benchmark in Robe for motel and apartment accommodation Robetown Motor Inn and Apartments has a variety of family-friendly, stylish and modern ground floor motel rooms and apartments overlooking the beautiful township of Robe. All rooms and apartments offer the comfort of reverse cycle air-conditioning and include Free Wi-Fi, Flat Screen TVs, a refrigerator, toaster, tea and coffee making facilities, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. Motel Rooms include Free Austar movies and sport, while Apartments also provide a DVD player and Free movie hire! Our 2 and 3 bedroom Apartments offer a full kitchen with electric cooktop, oven and sink, while the Studio Apartments feature a kitchenette with electric frypan. All Apartments are equipped with a microwave together with all your crockery and cutlery needs. A luxurious indoor heated swimming pool and spa await, as does the modern indoor barbecue kitchen area which can cater for large or small groups and is available to all guests free of charge. Robetown Motor Inn and Apartments is only metres from the local supermarket and just a short stroll to beaches, town centre shopping, hotels, restaurants, arts & crafts, the boat harbour, walking trails and historical buildings. About Robe Robe, a small coastal town situated on the shores of Guichen

Fact File NAME: Robetown Motor Inn and Apartments ADDRESS: 14 Main Rd, Robe, SA 5276 PHONE: (08) 8768 2185 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: David Stanhope WEB: E-MAIL:

Bay on the South Australian coast, is about 3 hours drive from Adelaide and some 1 hours from Mt Gambier. The harbour and marina are the centrepiece of the town, and are within a few hundred metres of the post office, restaurants and shops. This bustling little port is home to Robe's fishing fleet and a large number of pleasure boats. Robe boasts a number of beautiful beaches while the "town beach" is also very close to the centre of Robe. Known also for its local wines, no stay in Robe would be complete without a trip to the wineries at Wangolina and Cape Jaffa. Surf, swim, ski, fish, play golf or just take in the picturesque village of Robe. Robe is known as the Gem of the South East. Its Mediterranean climate, white beaches and clear water make it the perfect place for your next holiday.

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Guichen Bay Motel

The Guichen Bay Motel is located in the main street of Robe, a small coastal town situated on the shores of Guichen Bay on the South Australian coast. The Motel features 17 air-conditioned and affordable ground floor rooms, situated close to the centre of town. We're opposite the Cinema and an easy stroll to shops, hotels, restaurants and cafes, and just minutes to local attractions. One of the best is the fabulous Guichen Bay and its many sandy beaches, including the famous seventeen kilometre Long Beach. Set in a quiet garden setting away from the road, all rooms at the Guichen Bay Motel offer tea and coffee making facilities, a microwave oven and a fridge. For your enjoyment we include a flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi and Foxtel. And, for your convenience there's also an iron, ironing board and hair dryer. Enjoy our outdoor pool and spa, sundeck and garden BBQ area. Meals, including breakfast, are available at the popular Wild Mulberry Cafe located next to the pool. And, while you're in town don't miss the chance to visit the Obelisk, Old Gaol, a range of historic buildings, art galleries and the Lake Butler Marina. If you want to get out of town, we're just a short drive from rugged coastlines, inland lakes, pine forests and conservation parks. Robe offers some of the country's premium wine districts, including Mt Benson, Cape Jaffa and the renowned Coonawarra region. A perfect place to enjoy water sports of all kinds, play a lazy round of golf, take a joy flight in a Tiger Moth aircraft or just relax and enjoy premium local food and wines. Our staff are ready to help make your stay a memorable one.

Fact File NAME: Guichen Bay Motel ADDRESS: 24 Victoria St, Robe, SA 5276 PHONE: (08) 8768 2001, 0409 394 626 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: David Stanhope WEB: E-MAIL:

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Avoca Motel

Centrally located in historic Avoca, close to the Pyrenees WinFact File eries and the Pyrenees Ranges,Avoca Motel offers 12 ground NAME: Avoca Motel floor units with reverse cycle air conditioning set on two acres ADDRES S: 159 High St, Avoca, Vic 3467 ADDRESS: of extensive gardens in quiet surrounds, close to hotel, galler- PHONE: (03) 5465 3464 ies and shops. CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Suzanne Lyten WEB: Also available are two Spa Rooms. All units have tea and coffee making facilities, microwave E-MAIL: ovens in each room, iron and ironing board available, hair dryers in rooms, electric blankets, queen size beds, remote control color TV, clock radios, ISD/STD direct dial phones. You can also relax and enjoy a local wine. We have plenty of room for buses and excellent parking for car clubs etc. Late checkout can be negotiated. Amenities ● Refrigerator ● Fax/Copier ● Guest's BBQ facillities ● Electric blankets John and Suzanne are your hosts at the Avoca Motel ● Coach parking We like to greet you to find if there is any thing that you ● Remote control colour TV may need, We inform you of places to dine in and around Avoca, sup● Late checkout ply you with a map of the Pyrenees pointing out all of the local Wineries, It is our wish that you enjoy your stay with us, and for you to become one of our many return guests. We have a Continental Breakfast which is delivered to your room by 9pm the night before, this is so you can break your fast when you want. Also we have a cooked breakfast menu, cooked to your liking. Our rooms are spacious, bright, clean and comfortable, all units have an ensuite. Our large garden area is a pleasant place to relax, we also have a BBQ area for your use, we are licensed to sell wines from the Pyrenees Wineries.

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Chocolate Gannets

Luxury accommodation on the Great Ocean Road in Apollo Bay Chocolate Gannets is only two hours drive south-west from Melbourne, on the Great Ocean Road, directly opposite a beautiful sandy beach. Surrounded by rolling countryside, yet only about 2.5 kilometres from the Apollo Bay restaurants and cafes, Chocolate Gannets is just a 30-40 minute walk along the beach into town. Imagine yourself here ... ● sinking into the rich leather sofa, relaxing in front of the wood fire and being enveloped by the extraordinary sea views. ● snuggling into the luxurious damask linen of lavender and avocado hues topped with aubergine mohair blankets and falling to sleep to the sound of the surf lulling your cares away. ● soaking in the huge two person spa bath looking out at the rolling waves in front of you. ● .indulging in the many goodies from your starter pack. Whale W Waa t ching* June to September is Whale season where whales migrate and give birth to their calves. Whales are often sighted along the Great Ocean road and have been seen frolicking in the water in front of Chocolate Gannets. This is a perfect time of year to see these magnificent creatures, relaxing in front of the fireplace with a good bottle of wine and great company. ★ Stay in our Luxury Villa 1 or 3 for 2 nights midweek and receive a 20% discount. Book and stay for 3 nights and only pay for 2. To take advantage af any of our specials please call 1300 500 139. *Specials are not valid on long weekends, Christmas/New Year/Peak period, Easter, Melbourne Cup weekend or School Holidays. Specials available for NEW bookings only. A special is not available in conjunction with any other discount, special, promotion or package. The owner has the right to cease a special at any time.

Fact File NAME: Chocolate Gannets ADDRES S: 6180 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay, Vic 3233 ADDRESS: PHONE: 1300 500 139 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Joseph Palatsides WEB: E-MAIL:

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Executive Hideaway Motel Fact File NAME: Executive Hideaway Motel ADDRESS: 71 Samaria Rd, Benalla, Vic 3672 PHONE: (03) 5672 4055 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Bridget WEB: E-MAIL:

If you are looking for accommodation that allows you to cook your own meals, saves you money on takeaway, and wash your clothes in the privacy of your room, then the Executive Hideaway is the place to stay. All of our 1 or 2 bedroom serviced apartments have their own spacious seperate lounge/dining, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom/laundry with private courtyard for enjoying those lovely summer days or just relaxing in the garden settings. We are only 800 metres from the main street of Benalla, opposite the Benalla Hospital or walking distance to the Benalla Gliding Airport (home of the 2016 World Gliding Championships) and BPACC. Or perhaps you would like a stopover to the snowfields of Mt Buller or the township of Mansfield. We are in a quiet location in between Alcoomi and Coinda Nursing homes and off the highway. We now welcome Seniors Cards. 1 BEDROOM AP AR TMENT PA RT Spacious self contained 1 bedroom Queen Bed apartment with private walled patio area. Separate kitchen, lounge/dining area, bathroom with shower and bedroom. Full laundry facilities within the apartment, microwave, hot-plate and fridge if you want to cook your own meals. Television and DVD with DVD rental available from the front desk.&n .... From: $105.00 2 BEDROOM AP AR TMENT - F A M I LLY Y APA RTMENT FA Spacious self contained 2 Bedroom Family Apartment with private walled patio area. Separate kitchen, lounge/dining area, bathroom with shower. This apartment has a queen bed in main bedroom and second bedroom has 2 single beds. Full laundry facilities within the apartment, microwave, hotplate if you want to cook your own meals. From: $105.00

Wine and High Country

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Boat House Villas Fact File NAME: Boat House Villas ADDRESS: Ocean Grove, Vic PHONE: (03) 5255 4676, 0412 102 145 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Andrew, Meryll, and Rachel Smith & Associates WEB: E-MAIL:

Boat House Villa 1 is luxury, contemporary two storey villa, fully self contained, in the heart of Barwon Heads, just off the main street, minutes walk to river, beach, restaurants, supermarket, cafes, specialty shops, and all Barwon Heads has to offer. Property features: Air conditioning, BBQ, Deck or Patio, Dishwasher, Entertaining area - outdoor, Family room, Fenced back yard, Games, Guest parking, Heating - gas or electric, Kitchen & cooking fac's, Laundry, Living Room, Microwave, Similar property - Boat House Villa 2 New property (<5 years), Refrigerator/freezer, Stainless steel Tariff includes provision of full linen including sheets, towappliances, Stereo, Stove/Oven, TV, DVD, Under cover park- els, beach towels and breakfast basket ing, Washing machine Min 2 nights stay at most properties Local features: Boating, Bus services, Coastal walks, FishShort term rental rates: 1 month or more $550 per week ing, Golf course, Pier/jetty, Playground, River estuary, RSL, from 30/4 – 1/12 and includes amenities (rates, gas, electricScenic flights, Shopping centres, Surf beaches, Wineries ity) Boat House Villa 1 has air conditioning and have ceiling fans Tariff includes provision of full linen service in upstairs bedrooms, log fires to living areas, electric heating to bedrooms, all electric kitchen with dishwasher, and are fully R e ccent ent rree vie w: ““Amazing Amazing V illa” view: Villa” “We had an amazing stay at the Boat House Villa. The house equipped with crockery and cutlery for your stay. 80cm digiwas immaculate and had anything you need. It made our girls' tal television with dvd to main living area, small TV and dvd to weekend just fabulous. Sleeps 8 adults comfortably. Beds are main bedrooms, stereo in living area. The villas have an extengreat and all amenities just perfect. Also awesome location. sive library of current magazines, books, dvd’s, cd’s, games, Just off the Main Street. 100 metres to all the shops and cafés. fishing lines for your enjoyment. Boat House Villa 1 sleeps 8 people comfortably and has 3 Can't wait to stay again!” - Amy 14/2/15 bedrooms - main with a queen size bed, portacot and ensuite, Tariff: After Easter to 20/12 and outside school holidays - $1200 pw second bedroom has a queen size bed and the third bedroom has a queen size bed with a good quality, comfy single folding School Holidays June/Sept - $1400 pw bed. Week-ends = 2 nites A fully equipped laundry with washing machine is provided. 1/5 - 30/11 - $650 Tastefully furnished and fitted out, the villas have everything 1/12 - 30/4 - $750 you need for your holiday enjoyment. These are new, quality Includes linen and breakfast basket villas in the heart of Barwon Heads.

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Lake Wendouree Luxury Apartments

W elc ome tto o Lak endour ee Luxury Apartments elcome Lakee W Wendour endouree Ballarat has outstanding heritage architecture and fabulous period homes in Webster St in Lake Wendouree. Webster St is a magnificent tree-lined centrally located historical precinct featuring period homes surrounded by restaurants, hotels, hospitals and supermarkets. Come and enjoy casino online the wonderful ambience and close proximity that Lake Wendouree Luxury Apartments Offer. We can sleep your family of up to 5 in our luxury Ballarat accommodation. Make sure you check out our website gallery to see all of the features of our fully serviced apartments. Ballarat Accommodation, perf ect loca tion, perf ect luxury perfect location, perfect luxury.. Historic Webster St is Ballarat’s most exclusive locality - a tree-lined avenue leading to beautiful Lake Wendouree. Our apartments are designed and appointed to reflect this splendor. Filled with light, our 110sqm, 2 bedroom apartments feature separate living and lounge areas, with a modern kitchen and bathroom. A casual 150m stroll takes you to the Lake Wendouree and the nearest café. Within 400m you’ll find hotels, restaurants and a shopping centre with supermarket. King-sized orthopedic beds with anti-allergenic bedding,polished wooden floors, original artworks and leather lounges subtly reinforce the feeling of perfect luxury. 51” Plasma Televisions ensures that entertainment buffs are spoiled for choice. Free WiFi is available in all rooms. Those who love and best online casino care for their cars can rest easy with individual undercover parking. Gas log fires, dishwasher, euro-style clothes washer/dryer gas cook-top and oven.

Fact File NAME: Lake Wendouree Luxury Apartments ADDRES S: 128 Webster St, Ballarat, Vic 3350 ADDRESS: PHONE: 0487 487 057 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Gavin James WEB: E-MAIL:

Kitchen setting includes crockery and wine glasses for 4 as well as a full suit of cookery utensils. All apartments enjoy the lush, established trees that are part of the Webster St landscape. Ground floor apartments feature private courtyards while first floor apartments enjoy private, east-facing balconies, complete with lush garden beds. Our apartments sleep a maximum of 5 people, with a single bed or cot available.

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Bairnsdale Motel

Fact File NAME: Bairnsdale Motel ADDRESS: 42 Great Alpine Rd, Bairnsdale, Vic 3875 PHONE: (03) 5152 1953 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Bernie Davis WEB: E-MAIL: Modern, stylish, luxurious and relaxing, that's Bairnsdale's new 4 star boutique motel. Bernie and Lesley Owner/Hosts are committed to providing exceptional customer service and cater for corporate travellers and couples. We welcome children but have limited facilities for them. Our suites have Queen or King beds and three suites have either two Queen beds or two King beds, which guests are happy to book to accommodate their families. Our facilities are designed specifically for corporate travellers and couples. Comprising 16 units, all with state of the art features including high speed wireless internet, Free Foxtel and ipod docks. All suites contain exceptionally comfortable A H Beard queen or king size beds. Some units feature courtyards with private outdoor Jacuzzis. Many suites have relaxing large corner spa baths. We also have a spacious, self contained luxury spa apartment and easy access rooms for the disabled. Guest facilities include a gym, sauna, 12 seater outdoor hot tub. The guest lounge includes a pool table and a work station for customers use, including computer and access to fax and printer. It is also a great place for a delicious home cooked breakfast, alternatively a healthy continental breakfast can be supplied to your room. Evening meals are available 7 nights a week.

Bairnsdale Motel has a no smoking in rooms policy and provides pleasant outdoor areas for smokers. It is is the PLACE TO STAY in Bairnsdale - the gateway to business or adventure. All our AAA 4 Star rated suites are equipped with reverse cycle air conditioning, irons and full sized ironing boards and a very popular mini bar of LOCAL wines, beers, juice, chips, nuts and muesli bars, at prices you will appreciate.

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