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ANZAC centenary tour

■ Horizons Cruise and Tours’ 2015 14day ANZAC Centenary Cruise and Tour package, is departing Australia on April 15 Sailing from Athens, the ship heads to Turkey, taking in the exotic ports of Istanbul, Limnos and Izmir – with focus on Gallipoli – a shore excursion to Anzac Cove, North Beach and the Ari Burnu beach cemetery. After Istanbul fly to Paris for excursion of the Somme battlefield in France, where so many Diggers fought and lost their lives. Then, a tour of Paris. Sydney-based operator Horizons

Cruise and Tours, (a member of the Travel Partners group), has berths available. An opportunity still exists to take part in once-in-a-lifetime event that will have you joining fellow Australian veterans and families at Gallipoli 100 years on. An unforgettable ANZAC Day cruise/ tour caters both for those who were successful in the official ballot and for those who missed out. The tour heads to Gallipoli Cove aboard the Louis Cruises luxury cruise ship MV Louis Cristal. Prices for the cruise/tour start at A$7277 twin share per person, including return flights from Sydney.

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As David Lyons of Horizons Cruise and Tours explains, passengers who were successful in the official Government Dawn Service ballot will be transferred ashore by Louis Cruises and escorted to Anzac Cove and afterwards to Istanbul. Those who were unsuccessful in the Dawn Service ballot need not miss out, as the tour goes ashore at Anzac Cove on the Thursday before Anzac Day. MV Louis Cristal will anchor at a designated position during the Centenary Dawn Service, a cruise highlight which will be screened live to the ship’s poolside and theatre. The MV Louis Cristal cruise and the tour comply with all Turkish Government rules governing ANZAC Day 2015. Inclusive of round-strip airfares from Australia, prices for the cruise/tour, including return flights from Sydney, begin at A$7277, twin share per person. For singles and solo travelers single cabins, prices begin at A$8485. For more information contact David Lyons at Horizons Cruise and Tours. A full list of prices, along with a detailed itinerary and list of inclusions, can be seen on: www.horizonscruisetours.com.au - David Ellis

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2015 Travel Planner: Pet Friendly

Alto Richmond Fact File NAME: Alto Richmond ADDRES S: 27 Waverley St, Richmond, Vic 3121 ADDRESS: PHONE: 0408 006 992, 0408 006 992 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Rex Brown WEB: www.altorichmond.com.au E-MAIL: info@altorichmond.com.au Alto Richmond – the Finest Accommodation in Melbourne & Accommodation in Richmond Discover the finest accommodation in Richmond Melbourne and enjoy the best things life has to offer when you stay at Alto Richmond. Tourists and locals alike love our accommodation in Melbourne and feel so at home, they actually miss our place when they go home. Whether you’re staying in Melbourne short-term or if you’re searching for a permanent home in the Richmond Melbourne area and you need temporary lodgings while you’re scouting for a new place, Alto Richmond is the place for you. Make our accommodation Richmond your home away from home while you’re on holiday. Alto Richmond is a 4 star modern townhouse with 3 bedrooms that can hold up to 5 people, with fresh linen replaced every stay and stylish decor. For visitors who appreciate a Melbourne short term holiday with all the comforts of home, our kitchen is fully equipped so you can cook any time of the day. There is a supermarket just down the street where you can pop down and pick up fresh supplies. Enjoy our comfortable living area with TV and DVD.


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2015 Travel Planner: Pet Friendly

Maeburn Cottages Metung Fact File NAME: Maeburn Cottages Metung ADDRESS: 33 Mairburn Rd, Metung, Vic 3904 PHONE: (03) 5156 2736, 0417 999 900 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Theodora Karsas WEB: www.maeburncottages.com.au E-MAIL: maeburncottages@gmail.com

Relax and unwind at Maeburn’s luxury lakeside Cottages, set in an acre of established parklike gardens and positioned for privacy with ample adjacent parking and a ramp for easy access. For that quintessential family holiday in Metung you can’t go past Maeburn Cottages! The ideal getaway for couples, families, friends and large groups of up to 20. Cottage 1 The Queen Suite (front part of the main house) Main bedroom has a queen bed. Second bedroom has a queen bed. LCD TV. Kitchenette. Private Tepanyaki BBQ and verandah. Cottage 2 Main bedroom has a queen bed. Second bedroom - one single bed. Double sofabed in lounge. Cottage 3 Main bedroom has a queen bed. Second bedroom - one single bed and a king single bed. Cottage 4 Main bedroom has a queen bed. Second bedroom has a queen bed. E v ery ccottage ottage has a dining and living ar ea. area. L ook aatt Wha Whatt is A Avv ailable Cottages 2, 3 and 4 have a dining and living area with an 81cm LCD TV, DVD player and reverse cycle air-conditioning. Kitchens are equipped with stoves, microwaves, refrigerators, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. Cottages 2, 3 and 4 have a washing machine, clothes line and dryer. Linen and towels for hire or BYO. Blankets and pillows are provided. New wooden deck with pergola and outdoor furniture.

W e ar et Friendly - w ell beha aree P Pet well behavv ed, clean and brushed dogs allowed.


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Waterholes Guesthouse Fact File NAME: Waterholes Guesthouse ADDRES S: 540 Archies Rd, Waterholes, Vic 3875 ADDRESS: PHONE: (03) 5157 9330, 0408 579 330 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Kaye and Bob Munro WEB: www.waterholesguesthouse.com.au E-MAIL: inquire@waterholesguesthouse.com.au

Located in the hinterland of the Gippsland Lakes just a pleasant forest drive from Lakes Entrance, Metung and Paynesville, Waterholes Guest House/B&B/ bush land retreat offers visitors entry into the magic of the Australian natural environment without compromising their comfort. Waterholes is easily accessed from the Great Alpine Road and the Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive making it a perfect stop-over for travellers exploring these touring routes. On arrival step out of your vehicle into a well of peace and beauty. Feel your spirits lift as you breathe in the clean eucalypt infused air and become aware that every sound you can hear is produced by nature. Enter your interesting modern suite overlooking a truly unique location. Watch native animals in the wild from your balcony or on a guided spotlight walk. Amble down through the romantic gardens to delicious meals taken according to your personal timetable and designed to suit your particular tastes. In spring take a stroll along tracks which move through a variety of natural ecosystems to search out wildflowers. In summer? Launch yourself on the clear waters of the Nicholson River in an inner tube or find your own totally private river beach to enjoy. Autumn brings vivid colours to the romantic European garden which surrounds the homestead and is a great time to discover relics from the gold mining which attracted the original settlers. Winter is all about cosy fires, crisp starry skies to wonder at and stories about life in the bush throughout the ages told after warming dinners. Whether you simply relax or explore all that Waterholes has to offer you will find every sense refreshed and delighted by your stay here in an Australian Eden. Your room with a view! Modern. Extreme attention to detail and comfort. Three large suites, each with king size double beds, can also accommodate four singles comfortably. Our guest house is separated from the main dwelling by a short walk through the garden, and is designed to delight in every way! Each of our rooms has en-suite facilities, which includes both an extra large bath and a shower. Private balconies provide a delightful spot to breakfast.

Special: 2 nights B&B, and two 2-course dinners f or $550 om April 8April 30 $550,, aavv ailable fr from 8-April 30.. MUST BOOK DIRECT! Usual pric 20 gain. pricee is $9 $92 0,, so this is an eexx c ellent bar bargain. No booking for this special online or through agencies.

King size luxury beds are only one feature of rooms generous enough to live in. A lounge room / library offers a congenial place for guests to socialize, or just to relax with a book (snuggled up in front of the fire in winter) All meals are served at Waterholes Guest House and are one of our main attractions. Each meal is prepared with the food preferences of our guests in mind. Fresh local produce is a feature of the menu and as East Gippsland’s wonderful fish, beef and vegetables are right on our doorstep quality and flavour is assured. Seasonal herbs and greens are provided from our own garden and delicious fresh fruits come from nearby orchards. Waterholes is a BYO establishment, so please bring your own favourite beverages. “The only essential item to take is your favourite wine (a local one is offered), otherwise everything is provided and Kaye’s a wonderful cook. “On our weekend, she whipped up a breakfast of freshly squeezed orange juice, home-made Bircher muesli, and coddled eggs flavoured with Brie and bacon: lunchtime brought pumpkin risotto and salad greens from the vege patch; and dinner included fresh asparagus with tarragon butter followed by a grilled steak and beautifully braised vegetables, then a dessert of pear and almond cake.” — Jane Faulkner. Food and wine writer. Featured in The Age, Good Weekend 2005, 52 Weekends Away.


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Vineyard Cottages

Fact File NAME: Vineyard Cottages ADDRES S: 28126 New England Hwy, Ballandean, ADDRESS: Stanthorpe, Qld 4382 PHONE: (07) 4684 1270 CONT ACT CT:: John Hodges ONTA WEB: www.vineyardcottages.com.au E-MAIL: info@vineyardcottages.com.au

W elc ome tto o V ine d C ottages elcome Vine ineyy a rrd Cottages Boutique Stanthorpe Accommodation with ccottages ottages servic ed daily serviced daily.. Relax in comfort in our cosy, very comfortable private cottages with a choice of room and facility options. Quality bedding, linen and furnishings with cottages serviced daily. Complimentary Lanovera toiletries, In-house movies, games, books and wifi. Guests lounge has an open fire comfortable seating and bar. Dine in our restaurant for breakfast and dinner daily and lunch on weekends. Enjoy the taste of freshly harvested, local produce prepared by our resident chef for our seasonal menus. Accommodation and dining packages are available on our website or we can adapt to your individual needs. Wine Tours are easily organised with collection and pick-up all part of the service.

Seven beautiful cottages nestle in established formal gardens that maintain their beauty and perfumes all year and host a variety of birdlife. Situated near the small village of Ballandean just south of Stanthorpe with views across the Ballandean valley to the Roberts Ranges we are perfectly positioned for visiting Queensland’s premier wineries, of which there are now more than 50 and for enjoying Girraween and Sundown National Parks. Vineyard Cottages is one of the few retreats on the Granite Belt to boast its own licensed restaurant. The restaurant is a Stanthorpe institution and housed on site in the old Presbyterian church building dating from 1906 and still featuring the original coloured glass windows. Guests can enjoy à la carte dining in the restaurant or in their cottage. The restaurant features the best local produce and wines of the Stanthorpe / Granite Belt as well as other regions of Australia. The Vineyard Cafe lunch and dinner menus blend culinary tradition and the intelligent use of a wide range of fresh local produce with an increasing emphasis on locally grown and organic sources.


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The Sanctuary At Springbrook Fact File NAME: The Sanctuary At Springbrook ADDRESS: 2311a Springbrook Rd, Springbrook, Qld 4213 PHONE: (07) 5533 5118 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Christina and Owen Bain WEB: www.sanctuaryspringbrook.com.au E-MAIL: enquiries@sanctuaryspringbrok.com.au

The Cottage at The Sanctuary at Springbrook is a Luxury 4 1/ 2 Star Cottage Bed and Breakfast with that ‘Old World Charm’ of a Traditional Queenslander in the Gold Coast Hinterland of Queensland. Immaculately decorated, The Cottage is a self contained one bedroom cottage with a luxury king size bed, deep clawfoot bath, a cosy gas log fire and wrap around veranda’s with a BBQ. It has a romantic feel of yesteryear and is best suited to couples. (Appointments are necessary for this service.) It is located in the Gold Coast Hinterland approximately With The Cottage as the only guesthouse on the property, 600 meters above sea level, surrounded by World Heritage your privacy is assured listed National Parks. It is the perfect destination for bush walking through the lush rainforest and for viewing spectacular waterfalls and amazing native flora and fauna. It’s just a short drive down to Numinbah Valley where you can visit the beautiful Natural Bridge by day or by night to experience the glow worms, or by appointment you can visit the Springbrook Observatory for some star gazing! The Sanctuary Cottage is the perfect place to propose, elope, have a honeymoon or escape on a romantic getaway. Ask us about our packages, we would love to work with you to make any occasion special. A cooked breakfast at your designated time in the morning is included and will be delivered to your cottage or set up on your verandah in the morning sunshine while enjoying the sounds of nature. Allow us to spoil you with a two course evening meal & complimentary wine as an optional extra. Experience The Sanctuary’s own fresh roasted coffee. Christina is a qualified beauty and massage therapist, so why not take advantage of her services during your stay, indulge in a soothing massage, facial or surrender your feet for the ultimate pedicure!


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Jacaranda Country Motel

Accommodation at Jacaranda Country Motel Fact File The Jacaranda Country Motel in St George offers attractive, modern accommodation set on one acre of landscaped NAME: Jacaranda Country Motel gardens. ADDRESS: 78 Grey St, St George, Qld 4487 Our saltwater swimming pool with a gazebo for outdoor PHONE: (07) 4625 1011, 0408 871 302 dining or barbecue offers guests a comfortable relaxing enviCONT ACT ONTA CT:: Mary-Anne Crowe ronment after a long day. Jacaranda Country Motel consists of eighteen bright and WEB: www.jacarandacountrymotel.com.au cheerful rooms, all with queen beds, air conditioning, Austar E-MAIL: info@jacarandacountrymotel.com.au television, dvd and internet access. The Motel is situated 400 metres along on the right. Non-smoking units, licensed mini bar and a full wine and The Motel is 300 metres from the local St George RSL Club beer sales are available. We offer a pleasant a la carte - in house menu Monday to and 500 metres from the town centre. Thursday. Meals can be served in your room or in our outdoor dining areas. Disabled Access : One unit is available which has been fitted to Disabled standards. Facilities include shower with seat, toilet, bathroom wheelchair access and ramp.This Golden Chain motel in St George is in the south west Queensland area known as the Darling Downs. We are close to the St George's CBD, and the airport is just two kilometres away. The St George RSL is within walking distance (one block) Our staff offer friendly country hospitality and quality service to all our guests. Take a break and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this picturesque town on the banks of the Balonne River. The Jacaranda Country Motel is set amidst beautiful landscaped gardens on the Carnorvan Highway (Grey Street) the towns southern entrance. From Roma (Carnorvan Highway) or Toowoomba (Moonie Highway) – drive through town and turn left at Carnorvan Highway (sign 55) on the corner of Grey and Victoria Streets.


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Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Kakadu Tourism is an indigenous owned collection of Kakadu wetland cruises, 4WD Kakadu tours, cultural experiences and Kakadu accommodation. It is the largest collection of facilities catering to tourism in Kakadu and is focused on positive indigenous outcomes. You can gain insights from our blogs and get an appreciation of the year-round beauty from our photography. You are also able to learn more about our indigenous employment program, widely acclaimed to be one of the best in the country. Most people come to Kakadu to experience its waterfalls, wetlands and indigenous culture, and with Kakadu Tourism you can experience it all. Yellow Water Cruises operate several cruises a day on Kakadu's most famous wetland, Yellow Water Billabong, and has been awarded the winner of the 2012 Qantas Australian Tourism Award for Major Tour and/or Transport Operators. Spirit of Kakadu Adventure Tours use a modern fleet of 4WD vehicles for all day offroad adventures to visit the waterfalls, swimming holes and escarpments of Kakadu. Warradjan Cultural Centre gives insights into the culture, history and the effects of white settlement of the Bininj people in interactive displays and exhibitions.

Fact File NAME: Kakadu Crocodile Hotel ADDRESS: Flinders St, Jabiru, NT 086 PHONE: (08) 8922 5903, 0428 075 166 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Ruth Watson WEB: www.kakadutourism.com E-MAIL: sales@kakadutourism.com Stay in the deluxe Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, a 4-star Kakadu hotel uniquely shaped like a crocodile. All of our Kakadu accommodation is centrally located in the park to maximise your time exploring its beauty. Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is located in the township of Jabiru and is ideally located for visitors to explore the north of Kakadu, including Ubirr, Cahills Crossing and Magella Creek. It is also a few kilometers away from Bowali Visitors Centre, Kakadu National Park's excellent centre for information and displays of the region. By choosing Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, you are assured of an excellent nights sleep and hassle free down time, so you can get the most out of exploring Kakadu National Park.


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Albert Court Motor Inn

First choice motel accommodation in Rockhampton, Australia Fact File Centrally located with 44 quiet rooms off the highway. We provide customers with a list of luxuries including: NAME: Albert Court Motor Inn A private pool ADDRESS: Cnr Albert and Alma Sts, Rockhampton, Air-conditioning Qld 4700 Undercover parking PHONE: (07) 4927 7433, 0458 210 766 Room service CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Tony Fenlon Good off street parking for large vehicles and boats WEB: www.albertcourtmotorinn.com.au Tea and coffee in every room E-MAIL: info@albertcourtmotorinn.com.au Foxtel meal? Head down to our a-la-carte restaurant, and cocktail And many more Doing business? We have great conference facilities, a func- bar for good service and a good time. tion centre and data points in selected rooms. Want a good So call in and see us – you won’t be disappointed!

E xxecutiv ecutiv ecutivee Spa Suit Suitee 2 Spa Suites Available Quiet rooms away from the highway Data points in every room Tea and coffee facilities Air conditioning Deluxe 2 person Spa More space to stretch out and relax Queen bed Foxtel CD Player Deluxe Suite 14 Delux es A Deluxee Suit Suites Avv ailable Quiet rooms away from the highway Data points Tea and coffee facilities Air conditioning More space to stretch out and relax Queen and Single bed Foxtel

Family Suite 1 Queen and 2 or 3 Single Beds Tea and coffee facilities Air conditioning Foxtel Standard Suite Tea and coffee facilities Air conditioning Foxtel Queen and Single bed Rooms with 3 Single beds are also available (pre-booked) R elax ed, friendly aatmospher tmospher elaxed, tmospheree Albert’s Restaurant is fully licenced and has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Whether you’re feeling like the freshest seafood or the juiciest steak, Albert’s Restaurant is hard to beat! From light snacks to the juiciest “Beef Capital of Australia” steaks, chicken or seafood. All meals and snacks can be ordered through our room service facilities.


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Crystal Bay On The Broadwater

Crystal Bay is situated on the Broadwater just a short distance north of Surfers Paradise. The central location is ideal for both the holiday makers and business traveler alike, with all attractions and the Southport CBD within easy reach. Enjoy the fantastic views and calm waters of the Broadwater from your private balcony or take a stroll along the waterfront to one of the many local restaurants. No matter what your reason is for visiting the Gold Coast, the friendly staff at Crystal Bay would love to welcome you and help make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Crystal Bay on the Broadwater offers a choice of superior and standard 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments . All apartments overlook the magnificent Broadwater and, from your private balcony, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the Surfers Paradise skyline to the south and Stradbroke Island to the north. Our superior apartments have been recently re-furbished and are tastefully decorated using leather and timber furniture. The aqua and earthy tones of the soft furnishings complete the look to create a modern and comfortable environment all the family can enjoy. Facilities you will find in our apartments include: Fully Equipped Kitchen Laundry Air-conditioning Foxtel Hair-dryer Wireless Broadband Internet (charges apply) Direct Dial Phone & Intercom

Fact File NAME: Crystal Bay On The Broadwater ADDRES S: 182 Marine Pde, Labrador, Qld 4215 ADDRESS: PHONE: (07) 5561 2200 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Irma WEB: www.crystalbay.com.au E-MAIL: info@cystalbay.com.au


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Casabelle Country Guest House

Step in to the tranquil ambience of CasaBelle, awardwinning bed and breakfast accommodation set amid 13 acres of landscaped gardens in Bellingen, New South Wales. “Just like the villas of Tuscany, CasaBelle sits high on a hill offering privacy and sweeping views over nearby Bellingen its cafes and galleries a casual ten minute walk away. Relax in the gardens, take in a spectacular sunset over Dorrigo Plateau, or curl up in front of the open fire with afternoon tea and cake - allow yourself to unwind from daily life and be pampered. Purpose-built as a luxury bed and breakfast by owners Suzanne and Fritz, CasaBelle offers guests the chance to unwind and rebalance at their own pace amid elegant surroundings.

Fact File NAME: Casabelle Country Guest House ADDRESS: 90 Gleniffer Rd, Bellingen, NSW 2454 PHONE: (02) 6655 9311 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Suzanne and Fritz Dimmlich WEB: www.casabelle.com E-MAIL: enquiries@casabelle.com “Featuring three spacious guest suites set around an Italianstyle courtyard (complete with vaulted arches and rich ochre walls), guests can relax in the privacy of their well-appointed rooms or enjoy extensive shared living spaces and landscaped gardens.”


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Byron Luxury Beach Houses

Located near picturesque Belongil Beach, Byron Luxury Beach Houses offer 4.5 star AAA Australian Tourism Accredited architecturally designed accommodation in Byron Bay, Australia’s most famous stretch of coast. Each spacious house is free standing, to give the guests the feeling of comfort, space, freedom and privacy not found in other developments in the area. Each house has its own unique character and includes state of the art appliances and technology. Perched on the doorstep of lush rainforest, sun-drenched beaches and stunning coastal walks, Byron Luxury Beach Houses is the perfect place to base yourself during your stay in Byron Bay. Spend your days on a white sandy beach, go snorkelling off Julian Rocks, or soak up the stunning Pacific Ocean views from the famous Beach Hotel. Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with a yoga class, massage treatment or surf lesson, or simply stroll around town to immerse yourself in Byron’s unique, cosmopolitan culture. For something truly unforgettable, experience the gorgeous split-level Beach Houses for the ultimate secluded hideaway. With 6 large 4 x bedroom houses within a private fully enclosed secure property with shared stylish pool area, the accommodation is ideal for extended family and friends wanting a holiday together. Each beach house includes 2 master king bedrooms with luxurious ensuites, the downstairs master has a unique outdoor stone shower. There are 2 additional twin bedrooms, (including additional shared bathroom) which can be converted into additional double bedrooms to sleep 4 couples very comfortably. The upstairs entertaining family room, is equipped with large flat screen TV and sound system and Playstation 3, which will keep the kids occupied for hours, whilst the adults can enjoy the spacious downstairs entertaining area with an additional large flat-screen TV with surround sound, a 8-person dining room and the added bonus of an additional alfresco BBQ dining area on the undercover deck. Byron Luxury Beach Houses aims to provide the ultimate family/friends holiday experience is an indulgence like no other.

Fact File NAME: Byron Luxury Beach Houses ADDRES S: 57 Shirley St, Byron Bay, NSW 2481 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 6684 7728, 0404 875 075 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Debbie Fowler WEB: www.byronluxurybeachhouses.com.au E-MAIL: debbiefowler@byronluxurybeachhouses.com.au Additional luxury features provided to enhance your experience include under-floor heating, heated towel rails, remote controlled curtains, and a luxurious bath. Quality linen and luxury bath products and beach towels are also provided. Byron Luxury Beach houses, are environmentally friendly Beach Houses We use reticulated water for our tropical garden and pool use. Our cleaning and bathroom products are environmentally friendly Architectural design features to promote natural air flow complemented with high ceilings and ceiling fans. Recycle bins are placed in-house for your convenience Each holiday house sleeps a total of 8 guests, rates range from around $87.50 to $225.00 per person/night depending on the season. A 3 night minimum stay is required during low and shoulder seasons and a 5 night minimum stay required during peak periods. We offer special rates to reserve the entire property for group events and special occasions.


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Grandview Apartments Ballina

Grandview Apartments Ballina - yyour our beachside holida tion close tto o holidayy ac accc ommoda ommodation B y rron on Ba W Bayy, NS NSW Grandview Apartments Ballina offers affordable beachside holiday accommodation in Ballina on the Far North Coast of New South Wales. Just 20 minutes along the coast from Byron Bay. Set on the ridge above the beach, Grandview catches the sea breezes to compliment the spectacular views . Weekly Stay Specials! To work or Holiday! Discounted Rates! 2 BR Luxury Apts sleep 4 Grandview’s apartment complex rises above Shelly Beach and Lighthouse Beach offering self-catering beachside apartments with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the majestic Richmond River. During your stay in Ballina enjoy our resort facilities including a swimming pool, gymnasium and heated spa amongst a lush tropical garden setting. Secure undercover parking and assistance from our resident managers ensure that guests have a comfortable stay.

Fact File NAME: Grandview Apartments Ballina ADDRES S: 3-7 Grandview St, Ballina, NSW 2478 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 6686 6999, 0400 931 382 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Peter Brown WEB: www.grandviewballina.com.au E-MAIL: info@grandviewballina.com.au Stroll to nearby Shelly Beach or visit downtown Ballina to enjoy superb social, sporting and shopping opportunities. From Grandview you are just ten minutes to Ballina/Byron Airport, and a short drive to Lennox Head, Byron Bay and within easy reach of all the exciting attractions and activities around the vibrant Ballina Byron area of the Northern Rivers Region. Grandview Apartments Ballina is the ultimate in deluxe beachside holiday accommodation. From time to time Grandview has 2 bedroom unfurnished apartment and 3 bedroom FURNISHED and unfurnished apartments available for Long Term lease. Please contact us to register. Apts have 2 bathrooms, air con and secure parking. Call - 02 6686 6999 Mob 0400 931 382 for more information or Click here for more information.


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Grafton 2 Yamba House Boat Hire

Pric es sstart tart fr om $550 tto o $1, 100 ffor or 2 nights off peak Prices from $1,100 No boat or fishing licences are required, we give you all the training you need. A tender with a 5hp motor is included in the price and all linen is supplied House boating on the Clarence River is a fantastic holiday for all the family. Imagine cruising a big wide beautiful river with no other boats in sight, the Clarence is the largest river in the southern hemisphere and is known as “The Big River”House boating on the Clarence can be whatever you want it to be, a Birthday Party, Family Holiday, Honeymoon, Romantic Getaway, fishing and crabbing trip with mates or just relaxing and catching up with friends. Bring your golf clubs along and enjoy a game of golf at Maclean Golf Course as your cruising past.Towns and villages are scattered along the river banks for you to enjoy, local arts and culture, shopping and dining. Hotels are scattered all along the river banks and provide great meals and entertainment. There are also several Islands for you to explore and plenty of wild life, fishing & crabbing with the best nature has to offer at your doorstep.Water sports, water skiing etc you are welcome to bring your own boat alongWe provide modern, clean and well maintained luxury vessels ranging from 6 to 12 berth and we pride ourselves on our customer service Grafton 2 Yamba House Boat Hire is a local family business. The business operates from the bank of the mighty Clarence River at Brushgrove NSW. We have bought a touch of luxury and elegance to the

Fact File NAME: Grafton 2 Yamba House Boat Hire ADDRESS: 60 Clarence St, Brushgrove, NSW 2460 PHONE: (02) 6647 6638, 0447 246 556 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Vicky Edmonds WEB: www.g2yhouseboathire.com.au E-MAIL: enquiries@g2yhouseboathire.com.au Clarence River for your enjoyment .We will provide you with exceptionally friendly service and a vessel of the highest possible standard to ensure you have a great house boating experience. Your safety and enjoyment are paramount to us.We endeavour to make your time on the water as memorable as possible. W hhyy choose us us?? Why choose Grafton 2 Yamba Houseboat hire? It’s quite simple! We offer you the most luxurious, the clean, bestequipped and most well maintained vessel on the Clarence. We are competitively priced and offer a high level of service and a vessel to surpass your every need. We also pride ourselves on our ability to respond to your queries or difficulties in the shortest possible time. We are only a phone call away if you experience any problems on the water and will be only to happy to assist


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Sunseeker Motel

Beautiful Byron Bay has an indescribable energy that attracts visitors from Australia and around the world to the region. While Byron Bay is a well known playground for some, it is a place of relaxation, contemplation and unparalleled beauty for others. Byron Sunseeker Motel is situated close enough to enjoy the many offerings of the township, yet it is far enough away from the party scene to ensure your relaxation. Your hosts, Deborah and Graham, take pride in the serene atmosphere that is provided at Byron Sunseeker Motel. As a guest you will appreciate their undertaking to provide a relaxing experience that allows you to unwind in the comfortable rooms and within the peaceful confines of the grounds.

Fact File NAME: Sunseeker Motel ADDRES S: 100 Bangalow Rd, Byron Bay, NSW 2481 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 6685 7369 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Deborah and Graham Ellis WEB: www.byronsun.com.au E-MAIL: info@byronsun.com.au


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Pacific Marina Luxury Apartments Coffs Harbour

We l ccome ome tto o P acific Marina Luxury Apartments, Pacific Coffs Harbour Book direct with us for a fee free booking. Have a pleasant Stay Perfectly located in the hub of the vibrant and picturesque Coffs Harbour jetty and dining district, a stroll to beaches, restaurants and cafes, shops, supermarket, bottle shop, marina, jetty, fishing co-op and more. Our 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments are modern and comfortable and provide everything you need. Enjoy the cool sea breeze and gorgeous ocean and garden views from your huge entertainer balcony. Comfortable king, queen and single beds, air conditioned living areas and main bedrooms, Foxtel, wireless internet availability (charges apply) and full lift access from our secure car parks make this your obvious choice. Stroll through our 150m of lush sub-tropical gardens, take a dip in our 2 refreshing salt water pools and enjoy a BBQ meal in our well-equipped BBQ pavilion complete with 2 separate BBQ’s, tables and chairs, kitchenette, rest room and outdoor showers. Park your car safely in our secure underground car park and head off for supplies, drinks, or just start exploring. We are surrounded by picturesque walks including the famed Mutton Bird Island Nature walk, mangrove and water board walks, pristine beaches and sparkling creeks, along with the break

Fact File NAME: Pacific Marina Luxury Apartments Coffs Harbour ADDRES S: 22 Orlando St, Coffs Harbour Jetty, NSW 2450 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 6651 7955, 0421 474 696 C ONT ACT ONTA CT:: Julie Smith WEB: www.pacificmarina.com.au E-MAIL: sales@pacificmarina.com.au walls and huge Coffs Jetty. Visit the fabulous Dolphin Marine Magic for the dolphin and seal show and kisses. Centrally located close to trains, buses, taxis and the airport, getting here couldn’t be easier. We are also close to the hockey stadium and sports grounds for sporting and music events. Why would you stay anywhere else when everything you need and want is right here at Pacific Marina Apartments! Our C omple ontains 64 fully self ccontained ontained Comple omplexx ccontains priv wned apartments. TThe he ccomple omple omplexx is privaa t ely oowned thr ee sstt ories high. W ox 40 holida three Wee ha havv e appr appro holidayy apartments in our letting pool. The interior decor of these apartments vary but each to a quality taur ant loca omple s tandar d. TThe he rree sstaur tandard. taurant locatt ed in our ccomple omplexx is the award winning Fiasco Ristorante (independently owned and operated).


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Byron Quarter Holiday Apartments

Byron Bay’s stunning Main Beach is just a short 200m stroll from your accommodation where you can enjoy surfing, kayaking, sunbathing and plenty more Offering a selection of well appointed fully self contained One and Two Bedroom apartment accommodation with free security parking in the heart of Byron Bay. One Bedroom These apartments are all approximately 75m2 in size and have attractive wooden screens between the living areas and bedroom/bathroom areas. All are beautifully furnished with sofa beds available in some units. One Bedroom Dlx - Bedroom These apartments are approximately 85m2 in size and offer a separate bedroom and ensuite bathroom. Full size kitchen and large lounge dining areas open onto a large balcony. This room includes FREE wifi, premium linen and a premium starter kit

Fact File NAME: Byron Quarter Holiday Apartments ADDRES S: 8 Byron St, Byron Bay, NSW 2481 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 6680 9900 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Jill Harrison WEB: www.byronquarter.com.au E-MAIL: info@byronquarter.com.au T w o Bedr oom Bedro These very spacious apartments are approximately 120m2i n size! There is an extensive kitchen and large lounge dining area opening to private balcony. The bedding configuration is 1 x Queen and 2 x single beds in the second bedroom. Tw o Bedr oom Superior Bedroom These very spacious apartments are approximately 120m2 in size! There is an extensive kitchen and large lounge dining area opening to private balcony. Includes free WIFI, premium bedding and a premium welcome starter kit.


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Byron Links Apartments

BYRON BA Y A C CO M M O D AT I O N AY AC DA Enjoy a private and peaceful stay in Byron’s most luxurious and spacious apartments featuring championship size tennis court, 17 metre salt-water swimming pool and direct access to Byron Bay Golf Club. Set in 2 acres of sub-tropical gardens this stunning Byron Bay development designed by Ian McKay offers particularly spacious 16 square apartments featuring Family suites, 2 & 3 bedroom Apartment Accommodation in Byron Bay. There is also a 4 bedroom penthouse. Great Byron Bay accommodation for family holiday, a couples getaway or a group of golfing friends. Also a perfect venue and property for intimate wedding functions and small conferences. We are unable to cater for Schoolies or party groups. Located just four km from the centre of Byron Bay, Byron Links Apartments is a five minute drive, 35 minute walk or 15 minute cycle ride away. Very popular for swimming, surfing, fishing or just taking a walk along the soft sandy shore, beautiful Tallow Beach is an easy 10 minute walk and stretches from Cape Byron Lighthouse down to Broken Head Nature Reserve. Your resident managers Ivan and Shona are on hand seven days a week to ensure your stay is both memorable and enjoyable at Byron Links Apartments.

Fact File NAME: Byron Links Apartments ADDRES S: 13/64-70 Broken Head Rd, Byron Bay, NSW 2481 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 6680 8451 C ONT ACT ONTA CT:: Shona Ewert WEB: www.byronlinks.com.au E-MAIL: info@byronlinks.com.au

THE F A CILITIES FA 17 metre salt-water pool Large paved terrace overlooking the pool - perfect for a lazy afternoon enjoying Byron Bays brilliant weather Championship size mod grass tennis court Stunning subtropical gardens set over 2 acres Great property/venue for families, couples, intimate weddings and small conferences Direct access to the Byron Bay Golf Course with its club house, pro shop, bar and restaurant (196 meters away) Tallow Beach perfect for swimming, surfing or fishing is a short walk or cycle ride away Byron at Byron is adjacent to Byron Links with its restaurant only 368 metres away as well as the day spa Byron Bay centre is a short five minute drive, 25 minute walk or 15 minute cycle ride away.


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Aloha Villas Byron Bay

Our tropical gardens and the heated salt water pool and spa allows for an invigorating break from the tropical terrain. The private villas have the latest modern amenities, including a kingsize bed with en-suite, open plan studio living, a wallmounted TV, DVD player and DVD library, IPOD dock, board games, air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Each villa has a private deck. Guests are invited to enjoy a scrumptious continental breakfast each morning, with fresh coffee as you read the day’s newspaper. To appreciate the best on offer in Byron Bay Accommodation, we have surfboards, body boards and bicycles for hire. Secure onsite parking and laundry. The Aloha Villas are adults only lodging. For larger groups please contact us about our other properties. Each of our unique Aloha Villas features the following: • King-size Bed • Private Ensuite • Open-plan layout. • Continental Breakfast with a selection of Newspapers • Air conditioning and ceiling fans • kitchenette with tea and coffee facilities • Private Deck • Free WIFI • TV, iPod dock, Stereo, DVD player and DVDs • Selection of board games The Aloha Villas property details: • Short stroll to the heart of Byron bay • Minutes from the main beach • Secure onsite parking (limited spaces)

Fact File NAME: Aloha Villas Byron Bay ADDRES S: 58 Shirley St, Byron Bay, NSW 2481 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 6685 8090, 0488 000 735 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Shane Lawson and Craig Robinson WEB: www.alohavillasbyronbay.com.au E-MAIL: abigail@alohavillasbyronbay.com.au • Onsite Laundry • Fully equipped modern communal kitchen & dining • Salt water pool and spa (communal pool and spa are for studio villa guest use only, Executive Villa has private plunge pool for executive guests only) • Outdoor dining area • Coffee machine • BBQ facilities • Body boards and Surf boards are available for guest use


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Sapphire City Motor Inn

Sapphire City Motor Inn I nnvv e rrell ell Mot el A tion A Motel Acc c ommoda ommodation Att Its Fines Finestt We appreciate that the needs of our guests change over time and that we need to keep in front of these changing needs. We provide all our guests with a survey form to give us feedback on what we are doing well, and any improvements that can be suggested. We take this very seriously and have responded to your challenge! As a result, we offer two styles of accommodation: 17 ground floor motel units and a circa 1930’s workers cottage. Our aim is to make your stay as comfortable as it can possibly be. Sapphire City Motor Inn is a highly rated AAA 3 motel and a member of the Golden Chain group of motels. We undertake half yearly independent quality assurance reviews to ensure that our standards are maintained at a very high level. Many guests have told us that our facilities are what they would expect from a 4 star property. Owners and Hosts at the Sapphire City Motor Inn, welcome you to Inverell NSW, the Sapphire City. The Sapphire City Motor Inn is located on Glen Innes Road, an easy 700 metre stroll to the town centre, and is immediately opposite the Inverell East Bowling Club. We are centrally located to provide access to all sporting fields, the showground, and churches. As part of our ever evolving accommodation options we can now offer a range of self contained cottages and apartments to meet your needs. The motel offers a range of accommodation options from single rooms through to a large family room that can accommodate up to six people in comfort.

Fact File NAME: Sapphire City Motor Inn ADDRESS: 34 Glen Innes Rd, Inverell, NSW 2360 PHONE: (02) 6722 2500, 0427 221 109 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Ross and Rhonda Thomson WEB: www.sapphireinn.com.au E-MAIL: info@sapphire.com.au Heritage Cottage A late 1800's workers cottage. We have kept many of the heritage features while providing all the modern comforts including ducted reverse cycle air conditioning. "Heritage Cottage" is ideally suited to a group of workers, larger families, or sporting teams. Ruby Cottage A late 1800's workers cottage that had extensions added in the 1960's. "Ruby Cottage" was stripped back to bare walls and received a complete renovation in late 2013 - a new bathroom, a new kitchen, re-stumping, the works. "Ruby" is well suited to families, or two couples travelling together. This cottage has a separate shower with no hob making it easily accessible to people with limited mobility. Did we mention that we kept the 50 year old bath? A lovely indulgence at the end of a long day. Sapphire Cottage is a 1980's one bedroom cottage that we stripped bare in 2012 to create a lovely prestige style accommodation option. "Sapphire's" single bedroom contains a super luxury king bed. This cottage is suited to singles and couples looking for more upmarket accommodation. Studio 1 is at the rear of "Sapphire Cottage" and is a self contained studio apartment. This is an executive style accommodation option, king bed, and is ideally suited to single or couples looking for more upmarket accommodation.


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Gilgandra Lodge Motel

Ideally located on the Oxley Highway, the quiet location of the motel will provide you with a wonderful refreshing retreat. Take a swim in the pool, relax in the shade or go for a bush walk, Gilgandra Lodge Motels location and facilities will ensure all your needs are met. With eight units overlooking the pool, a variety of choices are available for you. Choose from extra large rooms with fully equipped kitchens, single or family rooms. All units also have under cover parking in the motel grounds, Right next door to the Gilgandra Lodge is the famous Easman Service Station, owned and operated by Lyn and Dick Easman. Refuel, refresh, restock, and enjoy an award winning Village Bakery Pie while sharing travel stories with Dick at counter.

Fact File NAME: Gilgandra Lodge Motel ADDRES S: 178 Warren Rd, Gilgandra, NSW 2827 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 6847 2431 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Lynette Fay Eisman WEB: www.gilgandralodge.com.au E-MAIL: bookings@gilgandralodge.com.au


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The Bungalow Motel Fact File NAME: The Bungalow Motel ADDRES S: 19 Newell Hwy, Gilgandra, NSW 2827 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 6847 1271, 0432 778 217 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: David and Yvonne Izzard WEB: www.thebungalowmotel.com/index.html E-MAIL: reception@bungalowmotel.com.au Number of Units: 1 Bungalow, 8 Units Facilities: All units are fully self contained and complete with split system air conditioning cooling & heating, HD TV, radio, fridge & electric blanket(s). Double units have queen sized beds. Tariff Double: from $75.00 Per Extra bed $10.00. (Prices Include GST) Local attractions include the Gilgandra Bowling Club While staying at the Bungalow Motel venture along to the Gilgandra Bowling Club and join in a game of bowls or indoor activities such as darts, keno or bingo. Enjoy a meal at the Chinese Restaurant, which is open from Wednesday to Sunday and offers great meals and great value for money. The club regularly has entertainment and plenty of friendly locals to meet and have a drink with. The club prides itself on being family friendly.


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Hastings Cove Holiday Apartments Fact File

1 x Queen Bed, 2 x Single Beds, 1 x Sofa Bed Facilities: NAME: Hastings Cove Holiday Apartments Bed linen included (all beds triple sheeted), Non-smoking only ADDRESS: 2 Creek St, Hastings Point, NSW 2489 Air conditioning, Balcony / courtyard, Opening windows PHONE: (02) 6676 3999 Open plan lounge/dining, CD player, DVD player CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Anne Worsley Alarm clock, TV, Full kitchen, Dishwasher WEB: www.hastingscove.com Refrigerator - full size, Tea/Coffee Making E-MAIL: info@hastingscove.com Separate shower & bath, Laundry, Washing machine Dryer, Iron & ironing board, Clothes line / airer Great for couples and families, Hastings Cove Waterfront HoliUnder cover parking, with extra car parks available for your day Apartments are the quiet family getaway on the Tweed Coast, with fully furnished 2 bedroom self catering holiday second car or boat (by arrangement) units in landscaped grounds. A short 150 metres stroll to the beach, with direct access to a sheltered estuary, you and the family can enjoy great fishing, and activities like swimming, snorkeling, sand castles, kayaking and surfing. Stay for 2 nights or longer, with affordable 2 night to 7 night deals from $105 per night. Longer stay packages of 2 weeks or more are also available, just ask. We have four apartment options to choose from. Our ground floor and upstairs garden view apartments overlook our landscaped gardens and swimming pool, upstairs estuary view units, have water views overlooking the estuary from the balcony, and our stand alone apartments have no units above them. Just 25 minutes drive to the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, you can relax and enjoy uncrowded beaches, explore national parks, visit neighbouring coastal villages and local markets, or go bush walking, cycling, fishing or surfing. Hastings Cove 4 star rated holiday apartments offers four family holiday unit accommodation options. Ground floor and second floor garden view apartments overlook our landscaped gardens and swimming pool, great for watching the kids having a splash in the pool as you relax. Or you can choose a "stand alone" garden view apartment with no upstairs unit above. Upstairs estuary view units have a wide balcony overlooking Cudgera Creek, perfect for an alfresco breakfast or a romantic sunset dinner. Apartments 2 Bedroom Apartments Sleeps 2-6 people


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Eco Inn Warners Bay

The Eco Inn is located in the Hunter Valley on the shores of Lake Macquarie in Warners Bay, two hours north of Sydney and the largest deepwater coastal saltwater lake in Australia Lake Macquarie is an aquatic playground, perfect for a relaxing holiday. Enjoy cruising, fishing, mountain walks, bike tracks and beaches Visit the Hunter Valley vineyards and the historical town of Morpeth Enjoy the internationally renowned golf courses and famous beaches where Surfest is held Enjoy a walk along the waterfront to great local lakeside dining and shopping. Utilise our FREE Wifi to enhance your stay Relax and watch one of our FREE On Demand Movies Try the In-house Japanese Teppanyaki Restaurant Relax by the pool with our BBQ and Pizza Oven Hire a bike and join the 15kms of bike tracks opposite the motel Come stay and discover the secret that is just north of Sydney. The new owners are undertaking a full renovation of the the Eco Inn and the Japanese Restaurant to ensure that you

Fact File NAME: Eco Inn Warners Bay ADDRES S: 568 The Esplanade, Warners Baym NSW 2282 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 4948 9666, 0414 587 137 C ONT ACT ONTA CT:: Janene Lowe WEB: www.ecoinn.com.au E-MAIL: janene.lowe@bigpond.com have a quality stay at a quality location at what will be known as The Esplanade Motel in coming months. All rooms offer FREE Wifi and FREE On Demand Movies and a Kitchenette inclusive of Microwave, Toaster, Cutlery and China plus you have use of our pool, BBQ and Pizza Oven. With the lake outside our door we encourage you to stroll the 12 kms of waterfront paths or bring the bikes and ride enjoying lunch or a coffee along the way. With a playground next door, pathways, waterfront, 10 minutes to the beach, boat hire, golf and major shopping centres plus only 35 minutes to the vineyards its a wonderful place to stay. Come and stay with us at Warners Bay, Lake Macquarie and "Love the Lake".


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Lake Munmorah Motel Fact File NAME: Lake Munmorah Motel ADDRES S: 620 Pacific Hwy, Lake Munmorah, NSW 2259 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 4358 8108, 0408 860 971 C ONT ACT ONTA CT:: Suzanne Dehlsen WEB: www.lakemunmorahmotel.com E-MAIL: sales@lakemunmorahmotel.com

The Lake Munmorah Motel is situated on the picturest Central Coast Just an hours north of Sydney. The Motel consists of 12 well appointed renovated room, 5 of which have kitchen facilities, with 3 rooms fronting a central court yard. Flat screen LED TV, BBQ, Microwave, Tea and Coffee 40 min for the Hunter Wineries & Newcastle Airconditioning See website for more details www.lakemunmorahmotel.com In room bar facilities Mention this add will receive a bottle of wine and chocoOff street parking(Boats & Trailers) lates on arrival 5 min to Clubs Beaches & 10 min for the freeway -Hosts Brian and Suzanne Dehlsen 5 km north Doyalson Lights The rooms have comfortable beds and are exceptionally quiet making for a relaxed night.


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Bell Chapel B&B Fact File NAME: Bell Chapel B&B ADDRES S: 23A Amelia St, Carey Bay, NSW 2283 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 4959 8811 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Trish Hunt and Tony Stephens WEB: www.bellchapel.com.au E-MAIL: stay@bellchapel.com.au

R Bell Chapel Bed and Breakfast - Lake Macquarie This delightfully self contained historic church adjacent to Lake Macquarie caters for that romantic getaway or special occasion. Wedding nights are specially catered for. Bell chapel accommodation comes with a 4 star rating (AAA rated). With its original stained glass window, polished floors and luxurious furnishings, Bell Chapel has a unique ambience offering couples a relaxing experience. Features include: Reverse cycle air conditioning. Well equipped kitchenette. Remote control TV and DVD player. Mood lighting. Hair dryer, ironing facilities and quality toiletries. Comfy Queen sized bed. Wheel chair access, Bell Chapel has been designed with the needs of those with access needs in mind. Off-street parking at the door for car and boat Whether you're holidaying on Lake Macquarie or exploring the Hunter Valley or just wanting a relaxing weekend, let your hosts Tricia Hunt and Tony Stephens help make your stay a memorable one. How to find Bell Chapel B & B Take the Toronto exit from the F3 Freeway. In Toronto proceed through traffic lights and town centre to waterfront. Turn right and follow road along Ambrose Street.Turn left into Excelsior Parade at T intersection. Travel along Excelsior Parade for 1/2 km. Bell Chapel is on your right, after the bus stop. Yachts moored on Lake Macquarie


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Victoria’s At Ewingsdale

Fact File NAME: Victoria’s At Ewingsdale ADDRES S: Top of McGettigans Lane, Byron Bay, ADDRESS: NSW 2481 PHONE: (02) 6684 7047 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Victoria McEwen WEB: www.victorias.net.au E-MAIL: indulge@victorias.net.au Welcome to Victoria's Byron Bay, exclusive luxury accommodation in the most spectacular area on the coast of Australia. We have a range of properties to choose from which will make your stay in Byron a very pleasant one At Victoria's at Ewinghdale, you can relax in elegant guestrooms, all beautifully decorated and furnished with fine damask bed linen, bathrobes, chocolates, fresh flowers and a complimentary decanter of port. All rooms have air-conditioning, writing desk, TV, clock, private ensuite bathroom, and most have a ceiling fan and telephone. Rooms have either a spacious terracotta balcony, with a tranquil garden view, or they open onto a courtyard featuring a water fountain. Our luxury spa suites have tea and coffee making facilities and refrigerators. We have one suite suitable for disabled guests. E wingsdale – High T Tee a Enjoy ‘High Tea’ in the beautiful grounds of ‘Victoria’s At Ewingsdale’, overlooking Byron Bay. Be it an all girl get together, a hen’s party or bridal shower, a generational gathering for a baby shower, or a birthday treat for a fine lady or gent. Friends can enjoy each other’s company for a memorable afternoon, (or morning), over this wonderful revival of British tradition.

A lovely selection of homemade, savoury and sweet treats, including dainty finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones, are all served on tiered platters, along with English bone china and vintage tea cups. Reservations are essential, so please, contact us for prices, menus, group numbers and availability. Ewingsdale – Facilities Facilities at “Victoria’s” include, a palm fringed salt-water swimming pool, all weather BBQ area and a cabana, bird watching and leisurely walks through lush tropical gardens. In fine weather come for a joy flight with us over the Cape, in our own private aircraft. We have elegant lounge areas, with plenty of reading material, and log fires in the winter. Full laundry facilities are available as well as off-street parking (mostly under cover).


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Mandarin Motel

Mandarin Motel, Macksville Motel Accommodation The Mandarin Motel a 4 star motel located in Macksville NSW, just 35 minutes south of Coffs Harbour. Featuring executive and family rooms, Austar TV and reverse cycle air conditioning, the Mandarin Motel makes the perfect stop over for corporate guests and family holiday makers alike. New Quiet 4 star motel Off Pacific HighwayBright, comfortable rooms Executive Studio room, Executive Deluxe, Executive Spa,2 bedroom Family and Ground floor Disabled rooms Some rooms with Kitchenette Undercover Parking Austar and free to air in all rooms Broadband internet access to all rooms Continental or cooked breakfast in our Hot Marmalade Breakfast Room Relax or Read in Glassed Common Area. Free guest laundry Ceiling fans and Air Conditioning in all rooms Within walking distance to Beautiful Nambucca River, Clubs, Pubs ,Café’s and Eateries 100mtrs to supermarket and shopping strip Parks, Playground and Aquatic Center Smoke free property Comfortable conference room for small conference, seminars and workshops. Superb motel rooms at affordable prices The Mandarin Motel in Macksville offers a range of motel accommodation to suit any traveller’s requirements. Everything about the motel is spic and span as you would expect given that it was newly built to commence full scale operations in January 2007. Family RoomClean, modern bathrooms All bathrooms are of the highest quality and some have corner spa baths with separate showers as well for a small additional charge. Just ask for a Spa Suite when making your reservation.

Fact File NAME: Mandarin Motel ADDRES S: 24 Princess St, Macksville, NSW 2447 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 6568 2222, 0488 594 349 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Deborah Kelly WEB: www.mandarinmotel.com.au E-MAIL: office@mandarinmotel.com.au

The first thing you’ll notice about all the guest rooms at the Mandarin Motel is that they are magnificently spacious. No matter which configuration you choose you can expect a generous level of space and comfort. Bright, comfortable rooms We are well equipped to cater for meetings of up to 30 persons. The Mandarin Motel is also ideal for small seminars, conferences and workshops. Speak to us about your special needs and we will probably be able to meet your requirements.


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Alexander Motor Inn Fact File NAME: Alexander Motor Inn ADDRESS: 62 Alice St, Moree, NSW 2400 PHONE: (02) 6752 4222, 0427 732 288 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Doug Stockham WEB: www.alexandermotorinnmoree.com.au E-MAIL: info@alexandermotorinnmoree.com.au

The Alexander Motor Inn and Restaurant consists of 22 clean, comfortable, sound proofed ground floor units/accomodation. The motel is situated in the heart of Moree opposite the Information Centre and Hospital and within easy walking distance to shops, clubs, restaurants and the hugely popular, Moree Hot Artesian Baths. The Alexander Motor Inn Moree is a family owned business dedicated to offering our guests a friendly and comfortable stay. lWe are ideally located 200metres from the Moree Hospital, 500 metres from the Moree Railway Station, 500 metres from the Moree Town Centre and directly opposite the Moree Tourist Information Centre and Bus Transit Station. There is a park opposite the Motel for releasing cooped up energy and “The Big Rocket” is only situated 200metres from the motel in another one of Moree’s beautiful parks. Our Restaurant is open Monday to Thursday with room service available on these nights. Our dishes consist of healthy , fresh produce ensuring a satisfying meal to end your day. Local Restaurants are also within easy walking distance to the Alexander Motor Inn. Breakfast is available seven days a week consisting of hearty cooked or light continental breakfasts. Reception hours MonFri - 7am – 9pm Sat-Sun - 8am – 8pm Free Wi-fi is available to all units as well as Foxtel and convenient parking outside your unit. With clean and well maintained accommodation the Alexander Motor Inn Moree is the place to stay whether for that overnight stop, business trip or extended stay. Free Wi-fi Foxtel BBQ & Pool area Restaurant

Parking for trailers & small trucks Opposite Tourism Information Centre 200 metres to Moree Hospital Minutes walk to the CBD Minutes walk to Moree’s famous Hot Artesian Spring


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Poinciana Motel

W e l ccome ome tto o the T he Nic el in Murwillumbah! The Nicee sstt Mot Motel We are the closest motel to the Margaret Olley Art Centre. The Poinciana Motel in Murwillumbah is a member of the Golden Chain group of Motels and we are located just 1.4 kms from the town centre in a quite, noise free location. We are a popular motel in Murwillumbah for corporate travellers seeking extra comforts and services. We are the only motel in Murwillumbah which offers a toilet seperate from the bathroom. Our rooms are spacious, 32sq m and are all installed with 82cm high definition flat screen TV’s with DVD with AUSTAR. The Poinciana Motel is a family run business. We have 10 delightfully decorated rooms and we pride ourselves in providing personal service and traditional country hospitality . You will enjoy your stay with us because your comfort and a restful nights sleep is our priority . Call us to book and let us be your home away from home. Poinciana Motels delightful rural outlook nestled alongside the beautiful Tweed River. The popular Tweed River Regional Art Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre is situated just 500m up the road. Murwillumbah, the T weed Riv er and Mt W arning Tw River Warning The township of Murwillumbah is situated on the banks of the Tweed River in the heart of the Tweed Valley Volcanic Caldera. It is surrounded by 3 World Heritage National Parks and the Mt Warning (Wollumbin) Shield volcano dominates the landscape and it is the first place on the Australian Continent to greet the sun’s rays each morning. A climb to the top produces magnificent 360 degree views of the Tweed Valley . P oinciana Mot el in the Heart of the T w eed Motel Tw Holiday travellers find Murwillumbah's central location in the Tweed Valley gives them easy access to the beaches and the rain forest. Poinciana Motel is minutes from town, 25 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport, 30 minutes to Byron Bay and 10 minutes the Cabarita Beach. spotlessly clean and everything opens and shuts as it should with all the latest gadgets. Our beds are the latest and best on the market and are very, very comfortable. There are lots of power points, bar fridge, free Wi-fi and toast, tea ’n coffee facilities. The township of Murwillumbah is situated on the banks of the Tweed River in the heart of the Tweed Valley Volcanic Caldera. It is surrounded by 3 World Heritage National Parks and the

Fact File NAME: Poinciana Motel ADDRES S: 453 Tweed Valley Way, Murwillumbah, NSW 2482 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 6672 3666 C ONT ACT ONTA CT:: Bruce Weston WEB: www.poinciana.com.au E-MAIL: info@poinciana.com.au Mt Warning (Wollumbin) Shield volcano dominates the landscape. Mt Warning is the first place on the Australian Continent to greet the sun’s rays each morning. A climb to the top produces magnificent 360 degree views of the Tweed Valley . We are the perfect location from which to base your Tweed Valley experience. C orpor orporaa t e T Trr a v ellers We are a popular place to stay for corporate travellers seeking extra comforts and services. We are the only motel in town who offers a toilet seperate from the bathroom. Our rooms are spacious, 32sq m and are all installed with 82cm high definition flat screen TV’s with DVD and AUSTAR. They are spotlessly clean and everything opens and shuts as it should with all the latest gadgets. Our beds are the latest and best on the market and are very, very comfortable. There are lots of power points, bar fridge, free Wi-fi and toast, tea ’n coffee facilities.


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Springbrook Lyrebird Retreat

Springbrook Lyrebird Retreat is the perfect escape from the stresses of daily life. Left totally to yourselves, with no phones to distract, you will be immersed in peace and tranquility deep within the rainforest. You will be delighted by the richness of plants and bird life, butterflies, colourful fungi, as well as the pademelons, bandicoots, possums and the many small marsupials that share this forest with you. In the evening, you can relax in front of a cosy fireplace, enjoy the luxury of a double spa bath, eat, doze, read — whatever takes your fancy — and absorb the special and unique sounds of rainforest nightlife. Springbrook Plateau, remarkably only 40 minutes from the Gold Coast and 90 minutes from Brisbane, is like a window into another world, a living museum full of surprises. Relish the privilege of experiencing one of the most unique and iconic places on Earth — our Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Steep yourselves in its grandeur and antiquity. Soak in the splendour of its grand waterfalls, canyon vistas and fascinating walking tracks through cathedral forests. You will never tire of new things to see on the many walking tracks through Springbrook National Park. Then venture out to any of the many cafes for breakfast, lunch or dinner or indulge in special treats from the famous “Fudge Shop”. The good thing is that you can do as little or as much as your want. But, remember, tread softly on this fragile Jewel of Nature. Click here to see what else you can do on the mountain. Note: Springbrook Lyrebird Retreat is professionally managed by Fay and Bob Stone who have decades of experience

Fact File NAME: Springbrook Lyrebird Retreat ADDRES S: 418 Lyrebird Ridge Rd, Springbrook, Qld 4213 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 5533 5555, 0419 021 109 C ONT ACT ONTA CT:: Keith Scott WEB: www.lyrebirdspringbrook.com E-MAIL: Keith.Scott@rainforest.org.au in the hospitality industry. The business is owned by Australian Rainforest Conservation Society, a non-government, non-profit association. All proceeds go to restoration of rainforest at Springbrook. To learn about the Springbrook Rainforest Restoration Project and the World Heritage Area visit the web site www.springbrookrescue.org.au


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Villa San Michele Fact File NAME: Villa San Michele ADDRESS: 39-41 Macrossan St, Port Douglas, Qld 4877 PHONE: (07) 4099 4088 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Olivia and Al Spence WEB: www.villasanmichele.com.au E-MAIL: manager@villasanmichele.com.au

Villa San Michele, Port Douglas offers one and two bedroom apartment accommodation on Macrossan Street - right in the centre of Port Douglas. For a special Port Douglas holiday Villa San Michele has excellent accommodation packages available. Our self-contained accommodation suits visitors in search of relaxing accommodation in the centre of Port Douglas. Villa San Michele's central location places boutique shops and award winning restaurants right on your doorstep, and we are only a short stroll to Four Mile Beach. Villa San Michele apartments have a unique Mediterranean style, and are situated around a courtyard of tropical gardens with two heated saltwater swimming pools, spa and a poolside barbecue. Modern 1 & 2 bedroom apartments with all facilities Free Wi-Fi Reception (8am to 6pm Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm Sat, Sun and public holidays) Two heated saltwater swimming pools (with shallow ledge for young children) Spa Poolside barbecue and dining area Off street undercover parking Two complimentary guest laundries 24 Hour on-site management Tour Desk Rollaway beds, cots and highchairs available for hire Printing and faxing facilities Beach towels for hire Book and magazine exchange Bicycle lock-up area


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Hermitage Lodge

A c c ommoda tion in P ok olbin, Hunt er V alle egion ommodation Pok okolbin, Hunter Valle alleyy R Region Fact File Hermitage Lodge is nestled on 25 acres in Pokolbin, in the heart of the Hunter Valley vineyards. Many of the area's popu- NAME: Hermitage Lodge lar wineries, cellar doors and tourist attractions are within walk- ADDRESS: 609 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin, NSW 2320 ing distance or a short drive. PHONE: (02) 4998 7639 Two championship golf courses, 'The Vintage' and 'Cypress CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Noreen Gottaas Lakes', are just minutes away, while four other courses are WEB: www.hermitagelodge.com.au within a twenty minute drive. E-MAIL: info@hermitagelodge.com.au The Lodge's 20 Studios and Suites offer 4 star boutique Hunter Valley accommodation and personal, attentive service rarely found today. All rooms have a deck or veranda offering views over the property's own Shiraz vineyard and small lake. A salt water pool, guest lounge and guest laundry are an impressive range of facilities for such a boutique property. Hermitage Lodge’s on-site award-winning Hunter Valley restaurant ‘Il Cacciatore’ specialises in Northern Italian inspired cuisine, and is open for dinner nightly from 6pm. 'Il Cacciatore' is fully licensed and is available for group lunch bookings, private functions and special events with prior arrangement. The restaurant also conducts cooking classes; ideal for a group of friends or for off-site conference groups. Hermitage Packages may include dinners, breakfasts, massages, sparLodge is the ideal retreat for couples or a great venue for kling wine and chocolates. Take your pick from those on offer corporate meetings, small conferences or executive groups. or contact us directly to customise a package to suit your Hunt er V alle tion P ack ages Hunter Valle alleyy A Acc c ommoda ommodation Pack ackages special requirements. Hermitage Lodge is pleased to offer guests a selection of packages designed to satisfy the needs of those looking for some special time together.


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George Bass Motor Inn Fact File NAME: George Bass Motor Inn ADDRESS: 65 Bridge Rd, Nowra, NSW 2541 PHONE: (02) 4421 638 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Sandy and Peter Coggins WEB: www.georgebass.com.au E-MAIL: info@georgebass.com.au

Located in Nowra, the George Bass Motor Inn caters for both the tourist and the corporate traveller. It is the perfect place for a quiet relaxing weekend or a base to explore the picturesque Shoalhaven Region of NSW. Nowra is the largest coastal town on the NSW South Coast and the business capital of the Shoalhaven region The George Bass Motor Inn offers 21 contemporary rooms. We cater for the independent traveller and the corporate guest. The George Bass Motor Inn in Nowra is a convenient place to base yourself and explore the natural diversity of the Shoalhaven region: the area boasts some of the most spectacular scenery, including coastal, forest, mountain and rural country. We are an “all season” destination A quiet position, off the Princes Highway , we are centrally located to town (5 minute walk) and within walking distance to Restaurants, Clubs, Visitors Information Centre, Shoalhaven Council Chambers, Entertainment Centre and the Shoalhaven Hospital Features & Facilities 4 star motel accommodation Spacious, well appointed rooms with modern facilities High Definition colour Televisions in all rooms. Austar with Foxtel sports and movie channels in all rooms Quiet position, close to town Iron & Ironing board, Hairdryers “All our Executive Suites have just been fully Refurbished” Reverse cycle air conditioning in all rooms

Free ADSL Broadband internet connection in Delux ooms and fr ee int ernet cconnection onnection in Deluxee R Rooms free internet E xxecutiv ecutiv ooms ecutivee rro Room service breakfast Guest Laundry


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Astro Dish Motor Inn

We are situated in the centre of Parkes, a short stroll to clubs, shopping centres, sporting fields etc. We have the Australian Olympic Stephen Davis hockey field only 2 minute drive away. Parkes is a thriving commercial town with a lot to offer, it has the iconic Dish as a major tourist attractione. Parkes also has a National Park, with over 42,000 hectares to do bushwalking or bird watching. The Astro Dish Motor Inn is the most modern and newest motel in Parkes featuring very modern decor and great facilities in every suite.

Fact File NAME: Astro Dish Motor Inn ADDRESS: 10-16 Bogan St, Parkes, NSW 2870 PHONE: (02) 6862 3000, 0408 412 020 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Donald Chisholm WEB: www.astrodish.com.au E-MAIL: info@astrodish.com.au If only the bes o be good enough ffor or yyou, ou, bestt is going tto then yyou ou need tto o sstt aayy aatt the As o Dish Mot or Inn Astt rro Motor when yyou ou pas ough P ak es. T her 4 hour book passs thr through Pak akes. Ther heree is 224 book-in.


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Ghost Riders Vineyard Lodge

Rated 4.5 Stars by Star Ratings Australia This official Star Rating is your guarantee that …. “the accommodation you expect is the accommodation that you get” This beautiful estate is being made available for discerning guests who appreciate accommodation of outstanding quality. Ghost Riders Lodge is positioned in the middle of Ghost Riders Vineyard Spectacular views from every window of vineyards, Brokenback Mountain Ranges and undulating countryside Centrally located, situated in the sought after Hermitage Road in Pokolbin which offers boutique wineries, cafes/restaurants including Muse Kitchen and Restaurant Botanica is next door, horse riding and much more ... We are only minutes away from the Hunter Valley Gardens, concert venues, golf courses and all the Hunter attractions

Fact File NAME: Ghost Riders Vineyard Lodge ADDRESS: 535 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin, NSW 2320 PHONE: (02) 9653 3823, 0412 522 779 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Ildi and Ian Kalnins WEB: www.ghostriderslodge.com.au E-MAIL: stay@ghostriderslodge.com.au Totally private. We are on 12 acres and far removed from neighbouring properties. However, enjoy seeing kangaroos and other wild life on the estate The charming ambience of the estate beckons you to take a stroll through the vineyard and the magical walkway between the two dams. Why not enjoy a picnic by the dams? Ideal adults retreat for up to 5 couples, group of friends or small corporate retreat


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Brezza Bella Bed and Breakfast

Designed for adults our Tuscan and Oriental themed rooms bring a unique atmosphere to enhance the pleasure of your stay. Enjoy private access to your room where you will find a king bed, LCD TV/DVD, air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, bar fridge, wireless internet, iron/ironing board, quality bed and bath linen, private ensuite with rain shower, hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers and complimentary toiletries. Our site facilities include an outdoor hot/cold shower (great for when you come back from the beach), beautiful courtyard, bbq area and laundry. Tariff includes – complimentary refreshments on your arrival and sumptuous continental breakfast served in our dining room or if preferred a breakfast basket delivered to your room.

Fact File NAME: Brezza Bella Bed and Breakfast ADDRES S: 1 Rowan Cres, Merewether, NSW 2291 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 4963 3812, 0414 633 066 C ONT ACT ONTA CT:: Christine Feeney and Bob Comyns WEB: www.brezzabella.com.au E-MAIL: stay@brezzabella.com.au


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Clarendon Forest Retreat

Secluded Country Accommodation NSW Clarendon Forest Retreat is a scenic, luxury retreat nestled between the Manning Valley and Forster in the Kiwarrak State Forest, NSW. Our cottages offer secluded accommodation to couples, families and groups – perfect for holidays, short breaks and weekends away. Our eight cottages are spread over the 1000 acre property, offering unique and stunning country accommodation in NSW. Clarendon is suited to a range of occasions and activities including weddings, honeymoons, babymoons, corporate retreats, horse riding and mountain biking. This tranquil split level sandstone and cedar cottage offers you a private world in your own cosy, country home. Complete with loft bedroom and queen size four poster cedar bed, exquisite antiques and a soft satin sofa beside the log fire, romance is assured. The Sanctuary sits nestled amongst shade trees of Tallowood and private gardens. A private world, perfect for lazy days,

Fact File NAME: Clarendon Forest Retreat ADDRESS: 150 Coates Rd, Possum Brush, NSW 2430 PHONE: (02) 6554 3162 C ONT ACT ONTA CT:: Peter Dorahy WEB: www.cfr.com.au E-MAIL: cfr@cfr.com.au Up to 50 per cent off for all Sydney News, Brisbane Sun and Melbourne Observer readfers! We can do 2 nights midweek for 2 people $299 (extra $65/night for Friday and Saturday nights) And 2 nights midweek for up to 6 people $419 (extra $65/night for Friday and Saturday nights Extra nights are just $150/night


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South Pacific Apartments

Ideally located along the beachfront, South Pacific Apartments Port Macqaurie Resort are the ideal getaway for your next family holiday. South Pacific Apartments Resort offers 4 Star 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom self contained apartments accommodation with loads of activities and family orientated facilities including outdoor swimming pool, childrens pool, BBQ and gazebo. Directly opposite family friendly Flynn's Beach.

Fact File NAME: South Pacific Apartments ADDRESS: 37 Pacific Drive, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 PHONE: (02) 6583 8033 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Christine and Brett Skinner WEB: www.southpacificpm.com.au E-MAIL: info@southpacificpm.com,au


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Costa Rica Motel

Fact File NAME: Costa Rica Motel ADDRES S: 134 Gregory St, South West Rocks, NSW 2431 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 4441 2395 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Chris Parke WEB: www.costaricamotel.com.au E-MAIL: costaricamotel@tsn.cc The owners Chris and Roth extend a warm welcome to all guests and website visitors. The Costa Rica Resort Motel is a 21 room motel with a friendly atmosphere and is centrally located to the facilities and attractions of South West Rocks. The motel is well suited to family holidays, tours groups, fishermen, scuba divers and disabled visitors. It has parking available for boat trailers and coaches. Costa Rica Motel offers a variety of sporting facilities including tennis court, squash court, indoor spa and swimming pool. Clear aquamarine waters, tiny coves, a peaceful bay, lush green forestry fringed by soft brown sands; no wonder convicts abandoned their sinking ship, "The Trial" and decamped to this beautiful area! South West Rocks, is where the Macleay River meets the sea, in an area surrounded by eight beautiful beaches, numerous river tributaries and Arakoon State Conservation Area. A picnic area and BBQ's are available for guests along with a fully equipped self catering kitchen, ideal for families or groups. There are 21 rooms, all of which are on the ground floor. We have single, double, twin or family rooms. Different combinations of bedding some can accommodate up to 5 or 6 people another up to 8people. There is also one self contained unit which can accommodate up to 8 people and 1 disabled room. All the rooms have as a minimum the following features. Air conditioned Alarm Clock Bar Fridge Ceiling Fans Hairdryer Laundry Facilities Non-Smoking Queen bed Rollaway Beds Available Daily Room Service Linen and Towels Provided Shower - separate Telephone Television Toaster Tea/Coffee Making

3 Night Midw ack age (SunT hurs Midweek Pack ackage (Sun-T hurs)) eek P o 4 P eople OR 2 Night W eek end P ack age ffor or up tto Week eekend Pack ackage People $269 Includes a Bottle of Wine on arrival Packages 'Back to Back' (5 Nights) for up to 4 People $538 Receive 1 FREE EXTRA NIGHT (Total 6 Nights) Bottle of Wine on arrival Upgrade to Kitchenette room (if available) Secure your Package - Pay before 31st March 2015 Valid for 12 Months Confirm your Check-in date later Ring Now 02 65666400 QUO TE - Sun & Fun QUOTE C onditions and Ex clusions Apply Exclusions Conditions Apply Packages can be transferred or given as gifts. All Bookings dependant on availability. Payment by Visa or M/C or Direct Deposit (Credit Card incurs a fee of 1.5%) No Housekeeping. Any additional people (up to 6) $35 pr person per night. 1 Week prior notice required for change of dates. Exclusions Does not include Peak Holiday periods, Long Weekends or Local Event Weekends. Normal School Holidays dependant on availability. Cancellation Policy Bookings Cancelled within the 48 Hours prior to date of arrival incur a $50 Fee. Full days charge (Normal Rates) if Cancelled on the day of arrival. Any consecutive days cancelled within 48 Hours prior also $50 Fee.


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Norah Head Lighthouse

Ocean views and historic charm in a restored Lighthouse K eeper ers. Keeper eeper’’ s quart quarters. For a perfect getaway or short break with a difference, come and experience the unique charm of Norah Heads Lighthouse quarters. Restored to their period glory with an added level of comfort, but in keeping with everything you’d expect in maritime quarters, you’re stay with us will be an authentic experience of the cosy comfort of quarters life set against the rugged beauty of the Pacific Ocean in all its majesty and moods. Available for booking is a choice of two original Lighthouse Keeper’s quarters at the lighthouse. These have been restored and appointed with comfort to ensure that your stay is memorable. Stay at Norah Head LighthouseThe quarters are self-contained with everything that you need for a relaxing getaway or short stay and are their heritage listed to retain the original atmosphere. There are three bedrooms and sweeping verandahs; The bedding configuration for both quarters is King Zip Bed, Queen Bed plus 1 x King Single and Queen bed plus 1 x King Single. Rate covers 6 guests with an experson rate of $20 per person per night, with a maximum of 8 guests.

Fact File NAME: Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve Trust ADDRES S: PO Box 4, Toukley, NSW 2263 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 4397 5119, 0408 021 990 C ONT ACT ONTA CT:: Gary Dean WEB: www.norahheadlighthouse.com.au E-MAIL: info@norahheadlighthouse.com.au All rooms are comfortably furnished with modern furniture. There is a full kitchen and laundry facilities; an indoor shower and toilet. The lounge rooms have gas log fires, TV/DVD and video player. The charming white picket fence and grassed yard surrounds are a perfect place where children can play. Note: Bath facilities have been removed in recent upgade to bathrooms. Due to an upgrade of bedding configuration all bookings for accommodation post November 2014 and following, linen will be provided for all beds. You will no longer be required to provide your own linen. Call 1300 132 975 for availability and enquiries, or to book your accommodation. An on-site caretaker will assist with your check-in and check-out.


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Sandys At The Point Fact File NAME: Sandys At The Point ADDRESS: 34 Soldiers Point Rd, Soldiers Point, NSW 2317 PHONE: (02) 4984 7247, 0411 400 902 C ONT ACT ONTA CT:: Michael Noble WEB: www.sandysatthepoint.com.au E-MAIL: stay@sandysatthepoint.com.au Quilt ers W ome! Quilters Wee l cco If you have a partner who plays golf or does other outdoor activities and you would like some time out, there is a studio where you could join me for a couple of hours to indulge in your favourite past time.

Sandy's A he P oint B &B is a bed and br eakf Att T The Point B&B breakf eakfaa sstt accommodation facilty open for business. We are located 2 hours drive north of Sydney in beautiful Port Stephens at Soldiers Point. We are only 200 metres from the beach with filtered views of the water from the courtyard, kitchen and bedroom. We are also walking distance to local cafes, restaurants and Soldiers Point Marina. You are also minutes away by car to Salamander Shopping Centre and Nelson Bay. We offer comfortable and modern accommodation comprising: 4 star AAA Tourism rated 2 Queen bedrooms each with own bathroom (one with spa bath) TVs in all rooms, Foxtel and DVD player in kitchen area Kitchen area with sink (no cooking facilities) Fold out lounge for an extra guest if required A large outside entertaining area with BBQ Tea/Coffee making facilities Air conditioning in bedroom A substantial continental breakfast including fresh fruit is provided every morning. We live upstairs, and your area is completely self contained with its own entrance. There is also off street parking.


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The Peter Allen Motor Inn

The Peter Allen Motor Inn has 20 rooms offering 3.5 star quality motel style accommodation in Tenterfield. Let us treat you to some friendly country hospitality in a quiet and relaxed setting. We are the closest motel to the CBD and walking distance to the town's many historic buildings, as well as the Bowling Club and Restaurants. All rooms are ground floor units making them easy access from your car. All units have air conditioning, electric blankets, tea/coffee making facilities and all modern conveniences, as well as undercover parking. BBQ facilities Cable TV Interconnecting rooms Non-smoking property On-site undercover parking Room service - limited service Self service laundry facilities Wheelchair accessible

Fact File NAME: The Peter Allen Motor Inn ADDRES S: 177 Rouse St, Tenterfield, NSW 2372 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 6736 2499, 0466 488 747 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: James Bradshaw WEB: www.peterallenmotorinn.com E-MAIL: stay@peterallenmotorinn.com.au


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Bali Hi Motel

Book a three-night minimum stay dcirectly with our hot el and rree ccee i vvee br eakf hotel breakf eakfaa sstt FREE for the length of yyour our ssta ta y! tay! ooms A w ait Y ou N eewly wly R Refurbished Rooms Aw Yo efurbished R For a Tuncurry accommodation that matches your preference for peace and comfort, think Bali Hi Motel. Nothing beats this Tuncurry motels standard of accommodation. This Tuncurry motor lodge brings you modest yet cosy guestrooms that house basic amenities that will surely meet your needs, giving ease and convenience. Swimming Pool BBQ Area Remote LED colour TV’s with DVD players Tea and Coffee Making Facilities/Toasters Cots Available Fax Facilities Group Catering Tea and Coffee making Facilities/Toasters/Microwaves Free fast broadband internet workstation and wifi throughout the motel Split system (ie quiet) reverse cycle airconditioning All rooms are ground floor None of our rooms have facilities or the space for extra guests

Fact File NAME: Bali Hi Motel ADDRES S: 65 Manning St, Tuncurry, NSW 2428 ADDRESS: PHONE: (02) 6554 6537, 0419 664 223 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Debbie and Rodney Mitchell WEB: www.balihimotel.com E-MAIL: balihi@tsn.cc


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Kirkham Manor

From $170 per couple, per night with a special rate for chilSutton Forest country retreat. Escape in this 3-acre parkland dren garden and lake setting. Guests have the use of a fully self-contained 3-bedroom Fact File ‘home away from home’ or the delightful hotel room styled guest suite. NAME: Kirkham Manor Accommodating up to 8 people comfortably in this beautiADDRESS: ful rural setting, you can stroll through the gardens, swim in ADDRESS: PO Box 994, Moss Vale, NSW 2577 the indoor heated pool, chill out in the spa, dine alfresco at PHONE: (02) 4869 208, 0405 502 900 the barbecue or enjoy a glass of wine as you sit by the lake & CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Susan Ellis Hill relax. E-MAIL: accom@kirkhammanor.com.au Stay a night or a week you wont find a better place to unwind


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Yamba Aston Motel

Found at the mouth of the Clarence River, Yamba is a delight Fact File for beach lovers. A town with many attractions, Yamba is truly a paradise for those who seek a bit of sun and sand all year NAME: Yamba Aston Motel S: 37 Coldstream St (Cnr Mulgi St), Yamba, NSW 2464 ADDRESS: round. Combining village charm and the laid back beach ADDRES PHONE: (02) 6646 2199, 0408 297 030 lifestyle, Yamba has a lot to offer to its many visitors. ACT ONTA CT:: Graham Lees Here, at the Aston Motel, we provide you with some of the CONT WEB: www.yambaastonmotel.com.au most delightful options for quiet motel accommodation in Yamba. Complete with all modern facilities such as a swim- E-MAIL: stay@yambaastonmotel.com.au ming pool and BBQ area, this truly is a great option for afT hings tto o do in Y amba Yamba fordable Yamba motel accommodation if you are in the mood Fishing Good spots are lovers point, the break wall, Whiting for a bit of relaxation. Beach, middle wall, Oyster Channel or Lake Wooloweyah. Hire boats are available. A QUIET AND C OMF OR TABLE Y AMBA MO TEL CO FO RT YAMBA MOT Of the many Yamba motel accommodation options, the Kayak Tours Aston Motel is quite a crowd pleaser. Aside from its pictur- Surfing & Swimming at one or all of our seven great beaches esque appearance, the motel is also ideally located to allow River Cruise & Ferry Trips easy access to quite a few of Yamba's attractions but to still Walking Cycling, Golf. Bowls provide peace and quiet to relax and unwind. Great rates, great rooms and a great place to unwind after Picnics, Bush walking an exciting day in this lovely town. The Aston Motel is truly the Facilities best of Yamba Motels when it comes to giving tourist exactly what they need. This is accommodation Yamba at its best. Air-conditioned Hot breakfasts available Contact us for more details and reservations. Plenty of parking for buses, trailers etc Pool, outdoor spa and barbeque area Golf Package Yamba and Maclean Stay and Play Golf Package $210 per On site guest laundry Close to Bowling Club, Golf Club, Yamba Shops person 2 rounds of 18 holes plus cart hire at Yamba Golf and Coun- Free use of Local Gym Spa units try Club and Maclean Golf Club Two nights accommodation twin share at the Aston Motel Austar Free Wireless internet in Yamba Balconies Package is based on minimum of 12 people.


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Akama Resort Fact File NAME: Akama Resort ADDRESS: 625 Boulevard, Urangan, Qld 4655 PHONE: (07) 4197 0777 CONT ACT ONTA CT:: Chris WEB: www.akamaresort.com.au E-MAIL: book@akamaresort.com.au W e'v on the T rip A dvisor T Advisor Trr a v eller's Choic Choicee e'vee w won Trip d ffor or 20 15. T his plac es us in the the ttop op Awar ard 2015. This places ent in the w orld ffor or the sec ond yyear ear in a rro o w. 1 per ccent world second

Welcome to Akama Resort Hervey Bay, every exquisite detail has been attended to, with your comfort in mind. Akama Resort offers a unique style of award winning accommodation presenting well appointed, spacious, designer apartments. Akama Resort overlooks Fraser Island, the Great Sandy Straits and the Marina from where all Whale Watching vessels depart. The resort is positioned in a beautiful location on the esplanade in the Marina precinct. Nestled among lush tropical gardens exuding an atmosphere of peace and tranquility and just a stone’s throw from the Marina bars, club, shopping, beaches and restaurants where fine food will titillate even the most With superb customer service and beautiful luxury Hervey discerning palette. Bay apartments, you can do as much or as little on your Hervey All the apartments at Akama Resort are fully air conditioned Bay holiday. with large furnished balconies, bi fold doors that open the Please be aware Akama Resort has a strict No Party Policy. width of the living area to bring the outside in, full size kitchens and private laundry. Lift to all levels, key less entry and The Akama Hervey Bay Resort is conveniently located adjacently to many sights and attractions. undercover secure parking. We understand it’s not always easy to find something to do when on holidays so here Our Hervey Bay apartments come in a range of sizes to suit is a few ideas to keep yourself, and the kids entertained when in Hervey Bay – and don’t your needs. Whether you are looking for a romantic break for forget we can help you book tours and tickets! Take a dip in Akama Resort’s sparkling heated pool and spa (swim all year round) two, or the ultimate luxury holiday, the Akama apartments in Take a walk or ride the 18km of bike paths along Charlton Esplanade. Stroll from our Hervey Bay resort to the 800 metre long Urangan Pier overlooking Hervey Bay has it all. Fraser Island and experience firsthand the elation as the anglers pull up a huge mackerel Akama Resort offers luxury 1,2,3 bedroom apartments and or tuna. penthouse accommodation. These luxury apartments offer Feed the lorikeets at the Botanical Gardens; expand your horizons with a visit to the every modern amenity in a vast contemporary layout not of- regional art gallery in Pialba or the natural impressions art gallery. Enjoy alfresco dining at a huge array of cafés, pubs and clubs dotted along the waters ten seen in holiday accommodation. Perfect for a family holiedge at the Hervey Bay Marina. day. Visit our vibrant local markets that have a magnificent selection of fresh produce and Our Hervey Bay apartments enable you to entertain with every other type of stall imaginable Take a flight in a helicopter or small plane over our beautiful foreshore and Fraser ease in large open plan living, where concertina glass doors Island. open onto private, sunny balconies with stunning views across Take a 35 min flight to glorious Lady Elliot Island – southern tip of the Great Barrier the Great Sandy Straits to Fraser Island. Reef.

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