Probus Tour Officer Travel Handbook - April 2023

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Tour Officer Travel Handbook

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• 7 nights’ accommodation at one of our preferred Group orientated properties

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WELCOME TO THE PROBUS TOUR OFFICER TRAVEL HANDBOOK

The Tour Officer Travel Handbook was introduced last year to assist Tour Officers with their planning of Probus Club tours and trips, both locally and abroad.

Given the limitations on travel at the time, the Handbook provided a key tool in helping Clubs re-establish their travel plans. The number of people travelling is now well on its way to pre-pandemic levels and we look forward to continuing to highlight key destinations through our regular Active Retirees publications as well as our website.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those Management Committee members that have worked tirelessly organising a variety of trips, tours and activities.

I would also like to welcome new Management Committee members that are joining their Club’s leadership team for the first time and ask that you reach out to us if there is anything we can do to assist you in your role.

A reminder also that we love to hear about your experiences when travelling with fellow Probians. Submissions for our range of publications should be sent to editorial@probussouthpacific.org with a short story of why travelling with Probus is so much fun.

Yours faithfully,

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The Probus Club of Dingley Central get up close with the famous 11-metre Murray Cod in Swan Hill

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Probus Tour Officer Travel Handbook Disclaimer

The Probus Tour Officer Travel Handbook (the Travel Handbook) is published by Citrus Media (ABN 44 140 352 254) (the Publisher) on behalf of Probus South Pacific Limited (ACN 152 374 395) (PSPL). Advertisers and contributors to the Travel Handbook acknowledge that they are aware of and undertake to comply with the provisions of applicable State and Federal discrimination legislation and the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 in relation to false and misleading advertising or statements and unfair practices. Neither PSPL nor the Publisher accept any responsibility for such breaches. Opinions expressed by contributors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of PSPL or the Publisher. All articles are general in nature. Individuals should seek expert advice before acting on any information contained in the Travel Handbook. Neither PSPL nor the Publisher make any warranties in relation to the information provided and, to the full extent allowed by law, disclaim all warranties of any kind, express or implied. All material in the Travel Handbook is copyright and may not be produced in whole or in part without the express written permission of the Publisher. Advertisers and contributors warrant that photographs provided for print in the Travel Handbook do not infringe the intellectual property or moral rights of any third party and that the advertiser or contributor holds all necessary permits and licences.

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A brief introduction to this Travel Handbook 16 The Outings, Activities and Tours Officer’s role Bits and pieces to keep in mind when planning your Club’s next tour 24 18 unforgettable cruises in Australia and New Zealand Explore some the best sights our countries have to offer from the best vantage of all: on the water 138 Directory Your quick reference to all the domestic destinations in this Travel Handbook DESTINATIONS 27 Australia 28 New South Wales 46 Victoria 58 Queensland 66 Western Australia 74 South Australia 82 Tasmania 88 Australian Capital Territory 94 Northern Territory 101 New Zealand & the Rest of the World 102 New Zealand and the Pacific 116 Asia 124 Europe 132 USA & Canada
Autumn – Winter 2023

Tour Officer Travel Handbook

ABOUT THIS HANDBOOK: A MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR

What it is, why we made it, and how it will help you – the fantastic Probus Tour Officers.

“Travel: it leaves you speechless, and then turns you into a storyteller.” So said 14th century explorer Ibn Battuta, and while we’re pretty certain he didn’t know about Probus when he spoke his words, his wisdom nonetheless rings true to Probians today. Whether it’s a day trip to a new museum in a neighbouring town, or a month-long tour to the far-flung reaches of the globe, travel enriches our lives, broadens our horizons, and connects us to each other. The role of the Probus Tour Officer is essential in facilitating these journeys, which is why in this, the Tour Officer Travel Handbook, we’ve sought to provide you with a handy resource to help bring together these wonderful trips.

Throughout the Handbook, we aim to cover as wide a selection of Australia and New Zealand destinations as possible. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, Probus Clubs and members can be found in every corner of our two great countries. And secondly, there isn’t a corner of Australia and NZ that isn’t worth exploring. From the cities to the coast and the outback of Australia, and from the fiords to the mountains and geothermal hot springs of New Zealand, any group of Probians looking for a tour, outing or activity has an endless array of options from which to choose.

That said, we certainly won’t claim this Handbook is exhaustive – there’s simply too much to fit into one guide. We’d need a vast collection, not a handbook, to cover it

all. Instead, in each issue we look to present a variety of options to satisfy every touring need, from day trips close to populated centres to multiday and even multi-week escapes that pack in as much value as possible. You’ll find history and heritage, art and culture, scenic landmarks, wildlife encounters, cruises, rail journeys, and so much more. Whichever kind of tour you and your group are looking for, we think you’ll find inspiration within these 140 pages.

Location-wise, we’ve ordered the states and territories of Australia by population, and each state section has been split into distinct regions. So, if your Club is looking to venture out locally, you should find plenty of ideas not too far from home. Alternatively, if you have in mind a new region you’d like to explore, all you have to do is flick to the relevant page (you can find a full list on page 27) and take in all of the options available. Meanwhile, the rest of the world begins on page 101, starting with 14 jam-packed pages for New Zealand – but certainly not ending there. Now that international travel is back in full swing, our Handbook includes a selection of ideas for inspiration in the Pacific Islands, Asia, Europe, the USA and Canada for any Probians looking to venture overseas. Throughout the history of Probus, there have been some absolutely wonderful and memorable Club trips to foreign destinations, and we’re excited at the prospect of seeing these trips unfold once again – with thanks, as always, to the planning and dedication of Probus Tour Officers.

Where possible, we’ve included website details and phone numbers for our chosen locations, to make it as easy as possible for you to get in touch with the business, venue or operator in question. On each spread you’ll find “At a Glance” breakout boxes with quick-access details to many of the locations mentioned, and there’s also a Directory on page 138 where you can see them all in one place. Starting on page 16, we’ve provided a specific run-down on the role of the Probus Tour Officer, with a few hints and tips to keep in mind when organising your next outing, activity or tour. And to whet the appetite for the many destinations covered throughout the guide, we’ve put together a list of 18 unforgettable cruising experiences in Australia and New Zealand – you can find those starting on page 20.

That’s enough from us for now – we’ll leave you to turn the page and begin discovering the inspiration that follows. After all, a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. ■

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THE OUTINGS, ACTIVITIES AND TOURS OFFICER’S ROLE

A few hints and tips for Probus Tour Officers to keep in mind when planning the next Club trip.

The role of the Outings, Activities and Tours Officer is an exciting and rewarding one. It requires planning, organisational skills, patience and imagination. It is recommended that more than one officer be appointed to fulfil this role.

Any Probus tour, trip and/or activity should be approved by the Management Committee. The Management Committee approves a Probus activity once they are satisfied that it meets all management guidelines.

When assessing whether to approve an activity, the Management Committee should consider all of the information related to that activity. This would normally include interest from members, location, availability, cost and risk assessment.

The key functions of the Officer are to:

Investigate and propose suitable trips, tours, outings and activities to the Management Committee for consideration. In costing each outing or activity, ensure that all expenditure is covered and any cancellation fees are also taken into account. Any discounts or ‘free of charge’ offers should be applied so as to benefit all members.

Maintain liaison with other Clubs with a view to arranging occasional joint outings.

Ensure that a risk assessment of each outing is conducted when determining suitability.

Ascertain feasibility, including costs and booking arrangements.

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1. Thuringowa Combined Probus Club couldn’t be happier on a Club trip to the wonderful Whitsundays

Ask members for suggestions of proposed outings, tours and other activities.

Ensure that all members are provided with clear instructions in relation to the activity or outing, including contingency plans.

Collect money by a nominated date before each activity, keep complete records and issue receipts for all funds received. Give all money collected to the Treasurer for banking with a detailed listing of all funds received. Carefully record all expenses, such as postage and telephone calls, and submit these to the Treasurer with receipts for reimbursement.

Consider offers from Probus Partners given that they normally attract a discount for Probus members.

Familiarisation programs

From time to time, an Officer may be invited by a trip or tour provider to participate in familiarisation programs known as “Famils” programs. This enables the Officer to experience a destination first-hand in readiness for a Club trip. Clubs should set a protocol for free of charge (FOC) benefits offered to Officers.

Identifying what trips, tours or outings to consider

While the Outings, Activities and Tours Officer is responsible for planning these events, they do not have to do all the work. We suggest having a team of members to assist in the research and planning.

The objective of any Club is to have as much participation from members as possible. Not all members will participate in every trip, tour or activity so it’s important to provide a range of trips, tours and activities that suit both activity levels and lifestyle.

Here are some tips to gauge interest from members: Survey: A survey is a great way to understand what your Club members are interested in. We suggest using both open and closed ended questions in your survey that will identify members’ interests. If members are not participating in any trips, tours or activities, ask them why?

Health Check: The Club Health Check (provided by PSPL) can assist in identifying opportunities and interests. This can be a useful tool when planning outings for your Club.

Suggestion box: Consider using a suggestion box where members could include ideas and thoughts on what they would like to do.

Plan events with other Probus Clubs

Maintaining a good relationship with other Clubs is very important. If you’re planning an outing or gathering, we suggest liaising with other Clubs with a view of arranging joint outings. This will assist in achieving the minimum number of participants (if required) and will also strengthen the relationship with other Clubs within your local community.

Here are some tips on how to plan a joint event:

Find contact information for local Clubs in the online Directory of Probus Clubs in the Club Administration section of the PSPL website.

Schedule meetings for you to discuss any proposed trips, tours or outings to gauge interest. This can be done face-to-face or even virtually via Zoom or hybrid meetings.

Brainstorm some ideas together on what events may be of interest to members of both Clubs.

It is recommended each participating Club nominate a person responsible for agreeing on responsibilities and tasks among each Club.

Ask the trip, tour or activity provider if other Probus Clubs are already booked on a proposed trip or tour and seek to combine your numbers to achieve minimum participation.

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2. Members of CoonaraCherrybrook Probus Club ‘catch the breeze’ on a trip to the island of Mauritius off the coast of Africa
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3. The Probus Club of Gungahlin don the hi-vis vests on a tour of the Capital and Woodlawn wind farms

Promote your trip, tour or activity with the wider community

Promoting a Club’s level of activity by highlighting the range of trips, tours and events it participates in is a great way to generate interest in a Club. Engage all members to take photos and submit them to PSPL to be featured either in our publications, website or Facebook. Send your submissions via email to editorial@probussouthpacific.org to be featured.

Here are some tips for submitting Club News:

Provide a brief description of 100 to 300 words, preferably in third person, about the event with some highlights of the day.

For all photos you wish to submit, ensure you have consent from the participants in the photos. Provide these same submissions to your local newspaper to promote the Club. Local newspapers are usually happy to include this information free of charge given the importance of Probus in the community.

Please note that due to the high volume of submissions, not all Club News will be published in the magazine, however we will endeavour to include them in either our range of publications, website or Facebook.

Setting a payment and refunds policy

Organising a trip, tour or activity can be a very exciting time for your Probus Club. However, there are some key aspects to consider before suggesting the trip, tour or activity to your committee. Depending on the type of outing, the Officer will need to pre-plan, do some research and set a policy with respect to payment and refunds, and ensure that Club members are fully aware of these policies.

When planning a trip, tour or activity, the Officer should:

Communicate/negotiate refunds and cancellation terms with the trip, tour or activity provider prior to booking. Sometimes there can be more than one provider in a trip (i.e. transport and accommodation) and, as such, it is important to ensure that all cancellation and refund conditions are understood at the time of booking. Make sure to do some research and ensure the venue has a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. Be sure to check whether they provide refunds or credits if members were unable to attend due to COVID-19 or if the locations being visited were to go into lockdown. Ensure members understand the cancellations and refunds policy when the booking is made to ensure that there is no misunderstanding. In some cases, a minimum number of participants is required and often no refunds will apply. Consider setting an amount required as a deposit when seeking expressions of interest in the trip, tour or activity as this will assist in determining the number of participants early. In some cases, expressing interest without paying a deposit increases the risk of cancellations and/or inaccurate assessment of participant numbers.

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1. Bangor Combined Probus Club prove that climbing trees isn’t just for the kids 2. Bella Vista Probus Club turn in a virtuoso performance in Harbin, China
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3. Meeting ‘El Caballero de Paris’ (The Gentleman from Paris) on the colonial streets of Old Havana, Cuba

Encourage members to give sufficient notice of cancellations to allow the Club to offer those cancelled spots to other members, if possible.

Ensure that all participants are clear on the final payment date.

Insurance coverage

Please be aware that only approved activities will be covered under the Probus National Insurance Programs, subject always to the terms and conditions of the policies within those programs. These activities include any event organised by a Club or Association such as meetings, outings, tours, trips and interest groups.

For insurance purposes, the approval of a trip, tour, outing or activity should be reflected in the Club’s minutes as being approved. Not all of the information the Management Committee considers needs to be reflected in the Club’s minutes. However, the minutes should contain sufficient information to understand what is being approved. The National Insurance Programs do not provide cover for cancellation/refunds, nor do they provide cover for illness.

Information about the Probus National Insurance Programs can be found in the Club Administration Section of the PSPL website at www.probussouthpacific.org ■

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4. The Probus Club of Stuart Alice Springs on an outing to the town of Ooraminna, with its replica (yet fully licensed!) old pub 5. Ringwood Clocktower Probus Club feeling on top of the world after climbing to the top of the ‘Big Red’ sand dune in Birdsville

UNFORGETTABLE

Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Australia and New Zealand from the best viewpoint of all – on the water! Check out these 18 incredible cruise journeys...

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, NZ

Sail beautiful Lake Wakatipu on board the historic TSS Earnslaw, a lovingly restored and majestic 1912 coal-fired steamship. You’ll be transported back in time to an era of elegant travel and timeless beauty as you sail the sparkling waters nestled between towering mountain ranges, including the Remarkables and Southern Alps, which provide a spectacular backdrop of snowcapped peaks and rugged cliffs. Wakatipu’s crystal-clear surface shimmers in the sunlight, reflecting the surrounding mountains and creating a mesmerising visual effect. Listen for the beating of Matau, a giant from Māori legend whose heart is still said to pump in the depths of the lake.

Thomson River, Longreach, QLD

Longreach, in Central West Queensland, is known for rich history and iconic outback experiences – not to mention being the birthplace of Qantas, which began operations in the town in 1922. Home to museums and attractions like the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach also enjoys pride of place along the Thomson River, and a Drover’s Sunset Cruise is the best way to experience it. Prepare for live entertainment, a traditional stockman’s inspired dinner, and of course, stunning outback scenery. Outback Aussie Tours offers both single and multi-day tours featuring a Drover’s Sunset Cruise, Outback Rail Adventure and much more (outbackaussietours.com.au).

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IN AUSTRALIA AND NZ UNFORGETTABLE CRUISES

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Three Capes, Tasman Island, TAS

The Three Capes are a trio of striking dolerite sea cliffs on the Tasman Peninsula. Cape Raoul, Cape Hauy and Cape Pillar are famed for their dramatic scenery and stunning vistas, and a cruise that takes you all the way to the base is one of the best ways to take in the majesty of these landmarks. From the water you can see the towering cliffs rising up to 300 metres above sea level, as well as rugged coastline home to a variety of marine wildlife. Try the three-hour wilderness cruise with Tasman Island Cruises (tasmancruises.com.au). Know, however, that this is not a “cruise” in the relaxing sense of the word – waters can be choppy, and you might even get wet, but it’s eminently worth it.

Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu, NT

A must-do for nature lovers, the Yellow Water Billabong Cruise in Kakadu National Park brings you through wetlands as you view an abundance of wildlife including crocodiles, buffalo and a huge variety of bird species. The dry season (April to November) is the most popular time to visit as floodwaters recede and wildlife is easier to spot, but the cruises run in the wet season too – a particularly good time for birdwatching. AAT Kings has a brilliant Kakadu National Park Explorer day tour that departs Darwin at 6:30am and takes you on a Yellow Water Billabong Cruise, as well as a short hike to Nourlangie and lunch at famous Cooinda Lodge (aatkings.com.au).

Port Douglas, QLD

Sit on the shore of Port Douglas at sunset, peering west, and you’re bound to spot a whole bunch of boats coming into port after a day exploring its surrounding waters. But one boat tends to stand out above all others: the Shaolin Port Douglas junk boat, an icon of Port Douglas and one of the few authentic Chinese junks left in the world. Better still, you can cruise on the Shaolin yourself by booking either a Sunset Sail tour, where you can soak up the views of mountain ranges and coastline from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation; or take a Low Isles tour, which allows you to experience the Great Barrier Reef at Low Island (shaolinportdouglas.com.au).

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Kimberley Coast, WA

The Kimberley Coast is a ruggedly beautiful region in the far north-west of Western Australia known for spectacular landscapes, ancient Indigenous rock art and diverse wildlife. Many of the region’s most famous attractions, such as the Horizontal Falls, Montgomery Reef and the King George River, are accessible only by boat. The Kimberley Coast is also home to creatures great and small including saltwater crocodiles, humpback whales and sea turtles. Visitors can take a Coral Princess cruise with Holidays of Australia to explore this stunning region in comfort and style, experiencing the remote beauty of the Kimberley Coast first-hand (holidaysofaustralia.com.au).

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Georges River, Sydney, NSW

Sydney’s waterways are among the most picturesque in the world, and the Georges River is arguably its most underrated. Cruise operator Bass & Flinders offers a range of excellent cruises on the Georges River. Bring your group on a three-hour lunch cruise with a delicious buffet on hand, or book a sightseeing cruise for stunning waterside views of suburbs like Oatley, Como, Sans Souci and the milliondollar homes of Sylvania Waters. For something a bit different, embrace winter on the water with Bass & Flinders’ Christmas in July cruise for a festive day out with a buffetstyle Christmas lunch (bassflinders.com.au).

Bay of Islands, NZ

For the ultimate NZ adventure, the Bay of Islands boasts a perfect blend of natural beauty, history and fun. Witness impressive rock formations at Cape Brett and famous Piercy Island, aka the Hole in the Rock. Feel the salty breeze on your face, the sun on your skin, and the excitement of exploring this idyllic paradise. If you’re lucky, you might spot dolphins, whales and other marine wildlife in their natural habitat. Don’t forget to visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Paihia while you’re in the region. Grand Pacific Tours New Zealand’s 9-day Signature North Island tour takes you on a luxury catamaran to see some of the Bay of Islands’ best sites (grandpacifictours.com).

Vivid Sydney Harbour, NSW

Vivid is Sydney’s world-renowned annual festival of light, music and ideas, when the city’s iconic landmarks transform into a dazzling display of light and colour in May and June each year. As ever, the best way to soak up the sights and sounds of Vivid is from Sydney’s beautiful harbour on a Vivid Harbour Cruise, where you can both avoid the crowds and see the city lit up in all its glory. Captain Cook Cruises hosts a three-hour, six-course degustation dinner as well as family-friendly dining cruises and a one-hour Vivid sightseeing cruise departing early evening throughout the festival (captaincook.com.au).

Wilsons Promontory, VIC

Embark on a journey of discovery in the unspoiled wilderness of Wilsons Promontory. Explore hidden coves and secluded bays, where untouched landscapes and incredible wildlife await. Swim in the turquoise waters of Refuge Cove and Sealers Cove, visit the Kanowna Island seal colony, and marvel at monolithic Skull Rock, a large, jagged outcrop of granite off the coast of Wilsons Prom that resembles a skull when viewed from certain angles. While you’re cruising, keep an eye out for pods of dolphins that sometimes like to ride alongside the boat’s bow ( promcruises.com.au).

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Blackwood River, Margaret River, WA

Margaret River is known for its wonderful food and wine, pristine beaches and picturesque countryside, but you can see a different side of the region with a river cruise along the Blackwood River. The Blackwood starts at Cape Leeuwin / Augusta and snakes north-east through the Margaret River region to Bridgetown. Take a tour with Augusta River Cruises and see one of the most pristine and ecologically significant waterways in the country. Spot wildlife including white-bellied sea eagles, terns, pelicans, black swans, cormorants and darters. If you’re lucky, you may even spot bottle-nose dolphins, which are known to be in the river year-round (augustarivertours.com.au).

Adelaide River, NT

Adelaide River is a small town in the Northern Territory located about 110km from Darwin and famous for its storied history as the site of a major military headquarters during WWII. While it’s a fascinating place to visit for wartime heritage, it’s also famous for its Jumping Crocodile Cruises, where visitors can sail along the river that gives the town its name and witness saltwater crocodiles in their natural habitat jumping out of the water to catch their prey. Feel the thrill as your knowledgeable skipper takes you as close as you’ll ever get to these intimidating but remarkable creatures ( jumpingcrocodilecruises.com.au).

Milford and Doubtful Sound, NZ

Explore two of the most beautiful and pristine fjords in the world, Milford and Doubtful Sound. Soaring cliffs, cascading waterfalls and crystal-clear waters – here you can truly immerse yourself in the natural beauty of NZ’s South Island. Highlights include Mitre Peak, Stirling Falls and the Fiordland National Park. Whether it’s the grand scenery of Milford Sound or the secluded serenity of Doubtful Sound, this is an unforgettable experience that will leave your group in awe. APT’s 19-day New Zealand Rail and Cruise Discovery Tour includes a full-length Milford Sound cruise and an overnight Doubtful Sound cruise (aptouring.com.au).

Lake Burley-Griffin, ACT

The famous man-made lake located in the heart of Canberra, Lake Burley-Griffin, is perfectly designed for sailing with many bays, peninsulas and islands to explore and a network of parks, gardens and cultural institutions on its perimeter. Be your own captain by taking your group on a GoBoat, electric picnic boats that can be hired on the lovely lake – no boat licence needed. The best time of year to get on the lake is during the March Canberra Balloon Spectacular, when dozens of hot-air balloons take to the skies above the lake. Be sure to book far in advance however – it’s super popular, and understandably so ( goboat.com.au)!

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Barmah Forest Wetlands, VIC

Recognised internationally as an important wetland under the Ramsar Convention, the Barmah Forest Wetlands are known for having the largest stand of River Red Gums in the world and provide habitat for over 200 birds plus koalas, swamp wallabies and possums. The Wetlands are also of cultural significance to the local Yorta Yorta / Bangerang people, who have lived in the area for thousands of years and use them for hunting, fishing and gathering traditional foods. Trade Travel offers a five-day, four-night Historic Port of Echuca Tour that includes a Barmah Forest Wetlands & Nature Cruise tour (tradetravel.com.au).

Murray River, Murraylands, SA

Experience the beauty of Australia’s iconic outback river highway on the Southern Hemisphere’s largest inland paddlewheeler, the Murray Princess. Cruise the mighty Murray on a 7-Night Murraylands and Wildlife Cruise – highlights include the lofty sandstone cliffs of Big Bend, Lock #1 at Blanchetown, Swan Reach, Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal Reserve and more. The floodplains are in the process of regeneration following the devastating recent floods – see the impact the floods had on the river’s stunning cliffs and tranquil hidden spots, and support affected river communities in the process (murrayprincess.com.au).

Jervis Bay, NSW

The tranquil waters of Jervis Bay are famed for their incredible marine biodiversity and magnificent coastal landscapes. A cruise through the bay’s blue waters offers a chance to spot whales, dolphins, seals and sea birds, as well as admire the scenic beauty of the surrounding beaches, cliffs and forests, including some of the whitest sand beaches in Australia. Jervis Bay Wild hosts whale watching or dolphin spotting tours (depending on the time of year), and is also renowned for its “Summer Boom Netting” which allows you to cool off in an “ocean spa” in the lovely water of Jervis Bay (jervisbaywild.com.au).

Norfolk, Nepean & Phillip Islands

A little over 1,400km from the mainland, Norfolk Island is a unique mix of natural wonders, convict heritage and Polynesian influence. Take in its brilliant coastal landscape from the water and witness cliff formations, sea stacks and convict villages. Visit nearby Nepean Island, a protected nature reserve teeming with endemic flora and fauna, and Phillip Island, where thousands of migratory seabirds breed – think masked boobies, blackwinged petrels and sooty terns. Phillip’s contoured landscape also features a dazzling array of red, yellow and pink soil. Norfolk Island Travel Centre can arrange cruise charters allowing you to explore all of the above (norfolkislandtravelcentre.com.au).

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Get ready to take advantage of the endless opportunities for adventure, relaxation and discovery right here in our own backyard. Ours is a vast and diverse country, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, unique wildlife and rich heritage. In the following pages, we’ll take you on a state-by-state, region-by-region journey showcasing just a small selection of the best this great southern land has to offer. Pack your bags and get ready to explore...

30 Sydney & The Blue Mountains

34 Central Coast & Hunter

38 South Coast & Illawarra

40 Southern Highlands, Tablelands & Snowy Monaro

42 North Coast & New England

44 The Riverina

45 Central West, Orana & Far West

46 VICTORIA

48 Melbourne

51 Barwon & Great South Coast

52 Wimmera Mallee

53 Central Highlands & Loddon Campaspe

54 Gippsland

56 Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

57 Goulburn & Ovens Murray

58 QUEENSLAND

60 Brisbane & South East Queensland

60 Darling Downs

62 Wide Bay-Burnett, Fitzroy & Mackay

63 North Queensland

64 Central West & South West

68 Perth & Peel

69 Wheatbelt

70 South West & Great Southern

70 Goldfields-Esperance

71 Mid West & Gascoyne

72 The Kimberley & Pilbara

74 SOUTH AUSTRALIA

76 Adelaide, Barossa & Clare Valley

77 Fleurieu Peninsula & Kangaroo Island

78 Limestone Coast, Riverland & Murraylands

79 Yorke & Eyre Peninsulas

80 Far North

82 TASMANIA

84 Hobart & the South East

86 The West

86 Launceston & The North

88 AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

94 NORTHERN TERRITORY

96 Darwin & The Top End

97 Katherine & Barkly Tablelands

98 The Red Centre

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Bare Island, La Perouse

New South Wales

A treasure trove of natural beauty and hidden gems, New South Wales has everything you need for an unforgettable day out – or longer. From the rugged peaks of the Blue Mountains to the pristine beaches of the coast and the expansive plains of the outback, there are endless opportunities to explore stunning landscapes, encounter unique wildlife and get in touch with rich Australian history and heritage.

SYDNEY & THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

There’s always something new to discover in Sydney. From hiking harbourside and national park trails to exploring the city’s bustling markets and world-class museums, you’ll never find a dull moment. And for those seeking a quick escape from the city, the Blue Mountains offers a tranquil retreat just a short drive away.

Lunch in style at NSW Parliament House

The home of the legislative arm of the government in the state, NSW Parliament House was built in 1816 and is bursting with history and stunning architecture. Guided tours of the building start up again in July 2023, allowing visitors to explore the historic Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly chambers, learn about the parliamentary process and hear stories about the state’s political history.

In the meantime, visitors can enjoy Lunch or High Tea at NSW Parliament House’s renowned restaurant, which has hosted esteemed guests from the Queen to the Dalai Lama and Audrey Hepburn. With a focus on local produce and fine dining, the restaurant offers a unique and memorable experience within this stunning heritage-listed building ( parliamentarycatering.com.au).

Visit stadiums both historic and modern

See the world-famous Sydney Cricket Ground like never before on an SCG Tour. Embark on a 90-minute guided walking tour and journey behind the scenes to discover the architecture, heritage and ambiance of one of Sydney’s most iconic sporting venues. From the hallowed turf to the historic Members Reserve and the Richie Benaud Media Centre, hear entertaining stories of players, spectators and events, and indulge in the folklore of this legendary venue. It’s a must for sports enthusiasts and curious travellers alike (scgtours.com.au).

From the old to the new, be among the first in Australia to explore the new Allianz Stadium on a 60-minute guided walking tour. The home of the Sydney Roosters, Sydney FC and NSW Waratahs, Allianz Stadium tours are hosted by friendly guides and allow you to see exclusive areas and learn entertaining stories of players and past events. Highlights include the media centre and commentary boxes, the Legends Lounge, coaches’ boxes, VIP suites, and skyline views of Sydney city. Don’t miss the chance to revel in the modern architecture and state-of-the-art facilities of this world-class stadium (allianzstadiumtours.com.au).

Encounter Holocaust survivor stories

Experience an immersive exhibition unlike any other with Reverberations at the Sydney Jewish Museum. This interactive, high-tech exhibition showcases the humanity and life experiences of 43 Holocaust survivors who have shared their stories over the years. The exhibition takes you

on a journey through a high-definition gallery of recorded footage where you’ll encounter survivors’ thought-provoking answers to questions about their experiences.

You can also immerse yourself in conversation with interactive biographies of three Holocaust survivors using cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology. Reverberations offers a glimpse into how people of the future will continue to engage with Holocaust survivor testimony. It’s a sombre yet fascinating experience for those interested in history and the resilience of the human spirit. While you’re there, explore the museum’s extensive collection of historical artefacts, artworks and interactive exhibits that document the history of Jewish life in Australia and around the world (sydneyjewishmuseum.com.au).

AT A GLANCE

NSW Parliament House 02 9230 2124 parliamentarycatering. com.au

SCG Tours 02 9380 0377 scgtours.com.au

Allianz Stadium Tours 02 9380 0377 allianzstadiumtours.com.au

Sydney Jewish Museum 02 9360 7999

sydneyjewishmuseum.com.au

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1. Explore the history and grandeur of the SCG with insights from enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides 2. The majestic facade of NSW Parliament House, an emblem of democracy and political power
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Journey into a world of magic

A visit to Sydney’s Museum of Magical Arts promises to be a quirky and unforgettable experience. This hidden gem in Darlinghurst houses a vast collection of magical artefacts, illusions and memorabilia that transport you into the world of magic and mystery. Take a guided tour through its halls showcasing the secrets of famous magicians and the history of magic. You’ll be captivated by interactive exhibits that allow you to test your own magic skills. And as if that’s not enough on its own, the museum also offers regular live magic performances that will leave you spellbound (australianmuseumofmagicalarts.com.au).

Explore the Lost City of Wollemi National Park

Technically just outside the Blue Mountains region in Wollemi National Park but only a 35-minute drive from Lithgow is a landscape of sandstone rock formations that resemble the remains of a lost civilisation. In fact, these towering structures, some as high as 200 metres, were formed over millions of years of natural erosion and are home not to humans but to a range of native flora and fauna. Explore the area on foot, taking in the beautiful scenery and learning about the cultural significance of the site to the local Indigenous people. A must-see for those interested in geology, history and nature and a truly unforgettable experience in the heart of the NSW wilderness.

Enjoy a bloomin’ good time in Ku-ring-gai

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden is one of Sydney’s bestkept secrets, hidden away in the suburb of St Ives. This stunning garden covers 123 hectares of natural bushland and is a haven for native flora and fauna – picture over 100 species of wildflowers, eucalypts, banksias, wattles, as well as kookaburras, cockatoos and lorikeets. Stroll through the lush gardens or try one of the many bushwalks, which range from 15 minutes to two hours. In addition to natural beauty, the garden also offers a range of educational activities and events, including guided tours and workshops on topics like bush tucker, birdwatching and plant identification (krg.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/ku-ring-gai-wildflower-garden).

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Let Bare Island bare all

A visit to Bare Island is a must for anyone interested in Australia’s colonial history. The island is situated off the coast of La Perouse and was once a military fortification designed to protect Sydney from foreign invasion. Today, it’s a popular tourist destination where visitors can take a guided tour of the island and explore its historic buildings and gun emplacements. The area is also home to an underwater nature trail that’s perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving. Enjoy stunning views of Botany Bay and the Sydney skyline from the island’s vantage points.

While you’re in La Perouse, leave time for lunch at The Boatshed, a seafood restaurant with a massive outdoor seating deck and scenic views (theboatshedlaperouse.com.au), or simply grab some fish and chips and find a spot by the water to watch the world go by.

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Australian Museum of Magical Arts 02 9267 4747

australianmuseumof magicalarts.com.au

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden 02 9424 0353

krg.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/ ku-ring-gai-wildflowergarden

Bare Island Fort 1300 072 757

The Boatshed La Perouse 02 9661 1817

theboatshedlaperouse .com.au

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1. Behold the breathtaking rock formations of the Lost City in Wollemi National Park, a little-known natural wonder Experience the history and rugged coastal allure of Bare Island, a landmark of La Perouse in Sydney’s south
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CENTRAL COAST & HUNTER

The Central Coast and Hunter offer a variety of experiences for travellers, from pristine beaches and scenic coastal walks to award-winning wineries and food. With easy access from Sydney and a mild climate year-round, they’re the perfect destinations for a weekend getaway or longer adventure.

Take the Convict Trail from Sydney to Newcastle

Built by convicts between 1826 and 1836 and stretching 240km from Sydney to the Hunter Valley, the Great North Road Convict Trail is an incredible display of engineering that offers a glimpse into the early day of NSW’s colonial settlement. Traversing sandstone gorges, razorback ridges and towering passes, the trail in many parts is still in remarkably good shape today and offers a more scenic alternative route between Sydney and the Hunter. There are loads of highlights along the way. The 43km section north of Wisemans Ferry has steep and rugged

terrain with high walling, drainage systems and quarries at Devines Hill. Other well-preserved examples include Clares Bridge and Circuit Flat Bridge in Dharug and Yengo National Parks. The Bucketty precinct features a large abandoned loop with a reconstructed culvert, remains of a bridge, stone-packed road surface, cut drains and rock platform road surface. And at Wollombi, many of the buildings were constructed by convict labour, including the courthouse and Catholic church. Don’t miss the historic Wollombi Endeavour Museum, which showcases the history of the town and the surrounding area, including the convict era (visitwollombi.com.au/business/endeavour-museum).

Indulge your sweet tooth in Gosford

The Chocolate Factory Gosford is a confectionery wonderland that has been manufacturing premium treats since 2007. Home to Nougat Limar, Bon Bon Fine Chocolates and The Sydney Marshmallow Co., its rustic retail store is stocked with a wide selection of choices, while the cafe, open Wednesday to Sunday, offers a range of hearty brunches and delicate patisserie items, as well as signature Bon Bon drinking chocolates and specialty homemade ice cream. You can take a guided Factory Tour to learn how their confectionery is made, or bring the grandkids along for the Junior Chocolatier workshops on weekends. The factory also offers a unique Create-a-Bar experience where you can design your very own chocolate bar (chocolatefactorygosford.com.au).

Have a peer at Duncan

Most Aussies are familiar with Ken Duncan, the renowned landscape photographer who captures the beauty of Australia’s natural landscapes in his acclaimed works of art. From iconic Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef to the lesser-known gems of the outback and the coastal regions, Ken’s photographs have become synonymous with Australia. His gallery is located in Erina, on the Central Coast, and you can visit to access a wonderful collection of his work. The gallery features limitededition prints, canvas artworks, framed photos, and other merchandise like calendars, books and postcards. In addition to his own work, the Ken Duncan Gallery also showcases a other artists, including photographers, painters and sculptors (kenduncan.com/ken-duncan-gallery).

AT A GLANCE

Wollombi Endeavour Museum 02 4998 3375 visitwollombi.com.au/ business/endeavour-

Chocolate Factory Gosford 02 4322 3222

chocolatefactorygosford .com.au

Ken Duncan Gallery 02 4367 6701 kenduncan.com/ ken-duncan-gallery

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1. The mouth-watering aroma and flavours of handcrafted chocolates are within reach at the Chocolate Factory Gosford 2. Immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of nature captured by acclaimed photographer Ken Duncan museum
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SCG & ALLIANZ STADIUM GUIDED WALKING TOURS

Explore the unforge able behind the scenes of the SCG or be one of the first to explore the outstanding Allianz Stadium in one of the most iconic sporting precincts in the world.

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See conservation in action in Port Stephens

Witness the wonder of Australia’s most iconic animal, the koala, like never before at Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary. Get up close and personal with these adorable creatures in a natural bushland setting that’s dedicated to their conservation and rehabilitation. Discover the inner workings of the Koala Hospital and watch as skilled veterinarians administer treatment to inpatient koalas. Don’t forget to take a walk on the wild side with the Newcastle Airport Skywalk, offering breathtaking views of koalas in their natural habitat. And for a truly unforgettable adventure, stay overnight in a deluxe glamping-style tent within the sanctuary grounds and wake up to the sight of a koala just outside your window ( portstephenskoalasanctuary.com.au).

Say “what a day” in Watagans

Watagans National Park, located just a short drive from Newcastle, is a hidden gem that is worth exploring with your group. Highlights include breathtaking views from the top of Mount Warrawolong, a lush rainforest walk along the Pines Trail, and the picturesque Treetop Walk, which offers a bird’s-eye view of the forest canopy. Wildlife enthusiasts

can spot wallabies, kangaroos, and a range of native birds in their natural habitat. For the best viewpoints, try Heaton Lookout, Gap Creek Falls Lookout, Monkey Face Lookout and Mount Warrawolong Lookout. If you want to take a bushwalk, the 2.6km Gap Creek Falls Trail is an easy return walk that takes you through lush rainforest to the stunning Gap Creek Falls; or, for something a bit longer, the Boarding House Dam Trail is a 6.8km walk that follows an old logging road to the historic Boarding House Dam – all with beautiful views of the surrounding forest and valleys.

Take off to Fighter World

Explore the thrilling world of aviation and immerse yourself in the storied history of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) at Fighter World Williamtown. Located just 20 minutes’ drive from Newcastle, adjacent to the entrance of RAAF Base Williamtown, Fighter World provides a captivating, hands-on experience. See iconic aircraft up close including the Mirage III, Avon Sabre, Gloster Meteor and much more. You can even sit in the cockpit of a Macchi jet trainer to get a taste of the high-tech world of Australia’s ‘Top Gun’ pilots. Meanwhile, the Observation Deck offers an incredible vantage point to witness the take-off and landing of RAAF’s premier fighter squadrons while listening to live audio feed from the Williamtown Control Tower. Fighter World is also home to the Norm Forrester Collection, one of Australia’s greatest displays of hand-built model aircraft ( fighterworld.com.au).

Fighter World Williamtown 02 4965 1810 fighterworld.com.au

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Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary 02 4988 0800 portstephenskoalasanctuary. com.au
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1. Fighter World Williamtown’s impressive collection is a thrilling spectacle for aviation enthusiasts
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2. Find your own slice of serenity as you watch dozy koalas amid the branches of Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary

The Sweetest Place on the Central Coast

The Chocolate Factory Gosford is home to Nougat Limar, Bon Bon Fine Chocolates and The Sydney Marshmallow Co. Since 2007 we have been manufacturing premium confectionery in our modern facility, right here on the Central Coast. Explore an immersive world of chocolate, nougat and marshmallow in our rustic retail store, open 7 days, which is fully stocked with a wide selection of treats to suit any taste.

Sit back and relax with us at our cafe, open Wednesday to Sunday, offering everything from hearty all-day brunches to delicate patisserie items. We have the perfect treats to indulge you in any season. Soak up the sun with your favourite flavour of our specialty home-made ice cream, or cosy up with one of our signature Bon Bon drinking chocolates on those colder days. You can learn first-hand how we create our decadent confectionery on a guided Factory Tour available Wednesday to Friday. If you just have a quick stop in mind, keep a look out for the porthole windows in our retail store, which offer a sneak peek into where all the magic happens. For our pint-sized chocolate connoisseurs, we offer fun-filled, and educational “Junior Chocolatier” workshops; available every Weekend* (additional classes during the week in School Holidays), where children can learn from our creative makers.

New at the The Chocolate Factory Gosford: Create-a-Bar. A unique, interactive chocolate experience where you can create your very own Chocolate Bar.

Choose what type of chocolate you love; Milk, Dark or Caramel, select your toppings from over 30 choices, design and place into our Factory mould and wait for it to set. Your creation is then packed into our Chocolate Factory box, you now have your very own delicious, decadent Chocolate Bar to enjoy!

We look forward to welcoming you to the “Sweetest Place on the Central Coast”. For more information on bookable experiences, group tour packages and lunch bookings, please check out The Factory Gosford on social media, visit our website or contact (02) 43223222.

Open daily 6 Jusfrute Dr West Gosford PH: 4322 3222 www.chocolatefactorygosford.com.au Huge retail store • Cafe • House made ice cream • Kids chocolatier workshops • Factory tours THE SWEETEST
THE FACTORY - NOUGAT AND CHOCOLATE - 6 Jusfrute Drive, West Gosford, NSW 2250 | www.chocolatefactorygosford.com.au | (02) 4322 2244
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* For school holiday availabilities of Tours and Junior Chocolatier Workshops please contact reception or check our website and Facebook for updates.

SOUTH COAST & ILLAWARRA

Sample delicious local produce, explore charming historic villages, hike scenic trails and witness endless natural beauty – the South Coast and Illawarra regions of NSW, running from south of Sydney to the Victorian border, form one of the most impressive coastlines in the world. Visit the region’s many national parks and conservation areas, go whale watching or dolphin spotting, or enjoy a wide range of water activities. Whether it’s relaxation or adventure you seek, the South Coast and Illawarra have you covered.

Soar through the history of Australian aviation

Step back in time and experience the thrill of Australia’s aviation history at the HARS Aviation Museum in Albion Park. This renowned collection of over 40 lovingly restored aircraft showcases the country’s rich aviation heritage and is a must-visit destination for all aviation enthusiasts. Be awed by the impressive Boeing 747-400 ‘City of Canberra’, which made the famous non-stop flight from London to Sydney. Explore the Lockheed Super Constellation ‘Connie’, the F-111C supersonic fighter bomber, and the Southern Cross II, a replica of Smithy’s famous ‘Old Bus’. Your expert guide will provide fascinating commentary, making this a truly unforgettable experience.

While you’re in the region, explore the town of Albion Park, located just a short drive away. Discover local shops and cafes and take a stroll through picturesque parks. After your visit to the museum, stop by the on-site Cafe Connie for a delicious lunch or a relaxing cup of tea (hars.org.au).

Say cheese on the NSW South Coast

The South Coast of NSW is a haven for cheese lovers, with several artisan cheese producers scattered along. Visit the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, in Bega, and take a tour that allows you to both sample a range of cheese products from the famous brand and learn about the history of cheesemaking

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in the region (heritagecentre.com.au). At Bodalla Dairy Shed, take a cheesemaking class where you’ll learn to make cheeses including cheddar and feta (bodalladairy.com.au).

Closer to Sydney, The Pines Kiama is a boutique producer that offers a range of handcrafted cheese made from local cow’s milk and which places an emphasis on regenerative farming practices (thepineskiama.com.au). And at Pecora Dairy, Robertson, take a guided tour of the dairy farm that produces a range of sheep milk cheese and yoghurt – see the milking process, enjoy a tasting, and try a workshop where you can make and take home your own cheesy creation ( pecoradairy.com.au).

Be among the Pigeon at Morton National Park

Located in Morton National Park, Pigeon House Mountain is heaven for outdoor enthusiasts. The trail to the top of the mountain is a challenging 5.5km round trip with steep sections and stairs, but the effort is worth it for the incredible views from the summit lookout. For those who prefer an easier hike, there’s a shorter 2km trail that leads to a lower lookout with still-stunning views of the valley below. It’s

AT A GLANCE

HARS Aviation Museum 02 4257 4333 hars.org.au

Bega Cheese Heritage Centre 02 6491 7762 heritagecentre.com.au

Bodalla Dairy 02 4473 5555 bodalladairy.com.au

The Pines Kiama 0449 914 063 thepineskiama.com.au

Pecora Dairy pecoradairy.com.au

Morton National Park 1300 072 757 nationalparks.nsw.gov. au/visit-a-park/parks/ morton-national-park

Eden Killer Whale Museum 02 6496 2094 killerwhalemuseum. com.au

Eden Whale Festival edenwhalefestival.com.au

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1. Experience tthe artistry of cheesemaking and indulge in award-winning cheeses at Bega Cheese Heritage Centre 2. A stunning aerial view of Eden, a picturesque NSW coastal town steeped in whaling history Marvel at the majestic cascade of Fitzroy Falls, a natural wonder at the edge of Morton National Park

also a fantastic spot for wildlife and bird watching – think lyrebirds, wallabies and goannas.

While you’re in the area of Morton National Park, don’t miss Fitzroy Falls Lookout, just a short walk from the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre. The park is also home to over 150 recorded Indigenous sites, including rock engravings, cave art and middens that give insight into the lives of the Yuin and Gundungurra people who have lived in the area for thousands of years (nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-apark/parks/morton-national-park).

Have a whale of a time in Eden

The southernmost town in NSW, Eden is a captivating place located on Twofold Bay that’s famous for whale watching and its storied whaling history. Visit Beowa National Park (formerly Ben Boyd National Park) for sparkling lakes, picturesque beaches and rocky cliffs, all of which are ripe for exploration. Watch in wonder as the rugged red-rock landscape contrasts strikingly with the Pacific Ocean below. For a light hike, try the Pambula River or Pinnacles loop walking tracks. The park’s lookouts are perfect for spotting baleen whales like southern right whales and humpback whales as they swim close to shore between the months of September and December – try Green Cape Lookout and Boyd’s Tower for the best views, or Bittangabee Bay to spot whales from ground level at the beach.

Eden’s privileged location for whale watching translates to the town itself as you can visit its Killer Whale Museum, a fascinating museum that showcases the town’s unique relationship with killer whales – there was a time when local Indigenous people and settlers worked together with killer whales to catch baleen whales (killerwhalemuseum.com.au). There’s also an annual festival – the Eden Whale Festival –which celebrates the migration of humpback and southern right whales with live music, street performances and fireworks (edenwhalefestival.com.au).

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SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS, SOUTHERN TABLELANDS & SNOWY MONARO

Picturesque towns with colonial heritage, unspoiled natural beauty, quaint antique shops and delicious local produce –this is what you’ll find in the Southern Highlands, Southern Tablelands and Snowy Monaro regions of NSW, a vast area covering much of the state’s south-east. Immerse yourself in their fascinating history with the following experiences…

Follow the path of the pioneers

The Southern Highlands and Southern Tablelands were important in the pioneering days of NSW. Discover the heritage of these regions by visiting one or more of the pioneer museums that now reside. Start with the Pioneer Village Museum at Kangaroo Valley, which showcases a collection of over 12,000 historic items from the region. The museum includes 12 buildings – a schoolhouse, blacksmith shop and dairy, among others, all of them either originals or replicas of the period (kangaroovalleymuseum.com). Elsewhere, the Taralga Historical Society Museum showcases Taralga’s

history as a key location on the pioneer road between Sydney and Goulburn. Explore restored buildings including a slab hut and a blacksmith’s forge, and learn about the area’s early European settlers and their way of life. And at Braidwood Museum, discover objects and stories from the 19th century gold rush era, including Indigenous artefacts and colonial history of pioneering families (braidwoodmuseum.org.au).

Power into the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre

Embark on an epic journey to Cooma, where you’ll uncover the secrets of one of the Snowy Mountains’ most wellknown attractions. Get up close with the past, present and future of the mighty Snowy Hydro, a groundbreaking feat of engineering that changed the face of Australia. From the scheme’s proud history to the latest developments in renewable energy, there’s something for everyone to discover. Experience the thrill of interactive displays and take a deep dive into the inner workings of the Snowy 2.0 pumped-hydro expansion mega project. Witness first-hand the incredible power of hydroelectricity and learn how it can help shape the future of our planet.

When it’s time for a break, head to the Discovery Cafe for a delicious barista-made coffee and light refreshments. Don’t miss this chance to immerse yourself in the world of the Snowy Hydro and be inspired by the endless possibilities of renewable energy (snowyhydro.com.au).

Admire the Southern Highlands’ antiques

1. Learn about the engineering marvel that is the Snowy Hydro at the site’s eponymous Discovery Centre

2. Step into a world of vintage charm and nostalgia at Dirty Janes Bowral

Bowral and surrounding towns are known for their antiques, with several stores and markets that offer a wide range of items. Start at Dirty Janes in Bowral itself, a 2,300-squaremetre emporium filled with an eclectic mix of antique, vintage and upcycled treasures from over 75 stallholders, as well as a cafe and garden (dirtyjanes.com). Head over to Bowerbird on Argyle in Moss Vale, a stylish store with an extensive collection of unique items from antique French chandaliers to retro Danish armchairs (bowerbirdonargyle. com.au). And at Mittagong Antiques Centre, discover over 45 diverse dealers showcasing their one-of-a-kind wares (mittagongantiquescentre.com.au). If it’s antiques you seek, the Southern Highlands is a clear winner.

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Pioneer Village Museum 02 4465 1306 kangaroovalleymuseum. com

Taralga Historical Society Museum 0417 042 303

Braidwood Museum 02 4842 2310

braidwoodmuseum.org.au

Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre 1800 623 776

snowyhydro.com.au

Dirty Janes Bowral 0413 507 537

dirtyjanes.com

Bowerbird on Argyle 02 4868 1125

bowerbirdonargyle .com.au

Mittagong Antiques Centre 02 4872 3198

mittagongantiques centre.com.au

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Limited availability for 2023. Now taking bookings for 2024 and 2025.

e Great Lakes and Barrington Coast

Forster Tuncurry highlights:

• Smith Lakes

• Tuncurry Rockpool

• Great Lakes Museum

• cruise Gloucester delights:

• Gloucester

• Hillview herb farm,

Wauchope treats:

• Bago Winery

Port Macquarie:

• Douglasvale

• Koala Hospital

• Nabiac Motorcycle Museum

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Uluru and the Red Centre

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Luxury Coach Travel, Experienced Coach Captain and Professional Tour Director, 6 Nights Accommodation, 6 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners, Entry fees to attractions & sightseeing as per itinerary

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Lightning Ridge & Moree

Visiting Narrabri, Lightning Ridge, Moree & Glen Innes

Luxury Coach Travel, Experienced Coach Captain and Professional Tour Director, 6 nights Quality Accommodation, 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

• Half and Full day tours of Lightning Ridge including guided underground walk in a mine and an opal cutting demo

• Opportunity to visit the Hot Artesian Pools at Lightning Ridge and Moree

• Grawin, Glengarry and the Sheep-yard

• War Memorial and Museum

• Guided Town Tours – Moree & Glen Innes

• Chamber of the Black Hand

• Bevan’s Cactus Nursery

• Guided tour of Standing Stones at Glen Innes

• New England Woodturners and Sculptures

Contact: Adam and Lisa McMahon Phone: 0412 647 790 Email: info@tuncurrycoaches.com.au Website: www.tuncurrycoaches.com.au/group-tours Facebook: www.facebook.com/TuncurryCoaches PO Box 364 TUNCURRY NSW 2428 Now taking bookings for 2024 and 2025! Contact us for a no-obligations chat to get started. Family owned and operated, Tuncurry Coach Tours specialises in providing quality scenic tours for seniors and groups, always with a friendly and personal service. Book your next tour with our passionate and dedicated team and experience our signature brand of hospitality. TOUR INCLUSIONS: Luxury Coach Travel, Experienced Coach Captain and Professional Tour Director, 5 Nights accommodation, 5 Breakfasts, hot and cold options, 5 Morning Teas, 4 Lunches, 1 Afternoon Tea, 5 Dinners, Entry fees to attractions & sightseeing as per itinerary TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
• Dreamtime Stories • Walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole • Uluru Sunset Viewing with BBQ Dinner • Night Sky Tour • Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre • Spear-throwing and a hands-on painting session • Kata Tjuta Sunrise & Walpa Gorge-Kings Canyon • e Valley of the Winds walk • Kings Canyon Rim Walk including Garden of Eden or Creek Bed Walk • Watarrka National Park Field of Light sunrise viewing
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NORTH COAST & NEW ENGLAND

With a perfect blend of adventure, history and relaxation, the North Coast and New England regions of NSW offer something for every type of traveller. Marvel at picturesque beaches, national parks and charming country towns while immersing yourself in a variety of Indigenous and colonial heritage sites, as well as world-class wineries, farm gates and culinary delights aplenty.

Visit Old Bottlebutt in Burrawan State Forest

Old Bottlebutt is a magnificent and rare example of a Red Bloodwood tree located in Burrawan State Forest near Port Macquarie. The tree has a girth of 16 metres and is estimated to be over 200 years old, making it a must-see for nature lovers and photographers alike. Take a leisurely stroll along the 600-metre loop walk to reach the tree, which is wheelchairaccessible and offers plenty of interpretive signs for those interested in the area’s flora and fauna. ( forestrycorporation. com.au/visit/forests/burrawan-state-forest).

Uncover the modern and ancient in Uralla

Steeped in history, Uralla boasts several beautiful heritagelisted buildings, from McCrossin’s Mill Museum – a restored 1870s flour mill that now houses a museum showcasing the history of Uralla and the surrounding region (uhs.org.au) – to the striking Gostwyck Chapel, a 1921 chapel set amid a beautiful countryside landscape. Don’t miss the Uralla Railway Station, built in the late 1800s and now home to a railway museum, art gallery and cafe. Other notable buildings include the former Royal Hotel, as well as St John’s Anglican Church with its stunning stained-glass windows and stonework. Mount Yarrowyck Nature Reserve is also at its doorstep, a great place for bushwalking and the home of the remarkable Anaiwan rock art gallery, which features hundreds of engravings and painting dating back thousands of years.

1. Nature’s raw beauty on display at Wollomombi Falls in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

2. Uralla’s Gostwyck Chapel is an idyllic countryside church renowned for its elegant architecture and picturesque surroundings

Go wild at Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

About 30km east of Armidale is Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, a vast park covering about 140,000 hectares in New England. Its highlight is Wollomombi Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Australia with a single drop of over 220 metres. Situated on the Wollomombi River, there are several lookout points you can visit to see the falls in all their glory, including Chandler Viewpoint and Wollomombi Lookout. Pro tip: the falls are particularly impressive after heavy rain as the water flows even more forcefully than normal over the edge of the cliff.

While you’re in the area, don’t miss Apsley Gorge, a twohour drive from Wollomombi and great for a moderately challenging hike. Keep an eye out for endangered species like brush-tailed rock wallabies and long-nosed potoroos. For something different, stay at East Kunderang Homestead, a historic cedar slab home built in the 1890s that now allows guests to spend the night in its comfortable accommodations (nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/oxley-wildrivers-national-park).

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Old Bottlebutt, Burrawan State Forest 02 9872 0111 forestrycorporation.com.au/ visit/forests/burrawanstate-forest

McCrossin’s Mill Museum 02 6788 3022 uhs.org.au

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

1300 072 757 nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/ visit-a-park/parks/oxleywild-rivers-national-park

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HARS AVIATION MUSEUM

Highly acclaimed collection of lovingly restored aircraft showcasing Australia’s Aviation Heritage. A favourite with Probians.

You will be assigned a guide who will provide outstanding commentary on your visit. Displays are mostly undercover making it a perfect wet weather venue.

Over 40 aircraft including:

• Boeing 747-400 ‘City of Canberra’ – famous London to Sydney non stop flight

• Lockheed Super Constellation ’Connie’

• F-111C Supersonic fighter bomber

• Southern Cross II, replica of Smithy’s famous ’Old Bus’

• C47 Dakota used for 1954 Royal Tour

Tours are generally 1.5 -2.0 hours (can be tailored to suit). Suitable for all ages. Level and accessible, with stairway access to some aircraft.

Café Connie (10.00 am – 2.00 pm) can provide lunch, morning or afternoon tea to suit your requirements.

Museum open 7 days from 9.30am - 3.30pm. Last tour 2.00pm. Well stocked Gift Shop.

Shellharbour Airport, Albion Park Rail

Ph: 02 4257 4333 Email: info@hars.org.au WWW.hars.org.au

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THE RIVERINA

Discover the agricultural heartland of Australia in the Riverina region, where you can experience beautiful countryside, rich heritage and diverse towns. Explore rolling hills and vast plains, and as you sample awardwinning wines, enjoy locally produced food, and learn about sustainable farming practices.

Agriculture 101 in Australia’s food basket

Agricultural Tours Riverina offers a unique and personalised travel experience through one of the most productive and agriculturally diverse regions in Australia. With expert knowledge of the area, these high-quality tours cover a range of local agricultural enterprises and approaches, as well as providing interactive farm animal experiences and lessons on irrigation and water management.

Explore the largest wine-producing region in NSW and the massive fresh produce enterprise that supplies half the east coast, all while studying agricultural business and immersing yourself in the rural community. Tours include the Farming in the Riverina tour, which takes in the region’s key farming enterprises from rice and vegetables to tree fruit and viticulture, depending on season; the Organic Agriculture tour, which explores organic food production in the Riverina with certified organic farmers; the Rice Farming in the Riverina tour, which provides a first-hand experience of the local rice industry including visits to a commercial rice farm and historical sites; and for wine lovers, the Wine Appreciation tour, which takes visitors to various wineries in the western Riverina and offers insights into wine production and styles in the largest wine-producing region in NSW (agriculturaltoursriverina.com.au).

1. Deniliquin, a true gem in the Riverina region, will surprise you with its blend of history, nature and hospitality

2. Learn about various agricultural industries, including aquafarming, on a tour with Agricultural Tours Riverina

Witness Art Deco heritage in Leeton

Leeton is a Riverina town known for its Art Deco buildings, significant contribution to Australia’s agricultural industry, and many cultural attractions. Visit the Roxy Theatre, a restored Art Deco cinema from the 1930s – a must for movie buffs and history lovers alike (roxyleeton.com.au). Next head to the Leeton Hydro Hotel, an iconic heritage building with a friendly little bar attached.

Visit in July to catch the Australian Art Deco Festival Leeton, which celebrates the town’s Art Deco heritage and history with markets, live music and vintage car displays (leetonartdecofestival.com.au). And every second year, in autumn, check out the Leeton SunRice Festival, which celebrates the town’s local rice harvest (leetonsunricefestival.com.au). For nature enthusiasts, there’s also Fivebough and Tuckerbil Wetlands, a Ramsar-listed wetlands that’s popular with birdwatchers and boasts several walking trails.

Muster your group over to Deniliquin

Situated on the banks of the Edward River, Deniliquin – or Deni for short – might be most famous as the home of the Deni Ute Muster in September, but it’s a great place to visit year round. There are natural highlights like the Murray Valley Regional Park, with its range of great trails on Deni’s doorstep; or historic highlights like the Peppin Heritage Centre, showcasing the pioneering Peppin family’s contribution to agriculture and wool production through an extensive range of exhibits and interactive displays. There are plenty of great pubs in town, but if you’re staying in Deniliquin and fancy a short drive to a classic country pub, head 15 minutes out to the Pretty Pine Hotel. One of the oldest surviving pubs in the Riverina, it’s perfect to experience the region’s history while enjoying a cold drink, delicious meal, and the friendly hospitality of locals and staff ( facebook.com/prettypinepub).

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CENTRAL WEST, ORANA & FAR WEST

The vast Central West, Orana, and Far West regions of NSW comprise the majority of the state west of the Great Dividing Range. This vast expanse has a multitude of regional hubs – think Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo, Cobar, Bourke, Parkes, Broken Hill – but beyond mere pit-stops on a long journey, these towns also offer a wealth of hidden treasures waiting to be explored by intrepid travellers venturing inland.

Find four museums rolled into one in Parkes

The Henry Parkes Centre, located in Parkes, is a modern tourism complex and cultural precinct that includes a Visitor Information Centre, the King’s Castle Elvis Exhibit, Parkes Motor Museum, Moat Cottage Replica, and the Henry Parkes Museum and Antique Machinery Collection. Visitors can have a photo taken with a life-sized Elvis, view a collection of Elvis’s personal artefacts, see impressive collections of motor vehicles, and learn about Sir Henry Parkes – and early life in Parkes – through objects, photos, and historical information. Tour groups are always welcome. (visitparkes.com.au/attractions/henry-parkes-centre).

Venture into the Warrumbungles

The Warrumbungle National Park, not far from Coonabarabran, is a must-visit for nature lovers and adventurers alike. It’s home to the iconic volcanic formations of the Breadknife, Belougery Spire and Crater Bluff, as well as a diverse range of wildlife and plant species. Visitors can explore over 50km of walking tracks, including the challenging Grand High Tops walk, or take in the stunning views from the Siding Spring Observatory (nationalparks. nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/warrumbungle-national-park).

Indeed, the Warrumbungles’ high altitude, dry climate and remote location make it ideal for astronomical observations. The Siding Spring Observatory was established in 1965, and you can tour it today to learn of its history and research, and view the telescopes up close. See why the Warrumbungles area is recognised as one of the best in the world for astronomers (sidingspringobservatory.com.au)

4. Venture 12 metres underground and see over 900 sculptures hand-carved into sandstone walls at Chamber of the Black Hand

Take in the best of Lightning Ridge and Moree

Lightning Ridge, in north-west NSW, is known for its opal mining industry and unique underground lifestyle. The town’s main attraction is the black opal, considered the rarest and most valuable type of opal in the world. Tour opal mines, experience the opal-cutting process, and view stunning opal jewellery at local shops. While in town, don’t miss the unique Chambers of the Black Hand, a series of underground rooms filled with intricate carvings (chambersoftheblackhand.com.au).

The nearest regional centre to Lightning Ridge is Moree, and there’s plenty to do here too. The town of roughly 10,000 people boasts an Artesian Pool complex with a variety of pools at different temperatures (moreeartesianaquaticcentre.com.au).

Tuncurry Coach Tours has a fantastic 7-day, 6-night Lightning Ridge & Moree Tour that visits Narrabri, Lightning Ridge, Moree and Glen Innes and includes guided underground walks in a mine, opal cutting demo, opportunities to visit the Artesian Pools and much more (tuncurrycoaches.com.au/group-tours). ■

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Agricultural Tours Riverina 0419 407 804 agriculturaltours riverina.com.au

The Roxy Leeton 02 6953 2074 roxyleeton.com.au

Leeton Hydro Hotel 02 6953 4555 hydrohotel.com.au

Australian Art Deco Festival Leeton leetonartdecofestival .com.au

Leeton SunRice Festival leetonsunricefestival .com.au

Peppin Heritage Centre 1800 650 712

Pretty Pine Hotel 03 5882 3564 facebook.com/ prettypinepub

Henry Parkes Centre 02 6862 6000 visitparkes.com.au/ attractions/henryparkes-centre

Warrumbungle National Park 1300 072 757 nationalparks.nsw.gov. au/visit-a-park/parks/ warrumbunglenational-park

Siding Spring Observatory sidingspringobservatory. com.au

Chambers of the Black Hand 02 6829 0221 chambersoftheblack hand.com.au

Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre 02 6752 2272 moreeartesianaquatic centre.com.au

Tuncurry Coach Tours 0412 647 790 tuncurrycoaches.com.au/ group-tours

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3. Awe-inspiring Belougery Spire glistens in the fading sunlight of Warrumbungle National Park Puffing Billy Steam Train, Dandenong Ranges

Victoria

The smallest state on mainland Australia packs a punch with an abundance of captivating travel experiences for visitors. Explore its rich pioneer history, soak in its stunning coastal drives, and taste its world-renowned cuisine. It’s not all about famous spots like the Great Ocean Road, 12 Apostles and the bustling laneways of Melbourne, either – you’ll also find historic goldfields, national parks, surf beaches, wineries and charming towns. Whether it’s cultural landmarks or natural wonders you seek, Victoria is a perfect travel destination for any group.

MELBOURNE

A cultural hub and known as one of the most liveable cities in the world, Melbourne offers an exceptional range of experiences. From street art and Victorian-era arcades to sports events at the incredible MCG, the city has something for everyone. Explore public gardens and art galleries or indulge in diverse international cuisine at world-class eateries in Victoria’s cosmopolitan capital.

Learn about history via Melbourne’s museums

Melbourne abounds with museums. Wow your group with a full-day visit to Melbourne Museum, where they can enjoy fascinating takes on Australia’s histories, cultures, and environments (museumsvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum). Visitors can see a wide range of artefacts including a giant 12-metre-long squid, the heart of legendary Australian horse Phar Lap, and the Melbourne Story exhibition, which tells the story of Melbourne’s growth and development. It’s all housed inside the Royal Exhibition Building, a remarkable example of 19th-century architecture with its impressive domed ceiling and intricate detailing.

Or ramp up your itinerary to cover multiple museums in a day. Add visits to the Hellenic Museum, Australia’s only museum dedicated to the display of Greek art, history and culture (hellenic.org.au). Learn about Australians’ experiences with immigration and cultural diversity at the Immigration Museum (museumsvictoria.com.au/immigrationmuseum). Blaze a trail into the Fire Services Museum of Victoria, which showcases fire engines, uniforms and firefighting equipment (fsmv.net.au). Or step aboard Polly Woodside in South Wharf, a restored 19th-century sailing ship turned museum that offers an insight into the life of sailors and the history of seafaring in Australia (nationaltrust.org.au/places/polly-woodside).

1. Escape the city hustle and bustle in Melbourne’s serene Royal Botanic Gardens

2. Admire the grand Victorian design of Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building, a magnificent symbol of the city’s heritage

Visit Melbourne Arts Precinct

Melbourne Arts Precinct inspires awe in its visitors with its world-renowned symphony music, ballet performances, theatre shows, art works and dining experiences. Visit the Arts Centre for performances from the Australian Ballet, Melbourne Theatre Company, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Members can also explore the National Gallery of Victoria’s local and international exhibitions, programs, and events (many free) to get an appreciation for why the public art site is Australia’s most visited.

Melbourne’s arts precinct is a phenomenal walking destination too. The bustling creative centre is alive with public street art, restaurants and cafes (artsprecinct.melbourne). Immerse your group even further into precinct life by guiding members through the photogenic surroundings of the Botanic Gardens (rbg.vic.gov.au) and Southbank district.

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Melbourne Museum 13 11 02

museumsvictoria.com.au/ melbournemuseum

Hellenic Museum 03 8615 9016 hellenic.org.au

Immigration Museum 13 11 02

museumsvictoria.com.au/ immigrationmuseum

Fire Services Museum of Victoria 03 9662 2907 fsmv.net.au

Polly Woodside 03 9656 9889 nationaltrust.org.au/places/ polly-woodside

Melbourne Arts Precinct artsprecinct.melbourne

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria rbg.vic.gov.au

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Overnewton Castle, built in 1849, stands as a prominent heritage building. A Scottish Baronial-style castle set amidst 4 acres of private tranquil English gardens and the perfect setting for an afternoon outing.

Elegant Light Lunch

Mondays - Wednesdays

12-2pm $30pp

Succulent Herb crusted breast of chicken

Creamy Mash potato

Garden Salad

Tea & Coffee

Mid -Week High Tea

Wednesdays

12-2pm $50pp

Two pieces per serve

Finger sandwich

Scones, Petite four

Hot Savouries

Tea & Coffee

Glass of Bubbles

Mid Morn Tea

Mondays - Wednesdays

12-2pm $25pp

Delicious soup of the day 4 point English Tea Sandwich

Tea & Coffee

Historical Tours * Mondays - Wednesdays * Start at 11 am

Half Tour (Ground Floor & Gardens -No Stairs) 11 am $10pp *

* Full Tour (36 Rooms Castle & Gardens & Stairs) $15pp

Overnewton Castle, E:

P: 039331 6367

info@overnewtoncastle.com.au

Get in the spirit of a ghost tour

Believers and non-believers alike will agree that ghost tours are a fascinating window into the history of a city. Chaperone your group to Melbourne’s famous Young & Jackson Hotel for Lantern Ghost Tours’ award-winning Old Melbourne Ghost Tour. As you inch around the city’s historic streets, hear your host tell stories of unspeakable happenings that unfolded in centuries of yore – back when Melbourne was the scene of opium dens and alleys much darker than the ones that pull crowds today (lanternghosttours.rezdy.com).

You can also visit Old Melbourne Gaol to learn about the institution’s dark past, and the unusual events that have spooked the Gaol’s visitors and staff over recent years (oldmelbournegaol.com.au).

1. Step back in time and soak up the fairytale charm of Overnewton Castle, a perfect location for an afternoon outing

2. Explore the eerie past of Melbourne Gaol on a spine-tingling ghost tour

3. Sweeping views at Port Fairy Lighthouse, a picturesque beacon of the Great South Coast’s maritime history

Head over to Overnewton Castle

Overnewton Castle is a hidden gem that offers a unique experience for those looking to explore the rich history and architecture of Australia. It’s located in Keilor and boasts stunning Victorian-era design elements, including turrets, stained glass windows and intricate woodwork. Visitors can take guided tours of the castle, learn about its fascinating past and experience the grace, elegance and grandeur of a bygone era. The castle’s beautifully manicured gardens are also a highlight, with a range of exotic and native plants to admire. Feeling peckish? Overnewton Castle also has a quaint cafe with a delicious selection of sweet and savoury foods, and its mid-week (every Wednesday) high teas are super popular (overnewtoncastle.com.au).

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BARWON & GREAT SOUTH COAST

These regions located south-west of Melbourne offer an array of spectacular views and experiences for your group. The celebrated Surf Coast boasts pristine beaches and charming coastal towns. Continue along the Great Ocean Road and take in the stunning vistas all the way to Port Campbell, passing through the Great Otway National Park along the way. Stand on the Logans Beach Whale Watching Platform, visit the charming village of Port Fairy, and take a tour of the Griffiths Island lighthouse. And that’s just the beginning. Here are a few more ideas for your itinerary…

Warrnambool awaits

Warrnambool, in Victoria’s scenic south-west, is a haven of natural coastal charm. One memorable way to introduce your group to this, the largest town in Victoria’s Great Ocean Road region, is to plunge headlong (figuratively) into the restorative depths of a geothermal bathing experience at the Deep Blue Hot Springs (thedeepblue.com.au).

Once revitalised, why not continue the fun? Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village is an interactive museum and village to which history-lovers flock for vivid recollections of Australia’s dramatic maritime history (flagstaffhill.com).

Take the spoils up another gear, again, with a visit to Lake Pertobe, where your group members can hire the muchloved motorboats to explore the pretty, watery surrounds (motorboatswarrnambool.com).

Town-hop in Glenelg Shire

Fun-loving locals know that some of the best things about Glenelg Shire are the surf and scenery. But, frankly, that’s just the beginning in the south-westernmost corner of Victoria. Club members can have a spectacular time exploring a variety of tourist-friendly towns inside the shire. Barrel into historical Portland to see 200 National Trust-classified buildings. Explore the manicured streetscapes of Heywood’s lively town centre. Snap photos of village life in popular bushwalking and fishing spot, Narrawong, too.

Wander the Great South West Walk

As the name hints, the Great South West Walk is one to savour on two feet. Not that you’ll walk it all – we’re talking 250 square kilometres in total. There are many memorable walks members can take between the trailheads of Portland and Nelson, however. For breathtaking vistas and a wildlife show that includes echidnas, kangaroos and wombats, bushwalk a small stretch of the moderate Gorge Walking Track in Lower Glenelg National Park. Remember to visit Cape Bridgewater, too, where you can witness the awe-striking surrealism of Bridgewater Bay’s Petrified Forest (greatsouthwestwalk.com).

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4. Hear the stories of the ships, crew and passengers of the Shipwreck Coast at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village 5. Located along the Great South West Walk, Bridgewater Bay’s Petrified Forest is a mesmerising natural wonder frozen in time
Old Melbourne Ghost Tour lanternghosttours.rezdy.com Old Melbourne Gaol 03 9656 9889 oldmelbournegaol.com.au Overnewton Castle 03 9331 6367 overnewtoncastle.com.au The Deep Blue 03 5559 2000 thedeepblue.com.au Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village 03 5559 4600 flagstaffhill.com Lake Pertobe Motor Boats motorboatswarrnambool. com Great South West Walk greatsouthwestwalk.com

WIMMERA MALLEE

Experience the wild west of Victoria in Wimmera Mallee, widely known as the agricultural heart of the state. Think charming townships, natural wonders and a variety of rural attractions, from the rugged Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park to the increasingly popular Wimmera Mallee Silo Art Trail between Rupanyup and Goroke, which showcases the region’s rich farming history through stunning murals.

Check out charming Horsham

As far as picturesque natural attractions go, Horsham has some absolute doozies. There’s little doubt that your group members will swoon at the spectacle of the Grampians National Park and Wimmera River. However, there’s also plenty for military history fans to unlock – such as military vehicles, motorcycles, uniforms and equipment – at the Horsham Military Collection (horshammilitarycollection.com). They might also enjoy the performances and exhibitions that regularly run at the Horsham Town Hall and Regional Art Gallery (horshamtownhall.com.au). Or, for picnickers and wildlife enthusiasts, Horsham Police Paddock Reserve is well worth a spot on your itinerary.

Go west for classic country towns

For those who love a quintessential country town experience, Wimmera Mallee region towns such as Dimboola, Nhill and Kaniva deliver. Dimboola, which is where the classic Australian play of the same name is set, has several amazing historical buildings, including the former Dimboola Court House (built in 1875 – dimboolahistory.org.au/courthouse), Old Shire Hall (1877), and Victoria Hotel (1924 –victoriahoteldimboola.com.au). Your group can also visit nearby Nhill for the florid gardens of Goldsworthy Park and the neon fun of the Australian Pinball Museum (pinballmuseum.com.au). You won’t want to miss the Kaniva GrainCorp Silos along the Wimmera Mallee Silo Art Trail either (kaniva.org/silo-art).

Watch the sun set on Lake Tyrrell

Lake Tyrrell, Victoria’s largest salt lake, makes an indelible impression on photography enthusiasts and nature admirers. It’s also home to a remarkable variety of Mallee wildlife, including reptiles, roos, emus and thousands of breeding seagulls. September-December is an especially magical time at Lake Tyrrell, when a natural chemical process transforms the ancient salty lake into a bubblegum-pink veneer that compels people to travel far and wide to witness.

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1. Experience the views at the Grampians’ Pinnacle Lookout, a brilliant natural vantage point 2. Relive the golden age of pinball at Nhill’s quirky Pinball Museum
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3. Stunning sunset views over the shimmering expanse of Lake Tyrrell
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CENTRAL HIGHLANDS & LODDON CAMPASPE

Unlock the rich history of the Victorian Goldfields and Eureka Stockade in this region situated adjacent to northwest Melbourne. Explore the popular hubs of Ballarat and Bendigo where these fascinating stories begin, but you don’t have to stop there – there’s plenty more to discover in this historic, natural and diverse corner of the world.

Visit the Macedon Ranges

Some of the best reasons your group will become smitten with the Macedon Ranges are Hanging Rock and Macedon Regional Park. Hanging Rock, many in your group will know, is forever tied to Australian director Peter Weir’s 1975 film Picnic at Hanging Rock. The fictional film is hypnotic, and so is the towering rockscape that provides the backdrop when you visit Hanging Rock Reserve. Many Macedon Ranges regulars will also tell you that no visit to the region is complete without a trip to Macedon Regional Park. Visit the 2,379-hectare park for scenic drives, picnics, history and connection to Country.

Make a weekend at Mount Alexander Shire

To experience Mount Alexander Shire at an enjoyable pace, visit the Shire’s best-loved towns over the course of a few days. To start, it’s hard to look past Castlemaine. Your group will relish its storied gold rush history, happening arts scene, and gourmet food options. The Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum features a diverse collection of Australian art (castlemaineartmuseum.org.au), while many great lookouts of Mount Alexander are accessible by sealed road. Other towns to which you can bring your group include Maldon and Harcourt, which feature a mix of beautiful gardens, museums, and historical sites, including the abandoned Gold Dredge and Dragline (maldon.org.au/ explore/gold-dredge-and-dragline).

And don’t miss the opportunity to ride the historic Victorian Goldfields Railway on an authentic steam heritage train. The railway line links Castlemaine and Maldon and runs every Wednesday and Sunday (excluding February), plus school holiday Saturdays and some public holidays (vgr.com.au).

See Bridgewater on Loddon

The town of Bridgewater on Loddon, which is situated along the roomy banks of the Loddon River, is a wonderful place to peacefully paddle on hire canoes. After a little physical activity, your group will enjoy a visit to the main street shops, which include a boutique plant nursery, and original arts and crafts favourites. When in town, the famous vanilla slices at Bridgewater Bakehouse are also a must (bridgewaterbakehouse com.au). Round out your visit relaxing with drinks at the Bridgewater Hotel Loddon River beer garden (bridgewaterhotelloddonriver.com).

Horsham Military Collection 03 5382 5429 horshammilitary collection.com

Horsham Town Hall 03 5382 9555 horshamtownhall.com.au

Dimboola Courthouse dimboolahistory.org.au/ courthouse

Victoria Hotel Dimboola 03 5389 1611 victoriahoteldimboola. com.au

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Australian Pinball Museum 03 5391 1666 pinballmuseum.com.au

Kaniva Silo Art Trail 03 5314 9083 kaniva.org/silo-art

Hanging Rock Reserve 1800 244 711

Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum 03 5472 2292 castlemaineartmuseum. org.au

Gold Dredge and Dragline maldon.org.au/explore/ gold-dredge-and-dragline

Victorian Goldfields Railway vgr.com.au

Bridgewater Bakehouse 03 5437 3404

bridgewaterbakehouse. com.au

Bridgewater Hotel Loddon River 03 5437 3576

bridgewaterhotel loddonriver.com

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4. Experience the romance of rail travel aboard the majestic steam train of the Victorian Goldfields Railway 5. The Maldon Gold Dredge is a preserve gold dredge and dragline, which was used in the Victorian Gold Rush era to extract gold from the soil x
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GIPPSLAND

Stretching from Melbourne’s east all the way to the NSW border, Gippsland is a region of natural wonders. Beaches, mountains, lakes, forests, wetlands – you name it, you’ll find it. Ninety Mile Beach and dairy-farm country are great for walks, while Wilsons Promontory National Park and the Mornington Peninsula offer beaches, bushland and wildlife. Beyond these popular destinations, Gippsland has something for everyone whether you’re interested in nature, heritage, architecture or fine dining.

Get to know Wonthaggi

Wonthaggi, an idyllic coastal town with a deep coal mining past, is one of the prides of Gippsland. A day well-spent here usually includes a visit to the Southern Hemisphere’s only historic coal mine experience, the State Coal Mine. Let’s not forget Wonthaggi’s pine tree-dotted city centre either. Here, your group will find a panoply of restaurants, cafes and shopping spots. Wonthaggi is close to a range of other beach towns too, including Cape Paterson, Inverloch and Venus Bay, so there’s a wide world of ways to extend the good times. It’s also a great launch point for the Bass Coast Rail Trail – a 16km trail that runs from Wonthaggi to Kilcunda with stunning views of the coastline and countryside.

Ride the Walhalla Goldfields Railway

Experience the natural beauty of Gippsland on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway as the train winds through picturesque countryside and mountain ranges. The railway is steeped in history – Walhalla was a significant goldmining town during the 1800s with a bustling population that reached over 4,000 at its peak. Today, visitors can learn about the region’s fascinating past while taking in the incredible scenery across Stringers Gorge. The train ride is an experience in itself, with vintage carriages and steam locomotives that truly take passengers back in time (walhallarail.com.au).

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1. The Bass Coast Rail Trail follows the former railway line that once connected the towns of Wonthaggi and Kilcunda 2. Depart the historic Walhalla train station for a ride along the Goldfields Railway over six large trestle bridges that criss-cross Stringers Creek
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3. Dive into a fun world of sea shells at Griffiths Sea Shell Museum

Live it up in Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance is a mecca for lovers of water-based activities like kayaking, swimming and boat touring. Take a scenic cruise on the Gippsland Lakes and spot local wildlife including dolphins, seals and pelicans. As the gateway to Australia’s largest inland network of lakes, rivers and lagoons, it’s also renowned for fresh seafood menus. Pop into the Lakes Entrance Fishermen’s Coop for yummy fish and chips and fresh prawns (leftrade.com.au). And don’t miss the opportunity to visit Griffiths Sea Shell Museum and Marine Display – it features 90,000 shells, and aquariums containing rare local sea creatures and fish (facebook.com/griffithsseashellmuseum).

Amble around Nyerimilang Heritage Park

Nyerimilang Heritage Park is considered the jewel in East Gippsland’s crown. Within its 180 acres, you’ll find the historic Nyerimilang Homestead, a picnicker’s delight featuring manicured garden spaces, scenic walks, and vistas over the beautiful Gippsland Lakes. The Friends of Nyerimilang and the Australian Plant Society (Bairnsdale Group), in conjunction with Parks Victoria, pull out all stops to retain the pristine beauty of the homestead’s surroundings. While your group is there, there’s also plenty to explore in the homestead’s historic farm buildings, which include a farmer’s shack, shearing sheds, rusted-out farm equipment, and wagons (nyerimilang.com.au).

Riding the Walhalla Goldfields Railway is an unforgettable experience and your chance to explore one of Australia's most lovingly maintained historical mining towns.

Every season brings new scenery as the train winds through picturesque Stringers Gorge, offering breathtaking views from the historic trestle bridge at Thomson Station. Wildflowers, birds, autumn leaves, rock walls and crystal clear streams will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime

We welcome all groups and parties and can tailor your trip and our services to suit. We can also offer exclusive use of the train for larger bookings. Please call us on (03) 5165 6280 to discuss your needs

(03) 5165 6280 office@walhallarail.com.au

Walhalla Station, 2 Main Road, Walhalla 3825 walhallarail.com.au or scan the QR code

The railway is run by volunteers and you are welcome to join our team or to become a member. Please contact us to find out more.

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YARRA VALLEY & DANDENONG RANGES

For a couple of breathtaking destinations your group won’t want to miss, head to the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. The Yarra Valley wine region is renowned for worldclass vineyards, gourmet food and stunning scenery. Then, explore the Dandenong Ranges, home to towering forests, quaint villages and unique wildlife. Take a scenic train ride on Puffing Billy, enjoy a hot-air balloon ride, or visit the iconic Healesville Sanctuary. Or for something a bit different, try the following...

Head for the hills in Yarra Valley

The cooler Yarra Valley climate, with its stretches of lush forest, hills and vineyards, is a hub for wine tourism. Just a scenic one-hour bus ride from Melbourne, take the breezy route to deliver your group to 150-plus wineries in the region. Check out Hubert Estate for the restaurant, Indigenous art gallery and boutique wine store (hubertestate.com.au). Have a seat on the terrace outside Helen and Joey Estate, for Wine O’Clock views of vines and hills (helenandjoeyestate.com.au). Or to see it all from a sky-high vantage point, try a hot-air balloon flight over the Yarra Valley with Global Ballooning (globalballooning.com.au/yarra-valley).

Sweets, pies and Devonshire tea in Olinda

As you wind through the series of quaint souvenir towns that nest in the Dandenong Ranges, among the most notable spots is Olinda, one of the highest villages in the Ranges and a veritable gift for aesthetes. Your group will love the zen natural beauty of the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, including the stunning National Rhododendron Gardens with its collection of rhododendrons and azaleas. Shop for arts, crafts and souvenirs in Olinda’s sleepy shopping strip, before you stop for Devonshire tea at the Pie in the Sky tea room – along with one of their nation-famous pies (facebook.com/pieskyolinda). Also remember to visit Mountain of Sweets, an old-fashioned lolly shop that stocks fun and nostalgic confectionery from around the world (facebook.com/mountainsofsweets).

Hubert Estate 03 8756 1600 hubertestate.com.au

Bed and breakfast in the Dandenong Ranges

The Dandenong Ranges is one of Australia’s B&B capitals. No wonder, given the idyllic greenery, crisp air and relaxed atmosphere that characterises the environment. And one of the great things about bed and breakfasts in the Dandenong Ranges is that the destinations are eclectic; your choices include enchanting cottages, historic homes and treehouses. In winter, members will love to uncap a bottle of wine from the surrounding vineyards while the log fire crackles in their retreat. It’s a highly restorative way to experience the joys of mountain life. Check out the popular Clarendon Cottages (clarendoncottages.com.au) as a starting point – but know that’s really only scratching the surface.

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Global Ballooning 03 9428 5703 globalballooning.com.au/ yarra-valley

Pie in the Sky Olinda 03 9751 2128

Helen & Joey Estate 0452 240 616 helenandjoeyestate.com.au

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden 13 19 63 facebook.com/pieskyolinda

Mountains of Sweets 03 9751 1731 facebook.com/ mountainsofsweets

Clarendon Cottages 0438 529 220 clarendoncottages.com.au

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1. Taste the magic of the wines at Helen & Joey Estate, one of the Yarra Valley’s many wonderful wineries
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2. Soar above the picturesque Yarra Valley in a hot-air ballon for a memorable tour

GOULBURN & OVENS MURRAY

Enjoy a delightful escape to the Goulburn and Ovens Murray region in north-east Victoria, where you can soak up an abundance of experiences. Settle in either Bright or Beechworth, and then venture out to nearby towns, visit local wineries or simply unwind amid the stunning highland vistas and fresh air. With so much to explore and savour, this destination is perfect for those looking for a relaxing and enjoyable getaway.

Make a beeline for Benalla

Benalla is a popular pit stop for Hume Highway travellers, but the classic country town is much more than a spell from the Hume’s endless bitumen. Benalla Racing Club, with its shady elms and relaxed picnic space, is a memorable afternoon (country.racing.com/benalla). Introduce your tour group to the history of Benalla, too, with visits to Benalla Aviation Museum (benallaaviationmuseum.org.au) and Benalla Migrant Camp (benallamigrantcamp.com.au). At these popular sites, learn about Australia’s military air training past, and what life was like for 60,000 migrants who arrived at the camp over 18 years. After you’re done learning it’s time to unwind, and Benalla’s impressive food and drink options include much-loved pastries, cakes and sandwiches from Bertalli’s Bakery.

A weekend in Wangaratta

Wangaratta has modernised significantly in recent decades, while retaining its natural charm. The thriving arts precinct, which houses the Wangaratta Performing Arts and Convention Centre (wpacc.com.au), along with the Wangaratta Art Gallery, is your destination for regular live performances and vibrant art exhibitions (wangarattaartgallery.com.au). Members can also soak up the serene atmosphere amid the monumental red gums that line the Ovens River’s riverside walking track. The city centre’s extensive retail strip includes cinemas, cafes, fashion stores and popular food and drink spots, including the historic Pinsent Hotel (pinsenthotel.com.au) and the popular Precinct Bar and Restaurant (facebook. com/precinctbarrestaurant). Meanwhile, just a short 10 minutes’ drive out of town you’ll find the fascinating Ned Kelly Museum & Homestead in the town of Glenrowan (katescottageglenrowan.com.au/ned-kelly-museum).

Visit the Yackandandah Folk Festival

Held in March in the charming Ovens Murray region town of Yackandandah, this annual folk festival attracts music lovers from around the world to celebrate traditional and contemporary folk music with a diverse line-up of performers. There are workshops, dance lessons and even opportunities for festival-goers to participate in the music making. Most of all, it has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere that encourages all comers (yackfolkfestival.com). ■

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Benalla Racing Club 03 5762 2543 country.racing.com/benalla

Benalla Aviation Museum benallaaviationmuseum.org.au

Benalla Migrant Camp 0439 001 918 benallamigrantcamp.com.au

Bertalli’s Bakery Benalla 03 5762 1200

Wangaratta Performing Arts and Convention Centre 03 5722 8105 wpacc.com.au

Wangaratta Art Gallery 03 5722 0865 wangarattaartgallery.com.au

Pinsent Hotel 03 5721 2183 pinsenthotel.com.au

Precinct Bar and Restaurant 03 5722 1957 facebook.com/ precinctbarrestaurant

Ned Kelly Museum & Homestead 03 5766 2448 katescottageglenrowan .com.au/ned-kelly-museum

Yackandandah Folk Festival 0417 880 889 yackfolkfestival.com

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3. Ned Kelly stands tall (very tall) in the main street of Glenrowan, the site of his final siege and capture
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4. Join in the musical good times at the community-oriented Yackandandah Folk Festival Glasshouse Mountains, Sunshine Coast

Queensland

A warm climate, welcoming locals and a laid-back atmosphere – Queensland is the perfect destination for any group seeking a memorable getaway. Everybody needs to see highlights like the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and the Whitsundays at least once in their lifetime, but there’s so much more to see – think outback adventures, vibrant urban centres and an endless stretch of coastline. Your Queensland adventure begins here…

BRISBANE & SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND

Brisbane, Queensland’s bustling riverside capital, is not only a fantastic destination in its own right, but also serves as an excellent gateway for exploring the breathtaking southeast region of the state, which includes the world-renowned Gold Coast, the idyllic Moreton Island, and the picturesque Sunshine Coast.

Immerse yourself in Queensland Museum

One of the country’s most highly regarded museums has something for everyone, from its vast dinosaur fossil collection through to a variety of cultural and natural collections that tell the diverse stories of Queensland’s people, flora, fauna and landscapes. Until October 2023, the Queensland Museum is also home to the incredible Dinosaurs of Patagonia exhibit, which features 16 life-sized skeletons from South America’s Age of Dinosaurs, including titanosaur Patagotitan – the world’s biggest dinosaur (museum.qld.gov. au/queensland-museum).

Take in Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World

Situated in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and with the gorgeous Glasshouse Mountains as its backdrop, the Maleny Botanic Gardens is an 18-acre wonderland of greenery, flowers, waterfalls and lakes set on the region’s scenic escarpment. Wander through more than 6km of walking paths, taking in an on-site cafe, a Fairy Tale Garden, a giant chair, an old fishing trawler and an enchanting treehouse. Bird lovers will delight in the four walk-through aviaries, which feature more than 700 native and exotic birds. Whether you join a tour or meander at your own pace, this is a hidden gem of the Sunshine Coast you would do well to explore (malenybotanicgardens.com.au).

DARLING DOWNS

Head west of Brisbane and Moreton and hit Darling Downs, a fertile farming area on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range. This region encompasses the Southern and Western Downs, as well as the city of Toowoomba and towns like Dalby and Warwick. Explore a multitude of exciting attractions, from the beautifully constructed Japanese Gardens to beautiful Bunya Mountains National Park.

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1. The rusted hulks of Moreton Island’s Tangalooma Shipwrecks make for a unique sight 2. Nature’s beauty in full bloom at Maleny Botanic Gardens, a serene paradise for plant lovers 3. Meet Patagotitan, one of the largest creatures to ever walk the earth, at the Queensland Museum 4. ‘The Commissioner’ and ‘The Pride of Toowoomba’ – two restored steam locomotives at DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum 5. A green-cheeked conure stares right back at you at Maleny Bird World
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Tour the DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum

The Toowoomba Foundry Company was an historic element of the city of Toowoomba, not two hours west of Brisbane, and the DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum pays tribute to that rich past. Entirely volunteer-run, the community organisation has not only preserved and restored the remaining steam locomotives built at the Foundry, but also offers memorable experiences for tourists, who can explore the railway precinct and step aboard the Pride of Toowoomba, The Commissioner, or the spectacularly artistic Dreamtime Coach (downssteam.com).

Time travel at the Royal Bull’s Head Inn

While you’re in Toowoomba, add to your stay with a visit to the Royal Bull’s Head Inn – a fascinating step back in time. Built by a convict in the 1800s, the Royal Bull’s Head Inn was acquired by the National Trust of Queensland more than 40 years ago and has been lovingly restored and maintained to give visitors an authentic idea of what life was like in the early days of settlement on the Darling Downs. For the spooky and spiritually inclined, the site also hosts monthly paranormal evenings (nationaltrustqld.org.au/visitor-sites/Royal-Bull-sHead-Inn) that are sure to intrigue.

Visit the Tangalooma Shipwrecks

South East Queensland travel experiences don’t get much more iconic than Moreton Island’s Tangalooma Shipwrecks. The site features a series of 15 rusted ships that were sunk in the 1960s to form a breakwater for small boats, and have since become a unique snorkelling and diving destination. At low tide, the wrecks are mostly above the waterline, making for a fantastic photo op – even if you’re not up for swimming!

Queensland Museum 07 3153 3000 museum.qld.gov.au/ queensland-museum

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Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World 07 5344 0010 malenybotanicgardens. com.au

DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum 07 4630 2358 downssteam.com

Royal Bull’s Head Inn 07 4637 2278 nationaltrustqld.org.au/ visitor-sites/Royal-Bull-sHead-Inn

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WIDE BAY-BURNETT, FITZROY & MACKAY

Encompassing places like the beautiful Sunshine Coast, World Heritage Listed Fraser Island, and plenty of eclectic and quaint coastal cities and towns along the way, the Wide Bay-Burnett, Fitzroy and Mackay regions combine to form a wonderful part of Queensland.

Climb aboard the Mary Valley Rattler

Known locally simply as the ‘Rattler’, the Mary Valley Rattler is among Queensland’s most iconic heritage experiences. Winding through the picturesque Mary Valley on a beautifully maintained C17 steam train, passengers will take in the small town of Dagun before arriving at the Amamoor Heritage Station. There it makes its turnaround on the restored turntable – a fascinating process to witness. Boasting a remarkable history (the railway dates back to 1867, when gold was first discovered in Gympie), a day out on the Mary Valley Rattler is a special experience, and one you can make all the sweeter by hopping on board the ‘tasting train’, which features a local seasonal menu and refreshing beverages (maryvalleyrattler.com.au).

Indulge at the Relish Food & Wine Festival

Be sure to time your visit through the region with the annual Relish Food & Wine Festival, scheduled for 3 June in 2023, at Portside Precinct and Queen’s Park in the quaint town of Maryborough. The fun day out features various cuisines made from season produce grown on the Fraser Coast and served up by local chefs, as well as beer and wine from the greater region. Throw in live music, cooking demonstrations and gourmet tastings and this is a must-add item to your itinerary (relishfrasercoast.com.au).

Get acquainted with the wildlife at Cape Hillsborough National Park

A bucket-list item for both domestic and international tourists, an early morning at Cape Hillsborough is an unforgettable experience. Nestled amid the diverse beauty of the region’s National Park, Cape Hillsborough is just a short drive from Mackay, and its highlight is an up-close-and-personal experience with the kangaroos and wallabies on Casuarina Beach, which head down to the water’s edge at sunrise to enjoy their breakfast of mangrove seed pods that have been washed up on the tide. Beyond the wildlife, pick one of four walking trails or head up to the lookout to better view the majesty of your surrounds (parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/cape-hillsborough).

Explore Sarina and its sweet surrounds

Another short trip from Mackay, the charming little town of Sarina sits at the base of Connors Range and offers visitors a taste of both forest and sea. Best known for its connection with the sugar cane industry, Sarina pays tribute to that history through its fabulous Sugar Shed and its educational

and interactive ‘Taste of Sugar’ tour (sarinasugarshed.com.au).

Explore the area’s thriving creative scene via the nearby Field of Dreams, which includes the Sarina Historical Centre, the Sarina Art Gallery housed in the former Yukan Railway Station, and the Sarina Tourist Art and Craft Centre – an ideal way to sample what the local community has to offer (sarinafieldofdreams.com.au).

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1. A kangaroo soaks up some morning rays at Cape Hillsborough National Park 2. Food, music and good company at Maryborough’s Relish Food & Wine Festival 3. Golden sand, turquoise water and lush greenery at Mission Beach 4. Learn about the history of sugar at Sarina Sugar Shed
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5. Get up close (but not too close) with crocs at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

NORTH QUEENSLAND

North Queensland is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most cherished tourist destinations, boasting breathtaking natural beauty that rivals anywhere in the world. The area is blessed with stunning landscapes, picturesque towns, and a welcoming Queensland hospitality that makes it a favourite among visitors.

Discover the Cassowary Coast

Tucked between Townsville and Cairns, the Cassowary Coast is an oft-overlooked stretch of Queensland’s endless coastline, but several highlights make it well worth perusing. Half-day trips or boat tours around Hinchinbrook Island (parks.des.qld. gov.au/parks/hinchinbrook) will leave you in awe of the region’s stunning natural beauty, while the towns of Mission Beach, Tully, Cardwell and Innisfail are all steeped in history and boast plenty of sightseeing and dining options.

Check out Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

Strap yourself in for an adventure millions of years in the making. The informative and thrilling boat tours at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures – about 30 minutes south of Port Douglas – are a highlight of this wonderful wildlife park, during which you will come up close and personal with some magnificent saltwater crocodiles. But there’s much more to this day out than crocodiles, with an array of Australian animals to view and optional extras such as breakfast with the koalas or premium wildlife encounters well worth your consideration (crocodileadventures.com).

Catch the footy action in Townsville

Rugby league is the beating heart of North Queensland and there’s no team celebrated and supported in this part of the world quite like the Cowboys. In 2020, North Queensland Stadium was officially opened, and the state-of-the-art 25,000seat venue takes pride of place in the centre of the city. If you’re planning your trip between March and September, be sure to time it for a Cowboys home game on the weekend for an action-packed taste of the region’s fanatical sporting culture (queenslandcountrybankstadium.com.au)

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Mary Valley Rattler 07 5482 2750 maryvalleyrattler.com.au Relish Food and Wine Festival relishfrasercoast.com.au Cape Hillsborough National Park parks.des.qld.gov.au/ parks/cape-hillsborough Sarina Sugar Shed 07 4943 2801 sarinasugarshed.com.au Sarina Field of Dreams 07 4943 0598 sarinafieldofdreams .com.au Hinchinbrook Island parks.des.qld.gov.au/ parks/Hinchinbrook Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures 07 4055 3576 crocodileadventures.com North Queensland Stadium 07 4722 7729 queenslandcountry bankstadium.com.au
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CENTRAL WEST & SOUTH WEST

For an authentic Aussie travel experience, you can’t beat outback Queensland, and the Central West and South West towns like Longreach, Winton, Barcaldine, Charleville and Roma are just a few of the destinations on offer. Intriguing history, beautiful outback scenery and memorable cultural experiences – this part of Australia has it all.

Experience the Nullawokka First Nations tour and art gallery

Queensland’s outback has much to offer its visitors and one unique way to experience it is via a First Nations cultural tour in the tiny rural town of Bollon, some 610km southwest of Brisbane. Local Nullawokka guide and Gwamu elder Bill Speedy will take you along the peaceful banks of Wallam Creek, where he will educate and entertain with stories about First Nations culture and history, provide lessons in boomerang throwing and offer samples of traditional bush tucker. The gallery, featuring genuine Indigenous artworks, is housed in Bollon’s 140-year-old post office building (nullawokka.com.au).

Get prehistoric at Eromanga

Fancy yourself a fossil hunter? At Eromanga Natural History Museum, you might just strike it lucky. During the Cretaceous period, this region was an inland sea, and consequently it has become fertile ground for paleontologists the world over. In 2006, the fossil of Australia’s largest dinosaur, a titanosaur dubbed ‘Cooper’ was discovered, and now stands as the pride of Eromanga Natural History Museum’s extensive collection of fossils, which includes not only dinosaurs but megafauna and microfauna as well. The museum offers an educational, enjoyable day out, with opportunities to get hands-on

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1. Learn of the rich history and culture of Nullawokka First Nations people on an immersive tour 2. Descend into the depths of history at Mt Isa’s Hard Times Mine 3. Stop off at the iconic Birdsville Hotel on a group tour with Outback Aussie Tours

with fossil preparation, while an on-site cafe and fourstar accommodation (Cooper’s Country Lodges Outback Studios) make it a convenient stop on your outback adventure (enhm.com.au).

Retrace history at the Hard Times Mine Underground Tour

If you want to really gain a sense of appreciation for how Queensland’s miners have plied their difficult trade over the years, the unique and enjoyable Hard Times Mine Underground tour is for you. Guided by an experienced miner and having you kitted out in overalls and cap lamps as part of the fun, the tour takes you into a mine via an Alimak Cage, where you will then learn about the history of mining in the state, from the forming of tunnels to the firing of the blast face. For those with a curiosity about Australia’s working history, this is a memorable, must-do adventure (discovermountisa.com.au/attractions/hard-times-mine).

Take a mega tour of the Queensland outback

Central West and South West Queensland are huge, so if your group wants as big a taste as possible, bring them on a guided tour. Outback Aussie Tours offers a variety of outback tours ranging from the eight-day Legendary Longreach & Winton tour to the 14-day Journey of the Gulf Savannah Tour, the latter of which departs Brisbane on a high-speed Tilt Train before passing through Rockhampton, Emerald, Barcaldine, Longreach, Richmond, Karumba, Cobbold Gorge and Mount Surprise before finishing up in Cairns. Highlights include the Capricorn Caves, Undara Lava Tubes, Savannahlander and Gulflander Heritage Rail Tours, Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Qantas Founders Museum, Camden Park Station, Drover’s Sunset Cruise along the Thomson River and so much more (outbackaussietours.com.au). ■

Nullawokka First Nations Tour 0413 062 068 nullawokka.com.au

Eromanga Natural History Museum 07 4656 3084 enhm.com.au

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Hard Times Underground Mine Tour 07 4749 1555 discovermountisa.com.au/ attractions/hard-times-mine

Outback Aussie Tours 07 4658 3000 outbackaussietours.com.au

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4. Journey through the heart of Queensland’s outback on the iconic Savannahlander train
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5. Nature’s artwork on display at the beautiful Cobbold Gorge, a hidden oasis in Queensland’s outback Bungle Bungles, Purnululu National Park

Western Australia

Majestic landscapes, abundant history and endless coastline to explore –Western Australia is bursting with gems waiting to be unearthed by travellers. Think world-renowned beaches, ancient landmarks that show the beauty of nature, and some of the freshest produce and wine in the country. Embark on a journey to Western Australia – it’s one you won’t regret.

PERTH & PEEL

Perth, Western Australia’s capital, is a charming city with a relaxed vibe, stunning beaches and scenic parks. The city’s cultural scene boasts a wide variety of bars, restaurants and art galleries. Visitors can also use it as a base to explore some of Western Australia’s most iconic natural wonders, from Rottnest Island to the Pinnacles Desert. Or some 75km south of Perth you’ll find Peel, with its major towns including Mandurah, Pinjarra and Waroona.

Take a day trip to Swan Valley

A wander through Swan Valley, also known as ‘Perth’s pantry’, approximately 25 minutes south of the city, will leave wine lovers and foodies eminently satisfied. En route, a visit to Guildford, with its old-world architecture and impressive art galleries, is a pleasant stop-off before the main event. Traditionally associated with some of Australia’s most wellknown wineries – check out Sandalford (sandalford.com) and Mandoon Estate (mandoonestate.com.au) – Swan Valley is now also home to no shortage of breweries and distilleries, while the culinary excellence of the area can be enjoyed as you roll out a picnic rug at a favourite spot along the river.

Dip your toes and dine at Cottesloe Beach

Iconic and easily accessible (just a 15 minute from the city centre by bus, car or train), Perth’s Cottesloe Beach is a postcard come to life. Come for a refreshing morning swim in the crystal-clear water and stay for brunch, an afternoon drink or a delicious dinner experience below the shade of the Norfolk Pines; the stretch of cafes, restaurants and bars has something for all comers. In March, the ‘Sculpture by

the Sea’ exhibit brings even more life to the area, while the surrounding scenic trails are a fantastic way to take in the serene coastline by foot or bike (sculpturebythesea.com/cottesloe).

Hop aboard the Hotham Valley Railway

Make your way down to the Peel region, just over an hour south of Perth, and step back in history when you board the Hotham Valley Railway in Dwellingup. This heritage experience runs over a 32km section of the original Pinjarra to Narrogin railway line, and dates back to 1974 when a small group of enthusiasts came together with the object of preserving both Western Australian steam locomotives and the railway line itself. Step onto the Forest Train for the 8km trip east to Etmilyn, where you can stretch your legs on a 20-minute walk through the picturesque Jarrah Forest; the Restaurant Train for a five-course, three-hour dinner experience; or the Steam Ranger experience, which encompasses Western Australia’s steepest and most dramatic section of railway, through the Darling Range Escarpment (hothamvalleyrailway.com.au).

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1. Harvesting the fruits of his labour in the picturesque vineyards of the Swan Valley 2. One of many sculptures that wow visitors to Cottesloe Beach during the annual Sculpture by the Sea 3. Explore the Wheatbelt’s rich heritage at Cunderdin Museum, housed in the historic No.3 Pump Station 4. The grand facade of York Town Hall captures the essence of Western Australia’s rich colonial history 5. The iconic Crocodile Dundee ute on display at York Motor Museum
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WHEATBELT

The Wheatbelt region of Western Australia offers more than just natural wonders, with historical townships, rich agricultural areas, and a variety of events and entertainment. Explore the region’s pioneering history, and visit the Dryandra Woodland National Park to see its important wildlife preservation efforts. From world-famous Wave Rock to colourful wildflower blooms, the Wheatbelt has something for all comers.

Retrace Aussie history at Cunderdin Museum

Winding its way through the Wheatbelt between Perth and Kalgoorlie is the historic Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail – a remarkable feat of engineering dating back more than a century as part of CY O’Connor’s Goldfields Water Supply Scheme. In the rural town of Cunderdin, a fantastic museum sits inside what was once Pump Station No.3 along the Golden Pipeline. The collection includes the Worthington Engine that powered the No.7 Pump Station, a crop-dusting plane, a railway dining car, and a tractor and truck display. The building is also known for its iconic brick chimney, and if you fancy a truly unique experience, head over to the Earthquake House in the Lifestyle Pavilion and feel the kind of tremors that devastated the town in 1968 ( goldenpipeline.com.au/place/no-3-pump-station).

Stroll through historic York

Beautiful old buildings line the main street of the town of York, just under 100km east of Perth and ideal as a first stop in your journey through the Wheatbelt, or a day trip from the city. Settled by farmers in the 1830s, York retains that old-world appeal to this day, having been tastefully preserved and restored to stand as one of Australia’s finest monuments to late 19th century architecture. Visitors can sign up for the York Heritage Trails, which divides the town into four walks covering off buildings and areas of significance to York including the Edwardian-style Town Hall, the fascinating York Motor Museum and the old Avon River Suspension Bridge (visit.york.wa.gov.au/york-trails.aspx).

Sandalford 08 9374 9374 sandalford.com

Mandoon Estate 08 6279 0500 mandoonestate.com.au

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Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe sculpturebythesea.com/ cottesloe

Hotham Valley Railway 08 6278 1111 hothamvalleyrailway. com.au

Cunderdin Museum 08 9635 1291 goldenpipeline.com.au/ place/no-3-pump-station

York Heritage Trails 08 9641 1301 visit.york.wa.gov.au/ york-trails.aspx

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SOUTH WEST & GREAT SOUTHERN

Explore these outstanding regions where stunning coastal towns, sprawling agricultural lands and unique flora and fauna await. While Margaret River is a popular destination for food and wine, don’t miss the unspoiled coastlines and national parks in the area either. Enjoy invigorating tours, taking in the beauty of the ocean and forest and indulging in the gastronomic delights that the regions have to offer. From world-class wineries and breweries to charming seaside towns, there’s something for everyone here.

Indulge on a Denmark wine tour

Located near the southern tip of Western Australia, Denmark is a place of true natural beauty, with Greens Pool, Ocean Beach and the Valley of the Giants treetop walk all high on the list of local attractions. The region is also renowned for its wineries, which is where the Denmark Wine Lovers Tour comes in; the local operation began in 2009 and takes visitors through the Scotsdale Tourist Route, where big timber country and farmland sit side by side and the rugged coastline is never far away (denmarkwinelovers.com.au). From Estate 807 to Rockcliffe and Harewood Estate, the tour takes in some of the country’s finest wineries.

Wander along ‘Australia’s best beach’

Don’t let the name deceive you! Misery Beach, perhaps the jewel in the crown of Albany on the southern coast of WA, was in 2022 crowned Australia’s best beach by Tourism Australia – and it isn’t difficult to see why. The 200-metrelong white sandy stretch is situated in a protected cove and surrounded by granite outcrops. The name comes from the region’s connection to the whaling industry, which ceased operation in 1978, and more than four decades on the pristine waters tell no stories of that darker past. Come for a splash or meander along the shoreline and find out for yourself why Misery Beach is one of WA’s hidden gems.

GOLDFIELDS-ESPERANCE

The largest region in Western Australia offers a unique blend of natural beauty and history. Delve into the vast expanse of the Great Western Woodlands, the largest remaining temperate woodland on Earth, as well as the rich red deserts and secluded bays. Experience everything from historic goldfields with fascinating mining heritage to stunning coastline and rugged outback.

Breeze through Australia’s first commercial wind farm

Just a 20-minute drive west of stunning Esperance (take Twilight Beach Road along the coastline and stop off at Observatory Point), the Ten Mile Lagoon Wind Farm has stood for 30 years as a monument to human innovation. Australia’s first commercial wind farm capitalises on the consistently strong winds of the Roaring Forties, and helps to power the Esperance community with its nine 225kW wind turbines – all of which can be seen from close range along the farm’s walking trail (visitesperance.com).

Take in the vista at Barrens Lookout

The eastern side of Fitzgerald River National Park boasts picnic spots aplenty and no shortage of sealed roads to access the array of beaches dotted along this gorgeous stretch of coastline. With a multitude of blooming wildflowers, the loop walk to Barrens Lookout is a photographer’s delight, and once you reach the lookout itself, the view of Culham Inlet meeting the Southern Ocean is simply breathtaking.

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1. Descend the wooden stairs to West Beach, a secluded coastal gem in Fitzgerald River National Park 2. The towering turbines of Ten Mile Lagoon Wind Farm harness the power of WA’s winds 3. Charles Knife Canyon’s towering walls and rugged terrain provide a striking backdrop 4. Emus strolling on the sandy beach, a unique wildlife encounter in the Francois Peron National Park
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Go prospecting in gold country

The history of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and its surrounding region is inextricably linked with gold following the discovery of the ‘Golden Mile’ in the late 1800s and the gold rush it triggered. Nowadays, between the months of April and November each year, visitors can turn their hand to some gold prospecting themselves courtesy of an all-day tour with Gold Nugget Tours just 43km north of Kalgoorlie – equipment, food and beverages all provided (tours88.com.au).

MID WEST & GASCOYNE

The Mid West and Gascoyne regions of WA comprise a vast area that spans over one-third of the state and offer a wealth of unique experiences. Encounter rich Indigenous culture, explore the stunning coastline, and visit world-renowned national parks like Kalbarri and Francois Peron. This region is also home to the oldest rocks in the world, dating back 3.5 billion years.

Wind through the Charles Knife Canyon

Just 20 minutes south of Exmouth, the Charles Knife Canyon is a must-visit location on your Western Australian adventure. A meandering drive takes you to the lookout at the top of the range, where stunning views of the Cape Range and the Exmouth Gulf are on offer. The more adventurous can also access Badjirrajirra Walk trail from the Thomas Carter lookout – a moderately difficult three-hour, 6km loop around the top of Cape Range.

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Denmark Wine Lovers Tour 0427 482 400 denmarkwinelovers. com.au Ten Mile Lagoon Wind Farm 08 9083 1555 visitesperance.com Gold Nugget Tours 0455 112 231 tours88.com.au

Wonder and wildflowers in Kalbarri National Park

Some of the world’s most remarkable and awe-inspiring scenery can be found in the surrounds of Kalbarri National Park. Among the finest views is from ‘Nature’s Window’ – a wind-eroded section of sandstone that frames the Murchison River below. While you’re here, don’t forget to make your way to Hawk’s Head Lookout and the spectacular Kalbarri Skywalk (kalbarri.org.au/skywalk), while in spring and early summer the wildflowers – some 12,000 different species, 60 per cent of which are found nowhere else on earth – are a thing of true beauty. From 1-30 September, AAT Kings hosts a 7-day Wildflower Wanderer tour that departs Perth before heading to Kalbarri National Park and Geraldton (aatkings.com).

KIMBERLEY & PILBARA

Experience the unique and awe-inspiring landscapes of the Kimberley and Pilbara on a journey that will take you through small country towns and UNESCO World Heritage sites. See ancient gorges, towering ranges and rugged wilderness that are unparalleled anywhere else on Earth. Immerse yourself in the region’s rich Indigenous culture, witness stunning waterfalls and marvel at the unique wildlife that calls this area home.

Be swept away by Australia’s number one town

Broome was named the country’s number one town in 2022 by Australian Traveller Magazine, and upon your arrival here, it doesn’t take long to understand why. Known as the ‘Pearl of the North’, this international tourist haven also boasts the stunning Cable Beach – listed at number three on TripAdvisor’s World’s Best Beaches for 2023. Take a sunset camel ride along this stunning stretch of sand with Broome Camel Safaris (broomecamelsafaris.com.au), or simply dine and drink at one of the fabulous restaurants overlooking the azure majesty of the Indian Ocean – we recommend Cable Beach Club, which is ideally located and has a host of great dining options (cablebeachclub.com). Whatever your idea of a holiday entails, you’re likely to find it in Broome.

Go chasing waterfalls

Every year from autumn through to early winter, the Kimberley region turns on a unique waterfall spectacle. Among the highlights are the King George Falls – twin waterfalls that plunge 80 metres down sheer sandstone cliffs – and Mitchell Falls in the Mitchell River National Park, which is accessible only by a scenic helicopter flight. More generally, a popular way to explore this incredible scenery is via a cruise, so you can get up close and personal with this freshwater phenomenon. APT hosts a range of Kimberley Cruises, including the 11-day Kimberley Coastal Expedition tour from Broome to Darwin that includes King George Falls, Horizontal Falls, Bigge Island, Montgomery Reef and more (aptouring.com.au).

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1. Nature’s Window frames the beauty of Kalbarri National Park 2. Vibrant wildflowers paint the Kalbarri landscape in spring 3. Experience the magic of a sunset camel ride on Cable Beach 4. Majestic Mitchell Falls cascades through the Kimberley wilderness

Go glamping at a pearl farm

Just a couple of hours north of Broome on the Kimberley Coast is Cygnet Bay, home to a working pearl farm that offers visitors ‘glamping’ accommodation in eco safari tents amid untouched wilderness. Take advantage of the unique opportunity to learn about pearls through guided tours of their pearl farm and demonstrations of pearl harvesting and grading techniques. But there’s more. Relax by the pool or indulge at the on-site restaurant; take a ‘sea safari’ to experience the remarkable power of the world’s largest tropical tides; or simply use your stay as a stepping-off point to natural wonders like the Horizontal Falls, Cape Leveque or the Buccaneer Archipelago. This exploration into one of Australia’s most beautiful coastlines is well worth your while (cygnetbaypearlfarm.com.au). ■

Kalbarri Skywalk 08 9937 1140 kalbarri.org.au/skywalk

AAT Kings 1300 300 911 aatkings.com/tours

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Broome Camel Safaris 0419 916 101 broomecamelsafaris .com.au

Cable Beach Club 08 9192 0400 cablebeachclub.com

APT 1300 214 938 aptouring.com.au

Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm 08 9192 4283 cygnetbaypearlfarm. com.au

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Murray River Big Bend, Murraylands

South Australia

Embark on an unforgettable adventure through South Australia. From the vibrant city of Adelaide and the stunning Barossa Valley to iconic Mount Gambier, IkaraFlinders Ranges and Kangaroo Island, it’s a state filled with remarkable landmarks and natural wonders. Make the most of the exceptional hospitality, food and wine for which the state is renowned while exploring historic geological marvels and experiencing diverse cultural encounters.

ADELAIDE, BAROSSA & CLARE VALLEY

Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is famous for its fine cuisine, festivals and charming streets dotted with impressive churches and cathedrals. It’s the perfect starting point to explore the premium wine regions, scenic foothills and exquisite coastlines of the region. Don’t miss out on visiting the Barossa and Clare Valley, two of Australia’s best winemaking areas and easily accessible from Adelaide. Adelaide Sightseeing has tours through Adelaide City and the Adelaide Hills, the Barossa, and much more (adelaidesightseeing.com.au). Or try some of the following…

Walk to the music

South Australia’s cultural contribution punches well above its weight. Adelaide is a city full of rich, vibrant street art and in 2015 it was recognised as a UNESCO City of Music. The City of Music Laneways honours musicians like Sia, Cold Chisel and Paul Kelly (cityofadelaide.com.au/city-ofmusic-laneways/project). Taking a stroll through the artadorned laneways makes for the perfect Adelaide morning, especially when you pause for brunch at a welcoming cafe like Part Time Lover ( parttimelover.com.au) or the upscale Press* Food & Wine ( pressfoodandwine.com.au).

Go directly to gaol

While a stint in the local lockup isn’t how you’d usually elect to spend your leisure time, make an exception for the fascinating Adelaide Gaol. It’s the longest continually operating gaol in Australia and it’s said to be haunted by the ghost of the gaol’s first governor, William Baker. Book a night tour if you dare (adelaidehauntedhorizons.com.au).

1. Unearth the rich history of Burra, a historic copper mining town not far from the Clare Valley

2. Take a tour with Adelaide Sightseeing, including a memorable Roofclimb experience at historic Adelaide Oval

Do the rounds of a heritage sheep station

Bungaree Station in the beautiful Clare Valley was established in 1841 and grew to include its own church, store, blacksmiths and even the district council chambers. It’s now a working farm and living record of rural Australian life over the decades (bungareestation.com.au). Stay for a while (it sleeps up to 65 in various accommodations) as the station makes an excellent base to explore some of the Clare Valley’s 30 cellar doors (clarevalley.com.au/drink). Or take your group to other historic sites like Martindale Hall (martindalehall.com.au) or the quaint mining town of Burra (visitburra.com).

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FLEURIEU PENINSULA & KANGAROO ISLAND

Explore the rugged coastline and wetlands of South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, where several conservation parks showcase the region’s diverse flora and fauna. Head towards Cape Jervis, where you can catch a ferry to Kangaroo Island, the ultimate destination for outdoor adventures. Don’t miss the chance to experience the stunning natural beauty of this area during your trip to South Australia.

Explore with a picnic

One of Australia’s oldest wine regions, McLaren Vale, is a mere 45 minutes’ drive from the centre of Adelaide. The finest way to raise a glass of its famous shiraz is during a mystery picnic. Solve a series of clues that lead you to some of the region’s foodie gems, tasting their goods and collecting your gourmet picnic piece by piece. The final clue will land you in a stunning spot to linger over lunch and the Vale’s spectacular scenery (amazingco.me/mystery-picnics). To end your day perfectly (and only if you can possibly manage another bite), take a trip through the maze followed by dinner at Maxwell Wines (maxwellwines.com.au).

Swim on the wild side

A short ferry ride from the mainland brings you to Kangaroo Island, and a tour with SeaLink showcases its pristine nature, untamed wildlife, stellar beaches and unpretentious, real food experiences – be it a single-day visit or a tour of a longer duration (sealink.com.au/kangaroo-island ). Once back on dry land, be sure to stop by Emu Bay Lavender (emubaylavenderfarm.com) for a box of their divine lavender scones. Take them to Emu Bay Beach, one of the prettiest beaches in South Australia. You can drive straight up, even in a 2WD, to find a remote patch of sand and while the afternoon away.

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Adelaide Sightseeing 1300 769 762 adelaidesightseeing. com.au

City of Music Laneways cityofadelaide.com.au/ city-of-music-laneways

Part Time Lover parttimelover.com.au

Press* Food and Wine 08 8211 8048 pressfoodandwine.com.au

Adelaide Haunted Horizons adelaidehaunted horizons.com.au

Bungaree Station 08 8842 2677 bungareestation.com.au

Clare Valley cellar doors clarevalley.com.au/drink

Martindale Hall martindalehall.com.au

Burra visitburra.com

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McLaren Vale Mystery Picnic amazingco.me/ mystery-picnics

Maxwell Wines 08 8323 8200 maxwellwines.com.au

SeaLink Kangaroo Island 13 13 01 sealink.com.au

Emu Bay Lavender Farm 08 8553 5338 emubaylavender.com.au

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5. Admirals Arch on Kangaroo Island is a stunning natural rock formation carved over millennia

LIMESTONE COAST, RIVERLAND & MURRAYLANDS

Discover the underrated far east and south-east regions of South Australia. Marvel at the plethora of beaches, rivers, lakes and mountains that define these areas, and explore the prehistoric caves and volcanoes that add to their natural beauty. Don’t miss the chance to discover charming towns and contemporary attractions during your journey to these regions, which are an ideal getaway from Adelaide or a continuation of a longer trip through regional Victoria.

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Kilsby Sinkhole 0408 826 355 kilsbysinkhole.com.au

Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre 08 8737 2092 mackilloppenola.org.au

Petticoat Lane 0417 719 830 nationaltrust.org.au/ places/petticoat-lane

Murray Princess 1300 729 938 murrayprincess.com.au

Monarto Zoo 08 8534 4100 monartosafari.com.au

Pacific Estate Oysters 0467 485 291 pacificestateoysters. com.au

Peter Teakle Wines 08 8682 6635 peterteaklewines.com

Deep dive for geology

You wouldn’t expect to find yourself snorkelling in the middle of a sheep farm, but get your mask and snorkel ready. The Kilsby Sinkhole (kilsbysinkhole.com) – located on a working farm just outside Mount Gambier – is Australia’s largest at 60 metres deep. Even if you don’t fancy a dip, learning about the geology and history of the sinkhole is still worth the excursion. Combine your visit with a spot of Sinkhole gin tasting, made with water from the aquifer that feeds the Kilsby Sinkhole. Just remember, snorkel first, gin tasting second…

Stroll down memory lane

Boston Bay Wines 08 8684 3600 bostonbaywines.com.au

Coomunga Wines 0429 842 105 coomungawines.com.au

Gardner’s Vineyard 0428 378 396 gardnersvineyard.com.au

Lincoln Estate Wines 0429 230 964 lincolnestatewines.com.au

On the other side of Mount Gambier is Penola, a small country town full of big heritage. Penola was home to Australia’s first saint, Mary McKillop, in the 1860s, and much of the town’s history from that time has been preserved. Visit the Mary McKillop Interpretive Centre (mackilloppenola.org.au) to learn more of her story then take a meander down the timber and stone cottages on Petticoat Lane (nationaltrust.org.au/places/petticoat-lane), complete with a historic herb garden that is still growing fresh produce to this day.

Tour the Murraylands

Taking a historic paddlewheeler down the river is an unmissable way to experience the best of the Murray (murrayprincess.com.au). However, don’t discount the value of a driving tour through this spectacular region either. From the lagoon ecosystem of the Coorong National Park to the peace of Lake Alexandrina or a thrilling day out at Monarto Zoo (monartosafari.com.au), there’s more to the Murraylands than the mighty Murray alone.

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1. Experience the beauty of the Murray River aboard the majestic paddlewheeler, the Murray Princess

YORKE & EYRE PENINSULAS

Embark on a rewarding coastal tour of South Australia’s Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas, taking in mesmerising landscapes, endless lookouts, and stunning ocean views. Enjoy first-class ecotourism activities or indulge in some of the freshest seafood in the country during your trip. Visit the diverse Eyre Peninsula, surrounded by Spencer Gulf on the east, the Great Australian Bight on the west, and the Gawler Ranges to the north. It’s famous for its rich marine life and inspiring natural beauty.

Get salty every which way

The Yorke Peninsula is home to 200 salt lakes that range in shade from pink to blue to the brightest white. The spectacular Salt Lake Trail starts and ends in Yorketown and has signage posted along the route highlighting the history of salt production in the area. While the story is fascinating, it’s the astonishing views that will really send you. Once you’re done lake gazing, head up the road to Stansbury for some oyster shucking fun. At Pacific Estate Oysters you can play “deckie for a day” and dive for your own oysters, eating them straight out of the water ( pacificestateoysters.com.au).

And if you’re on the Eyre Peninsula, don’t miss the famous road known as “Watermelon Avenue”, which runs between Lake MacDonnell and Point Sinclair Pink Lake.

2. Sip and swirl to your heart’s content at Peter Teakle Wines in beautiful Port Lincoln

3. For a juicy road trip, make your way down the strip of road known as ‘Watermelon Avenue’ on the Eyre Peninsula

Sample the local vintage

While not as well-known as the Barossa or McLaren Vale wine regions, some of Australia’s premium wines are found on the Eyre Peninsula. The wineries are all closely located and nestled between some of the most scenic wetlands in South Australia. The stunningly situated Peter Teakle Wines is the pick of the vineyards due to their award-winning Line & Label restaurant ( peterteaklewines.com). Up the road, the family-owned-and-operated Boston Bay Wines match their wines to the Eyre Peninsula’s annual seafood harvest (bostonbaywines.com.au). Other notable wineries include the ecological and sustainable Coomunga Wines (coomungawines. com.au), which uses a unique method of dryland viniculture, Gardner’s Vineyard ( gardnersvineyard.com.au) and Lincoln Estate Wines (lincolnestatewines.com.au).

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FAR NORTH

Explore South Australia’s largest region, the Far North, which borders four different states and where must-see attractions like the Ikara-Flinders Ranges await your group. While the Ranges are undoubtedly the highlight, the outback adventure can continue with many other exciting possibilities for nature and history lovers throughout this vast region.

Count your lucky stars

If you’ve always wanted to camp under the stars but sleeping on the ground leaves you cold, Wilpena Pound Resort has you covered. Their 15 glamping tents (up to 34 people can be accommodated) combine the tranquil nature-connection of camping with more than a few comforts from home. That includes in-tent tea and coffee-making facilities and your very own ensuite. While you’re at the resort you can learn about the Ikara-Flinders region from the land’s traditional owners, the Adnyamathanha people. You can also take off on a scenic flight over the Flinders Ranges to see this vast region from a breathtaking new perspective (wilpenapound.com.au).

Find your quirky self

1. Standing majestically in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges, Wilpena Pound is a rugged and ancient mountain landscape

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The red-earthed mining town of Coober Pedy has made a name for itself as one of the more whacky spots in Australia. It’s basically a very long way from anywhere, so it’s just as well that it’s a destination worth the trip. One of the more unusual ways to spend your time here is visiting the leftover props and stage sets from films shot in the area, like Mad Max and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. There’s even a three-metre tall “Coober Pedy” sign on the hill that matches the iconic “Hollywood” sign. Then head west of town to Crocodile 1 2
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Harry’s Underground Nest & Dugout, a kind-of museum that honours a quirky crocodile-hunting character who called Coober Pedy home (cooberpedy.com/crocodile-harry). Once back in town, slip into one of the town’s four underground churches (the Serbian Orthodox Church is particularly beautiful) before enjoying a cold beer at Desert Cave Hotel, which purports to be the world’s only underground pub (desertcave.com.au). Where else but Coober Pedy? ■
2. Coober Pedy’s underground Serbian church, one of the outback’s hidden gems

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Tasmania

Welcome to a land of wild, unspoiled landscapes, where jagged mountains, ancient forests, and pristine beaches all merge into one breathtaking tapestry. Charming towns, natural wonders and a rich cultural history – Tasmania is a place that will leave you feeling invigorated and inspired. Whether you’re hiking through remote wilderness, exploring hidden coves, or indulging in some of the freshest, most delicious food you’ve ever tasted, Tasmania is a place that will capture your heart and leave you yearning for more.

HOBART & THE SOUTH-EAST

The south of Tasmania is a dreamy escape, where pristine wilderness, remote beaches and enchanting towns can be found at every turn. The state’s capital, Hobart, is a captivating blend of history, culture and nature, offering beauteous scenery, delicious food and, as a launching point for the surrounding areas, endless opportunities for adventure – whether it’s on the Tasman and Freycinet Peninsulas, the Midlands, the Derwent Valley or the Huon and beyond.

Connect with convict history at Port Arthur

Arguably Australia’s most famous former convict settlement, Port Arthur is known not only for its fascinating history, but also its natural beauty and status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll find over 30 buildings and ruins, including the penitentiary, guard tower and church. Delve into the lives of the convicts who lived and worked here, as well as the soldiers and officers who managed the prison. In addition to its historical significance, Port Arthur is also known for its natural beauty. The site is located on a picturesque peninsula with privileged views of the water and surrounding landscape. Be sure to book a boat ride to the Isle of the Dead, a cemetery just off the coast of the site. It was the final resting place for many of the convicts and officers during the settlement’s heyday and provides a fascinating look into the lives and deaths of these individuals ( portarthur.org.au).

Promote conservation at Bonorong

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife park located just outside of Hobart known for its commitment to animal welfare and conservation, and for providing visitors with a unique chance to see some of Tasmania’s most iconic and endangered wildlife up close. Here, your group can see a variety of animals, including Tasmanian devils, wombats, kangaroos and many species of birds. The sanctuary also

offers interactive experiences, such as feeding kangaroos and wallabies, and the opportunity to meet and learn about the animals from knowledgeable guides. You can even get up close and personal with some of the animals on a 10-minute interactive tour including tawny frogmouths, wombats, ringtail possums or echidnas.

The sanctuary is also home to a hospital where injured and orphaned wildlife are treated and rehabilitated, and staff work closely with local wildlife organisations to protect and preserve Tasmania’s unique wildlife (bonorong.com.au).

See the sands of time in Oatlands

Oatlands is a charming town in Tasmania’s Midlands known for its well-preserved Georgian architecture – it has the largest collection of sandstone Georgian buildings in Australia with around 150 in total. Don’t miss St Paul’s Anglican Church, built in 1837 and one of the oldest churches in Tasmania; the Commisariat Store, built in 1830 and originally used to store food for the nearby military barracks; and the Supreme Court House, built in 1829. While you’re there, grab the “Oatlands Key” from either the council chambers of participating businesses along the main street and gain access to the Supreme Court, the Commisariat building and the Gaoler’s Residence.

Arguably Oatlands’ most famous and photographed location, however, is the Callington Mill, a restored windmill built in 1837 and still in operation today. It’s one of the few working windmills in the Southern Hemisphere and an iconic symbol of Tasmania’s cultural heritage.

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THE WEST

The West of Tasmania is a wild, rugged wonderland, where untamed landscapes, untapped adventures and unique experiences await. From natural wonders like Gordon River and the Tarkine wilderness to historic towns like Strahan and Queenstown, it’s an ideal destination for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path journey.

Explore the ruins of Sarah Island

The remote former penal settlement of Sarah Island offers an intriguing glimpse into Tasmania’s past and the harsh conditions to which convicts were subjected. Accessible only by boat, the island’s remote location and atmospheric ruins provide an unforgettable experience for visitors. Guided tours offer insight into the island’s history, including tales of daring escapes and harsh punishment. The island’s natural beauty, including its rugged coastline and stunning views of the Southern Ocean, adds to the overall experience ( parks.tas.gov.au/explore-our-parks/sarah-island)

Hike through Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers

For those with both time and an appetite for adventure, the Franklin-Gordon Rivers National Park provides visitors with the opportunity to explore one of Tasmania’s most pristine and remote wilderness areas. The park is home to an array of natural wonders, including rugged mountain ranges, ancient rainforests and crystal-clear rivers. Take a scenic drive through the park and stop at lookouts, or explore the many walking tracks that wind their way through ( parks.tas.gov.au/explore-our-parks/franklin-gordon-wildrivers-national-park). Don’t miss the Wall in the Wilderness, a unique art installation created by local artist Greg Duncan consisting of carved wooden panels that depict the history of the region (thewalltasmania.com.au).

LAUNCESTON & THE NORTH

The north of Tasmania, centred on Launceston, is an enchanting region with something for everyone. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or both, Launceston and the north will exceed your expectations and leave you wanting more. Let the beauty and magic of the north of Tasmania captivate you and create memories that will last a lifetime.

See Bridestowe in full bloom

From December to February each year, Bridestowe Lavender Farm is in full bloom with picturesque purple fields of lavender. Located in north-east Tasmania, the estate covers 260 acres and boasts stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Stroll the lavender fields, take a guided tour of the farm, and learn about the history and cultivation of lavender, all while enjoying the farm’s peaceful and relaxed atmosphere and the soothing scent of lavender in the fresh Tasmanian air. There’s also a gift shop on site where your group can purchase a variety of lavender products, including essential oils, soaps and other handmade items.

Coach Tours Tasmania runs handy shuttles to Bridestowe Lavender Farm (bridestowelavender.com.au) from Launceston four times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) with up to three departures per day, depending on demand (coachtourstasmania.com.au)

Feel at peace on the Dove Lake Trail

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park is one of the best places in Australia for hiking. It’s most renowned for the Overland Track, a 65km hike that takes around six days to complete. However, if your group wants to take in the best of this beautiful location in a little less time, the Dove Lake Circuit is the way to go. This 6km hike is an easy and accessible way to experience the park’s glorious alpine landscape.

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The Circuit takes hikers around the perimeter of Dove Lake, offering incredible views of Cradle Mountain and the surrounding wilderness. Dove Lake itself is a picturesque glacial lake surrounded by towering mountains and ancient forests. Wander through the Ballroom Forest, a beautiful section of trail that winds through mossy forest of ancient myrtle beach trees. Saunter past the picturesque boatshed, which sits on the edge of Dove Lake and makes for a great photo opportunity. And climb up to Glacier Rock, a popular viewpoint offering sweeping views of Cradle Mountain.

For something a bit different, try Coal River Coaches’ three-day Cradle Mountain Christmas in July 2023 tour, which includes not only the Dove Lake Trail but also an After Dark Feeding Tour with Tasmanian devils, plus a Christmas dinner with delicious local produce (lovetasmaniatours.com.au). ■

Get off the beaten track on King Island

Located in the western waters of Bass Strait, King Island is a destination that even the most experienced of travellers may not see in their lifetime – and yet so many incredible wonders await there, from sand dunes, bays and coves to shipwrecks and some of the best golf courses in Australia –not to mention incredible dining experiences at every turn. King Island Tours offers an outstanding 4-day, 3-night tour that includes the best of King Island’s fauna, flora, history and the finest fresh produce on the island – all in the airconditioned comfort of a 4WD coach (kingislandtours.com).

Sarah Island parks.tas.gov.au/exploreour-parks/sarah-island

Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park parks.tas.gov.au/exploreour-parks/franklin-gordonwild-rivers-national-park

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Bridestowe Lavender Estate 03 6352 8182 bridestowelavender. com.au

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National Arboretum Canberra

Australian Capital Territory

Nestled in the heart of country Australia, Canberra and the ACT offer a perfect blend of history, culture and natural beauty. With a plethora of museums, galleries and landmarks, visitors can discover the country’s heritage while enjoying a vibrant and ever-evolving city. From exploring the impressive Parliament House to admiring breathtaking views of the Australian Alps, Canberra and the ACT have something for everyone.

Attend a Last Post Ceremony

Honour fallen members of the Australian Defence Force with this touching ceremony at the Australian War Memorial. Held daily at 4:45pm in the Commemorative Area, each ceremony shares the individual story behind one of the over 103,000 names on the Roll of Honour. The ceremony begins with the Australian national anthem followed by the Piper’s Lament. Visitors are invited to lay wreaths and floral tributes beside the Pool of Reflection. Then, an individual’s story is told, and the Ode is recited by Australian Defence Force personnel. The ceremony ends with the sounding of the Last Post.

Note all visitors (including children) require a free timed ticket to enter the Australian War Memorial or attend the Last Post Ceremony (you can book online at awm.gov.au/visit).

While attendance is free, it is recommended that groups larger than 10 visitors contact 02 6243 4370 or send an email to tours@awm.gov.au to assist with your booking.

The Memorial also has a new temporary entrance in place, located opposite Poppy’s Café. While the Memorial is in the

process of being transformed, please expect some disruption to your visit including construction noise, changed parking conditions, and reduced access to some galleries and exhibitions.

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We continue to welcome visitors while we work to expand our galleries. Plan your visit and book free tickets online.

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Get a taste of Hollywood at the NFSA

Discover unseen treasures from Australian cinema on a visit to the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) and learn how our homegrown talent has stepped up on the world stage. The NFSA’s popular Australians & Hollywood exhibition continues after rave reviews in 2021-22. The show features costumes and props from the genius of costume designer Catherine Martin and director Baz Luhrmann, the wifeand-husband duo who have worked together on such films as Romeo + Juliet (1996), Moulin Rouge! (2001), Australia (2008), The Great Gatsby (2013) and, most recently, ELVIS (2022). Spend time up close with real artefacts from their films as well as others including Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller 2015), The Sapphires (Wayne Blair, 2012) and Dune (Denis Villeneuve, 2021).

Drop by ‘The Marvellous Corricks’, the free NFSA exhibition about the family of entertainers who delighted Australian audiences with music, comedy and film in the early 20th century. When you’re done, relax in the courtyard or grab a bite at the NFSA’s award-winning café, The Curators Café Bar (nfsa.gov.au).

Step into history at Lanyon Homestead

Built in the 1850s and once a prosperous sheep and cattle station, visit this well-preserved example of a colonial homestead that gives visitors a glimpse into life in Australia during the 19th century.

The property has been carefully restored to reflect its original state, and visitors can explore the homestead’s rooms, including the kitchen, bedrooms, and drawing room. Each room is decorated with period furniture and artefacts, providing a unique insight into how people lived and worked in the 1800s.

Australian War Memorial 02 6243 4211 awm.gov.au/visit

National Film and Sound Archive 02 6248 2000 nfsa.gov.au

Explore further to see the outbuildings that make the property a showpiece of the region, including the convictbuilt stone barn and convict dwellings, maids quarters, bakery, laundry, blacksmith and more.

Lanyon Homestead also offers a range of guided tours and activities that cater to different interests and ages, from convict-focused tours to photography workshops. And if your group is feeling peckish, you can also pop into The Barracks restaurant for breakfast, lunch or brunch – its menu features delicious local produce, much of it sourced from within the Lanyon Homestead’s grounds and gardens. (historicplaces.com. au/lanyon-homestead).

Go prehistoric at the National Dinosaur Museum

Central Canberra is home to some of Australia’s most prestigious museums, but head to the outer Canberra suburb of Nicholls and you’ll find one of the most fascinating museums around – the National Dinosaur Museum. With an

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National Dinosaur Museum 02 6230 2655 nationaldinosaur museum.com.au

The Truffle Farm Canberra thetrufflefarm.com.au

Turalla Truffles 0407 105 857 turallatruffles.com.au

Canberra Region Truffle Festival trufflefestival.com.au

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extensive collection of fossils, bones and life-size models of dinosaurs and other ancient creatures, the museum provides a unique and engaging experience that appeals to visitors interested in prehistoric life and natural history. It features an impressive collection of dinosaur fossils, including several complete skeletons and many rare and unusual specimens. See these fossils up close and learn about the scientific breakthroughs and research that led to their discovery. And as we all know, little ones are endlessly fascinated by these incredible creatures, making it the perfect place to bring the grandchildren (nationaldinosaurmuseum.com.au).

Hunt for tasty truffles

June to August is truffle season and Canberra and surrounds have the perfect climate for truffle hunting. Head to The Truffle Farm Canberra for truffle hunting, tasting and dining – see their truffle dogs in action, book a truffle brunch or, for the ultimate experience, take your group for a Truffle Hunt & Degustation Lunch – a truffle-hunting experience followed by a decadent six-course truffle degustation (thetrufflefarm.com.au). At Turalla Truffles – technically over the border in NSW, but close enough that Canberra is your launchpad – is another great venue on a beautiful property just south of Lake George (turallatruffles.com.au). And if you visit in mid-August, don’t miss the Canberra Region Truffle Festival, an annual celebration of the fresh black winter truffles grown in the ACT and southern NSW (trufflefestival.com.au). ■

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Northern Territory

The Northern Territory is a land of contrasts, where rugged outback landscapes meet pristine coastlines and unique cultural experiences. From the Red Centre to the Top End, this is a place that inspires awe and wonder. Discover its world-renowned national parks, explore ancient rock art sites, take a cruise along the Katherine River, or discover the thriving arts and culture scene in Darwin and beyond. With its incredible natural beauty, rich history and unique culture, the Northern Territory is a destination that promises to leave you breathless.

DARWIN & THE TOP END

With its tropical climate, iconic national parks and rich Indigenous culture, the Top End of the Northern Territory is a feast for the senses. Witness breathtaking sunsets, swim in crystal clear waterholes, explore ancient sites and indulge in delicious local cuisine. Darwin, the vibrant capital city, offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and serves as the perfect base for discovering the natural wonders of the region.

Explore Darwin’s military history

Darwin has a rich military history that dates back to World War II, when the city was bombed in 1942. Visit the Darwin Military Museum, located in the historic Defence of Darwin Command Post, which houses a collection of artefacts, photographs and documents related to Darwin’s military history (darwinmilitarymuseum.com.au). Don’t miss the Defence of Darwin Experience, a multimedia exhibition that tells the story of the bombing of Darwin and the defence of the city during the war. The exhibition includes interactive displays, artefacts and oral histories (magnt.net.au/defenceof-darwin-experience). While you’re there, take a tour of the East Point Military Precinct, a former military base that played a key role in Darwin’s defence. Visitors to the precinct can explore underground bunkers, gun

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observation posts, and learn about the military history of the area.

Meanwhile, just a little further out of town, the Darwin Aviation Museum is a must-visit for aviation enthusiasts. It features iconic aircraft, including a B-52 Bomber, as well as interactive exhibits showcasing the region’s aviation history (darwinaviationmuseum.com.au).

Visit the Adelaide River Railway Heritage Precinct

A small town located approximately 115km south of Darwin, one of Adelaide River’s main attractions is its Railway Heritage Precinct, which offers visitors a fascinating insight into the region’s railway history. Learn the importance of the railway to the Northern Territory’s development, as it played a crucial role in connecting remote towns and communities. Your group can see historic railway carriages, locomotives and other railway artefacts as well as learn about the history of the region’s rail infrastructure through interactive displays and exhibits.

The precinct also offers guided tours and a chance to ride on a heritage train, providing a unique and unforgettable travel experience. A visit to the Adelaide River Railway Heritage Precinct is a must for anyone interested in the history of the Northern Territory and its rail transport heritage (enjoy-darwin.com/adelaide-river-railway.html).

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emplacements and 1. The B-52 Bomber is an iconic symbol of aviation and wartime history at the Darwin Aviation Museum 2. NSU63, a historic diesel locomotive, stands proud at Adelaide River Railway Precinct Vibrant, swift rainbow bee-eaters grace Cutta Cutta National Park with their colourful hues

KATHERINE & BARKLY TABLELANDS

Stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage and unique geological formations – this part of the Northern Territory has all this and more. Explore national parks and wildlife reserves, connect with friendly locals in a warm climate and connect with Indigenous culture. Katherine and the Barkly Tablelands are both bound to leave you in awe.

Head to Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park

Located just 30 minutes south of Katherine, Cutta Cutta Caves

Nature Park is home to an extensive network of limestone caves formed over millions of years by the action of water on the underlying rock. Visitors can explore the caves on guided tours, taking in the stunning natural beauty of stalactites, stalagmites and other formations that have been sculpted over time. But the caves aren’t the only attraction. Follow the 1.5km Karst Walk for an easy-grade bushwalk that takes in a diverse range of landscapes from open woodlands to rocky outcrops and pockets of rainforest. Spot wildlife including wallabies, goannas and many bird species – think the rainbow bee-eater, hooded robin, varied triller and red-tailed black cockatoo. And learn about the site’s cultural significance to the indigenous Jawoyn people, who have lived in the area for thousands of years (nt.gov.au/parks/find-a-park/cutta-cutta-caves-nature-park).

Newcastle Waters Historic Township

Newcastle Waters Historic Township is a fascinating destination for anyone interested in exploring Australia’s pioneering history. The town was once a thriving hub of cattle and sheep farming in the Northern Territory, and many of the original buildings and structures remain, providing a glimpse into the region’s past. Your group can explore the town’s many heritage-listed sites, including the old police station, post office, and telegraph station, all of which have been carefully preserved to maintain their original character and charm. Take a tour of the town’s historic cemetery, which contains the graves of many early pioneers and settlers (discovercentralaustralia. com/newcastle-waters-historic-township). And if you have time on the way there, stop along the Stuart Highway at the iconic and quirky Daly Waters Pub, known for its fun decor, live music and, of course, cold beer (dalywaterspub.com).

Darwin Military Museum 08 8981 9702 darwinmilitarymuseum. com.au

Defence of Darwin Experience 08 8981 9702 magnt.net.au/defenceof-darwin-experience

Adelaide River Railway Heritage Precinct enjoy-darwin.com/ adelaide-river-railway.html

Daly Waters Pub 08 8975 9927 dalywaterspub.com

Darwin Aviation Museum 08 8947 3901 darwinaviationmuseum. com.au

Cutta Cutta Caves

Nature Park

1300 146 743 nt.gov.au/parks/ find-a-park/cutta-cuttacaves-nature-park

Newcastle Waters Historic Township 1800 500 879 discovercentralaustralia. com/newcastle-watershistoric-township

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THE RED CENTRE

Discover the heart of Australia in the Red Centre, a region rich in history, heritage, culture and natural beauty. Explore ancient rock art, witness the sunrise over Uluru, learn about the pioneers who built the Overland Telegraph Line, and experience the unique blend of traditional and contemporary Indigenous art and culture. With iconic landscapes and fascinating stories, the Red Centre is somewhere every Australian traveller should visit at least once in their lifetime. For an all-encompassing tour of the Red Centre, Holidays of Australia’s eight-day, seven-night Magical Uluru & the Red Heart of Australia Small Group Tour has departures on 13 August and 10 September 2023. It includes stops at Alice Springs, Kings Canyon and Uluru and features iconic experiences such as the Field of Light & Sounds of Silence dinner at Uluru, as well as an Under the Desert Moon dinner at Kings Canyon (holidaysofaustralia.com.au). Alternatively, if you’re there under your own steam, consider the following...

Check out Alice Springs Desert Park

For a comprehensive introduction to the unique desert environment, culture and biodiversity of Central Australia, visit Alice Springs Desert Park. Visitors can explore three main habitats: Sand Country, Woodland, and Desert Rivers, each showcasing the flora and fauna of these distinct ecosystems. The park is also home to a variety of birdlife, including threatened and endangered species. A daily Birds of Prey show is a highlight of the visit – witness majestic birds, such as the wedge-tailed eagle, in flight. In addition to the natural exhibits, the park also features a range of cultural and educational displays, including a nocturnal house, a focus on the importance of fire management, and a cultural presentation by local Arrernte people (alicespringsdesertpark.com.au).

Experience an event in the Red Centre

There are so many attractions in the Red Centre that can be visited year-round, but for a different take on the region, time your trip to coincide with a festival or event. The Alice Springs Beanie Festival takes place in June and showcases handmade beanies from around the world with workshops, competitions and live music (beaniefest.org). The Uluru Camel Cup is held annually in May near the town of Yulara, near Uluru, and features camel races, outback games and live entertainment. And the Desert Mob Exhibition is a contemporary Indigenous art exhibition held annually in September at the Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, showcasing works from artists across Central Australia and providing a unique insight into their cultures (desart.com.au). ■

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Holidays of Australia

Magical Uluru & the Red Heart of Australia tour

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Alice Springs Desert Park 08 8951 8788 alicespringsdesertpark. com.au

Alice Springs Beanie Festival

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Q+A SATOKO FRANKS, JANESCO CEO

Thinking about heading to Japan?

Satoko Franks tells us more about this outstanding travel destination.

Hi Satoko. Tell us, how did your passion for travel begin, and what inspired you to establish your own tour company?

I first started working with tourists while I was studying English in college in Japan. I really enjoyed meeting people from around the world and even more, I found that I enjoyed introducing them to Japan’s culture, history and food. I enjoyed their wonder, their excitement and their appreciation as I showed them around the country. I worked in the travel industry in Australia for many years and always thought that I could put together tours better suited for Australian travellers than what was on offer, so I set up my own company in 2006.

What are your personal favourite places to visit in Japan?

I am of course very proud of Kyoto where I grew up. Kyoto is the ancient capital and remains the centre of culture and art. Many of our clients are repeat travellers with us and they have provided inspiration to explore new destinations all over Japan. I enjoy the rustic villages and onsens in the countryside, the wilderness of Hokkaido and the Ainu (indigenous Japanese) culture there, the Michelin starred restaurants of the major cities and the regional street foods of different towns. The landscapes and historic temples can be breathtaking, but it is the experiences in each destination that stick in your mind.

beauty of Shirakawago’s traditional farmhoues

What are some of the best tours Janesco offers groups of travelling retirees? What are the highlights they should not miss?

The best Japan tours for travelling retirees are fully escorted small group tours, because they provide the safe, secure, entertaining and informative tours that retirees are looking for. While there is an increasing number of English signs, most are in Japanese and it can be difficult to get around unassisted. A tour escort can help you navigate not only the countryside but also the “inscrutable” Japanese culture. Highlights not to be missed would include fabulous kaiseki (banquet) dining, introduction to Geisha, the spectacular seasonal beauty of landscape parks and gardens, Zen temples and their stone gardens, street food, the Golden Pavilion and temple districts in Kyoto, isolated villages along the historic Nakasendo post trail, the enchanting thatched roof village of Shirakawago and the historic town of Kanazawa. There are so many places – it would take a lifetime to explore them all.

What makes a Janesco Tour the trip of a lifetime?

Our tours are small enough to be personal and personable, flexible and attentive and large enough to provide companionship and a variety of new acquaintances as you explore Japan. We have so much experience that we can tailor tours to our clients’ interests and recommend the best for each person. Our tour escorts provide an invaluable insight into Japan and so much more than you can glean from reading alone. Having lived in Australia for many years and raised a family here, I understand what Australians are looking for in a tour and we continue to explore new destinations and offerings in Japan to keep our tours “fresh” , interesting and enjoyable.

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(Above) A Japanese woman makes her way through Kyoto’s serene and unique Bamboo Forest; and (below) marvel at the timeless
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New Zealand & the rest of the World

Whether you’re a New Zealand Probus Club hunting for a travel experience at home or an Australian Probus Club ducking across the pond, NZ’s rich palette of possibilities makes it one of the most wondrous countries on earth. On the following pages, we’ve chosen just a small selection to get the juices flowing. Or, for Tour Officers from either country looking to plan for an international travel adventure, you’ll also find ideas for the Pacific Islands, Asia, Europe, the USA and Canada. Let the adventure begin...

NEW ZEALAND & THE PACIFIC ISLANDS

104 Northland

105 Cherry Blossom Festival

EUROPE

126 Istanbul, Turkey

126 Denmark

127 WWI & WWII Battlefields

128 Greek Islands

128 Wales

129 The Balkans

130 Summer folk festivals

131 Scottish Highlands

ASIA

118 Hokkaido, Japan

USA & CANADA

134 Hawaii, USA

134 Wild West, USA

135 Boston Freedom Trail, USA

136 Calgary Stampede, Canada

136 Hudson Bay, Canada

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104 North Island volcanoes
106 South Island East Coast wildlife
106 Aoraki / Mount Cook 108 Dunedin
109 Samoa 110 Tonga 110 Cook Islands
118 Sri Lanka
119 Beijing, China 120 Hanoi, Vietnam 120 Bali, Indonesia 120 Golden Triangle, India
122 Bhutan
Lake Mangamahoe, New Plymouth, New Zealand

New Zealand & The Pacific Islands

Discover the enchanting and diverse landscapes of New Zealand, where stunning scenery and a rich culture await around every corner as towering mountains, crystal-clear lakes, and lush forests provide a breathtaking backdrop to your journey. Meanwhile, on the Pacific Islands, immerse yourself in the laid-back lifestyle, surrounded by beautiful beaches and turquoise waters. Wherever your island destination, prepare for an unforgettable experience.

NEW ZEALAND – NORTH ISLAND

Unlock the history of Northland

Northland is packed with history. It’s the place believed to be the first part of New Zealand that was discovered by the early Māori settlers in the 13th century and the site of the first European settlement in the 19th century.

Start at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, one of the most important sites in New Zealand’s history. The site commemorates the signing of the Waitangi Treaty, a document that is associated with “the birthplace of the nation” (though this is controversial). When visiting, you can see the beautifully maintained grounds with views across the Bay of Islands, as well as museums, the original buildings of the signing of the treaty, a giant waka and a marae

From nearby Paihia, you can take a ferry across to Russell, New Zealand’s first capital. This small village is packed with stories from its creation in the 1800s, when it was known as the “Hell Hole of the Pacific” due to its reputation for lawlessness, drinking and brawling. It’s a lot more sedate nowadays, and you can find out more about the area’s history at Flagstaff Hill and the Pompallier Mission.

In the charming town of Kerikeri, you can visit the first European settlement in New Zealand: Rangihoua Heritage Park. The site is full of the stories of how the missionaries

who settled here interacted with the local Māori community, and the history comes to life with engaging stories that are told throughout the site.

Volcanoes and more in central North Island

One glimpse of Tongariro National Park and you’ll quickly realise why Peter Jackson used it as a location when filming The Lord of the Rings movies.

Here you can see several volcanic iconic peaks, including Mount Ruapehu (the tallest peak in the North Island), Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngāuruhoe – a volcano with a dusting of red on the cone, and the peak that was used as Mount Doom. To take in this incredible place, you can hop on the Sky Waka gondola and head up Mount Ruapehu, from which you can

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admire the views and have lunch at the Pātaka Cafe. You can also visit one of the many hot springs around Tongariro (some hotels even have their own mineral pools for you to enjoy).

After taking in the lunar landscape of Tongariro, head to the much greener New Plymouth. This city sits at the foot of Mount Taranaki, a picture-perfect volcano that looms over the city on a clear day. Our recommendation is to head to Lake Mangamahoe to take in the best view. The lake has a leisurely walk with viewpoints that show off a mirror-like reflection of the volcano on a still day.

New Plymouth is also home to other natural wonders, such as the Three Sisters sea stacks, Paritutu Rock and Wilkies Pools. It’s also well worth visiting the Puke Ariki Museum, which is home to the Motunui epa carvings, five intricately carved wooden panels that have a backstory worthy of their own movie (the New Zealand Government fought all the way up the British legal system to the House of Lords in order to get them back).

Delight in the cherry blossoms of Hamilton

Many don’t know this, but New Zealand is one of the best places in the world to see cherry blossoms, and the best way to do so is to attend the NZ Cherry Blossom Festival at English Cherry Tree Manor in Hamilton, where visitors can revel in beautiful gardens featuring magnificent blooms, multicultural entertainment, high tea and gourmet food vendors. In 2023, the festival runs over two consecutive weekends, 23-25 September and 30 September – 2 October (blossfest.com).

Northland

→ Waitangi Treaty Grounds

→ Flag Staff Hill, Russell

→ Pompallier Mission, Russell

→ Rangihoua Heritage Park, Kerikeri

newzealand.com/ northland

North Island volcanoes

→ Tongariro National Park

→ Mount Ruapehu

→ Mount Tongariro

→ Mount Ngauruhoe

AT A GLANCE

→ Mount Taranaki, New Plymouth

→ Lake Mangamahoe

→ Three Sisters sea stacks

→ Paritutu Rock

→ Wilkies Pools

→ Puke Kuri Museum

nationalpark.co.nz

newzealand.com/ new-plymouth

NZ Cherry Blossom Festival

+64 7 854 9277 (NZ)

+61 2 7209 0345 (AU) blossfest.com

East Coast wildlife (p106)

→ Kaikoura

→ Oamaru penguin parade

→ Penguin Place, Dunedin newzealand.com/kaikoura newzealand.com/oamaru penguinplace.co.nz

Aoraki / Mount Cook (p106, p108)

→ Lake Pukaki

→ Peter’s Lookout

→ Edmund Hillary Centre

→ Panorama Room

→ Hooker Valley Trail

→ Tasman Lake

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NEW ZEALAND – SOUTH ISLAND

Discover the wildlife of the East Coast

The east coast of New Zealand’s South Islands offers some of the greatest wildlife spotting opportunities in the world. At the northern end, the village of Kaikōura sits just off a 2,000-metredeep canyon in the ocean that attracts a year-round population of sperm whales, albatrosses and the acrobatic dusky dolphins, as well as migratory humpback whales and even orcas. Many tours guarantee sightings, and you can choose to take a traditional boat trip or a more adventurous helicopter flight to see these incredible animals from the air. Kaikōura is also famous for its seal population, which can you see up close from land on the short peninsula walkway or one of the many driveup viewing areas along Highway 1.

Further down the coast at Oamaru you can see the worldfamous penguin parade, where hundreds of Little Blue Penguins return each night from a day at sea to their nesting burrows. The sanctuary opens nightly and even has the option to walk around the colony to see the penguins up close. If that wasn’t enough, you can visit Penguin Place in Dunedin to see the world’s rarest penguin, the yellow-eyed penguin. This conservation project offers four tours a day during the summer (penguinplace.co.nz).

Admire incredible Aoraki / Mount Cook

The tallest mountain in New Zealand sits at the heart of the Southern Alps and is one of the most picturesque areas in all of Aotearoa. The drive in is simply spectacular, as the road winds around the shores of Lake Pukaki, a glacier lake with dazzlingly blue water.

On a clear day, the views from Peter’s Lookout are breathtaking and offer your first glimpse of Mount Cook towering over the surrounding peaks. Once in Mount Cook, make sure you stop by the Edmund Hillary Centre, a museum dedicated to the first man to summit Everest, with artefacts, photos and stories about his expeditions, which begun at Mount Cook. There’s also a cinema that shows short documentaries throughout the day. You can end the day with dinner at the Panorama Room Restaurant, for fine dining with a view.

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1. A stunning vista of Mount Cook overlooking turquoise Lake Pukaki
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2. A visitor captures photos of wildlife on the rocky shores of Kaikōura’s pristine coastline

Come on tours of beauty and culture with events included in the itinerary

New Zealand is known as one of the most beautiful places on earth with an abundance of waterfalls, mountains, lakes, pure running streams, lush landscapes, rainbows and general ravishing scenery.

Many places have that, but more rare are thermal activity, glowworm caves, not to mention places like the Hobbiton filmset.

Unique to New Zealand is Maori culture. Experience a show and meal. What perhaps is unique to Fantess tours is the inclusion of events. The spring tours in late Sep/early Oct visit the NZ Cherry Blossom Festival. In addition to the most beautiful cherry blossoms and tens of thousands of other

blooms, the festival has a wide variety of multicultural performances, street performers, high tea and much else all in the most lovely garden setting.

Events are an excitement, attended en masse by the locals and not so many tourists. It’s a great opportunity to interact with locals in jovial mood, who are delighted to meet you.

The tours stay at the best of hotels and include food from top-rated establishments. Try fine NZ wine with luscious NZ green-lipped mussels and oysters. Optionally, indulge in spa pampering in a holiday of great variety and pure delight. With the AU dollar currently high against the NZ dollar and tourism numbers not

yet back up to capacity, now is a great time to travel.

The tours cover a small area of New Zealand and, so, there are no long bus rides. The coaches are of the finest and most comfortable available. Apart from a few short walks, the tours accommodate those with limited mobility.

Follow the blossfest.com website for more details and dates. Call 02 7209 0345 BLOSSFEST PROMOTION
WATERFALLS ABOUND MAORI CULTURE AT THE NZ CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL FRESH NZ FOOD AND WINE TOUR AT THE GREEN DRAGON, HOBBITON BELLY DANCERS AT THE FESTIVAL GREAT GARDENS VISITED
PURE NATURE
RAINBOWS ARE COMMON APPOINTED TOUR GROUP CHIEF HUGH ACCEPTING MAORI MEAL

Mount Cook Village is also home to the famous Hooker Valley Trail, one of the best day walks in the New Zealand and one that is also surprisingly flat and easy. The trail offers more incredible views finishing at the spectacular Hooker Lake, which often has huge icebergs floating in it. Alternatively, you can take a boat trip to get up close to the icebergs on Tasman Lake for a truly magical experience.

See more than meets the eye in Dunedin

Dunedin is one of the most underrated and interesting cities in New Zealand. Start by heading to the excellent Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, which tells engaging stories of Dunedin’s early settlers, from the Māoris to the Europeans.

You can take in the interactive exhibits, which include a re-creation of one of the early ships that brought European settlers over to New Zealand. It comes to life with low lighting and realistic sound effects.

For something quirkier, check out the Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery, where you can wonder at the eccentricities of artist Bruce Mahalski who has amassed an eclectic collection of items from rare animals’ bones to smashed cameras from the 6 January 2021 riots in Washington DC. It’s probably the most unusual museum you’ll have ever set foot in, and the owner is usually there to answer any questions.

For a little local history, head to Larnach Castle – New Zealand’s only castle. This manor house is open to the public and you can tour the rooms, which have been painstakingly restored to replicate their original state when built in 1871. You can also wander the picturesque gardens and enjoy high tea in the historic ballroom.

Finish your trip by indulging in the local cafe scene, which is one of the best in New Zealand. We recommend Precinct Food, a cafe that serves excellent coffee and is located in an area packed with street art. Beer lovers should also visit the historic Speight’s Brewery, one of the biggest breweries in New Zealand.

Grand Pacific Tours NZ has several tours that take in Dunedin and surrounds, including the 16-day Ultimate Highlights tour, which visits Larnach Castle and takes a Dunedin city tour before heading on to places like Milford Sound, Queenstown, Christchurch, Wellington, Rotorua, Bay of Islands and Auckland (gptnz.com).

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1. Dunedin, as viewed from a distance from a surrounding hilltop. Otago Harbour, around which Dunedin is built, is on the left
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2. Cheers to good times and good beer – visitors enjoy a tasting at Speight’s Brewery
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PACIFIC ISLANDS

Taste the history, culture and nature of Samoa

The picturesque island nation of Samoa has something for everyone, whether it’s culture, history or the great outdoors that you seek. Admire stunning waterfalls and natural pools at Sopoaga Falls, Afu Aau Falls and Togitogiga Waterfall. Or dip in the crystal-clear turquoise waters of To Sua Ocean Trench with its lush green surroundings and famous ladder that descends into the water.

Cultural experiences abound here. Locals are known for their warm hospitality, and visitors shouldn’t miss the opportunity to immerse themselves in traditional village life. Check out Samoa Cultural Village, an open-air museum located in capital city Apia that showcases traditional Samoan architecture, customs and crafts. Or attend a Siva Afi Cultural Show, showcasing the traditional Samoan fire knife dance. Marvel at these skilled dancers as, accompanied by Samoan music and costumes, they perform choreographed routines with knives that have been set alight.

And for history buffs, Samoa has a rich heritage that can be traced back thousands of years. The Pulemelei Mound is the largest and most ancient structure in Polynesia, dating back to the 13th century. The Museum of Samoa, in Apia, features exhibits on Samoan culture and history. And for literary enthusiasts, the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum on Apia’s outskirts showcases the life and works of the famous Scottish author who spent his final years on the islands.

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3. Discover the natural beauty of Togitogiga Waterfall, a must-see attraction in Samoa’s lush rainforest 4. A Samoan woman performs a traditional dance
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5. Unwind in paradise at To Sua Ocean Trench, surrounded by sparkling waters and lush greenery

Get up close with humpback whales in Tonga

Tonga is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world for whale watching – and one of the only places in the world where you have the opportunity to swim with humpback whales in their natural habitat. The island nation’s warm, crystal-clear waters – particularly the Vava’u Archipelago –offer the perfect setting for these gentle giants, and Tonga’s strict conservation laws ensure the whales are protected and their natural behaviours respected.

Humpback whales migrate to Tonga from Antarctica each year to mate and give birth, which is why it’s one of the few places in the world where you can witness these magnificent creatures up close. From July to October, whale-watching tours are available, where visitors can swim with the whales, listen to their songs, and watch as they breach and play in the water. And if your group is truly game, there are even tour operators that can arrange for you to hop in the water and swim with humpback whales to get the most up-close-andpersonal experience possible.

Escape the crowds on the Cook Islands

The Cook Islands is an off-the-beaten-path Pacific Island destination that’s proving increasingly popular for travellers looking for an enriching and different travel experience. Explore its ancient marae, traditional Polynesian sacred sites with intricately carved stone platforms and remnants of ancient rituals. Head to the Punanga Nui Cultural Market at Avatiu Harbour, which offers an array of delicious Cook Islands produce, handmade arts and crafts, clothing and live music performances. And don’t miss the many natural wonders

1. Paradise found –Aitutaki’s sublime lagoon is a feast for the eyes

2. The crystal-clear waters of Tonga’s Vava’u Archipelago are a prime spot to witness humpback whales up close

including Aitutaki Lagoon, Tapuaetai / One Foot Island, Muri Lagoon and Te Rua Manga (aka The Needle).

All About Travel offers a popular 7-day Cook Island Explorer Tour package that includes return flights, 6 nights’ accommodation at The Edgewater Resort on Rarotonga, full daily breakfast and dinner (including a variety of themed dinners), and highlights that include a visit to the Avatiu markets, lagoon cruise, 4WD Safari tour and much more (mycookislandsholiday.com.au). ■

AT A GLANCE

Dunedin (p108)

→ Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

→ Museum of Natural Mystery

→ Larnach Castle

→ Precinct Food

→ Speight’s Brewery

newzealand.com/ dunedin

Grand Pacific Tours New Zealand

1800 622 768 gptnz.com

Samoa (p109)

→ Sopoaga Falls

→ Afu Aau falls

→ Togitogiga Waterfall

→ To Sua Ocean Trench

→ Samoa Cultural Village

→ Siva Afi Cultural Show

→ Pulemelei Mound

→ Museum of Samoa

→ Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

samoa.travel

Tonga

→ Vava’u Archipelago

tongatourism.travel

Cook Islands

→ Punanga Nui Cultural Market

→ Aitutaki Lagoon

→ One Foot Island

→ Muri Lagoon

→ Te Rua Manga

cookislands.travel

All About Travel

1800 646 056

07 5513 1433

mycookislandsholiday .com.au

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For much of the year, the first major country that sees the sun rise is New Zealand. Home to some of the world’s most diverse landscapes, marine reserves, island sanctuaries, historic sites, award winning produce and wines, as well as a distinctive Mãori culture; New Zealand has something for everyone.

Grand Pacific Tours (GPT), the New Zealand Coach Holiday Specialist in conjunction with Trade Travel, proud Partners of Probus are delighted to provide Probus Clubs with a comprehensive range of value for money holidays to New Zealand.

Relax in armchair comfort as you travel through each region, feeling secure in the hands of our Professional Crew whose reliable knowledge includes numerous facts and figures, stories, legends and many laughs along the way.

All tours include airfares and taxes, transfers in New Zealand, coach travel, hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing and attractions.

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Shiretoko National Park, Hokkaido, Japan

Asia

From rich history and diverse cultures to breathtaking landscapes and delicious cuisine, Asia is a continent filled with endless possibilities for exploration and discovery. It’s a place where the ancient and the modern coexist, creating unique and unforgettable travel experiences. Discover the wonders of Asia and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Learn about the Ainu people on Hokkaido

Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, is home to the Ainu people, who have inhabited the region for thousands of years. A visit to Hokkaido offers a unique opportunity to learn about Ainu culture and traditions, which have been preserved despite centuries of colonisation.

One of the most fascinating events in Hokkaido is the Ainu Marimo Festival, which takes place annually in October on Lake Akan. The festival celebrates the ecological and cultural importance of the Marimo, a rare type of algae found in the lakes of Hokkaido. The Ainu people believe the Marimo is a sacred creature, and the festival is a time to honour its significance through music, dance and other cultural activities.

Aside from the festival, there’s plenty more to do in Hokkaido. Take a scenic train ride through the countryside, enjoy a soak in a hot spring, or indulge in the local cuisine, which includes fresh seafood, delicious ramen and Hokkaido’s famous dairy products.

For nature lovers, Hokkaido is a paradise. It’s home to stunning national parks, including the UNESCO-listed Shiretoko National Park, renowned for its biodiversity and landscapes. Take a cruise to see whales and dolphins, or explore charming coastal towns and fishing villages that dot the island’s rugged coastline.

Check out Janesco Travel’s 13-day Japan Autumn Northern Platinum Tour including Ainu Marimo Festival, which departs on 4 October 2023 and includes a visit to the Festival as well as Shiretoko, Sapporo, Lake Akan, Kamikochi and more (janescotravel.com).

Go on a wildlife safari in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a paradise for nature lovers with its rich biodiversity and plethora of exotic wildlife. The thrill of seeing elephants grazing in the wild, leopards prowling stealthily and majestic peacocks showing off colourful feathers can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – and you can see it all on a wildlife safari.

There are choices in every corner of the island. Yala National Park, located in the south-east, is the most popular wildlife destination in Sri Lanka. It’s home to a diverse range of animals, including leopards, elephants, sloth bears, crocodiles and more. The park has several ecosystems, such as dry woodlands, scrublands and wetlands, which provide an ideal habitat for wildlife.

Wilpattu National Park, in the north-west, is a little more off the beaten track, but is well worth the effort. It’s the largest national park in Sri Lanka and is known for its unique landscape featuring natural lakes called villus.

Minneriya National Park, a protected 8,890-hectare reserve on the way to the famed Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka, features the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world. Witness the annual congregation of over 200 wild elephants from June/July to September when the rivers dry up and the elephants travel to large reservoirs in Minneriya to bathe, find drinking water and graze on fresh grass.

And for bird watchers there’s Sinharaja Forest Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site abundant in bird life including several endemic species such as Sri Lanka blue magpies, hanging parrots and scimitar babblers, among others.

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Tropical Lanka Getaways offers a range of tailor-made tour packages that include luxury accommodation, meals and personalised tour guides to explore the amazing wildlife, the awe-inspiring ancient ruins and temples within the Cultural Triangle dating back to 543 BC, the natural beauty and diverse landscapes, the Hill Country with its vast tea plantations, historic cities like Kandy and Galle, and sunkissed beach stays (tropicallankagetaways.com.au).

Wander the hutongs of Beijing

Once you’re done with the more well-known sites of Beijing like the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City, set aside some quality time to delve into the city’s charming hutongs for a truly unique experience. Hutongs are narrow alleys winding through Beijing’s traditional neighbourhoods, lined with courtyard houses and small shops that offer a glimpse into the city’s heritage.

Exploring the hutongs is the perfect way to experience the charm and character of old Beijing, and to see how locals live in this bustling metropolis. It’s an opportunity to get a taste of traditional Beijing culture, which can often be lost in the modern, rapidly developing parts of the city. Observe residents as they go about their daily lives, visit lively local markets, and enjoy authentic Beijing cuisine in small, familyowned restaurants.

A day or two in the hutongs also provides a great perspective on the city’s history. Many of them date back to the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties and have unique architectural features that reflect their historical significance. Pay close attention also to the courtyard houses that line the alleys; these houses were once the standard residence of Beijing residents and provide a window into the city’s past. Visitors can see how people lived in old Beijing and how these houses have been renovated and adapted to modern life.

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→ Shiretoko National Park

→ Lake Akan

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2. A graceful leopard takes a well-deserved rest in lush Yala National Park 3. An Ainu woman showcases traditional sewing skills on Japan’s island of Hokkaido 4. Watch majestic elephants on safari in Sri Lanka’s Minneriya National Park

Immerse yourself in bustling, energetic Hanoi

Experience the fascinating history and vibrant culture of Vietnam in the captivating city of Hanoi. Wander through the charming streets of the Old Quarter, where you’ll discover endless shops, restaurants and ancient temples. Be sure to try some of the local delicacies, such as pho, bun cha, banh mi and egg coffee, which are certain to tantalise your taste buds.

Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where you can pay respects to Vietnam’s revolutionary leader, and explore the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House. Next, take a stroll through the serene Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first national university and an excellent example of traditional Vietnamese architecture.

Take a break from the city and head to tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake, where you can relax in the peaceful surroundings or join in with the locals doing tai chi. For a truly unique experience, visit the Hanoi Opera House, a striking building that showcases Vietnamese and French colonial architecture.

As a base, Hanoi is also an ideal place to explore surrounding areas, such as picturesque Halong Bay, the lovely rice terraces of Sapa, and the ancient capital of Hoa Lu.

Learn about the unique Hindu culture of Bali

Bali’s serene beaches, luxurious resorts and bustling nightlife have long attracted travellers seeking relaxation and fun. However, the island’s true essence lies in its vibrant culture, which can be experienced in many lesser-known places away from the tourist crowds. For those seeking a deeper understanding of Balinese culture, venturing beyond the resorts and luxury is essential.

One such place is Tenganan, a remote village that has preserved its unique customs and traditions for centuries. Here, visitors can witness ancient weaving techniques and intricate artwork that reflects the village’s rich history. In Blahbatuh, a village just 15km east of Ubud, you can experience an authentic rural Balinese lifestyle, including working on rice paddies, farming and weaving.

For a more spiritual experience, Sidemen Village is an ideal location to explore Balinese Hinduism. Sidemen is famous for its rice terraces, temples and rivers, and it’s an ideal place to learn about the intricate Balinese Hindu rituals and customs that are still practised today.

1. Tenganan women proudly wear traditional gold headdresses, a symbol of their village’s cultural heritage

2. Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a majestic fortress and palace complex in Agra, India

3. An architectural masterpiece in the heart of the city, the Hanoi Opera House combines French colonial and Vietnamese design

Trace India’s Golden Triangle

So-called because of the triangular shape formed by the three locations on a map, India’s Golden Triangle is an unmissable destination for anyone who wants to experience the diverse culture of India. This popular circuit encompasses three of the most culturally significant cities in northern India: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

Starting in Delhi, visit historic sites such as the Red Fort, Jama Masjid and the Qutub Minar, while immersing yourself in the bustling energy of the city’s markets and bazaars. From Delhi, the journey moves on to Agra, home of the magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the most famous and recognisable buildings in the world. The city is also home to the historic Agra Fort and the ancient abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri.

Finally, the Golden Triangle tour ends in Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, with its impressive hilltop fortresses, palaces and vibrant markets. Highlights of Jaipur include the City Palace, the Palace of Winds, and the imposing Amber Fort. The Golden Triangle offers an opportunity to experience India’s history and cultural heritage, from the Mughal Empire’s grand architecture to the vibrant, colourful markets and traditions of Rajasthan. If you want to squeeze it all

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The Golden Route of the main island Honshu includes dynamic Tokyo, traditional Kyoto, historic Kanazawa, vibrant Osaka and poignant Hiroshima – but then again there are are more than one golden routes. A northern tour might include the northern island of Hokkaido, with its indigenous Ainu tribes and wilderness areas.

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into one tour, Trafalgar offers a 9-day Golden Triangle tour that not only visits these three great cities, but also gives you a taste of the wild – and hopefully even a tiger sighting – at Ranthambore National Park (trafalgar.com).

Escape the crowds in Bhutan

For something truly off the beaten path, consider a tour to the Kingdom of Bhutan. Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, it’s a land of awe-inspiring natural beauty, unique lifestyle and spiritual tranquility.

What sets this secluded kingdom apart from other destinations is its commitment to preserving its cultural heritage and environment. The country has long been known for its concept of Gross National Happiness, which places the well-being of its citizens above economic growth. As a result, Bhutan has carefully controlled its tourism industry to preserve its pristine landscapes and rich cultural traditions. To enter Bhutan, visitors are required to pay a daily fee that includes accommodation, meals, transportation and a guide. While this fee may seem steep, it ensures visitors can experience the best that Bhutan has to offer while minimising the impact on the country’s fragile ecosystem and well-preserved cultural heritage.

Your group will appreciate the peaceful and unhurried pace of life in Bhutan, which provides an ideal opportunity to escape the stresses of modern life and connect with nature and spirituality. From the stunning landscapes and majestic Tiger’s Nest of the Paro Valley to the ancient monasteries and fortresses of Punakha, Bhutan offers a fascinating window into a culture that has remained largely unchanged for centuries. ■

Hanoi, Vietnam (p120)

→ Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

→ Presidential Palace of Vietnam

→ Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House

→ Temple of Literature

→ Hoan Kiem Lake

→ Hanoi Opera House

Bali, Indonesia (p120)

→ Tenganan Village

→ Blahbatuh Village

→ Sidemen Village

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India’s Golden Triangle (p120)

→ Red Fort, Delhi

→ Jama Masjid, Delhi

→ Qutub Minar, Delhi

→ Taj Mahal, Agra

→ Agra Fort, Agra

→ Fatehpur Sikri, Agra

→ City Palace, Jaipur

→ Palace of the Winds, Jaipur

→ Amber Fort, Jaipur

→ Ranthambore National Park

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→ Tiger’s Nest, Paro

→ Paro Valley

→ Punakha Valley

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1. Two Bhutanese boys wearing gho, a traditional garment worn in Bhutan 2. The Tiger’s Nest is an awe-inspiring monastery perched on the edge of a cliff and surrounded by incredible mountain scenery

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Whether you’re wandering the winding streets of medieval cities, savouring the flavours of local delicacies or admiring the grandeur of its many iconic landmarks, Europe is a destination bursting with culture, history and gastronomic delights. Is this the year your group enjoys a European odyssey?

Europe

Experience the museums of Istanbul, Turkey

On a trip to Turkey’s cultural heartland, Istanbul – with an Old City that reflects the influence of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires that once ruled there – visitors will encounter not only historic architecture and archaeological marvels, but also a thriving modern art scene.

Here your group will have the opportunity to explore a unique mix of world-class museums. Be amazed by the dome ceilings and ornate chandeliers inside the opulent Hagia Sophia, a former cathedral transformed into a mosque and eventually a museum. From the outside, it’s hard to take your eyes off this sixth-century masterpiece.

A 10-minute walk away you’ll find the Istanbul Archaeological Museums, a grand complex consisting of

the Museum of the Ancient Orient, the Tiled Kiosk, and the Archaeological Museum with more than one million imperial artefacts. You’ll need hours to wander these buildings and admire their vast collections.

Last but by no means least, Istanbul Modern – housed in a former maritime warehouse – lets contemporary Turkish artists take centre stage. The progressive museum is a haven for entertainment, featuring a cinema, library and restaurant offering views of the Bosphorus River.

Discover enchanting Denmark

What the splendid Scandinavian country of Denmark lacks in size, it more than makes up for in charm. Start your trip in Copenhagen, the coastal capital that inspired legendary Danish author Hans Christian Andersen to share his fairytales of mermaids, queens and ugly ducklings.

Copenhagen is renowned for its canals and cycling culture, and boasts a reputation as the ‘happiest city in the world’. Spend your time here learning all about the quintessential hygge – a Danish word that describes spending time away from the daily rush for wellness, comfort and contentment. Your group will want to take a sightseeing tour of historic Copenhagen including the 18th-century facades of Amalienborg Palace Quarter, the 17th-century Stock Exchange, and magnificent Christiansborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle and Frederiksborg Palace.

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1. A masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, the Hagia Sophia is now a museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site 2. A marble statue of Tyche, the Goddess of Fortune, housed in Istanbul’s Archaeological Museum 3. A bird’s-eye view of the historic Normandy landing beaches where Allied troops stormed in 1944 4. Rows of white headstones at Tyne Cot Cemetery, a haunting reminder of the devastating Battle of Passchendaele 5. Frederiksborg Palace and its stunning gardens offer a glimpse into Denmark’s opulent past
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Elsewhere, a visit to the H.C. Andersen House museum in the historic city of Odense, Andersen’s birthplace, will take your group on a sensory journey through his fantasy world, bringing to life beloved stories like The Steadfast Tin Soldier and The Princess and the Pea . Heading north, you’ll travel across the pastoral landscapes of the Jutland Peninsula to explore the narrow medieval streets and proud merchant traditions of Randers. While here, make sure you visit Randers Regnskov Tropical Zoo, where most animals live freely in three large domes.

Visit WWI & WWII Battlefields

A journey to the front lines of Europe awaits those interested in exploring the tragedy and triumph of two World Wars. Visit historically important landmarks including the D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches, the bloody battlefields of the Somme, Vimy Ridge, the evacuation beaches of Dunkirk, and Fromelles – the site of a combined operation between British troops and the Australian Imperial Force described as the ‘worst 24 hours in Australia’s military history’.

Along the way, you’ll be able to pay your respects at the Australian National Memorial at the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, the Memorial de Caen, and the poignant memorial at Thiepval that honours the 72,337 missing British and South African men who died with no known graves.

Istanbul, Turkey

→ Hagia Sophia

→ Museum of the Ancient Orient

→ Tiled Kiosk

→ Archaeology Museum

→ Istanbul Modern Denmark

→ Amalienborg Palace Quarter, Copenhagen

→ 17th-century Stock Exchange, Copenhagen

→ Christiansborg Palace

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→ Rosenborg Castle

→ Frederiksborg Palace

→ H.C. Andersen House, Odense

→ Randers Regnskov Tropical Zoo, Randers

WW1 & WWII Battlefields

→ Australian National Memorial, VillersBretonneux, France

→ Memorial de Caen, Caen, France

→ Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, France

→ Memorial Museum

Passchendaele 1917, Zonnebeke, Belgium

→ Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

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Continue into Belgium, where some of the biggest battles of WWI took place at Ypres Salient. See a replica trench at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 in Zonnebeke, visit Tyne Cot Cemetery, and be sure to reach Menin Gate to witness the moving Last Post Ceremony, paying tribute to over 100,000 soldiers who laid down their lives more than a century ago. Your group can experience all this and more on Trafalgar’s epic 12-day WWI & WWII Battlefields tour through the countryside of Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands (trafalgar.com).

Go Greek Island hopping

Travel experiences don’t come much more idyllic (or relaxing) than an island-hopping adventure in glorious Greece – a country renowned for its laid-back attitude. Scattered across the glistening waters of the Aegean and Ionian seas, the Greek Islands offer an alluring destination to travellers who appreciate the good life. There are 200 or so inhabited Greek islands, but your best bet is to plan an itinerary around a single area, as ferry lines tend to service specific island groups. You’ll find some of the most popular islands in the endlessly appealing Cyclades – including glamorous Mykonos, where iconic windmills overlook pristine laneways lined with colourful flowers and boutique shops and cafes. Make your way to Naxos, the largest of the Cyclades, to admire the hilltop castle set within the walled seaside capital. Continue further south

to Santorini, famed for its black-sand volcanic beaches, whitewashed buildings and towering multi-coloured cliffs. The sunsets here are nothing short of magical. Alternatively, your group might journey to the Dodecanese islands, which have been notably influenced by different cultures throughout history – from Romans and medieval knights to Byzantine and Ottoman rulers – or to the forested mountains of the Ionian Islands, where Corfu’s Parisian-style arcades and Venetian alleyways await. And of course there’s Crete, the largest and southernmost island in Greece – not to mention the birthplace of Zeus – where legendary ancient sites abound.

Wonder at the castles of Wales

Welcome to rugged and mountainous Wales, a country in south-west Great Britain defined by Celtic culture and the distinctive Welsh language. Sometimes called the ‘Land of Castles’, Wales is a dream destination for medieval history enthusiasts keen to channel the legend of King Arthur.

In the heart of the capital Cardiff, widely regarded as being the city with the most castles in the world, your members will be wowed by the immensely popular Cardiff Castle,

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1. Querini Castle on the Greek Dodecanese island of Astypalaia 2. Kidwelly Castle in Wales appeared in Monty Python and the Holy Grail 3. Nature’s grandeur on display at the Iron Gates of Serbia and Romania 4. Caerphilly Castle dominates the landscape with its impressive size and moat 5. The opulent dining hall of Cardiff Castle and its intricate woodwork 6. The imposing Portara gate stands tall against the backdrop of Naxos

which has stood for nearly 2,000 years. Cardiff is also home to Castell Coch (‘Red Castle’), overlooking the Taff Gorge, which was rebuilt in the Victorian style on its medieval site.

But there’s so much more beyond Cardiff. Visitors to the 11th-century Cardigan Castle, located on the River Teifi, can tour the remains of the original structure before staying the night or feasting on traditional Welsh cuisine within the castle walls. Caerphilly Castle, the largest castle in Wales and second largest in Britain after Windsor, features a concentric ring of walls, and visitors are able to explore its gatehouses, towers, maze, great hall, and even a dragon’s den. And don’t miss Kidwelly Castle, overlooking the River Gwendraeth in south-west Wales, which appears in the first scene of muchloved 1975 British comedy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Embark on a Balkan adventure

Named after the Balkan mountain range running 560km from eastern Serbia through central Bulgaria, the region known as the Balkans offers a smorgasbord of eastern European history, culture and natural beauty.

A journey through the Balkans is bound to entice members with an adventurous spirit. Absorb the postcard-perfect

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villages of Croatia, cruise through the awe-inspiring Iron Gates – a magnificent gorge on the Danube River that forms part of the boundary between Serbia and Romania – and discover the forest-covered mountains of Bulgaria. Don’t miss important landmarks like Eltz Manor, an 18thcentury Baroque palace in Vukovar, Croatia; the impressive Belgrade Fortress in Serbia’s gritty capital; and Bulgaria’s World Heritage Listed Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, a fascinating complex of monolithic churches, chapels and monasteries that were carved into the rock during the 13th and 14th centuries.

On APT’s 15-day Voyage through the Balkans tour, your group can experience the best of the Balkans travelling by luxury river cruise that starts in Budapest, Hungary before passing through Balkan countries Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania (aptouring.com.au).

Fancy a summer folk festival?

Folk festivals are always a highlight of the European summer events calendar, and you can experience two of the best back to back – first, Croatia’s Zagreb International Folklore Festival (19-23 July 2023), followed by England’s Cambridge Folk Festival (27-30 July 2023).

Proudly showcasing the music, dance and cuisine of Croatia and other European countries including Slovakia, Czech Republic, Turkey and more, the Zagreb International

Folklore Festival (carnifest.com/zagrebs-international-folklore -festival-2023) features a number of open-air stages and concert halls jotted around a city blending medieval history with contemporary culture.

As one of the premier music events in Europe, not to mention one of the longest-running folk festivals anywhere in the world (it has been held each year since 1965), the Cambridge Folk Festival (cambridgelive.org.uk/folk-festival ) is renowned for attracting an eclectic mix of performers, including the best traditional folk artists from the UK and

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4. Dunrobin Castle includes a room where hunting trophies are displayed

Ireland alongside American country, blues and roots artists, acclaimed singer-songwriters and stars of the world music stage. The event caters to music lovers of all ages, with unique glamping accommodation options available to those who prefer a more luxurious festival experience.

Journey through the Scottish Highlands

For a historic journey like no other, take your group deep into the rugged countryside of the Scottish Highlands and delve into the fascinating past of kings, queens and warriors. In the cultural capital of Inverness, wander around the Old Town featuring the Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew and the Old High St Stephen’s Church. Learn about the people, environment and traditions of the Highlands at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Or head to the tragic battlefield at Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army was defeated by British forces in 1746.

It’s a short drive south-west from Inverness to Scotland’s most famous waterway, Loch Ness, where a scenic cruise will reveal beautiful Urquhart Castle. Will any members spot Nessie – the large marine creature believed by some to inhabit the lake?

In the eastern Highlands, venture into the Cairngorms National Park for spectacular views of the imposing Cairngorms mountain range. The southern Highlands are home to the ‘Glen of Weeping’, a dramatic valley where members of the resident Clan MacDonald were massacred in 1692. Not far from here you’ll find the Glenfinnan Viaduct, aka the Hogwarts Express – a popular place for a photo.

Elsewhere, perched on a tiny island at the confluence of three great sea lochs in the western Highlands, the 13thcentury Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most iconic attractions in Europe. Finally, in the northern Highlands you’ll want to explore the fairy-tale-esque Dunrobin Castle, one of the largest of Scotland’s great houses with 189 rooms and wonderful surrounding gardens. ■

Greek Islands (p128)

→ Mykonos

→ Naxos

→ Santorini

→ Dodecanese islands

→ Corfu

→ Crete

Wales (p128)

→ Castle Coch, Cardiff

→ Cardigan Castle, Cardigan

→ Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly

→ Kidwelly Castle, Kidwelly

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Balkans (p129)

→ Iron Gates, SerbiaRomania border

→ Eltz Manor, Croatia

→ Belgrade Fortress, Serbia

→ Rock-Hewn Churches of Ivanovo, Bulgaria

APT 15-day Voyage through the Balkans tour 1300 336 932 aptouring.com.au

Zagreb International Folklore Festival carnifest.com/zagrebsinternational-folklorefestival-2023

Cambridge Folk Festival cambridgelive.org.uk/ folk-festival

Scottish Highlands

→ Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, Inverness

→ Old High St Stephen’s Church, Inverness

→ Culloden Battlefield

→ Loch Ness

→ Urquhart Castle

→ Cairngorms National Park

→ Glenfinnan Viaduct

→ Eilean Donan Castle

→ Dunrobin Castle

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Hudson Bay, Canada

USA & Canada

Canada and the United States offer some of the most jaw-dropping and diverse landscapes on the planet. From the towering peaks of the Rockies to the pristine beaches of the Pacific Northwest, there’s something for every traveller to explore. Whether you’re looking for an adventure, to immerse yourself in culture and history, or simply to relax in the great outdoors, North America has it all.

USA

Discover the magic of Hawaii

Don your leis and prepare to say ‘aloha’ to paradise: Hawaii is a dream destination for many thanks to its famous depictions in popular culture, but there’s plenty for your group to discover beyond pineapples, palm trees and ukuleles.

Start your trip in Honolulu, on the main island of O‘ahu, to learn about pivotal moments in World War II at the Pearl Harbour National Monument and USS Arizona Memorial. Don’t miss the Iolani Palace, home of Hawaii’s last reigning monarchs and a great place to connect with Hawaiian identity. Head to famous Waikiki Beach where surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku taught visitors from around the world his craft – and, for fans of Hawaii Five-O, the location of several filmed scenes. Meanwhile, no trip to O‘ahu is complete without a taste of the archipelago’s most famous landmark, Diamond Head, a volcanic cone on the edge of Honolulu. Known as Lēʻahi to the locals, here you can hike around the crater rim for stunning panoramic views of Waikiki, Honolulu and beyond.

If you have time to venture further afield, check out the other islands: think Maui for resort-style pampering, Big Island for active volcanoes, and Kuaui for unspoiled wilderness (and to escape the crowds!). Trafalgar offers an 8-day Hawaiian Explorer tour that includes stops on Maui, O‘ahu and Big Island and which gives you a wonderful mix of Hawaiian culture, adventure and relaxation (trafalgar.com).

Unlock the stories and characters of the Wild West

The Wild West, or the American Frontier, is the popular name for the wave of expansion that occurred on mainland North America in the aftermath of the American Civil War as the vast, untamed western territories – now comprising states such as California, Idaho, South Dakota, Wyoming and Oregon, among others – were progressively overtaken by expansionists from the settled east coast. Many of the stories, characters and settlements of those times became part of folklore, and you can still witness many of them on a tour of the west today.

Visit the Center of the West in Wyoming to see five amazing museums, including the Buffalo Bill Museum, with its tales of characters like Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley, and the Plains Indian Museum, which tells the West’s story from the perspective of Native Americans. In South Dakota, visit

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1. Rising over Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head is an icon of Hawaii – and a great hiking destination to boot 2. Surf’s up! Colorful surfboards standing at the ready for the next big wave in Waikiki 3. Buffalo Bill, a legend of the Wild West, immortalised in bronze at his eponymous museum in Wyoming 4. Follow the red brick line to discover Boston’s historic sites on the Freedom Trail 5. A tour guide dressed in American colonial period attire at the Boston Common
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Custer State Park, a wildlife reserve that’s home to a herd of 1,500 free roaming bison plus many other creatures of the area – plus, you can visit the famous Mount Rushmore National Memorial, with the faces of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln carved into the mountain. And while you’re in the Black Hills, why not drop into Deadwood, the 1870s Gold Rush town where famous outlaw Wild Bill Hickok was killed, and where frontierswoman Calamity Jane is buried.

Follow the red line to Freedom in Boston

Experience Boston’s iconic Freedom Trail by following the red line, a red brick path integrated into the sidewalk, through 16 historic sites encompassing 250 years of history, from the arrival of colonists to the American Revolution and beyond. Visit the Boston Common, America’s oldest public park, its land rights purchased by Puritan colonists in the 1630s. See the roots of the American Revolution at the site of the Boston Massacre, where in 1770 British troops clashed with colonists leading to the death of five civilians. And stop at the Old South Meeting Hall, where Samuel Adams gave the signal to the Sons of Liberty to begin to dump 342 chests of tea into the harbour in the historic event that came to be known as the Boston Tea Party.

Since it’s all marked by the red line, your group can follow the trail self-guided, but for an additional boost, try a Freedom Trail tour with an 18th century costumed guide, who can answer all your questions and share interesting and humorous stories along the way (thefreedomtrail.org).

Hawaii, USA

→ Pearl Harbour National Monument

→ USS Arizona Memorial

→ Iolani Palace

→ Waikiki Beach

→ Diamond Head / Lē‘ahi

AT A GLANCE

Trafalgar 8-day Hawaiian Explorer tour 1800 002 007 trafalgar.com

Wild West, USA

→ Center of the West, Wyoming

→ Buffalo Bill Museum, Wyoming

→ Plains Indians Museum, Wyoming

→ Custer State Park, South Dakota

→ Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

→ Deadwood, South Dakota

Boston Freedom Trail, USA thefreedomtrail.org

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Experience cowboy culture at the Calgary Stampede

Calgary, Alberta is known for its beautiful landscapes, vibrant culture and welcoming atmosphere. If your group is looking to time a visit for the best part of the year, the Calgary Stampede is an event not to be missed. Taking place in July, this annual festival celebrates western culture and heritage, with events like rodeos, chuckwagon races and live music. It’s a perfect opportunity to indulge in the spirit of the Wild West.

While the Stampede is certainly a highlight, there are plenty of other things to do in Calgary and the surrounding areas. For a leisurely day out, the Calgary Zoo features over 1,000 animals and pretty gardens, making for a peaceful and educational experience. For those who love their history, the Glenbow Museum showcases exhibits from the region’s Indigenous peoples and the settlers who followed.

Meanwhile, in downtown Calgary there are plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes to explore. From trendy boutiques to classic western wear, there’s something for everyone. The

Stephen Avenue Walk is a pedestrian-friendly street that boasts a variety of shops and restaurants, and often hosts street performers and live music.

For those who want to venture outside the city, the Rocky Mountains are just a short drive away. Banff National Park in particular is popular for its gorgeous landscapes and outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing and hot springs.

APT offers a 14-day Calgary Stampede tour that takes in much of the above and more, including stops in neighbouring province, British Columbia. There’s also a 21-day version that adds an Alaskan cruise to the mix (aptouring.com.au).

Spot polar bears in the wild at Hudson Bay

The Canadian city of Churchill, on Hudson Bay, is known as the “Polar Bear Capital of the World”. Every year, between October and November, hundreds of polar bears gather on its shores as they wait for the sea ice to form. This offers a unique opportunity for visitors to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

Churchill offers various guided tours to see the polar bears, such as tundra vehicles – basically, specialised trucks with large wheels that can navigate through the rugged terrain –or even helicopter tours, which offer an unforgettable bird’seye view of the landscape. You can also enjoy a dog sled ride through the snow, or if you’re up for some exercise, go kayaking to explore the pristine waters of the bay.

The Churchill polar bears aren’t the only wildlife attraction in the area. Visitors can also spot arctic foxes, beluga whales, caribou and over 200 species of birds. If the timing is right, it’s also a fantastic place to witness the northern lights. ■

1. Buckle up for a ride (or perhaps just to watch one) at the Calgary Stampede, which showcases western culture and heritage

2. Polar bears are sometimes referred to as the Kings of the Arctic, and Hudson Bay is the perfect place to see them

3. Nature’s own light show – the mesmerising Northern Lights dance over Hudson Bay

AT A GLANCE

Calgary Stampede calgarystampede.com

Alberta, Canada

→ Calgary Zoo, Calgary

→ Glenbow Museum, Calgary

→ Stephen Avenue Walk, Calgary

→ Banff National Park

APT 14-day Calgary

Stampede tour / 21-day Calgary Stampede and Alaska Cruise tour

1300 336 932 aptouring.com.au

Hudson Bay

→ Churchill, Manitoba

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P.O Box 254, Cronulla NSW 2230 Ph: 02 9523 2990 Fx: 02 9544 1293

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Enjoy the short scenic cruise aboard the M.V. Curranulla from Cronulla to Bundeena, gateway to the Royal National Park, by taking advantage of the hourly commuter service. Explore the park, stroll along idyllic sandy beaches, have lunch at Bundeena R.S.L or relax at one of the local cafes.

Discover in 3 hours what Bass and Flinders discovered in 3 days –explore the Port Hacking on a scenic river cruise onboard the M.V. Tom Thumb 111. You will see breathtaking views of the Royal National Park, learn about early explorers, historical settlements, deer fanning in the park and the state’s first fish hatchery. A commentary and morning tea is provided on all cruises.

Public Wharf, Tonkin Street, Gunnamatta Bay, Cronulla

P.O Box 254, Cronulla NSW 2230 | Ph: 02 9523 2990

Email: info@cronullaferries.com.au | Web: cronullaferries.com.au

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PLANNING YOUR NEXT GROUP GETAWAY… LOOK NO FURTHER THAN FRASER ISLAND!

Queensland’s K’gari (Fraser Island) is famous for its World Heritage-listed landscapes, with idyllic freshwater lakes, ancient rainforests and pristine beaches. The world’s largest sand island is just waiting to be explored – all from your base at Kingfisher Bay Resort. Best of all, it’s right here in our backyard, with direct access from Brisbane and major capital cities!

CUSTOMISE YOUR ITINERARY AND INCLUDE:

Three nights in a resort hotel room with your own private deck

Return passenger ferry transfers departing River Heads

Full buffet breakfast daily in Sand & Wood restaurant

Enjoy a sunset drink at the Sunset Bar

Full day guided 4WD tour of K’gari

Choose from a selection of dinner and activity options to complete your package

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