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“National disgrace”: Aussie taxpayers fork out $40 million to expand irrigation in the Murray-Darling Basin

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Australian taxpayers have given a large corporation more than $40 million, which has enabled it to expand irrigation in the Murray-Darling Basin under an environmental scheme that has been labelled a national disgrace.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Four Corners revealed that more than $4 billion in Commonwealth Funds have been handed over to irrigators. This has allowed them to expand their operations and use more water under the $5.6 billion water infrastructure scheme.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The scheme is intended to recover water for the rivers by giving farmers money to build water-saving infrastructure in return for some of their water rights.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some beneficiaries of the scheme are foreign-owned corporations according to </span><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-08/taxpayers-helping-fund-murray-darling-basin-expansion/11279468"><span style="font-weight: 400;">the ABC.</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Maryanne Slattery, a former director at the Murray-Darling Basin Authority says that it’s horrifying a scheme that’s designed to help the environment has allowed irrigators to use more water.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"That program was supposed to reduce the amount of water that was going to irrigation, when it's actually increased the opportunities for irrigation … all subsidised by taxpayers," she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I think Australian taxpayers will be really shocked to find out that that money is actually going to foreign investors as well."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">UNSW river ecologist Professor Richard Kingsford has been studying the Murrumbidgee River for more than 30 years. He has said that the new dams are trapping water that would have otherwise flowed downstream into habitats and farming communities in the Murray-Darling Basin.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I find that astounding. I mean, why are we building these large dams for private gain at public cost?" he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Essentially it increases the take from the river system and ultimately decreases the amount of water in the river. That to me is where, in fact, we may be seeing more water taken out of the rivers than water savings."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Maryanne Slattery says that the region is unsuitable for dams because of the high rate of evaporation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"You just see dam after dam after dam, these massive on-farm dams, in a place that is as flat as a table, that just should not have dams," said Ms Slattery, who is now a senior water researcher at the Australia Institute.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"And then when you realise they're being paid for by the Commonwealth, under a supposedly environmental program, that's just horrifying."</span></p>

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Top 5 destinations for Aussies travelling around Australia

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">New research from </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Roy Morgan</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has revealed the top destinations fellow Australians love to travel to.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With more than 11.9 million Australians (58.3 per cent of the population) planning on spending at least one night on their next trip in a domestic destination, it’s clear that Aussies love exploring their own backyard.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As always, there were clear winners.</span></p> <p><strong>1. Melbourne</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Melbourne has consistently been the most popular domestic holiday destination over the last decade and over 1.5 million Australians are currently intending to stay at least one night in the capital of Victoria during their next trip.</span></p> <p><strong>2. Sydney</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sydney was the second winner, with nearly 900,000 Australians intending to stay in the NSW capital city for at least one night during their next domestic trip.</span></p> <p><strong>3. North Coast, Forster, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Port Stephens</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A surprising third place winner is the NSW North Coast, which encompasses of holiday towns such as Forster, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Port Stephens. This region had over 550,000 Australians intending to stay in the NSW North Coast for at least one night on their next trip to the region.</span></p> <p><strong>4. Brisbane</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brisbane is the fourth most popular domestic holiday destination with over 530,000 Australians heading to the Queensland capital city to stay for at least one night during their next trip.</span></p> <p><strong>5. Great Ocean Road, Torquay, Lorne, Port Fairy</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Last but not least, the Victorian regional holiday destination of the Great Ocean Road comes in fifth. With destinations and small towns such as Torquay, Port Fairy and Lorne, there’s plenty to see and do along the way and that’s why over 500,000 Australians intend on heading there on their next holiday. </span></p>

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The best places to go to embrace the Aussie winter chill

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are plenty of hidden gems scattered across the vast country known as Australia that can help you beat the winter chill. </span></p> <p><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/life/domestic-winter-escapes-for-those-wanting-to-embrace-the-cold/11118568"><span style="font-weight: 400;">ABC</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> asked their readers how they enjoy a winter holiday, and they didn’t disappoint with their answers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span><strong>Tasmania</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's currently one of the most popular domestic escapes for Australians and there's no better time to experience the island state than in winter," Aussie winter fan and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lonely Planet</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> writer Chris Zeiher says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"From watching snow gently fall onto the old-growth rainforest in Cradle Mountain, to sipping some of the world's best whiskey in a super chic Hobart bar, winter in Tassie is simply magical."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Retirees Robyn and Col head down there from Ipswich and agree completely.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"You get to rug up and wear nice clothes that go in winter … I love to put a lovely coat on and nice scarf," the 58-year-old says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She says her tolerance for hot weather gets weaker every year. She also thinks that the cold helps her think more clearly and have "calmer thoughts".</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"In constant days of heat, I get quite irritable. Getting away and cooling down … your brain is cleansed."</span></p> <p><strong>Victoria</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Zeiher says you can’t go past the spa country in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"There's fantastic eating options throughout the area, where you can indulge in long lunches of delicious local produce … with an abundance of cute cottages for hire," he says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"And nothing beats sipping a robust red wine in front of a roaring open fire."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cairns local Max agrees.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He heads down to Melbourne whenever he can.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Winter activities is a big part of why we go back," Max says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Up here [Cairns], as much as I love a warm campfire, it doesn't have that same effect it does in Melbourne. Everyone camps around and it's a nice vibe."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He’s also a fan of the cold weather.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Sometimes it's just nicer to use your cold weather clothes a bit more," he says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"My body isn't working so hard to regulate temperature."</span></p>

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"We have been inundated with comments": Today show responds to Uluru backlash

<p>The <em>Today </em>show has responded to the backlash it received over an all-white panel discussion on the Uluru climbing ban which aired on Monday.</p> <p>The segment, which was hosted by Deborah Knight, featured One Nation leader Pauline Hanson and radio host Steve Price. In the discussion, Hanson slammed the planned closure of Uluru, likening it to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/travel-trouble/how-ridiculous-pauline-hanson-and-today-show-panned-over-shameful-uluru-debate/" target="_blank">shutting down Sydney’s Bondi Beach</a>.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Pauline Hanson told <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TheTodayShow</a> that banning the Uluru climb would be like closing Bondi Beach. Some viewers questioned why Hanson was interviewed on the issue but traditional land owners were not.<a href="https://t.co/n3G8wnGAFD">https://t.co/n3G8wnGAFD</a></p> — Twitter Moments Australia (@MomentsAU) <a href="https://twitter.com/MomentsAU/status/1150633211669577729?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 15, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The panel discussion has been slammed on social media, with Australians criticising the program for not including Indigenous figures in the conversation.</p> <p>“Let’s talk Uluru climbing with … Pauline Hanson and Steve Price. Couldn’t they find anyone whiter?” one wrote.</p> <p>“Trust [the <em>Today </em>show] to have One Nation senator Pauline Hanson on this morning to give her utterly irrelevant take on Uluru, which only comes from a place of racism, fear and ignorance. Do your producers have anybody else’s number?” another commented.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Trust the <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TheTodayShow</a> to have One Nation senator Pauline Hanson on this morning to give her utterly irrelevant take on Uluru, which only comes from a place of racism, fear and ignorance. Do your producers have anybody else's number? Call out if you need help making non-trash TV <a href="https://t.co/hoiQVKdsLI">https://t.co/hoiQVKdsLI</a></p> — Jennine Khalik (@jennineak) <a href="https://twitter.com/jennineak/status/1150546196328402944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 14, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Pauline Hanson compares the Uluru climbing ban to closing Bondi Beach?<br />No, you dozy cow. Bondi Beach is not a sacred site. Let's use the Australia War Memorial for pool parties and climbing, huh? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/auspol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#auspol</a> <a href="https://t.co/VXY0aGPUVT">pic.twitter.com/VXY0aGPUVT</a></p> — Catherine Perry. (@CatPurry9) <a href="https://twitter.com/CatPurry9/status/1150655541288398849?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 15, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>On Tuesday morning, Knight noted the “heated debate” around the issue on the breakfast show. “We have been inundated with comments in response to Pauline Hanson on the show yesterday,” said Knight.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">“The information that she’s providing across the country is nothing short of scare-mongering.” <a href="https://twitter.com/Malarndirri19?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Malarndirri19</a> responds to Pauline Hanson's comments over shutting down climbing on Uluru. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/Dd4JOTSJEr">pic.twitter.com/Dd4JOTSJEr</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1150865753022689280?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 15, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The show invited Northern Territory senator Malarndirri McCarthy, a Yanyuwa woman from Borroloola, to give her input this morning.</p> <p>McCarthy said Hanson’s claim on the show that the climbing ban would affect tourism and local jobs is “incorrect”.</p> <p>She said, “What has occurred is that there is employment at the rock and there will continue to be employment. This has been a very methodical planned process for quite a number of years.</p> <p>“I think it is really unfortunate that a member of the Senate — a parliamentarian who has the opportunity to get as much information as she possibly can — has not done that. That’s why it is really critical that Senator Hanson thinks very seriously about taking up the offer. I am prepared to facilitate that.”</p> <p>McCarthy explained that the site is a sacred place to the local Indigenous group. “In terms of the song lines for the Anangu people, it is a sacred place, a spiritual place … I remember taking Oprah Winfrey there in 2010 as Tourism Minister, [and] she understood completely the importance of the spirituality of the place.”</p> <p>The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is set to shut down the climb permanently on October 26 this year on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jul/11/tourists-are-rushing-to-climb-uluru-before-ban-takes-effect" target="_blank">the 34th anniversary</a> of the day Uluru was given back to the traditional owners.</p>

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Why more Australians are choosing to travel domestically

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Turns out that Aussies are loving travelling domestically, with new research from </span><a href="https://www.roymorgan.com/findings/8015-airline-travelers-growth-march-2019-201906070711"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Roy Morgan</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> showing a 7 per cent increase from a year ago.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This brings the number of domestic air travellers to over 8.46 million.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This means that competition between Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar is closer than ever.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, Qantas is still leading the way with over 4.3 million domestic customers, Jetstar is a close second with 4 million and Virgin Australia has 3.8 million.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Michele Levine, CEO of Roy Morgan is thrilled with the strong growth.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Australia’s domestic travel industry has enjoyed a bumper year with patronage of our domestic airlines growing strongly by 7.1% to 8.46 million, an increase of 560,000 on a year ago,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“All leading airlines have increased their domestic passenger numbers from a year ago and monthly customer satisfaction award winner Qantas (covered here) retains the lead with over 4.3 million domestic customers ahead of discount subsidiary Jetstar on 4 million and Virgin Australia on 3.8 million.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The data collected showed that Generation X was the percentage of people who travelled the most last year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Roy Morgan’s domestic airline traveler data shows that Gen X comprise 27% of the 8.46 million domestic airline travelers and 47% of Gen X  have travelled on a domestic airline in the last year – the highest rate of any generation,” Levine explained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“However, although Gen X comprises the largest share of customers for most airlines Tigerair provides an exception with Millennials making up well over a third of the discount airline’s customers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Analysing the extensive data Roy Morgan collects each year from over 50,000 Australians as part of the Single Source survey allows businesses to gain unique and powerful insights into the future travel preferences of Australians and what drives their decision-making when deciding which airline to travel with.”</span></p>

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"Extraordinary": Why Sir David Attenborough has just taken aim at Australia

<p>David Attenborough has slammed Australia for its lack of action on climate change, describing the country as an “extraordinary” example where the people in power remained climate change deniers.</p> <p>Speaking before the UK parliament’s business, energy and industrial strategy committee, the British naturalist and broadcaster singled out Australia and the US when he was asked about claims from climate change deniers that people were “over-panicking” about the threats of climate change.</p> <p>“I am sorry that there are people who are in power … notably, of course, [in] the United States but also in Australia [who are climate change deniers], which is extraordinary because Australia is already facing having to deal with some of the most extreme manifestations of climate change,” said Attenborough.</p> <p>“Both [in] Australia and America, those voices are clearly heard – and one hopes that the electorate will actually respond to those.”</p> <p>The 93-year-old also recalled his surprise over the condition of Great Barrier Reef in his visit 10 years ago. </p> <p>“I will never forget diving on the reef … and suddenly seeing, instead of this multitude of wonderful forms and life, that it was stark white,” he said.</p> <p>“It had bleached white because of the rising temperatures and the increasing acidity of the sea.”</p> <p>Attenborough said the reefs were “crucial” to the world as it acted as a “nursery” for marine wildlife. </p> <p>“Because 30 to 40 per cent of all oceanic fish throughout the seas depend upon the coral reefs at some time of their lives,” he said.</p> <p>“If you wipe that out you wipe out whole areas of the ocean.”</p> <p>He said while authorities “cannot be radical enough in dealing with these issues”, the sceptics should not be “stamped on”.</p> <p>“It’s very, very important that voices of dissent should have a place where they’re heard and the arguments between the two sides can be worked out in public, and compared and analysed in public,” he said.</p> <p>Attenborough said he was optimistic that changes to tackle the climate crisis could be made as young people are “already making themselves and their voices very, very clear” on the matter.</p> <p>“I’m OK, and all of us here are OK, because we don’t face the problems that are coming,” he said. “But the problems in the next 30 years are really major problems that are going to cause social unrest, and great changes in the way that we live and what we eat. It’s going to happen.”</p>

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Why taking a holiday is good for the Australian economy

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A new report has revealed that more than a quarter of paid workers nationwide have at least four weeks of annual leave just sitting there, waiting to be used.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Roy Morgan’s </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Holiday Travel Currency Report</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> revealed these statistics, and the chief executive Michele Levine says that it presents a unique opportunity to boost Australia’s slow economy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“With the Australian economy showing signs of slowing, the potential boost that would come from people taking their accrued leave would be considerable. This would particularly be the case if Australians were encouraged to holiday in Australia,” she said to </span><a href="https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/consumer/2019/06/26/australia-holidays-good-economy/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The New Daily</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Particularly with Australia’s 10.9 million paid workforce currently owed an average of more than 12 days’ annual leave, this not only would be good for them to have some relaxation but could also boost the economy.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Australian Tourism Industry chair Evan Hall was enthusiastic about this potential annual leave usage.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The New Daily</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that domestic tourism is the “backbone” of the Australian wide $130 billion tourism industry.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Australians love to travel within Australia, especially when the dollar’s low,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In particular, far more so than with international tourism, domestic travellers really benefit regional areas,” Mr Hall said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A lot of those smaller towns are really dependent on that travel.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hall has also noticed the decline in longer trips.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We still get the grey nomads, who will travel for months at a time, but for the most part people are doing those three- to four-day trips instead,” Mr Hall said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Not as many of us are doing the big two- or three-week drive any more. I guess it’s sometimes harder for people to get those two or three weeks off.”</span></p>

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More than just wine: Explore the Margaret River

<p>Say the words “Margaret River” and many of us will finish the phrase with “wine”. And there’s a lot of it – with some 215 wineries in the region, many of which don’t send their wines as far as the East Coast.</p> <p>But there’s more to WA's vast Margaret River region than wine. There’s a thriving gourmet food growing and production industry, too. And it’s an area of great natural beauty.</p> <p>The area known as Margaret River is centred on the town of the same name, three hours south of Perth by road. However, the region extends all the way from Busselton and Geographe Bay in the north to Augusta and Cape Leeuwin in the south. Those boundaries have the region surrounded by sea on three sides.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><img src="https://cdn.wyza.com.au/media/3663382/cape-to-cape-track-credit-walk-into-luxury-photographer-photo-elements-margaret-river-mark-boskell.jpg" alt="Cape To Cape Track Credit Walk Into Luxury Photographer Photo Elements Margaret River - Mark Boskell" width="700" height="400" /><br />The rolling vineyards sit against spectacular ocean and forest views</em></p> <p>In 2017 Margaret River celebrates 50 years since the first commercial vines were planted here in 1967. That was at Vasse Felix after a WA agronomist, Dr John Gladstone, identified the region as ideal for producing premium wines. How right he was.</p> <p>Margaret River supplies just 3.5 per cent of Australia’s wine but contributes 20 per cent of the nation’s fine wine exports. It’s particularly renowned for its cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay.</p> <p>While wines from Cape Mentelle, Capel Vale, Evans &amp; Tate, Houghton, Leeuwin Estate, Vasse Felix and Voyager Estate are known around Australia and around the world, you really need to visit to get to know the wines of Arimia, Bare Rooted, Blue Poles and Dormilona.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><img src="https://cdn.wyza.com.au/media/3663384/margaret-river-wine-credit-walk-into-luxury-photographer-photo-elements-margaret-river-mark-boskell.jpg" alt="Margaret River Wine Credit Walk Into Luxury Photographer Photo Elements Margaret River - Mark Boskell" width="700" height="400" /><br />Unearth an exciting combination of great food and wine</em></p> <p>I must confess that on my first visit to Margaret River I didn’t visit any wineries at all. I was there for the caving opportunities the region presents. The limestone that contributes to the area’s wine credentials is also easily carved by water into caves and fantastic shapes. Indeed, one of the highlights of the region is a drive along Caves Road.</p> <p>Mammoth Cave, as the name suggests, is large and also has a history that goes back long before the era of mammoths. Fossil remains of megafauna extend from Giant Echidna and Giant Wallabies to Tasmanian Tigers and a Marsupial Lion. The cave is readily accessible and even offers wheelchair access to the first chamber.</p> <p>Nearby Lake Cave is even more impressive. There’s a viewing platform amongst the karri trees that looks into the sinkhole. Once inside you discover a placid pool giving perfect reflections of the delicate straws of stalactites above. There’s also the unusual “suspended table”, a block of stone that seems to float impossibly above the water.</p> <p>For an unusual wildlife experience head to Hamlyn Bay off the end of Caves Road where you’ll find a pretty, sheltered white sand beach. It’s home to some stingrays that aren’t shy and are quite willing to swim around you while you snorkel.</p> <p>And beautiful Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park with its beaches, caves and forest of jarrah and karri is the most visited in Western Australia.</p> <p>The Cape to Cape walk – from the lighthouse of Cape Naturliste to the lighthouse at Cape Leeuwin is an immersive experience through the nature of the region. The 135 km track, largely following the coast, takes about five to seven days to complete but can also be divided into day walks. A good starting point is<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.capetocapetrack.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>here</span></a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><img src="https://cdn.wyza.com.au/media/3663378/margaret-river-cape-to-cape-700x400-wyza-com-au.jpg" alt="Margaret -river -cape -to -cape -700x 400-wyza -com -au" width="700" height="400" /><br />The Cape to Cape Track offers a stunning showcase of the region's natural beauty</em></p> <p>To plan your time in Margaret River your first stop should be one of the several Margaret Regional Visitor centres in Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River and Augusta - see <a rel="noopener" href="http://www.margaretriver.com/" target="_blank"><span>here</span></a>.</p> <p>Even if you have no interest in wine at all you won’t be at a loss for things to do. There are galleries and designers, attractions and activities, pubs, craft breweries and distilleries, spas and shops and a very wide range of restaurants, some within and others independent of wineries. There’s well over 100km of coastline and some 50 surf beaches so it’s a rewarding beach holiday destination, too.</p> <p>if you wish for someone else to take care of your Margaret River wine touring see<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.ultimatewineryexperiences.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>Ultimate Winery Experiences</span></a>. The company started in WA but has now expanded to vineyard areas around Australia.</p> <p>The winner of many tourism awards, it offers a range of Margaret River tours from one to three days touring to a five-day tour by private aircraft.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><img src="https://cdn.wyza.com.au/media/3663385/margaret-river-injidup-spa-retreat-credit-walk-into-luxury-photographer-photo-elements-margaret-river-mark-boskell.jpg" alt="Margaret River Injidup Spa Retreat Credit Walk Into Luxury Photographer Photo Elements Margaret River - Mark Boskell" width="700" height="400" /><br />Stay in luxury: the Injidup Spa Retreat is a beautiful escape when staying in the Margaret River region</em></p> <p>Of course, there’s a wide range of accommodation across the whole Margaret River region. Cape Lodge, a member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, is at the top of end of your options – it’s a beautiful boutique hotel within 16 hectares of gardens and has its own vineyard.</p> <p>Margaret River is an essential detour for those visiting Perth who have an interest in food and wine. One of the joys of the region is discovering so many wonderful wines and gourmet food products that WA has largely kept to itself.</p> <p><em>Have you travelled through the Margaret River region? Which wineries were your favourite?</em></p> <p><em>Image credits: (feature) <a rel="noopener" href="https://leeuwinestate.com.au/" target="_blank">Leeuwin Estate</a>; (in-text) Walk Into Luxury / Mark Boskell; Shutterstock Inc. / Random Lights Photography.</em></p> <p><em>Written by David McGonigal. Republished with permission of <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/travel/margaret-river-wine-and-more.aspx" target="_blank">Wyza.com.au</a>.</em></p>

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Explore the sleepy South Coast of NSW

<p>Here’s the problem we were wrestling with. Just a week to revisit old stamping grounds on the South Coast, down Princes Highway from Sydney. It’s possible, but not desirable, to drive down and back in six days, but a better idea presented itself: fly to Merimbula on<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.rex.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>Rex Aviation</span></a>, rent a car and take a leisurely drive back to Sydney, spending a couple of nights in some key places.</p> <p>The plan worked perfectly. Road conditions on the Pacific Highway have improved since 50-plus years ago, when it was a single lane each way; you had to queue for the punt at Bateman’s Bay and brave Bulli Pass with the car radiator boiling. It was certainly an adventure in those times.</p> <p>Today it’s different. Apart from the beautiful coastal and inland scenery, with lakes dotting the landscape, there’s another surprise in store. The whole region has become a foodie haven, the emphasis being on fresh farm produce, cheese, artisan bakeries, excellent coffee in the many new cafés and of course, seafood.</p> <p style="text-align: center;" class="float-image-right"><img src="https://cdn.wyza.com.au/media/3664543/south-coast-oysters-300x450-wyza-com-au.jpg" alt="South -coast -oysters -300x 450-wyza -com -au" width="300" height="450" /><br /><em>The oysters at Wharf Road Restaurant in Nowra are a perfect example of the region's delicious seafood</em></p> <p>The clean southern waters provide a bounty of fish, lobster, mussels and naturally oysters. These are some of the best we’ve ever eaten, and that’s after touring Tasmania several times. The main variety is Sydney Rock oysters, big and plump compared with those grown on the north coast thanks to the cool fresh waters and cleansing tides.</p> <p>Couple that with the new wave of wineries springing up all over the place, and you now have what is arguably Australia’s most enjoyable foodie tour, from Eden to Kiama. Here are just a few of the highlights.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">Accommodation</strong><br />The delightful Seahorse Inn is a lovingly restored building on the shore of Twofold Bay near Eden, close to the site of the whaling industry from 1828 until 1930. This 10 room boutique hotel is in a class of its own in the Eden district.</p> <p>In Mollymook just north of the fishing port of Ulladulla is the legendary 'Bannisters by the Sea' with luxury rooms and suites. Here, guest rooms are front-loaded with magnificent views of the ocean and yes, whales in abundance during the season from August to November. And just 800 metres away is Bannisters Pavilion, a modern building with 34 rooms.</p> <p>At Jamberoo, 9km inland from Kiama, an unforgettable B&amp;B experience awaits at Terragong, a country house dating back to 1858 and now restored to more than its former glory with four superb Darryl Gordon-furnished ensuite rooms.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://cdn.wyza.com.au/media/3664541/terragong-chef-700x400-wyza-com-au.jpg" alt="Terragong -chef -700x 400-wyza -com -au" width="700" height="400" /><br /><em>The country house of Terragong has been lavishly restored with all the modern fittings you'd expect</em></p> <p>The pièce de résistance is surely the lavish breakfasts served by co-owner Simon and the chatty hospitality of the charming hosts, with Daisy the puppy holding court.</p> <p><strong class="bigger-text">Food and wine</strong><br />The list of great food experiences could fill a few pages, but a few highlights were:</p> <ul> <li><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.seahorseinnhotel.com.au/dining/" target="_blank"><span>Bettena’s at Seahorse Inn</span></a><span> </span>where chef Julie cooks up a storm using locally sourced produce, and vegies from their own gardens.</li> <li><span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.drifteden.com.au/" target="_blank">Drift</a></span>, at Eden’s Snug Cove Wharf, features fresh seafood in a quirky, casual atmosphere.</li> <li><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.edensmokehouse.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>Eden Smokehouse</span></a><span> </span>where Stan, of Polish descent, creates award-winning smoked fish, eels and other seafood.</li> <li><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.sprouteden.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>Sprout Café</span></a><span> </span>in Eden’s main street, all natural and organic produce from local farmers.</li> <li><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/longstockingbrewery/" target="_blank"><span>Oaklands Nano-Brewery</span></a><span> </span>near Pambula, where Rob is making excellent craft beers… try the Fatty Arbuckle Dark.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://cdn.wyza.com.au/media/5955665/wheelers-oyster-farm-restaurant-pambula-700x400.jpg" alt="Wheelers -Oyster -Farm -Restaurant -Pambula -700x 400" width="700" height="400" />Wine and dine at Wheeler’s Oyster Farm</em></p> <ul> <li><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.wheelersoysters.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>Wheeler’s Oyster Farm</span></a><span> </span>in Pambula, the go-to place for the best oysters and lobster in the area, plus a good wine list.</li> <li><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.dulcies.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>Dulcie’s</span></a><span> </span>in Merimbula, where burgers and oysters are served from an old caravan in the garden. Cocktails at the bar in the old house.</li> <li><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.mimosawines.com.au/home.html" target="_blank"><span>Mimosa Winery</span></a><span> </span>between Tathra and Bermagui, with a fine restaurant as well as interesting wines like a chambourcin/tempranillo blend that is very palatable.</li> <li><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bannisters.com.au/rick-stein-at-bannisters" target="_blank"><span>Rick Stein</span></a><span> </span>at Bannisters By The Sea. What more can anyone say about this fine dining experience? It’s one that you’ll remember forever. Tip: try the plumpest mussels in the world, better than any we’ve had in Belgium.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://cdn.wyza.com.au/media/3664542/south-coast-bannisters-bythesea-700x400-wyza-com-au.jpg" alt="South -coast -bannisters -bythesea -700x 400-wyza -com -au" width="700" height="400" /><br /><em>Bannisters by the Sea offers a luxury South Coast experience that is truly hard to beat</em></p> <ul> <li><a rel="noopener" href="http://cupitt.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>Cupitt’s Winery</span></a><span> </span>near Milton, a prime example of a local family business who run not only a fine winery but also a craft brewery and boutique cheese factory. A tour with Wally is great fun.</li> <li><a rel="noopener" href="http://wharfrd.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>Wharf Road</span></a><span> </span>on the riverbank at Nowra, where the Pacific oysters from Greenwell Point rival those from further south. The $60 tasting menu is great value.</li> <li><a rel="noopener" href="http://southonalbany.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>South on Albany</span></a><span> </span>in the pretty town of Berry, where Sonia and John have created a restaurant to rival any in Surry Hills. Much loved by locals and Sydneysiders who appreciate a fine menu and wine list.</li> <li><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.theblueswimmer.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>Blue Swimmer</span></a><span> </span>in nearby Gerroa, similarly popular with locals who pack the place every night… their vegetarian specialities are outstanding.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><img src="https://cdn.wyza.com.au/media/5955692/blue-swimmer-menu-item.jpg" alt="Blue -swimmer -menu -item (2)" width="700" height="400" /><br />The Blue Swimmer bistro promises to tantalise your tastebuds with their quality produce<br /></em></p> <p><strong><span class="bigger-text">Other must-see activities</span><br /></strong>The South Coast is packed with<span> </span><span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/south-coast" target="_blank">experiences</a></span><span> </span>beyond the fantastic culinary scene - some of these include:</p> <ul> <li>Eden Killer Whale Museum</li> <li>Captain Sponge Magical Oyster Tour, Pambula</li> <li>Discover Jervis Bay (Eco Dolphin Cruises)</li> <li>Minnamurra Rainforest Centre</li> <li>Kiama Coastal Walk</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><img src="https://cdn.wyza.com.au/media/5955668/eden-killer-whale-museum-700x400.jpg" alt="Eden -Killer -Whale -Museum -700x 400" width="700" height="400" /><br />See the full skeleton of 'Tom' the Killer Whale, legendary Orca, at the Eden Killer Whale Museum</em></p> <p>If you don’t live in Sydney, that’s no problem. Drive all the way through from Melbourne on the Pacific Highway instead of the boring Hume; or if you live in another state just fly to Sydney and start from there.</p> <p>You won’t be disappointed, although the oysters may not thank you for coming their way.</p> <p><em>What's your favourite place to visit on the NSW South Coast?</em></p> <p>Written by Phil Hawkes. Republished with permission of <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/travel/southern-comforts.aspx" target="_blank">Wyza.com.au.</a></p>

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Why this is the best time of year to visit Tasmania

<p>Indulge in Tasmania’s rich history, vast wilderness areas, spectacular mountains, dazzling beaches and the freshest food and wine imaginable. Experience the best Tasmania has to offer on an all-inclusive luxury tour with Discover Australia Holidays, and right now you can <strong><u><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.discoveraustralia.com.au/holiday-packages/touring/tasmania.html?utm_medium=referrer&amp;utm_source=OverSixty&amp;utm_campaign=Tasmania_Touring_STS_2019" target="_blank">save 21%. </a></u></strong></p> <p>Home to just 500,000 people, the island of Tasmania is as intimate as it is beautiful. Its gorgeous capital city, Hobart, is home to MONA, one of the world's most intriguing art galleries, while northern Launceston is one of the few cities on the planet to be wrapped around a gorge. As you tour the island state you can go from beach-lined coasts to World Heritage-listed mountain areas in just a few hours. Along the way you'll pass welcoming farm-gate producers, cellar doors and restaurants specialising in local produce so fresh it's the envy of the culinary world.</p> <p>Immerse yourself in the natural treasures of Tassie with splendid wilderness cruises, exclusive access tours and more special touches from Discover Australia Holidays.</p> <p>Now is the perfect time to book your summer adventure. Compare 18 amazing <strong><u><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.discoveraustralia.com.au/holiday-packages/touring/tasmania.html?utm_medium=referrer&amp;utm_source=OverSixty&amp;utm_campaign=Tasmania_Touring_STS_2019" target="_blank">Tassie touring packages </a></u></strong>such as the three listed here.</p> <p><strong>Hobart All-Inclusive Touring</strong><br />Enjoy all-inclusive Hobart touring at its best, featuring Bruny Island Wilderness with eco cruise, Port Arthur, Tasman Peninsula, MONA, special Peppermint Bay lunch cruise, more magnificent cruises and more meals. Everything is included in this popular 6-day package including flights, Tasmania luxury touring, 3 cruises, accommodation, breakfast daily and personalised transfers. Enjoy breakfast daily and luxury coach tours of Port Arthur, MONA and Hobart. Experience a famous wildlife eco-cruise around Bruny Island’s rugged coast, a cruise along the Derwent River and a special lunch at Peppermint Bay. Check out the <strong><u><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.discoveraustralia.com.au/holiday-packages/hobart-all-inclusive-mp55.html?utm_medium=referrer&amp;utm_source=OverSixty&amp;utm_campaign=Tasmania_Touring_STS_2019" target="_blank">6-Day Hobart All-Inclusive Touring</a></u></strong> from just $1,110.</p> <p><strong>Hobart &amp; Launceston All-Inclusive Touring</strong></p> <p>Combine Hobart and Launceston based touring, featuring Cradle Mountain, Bay of Fires, Cataract Gorge, Bruny Island Wilderness Coast, Port Arthur, amazing cruises and more meals. This incredible 10-day package includes 5 nights in Hobart and 4 nights in Launceston. Find out more about the <strong><u><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.discoveraustralia.com.au/holiday-packages/hobart-launceston-all-inclusive-mp293.html?utm_medium=referrer&amp;utm_source=OverSixty&amp;utm_campaign=Tasmania_Touring_STS_2019" target="_blank">10-Day Hobart &amp; Launceston All-Inclusive Touring </a></u></strong>from just $2,060.</p> <p><strong>Tasmania All-Inclusive Touring</strong></p> <p> You just can’t get too much of Tasmania. This comprehensive all-inclusive touring holiday features some of Tasmania’s best features, like Wineglass Bay, Cradle Mountain, Bay of Fires, the Huon Valley, Russell Falls, Port Arthur, Bruny Island, Mt Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and much more. Enjoy 5 cruises, including a special gourmet lunch cruises to Peppermint Bay and Batman Bridge, and cruises to Bruny Island, Carnarvon Bay and the Derwent River. Experience a gourmet food tour, abalone, chocolate, wine, cheese and fruit tastings. Take in the spectacular views of the azure waters at Wineglass Bay and get up close to Tasmanian Devils. Spend 10 days in Hobart and 5 days in Launceston in the all-inclusive package, including flights, luxury coach touring, cruises, hotels, breakfast daily, more meals and personalised transfers. Experience truly memorable Tasmania touring. Check out the <strong><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.discoveraustralia.com.au/holiday-packages/tasmania-all-inclusive-mp309.html?utm_medium=referrer&amp;utm_source=OverSixty&amp;utm_campaign=Tasmania_Touring_STS_2019" target="_blank">15-Day Tasmania All-Inclusive Touring </a></strong>from just $3,026.</p> <p><strong>Compare Tasmania Touring</strong> </p> <p>Choose between 18 amazing Tasmanian touring holidays from a 5-day essentials escape, through to 2-week overnight premium coach touring. Summer is a great time to visit Tasmania and now is the best time to book to secure the best deal.</p> <p>Right now, you can save up to 21% with the Summer Travel Sale prices across the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.discoveraustralia.com.au/holiday-packages/touring/tasmania.html?utm_medium=referrer&amp;utm_source=OverSixty&amp;utm_campaign=Tasmania_Touring_STS_2019" target="_blank"><strong>full range</strong></a> of Tassie tours – exclusive to Discover Australia Holidays. But hurry, they’re selling out fast.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see beautiful Tasmania. </p>

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Discover what life is like underground in White Cliffs

<p>The local landscape of White Cliffs can border on the surreal. Like any small town, White Cliffs has the obligatory pub and a general store, but on our visit they appeared to be closed for the day. The petrol station looked deserted and the local restaurant claiming to have the best casseroles in town was empty.<span> </span><br /><br />Apart from The Stubbie House — a home built out of 54,000 bottles — and the abandoned Solar Power Station there wasn’t much else to see. It may seem like a ghost town, but the truth is a little stranger – it’s because the majority of the White Cliffs community live in holes under the ground.<span> </span><br /><br />Located in outback New South Wales, 255km northeast of Broken Hill, White Cliffs’ residents started living in dugouts in the early 1890s. Miners built extensive underground homes in the hillside to avoid the intense heat — with summer temperatures that consistently reach over 40°C.<br /><br />Today, it mixes tourism with opal mining, offering visitors a unique perspective to outback living. There are around 100 dugout homes still in use in White Cliffs, making them fascinating to visit.<span> </span><br /><br />A great example of one of the homes is the beautifully carved residence of Cree Marshall and Lindsay White. As you enter their abode, there is something at every corner that will catch your eye — the ornamental wooden harp, the towering tree stump standing at the centre of the kitchen, even the recycled geometric floor tiles.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://cdn.wyza.com.au/media/3663406/dug-out-tour-underground-white-cliffs.jpg" alt="Dug -out -tour -underground --white -cliffs" width="700" height="400" /><em>Cree and Lindsay's stunning 'White House'</em></p> <p>The pair have been progressively renovating their home into a remarkable subterranean dwelling and offer tours at $10 per person between 11am and 2pm. Well worth the price, the home is located beside the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.redearthopal.com/" target="_blank"><span>Red Earth Opal Cafe</span></a>.</p> <p>But it’s not just about underground living. Off the Barrier Highway at Wilcannia, midway between Broken Hill and Cobar, head northbound to White Cliffs’ Opal Fields where you’ll be transported to a moonscape terrain of around 50,000 diggings.<br /><br />While the mining boom has diminished, opal is still being found at White Cliffs and what better way to get an insight into the historic diggings of the 1890s than by visiting an underground working opal mine.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://cdn.wyza.com.au/media/3663403/red-opal-cafe-entrance-white-cliffs.jpg" alt="Red -opal -cafe -entrance -white -cliffs" width="700" height="400" /><br /><em>You can also book an opal mine tour at the local Red Earth Opal Cafe</em></p> <p>Walk down into the shaft and discover the gritty reality of mining. You know you’ve struck it big when you’ve unearthed the brilliant gem ‘pineapples’, but these are very rare, so rare in fact, that they have only ever been found in White Cliffs.</p> <p>While fossicking for the elusive opal may not go as planned, you can always head by the local opal store and pick up one of the precious stones, which can often be cheaper than the ones in major retail outlets.</p> <p style="text-align: center;" class="float-image-right"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://cdn.wyza.com.au/media/3663404/stairwell-star-gazing-white-cliffs-hotel.jpg" alt="Stairwell -star -gazing -white -cliffs -hotel" width="300" height="450" /><em>White Cliffs' Underground Motel is a great place to escape the heat</em></p> <p>Looking for a special place to stay overnight? Immerse yourself in the local experience with a stay at the famous<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://undergroundmotel.com.au/" target="_blank"><span>White Cliffs Underground Motel</span></a>.</p> <p>Located on a mesa locally known as ‘Poor Man’s Hill’ (due to its lack of opal), this man-made underground lodge welcomes travellers with a unique experience. Switch off from the world above and see first-hand what it is like living in a dugout.</p> <p>The maze of passageways lead you to a stairwell that take you up to the star gazing room where you can see the brilliant night sky and can enjoy the vast sunsets and sunrises.</p> <p>There’s also a small on-site History and Cultural Centre for those interested to learn more about the community.</p> <p>Insulated from the harsh outback heat, the indoors remain at a cool and comfortable 22 degrees all year round.</p> <p>White Cliffs is a comfortable<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.tristate.com.au/tours-old/2-day-opal-dreaming-tour" target="_blank"><span>two-day tour</span></a><span> </span>from Broken Hill, allowing you to experience a true outback experience, underground.</p> <p>Have you ever been to outback NSW? Where’s your favourite road trip?</p> <p><em>Written by <span>Maria Angela Parajo. Republished with permission of <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/travel/life-underground-in-white-cliffs-nsw.aspx" target="_blank">Wyza.com.au</a>.</span></em></p>

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Radio star buys luxury Sydney home for $6.5 million

<p>Radio star Michael "Wippa" Wipfli has just splashed out on a gorgeous forever home in Rose Bay, Sydney for approximately $6.5 million.</p> <p>The Nova radio host invested his money into the Sydney mansion featuring six bedrooms – <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/home-garden/radio-star-sells-luxury-sydney-home-for-24-million-to-famous-chef" target="_blank">a big step up from their quaint property in Queens Park for $2.4 million.</a></p> <p>Both Wippa and his wife Lisa had been looking for a larger home to settle in for some time and finally found the stunning property only a few months back, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.realestate.com.au/news/inside-radio-star-michael-wippa-wipflis-new-rose-bay-mansion/" target="_blank">Realestate.com.au.</a></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByUpHmDAWvZ/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByUpHmDAWvZ/" target="_blank">A post shared by Fitzy &amp; Wippa on Nova (@fitzyandwippa)</a> on Jun 5, 2019 at 2:10am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The home has four bathrooms, with the master en suite spoiling any lucky homeowner with natural lighting thanks to prime positioning and ample windows for the sun to shine through.</p> <p>Wippa and Lisa will have no trouble hosting guests along with their two rambunctious children with three living spaces – one of them being a perfect divide between luxury and comfort with a connecting lounge and dining room that opens up to a stunning, spacious terrace.</p> <p>The formal living area will be a place of solace for the couple when hosting guests with the chic and understated elegance that makes the home a real showstopper.</p> <p>The master suite is definitely a sight to behold with plenty of light thanks to the gorgeous terrace which will allow the radio star and his family to soak in the sun on those lazy mornings.</p> <p>The best part is, the view gives parents privacy as well as the ability to keep an eye on kids in the backyard and pool area.</p> <p>At $6.5 million it's no surprise the massive mansion wouldn’t also come with a family-sized, glass-fenced swimming pool along with a massive lush lawn – perfect to throw the football around in with the kids or the family dog.</p> <p>There is also an indoor spa – great for nights in.</p> <p>The property seems to be one of the biggest on the block and even comes with multiple solar panels making it an eco-friendly home to be reckoned with!</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to take a look inside the extravagant property.</p>

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Perth council steps in as tourists head to this famous spot

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This simple blue boat shed is very popular with tourists and it has quickly become the most photographed building in Perth.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Naturally, it’s created a very expensive problem for the local council.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Crawley Edge Boat Shed on the Swan River has become an international hit on Instagram, with influencers flocking to the building for photos.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There has been an increase over the past few years of visitors to this area, with tour buses as well as self-driven visitors stopping here for photo opportunities,” Perth City Council noted in its minutes from the May 28 meeting.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The closest public facility is located at the Narrows Gardens which is 2.4 kilometres away.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BywWoJvhpEl/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BywWoJvhpEl/" target="_blank">📍PERTH 🔵 - WESTERN AUSTRALIA - My bby love ♥️ #crawleyedgeboatshed #Australia #jetty #westernaustralia #perth #roadtrip #backpacker #travel #travelgram #exploringaustralia #postoftheday #positivevibes #world #globetrotter #photographie #exclusive_shots #voyageursdumonde #ocean #wonderlust #traveldeeper #couplegoals #lifestyle #mood #frenchtraveler #workingholiday #dreamtrips #travelpassion #passionpassport #traveldiaries #amazing</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by @<a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/margotsegaux/" target="_blank"> margotsegaux</a> on Jun 15, 2019 at 8:27pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Getting to the boat shed isn’t easy, as tourists have to cross Mounts Bay Road to reach the shed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once they get to the shed, there’s not much there for them apart from a nearby restaurant, who has complained about visitors being rude and verbally abusive, according to </span><a href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/australian-holidays/western-australia/perth-council-is-paying-400k-after-instagrammers-flock-to-famous-spot/news-story/98aec46261cc85b48ea0d8d2335c7abb"><span style="font-weight: 400;">news.com.au.</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The local council has decided to build a toilet, which is at a cost of $400,000. The toilet is looking to be Perth’s first solar-powered toilet which will cost $20,000 each year to maintain.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The construction of the proposed facility, with appropriate signage at strategic locations, will allow visitors to the area the respite they need, without exhausting the current business facility’s capacity,” the council said.</span></p>

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Start your adventure in the Kimberley with El Questro

<p>If you have ever wanted to experience the timeless majesty of the awe inspiring Kimberley region but don’t know where to start, the El Questro Wilderness Park might be the perfect package.</p> <p>The sixty by eighty square kilometre park rewards the visitor with all the diversity and grandeur that this ancient region has to offer.</p> <p><strong>Accommodation options to suit every taste</strong></p> <p>To access the park, you can fly in from any capital city to Kununurra, where a regular road transfer service can take you into the park area. The park offers a range of accommodation options, all of them superbly integrated into the dramatic landscape. At<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.elquestro.com.au/stay/emma-gorge" target="_blank">Emma Gorge</a><span> </span>you can stay in the comfort of delightful tented cabins that give grand vistas of the ancient gorge escarpment, without sacrificing the modern touches of a contemporary licenced restaurant and pool. Emma Gorge has several self-guided nature trails and can also serve as a base for exploring the park.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByUcGsLlV0G/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByUcGsLlV0G/" target="_blank">Champagne Spring is a hidden wonder. Well worth the journey, the 4.8km riverside trail is long and filled with broken terrain, particularly in the second leg of the hike with a refreshing cascading waterfall at the end.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/elquestro/" target="_blank"> El Questro</a> (@elquestro) on Jun 5, 2019 at 12:16am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>If you are looking for more substantial lodgings, you can stay at one of the well-appointed bungalows at<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.elquestro.com.au/stay/the-station" target="_blank">The Station</a><span> </span>on the banks of the Pentecost River. With beautiful tropical surroundings, you can enjoy gourmet meals in the restaurant, a cooling drink in the bar or refresh yourself with a stroll down to the swimming lagoon.</p> <p>The premier accommodation in the park is<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.elquestro.com.au/the-homestead" target="_blank">The Homestead</a>; a sprawling property surrounded by lush tropical gardens and comprising a range of luxury suites. All are superbly decorated and enjoy sweeping views of the Chamberlain Gorge and River system. Tariffs are structured to be fully inclusive of an elegant room, gourmet cuisine, beverages and personalised guided tours in the valley.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw1eDxUA_e3/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw1eDxUA_e3/" target="_blank">Take in expansive views of the Chamberlain River and the Kimberley jungle from the private deck of your Homestead villa, a remote and exclusive retreat on the edge of wilderness. As you soak in your alfresco bath, you may spot swooping birds and jumping fish.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/elquestro/" target="_blank"> El Questro</a> (@elquestro) on Apr 29, 2019 at 3:05am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>The full Kimberley experience</strong></p> <p>The organised tours via boat, helicopter or horseback let you experience the enormous scale of the park and gain access to the best attractions, such as remote waterholes, cascading waterfalls and crystalline rivers that carve into the red rock.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BwO16XwAlfE/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BwO16XwAlfE/" target="_blank">Doesn't the majestic Emma Gorge look a lot different? All of her stunning layers are showcased at this height. Emma Gorge opens on 17th April. 📸: @ben_broady</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/elquestro/" target="_blank"> El Questro</a> (@elquestro) on Apr 14, 2019 at 3:03am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The flora and exotic wildlife that inhabit the region make for an intense natural experience and your ranger will ensure you get the most value from your time in this unspoiled and largely unexplored piece of unique wilderness.</p> <p><em>Written by Tom Raeside. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/travel/start-your-kimberley-adventure-with-el-questro.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a>.</em></p>

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There is a new way to cruise around Australia – and it’s breathtaking

<p><span>The Vasco da Gama, formerly known as Pacific Eden, has undergone a modern premium fit-out and is now sailing as a sister ship to the popular ASTOR. This boutique sized cruise-liner now provides a more traditional leisurely cruising style with a friendly onboard atmosphere. Join this stylish ship for her maiden Australian season and save 33% if you book now – exclusive to Discover Australia Holidays.</span></p> <p><span>An exciting range of cruise options between December 2019 and March 2020 include a Broome &amp; Kimberley adventure, Sydney to Adelaide, Adelaide to Perth, circumnavigation of Tasmania, Kangaroo Island, an epic cruise to Broome and Bali, plus Christmas and Australia Day themed cruises.</span></p> <p><span>Discover Australia Holidays has <a href="https://www.discoveraustralia.com.au/holiday-packages/cruise/vasco-da-gama?utm_medium=referrer&amp;utm_source=OverSixty&amp;utm_campaign=VdG_Cruise_Summer_Sale_2019">Vasco da Gama</a> all-inclusive packages covering all cruise options. Each cruise can also be combined with the Indian Pacific to form an amazing Rail and Sail experience. And right now, all Vasco da Gama packages are available at incredible Summer Travel Sale prices at Discover Australia Holidays.</span></p> <p><strong>Indian Pacific with Vasco da Gama Broome &amp; Kimberley Cruise</strong></p> <p><span>The most popular Vasco da Gama package is the 11-day classic cruise along Australia’s spectacular Indian Ocean coast to the Kimberley with ports of call in Geraldton, Broome and Kuri Bay. The Rail and Sail version adds the world-famous Indian Pacific.</span></p> <p><span>Experience an unforgettable and luxurious cruising adventure aboard the Vasco da Gama north through turquoise and emerald waters of Australia’s stunning Indian Ocean to the incredible Kimberley Coast. Cruise from the historic port town of Fremantle, along the Coral Coast to Broome, with ports of call in iconic Broome, the Kimberley’s Kuri Bay and the Geraldton.</span></p> <p><span>This all-inclusive package includes AN 11-day cruise in a contemporary Ocean View Cabin, all meals aboard Vasco da Gama, all flights, Perth Hotel and personalised transfers. Right now, the 14-day <a href="https://www.discoveraustralia.com.au/holiday-packages/broome-kimberley-coast-vasco-da-gama-cruise-with-perth-stay-mp410.html?utm_medium=referrer&amp;utm_source=OverSixty&amp;utm_campaign=VdG_Cruise_Summer_Sale_2019">Vasco da Gama Broome &amp; Kimberley Cruise</a> package is just $2902, a saving of 33%. </span></p> <p><span>Why not add the Indian Pacific? Experience the kaleidoscope of Australian landscapes onboard the 4-day train journey from Sydney to Perth. You’ll enjoy the comfort of your private cabin with ensuite. Experience the included off-train training and activities, such as Broken Hill, Barossa, Adelaide, Cook and Rawlinna. Savour the food and wines matching the destinations you pass through. Relax in the spectacular Queen Adelaide restaurant car and mingle with fellow adventurers in the Outback Explorer lounge car. Right now, you can book the 15-day <a href="https://www.discoveraustralia.com.au/holiday-packages/indian-pacific-perth-with-broome-kimberley-coast-vasco-da-gama-cruise-mp392.html?utm_medium=referrer&amp;utm_source=OverSixty&amp;utm_campaign=VdG_Cruise_Summer_Sale_2019">Indian Pacific with Vasco Da Gama Broome &amp; Kimberley Cruise</a> from $4946, a saving of 22%.</span></p> <p><span>It’s only available from Discover Australia Holidays, with limited availability in February 2020.</span></p> <p><strong>The Vasco da Gama Experience</strong></p> <p><span>Catering for just 1220 privileged guests ensures a more personal touch from the attentive crew. You can indulge in the wonderful array of activities, entertainment and premium facilities designed for a more traditional and sophisticated cruising experience.</span></p> <p><span>The Vasco da Gama boasts stylish cabins and impressive contemporary public areas, with a choice of five lounge bars, a pool bar and four entertainment venues each with its own individual style. The ship also offers a casino, library, card room and shopping galleria, plus extensive deck areas, two swimming pools, sports courts, spa amenities and a gym.</span></p> <p><span>Experience top ‘big show’ entertainment in the two-tiered show lounge Hollywood’s. Enjoy the panoramic seascapes of The Dome during the day, then this is the place to be to dance the night away to all your old favourites. Relax with some musical entertainment at the Blue Room. For more leisurely options, stroll around extensive deck areas, catch a movie in the cinema, visit the casino, bridge and card room, arts and crafts area or ship’s library. Plus, there’s Cappuccino’s coffee shop and Gelato’s ice cream bar to tempt you. The impressive three-decked atrium is the focal point of the ship with its own shopping galleria.</span></p> <p><span>Enjoy flexible dining at your leisure at any of the three main restaurants: Waterfront Restaurant, Waterfront Mediterranean or Waterfront Eurasia. Perhaps indulge at The Grill or Chef’s Table or relax at the buffet-style Club Bistro. Vasco da Gama’s chefs excel in creating new and delicious dishes which will have you craving your next meal. A selection of Australian and European wines are available to complement your meal, plus Australian draught beers are available at the ship’s bars. You will savour every day on board the Vasco da Gama.</span></p> <p><strong>Compare Vasco da Gama Options</strong></p> <p><span>Whatever Vasco da Gama cruise you are looking for, you’ll find the perfect all-inclusive package at Discover Australia Holidays. </span></p> <p><span>Right now, you can save up to 33% with the Summer Travel Sale prices across the <a href="https://www.discoveraustralia.com.au/holiday-packages/cruise/vasco-da-gama?utm_medium=referrer&amp;utm_source=OverSixty&amp;utm_campaign=VdG_Cruise_Summer_Sale_2019">full range</a> – exclusive to Discover Australia Holidays. But hurry, they’re selling out fast.</span></p> <p><span>Scroll through the gallery above to see some of the sights you can discover with Vasco da Gama.</span></p> <p><em>This is sponsored content brought to you in conjunction with Discover Australia Holidays.</em></p>

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Inside the $4.9 million Sydney mansion Delta Goodrem “bought” last year

<p>The luxurious Double Bay home that Delta Goodrem nearly purchased last year before rejecting it in the cooling-off period is finally off the market with a price that broke the previous street record.</p> <p>Biller Property principal Paul Biller didn’t say much when asked about the “Delta deal” but was thrilled to confirm that the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home at 46 Epping Rd in one of Sydney's most sough-after suburbs smashed the previous selling price record which was $4.9 million.</p> <p>According to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.realestate.com.au/news/double-bay-house-that-delta-goodrem-bought-last-year-sells-for-street-record/?rsf=syn:news:nca:dt:article" target="_blank">Wentworth Courier</a>,</em> upon seeing the property Goodrem fell in love but decided that apartment living was more her style. So, she decided to purchase a seventh-floor apartment in one of Sydney’s most prestigious locations, The Residence, which has a view of Hyde Park.</p> <p>That property set her back $4.825 million in January.</p> <p>The current owner of the Double Bay mansion, Toula Cassen, bought the home for $3.8 million in 2014. </p> <p>Speaking to the <em>Wentworth Courier</em>, she said: “It’s just so architecturally beautiful – I’d been looking for something like that in a property.</p> <p>“It felt like I was going to be living in a gallery.”</p> <p>Ms Cassen was blown away by the selling price, with the home going to a family from the north shore, who were ecstatic about the sheer size of the house.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to look inside the extravagant home.</p>

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5 things to do in Broken Hill

<p>If you have grown up in suburban Australia, you may not have ever experienced a true outback experience. Now, in the era of the Internet and smartphones, be prepared to be struck by the isolation, restful quietness and passionate heat of NSW’s Far West. Full of rich histories, memorable sunsets, ever-changing sceneries and fun encounters with local characters, Broken Hill and surrounds are the heart of outback NSW.</p> <p>The entrance point to the wide open spaces of outback NSW, Broken Hill has emerged as a culturally rich hub and has been listed as Australia’s first heritage city, despite the mountainous slagheap that casts a shadow over town. Having once had the world's richest silver–lead–zinc mineral deposits, the Silver City is making a name for itself in its arts and geo-tourism.</p> <p>Take in the city by foot and see the lovely quaint buildings and 19th-century architecture that line the streets. And while it may appear as though every corner you turn there is a pub, you’ll be surprised to hear that there are actually more art galleries in the town.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Byz_9zEJnO4/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Byz_9zEJnO4/" target="_blank">Emu on the run #australia #4x4 #4wheeling #4wd #sydney #adventure #camping #bushtucker #recovery #survival #wildlife #kangaroo #koala #snakes #jeep #wrangler #landcruiser #hilux #tours #nsw #beaches #bushland #outback #australianoutback #beers #campfire #wild #fun #community</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/4x4toursaustralia/" target="_blank"> Marc, Sydney Australia</a> (@4x4toursaustralia) on Jun 17, 2019 at 6:26am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>1. Menindee Lakes</strong><span> </span></p> <p>Not far from Broken Hill is the still bank of Lake Pamamaroo. Initially struck by the lush grassy sites of the sequestered park, this serene and peaceful area allows visitors to park their caravans, fish, swim, and go for a paddle - a popular camping destination for locals.</p> <p>However, one of the most famous attractions of the Menindee Lake waterways is Lake Wetherell, which is home to magnificent dead red gum trees with their twisted limbs standing submerged in water.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BefyAkZjh1h/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BefyAkZjh1h/" target="_blank">To capture the magic of this place, we suggest using the Manfrotto ND64 and ND500 filters. They allowed for the silky smooth effect on the light and water. 📷: @thurstonphoto</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/manfrottoimaginemore/" target="_blank"> Manfrotto Imagine More</a> (@manfrottoimaginemore) on Jan 28, 2018 at 6:31am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The hour-long boat cruise with ‘River Lady’ provides an up-close encounter with the gnarly skeleton sculptures which are ‘brought to life’ by the diverse birdlife. Pink-headed cockatoos, perching pelicans and black kites are just some of the creatures that inhabit these branching structures.</p> <p><strong>2. Wilcannia</strong><span> </span></p> <p><span>Further along the track (around 2.5 hours from Broken Hill) sits the remote town of Wilcannia, which is home to many heritage stone buildings built during the 1800s, including the local hospital, the post office, police station and courthouse. </span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByO1IJCgWlI/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByO1IJCgWlI/" target="_blank">#wilcannia Once the third largest inland riverboat port now the Darling a series of dry puddles here. Also thinking of #wilcanniamob who rapped about catching bream and jumping off the bridge only a few years back. Stopped for lunch but both cafes recently closed down. Would be great to see our tourism industry take a strong stance on climate action. 💚 #nswtourism #climatechange #tourismaustralia #climateaction #darlingriver @tourismnsw</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/jeremy_park_/" target="_blank"> Jeremy Park</a> (@jeremy_park_) on Jun 2, 2019 at 7:59pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>While Wilcannia is one of the NSW’s most economically disadvantaged regions, it is vibrant in its culture and creative expression - there’s even a drive-through art gallery at Reconciliation Park, making it an area that could easily grow to become the new hub for Indigenous art in NSW.</span></p> <p><span><strong>3. Camping on the Darling</strong> </span></p> <p><span>Three kilometres east of the Wilcannia township, just off the Barrier Highway, is a popular spot to experience unspoilt tranquility for caravaners and campers alike. Located nearby on the banks of the Darling River, Warrawong on the Darling is a sought-after caravan park with spacious grass camping grounds and comfortable, modern cabins, making it perfect place to relax and leave behind the distractions of city life. Sunrises and sunsets are a big drawcard at Warrawong where colours of purple, pink and gold paint the skyline.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByDth7RAkyU/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByDth7RAkyU/" target="_blank">Darling River Run A trip that should be on everyone’s bucket list. The country side, terrain, camping, wildlife, history, red dirt, everything about the Darling River Run is absolutely breath taking. #darlingriver #darlingriverrun #nsw #newsouthwales #victoria #vic #seeaustralia #aus #australia #4wd #4wdlife #4 #ytg4x4 #ytg #ytb #prado150 #prado #landcruiserprado #landcruiser #life #camping #river #photography #edits #edit #girlsthat4wd #4x4 #4x4offroad #outback #outbackaustralia</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/liss_tani/" target="_blank"> » 𝗔𝗹𝘆𝘀𝘀𝗮║𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗲 «</a> (@liss_tani) on May 29, 2019 at 12:21pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>4. White Cliffs </strong></p> <p>The opal-mining community of White Cliffs is just over an hour drive from Wilcannia, where you can discover the exciting wildlife that makes its home in the desert. The bright blue morning sky welcomed some chirping lorikeets and soaring wedged-tail eagles, but the highlight to any outback trip was spotting a mob of ‘roos hopping about and driving past a daddy emu with his three chicks strutting behind on the side of the road. </p> <p>More than average rainfall in 2016 meant that the desert had a lot more shrubbery than usual, and fuller lakes. Travelling along the wide stretch of dirt road, the flat, semi-desert plains expand beyond your gaze. The terrain is scattered with pearl bluebushes, low trees and green shrubbery with speckles of yellow button flowers, but as you head to the Historical Diggings of the 1890s, the landscape transforms into a sandy stretch of hills. The opal field look like giant ants’ nests excavated once by hopeful miners.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BYXjOP5nTvj/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BYXjOP5nTvj/" target="_blank">The outback road between #MutawintjiNationalPark and #ParooDarlingNationalPark. #NSWParks 📷@lifeinthemulga</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/nswnationalparks/" target="_blank"> NSW National Parks</a> (@nswnationalparks) on Aug 28, 2017 at 11:40pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>One of the must-do activities when in White Cliffs is the Red Earth Opal mine tour. The outdoor classroom takes visitors 45 feet underground in opal-miner Graeme Dowton’s little patch of heaven where the passion for his work gives you a real sense of what made this town first tick. The area is best known for its seam opal — milky white crystals — and was Australia’s first viable commercial mining field for about 30 years. Graeme has been lucky to unearth some remarkable opal “pineapple” finds (pictured above).</p> <p><strong>5. Mutawintji National Park</strong><span> </span></p> <p>North east of Broken Hill, Mutawintji National Park harbours collections of rock art that depict pre and post colonial Aboriginal history, many of which are protected within the Historic Site and only accessible with a guide.<span> </span></p> <p>The special site, which is a ceremonial ground for Aboriginal clans, makes for a unique experience as it takes visitors on a historical journey back to the dreamtime origins of the area. The tour takes guests on a bush walk through the mulga plains and saltbushes to large overhanging caves with hand stencils and paintings.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BaB4G2cgRcx/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BaB4G2cgRcx/" target="_blank">A post shared by Dargen D'Amico (@dargendamico)</a> on Oct 9, 2017 at 6:42am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Continue around the rocky-bedded trail up into the ranges to displays of Panaramitee-style rock art on sheets of flat beds rock with engravings of kangaroos and emus.</p> <p>The indigenous history of Mutawintji is extensive and the rugged landscape is breathtaking – especially when taking in the scenery from high up.</p> <p>You'll be surprised by how much there is to see and do, and what better place to go on an adventure than the Aussie outback road.</p> <p><em>Written by Maria Angela Parajo. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/travel/postcard-from-broken-hill.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Top 3 short break getaways

<p>Roy Morgan Research has recently confirmed that a short break of just one or two nights is now the most popular form of domestic holiday in Australia. Apparently we just love getting away for a quick, rejuvenating stay to recharge the batteries and give ourselves a treat away from home.</p> <p>56% of those surveyed report that their last domestic holiday was a short stay and the destinations seem to centre on the major cities and their surrounds. Melbourne topped the charts as the most favoured place to get away, followed by Sydney and the Gold Coast. Of course everyone has their opinions on what the best short stay destinations are in and around those three cities, but here are our top picks.</p> <p><strong>1. Indulge at Daylesford</strong></p> <p>Just one hour away from Tullamarine airport, this charming area offers so much that can be enjoyed in a short space of time. Here’s a virtual tour to give you a taste.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="http://visitdaylesford.com.au/" target="_blank">Daylesford</a><span> </span>is home to the iconic<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.hepburnbathhouse.com/" target="_blank">Hepburn Spa and Bathhouse</a><span> </span>where you can enjoy a range of relaxing treatments, such as the steam room or salt therapy pool, or just take it easy in a spa lounge immersed in the warm natural spring water. Follow that with some fresh air frolicking at the Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm just 10 minutes north of Daylesford. Here you can wander through fragrant lavender fields, enjoy the ambience of the glorious gardens and groves and sample some Lavender scones, honey or champagne.</p> <p>Fancy a spot of culture? Then visit Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens where the old Convent is now a superb fine art gallery. It has great views of the town to boot. You can round off the day at the Lake House restaurant, which overlooks picturesque Lake Daylesford.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Byl5kR9l2uw/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Byl5kR9l2uw/" target="_blank">{Twilight Bathing}  Don’t miss out on this mystical experience as the sun drops in Hepburn Springs. You will feel like time stops as you recline and soak by candlelight in The Sanctuary. You receive exclusive access to our Outdoor Creekside Bathing, Mineral Hammam, Salt and Magnesium Pool, Aroma Steam Room and The Bathhouse. Bookings are limited and available Friday &amp; Saturday. #daylesford #hepburnsprings #daylesfordmacedonrangers #myhappyspace</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/hepburnbathhousespa/" target="_blank"> Hepburn Bathhouse &amp; Spa</a> (@hepburnbathhousespa) on Jun 11, 2019 at 7:00pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>2. Southern Highland Sojourn</strong></p> <p>The southern highlands district is just a couple of hours from Sydney and is home to a rich concentration of gardens, wineries, restaurants and antique stores. The whole area has an alluring heritage feel and the luxuriant countryside setting makes it the complete short stay experience.</p> <p>Start your visit with some natural highlights either at Robertson’s 500-metre-long Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk, with its stunning views, or at the glorious Fitzroy Falls. The colonial village of Berrima is a living showcase of Georgian architecture with rustic stores, gardens, walking trails and beautifully preserved historic buildings. </p> <p>For a change of pace, try the iconic Bradman Museum at Bowral or the fascinating train museum at Thirlmere. The region is also home to a thriving array of wineries and you won’t go hungry either, with all of the area’s towns and villages offering exceptional dining experiences.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BymaYmLgQXe/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BymaYmLgQXe/" target="_blank">Journey through our Treetop Walk, surrounded by luscious greens of the Illawarra Rainforest. 🌿🌳🍃 . . #adventure #journey #trees #fun #walking #birds #rainforest #wollongong #shellharbour #kiama #southernhighlands #visitnsw #tourismnsw #illawarrafly #illawarraflytreetop</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/illawarrafly/" target="_blank"> Illawarra Fly</a> (@illawarrafly) on Jun 11, 2019 at 11:47pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>3. Magical O’Reilly’s</strong></p> <p>Nestled in the majestic Gold Coast hinterland,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.oreillys.com.au/" target="_blank">O’Reilly’s Spa</a><span> </span>combines the best of nature with indulgent pampering and dining. The location alone is a rejuvenating experience with glorious mountain top views over the lush carpet of rainforest. Friendly native animals and abundant birdlife add a relaxing natural backdrop. The rainforest ambience is a perfect setting to enjoy some luxury spa treatments, such as heavenly massages, therapeutic skin care treatments.</p> <p>Of course the unique setting also makes it perfect to immerse yourself in the nature, with guided rainforest walks and 4WD excursions, or try the popular spotlighting walk to the glow worm caves.</p> <p>A visit to the O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards is mandatory to sample the superb Shiraz Chambourcin, Verdelho and Semillon varieties. The magnificent homestead at the heart of the vineyards is the ideal place to enjoy a delicious meal on the sweeping verandahs, or to take away one of their famous picnic baskets to enjoy.</p> <p>If you are looking for less activity and more relaxation, you can always read in the luxurious lounge areas or take a plunge in the infinity pool that overlooks the panoramic mountaintop views.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByuR-KCgqiL/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByuR-KCgqiL/" target="_blank">A favourite among the hikers of Lamington National Park - Box Forest Circuit is full of one beautiful waterfall after another.  It's a stunning walk and is around an 11k round trip from the main guesthouse. 💦💚📸: @jamesgardiner__ #oreillysrainforestretreat #seeaustralia #thisisqueensland #wearegoldcoast #scenicrim #visitbrisbane #queensland #UnDiscoverAustralia #Travel #boxforestcircuit #boxforest #discoveripswich #discovernorthernnsw #discovertamborine #thetweed #waterfall #waterfalls #waterfallsofinstagram #destinationscenicrim #bordertrack  #lamingtonnationalpark #qldparks</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/oreillysrainforestretreat/" target="_blank"> O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat</a> (@oreillysrainforestretreat) on Jun 15, 2019 at 1:08am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><em>Image credits: (feature) Peter Mylonas </em></p> <p><em>Written by Tom Raeside. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/travel/top-three-short-stay-desinations.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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An unforgettable journey across Australia on the Indian Pacific

<p>There has never been a better time to experience the famous Indian Pacific with the exclusive Flash Sale at Discover Australia Holidays and savings up to 33% across their range of popular <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.discoveraustralia.com.au/holiday-packages/train/indian-pacific/?utm_medium=referrer&amp;utm_source=OverSixty&amp;utm_campaign=Indian_Pacific_Flash_Sale_2019" target="_blank">Indian Pacific</a> packages.</p> <p>Experience the adventure that spans Australia and epitomises the stylish romance of luxury rail. This iconic 4-day expedition between Sydney and Perth takes you through the kaleidoscope of Australian landscapes, including the dramatic Blue Mountains, historic outback Broken Hill, rugged Flinders Ranges, South Australia's rolling green hills, Adelaide, the expansive Nullarbor Plain, the red goldfields of Kalgoorlie, the golden wheatbelt and fertile Avon Valley. Relax in stylish luxury in the spectacular Queen Adelaide restaurant car and mingle with fellow adventurers in the Outback Explorer lounge car.</p> <p>The all-inclusive Indian Pacific packages range from a short-break to Perth or Adelaide right up to epic adventures that combine the train with extensive luxury coach touring, a 4-day cruise on the Murray River or ocean cruises. And right now, they are all available at incredible <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.discoveraustralia.com.au/holiday-packages/train/indian-pacific/?utm_medium=referrer&amp;utm_source=OverSixty&amp;utm_campaign=Indian_Pacific_Flash_Sale_2019" target="_blank">Flash Sale</a> prices at Discover Australia Holidays.</p> <p><strong>Indian Pacific to Perth Short Break</strong></p> <p>This 6-day holiday is a really affordable way to experience this remarkable train journey. After a memorable three nights and four days onboard the famous Indian Pacific from Sydney, discover the remarkable transformation of Perth over recent years with a 2-night short break in this beautiful city. You’ll enjoy the comfort of your private cabin with ensuite. Experience the included off-train training and activities, such as Broken Hill, Barossa, Adelaide, Cook and Rawlinna.</p> <p>Savour the delicious food and wines matching the destinations you pass through. This all-inclusive 6-day holiday includes all meals aboard the train, all off-train experiences, all flights, Perth Hotel and personalised transfers. And right now, you can book the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.discoveraustralia.com.au/holiday-packages/indian-pacific-perth-short-break-mp140.html?utm_medium=referrer&amp;utm_source=OverSixty&amp;utm_campaign=Indian_Pacific_Flash_Sale_2019" target="_blank">Indian Pacific to Perth Short Break</a> from $2426, a saving of 33%. It’s only available from Discover Australia Holidays, with limited availability on selected travel dates between July 2019 and March 2020.</p> <p><strong>The Indian Pacific Journey</strong></p> <p>Your transcontinental adventure begins in Sydney. Prepare for a journey of contrasts, from lush vineyards to vast goldmines, majestic mountains to the vast expanse of the Nullarbor, from cities of four million to ghost towns of four. Relax in the privacy of your air-conditioned private cabin or head to the Outback Explorer Lounge and enjoy a welcome drink in the company of other passengers.</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0a7iq3r6Yxc"></iframe></div> <p>As the train winds through the breathtaking Blue Mountains, explore the comforts of life onboard, get acquainted with your cabin and fellow travellers. After settling in, savour your first meal – a regionally-inspired dinner paired with all-inclusive fine wines and beverages. After dinner, join fellow guests for a late-night drink or head back to your cabin for your first night onboard.</p> <p>You arrive in the ‘Silver City’ of Broken Hill as the next day begins, where you embark on a morning of Off Train Excursions to discover the mining history and artistic culture of this unique town where the streets are wide and there’s a pub on every corner. Explore this historic outback mining town where BHP Billiton has its origins and visit the Pro Hart Gallery and learn about one of Australia's most iconic artists. Back onboard the Indian Pacific breakfast awaits as you then continue your journey deep into South Australia.</p> <p>Lunch is served onboard as the Indian Pacific enters the southern tip of the spectacular and ancient Flinders Ranges. Arriving in the city of Adelaide in the afternoon, you have the choice of a tour of the city, a visit to the world-famous Barossa Valley or McLaren Vale wine regions (seasonal), or a trip to the beautiful Adelaide Hills featuring the culinary delights of Hahndorf.</p> <p>The first light of dawn illuminates the vast and remote emptiness of the Nullarbor as your train carries you through the longest single stretch of railway line in the world. You’ll awake to the seemingly endless expanse of the Nullarbor Plain to enjoy a scrumptious breakfast. This evening, your sense of wonder will be ignited as the train stops for you to enjoy the tranquillity of an unforgettable dinner under the brilliant desert stars in the remote and beautiful Rawlinna.</p> <p>Breakfast is served as you glide through the mild skies and cool green vales of the Avon Valley on your way to Perth, arriving after an onboard lunch. As you approach your final destination, Perth, you've just completed an unforgettable adventure on one of the world's greatest railway journeys.</p> <p><strong>Compare Indian Pacific Holiday Options</strong></p> <p>Whatever Indian Pacific holiday you are looking for, you’ll find the perfect train adventure at Discover Australia Holidays. Specialising in train holidays, they have more than 40 all-inclusive Indian Pacific options to choose from.</p> <p>Right now, you can save up to 33% with Flash Sale prices across the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.discoveraustralia.com.au/holiday-packages/train/indian-pacific/?utm_medium=referrer&amp;utm_source=OverSixty&amp;utm_campaign=Indian_Pacific_Flash_Sale_2019" target="_blank">full range</a> – exclusive to Discover Australia Holidays. But hurry, they’re selling out fast.</p> <p><em>This is sponsored content brought to you in conjunction with </em><span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.discoveraustralia.com.au/holiday-packages/train/indian-pacific/" target="_blank"><em>Discover Australia Holidays</em></a></span><em>. </em></p>

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Take a walking holiday on glorious Maria Island

<p>Once in a while Mother Nature really outdoes herself in creating places of extraordinary beauty and grandeur. When these places also offer the opportunity for the traveller to immerse themselves completely in the heart and soul of that beauty, it becomes a transcendent experience. Such a place exists just off the east coast of Tasmania on world heritage listed Maria Island. </p> <p><strong>A carefully structured walking tour</strong><span><br /></span></p> <p><span>This idyllic gem is best appreciated on the professionally run </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.mariaislandwalk.com.au/" target="_blank">Maria Island Walk</a><span>, which operates between October and May and takes groups of 10 on a well-planned and paced four day and three night discovery journey. The walk covers between 4 and 17 kilometres per day and is relatively gentle, so while you don’t need to be a hiking addict, it will help to be of reasonable fitness to fully enjoy the experience.</span></p> <p>The tour begins with a boat transfer from the mainland, which arrives on the pristine white sands of Shoal bay on the south western end of the island. It’s a stunning introduction to a journey that will gradually unfold the natural wonders and vivid colonial history that is so richly present.</p> <p>After exploring the island’s southern end on day one, the route then hugs the western coast of the island on day two, giving you breathtaking vistas of crystal blue waters, beaches of remote beauty and dramatic cliffs that thrust up into the verdant, rolling landscape. On the third day you carve a path into the ancient forested heart of the island’s northern end, where the more able bodied can take an optional detour to scale the slopes of Mount Maria for a view that has to be seen to be believed.</p> <p><strong>Comfort and indulgence all the way</strong></p> <p>Against the backdrop of this unique environment, the creature comforts are all well catered for. Accommodation includes two nights at luxury permanent campsites and one night in the historically elegant Bernacchi House. The expert guides who are so passionate about the island’s heritage are also skilled at preparing gourmet meals that showcase the best of Tasmania’s famous food and wine culture.</p> <p>The haunting allure of Maria Island is ready to reward the willing walker with the experience of a lifetime.</p> <p><em>Written by Tom Raeside. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/travel/take-a-walking-holiday-on-glorious-maria-island.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a>.</em></p>

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