WARRNAMBOOL – THE AUSTRALIAN TRAVELLER GUIDE
Warrnambool is the perfect location for history buffs that love a good beachside holiday. What was once a popular whaling and sealing station is now a proud city, bustling with activity.
An eight-day journey taking in approximately 1030 kilometres of the south-west coast’s beautiful beaches and forests, topped off with gourmet adventures around Pemberton and Margaret River Tail-wagging, Bella leads us through an avenue of hazel trees. Nose close to the ground, the young black labrador snuffles the base of each tree, seeking out edible gold. Suddenly she stops and begins pawing at the earth. Bingo! Although the season ended weeks ago, Bella’s training has led her to two small black perigord truffles. We’re soon savouring the funghi-like delicacies, which fetch up to $3000 per kilo, with a glass of shiraz, at...
World Heritage-listed rainforests, bohemian towns, surf beaches and a legendary food and arts scene, you can find the country’s best features between Bryon Bay and the Gold Coast - one of Australia’s 16 Ultimate Escapes Stretching from Byron Bay to the Gold Coast and west into the hinterland of the Great Dividing Range, the Green Cauldron is one of the few places in the country where mountain rainforests meet the ocean. The region encompasses secluded and surf beaches, subtropical rainforest and 12 national parks. Many are found in the Gondwana Rainforest World Heritage Area, a magnificent landscape created from an ancient...
Greta Stonehouse goes digging around for dirt on Australia’s most prolific flower show, Canberra’s Floriade. “The most asked question at Floriade is about the English daisies, which look like little buttons - people always want to know what they are.” The event’s head gardener Andrew Forster answers one of the most burning questions surrounding Floriade to date, and if anyone knows their tulips from their daisies it’s this guy. Floriade, held in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park, is the largest flower show in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2013 alone almost 450,000 thousand people attended. In 2014 more than one million flowers and...
Want the ultimate accommodation splash-outs in some of the best positioned hotels in Australia? Check out these ultra-luxe suites, although you might want to check out your bank balance first though. 1. Sydney Suite, Park Hyatt Sydney Where: Harbourfront at the Rocks Why would you? If you’re a VIP (with $16,000 per night to spend) who appreciates front-row Opera House views. The ‘usual’ add-ons such as a 24-hour butler and a $9000 toilet that plays music. Something special: You can reserves the entire fourth floor of the hotel for $50,000 per night – for your entourage, of course! Price: $16,000...
Alright, alright, so it doesn’t have the prettiest sounding name (well that’s our humble opinion, anyway) but we think you’ll agree, after reading this, that the food, the folk and the very fine scenery in Mudgee more than make up for any minor quibble you face over its moniker. Isn’t it funny, though, how a name can have such influence? If only more people knew that, when the Wiradjuri people named this place, they literally meant ‘nest in the hills’*. Now that is an apt name. Farmers, viticulturalists and very lucky locals have lived here for centuries, but over the...
Believe it or not, spring is not far away (hurray!) and we can see ourselves cruising around a gorgeous beachside suburbs on one of these. And you could win one! The Classic bike is a vintage-style bicycle fitted with all the reliable modern bells and whistles for comfy and safe riding in all terrains – coffee with friends, down to the beach for an ice-cream, or just to catch the warmer weather when it finally appears come September. For your chance to win CLICK HERE and tell us, in 25 words or less, ‘where you would most like to ride your...
An eight-day, 3600-kilometre drive combining the best of outback WA with its glorious west coast On the first morning of this trip, having driven our campervan out of Perth for five hours into the inky night the previous day, we awake in a layby in the middle of the desert. As the sun rises over the surrounding plains, a drowsy check of the map confirms that we are 70 kilometres from the nearest settlement, Paynes Find – home to 75 people and exactly one roadhouse. We have an 800-kilometre drive ahead of us to reach Newman, in the southern Pilbara...
The Reef, from Bundaberg to Cape York, is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, “the world’s biggest aquarium”, with its crystal blue waters teeming with colourful marine life, is pure paradise from every angle - and one of Australia's 16 Ultimate Escapes The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is the largest tropical reef ecosystem in the world. We all know it’s big, but let’s break it down into numbers. Extending 2300 kilometres, from Bundaberg in the south to beyond Cape York in the north, it spans more than 300,000 square kilometres, making it larger than New Zealand. In...
Australian Traveller's Steve Madgwick talks to Julia Lines from passenger rights group Airline Customer Advocate to get the low-down about your rights when your plane/flight is delayed or cancelled (in Australia). Am I entitled to monetary compensation for flight delays? You are not entitled to mandatory compensation when a flight is delayed because the airline’s agreement is limited to flying you from airport A to airport B, rather than flying you from A to B at the times specified in your itinerary. What about the right to be put up in a hotel room and meals overnight? Airlines do not...
We asked Australia’s top food and travel journalists to nominate the country’s best new food weekends (as part of 'The Hot List' issue, out now) . Here’s what they had to say If you’re in-the-know (or let’s face it, even if you’re not), you’d be aware that gourmet getaways are the holiday of the moment. But once you’ve eaten your way through umpteen courses at our most awarded restaurants, and sipped on the chardonnays, sauvs and chenin blancs of our most beloved wine regions, where does the next notch in your belt come from? Fear not, we asked six epicurean...
Georgia Rickard discovers surprises at every turn on a trip of a lifetime to idyllic Indian Ocean outpost Christmas Island. Somewhere, deep in a crevice of the Christmas Island jungle, a rifle-wielding Coconut Crab is biding his time. “It happened when the soldiers relocated here, after the Tampa crisis,” recalls long-time resident, Linda Cash. “They were going through a training drill in the jungle when one of their rifles just clean disappeared. Gone. Just like that.” Having looked everywhere, and failing to locate the gun, the soldiers were eventually forced to conclude what the locals could have told them....
Free your spirit on the beautiful Coral Coast, where rolling red desert dunes collide with a turquoise ocean teeming with colourful underwater characters – including the world’s largest fish, The Whale Shark - (one of Australia’s 16 Ultimate Escapes) The landscape between Western Australia’s Shark Bay World Heritage-listed area and the northern tip of Ningaloo Reef is as dramatic as the frontier is remote. Alien-like termite hills dot the horizon in the north and turquoise waters brim with lively fringing reefs that stretch across 260 kilometres of coastline. Along with exquisite white-sand beaches, this region is most famous for its abundant...
Subscribe to Australian Traveller and you not only get Australia’s greatest travel magazine delivered straight to your mailbox (at a discount) but you also walk away with the chance to win a dream escape on one of the most elegant and spectacular hiking experiences around. To subscribe and win click here Tasmania’s multi-award winning Maria Island Walk is recognised as one of Australia’s outstanding walking experiences. Set on a remarkable, World Heritage-listed island national park, this four-day walk is a delightful blend of rare wildlife, convict heritage and elegant accommodation. Small groups of just 10 guests and two guides enjoy...
Memories of burning your feet on hot sand and gobbling down fish and chips quick enough to displease any lurking gulls is worth a trip down memory lane on NSW's South Coast. Words by Megan Arkinstall Jervis Bay - The classic Jervis Bay is pretty much smack bang in the middle of the South Coast and famous for its unspoiled white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters. And that’s all you really need for a summer holiday, right? One particularly lovely swimming spot is Honeymoon Bay, a rock-bordered beach amongst a natural bush setting. Don’t be deterred by the name though, it’s perfect for families! And if you decide...
Any Victorian worth their coffee beans knows you’d be silly to go north during summer... not with that stunning local coastline to explore. Here, 10 of the best secret beaches 1 Point King Beach – Portsea It’s certainly not obvious that there is a pretty sandy beach tucked below Portsea’s mansions. But if you walk to the end of Point King Road, you’ll find a hidden path leading to wooden stairs down to Point King Beach. Before joining the rich and famous on the sand, though, check out the monument commemorating the first hoisting of the Union Jack in 1802 as Britain took possession...
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- The ‘ghost towns’ of outback NSW
- East coast country cottage chic
- 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia: #53 road trip the Legendary Pacific Coast, Sydney to Brisbane
- 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia: #63 take a beach break, Sapphire Coast, NSW
- 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia: #86 a beach break on The Shoalhaven Coast, NSW
- Dream road trips: Esperance to Perth (via Margaret River)
- Dream road trips – Perth to the Pilbara (return)
- Ultimate Escapes: WA’s Great South West Edge – wine, white sand & wilderness
- 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia: #19 escape to the Rowley Shoals, WA
- 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia: #23 a beachy road trip in WA’s South West
- Ultimate Escapes: Queensland’s Wet Tropics
- 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia: #11 stay at Lizard Island, Qld
- 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia: #54 holiday in Queensland’s triple threat
- 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia: #78 walk Thorsborne Trail, Hinchinbrook Island
- 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia: #85 swim with Manta Rays, Lady Elliot Island, Qld
- Thalia Haven – the greatest ocean-view bathtub in sight?
- Ultimate Escapes: Tasmania
- 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia: #2 road trip Tasmania’s east coast
- 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia: #5 book into Saffire Freycinet, Tas
- 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia: #13 (a tie) walk the Freycinet Experience, Tas
- Ultimate Escapes: Timeless North, NT
- Get lost in style in the Northern Territory
- 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia: #18 see the wet season in the Top End
- 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia: #27 make the Red Centre pilgrimage
- 100 Greatest Holidays of Australia: #56 (tie) follow Larapinta Trail (World Expeditions), NT