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Littlehampton, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Mount Torrens

South Australia

Mount Torrens is one of the Adelaide Hills's most well preserved historic towns. Declared a State Heritage town by the South Australian government, Mount Torrens's main street is lined with picture perfect 19th century buildings including an old inn, flour mill and several private homes. Today small acre farming, dairying and grape growing are the main industries and there is also a Clydesdale Stud near the town. Mount Torrens is halfway between Adelaide and the Murray River, which saw it become a popular staging point for bullock teams travelling from the river. It was settled in 1853 by George Dunn. In the 1860s gold was discovered and this led to a population boom. And there's more to discover in the Adelaide Hills. It's the home of boutique wineries, country markets, art galleries and charming villages. It's also the place for romantic weekends away, cosy pub meals, scenic drives and nature walks. Children love the Adelaide Hills's giant rocking horse, National Motor Museum and wildlife parks. Located only 20 minutes from Adelaide's central business district, the Adelaide Hills provide a wonderfully refreshing change from the pace of the city.

Perseverence

Perseverence

Queensland

Perseverence is an area east of Crows Nest and Pechey, where you can enjoy a barbecue picnic by Perseverence Dam and groups find excellent camp and conference facilities at Perseverence Lodge. Opposite Perseverence Lodge is a public park with barbecue facilities and playground equipment. At the Dam itself the picnic grounds is a lovely spot to stop to admire the tranquil waters and the dramatic drop from the roadway across the dam wall. Guests of Perseverence Lodge can also enjoy a huge range of activities, including canoeing, kayaking, orienteering and tennis.

Tarraleah, Highland Cattle

Tarraleah

Tasmania

Tarraleah was once home to hundreds of hydro electric workers building one of Australia’s first hydro-electric schemes in Tasmania’s central highlands. Today, the whole town of 1920s and 1930s wooden homes has been restored as an elegant wilderness resort. Tarraleah means Forrester kangaroo in the language of the local Aboriginal people, and the site is host to an enormous range of Tasmanian flora and fauna. It is quite possible to see platypus and quolls, wallabies, wombats, Tasmanian devils and echidnas wandering around the town all on the same evening, and some say the Tasmanian tiger is also about. The town’s central Lodge, built in the 1930s for the Hydro engineers and company directors, has been restored to the elegance of its early days when money and craftsmanship were no object. The Art Deco building now houses a contemporary and luxuriously comfortable nine bedroom small luxury hotel – a showcase of Tasmanian art and craft. The town’s cottage, hand built by Tasmanian craftsmen in the 1930s, have also been restored as self-contained one to three bedroom holiday cottages. Tarraleah is 114 kilometres (70 miles), or two hours’ drive, northwest of Hobart on the A10 Highway between Hamilton and Lake St Clair. Geographically it is 20 kilometres from the physical centre of Tasmania, right on the edge of the World Heritage Area – Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Look out for the huge water pipes which “tumble” down the side of a valley near the chalet. The weather in the central highlands is often wild and woolly, and because of the slightly higher elevation it is cooler in the summer and winter. So remember to bring a warm jacket and wet weather gear.

Palm Beach

Palm Beach

New South Wales

Palm Beach, Sydney's northern-most stretch of sand, is a 50 minute drive from the centre of Sydney. Dramatic Barrenjoey Head is at the northern end of the beach. An easy 2.3 kilometre walk takes you to historic Barrenjoey Lighthouse and keepers' cottages at the top of Barrenjoey. You'll enjoy spectacular views over Broken Bay, Pittwater and Pacific Ocean. The southern end of the beach is more protected and good for swimming; a 35 metre ocean pool is an idyllic spot for lap swimming and for kids to paddle in. Other activities include fishing, golf, sailing or diving. Take the ferry from Palm Beach to pretty Ettalong or The Basin in Ku-ring- ai National Park.

Mosman and Balmoral Beach

Mosman and Balmoral Beach

New South Wales

Positioned on the harbour and blessed with several pocket-sized harbour beaches, Mosman is one of Sydney’s most sophisticated shopping areas. You will find designer boutiques, antiques shops and hip cafés strung out along Military Road, as well as the renowned Taronga Zoo. For nature lovers, Mosman offers spectacular bushwalks through Bradley and Middle Heads, part of the Sydney Harbour National Park. On Mosman’s eastern side is Balmoral Beach, with its winding promenade walk, where locals keep in touch while exercising themselves, their children and their dogs. There’s a strip of cafés and restaurants, enclosed harbour baths and wonderful picnic spots.

Noonamah Northern Territory

Noonamah

Northern Territory

Noonamah is a small town just 46 kilometres from Darwin. Noonamah was first settled during World War II when the army set up a series of airstrips and depots in the area. Despite being bombed by the Japanese, the airstrips still remain to this day. Travellers can read about the significance of the airstrips at a memorial site located near Noonamah. The Noonamah Tourist Park and Tavern offers motel rooms, powered caravan sites and camping sites.

Spring Bluff

Spring Bluff

Queensland

Spring Bluff is a beautiful valley tucked in the ranges north of Toowoomba and best known for its picturesque Railway Station. Spring Bluff Railway Station is a favourite day trip for visitors and locals alike. Its gardens are magnificent during Spring and Summer and steam train rides are a feature of September during Toowoomba's Carnival of Flowers. The Railway Station features a coffee shop in the station master's cottage. It's worth visiting Spring Bluff just for the interesting drive down the range off the New England Highway through to Murphy's Creek. The road meanders through lush bushland, following the path of the creek.

Yuleba

Yuleba

Queensland

To look at it on a map, Yuleba looks like a little town on the Warrego Highway about mid-way between Roma and Miles. Sure, it is a well-equipped little town offering many services for travellers, but it's also a place with a rich and important history and more than a thing or two to entice you to stay awhile. Yuleba features in the story of the Cobb & Co era, as it was between Surat and Yuleba that Cobb & Co scheduled its very last horse-drawn coach mail run on 16 August 1924. You can retrace that last run and visit sites of local significance such as the Cobb & Co Mural, Aboriginal native wells (also a pleasant picnic spot) and Cobb & Co Corduroys - where cypress pines were laid to make roads passable in the horse-drawn era. Keen fossickers can hunt for opalised and petrified wood and agates at The Maryanne, and there's plenty of room for bush camping beside the dam. Yuleba's scenic Judd's Lagoon and Wetlands is abundant in flora and fauna, providing a tranquil natural backdrop for bush camping and the perfect spot to relax and connect with nature.

Seelands

Seelands

New South Wales

Seelands is a picturesque rural town popular with water-skiers and visitors looking for unspoilt river destinations. Visit the studio art gallery of the local artisan or take a local four-wheel drive safari tour of the unique countryside. Hire boats and canoes or enjoy fishing by the riverside. Stay at one of its holiday parks, riverside campgrounds or Bed and Breakfasts.

Wombat

Wombat

New South Wales

Wombat, located on the Olympic Highway, 15 kilometres south west of Young, has a general store, recreation facilities, school and a hotel with New South Wales' longest continuous liquor licence, granted in 1877. Visitors head to Wombat to enjoy the experience of picking their own cherries, peaches and sugar plums in season.

Information provided by the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse