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Nundle valley

Nundle

New South Wales

The historic town of Nundle is located 60 kilometres east of Tamworth at the start of the Fossickers Way Touring Route. It is surrounded by picturesque countryside of fertile river flat farms and rich grazing lands. An old gold mining town from the 1850s to 1880s, there are ruins of old mine workings and equipment throughout the valley. Chinese migrants moved to Nundle to work as miners, storekeepers and gardeners and their contribution to the town is celebrated at the annual Nundle Go for Gold Chinese Festival in Easter. Try your hand at fossicking or visit the Mount Misery Gold Mine museum. Explore the Nundle Woollen Mill and enjoy the kaleidoscope of yarn spun on vintage machinery. Or take a leisurely drive up into the ranges of Hanging Rock for spectacular views from the lookout. Fish at Chaffey Dam or Peel River and pick berries at Koolkuna Berry Farm.

The Rocks and Circular Quay

The Rocks and Circular Quay

New South Wales

The Rocks precinct is the historic site of Sydney's first European settlement. Encompassing Circular Quay, the area bursts with a colourful history dating back to convict days and is a maze of sandstone lanes, cul-de-sacs and courtyards, jam-packed with shops, warehouses and terraces that were built in the early 19th century. While The Rocks was once home to Sydney's dockworkers and stevedores, it's now a magnet for international visitors, who flock to its many shops, boutiques, markets, pubs and restaurants. As a creative and cultural arts hub, a visit to The Rocks must include the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Argyle Gallery and The Rocks Discovery Museum.

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.

Chinaman Creek, Cloncurry

Cloncurry

Queensland

The township of Cloncurry in North West Queensland occupies a key hub point in the Outback. Known as 'the friendly heart of the Great North West'. Cloncurry was founded in 1867 by Ernest Henry. It was built upon copper mines in the surrounding district, which quickly led to it being one of the most prosperous towns in the Outback. Today, Cloncurry's core industries include grazing, copper and gold mining, transport and mining services. Qantas was conceived in Cloncurry and their aircraft hangar still stands at Cloncurry Shire Airport. The Royal Flying Doctors Service was launched Cloncurry with the first flight on 17 May 1928. The John Flynn Place Museum pay homage to this crucial part of Outback life. Visit a working open-cut mine with the Ernest Henry Mine Tours, departing from Mary Kathleen Park every Wednesday and Friday from May to September. There is too much to see in just one day, so spend a couple of days in 'The Curry' and don't miss out on seeing some of the area's most popular attractions. Mary Kathleen Memorial Park and Museum houses history and memorabilia on Cloncurry, Mary Kathleen and surrounding districts. A 'must see' is the Burke and Wills history display, including Burke's water bottle in the Explorers Corner. The mineral and gem collection is ranked by experts as one of the most comprehensive in Australia. Also on display are Aboriginal artefacts and a portrait and breastplate of George, King of Friezland. Cloncurry now services the sheep and cattle properties in the surrounding district and is an important sales centre for livestock.

Berrara

Berrara

New South Wales

Berrara, an Aboriginal word meaning 'snapper', is a small village south of Cudmirrah. It is minutes away from the superb Swan Lake where you can paddle a canoe, go sail boarding or water skiing. There is no township and the closest town is Sussex Inlet, a thriving little fishing hamlet 10 minutes away. There accommodation is available in beachfront chalets, cottages and motels.

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.

Mannum, Murraylands, South Australia

Mannum

South Australia

Mannum is a scenic and celebrated Murray River town, ideal for river holidays. It has a beautiful riverfront and excellent recreational facilities including Mary Ann Reserve, home to a playground, boat ramp, picnic tables and kiosk. Visitors can hire water-skis, jet-skis, canoes, kneeboarding equipment or simply drop a line and enjoy the fishing. Mannum's attractive main street has an art gallery, antiques, craft and bric-a-brac shops, and there is a good choice of cafes and hotels, including the award-winning Pretoria Hotel, which offers quality riverfront dining. There are several scenic and historic walks in the town and nearby Mannum Falls has easy and moderate level tracks passing winter-flowing waterfalls, abundant bird life and interesting rock formations. Having celebrated its 150th birthday in 2004, Mannum is a town steeped in history. Blacksmith brothers John and David Shearer spearheaded the settlement of the town after they established their farm machinery factory where they created a string of inventions. In fact in 1897, David Shearer produced one of the first two cars in Australia, which featured a differential gear in an enclosed case. Mannum is also the birthplace of the Murray River paddle steamers, including the first ever built, the Mary Ann, which was constructed in 1853 by Captain William Randell. At the Mannum Visitor Centre you can discover the history of the river and visit the Randell Dry Dock. Installed at Mannum in 1876 it is listed on the National Estate and the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere. The visitor centre is also home to the PS Marion - a restored 114-year old paddle steamer that is open to the public daily, except when cruising. There is also an art exhibition and fossil display. The Mannum Olde Days and Olde Ways Museum also provides an insight into pioneering days, while Mannum Minerals, which has one of the state's largest displays of gemstones, minerals, fossils and shells, tells the geological history of the area.

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.

Tidal Flats, Burketown

Burketown

Queensland

The Gulf Savannah is an interesting region to visit all year. However during the monsoon season, transportation methods must be carefully considered, as some parts of the Gulf Savannah region suffer from a lack of road infrastructure. Burketown sits on the Albert River and on the east-west dividing line between the wetlands to the north and the beginning of the savannah grass plains (Plains of Promise) to the south, some 25 kilometres from the coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Albert River is tidal and the Gulf is accessible from Burketown by boat. Surrounding environs include flat, grassy plains to the south and immense salt flats and wetlands to the north. The Nicholson River is some 17 kilometres to the west and is fresh water and perennial. The wetlands are breeding grounds for crocodiles, barramundi and prawns and a vast amount of bird species which are prolific during the summer months. The grasslands to the south are the habitat of a great array of wildlife including emus, kangaroos and birdlife. Burketown is 425 kilometres north of Mt Isa.

Information provided by the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse