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Green Head, Western Australia

Green Head

Western Australia

A seaside haven at the heart of wildflower country, Green Head brings you the best of both worlds. To the east, flora hotspot Lesueur National Park showcases some of the richest plant diversity on Earth with 820 native flowering species. While on its shores, a playful colony of Australian sea lions invites you into their world for a close encounter. Getting there is part of the adventure when you follow the 415 kilometre Indian Ocean Drive from Yanchep, just north of Perth. The journey takes three hours, but you can take your time to enjoy some of the breathtaking beaches along the way, or stop to gaze in awe at one of Australia's most unique landscapes, the Pinnacles Desert. If you're hitting the wildflower trail in spring, make Green Head your base beside Lesueur National Park. Grab your camera and snap the striking Grevillea, Leschenaultia, orchids and pearl flowers, some of which occur nowhere else on Earth. Keen birdwatchers may also spot some 100 plus species here, including the rare Carnaby's black cockatoo. More fauna encounters can be found by joining a boat tour of the surrounding islands for some fun interaction with the friendly breeding colony of Australian sea lions. Closer to town, Dynamite Bay and a string of white sandy beaches offer some of the best windsurfing conditions in Western Australia, not to mention excellent beach fishing, swimming, snorkelling and diving. These coastal waters have seen a lot of action since the first known European visitors arrived in the 1600s, sailing the trading routes from Holland to Indonesia. Several Dutch ships were wrecked on the reefs, including the Gilt Dragon and Waeckende Boey. You can retrace the steps of more recent visitors, taking the four wheel drive track to Stockyard Gully National Park. Part of the old north stock route used in the 1850s, livestock and stockmen took shelter in the caves here on their journey from Geraldton to the markets in Perth. More comfortable accommodation can be found today in Green

Groote Eylandt Northern Territory

Groote Eylandt

Northern Territory

Groote Eylandt means ‘big island’ in Dutch, and is indeed the largest island in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Dutch were the first Europeans to record the existence of the island, located 630 kilometres by air from Darwin off the east coast of Arnhem Land. Ownership today has been returned to the Anindilyakwa people. To visit it is mandatory to obtain a permit by contacting the Anindilyakwa Land Council. The Groote Eylandt landscape is typical of the Top End, light woodland savannah country fringed by mangroves on the coast. Alyangula is the main town with a population of 670 and most residents are non-Aboriginal miners, with manganese being mined since 1966. Groote Eylandt is a fantastic spot for fishing, while facilities for visitors are limited, safaris can be organised for anglers and accommodation is available at the Dugong Beach Resort.

Huonville, Aerial view

Huonville

Tasmania

The township of Huonville is just a 30 minute drive south of the central Hobart, travelling along the A6 highway in the heart of the Huon Valley. You will be captivated by the beautiful scenery during the journey, descending from the surrounding hills into a valley of surprises, with views of the majestic South West as its backdrop. Situated on the banks of the stunning Huon River, Huonville offers a multitude of experiences, from breathtaking bushwalks to a riverside stroll, a picnic by the river to a fine dining experience and everything in between. Pick some fruit or taste the fruits of somebody else’s hard labour at a nearby cellar door; throw a line in the river or get out on it in a variety of ways – something to suit everybody’s taste in adventure. With a rich and complex maritime history and rural heritage, delicious food and beverages, health and wellness retreats, picturesque coastline dotted with beautiful beaches, landscaped gardens and friendly artists and crafts people – many selling their wares at various weekend markets around the region. It is an area where you can totally immerse yourself and create your own personal adventure... A variety of accommodation options are covered including self-contained cabins/cottages, quality B&B’s, farm stays, caravan parks, hotel-style rooms and backpacker’s hostels.

Nuriootpa, Barossa, South Australia

Nuriootpa

South Australia

Nuriootpa means ‘the meeting place’. There is no better place to meet and start exploring the Barossa than here. Surrounded by vineyards, the town's vine-lined main street becomes an amazing array of colours during autumn. This is the business centre of the Barossa, with an impressive range of facilities and services, iincluding the Barossa Community Store. Nuriootpa is home to some of the region’s best-known cellar doors including Penfolds, Elderton and, just a few kilometres from the town, Wolf Blass Visitor Centre. Dine in at one of the many eateries, or ‘dine out’ and enjoy a delicious picnic of local produce. There are some great spots to relax and soak up the fresh country air, including Coulthard and Tolley Reserves, or take a leisurely stroll along the Linear Path. If you have a green thumb, be sure to visit Barossa Bushgardens to see how you can use local plant species and native Australian plants to create a stunning garden at home.

Marion Bay, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Marion Bay

South Australia

Situated on the 'foot' of Yorke Peninsula, Marion Bay is the gateway to Innes National Park. With surf and swimming beaches and a variety of fishing available, visitors are sure to enjoy this small town. Marion Bay has a small population which swells considerably during holiday periods. The beaches at Marion Bay offer the best of both worlds - a sheltered swimming beach popular with families, and a surf beach on the other side. Marion Bay's autumn mullet run is a draw card for beach anglers. Fishing is available for everyone, with the area offering excellent boat, jetty, beach, rock and surf fishing. Attractions: Several deep sea fishing charters operate in the area and if you are looking to hook into some action, they come highly recommended. Fishing and Surfing. Autumn Mullet run. Innes National Park. Marion Bay is a versatile holiday destination with excellent accommodation options and makes a perfect base for exploring Innes National Park and the 'bottom end' of the peninsula.

Riverina

Riverina

New South Wales

The Riverina offers some of the nations best food and wine, to the most breathtaking horizons and beautiful natural landscape. There are National Parks, picnic grounds, unique wildlife, heritage buildings, festivals, art galleries, historic trains and planes, walking trails, country music, haunted houses, botanical gardens, agricultural shows, museums, producer's markets, rivers and ancient Aboriginal culture. The Riverina offers visitors golf courses, swimming pools, horse riding, ballooning, fishing, tennis courts, boating, sky-diving, bowling greens, picnic race meetings, vintage car rallies and cricket, football and netball facilities. Spend the night in a grand colonial hotel, a village pub, a modern motel, a Bed and Breakfast, farmstay or a caravan park and choose from a range of restaurants, cafes and clubs offering the best produce the Riverina has to offer.

Yanchep 2011

Moore River

Western Australia

Moore River is the perfect coastal and river playground, with a pretty hinterland of olive groves and wildflower country. Here, one of the oldest surviving cultures on Earth shares the story of its legendary water serpent, while regular holidaymakers from Perth enjoy its great outdoors. It's an easy one and a half hour drive north from Perth along the Brand Highway to reach Moore River, and a world away from the city. The Moore River and estuary offer the ideal spots to indulge your passion for fishing and water sports, and you're an easy day trip away from some of the region's must-see attractions. Head for the world famous Pinnacles, in Nambung National Park near Cervantes, and marvel at one of Australia's most unique landscapes, formed over millions of years. Catch some action at the windsurfing capital of Lancelin. Or step into the serenity of the Spanish missionary at New Norcia - Australia's only monastic town. The history of Moore River is equally as enchanting and dates back even further than the arrival of explorer and early settler of the Swan River colony George Fletcher Moore, who visited in the area in 1836. Stay and enjoy the Wakal's creation and choose from a range of family friendly accommodation options, from caravan parks to self-contained holiday homes and beach houses.

Jubilee Pocket, The Whitsundays, Airlie Beach

Jubilee Pocket

Jubilee Pocket, Queensland, 4802

Tucked away in the hills of the Whitsunday mainland, Jubilee Pocket is just two minutes drive from the tourist haven of Airlie Beach on the road to Shute Harbour. Jubilee Pocket’s relaxed ambience and proximity to the tropical, seaside town of Airlie Beach has made it popular in recent years with sea-changers. A short drive through the area and it’s not hard to see why. The township is nestled amongst rainforest and picturesque countryside. Nature walks, jet-ski hire and other water activities are close at hand. The warm, tropical climate at Jubilee Pocket means that winters are very mild and water activities occur all year round. Two minutes drive west will find you amidst the hustle and bustle of popular Airlie Beach. With its wide range of restaurants and bars, vibrant nightlife, tourist services and boutique shopping, Airlie Beach is a hive of energy set in a tropical paradise.

Mendooran Mural

Mendooran

New South Wales

Mendooran's location off the busy highways has its advantages. This quiet rural village on the edge of the Goonoo National Park offers a sense of peace and safety to the weary traveller. Mendooran derives its name from the original run, Mendooran, and mention is made of the settlement on the Castlereagh in Banjo Patterson's Poem "The Travelling Post Office". A shady park, a rest area by the Castlereagh River now showing its strength and sandy origins, a a great country pub and loads of local personalities to entertain you. Mendooran is a great place for a short break in your journey or to spend time and relax. The post office has information to make your visit to the Warrumbungle region an experience to remember.

Discover Shepparton

Shepparton

Victoria

Located a leisurely two hour drive from Melbourne, the Greater Shepparton region offers a blend of both provincial and metropolitan lifestyles with a diversity of attractions, events and accommodation perfectly suited for visitors. Discover first hand why Greater Shepparton is renowned internationally as Australia's food bowl with farm gate sales, factory outlets and cellar door options. As Shepparton lies on the banks of the Goulburn River in Victoria's Goulburn Valley, a major agricultural and food processing region with great weather, gourmet food and wine, and excellent recreational and entertainment facilities are part of everyday life in the regional centre. Known as a family friendly destination, Greater Shepparton offers something for everyone. The region is home to Australia's largest adventure playground, KidsTown and Victoria's best small museum for 2012, the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) home to the MooovingArt initiative. For a fun photo opportunity, look out for Greater Shepparton's unique public art exhibition, a colourful collection of life-sized three dimensional fibreglass cows known as the Moooving Art cows. With more than 90 cows in the herd, each has its own design and are a much-loved celebration of the region's agricultural industry. Learn about Aboriginal culture and history at the Bangerang Keeping Place. Fishing, boating, canoeing and bike riding, all of these can be enjoyed at the Victoria Park Lake precinct or the Yahna Gurtji Shared Path Network, allowing you to discover the majestic Goulburn and Broken Rivers. The stories of the region are reflected in its intriguing history that can be experienced with a visit to Gallery Kaiela, the Bangerang Cultural Centre or exploring 'the Flats' interpretive walk. Visit the Discover Shepparton website to learn more about attractions and upcoming events. They look forward to welcoming you to their wonderful region and all it has to offer.