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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.

Outback Windmill

Outback Region

Queensland

Each Outback town has its own story to tell, each built around its own piece of Australian history. In the comprehensive listing of Outback towns you will find information on the history, places to stay, facilities in each town such as fuel and shopping, attractions, nearby national parks and tour companies. This information will help you plan your holiday so you don't miss a thing. South West and Channel Country. From amazing spring wildflowers to the Channel Country, this is an area of diverse landscapes. Fossick for opals at Yowah, Cunnamulla and Quilpie, explore the universe's wonders at Charleville's Cosmos Centre, seek out birdlife in saltwater and freshwater habitats and relax at the Great Artisan Spa in Mitchell. Central West and Matilda Country. Australia's most famous song, Waltzing Matilda, was written and first performed in this part of the Outback. Australia's international airline, Qantas, was founded here. The shearer's strike in Barcaldine in 1891 led to the formation of the Australian Labor Party. All this incredible history has been recorded in towns such as Longreach, Winton, Blackall and Barcaldine. North West and Dinosaur, Fossil and Mining Country. One of the oldest areas on earth, the North West has an impressive record of the dinosaur era. Check out the Interpretive Centres in Mount Isa, Richmond and Hughenden. Take a tour of an underground mine in the eye-opening mining city of Mount Isa. Nearby Cloncurry commemorates the ground-breaking work undertaken by Dr John Flynn and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

View of Glasshouse Mountains, Montville

Montville

Queensland

Montville was first settled in 1887 and is today known by some as the creative heart of the Sunshine Coast. This charming village perched on the Blackall Range is home to a range of quality art galleries that exhibit, and sometimes produce, works of great interest to all art lovers. Shoppers also love the many craft shops, fashion boutiques and gift shops that exhibit a staggering range of affordable, locally made items. Close to Montville is the Kondalilla National Park. Kondalilla is aboriginal for 'rushing waters' and is home to scenic walks and spectacular waterfalls. It is ideal for a picnic, a swim, or just to escape into the cool rainforest. Visitors to Montville can also access the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk. A 58 kilometre walk through the hinterland that is easily accessed from Montville. One of the most popular sections is the Lake Baroon - Kondalilla Falls section. A range of accommodation options are available, from romantic cottages right in the rainforest to holiday apartments and luxurious hotels.

Mungallala State School

Mungallala

Queensland

Mungallala, said to mean 'food and water' is the site of a cypress sawmill, located about half way between Mitchell and Morven where the Warrego Highway crosses the Mungallala Creek. Mungallala originated as a railway town and is a wonderful place to stop for lunch and experience the workings of an outback town. One of the interesting natural features of the area is a stand of Ooline trees. On the road between Mitchell and Mungallala, the Warrego Highway crosses hills which are wooded by a specimen of a rare tree commonly known as Ooline (Cadelia Pentastylis). It is said to be a remnant of rainforests of a previous age. For the self-sufficient traveller there is a rest area provided on the western side of town. This is the approximate site where the Cobb and Co. coach horses were changed on the journey to and from Charleville before the coming of the railway in 1885.

12 Apostles Port Campbell National Park

Port Campbell

Victoria

Towards the western end of the Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell nestles among some of Victoria's most spectacular coastline scenery, including Port Campbell National Park and the Twelve Apostles. Sheltered by cliffs and Norfolk pines, it has the atmosphere of a haven on the edge of wild nature. Port Campbell is best known as a great base for seeing the Twelve Apostles, the dramatic rock stacks that have made this coastline famous. A scenic flight offers once-in-a-lifetime bird's-eye views of the Twelve Apostles, while a boat tour around them is the best way to appreciate their immense size. Other stunning coastal features include Loch Ard Gorge, Gibson Steps and the Bay of Islands. Port Campbell itself is a colourful and lively seaside village, home to restaurants and cafés with views of the beach, bakeries selling homemade goodies and vibrant shops and galleries. Summertime around Port Campbell is most often spent on or in the water. Local creeks and the harbour offer excellent fishing, while Two Mile Bay is revered by surfers as one of the best big-wave breaks in Australia. Dive charters travel to large canyons and gorges on the sea floor, and boat tours cruise to the stacks, caves and arches in the area. Port Campbell is 230 kilometres south-west of Melbourne or about three hours by car along the M1 and A1.

Pottsville Beach

Pottsville Beach

New South Wales

Pottsville Beach is one of the many beaches located on the Tweed Coast. The coast is famous for its beaches, surfing, fishing, reserves and beachside parks. The creeks and estuaries around Pottsville are great for canoeing, fishing and swimming, especially with children. Visit the Pottsville Beach Markets on the first and third Sunday of each month for local produce and crafts. Located east of Mount Warning, Pottsville offers a variety of mainly budget accommodation including caravan parks, cabins, holiday flats and motels. Boat launch ramps are available at Pottsville and Hastings Point and Mount Warning and Nightcap National Parks are about 40 kilometres away.

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.

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.

Gregory, Western Australia

Port Gregory

Western Australia

The beachside village of Port Gregory is famed for its pink lagoon, exposed reef, spring wildflower scenery and settler history, complete with convict-era buildings and shipwrecks. Swim, dive, fish and immerse yourself in this quintessential Western Australian beach holiday spot. Just under six hours north of Perth by car, this picturesque fishing village is nestled between the beach and Hutt Lagoon, near the mouth of the Hutt River. With its five kilometres of exposed reef forming a natural harbour, Port Gregory is a sheltered aquatic playground. From the safe swimming beach to the water-skiing area, there's something for everyone. Launch and anchor your boat. Scuba dive in the clear waters. Explore the reef. Try your hand at offshore fishing, or drop a line off the jetty - rock lobster is a local favourite. A host of natural delights await on land too. In spring, colourful wildflowers blanket the surrounding countryside. Take a scenic drive through the hinterland's hills and valleys, or contact a local tour guide to ensure you see all the native flora hotspots. Or, for an adventure of a more interactive kind, try a guided self-drive quad biking tour at Wagoe Beach. It's a unique opportunity to discover the pristine Indian Ocean coastline between Port Gregory and Kalbarri. While you're exploring inland, head to nearby Lynton - a historic settlement built by convicts in the mid-19th century. The townsite was home to a depot that served as an early employment agency, recruiting convicts to work at the local Geraldine Mine and pastoral stations. Today, you can visit restored buildings, the hiring depot and Sanfords House - a must-see for history buffs. There's much to see and experience in and around Port Gregory, with an equally diverse range of accommodation options, from the town's caravan park to nearby farmstays, chalets and beach cottages. Wherever you stay, be sure to visit Hutt Lagoon at sunset when this magnificent salt lake changes colour, from mauve to pink to