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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.

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.

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.

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.