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Close Encounters Of The Wallaby Kind25-Mar-2011

Naturewise Conservation Holidays are offering the opportunity to venture beyond the reserve management gates of stunning Tidbinbilla in an exclusive, behind the scenes wildlife experience. Nestled between Tidbinbilla and Gibraltar Ranges, the reserve forms part of the Australian Alps National Parks, a series of parks and reserves that span Australia's high country. The Australian Alps are National Heritage listed, recognising that their natural and cultural values are of outstanding national significance. Tidbinbilla currently has twenty one Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies in ca..more

Taste The Kimberley At El Questro Homestead08-Mar-2011

El Questro Wilderness Park is preparing to open for its 20th season in April - the official end of the annual wet season, leaving gorges and rivers full, and wildlife in full bloom. El Questro Homestead occupies a pocket of luxury in the Kimberley region in the million acre El Questro Wilderness Park, 110 km from Kununurra. Guests staying at the exclusive Homestead in 2011 will be invited to join Executive Chef Alan Groom in the kitchen to learn his culinary tips. The luxury six-room Homestead is dramatically cantilevered over the Chamberlain River, set amid a landscape of sa..more

First Whale Shark of 2011 Spotted At Ningaloo01-Mar-2011

NINGALOO'S first whale shark of 2011 has been spotted off the coast of Exmouth, hailing the early start of the annual whale shark season. The four metre juvenile was sighted in the Ningaloo Marine Park, just outside the reef on 15 February - an earlier than usual start to the season. Australia's Coral Coast Chief Executive Officer, Mr David O'Malley said the whale shark season at the Ningaloo Marine Park was becoming longer and more successful each year. "Whale sharks have arrived earlier than previous years and hopefully they'll be around for a long season again this year," M..more

Penguin Parade Celebrates 80 Years at Phillip Island01-Mar-2011

To celebrate the 80th anniversary since the first Penguin Parade at Phillip Island, Philip Island Nature Parks are marking this milestone by declaring March, ' Penguin Month'. Throughout 'Penguin Month' a range of daily activities, tours and events for children and families will be held at Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Koala Conservation Centre, The Nobbies and Penguin Parade. PLAY 'Old Fashioned Games' and practice 'Butter Churning' at Churchill Island Heritage Farm DISCOVER the mystery behind the life of the playful Australian Fur Seal at 'Seal Secrets' MEET our lovable l..more

Southern Spirit Rail Journey Releases 2011-12 Departures01-Mar-2011

Following the sell-out success of Great Southern Rail's newest and most exclusive rail journey, The Southern Spirit, Great Southern Rail have just released a limited number of departure dates for a further travel season from November 2011 to February 2012. The new Southern Spirit explores the path less travelled taking in the sights and delights of four states as it winds through the Great Dividing Range and along Australia's Eastern Seaboard. The Southern Spirit makes a number of whistle stops enroute including The Grampians, The Murray River, the Hunter Valley and Byron Bay as it..more

iPhone App Showcases The NSW Blue Mountains23-Feb-2011

An iPhone application showcasing the Blue Mountains as a destination has been developed for Scenic World. The app is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store and will run on existing and future versions of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. "The strategy behind the app is similar to that behind our current television advertising campaign," said Scenic World CEO Philip Hammon. "We want to show the world what the entire region has to offer - this is a very special place. Not only is it generally accepted as Australia's most accessible wilderness, we also have hotels, restaurant..more

Keeping Your Cool On The NSW Sapphire Coast23-Feb-2011

If the heat and humidity of summer is making you yearn for more temperate days, why not consider a break on the NSW Sapphire Coast? Blue skies, sunshine and warm waters are the hallmarks of autumn on the far south coast of NSW; a chance to go fishing or mountain bike riding, check out galleries and festivals and exhibitions, match local wine and wonderful seafood and paddle at beaches where the only footprints are yours. Check out the website ( then hit the road, or book a flight to Merimbula, the town that services the region from Bermagui to the Victorian ..more

Queensland Farmstay Transformation Completed23-Feb-2011

Lillydale Farmstay near Mt Barney National Park is a beef cattle property in the Scenic Rim, 90 minutes from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. They are 4.5 star AAA rated and have advanced ecotourism accreditation. Their belief is that they should try to be as environmentally sustainable as possible and encourage their guests to embrace this idea as well. They offer a range of standard farm activities such as feeding the animals, horse riding, tractor rides, fishing, milking the cow and collecting eggs. They also offer activities that are a little unexpected on a farm such as abseiling, mo..more

Lizard Island - FNQ Resort Open For Business12-Feb-2011

Lizard Island has welcomed back guests and is open for business following Tropical Cyclone Yasi which passed across Far North Queensland early in 2011. The island received only minor vegetation damage, such as fallen foliage, and staff have worked quickly on the clean-up process before all guests were welcomed back on Saturday, February 5th. Lizard Island is 240km north of Cairns and 27km off the coast of Cape Flattery, and as such was spared the full force of Tropical Cyclone Yasi. Designers and labourers at Lizard Island have also been putting the finishing touches to a soft re..more

Melbourne Gets Cultural In Autumn12-Feb-2011

Autumn in Melbourne heralds the start of a jam-packed events calendar featuring everything from world-class festivals to musicals direct from the Broadway stage. Reinforcing its reputation as a leading cultural destination, Melbourne will host two of the country's most anticipated exhibitions and the Australian debut of the musical, Rock of Ages. For the first time in Australian history, the record breaking Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition visits Melbourne Museum for its only Australian stop before Egypt's treasures return to Cairo. Opening on 8 April, the ex..more

Musos Find Inspiration In The Northern Territory12-Feb-2011

The varied landscapes, sights and sounds of the Northern Territory have provided inspiration for two talented musicians taking part in the latest marketing campaign from Tourism Australia. Andy Bull, a pianist and keyboard player from Sydney, and Irene Chen, a clarinettist from Taiwan, are taking part in a creative collaboration between Tourism Australia and YouTube™ called Making Tracks, which is pairing up four Australian musicians with four international musicians taking part in YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 in Sydney in March 2011. Each pairing is being sent on a musical to..more

Dolphins & Dugongs Find Sanctuary In The Gold Coast Broadwater27-Jan-2011

It's all about dolphins and dugongs on the Gold Coast Broadwater at the moment, with the crew aboard the Sea World Cruises' vessel 'Spirit of Migloo' reporting a series of close encounters with these elusive marine mammals during recent day tours. Brisbane floodwaters are forcing dugongs southward to unaffected areas like the Gold Coast Broadwater. The Broadwater is a confluence of the Nerang, Coomera, Pimpama and Logan rivers and did not suffer from flooding. Bottlenose Dolphins are also using the Gold Coast Broadwater as a refuge after the recent unsettled conditions offshore. "..more

Enjoy Ultimate Island Wedding Courtesy Of Hayman Island27-Jan-2011

Here's a marketing incentive with a twist from Hayman Island - pop the question on the Island in February, and you will get a complimentary Romantic Wedding thrown in! Couples who become engaged on the island during "A Month of Love" on Hayman in February 2011 will be invited to return to paradise for their nuptials, complete with wedding celebrant, ceremony location and set-up and the assistance of a Hayman wedding planner. And, for The Ultimate Proposal, try a dreamlike candlelit dinner, a rose-petal scattered bath, a bottle of Mumm Champagne or an escape to a private island. The ..more

Turtle Nesting In Full Swing On Lady Elliot Island27-Jan-2011

Despite the floods and wet weather affecting many areas of Queensland, Lady Elliot Island is enjoying exceptional weather with crystal clear water and excellent visibility! Experience the wonders of the turtle nesting season on Lady Elliot Island, which is having a bumper season with over 300 nests around the island! The official turtle hatchling season on Lady Elliot Island runs from February through to April when the Green and Loggerhead turtle hatchlings emerge from their nests around the island and make their journey to the ocean. The hatchlings usually emerge from the nest a..more

Carnival Spirit To Call Australia Home18-Jan-2011

The World's largest and most popular cruise line, America's Carnival Cruises has chosen Australia as its first non-American home, with a bold plan to base the 2667- passenger Carnival Spirit year-round in Sydney from 2012. This major boost for Australian cruising will give locals the choice of two “21st century” ships, following Royal Caribbean’s decision to also deploy Radiance of the Seas to Sydney from 2012. The 88,500-tonne Carnival Spirit will be the largest cruise ship to call Australia home. At 53 metres above the waterline, she will ..more

Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises Assists Flood Victims17-Jan-2011

For the week 15-21 January 2011 all proceeds from locals traveling to Green Island with Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises will be donated in full to the flood victims in South East Queensland. Paula Wallace, Managing Director of Big Cat & Crocodile Explorer said "Being a family owned business, we understand the effect a natural disaster like this can have on people and really feel for everyone involved. At times like these it's important we all come together to help each other." There will also be donation tins on board all vessels if passengers would like to make a donation. ..more

Front Row To Australia Day On Sydney Harbour09-Jan-2011

Sydney Harbour is the only place to be this Australia Day and Captain Cook Cruises is offering a range of cruises so passengers can have front row harbour seats to all the action including the Awesome Forces flyovers, Ferrython, Tall ship race, dressed boat display and much more! Indulge in a delicious lunch on the MV Sydney 2000 while enjoying all the festivities on the Harbour with Captain Cook Cruises Sky deck, Club deck and Show deck lunch cruises. Choose from four mouth-watering courses and an open bar of premium wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks on The Sky Deck lunch cruis..more

Southern Highlands Comes Alive With Wine, Music & Food09-Jan-2011

Joadja, one of the prettiest vineyards in the Southern Highlands will be mounting the first in a series of events on Sunday 23 January 2011 - a smorgasbord of music, wine and food . With a 1pm start, ABC personality & local identity Nick Rheinberger and his band will present a range of music. Guests can mingle in the parklike grounds, have a picnic or relax under the trees, inspect the 'nerve centre' where the wines are made, do some serious tastings at the newly refurbished Cellar Door and enjoy pizzas from Joadja's latest innovation, a wood-fired pizza oven. Based on the outs..more

Fraser Island - Open For Business07-Jan-2011

It has been a devastating start to the New Year for many Central and Western Queenslanders and Fraser Island's close knit community sends thoughts and prayers to those in flood-affected regions. The closest major flooding to the Fraser Coast and Fraser Island is in Bundaberg, which is one-and-a-half hours drive north from Hervey Bay. Roads from Brisbane (in the south) to Hervey Bay and into Rainbow Beach are open; but travellers planning journeys north to Bundaberg, and beyond, are advised to check road condition reports prior to travel. Kingfisher Bay Resort Group General Manager ..more

2011 "Southern Spirit" Selling Out06-Jan-2011

Only a handful of cabins are still available aboard Australia’s latest and most exclusive rail journey, The Southern Spirit. Potential guests are encouraged to finalise their bookings now to avoid missing out. The 2011 Southern Spirit offers a completely new experience in rail-based holidays. Guests embark on a journey of discovery through the rural heartlands of four states, from The Grampians through the Great Dividing Range, the Hunter Valley and Byron Bay on a journey from Adelaide to Brisbane (or vice versa). “Since the launch of The Southern Spirit earlier this yea..more

Despite Floods, Bundy Tourism Remains Strong06-Jan-2011

Whilst the recent flooding in Queensland has impacted many areas within the Bundaberg region, most of the regions' local tourism icons have remained relatively unscathed according to local tourism body, Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism (BNBT). Whilst recent media reports have accurately described the devastation that many communities and businesses have suffered as a result of the deluge of rain that fell on Boxing Day, they haven't reported the fact that most tourism operations were able to continue on as normal or to quickly bounce back into full operation. "Tourism icons suc..more

Tathra Wharf To Waves Ocean Swim On Again06-Jan-2011

Ocean swim fans - and those who think they want to be – should set their sights on the NSW Sapphire Coast this month for the annual Tathra "Wharf to Waves". The swim – on Sunday, January 16 – is being run for the 10th year, and could be seen as the highlight of what promises to be an action-packed weekend on the far south coast of NSW. But wait … there is more! On Saturday, January 15, there’s a two-kilometre fun run on Tathra Beach, from the Country Club to the Surf Club, while mountain bike enthusiasts will be in action later that day, for a 30km ‘B..more

Sydney To Hobart Yacht Would Rather Be In The Whitsundays28-Dec-2010

Sydney to Hobart contender "Merit" has unveiled its true colours and a bit of Queensland humour by setting sail in this year's Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race with a sail that says they'd rather be in The Whitsundays. Tourism Queensland CEO Anthony Hayes said Tourism Queensland and Tourism Whitsundays had partnered with Merit, the Volvo 60 round-the-world racing yacht owned by Whitsundays locals Leo Rodriguez and Ian Bishop, to send a clear message to viewers that they'd rather be sailing The Whitsundays. "To celebrate the launch of The Whitsundays new tourism brand, The Whitsun..more

Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race starts today26-Dec-2010

The traditional boxing day sales hold absolutely no interest for the die-hard yachties among us. We're all scouring the harbor for a view of our favourite contestant in this world-class race. About the race Course: From the start on Sydney Harbour (, New South Wales (/new-south-wales), the fleet travels 628 nautical miles south in the Tasman Sea, down the south-east coast of Australia, crossing eastern Bass Strait to sail down the east coast of the island state of Tas..more

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Frog and Toad is now Travel Around Australia19-Dec-2010

After a quiet launch on Friday the 17th of December 2010. Frog and Toad was finally retired from active duty. With the massive changes in the way travel information, is presented and used the only real way forward was to re-invent. So how do you go about re-inventing over 5000 individual pages of travel information? The answer is; slowly. While we recognised that a lot of the information was out of date, we also understood that to completely re-write everything would be a massive undertaking and quite out of the reach of the available resources. So we decided that we would si..more