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Lifestyle : NSW Tourism Awards 2011
Photos above left to right: Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb (Bridgeclimb Sydney); Shopping, Sydney Arcade, Sydney CBD (Tony Yeates); Alfresco lunch, Mudgee (Mudgee Wine Gr ape Growers A ssociation Inc); Nightcap National Par k (Hamilton Lund); Sur fers at Tallow Beach, Byron Bay (Sharyn Cairns); Sea Cliff Bridge, South Coast (Wollongong Tourism). 1112-0108-DNSW-1111 Destination NSW is proud to be the Principal Sponsor of the NSW Tourism Awards and congratulates all winners and finalists. delight Old Leura Dairy, a finalist in the unique accommodation category. nor; einthe re of food You are ood can sun set of the y have b into wine and food and out our ng in the knew uld be $175 a eek 0 for the nor is from iry.com d Other finalists in unique accommodation Rustic charm . . . Banjos Bushland Retreat offers five-star accommodation. Somewhere Unique --- An escape for two in the Hunter This 41G2-star couples-only retreat offers privacy among the gum trees in the Wollombi Valley, two hours north of Sydney. There are two architect-designed cottages on the property, each with a separate bedroom, kitchen, living area and deck looking out into the trees. Somewhere Unique is all about romantic breaks, with king- size beds, two-person bathtubs, fluffy robes and gas fireplaces. It is self-catering but bookings include a large breakfast hamper on the first morning, with barbecue packs and cheese platters available as optional extras. somewhereunique.com.au. Clarence River Wilderness Lodge Nature is everything at this family- friendly lodge at the headwaters of the Clarence River, on the north coast. The lodge is surrounded by 4000 hectares of wildlife refuge in the Great Dividing Range and activities include canoeing, snorkelling, bike riding and bushwalks. The two cabins on the property are ideal for families, with one accommodating four people and the other catering for up to eight. Visitors also have the option of camping in an organised campground or in the wilderness. clarenceriver.com. Banjos Bushland Retreat It might sound like a rustic experience but this Hunter Valley retreat offers five-star accommodation with facilities including a swimming pool and tennis court. There are three separate lodges on the private reserve, offering a choice of two, three or four bedrooms. Every room brings bush views and each lodge has a large deck for outdoor dining. Parents could have trouble escaping to the nearby vineyards thanks to the wealth of on-site activities for children, including an adventure playground and mini-golf course. banjosretreat.com.au. All Seasons Houseboats These stylish houseboats have been designed to maximise views of the scenic River Murray. Based at Mildura, on the Victorian side of the river border, the All Seasons fleet brings the comforts of luxury hotels to the water. The boats can accommodate up to 12 people, making them ideal for couples or families travelling together, and some have everything from a plasma television to a coffee machine. Only a driver's licence is required, with the company providing all necessary instruction. allseasonshouseboats.com.au. The Bower at Broulee Those looking for seclusion will find it at this south coast escape, just south of Batemans Bay. Three cabins are tucked away among the coastal bushland, with log fires and spa baths for winter and private decks with barbecues for summer. The Bower is a child-free zone, leaving guests to appreciate the peace and quiet. There are 10 kilometres of bushwalking tracks in the extensive natural bushland surrounding the cabins, offering plenty of opportunities to spot the property's namesake, the resourceful satin bowerbird. thebower.com. THE SUN-HERALD SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2011 7 ecial report travel nsw tourism awards kills and include ast, d the om to day- e says ment rself sfor he one for rke,'' ayabig special report
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