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Lifestyle : Short Spring Breaks
AG5398535AA-160912 Two nights from $275* per person twin share *Conditions apply based on two persons sharing a resort room with recreation centre and turbo spa or $100 surcharge for spa lodge. MAKE EVERY WEEKEND A LONG WEEKEND FOR FREE* *stay till 6pm of a Sunday. Subject to availability. Normal booking conditions apply Be captivated by the Eaglereach Romantic Adventure which includes two nights luxury accommodation with a bottle of sparkling white wine and quality chocolates. Then a relaxing and revitalising massage, hire of a discovery buggy to explore the resort, a la carte dinner with a glass of Hunter wine one evening in our Eaglereach Bistro & Bar, also includes a hot country breakfast daily. Unlimited use of all resort facilities & activities from mountain bikes to kayaks, internet kiosk & DVD library. Summer Hill Road, Vacy, HUNTER REGION, NSW p: 02 4938 8233 e: firstname.lastname@example.org www.eaglereach.com.au 'MOWBRAY PARK FARM' 9km from Picton off the M5 • Farmstay weekends • Day visits • Horse & Pony rides • Birthday Parties • Bush dances, camp fires • Farm & Horse camps holidays www.farmstayholidays.com.au 02 46809243 Short Breaks Blossom Time in the Blue Mountains 11 gardens including Everglades and 3 new gardens Topical Horticultural Seminars and Exhibitors mid week all Garden ticket $20 on & off shuttle bus $5 per day connecting Leura station to all venues Huge plant sale section Website: www.leuragardensfestival.com Email: email@example.com Phone: 0431 095 279 29th Sept - 7th Oct PEGASUS MOREE SPA CAPITAL SUPER SPECIAL 7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS (twin share including breakfast, dinner each day and lunch 5 days) MURRAY, DARLING RIVERS S.A. RIVERLAND TOUR 7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS (Including breakfast, 2 course evening meals and entry to all attractions) Ph 03 5027 3636 PP/TS Includes GST *Cond. Apply, min 40 pax SS $30 p/n *$769 PP/TS Includes GST *Conditions Apply *$755 Groups outside Sydney area ask for FREE quote 1300 730 573 Ph 02 6752 5555 2012 & 2013 COACH TOURS Are you a Club, Retirement Centre, Organisation, Group Organiser or Individual? Do you want to travel in Luxury 5 and 6 star coaches? (02) 9838 1733 firstname.lastname@example.org • Air Conditioned • DVD • PA Systems • Reclining armchair seats • Toilet equipped • Fitted with seatbelts for safety • Friendly Professional Staff Would you like someone to take over the headache of Tour organisation? We offer a full range of Day and Extended tours for Individuals and Groups at competitive prices. Talk to our friendly staff who will be only to pleased to assist you. FREE Travel Club Membership Kubba Roonga Guesthouse See www.kubbaroonga.com for our latest offers! Midweek Getaway Special Enjoy a true Blue Mountains Escape! Stay 2 or more nights Midweek for the Special Price of $150 per couple per night with a full cooked breakfast daily and also receive a free upgrade to a queen spa room! 9 Brentwood Ave, Blackheath NSW | Tel: (02) 4787 5224 Email: email@example.com | www.kubbaroonga.com AAA AG5397709AA-160912 3 SPRING BREAKS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2012 THE SUN HERALD Special report er Travel apps Astute travellers who download the right app can upload more fun into their driving holiday. Thirty cultural and heritage highlights along the Legendary Pacific Coast, the 1000-kilometre touring route between Sydney and Brisbane, are now available via the pacificcoast.com.au website and as a free iPhone app. Another six Pacific Coast trails, covering subjects such as surfing, national parks and food and wine will be released in coming months. With whale-watching season continuing to November, holidaymakers can also download a free whale-watching app --- Whales NSW --- developed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, pointing out the best vantage points in coastal national parks. But sometimes it's the simple things that matter most. The free app National Public Toilet Map pinpoints the location of more than 14,000 facilities across Australia. Bright ideas . . . clockwise from main, Canberra's Floriade; Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa; Mudgee puts on a great spread; Hyams Beach. Photos: Alamy; Getty Images Orange's glorious cool-climate wines at Orange Wine Week (October 19-28, tasteorange.com.au). Festivities kick off with the Orange Wine Show public tasting on October 19, which will showcase some 250 wines. Where to stay One of the state's most luxurious lodges is nestled into an unexpected place: a valley just beyond Lithgow surrounded by dramatic sandstone escarpments. With its remote location and lack of mobile-phone reception, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is the ultimate place to unwind. $1950 a double, a night. wolganvalley.com. Stay in a former shearing shed, complete with corrugated iron, exposed hand-hewn timbers and sheep chutes, at Black Sheep Inn, off the Forbes Road on the outskirts of Orange. Rooms from $210 a night midweek. blacksheepinn.com.au. There's not much to the former gold-mining town of Sofala, tucked beside the Turon River between Bathurst and Mudgee, but you can spend the night in the former police residence for just $65 a double. oldsofalagaol.com.au. Driving Orange is 260 kilometres, or 31G2 hours' drive, from Sydney. More info visitmudgeeregion.com.au, wewilltakeyouthere.com.au. JERVIS BAY Spring highlights Jervis Bay is the playground of marine creatures big and small: from whales through to cheeky seals and dolphins. Through to late November, humpback and southern right whales and their calves pull in to the sheltered waters for a pit-stop on their southern migration. Dolphin Watch Cruises (dolphinwatch.com.au) has tours covering all the ocean action. Jervis Bay is also renowned for having some of the whitest sand around (particularly at ritzy Hyams Beach), stunning bushwalks and a charmingly old-fashioned vibe. Huskisson Pictures shows new-release films in a 99-year-old former community hall (huskipics.com.au). Where to stay With just a dozen luxe tents with verandahs pitched among the eucalypts and paperbarks of Woollamia near Huskisson, Paperbark Camp puts a chic spin on the ''bed in the bush'' concept. Tents, with breakfast, start from $370 a night, twin share. paperbarkcamp.com.au. The 1932 waterfront hotel formerly known as the Jervis Bay Hotel has been reborn as The Huskisson, with eight guest suites tastefully fitted out in neutral tones. Rooms start from $110 a night. thehuskisson.com.au. Booderee National Park's three camp grounds -- Green Patch, Bristol Point and Cave Beach -- are popular once the weather warms up, so book your site early. Sites start from $7 a day, plus there's a per-person fee starting from $5 an adult a day. environment.gov.au. Driving Huskisson is 185 kilometres, or two hours, 40 minutes' drive, from Sydney. More info shoalhavenholidays.com.au. ACT Spring highlights Tiptoe through the 1 million tulips or opt for an aerial view of the massed blooms from the 35-metre-high Ferris wheel at this year's Floriade (September 15-October 14, floriadeaustralia.com). The theme for 2012 is ''style and design'', which will be expressed through events such as runway shows, DIY workshops and tips for sustainable living. Once the sun goes down, catch the live grooves and illuminations of Floriade NightFest (September 26-30). Tulip Top Gardens, four hectares of floral splendour tucked into a valley off the Federal Highway, 15 minutes' drive from Canberra, is open concurrently with Floriade (tuliptopgardens.com.au). Where to stay Enjoy the manicured gardens and resident cattle, goats, chooks, ducks and dogs at the Georgian-style Ginninderry Homestead in Wallaroo, 18 kilometres from Canberra. A two- night minimum stay starts from $390 a couple. ginninderry.com.au. Rooms at the hip 80-room Diamant Canberra near Acton Park, in central Canberra, start from $205 a night. Rydges Canberra Eagle Hawk sits in landscaped bushland on the NSW/ ACT border. Floriade packages start from $135 a couple. rydges.com. Driving Canberra is 290 kilometres, or about 31G2 hours' drive, from Sydney. More info visitcanberra.com.au. A SUN-HERALD SPECIAL REPORT Editor: Angie Kelly 9282 3309 Pictures: Ruth Duncan Advertising: Anthony Kleyn 9282 3303 Cover photograph: Floriade by Andrew Sheargold/Canberra Times
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