Holidaying In The Yarra Valley

Only have a few days for a holiday, which restricts you from going away somewhere exciting? Do you then end up sitting at home and doing house work on your time off because you don’t have long enough? Well you shouldn’t stay home, you should make the most of what little time you have. A quick getaway to the Yarra Valley is the ideal short holiday if you only have limited time.

Now you’re probably thinking to yourself, what’s there to do in the Yarra Valley to entertain me for a few days, but I have some advice for you on some great things to do! There are plenty of Yarra Valley day tours that you can do so you are still getting the excitement of being as adventurous as you would be on a bigger holiday.

Do you have young children that you need to entertain? Well some popular destinations with the kids are Healesville Sanctuary and the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery Healesville Sanctuary is home to not only native Australian Animals, but a lot of winged and furry friends as well. Perfect for entertaining the kids! Another winner with the young ones is the popular Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery in Yarra Glen. Indulging in loads of chocolate and ice cream and heaps of yummy food is enough to keep anyone of any age happy!

However, if you don’t have kids you have to satisfy and you are wanting to do more of a relaxing activity, then doing a Yarra Valley winery tour might just be the thing for you! Going from winery to winery, sampling various wines whilst enjoying some delicious food sounds like a winner to me!

Choosing where to stay is always one of the most difficult decisions for me to make. My advice is, that if you enjoy being amongst nature and to be in a more secluded area, then staying somewhere in the Dandenongs or out near Warburton would be great. On the other hand, there are heaps of cute little country towns you can stay at such as Healesville or Yarra Glen which are just as beautiful. There are so many options of accommodation in the Yarra Valley so you’ll find the perfect place for you.

The Yarra Valley is such a big place and so there are heaps and heaps of things you can do and in my opinion, it is the perfect place for a little getaway so make sure you go.

Exploring The Great Ocean Road – Torquay To Apollo Bay

down-under-03-04-2-1474560-1279x852The Great Ocean Road begins at Torquay. From Torquay the road heads inland-ish and winds through some stunning hills and valleys before landing into Anglesea. If you’ve begun fairly early you’ll most likely seek some lunch by this stage. Just as you head into town there’s a little strip of shops with loads of cafes to match all tastes and budgets and show shops with your favorite womens ankle boots, and if you wish to stay a little longer then the Big 4 Anglesea Holiday Park or the great ocean road accommodation are good locations to start.

 

Get back on the Great Ocean Road and head towards Lorne which is a stunning little town set right on the sea. Along the way the road runs right along the ocean offering travelers some definitely spectacular views; words don’t do this place any justice at all. Eastern View is about midway in between Anglesea and Lorne and is the spot where a statue celebrating the building of the Great Ocean Road has actually been erected. It’s a bronze statue of 2 Diggers, and for a photo opportunity, there’s a huge archway over the road with Great Ocean Road composed on it. And for a minor visual distraction, take a look at your home on a stilt jutting out of the hillside not far from the statue. It’s as bizarre-looking as it is cool.

 

Keep driving to Lorne, and this part of the drive is most likely a favorite, it’s simply what I anticipated the Great Ocean Road would be; the roadway essentially runs along the shore.

 

Lorne is among the bigger towns along the road. If you had more time it ‘d definitely be worth stopping in town for a number of days as there are loads to do; you can either stay in some great Lorne accommodation and play by the beach or head up into the hinterland and go horse riding or bush walking.

 

Pushed on to Apollo Bay where the road continues on clinging to the rocks as it twists and turns its method down along the coast. It’s simply remarkable, and if you had a sports car, well, it ‘d be among those one-in-a-million driving experiences.

 

Apollo Bay is a fantastic area for both food and shopping for your womens boots. With lots of cool coffee shops, pubs and a handful of caravan parks it’s a place well worth camping at for a number of days. At Apollo Bay, you might kid yourself you’re a million miles from anywhere. It’s a serene location unless you’re there throughout a show like we were then, as you ‘d anticipate, discovering a website will be difficult; the environment was excellent, though. We found a patch of ground, thanks to the vans small size, at the Apollo Bay Holiday Park. It’s only a little park and is filled primarily with cabins but we scored a good, non-powered grassy area to park the van among a bunch of tents next to the pool.

Three Road Tripping Roads That Are People Free

Road tripping is fun. However, sitting in traffic is not. Here are the 3 of the finest crowd-free roadways to take a trip.

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Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

It’s a reasonably long haul to get to the Eyre Peninsula when you stay in Lorne accommodation – from the Nullarbor to the west, and a long day’s drive east of Adelaide. Trace the eastern coastline south from Whyalla to Port Lincoln and after that back up the western side to Ceduna for sensational seaside surroundings, wildlife, and exceptional seafood – road tripping doesn’t get far better than this, and if you brought your womens boots you are set!.

Fantastic Inland Way, Queensland

Heading north to tropical Queensland? Head up Highway 1 and take the back way, also called Great Inland Way, through western NSW and Queensland– Sydney to Townsville via Dubbo, Lightning Ridge, Roma, Emerald, Carnarvon Gorge and Charters Towers. Don’t worry if you forgot to buy your shoes online, all you need out here are your two thongs!It’s sealed all the way and is a journey through beautiful small-town Australia– an Aussie version of America’s Route 66. How far? 2070km.

Beyond the Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Any tourist route as well-known as the Great Ocean Road is always going to bring in more than its reasonable share of slow-moving motorists who may be staying at Apollo Bay accommodation you cannot blame them, it’s a spectacular piece of roadway– that can turn it into a crawling conga-line of automobiles and caravans. However if you keep going, beyond the 12 Apostles, past the Bay of Islands, west of Warrnambool, you’ll leave the day-trippers and tour buses behind. Decrease when you get to Portland, where you can stroll to the edge of the greatest sea cliffs in Victoria to peer down at a large colony of about 650 fur seals then follow the curve of Discovery Bay to Nelson on the South Australian border and check out the back roads of the Limestone Coast. It’s just a half day’s drive, but will feel a million miles away. How far? 167km (Warrnambool to Nelson).

 

Prepare for your Australian trip with our practical tips

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Prepare for your Australian trip with our practical tips. Learn about our currency, how to call home, keep safe, shop responsibly and travel with a disability. Then you’re ready to go.

Money

Australia’s currency is Australian Dollars (AUD) and currency exchange is available at banks, hotels and international airports. The most commonly accepted credit cards are American Express, Bankcard, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa, JCB and their affiliates. Try this handy currency converter.

Goods and Services Tax

Australia has a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10 per cent. You may be able to claim a refund of the GST paid on goods bought here if you have spent AUD$300 or more in one store, no more than 30 days before departing Australia. Tourist Refund Scheme facilities are located in the departure area of international terminals. For more detailed information see Australian government information on the Tourist Refund Scheme.

Shopping

You’ll find large department stores, arcades, malls, gift and souvenir shops across Australia. Trading hours vary across the country but shops in tourist and city areas are generally open until 6pm, with the exception of late night shopping on either Thursdays or Fridays in different states. In Australia you are covered by Australia’s consumer protection laws which require businesses to treat you fairly.

Tipping and bargaining

Hotels and restaurants do not add service charges to your bill. In up market restaurants, it is usual to tip waiters up to ten per cent of the bill for good service. However, tipping is always your choice. It is not custom to bargain in Australia.

Emergency assistance

The emergency number for police, ambulance and or fire brigade is 000.

Surf and water safety

Australia’s popular beaches are usually patrolled by volunteer lifesavers from October to April and red and yellow flags mark the safest area for swimming. For information about marine stingers and crocodile safety read the Queensland Government website.

Language

Australia’s official language is English. However, being a multicultural nation with a significant migrant population, we also enjoy a tremendous diversity of languages and cultures.

Electrical power points

Our electrical current is 220 – 240 volts, AC 50Hz. The Australian three-pin power outlet is different from some other countries, so you may need an adaptor.

Communication

Australia’s country code is 61. Local calls from public pay phones are untimed and charged at AUD$.050. Mobile, long distance and overseas calls are usually timed.Mobile phone network coverage is available across Australia, however coverage may be limited in some remote areas. Internet access is widely available at internet cafes, accommodation and libraries.

Postal services

Post offices are usually open 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, with some city post offices open on Saturday morning. Travellers can arrange to collect mail at post offices throughout Australia.

Accessible Travel

If you have a disability and are planning to explore Australia, there is a host of services and special deals to meet your needs. Thorough preparation is essential to a successful trip, so speak to your travel agent about your specific requirements. For more information on accessible tourism in Australia go to NICAN or the AustraliaForAll  websites.

 

Article taken rom http://www.australia.com/en/planning/useful-tips.html