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Gawthorne's Hut is a luxurious, architect designed, off grid Eco hut just for couples. It is the newest of Wilgowrah's unique country escapes. Built to capture stunning views it provides guests with peace, privacy and a sense of isolation. Inclusions - King bed, full bath, shower, flushing toilet and kitchenette. Gawthorne's Hut now has day time air conditioning. "Wilgowrah" is a historic and picturesque rural property well known for its first escape - Tom's Cottage.
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Set high on the rolling hills of 80 acres The Wensley is a bespoke timber, architectural house & shed built from recycled Oregon and Ironbark. The Wensley is a haven of peace and serenity in a secluded but central pocket of the Surf Coast Hinterland called Wensleydale - offering you a chance to chill out and stay put or explore The Great Ocean Road and surrounding countryside with complete privacy. 1.5 hrs from Melb, 20 Mins Birregurra & Brae, 25 Mins Aireys Inlet , 15 mins from Moriac & Winch.
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Dine out al fresco, swim in the shared pool or gather around the fire pit of this chic New-York style loft. Featured twice in Inside Out magazine, it has hand-picked furnishings from Morocco, Indonesia, and the Greek Islands, as well as oak floors and Carrara marble. Instagram: @vacayco
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Your guide to Australia
Welcome to Australia
How much time do you have? That’s the most concerning factor when planning a trip to Australia. It’s the sixth-largest nation, but its fairly sparse population means many destinations within the country offer an overwhelming sense of space.
This is a land of wondrous differences, with trendsetting urban centres such as Sydney and Melbourne rubbing shoulders with natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru/Ayers Rock. There’s exceptional whale watching in southern Queensland, the desert landscapes of the Northern Territories’ Red Centre, the breathtaking Great Ocean Road down south, and the turquoise lagoons of Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia.
Cities such as Hobart exude a historic gothic charm, while sleepy Perth epitomises the laid-back Aussie attitude. Along with its natural charm, Australia offers plenty of opportunities to explore world-class art, amazing food and wineries, and astounding architecture.
How do I get around Australia?
All major cities in Australia have their own airports, so you can fly into Sydney (SYD), Canberra (CBR), or Brisbane (BNE) in the east, Melbourne (MEL) and Adelaide (ADL) in the southeast, Perth (PER) on the west coast, Darwin (DRW) in the north, and Hobart (HBA) in Tasmania. Flying is the best way to cover the vast expanses of Australia in the shortest time. If you’re in less of a rush, there are some incredibly scenic train journeys across the continent, including the famous Indian Pacific that travels between Perth, Adelaide, and Sydney, and the Ghan that travels through the Northern Territory. There are also buses connecting most major towns and cities that are clean and — most importantly — air-conditioned. If you wish to travel into the Outback and explore some of the more out-of-the-way places, there are car, camper van, and caravan rental options.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Australia?
Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, so if you’re travelling from the North, seasons are reversed, with summer running from December to February. The northern part of the country has a tropical climate, with a wet season from November to April and a dry season from May to October. The south has the best weather in summer, as the Outback reaches scorching temperatures and the north has storms. The winter months are an excellent time to visit the north, with the days still warm plus pleasantly cooler evenings. And there’s winter sports fun in the Australian Alps in the southeast. If you’re planning to travel to a variety of regions, spring is the best option, as the Outback is cooler and the tropical areas are dry. This is also the time of year that baby koalas and kangaroos emerge from their mothers’ pouches, a sight not to be missed.
What are the top things to do in Australia?
Feed Your Curiosity at the Museum of New and Old Art (MONA)
Located 7 miles north of Hobart in Tasmania, this mostly subterranean museum by the Derwent River features ancient ephemera and contemporary art that tends to explore darker themes. The building itself is remarkable, the collection delightfully off-kilter, and the surrounding landscape is stunning. Plus there are two MONA music festivals in winter and summer attracting top name acts.
Relax at Wendy’s Secret Garden
Yes, while in Sydney, obviously visit the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. But if you can, make a detour to this singular, highly personal place. Started in the 1990s as one woman’s outlet for grief, she has slowly transformed a disused railway yard into an incredible hidden oasis of calm with amazing views of Sydney Harbour.
Discover Murujuga National Park
This park, covering nearly 5,000 hectares of the Burrup Peninsula, is home to the largest concentration of ancient rock art on the planet, with some examples dating back more than 30,000 years. There’s also an incredible array of flora and fauna throughout the park, plus native creatures such as rock wallabies, quolls, and the Pilbara olive python.