NOWRA AND THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH COAST

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A Guide to Nowra and the South Coast

Situated on the banks of the Shoalhaven River, Nowra is a charming town that makes a great base for those wishing to explore the many attractions and beautiful scenery of the South Coast. Nowra itself offers a wide range of things to see and do, while Jervis Bay, Boodoree National Park, the Kangaroo Valley and the picturesque villages of Berry and Greenwell Point are all just a short distance away.

Introducing Nowra

The town of Nowra enjoys a stunning location on the banks of the beautiful Shoalhaven River and has many museums and galleries to explore, plus a great range of shops and eateries.

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Be sure to take a river cruise, where you can sit back and enjoy a relaxing ride along this picturesque stretch of water – or for the best panoramic views over Nowra and the Shoalhaven, head off on foot along Bens Walk and finish up at Hanging Rock, which is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the area.

Visit the Tree Adventure at Nowra Park

 The ever-popular Tree Adventure at Nowra Park offers great fun for all the family, with a wide range of exciting and challenging treetop obstacle courses that will have you climbing, swinging and gliding through the forest!


 Visit Shoalhaven Zoo

 Shoalhaven Zoo is the largest zoo on the South Coast and is home to a wide variety of native and exotic animals, including mammals, birds and reptiles.

Take a Trip to Kangaroo Valley

Immerse yourself in nature by visiting Kangaroo Valley, where lush green pastures, clear rivers and sparkling creeks are just waiting to be explored.

Jervis Bay

Located just a short distance away from Nowra, the Jervis Bay National Park is a breathtakingly beautiful area where you’ll find paradise beaches and clear turquoise waters, plus many great walks and some of the best whale watching vantage points in the whole of Australia.

Head to Hyams Beach

Head to Hyams Beach, which it is claimed has the whitest sand in the whole world! It’s a great place to relax, read a book and go swimming – or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, why not go snorkelling, paddle-boarding or even kayaking?

Go Whale Watching

Whether from the shore or by boat, Jervis Bay is one of the best places in Australia to see humpbacks and southern right whales. Find a great vantage point at Greenwell Point or Cape St George Lighthouse in Booderee National Park – or why not head off on a whale-watching boat tour and experience the beauty of these magnificent creatures up close and personal?

Explore Booderee National Park

Bodoree National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty that’s home to secluded beaches, inviting bays and an array of beautiful walks. Cave Beach is a great place to go surfing, or head to Green Patch Beach and experience swimming amongst the fish. It’s also a popular place to go camping and has three popular campsites to choose from: Green Patch, Bristol Point and Cave Beach.
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THE SYDNEY TO HOBART YACHT RACE

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Sailing: The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is a 628 nautical mile yacht race that takes place in December each year, with a flotilla of yachts making the gruelling journey between Sydney, New South Wales and Hobart in Tasmania. Widely considered to be one of the most prestigious and challenging ocean races in the world, the event has become an iconic part of the Australian summer and is something that’s not to be missed.

 Watch the start of the race in Sydney

On Boxing Day (26th December) the boats leave Sydney Harbour and begin their long and difficult journey to Hobart. As the race begins, Sydney Harbour is transformed into a sea of colour and noise, with thousands lining the harbour sides to watch the boats depart and set sail out to sea.

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To get a great view of the action, head to one of the many great vantage points located in and around Sydney. On the south side is Watsons Bay, which is a fantastic spot to enjoy a picnic and watch the boats go by – or if you’re looking to wine and dine in style, head to Doyles on the Beach, a popular a la carte seafood restaurant that offers stunning harbour views.

Other popular viewing locations include Middle Head lookout in Sydney Harbour National Park, Bradleys Head Amphitheatre and Georges Heights Lookout at Headland Park. Wherever you go, just be sure to get there early if you want to grab a good viewing spot!

If you’re looking to get up close and personal with the action, head out to sea and book one of the many harbour cruises that offer you an unbeatable vantage point of the starting line as the excitement unfolds. There is also the Manly Ferry, which leaves regularly from Circular Quay and Manly and offers great views of the yachts as they jostle for a good early position.

Cheer the competitors home in Hobart

Cheer on the competitors as they return to dry land in Hobart and soak up the atmosphere as the race reaches a thrilling conclusion at the Hobart Race Village in Constitution Dock.

The festival is free and begins in the days leading up to the race finish, with the dock coming alive as thousands of excited fans descend on the city to cheer on the competitors as they race cross the finishing line and complete their epic journey. In the village, you’ll find a wide array of quality food and drinks, plus live entertainment and many family-friendly games and activities.

To get a view of the yachts as they race across Storm Bay and make their final approach to the finish, head to Long Beach in Sandy Bay or take a 15-minute drive out to Taroona Beach in the suburbs and enjoy a great vantage point in this picturesque spot.

Whether you choose to view the race from the sea or the land, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is an annual event that’s not to be missed!
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KATOOMBA AND THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

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The Blue Mountains, Katoomba

Situated just an hour and a half’s drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains National Park is quite simply breathtakingly beautiful and offers numerous things to see and do. Visit Echo Point lookout and take in the amazing panoramic views over Jamison Valley and the famous Three Sisters, then head out on one of the numerous walks and explore the beautiful valleys, canyons, waterfalls and forests of this renowned World Heritage site. Make sure to visit Scenic World, where you can explore the rainforest from elevated walkways and get unique aerial views of the Blue Mountains from the Skyway and Cableway.

Visit Echo Point

At the edge of the Katoomba cliffs and in the heart of the Blue Mountains lays Echo Point, a popular lookout where you can take in the stunning far-reaching views of the Jamison Valley and the spectacular Three Sisters. Here you’ll also find the Echo Point Visitor Centre, where you can get information on the area and find out more about the many things to see and do.

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Echo Point is the starting point of many world-class walks – take the accessible path to the Three Sisters and get a closer look at this beautiful and unusual rock formation named after an Aboriginal legend, or take the more challenging Giant Stairway and take in the spectacular views as you descend the 800-plus steps down to Scenic World.

Explore Scenic World

 To make it a day to remember, a visit to the Scenic World attraction is an absolute must. Take a trip on the world’s steepest commercial railway, then glide high above the park on the Scenic Skyway and look down from a glass-bottomed cabin as you take in the stunning aerial views of the Katoomba Falls and the Three Sisters.

For more panoramic views of the Blue Mountains, there’s also the Scenic Cableway, which takes you on a spectacular 510-metre journey down into the Jamison Valley.

On foot, take the elevated 2.4 kilometre Scenic Walkway – the longest in the Southern Hemisphere – and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the Jurassic rainforest and its abundance of native wildlife.

Visit the Waradah Aboriginal Centre

Be sure to leave time for a visit to the Waradah Aboriginal Centre, where you can learn all about living Aboriginal culture and admire traditional Aboriginal dance and music.

Take part in an interactive didgeridoo performance and admire the original Aboriginal artworks in the gallery, before witnessing a corroboree performed by traditional Aboriginal dancers and learning more about the stories behind each dance. There’s also a souvenir shop, where you can buy unique souvenirs and beautiful decorations.

Whatever your age, a visit to the Waradah Aboriginal Centre is a truly unforgettable experience!

Make a Trip to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

 If you’re a lover of art, be sure to visit the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, which showcases a fantastic selection of local and international artworks and presents many touring exhibitions. The centre also hosts regular events, including a wide variety of concerts, workshops and forums, while the shop stocks an array of gifts, homewares, stationery and more.
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SYDNEY

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Sydney, Australia: The Top Things to See and Do

With its magnificent harbour, beautiful beaches and world famous sights, Sydney is a city that will captivate you from the very first moment you arrive. But spend a little more time here and your love for Sydney will only grow further and further. The capital of New South Wales is one of the most beautiful cities in the world – and it’s positively brimming with things to see and do.

Highlights

Climb the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and take in unrivalled views over the city, or experience the sights in a more leisurely way by taking a cruise along the waterfront. Indulge in a little retail therapy along Oxford Street, before experiencing a memorable concert at the iconic Sydney Opera House. When the show is over, head straight to Darling Harbour and experience its bustling nightlife – and when it’s time to relax and take things easy, what could be better than a lazy afternoon on Bondi Beach?

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Attractions

For a truly exhilarating experience that will live long in your memory, a climb up the Sydney Harbour Bridge is an absolute must. Take in the breath-taking panoramic views from the 134-meter summit and learn all about its history from your experienced tour guide.

Next up, make a visit to the famous Taronga Zoo, which is home to more than 4,000 animals. Here you will find many examples of native Australian wildlife, including numerous rare and endangered animals.

In addition, make sure to set aside some time to explore some of Sydney’s many museums and galleries. The Australian Museum is the oldest in the country and has more than 10 million items in its vast collection, while the Australian National Maritime Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art and Powerhouse Museum remain ever popular.

Finally, no visit to Sydney would be complete without visiting the Sydney Opera House. Pose for pictures in front of this famous and iconic structure, before heading inside and enjoying a world-class show. With a huge variety of events throughout the year, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Beaches

Bondi Beach is famous all over the world and is a fantastic place to go surfing, but be sure to also check out some of Sydney’s other stunning sandy stretches. Manly Beach offers amazing views of the Sydney skyline (catch the Manly Ferry from Circular Key), while the beautiful Palm Beach will be instantly recognisable to viewers of the popular soap Home and Away.

Shopping, Restaurants and Nightlife

For a huge choice of famous brands, head to Oxford Street or the popular Westfield shopping mall. In addition, The Rocks is home to a great selection of independent retailers, while the Queen Victoria Building houses many fashionable boutiques.

When it comes to dining and nightlife options, you will be literally spoilt for choice. Dine in style at the 360 Bar and Dining and enjoy spectacular views over the city, or head to Circular Quay, the Rocks or Chinatown for a great choice of world cuisines.

For those looking to experience the vibrant Sydney nightlife, Kings Cross, Oxford Street and Darling Harbour contains some of the city’s hottest nightspots.
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MELBOURNE

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Melbourne, Australia: What to See and Do

Australia’s sporting and cultural capital is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that will delight and surprise in equal measure. Explore the bustling city centre and surrounding neighbourhoods to uncover world-class museums and art galleries, acclaimed restaurants and diverse shopping districts – or soak up the atmosphere and excitement of Melbourne’s many sporting events.

Highlights

Head straight to Federation Square in the heart of the city, where you’ll find a plethora of museums, galleries, bars and restaurants in what has become the city’s natural cultural centre. ‘Fed Square’ hosts more than 2,000 events throughout the year – including a diverse range of festivals, markets, exhibitions, film screenings and much more.

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From here, take a walk on foot and explore the maze of laneways and arcades in the inner city. Here you’ll find hidden gems at every turn – from quirky boutiques and galleries, to acclaimed restaurants, cool bars, cosy cafes and eye-catching street art.

When you’ve finished wandering, hop onto the free City Circle Tram and take a trip past many of the city’s most famous attractions while listening to the guided audio commentary.

Get off the tram near Southbank and walk along the waterfront until you reach Eureka Tower, where you can take a trip up to the Eureka Skydeck on the 88th floor (the highest in the Southern Hemisphere) and take in the spectacular panoramic views over central Melbourne, Albert Park Lake, Port Philip Bay and the Dandenong Ranges.

Museums and Galleries

Learn all about Australia’s immigration history at the Immigration Museum on Flinders Street, or head to the Melbourne Museum and discover a vast array of exciting exhibitions showcasing Australian social history, culture, science, the environment and much more. In addition, be sure to visit the National Sports Museum, where you can take a trip through the ages of Australia’s rich sporting history and see a wide range of fascinating memorabilia.

If you’re an art lover, you’ll find an amazing range of galleries dotted around the city, including the National Gallery of Victoria, the Gertrude Contemporary (located in a vast converted warehouse) and the Heide Museum of Modern Art. In addition, be sure to pay a visit to the State Library of Victoria, which showcases a wide range of Australian paintings, sculptures, ceramics and photography.

Sports

Watch an exciting cricket or football match at Melbourne Cricket Ground, or plan your visit to coincide with the Melbourne Cup horse race (November), or the Australian Open tennis tournament (January), where you can watch the world’s best players battle it out for Grand Slam glory.

 Shopping

Shop for world famous brands in the Melbourne Central Mall, or explore the many gems located in and around the historic laneways and arcades. For the best in boutique shopping, Gertrude Street is an absolute must-visit – or check out the flagship department stores on Bourke Street. You’ll also find many bustling markets that are just bursting with hand-made goods and irresistible bargains.

Restaurants and Nightlife

When evening falls, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to eat, with the city offering an amazing choice of everything from exquisite fine dining to world cuisines and cheap eats. Head straight to the Central Business District for a great choice of eateries, or make for one of the chic surrounding neighbourhoods like Fitzroy, Carlton and Richmond. If you’re looking for the best nightlife in Melbourne, King Street is the place to be.

Whatever you’re into, Melbourne is a city that will draw you back again and again!
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THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD. A SPECTACULAR COASTAL DRIVE

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A Memorable Journey Along the Great Ocean Road

Stretching more than 240 kilometres along Australia’s picturesque south east coast, the Great Ocean Road is surely one of the most beautiful coastal drives to be found anywhere in the world. As you travel beside the wild and windswept Southern Ocean, your journey will take you through remote rainforest and pretty coastal towns, and past spectacular waterfalls, secluded beaches, rugged limestone cliffs and magnificent rock stacks. This is one journey you’ll never forget!

Explore The Otways

In the Otways National Park you will find some of Australia’s best and most remote rainforest scenery, with ancient forests, enchanting valleys and kilometre after kilometre of rugged coastline. There are many beautiful beaches to discover, plus an abundance of plant life and wildlife. Be sure to explore the spectacular mountains of the Otway Ranges – or head into the valleys and take in the beauty of the park’s many impressive waterfalls, including the famous three cascades of the Triplet Falls.

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Visit Cape Otway

Visit Cape Otway, the most southerly point in the region, where you’ll find stunning scenery and an array of amazing beaches, including the picture-postcard Johanna Beach and Blanket Bay. Be sure to visit Cape Otway Lightstation and the Cape Otway Centre for Conservation, which provides visitors with a fantastic opportunity to see local native wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and a diverse range of birds.

Walk the Great Ocean Walk

 The famous Great Ocean Walk begins at Apollo Bay and weaves along the dramatic coastline to the 12 Apostles, taking you past secluded beaches, dramatic cliffs and truly breathtaking coastal scenery. Complete the whole 100km walk over a number of days (there are many campsites, B&Bs and hotels along the way), or sample a shorter section of the walk and enjoy a picnic at one of the many picturesque spots.

See the 12 Apostles

 No trip along the Great Ocean Road would be complete without seeing the magnificent rock stacks of the Twelve Apostles, which were formed over millions of years by the erosion of limestone cliffs and now stand proudly in the sea adrift from the shore. At up to 40+ metres high, they are an instantly recognizable feature of the coastline.

Visit the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum and Village

 Located in the coastal city of Warrnambool, the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum and Village is must-visit attraction that offers visitors the chance to learn all about the history of the so-called Shipwreck Coast and experience what life may have been like for the first European settlers in Australia. The centre houses a fascinating village and museum, as well as hosting Sound and Light Show Experiences that tell the unique story of Australia’s maritime history.

 Visit Split Point Lighthouse

Located in Aireys Inlet, the Split Point Lighthouse will be instantly recognisable to viewers of the popular TV series “Round the Twist.” Take a tour of this working lighthouse and take in the stunning 360-degree coastal views, while learning all about its history from your guide. Before you go, stop for a bite to eat at Willow’s Tea House, then burn off those calories by taking a walk along the picturesque coastal path. Article by Dan Flower.

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JANOLAN CAVES

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Explore the Jenolan Caves

Located just 175 kilometres to the west of Sydney in the Blue Mountains of Katoomba, Jenolan Caves is a must-visit attraction that offers visitors the chance to explore some of the oldest and most spectacular cave formations in the world. Take a guided tour of the nine impressive caves and marvel at the astonishing formations and underground rivers, then emerge above ground and explore the many beautiful bushwalks that surround the caves. Whether you visit on a day trip or choose to stay overnight, you’re sure to fall in love with Jenolan.

Guided Cave Tours

Nine of the most spectacular caves are open to the public, with tours by experienced guides taking place throughout the year. The cave tours vary from easy to strenuous, so just be sure to choose an option to suit your age and fitness.

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Imperial Cave is the easiest cave to explore, with the crystal formations, fossils and an underground river being easily accessible by a mostly level path that’s suitable for everyone from children through to adults.

The River Cave falls at the opposite end of the scale and is a more strenuous tour that will amaze and excite in equal measure. Lucas Cave contains the biggest chambers, including the famous Broken Column.

There are many other caves to explore, including the Imperial Diamond Cave, where you can marvel at the pure white crystal and ‘Gem of the West’ – or take in the spectacular features and formations inside the Temple of Baal Cave.

Orient Cave, Chifley Cave and Ribbon Cave all offer something different, with many dazzling formations and fossils that are sure to impress.

Jenolan Caves also offers night tours, including the popular Legends, Mysteries and Ghosts Tour.

Adventure Caving

If you fancy something a little more adventurous, why not go adventure caving? Whether you are an experienced adventurer or trying it for the very first time, the attraction offers a range of exhilarating adventure-caving experiences that allow you to explore deep inside the caves and learn more about the cave environment from your experienced instructor.

Bushwalks

When you’ve finished exploring inside the caves, head off on one of the many bush tracks and immerse yourself in the outstanding beauty of the Blue Mountains. Take a pleasant scenic stroll along the Jenolan River Walk, which leads you beside the beautiful Blue Lake and along the Jenolan River (a 3 kilometre round trip), or try the Carlotta Arch Walk, a short but relatively steep bushwalk that leads up to the spectacular limestone Carlotta Arch and provides superb views over the Blue Lake and the Jenolan Valley. The Six Foot Track stretches for 45 kilometres to Katoomba and takes several days to complete, so take your tent and camp at one of the many campsites found along the way.

Accommodation

There is so much to explore at Jenolan Caves that it makes sense to stay for several days. The attraction offers a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets, including the Jenolan Caves House, Mountain Lodge and the Gate House. Article by Dan Flower.

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QUEENSLAND THE BEAUTIFUL SUNSHINE STATE

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Queensland: The Gold Coast and the Great Barrier Reef

From the stunning beaches of the Gold Coast to the breathtaking beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia’s so-called Sunshine State is a holiday haven that has something for everyone. Take a closer look at this slice of paradise and you’ll soon discover why Queensland is one of Australia’s most visited regions…

The Gold Coast

Situated south of Brisbane on the east coast of Australia, the Gold Coast is a popular holiday destination that draws in millions of visitors thanks to its range of amazing beaches, international theme parks, world-class shopping centres and renowned nightlife.

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Explore the Beaches and Go Surfing

The Gold Coast boasts 70 kilometers of sun-drenched sandy beaches, with the area widely regarded as offering some of the best surfing locations in the whole world. Whether you’re into adventurous water sports or simply want to relax and take it easy, beach-hopping along the many stunning stretches is surely at the top of most visitors’ itineraries.

Grab a slice of paradise at Coolangatta or Currumbin beach, or head to Surfers Paradise, Main Beach or Burleigh Heads for some fun surfing action. If you’re new to surfing or want to master your technique, there are many surf schools offering lessons with experienced instructors – or take a tour and go snorkeling and diving around Wave Break Island.

Visit the Theme Parks

Adrenaline junkies will want to explore the many theme parks and attractions located around the Gold Coast. Ride the extreme roller coasters at Dreamworld, then experience the thrill of the huge water slides at Wet ‘n’ Wild. For a family-friendly day out, be sure to make a visit to Warner Bros Movie World and the ever-popular marine animal park Sea World.

Enjoy the Shops, Restaurants and Nightlife

Shop for world famous brands in the numerous shopping centres and designer boutiques, then sample both local and international cuisines in one of the many specialty restaurants and cafes. To experience the best of the Gold Coast’s famous nightlife, head straight to the lively clubs, pubs and bars of Surfers Paradise.

The Great Barrier Reef

Who could visit Australia and not make the trip to see the Great Barrier Reef? Stretching some 2,300 kilometers or more than 1,400 miles, this natural wonder is the largest coral reef in the world and is home to some of the most diverse marine wildlife on the planet.

Go Scuba Diving

Go scuba diving and experience the abundance of marine life that stretches across the entire length of the reef. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced diving expert, there are countless diving locations suitable for all ages and abilities – from protected sites in and around the islands, to deeper stretches towards the outer reef. You’ll never forget the experience of swimming amongst the amazing array of corals, marine fish and turtles!

Sail Through The Whitsundays

Sail through the idyllic Whitsunday Islands in the heart of the reef and explore the secluded paradise beaches and enchanting bays that offer a plethora of swimming, diving and snorkeling opportunities. Walk along picture postcard beaches and watch the evening sun slowly disappear over the horizon, before getting back on board your vessel and relaxing with a cool cocktail.

 See the Reef from the Air

Take in the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef from the air by taking a memorable pleasure flight – either by plane or by hot air balloon. Whichever option you choose, you’ll be able to fully appreciate the sheer magnitude of one of the Earth’s greatest natural wonders and make memories that will last a lifetime. Article by Dan Flower

 

 

 

 

GO SKIING IN NEW SOUTH WALES

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The Four Best Snowfields in New South Wales

If you fancy hitting the slopes this season, New South Wales has plenty of great options suitable for everyone from first-timers through to advanced skiers.

Thredbo

Located just a five hour drive from Sydney, Thredbo is one of the most famous and popular ski resorts in New South Wales. It offers a wide variety of skiing and snowboarding slopes to suit people of all ages and abilities, plus several terrain parks aimed at everyone from children to experienced freestyle skiers.

Thredbo is home to some of Australia’s longest runs, including the Crackenback Supertrail and Funnel Web. Here you’ll find 14 lifts, including Karel’s T-Bar lift, which rises to 2037m and is the highest in Australia. If you’re new to skiing, head straight to the Friday Flat beginner’s area, where you can develop your skills and master your technique before heading out onto the slopes.

At the base of the mountain is Thredbo Village, which offers a wide range of lodges, bars, cafes, restaurants and shops. The village has that classic alpine feel and is the perfect place to relax after a fun day on the slopes.

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Perisher

Perisher is the largest ski resort in Australia and has 47 lifts across four main resort areas, with each offering a wide variety of terrain to suit differing abilities, plus a great range of world-class facilities.

Smiggin Holes is especially popular with beginners and families, while Perisher Valley and Blue Cow caters for intermediate-to-advanced skiers. The Valley also hosts a wide variety of activities throughout the season – including cross-country and night skiing.

Guthega has undergone a huge transformation in recent years and has some of Perisher’s more challenging runs – ranging from green and blue, to double blue and black. Here you can take in the stunning panoramic views across the Kosciuszko mountain range or even stop off at one of the on-snow restaurants, including the Guthega Inn and Burning Log.

Charlotte Pass

 At an elevation of 1,765 metres, Charlotte Pass is the highest resort in Australia and receives some of the best and most consistent snowfalls in the whole country. It is especially popular with families and is accessible only by Oversnow Transport, which leaves from the Perisher Valley Skitube Terminal.

The resort offers a wide range of runs to suit skiers of all abilities. The East Starter run is greater for beginners, while Sidewinder and Guthrie’s Chutes are ideal for accomplished skiers and offer a much greater challenge. There are five lifts at Charlotte Pass, including a triple chair and T-bar, plus a number of high quality accommodation options. The annual Winter Festival takes place in August and is an especially popular time to visit.

Selwyn Snowfields

Selwyn Snowfields is a small and friendly resort located near to the abandoned gold mining town of Kiandra, which is also the birthplace of skiing in Australia. The resort is especially popular with first-timers and offers a range of accessible runs that are a great place to develop your skills and build your confidence. There is no on-site accommodation, but the Selwyn Centre house a range of cafes and bars, along with a souvenir shop.
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JOBS WITH A DIFFERENCE-PEARLING AND FISHING

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Pearling and Fishing Jobs in Western Australia

Western Australia is well known for its established pearling and fishing industries. Although these industries have faced challenges in recent years, they are worth millions of dollars and remain popular among backpackers looking for work.

If you are looking for an alternative to the usual farming and fruit picking jobs, the pearling and fishing industries are well worth looking into. Although this type of work is tough and typically involves long hours, it can also be extremely rewarding and offers you the chance to get close to nature. What’s more, this kind of work can be lucrative and provides plenty of opportunities to learn new skills.

Pearling Jobs in Western Australia

The pearling industry in Western Australia was worth $67 million in 2014. It involves the farming of oysters for pearls (especially South Sea pearls), which are then sold for use in jewellery and other products. There is also mother of pearl, which is used in jewellery, buttons, furniture and other items.

Most of Australia’s pearling industry is focused around Broome in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, although it also has a significant presence in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

If you’re thinking of looking for pearling jobs, the first thing you should know is that it is extremely hard physical work and as such it definitely doesn’t suit everyone! The days can be long and difficult, with work typically starting at 6am in the morning and going through until late afternoon. Many pearling farms offer jobs where you work and live on the boat for several weeks at a time, although other farms allow you to work more typical shift patterns and sleep on dry land.

Although it is hard, dirty and even smelly work, pearling can also be extremely interesting and rewarding. If you have an interest in the sea and marine life, pearling offers the opportunity to experience the beauty of nature first hand and get close to the diverse range of marine life found in this part of Australia.

Pearling takes place all year round, but the busiest time of year is usually from April to October. As such, this is the best time to look for pearling jobs.

 Fishing Jobs in Western Australia

Fishing is another interesting alternative to traditional backpacker farm jobs. Again, it is hard work and often involves extremely long hours, but for the right sort of person it offers many rewards and can be extremely lucrative. If you enjoy being out at sea and fancy a new adventure, this could be the right opportunity for you.

Fishing work is most readily available between March and November. You’ll be fishing for prawns, crayfish, scallops and other shellfish, with work available both on the boats and in the processing factories. Most skippers do their own hiring, so it’s worth contacting them directly before the season begins. Work may be available through backpacker recruitment agencies, but it’s worth keeping in mind that most fishermen prefer to do things themselves and rely mostly on word of mouth.

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