Australia Off The Beaten Path

  • Rottnest Island
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  • Hinze Dam
    Hinze Dam
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  • Looking south from one of the headlands
    Looking south from one of the headlands
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Australia Off The Beaten Path

  • Suburbs

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    Having some fun in the Shire... It all began with a train voyage that transported us into the place that is "The Shire". No it's not a place inhabited by Hobits and thought up by Tolkien but a real place in the Suburbs of Sydney. The Shire became to us a place with good food, good friends and incredible memories. We met some incredible people...

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  • Wave Rock

    Perth Off The Beaten Path

    I was here 2013 with other vt members on a 5 day tag-along trip and was very excited to actually see Wave Rock,it is a fantastic formation and the colours are striking. I also walked the loop that takes you around to Hippos Yawn and back via the bush track to the car park. The day I was there it had been raining so you need to be careful and where...

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  • General

    Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

    A very nice scenic drive to do, is a full day trip to Mt. Mee. From Brisbane, head toSamford, then onto the small village of Dayboro. A stop at these villages finds Museums and historical buildings. Dayboro is where we find the brown tourist sign to Mt. Mee. Straight away, we begin to climb up the Mountain side, even from the start, the scenery is...

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  • Hinterland / National Parks

    Gold Coast Off The Beaten Path

    The Hinze Dam is located about 15kms from Nerang on the Gold Coast. Since I first wrote this tip a lot has changed at the Dam. The Hinze Dam was originally constructed in 1976, then in 1989, work began on raising the wall another 15 metres, doubling the dam's capacity and providing increased water security and flood mitigation for the Gold Coast...

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  • Adelaide Hills

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    Our next stop on DAY TRIP 5 was the small town of Echunga. We are now 34kms from Adelaide, and in a small sleepy town, which was more alive back in 1852, when it became the first proclaimed goldfield in South Australia. Settled in 1839, a gold rush occured in 1852, however it did not last long with the diggings exhausted and all but abandoned...

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  • Outer Towns and Suburbs

    Canberra Off The Beaten Path

    Pialligo is a Canberra suburb beside the airport. Contains an approx km long strip of nice garden centres most of which have gift shops and quite good quality cafes. Cafes very popular especially at weekends when bookings are recommended. I especially recommend the cafe at Rodney's garden centre. Cafes generally open for breakfast and lunch as per...

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  • Great Ocean Road & Otways

    Geelong Off The Beaten Path

    Geelong to the Great Ocean Road One part of living in Victoria that I love is our beaches, and the history of those beaches. Along the Great Ocean Road there are numerous places where many ships and mariners died off the coast in the 18th and 19th Century. Warnambool is a particularly good place to go to find out about all things maritime (Check...

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  • Suburbs.

    Hobart Off The Beaten Path

    A great trip out of town is to visit Seven Mile Beach. If you're brave enough you can go for a swim is the cold water, if you like walking -there's a trail to Lauderdale (about 10km) from where you can take the bus back to Hobart. Buses: Routes 191 192 291 292 293 X13 X14 X15 X16

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  • Scenic Walks

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    Liz and I decided we wanted to do the Coastal Walk from Bondi to Coogee. We both love the ocean and heard the views along this walk were unsurpassed. We began our walk in Bondi on the Promenade. We climbed up the hills and looked down upon the beach and the crashing surf; absolutely beautiful. We then continued along the path to Mackenzies Point....

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  • Margaret River

    Perth Off The Beaten Path

    If you are looking for the finest wine in Margaret River, then look for Voyager Estate which s located in the premium wine producing region of Margaret River Our oldest vines date back to 1978, just over 10 years after vines were first planted in the area. When current owner, Michael Wright, took over the property in 1991, he set out to expand it...

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  • Coochiemudlo Island

    Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

    "COOCHIE" is what the Island is commonly known as, is located 1km off the coast at Victoria Point. The Island is a small 5ks, so you can walk the whole Island quite easily, this I have done once. No need to hurry! On the way, I saw the red clay banks, probably these are what the Island was named after, as it means"red rock," holiday shack's, and...

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  • Islands.

    Gold Coast Off The Beaten Path

    This is definitely undiscovered, but only a couple of kilometres from Surfers Paradise. A large sand island 20km long, it has empty beaches. A ferry runs from the west side of The Spit for about $7 return. A more expensive ferry to Couran Cove runs several time past the campgrounds.

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  • Rural South Australia

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    If you are with me on my tour, Day 8 from Adelaide, then you will be visiting Myponga, located 58kms from Adelaide in the Southern Adelaide Hills. Myponga has rich soil and you will see lots of Dairies running Holstein Cattle, and if you happen to still be in the area late afternoon, the Eastern Grey Kangaroo's come out to feed. There’s a good...

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  • National Parks / Reserves

    Canberra Off The Beaten Path

    The Camel’s Hump walk is the longest and overall the hardest (though the Nils Desperandum walk , for instance, has harder sections) of the marked walks within the Reserve. There are two suggested ways of getting there with one departing from the Visitors Centre (19kms return) and the other leaving from the Mountain Creek car park (11.6kms return)....

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  • Bellarine Peninsula

    Geelong Off The Beaten Path

    The Bellarine Peninsula - Meander around the Bellarine Peninsula - a trip of about 86 kilometres. The Bellarine Peninsula follows the Portarlington Road out of Geelong to historic Drysdale and to nearby Clifton Springs. Then you can drive to Portarlington, through the rolling Peninsula Hills, with views over vineyards to Port Phillip Bay. Follow...

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  • Blue Mountains

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    Of course you want to go to the Blue Mountains while you're in Sydney - that's why I created a whole lot of Blue Mountains pages. So why are you looking here? Check out my numerous and informative pages under that title. Okay, I'll give you a sampler. This is one of my favourite walks up in the hills (remember, they're only about 1,000 metres...

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  • The Pinnacles

    Perth Off The Beaten Path

    On our way back after visiting the Pinnacles to Cervantes we were attracted by a signpost to ‘Lake Thetis’. We took the turn off and through a rather bad gravel road we reached after about 1½ kilometres this shallow lake in a more or less dreadful landscape. Lake Thetis is a very salt lake, which is fed by an underground stream. On an information...

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  • Glasshouse mountains

    Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

    The Glasshouse Mountains are located to the north of Brisbane. On May 17, 1770 Captain James Cook discovered these mountains, and said as they looked like a glass house, he would name them the "Glasshouse Mountains." They are a series of steep-sided volcanic plugs, that rise abruptly from the ground in unusual shapes, quite stunning! Anytime of...

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  • Bird / Animal parks.

    Gold Coast Off The Beaten Path

    Australia Zoo is a beautifully laid out and well planned spacious open concept animal sanctuary. It's much more than just another zoo because their vision is for conservation and animal rescue. A great part of their mission is to protect endangered species by educating people in an entertaining way through animal shows. There are daily shows...

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  • City Centre

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    Just as the traffic lights changed and it was my turn to cross the road I espied a brass plaque out of the corner of my eye. Not wanting to miss the green light I quickly opened my camera and snapped a picture of the plaque with the view of looking at it later. It really is amazing the sort of obscure things you find in places if you keep your...

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  • Heritage Sites

    Canberra Off The Beaten Path

    While generally not associated with Aboriginal artifacts and art a small amount does exist in the Canberra area. Europeans first arrived in the Canberra region in 1821 with the first European settlement occurring shortly after this. Aboriginal (the Ngunawal peoples) occupation of the "Limestone Plains", "Isabella's Plains" and "Ginninderra...

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  • Werribee Mansion and Zoo

    Geelong Off The Beaten Path

    Werribee Park Mansion - is the state's largest private residence, it was built between 1874 and 1877 by two of Victoria's most substantial landholders - Thomas and Andrew Chirnside. A vehicle departs the Gate Lodge every 30 minutes from 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. for an audio tour of the property. You can stop at 5 different points in the park and...

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  • Beaches

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    After visiting Botany Bay National Park with our friend Jackie; we drove down to Cape Solander to admire the views from the cliffs. The views here really are breathtaking; almost as if you are standing on the edge of the world when you are on the cliff tops. I can only imagine how Captain Cook and the crew of the Endeavour felt when they sailed by...

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  • Rottnest Island

    Perth Off The Beaten Path

    The ferry to "Rotto" is really worth being taken to spend a couple of days on this tiny, enjoyable island. It's very family-orientated, no traffic (no cars allowed - only bicycles!) and therefore as peaceful and quiet as you can just imagine. But: Go and take a nose of flies on your own ! ))

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  • Chenrezig Institute

    Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

    The Chenrezig Institute was the first Tibetan Buddhist centre formed in the western world, and remains today as one of the largest. It is a centre for teaching, mediation, and a calm and relaxing place to visit and relax. There is a community of nuns and monks who live here, there is also a fantastic restaurant (Veg of course) that serves a lunch...

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  • Shopping.

    Gold Coast Off The Beaten Path

    Harbour Town Shopping Centre. It's a bit out of the way from the 'touristy' shopping areas of Broadbeach/Surfers/Southport, but definately worth a visit. The whole place (and let me tell you - IT'S HUGE!) is full of bargain shopping. Here you'll find factory outlets for every type of fashion possible - even the big european designer labels - over...

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  • National / Conservation Parks

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    Marino Conservation Park is located south of Glenelg in the suburb of Marino. It is a small rectanglular park with a lighthouse (off-limits), and superb views of Adelaide's coastline accessible by a short walk uphill. A good route is to walk north from the carpark to the lighthouse, then west to the coastal views, north along the coast, then east...

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  • Tourist Attractions

    Canberra Off The Beaten Path

    You won’t find The Cotter Loop mentioned in the tourist brochures, that is the name used by vehicle enthusiasts, who love this excellent driver's road. It refers to the road trip out from Canberra past Mount Stromlo, The Cotter, Canberra Deep Space Centre, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (see following tips) and back via the old village of Tharwa. All...

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  • National Parks / Parks / Gardens

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    Pittwater is a place for yachts. If you don't believe that then wait till you get there. It's also a nice place to chill out, at somewhere like Winnererremy Bay. It's not a huge park and it's also the home of one of the Dragon boat clubs and it has a children's playground There's also a popular café there, I, for one, would like 5 cents for every...

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  • Mandurah

    Perth Off The Beaten Path

    Mandurah is 65 kms south of Perth is one of the largest inland waterways in Australia. Take a cruise through the waterways admiring the wonderful homes and keeping a look out for dolphins that swim casually about. A favourite holiday area for boaties and fishermen out to catch prawns and crabs or holidaymakers wanting to wind-surf and scuba dive....

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  • Forest Lake

    Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

    This Queensland National park is right in Brisbane itself and a delightful way to spend a morning/afternoon/day. It is only 15 mins drive from the CBD, on mt Nebo Rd through the suburb called The Gap. It is a free facility, apart from the Wildlife Centre situated at the Park Information Centre which is $5.70 for adults. This is well worth the...

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  • Glenelg

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    Glenelg goes off on a fri/saturday night. head to the pier... (turn right at the jetty and keep walking) for the classy/funk/club/restraunt hub... or just stick to good old jetty rd to witness many-a-drunken antic. The Best pubs are the dubin, jetty bar and the backpackers... although the grand is pretty fab before dark, after sunset, the grand...

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  • Parks /Gardens / Lakes

    Canberra Off The Beaten Path

    The Cotter Reserve is one of the most popular Canberra picnic areas, located near one of the main reservoirs for the city (now viewed from a lookout, once you could walk along the dam wall). There is ample parking, barbecues, toilets, and grassed areas for recreation. You reach Cotter shortly after Casuarina Sands and only about 20km from the city....

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  • Historic Buildings

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    The State Library is more than just one; indeed, it has been added to to accommodate various collections. They are as follows: The Mitchell Library Opened in 1910, the Mitchell Library houses unsurpassed collections of Australiana bequeathed to the people of New South Wales by David Scott Mitchell. These eastern Aboriginal ‘doors’, sculptured by...

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  • Monkey Mia

    Perth Off The Beaten Path

    Monkey Mia is north of Perth. It takes a full day to get there so you might want to stay a few days, or fly. Everyone goes to feed the dolphins. I havn't been here yet, but I can't wait!! Stay tuned for more info and pics!!!

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  • The big Pineapple

    Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

    The Big Pineapple is Australia's number one tourist attraction. It was established in 1971, and the first sight of the plantation is a large 16m high fiberglass pineapple. You can go inside and learn more about Queensland Tropical Fruit industries and get great views of the Sunshine Coast from the top level. You can take a ride on a genuine sugar...

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  • Barossa Valley

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    This is Australia's most well known wine growing region, with up to fifty wineries operating in the area. Situated only a half hours drive from Adelaide, with beautiful scenery along the way, and plenty of towns and wineries to stop for refreshments. Listed below are some popular wineries in the area, most have tours and open cellar doors, with...

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  • Science And Technology

    Canberra Off The Beaten Path

    The NASA Deep Space Network is a network of antennas supporting interplanetary spacecraft movements, radio and radar astronomy observations and various earth orbiting missions. To achieve 24 hour monitoring NASA maintains three deep space communication facilities placed at around 120 degrees apart around the world; Gladstone in California’s Mojave...

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  • Really way out of Sydney

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    Finally in 2010; I made it to Botany Bay. I had wanted to see in the previous two trips to Sydney but just never had the time. Thankfully in November 2010; our friend JAckie took us to Botany Bay for a day of exploration and a tasty late lunch. I am a huge history buff and have a bit of an obsession with Captain Cook and explorers in general. Ahh...

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  • Blackwall Reach

    Perth Off The Beaten Path

    If you are feeling a bit more adventures Blackwall is amazing place for cliff jumping and rock climbing. There is one spot you will find the many people jumping off the twelve meter cliff into a deep part of the river. If your feeling a bit more scared you can watch from a boat of kayak. A few people have died doing this jump, most were drunk, but...

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  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

    Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

    Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is great for getting close to all the Australian animals. Here you can cuddle a koala and hand feed kangaroos and emus. There are more than 130 koalas here but when you hold them, be prepared for the claws, they can dig in a bit. Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane

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  • Port Adelaide

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    Visited Port Adelaide Markets and Maritime Museum, returned to car 5 minutes after parking ticket expired to find an EIGHTY EIGHT DOLLAR FINE stuck to windscreen by some "attendant" who had quickly scuttled out of sight. Not a very welcoming experience; clearly more of a tourist trap than tourist attraction. Will spend my time and money at a venue...

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  • Zoo / Animal Parks

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    I'm not much for zoos really,but you want to see all the indiginous animals of Australia without going into the bush, this is the place to go. Dingos, Tasmanian devils, emus, koalas, wallabys, kangaroos, spiders, etc. are all here. The kids I saw there were loving it since there is a petting area where the kangaroos and wallabys are out in the...

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  • Pemberton

    Perth Off The Beaten Path

    After reading the poor reviews of a particular accommodation facility in Pemberton I thought I should tell you about our positive experience at Warren River Resort. Just south of Pemberton Township and bordering on State Forrest. Family friendly, peaceful and relaxing. Birdlife treat you like locals and possums come up to your door in the evening...

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  • Botanical Gardens

    Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

    Other areas in the Botanic Gardens are the Rainforest, Fragrant Herb and Plant Garden, the Bonsai, Cactus and Fern Houses, Lagoon and Bamboo Grove and the Australian Plant Community which takes up 27 hectares just by itself. There is also a Planetarium and Herbarium. The Bamboo Grove existed on its own before the gardens were developed. There is a...

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