Australia and Oceania 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 and Oceania 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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  • Sightseeing

    Auckland Off The Beaten Path

    One of the nice little suburbs of Auckland is Mission Bay, with the beautiful water view and the nice park set against the beach, this is definitely worth the 10 minute drive from downtown. Sarah is sitting in front of the Trevor Moss Davis Memorial Fountain, which opens in the springtime for a water and light show. Springtime officially starts on...

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  • Port Hills

    Christchurch Off The Beaten Path

    Gethsemane Gardens If you would like to visit a wildly romantic garden with a Christian theme, then this is it! St. Cecilia Chapel is an enchanting little trellis structure in the heart of Gethsemane Gardens. High on a hill and close to heaven, the chapel overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Romantic pathways lead you through the gardens, which have a...

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  • Arrowtown

    Queenstown Off The Beaten Path

    Arrowtown is located approximately 21km from Queenstown, towards Cromwell and offers a place of relaxation and walking trails. Arrowtown started in the gold rush, with Chinese immigrants. The Chinese village remains are a popular free attraction (not many things are free in Queenstown). The local school children do a study on these each year....

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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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  • Wai-O-Tapu

    Rotorua Off The Beaten Path

    This attraction consists of a serious of geothermal pools and bush walks and the infamous Lady Knox Geyser. They are located just south of Rotorua and are best reached by car. You should buy your ticket at the main location and then drive back to the geyser. The geyser goes off only once a day at 10.15am. The interesting thing about the Wai-o-Tapu...

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  • Port Chalmers

    Dunedin Off The Beaten Path

    Port Chalmers is located on the north shore of Otago harbour and is the deep water port for Otago. A short, 15 minute drive from Dunedin, and we were here! We found a nice lookout here, where my photo was taken from, it had great views of the port area, and of the beautiful Iona church. Port Chalmer's is also famous because the last Antarctic...

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  • Northland

    New Zealand Off The Beaten Path

    When visiting the Bay of Islands area we had to make at least one cruise to see at least a couple of the 144 islands. We decided to make the "Cape Brett Hole-in-the-Rock Cruise" with Fullers, leaving in the morning from Paihia for a halfday cruise. Fullers vessel is a nice catamaran, but if you want to sit outside on the deck be sure to board...

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  • Canterbury

    South Island Off The Beaten Path

    Peel Forest is about halfway between the towns of Timaru and Christchurch, via the back roads. Its a great spot for walking, picnicking and just enjoying the outdoors. Several waymarked trails through the trees, and open spaces too.

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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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  • Hauraki Gulf

    Auckland Off The Beaten Path

    Update 24 July 2008 The ferry company operating the trip to Tiritiri Matangi has changed (and if only the name...) since I wrote my tip: It is no more the Kawau Cat Ferry but 360 Discovery - and it now costs NZ$ 66. Contact details for 360 Discovery at the end of the tip. Only one word is good enough to describe Tiritiri Matangi: Paradise! Once...

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  • Lake Tekapo

    Christchurch Off The Beaten Path

    New Zealand's most famous sheep stealer, James McKenzie owned a dog named Friday. Both the Mackenzie County and the pass are named after him. McKenzie was apprehended at the Mackenzie Pass by an overseer for the Rhodes Brothers at Levels Station. His dog Friday drove approximately one thousand sheep towards Burkes Pass in 1855 from Levels Station....

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  • Milford Sound

    Queenstown Off The Beaten Path

    MIlford Sound is a must do while in NZ. It is very isolated, so I recommend doing the fly - cruise-fly option from downtown Queenstown. There are 3-4 companies who offer this. It is rather expensive, however does mean that there is not 10 hours wasted sitting on a bus. Also provides the opportunity for amazing photography from the plane. MIlford...

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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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  • Skyline Gondola and Luge

    Rotorua Off The Beaten Path

    Skyline Skyrides take you up 487m above sea level to a fun on Mt Ngongotaha which overlooks Rotorua, Lake Rotorua and the surrounding areas. There is a restaurant and bar at the top which of course has a spectacular view, and informal eating area and The Luge. This is a world first, 1km gravity ride on a 3 wheeled luge cart which of course has a...

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  • Mount Cargill.

    Dunedin Off The Beaten Path

    If you have a car, then a drive to the summit of Mount Cargill, northeast of the city, is a must. The views from here are expansive and you can see the entire Otago Peninsula and harbour. To the north and northwest the views stretch up the coast and into the rugged Otago hinterland. The road is gravel and not well graded for about a quarter of the...

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  • Auckland Region

    New Zealand Off The Beaten Path

    When going from Paihia (Bay of Islands) to the Haruru Falls, you can follow the Haruru Falls track. The Falls were a bit disappointing (probably because I had seen the Whangarei Falls some days earlier) but the +/- 1 hour track was very nice. One moment you are wandering about in the dense forest, the next moment you are completely taken by...

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  • Otago

    South Island Off The Beaten Path

    When gold was discovered in in 1863.in a valley in the foothills of the Mt Ida Range in Central Otago it wasn't long before the town now known as Naseby quickly began to grow as prospectors followed their dreams. The field here proved to be so rich and extensive that the town ended up being moved as the workings grew and grew. The little town...

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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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  • West Coast Beaches

    Auckland Off The Beaten Path

    Our local West Coast Beach is great for some fresh air, a walk along this beach is fantastic! Always popular for swimming, surfing, picnicking and fishing but not as crowded as other West Coast Beaches. Please have a respect for the sea as when the surfs up rips work very well so remember always swim between the flags! This rugged West Coast...

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  • Lyttelton

    Christchurch Off The Beaten Path

    and lots of charm. With its brightly painted houses tumbling down the steep hills and narrow stairs to go up and down, Lyttelton reminded me of the Chilean port of Valparaiso way across the other side of the Pacific. Whilst still the busiest commercial port and deepest harbour on the South Island, like its Chilean counterpart, Lyttelton has seen...

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  • Wanaka

    Queenstown Off The Beaten Path

    Wanaka is a small town situated at the southern end of Lake Wanaka and was originally settled during the gold rush excitement of the 19th century. It is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Parkand is a resort town for both summer and winter activities. It is about an hour's drive from Queenstown.

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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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  • Agrodome

    Rotorua Off The Beaten Path

    The Agrodome is a 160 hectare working sheep and cattle farm which gives international visitors a real hands on live experience of farming. There is complete interaction with goats, cattle, sheep, deer and baby lambs. There are many performances throughout the day including sheep shearing and dog trials. It is a unique experience for city and...

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  • The Catlins

    Dunedin Off The Beaten Path

    Waipapa Point is one of several places along the Catlins Coast where it is possible to see Hooker’s Sea Lions. These endangered animals are found mostly at the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands, but a few live on the Otago Peninsula, the Catlins Coast, and on and around Stewart Island. Much larger and more aggressive than the shy New Zealand Fur Seal,...

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  • West Coast

    New Zealand Off The Beaten Path

    Just three km's north of the hustle and bustle of Punakaiki starts the Truman Track at a small car park along SH 6 between Greymouth and Westport. The track did lead us through dense native bush with lots of typical New Zealand trees like rata's, silver ferns and nikau palms. Closer to the coast there are bushes and flax plants. There is a viewing...

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  • Nelson/Tasman

    South Island Off The Beaten Path

    Tonga Bay Beach among one of the many beautiful stretches of beach in the Abel Tasman National Park. We kind of just stumbled on it on our hike through the bush. A very tranquil and peaceful place. Admittedly even in the summer (late December) there was no way I would have gone in the water...far too cold. But many people were out canoeing 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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