Travelling: State Tourism Guides
The Aussie Over 50s Guide to Travelling Interstate!
State Automobile Clubs
The State Automobile Clubs are a great place to start when planning a road trip. Use their Trip Planners apps to plan the best route and prepare your drive costs.
You can even ask them to prepare details of a planned route and generally once you are a member of your local states club then the other states will also supply their relative material for you.
North Queensland Tours
The Home to the Great Barrier Reef
Tropical North Queensland is a place full of advanture regarless to whether it is for an indulgent short break or a full on adventure holiday. If you have never been, it is time to go and experence this stunning region it is guaranteed to be a life-changing.
As soon as you arrive you will feel the energy of the tropics, you will be able to experence Wet Tropics rainforests, The Great Barrier Reef, enjoy the outdoors lifestyle, leaving the city behind and replacing it with the green of nature.
It is said that the sun shines everyday in Queensland! Brisbane and the gold sands of the Gold Coast from the famous Gold Coast to the fabulous North Coast Beaches
Queensland certianly has a lot to offer for every visitor, great shopping, water and surfing spots, fantastic luxury resorts, budget hotel and motels, youth hostels. Wonderful National Parks, guided tours and hunfreds of places to explore on your own Long, Great deserted golden sand beaches, many small islands only a short boat ride away, apsolute pristine rainforests, home to the Great Barrier Reef and even Ancient volcanoes.
Queensland the state occupies a quarter of the Australian continent and is refered to as 'The Sunshine State' as it has pleasant weather almost all the year round.
New South Wales
Famous for its world class port, the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Tower and the spectaular Sydney Harbour itself. Heading North there is the Central Coast, Hunter wine region, the New England Highway and the northern coasts and rivers.
The Blue Mountains are just to the west and south the Great Southern Highlands reching down to Kosciuszko National Park.
SYDNEY! Could be refered to as the jewel of the South Pacific. How do we discribe Sydney? The word 'Great" comes to mind, it is set on a great water way Sydney Harbour, it is a city of great diverse cultures, with a diverse ethnic blend, great shopping and offers great experiences.
Perth itself is easy to get around with beauitulf river and ocean drives and views. Heading north towards the Pilbara the coast has a great variety of uniques features inclusing the Pinnacles at Cervantes and Monkey Mia where you can feed the dolphins. South of Perth is the famous Margart River District and the South Coast towns of Denmark and Albany. Wave Rock, the Valley of the Giants and a host of other unique geographical features, plus boundless wildflowers and wildlife, still do not complete the list of things to see and do in Western Australia.
Victoria is a smallish state but! Packed with treasures, they say the number 13 is unlucky, but not for Victoria, as visitors have thirteen fantastic regions to explore. - The number ONE being the city of Melbourne! Then you have 12 other scenic regional areas to get around, each with its own distinctive charm.
Melbourne's Bays and Peninsulas like the Bellarine and Mornington peninsulas. Port Phillip and Westernport bays are renowned for the beaches, national parks and golf courses. You will fiind abundant wildlife, wineries and roadside stops that porive sweeping coastal views.
Some of the greatest wines in the world are produced in Victoria, you will find a thriving arts and craft community, along with the award-winning food, and some of the very best shopping in Australia.
South Australia is a place of lush green farmlands in winter with fantastic wine growing areas and it is blessed with abundant minerals and natural resources galour including the colourful Opal.
Enjoy a river cruise on a paddle steamer, explore the Flinders Rangers, pick up a wilderness tour or a ferry over to Kangaroo island and see the strange rock formations. For those that enjoy a glass of wine you have the best selection of wine tasting from the Coonawarra, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and we cannot leave out the Limestone Coast.
South Australia has a vast diversity in geography and climate which allows the state to be able to successfully produce a wide range of grape varieties from the cool climate Riesling in the Clare Valley to the big, full bodied Shiraz wines of the Barossa Valley.
Adeliade which is often refered to as the city of churches is a friendly and attractive city and could be considered some what quiet and conservative. However it offers much should you be wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of other major cities in Australia.
Visit film and food festivals, galleries or theatres, and world famous wineries.
At the bottom of the continent of Australia, you will find the Apple Isle - Tasmania with it's magnificent untouched wilderness areas, spectuler rivers and waterfalls, rugged coastlines and trees that have stod the test of time for thousands of years.
Interestingly almost a fifth of Tasmania is under heritage and ecological protection, it is without doubt a place you must, YES MUST! Place on your list to visit.
You will engage with the wilderness and wildlife. You get to explore convict building sites and read the stories. You will discover places that have remained unspoilt for thousands of years. You will be amongst landscapes that are the most stunning in the world! Tasmania is unlike anywhere you have been before.
BUT! You still have to see Hobart, the Derwent River, where the yatchs finsih the Sydney to Hobart race. Visit the famous Casino at Wrest Point, spend a penny at the salamanca markets, Play golf, fly-fish, walk the white beaches, relax in one of the many luxurious resort, relish the fine food, wines, beers and the best apple ciders anywhere!
The Northern Territory
Darwin Australia - know as the Australian gateway to Asia. Darwin city is on the Timor Sea. You will find plenty of shopping opportunities and a great way to see to Darwin is to take one of harbour cruises on offer.
There are restaurants in Darwin city offer all types of fine dining, including great Australian Bush Tucker, Indian, authentic Asian and many others you will find plenty of cheaper eateries and cafes in the city and surrounds.
Darwin has its own variety of museums to explore and there are cultural events and the night open air movies whch can be fun. Tour operators are abundent and offer all manour of exploring. That includes Aboriginal culture tour as well. For thos that have a little time you might visit Alice Springs, Coober Pedy and Uluru (Ayers Rock) further south in the Red Centre of Australia.
Public Toilet Guides
The Toilet Map provides information on over 16,000 publicly available toilets across Australia, including accessibility, opening hours and facilities, such as showers and baby change.
Parks Australia is part of the Federal Environment portfolio.
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