In the heart of the Liverpool Plains Shire, Quirindi sits 64 km from Tamworth and 83 km from Gunnedah in central NSW. Be inspired by a plethora of colour as you drive through sunflower, sorghum, canola, corn, lucerne and wheat fields.
Whilst in town, enjoy local attractions including the Australian Railway Monument and Rail Journeys Museum, the First and Second Fleet Memorial Gardens, Quirindi Rural Heritage Village & Museum, Quirindi Historical Cottage & Museum and Quipolly Dam & Bird Hide. Round out your visit with a trip to Who’d A Thought It Lookout and drive spectacular local bird routes.
The friendly country charm of Quirindi is complete with a stay at Best Western Quirindi RSL Motel.
The residents of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast have it just about right. Combining a laid-back lifestyle with a temperate, sunny climate and natural beauties including pristine beaches, an abundance of rivers and lakes and subtropical forests. Be as active or relaxed as you want here, in a region that offers something for just about anyone.
The legendary Yarra Valley Wine tours are a wine lovers’ dream come true.
The region’s cold-climate wines are world-renowned and there are over 55 wineries ranging from high-end boutiques to rustic hideaways in the hills.
Whether you go for a self-guided jaunt, a private tour, or join one of the many public Yarra Valley Wine Tours, you are in for a treat!
Choosing Yarra Valley Wine Tours
With this region being just one hour’s drive from Melbourne, Yarra Valley Wine tours are a great day out for couples, families, and groups of workmates and friends.
The scenery is absolutely stunning and there are loads of great places to wine and dine – including restaurants at the wineries, cool pubs and licensed cafes.
Because Yarra Valley Wine Tours are so popular, there are many options.
Self-guided Yarra Valley Wine Tours
Many Melburnians do Yarra Valley wine tours in their own cars or on motorbikes. It’s easy to get around following one of the many excellent touring maps available online or at Visitor Centres.
Of course, the big drawback with driving yourself is you have to be careful not to overdo the wine-tasting.
Private Yarra Valley Wine Tours
A private tour enables you to design your own tour, or have one organised especially for you by the guide/driver – usually a wine expert with specialist knowledge of Yarra Valley wineries, restaurants and scenic attractions.
Several private tour operators offer a full service – vehicle, pickup from your home or hotel, restaurant bookings, guide/driver, and behind-the-scenes visits to vineyards.
Others will chauffeur you and your group in your own vehicle, or organise the hire of a van or luxury car such as a stretch limo.
Public Yarra Valley Wine Tours
This means jumping in a van or on a bus with other people and following an itinerary that usually includes pickup in Melbourne or in the Yarra Valley, visiting around four to five top vineyards, lunch at winery, then back to your home or hotel.
Public Yarra Valley Wine tours are usually good value for money and are a great way to meet other lovers of wine and wine-making.
There are lots of public Yarra Valley Wine tours, with a myriad of operators giving a wide choice of routes and destinations. To get an idea of where you’d like to go and what you’d like to see, check out the Yarra Valley Visitor Centre
Enjoy the best of Queensland’s sunny central coast by making Gladstone your base. Famed for its beaches, islands and waterways; Gladstone is formed around a natural deepwater harbour and affords visitors the opportunity to participate in water and seaside activities year-round.
The sub-tropical climate presents a tempting escape from cooler regions in winter months and close proximity to the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef means guests will experience a uniquely uninhibited part of this natural treasure. Access to Heron and Wilson islands is ideal from Gladstone with chartered boats operating frequently from the marina. Gladstone plays host to a wide variety of dining establishments plenty of which boast seafood delicacies local to the region. Fishing and crabbing spots are in abundance and with so many eateries dishing up mud crab, visitors will be delighted with the bountiful variations of their favourite dishes.
There is Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum and other intimate galleries for culture vultures and lush, native public gardens for wanderers who prefer the outdoors.
For pristine beaches unmarred by heavy touristic traffic and an easy entry point to the unique, rural towns of Tropical North Queensland, Gladstone welcomes visitors with warm, country hospitality.
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to spend time with family or friends on your next trip to Tasmania. Located close to the CBD and close to the River Derwent within the Queens Domain, you can easily access the Gardens for a day trip or a short visit. The gardens have a large variety of significant plants, some dating back to the 19th century. One of the most relaxing things to do in Hobart, be sure to visit the gardens for a wonderful day out.
History of the Gardens
The gardens cover around 14 hectares so be sure to give yourself enough time to see the whole area. Established in 1818 the Royal Botanical Gardens Tasmania are a wonderful piece of history in the city giving you another reason to visit. The gardens hold a large number of trees that date back to the 19th century and have a magnificent historic plant collections. Here you will find some incredible plants including the unique Kings Lomatia and the only Subantarctic Plant House in the world. The household plants from Subantarctic Islands are specially displayed in a climatically-controlled environment, featuring mists and chilly fogs to simulate their natural habitat.
Some of the main attractions at the gardens includes:
The Japanese garden was designed by Kanjiro Harada (Japan is actually Hobart’s sister city) and features water lilies in summer and cherry blossoms in spring. The Japanese gardens are very popular with locals for weddings which you can book if needed.
This is one of the most popular areas of the Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. It was developed in the 1840s by damming a natural stream and was initially used as a reservoir. The pond has played host to water lilies for more than a hundred years. Here you will find nymphae lilies that are dormant in winter and flourish in spring flowering in the summer.
Always a beautiful place to sit and relax the lily pond is a must visit area of the garden
This is a display feature to demonstrate the environmentally imaginative ways of reducing the effects of urban stormwater runoff on the environment. Here you will see some designs that not only look great but work effectively and could work well on your own home. The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden is committed to water conservation and the environment. This display is part of the gardens overall water conservation plan.
Built in 1964 to replace the previous structure located on the southern side of the lily pond this area is home to some of Tasmania’s native ferns. Here you can see how much variety Tasmania has in fern species from tiny ferns to think larger ferns. In total there are over 30 species of ferns on display in this area.
Best during the summer and spring months the herb garden is a wonderful place to wonder through taking in the lovely smells. There is a large display of medical and culinary herbs on display in this area.
This free attraction in Hobart is a pleasant place to visit and is just an 8 minute drive from the Best Western Hobart. Although it’s better to visit the garden in Summer and Spring its still great to visit year round. Perfect for a nice day out or a picnic you are guaranteed to have a peaceful, relaxing stay in the Tasmanian gardens.
The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is one of Australia’s oldest museums. It is conveniently located on the waterfront of Hobart, Tasmania. It is surrounded by historic buildings in the Constitution Dock which include The Custom House, Private Secretary’s Cottage and the Commissariat Store. Located just a 14 minute walk or 6 minute drive from the Best Western Hobart, you will have easy access to the museum and surrounding areas. The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) recently had a $30M redevelopment, a significant advancement in Tasmania. Although vastly upgraded, the building has kept its historical heritage and charm.
The centralised visitor’s hub with its courtyard café is the perfect place to stop for a light meal or coffee before heading into the museum. The Café is open 9-4pm during the week and 10-4pm on weekends.
Visitors will experience a unique visit to the museum including some of the following-
- An Aboriginal gallery that explores the rich culture of Aborigines in Tasmania and Australia.
- A geological collection showing some of Tasmania’s unique species and environments.
- The Power of change exhibition showing how modern Hobart has transformed and evolved with advances in science and innovation.
- Tasmanian tiger exhibition shows the famous but now extinct animal that is a treasured symbol in Tasmania.
- Ice to island exhibition examines Antarctica and the Southern Ocean including the places, people and creatures.
More Fun at Tasmanian museum
Explore more diverse and exciting collections than ever before. Get a closer look at the galleries special displays and experience some of the temporary exhibitions. Be sure to check the official website of the museum and art gallery for updates on new exhibitions. Even if you have been many times before there is always something new for you to experience. There is also always a chance to join a free guided tour. TMAG offers services to all ages, including educational tours and tours for tourists seeking to discover
Tasmania’s art and history
Family learning is incorporated with the museums exhibitions and art gallery displays. This is a great opportunity for kids of all ages, especially kids 5 years old and below to be creative and to use their imagination when exposed to the inspiration of the past. The perfect family friendly attraction in Hobart where you can enjoy the exhibitions in a large group or even alone. With so much to experience you will be amazed by all the exhibitions on display at the museum.
TMAG is open to the public on a daily basis from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, except the holidays of Christmas Day, Anzac Day and Good Friday. Admission is free although some special exhibitions may require payment. If you’re interested in art then the Tasmanian Museum of Old and New Art (Mona Art Gallery) would also be of interest to you. The Gallery is located around an 18 minute drive from the Best Western Hobart.
Mount Wellington, also known as Kunanyi in Aboriginal, is one of the natural beauties in Tasmania. The mountain lies behind the city of Hobart and is one of the cities dominant features. Rising over 1,200 metres over the city of Hobart it offers spectacular views of the city and surrounding landscape. Mt Wellington is located around a 30 minute drive west of Hobart CBD so there is easy access if you’re staying in the city. The scenery from the top of the mountain is one not to be missed if you are visiting Hobart, It truly is breathtaking.
Often the mountain is snow covered so be sure to pack some warm clothes so you don’t freeze at the top of the mountain. Before you embark on your journey to the top of Mt Wellington be sure to check the weather conditions online so you know what to expect.
Mt Wellington is enjoyable for both families and adventure seekers alike, depending on what you want to experience. If you’re a family, take a leisurely drive up to the top of the mountain and enjoy the views then have a picnic in one of the lovely locations throughout the park. If you’re lucky, after a cold southerly, you may be able to have some quality time with the family playing in the snow.
If you’re more on the adventurous side, you might want to bring your bike to the top of Mount Wellington. Once at the top of the mountain, enjoy the views then head off on one of the many trails or tracks available. There are also some great tracks for horse riders throughout the mountain. If you really are interested in doing some of the bike trails, you are in for a treat. There are some family friendly trails, cross country tracks or downhill technical tracks for the experienced riders. Ride through some great outdoor trails with views to match it all. If you don’t have any bike gear with you in Hobart, you can easily hire whatever you need from some of the cycle hire shops located in the city. There are other Bike trails located around Hobart aside from Mt Wellington including- Clarence Mountain Bike Park and the Foothills just to name a few.
Also located close by are some great walking tracks for you to enjoy. The most popular walk would have to be the Mount Wellington Organ Pipes, a 3.7 km walk that takes around 3 hours or more. The Organ Pipes in Tasmania are one of the most distinctive features of the mountain. These columnar towering cliffs were formed millions of years ago in the Jurassic period, which only adds to their amazement. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tasmania and you would be crazy not to visit this magnificent natural wonder.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your winter woollies and head up to Mount Wellington Hobart. Bring yourself some hot tea and coffee and have yourself the most scenic picnic you have ever had. Best of all, if you have a car this is a virtually free attraction in Hobart. If you don’t have a car, there are tour buses available for around $25-$30 return for adults.
Want to try something entertaining and out of the ordinary? Then why not go on this fascinating walking tour that will take you back in time into Tasmania’s History.
Louisa’s walk is basically a walking theatre with two main actors taking you into the life of Irish convict Louisa Ragan who was sent to Australia on a 7 year sentence for stealing a loaf of bread in 1841.
Walk through beautiful landscaped gardens with views of the CBD of Hobart. An amazing attraction for both adults and children, this is an experience you will not forget as you see the grim life in prison that Louisa and other convicts would have experienced in the 1800’s. The harsh reality is there were many other stories like Louisa’s but on this tour you really get to know the two main characters and feel as if you’re with them on their journey.
The tour starts outside the famous and historical Cascade building where you can also go on the Cascade Brewery tour and enjoy some lunch before heading out on Louisa’s walk. Even if you’re not a true lover of beer, the tour is worth checking out. At the very least enjoy some delicious Tasmanian food at the in-house house restaurant.
Once the walk starts you will stroll across the Cascade Gardens and end up at the Female Factory, the actual place where Louisa was imprisoned. Here you will hear an amazing part of the story as you see how life was in the prisons at that time. The actors will do a great job showing you exactly how it would have been for female prisoners.
The tour is both funny and sad at the same time, as the two main actors do a great job of portraying their characters and take you on an immersive experience. Once the tour is complete, the actors will be more than willing to answer any questions you may have about the history of convicts or any of the walk in general. The tour offers great value and is a must do for anyone visiting Hobart. It’s one of the most fascinating things to do in Hobart and is great for all ages.
Tasmania has a rich history of convicts living in the beautiful yet harsh Tasmania. With over 60,000 people shipped to Tasmania (Van Diemen’s Land) in the 1800’s it is easy to see the history and impact the convicts had on Tasmania. You can experience this rich history first hand by going on Louisa’s walk.
If you’re interested in the history of convicts in Australia, there are many other sights and places to visit in Tasmania that will be of interest to you, including Sarah Island and Richmond (25km from Tasmania) that is home to a historic bridge built by convicts.