Seal Rocks, Forster, NSW

En Route with Best Western

 

Forster is a large coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Great Lakes Council LGA, about 308 km (191 mi) north-north-east of Sydney. It is immediately adjacent to its twin, Tuncurry, which is the smaller of the two towns.

Dominated by water sports Forster is the centre of the Great Lakes area. Dolphin cruises, fishing, sailing and scuba diving are among the activities that attract large numbers of holiday visitors to Forster.

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Nestled in the lower Hunter Valley just two hours north of Sydney and 30 minutes from Wine Country; Maitland and it’s surrounds is a diverse location with a plethora of unique attractions, breathtaking Australian nature, shopping and dining opportunities which will appeal to all looking for a special place in the Hunter.

East Maitland is home to many fine buildings from years gone by, providing visitors with an array of places to explore and enjoy.

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Dubbo has must-see attractions including Taronga Western Plains Zoo, the fully restored Old Dubbo Gaol, Dundullimal Homestead – one of the oldest standing timber slab homesteads in Australia – and the Western Plains Cultural Centre.

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The birthplace of Australian Federation, Corowa, is 609 km south-west of Sydney, and an hour west of Albury. This classic country town nestled on the banks of the Murray River has many fine examples of traditional 19th century architecture that are easy to explore.

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Almost half way between Brisbane and Sydney lies the beautiful beachside city of Coffs Harbour. As the heart of the Coffs Coast, Coffs Harbour is well-known for its friendly, relaxed atmosphere, its spectacular coastline, and its many attractions and events.

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If you see Australia’s national capital as little more than politicians trading insults, you’d be underestimating what Canberra has to offer. Look beyond the stereotypes and you’ll find a variety of national institutions, most with free admission, awaiting your arrival. Stay at any Best Western in Canberra and discover the hidden treasures of the capital.

 

National Gallery of Australia
Admission to the permanent collection is free. The gallery also houses a number of excellent temporary exhibitions including masterpieces from famous art galleries around the world. It’s advisable to book ahead as these exhibitions are normally very popular.

 

National Museum of Australia
With lots of exciting developments underway, the museum is a great place to explore the issues, events and people that have helped shape the nation. There is plenty to see and it provides a snapshot of Aussie culture for overseas visitors.

 

Australian War Memorial
Sombre and uplifting, the War Memorial embodies the spirit of the Aussie digger. There are plenty of interactive activities and the museum regularly loans many relics from abroad that have never been seen before in Australia.

 

National Archives of Australia
The archives contain some fascinating exhibits, including the nation’s ‘birth certificate’, signed by Queen Victoria. On a modern scale it provides iPod guides to its ‘Memories of a Nation’ display, containing quirky and intriguing items from UFO sightings to ASIO targets.

 

National Film & Sound Archive / Arc Cinema
This 1930s Art Deco building is heaven for film buffs, especially since the opening of Arc, a cinema with state-of-the-art projection equipment. It screens archive files from the 19th century to present, drawing on more than 100 years of film, radio and television history.

 

Best Western has a range of hotels and motels conveniently located in Canberra, with many offering packages with entry to exhibitions run by Canberra’s national institutions. You can book your Best Western Canberra holiday online or by calling 131 779.

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A beautiful city nestled on the banks of the Swan River. Start by sightseeing in King’s Park, 4.5 square kilometres of native bushland – larger than New York’s Central Park. Try your luck at the Burswood Resort Casino or step back in time at the Fremantle Prison. Fremantle is a port city, located 19km south of Perth, filled with beautiful heritage buildings, cafes and alfresco dining spots. Thrill seekers will love Adventure World, WA’s major amusement park, with more than 30 exhilarating rides, only 10 minutes drive from Fremantle.

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Sydney is most famous for its Harbour Bridge and Opera House but there’s so much more to this city than these icons. Recently, Sydney has attracted a number of major sporting and cultural events that keep visitors coming back again and again, to re-discover one of Australia’s best-loved cities. Discover Sydney with Best Western.

We have a range of hotels and motels conveniently located within easy access of Sydney’s major attractions, and cultural and sporting venues.

 

Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour is home to the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre where major industry-specific conferences and special events take place. This area is also spoilt with a number of excellent restaurants, stylish bars and shops. There’s an IMAX Theatre and, if you are searching for some tranquillity from the busy city pace, you can take a leisurely stroll through the nearby Chinese Gardens.

 

Chinatown
A strip of Hong Kong in the heart of the city suburb of Haymarket, Sydney’s Chinatown features a variety of yum-cha restaurants, takeaways, specialty produce stores and other shops. This vibrant region comes alive during the Chinese New Year with dragon boat races, colourful lanterns and spectacular street parades.

 

Luna Park
Unlike the old 80s advertising slogan that claimed that “Luna Park is just for fun”, Luna Park these days is so much more than just a theme park. Sure, the rickety rides and (slightly sinister) clown-faced entrance are still there but it’s also now a world-class event venue that can cater for a grand wedding or a children’s birthday party, and boasts a great range of cafes and eateries.

 

Taronga Zoo
Even if you are not a big fan of zoos, Taronga is definitely worth a visit for its amazing, panoramic views of Sydney. Take the sky safari to the top of the zoological park and then wind your way down, dropping in on the exotic residents from the farthest ends of the earth and meeting some local characters as well along the way.

 

Sydney Olympic Park
Sydney Olympic Park was host to the 2000 Olympic Games. A visit to this impressive complex of world-class sporting venues will no doubt bring back glorious memories of that magical opening ceremony night, the Australian swimming team’s heroic feats in the pool, and who could forget Cathy Freeman’s triumph in the 400m. The site is still used for many major sporting events. The main stadium can seat 110,000 and the complex incorporates an indoor arena, tennis centre, the Sydney International Archery Centre and the Sydney International Aquatic Centre.

 

Best Western has a range of hotels and motels conveniently located in Sydney and its surrounding areas. You can book your Best Western Sydney holiday online or by calling 131 779.

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Melbourne is a stylish city with a distinctly European flavour. It is a bustling haven of Italian-style laneways, cafes, bars and boutique shops. Soak up the atmosphere in one of Australia’s most elegant cities with Best Western. We have a range of hotels and motels conveniently located within easy access of Melbourne’s attractions and unique districts.

 

Discover the best of Melbourne

Southbank
If you’re looking to be amongst it all, then you’ll love Southbank. This area has it all, including an exhaustive list of fine restaurants, relaxed cafes, wine bars, and of course, Crown Casino. This is the place to be seen or to do a bit of people watching. Southbank is easily accessed by tram, train or foot. The closest train station is the beautiful, heritage-listed Flinders Street Station.

 

Shopping
Shopaholics can get more than their fix in Melbourne’s bountiful shopping districts. Start in Chapel Street (Melbourne’s Rodeo Drive), then head to Bourke Street Mall where you will find all the big department and flagship stores. If you’re looking for something more unique, then stroll along the Queen Victoria Market where you can leisurely browse a variety of specialty stalls.

 

Lygon Street
When you’ve had your fill of shopping there’s nothing like a hearty Italian meal in Lygon Street to recharge your batteries. Here, charming waiters stand outside their trattorias and entice you to dine with them. Pick the one you fancy the most (as they are all good) and enjoy some of the most authentic Italian cuisine you will find outside of Italy.

 

St Kilda
For a change of pace from Melbourne’s lively CBD, take a tram to St Kilda. There are plenty of things to do in this alternative quarter. Stroll along the beach, browse the markets and be sure to stop for a piece of cake in one of the relaxed, chattering cafes. These award-winning cafes specialise in mouth-watering cakes which are seductively displayed in their shop windows.

 

Flemington Races
On the first Tuesday of November every year, Flemington Racecourse hosts the Melbourne Cup, the most famous horse race in Australia. It’s the one time of the year when the entire nation gets together with friends and colleagues, wears a silly hat, downs a few ‘champers’ and has a small (or large) bet. The race has produced some famous winners, including Phar Lap, the beloved horse that won the race in 1930 and died mysteriously a few years later.

 

Mornington Peninsula
Breathtaking views abound in this coastal region south of Melbourne. The Mornington Peninsula offers a refined array of cliff-top mansions, historic gardens, art galleries and fine dining. This region is also a favourite of golfers with no less than 18 courses. The local vineyards are renowned for producing superb chardonnay and the holy grail of viticulture, pinot noir.

 

Best Western has a range of hotels and motels conveniently located in Melbourne and its surrounding areas. You can book your Best Western Melbourne holiday online or by calling 131 779.

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