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Penguin – Tasmania

Large penguin tas This mighty penguin is the most photographed  thing in Tasmania

Needless to say you can find this gem at Penguin, a charming seaside town.

The town gets its name from the nearby Fairy Penguin rookeries and is home to the Big Penguin. The ferro-cement structure stands 3 metres tall on the esplanade, where it was erected in 1975 to commemorate the town’s centenary. Similar smaller versions are found throughout the town.

From September through to March, visitors can join penguin tours and watch from Penguin Point as penguins make their way up the beach to nest.


Penguin was settled in 1861 as a timber town and proclaimed in 1875. It was named by botanist Robert Campbell Gunn after the small seabirds that live in rookeries along the north coast.

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Drive time

25 mins – 17 km from Burnie

15 mins – 12 km from Ulverstone

40 mins – 32 km from Devonport




Visit Canberra in spring for the Floriade Festival


Floriade 2014 is a month-long festival. 13 Sept – 12 Oct 2014 at Commonwealth Park in Canberra.

Floriade’s opening hours are: 9.00 am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday 9.00 am – 5.30pm weekends and public holidays Last entry to the event is 30 minutes before closing.

Stay with Accor

Accor is proud to partner with Floriade. The company has five hotels across Canberra, which are designed to suit a range of budgets and tastes, with perfect locations to discover Floriade and the best of the city.

Visit to discover great offers at each of these Accor hotels in Canberra.


 Let’s have a look at Port Douglas in North Queensland.

Our friends from England loved Port Douglas and did not want to leave. I wonder why, beautiful beaches, great accommodation, Daintree forest nearby, visit the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy fresh seafood at one of the many restaurants.

Many travelers rave about Opal Reef with the snorkeling, wonderful teeming marine life, living coral and the many wonders of this natural piece of heaven. It is just the shot to forget about cold weather and aches and pains.

Friends have suggested using Blue Dive on Calypso.

Moonlight Cinema at Port Douglas

is another attraction that is very popular with all ages, drag up a bean bag, take a hamper and bottle of what you fancy, insect repellent and settle in for a relaxing night under the stars at the cinema.

How to Get there – via Cairns

Most people will arrive at the Domestic or International terminal at Cairns airport. Transportation to Port Douglas varies from the cheap and cheerful to the expensive and luxurious. Before you book transportation from the airport to your accommodation, it’s worth checking out if they already have an airport shuttle. Many major hotels provide this service for their guests, and you may find they offer it for free or for a small charge.

If your hotel doesn’t offer this option, you still have a few choices.

 Buses and limousines are your best bet to Port Douglas. There are only 2 taxis in Port Douglas.


Krystal Transport non stop transfers to Port Douglas (1-1.25hrs). Again they will meet you in the baggage collection area with a sign with your name on it and depart when all passengers are ready. Cost $35/Person ($65 return).  . Phone –  (07) 4051 7456.

Coral Reef Coaches will stop at all the northern beaches of Cairns on the way to Port Douglas(1.25-2hrs).They will meet you in the baggage collection area with a sign with your name on it and depart when all passengers are ready. Cost $36.00 per adult. Phone – (07) 4098 2600 Website:

Make sure you book ahead as they can only pickup at the airport with prior bookings. If you book a sedan make sure you get one, some companies will send a people mover instead, ask questions before you book. Luggage storage can be a problem if you have lots of it so you may want to book a people mover with trailer or a stretch with trailer.

Airport Connections –  provides hourly departures from Cairns airport from 3:30am to 4:30pm and later times by arrangement. Ticket prices are: Adult – $36 (one-way). Child 2-12yrs – $18 (one-way).
Website Enquiries
Phone: (07) 4099 5950

Oasis Transport provides Premium Economy  Transfers To Port Douglas, Children under 15 years only $10.00.  Car Seats and booster seats provided free of charge. Call Brad on 0412 297 716   Email;   Web;

Port Douglas Bus Operates 11 daily services between Cairns, Cairns Airport and Port Douglas picking up at hotels and resorts in Cairns, Palm Cove and Port Douglas. Drivers are knowledgeable, professional and friendly. The perfect tourist transport with commentary. Transfers and packages are also available to all the major attractions including Kuranda Scenic Train and Skyrail, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, Cairns Tropical Zoo, AJ Hackett Bungy Jump and Mossman Gorge.

Cairns Airport to Port Douglas fares are Adult $32 one-way/$54 return, Child $16 one-way/$30 return and Family $90 one way/$154 return. Book online and pay onboard using credit/debit card or cash. Visit for timetable. Phone 07 4099 5665 or email

Renting a Car

If you plan on renting a car for your stay in North Queensland, you can pick it up from the airport.

East Coast Car RentalsCairns Airport and city
Directions: After leaving the terminal, follow the airport road out to the main road (T-Junction). Turn right here and follow the signs for Port Douglas. You’ll pass through a number of large roundabouts (so remember your road rules!). At the Smithfield roundabout, you turn right. Follow this gorgeous road north (keep your eyes on the road – not on the lovely beaches!) The turn off for the Port Douglas village is to the right. The route is well signposted, so you shouldn’t have a problem. The drive is around 65km and takes about 50 minutes.


Our featured interstate city is beautiful HOBART for the autumn, spring months and a good place to visit during our hot summers.

We visited a wonderful historic hotel  circa 1834″Hadleys Hotel” right in the centre of Hobart. 34 Murray Street, Hobart, Tas 7000  Phone: 03 6237 2999: or visit the website:

Our lunch was delicious, service was helpful and friendly and the bubbly – Jansz pinot Noir cuvee brut (Tasmanian of course!) was  a treat.  The delightful receptionist showed us the rooms and dining area and nothing was too much trouble. We are going back for a stay and I know we will be well looked after. Cheers!


Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

4.5 of 5 stars 
Category: Gardens

The Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens in Hobart are situated on the eastern edge of the city, overlooking the Derwent River and the Tasman Bridge. As well as the usual range of plants it is a beautiful place to relax and walk around.

From  great travel site to visit and very user friendly.

Category: places

We walked from Hadleys Hotel to Salamanca even though the market was not on it is a great place to wander around, gift shops, clothes, pubs (outdoor eating), interesting laneways to walk down and we discovered a great coffee shop and enjoyed our late. Perfect late afternoon.

Category: Tours

Gourmania Food Tours Tasmania

Owner description: We will take you on a gourmet journey of the delightful city of Hobart, introducing you to the finest Tasmanian food and wine and the passionate industry professionals making it all happen. You will be offered generous portions of delectable treats on this progressive feast, also flavoured with architectural delights and peppered with a dash of local history. Come along and discover what makes Hobart a terrific city in which to be a foodie!

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