Spectacular Blue Mountains!

by iflores on June 4, 2017

Sublimely beautiful, the Blue Mountains is one of the most spectacular parts of the country, recognized with a World Heritage listing and easily accessible from Sydney by road or rail. Grafted onto its natural wonders is a full complement of creature comforts including fine food, gorgeous villages, festivals and great places to spend the night.

Just 90 minutes from Sydney by car, two hours by train, the Blue Mountains has some of the country’s most dazzling natural attractions. With dramatic views over the deep valley troughs gouged out over millions of years, the lookouts at Wentworth Falls, Govetts Leap and Echo Point are among the most popular while the views from Sublime Point, Narrow Neck and Cahills Lookout are no less spectacular.

Experience wonders at Scenic World, where the glass-topped carriages of the Scenic Railway take you on a heart-stopping ride into the depths of the Jamison Valley. Or jump aboard the Scenic Skyline and journey high over the canyon for superb views of the Three Sisters and beyond.

The Blue Mountains’ many bush walks include easy strolls around lookouts to longer walks such as the Grand Canyon Track, which unspools from the clifftops into the depths of the valleys. The Six Foot Track is a more challenging three-day walk along the old coach road between Katoomba and Jenolan Caves. Local adventure operators offer guided tours.

Near Lithgow, the Glow Worm Tunnel is a disused railway tunnel where larvae of the fungus gnat cover the walls and ceiling with a bioluminescent glow, like stars blossoming in the night sky. Jenolan Caves is a world-class wonderland, a labyrinth of stalactite-lined limestone caves sculpted by underground rivers.

In the late 1800’s many Blue Mountains villagers established English-style cool climate gardens of rhododendron, azalea and deciduous trees. The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, an annex of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden, is an open book of botanical wonders.

The Blue Mountains delivers outstanding accommodation, from cottages and cabins to luxury resorts. Among the finest, Lilianfels Resort & Spa is a smart, glamorous boutique hotel built around a century-old stone mansion near spectacular Echo Point. Spread out on a valley floor, Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley brings a generous serving of style and sophistication to a classic Australian bush setting.

Come visit and depart with amazing memories leaving only your footprints behind!

 

 

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Coromandel – Pure New Zealand

by iflores on May 17, 2017

New Zealand is a land of fascinating country and culture that’s unparalleled. It’s a destination to go to if you want something pure and natural to the point that in certain places it appears untouched.  Coromandel is one of the places…

Renowned for its natural beauty, green pastures, misty rainforests and pristine golden beaches, The Coromandel is blessed with hundreds of natural hideaways, making it an ideal place to escape.

Head to Cathedral Cove where a naturally-formed archway divides two small, perfect bays. Dig a hole at nearby Hot Water Beach and bathe in naturally heated mineral water that bubbles up from deep within the earth.

Fish, dive and surf with locals in the Pacific Ocean. Head into the sub-tropical forest to the heights of the Pinnacles where the uncharted Sleeping God Canyon will be revealed. Trek by foot or bike, stopping to savor home grown goodness along the Hauraki Rail Trail.

The fascinating history is evident in gold mining relics, logging dams and ancient Maori pa (fortified village) sites. The past can also be found in the charming colonial architecture and historical buildings preserved in several towns around the region.

The Coromandel is located on the Pacific Coast Highway – on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, and is within an hour and a half drive of the major centres of Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua and their international airports.

 

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Lizard Island – Like Nowhere Else

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Sydney Harbour & the Best Views!

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New Zealand’s Marlborough Region – A Perfect Pour

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