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Blue Mountains Tours From Sydney

Our mate Sally Bray who operates Aussie Farmstays run these Blue Mountains tours from Sydney:

Four Day Venture West Tour

This is an all Australian adventure ecotour with something for everyone, discovering the nature, culture and history of rural New South Wales. There’s the opportunity to touch and feed Australian native animals, koalas and kangaroos. You can sample local wine and food, visit historic villages and museums,  explore underground limestone caves, and enjoy the attractions of the Blue Mountains.

Optional horse riding in the Blue Mountains provides a unique opportunity to experience its natural beauty or can be substituted with a bushwalk.

Accommodation on tour includes holiday cabins in the Blue Mountains and an historic country pub in Mudgee and most enjoyed is a farmstay camp where you will be treated to the hospitality of the local farmers.

Two Day Jenolan Caves Tour

There’s more at Jenolan Caves than can possibly be appreciated on a day tour, and this two day trip allows for an extended visit. As well as visiting a wildlife park and completing at least one guided cave tour, visitors can complete the self guided tour of the Devil’s Coachhouse and area, explore the scenery around the caves or buy more guided caves tours.

Spend the night in historic Caves  House and take a morning stroll around the area. Then visitors spend the rest of the second day enjoying Blue Mountains attractions including an optional horse ride.

Two Day Happy Farm Tour

Designed especially for visitors from China this tour is accompanied by a Mandarin guide as well as a local guide. It starts with a visit to a wildlife park the meet the koalas and kangaroos and visits the beautiful Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens in the Blue Mountains.  Continuing over the Mountains to Bathurst a traditional mixed farm is the night’s accommodation and entertainment.

Barcoo’s Barn in Bathurst has sheep, cattle, chickens, dogs, horses and everything you expect on a farm!  In the morning visitors can collect the eggs, maybe feed the lambs before heading back to the Blue Mountains to explore the attractions.

Blue Mountains Day Tours

Spend the day on a personalised guided discovery of the Blue Mountains and all it has to offer.  Tours can include any parts of the Blue Mountains that visitors choose, but favourites include visiting a wildlife park, riding the world’s steepest railway into the Jamison Valley at Scenic World and discovering Aboriginal dance, music and culture at the Waradah Centre.

The opportunity for appreciating natural scenic wonders is unlimited in the Blue Mountains, there are many lookouts, waterfalls and iconic rock formations in the valleys which are outstanding and world renowned. Visitors can choose to go horse riding or bush walking in this natural beauty.

Q. What’s the best way to get to the Blue Mountains from the Hunter Valley?

The stumbling block is the Wollemi National Park, which sits like a giant green slime between the two regions. From Singleton take the (very pretty) Putty Road which skirts the world heritage Wollemi National Park to Windsor which is at the doorstep of the Blue Mountains.

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20 Great Places To Stay in Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch is listed as one of the top 10 cities to visit as stated by the Lonely Planet. Dubbed  the “Garden City”, it continues to be a dynamic world of natural wonders. Here’s a list of where to stay when you are in Christchurch.

A Nest on Mt Pleasant
This bed and breakfast is a unique, fully self-contained home with all the service and friendly, personal hospitality of a homestay. The Nest is set in native bush and built on three levels with extensive decking and expansive views of estuary, sea and mountains.

Arthur’s Court Motor Lodge
Arthur’s Court is Qualmark 5 star and Enviro Gold rated, close to the heart of the Christchurch, with a commitment to provide the best guest experience possible. It has maintained its elegance, luxury and quality since it started.

CentrePoint on Colombo
CentrePoint on Colombo is the closest luxury motel to the city centre with excellent value. It is just a short walk to all areas of central Christchurch. It is located in an uncongested part of central Christchurch so that all areas of the city are accessible within a 20-minute drive.

Clearview Lodge
Relax at Clearview Lodge, 5 star Bed and Breakfast vineyard accommodations that are just 10 minutes to Airport and 15 minutes to the city. Wake to the peaceful sounds of bellbirds and enjoy their ever changing garden – the green of spring, fruits of summer and autumn and magic of autumn leaves.

Dyers House
A luxury boutique accommodation, Dyers House was built a century ago and was one of the first houses on the hill. It offers luxury accommodation, yet retains its original charm and personality. Overlooking the city and Canterbury Plains, Dyers House has spectacular panoramic views from the Southern Alps to the sea.

Heartland Hotel Cotswold
A warm and welcoming hotel located just minutes’ walk from the Christchurch Casino, boutique shopping and only a 15-minute drive from Christchurch International Airport. The hotel itself is full of character with its distinctive Tudor-style architecture that reflects Christchurch’s image as the most English of cities outside England.

Jailhouse Accommodation
Jailhouse Accommodation is Christchurch’s award-winning backpacker hostel. It is set in the historic former Addington Prison. It is the current author’s pick for Christchurch in Lonely Planet and Rough Guide, and winner of numerous hostel awards. Jailhouse Accommodation offers you the chance to experience something different.

Kaituna Homestead
Kaituna Homestead is a perfect country cottage that is modernized and distinctive. It’s a peaceful and luxurious setting in the middle of a beautiful valley. A 45-minute drive from Christchurch and is a great starting or ending destination for a South Island holiday.

Otahuna Lodge
Otahuna Lodge is a Victorian mansion that offers its guests a unique sense of wonder and discovery. Situated at the base of the Banks Peninsula, Otahuna Lodge is only 30 minutes’ drive from Christchurch airport and the city centre, making it the ideal place from which to explore Canterbury.

Parkview on Hagley
A luxurious studio hotel suite accommodation that is located at the green heart of Christchurch, beautiful Hagley Park. Enjoy the ever-changing outlook, as spring daffodils, cherry blossom and brilliant autumn colors each in turn grace this much-loved Christchurch icon.

Peppers Clearwater Resort
Located just 7m inutes from Christchurch airport, this resort accommodation has a stunning waterfront set within beautiful grounds and surrounded by clear shimmering lakes and water ways that follow the fairways of the championship golf course.

Petes Farm Stay B&B
Enjoy great views of the mountains and countryside from this accomodation. It is close to Christchurch on the North Canterbury Plains of New Zealand’s South Island and is just 25 minutes from Christchurch Airport and City centre. It is minutes away from local golf course, nature walks, horse riding and beach.

Stoneleigh Lodge
This French chateau-style lodge stands on twenty acres of landscaped grounds complete with three lakes. It is situated in the heart of Canterbury’s prestigious lifestyle belt. Just a 20-minute drive from the city & international airport, this luxury estate has ready access to the city and to the world. They offer an elegant and welcoming haven for you where you can enjoy the highest standards of hospitality and comfort.

Tangley on Clyde
A warm welcome awaits you at Tangley on Clyde, a boutique bed and breakfast with the elegance of a bygone era. This charmingly renovated Edwardian home is close to city centre, International Airport, university, restaurants, cafes, golf courses and shops. Tangley offers a unique experience for accommodation and has a reputation for making guests feel at home.

Terrace Downs
It is a 50-minute scenic drive through the Canterbury foothills from Christchurch International Airport. Terrace Downs Resort offers an ideal ‘getting away from it all’ destination close to Mt Hutt Ski field and Methven. Witness majestic sceneries and experience a warm hospitality.

The Chateau On The Park
The Chateau on the Park is a unique escape nestled in 5 acres of beautiful, tranquil gardens located opposite picturesque Hagley Park offering 192 accommodation rooms. It is your world away from the stresses of daily life. It is centrally located to the city, airport and Riccarton.

The Classic Villa Luxury Boutique Hotel

The Classic Villa is an Italian style historic home that has been renovated and tastefully refurbished into one of the finest 5 Star boutique hotel accommodations in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is located on Worcester Blvd and is only steps away from the Arts Centre & markets, art gallery, museum, botanical gardens, Cathedral Square, tram, golf course, theaters, restaurants, cafes & city shopping.

The George Hotel
A 5 star luxury boutique hotel, The George is located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon. A peaceful retreat with an intimate ambiance is guaranteed at The George. It is the only Christchurch Hotel with a one-to-one staff to guest ratio with its focus on luxury.

The Old Countryhouse Backpackers
Stay at the Old Countryhouse and escape the hustle from the moment you step through the garden gate. It is a multi-award winning backpacker hostel in Christchurch created by travelers for travelers. Take a walk along the garden path to one of the charming colonial villas with polished wooden floors and hand-made native timber furniture.

It is conveniently located 6 minutes from the Christchurch International Airport and 8 minutes to the city centre. Set in an attractive established garden with an enticing courtyard for you to relax in at any time of the day. It is also is a smoke-free environment.

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Englewood Ridge

Self-contained accommodation in the Hunter Valley.

Looking for group or family-oriented accommodation in the Hunter Valley? Englewood Ridge offers luxury self-contained accommodation of the highest order.  A beautiful house which nestles naturally into the landscape – and it’s pet-friendly too.

65 Talga Road, ROTHBURY NSW 2320, Australia

For more info ph Mike

(02) 9489 8184
Mobile: 0417 287 345

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Guest Instructions

Please note that the keys for the house are to be picked up by prior arrangement from Jurd’s Real Estate, 3/115 Vincent St., Cessnock, Phone 4991 4000 – or from the Bosch family in Wahroonga
Directions to Englewood Ridge:
1) In Cessnock, turn right (north) on Vincent St.. Follow Vincent St .to T interesection and turn left on Wollombi Road, then turn immediately right on Branxton Road (swimming pool on corner).
2. Follow road toward Branxton for approx. 2.5 kms through Nulkaba and past turn off to Rusa Park Zoo. You are to turn right at next road.
3. Turn Right onto Lovedale Road (Golf Course on Corner)
4. Follow Lovedale Road for approx. 9 kms (prepare to turn left after you pass Wilderness Road on left and signs to Wandin Valley).
5. Turn left on Camp Road (sign to Greta) and immediately left into Talga Road.

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Wineries in the Hunter Valley

At Englewood Ridge accommodation you’re within sipping distance of the following totally awesome Hunter Valley wineries:

1. Tower Estate Winery
2. Bilgavia Estate
3. Krinklewood Vineyard
4. Margan
5. Meerea Park Wines
6. Mistletoe Wines
7. Peppertree
8. Scarborough
9. Drayton’s Family Wines
10. Gosforth estate
11. McGuigan Cellars
12. McWilliams Mt Pleasant Estate

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Rooms & Configuration

1 x King with ensuite, 1 x queen room, 2 x rooms with twin singles – all linen provided. Fold out sofa bed in lounge room, requires linen. One ensuite bathroom & two additional full bathrooms (both totally renovated). Swimming Pool, 25 acres of lightly wooded land, carport, slow combustion wood burning stove in lounge room. Kitchen has also just been renovated. Fenced pool, fenced yard and outdoor entertaining area with BBQ.

Accommodation Hunter Valley: Englewood Ridge.