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This historic German-style village is one of South Australia's most popular tourist destinations. Lutherans fleeing religious persecution in eastern Prussia founded the town, which is 29km (18 miles) southeast of Adelaide, in 1839. They brought with them their winemaking skills, foods, and architectural inheritance, and put it all together here. Hahndorf still resembles a small German town in appearance and atmosphere, and is included on the World Heritage List as a Historical German...

Falls Creek G

One of Victoria's best ski resorts, and my favorite, Falls Creek is situated on the edge of the Bogong High Plains overlooking the Kiewa Valley. This compact alpine village is the only one in Australia where you can ski from your lodge to the lifts and back again from the ski slopes. The nightlife is also very good in the ski season, with plenty of party options as well as a range of walk-in lodge restaurants. The ski fields are split into two parts, the Village Bowl and Sun Valley, with 17...

Moments The Land that Time Forgot

The World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest has remained largely unchanged over the past 110 million years. It is home to rare plants that provide key links in the evolution story. In the 140,000-acre Daintree National Park you will find cycads, dinosaur trees, fan palms, giant strangler figs, and epiphytes like the basket fern, staghorn, and elkhorn. Nighttime croc-spotting tours on the Daintree River vie for popularity with early morning cruises to see the rich bird life. Pythons, lizards,...

Swimming Fishing Bushwalking

In the eastern section of the park rises a massive red sandstone escarpment that sets the stage for two magnificent waterfalls, Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls. In the Dry, the volume of water may not be all that impressive, but their settings are magical. Both are accessible by 4WD only, and neither is open in the Wet. A 1km (.5-mile) walk over rocks and through rainforest leads to a deep green plunge pool at Jim Jim Falls, 103km (64 miles) from the Bowali Visitor Centre. The water is wrapped by...

Outdoor Activities

Some companies in Cairns that offer outdoor activities will provide inexpensive or free pick-ups from Port Douglas hotels. See White-Water Rafting & Other Thrills in the Cairns section above for details. Every Sunday, a colorful handcrafts and fresh food market sets up on the lawns under the mango trees beside Dickson Inlet at the end of Macrossan Street. Stalls sell everything from fresh coconut milk to foot massages. It runs from 7 30am to 1pm. While you're here, take a peek, or attend a...

Tips National Park Entry Fees

A Tassie Holiday Pass costs A 33 (US 21) and allows entry for a car and passengers to Tasmania's national parks for 2 months. Pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, and coach passengers pay A 13.50 (US 8.80) for 2 months. Occasional users can buy a 24-hour pass for A 10 (US 6.50) per car, while walkers, cyclists, motorcyclists, and coach passengers pay 3.50 (US 2.30) per day. Passes are available at all major parks and Tasmanian Visitor Information Centres. For more information, contact the...

What You Can Bring Into Australia

The duty-free allowance in Australia is A 400 (US 260) or, for those under 18, A 200 (US 130). Anyone over 18 can bring in up to 250 cigarettes or 250 grams of cigars or other tobacco products, 1.125 liters (41 fl. oz.) of alcohol, and dutiable goods to the value of A 400 (US 260), or A 200 (US 130) if you are under 18. Dutiable goods are luxury items such as perfume, watches, jewelry, furs, plus gifts of any kind. Keep this in mind if you intend to bring presents for family and friends in...

Perth After Dark

Scoop, available at bigger newsagents for A 8.90 US 5.80 (www.scoop.com.au), is a good source of information on festivals and concerts, performing arts, classical music, exhibitions, and the like. Your best guide to dance clubs, rock concerts, gig listings, art-house cinemas, theater and art galleries is the free weekly X-press magazine available at pubs, cafes, and music venues every Thursday. The West Australian and Sunday Times newspapers publish a limited amount of entertainment...

In Fremantle

There's a perpetual holiday atmosphere in this picturesque port city. Although you are 19km (12 miles) from Perth's city center, public transport connections are good, so you can happily explore all of Perth from here and most of top attractions are in Freo anyhow. There are good restaurants and a happening nightlife, too. Danum House Hostess Christine Sherwin has created a welcoming haven in her beautiful Federation (ca. 1909) home, a walk from town. One room, decked out in heritage reds and...

Fun Fact Boom in the

A water activity invented in Oz is boom netting, in which a large net is thrown off the back of a boat, and participants hang off it (and hang onto their bathing suits, as they sometimes lose tops or bottoms) and are towed across the waves. 326 CHAPTER 6 . QUEENSLAND & THE GREAT BARRIER REEF WHERE TO STAY Keppel Haven Not far from the ferry drop-off point at the beach is this campground-style enclave of humble but pretty cabins and tents, which is a good choice for families. Renovated in...

Where To Stay

Mercure Inn Overland Kalgoorlie This serviceable motel is on the highway about 2km (1l i miles) from town, so you will need your own wheels or a cab to go exploring. Tours pick up from the door. The rooms are quiet, modern, clean, and a good size family rooms have an extra bedroom and kitchenettes with stovetop and microwave, and there are also barbecue facilities if you feel inclined to cook for yourself. Lower Hannan St., Kalgoorlie,WA 6430. & 1300 66 6565 in Australia,800 221-4542 in the...

Car Rentals

Think twice about renting a car in tourist hot spots such as Cairns. In these areas most tour operators pick you up and drop you back at your hotel door, so having a car may not be worth the expense. The big four car-rental companies all have networks across Australia Avis (& 13 63 33 in Australia, www.avis.com.au 800 230-4898 in the U.S., www.avis.com 800 272-5871 in Canada 0870 6060100 in the U.K., www.avis.co. uk 21 281 111 in Ireland 0800 655-111 in New Zealand, www. avis.co.nz) Budget...

Diving The Reef

Divers have a big choice of dive boats that make 1-day runs to the Outer Reef and live-aboard dive boats making excursions that last up to a week. As a general rule, on a typical 5-hour day trip to the Reef, you will fit in about two dives. The outfits listed below will give you an idea of the diving trips available and general costs. This is by no means a complete list of operators on the Reef there are far too many to include here. The Active Traveler in chapter 2 has more pointers for...

Fun Fact Something Different Camel Trekking

Australia has one of the world's largest camel populations, and even exports racing camels to the Middle East. Camels were imported to negotiate waterless deserts in the 1900s but were later set free. They are now a popular way to trek the country. Short rambles of an hour or two in Alice Springs and at Ayers Rock are a novel way to see the Outback, or you can join extended camel treks through Outback deserts offered by a number of operators. Several companies in...

Usbased Outfitters Operators

The Great Outdoor Recreation Pages (G.O.R.P.) site at www.gorp.com not only has links to adventure-tour operators in Australia, but also contains articles, sells books and maps, and has links to heaps of Australian sites with an action slant. Adventure Express (& 800 4430799 or 206 441 3482) sells diving packages and custom-built itineraries on the Great Barrier Reef. Outer Edge Expeditions (& 800 322-5235 or 517 552 5300 www. outer-edge.com) and The World Outdoors ((& 800 488-8483 or...

Dandenong Ranges

Melbournians traditionally do a day in the Dandenongs from time to time, topping off their getaway with Devonshire tea with scones and jam at one of the many cafes en route. Up in the cool, high country you'll find native bush, famous gardens, the Dandenong Ranges National Park, historic attractions such as the Puffing Billy a vintage steam train and plenty of restaurants and cozy B amp Bs. The Dandenong Ranges National Park is one of the state's oldest, set aside in 1882 to protect its...

The Club Music Scene

Melbourne's nightclub scene used to be centered along King Street, and while this area is still known for large dance venues, the city is now awash with hidden bars and clubs each conceived in a unique way by their owners but all catering to the enjoyment of Melbournians and visitors alike. Those seeking will find It's best just to follow the crowds or in some cases that couple slipping down a side lane and disappearing into a dimly lit entrance. Otherwise, the following options are more...

Shopping At The Source For Aboriginal

Alice Springs is the best place in Australia to buy Aboriginal art amp crafts . You will find no shortage of stuff linen and canvas paintings, didgeridoos, spears, clapping sticks, coolamons a dish used by women to carry anything from water to babies , animal carvings, baskets, and jewelry, as well as books, CDs, and all kinds of non-Aboriginal merchandise printed with Aboriginal designs. Prices can soar into the thousands for large canvases by world-renowned painters, but you will find plenty...

Exploring Katherine Gorge Nitmiluk National Park

Cruising the gorge in an open-sided boat is the most popular way to appreciate its beauty. Katherine Gorge is actually a series of 13 gorges, but most cruises only ply the first two, as the second gorge is the most photogenic. Travel North above operates all cruises. Most people take the 2-hour cruise, which departs four times a day and costs A 40 US 26 for adults and A 15 US 9.75 for children 5 to 15. There is also a 4-hour cruise at least once daily, although you will probably be satisfied...

Jmds Up Up Away

Balloon Aloft amp 02 4938 1955 www.balloonaloft.com.au offers fabulous 45-minute sunrise flights over Canberra Monday through Friday for A 210 US 136 for adults and A 120 US 78 for children 6 to 12, including a champagne breakfast on touchdown. On weekends an hour-long trip costs A 250 US 162 for adults and A 150 US 97 for children. Breakfast costs A 25 US 16 for adults and A 16 US 10 for kids. Dawn Drifters amp 02 6285 4450 fax 02 6281 5315 www.dawn drifters.com.au will also send you soaring....

Where To Share A Pint

Something fun to do if you want to have a few drinks and meet a few people is to take one of the City Pub Walks amp 03 9384 0655 or 04 1208 5661 . The 214- to 3-hour walks stop off at a variety of interesting pubs and bars where you can sample the local brews at your own expense . Tours leave from under the clocks at Flinders Street Station at 6 30pm Tuesday and Thursday. Belgian Beer Caf Bluestone Belgian beer culture in all its forms. In an old Art Deco building, it is extremely atmospheric...

Getting Around

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Transperth www.transperth.wa.gov.au runs Perth's buses, trains, and ferries. For route, bus stop, and timetable information, call amp 13 62 13 in Western Australia, or drop into the Transperth Info-Centres at the Plaza Arcade off Hay Street Mall, the Perth Railway Station, the Wellington Street bus station, or the City Bus Port on Mounts Bay Road. You can transfer from bus to ferry to train on one ticket within its expiry time of 2 or 3 hours. Travel costs A 1.90 US...

In Cairns

Unless noted otherwise, shops, restaurants, cinemas, the casino, bus terminals, the train station, and the Reef Fleet Terminal for Great Barrier Reef cruises are all within walking distance of the following accommodations. Bay Village Tropical Retreat A swimming pool tucked in a lush garden courtyard adds to the charm at this two-story hotel about 1km mile from the city center. After a major renovation in 2002, it now offers standard rooms, studios, and one and two bedroom apartments. All are...

Earning a Degree from Didgeridoo University

Fancy yourself a Louis Armstrong of the desert Then Didgeridoo University, at the Aboriginal Art amp Culture Centre, is the place for you. Local Aboriginal Paul Ah Chee-Ngala set up his campus to satisfy an ever-growing demand from world travelers to master the didgeri-doo's evocative rhythms. In truth, the university is an alcove in the culture center, and the degree takes just 1 hour. Classes begin every day at 1pm and cost A 12 US 7.50 adults, A 5.50 US 3.25 kids kids are free as part of the...

Exploring The Area

HITTING THE BEACH amp OTHER OUTDOOR FUN Main Beach, Noosa Heads, is the place to swim, surf, and sunbathe. If the bikini-clad supermodel lookalikes are too much, head to Sunshine Beach, just behind Noosa Junction off the David Low Way, about 2km 1XA miles from Noosa Heads. It's just as beautiful. Both beaches are patrolled 365 days a year. Learn to surf with two-time Australian and World Pro-Am champion Merrick Davis amp 0418 787 577 mobile phone www.learntosurf.com.au , who's lived in Noosa...

Snowy Mountain Essentials

GETTING THERE From Sydney, take the Eastern Distributor road towards Sydney Airport and turn right just before the planes, following the signs to Wol-longong and then Canberra, via the M5 motorway and the Hume Highway. Follow the Hume Highway south to Goulburn, where you turn onto the Federal Highway toward Canberra. From there take the Monaro Highway to Cooma, then follow the Alpine Way through Jindabyne and on to Thredbo. Chains may have to be used on the slopes in winter and can be rented...

Essentials

GETTING THERE Airlink book through Qantas amp 13 13 13 in Australia flies direct from Perth, Ayers Rock, and Alice Springs. Virgin Blue amp 13 67 89 in Australia www.virginblue.com.au flies direct to Broome from Adelaide once a week on Saturdays. The trip to Broome from Sydney and other capitals is a lengthy affair via Perth or Alice Springs. Greyhound Pioneer amp 13 20 30 in Australia has a daily service from Perth that takes around 30 hours. The fare is A 295 US 192 . Greyhound s daily...