In The Heart Of The City

What can it be better than ending a long and busy week of learning, exploring and meeting with top travel experts at Corroboree West 2019, you ask?  Spending the next five days in Tasmania!

First stop Hobart, a city filled with picturesque sandstone buildings, galleries, chic cafes, farmers markets and the distinctive smell of fresh seafood.

If you have never heard of Hobart then you are in for a big surprise. Hobart is Australia’s second oldest city and the capital city of Tasmania and even though is not the biggest of cities by Australian standards, there is plenty to do.

The city’s backdrop is 1,270 m-high Mount Wellington, with sweeping views, plus hiking and cycling trails, walkable cities centered around a harbor full of culture, history, food and natural beauty – Hobart has a little of everything for everyone!

Pauline’s first stop and ‘home’ for the next three days will be Ibis Styles Hobart, which is the biggest hotel in Tasmania with 296 rooms. Surrounded by shops and restaurants in the city center. The hotel is colorful and just a 10 minute walk from the Salamanca Arts Center, the beautiful Hobart waterfront and almost 12 miles from the airport.

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She will be dinning at Mr. Good Guy, an award winning Hobart restaurant and bar, specialized in Southeast Asian flavors. Did I mention colorful?

 

After a good night’s sleep, and breakfast at the RACV/RACT Hobart Apartment Hotel Pauline will take a walk to the famous Tasmania Farm Gate Market located in the Center of Bathurst Street and Murray Street.  The Farm Gate is Hobart’s weekly farmers’ market showcasing and selling direct from farmers and producers to the public fresh and seasonal Tasmania fruit and vegetables, artisan cheeses, bakery items, world class seafood, hormone free beef, rabbit, goat, Tasmanian wines and specialty beverages, locally roasted coffee beans, herbal teas and much more.

The Farm Gate Market will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary this October 20th. A little market with a BIG but simple and honest philosophy that is still holds true today:

That if it wasn’t from Tasmania, and if you couldn’t eat it, drink it, grow it or meet the producer, then you wouldn’t find it at Farm Gate. 

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Rising 1,270 m above Hobart’s wide harbor, Mt. Wellington provides a wilderness experience within 10 minutes of the city and is much loved by the locals. The 13 mile drive to the summit climbs from temperate rain forest to sub-alpine and glacial formations, ending of panoramic view of Hobart and the Tasman Peninsula.

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Pauline will spend the afternoon at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) located within the Moorilla winery on the Berriedale peninsula in Hobart. It is the largest privately funded museum in the Southern Hemisphere. With around 300 art works on display, the collection takes up three floors within a subterranean architectural masterpiece and is guaranteed to impress.

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And after a jam-packed weekend, a nice dinner at one of Hobart’s iconic restaurants. Referred as A Hidden Gem, Peacock and Jones, is tucked away in an old sandstone warehouse on Hunter’s Street on Hobart’s waterfront.  This restaurant will surely meet all your expectations and more. But what can great food be without a fine wine?  Whatever they are cooking, they got the right wine to make it shine.

Dining is not just about the food or the wine….It’s an EXPERIENCE.

 

The island of Tasmania is as intimate as is beautiful. And you couldn’t go back home without exploring Tasmania’s most visited attractions.  Here are some of the tours that Pauline was invited to attend by Tourism Tasmania:

  • Three Hour Wilderness Cruise Tour: Tasman Island Cruise

Travelling between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck, this eco-cruise lets you see a wide variety of marine life, from seals to seabirds while enjoying the towering sea cliffs of Tasman Island and Cape Pillar.

  • Visit to Port Arthur Historic Site

One of Australia’s leading historic sites, the Port Arthur penal settlement used to confine 12.700 habitual offenders between 1830 and 1877. The Tasman Peninsula provided a natural penitentiary, with only a narrow strip of land connecting it to mainland Tasmania. The site has a new world-class visitor center, a restaurant and a more than 30 historic buildings and ruins as well as beautiful gardens.

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  • Shene Estate Historic Site

This iconic convict-forged property is home to the Hobart Polo Club, the Shene Estate Distillery (producing Poltergeist Gin and triple distilled Mackey Single Malt Whisky) and the Kernke Family.  Shene Estate & Distillery prides itself on being a historic site with modern ideas. Family members conduct tours by appointment sharing the property’s convict past, its links to the royal family and what daily life is like living and working in a living museum. 

  • Elizabeth Town Cafe: Tea anyone?

This licensed café and bakery is near Elizabeth Town, mid-way between Launceston and Devonport. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The focaccias are popular. So too the pies. The truffle and beef, and the chicken and Camembert pies are made to the owner’s recipe. 

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  • Devils @ Cradle

The focus of the 90 minute tour is the social interactions and feeding habits of the endemic Tasmanian Devil. The 5:30 pm tour runs all year. The After Dark tour operates from 8:30 pm and environmentally sensitive lighting allows these nocturnal animals to be easily seen.   Isn’t he adorable? 

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  • Visit to Sheffield and Cataract Gorge Reserve

The town of Sheffield is nestled under Mt. Roland, in Tasmania’s north-west, and is known for its series of colorful murals telling the story of the district’s pioneers and wilderness explores.

The gorge’s powerful presence can affect people deeply and it has been recognized as a sacred and healing place by Tasmanian Aborigines for thousands of years. The 160 ha reserve has a fascinating mix of nature and heritage, with cliff grounds, Victorian gardens, bush lands, walking trails, the swift-flowing South Esk River, a historic suspension bridge, the world’s longest single-span chairlift and an art deco-style swimming pool- and in the heart of Launceston. 

 

 

There’s not doubt that there is nothing like Australia. It’s aquatic and coastal landscapes, its sophisticated food and wine and welcoming and friendly people. What a great experience this was.

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THANK YOU Corroboree West 2019. Until next time!

Ready, Set,…Learn!

After a day of exploring and discovering the beautiful city of Perth, it is now time to roll up the sleeves and let the workshops begin!

Days that start at 6:30 a.m. and end by 9:00 pm might not be for the faint of heart, but armed with a good pair of comfortable shoes, a notebook and a big smile, a Travel Adviser like Pauline can surely get the job done.

Today Pauline met with 36 of the top travel specialists in Australia from luxury resorts, tour and safaris to cruise lines. Here are some, to name a few:

  • Ocean Rafting & Ocean Safari
  • Daydream Island Resort

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  • Pacific Hotel Cairns
  • Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

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  • Destination Gold Coast
  • WAITOC Aboriginal Tours & Experiences
  •  Australia’s Golden Outback
  • Down Under Tours Australia
  • Mackerel Island & Onslow Beach Resort
  • Caversham Wildlife Park
  • Kimberly Wild Expeditions
  • Karijini Eco Retreat
  • Willie Creek Pearls
  • Australia Coral Coast
  • and many more…

Learning can be SO MUCH FUN!

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Corroboree West 2019!

As you know, Pauline, our Aussie Specialist is currently in Australia invited by Tourism Australia and Tourism Tasmania, to attend the next 10 days at Corroboree West 2019, where she will see first-hand a range of extraordinary travel experiences and meet with top tourism operators in the travel industry.

During her visit she will get closer to spectacular destinations, unique tourism offerings and world class facilities, which will showcase why there’s nothing like Australia.

DAY 1 – MONDAY, OCTOBER 7TH

Arrived at Perth International Airport.  Corroboree West Registration at Crown Metropol Perth.

DAY 2 – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8TH

Today Pauline traveled to Perth to discover the iconic Pinnacles Desert, visit the seaside town of Cervantes and a thrilling 4WD ride through the Lancellin Sand Dunes.  She had the opportunity to marvel at the thousands of limestone pillars that dot the Pinnacles Desert- somewhat reminiscent of the rocky landscape of the moon!

Come back tomorrow for more updates on Pauline’s Aussie Adventures!

 

 

Australia is calling!

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koalaOnce again, Skyland World Travel’s Aussie Specialist, Pauline will be one of the 300 specially selected cutting edge travel advisors from the UK, Europe, the USA, Canada and New Zealand at Tourism Australia’s Corroboree West trade event in Perth from 8 to 11 October 2019, followed by five days in  Tasmania for a Tasmanian Wilderness-Wildlife experience and we couldn’t be more excited.

Tourism Australia hosts Corroboree West every other year and includes a combination of training workshops and experiences exclusively for Aussie Specialists like Pauline. This year’s event will be in Perth which will provide the perfect opportunity to showcase the changing face of the city to key travel industry specialists from around the world.

If you missed Pauline’s last visit, here are some of the highlights of Corroboree West 2017:

  • A visit to d’Arenberg Wines to meet with Rachel Whitrow, Cellar Door and Tourism Manager, for the Blending Beach Experience.

 

 

Family owned and purchased in 1912, this understated winery is on top of a hill overlooking the district. The d’Arenberg label is well known with its distinctively flavored wines reflecting much of the history of the area. With Chester Osborn, fourth generation family winemaker, d’Arenberg offers a unique wine tasting experience with over 60 wines made from more than 25 grape varieties. 

  • A tour to Port Willunga Beach Rides for afternoon activities

 

 

A boutique, family owned and run business offering boutique experiences on horseback along the world-famous Port Willunga Beach. We were able to enjoy the many colors of the cliff faces, the sparkling sand and the turquoise ocean paired with world famous view of the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula. 

  • Visit to Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tour and Seal Bay Conservation Park

 

 

Minutes from the mainland but a million miles away, Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary for wildlife and natural, rugged beauty. Kangaroo Island’s scenery is breathtaking and the home to plenty native animals including birds, tammar wallabies, short-beaked echidnas and koalas. The Sea Bay Conservation Park is home to about 1,000 Australia sea lions, or five per cent of the world total.

  • No Kangaroo Island would be complete without a trek to one of the Island’s signature landmarks, Remarkable Rocks.

 

 

It took 500 million years for rain, wind and pounding waves to create these aptly named granite boulders which are part of the Flinders Chase National Park.

  • Departure to Barossa, the heart of Australia’s wine industry, the home to gourmet delights and an area blessed with a rich cultural heritage.

 

 

A tour and wine tasting experience at Fino Seppeltsfield, First Drop a d Jacob’s Creek Vineyeard.

  • Arrival at Gorge Wildlife Park for a chance to explore the wildlife park and a koala hold experience.

 

 

The Gorge Wildlife Park opened in 1965 and is still operated by the same family. Situated on 14 acres of land, under shaded trees, paths meander among one of the largest privately-owned collection of Australian and exotic animals, birds, and reptiles in the country. Talking about a close and personal experience!

  • Meet with our Destination Gold Coast Host

 

 

Visit to Burleigh Heads National Park where ancient volcanic columns meet the sea. We were welcomed to Jellurgal, the Dreaming Mountain with a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony and ochre anointment. 

There’s nothing like Australia – its aquatic and coastal landscapes, its magnificent food and wine and welcoming and friendly people and much more…. SO, follow Pauline on this year’s Corroboree West 2019 adventure, and experience all Australia has to offer.

 

 

Kangaroos, Koalas or Opera?

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What does Australia mean to you? Kangaroos, koalas, Sydney Opera House? It’s all that and so much more. It’s a vast continent with 24 million people and a truly diverse landscape, with aboriginal history and culture in everything you see and do. Australians are warm, friendly people with a great  sense of humor.  It’s a bucket list item for many people and much easier to get to then you would imagine. The seasons are opposite to the USA,  so Australians are having barbecues on the beach in January. On a first visit the main three are usually a must see-  Sydney, Great Barrier Reef and Uluru (Ayers Rock).  All three are great for families, couples and groups.

A typical itinerary would have 3 or 4 nights in Sydney, 3 nights in Cairns and 2 or 3 at Uluru, with flights in between each city.

In Sydney you can climb or walk the Harbour Bridge, visit the Opera House for a tour or a performance, walk through the Botanical gardens, take ferries across the harbor, watch the surfers at Bondi Beach and even take your own surf lesson. Take a day excursion to the Blue Mountains, go to Hunter Valley for wine tasting and watch movies under the stars.

Queensland is the home of the Great Barrier Reef – a great place to stay is Port Douglas – a charming walkable village full of great restaurants and boutique stores. An inexpensive shuttle runs to all the hotels from the main street, so you  never have to worry about driving. Day trips to the reef go from this point and you can snorkel, scuba, do a semi-submersible or sit and enjoy the view of the spectacular coral.

Another great day out is the Kuranda scenic rail, Skyrail and Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Stunning scenery from an original steam train – time in Kuranda to visit Kuranda Koala Gardens (who doesn’t want their picture taken holding a cuddly koala?) and then the return journey is on the Skytrain Gondola across the rainforest. At Tjapukai you can learn about the culture of the Aborigines, try your hand at spear and boomerang throwing – not as easy as it looks, and of course, spend time in the gift shop.

Uluru – previously named  Ayers Rock, is the huge red rock you see in all the pictures of Australia, and is a sacred site to an indigenous Aboriginal tribe. Rising up from the desert floor in the Northern Territory, it is millions of years old, over 2,800 feet high, and is part of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to view this sandstone monolith and nothing can beat a ballooning experience over the area. The field of light experience under the stars, is a wonderful pattern of glass globes lighting up the night sky, and this is currently extended until March 2018.

Australia is almost the same size as the USA so it is worth two or three trips to uncover this vast and diverse country. Each region has its own climate so there is no right or wrong time of year to visit.

I am a Certified Australia Specialist and would be happy to assist you with planning your dream vacation DownUnder.  Please either email me directly at Pauline@skylandworldtravel.com or fill in the comment form below.