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Secret Foodies Spots in The Margaret River Region

Home to some of the best surf breaks in the world, stunning beaches and rugged coastline is the beautiful Margaret River region. It’s the foodie’s ultimate playground with wineries, distilleries, cafes, restaurants, and fine dining options galore. The hardest part is trying to choose the best place to wine and dine. We try and take the guesswork out for you with some insider tips on the best foodie spots in the Margaret River Region.

Bettenays Margaret River’s Nougat and Wine Tastings

To enjoy handcrafted wines, nougaretto liqueur, and over 35 flavours of nougat all in a peaceful setting, look no further than Bettenays Margaret River. Cosy up by the fire for wine and nougat testing as well as a grazing board full of delicious local produce. The perfect place to spend a couple of hours or days indulging the taste buds.

Arimia

For the mindful eaters, you can’t go past Arimia. Nestled between the ocean and bush, Arimia serves modern Australian cuisine with a Japanese twist, as well as organic wines farmed on 8ha vineyards. All the food and wine here is produced on-site or sourced from ethical and sustainable suppliers. What makes them truly unique is their passion and 100% commitment to improving the land they farm for generations to come. Try their tasting menu with wine pairing – it will not disappoint.

Margaret River Distilling Co.

For the gin-thusiasts, you must visit Margaret River Distilling Co and experience the art and science behind their production. This gin distillery draws inspiration from its natural surroundings to come up with unique flavours that reflect the Margaret River Region. For an experience like no other, enrol yourself in Ginversity where you will learn more about gin and how it is made. At the end of the class, you will be an expert and invited to experiment and develop your bespoke gin blend to take home. The perfect souvenir from your trip to the Margaret River Region.

Leeuwin Estate Winery

Leeuwin Estate Winery is not exactly a secret foodie spot but is definitely worth an honourable mention as one of the five founding wineries of the Margaret River region. Attracting foodies from all over the world, Leeuwin Estate Winery features an award-winning restaurant, cellar door and art gallery. Set amongst a forest with majestic karri trees, it’s the perfect setting for a long lunch in style. Choose between a three-course seasonal menu or a six-course tasting menu featuring a combination of seasonal local produce focussing on flavour, texture, and aromas.

Chows Table

Set amongst the House of Cards Winery Yallingup, you with find Chows Table delivering traditional Chinese/Malay cuisine with a modern twist. Drawing inspiration from his heritage and Mother, Chef Malcom Chow aims to provide affordable tasty food to share amongst family and friends over a good laugh and great banter. So, for good Chinese food and wine, look no further than Chow’s Table.

Bistro Breton

Put Bistro Breton on your itinerary as they make one of the best crepes you’ll ever have. Open for breakfast and lunch, you will find a selection of sweet and savoury crepes as well as other traditional French-style meals. The recipe for their crepe batter has been in the family for generations. You can truly taste the passion behind their love of food, culture, and family heritage with every bite.

Yallingup Cheese Co

This may sound cheesy but who doesn’t love cheese? Produced in small batches of hand-crafted cheese from organic goats and cows’ milk, Yallingup Cheese Co are passionate about producing high-quality artisan cheeses. Grab a grazing platter full of their finest cheeses, cured meats, olives fruits and more for the ultimate picnic. For the foodies that prefer a more interactive experience, join in on a cheese-making workshop and learn how to make cheese and pair them with the perfect wine.

Yallingup Chocolate

To satisfy that sweet tooth, look no further than Yallingup Chocolate. Set on pristine land surrounded by beautiful trees and vineyards, is the perfect place to indulge in locally made chocolate and rock candy. After pumping the kids full of sugar, let them burn it off by running around their beautiful grounds whilst you kick back and go into a food coma.

Miki’s Open Kitchen

Miki’s Open Kitchen is just that, an open kitchen where you can watch the magic happen. Chefs prepare Japanese food with a modern twist in front of your eyes. Choose a degustation to tantalise the tastebuds with the option to pair it with wine or sake. They even have a kid’s degustation so it’s perfect for the whole family.

Pizzica

This is hands down one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in the region. On the menu, you will find a range of cured meats, pizzas, pasta, salads, desserts and more. Pizzica is named after a dance performed in the Salento region of Southern Italy. Drawing inspiration from the Salento Region, it has a real rustic style with handcrafted terracotta plates, glasses and jugs made from local Salento artisans. The atmosphere is friendly and warm, transporting you to Italy for a real Italian experience.

By now your taste buds must be watering. Book your trip to the Margaret River region today and satisfy your tastebuds with endless dining options to cater for everyone’s taste.

5 reasons you need to plan an Airlie Beach glamping holiday

Need inspiration for your next holiday? Here are 5 reasons you need to plan an Airlie Beach holiday, featuring the only glamping tents in Airlie Beach.

If you enjoy beautiful sandy beaches, crystal blue waters, and tropical rainforests, Airlie Beach is the perfect holiday destination. This stunning town is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and a great place to visit for a weekend getaway or longer holiday.

Airlie Beach offers warm temperatures all year round, making it a popular choice for a winter escape. With plenty of food and drink options, activities galore, and something for the whole family, a trip to Airlie Beach should definitely be on the cards!

Stay in Airlie Beach’s only glamping tents

Find your Airlie Beach accommodation with Tasman Holiday Parks. Tasman Holiday Parks – Airlie Beach offers the only glamping tents in Airlie Beach. Want to experience camping like never before? Glamping is a unique accommodation option, allowing you all the comforts of a hotel, but in a canvas tent!

Tasman’s Airlie Beach offers brand new glamping tents that are equipped with everything you need on holiday. Sleeping 6, with a queen bed and two bunk beds, there is room for the whole family. You will have your own private bathroom and kitchen, as well as access to all of the park’s great facilities, including a pool and tennis court.

So what are you waiting for? Here are 5 reasons you need to plan an Airlie Beach glamping holiday…

Why you need to plan an Airlie Beach holiday

Explore the Whitsundays

Skydive or enjoy a scenic flight to see the Whitsundays with a bird’s eye view.

Airlie Beach is a great spot to be perfectly positioned to explore everything the Whitsundays has to offer. The Whitsunday Islands offer plenty to see and explore. Go on a cruise, snorkel through pristine waters, take a hike or enjoy a drink with sea views. There is so much to enjoy and the islands offer plenty to keep you busy!

Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Whitsundays with Air Whitsunday, skydive from 15,000 feet, or take a stroll on one of the island’s hikes or walkways.

Enjoy incredible beaches

If you want to rest and relax on the beach, Airlie Beach is the perfect place to do exactly that! Staying at Tasman Holiday Parks – Airlie Beach means you’ll be only a short walk from the beach and lagoon. Read a book, sunbathe, take a dip in the ocean. Whatever you like, Airlie Beach won’t disappoint.

There are also lots of other beautiful beaches to explore in the area. Whitehaven Beach is accessible by boat, plane, or helicopter from Airlie Beach, and is considered Queensland’s cleanest beach. It was also named the Best Beach in the World for 2021! Enjoy a longer stay in Airlie Beach to check out everything the area has to offer.

Splash about with these Airlie Beach water activities

Cruise the Whitsundays or enjoy an adrenalin-filled jet ski adventure!

If you love being around water, Airlie Beach is a hotspot for water activities. You can enjoy lunch cruises, snorkeling, jet boating, swimming, kayaking, and more!

For those who like a bit of adventure, check out Whitsunday Jetski Tours, the first and only guided jetski tour operating from Airlie Beach to the Whitsunday Islands. Encounter sea turtles on the Turtle Tour and explore the waterways of South Molle and Daydream Islands! This is an adrenalin-filled way to see the sights.

Or maybe a cruise is more your style? Cruise Whitsunday offers a range of day cruises around the islands for you to enjoy snorkeling and swimming. Explore the incredible marine life up close and personal!

Another must-do water activity in Airlie Beach is dolphin and whale watching. You can spot several marine mammals around the Whitsundays, including dolphins, pilot whales, and dugongs. These can usually be spotted anytime of year. Humpback whales also visit the area, but only once a year, so you need to time your visit accordingly if you want a chance to see them! Whale season typically begins in June and ends around September. Airlie Beach is a great place to stay if you want to go whale watching!

Indulge in local food and drink spots

Park up and enjoy some delicious food and drinks in Airlie Beach town. With an array of restaurants and cafes to choose from, Airlie Beach is a great place to enjoy a bit to eat! Choose from airy restaurants with sea views and cafes overlooking the marina. Airlie Beach is definitely a must-visit location if you enjoy great good with even better views!

The Garden Bar and Bistro is a contemporary bar located right on the marina, with stunning water views and live acoustic music. Grab a drink and sample some of their delicious food as you watch the sunset over the ocean.

Another great pick for dinner in Airlie Beach is Anchor Bar, a relaxed bar overlooking the beach and town. Located on the main street of Airlie Beach, you can unwind by the pool as you enjoy a wide range of local and imported drinks. Don’t forget a bite to eat to finish off your day exploring Airlie Beach!

Explore, relax, or unwind – you choose!

Airlie Beach offers a holiday type for everyone, making it a great spot for groups of friends or families. You can have an adrenalin filled holiday, or keep it relaxed. This holiday hotspot has many tours and activities to help you enjoy a stress-free holiday, but there are plenty of options if you’d prefer to grab a book and relax in the sun.

Airlie Beach Accommodation

Look no further than Tasman Holiday Parks – Airlie Beach for your Airlie Beach accommodation. Tasman’s Airlie Beach offers a resort style pool surrounded by palm trees, providing an excellent spot to cool off or enjoy the sun, and great location to explore the Whitsundays.

The Airlie Beach Glamping Tents are a stylish new accommodation option at the park, perfect for those who want something a little unique for their stay in the Whitsundays. With an open plan layout, queen bed and two sets of single bunks, kitchen dining, and lounge area, our glamping tents are a great base for your holiday away.

Your holiday starts from the moment you pull up at the park, and take in the tropical surrounds, resort pool and colourful birdlife. Only a short drive away is the Conway National Park, rainforest walks and secluded beaches.

You’re surrounded by natural delights at our Airlie Beach caravan park but just minutes away from supermarkets, cafes, bars and restaurants. Book your stay today!

Ballina to Byron Bay – The Ultimate Day Trip

Ballina is situated on the far north coast of NSW and is a fantastic spot for a holiday. Its relaxed coastal vibe entices people from all walks of life with its spectacular scenery, award-winning restaurants and stunning art galleries. There are great places to visit in the surrounding area including Byron Bay. Byron Bay has a certain type of magic and energy that attracts thousands of tourists each year. There is plenty to do here including laying by the beach, surfing, shopping, viewing art and plenty more. Visit this bohemian wonderland on your next trip to Ballina with our day trip itinerary below.

Breaky in Byron Bay

As they say the early bird gets the early worm, so get up with the sun to make the most of your day. It’s only a half an hour drive so hold out for breakfast until you get there. Byron Bay has some fantastic cafes offering delicious breakfast to kick start your day. Head to the centre of Byron Bay and choose from one of the many amazing cafes on offer.

A walk to the lighthouse

The iconic Cape Byon Lighthouse sits on the most easterly point of Australia looking over the beautiful beaches of Byron Bay. Park the car at Cape Byron Conservation Area or Palm Valley car park to start your walk along the 3.7km loop winding up through lush rainforest and grassy clifftops. There are stairs and steep inclines so make sure you’re wearing appropriate walking shoes. Once you reach the top, enjoy panoramic views over Byron from 94 metres above sea level. You may be lucky enough to see a whale or two between June and November as they make their way through on their annual migration. To learn more about the history of the lighthouse, visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse Maritime Museum in what once was the lightkeeper’s office.

Cape Byron Lighthouse sits on Australia’s most easterly point.

Beach hangs on Wategos Beach

On your way down from the lighthouse, stop at Wategos Beach to cool off. This beautiful beach is on the northern side of Cape Byron, protected by the headland. These calmer waters are a popular place for bottlenose dolphins to play beneath the waves. Take a dip and soak up the sun before heading out for lunch.

Lunch at The Farm

After working up an appetite on your walk and swim the perfect place to have lunch is The Farm, a working farm set on 80 acres with a community of growers, educators, producers, and eateries. The Farm’s motto is grow, feed, and educate. They hope by experiencing how food is grown and produced, inspires people to choose a healthier more sustainable lifestyle. Have lunch at the Three Blue Ducks restaurant where you will find ethical, authentic, quality food and hospitality. After lunch, wander around the farm, meet the local animals, visit the bakery, grab a gelato, admire the flowers at the florist and enjoy the farm life.

Byron Solar Train

After lunch head to the Byron World First Solar Train. Ride onboard a restored 1949 two-carriage heritage train along a three-kilometre track from Byron Town Centre to North Beach precinct. Sit back and relax whilst soaking in the views of rainforest, endangered coastal wetlands, and the tea tree Belongil Creek. Once you arrive at North Beach station explore the Byron Arts and Industry Estate. Here you will find a range of local creative businesses from the iconic McTavish Surfboards, Yoli and Otis and Stone and Wood brewery. Once you are all shopped out head back to the train station and make your way back to town.

Sunset and Dinner

As the sun sets on your day in Byron, head to Main Beach and soak up the chilled-out atmosphere. Every evening, people gather here with a picnic rug to watch the sunset over the mountains. There are plenty of fantastic dining options in Byron Bay for dinner. Choose from a range of cuisines from Asian fusion, Italian, Indian, Mexican, and more. If you’re travelling with kids, you can’t go past The Park Hotel in Suffolk Park. It has a secured playground onsite and is conveniently located on your way back to Ballina.

Back to Ballina

After an epic day exploring the enchanting Byron Bay, ditch the crowds and lay your head at Tasman Holiday Park – Ballina. There is everything you need right here for the perfect holiday. Relax by the pool and enjoy the heated spa. Kids will love the kids wading pool, PlayStation centre, giant chess set, jumping pillow, games room and more. Choose from a range of cabins or set up camp on one of our powered campsites, caravan sites or ensuite sites.

10 of the best day trips to take from Christchurch

Want to see and do more in Christchurch, New Zealand? Check out the top 10 best day trips!

The South Island of New Zealand is one of the most picturesque places in the world, with amazing views, iconic landmarks, and natural beauty. With mountain ranges, golden beaches, and vibrant cities, there is such a variety of things to explore!

Ōtautahi, Christchurch is on the east coast of the South Island, and is the largest city in the South Island. After experiencing devastating earthquakes between September 2010 and January 2012, a lot of the city has now rebuilt. It is now a lively city with plenty to love! You’ll find amazing eateries, nature walks and mountain biking, adventure activities, shopping, and more, right at your fingertips.

If you’re planning a trip to Christchurch, there are also lots of amazing places to explore only a short drive away. Here are the top ten best day trips to take!

1. Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo is a wonderful spot to enjoy nature and incredible views.

A scenic three-hour drive away, Lake Tekapo is a popular spot for tourists, and for good reason. If you want great scenery, mountain views, hot pools, and star gazing, you’ll love it here.

Overlooking the lake, you’ll find the Church of the Good Shepherd, a historic building from 1935 that is still used as a place of worship. You might recognize the church as one of the most Instagrammed spots in the South Island!

Tekapo Springs provides all the entertainment and relaxation options in one convenient location. They offer hot pools, a day spa, ice skating rink, snow tubing, and star gazing. You can even relax in the pools while star gazing during their unique two hour experience!

Why not experience the area on horseback? Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking offer tours around the forest, lake, and mountains during the warmer seasons. This is the perfect opportunity for animal lovers to enjoy fantastic views of the Mackenzie Country.

Alongside these fun activities, Lake Tekapo is also a wonderful spot to enjoy nature. Walk along the lake, breathe in the fresh air, and take in the view of the mountain ranges.

2. Aoraki/Mount Cook

The Hooker Valley track is an easy 3-hour walk through mountains and glaciers.

Another hour from Lake Tekapo, you’ll find Aoraki/Mount Cook. This small town is a must-visit spot from nature lovers and adventurers. Aoraki/Mount Cook is New Zealand’s highest mountain, and the National Park is home to some of the longest glaciers as well.

Enjoy this beautiful area on the Hooker Valley Track, an easy 3-hour walking track that leads through the sacred Tōpuni area. With three swing bridges along the way, the track ends with a stunning view over Hooker Lake and its surrounding mountains and glaciers.

If you’re looking for something more extreme, the Mueller Hut route is another popular hike in the area. This is an advanced track with alpine terrain and is only recommended for those with experience during winter months. The hike takes about 4 hours to the hut, and 3 hours back to Aoraki/Mount Cook village.

You can also enjoy mountain biking, scene flights, skydiving, and star gazing at Mount Cook. Don’t forget your camera for some Insta-worthy shots!

3. Omarama Clay Cliffs

Hot tubs and clay cliffs – Omarama has lots to explore!

Another popular spot for tourists and locals is the unique Oamarama Clay Cliffs, located under 4 hours from Christchurch. These natural rock formations were formed by glaciers millions of years ago and are made up of gravel and silt. The tall pinnacles are

The Clay Cliffs are on private land, so you will need to pay a $5 vehicle admission fee.

Stop in at the Omarama hot tubs afterwards to relax and unwind with gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains.

4. Mt Hutt

Mt Hutt ski field is perfect for beginners and experts.

There are plenty of options for skiing and snowboarding in the South Island. Mt Hutt is only an hour and 45 minutes away from Christchurch, offering some of the best snow in the whole country. The resort was voted New Zealand’s best ski resort for seven years running, so you know you’ll be in good hands!

Mt Hutt ski field is great for any experience level, offering a range of trails and runs to suit all skills. Enjoy a coffee or cold beer at one of the resorts bars or restaurants, take a lesson to improve your skills, or try out tobogganing if skiing isn’t your style!

5. Kaikōura

Kaikōura is the northern-most district within the Canterbury region and is a short 2 and a half hour drive from Christchurch. Come here if you want to connect with nature and wildlife. Go on a dolphin encounter, llama trekking tour or whale watching. For a moment of adventure, experience a farm 4WD tour, jump on a fishing charter boat, or a jetboat thrill ride.

There is lots to see and do in this beautiful part of Aotearoa, making it an epic spot for a day trip. The region also offers plenty of dining options. If you love seafood, you won’t go hungry here! Indulge in groper, cod, mussels, crayfish, and more.

6. Akaroa

If you don’t have much time, Akaroa is another amazing spot to visit, and only an hour and 20 minutes away from the city. Akaroa is a dolphin haven, and you can often spot Hector’s dolphins in the harbour, or swim with them on a boat tour.

Enjoy local walks or explore by bike, check out the museum for some history on the area, or have a drink at one of the nearby wineries. This small town sure has a lot to offer!

7. Hanmer Springs

Relax and unwind.

Hanmer Springs has an incredible thermal hot pools and spa, making it a popular destination for families and couples. They offer a range of pools, with relaxing rock pools, sulphur pools, pools with water jets and bubbles. With an activity pool, lap pool, lazy river, and waterslides also on offer, there is plenty of fun to be had for the whole family!

Hanmer Springs also has nearby ski fields, jet boat rides, forest walks and mountain biking for the outdoor lovers. Pair that with delicious food options for an epic day out. This is a small but active town, perfect for a day trip or weekend getaway!

8. Methven

Methven is near Mt Hutt, so is often considered a ski town, and is a good spot to stay if you’re planning a weekend away skiing. There is also plenty more to do in the area!

Go on a hunting or fly-fishing experience with Backcountry New Zealand. This family owned business will take you on an experience of a life time! If this is something that’s been on your bucket list, there’s no better way to finally check it off!.

There is certainly no shortage of hot pools in the Canterbury region. Methven is home to one of the area’s newest wellness destinations, Ōpuke Thermal Pools and Spa! Their Tranquility Pools offer an adult-exclusive experience to soak and unwind with amazing views all around you. Treat yourself to a drink at the swim up bar, or enjoy some canapes!

For families, you can check out the Discover Pools, with a crazy river and plunge pool. The water for their pools is sourced from the Rangitata river, which is fed by the glacial melt water from the Southern Alps. They use solar thermal collectors and insulated holding tanks to heat the pools, providing a sustainable way to keep you warm, even when it’s cloudy!

9. Moeraki Boulders

Check out the unique Moeraki Boulders.

Another spot for those who enjoy unique natural landmarks is Moeraki and the famous Moeraki Boulders! These mysteriously shaped stones are perfectly round and located all along the beach. They make for a great photo opportunity, or interesting read if you want to learn more about Maori legend behind them.

Each of the boulders weighs hundreds of tonnes, with some up to two metres high! Scientists have explained that the boulders were formed over 60 million years ago.

The Moeraki Boulders are located 3 and a half hour’s drive from Christchurch.

10. Visit local beaches

Lastly, there are plenty of beaches within a short distance of Christchurch city that are worth checking out. Leithfield Beach, Pegasus Beach, New Brighton, Sumner and more, are all nice long stretches of sand that make for the perfect day out! Whether you want to swim, surf, or sunbathe, there is plenty of variety at Christchurch’s beaches. Be sure to check out the local cafes and restaurants nearby for a bite to eat. Christchurch is well known for all its eateries and cute cafes!

Where to stay?

Tasman Holiday Parks – Christchurch is a great spot to stay with a variety of accommodation options.

Basing yourself in central Christchurch is the perfect way to be only a few hours away from these must-visit spots and more. Stay at Tasman Holiday Parks – Christchurch and you’ll be only 15 minutes away from the airport, less than 15 minutes away from the city centre, and close to plenty of shopping and restaurants.

Tasman Holiday Parks – Christchurch offers a range of accommodation options, from modern motel rooms to unpowered tent sites. No matter what you’re looking for, this is something to suit every holiday and budget! Enjoy great shared facilities, a pool, and amazing location. What are you waiting for? Book your Christchurch holiday today!

What to do in Echuca Moama: 3-day Itinerary

Wondering what to do in Echuca Moama? Here are the must-do activities for your mid-week or long weekend stay.

Echuca Moama are twin towns located along the Murray River. Surrounded by nature, including red gum forests, Echuca Moama is the perfect location for a mid-week or long weekend stay. The river provides plenty of activities to keep you busy, from cruising on a paddle steamer to kayaking. You can also explore the wine region, visit the chocolate factory, take in the history of the area, or adventure on local hikes and cycling trails! There is plenty of activities to keep you busy in this area.

Wondering how far is Echuca from Melbourne? Echuca Moama is only a short 2 hour and 40-minute drive from Melbourne, making it an easy destination for a long weekend or mid-week stay.

Planning a holiday to Echuca Moama? Here is a 3-day itinerary to help you explore everything the area has to offer.

Day 1: Welcome to Echuca Moama

Arrive in the Echuca Moama region by car, bus, or train and check in to your accommodation.

Where to stay in Echuca Moama?

Tasman Holiday Parks – Moama on the Murray is a great accommodation option to kickstart your adventure in the Echuca Moama region. Moama on the Murray sits on 34 hectares of bushland along the Murray River, on the traditional land of the Yorta Yorta people. Enjoy the resort style swimming pool, pool loungers, BBQs, and kids activities.

Moama on the Murray has accommodation options to suit all travelers. Check out the Talo Glamping Tent for a unique nature experience, or maybe a Premium Villa is more your style. Whatever option you choose, you’ll love waking up to the serene bushland setting and picturesque nature all around you!

Tasman Holiday Parks – Merool on the Murray is another popular accommodation option to stay in Echuca Moama. With 1.5 kilometers of Murray River frontage, Merool on the Murray provides easy access for swimming, fishing, boating, and other water activities. This park also has a private boat ramp for guests to use during their stay – so if you want accommodation that’s close to the Murray River, this is the place for you!

Merool on the Murray offers a lagoon style pool surrounded by palm trees, a fully enclosed camp kitchen and BBQs, jumping pillow, giant chess and more. Choose from a variety of cabin accommodation options, or set up your caravan or tent on one of our powered sites. If you are looking for a caravan park in Echuca Moama, be sure to check out Tasman Holiday Parks – Merool on the Murray!

Check out the Echuca Chocolate Factory and Port of Echuca Discovery Centre.

The Murray River Moama Paddle Steamer

In the afternoon, visit the Echuca Chocolate Factory for a sweet treat. Situated in the old Echuca Port precinct, the Echuca Chocolate Factory is a short stroll from the heart of Echuca. Here you can enjoy delicious handmade chocolates, made using only the best quality ingredients and Belgian chocolate. They stock a range of chocolates, boiled sweets, hampers and chocolate liqueurs – the perfect souvenir to take home with you!

While you’re in the area, visit the old Echuca Port and stroll down the river to the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre. The Port of Echuca was the third largest port in Australia in the 1870s and stepping inside will give you a glimpse into life in the 1800s. The Port also offers daily paddlesteamer tours and river cruises. These iconic paddlesteamers are a must-do while you are in Echuca Moama!

Finish off the day with some food and drink at The Mill. The Mill is a contemporary Australian cuisine restaurant, and is situated in an 1800’s building that once housed Echuca’s iconic flour mill. Offering delicious food and a range of beverages from around the world, this is the perfect spot to end your day exploring! Echuca Moama also boasts plenty of other food spots to explore.

Day 2: Explore the Murray River

The Murray River is perfect for swimming, fishing, kayaking and more.

Canoeing on the Murray

One of the highlights in the Echuca Moama is the Murray River, providing plenty of water activities to enjoy during your stay. On day 2, it’s time to make the most of the Murray and enjoy some activities on the river. Go on a cruise, grab the fishing rods, hire a canoe, or go on a guided safari. Whether you want a bit of adventure, a relaxed day, or a mix of both, there will be an activity for you.

Both Tasman Holiday Parks – Moama on the Murray and Tasman Holiday Parks – Merool on the Murray have houseboats that operate from site. Moama on the Murray Houseboats have a range of great cruises with excellent service for you to experience and enjoy the Murray. Bella Casa Houseboats operate from Merool, offering a truly luxurious experience for your stay in Echuca Moama. Be sure to check them out during your stay!

The area is very well-known for its iconic paddle steamer cruises. The best way to explore the Murray is on a cruise! Enjoy a standard sightseeing cruise, or upgrade to a lunch or dinner cruise package. If you’re looking for a unique experience, you can even enjoy an overnight cruise!

Check out some of the best water activities on the Murray River here! There are lots of walking and cycling trails around the river too. Stroll along the river and take in the natural surroundings and wildlife – don’t forget your camera to capture the beautiful scenery!

How long is the Murray River?
The Murray River is Australia’s longest river at 2,508km. It spans across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, and almost 2,000km of it is navigable!

Once you’ve had enough of the water, head back to your Tasman Holiday Parks accommodation to end your day. Make the most of the outdoor BBQ facilities, explore the park’s nature, and rest up for your last day in Echuca Moama.

Day 3: Wine and Dine

Wine and dine in Echuca Moama.

Echuca Moama is home to two defined wine regions, so a winery visit is a must-do! Or if beer is more to your taste, there is also a selection of breweries and even a local distillery. Jump on a winery tour or rent bikes to explore the vineyards.

Tasman Holiday Parks – Merool on the Murray is conveniently located right next door to the gorgeous Morrisons Riverview Winery! Enjoy a menu with local produce that is adapted to the seasons, and sip on wine in this idyllic spot. Once you have finished, it’s only a few steps back to your accommodation at Merool.

Check out more information about wineries in Echuca Moama here. Enjoy sampling local wines and beers, and indulge in a long lunch as you take in the beauty of the area. Cheers!

Before you leave the Murray, pop in to the Great Aussie Beer Sheed & Heritage Farm Museum. This popular museum is one of the most unique tourist attractions in Australia, and located only 3km from Echuca. They have an incredible array of iconic Aussie paraphernalia, including 20,000 beer cans from Australia and around the world, classic cars, a partially restored WW1 canon, Coca Cola collection and more.

Your trip in Echuca Moama is over already – that went quickly! Check out our locations at Tasman Holiday Parks to start planning your next escape.

Best Mountain Bike Trails Around St Helens

Whether you’re an experienced bikeoholic that loves nothing more than some serious downhill action, or a beginner that prefers to take it easy, St Helens has a trail for you. There are plenty of family-friendly trails the groms will love, as well as advanced trails for the adrenaline junkies in this beautiful coastal town. St Helens have plenty of bike shops to hire your gear from and shuttle services taking you to the top of the trails. Here are a few of the trails we think are a must.

The Bay of Fires Trail

The Bay of Fires trail is not for the faint-hearted. Starting at the Blue Tier trailhead, this 42-kilometre track will have you starting in attack position with a massive 14-kilometre descent. Winding through Myrtle trees, Giant Ash trees and huge ferns – it will be hard to keep your eyes on the trail. Once you get to Ansons Bay Road you will enter untouched terrain will massive granite boulders whilst catching glimpses of the pristine Bay of Fires. Finish off the track on the white sandy shore at Swimcart beach. A great place to cool off and kick back after a massive ride.

Flagstaff Stacked Loops

The Stacked Loops are made up of eight loops at Flagstaff ranging from beginner to intermediate trails. The Stacked Loops are easily accessible via the Town Link trail that runs from the main street in town for six kilometres. Once there, you can choose from short beginner tracks to longer, more challenging tracks for the more experienced. All trails are signposted with the name of the track, what level they are, and what trails they connect with.

Loila Tier

The more experienced riders will love starting from the Loila Tier. There is a shuttle service that takes you and your gear for a 15-minute drive to the top. You will enjoy an amazing view before you start a descent along a track of your choice. Here are a couple of our favourites from Loila Tier.

Test your skills along the Send Helens track that pays homage to the surf culture in St Helens. You will be guaranteed plenty of airtime with loads of jumps as you make your way down through moss-covered gullies.

For something a little less challenging with beautiful scenery take the Dreaming Pools trail. This 27-kilometre track takes you through a tall Iron Bark Forest and deep gullies. At about the halfway mark you will reach some natural rock pools. This is the perfect spot for a cool off before you continue your ride past beautiful waterfalls and amazing rock slabs. This track will finish back at the Flagstaff Trailhead.

St Helens Accommodation

Once you’re completely gassed from your big day on the trails, rest up at Tasman Holiday Parks – St Helens. It’s the perfect place to stay with a bike washdown and servicing station and a dedicated bike lock-up shed. There are plenty of accommodation options from camping, cabins, caravan sites, studios, and bunkhouses perfect for larger groups. This beautiful holiday park is the perfect place to create beautiful moments, explore the gorgeous beach, discover local attractions, and enjoy all the activities on offer. Book your trip to St Helens today and gear up for a fun and adventurous trip.

Top Ten Things to do in Geelong

Geelong is Victoria’s second-largest city located on Corio Bay. Just an hour and a half drive southwest of Melbourne, it’s super convenient for a quick weekend getaway or a weeklong stay. There’re so many things to do in Geelong for couples, families, and solo travellers. From unforgettable animal encounters to culinary experiences or cultural experiences to splashing about in a water park, there is something to enthral just about anyone. Here is our pick for the top ten things to do in Geelong and the surrounding regions.

Things to do in Geelong for couples, families, and solo travellers

Barwon River

Barwon River is one of the most iconic rivers in Victoria. Starting in the Otway Ranges and flowing through to Geelong, this 160-kilometre stretch of water is a great place for water sports. Test your balance with paddleboarding, explore the lake by kayak, cast a line to catch a fish, enjoy water-skiing, take a dip, or sit back and relax with a picnic lunch on the banks of this beautiful river. There are also great walking and cycling tracks to enjoy.

Swim with Dolphins and Seals

Jump on a cruise to explore Port Phillip Bay Marine National Park and meet some of the marine locals. You can enjoy an experience like no other getting up close and personal with playful seals and friendly dolphins. From October through to May, tours depart from Queenscliff where you will be taken out on a guided snorkelling trip to encounter these creatures in the wild. You’ll start your day snorkelling in shallow and protected waters to see an array of colourful fish. You will then go to Chinaman’s Hat which is a temporary home to 30-40 young Australian Fur Seals. After a play with the puppy dogs of the sea, you’ll be off on a search for dolphins to swim with for an experience you will never forget.

A once in a lifetime experience.

Adventure Park Geelong

If you’re travelling with kids during summer, you must visit the Adventure Park. It’s an epic water park with waterslides, action rides and fantastic events. The whole family will enjoy unlimited rides all day long. During the cooler months, they close their doors and reopen during the winter school holidays for their Winter Glow event. Experience a winter wonderland with snow play, ice sculptures, light displays, fire twirlers, rides and more.

Geelong Baywalk

Take an easy stroll down the Geelong Baywalk, a flat smooth promenade that runs from Limeburners Point to Rippleside Park for a 3-kilometre stretch. It’s littered with beautiful picnic spots and the iconic Baywalk Bollards. The Baywalk Bollards are large wooden pylons that a carved into colourful characters. There are over 100 of them to check out and take a selfie with. You will also find the children’s pool and playground as well as the historic carousel and ferris wheel. There is an Art Deco swimming pool and a white sandy beach to relax on.

Bellarine Taste Trail

The foodies will absolutely love the Bellarine Taste Trail. Taste the flavours of the Bellarine Peninsula on a guided tour or self-guided trip visiting wineries, farmgate producers, provedores, restaurants, and cafes. There are nearly 50 food and wine destinations along the taste trail. Enjoy fruit, vegetables, and other produce fresh from the paddock and sea, family-run and award-winning wineries with breathtaking views, and award-winning restaurants and cafes serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wear loose-fitting clothing for this one so you can fit it all in.

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre

For a cultural experience visit Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Learn and celebrate Aboriginal history and the world’s oldest living culture. There are many cultural education programs you can join to find out more about Australia’s Indigenous culture, connection to the land, spirituality, laws cultural designs, dreaming stories and more. Their programs are catered for all ages and include boomerang throwing, a guided walk through a native garden to learn about traditional medicine and bushtucker, feeding animals, dreaming story and dance and a tools and weapon presentation. There is also an art gallery showcasing traditional and modern style art from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Bellarine Railway

Come check out the heritage trains at the Bellarine Railway. This volunteer-operated organisation features a collection of steam and diesel trains originating from all over Australia. Train rides run on selected Sundays and public holidays departing from Queenscliff and Drysdale stations. There are special experiences you can enjoy including the Blues Train, a mini music festival featuring blues music on board, the Q Train for a fine dining experience, and you can live out your childhood fantasy with a private steam train driver experience. There are special events held throughout the year including a day out with Thomas, heritage train trips, Easter Bunny specials, Mother’s and Father’s Day, magic shows and more.

Geelong Gallery

The Geelong Gallery is one of Australia’s leading and oldest art galleries. It has a collection of over 6000 impressive works including paintings, sculptures, prints and decorative arts from both Australian and international artists. See many iconic Australian paintings including Eugène von Guérard’s Aborigines met on the road to the diggings (1854), The Weatherboard Falls (1863) and View of Geelong (1856). You will also see a collection of colonial paintings including early images of the Geelong region. You can book in for a guided tour or view the gallery at your own pace.

National Wool Museum

Visit Australia’s only comprehensive museum of wool, the National Wool Museum. Learn all about the Australian wool story from the 1840s to today. View the collections on display consisting of over 8000 textiles, documents, objects, paintings, photographs, and machinery that tell a story of the people involved in the wool industry throughout history. There are plenty of interactive displays for the kids and a gift shop with a unique range of woollen souvenirs and gifts sourced from around Australia.

Geelong Botanic Gardens

For a walk amongst the flowers come and explore the Geelong Botanic Gardens. View a beautiful display of nature with a range of plants from all over the world. Wander through desert landscapes with cacti and succulents then smell the roses in the rose garden. You can also see geraniums, salvias, a range of trees and more. There are plenty of spots to enjoy a picnic or visit the Tea House for a hot tea and a delicious pastry.

Geelong Accommodation

Book your stay with Tasman Holiday Parks today and start planning for your trip to Geelong.

Road Trip: Perth to Yallingup and Margaret River Region

Beautiful clear waters, white sandy beaches a multitude of vineyards, and amazing places to dine are just a few things attracting tourists to Western Australia from all over the globe. In particular, the Margaret River region, or as the locals like to call it, “Margs”. And what better way to explore this marvellous place than with the ultimate road trip from Perth to Yallingup then on to Margaret River. We have your trip planned with places to stop along the way. As it’s only a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Perth to Margaret River, you could just drive straight through, but life is about the journey, not the destination. Plus, you would be missing a lot of cool things along the way.

Amaze Miniature Park

Your first stop has to be Amaze Miniature Park. Just a 50-minute drive south of Perth, you will find this little (excuse the pun) gem. Explore 4 acres of beautifully manicured gardens with 70 miniature buildings and several interactive model trains. Most of the mini buildings are replicas of well-known buildings including the Eiffel Tower. There is a mini-golf course, a large hedge maze and a playground the kids will love. It’s the perfect place to stretch your legs before hitting the road again.

Busselton

Busselton is the perfect spot to have lunch and explore this vibrant coastal town. Here you will find the 1.8-kilometre Busselton Jetty that stretches along the protected waters of Geographe Bay. Take a train to the end where you will find an Underwater Observatory 8 meters below the ocean’s surface. Trains run every hour and it’s best to book ahead. Once you’re down there you will find eleven observation windows where you can feast your eyes on an array of colourful, tropical, and sub-tropical fish, corals, and other little critters. For a closer look there a scuba diving, snorkelling and undersea helmet walk tours. Head to the end of the jetty for a quick bite at the café before heading back to the car for the final leg of your journey.

The Busselton Jetty is the longest timber piled jetty in the southern hemisphere.

Yallingup

Head South to the stunning seaside town of Yallingup. You will find pristine beaches, rugged coastline, walking trails, national parks, whale watching, unique wildlife, fishing, heritage sites, and gourmet food and wine. With so much to see and do here, it’s the perfect place to spend a night or two before heading down to the “Marg”. Stay at Tasman Holiday Parks – Yallingup Beach and experience memorable moments in our clean, safe, and friendly holiday park. We have many accommodation options including cabins, bell tents, powered and un-powered sites. Once checked in to your accommodation, venture out to one of our local attractions or explore the stunning beach just across the road. Alternatively, you could stay at the Tasman Holiday Parks – Yallingup Caves. Nestled alongside the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, it’s the perfect place to surround yourself with nature. There are also fantastic facilities to keep the kids entertained including a jumping pillow, games room, TV room, flying fox and more. With many accommodation options, there is something here for everyone.

Margaret River

Your final destination awaits, the Margaret River – named after the river that winds through picturesque forests flowing out to the Indian Ocean. Here you will find world-class wineries, the Mammoth Cave, and of course, the Margaret River itself. Flowing through picturesque forests you will see beautiful greenery from ferns, palms, and Jarrah trees.

Book your trip today and create magical moments exploring this amazing part of the world.

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Welcome to the spectacular world of Western Australia. With its vibrant beaches, vast landscapes, wildlife, heritage and cuisine, prepare for something truly special.

Top 10 places to get a drink and food in Christchurch

Need a bite to eat and a drink to wash it down? Check out our favourite spots in Christchurch!

The Garden City of Ōtautahi, Christchurch is the perfect place to visit for a foodie adventure. Whether you’re escaping for a weekend, or passing through on your South Island road trip, there are plenty of culinary delights to enjoy!

The city center is the place to go for everything you could desire. But with all the options available, it can be overwhelming – so don’t worry, we’re here to help! Here are 10 of the best places to get a drink and food in Christchurch.

Riverside Markets

Riverside Markets is a unique shopping experience in the heart of the city.

Riverside Markets is a unique shopping experience in the heart of the city. Enjoy dozens of restaurants, cafes, bars, and retail shops to explore in one spot. Indulge on sushi at the Hikari Sushi Train. Check out the Instagram-famous Moustache Cookie. Have a drink at Curiosity Gin, or explore an impressive array of crystals at Hettie’s Rock & Crystal Shop. And that’s not even half of it! You could easily spend half a day checking out these epic shops.

Located right by the Avon River, why not enjoy a leisurely stroll along the river after dinner.

Where:

Corner of Lichfield Street and Oxford Terrace, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Open 7 days a week.

Mexico

For a taste of delicious Mexican food, Mexico is the place to visit. With twelve restaurants around New Zealand, Mexico is well known for its incredible food and margaritas. Complete with fun décor, this is a great spot for dinner and drinks in central Christchurch.

Mexico also offers $20 lunch deals, kids eat free Sundays, and Taco Tuesdays. Want to get behind the bar and test your skills? Check out their Margarita Masterclass so you can be an expert yourself. This is great for birthdays, hens parties, and work functions.

Where:

203 Manchester Street, Christchurch

Open 7 days, 12pm ‘til late.

Little High

Forget about arguing where you will go for dinner tonight!

Perfect for fussy eaters or large groups, Little High is a brand new dining experience in Christchurch. Choose from nine local and family-run businesses in one modern setting. Seating is shared, so everyone in your group can order whatever they please. Forget about arguing where you will go for dinner tonight!

At Little High, you can experience a variety of cuisines. Italian, Thai, Latin American, Japanese, Chinese – there is something for everyone. Or if you can’t decide, why not start off with a margarita from Caribe Latin Kitchen, and head over to Bacon Brothers for a burger? The choice is all yours!

Where:

255 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central City

Open 7 days a week, 11am-10pm.

Dux Central

Dux Central is a versatile venue on Lichfield Street, consisting of four separate bars and restaurants. For the beer enthusiasts, Brew Bar stocks over 220 craft beers, or if you prefer a gin, head next door to The Emerald Room gin bar. The Poplar Social Club is the establishments 1920’s speakeasy cocktail lounge. Tucked away upstairs, you will find Upper Dux, the perfect event space or spot to enjoy the sun.

Whether it’s after work drinks, date night, or catching up with friends, Dux Central is a trendy place to go, with plenty of outdoor seating for those warmer nights, or cozy indoor seating options.

Where:

144 Lichfield Street, Christchurch Central City

Open Tuesday – Sunday, 11am ‘til late.

Rollickin Ice Cream

This one is for the ice cream lovers!

This one is for the ice cream lovers! Rollickin Gelato is an iconic gelato shop that started as a small ice cream cart. They now have two locations in Christchurch on New Regent Street and Cashel Street. With plenty of classic flavours to love, and seasonal flavours to try, Rollickin also offer a range of baked desserts.

Come here with an empty stomach and leave full of gelato goodness!

If you want to try something new in the city, Rollickin also offer gelato classes so you can learn how the magic is made! Hear the Rollickin story while you sample products, then get to work creating your very own gelato. You’ll also get a chance to sample all of the great flavours and take your gelato home to share with friends and family (or not!). There are classes suited to adults or kids, and they make a great gift for the dessert lover in your life.

Where?

35 New Regent Street and 98 Cashel Street.

Open 7 days a week, 11am-10pm and 11am-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Smokey T’s BBQ

If you love BBQ meat, you can’t miss out on trying Smokey T’s BBQ! Choose from 10 hour smoked brisket, 6 hour smoked pork belly, and 2 hour smoked jerk chicken, available in tacos, burgers, and platters. Or try their famous ribs and delicious sides. Wsh it down with a beer or cider. You can’t go wrong with any of the options!

Smokey T’s have won several awards since starting out in 2018, and continue to cook up great food that won’t disappoint. Their restaurant is a large airy space, great for groups and located on the fringe of the city.

Where?

314 Cashel Street, Christchurch.

Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11:30am-9:00pm, and Sunday 11:30am-3pm.

Koji Table Buffet

If you love Japanese food, keep reading!

Love Japanese food? Got a bit appetite? Koji Table Buffet is the choice for you! Offering an incredible array Japanese food, you can order as much as you want, as many times as you want during your visit. The food will be cooked fresh for you and delivered to your table, offering a more formal dining experience compared to traditional grab-and-go buffets.

Choose between three options – the premium buffet, taste buffet, or lunch buffet. The menu includes sushi, teppanyaki, and fried options, with everything from avocado inari to karaage chicken. You certainly won’t go hungry here! Koji also offer special prices for kids dining.

Where?

257 Lincoln Rd, Addington, Christchurch.

Open Sunday to Thursday, 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:30pm-9pm, and Friday & Saturday,11am-2pm & 5pm-10pm.

Tramway Restaurant

For a unique dining experience and to enjoy a piece of Christchurch history, the Tramway Restaurant is a fun experience for couples or small groups of friends. This is New Zealand’s only tramcar restaurant, making it a great experience for those who like to do something a little different. Get a close up view of the inner city of Christchurch while enjoying a four course meal and drinks! The menu is made from New Zealand ingredients and produce, and changes seasonally.

The journey is two and half hour’s all up, providing plenty of time to relax, unwind, and indulge in great food.

Where?

Departs from Tram Stop 1 in Cathedral Junction. Bookings essential.

Pink Lady Rooftop Bar

Drink in style at the Pink Lady Rooftop Bar.

Pink Lady Rooftop Bar is an intimate spot with 360-degree views over Christchurch city, offering a trendy spot for drinks and light nibbles. Sip a cocktail in the sunshine and enjoy the breeze, or cosy up inside and watch the sunset. Pink Lady is located at the top of the heritage listed 1960’s Peter Beavan designed building, and is decorated thoughtfully – perfect for those who appreciate great design or want an Instagram-worthy snap!

Their menu offers an extensive range of cocktails, and selection of wines, spirits, and beers. If you’re feeling hungry, the food menu is small but tasty, with several snack options to pair with your drinks.

As this is a popular venue, bookings are essential, and often book out a week or two in advance.

Where?

Level 7/159 Manchester Street, Christchurch Central City.

Burger Burger

Sometimes, you just need a good burger!

Sometimes, you just need a good burger. While Christchurch has plenty of delicious burger joints to choose from, Burger Burger is one spot you need to check out. Serving up a range of burgers, shakes, and beers, they also offer several vegetarian and vegan options to cater to everyone. If you have a large group or are planning an event, Burger Burger are very accommodating and can help you plan your next event or gathering!

Try out the poutine burger loaded with shoestring fries, or enjoy an impossible burger, made with a plant-powered patty. Looking for something healthier? They also have a range of salads for something fresh!

Located in central Christchurch, this trendy spot is a great option for food and drinks in the city.

Where?

10 Welles Street, Christchurch Central.

Open Sunday to Thursday, 11:30am-9pm, and Friday to Saturday, 11:30am-10pm.

If these options are not what you are looking for, there is lots more to enjoy in Christchurch. Check out The Terrace for more bars, restaurants, and clubs in the city, or explore one of the many boutique cocktail bars. A short walk around the city is also a great way to find a spot to eat and drink!

Where to stay in Christchurch?

If you want to be amongst the action, Tasman Holiday Parks – Christchurch is a great spot to stay and only 15 minutes from the Christchurch CBD. Perfect for families, large groups, or solo travelers, there are accommodation options for everyone. Keep it budget with a tent or motorhome site, or stay in a modern motel room.

With a games room, pool, and clean facilities, a stay at Tasman Holiday Parks – Christchurch will be a holiday to remember.