Everyone’s first trip to Australia usually includes Sydney, The Rock and The Reef – but you may have noticed that Hallmark Travel venture a little further to the lesser known but equally beautiful and stunning areas of Australia. I’ve taken you to the Bungle Bungles in Purnalulu National Park, and the underground mining town of Coober Pedy in South Australia. My last visit to Australia took me to Southern Queensland.

Getting away from the skyscrapers on the beach, the throbbing nightlife of the Gold Coast and the opulent Versace hotel, I took off to the World Heritage Lamington National Park. Here I settled in at O’Reilly’s Guesthouse in Australia’s largest subtropical rainforest. O’Reilly’s is all about nature – birds and wildlife, tree top walks and for the more energetic guided treks into the forest. Visiting wallabies and kangaroos roam freely in the grounds of the guesthouse and there are many comfortable armchairs and ‘quiet corners’ for you to relax and read a book.

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The famous Tilt Train links O’Reillys via Harvey Bay, to Fraser Island – the world’s largest sand island. For this reason there are no cars on Fraser Island – only 4WD jeeps and tour buses. King Fisher Bay Resort is the place to stay – I went on a bushwalk here and learned how to survive on plants and berries, genuine Aussie bushtucker! Fraser Island is full of beauty spots – rainforests growing in sand, crystal clear fresh water lakes, ship wrecks and coloured sands. The beach is actually classed as a highway and is patrolled for speeding!

So come and discuss your Australian itinerary with me and we’ll steal just 4 days between Sydney and the Barrier Reef to enhance the enjoyment of your experience Down Under.

If you’d like to know more email me: charmaine@hallmarktravel.com

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