Posts Tagged ‘ NSW ’

Australia opens up. Or does it?

Oct 2nd, 2021 | By

Given that the announcement is less than 24 hours old, people should be wary about booking just yet.

Herd immunity? Last year’s idea?

Sep 3rd, 2021 | By

The reason for the question is that many people have said that once herd immunity is reached we shall be able to travel abroad more freely.

The economic impact of the shutdown

Mar 25th, 2020 | By

The closure of so many attractions and events will have a severe economic impact on destinations, local economies and people.

Which way, Australia?

Dec 30th, 2019 | By

Headlines like “South coast holidaymakers may be trapped” have resulted in a smaller number of Aussies travelling this holiday time in Australia.

On the Arcadia art trail

Nov 21st, 2018 | By

What surprised me was the vast numbers of people who had taken time out from the weekends to venture into a hot sun to visit this trail.

Koalas in NSW

Sep 13th, 2018 | By

Luckily for the animal, Tourism NSW and Tourism Australia it is only in NSW that koalas seem threatened to extinction if the report is to be believed. And it shouldn’t be.

A day in … Lightning Ridge

Nov 8th, 2017 | By

Adrian returns to the opal town of Lightning Ridge. In 1975 it was a mining town with a few visitors. Today its a tourist attraction

A city turns purple

Oct 23rd, 2017 | By
a jacaranda in full bloom

Most state botanical gardens have a few trees but nowhere has a display quite like Grafton.

Saturday snippets: 21st October 2017

Oct 21st, 2017 | By

Some Caribbean islands are open for business again after the hurricane damage and, as half term is still on, Adrian finds some events you might want to visit isn Salou and Sydney.

A day in … Gulgong

Sep 23rd, 2017 | By

Before I went to Gulgong, I thought that I would probably just see the “historic” streets and drive on. I’m glad I stayed over.

Where is Excalibur?

Sep 21st, 2017 | By

Where was the site that Arthur drew the sword Excalibur from the stone? The answer is Glen Innes.

Beware the highway

Sep 18th, 2017 | By

The Pacific Highway in Australia is one of the most mis-named roads in the world. Its “highway” status is probably limited to no more than a couple of hundred kilometres yet the road runs for thousands of kilometres along the coast of eastern Australia.

The Big Banana

Sep 17th, 2017 | By

Since 1964, the Big Banana has been attracting tourists and those who must have a photo taken against such a backdrop. Nothing looks likely to diminish that appeal in the future!

New Italy

Sep 15th, 2017 | By

The story is what attracts tourists and, not just those of Italian origin, to pull over and learn of this sad but, ultimately, lucky story.

The rural appeal of NSW

Sep 11th, 2017 | By

The Australian state of NSW has been trying to promote the rural parts of the state to holidaymakers for a year or two.

Wiseman and his ferry

Sep 5th, 2017 | By

Like many early Australians, Wiseman was a convict, sentenced for smuggling spirits and other items into England from France during the Napoleonic wars.

Visiting letter-boxes

Dec 5th, 2016 | By
dustbin as a letter box

Will it be before long that some entrepreneur decides that a half-day tour of letterboxes will be the next big thing?

Jacaranda season

Oct 26th, 2016 | By
a jacaranda in full bloom

Although at this time of year, many destinations are luring visitors with talk of the autumn foliage and its rust, red and maroon colours in Australia it is the time for a sheet of blueish purple.

Indigenous NSW

Jul 25th, 2016 | By

Australia has recently celebrated NAIDOC week.  The week – National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee – highlights awareness of the status and treatment of indigenous Australians. It also means that the week becomes a popular activity for both international and domestic visitors with some 300,000 people plus taking the opportunity to learn more about the culture and background of the country. According to the NSW tourism minister, Stuart Ayres, indigenous tourism contributed $A968.4 million to the NSW economy in the year ending March 2016
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The new snow sports season has begin

Jun 24th, 2016 | By

In the Snowy, there are four snow resorts and all were open for business with more chairlifts and trails opening as more snow fell.

Whale watching in NSW

May 23rd, 2016 | By

The only place that I have seen whales was when I was sitting outside a restaurant in Manly and sudden shouts from the bathers attracted everyone’s attention.

Saturday snippets: 2nd April 2016

Apr 2nd, 2016 | By

The shape of champagne barrels, cars as animals , accommodation taxes, jazz and tulips have caught Adrian’s eye this week.

Where did Darwin walk?

Jan 22nd, 2016 | By

You might think that the question above could be answered by the Galpagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. But no, it refers to Wentworth Falls.

Pelican playtime

Nov 23rd, 2015 | By

The sight of a sixty plus pelicans, cavernous beaks wide open and skyward, awaiting a fish treat is something that needs to be seen to be believed.

In search of Peter Hibbs

Nov 6th, 2015 | By

Not heard of Peter Hibbs? I’m not surprised. Most Australians haven’t heard of him either yet he is one of the unsung pioneers of Australia.

Saturday snippets: 19th September 2015

Sep 19th, 2015 | By
Sydney Harbour Bridge

This week my column comes from Sydney in Australia as I shall be here for the next few weeks preparing some stories and visiting relations. Expect then, a biased towards Australian stories for a while! Let’s start with culture because the tourist authority for NSW, Destination NSW, says cultural tourism is on the rise with the state attracting almost 6.5 million overnight cultural visitors in the year ending March 2015, a significant 5.6% increase on the previous year. During the year ending March 2015, NSW
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Why bushwalk in NSW?

May 10th, 2015 | By

Last year a third of all bush or rainforest walking tours in Australia took place within New South Wales.

Saturday snippets: 15th November 2014

Nov 15th, 2014 | By
Cape Tribulation YHA

This week Adrian wonders why we can’t have Christmas markets reflecting the best of local produce, sees more national parks announced in Australia and charts the rise of Croatia as a holiday destination.