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Christchurch in winter: The Cold and the Beautiful

Known as a great summer city with its beaches, harbours and rivers, Christchurch – the largest city in New Zealand’s South Island – is also a popular winter destination. Less than two hours’ drive from the beach will see you in the snow-capped Southern Alps, with their stunning scenery and world class ski fields. With a population well over 300,000, Christchurch is a vibrant modern city with a lively entertainment scene. Whether you are staying a while in Christchurch, or just passing through, there’s plenty of great accommodation options. Quality Hotel Elms is easy walking distance from Northlands and Papanui Shopping Centres, where you will find cinemas, bars, restaurants, and even indoor swimming pools for the kids – with gym facilities for Mum and Dad! And Econo-Lodge Canterbury Court is conveniently placed for those attending events and concerts at the nearby stadium or show grounds, and is within easy reach of all Christchurch has to offer. Known as “the Garden City”,
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Goodness gracious, great rims of fire!

Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua in the central Bay of Plenty area, lies the city of Rotorua. Established in the 1830s, Rotorua offers a mix of natural beauty, unusual geo-thermal activity and a fascinating Maori culture. Rotorua’s name comes from the Maori words Roto (lake) and Rua (two). Rotorua is situated on the Volcanic Plateau and has one of the world’s most lively fields of geothermal activity. It’s a region known for boiling mud pools and natural hot springs and sits squarely on the Pacific Rim of Fire. There’s a host of attractions to cater to all tastes in Rotorua and you can stay at a number of Choice Hotels in the region. Quality Inn on Fenton is close to Rotorua’s CBD and within walking distance to buzzing cafes and restaurants. The hotel offers a choice of suites, studios and deluxe studios. Comfort Inn & Suites Coachman is also centrally located and features self-contained spacious apartments. Econo Lodge Cleveland is situated on the shores of the stu
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Marching with our ANZACs in Canberra

Canberra is a treasure trove just waiting to be explored, and with the 100-year anniversary of ANZAC Day upon us, there is no better time to visit our nation’s capital. Careful planning of this purpose-built city allows for easy access to all the attractions no matter where in Canberra you are staying. The award-winning Quality Hotel Woden is situated minutes from one of Canberra’s largest shopping complexes – Westfield Woden Plaza Shopping Centre.  Quality Hotel Dickson and its 4.5 star accommodation rooms are just a stone’s throw away from top quality dining options. For those looking for the best value for money the Comfort Inn Airport International is perfect, located 15 minutes from the airport. If country hospitality is what you’re after the Quality Inn Country Plaza Queanbeyan is conveniently located just over the border and is only 20 minutes from Canberra’s CBD. The Australian Capital Territory was established to house Australia’s Government, with construction beginning on the
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You’ve goat to get into the spirit of Chinese New Year!

It’s the year of the Goat and Melbourne will come alive this Chinese New Year. Melbourne is steeped in Chinese heritage and has a long tradition of celebrating the New Year in colour, dance and style. Melbourne will play host to a number of activities over two weeks. You can kick start your celebrations by counting down the New Year in Chinatown on 18 February. The following day, Melbourne Star will theme its LED light show in red and gold. And the Docklands will come alive with the 100 metre-long Docklands Dragon between 19 February and 1 March. On the 19 February, ACMI [Australian Centre for the Moving Image] will explore Chinese moving image art through live events, exhibitions and animations for the whole family.   Hungry? There will be a Hawker market in the CBD on 20 February offering a variety of Asian cuisine including Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Indian and Thai. There will also be New Year cake and traditional sweets. You could stay in style at our a
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Coober Pedy: gem of the Australian outback

  A trip to Coober Pedy promises it all; a location unlike any other, adventure, precious stones and interesting stories from the thousands of fascinating locals that have come from 45 different nations to call this place home. Located in the centre of the outback 685km from Alice Springs and 846km from Adelaide, it is one of the few locations in the world where the question of extreme exposure and a harsh climate has been answered by building accommodation underground. With over seventy opal fields and the largest opal mining area in the world, Coober Pedy has become the world’s most important source of quality gem opal.   Visitors to the town also have the exciting opportunity to experience the cool and quiet of a stay underground, with hotels like the Comfort Inn Coober Pedy providing rooms in a fully converted former opal mine shaft that was used from the 1910s until the 1960s. The Comfort Inn Coober Pedy is the perfect choice for travellers wanting to experience the uniq
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Port Arthur: Where history lives

Port Arthur is recognised as one of Tasmania’s top tourist attractions and it’s easy to see why. The small town owes its existence mainly to its former status as one of Australia’s penal sites and here, amidst stunning natural beauty, the fascinating story of Australia’s convict past comes vividly to life. Hobart, located an hour and a half’s drive from Port Arthur, provides a convenient base for a day trip to the town. The Quality Hotel Hobart Midcity is located in the heart of the city and is well suited to all needs, particularly those of families. Named after the Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania between 1823 and 1837 George Arthur, Port Arthur was established as a timber station in 1830. By 1833 the area had become a penal colony for criminals sent from Britain as well as repeat offenders within Australia. At its peak, more than 1100 inmates eked out their existence in this remote corner of Tasmania, sentenced to a prison considered quite progressive and ‘modern’ in the 1830s, when
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Never a dull moment in Warrnambool

Situated on the western end of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, Warrnambool is the perfect place to start or end your trip along the world famous stretch of coastline. With so much to do and see this historic town attracts almost a million tourists every year. There are a number of quality Choice Hotels to choose form in the area and you’ll definitely want to stay at least a couple of nights. The Comfort Inn Western is located in the heart of Warrnambool and offers beautifully appointed rooms. The Comfort Inn on Raglan is an award-winning motel offering comfort and relaxation and is situated just a few minutes’ walk from everything you need. The Comfort Inn Warrnambool International has the town’s only restaurant where local crayfish is the house special. If you are after something away from the hustle and bustle, the Quality Suites Deep Blue is located just two kilometers from the main street and just moments from the beach and Lake Petrobe. The town is drenched in history. Settled in the
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Coffs Harbour – Tropical paradise

Coffs Harbour is the perfect mid-way point between Sydney and Brisbane making it an ideal location that’s within comfortable driving distance from either capital city. Coffs Habour offers everything from fine dining to surfing and has plenty of attractions to keep the kids happy! Choice Hotels offers four-star accommodation at the Quality Inn City Centre, only a short stroll from the shopping mall, business district and cafés. For the more budget conscious, the Comfort Inn Big Windmill has all the home comforts at very reasonable rates and is perfect for a family getaway. Timber getters were the first to settle in Coffs Harbour back in 1841, with timber cutting the main industry right through to the early 1900’s. When Herman Reick introduced Fijian bananas in 1881 the banana industry boomed making Coffs Harbour famous for its bananas. The Big Banana was masterminded by John Landi in 1964 to attract visitors to his road-side banana stall. Since then, the business evolved to become a maj
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Travel to Taree for riverside fun

tareeTaree is a pleasant town nestled in the hills of the Manning River Valley, situated a little way inland from the sea’s edge on the mid north coast of NSW. Taree takes in the best of several worlds with rivers, rainforest and the sea nearby. Home to about twenty thousand people, Taree has a humid subtropical climate with mild winters and is enjoyable to visit at any time of year.
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Road Trip Wrap – Central Victoria

Melbourne is, more often than not, named the world’s most liveable city. It’s one of Australia’s most artistic and cultural cities, known around the world for its popular graffiti art, and unique music scene. There is so much to explore in Victoria’s capital city, each region different from the other. Carlton is home to Victoria’s parliament, the Melbourne Museum and the Melbourne Zoo. Melbourne is also famous for its huge range of high quality restaurants, many of which are located on the famous Lygon Street. The Quality Hotel Downtowner on Lygon is the perfect place to base yourself for exploring this buzzing part of Melbourne. The Quality Hotel Batmans Hill is the place to base yourself for exploring the central and southern area of the city. Check out the famous lane ways and graffiti of the CBD, explore the sights and smells of China Town, and relax next to the Yarra River.  But we all need to escape the city sometimes. Luckily there are so many oppor
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