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Marvellous Mackay

Once known as the sugar capital of Australia, Mackay offers some sweet retreats for travellers looking to enjoy tropical ambience and natural beauty. Picturesque coastline, sea views, marine life, rainforests and rivers are all in reach of the palm lined streets of the laidback city centre, with the casual al fresco dining offering one of the best ways to take in the art deco architecture and other heritage buildings. Offering a Mediterranean feel five minutes from the CBD is the newly refurbish
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Apollo Bay: Brimming with possibilities

Situated in the foothills of the Otway Ranges on Victoria’s iconic Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay is an idyllic seaside village and historic fishing port brimming with all-year-round possibilities. A renowned tourist destination, Apollo Bay is the perfect spot to laze away a few days or use as a base to take in the surrounding area’s beautiful and rugged splendour. What better way to hole up than at Comfort Inn The International? This centrally located hotel is close to both the Apollo Bay Gold Cl
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Hervey Bay: a holiday haven

Situated approximately 300km north of Brisbane, Hervey Bay is perhaps best known as the home of the humpback whale and gateway to heritage-listed Fraser Island. While these attractions are undeniable, it offers so much more, with its calm protected waters, mild climate and quiet clean beaches. Visitors can choose from three Choice hotels in Hervey Bay. The 4-star Comfort Inn & Suites Arlia Sands is ideally located just a block from the beach, while the 3.5-star Econo Lodge Fraser Gateway He
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Get down in Western Australia’s south

Meander three hours south of Perth through sky-scraping marri and karri trees for the ultimate Western Australian mini-break in Margaret River. Whether it’s trekking, speed boating, caving, sampling world class wine or having your tastebuds teased, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The Margaret River region spans 100 kilometres from Busselton to Augusta; and includes the area of Yallingup, which is the aboriginal word meaning place of love. First encountered by European settlers in 1899, Yallingup ha
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XYNZ Choice Roadie: from Hamilton to Rotorua

Recently Ellen Dick and Tessa Stockdale from XYNZ took park in a #ChoiceRoadie. Below is an account of their adventures, as originally published in XYNZ, June 2015. Ultimate roadie playlist – check. Jucy Fiat Punto – check. Spot on accommodation to rest our heads – check. Reading and rearing for the big-little roadie. Get in. Thanks to our friends at Choice Hotels, we were sent on a roadie of epic proportions. From 0 to 100 real quick (thanks Drake), to indulging in divine cuisine and cosy accom
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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 passin
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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 squa
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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 accommo
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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-lo
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