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Friday, 15 April 2011

Quickbeds.com - Easter travel deals - Australia


WEST AUSTRALIAN WONDER

Western Australia is steeped in some of the world's most extraordinary beauty which makes it one of the most desirable locations for travellers to visit in Australia, according to online accommodation site, Quickbeds.com.

With such a varied range of travel experiences available throughout Western Australia it's no wonder that the south west region was named in Lonely Planet as one of the world's top 10 regions for 2010.

To give travellers a taste of what this inspiring state has to offer, Quickbeds.com General Manager John Feenaghty has recommended his top 10 must see attractions. From natural landscapes, pristine beaches and surfing to world class dining and exquisite wines.

Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef is Australia's largest fringing reef, running 260km along the length of North West Cape. This virtually untouched barrier reef is one of the rare places where you are able to walk from the beach straight onto a coral reef which is home to more than 500 species of tropical fish and 220 species of coral.

Whale Sharks

The warm tropical waters of Ningaloo Marine Park are where you'll find some of the largest fish in the world, the whale shark and an amazing abundance of marine life including sea snakes, manta rays, whales, turtles, sharks and tropical fish. From April to July each year divers and snorkelers are able to swim with the 12 metre long whale sharks.

Bungle Bungle Range

The bee-hive shaped Bungle Bungle range in the World heritage listed Purnululu National Park is the perfect place for an outback adventure. Enjoy nature at its finest by camping under the stars, going for a four wheel drive over the rugged terrain and hiking through hidden gorges where you'll find many significant Aboriginal rock art sites.

The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles are extraordinary ancient rock formations located about a 3 hour drive north of Perth. These unusual limestone spires rise strikingly out of the sand and the ideal way to enjoy them is on a scenic drive or walk trail that includes spectacular lookout view over Nambung National park.

Wave Rock

This is one of many extraordinary rock formations to be found in Western Australia and is situated about 350km east of Perth. An impressive 15 metres high, Wave Rock is in the form of a wave just about to break.

Cable Beach

The world famous Broome's Cable Beach consists of 22 km of glorious white sand and clear, turquoise water. Laze in the sun, ride a jet ski, take a relaxing boat cruise or enjoy the iconic Broome experience – a sunset camel ride along the sands of Cable Beach.

Where to stay:

Pinctada Cable Beach Resort and Spa – 5*

Located 500m from the iconic Cable Beach this resort is inspired by pinctada maxima, the shell that nurtures the world's most beautiful pearl. All guest rooms are graciously sized with a king size bed, personal pillow menu and a private balcony or courtyard. Other features include landscaping of the Pinctada Resort and Spa designed by Jamie Durie patio, a signature menu by Melbourne Chef Greg Malouf, original artwork, personal butler services, guest gym and mediative garden zones.

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Margaret River Region

The Margret River region is notorious for its outstanding wineries, fine dining, exceptional surfing and immaculate beaches. The region can be enjoyed during the winter too by taking walks on the beach or horse riding through the bush, then coming back to a log fire cabin.

Where to Stay:

Quay West Resort Bunker Bay – 5*

Superbly located in the world famous Margaret River wine region bordering Cape Naturaliste National Park and on the edge of the dazzling Indian Ocean. Quay West Resort features luxuriously appointed studios, 1 and 2 bedroom villas with lake or garden views which are set amongst beautiful native gardens in a style compassionate to the environment.

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Rottnest Island

Just a short ferry ride from Perth, Rottnest boasts some of the world's finest beaches and bays plus unique plant and animal life including the famous and rare quokka, a small kangaroo-like marsupial. Rottnest is a car free zone with 63 sheltered beaches to choose from.

Wildflowers

Western Australia is renowned for the spectacular and colourful wild flower display which comes to life from June to November each year. The amazing 12,000 different, beautiful plant species are a sight not to be missed.

Where to Stay:

Pinctada Kimberley Grande – 4*

Home to cast and crew during the filming of Australia, The Kimberley Grande sits in harmony with the spectacular landscape and romantic grandeur of Western Australia's untouched Kimberley region.  The Kimberley Grande's guest rooms reflect the character of an Australian outback homestead whilst boasting contemporary style and comfort. The mix of colours and textures in all rooms creates a calm and restful atmosphere.

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Fremantle

Historic Fremantle is the best preserved example of 19th century port streetscape with gracious heritage buildings and interesting history. Places to visit in this vibrant and charming city include WA's earliest convict jail, the Roundhouse, Fremantle prison and the Maritime museum.

To tempt travellers even more, Quickbeds.com offers a range of affordable accommodation packages throughout Western Australia, leaving you with more budget to spend enjoying the regions pleasures.

Maitraya Luxury Private Retreat – 5*

Located just twenty minutes drive from Albany on Western Australia's amazing south coast, Maitraya Luxury Private Retreat is perched on a cliff top overlooking the ocean. The beautifully appointed, eight-bedroom luxury home offers its guests nature, tranquillity and seclusion in one unforgettable package. Outdoors features include kayaking, a tennis court, cricket pitch, bird hides and walk trails.

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Stonebarn Cabin Retreat – 5*

Located in the heart of Western Australia's epicurean region, Stonebarn is the quintessential boutique retreat. Featuring 6 spacious guest suits each handcrafted with local stone and timbre. 
Stonebarn is set amongst 160 acres of lush forest, rivers and dams in the picturesque Pemberton region. Fresh herbs, eggs, fruits, salsa's and an orchard provide the freshest ingredients for breakfast or a picnic lunch.

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Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort – 3*

Featuring absolute beachfront accommodation in the heart of Shark Bay World Heritage Area, the Resort includes accommodation options for all travellers with a variety of rooms from backpackers, caravan and camping through to motel style units and luxury villas. Dolphins have visited the shores of Monkey Mia daily for more than forty years. So friendly, the dolphins will swim to the shore to meet you. Onsite facilities include swimming pool, hot tub, tennis and volleyball courts.
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