More Baby Boomers Cruising Off The Beaten River Track

April 22, 2014 on 12:00 pm | In Adventure Travel, Australia, Cruise Boats, New South Wales, Northern, Queensland, South Australia, Sydney, Tasmania, Victoria, Western | Comments Off



It’s been dubbed the fastest growing segment of the cruise industry and baby boomers are on board.

River cruising has become something of a travel phenomenon for Australia’s older generation – so much so that they are starting to explore more European waterways.

Phil Hoffmann Travel has received increased interest from baby boomer travellers for river cruise packages that uncover different areas of Europe such as southern France and central Russia.

The travel company says around 30% of its clients, mainly second-time travellers or those with interest in a particular region, are primarily driving this trend.

“While most boomer travellers still opt for the Danube-Main-Rhine river cruise route from Budapest to Amsterdam, we’re noticing a drift toward other European river destinations, said CEO of Phil Hoffmann Travel, Mr Peter Williams.

“Cruises along the Rhone River through southern France, Seine River from Paris to the Normandy region and Volga River from Moscow to St Petersburg in Russia are increasingly gaining popularity amongst boomers.

“There’s also increased interest in combined river cruises encompassing Rhine, Rhone and Moselle Rivers that includes a day stop in Switzerland.

“This is a result of baby boomers falling in love with river cruising as a mode of travel – and the ease, intimacy and luxury it provides.”

New emerging river cruising destinations for the Australian market also include Bordeaux. Mr Williams said exploring different rivers and regions was becoming a passion for baby boomers.

“Boomers now have time and money on their hands and river cruising is the perfect match. It’s undeniable convenience,” he said.

“River cruising is so appealing as it allows people to travel in an intimate setting – generally with only around 150 passengers on board – and is a relaxed way to visit historic towns and medieval regions.

“Boomers only have to unpack once and they can choose to explore a variety of ancient towns, cultures and cuisines, or stay on-board and relax at their leisure.”

Mr Williams said river cruising was also well-aligned to senior travellers.

“While river cruising is particularly geared to baby boomers and retirees, it also caters to senior travellers well into their 80s,” he said.

“The offering for river cruising is changing. River cruises are increasingly offering the same opulent and innovative facilities and features that cruise ships provide.

“This includes multiple restaurants, heated swimming pools and wine bars.

“River cruise lines have really raised the bar when it comes to variety of onboard facilities and amenities.

“It means senior travellers have the option to be as active or as leisurely as they choose.”

Founded in Adelaide in 1990, Phil Hoffmann Travel is one of Australia’s most awarded travel agencies. With approximately 180 employees, it has offices at Norwood, Stirling, Victor Harbor, Adelaide City, Hyde Park, Semaphore, Glenelg and Modbury.


Turkish Self Drive!

April 22, 2014 on 11:55 am | In Adventure Travel, Road Trips, Turkey | Comments Off



Discover Turkey with a Turkish Self Drive tour!

Explore Turkey at your own pace and in the comfort of your own vehicle. Turkish Self Drive is a great way to travel independently with the utmost of freedom. This is even more the case now that the road conditions have improved dramatically in recent years. Turkey has been pouring investment into road infrastructure and most major roads and attractions are signposted in English. We can arrange your hire car only or add hotels along the way to design a tailor-made itinerary just for you.

For your benefit we can arrange pick up and drop off of your Turkish Self Drive at any of the following locations:
Adana, Adiyaman, Alanya, Ankara, Antakya, Antalya, Ayvalik, Batman, Bodrum, Bursa, Cappadocia, Dalaman, Diyarbakir, Elazig, Eruzurum, Fethiye, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Izmir, Izmit, Kayseri, Konya, Kusadasi, Malatya, Mardin, Marmaris, Sakarya, Samsun, Sanliurfa,Side, Siras, Tekirdag, Trabson, Van

Turkish Self Drive Option 1 – 9 days from $1204 per person twin share

Turkish Self Drive Option 2 – 12 days from $1728 per person twin share

Turkish Self Drive Option 3 – 8 days from $1034 per person twin share

Turkish Self Drive Option 4 – 6 days from $968 per person twin share

Turkish Self Drive Option 5 – 5 days from $842 per person twin share
For more information on Turkish Self Drive visit our website, email us or call (02) 8338 6900.


Explora’s Smartphone Rental Service for Travellers

April 22, 2014 on 11:50 am | In Adventure Travel, Mobile Apps | Comments Off



Travelling to the United States? Explora’s Smartphone Rental Service Answers the Call

Explora provides international travellers with a convenient and cost-effective communication and travel guide solution for a flat-rate of $8 per day

NEW YORK – April 23, 2014 – Explora (www.exploraphones.com) today announced the availability of its smartphone rental service for international travellers visiting the United States (U.S.). For a flat-rate of $8 per day, Explora’s communication and travel guide solution eliminates the complexities and high costs associated with international roaming.

Explora delivers the latest generation smartphones (Google Nexus 5), which include unlimited nationwide calling, text messaging and 4G data. Each Explora smartphone includes special travel offers and benefits from more than 40 pre-loaded apps that make-up Explora’s “Ultimate Travel Companion” service.

Pre-loaded apps include Facebook, Google Maps, Skype, Expedia, TripAdvisor and Yelp, and the first special offer is from Taxi Magic, where Explora customers receive $10 off their first cab fare. For a full list of pre-loaded apps, visit: www.exploraphones.com/faqs.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to travel the world and the #1 issue is always communication and navigation. Explora solves these problems through a convenient and cost-effective smartphone rental service,” said Raj Patel, founder and CEO of Explora. “We believe global communication and data connectivity should be ubiquitous for travellers, which is why we started Explora – a company created by travellers for travellers.”

Sent directly to a specified hotel or residential address in the U.S., Explora is waiting for travellers when they arrive. Upon departure, they simply return the device by pre-paid return envelope.

According to Juniper Research*, roaming globally will account for $57 billion in revenue for telecommunications companies this year, and that number is expected to rise to $90 billion by 2018. About one-third of those revenues are derived from data roaming fees, rising to 50 percent over the next four years.

“That’s a lot of money coming straight out of a traveller’s pocket,” added Patel. “Valuable dollars Explora saves travellers that could be used to enjoy their visit in the U.S. or even plan for their next trip.”

International travellers visiting the United States can reserve an Explora smartphone by visiting www.exploraphones.com.

*Juniper Research: http://www.juniperresearch.com/viewpressrelease.php?pr=432.

About Explora

Explora (www.exploraphones.com) is a smartphone rental service for travellers visiting the United States. The company delivers a convenient and cost-effective communication and travel guide solution that eliminates the complexities and high costs associated with international roaming, all for a flat-rate of $8 per day. Explora provides travellers with the latest generation smartphones, unlimited nationwide calling, text messaging and 4G data, along with special travel offers and benefits from more than 40 pre-loaded applications that make-up Explora’s “Ultimate Travel Companion” service. To reserve today, please visit www.exploraphones.com or follow us on Twitter @ExploraPhones.


Introducing Two New Private Jet Journeys for 2015‏

April 22, 2014 on 8:52 am | In Adventure Travel, Airlines | Comments Off



A&K’s 2014 journeys sold out within weeks, and we are excited to announce two new private jet journeys for 2015, including a repeat voyage around the world and an exciting itinerary across Asia and Eastern Europe.

In the Footsteps of Legends features destinations made famous by history’s greatest figures, along with the outstanding hospitality of Four Seasons hotels. Enjoy an exclusive event with A&K founder Geoffrey Kent at Highclere Castle, setting for Downton Abbey, and conclude the trip with a celebration at the home of Four Seasons founder Isadore Sharp.

Islands, Savannas & the Amazon is an around-the-world journey designed by Geoffrey Kent to include some of his favorite destinations. Cruise the Amazon in style, see some of the world’s most remote and intriguing islands and end with a special breakfast hosted by Geoffrey Kent in his adopted home city of Monaco.

On any A&K private jet journey, you travel in the very finest A&K style. Our privately chartered jet takes off and arrives at our convenience, not on an airline’s timetable, and the friendly cabin crew makes the jet aircraft a welcoming home away from home.

Come aboard and experience the world’s most inspiring places with the company that knows it like no other.
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In the Footsteps of Legends:
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Including an intimate reception with A&K founder Geoffrey Kent and a gathering hosted by Four Seasons founder Isadore Sharp
16 Days | Jun 5–20, 2015 | Limited to 40 Guests | $69,995 per person
England | Turkey | Jordan | Uzbekistan | Azerbaijan | Russia | Canada
• Visit many of Istanbul’s most fascinating sites before they open to the public, including the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern
• Explore the lost city of Petra and dine privately in the desert at Al Beidha, known as Little Petra
• View some of the oldest rock carvings in Europe and enjoy a private cruise on the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan
• Attend a private classical concert in the Hermitage and an opera recital in the Yusupov Palace
Islands, Savannas & the Amazon: Around the World by Private Jet
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26 Days | Oct 12–Nov 6, 2015 | Limited to 50 Guests | $108,000 per person
Amazon River | Easter Island | Samoa | Papua New Guinea
Bali & Komodo | Sri Lanka | Madagascar | Kenya | Monaco
• Experience an intimate side of Easter Island with a celebratory feast at the home of a noted islander, accompanied by a party of local dignitaries
• See one of the most remarkable predators — the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard — in its natural habitat
• Search for wildlife in Kenya’s Masai Mara with the company that pioneered the luxury safari, A&K
• Celebrate the end of your journey in Geoffrey Kent’s adopted home of Monaco at an exclusive breakfast with friends of Geoffrey in attendance
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New Fiji Cruise Brochure unlocks secrets of remote Fiji

April 22, 2014 on 8:48 am | In Adventure Travel, Cruise Boats, Fiji Islands, Pacific Islands | Comments Off



A holiday cruising the picturesque waters of Fiji and experiencing true Fijian culture is now easier than ever to plan with the release of Captain Cook Cruises Fiji’s new “Fiji Islands Small Ship Cruising” 2014/2015 brochure.

The 12 page brochure includes accommodated cruises around the Yasawa Islands, Fiji’s remote north and Lau islands, wedding and romance packages, functions and events, day cruises and Tivua Island stays.

“With six accommodated cruises, a variety of function and event packages, four wedding and romance packages, day cruises and a private Island stay to choose from, there really is something for everyone” Says Jackie Charlton, Managing Director, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji.

“Our three, four, seven and eleven night cruises are designed to offer passengers authentic and personal experiences.

Our Small ship MV Reef Endeavour takes guests to remote islands and villages where larger ships cannot get to and mainland resorts cannot access, for a true authentic Fijian experience.” Continues Ms Charlton.

For those staying on the mainland Captain Cook Cruises Fiji provides a taste of what their cruises offer with the Tivua Island Day Cruise.

“Our day cruise gives passengers the chance to sail on Fijian waters aboard tall ship Ra Marama or sailing catamaran Fiji One and enjoy their own private Island for the day. They can swim, snorkel, kayak, get a massage or just laze on the beach.” Said Ms Charlton.

New for 2014 is the 11 night Lau Islands Discovery cruise taking passengers on a voyage of discovery to a part of Fiji rarely seen by tourists – the Lau Islands and Kadavu.


Summer Adventure with IWLS in Alaska!‏

April 22, 2014 on 8:43 am | In Adventure Travel, Alaska | Comments Off



Temperatures are on the rise and the days are getting longer as we rapidly approach the 20+ hours of sunlight Alaska summers are famous for. The long days make for great alpine starts, late night wildlife viewings, and account for the remarkable vegetative growth that is the basis for Alaska’s thriving ecosystem. Students are already arriving daily to start their summer semesters of adventure. This week our rock and ice course is busy packing for their bush plane flight to the glacier, our wilderness first responder course is practicing improvised litter carries, and our ski mountaineering course is exploring new objectives near the Boundary glacier.

The International Wilderness Leadership School (IWLS) is an outdoor school that specializes in providing the highest quality guide training, outdoor leadership training, wilderness education, and technical instruction. Upon completion of their courses, students will seek leadership positions in a variety of different fields including river and mountain guiding, search and rescue / ski patrol, logistics, urban and wilderness based EMS, and risk management.
3 AM Alpine Start!

The terrain surrounding Haines, Alaska is unique in North America, and offers a a premier outdoor classroom experience. Our NEW expedition center in Haines is an outstanding gateway for accessing this unparalleled wilderness area.

Here are just a few of the courses this summer we still have availability on.

April 26 – Wilderness EMT – 28 days $2350

May 10 – Rock & Ice Climbing – 12 days $2250

May 24 – Mountaineering – 12 days $2150

May 24 – Mountaineering – 24 days $3800

May 24 – Ski & Snowboard Mountaineering – 24 days $3800

June 8 – Wilderness First Responder – 10 days $695

June 21 – Yukon Whitewater – 12 days $2450

July 5 – Yukon Backpacking – 12 days $2150

July 19 – Yukon Whitewater – 12 days $2450

August 2 – Mountaineering – 24 days $3800

August 16 – Sea Kayaking 12/24 days $2150/$3800

*Don’t see what your looking for? Give us a call at 800.985.4957 for our complete schedule.

Instantly received a 5% discount when you book any two or more courses to form a semester!

Students row the mighty waters of the Blanchard River on a Yukon Whitewater course.

Will You Be Able To Join Us?
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We have many more dates and programs than listed above. Just give us a call or send an email to find a program that’s a good fit for you. We hope you’ll be able to join us!

Call: 1-800-766-3396 (907-766-3366)
Email: info@iwls.com


andBeyond’s New South African Sea and Safari Circuit‏

April 22, 2014 on 8:39 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, South Africa, Spa Resorts | Comments Off



NEW DIRECT FLIGHT CONNECTS &BEYOND’S SOUTHERN AFRICAN SEA AND SAFARI CIRCUIT

The June 2014 introduction of a direct flight between South African regional hub Nelspruit and Mozambique’s Vilanculos will allow &Beyond guests to experience the perfect itinerary linking some of South Africa’s best known wildlife reserves with the exotic beaches of &Beyond Benguerra Island, removing the inconvenience of connecting via Johannesburg.

Situated within easy reach of Nelspruit, &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve is renowned for its intimate wildlife sightings, including breeding herds of elephant, large lion prides and vast numbers of buffalo, as well as encounters with the rare African wild dog. The intimate and romantic &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp and the charming, family-friendly &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge offer a warm, authentic welcome, and the unique brand of hospitality for which &Beyond is renowned.

Boasting even closer access to Nelspruit, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is known for some of the best Big Five game viewing in Africa. With no restricting fences between the reserve and the massive Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand is home to a diverse range of animals and is particularly well known for its leopard sightings. Normally notoriously elusive, the Sabi Sand leopards have grown accustomed to safari vehicles, thereby permitting close-up encounters and extraordinary photographic opportunities. &Beyond’s lodges in the Sabi Sand include the thatched riverside suites of &Beyond Exeter River Lodge, as well as gracious and colonial &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp, which is ideal for families.

Flying twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays, the new flight makes it easy to combine either of these game reserves with the golden beaches of Mozambique, including &Beyond Benguerra Island.

Scenically located in a protected marine conservation area in the Bazaruto Archipelago, &Beyond Benguerra Island is the ideal destination for those who prefer to round off their wildlife safari with pure relaxation on some of Africa’s most beautiful beaches. With its exceptional setting looking out onto the Indian Ocean waters, &Beyond Benguerra Island offers a variety of activities, from diving on unspoilt coral reefs to outstanding deep sea fishing, horse riding, island expeditions and a wide range of water sports. Accommodation is in simple yet elegant casitas and cabanas tucked into a shady forest right on the edge of the golden sands.

Designed to offer a week of ultimate relaxation, the Classic Safari and Jewel of the Indian Ocean itinerary flies guests from Johannesburg to the Sabi Sand, with a choice of three nights at &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp or &Beyond Exeter River Lodge. Similarly, the Scenes of Wildlife and Indian Ocean itinerary provides guests with the option of three nights at either &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp, or &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge. Both of these epic Big Five game viewing adventures are followed by a flight from Nelspruit to Vilanculos, from where it is just a short hop by helicopter to a three-night getaway at &Beyond Benguerra Island.

These exceptional adventures are available to book from June 19 to December 31, 2014 with the Classic Safari and Jewel of the Indian Ocean itinerary starting at a price from USD $3,527 per person sharing, and the Scenes of Wildlife and Indian Ocean itinerary from USD $4,220 per person sharing.

To find out more or to book your sea and safari adventure contact &Beyond at www.andBeyond.com  or on +27 11 809 4441 or speak to your preferred travel partner.


Blixen, Coffee and Nairobi Hotel‏

April 22, 2014 on 8:38 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Kenya | Comments Off



FROM FAMILY TO FAMILY, HOTEL CELEBRATES DECADE OF LOVE

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KENYA (04/2014) – House of Waine, a boutique hotel that has revolved around family life since its existence, celebrates its 10 year anniversary since opening to the public. In the idyllic suburbs of Nairobi, Kenya, and surrounded by beautiful private homes, a creamy blush building stands tall with roots that run deep.

House of Waine evolved from a private family home in the 1970s to a prosperous family-run hotel today – its inspiration derived from the family’s maternal grandfather.

The patriarch began a “Mukahawa” (coffee shop) in his village during the colonial era – a time when most indigenous people were unable to own businesses. His granddaughter saw her own dreams come to fruition when the family acquired the private home.

Renovations began in 2001 in anticipation of hosting international guests. Old kitchens were turned into a dining room, gardens were artfully crafted, additional terraces were built and much of the original house was left as is… With the help of the family’s in-house team, House of Waine opened its doors to the public in 2004.

Intimacy within the hotel is created by the family members who run the place today. The name “Waine” stands for each family member’s Christian or traditional Kimeru name: Wilfred and Wanja, Angela, Ithiru, Nyaga and Eric.

On 2.5 acres of landscaped gardens, with a heated pool and outdoor bar, the hotel offers 11 bedrooms, each with a theme, meaning and connection to one of the family members for which the hotel is named. House of Waine is within easy distance of David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Centre and Karen Blixen Museum.

Rates start at $330 for a single and $500 for a double room, B&B. For additional information, visit www.houseofwaine.com


First Photo/Hiking/Wine Tour of NW Argentina‏

April 22, 2014 on 8:36 am | In Adventure Travel, Argentina, South America | Comments Off



Ciclismo Classico Unveils First Photo, Hiking & Wine Tour of Northwest Argentina

Join Ciclismo Classico and renowned Argentinian photographer, teacher, and documentary filmmaker, Ossian Lindholm on the first photography and high-altitude wine tour of Northwest Argentina. Lindholm will act as guide and instructor as guests spend nine days hiking through one of the most photogenic and pristine regions in the world. The landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, wine and magical culture of Northwest Argentina makes it one of the most unique destinations in South America. The company that lives by the mantra “Pedal Your Passion” is announcing a new active photo tour division: TravelVision Journeys. The inaugural Northwest Argentina photography and wine-tasting tour departs 08/20/14. For more information, call 1.800.866.7314 or visit http://www.ciclismoclassico.com/trips/photo-tour

“We are known for our award-winning bike tours, but my passion for photography has soared to new heights, and I am excited to shift gears and unveil the first of Ciclismo Classico’s active photography journeys,” said Ciclismo Classico Founder Lauren Hefferon. “Rather than spin through these timeless landscapes on bicycles, we will slow down, take 2-3 hour hikes and open our eyes to really experience the essence of this magical place with all of our senses.”

Highlights of the tour include: exploring Quebrada de Humahuaca, a narrow mountain valley located in the province of Jujuy; Las Salinas Grandes, a huge expanse of salt that defies perspective and distance; Salta La Linda; the Route of the Artisans; the National Park Los Cardones; and some of the world’s highest vineyards.

In the evenings, Lindholm will offer interactive Photoshop workshops and photography reviews, while guests sample the finest high-altitude wines in the world, including fruity white Torrontes and full-bodied red Malbecs.

“The focus of this Northwest Argentinian photography tour is its incredible landscape and distinct biomes, including the Altiplano or Puna, fertile valleys, humid sub-Andean Sierras, tropical jungles, high mountains, and the transitional ecotone region,” says Hefferon. “This area of Argentina has been called the ‘Next Tuscany’ which is perfect since Tuscany is where I launched my first bicycle tour 25 years ago and where we remain experts.”

Northwest Argentina is a land as rich as it is beautiful, with high plateaus created by volcanoes, salt flats, dry desert valleys with multi-colored mountains, and cactus forests. The temperate green valleys, where cattle and farming sustain life, have led to the existence of a strong gaucho culture that guests will experience and photograph on lengthy hikes. For more information on this photography tour of Argentina contact Ciclismo Classico at 1.800.866.7314.

About Ciclismo Classico:

Join a Ciclismo Classico tour and you’ll soon find yourself “Pedaling your Passion,” a uniquely ”Italian” approach to bicycle travel that embraces La Dolce Vita at every turn and invites you to find your very special passion on every tour. Whether it’s soaking in the scenery, learning to make pasta, taking hundreds of photos or learning about Renaissance architecture, you’ll re-connect with your own passion with our special native guides who connect you to the culture and landscape like no one else can. At each culture stop, restaurant and lodging owners greet you like family and lavish you with magnificent food and wine. You’re immersed in the local culture and always with friends. Ciclismo Classico transforms a European cycling trip into an eye-opening, life-altering adventure you’ll never forget.


Adventure Awaits on the New South Wales South Coast

April 21, 2014 on 11:45 am | In Adventure Travel, Australia, New South Wales, Sydney | Comments Off



The world’s best off-road triathletes will soon arrive in New South Wales for the inaugural XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship on April 25-27, 2014. This premier event will be held just a few hours south of Sydney in the beach side town of Callala Beach, on pristine Jervis Bay. Described as a “mountain biker’s heaven”, the spectacular coast line of the Jervis Bay area will provide a fitting location to host this unique triathlon event for the next three years.

The triathlon includes a 1.5k swim at Callala Beach, a bay renowned for its white sand beaches and clear turquoise water; a 29k trail bike ride through eucalyptus forests in the Nowra State Forest; and a 12k run on a single track with heavy growth under feet and undulating fire roads. The weekend will also include a sprint distance off-road triathlon, trail runs, kids’ events, camps, clinics, and social gatherings.

With over 500 kilometres of coastline south of Sydney including beaches, national parks and a hinterland of rainforest and hidden valleys, XTERRA isn’t the only adrenalin experience you can have in the idyllic South Coast. From Stanwell Park to Wollongong, Shellharbour to Batemans Bay, Bermagui and Merimbula, adventure awaits in the region.

Water Sports

Boating, jet-skiing, windsurfing or simply swimming: if you love water sports the South Coast offers plenty of choice. Merimbula Bar, Wreck Bay near Jervis Bay, and Killalea State Park near Kiama have challenging surf waves with Killalea State Park one of Australia’s National Surfing Reserves, featuring 250 hectares of pristine coastal reserve.

Other popular water activities include fishing, diving and snorkelling, sailing, canoeing and kayaking. Bushrangers Bay near Shellharbour is one of the State’s best scuba-diving centres and Shoalhaven Gorge in Morton National Park is one of the country’s best flat-water kayaking destinations. Further south, offshore from Narooma, you can swim and snorkel with seals at Montague Island Nature Reserve.

Land Odysseys

National parks and nature reserves along the coast provide plenty of rugged landscapes for adventure activities on land. Explore the wild coast, beaches and woodlands of Ben Boyd National Park on foot or get fit to climb.

The gorge at Bungonia Creek is the deepest in Australia and among the most dramatic in the world. Rock climbing, caving, abseiling and canyoning are available at Bungonia to experienced or supervised adventure seekers. There are also five walking tracks ranging in degree of difficulty, and bush camping is permitted in certain areas.

Further south the Light to Light Walk knits together some of the most sensational scenery on the Sapphire Coast. The 31-kilometre, three-day walk links the lighthouse at Green Cape and Boyd’s Tower, both within Ben Boyd National Park. Features of the walk include towering cliffs shaped by a pounding sea, headlands, beaches and sheltered coves.

Cycling is also popular on the South Coast with many cycle ways passing through the region’s most picturesque areas. Action-packed bike trails in national parks can be found in Deua, from Greenpatch in Booderee, Morton and Murramarang national parks.

Australian Cycling Holidays run family cycling holidays on the NSW South Coast. The self-guided multi-day tours combine a love of cycling with stunning scenery and accommodation. The Bay and Back 2 ½ day tour sees guests cycle from the banks of the Shoalhaven River to the pristine Waters of Jervis Bay and includes accommodation, bicycle hire and luggage transfer.

Airborne Adrenalin

Adventure in the air is also popular in this region. Bald Hill at Stanwell Park is one of the best coastal hang-gliding locations in the world; take advantage of the location and the experienced instructors to enjoy the thrill of your life. Or make the most of blue skies and sandy beaches with NSW’s only beach skydive, Skydive the Beach, North Wollongong.

Experience adrenaline pumping aerobatic flights over Wollongong beaches in a 1943 Boeing Stearman with Southern Bi-planes. Bigger, faster and more robust than a Tiger Moth, the open-cockpit, scenic adventure flight will leave you buzzing for days.

The South Coast is a spectacular region of New South Wales, and the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship provides a great opportunity for athletes and their supporters to explore the great food, wine and recreational activities in the region.


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