NEW SOUTH WALES ADVENTURE – The GAB (The Great Aussie Bite) http://www.thegab.com.au Food & drink, spa, travel and luxury experiences Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:10:27 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 http://i2.wp.com/www.thegab.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/cropped-TheGAB2.jpg?fit=32%2C32 NEW SOUTH WALES ADVENTURE – The GAB (The Great Aussie Bite) http://www.thegab.com.au 32 32 56637871 SOUTHERN CROSS 4WD SAFARIS – BLUE MOUNTAINS, NSW http://www.thegab.com.au/southern-cross-4wd-safaris-blue-mountains-nsw/ Wed, 08 Feb 2017 01:00:03 +0000 http://www.thegab.com.au/?p=9489 This adventurous day trip takes you to breathtaking new heights Picture this. Escaping the hustle and bustle of Sydney, you gaze out at the vast views in front of you, stretching as far as the eye can see. Behind you, a tranquil waterfall flows into a mountain lagoon. This is just one of many incredible […]

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This adventurous day trip takes you to breathtaking new heights

Picture this. Escaping the hustle and bustle of Sydney, you gaze out at the vast views in front of you, stretching as far as the eye can see. Behind you, a tranquil waterfall flows into a mountain lagoon. This is just one of many incredible sights you’ll experience on your trip to the Blue Mountains with Southern Cross 4WD Safaris.

This full day, jam-packed adventure is operated by a unique tour provider that takes you off the beaten track to explore iconic and hidden spots. Southern Cross 4WD Safaris specialises in small to medium group tours in a fun and flexible setting. They offer 4WD tours, tagalong tours, and passenger accommodated tours for on- and off-road occasions. Whether you’re travelling with partners, friends, or family, the trip is tailored to suit all your needs and is based on your level of physical comfort.

The tour kicks off around 7:30am where you’ll drive for an hour to your first stop. This is followed by morning tea and coffee at the Kings Cave, as well as an interesting history lesson about the area’s best kept secrets. Chris is a super friendly tour operator who has been camping and 4WD’ing since he was a child. Bursting with fun facts and jokes, Chris passes on his passion for all things “bush” throughout the day.

The tour continues to Flat Rock Lookout featuring an absolute gem of a view. You’ll then hike down to Wentworth Falls, where you can go for a waterfall swim and take in the grand valley views. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, lunch is in the town of Leura where you can sample local cuisine, great coffee, and maybe even squeeze in a bit of shopping.

After lunch, you’ll take the roads to Katoomba, leading to the most famous spot of all: the Three Sisters. Towering over the Jamison Valley, Chris will tell you all about these incredible rock formations and how they were created in the Aboriginal dreamtime. You’ll also check out Pulpit rock lookout, Anvil rock lookout, a wind eroded cave, and have afternoon tea.

An avid storyteller and photographer, Chris goes the extra mile to ensure you get the most of the trip – so much so that you’ll feel like you’re travelling with an old friend. All in all, a perfect day.

 

by Milly Arsic

 

Milly Arsic experienced the Southern Cross 4WD Safaris, which costs $150. Bring hiking boots, sunscreen, a hat, swimmers, and appropriate outdoor clothing.

 

Southern Cross 4WD Safaris

w: http://www.southerncross4wdsafaris.com/

t: 0402 015 215

a: Pickup location in Sydney CBD to be arranged with Chris via website

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TREETOPS – CENTRAL COAST, NSW http://www.thegab.com.au/treetops-central-coast-nsw/ Fri, 27 Jan 2017 01:00:13 +0000 http://www.thegab.com.au/?p=9468 Exhilarating zip and zap through the tree canopy Whooshing through the tree canopy at up to 40 kilometres an hour, spinning 540 degrees and feeling a G-force of two pretty much sums up the TreeTops Crazy Rider zip line adventures on the NSW Central Coast. We’re talking about the world’s longest rollercoaster zip line at […]

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Exhilarating zip and zap through the tree canopy

Whooshing through the tree canopy at up to 40 kilometres an hour, spinning 540 degrees and feeling a G-force of two pretty much sums up the TreeTops Crazy Rider zip line adventures on the NSW Central Coast. We’re talking about the world’s longest rollercoaster zip line at an awesome one-kilometre long! It’s exhilarating, eco friendly and wheelchair accessible.

But if you’re having trouble imagining what it would be like trussed up to and zapping along this rollercoaster zip line, check out this YouTube video. The GoPro shows what a rush it really is.

The adventure is set in the exquisite Ourimbah State Forest, just five minutes off the M1 at the Wyong exit.

To get ready for the ride, you sign a waiver form, don a safety harness, and learn about safety. You don’t need any special training, skills or knowledge to do these rides. There’s a short couple of bush tracks to the start of the ride.

The most popular option, the Combo, gets you onto the Pioneer and Xtreme rides. The Pioneer has ten curves, a 360-degree loop and a cool drop over 330m. The Xtreme has packed in 40 curves, four 360 degree loops, one 540-degree loop and two drops in this twisting winding adventure.

“It feels like you’re tethered by a bit of nylon and metal and there’s a 10 metre drop and away you go,” said my partner, Nathan.

Each ride is a few minutes long and not just a steady pace. The riders controls the speed by leaning back to go faster or stay in a seated position to slow down. At times you’ll almost slow down to walking pace, ambling along, then you’ll see the line dip and, yup, suddenly you pick up speed and shoot off again. There goes your stomach. The real thrill is those 360-degree turns and the amazing 540-degree turns that will have you spinning. The rides really combine the thrill and suspense of a rollercoaster with the flying sensations of zip lines.

“It’s a bit like riding a motorbike… You really feel the G-forces on you. You know gravity is completely controlling your body. You’re just there for the ride,” said Nathan.

The rides opened in November 2014 after 2,000 hours of development and 5,000 hours to build. The metal system uses 11km of cable to clamp to about 200 trees. When you’re doing the ride, you’re an incredible 18m off the ground. Same as a six-storey building. Now that’s a thought!

 

By Margaret Paton

 

 

 

Margaret Paton experienced the Combo TreeTops Crazy Ride, which costs $90pp at the Central Coast of NSW. Must weigh more than 40kg to go on these rides.

 

Treetops

w: http://www.treetops.com.au/

t: 02 4025 1008

a: By car from Sydney, take the Wyong Exit off the M1, then follow the white on brown tourist signs.

 

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OLD ERROWANBANG WOOLSHED – CARCOAR, NSW http://www.thegab.com.au/old-errowanbang-woolshed-carcoar-nsw/ Wed, 02 Nov 2016 01:00:33 +0000 http://www.thegab.com.au/?p=9295 Family accommodation in the Central Tablelands on the site of a historic woolshed Long before the Orange region founded its blossoming reputation as a cool climate wine destination, the New South Wales Central Tablelands was sheep country, home to some of Australia’s most legendary shearers. 35km south of Orange, just outside the tiny township of […]

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Family accommodation in the Central Tablelands on the site of a historic woolshed
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Long before the Orange region founded its blossoming reputation as a cool climate wine destination, the New South Wales Central Tablelands was sheep country, home to some of Australia’s most legendary shearers. 35km south of Orange, just outside the tiny township of Carcoar, a picturesque piece of its early agricultural history remains.

‘Old Errowanbang’ is a 250 acre property and the site of several noteworthy buildings – one being the historic Old Errowanbang Woolshed, and another, a dedicated holiday guest house, set against a backdrop of lush green paddocks, sparkling reservoirs and fertile fields.

As you roll into the property down a rambling country drive, parrots feeding on wildflower patches by the roadside take off in twittering flashes of brilliant colour. A working windmill turns beside a burbling creek. The resident horses hang their handsome heads over the wooden fence, curiously noting the arrival of new guests. Over the little bridge and up the hill, the guest house sits right in the middle of all this rural splendour. This is the country escape idealised by city-siders in our cramped urban quarters – a landscape of hills and pastures and trees and star-filled night skies, as far as the eye can see.

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The Guest House

The main accommodation on the property is a modern, single storey structure, with wraparound verandas and a fabulous rear deck. Here (if the weather is warm enough), you can take advantage of a barbecue, a pizza oven and outdoor tables with panoramic views of the countryside sprawling out in all directions. Old Errowanbang’s proprietor and caretaker is the affable Jann Harries. She previously ran the guest house as a training centre for workers at the nearby Cadia mine, so the house has been rather grandly constructed to cater to corporate needs. There are six enormous bedrooms, a huge kitchen and a massive living area with an adjoining pool room, so the property can easily cater for a dozen people without feeling remotely crowded. Its sheer size means this isn’t your typical cosy farmstay, but for entertaining a big group of family and friends, Old Errowanbang is a practical and impressive choice for a weekend getaway.

The Woolshed

 The old woolshed, built in 1886, is the pride and joy of the property. If Jann is around during your visit, don’t miss the opportunity to go for a guided tour of this unique piece of Australian history. A short walk uphill from the guest house, the woolshed’s enormity is immediately striking, but it’s when the door creaks open and you take your first glimpse inside that the sensation of stepping back in time envelopes you. Your eyes take a moment to adjust as dust rises and settles on the 130-year-old pinewood floors and interior walls, built over a painstaking 12 months, without machines or drills or engines. Columns of musty light filter between the floorboards and ceiling beams. Cobwebs hang from the old metal wall-mounted shearing machines, brought in in the early 1900s to replace the backbreaking work of blade shearing. The largest original woolshed in the region, Errowanbang was one of the most ambitious agricultural projects of its time. The shearing floor, wool sorting, baling and storage areas cover a gloriously atmospheric four levels, meticulously restored by Jann and her family, with the help of local history buffs.

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The Region

Carcoar is about a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Sydney, in the heart of Central Tablelands wine country. Old Errowanbang makes a great base for heading out on country drives through the vineyards, stopping in at cellar doors to sample cool climate specialities such as pinot noir, shiraz, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. If you’d prefer a dining out experience to self-catering at the guest house, the nearby town of Millthorpe is a charming village, home to heritage buildings, boutique shops and pubs, the excellent Old Mill Café and even Chef’s Hatted restaurant, Tonic.

 

by Fiona Davies

 

Old Errowanbang Woolshed

w: http://www.olderrowanbangwoolshed.com

t;  0400 667 231

a: Carcoar NSW 

 

 

 

 

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COUNTRY HOLIDAYS AT MOUNT SEAVIEW RESORT – NSW http://www.thegab.com.au/country-holidays-mount-seaview-resort-nsw/ Thu, 06 Oct 2016 01:00:49 +0000 http://www.thegab.com.au/?p=9242 Budget-friendly getaway to the Port Macquarie hinterland Mount Seaview is breathtakingly beautiful when the sun slowly creeps up from behind the rolling hills of the World Heritage listed Werrikimbe National Park. The fog starts to unveil fluffy, grazing cows and kangaroos, and a calmly babbling Hastings River, where holidaymakers and campers silently wait for a glimpse […]

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Mount Seaview is breathtakingly beautiful when the sun slowly creeps up from behind the rolling hills of the World Heritage listed Werrikimbe National Park. The fog starts to unveil fluffy, grazing cows and kangaroos, and a calmly babbling Hastings River, where holidaymakers and campers silently wait for a glimpse of the resident platypus family.
Owner Ralph Clissold, who has spent almost his whole life on this property, scoots past on his red motorbike; he’s getting ready to take yet another group of travellers around 5,500 acres of green graze land and lush rainforest. With its hundreds-of-years-old trees, the Mount Seaview area is home to the most extensive strip of diverse rainforest anywhere on earth. Set amid tall ribbon gum and Antarctic beech trees, holidaymakers find plenty of picnic spots and walking tracks, weaving their way through a stunning mix of cool temperature, warm temperature and subtropical forest. Visitors can grab a picnic pack from the resort’s own restaurant, swing themselves onto a quad bike and spend a few hours exploring the local sights. There’s a good chance they will stumble upon at least a few of the 120 species of birds that call Mt Seaview their home.

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The resort boasts a range of very affordable accommodation options, suiting ever-empty backpacker wallets and tight family budgets. Whether you would like to camp, share a spacious lodge with fellow travellers, or indeed stay at a self-contained unit with a comfortable bed and a hot shower, Mount Seaview Resort offers a variety of budget-friendly overnight options.

There is, however, a way to upgrade from the three-star accommodation to a lodge with no less than a billion stars. Drive your 4WD up the mountain to spend a night in the newly built Mountain Peak lodge, where you will feel like you’re miles away from the hustle and bustle of the Mount Seaview valley to your feet. Loved-up couples you can sit on the veranda and enjoy the peace and quiet, surrounded by nothing more than whip birds and other forest natives.

The next long weekend is coming up – dust off your walking boots, grab your Akubra and make your way out to Mount Seaview Resort to breathe the fresh air and reconnect with the world around you. Ralph and Sid, the four-legged ‘property managers’, are surely expecting you.

 

by Sarah Michalska

 

Sarah Michalska reviewed Mt Seaview Resort, Port Macquarie, accommodation valued at $150.00 per night, dinner and breakfast. The resort caters to all your needs and is happy to accommodate weddings as well as functions, corporate events and school groups.

 

Mount Seaview Resort

w: http://www.mountseaviewresort.com.au

e: info@mountseaview.com.au

p: 02 6587 7255

a: 175 Mount Seaview Rd, Mount Seaview NSW 2446

 

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PRINCE ALFRED PARK POOL – SYDNEY http://www.thegab.com.au/prince-alfred-park-pool-sydney/ Thu, 14 Jul 2016 23:00:39 +0000 http://www.thegab.com.au/?p=7930 A swimming oasis in the heart of Sydney The GAB interviews Michelle Houghton, Centre Manager of Prince Alfred Park Pool. What’s unique about Prince Alfred Park Pool? Prince Alfred is a little touch of paradise hidden away in the big city, it has an award-winning architectural design with a unique green landscape and vibrant yellow umbrellas […]

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A swimming oasis in the heart of Sydney

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The GAB interviews Michelle Houghton, Centre Manager of Prince Alfred Park Pool.

What’s unique about Prince Alfred Park Pool?

Prince Alfred is a little touch of paradise hidden away in the big city, it has an award-winning architectural design with a unique green landscape and vibrant yellow umbrellas for plenty of shading. It has an accessible ramp making it friendly for wheelchairs and people with a disability and is in the best location with Central Station right next door. It’s perfect for an early morning swim, lunch-time session or a chill-out zone after a long day at work, it also features a children’s splash pad play area making it fun for the whole family!

What are the different swimming programs for children and adults?

Our main learn-to-swim program runs from October through till April and we run lessons for babies from 1 year all the way to older adults aged 90+! We also offer Aqua aerobics and outdoor fitness classes. Through the colder months we still run learn-to-swim and stroke correction for adults and have many adult fitness squads to keep you swim-fit all year round!

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Please provide the benefits of the membership.

You can purchase a 360 Active Swim Only Membership which get gets you unlimited access to all theee outdoor pools within the city of Sydney (Prince Alfred, Victoria Park Pool and Andrew Boy Charlton Pool) for swimming only. We also have a 360 Active ‘all inclusive’ membership which gives you unlimited access to all three outdoor pools plus the use of all programs (adult learn-to-swim or stroke correction, aqua aerobics & fitness programs) we offer both direct debit and up-front payment options with very affordable prices. If a membership is not for you, we also have the 360 GO pass which a 20-visit multi-visit pass, which still allows you access to all three outdoor pools.

Can you please tell something about Little Heroes Swim Academy?

Little Heroes Swim Academy is a private organisation that offers swimming lessons for children with disabilities, they run their program out of our pool in the summer months.

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What can be expected in the coming months?

In the coming months we will start up our outdoor fitness programs again, our learn-to-swim season will kick off and we’ll have a completely free open day in November so everyone can come and experience Prince Alfred, it’s loads of fun for the whole family featuring free entry, face painting, a sausage sizzle, giant pool inflatable, free aqua class and free stroke correction classes and special one-day-only merchandise and membership deals. Also in September our brand new café ‘The whisk and paddle’ will open creating an enjoyable community hub.

 

 

Prince Alfred Park Pool

w: http://www.princealfred.org/

e: swimschool@pappool.com.au

a: 105 Chalmers St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

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THE BOWER AT BROULEE – SOUTH COAST NSW http://www.thegab.com.au/the-bower-at-broulee/ Fri, 10 Jun 2016 07:06:44 +0000 http://www.thegab.com.au/?p=7856  A romantic getaway with total privacy   The GAB interviews Mark Berry, Owner of The Bower. What’s the story behind The Bower? Both [Sue and my] recent family ancestry had a strong rural background, so it was perhaps inevitable that we would gravitate back to our own piece of land. From the early teenage years, […]

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 A romantic getaway with total privacy

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The GAB interviews Mark Berry, Owner of The Bower.
What’s the story behind The Bower?
Both [Sue and my] recent family ancestry had a strong rural background, so it was perhaps inevitable that we would gravitate back to our own piece of land. From the early teenage years, I’d hoped to get “back onto the land” but the obstacles seemed at times to be insurmountable.
 
Despite opening up our beef and sheep grazing property northwest of Goulburn, to paying guests in one of the early FarmStay businesses in NSW, our family was unable to recover from the 1966 bushfire and support itself through th six- year drought that followed soon after.
 
However, those years included many happy memories and the business of “farming tourists” always held some attractions to me.
 
After running our own real estate business in the Southern Highlands [two hours South of Sydney] and another stint in the computer industry for me, we decided that it was time for the “seachange” or “treechange”
  
Once we found our land we were immediately captivated. We needed to call this region home and so began the dream of The Bower at Broulee, and our offering of unique South Coast holiday packages.
  
The property is between the beautiful waterways of Batemans Bay and the Moruya River and handy to the popular surfing beaches of Broulee. The South Coast district is characterised by extensive natural forests, with pockets of unspoilt rainforest, rugged mountain backdrops and a wide range of waterways. In fact, many of the people who have moved to the South Coast in recent times are very protective and don’t like to spread the word too much about its advantages.
  
Therefore, I have felt for some time that the need exists for an informative website to describe the hidden gems of the South Coast of NSW. As I mentioned above, many of the locals feel that we should keep these secrets to ourselves, lest too many people find out, and want to visit, or even worse still – move here!
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What do you offer that is unique / different from other businesses?

Absolute Privacy – The distance and the native forest between each Bower is unique for luxury accommodation in the region.

What are the rates and discounts?

Due to the costs of servicing the highest standards of cleanliness etc. that we offer, the single-night rates are relatively expensive. However, The Bower offers great rates for multi-night stays, especially through the shoulder season and outside of school and public holiday times when the demand is not so intense. Check the Snuggle Season Specials through winter.

What has been the biggest challenge of having The Bower?

Getting approvals from all the various levels of government in the first place. After the popularity of the product was confirmed by lots of repeat guests and referrals, the next challenge was to keep up with the demand. Then, gaining approval [and finance] to expand our capacity was/is the next challenge. Hence the introduction of the new Bambino product, described below.

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What can be expected in the coming months?

The ‘Bambino at the Bower’ is a new glamping experience for the NSW South Coast. For those who are pressed for time, our incredibly funky (not to mention iconic!) Airstream trailer has arrived. We’ve nicknamed it ‘The Bambino’ and have placed it in a most beautiful location overlooking our new pond and the escarpment. It has an internal loo and shower, extra-long double bed and the quality fit-out that Airstream is renowned for. The Bambino is located in the forest behind Broulee which is just South of Batemans Bay on the South Coast of New South Wales.

We also cater weddings and other celebrations at Banquets at The Bower.

The Bower at Broulee

w: http://thebower.com.au/
t: + 61 (0)2 4471 8666
a: 2352 George Bass Dr, Broulee NSW 2537



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THE ULTIMATE LIVE ESCAPE GAME – AUSTRALIA-WIDE http://www.thegab.com.au/escape-hunt-experience-sydney-ultimate-live-escape-game-sydney-nsw/ Wed, 23 Mar 2016 22:00:19 +0000 http://www.thegab.com.au/?p=7519 A live escape adventure Fancy sleuthing your way out of a locked room in an hour? Throw in secret doors and props harking back to the Sydney Rocks’ crime era heyday for an Escape Hunt Experience Sydney adventure. Challenge yourself through puzzles aplenty, team up with buddies or workmates – up to seven can play in […]

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A live escape adventure

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Fancy sleuthing your way out of a locked room in an hour? Throw in secret doors and props harking back to the Sydney Rocks’ crime era heyday for an Escape Hunt Experience Sydney adventure.

Challenge yourself through puzzles aplenty, team up with buddies or workmates – up to seven can play in one room – and beware the red herrings.

On the fourth floor of a CBD building, the Sydney branch has three different escape rooms – part of a world-wide craze for mental adventures. (A group of nerd buddies on the TV show The Big Bang Theory took just six minutes to escape a similar adventure.)

Meanwhile, our party took the easiest challenge – the Cottage Robbery – ideal for families. The scenario: help police find the culprit who stole a stash of gold coins from the owner of a workers’ cottage in The Rocks.

We sign in, sink into the comfy lounges to hear about the challenge, have a safety rundown and get a walkie talkie to contact our host, Julie Chen, for clues – or to escape in a jiffy (it’s worth nothing that there’s another escape option if the walkie talkie fails). Personal belongings get locked in a crate outside the room.

Once we’re in, we see an olden day chest, writing desk, shelf, gold coins littering the floor and a single chair. We gravitate towards a list of Roman emperors to discuss strategy. After 10 minutes, we’re on the walkie talkie asking for a clue.

Like us, you’ll try to make sense and connections of props and messages, retracing your steps when strategy fails to crack combination lock codes. One hour and 20 minutes later, and we’re out! (Admittedly with much host help.)

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Escape Hunt is recommended for kids from 12 up.

Julie says, “Small kids love the cottage because it’s visual – it’s room-based. There’s a mix of physical, logical and mathematical puzzles.”

Our eight-year-old had no trouble staying on task saying, “It was difficult even with three people, but fun.”

“We found a pigpen cipher under a mat in the room. I’d read about this sort of cipher in a spy kit I own, but hadn’t used one yet. As soon as our host told us what it was for, I felt really confident about how to use it.”

Julie says, “In the more challenging rooms, the maths component is pretty full-on. You have to pay close attention to detail or you’ll miss a piece of evidence and not be able to make up the story and escape.”

Escapees can refresh themselves afterwards with a free cuppa and biscuits.

Channel your inner Sherlock Holmes with dress-up props for photos. Have your tagged pic posted to the Escape Hunt Facebook page and you could win a free return visit. Escape Hunt memorabilia such as a T-shirt, polo shirt, skirt and cap are on sale, too.

 

By Margaret Paton

 

Margaret Paton experienced the Escape Hunt Sydney Experience – The Ultimate Live Escape Game, which costs from $36 per person.

 

The Escape Hunt Experience Sydney: The Ultimate Live Escape Game

w: http://sydney.escapehunt.com
t: (02) 9299 3929
a: Level 4, 393 George St, Sydney (between Market and King streets)
Open 10am to 10pm seven days a week

Escape Hunt has branches across Australia – in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and on the Gold Coast.

They’re offering 15% to The GAB’s readers (valid for one month at any branch). Please use the code THEGAB15 upon payment.

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GLAMPING WITH NOMADIC BELLE – ACROSS NSW http://www.thegab.com.au/glamping-sydney/ Thu, 17 Mar 2016 06:08:44 +0000 http://www.thegab.com.au/?p=7506 Forget camping – glamping is where you want to start your wildlife experience If you’re not a seasoned camper, you may think camping will be fun and romantic – until you get to your chosen spot and find your tent just won’t stand, sending you and your partner into a fit of rage, flinging insults at […]

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Forget camping – glamping is where you want to start your wildlife experience

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If you’re not a seasoned camper, you may think camping will be fun and romantic – until you get to your chosen spot and find your tent just won’t stand, sending you and your partner into a fit of rage, flinging insults at each other until finally you decide to sleep in separate corners of the car.

Thankfully you can now hire the Nomadic Belle glamping team to do all the hard work for you.

Husband and wife team – and avid campers – Paul and Danni started the business to give others a taste of the incredible spots they’ve been to. But even more than that, they wanted to bring the comforts of home to the elements of the outdoors.

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Inside each of their luxury couples’ tents is a queen-sized bed, laundered linen (sheets, doona, blanket, pillows and cushions), bath towels, side tables, a storage chest, rug, lighting (choice of solar or power), outdoor chairs, bottled water, and red or white wine with wine glasses.

And there’s even a family friendly tent with all of the above just more suitable bedding configurations for a group.

Optional extras include a kitchenware pack (plates, bowls, mugs, cutlery, a chopping board, saucepan, frypan and picnic blanket), BBQ utensil kit, esky, outdoor table, toaster, double-gas cooker with gas bottle, and a firewood pack.

Who knew sleeping under the stars could be this awesome?

 

 

By Sarah Friggieri

 

Sarah Friggieri experienced the Nomadic Belle’s Luxury Getaway For Two, which costs $299 per night, at Glenworth Valley.

 

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w: www.nomadicbelle.com

t: 0449 163 393

 

 

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SHEDDING LIGHT ON LANTERN GHOST TOURS – SYDNEY http://www.thegab.com.au/shedding-light-lantern-ghost-tours-sydney-nsw/ Sun, 28 Feb 2016 22:15:38 +0000 http://www.thegab.com.au/?p=7457 A tour of Sydney’s ghoulish past We all know about Australia’s convict past, but have you ever thought about what happened after the first fleet set up shop in Sydney? What their lives were like and how those first settlers’ lives came to an end? Lantern Ghost Tours of The Rocks gives you a fascinating […]

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A tour of Sydney’s ghoulish past

We all know about Australia’s convict past, but have you ever thought about what happened after the first fleet set up shop in Sydney? What their lives were like and how those first settlers’ lives came to an end? Lantern Ghost Tours of The Rocks gives you a fascinating insight into how Sydney came to be, and covers some pretty spine-tingling tales while visiting areas where many of the first settlers met their fate.

Walking through the streets that were once run by gangsters, you learn all about the public executions, mass burials and of course the tragic accidents that occurred in a location that is now regarded as a tourist hotspot.

While this tour did not experience any paranormal activity that night, the eerie feeling was ever-present while standing on the grounds under the Harbour Bridge where one of the builders had fallen off the south pylon. John, the tour guide shared a story about one of the Bridge Climb employees who says he always feels like he is being watched while he takes people up to the top of the bridge.

Another spine-tingling location you visit is Observatory Hill. While it serves as a romantic spot for a picnic, this is where Sydney’s first hanging took place on one of the fig trees. You really can’t miss it, once you know what it was once used for.

This ghost tour of Sydney’s old-town, is full of interesting historical information, although if you’re looking for a serious fright, I would invest in a EVP machine and testing out the areas while touring these ghoulish haunts, because it’s not every night that they come out to play.

 

By Alex Lazcano

 

Alex Lazcano experienced the Haunted Sydney Ghost tour, which costs $34 or $55 for the tour plus dinner.

 

Lantern Ghost Tours

w: www.lanternghosttours.com

t: 1300 390 119

 

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EPIC BIKES: CANRDLY TREADLIES http://www.thegab.com.au/epic-bikes-canrdly-treadlies/ Mon, 26 Oct 2015 22:15:39 +0000 http://www.thegab.com.au/?p=6163 Bikes for people who don’t like ordinary Some people sit on the toilet, others ride bikes. We’re talking about getting your downtime. Time to think about nothing, speak to nobody, and have nobody ask you to do anything. People’s “nothing box” comes in all shapes and sizes. For Glen Fitzgerald, the owner of CanRdly Treadlies, […]

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Bikes for people who don’t like ordinary

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Some people sit on the toilet, others ride bikes. We’re talking about getting your downtime. Time to think about nothing, speak to nobody, and have nobody ask you to do anything. People’s “nothing box” comes in all shapes and sizes. For Glen Fitzgerald, the owner of CanRdly Treadlies, it’s taking a bike out and pedalling into the horizon.

Australia is one of the best places in the world to cycle. Cycling is a great way to nip around the city easily (and without spending any money), but you’ve also got all sorts of trails beyond the urban environment where you can really pump the pedals.

CanRdly Treadlies is an Aussie company bringing in awesome fixed- and single-speed bikes from the States. If you’re stuck on the pronunciation of CanRdly, here’s a tip – it’s pronounced “can hardly”, because a fixie bike rolls down the hill perfectly fine, but can hardly get up again. But that aside, these bikes are no joke.

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Set up by sports and outdoor fanatic Glen, CanRdly Treadlies stocks single-speed cycles and fixed-gear bikes. And they’re anything but boring – think bright colours, vintage aesthetics, and loads of fun features (one even has a bottle opener on the back). The bikes mainly come from State Bicycle Co., a renowned builder of single-speed bikes in America. Although Aussie owned and operated, CanRdly Treadlies holds the largest range of State Bicycle Co. models in Australia, even more than State Bicycle Co. Australia themselves.

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Although CanRdly Treadlies may not be a full-blown custom shop, Glen does go out of his way to accommodate most requests within reason. He does offer custom painting – it’s outsourced, but at an affordable price.

These bikes, with their distinct style and unique features, are anything but ordinary.

 

CanRdly Treadlies

w: http://canrdlytreadlies.com.au/

t: 0412072961

e: glen@canrdlytreadlies.com.au

 

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