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stdClass Object ( [ID] => 33315 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2014-07-13 07:03:44 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-07-13 07:03:44 [post_content] => THE northern part of New South Wales, often called the "Rainbow region", is renowned for its colourful resident populations that have embraced an organic, environmental and alternative existence in some of the most beautiful country in Australia. Here you'll find yoga retreats, markets featuring locally grown produce, a blossoming arts scene and a tendency to do things differently. And it's all surrounded by wonderful coastline, beautiful hinterland towns and soaring mountain ranges. Here are some of the highlights of the region.   [caption id="attachment_33319" align="alignnone" width="650" caption="Beautiful coastline in northern New South Wales. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption]  Byron Bay The beachside town of Byron Bay has become a backpacker mecca in recent years with numerous hostels dotting its beautiful coastal stretches. Its warm summers and mild winters make it a superb place to holiday all year round and the prevailing laid-back and languid atmosphere is very appealing to all that know and frequent Byron. The Byron scenery is one of its biggest draws. The town has a number of beaches that are good for surfing, scuba diving and snorkelling. There's also a walkway that leads out of town to the Cape Byron lighthouse, dating back to 1901 and located on Australia's most easterly point on the mainland. From this scenic location whales can be seen passing between April and September. Apart from hitting the sands or hanging out in any number of local cafes, there are good regional markets to frequent between Byron and other centres like Nimbin and The Channon each weekend. There's also a Thursday farmers market at the Butler Street Reserve and a craft market here on the first Sunday of each month. Byron is also an incredible festival destination with the annual Easter Blues and Roots Festival, one of Australia's biggest and best. There's also the Byron Bay Writers Festival and the Byron Bay Film Festival. [caption id="attachment_33317" align="alignnone" width="441" caption="Byron Bay lighthouse. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption] Nimbin Seventy kilometres west of Byron Bay, Nimbin is actually the counterculture centre of this region, and indeed most of Australia. It's been described as anything from a "social experiment" to the "drug capital of Australia". Whatever your take or experience of the town, it is thanks to the 1973 Aquarius Festival, in which hippies converged on the town and stayed, that the hippy, happy and alternative vibe was established both here and in many other centres such as Bangalow, Murwillumbah and The Channon. Today the area is known as the "Rainbow Region" and continues to attract environmentalists, actors, musicians, permaculture followers, writers and those seeking an escape from the city and other mainstream life. Apart from the seemingly open buying and selling of cannabis, there are a number of places to enjoy the collective creativity of residents. The Nimbin Museum is perhaps the best example of this with collages, photos, newspaper clippings, an old Volkswagen van and other memorabilia showcasing the life and depth of Nimbin and its community. There are also great monthly markets. The annual MardiGras festival on the first weekend of May is also a chance to experience the colourful and spiritually motivated side of the town with various food, entertainment and frivolity all centered on rallying for an end to the prohibition of cannabis in Australia. [caption id="attachment_33318" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="The Nimbin Museum. Pic: nimbinmuseum.com"][/caption] Mt Warning Mt Warning is the highest point in this region and its summit is the first part of the mainland to see the sunrise, thanks to its easterly location. The 8km track to the summit is an excellent walk to the top of an ancient caldera. The route takes about five hours return and winds up through rainforest before entering drier shrubland and a rock scramble is encountered to the summit. From here, 360 degree views abound from The Gold Coast right down to Byron Bay. There are plenty of other tracks in the National Park that encompass the mountain should this one prove to be too demanding. Whichever you undertake, make sure you take water and food with you. Camping is possible in the Mt Warning National Park. Other nearby parks worth checking out include Nightcap National Park with its Big Scrub rainforest and the Border Ranges National Park on the New South Wales and Queensland border. [caption id="attachment_33316" align="alignnone" width="650" caption="Mt Warning's distinctive shape. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption] Murwillumbah Located just 13km south of the Queensland border, Murwillumbah is another of the New South Wales hinterland's colourful towns. Meaning "camping place" in the local Aboriginal language, it is dominated by views of Mount Warning located nearby. Like its neighbours Murwillumbah has a funky local scene with Art Deco buildings, cafes, galleries and antique stores. Apart from this artsy local scene there are also a series of festivals that attract visitors such as the Tweed Banana Festival and the Speed on Tweed motor racing festival. 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Going green in New South Wales

Going green in New South Wales
July 13, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

THE northern part of New South Wales, often called the “Rainbow region”, is renowned for its colourful resident populations that have embraced an organic, environmental and alternative existence in some of the most beautiful country in Australia. Here you’ll find yoga retreats, markets featuring locally grown produce, a blossoming arts scene and a tendency to…>

The Asia-Pacific’s best movie set locations

The Asia-Pacific’s best movie set locations
June 26, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

THE Asia-Pacific region is no stranger to the silver screen. Thanks to its bustling cities, futuristic architecture and incredible landscapes it’s served as the backdrop to major feature films such as The Lord of the Rings, Entrapment and Memoirs of a Geisha. While local films are also a burgeoning industry in many of these countries, here are some of the movie sets you might recognise from English language films.

Market hopping in Northern New South Wales

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June 8, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

IF you’re seeking a unique blend of local artisans, home baked or grown goods, environmental solutions, antiques, crafts, clothing and other eclectic goods then the markets in New South Wales are a fantastic choice for experiencing all the best the region has to offer.

5 coastal “campsites with a view” downunder

5 coastal “campsites with a view” downunder
May 17, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

IF you’re hankering after prime time beach views right out your campsite door, Australia delivers these up on a sandy platter. They often come complete with a side serving of native wildlife, surfable waves, hiking opportunities and unlimited views, and are on offer in every state so it’s a case of being spoilt for choice.…>

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AUSTRALIA’S sunshine state, Queensland, is a mecca for outdoor events, so if you like combining your holidays with a bit of hoof to pavement, an ocean swim, a triathlon or bike ride, this is the place to come.

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Study Hospitality in Sydney, Australia!

Study Hospitality in Sydney, Australia!
April 8, 2014 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

The global hospitality and tourism industry and its broader economic impacts currently represent approximately US$6 trillion or 9% of the global economy, employing well over a quarter of a billion people. Myriad issues and challenges surround this dynamic industry where service provision and innovation sit at the heart of success. Even more challenging is administering…>

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