Quite often the term "group" conjures up the idea that you'll be stuck with hundreds of people, herded around on pre-packaged tours. Not so! Groups can be as small as 6 people and can be as custom designed as you want. Plus, traveling as a group is quite fun and beneficial. So go out there and create or join a group to travel with!
WHAT IS A GROUP? Let your imagination run wild! The underlying theme is a number of people who are affiliated in some way. Family, friends, hobby interests - do you belong to a group?
Let's start with a few examples:
Even though I live in Arizona and we have the most wonderful, sunny and perfect temperatures during the Christmas season, I still on occasion like brisk weather, snowflakes in the air, crackling fires and warm mugs of hot chocolate. Well no, let me take that back. Gluhwein - yes gluhwein more so than hot chocolate!
View from Mt Wellington Photo credits: Tourism Australia, Photographer Ellenor Argyropoulos
Tasmania may not be the first or even second region in Australia that most people visit, but maybe it should be. Tasmania, or "Tassie" as the Aussies call it, may be "Small in size but it certainly is big in experience".
A short one hour flight from Melbourne and two from Sydney, Tasmania is a great self drive destination. The smallest of all Australian states, it is similar in size to Ireland, and with quiet roads, it is easy to get around. One can get a flavor of the area in three days, but a week allows you to really explore this beautiful state and experience all Tasmania has to offer.
Tasmania's biggest draw is its wilderness areas. Approximately 40% of Tasmania is protected, with one-fifth of the total island designated a world heritage area. With 19 national parks, hundreds of reserves and over 1700 miles in walking tracks, one can find natural beauty all around. Tasmania is also home to diverse plant and wildlife - some you will only find here, including the endangered Tasmanian Devil.
Historical sites and fabulous museums will please those seeking a cultural focus, and
foodies are not left out either. Tasmania has become everything food and wine (and even beer and whiskey) lovers are looking for, from local eateries and pubs to high end venues and genuine farm to plate dining.
Read on to check out the various areas to explore and top activities to experience in Tasmania.
Cairns is well known as one of the gateways to the Great Barrier Reef - a must see experience. But there are many more things to do in and near Cairns besides the reef. From stunning beaches to the hinterland area, centuries old rainforests and the city itself, Cairns offers a wide variety of adventures, culinary delights and relaxation options for all tastes. Check out the following top experiences and put them in your plans when visiting the area.
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