Sunday, February 19, 2023

What's New in Canada for 2023

 From wilderness resorts to meaningful Indigenous immersions, Canada's newest tourism offerings reflect the nation's commitment to travel as a force for good. Read on to discover eight new adventures you can only have in Canada:

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Noorilim: a grand manor house at Wahring VIC

'Noorilim-from wool to wine' is the biography of the pastoral property of Noorilim, on the floodplain of the Goulburn River 130km north of Melbourne. The property was created in 1840 when squatter  Frederick Manton claimed 44,000 acres near the first Goulburn Aboriginal Protectorate.  Relations between Europeans and the dispossessed Noorai-illum clan were strained, the conduct of Manton's men often being a cause.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Seven themed Queensland road trips to tackle in 2023

The open road is calling and the only thing that pumps up the classic road trip more is a route steeped in a theme. From tantalising tasting trails to family-friendly fossil frolicking and chasing iconic ‘big things’, these seven Queensland themed road trips are sure to get the tyres spinning.

Monday, February 13, 2023

Ireland oozes love on the big screen

 Can't get away for Valentine's? Don't fret! Ireland has you covered with these romantic movies either set or shot on the island…

It's no secret that the island of Ireland has starred in many a great romantic movie.
No stranger to viewers is Northern Ireland that is awash with locations from Game of Thrones®. While Castle Ward in County Down and the magnificent Benone Strand in County Londonderry are well known, others such as the Tollymore Forest Park and Inch Abbey in County Down are more under the radar. County Antrim's Dark Hedges, which featured as the iconic King's Road in the HBO drama, is a popular spot for proposals and so are Binevenagh Mountain in County Londonderry, or the quaint harbour outside the village of Ballintoy in County Antrim which doubled as Lordsport Harbour in Game of Thrones®.

Friday, February 3, 2023

Hidden Italy Weekend: fabulous outing cycling along the Spoleto to Norcia Greenway

Amongst the mountain railways in Italy, the Spoleto to Norcia line in southern Umbria was always considered one of the finest. It was one of the last and one of the most challenging built. The first public service to run line was a steam driven bus in 1902. The popularity convinced the authorities to convert it into a proper railway. Construction was started under the direction of Erwin Thomann, a Swiss engineer who had extensive experience drilling tunnels back home. It kicked off in 1913 and was finished in 1926.

The railway is 52 kilometres long. It connected the beautiful hilltown of Spoleto, burrowed through the foothills of the Apennines and then follows the Nera River as it winds up to Norcia. It operated until 1968. It lay neglected for several decades until finally, in 2001, thanks to the work of volunteers and the support of local authorities, it was reworked and opened as a cycling and walking ‘rail trail’. The ‘Greenway Spoleto-Norcia’ has since won several prizes and is a fabulous way to explore this special part of central Italy. What more could you want for a healthy and exciting weekend in Italy?

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