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Jetgo flies direct between Brisbane and

Dubbo six times weekly

ESCAPE

Farm stay

Cedar Glen is a cattle property that has been in the Stephens family

for 100 years and a farm stay with current owners Nigel and Sabrina is

a step into their daily lives. The working farm is home to a menagerie

of horses, cows, pigs, sheep, turkeys, ducks, peacocks and chickens

which all need feeding every day – and guests pitch in. That means

early morning rises to milk the cows and making sure the animals are

fed morning and evening before you are! It’s an action-packed stay with

lessons on boomerang throwing and whip cracking before an afternoon

tea of damper and billy tea, twilight 4WD tours for the best views of the

surrounding Lost World Valley and Lamington National Park or choose

to go horse riding, bushwalking, birdwatching, swimming and fishing.

Accommodation is in historical cottages on the farm. Cedar Glen

Farmstay, Beaudesert, Queensland. See

www.cedarglen.com.au

Zoofari

Waking up to a giraffe peering over the fence

is something you’d be more likely to expect

in Africa than Australia but it’s all part of

the experience during a sleepover at Taronga

Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. Zoofari lodge

accommodation overlooks the paddock where giraffe,

zebra, buffalo and eland (antelope) roam. While they can

be viewed comfortably from the deck, the highlight of an

overnight stay is getting up early for the sunrise safari. Or

there’s an option to stay at the Billabong Camp tent site

and head out at night on a nocturnal tour to view native

animals before settling in around the campfire to toast

some marshmallows and enjoy a supper under the stars –

and spot some free-ranging animals. See https://taronga.

org.au/taronga-western-plains-zoo

kids will love

Beach holiday park

Red Rock is a little beach village at the end of a long stretch of

undeveloped coastline on the edge of a national park and the local

North Coast Holiday Park is a family treasure. Who needs a pool when

you’ve got the South Pacific Ocean to play in? The biggest decision here

every morning is whether to go surfing, swimming or snorkelling, tackle

the 10km Angourie Coastal Walk (and see how Red Rock got its name),

explore the pristine Corindi estuary by canoe or fish from the beach or

river. There are plenty of powered and unpowered camping and caravan

sites, some cabins and a cottage here but the beach tents (for a family

of four) are the pick of the park – complete with ensuite, fresh linen

and an outdoor patio – and they book out quickly so plan well ahead

for this one. Rates from $110 per night (midweek) or $115

(weekends) for two people. Find out more at www.

northcoastholidayparks.com.au/park/info/red-rock

Wet and wild adventure

Sea World has got plenty going for it as a family getaway, great rides,

shows, beach across the road, a resort on the spot. A recent survey by

website

Booking.com

shows that a great pool ranks tops with kids age

5 to 11 among the most important things to have on a holiday and

Sea World not only has a 50-metre lagoon pool and waterfall, there’s

a SpongeBob aquatic playground as well. But teens aged 14 and over

will be more intrigued to go behind the scenes for activities such as

Trainer for a Day, learning about not just dolphins but polar bears,

seals and the rescue program at Sea World, or just get up close and

personal with the penguins. Sea World, Main Beach, Gold Coast.

Find out more at

www.seaworld.com.au

Fly Corporate flies between Brisbane and

Coffs Harbour 12 times weekly

Getaways