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Mister Weekend - 7 Reasons To Hike Cradle Mountain

17/11/2014

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Sydney Blogger Mister Weekender recently visited Tasmania and ticked 'Hiking Cradle Mountain' of his bucket list. Here are his 7 reasons why you should hike Cradle Mountain too!

 

It’s no secret I love hiking. I’m one of those nature lovers who’d rather be climbing mountains than sitting at a café in Bondi eating quinoa pancakes. Don’t get me wrong, I really love good food but there is more than sitting in a café weekend after weekend. I was recently in Tasmania exploring Strahan and Cradle Mountain. Hiking Cradle Mountain has been on my bucket list for a long time and I was thrilled that I finally got the chance to hike the summit.

But before I continue, there is something you need to know. Hiking Cradle Mountain National Park is not a walk through a park. It’s tough, demanding and the weather changes with the blink of an eye. In the seven hour hike, I experienced snow, ice, sleet, wind, rain, mist and a mere splash of sun. It was the toughest hike I’ve ever done – or perhaps ask me when I come back from South America next month!

I went in July, smack bang in the middle of winter but regardless of the time of the year, my biggest tips are to wear the proper gear (Nike sneakers are not enough), pack enough water and appropriate food, and start the day early as daylight closes in quickly come 5pm in the late afternoon.

If this sounds a little daunting, below are my top seven reasons why you should put hiking Cradle Mountain National Park on your bucket list.

#1 Tasmania is Australia’s best kept secret
I really think that trsvellers rush to explore the east and west coasts of Australia so quickly that sometimes they forget Tasmania! Part of me is quite happy about this because I want it to stay that way, but that’s really selfish! If you’ve been reading Mister Weekender this year, then you’ll know how much I love Tasmania, including Wineglass Bay, Strahan, Honeymoon Bay, Freycinet Marine Park and Roky Hills Retreat. I’ve been twice this year and I am going back in January. So excited!

#2 Adventure is good for the soul
No matter when or where you go, or the difficulty of the trek, there is something wildly beautiful about hiking and being in the wilderness. Climbing a summit, scaling a ridge, seeing animals in the wild and trekking over new landscapes gives an unspeakable adrenalin rush – even more so when solo hiking.

#3 Hiking is great for fitness
Pilates with friends and running along the beach is a lot of fun, but sometimes you need to mix it up a little! So go hiking. It’s the perfect way to lift your fitness whilst exploring nature.

#4 It’s affordable
Have I mentioned hiking is cheaper than a pilates class? Well it is! Depending on where you go, most hiking trails are free and some national parks require an admission fee (usually up to $24 in Australia). But it’s well worth it!

#5 It’s perfect for stress relief
After a hectic and stressful week, the first thing I want to do is switch off from technology, get amongst nature and go hiking. Adventure can have some seriously positive effects on stress levels and when combined with the other great aspects of hiking, including overall fitness, I start feeling immediately better. You will too, promise!

#6 Oh thy beautiful nature
The main reason why I go hiking is nature. No matter the hike, no matter the location – nothing beats fresh air, wide open spaces and nature. It might be a cloudless sunset, the view on top of a mountain or swimming in a creek – nature RULES.

#7 You’ll never travel the same again
Once you start hiking, your holidays will start looking a little different. You’ll start looking for adventure and more hiking trails, rather than paving the pavement looking for coffee. Puhhh-lease, there is so much more beauty in the world than that! My friends and I are planning a big trip overseas next year and my only requirement is going hiking to several beautiful national parks. As long as I have that, I know I’ll be a happy traveller.

 

Time to pack your bags? Check out our Journey of Discovery special offer plus tips on things to see and do in Tasmania at www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au/tasmania

 

For more travel stories from Mr Weekender see: www.misterweekender.com/category/travels

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This article first appeared on misterweekender.com.au, it has been republished here with full permission.

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Welcome to Discovery Holiday Parks - Barossa Valley

03/09/2014

 

We are very excited to welcome Discovery Holiday Parks – Barossa Valley, in the heart of South Australia’s iconic Barossa Valley to the Discovery family!  Discovery Holiday Parks – Barossa Valley, formerly the Tanunda Caravan and Tourist Park, is set in the picturesque Tanunda, the main town of the world famous Barossa Valley wine region on the doorstep of wineries, walking trails, art galleries, fine dining and more.

The park lies on a beautiful and shady 7.3 hectare site and currently comprises 273 sites made up of thee luxury villas known as Barossa Havens, 35 cabins including deluxe, superior, standard, and budget accommodation options and 218 caravan and camping sites, of which 121 are powered.

The park facilities include a kiosk, two amenities blocks, two barbecue areas, a fully equipped laundry, a recreational hall that seats up to 130 people and includes games and TV rooms, a community area with a full kitchen, and a soundshell for outdoor entertainment and movies.  There’s also a solar heated swimming pool and, for the younger set, a children’s playground, an inflatable trampoline and a bicycle hire facility.

Grant Wilckens, CEO of Adelaide-based Discovery Holiday Parks, said the Tanunda park is a significant addition to the company that now stands at 33 parks – and more than 6,500 accommodation sites – located in some of the country’s most spectacular settings.

“In Discovery Holiday Parks – Barossa Valley, we have a facility that ticks all the boxes.

“It lies in the heart of the country’s most famous and celebrated wine region and its mix of luxury and standard accommodation options, powered and unpowered sites, and recreational facilities have long appealed to our core target markets of families, touring couples and the so-called grey nomads.

“Our next step is to invest in the park through general facility improvements and develop more cabin accommodation to further capitalise on the area’s enormous tourism opportunities.”

Discovery Holiday Parks – Barossa Valley, is in line with the company’s vision to include parks in the country’s most desirable locations that offer the best possible visitor experience for the caravanning, camping and holidaymaking communities.

 

INTRODUCTORY OFFER - FREE UPGRADE!

Get a Superior Cabin for the price of a Standard

We are very excited to introduce to you Discovery Holiday Parks – Barossa Valley!

Discover the Barossa Valley and take advantage of our introductory FREE upgrade offer. Just stay 2 or more consecutive nights midweek before the end of October and stay in a Superior 1 Bedroom Cabin for the price of a Standard!

Book Now

For more information on Discovery Holiday Parks - Barossa Valley see: www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au/Barossa

Or contact the Barossa Valley Team on: 1800 991 590

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Dometic Follow the Sun Happy Hours - Clare & Lake Bonney

07/08/2014

 

Dometic Waeco are hosting Follow The Sun Happy Hours at caravan Parks all around Australia and we're taking part!

Come and join in the fun and meet Dometic Ambassadors The Stephensons, also known as The Blonde Nomad at:

Bring the family, there's plenty of giveaways, and a Dometic RV Specialist will be there to answer any questions about your RV.

  • Free drinks and nibbles
  • Prizes & giveaways
  • Dometic RV specialists on hand

 

Kick back with a coldie, relax, make new friends and talk all things RV.

Book Now - Clare Book Now - Lake Bonney

 

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Lake Kununurra - Christmas In July

11/07/2014

 

 

Lake kununurra christmas in july menu boardCome and experience an authentic Christmas in the Outback on the banks of the Ord River at Discovery Holiday Parks - Lake Kununurra. Tickets are limited and bookings are essential. Don't miss out on a fun night of entertainment.

 

WHEN: Saturday 26 July 5pm - 10pm

WHERE: Croc Rock @ Discovery Holiday Parks - Lake Kununurra

COST: $35 Adult, $15 Child, $90 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)

 

Proceeds to support the CareFlight

 

TO BOOK PLEASE CALL 1800 648 112

 

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Australian Road Trip with the Tassie Young Nomads

09/07/2014

 

In May 2014 Wendy and James from Hobart packed up their lives into their new caravan and hit the open road on a journey of a lifetime travelling around Australia.  They’re sharing their story along the way with their blog Tassie Young Nomads.

Soon after heading off from Hobart Wendy and James stayed at Discovery Holiday Parks – Devonport for a few nights before boarding the Spirit of Tasmania, here’s some excerpts and photos of their stay:

June 23

We have arrived in Devonport, staying at the Discovery Holiday Park, we are now all settled in our new surroundings for the next few days. We just watched the Spirit of Tasmania leave from our van so starting to get excited about our trip. I can hear the waves and they sound so close.

June 25

This is great little park, very clean and tidy and also offering drive thru sites with ensuite. Our ensuite had spa so had to test it out today. Getting excited for tomorrow.

June 26

Chill out day today before boarding the spirit tonight and the big island tomorrow.

June 27

Boarding the Spirit Of Tasmania last night and leaving this morning. One picture of inside was tight squeeze but people behind us could hardly open there door. Very impressed with facilities on the Spirit and rooms and beds comfy. Had good crossing but they warned it would be rough so we opted for early night.

 

We’ll catch up with the Tassie Young Nomads later in their journey as they continue their trip around Australia!

 

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