Below are some useful links to help you see and learn more about Australia, including great regions and destinations to visit, businesses we at Golden Nugget Discovery Tours recommend as part of our tours, or organisations working toward something we hold dear to us: EcoTourism and conservation.
Originally formed by gold seekers in the 1850s, the Goldfields Track is a point-to-point 210km Track that takes mountain bikers and bushwalkers through some of central Victoria's most historic towns and beautiful forests. You'll encounter forests, both natural and man-made, pastoral countryside and singletrack that in some places flows on grippy loam and in others jumps and jags across roots, rock ledges and coarse sandstone.
Ansonia Boutique Hotel
Enjoy the ambiance of this heritage listed, modernised small hotel. Ansonia on Lydiard offers a retreat for business and leisuretravellers in Ballarat's historic city precinct.
Hotel features include the light-filled Atrium with guest seating, high ceiling guest room, the lunge and library and the delightful courtyard
Ballarat hosts a diverse calendar of events with something for everyone. Ballarat is constantly entertaining with international exhibitions, world-class sporting events, entertaining and diverse festivals, fascinating historical exhibitions as well as enticing gourmet food and wine events. There's always something happening in Ballarat, so come on, see for yourself.
Want to uncover the riches of the Goldfields? Discover a wealth of treasures old and new with galleries, restaurants, wineries and unique accommodation for every taste. Share your favourite places or hear about latest events and discoveries on the Facebook page, or visit the website for more information.
Looking for acclaimed cuisine, cellar doors, award winning day spas, spectacular scenery, natural mineral springs, romantic hideaways, country resorts, historic streetscapes, great entertainment, fabulous art or a game of golf? Just 90 minutes from Melbourne, the Shire boasts the highest concentration of mineral springs in the country together with an equally large array of therapists. Holistic health services, provided in conjunction with the mineral springs and spas, continue the region’s long tradition as a place of healing.
Sandy beaches, snow-peaked mountains, zoos and aquariums, historic sites, bars and cafes, white-water rafting, spas, wildlife and wineries, or self-driving along Victoria's breathtaking coast – everywhere you turn there’s always something special to see and do in Victoria.
Pyrenees hosts a busy calendar of festivals and events throughout the year with something to suit everyone. Food and wine events are one of the regions strongest points, amongst sports and recreation, agriculture, markets, art and crafts, to community and regional, state or national events.
There's nothing better for your well-being than getting out and enjoying the best of what nature has to offer. Victoria's wonderful parks are free and they are for everyone. So why not visit a park today? Our parks are everywhere - from the most remote locations to the heart of the city.
Ecotourism Australia was formed in 1991 as an incorporated non-profit organisation, and is the peak national body for the ecotourism industry. Ecotourism Australia's Mission is about growing, consolidating and promoting ecotourism and other committed tourism operations to become more sustainable.
If you are thinking about carbon offsetting your car (or flight) by tree planting, please have a closer look at Fifteen Trees. With us you directly support our rural communities and environment. The indigenous trees are planted by schools, environmental networks, landowners and Landcare throughout all states of Australia.
Australian Wildlife Conservancy
Traditionally, the implementation of on-ground conservation programs in Australia has been left to the Government sector. However, with more than 1,500 animals and plants threatened with extinction, it is now clear that the challenge of saving Australia’s biodiversity is too great for Governments acting alone. A new approach to conservation is needed. As a non-government organisation with an overwhelming focus on the implementation of practical, on-ground programs, AWC is helping to define a new model for conservation in Australia. Our continued success will depend upon the support of donors from across Australia – so, please become an AWC supporter and help us define a new path for conservation in Australia.
Blue Pyrenees has been making wines at the Estate since 1968. Fine brandy was the original focus, however in the last twenty years premium sparkling and still wines have been at the forefront. As a result, Blue Pyrenees has a formidable reputation for a wide range of sparklings, all made in the Methode Traditionelle, as well as a complete range of table wines, made from varieties specifically chosen to suit the cool climate of the Pyrenees.
Whilst the phenomenal export success of the giants of the Australian Wine Industry has been widely reported, little has been said of those boutique wineries producing unique, complex and premium wines that will further enhance the reputation of the Industry. Warrenmang Vineyard and Resort nestled in the Moonambel Valley 2 hours North West of Melbourne has been for many years, a hidden treasure for enthusiasts of fine food and wine. Now it seems the world is discovering the jewels of Central Victoria.
Creswick Woollen Mills
With over 65 years of history to draw upon, the iconic Creswick Woollen Mills is now the only remaining Woollen Coloured Spinning Mill if its type left in Australia.
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