Australian Spas And Retreats

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Australia's Best Spas

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With hundreds of photographs, this spa guidebook presents the best quality spas in Australia—from Queensland's palm-fringed coast to Tasmania's wild mountain wilderness. Australia is blessed with a mind-boggling array of spas in a multitude of shapes, sizes, and locations.Even if it were possible to visit a different spa each month, it would take several years to experience the varied delights of every Australian spa. From just four spas in the late 1990s, there are now over 300, with a dozen more opening in 2005. Getting there is definitely part of the fun. Your journey to inspiring locations will take you through magnificent national parks, to sparkling oceans and sandy beaches, across breathtaking harbors, into glamorous cityscapes and remote landscapes rich in ancient wonders. A spa visit can be a spiritually euphoric experience. With all the laying of hands, cleansing and renewal, sensory stimulation and heightened awareness of our physical presence, the effect of submitting to treatments designed to deliver ultimate pleasure can be mind altering.

Health and Wellness Tourism

Health and Wellness Tourism Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Patricia Erfurt-Cooper,Prof. Malcolm Cooper
Editor: Channel View Publications
ISBN: 1845413636
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Health and Wellness Tourism by Patricia Erfurt-Cooper,Prof. Malcolm Cooper Summary

Geothermal springs constitute a major tourism resource, providing spectacular settings, recreation facilities, a recognised value in treatments beneficial for health and wellness, a sense of heritage and adventure, and links with the natural environment. Health and wellness tourism accounts for a significant proportion of the world’s tourism consumption, with components ranging from hot spring bathing for leisure and recreation, through mineral water use in health treatments under the supervision of highly specialised medical professionals, to water treatments in the wellness and beauty therapy sector and the use of mineral water for drinking purposes. This makes it an economically and socially important area of tourism demanding in-depth analysis. This book explores health and wellness tourism from a range of perspectives including usage, heritage, management, technology, environmental and cultural features, and marketing.

Wellness Tourism

Wellness Tourism Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Cornelia Voigt,Christof Pforr
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1136162119
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Wellness Tourism by Cornelia Voigt,Christof Pforr Summary

Core values of society, health and wellbeing impact today on all aspects of our lives, and have also increasingly influenced patterns of tourism consumption and production. In this context wellness has developed into a significant dimension of tourism in a number of new and long established destinations. However, although it is consistently referred to as one of the most rapidly growing forms of tourism worldwide there still remains a dearth of academic literature on this topic. This book uniquely focuses on the supply side of wellness tourism from a destination perspective in terms of the generation and delivery of products and services for tourists who seek to maintain and improve their health. This approach provides a better understanding of how wellness tourism destinations develop and explores the specific drivers of that growth in a destination context and how destinations successfully compete against each other in globalised market place. A range of wellness destination development and management issues are examined including the importance of authenticity, an appropriate policy framework, delivery of high quality goods and services, participation of a broad range of stakeholders and the development of networks and clusters as well as collaborative strategies essential for a successful development and management of a wellness tourism destination. International case studies and examples from established and new wellness tourism destinations are integrated throughout. This timely volume written by leaders in this sector will be of interest to tourism and hospitality students and academics internationally.

Medical Tourism and Transnational Health Care

Medical Tourism and Transnational Health Care Pdf/ePub eBook Author: D. Botterill,G. Pennings,T. Mainil
Editor: Springer
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Medical Tourism and Transnational Health Care by D. Botterill,G. Pennings,T. Mainil Summary

The phenomenon of transnational health care has grown rapidly over recent years and this book provides a comprehensive landscape of diverse research communities' attempts to capture its implications for existing bodies of knowledge in selected aspects of medicine, medical ethics, health policy and management, and tourism studies.

Health, Tourism and Hospitality

Health, Tourism and Hospitality Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Melanie Smith,Laszlo Puczko
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1136187340
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Health, Tourism and Hospitality by Melanie Smith,Laszlo Puczko Summary

Health, Tourism and Hospitality: Spas, Wellness and Medical Travel, 2nd Edition takes an in-depth and comprehensive look at the growing health, wellness and medical tourism sectors in a global context. The book analyses the history and development of the industries, the way in which they are managed and organised, the expanding range of new and innovative products and trends, and the marketing of destinations, products and services. The only book to offer a complete overview and introduction to health, tourism and hospitality this 2nd Edition has been updated to include: • Expanded coverage to the hospitality sector with a particular focus on spa management. • New content on medical tourism throughout the book, to reflect the worldwide growth in medical travel with more and more countries entering this competitive market. • Updated content to reflect recent issues and trends including: ageing population, governments encouraging preventative health, consumer use of contemporary and alternative therapies, self-help market, impacts of economic recession, spa management and customer loyalty. • New case studies taken from a range of different countries and contexts, and focusing on established or new destinations, products and services such as: conventional medicine, complementary and alternative therapies, lifestyle-based wellness, beauty and cosmetics, healthy nutrition, longevity and anti (or active)-ageing, amongst others. Written in a user friendly style, this is essential reading for students studying health, tourism and hospitality.

The Rough Guide to Australia (Travel Guide eBook)

The Rough Guide to Australia (Travel Guide eBook) Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Rough Guides
Editor: Apa Publications (UK) Limited
ISBN: 1789196388
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The Rough Guide to Australia (Travel Guide eBook) by Rough Guides Summary

World-renowned 'tell it like it is' guidebook Discover Australia with this comprehensive, entertaining, 'tell it like it is' Rough Guide, packed with comprehensive practical information and our experts' honest and independent recommendations. Whether you plan to swim with whale sharks, explore the Atherton Tablelands or sail in the Whitsunday Islands, The Rough Guide to Australia will help you discover the best places to explore, sleep, eat, drink and shop along the way. Features of The Rough Guide to Australia: - Detailed regional coverage: provides in-depth practical information for each step of all kinds of trip, from intrepid off-the-beaten-track adventures, to chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas. Regions covered include: Sydney and around, New South Wales and the ACT, Coastal Queensland, Outback Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, Melbourne and around, Victoria, and Tasmania. - Honest independent reviews: written with Rough Guides' trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, and recommendations you can truly trust, our writers will help you get the most from your trip to Australia. - Meticulous mapping: always full-colour, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys. Find your way around Sydney, Melbourne and many more locations without needing to get online. - Fabulous full-colour photography: features a richness of inspirational colour photography, including the captivating, rugged peaks of the Flinders Ranges and the stunning blue waters (and whale sharks!) of Ningaloo Marine Park. - Things not to miss: Rough Guides' rundown of Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide's best sights and top experiences. - Itineraries: carefully planned routes will help you organise your trip, and inspire and inform your on-the-road experiences. - Basics section: packed with essential pre-departure information including getting there, getting around, accommodation, food and drink, health, the media, festivals, sports and outdoor activities, culture and etiquette, shopping and more. - Background information: comprehensive Contexts chapter provides fascinating insights into Australia, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary. - Covers: Sydney and around, New South Wales and the ACT, Coastal Queensland, Outback Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, Melbourne and around, Victoria, and Tasmania. About Rough Guides: Rough Guides have been inspiring travellers for over 35 years, with over 30 million copies sold globally. Synonymous with practical travel tips, quality writing and a trustworthy 'tell it like it is' ethos, the Rough Guides list includes more than 260 travel guides to 120+ destinations, gift-books and phrasebooks.

Ultimate Spa

Ultimate Spa Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Judy Chapman
Editor: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462906621
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Ultimate Spa by Judy Chapman Summary

Asia is now at the forefront of the international spa movement with the creation of many of the world's finest luxury spas—most of which base their treatments on traditional Asian therapies and formulas. Drawing on the expertise of many of Asia's best therapists, doctors, and wellness experts from around the region, ultimate spa offers a comprehensive look at the finest spas in Asia and the unparalleled range of therapies they now offer. This spa pictorial not only describes Asia's best–known destination and day spas in detail, it delves deeply into the ancient wellness traditions of Ayurveda, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), and other health and beauty secrets which are largely responsible for the phenomenal success of Asian spas today. The emphasis is on spiritual well–being and natural holistic curatives. All spas and photographs, many with extensive how–to sequences and detailed recipes and instructions. This book is a must–have for spa goers and spa professionals everywhere.

Managing Coastal Tourism Resorts

Managing Coastal Tourism Resorts Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Dr. Sheela Agarwal,Prof. Gareth Shaw
Editor: Channel View Publications
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Managing Coastal Tourism Resorts by Dr. Sheela Agarwal,Prof. Gareth Shaw Summary

The vast majority of existing academic research of coastal tourism resort management has been undertaken in northern and southern Europe at the expense of a wider global consideration. This book aims to address this deficit and develop a global perspective on the management issues facing coastal resorts. By drawing on examples, it incorporates a detailed analysis of a range of economic, socio-cultural, political and environmental issues which are being experienced, to differing extents, by coastal tourism resorts which are at different life-cycle stages of development. The major management themes highlighted include the processes of restructuring, attempts to develop sustainable agendas and environmental issues of developing resorts in sensitive areas. Written by key experts, this book provides a critical assessment of the key management issues facing coastal tourism resorts globally. In doing so, it represents more than a mere amalgamation of existing literature as it aims to advance conceptual understanding of resort evolution and change.

Lonely Planet West Coast Australia

Lonely Planet West Coast Australia Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Lonely Planet,Charles Rawlings-Way,Anna Kaminski,Steve Waters,Tasmin Waby,Fleur Bainger
Editor: Lonely Planet
ISBN: 1788687434
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Lonely Planet West Coast Australia by Lonely Planet,Charles Rawlings-Way,Anna Kaminski,Steve Waters,Tasmin Waby,Fleur Bainger Summary

Lonely Planet's West Coast Australia is your passport to the most up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Snorkel at Ningaloo Marine Park; tour the Margaret River region, and experience Pinnacles Desert at dawn and sunset- all with your trusted travel companion.

DK Eyewitness Australia

DK Eyewitness Australia Pdf/ePub eBook Author: DK Eyewitness
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1465496483
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DK Eyewitness Australia by DK Eyewitness Summary

Whether you want to climb the Sydney harbor bridge, ride the perfect wave at Bondi Beach, watch the sun set over Ayers Rock, or stroll the cosmopolitan streets of Melbourne, this guide is your ultimate travel companion. The best places to visit in Australia are showcased with fantastic photography and detailed descriptions, plus DK's unique illustrations and floor plans. Packed with valuable insider information such as Sydney's best beaches and Melbourne's buzzing shopping districts, along with a wealth of practical tips including hotel and restaurant listings, transportation maps, suggested itineraries, and tours of unmissable sights, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Australia is the only guide you'll need. With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Australia truly shows you this city as no one else can.

Mineral Springs Resorts in Global Perspective

Mineral Springs Resorts in Global Perspective Pdf/ePub eBook Author: John K. Walton
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134920032
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Mineral Springs Resorts in Global Perspective by John K. Walton Summary

Spa resorts were a favoured destination for affluent seekers after health and comfortable leisure in opulent surroundings from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, although in the railway age they began to suffer from competition from new fashions in leisure and tourism, especially the seaside holiday. During their heyday the leading spa resorts became hotbeds of political and diplomatic intrigue, and gathering-points for high society. As such, they also became important businesses, and distinctive, carefully-managed urban environments. ‘Taking the waters’ at a mineral springs resort fell into eclipse over much of the Western world in the mid-twentieth century, only to revive in more diffuse guise as ‘health and wellness tourism’ in the new millennium. This book examines an important body of practices and experiences from the perspectives of health, pleasure, conspicuous consumption and display, urban governance, culture and politics across a quarter of a millennium, drawing its examples not only from the British Isles, France, Spain and Central Europe, but also from the United States and Australia. An international team of distinguished historians puts this neglected theme back on the historical map, at a time when spas and their treatments have never been so popular and visible in contemporary society. This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Tourism History.

The Geoheritage of Hot Springs

The Geoheritage of Hot Springs Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Patricia Erfurt
Editor: Springer Nature
ISBN: 3030604632
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The Geoheritage of Hot Springs by Patricia Erfurt Summary

The aim of this book is to provide an overview of topics related to the extensive geoheritage of hot springs, their natural environments, and their integration into commercial and industrial functions. The eleven chapters explore aspects of historical and cultural traditions, geology and geochemistry, research updates, conservation issues and of course health, wellness, and recreation throughout time. Because natural hot springs and active hydrothermal areas play a significant role in the tourism industry, visitor expectations are examined together with an assessment of common hazards and potential risks in active hydrothermal environments, along with recommendations how to stay safe. For the purpose of showcasing certain unique features, to share noteworthy events and developments or to identify concerns associated with the sustainability of natural water source, examples of particular hot spring areas are included in several chapters. One chapter is also dedicated entirely to the protection of natural hot springs and raises awareness for conservation, while another chapter reviews the history of hot springs in great detail to establish a realistic and justifiable timeline of their original use. Lastly, the significance of natural hot springs for various tourism sectors is analysed and the potential for sustainable future destination development in rural and remote regions is discussed. Many locations were considered and invite the reader to use the information as a reference point in the quest to further explore the remarkable natural and cultural geoheritage of hot springs worldwide.

Victoria Rough Guides Snapshot Australia (includes the Great Ocean Road, the Grampians, the Murray River, Wilsons Promontory National Park and the Victorian Alps)

Victoria Rough Guides Snapshot Australia (includes the Great Ocean Road, the Grampians, the Murray River, Wilsons Promontory National Park and the Victorian Alps) Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Rough Guides
Editor: Rough Guides UK
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Victoria Rough Guides Snapshot Australia (includes the Great Ocean Road, the Grampians, the Murray River, Wilsons Promontory National Park and the Victorian Alps) by Rough Guides Summary

The Rough Guide Snapshot to Victoria is the ultimate travel guide to this fascinating part of Australia. It guides you through the region with reliable information and comprehensive coverage of all the sights and attractions, whether you're bushwalking in Wilsons Promontory National Park or cruising down the Great Ocean Road, giving in to gluttony in the Milawa Gourmet Region or revisiting the goldrush in Bendigo. Detailed maps and up-to-date listings pinpoint the best cafés, restaurants, hotels, shops, bars and nightlife, ensuring you have the best trip possible, whether passing through, staying for a few days or longer. Also included is the Basics section from the Rough Guide to Australia, with all the practical information you need for travelling in and around Australia, including transport, food, drink, costs, health, entry requirements and outdoor activities. Also published as part of the Rough Guide to Australia. Full coverage: the Great Ocean Road including Torquay, Lorne, Apollo Bay, the Shipwreck Coast, Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Portland, the Goldfields including Bendigo, Castlemaine, Daylsesford and Ballarat, Ararat, the Grampians, the Murray Region including Mildura and Echuca, Gippsland including Wilsons Promontory and Mallacoota, the Hume Highway and Kelly Country, the Victorian Alps including Bright. (Equivalent printed page extent 114 pages).

Medical Tourism and Wellness

Medical Tourism and Wellness Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Frederick J. DeMicco
Editor: CRC Press
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Medical Tourism and Wellness: Hospitality Bridging Healthcare (H2H) takes a systems approach to examining the growing field of medical tourism, one of the field’s hottest niches, with billions of dollars spent each year. This important book fills the need for a modern management book that looks at medical tourism in depth from a medical and hospitality operational management perspective. Growing numbers of people are going abroad to find affordable quality medical care for both necessary and cosmetic medical services. When they require surgery or dental work, they combine it with a trip to the Taj Mahal, a photo safari on the African veldt, or a stay at a luxury hotel—or at a hospital that feels like one—all at bargain-basement prices. The book takes a comprehensive look at medical tourism, covering such topics as: The history of medical tourism Why patients/tourists decide to travel for medical care The role of professional facilitators of medical tourism Key countries and medical disciplines in medical tourism Transportation, food, entertainment, and hotel/hospitality services Hotel and spa designs for medical tourism Best practices in medical tourism Patient follow-up after medical discharge Future trends in medical tourism Careers in medical tourism With the inclusion of case studies, the book provides a comprehensive look into this growing trend and will be valuable to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in health care administration and those pursing MBAs in healthcare, medical students pursuing a management focus, and students in hospitality management. It will also be a must-have resource for professionals working in hotels and in health care.

New South Wales and the ACT (Rough Guides Snapshot Australia)

New South Wales and the ACT (Rough Guides Snapshot Australia) Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Rough Guides
Editor: Rough Guides UK
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New South Wales and the ACT (Rough Guides Snapshot Australia) by Rough Guides Summary

The Rough Guide Snapshot to New South Wales and the ACT is the ultimate travel guide to this area of Australia. It leads you through the region with reliable information and comprehensive coverage of all the sights and attractions, from the Snowy Mountains to Byron Bay and the Bellinger Valley to Canberra. Detailed maps and up-to-date listings pinpoint the best cafés, restaurants, hotels, shops, bars and nightlife, ensuring you make the most of your trip, whether passing through, staying for the weekend or longer. Also included is the Basics section from The Rough Guide to Australia, with all the practical information you need for travelling in and around the country, including transport, food, drink, costs, health, sports and outdoor activities and festivals. Also published as part of The Rough Guide to Australia. Now available in ePub format.

Positive Tourism

Positive Tourism Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Sebastian Filep,Jennifer Laing,Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Editor: Taylor & Francis
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Positive Tourism by Sebastian Filep,Jennifer Laing,Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Summary

Tourism affects millions of individuals, numerous societies and environments in multiple, nuanced and overlapping ways. While it can be viewed as a frivolous leisure pursuit or simply a large industry, with potentially destructive impacts, it might also be understood in terms of its effects on human fulfilment, the good life and greater well-being. This book calls for positive tourism, principally grounded in theories from positive psychology (the study of what makes life worth living), and the development of a body of knowledge that explains what characterises optimal tourist experiences, what enables host communities to flourish and what encourages workers in tourism to thrive. Through original research studies reported in this international volume we aim to further develop this knowledge. The intersections between ongoing and traditionally inspired applications of psychology in tourism and this new thrust in psychological inquiry promise to refresh and challenge tourism research. This book will appeal to researchers and academics in tourism, leisure, positive psychology, management and related fields as well as graduate students, professionals and policy makers.

Current Issues and Emerging Trends in Medical Tourism

Current Issues and Emerging Trends in Medical Tourism Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Cooper, Malcolm
Editor: IGI Global
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Current Issues and Emerging Trends in Medical Tourism by Cooper, Malcolm Summary

The era of globalization allows for more connectivity between nations and cultures. This increase in international association gives citizens more availability to take advantage of opportunities in other nations, such as medical assistance and accompanying services. Current Issues and Emerging Trends in Medical Tourism focuses on the emerging phenomena of international travel by patients in search of improved healthcare services and treatment, wellness programs, and complementary recreational activities. Including extensive coverage and case studies focusing on patient mobility and new opportunities for health services across borders, this authoritative reference source is essential to the needs of healthcare providers, nonprofit organizations, students, and medical professionals seeking relevant research on the relationship between global travel and access to healthcare. This publication features innovative, research-based chapters spanning the spectrum of medical travel issues including, but not limited to, customer perceptions, ethical considerations, reproductive medicine, social media use, family caregivers, organ transplants, human trafficking, and surrogacy concerns.

Marketing and Managing Tourism Destinations

Marketing and Managing Tourism Destinations Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Alastair M. Morrison
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1351714805
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Marketing and Managing Tourism Destinations by Alastair M. Morrison Summary

Marketing and Managing Tourism Destinations is a comprehensive and integrated introductory textbook covering both destination marketing and destination management in one volume. It focuses on how destination management is planned, implemented and evaluated as well as the management and operations of destination management organizations (DMOs), how they conduct business, major opportunities, challenges and issues they face to compete for the global leisure and business travel markets. This second edition has been updated to include: • A new chapter on visitor management that includes a section on crisis and disaster management • New material on destination leadership and coordination • New and revised content on digital marketing • New and updated international case examples throughout to show the practical realities and approaches to managing different destinations around the world. It is illustrated in full colour and packed with features to encourage reflection on main themes, spur critical thinking and show theory in practice. Written by an author with many years of industry practice, university teaching and professional training experience, this book is the essential guide to the subject for tourism, hospitality and events students and industry practitioners alike.

Wellness Escapes

Wellness Escapes Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Lonely Planet
Editor: Lonely Planet
ISBN: 1788682106
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Wellness Escapes by Lonely Planet Summary

Discover the world's most energising, inspiring and relaxing wellbeing retreats. From yoga, t'ai chi and meditation to mindfulness, spa treatments and creative writing, we present our favourite retreats and spas around the world to help replenish the mind, body and soul.

Sydney & Australia's New South Wales

Sydney & Australia's New South Wales Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Holly Smith
Editor: Hunter Publishing, Inc
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Sydney & Australia's New South Wales by Holly Smith Summary

Following is an excerpt from this extensive & highly detailed guide by a lifetime resident of Australia. The guide covers all the hotels, restaurants, sights to see and activities, from beachgoing to hiking, kayaking to exploring the Outback or the cultural attractions of Sydney. Flying into New South Wales, it''s undeniable that Sydney''s spectacular setting is simply one of the world''s best: A melding of lushly green parklands, classic historic buildings, and polished modern architecture set back from the glistening water. Gliding above the city shows the spider''s web of highways and bridges linking the sprawling mass of civilization, which extends more than 12 mi/20 km along the Port Jackson inlet. Some four million Australians live here, and 10 million more tourists flood into Sydney each year; little wonder, with attractions ranging from famous museums, gardens, and zoos to dozens of dazzling beaches. And the activities are endless: Bush hiking and bike tracks, harbor cruises and water excursions, and high-powered flights above the whole scene. In short, Sydney is the country''s showpiece for holiday and adventure. The continent''s most active port city, Sydney actually sits inland of the Pacific, around nine mi/15 km inland from the coast along the Port Jackson waterway, which itself is carved into numerous smaller islands and bays. Surrounding the harbor are great patches of pine and semi-tropical forests, which quickly lead up into the bumpy foothills of the Great Dividing Ranges. This is eucalyptus territory, where the arid environment of blue gums is colored by a heated haze given off from the leaves; hence the region''s name OCo the Blue Mountains. Also, of the more than 70 national parks throughout New South Wales, more than a handful are settled right around Sydney itself OCo the coastal Royal National Park, the northern Wollemi National Park, and the western Blue Mountains National Park among them. With its diverse personalities, multicultural flavors, and sophisticated yet down-to-earth airs, Sydney offers something for every traveler. It''s a place where history, culture, activities, and adventure are blended into a well-run and engaging metropolis where locals take pride in their heritage and guests are welcomed like friends. Massive transport systems provide a choice of city-wide links that are clean, quick, and cheap; food runs from simple Australian to worldly gourmet, and endless accommodation options spread from ocean to mountains. With 224 million acres/80 million-plus hectares, the large state of New South Wales has a continually changing landscape which delves into some of Australia''s best scenes. The classic, golden-sand beaches form a string along the east coast, getting more tropical the farther north you travel toward Queens land, or becoming more rocky and chilled the farther south you head toward Victoria. The mighty Murray River forms the southern border, stretching a watery band of blue along the northern edge of Victoria, and providing sustenance to some of both states'' richest farms, grazing grounds, and wine regions. The Darling and Murrumbidgee also feed the dry western plains, and offer a string of charming settlements to explore along their edges. The Great Dividing Range runs parallel to the continent''s edge, curving down all the way from the far north tip of Queensland through New South Wales and on down to Melbourne. Included within the peaks are the Blue Mountains just outside of Sydney, as well as the Snowy Mountains in the far south of the state. And the mountains are indeed a dividing factor in the country''s atmosphere, not only in visual landscape from eastern beaches to western plains and deserts; they also form a border between the balmy ocean settings and the scorched western Outback. Fertile farmlands and orchards are tucked into the folds of the mountains, while the state''s famous vineyards spread out through the glistening river valleys."