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Destination guide: Lindeman Island, Australia

Lindeman Island, Australia, is one of the Lindeman Group of the Whitsunday Islands situated off of the coast of Queensland, Australia. Today the island features a Club Med resort, as well as a nationwide park, which protects the fantastic thing about the island and allows visitors to enjoy all the local nature has to offer.

The area was initially discovered by Europeans when Captain James Cook travelled thru in 1770, but the island itself wasn’t named until later on in the 1870s, when the island was named after the sub-lieutenant of the Royal Navy HMS Virago, George Sidney Lindeman.

The island stayed more primitive than other islands in the Whitsundays as the local Aborigines were protecting of it “it was a required part of their fishing routine, and their protecting of the island could be a contributing factor to why a lot of the land is protected today.

Attractions on the island include the Outer Reef, which can on occasion be enjoyed via a walking trail, and Whitehaven Beach, which is a sweet place to take in the sun and admire the environment. Miles of trails crisscross the island, and activities range all the way from swimming, scuba swimming and sailing to trapeze, golf, and archery at the Club Med resort. A Queensland Department of the Environment and Heritage pamphlet is available to lead those that want to explore the beaches and hills and learn all about the local wildlife.

Camping is available at Boat Port in the National Park, which provides access to different bushwalks “Gap Beach, Mount Oldfield, and Plantation Beach, among others. The walks vary from easy to moderate, and afford amazing perspectives of nearby islands and rainforest. The bird watching in the park can be very rewarding.

Golfing is a seriously well liked activity on the island, and many visitors use the break on the 9-hole course, which offers breath taking views of the Whitsunday Passage. Also available is an 18-hole course, accessible by a 15-minute plane ride to a bordering island.

Guests will find comfort in the island’s many available facilities. Whether vacationing with loved ones, or attending a business meeting at the resort, everyone will be in a position to enjoy the available food options and access to the resort bars and restaurants. The resort also provides washing facilities, medical services, and massage and spa services. For business wishes there are accommodations for as much as 200 guests, and gear for meetings such as projectors, lecterns, televisions and a sound system are available.

Getting there is simple. From Hamilton Island or Proserpine, a launch takes roughly an hour. Personal helicopter or plane rides can be arranged thru local airports for people that would enjoy a more than personal journey. Lindeman Island, Australia, is worth the trip.

Rhonda Elliott retired to Whitsundays in 2008 and enjoys writing about everthing the Whitsunday Islands has to offer.

Spending Time In Southport, England and Facts You Need To Know

During the “Credit Crunch” large numbers of families are in the process of taking a close look at their lifestyle and attempting to cut expenditure. An easy choice for many is to take an English vacation the reason for which is that the pound is so weak against other currencies leading to the fact that foriegn vacations for the British are more expensive than in years past and much cheaper for tourists coming from elsewhere in the world. In the article below I introduce you to the seaside town of Southport, Merseyside, England.

Southport is a exquisite seaside town found on the English North West coast. Tourist attractions include, Churchtown village, the Botanic Gardens at Churchtown, Churchtown village, Southport Pier, Lord Street, Wayfarers’ Arcade, Hesketh Park and more. Lord Street is Southport’s main street. All along one side of Lord Street the paving stones are covered by ornate Victorian iron work together with a line of deciduous trees closer to the road. On the other side of the road you will discover¬† a Victorian bandstand, beautiful flower beds, gardens and fountains. Right in the heart of Lord Street is more than likely the most grand war memorials in Great Britain with an obelisk in the middle and two other memorials on either side which have large columns. It is along Lord Street that you will find some of the finest architecture in Southport and it is where you will find the superb Wayfarers’ Arcade.

At the end of Lord Street you will find Hesketh Park. Hesketh Park is named after the Hesketh family and, in a similar fashion to Lord Street, it is heavily wooded. Hesketh Park also features hidden gardens, a bandstand, glass house, play park and more but most prominent is the lovely lake.

You will find another wonderful park, the Botanic Gardens in Chruchtown which features a a long expanse of water set out to appear rather like a river with boats for hire, a beautiful footbridge, swans, ducks and other wildlife plus if you like animals and birds the Botanic Gardens also has a tiny zoo, just in front of the museum and cafe. Churchtown village itself is a picturesque number of old houses, cottages and fishermen’s cottages most of which are white and some of them feature a roof of thatch. It is crucial that you take a walk around and that you are not afraid to peer around corners as there are a few hidden gems well worth the work to find.

Finding Southport bed & breakfast is pretty easy with a wide number of hotels and guest houses in Southport available online. There are guest houses and hotels suitable for all budgets and tastes from cheap and cheerful to luxurious in the town centre and outside.