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Bermagui Ecotourism

Enjoying Eco-Tours In Bermagui – The Fishing Village Of New South Wales

This was written by Teena Celis of http://www.adrenalin.com.au/.

On the south coast of New South Wales lies the town of Bermagui, famous as the ultimate fishing destination of the Bega Valley Shire in Australia. Bermagui is an international fishing destination, ever since American author Zane Grey pioneered the game-fishing sport here in the 1930′s.

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Fishing Tours In Bermagui

Thousands of avid fishers visit Bermagui each year to enjoy amateur fishing, deep sea fishing and game fishing.

  • Sports Fishing: For sports fishing, head to Mooreheads Beach, Haywards Beach, Cuttagee Beach and Camel Rock. These beaches are excellent for tailor fish and salmon. For rock fishing, head to Wallaga Lake mouth, Bermagui Headlands and Mimosa Rocks National Park headlands. You can also try your hand at estuary fishing in Wallaga Lake and Bermagui River.
  • Game Fishing: For those who want to snag the biggest and most sought after game, head out to the deep sea for an abundance of species. Find out more at the Bermagui Visitors Info Centre.
  • Fishing Facilities: Bermagui Harbor offers boat charters, a boat launching ramp, a fishing fleet, trailer parking, weigh-in gantry for game fish and fish cleaning tables. Similar facilities are found at Bermagui River Park, including picnic areas and toilets.

Nature Tours In Bermagui

Bermagui is surrounded by dense forested areas, many National Parks and nature reserves that provide opportunities for eco tours, bush walks and picnics.

  • Mount Gulaga: Explore its lakes, fabulous scenic paths and views from the top.
  • Wallaga Lake: Enjoy various water sports, and eco-appreciation bush walks.
  • Wallaga Lake Cultural Centre: This center will help you gain an interesting insight into Koori history and the significance of the Wallaga Lake area in Koori culture.

Activities Tours In Bermagui

  • Bermagui Township: Shop for ethnic souvenirs at the novelty shops and take in cultural exhibitions and displays. Eat the freshest of seafood cooked from the daily catch at local eateries.
  • Swimming Beaches: The Horseshoe Bay and Camel Rock Beach are patrolled, and are safe for kids. Excellent swimmers can visit unpatrolled beaches such as Beares Beach and Cuttagee Beach.
  • Surfing Beaches:  Surfers can head to the Mooreheads Beach, Beares Beach, Haywards Beach, Cuttagee Beach and Camel Rock Beach for some great surfing conditions.
  • Snorkeling Sites: Be sure to visit the Blue Pool, off Scenic Drive and explore the depths of this large ocean rock pool. Also visit Bruce Steer Pool, which has a shark proof net for safe snorkeling.
  • Scenic Forest Drives:  Take scenic drives north of Bermagui and picnic amidst spotted gum and Burrawang palms beside Wallaga Lake backwaters. Camel Rock off Wallaga Lake Road also offers great scenic drives.

Guided Eco Tours In Bermagui

  • Montreal Goldfields: This is the only 19th century Australian goldfield that extends to the sea. Trained volunteer guides explain its history and geology, including tales of its intrigue and unsolved mysteries.
  • National Parks:  The Mimosa Rocks National Park offers fabulous great fishing and camping, boardwalks, boulder beaches, abundant rock pools, wildflowers and other attractions.
  • Heritage Walks: Explore the 19th century, National Trust classified historic village of Central Tilba and the old antique stores and tea rooms of the working village of Cobargo.
  • Coastal Walks:  Take the 9 kilometer scenic coastal walk from Wallaga Lake Bridge (Paynes Island) to the Blue Pool and enjoy the bird hides along the way.
  • Mountain Bike Rides:  Rent a mountain bike and head to the Bermagui Dirtsurfers Mountain Bike Club. Team up with other enthusiastic bikers and traverse the single line Bermagui mountain bike race track. The State Forests of NSW have taken care to prevent erosion and preserve the natural habitat here, making it safe to mountain bike on this track.
  • Whale Watching:  If you’re in Bermagui from October to November, check with the Bermagui Visitors Info Centre for whale watching tours. Head out to deep sea on tour charters and appreciate these large sea mammals to your heart’s content.

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Miessence Organic Skin Care

Review: Miessence Organics Anti-Aging Essentials Skin Care

When it comes to organic skin care, Miessence Organics does not mess around. With some of the purest organic ingredients used in their products your skin will thank you. There are no preservatives, no chemicals and no synthetic ingredients in their rejuvenating skin care line.

After sampling the Miessence Organics Rejuvenating Skin Care line I agree that this is a skin care line idea for any daily regimen. Whether your skin is slightly dry or maturing with signs of age this popular skin care line helps your skin glow with radiance.

What is Miessence Organics Rejuvenating Skin Care?

The Rejuvenating Skin Care line from Miessence Organics is the best selling from Miessence Organics. Gentle for all skin types, it is pure and fresh. All based with Certified Organic Aloe Vera each formula has other raw and organic ingredients added.

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Expertly combined into effective skin formulas, each organic ingredient is raw and up to food grade standards. The cleanser is enriched with geranium, hops and chamomile to help remove any daily build-up on the skin. The skin conditioner is infused with gotu kola and horsetail to help nurture the skin for a radiant glow. The moisturizer is a cream enhanced with organic herbs, fruit and seed oils and butters, and organic flower extracts, including avocado and rosehip seed oil.

  • Vegan
  • No chemical preservatives
  • No emulsifiers
  • No synthetic chemicals

Review: Miessence Organics Anti-Aging Essentials Skin Care

When you apply the anti-aging skin care line and take in the experience, you realize almost immediately that you are experiencing something special. The cleanser, skin conditioner, and moisturizer are all pleasantly light and refreshing. It felt like getting a professional facial at home!

Miessence Organics Skin Care Review

Organic Cleanser

Unlike most facial cleansers,the fragrance was very subtle. It was clean smelling in a natural way. I think it was due to the foundation being Aloe Vera. It was not overpowering in the slightest and was reminiscent of a luxury spa product. With a creamy consistency, similar to most cleansers, it was easy to massage onto the face without running off. It was not oily which helped it to wash off with ease.

Organic Skin Conditioner

The skin conditioner was slightly gel-like in consistency, similar to a skin firming gel, and had the mellowest smell. This is exactly how it behaved once applied to the face. Upon first applying the skin conditioner the coolness was extremely refreshing. After a few moments of massaging it gently into the skin there was a slight tingling sensation, in a good way. A little longer and I felt my facial skin tightening which was a nice surprise.

Organic Moisturizer

After the tightening sensation of the skin conditioner the organic moisturizer was very comforting. It helped relax my skin after being tightened. The scent was more pronounced than the others, but still not overpowering. It smells like a natural moisturizing lotion.

Conclusion: Miessence Organics Rejuvenating Skin Care

Designed to help rejuvenate and revitalize facial skin the Miessence Organic Rejuvenating Skin Care line is 100% natural and organic. Using the cleanser, skin conditioner, and moisturizer together is a wonderful experience that reminded me of a luxury spa facial. It was hydrating to dry skin and nourishing.

The next morning I found my skin softer and smoother than before. It was more radiant. I am extremely happy with these products and wish the samples lasted longer. The only downside of the Miessence Organic products is the price. Of course, a spa experience like this does not come cheap. At almost $50 each, it is on the expensive side of natural skin care products. However, with the estimated applications per each bottle they should each last over a month with twice daily usage.

  • Facial Cleanser – 167 applications per bottle (2 pumps per application)
  • Skin Conditioner – 125 applications per bottle (1 pump per application)
  • Moisturizer – 84 applications per bottle (1 pump per application)

Do I like this product? 

Yes. I thoroughly enjoyed using the samples of the anti-aging essentials skin care line by Miessence Organics. When they said it “revitalizes the complexion for radiant skin” they were telling the truth, at least for me. I would absolutely recommend this product line and hope to sample some of their other skin care lines.

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Miessence Organic Skin Care

First Look: Miessence Organics Anti-Aging Essentials Skin Care

Miessence Organics recently sent over a sampling of their Rejuvenating Skin Essentials skin care line. These certified organic skin care products include a cleanser, skin conditioner, and moisturizer.

Made in Australia, Miessence takes pleasure in providing skin care products that is pure and natural. Ingredient purity is important to Miessence Organics and it’s obvious in the list or organic ingredients found in their products. I’m looking forward to trying this skin care line out.

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Here’s a closer look at what was received.

Organic Rejuvenating Skin Care

The Miessence range of skin care products is certified organic, using ingredients that are pure, potent, and 100% beneficial, with no fillers, no preservatives, and no synthetics.

Rejuvenating Organic CleanserRejuvenating Cleanser

Formulated for dry or mature skin with vegan ingredients including organic hops and chamomile, plus organic aloe vera. A gentle facial cleanser to help remove the daily build-up of pollution.

Softens and freshens, gently removing perspiration and pollution.

*167 applications per bottle (3 pumps per application)



Rejuvenating Organic Skin ConditionerRejuvenating Skin Conditioner

Infused with vitamins, organic horsetail, and organic gotu kola, to help feed the skin with nourishment and lock in moisture. Revitalize and tone your skin.

Rejuvenating Skin Conditioner revitalizes the complexion for radiant skin.

*125 applications per bottle (1 pump per application)



Rejuvenating Organic MoisturizerRejuvenating Moisturizer

Rich and moisturizing with organic avocado, gotu kola, horsetail, rosehip seed oil, plus organic fruit and seed oils and butters, hydrate the skin to revitalize the facial complexion. Treat yourself to the wonderful aroma of organic rose essential oils and Roman chamomile.

A rich moisturizing cream with significant and lasting effects on hydration and softness.

*84 applications per bottle (1 pump per application)


More About Miessence Organics

Miessence Organics is dedicated to bringing the purest and highest quality of fresh organic ingredients together in their skin care products. Started in 2003 with a group of friends “who shared a passion for the health of people and the planet.” Together they developed a wide range of organic home, health and beauty products. Miessence is the world’s first extensive range of internationally certified organic skin, hair, body, cosmetic, oral and nutritional products.


Miessence takes its responsibility to the planet seriously.

That’s why our commitment to sustainable business practices goes beyond sourcing the world’s finest certified organic products. Our commitment infuses everything we do, from manufacturing, packing, transportation and promotion.

More about Miessence

Social Contact Info:

  • Website: miessence.com
  • Facebook: facebook.com/MiessenceHQ
  • Twitter: @miessence
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Phillip Island Australia

Phillip Island Winter Escape

This guest post is by Swati Singh of http://webcarhire.com.

Phillip Island is the perfect venue for a lazy or action filled weekend away in Victoria. It is one of Victoria’s top tourist destinations and is world renowned for its famous penguin parade. Its Wildlife experiences and wetlands make it an ideal winter destination.

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Phillip Island is approximately a 2 hour drive from Melbourne and its proximity to Melbourne makes it easy for a weekend getaway. Just drive on The Monash Freeway (M1) and take the exit for Phillip Island onto the South Gippsland Highway.

You will arrive at San Remo which is where the iconic Pelican Feeding takes place daily at midday on the foreshore. Indulge in some lunch at the Pelican View Family Restaurant and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the region. When you continue driving you will cross over the bridge onto Phillip Island.

Accommodation in the region is plentiful and ranges from budget stay accommodation to holiday parks and beautiful resorts such as The Silverwater Resort and Quest Phillip Island.

Be sure to book in for the nightly penguin Parade which takes place at twilight.  Arrive early to ensure you get a good view of the Penguins.

The Nobbies is where you will find exceptional views of the entire coast with magnificent scenery. If you want to experience a true scenic adventure then Phillip Island Helicopters is the attraction for you.  Drive a short way to Cape Woolamai where the walking trail is picturesque and well worth doing.

The Rhyll Trout and Bushtucker Farm is a great fishing area that includes indoor trout fishing  Stay a while and enjoy eating your catch which will be prepared by the kitchen and is truly delicious.

The nature and wildlife experiences on the island are endless and range from nature parks such at Maru Park and The Koala Conservation Centre to Churchill Island.

To see where the Moto GP action takes place; head to the world renowned Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. You can go kart riding or just explore the track and look at the memorabilia.

If you like a maze and love optical illusions, then you must visit A Maze N’ Things where you will find a maze, illusions and even mini golf . A visit to Phillip Island is never complete without indulging in a visit to Panny’s Chocolate Factory. At Panny’s you can make your own chocolate bars, enjoy free samples and hit the shop for some take home delights.

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Grand Canyon Natural Wonder of the World

Seven Natural Wonders of the World to Start Your List of Places to Travel

Thousands of incredible natural wonders are available to travelers all over the world thanks to Mother Nature. Vast canyons, giant mountains and vibrant ocean scenery are found all over the globe.

Hopefully you’ll be able to see some of these spectacular sights during your lifetime. And if you’re wondering where to start, try visiting the top 7 Natural Wonders of the World.

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Here you’ll find a little information about those wonders and a picture to help you envision your trip.

Global map showing the locations of the wonders of the natural world.

From SevenNaturalWonders.org:

What are the qualifications of a natural wonder?

The primary qualification is that a wonder of nature is just that completely natural. For example, Mount Rushmore involves the splendor of a beautiful mountain peak, but it is the manipulation of that mountain creating the facial carvings that make it such a wonder. It would not qualify. Additionally, a natural wonder needs to be statistically and/or naturally unique. Statistical factors that come into play may include characteristics such as height, width, and volume – but the focus is on unique wonder, beauty and amazement.

The Grand Canyon after sunset glows.

Natural Wonder #1: Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is located in Arizona, USA and is mostly situated within the Grand Canyon National Park. The canyon itself is 277 miles long and 4 to 18 miles wide in certain areas. This massive ravine was etched into the natural landscape by the Colorado River.

If hiking is your obsession, there are many choices for exploration from traditional hikes to extended backpacking trips. If you’re looking for something more unique, try riding on the back of a mule or take a ride down the white water on a rafting trip. Of course, the enormity of the canyon can only be truly appreciated with a helicopter tour.

Travel Guide: Grand Canyon: The Complete Guide: Grand Canyon National Park

Aerial view of Great Barrier Reef off northeastern coast of Australia.

Natural Wonder #2: The Great Barrier Reef

Consisting of over 2,900 separate reefs and over 900 islands, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the biggest coral reef system on the planet. At over 1,600 miles it can even be seen from outer space. One of the most diverse ecosystems in the world is supported by the great reef system and to truly get a good view of the vibrant fish, coral and marine life you should expect to get wet. Through the lens of a snorkel or dive mask, you’ll have a personal encounter with the local sea life that will put you in awe of Mother Nature.

Travel Guide: Lonely Planet Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef (Regional Travel Guide)

View of Rio de Janeiro Harbor

Natural Wonder #3: Harbor of Rio de Janeiro

Found in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil the Harbor of Rio de Janeiro is surrounded by stunning mountains with unique formations. Traveling to the tops of the nearby mountains and overlooking the harbor will be one of your best bets to see the beauty of the harbor. The best time to visit the Harbor of Rio de Janeiro and avoid the humidity is during the months of September and October. Rio de Janeiro actually translated means “river of January” in Portuguese. Getting to the harbor is going to be simple as Rio de Janeiro is the largest and most popular city in Brazil.

Travel Guide: Lonely Planet Rio de Janeiro (City Travel Guide)

View of Mount Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse from Kala Patthar in Himalaya Mtns.

Natural Wonder #4: Himalaya Mountains

Located in the Himalaya Mountains on the border between Nepal and Tibet, Mount Everest, also known as Chomolungma, is the highest spot in the world at 29,029 feet. If you are an adventurer at heart, you’ll probably want to make the trek to see Mount Everest and hike to the base of the mountain.

If you are an advanced hiker and have $28,000 USD to purchase a climbing permit, you’ll most likely prefer to climb to the upper base camp. If you prefer a more comfortable and relaxed visit, try taking a guided flight around the mountain.

Now trying to visit at the best time is more difficult to plan. You want to go when it’s not snowing. The best time to discover Mount Everest is at the start of the dry season in October and November, or at the end between February and April.

Active green lights in the aurora borealis arc in Aslaskan sky.

Natural Wonder #5: Northern Lights

The Auroras, or Northern Lights, are naturally occurring lights that create fascinating and extravagant displays in the sky. The aurora lights frequently appear as diffused glow lighting up the horizon. The most remarkable sight is when the northern lights appear as waves across the sky; it is almost as if the lights are dancing.

The best place to see the Northern lights is to travel up to the Northern Hemisphere. And you stand the best chance of witnessing the dancing lights March through April and September through October.

Travel Guide: Northern Lights (Bradt Travel Guide)

Landscape of Paricutin Volcano in Mexico taken by Raphael Kessler.

This image courtesy of Raphael Kessler.

Natural Wonder #6: Paricutin Volcano

Having last erupted in 1952, the Paricutin Volcano in Michoacán, Mexico is the youngest cinder cone volcano in America. Its birth was witnessed by a human and therefore, it was established as a natural wonder.

To best see Paricutin, try to take the 12 mile round trip journey to the top of the volcano through the strenuous hike or by horseback. The volcano is located about 200 miles West of Mexico City and is surrounded by lava fields and sandy banks. On your way up you’ll pass buried village homes and a church. Paricutin can be explored at any time of the year, but if you wish to avoid the rainy season don’t plan on visiting from May through September.

View of the Natural Wonders Victoria Falls, Zambia.

Natural Wonder #7: Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is found in southern Africa and is the largest waterfall based on width (one mile wide) and height (360 feet high). It’s protected by two national parks; Zambia and Zimbabwe. From the Zimbabwean side of the falls, visitors have the ability to see approximately 80% of the falls as compared to onlyabout 25 to 30% from the Zambian side.

Visitors have the choice between two very unique and distinctive views of the falls. The first is a foot path that will put you at eye level of the falls. As soon as you enter the park and view the magnificence of the falls, you’ll understand the name, “smoke that thunders” when you witness the vapor rising and hear the water pounding. This is an essential way to experience Victoria Falls.

The other way, and possibly one of the best, to see the falls is to take a microlite (small two person motorized aircraft) or helicopter tour over the falls. There are two seasons for the Victoria Falls area; the rainy and dry seasons. Late November to early April is when to expect the rainy season, and while most think this would be a perfect time to visit you’ll miss out on some of the most scenic views. The islets and rocky faces of the base of the falls is only visible during the dry months.

Travel Guide: Victoria Falls: The Complete Destination Guide

Conclusion: The Natural Wonders

The natural wonders of the world should top everyone’s list of places to visit. You should take the time now as they might not be around tomorrow. Especially with the natural disasters, like earthquakes, and man-made natural catastrophes, like oil spills, it’s unclear how long these wonders of the natural world will last.

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