Busselton jety, a must see for guests staying at the Sebel Busselton

Timeshare Travel Review – The Sebel Busselton

History, humpbacks and heavenly wine. The South-West tip of Australia is one destination that invites all your senses along for the ride!

The seaside town of Busselton is a perfect gateway to indulge in the spoils of this stunning region, and a great base for anyone undertaking a trip to this dramatic part of the world.

 

Have a whale of a time

With easy access to Georgaphe Bay for swimming and snorkeling adventures, Busselton is the ideal place to be to sight the seasonal humpback whale migration each year. Southern Right Whales and rare Blue Whales hug the coast for what is the longest whale watching season, on an epic migration between May and December each year.

Often they come so close to with their calves that visitors can see them with the naked eye from certain vantage points along the coast. Of course, joining a hosted Whale Watching tour from Busselton is also a good option to head out to sea and observe these graceful giants of the sea.

 

Underwater Love

For those interested in a unique encounter with nature, and an immersive experience beneath the water, we recommend Busselton’s Underwater Observatory. A perfect place to explore the underwater coral reefs, without getting wet!

The Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory is one of Western Australia’s most popular eco-tourism icons. Allowing you to descend eight metres below sea level to view an amazing marine world of schooling fish and tropical coral, the Underwater Observatory is a favourite with people of all ages.

 

Get to the Jett!

Of course, most travellers will tell you that its most famous feature is in fact its 19th century Busselton Jetty, a fabulous wooden structure that juts out nearly 2 kilometres into the ocean. It’s the ultimate place to catch a picture perfect sunset sink over the horizon on the West coast. Extending 1.8 kilometres over the protected waters of Geographe Bay, the heritage listed Busselton Jetty is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. After a leisurely walk over the water, you have the option to jump onboard the 50-seat train and take the leisurely train ride along the jetty, back to shore

 

Where to stay

The Sebel Busselton in Western Australia recently revealed a modern new look, with Accor Vacation Club recently completing a five phase refurbishment program of its Member accommodation. Another great reason to add Busselton to your WA bucket list this year.

All studio, two and three bedroom apartments were given a fabulous facelift over winter. Fresh features cross these spaces include fresh paint, new televisions and USB charge points, bathroom accessories and soft furnishings such as new lamps. Fresh curtains and throws have been inspired by the destination, with a modern coastal palette used alongside textured fabrics and weaves for added comfort.

The Studio accommodation now welcome guests in style with new feature entrance tiles and vanity cabinetry, while two and three bedroom apartments have had modern security screen doors installed.  Gorgeous vibrant local artwork has been added to rooms to provide an energetic pop of colour (think Busselton blue skies and ocean) to help set the scene for holiday fun.

Depending on whether you’re travelling as a couple, or with friends or family, The Sebel Busselton has a variety of modern and spacious apartment options to choose from. Studio spa rooms are ideal for two, while spacious two or three-bedroom self-contained apartments are ideal for larger or multi-generation family trips.

The Sebel Busselton

Address: 553 Bussell Highway, Busselton, WA 6280

Phone: (08) 97549800

To plan your next holiday escape visit www.accorvacationclub.com.au

Renovated Holiday Havens

 

Want an update on the newest property updates at Accor Vacation Club? Read on!

 

GETTING BUSY AT THE SEBEL BUSSELTON

The Sebel Busselton in Western Australia recently revealed a modern new look, with Accor Vacation Club recently completing a five phase refurbishment program of its Member accommodation.

All studio, two and three bedroom apartments were given a fabulous facelift over winter. Fresh features cross these spaces include fresh paint, new televisions and USB charge points, bathroom accessories and soft furnishings such as new lamps. Fresh curtains and throws have been inspired by the destination, with a modern coastal palette used alongside textured fabrics and weaves for added comfort.

The Studio accommodation now welcome guests in style with new feature entrance tiles and vanity cabinetry, while two and three bedroom apartments have had modern security screen doors installed.  Gorgeous vibrant local artwork has been added to rooms to provide an energetic pop of colour (think Busselton blue skies and ocean) to help set the scene for holiday fun.

Depending on whether you’re travelling as a couple, or with friends or family, The Sebel Busselton has a variety of modern and spacious apartment options to choose from. Studio spa rooms are ideal for two, while spacious two or three-bedroom self-contained apartments are ideal for larger or multi-generation family trips.

 

GRAND DESIGNS FOR THE VINTAGE HUNTER VALLEY

Our refurbishment team have been busy at work beautifying Accor Vacation Club’s apartments at Grand Mercure The Vintage in the Hunter Valley. The stunning results have certainly captured our attention, not least of all the new electric fireplaces, which were given a workout over the winter season. Some other key changes included upgraded wall-mounted televisions and cabinetry, plus fabulous new artwork selected and displayed throughout the apartments.  In response to Member feedback, apartments now boast larger bathroom vanities and mirrors, alongside many other modern accessories and furnishings added to each apartment to complete the contemporary look. In living and bedroom spaces, expect to enjoy new lamps and lighting, scatter cushions, bed throws and brand new sofa beds for added convenience and comfort this summer.

 

PRETTY AS A PICTURE IN PUKA PARK

What’s new in New Zealand? We’re glad you asked! Accor Vacation Club’s flagship North Island property, the Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort, has completed a soft room refurbishment, introducing some new soft furnishings and accessories for Members to experience on their next visit.

Highlights of the update include new lamps and bed throws, plus painting where required to truly ‘freshen’ up the feel of the space for guests.

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort combines boutique elegance with retreat style tranquillity. It offers the ultimate environment for you to take time out to restore, indulge and completely relax.

Managed by Accor Vacation Club, Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort is a secluded luxury lodge, set amidst 25 acres of New Zealand native bush, on Mt Pauanui in the Coromandel Peninsula. Only two hours drive from Auckland, the resort offers luxurious chalet accommodation, ideal for any season. Guests can spend the evening star-gazing on the private deck of the grand chalet in the treetops. There is also an award winning restaurant on site, Miha, for those who want to enjoy great dining in an unsurpassable location.

 

 

To plan your next holiday escape visit www.accorvacationclub.com.au

The growers market in the Hunter Valley, one of many great local market experiences around Australia

Five friendly must-do local markets for Aussie holidaymakers

Local market culture is all about interesting food, wine, fashion and art. Exploring local markets while on holiday is often such a fabulous thing to do for an insight into how the locals live, and to uncover hidden treasures in your chosen destination.

We’ve compiled five of our favourites, including some lesser known community market ideas, for you to consider on your next stay with Accor Vacation Club in Australia.

 

The Shed Markets, Busselton Western Australia

We all know that a morning coffee stop is a small – but very important – part of any holiday itinerary! If good coffee is your thing, you can rest assured that The Shed Markets will deliver on your next stay in Busselton. The markets, which are open Thursday to Sunday weekly, now offers a ‘hole in the wall’ style coffee outlet, perfect for a caffeine hit before heading out to sightsee and enjoy the region.

Of course, this eclectic market offers so much more than just coffee. Inspired by their experience at the Earth Fair Food Market on a holiday to Cape Town, South Africa, owners of The Shed Markets, Chris and Donna Carlyle, have created a beautiful community space prioritising gourmet produce and culinary delights. If you like a market atmosphere that calls to all your senses, then this is definitely one for you to stop by.

If you’re after a spiritual encounter, take in a new age experience, or simply relax with a massage. Alternatively just enjoy some great food courtesy of local food trucks, organic fruit and vegetable stalls, and even the expertise of a butcher and fishmonger. For families, there is a kids play area, and groovers will love the live music sets that play every Friday night, creating a magic soundtrack to any Busselton market experience.

 When: Open 10am-6pm Thursday and Friday and 9am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday.

Where: 12 Caves Road, Abbey, Busselton

 

Sydney Fish Market, NSW

There are two types of people – those who don’t like seafood, and those who can’t live without it! If you fall into the latter category, then the Sydney Fish Markets at Pyrmont are a must do bucket list inclusion.

The market is permanent, so is open year round, for professional chefs, and amateurs alike. Let your foodie dreams run amok here as you enjoy energetic produce auctions, oyster bars, and fresh sashimi. For an unforgettable Sydney seafood market experience choose a piece of fresh fish and have it cooked up right in front of your eyes. Now that’s service!

 When: 7 days a week, 7am to 4.30pm

Where: Bank Street & Pyrmont Bridge Road, Sydney

 

 

Creswick Market, Regional Victoria

 Located in the picturesque and historic township of Creswick, just 20 minutes from Ballarat or the spa district of Daylesford, the Creswick Market is a great day out for the entire family. Even dogs are welcome here, for those visiting with a pooch on board.

Jewellery, great takeaway food and coffee, kid’s entertainment and live music are all draw cards for this country style gathering. In fact, there are more than 90 stalls to check out, so wear comfortable walking shoes so that you don’t miss a thing. The arts and crafts section is interesting with many designers there in person for you to speak with directly about the items they have produced and their inspiration and creative process.

There is an open-air section and great gardens to explore, plus a sheltered indoor section, so it a great place to visit no matter what the weather forecast. They are open every single month of the year and on special occasions they even hold twilight markets so you can stock up on some great unique gifts for Christmas or Easter.

 When: Every third Saturday of the month, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Creswick Neighbourhood Centre, Victoria Street Creswick.

 

 

Palm Cove Markets, North Queensland

North Queensland’s premier community markets, the Palm Cove Markets showcase local, quality handmade products from contemporary jewellery, leather work, pottery, clothes, skincare, plants and produce, wellness stalls and food.  The markets include great family activities such as crazy golf, henna tattoos and entertainment.

When: First Sunday of every month from April to December, except in October when it coincides with the Reef Feast Event. From 8am-2pm.

Where: Williams Esplanade, between Cedar Road and Harpa Street. These streets are closed for the market allowing visitors to browse safely.

 

 

Handmade in the Hunter Markets, Pokolbin NSW

Enchanting is one great word to sum up the experience at the Handmade in the Hunter markets in picturesque village of Pokolbin.

This country style market has the distinction of being the longest-running, genuine, handmade market in the vineyard area, so it’s easy to see why many choose to plan their visit to the Hunter Valley around a visit to this charming venue.

There are many wineries come concert venues close by including Hope Estate, Bimbadgen and Roche, and Handmade in the Hunter Markets are held to coincide with concert dates and other major vineyard events.

It’s a great idea to check out the schedule to make sure the market is available on the day you’re in town, and to see if there are any other great entertainment and concert events on in the area at the same time, to make a true long weekend or week of it.

Come along to see, taste, try, buy and marvel for yourself at what the vibrant Hunter Valley artistic and creative community has to offer.

When: Saturdays 9am to 3pm. Some Sundays 9am to 2pm. The markets are held, weather permitting. Check out the market calendar for Sunday dates.

Where: Kevin Sobels Winery, 5 Halls Road Pokolbin NSW

 

These are just five of the hundreds of amazing local markets you can explore around Australia.

If you are interested in visiting any of our top five markets on your next holiday, check out the Accor Vacation Club Apartment options available in each location to stay and explore in style. 

 

 

 

For more information, visit www.accorvacationclub.com.au

 

 

 

The Sebel Busselton Accor Vacation Club

Stay with me! Survey reveals domestic mini breaks on the rise

With the Easter break now done and dusted for another year, naturally we are turning our attention to where our next mini break might be.

If the Government’s recent International and National Visitor Survey results are any indication, a staycation will probably be the next holiday of choice for most Australians.

The survey revealed that many Australians are choosing home grown destinations, with more domestic overnight stays recorded. In 2017, overnight stays reached an amazing 97 million in total which is an impressive 7% up on last year’s figures.

In fact, the local market in fact spent more than $64.5 billion in 2017, blitzing the record $41.3 billion spent by international periods for the same year.

So what exactly did the survey reveal we were doing on these short breaks and Aussie holidays? It seems that exploring the great outdoors was top of the list of activities for many.

National or state park visits were up by 14%, bushwalking and rainforest walks up 20%, snow skiing up 37% and visits to indigenous and community sites and attractions up by 22%. There was also an 11% increase for attendance at an organised or major sporting event which shows we still love to plan a holiday around where our favourite team might be playing next!

Accor Vacation Club has a robust domestic hotel network for Members to experience, not least of all in regional destinations of amazing natural beauty, beyond the city lights.

For those who want to ‘climb every mountain’ and explore Victoria’s alpine region, The Sebel Pinnacle Valley Resort is a brilliant choice. For a tropical North Queensland rainforest or reef escape, The Sebel Palm Cove Coral Coast is perfectly positioned. And of course, for those after a West Australian adventure to uncover ancient forests, majestic vineyards and the azure waters of Geographe Bay, The Sebel Busselton beckons.

For a complete list of Accor Vacation Club’s destinations and inspiration on where next to plan a future mini break in Australia, visit www.accorvacationclub.com.au