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The Great Artesian Spa in Mitchell, Queensland

Outback Dip at Mitchell’s Great Artesian Spa

“It’s like Reykjavik’s Blue Lagoon but the Australian country town version.” That was me explaining the Great Artesian Spa in Mitchell, Queensland to my youngest son on our way there. And it turned out to be a delightful, refreshing, family-friendly pit-stop on an outback road trip.

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Exterior of Jimbour, photo by Felicity Loughrey

Jimbour is the Middle of Nowhere Surprise

Jimbour is one of Queensland’s great pastoral estates. At the peak of construction there were 200 workers on site. And since this story was written Jimbour now offers tours of its grand interior. Tours can be booked online

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Picnics at Cottesloe Beach

Just a short distance from Perth is one of Australia’s most luxurious picnic suppliers – and a stunning white-sand beach, and stretches of soft green grass – for your blanket and hamper. Cottesloe Beach picnics are a wonderful escape, thanks to The Boatshed store, nearby.

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woman swimming under water

Wild Swimming for Depression

Mark Harper, a doctor at the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, in Britain, believes regular cold-water swimming reduces inflammation, which is associated with ailments from pain to depression. He is a cold-water sea swimmer himself. He believes you may not react as much to stress in daily life, if you swim outdoors regularly.

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