January 9, 2002

Issue 1



January - B&B of the Month

Seachange B&B - Fleurieu Peninsula, SA

OZbedandbreakfast features:

- a quick and easy tool for planning your next getaway

- over 530 Bed & Breakfasts from all States and Territories

- over 250 towns and cities

- international Bed & Breakfast choices

- free monthly Newsletter

- monthly chance to WIN your perfect weekend getaway



Editor's notes


Welcome to the first edition of OZ-Escapes!


I hope you had a fantastic Christmas & New Year and didn't indulge too much...


We thank you for your interest in OZbedandbreakfast.com.  This newsletter is designed for you, the traveller, to plan your perfect Bed and Breakfast getaway. 


A special thank you to all the fire fighters who have embraced communities all over the countryside... our heart goes out to all those who have lost property and memories in these disastrous fires.


This first newsletter for 2002 contains information about who we are and what we do.  It also contains some great information to get you set for a fantastic New Year and your next holiday - how is it after every holiday you need another one to recover?!  Finally, we give you some tips on what to look for in a bed and breakfast.




Become a star overnight - FREE!

Ever wondered how it would feel to be treated like a star?

At the luxurious Araluen Lodge Bed and Breakfast, you and your someone special can find out first hand.

OZbedandbreakfast.com is giving away a weekend getaway at Araluen Lodge Bed and Breakfast.  Araluen is a beautiful stone country lodge nestled on acres of undulating countryside in the heart of the Yarra Valley. 

You can take in breathtaking views of the valley from the breakfast table, enjoy hours of relaxation with award winning wineries, massage and even ballooning!  All this is could be yours, compliments of Araluen Lodge Bed and Breakfast and OZbedandbreakfast.com.

For further information on our getaway contest, visit the website at http://www.ozbedandbreakfast.com, or call (03)  5965 2013 to make your own booking at Araluen Lodge.

You can also enter by clicking on the banner ad at the bottom of this newsletter.

Who are we?

One of the few things to coming out of the recent world uncertainties is the renewed interest in Australian travel. Australia is, undoubtedly, one of the world’s most exhilarating destinations and there has never been a better time than now to take a break and escape the world unrest.

As we have all experienced at some time, finding somewhere to stay is usually the biggest budget killer and time waster when planning a holiday.  Over the past few years, Bed and Breakfasts have been popping up all over the place and this new choice of accommodation is suited for every taste and budget.

No matter what sort of weekend escape you’re searching for, whether it’s a lighthouse on the cape, a rural retreat, a nunnery in the city or a beach house overlooking pristine white sands…. you will find it all on OZbedandbreakfast.com, Australia’s number one B&B website.

Unlike other bed and breakfast sites, OZbedandbreakfast.com is quick and easy to use with a very simple, clear and consistent layout across Australia. “These are the core elements which need to be present for a site to be successful," says Chris Peck, director of the new company. “When my partner, Leah and I, were searching on the Net last year to find a B&B in Byron Bay, we found it quite difficult. After some hours, we found many inconsistent sites across Australia.  We thought it would be a great idea if there were one quick, user-friendly site that provided the key information without clicking through five or six different screens. Anyway, that frustration turned into an idea and here we are.”

The layout has resulted in Ozbedandbreakfast.com being ranked number one on ninemsn.com.au and Looksmart Australia when searching for “Australian Bed and Breakfasts”.  Media recognition includes "...OZbedandbreakfast is attracting record numbers and is already one of the most visited accommodation sites in the nation." (The Australian, Fri, Nov 16, 2001)


We hope you will continue to use our site, and tell all your friends about us.  We are excited to be up and running, and look forward to a prosperous New Year.


Get on over... Tassie awaits!


For an amazing adventure, you can't go past Tasmania. And the best way to explore the stunning Tasmanian autumn is from the comfort of your own vehicle and relaxing at all the glorious Bed and Breakfasts.

But did you know that it costs so little to take your car on Spirit of Tasmania? Prices start from just $80* return, in addition to your passenger fare.

Plus, you can take all the luggage you can fit, so you're able to pack everything you could ever want for your Tasmanian adventure - from surfboards to fishing rods.

With prices like these, taking your car can be a very economical way to discover Tasmania's hidden treasures at your own pace.

OZbedandbreakfast.com provides over 40 fantastic Bed and Breakfast getaways in Tasmania.  From the friendly four-star small country guesthouse of Orchard Lea, the Circa1835 farmhouse of Redcliffe House, to the Convict Station at Norfolk Bay, Tasmania has something for everyone. 

For information on Bed and Breakfasts in Tasmania, visit http://www.ozbedandbreakfast.com and find your perfect B&B getaway.

For more information, or to book your car on the Spirit of Tasmania, call TT-Line on 13 20 10, or visit http://www.tt-line.com.au

*Conditions apply. Offer valid January 28 to April 28, 2002, subject to availability. Price of car travel is in addition to passenger fare. Prices are GST-inclusive. For full terms and conditions, please call 13 20 10.

What to look for in a B&B

The following should serve as a starting point, although not necessarily complete.  Each individual may have his or her own criteria.

  • Destination
  • Has tourist attraction(s)
  • Has business/commercial guest potential
  • Nearby restaurants and "Things to Do"
  • Proximity to metropolitan area or source of guests
  • Good visibility and signage
  • Quiet location/Attractive neighborhood
  • Access to goods and services for innkeeper and guests


  • Coastal Area
  • Wine Country
  • Mountains
  • Desert
  • Restaurants
  • Other Recreation
  • Specialty Shopping - Arts, Crafts, Etc.


  • Architecturally or historically interesting
  • Guest rooms
    - Private baths

    - Closets, armoires or space to add closets
    - Window views: gardens, patio, scenery, etc.
    - Is there natural light?
    - Fireplaces, deluxe tubs, spas, etc.
    - Sound insulated from each other and common area
    - Sitting area (2 chairs, table lamp) by a window
    - Queen beds (or room for queen beds)
    - Bedside table and lights on each side
  • Parlor for guests to mingle and/or wine service
  • Dining Room for breakfast
  • Other guest facilities
    - Decks/Patio
    - Gardens
    - Pool/Spa
  • Kitchen that works
  • Laundry facilities
  • Facilities for weddings, conferences, etc. (if desired)
  • Outbuildings: garage, storage

Thanks for your support during 2001. From OZbedandbreakfast.com, we hope you have a prosperous 2002.

Your OZbedandbreakfast.com Team

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