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Australia Telescope (ATCA) Narrabri

Australia Telescope (ATCA) Narrabri

ATCA at Paul Wild Observatory

June 142014

Just west of the town of Narrabri in country New South Wales is a fantastic spot for science nerds (like me) the nation over. The Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) at the Paul Wild Observatory is an array of 6 antennas (think “The Dish”) used for radio astronomy.

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Visiting The Dish

Visiting The Dish

CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope

June 122014

If you’re seen the typically-Australian film “The Dish“, you’ll know exactly what you’re looking at in the pictures below. Located just north of the country town of Parkes, the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope (more commonly known as “The Dish”)  is one of the largest radio telescope in Australia (after Tidbinbilla near Canberra), and still remains one of the largest in the world!

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Snowy Mountains in Spring

Snowy Mountains in Spring

Snowy Mountains with No Snow!

June 112014

I was born and raised in Sydney and didn’t make my acquaintance with snow until I was 23 years old. I was extremely excited to do all the things I had seen on TV and in movies. Snow ball fights, snow angels and having a legitimate excuse to not go into work due to snowstorms. I thought it was going to be awesome.

It wasn’t.

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Accommodation in Melbourne to fit any budget

Accommodation in Melbourne to fit any budget

Accommodation for any budget

June 92014

Melbourne Australia, with its cafe culture, quirky artiness, theatre & shopping options is an incredible city and one not to be missed when exploring the land down under.  A city with such a wide variety of shopping and entertainment, antique and vintage mixed with modern and unusual, will naturally have an equal variety of accommodations to fit any budget.  Whether your wallet is thin or overstuffed, we have a few places worth checking out for your stay in Melbourne.

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Port Arthur Historic Site & Ghost Tours

Port Arthur Historic Site & Ghost Tours

Explore Australia's convict past

May 252014

History of Port Arthur

If you’re a history nerd (like me) then you’ve probably heard of Port Arthur. The Port Arthur Historic Site is a fantastic look into Australia’s convict past; it was a place where repeat offenders from the colonies were sent for punishment, using the same model as Pentonville prison in England. This was a place for hardened criminals and was intended to discipline, punish and ultimately reform such men.

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Explore North Australia by Car

Explore North Australia by Car

Explore the natural NT wonders

May 182014

The main reason for my visit to North Australia, or the Northern Territory as they call it was the Ayers Rock. Namely, one of my main interests in the last couple of years has been visiting place with ancient visual art and I knew that Ayers rock is a Mecca for someone with such interests. Luckily I have an old friend in Darwin, which is actually the capital of this part of Australia and she invited me to check out the city, the rest of this part of Australia and of course, the Ayers rock.

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My Road Trip: A Time to Unwind

My Road Trip: A Time to Unwind

Take some time to unwind in QLD

May 182014

So far, exploring sights of Australia has been fascinating for me. I’ve experienced different lifestyles most people wouldn’t take time to enjoy. I just had to dive right in the small adventure. I remember a busy middle of the week, and realised I needed to de-stress.

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Five Top Eats when visiting the ‘Goldie’

Five Top Eats when visiting the ‘Goldie’

Gold Coast Foodies Rejoice!

May 12014

The Gold Coast is best known for its beautiful long white beaches, while its culinary appeal is rather less documented. So let’s dive on in to the best places to eat when visiting the Goldie.

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Coogee Beach, Sydney

Coogee Beach, Sydney

Explore this Aussie Gem

April 212014

I have spent most of my life in Melbourne. I love the city and occasionally have been known to support the friendly rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney quite expressively, so you can imagine my nervousness when I first found out that I might have to move to Sydney. I have visited NSW’s capital city on several occasions and seen “The Sights” – Sydney Opera House, Luna Park, the Sydney Harbour Bridge etc. Trust me, they are marvellous but I have never felt at home in Sydney. That is until the day I visited Coogee Beach.

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Discover Australia’s Best Wine Regions

Discover Australia’s Best Wine Regions

Explore Australia's Vineyards

April 102014

Australia has a reputation for producing some of the finest wines in the world. From the big reds of the Barossa Valley to crisp white Chardonnay from Margaret River each region has its own signature wine styles, varietals and producers. Why not take a closer look? See Australia and taste these wines directly from the cellar door.

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Adelaide Fringe Festival

Adelaide Fringe Festival

A Festival That Captures A City

April 12014

A Festival that Captures a City

With the bustling cities of Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast attracting so much tourist attention, Adelaide is often forgotten. Only once a year this sleepy little city rises up in unique artistic expression and celebration.

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Australian Museum researchers and Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife have discovered a new link between the elusive Drop Bear and the extinction of the Tasmanian Tiger.

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Sydney to Melbourne Campervan Trip

Sydney to Melbourne Campervan Trip

See the coast in a campervan

March 102014

Taking my holiday on the road with friends was one of the best ideas I ever had. With just a rented camper and the coastal road, we made the most of a great situation. This is our story, and I hope it gives you inspiration to take your own road trip. Seeing the country in this way can’t be beat, but it pays to have a bit of an idea about the items that will make your journey easier and the sites you absolutely must not miss on your way from Sydney to Melbourne. Make your own Great Australian Road Trip a success.

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Get up close to Aussie animals in the city!

February 172014

Whether you’re visiting Brisbane from overseas or looking for somewhere to take the family on a weekend, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is an absolute must-do experience. Lone Pine is the world’s largest koala sanctuary, and it’s the perfect way to get up close and personal with a range of Australian wildlife including kangaroos, snakes & reptiles, dingoes, birds, Tasmanian devils, a platypus and even farmyard animals (not just koalas)!

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Things to do in Adelaide

Things to do in Adelaide

A Hot Destination For Active Travellers

February 152014

Adelaide, a beautiful and charming Australian city, is famous for its 19th century architecture, wide parkland areas, and the ultimate sense of openness. The wonderful city hosts an extensive array of events, exhibitions and festivals throughout the year, and it is a hub for culture and art in Australia.

Recently, Adelaide was named as a ‘top city to visit in 2014’ by Lonely Planet; it is the only Australian city that could make it through in the world’s top holiday destinations 2014 list declared by Lonely Planet.

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Christmas Island

Christmas Island

2,600km north-west of Perth

February 112014

I was awoken by a faint scratching sound. Scratch, scratch, scratch. At first I thought it was part of my dream, but the noise came again. Scratch, scratch, scratch. I opened my eyes and realised where I was.

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Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Journey from Torquay to Warrnambool

January 172014

Taking a road trip is one of the great Australian past times, and one of the best ways to explore this massive country. By far the most famous Australian road trip is the Great Ocean Road (many rank it as one of the world’s best).

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Mon Repos

Mon Repos

15 minutes east of Bundaberg

January 52014

Forget Nemo, he was found safe and sound. I want to divert your focus to Squirt, and well, turtles in general and just how amazing these ancient mariners are.

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Australia’s Amazing Music Festivals

Australia’s Amazing Music Festivals

Music of every variety around Australia

December 302013

Exciting world-class music festivals fill calendars at major cities across Australia every year, offering big-name performers, cultural extravaganzas, touring Broadway musicals and stadium rock concerts. Whether you’re looking for some legendary jazz, avant-garde rock or indie stars, you’ll find it Down Under. Get your tickets for live music ahead of time and have the music and party experience of your life at Australia’s amazing musical events.

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Events Not To Be Missed in Melbourne

Events Not To Be Missed in Melbourne

Best Events in Melbourne

December 102013

Melbourne is widely regarded as Australia’s cultural capital and it’s often hard to keep track of everything happening in Australia’s second most populated city. Aside from the festivals and events happening in the Summer, there’s the sumptuous international cuisine on offer, the picturesque bike ride routes (a great way to see the city), internationally acclaimed theatre and opera, as well as fantastic comedy going on. It’s often easy to forget that you’re in Australia, and not a major European city. Melbourne, throughout the year, is host to a range of international festivals. Here are our top picks and what not to miss in Melbourne.

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Adventure Forests Tasmania

Adventure Forests Tasmania

Experience nature from a different angle

November 282013

If you’re looking for a way to get back to nature and explore somewhere new, make your way to one of the Adventure Forests in Tasmania. “What’s an adventure forest?” I hear you ask. Well, there are four of these forests set up around the state, with each offering different “adventure” activities to enable you to experience nature from a different angle.

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The Best Of Sydney – Almost For Free

The Best Of Sydney – Almost For Free

Things to do in Sydney free or cheap

November 232013

I have always been very keen on visiting Sydney, Australia for one very specific reason – I always saw a lot of the place on Animal Planet and as a child who was fascinated by animals, I could not wait till the day I would visit the city. That is how it started off for me. But once I was actually in Sydney, I discovered so much more. I went there in the month of January, when it is summer in Australia, and that is easily one of the best times to visit this vibrant city.

As a student, I had obvious budget constraints when I was in Sydney, but I was determined to see and do as much with the modest amount of money that I did have. My friends and I did a whole lot of research on our first night in the city and we figured out the different things that we could do there for free. And since making that list worked for us, I have decided to share that with everyone else too.

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Road Trip: Gold Coast to Melbourne

Road Trip: Gold Coast to Melbourne

See some of Australia's highlights

November 72013

The south east corner of Australia holds many the best natural wonders, sprawling cities and rolling coastline that this magnificent country has to offer. Planning a road trip from the Gold Coast to Melbourne will take you through some of the highlights, spanning a journey that covers 1,700km and taking approximately four or five days, depending on how long you wish to stop off for along the way.

Its Like the Light

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Wineglass Bay Cruising

Wineglass Bay Cruising

Be one of the few to explore this untouched place

October 82013

If you asked people where the top 10 beaches in the world are, most of them would probably list tropical locations like the Whitsundays or Bahamas. But you might be surprised to know that one of the beaches that regularly makes an appearance in “Top 10 Beaches in the World” lists is almost as close to Antarctica as it is to the tropics. That beach is at Wineglass Bay in Tasmania.

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Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise

Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise

The most fun 3 hours you'll ever have

October 62013

I recently spent a week in Tasmania, speeding from one side of the island state to the other, trying every adventure available. And the Bruny Island Cruise was by far the most heart racing, squeal inducing and educational (yes, adventure AND education!) attraction I came across. It’s the kind of adventure that you could do again and again and it would take your breath away every time.

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Cascades Female Factory

Cascades Female Factory

Experience convict history through a live performance

September 142013

I’m actually embarrassed to admit my lack of historical knowledge about this magnificent country. My generation tend to forget there was a time before mobile phones, the internet and online shopping. We all know to some degree that Australia was built on the back of convict settlement, but it wasn’t until my most recent trip to the breathtaking state of Tasmania, that my eyes were opened and my ignorance to our past was highlighted.

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Jondaryan Woolshed

Jondaryan Woolshed

2.5 hour drive from Brisbane

August 112013

When I was at school, I was a cellist in the Bundaberg Youth Orchestra. Every second year we would go on a tour of the Great South East, entertaining rural country towns with rather talented albeit small orchestra.

In 2009, whilst on tour, we visited the Jondaryan Woolshed. Actually, we were lucky enough to be able to perform for the farm staff and local townspeople inside the woolshed. It was truly magical to play amongst the wooden beams and hay bales. Since then, I have been back as a day visitor as well as an overnight camper. And let me tell you, the damper improves each and every time.

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Brisbane Ekka

Brisbane Ekka

A fun day out for the whole family

August 52013

To anyone that grew up in Brisbane, the word “Ekka” conjures up memories of dagwood dogs, fairy floss, nausea-inducing rides, animals, showbags and fireworks. For me it brings back memories of shovelling cow poo and watching the precision driving team (though not at the same time). You see, my family is full of dairy farmers, and every year they would bring their best show cows to Brisbane to enter them in the dairy judging at the Ekka.

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What to do in Margaret River, Western Australia

What to do in Margaret River, Western Australia

Explore Margaret River in Western Australia

July 232013

Margaret River is located in Western Australia and it’s a fantastic place to visit while you are on vacation. If you want to have an enjoyable time with your family, it’s recommended that you visit some of the 7 places that you will find below. All 7 of these attractions can be done in a single day! If you are short on time or you simply want to pack your day with as much excitement as possible, this is a list made perfectly for you. Margaret River is a place where you can relax with your family and have an enjoyable time with your loved ones. If you are ready to make the most out of your vacation, continue reading and explore some of the 7 things below.

Vasse Felix vineyard picnic Margaret River

Image Credit: Tourism Western Australia

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Brisbane Activities for Kids

Brisbane Activities for Kids

Fun for the whole family

July 192013

Finding things to keep kids busy during the school holidays can be a challenge, especially if the weather is not cooperating. But, don’t stress! We’ve gathered together some of the best things to do around Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. You’ll find some classics in there (like the museum) but we’ve been on the hunt for some more interesting ideas, too. Many of these activities would make great birthday party ideas. Maps are included for some listings to help you find the closest venue, and Queensland school holiday dates are at the bottom. As always, if you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments below!

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Melbourne’s Best Coffee and Cafés

Melbourne’s Best Coffee and Cafés

Explore these world class coffee spots

July 82013

Maria Paoli is an international coffee judge, trainer, consultant and coffee connoisseur with over 15 years experience. Maria runs coffee tours of Melbourne, and has been gracious enough to share her top Melbourne coffee spots below. You can find more information at her website, www.evolvingsuccess.com.au

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Australian Wine Tasting Destinations

Australian Wine Tasting Destinations

Various locations across Australia

June 272013

The Australian wine industry is booming–forget the typical vino tipples of Southern France–the Australian produce is up there in terms of quality and taste. Australia is now the world’s fourth largest exporter of wine with approximately 750 million litres a year to the international market.

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My Picnic at Hanging Rock

My Picnic at Hanging Rock

Explore nature in this famous literary setting

June 252013

“Picnic at Hanging Rock”, the moody and mystery-laden 1975 film based on a novel by Joan Lindsay and directed by Peter Weir, inspired and set the tone for my pilgrimage to the gorgeous, awe-inspiring location of its setting: the Hanging Rock Recreation Reserve in Woodend, Victoria.

hanging rock melbourne

Image by Looking Glass, on Flickr

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Central Coast, NSW

Central Coast, NSW

90 minutes north of Sydney

June 212013

When I tell people I live on the Central Coast, I’m often met with blank looks. It doesn’t seem like a real name, more of a direction – the central coast of where, some ask. The fact is, the Central Coast is often overlooked by travellers despite its proximity to Sydney and its myriad natural attractions.

Maitland Bay Central Coast

Image credit: Hamilton Lund/Destination NSW

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The Essential Guide to Brisbane, Australia

The Essential Guide to Brisbane, Australia

The capital of the Sunshine State

June 62013

As the capital of the state of Queensland and one of the most vibrant, exciting cities in the whole of Australia, Brisbane has an awful lot going for it.  Its reputation as a great city, as well as the sprawling parkland and clear freshwater lakes that can be found a short distance away, make it a brilliant city to visit, whether you’re just passing through or aiming to spend a lot of time there.

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Visiting the Perth Mint

Visiting the Perth Mint

A great attraction for the whole family

June 32013

The Perth Mint was originally established in 1899 to create Australian dollars. It’s an elegant late-19th century building located close to Perth’s CBD. It’s the only gold refinery in Australia and one of the largest in the world, although the Australian coins of today are made in Canberra.

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Driving A V8 Race Car In Sydney

Driving A V8 Race Car In Sydney

Drive a V8 Supercar in Sydney

May 232013

Marco, my bombastic and rather pretentious client-friend told me that driving a V8 Race Car is about as close as one can come to driving a V8 Supercar. I kind of disagreed – I have a thing for the real V8 supercar. Still, he went ahead and got me a gift voucher for a V8 Race Car driving experience in Sydney.

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Fraser Island

Fraser Island

50 minute ferry from River Heads

May 212013

Fraser Island is located in Queensland, Australia approximately 190 miles north of Brisbane. It is the largest sand island in the world. This island is extremely beautiful with its long uninterrupted white beaches and its coloured sand cliffs add beauty to the island. There are over 100 tranquil lakes, all having white sandy beaches. It is a very popular destination for backpackers as well as the locals for multi-day camping activities and 4×4 drives. Now, you might be wondering what would be the cost of the stay if you are visiting this island. Costs are the biggest concern especially when you are on a tour.

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Things to do in North Queensland

Things to do in North Queensland

Fly into Brisbane or Cairns Airport

May 162013

North Queensland is a colossal portion of northern Australia that’s off the beaten track. Uninfluenced by modern history, untouched by the fast pace of urban life, and undeveloped, North Queensland is a haven for tourists and busy professionals alike, who long to unwind. This is the place to put your feet up and let your hair down!

A single visit to North Queensland is sure to leave you so spellbound, that you’ll want to return to this retreat again and again. North Queensland is a treasure trove of all things natural. From the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef to rainforests and pristine beaches, North Queensland has a plethora of things to offer tourists.

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Exploring Sydney by Car

Exploring Sydney by Car

Take a leisurely drive down the NSW coast

May 152013

Sydney is Australia’s largest city, and there are plenty of things to do both in the city and further abroad. The best way to make your way around is by renting a car from one of the major car rental companies in Sydney and choosing your own adventure! If you are on a holiday or just spending a weekend stopover in Sydney, here is an idea of where the road might take you.

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Australia’s Best Surfing Spots

Australia’s Best Surfing Spots

Surf beaches in Australia

May 142013

Australia is surely one of the best countries on the planet to visit if you’re a surfer. No matter which coast you visit there is an abundance of fantastic surfing spots to explore. Here’s a list of some of the best, including the home beaches of many famous Australian surfers!

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Things to do in Cairns

Things to do in Cairns

2 hour flight north of Brisbane

April 252013

Though it may be best known for its natural beauty, Cairns offers vacationers plenty of activities to keep them busy during their stay. Whether you’re looking for peace and relaxation, adventure, or something in between, Cairns and the surrounding region have more than enough to offer.

With so many things to do in Cairns, it’s really no wonder Cairns is the fourth most popular destination for tourists in Australia. When on vacation, it’s not so much finding something to do, but deciding what shouldn’t be missed.

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Whale Watching on the Gold Coast

Whale Watching on the Gold Coast

1 hour south of Brisbane

April 222013

There are times in life where you do something that you think will be ok and it turns out to be just a little bit of magic that stays with you forever. That’s what it’s like when you go whale watching.  These magnificent creatures are a sight to behold in their natural habitat.

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Things to do while visiting the Gold Coast on a budget
April 222013

The Gold Coast is an amazing place to visit, whether you live in Australia or on a tour. The place is buzzing with life and is a heaven for tourists. However, it is known to be expensive, which deters many tourists who want to explore but are on a budget. Being such a person myself, I can convince you that you can actually enjoy a Gold coast holiday, without running out of money.

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Epic Fishing around the Mackay Whitsunday region

Epic Fishing around the Mackay Whitsunday region

1.5 hour flight from Brisbane

April 162013

In my honest opinion, the Mackay Whitsunday region offers some of the best fishing in Queensland and should be high on anyone’s bucket list of idyllic fishing destinations. The diversity of fishing locations and vast array of iconic Australian sports-fish that inhabit the region is simply mind-blowing.

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The ultimate Brisbane weekend itinerary

The ultimate Brisbane weekend itinerary

Things to do in Brisbane

April 112013

I’m a Brisbane local through and through. I was born here, grew up here, and though I’ve traveled the world, I think I’ll always call Brisbane “home”. Brisbane has just about everything that you could want; the convenience and variety of a big city, friendly locals and easy access to great beaches, rainforest and country scenery. There are so many things to do in Brisbane, but if you’ve only got limited time (i.e. a weekend stopover), here are some of the best things I’d recommend. Rather than a set itinerary, I’ve listed lots of things that you can pick and choose from to create your own adventure to suit your taste, budget and weather!

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Best Restaurants in Canberra

Best Restaurants in Canberra

The best eats in the capital!

April 112013

There are so many things to do and see when you go to Australia and especially to Canberra. There are zoos, museums, amazing clubs, beautiful buildings and so much more. Whatever you decide to do, one group of attractions will always have to be on your list – restaurants. As with everything in Australia, the food is influenced by Asian flavours, European techniques, American styles and much more. There is a great restaurant for every budget and taste.

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Best things to do in Melbourne

Best things to do in Melbourne

Australia's "Cultural Capital"

April 112013

Melbourne’s vigor and verve are addictive. The city’s throbbing charm resonates a rapture that is difficult to resist. Referred to as the ‘Cultural Capital of Victoria’, Melbourne provides one with an array of activities during vacation. From just sightseeing to being part of the culture, this great city offers a little something to all its enthusiasts. With the bustling markets, fantastic architecture, the sprawling green gardens and sophisticated sport facilities, one wouldn’t know what to choose. If you are planning to visit this city for a holiday or a business trip, here are some of the best things to do in Melbourne.

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Riverlife Adventure Centre

Riverlife Adventure Centre

Adventure activities on the Brisbane River

April 112013

Adventure on Riverlife Adventure Centre
Looking for fun ways to spend the day with kids in Brisbane? There is hardly a lack of options, but few days out can be quite as exciting as a trip to the Riverlife Adventure Centre. Whether you want your kids to enjoy a fun and cultural experience, or to simply try out some new activities, it is the perfect way to spend a day. So what exactly can you do at the centre? Here’s a quick guide to a fantastic family day out.

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Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney

Festival of music, lights and ideas

April 112013

Vivid Sydney is an annual festival of light, music and ideas and features an amazing light show projected onto the Opera House called “Lighting the Sails”. The Vivid festival is usually on around May/June, and even though I don’t live in Sydney I’ve been lucky enough to experience it a couple of times.

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HMAS Sydney II Memorial

HMAS Sydney II Memorial

4.5 hours north of Perth

April 112013

When part of our country’s history is felt on a personal level we become more passionate about who we are, where we came from and why we are here. The more we explore this history the more we want to share it. This is just one story. A story, a place that has great significance to our family.

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Snowy Mountains

Snowy Mountains

2.5 hours south of Canberra

April 112013

Before my trip to the Snowy Mountains, I never had any experience with snow, besides the occasional encounter with overfrozen fridges. Thus, I was looking forward to having a busy day with any activities available for visitors to the winter destination.

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Cania Gorge

Cania Gorge

3 hours west of Bundaberg

April 112013

No matter where in the world you come from, when you think about Australia, Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef and drop bears probably come to mind. These are undoubtedly some of the most spectacular attractions in Australia, if not the world. There is, however, a hidden, mostly unknown gem within Queensland that I believe represents Australia perfectly. Let me introduce you to Cania Gorge.

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Carolyn and Richard Green have been exploring the Australian wilderness in their helicopter for the past 20 years. Carolyn has written the following story about a recent trip they made to Forrest, in the Nullarbor region of Western Australia. You can see more of Richard’s photography at his website.

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Crystal Creek

Crystal Creek

1 hour north-west of Townsville

April 112013

Who doesn’t like a good slippery slide. Come on, if you have ever been to a real Australia Day BBQ (that’s a barbie for all you international readers out there) someone, somewhere has pulled out a sheet of black builders plastic, grabbed a bottle of fairy liquid, a garden hose and a camera and some hours later, you all emerge from the suddy, muddy party covered in bruises but with a huge grin on your face.

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River Heart Parklands

River Heart Parklands

Right in the heart of Ipswich

April 112013

“It has to be a dinosaur, it looks like a Plesiosaur. How come we’re the only people to have discovered it? It’s right there.” My excited 6 year old exclaims.

“No, it’s a monster.” Miss 4 retorts.

While the conversation bounces back and forth this Mother smiles as her heart does a little flip. It’s that beautiful little surge of butterflies that you get when your babies are making discoveries, rationalising and believing. Their enthusiasm is overwhelming.

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The BIG Road Trip

The BIG Road Trip

Explore the east coast via some of these "big" attractions

April 112013

Aussies of a certain generation might fondly remember piling into the back of a Kingswood for the family holiday and cruising down the open road, headed perhaps to a beachside holiday park or aunt and uncle’s house somewhere. In between the games of “I-Spy” and kids constantly nagging “Are we there yet?”, Australia’s “big things” were a welcome sight; an opportunity to stretch the legs and entertain the kids, and maybe sneak in an ice cream.

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Jamberoo Action Park

Jamberoo Action Park

1.5 hours south of Sydney

April 112013

Located just over an hour from Sydney, NSW’s largest water theme park is the place for day long thrills and spills. Jam-packed with water rides and attractions there is something at Jamberoo Action Park for all ages.

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Luna Park Sydney
April 112013

Not only does Luna Park Sydney provide hours of fun for all ages, it is also a restored 1930s theme park with a magical early 20th century charm about it.

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Waiting for the turtles, a moment from Heron Island
April 112013

The sky is beautiful tonight, black except for a quilt of silver stars. They flicker over my head and into the distance, while twinkling reflections bounce off the water. The tide crashes against wet sand, the waves folding onto the beach. It’s gentle, therapeutic, repetitive.

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Uluru

Uluru

The world's biggest monolith

April 112013

When you’ve seen an iconic profile in promotional material a gazillion times before, can it when finally seen in the flesh, live up to such hype?
In Uluru’s case – Yes… and more! All those sunset photos you’ve seen are not a scratch on the real thing!

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Brisbane’s Top Coffee Chill Spots

Brisbane’s Top Coffee Chill Spots

Explore these wonderful Brisbane coffee shops

April 112013

The Brisbane coffee scene is a treasure chest full of little gems that shine because of what they do, not necessarily because of how they look. If you’re riding coffee’s third wave, then strap on your leg rope and dive into our favourite Brisbane coffee chill spots! We have reviewed over 40 coffee shops in Brisbane, and these are our ‘best of the best’.

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Daydream Island

Daydream Island

Access via ferry from Hamilton Island

April 112013

A man clad in a Hawaiian shirt, arms full of shell necklaces, greeted us on the dock. “Welcome to Daydream Island!” he said enthusiastically. We happily accepted the necklaces, feeling the relaxing vibe of the island start to sink in instantly.

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Climbing the Gloucester Tree

Climbing the Gloucester Tree

3.5 hours south of Perth

April 112013

I’m going to be up front. I hate heights. Planes taking off, roller coasters (especially that ride at Dream World, you know the one that takes you up somewhere in outerspace then drops you unnecessarily fast back down to earth whilst simultaneously making you wet your pants) mountain tops, unnecessarily steep escalators in shopping centres. You get the picture. So when I visited Western Australia a while back with two guys, one of who was Special Forces, the other in infantry, I should have known my greatest fear was going to be challenged.

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Sandy Cape

Sandy Cape

2.5 hours north-west of Perth

April 112013

“There’s almost half Australia over there in W.A.,’ John Williamson croons from the radio. We’re on the road again and heading to a picture perfect little spot just north of Jurien Bay, Sandy Cape. We stumbled across this little gem on a weekend wander to Cervantes, but more on that another time.

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Tamborine Scarecrow Festival

Tamborine Scarecrow Festival

45 minutes from the Gold Coast

April 112013

For a long time I thought there was nothing cooler than glow worms. They’re bright, they live in caves, their soft-toy likenesses wear jaunty night-hats. But while researching where I could go to visit these fun little guys, I stumbled upon something which could be even cooler—the Annual Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival.

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Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park)

Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park)

Accessible by 4WD or helicopter

April 112013

I’ve been blessed with opportunities to travel around the world. I’ve seen the beaches in the Philippines and lived in quaint towns around Europe, but it still left me wanting for more. During my recent trip to the Gold Coast in Australia, I looked to extend my stay in order to quench my thirst for excitement and adventure. I scoured the web for a holiday that can provide me with a truly unique experience. This led me to discover Purnululu National Park in Western Australia, also known as the Bungle Bungles, a world heritage site that features landscapes and wildlife unrivalled in magnificence and splendour.

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Exploring Brisbane by Bike

Exploring Brisbane by Bike

Explore the river city by bicycle!

April 112013

One of my favourite ways to explore a new city is by bike, because I can take as much time as I like, and stop wherever something catches my eye.

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I moved to Brisbane from Ohio, looking for interesting people and a bit of adventure. Through mutual friends, I was invited to what would be my first social gathering, something called “Pims in the Park” as was stated on the Facebook invite. I was really looking forward to a nice day in the sun and the August forecast stated the weather would be partly sunny. Not fully converting Celsius to Fahrenheit, I assumed this meant t-shirt and jeans weather.

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Paronella Park

Paronella Park

1.5 hours south of Cairns

April 112013

I was about 12 when I was first taken to Paronella Park by my parents on a family holiday to North Queensland. It’s one of those mystical, magical places that takes you back in time. Think The Secret Garden mixed with a little Jane Austin (in particular Mr Darcy). It’s a place I will never forget. The magical moss covered stones of this gorgeous park could be mistaken for a medieval castle and grounds. However, whilst the very real love story behind the castle goes hand in hand with turrets and balconies, the structures themselves are relatively new.

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South Bank

South Bank

A beach right in the heart of the city

April 112013

There are many places I like to pass time in Australia, but I love to become lost in thought strolling through Brisbane’s South Bank. Meandering like the river at a pace akin to a snail. This could be day or night but mostly around dusk. There’s still the bustle of people making their way home from work, meeting friends, restaurants are filling, lots of lives passing me by oblivious to my observing them in a non judgemental fashion. Groups of friends barbequing, sky scrapers loom above, archways of flowers and bustling bars, the rivers constant flow that’s been there longer than any of these things, winding through without having to remind me it’s her city not ours.

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Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay

1 hour north of Newcastle, NSW

April 112013

My partner and I generally have one holiday per year that does not involve setting up a tent and roughing it. This year we decided to spend a week exploring the area around Nelson Bay, about an hour’s drive north of Newcastle.

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Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island, Great Barrier Reef, QLD

April 112013

My favourite book as a child was Magic Beach by Alison Lester. I dreamed of building sand castles, paddling boats in the bay and finding colourful star fish. It wasn’t until I turned 18 and moved to Townsville that I discovered my dreams were about to come true. Let me introduce you to Magnetic Island.

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Undara Lava Tubes

Undara Lava Tubes

4 hours west of Cairns

April 112013

Are you looking for a genuine “Australian” experience? You know, the kind where you wander through the outback and stumble across all sorts of plants and wildlife that can kill you? Undara may just be the place for you!

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