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Flag of Australia, Australia's flagThe Australians have it all. From the hot tropics to the temperate climate; from the coral reefs to the ski fields; from desert to the beach. On top of the environmental diversity, Australia is a melting pot of culture, from the ancient Aboriginal Dreamtime to a modern multicultural society, there really isn’t anything quite like Australia.

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Esperance: The Gem of Western Australia

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Esperance: The Gem of Western Australia

Kangaroos living on the beach, pirates, explorers, gold, and the biggest wave in Western Australia; ‘The Cyclops’. It seemed like my childhood story books were starting to come true. I was on my way to Esperance, in a clapped out 80’s model BMW named Delilah, chasing a job, and a dream of living by the sea. I’d been used to long drives before but this one was really starting to make me ache, 7 long hours from Perth and another one on the way. Eating Sour Peach Sweets to keep me awake and my eyes focused on the open road, I powered on. Strange...

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Festival of the Pearl – Australia

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Festival of the Pearl – Australia

A kaleidoscope of colour and culture, the 46th annual Shinju Matsuri – Japanese for “Festival of the Pearl” – is a celebration of Japanese, Chinese, Malaysian and Aboriginal cultures that shaped Broome during the peak of the prosperous pearl industry. A nine-day festival with over 20 events that starts with the ceremonial waking of Sammy the Chinese Dragon. Highlights include the Floating Lantern Matsuri where hundreds of candle-lit lanterns containing special messages are released, a Sunset Long Table dinner set on the sand on Cable...

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The Food and Wine Trails of Australia

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The Food and Wine Trails of Australia

What isn’t apparent for the first time visitors to Australia is the gourmet food and wine culture. This is the stuff beyond the good old sausage sizzle and the ‘shrimps’ on the barbie. We are talking food, real food that can be raved on by celebrity chefs local and abroad. Australian Capital Territory This is a surprise even to the locals, but the country-side around the national capital has 140 vineyards with 33 operating wineries. This is a relatively young region in Australian wine-making but it is catching up fast to the...

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Mining the Dining Boom of Perth Australia

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Mining the Dining Boom of Perth Australia

Perth Australia In Perth, Australia, the queue outside Jamie Oliver’s Italian Kitchen was in a for two hour wait, yet even in the cold of the early evening, the crowds stood huddled against each other with smiles on their faces. It is their culinary treat and not even rain was going to spoil it for them. Outside of its mining wealth, Perth is enjoying a different kind of boom, and Australia’s westernmost capital city is getting quite the culinary scene and has had an influx of new restaurants over the past few years with Jamie...

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Eureka Ballarat, Australia!

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Eureka Ballarat, Australia!

  Discovering Australia’s Golden Heritage If it was 160 years ago, I’d be squatting in mud swirling my pan away hoping to strike it rich. While I can still squat and try my hands at gold panning, the gold rush is no more and my chance of discovering anything more valuable than pebbles and dirt is as slim as winning the national lottery, however it is still possible to at least attempt to live the lives of those who came here for the golden fortune in today’s Ballarat. Ballarat During the Gold Rush Ballarat is...

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Australia’s Newest Museum – M.A.D.E Opens

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Australia’s Newest Museum – M.A.D.E Opens

There were important looking people everywhere I looked, handshaking, posing and smiling into journalists cameras. I shrink away into the museum proper, a little shy among the larger press group and explored the interior quietly and found myself inspired by Australia’s newest museum – the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka. Today was the museum’s first day of opening to the public, and the entire town population turned up to celebrate this significant milestone. The Gold Rush in the mid 19th Century had placed Ballarat on the world map...

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Driving the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

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Driving the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

On the Sunshine Coast, away from the coast lies historical towns of the Hinterlands I have longed for a long weekend away on the coast, soaking up much needed sun after weeks slavering away in an air conditioned office. When such day finally came, we took the opportunity to fly to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast for, well, a bit of sunshine. We chose to stay in Noosa with strong intentions to spend our days lazing around at the beach and have an ice cream or two; however when I was handed a brochure titled ‘Sunshine Coast...

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Aboriginal People of Australia

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Aboriginal People of Australia

Aboriginal People of Australia Aborigines The three stout Aboriginal women stood in the dusty dirt drive, their deeply-featured faces squinting in the late-day sun. They put themselves in a straight line – I spied them adjusting each other like children lining up in school – waiting for us to go down the line and say our good-byes. Marcie, the gracious one, held out gifts – coffee mugs and tote bags with their community’s Jumbun logo – as we dispersed. A sweet and glorious day it was with the carefully tutored Australian Aborigines. We got to...

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Living it large at Sydney Festival

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Living it large at Sydney Festival

Sydney Shines during Sydney Festival As usual, Sydney started the year with a big bang. The city’s annual display of fireworks is claimed to be one of the best in the world, and its attempt to impress has only just started. What I love most about this energetic city which I call home, is that it knows how to party in the summer. This is my favorite time of the year. Not only is Sydney’s sky a glorious crystal blue most of the time, it is also when Sydney really shines. Some say that Sydney lack the culture sophistication of its...

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Recharge this summer with Crowne Plaza

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Recharge this summer with Crowne Plaza

(SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA) December 2012 – As the weather heats up and the days get longer, travellers are encouraged to relax and reinvigorate their souls with Crowne Plaza’s new Recharge promotion. From today, guests can embark on a summer sojourn with Crowne Plaza and enjoy a Recharge package at selected properties in Australasia*, with up to 20% off the best available rate*. Ideal for sun worshippers looking to shake the late winter chill, Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise overlooks one of Australia’s most iconic beaches and the recently transformed...

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Discover the artistic side of Adelaide during its 2013 festival season

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Discover the artistic side of Adelaide during its 2013 festival season

(ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA; NOVEMBER 8, 2012) — South Australia, known as the “The Festival State,” announces a number of artistic, visual, theatrical, and multi-cultural events in its capital city of Adelaide. Adelaide has been long-recognized as one of the world’s best cities for festivals and art events. The size and unique landscape of the city—a ring of parklands surrounding the historically preserved city center—coupled with its year-round Mediterranean climate of warm days and starry nights make Adelaide the ideal destination for...

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Roller Derby Rolls into Australia

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Roller Derby Rolls into Australia

LA Roller Derby Comes to Australia Roller Derby Gets Extreme in Sydney Australia It’s not just Roller Derby, apparently. It’s the world’s first Roller Derby Extreme (RDX) and it’s bringing banked track roller derby back to Australia after 30 years. It was my first ever roller derby event and it only took me five minutes to become mesmerized. The venue was fully set up for entertainment sport, and I felt like being on set of a super charged boxing match with a touch of night club atmosphere. The MC of the night was...

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Ballet at Qualia Australia

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Ballet at Qualia Australia

The Australian Ballet’s ‘Pas de deux in Paradise’ is being performed at Qualia, Hamilton Island from 16 to 18 November 2012. Now in its fifth year at qualia, this event provides the unique opportunity to go ‘behind the scenes’ with The Australian Ballet, as well as the chance to attend a rare outdoor performance with the exclusive backdrop of the Whitsunday Islands. australia.com...

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Australia’s Rock Star Ayer’s Rock

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Australia’s Rock Star Ayer’s Rock

  The King of Australia’s Outback   A commotion was spreading throughout the cabin as the captain announced that we will soon be reaching our destination. “Before I put on the seat-belt sign, ladies and gentlemen, if you are fortunate enough to be sitting on the left side of the plane, look out the window now.” For a few seconds, it was just a plain of nothingness, until someone closer to the front of the plane excitedly shrieked “there it is!” What followed was a chorus of ‘oooos’ and ‘ahhhs’, as well as a frenzy of cameras...

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The Rocks Village Bizarre hosts Friday night adventures

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The Rocks Village Bizarre hosts Friday night adventures

The Rocks is Sydney’s oldest European settlement at the foot of the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge. Today, The Rocks is one of the most popular place for dining and shopping, with the weekly weekend markets selling everything from collector items to locally made handicrafts. It is also a place for many of the exciting events in Sydney as the weather warms up. Between 2 November-21 December, the laneways of Sydney’s Rocks precinct will be transformed into a bazaar every Friday evening. The Village Bizarre will feature market stalls, a...

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