Esperance: The Gem of Western Australia
Jul08

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...

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Festival of the Pearl – Australia
Jun17

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...

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The Food and Wine Trails of Australia
Aug28

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...

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Mining the Dining Boom of Perth Australia
Aug12

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...

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Eureka Ballarat, Australia!
May15

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...

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Australia’s Newest Museum – M.A.D.E Opens
May04

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...

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Driving the Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Apr03

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...

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Aboriginal People of Australia
Feb03

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...

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Living it large at Sydney Festival
Jan10

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...

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Recharge this summer with Crowne Plaza
Dec11

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...

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