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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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Mount Cook National Park: A Whisper of Peace

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Mount Cook National Park: A Whisper of Peace

New Zealand’s National Park Stretching Out in Cook National Park Reclining on cushions I had wrested from my couch the previous morning, I stared out the open hatch of my Subaru past my outstretched legs. Somber clouds descended down; the undulating peaks faded to grey in the distance. Soft rain came in bursts, gently washing the earth and my car. A sweet earthy smell rose from the waving yellow grass, like nature had just shampooed and rinsed. I was near Mount Cook National Park, a fantastic spew of mountains, receding glaciers, and...

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Roadside Kindness in Queenstown

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Roadside Kindness in Queenstown

Hitchhiking in Queenstown Preparing for Queenstown So there I was—optimistic thumb outstretched, a sign that read “Queenstown,” an overweight backpack tipped over on the ground, and a cheery smile that I hoped didn’t look psychotic. I, like many, am a hitchhiker. It’s ridiculously easy here in New Zealand. And safe. I’ve known people to get picked up even when they weren’t hitching. But for me, it still retains that edgy, float-with-the-wind feel, and someone is always fifteen percent cooler if he or she can say they’ve hitched. It’s like...

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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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Road trip through New Zealand’s South Island

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Road trip through New Zealand’s South Island

Driving through nature’s postcard It’s like clicking through a stereoscope with picture after picture of gushing rivers, snow capped mountains and smooth straight roads. A different image appears at every turn of the wheel, whether static or moving, beckoning us to stop and snap yet another brochure quality photograph where the real talent is not the photographer’s, but the naturally photogenic scenery of which South Island is famous for. A ten day round road trip itinerary was planned between New Zealand’s quake prone...

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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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Dishing up a Wellington food tour

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Dishing up a Wellington food tour

A Wellington food tour that showcases the best of the city, New Zealand I feel like I should be breaking out the Jamie Oliver repertoire. “Look at this, with big plump raspberries and the moist buttery insides with a hint of citrus zest…” but who am I kidding? I am no connoisseur or Master Chef; I just know I am falling in love with this muffin. In love with culinary Wellington With potentially more cafes and restaurants per capita than New York City, Wellington is said to be the culinary capital of New Zealand and my feelings for this muffin...

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The Big Little City, Auckland, NZ

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The Big Little City, Auckland, NZ

A View of Auckland New Zealand Way Above Auckland The squiggly brilliant green line of the North Island was like a painting. At 37,000 feet I stared curiously out the window of the Air Pacific 777. I was puzzled. It’s not that I didn’t know New Zealand was beautiful. I was well aware of New Zealand’s  reputation, not just as ‘Hobbit Land’ but also as the sunny backdrop for many of Peter Jackson’s films, namely the Lord of the Rings trilogy but also local features like The Price of Milk, Heavenly Creatures...

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Bonnie Raitt at NZ Jazz and Blues Festival

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Bonnie Raitt at NZ Jazz and Blues Festival

  Festival takes over Christchurch New Orleans “All That Jazz” food and wine event   California-born, nine-time Grammy-Award Winning American blues artist Bonnie Raitt is headlining this year’s Cavell Leitch New Zealand Jazz and Blues Festival in Christchurch. The largest of its kind in New Zealand, the festival will be held April 3 – 7, featuring Raitt’s special, headlining concert at the CBS Canterbury Arena on April 5. Other artists scheduled to perform include Irish jazz and blues singer Mary...

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Christchurch’s Earthquake Attraction – Quake City

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Christchurch’s Earthquake Attraction – Quake City

EARTHQUAKE ATTRACTION OPENS AT CANTERBURY MUSEUM IN CHRISTCHURCH February 20, 2013, Santa Monica, Calif. – Just two years after the earthquake struck Christchurch (in the Canterbury region), not only are venue and hotel capacities bouncing back, but the Canterbury Museum has just opened Christchurch’s latest earthquake attraction – Quake City. Quake City opened on February 15, 2013, in the Re:START Mall – during the height of summer tourist season in New Zealand. It was opened following high demand from leading business and community groups...

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Get Your Taste Buds Ready for the 24th Hokitika Wildfoods Festival

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Get Your Taste Buds Ready for the 24th Hokitika Wildfoods Festival

Mountain Oysters or Huhu Beetle Grubs, Anyone? The Hokitika Wildfoods Festival in New Zealand Has it all! New Zealand, a country synonymous with award-winning wines and some of the best lamb in the world, has also developed a discerning palate for wild grown, authentic “bush food”. There’s no better place to experience said cuisine than at the “Hokitika Wildfoods Festival”, an iconic gourmet extravaganza showcasing novel “bush tucker”, indigenous New Zealand wild grown food, on Saturday, March 9, 2013. The festival, whose 2013 theme is...

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