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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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New Zealand Tours The Hobbit Locations

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New Zealand Tours The Hobbit Locations

BERKELEY, CALIF.— On several New Zealand tours offered by Backroads, a company that offers hiking and biking tours around the world, travelers can enter the classic book of childhood fantasies, The Hobbit, for their own adventure. With sweeping vistas, mountain ranges, enormous waterfalls and glacial valleys at every turn, travelers can step into the big screen of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey past places filmed in the movie and traverse the magical land of Gondor. Backroads offers five tours to New Zealand, including...

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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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New Zealand readies for Hobbit celebration

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New Zealand readies for Hobbit celebration

New Zealand is in the midst of a nationwide party of Middle-earth proportions as host of the global première of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) (28.11.2012). From Dwarves popping up on buildings in central Wellington, to Middle-earth themed currency and stamps, it seems New Zealand has caught Middle-earth fever. Airline to Middle-earth Official airline to Middle-earth, Air New Zealand, kicked off a Middle-earth themed month with the release of its latest on board safety...

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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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Celebrating New Zealand’s Waitangi Day

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Celebrating New Zealand’s Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day is a public holiday held on 6 February every year to commemorate the signing of New Zealand’s founding document – the Treaty of Waitangi – in 1840. The national holiday was first declared in 1974, and since then has grown in significance for all New Zealanders through the Māori renaissance that has fostered better understanding of the Treaty’s ramifications. Official celebrations are held at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in the Bay of Islands, Northland, but there are also many other events throughout the country....

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Kāwhia Kai Festival – Hamilton Waikato

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Kāwhia Kai Festival – Hamilton Waikato

Acknowledged by Lonely Planet as one of the top Māori attractions in New Zealand, the Kāwhia Kai Festival is a full celebration of the indigenous culture with particular focus on native Māori food. Locals call Kāwhia “kai food heaven” because of the plentiful supplies of seafood and wild game, and festival-goers feast on wild pork, a wide array of New Zealand shellfish as well as mud snails. Held in early February, the festival is timed to coincide with New Zealand’s national holiday – Waitangi Day – on 6 February....

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Wellington, New Zealand, launches ‘The Hobbit’ première

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Wellington, New Zealand, launches ‘The Hobbit’ première

A red carpet world première, a star cast and a celebrated local son will put Wellington – New Zealand’s capital city firmly in the spotlight next month. Wellington is due to host the première of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – the first of Kiwi film maker Sir Peter Jackson’s much anticipated fantasy film trilogy – on 28 November, and this morning (8.10.2012) the city announced plans for the celebrations. For the duration of première week, the city will be known as ‘The Middle of Middle-earth’ and, as well as the glamour...

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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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Tennis Escape on Australia’s Hayman Island

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Tennis Escape on Australia’s Hayman Island

(LOS ANGELES, CA; September 21, 2012) – Hayman, Australia’s celebrated private island destination in the Great Barrier Reef, presents tennis for experienced players and beginners, including clinics and matches operated by professional organization, Peter Burwash International. Set amid lush tropical gardens with views of the surrounding forested hills, Hayman Activities offers three all-weather artificial grass courts and one championship Plexicushion court, with lighting for nighttime use. Since 1975, Peter Burwash International (PBI) has...

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Wellington Raves as Culinary Capital

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Wellington Raves as Culinary Capital

Wellington’s growing reputation as the country’s culinary capital is reflected in a glowing review of the region in Lonely Planet’s new edition New Zealand Travel Guide, released today. The world’s most successful travel information provider raves about the “small city with a big reputation”, which it promises will “blow the cobwebs away” with its trail of “art-house cinemas, funky boutiques, hip bars, live-music venues and lashings of restaurants”. Positively Wellington Tourism General Manager Marketing Sarah Meikle says it’s fantastic to...

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