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The ultimate itinerary for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival

THOUSANDS of Mardi Gras merrymakers will travel to Sydney to participate, celebrate or spectate at the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, culminating in the world-famous Oxford St Parade on March 7.
The annual Mardi Gras attracts more than 25,000 interstate and overseas attendees to take part in some of the Festival’s month-long series of events than range from Fair Day to theatre, from drama to drag shows. More than 130,000 spectators, family and friends will cheer on 10,000 participants when the annual Mardi Gras Parade weaves its way down Oxford St.
As well as enjoying the festival, […]

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Nature’s best in Western Australia – five unmissable natural attractions

SO you’ve jumped in a Perth car rental for an adventure in Western Australia. The problem is, you’ve just lobbed in Australia’s biggest state, with an area of more than 2,500,000sq/km, a 12,500km coastline and spanning 2400km from north to south.
For an entire state being a third the size of a large continent, quite simply you’ve got to know where to go and we’ve hand-picked five unmissable natural attractions while you’re on the road in WA.
1. Cable Beach (pictured, photo James Morgan)

Could there be a better way to catch a sunset than by cruising along on […]

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Seven South Australia events you cannot miss in Adelaide and surrounds

From arts festivals to music celebrations, food and wine, and sports events, there’s something for everyone in Adelaide and surrounds in coming months. Try these six …
1. Adelaide Festival
The Adelaide festival is a multi-arts event with great diversity and a big tradition of innovation with a program including opera, dance, theatre, music, cabaret and visual arts. In addition, there’s the Adelaide Writers’ Week. The party has already started, but continues to March 15. Visit www.adelaidefestival.com.au
2. Fork and Cork
With a name like Fork and Cork, there can only be two things at the forefront of everyone’s mind […]

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Celebrity chef Melbourne restaurants for the ultimate food experience

You’ll find brilliant restaurants on nearly every main street in Melbourne, offering fresh ingredients, incredible flavours and a relaxed dining atmosphere. For the ultimate food experience, dine at one of these five celebrity chef Melbourne restaurants.
Chin Chin with Benjamin Cooper (pictured)

Open 11am until late every day of the week, Chin Chin Restaurant in Flinders Lane serves South-East Asian cuisine with a shared-eating concept. Delicious dishes such as the crispy Barramundi and green apple salad, spicy corn and coriander fritters, curries and sweets are all made in-house, with Benjamin Cooper as the executive chef. The restaurant has a […]

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What women want in winter – 5 luxury retreats on Australia’s east coast

You’re in need of a perfect winter getaway for R&R, and you can’t imagine a girls’ weekend away without the massages, spas and facial treatments.
Pamper yourselves with one of these five luxury retreats on Australia’s east coast. 
Buddha Gardens Day Spa, Byron Bay
Spend a relaxing weekend away with this girls at the Buddha Gardens Day Spa in Byron Bay. Take a dip in the spa’s heated pplunge pool and sauna while surrounded by Balinese-inspired gardens. Offering hot rock massages, facial rituals and luxurious body wraps. Their signature massage is the Bamboo Massage which uses traditional eastern massage techniques […]

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Five Australian shopping experiences every woman must consider

Every woman loves a bit of retail therapy and luckily, Australia has everything from designer labels and vintage fashion stores to unique shopping tours.
Here are five Australian shopping experiences every woman must have.
Go Get Around Tours, Melbourne
Are you ready for a jam-packed day of some serious bargain hunting? Visit up to 15 factory warehouses of some of the most popular brands in Australia with Go Get Around Tours in Melbourne. The tour allows you to start at whichever warehouse you want and escort you around town.
Ugg – Meet the Maker Factory Tour
Tour the birthplace of the Ugg boot, […]

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Six great reasons to visit Perth

PERTH is said to be the world’s most isolated capital city, closer to Singapore than it is to Australia’s capital, Canberra. One thing is certain – despite its distance, every Australian and visitor to our country should spend at least some time in this glorious city.
Here are six great reasons to head west:
1. It’s the sunshine capital
Ever booked a beach holiday but it turned into a holiday on the couch because there was hardly sun? Weather is unpredictable but Perth has more sunshine than any other Australian capital city, so you could visit Perth at almost any time of […]

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Seven great reasons to visit Newcastle, Australia

There are so many reasons why you should visit Newcastle. Surrounded by beautiful beaches, full of historic landmarks and with endless exciting activities, there’s something for everyone no matter what’s your style.
Here are seven reasons why this vibrant regional city should be next on your holiday bucket list:
The beaches
Newcastle is famous for its wicked surf spots and beautiful sandy beaches. Bar Beach is perfect for families, with a patrolled swimming area and a sheltered rock pool for kids. Nobby’s Beach is another popular swimming spot for families. Surfers everywhere know of the iconic Merewether Beach where you’ll find […]

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Five sports events in Australia for sports lovers

Australia truly is a sporting nation. Home to football fanatics, surf beaches, international tournaments and great races, there’s so much for sports lovers to experience in this great country.
Here are five of Australia’s most exciting sporting events to mark in your diary.
Surfest, Newcastle
The world’s best surfers come to Newcastle every year for the largest surfing festival in the southern hemisphere, Surfest. Hundreds of surfers spend several days competing at the stunning Merewether Beach, which is recognised as an Australian National Surfing Reserve. The festival also includes the Burton Automotive Pro and the Burton Automotive Women’s Classic, along with eight supporting events.
www.surfest.com
Sydney to […]

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Looking for some great travel apps? Here are seven to consider for iPhone and Android

Tripomatic – Australia & New Zealand Trip Planner
Tripomatic is the easiest way to formulate your own travel itinerary as you’re cruising around Australia and New Zealand – you can plan a trip in minutes. Check out all the attractions, explore sights with opening hours, photos, contact info, maps and much more.
goCatch
Here’s an Aussie-made app revolutionising the way we score a taxi and it’s “catching on”, if you’ll pardon the pun, in other parts of the world outside Australia including Singapore and Croatia. The app identifies where taxis are on the goCatch map – and finds your own […]

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