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Life’s a Beach!
Australia
By Kylie Jane Degeling

The bronzed Aussie with a nose covered in zinc cream, a surfboard, and big happy grin is a stereotype held by many people throughout the world. The bronzed part is easy enough – even with sunblock, t-shirts, and hats, lovely tans are hard to avoid given our abundance of sunshine. The zinc cream is our way of saying, “Hey – it’s cool to be sun-safe – protect yourself!” The surfboard (or fishing rods, scuba gear etc) is because there are so many adventures to be had at each of our beaches. And the big happy grin? Hey – when you have thousands of kilometres of coastline, you just can’t stop smiling. For this reason, Australia welcomes millions of visitors to our shores, all hoping to catch a taste of the Aussie life, even if only for a week. ... Read more

Safety tips for travelling in Australia
By Lisa Monk

Those of us who live in Australia grow up understanding the joys, dangers and safety rules that make it such a great place.  However, many visitors to our country find Australia an alien, but starkly beautiful country, and they have little or no understanding of the best way to stay safe and enjoy their time here. A few very simple rules can help to make a visit to Australia a safe and pleasurable experience, and Tourism Australia has a brochure available for download that lists safety tips in a variety of languages. Driving tips One of the first things to remember is that speed limits are strictly enforced in Australia, more so than in many countries overseas.  Generally, when driving in urban and suburban areas, the speed limit is between 50 and 60 kilometres per hour. When ... Read more

Travelling with Teens
Australia
By Lisa Monk

We know that our teenage children can be delightful, exasperating, funny, sullen, adventurous, shy, talkative, slothful and manic – and sometimes that is just in the space of an hour!  All these moods are magnified when it comes to travelling, be it in Australia or overseas, as teens and parents are forced into one another’s company without a ‘get out of jail free’ card, such as time with friends. Travelling overseas with teenagers tends to be a better experience for a number of reasons, such as the brilliant entertainment systems now available on most flights, menus that let them eat things they like, resorts that have activities that cater for most age groups and the “wow” factor.  So let’s concentrate on surviving travelling in Austra... Read more

Travelling to Australia
By Kylie Jane Degeling

For many, it is a dream to travel to the Land Down Under.  The Great Barrier Reef is a natural phenomenon many long to see for themselves, as is the giant Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock) sitting smack in the middle of the country. Seeing kangaroos in the wild, the chance to cuddle a koala, and just experience the laid-back attitude for which Australians are famous, may seem like an impossible dream. Happily, it takes only a day to travel to this great island continent, and with flights more reasonably priced than ever, and plenty of deals available throughout the year, you could soon be chatting with the locals while marveling at the mixed-up features of a platypus. Getting there Plenty of airlines travel to Australia, including their main carrier, Qantas. How much you pay to t... Read more

Sunshine Coast
By Kylie Jane Degeling

If you visit the Sunshine Coast, you may never want to leave. The stretch of towns from Caloundra to Rainbow Beach boast exceptional weather, sunrises you'll actually want to wake up to watch, beaches perfect for surfing as well as beaches ideal for people who hate surfing, vineyards, scenic vistas of Glasshouse Mountains and even dolphins. The list of reasons to visit has barely started. The truth is, the Sunshine Coast is the perfect holiday destination for honeymooners, families, retirees, singles, mates, couples, professionals, blue-collar workers, domestic gods and goddesses, dogs, SCUBA divers, yobbos, fishermen, bush-walkers, wine connoisseurs, greenies, and even accountants. It should be illegal to go there and not have a good time.   Family fun If your family needs more... Read more

The Great Barrier Reef
By Kylie Jane Degeling

It’s so massive, astronauts can see it quite clearly from space, however the Great Barrier Reef is much more impressive down low and up close. The largest reef system on earth is so huge (bigger than Italy!), you could dive, snorkel and sail around it for a lifetime without seeing everything. And you’d never lose your sense of wonder, as vast displays of coral, colourful fish, various shell shapes and designs fill three dimensions of ever-changing beauty.  Extending 2000 km and covering an area of 35 million hectares, 2800 living reefs combine to make The Great Barrier Reef, which today remains the largest-ever World Heritage Area. These reefs form an extensive eco-system teaming with around 1500 species of fish, 4000 species of molluscs, 400 varieties of sponge and count... Read more

North Stradbroke lures many beyond fishing
By Damien Condon

Drive off the barge from Cleveland in Brisbane’s east onto North Stradbroke Island and you are... Read more

Straddie sojourn
By Damien Condon

 Drive off the barge from Cleveland in Brisbane’s east onto North Stradbroke Island and y... Read more

Moreton Island magic
By Damien Condon

It’s not all about city living in Brisbane, especially with the sub-tropical playground of Moreton Bay and its islands glistening on the city’s eastern fringe. Moreton Island in the bay’s north is home to Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort nestled on the mainland side of the island, the city skyline reaching like fingers towards the sky in the west. Jump on one of the resort’s three dedicated vessels and cruise along the pristine waters of the bay and make your way to as much action as you can handle… or just while the day away on ‘island time’. Jump in a four-wheel-drive or on a quad bike, go kayaking or snorkel around the wrecks just off shore their rusting frames jutting out of the water like crooked teeth. The resort offers heaps of self-con... Read more

 
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