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VOL 17 / No 2 APRIL 2013 MANAGING EDITOR Janet McGarry ASSISTANT EDITOR Elinor Sheargold YHA CONTRIBUTORS Elinor Sheargold Melinda Scott Rachel Seymour Tanya Heuke Mike Callinan Francois LaJoie ART DIRECTOR Dan Morley

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Backpacker Essentials is the member magazine for YHA Australia. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Association. No material may be reproduced without prior permission from the editor. All travel prices are subject to change and conditions apply. All hostel prices are YHA member rates and are subject to change. © YHA Australia ISSN 1328-6749. ®YHA Australia, Hostelling International and YHA house and tree logos are Registered Trademarks of YHA Australia Inc., PO Box A2462, Sydney South NSW 1235

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AUSTRALIA COMING SOON / MAKING NEWS / YOUR SAY

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NEW AT MOUNT BULLER Like the snow? Want to stay at a ski-in ski-out location? A new YHA is opening soon at Mt Buller in Victoria offering great budget accommodation right next to the ski lifts. The old Mt Buller YHA is no more and in its place is a purpose-built ski lodge close to cafes and restaurants. The hostel will have multi-share, private and family rooms with ensuites, a drying room, lounge and kitchen (mid week). Off-peak rates mid-week will start from $72 (two nights) multi-share, and $270 private room. Or, make the most of the skiing with a great weekend package including two night’s accommodation with breakfast and dinner from $112.50 pp share or $450 per room. See yha.com.au for more.

THREDBO SKI SEASON Thredbo  YHA  is  an  award-­winning  lodge  in  the  heart  of   Thredbo  alpine  village,  with  cosy  (but  not  costly)  shared,  twin,   and  ensuite  rooms,  plus  a  4-­person  studio  apartment.  Peak   season  prices  from  $186  per  person  weekend  (two  nights)  and   from  $156  per  person  mid-­week  (two  nights). The  2013  ski  season  runs  from  8  June  to  6  October     (Mt  Buller)  or  7  October  (Thredbo).  

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AUSTRALIA ON THE CHEAP Everyone loves a bargain, and this new app for smartphone and iPad has hundreds of ways you can save money on your Australian holiday. There’s not much that travel journalist and guide book author, Lee Atkinson, hasn’t seen, and she packs plenty of handy money saving tips, more than 450 free or cheap attractions, scenic wonders, things to see and do, and good value places to stay, into this easy reference app. The off-line maps and photos are FRROIHDWXUHVPHDQLQJ\RXGRQ WKDYHWRZRUU\DERXWoQGLQJ WiFi or chalking up expensive roaming or telephone bills. Australian on the Cheap is only $4.49 including free updates. Available for download now from iTunes and Google Play or from Ozyroadtripper.

WIN Want to win a free copy of the Australia on the Cheap app to download? YHA has 10 to giveaway. Simply email yhaessentials@yha.com.au by 17 April 2013 and tell us what your favourite Aussie bargain is.

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I was walking along the walls of Essaouira's old Portuguese Fort and spied this perfectly-framed view looking back to the city. The seagull flapped into frame just as I took the shot. Enter the annual YHA Photo Competition! Each issue, a number of photo entries will be selected as finalists and will be published on this page. Overall and Readerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice winners will be announced in the December issue. Watch this space for more information on great travel prizes to be won. TURN OVER FOR ENTRY DETAILS

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania - Tezel Tanis

YHA PHOTO COMPETITION HOW TO ENTER Got a great photo that captures that inspiring landscape, an awesome animal encounter, incredible cultural experiences and events, even the transport getting there, or just that shot in your album that sums up the trip? Enter the annual YHA Photo Competition. Each issue, a selection of photo entries will be selected as finalists, and will be published in the April, June, August and October issues of Backpacker Essentials. Winners and runners up will be selected from these finalists and will be announced in the December 2013 issue of the magazine, along with a Reader's Choice winning image chosen by you, the readers.

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ASUNCION, PARAGUAY Rich in wildlife, heritage and culture, land-locked Paraguay is oft-overlooked in favour of its bigger neighbours. Now, with its first YHA opening in the capital, Asuncion, this country of contrasts is getting in on the action. El Viajero Hostel offers air-conditioned multi-share and ensuite private rooms in a restored mansion, an easy walk from the capital's historic centre, river, markets and endless nightlife, known as 'MOMO' (Monday to Monday). The A to Z of extras includes: pool and garden, two common areas, a bar and bbq, 24-hour reception, breakfast, bike hire, cable TV, internet, WiFI, and activities. It's the perfect base to explore Paraguay's UNESCOprotected ruins near cut-rate shopping town Encarnacion, colonial villages, the continent's largest dry forest in The Chaco, ranches, tropical jungles, Iguazu Falls and the Triple Frontier where Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil meet.

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Hostel Pajol, Paris

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Opening in April 2013, Paris's newest hostel combines sustainable design, urban style, and all the top facilities and services you'd expect of a central city YHA. Located in a refurbished warehouse, formerly part of the French railway company, Hostel Pajol offers 330 comfy dorm, double and singel beds, plus a theatre, bar, kitchen and laundry facilities, restaurant, bike rental, internet, and a large indoor green space with trees and ponds. Part of a new eco-friendly district, it also happens to be a convenient five minute walk from Gare du Nord station, the Eurostar's Parisian entry and exit point.

Downtown Hostel is located just five minutes from Termini Central Station, this spacious hostel is the perfect base to explore the capital. Free WiFi and breakfast, 24-hour reception, air-conditioned shared and private rooms, bi-lingual staff, widescreen TV, kitchen and more. Rome has also said ciao to the Country Hostel (4.5), a restored farm house near the Appia Antica.

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I was recommended this hostel by a friend. It's really more like a guest house in a nicely decorated old house than a hostel. There are only 7 rooms, so it's got a good vibe and everything is really clean. I stayed in a single room, which was good value. You also get 3 breakfast choices, including vegetarian, in the price. It's in a pretty street in the old town, but it's not far to walk to the Grand Palace or Wat Suthat. Even though it's near a main street it was surprisingly quiet - a real oasis to come back to after the city. Staff were a great help with getting around town. Thanks!

LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA Ljubljana's new Hostel Tresor (The Vault) transforms the city's former investment bank into a hip hostel, complete with marble pillars, glass ceiling, 24-hour opening hours, and an underground bar in the vault. All rooms are named after world currencies and range from multi-share rooms in the former boardrooms, to family and twin/double rooms with romantic views of Ljubljana castle. Located in Copova Street, the Slovenian capital's (much smaller) answer to New York's Times Square, it's arguably the most centrallylocated hostel in town.

WIN! Got a place to nominate? Want to win a great travel prize? Hayley will be receiving a Columbus v7 Sleeping Bag from Kathmandu (RRP$549.98). For more information visit kathmandu.com.au. YHA members receive free Kathmandu Summit Club membership offering up to 20% off at Kathmandu stores. Tell us your favourite YHA (in less than 100 words) and send it, with your contact details, to backpackeressentials@yha.com.au

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FEATURE / DARWIN & BEYOND

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DARWIN IS A CITY ON THE EDGE, WRITES MEGAN CZISZ.

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of a continent and feels like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at the end of the world. From the air itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an incongruity, appearing suddenly from nowhere, just as you think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re leaving the wide brown land behind. ,W VDFOXVWHURIEXLOGLQJVDWWKHUHPRWHVWWLSDoQDORXWSRVWMXWWLQJRXW into the Arafura Sea. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at the edge of cool without even trying Lonely Planet named it as a hot tip for travel in 2012, and someone is in the know because in the same year the number of Australian travellers visiting the Northern Territory increased by more than 10%. But why not fly right over, all the way to Bali? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no secret that Australians are flocking overseas in record numbers and the tourism industry is struggling to entice people into their own backyards. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I guess I should try and see more of my own country,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a common refrain when you meet Australian backpackers overseas. They lament that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve visited countries with names they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even pronounce but have never made it further north than the Gold Coast casinos. Above all else, Darwin feels different. A tour guide tells me that the population is transient, fluctuating with the wet and dry seasons. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;It's the only place in the country,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; he says, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;where corporates wear stubbies and thongs.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; A thousand kilometres from anywhere, the faces are diverse - it could almost be Asia. In fact, it's closer to Asia than Sydney or Melbourne could ever hope to be. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this diversity and its geographical and spiritual remove from the rest of Australia that means travellers visit, intending to stay a few days and end up staying longer than their visas could possibly allow. But â&#x20AC;Śwhy?

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IT'S THE ONLY P"CE IN THE COUNTRY... WHERE CORPORATES WEAR STUBBIES AND THONGS.

Above: Mindil Beach Sunset Markets; left: Kakadu National Park wetlands.

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DARWIN HAS ITS fair share of backpacker pubs with $5 chicken parmis and a burgeoning bar and restaurant scene, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s markets where the proximity to Asia is at its most palpable. At the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets the crowd heaves with visitors and locals alike. There are EXVNHUVqoUHWZLUOHUVERQJR players, a trio of Peruvians Darwin's proximity to Asia is evident SOD\LQJpXWHVDQGWKHDLU smells of spice and barbeque in the array of delicacies on offer at smoke. the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets.

Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the food. Pad thai, bahn mi, laksa ...not words that are missing from the foodie lexicon of the southern cities. Nor are they in Darwin, where the food is authentic and the market stalls are manned by people from all over â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sri Lanka, Malaysia, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, East Timor, Vietnam and more are represented. Business is only quiet when the sun begins to set and the crowds rush down to the sand to watch.

THERE ARE BUSKERS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; FIRE TWIRLERS, BONGO P"YERS... AND THE AIR SMELLS OF SPICE AND BARBEQUE SMOKE.

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TOP 5 TOP END SHOTS

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Crocodiles Whether they’re jumping for food on the Adelaide River, gliding silently through the wetlands at Yellow Water Billabong or snapping their jaws at kayakers who get a little too close at Katherine Gorge, a croc is the money shot.

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Mindil Beach at sunset There’s something about sunset over the Arafura Sea that draws people down to the beach every night to watch the colours change over the ocean. Unmissable.

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DARWIN AND ITS surrounds are a photographer’s dream. An early morning cruise on Yellow Water Billabong in Kakadu National Park, where the landscape is so serene it’s GLIoFXOWWRLPDJLQHNLOOHUFURFV lurking below the water until one surfaces beside your boat and glides along the waterway after you, is unforgettable.

Yellow Water Photo Safari.

At Gunlom Falls, the reward

for a hot and sweaty climb to the top of the waterfall is DVZLPLQDQDWXUDOLQoQLW\ pool – it might not have cocktail waitresses like the one at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, but with views that stretch further than a cityscape ever could, who cares? Tourism NT

The view from Gunlom Falls.

A road train… …on an endless road. The Northern Territory is home to some of the longest trucks in the world – and some of the longest, straightest stretches of road to match.

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Outback roadhouse No longer a common feature of road trips in the southern states thanks to progress and bypasses, the Territory’s remaining roadhouses are a place to get a hot meal, some petrol, a beer and a day old newspaper. The characters are as quirky as the decorations (stuffed buffalo, anyone?).

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Fireworks …but only if it’s Territory Day! In the days leading up to 1 July, you’ll marvel at the number of oUHZRUNVVWDOOV popping up all over the NT. It’s the only day of the year in the 7HUULWRU\ZKHQoUHZRUNVDUH permitted, and everyone gets into the spirit of things once the sun sets.

Nourlangie rock art, Kakadu.

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Adelaide River War Cemetery Rather than go all the way to Turkey, Singapore or France to pay your respects at one of the many Australian war cemeteries overseas, pay a visit to the Adelaide River War Cemetery, just outside 'DUZLQWKHoQDOUHVWLQJ place of those killed in the bombing raids on the city. Charles Darwin National Park Remnants of reinforced concrete bunkers can still be seen in this National Park that overlooks the city. Used to store munitions during wartime, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a stark reminder of the dark days of the 1940s and a fascinating relic for history buffs. Watch out for the mosquitoes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; when the sign says they bite, they bite! Other points of interest include... ...the Defence of Darwin Experience, the Darwin Military Museum and other locations around the harbour. For more information on Darwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s military heritage sites, visit defenceofdarwin.nt.gov.au

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An alternative to Gallipoli Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an oft-forgotten fact that the Northern Territory was Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front line during World War II, when the Japanese bombed Darwin in the 1940s in an attempt to keep Australian forces busy while the war raged in Europe. Today you can follow the trail of the Top Endâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s military history at sites in and around Darwin.

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history IN EUROPE, you never forget that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re walking on cobblestones that might have been there 500 years. History in the top end goes deeper than that â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you just need to look a little closer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and know what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at. Nourlangie Rock Art site in Kakadu National Park, 200 kilometres from Darwin, is home to the Anbangbang rock shelter, a refuge for Indigenous people for 20,000 years. The only visible sign of habitation is an overhanging rock and smoothed stone. Some of the ochre drawings that cover the walls in what is now known as the main gallery have been there just as long. Take that, Mona Lisa. The writer travelled with the assistance of Canon and Tourism NT.

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X3 continental breakfasts XA Myki card with value for one day on all public transport

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Make the most of a trip to the Blue Mountains with a full-day trip to WKHPDJLFDOXQGHUZRUOGRI-HQRODQ&DYHVqRQHRIWKHZRUOG VoQHVW limestone cave systems. This special package includes:

The beautiful Grampians National Park is made for mid-year mini breaks. Get off the beaten track and let loose on a canyoning, rock climbing, horse riding or 4WD adventure, or tackle some of the country’s great walks to the Balconies, Mackenzie Falls, and the Pinnacle Walk. Stay two nights at Grampians Eco YHA and get your third night free – that’s three nights from just $54 per person multi-share and from $153 per double/twin room.

X 2 nights' accommodation at Blue Mountains YHA X 2 DIY continental breakfasts X Full-day tour to Jenolan Caves including return transport, scenic stop at Govett’s Leap lookout, and entry to Lucas Cave (upgrade for entry to 2 caves available at extra cost from the YHA) From $125 per person multi-share and from $300 per double/twin room (includes breakfast and tour for two adults). Valid to 30 September 2013.

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VISIT BUNBURY Beautiful Bunbury is renowned for its friendly dolphins, golden beaches, activities and laid-back lifestyle. Stay a minimum 3 nights at Dolphin Retreat YHA and receive: Shutterstock

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X 1 night in a private room X “Sunset on the Chace” 4WD tour Prices: $121.25 p.p or $217.50 for two. Valid to 31 July 2013. YHA members only.

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X 7th consecutive night free From $78 per person multishare and from $195 per double/ twin room (based on minimum 3 nights). Available for all room types. Minimum 3 night stay. Valid to 31 August 2013.

Watch a brilliant Flinders Ranges sunset from the top of Chace Range as you sip on local wine and enjoy delicious canapés prepared by the Woolshed Restaurant. Wilpena Pound provides a stunning backdrop to this two hour tour. Rawnsley Park Station YHA is offering:

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TWO FOR TWO IN BYRON Enjoy Byron Bay’s mix of sun, surf, alternative culture and adventure activities. Choose from two great Byron Bay YHA deals when you stay two nights or more: Bed & Breakfast

Take a break from city living and head south of Adelaide for some beach bliss. Port Elliot, perched like a beautiful balcony over the Southern Ocean, is also only a bikini strap away from the delights of the Fleurieu Peninsula. This package includes 1-2 nights at boutique Port Elliot Beach House YHA plus return transfers from Adelaide, through the McLaren Vale. One night from $55 per person multi-share and from $65.50 per person double/twin room. Two nights from $89 per person multi-share, and from $110 per person double/twin room. Valid to 31 May 2013.

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PORT FAIRY PADDLE BOARD PACKAGE Ladies, gather up your friends for three days of fun at Port Fairy. This stand-up paddle boarding package is a great girls' getaway, plus there’s plenty of time to relax or explore the wonders of the Great Ocean Road.

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X2 nights or more accommodation (any room type) X1 cafe breakfast per person at Espresso Head Cafe in Byron Bay for every 2 nights booked Surf n Stay

X2 nights or more accommodation (any room type)

X1 day’s surfboard hire for every 2 nights booked. Two nights multi-share from $56 per person. Valid to 21 November 2013.

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an Australian citizen aged between 18 and 30 inclusive, the Canadian government’s International Experience Canada allows you to travel in this part of North America, stay and work legally in Canada for up to two years, and experience all the best that this multicultural, bilingual nation has to offer. You can help fund your travel by working for all or part of your time. The most popular kind of work permit is Working Holiday, for which you don’t need a job offer before you go. Other work permits include Young Professionals (if you do get a job offer before you go) and International Co-op (which allows you to intern as part of tertiary study). Find full details here. Most Australians will find a range of work opportunities, from traditional choices like bars and restaurants through to ski instructors and lift operators on the ski fields during winter. The key is being ready to turn your hand to anything, and being flexible where you go. Canada has similarities to Australia: most people speak English (although there is the chance to immerse yourself in a Frenchspeaking culture in Québec); it’s largely an immigrant nation; and it has wilderness areas. But there are interesting differences too, like “the shock of arriving in the middle of winter,” as first-time traveller Kirsty Hines discovered, “and seeing snow for the first time… the snow went on for miles and miles; absolutely everywhere. It was like a dream come true!”

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AGED 19, and after a year attending uni, Gabrielle Coombs was not sure of her choice. She decided to take a gap year in Canada, which â&#x20AC;&#x153;gave me time to think about whether I was doing the degree I really wanted to do,â&#x20AC;? she says. Gabrielle had spent time Canada four years earlier as an exchange student, staying with a host family in QuĂŠbec, and picking up French. This time around, she wanted to live in an English-speaking HQYLURQPHQWDQGZDVGUDZQWR%ULWLVK&ROXPELDk,KDGEULHp\YLVLWHG the lower mainland and really loved it. It is a very physically beautiful part of Canada; you can always see the mountains in the distance.â&#x20AC;? During her stay, Gabrielle also travelled to eastern Canada, visiting Ottawa, Toronto and MontrĂŠal, as well as taking trips to the US. She found work as a sales assistant at HMV Canada. Not only did Gabrielle rediscover her desire to continue her studies, VKHLVFOHDUDERXWWKHRWKHUEHQHoWVRIKHUVWD\k:RUNLQJZDVDUHDOO\ great experience; I made a lot of really amazing friends at HMV. 2YHUDOO,IHHO, YHEHQHoWHGIURPMXVWOLYLQJDZD\IURPWKHSHRSOH, YH spent most of my life with and forging new friendships; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allowed me to feel much stronger as a person on my own.â&#x20AC;?

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