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BACKPACKER BACKPACKING GUIDE TO AUSTRALIA

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Darwin to Alice Springs 1522km. 16.5hrs

Darwin

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NORTHERN TERRITORY

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Perth

Brisbane to Townsville 1467km. 18hrs

QUEENSLAND

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Townsville Airlie Beach

Brisbane

NEW SOUTH WALES

Perth to Darwin 4185km. 49hrs

Sydney

Adelaide Adelaide to Melbourne 738km. 8.5hrs

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Sydney MAP - Sydney City Hire Cars / Campers / Buses / Trains Canberra - ACT Winter Wonderland EcoTourism Cowboy Country - NSW Byron Bay - NSW Gold Coast - Qld Brisbane - Qld MAP - Brisbane MAP - South East Queensland Sunshine Coast - Qld Airlie Beach / Whitsundays Townsville / Magnetic Island MAP - North Queensland Outback Queensland Cairns Cape Tribulation - Jungle Surfing Darwin - NT Perth - WA Adelaide - SA Melbourne - Vic Hobart - Tas Work Harvest Guide

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Surfers Paradise Byron Bay

Sydney to Brisbane 975km. 14.5hrs

Canberra Sydney to Canberra 285km. 4.15hrs

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Melbourne

Melbourne to Canberra 644km. 10hrs

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WELCOME TO

AUSTRALIA Some might believe that Australia was created simply for the enjoyment of backpackers - after all, Australia is so diverse: snow, deserts, rugged country, surf, sand, crystal blue waters, rainforests, national parks, islands, the Great Barrier Reef and an abundance of native wildlife. What more could you want? A slice of everything, that is the beauty of Australia. While you’re in Oz, we encourage you to enjoy everything our country has to offer: cuddle a koala, take that white water rafting trip, go diving on the Great Barrier Reef, climb Ayer’s Rock, bushwalk in the high country of Victoria, attend the many weird and wonderful festivals and events across the country. Is it any wonder that most people who come to visit Australia feel like staying forever? We’ve got the best of both worlds here in Oz - large cities for those who like the busy lifestyle, and smaller regional cities around the country that are fast becoming popular tourist destinations for visitors from all over the world. Up one end of the country we have warm temperatures all year round, while at the other end you can snow ski on mountain tops throughout the winter months. And chances are that wherever you happen to be, you will run into someone from your own country... Australia has a huge multi-cultural population scattered the length and breadth of the countryside. You can learn a lot from our Aborigines . . . listen to them tell their stories of Dreamtime, and if you get a chance, visit some of the ancient rock paintings which tell stories of times long gone by. Swim at our beautiful beaches all year round they’re one of the things we’re most famous for! - and dive the Great Barrier Reef for an experience you will remember for the rest of your life.

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SYDNEY FOR FREE! SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE Catch a glimpse of one of the most famous vistas in Australia, the glittering harbour, from one of its most iconic structures, the Harbour Bridge. You will need to pay to climb the bridge, however you can walk over it for free, minus the vertigo! THE ROCKS The Rocks are one of the most historically important areas in Sydney, as it is the home of some of Australia’s oldest buildings. You can amble through the tiny winding roads, window-shopping as you go, before stopping to check out the street theatre that often springs up on the weekend. SYDNEY PARKS Sydney has a huge amount of green spaces and two of the best are Centennial Park, south of the city, and Bicentennial Park, located out west near Sydney Olympic Park. Centennial Park is a great place to cycle, rollerblade or just take a lakeside walk. Bicentennial Park has walkways, cycling path, picnic areas, a bird hide, a wetlands boardwalk and free barbeques. Both are a great place for a day out. NIELSEN PARK & SYDNEY BEACHES Nielsen Park in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs is a picturesque spot for a picnic with friends. It’s right on the water’s edge so you can swim and sunbake to your heart’s content. Another great (free) activity is a day out at one of Sydney’s many beaches. Most of the major beaches are surf beaches, but there are plenty of idyllic harbour beaches as well.

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EVENTS RITUALS OF SEDUCTION: BIRDS OF PARADISE Till 7 August. Australian Museum MARY POPPINS THE MUSICAL Till 28 August marypoppinsthemusical.com.au WINTER FESTIVAL 28 July - 14 August www.winterfestival.com.au LOVE LACE 30 July - April 2012. Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo Sydney www.powerhousemuseum.com SYDNEY DESIGN 30 July - 14 August www.sydneydesign.com.au

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the price of the second ticket. “Groups of three or more will receive a 25% discount on all tickets. “Jumping onboard a Greyhound coach is the perfect solution to the stress and hassle of negotiating icy roads, traffic and finding a parking spot in the busy ski fields.” Greyhound coaches are fitted with state-of-theart technology including snow chains, internal heating, fog free windows and reclining seats to ensure the trip to the ski fields is a convenient and comfortable one. Greyhound customers can also sit back and relax knowing they have chosen to travel with one of Australia’s most environmentally efficient travel operators. One full Greyhound coach emits five times less carbon dioxide per kilometer than a jet aircraft over the same distance. Greyhound’s ski deals are valid for the entire 2011 ski season. For more information including terms and conditions visit the Greyhound website www.greyhound.com.au or call 1300 473 946.

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DRIVING IN OZ DRIVING ON THE LEFT Australians drive on the left side and drivers should use the left lane of any given highway unless overtaking. Three cities operate trams, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne of which the latter is by far the largest. In general Trams always have right of way. In Melbourne's centre "hook turns" are used on many intersections where drivers turning right sit in the left lane across the junction indicating right until the traffic lights change and then turn right. SPEED LIMITS In most States the maximum speed limit on freeways and major highways is 100kph and local urban limits range from 50 - 80 kph. In the Northern Territory there are highways that are free of any limits. All speed limits are clearly marked and all States operate sophisticated speed detection equipment including mobile and static speed cameras along with Red light cameras. Any fine incurred in Australia is the responsibility of the driver and should they be a foreign national the fine will be mailed to their home country address. DRIVING IN THE OUTBACK The most important thing to remember should you decide to go "off Road" (off a sealed road) in the Outback is to seek local advice on your intended route as well as ensuring someone locally knows of your travel plans. If your vehicle does break down in a remote area stay with it do not attempt to walk. Generally people who stay with their vehicles are located quickly and easily. Please note, that some rental suppliers do have conditions that limit the operation of their vehicles in the outback. Should you plan to go off road we suggest that you discuss your intended route with the rental company beforehand. It is a legal requirement that any gates opened to allow your vehicle to pass through are closed afterwards. Any travel across designated Aboriginal Land will require permission from the owners beforehand. As the permit process varies from state to state (and can take up to 6 weeks to obtain) it is best to contact the national parks' controlling body in each state prior to your journey.

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ROAD TRAINS A common sight in the Outback, particularly the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, are road trains. These are multi trailer trucks up to 50 metres (170 feet) long. Always allow plenty of room as you pass in the opposite direction of a road train as the displaced air causes severe buffering. When overtaking a road train allow 1.5 kilometres of clear road. OUTBACK ROAD CONDITIONS Australia has an extreme of climates especially in the north. Minor roads that are passable in the Dry season (March-November) can disappear beneath a torrent of water during the "Wet". Seek local advice should your travels take you off the main highways. Some things to look out for in country areas include potholes and rough surfaces, soft road edges and road surfaces changing without notice. DRIVING AT NIGHT When driving at night particularly in the Outback care should be taken to lookout for wildlife that may stray onto the road. Animals are attracted by car lights. Collisions with animals such as the Red Kangaroo can cause substantial damage to your vehicle. DRIVING LICENCE International visitors may drive in Australia on a valid overseas driver's licence that covers the same vehicle class. Whilst driving ensure that you carry your licence with you and if it is not in English carry a translation. FUEL Petrol is sold in litres and comes in both unleaded and lead substitute forms. Prices will vary depending upon location and in the major cities you will see price fluctuations during any given week and national holidays.

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GENERAL SAFETY TIPS HEALTH INSURANCE Medical treatment in Australia can be expensive. Tourists are not covered by Australia’s national health scheme, Medicare, unless there is a reciprocal health care agreement between Australia and their home country. It is recommended that visitors not eligible for cover under Medicare take out a health insurance for the duration of their stay in Australia. If you are from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Malta, Sweden, Finland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Belgium or the Netherlands, you may have some limited subsidised health protection from Medicare under reciprocal health agreements. The level of protection Medicare gives you depends on which country you come from and the type of visa you hold. If you require treatment and are eligible, you can enrol at Medicare offices throughout Australia. To enroal in Medicare you will need: • Your passport with a valid Visa • To provide, in some cases, identification showing you are enrolled in your country’s national health scheme. SEXUAL HEALTH Safe sex is about preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs), avoiding unintended pregnancy and staying emotionally healthy. The most significant STIs in Australia are genital herpes, genital warts, Chlamydia, trichomonas, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, syphilis and HIV. These can be passed from person to person through: • Vaginal, Oral, Anal sex • Close sexual contact • Some can be passed from a mother to her child during pregnancy or childbirth • Some can be passed from person to person through sharing needles or injecting drug equipment.

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TIPS ON SAFE SEX • Always use condoms when you have vaginal or anal sex. • Do not have sex with a person who has a visible sore, ulcer or lump on the genitals or around the anal area. • Some STIs can infect the throat. It is therefore important to use protection when having oral sex. • Drinking alcohol and taking other drugs may affect your ability to make safe decisions. If you tend not to use condoms after drinking alcohol or taking other drugs, it may be time to think about this and the risks involved. • Use of condoms is the only method of contraception that also protects against STIs. When using other methods, use condoms as well. • If you use sex toys, use condoms and change the condom for each person. Wash the toys carefully after use and wash your hands after removing the condom. FIRST AID KITS A first aid kit should be properly stocked and available at all times in the home, in the car and at work. Contents should include bandages, dressings, tapes, a thermal blanket, gloves, resuscitation masks and other equipment. A basic first aid kit should contain: • Triangular bandages • Crepe bandages of varying widths • Non-adhesive dressings, varying sizes • Disposable gloves, preferably non-latex ones • Thermal blanket • Notepad and pencil • Plastic bags, varying sizes • Adhesive tape (2.5cm wide - preferably a permeable tape) • Resuscitation mask or face shield Contribution: Pro Visual Publishing: Backpackers Guide to Local Safety 2011. www.provisual.com.au

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Rental prices and vehicles are laid out in an easy to read table allowing you to swiftly compare the best deals, daily rates and view vehicle features before you book. The discounts are ideal for those wanting to try before they buy or to simply hire a car or camper at cut-price rates. DriveNow.com.au is the leader in the car and camper rental field with a range of suppliers to choose from at all major locations around Australia and New Zealand. Visit www.drivenow.com.au for more information and great deals. DriveNow can also be found on Facebook.

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SYDNEY’S CRONULLA BEACH Cronulla Coast is Sydney’s longest beach, just a ferry ride from the Royal National Park or take a 50 minute train trip from Circular Quay. Around the Cronulla Coast and in the Sutherland Shire, there’s top surfing, fishing, glorious hiking, whalewatching or just lazing on unspoilt beaches. Cronulla itself has Sydney’s longest beach and a sparkling outdoor café scene. Just south of Cronulla, a ferry ride across Port Hacking River, is the peaceful village of Bundeena. SURFING SPOTS The beaches of Bate Bay/Cronulla provide the best quality of any other single stretch of coastline, headland to headland. From north to south there are more than 24 surf breaks and another 5km of possible beach breaks available to surfers of all abilities. WALKS The Esplanade walk starts at Cronulla Beach and loops south around the Cronulla Peninsula. This 6km walk is an ideal way to view the stunning coastline and impressive waterfront homes while you take memorable holiday snaps. THINGS TO DO • Catch a ferry to Bundeena, then walk the Coastal Track in the Royal National Park and explore its secluded beaches. • Dine out in the restaurants and alfresco cafés lining Cronulla’s foreshore. • Snorkel and scuba dive in Botany Bay, Port Hacking or in ocean sites off the Cronulla coast. • Take the one hour walk via Jibbon Beach to see the Aboriginal rock engravings made by the Dharawal people. • Don’t miss out on learning to surf at Cronulla Beach or visiting the Frangipani Gelato shop. www.aussiebackpacker.com.au

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TEN HEART PUMPING EXPERIENCES New South Wales has plenty to offer the wild at heart. From single travellers to groups of freinds looking to thrill-seek their way across regional New South Wales, here are some adventures to get you started. 1. Dive the recently scuttled Ex-HMAS Adelaide off Avoca Beach near Terrigal. Be among the first to experience this artificial reef dive of an ex-navy vessel, the first of its kind in New South Wales. 2. Enjoy the highest continuous free-hanging abseil from 135m in the Blue Mountains, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. For something a little less dramatic, try canyoning with 25m abseils, rock leaps and canyon swims. 3. Try your hand at Stand Up Paddle Boarding in the calm ocean surf around the Island of Broulee Bay on the South Coast. Whilst paddling, you’ll learn all about the Batemans Marine Park. 4. Experience an unforgettable bike ride down one of the best sealed mountain roads in Australia with the Free Fall Ride in Dorrigo. Starting at 746m above sea level, cycle through the national park past waterfalls and rainforest terrain down to just 5m above sea level. 5. Get away from it all on a girl’s weekend surf and yoga retreat at Broulee on the South Coast. Enjoy

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surfing, yoga and gourmet vegetarian meals while staying in delightful beachside cabins. 6. Learn to Solo Hang Glide and launch yourself off historic flying site Bald Hill, just one hour south of Sydney at the southern tip of the Sydney Royal National Park. The onshore breeze reflected off the Illawarra coastal mountain range produces world-class conditions for soaring in a hang glider. 7. Enjoy an action-packed full-day white water kayaking journey down the Barrington River and see why it’s considered one of the best white water kayaking and canoeing rivers in New South Wales. 8. Take to the coastal desert wilderness of Port Stephens’ Stockton Sand Dunes on a quad biking adventure. Hit speeds of up to 80km/hr as you rip across sand plains and up and down mighty sand dunes. 9. Take a night skydive from Australia’s highest altitude of up to 14,000ft above North Wollongong Beach! With only the moon to light the way down. 10. Round up a group of friends and try Laser Clay shooting in Coffs Harbour. Test your speed, concentration and skills while firing a modified shotgun’s high-tech infrared transmitter at the target.

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CANBERRA FOR FREE! PARLIAMENT HOUSE Parliament House is Australia’s most expensive building and when Parliament isn’t sitting you can take a guided tour to explore it. When Parliament is in session, you’re free to sit in the public gallery and watch proceedings (no heckling!) MOUNT AINSLIE LOOKOUT From this lookout you can get an idea as to the layout of the Parliamentary Triangle, which is the area falling between Capitol Hill, City Hill and Russell Hill, as well as the city. There is also a beautiful walking track starting at the top of Mount Ainslie and leading through Rememberance Nature Park to the Australian War Memorial. DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS The suburb of Yarralumla is home to diplomatic missions from all around the world. Many of the countries have built or renovated their buildings to represent the architectural influences of their home countries. This diversity is reinforced on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, which has a permanent International Flag Display. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA General admission to this treasure trove of all things Australian is free, and this museum is definitely worth a visit. The museum is dedicated to everything Australian and has a huge range of varied exhibits, including such oddities as the carcass of a Tasmanian Tiger (species that is now extinct). The museum is located on the Acton Peninsula.

EVENTS FIRESIDE FESTIVAL 1 - 31 August www.firesidefestival.com.au CANBERRANG 11 - 14 August www.canberrang.org FLORIADE 17 September - 16 October www.floriadeaustralia.com

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R E T N I W JINDABYNE NSW

Jindabyne – the gateway to two of Australia’s best ski holiday resorts – Thredbo and Perisher.

Whilst Jindabyne is definitely a cheaper cost option to staying on snow, Jindabyne is not necessarily cheaper by snow holiday experiences. Located around Lake Jindabyne in the town Jindabyne, the lake forms the life blood of the snowy mountains region.

Most of the locals that service this region live here, often year round. With this comes the convenience and range of shops, restaurants and bars that a real town brings. But it is Jindabyne’s ability to provide the best of both worlds that makes it unique, offering the pick of snow conditions from two of Australia’s best mountain ranges.

PERISHER NSW Season Start: 11 June 2011 Season End: 3 October 2011 Gateway City: Canberra 190km; Jindabyne 33km Average Snowfall: 200cm Highest Elevation: 2054 metres Number of Lifts: 47 Difficulty: 22% Beginner; 60% Intermediate; 18% Advanced

Perisher is Australia’s biggest ski resort, providing guests with world class facilities and access to around 1,250 hectares of snowy terrain, across seven mountain tops. You can have fun on over 100 groomed runs and make use of 47 lifts. There’s Tube Town, with two terrain parks and Australia’s only super pipe, as well as Australia’s biggest snowboard school. Relax in a unique snow covered village with true ski-in ski-out accommodation.

THREDBO NSW Season Start: 11 June 2011 Season End: 3 October 2011 Gateway City: Canberra 190km; Jindabyne 33km Average Snowfall: 204cm Highest Elevation: 2037 metres Number of Lifts: 14 Difficulty: 16% Beginner; 67% Intermediate; 17% Advanced

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The resort sits at just over 1,300 metres and boasts Australia’s greatest vertical. Designed mainly for an intermediate skier, most of the mountain is reachable off the two lower chair lifts and the lower areas have plenty of snow-making equipment to help out even in a bad season. If you’re just starting out, head to Friday Flat – A PurposeBuilt Beginners Area with a gentle 12-degree slope, its very own low speed quad chair, a snow runner and no T-bars, learning to ski or board is easy here.

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MT BULLER Vic An easy three-hour drive from Melbourne, Mt Buller is close enough for a day’s escape yet far enough away for a holiday. The Mt Buller Village is situated picturesquely at the heart of the mountain, offering ski in, ski out accommodation and a huge range of bars and restaurants. The extensive lift system gives you access to over 300 hectares of skiable terrain, with something to appeal to all levels of ability. Mt Buller has three terrain parks designed for all skill levels, a half pipe and an ultra cross course.

Season Start: 10 June 2011 Season End: 2 October 2011 Gateway City: Melbourne 248km Average Snowfall: 2.42m Highest Elevation: 1085 metres Number of Lifts: 22 Difficulty: 20% Beginner; 45% Intermediate; 35% Advanced

FALLS CREEK Vic Season Start: 11 June 2011 Season End: 2 October 2011 Gateway City: Albury 120km; Melbourne 380km Average Snowfall: 400cm Highest Elevation: 1780 metres Number of Lifts: 14 Difficulty: 17% Beginner; 60% Intermediate; 23% Advanced

Falls Creek is Victoria’s largest alpine resort and a major tourist destination in North East Victoria. The alpine resort is one of the most popular winter playgrounds in the country and offers a superb range of activities, attractions and events in every season throughout the year. At Black Diamond Rus, you can ride some of Australia’s steepest expert terrain at Mt McKay or the deepest powder stashes of Rocky Knobs and Dam site.

HOTHAM Vic Season Start: 11 June 2011 Season End: 2 October 2011 Gateway City: Melbourne 365km Average Snowfall: 300cm+ Highest Elevation: 1861 metres Number of Lifts: 10 Difficulty: 20% Beginner; 40% Intermediate; 40% Advanced

Hotham will offer you a winter holiday you will never forget. Hotham boasts the highest natural snowfalls than any other Victorian ski resort. You wake early to sunrise and a view of the mountains just outside your window. You’re out of bed in seconds and into your skis or board for the first tracks of the day. You duck back to your apartment for a quick bite whenever you feel like it. Close by are restaurants, bars and cafés with the sweet aroma of coffee on the breeze. www.aussiebackpacker.com.au

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Travel shouldn’t c Day and overnight wildlife tours

Sail - Snorkel - Dive Great Barrier Reef + Islands

CAIRNS PREMIER REEF & ISLAND TOURS

ARAUCARIA ECOTOURS

Cairns, QLD Phone: (07) 4052 1111 Email: info@oceanfree.com.au www.oceanfree.com.au

Tours from Brisbane, QLD Phone: (07) 5544 1283 Email: platypuscorner@bigpond.com www.learnaboutwildlife.com

Canoe and camping discovery

NOOSA EVERGLADES DISCOVERY Noosa, QLD Phone: (07) 5449 0393 Email: info@thediscoverygroup.com.au www.thediscoverygroup.com.au

Queensland’s Number 1 Must Do!

PARONELLA PARK Mena Creek, QLD Phone: (07) 4065 0000 Email: info@paronellapark.com.au www.paronellapark.com.au

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t cost the EARTH! An unforgettable Fraser Island adventure

Experience the amazing Daintree Rainforest

FRASER ISLAND DISCOVERY

MASONS TOURS

Fraser Island, QLD Phone: (07) 5449 0393 Email: info@thediscoverygroup.com.au www.thediscoverygroup.com.au

Cape Tribulation, QLD Phone: (07) 4098 0070 Email: enquiries@masonstours.com.au www.masonstours.com.au

The world’s most beautiful rainforest experience

Experience Kakadu National Park

SKYRAIL RAINFOREST CABLEWAY

TOP END EXPLORER TOURS

Cairns, QLD Phone: (07) 4042 2200 Email: res@skyrail.com.au www.skyrail.com.au

Kakadu National Park, NT Phone: (08) 8979 3615 Email: info@kakadutours.net.au www.kakadutours.net.au

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TRAVEL SHOULDN’T COST THE EARTH ARAUCARIA ECOTOURS Travel with a zoologist or experienced naturalist on small-group tours to beautiful wild places learning what makes Australian wildlife so different, and seeking koalas, kangaroos, platypus, birds, reptiles and more. Explore rainforests, eucalypt forests and secluded beaches. We have bushwalking and wildlifeviewing tours within Brisbane to suit backpacker budgets, a camping option in our popular 3-Day Wildlife Overview Tour and a self-cater weekend wildlife camp. Pickup from Brisbane. Custom tours possible for 4 or more with advance notice. Self-drives can visit Wildlife Ecology Centre (bookings essential). CAIRNS PREMIER REEF & ISLAND TOURS Sail to Pinnacle Reef and Green Island on a personalised tour where only our guests snorkel and dive this private site - maximum 35 guests! Experience personal snorkel tours just off the boat with our experienced crew. Visit Green Island where you can experience an interpretive walk/swim in the clear waters or laze on the beach. Time spent between the reef and the island is your choice. Tour includes: Morning tea, smorgasbord lunch, all snorkelling gear, in-water tuition and assistance, afternoon snacks, a glass of wine on the sail home! FRASER ISLAND DISCOVERY Fraser Island Discovery offers a ‘Uniquely Australian’ adventure showcasing the very best of World Heritage Listed Fraser Island in 2 days. Experience the excitement and adventure of the world’s best beach driving and immerse yourself in pristine wilderness as your guide leads you on an epic journey of DISCOVERY. Enjoy the location and facilities of our apartment style accommodation at Happy Valley, right on the beach! The Fraser 2 Day offers the best value overnight tour on Fraser Island. Discover Fraser Island and share in memories that will last a lifetime! MASONS TOURS Masons Tours are Cape Tribulation’s original and best tour operators, extablished in 1981. They offer exciting guided Day Walks and Croc Spotting Nightwalks, featuring experienced local Guides and also 4WD Tours in comfortable modern Landcruisers on The Bloomfield Track. The walks are on real jungle trails on private land adjoining the Daintree National Park. The ½ or Full Day 4WD Tours are a great way to see the famous Bloomfield Falls. On 4WD tours experience Aboriginal culture with an elder, who guides you to the waterfall. NOOSA EVERGLADES DISCOVERY Noosa Everglades Discovery invites you to embark on a 3 day/2 night wilderness canoeing and camping adventure into the pristine Noosa Everglades. With courtesy pick up from your Noosa accommodation and camping equipment provided, your adventure begins with a river cruise through the magnificent lakes and wetlands of the Noosa River to the start of the Noosa Everglades. Pack your canoe and paddle upstream to explore this spectacular region. Return wilderness river cruise and shuttle transfers to your Noosa accommodation provided on day three. Discover one of Australia’s best kept secrets!

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PARONELLA PARK Come visit Queensland’s premier Tourist destination! Featuring castles, waterfalls, wildlife, guided tours and friendly service, Paronella Park is an experience you will never forget. With a restored hydro-electric system, first built in 1933 and restored in 2009, this property is not only beautiful, but eco-friendly. Situated only 1.5 hours south of Cairns, Paronella Park is popular with self drivers and bus tours. With your entry pass including day tours, night tours, and a night in our caravan park (subject to availability) you can dedicate plenty of time to enjoy everything that Paronella Park has to offer. A true North Queensland story, this is an authentic experience not to be missed. SKYRAIL RAINFOREST CABLEWAY Skyrail is a unique rainforest experience taking you on an unforgettable journey over and through Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest. Glide just metres above the canopy in Skyrail’s comfortable six-person gondola cabins, enjoy spectacular views of the rainforest, tropical Cairns, the Coral Sea and the lush Cairns Highlands. Two rainforest mid-stations, Red Peak and Barron Falls, provide the opportunity to explore and learn about this ancient environment on Ranger guided boardwalk tours and at the Rainforest Interpretation Centre. TOP END EXPLORER TOURS Join a small group of active travellers and explore Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls in Kakadu National Park. Discover ancient Aboriginal culture and diverse flora and fauna on a 1 Day 4WD nature experience. Travel deep into the rugged gorge to the base of Twin Falls or scale the Arnhemland Plateau to soak up the beauty of magnificent Twin Falls and Kakadu’s awe-inspiring stone country. Be rewarded for scrambling over large boulders on your hike through shady monsoonal rainforest with a refreshing swim under the towering cliffs of Jim Jim Falls. The ECO Certification program assures travellers that certified products are backed by a strong, well managed commitment to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences. The ECO Certification Program is a world first. It has been developed to address the need to identify genuine nature and ecotourism operators. ADVANCED ECOTOURISM certified products are Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice while using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities. Ecotourism Australia is a not for profit industry association and has been managing ECO certification for the tourism industry since 1996.For more information go to: www.ecotourism.org.au

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NSW: ROAD TRIP! You can’t beat getting back to nature on a road trip across the state. There are literally hundreds of nature adventures in NSW, including this example that includes glorious hot springs, challenging walks, rock climbing, waterfalls and star gazing wonders. • Just 5 hours from Sydney is Coonabarabran, with its spectacular Warrumbungles. Take in the spectacular rocky landscape with on the dramatic Grand High Tops track where you’ll see ancient volcanic remnants. For the experienced rock climber try scaling The Breadknife and Split Rock with its craggy pinnacles. • Connabarabran is home to Australia’s largest observatory, Siding spring Observatory, so make sure you pick a clear night and see the starry night sky like never before. • Drop by the Sandstone Caves just north of Coonabarabran with in the Pilliga Nature Reserve. A series of cathedral type caves, the picturesque Sandstone Caves are of significant importance to the local Gamilaraay people. • Near Narrabri hike the spectacular Waa Gorge in Mount Kaputar National Park. • At Lightning Ridge enjoy an Artisan Bath, open 24 hours a day and free admission, the water is pumped from 900m below the surface at an average of 42 degrees or enjoy a walk in a mine and discover what it is like to go underground and dig for Opals in the heartland of opal mining territory. • While in Lightning Ridge hand-pick a cactus at Bevans Black Opal and Cactus Nursery, the southern hemisphere’s largest cactus farm, and then take a self drive Car Door Tour through the remarkable landscape. • In Moree soak it up in the hot springs or enjoy a beer at the Amaroo Tavern alongside a DC3 aeroplane from World War II. • At Glen Innes see the country side on a Pub Crawl on Horseback. • Gace at the highest waterfall in NSW at Wollomombi in Wild Oxley Rivers National Park near Armidale. Hike through deep dramatic gorges with awe-inspiring ridgelines, towering rock outcrops, fern lined gullies, cascading waterfalls and stay in mountain style huts along the way. www.aussiebackpacker.com.au

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DRIVE THE NORTH COAST The journey from Sydney along the Pacific Coast Touring Route is the best way to discover the seductive and glorious North Coast. WHY DRIVE IT The 1000km route between Sydney and Brisbane travels through pastures, rainforests and sleepy villages past an almost continuous line of beaches. TOP STOPS The larger towns and cities along the way are ideal bases for exploring and experiencing some of the local attractions, which include wineries, World Heritage rainforests, waterfalls, village markets and whale-watch cruises. NEWCASTLE At Stockton Beach, north of Newcastle, is the country’s largest coastal dune system, a popular spot for commercial filming as well as sandboarding, quad-biking and 4WD tours. • Take a beach stroll from the foot of Fort Scratchley to the lighthouse on Nobbys Head • Catch the harbour ferry to Stockton • Watch the surf action at Bar Beach PORT MACQUARIE The city has a five-star array of beaches, from Town Beach, at the very front of the city centre, to the 16km golden swathe of North Beach. • Ride a camel along Lighthouse Beach • Taste the wines at Cassegrain Winery

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• Experience the pioneers’ life and work, recreated at Timbertown. COFFS HARBOUR Dorrigo National Park is one of the loveliest of the east coast rainforests, and has easy strolls and more challenging bushwalks. • Take a drive through the Bellinger Valley, home to many alternative lifestylers. • Take in the action at Pet Porpoise Pool. BYRON/BALLINA In this region of outstanding beauty, it’s warm enough for winter swims. Behind the coast is a lush hunterland with subtropical rainforest and macadamia nut and coffee plantations. • Walk along the Cape Byron Walking Track and breakfast at one of the local beach cafes. • Shop for beach fashions in Byron Bay. • Check out the surf break at Lennox Head. TWEED COAST Dominated by the Tweed Valley, the crater of an extinct volcano, the region is home to three national parks with a World Heritage listing. • Discover the region from and Aboriginal perspective at the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre. • See the amazing vista from Razorback Lookout across the Tweed River Valley. • Explore Murwillumbah’s World Heritage Rainforest Centre.

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BYRON BAY FOR FREE! BYRON BAY LIGHTHOUSE Byron’s greatest attraction is the Byron Bay lighthouse. It is located only 300 metres south of Australia’s easternmost point, Cape Byron. The lighthouse, one of the most powerful on the New South Wales coast had a range of 42km out to sea at a time when lighthouses were vital for navigation. It was built of concrete blocks which meant there was no need to quarry for sandstone in the local area. CAPE BYRON HEADLAND RESERVE The delightful Cape Byron Headland Reserve and walking track heads both north and south from the lighthouse. The northerly walking track winds around cliffs to the most easterly point before dropping down to Little Wategos and Wategos Beach and the southerly track heads down the ridge towards Captain Cook’s Lookout. BYRON’S BEACHES In the shire there is a total of 37km of sandy beaches. Wategos, Main Beach, Broken Head and The Pass are patrolled beaches. For nudists there is a nude beach which has been designated by Byron Council. It is located 500 metres west of Belongil Creek and can be accessed by driving down Grays Lane at Tygarah.

MARKETS BANGALOW MUSIC FESTIVAL 12 - 14 August www.southernxsoloists.com BYRON BAY MARKETS 1st & 5th Sunday each month. 7am Butler St Reserve BYRON FARMERS MARKET Every Thursday. 8am - 11am Butler St Reserve BANGALOW MARKET 4th Sunday each month. 8am - 11am Bangalow Showgrounds BRUNSWICK HEAD MARKETS 1st Saturday each month. 8am - 11am Memorial Park

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GOLD COAST FOR FREE! SURFERS PARADISE BEACHFRONT MARKETS Explore up to 100 market stalls stretching over half a kilometre of beachfront promenade along Surfers Paradise beach, every Wednesday and Friday evening from 5.30pm - 10pm. The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets has a selection of locally made gift ideas ranging from accessories, crafts, artworks, beauty products, homewares, jewellery and music. The Beachfront Markets are located along The Esplanade between Hanlan Street and Elkhorn Avenue. GOLD COAST CITY ART GALLERY Home to an extensive collection of works including ceramics and host to some of Australia’s most prestigious art prizes. Tours are available Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and weekends and public holidays 11am to 5pm. Tours are free however bookings essential. www.qcac.com.au

EVENTS

MOUNT TAMBORINE A world of tropical rainforests, cosy cottages, antique shops, authentic art and craft villages, walking tracks through nine National Parks and accommodation to suit all budgets. www.tamborinemtncc.org.au

BULLS ON THE BEACH RODEO 23 July. Seaworld Carpark, Main Beach www.bullsonthebeach.com

OCEAN WALKING Pristine beaches, foreshore walkways and headland views spanning 36km, with music, markets, cycleways, and special events. Southern Points Promenade is a walkway exploring the beauty of Kirra, Coolangatta, Rainbow Bay and Greenmount. Highlights of the City’s north include the Broadwater, Paradise Point and Labrador.

TASTES OF GOLD COAST 3 - 18 September www.tastesofgoldcoast.com.au

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BROADBEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL 19 - 21 August www.broadbeachgc.com

MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL 18 September. Evandale Parklands goldcoastmulticulturalfestival.org

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SURFERS PARADISE Surfers Paradise is the jewel of Queensland’s Gold Coast and one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia. Surfers Paradise is where you’ll find the perfect fusion of city and beach lifestyles set amidst a spectacular skyline and brilliant stretch of coast. Once you arrive, you’ll soon feel that you’ve literally arrived in paradise. Vibrant and eclectic, Surfers Paradise provides non-stop action. With an abundance of theme parks and family attractions all in easy access, you’re never short of finding things to do. The trouble instead may be finding enough time to do everything. And when nightfall comes, Surfers bursts into action with 24-hour excitement. Bars and nightclubs start pumping with live music and

dance beats, while non-stop events keep you entertained. And the next day when you’re tired from all of the action, grab your towel and hit the beach. Learn how to surf or watch the pros make it look so easy. If you’re around in March, you’ll be able to witness incredibly fit athletes competing in the Quicksilver Pro-Surfing Competition and the Surf Life Saving Championships. BIRDS EYE VIEW: To gain a truly unique perspective on this city centre, venture over to the world’s tallest residential apartment building, the Q1. Topping 80 levels and with a visitor observation lounge on the 78th floor, it is a great way to enjoy the beauty of the Gold Coast and beyond.

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BRISBANE FOR FREE! SOUTH BANK PARKLANDS This is one of the most beautiful walking areas in all of Australia. Among the things to do and see are the formal gardens, the Nepalese Temple, and the amazing swimming lagoon (complete with its own lifeguards and sandy beach). The beautiful tropical vegetation provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxed barbeque or picnic. MT COOT-THA LOOKOUT This beautiful lookout is located in Toowong, on Sir Samuel Griffith Drive. You can see the whole city of Brisbane laid out, and trace the winding route of the Brisbane River. QUEENSLAND MUSEUM Banish thoughts of dusty displays, the Queensland Museum is an interactive, dynamic place with something to amuse everyone. Touch, push, feel and listen to learn more about our world. Open 9.30am - 5pm daily. BRISBANE POWERHOUSE The former power station has become a distinct Brisbane landmark, both as a stunning industrial creation and as a hub for everything creative, including theatre, music, comedy, film, visual arts, festivals and ideas. www.brisbanepowerhouse.org CITY LOOP BUS The FREE City Loop Bus circles Brisbane’s Central Business District and stops at several destinations including Central Station, Queen Street Mall, City Botanic Gardens, Riverside Centre, QUT and King George Square. For timetable information on this FREE Loop service go to www.translink.com.au

EVENTS RIVERSIDE AT THE PIER MARKET Every sunday 7am - 3pm. Eagle St EAGLE FARM MARKETS Every sunday 8am - 2pm www.eaglefarmmarkets.com.au SOUTH BANK LIFESTYLE MARKET Fridays & Saturdays 5pm - 10pm Sundays 9am - 5pm www.southbankmarket.com.au JUMPERS AND JAZZ FESTIVAL 21 - 31 July. Warwick www.jumpersandjazz.com THE EKKA 11 - 20 August. RNA Showgrounds www.ekka.com.au

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GETTING AROUND BRISBANE Brisbane's excellent transport infrastructure makes it relatively easy to get from point A to point Z and virtually anywhere in between with minimal interruptions or changes. Buses, trains, CityCat Ferries, hire cars, taxis and even water taxis are all available at regular intervals throughout the day and night and there's little chance of you being stuck in the middle of nowhere and no way to get home. Perhaps the one area where Brisbane's transport system lets the city down is getting to and from the airport at night — express trains run throughout the day, but after 7.30pm the domestic and international railway stations shut down, leaving it to public and private bus companies (and of course taxis and limousines) to pick up the slack. The Queensland Government's transport website. www.translink.com.au, provides a detailed trip planning guide with fare calculators, timetables and suggestions on the best way to get between any two points in Queensland, right down to how far you have to walk to the bus stop.

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SUNSHINE COAST FOR FREE! THE BEACH The Sunshine Coast boasts an array of fine beaches. With over 70 kilometres of surf beaches, there are many unspoilt and secluded areas. EUMUNDI MARKETS One of the largest in Queensland, over 600 stalls offering local produce, old wares, arts and crafts. They operate Wednesday and Saturday mornings, attracting over 1.6 million visitors annually. GINGER FACTORY, YANDINA The Ginger Factory at Yandina is a theme park dedicated to the ginger plant, where you’ll be astounded to discover ginger’s versatility and uses in food, health preparations and beauty products. Charges are made for the train ride and some tours. THE CALM BEHIND THE COAST Explore quaint villages along the Blackall Range, through the Glass House Mountains and up to the scenic Mary Valley. Charming townships such as Mapleton, Montville and Maleny offer stunning views, rainforest walks, fresh produce, local wines, cheeses, fine arts and crafts and cosy B&Bs and cottages. FEED THE DOLPHINS AT TIN CAN BAY Tin Can Bay is one of only three places in Australia where you can hand feed the rare Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins. It is free to watch the dolphins come in and hang around. Feeding the dolphins cost $5 per person and usually starts at 7.30am and continues until 11am (unless the dolphins decide to depart beforehand). www.barnaclesdolphins.com.au

EVENTS EUMUNDI MARKETS All year round. Eumundi. www.eumundimarkets.com.au Wednesdays 8am-1:30pm Saturdays 6:30am - 2pm SUNSHINE COAST WALKS FESTIVAL 19 - 28 August. Sunshine Coast Hinterland www.festivalofthewalks.com.au OPTUS NATIONAL MUSIC MUSTER 23 - 28 August. Gympie www.muster.com.au

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COAST ADVENTURE The Coast begins at Caloundra, just one hour’s drive north of Brisbane and extends to Cooloola, the gateway to Fraser Island. It takes in tranquil hinterland including the Glass House Mountains, Blackall Range, Noosa Hinterland and the Mary Valley; as well as more than 100 kilometres of beaches stretching through the coastal towns of Caloundra, Kawana, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Coolum Beach, Noosa and Rainbow Beach. Located centrally on the Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba is the ideal base to explore this natural paradise. Take advantage of this coastal destination and book in for a fishing tour, cruise on the canals, snorkel in the sea or joy ride on a jet ski. At a depth of 27 metres, scuba enthusiasts will be amazed at the ex-HMAS Brisbane and enjoy the possibility of actually diving into the engine and boiler rooms. NO OTHER ZOO LIKE AUSTRALIA ZOO If you’ve ever wanted to cuddle a koala, handfeed an Asian Elephant, walk alongside a Bengal Tiger, take a Tasmanian Devil for a stroll, wrap a snake around your shoulders or watch a massive Saltwater Crocodile launch a strike from the water’s edge, then Australia Zoo is your ultimate destination. READY FOR THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE? Imagine this - you wake up, it’s a normal day. Then... you remember that you are diving with the sharks at UnderWater World. Your blood starts pumping and you start breathing faster - and you’re not even there yet! You arrive at UnderWater World and meet Noel, your diving instructor for the day. Noel puts you at ease. He’s been diving for 12 years, he’s calm and knowledgeable. You learn about the creatures you will be diving with and get the hang of breathing under water quickly. You’re feeling pretty good about the whole adventure now until Noel reminds you not to flap your hands around in case a shark mistakes them for fish. But once you’re in the water your fears disappear. A Black tip reef shark glides past with grace, a baby Sandbar whaler skims in and out of schools of colourful Trevally and the Giant leopard ray floats through the water around you. This is the most incredible thing you have ever done! Put yourself in this story. UnderWater World will be offering a new experience in Shark Dives later this year.

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The moon’s reflection glistens on the rippling water of the ocean. From the beach, a woman floating effortlessly looks like a mere speck against an expansive and dark blanket. Deep below, something sinister lurks. The dark shape begins its quick ascent to the surface, every movement trained to the completion of its deadly task. A horrified gasp escapes from the woman, followed by a series of terrified screams and desperate thrashing in an attempt to escape the torturous grasp of the creature pulling her into the sea. You may recognise this as the opening scene from Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller Jaws. Even if you don’t, the very mention of Jaws will most likely bring to mind two very distinct memories: the suspenseful theme music that has become iconic over the years, and, of course, that great white shark with teeth sharp enough to rip into a boat as though it were made of foam. When Jaws first appeared on screens around the world, people became even more aware of the dangerous creatures that lurked in the oceans they swam in. With more than 100 million visits to the 11,011 beaches around Australia, more beaches than any other nation, shark awareness in this form hardly needs encouragement. But how dangerous are Australian beaches against shark attacks? Should foreigners steer clear of the coastline when visiting? Or is what we’re reading and viewing creating unnecessary angst? According to the International Shark Attack File 2010, each year there are approximately six shark related deaths around the world. Last year, there were 14 unprovoked shark attacks in Australia, compared to 79 attacks on a world scale. In relation to the other 195 countries, Australia seems to have significantly higher shark related figures. But how high are the figures of other nations? Each year, an average of one person dies in Australian waters from a shark attack. This average has not changed since records began in the early 1900’s. Considering the population of Australia in those times was around the four

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million mark, and is now over 22 million, the percentage of deaths has dramatically decreased over time. Shark expert Trevor Long attributes this to an increase shark education, and a high drop in shark numbers worldwide. Though whilst the threat has dissipated over the years, it still exists. It’s the morning of October 30, 2010, for 19-year-old West Australian snorkel guide Elyse Frankom this is just another average day. She is making her usual preparations to take a group on a tour looking for dolphins, just off Garden Island in Perth. As always, she’s looking forward to doing the job she loves so much. By midday, the group of swimmers have donned their wetsuits and are ready to hit the cool water. Elyse leads the group, wearing her own wetsuit and weight belt, holding an aqua scooter that will help propel her through the water and attract the dolphins. It’s not long into the tour, and things are going perfectly well. Then stabbing pain digs into Elyse’s upper left thigh. Her immediate thought is that she has somehow caught a limb in the propeller of the aqua scooter. Elyse’s tour of snorkelers, however, know better, as they look on in shock at the three metre shark that has appeared with no warning. Computer systems consultant Trevor Burns, 48, acts instinctively, grabbing onto the tail of the shark, and holds on as it thrashes him around. Elyse turns and desperately tries to punch the shark, doing anything she can to ward it off. This combined assault causes the shark to let go, and it disappears before the water has a chance to clear. In those several seconds Elyse has already started to fall towards the ocean floor, seven metres below. Trevor, who is later named a hero, dives deeper underwater to drag her to the surface again. On the boat, Elyse is dazed and confused, and feels no pain until the other snorkelers begin to bandage her wounded leg. At the hospital, Elyse is operated on and a shark tooth is removed from her leg, which she keeps as a memento.

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Her 200 stitches and scarred left leg are a painful reminder of her frightening experience. But perhaps these scars are not the most painful part of the aftermath. For that, we may have to thank the media. In the past two years, there have been more than 5,000 shark related articles in the Australian media. A large majority of these are reports focus on shark attacks, both fatal and otherwise, and the after affects these attacks have on the community, victims and their families. Elyse says during a time where she was meant to be recovering, the constant barrage of media attention made it worse. “They used such words as ‘mauled’, ‘savaged’, ravaged’, ‘escaped from the jaws of death’ …This is no help to me to read and feel better, nor other people reading the papers,” Elyse says. “It puts a horrible, terrifying spin on what was actually not as bad as people now think. Yes, I was bitten and was definitely attacked, but in no way would I consider it savaged.” Elyse says it even affected her workplace. “Because it happened during a work tour, people that have heard about it are very scared because of how the media have explained it.” While this type of reporting does raise awareness of sharks and the dangers they hold for swimmers and divers, it can have the dual-effect of instilling irrational fear into readers. This is not to say that the dangers of sharks should be ignored, but how much media coverage is needed before it stops being informative and simply becomes overdramatized? And how afraid should we be of sharks? Statistically, the one death each year caused by a shark is quite minimal compared to other causes of death. Sharks are not the most fatal factor of the beach; each year in Australia 1850 people die of skin cancer and 87 people drown. Sharks are not the biggest threat to the beach, and are even less so as they diminish in numbers. Around Australia, shark nets and drumlines (baited hooks) are set up in various locations to protect swimmers

from sharks. The Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries in Queensland state on their website that they do their best to ensure non-threatening marine life are not affected by these programs, through the constant monitoring and releasing of these animals. Along with several other methods, the nets are also fitted with electronic devices that warn dolphins and whales of their presence in the water. However, Save Our Sharks founder Rebecca Davis says the measures put in place to keep our sharks are doing more harm than good. “Many sharks are killed every year as a result of nets and drum lines,” she says. “Some shark species, such as the critically endangered Grey Nurse Shark on the East Coast of Australia can be impacted significantly by shark nets, drum lines and even recreational fishing. And with such low population numbers, estimated to be between 1000-1500 individuals, these factors could have a huge impact on their survival.” Davis says sharks, just like any other animal, play their part in the ecosystem, even if people deem them ‘dangerous’. She says she worries about the future of sharks: “It is estimated that in recent years somewhere between 112,000 and 175,000 individual sharks in total have been killed in Queensland waters alone. Worldwide, this number approaches 70 million sharks … These figures are not sustainable, the slow reproductive rate of many shark species means that they simply will not be able to repopulate if such large numbers continue to be removed from the ocean every year. And that is the biggest problem facing sharks at the moment.” The unknown can be scary, and sharks certainly fit into this category. The less we know about these creatures, the more irrational fear has room to grow, and the easier it is to simply believe the sometimes dramatic stories that appear in the media. By being aware and taking precautions, we can continue to enjoy the pristine beaches Australia is famous for without fear of becoming the reallife Jaws sequel.

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FRASER COAST FOR FREE! PAVILION BY THE PIER Pavilion by the Pier at Hervey Bay is a casual and relaxed atmosphere where you can overlook the calm waters of the bay, the Urangan pier and the heritage listed Fraser Island. WHALE WATCHING From mid July to early November, Hervey Bay has become famous as the playground of the majestic humpback whales on their return to the Antarctic. A variety of vessels offer whale watching trips during the season and visitors can choose from either a dawn, morning, afternoon or full-day cruise (charges apply). MARKETS Weekends on the Fraser Coast provide an opportunity to visit the local markets, to seek out bargains and hunt for treasures just waiting to be found. Not to be missed is the firing of the Time Cannon at 1pm, held every thursday at the conclusion of the Heritage Markets in the main street of Maryborough. COLOURED SANDS Walk eastwards from the township of Rainbow Beach and see the enormous, impressive sandy cliffs, which can be up to 200 metres in height. Erosion has exposed a palette of as many as 72 different coloured sands. CARLO SAND BLOW A bush walk u pto Carlo Sand Blow is a must for every visitor. Drive to the reservoir at the top of Cooloola Drive at Rainbow Beach. The Blow is an easy 600m walk from the car park. It’s an excellent spot to watch the sunrise or sunset.

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EVENTS HERVEY BAY WHALE FESTIVAL 6 August. Seafront Oval, Hervey Bay www.herveybaywhalefestival.com.au MUSIC IN THE COURTYARD Until 30 July. 12pm. Maryborough www.janetsartbooks.com.au HERVEY BAY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL 14 August. Fisherman’s Park herveybayseafoodfestival.com.au

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AGNES WATER / 1770 Previously seen as merely a ‘stopover’, Agnes Water/1770 is a true destination - come for a few days and you won’t want to leave! Discovered on 24th May 1770 by Lt James Cook and crew aboard HMS Endeavour and now recognised as the birthplace of Queensland, there is more to do in these two gorgeous villages than almost any other destination! Located on the magical, sun drenched stretch of sub-tropical surf coastline north of Fraser Island and south of the Whitsundays, Agnes Water 1770 can be accessed by road, rail and air. With the most northerly surf beach on the east coast of Australia and home to the reknowned Longboard Classic each March, the Agnes Water Blues & Roots Festival each February, and the iconic Captain Cook 1770 Festival held annually in May, the Discovery Coast is waiting to delight you! There is easy and direct access to the southern Great Barrier Reef for incredible diving and snorkelling on a variety of pristine reefs. See turtles all year round (nesting NovemberFebruary), and migrating Humpback whales (June - November).

National and Marine parks encircle 1770 Agnes Water providing endless places to explore. With a range of activities and accommodation there is something to suit everyone’s budget, timeframe and special interests such as snorkeling and Great Barrier Reef exploring in the protected Fitzroy Reef Lagoon or Lady Musgrave Island, surfing, scuba diving, Riding the LARC, a pink amphibious vehicle that experiences unspoilt beaches, estuaries, Bustard Head Bay and lighthouse, fishing, kayaking, relaxing, dining, walking, 4WDing and exploring. What are you waiting for? ENJOY THE DISCOVERY COAST FOR FREE • Comb the sand for washed up trasures while walking endless stretches of beach. • Trek the breathtaking National Park trails through temperate rainforest and coastal bushland. • Admire the sunrise or sunset over the Coral Sea. • Drop a fishing line into the tidal flow at Round Hill Creek. • Watch migrating humpback whales from the vantage point on Round Hill Head (July November). • Discover coastal rock pools at low tide. • Unpack a picnic lunch beneath the rainforest canopy beside a tumbling mountain stream. • Grab your binoculars, pick up a species list from the LARC office and go bird watching. • Explore the Red Rock Trail, starting at Springs Beach and meandering south along boardwalks, beaches and tracks.

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WHITSUNDAYS With so much natural beauty on our doorstep you can snorkel or scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef, soak up the sun on Whitehaven Beach or sail around the Whitsunday Islands. The hardest part will be choosing how to fit it all in. Bordered by the Great Barrier Reef in the calm waters of the Coral Sea, the 74 tropical islands of the Whitsundays lie midway along Australia’s Queensland coast. THINGS TO DO • Sail around the Whitsundays 74 islands • Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef • Sink your feet into the white silica sand of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet • Relax and go for a swim at the Airlie Beach Lagoon • Learn to scuba dive at some of the best reefs in the world • Go whale watching or crocodile spotting • Hike through National Forest on the Whitsundays Great Walk • Charter a yacht and skipper yourself, or take a cruise and let someone else do the sailing for you LONG ISLAND When you dream of an island holiday, this is what you’re dreaming of - hammocks swinging under palm trees, white sandy beaches, gentle waves lapping at the shore and 2,500 acres of tropical rainforest to explore. Barefoot Lodge, Long Island, offers budget accommodation on an unforgettable tropical island surrounded by stunning National Park and sparkling blue waters. KOALA ADVENTURE ISLAND The Adventure Island Experience is all about sharing a good time with like-minded people your own age. Designed for those aged 18 and over, Adventure Island is about kicking back, relaxing and having fun! You can explore this tropical paradise in the morning, relax by the pool at lunchtime, re-energise with one of the many activities in the afternoon and party into the night.

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MAGNETIC ISLAND WALKS One of the best ways to explore Magnetic Island is on foot. A network of walking tracks allows you to appreciate the island’s natural environment protected within the national park. Walking tracks range from easy, short walks to longer tracks with a moderate level of difficulty. Wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen. Take drinking water. Be careful exploring around cliff edges and the defence ruins. Stay on the tracks. Be aware that boulders may be unstable. HAWKINGS POINT TRACK 1.2 km return (1 hr) Grade: moderate From the eastern end of Picnic Street in Picnic

Bay, a track winds to the top of a large boulder, affording views over the island to Nelly and Geoffrey bays and back towards Townsville. PICNIC BAY TO WEST POINT 16 km return (5 hrs) Grade: easy This walk follows an unsealed road that links the bays on the western side of the island. The track starts at Yule Street near the golf course, passing a tidal wetland, mangroves, paperbark swamps and savanna grasslands. NELLY BAY TO ARCADIA 5 km one way (2.5 hrs) Grade: moderate From the end of Mandalay Avenue in Nelly Bay, this walk passes through a vine-thicket pocket, climbs gradually to the saddle between Nelly and Horseshoe bays and then follows a ridge with views over Horseshoe Bay. The track then branches, with one track leading to Arcadia Bay and the other to Horseshoe Bay Road, where you can continue on to other tracks. A 400 m return sidetrack to the Sphinx lookout branches from the main track, 750 m from Arcadia. FORTS WALK 4 km return (1.5 hrs) Grade: moderate One of the most popular tracks on the island, the Forts walk leads to historic WWII fortifications and infrastructure. Lookouts along the way afford excellent views to the Palm Island Group in the north and Bowling Green Bay National Park in the south. Koalas are often seen in trees along the track. The walk culminates in 360 degree views from the top of the fortifications. Starting on Horseshoe Bay Road at the turn-off to Radical Bay, the track ascends, sometimes steeply, to follow a ridge behind the bays before arriving at the ruins of the Forts complex operated during World War II. For more information. See your nearest Information Centre or go to: www.derm.qld.gov. au/parks/magnetic-island/about.html

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OUTBACK QUEENSLAND Nothing beats Queensland’s Outback. Rich with the tales and trappings of yesteryear, awe-inspiring landscapes and fair dinkum friendly locals, it’s a ‘big country’ waiting to be explored. On or off the beaten track, all roads lead to unexpected adventures and unforgettable experiences. A vast, rugged and unspoilt destination, Queensland’s Outback is synonymous with a real Australian experience that embraces the nation’s cultural heritage and pioneering spirit. Whether it’s scaling a rocky outcrop, scouring wetlands for a glimpse of rare birdlife, tackling the sand dunes of an infamous desert or riding the current of a rushing stream, the choices are only limited by how long you stay. Whatever the experience, Queensland’s Outback will not disappoint you. So isn’t it time you discovered Queensland’s backyard? GETTING AROUND There are so many ways to get around the Outback - regardless of whether you want to take the wheel, or sit back and enjoy the ride. Most of Queensland’s Outback is accessible by sedan, and towns are usually no more than

two hours apart. For the off-road enthusiast, there are plenty of opportunities to go bush and explore secret attractions, taking forgotten roads meandering through spectacular Outback scenery. Coach services operate to all major Outback centres along the Overlander’s Way from Townsville to Mount Isa, and on the Matilda Highway from Charleville to Karumba. If the romance of train travel lures you, Queensland Rail offers a variety of journeys. And finally, for those short on time, regular flights operated by QantasLink, Qantas and MacAir Airlines service many regional centres. MOUNT ISA Here you will discover where ancient beasts once roamed and experience spectacular Outback sunsets. Described as the Oasis of the Outback - a gleaming mirage on the horizon for travellers from all directions - Mount Isa nestles among the ochre-red Selwyn Ranges, on the banks of the Leichhardt River. A must see while in Mount Isa is the Outback at Isa complex, incorporating the award winning Riversleigh Fossil Centre, Hard Times Mine and Visitor Information Centre. Lake Moondarra is an artificial lake on the Leichhardt River, 16 km downstream from the town of Mount Isa. The lake is used for various recreational activities such as canoeing, sailing, boating, skiing, swimming, and fishing. Other facilities include picnic areas with tables, toilets, shelters, BBQs & drinking water. No dogs or camping are allowed at the lake, however the pet friendly AAOK Moondarra Accommodation Village is the closest accommodation to Lake Moondarra.

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CAIRNS FOR FREE! CAIRNS ESPLANADE LAGOON A dip in the man-made lagoon overlooking the ocean is free, and the pool is bigger and better than anything you can get at a fancy resort. GO CLIMBING Get some exercise and climb Walsh’s Pyramid at Gordonvale, south of Cairns. OK it’s a bit more than just exercise. You’ll need to be hike-fit and have three hours (for the fittest) to scale its 922m and return to base. It’s worth the effort for the spectacular views at the summit. Just make sure you don’t go when it’s wet or you’ll be slipping around big-time. ARTY FARTY Fancy a bit of culture? Tanks Arts Centre has ongoing free visual arts exhibitions and Kick Arts offers an ongoing range of free exhibitions at Cairns Centre of Contemporary Arts. BEACHES Trinity Beach is a small beach with a swimming enclosure during stinger season, a number of food shops for snacks, and a beach rental outfit that will rent you anything from a beach umbrella to a windsurfer. Palm Cove - A little further out, with fewer snack shops. There is a dock to walk on, and a long, long beach. Ellis Beach - This must be one of the prettiest beaches in Australia. About 30 minutes North of town, with one small café, and miles of nearly deserted beach, it is by far our favorite. Remember to follow the rules in stinger season. Bus service is available from downtown Cairns.

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EVENTS STRASSMAN: CHUCKS REVENGE 24 July. Cairns Civic Theatre. www.chuckwood.com CAIRNS INDIGENOUS ART FAIR 19 -21 August. http://pyramidrace.com CAIRNS NIGHT MARKETS 5pm - 11pm. The Esplanade. www.nightmarkets.com.au CAIRNS ESPLANADE MARKETS Saturdays 8am - 5pm. The Esplanade www.cairnsesplanade.com.au TANKS SUNDAY MARKETS 28 November. 9am - 2pm. Tanks Arts Centre www.tanksartscentre.com

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DAINTREE CAPE TRIBULATION The Daintree River ferry is the gateway to the solitary place on the planet where two World Heritage areas unite. The Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef - majestic and unsurpassed in biological significance. BEACHES A fully-fledged Daintree Rainforest experience just wouldn’t be the same without an indulgent immersion along any of the magnificent beaches that mark the meeting place between the ancient Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef’s Coral Sea. Expansive, pristine and for the most part exclusive to the visitor, the beaches of the Daintree capture the very essence of paradise. • Cape Kimberley is the beach closest to the Daintree River and offers a great beach walk to the mouth of the Daintree River. • Cow Bay Beach is the ideal place for those looking for a ‘deserted beach’ experience. • Thornton Beach is a great place to walk and experience ‘where the rainforest meets the reef’. • Noah Beach is accessed via the only National Park Camping Ground and extends from the impassible rocky headlands of Noah Range in the north to the mouth of Noah Creek, also prime crocodile habitat. • Coconut Beach can be seen from the main road, just before you arrive at Cape Tribulation. • Myall Beach is located on the southerly side of the Cape Tribulation headland. It is a popular swimming spot, when jellyfish are not considered to be a danger (between May and August). • Emmagen Beach is located about 5 kilometres north of Cape Tribulation. A Giant Strangler Fig about 800 metres south of Emmagen Creek marks the start of a rough track that leads through to the beach. Do not swim here as a crocodiles frequent the area. It is possible to walk back along the coast to Cape Tribulation Beach, if it is low tide.

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• South Cowie Beach, for travellers with 4WD capabilities, is a great palce to explore. DAINTREE DISCOVERY CENTRE Cnr Cape Tribulation Rd & Tulip Oak Rd, Cow Bay. Phone: (07) 4098 9171 A world class ecotourism facility nestled in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest. Located 10kms north of the Daintree River Ferry, the multiaward winning Centre allows visitors to enjoy the rainforest at every level — from the forest floor to the upper-most reaches of the canopy. The Centre boasts a 23m high Canopy Tower, the spectacular Aerial Walkway, Rainforest Boardwalks, a large indoor interpretive display area, cafe and souvenir shop. CAPE TRIBULATION Cape Tribulation is in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest, home to some of the oldest rainforest on the planet, and this Word Heritage listed rainforest is adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef. The Daintree is the only destination in the world where two World Heritage areas meet. There are many things to do in the Cape Tribulation area. Plan to spend at least 3-4 days. Some of the tours and activities at Cape Tribulation include: • An ocean or reef adventure, such as snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, or paddling the coastline in a sea kayak • Exploring the Daintree Rainforest by guided walks, jungle surfing, by 4WD, and on horseback • Cruising the rivers, looking for wildlife, spotting crocodiles, and birdwatching • Tasting exotic tropical fruit • Walking in Daintree National Park • Chilling out on the deserted beaches • Relaxing and enjoying the beautiful rainforest and the great climate!

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SEE THE JUNGLE FLYING There’s a new species in the world’s oldest rainforest… the JUNGLE SURFER. Set in the world-renowned Daintree Rainforest at Cape Tribulation, around 2½ hours north of Cairns, the multi award-winning Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours take you on a unique rainforest tour where your feet don’t touch the ground. FLY THROUGH THE TREES Seated comfortably in full body harnesses, Jungle Surfers fly through the trees on flying fox ziplines, stopping at five eco-friendly tree platforms to take in spectacular bird’s eye views over the treetops, down to cascading streams and out to the Great Barrier Reef. AMAZING PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES The longest span is over 75 metres and the platforms range from 2.5m to 19.5m in height, offering an ‘upclose and personal’ experience at all levels of the rainforest canopy, and incredible photo opportunities. LEARN WHILE YOU SURF The tour’s a mixture of exhilaration and education, and the abseiling and scientist guides share their wit and wisdom and an insight into the world’s oldest rainforest and life in Australia’s largest sustainable energy community throughout the tour. FLY HANDS-FREE & CARE-FREE The team also use a unique system to control your flight along the ziplines, making this the only flying fox in the world where you can fly hands-free and carefree, without any previous experience. You are safely attached to the structures at all times, so you can relax and enjoy the ride! ENVIRO-FRIENDLY CONSTRUCTION The whole tour leaves a minimal environmental footprint, with platforms attached to trees by a unique friction system and not a single nail or bolt penetrating the tree trunks. DARE TO DANGLE UPSIDEDOWN Jungle Surfing will show you their vibrant emerald world, teach you a few of its secrets, make you laugh and maybe even make you scream a little! And the flight choice is yours – slow, fast or even upsidedown, if you dare! TOUR DEPARTURES & DURATION One of Queensland’s ‘must do’ experiences, Jungle Surfing lasts 2 hours, with around 1¼ hours spent up in the rainforest canopy. There are eight tours daily, with courtesy transfers from all accommodation within Cape Tribulation. Tours cost $90 per person and run in all weathers. Don’t miss out – get high in the Daintree!

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DARWIN FOR FREE! EAST POINT RESERVE The main attraction at this reserve is the artificial lake, Lake Alexandra. You can swim, windsurf or just splash around without the threat of jellyfish or crocodiles. The evenings here are just magical, with wallabies apprearing around sunset to graze. The park also has a great boardwalk which winds through mangrove and coastal monsoon forests. FANNIE BAY GAOL MUSEUM This is Darwin’s former jail and has been turned into a museum. Star exhibits include cells and gallows. MUSEUM & ART GALLERY OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY The highlights at this combined museum and art gallery include a remarkable collection of Aboriginal art and artefacts, such as carvings and bark paintings from Arnhem Land, Bathurst Island and Melville Island.

EVENTS LINGALONGA FESTIVAL 31 July. Batchelor. www.lingalonga.org

STATE SQUARE State Square is where you’ll find all the government buildings, conveniently located right near each other. Some of these buildings, like Parliament House, hold free guided tours each weekend. The Supreme Court, with its amazing mosaic foyer, is definately worth a visit.

DARWIN FESTIVAL 11 - 28 August. www.darwinfestival.org.au

DARWIN CITY RAINFOREST The Darwin City rainforest in Doctors Gully is an unexpected bonus to anyone visiting the fish feeding or walking down from the Esplanade. The area has a colourful history, site of the first freshwater well in the new settlement, but today is a quiet boardwalk through dense rainforest.

MINDIL BEACH SUNSET MARKETS Till October. Mindil Beach Thursdays 5pm - 10pm Sundays 4pm - 9pm www.mindil.com.au

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ANNUAL HENLEY ON TODD 20 August. Todd River www.henleyontodd.com.au

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FOR FREE! KINGS PARK Located just a few minutes from the city, this natural bushland is at its most impressive in spring when the wildflowers bloom. A picnic reserve, a war memorial, a floral clock and many beautiful nature walks are just some of the attractions on offer PERTH’S BEACHES Perth has magnificent beaches. Some of the top picks include Cottesloe Civic Centre, which boasts beautiful gardens; Scarborough, which has markets on the weekend; and Swanbourne, which is famous for being a nudist beach. FREE TRANSIT ZONE This is a district in the centre of the city where all bus and train travel is free. Jumping on a bus or a train is a cheap and environmentally friendly way to see the city. For timetable information on this FREE service go to www.transperth.wa.gov.au

EVENTS DERBY BOAB FESTIVAL July. See website for venues. www.derbyboabfestival.org.au PERTH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 14 - 24 July www.revelationfilmfest.org KINGS PARK FESTIVAL September www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/events

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EXPERIENCE PERTH Australia’s sunniest capital city, Perth enjoys 3000 hours of sunshine a year. No wonder it’s been voted one of the world’s most liveable cities. Locals here enjoy a relaxed outdoors lifestyle, as does the neighbouring port city of Fremantle, at the mouth of the Swan River. The line-up of water-based fun includes boating, fishing and all dialogues of surfing. Fremantle’s majestic historic architecture takes you back in time, while its marine heritage draws you to the ocean and a short ferry ride to Rottnest Island. Endless beaches stretch from Experience Perth’s famous Cottesloe Beach up the coast towards Lancelin - Western Australia’s windsurfing and sandboarding mecca. For an awesome view of the Swan River, the city and the Darling escarpment, head to Kings Park and the Federation Walkway, where you can also wander among the treetops. Or drive south to Rockingham and Mandurah for dolphins, foreshore picnicking and excellent crabbing. The intricate inland waterways lacing this area are perfect for anyone who loves to mess about on the river.

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ADELAIDE FOR FREE! CITY LOOP & BEE-LINE BUSES Both these bus services are free of charge and run frequently through the city. The City Look bus traces a circular path through the city and goes in both directions every 15 to 20 minutes. The Bee-line route is a bit shorter, running along King William Street and North Terrace every 5 to 12 minutes. MOUNT LOFTY SUMMIT This is one of the most spectacular lookouts in Adelaide, and provides sweeping views of the plains below. Go at night for an even more incredible panorama. ST KILDA MANGROVE TRAIL St Kilda is located north of Adelaide and features and incredibly extensive mangrove ecosystem. There is a boardwalk trail that runs for 1.7km through this fragile environment. This is a must-see for those with an interest in ecology and nature. HOLY TRINITY CHURCH Adelaide is sometimes referred to as the City of Churches, so a trip to this beautiful city wouldn’t be complete without seeing one of them! Holy Trinity Church, located on North Terrace, is also known as the Pioneer Church of South Australia and boasts a clock made by the clockmaker to King Edward IV. ADELAIDE BOTANIC GARDEN This is one of the most popular open areas in Adelaide city. It covers 16 hectares and encompasses the Bicentennial Conservatory as well as the Victorian Palm House. It’s a great place to spend a laid-back day, with beautifully maintained gardens, shady trees and serene lakes.

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EVENTS BAROSSA GOURMET WEEKEND 20 - 21 August www.barossagourmetweekend.com.au ROYAL ADELAIDE SHOW 2 - 10 September www.adelaideshowground.com.au OZASIA FESTIVAL 2 - 17 September www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au MOON LANTERN FESTIVAL 12 September. Elder Park www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

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MELBOURNE FOR FREE! CITY CIRCLE TRAM The City Circle Tram is FREE. You’ll recognise it by its distinctive burgundy and cream colouring. It will take you past some of the most interesting attractions that Melbourne has to offer and bring you right back to where you started. For timetable information on this FREE service go to www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au FITZROY GARDENS One of the most interesting things in the Fitzroy Gardens is Captain Cook’s cottage. After he discovered Australia, the cottage in which his parents lived was brought to Australia (stone by stone) from Yorkshire and painstakingly reconstructed. The garden also has a wonderful Tudor village and landscaped parklands. FEDERATION SQUARE Take a walk around this interestingly designed structure and make up your own mind as to whether it’s a marvel or an eyesore (a point hotly disputed by many Melbournians). WILLIAMSTOWN Williamstown is a nice break from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne’s city centre. A former maritime village, it now boasts a heritage walk that will take you past beautiful historic buildings and old-style pubs. YARRA RIVER Melbourne’s iconic river is yours for the exploring. Flinders Walk starts at Flinders Street Station and crosses the footbridge and is a great place to start a walk up and down the river banks. A Great place to stop is the Alexandra Gardens, which are located just behind Princes Bridge.

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EVENTS MELBOURNE CABARET FESTIVAL 19 - 24 July www.melbournecabaret.com MELBOURNE DAY 30 August www.melbourneday.com.au TASTE OF MELBOURNE 15 - 18 September www.tasteofmelbourne.com.au

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VICTORIA’S GOLDEN HERITAGE Experience the splendour of Bendigo, an elegant regional city in central Victoria and an ideal base to explore Victoria’s golden heritage.

Golden Dragon Museum display the Chinese heritage of the area and house the world’s oldest Imperial Dragon, Loong.

ATTRACTIONS A true Bendigo highlight is the range of quality experiences and things to do. There’s the authentic deep-shaft mine experience at Central Deborah, where you travel underground in a miners’ cage. The famous Vintage Talking Tram Tour that weaves through the streets of Bendigo, telling wonderful stories of days gone by.

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HOBART FOR FREE! BATTERY POINT Take a walk around the historic maritime village of Battery Point. There are tiny fishermen’s cottages, larger homes and quaint pubs. MOUNT WELLINGTON Drive to the top of Mount Wellington for great views of Hobart and the Derwent Valley. It can be windy and cold at the top even when it is warm and sunny in Hobart. SALAMANCA PLACE Visit Salamanca Place, where historic warehouses have been given a new life as art and craft galleries. Don`t miss the Salamanca Market, held each Saturday in Salamanca Place. On sale there are arts and crafts, together with food stalls and street theatre. QUEENS DOMAIN Take a relaxing walk through Queens Domain, a bushland reserve adjoining the city. The Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens sits near Pavilion Point, surrounded by a convict-built wall. CITY WALK Take a walk along Davey and Macquarie Streets in the city, where you will see many historic buildings, including the Town Hall, 40 Macquarie Street (Hobart’s oldest building), the Commissariat Store and the Bond Store. CONSTITUTION DOCK Walk along Constitution Dock, watching the activity of the port. This is the arrival point for the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

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EVENTS LUMINA May - August http://lumina.discovertasmania.com CHOCOLATE WINTERFEST 10 July. Latrobe www.chocolatewinterfest.com.au

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WORK IN AUSTRALIA IMPORTANT INFO WHAT DO I NEED TO START WORK? • A valid Australian work visa • Bank account In most cases you need a bank account to receive your pay. • Tax File Number (TFN) This is most important. You need a TFN for your tax file number declaration. • TFN Declaration You must complete a TFN declaration for each employer for whom you work. Your employer calculates the tax rate you pay with information you provide on this form. If you do not give your TFN, you will pay the maximum rate of tax. Your employer will give you a TFN declaration to complete. • Occupational health, safety and welfare Employers have a duty to protect your health and safety in the work place. When you start a new job, your employer must give you instruction, training and supervision on health and safety matters. Depending on the job you have, your employer will supply you with safety clothing and equipment.

USEFUL CONTACTS NATIONAL HARVEST TELEPHONE INFORMATION SERVICE www.harvesttrail.gov.au Phone 1800 062 332 for information on harvest labour wages, working conditions or accommodation.You can download a Harvest Guide here: www.jobsearch.gov.au/HarvestTrail/ Documents/NationalHarvestGuide.pdf AUSTRALIAN WORKPLACE www.workplace.gov.au Contact Australian WorkPlace for all information on finding work, careers and training, and other labour market information. DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP www.immi.gov.au Contact DIAC for all information on visiting and working in Australia including Visas and associated details. AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE www.ato.gov.au Contact the Australian Taxation Office for all information on the Australian taxation system including Tax File Numbers and associated details. TRAVELLERS AT WORK www.taw.com.au Travellers at Work is an Australian based Job Search Club for Working Holiday Visa travellers.

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NSW

Mungindi Moree

Berri Barmera Monash Loxton Renmark Cadell Paringa Waikerie Angaston / Lyndoch / Nooriootpa Wentworth Tanunda Forbes Griffith / Leeton Gol Gol Clare Mildura Young Euston Nangolic Hay Jugiong Robinvale McLaren Vale Tooleybuck Tamut Beverford Longhorne Creek

PERTH

Port Augusta

Margaret River Frankland Manjimup Mt Barker Albany Denmark

Lismore

Narrabri / Wee Waa Warren Trangie Narromine / Dubbo Hunter Valley Hillston Orange

ADELAIDE

Coonawarra Penola

Batlow Tumbarumba Wangaratta Myrtleford Beechworth Stanley Koo Wee Rup

Swan Hill Lake Boga

VIC

Shepparton Cobram Tatura Yarra Valley

MELBOURNE

Boonah Byron Bay Ballina Coffs Harbour

Newcastle

SYDNEY CANBERRA

Bairnsdale Maffra

Mornington Peninsula

Devonport Smithton Launceston / Scottsdale Ulverstone Deloraine

TAS

New Norfolk Huonville

Richmond

HOBART

TASMANIA HARVEST PERIOD January - May, November - December

CROP

TOWNS

REFERENCE

Apples

Launceston, Ulverstone, Burnie, Devonport, Huonville, Richmond

January - April, June, November - December

Cherries

Burnie, Devonport, Huonville, New Norfolk, Richmond

January - June, October - December

Grape Picking

Launceston, Huonville, New Norfolk, Richmond

January - May, October - December

Stone Fruits

Devonport, Huonville, Richmond

All year round

Tomatoes

Ulverstone

All year round

Vegetables

Launceston, Ulverstone, Burnie, Devonport, Richmond, Deloraine, Smithton

May - October

Grape Pruning

Launceston, Huonville, New Norfolk, Richmond

January - May, October - December

Berries

Devonport, Huonville

February - March

Hop Picking

Ulverstone, New Norfolk

October

Hop Stringing

Ulverstone, New Norfolk, Scottsdale

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QUEENSLAND

Harvest Labour Providers located in Stanthorpe, Mundubbera, Gyndah, Mareeba, Atherton, Ravenshoe, Kuranda

HARVEST PERIOD

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REFERENCE

January - May, November - December

Apples

Stanthorpe

January - May, August - December

Asparagus

Mundubbera

January, November - December

Cotton

Dirranbandi, Goondiwindi, St George, Emerald

January - June, October - December

Grape Picking

Gayndah, Mundubbera, Stanthorpe, St George, Emerald, Cunnamulla

January - February, September - October, November - December

Mangoes

Bowen, Mundubbera, Stanthorpe, Mareeba, Bundaberg, Childers, Dimbulah, Ayr, Yeppoon, Gin Gin, Giru

January - May, October - December

Stone Fruits

Bowen, Murgon, Stanthorpe

January, November - December

Onion

St George, Gatton, Boonah (the Scenic Rim), Laidley (Lockyer Valley)

All year round

Citrus

Gayndah, Mundubbera, Mareeba, Atherton, Emerald, Bundaberg, Gin Gin

All year round

Tomatoes

Bowen, Murgon, Stanthorpe, Bundaberg, Childers, Gatton, Ayr, Boonah (the Scenic Rim), Laidley (Lockyer Valley)

All year round

Vegetables

Bowen, Stanthorpe, St George, Atherton, Bundaberg, Childers, Gatton, Ayr, Boonah (the Scenic Rim), Laidley (Lockyer Valley), Gin Gin, Giru

May - Octtober

Grape Picking

Gayndah, Mundubbera, Stanthorpe, Emerald

January - June, December

Tropical Fruits

Mareeba, Atherton, Dimbulah, Sunshine Coast Stanthorpe

February - March

Pears

January - May, October - December

Berries

Caboolture, Sunshine Coast

All year round

Wool

Stanthorpe, St George

March - November

Avocados

Mareeba, Atherton, Bundaberg, Childers, Dimbulah, Gin Gin

All year round

Bananas

Mareeba, Atherton, Innisfail, Tully

January - June, August - December

Melons

Bowen, St George, Emerald, Bundaberg, Gatton, Ayr, Chinchilla, Boonah (the Scenic Rim), Laidley (Lockyer Valley)

January - March, November - December

Lychee

Mareeba, Childers, Dimbulah, Yeppoon

March - November

Sugar Cane

Bowen, Bundaberg, Ayr, Innisfail, Tully, Mackay, Giru

February - November

Pineapple

Yeppon, Caboolture, Sunshine Coast

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Harvest Labour Provider located in Darwin

HARVEST PERIOD

CROP

TOWNS

January - June, October - December

Grape Picking

Ti Tree

January - February, September - October, November - December

Mangoes

Darwin, Katherine

All year round

Citrus

Darwin, Katherine

All year round

Vegetables

Darwin

May - October

Grape Pruning

Ti Tree

January - June, December

Tropical Fruits

Darwin, Katherine

All year round

Bananas

Darwin

All year round

Cut Flowers

Darwin

January - June, August - December

Melons

Darwin, Katherine

REFERENCE

Last updated: October 2010. For a detailed map please see the nearest Information Centre. For more information on Harvest Work please contact National Harvest Information Service 1800 062 332

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NEW SOUTH WALES

Harvest Labour Providers located in Wentworth, Young, Moree, Narrabri, Griffith

HARVEST PERIOD January - May, November - December

CROP Apples

TOWNS

REFERENCE

Batlow, Forbes, Tumbarumba, Tumut, Orange, Sydney Basin

January - May, August - December

Asparagus

Wentworth, Gol Gol

January - April, June, November - December

Cherries

Batlow, Hillston, Young, Forbes, Tumbarumba, Orange

January, November - December

Cotton

Warren, Wee Waa, Narromine, Narrabri, Moree, Hillston, Dubbo, Mungindi, Trangie, Bourke

January - June, October - December

Grape Picking

Griffith, Hillston, Leeton, Wentworth, Euston, Gol Gol, Tooleybuc, Young, Forbes, Bourke, Jugiong, Tumbarumba, Orange, Hunter Valley

January - May, October - December

Stone Fruits

Batlow, Griffith, Hillston, Leeton, Tooleybuc, Young, Forbes, Tumbarumba, Tumut, Sydney Basin

January, November - December

Onion

Griffith, Hillston, Hay

All year round

Citrus

Narromine, Griffith, Hillston, Leeton, Wentworth, Gol Gol, Tooleybuc, Bourke, Sydney Basin

All year round

Tomatoes

Griffith, Forbes

All year round

Vegetables

Griffith, Hillston, Leeton, Wentworth, Gol Gol, Tooleybuc, Hay, Sydney Basin

May - October

Grape Pruning

Griffith, Wentworth, Euston, Gol Gol, Tooleybuc, Young, Jugiong, Tumbarumbah, Orange

February - March

Pears

Batlow

January - May, October - December

Berries

Batlow, Young, Tumbarumbah, Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour

All year round

Wool

Wentworth, Dubbo, Forbes, Bourke, Orange, Hay

March - November

Avocados

Ballina, Byron Bay, Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Sydney Basin

January - June, August - December

Melons

Bourke, Hay

April - September

Nuts

Moree, Tumbarumbah, Ballina, Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour

January - March, November - December

Lychee

Ballina, Byron Bay, Lismore, Coffs Harbour

VICTORIA

Harvest Labour Providers located in Cobram, Shepparton, Mildura, Robinvale, Swan Hill

HARVEST PERIOD

CROP

TOWNS

REFERENCE

January - May, November - December

Apples

Cobram, Shepparton, Myrtleford, Beechworth, Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley

January - May, August - December

Asparagus

Mildura, Robinvale, Maffra, Bairnsdale, Koo Wee Rup

January - April, June, November - December

Cherries

Cobram, Shepparton, Beechworth, Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley

January - June, October - December

Grape Picking

Mildura, Swan Hill, Robinvale, Nyah, Echuca, Myrtleford, Beechworth, Yarra Valley

January - May, October - December

Stone Fruits

Cobram, Shepparton, Swan Hill, Nyah, Echuca

January, November - December

Onion

Bairnsdale

All year round

Citrus

Cobram, Mildura, Shepparton, Swan Hill, Nyah

All year round

Tomatoes

Cobram, Shepparton, Echuca, Bairnsdale

All year round

Vegetables

Mildura, Shepparton, Swan Hill, Robinvale, Nyah, Bairnsdale

May - October

Grape Pruning

Mildura, Swan Hill, Robinvale, Nyah, Echuca, Myrtleford, Beechworth

February - March

Pears

Yarra Valley

January - May, October - December

Berries

Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley

All year round

Cotton

Mildura, Swan Hill

February - March

Hop Picking

Myrtleford

April - September

Nuts

Myrtleford

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Harvest Labour Providers located in Berri, McLaren Vale

HARVEST PERIOD

CROP

TOWNS

REFERENCE

January - May, November - December

Apples

Berri, Loxton, Renmark, Barmera, Penola, Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra

January - April, June, November - December

Cherries

Renmark, Barmera, Penola, Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra

January - June, October - December

Grape Picking

Berri, Loxton, McLaren Vale, Waikerie, Cadell, Renmark, Paringa, Langhorne Creek, Tanunda, Barmera, Penola, Angaston, Clare, Lyndoch, Nuriootpa, Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra

January - May, October - December

Stone Fruits

Berri, Loxton, Waikerie, Cadell, Renmark, Paringa, Barmera

All year round

Citrus

Berri, Loxton, Waikerie, Cadell, Renmark, Paringa, Barmera

All year round

Vegetables

Berri, Loxton, Penola, Coonawarra

May - October

Grape Pruning

Berri, Loxton, McLaren Vale, Waikerie, Cadell, Renmark, Paringa, Langhorne Creek, Tanunda, Barmera, Penola, Angaston, Clare, Lyndoch, Nuriootpa, Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra

February - March

Pears

Berri, Loxton, Renmark, Barmera, Adelaide Hills

All year round

Wool

McLaren Vale

March - November

Avocados

Berri, Loxton, Waikerie, Barmera

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Harvest Labour Provider located in Kununurra

HARVEST PERIOD January - May, November - December

CROP

TOWNS

REFERENCE

Apples

Manjimup, Perth Hills

January - April, June, November - December

Cherries

Mount Barker

January - June, October - December

Grape Picking

Carnavon, Manjimup, Margaret River, Albany, Denmark, Frankland, Mount Barker, Swan Valley

January - February, September - December

Mangoes

Carnavon, Kununurra

January - May, October - December

Stone Fruits

Manjimup, Perth Hills

All year round

Citrus

Kununurra

All year round

Tomatoes

Carnavon

All year round

Vegetables

Carnavon, Manjimup

May - October

Grape Pruning

Carnavon, Manjimup, Margaret River, Albany, Denmark, Frankland, Mount Barker, Swan Valley

February - March

Pears

Manjimup

January - May, October - December

Berries

Albany, Denmark, Mount Barker Mount Barker

All year round

Wool

All year round

Bananas

Carnavon

January - June, August - December

Melons

Carnavon, Kununurra

April - July

Tree Planting

Kununurra

June - September

Corn

Kununurra

May - November

Pumpkin

Kununurra

May - August

Olives

Frankland

For more information NATIONAL HARVEST INFORMATION SERVICE 1800 062 332 Or check out the website for harvest labour providers or to download a copy of the National Harvest Guide www.harvesttrail.gov.au www.aussiebackpacker.com.au

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WORK IN CRONULLA Travel isn’t cheap, so if you need a little extra cash for your Australian backpacking holiday or the next leg of your world trip, there are plenty of casual jobs available for backpackers around Cronulla with regular local transport available to Sydney CBD. The Cronulla Beach YHA backpacker hostel accommodation in Sydney has a jobs notice board where local employers and agents post vacancies. WORK FOR THE GUYS The local work is usually in construction (labouring/ trades), retail (shop-work), or hospitality (bar/ waiter work in bars/cafes/restaurants). Normally for guys its labouring work on smaller building sites, furniture removals, factory hands, landscape gardeners, household labouring and general odd-jobs. The hostel has a constant supply of these employers ringing to find workers. They usually want you to start the next day and will pick you up and drop you off. Estimated pay is $100-$150 per day. These jobs can be for 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, or can (and have) turned into permanent positions. Skilled tradesmen should have their qualifications transfered to be recognised in Australia as we do get lots of enquiries for skilled workers. The pay rates are basically double of unskilled. WORK FOR THE GIRLS Girls (and to a lesser extent guys) obtain Hospitality/Retail jobs in the Cronulla Beach area. History has shown us that majority of people gaining employment in these areas find it themselves - you can walk Cronulla mall and the surrounding streets/suburbs to pick up a job that way. DON’T BE PUT OFF BY DOING THIS, the reason is that most employers don’t know who you are from a resume/CV. Presentation, determination, communication skills and the opportunity to give you an ON-THE-SPOT trial creates the success. We do get these employers call from time to time but not as much as labouring jobs for guys. Most

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employers in these industries want you to stay a minimum 1 month and preferably much longer. Bar work in New South Wales: you have to complete the RSA course (Responsible Service of Alcohol), which will then enable you to work with alcohol in a licensed venue under NSW law (not transferable from/to other Australian states). This one-day course runs daily in the city/suburbs and the cost is approx $75 each. It is very important to offer as much as you can to an employer so you are an asset to the business rather than having to be trained from scratch. These courses can be done in Sydney or preferably before you leave home. In Cronulla and the surrounding area there’s licensed bars, over 70 restaurants and a few clubs. There are also hundreds of retail stores either within walking distance or a short train ride away - so there are plenty of opportunities! Our YHA is the only backpackers/hostel in Cronulla Beach or the surrounding area so you are not competing with thousands of other travellers to find a job in Bondi, Coogee or Manly. IT IS A LIFESTYLE we are promoting here, it doesn’t get much better than a swim/surf in the Pacific before or after work, meeting fellow travellers and local Aussies, all being in a ‘resort style’ suburb of Sydney without that downtown hussle and bussle. If you want to work and save for your next adventure we will help you achieve it - it’s in our best interest that you succeed. You must have a Working Holiday Visa, a Tax File Number and Bank Account. It’s also good to have a green card (OH&S work safe for building sites) and for hospitality an RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) certificate and it is a big advantage to have a Barista certification. Courtesy: Cronulla Beach YHA (Page 27) 40-42 Kingsway, Cronulla SYDNEY. Phone: 02 9527 7772 www.cronullabeachyha.com

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LOCKYER VALLEY The Lockyer Valley is an area of rich farmlands that lies to the west of Brisbane and east of Toowoomba. The Lockyer Valley is rated among the top ten most fertile farming areas in the world. The intensively cultivated area grows the most diverse range of commercial fruit and vegetables of any area in Australia and is often referred to as “South East Queensland’s Salad Bowl”. There are many interesting things to see and do in the Lockyer Valley. From the beautiful Laidley Valley in the south with Mulgowie at its heart, to the historic and pretty township of Laidley. The main town in the Lockyer Valley, Gatton, has the longest history of the region, and many well maintained old buildings, 5 of which are hotels. Throughout the Lockyer Valley there are National Parks, Regional Parks, and Forests, to experience and explore, there are several places to fish including Lake Atkinson and Lake Dyer, and there are plenty of opportunities to relax, unwind and refresh, all within a couple of hours drive of Brisbane. The Lockyer Valley has become a popular and a convenient place to reside while commuting to the larger Centres of Toowoomba, Ipswich and Brisbane. PLACES OF INTEREST • Lake Atkinson • Cunningham’s Crest Lookout on the Little Liverpool Range, where Alan Cunningham Crossed the range in 1829. The lookout commemorates Cunningham and the pioneers of the Lockyer area and offers excellent views of the Lockyer Valley and gives a great appreciation of the rich agricultural patchwork of farm fields. • Schultz’s Lookout in the Blenheim Hills over looks the Lockyer Valley and gives a great appreciation of the rich agricultural patchwork of farm fields. • Glen Rock Regional Park and nearby Main Range National Park • Historic Spring Bluff Railway Station • Gatton Historical Village and Museum • Laidley Historical Village and Museum • Narda Lagoon and Suspension Bridge in Laidley EVENTS • The Annual Laidley Rodeo is held in March. • The Annual Laidley Spring Festival is held in the area in September. • Mulgowie Hotel at Mulgowie is renowned for its Bull Ride in February, but also has great hospitality every day and ride practices most Wednesdays. • Take in the sights and sounds of the many Markets - held throughout the Lockyer Valley each month.

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FRUIT PICKING Typical summer scenario: “I’m all outta cash... Anyone know where the closest harvest is?” Fruit picking is the backpackers lifesaver, not just in Australia, but throughout Europe and the Americas. But to say it’s a job only taken up by backpackers and students would be like saying that Mount Everest is a small hill in the South of France. In Australia, the fruit/produce picking season, also known as harvest, peaks during summer. Between the months of December and May, the majority of fruit across Australia, such as grapes, stone fruit (plums, peaches, apricots) and mangoes come into season, but there are many exceptions to this rule. For instance, in different states and territories, the weather patterns and temperatures can change year in and year out, so the picking season can often differ. In Western Australia, for example, they get more days of sunshine on average than any other state. As a result, regions such as Manjimup, Pemberton, and Bunbury in Western Australia hold their apple harvest between March and May. Furthermore, it’s not just fresh fruit that is gathered annually, but also seafood - in particular crayfish, prawns, rock lobsters.

finish before the brunt of the summer sunshine hits later on in the afternoon, though this will of course vary from one orchard to the next. Therefore, being physically fit and having good stamina helps, and here are some other essentials: • Sunglasses - it gets quite bright • Gloves - protection from spikes, thorns, spiders and pesticides • Sunscreen - protection from Sol • Hat - makes you look cool • Hardy boots/shoes - protection from snakes, pesticides and bullants • Big drink container - it’s thirsty work Payment depends on a number of issues, such as how good the harvest is, and what the particular fruit or produce is. Some land owners prefer to pay pickers by the hour (anything above $10 an hour is good), such as vineyards and grape growers, because they want the fruit to remain in pristine condition. Bruising is not an option. And until robots are developed that can climb trees and pick fruit without bruising them (quite hard when your hands are made of titanium alloys...), there’ll always be work available for those who want it.

In general, becoming a fruit picker requires no experience and most farms and orchards are eager to get more hands working, but those who have entertained the idea of harvesting fruit are quick to talk about the hard labour.

Most places, however, pay per bucket, bin or box filled rather than by the hour. So - the harder you work, the bigger the rewards. Another bonus in becoming a fruit picker are all the interesting people you’ll meet on your travels. For the most part, meals and accommodation are also supplied.

Most fruit pickers start early in the morning and

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BOWEN Bowen is a coastal town located 1165 kms to the north of Brisbane and 206 kms south of Townsville. It has many lovely beaches,especially to the north of the town and a large jetty at Port Denison which is useful for the loading of coal, salt and fish for export. Bowen and the surrounding area is well known for its large production of tomatoes, vegetables and mangoes. PLACES TO VISIT • Beaches • the Big Bowen Mango • Bowen historical museum • Stone Island and Abbott Point WHEN SHOULD I GO THERE? November to January - Mangoes May to June - Melons September to November - Melons May to November - Sweet corn, tomatoes HOW DO I GET THERE? Bowen is accessible by road via the Bruce Highway, being 1165 kms north of Brisbane and 206 kms south of Townsville. It is well connected by rail or bus.

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Cafe/Waiting Jobs in Australia The cafe culture in Australia is huge. Aussies love their coffee and many feel no shame in flaunting their snobbery when it comes to getting it exactly as they like it: latte, flat white, short black, long black, macchiato, cappuccino, mocha, ristretto, doppio... the menu goes on! If you’re looking for a job where you can earn good money, have fun and socialise with the locals, working as a barista (a coffee making professional), or as a waiter in a local café could be right up your alley. Most city cafes aspire to create their own cool personality and ambience, which means great customers, cool and interesting coworkers and plenty of opportunities to make good tips. But it’s not just in the big smoke, as a certified barista your skills and experience will be valued all around Australia, making it even easier to pick up jobs as you travel. No matter how remote a town may be, almost everywhere has a café, bar, pub, roadhouse or restaurant with people hungry for a decent coffee. If you have little or no coffee making experience, barista training courses will provide the skills and experience you need to improve your chances of getting a job. After an intensive course with a barista expert, you will be bumping and grinding your way around some of the coolest cafes in town. Most barista / cafe / wait staff jobs require you to work shifts ranging from three hours to seven or eight hours (or more). If you are a casual employee, you will work for an hourly rate. Unlike some countries, casual hospitality jobs in Australia pay a good base wage and sometimes include tips on top of this. If you are a casual you will be paid an hourly rate that will obviously vary between employers. Hourly hospitality base rates for adult casuals are usually $15-$20 per hour. You will normally get paid extra for working overtime/late nights and possibly ‘timeand-a-half’ or ‘double time’ on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. There is no compulsory tipping or built-in service charges in Australia, although tipping for good service is becoming more common in restaurants in the bigger cities. Satisfied customers will leave around 10% of the bill, or more. In bars, tipping is less common but customers will often leave small change. Tips are often pooled amongst staff. www.taw.com.au

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AYR & HOME HILL Ayr is located 85 kms south of Townsville and is recognised as one of the most productive sugar cane growing areas in Australia. Boasting over 300 sunny days per year, Ayr is situated on the northern approach to the Burdekin Bridge. The district offers the Burdekin River, creeks and miles of sandy beaches making the area a mecca for fishing, crabbing and water sports. PLACES TO VISIT • The Burdekin Bridge (known as Silver Link),is over one kilometre long and is well known for being one of the longest bridges in Australia. • Scuba dive at one of the world’s best wrecks - SS Yongala, Alva Beach Zaros Cutural Gallery. WHEN SHOULD I GO THERE? May to June - Melons, watermelons May to November - Capsicums, egg fruit,cherry tomatoes,chillies, zucchinis June to December - Sugar cane September to December - Melons November to December - Mangoes HOW DO I GET THERE? Ayr is accessible by road via the Bruce Highway. It is well connected by rail or bus using the Queensland network.

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Contact Shelley or Nugget

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WORKING HOSTEL of the BURDEKIN DISTRICT • Open and airy Queensland-style four and six bedrooms • Internet Cafe • Pool, BBQs and tropical gardens • Table tennis and FREE pool table • Lockers • Video and TV rooms • Five full kitchen facilities • Clean, comfortable, quiet and friendly • Transport provided to work • Five minute walk to main street shopping and fast food store • FREE pick-up from Ayr bus terminal and railway station

CALL MICK & DAPHNE

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WORK & TRAVEL ‘Willing Workers On Organic Farms’ is a great way to work and travel Australia. Receive free accommodation and meals in return for around 4 hours work every day on the farm. There are around 1900 farms in Australia to choose from. When you join WWOOF you will receive your WWOOF Guide Book and Membership. Your WWOOF Guidebook contains listings of all host farms. Simply choose the farms you are interested in and call or email the host to check if vacancies are available.

Labour, Trade & Construction jobs in Australia In addition to a fun working environment and great pay, Aussie tradies get to work outside in the sunshine, wear shorts and singlets, take ‘smokos’, handle dangerous power tools and knock off around 3pm to head to the beach. Not bad at all! Australia’s construction industry (which includes carpenters and joiners, electricians, plumbers, builders, painters and decorators, concreters and bricklayers) employs over 845,000 people - and even more are needed. With a labour shortage of skilled tradespeople, this is a highly accessible industry for working holiday makers. The flexible and often short-term nature of the work is ideal and many trades are listed on the Australian Government’s Occupations in Demand list, making skilled migration or employer-sponsored migration very possible. Work is available everywhere, in both metropolitan and regional areas. Around 40% of construction jobs are outside state capital cities, with the majority of work being in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. Similar to fruit picking and harvest work, construction work enables travellers to get a 12-month visa extension after working 3-months or more in approved regional parts of Australia.

Working in exchange for food and accommodation is the basis of all WWOOFing. The amount of time spent working varies according to the degree of self-sufficiency expected, how busy the host is at the time of your visit and other factors - but it should average out at about a half day’s work for a full day’s keep. The work varies greatly between farms but could include weeding, planting trees, pruning, building fences, painting, mowing lawns, etc... The best part is you DO NOT need a work visa to become a WWOOFer! Travellers on a tourist or ETA visa are fine. HOW DO I JOIN? WWOOF Memberships can be purchased at Travellers Contact Point Sydney. Single membership costs AUD $60 / year.

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And, its not just a job for the boys! Many girls can find themselves well paid jobs on worksites or as Road Traffic Controllers. To work on a construction site in Australia it is a requirement that you hold an OH&S General Induction Certificate or ‘White Card’ as it’s commonly known.

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July - August 2011 edition

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