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EDITOR’S LETTER Sometimes it makes sense to follow the crowds. Afterall, why would all those people bother going somewhere if it wasn’t worth it, eh? However, there are times when you also need to get away, find your own space and make your own little discoveries. This is where Western Australia comes in. We love it over in WA and we tell you why on p8. Happy travels!

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Circus Oz, the Chinese New Year, the latest in film. We tell you what’s on

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PAPA DON’T PREACH We head north of Oz and into Papua New Guinea’s wilderness

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Anyone for some tennis? The Grand Slam of the Asia Pacific has once again rolled around to Melbourne, promising some great tennis action as well as a fun day out. Whether you’re in the Rod Laver Arena or checking out some matches on the outdoor courts, there’s plenty of atmosphere to occupy even those most hard to please. Venus Williams may have pulled out but you can still catch Rafa, Roger, Novak, Andy, Kim, Maria, Serena and Sam go hard in the ultimate gun battle. Tix start at $20 (ticketek.com.au) or you can always catch the action for free on the giant screen in Federation Square. See p34 for more. January 16-29 $20

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West side story Been driven goon crazy feasting on the east coast? Then perhaps it’s time to discover the wilderness, wildlife and sunsets of WA...

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pouring piss down your gullet couldn’t be further from your mind. Think weird and wondrous rock formations, like the eerie Pinnacles; startlingly ancient rusty red gorges like Kalbarri and Karijini National Parks; think soothing the hours away in rock pools far away from silly cities; think of the groovy Bungle Bungles and all that the vast untainted wise and true wilderness of the kick-ass Kimberley

has to offer. Think of real locals, who are genuinely happy to see you and eager to share a story over a cold beer. Think real adventures, some of the time in real remoteness. Think no irritating backing track of screechy pop songs, just the long romantic road through ancient and magical landscapes and one dreamy dreamy holiday... You catch my drift, homie? The west side is keepin’ it real.

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Sure, the east coast is where the party’s at. So go there and shake your booty till the small hours, night after night, till you can’t remember a thing about where you’ve been and what you’ve seen and all your photos are of anonymous people puking. Or, choose the west side and go to places so profoundly beautiful that such frivolous things as loud music and


PERTH In a nutshell: A state capital shimmering with the gains from mining wealth while boasting fantastic beaches, a sunny climate and a laidback lifestyle. Tell me more: The world’s most isolated capital city is closer to Singapore than it is to Sydney. However, there’s plenty to keep you occupied in this remote, shiny outpost. Head to Kings Park for amazing views of the Perth skyline and, while you’re at it, stroll among the trees, visit the Botanic Garden, and hop on a bike for a tour. With heaps of late night pubs and clubs, Northbridge is where Perth’s young and restless go to party. If museums are your thing, there’s plenty to keep you busy. The WA Art Gallery is the city’s top gallery, with contemporary and Aboriginal art side by side. The Aquarium of Western Australia is the place to go to explore 12,000km of coastline in one day, while the Perth Mint offers a fascinating insight into the source of the city’s wealth – gold. Perth’s beaches are a great place to wind down at the end of a long day’s sightseeing, with Scarborough and Cottesloe particularly beautiful as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean. For daytrip action, grab a ferry over to gorgeous Rottnest Island. Take a bike tour and keep an eye out for the tiny wallabies called quokkas that call the place home.

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In a nutshell: A desert full of weird, pointy rocks. What more could you possibly want? Tell me more: A couple of hour’s drive north of Perth, often making it the first stop north on a west coast roadtrip, Nambung National Park is home to the legendary Pinnacles. These ancient limestone pillars rise out of the earth in stunning contrast to the yellow sand dunes, explaining why these geographical oddities are such popular destinations. Try to escape the crowds and see them at sunrise, when they’re at their most alluring and photogenic.

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In a nutshell: Historic “Freo” is Perth’s port town, swallowed by the city’s suburban spread but still keeping its salty seaside persona. Tell me more: About 30 minutes south of Perth (jump on the train and look out for dolphins),“Freo’s” convict-era architecture and wicked pubs are a must see, as is the famous market. Head’s up... it’s the best place in the state to people watch. The old pubs along South Terrace serve up some great nosh – try the Sail and Anchor. Afterwards, down a cleansing pale ale at the Little Creatures brewery, a favourite amongst locals. Don’t miss Fremantle Prison, one of the best tourist value activities in the country. Tour the rec yard, check out the convict graffiti, hear tales of Moondyne Joe and conduct a strip search in the showers. One of those isn’t true... Ghost trips are available, as are spooky tours of the labrinyth of tunnels below the prison.

In a nutshell: Arrive at the coast in style, by crossing the infamous, desolate Nullarbor. Tell me more: The Nullarbor Plain links the west coast to the return of civilisation in Adelaide with a roadtrip that at 3,900km is just 80km shy of London to Moscow and boasts the longest completely straight stretch of road in the world at 178km long. It is also the world’s largest single piece of rock. Like a honeycomb underneath, it is also the longest underwater cave system, which attracts divers from across the globe. Just to the south, along the Great Australian Bight, you’ll see soaring cliffs, remote beaches, seal colonies and, from June to October, southern right whales and their calves. You can also cross it by train with the Indian Pacific, on which you’ll also get to stop at Kalgoorlie-Boulder, a fantastically-rich mining region notable for its surrounding ghost towns and, er, brothel tours. We’re not joking.

In a nutshell: With 12,000km of coastline on offer, there’s no shortage of choices for surf addicts out west. Tell me more: One area you can’t miss is Margaret River, arguably home to some of the best waves Down Under, not just in WA. Just a few hours south of Perth you’ll find plenty of teethclenchingly big breakers to keep you busy, although amateurs might want to leave Surfers Point to the pros. Have no fear if you’re stuck in the city though, as Perth boasts an enviable collection of decent surf beaches. There’s a good reef break off Trigg Island, north of Perth. Rottnest Island, 16km off the coast, is a favourite with locals, with the most famous breaks found at Strickland Bay. But if even they’re too far from the bright lights, then city beaches Scarborough and Cottesloe have their moments. To escape the crowds, head to sleepy Esperance on the south coast, where you’ll not only find some of the most stunning and deserted beaches you could hope to step foot on, but also some good waves. The choices are endless, however. There’s stacks on offer between Perth and Ningaloo, with Kalbarri in particular famed for its left-footers. All too boring for you? Then try surfing with the crocs on one of the cyclone swells off Broome.

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THE PILBARA In a nutshell: A dusty detour on the journey up the coast on which a Karijini swim will educate you on what feeling refreshed really means. Tell me more: Whether you scramble around the rocks of Karatha looking for ancient Aboriginal rock art, gawp in awe at the massive machinery on display in mining towns like Tom Price, explore the gorges of Karijini National Park, home to some of the state’s most secluded swimming spots, there’s no shortage of stuff to see in this remote and sun-baked region.

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THE KIMBERLEY In a nutshell: A lot of places claim to be Australia’s final frontier, but this is the real deal. Tell me more: You may have seen a glimpse of this incredible place the size of 57 Belgiums (or something) in the film Australia. Our much-travelled editor rates this as his favourite place in the whole of Australia. Just get there. End of. A highlight of the region, which stretches from Broome almost to Darwin, is the Purnululu Range (also known as the Bungle Bungles). These 350 million year old rock formations deep in the eastern Kimberley have to be seen to be believed, looking like giant stripey beehives. They’re as cool as Uluru, only without the crowds. Also, down the road you’ll find the world’s secondlargest meteor crater, in Wolfe Creek (yes, that one). Cruise through the region on the Gibb River Road, one of Australia’s most exciting roadtrips, going off course to discover ancient mountain ranges, refreshing swimming spots under waterfalls and plenty of crocs.

In a nutshell: An area popular for Perth getaways but oftenneglected by backpackers, the south-west is dotted with giant trees, lush hills, world-famous vineyards and gorgeous surf beaches. Tell me more: Despite its deceptive name, Margaret River is one of the best places to surf in the country. It’s also home to some of the best vineyards in Australia. Pounding surf and great wine – what more could you ask for? The Cape region of the south-west boasts Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste, which offer amazing views and is the place where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet. Home to some of the oldest creatures in the world, Walpole-Nornalup NP on the south coast has the ancient, red-stained rocks of Shelly Beach, which once attached Australia to Antarctica. In the middle of Tall Timber country in Walpole, the Tree Top Walk is suspended 40 metres above the ground in the canopy of giant tingle trees. Likewise the karri trees in and around Pemberton – an enticing enough little town in its own right – are some of the largest in the world. Climb the scarily high 60m Gloucester Tree for fantastic views. Then head on to Denmark and Albany, a great place for whale watching, surfing and four wheel driving. Avoid the feeding frenzy at Monkey Mia up the coast and head to the small south-western town of Bunbury for amazing dolphin action at Koombana Bay. Likewise in Rockingham, near Perth.


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MONKEY MIA In a nutshell: Say hello to Flipper. Tell me more: A busy, but still fascinating, interaction with bottlenose dolphins, who swim right up to the beach to be fed by eager tourists. It may get crowded, but it’s still a rewarding, photo-tastic interaction. Take note that you want to get there in the morning, as that’s when the feeding happens.

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In a nutshell: The end of the west coast road, where you’ll be met by the most stunning sunsets you’ll ever see. And some camels. Tell me more: Towns don’t get much more curious than Broome. Stuck in the middle of nowhere, but with a cosmopolitan feel. It has the most incredible sunsets, lively nightlife, interesting pearling history, the wet, going “troppo” (ie. a bit mad), crocs, camels... Watch the orange globe sinking into the sea at Cable Beach as it bleeds across the sky every single night. Try to time your visit for when the full moon is in town so that you get to witness the mysterious Staircase to the Moon, when the moon rising over the beach creates a unique effect of a walkway up to the gleaming planet. It’s also worth checking out a screening at Sun Pictures, which happens to be the world’s oldest outdoor cinema.


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THE NINGALOO REEF In a nutshell: Enjoy some of Australia’s greatest wildlife encounters on the country’s other reef. Tell me more: Whatever else you do in WA, don’t bypass Exmouth, famous for the breathtaking Ningaloo Reef, the closest fringing coral reef in Australia. It runs 260km on the western side of West Cape. The reef is smaller than the Great Barrier Reef but is arguably better, thanks to being accessible from the shore, having warmer water, being patrolled by whale sharks and having far fewer visitors. Walk out from the beach and see over 250 corals, 500 species of fish, manta rays, turtles, dugongs and the placid, toothless, whale shark (April-July is the season) – at about the size of a bus, it’s the world’s largest fish. Just south of Exmouth is picture-perfect Coral Bay, home to one of our favourite Australian beaches. It rests on a marine park, which also provides great access to the Ningaloo Reef. Try to also check out, and perhaps camp in, Cape Range National Park, located between Exmouth and Coral Bay. Bliss.

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Who is J. Edgar and should we care? Leonardo DiCaprio thinks we should. He plays head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, known as one of the most powerful men of the 20th century. He was also an alleged (closet) homosexual who lived with his mother. Seen through the eyes of Hoover, this film explores the personal and public life and relationships of a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it. Directed by Clint Eastwood, it’s got Oscar written all over it. 18

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Based on the classic 1974 John Le Carré novel of the same name, this highly cerebral Cold War thriller might not be for those suffering short attention spans, but for everyone else, it offers an utterly absorbing look through a window into a dreary 1970s London full of paranoia, creeping menace and lots of men in grey suits smoking lots of cigarettes. The story centres around once high-flying spy George Smiley, played with sublime subtlety and understatement by Oldman, who is secretly brought back into the fold to uncover which of his former circle of colleagues is actually a Soviet double-agent. The supporting cast, including Firth, Hurt, Mark Strong, Kathy Burke, Toby Jones and Ciarán Hinds, are consistently top notch, but the real standout comes from the soon-to-be Mad Max Tom Hardy (Inception), who’s portrayal of the unhinged company man who might hold all the answers shows exactly why he’s rapidly becoming one of Hollywood’s men of the moment. Surprisingly overlooked by the Golden Globes, but quite likely to clear up at the Baftas and be a contender at the Oscars, this is a spy film as far from the Bournes and Bonds as it is possible to be. It’s certainly not for everyone, but a more superbly atmospheric and labyrinthine look at a grubby world of mistrust and betrayal would be hard to find. GOOD FOR: Lovers of serious, slow-burn cinema that demands your full attention


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Hobart’s eccentric museum, MONA, hosts the third annual festival, which celebrates some of the world’s most cutting-edge performers. “Mofo” as it’s known will be graced by PJ Harvey, Girl Talk, the Dresden Dolls and lots of other events, some of which are free. Until Jan 29, Hobart mofo.net.au

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Lindsay Lohan is being sued by a paparazzo whose foot was allegedly run over by her car. God bless America. “When I grow up I want to sue a Lohan”, is now a common dream (of those not as fortunate as Baby Blue). Lindsay, of course, is denying any involvement in the hitting of the photographer by her car. Remember a few years ago Lindsay supposedly hit a baby and sped off? She’s not exactly the Driving Miss Daisy she’d have us believe. Still, Lindsay claims he is “on another planet” because she wasn’t even behind the wheel of the vehicle at the time. Poor Linds, she can’t remember every time she 22

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One of these doesn’t belong: could Khloe Kardashian not really be a Kardashian? Well, according to Robert Kardashian’s ex-wives, Khloe (far right) is the result of Kris Jenner’s affair with the milkman. No DNA test has been taken, but let’s take a look at the bare facts: she’s taller, fairer and still has a husband. Case closed. runs over someone can she? Anyway, in true spirit, she is going to sue his arse right back for wrongfully naming her. Take that Paps.

I AM SCORNED WOMAN, HEAR ME SING [UK]

Perpetually dumped Cheryl Cole is reportedly making a comeback with queen of bouncebacks, Rihanna. If you believe the salivating press,

these two are finally taking their “girl crushes” on each other and doing what all “I kissed a girl and I liked it” pop starts do – nothing. Oh, except recording a song together. How very Partridge Family. According to The Mirror, the two pop singers have made a pact to record together when Rihanna visits the UK next month for the BRIT Awards. I’m guessing some sort of female empowerment ballad that will feature on the Sex and the City 3 soundtrack, or be the anthem of any girl who has ever been dumped, beaten, cheated on or fired from X Factor. Jeez, between the pair of them, they have more issues than a women’s shelter.

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All parents go a little gaga over their first born but Jay-Z and Beyoncé have joined the circus over baby Blue. Sorry, that’s Blue Ivy Carter, or B.I.C if you listen to Jay-Z’s rap, “featuring B.I.C”– on vocals – talk about pushy stage parents. There’s the solid gold rocking horse, the diamond encrusted highchair, the crib made out of kryptonite. This baby is so spoilt they say her piss tastes better than French champagne. I can’t even stand parents whose Facebook profile is their baby’s photo. Therefore Beyoncé and Jay-Z have officially moved into the hated territory of those parents on reality TV show Toddlers and Tiaras. It’s not your fault, Baby Blue, you can’t choose your parents. But thanks to the wonderful US laws, you can divorce them at 16.


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Wayne Rooney attended the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala in Zurich last week where he showed off the marvels of modern science. I’ve never believed in reincarnation before but it looks as if Amy Winehouse has come back as Rooney’s hair. He’s got a quiff that defies gravity and he just can’t get enough side-profile photos to prove it. And in true role model style, Rooney’s ballsy attitude towards hair transplants has inspired men across Britain to go ahead with the op. It’s now the second most popular cosmetic treatment for men. The first is man boobs. (Maradonna has been helping men go under the knife for years.) Hey, I say, if you’ve got the money, then go for it. Prince Will, you’ve paid off the wedding, you’ve got the house, what are you waiting for?

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Hindsight makes everything seem so much clearer. Take Russell Brand’s video on a porn site last month where he takes his wedding ring off in preparation for his college tour. At the time we all thought this video on Nudevista was a prank. Now we’re all thinking it was a prophecy. Look, no one really knows the reason for the divorce, but in my mind ‘irreconcilable differences’ means powderpuff girl Katy couldn’t satisfy the sexual needs of the big bad wolf Brand. I mean sex is pretty much the only thing he is allowed to do these days. It’s hard to stick to just one Christian girl. He would have been better off keeping the crack habit.

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And sometimes in life there are reports that are as pure as snow. This one being that Snoop Dogg was (allegedly) arrested for pot possession. According to TMZ, the rapper was caught red-handed when his tour bus was pulled over at a border security check-point in Texas. In the picture I paint, the officer was greeted with a puff of smoke billowing from the vehicle. What we do know is, the officer searched the van and found a prescription bottle in the rubbish bin with several joints inside it. And before you get all Willy Nelson “it’s prescription pot” on me, the laws of Texas are different and they have a ‘zero tolerance policy’ on pot smoking. In future, Texan fans of Snoop Dogg have to make their way to California.

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Langworthy may bungy jump again and has vowed to take the jump with her.

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A woman survived a horror bungy jump after her cord snapped, sending her plummeting into the Zambezi River. Australian Erin Langworthy, 22, was bungy jumping from a bridge at Victoria Falls on Zambia’s border with Zimbabwe. She landed in the river and had to swim through rapids with her feet still tied, suffering cuts and a broken collarbone. Zambia’s tourism minister said that

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Smoking weed in moderation won’t damage the lungs, said a US study. The report found the lung capacity of those who smoked marijuana wasn’t decreased by regular smoking. Only heavy tokers, who smoked 20 joints or more a month, were affected.

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Thousands of skiers were trapped in the Austrian Alps when a freak 18ft snowfall hit the area last week. It was reported that around 1,000 snow fans were stuck in the Austrian town of Ischgl, with more trapped in the resorts of Galtur, St Anton and Arlberg. Skiers were left stranded in resorts when avalanche experts closed dozens of roads following the huge snowfall. A Glaswegian couple told an Austrian radio station that it was “a bit like being trapped in paradise”. On the plus side, ski instructor Sarah Hannibal, who works in Ischgl, said: “The skiing conditions are fantastic, although obviously no one is going off-piste at the moment because of the amount of snow.”

SAUDI SON FOR SALE [SAUDI ARABIA]

A Saudi Arabian man has allegedly tried to sell his son on Facebook for $20m to avoid poverty. Saud bin Nasser Al Shahry claims that trafficking his son is the only way he can provide for his family. It is his hope that he can “avoid poverty” if the sale is completed and is willing to go to court to make the deal. Al Shahry’s only request is that he knows which city his son is living in. The man made the decision to sell his son when his illegal debt-collecting business was shut down by the courts. He attempted financial aid but was refused by the government because he is older than 35 years of age. It is not clear whether his actions are genuine or a publicity stunt.

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Dr No No No: According to the president of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the evil villains in Bond movies are being blamed for the bad image of nuclear power. Prof David Phillips said that Dr No, with his personal nuclear reactor, helped spin a “remorselessly grim” reputation for atomic energy as something that could only be abused by evil megalomaniacs. He is calling for a “renaissance” in nuclear power.

Wikipedia to write 22 new biographies of cardinals sent out to journalists. The biographies were copied almost word-for-word from the Italian version of the online, user-edited encyclopedia. Out of character with language used by the Vatican, a Dutch archbishop was described as being “one of the most talked about religious men in the country” because of his “strong leaning towards conservatism, especially with regard to abortion and homosexuality”. The Vatican retorted that reports were to help journalists and were “unofficial”.

PRESIDENTIAL STUNT [FRANCE]

Ex-footballer Eric Cantona, who claimed he was running for the French presidency, has admitted it was a publicity stunt. Cantona, who once played for Manchester United and was known to English fans as “King Eric”, wrote to 50 French mayors asking for signatures to back up his bid, according to French newspaper Liberation. But it was revealed the bid was just a way of highlighting the work of a homeless charity.

Cantona has voiced strong political opinions before, once calling on all French nationals to withdraw cash from banks on the same day, with the aim of bringing the banking system to its knees. France goes to the polls in May to elect its next president and French newspapers reported that Cantona would have “stood no chance at all” of ever winning a nomination without the backing of a political party.

SHOWERED EVIDENCE [AUSTRALIA]

A man has been arrested for filming women while they showered in backpacker hostels in Perth. The 40-year-old Australian man pleaded guilty to 41 charges of recording women with his iPhone while they were showering. A magistrate described the pervert’s actions as a “gross invasion of privacy”. Detectives found 70 clips on the man’s phone of women showering. He filmed while hiding in nearby cubicles, but was busted by one of the women in November, which led to his arrest. The man, a former Navy officer, was homeless at the time and said to be suffering from depression.


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THREE’S THE MAGIC NUMBER The dominance of Europe’s superclubs was clearer than ever, last week, when FIFA revealed its World XI included players from just three clubs. Nine of the players picked (following votes from over 50,000 players around the world) came from La Liga’s Barcelona (Daniel Alves, Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Lionel Messi) and Real Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso), while the remaining two positions went to Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic. Madrid’s Jose Mourinho and Ronaldo clearly had an inkling as to what to expect at FIFA’s Zurich event, as neither turned up to see their rivals collect the major gongs, with Messi being awarded the Ballon d’Or for the third year running and Pep Guardiola being named coach of the year.

’ARRY’S HENRY PLAN Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has joked he already has a plan to deal with the return to Arsenal of Thierry Henry, who scored on his second debut, against Leeds in the FA Cup. Redknapp told The Sun: “We’re not sure yet but we might combat him with either Hoddle or Ardiles. We’re ready for him. We’re gonna have a look at Graham Roberts or Paul Miller to come out of retirement and kick him.” Tottenham will meet Arsenal for Henry’s final game before returning to New York.

Lendl you a hand? All eyes will be on one of the all-time tennis greats this week, as Ivan Lendl returns to the sport as Melbourne hopeful Andy Murray’s new coach. A player that struggled to reach the top at first, losing his first four Grand Slam finals, Lendl enjoyed a dramatic turnaround aged 24, going on to win eight Grand Slams and spend a record 270 weeks at world number one, a feat only bettered by Sampras and Federer. Murray, 24, who won the Brisbane International last week, will be hoping it’s not just the first half of his career that mirrors his new coach.

NEWCASTLE GROUND IS NO VIRGIN Sir Richard Branson has ruled out seeking to rename Newcastle’s St James Park, after his Virgin Money firm replaced Northern Rock as the club’s main sponsor. Showing typical PR savvy turning up at the already recently-renamed Sports Direct Arena in a Magpies shirt, Branson said: “I think we are a lucky brand. We did the sponsorship deal two hours before the match, got the name on the shirts and they beat Manchester United three-nil. I don’t think we will push our luck.”

COLEMAN POISED FOR WALES JOB Former Fulham boss Chris Coleman is the favourite to take over as Wales national manager, following the

apparent suicide of Gary Speed in November last year. In a move indicating he is available for the job, Coleman, who narrowly lost out to his close friend Speed for the position just over a year ago, has just quit as manager of second division Greek side Larissa.

SPARKY EYES DROGS New QPR manager Mark Hughes has revealed a lengthy list of transfer targets, with Chelsea’s Didier Drogba firmly at the top. Hughes, who has just replaced Neil Warnock at the London club, said: “I’m fully aware of the challenge in the short and long term and I’m genuinely excited.” Hughes is also believed to be interested in signing Jermain Defoe, Darren Bent, Andy Johnson, Christopher Samba, Nedum Onuoha, Wayne Bridge and Henrique.

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In a rusty old 4WD, ADRIAN McGILL found himself stranded without air-con, only to be approached by an ex-con. We’ve all heard the stories about backpackers disappearing in the outback. Most of us have even been fearless enough to watch Wolf Creek before tearing off into the red centre in an old rust-bucket backpacker car, which looks, sounds and actually is older than anyone in it. Yet, in our old Pajero ‘Bert’, my mates and I decided to head from Uluru to Darwin via Alice Springs. Let’s just say that shortcuts look fantastic when you see them on a map. Old Bert’s air-con hadn’t worked since we left, so the cooling system was the old reliable ‘windows down’. After about two hours on the dirt road we, and every single thing in the car, were completely covered in red dust. As you can imagine we were all pretty happy to see the highway back in sight once again. But about 200 metres after hitting the smooth asphalt, we had a massive blow-out on one of the front tyres. It was the first puncture after three months of travelling so we didn’t really think anything of it at first. We

got the jack out and attempted to raise Bert so that we could replace the tyre. After various attempts by each person in the car trying to prove their worth, we realised we were in serious trouble. The car dealer had obviously seen four unsuspecting backpackers coming as the jack we were given was a car jack, not a 4WD jack. With all our backpacks and camping gear in the back, we couldn’t even raise Bert an inch. So that’s it, we were stranded in the outback as night approached. After having a quick chat, we decided that it would be best to try and flag down any 4WDs that were likely to drive past. After about an hour waiting, we finally saw a Jeep coming our way and managed to stop it in its tracks. With this bloke’s 4WD jack, we had Bert raised up in no time at all. We grabbed the replacement tyre, slid it into place and lowered Bert back to the ground… disaster! Having never had the smarts to check the spare tyre when we bought Bert, we didn’t realise that it was also flat! With night approaching fast and our 4WD saviour heading in the other direction, we were up shit creek. After some serious

pleading and a promise of a case of beer, we convinced our new best friend to turn around and drive back towards Alice in the hope that we could find a repair shop still open. The four of us hopped into “Buddy’s” 4WD and started speeding back towards Alice. With all the outback ‘stories’ running through our minds, the conversation was a little strained. After about the tenth time of saying, “thanks for helping us out here mate”, he turned around to us and said, “ah, no worries, I’m just after a bit of good Karma at the moment as I’ve just been released from jail a few months ago.” This truly had us shaking in our boots and the fact that he wasn’t particularly forthcoming with the reason why he was in jail didn’t help our anxiety. Every time we saw a dirt road leading off the main road or anytime he slowed down a little, our hearts started to race out of control! However despite our anxiety, Buddy turned out to be your stereotypical Aussie country bloke who was just happy to be helping us out. We managed to make it back to Alice and get two new tyres and a proper 4WD jack for Bert. We never did find out what he had spent time in jail for, but I guess some things are better left unsaid.

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WHAT IS IT: Australian Open Tennis. An intriguing sport that becomes ever, a four hours and 44 minute clash between Tennis Championships. immensely popular for small periods of Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova time before sliding back into obscurity. WHERE IS IT: Melbourne in 2011. The vast majority of the public remain Park, Melbourne. The tournament centres around the 15,000 completely ignorant of its charms for seat Rod Laver Arena, named after the first WHEN IS IT: Monday, 16 50 weeks of the year and then become winner of the tournament in its ‘open’ era January – Sunday, 29 January. irresistibly drawn to it for the two weeks who went on to complete the Grand Slam HOW DO I SEE IT: Visit in which their native country hosts its major that year. It hosts all of the major matches, ticketek.com.au for tickets. Ground event. And that means that Australians passes start at $29 ($20 after 5pm), including all the quarters, semis and finals. will suddenly become hugely aware of while Hi-Sense Arena tickets start at In the earlier rounds the burden of hosting rankings, seedings, volleys and deuces as $49.90 and Rod Laver Arena tickets the bigger games is shared by the Hi-Sense the Australian Open progresses during the arena and the Margaret Court Arena. Other start at $67.90 (first round). You fortnight that starts today. games are played on the outer courts. While can alternatively catch the action It’s a similar phenomenon to that seen in Wimbledon’s famous roof is generally closed to for free on the giant screen in the UK when Wimbledon hits the screens and Melbourne’s Federation Square. ensure the tournament goes ahead if it rains, the nation goes tennis crazy for two weeks here it can also be used to protect players from before forgetting all about the protagonists extreme heat. With the unpredictable weather until the following year. But if Wimbledon is an annual in Melbourne it could easily be used for both reasons in the garden party in a stately home, with crisp white uniforms, same day. Robinson’s barley water and perfectly-manicured grass courts, THE FAVOURITES the Australian Open is a trendy bar launch; all garish colours, Powerade, trendy t-shirts and modernity. Men’s tennis is going through a truly golden era. Two of the greatest players ever to pick up a racket are still going at MAKING HISTORY each other, while two young pretenders have made their duel into a four-way fight. Legends Roger Federer, seeded third, Not that the event doesn’t have a considerable history; and Rafa Nadal, seeded second, have won 26 Grand Slams it was first held in 1905. But it doesn’t quite have the between them, but Melbourne is Federer’s territory. He has tradition of the other Grand Slams because the tournament won four of his 16 slams here, while Nadal has won just one has changed names and venues so regularly and because its geographical remoteness meant many top players did not take of his 10, when he beat Federer in the 2009 final. The pretenders are threatening the status quo, however. part in it until international travel became more practical. Novak Djokovic already has four slams to his name, including It gained its present moniker, the Australian Open, in 1969, a win at this tournament last year, and is now the top ranked when it became ‘open’ to both professionals and amateurs. player in the world. And while fourth seed Andy Murray has Three years later it finally moved to a permanent home, yet to win a Grand Slam, he has reached the last two finals the Kooyong Tennis Club in Melbourne, but it soon outgrew here and must have a chance, especially with the help of new Kooyong and so a purpose-built tennis centre was created coach Ivan Lendl, a man who became one of the 80s’ most to cater for the tournament. Since 1988, Melbourne Park has dominant players after losing his first four Grand Slam finals. hosted the event and begun to create its own history, with It’s hard to see outside these four for a winner. epic matches such as the longest ladies Grand Slam match TNTDOWNUNDER.COM

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LOVE MATCH IN OTHER WORDS...

OVER THE NET IN OTHER WORDS... The net is what makes the game possible. It’s what the ball goes over as it pings back and forth between players, but in the modern era it’s also about net profits. The Australian Open alone offers a quite staggering $26,000,000 in prize money. Winning the tournament is worth a rather useful $2.3 million, which would buy a few new rackets. This makes the Aussie Open more lucrative than Wimbledon, which offered a ‘mere’ £1.1 million (around $1.66 million) in 2011, the French Open at 1.2million (around $1.51 million) and even the US Open at $1.8 million.

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A love match in tennis is a game in which a player’s opponent does not win a single point. But there’s a lot more to love matches in the tennis world as the men and women trail each other around the world for tournament play, creating a somewhat incestuous environment. The Australian public went wild last year when ‘Aussie’ Kim Clijsters won the tournament, because although Kim is Belgian, she remains an honorary Aussie even though she is no longer in a relationship with Leyton Hewitt (not like the Aussies to claim someone born in another country as one of their own...). Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf won the tournament eight times between them and that wasn’t their only common ground as they became one of the most famous tennis couples. Another of the game’s famous doubles also both claimed wins. Chris Evert won twice in Melbourne and came runner-up four times while her other half in the early 70s, Jimmy Connors, won the tournament in 1974 and was runner up in 1975. After splitting with Connors, Evert hooked up with John Lloyd, who made a solitary final appearance in 1977.

BASELINE IN OTHER WORDS... The baseline is where the players serve from and something they spend the majority of their time behind as they trade shots in long rallies. But if a ‘bass’ line is more your thing then the daily concerts on the Heineken Live Stage are sure to be of interest. If the Aussies don’t perform with a racket on the main stage their musicians can be relied on to perform musically on this one. The series kicks off with ex-Whitlams frontman Tim Freedman and culminates on Men’s Final day with legendary rocker and ex-Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes. The gigs are free for anyone holding a ticket and are played within the entertainment centre that includes the Grand Slam Oval, where you can eat, drink and watch the action on big screens for the price of a ground pass – a great cheap way to soak up the atmosphere.

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SERVING ACES IN OTHER WORDS... In tennis parlance, an ace is a serve that your opponent does not so much as lay a part of their racket on. But the word can also describe the person who is serving it and the Australian Open has had its fair share of aces over the years. Roger Federer has a remarkable record here, having won in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010. His record is equalled by Andre Agassi, who also won four titles, while Mats Wilander won it three times in the 80s. But Federer’s record is eclipsed by Serena Williams, who has five women’s titles to her name, while Steffi Graf and Martina Hingis won it four times each in the eight years from 1988 to 1996. Prior to the modern era, several Australians dominated their home tournament. Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Margaret Smith Court both won the Open four times and Court also won it seven consecutive times before it became an ‘open’ event. Roy Emerson and Ken Rosewall were both multiple winners before the open era, but perhaps the most famous name is Rod Laver, whose name graces the main court here. Like Court, he won the first open event having already won several titles. The women’s tournament is more difficult to pick. Caroline Wozniacki was the highest-ranked female player arriving in Australia, but is famously yet to win a Grand Slam tournament, and she also suffered a wrist injury scare last week. Second seed Petra Kvitová is reigning Wimbledon champion, but has never been beyond the quarter-finals

here, nor has third-ranked Victoria Azarenka. Last year’s winner Kim Clijsters, seeded twelfth, should be in the mix, but it’s five-time winner Serena Williams (13) who starts favourite. Her sister Venus withdrew injured last week. But while she may be the favourite with the bookies, Serena won’t be with the crowds, who will be backing Australia’s own Sam Stosur to take her home crown. Sixth seed Stosur won last year’s US Open and will be the main hope for the home crowd. If she wins here then maybe, just maybe, Aussies will Joining the dots: watch tennis for more Your guide to than two weeks a year. ❚ Aboriginal art

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New horizons In PNG’s warring Eastern Highlands, one woman stands alone on the precipice of the planet’s greatest eco-wilderness destination WORDS IAN LLOYD NEUBAUER

Like many great travel stories, this one begins with a road. Not just any road but the Highlands Highway of Papua New Guinea – a 700km-long patchwork of potholes, washouts and perilous hairpin turns that cuts through some of the most dramatic scenery the South Pacific has to offer. Our destination was Betty’s Lodge, a small B&B at the foothills of Mount Wilhelm, the country’s highest peak. We weren’t going there to scale the mountain but to meet the owner, Betty Higgins, recipient of PNG’s Westpac Women in Business Award in 2009. A former flight attendant who tore herself from the grip of poverty, she now runs a successful business in one of the most challenging – and hostile – environments in the world. TAKE THE HIGH ROAD

GETTING THERE: VirginBlue (virginblue.com.au) flies from Brisbane to Port Moresby. Air PNG (apng.com) flies from Port Moresby to Lae and Mount Hagen, the closest airport to Betty’s Lodge. VISAS: Travellers from most countries (check papuanewguinea. travel) can get a 60-day tourist visa on arrival at the capital Port Moresby for 100 PNG Kina ($50). WHEN TO GO: The coastal regions experience a year-round tropical climate (the dry season being May to November), with temperatures ranging between 2430°C, with the mountains a chillier 15°C or lower. GETTING AROUND: Selfdrive tours are not recommended in PNG because of security issues. Betty can send a car and driver to pick you up from airports in Lae, Goroka or Mount Hagen and bring you safely to her lodge. Rates are $100 per/person, per/night, meals included. Call +675 7175 8350 or email bhiggins@digicelpacific. blackberry.comv IS IT SAFE: The Australian government advises travellers to “exercise a high degree of caution” when in PNG due to “high levels of serious crime”. See smarttraveller. gov.au for detailed info.

Commencing in Lae – the east coast city named after the Leahy Brothers of Toowoomba who discovered more than a million people living in the Highlands while prospecting for gold in the 1930s – the first 160km of the Highland Highway cuts through the Markham Valley. Hawks dive for roadkill as vehicles thunder down the tarmac, many of them fated to join the twisted metal carcasses that pockmark the road. PNG has the worst road accident statistics in the Western Pacific, with 4,000 fatal accidents per year. After crossing the Ramu River, the highway veers east into a colossal mountain range. Rhythmically it ascends, switchback after switchback, the Markham and Ramu melting into panoramic vistas. At 1,500 metres above sea level the highway crosses the Kassam Pass and enters the Highlands. The climate is instantly cooler as the jungle gives way to softly rolling hills carpeted in pines and wildflowers. It climbs to 2,478 metres at the Daulo Pass before descending to Kundiawa, capital of Simbu Province.

Despite its rugged terrain, Simbu is the second most densely populated province in the country. Simbuans are ancient gardeners renowned for the cultivation of yams, taro and Arabica coffee beans. They’re also fierce and temperamental, believers in black magic and adherents of a payback system that often escalates into tribal warfare. From Kundiawa we veer north onto the Kengsugl Road. Hewn along the ridge of a saw-toothed valley, the road is as breathtaking as it is torturous. It takes us four hours to cover 40 kilometres of ruts, bog holes and sharp slippery rocks that characterise this diabolical thoroughfare. Landslides have washed away huge sections, while rope bridges creak under the strain of our car. Commuters also have to contend with gangs of raskols that ambush and sometimes hijack vehicles, though we only encountered friendlies on the road. WARM WELCOME

I’d been warned the accommodation at Betty’s was basic: bunk beds with a share bathroom. But those who often stay at B&Bs know the comfort level has less to do with amenities and more to do with the manager’s care and creativity – as Betty and her staff proved in spades. They’d spent hours chopping wood to heat water for the shower and to fuel the Mongolian fireplace in the lounge room. Beer and soft drinks had been placed in nets in the river and brought to us ice cold, while whole rainbow trout – caught a few hours earlier at Betty’s own fish farm – were roasting in the oven. But even these paled in comparison to the warm welcome and stimulating conversation afforded by the landlady herself. Standing just over five feet high, Betty carries the aura of a giant among the heavyset Simbuans. At a recent village meeting she lambasted the local member for failing to TNTDOWNUNDER.COM

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the opening of the local high school, which Betty has been very supportive of. And she provides jobs and training for dozens of people here. Without her, they’d have nothing.” DEATH & REBIRTH Early the next morning, Betty gives us a tour of her property. She came here in 2005 with her husband Ken, an Australian miner she met 20 years earlier while working as a flight attendant. They built the guesthouse and a state-ofthe-art fish farm using eggs imported from Tasmania. But in 2008, Ken passed away. “It has been very difficult without him,” Betty laments. “After he died, the villagers accused me of witchcraft and destroyed a lot of my equipment.” 40

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HIGH TIMES CLIMBING MT WILHELM It takes four days to reach the top of Mount Wilhelm from Betty’s Lodge, with two overnight stopovers at a primitive base camp. Take precautions against hypothermia, sunburn, malaria and altitude sickness. Unless you’re an expert, you’ll need porters and a guide, all of which Betty can organise given a few day’s notice.

But the worst was still to come, when, in February of this year, a landslide washed away the fish farm. “Watching it happen was very traumatic,” Betty says. “It nearly killed me; I lost four year’s work and nearly 7,000 fish. I went away for four months but now we are rebuilding.” Betty also created an organic hobby farm, where she grows specialty crops like strawberries, passionfruitbananas and herbs. She’s also set up a small hydro plant that generates 7,000kW of power, and grows high-altitude orchids that have attracted collectors from as far as Holland and Japan. But with a torrential rainy season that locks her in and visitors out for six months of every year, Betty’s Lodge is struggling to survive, attracting no more than two visitors per week. “My main income is from the trout but the Government wants to focus on tourism, so maybe things will improve,” she says. “There are huge opportunities here for hiking, biking, flyfishing, birdwatching and all those kinds of things. So I hope all your friends Heading stateside: will come to visit The Yosemite’s us in Papua bear necessities New Guinea.” ❚

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improve the Kengsugl Road (“Don’t tell me to sit down! You have been in power for 15 years and not done a thing!”); and when a local bigman threatened to shoot her after she refused to be extorted, she promised her death would be avenged upon him and his business partners 100-fold. “It’s wonderful to meet someone as intelligent and innovative as Betty,” said Colin Prince, an architect from Sydney who came to the Highlands to hunt butterflies. “She’s led a remarkable life – being kicked out of home by her father, putting herself through school and working around the world before returning home to open this place. “She also does a lot for the community,” he says. “Two days ago we went to a ceremony marking the anniversary of


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The Tivoli. Sat, Mar 24. $89.90. In the last couple of years the Elbow boys have added massive commercial success to their critical and fan acclaim, so expect tickets to go fast.

Brisbane City Backpackers 380 Upper Roma St 1800 062 572, citybackpackers.com Brisbane City YHA 392 Upper Roma St, 07 3236 1947, yha.com.au Chill Backpackers 328 Upper Roma St. 1800 851 875, chillbackpackers.com Bunk Backpackers Cnr Ann & Gipps Sts, Fortitude Valley. 1800 682 865, bunkbrisbane.com.au

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The Deck Budget Accommodation 117 Harcourt Street, New Farm. 04 3377 7061 Tinbilly Travellers Cnr George and Herschel Sts. 1800 446 646, tinbilly.com

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Coolangatta Sands Hostel Cnr Griffiths & McLean Sts, Coolangatta. 07 5536 7472, coolangattasandshostel.com.au Gold Coast International BP 28 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise. 1800 816 300, goldcoastbackpackers.com.au Islander Backpackers Resort 6 Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise. 1800 074 393, islander.com.au Sleeping Inn Surfers 26 Peninsular Dr, Surfers Paradise. 1800 817 832, sleepinginn.com.au

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Surfers Paradise Backpackers Resort 2837 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers. 1800 282 800, surfersparadisebackpackers.com.au

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GOLD COAST

Australia Zoo Glasshouse Mountains, Tourist Drive, Beerwah. 07 5436 2000, australiazoo.com.au

Aquarius Backpackers 44 Queen St, Surfers Paradise. 1800 22 99 55, aquariusbackpackers. com.au

Surf ‘n’ Sun Beachside Backpackers 3323 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise. 1800 678 194, surfnsun-goldcoast.com

Lone Pine Koala Santuary 708 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket. 07 3378 1366, koala.net

Backpackers in Paradise 40 Peninsula Drive, Surfers Paradise. 1800 268 621, backpackersinparadise.com.au

Surfers Paradise YHA Mariners Cove, 70 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise. 07 5571 1776, yha.com.au

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GC DO Dreamworld Theme park. dreamworld.com.au Get Wet Surf School 07 5532 9907 Seaworld seaworld.com.au Wet â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wild Water World wetnwild.myfun.com.au

Halse Lodge YHA 2 Halse Lane, Noosa. 1800 242 567, halselodge.com.au

RAINBOW BEACH Dingos Backpacker Adventure Resort 20 Spectrum St. 1800 111 126, dingosresort.com Pippies Beach House 22 Spectrum St. 1800 425 356, pippiesbeachhouse.com Skydive Rainbow Beach 0418 218 358, skydiverainbowbeach.com

Warener Bros Movie World movieworld.com.au Zorb Adrenalin rolling. 07 5547 6300

SUNSHINE CST Mooloolaba Backpackers 75-77 Brisbane Rd, Mooloolaba. 1800 020 120 mooloolababackpackers.com Dolphins Beach House 14-16 Duke Street, Noosa 1800 454 456, dolphinsbeachhouse.com Nomads Noosa 44 Noosa Dr, Noosa Heads. 1800 666 237, nomadshostels.com

HERVEY BAY Aussie Woolshed 181 Torquay Road. 07 4124 0677 woolshedbackpackers.com Colonial Village YHA 820 Boat Harbour Drive. 07 4125 1844, yha.com.au Fraser Roving 412 The Esplanade. 1800 989 811, fraserroving.com.au

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Palace Backpackers 184 Torquay, 1800 063 168, palaceadventures.com.au

FRASER ISLAND Eurong Beach Resort 07 4120 1600, eurong.com.au Palace Adventures 184 Torquay St, Hervey Bay, 1800 063 168 palaceadventures.com.au

Emus Beach Resort 88 of Patterson St, Emu Park. 07 4939 6111, emusbeachresort.com Myella Farmstay Baralaba. 07 4998 1290, myella.com

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@tnt_downunder Nomads Airlie Beach 354 Shute Harbour Rd. 1800 666 237 nomadshostels.com

BOWEN Bowen Backpackers Beach end of Herbert St. 07 4786 3433 bowenbackpackers.net

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airliebeach.com 259 Shute Harbour Rd. 1800 677 119

Adventurers Resort 79 Palmer St. 1800 211 522, adventurersresort.com

Federal Backpackers 221 Bourbong St. 07 4153 3711 federalbackpackers.com.au

Airlie Beach YHA 394 Shute Harbour Rd. 1800 247 251, yha.com.au

Adrenalin Dive Yongala diving. 07 4724 0600, adrenalindive.com.au

Northside Backpackers 12 Queen St. 07 4154 1166

Airlie Waterfront Backpackers 6 The Esplanade. 1800 089 000, airliewaterfront.com

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Bundaberg Bondstore Distillery tours. 07 4131 2999 bundabergrum.com.au

Backpackers by the Bay 12 Hermitage Dr. 1800 646 994, backpackersbythebay.com

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Next at Hervey Bay 10 Bideford St. 1800 102 989, nextbackpackers.com.au

1770 Backpackers 6 Captain Cook Dr. 1800 121 770, the1770backpackers.com

Nomads Hervey Bay 408 The Esplanade. 1800 666 237, nomadshostels.com

1770 Undersea Adventures 1300 553 889, 1770underseaadventures.com

Base Airlie Beach Resort 336 Shute Harbour Rd. 1800 242 273, stayatbase.com Magnums Whitsunday Village Resort 366 Shute Harbour Rd. 1800 624 634 magnums.com.au

Yongala Dive Yongala diving. 07 4783 1519, yongaladive.com.au

MAGNETIC ISL Base Magnetic Island 1 Nelly Bay Rd. 1800 24 22 73, stayatbase.com Bungalow Bay Backpackers Horseshoe Bay. 1800 285 577, bungalowbay.com.au Magnums 7 Marine Pde, Arcadia Bay. 1800 663 666, magnetic-island.com/arc-rsrt.htm Pleasure Divers 07 4778 5788

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MISSION BEACH Absolute Backpackers 28 Wongaling Beach Road. 07 4068 8317, absolutebackpackers.com.au Scottyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach House 167 Reid Rd. 07 4068 8676, scottysbeachhouse.com.au

INNISFAIL Innisfail Budget Backpackers Workerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hostel 125 Edith St. 07 4061 7833

Walkabout Motel & Backpackers 07 4061 2311

CAIRNS STAY Bohemia Central Cairns 100 Sheridan St. 1800 558 589, bohemiacentral.com.au Bohemia Resort Cairns 231 McLeod St. 1800 155 353, bohemiaresort.com.au Calypso Backpackers 5 Digger St. 1800 815 628, calypsobackpackers.com.au

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Dreamtime Travellers Rest 189 Bunda St. 1800 058 440, dreamtimehostel.com

Raging Thunder Adventures Whitewater rafting. 07 4030 7990, ragingthunder.com.au

Gilligans Backpackers and Hotel Resort 57-89 Grafton St. 1800 556 995, gilligans.com.au

Skydive Cairns 07 4052 1822, skydivecairns.com.au

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Nomads Beach House 239 Sheridan St. 1800 229 228, nomadshostels.com

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Kuranda Rainforest Park 88 Kuranda Heaights Rd, Kuranda. 07 4093 7316, kurandarainforestpark.com.au

Nomads Cairns 341 Lake St. 1800 737 736, nomadshostels.com Nomads Esplanade 93 The Esplanade. 1800 175 716, nomadshostels.com

DAINTREE Koala Beach Resort Cape Kimberly Rd. 1800 466 444

Northern Greenhouse 117 Grafton St. 1800 000 541, northerngreenhouse.com.au

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AJ Hackett Bungy jumping canyon swinging. 1800 622 888 cairns.ajhackett.com

Crocodylus Village Lot 5, Buchanan Creek Rd, Cow Bay. 07 4098 9166, crocodyluscapetrib.com

Cairns Dive Centre 1800 642 591, cairnsdive.com.au

PK’s Jungle Village Cnr Avalon & Cape Trib Rd. 1800 232 333, pksjunglevillage.com.au

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NJOY Travellers Resort Harbour 141 Sheridan St. 1800 807 055, njoy.net.au

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JIMEOIN Athenaeum Theatre. Wed, Mar 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sun, Apr 15. From $30. One of Northern Irelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top comics returns to the land where he made his name for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

188 Collins St, Melbourne

MELBOURNE STAY All Nations Backpackers Hotel & Bar 2 Spencer St. 1800 222 238, allnations.com.au Base Melbourne 17 Carlisle St, St. Kilda. 1800 242 273, stayatbase.com

ticketek.com.au Central Melbourne Accommodation 21 Bromham Place, Richmond. 03 9427 9826, centralaccommodation.net Exford Hotel 199 Russell St. 03 9663 2697, exfordhotel.com.au

Home Travellers Motel 32 Carlisle St, St Kilda. 1800 008 718, hometravellersmotel.com.au Hotel Bakpak Melbourne 167 Franklin St. 1800 645 200, hotelbakpak.com Melbourne Central YHA 562 Flinders St. 03 9621 2523, yha.com.au Nomads Melbourne 198 Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;beckett St. 1800 447 762, nomadshostels.com

STARS VS STRIKERS MCG. Thurs, Jan 19. From $20. Warneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Melbourne Stars are struggling in the Big Bash Twenty20, so theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be hoping a home crowd lifts them against Adelaide.

Brunton Ave, Melbourne Space Hotel 380 Russell St. 1800 670 611, spacehotel.com.au The Spencer 475 Spencer St. 1800 638 108, hotelspencer.com Urban Central 334 City Rd, Southbank. 1800 631 288, urbancentral.com.au

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MELBOURNE DO Australian Centre for the Moving Image Federation Square. 03 8663 2200, acmi.net.au Melbourne Aquarium Cnr of Flinders St & King St. 03 9923 5999, melbourneaquarium.com.au

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Corner Hotel cornerhotel.com East Brunswick Club eastbrunswickclub.com Esplanade Hotel espy.com.au Northcote Social Club northcotesocialclub.com Palace Theatre palace.com.au The Hi-Fi thehifi.com.au

DAVID GUETTA Melbourne Showgrounds. Sun, Apr 28. $100. Guetta’s sound is pretty much inescapable at the moment, so you might as well embrace it and see him in the flesh. He’s headlining Creamfields.

Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale

Melbourne Cricket Ground Brunton Av. 03 9657 8888 mcg.org.au Melbourne Museum 11 Nicholson St, Carlton. 13 11 02 melbourne.museum.vic.gov.au

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National Gallery of Victoria Federation Square. ngv.vic.gov.au

The Tote thetotehotel.com

GREAT OCEAN RD Anglesea Backpackers 40 Noble St, Anglesea. 03 5263 2664, angleseabackpackers.com.au

Old Melbourne Gaol 377 Russell St. 03 8663 7228, oldmelbournegaol.com.au

Eco Beach YHA 5 Pascoe St. 03 5237 7899, yha.com.au

Official Neighbours Tours 570 Flinders St. 03 9629 5866, neighbourstour.com.au

Great Ocean Road Backpackers YHA 10 Erskine Av, Lorne. 03 5289 2508, yha.com.au

VICTORY VS SYDNEY FC AAMI Park. Thur, Jan 26. From $22. Expect fireworks at the biggest match of the A-League season, as Harry Kewell’s Melbourne Victory hope to capitalise on home advantage.

Swan St, Melbourne Park

Port Campbell Hostel 18 Tregea St, Port Campbell. 03 5598 6305, portcampbellhostel.com.au Surfside Backpackers Cnr Great Ocean Rd & Gambier St, Apollo Bay. 1800 357 263, surfsidebackpacker.com

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Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park 35 Bell St, Torquay. 1300 736 533, torquaycaravanpark.com.au

MORNINGTON Bayplay Lodge 46 Canterbury Jetty Rd, Blairgowrie. 03 5988 0188, bayplay.com.au

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MELBOURNE STREET ART The leading lights of the graffiti world, like Banksy, rate Melbourne as one of the best cities in the world, if not the best, for street art, so it’s well worth hunting some down. One of the easiest, and best, places to start is right in the centre of the city, by Federation Square. Just opposite the square lies the opening to Hosier Lane (with MoVida tapas restaurant on the corner). Nearby AC/DC Lane is also well worth a quick look. Don’t just stay in the CBD, however, but take a stroll out into the suburbs, especially Fitzroy and Collingwood. In Fitzroy, the laneways off Brunswick Street are particularly good. Be sure to take diversions off the main drag, especially down Leicester Street, Rose Street, Gertrude Street and Argyle Street, or wander down the parallel Fitzroy Street. While exploring the area, make an effort to head in the direction of Collingwood, where the roads surrounding Smith Street are also crammed with art-covered walls.

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Sorrento Foreshore Reserve Nepean Hwy, Sorrento. 1800 850 600, mornpen.vic.gov.au Sorrento YHA 3 Miranda St, Sorrento. 03 5984 4323, yha.com.au Tortoise Head Lodge French Island. 03 5980 1234, tortoisehead.net

DANDENONG Emerald Backpackers 03 5968 4086

MURRAY RIVER Echuca Gardens YHA 103 Av, Mitchell St, Echuca. 03 5480 6522, yha.com.au Mildura City Backpackers 50 Lemon Ave, Mildura. 03 5022 7922, milduracitybackpackers.com.au Oasis Backpackers 230 Deakin Av, Mildura. 04 0734 4251, milduraoasisbackpackers.com.au

GIPPSLAND Prom Country Backpackers 03 5682 2614

Rawsom Caravan Park Depot Rd, Rawson. 03 5165 3439, rawsoncaravanpark.com.au

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Amaroo Park YHA 97 Church St, Cowes. 03 5952 3620, yha.com.au The Island Accommodation 10-12 Phillip Island Tourist Road. 03 5956 6123 theislandaccommodation.com.au

GRAMPIANS Brambuck Backpackers St, Echuca. 330 Grampians Road, Halls Gap. 03 5356 4250, brambuck.com.au Fleece Inn YHA 139 Charleston Rd, Bendigo. 03 5443 3086, yha.com.au Grampians YHA Eco Hostel Cnr Grampians & Buckler Rds, Halls Gap. 03 5356 4543, yha.com.au Old Crown Hotel 238 Hargreaves St, Bendigo. 03 5441 6888 Timâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place 44 Grampians Road, Halls Gap. 03 5356 4288, timsplace.com.au

Vick Quin, UK HELLO HELLO. WHEREâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;VE YOU BEEN IN VIC SO FAR? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We travelled from Sydney to Melbourne by car, stopping at Batemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bay, Eden and Phillip Island on route.â&#x20AC;? GOT A FAVOURITE PLACE? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would have to be St Kilda in Melbourne. It has a really nice chilled out atmosphere!â&#x20AC;? HOW ABOUT AFTER DARK? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summerland Beach on Phillip Island. Watching the penguin parade after sunset is an awesome experience. Obviously for a big night out however, Melbourne would be the winner.â&#x20AC;?

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BELINDA CARLISLE Astor Theatre. Sat, Mar 17. From $70. Find Heaven On Earth and enjoy the “Summer Rain” with the hugely successful American, whose enjoyed a longetivity rarely seen in pop.

659 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

PERTH STAY Billabong Backpackers Resort 381 Beaufort St. 08 9328 7720, billabongresort.com.au

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Northbridge. 1800 991 553, emperorscrown.com.au Globe Backpackers & City Oasis Resort 561 Wellington St. 08 9321 4080, globebackpackers.com.au

Britannia on William 253 William St, Northbridge. 08 9227 6000, perthbrittania.com

Ocean Beach Backpackers 1 Eric St, Cottlesloe. 08 9384 5111, oceanbeachbackpackers.com.au

Emperor’s Crown 85 Stirling St,

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PERTH DO Aquarium of Western Australia 91 Southside Drive, Hillarys. 08 9447 7500, aqwa.com.au Kings Park & Botanic Garden bgpa.wa.gov.au Perth Mint 310 Hay St. 08 9421 7223, perthmint.com.au Perth Zoo 20 Labouchere Road, South Perth. 08 9474 3551, perthzoo.wa.gov.au

SCULPTURE BY THE SEA Cottesloe Beach. Thur-Mon, Mar 1-19. Free. After its stint on Bondi late last year, the much-loved outdoor art exhibition heads over to WA, taking residence on Cottesloe Beach.

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FREO STAY Backpackers Inn Freo 11 Pakenham St. 08 9431 7065, backpackersinnfreo.com.au Old Firestation Backpackers 18 Phillimore St. 08 9430 5454, fremantleprison.com.au Sundancer Backpackers Resort 80 High St. 08 9336 6080, sundancerbackpackers.com.au

FREO DO Fremantle Markets 08 9335 2515, fremantlemarkets.com.au Fremantle Prison 1 The Terrace. 08 9336 9200, backpackersinnfreo.com.au

ROTTNEST ISL Rottnest Island YHA Kingstown Barracks. 08 9372 9780, yha.com.au

MARGARET RIV Margaret River Lodge YHA 220 Railway Tce. 08 9757 9532, yha.com.au

WAVE ROCK Some 150km south of the Perth-Kalgoorlie Hwy, in the WA outback, is the spectacular vision of Wave Rock in Hyden. This 15m high rock formation, striped with coloured bands, is in the shape of the surfer’s ultimate wave. Nearby are other curious natural formations such as Hippo’s Yawn, some ancient Aboriginal rock paintings and a wildlife sanctuary.

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ALBANY Albany Bayview Backpackers YHA 49 Duke St. 08 9842 3388, yha.com.au

Cruize-Inn 122 Middleton Rd. 08 9842 9599, cruizeinn.com Metro Inn Albany 270 Albany Hwy. 1800 004 321, metrohotels.com.au

MONKEY MIA Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort 1800 653 611, monkeymia.com.au

NINGALOO REEF Blue Reef Backpackers 3 Truscott Crescent, Exmouth 1800 621 101, aspenparks.com.au Ningaloo Club Coral Bay 08 9948 5100, ningalooclub.com Excape Backpackers YHA Murat Rd, Exmouth. 08 9949 1200, yha.com.au

BROOME STAY Cable Beach Backpackers 12 Sanctuary Road. 1800 655 011, cablebeachbackpackers.com Kimberley Club 62 Fredrick St 08 9192 3233, kimberleyklub.com

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Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery 2 Invermay Rd & 2 Wellington St. 03 6323 3777, qvmag.tas.gov.au

Hobart Hostel 41 Barrack St. 1300 252 192, hobarthostel.com.au Montgomery’s YHA 9 Argyle St. 03 6231 2660, yha.com.au

Tasmania Zoo 1166 Ecclestone Rd. 03 6396 6100, tasmaniazoo.com.au

Narrara Backpackers 88 Goulburn St. 03 6234 8801, narrarabackpackers.com

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Country Club Resort. Fri, Jan 20. $29 The English comic whose made Australia his adopted home heads down to the Apple Isle for a one-off performance.

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Salamanca Markets Every Saturday, Salamanca Place. salamanca.com.au Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery 5 Argyle St. tmag.com.au

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FREYCINET Iluka Backpackers YHA Reserve Rd. 03 6257 0115, yha.com.au

Tasman Backpackers 114 Tasman St. 03 6423 2335, tasmanbackpackers.com.au

Pickled Frog 281 Liverpool St. 03 6234 7977, thepickledfrog.com

CRADLE DO Devils at Cradle Tassie devil sanctuary. 3950 Cradle Mountain Rd. 03 6492 1491. devilsatcradle.com

Freycinet National Park Brewery, Wineglass Bay camping. 03 6256 7000, wineglassbay.com

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Strahan YHA 43 Harvey St. 03 6471 7255, yha.com

Bicheno Penguin Tours 03 6375 1333, bichenopenguintours.com.au

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CRADLE MTN Discovery Holiday Parks Cradle Mountain Rd. 1800 068 574, discoveryholidayparks.com.au Mt Roland Budget Backpacker Rooms 1447 Claude Rd, Gowrie Park. 03 6491 1385.

Four Wheelers Henty Sand Dunes quadbike tours. 04 1950 8175, 4wheelers.com.au Water by Nature Extreme multiday whitewater rafting. 1800 111 142, franklinrivertasmania.com Wild Rivers Jet Jet boating. 03 6471 7396, wildriversjet.com.au

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

SALAMANCA MARKETS There’s only one place to be come Saturday morning in Hobart and that’s amongst the throngs of people checking out the arty stalls and tasty titbits of the Salamanca markets. Kicking off under the glorious shadow of Mt Wellington at 7am, the Georgian building-lined Salamanca Place is busy until mid-afternoon.

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Haigh’s Chocolates Factory tours. 153 Greenhill Rd, Parkside. 1800 819 757, haighschocolates.com.au

Barossa Backpackers 9 Basedow Road Tanunda. 08 8563 0198, barossabackpackers.com.au

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Temptation Sailing Dolphin swimming, Glenelg. 04 1281 1838, dolphinboat.com.au

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Nomads on Murray Sturt Highway, Kingston on Murray. 1800 665 166, nomadsworld.com

Angorichina Tourist Village 08 8648 4842, angorichinavillage.com.au

Riverland Backpackers Labour Hire Services 08 8583 0211

Wilpena Pound Resort Wilpena Rd. 08 8648 0004, wilpenapound.com.au

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COOBER PEDY If you’re travelling between Adelaide and Darwin, whether by road or on board The Ghan train, you’re almost certain to stop off at this bizarre town right bang in the middle of the Aussie outback. Coober Pedy is where about 85 per cent of the world’s opals come from, meaning that it’s a place where fortunes are quite literally still regularly made and lost, giving it a slightly wild edge. That edge is no doubt helped by the fact that temperatures are so consistently high that most people in fact live under ground, and you have to wonder whose keen to do that...

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DARWIN STAY Banyan View Lodge Darwin 119 Mitchell St. 08 8981 8644, banyanviewlodge.com.au

KATHERINE STAY BIG4 Katherine Holiday Park 20 Shadforth Road. 1800 501 984, big4.com.au

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Elkes Backpackers 112 Mitchell St. 1800 808 365, elkesbackpackers.com.au

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DARWIN DO Crocosaurus Cove Crocodile park and cage of death. 58 Mitchell St. 08 8981 7522, crocosauruscove.com Deckchair Cinema Jervois Rd, Darwin Waterfront. 08 8981 0700, deckchaircinema.com.au

ALICE DO Alice Springs Desert Park Larapinta Drive. 08 8951 8788, alicespringsdesertpark.com.au

Airborne Solutions Scenic helicopter flights. 08 8972 2345 airbornesolutions.com.au

Frogshollow Backpackers 27 Lindsay St. 1800 068 686, frogs-hollow.com.au

Youth Shack 69 Mitchell St. 1300 793 302, youthshack.com.au

Toddy’s Resort 41 Gap Rd. 1800 027 027, toddys.com.au

Palm Court Kookaburra Backpackers Giles St. 1800 626 722

Darwin YHA 97 Mitchell St. 08 8981 5385, yha.com.au

Melaleuca on Mitchell 52 Mitchell St. 1300 723 437, momdarwin.com

Haven Resort 3 Larapinta Drive. 1800 794 663, alicehaven.com.au

IMPARJA CRICKET CUP CARNIVAL Fannie Bay. Sun, Feb 5 – Sat, Feb 11. Free. Watch all indigenous teams representing all of Australia’s states and territories take part in the hotly-contested Imparja Cup.

Keith Lane, Darwin Fannie Bay Gaol Heritage prison. East Point Road, Fannie Bay. 08 8941 2260, nt.gov.au Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory 19 Conacher St, Bullocky Point. 08 8999 8264, magnt.nt.gov.au

ntcricket.com.au Oz Jet Boating Stokes Hill Wharf. 1300 135 595, ozjetboating.com.au Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise Adelaide River. 08 8978 9077, jumpingcrocodile.com.au Wave Lagoon Waterfront Precinct. waterfront.nt.gov.au

Alice Springs Reptile Centre Meet and hold lizards. 9 Stuart Terrace. 08 8952 8900, reptilecentre.com.au

Nitmiluk Tours Gorge cruises and kayak hire. 1300 146 743 nitmiluktours.com.au

Outback Ballooning Hot air balloon rides. 1800 809 790, outbackballooning.com.au

TENNANT CREEK Tourist Rest Leichardt St. 08 8962 2719, touristrest.com.au

Royal Flying Doctor Service Base Museum and operations room. Stuart Terrace. 08 8952 1129, flyingdoctor.net

ALICE SPRINGS Alice Lodge 4 Mueller St. 08 8953 1975, alicelodge.com.au Alice Springs YHA Cnr Parsons St & Leichhardt Tce. 08 8952 8855, yha.com.au Annie’s Place 4 Traeger Ave. 1800 359 089, anniesplace.com.au

School of the Air Long-distance schooling museum. 80 Head St. 08 8951 6834, assoa.nt.edu.au The Rock Tour Uluru tours. 78 Todd St. 1800 246 345, therocktour.com.au

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Hannah Bullingham, UK HOWDY HANNAH. WHERE’VE YOU BEEN IN THE NT SO FAR? “So far I’ve seen Darwin, Litchfield, Kakadu, Katherine, Daly Waters and Alice Springs.” GOT A FAVOURITE DAY SPOT? “Kakadu National Park. It’s simply stunning! You can swim (although watch out for the croc signs), sunbathe, hike, have a picnic and set up camp, all in some of the most amazing scenery in Australia. Watching the sunset in an area of the park called Ubirr is an absolute must.” AND FAVOURITE NIGHT SPOT? “The Mindil Beach Sunset Market in Darwin. It has a great atmosphere; the whole town seems to congregate for the amazing sunset and an evening picnic (plus a sneaky beer or two, although BYO as alcohol can’t be bought at the market). The great food stalls and shopping is just an added bonus to a fun, cheap night out.”

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RENTAL FIRMS Ace Rental Cars 1800 140 026, acerentalcars.com.nz

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Nomads Auckland 16-20 Fort St. +64 9300 9999, nomadshostels.com Oaklands Lodge (BBH) St. +64 5A Oaklands Rd, Mt Eden. +64 9638 6545, oaklands.co.nz Pentlands (BBH) 22 Pentland Ave, Mt Eden. +64 9638 7031 Queen Street Backpackers (VIP) 4 Fort St. +64 9373 3471, enquiries@qsb.co.nz Surf ‘n’ Snow Backpackers 102 Albert St. +64 9363 8889, surfandsnow.co.nz The Brown Kiwi (BBH) 7 Prosford St, Ponsonby. +64 9378 0191, brownkiwi.co.nz YHA Auckland City Cnr City Rd & Liverpool St. +64 9309 2802, yha.co.nz YHA Auckland International 5 Turner St. +64 9302 8200, yha.co.nz

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WELLINGTON Arguably New Zealand’s coolest city, the capital Wellington boasts an enviable nightlife and cultural scene. It’s very easy to lose a day in the country’s best museum, Te Papa, while the interesting mix of government employees and bohemians that make up the local population make it an always lively place for a night out, especially in the area around Cuba Street. Don’t miss getting the cable car up to the botanic gardens for some spectacular views over the city.

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Deco Backpackers (VIP, BBH) 52 Man St. +64 3442 7384, decobackpackers.co.nz Flaming Kiwi Backpackers (BBH) 39 Robins Rd. +64 3442 5494, flamingkiwi@xtra.co.nz Hippo Lodge (BBH) 4 Anderson Hts. +64 3442 5785, hippolodge.co.nz

QUEENSTOWN JESSIE J Vector Arena. Tues, Feb 28. From NZ$87. The “Price Tag” singer, who’s joint-leading the Brit Award nominations with Adele, on three, plays to Kiwi crowds before Future Music in Oz. 34 Mahuhu Cres, Auckland

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Butterfli Lodge (BBH) 62 Thompson St. +64 3442 6367, butterfli.co.nz

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Nursing a career If you have a penchant for looking after people and also have nursing qualifications, you’re in the right place. We explain why... Perhaps you came to Australia for the sun or maybe to escape the ultra-competitive job market at home, or maybe both? Either way, if you’re a nurse you’re going to be pleased to hear that over the next few months, you’re going to have the best of both worlds. In fact, as there’s a shortage of qualified health workers in Australia it’s very much a worker’s market. And while it’s unlikely many nurses go into the profession for the cash, those in Oz on a Working Holiday visa could find themselves suddenly more flashpacker than backpacker. “Rates of pay vary depending on experience, but on average a nurse working full-time can expect to clear over $1,500 per week,” says JP Nurseforce managing director John Moore. However, if you’re yet to drag yourself off the beach and into an agency, there’s a few things it’s worth sorting out, sharpish. Most important is registering. It’s easy to do online, but you need to do it with the Nurses Board of every state or territory you intend to work in. It can cause delays later if

you don’t get it sorted straight away. There are some other things to consider: “Registered nurses require English tests to get their registration in NSW. I would advise them to do the test back home and bring this with them to Australia. Also vaccinations are a requirement for NSW public hospitals so they should also bring all their vaccination documentation,” says Christine Lingard from Nursing Agency Australia. The great thing about working as a nurse in Australia is the flexible nature of the work. Moore says: “Our nurses typically work hours to suit their travel and social life.” And due to the employment shortage, if you want to stay, then nursing is a good way to get sponsored. That’s right, there are many opportunities for sponsorship in nursing should you decide that the Australian sun is more fun than fog. Once you’re in a placement you like, simply ask your employer about sponsorship possibilities. Alternatively, some recruitment agencies arrange visas for you. If you do find yourself running out of time, don’t despair – some agencies specialise in sponsorship of nurses from overseas.

INTERVIEW WITH A NURSE SARA IMANOVIC 26, FROM ENGLAND

Why Australia? Life at home wasn’t all that optimistic and I heard there was a shortage of nurses in Australia so I thought I’d fit in well. The lifestyle, weather and people were also a massive drawcard. How’d you get your job? I had a few friends who had

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already come over here and got work through an agency so I figured that was the best option. It was relatively easy and I can move around if I want to which is a nice thing. What’s your job like? It’s good, but hard at times. I work with children who are sick and it’s tough to see them in pain, but that comes with the job I guess. What’s the pay like? It’s quite good actually. I work a lot of weekends and public holidays so I can save lots of pennies.

Any good stories? There’s a few for sure. The best stories always come out when someone really ill, whether it be man, woman or child gets better and is able to be discharged. It’s so rewarding seeing that happen. We also are quite a close group of workmates so we try and make it as fun as possible. Best thing about your job? Getting to know different sorts of people and especially working with children is the highlight. They can make a bad day turn good really quickly.

And what’s not so great? Working shift work is never all that glamorous and of course seeing sick kids isn’t that fab. Any tips for fellow nursing travellers? Plot out a map of where you want to visit and whether you’ll just holiday there or you’ll work as well. That way you don’t waste time. Where have you travelled? I’ve seen the bottom half of Australia really. Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Tasmania. I might head north later on in the year.


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