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EDITOR’S LETTER At TNT we try to keep our carbon footprint down to the waifness of a Russian ballerina; whether that be sharing showers with others, recycling goon bags or encouraging you to read our Emag (hint, hint). Same goes for travel, which is why we’ve listed of our top 10 eco-tours (pg40). We also hike the green-bricked road in Victoria (pg48) and find Europe’s best festivals where you can get a little green (pg56). Enjoy!

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Bells Beach, victoria Every Easter the world’s best surfers battle it out to see who will take the prestigious sought after title. Currently in its 52nd year, the event has been host to surfing legends such as Mark Richards, Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore. If you head down with your friends to see the action of the comp make sure to check out the wired clay cliffs, southern ocean and huge swells you might recognise from the film Point Break. The atmosphere alone is exciting, not to mention the local parties going on afterwards. Who knows what this year will deliver? 27th March – 7th April. Bells Beach, Victoria

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Rides, animals, show bags, food and entertainment! The Easter Show is an iconic event that people of all ages can enjoy. Check out the special events and exhibits running on certain dates, and make sure you plan a head to get the most from your day.

Sit back with great wine, delicious food and music in this Easter celebration week. On Wednesday there is a special ticketed event including a six course menu with wines to match. Transport is included, so no need worry about driving, just get tasting!

Street entertainment, DJs, art, markets and ice-skating are only a few of the fun activities. Jump on the Magic Bus for a tour of the area filled with games and amusement before heading over for a night of free concerts on the main beach.

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This hotel reinvents itself more than a Eurovision contestant with an identity crisis. Once a smoky den catering to the older gay man with mood lighting and drag shows, it then became a deliciously tacky pop-up tiki bar and it’s now a playful but sophisticated multi-leveled entertainment hotspot. From the leopardprint pool table to the caravan dining room and the cozy cinema, the place oozes inner-west chic. Something that Newtown was surprisingly lacking. The grub Upstairs you’ll find The Animal, a dimly-lit Greek restaurant sending shivers down the spines of King Street’s vegetarians. The suckling meat aroma fills the dining area, sharing elbow room with ample supply of good-looking staff. The Coal Roasted Suckling Lamb ($20) is tenderly good, the Grilled Octopus ($18) served in cute Mediterranean tins is soft and dainty, while the Chicken Thigh Skewers ($18) served on swords will make a Viking out of anyone. You can always offset the protein overload with a summery Watermelon and Fetta Salad ($14). Behind the bar Beer and wine on tap (not as bad as it sounds) but cocktails are the real winners here. Try the Keith Richards Coconut Incident ($18). It’s blue and is served in a flask – ‘nuff said really. Bill please Can be a bit expensive if you’re on a budget. Grab a group of 10 and do the $50/head banquet so you get to try all the good stuff. verdict Très chic, epic food, hot clientele, why has it taken so long, Newtown? THE SCENE

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A must visit if you’re in the Gold Coast, Komune is at once a top notch hostel and cool bar/eatery. A relaxed, beach bar vibe complete with pool during the day gives way to vibrant dance nights featuring local/international DJs and live bands on the weekends. There’s also a hip little Mexican taco and burrito place out the back.

The beating heart of Coolangatta when the sun goes down or if the swell is a little flat. The Coolangatta Hotel is a sprawling complex of different bars; at the front bar you can grab a beer and shoot a little pool or meet the locals, there’s hip hop DJs out the back and a live music venue upstairs. The Cooly has it all under one roof.

When everything else in Coolangatta is winding down, you can count on the good times at Never Land to just be getting started. Narrow, loud and sweaty, this is how a nightclub should be, right down to the Saturday Night Fever-esque multicoloured dance floor. With bars up and downstairs, this is a great spot to dance!

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Happy Hardware A quick shout out to Bondi Hardware on turning a year old! How the time flies when you’re serving cracking cocktails and seriously yummy pizzas. Located right in the centre of Bondi, on Hall Street in what used to be an old Hardware store, the interior oozes laid-back, Bondi cool. This is the perfect spot to start a night out, grab a group of mates and split a couple of pizzas (between $18-$20) and a few jugs of beer. Or try the Raspberry Mule ($16) a vodka, ginger beer and berry delight or a Loco Coco ($16) if you want to drink straight from the tropical source.

Frank-ophile What used to be a dodgy, locals/goths only pub stuck in a kind of quasi-no man’s land between UTS and Sydney University, The Abercrombie has reinvigorated itself into a trendy pub/eatery. The kitchen’s also had an overhaul with a new menu including Mexican Dahl Tacos and Korean Fried Cornflake Chicken (KFCC). The Double Hotdogs ($10 Friday lunch) remain but you can also get Jerk lamb.

X marks the spot The Kings X Hotel was completely revitalised last year and the FBi Social pop up music venue has become one of the most important live music haunts in Sydney. Great chance to see great local bands and DJs.

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friday 29 The Lumineers $44 The Corner Hotel, Melbourne Yacht Club DJs $18 Republic Bar, Hobart


Sleep Parade $12 Northcote Social Club

stone music festival Sydney. April 20-21. From $129 Van Halen and Billy Joel headline this two day rock music festival. Also catch Jimmy Barnes, Guy Sebastian and more. Get tickets now and run!

Homebush, Sydney

monday 25 Fall Out Boy $89.20 Metro Theatre, Sydney Iggy Pop and the Stooges $104.99 The Barton Theatre, Adelaide

tuesday 26 Jason Mraz $79 Sydney Entertainment Centre Damian Dempsey $45 Darwin Entertainment Centre Neville Staples $45 Northcote Social Club, Melb

wednesday 27 Santana $114 Sydney Entertainment Centre

William Elliot Whitmore $28.60 Annandale Hotel, Sydney Joan Amratrading $96.60 Tivoli, Brisbane

thursday 28 She Rex $10 The Standard, Sydney Endless Boogie $32.60 Brisbane Hotel, Hobart Jimmy Cliff $80 The Metro, Sydney Spit Syndicate From $65.30 UC, Canberra Strange Talk From $18 The Corner Hotel, Melbourne


Born Lion Free Nedland Studios, Lismore

saturday 30 Counting Crows TBA Hammer Hall, Melbourne Roger Hodgson $118.60 The Tivoli, Brisbane Diafrax $15 Karova Lounge, Ballarat Kitty, Daisy and Lewis $49 The Metro, Sydney Lyall Mooney Free Settlers Tavern, Margaret River

sunday 31 Dropkick Murphys $60 Newcastle Panthers Harbourfest $35 Kings Street Wharf, Sydney

DON’T MISS! the Gum ball Festival Belford, Hunter Valley. April 25 – 27. From $137.70 A full weekened of great music comes to the beautiful Hunter Valley, featuring The Beards, Mia Dyson, Tim Rogers and more.

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wednesday 3 Birdy $91 The Tivoli, Brisbane

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Bonnie Raitt $99.50 The Enmore Theatre, Sydney

thursday 4 Pennywise $57.25 Palace Theatre, Melbourne The XX $89.50 Festival Hall, Melbourne

friday 5 Deap Vally $39.10 Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney British India $23.50

The Laurels $10 The Standard, Sydney Pete Murray $39.80 The Entrance Leagues The XX $89.50 Hordern Pavillion, Sydney SOJA $33 Prince of Wales Bandroom, Melb

sunday 7 The Script $80.70 Sydney Entertainment Centre

Circleoco $55 Greenwood Hotel, Sydney

monday 1 Blind Boys of Alabama $96.20 The Enmore Theatre, Sydney Rodriguez $85.20 The Tivoli, Brisbane

Cooly Rocks on Gold Coast, Queensland. May 31 – Jun 4. TBA A Rock’n’Roll, 1950s nostalgia festival in the heart of the Gold Coast. Be transported back to the time of Grease when Elvis was the King. Coolangatta


tuesday 2 Michael Kiwanuka Free St John’s Cathedral, Bris

BOOK NOW! Splendour in the Grass Byron Bay, NSW. July 26 – 28. TBA A new and permanent venue has been announced for this iconic festival as well as the dates for 2013. Lineup remains a mystery, for now... Byron Bay

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follow us on New Brighton Hotel 71 The Corso, Manly


In Situ 34/18 Sydney Rd, Manly Four Pines 29/43-45 East Esplanade, Manly Marlborough Hotel 145 King St, Newtown The Imperial 35 Erskineville Road, Erskineville

HAPPY HOUR! Pulp Kitchen on Wednesdays The Soda Factory, Sydney Ever wanted to know what a Royale with Cheese, Big Kahuna Burger or a $5 shake tastes like? Well the Soda Factory has the answers. The Soda Factory, Surry Hills

sydney pubs Trinity Bar 505 Crown St, Surry Hills

Candy’s Apartment 22 Bayswater Road, Potts Point

DOME Bar Level 1 589 Crown Street, Surry Hills

World Bar 24 Bayswater Road, Potts Point

Tea Garden’s 2-4 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction Scary Canary 469 Kent St, Sydney Side Bar 509 Pitt St, Sydney Scubar 4/11-23 Rawson Place, Sydney

Ryan’s Paragon Hotel Cnr Loftus & Alfred St, Sydney

The Norfolk 305 Cleveland St, Redfern The Vanguard 42 King St, Newtown Coogee Palace 169 Dolphin St, Coogee

Pontoon Cockle Bay Wharf 201, Darling Harbour

3 Wise Monkeys 555 George St, Sydney

Hotel Steyne 75 The Corso, Manly


The Oyster Bar, Adelaide. Every Wednesday. Oysters are cheap as chips all day Wednesday and great specials on beer, wine and bubbly every Friday from 5pm. Shop 10 Holdfast Shores, Glenelg

Beach Road Hotel 71 Beach Road, Bondi Beach

The Hi-Fi 125 Swanston Street Melbourne

The Bondi Hotel 178 Campbell Parade, Bondi

The Tote 67-71 Johnston Street, Collingwood

Kinsela’s 383 Bourke St, Darlinghurst

The Beresford Flinders Hotel 345 Bourke St, Surry Hills 63 – 65 Flinders St, Surry Hills Oxford Art Factory White Horse Hotel 38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst 381 Crown St, Surry Hills White Revolver Cnr Curlewis + Campbell Parade melbournepubs Bondi Beach Central Lion Hotel

Bar Century Lvl 4 640, George St Sydney


Eden Bar and Nightclub 163 Russell Street, Melbourne Turf Bar 131 Queen St Melbourne Fluid Oz Bar 450 Elizabeth Street Melbourne

3/221 La Trobe St, Melbourne

Bar Humbug 586 Little Bourke St Melbourne

Shamiana 420 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Eurotrash Bar 18 Corrs Lane Melbourne

The Night Owl 35 Elizabeth Street Melbourne

adelaide pubs Grace Emily Hotel 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide Electric Circus 17 Crippen Place, Adelaide Crown and Sceptre Hotel 308 King William Street, Adelaide The Promethean 116 Grote St, Adelaide Club 58 58 Hindley St, Adelaide

perth pubs The Subiaco Hotel 465 Hay Street, Subiaco

Star Bar Hotel Melbourne 160 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne The Apartment Nightclub 401 Little Bourke Street Melbourne Cherry Bar 103 Flinders Lane Melbourne Corner Hotel 57 Swan Street Richmond East Brunswick Club 280 Lygon St Brunswick East

DUCKS NUTS’ HAPPY HOUR Ducks Nuts Bar and Grill, Darwin. 11:30 am – 4pm Daily. Whet your whistle and grab a good old fashioned feed right in the heart of Darwin’s entertainment district. 76 Mitchell Street, City Centre


Esplanade Hotel 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda Northcote Social Club 301 High Street Northcote Palace Theatre

HAPPY HOUR sunday Cider sessions at clarences Clarences, Perth. Noon to 10pm every Sunday. Special ciders at special prices. The humble cider gets an appley twist at Clarences, with great ciders from WA and abroad on special ever Sunday. 566 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

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pUBLISTINGS Voodoo Lounge 174 James St, Northbridge The Shed 69-71 Aberdeen St Northbridge, Mint Nightclub Cnr Lake and James St, Northbridge Leederville Hotel 742 Newcastle St, Leederville East Perth

brisbane pubs Hotel LA 68 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane GPO Hotel 740 Anne St, Fort Valley Canvas Club 16b Logan St, Woolloongabba The Fringe Bar Cnr Ann and Constance St Port Office Hotel


40 Edwards St, Brisbane Sky Room 2/234 Wickham St, Fort Valley Bravo Bar Brunswick Central, 455 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley The Met Nightclub 256 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley The Exchange Hotel 131 Edward St, Brisbane Iceworks Cnr Given Tce & Dowse St, Paddington

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P.J. O’brien’s 87 Lake St, Cairns Fabric Cnr Shields and Esplanade St pubs Rattle N Hum 65-67 Esplanade Gilligan’s Backpacker Hostel 57-89 Grafton St au

hobart pubs Syrup Nightclub 39 Salamanca Pl, Battery Point Republic Bar 299 Elizabeth St, Hobart

Blush Nightclub 21 Orchid Avenue Surfers Paradise

Isobar 11 Franklin Wharf Hobart

Benowa Tavern 117 Ashmore Rd, Benowa

Knopwood’s Retreat 39 Salamanca Pl Hobart (03)6223 5808

Shooters Superclub Shop 46 The Mark Orchid Ave Surfers Paradise


The Duke 192 Macquarie Street Hobart

THE PARTY at birdee num nums Birdee Num Num, Brisbane. Thursday Nights. Birdees has been a home away from home for backpackers and students alike since 2003. Grab two tacos and a margarita for $10 every Thursday. 608 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

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A bolter from the blue In five years, Oxford band Foals have become of the biggest bands in the world, but like they say, you shouldn't overthink it

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With the release of their critically acclaimed third album, Holy Fire in February, Foals have confirmed their place amongst the very best British bands of recent times. Holy Fire is part of the logical sonic progression that has been notable since the band released their first album Antidotes in 2008, yet it is also a stand-alone record, brutal and beautiful in equal parts. “When we started writing, we wanted to free ourselves from the shackles of keeping things harmonious. It was informed by a confidence in the band,” said lead singer Yannis Philippakis in a recent interview with Pitchfork Magazine about the new album. “The headspace was: Let's not overthink it, let's not discuss it, let's just enjoy everything, and if things feel intuitively right, then be okay with it.” To say that it is the Oxford band’s most mature album should almost go without saying. It’s their third record, written after six years of almost constant touring, writing and performing as well as the added rigours of living with the scrutiny that comes with being successful musicians. What makes Holy Fire so terrific is how faithfully it manages to capture the sound of Foals as a live band: the light and shade of the softer tracks, but also the heaviness of the guitars, and the relentless pounding of the drums and the bass guitar. When asked whether Holy Fire better represented the way the band sounds live Philippakis said, "Yeah. It's not just the heavier songs though, like Providence and Inhaler, that have that sort of energy, but also songs like Moon and Stepson. All of them really.” This is in stark contrast to the sound of the band on their first two albums. Antidotes was full of youthful exuberance; angular and playful songs smattered with synthesizer arpeggios and alto saxophones. Much like the first jittery, knobbly-kneed steps a pony (from where the band got their name) takes, there were a few awkward stumbles but it was enthusiastic, catchy and the kids loved it. 2010’s Total Life Forever on the other hand was starker

and colder than Antidotes, but it was also a much tighter and more polished sounding collection of songs. It was less immediately gratifying, but it was better crafted and more thoughtfully put together. In short, it was better.

Let's not overthink it, let's not discuss it

While the shift between Foals' first and second albums was quite a dramatic one, it didn't seem to affect the band's popularity, certainly not negatively anyway. If anything, Total Life Forever propelled the band out of the indie fringes and into the mainstream guitar rock stratosphere. Holy Fire looks to be the record that will cement their position there.

Yannis accepts the award for Best Song at this year's NME Awards

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Can't get enough: The Oxford quintet will return to Oz in September Holy Fire actually has its creative roots based here in Australia. When the band toured in 2011 as part of the Laneway Festival they began throwing around a few ideas for the new record. “We went to the [Woronora] River with Jono Ma [Sydney musician from band Los Valentino’s],” said Yannis in an interview with Australian magazine The Quietus about this period. “We'd been trying out some early demos in the studio, but it wasn't happening so we left. We set up microphones outside, Ma set up his laptop on a wooden table and we recorded into the night.” While none of the tracks they worked on by the banks of the Woronora in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire made their way onto the finished album, it is a mark of the love Yannis, and the band as a whole, have for Australia. Having already toured Australia in January as part of the Big Day Out festivals, Foals have announced a brace of shows in late September and early October. For Australia to have a band of such stature touring twice in a year is both a pleasure and privilege. It was during their recent January tour that I last saw Foals play to a packed room at the Oxford Arts Factory in Sydney on a humid, hot summer's night. The Arts Factory’s main room was crammed to capacity and the queue at the bar was less a line and more a phalanx full of shadowy men in short sleeved shirts buttoned to the neck and tight jeans with the bottoms rolled to the ankles and women with pretty faces and short cropped hair in florally dresses and denim jackets. I can’t remember which band opened for Foals, it didn’t seem to matter at the time and it still doesn’t now. The whole evening had a kind of surreal quality to it. In terms of hype and demand for tickets, Foals could have easily


sold out two nights at much larger venues: the Enmore or The Metro Theatre, perhaps. The fact they were playing to less than 300 people made no sense whatsoever. It was wonderful though. The band opened with the muscular Prelude, which starts as a lightly strummed guitar chord looping over and over and ends in a maelstrom of thrashing guitars, wailing keyboards and pounding drums. Even crowd favourites off the band's first two albums like

That night I sweated through my shirt

Cassius, Balloons, This Orient and Miami all sounded fuller, heavier, meatier even somehow. Foals recently supported Metallica during a tour of the United States, a support slot that would have made no sense two years ago but now, in 2013 seems to make all the sense in the world. I am usually not a fan of the mosh pit; I am no jumper or shover. When I see a band play live I like to actually listen to the music as opposed to punching the guy in front of me in the head while jumping up and down on somebody else's toes. Yet that night I sweated through my shirt, jumping, pushing and dancing just like everyone else there. Foals have always been a good band, but after the release of Holy Fire they're much better than that. They're fucking unbelievable. Foals return to Australia in Sept/Oct and are playing Perth (22nd Sep), Adelaide (24 Sep), Melb (27 Sep), Sydney (Sep 28) and Brisbane (Oct 2)

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The Irish-born Aussie comedian talks his new show, What?!, immigration and waxing men’s arses... INTERVIEW alex harmon

“Get a plan, otherwise you will just end up getting pissed every night”

What can we expect from the new show? Jokes really, that’s it. No message, you’ll be none the wiser at the end of it. Just crafted gags. Not being evasive or anything that’s genuinely the truth, it’s not really about anything. I have no opinions on anything.

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You came here 20 years ago as a backpacker, did you do much travel? No, I blew all my money in Sydney when I got there. Classic case. But then again, I bought a one way ticket so I had no real intention of leaving. They always go on about the boat people, but what about the plane people?


They don’t get a hard time in the media... Yeah, we’re like the connoisseurs of wine, but really, both of us are piss-heads. I was here legally but applied for an extension of my visa and it came right down to the wire. I was living in a flat full of illegal immigrants. So I felt like a boat person, actually. Do you still feel Irish?

Yeah I don’t really know if I fully get that nationality thing, I have an affiliation with Australia but I’m not mad on patriotism. Who do you go for in the Rugby then? I really enjoy watching Australia because they’re great and they do well at stuff. They’re inspiring people especially when you read the backstories and the shit they go through to get where they are. They’re the type of people you aspire to. Apart from those fucking idiots in the media. What advice do you have for young Irish lads thinking of coming to Oz? Get a plan. Don’t just arrive because you’ll just find yourselves getting pissed every night and not leaving the city. Then you’ll start working in a job and the trivialities of life will take over. Go on a trip, go to the Top End, up to Darwin in the Northern Territory and see it all. Do you have a favourite spot in Oz? Yeah I love the Top End. If you’re into crocodiles and fishing, which I am, then head up there.

It’s like a jungle, like a frontier land, and one of the last places on earth that’s like that. Every shopping mall is the same and every city is the same after a while, but places like that are great. Have you heard about the Tourism Australia ‘best jobs in the world’ campaign? Yeah I think it sounds great. I met this Aussie girl in London, she was a handing out flyers for a waxing place and I asked her what she was doing over there and she said “fucking waxing gay men’s arses.” I said ‘you probably weren’t picturing that when you were going over to London’. That’s not the dream is it? So, I think the job part of it is very important for young people. What jobs were you doing when you first came out here? Oh I had a great job on a building site. I was in a flat with these guys who were working in offices and that just sounded horrendous to me. Catch Jimoein’s new show What?! at the Melbourne Comedy Festival until April 7 2013. (

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Do you enjoy performing in front of Australian audiences? Yeah, they’re a lot livelier, more direct with their laughter. They don’t think about anything, they just enjoy it. Audiences in the UK tend to analyse everything before they laugh, which can be annoying. Was it a gamble moving to Los Angeles from the UK in 2007? Oh, absolutely. I came from making a good living in the UK to earning nothing in America. It was basically like starting all over again. I had to keep popping back to the UK to get money. But I figured I was good enough and it would eventually work out, which it has. You went to the US and didn’t change your style, do you feel vindicated now by that decision? Yeah, definitely. I figured they’ve already got enough American comedians, so why give them something they already have. Americans do get British humour, which is why they buy all our sitcoms. They get me too. Are there greater opportunities for black comedians in the US? I think there are more opportunities. Obviously there is always going to be something of a glass ceiling but it’s certainly better than in the UK. What can we expect from your new show coming here in April? Well, jokes mostly. An hour or so of me telling jokes and people laughing. Catch Gina at the Sydney Comedy Festival (April 22 – May 11). And check out her DVDs and merchandise at

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Lonely housewife Elspeth Dickens is stuck on an isolated farm while her husband James works away. Starting a musical video blog, her catchy kitchen songs soon become an internet sensation and she finds herself in Sydney where an advertising executive pushes her toward fame. It’s a feel good musical about the choices you must make between fame and family. See it with your mum. 22

It takes a lot more than a disillusioning all-star cast and a charming comedy to pull a great movie out of a hat, and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is all out of tricks. Steve Carell stars as Burt Wonderstone alongside best friend Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) in this comedy about a rival magician, Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) who threatens their success. The all-star cast had so much promise, yet the lacklustre character development and shallow plotline leaves the audience wondering where all the magic went. In a dramatic sequence of events, Wonderstone loses it all and is forced into entertaining old folks at a retirement home. As he enters, he utters “So, this is where all entertainers go to die,” which couldn’t be more apt to describe this movie. The plot is salvaged in part by Olivia Wilde as the heroine, but the way her character is drawn to Wonderstone seems forced, and at times, vacant. If you don’t mind some graphic self-inflicted imagery, Jim Carrey’s character adds some comedic value to the story. This role seems made for him – bringing back outlandish comedic routines not much different from his role in The Mask. The resolution of the movie seems rushed and anticlimactic with no real depth to each event. The ending is frustratingly implausible, but does have some entertainment value. It is marketed as a comedy but -there are few laugh-worthy jokes and too many tired clichés. A word of advice: don’t take it too seriously. So, if you’re looking to conjure up a few laughs with an enchanting comedy, this one is just a whole lot of hocus-pocus. Good for: People who find cheap magic tricks charming

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Top five ways to recover from a long weekend bender Words hugh radojev

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With Easter upon us, it is time to sit back and really think long and hard about what this time of year means. For some this is a time of reflection upon the suffering and ultimate sacrifice of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. For others (predominantly children and fatties) it’s a chance to seriously indulge a sweet tooth by stuffing down chocolate bunnies, bilbies and eggs of all shapes and sizes. However, for those of us who haven’t spent our lives being indoctrinated into a bizarre, monotheistic cult or are older than five years of age, Easter is about one thing: the four day weekend. Us working men and women get a whole four days off and that can only mean one thing: alcohol and lots of it. Of course we all know that with great drinking, comes great hangovers. With that in mind we’ve put together a list of our top five hangover cures so you can properly enjoy your long weekend and still make a comeback worthy of Lazarus on the Tuesday. May God help us all... Bloody Mary, mother of mercy Some mornings you just have to fight fire with fire, so to speak. Meet your hangover

head on, cut it off at the pass! This is known colloquially as the hair of the dog method – alleviating a hangover simply by drinking more alcohol. A shrewd tactic to be sure, but unless you live somewhere particularly unsavoury, drinking heavily before midday on a Sunday or Monday is considered uncouth – even on long weekends. Staff at respectable beach bars and cafes alike will look at you somewhat askew if you start trying to order a Sex on the Beach or a Cocksucking Cowboy through cracked, parched lips at half nine in the morning. If you order a Bloody Mary, though, nobody will say a thing. It’s practically a licence to have vodka for breakfast. Whoever invented that drink is a bloody genius!

Eggs Benedictine Ah, yes. The greasy fry-up the morning after the night before is one of life’s great pleasures. Nothing gets the taste of sour smoke and half a case of cheap, stale beer out of the back of one’s throat like crispy bacon and Hollandaise sauce. If Eggs Benedict sounds a bit too ‘continental’ why not just go for your full English fry up? Fried eggs, bacon, sausage, baked beans, tomato...

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What better way to knife and fork away the alco-sweats than with a little saturated fat salvation. There’s a little bit of science at play here behind the immediate tummy filling tastiness. Bacon and sausages are perfect for restoring sugars and salts to the body, while eggs are even better as they contain cysteine, which breaks down alcohol. Chuck a freshly brewed pot of dark, brown coffee into the mix and the chances are you’ll be feeling all brand new and sober as a sitting judge. That’s not to say that this is something you should be wolfing down before work everyday... Unless you’re some sort of professional triathlete or you just want to get really fat.

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Walking on vitamin water Yes, things like vitmain water, coconut water, wheatgrass juice and spirulina may be a bit on the faddy side – a bit too Bondi Hipster if you like – but they do work. My sister goes to the gym all the time and if she’s not blending her daily serving of banana and protein with a little freshly slicked blue-green algae, she’s doing shots of wheatgrass juice. I figure the only reason people shoot wheatgrass is because it’s the closest thing a lot of them get to doing shots of something fun like tequila or absinthe. It tastes just as bad, anyway. Coconut water is full of potassium and other minerals that your body needs to function, while vitamin water give you all the Vitamin C and B you need in something you can actually drink in vague comfort. Still, if you are a bit like me and think that all the healthy juice isn’t really worth the squeeze you can just grab a bottle of blue


Powerade. It’s isotonic for a start (whatever that means) and it’s full of sugar, so it’s delicious! Hmmmmm, sugar.

Chemically divine intervention Yes in this next segment we’ll be talking about drugs, but for God’s sake keep your halo on! Everything discussed here is perfectly legal and available over the counter at your local pharmacy. Indeed, where I live the chemists have learnt to read the signs: if I walk into their store on a Sunday morning carrying a large cup of coffee wearing a pair of sunglasses they know to reach straight for the extra strength Paracetamol and the jumbo bottle of Listerine. Taking your pain killers the morning after will no doubt shorten your period of suffering substantially but the trick is (if you can remember) to try and take them before you sleep. That way you’ll wake up fresh as a daisy!

The day of rest “And on the fourth day of his bender he did lie face down in his bed and saw that it was good.” I’m sure that’s a passage that didn’t quite make it into The Bible (it’s been a while since I read it) but it is the best part about the long weekend. Recovery Monday as I like to call it. Curl up in a ball on the sofa, with a fan on my face, sobbing dryly and eating ice cream straight from the tub while watching seasons 5 through 9 of Seinfeld, pausing occasionally to hobble to the fridge or the bathroom. This is a time honoured tradition and one that has seen me through a few tough spots. Happy Easter, cherubs!

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On a high: Josh Chamberlin

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If you think rental prices in London are shocking, think again. A man in Sydney is paying $215 a week for the privilege of sleeping on a balcony. And it’s not even a nice one, either. It’s dull and windowless and faces noisy King Street in sought-after Newtown. Josh Chamberlin, who arrived in town without a job, struggled to secure a place of his own. He said: “People look and point all the time. I don’t mind it. It’s cool. I shout at people I know all the time as well.” Living the dream, buddy.

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Residents living in areas with suspected cannabis farms are being sent weed-scented scratch-and-sniff cards in a bid to catch drug growers. Crimestoppers reported a 15 per cent rise in the number of domestic farms in the UK between 2011 and 2012. Roger Critchell, director of operations at the charity, said: “We are distributing scratch-and-sniff cards because not many people know how to recognise the signs of cannabis cultivation happening in their neighbourhood. Many are also not familiar with the established links between this crime and serious organised crime.” The initiative also tells residents to look for signs of drug-producing including “lots of cables” and the patently obvious 26

Wish you were here?: No, these aren’t really small people, the Bondi Icerbergs Pool was converted into a giant esky ice chest during filiming of a Jim Beam ad in Bondi last week “cannabis growing equipment”.

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Not only has it been named Australia’s most livable city, Adelaide now has a resident world recorder breaker. Charlie, a six-year-old golden retriever, won a place after being awarded the title of Loudest Bark By An Individual Dog. His bark was measured at 113.1 decibels at a national competition which judges have now officially confirmed as the loudest bark, outstripping a London-based German shepherd who barked a 108.

The amount of decibels is roughly 40 times louder than an average human conversation and noisier than the sound of an Airbus A380 taking off. Owner Belinda Freebairn said she was proud of her pooch. “He’s been getting spoilt a bit more than he normally does ... bathed a lot and brushed a lot and given lots and lots of cuddles.” Bet the neighbours are over the moon.

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It’s back! After supplies of Marmite ran out in March 2012, the sticky black stuff is finally being sold in New Zealand again. Fans of the yeasty spread, which, let’s face it, is better than Vegemite, have been queuing outside supermarkets to get their much-needed fix. Supplies dwindled after earthquakes in Christchurch forced manufacturer Sanitarium to close the only factory that made the New Zealand version. The shortage sparked complaints across the country, including from PM John Key. “You’ve rationed, you’ve scraped, you’ve survived marmaggedon – now the wait is over!” Sanitarium’s website said. “Thanks for not freaking out and waiting patiently for the black gold’s return.”

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The half-ton, three-metre beast emerged from the sea in the popular Brazilian resort of Balneário Camboriú, crossing the beach to take a look around. Local firefighters and the municipal guard were called to the scene to stop traffic and control the crowds. The street was reportedly closed for 20 minutes as the huge sea lion took his leisurely tour. Officials threw water on the mammal to keep it wet. It returned to the ocean after


The age, in years, men believe women reach their beauty peak, according to a study of 2000 guys in the States

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK 90 minutes on dry land, very obediently making use of the zebra crossing. milkman puts

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Queensland cafes found themselves without milk last week after it was used to put out a fire. Milkman Shane Fuller was on his round in the early hours of Wednesday morning when he saw a planter box alight on a footpath. “The flames were about half-a-metre high – some of the mulch and palms were starting to burn,” he said. “I just jumped in and made sure it couldn’t get any worse. “I didn’t have water so I just grabbed some bottles of milk and just drenched it.” We know Queensland has water restrictions, but this goes beyond the pale.

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Stop right now: Mel B taken to court for talent show channel swapping The fight for Scary Spice continues, but does it matter who she bats for?

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Only in Australia would there be a legal battle over an aging Spice Girl. Mel B, the loud, Leeds-accented and tattooed therefore destined to play the ‘mean, straight talking judge’ on Channel Seven’s The X Factor was recently poached by Channel Nine to play the mean straight talking judge on Australia’s Got Talent. But Seven aren’t happy, even with the old switcheroo move they pulled. I guess getting AGT’s unopinionated Danni Minogue in the deal wasn’t that much of a sweetener. Seven and Nine are old time rivals, much like Queensland and New South Wales or Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig (who Mel B also puts her best boot-camp foot forward for) and wasted no time approaching the Supreme Court of NSW who issued a temporary order restraining Mel B from appearing on any Australian TV network other than Seven until January next year. My default setting says ‘potato/potaaato’ when it comes to these two shows. Both follow the trials and tribulations of talentless Aussies determined to ‘live the dream’. Both have judges who blow smoke up contestant’s arses and tell them they’ll live on forever, when the best they can really hope for is to wind up, rather ironically, on the judging panel for the show that killed whatever chance of a career they ever had. Case in point, Guy Sebastian and Timomatic (whatever that is) are both reality show contestants-turned judges. I think the only thing AGT has over X Factor is that it includes magic. And old people. Two things that have about much spark as a wet match in a sock. Whether Mel B ends up with Nine or Seven, the motley crew judging panel on AGT are sure to make a dog’s breakfast of the show. Joining Kyle Sandilands (resident mean guy) is Timomatic (see above) and Dawn French. Seriously, Dawn French? As if slimming down and doing Coles adverts wasn’t enough of a sell-out. The sad thing is, she’ll probably be the best thing about the show, even if she is over-qualified to comment on grandma’s disappearing act. » Does anyone care which channel Mel B is relegated to?

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the sorry state of sydney real estate The rental market in Sydney is dire. We all know that. But an article in the Sydney Morning Herald about a young man who pays $215 per week to rent a balcony really highlights how bad the situation has become. It’s not a nice, cosy closed off balcony either. It’s windowless and faces noisy King Street in sought-after Newtown. “People look and point all the time. I don’t mind it. It’s cool. I shout at people I know all the time as well. There’s also a random guy that lives in our laundry,” Josh

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Chamberlin, 23, told the newspaper. Mr Chamberlin had just arrived in town, didn’t have a job and without rental history, struggled to secure a place of his own. The funny thing is, Mr Chamberlain doesn’t once complain about his digs. “I’ve sort of made it my space now,” he added. And yet I hate it when I have to share the elevator in my building.

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Footy iron man Steve ‘Beaver’ Menzies will get a taste of his former stomping ground the NRL when he takes on the London Broncos at the Twickenham Stoop on Thursday. The Catalan Dragons backrower will face off against two of his former premiership teammates Michael Robertson and Shane Rodney, who he played with at Manly, in the match kicking off at 8pm. Both sides have had a mixed year so far, just like their form against each other, with the past three meetings almost on even points with a convincing win each and the latest clash a 19-12 thriller to the Broncos.


After terrorising them in Wales’ 30-3 Six Nations stealing victory, prop Adam Jones has come to the defence of England rivals Joe Marler and Dan Cole. The young big boppers were beaten comprehensively by their red counterparts, and have copped flak since, but Jones said they’re top players who will get better. “People have come out and said that Marler was shocking, but he’s good,” Jones, one of the best in his position in the world, said. “I’d never played against him before and he’s a better prop than I thought he was. “He’s only 22 and he’s excellent – both loose-heads were – and Dan Cole is only 25. They are only going to get better, and I’m pretty sure that come the World Cup England are going to be formidable.” Marler will line up for Harlequins against Munster in next week’s Heineken Cup clash back at the Stoop. 30

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With their Ashes hopes apparently in tatters after a flogging in India, the Australian team’s been given a vote of confidence from one of the game’s most respected voices, Steve Waugh. The man who dubbed India “the final frontier” also brushed rumours that Michael Hussey and Ricky Ponting – both recently retired – would be recalled. “When you’re losing, things get exaggerated a bit. Cricket-wise they’re just having some really bad sessions,” he said. “They’ve got enough talent there, they’ve just got to get some confidence. It’s a different series, different conditions … I think we can still win the Ashes.”

BIG WEEK FOR ... No one expects too much of the GWS Giants, but this week’s round one derby against the defending premiers Sydney Swans is one game they’ll put pressure on themselves to perform in. Big name signing Tom Scully (pictured) will also be keen to show their NAB upset over the notoriously slow season starter wasn’t a fluke when the two teams meet at ANZ Stadium. At the same time, there’s no pressure, they’ve really just got to do better than last year’s shockers where they scored just 37 and 38 points against their cross city rivals.

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mon, april 1, 12.30pm, itv1 The result could have been anything when Hernandez kicked off the scoring in the fourth minute and Wayne Rooney made it two in the 10th when these sides met in the FA Cup quarter. But it wasn’t meant to be. Chelsea pegged it back, forced a 2-2 draw and that’s why they meet again on April Fool’s Day to decide who plays against Manchester City in the semi-final, the winner of which is expected to thrash

whoever comes through from the other semi – Millwall or Wigan Athletic. Preparations will be mixed. Man U will have played Sunderland in their first match back from the international break (and City the following week), but having wrapped up the Premier League weeks ago the Blues can be sure they’ll face Fergie’s top line-up. Chelsea have Southampton on the Saturday before this match, with every match a must-win for them in the topfour race. They’ll also have one eye on their Europa League clash three days later against Rubin Kazan.

THE CHAT | McKenzie in line for Wallabies Ewen McKenzie’s announcement that he’ll be leaving the Q Does Queensland Reds at the end of this campaign make him Wallaby-bound? It’s certainly a sign that he’s available, if not willing. The 2011 Super


A Rugby winning coach and former international prop himself has

been long-touted as the alternative to Kiwi Robbie Deans, who many think should have walked long ago due to his side’s poor performances. But the ARU will have to move quick, as McKenzie, an advocate of the open rugby bean counters like, will be a red-hot show for the Ireland job after their Six Nations shocker. The ARU won’t want to upset the applecart too much before the 2015 World Cup, but two years out may be more than convenient timing.

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Rio Ferdinand had to withdraw from England’s squad to play San Marino and Monetenegro. Manager Roy Hodgson stated “I’m disappointed Rio will not be available, but due to the detailed pre-planned training and medical program he must follow it’s not possible.” Looking at the entire situation it’s hard to imagine Alex Ferguson was quite so, erm, disappointed! The FA have announced they won’t be charging Wigan’s Callum McManaman for his violent tackle on Newcastle’s Haidara. The reason given was referee’s assistant Matthew Wilkes had seen the incident, therefore no action could be taken. If FA Chairman David Bernstein’s house was burgled, and a police officer was outside watching, and the police officer in question was a very very lazy police officer who ignored the crime... would Bernstein shrug and accept no action could be taken? It’s a silly rule that needs to be overturned. Barnet manager Edgar Davids was bestowed with ‘good bloke’ status. Returning South after an away game at Accrington Stanley, Davids instructed the team’s coach driver to pick up some Barnet fans who’s coach had broke down and stood on the hard shoulder shivering in the rain. Good work Edgar!! Inter Milan forward Antonio Cassano has named his son Lionel after Mr Messi. Noticably, few Italian football superstars have named their son Emile! During the build up to the Wales v Scotland World Cup qualifying match Dundee manager John Brown offered advice on how best to deal with the threat of Gareth Bale. Brown advised new Scotland manager Gordon Strachan “He can’t run without legs.” With anatomical insight like that Brown can surely fall back on a job in medicine should his managerial career not work out. It’s disappointing to see the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final between Southend United and Crewe Alexandra isn’t scheduled to be televised in Australia. Surely there is scope for a game like this to receive attention. Admittedly, it isn’t Liverpool v Man utd, but there would be some interest. Any chance Setanta? The chaotic soap opera that is Blackburn Rovers continues it’s trail of destruction with the sacking of manager Michael Appleton after a whopping 67 days in the hot seat. The owners of the club can look on in pride at the latest development. Appleton was clearly the right appointment as his predecessor Henning Berg only lasted 57 days! Gus Poyet is the hot favourite to become the new Reading manager. That Poyet is being pursued is understandable as he’s clearly a talented young manager. What’s considerably less understandable is why Poyet would choose to leave Brighton at this stage. It’d mean leaving a club with a chance of promotion to join a club with a high possibility of relegation back to where he’d just come from. Poyet should wait, it’ll soon be his turn to manage Chelsea.

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Model Behaviour A YouTube proposal to Kate Upton from an American teenaged student asking her to accompany him to his prom has received an answer from the glamorous swimsuit – a definite maybe. The student in question, Jake Davidson submitted his video on YouTube listing all the things he and Kate had in common, including: “You’ve modelled in Sports Illustrated, I read Sports Illustrated'. The stunning American model reportedly tweeted young Jake, saying “You can call me Katie if you want!” before writing on her official YouTube account “How could I say no to that video? I’ll check my schedule ;)”. That might not be a yes, but it’s definitely not a no.

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Have you heard the new joke about the three metre long sea lion who crossed the road? The funny bit isn’t so much why it crossed as it, as how... The half-tonne creature crawled out of the water at the southern Brazilian beach resort of Balneario Camboriu and found itself on the main road. Traffic ground to a halt for the best part of 20 minutes as the great beast tried to wobble and drag its way across the street. The whole way along police officers and fire fighters doused the huge animal with buckets of water to keep the thing hydrated.

Heavyweight debate The Ukrainian parliament was forced to be suspended after a brawl broke out between members of President Viktor Yanukovych’s party and the opposition far-right. The fight erupted after one of the President’s men said that the far-right were “neo-fascists” after they had booed a speech he had been giving. Perhaps the best thing about this particular brawl was the fact that current world heavy weight boxing champion and leader of the UDAR (Punch) Party, Vitaly Klitschko was present. Unfortunately he didn’t start throwing punches himself. Bit soft!

cup of warm milk We know that Queensland has water restrictions, but one Brisbane resident has taken this environmental plight a little too seriously, dousing a passing street fire with milk. Shane Fuller was delivering milk about 4.40am (AEST) on Wednesday at Spring Hill when he saw a planter box on fire on the footpath. “The flames were about half-a-metre high – some of the mulch and palms were starting to burn,” he told ABC Radio. “I didn’t have any water so I just grabbed some bottles of milk and just drenched it.” Thank moo, Mr Fuller, thank moo very much indeed.

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Enjoy unlimited travel in any direction on The Ghan, Indian Pacific and The Overland trains. Take in all major cities plus all the stops in between.

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Paint the town green We want you to experience some of the best tours without feeling guilty, so we’ve picked out the best eco-friendly adventures in Oz Words hugh radojev, james besanvalle + rosemarie marino

If climate scientists, elected members of the Greens party and anyone who ever owned a hacky sack during University are to be believed, we humans are all bastards! Our insatiable lust for energy, food and fuel is cooking the planet, destroying the ozone and extinguishing all manner of animal species left, right and centre. These are indisputable facts, but some people refuse to believe them. These nay-sayers are the sorts of people who would rather listen to that 40

googley-eyed, beak nosed, cretinous twat Lord Monckton crap on about “natural heating cycles” then admit that they are a part of the problem, not the solution. These people are not many, but they walk among us. Their folly might not be obvious to them now, but one day it will be. But hopefully not to our costs. But just as surely as our every day habits are negatively affecting the environment, so too is the way in which we holiday and travel. That’s where the

eco-adventure tour has started to come in. We’ve made a selection of 10 ecofriendly adventures that fully deliver on all the things you’d expect of a holiday without damaging the beautiful, and at times, fragile ecosystems that they rely on for their businesses. Ecosystems that you and I so often take advantage of, without thinking of the cost. Whether you’re looking for thrills and adventure or rest and relaxation we have a little bit of everything, and you can rest easy – they’re all green!


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Sea Kayak Experience (South Coast NSW) Tell me more: The tranquility of the NSW South Coast makes this Sea Kayak tour an experience to remember. Take a relaxing paddle through the Tomakin and Broulee area as you pass cliffs, beaches, bays and even some curious seals, dolphins or whales. Whether it’s your first time in a boat or if you’re a seasoned oarsmen your experienced, professional and friendly guides will help you to get the most out of your experience. Float with the crystal clear tides at your leisure, or push yourself to your physical limits. You can choose from a range of snorkelling options, flatwater and sea kayaking tours with everything from large groups to small teams of threes and fours. Cost: $65 per person.

Lake Eyre and Outback tour (Lake Eyre, SA) Tell me more: This tour is the ultimate in bush experience, featuring an action packed itinerary of adventure activities. The four day small-group based interactive adventure takes you from the remote Oodnadatta Track to the beautiful Clare Valley wine tasting regions. See national parks, historic towns, outback ruins and rarely visited desert areas. Not only do you get up-close-andpersonal with the environment, but it also includes a two hour flight over Lake Eyre, an eco-boat cruise of the Spencer Gulf and a visit to traditional aboriginal art sites. If trying native Aussie cuisine appeals to you, there will also be a stop to the Prairie Hotel. Try smoked kangaroo, camel mettwurst, wattleseed chicken and bush tomato chili jam. The company have the Eco-Certified Nature Tourism badge, meaning their tours leave absolute minimal impact on the environment. Cost: $1795 (includes accommodation, meals, 2 hour scenic flight and all tours)

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Surf ‘n’ Slurp (Margaret River WA) Tell me more: Centuries before surfing became the preserve of long haired men and women who peppered their conversation with words like “dude” and “gnarly”, the ancient Hawaiians invented a means of transportation that also happened to be great fun. The art of surfing was born. To properly enjoy this tour you don’t need to be an expert; the excellent guides will be more than happy to show you the ropes. Chose between whether you want to surf or stand up paddle board (SUP) and get ready to get a little wet and wild. This package includes a fully qualified guide and coach tour, transport to and from the Margaret River, lunch and drinks, equipment and wetsuits and of course, a healthy dose of fun in the sun. Cost: $125



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Sunset Dreaming Tour (Darwin NT) Tell me more: The Larrakia people are the traditional landowners of Darwin Harbour and they’ll happily show you around their homeland. The Sunset Dreaming Tour offers spear throwing on the beach, a didgeridoo performance as the sun sets, traditional craft, a visit to the elusive Fannie Bay sandbar and a tutorial for traditional fishing methods. The cruise also offers salt water tucker tasting of the freshest produce, as well as transport to and from the docking area. You won’t want to miss out on this amazing cultural display… Just don’t go swimming in the water! Cost: $75


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(Port Lincoln SA) Tell me more: If swimming with sharks is not on your bucket list, it’s about time you added it. This full day tour takes you from Port Lincoln to Shark Bay and on to Neptune Island, and right into the backyard of the sea’s most misunderstood creature. What sets this eco-shark dive tour apart from the others is the use of environmentally friendly sound vibrations instead of berley to attract the sharks. The crew blast music out into the deep and, trust us, it works an absolute treat. Believe it or not, the great white’s favourite songs seem to come from the discography of AC/DC! You can choose to view the sharks from the safety of the boat above the water, or if you’re feeling more adventurous you can be lowered into the churning sea in a cage and experience the full adrenaline rush of seeing the majestic beasts swimming right in front of your eyes. Either way you will remember this experience for the rest of your life! Cost: $295. To upgrade to swim: $100 (if sharks are spotted)

Ocean Rafting (Whitsunday, QLD)
 Tell me more: Whitsunday Ocean Rafting take you to the incredible Whitehaven beach, a one-stop relaxation destination with warm crystal clear waters and silica pearly white sand. Enjoy a buffet lunch and guided national park tour, or just sit back and take in some rays. There are two different tour options to choose from with one being the northern end of the beach and the other to the south. On the southern side, there is more time allowed to soak up the sunshine. On the northern, there is a chance to snorkel and explore the nearby coral reefs. If you are keen on doing both, there is a discounted combined tour! They are the only tour company to have direct access to the Hill Inlet Beach, giving you the chance to observe estuarine stingrays and ghost crabs! The company received an Ecotourism Australia Advanced Climate Change Innovator badge, not to mention their great work with the Eye On The Reef Program collecting and documenting marine life to help preserve the spectacular reefs we all love. Cost: $124


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turtle bay kayak (BROOME WA) Tell me more: Combining Broome’s spectacular coastline, impressive tides, diverse marine life and thrilling rafting, the Broome Adventure’s Turtle Bay Kayak adventure is a mustdo for any travellers keen to experience some salt water activities. Travelling in brand new, state of the art kayaks means that this trip around the peninsula is perfect for all ages. You will be taken to the best swimming spots; where you’ll see rock pool marine life and amazing sandstone formation. Just to top everything off, food and drink will both be provided for you. What you experience depends on the curried favour of the tides but you’re most likely to see turtles, with a possible chance of dolphins, manta rays and large schools of fish. Cost: $70 per person, including courtesy pick up and drop off at your accommodation.

Sunset-Sunrise Eco Tour Trees Adventure (Dandenong Ranges, VIC)
 Tell me more: Have you always watched obstacle courses on TV and thought they would be extremely fun? Then this ecoadventure is exactly what you are looking for. There are five tree-top quests, filled with daring tasks up to 12 metres in height. But don’t worry; there are options for those a little less experienced with Tarzan-style tree swinging. Some of the tasks you will encounter include: wobbling on monkey bridges, jumping on aerial skateboards, rope balance challenges and crawling through barrels. Flying foxes also intertwine through stunning canopies showing off rare trees such as a 150 year old Algerian Oak, and the gigantic 60m high Sequoia. The company is committed to helping preserve the historical site as a forest for many years to come. They will continue to carry out necessary cleanups of weeds, dead trees and overgrowth. Cost: $39

Glider flights (Sydney, NSW) 
 Tell me more: Taking a fuel-guzzling flight might not sound like the most eco-friendly adventure, but after the plane climbs to your desired height, experienced pilots will turn off the engine and you’ll soar like a bird above the clouds. The engine will be off for the rest of the flight as you soar across the Blue Mountains and the South West of Sydney. The flight also includes an educational run-through of how the glider works and what exactly you’re in for. You’ll want to do it over and over again, or maybe even become a member! Cost: Starting from $160 (depending on how long you want to go for)


(Sydney, NSW) 
 Tell me more: Starting off with a candle-lit sunset dinner at Wattamolla lagoon, this tour is something out of the ordinary. Full of surprises, entertaining guides and stargazing, you will learn the art of night-photography whilst moonwalking. Hear captivating stories about the Aboriginal and European heritage whilst taking in the nocturnal flora and fauna. You then have a choice to do a guided 2km trek to Wattamolla, or continue to ethereal creek in the littoral rainforest. This is an adventure under the moonlight not to be missed. Following a pleasant sleep listening to the ocean, watch the sunrise through Providential Cove lighting up the waterfall. Finish the tour with a feast before heading back to reality. These guys are so eco-friendly they even use 100 per cent recycled brochures. Cost: $249

Bruny Island Eco-Tour (Hobart, TAS)
 Tell me more: Starting in Hobart, you will have a guided bus tour to Kettering before boarding a ferry to the stunning Bruny Island. Get ready for a three hour wilderness cruise exploring the most interesting and breathtaking parts of the coastline. Some of the natives you may get to meet along the way include: Australian and NZ fur seals, killer whales, bottlenose dolphins, white sharks, little penguins, sooty oystercatchers and sea eagles. Whilst cruising on the fast open-top boat, the friendly and fun tour guides will point out cliff faces, sea-caves and lush forest. Lunch options on the beach are available upon return, to soak in the last of the experience. A proportion of every ticket goes to the Tasmanian Coast Conservation Fund, which helps manage the national parks, coastlines, marine reserves and wildlife. Cost: $110


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Walking the walk It’s great. It’s by the ocean. It’s a walk. It’s Victoria’s Great Ocean Walk and if you’ve got five days and some boots, you can conquer it Words paul winslow

It’s ten years since I first travelled the Great Ocean Road on one of many backpacking visits to Australia. I remember it clearly enough to know that while the first east-west section was everything I had dreamed it would be – sweeping bends and hairpins hugging the coastline with stunning vistas round every one of them – the part from Apollo Bay was something of a disappointment. It wasn’t so much the Great Ocean Road as the Great Inland Road that ended up at the 12 Apostles (the less said about how many Apostles there actually are, the better). Thankfully there is now a way to see that stretch of coastline but you have to do it under your own steam. The Great Ocean Walk is a 97.9 kilometre trek split into eight sections with seven walk-in campsites en route. Which means there are seven more campsites than there are pubs, shops, rubbish bins or any of the other amenities we take for granted. Everything you need on this walk you take in, and everything you use you take out. How you choose to split the walk is your prerogative, but this is my story…

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Day 1 Afternoon Section 1 – Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre to Elliot Ridge (9.7km) After supping a lunchtime beer and consuming our last meal that would not come out of a packet we headed south from Apollo Bay. The first few kilometres are unremarkable and basically consist of walking out of civilisation. After walking through Marengo Holiday Park and along a pleasant rural track the real fun starts (if you don’t think the next bit sounds like fun then flick the rest of this feature and forget about doing it. It’s not for you.) The terrain becomes very rocky with fascinating formations. I’ve never been to the moon but this is what I would imagine it to be like, although with less gravity. It’s mostly easy going albeit with a fun scramble to negotiate the originally titled ‘The Blowhole’. After a rather awesome beach walk we headed inland for a short, sharp and sweaty climb to finish off the day and our first night of camping. All the campsites follow the same pattern, with fantastic pitches elegantly sculpted into the environment. Each site has a shelter and a compost toilet (often with exquisite views) with both edifices utilising sloped rooves to collect rainwater for use (don’t forget your purification tablets).

Day 2 Morning Section 2 – Elliott Ridge campsite to Blanket Bay campsite (11.8km) This is actually the dullest section of the walk as topography dictates it is inland and predominantly on established 4x4 tracks. My highlight was encountering a rather relaxed and sociable black wallaby. The final short section brings you ever more tantalisingly back to the sea and a final descent to the picturesque Blanket Bay.

Day 2 Afternoon Section 3 – Blanket Bay campsite to Cape Otway campsite (10.3km) The walk from Blanket Bay climbs up along the cliff tops through coastal forests before you emerge to a breathtaking lookout spot. (There are so many lookout points with amazing coastline views I won’t mention them all as there won’t be room for anything else.) There can be few better lunch spots in Australia. Crossing the inlet may involve getting your feet wet and then the Walk rises to the cliff tops again. Except we ignored the advice of the map and took the coastal path which isn’t recommended for hiking but was another encounter with mind boggling rock formations shaped by millions of years of sea action. From the beach a short inland stretch connects you to civilisation as you walk alongside the road that leads to Cape Otway lighthouse. After being disappointed to not spot koalas earlier we found one hanging off a branch directly in our path. After eyeing us suspiciously he decided to hang out with us for a while which was an ideal way to chill out.

Day 3 Morning Section 4 – Cape Otway to Aire River (9.3km) The first part of this section is the most densely populated, firstly with humans who are exploring the area round the lighthouse and then by cicadas. If the torturers in Guantanamo Bay knew how much racket these little buggers could make they’d quickly drop waterboarding. Where most of the beaches so far are rocky, Station Beach is an unadulterated stretch of classical sand and there was nothing but ourselves and our footsteps recording the route we had taken, before the track took us back inland for a pitstop at the Aire River campsite. ››

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Day 3 Afternoon Section 5 – Aire River to Johanna Beach (13.9km) The walk heads up and back to the clifftops for several kilometres before descending down to a path that runs along the base of an escarpment offering a fascinating contrast between the cliffs to the right and the sea crashing on the rocks to the left. The next inland section is merely a precursor to one of the highlights of the trek – a twokilometre stroll on Johanna Beach. Walking barefoot with a backpack is not something you get to do very often but it’s the easiest way to travel here. A quick dip in the ocean and it was again time to walk past what we were now referring to as plebs’ campsites and to the GOW version perched atop Slippery Point looking back over the beach.

Day 4 Morning Section 6 – Johanna Beach to Ryans Den (13.9km) The first section is a pretty dull affair, inland 4x4 tracks enlivened only by a dummy pirate offering free chocolate standing sentry outside one of the several houses you pass. After traversing Milanesia Beach the track becomes a great, tough bushwalk that makes a nice change of pace. A big climb culminates in arrival at Ryans Den where an echidna welcomed us, although I don’t think he works full-time.

Day 5 Morning Section 7 – Ryans Den to Devils Kitchen (are they allergic to

apostrophes?) (14.4km) As we had some tide times to consider we were up bright and early for what was described as the most difficult section of the walk. I don’t agree but maybe it was too early for my brain to appreciate it. Anyway we hit Wreck Beach after a 366 step descent (Depending on which guide you read – I didn’t count ‘em. But there’s a lot.) It’s not hard to imagine ships being wrecked on this hostile looking beach and the ships’ anchors still on display are testament to its destructive history. Our last rock scramble led to a climb up to the last campsite. Even if you don’t need to I recommend using the toilet. The view is awesome.

Day 5 Afternoon Section 8 – Devils Kitchen to Twelve Apostles (14.6km) The long, straight path outlined on the map with no beach action suggested this might be a long, unremarkable and tiring walk to get back to the car we had left at the end before getting a cab to the start of the walk. In fact it was a brilliant culmination with a variety of terrain and countryside that proved to be an excellent finale. The entire track is wonderfully signposted and the brilliant Great Ocean Walk lookout point is a suitable finish to one of the best things you can do in Australia and not have to pay a few hundred dollars for it. Don’t think about doing this. Just get on with it.

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Yes we can! This is Cairns in 48 hours Words priyal dadhania

DAY 1: It’s hard to resist Cairns' charm. With so much do during the day, not to mention the beautiful weather of the Sunshine State, there is only one solution: to get outdoors. But that’s not where it ends, let’s not forgot the Cairns' party reputation. Where clothing is optional! 7:30: Check in and leave your stuff in storage at the legendary backpackers, Gilligan’s ( then get outside. Every Saturday there is free Sahaja yoga meditation for an hour at the Cairns Lagoon ( The Esplanade is the focal point of the city, so now is your chance to check it out and get yourself relaxed before the day kicks off. 9:00: Situated in the heart of town above the Reef Hotel Casino, is one of the area's latest attractions, Cairns ZOOm ( This wildlife park also doubles as an adventurer seeker's dream. Not only is there a ropes course and a dome walk, but there is a zip line that glides over Goliath, a four metre saltwater crocodile. 11:00: Back on the road now with adrenaline pumping through your body it’s time to get cruisy on one of the area's most famous attractions, the Great Barrier Reef. Pull up at the Marlin Marina and climb aboard for an epic cruise over the stunning reef. 12:30: Back on land, but not for long, because there’s nothing like the high life. You get to enjoy the epic views of the reef from a different angle – on your very own helicopter ride ( This is your own


mission impossible and you’ll be flying over the Coral Sea and Green Island. While you're up there don’t forget to look out for marine life below. Roger that! 13:00: From up above to down below land, take a dip in the ocean waters. Experience the adventure of snorkelling, diving and sailing on the Great Barrier Reef with Pro Dive Cairns ( They'll take you out to the exclusive Outer Reef, where you can dive and snorkel with turtles, colourful fish and see an amazing variety of coral. They also have free wifi on board so you can upload your pics and show off to your mates straight away! 18:00: Arrive back in Cairns at dinner time, freshen up, get the sea water out of your hair, and knock back a few jugs of beer (or vodka – you're in Cairns). Then you're ready for the dance floor in the one and only Gilligan’s. It doesn’t have a reputation for partying for no reason! With a different themed night on seven days a week, the place is pumping. DAY 2: 8:30: Rise and shine, it's time to get high above Cairns with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway ( au) the cable car takes you 7.5kms over the ancient tropical rainforest where you'll learn about one of the fascinating and diverse areas on earth. 10:30: After this it’s time to explore. Drive toward Port Douglas following a coastal road along Cairns’ northern beaches. Let the scenery wash away your hangover, not to mention the beauty of Rex lookout – photo opp anyone? Pulling up near the port there are a number of local cafes

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and fast food joints to help with your Gilligan's hangover. 13:00: Continuing north of Port Douglas you’ll land in Mossman Gorge ( At Daintree National Park the gorge is a must-see. Once you’ve trekked along the path you’ll be able to give your feet a rest and admire the crystal clear Mossman River that cascades over granite boulders. 15:00: Heading back to the car and continuing north you’ll find yourself at Cape Tribulation. Check out Ferntree Rainforest Lodge ( which has classic huts with a bar and wooden tables. They serve scrumptious meals night and day. After eating it’s time to enjoy the delights of the Cape with a Croc cruise ( A one hour wildlife cruise that lets you spot wild animals in their natural habitat. Be warned: don’t walk too close to any mangroves, you might get an unwanted snap. 19:00: With all that excitement it’s time to head back towards Cairns. As the evening settles, head straight into the city centre where there is wide array of restaurants for you to pick from along the main strip. 19:00: And it wouldn't be true Cairns experience without dancing the night away at The Woolshed (thewoolshed. With themed nights on every night, try your luck in the wet T-shirt competitions or see how you fare in their Mexican drinking games. Either way you'll end your Cairns trip on a high.

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There are some things that live up to the 'When in Rome' mantra. Eating scorpions in Thailand, driving across the desert on Route 66 in a convertible, pretending you're Thelma and Louise (without the suicide), getting your photo taken at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you know the one where you're knocking it over. It's the postcard worthy stuff. So, when you're in Cairns, there is one thing that you just have to do: bungy jump. For starters, it's the only place you can do it in Australia. Secondly, Cairns is the perfect setting to take the plunge, it's a wild town full of adventure. Possibly because of the heat, possibly because of the droves of backpackers you're bound to meet at the bars who will tell you it's the "Best. Thing. Ever." And you know, it's not the XXXX Gold talking, taking the fall at AJ Hackett Cairns is up there with one of the best things you'll ever do – it sure beats eating scorpions. The hardest part about bungy is the anticipation. And unlike other bungy jumps in the world, where you throw yourself from a bridge, in Cairns you must climb a 50 metre tower, tracking your ascent with every flight of stairs. Your legs will shake and, determined not to look down or up, the climb seems never ending. At the top you have sweeping views of Cairns' rainforest and Great Barrier Reef. That is until you look down into the tiny drop pool of water (I told you not to) and your heart starts to feel like it's in a boxing match with your chest. You'll probably ask the other jumpers for advice, but it's best not to approach the nervous Swedes – ask the dudes who are doing their 7th jump for the day in Batman costumes. The staff take your 'boarding pass,' check your weight and strap up your legs, paying attention to how nervous you are. Here's a tip: don't act cocky because they'll soon knock you down (figuratively, and then literally). Once you're good to go, you'll shuffle up to the ledge, doing your best clenchedjaw smile for the camera and take the leap of your life. Now, there seems to be two types of people – those who completely black out and don't remember anything until the cord pulls them up again and they're bobbing around with the blood rushing to their heads. And then there are people (like myself) who remember everything in painstaking detail. Where the free-fall down feels like forever, the screams are blood-curdling and you witness the crowd's (upside-down) expressions of shock while you try and think of something profound to say other than "ahhhhhhhhhhh". Don't worry, there's no dignity in bungy and whichever way you handle it you're going to look like a goose getting its neck snapped. But, my gosh, it's fun. See:

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Best of the music fests Snow-covered slopes, remote desert dunes, a 17th-century fortress or epic clubs – you can party hard anywhere in Europe’s festival season Words helen elfer

Long gone are the days when a music festival meant an endurance test of mud, rain, soggy tents and more mud. This year, Europe’s best live extravaganzas can be found across a spread of incredible locations, so take your pick from these top events and mix your music with a little aprés-ski action, beach time or art galleries.

Bilbao BBK Live, Spain More dash than cash? Bilbao BBK has your name all over it. The Spanish music fest is an absolute bargain, with three-day tickets just $125, including camping. The action all happens at night, so during the day you’re free to hit the beach, explore Bilbao’s dynamic arts scene or just start the boozing early. Now in its eighth year, the fest pulls in crowds of up to 40,000 and in addition to the four main stages, there are also two dance tents, a pop tent and a chill out area. LINE-UP: Green Day, Kings of Leon and Depeche Mode are headlining. Fatboy Slim and Editors will also be performing. WHEN: July 11-13. BOOK:

your days skiing and snowboarding on the Austrian slopes of Mayrhofen if you like, but you’ll want to save most of your energy for the evenings, when there will be parties, concerts and DJs in various scenic Alpine settings – think an igloo, a forest clearing and plenty of mountainside cabins. Even better, TNT has teamed up with Snowbombing so that you can stay at our TNT Village, where a package that includes dorm beds and a wristband to the event costs just $445pp. More at LINE-UP: Kasabian, Carl Cox, Example and Katy B. WHEN: April 1-6. BOOK:

Motel Mozaique, Netherlands Genuinely alternative artsy fests don’t come along very often, so snap up tickets to this Rotterdam event ASAP. Everything from gigs to theatre to art shows are on offer here, all of which take place in various venues across the city. This is definitely a fest with community spirit, too – last year a collective of artists arranged breakfast for 200 people in the middle of Rotterdam’s largest shopping street. LINE-UP: AlunaGeorge, Daughter, Sinkane, TEEN and Jah Wobble & The Modern Jazz Ensemble. WHEN: April 5-6. BOOK:

Snowbombing, Austria Be honest – do you prefer the après-ski action to any actual sport? Then this is the fest for you. Sure, you can spend

Paint the town: Berlin Festival’s Art Village

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Berlin Festival, Germany Berliners know how to throw a good party, but this one is on a big scale by anyone’s standards. The two-dayer takes place on the decommissioned Tempelhof Airport’s airfield as well as the two hangars on-site until midnight, and then switches to Club Xberg, which is held at downtown’s Arena Berlin. During the day, the fest’s Art Village host workshops and exhibitions. LINE-UP: Blur, Pet Shop Boys and Turbostaat are playing the main stage. DJ acts Justice and SebastiAn will be playing until the small hours at Club Xberg. WHEN: September 6-7. BOOK:

Transahara, Morocco OK, it’s not in Europe, but we couldn’t resist sticking this one on the list anyway. How often do you get to party in the Sahara Desert? This five-day bash is a mish-mash of music, artists and cultural events, and there’s a real hippy traveller’s vibe to it – expect to see lots of whacked-out, be-dreadlocked soul-searchers enjoying the festivities. Only 1,000 tickets are sold, as organisers are keen to reduce the negative impact on the surroundings, so book early. LINE-UP: Psychedelic musos including U-Recken, AJJA and Perfect Stranger at the Nomad’s Tribe stage, Mathias Meyer and Anime K on the Morokoloko stage and Alien Rainforest and Smoke Sign on the Lunar stage. WHEN: April 3-7.



Horizon, Bulgaria Picture heavy bass thumping out over the snowy slopes of Bulgaria to a crowd of mostly British, up-for-it electronica fans. That’s pretty much the scene at Horizon, which is held over six days in the ski resort of Bankso. This is another good one for those watching their budget – it’s one of Europe’s more affordable resorts for skiiers and beginners get discounts on lessons. As for the price of mountain-raving fuel – even that won’t set you back too much with a pint of beer anywhere costing just $5. LINE-UP: Crazy P, Jackmaster, Mark E, Ben Pearce, Phaleah, Eliphino, Wookie, Dark Ski and Maribou State. WHEN: March 23-29. BOOK:

EXIT, Serbia This festival is drum and bass like you’ve never experienced it – while dancing in an old fortress on a hill, overlooking the Danube river. Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad plays host to hip-hop and dubstep as well as drum and bass DJs. During the day you can recharge your dancing batteries on the nearby sandy beaches. LINE-UP: DJ Fresh Live, Friction & MC Linguistics, SKiSM, The Prototypes, Inspector Dubplate. WHEN: July 10-14. BOOK:

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We look forward to some of australia’s best winter + spring festivals... Can’t make it to Europe? Not to worry! Just because it’s going into autumn and winter doesn’t necessarily mean that the sun will be going as well. The festivals might be slowing up a bit, but they definitely never stop entirely. Here’s a few worth checking out.

Splendour in the Grass What: Music festival About: Line-up unknown as of yet as the dates were only finalised in the last few days but you can be sure it’s going to be massive. By virtue of it being held during the quieter winter months, the festival, which has returned to Byron Bay, has become one of the country’s biggest music festivals. Should definitely be one to check out. When: July 26–28th Book:

Festival of Voices What: Music and Arts Festival About: Includes ten time Grammy winning gospel group Take 6, Canadian born-Australian vocalist Robert Stewart and verified musical genius Deke Sharon. This promises to be one of the biggest and

best events to take over Tasmania this year. When: July 5–14th Book:

Parklife What: Electronic/dance music festival About: Parklife often has one of the most euphoric and enthusiastic crowds of any festival as it usually signifies spring and the beginning of the festival season. 2012 saw bands like The Presets, Justice and Passion Pit and Tame Impala all take the stage. When: September/October Book:

Stereosonic What: Dance music festival About: Another for the dance enthusiasts amongst us, Stereosonic is for many the true beginning of summer. Line up last year included: Avicii, Calvin Harris and Bassnectar. Sure to be plenty of skin on show and lots of bodies moving. Like any good festival should. When: Mid November Book: WORLD_festivalsv5.indd 59


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ozLISTINGS travel agents Adventure Travel Bugs 07 3236 3266, Backpackers World Travel 1800 997 325 Peter Pans Adventure Travel 1800 669 424, Travellers Contact Point 1800 647 640, Tribal Adventure Travel 1800 984 484, YHA Travel 02 9261 111,

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Bottom Bits Bus Tours around Tasmania 1800 777 103, Bunyip Tours Tours around Victoria 1300 286 947, Cool Dingos Fraser Island Tours 1800 072 555, Explore Whitsundays Whitsundays packages 1800 675 790, Groovy Grape Getaways Tours linking Adelaide, Alice Springs & Melbourne 1800 661 177, Heading Bush Adelaide to Alice Springs outback tours 1800 639 933,

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Maxi Ragamuffin Whitsundays sailing 1800 454 777 Mojosurf Sydney to Byron surfing tours 1800 113 044, Nullarbor Traveller Tours from Adelaide and Perth 1800 816 858,

Wildlife Tours Tours around Victoria 1300 661 730,

rental firms Apollo Motorhomes 1800 777 779,

Ocean Rafting Whitsundays tours 07 4946 6848,

Mighty Cars and Campers (Formerly Backpacker Campervan Rentals) 1800 809 944

Oz Experience Hop on-hop off Australia-wide tours 1300 300 028,

Boomerang Cars 0414 882 559,

Surfcamp Sydney to Byron surfing tours 1800 888 732,

Hippie Camper 1800 777 779,

The Rock Tour Red centre tours 1800 246 345,

Kings Cross Car Market For buying and selling vehicles. 110 Bourke St, Woolloomooloo. 02 9358 5000,


transport co Greyhound Australia Buses around Australia. 13 20 30, Jetstar Airline. 131 538,

Premier Transport Group Buses along the east coast. 13 34 10, Qantas Airline. 13 13 13, Regional Express Airline. 13 17 13,

Spaceships 1300 132 469,

Spirit of Tasmania Ferries to Tasmania. 03 6336 1446, 1300 789 059,

Tiger Airways Airline. 03 9999 2888,

Western Xposure WA tours 08 9414 8423,

Travellers Auto Barn 1800 674 374,

Wilderness 4WD Adventures Top end tours 1800 808 288,

Wicked Campers 1800 246 869,

Redline Coaches For getting around Tasmania. 03 6336 1446,

Adventure Tours Australia-wide tours 1800 068 886,

Jump Tours Tours around Tasmania 0422 130 630, Whitsundays packages 1800 677 119,

Kakadu Dream Kakadu tours 1800 813 266,

Under Down Under Tours Tours around Tasmania 1800 064 726,

Autopia Tours Tours around Victoria 03 9391 0261,

Kangaroo Island Adventure Tours Adelaide to KI tours 13 13 01,

Awesome Adventures Oz Whitsundays packages 1800 293 7663,

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Adventures South Australia 1800 786 386,

Topdeck Tours covering all of Oz 1300 886 332,

Virgin Australia Airline. 13 67 89,


taronga zoo Located just 12 minutes from Sydney CBD by ferry, Taronga Zoo offers an experience most won’t get to see unless heading over to Africa. Get up close and personal with Asian elephants, ringtailed lemurs, giraffes, gorillas, zebras and of course the beautiful Sumatran tigers. Not only does the zoo have constant entertainment but there is also a ‘Roar and Snore’ option to sleep overnight, overlooking the spectacular views and really feeling you are in the wild, awakening to the sounds of the animals. Make sure you also check out the keeper talks and shows, running from 10am to 3.30pm daily. If you are interested in getting even more involved, you can join up to the ‘keeper for a day’ program, to go behind the scenes of what it’s like to work with these amazing creatures.


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sydney stay Base Sydney 477 Kent St. CBD. 02 9267 7718

Avalon Beach Hostel 59 Avalon Pde, Avalon Beach. 02 9918 9709,


Bondi Shores Level 1. 283 Bondi Road, Bondi

Big Hostel 212 Elizabeth St. CBD. 02 9281 6030

Bondi YHA 63 Fletcher Street. Tamarama. 02 9365 2088,

Bounce Budget Hotel 28 Chalmers St. CBD. 02 9281 2222

Eva’s Backpackers 6-8 Orwell Street Kings Cross 02 9358 2185,

Sydney Central YHA 11 Rawson Place. CBD. 02 9218 9000 Sydney Harbour YHA 110 Cumberland Street. The Rocks. 02 9261 1111

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412 Pitt St. CBD. Dorms from $22 Just five minutes walk from Central station, Westend Backpackers offers cheap rooms for amazing deals!

Sydney CBD Westend Backpackers 412 Pitt St. CBD. 1800 013 186

Dlux Hostel 30 Darlinghurst Rd, Kings Cross. 1800 236 213

Boomerang Backpackers 141 William Street, Kings Cross. 02 8354 0488,

Kangaroo Bak Pak 665 South Dowling St. Surry Hills. 02 9261 1111

Boardrider Backpacker Rear 63, The Corso, Manly. 02 9977 3411 The Bunkhouse 35 Pine St, Manly. 1800 657 122,

Lamrock Lodge 19 Lamrock Ave. Bondi. 02 9130 5063,

Easy Go Backpackers 752 George St. CBD. 02 9211 0505,

City Resort Hostel 103-105 Palmer St. Woolloomooloo 02 9357 3333 Glebe Point YHA 262-264 Glebe Point Road. Glebe. 02 9692 8418,

Lochner’s Guesthouse 8 Gowrae Ave. Bondi. 02 9387 2162,

Manly Backpackers 24-28 Raglan St. Manly. 02 9977 3411 Cammeray Gardens 66 Palmer St, North Sydney. 02 9954 9371

Aegean Coogee Lodge 40 Coogee Bay Rd. Coogee. 04 0817 6634,

Wake Up! 509 Pitt St, CBD. 02 9288 7888,

Coogee Beach House 171 Arden St. Coogee. 02 9665 1162,

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Coogee Beachside 178 Coogee Bay Rd, Coogee. 02 9315 8511, Surfside Backpackers 186 Arden Street. Coogee. 02 9315 7888,

Manly Surf School Manly Beach. 02 9977 6977, Maritime Museum Darling Harbour.

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Blue Mountains YHA 207 Katoomba St, Katoomba. 02 4782 1416,

Oceanworld Manly West Esplanade.

central coast

Powerhouse Museum Darling Harbour.

Newcastle Beach YHA 30 Pacific St, Newcastle. 02 4925 3544,

Skydive the Beach Wollongong.

Terrigal Beach YHA 9 Ocean View Dr, Terrigal. 02 4384 1919,

Sydney Olympic Park Darling Harbour. Sydney Tower and Skytour 100 Market St, CBD.

Byron Beach resort

Sydney Harbour Bridge The Rocks.

25 Childe Street, Belongli Beach. Beds from $19 The old Belongil Beach House has a new look and new management. Cheap, clean, comfortable and seconds from the beach. All you need.

Sydney Aquarium Darling Harbour. Sydney Wildlife World Darling Harbour. Taronga Zoo Mosman. Waves Surf School


Byron Bay

sydneymusic Hordern Pavillion Oxford Art Factory Sydney Opera House

The Annandale The Enmore The Metro

The Entrance Backpackers 2/56 The Entrance Road, The Entrance, 2261 02 4334 5005 Skydive Central Coast Warnervale.

BYron bay Backpackers Holiday Village 116 Jonson St 1800 350 388, Backpackers Inn 29 Shirley St 1800 817 696

@tnt_downunder Byron Bay Accom 02 6680 8666, The Arts Factory 1 Skinners Shoot Rd. 02 6685 7709, Nomads Byron Bay Lawson Lane. 1800 666 237, Byron Bay YHA 7 Carlyle St. 1800 678 195 Skydive the Beach Byron Bay Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina 1800 302 005

coffs harb Coffs Harbour YHA 51 Collingwood St. 02 6652 6462, Harbour City Holiday Park 123 Pacific Highway Hoey Moey Backpackers 80 Ocean Pde Plantation Backpackers 88 Grafton Street

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QLDLISTINGS brisbane stay Aussie Way Backpackers 34 Cricket St. 07 3369 0711, Banana Bender Backpackers 118 Petrie Terrace. 07 3367 1157, Base Brisbane Embassy 214 Elizabeth St. 07 3166 8000, Base Brisbane Central 308 Edward St. 07 3211 2433, Brisbane Backpackers Resort 110 Vulture St, West End. 1800 626 452, Brisbane City Backpackers 380 Upper Roma St 1800 062 572, Bunk Backpackers Cnr Ann & Gipps Sts, 1800 682 865, The Deck 117 Harcourt Street, New Farm. 04 3377 7061 Tinbilly Travellers Cnr George and Herschel Sts. 1800 446 646.

Balmoral House 33 Amelia St, Fortitude Valley Brisbane City YHA 392 Upper Roma St Nomads Prince Consort Backpackers 230 Wickham St Somewhere to Stay Cnr Brighton Rd & Franklin St The Palace Backpackers Cnr Anne & Edward St Tin Billy Travellers 462 George St

brisbane do Australia Zoo Glasshouse Mountains, Tourist Drive, Beerwah. 07 5436 2000, Gallery of Modern Art 07 3840 7303, Riverlife Adventure Centre Kayaking & rock climbing. Lower River Terrace, Kangaroo Point. 07 3891 5766, Story Bridge Adventure Climb 170 Main St, Kangaroo Point. 1300 254 627, XXXX Ale House Brewery tours. Cnr Black & Paten St, Milton.07 3361 7597,

gold coast Aquarius Backpackers 44 Queen St, Surfers Paradise. 1800 22 99 55, Backpackers in Paradise 40 Peninsula Drive, Surfers Paradise. 1800 268 621,



Coolangatta Kirra Beach YHA Pl, 230 Coolangatta Rd, Bilinga. 07 5536 76442, Coolangatta Sands Hostel Cnr Griffiths & McLean Sts, Coolangatta. 07 5536 7472, Gold Coast International BP 28 Hamilton Ave, Surfers. 1800 816 300, Islander Backpackers Resort 6 Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise. 1800 074 393, Sleeping Inn Surfers 26 Peninsular Dr, Surfers Paradise. 1800 817 832, Surfers Paradise Backpackers Resort 2837 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers. 1800 282 800, Surfers Paradise YHA Mariners Cove, 70 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise. 07 5571 1776, Trekkers Backpackers 22 White St, Southport. 1800 100 004, Nomads Islander Resort 3128 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surf & Sun Backpackers 3323 Surfers Paradise Blvd

gc do Dreamworld Theme park. Get Wet Surf School 07 5532 9907 Seaworld

Wet â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wild Water World Warner Bros Movie World Zorb 07 5547 6300

sunshine cst Mooloolaba Backpackers 75-77 Brisbane Rd, Mooloolaba. 1800 020 120 Nomads Noosa 44 Noosa Dr, Noosa Heads. 1800 666 237, Halse Lodge YHA 2 Halse Lane, Noosa. 1800 242 567,


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Terms and conditions: * To receive the discount international backpackers must hold a current passport with an international address. This fare type excludes domestic backpackers. # Receive up to 40% discount on economy seat adult rail fares. For more information or to book your Backpacker Rail Fares, visit or call 1800 872 467. Valid for travel until 31 March 2014. Queensland Rail Limited ABN 71 132 181 09 Travel Agent Lic. No. QLD 327 4957 QR3789.23_DL_0912.

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hamilton island Interested in snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef? Or perhaps relaxing in the sunshine on pristine clean white sand? Then Hamilton is the place for you. It has its own airport, so a simple direct flight will get you there, amongst all the action and leisure activities you could ask for. Jet skiing, parasailing, quad bike tours, sea kayaking and catamarans are just some of the activities you can do right off Catseye beach. If you love animals, check out the deep water turtle chase. You have the option to either snorkel or scuba dive and experience all the coral and fish species. Day trips to Whitehaven and Reefworld will make the visit even more memorable as these places are a rarity one cannot miss. If you can, take a helicopter ride over the iconic heart shaped reef.

rainbow beach Dingos Backpacker Adventure Resort 20 Spectrum St. 1800 111126, Pippies Beach House 22 Spectrum St. 1800 425 356, Skydive Rainbow Beach 0418 218 358,

hervey bay Aussie Woolshed 181 Torquay Rd 07 4124 0677 Next at Hervey Bay 10 Bideford St. 1800 102 989, Nomads Hervey Bay 408 The Esplanade. 1800 666 237, Palace Backpackers 184 Torquay, 1800 063 168,

fraser island Eurong Beach Resort 07 4120 1600, Palace Adventures 184 Torquay St, Hervey Bay, 1800 063 168


Barefoot Lodge Long Island Colonial Village YHA 820 Boat Harbour Drive, Urangan, Hervey Bay Cool Dingo’s Rainbow Beach 20 Spectrum St Flashpackers Hervey Bay 18 Spectrum Ave, Rainbow Beach Frasers On Rainbow Beach 195 Torquay Terrace, Torquay, Kingfisher Bay Resort River Heads Road, Fraser Island Koalas Hervey Bay 408 The Esplanade, Hervey Bay Fraser Coast Top Tourist Park 21 Denmans Camp Road, Scarness, Hervey Bay Fraser Island Backpackers Cathedral Beach, Fraser Island Fraser’s on Rainbow 18 Spectrum Av, Rainbow Beach The Friendly Hostel 182 Torquay Rd, Hervey Bay Woolshed Backpackers 181 Torquay Road

bundaberg Federal Backpackers 221 Bourbong St. 07 4153 3711 Northside Backpackers 12 Queen St. 07 4154 1166 Bundaberg Bondstore Distillery tours. 07 4131 2999

town of 1770 1770 Backpackers 6 Captain Cook Dr. 1800 121 770, 1770 Undersea Adventures 1300 553 889,

airlie beach 259 Shute Harbour Rd. 1800 677 119 Airlie Beach YHA 394 Shute Harbour Rd. 1800 247 251, Backpackers by the Bay 12 Hermitage Dr. 1800 646 994,

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

bowen Bowen Backpackers Beach end of Herbert St. 07 4786 3433

townsville Adventurers Resort 79 Palmer St. 1800 211 522, Adrenalin Dive. 07 4724 0600, Yongala Dive Yongala diving. 07 4783 1519,

magnetic isl Base Magnetic Island 1 Nelly Bay Rd. 1800 24 22 73, Bungalow Bay Backpackers Horseshow Bay. 1800 285 577,

Hotel Arcadia 7 Marine Parade, Arcadia Bay. 07 4778 5177, Pleasure Divers 07 4778 5788

mission beach Absolute Backpackers 28 Wongaling Beach Road. 07 4068 8317, Beach Shack 86 Porters Promenade


Scotty’s Beach House 167 Reid Rd. 07 4068 8676, Jackaroo Hostel Mission Beach Frizelle Rd, Bingil Bay Mission Beach Retreat 49 Porters Promenade

cairns stay Bohemia Central Cairns 100 Sheridan St. 1800 558 589, Bohemia Resort Cairns 231 McLeod St. 1800 155 353 Calypso Backpackers 5 Digger St.

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JJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Backpackers Hostel 11 Charles St. 07 4051 7642,

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

NJoy Backpackers Hostel Harbour 141 Sheridan St. 1800 807 055,

PKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jungle Village Cnr Avalon & Cape Trib Rd. 1800 232 333,

Nomads Beach House 239 Sheridan St. 1800 229 228, Northern Greenhouse 117 Grafton Street. 1800 229 228,

innisfail IInnisfail Budget Backpackers Workerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hostel 125 Edith St. 07 4061 78337 Walkabout Motel & ackpackers 07 4061 2311

cairns do AJ Hackett Bungy jumping & canyon swinging. 1800 622 888 Pro Dive 07 4031 5255 Raging Thunder Adventures Whitewater rafting. 07 4030 7990, Skydive Cairns POBOX 105N Cairns 07 4052 1822,

atherton Kuranda Rainforest Park 88 Kuranda Heaights Rd, Kuranda. 07 4093 7316,

port douglas Parrotfish Backpackers Resort 37 Warner St, Kuranda. 07 4099 5011,

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daintree Koala Beach Resort Cape Kimberly Rd. 1800 466 444

MOOLOOLABA Mooloolaba Backpackers VIP 75 Brisbane Road

MORETON ISLAND Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort


Emu Park Resort 92 Patterson St, Emu Park

Global Port Douglas 38 Macrossan St au/port-douglas

Rockhampton Backpackers YHA 60 Macfarlane Street, Rockhampton

Parrot Fish Lodge 37 Warner St Port Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Call YHA 7 Craven Close

Dolphins Beach House 14 Duke Street, Sunshine Beach

Codge Lodge 63 Rankin St Crown Hostel 25 Ernest St (07) 4061 2266

Nomads Noosa Backpackers 44 Noosa Dr NOOSA inland

Innisfail Budget Backpackers 125 Edith St

Noosa Backpackers Resort 9-13 William St

NOOSA inland Ride On Mary Budget Bush Retreat



Dougies Backpackers Resort 111 Davidson St




agnes water 1770 Beachside Backpacker 12 Captain Cook Drive 1770 Southern Cross Backpackers 2694 Round Hill Rd

STRADBROKE is Manta Lodge & Scuba Centre 1 Eastcoast Rd

SUNSHINE COAST Cotton Tree Beachouse 15 the Esplanade

TOWNSVILLE Adventurers Backpackers 79 Palmer St Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel 262 Walker St civicguesthousetownsville. Foreign Exchange Accommodation - Beachside 19 Eyre St, North Ward








The Great Barrier Reef Boasting as the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef stretches over 2,600km of the east coast of Queensland. The reef is World Heritage listed and much like the Great Wall of China, it can be seen from outer space. Generating over $1 billion a year, the Great Barrier Reef stretches from Fraser Island in the South to the Torres Strait in the North. The reef is home to a huge array of flora and fauna, with mny sightings of whales, dolphins, sea snakes, turtles, fish and even dugongs being recorded in the area. Sacred to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the reef has come under threat by coral bleaching, overfishing, shipwrecks and the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;crown of thornsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; starfish that can devastate coral in the area. Tourism in the area consists of snorkelling, cruises with glass-bottomed boats and many underwater observatories.

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VICLISTINGS melbourne stay


All Nations Backpackers Hotel & Bar 2 Spencer St. 1800 222 238,

Home Travellers Motel 32 Carlisle St, St Kilda. 1800 008 718,

Base Melbourne 17 Carlisle St, St. Kilda. 1800 242 273, Central Melbourne Accommodation 21 Bromham Place, Richmond. 03 9427 9826, Exford Hotel 199 Russell St. 03 9663 2697, Flinders Station Hotel 35 Elizabeth St. 03 9620 5100, The Greenhouse Backpacker Level 6, 228 Flinders Lane. 1800 249 207, Habitat HQ 333 St Kilda Road, St Kilda. 1800 202 500, Home at the Mansion 66 Victoria Parade. 03 9663

Hotel Bakpak Melbourne 167 Franklin St. 1800 645 200, Melbourne Central YHA 562 Flinders St. 03 9621 2523, Nomads Melbourne 198 Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;beckett St. 1800 447 762, Space Hotel 380 Russell St. 1800 670 611, The Spencer 475 Spencer St. 1800 638 108, Back of Chapel 50 Green St, Windsor College Lawn Hotel 36 Greville St, Prahran Claremont Guesthouse 189 Toorak Rd, South Yarra


follow us on City Centre Budget Hotel 22-30 Little Collins St Elephant Backpackers 250 Flinders St Elizabeth Hostel 490 Elizabeth St The Nunnery 116 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy Urban Central 334 City Road, Southbank

St Kilda Beach House 169B Fitzroy St

melbourne do Australian Centre for the Moving Image Federation Square. 03 8663 2200,

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King St Backpackers 160 King Street Hotel Discovery 167 Franklin St

Lords Lodge Backpackers 167 Franklin St Melbourne International Backpackers 204 Punt Rd, Prahran Melbourne Metro YHA 78 Howard St

Victoria Hotel Backpackers Victoria Hotel, 380 Victoria St


Back of Chapel Backpackers 50 Green St Base St Kilda 17 Carlisle St

Coffee Palace Backpackers 24 Grey St

Habitat HQ 333 St Kilda Rd,

Melbourne Oasis YHA 76 Chapman St

St Arnaud 99 Park St, South Yarra,

Melbourne Aquarium Cnr of Flinders St & King St. 03 9923 5999, Melbourne Cricket Ground Brunton Av. 03 9657 8888

Melbourne Museum 11 Nicholson St, Carlton. 13 11 02 National Gallery of Victoria Federation Square. Old Melbourne Gaol 377 Russell St. 03 8663 7228,

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wilsons promontory This granite peninsula, about three hours from Melbourne, forms the southern-most tip of mainland Australia and also happens to be Victoria’s largest area of coastal wilderness. Sealed off during World War II so that commandos could happily practice blowing each other up without disturbing the locals, ‘the Prom’ is a great national park, packed with scenic walks, beautiful beaches and loads of animals, especially wombats and mobs of roos. For sublime views of the entire rugged coastline, try and stagger to the top of Mt Oberon.

Skydive the Beach Melbourne 1300 798 843 Tourism Victoria Backpacking ideas. Wildlife Tours Australia Specialising in Victorian tours +61 3 9314 2225

great ocean rd Anglesea Backpackers 40 Noble St, Anglesea. 03 5263 2664, Eco Beach YHA 5 Pascoe St. 03 5237 7899, Great Ocean Road Backpackers YHA 10 Erskine Av, Lorne. 03 5289 2508,

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

mornington Bayplay Lodge 46 Canterbury Jetty Rd, Blairgowrie. 03 5988 0188, Sorrento Foreshore Reserve Nepean Hwy. 1800 850 600, Sorrento YHA 3 Miranda St, Sorrento.

03 5984 4323, Tortoise Head Lodge French Island. 03 5980 1234,

dandenong Emerald Backpackers 03 5968 4086

murray river Echuca Gardens YHA 103 Av, Mitchell St, Echuca. 03 5480 6522, Mildura City Backpackers 50 Lemon Ave, Mildura. 03 5022 7922, Oasis Backpackers 230 Deakin Av, Mildura. 04 0734 4251,

gippsland Prom Country Backpackers 03 5682 2614 Cambrai Hostel Maffra 117 Johnson St, Maffra. 1800 101 113

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

grampians Grampians YHA Eco Hostel Cnr Grampians & Buckler Rds,

Halls Gap. 03 5356 4543, Tim’s Place 44 Grampians Road, Halls Gap. 03 5356 4288,

mildura Mildura City Backpackers 50 Lemon Avenue

STRATHMERTON Riviera Backpackers YHA 669 Esplanade

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adelaide stay Adelaide Backpackers Inn 112 Carrington St. 1800 24 77 25,

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Port Elliot Beach House YHA 13 The Strand, Port Elliot. 08 8554 2785

Adelaide Central YHA 135 Waymouth St. 08 8414 3010,

eyre peninsula Coodlie Park Farmstay Flinders Highway, Port Kenny. 08 8687 0411

Adelaide Travellers Inn 220 Hutt St. 08 8224 0753, Annie’s Place 239 Franklin St. 1800 818 011,

Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience Sea lion and dolphin swims. 08 8626 5017

Backpack Oz 144 Wakefield St. 1800 633 307,

Kangaroo Island Central Hostel 19 Murray St, Kingscote. Beds from $25 Clean, comfortable and only 500 metres from restaurants, facilities and and a colony of beautiful penguins, pelicans and fishing jetties. A very cheap way to explore the exclusive Kangaroo Island.

Blue Galah Backpackers Lvl 1, 52-62, King William St. 08) 8231 9295,

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Glenelg Beach Hostel 5-7 Moseley St. Glenelg. 1800 359 181,

Adelaide Zoo Frome Rd. 08 8267 3255,

Hostel 109 109 Carrington St. 1800 099 318,

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

My Place 257 Waymouth St. 1800 221 529, Shakespeare Hostel 123 Waymouth St. 1800 556 889,

Temptation Sailing Dolphin swimming, Glenelg. 04 1281 1838

adelaide do Adelaide Oval Home to the Donald Bradman collection. War Memorial Drive. 08 8300 3800

barossa val Barossa Backpackers 9 Basedow Road Tanunda. 08 8563 0198,

coober pedy Opal Cave Coober Pedy Hutchinson St. 08 8672 5028,

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Radeka Down Under 1 Oliver St. 1800 633 891,

Berri Backpackers Sturt Highway, Berri. 08 8582 3144,

Riba’s Underground 1811 William Creek Rd. 08 8672 5614,

Harvest Trail Lodge Loxton. 08 8584 5646,

kangaroo is Kangaroo Island YHA 33 Middle Terrace, Penneshaw. 08 8553 1344 Vivonne Bay Lodge

Nomads on Murray Sturt Highway, Kingston on Murray. 1800 665 166, Riverland Backpackers Labour Hire Services 08 8583 0211

Calypso Star Charters Great white shark cage diving. 08 8682 3939, Nullarbor Traveller Tours across to Perth. 1800 816 858 Port Lincoln Tourist Park 11 Hindmarsh St. 08 8621 4444, Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions Great white shark cage diving. 08 8363 1788

flinders ranges Angorichina Tourist Village 08 8648 4842, Wilpena Pound Resort Wilpena Rd. 08 8648 0004,


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hahndorf Australian’s oldest surviving trendy German village is situated in the Adelaide Hills. Get the taste of Europe in this historical town with traditional beer, wine, and food. There are boutique cellars, bakeries, butchers (with German sausages) and small goods outlets lining the streets with fresh produce, and even the option to pick your own strawberries (when in season). There are heritage buildings, homes, galleries and museums to visit, so you can really get the feel of what it was like in the old days. Don’t forget to go a little further out to the wineries that SA is famous for. For the child inside, there is also a German model train farm.

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perth stay Billabong Backpackers Resort 381 Beaufort St. 08 9328 7720,

Underground Backpackers 268 Newcastle St, Northbridge. 08 9228 3755,


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

The Witchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hat 148 Palmerston St. 08 9228 4228,

Emperorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crown 85 Stirling St, Northbridge. 1800 991 553, Globe Backpackers & City Oasis Resort 561 Wellington St. 08 9321 4080, Ocean Beach Backpackers 1 Eric St, Cottlesloe. 08 9384 5111, One World Backpackers 162 Aberdeen St, Northbridge. 1800 188 100, Perth City YHA 300 Wellington St. 08 9287 3333, The Old Swan Barracks 6 Francis St.


Billabong Resort 381 Beaufort St Perth. Dorms from $27 In a central location, near the heart of the CBD this hostel is comfortable, clean and secure not to mention that it has a pool!

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@tnt_downunder Hotel Bambu Backpackers 75 - 77 Aberdeen St, Northbridge Mountway Holiday Apartments 36 Mount St Ocean Beach Backpackers 1 Eric St, Cottesloe

Backpack City and Surf 41-43 Money St

Perth Beach YHA & Indigo Net Cafe 256 West Coast Hwy, Scarbrough

Beatty Lodge 235 Vincent St

Planet Inn Backpackers 496 Newcastle St

Cheviot Lodge 30 Bulwer St

The Shiralee Hostel 107 Brisbane St, Northbridge

Coolibah Lodge 194 Brisbane St

Underground Backpackers 268 Newcastle St,

Easy Perth Backpackers 4 Francis Street, Northbridge

Wickham Retreat Backpackers 25-27 Wickham St East Perth (08) 9325 6398

Grand Central Hotel Backpackers 379 Wellington St (08) 9421 1123

YMCA Jewell House 180 Goderich St

Hay Street Backpackers 266-268 Hay St

1201 East Backpackers 195 Hay St

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WALISTINGS perth do Aquarium of Western Australia 91 Southside Drive, Hillarys. 08 9447 7500, Kings Park & Botanic Garden

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freo stay Backpackers Inn Freo 11 Pakenham St. 08 9431 7065,

Perth Mint 310 Hay St. 08 9421 7223,

Old Firestation Backpackers 18 Phillimore St. 08 9430 5454,

Perth Zoo 20 Labouchere Road, South Perth. 08 9474 3551,

Sundancer Backpackers Resort 80 High St. 08 9336 6080,

perth music Amplifier Astor Mojoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar

freo do Fremantle Markets Henderson Street Fremantle 08 9335 2515, Fremantle Prison 1 The Terrace. 08 9336 9200,

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monkey mia Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort Monkey Mia Road Monkey Mia 1800 653 611,

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Margaret River Lodge YHA 220 Railway Tce. 08 9757 9532,

Blue Reef Backpackers 3 Truscott Crescent, Exmouth 1800 621 101,

Surfpoint 12 Riedle Drive Prevally 08 9757 1777

Ningaloo Club Coral Bay 08 9948 5100,

albany Albany Bayview Backpackers YHA 49 Duke St 08 9842 3388, Cruize-Inn 122 Middleton Rd. 08 9842 9599,

Excape Backpackers YHA Murat Rd, Exmouth. 08 9949 1200,

broome stay Cable Beach Backpackers 12 Sanctuary Road. 1800 655 011, Kimberley Club

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CORAL BAY Ningaloo Club Robinson St

ESPERANCE Blue Waters Lodge YHA 299 Goldfields Rd,

EXMOUTH Peteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Exmouth Backpackers YHA Cnr Truscott Cres & Murat Rd


rockingham Situated less then 42 kilometres south of Perth are the Penguin and Seal islands, in the middle of the sparkling waters of Rockingham. As a part of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, the area has some impressive wildlife and remarkable views. Little Penguins, the smallest in the world, inhabit Penguin Island and spend their days hanging out feeding in the waters surrounding it. There are wild Bottlenose Dolphins and Australian Sea Lions frolicking around also, so keep your eyes peeled. Or perhaps jump on one of the tours to swim with them! The Aboriginal and New Zealand history of the island is quite fascinating, with stories dating back 12,000 years. Some of the limestone caves are still standing despite shifting sands, an interesting spot to check out while over there.


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Kata Tjuta- The Olgas Experience Aboriginal history first hand with a breathtaking visit to Kata Tjuta. Situated not far from the Yulara region, the rock based dome formations got their name from the largest one, Mount Olga. Mount Olga is about 1066m high and 198m higher then the iconic Uluru. Created from a mix of cobbles, boulders, granite and sandstone, the red colour is an unforgettable sight for all. Jump on a tour to learn all about the Aboriginal traditions and how many important ceremonies were, and are still performed here, mainly at nightfall. The whole area is a national park, so there is plenty to stop off and see along the way. The bright red sand and Spinifex plants are among the main attractions that 500,000 tourists see every year.

darwin stay Banyan View Lodge Darwin 119 Mitchell St. 08 8981 8644,

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BIG4 Katherine Holiday Park 20 Shadforth Road. 1800 501 984,

Elkes Backpackers 112 Mitchell St. 1800 808 365,

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Gecko Lodge 146 Mitchell St. 1800 811 250,

Youth Shack 69 Mitchell St. 1300 793 302,

darwin do Crocosaurus Cove Crocodile park and cage of death. 58 Mitchell St. 08 8981 7522, Deckchair Cinema Jervois Rd, Darwin Waterfront. 08 8981 0700,

alice do Alice Springs Desert Park Larapinta Drive. 08 8951 8788,

Airborne Solutions Scenic helicopter flights. 08 8972 2345

Frogshollow Backpackers 27 Lindsay St. 1800 068 686,

Melaleuca on Mitchell 52 Mitchell St. 1300 723 437,

Toddy’s Resort 41 Gap Rd. 1800 027 027,

Palm Court Kookaburra Backpackers Giles St. 1800 626 722

Darwin YHA 97 Mitchell St. 08 8981 5385,

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

Nitmiluk Tours Gorge cruises and kayak hire. 1300 146 743

Tourist rest VIP Windley Station, Tennant Creek. Beds from $27 A chance to experience the true Outback in comfort. Tourist’s Rest is one of the only hostels in Tennant’s Creek making it the best.

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Fannie Bay Gaol Heritage prison. East Point Road, Fannie Bay. 08 8941 2260, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory 19 Conacher St, Bullocky Point. 08 8999 8264,

Oz Jet Boating Stokes Hill Wharf. 1300 135 595, Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise Adelaide River. 08 8978 9077, Wave Lagoon Waterfront Precinct.

tennant creek Tourist Rest Leichardt St. 08 8962 2719,

Outback Ballooning Hot air balloon rides. 1800 809 790, Royal Flying Doctor Service Base Museum and operations room. Stuart Terrace. 08 8952 1129,

alice springs Alice Lodge 4 Mueller St. 08 8953 1975, Alice Springs YHA Cnr Parsons St & Leichhardt Tce. 08 8952 8855, Annie’s Place 4 Traeger Ave. 1800 359 089,

Haven Resort 3 Larapinta Drive. 1800 794 663,

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

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TASLISTINGS hobart stay Central City Backpackers 138 Collins St. 1800 811 507,

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Cataract Gorge Centre for Beer Lovers Boag’s Brewery, 39 William St. 03 6332 6300,

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

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

Narrara Backpackers 88 Goulburn St. 03 6234 8801,

Tasmania Zoo 1166 Ecclestone Rd. 03 6396 6100,

Pickled Frog 281 Liverpool St. 03 6234 7977,


Transit Backpackers 251 Liverpool St. 03 6231 2400,

ARTHOUSE BACKPACKER hostel 20 Lindsay Street, Launceston. Dorms from $23 Very clean and modern with a cute coutryard complete with herb garden and a free BBQ. Common room for watching DVDs too.

hobart do Cascade Brewery 140 Cascade Rd. 03 6224 1117 Mt Wellington Descent Bike tours. 03 6274 1880


port arthur Port Arthur Historic Ghost Tours 1800 659 101,

Salamanca Markets Every Saturday, Salamanca Place. Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery 5 Argyle St.

launceston Arthouse Backpacker Hostel 20 Lindsay St. 1800 041 135,

Launceston Backpackers 103 Canning St. 03 6334 2327, Lloyds Hotel 23 George St. 03 6331 9906,

Tasman Backpackers 114 Tasman St. 03 6423 2335,

bicheno Bicheno Backpackers 11 Morrison St. 03 6375 1651, Bicheno Penguin Tours 03 6375 1333,

cradle mtn Discovery Holiday Parks Cradle Mountain Rd. 1800 068 574


Mt Roland Budget Backpacker Rooms 1447 Claude Rd, Gowrie Park. 03 6491 1385

cradle do Devils at Cradle Tassie devil sanctuary. 3950 Cradle Mountain Rd. 03 6492 1491. Overland Track Six-day walk

freycinet Iluka Backpackers YHA Reserve Rd. 03 6257 0115, Freycinet National Park Brewery, Wineglass Bay camping. 03 6256 7000

strahan, Strahan YHA 43 Harvey St. 03 6471 7255,

strahan do Four Wheelers Henty Sand Dunes quadbike tours. 04 1950 8175 Water by Nature Extreme multiday whitewater rafting. 1800 111 142,


Swansea About 90 minutes from Hobart lies Swansea, a laid back seaside area perfect for a little quiet time, swimming, diving and of course catching rays on the beach. The historical town overlooks Great Oyster Bay and Freycinet National Park, two of Tassie’s striking attractions. When visiting Swansea, stop by the Spiky Bridge, formed in the 1800s. The Spiky Bridge shows off the unusual convict heritage and not far from it, another interesting attraction to see is the Three Arch Bridge. Hiring a boat and heading out fishing is a popular choice for stay in the area, or perhaps just digging in to all of the fresh oysters and other catch of the day while relaxing by the water.


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NZLISTINGS The Fat Camel (Nomads) 38 Fort St. +64 9307 0181, Nomads Auckland 16-20 Fort St. +64 9300 9999, Oaklands Lodge (BBH) St. +64 5A Oaklands Rd, Mt Eden. +64 9638 6545, Queen Street Backpackers (VIP) 4 Fort St. +64 9373 3471, Surf ‘n’ Snow Backpackers 102 Albert St. +64 9363 8889, YHA Auckland City Cnr City Rd & Liverpool St. +64 9309 2802, YHA Auckland International 5 Turner St. +64 9302 8200,

wellington huka falls The Huka Falls are said to be more of a huge swarm of rapids as opposed to a waterfall, but regardless, they are still an absolutely unmissable natural attraction in NZ. Huka comes from the word foam, and you’ll be seeing a lot of it as 220,000 litres/second pour off the volcanic cliff face and under the pedestrian bridge. Located in Wairakei Park, there are riverside walks and trails to take to reach this impressive sight, or it is a short 5min drive from Lake Taupo. If adrenaline interests you, check out the Eruptor cruise that can reach up to 95km/ph down the river. You’ll also go through Lake Taupos Bays and to spots covered in Maori Carvings.

Base Wellington 21-23 Cambridge Tce. +64 4801 5666 Downtown Wellington Backpackers (BBH) 1 Bunny St. +64 4473 8482 Lodge in the City (VIP) 152 Taranaki St. +64 4385 8560

Nomads Capital 118 Wakefield St. 0508 666 237, Rosemere Backpackers (BBH) 6 McDonald Cres. +64 4384 3041, Rowena’s Backpackers (VIP) 115 Brougham St. 0800 80 1414 YHA Wellington City 292 Wakefield St. +64 4801 7280

christchurch Chester Street Backpackers (BBH) 148 Chester St East. +64 3377 1897, Foley Towers (BBH) 208 Kilmore St. +64 3366 9720, Jailhouse Accommodation (BBH) 338 Lincoln Rd. 0800 524 546, The Old Countryhouse (BBH) 437 Gloucester St. +64 3381 5504, Tranquil Lodge (BBH) 440 Manchester St. +64 3366 6500,


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NZLISTINGS Rucksacker Backpacker Hostel (BBH) 70 Bealey Ave. +64 3377 7931,

queenstown Base Discovery Lodge Queenstown 49 Shotover St. +64 3441 1185, Bungi Backpackers (VIP, BBH) 15 Sydney St. 0800 728 286, Cardrona Alpine Resort Between Queenstown and Wanaka. +64 3443 7341, Flaming Kiwi Backpackers (BBH) 39 Robins Rd. +64 3442 5494, Hippo Lodge (BBH) 4 Anderson Hts. +64 3442 5785, Nomads Queenstown 5-11 Church St. +64 3441 3922,

Pinewood Lodge (VIP) 48 Hamilton Rd. 0800 7463 9663, Southern Laughter (BBH, VIP) 4 Isle St. 0800 728 448,

follow us on Darn Cheap Rentals 0800 447 363,

Base Auckland 229 Queen St. 0800 227 369,

Econo Campers +64 9275 9919,

Bamber House (BBH) 22 View Rd, Mt Eden. +64 9623 4267,

Escape Rentals 1800 456 272

YHA Queenstown Central 48A Shotover Street. +64 3442 7400,

Explore More 1800 800 327

YHA Queenstown Lakefront 88- 90 Lake Esplanade. +64 3442 8413 bus tours

Rent-A-Dent 0800 736 823,

Kiwi Experience +64 9366 9830 Magic Travellers Network +64 9358 5600, 0900 62533, NZ Travelpass 0800 339 966,

rental firms Ace Rental Cars 1800 140 026, Backpacker Campervan & Car Rentals +800 200 80 801,

Peterpans Adventure Travel TNT-OZ-halfpage-Oct11.pdf 1 6/10/2011 8:36:04 p.m. Bargain Rental Cars 0800 001 27 Shotover St Queenstown. 122,

Jucy Rentals 0800 399 736,

Rental Car Village +64 9376 9935, Spaceships 1300 139 091, Standby Cars 1300 789 059, Wicked Campers 1800 246 869,

auckland Airport Skyway Lodge Backpackers (BBH) 30 Kirkbride Road, Mangere. +64 9275 4443, Auckland International Backpackers (BBH) 2 Churton St, Parnell. +64358 4584,


wellington Base Wellington 21-23 Cambridge Tce. +64 4801 5666

Central City Backpackers 26 Lorne St. +64 9358 5685,

Downtown Wellington Backpackers (BBH) 1 Bunny St. +64 4473 8482

City Garden Lodge 25 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell. +64 9302 0880

Lodge in the City (VIP) 152 Taranaki St. +64 4385 8560

The Fat Camel (Nomads) 38 Fort St. +64 9307 0181,

Nomads Capital 118 Wakefield St. 0508 666 237,

Nomads Auckland 16-20 Fort St. +64 9300 9999, Oaklands Lodge (BBH) St. +64 5A Oaklands Rd, Mt Eden. +64 9638 6545, Queen Street Backpackers (VIP) 4 Fort St. +64 9373 3471, Surf ‘n’ Snow Backpackers 102 Albert St. +64 9363 8889, YHA Auckland City Cnr City Rd & Liverpool St. +64 9309 2802, YHA Auckland International 5 Turner St. +64 9302 8200,

Rosemere Backpackers (BBH) 6 McDonald Cres. +64 4384 3041, Rowena’s Backpackers (VIP) 115 Brougham St. 0800 80 1414 YHA Wellington City 292 Wakefield St. +64 4801 7280

christchurch Chester Street Backpackers (BBH) 148 Chester St East. +64 3377 1897, Foley Towers (BBH)










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The nanny diaries If you love kids, then finding work as an au pair is a great way to learn about life in Oz and enjoy some great perks along the way words: adele rogers

It’s no secret that most au pairs pack their bags and move abroad to live with strangers purely for the adventure and travel. In fact, the main benefit of working as an au pair is the opportunity to live abroad very cheaply as all living expenses are covered by the host family. Especially in expensive cities like Sydney, becoming an au pair makes it possible to see and experience the pricier places without the major price tag. Au pairs are hired as live-in childminders who may also be required to perform household duties in exchange for meals, accommodation and a small wage or pocket money. Although au pairs don’t make a huge amount of money, it is a fantastic way to travel on the cheap. Australian au pair demand has doubled in the past three years, however the supply of live-in child carers has failed to keep up, causing a significant shortage. The huge demand has forced some agencies to stop accepting new applications from families and urged the industry to lobby for the creation of a specific au pair visa program for foreign workers. The industry is lobbying the government to create a specific au pair via for working holiday makers. If the industry gets its way the specific au pair visa will

allow workers to stay with one family or job for 12 months as opposed to the standard six. Therefore now is the perfect time for travellers stumped to take advantage of the demand, down a spoonful of sugar, dust off their soccer boots and apply. Although there are no specific requirements to become an au pair, experience in childcare is highly regarded and even essential for some families. Qualifications in early childhood or children’s education are also desirable, but not compulsory. Padding out your résumé with any child related experience will help your chances of getting a job, even if it’s simply babysitting your siblings or taking care of the neighbour’s kids – put it in. Families not only want to know that you can like being around children, but that you are capable of taking care of their little ones. There are several ways of finding jobs. Many au pairs register with a local agency that organise their placement, securing a job and accommodation before they leave their home country. There are also Australian based agencies that place foreign au pairs after arrival. Families pay a placement fee to secure an au pair

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through relevant agencies, but for the au pair there should be no charge. Agencies will be much more fanatical when it comes to certificates, reference checks and experience. Many require a current first aid certificate, police clearance, two references and visa details. Another option is to explore relevant job-search websites where you create your own profile and browse the database for potential families. On meeting the family you will likely settle on details such as responsibilities, wage, hours, duration and leave

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entitlements; all of which should be set out prior to beginning. Household chores and childcare expectations are dependent on the needs of the family but usually include school runs, babysitting, light cleaning, cooking and washing. It is not uncommon for au pairs to be asked to accompany the family on holidays, all expenses paid. The standard pay is approximately $150/week for 25 hours work including a night of babysitting. Board varies depending on the living arrangements of the family, but can range from a basic single room to a fancy selfcontained apartment.

For more info log on to AIFS Au Pair in Australia For support in Sydney check out the original Facebook group dedicated to au pairs,


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