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EDITOR’S LETTER The weather might be getting cooler at TNT headquarters but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring you a hot and tropical issue! We get fruity around Oz finding the best places for regional work (hello second year visa!). We also head up to the sunny Gold Coast for a trip with a difference, show you how to become the best (fake) surfer and get hot and steamy in Fiji. Happy travels – keep warm!

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Restaurant review by Thomas Wheeler

Slap bang in the middle of one of Australia’s busiest pedestrian areas, the Queen Street Mall, the Pig represents with its wares everything an Englishmen could miss from home. Big screens playing all the EPL and sports you could want, good English pub-style food, pints of beer and it’s open 24 hours. Split between an English conservatory and a sports bar area, the Pig N Whistle is perfect for chilled out lunches during the week and a pumping atmosphere on a Friday night. The grub After browsing the colossal menu for some time, we decide to go for some classics from the motherland. The Slow Braised Steak & Guinness Pie ($23.50) houses massive lumps of incredible beef that literally melt in the mouth, served with mash and steamed vegetables. The Prime Flank Steak, served with onion rings, chunky chips and Café De Paris butter ($36.50) is presented outback cattlemen style – sliced and cooked medium rare. My counterpart tried the Middlesbrough ‘Parmo’ Chicken Schnitzel – a schnitzel covered in béchamel sauce then draped with melting cheese, utterly delicious, if not a little on the naughty side. Behind the bar Good stock of English lagers and beers, served in pints if desired. They even brew their own spin on a classic English ale ‘Spitfire’. A good cellar for you wine drinkers, with staff able to match beer and wines to the food selected. Bill please It really is a menu to suit all tastes and budgets. verdict A great place to spend an afternoon eating, drinking and being merry. THE SCENE

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Let’s be honest, soft shell tacos are infinitely better than their harder shelled siblings. Don’t believe me? Go to Mejico and get yourself an education! At $16 for three, the tacos might seem a bit steep in terms of price, but they’re absolutely delicious! The slow cooked pork with tamatillo salsa is actually better than sex.

There was a time when Beach Burrito made sense. Overlooking beautiful North Bondi, the food was as cheap as it was delicious and the atmosphere was as laid back as the staff’s interpretation of RSA laws. While the prices have gone up and the store has become a chain (Newtown? Spare me) the tacos remain top notch.

We seem to give The Norfolk a lot of love on these pages, and why not? The bar interior is kitschy and cool, the Bloody Marys come in old tomato sauce cans and the little kitchen out the back makes great food. Four braised beef soft shell tacos with salsa rojo and red eye mayo for $20 is good for whatever is ailing you.

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friday 24 Kraftwerk From $69 Sydney Opera House Bobby Womack From $59 Sydney Opera House

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Various, Australia Birds of Tokyo From $65.50 Hifi Bar, Melbourne

monday 20 Boomtown Rats From $69 Brisbane Entertainment Centre WAAPA - Developing Variation $24 WAAPA Music Auditorium, Perth

tuesday 21 Bobby Womack From $85 The Arts Centre Melbourne Deftones From $74.60 Metropolis Fremantle, Perth Flight Facilities From $25 The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

wednesday 22 The Rubens $31.25 ANU Bar, Canberra

Born of Osiris $29 Fowlers Live, Adelaide

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saturday 25 Watussi $15 The Standard, Sydney The Seekers From $105 Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Jenny Broke the Window $10 The Standard, Sydney

Dragon $39.80 Eaton Hills Hotel, Brisbane

Al Duvall $10 The Old Bar, Melbourne N/A

Something for Kate $40 The Gov, Adelaide

Gay Paris $TBA (cheap) on door Moonshine Bar Manly, Sydney

The Rubens $39.80 Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Motorway Ends $6 The Hideaway, Brisbane Caylee’s Ukulele $7.50 Shoalhaven Ent Ctr, Nowra


sunday 26 Walk the Moon $35.50 The Standard, Sydney Matt Corby $39.80 HQ Adelaide

DON’T MISS! manic street preachers Melbourne and Sydney. July. $TBA Rugby enthusiasts, Manic Street Preachers will be performing two shows before both of the Australian Wallabies test matches!

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wednesday 29 Flatbush Zombies $35 Oxford Art Factory, Sydney Something for Kate $39.80 Uni Bar, Wollongong University

thursday 30 Empire of the Sun $59 Sydney Opera House The Seekers From $105 Riverside Theatre, Perth

friday 31 Kaki King $35 The Gov, Adelaide RiFF RAFF $TBA Sydney Opera House

saturday 1 Owl Eyes $28 The Corner Hotel, Melbourne Boris the Blade $28.40 Fowlers Live, Adelaide Matt Corby $42.50 Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane Chance Waters $14.70 Republic Bar, Hobart

sunday 2 Matthew E White From $35 Sydney Opera House


Kate-Miller Heidke $47 Star Court Theatre, Lismore

monday 27 Karl Hyde (Underworld) From $59 Sydney Opera House Boomtown Rats From $69 Adelaide Entertainment Centre

MUSE Australian tour. December 2013. $TBA In possibly the most casual fashion ever, Muse have announced over Twitter that they will be coming to Australia in December. Details soon! Various, Australia


tuesday 28 Gurramul From $69 Sydney Opera House

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Shooters Superclub Shop 46 The Mark Orchid Avenue Surfers Paradise

cairns pubs P.J. O’brien’s 87 Lake St, Cairns

The Subiaco Hotel 465 Hay Street, Subiaco

Fabric Cnr Shields and Esplanade St pubs

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Rattle N Hum 65-67 Esplanade

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The Shaft Tavern 145 Croudance Rd, Elermore Vale

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Richmond Club Hotel, Swan St. Pay the staff whatever you think is fair, and 100 per cent of proceeds go to charity. There’s also a mix of live music/DJs and a seasonal menu. Melbourne

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The Duke 192 Macquarie Street Hobart

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Pig ‘N’ Whistle Riverside 123 Eagle Street, 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

Surfers pubs Blush Nightclub 21 Orchid Avenue Surfers Paradise Benowa Tavern

Kent Hotel 59-61 Beaumont St, Hamilton


Sunyside Tavern 20 Broadmeadow Rd, Broadmeadow

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

The Fringe Bar Cnr Ann and Constance St


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Cricketers Arms 61 Bruce St, Cooks Hill

byron bay pubs Bangalow Hotel 1 Byron St, Bangalow Ocean Shores Tavern 84 Rajah Rd, Ocean Shores

canberra pubs Transit Bar 7 Akuna St, Canberra Cube Nightclub 33 Petrie Plaza, City ICBM 50 Northbourne Ave, Canberra Mooseheads 105 London Circuit, Canberra

Kings Street Hotel 15 Steel St, Newcastle West

Cheeky Monkey’s 115 Jonson St, Byron Bay

Academy Club 15 Bunda St, Canberra

Mary Ellen Hotel 57 Railway St, Mereweather

The Northern 35-43 Jonson St, Byron Bay

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Bar Petite 5 King St, Newcastle

The Owl & The Pussycat 85 Jonson St, Byron Bay

The Northern Star 112 Beaumont St, Hamilton

Beach Hotel Bay Ln, Byron Bay

Hamilton Station Hotel 2-6 Beaumont St, Islington

Woody’s Surf Shack 90-96 Jonson St, Byron Bay

Prince of Wales Hotel 1 Morgan St, Mereweather

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Bluffer's guide to surfing Arrived in Oz and keen to become a mad surfer? Well, before you get your legrope in a knot, fake it with this epic guide Words craig jarvis

Should you find yourself in circumstances where you have no choice but to get in the water and pretend that you know something about surfing, there are a few basic guidelines which you will need to observe. If you don’t, you’ll look like a ‘grom’ or a ‘grommet’ – aka a total beginner. Worse, you might look like a ‘kook’ – someone who has tried surfing already but is still struggling to grasp the basic fundamentals of the sport. Worry no further. Here’s what you need to know and say to survive your first time surfing.

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Give me the basics Find a quiet beach with a gentle wave out of sight of any interested observers, and get to grips with the surfboard in relative privacy. We’re not providing a lesson in how to do it here; this is a lesson in how to pretend you can do it – so don’t waste too much time trying to learn. All you need to know is that the pointy bit goes at the front, and that you go on top. Don’t try to stand. It’s never a good idea. Instead, lie flat on your stomach and paddle about as if you’re waiting for the perfect wave. After a while paddle into shore, complaining loudly about the ‘swell direction’. This will only mean something to experts, none of whom will be within a couple of nautical miles if you’ve chosen your location carefully. Note: it is VERY important that nobody thinks you are a ‘bodyboarder’ (the lowest form of surfer with nicknames like ‘speed bumps’, ‘boogers’ and ‘doormats’), so don’t try and catch a wave when you’re lying down (however satisfying it is).

Which of course you do. Avoid own brand fashion items from large superstores, and anything that looks like it might be a counterfeit ‘designer’ brand (easily identified by the dye which will

Surf fashion has come a long way since the neon days of the 1980s

shortly run down your legs). These will make you look like a cheapskate – worse, they will make you look like a very incompetent bluffer, and you can’t afford to take that risk. The unavoidable reality is that you’re going to have to bite the bullet and invest in the real thing – however

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What do I wear? This is very important. Surf fashion has come a long way since the dreadful neon days of the 1980s. On the whole there are two types of surf fashion: the very right one and the very wrong one. The right surf fashion excludes anything that isn’t a genuine surf brand. These keep you warm in the water, prevent genital rash, and make you look attractive to whichever sex you want to look attractive to. The big surf brands are what you need to wear if you want to be cool.

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Bluffin' it: Simply pose with your board and pretend to check out the waves ruinously expensive it is. And don’t imagine that you can pick up authentic surfing gear in second-hand shops. Surfers rarely part with their clothes. The older and more tattered it is, the cooler it looks. That’s why so much surfing fashion is of the ‘ready-distressed’ variety, a look perfected by the Royal Mail. Simply put a new garment in the post to yourself and you’ll see why. What accessories will I need? Surfing hats used to be uncool, but when surfers started losing their noses and ears to skin cancer (not a good look), they rapidly became very definitely cool. So get some sort of head covering. Headbands and pirate-knotted ’kerchiefs are totally uncool and must never be worn. As a general guide, anything that isn’t strictly necessary is to be avoided. The easiest way for a bluffer to determine what is vital from what is not is to evaluate accessories in terms of functionality. If the accessory has little real function then it’s probably just a deeply dodgy affectation (like a shark’s tooth necklace), and bluffers should not be seen dead wearing or using it. So in fact all you need is: (a) a board, (b) a wetsuit (but only if you’re planning to go in the water) and (c) sunglasses. It is important that these have good UV lenses and make you look cool. Mirrored lenses are simply unacceptable – and try to avoid anything with too garish a tint. They’ll just make you look like an idiot. Elasticated straps are advisable because sunglasses always fly off in big waves (not that you’ll be anywhere near them). Try to get something faded and threadbare which makes you look like you’ve been around a lot. (d) Sunscreen. Bluffers don’t peel. Slop on as much as you can (even when the sun isn’t out). (e) A hat. What do I say? It’s more a case of what you don’t say. ‘Are you going for a surf?’, for example, isn’t going to win you many friends if someone is halfway through wriggling into his or her gear. You’re most likely to get a sneering, ‘No, I’m off to milk a cow in a rubber wetsuit’ type of answer. Similarly,


if someone is walking down to the water’s edge with their surfboard and you ask the same question, don’t be surprised if you get something like: ‘No, I’m taking my board for a walk’. Either way, you’re going to sound like an idiot, which is not the vibe you want. Rather, observe for a while and look for the right people to talk to. Questions like ‘How are the waves?’ or ‘Did you get a few?’ work fine and are innocuous enough, and don’t really leave you open to searching scrutiny. What sort of surfer should I claim to be? A good one, obviously. Never admit to inexperience. Hint at a past of intrepid ‘Big Wave’ surfing to anybody who enquires. If they also ask why they’ve never seen you surfing, look meaningfully into the distance saying tremulously: ‘The Wave at the End of the World.’ If they press further, simply say: ‘I was one of the first to discover Shipstern, and there aren’t many of us left. I’m sorry but I can’t say any more, out of respect to those who didn’t make it.' Maximum bluffing value Get on to the subject of sharks. Everybody loves to talk about sharks, but you will know about the Ampullae of Lorenzini and they probably won’t. These are the special sensing organs called electroreceptors in a shark’s snout. Sharks don’t like anything that interferes with them, like a deterrent which sends out electrical pulses and scrambles their senses. This means that they’re likely to do one of two things: tear you limb from limb in a fury, or swim off in a hurry. The jury is still out on which option they’re most likely to choose. While you’re waiting for a verdict, you can always invest in a branded shark deterrent carry case and fill it full of beer. DO SAY: 'I prefer a three-fin Thruster set up for superior down-the-line speed.' DON’T SAY: 'I’m not kidding dude. I once rode a great white most of the way down the Pororoca.' ❚

Adapted from The Bluffer’s Guide to Surfing, by Craig Jarvis, published by Bluffer’s ( Also available as an ebook.

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You Am I

Davey Lane has been with the indie-rock Aussie band for 14 years. We chat to the ‘newbie’ about how he got in with Tim Rogers and what to expect from the band this year... INTERVIEW alex harmon

“I was two days into a Uni course I fucking despised when Tim called”

Excited about playing Splendour? It’s gonna be great, we haven’t played for about five years but the few times that I’ve been up there we’ve always had a great time and because we’re playing two nights this time I am super excited. We’re gonna stay up there for the whole weekend and make a meal of it. Checking out any other acts up there? Definitely James Blake. I’m not really a Mumford and Sons fan but I hear the kids go nuts for them.

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Tell me about the theatre-styled extravaganza you guys are doing this year We’re playing the band’s second and third records back to back in June/July. Playing Hifi and Hourly from top to tail and then who knows, maybe covers, maybe other hits. It’s gonna be good value for money for the punter.


As the ‘newbie’, how did you get in the band? I was helping a friend with the band’s website and met them a few times. They proved themselves to be three of the most intelligent

and funny dudes that I’d ever met and I played a few shows with them in Melbourne. A few months later Tim called when I was two days into a Uni course that I fucking despised and asked if I wanted to go on tour with them.

What do you bring as the youngest member? Well I’m the youngest in age but I’m probably the one who whinges the most like, ‘oh I’ve got a sore throat’ so it kind of makes me the old granny of the band.

What were you studying? Um, journalism. I don’t want to speculate on what could have been but I think I made the right choice (laughs).

Would you say Triple J’s support has attributed to the band’s success? Yeah definitely, back when Triple J was a station that played indie rock bands. I never thought I’d become one of those guys who says ‘back in my day’ but I have to say Triple J was a different beast back when You Am I were up and coming, to what it is now.

Did you grow up listening to You Am I? Yeah, well Sounds As Ever I missed as I was about 12 when it came out, I was in a bubble listening to The Kinks and The Who, but then I heard Hifi Way and it was kind of a revelation that there were bands making music in the same way those bands did in the 60s and 70s. What has Tim taught you over the years? Well Tim, Andy and Russ have given me more of an education than I got out of 10 years at school. They’ve taught me to try and be a better person, a better musician and a better drinker, I suppose!

Working on any solo stuff right now? Yeah my own record was meant to be coming out around now but with the You Am I tour it’s been pushed back a little bit. But my own record has been 18 months in the making so an extra couple of months won’t be the end of the world. Catch You Am I in Hobart (June 19), Brisbane (June 26-27), Melb (July 4 & 6), Adelaide (July 12), Perth (July 13-14), Sydney (Aug 1).

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Heavenly Antennas A quick five with Kyls Burtland from the Sydney band INTERVIEW rosemarie marino

How would you describe the group and your unique style? Josh and I worked on a range of projects from producing artists to writing scores for films, TV shows and big music installations. The common elements in our style showcase a cinematic flavour, a crossover between his style (more electronic) and mine, which is a combination of orchestral and song writing styles. Are you excited for Vivid Sydney and the ‘Lighting of the Sails’ ? I absolutely love Vivid. I think it’s one of the best festivals we have in Australia. There’s always a fantastic line-up of great cutting edge artists and speakers. Besides Vivid, what has been your most memorable career moment? We did a huge installation in a pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo. It was one of those interactive pieces you could walk through and the music would then react to people in the room. It ended in a big 360 cinema experience with stuff all around you. If you could visit one place in the world, where would you choose? Iceland. I have been there, but I am longing to go back. I originally went because of the music. I love Bjork and I flew in listening to her music, looking at the vast Icelandic volcanos and valleys and within about an hour and a half of landing I was in a record shop and she was standing there, next to me. Describe the band in one sentence. An odd couple. Catch the sounds of Heavenly Antennas as part of the VIVID Sydney Opera House Sails Projections.

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A bigger flop than the Titanic’s maiden voyage

the great gatsby FILM review by Alasdair Morton. Out May 30 Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton | M | 143mins

the call Review by Adele Rogers Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut and Evie Thompson | MA | 96mins

In this suspense filled thriller, Academy Award winner Halle Berry plays Jordan, a retired 911 operator who inadvertently finds herself taking the call of an abducted teenager. In a gripping race against time Jordan works to find the girl and save her life. An exciting thriller that will have you at the edge of your seat, however walk out at the 92 minute mark as the final cheesy scene unfortunately dismisses all credibility. 22

One of the great American novels; an all star cast; a mega-studio budget; lavish stylist Baz Luhrmann at the helm – what could go wrong? A misjudged tone and heavy-handedness mostly in this underwhelming extravaganza. Originally slated for release last December then postponed for six months (an indication of anxiety or perfectionism, depending on which story you believe), Aussie Baz’s take on F Scott Fitzgerald’s roaring Twenties-set doomed romance, a tale of ambition, denial and never-to-be-fullfilled dreams, features all the filmmaker’s trademark extravagance. A contemporary score (Jay Z, Florence + The Machine, The XX) soundtracks jazz era New York as booze takes over, the party never ends, and the mysterious Jay Gatsby roams at the centre of it all. Yet while Luhrmann’s outlandishness occasionally works – one of Jay’s legendary Long Island mansion bashes is the sort of musical-led exuberance Baz excels at – here it conjures a feeling more of a gharish stage show than a living, breathing Twenties Big Apple. DiCaprio is a mysterious Gatsby, Mulligan seductive yet vulnerable as flapper Daisy Buchanan and Joel Edgerton brutish as her philandering husband Tom, but it’s Baz’s style that takes centre stage. Yet it’s cumbersome and plodding when it should be light-footed and reckless, as Fitzgerald’s prose regularly scrawls across the screen in partially-effective 3D. Baz’s drive for escapism sidelines real emotion, as the novel’s defeatist climax, our effort to beat life’s fatalistic inevitability, is rendered a slick dream that, like many reveries, is hard to recall once over.  Good for: If you haven’t seen Redford’s ‘74 version and won’t be disappointed by comparisons

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The fake Gatsby How to transport yourself back to the ‘Roaring Twenties’ Words hugh radojev

Become a valet: Drive flash cars without having to fork out. Just don’t crash them...

Star on reality TV: The easiest way to climb the social ladder, and like Myrtle, it’ll be short lived

Last week, Baz Luhrmann’s take on a classic of modern American literature, The Great Gatsby, opened to stunningly mixed reviews in the UK and US. After Baz’s bastardisation of Romeo and Juliet and the farce that was Australia, I’d rather put my $16 towards a top-shelf sack of goon. I always preferred Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night anyway. That being said, I’m just as easily swayed by the breezy whims of trends as the next man and nothing starts fashion/ cultural fads better than period dramas. For example when the movie Control came out I immediately started a terrible band, started dressing all in black and took to chain smoking. So, in honour of the imminent return of the Roaring Twenties chic, we’ve put together a little list so that you can have the ultimate period night out in 2013. Haute couture

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First things first, you’re going to have to look the part. In the 1920s men of means sought to model their look on the stars of the silver screen, actors like Douglas Fairbanks and Rudy Valentino (Google them). While for the women, short hair, and ‘slender, masculine silhouettes’ were all the rage. In other words, if you want to have a proper 1920s

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night, ladies, it’s time to get your Flapper on. Shortly cut, bobbed hair, shapeless, sparkly shift dresses and, preferably, a cloche hat to highlight just how short and racy your hair is. Oh, if you’ve got a fuller figure maybe consider strapping your ‘assets’ down, as supportive bras didn’t really exist in the 1920s! For men it’s all a bit simpler really: nighttime attire consists of a sharp suit (preferably three-piece), collared shirt, bow tie, shiny leather winkle pickers and slick backed hair. Start by raiding vintage clothing stores, or your grandmother’s closet!

Old–fashioneds for all Now that you and yours have slipped on some suspenders or a short skirt, bobbed up your hair or brill creamed it flat, you’re ready to hit the town for a pre-dinner apéritif. Historically, the early 1920s in the United States (and Australia) was riven by prohibition, which technically made the selling or consuming of alcohol illegal. Thankfully, between moonshine totting bootleggers, corrupt politicians and bent coppers alike, alcoholic spirits like whisky and bourbon were more prevalent than ever. The fact that they were often distilled

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From slappers to flappers

Palmer & Co will take you there

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by country bumpkins, in slightly unsanitary vats meant that they didn’t always taste great, so they needed to be mixed with something nice. So, in many ways, the early 1920s gave birth to some of the world’s great cocktails. Whisky sours, dry martinis and the eccentric sidecar were all born in the crucible of prohibition. While pretty much anybody these days can buy a book of Gatsby cocktail recipes and a shaker, the greatest thing about living in a prohibition-free era is that you can just go to a bar where people get paid to make them for you. Chances are they’ll be infinitely better at it as well. If you’re in Sydney, places like Palmer & Co ( or Black Bar ( au) definitely fit the bill, if you’re in Melbourne check out 1806 ( Drink up and be merry, old sport!

The spirit of Jazz The 1920s was also known as the ‘Jazz Age’, a time when large scale radio broadcasts began to bring African American inspired music into white, middle class society like never before. Jazz music had a huge influence on popular culture at the time, and has continued too until the modern day. At the time it was, in many ways, the world’s first youth movement, but it has become rather dated. There was a time when I couldn’t think of jazz without picturing a goateed beatnik, wearing a turtle neck and black beret, scat singing and saying ‘maaaaan’. Jazz clubs have made something of a resurgence in Australia though, and I can safely say that they make a pleasant change from blaring dubstep and sweaty, shirtless bros fist–pumping.

Dinner and a show

The Green Fairy

‘Home entertainment’ in the 1920s meant sitting by the fire and reading a leather bound novel, while listening to the wireless. There was no such thing as television, DVDs, laptops or gaming consoles. So if you wanted a little entertainment you’d have to head out and catch a show. Now I would have originally penned a night at the cinema into any 1920s themed evening, but damn and blast if all the pictures these days aren’t ‘talkies’. So instead, why not catch a little show while you eat your dinner? That’s a perfectly acceptable way to spend an evening, surely. Head out onto Sydney Harbour on an aptly titled ‘Showboat’ and check out the couples dancing The Charleston or strut into Carlton or Fitzroy and catch a cabaret show while picking at a Waldorf salad and sipping on a mint julep.

Yes, yes, before you start whining, I’m well aware that Absinthe was most prevalent in the late 19th century, particularly in the salons of Paris. But indulging in a little Green Fairy now and then was still seen as a perfectly acceptable, even fashionable, vice in the 20s. For many years in Australia, proper Absinthe (the one with the mildly narcotic wormwood in it) was banned, because drinking a lot of it tended to turn people a little mad. Thankfully though, that ban has been lifted, and a few specialist Absinthe bars have cropped up. Prepared properly, Absinthe can be a lovely drink to round an evening off with. Let an Absinthe specialist guide you and float off into blissful numbness.

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Feline stupid: cop with cat

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You’ve heard the one about the cat stuck up a tree – how about the one where the police officer gets stuck up a tree trying to rescue said kitty? That’s what happened to one red-faced cop in Queens, New York. Having heard the fur ball crying for help, the officer braved the heights of a tree to try to save the moggy. However, he ended up having to make a 911 call to the fire department after climbing one branch too many. Firefighters had to use a bucket ladder to get the man and cat down. Unsurprisingly, the New York Police Department refused to comment.

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A couple expecting a baby have escaped a house fire, putting their good fortune down to labour pains. The New Zealand man and his wife fell asleep in front of the fire in the living room to help with his pregnant wife’s discomfort. As they slept, the chimney caught alight and the resulting smoke woke the man from his sleep.“The only reason I noticed it was because the paint started bubbling up. I fix cars and do welding so I knew bubbling meant heat,” the unnamed father from Mount Maunganui said. “If I’d been asleep in the bedroom, there’s no way I would have woken up.” The couple escaped from their home, which was not fitted with smoke alarms. You could argue that if it wasn’t for the baby pains, the couple may not have lit a fire in the first place. Still, we musn’t let that get in the way of a good headline.

What a drag: It’s like that massive night in Thailand. Dressed as a female flight attendant at Perth Airport, Virgin boss Richard Branson pays the price for a lost bet over Formula One with AirAsia owner Tony Fernandes. He went on to work on an AirAsia flight in the get-up.

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Animal rights campaigners have expressed anger after a man was filmed charging at an elephant in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The video shows the apparently inebriated safari guide running towards the animal before falling over and attempting to run back to the jeep. The elephant appears to be about to charge before the man rounds on him and charges again, sending the beast off in the opposite direction.

The man’s friends react with jubilation and he is seen high-fiving a fellow worker. Singita Game Reserve, who employed the man, condemned his behaviour and said he no longer worked there.

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Distance, in miles, a Ryanair plane was diverted after pilot told passengers it was too dark to land at Kefalonia

Price, in millions of pounds, of 4km-long Daydream Island, in Queensland, which has gone up for sale

Wanted: strapping farm workers

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Maybe it’s because they think they’ll lose, but Australian farmers are shying away from New Zealand’s hottest rural bachelor competition. Just one bloke from Victoria has thrown his hat in the ring after it was opened up to those living across the Tasman. They’ll compete alongside Kiwis for the popular National Agricultural Fieldays event, which has been running for 10 years. “I’m not sure if they’re just intimidated by the local competition or what,” communications executive Vicki Annison said. “But they’re certainly not coming forward, which is quite a surprise.” After a week of testing contestants’ farming prowess, eight finalists will be vying for the title along with £10k in prizes.

afl healy’s live ‘gold c**ts’ gaffe


Respected AFL commentator Gerard Healy somehow managed a c-bomb when trying to say “Gold Coast Suns” during a live cross last weekend. In a video clip which has gone viral (watch it at, Healy was engaging in some pre-match punditry on the Fox Footy channel before his random gaffe left his co-commentators aghast. The football expert managed to mangle the name of the AFL’s 17th team, calling them the “Gold C**ts”, before

correcting himself live on air, much to the amusement of co-commentator Anthony Hudson.


Number, in millions, of players Candy Crush Saga has worldwide, making it the mostplayed digital game

Size, in square metres, of a bright-pink replica of Barbie The Dreamhouse Experience, which has opened in Florida

Wormhole: seen in Brighton?

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A concerned resident in Brighton has complained about a “wormhole or vortex” opening up in their street. The odd complaint was made on the council’s maintenance issues site Fix My Street. “I was walking my affenpinscher [a breed of dog] ... when I noticed that a wormhole or vortex has opened up on Montreal Road,” the resident wrote. “On closer inspection it seems to be some kind of portal to other times, places and dimensions. I would have investigated further but I was concerned my little dog would be sucked into it.” Brighton and Hove City Council said they will not be investigating the complaint. Wonder why.



QUOTE OF THE WEEK @angelinajolie thank you for sharing your story and helping women around the world. Inspirational Breast cancer survivor Kylie Minogue tweets her salute to the Hollywood actress after Jolie revealed she underwent a double mastectomy

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This week in football Double Roberto Last week we saw the FA Cup Final shock since 1988 (when Wimbledon beat Liverpool to lift the trophy) as Wigan beat Manchester City. In modern football much time is spent considering balance sheets, sponsorship, TV money and wages. Thank you Wigan Athletic for reminding us why we fell in love with the game and that football is still the greatest game of all. Saturday’s FA Cup final was remarkable for many reasons. An underrated aspect is for the third season running the winning manager is named Roberto! In fact, 2013 saw a Roberto takeover with both finalists managed by one. However, their chances of success in 2014 are severely reduced lessened by the sacking of Manchester City manager Mancini.

Magical Manuel? Mancini is to be replaced by Chilean Manuel Pellegrini. While the media reaction to Pellegrini has been a mixed response the press should realise they have been presented with a great opportunity. The British press are, after all, the people who portrayed England manager Graham Taylor as a turnip. When Manchester City hit a bad spell don’t be shocked to see their manager depicted as a hapless Spanish waiter from a 70s sitcom set in Torquay.

Cut-throat business Football management gives the term ‘cut throat’ a complex for not living up to itself. Even success guarantees very little. Mancini’s removal means the managers who won the 2011-12 Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup & Championship have all been sacked. Bearing that in mind serves to highlight even further how staggering Alex Ferguson’s 26 year reign at Manchester United was. During his reign hot new managers like John Gregory, David O’Leary, Mike Walker and Kevin Keegan have emerged and faded, Ferguson saw them all off. In retirement he intends to spend time travelling with his wife Cathy. It’s known 28

Aussie kiteboard racer Jordan Girdis in action in last week’s KTA Series on Pingtan Island Fuzhou, China that Cathy doesn’t like football and rarely, if ever watched the games, even on TV. If they stay at a hotel and room service takes too long to arrive she may be mystified by the sight of her husband furiously pointing at his watch! By Joe Byatt, Football Fans Downunder (

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Will Monaco be the Grand Prix that turns Mark Webber’s season to forget, unless you love headlines, around? Red Bull’s second-string driver won the glam Monte Carlo event in 2012, beating teammate Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, into third and fourth. The win was the third successive victory there for Red Bull, and the experience of Webber shone through when rain fell on the tricky street track in the latter stages. The closest Webber has come to a win this year was when he led Vettell in

Malaysia and the German disobeyed team orders not to pass him to win.

BIG WEEK FOR ... New Zealand football captain Rebecca Smith’s Wolfburg will line up at Stamford Bridge on Thursday against Lyon in the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final. Sadly for the White Ferns defender, she’ll be missing through injury, and will have to settle with being at the heart of a defence that conceded 15 goals in 21 games to take the first women’s Bundesliga title for her club.

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QUOTEs OF THE WEEK I don’t care how long it takes I’m desperate to play for Queensland South Sydney Rabbitoh Chris McQueen was given a chance to play for England in the upcoming rugby league World Cup. You can take the boy out of Kingaroy, but…

Big hit: Chris Gayle



The Indian Premier League will have its sixth winner by Sunday evening after the 2013 grand final. Despite a tight table after the round robin stages, the top three teams were decided – with Ricky Ponting’s Mumbai Indians, MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings and Raul Dravid’s Rajastan Royals qualifying. This guarantees organisers of seeing Sachin Tendulker and Lasith Malinga (Indians), Mike Hussey and Dwayne Bravo

(Kings) and Shane Watson and James Faulkner (Royals). It will take the weekend’s results to reveal whether or not the star of the tournament, batsman Chris Gayle, will appear for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, or if the Sunrisers Hyderabad will snatch the fourth finals birth. The teams ranked one and two will play on Tuesday, with the loser of that match playing the winner of Wednesday’s clash between the third and fourth side (loser of that is out) on Friday. The final is live on Sunday. All games start at 3.30pm UK time

I’m thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level David Beckham ended his playing career a Ligue 1 winner, even after being offered a contract extension by Paris Saint Germain

I’m very ashamed and embarrassed, and paid a very big price for it … Superstar jockey Frankie Dettori admitting he took cocaine and why to Clare Balding in a Channel 4 interview


THE CHAT | What’s happening, Harry?


the brightest young thing in football at Q Once Leeds then Liverpool, is Harry Kewell trying to prolong his career too long? At 34, Kewell should have a few years in him, but he’s struggling A to find a club after leaving Melbourne Victory to be back in the UK for his wife’s family in June last year. His only match time since has been with Qatari side Al Gharafa, who released him last week after a month – he was contracted to fill in for Mark Bresciano, who’s better, and the season’s at an end. While he still has hopes of being part of the Socceroos’ World Cup qualifiers, he’ll need a club if he’s any chance of being considered. A-League club Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Heart have been reported as the most likely suitors.

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Pittsburg against Ottawa in the Playoffs Mon, May 27, Fox Sports

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Lion cubs A new look Lions squad, chock full of youthful exuberance and definite talent. All keen to prove themselves.

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Young Welsh loose forward, Sam Warburton, has been named Lions’ captain at just 24 years of age. This makes him the fifth youngest captain in Lions’ 132 year history.

One of the best aspects of a Lions tour is the colour and vibrancy the fans bring. Expect plenty of costumes, quite a few beers and a whole lot of noise!

Robbie Deans’ young Wallaby side haven’t been as successful in the last five years as they might have liked, but they look ready for this Test series.

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It is fair to say that the hysteria surrounding the upcoming Lions tour to Australia, the first since 2001, has reached fever pitch, with all three of the Test matches selling out within hours of going on sale. If nothing else, the prospect of getting over 200,000 people through the turnstiles will provide a welcome boost for the Australian Rugby Union, not just in terms of the money it will bring in, but also the spotlight it will shed upon the game’s profile in the country’s bitterly contested war of the codes. It has been a rough few years for the Wallabies, a young side under a New Zealand born coach in Robbie Deans who have had to consistently play second, even third fiddle in the southern hemisphere to the resurgent power of South Africa and the perennially dominant All Blacks. The Wallabies will see this tour as a chance to show the world that they are still very much a player on rugby’s big stage, while for Deans the tour will be a chance to show that his Wallabies project is moving forwards instead of backwards. His success or failure may well determine whether he is still in a job at the end of the winter. The Lions, on the other hand, perhaps do not have as much to prove in 2013 as they did when they last toured in 32

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The Lions do not have as much to prove

2009. A 3-0 capitulation to the All Blacks in 2005 saw many people in rugby circles back in the UK question whether or not the Lions concept was still relevant. Those fears were laid to rest in 2009 however, with the Lions putting in a number of gutsy performances in South Africa. Despite losing the Test match series 2-1 the tour at least showed that the Lions concept was still a viable one for parties in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Lions and incumbent Wales coach, Warren Gatland, has seemingly gone with youth over experience in his 37-man touring squad. 24 members of his touring party have never played in a Lions jersey before and of the 13 Lions veterans in the squad only 3 members survive from the disastrous 2005 tour of New Zealand. Only Irish legend Brian O’Driscoll visited Australia in Lions red last time the side toured here.

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Perhaps nothing epitomises the youthfulness of the side more than Gatland’s choice of captain: 24-year-old Welsh flanker, Sam Warburton, a Lions’ debutant and a virtual unknown to Australian rugby fans. Perhaps not surprisingly, given not only Wales’ success in this year’s Six Nations but also his own first hand knowledge of the players, the spine of Gatland’s touring party is Welsh, 14 players to be precise, who have been dubbed by some in the Australian media ‘big red slabs of meat’. However, despite the howls of bias from England supporters (mostly over the snub of Johnny Wilkinson) and the snorts of derision from some of the enlightened minds in Australia’s one-track rugby media, the Lions squad looks to be an exciting one, on paper at least. Gatland has picked a side that will be able to bring pace and power right across the park, with Britain’s traditionally strong scrummaging tight five well complimented by mobile loose forwards and a backline that can throw the ball around, rather than just kick for territory as may once have been the case of touring teams from the northern hemisphere. Not being a great font of knowledge on all things rugby related in the UK, and with an eye to what should be a


wonderful Test series starting June 11th, I’ve had a look at some of the Lions players who I think will be hugely important in the coming tour.

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Sam Warburton At 24-years of age, the burly Welsh openside flanker is set to be the fifth youngest Lions captain ever when he leads his side out against the Wallabies at Suncorp Stadium on June 11th. He will perhaps be best known to Australian fans for being controversially red carded in the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup, a match his Welsh side ended up losing by a single point against the French. The youngster rebounded from his World Cup heartbreak though, retaining the captaincy of his national side and proving to be a very strong member of the 2013 Six Nations winning side. Warburton’s size and mobility as a ball carrier combined with his tenacious work at the breakdown means he ought to prove a real handful for the Wallabies in open play, especially with Australia’s resident number 7, David Pocock, out injured. The only concern for Lions fans is Warburton’s (and indeed, all of the squad’s Welsh contingent) woeful record against the Wallabies, having lost all seven of the Tests he’s played against Australia.

Brian O’Driscoll Every time Brian O’Driscoll runs out with the Irish side, you’ll see the banners in the crowd, proudly proclaiming that ‘BOD is God’. He’s about as close as you’ll get to a living legend in European rugby. Brian O’Driscoll has graced the midfield of Irish and Lions’ touring sides for over a decade, racking up over 130 Test caps for both sides in his career, making him the second most capped player in history. He has also captained his country a record 83 times. The epitome of a modern outside centre, O’Driscoll’s game is characterised by powerful straight running and bruising defensive tackling in the midfield channels. While he may be getting on in years, his wealth of experience combined with his undeniable talent means that O’Driscoll will likely be one of the first names inked onto Gatland’s team sheet. The prospect of O’Driscoll lining up outside Welsh battering ram, Jaime Roberts is a mouth watering one for Lions fans. It also seems fitting that his final Lions tour will bring him back to where it all began. 34

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Ben Youngs The diminutive 23-year-old scrumhalf has already represented England 33 times in his short career. In that time he has twice tasted Test match success against the Wallabies, scoring a try on his international debut in a 21-20 in Sydney in 2010, before engineering a much more convincing 35–18 victory at Twickenham later in the year. Youngs is also the youngest player to ever represent his home club Leicester, making his debut as a Tiger in 2007 at the age of just 17. Ben’s elder brother, Tom, has also been selected for the Lions Tour, making them the 14th ever set of brothers to be selected in the same squad. Noted for his lightening fast passing, sniping runs around the fringes of the ruck and a calm head under pressure, Youngs’ game can also at times be fraught with errors. The same imagination and flair that makes him almost unplayable on his good days cuts the other way when he’s off. That being said, he is a young man maturing into his role in one of the most important positions in any team, and he is likely to be handed the coveted number 9 jersey when the first Test in Brisbane kicks off on June 11th.

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Tom Croft The inclusion of the 27-year-old second rower in the 2013 Lions touring squad is a remarkable one, considering that he broke his neck in April 2012. Despite being told by specialists that he had come as “close as was possible” to being paralysed, Crofts had a metal plate and three screws inserted into his spine and made a sensational return to top flight rugby, playing for England in this year’s Six Nations tournament. Coming in at a shade over 200 centimetres and tipping the scales at 105 kilograms, Crofts is a specialist at the set piece and will offer the Lions an important target at the line out and a solid base at the scrum. He also scores a lot of tries, considering his position in the tight five, and is an imposing sight running at full flight with the ball in hand. Crofts also adds some depth to the Lions forward pack as a whole as he is able to play as a blindside flanker or even at number 8, should the situation call for it. Alongside Irish veteran Paul O’Connell, Crofts could well form the beating heart of a rabid Lions forward pack which will relish the opportunity to bully the Wallabies on their own turf.

Johnny Sexton One of only two specialist fly halves picked in the touring party, alongside Englishman Owen Farrell, Johnny Sexton seems the likely candidate to start for the Lions come the Tests in the all important number 10 jersey. Despite having an injury blighted Six Nations Campaign, 26-year-old fly half Sexton proved his undeniable play making qualities by guiding his club, Leinster, to the final of the Amlin Challenge Cup in 2013. Having been faced with the unenviable task of stepping into the boots of Ireland’s leading international point scorer in Ronan O’Gara, Sexton has cemented his place in the Irish national side over the last few seasons with some quality performances. A fine goal kicker, Sexton is also a fly half who likes to run at the opposition line and is perhaps a more dangerous proposition with ball in hand than O’Gara ever was. While he perhaps doesn’t possess 36

the kind of explosive x-factor that his likely opposite number Quade Cooper does, Sexton is sure to give a good account of himself in the upcoming tour and considering some of the weapons outside of him, he could hold the key to unlocking the Wallabies defence out wide.

Sean Maitland A bit of a surprise addition to the Lions squad, the New Zealand born Maitland has only played a handful of Tests for his adoptive country of Scotland, but has already made something of an impression. Maitland was one of the few bright spots in what was another turgid Six Nations campaign for Scotland, something that has been reflected in the fact that only three Scottish players have been selected for the touring party. Maitland is a lightning fast utility back, capable of playing as a winger or at fullback and while I don’t suspect he will walk into the starting line up, he

could provide much needed attacking spark from the Lions bench. The 24-year-old also has a number of connections to the Wallabies that could prove useful to Warren Gatland and his brain trust come tactical thinking time. Maitland is the cousin of likely Wallabies pivot, Quade Cooper, and also spent a season playing under Australian coach Robbie Deans during his time at the Crusaders in the Super 14.

Verdict In many ways the question of who will win this series is a toss-up, which is what makes this upcoming clash so toothsome, the uncertainty of it. For the Lions, this may represent their best chance to win a series since their last success against South Africa in 1997. The patriot in me is hoping for a Wallabies victory, the pragmatist, however, thinks the Lions could edge a tight series 2-1. Either way, I’m looking forward to it.

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The Australian government, in its benevolent and infinite wisdom, deems it necessary that anyone looking to get a 12–month extension on their Working Holiday Visa must first complete 88 days of work in a “specified industry in regional Australia”. Fear not, backpackers! Three months in regional Australia need not be a daunting or horrifying prospect, the vast majority of people we’ve spoken who have completed their three months of work have thoroughly enjoyed it. So, don’t even think about jagging it! Aside from the fact that it’s highly illegal, you’re cheating yourself out of an


experience that so few people get to have. Just because somewhere is regional, doesn’t instantly mean it’s terrible! We’ve narrowed it down to only 10, of possibly hundreds, of lovely little regional areas right across the country where you can spend your three months. Besides, you might actually be able to save a little money for a change. If you haven’t realised it already, cities like Sydney and Melbourne are amongst some of the most expensive places to live on the planet. Between rent/hostel fees, groceries and alcohol you’ll notice a lot more money going out than is coming in.

On a fruit picking assignment though, you’ll be housed, fed and watered for free and you’ll be working sun up till sundown so, even if there was anywhere to go out and spend your money on piss, you won’t want to do anything but sleep. Sounds fun, right? It’s also a chance to get some more travelling done, not been to the Northern Territory yet? Why not go fruit picking in Kakadu? Always wanted to see the beauty of Tasmania? Apples in Huonville! Plus, all that time out in the vineyards means you’re going to get a killer tan.

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Coffs Harbour- NEW SOUTH WALES You’ve got to assume that a region is proud of its main export when they build a giant artificial structure in its honour. This quaint seaside town, home to both ‘The Big Banana’ and avid surfers, was regarded as possessing the most liveable climate in Australia by a government scientific research organisation. The local economy is based mainly on banana, farming, manufacturing and tourism. Its banana farming industry operates year round, making it the perfect place for ongoing harvest employment. Coffs is an extremely popular tourist destination where you’ll find beautiful beaches, scenic lookouts and a super laid back, friendly vibe. January – December: Banana harvest May – October: Avocado harvest June – September: Apples, custard Sept – December: Stone fruit October – December: Coffee October – January: Blueberries

Young- NSW Picturesque hilltop destination ‘Cherry Land’, as Young is affectionately known, is the cherry picking capital of Australia. The cherry industry has been booming since Nicholas Jasprizza planted the region’s first cherry tress back in 1876. Today 16 tonnes of cherries are picked and packed in-season daily, opening a huge scope for harvest employment. Aside from their star fruit, you may also find jobs fruitpicking grapes, berries, stonefruits or vine pruning. In your downtime take a walk around the Heritage Trail or Chinese Tribute Gardens. Young also plays host to a number of annual festivals including the National Cherry Festival in December and the Hilltop Flavours of the Harvest festival in February. February – April: Stonefruit, grapes, berries June – September: Vine pruning November – December: Cherry picking

Barossa Valley- SOUTH AUSTRALIA For the love of wine, take yourself to Australia’s premier wine region in SA’s Barossa Valley. The Barossa is home to spectacular views, with the highest concentration of wineries and vineyards in Australia, setting this location up for ample fruit picking work year round. Depending on the time of year, jobs you will find in the Barossa will range from grape picking, vine pruning and vine training (creating the perfect balance of foliage to aid in photosynthesis and promote grape ripening). With such a wide scope of wineries and cellar doors operating year-round, expect to spend your down time wine tasting, feasting on fresh local produce, soaking up the scenery, and did we mention wine tasting? February – April: Grape picking June – September: Vine Pruning September – December: Vine pruning

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Known as the ‘food bowl’ of Australia, Shepparton is the hub of the thriving Goulbourn Valley. There are not only plenty of employment options in the town, but you’ll find work in surrounding regions including Congupna, Grahamvale, Kyabram, Lemnos and Mooroopna. Crops in the region produce tomatoes and stone fruits such as pears, peaches, cherries and apricots, allowing for harvest work ranging from fruit picking to tree pruning depending on the time of year. When you’re not picking fruit, explore the forest tracks, hit a round of golf, or for the road-trip enthusiast, Shepparton is ideally located only a couple of hours drive from buzzing Melbourne or you could even head up to the Snowy mountains. January – March: Stonefruit picking January – May: Tomatoes March – May: Apples picking April – October: Tree pruning November – December: Cherry picking December: Apricots picking

Located on the mighty Murray River is a large agricultural region well known for its orchards and vineyards. In the many towns that make up the region you’ll find an abundance of varied fruit picking jobs at any time of year. Harvest work will see you picking grapes, citrus fruits and stone fruits. If you still muster the energy after a hard day slogging it in the orchard, make the most of the Riverland’s natural adventure playground. Hire a boat or jet ski and test your water sport prowess, enjoy a spot of fishing or camp on the banks of the Murray. January – April: Apples, Pears, Grape picking May – February: Citrus fruit picking May – August: Vine pruning October – March: Oranges, Stone fruit picking


Huonville- TASMANIA

Jump on this seasonal job hot spot in the heart of Australia’s thriving tropical fruit industry. Less than one hour’s drive west of Cairns, Mareeba is home to Australia’s best mango and paw paw harvests. Work up a sweat in the tropical heat surrounded by beautiful rugged land where rainforest meets the outback. The region is renowned for its mangoes yet is home to many other crops including pineapples, avocados, lychees, sugar cane and cashews, so there is an abundance of work and you’ll instantly feel right at home with Mareeba’s friendly country hospitality. There are lots of opportunities for your rostered day off adventures including outback camping, exploring the local tropical rainforest, as well as the popular annual Rodeo which is held in July. January – December: Paw paw, bananas, citrus fruit picking February – May: Avocado harvest October – February: Pineapple harvest November – January: Lychees November – March: Mangoes

Almost a fifth of the nation’s apples are grown and harvested down under in Tasmania. Whilst sometimes overlooked, Australia’s lone state is arguably the most serene and picturesque of all. Huonville, 38km south of Hobart, is the premier apple region producing over half of Tasmania’s apples. The town also produces cherries, pears, mushrooms, apricots and plums, creating plentiful opportunities to seek fruit picking employment. Spend your fruit picking days in the midst of peaceful and relaxing surroundings; sheltered by beautiful rolling hills and crisp fresh air. On a well-earned day off, take a hike through the valley, visit the Cygnet Art Gallery, or stick to theme by visiting the local Apple Museum. January – February: Apricots March – April: Grapes March – May: Apples December – February: Cherries December – May: Strawberries

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Margaret River region- WESTERN AUSTRALIA The beautiful, relaxed beachside region is a popular tourist destination for folks chasing the sun. Margaret River town is located 170 kilometres south of Perth. The surrounding area forms the Margaret River wine region, which is well known for its wine production and tourism. Home to over 130 wineries, you’ll never be short of finding vineyard employment, with jobs ranging from grape picking to vine pruning. Margaret River boasts a Mediterranean-like climate together with spectacular scenery, and is the perfect haven for lovers of fine wine and good food. Wine tours are a must, but if you can tear yourself away from the vineyards head to the coast and learn to surf, or simply relax and top up the tan. February – April: Grape picking June – August: Vine pruning

Bundaberg Rum or ‘Bundy’ is the initial reference for this north Queensland town, which boasts the same nickname. Bundaberg is one of Australia’s major seasonal work destinations, absolutely jam packed full of harvest workers, travellers, fruit pickers and backpackers. Bundy produces the most tomatoes Australia wide and accounts for approximately one fifth of the national sugar production, which supports the production of ginger beer and rum. You’ll also find plenty of harvest work picking cucumber, mango, capsicum, beans, paw paw, corn avocado, citrus and potatoes, as well as farm work opportunities all year round. Bundaberg has a balmy sub tropical climate perfect for spending your days out in the sun. It’s the place to be to meet plenty of people with whom to split a bottle of rum and has loads of opportunities for your leisure time including fishing, cycling, golfing, kayaking, camping, surfing and of course visiting the Bundaberg Rum Distillery. January – December: Sweet potatoes February – September: Avocados March – July: Citrus Fruit May – April & October – November: Beans April – August & October – December: Capsicum April – June & October – November: Cucumbers April – August & October – December: Tomatoes May – July & October – December: Pumpkins August – November: Cherry tomatoes August – September: Strawberries December – February: Mangoes

Katherine- NORTHERN TERRITORY In the ‘Top End’ of Australia you’ll experience a tropical climate with distinct dry and wet seasons in outback Australia. The ‘dry’ between May and October is the busiest tourism period, and things slow down during the ‘wet’ between November and April, yet harvest work still continues. Seasonal jobs in this tropical location include melon picking, citrus picking and mango picking. Katherine is conveniently located central to all the Top End has to offer, only a couple of hours drive from Kakadu, Gregory and Litchfield National Parks. The busy town is also host to a number of popular events throughout the year including the Katherine Fringe Festival, District Show, fishing competitions and the Daly Waters Rodeo, so you’ll never be short of a good day out. May – November: Citrus fruit picking June – August: Melons October – December: Mangoes

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When most people think of the Gold Coast, What to do: Stand chances are the only thing they can think of Up Paddle Boarding with the is Surfers Paradise. Scalding sun, mile upon legendary Brad Holmes. mile of golden sand and huge skyscrapers. Oh $90 for 90 minute lesson. yeah, and really drunk people. Growing up in Australia I had been to Cute and cuddly wildlife, bird Surfers a number of times, first as a young shows, Segway Safaris and The child with my parents on a beach holiday, Green Challenge at Currumbin and then again much later as a man (of sorts) Wildlife Sanctuary. From $49 pp in his late teens, where the bright lights and the all-night watering holes bought happy, if Stay: Close to the beach, the somewhat rum-soaked, memories of nights Coolangatta Sands Hostel has and dollars ill spent but much enjoyed. a great pub right downstairs What a lot of people forget is that the that also serves quality and Gold Coast is more than just the neon strip affordable meals. of Surfers Paradise, it is more than blue glass monoliths stretching to the sky, and it isn’t all Beds from $29/night meter maids and strip joints. For more: Further south, near (sometimes even and straddling) the border between Queensland and New South Wales, a number of once sleepy surfing towns have come into their own as outstanding holiday destinations in their own right and nowhere is that more the case than Coolangatta. Only half an hour from Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta and its twin-town across the border, Tweed Heads, have emerged from out of the shadows and established themselves as a unique destination, with its own highlights and culture. If nothing else, Coolangatta is a regional surfing powerhouse, with some of Australia’s best and most iconic breaks like Snapper Rocks, Kirra and Greenmount, to name just a few, right on the resident’s door step. People live, breathe and eat surfing in this part of the world. Coolangatta and its near surrounds are a world away from Surfers Paradise. Don’t under any circumstances confuse the two. If you want all of the beautiful beaches and the weather with none of the towering eyesores, or drunken backpackers vomiting everywhere, than Coolangatta is definitely the place for you.

Into the wild Hello hangover, my old friend. The 8am Virgin flight 509 to Coolangatta is booked solid and due to an unforeseen drinking session the night before I am running a tiny bit late. As a result I had been forced to muscle my unnecessarily large bag through security and on to the plane, where it took up a whole overhead locker and upset everybody around me, including a flight attendant. In other words, when I landed at Coolangatta and met my guide, I was feeling a little sore and sorry for myself. No time for wallowing though as we headed for Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, to undertake the Green Challenge, a brand new ropes course set high in ›› the beautiful foliage around the Sanctuary’s grounds.

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Segways: better than walking Between you and me, I absolutely loathe heights, and in truth even after a bracing cup of coffee and a sandwich I don’t complete a huge amount of the course (if any), but I do get the feel of it. With 65 challenges, across four different courses graded on difficulty the Green Challenge is a nature-based adventure experience like no other. Being suspended amongst the colossal tree canopy with the call of birds in your ears is as beautiful as it is unique. Back on to terra firma, I am introduced to John, one of the Sanctuary’s Managing Directors, who, along with one of the staff members, takes us on a guided safari of the whole site… On a Segway! Let me just start by saying, that I love the fact that a Segway Safari even exists. Segways are, quite probably, one of the greatest inventions of all time! I’m not sure how they work (some kind of gyroscope thing) but they are huge amounts of fun, and they beat the hell out of walking. We whiz around the Sanctuary, stopping off to cuddle a koala, hold a snake, feed some grey kangaroos and joeys roaming their enormous enclosure and even herd an errant emu out of a part of the park where he shouldn’t have been in the first place. The final part of our Sanctuary experience takes us to the most important part of the whole organisation, Currumbin’s state of the art wildlife hospital. While not only looking after the health and happiness of the animals on site, the hospital also takes in hundreds of different animals ranging from wombats, kangaroos and koalas to native birdlife and even the odd crocodile who get brought in by the locals with various injuries and maladies. The behind the scenes look at the hospital is amazing, the way the veterinarians and staff on site care for their animal charges so deeply and with such skill. The fact that none of 54

it is backed in any way financially by the state government boggles the mind, considering the great work they do for the wellbeing of so many of the regions native wildlife, in many cases keeping them from near extinction.

Life’s a beach Now, I like to think that I know a thing or two about surfing. I grew up on the pristine, if somewhat swell shy, beaches of Sydney’s eastern suburbs and currently call North Bondi home. I own a board or two and have always thought that salt water ran in my blood as much as corpuscles.

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That was until I chat with a few of the locals on the Coolangatta beachfront. Surfing isn’t so much a pastime in these parts as it is a religion and it has produced some of Australia’s (and the world’s) best professional surfers including Joel Parkinson, Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore. Heightening the surfing obsession to almost fever pitch is the fact that the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro are both being held over the weekend, the first events on the ASP world tour. Before I get down to the Quiky though, I have a surf lesson of my very own lined up, with one of the Gold Coast’s most enigmatic of characters and one of his stand up paddle boards. I have been lead to believe by my hosts that I would find Brad Holmes to be quite a character, and they weren’t wrong. Linguist, artist, cartoonist, raconteur and Tai Chi guru, Brad Holmes is also a fully licensed surf instructor with over 50 years worth of experience. My first SUP lesson with Brad is one that I will certainly never forget. By the scenic banks of Tallebudgerra Creek, we meet Brad, who takes us through a few Tai Chi warm up exercises, designed to loosen the muscles and focus the mind.

Good for the soul: Standup paddle boarding

One of the highlights is seeing Kelly Slater catch a long right-hander

Then after a short introduction to the board itself, the correct way of holding the paddle and the best way to stand (start on your knees, build up a head of steam before going for it) Brad has us out on the water. While SUP on flat water perhaps doesn’t quite bring the exhilarating rush of catching a wave on a short board, it’s certainly an interesting sensation. Brad tells me that once you’ve mastered the flat water on a paddleboard you can take it to the surf and get the best of both worlds, something I am keen to do but unfortunately don’t have the time for. Brad is also at the forefront of Tai Chi SUP, a blend of the ancient martial art and the discipline of balancing on a SUP, much more challenging than it sounds, believe me. I bid Brad farewell with something of a heavy heart, and managed to scoot back to Snapper Rocks in time to catch some of the professionals at work. One of the highlights of the day is seeing perennial men’s champion Kelly Slater catch a long right-hander from the point at Snapper Rocks across the beach to the other point at Greenmount during an expression session. The 11-time world champion is something of a crowd favourite, and those along the beach and the Greenmount walkway go nuts when he finally bails out. The announcer gives him a perfect score and awards him the wave of the day. In celebration of all things surfing the Gold Coast is holding its second annual Bleach Festival concurrently with the Pro events, showing off not just the competition but also the art and music that have gone hand-in-hand with 56

surf culture over the years. Photography exhibitions, guided coastal walks, sculpture installations and a film festival all take centre stage across the weekend.

The night is ours Part of the Bleach Festival is the Sway on Sunset night, a party held at the excellent Komune club. Komune is probably the closest thing you’ll find on the whole Gold Coast to a small, inner-city sort of bar. It also doubles as a trendy nightclub full of beautiful women and ultra-hip surf dudes and has a pretty solid pop-up Mexican eatery. There’s even a hostel on the floors above. The place is heaving by the time I’ve showered some of the salt water off, and squeezed into my tightest pair of jeans. Canapés are being passed around, along with glasses of free bubbly, whilst photographers go from group to group, taking photos of all the tall, handsome guys and their statuesque girlfriends… Needless to say I wasn’t approached. I grab a burrito at the Mexican place and make a valiant, if somewhat doomed attempt to eat it while still looking cool. A DJ is spinning some chilled deep house in the corner and one of the guys behind the bar is wearing a Slayer singlet and an eye patch – very punk. Outside, there’s a pool, which has been given over to a runway, which stretches out languidly into the water, around which everybody seems to be congregating, so I elbow my way in and take up a good vantage point. I don’t really get fashion shows, but I clap along with everyone, guzzle champagne and chat. It’s all very pleasant.

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All of a sudden it’s time to move on and I’m whisked down the road, back into Coolangatta proper. Ah, the Coolangatta Hotel. A veritable one-stop shop for all things when the sun goes down. Right across the road from main beach, the Cooly is big, much bigger than I had expected. Downstairs has two bars, a front bar with a stage that has a classic rock covers band playing when I walk in, a couple of pool tables and a hip-hop themed back bar, where the lights are dark and the beats are out of control. The actual Bleach Festival gig is on upstairs though, so we climb the steps two at a time, as the sound of live rock’n’roll and milling people gets louder and louder. Emerging in the upstairs room I’m shocked by its size. The stage is big, the noise is even bigger, ripping guitars and the shouts of a few hundred people drown out any chance of conversation, so we make for the bar. A couple of dark and stormys later and I’m on the dance floor, enjoying the music and (oddly enough) the crush of the people around me. I could quite happily have stayed all night, but there were other things to do, other places to be. Besides, I was in the mood for dancing. Never Land is the closest thing in Coolangatta to the sort of places you’ll find in Surfers Paradise. I don’t remember a huge amount about it, but they have a rainbow lit dance floor, à la Saturday Night Fever, and carpets sticky enough to bog down a charging rhino. Steps were danced, drinks drunk and dreams dreamt. All in a good night’s work really. n

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Let's bounce This is Kangaroo Island in 72 hours Words adele rogers

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DAY 1: You wouldn’t be blamed for not knowing too much about Kangaroo Island, yet the South Australian island deserves much more renown. It is Australia’s fourth major tourism icon and third largest island. And once you've visited you'll discover why; see seals basking on quiet beaches, koalas sleeping in trees and echidnas crossing the footpath on the nature packed, untouched island. Aside from the beautiful Aussie wildlife, you’ll find an abundance of outdoor activities, rugged scenic beauty, history, and the freshest seafood. We have compiled the must-dos and sees for an action packed 72 hours on the idyllic island. 9:00: Kangaroo Island is easily accessible from the mainland by jumping on a speedy SeaLink Ferry ( at Cape Jervis. Take your car with you, and leave early to make the most of your first day. On your arrival at little seaside town Pennishaw jump straight on the road and head south-east to Prospect Hill. Climb the 512 timber steps up the sand hill for the most spectacular view of the island and bays. 12:00: After working up a sweat, head to nearby Island Beach or Pennington Bay for a cool-down dip and take time to enjoy the island’s stunning blue waters and pristine white sandy beaches. Stop for lunch at the Oyster Farm Shop to get your first taste of the fresh seafood which the island is famous for. Buy oysters by the dozen and top them with delightful local sauces and dressings at the self serve topping station.


14:00: Now that you are suitably refreshed and refuelled, get back on the road and follow the signs west to Clifford’s Honey Farm ( Experience the glass beehive, sample honey, and purchase wax products, honey drinks, icecream and biscuits. 16:00: It’s well after midday so a stop off at Kangaroo Island Spirits ( is perfectly acceptable. Using fresh, local ingredients, the family-owned business create their own gin, vodka and liqueurs. They do tastings six days a week so hop on in and treat yourself. 18:00: After an enjoyable afternoon spoiling the senses, shoot up north to K.I’s largest town, Kingscote. Drop off your bags at Kangaroo Island Central Backpackers (, and head down to the Kingscote Wharf to feed the pelicans and enjoy the serenity of fishing at dusk. 20:00: Hopefully you’ll have a fresh catch of whiting or squid to fry up for dinner. Get it down fast so you’re not late for the Nocturnal Tour at Emu Bay (, where you will visit the local penguin colony and search the bushland for kangaroos, wallabies, possums, owls and echidnas. DAY 2: 9:00: Rise and shine, it’s time to get back on the road, this time following Birchmore Road south to the very bottom of the island where you’ll find Vivonne Bay – once voted Australia’s best beach.

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11:00: After a morning of swimming and exploring the Bay it’s time to begin the tourist trail. Start off at the Raptor Domain (, a spectacular bird show which involves ‘fang-tastic’ ‘in-flight’ demonstrations with enormous birds of prey including wedge tailed eagles, falcons, owls and kookaburras. 13:00: Keep the heart racing by then visiting Little Sahara, a unique, expansive sand dune area for an action packed afternoon of sandboarding. Climb to the highest peak to take in the remarkable rolling sea of white peaks and valleys, before the thrill of boarding back down. 16:00: After an action packed morning it is time to slow the pace for your last stop of the day, Seal Bay. Join one of the charming guided tours where you will see endangered Australian sea lions swimming and basking in their natural environment ( Your personal guide will take you walking amongst the enchanting animals for an unforgettable experience. Make sure you book in advance! 20:00: Freshen up for a well earned feed at the Seal Bay Cottages and Café ( Either spoil yourself with a little wooden cottage for the night (approx $99 for two), or preferably roll out your swag for a blissful night under the stars. DAY 3: 9:00 Another early start is in order for a jam packed day of sightseeing. The South Coast Road will lead you west towards the Kelly Hill Conservations Park and Kelly Hill

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Caves. The sugar gum forest habitats the crimson rosella, rainbow lorikeets and yellow tailed black cockatoos. Kelly Hill’s extensive limestone cave system is home to not only stalagmites and stalactites but also the rare helactites. 12:00: On the road not too far west you’ll find Flinders Chase National Park, 200,000 acres of natural bushland and costal scenery. The Cape du Couedic Lighthouse stands guard over the island’s rugged southwest tip. Stop and have your photo taken at the Remarkable Rocks or Admirals Arch, these huge granite boulders and natural rock arches have been sculpted by weather and seas and the rocks sit a massive 75 metres above the water. 14:00: Jump back in the car and start heading up the West End Highway and Playford Highway to Parndana Wildlife Park ( for a unique hands on wildlife experience with some of Australia’s furry and feathered little friends. 18:00: A hop and skip back to the far eastern tip of the island will call for a stop at Kangaroo Island’s pioneer winery Dudley Wines ( Sit back and sample a selection of fine wines at the cliff top cellar door – as seen on Masterchef! 20:00: It’s high time to unwind with an ice cold beer and counter meal at the Penneshaw Hotel (penneshawhotel. The beer garden has uninterrupted cliff top views of the crystal blue waters of Backstairs Passage – the perfect place to sink a pint while waiting for your returning SeaLink Ferry.

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descendants, farmers, fisherman and primary producers K.I is 155km in length, full of cliffs, bush and beach. Average summer temperature is 25 degrees New Zealand fur seals give birth to pups between December and February Southern right whales pass through between June and August K.I separated from mainland Australia 10,000 years ago The region is acknowledged for its honey, made by Ligurian bees Approximately 140,000 tourists visit each year A quarter of the island is conserved in national parks K.I’s native name is Karta (Island Of The Dead)

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Found in Fiji We go in search of good surf and snorkel spots but end up being embraced by the warmth of the local Fijian people Words Rachael Moore

I’d heard many travellers’ tales about Fiji. The majority had echoed the typical backpacker island theme – hungover and too much sunbaking poolside before starting the cycle again in the cocktail bar at sunset. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for lazy afternoons in the sun, and Pina Colada is actually my middle name. However, I wasn’t after a token island-party holiday. I was searching for a real Fijian experience, one that wouldn’t fade with my hangover. At certain times in life, research and preparation really pays off. School exams are one such time, but I wasn’t intending on studying anything but coral reefs and coconuts. I was planning to travel Fiji like a local, experience the culture first-hand, and get way off the beaten track. The small island of Beqa (pronounced Bengga) had already been researched by my boyfriend for its untouched beauty and, more importantly, notorious surf break at nearby Frigate’s Passage. Covering an area of just 36km, situated 7.5km south of Navua, the closest town on the Fijian island of Viti Levu, there are just nine villages on Beqa, each with a population of about 200 people. So, after my pre-requisites were added, our search results delivered us an ace beachhouse. Owned and managed by local Fijian-Swiss couple Sam and Christine, the beach house has its own wonderful little beach with world-class coral reefs on its doorstep. The accommodation ranged from camping to private Fijian-style bures just metres from the shore. This was the place we’d been looking for – tropical island bliss at an affordable price.

Palmed off Stepping off the plane, I inhaled my first breath of sweet, warm Fijian air. Nadi (pronounced Nandy) airport was miniscule in comparison to any I’d seen before, only one storey high with a few narrow runways lined with tall palm trees. The rolling green hills were dotted with small basic houses, cows were randomly roaming the fields, and greeting us off the tarmac were three serenading Fijians in bright blue Hawaiian shirts.

The smiling trio swayed in unison as they strummed tiny ukuleles, their harmonic melody carrying throughout the airport. Welcome to Fiji. After a long rickety bus ride from Nadi, down through the lush green countryside to Pacific Harbour, we boarded an old brightly-coloured boat to take us across to Beqa Island. The afternoon sunshine was dancing on the sparkling Pacific as our boat finally pulled up to the sandy beachfront of Lawaki Beach House, Beqa Island. Owners Sam and Christine were waiting on the shore and waded in up to their knees to help us unload our bags and disembark onto the soft sand.

Frolicing Our first impressions of Lawaki exceeded all expectations. The quaint lapping beach was met by lush bouncy grass with a black river stone pathway leading up to the main house. Our smiling hosts were welcoming and gracious, offering us cocktails and buja mix to relax into our new surroundings. The main house was warm and cosy with a distinct rawness in its design. The wooden roof beams were decorated with coloured twine woven into patterns, while the walls were lined with green bamboo. A huge fishnet hung over the bar with various island treasures suspended for our viewing pleasure. With the crystal clear waters of Beqa Lagoon literally metres from our doorstep, there was a myriad of aquatic activities to keep us entertained. From surfing

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Isles of smiles: Escorted by giggling children

fluro and buzzing. But this is the all natural buzz of Fiji â&#x20AC;&#x201C; no hedonistic Ibiza here. Giant blue starfish hung lazily over shells and coral on the rippled seafloor, looking like a Salvador Dali creation.

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to diving, fishing to frolicking, it was quite easy to spend the entire day in the water. Snorkelling was definitely the highlight for me, the sights and sounds of the creatures below were just incredible. I donned the gawky goggles and snorkled at least twice a day to submerge my senses in the underwater wonderland of Beqa Lagoon. Coral of all shapes and sizes, in every colour of the rainbow, made a magical playground for a myriad of tropical marine life. Tiny turquoise iridescent fish darted back and forth like hundreds of party people at a rave, all


The local islanders of Beqa are warm, friendly, self-sufficient people who foster a strong sense of community and support each other however possible. During my pre-holiday correspondence with Christine, she had asked me to bring over any unwanted childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books for the new school in a neighbouring village. I met the school principal, who was most grateful for my Dr Seuss and old geography text books. I was surprised to learn that, prior to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s completion three months ago, all children were sent to boarding school across the island when they turned six years old! The children loved the novelty of a blonde visitor in their village and I received a personal escort of 12 giggling children to walk me back around the shore for a final night of toasting marshmallows on the campfire. Beqa Island is one of the few places in the world where technology and progress are yet to interfere with tradition and lifestyle. The native flora and fauna are spectacular, and the nearby villages enable you to really experience Fiji as a local. Whether you choose to camp on the grass, stay in a dorm, or enjoy a luxurious beach bure, this is a place where you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but forget about the world â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;back homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and immerse yourself in the real Fiji. n â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş

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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

Snowy Mountains Backpackers 7-8 Gippsland Street, Jindabyne. Dorms from $35-50 (winter). Right in the heart of Jindabyne and the perfect place to stay and ski. Hostel offers ski and snowboard hire and knowledge of the slopes.

Jindabyne 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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NSWLISTINGS My Sydney Detour Unique city tours. Oceanworld Manly West Esplanade.

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


central coast

Powerhouse Museum Darling Harbour.

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

Skydive the Beach Wollongong.

Sydney Tower and Skytour 100 Market St, CBD.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge The Rocks.

752 George St, CBD. Dorms from $25 Free late check out, free Foxtel, free Internet, free bedding, free cutlery and free crockery! What more could you ask for?

Sydney CBD

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

sydneymusic Hordern Pavillion Oxford Art Factory Sydney Opera House

The Annandale The Enmore The Metro

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

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

Sydney Olympic Park Darling Harbour.


Skydive the Beach Byron Bay Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina 1800 302 005

The Entrance Backpackers 2/56 The Entrance Road, The Entrance, 2261 02 4334 5005

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

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


PALM BEACH Fans of TV soap Home and Away need to make their way to Sydney’s most northern beach, Palm Beach, aka Summer Bay. Make sure you head towards the lighthouse end of the sand to get your photo by Alf Stewart’s name at the surf club. get there early on a weekday and you might even catch some filming in action.


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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

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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,


Great Barrier Reef Townsville Prosperine

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Gladstone Bundaberg Maryborough

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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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The Gold Coast boasts loads. When heading up or down the east coast you’re going to be So if you’re a rollercoaster subjected to some of the most beautiful crystal clear water junkie, you’re in heaven. Gold you’ve ever seen. Oh and a World Heritage-listed reef. So take rainbow beach Coast/Surfer’s Paradise is also advantage of both by learning to dive. you’re further DingosIfBackpacker Adventuresouth, Resort THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE! 20 Sydney Spectrum but St. 1800 111126, famed for its... let’s just say you can easily find a scuba school in if you want “lively”... nightlife. some Great Barrier action you’re going to have to wait till Pippies Beach House you get to Queensland. There’s 2,000km of don’t worry, 22 Spectrum 1800 425 356, you’re not going to miss it. A great variation on reef diving is checking out the Yongala wreck Skydive off of Rainbow Townsville. Beach It’s rated 358, say you will as the best wreck dive in Australia 0418 and218 people see more marine life in one dive here than you would in 12 further north. hervey bay


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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,

Beach Resort The AJ Hackett site near Cairns is Base oneAirlie of the only places in 336 Shute Harbour Rd Barefoot Lodge Oz where you can bungy. It’s also very pretty. If you don’t 1800 242 273, Long Island stayatbase .comperhaps fancy being attached to a rubber chord then Village Resort Colonial VillageisYHA skydiving your thing. Offered atMagnums all theWhitsunday main hubs along 366 Shute Harbour Rd. 820 Boat Harbour Drive, Urangan, the east 1800 624 634 scares the living Hervey Bay coast, it makes you feel invincible, shit out of you and offers views in the process.

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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,


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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. lady ISLAND 19:00: Andelliot it wouldn't be true Cairns experience without If you’rethe looking for fantastic diving fromWoolshed the crowds then this could be the place for you. dancing night away ataway The (thewoolshed. Forming the southern-most coral cay of the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot, With themed nights every night, trywhere your about 80km north-east of Bundaberg, is oneon of only a handful of islands you luck can actually stay on thecompetitions reef and literally diveor fromsee the beach. Teeming with life, the in the wet T-shirt how you fare in their surrounding waters boast a resident population of 40 manta rays and are also one of the best drinking places in the world to view Either green and way loggerhead turtles. If visiting between November Mexican games. you'll end your Cairns and March you may even catch a glimpse of the majestic creatures lumbering up the beach to trip lay ontheir a eggs. high.

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QLDLISTINGS 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 Scottyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach House 167 Reid Rd. 07 4068 8676, Jackaroo Hostel Mission Beach Frizelle Rd, Bingil Bay Mission Beach Retreat 49 Porters Promenade

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Calypso Backpackers 5 Digger St. 1800 815 628, JJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Backpackers Hostel 11 Charles St. 07 4051 7642, NJoy Backpackers Hostel Harbour 141 Sheridan St. 1800 807 055, Nomads Beach House 239 Sheridan St. 1800 229 228, Northern Greenhouse 117 Grafton Street. 1800 229 228,

cairns do AJ Hackett Bungy jumping & canyon swinging. 1800 622 888 Pro Dive 07 4031 5255

Bohemia Central Cairns 100 Sheridan St. 1800 558 589,

Raging Thunder Adventures Whitewater rafting. 07 4030 7990,

Bohemia Resort Cairns 231 McLeod St. 1800 155 353

Skydive Cairns POBOX 105N Cairns 07 4052 1822,


Crocodylus Village Lot 5, Buchanan Creek Rd, Cow Bay. 07 4098 9166, PKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jungle Village Cnr Avalon & Cape Trib Rd. 1800 232 333,

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

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

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

gulf savannah Emu Creek Cattle Station 07 4094 8313

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

INNISFAIL Codge Lodge 63 Rankin St Crown Hostel 25 Ernest St (07) 4061 2266 Innisfail Budget Backpackers 125 Edith St

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

ROCKHAMPTON Emu Park Resort 92 Patterson St, Emu Park Rockhampton Backpackers YHA 60 Macfarlane Street, Rockhampton

STRADBROKE is Manta Lodge & Scuba Centre 1 Eastcoast Rd

SUNSHINE COAST Cotton Tree Beachouse 15 the Esplanade

MORETON ISLAND Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort


Nomads Noosa Backpackers 44 Noosa Dr NOOSA inland Noosa Backpackers Resort 9-13 William St

NOOSA inland Ride On Mary Budget Bush Retreat

PORT DOUGLAS Dougies Backpackers Resort 111 Davidson St Global Port Douglas 38 Macrossan St





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

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

Melbourne International Backpackers 204 Punt Rd, Prahran Melbourne Metro YHA 78 Howard St

Base Melbourne 17 Carlisle St, St. Kilda. 1800 242 273,

Melbourne Oasis YHA 76 Chapman St

Central Melbourne Accommodation 21 Bromham Place, Richmond. 03 9427 9826,

St Arnaud 99 Park St, South Yarra, The Spencer City Central BP 475 Spencer St

Exford Hotel 199 Russell St. 03 9663 2697,

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Flinders Station Hotel 35 Elizabeth St. 03 9620 5100,

334 City Rd, Southbank. Dorms from $28 Free breakfast, a five minute walk to the city and a large bar (with a big screen TV) make Urban Central a top spot in Melbourne.

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 4212, Home Travellers Motel 32 Carlisle St, St Kilda. 1800 008 718, Hotel Bakpak Melbourne 167 Franklin St. 1800 645 200,

Melbourne Melbourne Central YHA 562 Flinders St. 03 9621 2523, Nomads Melbourne 198 A’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 City Centre Budget Hotel 22-30 Little Collins St

Elephant Backpackers 250 Flinders St Elizabeth Hostel 490 Elizabeth St King St Backpackers 160 King Street Hotel Discovery 167 Franklin St Lords Lodge Backpackers 167 Franklin St

The Nunnery 116 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy Urban Central 334 City Road, Southbank Victoria Hotel Backpackers Victoria Hotel, 380 Victoria St

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VICLISTINGS Habitat HQ 333 St Kilda Rd, Oslo Hotel 38 Grey St The Ritz for Backpackers 109 Barkly St St Kilda Beach House 169B Fitzroy St

melbourne do Australian Centre for the Moving Image Federation Square. 03 8663 2200, Melbourne Aquarium Cnr of Flinders St & King St. 03 9923 5999,

Federation Square.

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Old Melbourne Gaol 377 Russell St. 03 8663 7228,

Port Campbell Hostel 18 Tregea St, Port Campbell. 03 5598 6305,

Official Neighbours Tours 570 Flinders St. 03 9629 5866,

Surfside Backpackers Cnr Great Ocean Rd & Gambier St, Apollo Bay. 1800 357 263,

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

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Melbourne Cricket Ground Brunton Av. 03 9657 8888

Anglesea Backpackers 40 Noble St, Anglesea. 03 5263 2664,

Melbourne Museum 11 Nicholson St, Carlton. 13 11 02

Eco Beach YHA 5 Pascoe St. 03 5237 7899,

National Gallery of Victoria

Great Ocean Road Backpackers YHA 10 Erskine Av, Lorne.


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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,

Tourist Road. 03 5956 6123

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,


The Spencer

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


Cambrai Hostel Maffra 117 Johnson St, Maffra. 1800 101 113

The Island Accommodation 10-12 Phillip Island

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Prom Country Backpackers 03 5682 2614

Amaroo Park YHA 97 Church St, Cowes. 03 5952 3620,

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Mildura City Backpackers 50 Lemon Avenue

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yarra valley Step away from the Goon and enjoy some actual, good quality, wine. Even if it’s just this once. Next to sampling different sorts of wines, you’ll get the story behind the grapes, most of the time as explained by the owner. Some of the bigger grapevines and wineries have their own restaurants where you can try some local foods as well. The best time to visit is in February, because of the Yarra Valley Grape Grazing Festival. The participating wineries make sure there is enough food and live music for everyone. If you’re looking for a self drive tour, stop by the visitors centre for more information.

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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, Backpack Oz 144 Wakefield St. 1800 633 307, Blue Galah Backpackers Lvl 1, 52-62, King William St. 08) 8231 9295,

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

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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,

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

Calypso Star Charters Great white shark cage diving. 08 8682 3939,

123 Waymouth Street. Rooms from $25 Winner of the 2011 best hostel in South Australia award at the Golden Backpacks, Shakespeare Hostel has a huge amount of beds too!

Temptation Sailing Dolphin swimming, Glenelg. 04 1281 1838

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

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

66 Knofel Drive, Vivonne Bay 13 13 01


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

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,

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

Wilpena Pound Resort Wilpena Rd. 08 8648 0004,


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lake eyre Taking a guided tour to the lake around midday you will experience a true phenomenon, the lake surface can often become very flat. The surface then reflects the sky in a way that leaves both the horizon and water surface virtually impossible to see. Whether you want to be floating up with the clouds or keeping your feet firmly on the ground, Lake Eyre has it all. You can take a hot air balloon at dawn over the Barossa Valley or try hiking the Heysen Trail. The 1,200 kilometre track stretches from Cape Jervis on the south coast to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges. If being in the water is more your thing, you can dive through the wreckage of navy destroyer, ex-HMAS Hobart. A popular trail is to take the Underwater Heritage on Gulf St Vincent. This trail links four of the most historic wrecks: the Grecian, the Zanoni, Star of Greece and Norma which all sank between 1841 and 1893.

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


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

The Witch’s Hat 148 Palmerston St. 08 9228 4228,

Emperor’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.

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

BEACHES OF BROOME 4 Sanctuary Drive, Cable Beach. Beds from $28 Situated just a short stroll from the famous Cable Beach, Beaches of Broome is a contemporary, stylish resort luxury at an affordable price.


@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


CHRISTMAS ISLAND Although nowadays infamous for becoming the home of Australia’s dubious Immigration Reception and Processing Centre, this tiny dot in the ocean has long boasted an eye-watering array of natural wonders. Thanks to some of the world’s longest drop-offs it has many class dive sites, where, at the right time, you can see whale sharks. But there is plenty to explore on land as well, with over 60 per cent of the island comprising national park. One sight not to be missed is each November/December, when the island’s 120 million red crabs charge for the beach for their breeding season, the event which gives the island its name. The problem? At a distance of about 2,600km north-west of Perth, in the Indian Ocean, getting there might be tricky. Unless you manage to get on immigration’s nerves that is...


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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 Mojo’s Bar

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

The Bakery

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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 Pete’s Exmouth Backpackers YHA Cnr Truscott Cres & Murat Rd


MONKEY MIA Monkey Mia (pronounced ‘my-ah’) is located on the Coral Coast, about 850km north of Perth. It’s become famous for the bottlenose dolphins that swim to shore and interact with people every day. As a result it’s become fairly touristy, but if you’re keen to see the finned ones up close, you’d struggle to find somewhere better. The dolphin interaction started in 1964 when a lady from one of the nearby fishing camps befriended the creatures and today there’s now a pod of around 300 that live in the bay. This amazing beach is part of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, and with its relaxed vibe, year-round sunshine, clear blue water and extensive wildlife, it’s the perfect winter escape. If you’re not planning on staying, make sure you drop by early in the morning as generally all the dolphin feeds are done and dusted by lunchtime.


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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,

Darwin YHA 97 Mitchell St. 08 8981 5385,

Airborne Solutions Scenic helicopter flights. 08 8972 2345

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,

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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

Elkes Backpackers 112 Mitchell St. 1800 808 365,

69 Mitchell Street, Darwin. Dorms from $28 One of the most colourful, interesting and fun hostels’ in Darwin the Youth Shack is also located right in the party hub of Mitchell Street.


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,

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

Nitmiluk Tours Gorge cruises and kayak hire. 1300 146 743

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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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3) Th in macdonnell ranges Accessible from Alice Springs (west of the Springs at Simpsons Gap), you mustn’t miss the Ellery Creek Big Hole where you can swim in a stunning waterhole flanked by high red cliffs. If you really like it, you can even camp there for a small fee.

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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,

BATMAN FAWKNER INN 39 Cameron Street, Launceston. Dorms from $30 Located in the heart of Launceston city, 15 minutes walk from Tasmania’s magnificent Cataract Gorge.

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,


BRUNY ISLAND Bruny Island is famous for its scenery, rainforests, national park reserves, beaches and wildlife. This is the place to go to watch fairy penguins or the rare, white wallaby. Cloudy Bay is a popular surfing spot and fishing is good both in freshwater and in the sea. There are several walking tracks within the national park and reserves. The island is located off the south east coast of Tasmania, not far from Hobart. Geologically, the isle is comprised of two islands; North Bruny and South Bruny, which are joined by a long and sandy isthmus. Ferries go from Kettering to North Bruny In 20 minutes.


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Raglan Arguably home to the most famous surfing scene in New Zealand, Raglan’s beaches have something for everyone. Manu Bay is said to have the longest left hand break for boardriding, but if that isn’t your thing, then there are some great spots along the coast for swimming or chilling out on a hot day. Situated on the west coast of the North Island, this is one of many New Zealand beaches that have black volcanic sand, creating a unique feel to a day at the beach. Raglan has a very active population and if you’ve had enough of the beach then there are plenty of other activities to keep you busy. You can try horse riding, trekking through the bush or hiking to the top of local Mount Karioi. It’s a three hour trip but well worth it for the view of the area from the top. For something less strenuous, you can take a drive to Bridal Veil falls or do some low-key mountain biking or cycling along the local trails on the weekends. The town itself is nice and compact, so visitors can enjoy a stroll through the shops and relax in one of the classy cafés full of local artwork.

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NZLISTINGS auckland Airport Skyway Lodge Backpackers (BBH) 30 Kirkbride Road, Mangere. +64 9275 4443, Auckland International The Fat Camel (Nomads) 38 Fort St. +64 9307 0181, Nomads Auckland 16-20 Fort St. +64 9300 9999, 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,

Oaklands Lodge (BBH) St. +64 5A Oaklands Rd, Mt Eden. +64 9638 6545,

Rosemere Backpackers (BBH) 6 McDonald Cres. +64 4384 3041,

Queen Street Backpackers (VIP) 4 Fort St. +64 9373 3471,

Rowena’s Backpackers (VIP) 115 Brougham St. 0800 80 1414

Surf ‘n’ Snow Backpackers 102 Albert St. +64 9363 8889,

YHA Wellington City 292 Wakefield St. +64 4801 7280

YHA Auckland City Cnr City Rd & Liverpool St. +64 9309 2802, YHA Auckland International 5 Turner St. +64 9302 8200,

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

Foley Towers (BBH) wellington 208 Kilmore St. TNT-OZ-halfpage-Oct11.pdf 6/10/2011 +6413366 9720, 8:36:04 p.m. Base Wellington 21-23 Cambridge Tce. +64 4801 5666

follow us on 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, 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, Peterpans Adventure Travel 27 Shotover St Queenstown. Pinewood Lodge (VIP) 48 Hamilton Rd. 0800 7463 9663, Southern Laughter (BBH, VIP) 4 Isle St. 0800 728 448, YHA Queenstown Central 48A Shotover Street. +64 3442 7400, YHA Queenstown Lakefront 88- 90 Lake Esplanade. +64 3442 8413 bus tours


rental firms Ace Rental Cars 1800 140 026, Backpacker Campervan & Car Rentals +800 200 80 801, Bargain Rental Cars 0800 001 122, Darn Cheap Rentals 0800 447 363, Econo Campers +64 9275 9919, Escape Rentals 1800 456 272 Explore More 1800 800 327 Jucy Rentals 0800 399 736, Rent-A-Dent 0800 736 823,

Kiwi Experience +64 9366 9830

Rental Car Village +64 9376 9935,

Magic Travellers Network +64 9358 5600,

Spaceships 1300 139 091, 0900 62533,

Standby Cars 1300 789 059,

NZ Travelpass 0800 339 966,

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Studying abroad A study abroad devotee from the US tell us about the joys and perks of studying in a foreign country – and why you should too   Words alexandra e.Petri

Over the years I have studied in Florence, Italy, reported from Mexico City, Mexico and worked at a newspaper in Beijing, China. Not all were study abroad programs, but all were opportunities at a life overseas that I seized when I was a university student. I knew that chances like those wouldn’t come around too often. I was 19 years old when I left the States to go for a semester overseas in Florence, Italy. I remember sitting in the car beside my father as we drove to the airport. My stomach felt like it was competing in the Olympics, doing all sorts of flips and twists and acrobatics. I wanted him to turn the car around and bring me home. Yet here I am in Australia, six years, 31 countries and four continents later fueled by this incurable addiction to explore the world, all because I boarded that plane to Italy back in 2007. Studying abroad isn’t for everyone, and that’s fine; however, there are plenty of options out there to experience life overseas through your university coursework. Students can take an entire a year to do it, or they can take a single semester. Schools also offer eight-week summer courses, internships or even a holiday course for those who just want

a small taste of life abroad. There’s a world of knowledge that you can’t learn inside the classroom, so here’s a few reasons why I think everyone should consider the opportunity to study abroad: Because you can: It’s that simple. At no other point will you so easily have the opportunity – or better yet – the excuse to temporarily move your life to the other side of the world. Meeting new people: Again, it sounds so simple, but it’s true. You meet people from around the world, whether it’s through your program, or in your daily life. Cultural immersion: There’s different degrees of immersion, which depends on where you go and what kind of person you are. Nonetheless, studying abroad gives you the freedom to explore a culture on a more personal, indepth level than what you’d get on a holiday or backpacking trip. There’s so much more to a country than its food or its language. There’s a system of beliefs, traditions and customs interlaced with everyday life that studying abroad allows you to experience firsthand. Travel: This is solidly the best reason, and accessibility is dependent upon where you go. I chose to study abroad

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Keely (right) enjoying the student life in Oz

We chat to Keely Robarbs, USA, who studied Communications at Sydney University How old were you when you studied abroad? I was 21 when I studied abroad here at Sydney University. in Western Europe, and travelling from Italy to Germany is as easy as traveling from New York to New Jersey – and it’s a way better weekend trip. Australia offers just as many opportunities for travel and exploration all within one country. Study abroad is your ticket to see the world, and it paves the way for you to fall in love with travelling. Challenging yourself: Chances are, nothing about your study abroad will be familiar to you. It’s a huge step outside of your comfort zone, whether it’s by moving to a country with an unfamiliar language, trying to break out of your introverted ways, expanding your taste buds, going to the supermarket, listening to new ideas, getting from Point A to Point B in one piece, learning how to cope without your family and friends — life abroad is about overcoming a unique set of challenges you wouldn’t face otherwise. Nothing changes: And I mean nothing. Everyone and everything stays the same. Your hometown, your friends and your family will be where you left them. People still go about the same routines, go out to the same places, complain about the same things and gossip about the same people. At the end of the day, everything will stay the same, but you’ll be the one who’s changed. My last few words of wisdom: You’ll meet far more people who regret not going abroad than those who did. There’s no experience like it, so don’t wait. Go and enjoy it, and trust me, you’ll never look back.


Which countries were you considering? I was considering studying in either London or Sydney, primarily because the communications programs through Boston University were considered the best of the study abroad programs, but also because of the lack of a language barrier.

Why did you go with Sydney in the end? Ultimately, I knew that I could pop over to London whenever I’d like. Sydney, on the other hand, was on the other side of the world I just decided that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to live so far away. Also, the beaches!

How did you afford the Sydney lifestyle? I was lucky enough to have been able to save some money before I relocated here for the semester. My friends and I were able to travel on backpacker budgets for the most part by staying in hostels, booking trips early to take advantage of cheaper fares, etc. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to work while I was here, so as the end of the semester neared and my funds started to disappear, I had to solely rely on my parents for additional income.

What was life like for you when you returned home? I was happy to have returned home with new, lifelong friends and some amazing memories. It’s hard to describe

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the longing I felt for Sydney after returning home.

What did your study abroad experience teach you? Studying abroad made me more independent. I caught the travel bug. Wanted to see more of the world, learn more, meet more people, experience new things.

Do you feel it was a cultural experience studying in Oz? I certainly think studying in Australia was a cultural experience. The Boston University study abroad program was also an internship program, so I had the opportunity to experience and learn directly from Australians in the advertising business. From a professional perspective, the worklife balance was certainly appealing; I remember my internship manager always encouraged me to take a full 30-60 minute break for lunch and drinks on Friday afternoons were the norm. There was something really attractive about the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;work hard, play hardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mentality in Sydney.

What are your recommendations for travel in Oz? My top three picks are The Whitsundays, The Great Ocean Road and Fraser Island. I was lucky enough to get to travel a fair amount. I travelled to Cairns, the Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach and sailed through the Whitsundays on the best Spring Break trip ever; spent a weekend in Adelaide and on Kangaroo Island; and also did shorter trips to the Hunter Valley and Blue Mountains. At the end of my study abroad program, I travelled to New Zealand for two weeks and then to Fiji for a week after that. All on a bit of a backpacker budget, of course.

Looking for work? Tired of eating one minute noodles on a goon hangover? Look no further, TNT has jobs just for backpackers - ranging from fruit picking to bar work!


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$399pp + $65 marine park fees Total $464 special introductory price, conditions apply

3 Day 2 Night Adventure Sailing Trips offers guests looking for a smaller group size the opportunity to experience the Whitsundays. This tour will visit Whitehaven Beach, along with two or three snorkeling experiences on the fringing coral reefs which extend right from the edge of the islands and we have the best prices!

ICEBERG - BLIZZARD - ON ICE 2days/1night & 2days/2nights • All vessels in Excellent Condition • Small groups of 10 to 12 • True Sailing on Real Sailing Boats • Best Location. Coral, Beaches, Bushwalking • Free Watersports, SeaScooters, Kayaking • Private Ensuite cabins available

Mention this code ‘BRSA’ for our very special discount price.


All our staff are international traveler and speak various languages

a local Whitsundays government accredited operator. Our license is 3001478 and we have been proudly caring for our visitors for almost 20 years. Head to our facebook page ( for a chance to WIN A TRIP FOR 2 to Whitehaven Beach aboard the sensational Camira.

Kayak over the fringing coral reefs and explore tropical islands. For beginners to experienced we provide all snorkel gear including fruit and cheese platter.

FREE internet with all bookings - FREE bag storage - FREE upgrades to private double cabins on some boats For more recommendations and discount prices of overnight sailing adventures 259 Shute Harbour Rd, Top end of main street in Airlie, next door to Hog’s Breath Cafe

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Live, work, and play in Oz