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splash the cash Our guide to flashpacking Oz

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EDITOR’S LETTER We banned the word ‘hipster’ here at TNT Towers, and yet we couldn’t help but mutter it as we put together this radical issue. For starters, we bring you a feature on riding bikes in Sydney, interview a couple of indie bands and pop over to the epicentre of hipsterdom – Brooklyn, NYC. But don’t despair, we also bring you a special on the British Lions Tour. And get pissed at the snow. Totes fair, really.

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Food + drink

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Film

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Lifestyle

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News

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Sport

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Sports Feature

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Travel

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listings Australia

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work

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Features Bird songs

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Matt from LA band Local Natives talks to us about their new album Hummingbird

roar power

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The British Lions are in town, we dissect the teams to see who’ll come out on top

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Our top 10 flashpacking experiences in Oz. Your wallet will hate you

Brooklyn Bound We hit the cooler, cheaper side of the city that never sleeps

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main event Sydney film Festival Sydney, new south wales

One of Australia’s largest and best known film festivals is back for another year with a star studded jury and some of the best films from around the world. Amongst the most eagerly anticipated of which is the sumptiously shot, if horribly violent, Only God Forgives by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling. With 276 screenings of 190 different films from over 50 countries around the world there is surely something here to appeal to every different taste and preference. Grab a date, order your popcorn and get cosy this winter! 5-16 June. Sydney, NSW

BArunga Festival

SPANISH Film Festival

‘Dark Mofo’ at Mona

A festival celebrating music, sport and culture in the Top End. Located 70 kilometers out of the beautiful town of Katherine, Barunga Festival is the Northern Territory’s pre-eminent Aboriginal community cultural and sporting event.

For 23 days across five states and seven Palace Cinema locations, the 16th Spanish Film Festival will delight audiences. Featuring the best of Spanish and Latin American films including Clandestine Childhood by director Benjamín Ávila. Olé!

Modular joins forces with the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) to present an exclusive evening of sound and light. Experience 100 Million Nights, the new project from Canyons, The Presets will also be performing on June 15 off the back of their tour.

June 7 - 10 Barunga, Arnhem Land, NT barungafestival.com.au

June 12 – July 3 Australia-wide spanishfilmfestival.com

June 13–23 MONA, Tasmania darkmofo.net.au

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canberra eats + drinks tongue & groove

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Restaurant review by Alex Harmon

On the cusp of the City Centre and the heaving clubs of Canberra, the Tongue & Groove is the perfect place to line the stomach when the night is young and the magical possibilities seem endless. In fact, the restaurant transforms into a club, so that rubber arm of yours may be twisted into staying all night. The restaurant has the fishbowl effect, with big windows showcasing the young and pretty revellers within. Inside you have a choice of leather sofas for getting cosy or candle-lit long benches for big groups with a modern, industrial design throughout. The grub Great sharing options with tapas and pizza choices that won’t weigh you down. Start with the Oyster San Choi Bau [$15] the tempura oysters combined with the sweet, spicy, lemongrass flavours are out of this world. Salt + Pepper Calamari [$15] makes a great drinking companion and the barbecued lime is a nice touch. The Prawn + Chorizo Pizza [$24], is wood-fired and not too cheesy. A great pizza for the ladies as well as the gents. Perfect for date night! Behind the bar Good drink specials on every night, we were treated to $10 Cosmos and $6 glasses of sparkling. Pitchers of cocktails [$25] are great for groups and if you’re not after any of that ‘fancy stuff’ there’s tap beer from $6. Bill please Grab a group, share some tapas and cocktails and you’re looking at around $30 a head for a fulfilling start to the evening. verdict A great place to kick start your night – come back after dark for dancing. THE SCENE

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You can’t go to Canberra without going to Mooseheads. Try as you might, sooner or later (probs later) you’ll be lured in by the sights of young things on hen’s nights and 21st birthday parties cueing up for $4 Smirnoffs. Embrace the RnB tunes and make new friends – just don’t slip on the continually mopped floor.

A new addition to the very hit-and-miss Civic Mall bar scene. Plenty of boutique beers on tap but try the Gingerbread Martini – hold me Hansel – it contains gingerbread syrup! A late 20s, good-looking crowd with only a few meatheads, probably on R&R from the police academy. Life’s too short to avoid this place.

With cheap Mexican food on the menu, Young Henry’s beer on the taps and a local art initiative, you could say Honky’s is the ultimate in hipster-living. (But without the pretension). This bar rocks, quite literally of an evening when the nouveauriche of Canberra gather to rub shoulders and drink the night away. Join them!

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a good roasting Serious bean lovers hang out at Lonsdale St Roasters of a morning. You don’t have to fight the students and off-duty public servants for a table, as LSR have another cafe down the road. Order the Kevin Bacon roll, it’ll put you in good stead for the day. Or the waffles with chunks of butter and maple syrup. It has the coolness of The Grounds in Sydney without, well, the grounds. Great coffee and service, don’t forget to check out the photography and bikes on the walls. lonsdalestreetroasters.com.au

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wheels in motion Nestled in the trendy New Acton precinct, Bicicletta is part of the Diamant Hotel. Outside you’ll find a hidden oasis in the sun perfect for lazy lunches, while inside you’ll find a cosy library bar for evening drinks. The menu is modern and Italian-infused. Pizzas, pastas and antipasti in a warm environment with the trademark Diamant street-art edge. bicicletta.com.au

room with a view The Telstra Tower is great for views, but if you want to take in a meal with a staggering look at Canberra’s sprawling cityscape, look no further than Red Hill Bar. You’ll find tapas, pizzas and modern Australian fare on the menu in a quaint, cosy setting. Lamb cutlets are top notch with horseradish mash. Share a tiramasu served in a cute flowerpot while taking in the view – who said romance was dead? lookoutredhill.com.au

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follow us on Owen Campbell $15 Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane blackbearlodge.com.au

friday 7 Young Gifted And Broke TBA Laundry Bar, Melbourne laundrybar.com.au Robotosaurus + Totally Unicorn $15.00 The Standard wearethestandard.com.au

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San Cisco TBA Wrest Point Show Room, Hobart tixtas.com.au

you Am I Australia tour, Various June–July 2013.$67.70 One of Australia’s most celebrated alternative rock acts, You Am I are embarking on a national tour in the middle of the year. Check ‘em out!

National tour

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monday 3 Matthew E White $40 + bf Northcote Social Club, Melbourne northcotesocialclub.com Tokyo Quartet From $63 Hobart Town Hall theatreroyal.com.au

Taylor Dayne From $60 Wests New Lambton, Newcastle westsnewcastle.com.au

thursday 6 Thy Art Is Murder $28.60 The Rev, Brisbane destroyalllines.oztix.com.au

tuesday 4 Earlwolf $73.45 Amplifier & Capitol Bar, Perth oztix.com.au Goddam Sector $5 CIT MIC Venue Woden, Canberra facebook.com/bushlandprodigies Cooly Rocks From $15 Coolangatta, Gold Coast coolyrockson.mybigcommerce

wednesday 5 Happy Mondays $82.65 Metropolis Fremantle, Perth tickets.oztix.com.au

Something With Numbers $28.40 Fowlers Live, Adelaide moshtix.com.au

Killing Joke $59 The Hi-Fi, Brisbane metropolistouring.com Earlwolf $73.10 Enmore Theatre, Sydney oztix.com.au Chance Waters $15 Transit Bar, Canberra moshtix.com.au Happy Mondays $82.65 Palace Theatre, Melbourne tickets.oztix.com.au

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Something For Kate $28.95 Astor Theatre, Perth liveattheastor.com.au

saturday 8 John Digweed $50 Ivy Bar, Sydney tickets.myguestlist.com.au P-Money $25 The Basement, Sydney pmoneymusic.com Martha Wainwright $77.50 Lizotte’s Restaurant, Newcastle newcastle.lizottes.com.au Andrew Stockdale Free Waves, Wollongong moshtix.com.au Jeff Mills $50 Chinese Laundry, Sydney tickets.myguestlist.com.au

sunday 9 Steve Wright $35 The Cavern Club, Adelaide thecavern.com.au P-Money $25 Alhambra pmoneymusic.com

DON’T MISS! Of Monsters and Men Australia Wide. July/August. $69 Icelandic band of Monsters and Men are celebrating their return to Australia for Splendour with a bunch of sideshows.

National tour

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wednesday 12 Thy Art Is Murder $28.60 The Basement, Canberra destroyalllines.oztix.com.au Cassandra Wilson From $74.90 Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

thursday 13 Masta Ace $25 The Standard wearethestandard.com.au The Beards TBA The Pelly Bar, Frankston thebeards.com.au

Coniston Lane, Brisbane moshtix.com.au

saturday 15 Lil B $44 The Standard moshtix.com.au What So Not TBA Chinese Laundry, Sydney tickets.myguestlist.com.au Will Sparks $42.50 Platinum Nightclub, Gold Coast platinumnightclub.com.au Martha Wainwright $77.50 Melbourne Recital Centre melbournerecital.com.au

friday 14 Mantra $25 The Standard wearethestandard.com.au Lil B $44

sunday 16 Andrew Stockdale TBA Pier Live, Melbourne moshtix.com.au

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Daryl Braithwaite TBA Hamilton Hotel, Brisbane ticketmaster.com.auu

monday 10 Northlane $30 The Corner Hotel, Melbourne cornerhotel.com Happy Mondays $82.65 UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney tickets.oztix.com.au

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Parklife Australian tour. September/October. $TBA After the huge success of last year’s event and the return of The Presets to Australia, 2013’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever. Various, Australia

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Daniel Koek TBA Barossa Arts and Convention Centre barossaconvention.org

Field Day 2014 Sydney. Jan 1. $TBA Ring in the new year with this electronic/indie festival. With acts like James Blake, Four Tet and The Horrors playing last year, it should be awesome

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follow us on New Brighton Hotel 71 The Corso, Manly

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newbrighton.com.au In Situ 34/18 Sydney Rd, Manly

insitumanly.com.au Four Pines 29/43-45 East Esplanade, Manly

4pines.com.au Marlborough Hotel 145 King St, Newtown

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$5 Pints and House wines

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The Beresford, Surry Hills. Everyday 5pm–7pm. Get a tasty tall glass of beer or a few bracing drops of grape juice for the very reasonable price of $5 a go. Only at the Beresford!

35 Erskineville Road, Erskineville

Sydney

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sydney pubs Trinity Bar 505 Crown St, Surry Hills trinitybar.com.au DOME Bar Level 1 589 Crown Street, Surry Hills domebar.com.au Tea Garden’s 2-4 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction teagardenshotel.com.au Scary Canary 469 Kent St, Sydney scarycanarybar.com.au Side Bar 509 Pitt St, Sydney wakeup.com.au/side-bar

Candy’s Apartment 22 Bayswater Road, Potts Point candys.com.au

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Ryan’s Paragon Hotel Cnr Loftus & Alfred St, Sydney hotelparagon.com.au

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The Beresford Beach Road Hotel 345 Bourke St, Surry Hills merivale.com.au/theberesfordhotel 71 Beach Road, Bondi Beach

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White Revolver Cnr Curlewis + Campbell Parade Bondi Beach whiterevolver.com

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Bar Century Lvl 4 640, George St Sydney barcentury.com.au

Pontoon Cockle Bay Wharf 201, Darling Harbour pontoonbar.com

3 Wise Monkeys 555 George St, Sydney 3wisemonkeys.com.au

Hotel Steyne 75 The Corso, Manly hotelsteyne.com.au

63 – 65 Flinders St, Surry Hills

Scubar 4/11-23 Rawson Place, Sydney scubar.com.au

Wolf Lane, Perth. Saturdays from 4pm–6pm. Might be one for the discerning ladies, cool little Perth watering-hole Wolf Lane offers cupcaks and cocktails for $15 a head. Perth

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305 Cleveland St, Redfern

World Bar 24 Bayswater Road, Potts Point theworldbar.com.au

Oxford Art Factory 38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst oxfordartfactory.com

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Cherry Bar 163 Russell Street, Melbourne 103 Flinders Lane Melbourne edenbar.com.au myspace.com/cherrybarmelbourne Turf Bar Corner Hotel 131 Queen St Melbourne 57 Swan Street Richmond turfbar.com.au cornerhotel.com Fluid Oz Bar East Brunswick Club 450 Elizabeth Street Melbourne 280 Lygon St yelp.com.au Brunswick East eastbrunswickclub.com Bar Humbug 586 Little Bourke St Melbourne Esplanade Hotel barhumbug.com.au 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda espy.com.au Eurotrash Bar 18 Corrs Lane Melbourne Northcote Social Club eurotrashbar.com.au 301 High Street Northcote northcotesocialclub.com The Night Owl 35 Elizabeth Street Melbourne Palace Theatre nightowl.com.au palace.com.au The Hi-Fi 125 Swanston Street Melbourne thehifi.com.au The Tote 67-71 Johnston Street, Collingwood thetotehotel.com Eden Bar and Nightclub

adelaide pubs Grace Emily Hotel 232 Waymouth St, Adelaide yourbars.com.au Electric Circus 17 Crippen Place, Adelaide electriccircus.com.au

White Horse Hotel

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Sunday Sunset at Monsoons 46 Mitchell Street, Darwin. $30 bucket of beer and pizza. Monsoons claims to have the best Sunday session anywhere in Darwin and with live music, cheap booze and great food who can argue? Darwin

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‘efter ski’ at thredbo Thredbo Alpine Village. Warm winter cider + cinnamon scrolls Rekorderlig Cider will launch their brand new winter experience, ‘Efter Ski’ at Thredbo Alpine Village over the June long weekend.

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pUBLISTINGS Crown and Sceptre Hotel 308 King William Street, Adelaide sceptre.com.au The Promethean 116 Grote St, Adelaide theprom.com Club 58 58 Hindley St, Adelaide club58.com.au

perth pubs

Shooters Superclub Shop 46 The Mark Orchid Avenue Surfers Paradise shooterssuperclub.com

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

The Subiaco Hotel 465 Hay Street, Subiaco subiacohotel.com.au

Fabric Cnr Shields and Esplanade St cairnsevents.com pubs

Voodoo Lounge 174 James St, Northbridge voodoolounge.com.au

Rattle N Hum 65-67 Esplanade rattlenhumbar.com

The Shed 69-71 Aberdeen St Northbridge, the-shed.com.au

Gilligan’s Backpacker Hostel 57-89 Grafton St gilligansbackpackerhostel.com. au

Mint Nightclub Cnr Lake and James St, Northbridge mintnightclub.com Leederville Hotel 742 Newcastle St, Leederville East Perth leedervillehotel.com.au

brisbane pubs Hotel LA 68 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane hotella.com.au

hobart pubs Syrup Nightclub 39 Salamanca Pl, Battery Point syrupclub.com.au Republic Bar 299 Elizabeth St, Hobart republicbar.com.au Isobar 11 Franklin Wharf Hobart isobar.com.au

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Cambridge Hotel 789 Hunter St, Newcastle yourcambridge.com Lass O’Gowrie Hotel 14 Railway St, Wickham lassogowriehotel.com.au Albion Hotel 72 Hannell St, Wickham thealbion.com.au Hamilton Hotel 71 Tudor St, Hamilton hamiltonhotel.com.au Beaumont Exchange Hotel Cnr Beaumont and Denison Street, Hamilton theexchangehotel.com.com.au Wickham Park Hotel 61 Maitland Rd, Islington thewicko.com.au Cricketers Arms 61 Bruce St, Cooks Hill tab.com.au Oriental Hotel 53 Bull St, Cooks Hill wotif.com.au

Alibi 76 Crown Street Wollongong wollongongnightlife.com.au Harp Hotel 234 Corrimal Street Wollongong wollongongnightlife.com.au

The Owl & The Pussycat 85 Jonson St, Byron Bay opcbyron.com.au

Kings Street Hotel 15 Steel St, Newcastle West kingsstreethotel.com.au

Beach Hotel Bay Ln, Byron Bay beachhotel.com.au

Mary Ellen Hotel 57 Railway St, Mereweather maryellenhotel.com.au

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

Surfers pubs Blush Nightclub 21 Orchid Avenue Surfers Paradise blushnightclub.com.au Benowa Tavern

byron bay pubs

Questions Unit 5 123-125 Corrimal Street Wollongong wollongongnightlife.com.au

alice springs pubs Todd Tavern Todd Mall, Alice Springs toddtavern.com.au The Rock Bar 2/78 Todd St, Alice Springs therockbar.com.au Bojangles Saloon 80 Todd St, Alice Springs yourbars.com.au

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Treehouse on Belongil 25 Childe St, Byron Bay treehouseonbelongil.com

canberra pubs

Hamilton Station Hotel 2-6 Beaumont St, Islington hamiltonstation.com.au

Transit Bar 7 Akuna St, Canberra transitbar.com.au

Hotel Delany 134 Darby St, Newcastle hoteldelany.com.au

Cube Nightclub 33 Petrie Plaza, City cubenightclub.com.au

Wests Mayfield 32 Industrial Dr, Mayfield westnewcastle.com.au

ICBM 50 Northbourne Ave, Canberra icbmbar.com

Sunyside Tavern 20 Broadmeadow Rd, Broadmeadow sunnysidetavern.com.au

Mooseheads 105 London Circuit, Canberra mooseheads.com.au

Premier Hotel 1 Brunker Rd, Broadmeadow

darwin pubs

The Tap Bar 58 Mitchell St, Darwin thetap.com.au

Kent Hotel 59-61 Beaumont St, Hamilton thekenthotel.com.au

Iceworks Cnr Given Tce & Dowse St, Paddington iceworks.com.au

OneFiveOne 150 Keira Street Wollongong wollongongnightlife.com.au

Castros 5 Victoria Street Wollongong wollongongnightlife.com.au

Ivory 77 – 79 Crown Street Wollongong wollongongnightlife.com.au

newcastle pubs

The Exchange Hotel 131 Edward St, Brisbane theexchange.com.au

Wollongong pubs

Cheeky Monkey’s 115 Jonson St, Byron Bay cheekymonkeys.com.au The Northern 35-43 Jonson St, Byron Bay thenorthern.com.au

The Northern Star 112 Beaumont St, Hamilton northernstarhotel.com.au

camparihouse.com.au

The Deck Bar 22 Mitchell St, Darwin thedeckbar.com.au

The Fringe Bar Cnr Ann and Constance St fringebar.com.au

The Met Nightclub 256 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley themet.com.au

Melbourne

Glasshouse + Su Casa 90 Crown Street Wollongong wollongongnightlife.com.au

Royal Inn Hotel Waratah 61/69 Station St, Waratah truelocal.com.au

Canvas Club 16b Logan St, Woolloongabba canvasclub.com.au

Bar Petite 5 King St, Newcastle barpetite.com.au

Campari House, 23–25 Hardware Lne. 12–3pm, Mon–Fri $18 including a schooner of James Boags Draught, house wine, basic spirit or soft drink. And you’re on a roof, what’s not to love?

Squires Tavern 3 Edmunds St Darwin squirestavern.com.au

The Duke 192 Macquarie Street Hobart theduke.com.au

Bravo Bar Brunswick Central, 455 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley hotelbravo.com.au

Rooftop Express Lunch

Grand Hotel 124 Keira Street Wollongong wollongongnightlife.com.au

GPO Hotel 740 Anne St, Fort Valley gpohotel.com.au

Sky Room 2/234 Wickham St, Fort Valley skyroom.com.au

HAPPY HOUR!

Isobar 1 Honeysuckle Drive Newcastle thelanding.com

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

Pig ‘N’ Whistle Riverside 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane pignwhistle.com.au

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The end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012 was an odd time for Los Angeles band Local Natives. In many ways the Southern Californian band should have been feeling on top of the world. Their 2009 debut album Gorilla Manor had propelled the then five-piece band from the hilly suburb of Silver Lake into the indie-rock stratosphere. In the space of a few short years, the band had gone from handing out grainy five-track demo tapes to thin crowds at late night music venues and DJs at community radio stations to touring the world. Their music was being bought, downloaded, played and shared as far as London, Tokyo, Barcelona and Sydney. They had also, in many ways, come to be seen as the leading light of a city far better known for the successes of its rap and hip hop artists than its indie guitar bands. L.A needed its very own band much in the same way it needed its own NFL team or a functioning public transport system. Yet, even at the highest points of their professional successes, the band was suffering internally and came close to collapsing. “Those [2011-12] days were definitely some of the toughest times we had gone through, not just as a band but also as individuals,” Matt Frazier, the band's drummer says. Frazier is talking about two incidents that happened quick on the heels of each other that shook the band down to its very core. Citing personal differences, Andy Hamm, one of the band's founding members and bass player left the group in 2011. Then at some point in early 2012 (I didn’t quite have the heart to ask exactly when) singer/keyboardist Kelcey Ayer’s mother died. While there was never any chance the band would split up, Frazier says that it was the music that helped the individual members heal. At the risk of sounding dramatic, it seems to have provided a chink of light at the end of the darkest of tunnels. It also provided the impetus and the subject matter for the group to write its second album, Hummingbird, which was released in January this year.

“Writing the music of this record was a very cathartic experience for us. It [Writing music] is kind of the only way we can really cope with things, we surround ourselves with the music we make and so it naturally feels right that we

The band was suffering internally

would discuss the issues going on in our lives.” Compared to the catchy, breezy, sing-a-long tracks found on Gorilla Manor, the collection of songs found on Hummingbird are darker in timbre, more somber in tone and sadder in subject matter. That being said though, it still has moments of beautiful colour throughout; the distant horns on opening track You

2011-12 was sink or swim for Local Natives

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Matt Frazier at this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival & I, the syncopated drum samples and falsetto harmonies that float above the haunting Three Months and the wobbling, off-kilter sub bass notes that bind the otherwise disparate elements of Bowery together, to name just a few. Frazier said that while context had a part to play in the different feel to Hummingbird, it is also a perfect example of the way the band’s sound has matured as a collective. “They [Gorilla Manor and Hummingbird] are very different. I hate to use the term ‘darker’ but I can understand why people would throw that word around,” said Frazier, after a thoughtful pause. “Certainly in terms of subject matter there was a lot of heavier content involved. I think it’s just really interesting, a great evolution between where we were then and where we are now.” It’s clear that this is a question Matt has thought about before because he adds, “Perhaps it's [Hummingbird] not as immediate as some people would have hoped or expected from us, but I definitely think there’s a longevity to it that people are going to be able to live with for a long time after.” There is definitely a truth in that. Hummingbird is not simply Gorilla Manor 2.0, but the two albums aren't completely separate entities either. Singers Kelcey Ayer and Taylor Rice’s voices still weave delicate and beautiful harmonies throughout, and at no point have Local Natives lost their ear for writing a catchy melody or hook. The loss of one member forced the band to experiment during the recording process, as they still had to write for a fifth (albeit touring) member. “The theme of the album writing and recording process kind of became ‘do things that you are uncomfortable with’, you know? We had to push ourselves to do things we’d never done before, to go outside of our comfort zone. It was hard at times, but ultimately very refreshing and different for us.”

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The process was greatly assisted by The National’s Aaron Dessner, who bought the band across to the east coast to record the album in Brooklyn. Having toured with The National briefly – a band who are themselves known for making somber, yet strangely uplifting music – Dessner’s desire to work on the new album came as a welcome surprise to Local Natives. “We got lucky that he was free, and he became hugely important to the process,” said Frazier. “It’s just great as a musician to work with a peer whose own work you respect and love just like any fan would.” Frazier spoke to me from Sydney, where Local Natives were about to start a short three-gig tour in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. When asked whether or not Australian audiences could expect the band would be returning some time later in 2013, Frazier couldn’t quite answer candidly, instead he leaves it rather open-ended. “We hope so,” he says earnestly. “We really hope so.” That's not a 'no' then. The members of Local Natives are all friends who have grown up making music together many years before they found themselves thrust into the spotlight. Yet their bond seems stronger now – sitting on the other side of all the tribulations they've been through in the last twelve months – than it ever has before. “It has definitely brought us closer together,” Frazier says happily. “Having completed this record, coming through that has definitely left us in a much stronger place.” It would seem then, that despite all the trials that have affected the band, music is once again the main focus for Local Natives. And we can all be happy about that. ❚ Local Native's second album Hummingbird is out now. See: thelocalnatives.com

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We chat to bass player Jeff Apruzzese about Splendour, goals for 2013 and celebrity crushes... INTERVIEW alex harmon

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“It’s slang for making out in your car at a drive-in”

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What are you most looking forward to about Splendour? I’m really looking forward to playing it again. We had a great time in 2010. The highlight of our last experience was going on stage with Mumford and Sons and helping to join in with some gang-style vocals.

Are there any Aussie musicians you’d like to work with? Savage Garden.

What was the highlight of Coachella? My personal favorite of Coachella was watching Johnny Marr perform one of my favorite Smiths songs, How Soon is Now.

Do you have any superstitions about going on stage? We do a team ‘hands in the middle chant’ every night before taking the stage. The few times that we have not done this, the shows went terrible.

Where does the name ‘Passion Pit’ come from? The name came from a class that Michael [singer] was taking in college. One of the vocabulary sheets he was given had the name on it, which is slang for “making out in your car at a drive-in movie theatre.” If you could ‘take a walk’ anywhere in Australia where would it be? To the zoo to hug a koala again.

What are your goals for 2013? Finish out this tour in good health and start to put together the first stages of the next record.

What is one item you cannot travel without? I can’t pick one, but if I could pick two I would say my AeroPress coffee maker and my Contax T3 camera. What is on a Passion Pit rider? Pedialyte [fluid replacement], avocados, greens, Kombucha [a Japanese tea], fresh juice, Maldon Sea Salt, olive oil. All things on our rider are

pretty healthy, really. Who is your celebrity crush? Jared Leto. You song Where I Come From featured on the Twilight Saga soundtrack. Are you team Edward or Jacob? Team Edward all the way. Three albums you’d take with you on a deserted island? The Replacements: Pleased to Meet Me, Sigur Ros: Untitled and Tom Petty: Damn the Torpedoes. If there was a zombie apocalypse and you could only defend yourself with one item from Walmart, what would it be? A pressurised nail gun.

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Andrew Wyatt A quick five with the Miike Snow frontman on his new solo album INTERVIEW alex harmon

How would you describe your new solo album Descender? Well I wanted to do a record where the using of the tambour of an orchestra seemed to make sense. I could probably push things further in a way that I couldn’t with Miike Snow and I could use a lot of the things I had learnt about music. Was it hard working with 75 other musicians? Yeah it’s quite different, you definitely have to be very cautious going in. You have to make sure everyone is the same page going in, preparation is so important. Will you be touring Australia with Miike Snow this year? We’ve been pretty much every year for the last four years, I’ve also been there with Mark Ronson, so I’ve been there about seven times now. I love the people, they’re super friendly, the crowd are great, Australia really likes Miike Snow, so that’s nice. What’s the music scene in New York like now? Well they’re doing the Red Bull Music Academy, there’s like 3,000 bands playing, it’s crazy, they’re taking over the city for a month and playing like galleries and stuff. A lot of my friends are playing, it’s great. What do you miss about New York when you’re away? The food. Not that the food is better than anywhere else, I love Icebergs in Bondi and there are amazing restaurants in Sydney. But in New York it’s more about getting whatever kind of food you might want at any given time, it’s just the best. Andrew Wyatt’s first solo album, Descender, is out now. andrewwyatt.net

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Clean-sheet fun. What a let-down

The Hangover Part III FILM review by Hugh Radojev. Out now Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ken Jeong, Zach Galifianakis | MA | 100mins

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Having only seen the one preview trailer, this movie looks to be absolutely immense. Director Guillermo del Torro’s new sci-fi/ monster epic features giant alien monsters coming out of a tear in the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and being fought by giant robots piloted by humans who synch their brains with the machines. Ridiculous principle? Tell that to fans of Japanese anime. This is going to be incredible! 20

The eagerly anticipated third installment of the wildly successful Hangover franchise tries to tie everything off for its characters in a neat little bow, but instead just ends up muddying the waters. I will always have a soft spot for the first Hangover film. Critics and punters alike considered the 2009 blockbuster something of a game changer, but for me it was just a well written, well acted comedy film. I thought it was hilarious, frankly. Where the first was terrifically nuanced, the second went down a slightly different track, bludgeoning laughs from its audiences more through shock value. While it was nowhere near as good as the first film, it still had its moments. Both followed a set formula: a road trip, followed by the ‘wolf pack’ having a drink and then waking up somewhere they’d never been with blinders and complete amnesia... Cue hilarity and hijinks. This tried and true formula isn’t there on Part III. For one thing, there is no hangover to speak of, unless you count the metaphorical hangover that is Ken Jeong’s character Chow, who returns to haunt the wolf pack. Even if that was what director Todd Phillips intended, fans of the past Hangover films have no interest in metaphors. They want drinking, drugs and Mike Tyson! In short, the film is just not funny. Amusing in places maybe, in a smirky kind of way, but never ‘ha-ha’ funny. That’s not to say it’s a bad film necessarily, but compared with its predecessors it’s a bit of a damp squib. Idioms aside, it’s a good thing that the Hangover has finally come to an end. Good for: People who haven’t seen the first two Hangover films...

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Melbourne: With its European vibe, laneways to explore and cheap bike hire, it’s top notch for two wheels

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The wheel deal Cycling is a great way to get around Sydney. But read this before you get your fixie in a twist Words alexandra e.Petri

Adelaide: The council offer free bike hire, plus it’s mostly flat, so getting around is a breeze

There’s riding your bike, and then there’s riding your bike through city traffic. Entirely different experiences depending on how comfortable and confident you feel, and your overall understanding of cycling. Riding your bike should be an enjoyable experience, not one that’s ridden with anxiety as lines of cars build up behind you. With practice and good advice, there’s no need to panic as a bus pulls out beside you. The City of Sydney love bikes

Perth: The weather’s beautiful and there are lots of safe paths and routes to explore

Canberra: Gorgeous and accessible lanes make it exceptional for biking, especially around the lake

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Drivers have a history of intolerance towards cyclists, but as more people ride, driver attitudes have improved. The City of Sydney wants to reach its target of 10 per cent of all city trips on bikes by 2016 as well as introduce a bike share program by 2017. In addition, the City is building up its biking infrastructure with its plans to develop a bike network that will include 55 kilometers of separated cycleways – dedicated bike-only road lanes separated by a kerb from vehicles and pedestrians. With the push for more cycling opportunities, The City of Sydney also funds city bike programs to help cyclists of all ages and levels learn about what it means to be a comfortable, confident and gracious cyclist in the city.

Wisdom from Bikewise “Our counts of bike trips in the City of Sydney show that trips have more than doubled (113

per cent increase) in only three years! As we build more of our network, connecting it up, even more people will start riding and more drivers become used to encountering people riding to work or shops,” said Fiona Campbell, the City of Sydney Cycling manager. One of the City’s cycling programs is called Bikewise. The program offers a range of free classes on weekends for all levels of cyclists, from its Rusty Riders courses for first time (or “rusty”) cyclists, to its city bike courses. Bikewise can also arrange bicycles and helmets for its class participants. The classes are held on Saturdays and Sundays and are structured to give cyclists the skills and confidence in their abilities, as well as learn the ins and outs of cycling. “If I’m riding down the street, and I see a woman applying some last minute lippy [in a parked car], I slow down because it means the car door is about to open,” said Laura Eadie an instructor at Bikewise Sydney who has been cycling as a commuter for nearly five years. “Dooring”, accidents involving cyclists and

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Where to cycle around Sydney Sydney’s Market Street, College Street and Bourke Street all have separated cycleways for riders who wish to be in the hustle and bustle of it all. If you really want to ride through the heart of Sydney then challenge yourself for the ride from the Harbour Bridge to the Anzac Bridge. But for the heart of its parklands, pedal your way over to Moore Park and Centennial Park are ridden with cycleways and shared pathways that make riding a breeze for any level cyclist. For what feels like never-ending freedom, the 35kms of rides and pathways through Olympic Park are calling your name. Looking for a scenic ride to explore the areas around Sydney? Riders can head out on the 15km track from Thirroul to Wollongong, which has a train station at both ends of the trail, spectacular scenery and flat land that will have your quads and calves thanking you later. If it’s a workout you want, then a work out you’ll get if you head out to the Ku-ring-gai National Park. Set aside the day for 15km of hills as you cycle over to Akuna Bay or West Head for some smashing views of Palms Beach and Lion Island.

Tricks of the trade Cyclists need to take a route they feel comfortable with, even

if it means adding extra time on to their journey or commute. Some streets have shared footpaths or bike lanes like Sydney’s ever-popular Bourke Street. When there aren’t any bike lanes available, cyclists shouldn’t hesitate to ride in the center of a traffic lane as they would if they were driving their cars. “That was probably one of my scariest moments cycling here around Sydney was when I found myself stuck in fast moving traffic along George Street with nowhere to pull over,” one cycling student chimes in. But a nerve-racking bike experience is something that Bikewise aims to help you avoid. “Your route can be all along backstreets if you want – you don’t need to drive in the traffic to be a ‘real’ cyclist. The backstreets can show you the most beautiful side of Sydney,” says Jones. For those who don’t yet have a bike, bikes can be rented from a number of places, such as Centennial Park and Livelo Bike Hire. Cycling can be contagious, because it can make everything about the city feel so fresh and crisp and quietly chaotic. It gives locals and newbies alike the chance to peel off a whole new layer to a city you thought you knew so well. And that’s where totally new opportunities to explore arrive. To learn more about Bikewise, head to: bikewise.com.au tntdownunder.com

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car doors, is the number one reason adult cyclists in Sydney’s CBD end up in the hospital. According to Campbell, even though the doubling of cycling trips in the last three years – many by people new to riding – the number of crashes involving bicycle riders has stayed steady for the past six years in the City of Sydney; however, motor vehicle occupant crash injuries have been increasing in that period. There have been no bicycle rider fatalities in the City of Sydney since at least 2005. Yet it’s not the only thing riders need to be conscious of. Cyclists should ride to the rhythm of a few golden words: visible, communicative, predictable, gracious, respectful and confident. Riding through city traffic means you’ve got to be a little dog with big dog syndrome. “A bike is a vehicle, just like a car, a motorbike and even a mac truck,” the Bikewise instructors state very matter-of-factly. But at the end of the day, it’s easier said than done for some cyclists to just get on their bikes and hit the city streets without any fear or hesitations. “Cycling is all about planning out your route,” says Patrick Jones, the co-creator of the city’s BikeWise program.

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If you’re looking for happiness, a move back to Australia might be on the cards. Apparently the country is the best place to live in the world if you want a smiley face, according to the OECD Better Life Index. Impressively, it was ranked number one among industrialised developed economies for the third year running, beating Sweden and Canada for the top spot. The survey took into account life expectancy (average of 82) plus the fact a higher than average 73 per cent of the 23 million people aged 15 to 64 have a job.

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There’s always one killjoy. The Loughborough University ‘Rate your shag’ Facebook page has, sadly, closed. It was created so people could boast about their sexual conquests or even name a particularly disappointing encounter. Around 2500 Leicestershire students liked the page in just two days. But now Facebook has pulled it down after receiving complaints. With tales of sordid sex during fresher’s weeks, the page stated: “Loughborough, here’s your opportunity to let everyone know who is good in bed, and who really isn’t. Rate your shag from 1 to 10, and add comments and gossip.” The National Union Of Students said the comments were “not funny in the slightest” and “tantamount to bullying”.

Cheesetastic: Aussie Caleb Stalder won the cheese rolling event down Cooper’s Hill in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, picking up the gold in the second race of the day. “I can’t believe I got the cheese. It’s awesome,” he said. A crowd of 2000 turned out to watch the annual event, which dates back to the 1800s

viewers pissed off by violent gnome ad sweden

A TV ad by Swedish furniture giant Ikea, featuring gratuitous gnomesmashing violence has been flagged up by the Advertising Standards Agency after complaints. The Time For Change advert,

part of the flat-pack furniture company’s Say No To Gnomes campaign, shows the homeowners waging war against menacing gnomes causing mischief in their garden. The couple, who are refurbishing their back yard, take revenge by smashing them. Nearly 50 complaints were made to ASA. One upset viewer said the ad was “offensive, unsuitable for children, frightening, violent and encouraged emulation and anti-social behaviour”. Ikea’s UK marketing manager Peter Wright said: “We thought it was clearly fanciful and light-hearted. We also didn’t share the view that it would encourage or condone violence or anti-social behaviour and was unlikely to upset kids.”

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Amount, in millions of pounds, bagged by one incredibly lucky EuroMillions jackpot winner in the UK

Number of times serial thief Robert Knowles, 66, from Devon, has been jailed over the past 54 years

Zombie apocalypse: it’s coming...

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Height, in metres, of the edge of a cliff at which Kevin Krupitzer, 17, from Arizona, was pictured extreme ironing

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The adrenalin capital of the world could soon become the home of the waking dead thanks to a few Aussie zombie enthusiasts. Apocalypse Events is aiming to stage its first zombie apocalypse in New Zealand in which participants either take part as brain hungry undead, or as the last remaining survivors of the apocalypse. The choice to hop across the Tasman is due to the banning of Airsoft guns in Oz. Spokesman Ross Gibson said: “We want people from all over to ... test their skills, to make their own choices in a story that they will remember for the rest of their lives.” Check it out at wakingdead.co.nz.

Roadtrip for rocky the quake rock

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A rock weighing 25 tonnes that landed on a house during the Christchurch earthquake is about to embark on a two-day road trip, where it will meet its new ‘adopted’ family, and spend Thursday night at a pub. No joke. The basalt rock, nicknamed Rocky, was sold on Trade Me by homeowner Phil Johnson, raising more than £32,000 for the Red Cross relief fund. He’ll be making the trip to the rock’s new home at Mount Hutt Ski Field where winning bidders NZSki live. Ski area manager James McKenzie said: “We’re

Time, in years, blood and muscle tissue from a woolly mammoth spent buried in a Siberian ice tomb found last week

Rock hard: Rocky anticipating a fair few people will turn out to see him on his long-awaited road trip and maybe even join us for a beer.” Rocky also has his own Facebook page with nearly 3000 likes.

Beware the Belarus beaver belarus

A fisherman was attacked and killed by a beaver as he tried to pose with it for a photograph. The victim spotted the creature while he was driving to a lake near the capital, Minsk, and thought it would make a good photo, so stopped his vehicle. However, as the 60-year-old tried to grab the beaver for a pose, it bit the man with its razor-sharp teeth, slicing an artery and causing him to bleed to death. A booming beaver population has led to a string of attacks on people in Belarus, but the fisherman is believed to be the first victim to die. Let that be a warning to you.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK I love fast cars – I drive a Porsche 997 Turbo – but I am claustrophobic Holly Valance on why, clearly, it sucks to be a rich celebrity

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This week in football It’s not about the money, money, money Congratulations to Crystal Palace on promotion to the Premier league. In the play off final at Wembley they defeated Watford 1-0. The build up to the game, like all of the Championship play off Finals, was dominated by talk of the possible financial rewards for the victors. The figure quoted varied anywhere between 30 million pounds to 125 million. Sadly, commercial factors seem to overshadow the glory of reaching English football’s top flight which is ludicrous. The Palace fans celebrations were borne of the chance to once again see their team pit their wits against the top sides in England and not because their club may be able to generate 30 million, 40 million, 75 million or maybe even 125 million. Depending on the hyperbole!

Robin’s Revenge Since leaving Arsenal to join Manchester United Robin Van Persie hasn’t been the most popular man with Arsenal supporters. In fact, it isn’t an exaggeration to say Van Persie is loathed by a sizable quantity of Gooners. Celebrity fan Piers Morgan has been tweeting regularly about the man he lovingly refers to as ‘Van Pursestrings’. Van Persie has responded in style by sending Morgan a signed photo of himself kissing the Premier League trophy with the message “Piersy my man, thanks for all the support! You made this day even more special! All the best Van Pursestrings” Morgan showed ingratitude by announcing via Twitter his intention to use the gift as a doorstop for his toilet!

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Hollywood actor Will Smith takes a penalty at Wembley Stadium to open the UEFA Champions Festival, which marked the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund at the west London venue. Bayern won the match 2-1. confirmation Ashley Cole would lead the team out. The whole ongoing kerfuffle surrounded the England captain is actually quite baffling. In cricket the captain makes match changing decisions throughout the game whereas in football it merely requires stepping up to his opposite number and the referee and calling ‘heads’. Or ‘tails’ as the case may be. It remains an honour but hardly worthy of the attention it generates. By Joe Byatt, Football Fans Downunder (ffdu.com.au)

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New Zealand’s 170-run defeat in the first Test looked bad, until they followed it with a 247-run defeat in the second, meaning this week’s third One Day International is their last chance to claim some pride out of their visit to the northern hemisphere. After last Friday’s first ODI at Lord’s – not a favourite place for the NZ squad

right now after their first Test mauling – and the second ODI at Southampton’s Rose Bowl last Sunday, Brendon McCullum’s men go into this Wednesday’s Trent Bridge face-off wanting to sign off on a high note. Seems unlikely though.

BIG WEEK FOR ... As we go into the second week of the French Open, Rafa Nadal is gunning for a historic eighth win in Paris. No one’s won more than seven titles at the same slam – Roger Federer and Pete Sampras both have seven Wimbledon titles – so Nadal would enter the history books should he triumph in the final this weekend. He’ll be hoping that pesky knee problem that’s troubled him for years stays quiet.

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QUOTEs OF THE WEEK A step back to the dark ages of two lines of four Former England striker Gary Lineker slams Roy Hodgson’s side after their flat draw against Ireland and warns that if England insist on playing 4-4-2, plenty more hidings lay in wait

L to R: Lions’ first clash captain Paul O’Connell and oach Warren Gatland

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The Lions tour is underway and after a money-spinning clash against the Barbarians in Hong Kong, Warren Gatland’s men land in Australia where the real work begins And it kicks off with what many are hailing as the tour’s biggest gimmie, against the Western Force, who currently languish bottom of the Super Rugby Australian Conference. The Lions will be keen to set a marker for the rest of series and Michael Foley’s men

will be desperate to kickstart their season and avoid the wooden spoon. Force will be buoyed by recent victories over the Reds, Crusaders, and a last gasp win against the Highlanders. But while their centres Nonu and Ellison will be a stern test for whichever pairing the Lions put out, the Lions pack should have far too much for the struggling Highlanders’ forwards. While many predict a rout, it could be that the strength of the Lions’ bench will settle it. Though Force could spring a surprise if their mammoth flying fullback Jayden Hayward is on form.

Bale was born to play in Madrid Galaticos president Florentino Perez sparked speculation that the Welsh wizard could be swapping the lily-white kit of Tottenham Hotspur for the strip of Los Blancos next season

I thought I needed glasses so I went to the doctors. They sent me for a scan and they found a brain tumour. It was pretty horrifying Aussie halfback Scott Dureau on his return to top flight action with Catalan Dragons following surgery to remove a brain tumor from behind his eye. The NSW native even ran in a try in his man-of-the-match comeback game

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pommie press seems to think the Lions tour is Q The going to be a complete cakewalk. What’s their freakin’ problem? Thanks for the slightly leading question, and yes they do. Despite A their inconsistent performance during last year’s end of year internationals, the Wallabies still had enough to edge out Wales, and comfortably beat England and France. But the impression in the UK is that Australia hasn’t got the pack to beat the Lions. Problem is, a couple of injuries and that pack is all of a sudden far less imposing than the English press like to think. They also tend to forget that if the Aussies’ kicking game works, and they can recycle the ball quickly enough, they will keep the pack’s part to a minimum.

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Head to head With the long awaited Test series drawing ever closer, the two squads have both been announced. We cast and eye over the Lions and Wallabies to see where the advantage may lie come kick off Words Hugh Radojev

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To the uninitiated, the game of rugby union might appear chaotic, violent and overly simple. To many, the game seems to revolve around two groups of large, burly men in different coloured jerseys running into each other. In truth though, there is much more to the game than that. Every one of the 15 men in a side has a very specific skill or role that they bring to the team as a whole. Right across the park, from the loose head prop to the fullback, each man in his position represents a vital cog in the overall machine, because, at the end of the day, that is what great rugby teams are: relentless machines. One of the biggest challenges the Lions will face comes before a game is even played. Establishing working partnerships on the field and a sense of ‘esprit de corps’ in the dressing room between men who are more used to playing against, rather than with each other, may come to define the fortunes of the Lions on this tour. For Robbie Deans’ Wallabies side, there appears to be internal friction too. Not so long ago one of Australia’s bestknown players, Quade Cooper, publicly labeled the feeling in the Wallabies dressing room as ‘toxic’ and lambasted the sort of culture than Deans has tried to instill in his team. Cooper, it seems, has paid for his outburst with his place, having been omitted from the initial Wallabies squad for the coming Test series. Across the board then, the different match-ups will prove crucial to the way this series plays out. Will we see the youthful flair and pace of the Wallabies run away with the series, or will Britain’s enormous forwards and disciplined backline grind Australia down? We don’t know to be honest, but we’ll give it a go anyway.

The Tight Five Traditionally this is the strongest part of any British and Irish Lions side. These northern hemisphere teams are known for

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producing big units who love nothing more than getting their heads into a scrum or pinching some opposition lineout ball. Even with the likely starting hooker Dyan Hartley now set to miss the tour through suspension, the Lions tight five – on paper at least – looks very imposing. Men like Adam Jones, Matt Stevens and Dan Cole live and breath scrummaging and will no doubt be giving the Wallabies’ brains trust a few sleepless nights in the lead up to the first test.

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Rough and ready: James O’Connor is sharp in attack and much more steady in defence than Quade Cooper

The lineout, too, is set to be a key component of the Lions game plan. With a number of highly experienced second rowers like Ireland’s Paul O’Connell, England’s Tom Croft and Scotland’s Richie Gray providing all sorts of targets at the set piece. Players like Croft are known for running with the ball and the sight of some seriously tall timber with the ball in hand is surely going to be a welcome one for Lions fans and coaching staff alike. For the Wallabies, the scrum and lineout have definitely improved in recent years. On the 2009/10 spring tours to the northern hemisphere, the Wallabies tight five were thoroughly embarrassed at the scrum, particularly by a rampant English pack at Twickenham. In many ways though, this battering led to a thorough re-think of the way the Wallabies approach the set piece and now, with some properly big lads of their own in the tight five, the contest will certainly be tighter. Props Sekope Kepu, Ben Alexander and Benn Robinson have all matured into world class front rowers in the last few years and alongside hookers Stephen Moore and Saia Fainga’a, are likely to provide a stern test for the Lions come scrum time. The retirement last year of legendary Wallabies second 30

rower Nathan Sharpe has certainly left a big pair of shoes to fill for Australia in the tight five. His experience and leadership, particularly at the lineout, will be sorely missed by the Wallabies and despite having chosen a number of good players – captain James Horwill amongst them – the lineout could well prove to be the Australian’s Achilles’ heel.

The Back Row In this capacity, one could expect the Australian’s to carry a slight edge. Robbie Deans has seemingly focused on selecting young, mobile flankers like Liam Gill and Michael Hooper who are both renowned, despite their tender years, for pilfering opposition ball at the breakdown. The season ending injury to David Pocock was a serious blow to the Wallabies’ plans, but in Hooper and Gill, Australia won’t lack for ball winners at the breakdown. Amongst the other backrowers named in the squad at blindside flanker and number 8, Deans has gone with size and ball running ability. Players like Melbourne Rebels’ Scott Higginbottham and New South Wales Waratah Wycliff Palu bring an imposing ability to run the ball in broken play as well as put in the big tackles in defence, while Dave Dennis and Ben Mowan offer Deans some versatility and extra

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options at the lineout with their height. The Lions, however, have gone with a predominantly Welsh backrow, considered to be one of the strengths of the national team’s recent successes. Sam Warburton, Dan Lydiate and Toby Faletau are all Welsh internationals and are all versatile mobile backrowers. Irish number 8 Dan Heaslip and flanker Sean O’Brien are more in the traditional mould of large, powerful British forwards, both weighing in at well over 100kgs. Strength and power are never far away when talking about this prospective Lions pack and these two men in particular will provide the beef for the British back row – the blunt instruments to Warburton and Lydiate’s scalpels.

The Halves Queensland scrumhalf Will Genia will be amongst the first names on the Wallabies team sheet come the first Test. Rugged, tough and dependable, with a lightning fast pass, a great nose for a gap around the ruck and solid defensive capabilities, Genia is certainly one of the best players in the world in his position. With Quade Cooper’s emission from the Wallabies squad it seems likely that young Melbourne Rebel James O’Connor will play in the number 10 jersey. Where Cooper is all flair and improvisation, O’Connor is solid and dependable. Having come into the Wallabies set up at a young age, and having played previously as a centre, winger and fullback, O’Connor has a great understanding of what makes a backline tick. While he might not have the same flash of genius that Cooper is capable of producing, he won’t go missing in big games. In the Lions camp, particularly at scrumhalf, coach Warren Gatland has a most welcomed selection headache with Welsh international Mike Phillips and England’s Ben Youngs both being in top form. Phillips is a giant man, particularly for his position, standing at 194 centimeters tall, but his ball distribution is precise. Youngs is more diminutive, but has a streak of creative genius that could prove invaluable to the Lions in the coming tour. At flyhalf it looks likely that Ireland’s Johnny Sexton will get the nod ahead of young Englishman Owen Farrell. Both are relatively inexperienced and fairly unknown to Australian audiences. Sexton however has admirably stepped into the boots of former Irish international Ronan O’Gara and his precise tactical kicking game, combined with his sharpshooter abilities kicking for goal seems likely to see him given the nod.

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Bolter: This time last year, Folau was struggling in the AFL, now he’s likely to start at fullback for the Wallabies McCabe, Digby Ioane, Rob Horne and Adam Ashley-Cooper are all very solid defensively. Whether or not they will trouble the scoreboard much will be the big worry for the Wallabies. For the Lions, the centre channels will likely see some big men running straight and hard. Welsh international Jaime Roberts and England’s Manu Tuilagi are seriously large men who will be looking to batter the Wallabies’ 10 and 12 while Ireland’s favourite son Brian O’Driscoll will definitely feel he’ll be able to find some space out wide. We get the feeling he might well be right.

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for the first Test; he is solid under the highball and fairly rugged in defence but shouldn’t pose too many problems for the Wallabies going forward. Scotland’s Kiwi born Sean Maitland could be a dark horse as the series progresses; he’s lightning fast on his feet and has a great step on him. With the brilliant, but troubled Kurtley Beale’s Wallabies future very much in doubt, Robbie Deans has been forced to turn to former rugby league and AFL convert Israel Folau, who has only played a handful of matches for NSW. That being said, Folau has taken to the sport like a fish to water and has been dominant for the Waratahs scoring and setting up tries almost at will. He seems likely to get the nod for the first Test at fullback, but is an unproven quantity on the Test stage and is definitely something of a risk. On the wing, Western Force try machine Nick Cummins may well get his chance, likely with either Ioane or AshleyCooper on the other wing. Cummins has been playing well in provincial rugby for a few seasons now, but will need to take his chance with both hands, less it slip away. The British and Irish Lions face Australia in three Tests in Brisbane on June 22, Melbourne on June 29 and Sydney on July 6. lionsrugby.com

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There are monsters in the waters around Australia, and there’s only one place you should be excited about getting close to them in their natural habitat. Port Lincoln in South Australia is actually the only place you can do shark cage diving in Australia, so if staring down the jaws of death sounds like fun, it should be right up at the top of your to-do list. You can tag along as a spectator for $100 less, but chances are you’ll change your mind when you see those fins circling (or not). Don’t be a wuss, don that diving suit and grab your underwater camera and give Jaws your best smile! Price $495 adult Value for money $500 is a steep price for sure, but I’d be concerned if a ‘budget’ option existed. You get fed all day and up close with the most feared fish in the sea. Bargain. RP sharkcagediving.com.au

If you flew into Cairns you probably got a taste of the Great Barrier Reef from above, and unless you were airsick you would have wanted to get much closer to those turquoise waters. With Air Whitsunday’s Panorama Tour you can get those postcard perfect pictures from above, then up close from their glass bottom boat and finally, from below while snorkelling. The most comprehensive experience of the Whitsundays ends at Whitehaven beach for a secluded sunbathe and a taste of some complementary Australian wine. Pretend you own the beach and the pilot is your chauffeur for maximum gloating! Price Panorama Tour - $475 Value for money It’s pretty much four tours wrapped into one and gives you almost everything that the Whitsundays have to offer. A great deal. RP airwhitsunday.com.au

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Whaleshark Diving: ningaloo reef Didn’t fancy cage dive with great whites? Well, how about an even bigger shark? Before you decide, it’s the whaleshark and it isn’t even remotely interested in eating you, so just chill. Between March and July these gigantic goldfish can be found swimming (peacefully) through the waters off Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef. With a plane keeping an eye out from above you have the best chance of seeing, and snorkelling with, a whaleshark. With a fully qualified marine biologist on board you’ll be endowed with in depth knowledge of these fascinating animals to impress your friends. Gourmet lunch on board and there are even hot showers on board to warm you up afterwards. Price $390 Value for money As one of the most reliable places to see whalesharks you’re bound to get your moneys worth here. If you don’t see one then you get to come on the next available tour for free! RP airwhitsunday.com.au

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Hunter Valley Wine Tours Wine tasting is an art, and an experience not to be taken lightly. In the interests of enjoying this delicious alcoholic beverage to the fullest, a tasting tour should be combined with delicious food – particularly chocolate and cheese. Not to mention, you really should be able to actually enjoy the wine, so make sure that someone else is doing the driving, that way you can sit back and enjoy the scenic backdrop to some of the world’s best vineyards. The Hunter Valley is really popular, so get away from the crowds and take a smaller tour. It’ll be much more personable and you’ll feel absolutely royal. Price $135 Value for money There are coach tours that take you through some of the bigger wineries in the area, but they can be quite crowded. With the additional food stops, this tour is well worth the extra money. RP divinetours.com.au

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Often referred to as the last totally unspoiled wilderness left in Australia, the Kimberley Ranges are about as old as the come and utterly beautiful to boot. The best way to experience this site of natural beauty is on an overnight tour, it’s so remote that day tours will hardly scratch the surface. There are significantly longer tours available that will take you between Darwin and Broome (or the other way around) and get you much further into the region. But if you’re limited on time, three days will give show you more beauty than you’d see in a month anywhere else. Bush tucker included and camping style accommodation with the option to upgrade. Optional activities along the way will help you spend that hard earned cash to get the most out of your trip. Price $725 (three days camping) Value for money Trips around the Kimberley are not cheap, but with 4WD vehicles a must and local knowledge essential for survival, you can understand why that is. RP kimberleywild.com.au

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Live in Sydney or perhaps briefly visiting? One thing you can’t go past is having the sky at your fingertips. Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb gives you not only the remarkable views of Sydney Harbour in 360 degrees, but an experience to share for many years to come. There are four different climbing options, ranging from the quick 2.5 hr to 3.5 hr guided tours. Max group numbers are 12-14, so you will have full attention of your guide, and make some friends on the way up. The whole city will be at your fingertips, and at the end you are provided with a group photograph with option to take your own private shots on top of the arch. Departures are dawn, daytime, twilight and night meaning you choose the experience and memories made. Price From $198 Value for money: Take in the whole of Sydney on one trip, and get a birdseye view! If you don’t wish to do everything on ground level, this is a tour of a different nature that is worth the expense. Plus, if you’re hooked up, it makes a great lovey dovey twilight shot to keep for a lifetime. RM bridgeclimb.com

When you think of a train journey, you don’t normally think luxury, right? Well, forget the cramped and smelly trains of the CBD and indulge yourself on the classiest most soughtafter train expedition in Australia, the Ghan Train. It’s an all-inclusive trip with booze and a tasty dining menu with flexible times for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Ghan travels between Adelaide and Darwin and allows you to see the traditional Red Centre, Flinders Ranges and the tropics of the Top End. In Alice Springs and The Katherine, there are also tour stops ‘Off Train’. Ride a camel, meet a saltwater croc, see the birds soar at the Desert Park and learn about Aboriginal culture and rich Australian history. For those wanting to broaden their food horizons, there is also the choice of cooking up some Kangaroo tail and damper. Price From $952 (Gold Service Discount price until July 31) Value for money Considering flying, accommodation, food and normal tours are quite expensive when you add them up, this works out cheaper and you get to relax and take in the sights as you go. Having a personal cabin steward to take care of your needs is also much more convenient than fighting for a flight attendants’ attention while listening to screaming babies. RM theghantrain.com.au

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See as much or as little of this beautiful region as you like, with a private tour guide/driver and flexibility to create a full day of fun suited to your own needs. It’s only an hour out of the Melbourne CBD, so why not? Feel like a little wine tasting? Choose from over 50 smallscale wineries producing the best of the best. Some of the vineyard options are Red Hill Estate, Willow Creek, Crittenden Wines, Main Ridge Estate, T’Gallant Winemakers and Foxeys Hangout. Take in the dazzling beaches, villages, national parks and potentially visit a natural hot springs spa. Consider a visit to the Ashcombe Maze or perhaps a trip to the Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm. And the iconic bathing boxes on the beach are a must-stop for a photo. Price From $222 Value for money An à la carte lunch and entrance fees are included, with a free hotel pick up/drop off and drinks too! It’s definitely worth it, especially if you’ve had too much wine, there’s no need to worry about getting back home on a bus or taxi, as your guide will look after you like a VIP. In a private Chrysler Grand Voyager, no less. RM mornington.com.au

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Guided Overland Track Walking Tour Want to explore a World Heritage Area with two private guides? This world famous walking track in the breathtaking Cradle Mountain region in Tasmania takes you away from reality and really in to nature. Explore all day, and then at night relax with a three course dinner, prepared by your lovely guides. This tour offers the only private hut accommodation along the entire trail, so you can always feel comfortable to know you are looked after. After a buffet breakfast, pack a lunch from the included selections and set out for a day to remember. For those more adventurous, you can include a mountain climb or waterfall visit on top of the set itinerary. National Park and Overland Track passes are included, normally worth around $200. Return transfers between Launceston and walk base are also a part of the price. Price 6 days from $2850 Value for money: Considering other Overland tours tell you to bring a back-up tent because you can’t book a hut, this tour itself ensures you will have a roof over your head in the cold of the night. With all meals and a Tassie wine selection included, you aren’t restricted to cooking for yourself/eating basics after a long day either. They provide all the sleeping bags, pillows and a comfy mattress at each hut too, less luggage for you and more space for essentials! RM cradlehuts.com.au

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ReefSleep Imagine peace and quiet, marine life interaction, and nobody else around. Once everybody departs at 3pm, you will get to stay overnight on the only permanent pontoon on the entire Great Barrier Reef. Experience the underwater viewing chamber, scenic deck and watch as the reef comes alive without any interference. Reefsleep guests have their own reef decorated air conditioned rooms with private ensuites. Inclusions are phenomenal, with an al fresco dinner, wine, full breakfast, two buffet lunches, sunset cocktails and use of all Reefworld facilities including waterslide, snorkelling equipment and return coach transfers. Guests have the option to also upgrade their packages to include an Introductory or Certified Dive, a relaxing massage or perhaps a guided snorkelling tour. Price Great Barrier Reef King room: $570 Value for money You’ll get your own personalised service by a Reefsleep host, while having an exclusive experience without the busyness of the daytime guests. It costs you pretty much the same to stay on the mainland or islands and just do a day tour, so why not submerge yourself into complete private tranquillity. Return coach transfers are included for mainland accommodation. RM australianexplorer.com

Bounce Hostel Sydney – From $34 Rooftop sitting area with views of the city, lockers with power-points inside and bright, eye pleasing and modern art. Voted best hostel in Australia 2013, Bounce is at the top of the flashpacking list with spotless clean rooms and cool rooftop BBQ area. bouncehotel.com.au YHA Sydney Harbour – From $42 In the heart of the cultural area of Sydney, this flashy hostel also has a spectacular rooftop view and a BBQ. Rooms are air-conditioned with internet and television access available. 3.yha.com.au Flashpackers Noosa – From $27 Free free free! Flashpackers Noosa includes a free breakfast daily, internet, and a shuttle bus around town. Rooms are decked out with air-con and there is also a swimming pool for those hot summer days! flashpackersnoosa.com Space hotel Melbourne – From $29 Modern designer rooms with iPod dock stations, flat screen TVs and plenty of space to chill out or work out! There’s a rooftop spa and sun lounges overlooking Melbourne CBD, so it’s the perfect place to relax before making dinner at one of the eight cooking stations. Space-aged flash! spacehotel.com.au Flashpackers Hervey Bay – From $24 Free Friday Aussie sausage sizzle and cinema with free movies! Flashpackers will feel right at home with this family run business, including indulging in the swimming pool with sandy beach, comfortably sleeping on hotelgrade orthopaedic mattresses with ‘bug lock’ and full length mirrors in room to get dolled up for a night out on the town. Flashy! flashpackersherveybay.com

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Snow stoppers Australia may be better known for its sunlit beaches and parched interior but it also has some decent snowfields. Strap in, goggleup and check them out this winter Words alex harmon

Photos: Perisher, Thredbo, Destination NSW, Robbie Wait

Partying in Jindabyne, Thredbo’s neighbourly ski town, is as much a part of the ski package as falling on your arse or falling in love with a European ski instructor. Actually, all three go hand-in-hand. So, as my snow-buddy Justin orders our first round of drinks, followed by Jägermeister chasers – hey, I didn’t say we were original – we quickly feel like locals. We could get used to this kind of life. We toast each other and relay stories to our new friends of our boarding adventures. Like getting lost because one of us couldn’t tell our left from right or, more crucially, our blue run from our black run. Or boasting about going from Snow White to Shaun White after just one lesson. Yeah, you’ve heard that one before. Then, as the shots continue to flow, we’re practically buying ski gear online and signing up to be Thredbo life members. Luckily, the tall tales are interrupted by another après-ski tradition: drinking games. A few of the really enthused take the stage, stripping off and drinking in representation of their respective countries. This, of course, soon leads to another, rather similar tradition: hooking up. Watching back-to-back episodes of Home and Away would be less predictable. But out of respect to the country of Germany and my snow-buddy, Justin, what happens in Thredbo stays in Thredbo.

The hangover layover Naturally, day two of a ski weekend is a little different from day one. At 7am, we’re falling into damp boots and mentally ripping up the life-time memberships we signed last night. After heading into the dining hall, past several frosty vomit patches, we devour a hot breakfast in anticipation of the day ahead. Unlike the previous evening, the faces around me are pale and sheepish. Well, apart from the few who arrive late, clearly still drunk. Returning to Thredbo, the fresh air and the pull of the powder slaps the hangover away. Partially, anyway. The snow is slushier than the first day, but we’re secretly happy

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for Mother Nature to be playing hangover nurse, cushioning our falls today. Heading higher to test out our new-found confidence, we try out some ‘air-time’ on the jumps. In one full swoop, all confidence is lost as I get too much speed and come crumbling down. After a quick pit stop at the high-altitude cafe, where we clumsily unravel our gloves and jackets simply to grasp a hot chocolate, we’re on our way again. The afternoon snowboarding session is a mixture of fatigue, memories regurgitating from the night before, and the sadness of knowing all good things must come to an end. With each run potentially our last, limits are pushed, tricks are attempted and new manoeuvres are mastered – in our minds, anyway. It’s an unbelievable feeling, considering most hangovers of this scale are spent on the sofa, not the slopes. From the moment we were picked up on Friday afternoon and opted for the “party bus”, the trip was seamless. Meals, accommodation and gear were all taken care of. Before we leave, a group gathers to watch a snowboarder from our tour who has been dared to complete a nudie run. We are just in time to witness him sailing down the final slope, not quite naked, but naked enough. It’s a fitting ending to a trip that’s all about the package. ❚ OzSnow do weekend road trips from $245 which includes transport, accommodation at the Snowy Mountain Resort, meals, park fees. See ozsnowadventures.com.au

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Are You Ready for Winter? 5 Great Places to Ski in Australia Few people think of our continent as being a great place to ski, but there are some pretty legendary Aussie destinations for skiing. If you plan to hit the slopes, there are a few places that you absolutely cannot miss, both in the mainland and in Tasmania. Here are the five best places to ski:

Thredbo NSW When searching for an accommodation near a ski destination, you would do well to consider Thredbo. The New South Wales ski slopes are perfect for just about anyone, and you can find beautiful hotels and luxury cabins for pretty much any budget. If your idea of a ski trip includes plenty of dancing, drinking and partying off the slopes, Thredbo is perfect for you. The slopes are varied, though they’re not too tough. You’ll be able to show off your skiing skills to your friends, but the purpose of this resort is to have fun all day and all night long — on and off the slopes.

Falls Creek VIC Falls Creek is the largest ski resort in Victoria, and it is perfect for skiers and snowboarders alike. There are activities taking place 24 hours a day, including skiing down some of the slickest slopes in the country. There are 65 kilometres of trails that cross-country skiers can explore, and the rails and jumps spread throughout the park will be punishing for even the best snowboarders and skiers. There 15 lifts heading up the mountain and the nearly 100 runs provide snow sport

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Perisher NSW For those who come to New South Wales just to ski, the Perisher resort is definitely the premier destination. The Perisher slope has some of the toughest runs in the country, but the smooth, powdery snow makes slicing down the hill a real pleasure. The Blue Cow and Smigging Holes Resorts are also excellent, but the Perisher is for serious skiers. Skiers can test their skills at cross-country skiing just in front of the resort. There is a school for newbies to learn how to ski properly, and the ski slopes spread out seemingly endlessly. If skiing is your passion, this is the place for you. 50

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Selwyn: your wallet will thank you enthusiasts of all experience levels the chance to test their mettle. There are more than 450 hectares of skiable terrain, most of which is designed for intermediate skiers. There are a few beginner runs, but nearly a quarter of the slopes are for advanced skiers.

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About the Author: As a lifetime skiing enthusiast, Bill Bettler loves to visit the many slopes around Australia. He lives in New South Wales which makes him partial to his local slopes, but he’ll try any slope at least once!

Mt Hotham VIC Mount Hotham, located in Victoria, is the site of the Hotham Resort, one of the country’s premier ski destinations. The ski village sits atop a mountain ridge, providing a fantastic view of the countryside below. There is a school for beginning skiers and snowboarders, activities 24 hours a day, dog sled races, snowmobile rides for kids, and more slopes than you’ll be able to ski during your stay. There are 13 lifts leading up to more than 80 runs, and the slopes are made for intermediate and advanced skiers. Beginners will have their fill and more advanced skiers looking for a thrill will be aptly satisfied as well.

Mt Mawson TAS Tasmania is home to many beautiful creatures and gorgeous terrain, but it is also the home of the Mt. Mawson ski resort in the Mount Field National Park. The ski resort is less than a two hours’ drive from Hobart City, but the slopes are well over 1 kilometre above sea level. Snow falls on the slopes regularly, and the fresh snow is perfect for slicing and stunts. There are a few runs made for beginners, but the rest are for more advanced skiers. There are cross-country skiing opportunities for the whole family, and there is plenty for kids to do at this ski resort. If you want to escape from the hum-drum of life back home on the mainland, 52

TNT staff pick, by Rory Platt: Slewyn Snowfield NSW: Cheap and cheerful Selwyn Snowfields are known as being a family-friendly ski resort, which makes it perfect if you’re a total amateur on the white stuff. Selwyn is found in the Kosciuszko National Park, but far from the likes of Thredbo and Perisher. It has only two expert trails, with the vast majority being suitable for beginner to intermediate snow bunnies. Despite its small size, Selwyn has about 80 per cent of the resort covered by snowmaking facilities so when nature lets you down you’ll still have something to slide on. Further evidence to Selwyn’s family-friendly attitude is the grooming procedure at the resort, which is done by the director, Bob Heatley, his wife and son-in-law every day. If downhill skiing or snowboarding lacks the thrills of busting out tricks then you can hit up Selwyn’s terrain parks for just $25 a day instead. Selwyn’s a great resort if you’re just getting into snow sports, with great instructors and the perfect trails to progress gently. If your skills are limited this is just the place to find your snow legs, save the bigger resorts till next year. Your wallet will thank you. selwynsnow.com.au Where to stay: Bunkhouse Motel, $40 (40mins from slopes) How much: Lift pass daily $82, five-day pass $332.

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Harbour crush This is the Coffs Coast in 72 hours Words Adele rogers

DAY 1: It’s not all about bananas in Coffs Harbour, contrary to popular belief, and while we do want you to spend a little time relishing the lustrous fruit, there are plenty of other ways to spend three days in the scenic seaside town. Surrounded by lush forests and national parks, the Coffs Coast is loaded with attractions, nature and adventure. 9:00: Make the most of your first day by starting early and head straight to the beach. The Coffs Coast makes up a 90 kilometre stretch of charming golden beaches, lapped by the Pacific Ocean. Take your towel and a book and soak up the bright morning sunshine, or for the more adventurous type, hire a board and take to the water for a spot of surfing. (academyofsurfing.com) 12:00: Once you’ve worked up an appetite, make your way to the Fisherman’s Co-Op in the heart of the Coffs Harbour marina. Here you can indulge on fish and chips pulled straight from the ocean. (coffsfishcoop.com.au) 14:00: Next it’s time to unleash your competitive streak and get the blood pumping. Only 10 minutes south of Coffs you’ll find the newest Paintball Field on the mid north coast. It’s every man for himself in the battles which are played on one of three unique fields. Prices depend on how many pellets you require to defeat your rivals, and you can even upgrade your gun for a few extra bucks. (elite1paintball.com) 16:00: Slow the mood and get back to nature by dropping into the nearby Coffs Harbour Butterfly House. Wander through the maze and be enchanted by hundreds

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Over the bridge Cooler, cheaper, sexier: forget Manhattan and mosey across to Brooklyn when you hit the Big Apple, using our foolproof guide Words laura chubb

Once upon a time, a Manhattanite would plaid shirts and Elvis Costello glasses are par probably have preferred to bed down with for the course, but the resultant bar, music When to go: There’s no bad the city’s army of subway rats than move and food scene more than makes up for it. time to visit New York City. Sure, to Brooklyn. Think of the haughty horror summer gets crazy hot (up to 38ºC), DON’T MISS: Catch the next big Brooklyn that met Miranda’s fate in the final episodes band – MGMT, Grizzly Bear, TV On the Radio but there are open-air concerts of Sex And The City, when her emigration and Vampire Weekend all hail from the and the like to enjoy. Winter can be freezing (below 0ºC), but the prices borough – at Brooklyn Bowl, a bowling-alleyto the borough prompted aghast howls of meets-live-music-venue. The menu here goes drop, too. This, however, is not true “Brooklyn?!” from the accompanying trio of big on fried chicken, which is something of a of Christmas, when rates rocket. vacuous fluffheads. Currency: AUD$1= US$0.97 theme in Williamsburg, where a number of But in recent years Brooklyn has emerged happening places serve up gourmet takes on stay: For a cheap bed in as the capital of cultural cool in the US. Brooklyn, head to ZIP112, a brilliant southern soul food. The Commodor is where Where once it was considered a collection you’ll learn how to add honey and hot sauce hostel in trendy Williamsburg. Beds of immigrant slums and a stronghold for to your chicken and biscuits (the latter, a from around $55pn. zip112.com organised crime, it is now the undisputed southern staple, is essentially a savoury scone). epicentre of New York’s counterculture. King’s in Manhattan, the hotel @ Times Pies ‘n’ Thighs is the place that will County has grabbed the baton from the East Square offers doubles from $115pn seriously ruin KFC for you forever, though, Village with its cutting edge art, too-cool-forapplecorehotels.com and rounds everything off with down-home school bands and impressive indie food scene. See: visitbrooklyn.org cooking classics including Key lime and (Bon Appetit magazine named two bourbon pecan pie. Brooklyn eateries in this year’s ‘Best New Probably Brooklyn’s best global ambassador is Brooklyn Restaurants in America’ list, and none from Manhattan). lager, the brew that changed the rest of the world’s attitude Still, while even the infamous Manhattan pride has to US beer (its deep malt and hops flavours are the antithesis succumbed to Brooklyn’s thrall – young couples, media of light lagers such as Budweiser). types, hipsters, artists and restaurateurs are flocking over the ‘Small batch’ tours at the Brooklyn Brewery bridge thanks to the borough’s fresh appeal and affordable (brooklynbrewery.com), also in Williamsburg, are just $8 and rents – tourists continue to content themselves with the include a tasting session. Impressed? Explore more of the Statue of Liberty and Bloomingdales. Sure, Manhattan has US of A’s craft brews at Barcade, a wonderfully understated its must-see gimmicks, but you’ve got to cross the East River brew bar with more than 20 rotating beers on tap and walls to see where the real New York City is at. Here, we highlight lined with vintage arcade games. Plus, while they don’t do five Brooklyn neighbourhoods you can’t afford to miss. food, they do provide takeout menus from their favourite Williamsburg Williamsburg eateries so you can order in. Do your tastebuds a favour and order the sausage fennel pizza from Fornino’s. THE VIBE: Pretty much the birthplace of the modern world’s understanding of the word ‘hipster’ – though don’t DUMBO let that put you off. The borough is known for its ‘three THE VIBE: Arguably the area that kicked off Brooklyn’s H’s’ – the Hasidics and Hispanics who once characterised reputation revamp, DUMBO – which stands for Down Under the neighbourhood, and those darned hipsters now more Manhattan Bridge Overpass – is the borough’s artsiest often associated with it (2003’s satirical guide The Hipster district. Handbook was penned by Williamsburg resident Robert This industrial relic blends shabby-looking factories and Lanham in response to the phenomenon). Young dudes in

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Party on at Brooklyn Bowl and, above, try a tasting at the Brooklyn Brewery warehouses, once manufacturing complexes that churned out everything from coffee and spices to boots and shoes in the late 19th century, with world-class views of Manhattan’s waterfront. Real estate developer David Walentas is credited with inventing DUMBO after he turned the neighbourhood’s derelict buildings into artists’ studios and desirable loft apartments in the Eighties. However, even though DUMBO has long been considered ‘cool’, it has retained its gritty looks rather than gentrified completely. DON’T MISS: You can’t get much further Off-Broadway than at St Ann’s Warehouse, which puts on avant-garde theatre– January’s show, Opus No. 7, is a Russian production featuring puppets, dancing pianos and acrobats, for example. The streets around here are great for discovering indie boutiques selling locally crafted clothes and ducking into artists’ lofts for a peek at their wares. A walk in Brooklyn Bridge Park is also essential (brooklynbridgepark.org). Though not quite the right spot for a quiet picnic, thanks to the subway trains rolling noisily over Manhattan Bridge nearby, the views of the Manhattan skyline across the river are unmatched. Walk in the direction of the Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn and you’ll arrive at Jane’s Carousel, a historic carnival ride from the Twenties that the wife of DUMBO founder David Walentas, Jane, painstakingly restored over 27 years. It’s just 58

$2 to pony up and relive your childhood. Crown Heights THE VIBE: Even a Brooklynite might baulk at this pick, but the once-grotty neighbourhood of Crown Heights is fast becoming the borough’s best-kept secret. The more tense times of CH’s past – its large African-American community and smaller Jewish population clashed most severely in the Crown Heights Riot of 1991 – now seem long-forgotten and, while evermore signs of gentrification pop up along Franklin Avenue in particular, only a handful of hip folks seem to have copped on. DON’T MISS: A stroll down Franklin Avenue will unveil any number of treasures these days – where once you found discount stores, cheap salons and palm readers, now you can’t avoid spotting brand-new indie fashion boutiques, vintage stores, cute coffee shops and craft brew bars. Don’t miss Dutch Boy Burger, which is a go-to spot for restaurateur Tom Byng, the man behind the UK’s Byron burger chain, when designing his own menus. Along with mean burgers and beers, you can really rack up the calories with their bourbon milkshake or pop in on ‘Duck Fat Sundays’, when everything on the menu is fried in – you guessed it – duck fat. If you’re keen on absorbing more than just grease, a short walk from Franklin is the brilliant Brooklyn Museum, which showcases grassroots art and only asks for a

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Historic: Brooklyn’s distinctive brownstones

Downtown Brooklyn THE VIBE: This district feels more commercial than most, dominated as it is by the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower – an architectural icon from the Twenties and one of the tallest four-sided clock towers in the world – and legions of high street shops, including Target, which New Yorkers are fond of pronouncing “Tarjay” in much the same way a Londoner

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might refer to Primark as “Primarni”. Expect a better bargain here than at Bloomingdales. DON’T MISS: There are two crucial stops to make in this ‘hood. One is Junior’s (juniorscheesecake.com), famous for baking the best cheesecake in Brooklyn (or, as they insist, “the world’s most fabulous cheesecake”) since 1950 – one story even has it that the diner caught fire in 1981 and attracted a crowd of people chanting “save the cheesecake!”. The other is the Brooklyn Academy of Music, better known as BAM (bam.org). The multi-arts centre, at 150 years old, is America’s oldest and has a great programme of film, theatre, dance and music. A recent run of Faust: A Love Story – an aerial circus reimagining of Goethe’s Faust set to music by Nick Cave – is typical of BAM’s edgy offerings and tickets to most shows start at just $25, making it a far more affordable option than Broadway.

THE VIBE: This neighbourhood in western Brooklyn is the picture of middle class suburbia, NYC-style; far from coming off as dull, the clichéd effects of increased affluence (farmers’ markets, community food co-ops, yummy mummies) are offset by a creative culinary scene and lots of green spaces. It’s also a great spot for seeing historic Brooklyn brownstones – the streets are lined with the borough’s distinctive terraced housing, built from brown sandstone. DON’T MISS: An entrenched New York tradition is going out for brunch at the weekend – always paired with a bloody mary or a mimosa – and Park Slope offers some of the city’s best. Try hot new opening Talde (taldebrooklyn.com), the brainchild of Asian-American Top Chef contestant Dale Talde, which offers a breakfasty riff on classic Asian dishes. Sure, breakfast ramen (buttered toast broth, honey-glazed bacon, six-minute egg) and spicy Korean chicken wings with waffles drenched in coconut brown butter syrup might sound weird, but boy, do they work. Then walk it off at Prospect Park, designed by the guys behind Central Park. It’s a more manageable space than its big brother (585 acres to Central’s 843), perfect for a mellow stroll or a game of Frisbee, or stopping by the baseball fields to spectate in the sunshine. Bliss. ❚

Photos: Brooklyn Brewery, Julienne Schaer, Robyn Lee, Getty

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Wildlife Tours Tours around Victoria 1300 661 730, wildlifetours.com.au

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Cape York Peninsula The top of Australia is a land of mystery and adventure. By road it’s only really accessible by 4WD, so if you’re not an off-road enthusiast you might do better with an overland tour. If you’re looking for isolation then you won’t be disappointed. Secluded beaches and waterfalls abound in this wild corner of Oz. Activities in the area include fishing trips, croc spotting and Aboriginal cultural tours. Just be careful choosing a swimming location. If you reach the very top you can always jump a little further and check out the Torres Strait Islands.

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Broken Hill The last town you’ll hit in NSW before crossing over into South Australia, which you might not have even realised existed before seeing The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. If that’s what brought you here then grab a drink at The Palace Hotel and you’ll instantly recognise it from the movie. To continue your movie tour, head north to Silverton where you’ll find the Mad Max Museum and a variety of vehicles commandeered by Mel Gibson (read: stuntman) himself. If that’s not your piece of cake, stuff the movies and drink in some art at the outdoor Sculpture Symposium. Bring water in summer and a coat in winter.

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VICLISTINGS Habitat HQ 333 St Kilda Rd, thehabitathq.com.au Oslo Hotel 38 Grey St oslohotel.com.au The Ritz for Backpackers 109 Barkly St stkildabeachhouse.com.au St Kilda Beach House 169B Fitzroy St ritzbackpackers.com

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

Federation Square. ngv.vic.gov.au

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

Port Campbell Hostel 18 Tregea St, Port Campbell. 03 5598 6305, portcampbellhostel.com.au

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

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

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

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Melbourne Cricket Ground Brunton Av. 03 9657 8888 mcg.org.au

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

Melbourne Museum 11 Nicholson St, Carlton. 13 11 02 melbourne.museum.vic.gov.au

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

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mornington Bayplay Lodge 46 Canterbury Jetty Rd, Blairgowrie. 03 5988 0188, bayplay.com.au Sorrento Foreshore Reserve Nepean Hwy. 1800 850 600, mornpen.vic.gov.au Sorrento YHA 3 Miranda St, Sorrento. 03 5984 4323, yha.com.au

Tourist Road. 03 5956 6123

murray river Echuca Gardens YHA 103 Av, Mitchell St, Echuca. 03 5480 6522, yha.com.au

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Mildura City Backpackers 50 Lemon Ave, Mildura. 03 5022 7922, milduracitybackpackers.com.au Oasis Backpackers 230 Deakin Av, Mildura. 04 0734 4251, milduraoasisbackpackers.com.au

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

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

Adelaide Central YHA 135 Waymouth St. 08 8414 3010, yha.com.au

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

Adelaide Travellers Inn 220 Hutt St. 08 8224 0753, adelaidebackpackers.com.au Annie’s Place 239 Franklin St. 1800 818 011, anniesplace.com.au Backpack Oz 144 Wakefield St. 1800 633 307, backpackoz.com.au Blue Galah Backpackers Lvl 1, 52-62, King William St. 08) 8231 9295, bluegalah.com.au

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

Adelaide Zoo Frome Rd. 08 8267 3255, zoossa.com.au

Hostel 109 109 Carrington St. 1800 099 318, hostel109.com

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

My Place 257 Waymouth St. 1800 221 529, adelaidehostel.com.au Shakespeare Hostel 123 Waymouth St. 1800 556 889, shakeys.com.au

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

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

220 Hutt street, Adelaide. Rooms from $20 An old building, with a great homely feel and lots of people looking to make friends. Comfortable and central, a great base for you adventures in Adelaide!

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

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

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

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Radeka Down Under 1 Oliver St. 1800 633 891, radekadownunder.com.au

Berri Backpackers Sturt Highway, Berri. 08 8582 3144, berribackpackers.com.au

Riba’s Underground 1811 William Creek Rd. 08 8672 5614, camp-underground.com.au

Harvest Trail Lodge Loxton. 08 8584 5646, harvesttrail.com.au

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

Nullarbor Traveller Tours across to Perth. 1800 816 858 the-traveller.com.au Port Lincoln Tourist Park 11 Hindmarsh St. 08 8621 4444, portlincolntouristpark.com.au Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions Great white shark cage diving. 08 8363 1788 rodneyfox.com.au

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

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

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

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Hahndorf Up in the Adelaide Hills is the unexpected town of Hahndorf. If that sounds German it’s because it is, the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia in fact. With a quaint village feel to it, lined with rows of hundred-year old elm and plane trees, it’s an ideal place to peruse gift shops, galleries and authentic German pubs. Most of the buildings themselves have been restored from their original condition and the town still retains a distinctly German feeling to it. Stay awhile, try some of the best cold-climate wine and pretend that charming Harhndorf is not actually down under.

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

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

The Witch’s Hat 148 Palmerston St. 08 9228 4228, Witchs-hat.com

Emperor’s Crown 85 Stirling St, Northbridge. 1800 991 553, emperorscrown.com.au Globe Backpackers & City Oasis Resort 561 Wellington St. 08 9321 4080, globebackpackers.com.au Ocean Beach Backpackers 1 Eric St, Cottlesloe. 08 9384 5111, oceanbeachbackpackers.com.au One World Backpackers 162 Aberdeen St, Northbridge. 1800 188 100, oneworldbackpackers.com.au Perth City YHA 300 Wellington St. 08 9287 3333, yha.com.au The Old Swan Barracks 6 Francis St.

Underground Backpackers 268 Newcastle St, Northbridge. 08 9228 3755, undergroundbackpackers.com.au

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Perth Beach YHA & Indigo Net Cafe 256 West Coast Hwy, Scarbrough indigonet.com.au

Beatty Lodge 235 Vincent St beattylodge.com.au

Planet Inn Backpackers 496 Newcastle St planetinn.com.au

Cheviot Lodge 30 Bulwer St cheviotlodge.com

The Shiralee Hostel 107 Brisbane St, Northbridge planetinn.com.au

Coolibah Lodge 194 Brisbane St coolibahlodge.com.au

Underground Backpackers 268 Newcastle St, shiralee.com.au

Easy Perth Backpackers 4 Francis Street, Northbridge easyperthbackpackers.com.au

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

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

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Ningaloo Reef Ningaloo Reef is 260km long and the only place in Australia that you can check out the whaleshark in all its glory. It’s also a cracking location for snorkelling and diving in general, with super lovely colourful fish, turtles, manta rays and the seasonal whalesharks that need to be seen to be believed. In some places the reef itself can be reached by just a short swim from shore, or you can take a boat out to some of the best spots. It’s about 1,200km north of Perth and on a west coast road trip it’s a good few days drive without being silly about it.

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The Rosemount Hotel rosemounthotel.com.au

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

Perth Mint 310 Hay St. 08 9421 7223, perthmint.com.au

Old Firestation Backpackers 18 Phillimore St. 08 9430 5454, fremantleprison.com.au

Perth Zoo 20 Labouchere Road, South Perth. 08 9474 3551, perthzoo.wa.gov.au

Sundancer Backpackers Resort 80 High St. 08 9336 6080, sundancerbackpackers.com.au

perth music Amplifier amplifiercapitol.com.au Astor liveattheastor.com.au Mojoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar mojosbar.com.au

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

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monkey mia Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort Monkey Mia Road Monkey Mia 1800 653 611, monkeymia.com.au

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

Blue Reef Backpackers 3 Truscott Crescent, Exmouth 1800 621 101, aspenparks.com.au

Surfpoint 12 Riedle Drive Prevally 08 9757 1777 surfpoint.com.au

Ningaloo Club Coral Bay 08 9948 5100, ningalooclub.com

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

Excape Backpackers YHA Murat Rd, Exmouth. 08 9949 1200, yha.com.au

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

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

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

Gecko Lodge 146 Mitchell St. 1800 811 250, geckolodge.com.au

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

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

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

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

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

Palm Court Kookaburra Backpackers Giles St. 1800 626 722

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

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69 Mitchell St, Darwin. Dorms from $28 In the heart of Darwin city close to the nightlife, Chillis takes care of all your travel needs, specialising in tour bookings.

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

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

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

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

tennant creek Tourist Rest Leichardt St. 08 8962 2719, touristrest.com.au

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

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

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

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

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Tiwi Islands If you’re up at the Top End of Australia then you’re about to miss out if you don’t fit in a hop over to the Tiwi Islands. Made up of Melville and Bathurst, a short flight away will see you landing on Bathurst and into a unique cultural Tiwi experience. The only option for seeing the islands is with a one or two-day tour, but it will take you through the best the islands have to offer. The islands are most well known for beautiful dense rainforest, secluded waterfalls with swimming holes and fabulous arts and crafts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Transit Backpackers 251 Liverpool St. 03 6231 2400, transitbackpackers.com

Lloyds Hotel backpackers 23 George Street, Launceston. Dorms from $24. Exciting, friendly hostel in the centre of Tasmania’s second city. Lloyds offers comfort at a budget price.

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

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port arthur Port Arthur Historic Ghost Tours 1800 659 101, portarthur.org.au

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

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

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

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

bicheno Bicheno Backpackers 11 Morrison St. 03 6375 1651, bichenobackpackers.com Bicheno Penguin Tours 03 6375 1333, bichenopenguintours.com.au

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

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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. devilsatcradle.com Overland Track Six-day walk parks.tas.gov.au

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

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

strahan do Four Wheelers Henty Sand Dunes quadbike tours. 04 1950 8175 4wheelers.com.au Water by Nature Extreme multiday whitewater rafting. 1800 111 142, franklinrivertasmania.com

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Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park Get out of Hobart and in an hour you could be staring down the mighty jaws of the Tasmanian devil. These dinky little marsupials may appear cute and cuddly but they have a mighty voice and live up to their name. At feeding time you can watch a whole family of devils chase each other around their habitat fighting for scraps of meat, and making a royal noise about the whole thing. As well as watching the devils you can learn a little bit about what the park are doing to help protect them from the deadly cancer currently decimating the wild population. Since feeding a devil might result in losing a finger, get your fill by hand feeding the much less bitey kangaroos and wallabies in the park.

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Fox glacier While smaller and quieter than its big brother, Franz Josef, Fox Glacier is still a mighty impressive sight to behold. While you can walk almost up to the bottom of the glacier, it is highly recommended that you take a half-day hike to get onto Fox itself. After a short hike through the humid jungle youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll emerge in front of the frozen landscape that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll soon be (literally) carving a pathway across. The glacier is constantly expanding and contracting so each day the guides must cut new steps up the side. The view to the icy wasteland is foreboding and even more intimidating when you learn that no one has ever climbed all the way to the top. Take a deep breath, as you might never again breathe air this crisp and clean.

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

stayatbase.com Downtown Wellington Backpackers (BBH) 1 Bunny St. +64 4473 8482 db@downtownbackpackers.co.nz Lodge in the City (VIP) 152 Taranaki St. +64 4385 8560 lodgeinthecity.co.nz Nomads Capital 118 Wakefield St. 0508 666 237, nomadscapital.com

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

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

Queen Street Backpackers (VIP) 4 Fort St. +64 9373 3471, enquiries@qsb.co.nz

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

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

YHA Wellington City 292 Wakefield St. +64 4801 7280

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

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

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 backpack.co.nz/foley Cambridge Tce. +64 4801 5666

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queenstown Base Discovery Lodge Queenstown 49 Shotover St. +64 3441 1185, stayatbase.com Bungi Backpackers (VIP, BBH) 15 Sydney St. 0800 728 286, bungibackpackers.co.nz Cardrona Alpine Resort Between Queenstown and Wanaka. +64 3443 7341, cardrona.com Flaming Kiwi Backpackers (BBH) 39 Robins Rd. +64 3442 5494, flamingkiwi@xtra.co.nz Hippo Lodge (BBH)

4 Anderson Hts. +64 3442 5785, hippolodge.co.nz Nomads Queenstown 5-11 Church St. +64 3441 3922, nomadshostels.com Peterpans Adventure Travel 27 Shotover St Queenstown. peterpans.com.au Pinewood Lodge (VIP) 48 Hamilton Rd. 0800 7463 9663, rgrieg@xtra.co.nz Southern Laughter (BBH, VIP) 4 Isle St. 0800 728 448, southernlaughter.co.nz YHA Queenstown Central 48A Shotover Street. +64 3442 7400, yha.co.nz YHA Queenstown Lakefront 88- 90 Lake Esplanade. +64 3442 8413 yha.co.nz bus tours

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rental firms Ace Rental Cars 1800 140 026, acerentalcars.com.nz Backpacker Campervan & Car Rentals +800 200 80 801, backpackercampervans.com Bargain Rental Cars 0800 001 122, bargainrentals.com.nz Darn Cheap Rentals 0800 447 363, exploremore.co.nz Econo Campers +64 9275 9919, econocampers.co.nz Escape Rentals 1800 456 272 escaperentals.co.nz Explore More 1800 800 327 dcrentals.com.nz Jucy Rentals 0800 399 736, jucy.com.nz Rent-A-Dent 0800 736 823, rentadent.co.nz

Kiwi Experience +64 9366 9830 kiwiexperience.com

Rental Car Village +64 9376 9935, hire-vehicles.co.nz

Magic Travellers Network +64 9358 5600, magicbus.co.nz

Spaceships 1300 139 091, spaceships.tv

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Snow many jobs When the weather gets cold and skies turn grey, head to the snowfields where the jobs are plentiful and the skiing is free    Words Hugh Radojev

For many, the winter months in Australia can be dreadfully dull and dreary, particularly in the capital cities. Except for maybe Canberra (and honestly, who would ever want to live there?) It never really gets cold enough to snow or do anything magical. Instead it’s just kind of grey, wet and chilly. It’s too cold to go to the beach, but not cold enough to be able to wear really heavy jackets or a scarf. It’s just nothing weather, really. However, further inland, in the steep ranges of the Snowy Mountains (Australians really aren’t very creative with their place names) you’ll find the ski fields. Places like Perisher (the biggest snowfield in the southern hemisphere), Thredbo, Mt Buller and Selwyn to name a few, become flooded come June/July with people chasing a little powder. Not only on the ski fields is the weather more bearable (you can ski or snowboard) but also, if you find yourself

short a quid, there are plenty of opportunities for gainful employment. For all of you continental Europeans out there who were born on an Alp with skis on your feet and snow in your hair, the need for good instructors in a country that is over 70 per cent semi-arid desert is always at a premium. Jobs at Australian ski fields can basically be broken down into three categories: working in administrative roles out on the fields itself, working in hospitality or childcare in one of the resorts or, probably the coolest of all, as an instructor. Obviously some of the jobs require you to have qualifications, but many only need you to turn up and show a sense of willingness and a little daring do. While some frankly sound hateful (anyone fancy staying up making snow all night?) a lot of them are no doubt a lot of fun, and the pay, by and large, is pretty good. That’s not tntdownunder.com

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to say you’ll get rich, but instructors get a minimum of $20 an hour, a rate which increases depending on experience, while hospitality and childcare pay the same sort of rates you’ll find working a bar or babysitting in Sydney or Melbourne – upwards of $20 an hour. Obviously if you are going to try and get into the hospitality industry, then having a valid Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificate is a must. Getting a job in the administrative/operations side of things can prove slightly more difficult. For example if you wanted to work as a ski patroller you’ll need a current ASPA certificate the course for which can cost upwards of $500 if you’re a first timer. Working as a groomer or a snowmaker means you’ll be earning terrific wages, but the hours are terribly long plus you’ll be expected to have had experience working at ski resorts before. Keeping that in mind you’re probably best looking into the hospitality, childcare or instructing side of things. The 80

benefits of working for a ski resort go much further than just a steady source of income. If, for example, you’re one of the 1,300 people employed at Perisher this snow season, you’ll find yourself with a free season pass to all the main fields and terrain parks, free lessons (if you need them), 20 per cent discounts on food and beverages as well as discount ski and board hire. As Perisher is the biggest resort it can afford to give the most benefits, but working at any place will allow you to ski or board it for free. Plenty of extra incentive then, and we all know the perks of a job are more fun than the salary itself. It’s only money, after all. Plus, because Australia’s snowfields are all located in fairly remote locations, your accommodation will be extremely cheap, even if you do end up having to pay for it. Grab a hostel in one of the nearby towns or stay in resort accommodation on site. Snow suit up! To learn more, head to perisherjobs.com.au

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