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EDITOR’S LETTER Well Spring time is here, and no state could be happier than Victoria (well apart from Tassie) so we head south to discover the country’s capital of cool. Then we get chills of a different type in Mission Beach, north Queensland – a town famous for encouraging travellers to jump out of planes and raft through treacherous rapids. Then we jump over to India for the annual Rickshaw Run. Good times all around!









































Everything you’ll ever need to know about the cosmopolitan state, Victoria



We chat to the director of Australia’s biggest independent video game festival



The spectacular beauty and heart pounding action found in Mission Beach



Take part in the wild and wonderful Rickshaw Run. Stories are guaranteed




OZDIARY EDITORIAL Editor Alex Harmon Staff writer Hugh Radojev Contributors Candace Rose Barton, Priyal Dadhania Interns James Besanvalle, Caitlin Stanway

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Now into its third year, the Sydney Fringe Festival is one for those who aren’t afraid to get a little bit weird. With a line-up boasting some top Australian and International stand up comedians, visual artists, cabaret singers and, for the more open minded: risqué Burlesque Dancers, this is not your average festival! With 250 shows spread across 73 venues in Sydney’s iconic Inner West and harbour districts you really have no excuse not to go! September 7-30 Various Sydney




Fighter kites, cartoon characters, giant animals and puppet shows will be just some of the crazy creations to enjoy on beautiful Bondi Beach. This promises to be one of the most colourful festivals on Sydney’s spring calendar. It’ll blow you away!

On the festival’s opening night be amazed as Brisbane lights up! The Golden Casket Light Sphere, a festival fave, returns to the banks of the river. The skyline will transform with laser and lighting effects operating nightly through the festival.

Country NSW comes alive throughout September with art installations, concerts, open-air markets and the first annual NSW Inland Film Festival. With films, doco’s and shorts the festival is perfect for movie buffs and cultural fiends alike.

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Victoria’s secrets From Neighbours to the Apostles, Aussie Rules footy and the snowiest of mountains, there are plenty of reasons to visit Victoria WORDS JAMES BESANVALLE

Despite being Australia’s smallest mainland state, Victoria is crammed full of enough excitement and natural beauty to mean it more than holds its own against its larger neighbours. For starters, Melbourne is the most European of Australia’s cities and has been heralded by many as the best place to shop and drink in Oz. But it’s not just a bustling metropolis, you’ll also be able to lose your echo in the kilometres of bushlands and mountain ranges in Victoria. Home to the breathtaking Twelve Apostles along the scenic Great Ocean Road and the never ending Grampians National Park, Victoria boasts beautiful landscapes for any snap happy tourist. The state’s capital, Melbourne, is the home to many of Australia’s most iconic 6


events. Thousands flock to Flemington racecourse for the world renowned Melbourne Cup, the tennis courts for the Australian Open and the theatre aisles for the International Comedy Festival. The fusion of café culture and sporadic shopping make Melbourne a paradise for trendy youngsters. (Or hipsters as they are known in these parts.) Restaurants line streets such as Bourke and Chapel, with high end and second hand shopping close by to appease all fashion tastes. To get around the city, hop on the famous Australian trams and take a trip to the Royal Botanic Gardens, where outdoor theatre and musical productions are never few and far between. The Yarra River snakes in between the city and provides a

shimmering glow to the vibrant city. For the explorers out there, walk the hundreds of bush trails or dip your feet in the secluded rivers for white water rafting. If skiing is your thing, just three hours out from Melbourne are the chillingly beautiful ski fields. Melbourne is the home of AFL ‘Aussie Rules’ football, so make sure you kick off the fun (no pun intended) by joining thousands of others in cheering on the local sporting talent. No dice? Perhaps you’re after some nailbiting fun – try your luck gambling at the Crown Casino. There’s so much to do in Victoria, so plan your days carefully – you could easily get lost in all the hype. And with over 35 things that you ‘must do’, you’ll be forgiven for losing yourself in Victoria.



Melbourne has many claims to fame, but the biggest is that it’s home to Neighbours. Take a tour to Pin Oak Court, the filming location for Ramsay Street and/or meet Dr Karl at a Neighbours Night.

The “race that stops a nation” is held on the first Tuesday of November, and Melbourne literally grinds to a halt as everyone takes the day off and blows a week’s wages on a rank outsider.

AUSSIE RULES’ HOME TOWN Australian rules footy is a religion in Melbourne and most weekends worshippers go to the MCG church. Go along for the atmosphere.

WILSONS PROM Walking tracks, abundant wildlife and stunning beaches – it’s not hard to see why the “Prom” is one of the most popular national parks in the country.


LIGHTHOUSE AT CAPE OTWAY They don’t call this infamous stretch of coast the Shipwreck Coast for nothing. For the best views, walk to the top of the Cape Otway lighthouse.

BLOW YOUR WAD AT CROWN CASINO The Aussie’s love casinos and none come as big and glitzy as Crown (Southbank). Have a meal, dance the night away in a club or lose all your hard-earned dollars on the blackjack tables.


Relive the days of Australia’s favourite “crim”, Ned Kelly, around Glenrowan. Visit the gloriously over-the-top Kellyland, or put a bucket on your head and recreate the famous final shoot-out.

A St Kilda institution, you can’t say you’ve been to Melbourne unless you’ve been to check out a band in the grungy Esplanade Hotel.


Conveniently situated just a short distance north of Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is one of the state’s top wine producing areas, with dozens of wineries to be visited. Hic.

Hop on the city-circle tram which loops around the heart of the city, stopping at many of the major attractions. And it won’t cost you a cent.

MELBOURNE GAOL Peer into the cells that housed the city’s unsavoury element and see where Ned Kelly stayed.


SEE PHILLIP ISLAND’S PENGUIN PARADE Watch the “oh-so-cute” little penguins waddle out of the water and head for home, seemingly oblivious to the camera-wielding hordes.



FIND A BARGAIN AT QUEEN VICTORIA MARKETS This mega-mental market is a source of everything from cheese to fashion. It’s also a great place to pick up a few souvenirs.

WORSHIP THE TWELVE APOSTLES One of Victoria’s most famous sights, these rocks jut dramatically out of the ocean – it’s been scientifically proven it’s impossible to take a bad photo of them.


Say “hello” to your innerchild as you hurtle along the heritage-listed rollercoaster in this St Kilda icon. You’ll come out with a smile bigger than the one on the giant freaky-looking face.



Pull out your ironed shirts and dancing shoes, as Melbourne has one of the best clubbing scenes in the country. Check the local street press for an up-to-date guide.

If you want to get away from it all, head to one of Victoria’s most isolated parks. It also just happens to be the most spectacular.



Every autumn, laughter comes to Melbourne in the form of the comedy festival. Comedians from around the world converge here to tickle your funny bone.


Snow bunnies should feel right at home in Victoria, as there’s plenty of skiing, snowboarding and all manner of other ways to break a few limbs. The most popular skifields are Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek.

Bells is one of the best surfing beaches on the Victorian coast, famously named but not used in Point Break. Only for the experienced.


CRUISE THE MURRAY The Mississippi of the Antipodes, the Murray River winds majestically through NSW, Victoria and South Australia, and there’s no better way to see it than from the deck of a paddle steamer.

DIVING IN PORT PHILLIP BAY Get dressed up in black rubber and jump into the waters of Port Phillip Bay for a close encounter with some wildlife and a shipwreck.



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Melbourne’s favourite seaside suburb, the foreshore is the place to be seen. Take a stroll and enjoy the city and bay views, while you work off the beer and cakes.

Tired of the city? Well, the Dandenong Ranges are only 35km east of Melbourne. Its national parks and exotic trees make for a great bushwalking escape

Sydney may be bigger, but when it comes to shopping, Melbourne is queen. There are more young and up-coming designers here then you can poke a needle at. Head to Chapel St and give your credit card the shock of its life.

BUILD SANDCASTLES ON NINETY MILE BEACH The endless sandy beach, just past the NSW border, separates the lakes King, Victoria and Wellington from the ocean. It’s backed by dunes and lagoons and is a stunning place to explore.

PAN FOR GOLD IN SOVEREIGN HILL Not enough people dressed in Victorian-era clothes in your life? Get to this recreated gold-mining town – a living history museum – full of actors in period costume. Plus you can pan for gold.



THE GRAMPIANS For a taste of the wilderness, head to the Grampians. There’s bushwalking, horse riding and rockclimbing, plus Aboriginal rock art sites and wildlife.

BAR CRAWL IN FITZROY If you want to be a part of Melbourne’s alternative crowd, take a bar-hop around the many pubs of this lively, cosmopolitan suburb. Brunswick and Smith Streets are the places to head for.



This seaside town is most famous for its whale watching. Head to Logan Beach between May and October for a bird’s eye view.

Every autumn, comedians from around the world converge here to tickle your funny bone.


If bushwalking isn’t your thing but you still want to explore the Dandenongs, take a ride on this restored steam engine. It makes its way through fern gullies and forested hills, and you can even hang your legs out of the window. Woo-hoo!

A walk along this St Kilda street is torture for a dieter. There’s a seemingly neverending stream of bakers and patisseries with windows. Naughty but very nice


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Sundance Ash Gale, frontman of the band formerly known as Sundance Kids takes time to chat about the new name, Temper Trap comparisons, and embarrassing record collections... INTERVIEW ALEX HARMON

“We wanted to increase font size on our posters”

So why the change of name from Sundance Kids to just Sundance? We decided for the future’s sake of the band it was best to shorten the name. Also we wanted to increase font size on tour posters. What can we expect from the second album? Our creativity and musicianship has evolved, so the songs have a lot more story and emotion to them. Also the songs are a lot more dynamic and rhythm based. Do you agree with the Temper Trap comparisons? Well Temper Trap were heavily compared to U2. And U2 have always been an influence of ours, so I guess there are similarities. We’ll take it as compliment as they are a great band. What do you think you’d you be doing if it didn’t work out? I’d write heavily produced auto tuned R‘n’B rap songs and give them to teenage reality TV show contestants.



Who were your musical heroes when you were growing up? Any band or artist from the 90’s who was majorly influenced by 60’s and 70’s brit pop rock. Any embarrassing artists in your collection? “One Hell of a Dance Album: Best of 95” with artists like Real Mccoy, Melodic MC, The Grid and Dr Alban.

It’s quiet, great weather, great surf, great coffee. The most relaxing place I have ever experienced. What are your tips for Adelaide? Wine tasting and great white shark cage tours in Port Lincoln. There has been talk of South Australia changing its name, any suggestions? How about…AC/DC?

What do you do when you’re not being a musician? Drinking with mates in pubs, or just hanging out with a guitar.

Three albums you’d take with you on a deserted island? Led Zeppelin: 3. Oasis: What’s the Story Morning Glory, and U2: Best Of.

The ultimate gig, anywhere in the world would be? Glastonbury.

Three things you can’t travel without? An iPhone, good coffee, and a guitar.

Best thing about being in a band? Playing shows and sleeping in. Favourite holiday spot in Oz? South Golden Beach, just north of Byron Bay.

Planes, trains or automobile, and why? We like trains, but only if we have our own VIP carriage with lots of fun things happening inside. Sundance’s new track, Where She Wants Me, is out now through Warner Music.


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YOUR SISTER’S SISTER FILM review by Priyal Dadhania STARRING: Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mark Duplass /M/ 90mins

BAIT 3D FILM preview STARRING: Xavier Samuel, Julian McMahon, Sharni Vinson, Alex Russell | M | 93mins

After a tsunami hits a small beach town a group of survivors find themselves trapped in a flooded underground supermarket and soon discover they are not alone – the tsunami has brought hungry great white sharks. It sounds like Jaws meets Clerks and with the 3D glasses, it’s going to be scary as hell. We are waiting with baited breath for this! Released September 20



Like all good, slightly unconventional chick flicks, the plot line is guaranteed to contain oodles of sex and scandal. What’s different about this three person ensemble is that there’s nowhere to hide as secrets boil to the surface. The film opens at a wake where we first meet Jack (Mark Duplass) who is mourning the loss of his brother, and Iris (Emily Blunt) who we learn was the oncegirlfriend of the deceased. Iris sends Jack to a remote cabin where the majority of the film is set and we’re introduced to the third and final character, Iris’s half-sister, Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt). Cue a night of drinking with high emotions, and it’s not hard to imagine where this film will head. Filmmaker Lynn Shelton strips away the complications of the real world by setting the film in the secluded woodlands. It is essentially a film that follows an emotional rollercoaster, telling the story of one character’s guilt and another’s pain. Screenshots of the woodland and the nearby lakes set the sombre tone of contemplation as the audience questions whether time will heal all. However, just as the story beings to come together and the audience is on the edge of their seats, the credits begin to roll. Disappointingly, the questions raised about the sister’s relationships are left unanswered. GOOD FOR: Four out of wedlock sex scenes and a funeral



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Changing the game Video game festival, Freeplay, is gearing up for another five days in Melbourne. We chat to the festival's director Paul Callaghan WORDS ALEX HARMON

We're all doing it when we’ve got five minutes to spare, it’s getting more and more popular every year, even Lana Del Ray is singing about it. Playing video games. And for five days in September, the city of Melbourne will host the biggest independent games festival in the country. “The aim of the festival is to connect with the artistic and creative side of game development,” says Freeplay Festival's director, Paul Callaghan. “There are lots of events that look at the consumer, and there are events that look at the business side, but there is very little looking at video games as art. Video games are cultural products and that is what the festival focuses on.” Freeplay is a five-day event held around Melbourne, including the State Library of Victoria and ACMI, that explores the intersection of the multiple artforms that influence and inspire games plus the technical side of games development, gaming culture and education. “There will be conference stuff for practitioners – this year we’ve got a developer program aimed specifically at people who want to make games and build a studio. But we’ve also got a public studio where people can come along and play local and independent games. It’s a big hodge-podge of games and ideas.” Naturally Callaghan comes from a gaming background. He is an independent game developer and has worked in the games industry since 1998 as a programmer, designer, writer, and teacher for companies as diverse as Atari, the ABC, and The Project Factory. With this experience, Callaghan introduced the Freeplay Awards, a competition where gamers are encouraged to submit their ideas to a panel of expert judges. “This year we had a record number of entries from Australia and around the world – over 100," says Callaghan. "We’re stoked. This is the third year, so every year it’s growing.” In fact, the festival itself is growing from humble beginnings in 2004. Callaghan took over the festival in 2009 as director. “It was with the arts organization Next Wave before that,

Everyone is a player, whether it be on iPhones or something else

and then we took it over in 2009 with a new venue – the State Library. That year we had over 600 people attend, which grew to 2,000 people last year," he explains. "We’re expecting a similar sort of growth this year." But how do you define gaming these days? From what I'm hearing it’s not just teenage boys with acne seeking escape from within the confines of their dark rooms. “Originally the festival was very video games-centric, even when we took it over in 2009. But we are always trying to open it up,” says Callaghan. Indeed, on Wednesday night as night falls on Melbourne, Federation Square will be filled people playing 'Spies by Night' an interactive game where 'spies' must accomplish a mission – and thwart the missions of others. “We think that there’s a lot that video game developers can learn and there’s an audience, which naturally overlaps. So this year we have some board games and the spy game that is part of our 'Playful Program'. "We also have a game called Johann Sebastian Joust which is kind of a digital folk game, it uses Playstation Move controllers in a really interesting way which is not strictly speaking a video game. We’re trying to expand the arena.” In 2010, the festival introduced a theme which ties the events and ideas together. Last year focused more on the craft of video games, rather than the art. “We were looking at things that were personal and not just the AAA games, you know, the shooty shooty bang bang games,” says Callaghan. This last description especially resonates to me. As a nongamer, all video games sound like this to me.



Lemon jousting at Freeplay 2011 In 2010, the theme was “Players Everywhere” which sounds like it should have a double entendre, but as Callaghan explains, “was looking at video games and video games practice. And how everyone is player these days, whether it be on their iPhones or iPads or something else like a PS3.” As I am partial to a bit of Words with Friends on my iPhone, sometimes even a few games of Song Pop, I conclude that perhaps I am a gamer after all. This year’s theme is "Chaos and Grace", which sounds to me like a very arty approach to gaming. “We were conscious of two things,” explains Callaghan. “The way that the Australian video games landscape has changed and lots of studios have shrunk or disappeared, while at the same time, more people are making games, without wanting to build a studio around that process. "We were also really conscious of coming back to the art of it, even in all that chaotic activity. So we settled on this idea of chaos and grace," he explains. "Within times of turmoil, and the stories you hear of video games violence, people still find moments of beauty in that practice. It’s about finding moments of beauty in even the most violent of video games.” The debate over video games violence is something that has been played out in the media for years, and something that games developers seem to take in their stride. Like club owners in Sydney’s Kings Cross defending liquor laws, game developers know that it is simply part of the territory. “The public conflict between those who loudly worry about violence in games and those who loudly defend them is essential as it forces both to defend their position, to seek out research, to explore aspects of game development and design, and to consider, at some levels, their deeper responsibilities and interests as artists and audiences.” But does Callaghan, who develops games and has



successfully directed Freeplay for three years, consider himself a gamer? “It’s interesting, I play games, but I don’t know whether I would consider myself a gamer. For me, it just fits into the rest of the cultural connection I have – I read books, I go to the cinema, I listen to music. So for me, playing games is just another part of that. I don’t treat it as an identity. Whereas lot of people can, and that’s totally fine. But for me it’s just something that is there.” As if I were asking him his favourite movie, he tells me about a game he has just finished called Papo & Yo on the PS3. His description of the game makes me realise just how far video games have come from my childhood experience with a 2D racing game on the Atari (which provided my brothers and I with hours of fun, I might add). “Papo & Yo is this phenomenally personal story about a character trying to deal with an alcoholic father. It’s incredible. It’s really emotional and metaphorical and allegorical.” And to think I was once impressed by a boxing game with a stick figure and some really high-tech grunting effects. “As I’ve gotten older I’ve become more interested in. Things that are pushing at the edges of the types of games that we can craft. Games like Journey on PS3 – that really impressed me too. It’s the smaller more personal games that I like these days.” But the fact remains, that if Callaghan has a spare 10 minutes, he’s just like the rest of us. “To be honest, when I pull out my iPhone on public transport, I probably just wander around Twitter." ❚ Freeplay 2012 is held over five days from 19 to 23 September in Melbourne. Events are on at the State Library of Victoria, and beyond. See:


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WEEKLY WINNER TICKETS PLEASE: Michele Giebing, 21, Netherlands MICHELE SAYS: “I took this photo on the ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena on the New South Wales south coast.” WE SAY: “We adore the old-world feel to this shot. Cronulla is usually associated with bright blue sky and beaches, but there is something sinister about this shot, like it’s from a Hitchcock film. We love it.”

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One giant leap for Coober Pedy


it worth going to Coober Pedy? Q IsPaula Francesca, France

is the best time to visit the High Q When Country in Victoria? Yuri Kader, India

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the season, this dramatic alpine A Whatever landscape is packed full of snow fields,

Springs, there’s no denying that Coober really is in the middle of nowhere and, unless you’re heading north or south, you’re unlikely to see it. But if you’re taking the Stuart Highway, it makes for a very surreal and interesting stop. While much of the town, which mines most of the world’s opals, is in fact above ground, about half of the buildings, including bars, hostels and even churches, are dug down into the red earth to avoid the desert heat. It’s a strange place, no doubt, and well worth having a look around, stopping by Crocodile Harry’s, which was made famous by Mad Max 3. It’s rightly renowned for being multinational and very wild. This is a place where fortunes are still won and lost on a regular basis. Don’t leave town without a quick fossick yourself (as in digging for opals)... just be careful of the thousands of mine shafts that dot the area.

waterways and gold rush towns. In winter, the snow (mid-June onwards) brings skiers to the downhill runs, which are some of the best the state has to offer. In summer (from December) the same peaks, the southern tip of the Great Dividing Range, transform into a dream for bush walkers, horse-riders, 4WD enthusiasts and campers. A few hours drive north-east from Melbourne, it’s a great spot to spend a few nights escaping the hustle and bustle of the summer months. And keen fishermen take note – this area is home to the largest trout in Australia so be sure to pack your fishing rod. If flowers are more your thing, then head here in spring to witness the amazing wildflowers in bloom. And no matter what the season, if you’re interested in seeing the place where Ned Kelly killed three policemen – the crime for which he was later hanged – check out Mansfield.

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YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE? Tough one but for me it was Manly (Sydney) in September 2007. The Rugby World Cup was on and the hostel I was in was awesome. Great six weeks there. CRAZIEST EXPERIENCE? Definitely the experience of working on the cattle station, I couldn’t buy that experience. MET ANY AUSSIE ANIMALS? The usual wildlife that lives in hostels, saw few brown snakes and some sharks while snorkelling. WHAT’S ON THE WISHLIST? Tasmania – I’ve heard it’s amazing. BIGGEST SURPRISE? The cost of living is quite high. And I found out Australians are bad winners and losers at sport! MOST OVER-RATED PLACE? Surfers Paradise.


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Even 50ºC heat and ball-biting creatures couldn’t stop Louis-Philippe Loncke from trekking in the outback... I woke up with the harsh Northern Territory sun shining on my face. It was mid-October and I was about to enter the Nitmiluk National Park, near Katherine. I went to the visitor’s centre to register for the Jatbula Trail – a 66km track from the stunning Katherine Gorge to Edith Falls. I had already completed a number of bushwalking tracks in Australia so I thought I could do this one in two days, but the receptionist told me the hike takes a minimum of four days because it’s remote, dangerous, and the temperature can rise to 50ºC in the shade. She told me to go to the ranger’s office. The ranger was a big, tall Germaniclooking woman who I will call “Greta”. Greta started arguing with me immediately: “People have died on this track,” she said. “It’s the warmest

period of the year, and you tell us you want to do the track in two days when people usually complete it in four days? Are you mad? You can do it in three days and two nights, or you don’t go at all. Now on the track there are ECDs – Emergency Control Devices. We want you to call us each time you reach one.” “Okay, I‘ll grab another can of spaghetti.” I started the walk at 9am and indeed, I had never felt so hot in my entire life. It was 50ºC in the shade in the early afternoon. Hundreds of flies buzzed around me. I couldn’t escape from them, even after I ran for 200 metres they were soon back. Each step meant a drop of salty sweat and I was drinking around 12 litres of water per day. Around noon I found the first campsite and ECD. I did my job properly and the ranger told me to go and stop for the day at the next ECD located at a river stream. There I pitched my tent in the shade,

waiting for the temperature to drop. On the second day I woke up at 6am and left camp at 6.30am. I soon reached the highlight of the track, an Aboriginal art site known as The Amphitheater and took a small break. I reached the third ECD at noon and the ranger told me to stop for the day, which made me angry as I would have to deal with the heat and the flies. The only way to escape was to dip myself into the dirty pond. The water was warm and full of little fish biting on my legs. Suddenly a bigger fish bit me quite painfully – it felt like removing hair with tweezers. It took me an hour to get them off: they weren’t fish, they were little shrimps biting me in the legs, arms and some managed to enter my underwear and bite my balls. I got out of this hell at 7pm when the sun went down. But then I had to fight with the ants that were carrying the cheese out of my backpack. The next morning I woke up early and finished the walk at 11am. By that stage I hadn’t seen any people for 50 hours, so when I saw some tourists I shouted: “Humans!” They looked at me like I was crazy. I still had to reach my car by hitching out of Edith Falls. It took me an hour, then my friend Jason picked me up. He invited me for supper after I told him my adventures. He said that the outback is full strange characters. I guess I had become one of them.



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Chilling to the extreme The underrated town of Mission Beach has equal measures of action and relaxation, even if the locals are slightly off balance WORDS ALEX HARMON

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“We’re making a raft out of goon bags I’m about to step into a raft with a bunch of WHAT TO DO: Jump to sail to Dunk Island,” the lads I’ve just strangers (luckily this raft is made from stronger with Skydive Mission Beach met at Scotty’s Beach House in Mission material than goon film). And when I say step ( Beach tell me. I wonder how long that will in, I make it sound elementary. An Irish girl au) from $349. Full day take.“About an hour,” they smile. “That’s in front of me alights the raft, but misjudges whitewater rafting with Raging if it doesn’t sink. Although we’ll make lifeher footing and falls head first into the river Thunder ( jackets out of the goon bags too,” they add. au) costs from $215. 90min and is sucked under the raft. She comes up I was actually asking how long it will take to jet ski tour with Calypso Dive gasping for air and screaming for help. A rope stockpile the bags of goon to make the raft. is thrown to her and she’s pulled back to shore. ( (Goon, for the uninitiated is cheap, boxed She’s hysterical and has lost a sandal. She is costs $224. wine. It tastes of piss and fruit juice, and is eventually helped into the raft by our guide WHERE TO STAY: a staple on any backpackers diet.) “Oh how who assures her we’ll find the sandal, (which Beds at Absolute Backpackers long will it take to collect the goon bags?” looks like a Croc with straps) floating along the ( the lad realises. “Yeah, about an hour from $23 a night. Beds at Scotty’s river at some point. She’s more worried that around here,” the other lad quips. Beach House (scottysbeachhouse. she’s lost her dignity before we’ve even begun. There’s something a little askew about I nervously step into the raft with seven cost from $24 a night. Mission Beach locals. They have immense others and meet our guide Callum, a tanned pride in their little town on the Cassowary young guy with a pony-tail and an adventurous Coast in far north Queensland. But they also have this slightly grin on his face. We find out later he’s a professional kayaker mad wiring in their bodies. Perhaps it’s from too much sun and and all-round nice guy. Well, that is until he takes us down living the simple life. Or perhaps it’s from enduring one of the the first drop, named ‘Alarm Clock’ (seriously, no one likes an worst cyclones in history in 2011. alarm clock) and steers the raft toward a boulder, crashes and Cyclone Yasi, a category 5, ripped through the town in falls overboard into the rapids. The term “fall” is debatable February last year causing extensive damage to roads, wildlife, according to the other guides who witness the spectacle. “He property and morale. The storm caused an estimated 3.6 abandoned ship,” they call out. Abandoning ship is the worst billion dollars in damage, and 18 months on, the town still thing a guide can do, I find out. Those guilty must buy two wears the devastation on its sleeve. jugs of beer for the other guides. “It’s a universal rule,” says However, Mission Beach people are resilient and strong, slowly rebuilding and banding together as a community to Dunk Island: still beautiful support one another. Understandably, the cyclone is never far from their minds, just about everyone you meet in the town has a story and a photo on their phone to show me. And if you look deep enough – a sad glimmer in their eyes.

Don’t abandon ship The next day I was to experience wild Mother Nature for myself on the Tully River, 45 minutes inland from Mission Beach. The team at Raging Thunder get me kitted up and



the dismayed Callum, who has managed to quickly swim back to the raft. We reach a lull in the river and jump into the cool water and float along. It’s a chilly 16C and the cloud-covered

We almost lose our shit in the mine field

mountains are blocking the nurturing sun, but with adrenalin pumping through our veins and a comforting life jacket, it’s a peaceful and enjoyable few moments. Of course, this is the calm before the storm. Back in the raft and paddling hard, we veer towards vertical drops like the ‘Corkscrew’, which literally twists our raft and folds it in half. It’s terrifying, like being stuck in a hideaway wall bed in a bachelor apartment. Miraculously we all stay on the raft, the rope burns on our hands an attest to our strength. I feel very proud of myself until I realise I have knocked the young Asian girl behind me in the head with my paddle. Following a riverside BBQ lunch we cruise down to ‘Disappearing Falls’, do some rock jumping, traverse down ‘Jabba The Hut’ and almost lose our shit in the ‘Mine Field’. After five hours of terror we make it to the end with aching arms, absolutely drenched, shaking but beaming with delight. The Irish girl never does find her Croc.

Jet ski bunny “You’re a wild woman,” says Andy, my new jet skiing buddy I meet the following day. He doesn’t realise that I’m holding onto the jet ski for dear life, and this is, in turn, making the vehicle go a hell of a lot faster. Whose idea was it to put the accelerator on the handle bars? It was meant to be a cruisy 90 minute tour around Dunk Island, but I was turning it into a wild adventure on the high seas. At one point Andy stops me and retrieves a rope from the boot so he doesn’t go flying into the air. There’s something liberating about jet skiing, it’s like being on a motorbike on the wide, open highway. Riding on the ocean, the waves become natural speed bumps where I’m able to get great air (and soaking wet). But exhilaration soon turns to sorrow as we reach the other side of the island and see the dilapidated Dunk Island Resort. The beachfront apartments have been peeled apart by the cyclone, many of them missing walls, and the resort’s iconic pool is drained and filled with branches and palm tree leaves. The local water taxi, which used to take around 60 people a day to the island, now takes only a few people per week and has been forced to offer tours around the islands to make ends meet. We pause for a few moments to take it all in, and it’s then we see a turtle swim past, it seems to be going rather slow – even for a turtle – then we notice the turtle is missing an arm. “Probably bitten by a reef shark,” says Andy as the turtle continues to push on. Further proof that Mission Beach residents are resilient.

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Des (AKA Super Ted) dropping in on Mission

Sinking into a skydive Later that night I’m in a bar with an old QC, an ex-base jumper and a young hostel bus driver. No, this isn’t the start of a bad joke. We’re drinking beers, discussing politics and getting stuck into some delicious steak. One of the bar’s regulars walks in, “Give me a drink, I just back from Brisbane where I won a rape case,” he booms. Noticing the look of shock on my face, the regulars are quick to assure me this man is in fact a lawyer. Just a regular night in Mission Beach, they tell me. These eccentric locals would make delicious characters on a TV series. We turn the conversation to skydiving, the next adventure Mission has in store for me. “I remember when they used to offer free skydives for girls who’d go topless,” one of the regulars tells me. “But they had to give it up because it was too popular,” he laughs. Although it isn’t my first skydive, fear is beginning to set in. I am sitting with Des, the professional skydiver who, tomorrow will coax me out of the plane at 14,000ft. He looks like a tank but has the demeanour of a cuddly teddy bear. “You’re going to love it, it’s even better the second time.” He has done over 18,000 skydives, I wonder if he can even remember the second jump. Come to think of it, I believe the second time around is actually harder. Fear of the unknown is quite comforting. That night at Absolute Backpackers – which just happens to be the friendliest and most relaxing hostel I’ve ever stayed in – I sleep nervously. Go figure. The next morning we’re flying over Tully’s banana fields and just as I think to myself, this is quite high, Des turns to me: “1,000ft, only 13,000ft to go.” I gulp, becoming very quiet and fumble about with my protective plastic glasses. I



can’t get them on, I panic. “Plenty of time, just relax,” says Des, grinning with excitement. This is his office and this skydive is as routine to him as making a cup of coffee. I hope he’s a good coffee maker, I think as he pushes me towards the open hatch. Within seconds I am dropping through the sky, falling at 220km/hr towards Mission Beach. I scream, while trying to breathe, and while secretly trying to make sure I’m smiling for the camera that’s in my face. And then, after 60 seconds (which feels like micro-seconds) the parachute goes up and I’m floating above the reef. The sun is on my face, I have the taste of clouds in my mouth and we slowly reach the ground, just metres from the water with the sand beneath our feet. The second time is so much better, I yell.

Birds of paradise There’s a madness to Mission Beach but it’s wrapped up in a protective blanket, like a bear hug from Des the skydiver. After a long weekend of adrenalin pumping fun, the only thing I was missing was an encounter with a cassowary – the flightless bird threatened with extinction. As I am being driven out of Mission Beach towards Cairns Airport, we spot one on the side of the road. Slamming on the brakes to get a close look, I realise just how threatening they appear. Their big black feathers, red droopy necks and small beady eyes – they give me the creeps. Keep driving, I say. Although the infamous sign that used to greet tourists on the Bruce Highway is gone, (it read: “Get high, get wet, get laid at Mission Beach”) the feeling is still there. For a sleepy town, it sure wears you out. On the plane I rest my head on my blow-up pillow out and have the best sleep I’ve had all weekend, imaging myself lying on a goon raft, sailing out to my new-found paradise. ❚

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The ride of your life Fancy driving 3000km across the ragged roads of India on a glorified lawnmower? Here’s what happens if you say ‘yes’ ... WORDS CANDACE ROSE RARDON

There’s a knot of fear deep in my chest as WHEN TO GO: The next around its cities. Our destination? Jaisalmer, an I grip the handlebars of my auto-rickshaw; Rickshaw Run sets off on ancient, sandy-coloured fort city tucked away that, and a healthy dose of you-must-beSeptember 9. Test-driving and on the western edge crazy disbelief. It’s the first day of testof Rajasthan’s Thar Desert, a mere 3000km pimping sessions take place away. driving for the Rickshaw Run, a two-week September 5-7, with the launch journey spanning nearly the entire Indian party kicking things off on Days 1-3: The Only Way Is Down subcontinent, and I’m way beyond having September 8. second thoughts. Sitting behind me, my CURRENCY: $1 = INR57 After three days of test-driving and a raucous teammate, Citlalli, doesn’t look much (Indian Rupees) launch party to kick the whole thing off, it’s more confident. REGISTERING: You can sign time to hit the road – specifically the 1500m “Come on, it’s just like driving a up now for the April 2013 edition descent awaiting us. We meet at the ‘pimping motorcycle,” says Matt, chief of the grounds’ for a final time, the smell of petrol, of the Rickshaw Run, or join the Rickshaw Run, who’s giving us a few wet paint and panic in the air. The muddy field waiting list for an earlier edition. pointers. I assume he meant that to be is a beehive of activity, teams swarming, buzzing Places are limited to 70, otherwise reassuring, but I’ve never driven about to put the finishing touches on their tukThe Adventurists run out of a motorcycle before, let alone any vehicle rickshaws. The entry fee is $2126per tuks: neon-coloured horns, stereo systems, even with manual transmission. custom-made seat cushions. team. More on the website. The Rickshaw Run is the brainchild of Matt walks around, clipboard in hand, the SEE: The Adventurists, a Bristol-based travel cheeky grin on his face saying: “You all company that tempts thrill-seeking (and have no idea what’s about to hit you.” perhaps foolhardy) folks to join them in “fighting to make Indeed; the streets out of Shillong are the world less boring”. One of seven adventures offered by not only clogged with 70-odd brightly painted rickshaws, but the outfit, the Rickshaw Run takes place three times a year torrential downpours, too. Dips in the road swiftly become in India, rotating its start and end points between Shillong, rivers, then fords, and a continual sheet of water pounds Jaisalmer and Fort Kochi. While no one has yet died on the us, which, naturally, goes well with our broken windscreen Run, the risks of traversing potholed, truck-heavy roads in a wiper. At least our hazard lights insist on flashing at all times 145.45cc-engine vehicle are very real. The Adventurists warn: “Your chances of being seriously injured or dying as a result of taking part are high.” Spiffing. As Matt yells out instructions, I fumble for the clutch, then the brake, then the throttle, and at all times our rickshaw jerks forward like a newborn colt trying to find its legs. If I can barely make it out of the practice track without stalling, I can’t help musing on how I plan to get to the finish line. Here in Shillong, an old hill station located in the far northeast corner of India, it’s nigh on impossible to wrap my head around the trip to come. The distance we’re to cover is the same as that from London to Moscow, and yet we’ll be enduring it in a vehicle the rest of Asia uses for short jaunts



‘Which way to Rajasthan?’ The Run follows an ‘unroute’, you make it up

– it’s probably for the best. But when I don’t have my head out the rickshaw, helping Citlalli navigate the obstacle course that is the Indian highway, I’m able to take in the scene around us. The name for this particular state, Meghalaya, literally means “the abode of clouds” in Sanskrit, and it’s little wonder why. Wispy puffs of white rest over the region’s many rolling hills, their jungled slopes covered with verdant undergrowth and trees. Occasionally, we spot a river winding through the countryside, with a calm that belies the chaos around us. This corner of India, known as ‘The Seven Sisters’, after the number of states packed into the tiny area, was only opened to tourism a few years ago; due to ethnic violence and unrest,

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you needed an entry permit previously. Even today, the lack of tourists lends an air of remoteness to the region that makes it feel as if you’re the first to explore it. By day’s end, we’ve only managed to cover 110km; thankfully we’ll go 210 the next day, and 270 the day after, bringing us to Siliguri, a city right on the cusp of where the northeast meets mainland India. Our expectations of distance quickly adjust; while the rickshaws can be driven up to 50km/hour, in reality we average about 30 – thanks to the rutted roads, way too many chai breaks, and, of course, inevitable breakdowns. 38


Days 4-6: Beat It, Bihar On the morning of our fourth day, we wake early, nervous for what’s ahead. We’re planning to cross from West Bengal into Bihar, one of the poorest and most undeveloped states in India; worse yet, we were warned in Shillong against rumours of bandits and robbers here, told to: “Make friends” and “Don’t go through Bihar alone.” Entering the eastern state with three other teams, we’re collectively holding our breath, waiting for the worst to hit. Gone are the steamy hills of Meghalaya; in their place, the land grows so flat that many areas are flooded, our route less of a road than a strip of land bordered on both sides by water. In other places, bright-green fields of corn and banana trees stretch out to the horizon. Water buffalo submerge themselves in the river to stay cool, their black hides gleaming under the noon sun. As beads of sweat trace a constant path down my forehead, I’m only slightly jealous. Although no bandits ever come our way, Bihar still seems set to deter us: there’s a dangerous night drive on dark, narrow roads straight out of a Hitchcock film, followed by a 30km traffic jam the next morning. The curious locals make it all worth it, however, our conversations with them might not have happened were we not rattling across their country in a rickshaw. As we near the dusty town of Ara, our last stop in Bihar before Uttar Pradesh – India’s largest state by population and famous for sights such as the Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri – two teenage boys ride up next to us on their motorcycle, the wind ruffling their silky black hair. “Do you want to ride?” the boy on the back calls out. Citlalli is driving, and I give her a look in one of our side mirrors. “Maybe,” she banters back playfully. “Do you speak Hindi?” they ask, their voices raised

above the relentless din of bus horns, lorry motors, and the bleating of cows. I answer this time, leaning my head around the rickshaw. “No. We don’t.” “Then how do you survive here?” My eyes meet Citlalli’s again. It is an excellent question.

Colour and culture: scenes from the Rickshaw Run

Days 7-8: Lost in the Holy City Matt issued us with an important warning: “Don’t drive at night.” Never mind that our headlight only emits a faint glow, but the roads themselves are rarely lit, and objects – whether a lorry, cow, stray dog or person – can suddenly appear right in front of you. But as night falls on our seventh day on the road, we’re nowhere near our destination: the holy city of Varanasi. We have no choice but to continue; after all, we survived our night drive in Bihar a few days earlier. But this time, there’s another element to contend with – a monsoon-like rainstorm that has us recalling our initial drenched descent from Shillong. Citlalli takes the wheel while a guy from another team and I sit in the back, our heads comically poking out each side of the rickshaw. We still haven’t bothered to have our windscreen wiper fixed, and so we’re forced to help Citlalli steer through the darkness. “Cow!” we shout into the wind. “Bicycle! Truck! Child!” I’m wearing a raincoat, and yet it makes little difference – the rain pelts me as strongly as if someone were spraying a garden hose in my face. My clothes, usually pungent with sweat, grease, and oil, are now also sopping wet. But battling the flooded back streets into Varanasi is worth every moment we almost tipped over – we have our first day off in the city, and celebrate having reached the halfway point of our trip. Besides giving our rickshaws a rest and catching up on laundry – which the guesthouse hangs along the street to dry, much to our humiliation – we explore all that we can of India’s religious capital, waking early for a sunrise boat ride along the sacred Ganges River and attending a Ganga Aarti ceremony that evening performed by seven priests. This particular ritual involves a series of fire offerings dedicated to the Goddess Ganga – or Mother Ganga, as she is also known. As billows of pungent, smoky incense waft into the air, I can’t help giving thanks for the 1500km we’ve covered so far. Days 9-12: Racing Through Rajasthan The next 1500km pass in a blur. Our route leads us from Varanasi to Agra, where we park our rickshaws and sprint to the Taj Mahal before sunset, and then to the northwestern state of Rajasthan, India’s largest. Meaning ‘The Land of Kings,’ Rajasthan is arguably best known for its fort cities and their beautiful maharaja palaces – the Pink City of Jaipur, the Blue City of Jodhpur, and finally, the Golden City of Jaisalmer. We share the road into Jaisalmer with herds of bowlegged camels, savouring every last mile before the finish line. Once again I’m filled with disbelief, just as I was 12 days ago in Shillong – this time, though, it is disbelief that we’ve actually made it. Matt is waiting for us when we rattle to a stop for the last time. “You look like you’ve had an adventure,” he says as we walk up to him. And from the grease stains on our T-shirts to the layers of dust and grime coating our rickshaws, we certainly have.❚

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A vigilante hero has taken to the streets of Perth to free angry motorists from wheel clamps with his trusty angle grinder. Wearing skin-tight green Lycra, a green hardhat, rainbow striped socks, and cape accessories, the mystery hero, known as Wheel Clamp Man, removes the clamps illegally for vexed residents. He said: “I’m helping people out. I don’t feel I’m damaging property. The amount of money these companies make off innocent people is insane.” In return for his services, the mystery man asks for a small donation, which he donates to a local homeless charity.


A pensioner says she has Ned Kelly’s skull, one of Australia’s most soughtafter relics. Anna Hoffman, 74, said she was given the skull 30 years ago while on holiday in Melbourne by a security guard who told her it was “Ned’s head”. The discovery has raised the interest of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, which matched Kelly’s remains to the DNA of a surviving relative. Hoffman, who courted notoriety as a witch in the Sixties, said she was given the skull by a mysterious uniformed man at a family dinner in 1980. “We got talking about skulls and the



Chilling out: polar bear Nelson is seen with the latest must-read book at at Sea World on the Gold Coast. Keepers are working hard to encourage breeding, including creating the book Fifty Shades Of White and making romantic poolside meals of sardines next day he turned up with this skull. He said it was Ned Kelly’s skull, and told me to ‘put it in the bottom of your bag and wrap it up’.” Hoffman said it is one of more than 20 skulls in her collection. Kelly, an Australian bushranger, was hanged in 1880 for killing three police officers, but the location of his remains had been a mystery until last year. Scientists identified his bones through DNA testing of 12 skeletons exhumed from Melbourne’s Pentridge Prison site.


It was a gag that backfired. Randy Lee Tenley was dressed up as Bigfoot trying to fool motorists when he

was knocked down by a car.Tenley, 44, was skulking around in a ghillie suit, a camouflage outfoot worn by hunters, when he was hit in Montana. After a car driven by 15-year-old girl hit him, a second car ran over him. “The camouflage suit was dark and subdued. It’s designed to break up a silhouette and blend in with your surroundings,”Highway Patrol trooper Jim m Schneider said.

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Smoking cannabis permanently affects the IQ of under 18s, a study carried out in New Zealand has revealed. More than 1,000 people were monitored from birth to the age of 38, for research carried out in Dunedin. The study showed those who had been habitual cannabis smokers in their youth experienced a drop of eight points on average in their IQ between ages 13 and 38. Those who started toking after 18 didn’t show the same decline in IQ. Researcher Avshalom Caspi said: “The simple message is that substance use is not healthy for kids. That’s true for tobacco, alcohol, and apparently for cannabis.”


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An Aussie bus driver was hit with a fine, despite being parked at a bus stop when caught on camera. Jeffrey Lambe, 65, was asked to pay AU$431 for driving 70km/h on a 50km/h road when he was actually picking up passengers at a stop in the Adelaide suburb Tranmere, Adelaide Now writes. Mr Lambe said: “My first reaction was I wouldn’t have been driving a bus with passengers at that speed because it’s way too dangerous.” However, the Transport Department’s footage shows the bus had its brake lights


Time, in months, escaped prisoner Brendan Ryan spent on the run – living with his mum in Wolverhampton

Cost to take pampered pooches on board a new service offered by private jet charter company Victor from the UK


Travelling at the speed of a parked bus and indicator on. “How could someone issue a fine based on this picture?” Lambe added, after his penalty was overturned.



A shopping centre advert banning “Indians and Asians” from applying has caused outrage. The online advert seeking cleaners for the mall in Hobart read: “Store requires no Indians or Asians please. MUST SPEAK ENGLISH.” The ad was later removed from the site after people posted outraged comments on social media sites. A Coles supermarket spokesman admitted the advert was posted by a contract company used to clean its store in Rosny, Hobart. A spokesman told The Mercury: “The ad was placed without Coles’ knowledge and we were extremely concerned to learn of the ad and its contents.”

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Inspirational: the Opening Ceremony

Real Games legacy must come from the Paralympics Will 2012 events shift how disabled people are treated, asks Carol Driver



While the rest of the globe was getting involved in the incredible achievements of the Paralympians, the fashion world was, of course, going off in its own bizarre direction. In a statement you’d expect to have heard back in the Stepford Wives era of the Fifties, designer Achilleas Constantinou parted with some of the wisdom he has no doubt picked up around the catwalk over the years. Slamming really skinny models, he said: “Women should be slim for their men – but not size zero. An ideal weight is

Harping back to the Stepford Wives Fifties

the goal. An ideal weight for health and an ideal weight to appease your partner.” Yes, that’s right, ladies. You must be slim to please your men. Heaven forbid you want take care of your body just for yourself. Or that you find a partner who likes you (Bridget Jones-style) just as you are, which, looking at Constantinou, is obviously the method he lives by.

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Twitter was rife with activity during the Paralympics Opening Ceremony: presenter Jon Snow’s suit was too white; there were *gasp* advert breaks; and there was too much political commentary. But, what stuck out was the outpouring of emotion over the athletes’ stories; their overcoming of unimaginable adversity to achieve what most able-bodied people would struggle to even attempt. It was as though many (admittedly, I’m basing this on Twitter) people had never been into contact with a disabled person. But then it occurred to me – this is entirely plausible. Before the Paralympics, the disabled – thanks to the government mantra that benefit cheats are the new scum of the earth – were considered potential leeches on society. “Because he thought I was fake, he’s called me a spacker, a cripple ... a benefit cheat ... a scrounger,” said multiple sclerosis sufferer Peter Greener, on the Don’t Hate Us feature on ITV’s London Tonight. Greener was subjected to a three-month campaign of abuse after a neighbour suspected he was faking his symptoms to claim cash from the government. And Greener isn’t alone. There were an estimated 65,000 disability hate crimes in the UK in 2011, with attitudes towards the disabled worsening over the past year. So that’s hate crimes against people just like the inspirational athletes rightfully receiving huge amounts of adulation as they complete in the Games. Shocking, isn’t it? Sod the Olympics legacy (who cares how the Stadium is used in years to come?), the important heritage from these weeks of sports will come from the Paralympics. There needs to be a shift towards a more inclusive society, where disabled people are seen for what they are – people – rather than just as vulnerable or different. Co-artistic director of the Opening Ceremony Jenny Sealey said: “I want people to see a great show and say: ‘Bloody hell, I never knew there were so many disabled people.’ This is our chance not to be hidden any more.” Mission accomplished? Let’s hope so.






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Greater Western Sydney have kept their coaching dream team of Kevin Sheedy (above) and Mark Williams intact for 2013. And with the AFL’s newest club having largely exceeded expectations in their debut season, 64-year-old Sheedy has not ruled out the prospect of remaining in the top job even longer. Giants chief executive David Matthews said it had been a unanimous decision to reappoint the four-time Essendon premiership coach for another year, with Williams – who coached Port Adelaide to their only AFL flag in 2004 – also staying put as his senior assistant. “There’s no bigger figure in Australian football than Kevin Sheedy,” Matthews said. “He’s a great figure with great values, an icon of the game and a visionary.”


World surfing championship leader Mick Fanning staged a remarkable come-from-behind performance to defeat fellow Australian Joel Parkinson in the final of the Billabong Pro in Teahupo’o Tahiti. It’s the second time Fanning has pulled out a clutch performance in a final this year. The 31-year-old held his nerve to overcome a perfect 10 from Slater at Bells Beach in April to clinch one of surfing’s greatest-ever heats. Teahupo’o was a crucial piece of silverware missing from Fanning’s glittering career. The Pipeline Masters in Hawaii is now the only major event title that eludes him. “I’m just super stoked,” he said.



Two athletes from Portugal soak up the atmosphere at the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony. I’ve no idea who they are, but if you do, send us their names, to because I’d like to know!




The Maori All Blacks will take on Leicester Tigers, Canada and a RFU Championship select XV in a three-match November tour of the UK. New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew said: “The Maori All Blacks have been an important part of New Zealand’s rugby history and this UK tour reflects a NZRU commitment to a meaningful programme for the Maori All Blacks.” The words ‘All Blacks’ were added to the team’s name this year, as the NZRU seeks to convert the world champion national side’s appeal into cash to raise funds for all levels of the game in NZ.

With this week’s World Cup qualifier against Moldova (Friday, 7pm. ITV) the pressure goes on Roy Hodgson. After being given little time to prepare for the Euros, England’s manager wasn’t bogged down with expectations (just as well), but a poor showing against the Eastern Europeans will start the fans agitating. Hodgson’s assembled a good squad: a solid serving of experience seasoned with an exciting crop of young players, but things always look good on paper. His challenge will be firstly to win; secondly, to get his combinations firing; and thirdly, to do it in style. Easier said than done, but England are ranked third in the world. Moldova are 137th.

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PREVIEW Los Pumas ready to rumble RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP NZ V ARGENTINA Can anyone stop the All Blacks? After they demolished Australia 22-0 at Eden Park a fortnight ago, running the Wallabies off the park with a scintillating brand of rugby, talk abounds of an ‘unbeaten season’. Such conjecture, however, is an insult to Los Pumas who arrive in Wellington this week. All Blacks fans would do well to remember the ferocity with which the Argentinians played in the World Cup

quarterfinal last year, scaring NZ before giving way in the final 20 minutes. Thsi time, Los Pumas are on a high after their 15-15 draw with the Springboks two weeks ago, a result that silenced anyone doubting they had the quality to compete. As a result, the All Blacks will be preparing for an onslaught as Argentina’s men mountains continue their good form, seeking to dominate the forward battles in an effort to prevent NZ getting quick ball to their exciting backline. Across the Tasman, Australia hosts South Africa.

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tournaments, substantially less than in other sports. The main issue is the rewards for players who lose in the early rounds. Travel costs to Melbourne and other expenses incurred by players mean even those in the top 100 often struggle break even. Andy Murray (right) revealed the issue was raised at a player meeting earlier this year. “It was pretty brutal. Everyone was speaking up. The whole tour was kind of together – they still are. Who knows what’s going to happen?”

TV HIGHLIGHTS TENNIS US Open Day Eight Can the Aussie contingent hang in? Mon 1.00am. Fox Sports

CRICKET England v South Africa Fifth ODI action. Wed, 1.00am. Fox Sports

FORMULA ONE Italian Grand Prix All eyes on Mark Webber Mon, 2.00am. One HD



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Sleeping Inn Surfers 26 Peninsular Dr, Surfers Paradise. 1800 817 832,



Islander Backpackers Resort 6 Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise. 1800 074 393,

Riverstage. 29 Sep. $145 Parklife is back for another year with the freshest bunch of artists at the best park venues. Soak up the sun and bask in the cool tunes.

Tinbilly Travellers Cnr George and Herschel Sts. 1800 446 646,

BRISBANE DO Australia Zoo Glasshouse Mountains, Tourist Drive, Beerwah. 07 5436 2000, Gallery of Modern Art 07 3840 7303,

Surfers Paradise Backpackers Resort 2837 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers. 1800 282 800, Surfers Paradise YHA Mariners Cove, 70 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise. 07 5571 1776, Trekkers Backpackers 22 White St, Southport. 1800 100 004,


Riverlife Adventure Centre Kayaking & rock climbing. Lower River Terrace, Kangaroo Point. 07 3891 5766,

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Story Bridge Adventure Climb 170 Main St, Kangaroo Point. 1300 254 627,


XXXX Ale House Brewery tours. Cnr Black & Paten St, Milton. 07 3361 7597,

GOLD COAST Aquarius Backpackers 44 Queen St, Surfers Paradise. 1800 22 99 55,

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World Warener Bros Movie World Zorb 07 5547 6300

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

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

HERVEY BAY Aussie Woolshed 181 Torquay Rd 07 4124 0677

SUNSHINE CST Mooloolaba Backpackers Next at Hervey Bay 10 Bideford St. 1800 102 989, Nomads Hervey Bay 408 The Esplanade. 1800 666 237, Palace Backpackers 184 Torquay, 1800 063 168,

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

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AIRLIE BEACH 259 Shute Harbour Rd. 1800 677 119

CAIRNS STAY Bohemia Central Cairns 100 Sheridan St. 1800 558 589,

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


Backpackers by the Bay 12 Hermitage Dr. 1800 646 994, Base Airlie Beach Resort 336 Shute Harbour Rd. 1800 242 273, Magnums Whitsunday Village Resort 366 Shute Harbour Rd. 1800 624 634

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

RNA Showgrounds. 10 Nov. $77. This hip-hop/RnB gig boasts big names such as the Hilltop Hoods and Illy. Check out the raw Australian talent on offer.

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

MAGNETIC ISL Base Magnetic Island 1 Nelly Bay Rd. 1800 24 22 73, Bungalow Bay Backpackers Horseshoe Bay. 1800 285 577, bungalowbay. Hotel Arcadia 7 Marine Pde,


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

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Melbourne Central YHA 562 Flinders St. 03 9621 2523, Nomads Melbourne 198 A’beckett St. 1800 447 762, Space Hotel 380 Russell St. 1800 670 611, The Spencer 475 Spencer St. 1800 638 108,

MELBOURNE DO Australian Centre for the Moving Image Federation Square. 03 8663 2200, Melbourne Aquarium Cnr of Flinders St & King St. 03 9923 5999, Melbourne Cricket Ground Brunton Av. 03 9657 8888 Melbourne Museum 11 Nicholson St, Carlton. 13 11 02 National Gallery of Victoria Federation Square. Old Melbourne Gaol 377 Russell St. 03 8663 7228,



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Official Neighbours Tours 570 Flinders St. 03 9629 5866,

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

Skydive the Beach Melbourne 1300 798 843

MELB MUSIC Cherry Bar Corner Hotel

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

East Brunswick Club Esplanade Hotel Northcote Social Club Palace Theatre The Hi-Fi The Tote

GREAT OCEAN RD Anglesea Backpackers 40 Noble St, Anglesea. 03 5263 2664, Eco Beach YHA 5 Pascoe St.

MORNINGTON Bayplay Lodge 46 Canterbury Jetty Rd, Blairgowrie. 03 5988 0188, Sorrento Foreshore Reserve Nepean Hwy. 1800 850 600, Sorrento YHA 3 Miranda St, Sorrento. 03 5984 4323, Tortoise Head Lodge French Island. 03 5980 1234,

DANDENONG Emerald Backpackers 03 5968 4086


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



Red Violin. 6 Sept. $12 Home of Australia’s hottest new up and coming stars, Comedy Court features Australia’s only live Audience Digital voting stand-up show.

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

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

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



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

Elkes Backpackers 112 Mitchell St. 1800 808 365,


Gecko Lodge 146 Mitchell St. 1800 811 250,

Youth Shack 69 Mitchell St. 1300 793 302,

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

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

Airborne Solutions Scenic helicopter flights. 08 8972 2345

Frogshollow Backpackers 27 Lindsay St. 1800 068 686,

Melaleuca on Mitchell 52 Mitchell St. 1300 723 437,

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

Palm Court Kookaburra Backpackers Giles St. 1800 626 722

Darwin YHA 97 Mitchell St. 08 8981 5385,

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

Nitmiluk Tours Gorge cruises and kayak hire. 1300 146 743

SMASH MOUTH Darwin Ampitheatre. 20 Oct. Prices TBA “Hey now, you’re a rock star. Get your game on, go play!” Smash Mouth are coming to the north of Australia for a special show.

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

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

TENNANT CREEK Tourist Rest Leichardt St. 08 8962 2719,

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

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

Haven Resort 3 Larapinta Drive. 1800 794 663,

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


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TASLISTINGS HOBART STAY Central City Backpackers 138 Collins St. 1800 811 507,



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

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

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

Narrara Backpackers 88 Goulburn St. 03 6234 8801,

Tasmania Zoo 1166 Ecclestone Rd. 03 6396 6100,

Pickled Frog 281 Liverpool St. 03 6234 7977,


Transit Backpackers 251 Liverpool St. 03 6231 2400,

Princes Wharf. 16 + 17 Nov. Prices TBA New home, new date, new venue – the fifth installment of Tasmania’s Soundscape Festival is a must this November.


Mt Wellington Descent Bike tours. 03 6274 1880


Port Arthur Historic Ghost Tours 1800 659 101,

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


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

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

Tasman Backpackers 114 Tasman St. 03 6423 2335,


Cascade Brewery 140 Cascade Rd. 03 6224 1117


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

CRADLE MTN Discovery Holiday Parks Cradle Mountain Rd. 1800 068 574,

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


WHAT MADE YOU COME TO OZ? I became an exchange student at Melbourne University. I studied there for six months and I just finished my exams last week and then I went to Adelaide so I could go to Kangaroo Island. FAVOURITE PLACE? Adelaide, because it makes me calm down, everybody there is so relaxed and nobody is rushing like they do in Melbourne, it’s so peaceful. But the the most exciting place I’ve been to would have to be Kangaroo Island. WHAT DO YOU MISS? My Mum’s cooking and I miss fast internet!

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

The Grace Emily, 6 Sept. $23.50 Multi award winning and double platinum selling artist, Sarah McLeod, is one of Australia’s greatest rock chicks, catch her in Adelaide.

Hostel 109 109 Carrington St. 1800 099 318, My Place 257 Waymouth St. 1800 221 529, Shakespeare Hostel 123 Waymouth St. 1800 556 889,

ADELAIDE DO Adelaide Oval Home to the Donald Bradman collection. War Memorial Drive. 08 8300 3800

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COOBER PEDY Opal Cave Coober Pedy Hutchinson St. 08 8672 5028, Radeka Down Under

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EYRE PENINSULA Coodlie Park Farmstay Flinders Highway, Port Kenny. 08 8687 0411

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

FLINDERS RANGES Angorichina Tourist Village 08 8648 4842, Wilpena Pound Resort Wilpena Rd. 08 8648 0004,




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What made you come to Australia to work? I came to Australia on a working holiday visa, just as a back-up in case I ran out of money. There were three jobs I really wanted to do here because I thought they were ‘real Australian’. These were fruit picking, sheep shearing and working as a barmaid in a country pub. And what jobs have you done? I picked oranges and lemons in Renmark (South Australia), worked on a huge cattle station near Cunnamulla (Queensland) to muster goats and help shearing the sheep and eventually I found bar work in a little town called Bruce Rock (Western Australia). Is that what you’re doing now? Yes, I work in a pub which rents out motel rooms as well. The job involves working in the pub – which was also a bottle shop, housekeeping in the motel rooms, serving and preparing dinner for the guests and taking bookings. How did you land this job? I have been working in a homestead in Ross River (Northern Territory) before and I worked over there with a girl who’d been working in Bruce Rock Hotel before. As I planned to go to Perth anyway I thought it’d be perfect to try and get a job over there. I sent them an email with my CV and made a few phone calls – one week later I was working in the pub!


to hear from the locals about living in remote areas (the Central Wheatbelt). I’ve met so many different people with different reasons for being there! If you’re really interested, the people will tell lots of stories about their (mainly sheep shearing and farming) jobs which I think is so cool to hear about. And actually living in the town makes me feel like a bit of a local. We don’t get paid heaps but there’s lot of work to do, so I am able to save up for my next travels. And what isn’t so great? Sometimes in pubs people get too drunk and start fighting, this can be exiting but it’s a bit scary as well. We have had to refuse some people if they were barred from the pub and that can be annoying too. What was your job back home? I just finished my study in Food Technology but had some random jobs like catering work, sport shops and giving presentations to high school students about Food Technology.

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Anything else to share? There is not too much sightseeing to be done in the Central Wheatbelt, but one tourist attraction is Wave Rock. This huge rock is located close to Hyden and has the shape of a wave. My Dutch colleague and I became friends with some locals and they spent a full day showing us around the area and took us to Wave Rock and the nearby Hippo’s Yawn. It was so awesome that the people were friendly enough to do that for us, and no one can beat these guided tours by real locals!

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