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IT’S A SCREAM The best ghost tours in Oz
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EDITOR’S LETTER We’re an open-minded bunch here at TNT, so a feature on the country’s ghost tours thrilled us no end. After all, we only had to contact our convict relatives. We got to know another higher being for the Eclipse Festival in far north Queensland which will boggle the mind, and the eyes (pg26). Then got deep and meaningful with Paul Dempsey (pg16) and completely lost our minds in Vegas (pg34).
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LISTINGS NEW ZEALAND
FEATURES FRIGHT NIGHT
TNT puts on its most absorbent nappy and checks out the best Oz ghost tours
SCIENCE FOR KATE
We talk the meaning of life, existential crises and rock’n’roll with Paul Dempsey
We go to a sun worship festival and generally party hard in Oz’s far north
VIVA LAS VEGAS
Gambling, eating and the Grand Canyon. You know, the usual in Vegas
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Ghost mortem Forget pumpkins, Australia has a dark past and (they say) ghosts on every corner. With a flashlight, we go looking for higher beings WORDS HUGH RADOJEV
It’s the thing that goes bump in the night. The odd chill you get running down your spine when you walk into a room alone. It’s a sudden movement, a shadow flickering in the corner of your eye, at the very edge of your vision. We’ve all experienced something like this in our lives and, for most of us, we shrug it off as nothing, a coincidence, even a trick of the light. But there are a core of believers out there; the ghost hunters, the mediums and the paranormal investigators who are (in some cases literally dying) to make you believe too. Seeing as it’s nearly Halloween we at TNT have decided to pick 10 of the 6
scariest, creepiest, most frightening ghost tours from all around Australia. Much of Oz’s ghoulish activity seems to stretch back to its violent convict past. Convict settlements like The Rocks and Battery Point and penal institutions like Fremantle and Port Arthur constitute some of the most haunted spots in the country. With their grim tales of forced labour, terrible living conditions and bloody executions, these places have their fair share of tales about strange, supernatural activities. Some of Australia’s younger cities and towns have their own frightening past; Canberra may not have the same convict past of cities like Sydney,
Melbourne or Tasmania but its long history of military service and it’s numerous parliamentary buildings have proven a hotspot for ghostly hauntings and apparitions. The east end of old steel town Newcastle, too, has a thriving community of poltergeists, shades, spirits and ectoplasmy tinged ghouls of all sorts. So bring a good flashlight, a stout heart, the open-mindedness of John Edwards and a good pair of running shoes (and perhaps a fresh pair of pants) as we plunge into the heart of darkness and try and catch us a few ghosts. And try to make it through ›› without wetting ourselves.
THE ROCKS: SYDNEY, NSW One of the very first suburbs in all of Australia, The Rocks is now a tourist hotspot and features some of the swankiest bars and eateries to be found anywhere along the harbour. This, however, was not always the case. Indeed, The Rocks originally housed some of the poorest and roughest of Britain’s convicted criminals in 1788. By the early 19th century, armed gangs of men roamed it’s narrow, cramped streets, while deadly diseases including the frightful Bubonic Plague cut a swathe of misery and death through its inhabitants. The Rocks Ghost Tours can still show you where the restless souls of former convicts haunt the grimy, rat-infested alleyways where they lived, worked and died. COST: Two hours, $42pp. FRIGHTENING FACT: The Sydney Harbour Trust was established in 1901 in response to an outbreak of Bubonic Plague. In its first few months it wound up fishing 2,225 rats out of the Harbour alone. Imagine how many there must have been scurrying around.
LANTERN GHOST TOURS: MELBOURNE, VIC The historic old settlement of Williamstown located about eight kilometres out of Melbourne’s CBD was once a thriving, 19th Century town, one of most populist sites in all of Victoria heaving with sailors, soldiers and convicts. Nowadays much of the old town is still the same as it was and Lantern Ghost Tours offer a terrifying trip through Victoria’s original capital. On this tour you will visit the historic old seaport, the haunted Steampacket pub, the abandoned morgue and the cemetery. Creepy shivers, odd occurrences and a genuine fright or two are all but guaranteed. COST: $30pp for a two hour tour. A pre-tour dinner option costs an extra $35. FRIGHTENING FACT: In 1856 there were 6,000 prisoners being held on prison hulks off the coast of Williamstown, the youngest of which was a boy just nine years of age.
DESTINY TOURS: CANBERRA, ACT Despite, perhaps, lacking some of the bloody convict history of the other, slightly older cities and towns in Australia, the national capital is definitely not short of truly frightening inhabitants (both living and dead). Destiny Tours, fronted by charismatic ghost hunter and Canberra personality Tim “the Yowie Man” will show you the seedy underbelly of a city riddled with stories of terrible crimes, murders and hauntings. Try and catch a glimpse of the Poltergeist who causes havoc nightly at the War Memorial or the former Australian Prime Minister who reportedly wanders the halls of his favourite hotel in his Sunday best. COST: $89 will get you a three hour tour as well as some food. FRIGHTENING FACT: Employees at Canberra’s National Film and Sound Archive have reported being pinned against walls by invisible hands while working alone at nights in the basement.
WOODMAN POINT QUARANTINE STATION: PERTH, WA Originally established in the 1880s as a site to treat sailors and immigrants climbing off the boats from Europe and the Americas who were afflicted with all sorts of gruesome, debilitating and often disfiguring diseases like small pox, plague and Scarlett Fever. The doctors and nurses toiled ceaselessly to cure their charges and stop the spread of the diseases into the wider population of Perth but many of their patients as well as a number of the staff themselves lost their lives. Accompany much respected local medium Rebecca Millman as she leads you through this eerie, abandoned station where so many people suffered and died. Rebecca will demonstrate her much vaunted abilities by communicating with the spirits you come across and explaining away the strange sensations you will be feeling. COST: $68 for two hours. FRIGHTEING FACT: The HMAT Boonah, a troop carrier ferrying 1200 AIF soldiers back from World War I found itself stricken with a Spanish Flu epidemic whilst docked off Woodman’s Point. 27 soldiers and four nurses ended up dying.
FREMANTLE PRISON TUNNEL TOUR You better not be dressed up for this tour because you’re heading 20 meters underground to the sewers below Fremantle prison. Get your overalls, hardhat, boots and torchlights ready because this freaky ghost tour will take you on a journey through the lives of convicts from the past. You’ll go through tunnels on foot and then hop into a boat and explore the submerged passageways. Oil lamps will light the walls in front of you as you see blast holes, bores and artefacts from years and years ago. This tour is extreme so only go if you’re up for an adventure over tree roots and protruding objects. COST: $60pp for two and a half hours of tunnelling. FRIGHTENING FACT:: Convicts worked down in the tunnels and the ghosts of those who died there are rumoured to still haunt people. JB
KAPUNDA MOONLIGHT GHOST TOUR: OUTSIDE ADELAIDE, SA
TOWNSVILLE GHOST TOURS All are welcome aboard the ‘Ghost Bus’ for an eerie trip through Townsville’s oldest and most notoriously scary locations. Boarding at the West End Cemetery on Church Street, the Ghost Bus travels around various local attractions that have a tonne of freaky tales. There are countless ghost stories shared during the tour and each tour may be slightly different from the rest. People are encouraged to take photos whilst on the tour – you never know, you might snap something ghostly! Children are welcome (as long as they don’t scare easily) and group bookings sometimes even allow alcohol to liven up the trip. And if you plan on kicking on in the city, the Ghost Bus can make a stop at the end to continue your ghostly experience. COST: $69pp for two and a half hours. FRIGHTENING FACT: : In 1972, there was an inquest to a report where staff got the shock of their life, when a body bag sat up and fell on the floor, after it was wheeled into the old Townsville morgue. JB
NEWCASTLE GHOST TOURS (EAST END) If stories about gruesome murders and untimely deaths are your thing, you’ll love the ghost tours held in Newcastle’s East End. The oldest cemetery in Newcastle is one of the freakiest things you’ll experience and the whole tour is bound to have a huge array of stories to go with it. The walls of the oldest building in Newcastle – where they used to keep prisoners – have countless stories to tell. Torches and cameras are encouraged because this haunting night is one that never disappoints. It’s encouraged that you wear enclosed shoes because you’ll be doing a lot of walking. COST: $45pp for three hours. FRIGHTENING FACT: In one of the cells in the old lock up, one inmate took his own life and his ghost is believed to still be haunting unsuspecting visitors. JB
The area around St John’s Cemetery has been such a historical hotspot for ghostly goings on that the town of Kapunda has come to be known as “the most haunted place in Australia” and has been the subject of a documentary film and numerous investigations. These have focused mainly on reports of a former Reverend, Father Martin, who stalks the grounds of his former parish pushing at intruders and old tales of sacrifice and witchcraft happening around the graveyard. All the furor surrounding the release of the documentary and the strange results that have come from various investigations into the area have made Kapunda one of the more popular ghost tours in Australia, and one of the most terrifying. COST: $59pp for three hour tour. FRIGHTENING FACT: In 1909 18 year old Ruby Bland allegedly died after an attempted abortion was performed on her by the deranged Reverend Martin on the church grounds.
HOBART AND BATTERY POINT GHOST TOURS All kinds of freaky folk have been through Hobart and Battery Point – including convicts and bushrangers, whalers and sailors, barmaids and prostitutes and cannibals and criminals! Departing from the Bakehouse, you’ll leave on a two-hour tour for an intimate experience of the local area. All the tour guides believe whole-heartedly in ghosts so you know you’re getting an authentic and passionate experience when you sign up for this tour. Cameras are encouraged and you can even share your photos with the tour guides afterwards. If you haven’t heard about ‘Ghost Photography’, you will after this unique experience. COST: $25pp for two hours. FRIGHTENING FACT: Strange lights and apparitions have been spotted throughout the tour. JB
PORT ARTHUR, TASMANIA Port Arthur ghost tour guide, Todd Darling, said he believed “there are places in the world where the walls between our world and the spirit world are thinner, and Port Arthur’s one of them.” With a dark history dating back to 1830, Port Arthur was made infamous more recently in 1996 when a local gunman killed 35 people and wounded 23 more. There are bound to be stories about ghosts that haven’t fully crossed over as a result. Black-cloaked tour guides vividly recount real people’s documented stories of sightings and unexplained occurrences of the past. COST: $25pp for one and a half hours. FRIGHTENING FACT: Todd Darling claims to have seen 3 ghosts and experienced “hearing noises” and even “being followed down corridors”! JB
BLUE MOUNTAINS MYSTERY TOUR Jump aboard the Ghost Bus and let Paranormal Pete show you the hidden, haunted past of the beautiful Blue Mountains. All the stories are here – brutal murders, innocent convicts hung for crimes they didn’t commit, rapes and... did I mention murders? This is one of the longer tours available and takes in a number of historically significant sites in and around the Blue Mountains area including an abandoned cemetery, a convict stockade and the old Hartley Gaol and Courthouse. Keep an eye peeled especially for the ghost of Mt Victoria – the Lady in Black who purports to be seen hanging around old, dried up wells on the mountain. COST: Adult $75 for four to five hour tour. FRIGHTENING FACT: The Albert Hotel on Mt Victoria acted as a convalescence hospital for badly wounded soldiers in World War II and a number of men who died of their wounds supposedly wander its halls still calling out to one another in a horrible, ghoulish wail.
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Alison Wonderland The multi-talented Sydney DJ and producer caught up with us to discuss Katy Perry at the Grammys, the cello, New York City, and the do’s and dont’s of eating on flights INTERVIEW HUGH RADOJEV
start to feel really unfresh. Drink lots of water, keep yourself warm on the flight, watch as many movies as you can and here’s a tip that not many people know about, I’m not even vegetarian but I always order the vegetarian meal on flights because you come out feeling less ill. I always feel better if I eat the vegetarian meal. Plus your food comes out first.
“I’m not even vegetarian but I always order the vegetarian meal on flights”
Really? I usually avoid the meal entirely No! You know how they usually serve you that really weird meat? I always feel a lot cleaner if I’ve eaten vegetarian, they tend to put in quite healthy food and simple ingredients.
How long have you been DJing for? Quite a few years actually, the first gig I think I did in 2007, so it’s been quite a while now. Had you been involved in music before then? Yes, I’m actually a classically trained cellist and I was at the Conservatorium high school and then I went over to Europe for a year after that to continue studying, so yes. I read somewhere that you also used to play bass in a band, is this true? Yeah that’s true. A couple of bands I think. How does a classically trained cellist get into DJing? I love every kind of music and I was never really a person who was inclined to just one genre or style. When I came back too Australia I was hanging around clubs anyway because of the bands I was in and started doing it a bit casually for fun. Then one day I figured I really liked it and that I have a really strange work ethic with something that I love. So I sat in a room for a number of months and practiced. I really wanted to be able to play all the songs that I love and put them together coherently.
How do you go about putting together a set for a show? Look, to be honest I just get to know every song that I have in my library, nothing is really that planned when I play and I just kind of vibe off the crowd. So that’s how I tend to put sets together. Are you one of those purist DJs who only use vinyl? No, I don’t. Although I don’t use a computer either, so everything I do is live. Favourite place that you’ve been to on your recent travels? I loved New York. I loved playing in New York. I was only supposed to play for an hour at this little, literally underground club and I ended up playing for like four hours. Everyone was very open minded and you could just play whatever you wanted and there’s no one giving you weird looks. You could just take everyone on a journey and they wanted to go on a journey with you. So yeah, I loved New York. Any tips for surviving all the flying? Yes. Okay, make-up – even if you’re a dude, it is a saviour because if you’re travelling heaps, you
Do you have any plans for making music outside of your DJing? I actually produce. I do a lot of writing and producing, which keeps me busy during the day. And they’re two very different things. Like when I’m writing I find I need to feel selfish to do it, yet when you’re on stage you can’t be selfish at all. So yeah I find it quite hard sometimes to switch between the two, it takes some talent. Do you produce for other bands and musicians? No, at the moment I’m producing for myself. I’m kind of writing my own album in my bedroom. Oh, cool. When will that be ready? We’re working that out now. I’m just finishing a few things off, but yeah I’m excited. How was playing the Grammy’s after party? Yeah and the Brit Awards’ after party. They were really different but I loved the Grammy’s, because ever since I was a little kid I’ve watched the Grammy’s so it was a really crazy thing for me. That really struck a chord with me. It was like I thought it was going to be. I kind of had my head down because I was DJing, I didn’t really walk around looking for stars but Katy Perry came up to me a few times, which was wild. Alison Wonderland will support Arrested Development in Melbourne (Nov 2) and The Knocks in Coolangatta (Nov 22) + Sydney (Nov alisonwonderland.com.au 30).
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The Paranormal Activity movies have always had notoriously uneventful storylines for the first three quarters of each movie, leading to a dramatic and abrupt ending… and this one is no exception. The storyline follows Alex (Katheryn Newton) and her family as the possessed Katie (Katie Featherstone from the previous movies) moves in across the road with her son. After a webcam chat with Alex’s friend Ben (Matt Shively) that conveniently automatically records conversations, it is revealed there’s something sinister about the new neighbours. Die-hard fans of the series will probably enjoy this instalment as it is arguably the most action-packed of the four, but first-time viewers may not have the same reaction. The storyline makes numerous references to parts of previous movies so the big reveal in the middle will go straight over the heads of first-time viewers. Frustratingly, Alex and Ben set up webcams all around the house, but they’re never shown reviewing the footage. There are also parts of the movie where there are great opportunities to set up for a dramatic scare – like opening the fridge door from a certain angle – and it never happens. The ending seemed rushed and the unbelievable stupidity of the characters will reaffirm your belief that all victims in horror films brought it on themselves for being so naive. If you can sit through the credits, you’ll see that a fifth movie is on the way, but in a different context... hopefully it steers clear of this tired storyline. GOOD FOR: People who want to stay awake but don’t like coffee
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The science of souls With yet another album, Something for Kate are one of Oz’s most consistent and successful bands, we find out what makes them tick WORDS CAITLIN STANWAY
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After six years of bars, babies and solo careers Australia’s pioneering indie rock trio, Something for Kate, have regrouped and are back better than ever (so they claim). Having locked up the tour bus in 2008 after almost 14 years at the top of the Australian music industry, the Melbourne three piece decided it was about time to dust of the drum kit, tune the guitars and see what musical juice half a decade apart would squeeze out. With 11 ARIA nominations under their belt you’d almost expect the trio to stick to a clearly tried and tested recording routine. But, according to lead singer Paul Dempsey, when it came to recording their new album Leave Your Soul to Science, playing it safe was never on the cards. “I think the biggest risk was not worrying so much, not over thinking everything and just having a bit of trust, you know, that you didn’t have to play every single note absolutely perfectly and it will still sound okay.” And sound okay it does. While there’s no denying they’ve stuck true to their roots (anyone who has ever heard the group's previous offerings will recognise the melancholic rock holding down the record), the new electronic overtones and synth heavy guitar give Leave Your Soul to Science a raw energy we’ve yet to encounter. The new sounds were no accident either, as Dempsey explains, they approached the new project with a no holds barred attitude. “Sound wise we just went for something, you know, some really strange sounding guitar sounds… and we were sort of willing to say yes to anything that was strange or different.” Giving them a firm push in the right direction was producer John Congleton who, according to drummer Clint Hyndman “pretty much works in a completely different way to what we’re used to.” Joining the band in Dallas, Texas, to record the record, Congleton took a look at their back catalogue and decided something needed to change. “He kind of went through our back catalogue and was like, 'right I don’t think you guys have taken enough risks, here’s what I think'.” Hyndman recalls, explaining that although it was new, it definitely worked. “We were just doing things that we would never do. He
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would just be like ‘try it this way’ and we were just like yeah fine, we’ll do it and we’ve never done that before. But we did and it worked really well. We came out with a really different sounding record”. And it’s not just the sound that has gone in a new direction. Dig your way through the sonic tunes and you’ll realise the lyrics have joined the instrumentals on the slightly psychedelic path. While Dempsey’s never been one to shy away from a little introspection, the singer has turned it up, proving he’s one part songwriter, one part philosopher. Floating between mysticism and reality, Dempsey’s venture into big bang territory is enough to leave your head spinning with seemingly unanswerable questions, the least of which will be the state of your sanity. Feeling a little overwhelmed with the scope of the lyrics, I ask Dempsey where this universal exploration stems from. “I’m fascinated by our very existence," he admits. "I guess I have something of an existential dilemma going on, you know, I just sort of, several times a day find myself kind of pausing to consider the fact that we exist and it’s not enough for me. It’s not a satisfying answer to say that we were just put here by a higher power and that there is some sort of energy permeating the universe that affects human lives”. Deciding that, without an acid trip, existentialism was probably going to be out of my reach that afternoon, I move on to easier territory – their upcoming Australian tour. After almost 14 years touring the globe you’d be forgiven for thinking the rush of travelling may have given way to a loathing of airport lines, fast food and paisley hotel beds. But alas, Dempsey say’s he can’t wait to get back on the
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bandwagon and experience ence something, well, different. “I’m looking forward to just getting up and playing every night in a different nt place, to a different audience with a different set list. I’m just excited to be going back out on tour and playing a whole bunch of different, new songs.” Although Dempsey’s had an incredible amount of success with his solo ventures ntures over the past five years, Hyndman took a completely etely different route, opening up a couple of saloon inspired d bars in Melbourne. So how does he feel trading in the in Boston glass for drumsticks? “It was kind of a little e bit nerving getting back round the kit after doing g hospitality for so long…but obviously we’re really close ose friends so it should be fun going out and playing aying those songs that we’ve spent a fair bit of time writing.” With all three band members becoming parents during g their break, (Dempsey and wife, bassist sist Stephine Ashworth, had a son in early 2011) I have to ask, is the tour really just a guise to o down the nappy bag, break out the leathers hers and indulge in a little nostalgic party time? me? According to Hyndman – apparently not. “It’s pretty funny because ause both babies are really close. It’s t’s a good chance to have a break. It’s kind of weird that we’re going to be going on tour to actually get some ome sleep as opposed to what it used d to be like” So, apart from bucking ng the
fundamenta of touring and using it as respite, fundamentals what’s their thei favourite part about travelling? Exotic hotels? hote Hidden beaches? The wide open road? Nope, Nope it’s finding junk. Well, for Hyndman anyway. “I like those outer suburban regional areas t of Australia. They’re good for finding old Austr junk. II’m obsessed with collecting old stuff. A lot of it is to go into the two bars I have. They’re They’ filled with junk. Anything old and rusty I love.” Uh huh. So no collecting shot glasses or teaspoons? How about Dempsey? “I sort teasp of collect books, or books collect me. I just co can’t stop buying books even though my house hous is almost constructed entirely out of stacks stack of books.” With so much travelling to come in the W next few months (Something For Kate will play Homebake after their sell-out national tour) I can understand the need nati for a bit of light entertainment to pass the time. So what’s wha on the reading list for this modern existentialist? “Mostly science stuff," says Dempsey. "Basically sc astronomy and an astrophysics. It’s fascinating.” Well now, what would you expect? ❚
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After I worked in Sydney I travelled for almost two-and-a-half months. I have been on the road with the Greyhound bus and did a roadtrip with two friends of mine down south and went to Tasmania. YOUR MOST MEMORABLE DAY IN OZ?
I’m going to Uluru – is it true that it’s offensive to climb? Sarah Walsh, UK
What are Queensland’s best islands? Aurelie Blanc, France
you’ve travelled large distances to see A So an oversized red rock, and when you get
Sunshine State has an embarrassment A The of riches when it comes to island loving.
there you want to climb it. That’s fine, however, before you set off there are some issues you should be aware of. Uluru is sacred to its Aboriginal owners (the Anangu), who don’t want people climb it. The climbing route is of huge cultural significance, being a pathway of their spiritual ancestors and undertaken by Aboriginal men only on certain ceremonial occasions. Also, some people have died while doing the climb (mostly heart attacks), and as these people are essentially guests, the Anangu feel responsible. Many people don’t do the climb, but until a majority of tourists refuse to do so, the Aussie government will not close the route, regardless of local protests. Put simply, don’t do it if you want to respect the local Aboriginal people.
There’s not space to mention all the great ones, so here are some of our favourites... Fraser Island is a given: plunging freshwater lakes, subtropical rainforest and driving up the beach make it a must-do. The other classic is clearly the Whitsundays. Okay, there’s 74 of them, but sailing through their turquoise waters and strolling along one of the world’s most beautiful beaches (Whitehaven) is as good as it gets. But if you want somewhere truly unspoilt and quiet, then give Hinchinbrook a go. It’s home to the famed Thorsborne walking trail. If you prefer a party then Magnetic or Great Keppel might be better options. Diving enthusiasts should explore Lizard or Lady Elliot which are some of the best places for spotting turtles.
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Fraser Island because there’s a lot of amazing stuff to see and also the people I met were pretty cool. WHAT DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
Of course my friends and family, but I also miss basketball because Aussies aren’t really into basketball. ANY RUN-INS WITH WILDLIFE?
On our dive we saw a lot of grey nurse sharks, 2-3 metres long. And in the jungle there were lots of leeches on my whole body. ADVICE FOR OTHER TRAVELLERS?
Never travel alone. It’s more fun to have people around you. You’ll enjoy your time together.
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I did a night dive on the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns, one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had.
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Dutch traveller Yvette van den Brand thought she was going to miss out on a Kimberley adventure, only to have the time of her life... “Sorry, your trip through the Kimberley is cancelled because there are no vehicles available.” I listen to these words a few days before I was supposed to go on a trip from Broome to Darwin. I had to be in Darwin in 10 days and now I had to figure out how to get there. I could take an airplane or bus, but both of these options wouldn’t bring me to the beautiful Kimberley region. What do people do when their trips get cancelled? They look for a lift. So I posted a message on Gumtree that said I was looking for a 4WD lift to Darwin the coming weekend. The next few days I received five calls from people willing to take me, and one of them was exactly what I was looking for: a 4WD roadtrip via the Gibb River Road. I caught up with the driver Fabien to arrange our plans and to meet the other person joining us. It turned out to work out pretty well and I decided to go with them. On Saturday Fabien picked myself and Julia up and after organising the groceries and all the camping gear,
it was time to hit the road. We drove straight to Derby and then onto the Gibb River Road. We camped at Windjana Gorge and had our first meal together. Everybody got along really well. The next day we wandered around Windjana Gorge where many fresh water crocodiles were present. Then we drove to Tunnel Creek where we had to walk 700 meters through a completely dark tunnel in the water, where it’s known fact that ‘freshies’ inhabit the area. With just one torch for three people, this was quite the adventure. When we drove further on the Gibb River Road the car started to make a weird noise. It was already getting dark so we decided to stop at the first camping spot we found at Dog Chain Creek. Fabien checked the car while we set up the tent. It didn’t look good: the belt was loose and the tensioner pulley was broken. There was no way we could drive any further with the car so the next day Fabien hitchhiked to the closest town to call the insurance. It appeared that towing the car out would cost more than $1,000 so Fabien decided to order the part and fix it himself. We had to wait three days for the pulley and then somebody had to
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pick it up in Derby. Fortunately there was a woman driving to Derby who brought the part to us. Fabien fixed it in 10 minutes and we continued with our journey. In total we were in Dog Chain Creek for five days, but looking back on it we were pretty lucky the car broke down there, because we could go for a swim in the creek, make campfires at night, relax, fish and hunt for bush turkeys. It was five days of waiting, reading books, having conversations, eating tinned food, watching out for snakes and taking showers in the creek. When we finally left Dog Chain Creek we only had three days left to see the rest of Kimberley, but I think we were all really happy to be on the road again in the same car and with the same people. On the way we saw the stunning Manning Gorge and enjoyed the beautiful landscape of the Kimberley. We camped at Halls Creek and finished the Gibb River Road sound and safe. In Kununurra we checked our phones after six days without reception and in Katherine we got drunk with some Aussies around a campfire. I went swimming with crocodiles in Katherine Gorge (although I didn’t realise this when I was in the water) and on the day I was supposed to be in Darwin, we arrived in Darwin. We had one last meal together and looked back on the awesome time we had in the Kimberley. And although I loved the camping, a real bed and shower never felt so good as it did that night.
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Party central One of the best ways to get into the spirit of the east coast’s backpacker party capital is to get the spirits into yourself WORDS JOANNA TILLEY
All I’d really wanted to do in Cairns was party. But with my feet bound together by a weathered towel and two men threatening me from either side, it appeared that would have to wait. No, I had not been kidnapped (although thanks for the concern), but was about to join the exclusive bungy jumping club (a club of sorts, but not really the club I had in mind). Just 20 minutes ago I’d flippantly mentioned to a new friend in my hostel that I wouldn’t mind doing a bungy jump. Now here we were... If only I’d known we were so close to one of the biggest bungy jumping sites in Oz I would have kept my big mouth shut. But it turns out that in Cairns you are never too far from the action. Whether you’re looking for adrenalin activities, retail therapy or just pure unadulterated drinking, Cairns will not let you down. Instead, it will insist you jump down. Buuuuuuuuuuuuuungyyyyyy...
Mission: men Fortunately, it turns out there is nothing better to get you into the party spirit than a bungy jump. Driving back into Cairns, the bars and restaurants along the Esplanade were already full of people. The small, compact town of Cairns has been designed with the traveller in mind, which means it is very easy to get around... from bar to bar that is. The thriving nightlife, high quality hostels and easy access to the Great Barrier Reef has made Cairns the fourth most visited place in Australia after Sydney, Melbourne and Bris-Vegas. Another great thing about Cairns is how quickly a night can turn from civilised to civil disorder. My bungy jumping friend Anna and I started our evening in the sophisticated and upmarket setting of the Salt House. Listening to the calming sound of water features, we praised each other for our daredevil antics whilst sipping cocktails and gazing out at the boats bobbing in the Marina. This was the calm before the storm. The refined part of the night was over and we were now women (okay, sluts) on a mission. One of the best places to drink (and hook up) in Cairns is Gilligan’s. It’s one of the biggest hostels in Australia and is always rammed with backpackers.
Feeling tip-topless Luckily, our visit coincided with a live band and a foam party (one of those delightful gimmicks invented solely to see hard nipples poking through wet material). However, as we weren’t yet ready to sacrifice our make-up to the foam, we skirted past the shenanigans and headed for the bar. A couple of Jager Bombs later, it was time to assess our surroundings (okay, fine, the boys).
I often wonder where my new Wonderbra ended up that night
It’s amazing how the buzz of a hostel in Cairns and blurred vision can make a girl feel spoilt for choice. We sat down and started talking to a group of guys from Wales who were on their way to the Woolshed. Now, the general rule goes: If you’ve been to Cairns, you’ve been to the Woolshed. This is the club where everyone clambers when the bars and pubs close. It is everything you’d expect from a backpackerdominated establishment; cheap, filthy and fun. I became an instant fan when I noticed that dancing on the tables wasn’t only allowed but seemed compulsory. The boys became fans as the Miss Backpacker competition entered its final stage (yes, another delightful gimmick invented solely to see hard nipples poking through wet material.) Cairns appeared to love hard nipples. After hours of table dancing, slippery nipple swallowing and tonsil tennis with... hmmm (let me get back to you on this one), we were all in need of a relaxing bubble bath. But come on, it’s Cairns! So instead we opted for a filthy foam party. Even hangovers are good in Cairns. Behind every corner lurks a café or restaurant ready to ply you with a big, greasedripping breakfast. The year-round sunshine also helps you to sweat out excess alcohol. And if food and sun doesn’t do TNTDOWNUNDER.COM
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Bra crawl I busied myself in Bra N Things in pursuit of the ultimate cleavage. Looking busty, I was on my way to look at some Aboriginal Art. With a large population of Aboriginal people in Cairns, the town proudly displays native, dotted masterpieces in a number of shops. In Orchid Plaza, I stumbled upon a small shop called Yaram Arts run by George and his beautiful wife Yaram. After talking to them about my trip around Oz (minus some details), I bought a couple of pieces for my family back home. In Cairns, there can be a thin line between ending a night in the arms of a tall, handsome stranger or at the bottom of the lagoon. This thin line, for me, is quite often a pizza. So in an attempt to line our stomachs, we headed to Bella Vista at the Marina. It turned out to be a great choice as the pizzas were huge and very, very cheap. We enjoyed slice after slice whilst gazing at the views of Trinity Bay. After a couple of sambuca shots, I was ready for my second installment of Gilligan’s and Woolshed action. I often wonder where my new Wonderbra ended up that night. ❚ 28
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the trick, the lagoon will. Arriving at the lagoon, we quickly realised this was the day-time social hub of Cairns. If you didn’t get the boy or girl you fancied the night before, they will more than likely be topless around the pool. In fact, Cairns values a person’s right to be topless so highly that in 2003 Mayor Kevin Byrne declared that topless sunbathing was to be permitted by the lagoon, “as the area is a gathering point for people from around the world who may wish to do so”. Finally, a sensible politician. Following a refreshing dip in the water, I was reenergised and ready for some retail therapy. Obviously I needed to find some “razzle-dazzle” to outshine my rivals on my return to the Woolshed. The best place to purchase “razzle-dazzle” in Cairns is in the Cairns Central shopping complex.
Cairns is the most renowned access point to the Great Barrier Reef and as a result, the bulk of the town’s tourist dollars are generated through it, writes Chris Stevens. And rightly so. If you’re up this end of Australia (or in Oz full stop for that matter), no trip would be complete without exploring the vast expanse of coral reef that dominates the ocean in this World Heritage-listed site. And there’s a few different ways to get involved in finding Nemo too. For those on a tight budget, a day trip snorkelling is a great way to get a taster, or for those who fancy a bit more depth to their visit, a taster day of scuba diving isn’t going to break the bank either. There are numerous companies and boats who will happily take you there for around $120. For those who have planned ahead a bit more, are feeling a bit more flush or who want to pack out their CV with some more shiny bits of paper, you can go all out and do a PADI dive course which allows you to hire kit and dive all over the globe. I went one better and did the liveaboard option – same qualification but with heaps more dives (including some night ones) whilst living on the dive boat. Plus, you generally get to visit more pristine sections of the reef as those nearer the shore tend to be more damaged. It’s far from slumming it – these boats are floating hotels – but it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made while travelling. If you are looking for a new career or a backpacking job, you could take the course right through to instructor level (although your wallet will take a serious hit), or you can earn free dives simply by volunteering on the boat as a cook or cleaner. And if you’re super keen and fancy a big cash splurge, why not check out a trip to Cod Hole – a truly memorable and unique diving experience on some beautifully pristine dive sites on the Outer Reef. Whatever you choose to do, the Barrier Reef is one of those bucket list items that needs to be ticked off. And swimming amongst the shoals of fish, cruising alongside some turtles or meeting an inquisitive Maori wrasse is the essence of travelling Australia. And once back on dry land, it’ll be time to dust of your drinking hat for some goon times!
A total eclipse It’s a pretty rare experience to see an actual solar eclipse, but we think it’s even rarer to see one at a music festival WORDS HUGH RADOJEV
A total eclipse of the sun will pass across the far north coast of Australia in November. Lying right in the Shadow Path (a great name for a punk band) will be the beautiful resort town of Cairns in far north Queensland where the nearby Lunar Eclipse festival will be held. A solar eclipse is considered to be one of the rarest and most awe inspiring of sights and the far north of Australia is being blessed with the spectacle this November. Forget for a minute the fact that some of Australia and the worlds biggest and best roots, blues and experimental bands will all be playing over seven days (which is reason enough to go) but just think how awesome an idea this really is; a festival to celebrate a solar eclipse. It’s practically the closest thing you’re going to get (other than maybe Burning Man) to an age old, pagan worship experience. In a day and age of science and knowledge there’s something strangely appealing about the idea of celebrating a solar event like our ancestor’s would have thousands of years ago. Chances are though that stone aged Druids didn’t celebrate the winter solstice rocking out at Stonehenge to the chilled grooves of indomitable Kiwi outfit Fat Freddy’s Drop and about 100 other acts from all over the world. A special, purpose built village area has also been built specifically for the festival and offers experiences unique in terms of festivals anywhere else in Australia. The village will feature yoga and dance workshops, a healing and massage 30
sanctuary and any number of areas to chill out and commune with the cosmic forces of the great beyond and ponder the ceaseless majesty and unfathomable vastness of space. Ponder your own role in the story of the universe however large or small it may seem... Or, if introspection isn’t your thing you could always just talk to your mates. A whole host of weird and wonderful performance art installations and pieces will also be featured around the festival grounds. Local, interstate and international artistic talent will be on show throughout the seven day festival, with works chosen to challenge and inspire in equal measure. Opening the eyes as well as Blake’s metaphorical “doors of perception” to the possibilities of what unburdened creativity and talent can achieve when working in perfect unison. Cooky cabarets and mesmerizing fire dancers are definitely not to be missed on the Luminosity Stage. The Eclipse festival has been in the works now for several years and has brought together the organisational talents of people from Australia, the UK and the United States of America. Early on the morning of the 14th of the festival will rise together as one to watch the sun disappear behind the moon and cloak the world in darkness. What an experience. For tickets to the Eclipse 2012 Festival at Palmer River Roadhouse, see: eclipse2012.com. Tickets from $250
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Everyone’s a winner In Las Vegas it doesn’t matter if the chips are down, there’s always something around the corner to keep you grinning WORDS CRAIG SHEATHER
I’m sitting at a roulette table in the famous Golden Nugget Casino. There are four tall towers of chips rising off the table like sky scrapers. A small crowd has gathered to watch the result. The croupier spins the wheel and then rolls the ball around the track. All I need is black. The anticipation is unbearable. The ball loses momentum and falls onto the wheel. It bounces around and then eventually settles in its final resting pocket. There is a gasp from the onlookers. My heart sinks. It is red! It all happened so quickly. Before I knew it Las Vegas had seduced me, sucked me in and bled me dry. I had won and lost my fortune in the blink of an eye. One moment I was on top of the world and the next I was crying in my beer. Like many punters before me, greed was my downfall. Damn you Vegas! From underground illegal gambling dens to the recent boom of the glitzy mega-resorts, gamblers have always been attracted to Vegas like a moth to light. (And there are plenty of bright lights to be dazzled by.) Even when Nevada outlawed gambling in 1910 it only lasted three weeks. Gamblers quickly set up underground games where patrons who knew the proper password jousted day and night with Lady Luck. Illegal but accepted gambling flourished until 1931 when it was legalised again. Today, tourists flock to the city not just to gamble, but also for the fantastic entertainment, great restaurants and the chance to drop in on one of the wonders of the natural world. It’s one heck of an adult playground.
length of five football fields. The screen contains 12.5 million synchronized LED lamps making its projection surface the largest screen in the world. Each night on the hour the show features tributes to Bon Jovi, Queen, Kiss and other rock legends. Thrill seekers can breeze right beneath the Viva Vision canopy on a thrilling zip line ride. Before take off, I’m strapped into a harness which is suspended from cable wires. After the count down I launch from the platform and soar underneath the colourful laser light show. At the bottom of the zip line, I bump into an Elvis busker singing “Viva Las Vegas”. Impersonators are a dime a dozen in the city but this guy had the voice, hair, costume, dance moves and even real side burns to match it with the original Elvis. After his song I flip him a few coins hoping karma may bring some winnings my way. In an authentic Elvis accent he replies, “thank you. Thank you very much. I hope you win your jackpot”. “Thank you. Thank you very much” I respond. “I need all the luck I can get”.
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Disappointed with my loss, I reluctantly exit the Golden Nugget and stroll onto Freemont Street. My mood instantly changes. The atmosphere is electric! Freemont Street is home to legendary casinos, free entertainment, old-fashioned gambling hospitality and a great party atmosphere. On any given night you may see famous bands, strolling showgirls, impersonators or amazing street performers. The most obvious and largest part of the Fremont Street Experience is the Viva Vision canopy and light show. The canopy towers 90 feet above the ground and spans the
The Grand Canyon: what a hole A grand flight For those (like me) who gamble away their life savings and need to escape the crowds and bright lights, the Grand Canyon is the perfect place to regain your mojo. And best of all there is not a casino in sight. It’s easy to see why the Canyon is the most popular natural attraction near Vegas. Over 450km long and measuring over a mile deep and almost 30km across in some places, this natural wonder of the world will impress even the most worn-out of travellers. The rising of the Colorado Plateau combined with six million years of erosion has created one of the planet’s deepest gorges which can be admired from the air (plane and helicopter) or a long drive from ‘the strip’.
If your eyes are “ bigger than your belly, just loosen your belt ” Sitting in the comfort of an air-conditioned chopper I enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, extinct volcanoes and the Grand Canyon. The sight is difficult to describe without using typical clichés such as spectacular, amazing, stunning, breath taking etc. However, to put it plainly the canyon is simply …well….grand! I’m sure if Mike Tyson visited this wonder during his day he would have easily converted to yoga. During the flight, the effects of sleep deprivation were taking its toll and I slipped into a number of micro sleeps. 36
I continually nodded off but was awoken each time I head butted the window beside me (much to the amusement of the other passengers). As we disembarked the chopper the pilot reassured me that I was not the first person visiting Vegas to fall asleep during world’s most amazing flight. Sin City was taking its toll.
Entertainment galore The choice can be overwhelming: magicians, singers, comedians, strippers, live bands, dancers, musicals, circuses. The list of quality performers and entertainers is endless. In the end I decide on a Vegas institution – the celebrated Burlesque show over one of the all time great comedians: Jerry Seinfeld. It wasn’t an easy choice. The setting for “X Burlesque” is the intimate 180-seat theatre at the Flamingo Casino. Edgy choreography, creative props and six beautiful dancers combine to form one of the sexiest shows on the strip. The show allows for a lot of upclose and personal interaction with the dancers, who venture out into the crowd and perform on a stripper pole in the centre of the room. There is nearly a riot when the girls, dressed as flirty flight attendants, invite one lucky “passenger” to go on stage and join their “Mile High Club”. Every male in the audience instinctively jumped off their seats hoping to be chosen. To the tune of Lenny Kravitz’s “Fly Away,” the leggy dancers provide the strip tease of the century to the lucky man. The smile on his face said it all – he didn’t need slot machines to win today’s jackpot. However, when Nancy Ryan the mid-show comic takes to the stage I stop drooling and sink back into my chair, eager not to be targeted by the comedian. Although, not everybody was going to escape the wrath of Nancy’s jokes. Straight away she began heckling a couple of young men
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sitting together in the front row. The verbal onslaught on her targets is brutal and hilarious. I’m glad it was not me.
Food, glorious food Vegas is more than just gambling, shotgun weddings, neon lights and glamorous showgirls. Believe it or not, it also houses some of the best chefs and restaurants in the world. A Vegas buffet is a great culinary experience for food lovers, so don’t spoil your appetite beforehand. For others it’s a great way to cure a hangover and generally make a pig of yourself. Whatever cuisine you love, you’ll be able to satisfy your hunger at a variety of award-winning restaurants. Seafood? Yep! Italian? Check! Steak? Indeed! Mexican? Sure! Indian? Of course! You get the picture; there is enough food to feed the US army. Don’t worry if you eyes are bigger than your stomach, just loosen your belt a little. You can basically eat as much as you like at the very best eateries such as The Spice Market in Planet Hollywood, The Bellagio Buffet and Rio’s World Carnival Buffet. Even if you have just one meal per day a Vegas buffet will get you through the night. Everything about Vegas is excessive, so it’s totally acceptable leave the buffet feeling like a beached whale. On my final morning I literally roll out of bed and land on the floor. Vegas had lived up to every expectation but I was exhausted and I had little memory of the night before. I peer under the bed and see stacks of casino chips scattered about on the floor. Cha-Ching! After spending days on the tables trying to pile up the pennies I was ultimately in the black. I couldn’t help myself. I dance around and scream the words I had been longing to shout “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!” I was finally content to leave Vegas. ❚
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Rocky road This is the Great Ocean Road in 48 hours WORDS AMELIA GRAY
DAY 1:xSummer is fast approaching which means it's time to plan your ultimate road trip. Grab some mates, get your hands on a car, a surfboard, your bathers, a bunch of sugar filled snacks, get familiar with Instagram and hit the open road. If you are keen to discover one of the world’s most scenic coastal routes, then head to the Great Ocean Road. This diverse drive spans 243 kilometers along the stunning coastline of Victoria’s south west. 8:00: Spend the morning at one of Geelong’s Farmer markets – the Queenscliff Market is the most renowned with stalls selling high quality handcrafts and baked goods. 10:00: Make your way to Torquay, a small town rich in surf culture. It's the home of Bells Beach and the birthplace of iconic Australian surf brands Rip Curl and Quicksilver. Head to Surf City Plaza on the Surf coast Highway where the top surf brands dominate. 12:00: Enjoy a surf lesson in Torquay. Go Ride a Wave (gorideawave.com.au) will get you out in the water for two hours with a surf instructor to suit your skill level. 14:00: After a morning of surfing, food will definitely be on the brain so head to Chris’s Restaurant (chriss.com. au) for a late lunch. This well known eatery is perched atop Beason Point which looks over Apollo Bay. The stretch between Lorne and Apollo Bay is considered to be the most picturesque section. The highway is carved into sheer cliffs that drop away into the ocean 15:00: Needing to walk off that indulgent lunch, head to
the Great Ocean Walk, which stretches 91kms from the idyllic resort town of Apollo Bay to Glenample Homestead – adjacent to the famous 12 Apostles. It passes through the National Park and overlooks the Marine National Park. The walk has been designed so that walkers can walk at a number of paces, completing short, day or overnight hikes. 19:00: Feast like a king at Thai House where the food is delicious and the atmosphere fantastc. After such an action-packed day, check into Apollo Bay Backpackers (apollobaybackpackers.com.au) which is perfectly located halfway along the Great Ocean Road. This small and cozy home away from home hostel is the perfect place to relax. Rest that driving foot ready for a jam-packed day two. DAY 2: 9:00: After a good night’s sleep, spend the majority of day two in Great Otway National Park. Put on your history hat and visit the Split Point Lighthouse also known as the White Queen which was built in 1891. You can wander down to the tip of the tiny spit and look out on Australia’s Shipwreck Coast. Over 700 ships are thought to litter the ocean floor off the coast of Victoria. If you really want to immerse yourself in the history of the lighthouse you can stay at the lighthouse keeper’s quarters… Spooky! 12:00: See the infamous Loch Ard Wreck near Port Campbell. The ship was carrying passengers to Melbourne from England when it struck Mutton Bird Island. Today it's a magnificent dive and you can still see general cargo, tiles, bottles and crockery, even a marble headstone. Access is by
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charter boat. (portcampbellboatcharters.com.au) 13:00: The foodie is spoiled for choice here, sample delicious local cheese from selected producers such as Apostle Whey, Timboon and Meredith cheese. Along with visiting the G.O.R.G.E Chocolate Factory. If you are a cheeseaholic then head to Cheese World just outside Warranbool, or the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery to pick up local cheeses and other regionally produced food. 15:00: An absolute must-do is a stop off at the 12 Apostles, the magnificent rock stacks that rise up majestically from the ocean. Take 86 steps down to the beach below to be dwarfed by the 70 meter high vertical cliff line. While youâ€™re down there you can see the London Bridge, a natural archway and tunnel in an offshore rock formation (before it collapsed in 1990). Now it's a bridge without middle and a couple of offshore rock stacks â€“ Gog and MaGog. 17:00: Logan Beach Whale Nursery is located near Warrnambool and is one of the finest whale viewing experiences in the world. This area has been the favoured breeding location for the southern right whales who make their annual pilgrimage to the Logans Beach site to give birth and prepare their young to the long journey back to southern Antarctic waters. 19:00: When it comes to a drink, it seems as though Port Fairy has an old pub on every corner. The Caledonian Inn or "the Stump" as the locals call it, is perfect for unwinding after your long and winding journey.
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High life: the jumpers
OVER 60S TAKE SKYDIVE PLUNGE AUSTRALIA
A 74-year-old Queensland man and 12 other seniors leapt out of a plane in an Australian skydiving first. The group accomplished the first sequential formation skydive by people over 60, jumping from 14,000ft above Toogoolawah, northwest of Brisbane. The oldest, Gordon Turner, 74, said: “It went very smoothly. There’s some debate on whether we should all have a nap this afternoon! It’s a good advertisement for old people not to sit on the lounge chair, get out there.” It was the first time a group of over 60s had performed the feat in Australia..
LOST HUNTER HUGGED DOGS TO SURVIVE NEW ZEALAND
A hunter survived getting lost in the remote area of Mount Allan for 24 hours by cuddling up to his dogs. Douglas McGhie, 31, was found in the forestry block area in Dunedin after he went hunting for pigs with friends. After catching one, the dog ran off, so McGhie went to look for it, taking a wrong turn and losing his pals. When it got dark, he burrowed into a hill, cuddled his dogs and covered himself with baby pines. He started walking again at dawn, drank puddle water to quench his thirst, and eventually happened upon some rescue workers. He said he was overwhelmed 90 people had searched for him by foot, 4WD, river, rail and air. McGhie added he would take a survival kit, food and water on pig hunts.
Phone home?: BMX rider Lachlan Stewart re-enacts the iconic scene from Steven Spielberg movie ET during an unveiling of the ET waxwork at Madame Tussauds in Sydney. Berlin, Hollywood, London and Tokyo will all stage re-enactments to mark the 30th anniversary of the classic film
NIGHT ON THE COLD TILES: MORGUE MOTEL AUSTRALIA
It’s enough to make your blood run cold: a developer is considering turning an old morgue into a hotel. Guests could be spending the night on cold slabs once used for autopisies if plans to redevelop Willow Court in Tasmania get the green light. The 1950s morgue, on a site which also housed a convict hospital from 1830, served psychiatric patients as well as the wider community before it was closed down 12 years ago.
Hadyn Pearce, the owner, said he hoped the hotel, which would use the pull-out fridges used to store bodies as beds, would “attract the unusual” and described the dissection table as “our main suite”.
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IN NUMBERS 300
Number of mourners that gathered at Berlin Zoo for the memorial to Knut the polar bear who died aged four
Weight, in stone, of 15ft thresher shark caught by skipper Chris Glaves 100 yards off the coast of Cornwall
Cutting edge: Wilby’s protest message
ARTIST NAILS RHINOPOACH PROTEST
Amount of time, in years, skeleton of a man lay undiscovered in a house in France. He was still wearing his pyjamas
Forget petitions, a South African artist is fighting the rhino-poaching epidemic by sending toenail clippings to the Chinese embassy. In a YouTube clip, Mark Wilby lashes out at the “brutal ignorance and inhumanity being inflicted on the rhinoceros”. Wilby highlights the killing of the beasts for their horns, which in some Asian countries are believed to have medicinal value as fever reducers and cancer cures. A record 455 rhinos have been killed illegally in South Africa so far this year. Wilby stuffed the clippings in an envelope and mailed them to the embassy in Pretoria. “
SHARKS CRANED TO NEW AQUARIUM
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It was just like transporting goldfish to a new fish bowl, except these customers weighed 300kg each and had rows of sharp teeth. In a six-hour operation involving two teams of divers, a crane and some giant plastic bags, three of Sydney Aquarium’s grey nurse sharks have been relocated to a new home. “It was a very big operation, but it all went according to plan,” Aquarist Amy Wilkes said. “We had one team to catch the sharks, and one to receive them.” The
Sets of twins at one secondary school in Lincolnshire, breaking the previous British record of eight pairs
three sharks, up to 3.2 metres long and weighing 300kg each, moved into their new 1.5 million-litre oceanarium with the help of 20 aquarists.
SEX BURGLARS CAUGHT ON FILM UNITED KINGDOM
A couple caught doing the deed in a stranger’s flat were shamed when they were caught on camera. Residents living in the apartment filmed the man and woman – who sneaked into an empty bedroom for a quickie – and put the clip on YouTube. It was an awkward moment for the couple who had to do the walk of shame past five people after they had sex. The residents returned home from a party to find the strangers going at it. The video has gone viral (and has now been taken down) and made it on the front page of thesun.co.uk. That’s embarrassing.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK Hey haters. Every min u are harassing me is another min u are distracted from spewing hate at people who are less resolute. Haha. God bless Russell Crowe takes aim at those attacking him on Twitter following his reported marriage split and endorsement of US president Barack Obama
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Let he who is without sin cast the first Lance He might be a liar and a drug cheat, but who are you to judge?
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A Facebook photo of a young woman in New York City has sparked something of a body image debate on the internet. Student Stella Boonshoft posted a photograph of herself posing in her underwear, ostensibly to make a point about how obsessed popular culture is with weight. A quasi-famous photographer reposted said photo (without permission) on his website and needless to say it has all gone viral. You’ve got to love the internet.
to say it “hasNeedless all gone viral ” Whilst young Stella might be a tad on the heavy side I think it’s great that this whole thing has been met with overwhelming positivity. What could have been a seriously embarrassing situation for this young woman has worked out for the best. More power to her, I say! Now, where’s my donut...
He’s been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, lost millions of dollars worth of sponsors, been kicked out of the charity that he set up and basically ensured that his name – which was once associated with courage, persistence and a never say die attitude – will forever be tarnished. Yet, all things being considered, I refuse to judge Lance Armstrong because I’ve ridden a bike up a hill before and it was seriously hard work. It doesn’t surprise me that the majority of people who take part in the Tour de France need to synthetically oxygenate their blood every other day, these people are machines and machines occasionally need an oil change. No human being is supposed to cycle over a thousand kilometers in less than two weeks, it’s not natural, it flies in the face of rational thinking and common sense. Lance Armstrong is not the first professional cyclist to be done for drug cheating. You don’t have to look that far back into Le Tour’s seedy history to find a once lauded “champion” who was found to be operating on more drugs than all the past and present members of the Rolling Stones combined. Spaniard Alberto Contador was stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title after failing a urine test in 2011 and yet they still allowed him to race the following year. That makes no sense at all! And besides, partaking in the tour is a waste of time anyway. I mean what’s the point of going to the south of France to do exercise? Think of all the delicious food and wine these people aren’t eating and drinking. In that part of the world the locals start every morning with chocolate stuffed pastry, the possibilities for weight gain and general lethargy are almost boundless. Lance Armstrong may have let the world of cycling down, but he’s surely done enough outside of the sport for us to stop dragging him over the coals and give the guy a break.
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EVANS: WE’VE MOVED ON FROM DOPING CYCLING
Tour de France champ Cadel Evans has told fans cycling is in its “best years”, despite the negativity coming from the Lance Armstrong scandal. “The events being uncovered mostly occurred seven or more years ago, among a minority of those involved in a sport which has already changed and moved on,” he said, adding the high-profile stripping of titles from drug cheats, such as Armstrong, were “driving forces behind major changes in cycling”. Evans says cycling now rewards hard work, preparation and ability: “For those who are disappointed, do not despair, do not abandon us, we are in our best years.”
DUNADEN ON TRACK FOR MELBOURNE CUP RACING
French-trained Dunaden is favourite to win back-to-back Melbourne Cups even though he’ll now carry 58kg after last week’s stellar Caulfield Cup victory. The next leading contender for the AU$6.2m, 3200m race on Nov 6 is 2010 winner Americain, also from France. “At the moment I think the French have the upper hand,” said legendary Englandbased Italian trainer Luca Cumani, whose Mount Athos will also run in the Cup.
FEDERER IS DOWN UNDER’S TOP SPORT TENNIS
The most popular sports person in Oz for the third year running is Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer. He topped the gemba Asset Study poll, which was filled with world beaters who do their talking on the field, court and track. Retired Test bowler Glenn McGrath was second, ahead of Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, former Test skipper Ricky Ponting,
A glimpse of the future: Aussie Casey Stoner, 27, will retire from MotoGP after the final race of the season in Valencia, Spain, on November 11. Ahead of his home Phillip Island Grand Prix at the weekend, where a turn on the track was named in his honour, the two-time world champ went fishing at the Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm cyclist Cadel Evans and current Test skipper Michael Clarke. The list’s top woman was US Open winner Sam Stosur.
MUNDINE DITCHES SONNY BEFORE FIGHT BOXING
Trainer Tony Mundine has dumped All Black Sonny Bill Williams on the eve of his Nov 24 fight against 44-year-old South African Francois Botha. Mundine said he couldn’t train Williams due to a dispute between his son Anthony and Khoder Nasser, Williams’ promoter and Anthony’s former manager: “My son had a blue with Khoder so that’s the end to it.” What exactly the stoush between Mundine’s son and Nasser was about remains something of a mystery although it must have been fairly severe to force “The Man” to sever ties with his former protege.
BIG WEEK FOR ... Western Bulldogs skipper Matthew Boyd is about as good an ambassador for Aussie Rules footy as you’ll get. The on-baller is his team’s leader and best and fairest for last season, in which he remarkably played every brutal match and topped the league’s disposals count for the second year running. His side takes on Port Adelaide Power at Kia Oval on Saturday, bringing AFL back to London for the first time since 2006. If anyone is going to show the world what makes the sport a beauty, it’s this bloke.
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QUOTES OF THE WEEK It iis the most boring moment. Races are y quite bad and it is very e difficult to stay awake MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi – maybe he’d ’d have more fun if he won a race this year
Robin van Persie, left, is finding form for Fergie
PREVIEW Van Persie takes on Gunners EPL: MAN UTD V ARSENAL: SAT, 23:45 FOX SPORTS It’s early doors but it looks like Robin van Persie made the right choice, ditching Arsenal for the Red Devils. The Gunners are in strife, languishing not just below the top clubs they expect to be matching but behind Fulham, West Ham and West Brom, too. A low point was their 1-0 loss to lowly Norwich City at home. While Arsene Wenger’s search for a proper striker to replace the Dutch wizard continues in vain, van Persie is starting to look like a kid in the playground up front with Wayne Rooney – it’ll be scary when
they actually click. Neither team is setting Europe alight, though, with Arsenal losing to FC Schalke and Man U doing their best to lose before the 3-2 comeback win against Portuguese SC Braga in the Champions League. It all makes this weekend’s clash the more enticing – Arsenal need to start a big run now to have the slightest chance of making Europe next year, while Alex Ferguson’s Man U can’t let Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea slip any further away at the top of the table.
THE CHAT | Kiwi wants to be a Wallaby
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Is Mike Harris, the Wallabies fullback who’s Q been a star with the boot, Australian or what? the 24-year-old kicked five from five in a draw with A After the All Blacks, NZ coach Steve Hansen fired up: “It’s time you developed your own players in your own country,” he said. He had a point as Harris is basically a Kiwi, except he qualifies for Oz through his grandmother. But after moving to the Qld Reds because he couldn’t get a run in his former home, he got picked for Australia. ARU boss John O’Neill was less diplomatic, saying Hansen spoke “without reviewing New Zealand’s history for fielding players born outside their borders”. Harris said he’s comfortable with his choice: “If New Zealand had offered me a Super Rugby jersey things might have been different.”
It’s a shame cycling is being dragged through this, not a shame that he’s been caught… when you get older you start to realise Father Christmas doesn’t exist ith and it is the same with Lance [Armstrong] Brit Bradley Wiggins again tells it like it is better and more entertainingly than most
Iff E English [Premier League] clubs ever had ook a salary cap, I’d look at buying one Robert Kraft, whose New England Patriots NFL team played in London on Sunday
TV HIGHLIGHTS BASEBALL World Series Game four and five (of seven, if needed) Mon and Tues, 11am. ESPN
FOOTBALL Capital One Cup Man U v Chelsea round four action Thur, 6am. Fox Sports 1
CRICKET Hong Kong Sixes Six-on-six hit and giggle highlights Thur, 6:30am. Fox Sports 3
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Coolangatta Kirra Beach YHA Pl, 230 Coolangatta Rd, Bilinga. 07 5536 76442, yha.com.au
PRIMAL SCREAM The Tivoli, Brisbane. Dec 3. $84.50 Legendary alt-rock Scots Primal Scream are headed to Brisbane playing hits from their modern classic Screamadelicia and more.
Coolangatta Sands Hostel Cnr Griffiths & McLean Sts, Coolangatta. 07 5536 7472, coolangattasandshostel.com.au
The Deck 117 Harcourt Street, New Farm. 04 3377 7061
Australia Zoo Glasshouse Mountains, Tourist Drive, Beerwah. 07 5436 2000, australiazoo.com.au
Tinbilly Travellers Cnr George and Herschel Sts. 1800 446 646. tinbilly.com
Gallery of Modern Art 07 3840 7303, qag.qld.gov.au
Riverlife Adventure Centre Kayaking & rock climbing. Lower River Terrace, Kangaroo Point. 07 3891 5766, riverlife.com.au
Gold Coast International BP 28 Hamilton Ave, Surfers. 1800 816 300, goldcoastbackpackers.com.au
Story Bridge Adventure Climb 170 Main St, Kangaroo Point. 1300 254 627, storybridgeadventureclimb.com.au
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