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CHINESE TAKEAWAY FIVE ALIVE We chat to the reunited boyband

Shop ‘til you drop in Hong Kong


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EDITOR’S LETTER A little look below will show you we’ve crammed a lot in this issue (and we didn’t even have space to plug our sports feature, job tips or Christchurch getaway), but the main thing to remember is to start thinking about your Halloween outfit – sheets with holes in are not acceptable, according to our strict and spooky planner. Find out where you can wear your creations on P40. Happy fright night!





























Boyband Five are back and about to tour Oz. We couldn’t resist chatting to them



We take a look at some of Australia’s spookiest (and best) Halloween events



Going in search of Australia’s final frontier – WA’s amazing Kimberley

KING KONG The buzzing city of Hong Kong is an absolute paradise for keen shoppers




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OZDIARY EDITORIAL Acting editor Andrew Westbrook Deputy Editor Hugh Radojev Contributors Alasdair Morton | Rachel Farmer | Michael Gadd Interns Rory Platt | Tash Levy | Regina Neumeyer

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One of Australia’s most famous icons – the Sydney Opera House – turns 40 this year and there are numerous events being held to celebrate this special birthday. On October 20, the old lady is opening its doors to the public for free from 9am-1pm so you can wander around the famous halls, where some of the greatest musicians have performed. Help cut the cake and sing the special building a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ (and, we mean that literally). Should be quite a sight – a bunch of people singing to a building which is usually sung inside of... Meta! 1 – 31 October, Circular Quay


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Before the curtains come down on October 27, make sure you don’t miss great arts and performances like the big dance event ‘6000 miles away’ (prices from 65$), Irish comedian Join Panti’s show ‘All Dolled Up” (25$) or one of the numerous exhibitions.

From October 26 until November 3, the coastal town of Eden will come alive, as you will get to see various species of whale in large numbers coming along the east coast on their annual migration. There will also be a whale parade through Eden centre.

All through October, the city of Sydney will be celebrating the magic of fine food and wine. The International Food Fest is back. Make sure to check out the Italian Festa taking place on Norton Street, Leichhardt, on October 28, Taste Riverina or the Orange Wine Show.

11 – 27 October Melbourne, Victoria

26 October - 3 November Eden, New Sotuh Wales

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Restaurant review by Adele Rogers

Settled in the basement beneath an 80s-style office block lies a little hidden gem, which is slowly building its reputation as one of Perth’s hottest new restaurants. One step through the door transports you into a lively large room with a warm and welcoming vibe. Long red draping curtains set against dark wood, obscurely arranged tables and outrageous artwork compliment the most attentive, friendly waitstaff I have encountered in years. In short, there is nothing not to like about Red Opium’s restaurant – and that’s before you’ve even eaten. THE GRUB The menu is an enticing collection of Thai-inspired tapas, which is great as share-style eating gives you the chance to try a little of everything. The meals have catchy names like Crying Beef ($16.80) and F-Duck ($23.80), which is so F-ing delicious, it immediately turned me from a non duck-eater to craving it for my very next meal. The Spicy Scallops ($12) filled with sashimi and oyster shooters ($12) served in a shot glass screamed with flavour, in fact every single mouthful hit the mark. Served hot and fast with a smile and a decent price tag left us full and happy. Definitely no room for desert. BEHIND THE BAR The restaurant is currently BYO, but looks to be opening a bar in the future. Fingers crossed! VERDICT I can absolutely say no trip to Perth will be complete without a visit to Red Opium, and I expect you’ll need to book well in advance. THE SCENE

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Break your best suit or your prettiest dress out for Fringe Bar’s massive Melbourne Cup day celebrations. Delicious lunches will be served from 11.30am and, if you book in a group of six or more, you’ll receive a starter platter and a bottle of sparkling wine, all on the house. We like those odds. You’ll also be able to watch the race live.

Brisbane’s premier craft beer bar and bistro is getting heavily involved in the race that stops the nation this year. So, you know what that means: suit and tie, please gents and a fascinator for the ladies. Class it up, in other words. With an outrageous assortment of boutique beers and delicious food you certainly won’t waste away!

We here at TNT love the Pig ‘n’ Whistle – it’s a great place for some quality pub grub or a cold beer any day of the week, but, on Melbourne Cup day, it really comes into its own. The big day is celebrated in real style, with a massive luncheon, high teas and, of course, plenty of bubbly floating around. Cheer your horse home at the Pig.


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THE CAPTAIN AND HIS HORSE They say that the Captain for whom this bar is named basically pionereed St Kilda in the1800s and, you know he rode a horse. Captain Baxter sits right by the sea baths (as a Sydneysider I refuse to call St Kilda a ‘beach’) and is putting on an amazing Melbourne Cup day. Get a few of the troops together and rip into the $90 race starter – 12 oysters, salmon roe, French bread and, of course, lots of bubbles. We can definitely salute that.

REPUBLICA RACE DAY The races (well, the members section anyway) is always filled with beautiful people in nice clothes. So too is Republica down by the St Kilda sea baths. For $40 you can get yourself on the cup day lunch special: two oysters, a glass of bubbles and salmon gravalax – and that’s just the starter. Sounds like an odds-on favourite to us.

LOUNGING AROUND One of Australia’s sophisticated lounge bars is getting involved in one of the biggest events on the calendar and it’s doing the thing right. Zuri Bar is Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley will have the champagne flowing and some delicious share plates as well.


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$23.50 Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane Dave Hole $30.50 The Corner Hotel, Melbourne


CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT FAT AS BUTTER FESTIVAL October 26. $128.75 for second release tickets. The Fat as Butter Festival is returning to the Newcastle Foreshore this October and they’re bringing Boy & Bear [pictured] and many more.

Newcastle, NSW The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

MONDAY 21 Darebin Music Festival Free Northcote Town Hall, Melbourne

The Cribs $39.90 The Small Ballroom, Newcastle

Frankies World Famous House Band Free Frankies Pizza, Sydney

Amity Affliction $52.55 Palace Theatre, Melbourne



Limp Bizkit $89.25 Brisbane Riverstage, Brisbane Mr.Grevis $12 Brighton Up Bar, Sydney Cosmo Jarvis $25 Mona Vale Hotel, Sydney Lightning Bolt $40 The Standard, Sydney

SATURDAY 26 Googoosh $10 Hillsong Convention Centre, Sydney Thundamentals $20.95 Rocket Bar, Adelaide


October 26. $55 online, $65 on the door. Nina Las Vegas, Bombs Away, ghoulish ‘circus freaks’ and lots of people dressed up in ghoulish costumes. Should be one hell of party!

Luna Park Bigtop

Palace Theatre, Melbourne

Fowlers Live, Adelaide

WEDNESDAY 30 Lightning Bolt $39 Palace Theatre, Melbourne Five $63.30 Metropolis Fremantle, Western Australia

Lorde $33 The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Matt Corby $53.30 Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide

Kate Ceberano $67.65 The Palms at Crowne, Melbourne

Fall Out Boy $89.95 Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide

Boy & Bear $41.25 ANU Bar – Canberra

Andy Bull $18 Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Baby Animals $39 The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Owl Eyes $23.30 University of Wollongong

Sticky Fingers $18.40 The Northern, Byron Bay

Thundamentals $64.95 The Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, Central Coast NSW

Every Time I Die $44 Fowlers Live, Adelaide

Eskimo Joe $20 Newcastle Panthers, Newcastle

WEDNESDAY 23 Korpiklaani $63


SUNDAY 27 Charlie Parr $50.50 Camelot Lounge, Sydney


FRIDAY 1 Stonefield $19.20

SATURDAY 2 Tijuana Cartel $30 Soundlounge, Gold Coast Dan Sultan $30 The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne British India $35.20 The Gov, Adelaide, Adelaide

SUNDAY 3 Firewind $63 The Corner Hotel, Melbourne


Ten Hands $44.50 Matthew Flinders Performing Arts Center, Sunshine Coast


Women in Docs $67.60 Joe’s Waterhole Hotel, Sunshine Coast womenindocs.wordpress

Bonjah Free Morton Homestead, Melbourne

MONDAY 28 Motown Mondays FREE The White Horse, Sydney

SUBSONIC FESTIVAL Riverwood Downs Resort. Dec 6 – 8 2013. $165 + bf This luxurious new camping festival (complimentary hot showers) is being headlined by Nile Rodgers and Chic! Sounds pretty good to us. Barrington Tops, NSW


Comedy@Spleen Free Spleen Bar, Melbourne

TUESDAY 29 Yellowcard $65.10

SYDNEY BLUES & ROOTS FESTIVAL Windsor. October 24 – 27. $149 for the weekend Australia’s fastest growing festival is back for its fifth year with a huge lineup including Ash Grunwald [pictured] and Diesel.

Windsor, NSW


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

LUCKY COQ CUP EVE Lucky Coq. Raucous tunes on the eve of the Melbourne Cup The Lucky Coq is going all out for the ‘race that stops the nation’. Free entry as well as local and international DJs both upstairs and down.

Chapel St, Windsor

SYDNEY PUBS Trinity Bar 505 Crown St, Surry Hills DOME Bar Level 1 589 Crown Street, Surry Hills The Mountbatten Hotel 701 George Street, Sydney Scary Canary 469 Kent St, Sydney Side Bar 509 Pitt St, Sydney Scubar 4/11-23 Rawson Place, Sydney Bar Century Lvl 4 640, George St Sydney 3 Wise Monkeys 555 George St, Sydney

SAY WHAAT? Candy’s Apartment 22 Bayswater Road, Potts Point World Bar 24 Bayswater Road, Potts Point Ryan’s Paragon Hotel Cnr Loftus & Alfred St, Sydney

The Norfolk 305 Cleveland St, Redfern The Vanguard 42 King St, Newtown Coogee Palace 169 Dolphin St, Coogee Beach Road Hotel 71 Beach Road, Bondi Beach The Bondi Hotel 178 Campbell Parade, Bondi Kinsela’s 383 Bourke St, Darlinghurst

The Beresford 345 Bourke St, Surry Hills Flinders Hotel 63 – 65 Flinders St, Surry Hills Oxford Art Factory 38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst White Horse Hotel 381 Crown St, Surry Hills White Revolver Cnr Curlewis + Campbell Parade Bondi Beach MELBOURNEPUBS The Gin Mill The Palace Hotel 173 High St, Prahran Cnr of George and Hay St, City CBD The Nite Cat 137-141 Johnston St, Fitzroy Hotel Steyne 75 The Corso, Manly Shamiana 420 Lonsdale St, Melbourne Star Bar Hotel Melbourne 160 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne

FLUID OZ SUNDAYS Fluid Oz Bar. Sundays 9pm – 3am. One of Melbourne’s best late night Sunday sessions – with $6 pints and $5 pizzas all night as well as DJs, where else would you rather be?

450 Elizabeth St, Melbourne Palace Theatre The Hi-Fi 125 Swanston Street Melbourne The Tote 67-71 Johnston Street, Collingwood Eden Bar and Nightclub 163 Russell Street, Melbourne Turf Bar 131 Queen St Melbourne Fluid Oz Bar 450 Elizabeth Street Melbourne Bar Humbug 586 Little Bourke St Melbourne

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


Eurotrash Bar 18 Corrs Lane Melbourne

The Subiaco Hotel 465 Hay Street, Subiaco

The Night Owl 35 Elizabeth Street Melbourne

Voodoo Lounge 174 James St, Northbridge


Asian Beer Cafe 211 La Trobe St, Melbourne Cherry Bar 103 Flinders Lane Melbourne Corner Hotel 57 Swan Street Richmond

WHIP IT, WEDNESDAYS WHaat Club. Wednesadays, 9pm – late. Bored and looking for a big mid-week night? Whaat Club have you covered with Whip It – free entry and $5 drinks until 11, so get in early. 20 Bayswater Rd, Kings Cr


The Penny Black 420 Sydney Road, Brunswick Esplanade Hotel 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda Northcote Social Club 301 High Street Northcote

BAR CENTURY HALLOWEEN Bar Century. Halloween, 8pm –late. Everybodies favourite place to start a night out – Bar Century – is haunted for one night only. Get in for $3 spirits, costumes welcome.

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PUBLISTINGS The Shed 69-71 Aberdeen St Northbridge, The East End Bar and Grill 189 High Street, Fremantle The Clink Nightclub 14-16 South Terrace, Fremantle

BRISBANE PUBS Hotel LA 68 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane GPO Hotel 740 Anne St, Fort Valley Canvas Club 16b Logan St, Woolloongabba The Fringe Bar Cnr Ann and Constance St Pig ‘N’ Whistle Riverside 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane Sky Room 2/234 Wickham St, Fort Valley Bravo Bar Brunswick Central, 455 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley The Met Nightclub 256 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley The Exchange Hotel 131 Edward St, Brisbane Iceworks Cnr Given Tce & Dowse St, Paddington

GOLD COAST PUBS Blush Nightclub 21 Orchid Avenue Surfers Paradise Benowa Tavern 117 Ashmore Rd, Benowa Coolangatta Sands Hotel 3 Griffith St, Coolangatta Shooters Superclub Shop 46 The Mark Orchid Avenue Surfers Paradise



Rattle N Hum 65-67 Esplanade Gilligan’s Backpacker Hostel 57-89 Grafton St au

HOBART PUBS Syrup Nightclub 39 Salamanca Pl, Battery Point Republic Bar 299 Elizabeth St, Hobart Isobar 11 Franklin Wharf Hobart Knopwood’s Retreat 39 Salamanca Pl Hobart (03)6223 5808 The Duke 192 Macquarie Street Hobart

NEWCASTLE PUBS Kent Hotel 59-61 Beaumont St, Hamilton Kings Street Hotel 15 Steel St, Newcastle West Mary Ellen Hotel 57 Railway St, Mereweather Bar Petite 5 King St, Newcastle The Northern Star 112 Beaumont St, Hamilton Hamilton Station Hotel 2-6 Beaumont St, Islington Hotel Delany 134 Darby St, Newcastle Sunyside Tavern 20 Broadmeadow Rd, Broadmeadow Premier Hotel 1 Brunker Rd, Broadmeadow Isobar 1 Honeysuckle Drive Newcastle Cambridge Hotel 789 Hunter St, Newcastle Lass O’Gowrie Hotel 14 Railway St, Wickham

Salt House 6/2 Pier Point Rd, Cairns

Albion Hotel 72 Hannell St, Wickham

Fabric Cnr Shields and Esplanade St pubs

Hamilton Hotel 71 Tudor St, Hamilton


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Wickham Park Hotel 61 Maitland Rd, Islington Cricketers Arms 61 Bruce St, Cooks Hill Oriental Hotel 53 Bull St, Cooks Hill Royal Inn Hotel Waratah 61/69 Station St, Waratah

BYRON BAY PUBS Cheeky Monkey’s 115 Jonson St, Byron Bay The Northern 35-43 Jonson St, Byron Bay The Owl & The Pussycat 85 Jonson St, Byron Bay Beach Hotel Bay Ln, Byron Bay Woody’s Surf Shack 90-96 Jonson St, Byron Bay Treehouse on Belongil 25 Childe St, Byron Bay

CANBERRA PUBS Transit Bar 7 Akuna St, Canberra Cube Nightclub 33 Petrie Plaza, City ICBM 50 Northbourne Ave, Canberra Mooseheads 105 London Circuit, Canberra Academy Club 15 Bunda St, Canberra

PIPER-HEIDSIECK SPRING CARNIVAL The Bellevue. From Oct 16 – Nov 5, Melbourne Cup day Horseracing is supposedly the sport of kings, so, what better thing to drink than champagne? This pop up bar won’t be around for ever.

159 Hargrave Street, Paddo 234 Corrimal Street Wollongong Questions Unit 5 123-125 Corrimal Street Wollongong Castros 5 Victoria Street Wollongong

DARWIN PUBS Squires Tavern 3 Edmunds St Darwin The Deck Bar 22 Mitchell St, Darwin The Rock Bar 2/78 Todd St, Alice Springs The Barra Bar 34 Stott Tce, Alice Springs Firkin n Hound 21 Hartely St, Alice Springs

(08) 8953 3033 The Juicy Rump

The Tap Bar 58 Mitchell St, Darwin

Lasseters Hotel Casino, Alice


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Todd Tavern Todd Mall, Alice Springs


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WOLLONGONG PUBS OneFiveOne 150 Keira Street Wollongong Grand Hotel 124 Keira Street Wollongong Glasshouse + Su Casa 90 Crown Street Wollongong Ivory 77 – 79 Crown Street Wollongong Alibi 76 Crown Street Wollongong

RACE DAY @ THE PENNY BLACK The Penny Black. All day November 5, until 1 am Big screen projecter for the race, live music, a TAB next door and lots of food and drink on offer. Back a winner at the Penny Black! 420 Sydney Rd, Brunswick

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Five become four: (l-r) Scott Robinson, Sean Conlon, Abs Love and Ritchie Neville

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It's Five alive Once the rebels of the manufactured boyband scene, Five are now back, as four, and are on their way to Oz WORDS ANDREW WESTBROOK

Once upon a time (let's call it the 90s), a new breed of being seemed to rule the world. The charts were dominated by their sudden key changes, chat shows were blinded by their white suits and gossip mags swooned over their often ambiguous sexuality. They were called boybands and there was no defeating them. Sure, the concept of manufactured music was nothing new, and still hasn't gone anywhere, but this was the time of Take That, Boyzone and Westlife – it was the era of no escape. Into that mix came the brash and outspoken, but no less manufactured, whirlwind that was the Spice Girls. Their alternative approach, you could say, was fairly successful, leading their creators to think the feat could be repeated with a male cast. And so, in 1997, following an audition of 3,000 hopefuls, including a rejected Russell Brand, Five was born. A boyband, but not as we knew it.

'We were uncontrollable' "I think they might have controlled us for about two days when we first got together," the band's youngest member, Sean Conlon, now 32, tells me. "It all went out the window straight after that. I think that was our magic really, we were kind of uncontrollable. A lot of boybands basically do what they’re told and that’s what makes them successful – after all, not all these labels are the devil, they know what they're doing – but we didn't always do what we were told. We definitely made some mistakes." Mistakes or not, the rebellious bad boy reputation of Five (or 5ive as they were then) helped them make it big, and fast. A string of hits like "Slam Dunk (Da Funk)" and "When The Lights Go Out" meant their debut album went straight in at number one in the UK. And yet it was just three years later, after a trio of hit albums and more than 10 million records sold, that the boys went their separate ways. Since then they've had one failed attempt at a comeback (in 2006) and Leeds-born Conlon (who wasn't involved in the first reunion) had an embarrassing time on reality show The Voice. But that was all before another reality show, The Big Reunion, started airing in the UK at the start of 2013. Featuring Five (without original band member Jason Brown), the programme also brought back other pop acts from the era – think Blue, 911, Liberty X, Atomic Kitten,

B*Witched and Honeyz. It was a huge success, resurrecting long-abandoned careers all over the place. So was it weird meeting those bands again after all those years? "Not really," explains Conlon. "We didn’t mix that much with all the other bands back in the day because we were so busy. It’s nostalgic in the sense that they were all familiar faces, but we didn’t really know them."So how about now? Are they all best buds? "When you first meet people in bands, they’ve always got a persona, so when we first all met [for the show] there was a lot of bullshit. But gradually you spend time together, people start hanging around in their jogging bottoms and having a drink. So yeah, we all know each other well now."

The young ones And are they calmer now they're in their 30s, I ask? As teenagers, the anti-boyband were famously wild, with the likes of Neville (now a Sydney bar owner) particularly famous for sleeping with half the female population. "It's definitely true that I was a tearaway teenager," explains Conlon. "But I got things out of my system when ››

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Five, during their ill-fated first reunion, in 2006, without Conlon. That'll learn 'em

I was young, you know like drinking and partying. By the time I got in the band I was over a lot of it. I'm pretty glad it happened that way around as God knows what would have happened to me being in a boyband when I was 15, 16, 17 and dicovering all that stuff. I was the youngest [in the group] but also the most self-controlled and self-assured." And it's not hard to believe as, chatting on the phone, Conlon comes across as relaxed, funny and genuinely down to earth. Also honestly delighted that the band is a success once again. Does it feel good to be back in the game, I ask? Especially considering the pressures of fame are what caused the band's fifth member, Jason Brown, to walk away. "It's been a long time out of the public eye so coming back was very intense, very surreal," says Conlon. "But you start to rely on the experience and it becomes strangely normal. You just fit back in you know. Obviously I don't want to degrade from what [Jason] said about how he didn’t want to be famous, but I don’t really know. "The first time I left the band it was about having spent so many years of my teens in Five. I was the kid who never found out who he was, so at 20 I set out on my own. When they were wanting to get back together the first time [in 2006], I was still in the middle of that process. It wasn't the right time for me. But we’re all a lot older now you know. We’re all men now."

Keeping it real And now he's a man, what does he think about the current crop of boybands? Does he wish groups like One Direction could be as open as Five were? ”Ah, they're a different type of band," starts Conlon. "You know, if you had a kid and they like One Direction it wouldn’t bother you too much, 16

would it?" So, does that mean he wouldn't want kids of his to follow a band like Five? "Ha, I definitely would, because we were real life, you know? We said things, we made mistakes, we weren’t always perfect. There’s nothing wrong with One Direction, but you know I don’t think there’s anything wrong with kids looking up to [bands like Five] and seeing that that’s how life is. That’s part of who kids are."

Onwards and upwards The subject we keep returning to, however, is the resurgence of Five. And not because Conlon is a well-oiled PR machine. He's clearly still coming to terms with the fact that he's doing well enough again to even have to be doing PR. "It's incredible," he tells me. "You just said to me about how the comeback has been really successful and in that moment I just had to sort of brace myself and stop myself for a moment, because it actually has been successful. To be honest, it's amazing. We don't take it for granted at all so it really is amazing. "Being sat here, talking about how we’re going to jump on a plane and go to the other side of the world to sing and do some music – it's just phenomenal really. I love travelling anyway, so the fact I can do that for a living with music, well, it couldn’t be better really. "I hope we can stay together. I’d love to make new music, but we're just taking it one step at time at the moment. It’s about getting back to where we were, putting some things right and enjoying the old songs." ❚ FIve play Fremantle (Oct 30), Adelaide (Oct 31), Sydney (Nov 1), Brisbane (Nov 2) and Melbourne (Nov 3).;


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Dave Symes from the band talks new album Harlequin Dream and playing Fat as Butter Festival INTERVIEW HUGH RADOJEV

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You guys were in the studio a long time with Harlequin Dream. You must be a bit relieved finally getting the thing released? Yeah it’s always nice to get it packaged up and released so you can get on to touring. It did take a long time, but it was done in little brackets, so it wasn’t like we were in the studio the whole time. We would record in little snippets over the eight weeks or so, so it just kind of made for a more relaxed recording process. It’s an exciting time for us, with the tour about to start. What was the writing process like? Some stuff we wrote on the road when we were touring. In terms of sketches for ideas, there was definitely some writing and demo-ing along the way. That was great, because sometimes when you’re touring you’re not really in the right headspace for it. Then there was a couple of writing sessions last year and that kind of set us up for the basis for the new record. Then there was some stuff that didn’t get finished until we started recording, so it was sort of spread out.


What was it like working with producer Wayne Connolly? It can feel like, if you haven’t found your place by the end of your 20s, then you’ve missed the boat and been left behind by the world as everyone else has figured it out. Did you try and record the album as ‘live’ as possible? The basic bread and butter of the songs we wanted to be playing live in the studio. They started as band songs, which meant that the foundations for live recording were already there. Having said that there were a few tracks we did expand some of the orchestrations on a few things, there are also a lot of layers on some of the counter-melodies and stuff, some different sounds. Do you have a favourite song off the album? It’s weird because I think they’re all great. I’m really enjoying playing “Stranger” live at the moment. There’s also a ballad

on the album called “A Moment’s Grace”, which has really come into its own recently, which is great. Looking forward to Fat as Butter? Looks like it’s going to be a really nice festival, looking at the lineup and where it is. Hope we get lots of people from Sydney, the Central Coast as well as some of the Novocastrians. Anyone you’re looking forward to see? We’ll be up there for the whole day, so there’s plenty we’ll hope to see. You’ve got the Reubens on there, British India, Battleships and Blue Juice. What’s on the agenda in 2014? We’ll be looking to head overseas, not quite sure where we’re going yet. And, yeah, after that we’ll be back in Australia and try and put on another big trip, take in some of the regional places we can’t get to this time around. Boy & Bear will be playing Fat As Butter Festival in Newcastle on October 26. Tickets cost from $128.75. See


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ALAN PARTRIDGE: ALPHA PAPA FILM review by Alasdair Morton STARRING: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney | M | 90mins | Out Oct 24

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Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Julian Assange in this dramatised story of the WikiLeaks founder and the repercussions around the globe of his releasing of classified documents pertaining to governments worldwide. Sure to be controversial following Assange’s highly vocal denouncing of the project. On general release November 7


Chat show host-turned-radio DJ Alan Partridge hits the big screen in this raucous hostage drama marrying the character’s petty charm with film’s cinematic demands. Partridge, host of Mid Morning Matters on North Norfolk Digital, becomes the inadvertent negotiator when fellow DJ Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney), irked when he’s ousted by new station owners, brandishes a shotgun and takes everyone in the station hostage. Partridge’s popularity skyrockets as the media descend, and he’s not about to miss a trick to promote his own career. There was the worry that in the move to film the witticisms which made this bumbling Brit such a national treasure could be lost. But Steve Coogan and writers ensure Partridge’s narcissism remains untouched – his desperate lack of loyalty makes him the best kind of anti-hero as he becomes ‘Alan Partridge: Action Hero’.  The bigger, brasher tone leads to a few missteps, and the lower brow humour that creeps in – a naked window escape and faeces-filled lunch box – seem to belong in another movie. But Alpha Papa is at its best when Partridge is Partridge, singing to Roachford in the car or asking his listeners which sort of monger is the worst – fish, iron, rumour or war? It’s a deserved triumph, a comedy that is defiantly British and which makes the long wait for Partridge’s cinematic debut wholly worth it. To celebrate the legend’s arrival Down Under, TNT has teamed up with Studio Canal to give a stack of tickets away to our readers. Head to and click the Competitions tab to find out more and be in with a chance of a freebie. GOOD FOR: Another eminently quotable entry in the Partridge franchise.


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Lara Campbell, UK: “My worst travel partner used to get drunk and piss up the side of my tent.”

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Worst friends ever A few of the worst experiences we’ve had backpacking with other people WORDS RORY PLATT

Matteo Martello, Italy: ”This guy I met hitchhiking ate nothing but tins of tuna. He stank.”

Sarah Pizzicara, Italy: “My friend lost her towel then used mine without asking.”

Travel is truly a beautiful thing. Discovering new foods, amazing cultural practices you never knew existed and of course – the challenges of getting from one end of the world to another without strangling your travel partner is also magical. The person you choose to travel with is going to be the biggest part of your backpacking trip, but they can also be the most annoying. This ‘person’ could be your best friend since childhood or they could just be some weirdo in a hostel going the same way. If they’re bad then it’s terrible! This isn’t a guide; so don’t expect to be able to deal with these types any better by the end of this article. Just know that we get it. We’ve been there before and we’re here to tell you that we know from experience. We really, really know... The thrifty traveller

Jason Carr, USA: “A guy I was sharing a dorm with used my razor on his, um, genitals.”


We’ve all been in a situation where we find our wallets a little lighter than we’d hoped, but this special travel buddy will make it their life’s work to cut corners on every expense that effects you, all the while pissing their daily allowance on booze, ciggies, and magnums from the outback

petrol station. Oh no, they’re too skint to chip in on a group meal consisting of pasta, tuna and a tin of chopped tomatoes – instead opting for a tin of chunky soup and a piece of bread. How about a bag of ice to keep our groceries cool in the esky? No way! That’s 80 cents each, PER DAY. Over the course of a two-week road trip that’s $11.20, or the cost of half a packet of cigarettes that they’ll choke through each day.

The backseat chef Cooking in the bush is a delight – having the wind in your hair and a warm little fire. It’s so gosh-darn primal it makes you want to bash your travel partner over the head with a club when they tell you off for adding another dash of salt to dinner. This irritating munchkin likes to think that they can have a say on how you throw together the best spaghetti bolognese ever, just because they’re going to eat it. In actual fact, yes – I will use a little olive oil and a sprinkle of salt when I boil the water for the spaghetti. What’s that? Jamie Oliver says it’s unnecessary? Well, fuck him. If he wants to cook dinner for us in the middle of the outback on a camping stove, he’s welcome to it. More to the point, why


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don’t you cook something for a change? Tin of beans again is it? You absolute arsehole!

The over-packerer Travelling is all about living with the bare essentials, so when you’ve spent the last week emptying your shampoo into sandwich bags to shrink your satchel down to a mere 50 litre capacity and then your travel buddy shows up with a rolly-suitcase, a backpack and an enormous hand bag, it’s understandable that you could be somewhat irritated. After all, you’re now sitting in the backseat of a Ford Falcon with the esky between your legs and requiring a spotter every time you want to reverse into a parking space because you can’t see out the back. The best part of the cross-Australia camping trip is when it becomes apparent that the large handbag is carrying nothing but nail polish, the suitcase is full of shoes and they wear the same clothes every single bloody day.

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The techno-holic Several hours on a bus or in the back of a car is not an easy task, but the best thing you can do is to embrace your transitory life on the road. Whip out that copy of Lord of the Rings that you’ve been meaning to get through, play a game of eye-spy or engage in meaningful conversation. This travel buddy has other plans though. They’re going to spend the entire trip on their iPhone – which has no service anyway – playing Angry Birds, or trying to show you videos they


downloaded in advance from YouTube. You’ll spend an extra half an hour at that petrol station with free Wi-Fi so they can download an app at a measly two kilobytes a century. Any internet booths you stumble across won’t be used to email friends and family back home – they’ll be jamming in another two dollars so they can continue checking out funny cat pictures. They’ll also be extra-supportive and bug you when you need to find a computer to send off a job application.

The complainer The best part about travelling is new experiences and adjusting to different cultures, though nothing seems to satisfy this travel partner of yours. If they’re not whinging about the sparse selection of food on offer at your island home stay on a lake in Peru (remote, right?), then they’re bawling because the island’s inhabitants only speak Spanish. What’s that? You think the locals are rude because they didn’t learn English especially for your visit? Shut up already. The pinnacle of the complainers reign comes when they grumble because the hike to Machu Picchu has uphill sections. It’s a hike, you moron. Why don’t you take the train if you’re that upset about it? Oh you are, perfect. You’ll still show up at the top at the same time as everyone else and point out that we all smell from not having showered for four days.

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On fire: Bushfire smoke shrouds the Ryobi Cup cricket match between the South Australian Redbacks and the Western Australia Warriors

Worm food: er, no thanks


Aeroplane food is often pretty gross, but we’d take rubbery egg and something that represents a sausage over a worm sandwich, which is what one passenger was reportedly served. The unnamed man, who was flying on Air India from New York to Delhi, claims he found live worms in his mid-flight snack, although correspondents say the creatures may have been maggots. An Air India spokesman told the BBC that the incident, “Involved a leading caterer who supplies all US airlines” and that “ suitable action” has been taken against the US-based company. With other Air India incidents including a plane panel falling off mid-flight, a captain who couldn’t get back in the cock pit after a toilet break due to a jammed door and the auto-pilot being accidentally switched off, it’s safe to say it hasn’t been Air India’s year.


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An injured kangaroo hopped his way into a pharmacy, which was on the second floor of an airport. The eastern grey kangaroo, who appeared to have been hit by a car, shocked holidaymakers and staff when he appeared in the skincare isle of the pharmacy (perhaps he was on his way to the plaster shelf), located in Melbourne Airport’s second-floor terminal. Volunteer wildlife rescuers from animal

welfare organisation Wildlife Victoria tranquilised the stressed-out Joey, who they have named Cyrus, in order for him to be assessed by a vet. The animal appeared to have injuries to his teeth, but helpers were more concerned about the stress it was suffering, as this can develop into a condition called capture myopathy, which can kill kangaroos. Kangaroos are not an unusual sight in the area as they live in the bushland surrounding the airport, however they are not often found browsing in the airport shops.


Pop megastar Madonna has been banned from a Texas cinema chain after texting during a movie. Her Madgesty was at the New York Film Festival but tapped away on her phone during the screening. One fellow filmgoer even asked her to stop, to which she reportedly replied that it was for business. Her excuse wasn’t good enough for Alamo Drafthouse co-founder and CEO Tim League, however, who tweeted: “Until she apologises to movie fans, Madonna is banned from watching movies.” Go Tim!


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IN NUMBERS 24 Wet paint: Banksy is creating graffiti art across New York every day for a month

CHOPPER WAS A “BULLSHIT ARTIST” They might not have said it so openly while he was alive, but they made no bones about it at Mark Brandon ‘Chopper’ Read’s memorial service. Read, who died of liver cancer on October 9 aged 58, asked that a public service be held after his death to enable people to get things off their chests. Reading from a script prepared by Read’s family, the celebrant who conducted Thursday’s service in Melbourne told of the time when Chopper was interviewed in Pentridge Prison: “Some of what he told that young reporter was true, some borrowed and some of it was absolute bullshit.” However, others spoke of “an utter gentleman”, a talented artist and a champion of the underdog. Read was a ‘gentleman’ who, by his own admission, killed as many as seven people. If he wasn’t bullshitting.


Infamous English street artist Banksy is in New York on a month-long residency, and has sold his art at a stall in Central Park for as little as $60. The secretive artist, whose identity remains a mystery, will be producing a new piece of street art every day. He also recently sold genuine Banksy artworks for $60 a piece, when they could sell for as much as £20,000 each. A video of the stall shows a number of people buying

The percentage that British Gas is hiking up its prices, adding £123 to the bills of 8 million homes in Britain.



Madonna: she wears sunglasses indoors and texts in the cinema

canvasses, one lady even bartering for a half-price discount. For those who missed out though, Banksy has been at pains to point out that it was a one off and the stall will not be there again.


A 52-year-old easyJet passenger who stripped naked and challenged the captain to a fight was Tasered by police at Manchester Airport. “He must have been drunk because when he came off the plane he took his top off and shouted ‘come on then’ in a Manchester accent and was trying to get the captain to fight him,” a witness told The Mirror. “Then he carried on taking his clothes off. I have no idea why.” The man did put his clothes back on before walking into Terminal One where he was Tasered by police and slapped across the face by his unamused girlfriend.

The amount in pounds Prince Harry spent on fast food to celebrate England’s World Cup qualification.


The amount of times – in millions – online game Candy Crush is played every day on mobile devices alone.

The amount in pounds that Kim Kardashian has shed since giving birth, prompting her to tweet a pic of her booty.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK I said, ‘Don’t you want my digits?’ Because I couldn’t possibly say, ‘Would you like my phone number?’ Naomi Watts reveals that she made the first move on her now-husband of eight years, Liev Schreiber


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Lowy: wants an Aussie Socceroos coach

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For some sportspeople, the pinnacle is performing in front of 100,000 screaming fans in a great stadium – not paragliders. We’ll hazard a guess you didn’t realise the World Paragliding Series wrapped up last week in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Here three local school kids wander by as a competitor flies past overhead

SOCCEROOS TARGET AN AUSSIE COACH FOOTBALL FFA chairman Frank Lowy has said he wants an Australian to coach the national team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Three contenders have been named for the position to replace Holger Osieck, who was sacked after the Socceroos’ two recent 6-0 losses to Brazil and France. A-League managers Ange Postecoglou (Melbourne Victory), Graham Arnold (Central Coast Mariners) and Tony Popovic (Western Sydney Wanderers) are the frontrunners for the role that is said to be filled in the next two weeks. Lowy said the coach chosen will hold the role for the World Cup, the Asian Cup in Australia and onwards. “When we appointed Holger (Osieck) as coach three years ago, I recall I said words to the effect, ‘I hope the next coach will be an Australian’,” Lowy said last week. “That was the plan and is still the plan. Our preference is clearly for an Australian coach. “Three names are being talked about and it’s not wrong that we have three possible Australian candidates.”

ENGLAND PICK ROOKIE CENTRES FOR AUTUMN MATCHES RUGBY England have named three uncapped centres in the squad ahead of the autumn internationals against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand at Twickenham. 28

The host’s coach Stuart Lancaster has called up Gloucester’s Henry Trinder, Saracens’ rugby league convert Joel Tomkins and Northampton’s Luther Burrell, in a 34-man squad. The selections were forced when England suffered the heavy blows of injuries to stars Manu Tuilagi and Brad Barritt. Northampton is the biggest contributer to the national team with seven in the squad, followed by six from Saracens and five from Leicester.

DOKIC TARGETS ANOTHER BRAVE COMEBACK TENNIS Former world number four and Wimbledon semi-finalist Jelena Dokic is planning yet another comeback. Now 30, Dokic has no official world ranking and will have to rely on wildcards to play in major tournaments, but has been training with Aussie doubles legend Todd Woodbridge. Dokic, whose career has been

stunted by both injury and by her infamous father’s negative influence, hasn’t played in a Grand Slam since last year’s Australian Open and last competed in a World Tennis Association tournament in Charleston in April last year when she retired with an injured wrist.

BIG WEEK FOR ... Socceroos’ defensive midfielder Mile Jedinak (right) has had a rough couple of months, with Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace and with two 6-0 defeats with the national team. It won’t get any easier for the Sydney-born star after the 3-0 result over Canada at Craven Cottage last week. This week he plays two London derbies, both televised at Selhurst Park – first up is Fulham on Monday night and Arsenal on Saturday.


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QUOTES OF THE WEEK My question to the younger guys who want to play for Australia is: Do you dream of playing for Australia? And if you do, show me the hunger and the desire Lucas Neill’s rallying cry and deflecting of blame from older players after back-toback 6-0 defeats for the Socceroos

It’s quite possibly the worst captain’s interview, certainly in a football sense, I’ve ever seen



After the first international fixture of the year was a huge success, NFL fans in the UK have already been rewarded with a third regular season game in London next year. But there’s still the second for this year to be played. The American football circus is back in the UK this weekend when the Jacksonville Jaguars, the home team for the purposes of this fixture, host the San Francisco 49ers. Despite playing one of the NFL’s

most famous sides in the 49ers, the Jaguars can expect to enjoy plenty of support here after they committed to playing games at Wembley stadium for the next four years. They’ll be keen to find some semblance of momentum, too, after a shocking start to the season – before they played the Chargers on Sunday, they were winless after six games. Five-time Super Bowl winners and losers in the big one last year, the 49ers are 4-2 up, and won three in a row before the Titans at the weekend.

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Former Socceroo Robbie Slater slams Neill’s excuse-making ahead of the 3-0 win over Canada in London

I don’t know what all the fuss is about. No offence was meant and none was taken! England winger Andros Townsend tweets his support for national team manager Roy Hodgson after reaction to his ‘monkey and astronaut’ half-time joke at Wembley last week



Indian Grand Prix League and the NRL both have a different Q Super set of rules – how will they get around that at the World Cup? Compromise. The NRL’s ban on the shoulder charge has been A adopted by the international rules panel, but instead of the Australian two referee system there will be just one man in the middle at the tournament starting this week. Another key decision was the panel ignoring the NRL’s mid-season ‘one punch and you’re off’ policy after Paul Gallen (right) got away with a penalty after a full on brawl in State of Origin. Also, the corner post won’t be part of the touchline and the NRL’s version of advantage will be used instead of Super League’s ‘’free’’ play advantage rule.

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The men of steel TNT previews the toughest ever Rugby League World Cup to be played in England, Wales and France WORDS MICHAEL GADD

The toughest ever Rugby League World Cup kicks off on Saturday (October 26), after a change in regulations allowed more of the code’s top players to be involved than ever before. Australia had more than 120 NRL players at their disposal, and could use only a maximum of 24 of them, meaning those with ties to other nations can still play in the showcase tournament – and now not risk missing out on State of Origin honours. In the initial 24-man squads announced ahead of the tournament, there were 162 NRL players (just 48 of them in the Aussie and New Zealand squads) and 73 Super League players, including 19 for England and 16 for France. The rest of those players had to go somewhere, and with the exception of Papua New Guinea (who have 17 non-major competition players and 13 from their own domestic competition) and the USA (who have 20 from their local league and lower Australian leagues), the majority of players have top-level professional experience. Australia coach Tim Sheens has said his team is wearing the favourites tag well, despite not being the defending champions after they were beaten by New Zealand in 2008. The Kiwis have also enjoyed the added boost of Sonny Bill Williams deciding at the last minute that he wants to have a crack at being the first player to add a rugby league world title to a Rugby Union World Cup, NRL championship and Super Rugby title. Meanwhile, Australia’s opening Pool A opponent is England, who with three Burgess brothers and New Zealand Warriors’ world record signing Sam Tomkins, are in the best position for decades to cause an upset. “I think people, as do our players, have more of a respect for those two teams now,” Sheens said. “So there is more uncertainty and of course uncertainty brings interest. “But we are rated and seeded number one, we have 30

been for some time, well before my time. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you win it.” “I think this will be one of the strongest, if not the strongest, contested World Cup.” Here, TNT explains how the groups work and looks at who has a shot at causing an upset.

Group A England, Australia, Fiji, Ireland Three teams qualify for the quarter-finals from this and Group B, but the result of the opener between England and Australia will have a major bearing on who they play in the semi. Both sides would prefer to avoid New Zealand before the final but that’s what awaits for whoever finishes second. Ireland and Fiji are a whole other rivalry – the 2008 surprise packages Ireland were eventually beaten by Fiji in the quarters. Fiji are big contenders to cause an upset at some stage, with Newcastle Knights flyer Akuila Uate providing X-factor alongside some remarkable family connections – Ashton, Tariq and Korbin Sims in the forwards, and in the backs Wes and Kevin Naiqama and Daryl and Ryan Millard. Games: Oct 26, Australia v England (Cardiff); Oct 28, Fiji v Ireland (Rochdale); Nov 2, England v Ireland (Huddersfield) and Australia v Fiji (St Helens); Nov 9, England v Fiji (Hull) and Australia v Ireland (Limerick).

Group B New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, France, Samoa New Zealand have the easiest pool of the big guns, but will have to watch themselves with the spirited Papua New Guinea, the naturally gifted Samoans and France. Only one side missed out on the quarters here, and the French will be intent on it not being them after disappointing in 2008. For two of their group games, they’ll also have home advantage.


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Bro-code: Sam Burgess and his brothers line-up for England

World Cup addict: Sonny Bill Williams looks to add league to his rugby union title Samoa have talent sprinkled throughout despite losing Roy Asotasi and Steve Matai (former Kiwi reps) to injury – they still boast St Helens-bound Penrith forward Mose Masoe, Wigan’s Harrison Hansen, Reni Maitua and Ben Roberts from the Eels, plus exciting Brisbane Bronco Antonio Winterstein. PNG are what the World Cup is all about, and don’t be surprised to see some of their best performers in the Super League next year. How Knight Neville Costigan on the field and coach Adrian Lam pull them together will be key and their opener against France will likely decide their fate. Games: Oct 27, Papua New Guinea v France (Hull KR) and New Zealand v Samoa (Warrington); Nov 1, New Zealand v France (Avignon); Nov 4,Papua New Guinea v Samoa (Hull KR); Nov 8, New Zealand v Papua New Guinea (Leeds); Nov 11, France v Samoa (Perpignan).

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Group C Tonga, Scotland, Italy The second tier of groups cross over, but one from each goes through to a tough contest in the last eight. Of all the teams in C and D, Tonga’s Super League and NRL talent makes it the biggest chance at causing problems for the big sides. Scotland might have something to say about that though, led by Danny Brough and with three pairs of brothers in the line-up. They’re in good hands with former NSW playmaker Peter Wallace at halfback. Super League stars include Willie Manu (St Helens), Mickey Paea (Hull KR), Ukuma Ta’ai (Huddersfield) and Konrad Hurrell, who chose to play for Tonga despite the Kiwis being interested. Italy too boast a wealth of Australian representatives who qualify to wear their blue – in their cross-group opener against Wales we’ll see skipper Anthony Minicheillo fresh from the NRL grand final win, his brother Mark, Cronulla prop Kade Snowden and Wests Tigers full-back James Tedesco.

Irish Aussie: Wigan’s Pat Richards plays for Ireland Games: Oct 29, Tonga v Scotland (Workington); Nov 3, Scotland v Italy (Workington); Nov 10, Tonga v Italy (Halifax).

Group D Wales, United States, Cook Islands This will be Wales’ pool to lose but winning will mean a meeting with England or Australia in the quarters – they lack the stars of some rivals and come into the tournament under the radar. The Italy clash is enticing. The Cook Islands are a potential surprise packet with Wigan’s Anthony Gelling and former Bradford centre Keith Lulia joined mostly by NSW Cup talent and fringe NRL/ SL players. Being polite, the United States will struggle in their first World Cup under the direction of former Castleford coach Terry Matterson after Brian Smith suddenly quit. They’ve cobbled together as many pros as they can and suffered an uproar from omitted US-based players, including skipper Apple Pope. New skipper Joseph Paulo (Penrith), his brother Junior (Parramatta) and Panthers teammate Clint Newton are their stars, but they’re an unknown quantity with just three members of the squad to recently play Canada coming to Europe. Games: Oct 30, United States v Cook Islands (Bristol); Nov 3, Wales v United States (Wrexham); Nov 10, Wales v Cook Islands (Neath). Quarter-finals: Nov 15, winner Group B v winner Group C (Leeds); Nov 16, winner Group A v winner Group D (Wrexham); Nov 16, runner-up Group A v third place Group B (Wigan); Nov 17, runner-up Group B v third place Group A (Warrington). Semi-finals: Nov 23, quarter-final winners clash in a double header at Wembley, London. ❚ TNTDOWNUNDER.COM

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SPORTVIEW TNT puts the world to rights COMMENT: MICHAEL GADD

George Bailey: Australia’s hope for the future?

Who will fill Clarke’s Ashes’ shoes if back doesn’t fix The options aren’t plentiful but there is one stand-out

In the absence of Mike Hussey, Simon Katich and other experienced batsmen, who would ideally be available for the upcoming Ashes series Down Under? The Australians face a conundrum if Michael Clarke’s back is no good. The Aussie skipper has been the hosts’ best player and an X-factor as a tactician – regardless of his apparent deficiencies off the field. His ability to step up when needed has papered over serious problems with his side and when he’s not there in Tests, it’ll be hugely noticeable. With the retirements of Ricky Ponting, Hussey and the inexplicable omission of the likes of Katich, Australia are devoid of an experienced head ready to step in seamlessly if he can’t take the field. Shane Watson was vice-captain but isn’t up for it – batting at three and being the most reliable bowler in the side is responsibility enough. Brad Haddin was parachuted in as vice-captain, but if he was considered a full leader he’d be heading the ODI side in India right now. Chris Rogers does a stellar job for Middlesex, has a cool head and heaps of experience, although nowhere near as much as he should have in Test cricket, but would be a smokey. The rest, other than Clarke, are young injury-prone bowlers or batsmen with no concrete claim on their spot. This leaves one option – George Bailey. The Tasmanian debuted for his country in Twenty20s as captain, and is hardly the most experienced ODI player as captain, but he does the job with aplomb.He’s on fire with the bat in the 50-over format and scoring runs for fun with his average sneaking over 50 after his most recent 92 not out. If he was named to debut as captain in Tests, the Aussies could do worse. He’s also a top leader and when England come to Australia and everything doesn’t go right, who can discount the value of his level of positivity. Agree? Are Australia in desperate need of a leader? Tweet us @tnt_downunder


ANGE NEEDS MORE THAN POM POMS The favourite to take the vacant Socceroos coaching job, Ange Postecoglou has an excellent national league record but not a great one at international level. Ange was replaced as Young Socceroos coach in 2007 after the Aussies missed out on the under-20 World Cup, yet Frank Lowy is keen for a homegrown coach. This is a massive mistake, especially if one of those touted for the gig get it. Postecoglou’s column in the SMH

Homegrown move a massive mistake

showed him to be nothing more than a cheerleader: “I have continually heard our team is not that good, our younger players are not that good, our league is not that good and our football philosophy is not that good. Sport is about upsetting the odds and about producing the miraculous.” It’s not quidditch mate.


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LONDON BEATS OZ London has pipped Sydney to the top spot in a survey of the best cities in the world to live. However, the Aussie city took the title of having the most friendly people. Only London beat the Harbour City in the list of 50 “best cities”, placing them above global hubs such as Paris, New York and Rome, according to the Anholt-Gfk survey, which ranked Melbourne 10th best. The survey, based on interviews with 5144 adults in 11 countries, measures the “power and appeal of each city’s brand image”.

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Scientists at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology have successfully turned lemon rind, sugar cane and yeast bacteria into a renewable and clean burning fuel for airplanes. The work of Dr Claudia Vickers explains how limonene – the compound that gives lemons their smell – might one day soon be a 25 per cent component of jetfuel. “It might sound unlikely, but limonene one day could be a renewable, clean source of aviation fuel,” said Dr Claudia Vickers. Planes powered by lemon juice? Sounds zesty...

BACK IN YOUR BOX Shipping containers more commonly seen on the backs of ships are to be used as homes in London. The studio apartments, or mYPads as they are called, will be available for rental at £75 a week or to buy outright for £20,000, and are intended to alleviate some of the problems with a shortage of housing in the capital. Each mYPad will have air-conditioning, a flatscreen TV and an en-suite bathroom, too. The mini-homes will hopefully allow people to live independantly while also saving money for a deposit for a brick and mortar home in the future.

DOWN UNDER DEMAND Bill Bryson’s Down Under is still flying off book shelves 13 years after it was first published. The American travel writer’s dry look at life in Australia is Dymocks’ highest-selling travel narrative for 2013, to date. Taking second place on Dymocks’ top 10 travel narrative list is Australian Sarah Turnbull’s Almost French, first published in 2002. In third place is Paul Theroux, with The Last Train to Zona Verde (2013), for which the American author returned to Africa. When it comes to sales across all travel books (guides and narratives), Lonely Planet publications fill all of the top 10 spots.


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Night of the dead Yes, it’s time to dig out your fake blood and start practicing your best zombie walk, Halloween is back. Here’s this year’s top parties WORDS HUGH RADOJEV & RORY PLATT

Ah, All Hallow’s Eve. What was once the preserve of American college students and small children in cheap nylon witch’s hats going door to door in their neighbourhood and begging for sweets, has now well and truly become an event on the Australian party calendar. It’s fairly easy to see why. For one thing, everybody in the history of forever has enjoyed an excuse to dress up in outlandish costumes, smear fake blood all over their face or wear a much too short skirt without being branded a, um, strumpet. For another, any venue worth its salt will be seeking to put on an absolutely 40

ripping Halloween party night. They will all vie with one another, like Olympic athletes or male pigeons in search of a mate (for procreation reasons, not a drinking buddy) to be lauded as having the best night, the loosest boat party or the most haunted–house… themed dance floor. How many fake, polystyrene head stones, leering papier-mâché skulls or plush bats hanging from the ceiling is too much? Indeed, considering this is an event which only comes around once a year, like Christmas Eve or – in my case anyway – a malarial relapse, is too much really just the right amount? The more the better we say.

With that in mind, we here at TNT have put our [severed] heads together and had a real think about some of our favourite Halloween parties around Oz. We’re all about sharing and, much like a lifetime subscription to the Folio society or a solid case of Chlamydia, we’re a gift that keeps on giving! We do it for you guys, because we care. So, without much further ado, find your sharpest pumpkin carving knife, your rubber prop axe and your various shades of fake blood make up, because Halloween is nearly upon us – just in time for the release of a new season of The Walking Dead, which is handy, if you think about it.


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TELL ME MORE: This is the spookiest, most hauntedest (is that a word?), zombie-rific Halloween themed boat cruise/ party of them all! These guys know how to throw a mean shindig and when Halloween rolls around they go all out. All manner of gore-spattered, partially decomposed and undead revellers from half the countries on Earth will be descending on Sydney Harbour to drink beers, cocktails (or blood) and dance the night away to a huge lineup of DJs on a boat with 360° views of the glittering lights. If you thought the boat cruise itself just wasn’t quite enough Halloween revelling, don’t despair because there is a massive after party too. This will be held at one of Kings Cross’ sweatiest, dankest and, above all, loudest nightclubs in HOME. Here, yet more DJs will be making sure the only thing about the night that is dead is the one guy who forgot to get a good costume and just poked a few eye–holes in a dorm sheet and came as a ‘ghost’. WHEN: The party boat will be departing from King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour on November 1 at 7pm sharp (much like many of the implements of death and torture people will be carrying with them) so, even if you’re dressed up as a zombie you might want to save your brain dead in-character shuffling until after you’re on board. THE DETAILS: Tix cost $25, including entry to the afterparty. Contact OzParty at promotions@ozpartyevents. com to get your hands on one.


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TELL ME MORE: Regular Sydney readers/drinkers will already be familiar with Scubar and their primo backpacking scene. Maybe you’ll have even indulged in a little crab racing. When they’re not pitting crustaceans head-to-head they’re serving up the cheapest drinks and bringing together all nations of the world. If the weekly events are an indication of calibre, then their Halloween party is guaranteed to be a scream. We can’t promise there’ll be ghost crab racing though, you’ll just have to hope. Garb up in your finest and scariest and take aim at the prizes for best dressed. Just by showing up you’ll be in with a chance to win an amazing three-day surf camp trip as well. There are alcotastic $5 drinks on offer and plenty of other specials all night. Expect the DJ to be serving up as many Halloween/horror related songs that they possibly can. We count only five, so there’s a distinct possibility that they may move on to more danceable tunes. Scubar is already an ideal venue for mingling with your fellow foreigners, so if you want to see how good your travel buddies look as zombies, vampires or smoke alarms, then this Halloween you’ll surely find out. THE DETAILS: Thursday 31 October, corner of George St and Rawson Place, Sydney.

KINGS CROSS HOTEL TELL ME MORE: So, maybe you’re leaving your abode this Halloween all kitted out in a white sheet and eye-holes expecting to be turning up to a purely horizontal Halloween experience all on one level. Well shut the door, friend! Lift that sheet, expose those ankles and make a walk-run towards King Cross Hotel where they have a five-level haunted house experience waiting for you. Each floor has been kitted out with a different haunted house theme, so don’t be surprised if you wake up the next morning with monster calves from running up and down those stairs all night. If your costume permits, you can try your hand at howling at the moon on their rooftop garden bar, or just share a drink with that special witch or wizard you just met and admire the view. There are prizes on offer for best dressed, so if you try a little harder than just sheeting yourself you might actually win yourself something. Think beyond ghosts and ghouls or the usual clichés and you’ll be a winner for certain. Kings Cross Hotel is set to be the biggest Halloween party in town, and if you turn up in costume maybe it’ll be the scariest too. THE DETAILS: Thursday 31 October, 248 Williams Steet, Kings Cross, Sydney.

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TELL ME MORE: If a Halloween boat cruise isn’t already your perfect cup of tea, then a Halloween rave boat cruise is a milky mug of sugary Lipton goodness. Or maybe you just don’t like tea. The infamous Subsonic Halloween boat cruise is back for another year of mayhem on the harbour and packing into an afternoon enough DJs to sink a ship. Wait, that’s a terrible analogy... The boat cruise is being headlined by Dirty Doering, fresh from the Berlin underground scene and ready to serve up a mind-explosion on a plate. Amongst the other acts you’ll find a hefty helping of Sydney and Melbourne faces like Uone, Sash’s Matt Weir, Jay Smalls and more. It’s known to sell out faster than hot cakes, so get in quick and whip out your “zombie raver” or “acid craver” outfit and prepare for a whopping eight hours on the water. For your moolah, that’s more time than any other cruise company offers. With a crew of undead any passing yacht enthusiasts are liable to think you’re all sailing to the underworld on the river of the dead. Watch out, Cerberus! Expect an afternoon of beats, freaks, and more fluoro fetishes than you can shake a glow-stick at. THE DETAILS: 1.30pm-10pm, Saturday, 26 October. Check out Subsonic Music’s Facebook page.


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TELL ME MORE: Have you ever seen The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp? Well, yeah, that’s the scariest thing we could thing of to do with horses (mustangs), other than maybe hendra virus... Anyhoo, Perth’s the Mustang Bar is throwing what will no doubt wind up being a seriously raucous backpacker and student Halloween party on October 31. This is going to be livelier than that pack of walkers which attacked Rick Grimes and his group during Season 2 of The Walking Dead… Oh, yeah, we don’t want to ruin anything for anyone (but, seriously, we’re up to Season 4 now, keep up!). It’s fair to say that students and backpackers have quite a few things in common – they’re usually young, live in fairly small, squalid rooms and, above all, they both love a drink or two. Throw in an excuse to dress up in horrifying costumes and drink copiously and you’ve got a definite recipe for success, right there. Now, just in case you’re planning on scraping together this week’s food allowance to drink instead, don’t worry! You’ll be able to eat at the ‘Stang on the night for just $5! Five, measly, dollars. That’s a ghoulishly good deal. Cheap food, lots of booze and crazy students dressed up as undead people – you know it’s going to be the wildest Halloween night in the west! THE DETAILS: October 31 & November 1, 7pm until late. $25 ticket. 46 Lake St, Northbridge, WA (;


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Final frontier Drive through the Kimberley and you’ll encounter warm beer, unsealed roads, crocodiles and a lifetime’s supply of batshit WORDS FRASER KIDD & RYAN SENGARA

I’ve always wondered what the point of a stubby-holder was. Okay, they’re a kitsch souvenir of a trip Down Under, but they’re not of any practical use, are they? Then I arrived in Broome. Order a beer here and it’s lukewarm before you’ve got the top off with your teeth – bottle openers are for wimps in the outback. It’s hot up here all year, so the fleece and trousers can be packed right at the bottom of your pack without being missed. Broome nestles on Roebuck Bay, the Indian Ocean a mere 10-minute drive away. Established as a pearling settlement in the late 19th century, Broome was once supplying 75 per cent of the world’s pearling requirements. It was hazardous work though, and hundreds of Asian immigrants who worked on the boats lost their lives in diving accidents. The day I arrive, I’m encouraged to go and see the Staircase to the Moon, a once-monthly phenomenon which occurs during a Full Moon between March and October. The staircase is the reflective effect a Full Moon has on the mudflats at Town Beach, creating what looks like a series of steps leading up to the Moon. It’s a great excuse for the whole of Broome to head out for the evening, an open-air market selling food, didges and all sorts of alternative goodies.

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Seeing is believing After watching an amazing moonrise, I decide to get a bit of yin and yang with a sunset over Cable Beach. It’s a place that has to be seen to be believed – no glossy picture can do this place justice. Not only is this stretch of coast regarded by seasoned travellers as one of the best beaches in the world, but the sunsets are legendary – a deep-gold sun shimmers on the horizon as it slowly descends, dropping out of sight behind the expanses of the Indian Ocean. And as if this isn’t enough to create a unique west coast experience, you can also take a camel ride along the beach. The hairy humpsters take you along the beach and time your ride so you get the best view in the house. Well, almost the best view – I leave the camels to the more adventurous and perch myself on a rock to wait for that perfect sundown

photo opportunity. Tipped off by a local who tells me exactly where the camels will be when the sun hits the horizon, I sit looking out to sea waiting for nature to take its course.

Getting the perfect shot of the camels at sunset is a lot like bad sex

Speaking of nature, you might catch the odd naked swimmer coming back up the beach after a dip, the area known for its enthusiastic nudists. The sun goes down pretty damn quickly, so you have to make sure you’re quick on the shutter. I am suddenly surrounded by dozens of other photographers eager to get the same shot, so don’t be afraid to mix it up and stand your ground for a good position. In the end, getting the camels ››

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Kidding around in the Kimberley at sunset picture is a lot like bad sex. There’s a lot of anticipation, a bit of jostling for position, a few humps and then it’s all over. But just like pervy sex, it’s all worth it when you check out the pictures.

Hitting the road Broome is also the gateway to the Kimberley region, a rugged sun-scorched land, dotted with ancient gorges, weird looking boab trees and sprawling cattle stations. It’s three-times the size of the UK, but barely registers any detail on a map. It’s bordered by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean to the west, the humid top of the Northern Territory to the east, and the arid Great Sandy Desert to the

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south. It’s Australia at its most harsh and at its most diverse. And isolated: there are fewer then 50,000 people living in the Kimberley. Most popular tours are 4WD safaris to Geikie, Windjana and Bell Gorges or the bumpy but rewarding drive up to 50

Cape Leveque. Whichever one you choose, you’ll be sure to see things you won’t experience anywhere else in the world. Or, like me and my girlfriend, you can embark on your own road trip. We waited until the dry season to visit because tropical monsoons between November and April batter the land leaving some outback roads impassable. A few hours after leaving Broome in our 4WD, we reach the Gibb River Road, the famous outback track. Free roaming cattle, creek crossings and endless termite mounds keep us company. It’s a real event when you spot a truck passing the other way through the dust. After a chance encounter with a baby emu crossing the road, we camp at Windjana Gorge National Park. In the limestone ranges, we creep along the sandy edges of shallow pools, keeping an eye on the freshwater crocs sunning themselves just 20 metres away. As we listen to the squawking of exotic birds echo around the tall rock walls, I feel like I’m in an oasis. Next is Tunnel Creek. In most parts of Australia, park walkways are usually rather tame. So we’re confused to find the recommended route here is finding your own way through a kilometre of pools, rocks, and bat poop in near darkness. Exhilarating stuff! A few hours later we get to Bell Gorge and I forget all about that. After a 20-minute walk down the cliffs, we’re swimming in waterfall-fed pools and relaxing on volcanic rocks.

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eco-resort, and that you definitely need a 4WD. We almost lose control of the truck a number of times on the wide, uneven sand road, and can’t help feeling inadequate when we’re passed at 100km/hr by locals who give a carefree wave as they pass. We let our tyres down to drive on the beach to our “shelter”. We’re speechless when we realise our new home is just metres from the water and is but a thatched roof, picnic table and freshwater shower. We enjoy a cold beer while gazing out towards Indonesia. Then a swim, a sunset, a campfire, and staring at the stars. In the morning, I open my eyes to the sun rising over the ocean. I’ve never experienced anything so beautiful. Feeling like we need to interact with the beauty that surrounds us, we book into a boat trip. The boat ride doesn’t disappoint, because we’re lucky enough to have Denis join us. A year 12 student from the local One Arm Point Community, he tells us how he spends his spare time spear hunting fish and sea turtles. I can’t help but marvel at how different his life is to mine. Denis also tell us about another side of the Kimberley, how the stunning red cliffs are receding with severe weather, and about the intensive mining in the region. On the long stretches of dusty road back towards Broome, I wonder about climate change, the state of the world, and just how sustainable a self-drive trip like ours is. I come to the conclusion that, maybe sooner rather than later, people’s experiences of the Kimberley might be quite different to ours. What won’t change, however, is that a trip to the Kimberley will almost certainly be a trip of a lifetime. And remember your stubby holder – drinking warm beer in Broome will always be a very bad look. ❚



Unheard of as recently as the 1980s, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed national park is not only one of the most spectacular geological wonders on Earth, but also one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. Hiking into Piccaninny Creek is akin to stepping foot on an alien world. Heading across the eroded creek-bed, mystical beehive mounds rise into the air on all sides. Dating back 350 million years, these curious formations, with their coloured bands of orange, grey and black, are the world’s finest examples of sandstone cone karsts. It’s incredible that until about 25 years ago, only a handful of locals knew about them. As amazing as the Bungles are from the ground, it’s worth reaching for your credit card to see them from the air. The domes alone cover 45,000 hectares, large swathes of which are off-limits to earthbound visitors, so flying over them is an experience not to be missed.


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The Redeemer This is Christchurch in 72 hours WORDS HUGH RADOJEV

DAY 1 xUnfortunately the bustling city of Christchurch in New Zealand's South Island has come to be associated with the terrible series of earthquakes which damaged the city in early 2011. Despite this adversity, the city of Christchurch and the region of Canterbury as a whole have rallied together, showing great strength, character and a fierce determination to repair their city and to propel it into the future. Christchurch is still here and has so much to offer travellers for weeks, even months, let alone just a weekend. Get ready! 8.00 Arrive and drop off your stuff at your home base for the weekend – Dorset House. This 145-year-old villa is wonderfully equipped, but it's time to get amongst it. Have a cup of coffee and a very light breakfast (trust us) because you're going jet boating. 10.00 That's right, Jet Thrils Christchurch (jetthrills. run adrenalin fuelled half-hour jet boat tours on the Waimakarri River, just 20 minutes out of the city centre. Meaning 'cold water' in the Maori language you'll feel the rush as the specially-designed boats spin and twirl at high speeds in barely centimetres of crystal clear water. Aren't you glad you didn't have a full English fry up now? 12.00 Back into town and it's time for a little tour. While also being the city's major domestic bus provider Red Bus ( run guided tours of the areas of Christchurch's CBD that were worst affected by the earthquakes. Despite being a sobering experience, the tour also discusses the positive plans for the future.


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the success rates in the last 12 months stand at about 81 per cent. We like those odds. 12.00 Back into Lyttleton and a late brunch/early lunch at Governor's Bay Hotel ( This is one of only two hotels in the region to still be operational after the earthquake, unfortunately. This beautiful and meticulously restored building is full of delicious food and a friendly atmosphere. 13.30 Now head north-west, to the little town of Hanmer Springs ( and the world renowned thermal springs in the area. Treat yourself to a relaxing soak in the warm mineral waters or swim some laps in the 25 metre pool or check out the nearby Hanmer Springs village. 17.00 Head back into Christchurch and as it's your last night, why not start drinking a little early. Brew Moon ( is one of the city's many craft breweries producing beautiful beers from local produce. Why not take the tour and sample a few? 19.30 Chinwag ( is open and provides delicioius food with a real Thai quality. Then it's time to get the night started with a trip to Tap House for a few delicious local and international beers. 21.00 You've probably had a few by now, so if you're feeling game head to Double Happy which has twice been voted NZ's best club. With its acclaimed mixture of different dance music genres and styles, as well as local and international DJs, this is the perfect place to finish up at.

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DAY 3: 10.00 So, seems likely you gave it a bit of a nudge last night and, for that anyway, we don’t blame you – even if you are cursing yourself right now. Have no fear though, because today there won’t be any jet boating, loud noises or sudden movements. Relax, buddy, cause today we’re getting a little cultural. Now, how do you like your eggs? 12.00 Your tummy (or stomach, if you prefer) has probably settled by now and your legs – jellied earlier from all that dancing, last night – have reset themselves in the metaphorical fridge that was a spot of brekkie and a fortifying cup of coffee. Walk down to the Botanic Gardens ( a scenic, 30-hectare sprawl planted right on the river. Over 10,000 specimens of both indigenous and local plants fill the air with a lovely fragrance, while the call of birds and the sight of lovers strolling on the manicured paths will fill even the stoniest heart with joy. 14.00 Located a bare hop, skip and a jump away from the lush surrounds of the botanic gardens, lies Canterbury Museum ( This museum is, like many other of New Zealand’s free museums (well, nominally free anyway. Drop a coin in the donation bucket) is chock full of culturally significant Kiwi stuff – think a gallery devoted to Maori art, an array of stuffed and now extinct animalia and a small boat that was used by a group of mariners ship wrecked on a place called Disappointment Island. 16.00 Everybody likes penguins, right? Go to the International Arctic Centre ( and, for a nominal fee, you can hang out with penguins. See some of the weird and wonderful other animals that hang around under the ice of McMurdo Station in Antarctica and experience the bone-chilling effects of Antarctic cold for yourself. Brrr, chilly. 18.30 Hungry yet? Yes! Good. It’s been a full day of (vaguely) cultural experiences, your time in Christchurch is, sadly, coming to an end but you don’t want to let this time just slip away. Holy Smoke ( is one of Christchurch’s yummiest steak houses. They smoke all their products with manuka wood and, if you feel up to it, they team their food with locally produced beers and Central Otago wines. Then, you know, bed and sleep forever!

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Stopping off: King Kong With its dazzling harbour, bargain shopping and rich east-meets-west culture, Hong Kong is stopover royalty WORDS RACHEL FARMER

WHERE TO STAY: Dorm beds in one of the many Rising from the underground I’m In true stopover fashion, I’m eager to make guesthouses found in the assaulted with an onslaught on the senses. the most of my limited time, so squeeze back Chungking Mansions, such as Above me marches an army of neon, while outside before the jetlag puts me on my back. the New London Hostel, cost With darkness descending, my first stop is the sounds and smells attack from every corner. from $16/night. waterfront, where I hope to catch the muchOn the ground, meanwhile, the traffic hyped sound and light show. My expectations WHERE TO SHOP: Head beeps endlessly as it weaves along the aren’t huge, having experienced a few of to Admiralty, Central and SoHo never-ending road. these shows around the world, the common for the top brands, Causeway I’m in Hong Kong, breaking up the theme apparently retro cheesiness. Soon, Bay for just about anything you London to Australia marathon, and it’s however, I’m engrossed, staring wide-eyed could imagine, or Sheung Wan immediately clear that it’s a place like no for something a little bit more other. A stronghold of capitalism ruled by at the glittery spectacular. out of the ordinary. the champion of communism, Hong Kong, Maybe it’s my sleep-deprived brain Cantonese for ‘fragrant harbour’, is so full of CURRENCY: $1 = 7.4HKD shutting down all systems except those (Hong Kong dollar). frenetic energy that getting bored doesn’t drawn to bright lights, but soon I’m hooked, SEE: seem an option, which probably explains totally dazzled as the buildings lining Victoria why more than seven million people have Harbour come to life through music and squeezed into the 1,000 sq km territory, making it one colour. The show, ‘A Symphony of Lights’, takes place every night, with laser beams, bright lights, music and even an of the most densely populated areas on the planet. English narration blaring out at buildings either side of the Making my way through the madness, I find the sign harbour, all to celebrate the energy, spirit and diversity of that marks the entrance to my dwellings. Into the building, Hong Kong. It is undoubtedly cheesy (and must drive the through the chaotic market and up the lift I go. Stepping locals mad), but with the whole promenade awash with into my room, I survey the scene. It doesn’t take me long. camera flashes and excited tourists, it’s hard not to be My room, it seems, is a doll’s house. Beyond the bed there’s ›› barely space for my bag, while a door to my right reveals a shoebox bathroom, with sink and shower stacked neatly above the toilet. I’m a big fan of functionality, which is lucky as these guys have got it down to a tee. It’s mere hours since I arrived in Hong Kong, and already I love it. In a Barbie world My doll’s house had come highly recommended, largely on the basis that I wanted an ‘experience’ and was unlikely to find anything cheaper. I certainly can’t imagine anything smaller. I’m in the Chungking Mansions, a one-time apartment building that has evolved into a maze of tiny guesthouses and restaurants famous for having prices even tinier than its rooms. Well, almost. Outside is the hustle and bustle of the Nathan Road, an eternally-hectic buzz of electronics stores, jewellery shops and eateries that never seem to close.

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infected by the ever-present grins. It feels like a glimpse into the show-stopping world that awaits in Hong Kong, and so I linger, half-expecting a Chinese King Kong to jump out from behind the towering fluorescent skyscrapers. Eventually satisfied with my first glance of HK’s dizzying heights, I decide it’s time to try and sleep, so make a move for the puppy-themed bedspread in my Barbie bedroom.

Star-gazing The agenda for day two starts with the iconic Star Ferry over to Hong Kong Island. On I hop, already fighting the neck ache as I stare in awe up and up at the high-rise Lego blocks passing as we sweep across the pond. The Star Ferry has been making the five-minute journey across Victoria Harbour for well over a century and comes highly rated, with National Geographic naming it one of the best 10 city boat trips in the world. At 35 cents a ride, it’s certainly one of the best value sightseeing experiences you’ll find. Gagging to get up high for a view of the city, I head straight to the Peak Tram, the trusty old tram that has been hauling locals and tourists alike up and down for 120 years, delivering them to the panoramic lookout of the city at the top. The view is to die for, stretching out before me is Hong Kong in all its glory. The top of the peak is a surprising oasis of calm, filled with a beautiful walkway through trees and greenery. Off I set, dodging buggies and strolling dogs, taking in the breathtaking expanse before me. Next up it’s time to do some shopping. I hop on a bus downtown to Causeway Bay, renowned for its immense shopping malls and bargain prices. I lose myself in the multicoloured market stalls and find myself strolling in endless shopping centres, gathering a hefty collection of bags as I go. Who knew I needed 10 purses? Me, apparently. The designs, however, are just so damn cute. The prices are even cuter. Realising I’ve lost several hours of the day, and several ounces of my wallet, I mooch on back to town for my next fix of altitude – the Chinese Bank Tower. Parting with my ID I shuffle along to the lift and up, up and away we go, all the way to level 43 to catch a mesmerizing view of Kowloon. HK sure is good at views. I spot a park nearby and head on over. Amazingly, right in the middle of the city I find yet another tranquil escape. Birds flutter around and tortoises sunbathe in the gorgeous sunny grounds. It’s easy to lose a couple of hours to the park, a welcome relief from the craziness of the city.

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As the dark kicks in, I find myself back in Kowloon, wandering up and down the maze of night markets clustered along the side streets of bright and bustling Mongkok, which lead on forever.

Bargain hunter The markets are filled with tempting aromas and enticing treats – this is the place to come for bargains, delicious street food and to feel the city buzz with locals. After a fill of side street cuisine and numerous sweet treats, my legs give in to the walking and my arms give in to the shopping; it’s time to catch some z’s. I awake with only one mission – to get to the giant bronze Buddha. Lantau Island is where I’m headed and luckily the journey is a seamless one. But as I wind my way across the island on a local bus, following another breezy ferry, I can’t help but wish my stay was longer – secluded beaches and stunning viewpoints demanding to be explored seem to lie behind every corner, With each bend I have to remind myself I’m still in the middle of a city. And then I see it. The sheer size of it is amazing. Standing 34m high and as if dropped on top of the island from the skies, the Tian Tian Buddha is an impressive 250 tonnes of shimmering brass. With the clouds swirling around and the 240 step climb making me light-headed, it’s hard to deny the place has a mystical feeling. I find myself getting all spiritual (and a bit knackered) as I mount the final steps, pondering life’s important questions (such as, ‘do I deserve a snack yet?’), to finally meet the big guy himself. The Buddha is magical. Surrounded by six smaller statues with offerings symbolizing the qualities needed to enter nirvana – charity, morality, patience, zeal, meditation, and


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Work at it Loud, bustling and beautiful, if you want to spend time working somewhere else abroad, you could do a lot worse than the city that never sleeps – Hong Kong. What sort of work could you realistically do? Most jobs for English-speaking expats are in banking and finance at multinational organisations, and a visa can only be obtained with an offer of work. wisdom – I feel more than a little inspired. Better yet, the Buddha gives me the answer I’d been looking for. I sure am feeling pretty high up here, and a little peckish, so once I’ve got my fill of serenity, I head back to base to chow down on some monastery veggie grub. Delish. All Buddha-ed out, I follow the crowds to find some excitement. Before I know it I’m in a never-ending queue to who-knows what, but in true Brit style, I join in. I finally reach the action and board a little cable car ride. Little do I realise quite what I’m getting in for, and before I know it I’m flying through the air over forests far below in the opposite direction to the city. The cars seem to go on forever, until I begin to spot planes taking off and we begin our descent. Turns out I’ve made it all the way back to the airport out of town. Transport in HK is fast and reliable, so on I hop to the airport express and whizz back to where I started. I’ve been told a visit to HK isn’t complete without a trip to Lamma Island to sample the local seafood, so off I go on my second ferry of the day. I’m amazed at how easy it is to escape the bright lights of central HK – within half an hour you’re on tranquil, peaceful islands away from the hustle and bustle. Lamma Island has no cars, just bicycles, which gives a lovely feeling of simpler times. Quaint Lamma offers a cluster of craft shops and some great hiking trails, with numerous seafood restaurants lining the front, bursting with all sorts of freshly cooked delicious wriggling sea creatures to fill your belly with after a sunny stroll. But a day of island hopping and some seriously good feeds has worn me out, so home I head for my last sleep in my tiny shoebox of a room, surrounded by the towering skyscrapers that I have grown so fond of. ❚

Is the money good? Wages are taxed at only 15 per cent in Hong Kong and are among the highest in Asia . Is there a good nightlife? Work hard, play hard is a motto in Hong Kong and its famous bar strip, Lan Kwai Fong, caters to those who need to let their hair down. Geri Weeks, who spent two years in Hong Kong working as a nursery teacher, explains: “I had to walk up Lan Kwai Fong to get home every night, so I partied a lot – it was hard not to when there was always a friendly face along the way.” Where should you live? Try to look away from the incestuous expat hubs. Sai Ying Pun area is up-and-coming and sometimes compared to London’s Shoreditch. Any tips for finding a job? The most important thing you can do to find a job in Hong Kong is to network, according to Callan Anderson, general manager of Hong Kong-based Gemini Recruitment. He says: “Go to the Chamber of Commerce and have a drink with business people. Take your business cards and make sure people remember you. Finding work here is a slow, painstaking process, but you’ll get success if you’re serious. Where’s worth checking? Good recruitment sites worth checking out include and


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TOWNSVILLE Adventurers Resort 79 Palmer St. 1800 211 522,


Hotel Arcadia 7 Marine Parade, Arcadia Bay. 07 4778 5177, 259 Shute Harbour Rd. 1800 677 119


With just a 75-minute boat ride from Brisbane to Moreton Island, you can experience the tranquility of an island offering an trip away like no other. Tangalooma’s pristine soft sandy beaches have many a secluded spot for reading a book or warm comfortable swim. The main feature is the option to feed the dolphins. Every evening without fail they swim right up to the beach waiting for dinner. Tangalooma offers eco-cruises for whalewatching and also shipwreck snorkelling and diving, just off the main beach.


Fraser’s on Rainbow 18 Spectrum Av, Rainbow Beach

Bowen Backpackers Beach end of Herbert St. 07 4786 3433



Adrenalin Dive. 07 4724 0600, Yongala Dive Yongala diving. 07 4783 1519,

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

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


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QLDLISTINGS Skydive Cairns POBOX 105N Cairns 07 4052 1822,

CAPE TRIB Crocodylus Village Lot 5, Buchanan Creek Rd, Cow Bay. 07 4098 9166, PK’s Jungle Village Cnr Avalon & Cape Trib Rd. 1800 232 333,

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

GULF SAVANNAH Emu Creek Cattle Station 07 4094 8313

DAINTREE Koala Beach Resort Cape Kimberly Rd. 1800 466 444


INNISFAIL IInnisfail Budget Backpackers Worker’s Hostel 125 Edith St. 07 4061 78337 Walkabout Motel & ackpackers 07 4061 2311

Mooloolaba Backpackers VIP 75 Brisbane Road

MORETON ISLAND Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort

ATHERTON Kuranda Rainforest Park 88 Kuranda Heights Rd, Kuranda. 07 4093 7316,



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Noosa Backpackers Resort 9-13 William St

NOOSA INLAND Ride On Mary Budget Bush Retreat

PORT DOUGLAS Dougies Backpackers Resort 111 Davidson St Global Port Douglas 38 Macrossan St au/port-douglas Parrot Fish Lodge 37 Warner St Port O’Call YHA 7 Craven Close


Dolphins Beach House 14 Duke Street, Sunshine Beach

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

Nomads Noosa Backpackers 44 Noosa Dr NOOSA inland

Innisfail Budget Backpackers 125 Edith St

Farm work, Innisfail 0437 692 002

AGNES WATER 1770 Beachside Backpacker 12 Captain Cook Drive 1770 Southern Cross Backpackers 2694 Round Hill Rd

ROCKHAMPTON Emu Park Resort 92 Patterson St, Emu Park Rockhampton Backpackers YHA 60 Macfarlane St Childers Eco-Lodge Off the Princess Highway

STRADBROKE IS Manta Lodge & Scuba Centre 1 Eastcoast Rd

SUNSHINE COAST Cotton Tree Beachouse 15 the Esplanade


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

MACKAY Gecko’s Rest 34 Sydney St

MAGNETIC IS Base Magnetic Island 1 Nelly Bay Rd Bungalow Bay Koala Village YHA 40 Horseshoe Bay Rd





P NOOSA Noosa is located on Australia’s east coast and is home to several beautiful beaches, a stunning coast line, national park and pristine river as well as many events spread out over the calendar year. The list is endless when visiting Noosa, they range from visiting the world famous Eumundi Markets, shopping and dining on Hasting Street, soaking up the sun on Noosa beach or even going for a surf on some of Australia’s best surfing breaks, watching the sunset at Noosa River or spending the day cruising down the river. And it doesn’t stop there, the town offers visitors the chance to be pampered at a day spa, take a walk through the national park out to the headland or hire water equipment such as jet ski’s. It really is one of Australia best playgrounds.



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ACCOMMODATION IN 2009 & 2010!! 11-21 Gipps Street, Fortitude Valley Postal: PO Box 261, Fortitude Valley Qld 4006 P.1800 682 865 or +61 7 3257 3644

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


Hotel Discovery 167 Franklin St Lords Lodge Backpackers 167 Franklin St

Space Hotel 380 Russell St. 1800 670 611,

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

Melbourne International Backpackers 204 Punt Rd, Prahran

The Spencer 475 Spencer St. 1800 638 108,

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

$22 $ Melbourne Metro YHA 78 Howard St

Back of Chapel 50 Green St, Windsor

Melbourne Oasis YHA 76 Chapman St

College Lawn Hotel 36 Greville St, Prahran

Exford Hotel 199 Russell St. 03 9663 2697,


66-90 Victoria Parade, Melbourne, Dorms from $29 Centrally located near Queen Victoria Market, Federation Square and Chinatown.

Flinders Station Hotel 35 Elizabeth St. 03 9620 5100,



The Greenhouse Backpacker Level 6, 228 Flinders Lane. 1800 249 207,

Home at the Mansion 66 Victoria Parade. 03 9663 4212

Hotel Bakpak Melbourne 167 Franklin St. 1800 645 200,

Habitat HQ 333 St Kilda Road, St Kilda. 1800 202 500,

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

Melbourne Central YHA 562 Flinders St. 03 9621 2523,

Claremont Guesthouse 189 Toorak Rd, South Yarra City Centre Budget Hotel 22-30 Little Collins St

Elephant Backpackers 250 Flinders St Elizabeth Hostel 490 Elizabeth St

King St Backpackers 160 King Street

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

The Nunnery 116 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy Urban Central 334 City Road, Southbank

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VICLISTINGS ST KILDA Back of Chapel Backpackers 50 Green St Base St Kilda 17 Carlisle St Coffee Palace Backpackers 24 Grey St Habitat HQ 333 St Kilda Rd, Oslo Hotel 38 Grey St The Ritz for Backpackers 109 Barkly St St Kilda Beach House 169B Fitzroy St

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

Discovery Melbourne 167 Franklin St. 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, Official Neighbours Tours 570 Flinders St. 03 9629 5866, Skydive the Beach Melbourne 1300 798 843 Tourism Victoria Backpacking ideas. Wildlife Tours Australia Specialising in Victorian tours +61 3 9314 2225

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GREAT OCEAN RD Anglesea Backpackers 40 Noble St, Anglesea. 03 5263 2664, Eco Beach YHA 5 Pascoe St. 03 5237 7899, Great Ocean Road Backpackers YHA 10 Erskine Av, Lorne. 03 5289 2508, Port Campbell Hostel 18 Tregea St, Port Campbell. 03 5598 6305, Surfside Backpackers Cnr Great Ocean Rd & Gambier St, Apollo Bay. 1800 357 263,

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

3 Miranda St, Sorrento. 03 5984 4323, Tortoise Head Lodge French Island. 03 5980 1234,

DANDENONG Emerald Backpackers 03 5968 4086

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

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


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

GRAMPIANS Grampians YHA Eco Hostel Cnr Grampians & Buckler Rds, Halls Gap. 03 5356 4543, Tim’s Place 44 Grampians Road, Halls Gap. 03 5356 4288,

MILDURA Mildura City Backpackers 50 Lemon Avenue

STRATHMERTON Riviera Backpackers YHA 669 Esplanade


TORQUAY Pronounced Tor-key (for North Americans out there), you may not have heard of this place, despite its positioning by one of the planet’s most scenic drives. Marking the start of the Great Ocean Road, Torquay is also a legendary surf spot, thanks in part to its close proximity to the world famous Bells Beach (think Keanu and Patrick pretending to be there in the final scene of Point Break). It is also where several of the world’s leading surf brands, like Rip Curl and Quiksilver, call home, making it a great place to pick up a bargain. Make sure you do the Surf Coast Walk whie you’re there too. It’s a quick drive south-west of Melbourne.



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ADELAIDE STAY Adelaide Backpackers Inn 112 Carrington St. 1800 24 77 25,



Coodlie Park Farmstay Flinders Highway, Port Kenny.

Adelaide Central YHA 135 Waymouth St. 08 8414 3010,

08 8687 0411 Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience

Adelaide Travellers Inn 220 Hutt St. 08 8224 0753,

Sea lion and dolphin swims. 08 8626 5017

Annie’s Place 239 Franklin St. 1800 818 011, Backpack Oz 144 Wakefield St. 1800 633 307, Blue Galah Backpackers Lvl 1, 52-62, King William St. 08) 8231 9295, Glenelg Beach Hostel 5-7 Moseley St. Glenelg. 1800 359 181, 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

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

GLENELG BEACH HOSTEL 1-7 Moseley Street, Glenelg. Beds from $25 A heritage listed unique building with open fireplaces, basement bar, beer garden free wifi and complementary light breakfast.

Melborune Nullarbor Traveller Tours across to Perth. 1800 816 858 Adelaide Zoo Frome Rd. 08 8267 3255, Haigh’s Chocolates Factory tours. 153 Greenhill Rd, Parkside 1800 819 757, Temptation Sailing Dolphin swimming, Glenelg. 04 1281 1838

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

COOBER PEDY Opal Cave Coober Pedy Hutchinson St. 08 8672 5028, Radeka Down Under 1 Oliver St. 1800 633 891, Riba’s Underground 1811 William Creek Rd. 08 8672 5614,

KANGAROO IS Kangaroo Island YHA 33 Middle Terrace, Penneshaw. 08 8553 1344 Vivonne Bay Lodge 66 Knofel Drive, Vivonne Bay 13 13 01


Port Lincoln Tourist Park

Berri Backpackers Sturt Highway, Berri. 08 8582 3144,

11 Hindmarsh St.

Harvest Trail Lodge Loxton. 08 8584 5646,

Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions

08 8621 4444,

Great white shark cage diving. 08 8363 1788

Nomads on Murray Sturt Highway, Kingston on Murray. 1800 665 166,


Riverland Backpackers Labour Hire Services 08 8583 0211

Angorichina Tourist Village 08 8648 4842,

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

Wilpena Pound Resort Wilpena Rd. 08 8648 0004,


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ADELAIDE Just because the rugby sevens is no longer a feature of Adelaide, it does not mean that the party vibe has gone too. Adelaide, once affectionally known as ‘the City of Churches’, is now more commonly known as “Radelaide’ because people have a tendency to cut loose while in town (however brief that may be). The Majestic Roof Garden Hotel can supply those with the necessary funds a very pleasant vista of the surrounding area. For the budget conscious, the Cargo Club promises a good time at the right price. For those out on the lash and in need of refuelling, both in the food and booze departments, The Original Pancake Kitchen is open 24 hours a day and has been the saviour of many a weary traveller. Not to be outdone by the city, Adelaide’s surrounding landscape is of note. Named for their lofty heights, the Mt Lofty Ranges offer picturesque escapes that can be traversed either on foot or on two wheels.


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WALISTINGS PERTH STAY Billabong Backpackers Resort 381 Beaufort St. 08 9328 7720,

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Britannia on William 253 William St, Northbridge. 08 9227 6000, Emperor’s Crown 85 Stirling St, Northbridge. 1800 991 553, Globe Backpackers & City Oasis Resort 561 Wellington St. 08 9321 4080, Ocean Beach Backpackers 1 Eric St, Cottlesloe. 08 9384 5111, One World Backpackers 162 Aberdeen St, Northbridge. 1800 188 100,

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Planet Inn Backpackers 496 Newcastle St The Shiralee Hostel 107 Brisbane St, Northbridge Underground Backpackers 268 Newcastle St, Wickham Retreat Backpackers 25-27 Wickham St East Perth (08) 9325 6398 YMCA Jewell House 180 Goderich St 1201 East Backpackers 195 Hay St


Perth City YHA 300 Wellington St. 08 9287 3333,

Aquarium of Western Australia 91 Southside Drive, Hillarys. 08 9447 7500,

The Old Swan Barracks 6 Francis St. 08 9428 0000,

Kings Park & Botanic Garden

Underground Backpackers 268 Newcastle St, Northbridge. 08 9228 3755, The Witch’s Hat 148 Palmerston St. 08 9228 4228, Backpack City and Surf 41-43 Money St Beatty Lodge 235 Vincent St Cheviot Lodge 30 Bulwer St Coolibah Lodge 194 Brisbane St Easy Perth Backpackers 4 Francis Street, Northbridge Grand Central Hotel Backpackers 379 Wellington St (08) 9421 1123 Hay Street Backpackers 266-268 Hay St Hotel Bambu Backpackers 75 - 77 Aberdeen St, Northbridge Mountway Holiday Apartments 36 Mount St Ocean Beach Backpackers 1 Eric St, Cottesloe


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

Perth Mint 310 Hay St. 08 9421 7223, Perth Zoo 20 Labouchere Road, South Perth. 08 9474 3551,

PERTH MUSIC Amplifier Astor Mojo’s Bar The Bakery The Rosemount Hotel

FREO STAY Backpackers Inn Freo 11 Pakenham St. 08 9431 7065, Old Firestation Backpackers 18 Phillimore St. 08 9430 5454, Sundancer Backpackers Resort 80 High St. 08 9336 6080,

FREO DO Fremantle Markets Henderson Street Fremantle 08 9335 2515,


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WALISTINGS Fremantle Prison 1 The Terrace. 08 9336 9200,



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MONKEY MIA Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort Monkey Mia Road Monkey Mia 1800 653 611,

Rottnest Island YHA Kingstown Barracks. 08 9372 9780,


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

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

Ningaloo Club Coral Bay 08 9948 5100,

Surfpoint 12 Riedle Drive Prevally 08 9757 1777

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


Cruize-Inn 122 Middleton Rd.

CORAL BAY Ningaloo Club Robinson St


Rottnest Express 1 Emma Place North Fremantle 1300 Go Rotto

Albany Bayview Backpackers YHA 49 Duke St 08 9842 3388,


BROOME STAY OCEAN BEACH BACKPACKERS 12 Eric Street, Cottesloe. Beds from $22,50 Situated right on the beach, this hostel features a big screen movie room, wifi, kitchen, bike hire, fishing rods, free surfboards and more.


Cable Beach Backpackers 12 Sanctuary Road. 1800 655 011, Kimberley Club 62 Fredrick St 08 9192 3233,

ESPERANCE Blue Waters Lodge YHA 299 Goldfields Rd,

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


BUNBURY Bunbury, first discovered in 1803, is a historical waterfront town situated an hour and a half from Perth by car. With over 100 resident bottenose dolphins, it is a perfect spot for a boat cruise to watch and observe them in their natural habitat. Pay a visit to the Dolphin Recovery Centre, for only $10 per adult. For those of you looking for more interaction, you can also book a swim to get right up amongst this magical creature. On the adventurous side, Bunbury caters for water activities such as jet skiing, windsurfing and canoeing. You can even give abseiling a go on the quarry face of Wellington Dam. Waterfront dining and shopping is another attraction the town prides itself on, so be sure to go for a lunch at one of the famous fish and chips spots, or country pub options.



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Central City Backpackers 138 Collins St. 1800 811 507,

Cataract Gorge Centre for Beer Lovers Boagâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brewery, 39 William St. 03 6332 6300,

Hobart Hostel 41 Barrack St. 1300 252 192, Montgomeryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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,

CENTRAL CITY BACKPACKERS 138 Collin St, Hobart. Dorms from $22 Central City is an award winning hostel that is just minutes walk from all the major tourist attractions and facilities.

HOBART DO Cascade Brewery 140 Cascade Rd. 03 6224 1117 Mt Wellington Descent Bike tours. 03 6274 1880


PORT ARTHUR Port Arthur Historic Ghost Tours 1800 659 101,

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

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

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

Tasman Backpackers 114 Tasman St. 03 6423 2335,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


BICHENO Bicheno, first established as a whaling town, is a picturesque laidback area on the east coast of Tasmania. It is home to a wide variety of marine life and leisure activities, including deep-sea fishing. A highlight of a trip to the region would have to be the guided penguin tours. Each night the fairy penguins return to the shore after a hard day catching their dinner. East Coast Natureworld is just around the corner, and a visit will enlighten and give you the opportunity to see the rare Tasmanian devil. Other Aussie mammals at the park consist of koalas, wombats, wallabies and kangaroos with their baby Joeys! If your visit happens to be on a day with a big ocean swell, head down to the Bicheno Blowhole to watch nature at its finest.


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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,

Darwin YHA 97 Mitchell St. 08 8981 5385,

Airborne Solutions Scenic helicopter flights. 08 8972 2345

Gecko Lodge 146 Mitchell St. 1800 811 250, Melaleuca on Mitchell 52 Mitchell St. 1300 723 437,

CHILLIS BACKPACKERS 67 Mitchell Street, Darwin. Beds from $28 In the heart o Darwin city close to the nightlife, Chili takes care of all your travle eeds, specializing in tour bookings.

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,


Frogshollow Backpackers 27 Lindsay St. 1800 068 686,


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.

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

Nitmiluk Tours Gorge cruises and kayak hire. 1300 146 743

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

Palm Court Kookaburra Backpackers Giles St. 1800 626 722

Elkes Backpackers 112 Mitchell St. 1800 808 365,


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,


DEVILS MARBLES Located south of Tennant Creek, the Devils Marbles are the the home of spectacular rounded granite boulders. The Devils Marbles are iconic to the Australian outback and represent the dusty duners the land is famous for. These seemingly gravity-defyiing geological structures are a result of years of sedimentary decay, but provide the perfect backup for tourists. Known as ‘Karlu Karlu’ by local Aboriginal landowners, there are countless dreamtime stories about the area, including one involving a giant rainbow serpent laying eggs in the area.



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TANAMI TRACK The Northern Territory has more to offer travellers than just Uluru. The Tanami Track is a hidden gem, buried in the heartland of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outback. Those brave enough to venture this far to the centre of the country will be treated to views that cannot be replicated anywhere in the world. If you follow the track all the way through the Northern Territory and into Western Australia, you will find yourself at the Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater Reserve, which is the second-largest impact crater of its kind in the world and is truly a sight to behold.

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NZLISTINGS AUCKLAND Airport Skyway Lodge Backpackers (BBH) 30 Kirkbride Road, Mangere. +64 9275 4443, Auckland International The Fat Camel (Nomads) 38 Fort St. +64 9307 0181, Nomads Auckland 16-20 Fort St. +64 9300 9999, Oaklands Lodge (BBH) St. +64 5A Oaklands Rd, Mt Eden. +64 9638 6545, Queen Street Backpackers (VIP) 4 Fort St. +64 9373 3471, Surf ‘n’ Snow Backpackers 102 Albert St. +64 9363 8889, YHA Auckland City Cnr City Rd & Liverpool St. +64 9309 2802, YHA Auckland International 5 Turner St. +64 9302 8200,


Downtown Wellington Backpackers (BBH) 1 Bunny St. +64 4473 8482 Lodge in the City (VIP) 152 Taranaki St. +64 4385 8560 Nomads Capital 118 Wakefield St. 0508 666 237, Rosemere Backpackers (BBH) 6 McDonald Cres. +64 4384 3041, Rowena’s Backpackers (VIP) 115 Brougham St. 0800 80 1414 YHA Wellington City 292 Wakefield St. +64 4801 7280

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

Foley Towers (BBH) 208 Kilmore St. Base Wellington 21-23 TNT-OZ-halfpage.pdf 2 25/09/2013 1:17:06 p.m. +64 3366 9720, Cambridge Tce. +64 4801 5666

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Jailhouse Accommodation (BBH) 338 Lincoln Rd. 0800 524 546,

Hippo Lodge (BBH) 4 Anderson Hts. +64 3442 5785,

The Old Countryhouse (BBH) 437 Gloucester St. +64 3381 5504,

Nomads Queenstown 5-11 Church St. +64 3441 3922,

Backpacker Campervan & Car Rentals +800 200 80 801,

Tranquil Lodge (BBH) 440 Manchester St. +64 3366 6500,

Peterpans Adventure Travel 27 Shotover St Queenstown.

Bargain Rental Cars 0800 001 122,

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SHOTOVER CANYON SWING Nestled in the bush just out of Queenstown, is the world’s highest cliff jump. At 109m high with 60m of that being freefall, it proves to be the adventurous travellers’ ‘must do’. There are stacks of different jump styles to choose from, including sliding into the canyon from a mini slippery dip, or being pushed backwards over the edge on a plastic chair! After you’ve fallen, take in the breathtaking Shotover River and await the return to reality. As soon as you’ve done it once you have an option to do it again at half price, so there is always the chance to get the thrill of a lifetime once more before you leave. If that adrenalin is not enoguh, check out the packages available to do the swing, plus jet boat/skydiving or rafting.

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Pick up a longer visa Seasonal work won’t fund your retirement, but it is a reliable source of income for an alternative traveller. It can also keep you in Oz

Don’t forget the spider-proof gloves

If you’re considering quitting the city in search of the real Australia, seasonal work provides the perfect way to go. And with the land Down Under’s vast expanse of fields, the farming industry offers plentiful work. From filling boxes of oranges in Berri to picking berries in Orange, the harvest trail is ripe with opportunity. You’re likely to work with other travellers in an environment that fosters close relations in often stunning outdoor settings. Add to that the recent expansion of the Working Holiday Maker scheme and you can see why backpackers are hitting the harvest trail. Despite the romantic notion of wide, open spaces and fertile fields, harvest work is generally hard and requires a good level of fitness. The hours can be long with early starts and mid afternoon finishes. Expect to feel sore at the end of the day, every day. You will typically work in a team and be supervised. You will most likely break for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea and need to supply your own food and drink. And be warned, most of the fruit harvesting is done in hot and sweaty conditions. Maybe with spiders for company. Daily activities might include climbing up and down ladders, bending over and carrying heavy bins. It is likely you will be on your feet most of the day. Generally employers are honest and fair but there will always be a few ‘Mr Burns’. Avoid difficulties by establishing your working hours and wages before you start. 80

Harvest work is paid either by the hour or by the quantity of the crop you bring in and pay rates will vary, but as a guide you can earn in the vicinity of $300 per week after tax – according to the Australian Tour and Information Centre ( Experienced pickers can earn twice this amount and in some jobs you can choose to work seven days a week. Also, as this is work in regional areas your expenditure is likely to be limited to your basics such as food and accommodation. Since 1 November 2005, travellers holding WHM visas have been able to apply for a second year in Australia providing they complete three months’ seasonal work in regional Australia. At the time of application for the second visa, the applicant must be aged between 18 and 30 years. Seasonal work is defined as: “Any type of work that is seasonal in nature or that is undertaken as the employee of a primary producer, including plant and animal cultivation, fishing and pearling, tree farming and felling.” Regional Australia is defined as: “Any area except Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, the NSW Central Coast, Brisbane, The Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne and the ACT.” Visit the Immigration Department’s website (, to check specific postcodes to ensure the area is classified as ‘regional Australia’.


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LIFESTYLECAREERS OZWORK INTERVIEW WITH A PICKER ❶ What’s your name and where are you from? James Britten, 22, from Essex. ❸ How long have you been working in fruit picking? I’ve done about four months out here (Bundaberg, Queensland) in the sticks now. ❸ What other jobs have you done in Oz? I spent six months in Sydney and Brisbane working as a telemarketer. I was the annoying foreigner that calls at all sorts of bad times. It wasn’t pretty, but fun nonetheless. ❸ Why regional farm work? I want a second year visa. Plus I thought it would be a good opportunity to meet people I wouldn’t normally meet on the regular tourist route. I came here from a small town and dreamt of meeting internationals. ❸ How many hours do you work and what’s the pay like? Five/six days a week, eight to nine hours a day. When I work hourly (which I’d recommend) I make about $15 an hour. ❸ Would you recommend it to other backpackers?

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Yeah! You meet some curious folk and really inspirational people too. You’ll see all the weird and wonderful parts of Australia, it’s bonding with true nature. I wouldn’t erase this part of my trip for any amount of money. Work does not need to be paid work in order to count towards the three months stipulated for your second visa. Work undertaken as a volunteer or through the Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF) scheme can also count towards your eligibility. It offers a good opportunity to stay with Australian families and help out in exchange for food and somewhere to rest your weary head. Ann and David Craber have been hosting wwoofers for three years. So what exactly do Wwoofers do? “It’s varied,” says Ann, who lives in rural Victoria. “We’re not a real farm, just 3.5 acres in the Dandenongs. We grow herbs, fruit and veggies. There are 20 chooks, 15 ducks, a couple of geese and a turkey. Wwoofers clean out the duck coup and feed the chooks. We’ve also got three alpacas, so they might need to move them. Because the alpacas nip, it can be intimidating at first, but it’s fun.” Unlike the first WHM visa, you can apply for your second from within Australia. In order to prove the three months’ seasonal work you must fill out a WHM visa employment verification form that you can download online or collect from a Department of Immigration office. Make sure you get this form before you begin any harvest work as all employers must sign it. In addition, the undertaking of seasonal work can be proven with pay slips, group certificates, tax returns and employer references. Be aware that the work can be accumulative, so it’s not necessary to stay with the one job for a period of three months. When applying for a second WHV you will need to undertake a medical examination for which you will need to pay a fee. Applications can be made on the DIMIA website and cost $180. *For more information visit TNTDOWNUNDER.COM

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