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Oct 31-Nov 6 2011 Issue 653



FRESH OFF THE BOAT What to do if you’ve just arrived in Oz

FINDING PHARAOHS Exploring Egypt’s ancient wonders

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EDITOR’S LETTER Summer is edging oh so closer and that means it’s festival time. There’s a seriously crowded festival season down here, so choosing where to spend your cash can be a tricky decision, which is why we’ve got the lowdown on the pick of the bunch to help make your life that little bit easier (p8). We’re nice like that we are. Also this week we check out Egypt (p40) and have a guide to getting set up in Oz (p36).










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Lost in the sea of Aussie festivals? Check out our guide to the season



Chatting to Lisa Hannigan about her split with Damien Rice and her love of rugby



Just arrived but don’t know your apples? See our guide to getting started in Oz



Escaping the hustle of Cairo and sailing Egypt’s magical Nile river




OZDIARY EDITORIAL Editor Andrew Westbrook Staff writer Alex Harmon Intern Leigh Livingstone

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The month formerly known as November kicks off the start of the popular Aussie charity event, Movember. Men everywhere begin sprouting vast amounts of facial fuzz in the form of a moustache to create awareness and raise funds for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and depression. “Mo Bros” register online with a clean shaven face on the first and then groom, trim and wax whilst gathering sponsoship for their most impressive hair growth efforts. Register your lip hat or donate at FREE


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The Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk transforms into a 2km long sculpture park for the 15th annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. Work by over 100 artists from Australia and around the world will be on display for public viewing pleasure.

Brisbane plays host to the best in world cinema for 11 jam-packed days. Film goers can enjoy a wide variety of documentaries, thrillers, animation, short films and retrospectives featuring the world’s best loved actors. Prices and locations vary.

October 29 - November 5 Melbourne

November 3-20 Bondi-Tamarama coastal walk

November 3-13 Various Brisbane cinemas


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Festival fever Australia loves festivals. Indeed, the summer is so crammed with them that it’s hard to keep track, so here are the essentials. WORDS ALEX HARMON

What do deadly snakes and festivals have in common? Australia has the more of them per capita than anywhere in the world. That’s Australia for you, life on the edge, full of thrills and spills and hey, what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger, right? The most common complaint I hear is that there are too many festivals and it’s too hard to decide on which one to attend, while over in the UK the most common complaint is in regards to all the mud. This just proves that people are whingers, no matter where they are. Complaints aside, the best thing about Aussie festivals is the atmosphere. Sure, we don’t always get the big names or Kate Moss rolling around in the mud wearing short shorts, but we do have the vibe. The sun is shining (well, usually), the clothing is sparse (always) and people are generally having a sweet time, all for the love of the music. 8


So whether you like to dance, mosh, skank, sway, shuffle or all of the above, there will be something for you. And it doesn’t matter where you are, the festivals move around so as long as you can get to a capital city or sometimes even a country field, then you won’t miss out. Hell, even Tasmania gets one of the coolest festivals in the country at New Year’s. Another great thing about festivals in Australia is the people watching. There’s the protein-shake, Aussie-flag loving blokes you get at the likes of Big Day Out and Soundwave, or the peaced out, bespectacled hipster girls at the likes of Harvest and Laneway. Then you’ve got your hardcore, diehard festival fan who lives for the music, forgoing showers and getting on the green for the camp-out weekender festivals like the Blues and Roots or Peats Ridge. Or the show-offs who don’t really care about the music

but want to be seen. They’re usually pepped up to the max, wearing their swimming costume (girls) or have their shirts off (guys) and want to be your best friend. Try to avoid them. I could go on and on about festival stereotypes, but I won’t, because it’s not just about them. Making their way over to these shores for the festival season this year are artists like Bob Dylan, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg and the Arctic Monkeys. It’s an action-packed time though and many festivals sell out before you can say “can I jump the fence?” (indeed, many have already sold out, but check eBay and Gumtree for last minute sell-ons, also Facebook is a great way to buy tickets, just go to the festival page and check out the forums). So, to help stop your head exploding trying to work out where, when and how much, here’s the low ›› down...

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WHAT: Ease yourself into the festival season with some chilled summer sounds. The organisers are calling this one a “feeling” not a festival. Get on that wavelength with Portishead, The National, Bright Eyes, Death in Vegas and The Holidays. WHERE/WHEN: Melbourne (Nov 12), Sydney (Nov 13), Brisbane (Nov 19). HOW MUCH: $150 + bf. MORE INFO: harvestfestival.

WHAT: Burst into summer with some blockrocking beats. This year the line-up includes Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack, Carl Cox and LMFAO. WHERE/WHEN: Sydney (Nov 26), Perth (Nov 27), Adelaide & Melbourne (Dec 3), Brisbane (Dec 4). HOW MUCH: $143 + bf. MORE INFO:

HOMEBAKE WHAT: The Aussie (and a few Kiwis) festival in Sydney’s Domain which gives you the very best in home-grown talent. Including Nick Cave (with his newish band Grinderman), Cut Copy, Pnau, Gotye, Ladyhawke and Danel Merriweather. WHERE/WHEN: Sydney, Dec 3. HOW MUCH: $95 + bf. MORE INFO:

FALLS FESTIVAL WHAT: Consistently one of the best Aussie festivals, Falls is a three-day fiesta held at stunning sites near the beach in Lorne, on the Great Ocean Road, and Marion Bay, near Hobart, with the acts switching locations halfway through. Grab your tent and enjoy a great lineup which includes The Kooks, Arctic Monkeys, The Jezabels, Metromony. WHERE/WHEN: Lorne (Vic) and Marion Bay (Tas), Dec 29-31. HOW MUCH: Lorne is sold out, but it’s $216+bf for the three-day Marion Bay festival. MORE INFO: fallsfestival.



FESTIVAL OF THE SUN WHAT: A three-day festival known catchily as FOTSUN to locals. It’s located right on the beach. AND it’s BYO. This year’s lineup includes Art vs Science, Ladyhawke and Dan Sultan. WHERE/WHEN: Port Macquarie, Dec 9-10. HOW MUCH: $155, including camping. MORE INFO:

PEATS RIDGE WHAT: Over New Year, Glenworth Valley becomes a veritable feast for the senses, packed to the brim with music, arts and culture. Two hundred bands perform across 10 stages and there’s also theatre, cabaret and comedy. This year’s line-up includes Gotye, Xavier Rudd, Salmonella Dub, Stanton Warriors and The Holidays. WHERE/WHEN: Glensworth Valley (an hour north of Sydney), 29 Dec – 1 Jan. HOW MUCH: Three-day passes for $334 + bf or you could volunteer and get in for free. The festival are looking for helpers for everything from childcare to marketing. Shifts only last around five hours so you still have plenty of time to soak up the music. MORE INFO:

SHORE THING WHAT: Fireworks? Pah! If you’re in Sydney for NYE then any respectable party animal must dance their way into 2012 on Bondi Beach with Snoop Dogg, Calvin Harris, Pendulum and more. WHERE/WHEN: Bondi Beach. Dec 31. HOW MUCH: From $138 + bf. MORE INFO:



WHAT: Queensland doesn’t miss out on the New Year festivities either with this six day folk festival in the forest. Line-up includes Andy Bull, Gotye, Owl Eyes and many more. WHERE/WHEN: Woodford, Queensland. From 27 December. HOW MUCH: From $97 for a one day pass. MORE INFO:

WHAT: Sydney’s biggest orphans’ Christmas Party by the beach, complete with BBQ lunch and wet t-shirt competition. Lineup includes Timmy Trumpet, Bombs Away, DJ Helena and The Postman. WHERE/WHEN: Bondi Pavillion, Dec 25. HOW MUCH: $49 + bf or $69 with lunch. MORE INFO:





WHAT: Even if it’s full of boisterous bogans, this is the biggest of the lot. This year’s features Kanye West as the headliner, plus My Chemical Romance, Royksopp, Foster the People, Girl Talk and skater Tony Hawk. WHERE/WHEN: Auckland (Jan 20), Gold Coast (Jan 22), Sydney (Jan 26), Melbourne (Jan 29), Adelaide (Feb 3) & Perth (Feb 5) . HOW MUCH: $165 + bf MORE INFO:

WHAT: Hungover you say? The only known cure is to keep partying. Celebrate the New Year dancing along to Justice, Metromony, Crystal Castles, Moby and Gotye. It’s the perfect way to break all of those newly-made resolutions. WHERE/WHEN: The Domain, Sydney. Jan 1. HOW MUCH: $135 + bf. MORE INFO:

PYRAMID ROCK FESTIVAL DUB DAY AFTERNOON WHAT: Get your Jamaica fix at this 12-hour dub marathon, featuring the likes of One Dread, Champion Sound and DJ Wade. WHERE/WHEN: Brisbane (Nov 26). HOW MUCH: $18. MORE INFO:

A DAY ON THE GREEN WHAT: This festival mixes music and wineries and runs across the summer months. This summer’s tours include Icehouse, Cold Chisel, Washington, Lanie Lane and Josh Pyke. WHERE/WHEN: Seventeen different venues across all Australian states and New Zealand. HOW MUCH: From $140. MORE INFO:

SUMMADAYZE WHAT: You’re not in Sydney but want to continue the New Year festivities? Well the other states follow suit with Summadayze. Celebrate with a 12-hour dance fest. There will be a slightly different lineup in each city but expect the likes of Snoop Dogg, Calvin Harris, Scissor Sisters, Pendulum, and Grandmaster Flash. WHERE/WHEN: Adelaide (Dec 31), Melbourne (Jan 1), Gold Coast (Jan 2), Perth (Jan 3). HOW MUCH: From $139 depending on city. They even have a buy now pay later scheme where you can pay off the tickets fortnightly. MORE INFO:

WHAT: The idyllic surrounds of Phillip Island doesn’t mean the music will be chilled. This festival rocks the new year with Scissor Sisters, Sparkadia, Salmonella Dub, The Ahston Shuffle, Tim and Jean and King Cannons. WHERE/WHEN: Phillip Island, Victoria, Dec 30 – Jan 1. HOW MUCH: Two-day pass starts at $270 and include camping. MORE INFO:



PLAYGROUND WEEKENDER WHAT: This festival that lasts longer than a weekend, on the outskirts of Sydney, has been moved to the potentially cooler climates of early March for what the event organisers say is weather “better suited for elaborate costume party dress ups”. Running for four big days, six stages feature a heap of local and international bands and DJs. Last years line-up included Lamb, De La Soul, Kate Nash, Architecture in Helsinki and Tricky, so if that’s anything to go by, next years will be stellar. WHERE/WHEN: Del Rio Riverside Resort, Wiseman’s Ferry (1.5hrs north of Sydney). March TBC. HOW MUCH: TBC. MORE INFO:



WHAT: A boutique festival, the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is the hipster’s “Big Day Out”. It started in Melbourne’s trendy back streets but has since spread its wings further afield. Artists include The Drums, Laura Marling, Feist, The Panics. WHERE/WHEN: Brisbane (Jan 28), Auckland (Jan 30), Melbourne (Feb 4), Sydney (Feb 5),Adelaide (Feb 10), Perth (Feb 11) and Singapore (Feb 12). . HOW MUCH: $120+bf MORE INFO:

WHAT: For those that like the “urban flava”, this festival includes P. Diddy, Kelly Rowland, Ice Cube and Lupe Fiasco. WHERE/WHEN: Brisbane (April 14), Sydney (April 15), Melbourne (April 21), Perth (April 22). HOW MUCH: $139 or $189 for the Bling Ring. MORE INFO:



FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL WHAT: If this year was anything to go by, then 2011 will surely be a big, glorious electronic mash up of tunes. Think Swedish House Mafia, Fatboy Slim, Skrillex, Jessie J and Tinie Tempah for starters. It’s enough to make you weak at the knees. WHERE/WHEN: Brisbane (Mar 3), Perth (Mar 4), Sydney (Mar 10), Melbourne (Mar 11), Adelaide (Mar 12). HOW MUCH: From $135. MORE INFO:



WHAT: TNT’s favourite festival runs for five days each Easter just outside Byron Bay, the perfect place for this chilled-out hippy heaven. Acts are being announced this week, but last year included Bob Dylan, BB King, Ben Harper, John Legend, Michael Franti and Elvis Costello. Hmm, what’s that sweet smell in the air? There are similar events with the West Coast Blues Fest in Fremantle and the Point Nepean Music Experience happening just outside of Melbourne. WHERE/WHEN: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay. Apr 21-25. HOW MUCH: $455 (five-day) or $345 (three-day), plus more for camping. Early bird tix on sale now. MORE INFO:

WHAT: Get ready to rock. This year boasts Slipknot, System of a Down, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson and Machine Head. WHERE/WHEN: Brisbane (Feb 25), Sydney (Feb 26), Melbourne (Mar 2), Adelaide (Mar 3), Perth (Mar 5). HOW MUCH: $155. MORE INFO:

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TT3D: CLOSER TO THE EDGE FILM review by Alex Harmon STARRING: Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson | CERT: M | 103mins

There seems to be a lot of films about racing, from Fast and the Furious to Drive (which is completely different), but this film has authenticity on its side. Closer to the Edge is a documentary about the infamous Isle of Man Tourist Trophy race.

CONTAGION FILM STARRING: Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, Jude Law | CERT: M | 106mins

Many crimes have been committed in the name of the “disaster movie”, but if anyone can avoid the cliches and pitfalls of the genre, it’s Steven Soderbergh. The thinking person’s Hollywood director has plotted a tense sci-fi thriller about a lethal airborne virus which fast becomes a global pandemic triggering panic and societal breakdown. The film features a stellar cast and a level of scientific accuracy which has been praised by academics.



Not being a rev-head, petrol-head or whatever they’re called at the moment, I was about to write this film off as one for the boys. But instead I found myself captivated by Guy Martin, a charismatic 29-year-old motorcycle racer who carries the documentary. This lad, as he says, “would rather have a wank and play with engines” than settle down with a girl. He unashamedly lives for racing and you watch him ride (through the power of 3D and the added magic of Jared Leto’s narration) as he competes in one of the world’s most dangerous events. Producer Steven Christian said: “It was no coincidence that Guy was one of the main riders we were going to follow. He’s charming, handsome and incredibly funny and a maverick – the ultimate bad boy in black leather.” There is drama, tragedy, suspense and humour in this film that follows some of the leading riders in the 2010 race. It is do or die for these guys (and one girl), every competitor knows that this race could be their last. In fact, over 200 people have died in the 103-year history of the race. And yet, despite the danger, those that survive want to go back and do it again. The most tragic aspect of the film is watching the wives of these racers, some of whom have small children, who stand by their men, through all of the agony and the ecstasy.

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The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art is holding a retrospective exhibition of Alfred Hitchcock’s extensive body of work throughout October and November. The master of suspense spanned six decades with his television and cinematic masterpieces that still stand the test of time. Five-film passes are available for die-hard fans. Until November 27 Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, from $9





The songs of the Finn brothers (Crowded House) have been recreated and popularised by a new breed of Aussie musicians. Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby, Lior, Clare Bowditch, Paul Dempsey and others will perform their greatest hits live on stage in Melbourne this weekend. Extra shows have been announced due to popular demand.

It’s haunting horror film score meets supermarket aisle pop. Austra has the ability to sound sweet with crackle and pop, but also like she is going to kill you. The first track, “Lose it”, I could play over and over. The suffocating pain sounds beautiful against the pan-pipe sounding beat. She has something of the Kate Bush about her voice but much more listlessness in her lyrics. If the album was a novel, Austra would be the helpless protagonist in a gothic tragedy.

Saturday November 5 Palais Theatre, St Kilda

ICE CUBE The big man himself. Mr Ice Cube will be touring Oz next year. If you need to be reminded of his classic hits, think “Fuck The Police” and “Straight Outta Compton”. Or perhaps you’re familiar with his collaborations with Snoop Dog, Tupak or Dr Dre. Either way, O’Shea Jackson is a legend of hip-hop turned movie star and tickets will go fast. He plays Darwin (Apr 17), Adelaide (Apr 18) and Canberra (Apr 19), with Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth dates to come. Cool as ice. Ice Cube “I am the West” Australian tour





Bondi locals rejoice for they love a trendy cocktail bar. This hip little joint has moose heads and shelves of wine and a creative cocktail list. Try the “This drink is a riot in London” with gin, campari and elderflower, it will blow your head off. And if you’re hungry and indecisive go for the four-quarter pizza that comes with scissors.

Banksy, the world’s most notorious street artist, is bringing his bag of spray cans to Sydney. Twenty-three pieces from his Oi You! Collection will be on display at Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. The exhibition is free, all you need to buy is your ferry ticket. From November 4 to December 11.

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TNT has teamed up with the Dub Day Afternoon to give away two double passes for a great day in the sun listening to some live reggae, dancehall and dub. Saturday the 26th of November at the Jubilee Hotel in the Valley in Queensland. Headline acts include One Dread, Champion Sound, F4R AI, DJ Wade and many more. Head to to enter. TNTDOWNUNDER.COM





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Lisa Hannigan Splitting with Damien Rice in 2008, Lisa has since carved out a successful solo career for herself. She talks to us about her love of typewriters, travel and Chris O’Dowd... INTERVIEW ALEX HARMON

Sound advice: “safe travels, don’t die”

Okay then, who’s you celebrity crush? He is. What do you think of Chris O’Dowd? Oh, he’s great. Yeah, he’s doing really well in the US and I remember him from years ago, he was in this medical programme called The Clinic and I remember him being really good, he was so young. And I said to my friends, “that guy is really great”. And then of course he went on to The IT Crowd, I think he’s brilliant.

Whereabouts are you at the moment? I’m in Baltimore, Maryland. It’s just like The Wire. You’re coming to Oz in November? I am, I am really excited about it, I’m coming over for the Nick Drake tribute concert. I was actually over in Melbourne last year for the comedy festival. My boyfriend is a comedian, so I was over seeing him, it was great. What is the map of on your album? It’s sort of a map of the record really, they are the three main places where I wrote the album. Dublin where I live, then Brooklyn where I went for a little bit and Baltimore, although not this Baltimore, funnily enough, Baltimore in Cork. So I am sensing travel is a theme? Yeah it certainly is, it’s not so much travel but the kind of feeling you have when travelling. You have that kind of nostalgic sense of home and when you’re away you think of things in a kind of sharper focus than you get when you’re at home, just getting on with it. What do you miss about Ireland? Well I miss my family and my friends but there’s also a sense of humour that Irish people have that I miss. Like laughing at things that you probably shouldn’t laugh at. 22


Your song “Safe Travels (Don’t Die)” made me laugh. Is this real advice? Well, yeah, certainly. It’s meant to be funny but my friend actually sent me a text saying “safe travels, don’t die,” which I thought was a bit of a funny phrase, but also such a beautiful sentence. Such a pure and yet universal sentence about how you feel about people you love and care about. You say not to bungy jump. Have you done that before? No! Never. I’ve skydived, which was stupid. But I feel that bungy jumping is much more frightening. I’ve never done it and I hope no one ever makes me do it. I’d rather swim in shark-infested waters. So, Damien Rice. Why did you split? Well… it just kind of got to the point after being together for ages where we decided to move on. We’d come to the end of our time.

Is it true you collect typewriters? Oh well, I just started, I don’t have many yet but my dream is to have a room of them, like a wall of them and each one of them to have a halfwritten song on them. It’s a pretty far out dream as I’m kind of living out of a suitcase right now. They’re not really the type of thing you can just pick up on the road… It’s a bit of a frustrating hobby. It will be nice when it happens one day. How about the story that you grew up doing musical theatre? You may have read that on my Wikipedia page and it’s actually wrong. It’s something that someone else has written. And apparently I’m not allowed to change my page in any way, it’s a conflict of interest. I asked them and they said no. It feels like David and Goliath but I am going to get it changed. I think it might have something to do with something I did as a kid in a school play but I wasn’t involved in musical theatre. You know, I like listening to Les Mis, but that’s about it. Can you put a headline on this article that says, “I hate Wikipedia”? Did you watch much of the Rugby World Cup? Oh yes! I have! We were doing so well and it was such a shame we got knocked out. We went to watch it after one of my gigs and our tiny little hearts were crushed.

Do you still talk? Um, well, you know... You said your boyfriend is a comedian. Anyone we know? Well, no, I’d rather not say…

Lisa Hannigan’s second solo album, Passenger, is out this week. She’s playing Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake in Sydney (Nov 11) and Melbourne (Nov 13, 14 & 15).



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Vodka killed the radio star



Amy Winehouse’s coroners report is finally in and it’s time for all those annoying people to say, “I told you so”. Amy died from accidental alcohol poisoning. So it wasn’t drugs, which is good, but it wasn’t the “body gone into shock from detox” theory that was once doing the rounds. Although she had been detoxing, it was this one last boozy relapse that killed her. The report said: “The unintended consequence of such potentially fatal levels (of alcohol) was her sudden and unexpected death.” When they found her on July 23 there were empty bottles of vodka near her body, which was a clue, but no one likes a speculator. The official statement was “death by misadventure”, which is not a bad epitaph. Makes her sound like she took a wrong turn on a solo Himalayan expedition and had to eat her own weary flesh before she ultimately froze to death.



Me pregnant? Jessica Simpson is still denying rumours that she’s preggas and will continue to do so until the price is right. Apparently she won’t sell her story for anything less than $500,000. So until the press cough up, she won’t fess up. But how long can a fried chicken binge facade last? Actually if anyone can pull it off, southern girl Jess can.




Speaking of theories, I’ve got a dazzler. Beyoncé and her foldable baby bump could have been all too true a few years ago when her father got his mistress pregnant. According to said mistress, Mr Knowles wanted Beyoncé and Jay-Z to raise the child as theirs. Michael Knowles made this request to Alexsandra Wright (who used to be on Scrubs) who recorded it, so it must be true. She said no of course and one month later Mrs Knowles filed for divorce. Crazy theory but who knows, maybe Papa Knowles got someone else pregnant and now Beyoncé is “carrying” her half-sibling. That will keep you conspirators going for a while.

There’s one in every family. While Madonna is worth ka-billions, according to the Michigan Messenger, her low-life brother Anthony lives like a troll under a bridge, relying on churches and charity to survive. No one really knows why Mads and her family have


turned their back on trampy Ciccone, but he’s milking it, like brother Chris did when he wrote a tell-all book in 2008 on the “self-obsessed” Madonna. The question is, why did he go to a local newspaper who isn’t paying shit? He spills his guts and yet he’s still gotta prepare himself for frostbite. He said: “You think I haven’t answered this kind of question a bazillion times – why my sister is a multibazillionarie, and I’m homeless on the street?” He went on: “This could happen to anybody. I don’t have any income, I’ve got to go collect bottles and cans, do odd jobs.” Let’s hope the pages of the newspaper his exclusive story is printed on keep him warm this winter.

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TWEETS OF THE WEEK @joanrivers “Lindsay Lohan was a mess in court this week. It looked like Chris Brown did her makeup” @selenagomez “Grown men asking me for an autograph to sell online for money is not a fan. They didnt even know my name when they saw me. #annoyed” @lindsaylohan “With all of the stress and pressure from yesterday and today, I’ve never been so happy to go to therapy!!!!”

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@russellbrand “I’m now vegan, goodbye eggs, hello Ellen”


Celebrity train-wreck Tara Reid is far more interesting off screen. The latest? She’s admitted that her marriage to Bulgarian financier Zack Kehayov is actually fake. The press got hold of this diamond by just blatantly asking her. And alcohol abuse makes truth-telling for Tara relatively easy. Quizzed by a photographer on whether she would go on the US show The Newlywed Game, Tara put it bluntly: “We would lose... we were never really married, it was never legal.” So that whirlwind marriage (he proposed on the same day they got married) was fake? But Tara, what about your tweets thanking fans for their support and saying that you love being a wife? You just can’t believe anything these days.


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Poor Demi Moore, no one wants to invite her to their spa parties because she’s too old and now her ex-husband Bruce Willis has announced that his young piece of arse wife is pregnant. Bruce and his 33-year-old wife, Emma, are expecting their first child together according to Life & Style Magazine. Of course, this isn’t Bruce’s first child, he already has three, around the same age as Ashton Kutcher. 56 year-old Bruce will be 75-years-old when his kid graduates from high school. That’s if he makes it the whole nine yards. Nonetheless, Bruce is “over the moon” about his wife’s news. Demi also said she was over the moon, but then retracted it, she meant that she was “over the hill”.

@snoopdogg “Keep ya headup lindsay lohan! Wow! Revoked probation on both cases!” @britneyspears “I wanna go see Rum Diary w/ Johnny Depp before I get to Puerto Rico. Looks awesome! PS- Speaking of Puerto Rico, see you in December” @snooki “One more thought ; I’ve decided im gonna start an arts and crafts group atleast once a month <3 #YUM”

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Best way to get people off your back for violating the law is to get your tits out, right? If you’re Lindsay Lohan then it’s a hell yes. She will be baring all for an upcoming issue of Playboy. And when we say baring all, we mean bearing ALL. According to TMZ, Lindsay will be baring “boobs, ass, and vag”. Thank you TMZ for putting it into layman’s terms. The shoot took a whopping four days to photograph! No doubt her birthday suit had some wrinkles that needed ironing, but four days?! The first reports circulated that Lindsay would pull one of those lame semi-nude shoots – all sideboob, no action – but Playboy sources have confirmed that this is not the case. Lindsay did, however insist the photos be “tastefully done”. Yeah right, I can imagine Dina Lohan in the background demanding “more flesh!”

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A man from one of India’s poorest slums has become the first person to win the $1 million prize on the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? The winner, Sushil Kumar, from Bihar, took home the prize in an event that echoed the plot of Danny Boyle’s film Slumdog Millionaire. The 27-year-old, who works as a computer operator, receives a salary of less than $150 per month. The winner’s brother said that the reason he was so informed was because he tuned into BBC’s Hindi service on a regular basis. Sushil plans to use his winnings to pay off debts and build a house for his family and wife of five months.



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A passenger travelling from New Jersey’s Newark Airport found a TSA note inside her luggage that advised her to “get her freak on”. Jill Filipovic revealed on her Twitter page that Transport Security Administration (TSA) agents had obviously found her sex toy when checking her luggage. “Guess they discovered a ‘personal item’ in my bag. Wow,” she tweeted. The note was written in black ink on the back of a TSA notice, which was found when she unpacked in Dublin. In an email to New York Magazine, Filipovic identified the item and claimed it was the “most basic sex toy you can imagine”. “It has now been officially retired, since I have no idea if the TSA agents manhandled it,” she said. Filipovic wrote on her Feministe blog that the message was “wildly inappropriate” but that she “died

Bangkok prepares for the worst by evacuating 600 serious offenders from the notorious Bang Kwang Central prison, also known as the“Bangkok Hilton”. The prison was evacutated after Thailand’s prime minister warned that the city coud remain flooded for a month. Some areas on the outskirts of Bangkok are flooded up to waist high. laughing” in her hotel room. However, she has since told FOXNews. com that she was becoming “pretty disturbed” by the note. Filipovic has not filed a complaint but a TSA spokesman says the claim is being investigated.


“Doctor Fish” or “Nibble Fish”, first discovered in a thermal spring in Turkey, are fast becoming a worldwide trend as skin smoothers at a number of spas, despite health concerns. This specialised species of fish suck away dry, dead skin with their toothless mouths. Since the high temperature of their natural habitats does not allow for

high levels of nutrients, they seek out human skin as a food source. They are also a successful treatment for psoriasis and eczema patients. In the past few years these fish have become popular in the use of “fish pedicures”, especially in Asia. Spas have even begun branching out to include fullbody fish treatments. However, new health concerns have begun emerging about whether the fish can spread infection. The Sun recently printed a front-page story entitled, “Trendy fish pedicures could spread HIV and hepatitis C”, because the fish themselves cannot be cleaned or sanitised like regular spa tools. The UK has launched an investigation into the health implications but as yet, no official bans have been issued. TNTDOWNUNDER.COM



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Adolf Hitler, five, and his sister Aryan Nation, four, have been ordered to stay in foster care after being taken from their parents last year. Heath and Deborah Campbell from New Jersey have since been acquitted of child abuse. They say authorities took them because of their names. They were alerted when a birthday cake with “Happy Birthday Hitler” in icing was ordered.


A rare white southern hairy-nosed wombat has been found in South Australia. The exhausted baby was found wandering a paddock near Ceduna and has been named Polar, because he looks more like a baby polar bear than a wombat. Wildlife rescuer Val Simon says he is only the third one she has ever seen.

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Feeling lost: Forget Major League Soccer in the US, Rio Ferdinand might soon be reunited with former teammate Carlos Tevez at Roma, if the rumour mill is to be believed.

TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o has insisted he moved from Inter Milan to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala for the football, not the reported £330,000 a week wage packet. The world’s best paid footballer, 30, told CNN: “Anzhi made me an offer, which was at the same level of my talent. The truth is the future of football is in Russia.”

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT, GOT THE... David Beckham now seems certain to complete a move to Paris Saint-Germain, after the big-spending French side ordered 20,000 shirts with his name on. Becks, 36, will become a free agent in November and has been heavily linked with the Qatari-owned club.

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Victoria in the colder months (and it does get quite chilly down here), then you must head to the Victorian High Country where you’ll find ski fields for your best powder action. Mount Buller is only three hours from Melbourne, Mount Hotham has the largest average snowfall in Victoria and Falls Creek is the biggest of all the ski resorts in the state. More of a wildlife fan than an adrenalin junkie? Then you best be off to Phillip Island to see the very cute penguin parade. Another island which is great for wildlife is French Island, which boasts the biggest koala popular in Australia. But perhaps scenery is more your thing. If this is the case then Wilsons Promontory and the Grampians will whet your scenic and hiking appetites, but the icing on the cake is by far the Great Ocean Road. This winding road of magnificence will take you past the 12 Apostles (which can also be done in a day trip) and onto Adelaide should you wish to continue. We recommend staying somewhere like Apollo Bay if you’re taking your time. Oh, and how could we forget the wine? For that you want the Yarra Valley. Bottoms up!

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Dutchie NIENKE KROOK learnt that working as a Jillaroo on an outback ranch is not for the faint-hearted. We’re told what we can expect on the Leconfield Ranch east of Tamworth – anything from riding horses and mustering cows to sheering sheep. I can see a couple of my fellow backpackers trying to disappear under the wide brims of their newly bought suede cowboy hats. Their headgear must have looked well impressive in the leather shop, but right now I keep thinking I’m at a fancy dress party. It turns out that most of us have never ridden a horse before – or even know what they look like, for all I can tell. Tasks such as lassoing down calves and branding them don’t seem to be activities the average European teenager engages in on the weekend. Having a second look at us all, sitting a little dazed around the campfire pit, wearing oversized gumboots and looking a bit anxious at the great nothingness around us, I am a bit concerned about our chances of survival this week. But we’re about to put that to the test: we’re going


horseback on a massive sheep herd. While I’m enjoying the endless views, something tells me the other riders don’t appreciate it all that much. Most of them are either trying to pull grass-eating horse heads back up or look frightened at oncoming descending slopes. One girl even manages to lose her stirrup (with attached boot) after just 10 metres. I feel sorry for them, but quickly ride to the front of the group and focus on today’s goal: herding all of the sheep from the meadows back to the ranch. Sheep are a special kind of species. Surely, when you’re at a waterhole minding your own business and you’re being approached from behind by 20 horses and their mildly aroused riders, you might feel a little uneasy. But the total hysteria that emerged from the 50 balls of fur in front of us, we didn’t quite expect. As if we’re armed with spears and a rotating grill, they launch into the air, screaming and fleeing in every direction possible, pushing each other aside. With the help of sheep dogs we finally manage to get the shaking group of pre-socks and

sweaters together again and guide them back to the ranch, where their second ordeal awaits. We get our shearing lesson from Fiona, a girl that has clearly spent too much time with cattle and horses and has started to look like one herself. “The mosst importhanth part of ssheering is thath you don’th feel sshorry for them,” she says with a slight lisp while single-handedly throwing one on its back and sitting down on it. She fires up the electric razor and within a minute, pieces of wool swirl from the sky and the sheep’s left side is left bold and a bit bleeding. She swings the poor thing around and strips him of the rest of its coat. It seems easy, but when we try it ourselves it’s clear we don’t nearly have enough strength to finish the job properly. And still, the toughest job is yet to come. You see, we’re having lamb meat for dinner. When I get up to throw away my leftovers (which we keep in closed containers, against rats), karma hits me right back. Four neatly shaved and bundled sheep legs stare at me, as silent witnesses from today’s massacre. I feel my stomach turn and decide that maybe I’m not such a great Jillaroo after all. Perhaps I’d make a good vegetarian.



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Just arrived? Bleary-eyed, jet-lagged and not sure how to set up your new life in Oz? Here’s your guide to getting the vitals sorted WORDS ANDREW WESTBROOK

Fresh from a coma-inducing flight to the land Down Under and don’t know which way is up? Have no fear – TNT has an essential eight-point guide to setting yourself up in Australia. TAX FILE NUMBER The first thing you’ll need to do if you’re planning on getting a job Down Under is get a Tax File Number (TFN). You need to give it to your boss within 28 days of starting work. Don’t be surprised to find yourself paying crazy rates of tax if you forget. It’s really not that hard to get one. By far the easiest way is to visit the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website at and fill in the form online (it takes about 20 minutes). Failing that, try ringing them on 13 28 61 or pop into one of their offices. Just remember to have your passport, visa details and an Australian address to hand. BANK ACCOUNT You’ll need an Aussie bank account to get wages paid into. This normally involves going to a branch in person. The big four banks in Australia are ANZ, Commonwealth, NAB and Westpac. It’s best to shop around for the best deals, because often in Oz, there’s no such thing as free banking. Many accounts charge you for almost everything – from using a different bank’s ATM to a monthly fee for just having an account. It’s also worth signing up for a MasterCard debit card as without one you’ll have to keep resorting to your credit card from home to pay for stuff online. Whichever you choose, take along your passport and at least one other piece of ID, such as a photo driver’s licence or student card. Some banks also require that you deposit some money when you open the account, so make sure you’ve got a couple of bucks up your sleeve in case you need it. Plus, remember to avoid the bank at lunchtime, when you’ll be joined by a million zombie-faced office workers. MEDICARE If you’re unfortunate to come down with the dreaded lergy, you’ll thank your lucky stars you visited a Medicare office to pick up a Reciprocal Health Care card (if you’re eligible). Best to do this as soon as possible because if you get sick while you’re in Australia you’ll be taken care of.

If you hail from the UK, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Italy, Malta or Belgium, then you’re in luck, as you get looked after best, and even get a sexy little Medicare card to stick in your wallet. Beware that different nationalities get cover for different amounts of time, not necessarily your whole stay Down Under, so make sure you check what you’re eligible for. All you need to do is take your passport, plus in some cases proof you are enrolled in your country’s national health care scheme, along to a Medicare office. They’ll then send your card out, so make sure you’ve got an Aussie mailing address. When going to a doctor, it’s worth picking one that does “bulk billing”. This means you only have to pay the subsidised rate up front, rather than paying full whack and then having to go to a Medicare office for a refund. Travellers from Ireland and New Zealand aren’t quite so lucky, although those countries do still have reciprocal agreements with Australia. This means that despite not getting a Medicare card, you do still get free emergency treatment at public hospitals, subsidised prescriptions and necessary medical care. Take note that students are not eligible for Medicare. They must instead take out Overseas Student Health Cover, as a condition of their visa. For more info, visit or phone 13 20 11. JOB MARKET Australia’s job market is like a platter of hors d’oeuvres for backpackers. Some positions are in hot demand and are gobbled up before you even have a chance to apply, while others are left over for the truly hungry and desperate. There are some skilled positions and even industries that can’t get enough backpackers, meaning they offer incentives to lure in overseas workers. For example, nurses are in high demand in Australia. Many nursing agencies offer fringe benefits to attract you, from accommodation and phones to reward systems for diligent workers, which may include travel. You may find work as a temporary midwife, with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in the outback, or in the operating room in a TNTDOWNUNDER.COM


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busy city hospital. Temping agencies often have plenty of office positions available, which have the plus side of giving you the flexibility to leave at short notice and you’re often paid weekly. On the flipside, the employer only needs to give you one day’s notice. Hospitality skills especially open up opportunities in Australia, with the al fresco scene vibrant all year round. So if you want to cook, pull beers or wait tables, keep an eye on the local newspaper and feel free to drop your resumé in to restaurants, asking to see the manager. Be aware that states and territories have different legislation governing the serving of alcohol. In some states you are required to complete a one-day course in Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA). In NSW these cost around $100, but you may have to redo it in each state you wish to work in. You might also have to gain a Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RSG) in order to work near gambling devices like pokies. For those of you who like to get their hands dirtier than Tiger Woods’ conscience, then the harvest trail is for you. Plus, if you work as a “seasonal worker” in regional Australia for three months (88 days) you can extend your working holiday visa for a second year. Head to for more info. Visit to find out what crops are grown where and when. Good general jobs sites to check out include au, and RATES OF PAY



around $15 an hour up to about $25, but bear in mind jobs with lower wages often get better tips, plus there’s often bonus rates (such as double time on public holidays). Also, you might get paid less at resorts, but it might be easier to blag free trips, dives, ski passes etc. Harvesting is all about how gung-ho you are. Fruit picking work is paid either by the hour or by the “bin”, which often works out more profitable if you’re willing to put the effort in. Whatever you’re doing you must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage per hour. That’s $15.51 (or $589.30 per week) if you’re 21 or older. It varies if you’re younger, so call the Fair Work Info Line on 13 13 94 or check When doing harvest work paid by the bucket, employers must still pay you the minimum hourly rate. Take note that you are entitled to one unpaid 30 minute meal break per day plus one paid 10 minute rest break. You should also get a payslip within one day of wages being paid. GET MOBILE As well as keeping in touch with friends and family back home and in Oz, having a mobile phone could simply be the difference between you getting that job you so desperately seek or the other candidate that’s easily contactable. Vodafone often has the best pre-paid deals, but beware that reception outside the main cities might be fairly

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Ah, the big question on every interviewee’s lips. The one you’re too scared to ask about. You know you’re only in it for the money, but you told the employer: “Oh, I love being bossed around, it’s what I majored in.” Temping and office work can vary greatly from $15 up to $60 an hour for specialised professions. Average administrative roles in major cities usually pay between $20 and $27 per hour. A job in hospitality will have you earning anything from

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non-existent. Telstra and Optus are the two biggest Aussie networks. It’s also worth looking into buying an international phonecard so that you can call home super cheap. Shop around as competition is fierce. TAX & SUPER When you cease working for an employer, make sure you get a payment summary, showing your total income and amount of tax withheld. It is essential to keep this for your compulsory tax return. The tax form (to be completed after the end of the tax year on June 30) may seem like a chore, but isn’t too complicated. Plus, if you’ve not worked full-time for the whole year you’ve almost certainly paid too much tax, meaning you’ll be in line for a tasty windfall, often over $1,000. You can either do the form yourself or pay an agent to do it (normally about $100). When filling in your tax return ask yourself, “Am I a resident for tax purposes?” Anybody staying in one place for any length of time can say they are, and so receive a tax-free threshold and a lower tax rate. Visit for the info. Another one to remember is your superannuation contributions (which is like a state pension). If you earn over $450 a month (before tax), your employer is obliged to pay contributions (equal to nine per cent of your salary) into a fund. When you leave the country you can claim them back. This can be a hassle, but again, agents will take the stress out of it for a fee. Unfortunately, you will be taxed between 30 and 40 per cent on your claims and you cannot make the claim until you have left the country.

HOME TIME Depending on how long you want to stay, how comfortable you want to be and whether you enjoy a party every night, there’s plenty of options for where you lay your head each night. When you’re on the road a hostel dorm room (the bigger the better) is obviously your cheapest option. Don’t always be too hasty to move on, however, with most places offering discounts for staying a week. Ask if they have any jobs going. You can often do a few hours of cleaning or reception work in return for a free stay. If you’re staying a bit longer, you’ll save cash by moving into mid-term accommodation. This normally requires a commitment of at least one month and will see you in a big furnished house, normally with bills included. Longer term, you’ll have to get a lease on a flat/house. This will involve having references, paying a bond up front (normally a month’s rent) and signing up for anything from three months to a year in advance. Unfurnished rental properties are the norm in Oz, but there are specialist estate agencies who have got rooms good to go, albeit usually at a slightly inflated price. It’s also well worth checking Melbourne out websites like gumtree. What to do in the for room share Victorian capital options and secondhand furniture. ❚






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Sail like an Egyptian Escape the frenzied haggling and honking of Cairo and get back to basics with a chilled-out felucca ride along the Nile WORDS LUCY CORNE

WHEN TO GO: Spring and As I lie on deck listening to the gentle at the helm between naps and sips of autumn are the best times to visit. splashing of the Nile in the moonlight, Egyptian Stella beer. The river banks pass by, I realise I need to get some sleep. If I don’t The summer months are okay for sometimes fringed with palm trees; other sun-lovers if you stick to the coast, sections punctuated with whitewashed rest now I won’t have enough energy for but interior towns like Aswan can houses or the occasional mosque. After a full day of lounging tomorrow and that get unbearably hot. lunch we anchor to await the return of would be a tragedy. Life on board a felucca IS IT SAFE: If travelling to Captain Hubbly Bubbly and my eye catches is far from taxing. the comical sight of two teenage boys These flat sailing boats are essentially giant Egypt in the near future, bear in floating beds, their decks almost entirely mind that due to the recent political attempting to bathe a cow that is clearly happier out of the water. taken up by thin-yet-comfy mattresses. They unrest, the Australian government After a 15-minute struggle to lure the sail for a matter of hours or days, depending recommends you “exercise extreme animal into the river they admit defeat, on the level of stress you seek to alleviate. caution” in Luxor, Aswan and leave the cow to its own devices and go for This, of course, could well have a direct the Red Sea resorts and that you a swim. They approach our boat and wave relationship with how long you’ve spent in “reconsider your need to travel” to to us to jump in. Eyeing the murky water Cairo. The capital has many pluses – exquisite other parts of the country. Terrorist and thinking of all those travel ailments I bakeries and superlative shopping; amazing attacks could occur anytime, foolishly read up on before leaving home, architecture and welcoming residents. But the including in tourist areas. I’m hesitant, but once my fellow passengers city is also awash with maniacal drivers and take the plunge I don’t want to get left out. more haggling, honking and hawking than Wading in fully clothed (a swimsuit seems wholly even the hardiest traveller can bear. inappropriate in rural Egypt), I’m shocked to find the Fortunately it only takes a few hours on a felucca to Nile a pleasant place to swim and we float around until return your tension to pre-Cairo levels. I ponder the day Hubbly Bubbly returns with an armful of loo roll and a bag we’ve had – a midday departure from the southern city overflowing with utterly unappetising meat. of Aswan, an afternoon nap as the Nile gently carried us That evening, our second and last on board, we party northward, a surprisingly delicious dinner on board and a on the river bank. Barbequed camel turns out to be not couple of cold beers as the sun set over the river. We sleep only bearable but actually tasty. To celebrate his culinary anchored to the river bank and awake to a typical breakfast success, Captain Hubbly Bubbly breaks out his goblet drum. of strong, sugary tea and hard-boiled eggs. Along with his introverted crewmate and the skipper of With the pace of the trip set, we settle in for a day of a neighbouring felucca, they put on an impromptu but utter relaxation peppered with the occasional brush with impressive show of Egyptian music and dance. I try to enjoy, local culture. Our skipper, who calls himself ‘Captain Hubbly but I know what’s coming next – that heart-sinking, fourBubbly’, thanks to his love of the hookah pipe, abandons word phrase that turns an enjoyable cultural performance ship mid-morning to do a little essential shopping for his into the thing of nightmares: “Now it’s your turn!” passengers. His list is an unusual one featuring just two Between a dozen of us we fail to find a single song we items – toilet paper and camel meat (the latter perhaps know more than three lines of and after attempting two necessitating an increased supply of the former). His Bob Marley tunes and a Queen classic, we settle for a replacement appears from nowhere, opts not to introduce cringe-making rendition of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. himself and promptly embraces felucca life, falling asleep Hubbly Bubbly rescues us and everyone joins together at the back of the boat. ›› in a round of “She’ll be coming ‘round the mountain”, Luckily the ride is not a rough one and we take turns TNTDOWNUNDER.COM


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with improvised verses including “She’ll be riding my felucca” and, of course, “She’ll be smoking hubbly bubbly…”. A fine evening caps off a wonderful day and we retreat to our floating mattress.

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The next morning as the felucca nears Kom Ombo, home to a stunning riverside temple and the place where we have to bid farewell to Hubbly and his boat, I feel ready for a bit of a haggle. In fact, if the occasional fling with a felucca is the prescribed antidote to city life, it won’t take much persuasion for me to emigrate to Cairo. ❚

DIVING AND DAIQUIRIS THE RED SEA RESORT OF DAHAB Open-air restaurants line the beachfront, where backpackers, sun worshippers and scuba divers congregate to sip cocktails or lassis and munch on the free appetisers each establishment uses to attract diners. The Red Sea laps just metres away, its abundant waters a magnet for divers and snorkelers from around the world. This is Dahab, an ideal spot for a gentle transition into hectic Egyptian life – the country’s laidback and beautiful answer to Koh Samui. Oceanic pursuits take centre stage in this largely budget resort but those who come to take their PADI course or sample the superlative snorkeling action often end up lingering a lot longer than planned. There’s more to this resort perched on the edge of the stark and striking Sinai region than diving and daiquiris though. Day trips take in the swirling patterns and iconic rock formations of the Coloured Canyon, while overnight camel treks stop off for a little nomadic culture in a Bedouin camp. And whether you’re religious or not, taking the midnight hike to the biblical Canada: Cool mountain’s 2,285m runnings in the summit in time for Ontario winter a desert sunrise is a must-do.


MONUMENTAL EGYPT There are many reasons to visit Egypt – friendly people, fine weather and awesome diving among them – but nothing draws in visitors like the array of temples, statues, obelisks and tombs found across the country. After the demonstrations in Egypt earlier this year, only a trickle of tourists are visiting, so get there soon to enjoy a little monumental sightseeing without the usual crowds. THE PYRAMIDS Where? On the western outskirts of Cairo What? The Pyramids of Giza need no introduction. However many pictures you’ve seen, however many tourists you have to share them with, the experience of getting up close with the Great Pyramid is one of travel’s magical moments. Get there early to beat the crowds and shun organised tours in favour of a DIY experience, or you might spend half the day in surrounding papyrus factories and perfume outlets. The nearby Sphinx has taken a beating since it was first carved in 2500BC but it’s still an awe-inspiring site. Be prepared to get hassled by men encouraging you to take a camel ride.

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THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS Where? Luxor’s West Bank What? The Valley of the Kings was the last resting place of many pharaohs, including a few you’re bound to have heard of such as Tutankhamun. His tomb isn’t the largest or the most spectacular – its fame stems from its late discovery and the fact that the crypt had not been ransacked when it was unearthed. In fact Tut’s tomb is pretty humble compared to those around it and if you’ve seen the sparkling treasures found within (housed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo), you can only imagine the riches that plunderers must have found in the far larger tombs nearby.

to magnificent Karnak and a project is underway to restore the avenue. Allow half a day to explore the myriad obelisks and sanctuaries of Karnak, a temple that was altered for more than 1,500 years.

ABU SIMBEL Where? South of Aswan, close to the Sudanese border What? There’s not a monument in Egypt that isn’t awe-inspiring, but Abu Simbel simply outshines them all – even, for many, the Pyramids themselves. As if this temple carved out of the hillside and the four 20m high statues of Ramses II weren’t impressive enough, the whole immense complex was dismantled and moved in the 1960s to avoid destruction from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. Amazing. SUBMERGED SIGHTS, ALEXANDRIA Where? Alexandria What? Alexandria is home to a couple of well-known monuments, including Pompey’s Pillar and the Kom-ash Suqqafa Catacombs, but its real intrigue lies not on land but beneath it. The city has sunk several metres since its architectural heyday so many monuments lie under the Mediterranean. Sub-aquatic sightseeing is gathering pace in the city, with a couple of scuba companies offering dives to explore old Alexandria. If you’re not a diver, you can see some excavated items in the city’s museums.

LUXOR TEMPLE AND THE TEMPLE OF KARNAK Where? Luxor’s city centre What? Sitting squarely in the city centre, the Luxor Temple is one of the country’s most accessible. From here follow the Avenue of the Sphinxes north-east towards the Temple of Karnak. The statues peter out after 100m or so, but they once stretched the full 2.7km



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BYRON BAY Backpackers Holiday Village 116 Jonson St 1800 350 388,

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SOUTH COAST Great Southern Backpackers 13 Chandos St, Eden. 02 6496 1515,

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Brisbane Backpackers Resort 110 Vulture St, West End. 1800 626 452,

Chill Backpackers 328 Upper Roma St. 1800 851 875,


Gallery of Modern Art Stanley Pl, South Bank. 07 3840 7303,

Backpackers in Paradise 40 Peninsula Drive, Surfers Paradise. 1800 268 621,

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

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Riverstage Brisbane. Tues, Nov 22. $101. The Grammy-winning Canuck country singer, together with new band Six Boom Bang, is taking her first album in three years on the road.

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Colonial Village YHA 820 Boat Harbour Drive. 07 4125 1844

Northside Backpackers 12 Queen St. 07 4154 1166

Fraser Roving 412 The Esplanade. 1800 989 811,

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Halse Lodge YHA 408 The Esplanade. 1800 242 567,

1770 Backpackers 6 Captain Cook Dr. 1800 121 770,

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Dreamtime Travellers Rest 189 Bunda St. 1800 058 440,

AJ Hackett Bungy jumping and canyon swinging. 1800 622 888

Gilligans Backpackers and Hotel Resort 57-89 Grafton St. 1800 556 995,

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Skydive Cairns 07 4030 7990, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway 07 4038 1555,

Nomads Cairns 341 Lake St. 1800 737 736, Nomads Esplanade 93 The Esplanade. 1800 175 716, Kuranda Resort 3 Greenhills Rd, Kuranda. 07 4093 7556

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

GULF SAVANNAH Emu Creek Cattle Station 07 4094 8313

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Melbourne Aquarium Cnr of Flinders St & King St. 03 9923 5999,

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Exford Hotel 199 Russell St. 03 9663 2697,

Melbourne Museum 11 Nicholson St, Carlton. 13 11 02

Flinders Station Hotel 35 Elizabeth St. 03 9620 5100,

National Gallery of Victoria Federation Square.

Anglesea Backpackers 40 Noble St, Anglesea. 03 5263 2664

Old Melbourne Gaol 377 Russell St. 03 8663 7228

Eco Beach YHA 5 Pascoe St. 03 5237 7899,

The Greenhouse Backpacker Level 6, 228 Flinders Lane. 1800 249 207, Habitat HQ 333 St Kilda Road, St Kilda. 1800 202 500, Home at the Mansion 66 Victoria Parade. 03 9663 4212, Home Travellers Motel 32 Carlisle St, St Kilda. 1800 008 718,

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Hotel Bakpak Melbourne 167 Franklin St. 1800 645 200,

Space Hotel 380 Russell St. 1800 670 611,

Melbourne Central YHA 562 Flinders St. 03 9621 2523,

The Spencer 475 Spencer St. 1800 638 108,

Nomads Melbourne 198 A’beckett St. 1800 447 762,

Urban Central 334 City Rd, Southbank. 1800 631 288,

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

Official Neighbours Tours 570 Flinders St. 03 9629 5866,

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


MELBOURNE STREET ART The leading lights of the graffiti world, like Banksy, rate Melbourne as one of the best cities in the world, if not the best, for street art, so it’s well worth hunting some down. One of the easiest, and best, places to start is right in the centre of the city, by Federation Square. Just opposite the square lies the opening to Hosier Lane (with MoVida tapas restaurant on the corner). Nearby AC/DC Lane is also well worth a quick look. Don’t just stay in the CBD, however, but take a stroll out to the suburbs, especially Fitzroy and Collingwood. In Fitzroy, the laneways off Brunswick Street are particularly good. Be sure to take diversions off the main drag, especially down Leicester Street, Rose Street, Gertrude Street and Argyle Street, or wander down the parallel Fitzroy Street. While exploring the area, make an effort to head in the direction of Collingwood, where the roads surrounding Smith Street are also crammed with art-covered walls.




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MURRAY RIVER Echuca Gardens YHA 103 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,

MELBOURNE VICTORY VS BRISBANE Etihad Stadium. Sat, Nov 5. $27. One of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best supported footy teams plays host to the defending champs in what should be a lively encounter. Melbourne

Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park 35 Bell St, Torquay. 1300 736 533

Sorrento Foreshore Reserve Nepean Hwy, Sorrento. 1800 850 600


Sorrento YHA 3 Miranda St, Sorrento. 03 5984 4323

Bayplay Lodge 46 Canterbury Jetty Rd, Blairgowrie. 03 5988 0188,

Tortoise Head Lodge French Island. 03 5980 1234

GIPPSLAND Prom Country Backpackers 03 5682 2614 Rawsom Caravan Park Depot Rd, Rawson. 03 5165 3439,


FLAMING LIPS The Palace Theatre. Thur, Nov 17. $80. Once named by Q magazine as one of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;50 bands to see before you dieâ&#x20AC;?, the Lips are playing sideshows around the Harvest Festival. 20-30 Bourke St, Melbourne

GRAMPIANS Grampians YHA Eco Hostel Cnr Grampians & Buckler Rds, Halls Gap. 03 5356 4543

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

Brambuck Backpackers 330 Grampians Road, Halls Gap. 03 5356 4250

Old Crown Hotel 238 Hargreaves St, Bendigo. 03 5441 6888

The Island Accommodation 10-12 Phillip Island Tourist Road. 03 5956 6123

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Old Firestation Backpackers 18 Phillimore St. 08 9430 5454,


Sundancer Backpackers Resort 80 High St. 08 9336 6080,

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


Emperor’s Crown 85 Stirling St, Northbridge. 1800 991 553,

Fremantle Markets 08 9335 2515,

Globe Backpackers & City Oasis Resort 561 Wellington St. 08 9321 4080,

Fremantle Prison 1 The Terrace. 08 9336 9200,

Ocean Beach Backpackers 1 Eric St, Cottlesloe. 08 9384 5111,

ROTTNEST ISL ROXETTE Challenge Stadium. Wed, Feb 29. $99. It’s been more than 15 years since the Swedish power pop duo made it Down Under, so relive the late 80s and get along to their show.

One World Backpackers 162 Aberdeen St, Northbridge. 1800 188 100,

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Perth City YHA 300 Wellington St. 08 9287 3333, The Old Swan Barracks 6 Francis St. 08 9428 0000, Underground Backpackers 268 Newcastle St, Northbridge. 08 9228 3755, The Witch’s Hat 148 Palmerston St. 08 9228 4228,

PERTH DO Aquarium of Western Australia 91 Southside Drive, Hillarys. 08 9447 7500, Kings Park & Botanic Garden Perth Mint 310 Hay St. 08 9421 7223,

Perth Zoo 20 Labouchere Road, South Perth. 08 9474 3551,

FREO STAY Backpackers Inn Freo 11 Pakenham St. 08 9431 7065,

Rottnest Island YHA Kingstown Barracks. 08 9372 9780,

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MONKEY MIA Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort 1800 653 611,

NINGALOO REEF Blue Reef Backpackers 3 Truscott Crescent, Exmouth 1800 621 101, Ningaloo Club Coral Bay 08 9948 5100, Excape Backpackers YHA Murat Rd, Exmouth. 08 9949 1200,



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

Cable Beach Backpackers 12 Sanctuary Road. 1800 655 011,

ALBANY Albany Bayview Backpackers YHA 49 Duke St. 08 9842 3388, Cruize-Inn 122 Middleton Rd. 08 9842 9599,

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BROOME DO Sun Pictures Carnarvon St. 08 9192 1077,

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THE BUNGLE BUNGLE Unheard of as recently as the 1980s, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Purnululu national park is not only one of the most spectacular geological wonders on Earth, but also one of Australia’s best kept secrets – think Uluru, without the crowds. Strolling 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. But while the Bungles are what have brought the world’s attention to this rocky outpost of the Kimberley, they are just one of Purnululu’s draw cards. The trek into Cathedral Gorge takes you past ancient Aboriginal rock paintings as the cliffs loom high on either side, while Echidna Chasm, at times little more than a metre wide, is another must-see.

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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,

Palm Court Kookaburra Backpackers Giles St. 1800 626 722

Elkes Backpackers 112 Mitchell St. 1800 808 365,


Frogshollow Backpackers 27 Lindsay St. 1800 068 686,

Airborne Solutions Scenic helicopter flights. 08 8972 2345

Gecko Lodge 146 Mitchell St. 1800 811 250,

Nitmiluk Tours Gorge cruises and kayak hire. 1300 146 743

Melaleuca on Mitchell 52 Mitchell St. 1300 723 437,

DARWIN FRIDGE FESTIVAL Finale at the Waterfront. Sat, Nov 12. The humidity can make the Darwin locals a bit, well, odd. Hence what is billed as the world’s coolest festival – an arty celebration of fridges.

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,


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.

TENNANT CREEK Tourist Rest Leichardt St. 08 8962 2719,


1300 135 595, Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise Adelaide River. 08 8978 9077,

Alice Lodge 4 Mueller St. 08 8953 1975, Alice Springs YHA Cnr Parsons St & Leichhardt Tce. 08 8952 8855,

Wave Lagoon Waterfront Precinct.

Annie’s Place 4 Traeger Ave. 1800 359 089,


Haven Resort 3 Larapinta Drive. 1800 794 663, Toddy’s Resort 39-41 Gap Rd.

ALICE DO Alice Springs Desert Park Larapinta Drive. 08 8951 8788, Alice Springs Reptile Centre Meet and hold lizards. 9 Stuart Terrace. 08 8952 8900, Outback Ballooning Hot air balloon rides. 1800 809 790, Royal Flying Doctor Service Base Museum and operations room. Stuart Terrace. 08 8952 1129, 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,


KINGS CANYON There’s no denying there’s one very big reason why you should not leave Australia before venturing to the Red Centre – Uluru – but there’s far more to see in the region than simply the rock. As spectacular and spiritual as Uluru is, often travellers are equally blown away by the area’s two other main attractions, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. The jagged geology of the canyon is not something you want to miss.



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HOBART STAY Central City Backpackers 138 Collins St. 1800 811 507, Hobart Hostel 41 Barrack St. 1300 252 192, Montgomery’s YHA 9 Argyle St. 03 6231 2660,

Pickled Frog 281 Liverpool St. 03 6234 7977, Transit Backpackers 251 Liverpool St. 03 6231 2400,


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

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


Cascade Brewery 140 Cascade Rd. 03 6224 1117

DEVONPORT Tasman Backpackers 114 Tasman St. 03 6423 2335,

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

Narrara Backpackers 88 Goulburn St. 03 6234 8801,

Mt Wellington Descent Bike tours. 03 6274 1880

PORT ARTHUR Port Arthur Historic Ghost Tours 1800 659 101,

Cataract Gorge Centre for Beer Lovers Boag’s Brewery, 39 William St. 03 6332 6300, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery 2 Invermay Rd & 2 Wellington St. 03 6323 3777, Tasmania Zoo 1166 Ecclestone Rd. 03 6396 6100,

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

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Iluka Backpackers YHA Reserve Rd. 03 6257 0115,

Barossa Backpackers 9 Basedow Road Tanunda. 08 8563 0198,

Freycinet National Park Brewery, Wineglass Bay camping. 03 6256 7000,


STRAHAN Discovery Holiday Parks Cnr Andrew & Innes St. 1800 454 292, Strahan YHA 43 Harvey St. 03 6471 7255,

Four Wheelers Henty Sand Dunes quadbike tours. 04 1950 8175,


Water by Nature Extreme multiday whitewater rafting. 1800 111 142, Wild Rivers Jet Jet boating. 03 6471 7396, adelaide stay


ADELAIDE STAY Adelaide Oval Home to the Adelaide Backpackers Inn 112 Carrington St. 1800 24 77 25,

Berri Backpackers Sturt Highway, Berri. 08 8582 3144,

Adelaide Central YHA 135 Waymouth St. 08 8414 3010,

Harvest Trail Lodge Loxton.08 8584 5646,

Adelaide Travellers Inn 220 Hutt St. 08 8224 0753,

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

Annie’s Place 239 Franklin St. 1800 818 011,

Riverland Backpackers Labour Hire Services 08 8583 0211

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

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

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

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

Hostel 109 109 Carrington St. 1800 099 318,

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

My Place 257 Waymouth St. 1800 221 529,

Nullarbor Traveller Tours across to Perth. 1800 816 858,

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

1800 064 726

Haigh’s Chocolates Factory tours. 153 Greenhill Rd, Parkside. 1800 819 757, Temptation Sailing Dolphin swimming, Glenelg. 04 1281 1838,

Kangaroo Island YHA 33 Middle Terrace, Penneshaw. 08 8553 1344,

Barmera Backpackers YHA 6 Bice St, Barmera. 1800 285 276,

Shakespeare Hostel 123 Waymouth St. 1800 556 889,

Under Down Under is one of Tasmania’s pioneers of affordable adventure travel in Tasmania. Established in 1996, just like a good wine, we get better every year. Plus, we’re consistently the intrepid travellers’ first choice when it comes to local knowledge, great guides and taking our guests to the most memorable places.

Radeka Down Under 1 Oliver St. 1800 633 891, Riba’s Underground 1811 William Creek Rd. 08 8672 5614,


Adelaide Zoo Frome Rd. 08 8267 3255,

Opal Cave Coober Pedy Hutchinson St. 08 8672 5028,

Port Lincoln Tourist Park 11 Hindmarsh St. 08 8621 4444, Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions Great white shark cage diving. 08 8363 1788,

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






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Flexi-Pass Combines InterCity and Newmans. 0800 222 146,

Airport Skyway Lodge Backpackers (BBH) 30 Kirkbride Road, Mangere. +64 9275 4443,

Flying Kiwi Wilderness Expeditions 1800 143 515,

Albert Park Backpackers (VIP) 27-31 Victoria St East. +64 9309 0336,

Kiwi Experience +64 9366 9830 Magic Travellers Network +64 9358 5600,

Auckland International Backpackers (BBH) 2 Churton St, Parnell. +64358 4584,

NZ Travelpass 0800 339 966,

Base Auckland 229 Queen St. 0800 227 369,


Stray +64 9309 8772,

Queenstown. Fri, Dec 30 – Sun, Jan 1. $149. See in the new year amongst some glorious Kiwi countryside and the likes of Tommy Lee, The Freestylers and Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs.

RENTAL FIRMS Ace Rental Cars 1800 140 026, Backpacker Campervan & Car Rentals +800 200 80 801, Bargain Rental Cars 0800 001 122,

Gibbston Valley Winery

Escape Rentals 1800 456 272,

Rental Car Village +64 9376 9935,

Explore More 1800 800 327,

Spaceships 1300 139 091,

Darn Cheap Rentals 0800 447 363,

Jucy Rentals 0800 399 736,

Econo Campers +64 9275 9919,

Rent-A-Dent 0800 736 823,

Bamber House (BBH) 2 2 View Rd, Mt Eden. +64 9623 4267, Central City Backpackers 26 Lorne St. +64 9358 5685, City Garden Lodge 25 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell. +64 9302 0880

Maple Lodge (BBH) 52 Ellice St. +64 4385 3771 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 Wellywood Backpackers 58 Tory St. 0508 00 58 58 Worldwide Backpackers (BBH) 291 The Terrace. +64 4802 5590, YHA Wellington City 292 Wakefield St. +64 4801 7280

CHRISTCHURCH Around the World Backpackers 314 Barbadoes Street. +64 3365 4363

Kiwi International Queen St Hotel and Hostel 411 Queen St. 0800 100 411,

Wicked Campers 1800 246 869,

The Fat Camel (Nomads) 38 Fort St. +64 9307 0181,

Avon City Backpackers Worcester Street. +64 3389 6876,

Nomads Auckland 16-20 Fort St. +64 9300 9999,

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

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

Foley Towers (BBH) 208 Kilmore St. +64 3366 9720,

Pentlands (BBH) 22 Pentland Ave, Mt Eden. +64 9638 7031

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

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

Kiwi House 373 Gloucester St. +64 3381 6645

Surf ‘n’ Snow Backpackers 102 Albert St. +64 9363 8889, The Brown Kiwi (BBH) 7 Prosford St, Ponsonby. +64 9378 0191, YHA Auckland City Cnr City Rd & Liverpool St. +64 9309 2802, YHA Auckland International 5 Turner St. +64 9302 8200,

WELLINGTON Base Wellington 21-23 Cambridge Tce. +64 4801 5666

BUNGY JUMPING We’re pretty certain that no country can match New Zealand’s dedication to scaring its visitors senseless, which is why no trip to Kiwiland is complete without some form of scream-inducing adrenalin activity. There’s no shortage of weird and wacky thrills available throughout the country, but there’s no doubting that the purest, and arguably scariest, experience is good old bungy jumping. You can do a bungy in just about every NZ town but there’s no doubting the daddy is AJ Hackett’s Nevis jump, just outside Queenstown.

Cambridge Hotel (BBH) 28 Cambridge Tce. +64 4385 8829 Downtown Wellington Backpackers (BBH) 1 Bunny St. +64 4473 8482 Lodge in the City (VIP)


152 Taranaki St. +64 4385 8560

Standby Cars 1300 789 059,




At The Right Place 85 Bealey Street. +64 3366 1633

Marine Backpackers 26 Nayland St. +64 3326 6609 Point Break Backpackers (BBH) 99 Seaview Road. +64 3388 2050 The Old Countryhouse (BBH) 437 Gloucester St. +64 3381 5504 Tranquil Lodge (BBH) 440 Manchester St. +64 3366 6500 Rucksacker Backpacker Hostel (BBH) 70 Bealey Ave. +64 3377 7931 Vagabond Backpackers (BBH) 232 Worcester St. +64 3379 9677 vagabondbackpackers


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Cardrona Alpine Resort Between Queenstown and Wanaka. +64 3443 7341,


Deco Backpackers (VIP, BBH) 52 Man St. +64 3442 7384, Flaming Kiwi Backpackers (BBH) 39 Robins Rd. +64 3442 5494, Hippo Lodge (BBH) 4 Anderson Hts. +64 3442 5785, Nomads Queenstown 5-11 Church St. +64 3441 3922,

ELTON JOHN Forsyth Barr Stadium. Tues, Nov 15. From $275. Ouch. If you’ve got some serious cash to spare then make a date with the Rocketman for the only Kiwi date on his greatest hits world tour. Dunedin

13 Gorge Rd. +64 3442 7220, Aspen Lodge (BBH) 11 Gorge Rd. +64 3442 9671, Base Discovery Lodge Queenstown 49 Shotover St. +64 3441 1185,

Pinewood Lodge (VIP) 48 Hamilton Rd. 0800 7463 9663, Queenstown Lodge Sainsbury Rd, Fernhill. 0800 756 343,

Black Sheep Lodge (BBH/VIP) 13 Frankton Rd. +64 3442 7289,

Southern Laughter (BBH, VIP) 4 Isle St. 0800 728 448,

Bungi Backpackers (VIP, BBH) 15 Sydney St. 0800 728 286,

YHA Queenstown Central 48A Shotover Street. +64 3442 7400,

Butterfli Lodge (BBH) 62 Thompson St. +64 3442 6367,

YHA Queenstown Lakefront 88-90 Lake Esplanade. +64 3442 8413

WAITOMO One of the highlights of the North Island, Waitomo is an unassuming, tiny town on first inspection, but its real treasures lie below the surface. In a landscape dotted with endless caves and caverns, this is the place to try out black water rafting, aka tubing, or some monstrous abseiling, all while gazing at millions of glow worms.

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