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SOME LIKE IT HOT Exploring Uluru and the Red Centre’s other rock stars

ARABIAN NIGHTS From the surf to the Sahara in Morocco

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EDITOR’S LETTER Summer has officially arrived Down Under, so we’re all about cooling off in the deep blue sea this week. Australia has a staggering amount of good diving opportunities, so we’ve made a list of the best on p8, plus sent one dive virgin off for a lesson. Also, the latest issue of our New Zealand mag came out this week, so if you’re heading that way, log on to to check it out. Happy travels!









































We get nip-happy learning to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef



Chatting to the UK DJs Scratch Perverts about their upcoming Oz tour



Exploring the red centre of Australia and being blown away by Uluru

ROCK THE KASBAH From surfing to cooking, we give our top 10 Moroccan experiences





OZDIARY EDITORIAL Editor Andrew Westbrook Staff writer Alex Harmon Intern Leigh Livingstone Contributors Janine Kelso | Damian Hall | Joanna Tilley

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Prepare for the Aussie media to swoon to an embarrassing degree this week, as good old Golden Balls himself is in town with the LA Galaxy. Yes, David Beckham is bringing his Major League Soccer-winning teammates, including Robbie Keane, down under to take on Harry Kewell’s Melbourne Victory, who currently lie third in the A-League, at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow (Tuesday). Tickets are reserved seating only and are currently on sale through Ticketmaster. Category C and B start from $25 and go up to $90. Further info available at $25

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The giant screen rising from the water with the Opera House in the background is almost as worth seeing as the films themselves in this five-week film fest. It doesn’t start until Jan, but tix go on sale next Thursday (Dec 15) and always sell out fast.

The Festival of the Sun boasts a great lineup this year, including Art vs Science, Ladyhawke and Young Kids of Hungary, plus two full days of rocking bands. Tickets include two nights beachside camping and even better, the event is BYO (but no glass).

Friday nights are full of fun in The Rocks. Wander the cobbled streets, and enjoy laneway performances, interactive art, hula hoop classes or relax in the outdoor lounge. There is also a dark dungeon tour and burlesque show to get the heart racing.

January 11 – February 18 Mrs Macquaries Point

December 9 – 10 Sundowner Breakwall

November 4 – December 23 The Rocks, Sydney


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Dive another day From spectacular underwater shipwrecks to the world’s most famous reef, Australia has some of the world’s best diving There’s nothing quite like taking your first breaths under water. That reassuring noise of bubbles and the giddy excitement of knowing you shouldn’t, but you can. And there’s the thrilling weightlessness – surely similar to being an astronaut. And all that’s before you get to see the brilliant inhabitants of the rainbow-coloured underwater wonderland that awaits; full of shapes, colours and sights you didn’t think could possibly exist. If you’re a beginner, taking your 8


first step is easy. PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) courses typically take two to four days and range from introductory experiences to instructor levels, giving you the freedom to explore the other 70 per cent of our planet. There are loads and loads of PADI Dive Centres and Resorts across Oz (for info, visit and needless to say, Australia offers some of the very finest scuba diving – and some of the best facilities – in the world.

Where? Well, there are simply too many excellent dive and snorkel sites to mention them all here, so we’ve narrowed them down to our top 10. While you can don a snorkel and see some spectacular sights just about anywhere off the Aussie coast, the following 10 are what we consider world-beaters, either for their unique conditions, plentiful wildlife or sheer scale. Keen divers should try to see as many of these as possible before they head on out of the country.

NINGALOO REEF IN A NUTSHELL Better than the Great Barrier Reef? TELL ME MORE This area is protected by the government, preserving its ecosystem of over 500 species of fish, whales, whale sharks (April to July), manta rays, turtles and dugongs. There’s also a spectacular reef only 100 metres offshore with far less people than the GBR. A bloody treasure, mate... WHERE The closest main town is Exmouth, Western Australia. Some of the best areas of the marine park for diving are Bundegi Beach and Turquoise Bay.

One of the Ningaloo’s big friendly giants

LORD HOWE ISLAND IN A NUTSHELL Dive the world’s southernmost coral reef. TELL ME MORE Like Byron Bay, Lord Howe Island offers both tropical and temperate waters. The island hosts so much marine diversity, and incomparable beauty, that it has been World Heritage listed. It’s renowned for its pristine, pollution-free environment, providing some of the most pure diving waters in the world. WHERE Lord Howe is two hours by air from Sydney and Brisbane. It’s admittedly more expensive to get to than some of the other options, but it may well be worth it.

BYRON BAY IN A NUTSHELL Where tropical meets temperate. TELL ME MORE Julian Rocks Marine Reserve lies at the intersection of southerly and northerly currents, creating the unique blend of warm and cold water, which allows a variety of marine life to thrive. In summer months you’re likely to come across leopard sharks. They’re very distinctive-looking and, thankfully, aren’t too bothered by humans. You can also spot whales and dolphins from certain spots in Byron. WHERE The reserve is three kilometres off the Byron coast, in northern NSW.



Australia’s best wreck dive? Welcome to the Yongala




THE WHITSUNDAYS IN A NUTSHELL Heavenly islands on the Great Barrier Reef. TELL ME MORE The Whitsundays include over 70 islands, so there’s heaps of options to choose from. It’s a great spot for learners, with introductory dives and snorkelling readily available and there’s also plenty of scope for more experienced dive enthusiasts. WHERE The Whitsundays are located off the Queensland coast from Airlie Beach.

Photos: Tourism Queensland, Tourism WA, Thinkstock

IN A NUTSHELL Arguably the country’s greatest wreck dive. TELL ME MORE The SS Yongala sunk in a cyclone in 1911, taking down all of its 122 passengers and crew. The wreck was discovered during World War II, and the exact circumstances of its demise remain a mystery. The Yongala is in good shape on the sea floor, and hosts a plethora of sea animals. WHERE The wreck lies off Cape Bowling Green, Queensland. Trips leave from either Townsville or Magnetic Island.

IN A NUTSHELL If grey nurse sharks are a bit tame for your liking, check dis! TELL ME MORE Two companies run cage diving expeditions off Port Lincoln, South Australia, to locations home to not only great white sharks, but also sea lions and fur seals. They plonk you in a cage, then plonk the cage in amongst some of the most ferocious predators on earth, while you try very hard not to wet yourself (not that anyone’ll notice). WHERE Port Lincoln is way down south on the Eyre Peninsula, 280km from Adelaide.

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IN A NUTSHELL About as far south as you can dive. TELL ME MORE It’s a little known fact that there are scores of places to dive in Tassie. You can navigate submerged caves, giant kelp forests and shipwrecks dating back to the 17th century, all while getting acquainted with dolphins, seahorses, sea dragons and countless other cuddly creatures. Top spots include Bicheno, Rock Cape, King, Maria and Flinders Islands and EagleHawk Neck. You can even dive close to Hobart. WHERE Head south, and keep going. If you reach a massive ice block, you’ve gone too far.

IN A NUTSHELL A submerged warship, a one-of-a-kind seagrass meadow, and over 300 species of marine life. TELL ME MORE The Busselton Jetty has provided artificial protection to some of Australia’s most colourful fish and coral, making for an eye-catching dive experience. Nearby, you can explore the HMAS Swan, which was lowered to the seabed after her retirement specifically for the enjoyment of divers like you. WHERE Cape Naturaliste is located near the town of Dunsborough, south of Perth, WA.


GREAT BARRIER REEF IN A NUTSHELL Needs no introduction. TELL ME MORE Though the site is protected on the World Heritage list, the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is still under threat, so you should seize upon any chance you get to go and explore. The reef, which comprises a staggering 2,600km of corals and lagoons, is accessible from a number of places along Queensland’s coast – Cairns being the most popular – and there are scores of dive providers to choose from. And the reef isn’t the only drawcard – there are also 1,600 shipwrecks off the coast just waiting to be checked out. WHERE Main base camps include Cairns, Townsville and Port Douglas, though there are plenty of smaller places to visit the reef from.


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SYDNEY IN A NUTSHELL Get up close to a shark, without getting your head bitten off. TELL ME MORE Sydney boasts two main opportunities for diving with sharks: Magic Point at Maroubra, and Oceanworld Manly. Sydney ProDive offer dives at Magic Point, where you can also see a variety of other unique sea animals. The location includes caves and coral reefs. For a more controlled environment, you can enter the fish tank at Oceanworld. Both places cater for beginners and diving pros alike and grey nurse sharks may be big but they’re some of the most docile fish out there. WHERE Manly is one of the most popular tourist hubs on Sydney’s northern Big Bash: We preview beaches, while Australia’s Twenty20 Maroubra is one cricket season of the southern beach suburbs.


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Scuba snacks Never dived before? That’s no excuse – Australia’s warm waters and experienced instructors make it the perfect place to learn WORDS JOANNA TILLEY

Ever since watching Disney’s The Little Mermaid, I’ve fantasised about being Ariel and hanging out with Sebastian and Flounder (those guys were so cool). Although I’d come to terms with the fact I’d never have a beautiful tail, nor a spear-throwing king as a father, thanks to steel tanks filled with compressed gas I was about to discover what life was like under the sea. And where better to follow in Ariel’s footsteps (if she had any) than the Great Barrier Reef. Not only is it one of the seven wonders, but also the largest coral reef system in the world. It consists of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for 2,600km. Basically it’s a bloody massive reef that spans the coast of Queensland. And I was just krilled (sorry) at the prospect of exploring it. Scuba diving is not the sort of activity where they just plop you into the sea to check whether you sink or swim (although bear in mind it is actually better to sink).

On boarding our luxury boat I was greeted by a sumptuous breakfast. Apparently, as well as being on a diving trip this was also an eating trip. Our very own chef would cook our five meals a day (well, scuba diving is tiresome work). On reaching our first diving site I shortly found myself on the edge of the boat. I plopped into the sea and sank rather elegantly to the bottom.

Thankfully I soon realised the nips at my butt were the boys messing around




Okay, it wasn’t that elegantly. Primarily because I was yet to get over the fact that I’d landed the wetsuit with a giant hole over my arse (my fault for thinking that I was slimmer than I am). Thankfully I soon realised that the nips at my butt were the boys messing around, and not piranhas. Self-consciousness in check, I could take stock of the underwater paradise that floated around me. Drifting over coral we saw a number of fishes doing their fin. My inability to find Nemo was quickly forgotten when we stumbled upon a giant turtle. Our instructor went up to pet it and in a jealous rage I vowed that soon I would be shaking hands with a turtle. SHARK TALES Near the end of our first dive we spotted a whitetipped reef shark. Yes, you know about sharks. However, it looked pretty harmless snoozing on the sea-bed. Despite being calm around Jaws, I wasn’t happy to be told that partners in crime Sharky and George had been on my tail throughout the dive (perhaps the nips on the ass weren’t the boys after all!).

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The first two days of our five-day PADI course made me feel confident about swimming with the big fish. There are a few quizzes, some rather amusing videos to watch and of course some pool practice to be done. Tank hoisted over my back, buddy at my side, I waited tentatively for the instructor to go down (oh do behave!). Deflating my BCD (buoyancy control device) it was time to take my first breath underwater. A few wheezes later and... I was dying. Sadly those around me were still alive, so I felt I couldn’t give up by going up. I gradually let my lungs fill with oxygen and a minute or two later the sucking felt second nature to me (stop that). Whilst underwater activities ran smoothly, the same could not be said for the poolside ones. Note: if you’re wearing a flimsy bikini your right boob just might pop out in front of everyone when the instructor helps you out of your wetsuit. It may be embarrassing, but it does help knock barriers down and, if you have nice boobs, it may help you to mate (I mean make) friends. Quizzes passed... check. Pool practice... check. Boob exposed... check. I was ready to hit that big reef thing.

Day two at sea and I ditched the instructor and set off with a buddy. Turtles of the ocean – I’m a coming to get ya! It was our first independent dive and never had it proved so easy to find my man. Mr Turtle was patiently waiting to greet us on our descent. Like a tiger hunting its prey I sleekly approached him. Mr Turtle didn’t blink and despite an urge to tap on his shell to get his attention I remembered that you weren’t meant to provoke the animals of the sea. Boring. NIGHT PROWLER So we’d dived at day but could we do it at night? No problem I thought. But that was until I saw the sharks nibbling on our leftovers at the back of the boat. Other than the party glowsticks that identified each diver we were just given a few torches. Standing on the side of the boat, about to jump into the darkness filled of sharks, stingrays and whales of Jonah-esqe proportion, I thought, “how effing awesome is this?” Below the water it got even better. It was like some crazy underwater horror film, surreal and exciting. Torches flashed here and there, faces looked at each other with panic and big fish swam by pretending to be sharks. Although we didn’t spot any more sharks, the dive was definitely one of the most freaky things I’ve ever done. Three days at sea and many glorious dives later it was time to head back to Cairns. I was officially now the Little Mermaid. ❚ TNTDOWNUNDER.COM



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THE INBETWEENERS FILM review by Alex Harmon STARRING: Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley, Blake Harrison | CERT: MA | 97mins

BREAKING DAWN: PT 1 FILM review by Leigh Livingstone STARRING: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner | MA | 117mins

Twi-hards take a deep breath and then relax because the fourth installment of the Twilight Saga franchise is actually not bad. Director Bill Condon has had the difficult task of bringing the most anticlimactic novel in the saga to life. Most of the film is concerned with the honeymoon (with the good bits cut out), so it sometimes runs a little slow, but with each film the effects get a little better and so do the actors. By the end we might just have a really good movie. 18


For lovers of the UK TV series, this is a brilliant way of wrapping up and saying goodbye to the hopeless, foul-mouthed boys you’ve warmed to over the years. Jay (James Buckley), Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas) and Neil (Blake Harrison) have just finished sixth form and a two-week “clunge” filled vacation to Malia is their chance to go from misfits to men. Unfortunately things aren’t as glamorous as they look on the brochure and a few mishaps involving fake tan, pubic clippers and their lack of money make for a pretty cringe-worthy holiday. Those who’ve watched the series can expect the same dick jokes and immature one-upmanship between the friends as it picks up where series three ended. Will’s amusing narration is as sharp as ever: “Looking like the world’s shittest boy band, we hit the town.” But there’s also a heartwarming message of friendship that hasn’t been explored before. There’s a beautiful moment between Neil and Will as they overlook a filthy pool while Jay throws up in the background. There are also some unrealistic outcomes with the four girls they meet who are attractive, intelligent and witty, but this sets the film apart from the TV show. And after years of wanking, it’s nice to see them have some luck with the “gash”. It’s only disappointment is setting it abroad, meaning there aren’t many of the classic jokes involving Neil’s “gay” Dad or the evil Mr Gilbert. And Simon’s unrelenting pining over Carli gets annoying. But as a whole, it‘s different from most TV spin-offs in that it doesn’t feel cheap. Even if the jokes are. GOOD FOR: Dick jokes, fat jokes, fart jokes, vomit, shit, pubes and a little bit of heart...

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The show that combines trivia, music and comedy may be over but the gang are back with a Christmas show that will knock your red and green socks off. Hosted by Julia Zemiro, there will also be some all-star mystery guests on stage ready to perform. And the usual RockWiz quizzing and competitive tomfoolery. Dec 9-10, Palais Theatre, Melbourne. $79.90





The Canyons have been described as having a club tropical sound. The percussion and jungle bird sounds certainly give that impression, but this debut album is full of saxophone solos that seem to hark back to disco boogie more than anything. It’s a funky, synthesised mix of beats that gives off a bit of a chilled Pet Shop Boys vibe, especially in the vocals. Worth a shuffle.

If you’re looking for some last-minute (or if you’re like me, first-minute) Christmas gifts then get down to Surry Hills this Saturday for the Workshopped Christmas Markets. Here you’ll find a range of stocking stuffers, from obscure jewelry to arty furniture. Perfect for the hard-tobuy-for loved one. Or just that annoying person in your family who has it all.


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WOMADELAIDE Adelaide’s world festival is celebrating 20 years of music, arts and dance in 2012. Located in the blissful Botanic Park, the programme features performances and workshops on seven stages by some of the world’s best musicians, dancers and DJs, alongside street theatre artists and visual artists. There’s also a very popular ‘Taste the World’ cooking programme where you can indulge those taste buds. Bike riding to the event is encouraged. Check online for the 2012 line-up. Fri 9 – Mon 12 March. Adelaide. From $93





There aren’t many pubs left in Oz that support live music like the Grace Emily does. Even on a cold Sunday night at 10pm the place can be packed with drinkers as the bands set up. In the front you’ll find arty looking locals while in the back you’ll find a dark room with sunken couches pushed close to the stage by eager fans.

Embrace your inner-pikey and get down to Sydney’s Carriageworks to eye off some painted caravans. Australian artist Brook Andrew has hand-painted a convoy of caravans inspired by his Wiradjuri culture and immersed them in stories from his life in Redfern. Enter each of the caravans and be transported into his world.

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Another birthday, another drug scandal for Miley Cyrus. But this time it’s not the legal weed Salvia that makes a great “party in the USA”. Miley’s claiming she likes to smoke the real stuff. This has naturally sent her “people” into massive damage control. On her 18th she was caught with a bong that contained Salvia (yeah right), now a year later, and on camera, she makes a similar mistake. “You know you’re a stoner when your friends make you a Bob Marley cake. You know you smoke too much fucking weed,” she said. Meanwhile her BFF Kelly Osbourne chimed in, “I thought Salvia was your problem?” Look, whether the Marley cake was because she’s keen for the green or she shot a sheriff, no one really cares. The problem is her publicist trying to spin the whole thing by saying the Disney Princess was joking. Lame.



Someone who isn’t afraid to speak their mind is Daniel Craig. In an interview with GQ he let loose on everyone’s favourite dinner topic of conversation: Kim Kardashian. Referring to privacy and the price of fame, Mr Craig said: “You can’t buy it back. You can’t buy your privacy back. ‘Ooh, I want to be alone.’ Fuck you. We’ve been in your living room. We were at your birth. You filmed it for us and showed us the placenta, and now you want some privacy?” He goes on to call them “fucking 22


Stamp licker: The only person who wants to lick Pamela Anderson these days is herself. Well now she can because PETA have put her face on a stamp. She’s not the first celeb to promote the cause, Natalie Portman had her chance earlier this year. Now Pammy has degraded the cause does anyone care? Here she is at the launch going postal on herself. idiots”, which just sums it all up really. I imagine he said it in his best Bond voice: “Idiots. Fucking idiots.”


Anne Hathaway is giving engagement another go after her long-time boyfriend Adam Shulman popped the question. Anne said a big fat yes and now tells the press that Adam is much more “mellow” than her last husband. She said: “Mellow doesn’t always

make for a good story, but it makes for a good life.” Which prompted me to find out what happened there. You see I’ve always found Anne Hathaway boring, but it seems her ex-boyfriend was anything but. He’s currently serving four years in prison for fraud. While they were together he posed as an Italian priest and fleeced millions of dollars out of real estate investors. He was caught when he took it to the big league – the Vatican. Love it! The scam was eventually found out by the IRS and Anne thought it best to end it there. Congrats Anne, it really can’t get much worse.

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@JulieBenz “am a stone cold bitch on wheels today..ugh..I even wanna shoot me!!...easy girl easy..taking a deep breath.”


Orlando Bloom might be married to one of the hottest women on the planet, Victoria Secret model Miranda Kerr, but even he needs help getting it up in the bedroom. Miranda was on the Chelsea Handler Show when she made the confession. Chelsea asked her about Orlando’s choice in underwear, which Miranda replied: “Well he had to get into character so I bought him these silk boxer shorts and it kind of helped.” Ummmm, character for what? “For, you know, us. I don’t want to tell you what he bought me.” I suppose the curse of marriage has affected their sex-life and they’ve resorted to playing out some sort of high school sex fantasy. Who else wears silk boxers?


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Lady Gaga had a candid interview with The Sun where she revealed why she thinks she’ll die alone in a big house with nothing but her records and awards to keep her warm. While she’s only 25 and hasn’t gone all Miss Havisham yet, she said her relationships always turn into hate and jealousy. Or she could just say she lives out a bad romance. “Perhaps it’s a whose-dickis-bigger contest. If I go to the piano and write a quick song and play it back, they’re angry with how fast and effortless it is.” Yet when she was asked what she looks for in a man, she replied: “It ranges from a really big dick to a degree at Harvard.” I think, as Freud would say, that Gaga has a serious case of penis envy.

@KirstieAlley “Whoa!! I loved DRIVE.... but hell..I’d pay to watch Gosling read a newspaper.” @RussellCrowe “1 hour 40 mins of Yoga. I’m much taller now.” @JamieFoxx “Eating my words with xtra cheese!” @BenjiMadden “Congrats to everybody who won tonight. Great night at the ARIA’S. Great night of Australian music.”

QUOTE OF THE WEEK But I’ve paid child support to Justin Bieber


Usher has kids? According to his exwife Tameka Raymond, he has two of them and he’s not paying enough attention (money) to them. She is filing for sole custody. Tameka has accused Usher of failure to tell her when travelling out-of-state with their two children, aged four and three. He also allegedly didn’t ask for her approval when employing nannies, he went back on his word to spend time with them at Christmas and there’s basically a string of other offences, including over $34,000 in back payments. Oh Usher, you’ve been shamed. “OMG” indeed.

I hope he’s haunted by what he’s done Jermaine Jackson wishes Dr Conrad Murray a lovely four year stint in jail


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Scratch Perverts Prime Cuts, one third of the legendary London turntablist collective, talks about winning world titles, buying 400 pairs of trainers and the desire to kill Tony Blair INTERVIEW ANDREW WESTBROOK

equipment and trainers. That’s having to change now with a child in the equation. So, how many trainers exactly? About 300 pairs, 400 maybe. You know, I’ve curbed that because it’s embarrassing actually the amount of shoes that are here, and so many that have never been worn and never will be worn. Maybe I can give them to Theodore when he’s 18, it will be like being given platform shoes by your dad. He’ll hate every one of them and I’ll be like, “no, they’re Supreme Dunks, they’re worth a lot of money”.

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Hi, how’s it going? At the moment I’m looking after my baby boy, who was born three weeks ago. It’s a fairly full time occupation in the early weeks. Congrats! So will it be hard leaving home for your Australia tour? Yeah, it will be weird tearing myself away from the little nest. I feel like I’m living in a bubble at the moment so that will feel weird. But from a completely selfish point of view I am looking forward to it because it’s been a while since we’ve been in Australia, since 2007, and I’ve been really eager to come back ever since because I feel like we smashed it the last time. You’re playing places like Tasmania for the first time. Will you explore much? No, this tour is really going to be gig, fly, gig, fly. It’s cool though that we’re going to do so many cities. I’m not whinging. I think we’ve got a day or two in Melbourne. I’ll be arming myself with cameras and skyping stuff home. Done much on past visits? Yeah, a little bit. I managed to coax Tony up the Sydney Harbour Bridge which was amusing seeing as he suffers terribly from vertigo. Ha, that was eventful. We had to keep stopping, 28


and we were in a group of about 30 people, and we were right at the front. I think the walk ended up taking twice as long as it was meant to! More power to the lad though, he was scared shitless, but he did manage it. Do you enjoy playing festivals? Yeah, everything’s on a larger scale. You can’t really be subtle. The whole thing has to be ramped up to 11. You can’t be too clever in those environments, I think you’ve just got to go for maximum energy and clout. But I like both. I’m not someone who’s like, “oh I only like playing small venues”. Fuck that, I love playing massive festival stages as well, it’s so exciting, the adrenalin is amazing. There’s nothing like it. You’ve been in the game for 15 years now. Much changed? Massively. The music that we play now is a million miles from what we were playing then. We played a lot of independent rap music and old funk records, I wouldn’t play anything like that now, it wouldn’t get a look in. How about the business side? We’ve never really approached it with that much of a business acumen. We’re useless with money, very frivolous. I’ve spent far too much on studio

You won a heap of world DJ titles. Why did you stop competing? Yeah, personally I won four world titles and I only really set out to win one. The regime that you have to put yourself through to win those things, it’s hard to continually try and represent yourself in six minutes every year. It’s me, this is my rep on the line, in six minutes. Once you’ve won a few, it’s not even like a conscious decision, it just ends. There’s a couple of Scratch Perverts levels on the computer game DJ Hero. How did that come about? I think they just called us up, asked if we wanted to be involved and said here’s a tonne of money. Yes please! And apparently yours are the two hardest levels... Yeah, I’ve seen lots of funny YouTube comments about how much of a nightmare they are, cursing us for being so difficult. It wasn’t really what we set out to do, we didn’t have much of a grip about what the game was about, but mate, I love it! What superpower would you want? Ah, fucking hell. The one that would allow me to shoot Tony Blair dead and not go to prison. Scratch Perverts play Falls Festival in Marion Bay, Tasmania (Dec 29-Jan 1). They’re also playing shows in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand.


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Day of the dead: Nearly 10,000 people dressed as zombies have marched in Mexico City, setting a new Guinness world record. A group in Brisbane also laid claim to the record after 8,000 zombies walked the streets last month.


A man wanted in connection with a cannibal murder has handed himself in. Henri Haiti, 31, who was a local guide from the island of Nuku Hiva, was on the run for 50 days after he allegedly killed

and ate 41-year-old German traveller Stefan Ramin. Ramin’s girlfriend also claims Haiti tried to sexually assault her before she escaped. Local authorities initially denied the reports of cannibalism in order to preserve the tourism industry.

Thousands of stray cats and dogs have been killed in the Ukraine in a bid to clean up the streets before Euro 2012. PETA claims that in the capital Kiev, 20,000 cats and dogs have been slaughtered in the past year. A spokesperson for PETA said: “It would be cruel to do this anyway, but to do it for football is outrageous.” The government deny the claims, saying that the animals are being taken to shelters.


The South Korean president is asking his citizens to save power by wearing thermal underwear in winter. Lee Myung-bak said he has already made the sacrifice in order to lower the demand for power and finds the garment “very warm and comfortable”. Lee has a reputation for no-nonsense, earning him the nickname “bulldozer”.



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CITY TOP SPENDERS In a list of how much Premier League clubs pay player agents, it was unsurprising that Manchester City came top, splurging almost ÂŁ10m in a year, but Man Utd were only seventh. In total, the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 20 teams paid agents just under ÂŁ72m last year. Spurs were second on the list, followed by Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle. Wigan were the thriftiest, spending just ÂŁ659,000.

LOSING STREAK FINALLY OVER The worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lowest ranking football team, American Samoa, have finally won their first ever World Cup qualification match. Their rivals, who earnt an embarrassing position in the record books, were Tonga, who lost the game 2-1. The Samoans, who in almost two decades have endured 30 straight defeats, hold the record for the

Laugh a minute? England striker Jermaine Defoe has been using Twitter to ponder the possibility of starting an Only Way Is Essex-style reality TV series, centred around the lives of the Spurs team. He tweeted: â&#x20AC;&#x153;All these reality shows, TOWIE, Made In Chelsea, now Desperate Scousewives, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thinkin bout makin one â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hottie hotspursâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.â&#x20AC;?

heaviest defeat in international football, for their 31-0 loss to Australia in 2001.

WALES IN NO RUSH The Welsh Football Association has said it will not look to replace

manager Gary Speed until next year, out of respect for his bereaved family. Speed, 42, was found hanged just over a week ago, less than a day after appearing on Football Focus. He was married with two children.

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1. Good light is essential. Dramatic storm clouds, soft dawn mists and low evening sun all bring out the texture and drama of a wild hillside. Midday sun and flat grey days will flatten the scene and look dull. 2. If the sky is not interesting, don’t give it much headroom. Be aware of the shape it makes. This negative space is important as it frames the top of your shot and can lead the eye out of the shot. 3. Scale is important. Include a focal point to show the scale of the scene and make it more dramatic. This element should be obvious but not distracting. 4. Foregrounds are especially important for rolling countryside shots as the scene will otherwise seem very distant, particularly on wide angles. A few tufts of grass or the branches of an overhanging tree usually works wonders. 5. Walk! To get something different, don’t just plump for the first angle you see – everyone has done this.





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the best place to purchase Q Where’s authentic, good quality, fair trading Aboriginal art and didgeridoos? Matthew Hunt, UK looking to buy indigenous Australian A When art, the closer you are to the source, the more likely you are to purchase an authentic work and help out indigenous communities at the same time. In that case, you’re best off buying from the communities themselves or from a gallery owned and operated by one, which you’ll find mostly near outback towns such as Alice Springs. Otherwise, seek out products sold with a ‘Label of Authenticity’ tag, provided by the National Indigenous Arts Advocacy Association and guaranteeing that the artwork you’re buying is genuine and the money you spend is directed back to the artist or their community. As for didgeridoos, those you see for sale in souvenir shops throughout Australia are usually mass produced and not made using traditional methods, although you can still belt a decent tune out of one. Authentic didges,

again purchased from a community outlet if possible, are painted with traditional designs and are fabulous artworks in themselves. Visit for more information. in Sydney but want to go away Q IforliveChristmas, somewhere remote.

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WHERE IS YOUR FAVE PLACE IN OZ? Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range National Park, in WA. SCARIEST EXPERIENCE? I almost got stuck driving my old car on the beach near the Pinnacles Desert. But what a wonderful landscape!

What do you suggest? Yu Jones, Korea along the coast north from Sydney A Drive and you’ll go through endless suburban housing estates before reaching anywhere remotely... remote. Port Stephens is pleasantly under-developed for somewhere so close to Sydney, while further north Myall Lakes is a peaceful, low-key coastal lake system with opportunities for surfing, boating, fishing and rainforest hikes. The coast south of Sydney is less developed, with smaller towns and empty beaches backed by a rainforest. Narooma and Bateman’s Bay triple in size during summer but the smaller coastal hamlets like Durras, Moruya Heads and Cong manage to retain a pleasant atmosphere during the busy season.


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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE? Waking up under heavy snow at Cradle Mountain in Tasmania. I never knew it snowed in Australia! DONE ANYTHING UNUSUAL? Three days without a shower, in the wild west of Tasmania. But the Aussie lifestyle is so relaxed! MET ANY AUSSIE ANIMALS? A platypus in Tasmania, quokka at Rottnest Island and crocodiles in the Northern Territory are my favourite. YOU WISH YOU’D BROUGHT... A 4WD fully equipped to go anywhere in remote areas.



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English lass JENNY AYRE discovered that Taupo is one of the most underrated places in New Zealand. She did this by getting over it. In fact, 15,000 feet over it... I arrived in Taupo excited to jump out of a plane, but not expecting much else from the small, lakeside town. As with most places in New Zealand, Taupo is steeped in Maori myth and legend. The lake itself is the crater of a dormant volcano, but big enough to fit all of Singapore in it. Driving down the hill towards the glittering Lake Taupo, I was struck by the beauty of the place. Like so much of New Zealand it is a place of contrasts; a serene lake overlooked by intimidating mountains, most famously Mount Doom from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Almost immediately after getting off the bus and checking into the hostel, myself and five others were being bundled into a minivan and driven to an airfield, ready to jump out of a small plane at 15,000ft. I will admit I was slightly nervous to sign a disclosure against my death,

and being told to pay after the jump, meaning it’s free if I don’t survive! Always nice to know. At this point there were a few thoughts along the lines of “why am I doing this?” going through my head. My group were all dressed in bright red jumpsuits, not a fashion I expect to catch on any time soon, and partnered up with the pros. Then we all got into the plane, sandwiched up against each other and took off. The flight was quite calm, I was busy looking out of the window, so almost forgot to put on the oxygen mask you need to breathe at altitude. Luckily the man I was strapped to wasn’t as forgetful. After about 20 minutes we got to the 15,000 feet we were jumping at and the door opened. I was the first one out, so shuffled to the open door, second thoughts racing through my head. The photographer was hanging to the outside of the plane, ready to jump. I was expecting a countdown before jumping, so was more than a bit shocked to be suddenly plummeting towards the ground. As soon as the shock passed,



I started to enjoy it. I was turned upside down and saw the next person jump. I was spun around in circles to see the whole view, the lake, the mountains. It was a bit like being on a rollercoaster, but thousands of feet up in the air. I had been ignoring the photographer up to this point, but then realised how he managed to almost fly around us, moving from above to below almost effortlessly. Then the parachute was opened and I had plenty of time to admire the view on the leisurely descent towards Earth. Skydiving is not the only amazing thing Taupo has to offer. As far as nightlife goes it is a good night out. The Base bar is a fun place to start, and the numerous Irish bars are always busy. However one of my favorite activities in Taupo were the hot pools by the river. About 20 minutes outside of the town there is a spot where geothermal hot pools boil away next to the cold river, making it a lush place to swim, paddle or just relax with a cheeky drink or two. I would recommend Taupo to everyone, after all, a trip to New Zealand wouldn’t be complete without a death defying fall from a plane and I reckon that Taupo’s the best place to do it!



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Centre stage The Red Centre is a geologist’s wet dream, full of weird, wonderful and ancient rocks, not least the headline act – Uluru WORDS DAMIAN HALL

For a variety of reasons – mostly legitimate – I get insulted a bit. So, from “face like a smashed pie” to “rent-a-haircut, Britpop muverf*cker” (nice guy, our boss), I’ve been called a few things down the years. But I’m pretty certain “stupid ning-nong” is a new one. At least I assume, by the state of the irate, purple-faced, female pensioner facing me, that it’s an insult. I’m pretty sure her outburst is something to do with the rock I just climbed. It’s strange which rocks get peoples’ backs up... And how easily you can get a new nickname from your tour group (thanks guys). On my safari round the Red Centre I saw some incredible sights, usually involving breathtakingly spectacular rock formations. Arguably the most special memory was watching the sun spring up over Kata Tjuta. Kata Tjuta, as those of you familiar with local Aboriginal dialect will no doubt know, means “many heads”. Indeed, from a distance the rocks resemble the heads of giants, frozen mid-meeting by some Tolkienesque wizard. The local Aboriginal people, the Anangu, believe the rocks were home to the all-powerful Wanambi snake during Dreamtime (the world’s creation) and the humungous domes are thought to be 600 million years old. The highest, Mt Olga, out-reaches Uluru and the formation is more sacred than its more famous neighbour. Steve, our absurdly knowledgeable guide and former geologist, explained how the rocks host “men’s business”. The details of men’s business are kept secret, but you imagine they’re something more edifying than the beer drinking, talking footy and scratching of nads that constitutes men’s business for most whitefellas nowadays. It felt magical to stand amongst the sacred domes as the sun flooded oranges and pinks across them. Passing them the next day Steve pointed out how similar they look to Homer Simpson lying down. Watarrka National Park (or Kings Canyon) is aweinspiring too. We arrived at dawn, again. And after a knackering 20-minute scramble up the side, marvelled at another magical sunrise. We checked out the Garden Of Eden – a gorgeous rock pool hidden away like a secret oasis – and the Lost City. The longer you stare, the more the domes flitter between being giant beehives, big piles of pancakes, or even large cow pats.

A LOAD OF BULL Nights were spent round the campfire, supping coldies, exchanging stories and bad jokes (sorry) with a host of different nationalities. We then slept in bush camps, usually after a long wondrous gawp at the stars. Night skies in the outback are like nothing I’ve seen before. The stars are so much brighter and more plentiful. Some nights we heard dingos howling in the distance, while one midnight toilet

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trip was interrupted by a visit from a horde of wild horses. On another night, one half-asleep English woman was startled to bump – almost literally – into a very large bull. Days were spent driving through the dusty barren redness of postcard Australia, alongside the rusty old West MacDonnell Ranges and between the Northern Territory’s rock stars. Some believe the great southern land is the oldest land mass in the world and it’s not difficult to imagine it was, such is the ancient, timeless feel. One night we stayed at Wallace Rock Hole Aboriginal Community, home to the Arrernte people. We were taken on a guided walk by Coleen, shown tools, weapons, hand prints on the rocks (a kind of Aboriginal “I woz ere”) and other old carvings. We were also told a poignant story of how the tragic Stolen Generation affected the community. I was dying to ask Coleen more about men’s business, but Steve had warned us this was the only thing she wouldn’t want to talk about. Another day took us to the pretty Pine Valley: a beautiful combination of rustic red rocks, calming rock pools and lush foliage. Everywhere we stopped seemed to be more and more spectacular. We stopped off for some “bush tucker”. TNTDOWNUNDER.COM


I was keen to try some, but when Steve coaxed a witchetty grub out of a bush root, it was just too much. For the authentic experience, they must be eaten raw. And alive. Only two from our group had the bottle to dangle the wiggling little creature between their jaws, before biting it in half. For the record, it tasted, “a bit like egg”. And then, of course, there was Uluru...




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Because images of the famous monolith are ubiquitous, you can feel like you’ve already seen what is arguably the world’s most recognisable natural object. You haven’t. It looked different to every picture I’d seen. And better. It felt like meeting a celebrity, and finding them far more attractive and interesting than you had hoped. The 100 million year old rock is arrestingly majestic and irresistibly enchanting. At one-and-a-half miles long and 348 metres high, it was bigger than I had imagined. On a walk round the base, each new angle cast it in a new form; it became a loaf of sliced bread, a bundle of boulders, a natural pyramid, a row of imposing tractor tyres, a giant slug (Jabba the Hut?) and countless other things. Watching Uluru slide through an improbable array of reds, oranges and browns at sunset was sensational. We supped wine and munched on cheese and biscuits as the magnificent spectacle unfolded. Uluru belongs, legally and

spiritually, to the Anangu people, who have lived in the region for thousands of years. The rock is bound to their cultural heritage and they, quite reasonably, would rather you didn’t go trampling all over their sacred things. “What visitors call the ‘climb’ is the traditional route taken by ancestral men upon their arrival at Uluru,” they say. “It has great spiritual significance for us. The ‘climb’ is not prohibited. But we prefer that, as guests on Anangu land, you will choose to respect our law and culture by not climbing.” It doesn’t seem like much to ask. You can have a wonderful, enriching and memorable time – quite possibly the most memorable time in Australia – at Uluru and leave with your conscience, and someone else’s ancient culture, undisturbed. Yet, still, people feel compelled to climb. I didn’t. But on another day, I did climb up the side of the gorgeous Ormiston Gorge, in the MacDonell Ranges, for a glimpse of what lay beyond. While very beautiful, this area is in no way culturally sacred. It was however, very slightly dangerous, or at least to grumpy pensioners who say, “I wouldn’t have gone to save you if you’d fallen”, when no-one would have asked them to, for example. Oddly, she was cross – not just cross, there was smoke coming out of her ears – because I, an experienced climber, had, well, done a bit of climbing. There was no-one at the bottom of Uluru calling climbers “stupid ning-nongs”. Odd that, I thought. And I laughed. Which didn’t go down too well... ❚

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Kasbah classics From cooking courses to surfing adventures and trekking the Sahara on camelback, here’s our top 10 Moroccan experiences WORDS JANINE KELSO

COOK A TAGINE IN ESSAOUIRA The laidback beach town of Essaouira is the perfect prepare a tasty Moroccan tagine, spot to learn how to prepa in a conical-shaped dish a flavoursome stew slow cooked co cleverly designed to seal in the spicy also called a tagine, cleverl four-hour workshop in authentic yet sleek fragrances. Take a four-hou and suss out how L’Atelier Madada ( (latelierm to make the perfect cup of mint tea, laced with lashings of Moroccan culture after every meal. sugar, a vital part of Moroc After indulging in tthe fruits of your labour, enjoy a town’s fish and spice souk (market), tour of the hippy tow mountains, caged chickens and chock full of olive m medicines – herbal Viagra anyone? suspicious looking m offer is not for the faint-hearted: Much of what’s on o think blood-smeared decapitated rams’ heads. Escape the gore by retreating to one of the market’s small spice array of glass jars filled with heady shops, stocked with an a sweet smelling perfume sticks, such spices, henna dyes and sw as gazelle musk.

SURF IN TAGH TAGHAZOUT A 25-minut 25-minute drive north of Agadir, Taghazout for surfers as it boasts an enormous is a mecca fo stretch of coastline and 330 days of sunshine c a year with wi temperatures rarely dropping below a toasty 20°C. Surf spots aren’t swamped swampe and the warm water and consistent waves makes for a pleasant consist ride. Whether you’re a novice or a W super-star surfer, Taghazout has a superbreak for you. Hash Has Point is known as the lazy man’s spot because it’s an easy right-hander be that breaks brea near the shore, ideal for those who loathe paddling, while the Super Wedge offers padd small fun waves.

HAGGLE IN T THE SOUKS Marrakech’s lively souks are a maze of small shops that curl cur around the backstreets of main square Jemaa el-Fnaa. A whirl of patterned rugs, gaudy slippers, spices, chess sets and hand-crafted hand-crafte crockery, the markets are best

explored at night when pretty lanterns light the way. Don’t be shy about haggling; it’s an essential, and expected, part of the process. Shopkeepers will often want you to enjoy a cup of mint tea with them as you come to an agreement.

EXPLORE THE SAHARA DESERT For the ultimate Arabian adventure, do a camel trek across the never-ending palm-tree dotted dunes of the Sahara desert while watching the blazing sun go down, changing the colour of the sand from cinnamon-yellow to blood-red. Camel rides often include the epic Erg Chebbi, an eye-popping gigantic mountain of sand that has inspired much myth and legend. Bed down between dunes in a traditional Berber camp under a star-studded sky. The Berbers were the original inhabitants of North Africa, a people who managed to retain their traditions and culture despite the invasion of Arabs, Romans, Phoenicians and other tribes sent to conquer the tip of the continent. Most Berbers live in Morocco and although many have moved to the cities, three groups live in the Rif Mountains, the Middle and High Atlas ranges, and the Sahara.

GET SCRUBBED CLEAN IN A HAMMAM Don’t expect an entirely soothing experience when visiting a hammam (traditional steam bath), which can be found in luxury hotels and riads. You’ll be given a no-holdsbarred scrubbing with black soap, which will wipe away any trace of dirt or tan, before having a bucket of water thrown over you, and then sweating it all out in the sauna. The experience is normally topped off with a soothing massage, so you leave feeling rejuvenated and super-clean.

VISIT A FILM LOCATION Famously known as the Hollywood of Morocco, Ouarzazate is home to the Moroccan Film Studios, where epic films, such as The Jewel Of The Nile, Cleopatra, Lawrence Of Arabia and some scenes from Star Wars were shot in its desert-like landscape. Visitors can go on a guided tour of the movie sets. Also meriting exploration is the fortified city of Ait Benhaddou, an 11th century Unescoprotected kasbah which provided the backdrop for Russell Crowe’s swashbuckling Gladiator movie. The well-preserved town marks the start of the road TNTDOWNUNDER.COM


of a thousand Kasbahs, known as one of the world’s oldest trading routes. It’s freckled with ancient Kasbahs with buildings built from mud and straw, while olive and date palmeries break up the dry desert landscape, along with small markets selling prickly pears and watermelons. Sex And The City 2 was filmed in the recently opened Mandarin Oriental Jhan Rahma Hotel, in Marrakech, although the movie was set in Abu Dhabi.

HIKE IN THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS Escape the tourist hordes and hustlers in Marrakech by heading to Morocco’s mighty High Atlas mountains, home to terraced crops, snaking rivers and Berber villages. The wild and rugged peaks of North Africa’s highest mountain range, some of which top 4,000m, can be reached from Marrakech in two hours, and can be explored by hiking, mountain biking or horse riding.

STAY IN A RIAD Beautifully decked out with colourful cushions, lanterns and mosaic-tiled floors, riads are traditional Moroccan houses set around a courtyard and are normally situated near the souks in the middle of the medina. Many have rooftop terraces with reclining seats, which afford views of the medina. Riads cater for everyone from budget to money-is-no-object travellers. In cheaper riads, expect rooms to be small and simple with a curtain (if you’re lucky) separating the bathroom and bedroom. Luxury riads offer hammams, terrace pools and even bathroom doors.

EXPLORE JEMAA EL-FNAA Jemaa el-Fnaa is the pulsing heart of Marrakech, a big square that’s chock-a-block with snake charmers, leashed monkeys (which will somehow find their way on to your back) and storytellers. At night, the square is filled with plumes of cooking smoke infused with sizzling aromas from the open-air food market made up of pop-up stalls with gas fires, where cooks are dressed from head to toe in white, and cheery waiters will vie for your custom with promises of “Asda price” tucker. Eating here is a no frills-affair – you will sit on plastic benches, but the food is delicious and the prices are low. Food ranges from brochettes (meat skewers), salads and couscous to fish and snails. Agree a price up-front to avoid getting ripped off.

VISIT TODRA GORGE The looming cliffs of Todra Gorge, in the High Atlas Mountains, make a rugged contrast to the lush-green landscape. Watch your back for oncoming motorbikes and mules if you walk through the canyon at its narrowest point, surrounded by 300m Into the wild: Doing cliffs. The soaring rock a Kenyan safari on face can also be a shoestring budget explored on a horseriding excursion. ❚




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

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

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

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Magnums 7 Marine Pde, Arcadia Bay. 1800 663 666,

Nomads Beach House 239 Sheridan St. 1800 229 228,

Pleasure Divers 07 4778 5788

Nomads Cairns 341 Lake St. 1800 737 736,

MISSION BEACH Scotty’s Beach House 167 Reid Rd, Mission Beach. 07 4068 8676,

INNISFAIL Innisfail Budget Backpackers Worker’s Hostel 125 Edith St. 07 4061 7833 Walkabout Motel & Backpackers 07 4061 2311

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Nomads Esplanade 93 The Esplanade. 1800 175 716, Northern Greenhouse 117 Grafton St. 1800 000 541,

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PORT DOUGLAS 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

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Eco Beach YHA 5 Pascoe St. 03 5237 7899,


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

Anglesea Backpackers 40 Noble St, Anglesea. 03 5263 2664,

Port Campbell Hostel 18 Tregea St, Port Campbell. 03 5598 6305,

Emerald Backpackers 03 5968 4086


Echuca Gardens YHA 103 Av, Mitchell St, Echuca. 03 5480 6522,

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

Mildura City Backpackers 50 Lemon Ave, Mildura. 03 5022 7922,

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

Brambuck Backpackers 330 Grampians Road, Halls Gap. 03 5356 4250, Fleece Inn YHA 139 Charleston Rd, Bendigo. 03 5443 3086, Grampians YHA Eco Hostel Cnr Grampians & Buckler Rds, Halls Gap. 03 5356 4543,

Oasis Backpackers 230 Deakin Av, Mildura. 04 0734 4251,


Rawsom Caravan Park Depot Rd, Rawson. 03 5165 3439,

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

Sorrento YHA 3 Miranda St, Sorrento. 03 5984 4323,

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Prom Country Backpackers 03 5682 2614

Sorrento Foreshore Reserve Nepean Hwy, Sorrento. 1800 850 600,



Old Crown Hotel 238 Hargreaves St, Bendigo. 03 5441 6888 Tim’s Place 44 Grampians Road, Halls Gap. 03 5356 4288,


ST KILDA OPEN AIR CINEMA The iconic St Kilda sea baths will be transformed into an open-air cinema for the warmer months. There will be live music, a fully-licensed bar and feature films showing from sundown. Catch new releases like Midnight in Paris, Real Steel, Crazy, Stupid Love and In Time, as well as classics like The Goonies. This year Ben & Jerry’s are hosting ‘Sundae Sessions’ with free ice-cream every Friday night. Opening December 11 with a charity event from 4.30pm and the screening of the new film Life in A Day. Concession tix from $17.40. 10-18 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda






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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 LENNY KRAVITZ WA Athletics Stadium. Wed, Mar 28. From $125. Get ready to rock because it’s been a long time between Aussie gigs – 18 years in fact. Lenny will be down under touring with The Cranberries.

102 Stevenson Ave, Mt Claremont

PERTH STAY Billabong Backpackers Resort 381 Beaufort St. 08 9328 7720, Britannia on William 253 William St, Northbridge. 08 9227 6000, Emperor’s Crown 85 Stirling St, Northbridge. 1800 991 553,


Aquarium of Western Australia 91 Southside Drive, Hillarys. 08 9447 7500, Kings Park & Botanic Garden

Perth Mint 310 Hay St. 08 9421 7223,

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

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

Ocean Beach Backpackers 1 Eric St, Cottlesloe. 08 9384 5111, One World Backpackers 162



GOTYE Belvoir Amphitheatre. Dec 9-12. $58 Catch the Aria award-winning musician before he heads off on the festival circuit. He’s performing here with a 10-piece orchestra.

Upper Swan, WA Astor Theatre 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

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80 High St. 08 9336 6080,

FREO DO Fremantle Markets 08 9335 2515, Fremantle Prison 1 The Terrace. 08 9336 9200,

ROTTNEST ISL Rottnest Island YHA Kingstown Barracks. 08 9372 9780,

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

ALBANY Albany Bayview Backpackers YHA 49 Duke St. 08 9842 3388, Cruize-Inn 122 Middleton Rd. 08 9842 9599, Metro Inn Albany 270 Albany Hwy. 1800 004 321,

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,

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

BROOME DO Sun Pictures Carnarvon St. 08 9192 1077,



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“Rotto” to the locals is a sandy island with pristine waters and secluded beaches. Just 19km off the coast of Fremantle, it got its name, “Rats nest”, because of the king-size rat-like “quokkas” who inhabit the island (they’re actually very cute). You might be lucky enough to see these cat-sized critters on your travels.




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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,

Tasman Backpackers 114 Tasman St. 03 6423 2335,

Narrara Backpackers 88 Goulburn St. 03 6234 8801,

BICHENO Bicheno Backpackers 11 Morrison St. 03 6375 1651,

Pickled Frog 281 Liverpool St. 03 6234 7977,


Transit Backpackers 251 Liverpool St. 03 6231 2400,

Princes Wharf One. Sat, Jan 21. $175. The Queen of UK rock, Ms Harvey is in Oz for the Sydney Festival, but will make her way down to play Hobart. Tickets will sell fast.

HOBART DO Cascade Brewery 140 Cascade Rd. 03 6224 1117 Mt Wellington Descent Bike tours. 03 6274 1880 Salamanca Markets Every Saturday, Salamanca Place. Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery 5 Argyle St.


Tasmania Zoo 1166 Ecclestone Rd. 03 6396 6100,

Princes Wharf 1, Hobart Port Arthur Historic Ghost Tours 1800 659 101,

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,

LAUNCESTON DO 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,

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 Discovery Holiday Parks Cnr Andrew & Innes St. 1800 454 292, 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, Wild Rivers Jet Jet boating. 03 6471 7396, adelaide stay


PORT ARTHUR Once known as “Hell on Earth”, this old convict prison is now partly famous for the worst reasons: in the year 1996 a young gunman opened fire on the community, killing 35 people and injuring 37. There’s a memorial here now and loads of tourists paying their respects to the worst massacre in recent Aussie history. That aside, however, it’s in a stunning setting and tours of the historic site, which housed Australia’s worst prisoners between the 1830s and 1870s, are fascinating and easily fill a day. It’s worth checking out the after-dark ghost tours too.



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


Darwin YHA 97 Mitchell St. 08 8981 5385,

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

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,

HENRY ROLLINS Darwin Entertainment Centre. Sun, April 29, 2012. $49 The burly singer turned spoken word artist is touring Australia in 2012. Not leaving any stone unturned, you can catch him in Darwin.

Youth Shack 69 Mitchell St. 1300 793 302,

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,

Crocosaurus Cove Crocodile park and cage of death. 58 Mitchell St. 08 8981 7522,

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,


Haven Resort 3 Larapinta Drive. 1800 794 663,

91 Mitchell St, Darwin

Alice Springs Reptile Centre Meet and hold lizards. 9 Stuart Terrace. 08 8952 8900, Outback Ballooning Hot air balloon rides. 1800 809 790,

TENNANT CREEK Tourist Rest Leichardt St. 08 8962 2719,

Royal Flying Doctor Service Base Museum and operations room. Stuart Terrace. 08 8952 1129,

ALICE SPRINGS 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 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,

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,


LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK There are lots of swimming opportunities in the park’s many natural waterfalls and plunge pools, without the threat of crocs. Wangi Falls is the most impressive, but keep in mind it’s only open for swimming during the Dry season (May to September). Once you’ve cooled off, check out the Lost City, a haunting cluster of sandstone rock formations that resemble a long-forgotten civilisation which many say is akin to the Inca ruins. It’s also one of the best places to check out some magnetic termite mounds.




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


Radeka Down Under 1 Oliver St. 1800 633 891,

Adelaide Central YHA 135 Waymouth St. 08 8414 3010, Adelaide Travellers Inn 220 Hutt St. 08 8224 0753,

Riba’s Underground 1811 William Creek Rd. 08 8672 5614,

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


Backpack Oz 144 Wakefield St. 1800 633 307,

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

Blue Galah Backpackers Lvl 1, 52-62, King William St. 08) 8231 9295,

THE DRESDEN DOLLS Governor Hindmarsh. Thurs, Jan 12. $61. The theatrical punk duo from Boston have reunited and are bringing their unique cabaret style show Down Under.

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

59 Port Rd, Adelaide

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


Opal Cave Coober Pedy Hutchinson St. 08 8672 5028,

Donald Bradman collection. War Memorial Drive. 08 8300 3800, Temptation Sailing Dolphin swimming, Glenelg. 04 1281 1838,

Adelaide Zoo Frome Rd. 08 8267 3255,


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

Barossa Backpackers 9 Basedow Road Tanunda. 08 8563 0198,

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RIVERLAND Berri Backpackers Sturt Highway, Berri. 08 8582 3144, Harvest Trail Lodge Loxton.08 8584 5646, Nomads on Murray Sturt Highway, Kingston on Murray. 1800 665 166, Riverland Backpackers Labour Hire Services 08 8583 0211


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

EYRE PENINSULA Coodlie Park Farmstay Flinders Highway, Port Kenny. 08 8687 0411, Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience Sea lion and dolphin swims. 08 8626 5017, Calypso Star Charters Great white shark cage diving. 08 8682 3939, Nullarbor Traveller Tours across to Perth. 1800 816 858, Port Lincoln Tourist Park 11 Hindmarsh St. 08 8621 4444, Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions Great white shark cage diving. 08 8363 1788,

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


PARACHILNA This little town in the north of the Flinders Ranges is famous for its old hotel, the Prairie (pictured), which was the first building built in the town and is about as Aussie as you can get. They’ve got a selection of beers on tap and a menu that includes quandong, saltbush mutton, emu, yabbie and kangaroo. Pull up a barrel and watch the sun go down over the ranges.




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


AUCKLAND 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,


Stray +64 9309 8772,

Auckland. Tue, Dec 13. From NZ$109. There are still tickets left for this awesome opportunity to see Dave Grohl and The Foo’s take the stage with support from Tenacious D.

RENTAL FIRMS Ace Rental Cars 1800 140 026,


Western Springs Stadium

Backpacker Campervan & Car Rentals +800 200 80 801,

Escape Rentals 1800 456 272,

Rental Car Village +64 9376 9935,

Bargain Rental Cars 0800 001 122,

Explore More 1800 800 327,

Spaceships 1300 139 091,

Darn Cheap Rentals 0800 447 363,

Jucy Rentals 0800 399 736,

Standby Cars 1300 789 059,

Econo Campers +64 9275 9919,

Rent-A-Dent 0800 736 823,


Wicked Campers 1800 246 869,


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, Pentlands (BBH) 22 Pentland Ave, Mt Eden. +64 9638 7031 Queen Street Backpackers (VIP) 4 Fort St. +64 9373 3471,

Base Auckland 229 Queen St. 0800 227 369,

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

Bamber House (BBH) 2 2 View Rd, Mt Eden. +64 9623 4267,

The Brown Kiwi (BBH) 7 Prosford St, Ponsonby. +64 9378 0191,

Central City Backpackers 26 Lorne St. +64 9358 5685,

YHA Auckland City Cnr City Rd & Liverpool St. +64 9309 2802,

City Garden Lodge 25 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell. +64 9302 0880

YHA Auckland International 5 Turner St. +64 9302 8200,

Kiwi International Queen St Hotel and Hostel 411 Queen St. 0800 100 411, The Fat Camel (Nomads)

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

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

Rucksacker Backpacker Hostel (BBH) 70 Bealey Ave. +64 3377 7931,

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

Wellington. Wed, Feb 1. $TBC. The Californian alternative rockers are back in New Zealand for the fourth time, wrapping up in Wellington.

Wellywood Backpackers 58 Tory St. 0508 00 58 58

TSB Bank Arena

Worldwide Backpackers (BBH) 291 The Terrace. +64 4802 5590,


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

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

Maple Lodge (BBH) 52 Ellice St. +64 4385 3771

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

Point Break Backpackers (BBH) 99 Seaview Road. +64 3388 2050, The Old Countryhouse (BBH) 437 Gloucester St. +64 3381 5504,

Lodge in the City (VIP) 152 Taranaki St. +64 4385 8560

YHA Wellington City 292 Wakefield St. +64 4801 7280

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

At The Right Place 85 Bealey St. +64 3366 1633,

208 Kilmore St. +64 3366 9720,

Avon City Backpackers Worcester Street. +64 3389 6876,

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

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

Kiwi House 373 Gloucester St. +64 3381 6645,

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

Marine Backpackers 26 Nayland St. +64 3326 6609,

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

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

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, Pinewood Lodge (VIP) 48 Hamilton Rd. 0800 7463 9663, Queenstown Lodge Sainsbury Rd, Fernhill. 0800 756 343, Southern Laughter (BBH, VIP) 4 Isle St. 0800 728 448, YHA Queenstown Central 48A Shotover Street. +64 3442 7400, YHA Queenstown Lakefront 8890 Lake Esplanade. +64 3442 8413,


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Choosing to help out on your holiday opens you up to a range of experiences. It can be a rewarding way to amp up a trip. But it isn’t exactly like working abroad. Volunteering does not compensate for your work, but it may be possible for you to apply what you gain in experience to future career goals – all while travelling. Since volunteering is free labour for an organisation, most do not require a work visa. “It is important to understand that you are not working,” says Castro, at least not in the traditional sense. According to Castro, the experience will be just like any other holiday in the sense of travel regulations. She recommends that travellers research any requirements that volunteer agencies may have before reaching Australia. And volunteer work usually requires physical labour for projects. So be prepared to get your hands dirty...




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And the lack of cash? We were very fortunate that our food and accommodation were taken care of so the money was not a problem.

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THE GREAT BARRIER REEF body of water surrounds Q 1.theWhich Great Barrier Reef (GBR)?

How many islands are on the GBR? Q 6.a) About 900 b) About 90

a) Coral Sea b) Tasman Sea c) South Pacific d) Gulf of Carpentaria

c) About 9,000

outbreak of which creature Q aThethreat to the GBR? a) Northern Pacific seastar b) Box jellyfish c) Crown of thorn starfish d) Sharks explorer named the GBR? Q 3.a) Which James Cook b) Arthur Phillip

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This old word has two meanings: 1. To put, chuck or throw something into a resting place i.e. “Bung it over there mate”. 2. Not working or broken i.e. “The beer fridge has gone bung!”

THIS WEEK IT’S... UNDER THE SEA 1. AS HEROES 2. GREATER, RARE FIBRE 3. ACCUSE RANT 4. STRAYING ANSWERS: 1. Seahorse 2. Great Barrier Reef 3. Crustacean 4. Stingray

a World Heritage site? a) 1819 b) 1881 c) 1918 d) 1981


a) Reef shark b) Sea snake c) Saltwater crocodile d) Clownfish

Q 9. What species of fish was Nemo?

Q 5. When did the GBR become


a) 2,600 b) 600 c) 200 d) 6,200 of these animals does Q 8.notWhich live on the GBR?

d) George Bass

Q 4. Which marine mammal has most of its population on the GBR? a) Humpback whale b) Dugong c) Australian sea lion d) Great white shark


The GBR is roughly how Q 7.many kilometres long?


WEEK Is the film Open Water based on a real life Aussie tragedy? Despite being set in the Bahamas and featuring fictional characters, the story is widely accepted as being inspired by the deaths of American couple Tom and Eileen Lonergran. The pair went diving near Port Douglas in 1998 and, due to a botched head count, were left behind. They’ve never been found and it’s presumed they either died by drowning, dehydration or shark attack. Over the following months and years, various bits of their kit have been found in the area. Given the similarities and tag-line, “based on true events,” I would say... yes...

ANSWERS: 1. a 2. c 3. c 4. b 5. d 6. a 7. a 8. c 9. b

c) Matthew Flinders

d) Nine


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