How To Find A Decent Backpackers Hostel

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It’s that time of year again. Australia’s legendary Summer is approaching and people from the Northern Hemisphere are flocking down under, desperate to escape the winter and keen to experience an unforgettable adventure. For those daring backpackers who have bought …

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Oktoberfest in Sydney!

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Oktoberfest is here! Not all of us can fork out the dollar bills to catch a plane to Germany. Luckily, there are plenty of events in Sydney that will satisfy our sausage feasting and beer-drinking needs. Finding the Oktoberfest Prince and Princess …

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How to Avoid Getting Ridiculously Lost

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In Life of Pi, the protagonist is thrown into a life changing battle with himself when his boat gets shipwrecked and he ends up on a life boat surrounded by wild animals. Doomed to wander the sea aimlessly, his body …

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Jetty, set, go!

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The ocean is part of Australian life. It shapes our culture, our values and the time we share with friends. It can be fun, relaxing and everything you need when visiting our beautiful nation. Here are just a few water …

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If You go Down to the Woods Today…

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Despite what the song suggests, if you go down to the Australian woods today, you probably won’t find bears sitting on a picnic rug, sipping on tea, nibbling on cake and discussing Australia’s political situation. No, wild bears are much …

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DOUGHBOYS

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Despite Melbourne’s love of all-American food trends – think of all the burgers, po’boys and gumbo you’ve consumed over the past two years or so – the one area we’ve seriously lagged behind the States is in embracing the gourmet …

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Golden River – A Golden Retreat

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Great performance requires great recovery. It’s a sporting analogy that is true for all of life. And on occasions who isn’t asked for an exceptional effort in their day-to-day lives? Be it in work, in relationships, or striving in any …

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Backpacking in Australia: planning ahead

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Just last weekend, over the Easter break, I was staying in a small coastal town when two groups of tourists approached me looking for accommodation that night. The first was a family around lunch time who needed a place to …

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Is Kayaking the Answer to Your Fitness Woes?

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“Kayaking!? I don’t know anything about Kayaking!” Our boss took the plunge and invested in a package of corporate personal training sessions with Fitness Angels, in Sydney. Like the rest of us she knows she should be more active. Like …

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Factors Affecting the Volatility of Classic Car Prices

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Distinguishing which classic cars will rise in value and which will fall is like predicting stock prices – there are many models you can use, none of them work all the time. And like investing in the stock market there …

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Information & the National Crime Check Service

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We use social media between two conflicting urges – the urge to be noticed and the urge to retain our privacy. Both are important. Social media allows our opinions to be heard by vast numbers of people. And it is …

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Bluey Technology and Runway Four

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The office door flew open, “John, we have a problem.” John Sykes was the CEO of a major Australian capital city airport. He dealt with problems everyday, it was his job, but never did those problems require someone barging into …

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Giant Whale Flies in Canberra Skies

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Canberra might be a little less boring than we all thought. I haven’t met many people from Canberra but when I do, they all seem to insist that Canberra is way cooler than the stereotype – old, fuddy duddy politicians …

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United Global SIM and the Clan of the Black Death

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It had got down to the final two. The online world was holding their breath. And then disaster struck. Jeffrey was a star within his alliance. He was a master swordsman of the Black Death Clan. One by one every …

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The Ether Conference Center Peace Deal

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You don’t believe in magic? You’re wrong. Though I must admit the various covens have done very well in keeping it quiet. But trust me, magic – and I’m not talking the pulling-a-rabbit-out-of-the-hat type magic – is as alive and …

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A Chance Meeting at the Swanston Hotel

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“I’d better order before you lot, else there’ll be nought left,” I joked. I had gone down to breakfast at the Cocoon Breakfast Bar down on the mezzanine level of the Swanston Hotel. This sumptuous hotel, right in the middle …

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Australia’s airline troubles

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The Flying Kangaroo has, for years, been an Australian icon. Qantas has always been renowned for its big-budget international marketing campaigns, and is arguably best-known as the brand that co-oped ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ with a choir of youngsters and …

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Rappoport, Heritage and the Quality of Life

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Heritage is a funny thing. How does one judge whether or not a place or building possesses Outstanding Universal Value (OUV, the standard applied to heritage listing)? And then how does one assign a value to it? For not all …

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Hikes in Tasmania for Unfit People

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When mainlanders think of Tasmania, they often think trees. Lots of trees. But amid those trees are magnificent landscapes whether it be rolling hills, rocky mountains or glistening lakes. For lovers of scenery who haven’t visited the gym in a while, …

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Wolf Creek 2 and the Australian Outback

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Each year, one Australian film manages to jump out from the under-funded, under-promoted pack. In some cases, this film might even turn a profit. Last year, The Great Gatsby (technically Australian due to government funding and Baz Lurhmann’s directorship) took the …

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