Entries in australia (10)

Wednesday
Apr092014

Five Great National Parks: Australia

Australia’s diverse ecosystems are among its headlining attractions, and you could spend years just exploring the national parkland on this island continent. Of course, no one has time to see them all, so we’ve compiled a list of five great national parks in Australia. Just plan on doing a lot more than cooing over the adorable koalas (though, to be fair, there’ll be time for that, too).

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Wednesday
Nov272013

City insider: Sydney Summer Fun  

For many westerners, Christmas and New Year's Eve are typically associated with snowfall, chestnuts roasting on open fires, mulled wine, and generally being cold. In Australia, it's the middle of summer – this year predicted to be one of the hottest – and the open fires are hopefully restricted to barbecues charring festive flavor into sausages and steaks (and chicken for the vegetarians).

While it might seem jarring to those from the northern hemisphere to spend this time of year trying to avoid sunburn rather than snowstorms, Yule time in the "sunburnt country" is the best time to visit. Sydney – a notoriously grumpy city in winter – comes to life in the warmer months, outdoorsy activities come to the fore and there's a summer schedule of activities that includes music festivals, the performing arts, markets, cricket, and more. Many events are staged around the jewel in the city's crown – Sydney Harbor – giving you more of an excuse to enjoy Australia's brilliant summer weather.

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Wednesday
Jul112012

The Blue Mountains: Australia’s most famous sisters

A short drive from Sydney’s outer metro area are the Blue Mountains: an undulous range of sandstone escarpments, gorges, rivers, rock formations and waterfalls, all covered by a thick carpet of eucalypt-scented Aussie scrub. From the best vantage points in the area, these mountains seem to stretch on forever.

Part of the Great Dividing Range – the world’s third-longest mountain range, and a thing of great national  pride and beauty – the Blue Mountains get their name from the purpleish hue of the eucalyptus trees, as noted by the area’s early colonial explorers: Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson.

How this trio managed to navigate such unforgiving terrain – they were the first colonists to cross the range – is inconceivable. This serene yet treacherous area, like much of the Australian bush and outback – still regularly takes the lives of visitors through falling, drowning, starvation, and overexposure.

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Wednesday
Feb222012

The Illawarra – suburban Australian coastline

Australia often gets ribbed for having indecipherable slang, an impenetrably twangy dialect and silly-sounding place names. Nothing could be more true of the Illawarra region – an hour's drive south of Sydney – where the main city of Wollongong is referred to almost exclusively by locals as 'The Gong' and townships are called things like Bulli, Windang and Fairy Meadow.

Easily accessible by road or rail from Sydney, the Illawarra is a string of suburbs flanked by long sandy beaches on one side and thick, mountainous bushland on the other. This is 'real' suburban Australia, where hamburgers have beetroot on them, every service station sells meat pies and hot chips are seasoned with chicken salt.

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Wednesday
Aug172011

Australia: Insider Guide to Lark Hill Quarry

Few attractions can accurately be classified ‘unique’, but one that deserves that word is the offbeat Aussie attraction Lark Hill Quarry. An hour from the rural town of Winton, deep in the Outback of Australia's Queensland state, the site is well off the tourist trail.  

Frozen fear

Far from just a bunch of stones, the inland Queensland attraction has an amazing claim to fame. It served as the stage for the world’s only recorded dinosaur stampede, which unfolded some 95 million years ago.

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Wednesday
Jun012011

Australia's Tasmanian Devils

The weird thing about Tasmanian Devils is that, close-up, they look like pussycats. Scratch that – they look like overgrown mice. It’s those big floppy ears.

But if you were allowed to adopt and keep a Tasmanian Devil as a pet, you would regret it because, sooner or later, the little darling would go for you. Tassie Devils aren’t called Devils for nothing.

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Thursday
Sep162010

australia: sydney 5 great cruises

Since the 2000 Olympics, Sydney city has climbed in cost and faded from fashion. Still, the Australian city retains some formidable attractions – not least the world’ most attractive harbour network. 

Any ride on a chunky green ferry integrated into the public transport system beats the bus by a mile. 

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Tuesday
Apr272010

perth: the whale sharks of ningaloo reef

australian's whale sharks

Despite its size and conspicuous spots, the whale shark is shrouded in mystery. We know that whale sharks roam the oceans, potentially covering vast distances, feeding on plankton, small fish and fish eggs; but questions like how long they live or where they reproduce remain a riddle.

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Tuesday
Oct272009

worldwide club guide: sydney

nightlife in sydney

Being a Sydney boy, all of my earliest clubbing experiences took place in Australia’s party capital. Sydney is a city that loves a party (although it stops to recover on Monday/Tuesday nights when it’s a ghost town after dark) and while the coolest, underground clubs come and go there are some mainstays which all visitors should check out.

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Thursday
Sep242009

life's a beach: bondi beach

best beach in sydney

This one kilometer stretch of golden sand loved by all of Sydney is undeniably one of the country’s most famous beaches. The first thing that strikes you as you wind down the busy main road that connects Bondi Beach to the Eastern suburbs of Australia’s biggest city, is the improbability of seeing such a postcard perfect beach, literally fifteen minutes away from the downtown of Sydney, and surrounded by densely populated suburbia.

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