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A Simple Lesson in Australian History

I’m ashamed to admit I know only the bare essentials of Australian history – Captain Cook found us and decided to stick around, Ned Kelly ran around the country with a tin on his head, the ANZACs did us proud in WWI and a cyclone wiped out Darwin on Christmas Day in 1974 (I admit […]

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May 7, 2008 by | 3 Comments

Lost Vegas: Sin Cities in the Australian Outback

What with all this talk about Las Vegas and deserts on these pages, I thought I shouldn’t be outdone and have decided to weigh in with my a bit of Outback kiss and tell — casino style, mind you. The only other casino in the desert that I’ve ever seen — well, the only other […]

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May 2, 2008 by | 1 Comment

Olympic Torch Relay in Australia

Last week, Canberra, Australia’s small capital city, played host to the controversial Olympic Torch as it makes its way around the world. Organisers described it as the most successful outing yet for the flame – which isn’t really saying much after the chaotic debacles of Paris, London and San Francisco and the security-deadened, almost invisible […]

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April 28, 2008 by | 1 Comment

Boab Trees (funny things), Western Australians (even funnier)

So, roll down the invisible hill again, straight outta Darwin, to Katherine. Or just get straight Outta Katherine if you’re already there already. Like you didn’t know to (get Outta Katherine, that is). Head west, which means south, but those people got it all upside down already, because this time it’s Western Australia that you […]

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April 23, 2008 by | 3 Comments

The Crazy Wars Between Cities

I had to laugh when I saw this tongue-in-cheek ad campaign for Sydney, the result of another magazine-sponsored attempt to promote the war between cities that never seems to stop. Why is that? Why do cities have to battle each other over which is the “most livable,” “most cosmopolitan” or, even more ridiculous, the “best.” […]

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April 7, 2008 by | 10 Comments

Flying to Australia, Mate?

Are you planning a trip to Australia from the United States, or vice versa? Here’s some good news. On February 15 the two nations signed an open skies agreement that deregulates air traffic between all airports in both countries. In a nutshell, it means that any certified air carrier can now fly between Australia and […]

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March 10, 2008 by | Comments Off on Flying to Australia, Mate?

Sydney Bars Change

Sydney is a truly magnificent city, blessed with friendly people, great restaurants and one of the most spectacular natural settings of any city in the world. But there’s one area that Sydney is well below par, and it’s even led the proud locals to admit – shock, horror – that they’re being beaten by rival […]

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March 6, 2008 by | Comments Off on Sydney Bars Change

Celebrity Travel Gone Awry

Call it synchronicity, call it what you will. When I receive two emails about something, then it must be a trend. Or a coincidence. Or possibly just another day on the internet. Case in point. A few weeks ago I was forwarded a link to a fascinating article on about 10 Celebrity-Trashed Hotel Rooms. […]

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February 29, 2008 by | 5 Comments

Litchfield National Park 1, Kakadu National Park 0

More than a few years ago, back when the Earth was flat and tourist was just another name for traveller, I lived in a little piece of paradise some 80 kilometres out of that Ultima Thule, Darwin. The one that you hear so much about, middle of nowhere but somehow the centre of something. This […]

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February 27, 2008 by | 1 Comment

A Tank Full of Palm Oil: Biofuel Flights to Start in February

The Future of Air Travel? In the UK, airline flights account for 7% of that country’s CO2 emissions, but thanks to more and more cheap flights this will probably rise to 25% in the next couple of decades. Worldwide, flights make up about 2% of all emissions, and again the percentage is rising. The numbers […]

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January 22, 2008 by | 1 Comment