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Tasmania Mania

You might know from past posts that I am a big proponent of getting out of the hotel and seeing some sights on business trips. On my last trip to Australia I stepped things up a notch by taking off a full week before my meetings and dragged my husband along. We debated visiting the […]

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May 16, 2007 by | Comments Off on Tasmania Mania

Escaping the City

Every time I meet someone new in Sydney I am asked – where do you live? And every time I give my answer I get a variation of the same reply – oh my god, you live where? That’s soooo far away! I don’t really live in the bush! It’s not really, only an hour […]

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May 14, 2007 by | Comments Off on Escaping the City

Top Ten Destination Wishlist

Just as I was narrowing the field in my travel wishlist, Kelly beat me to the post (literally!) and blogged her Top Ten Travel Wishes. However, it takes more than a similar theme to dissuade me from my need to blog, so here are the Top 10 destinations on my travel wishlist. Narrowly beating Dubai […]

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April 17, 2007 by | Comments Off on Top Ten Destination Wishlist

New Zealand’s North Island

A couple of years ago it seemed like everybody had to go to New Zealand. The Lord of the Rings movies were being released, the ‘Pure New Zealand” campaign was in full swing, and every couple of weeks I got a new email with a link of Flickr photos from yet another friend’s trip. My […]

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March 31, 2007 by | 2 Comments

Autumn in Melbourne, Australia

Autumnal Melbourne Crisp, blustery days, the Comedy Festival on the way, and footy about to start – must be autumn in Melbourne. The summer heat is on the wane, its layers of stupefaction lifting, making way for clouds. Footy! The first sign of autumn is typically groups of men in sleeveless jerseys (on-field and off), […]

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March 28, 2007 by | Comments Off on Autumn in Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne: Be a traveller, not a tourist

Planning a trip to Melbourne? Avoid feeling like you’ve got kangaroos loose in the top paddock (Australian for intellectually inadequate) with a few ideas from a fair dinkum (genuine) Aussie insider. Rod Cuthbert, founder of Viator, has a rucksack full of travel tips to the place he calls home, Australia. Melbourne for Travellers Melbourne is […]

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March 14, 2007 by | Comments Off on Melbourne: Be a traveller, not a tourist

Suggested Itineraries in Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock Uluru (Ayers Rock) is perhaps the most iconic symbol of Australia – it’s one of the picture postcard images sure to strike a chord with Australians all over the world. It is 1141 feet (348 metres) high, 2.2 miles (3.6 kilometres) long and 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometres) wide. In the Aussie vernacular, it’s […]

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March 12, 2007 by | Comments Off on Suggested Itineraries in Ayers Rock

Great Barrier Reef: Voted #1

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Recently Scuba Diving magazine asked its readers to rate the top dive and snorkeling (or snorkelling depending where you live) destinations around the world. More than 4,500 readers participated in the survey, voting the Great Barrier Reef the #1 snorkeling destination in the Pacific and Indian oceans. I am excited about […]

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March 6, 2007 by | 2 Comments

Culinary & Wine Tours

According to a study commissioned by the Travel Industry Association, Gourmet magazine and the International Culinary Tourism Association, some 17% of American leisure travelers seek culinary and wine-related activities. During the past three years, that percentage accounted for some 27 million travelers. The top five destinations for food-related travel in the USA, according to the […]

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February 28, 2007 by | 1 Comment

Hunter Valley Day Trip

To celebrate the week-long visit by some of our San Francisco colleagues, it seemed appropriate to check out one of the many Sydney tours we offer here at Viator. Always eager to try what we sell, it didn’t take long to find seven volunteers to join me on a tour to the Hunter Valley. Located […]

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February 22, 2007 by | Comments Off on Hunter Valley Day Trip