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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 have in your sights.

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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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 little patch was on the edge of the “other�? National Park of the north, the tourists they all want to see the mighty Ka Ka Doo (Kakadu National Park), with its huge waterfalls and billabongs and crocodiles and blablabla…

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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

Hello Queensland, I Really Must Be Going

Once you’ve stayed in to bat for while in the Northern Territories (NT), the score can become a little familiar. (Warning: skip this cricket metaphor if you’re not Australian — like even if it’s a long innings, you should have declared a while ago because the other team, in this case the Territory, is never […]

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January 11, 2008 by | 3 Comments

Happy New Year, from Australia with Love

Editor’s Note: Jack Brown has been pondering his New Year’s resolutions and revelations, and asked us to share his “Guide to Australian Cultural Iconography over the Holiday Period.” As always we’re happy to oblige Jack. Happy 2008 from the Viator team. Resolution: Go to the Beach Bells Beach, Great Ocean Road, Australia Most fellas (men) […]

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January 1, 2008 by | 0 Comments

Down Under Gifts for the Hard to Please Traveler

Editor’s note: Feeling stuck finding that special something for Christmas this year? First have a look at our Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers. If that doesn’t sort you out Jack Brown has a few suggestions, if you dare. We take no responsibility for Jack and his Down Under sensibility. Road-Kill Jerky, Camel Flavor This is […]

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December 22, 2007 by | 0 Comments

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