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A Worm Hunt In An Australian Mangrove

Just off the coast of the Northern Territory state in Australia are Bathurst and Melville Islands, home to the indigenous Tiwi people. With a climate closer to Southeast Asia, the Tiwi have traditionally lived off the land, hunting for a variety of animals including...

Conde Nast Traveler Names Australian Resort Best In The World

Conde Nast Traveler Names Australian Resort Best In The World For the first time ever, readers of "Conde Nast Traveler" magazine have named an Australian resort the best in the world. The 2012 edition of the magazine's popular reader's choice travel awards selected qualia for this distinct honor, handing out a perfect score of 100 for...

Air Canada Flight Finds Missing Yacht

Air Canada Flight Finds Missing Yacht Last week Air Canada flight AC033 was finishing a routine flight from Vancouver to Sydney, when it was suddenly pressed into service of a completely different nature. The Boeing 777, which carried 270 passengers at the time, was nearing the end of its 14-hour journey when...

G Adventures Announces New Destinations For 2013

G Adventures Announces New Destinations For 2013 Adventure travel company G Adventures has announced that starting in January of next year it will begin offering options to visit 12 new countries and expand its popular Local Living tours to more destinations as well. These additions to the G Adventures catalog will provide...

Great 'Cultural' Spa Experiences From Around The World

Great 'Cultural' Spa Experiences From Around The World Even if you're not a spa junkie, it's hard to deny the appeal of a great massage or other self-indulgent treatment. I'm actually a massage school graduate, and although I ultimately decided not to pursue that career path, I've parlayed my experience into doing the odd spa...

Video: Albino Humpback Whale Off Australia's East Coast

Since 1991, Australian researchers have been aware of Migaloo, a rare albino whale and the only documented adult albino humpback in existence. Now in his 20s, Migaloo makes yearly appearances along Australia's East Coast during the humpback migration from Antarctica to the...

Two Australian Tourism Board Websites Hacked And Defaced From Iraq

Two Australian Tourism Board Websites Hacked And Defaced From Iraq If you're planning a trip to Australia and were recently on either the Tourism Industry Council of New South Wales website or the New South Wales Tourism Awards website you may have been a bit confused, and even somewhat disturbed, at what you saw. Earlier this week, the...

Explore The Great Barrier Reef From Your Desk With Google Street View

Explore The Great Barrier Reef From Your Desk With Google Street View While Google Street View usually sticks to helping you explore land, users can now navigate Australia's Great Barrier Reef, right from their desks. Just launched, Google makes use of an innovative underwater camera that can record 360-degree images of the marine park. The...

Mountain Travel Sobek Offers Rafting Adventure That Spans 25 Days, 6 Continents

Mountain Travel Sobek Offers Rafting Adventure That Spans 25 Days, 6 Continents Adrenaline junkies and globetrotting adventure travelers will want to take note of an impressive new itinerary being offered by Mountain Travel Sobek. Yesterday, the company unveiled a new excursion that will send travelers on a whitewater odyssey that spans six continents...

How To Hike Australia's Blue Mountains

How To Hike Australia's Blue Mountains "Does anyone know why we call these the Blue Mountains?" asks Tommy, our hiking guide. My friends and I look at each other unsure. I feel silly I hadn't bothered to research such an obvious question. "They are covered in Eucalyptus Trees, which spritz Eucalyptus oil...

'The Perennial Plate' Partners With Intrepid Travel For Online Food Documentary Series

'The Perennial Plate' Partners With Intrepid Travel For Online Food Documentary Series I'll be the first to raise my hand and say I despise most of the food shows currently on television and online. That's why I got so excited when I heard about "The Perennial Plate," a weekly online documentary series, "dedicated to socially responsible and adventurous...

The Value Of Second Visits

The Value Of Second Visits We fall in love with places, just like we do with people. Maybe you worship Chicago or Bangkok or Buenos Aires – or all three. Regardless of the locale, certain corners of the world feel like they belong to us, so profound is our sense of attachment to them. ...

Assigned Seats? Airlines Face Heat For Discriminatory Seating Policies

Assigned Seats? Airlines Face Heat For Discriminatory Seating Policies A recent example from Qantas airlines illustrates a rare form of what some are calling "reverse discrimination" after a man was told to move seats because he was sitting next to an unaccompanied minor. Qantas and Virgin both have safety policies that require unaccompanied...

10 Must-Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Australia

10 Must-Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Australia While Australia is culturally rich and history significant in general, one worthwhile way to explore the best the country has to offer is through its UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These sites are particularly noteworthy in terms of culture and physical significance, and...

Diving With Great White Sharks In South Australia

Diving With Great White Sharks In South Australia In honor of the upcoming Shark Week beginning on August 12, we're bringing you some unique big fish fare. One prime destination for shark diving is in South Australia's Neptune Islands, where divers can have a very out of the ordinary experience. Most often, divers can...

Quirky Tour Option: The Flying Outback Pub Crawl

Quirky Tour Option: The Flying Outback Pub Crawl If you're interested in exploring South Australia's Outback in an unusual way, now is your chance. Goin' Off Safaris is offering a Flying Outback Pub Crawl where visitors will fly around the Outback in a turbo prop plane stopping at local pubs. The quirky pub crawl leaves...

The Future Of Hotels: Cyber Butlers

The Future Of Hotels: Cyber Butlers It seems like every service nowadays is going mobile. Apparently, that includes hotel hospitality, as well. The Stamford Hotels and Resorts chain in Australia and New Zealand is giving guests the opportunity to customize their entire stay – from what food and drinks...

What Not To Do In Australia

What Not To Do In Australia On the way to Australia, somewhere over the Pacific, you lose an entire day. I don't know where this day actually goes but the phenomenon underscores the fact that, even though they speak English and enjoy "Seinfeld" reruns as much as Americans do, you are headed to a...

Sick Of The Heat? 40 Places Where You Can Cool Off

Sick Of The Heat? 40 Places Where You Can Cool Off Most people look for warm places to visit. I look for cold ones. I live near Washington, D.C., and by mid-July, I've had it with the suffocating heat and humidity. I've taken escape-the-heat trips almost every summer over the last five years to places like Newfoundland, Nova...

Photo Of The Day: Blue Mountains

Photo Of The Day: Blue Mountains The Blue Mountains of New South Wales are characterized by deep gorges and tree cover that appears from a distance to be bathed in a blue haze. The Three Sisters, a formation of three rock towers, are one of the region's highlights. Today's Photo of the Day depicts...

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