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Instagram Dog Shows Off Queensland, Australia

Instagram Dog Shows Off Queensland, Australia Sep 12th, 2013 at 10:15AM: Instagram Jester Gull/Queensland Lest you think that cat pictures dominate the internet, this week the Queensland, Australia Instagram account is being managed by a dog. Jester is a six-month old Weimaraner from Hamilton island (close to the Great Barrier Reef), and he is kicking off a new campaign to show Queensland from a local's perspective. Jester will be snapping photos until September 15,...

UNESCO Considering Adding Great Barrier Reef To List Of Endangered Sites

UNESCO Considering Adding Great Barrier Reef To List Of Endangered Sites Jun 18th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Richard Ling via WikiMedia This past Sunday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) kicked off its annual conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Over the next ten days, the 1300 delegates in attendance will discuss which new locations from around the globe deserve possible inclusion on its exclusive list of World Heritage Sites. Some of the candidates include...

Celebrate World Oceans Day With A Live Tour Of The Great Barrier Reef

Celebrate World Oceans Day With A Live Tour Of The Great Barrier Reef Jun 4th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Kraig Becker This coming Saturday, June 8, is World Oceans Day, a global event designed to celebrate the important role that the oceans play in keeping our planet a vibrant place for us to live. Throughout the day there will be hundreds of events taking place across the globe that will help educate us on the importance of keeping our oceans healthy, while raising awareness of the challenges they...

Over-The-Top Valentine's Day Experiences: Day 9

Over-The-Top Valentine's Day Experiences: Day 9 Feb 12th, 2013 at 1:00PM: We're wrapping up our over-the-top Valentine's Day coverage and, as we head into the home stretch, the packages have gotten more and more outrageously luxe. For the trip of a lifetime, try qualia resort on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef. The trip, which can be given as a gift on February 14 but enjoyed year-round, features an array of services, divine cuisine...

Conde Nast Traveler Names Australian Resort Best In The World

Conde Nast Traveler Names Australian Resort Best In The World Oct 26th, 2012 at 8:00AM: 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 only the fourth time in the 25-year history of the competition. This year's reader's choice awards saw more than 46,400...

Video: Albino Humpback Whale Off Australia's East Coast

Sep 27th, 2012 at 5:00PM: 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 tropical waters off the Great Barrier Reef. His appearance still causes a stir, however. He even has his own website. ...

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

Explore The Great Barrier Reef From Your Desk With Google Street View Sep 27th, 2012 at 12:00PM: 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 project is part of the Catlin Seaview Survey, which was launched today at Monterey, California. For the next three years,...

10 Must-Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Australia

10 Must-Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Australia Aug 12th, 2012 at 2:00PM: 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 are often beautiful, as well. If you're planning a trip to Australia, here are 10 must-see UNESCO World Heritage Sites to add...

Visit the Great Barrier Reef at a substantial discount

Visit the Great Barrier Reef at a substantial discount Mar 7th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Yesterday we told you about a new travel survey from LivingSocial that revealed that Americans consider themselves the worst travelers in the world. That same survey also asked respondents to rank their top international travel destinations with Australia's Great Barrier Reef coming out on top. To celebrate this distinction, and to help make some of those travel dreams come true, Hamilton Island...

Underwater bollywood dancing on the Great Barrier Reef

Feb 7th, 2012 at 1:00PM: While it isn't hard to find countless videos on the web showing you the beauty and marine life of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, it isn't that often that you find the location being the set of a choreographed, underwater dance number. The video is actually a contest entry for the Tourism Tropical North Queensland's bollywood dance competition submitted by Seawalker, an underwater...

Australia plans world's largest marine park

Australia plans world's largest marine park Nov 27th, 2011 at 6:30PM: An area the size of Germany and France combined is about to become the world's largest marine park off of the north-east coast of Australia. Including a broad swath of the Coral Sea (where the Great Barrier Reef currently resides), the massive area is home to some of the most exotic sea creatures in the world as well as several important shipwrecks from World War II. The protection afforded...

Divers can experience coral spawning in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia this November

Oct 31st, 2011 at 5:30PM: In 1981, the first scientific observation of coral spawning took place. Coral spawning can be thought of as a coral orgy or sex on the Great Barrier Reef, with the process beginning six months prior when eggs and sperm begin to form in the coral. Certain factors must be present for the coral spawning to take place, such as water temperatures being 27 degrees Celsius and a full moon (the spawning...

New smartphone app shows users how to have an authentic Australian experience

New smartphone app shows users how to have an authentic Australian experience Oct 20th, 2011 at 1:30PM: AUSTRALIA: Where To Go is a new smartphone app that gives insider advice on how to navigate through Australia and see the major sites as well as get off the beaten path. The app is opinionated and does not include all there is to see in Australia, but only what is worth seeing. If a destination makes it into the app, then you will get all there is to know on that particular place. While users...

Photo Gallery: Queensland, Australia

Photo Gallery: Queensland, Australia Oct 12th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Usually we're uncomfortable posting direct press pitches, but these pictures are too good to resist. Queensland, Australia, is often regarded as one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Home to various UNESCO World Heritage Sites, beautiful beaches, breathtaking city skylines, a tropical climate, and wildlife that you can experience up-close, it is no wonder that 2.1 million people...

Win a trip to dive the Great Barrier Reef

Win a trip to dive the Great Barrier Reef Aug 23rd, 2011 at 8:00AM: PADI, the Professional Association of Dive Instructors, is closing in on a very impressive milestone, and to celebrate they're giving away a very impressive trip. The organization that has trained more scuba divers than any other, is now approaching their 20 millionth certification, and the lucky person who earns that distinction will win a trip for two to dive Australia's Great Barrier Reef. ...

Vote for the new Seven Wonders of Nature

Vote for the new Seven Wonders of Nature Nov 21st, 2010 at 8:00AM: A few years back there was an organized effort to select a New Seven Wonders of the World, which resulted in a list of seven amazing places that joined the Great Pyramids on a modern list of spectacular destinations. Now, a similar effort is being made to select a New Seven Wonders of Nature as well. The process began not long after naming the New Seven Wonders, with more than 440 locations, in...

World's most eco-friendly beaches to visit now

World's most eco-friendly beaches to visit now Jul 20th, 2010 at 10:00AM: If your idea of heaven isn't a beach packed with crisping bodies, balls of crude, or the lingering whiff of raw sewage, don't worry. CNN has provided a list sandy idylls that retain their purity, even though a few, like Oahu's Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, are major tourist attractions, or located in tourism hotspots. Not surprisingly, most of these places are located on preserves or otherwise...

Australia's Ningaloo Reef: whale sharks and world-class snorkeling and diving

Jun 2nd, 2010 at 10:00AM: video platform video management video solutions video player Enough about that other Australian reef. Ningaloo, located nearly 800 miles north of Perth in Western Australia, is where it's at. "It" being an astonishing array of aquatic life, a lack of crowds, and plenty of budget-to-mid-range options including camping, backpackers, and smallish resorts. In January, the Ningaloo Coast...

Racy ad campaign raises eyebrows down under

Racy ad campaign raises eyebrows down under Feb 7th, 2010 at 9:00AM: A new ad campaign is causing quite a stir down under. Billboards have recently begun appearing along roadsides in Queensland, Australia inviting travelers to "Get High", Get Wet", and "Get Laid" in Mission Beach, a town that appeals to adventurous travelers looking to go kayaking or scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Traditionally, Mission Beach isn't seen as a destination where backpackers...

10 great destinations for scuba diving adventure (videos)

Jan 26th, 2010 at 10:18AM: Dive in and explore the underwater landscapes of some of the world's most exotic and interesting locales. Whether you're a veteran scuba diver, or someone who's always wanted to test the waters, here's your chance to visit some of the world's top dive destinations. Experience what it's like to venture into the deep in this video roundup of 10 great destinations for scuba diving. Bali, South...

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