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Mount Coot-Tha QLD 4066, Australia
Mt. Coot-tha near Brisbane offers a great view looking down at the city. It's near Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
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Harbour St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
The largest and most storied of the Sydney Harbour islands, Cockatoo was once an Aboriginal fishing ground, a naval shipyard, a girls' reform school, and a gruesome prison. Today, it offers fascinating walking tours, a casual café, and a...
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Kettering TAS 7155, Australia
Wedding cake designerturnedconfectionery maestro John Zito of Nutpatch Nougat grows his own hazelnuts on an orchard half an hour south of Hobart. At his new candy shop in Kettering, visitors can sample 30 rotating flavors—from hazelnut with chili...
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Milsons Point NSW 2061, Australia
Sydney Photography TOurs Night session shows you the best spots.
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Our favorite daytrip of all from Perth was to the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse, where the Indian and Southern Ocean meet. It is at the most southwestern point of mainland Australia. Insiders tip: be sure to take the tour of the lighthouse for all the...
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North Perth WA 6006, Australia
Loved these statues in the middle of downtown Perth. Went on to see live ones on a road trip, about 2 hours outside of Perth.
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20 Park Rd, Milton QLD 4064, Australia
La Dolce Vita is a charming, Italian cafe & restaurant in the trendy Park Road, known for great restaurants and high-end boutiques. It's sometimes known as "that cafe with the eiffel tower" because despite being now an Italian place, it is still...
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100 Birdwood Ave, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
When you need a break from all the laneways and urbanscapes, head to the sprawling Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Here, 93 acres of landscaped gardens feature more than 10,000 species of native and exotic flora species. On sunny days, locals tend...
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339 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia
Known for free-form dishes, utensils, and jewelry cast in brightly colored resin, Dinosaur Designs has collaborated with the likes of Louis Vuitton. 339 Oxford St., Paddington, 61/(0) 2-9361-3776. This appeared in the August/September 2013 issue....
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1 Olympic Dr, Milsons Point NSW 2061, Australia
Luna Park is one of the most iconic features of Sydney. The amusement park was first constructed in 1935 and been through much tragedy over the years, including the 'ghost train fire' in 1979, that killed six children and one adult. It's worth a...
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Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley QLD 4223, Australia
Global Yodel - travel through a local lens "The rock pools in Currumbin are the perfect way to chill out during the stifling summer season in the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Natural rock slides, a rope swing, and no park rangers nagging at...
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Frederick St, Toowong QLD 4066, Australia
The Toowong Cemetary is a quiet expanse of grass and trees, sloping up from the busy freeway into leafy residential neighbourhoods. It's a significant hike from bottom to top, but the views are worth it. Few tourists visit, but there's a lot of...
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Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088, Australia
Travelers should visit Taronga Zoo as much for its harbor views as for the 4,000 resident animals (who see them all day long). Ferry 15 minutes from Circular Quay and take an optional Sky Safari cable car, included in the ticket...
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South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
Walking under the beautiful, floral arbour at South Bank parklands never fails to take my breath away. Don't leave Brisbane without walking through South Bank, under the arbour that meanders through the parklands and along the river. Check out...
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Another photo of the beautiful sunsight on a deserted beach on Bribie Island. There are parts of the beach where driving ( 4WDing recommended) is allowed, and is often quite secluded. Perfect for an evening picnic! Bribie is close to the Sunshine...
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9 Hosier Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Aerosol-wielding artistsfrom around the world have lefttheir mark on Melbourne. HosierLane, declared a “graffiti tolerancezone” by the city council, containsthe area’s densest collectionof spray-painted masterpieces. —Chris Baty This appeared in...
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A tessellated pavement is a rare erosional feature formed in flat sedimentary rock formations lying on some ocean shores. The pavement bears this name because the rock has fractured into polygonal blocks that resemble tiles, or tessellations. The...
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Perth WA, Australia
Cinema go-ers of Perth get particularly excited when the days become longer and the sun becomes stronger because the start of summer signals the start of the outdoor cinema season. Pack up a picnic, select a nice bottle of wine, gather some...
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St Kilda beach, Victoria, Australia
Got to hang out on the beach for Christmas. But forgot our Santa hats to fit in with the locals.
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Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
This is a fun place to relax, have some beers, and shoot the breeze with friends on a sunny day. It's just south of the Finders St. Station and north of Southgate. We happened to discover it on Christmas Day and enjoyed ourselves immensely with...
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30 Balfour St, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
This four-level gallery holds a large collection of contemporary Chinese art. An airy teahouse serves housemade dumplings and loose-leaf oolong. 30 Balfour St., Chippendale, 61/(0) 2-8399-2867. This appeared in the August/September 2013 issue....
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Lasseter Hwy, Uluru NT 0872, Australia
Uluru, or Ayer’s Rock as many know it, is one of the most recognized landmarks anywhere in the world. This strange giant rock in the middle of the Australian Outback has long kindled imaginations, going back millennia. It may be an important...
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49 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
The Gowings and State Theatre buildings in Sydney's Central Business District (CBD) have been revamped to create the new designer hotel, QT Sydney. Its interiors feature edgy art and installations, even in the elevator. Bold colors and quirky...
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Hanson Bay Rd, Kingscote SA 5223, Australia
The flagship property of Australian luxury hotel brand Baillie Lodges teeters on grass-covered limestone cliffs, tucked just far enough into the bluffs to feel protected from the roiling Southern Ocean below. Surrounded on three sides by national...
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Carnarvon Park QLD 4722, Australia
I was fascinated by the bark on this tree along one of the hiking trails around Carnarvon Gorge National Park. A bit like yin and yang!
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280 Given Terrace, Paddington QLD 4064, Australia
The pizzas don't get much bigger than they do at the Kookaburra Cafe. A local landmark in Paddington, the Kookaburra serves up traditional Aussie fare in a relaxed, once residential building in the heart of the Paddington shopping strip. It also...
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MacGregor Terrace, Brisbane QLD, Australia
I love this cute old bike shop in Bardon, Brisbane.
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176 Cumberland St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
The Shangri-La Hotel has the greatest breakfast in the world, and the best part is: it's free (for hotel guests). Fruits from all over the world were so fresh and delicious, they set a new mark for quality. There were breakfast foods available for...
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132 Constance St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia
Alfred & Constance burst onto the Brisbane bar scene with not one, but five bars spread between two adjoined, repurposed Queenslanders (The architectural style of a quintessential Queensland house). It's my favourite place to drink on a Sunday...
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Yallingup WA 6282, Australia
The view at canal rocks made the long roadtrip so worth it! The wind was at its peak and the waves were so thundery, we were worried that the bridge would give way.
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Cape Hillsborough Rd, Cape Hillsborough QLD 4740, Australia
All along the Eastern Seashore of Australia you will encounter spheres of sand in patterns, lines, and random assortments on the beach. At first, it looks a bit like sand circles after an alien beach landing, but if you wait around long enough,...
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215 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Caffe e Torta is a nice little place for breakfast or lunch, operated by a charming family. All four of us in our party enjoyed breakfast. I loved my poached eggs and smoked salmon. The cafe is located at the end of the Royal Arcade, at Little...
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Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
Fantastic art museum in Brisbane! The entire complex is worth a visit.
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98-104 Parramatta Rd, Camperdown NSW 2050, Australia
Part motorcycle shop, part surf lifestyle brand, Deus ex Machina is hard to define, and that’s how owner Dare Jennings likes it. 98-104 Parramatta Rd., Camperdown, 61/(0) 2-8594-2800. This appeared in the August/September 2013 issue. Image:...
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71 Clissold Rd, Wahroonga NSW 2076, Australia
About half an hour north of Sydney, right on the edge of the Ku-ring-gai National Park, you'll find this mid-century gem of Bauhaus architecture. The house was built in 1949/50 by Austrian architect Harry Seidler for his parents Rose and Max. The...
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316 Stanmore Rd, Petersham NSW 2049, Australia
The suburbs of Sydney have some of the best cafes with the most personality. Big Brekky in Petersham, named for the Australian slang term for breakfast, is no exception. It was my first meal in Australia and it quickly became a favorite. The fruit...
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8/23 High St, Toowong QLD 4066, Australia
Sol Breads is *the* place to stock up on Sunday morning goodies for the park - a great cappuccino and a loaf of banana bread; the best almond crossaints in Brisbane; loaves of freshly-baked organic sourdough. A warm, open atmosphere and amazing...
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Byron Bay is still a big hippie at heart. A little more crowded than it used to be, but still a refreshing getaway - particularly on Valentine's Day. At the time, I wasn't a big believer in the holiday, but found Byron a perfect answer to my...
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South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
Ahh Southbank. Home to the ferris wheel of questionable importance, hordes of tourists, lively markets, the mouth watering Max Brenner ( is it ever not busy?!), the cheap as chips Southbank cineplex, the man made Streets Beach, more restaurants,...
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Bicheno TAS 7215, Australia
Amazing Boulders in Bicheno, Tasmania about 15 minutes drive north from Freycinet National Park.
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11 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay NSW 2000, Australia
I live in Sydney, but that's not to say I haven't tried a few of her hotels—I've even worked in some. The Sebel Pier One is definitely my pick. It's got comfortable, modern rooms and the thing I love most about good hotels: a pillow menu (who...
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Launceston TAS 7250, Australia
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145 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
On prime position amongst Eagle Street's freshest bars, Esquire was the most highly awarded restaurant in Brisbane in 2012 and 2013 for it's ever changing degustation menu. The meals are tiny but pack a punch ( as will the bill). Sleek, open...
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Lavender St, Lavender Bay NSW 2060, Australia
Over the past 15 years, Wendy Whiteley (known as the "goddess muse" and wife of one of Australia's most famous artists, Brett Whiteley) has lovingly restored a once derelict piece of land, owned by the NSW Rail Corporation. It's a magical place to...
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Canberra ACT 2601, Australia
No trip to Canberra would be complete without a trip up the Telstra Tower! Unfortunately, they charge to get in and have the windows frosted so you can't get a free peek at the view. But if you eat at the restaurant, you can see the view from the...
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Bondi NSW 2026, Australia
Bondi to Bronte is a stunning 30-45min walk along the coast. Start early so you can park behind Icebergs (http://icebergs.com.au/). Check out the famous Icebergs pool, walk past Tamarama (a cute smaller beach) and wind up in Bronte before heading...
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Graffiti is celebrated in Melbourne, which might explain why it's so good. This example is a tiny neighborhood park in Fitzroy, called Whitlam Place.
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201 Booka Rd, Upper Crystal Creek NSW 2484, Australia
We spent three nights of our Australian honeymoon in a luxury cabin in the rainforest. After nervously hopping in our rental car (left-hand drive for the first time) and driving out of the Gold Coast airport, we made our way deep into the...
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6080 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay VIC 3233, Australia
The sunsetting at Apollo Bay on Victoria Australia southern coast. Th drive along The Great Ocean road is magical..
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Great Ocean Rd, Victoria, Australia
What should have been a disastrous excursion--predicted heavy rain, long windy car trip--resulted in an incredible afternoon to take on one of those views that stays with you forever. Funny how little more than rocks, water, and the passage of...
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Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the Sydney Opera House was inspired by its dramatic setting on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, a location that’s long been sacred to the native Gadigal people. While construction took...
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Wagga Wagga NSW 2650, Australia
Australia has giant spiders. I have seen many since my arrival, including Wolf spiders and Huntsman spiders, which live on walls and, sometimes, book cases. But here is an unknown fellow who's made quite a web on a street sign in Wagga Wagga.
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Northern Territory, Australia
I love trains. That being said, how could I go to Australia and not ride the Ghan from Alice Springs to Adelaide? The train was stopped on a siding to wait for another train to pass. This gave me plenty of time to enjoy the view from the lounge...
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Kalbarri WA 6536, Australia
Kalbarri National Park is Australia's answer to the American West, complete with gorgeous red rock, grand gorges and cliffs, and gushing lakes to boot.
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Shell Beach, Francois Peron National Park WA 6537, Australia
This gorgeous lagoon at Shell Beach in Shark Bay was super shallow, saline, and apparently perfect for kite surfing!
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George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
The Rocks is undoubtedly one of Sydney's most beautiful areas. Follow George Street until the very end and it’s almost like you’ve stepped back in time—there are cobblestones under your feet, quaint stores to browse, and great pubs to visit. One...
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241 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
A scoop of Italy in Sydney, this gelato mecca has foodies and bloggers queuing up all week. Go for the salted-caramel-and-white-chocolate gelato, one of the store’s best sellers, or try the “Poached Figs in Marsala” flavor,...
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Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Sydney’s 158-acre botanic garden, which hugs the harbor between Mrs Macquarie's Chair and the Sydney Opera House, is home to nearly 9,000 plant species. Depending on the season of your visit, you might seek out spring peaches and wisteria or...
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Australia’s most famous beach has played many roles throughout history. In 1907, a group of local swimmers became the world’s first lifeguards; during World War II, it was fortified by barbed wire and iron stakes; and over the last few...
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Bicheno TAS 7215, Australia
More than 700 people live in the town, and water’s its lifeblood. Crayfish, abalone and Australian salmon are often brought ashore with the daily fishing catch.
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1 Notts Ave, Bondi NSW 2026, Australia
Andrew Crabbe serves up honest, scrumptious food at The Crabbe Hole. People watching at this little poolside cafe is equally delicious. Have breakfast here for a real slice of everyday Icebergs. You don't have to pay the pool fees to eat here....
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Daintree QLD 4873, Australia

After living in Far North Queensland for some of the summer months we decided to drive up into the Daintree Rainforest and get as close to Cape Tribulation as we could, and hopefully spot the endangered cassowary bird.  After crossing the...

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1 Monkey Mia Rd, Monkey Mia WA 6537, Australia
I've seen dolphins at Sea World and in passing pods while out on the water all over the world, but I've never experienced anything quite like Monkey Mia. Two to three times a day wild dolphins flock up to the beach at Monkey Mia for a snack. The...
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St Kilda West VIC 3182, Australia
St Kilda is a beautiful pier near Melbourne CBD. A most delightful place to go during summer evenings
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17 Blue St, North Sydney NSW 2060, Australia
I recommend North Sydney Harbourview Hotel to all my overseas visitors. An excellent position to take in the Sydney Harbour views. And I love running by the bay too!
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180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006, Australia
Stroll the laneways or visit one of the many museums; Melbourne is the city for art lovers. The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Melbourne’s most well-known art gallery. It has a free permanent collection and regularly hosts major...
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Middle River SA 5223, Australia
On our first visit to Kangaroo Island we stayed at a beautiful spot in what's called 'The Sky House'. The house is perched on top a hill with commanding views along the northern coast of Kangaroo Island. At sunset the grasses turn golden and this...
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Seal Bay Rd, Seal Bay SA 5221, Australia
One of my top must-do things for Australia was to see a kangaroo in the wild. After a short road trip, that was checked off my bucket list and then changed to feeding one. We were lucky enough to arrive at Parndana Animal Park, where there were...
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Paddington NSW 2021, Australia
It was a beautiful evening for a walk down Paddington Street in Sydney. A great place for an inexpensive gourmet dinner is A Fish Called Paddo at Five Ways, a junction of streets in the heart of Paddington.
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80 North St, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia
Twice a week, Melbourne’s beloved Mountain Goat Brewery throws open its doors—and taps. Make friends by buying a round of the signature Hightale Ale or award-winning Surefoot Stout. In a town where half the men seem to make their own beer, this...
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Gorge Rd, Nitmiluk NT 0852, Australia
Most visitors to Australia have heard of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, but few realize that neighboring Nitmiluk National Park, four hours south of Darwin, is actually more spectacular. During the wet season, from November to...
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Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
The guy who runs Mao and More, John Williams, must have been Asian in his past life. His eclectic shop is full of Asian artifacts, including traditional silk Chinese lanterns, Shanghai sofas from the ’50s, collectible porcelain pieces, and antique...
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Yulara NT 0872, Australia
The Sounds of Silence tour at Ayers Rock Resort begins at sunset, when the iconic rock formations of Uluru and Kata Tjuta glow fiery red. Take a short walk through the dunes to a panoramic viewpoint, then dine outdoors on Aussie fare, including...
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Ningaloo WA 6701, Australia

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is, of course, world famous, but there's some impressive snorkeling and diving on the west coast of the country, too. Not far from Exmouth, Ningaloo Marine Park was named a World Heritage Site in 2011. The protected...

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Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
Since Surry Hills was an industrial and commercial center early on, it seems like there’s a pub on nearly every corner. The Norfolk recently got a makeover. It’s a funky little place with great photos on the wall, an internal courtyard, tacos on...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
Melbourne is by far one of the best cities I have ever lived in! A cross between San Francisco and London, the city perfectly combines the old with the new. Many of the buildings exude an old world feel; while the coffee shops, bars, art galleries...
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Wharf St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia
Swimming with a Maori Wrasse at Agincourt Reef located 38 kilometers from Cairns on The Great Barrier Reef. I highly recommend Silverswift dive boat out of Cairns or their sister vessel the Silversonic out of Port Douglas.
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Petermann NT 0872, Australia
Ayers Rock – known asUluru to the Anangu Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory – is perhaps the most well-known symbol of Central Australia, though there are no photos, no stories, no tales of wonder that can prepare you for seeing the Rock...
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2 Raper St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
The final home and workplace of the late Australian artist Brett Whiteley is now a museum that holds rotating exhibits of Whiteley’s work shown on weekends as well as monthly events such as poetry readings and classical music performances....