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  • Sydney Harbour

    Sydney Favorites

    I loved that I could see so many lighthouses from the ferry to Manly. Some of them I could identify, but some of them I could not. It was just interesting to see so many different types of aids to navigation My husband the sailor would love sailing in the harbour at Sydney. Later we got a good view of some weekend races from the Sydney Tower

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  • Perth City

    Perth Favorites

    Australians love music as much as people everywhere else in the world. The invention of the MP3 player, however, is not yet known down under... [/nonsense modus off] The lively pedestrian streets in Perth City, Hay Street and Murray Street, become open air stages when street musicians and other performers put on their shows. Best during peak...

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  • Information

    Brisbane Favorites

    Looking to book some local or overseas travel? Seeking enlightenment on where to go and what to do? There is an annual Travel Expo held on a weekend in February at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre which is located at South Brisbane close to the Cultural Centre and South Bank. Typically around 100 exhibitors from all aspects of the...

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  • Food and drink

    Adelaide Favorites

    As I first mentioned on my Australia COUNTRY page, we Americans have been taught, via television advertising, to believe that all Australians LOVE Foster's Beer. Before I visited Oz, I thought Fosters to be the ubiquitous national brand of suds. Boy, was I ever wrong. Most Aussies tell me that the only persons who drink Fosters in Australia are...

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  • Great Ocean Road

    Melbourne Favorites

    I constantly fly to Melbourne with my partner and I always call Private Budget Tours Australia. They are a local couple from Melbourne whom provide private tours at affordable rates. They are very flexible and knowledgeable. When ever we go to Melbourne, they organise a good package deal for us as we like to go to different tours everyday. They...

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  • Tourist Attractions

    Canberra Favorites

    The visitors centre is a great source of information on Canberra, the Australian Capital Territory and the region more generally and certainly worthy a stop for all but the most prepared visitor to Canberra. In addition to an extensive display of literature the staff here are very helpful. The Centre can assist you with last minute accommodation...

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  • Downtown Christchurch

    Christchurch Favorites

    - The city centre features a huge new steel sculpture, an oversized bunch of wheat, higher than the surrounding high-rise buildings. Its name is "Flour Power". (August/September 2008) The square at the corner of High and Colombo Streets is now called Stewart Plaza (in the strange attempt to make the centre more flash and posh and luxurious...),...

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  • Beaches.

    Gold Coast Favorites

    I am not one for busy crowded beaches, I prefer ones with less people, but still with the Life Savers on patrol for my safety, OR still water ones. Some of the quiet Beaches are The Spit, Main Beach, Mermaid Beach, Nobby Beach ,Main Beach ,Tallebudgera and Bilinga. I love the water without the waves, especially at Tallebudgera Creek,...

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  • Auckland Museum and Domain

    Auckland Favorites

    The Wintergardens are located in the Auckland Domain, not far from Auckland Museum. The glass houses date back into the early twentieth century and although the plant collection is very modest, the place is free and makes a nice retreat if you're in the city centre. The "fernery" is a secluded 'bush' walk through native New Zealand forest (which we...

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  • Underwater Life

    Bora-Bora Favorites

    So just about everyone goes snorkeling in Bora Bora and enjoys seeing the amazing underwater life. But here's a tip to enhance the experience. While snorkeling near overwater bungalows, have your spouse or significant other go up on the boardwalks and drop bread crumbs in the water. Chumming the water causes a colorful of explosion of fish to come...

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  • Baywalk Bollards

    Geelong Favorites

    There are over 100 bollards which have been made out of hughe wooden pylons;many recovered from the Yarra Street pier,which was destroyed by fire in the 1980`s.The bollards are painted as historic people and remind about events and history of Geelong.The painting artist was Jan Mitchell.The bollards are to be seen from Ripleside Park till...

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  • Lake Wakatipu

    Queenstown Favorites

    Lake Wakatipu is the South Island’s second largest lake after Lake Te Anau. It is Z-shaped, has a total length of 77 kilometres, and covers 293 square kilometres. It is surrounded by steeply rising mountains. Ice-age glaciers carved it out. The deepest point is 378 metres. The lake has a natural rock dam, lying at Kingston at the southern end of...

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  • General Scenery.

    Hobart Favorites

    I'm not sure what did it to be honest. But I left Hobart wanting to see so much more of the little town. In someways it reminded me of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in others, a small Danish coastal village. It had many charms and that intself was my favorite thing about Hobart. It was a great little town which you can tell will someday be a tourist...

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  • Internet Connections

    Wellington Favorites

    This was the most amazing machine I found! Here you can free up some memory space on your digital camera by a number of ways: Print digital photos from $1-45 NZD per print. Edit digital photos. Email your digital photos - $5 NZD total. Save digital photos to CD. Your own CD $5 NZD CD supplied $15 NZD Upload digital photos to...

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  • Visitor Information Centre

    Rotorua Favorites

    Most visitors to Rotorua will encounter this striking looking building on Fenchurch Street. The towns official tourist information office, you can find everything here from the standard array of information leaflets, to accommodation booking, tours and activities, shower facilities, luggage storage facilities, and a decent gift shop.

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  • The Octagon

    Dunedin Favorites

    The Octagon is the central "square" [actually and obviously an octagon] in the centre of the city. It is well laid out with a nice covered walkway alongside the road thru the middle. A variety of people hang out here, from students, to vagrants to diners and tourists. There are a few eateries around the perimeter, cafés and restaurants and...

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  • Cable Car

    Wellington Region Favorites

    The Cable Car is one of Wellingtons oldest and most popular tourist attractions. The cable car journeys up under the motorway, through the three tunnels, past Kelburn Park and Victoria University and on to the top entrance of the city's Botanic Garden where various walks begin and where the Carter Observatory and Planetarium are located. The Cable...

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  • Otago

    South Island Favorites

    Cadrona Pass can be a fantastic driving expierience, but be aware, some parts are still gravel and hard to judge when driving to fast...but end of the year 2006 some adventure will have been taken out, all will be sealed road by then just driving is fun

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  • Taranaki

    North Island Favorites

    Facing the Tasman Sea on the north, west and south of Mount Taranaki, New Plymouth has easy access of beaches for sailing, swimming, surfing or sand castles. Was surprised by the black sand beaches. Apparently from some volcanic rock that produced small black specks that blacken the sand of the beach. Anyway, you cannot miss the beaches while in...

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  • Native New Zealand

    New Zealand Favorites

    New Zealand has some rather interesting natural landmarks as you will no doubt see as you travel around our fair land. In the South Island you can see everything from the split apple to the moeraki bolders in the round shaped area and the Pancake rocks at Punakaiki for a different formation completly. In the North there are some interesting...

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  • Zoo / Wildlife

    Sydney Favorites

    The one activity that was a must for me during our visit to Sydney was getting up close and personal with a Koala. On my Birthday trip in 2007; Chris took me to Taronga park for my first Koala encounter. I must admit the bears are very cute and fuzy but they are rather stinky(Phew.....). Our particular Koala seemed attracted to the smell of my hair...

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  • Fremantle

    Perth Favorites

    Visit Rottnest Island... you can get around on bikes or walk... there are no cars just people powered vehicles. Crystal blue ocean surrounds this small island. Scuba diving, surfing, snokeling and sailing are some of the things you can find yourself getting the urge to try at this magical little place. Great resturants and accommodation are...

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  • Parks & Gardens

    Brisbane Favorites

    The Kangaroo Point cliffs have so much to offer. Perhaps we should start at the top of the cliffs. At the top is a narrow strip of lawn, where electric bbqs, picnic settings and toilets are located. The view is of Southbank, the winding Brisbane river and the Brisbane CBD, one of the best! At the bottom, is another park with the same plus a...

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  • City Centre

    Adelaide Favorites

    ADELAIDE has a great idea of having 'GREETERS" to "meet & greet " you. Greeters are trained volunteers, some speak more than one language, they are not professional tour guides, and they come from all age groups, backgrounds and have a variety of interests. The volunteers help you find your way around the city and the numerous attractions in...

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  • St. Kilda

    Melbourne Favorites

    St Kilda is one of inner city suburbs of Melbourne and in recent years, it has begun to shake off a seamy reputation and is home to many of Melbourne's famous visitor attractions including Luna Park, the Esplanade Hotel, Acland Street, its many theatres and St Kilda Beach. St Kilda is home to many of the city of Melbourne's big events. Despite...

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  • Parks / Gardens / Lakes

    Canberra Favorites

    Of course, Floriade is also about people; about the charming little girl with the great hat I spotted running around who just made my shot of the playground; the guy I met who was involved in the first ski resort in Kashmir; the old lady with the walker who was just happy to be there; the artist who was in a nice place, mentally and physically....

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  • Architecture

    Christchurch Favorites

    - This impressive stately building with its classical ornamentation is located right behind Christchurch Cathedral, and opposite the Press buidling and Cathedral Junction. It was designed in 1909 (and built from 1911 to 1913) to accommodate many of the Government Departments in Christchurch. It was used for this purpose for 70 years. Although it...

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  • Theme Parks.

    Gold Coast Favorites

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  • Queen Street & Downtown

    Auckland Favorites

    Auckland now has a fine little pocket of restaurants around its waterfront and Viaduct Basin areas. Though not comparable to the great culinary capitals of the world, Auckland's restaurants may not number in the thousands, but the food is of a high quality and varied range. This area is also nice to walk aorund on a summer evening.

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  • Flora

    Bora-Bora Favorites

    The main citrus tree in the French Polynesian islands is “pamplemousse” – and you see it on this photo in the container in the foreground. Although closely related, grapefruit and pamplemousse – in English: pomelo, shaddock and pummelo – are not the same. In fact, a grapefruit is a cross of pamplemousse and orange. The cross of pamplemousse with a...

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  • The Great Ocean Road

    Geelong Favorites

    The whole Great Ocean road is great, though not everyone has time to see it in its entirety. I'd recommend starting the trip at the trendy surf town of Torquay with its world famous competition surf beach, Bells Beach. The next major small town on the map is Anglesea, more of a fishing town and less commercial, followed by Lorne, almost as famous...

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  • Jetboat Rides

    Queenstown Favorites

    Although a little "touristy", I think most visitors to Queenstown should try out one of their famous Jetboat rides, because it offers its passengers a safe way to enjoy the sights offered by the various rivers in Queenstown, while still getting your adrenalin going. It was especially fun when your guide do a sudden "Hamilton Maneuver" when you...

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  • Salamanca Markets.

    Hobart Favorites

    There was music everywhere. There was an absolute gem of an open boat being rowed around with a lady playing piano down the back and a bearded man on accordion amidships (pic 5). Every time they finished a tune applause rang out from all parts of the docks. Then there were the dancing girls in their fetching nautical outfits strutting their stuff;...

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  • Parliament Buildings

    Wellington Favorites

    Parliament has been located in Wellington since 1865 when it was moved from Auckland - not the building obviously! The Beehive is one of New Zealand's icons though it's only the building that has the offices of the MPs and the Prime Minister.

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  • Te Whakarewarewa

    Rotorua Favorites

    You pay around £ 6 for adults ad £3 for kids to get into visit Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and after that you can explore Maori village, kiwi house, Frog pool, Maori concert etc for free. You don’t have to pay for individual events.

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  • Te Papa Museum

    Wellington Region Favorites

    Go to Te Papa Museum. Opened in 1998, built on a site the size of 3 rugby fields (that's kiwi for you!), it has a total floor area of 36,000 square metres. Te Papa is the national museum of NZ, with many amazing New Zealand and International exhibits. Entry is free, except for special exhibitions. NZ Exhibitions include: Te Marae - the vibrancy of...

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  • Taupo

    New Zealand Favorites

    Imagine a group of eccentric geriatrics sitting around in a small shed in the middle of a paddock with nothing better to do than fly. That should put you in the picture. These men of the air all have a sense of humour as noted during the pre-flight comments, "If you want to do loop-the-loops go with him, he can't fly straight"; you get the...

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  • Canterbury

    South Island Favorites

    Otira Gorge has became more easier to travel.the old Road gone,a new Viaduct build,finish and opend last Autum. It is now a breeze driving through to the West Coast..thank god for that. but actually I will miss the old adventure drive..never knew how it would pan out around the bend..rocks fallen on the Road or right in front of the car.geh, never...

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  • Auckland

    North Island Favorites

    No, it is not about a tv drama series. One hill tree is popular historic landmark of Auckland on top of a small volcanic peak. There was a single tree next to a commemorative obelisk. The tree was attacked twice in the name of Maori struggle of their natural rights but fortunately survived the onslaught. Unfortunately after a damaging storm, the...

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  • Beaches

    Sydney Favorites

    Want to do a short walk to see one of Sydney's finest panoramas? You could do a whole lot worse than go to North Mona Vale and take in the view from the headland - Mona Vale one side, Bilgola the other. I was taking a friend's dog up there for a walk and didn't have a lot of time but was suitably impressed by the vista that confronted me....

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  • Aboriginal Culture

    Perth Favorites

    BOOMERANG The boomerang is the long range weapon of the Australian Aborigine and was devised only in Australia. No other peoples anywhere else in the world use this unique weapon. Australian Aborigine has been making boomerangs for a very long time - for hunting, tribal warfare and also as musical instruments in secret ceremonies and...

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  • Flora & Fauna

    Brisbane Favorites

    These Birds are quite friendly even though they may not look it. They love to hang around eating areas, hop on tables etc, where ever food is. They never used to be like this, there home was in the Farmer's paddocks, finding grubs to eat with their long beaks. A long drought, thousands of hungry birds, and they found Suburbia for a food supply. DO...

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  • Parks

    Adelaide Favorites

    The Botanic Park is a 34 hectare (84 acre) park in the Northeast Parkland's of the South Australian capital of Adelaide. Its nestled between the zoo and the botanical gardens making it a perfect spot to picnic, read or lie in the sun. Its very quite and has a abundant bird life. The park popularity is due mostly to its giant fig trees. Their...

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  • Crown Casino

    Melbourne Favorites

    I stood one night, unknowingly, beside the river when all was suddenly light. From whence had this emanated I immediately wondered. It was over in moments, so I was unsure, then it burst with a roar and it filled the sky. There was a time, co-inciding with the massive gas flame bursts, when I thought I had done Hell and Melbourne in one hit. The...

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  • Views

    Canberra Favorites

    Around Canberra you have some lookouts that offer some nice views around the nations capital, as you can see, it is a very lush area, and its in a nice spot, though they can work on the nightlife of the spot.

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