Australia and Oceania Favorites

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    Currumbin Creek - Gold Coast
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Australia and Oceania Favorites

  • Darling Harbour / Casino

    Sydney Favorites

    What you now have is an Entertainment Centre, Sydney Aquarium, Star City Casino, IMAX Theatre (pic 4), Powerhouse Museum, 5 star accommodation - and that's just to name a few! There are also pleasant things like the Japanese Gardens and lots of fountains. Needless to say shopping, especially for souvenirs, is another activity many people undertake....

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kelly Tarltons Underwater World

    Auckland Favorites

    For different view of Southern Hemisphere life, make a point of visiting Antarctica while you're in Auckland. At Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World you can meet King and Gentoo Penguins in a world of real snow and ice.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Parks / Gardens

    Sydney Favorites

    So I turned and walked through a tunnel beneath the railway and started to climb the stairs up beside a park landscaped into the slope. Halfway up I traversed this park over to the next ascending walkway and then, soon after, moved on to another delightful little park that had a sculpture beside the path (pic 2). It was not long after when I...

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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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  • 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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  • Theme Parks.

    Gold Coast Favorites

    WANT TO SAVE MONEY? Who doesn't, especially when on holidays! CHECK OUT THESE MONEY SAVERS Holiday World Pass-Unlimited entry for 21 days $99.99 Enjoy UNLIMITED ENTRY into both Dreamworld & WhiteWater World for 21 consecutive days http://goldcoast.godo.com.au/activity/DMWD114 Another Value Pass is the Warner Bros. "3 for 3 pass." This has to be...

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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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  • Harbour Bridge & Marina

    Auckland Favorites

    The bridge is one of Aucklands key features around the harbour area and is visible from many places given its size. It's 15 stories high and at just over 1km long the 2nd longest road bridge in NZ (Rakaia Bridge in the South Island is the longest). The Bridge, running between St Marys Bay and Northcote Point, was opened on 30th of May 1959 and...

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  • History/Location

    Canberra Favorites

    Walter Burley Griffin originated this term, which refers to the area between Parliament House and the lake, flanked by Commonwealth Avenue on the west and Kings Avenue to the east. As a visitor, it is important that you should understand that the buildings here are entirely of national significance - they are here for the nation and in general...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Queen Victoria Market

    Melbourne Favorites

    Check out the Queen Victoria Markets. Located on the corner of Elizabeth & Victoria Streets. At the markets you will find all sorts of things - fresh produce, clothes, crafts, jewelry, leather goods etc. It's a great place to spend a couple of hours... Open Tuesday to Sunday. Phone: 03 93205822 Web: www.qvm.com.au

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  • King's Park

    Perth Favorites

    It's definitely worthwhile to check out Kings Park...it's a huge park that overlooks the city of Perth and isn't too far from the centre...it's an uphill walk though so take a bus or taxi if you don't like walking. :)

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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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  • Bird / Animal Parks.

    Gold Coast Favorites

    At the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, you can either watch the Lorikeet's feed for FREE, or for a small donation, buy a plate of Lorikeet food [Wombaroo milk] to feed, this will be re-filled for NO extra charge. This is a really fun thing to do if you've never done it before! Once you have paid your donation, then your given a plate which is...

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  • Barossa Valley

    Adelaide Favorites

    My friends and myself met this Canadian couple (Hans and clarie)on our trip to barossa valley. They are such lovely people and we chatted a lot during our trip and also shared with each other'spast travel experiences. This picture was taken during a lunch break at a resturant in Barossa. Hans gave me and Naomi his country flagpin. I had it stick on...

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