Category Archives: Australia

Cheap flights to Australia from Europe

Travellers flying between Australia and Europe now have a markedly cheaper option – through China.
China Southern Airlines is offering standalone flights from Sydney-London at prices up to 34 per cent lower than Qantas.

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China Southern’s cheapest economy-class fare between Sydney and London, with a three-hour stopover Guangzhou, for a two-week trip starting May 4 was 1.100 Euro.

The lowest price for a non-Chinese airline, on Malaysian Airlines, was 19 per cent more expensive at 1.320 Euro. Emirates tickets started at 1.450 Euro while Singapore Air’s was at 1.500 Euro. The cheapest Qantas ticket was 51 per cent more than China Southern, at 1.670 Euro.

Another benefit flying China Southern is the added legroom in all classes.

Stay at the best Spa and Resort

Qualia was voted best resort in the world in the 2012 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. When the expert therapists at Spa Qualia get their hands on you, you’ll understand one of the reasons this retreat is so highly regarded. Try the Signature Ceremonies White Haven, which includes an exfoliation, mud wrap, massage, facial and silk caressing your skin (a delightful sensation!). With dazzling sea views, this sublime adults-only retreat affords all the peace, pampering and relaxation you could ever wish for.

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You will find Qualia on Hamilton Island just off the coast of Queensland in Australia. Check their web page here:  qualia.com.au.

Best job in the world

Tourism Australia has had a massive response to its “Best Jobs in the World” campaign, with more than 31,000 applications received since the competition launched.

Tourism Australia is spending $4 million on an expanded ”Best Job in the World” global campaign with each of the winners to receive a $100,000 six-month ”salary package”, including living costs.

The six ‘Best Jobs in the World’:
• Chief Funster (New South Wales)
• Outback Adventurer (Northern Territory)
• Park Ranger (Queensland)
• Wildlife Caretaker (South Australia)
• Lifestyle Photographer (Melbourne)
• Taste Master (Western Australia)

Read more here.

Macca’s for Australia Day

McDonald’s has changed the name of some of its restaurants to “Macca’s,” the nickname used by many Australians for the fast-food chain.

The marketing ploy coincides with the lead up to the national Australia Day holiday on January 26.

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According to local media, signage was changed on 13 outlets countrywide earlier this month and will remain in place until February 4.

Sydney is first out to celebrate 2013 with a big bang

A cloudless Sydney sky exploded with shooting comets and raindrops of colour. Some hung in the air like dredlocks and others shot to dizzying heights and fizzled without a bang. Happy new year to all celebrating in Sydney. Below you will find videos showing the fireworks for Sydney, StockholmLondon, Dubai and Moscow.

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Check out the video of they Sydney 2013 fireworks display over Sydney Harbour Bridge here.

Over seven tonnes of pyrotechnics and some 25,000 shooting comets erupted over Sydney Harbour Bridge for the 2013 New Years eve celebration.

Ten hours later there is the New Years eve celebration in Stockholm, Sweden. Swedes left their warm homes to go out and see the random fireworks displayed over the city. It was a light rain and +4 degrees. Check out the Stockholm New Years eve fireworks display here.

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The amazing London Fireworks 2013 is a must see:

And here is what Dubai oil money will buy. Check out the Dubai 2013 Fireworks New Years eve extravaganta here. 

In Moscow they made a strong effort to show off the red square in a rainbow of colors. The Russian Fireworks 2013 New Years eve celebrations went off with a big bang. Check out the video here.

The crazy rich choose to stay on the ground

A Qantas jet touched down in Melbourne without two of its first class passengers, because they refused to fly when the airline could not provide them with the right size of luxury pyjamas. The extraordinary dilemma facing the A380 superjet’s crew could not be resolved before the aircraft took off from Los Angeles and so the angry couple demanded to leave the plane just as it was preparing to taxi from the terminal.

Drug smugglers to Oz beware

With Australia likely to start using body scanners in airports from July after successful trials in Sydney and Melbourne, it seems the majority of the travelling public is all for them.

Of 400 international travellers polled by travel website Skyscanner, 66 per cent said they supported the scanners because they would speed up checks and improve security. Thirty per cent disapproved of them, mostly for health and privacy reasons. Four per cent gave inconclusive answers.

A co-founder of Skyscanner, Barry Smith, says that “as long as the machines are safe and any potential privacy issues can be solved, travellers are in favour of anything that will make flying safer and security checks faster”.

“If it saves me from having to take my shoes off, empty my pockets and remove my belt, I’m all for them,” he says.

Sydneys wettest summer in two decades

As the soggy summer draws to a close, with 44 days of rain so far, Sydneysiders and tourists have turned to the science of weather prediction to plan their life, sometimes from morning, noon and night.

It has rained on 44 days of summer so far, above the average of 36 days.
The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts the showers will stick around this week, putting Sydney on track for its wettest summer since 1998-99 when it rained on 49 days.

After rain there willl be ….

Here is a video from the Gold Coast.

Air Australia goes bust

Australias low cost airline, Air Australia, has waved the white flag and is now out of business. Cancelled flights include:

Domestic
Melbourne to Brisbane (11.20am, 5.45pm)
Brisbane to Melbourne (9.40am, 10.40am, 5pm)

International
Melbourne to Phuket (11.25am)
Melbourne to Honolulu (7pm)
Phuket to Melbourne (8.25am)
Honolulu to Melbourne (5.25am)

Read more here.

Australia’s annual Elvis festival

The Parkes Elvis Festival is an annual event celebrating the music and the legend of Elvis Presley held in early January in the Australian New South Wales regional town of Parkes.The first festival in 1992 was simply a one night performance attracting 300 attendees. From then, it has grown to become a five day long festival of all things Elvis.

This year marking the 20th celebration of the festival  there will be more than 15.000 people attending.

If you are a Elvis freak you should click here.
Note: At the time of writing Parkes servers where not loading the pages.

Do not Bungee in Zambia

Update 2012-01-11:
Zambia tourism minister bungee jumps after rope snapping incident to reassure tourists.

A tourist has miraculously survived following a fall into crocodile-infested waters after the cord snapped while she was bungee jumping in Zambia.

Australian backpacker Erin Langworthy fell into the Zambezi river following the terrifying mishap, which happened as she leapt from a bridge at Victoria Falls on the country’s border with Zimbabwe.

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Thousands of Australian Schoolies head for Fiji

Fiji has become a schoolies hot spot with thousands of teenagers set to flock to the Pacific island nation next week. The first of more than 2200 Fiji-bound school leavers, organised by a tour group, are due to depart next Saturday. Entire islands in Fiji have been set aside for their end of school celebrations. Bali and Vanuatu are also proving popular with schoolies, but to a lesser degree.

Read more here.

Qantas is giving away free flights

Qantas passengers caught up in last week’s grounding will be wooed with free flights to any Australian or New Zealand destination and extra loyalty points.



The airline will give every passenger who held a ticket from 5pm on October 29 – the time the grounding took effect – until midnight on Monday a return economy ticket.

Qantas will begin emailing affected passengers about the free ticket offer from tomorrow and bookings can be made from the end of this month for travel from December 14 and are valid for two years.

Read more here.

Huge delays at Australian international airports

Customs staff at international airports across Australia plan to strike this week over a pay deal dispute with the federal government.

Staff at Sydney, Melbourne and Perth will begin their 24-hour strike from midnight on Wednesday. Customs staff at Brisbane, Darwin and Adelaide international airports will walk off the job for two hours on Thursday. Cairns and Gold Coast international airports leave work on Thursday.

Read more here and more about Australia here.

On a normal day the wait is very long at customs when you reach Australian borders. I hug each one of you that will be affected by these planed actions.  Be strong!

Schoolies week next month in Australia

School leavers will soon be unleashed to celebrate their freedom and options range from the Gold Coast to Bali to a student-only island resort. Over two weeks next month, tens of thousands of high-school leavers will descend upon a handful of locations around the country to party hard in celebration of finishing year 12.  An estimated 60,000 students are expected to head to recognised schoolies hot spots such as Gold Coast, Airlie beach and Surfers Paradise.

Last year when I travelled Australia I ended up in the midst of Schoolies week. First, all hotels and campsites are fully booked. Second, streets and beaches are packed to the brim with drunk teenagers. Third, if you join the fun you will feel like grandpa/grandma (if you are over 20 yrs old). Forth, if you like young drunk teenage girls and boys then this is your moment to shine – for you it will be a perv fest.
Read more here.

More about Australia here.