Category Archives: Australia

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.

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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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