Category Archives: Australia

Sterling Undervalued as a Result of the Upcoming Referendum

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  GB Pound Sterling continued its good run of form last week making solid gains against the euro and US dollar after an opinion poll showed a strong lead for the ‘Bremain’ camp. Despite the UK missing its second quarter GDP forecast, showing growth of 2% against the estimated 2.1%, the reaction was muted and did not stop sterling delivering gains of 1.7% and 1.0% against the euro and dollar respectively. The bank holiday caused a slow start to the week for the UK however, with many experts Read more

A Guide to the Sunshine Coast, not Just Noosa.

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Beautiful Noosa is a world famous destination that could claim to be the unofficial capital of the Sunshine Coast. It’s a stunning beach haven for wealthy international tourists, backpacking travellers and escapees from the colder climes of the southern states of Australia. The kilometres of pristine beach, Noosa National Park and the shopping and fine dining of Hastings Street draw the crowds to this breathtaking part of the world. But revelling in the natural wonders and urban hustle and bustle Read more

Brisbane – Don’t Skip it

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"Don't bother with Brisbane;  just use it as a base to get to the good stuff". This recent unsolicited advice from a fellow traveller in Singapore's Changi Airport made me think hard about the charms of Queensland's state capital, the city where I spent my university years. I admit in the past I might've agreed with this dismissive take on Brissie/Brissy/Brisvegas, but returning as a long-term expat and world traveller I would beg to differ. I think Brisbane has been dissed by the traveller's grape-vine Read more

Australia’s East Coast’s Last Port of Call – Daintree and Port Douglas.

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Road trips up Australia’s extensive east coast are very popular with visitors wanting to take in as much of this sprawling nation in one journey, and while many opt to end their expedition at Cairns, the most northerly city on this coastline, others choose to go that little bit further. Those who do won’t be disappointed, as they are treated to some of the most breathtaking scenery the country has to offer in the form of the Daintree Rainforestand its surrounding areas. What to do: Port Douglas Read more

Strange Laws and Customs around the World

When we travel we’re leaving familiarity behind to explore unknown and occasionally unusual destinations. The further we travel, the stranger those destinations can become, with unique cultures, interesting people and bizarre environments to discover. Even so, it can be hard to leave our own beliefs behind, taking our sensibilities and our own perception of the world with us, which is why, when we land on foreign shores we can sometimes forget that their laws may not be the same as our own. Sure, Read more

Why Visit Australia?

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If you've ever considered taking a trip Down Under, now’s the perfect time to grab the chance. Australia’s a warm, friendly and diverse holiday destination, where you’ll be guaranteed to have the time of your life. Discover the country’s beautiful and exotic natural landscape, or immerse yourself in local culture. Indulge in great local produce, or simply relax in classic Australian style. Whether you’re planning a once in a lifetime adventure holiday, a romantic escape or a family trip, Read more