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When locals or tourists think of Australia, they picture sandy beaches, lifeguards, picturesque landscape, fascinating wildlife, creepy crawlies, the amazing cities and most importantly Vegemite and Tim Tams but here are some quirky facts that may intrigue or shock you about the Land Down Under. 1. In 1954, Bob Hawke was immortalised by the Guinness Book of Records for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Bob later became the Prime Minister of Australia. 2. Wombat poo is cube shaped 3. Kangaroo meat can be purchased from the supermarket, butcher and available on restaurant menus as a leaner and healthier alternative to beef or lamb with a 1-2 percent fat content. 4. Surprisingly Australia is the m . . .
Sea World is experiencing its best year ever for its Gentoo Penguin breeding program with four new chicks for its Penguin Encounter exhibit and another nine still incubating. Sea World Senior Penguin Keeper Katrina Krygger said the 2013 breeding season is a step up on the 2012 season which was also successful with four chicks welcomed to Sea World in what was then the most successful breeding season. “One of the most exciting aspects for us this season is that Percy, our first ever Gentoo Penguin Chick two years ago, has this year become a first time parent with the help of Geuce. They are very proud parents.” This season 14 eggs have been laid and while one chick didn’t make it there are high hopes for the remaining fo . . .
This year’s Fright Nights at Movie World is set to be the scariest yet with the first of seven events starting tomorrow. Guests are invited to experience Movie World’s dark side as an evil presence is cast over the park and the dead, the demons and psychopathic maniacs are woken. Once darkness falls, they’ll lock everyone in, make them run for their lives, and challenge them to take on some of the most horrifying mazes they’ll ever experience. This year’s Fright Nights will feature four mazes that are set to terrify even the most experienced thrill-seekers, including an all-new Walking Dead Maze, Evil Dead Maze, Hillbilly Slasher II Maze and The Darkness Maze. Movie World’s Entertainment Manager Micha . . .
A Thursday Island toddler with spina bifida is set to have his life changed for the better thanks to the donation of a specially-designed wheelchair. Charlie Kris, 4, who also has hydrocephalus ('water on the brain'), will receive the wheelchair from the Just4Kids Children& . . .
A formerly homeless man who became CEO is now giving back to help the homeless.Gary Poole, who owns an award-winning accommodation, The Escarpment Retreat and Day Spa on Mt Tamborine in Queensland's Gold Coast hinterland, is one of the many CEOs participating in St Vincent d . . .
Sea World is celebrating the arrival of the newest member of the Sea World family – a beautiful female baby dolphin, weighing 15 kilograms and measuring 95cm in length. The calf’s proud parents are mum Sunnie and dad Kiama, who are both first time parents at ten . . .
Geelong’s new-look Highland Gathering will add a major Scottish folk music concert to its growing list of attractions when it moves to Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus, on the first weekend in March next year. The concert will be from 7.30pm at the KD Stew . . .
Friday 30th November 2012 at 8am join Team Chriso and raise funds to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. A Charity Golf Day is to be held in the format of a 4 Ball Ambrose with tickets at $60 each including 18 holes of Golf, lunch and the knowledge you are helping a great . . .
We would like to say a big thank you to everybody who entered our latest photo competition! The winner was drawn today and the prize goes to Kerensa who took her stunning sunrise photo at Buchanan in New South Wales. Kerensa's photo - titled simply ‘Sunrise’ rece . . .
The Art Gallery of South Australia brings the state’s remarkable history to life with South Australia Illustrated: colonial painting in the Land of Promise, from 2 June to 5 August 2012. A survey of the development of painting in South Australia from the commencement . . .
SkyPoint Climb, Australia’s highest external building walk, is the newest adventure experience on the Gold Coast taking climbers on a guided journey reaching 270 metres into the sky atop the iconic Q1 resort building. The awe-inspiring open air adventure, SkyPoint Cli . . .
Join in the fun at RSPCA Qld’s biggest fundraising event of the year - Million Paws Walk! We need your help to raise vital funds to assist in caring for more than 18,000 dogs that our Animal Care Centres receive each year. These dogs are not as fortunate as your much . . .
Dreamworld, home of Wiggles World, is excited to announce The Wiggles and their friends will be visiting Australia’s biggest theme park to perform live on Saturday 10 March, 2012. Gates will open to the theme park extra early from 9am to ensure that Wiggly fans can ge . . .
2012 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art From an explosive light installation that clocks births, deaths and dying stars in real time to a full body cast that mimics the aging process by slumping, sagging and wrinkling in front of your eyes, the 2012 Adelaide Biennial of Au . . .
Spectacular New Video Work makes its Australian Premiere at Art Gallery of South Australia Allegoria Sacra, the monumental new video work by celebrated international collective AES+F, will screen for the first time in Australia as part of the Adelaide Fringe, on Friday 24 F . . .
2012 Year of the DragonCelebrate Chinese New Year at Warner Bros. Movie World.As the Year of the Rabbit ends... in comes the Dragon!!Warner Bros. Movie World is proud to present a special dragon dance show to greet all guests for a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year. The . . .
The Travelling Film Festival is on the road again; first stop for 2012 is the Northern Territory, screening in Alice Springs 17-20 February at the Araluen Arts Centre. With nine features and three shorts, from seven different countries, it’s the best excuse to visit an . . .
R.V. Asia Pacific, sole importers of world-leading Adria Caravans from Europe, have enjoyed a modest increase of 12% in sales throughout the Australian market over the past 12 months. General Manager, Chris Swann, said there has been a marked trend of caravan buyers wishing . . .
These holidays, Dreamworld welcomes award-winning entertainment brand DreamWorks Animation. A host of beloved characters will feature in the new Holiday Shrektacular show from 19 December to 27 January including Shrek, Puss in Boots, Po from Kung Fu Panda, and many of the c . . .
‘A Day On The Track’ is one of the premier car and bike events on the calendar to be held in Melbourne’s West. We celebrated its 1st year of operation in 2011, at the events home, Tabcorp Park. We are happy to announce that the event will be returning to . . .
Celebrations all round, as Moonshadow Cruises proudly accepted the top award for Major Tour and Transport Operator last night (17th November) at the NSW Tourism Awards held in the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. Janene Rees, Sales and Business Development Manager at . . .
Habitat HQ was crowned best Victorian â€˜Backpacker Accommodationâ€™ at the RACV 2011 Victorian Tourism Awards gala dinner held at Crown Casino last night. Winning for a second consecutive year, the judges again recognised Habitat HQâ€™s innovative tourism offe . . .
NEW WORLD-CLASS ENTERTAINMENT ALLIANCE WITH DREAMWORKS ANIMATION. Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, Australia has today revealed a new and world-class alliance with the innovative global entertainment brand, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA), in the parkâ€™s mos . . .
Tony and Zoe are excited to announce that Paradise Jet Boating were awarded category finalists for both â€˜Adventure Tourismâ€™ and â€˜Tour and/or Transport Operatorsâ€™ at the Queensland Tourism Awards, held in Brisbane on Friday 4th November 2011. "The . . .
For the second year in a row Fantasea have taken home the Best Major Tour and / or Transport Operator at the 2011 Queensland Tourism Awards! This is Fantasea's fourth tourism award for the year having being recognised nationally at the Qantas Tourism Awards in March with t . . .
After the huge success of afternoon tea in Madrid, Philadelphia, London and Edinburgh already this year, the next teatime foray held by UK based "The Adventurists" ventures even further afield to Sydney, Australia. Guests attending this event will have the pleasure of meetin . . .
Habitat HQ has been recognized with another industry award, continuing its winning streak and adding another â€˜goldâ€™ to its tally in 2011. Habitat HQ were awarded their second consecutive Golden Backpack Award for â€˜Best Backpacker in Victoria 2011â€™ . . .
John Fairfax AO, the Chairman of the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation (RASF) and former Director of Fairfax Media and Past Chairman of Rural Press , Australiaâ€™s largest publishers of regional and agricultural news and information has accepted the invitation to ju . . .
Cruise Whitsunday's 7th Birthday week was capped off in style when they took out two major awards at the annual Whitsundays Tourism Awards. The company was the recipient of the "Major Tour & Transport Operator" award and the "Major Attractions" award for its Knuckle Reef po . . .
Queensland Late Model Racers make a wish for Zoe Girdlestone Zoe Girdlestone passed away in 2009. She was only 19 at the time. Zoe was born with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease, with no cure. Despite the day to day battle of living with cystic fibrosis, Zoe remained as . . .
Rain couldnâ€™t dampen the annual celebrations of all things Australian and the icon of the ute at the Deniliquin Ute Muster on September 30 and October 1. Rain in the two days leading up to the event, and for the two days of the event, didnâ€™t deter more than 18 . . .
Construction commences on the Gold Coast's New Tourism Attraction Queensland Premier Anna Bligh joined Ardent Leisure Chief Executive Officer, Greg Shaw and SkyPoint General Manager, Andrew Sharry today, Monday 26 September, to announce the Gold Coast's most anticipated new . . .
Aussie rock band Eskimo Joe are counting the days until they hit the Deni Ute Muster stage on Saturday, October 1, preparing for a huge performance to a big crowd. "Any time you cross cars with rock'n roll it's always out of control," Eskimo Joe guitarist, Stu MacLeod said. . . .
Suzi Quatro fans at this year's Deniliquin Ute Muster and Play on the Plains Festival will be treated to a rare opportunity to get the Queen of Rockâ€™s signature. Headlining the Friday night concert at this year's Festival on September 30, Festival organisers have rec . . .
One of Australia's best-selling female writers, Rachael Treasure, will return to the Deni Ute Muster to launch her latest book, The Girl and the Ghost-Grey Mare. The Deni Ute Muster will be the first time the public get to have a look at the authorâ€™s newest book, whi . . .
The Deniliquin Ute Muster's Ute Exhibition Centre is the place to find Australiaâ€Ÿs and arguably the worldâ€Ÿs rarest ute. When created, only 6 Zeta Utility vehicles were made by the Lightburn company â€" which was more noted for its production of washing machi . . .
This was the Gold Coast Shows 105th year. The show had all kinds of family entertainment and various competitions along with the usually popular Show Bags, Face Painting, Fair Rides and side shows and so many other activities. For animal lovers it certainly offered plenty . . .
A ute muster might not be where you'd expect to see former Australian Idol winner, Guy Sebastian performing, but in 2011, that's exactly where he'll be. Taking the stage at the 2011 Deni Ute Muster (Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1) along with Guy will be a massiv . . .
Tourism Australia are doing their best promote Working Holidays and encourage young travellers to consider Australia as a place to work or travel. To do this Tourism Australia has released a new campaign called â€˜30 days in Ozâ€™. The campaign consists of 30 one . . .
Father's Day, falls on the first Sunday of each September in Australia. In many other countries it falls on the third Sunday in June. However, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea share the first Sunday of September as the day to celebrate fatherhood and male p . . .
With spring and summer approaching the days are going to get hotter and hotter, which means it's time to take off the layers of clothing and get active! Whether you are going to the beach or going out with friends you want to and feel good. In summer there are more opportun . . .
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Australian Explorer supports and sponsors a number of different charities located all over Australia. One of them is the Mater Foundation in Queensland. The Mater Foundation has mater hospitals in Brisbane that care for ill babies and children. Each year, 2000 premature and . . .
As you can see we have integrated a blog system onto the Australian Explorer website. Our blog will supply our customers with daily posts about a range of experiences in Australia, destinations and explorer news. You will also have the option to leave feedback on the blogs. . . .
Hostels are the best accommodation option for backpackers or budget conscious travellers. When looking for affordable accommodation you donâ€™t want to have to pay any booking fees or extra unnecessary charges. You could be paying $20.00 for one night in a hostel dorm r . . .
Take part in something adventurous while raising money for a great Charity this upcoming July in 2012. Join the Just4Kids Motortrail for a 15 day Cape York safari from Cardwell to Cooktown. You will enjoy the adventure, the fun, the experience and the fact that you are also . . .
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