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Tasmania: A hidden Australian gem

Summer is coming and the perfect time to visit this amazing place!

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Amazing facts about the Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is one of the greatest architectural achievements of the 20th century. The world famous building sits astride the Sydney Harbour, and is a major draw for tourists and travelers every year. This iconic landmark makes an impressive spectacle, whether you’re taking in a show or simply admiring the building itself. While you’re planning your Australia travel experience, take a few minutes to brush up on some of the building’s history, which is as interesting as the hall itself.

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Visiting Georgia’s Gergeti Trinity Church

Or…Cows on the highway

One of the most exciting things about visiting Georgia, other than the history, the people, the wine and the food…. are the mountains.

Coming from a country (Australia) that does not have a true mountain I was full of anticipation for the day trip to the North Caucuses to visit the famous Gergeti Trinity Church and the waterfall at Gveteti, not far from Georgia’s northern border with Russia.

The tour was arranged through and my driver and guide for the day was Ashot, who was also the transport manager for the company. Together we set off in a large, comfortable black Landcruiser.

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Staying at the Savoy Central Hotel Apartments – Dubai

I recently traveled through Dubai and had one night in the modern city.

I searched on-line and read reviews of several hotels, with my a weather eye on how good the internet  service was like (business dictates that when I get internet, it needs to be good).

From the list of available hotels I chose Savoy Central Hotel Apartments. Another deciding factor was it was not too far from the airport.

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Dog friendly weekend getaway for Melbournians

Here is a great spot for a weekend getaway or longer. Featuring a river you can swim in, walks and a great place to relax it also allow dogs.

guest house location

guest house location

Breakfast options include bacon, eggs, sausages and toast. Packed lunches and dinner are available upon request and there are BBQ’s you can use to make the most of the great outdoors.

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The Rocks restaurants recognised by Tourism Australia



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Cairns hosts first DoubleTree by Hilton in Queensland

Twin Guest RoomHilton Worldwide has announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns. The 237-room Cairns hotel, formerly a Holiday Inn, occupies an exceptional waterfront location on the Coral Sea in the vibrant city of Cairns. The hotel also marks the fourth DoubleTree by Hilton in Australia and the 400th hotel in the brand’s global portfolio.

“Guests at DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns can look forward to experiencing the brand’s signature service in the tropical surrounds of Far North Queensland,” said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “The opening of this hotel further cements our commitment to the Australian market. We know that the little things mean everything when it comes to a rewarding travel experience and strive to bring each guest the special comforts and acts of kindness that are unique to the brand – starting with a warm chocolate chip cookie welcome at check-in and continuing throughout every aspect of a guest’s stay.”

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Mega – eco-tourism resort for Great Keppel Island

A $600m resort project on Great Keppel Island in the Great Barrier Reef has been confirmed, making it the first new resort to be built at the Great Barrier Reef for more than 20 years. The first stage of the Great Keppel Island eco-tourism resort will include a 250 room hotel, 700 villas, 600 apartments, 250 berth marina and airstrip. Great Keppel’s existing resort will be demolished and the new project developed over the next 12 years.

Duration of visa-free stay in Shanghai extended

Shanghai hopes to cement its burgeoning reputation as a global tourist hotspot by allowing visitors to spend three days in the city without a visa.

As a new year commences, citizens from 45 countries will be permitted a 72-hour visa-free stay inside the “administrative area” of Shanghai, the municipal government said on Sunday.

The countries include the United States, France, Japan and Australia.

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Multi-million dollar Chinese theme park planned for NSW

Australia plans to open a Chinese theme park with highlights including a full-scale replica of the gates to the Forbidden City. Local residents, who hope to boost the region’s economy through tourism, are showing a huge interest in the project.

The council of Wyong Shire, located about 80 kilometers north of Sydney, has signed an agreement to sell 157,000 square meters of land to the Australian Chinese Theme Park Pty Ltd for $10 million, for the construction of the $500 million theme park.

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