The Top 10 Things to Do in Australia

 

1.Queensland’s Gold Coast Beaches

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With over 35 miles of coastline, the 21 Gold Coast beaches offer just the right mix of activity and relaxation. Whether you want a quiet place to lay in the sun or are ready to surf the waves, there is a beach for for you. Breath taking views and conveniently located amenities ensure a comfortable and exciting time.

 

 

 

2. Sydney Opera House

Sydney-Opera-House Often called the face of Australia, the Sydney Opera House is a marvel of architectural design. With its exquisite acoustics and physical presence, the Sydney Opera House is widely recognized as a world class performance arts center. See a show or take a tour – the Sydney Opera House is not to be missed.

 

3. Royal Botanical Gardens

Royal_Botanical_Gardens_Sydney Just a short walk from the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanical Gardens is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. More than one million botanical specimens may be viewed and there is a train available to take visitors from one spot to another.

 

4. Sidney Tower’s 360 Bar and Dining

360-Bar-and-dining-room-at-the-top-of-Sydney-Tower Pamper yourself with elegant service and modern Australian cuisine prepared by award winning chefs at the 360 Restaurant located 80 stories above Sydney. The illuminated shell bar offers spectacular city views and a variety of cocktails and wines.

 

 

 

5. Australian Outback

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Considered one of the few remaining wilderness areas in the world, the Outback is a rugged expanse of desert and kangaroos and, in the northern part of its range, a wet/dry tropical climate with gorges and waterfalls. Driving tours for short visits and hiking tours for longer stays are available.

 

 

 

6. Australian Museum

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Everything from mummies to dinosaurs has a place in the Australian Museum. Learn all about Australia, its inhabitants, geography, and interesting wild life. Visitors may take a guided tour or get a map and explore on their own.

 

7. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone-Pine-Koala-Sanctuary Hug one of the world’s most endearing animals, the koala. Near Brisbane, the Sanctuary is also home to Australia’s native kangaroos, emus, and wallabies. Enjoy feeding the animals and learning more about Australia’s wildlife.

 

8. Daintree Village

Daintree_VillageDaintree Village on the banks of the Daintree River is a look into the past. River tours range from crocodile and wildlife spotting tours to Aboriginal culture tours. Go fishing, experience what it’s like to work in a cattle station, visit museums, and enjoy the services at the Silky Oaks Spa.

 

9. Victorian Alps

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In the summer, hike the peaks, fish, rock climb, or bike the Victorian Alps for phenomenal mountain views. In the winter, experience the best skiing Australia has to offer. Near Melbourne, there are plenty of resorts and hotels for quiet respite.

 

10. Great Barrier Reef

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The world’s largest coral reef is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Australia. Diving, surfing, snorkeling, and fishing are popular activities. Rental equipment is available and beginning scuba diving classes are offered for those who are new to the sport.

 

 

 

Australia is a land rich in cultural and natural diversity. Australia boasts a distinctive landscape and unique wildlife not found in any other continent in the world. A visit to Australia is an opportunity to experience more than a vacation. It’s a chance to see the world in a new way.

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Nudist Colony

Nudist Colony

A man joins a very exclusive nudist colony…. 

On his first day there, he takes off his clothes and starts to wander around. A gorgeous petite blonde walks by, and the man immediately gets an erection.

The woman notices his erection, comes over to him and says, ‘Did you call for me?’

The man replies, ‘No, what do you mean?’

She says, ‘You must be new here. Let me explain. It’s a rule here that if you get an erection, it implies you called for me.’

Smiling, she leads him to the side of the swimming pool, lies down on a towel, eagerly pulls him to her and happily lets him have his way with her.

The man continues to explore the colony’s facilities. He enters the sauna and, as he sits down, he farts…..

Within minutes, a huge, hairy man lumbers out of the steam-room toward him, ‘Did you call for me?’ says the hairy man.

‘No, what do you mean?’ says the newcomer.

‘You must be new,’ says the hairy man, ‘it’s a rule that if you fart, it implies that you called for me.’ The huge man easily spins him around, bends him over a bench and has his way with him.

The newcomer staggers back to the colony office, where he is greeted by the smiling, naked receptionist, ‘May I help you?’ she says.

The man yells, ‘Here’s my membership card. You can have the key back and you can keep the £500 membership fee.’

‘But, Sir,’ she replies, ‘you’ve only been here for a few hours. You haven’t had the chance to see all our facilities.’

The man replies, ‘Listen lady, I’m 68 years old. I only get an erection once a month. I fart 35 times a day!!’

 

 

 

Jamaica Top 10 Must-Do List

Jamaica Top 10 Must-Do List

  •   Rick’s Cafe
Voted as the Best Happy Hour by Caribbean Travel + Life readers, Rick’s Cafe is a Negril cliffside classic for two reasons: the island’s best sunset views and the breathtaking daily performances of daredevil divers, who plunge from heights of up to 100 feet into the turqoise waters below.rickscafejamaica.com
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  • Dunn’s River Fall

It’s a communal experience at Ocho Rios’ Dunn’s River Falls as all creeds join hands and climb 600 feet up through the frigid waterfall that’s the island’s most popular attraction. The craft market at the top completes the adventure. To avoid it, take the path to the left. To avoid cruise crowds, come early Saturday through Tuesday. No matter what, bring a towel.
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  • Jamaica Bobsledding

With more time at the 700-foot summit, you might soak up the view of Ocho Rios’ curving bay, first glimpsed from the chairlift as it ascends into a canopy of flamboyant trees. But Mystic Mountain’s one-man “bobsleds” (roller-coaster-like cars) quickly pick up speed, propelling riders on a wild journey along 3,280 feet of track. Hurtling through the forest and plummeting more than 300 feet down the mountain is cool runnings indeed.rainforestbobsledjamaica.com
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  • Jamaican Food

Yes, this is all-encompassing. You have to try jerk chicken, of course, plus the Tastee patties, the Blue Mountain coffee and so much more. If you have to pick one place to sample everything, try Negril. As chef Steve Petusevsky wrote in his recent “Eating Negril” article for Caribbean Travel + Life, “The cuisine reflects the national motto, ‘Out of Many, One People.’ Almost every plate reflects the island’s rich cultural tapestry. The Spanish, first to conquer, left behind escovitch and other vinegary marinated dishes. From the English came the patty, the Jamaican turnover inspired by the English pasty. The Maroons, former slaves, cooked over open fires, contributing to the birth of jerk cooking over allspice wood. Then there is curry, brought by West Indian indentured laborers, and Rastafarian ital cuisine — totally vegetarian, devoid of salt and extremely flavorful. This is why I always return to Negril. ”

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  • Strawberry Hill

You’re in Jamaica, so you gotta get high, right? Not that kind of high, people; I’m talking altitude. Sure, the island’s beaches are winsome and well worth a visit, but venture 3,100 feet up from Kingston into the Blue Mountains, and an entirely different — yet equally enchanting — beauty reveals itself. At this elevation, the capital’s Lego-like sprawl is cloaked in mist, the gritty landscape below artfully blurred as if viewed from behind a gauzy scrim. And Strawberry Hill, the coffee estate turned resort in the mountains’ salubrious midst in the hamlet of Irish Town, is cool in every sense of the word. From the celeb-studded guest list (Grace Jones and the Rolling Stones slept here; Bob Marley wrote “Natural Mystic” here) to its cluster of gingerbread cottages with four-poster beds dressed with heated mattress pads that temper the nighttime’s mid-50-degree chill, it offers a completely unexpected Caribbean experience. Which begs the question: Who’d ever have thought I’d be in Jamaica, quaffing a pre-dinner Blackwell rum punch while comfortably cozying up to roaring fire? But perhaps the better question is: What took me so long to get here?islandoutpost.com — SARAH GREAVES-GABBADON
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  •  Scotchie’s

For years Scotchie’s has lured the hungry to its ramshackle Mo’ Bay compound with tantalizingly aromatic, piping-hot, foil-wrapped bundles of pork, chicken or sausage. It’s all super spicy, but Scotchie’s also proffers the antidote: a frosty Red Stripe.
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  • The Caves

This boutique all-inclusive resort is named for the immense grottoes that open up below the limestone cliffs atop which it is perched. There’s no beach here, but there is some of the world’s most astonishing water. It’s warm and transparent and bristling with fishes of all sorts. And at key spots along the clifftop, cutouts in the stone wall reveal small platforms from which the brave can leap into space and — 30, 40, 50 feet later — plunge into the sea. Be one of those people.
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  • Jamaican Music

The be-all, end-all of shows (held in Mo’ Bay since 1993), Reggae Sumfest is a true stamina test, a three-night dusk-till-dawn musical extravaganza. Almost anyone who’s had a hit in Jamaica has graced the festival stage, cheered on by 10,000 fans from as close as Kingston and as far away as Japan. Arrive early and stake your spot in a field ringed with vendors hawking everything from jerk chicken to CDs. Three days later, expect to be a little exhausted — and very exhilarated.reggaesumfest.com
Outside of that famous festival, Bob Marley, master of “rebel music,” would surely have loved not only Rebel Salute’s name but also its vibe. For one night Jamaica’s biggest names in roots reggae perform for a mostly local audience, who greet them with blazing bonfires, chants of “Jah Rastafari!” and furious waving of red, gold and green flags. The show, founded in 1994 by reggae singer Tony Rebel, is billed as a celebration of all things rootsy, which means you won’t find meat or alcohol here. But you will find organic tofu stew (and plenty of, er, herbal remedies). It’s all staged alfresco in the parish of St. Elizabeth, which is to Montego Bay as Woodstock is to New York. What could be more irie than that?rebelsaluteprod.com

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  • Rose Hall

The White Witch of Rose Hall, Annie Palmer, supposedly still wanders her stunning estate, sometimes appearing in photos snapped by visitors to this evergreen Mo’ Bay attraction. The slave mistress’ story has all the elements of swashbuckling legend — witchcraft, romance, revenge and murder — yet it all actually happened. Dead men tell no tales, but even today Rose Hall speaks volumes. rosehall.com

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  • Appleton Estate Rum Tour

Jamaicans have been making (and drinking) rum for nearly 500 years. For more than half that time, Appleton Estate has distilled its brand on the same acreage, producing widely available varieties. Boasting flavors ranging from citrusy to broodingly rich, the rum is aged for as long as 30 years.appletonrumtour.com
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A bit of History about the great Bob Marley

 

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Here’s the cover and one of the scarce photos reproduced inside. First issued by The African Publication Society in London in September 1981 and written by Professor of African History Dr. G. K. Osei. The 44 page booklet is 5 1/2 inch by 8 1/4 inches. Includes sections entitled The Island Of Jamaica, Saint Marcus M. Garvey, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie, Marley’s Early Life, Origin Of Reggae, The Original And Later Wailers, Marley In The USA, Marley And Africa, Marley And WLIB & WBLS, Illness Death And Burial, Marley The Man, and Tributes To Marley featuring quotes from Marcia Griffiths, Skill Cole, Judith Mowatt, Member of JA Parliament Anthony Spaulding, Edward Seaga, and The Workers’ Party of Jamaica. It features over 30 photos, many not seen elsewhere. Dedicated in part to Jacob Miler. Natty & nice. Smile Jamaica since smile never out of style. Screwface underground. Smilin’ Skip & Big Neck Security:

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Who? Bob Marley

 

Title: Who? Bob Marley
Author: Hannah; Illustrator: White Whale
Publisher: Dasan Books
Year: June 15, 2012
Pages: 194
ISBN: 9788963707570
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Keeping with the children’s book theme, here is a pretty cool book I just picked up. It will for sure be included in the next edition of the bibliography and will land in the illustration chapter. In fact this is a very nice illustrated book. The style is very pleasing to the eyes and the story they tell (at least what I can follow in the illustrations) hits all the high points of Bob’s life. Interspersed throughout  the illustrations are pages of photographs and text about different subjects from Marley to Jamaica, Rastafari, partial Island discography,  and different seminal producers. The book is part of a sixty book series this being #60. The book is entirely in Korean so I can’t  decipher what the sections at the back are talking about but there seems to be a place for kids to write notes and other sort of charts. But all in all this is a very nice book for a Marley book collection. As with all illustration books, the drawings can be enjoyed by all even if you can’t read the language. My three year old daughter has enjoyed looking through it. Just a likkle something different for you this time around.
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1981 Class magazine “The Legend of Bob Marley” NYC Sept. – Oct.

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Here’s the cover and a rare great photo of Bob by Lisa Dubois contained within. The 68 page magazine is 5 1/2 inch by 7 3/4 inches. From main text on cover: Souvenir Edition, Second Anniversary Issue, International Class Caribbean-Latin-African-(American) Sights & Sounds, The Legend of Bob Marley, 1945-1981. From inside masthead: “A Potent Third World Concept” Vol. 2 No. 4. From the COVER STORY intro which starts on page 22: “From Babylon to Zion; The Bob Marley Odyssey” by Dalton James Narine. In total a 17 page article including 21 photos, many not seen elsewhere. This 1981 magazine was published bi-monthly in New York City by C.L.A.S.S. Promotions Inc. Sweet find!

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