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  • The Spirit of Samoa | Expedia.com.au
    by Claire Maree Charters The Spirit of Samoa Take the step of Faith At To Sua Trench summon up the courage to walk down the 30 metre ladder Once you jump in the crystal clear blue swimming hole all your nerves will be washed clean Image by Claire Maree Charters The Spirit of Samoa Celebrate Nature s Drama Visit Alofaaga Blow Holes on the island of Savaii and watch Mother nature unleash her fury Image by Claire Maree Charters The Spirit of Samoa Capture a Warrior s Tradition Drawing inspiration from the Samoan warrior modern day fire knife dancing involves twirling tossing catching and throwing a flaming machete at breathtaking speeds Image by Claire Maree Charters The Spirit of Samoa Natural Island Beat Fishing boats rock gently on the waves falling in sync with a natural island beat Lalomanu on the south east coast of Upolu Image by Claire Maree Charters The Spirit of Samoa Admire Ancient Tatau Tatau tattoo is an ancient Samoan art form viewed with great cultural pride Extremely painful and taking years to finish they re done using a tapping mallet and natural ink Image by Claire Maree Charters The Spirit of Samoa Explore a land of colour Seeing life from a colourful bus is the best way to get around Image by Claire Maree Charters The Spirit of Samoa Walk the jungle Canopy Sitting high up in the trees within the Falealupo Rainforest Preserve swings the tree top suspension bridge which spans over 30 metres through the canopy Image by Claire Maree Charters 1 of 11 The Spirit of Samoa By Claire Maree Charters 10th October 2013 Share 16 3 If you reject the food ignore the customs fear the religion and avoid the people you might better stay at home James A Michener Beyond

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  • A Hunter Valley Girls Weekend | Expedia.com.au
    hotels in the Hunter are popular with Expedia s Aussie travellers and it s obvious why My last visit to Manzanilla Ridge was in winter and my cabin was a cosy home away from home The fire was crackling soothing music crooned from the Bluetooth stereo the wine rack was stocked and a decanter of port and a welcome letter sat on the kitchen bench An espresso machine and a fridge full of local produce for breakfast was the icing on the cake Add a hot tub on the balcony and I was in heaven And there s the fact the cabin is located just up the road from my favourite Italian restaurant outside of Italy Lillino s Bar and Trattoria is a must the simplicity of the handmade pasta and fresh local produce is a gourmet delight If you re after something closer to the main wineries The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley Crowne Plaza and The Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens are popular with Expedia s Aussie travellers Cycle the artisan trail The perfect way to soak up all the Hunter Valley has to offer is definitely by bike The freedom of the open air the beauty of the Australia bushland and the thought of the next winery to quench your thirst makes this a fun way to spend the day Depending on what you want to see and do plan your ride around visiting cellar doors tasting local produce visiting local art galleries stopping off at alfresco cafes squeezing in some shopping visiting a day spa or taking a picnic break Check when the local markets are on too Grapemobile Bicycle Hire offers a huge selection of bikes for rent and they can also give you ideas on a suggested trail to follow Or if you have a sense of adventure why not download the Hunter Valley Map draft up your route and see where the day takes you Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Australia Foodie Hunter Valley Tips Wine Picnics wine and local produce Woven into the wine map of the Hunter Valley is an array of gourmet foods that will tempt any palate I always head to Lovedale Smokehouse Gourmet Pantry and stock my picnic hamper full of gourmet goodies My staples are olives olive oil fresh bread smoked salmon aged cheese and a bottle of homemade chutney I find a spot at one of the picnic facilities at wineries around town picking up a full bodied bottle of red en route This is a fabulous way to sample the best of the Hunter Valley while spending quality time with your girlfriends Hot air balloon and champagne breakfast I ve left the best to last A

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  • Capital Fun Canberra for Kids | Expedia.co.nz
    children over the age of eight Play robot hockey experience a simulated earthquake or watch the spectacular caged lightning display fun for big kids too Take babies toddlers preschoolers and kids up to six to MiniQ a gallery designed just for little ones Don t miss the live performances by the in house science theatre troupe for the older kids and the Puppet Shows for younger kids 2 5 years old These shows are included in your entrance ticket Open daily except Christmas Day 9am 5pm Kids under four free The Australian War Memorial All Australians should visit The Australian War Memorial at least once in their lifetime and why not when it s open every day except Christmas Day 10am 5pm free to enter and very family friendly Many exhibits are largely visual and free guided tours 90 minutes throughout the day take in the most notable sections of each gallery Storytime on Friday mornings is at 10 30am aimed at preschool children but older siblings are welcome too Exhibits cover all the conflicts and missions Australian troops have been a part of If you visit in the afternoon make a point of staying for the Last Post ceremony at 4 55pm The ceremony starts with the National Anthem followed by a piper Each day a name from the Roll of Honour is chosen and the story behind that name is told Lest we forget National Dinosaur Museum I don t know any kid who doesn t love seeing dinosaur skeletons and the National Dinosaur Museum houses the largest permanent display of dinosaur and other prehistoric fossil material in Australia Open every day 10am 5pm and children under four are free Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Australia Canberra Family Tips Cockington Green This is the land of miniatures an award winning attraction which opened back in 1979 Cockington Green s beautiful gardens are dotted with life like scale models of English villages Castles Train Lines Stonehenge and even Petra in Jordan a site made famous in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade The attention to detail in each model is incredible You ll find a lovely picnic area with free BBQ s right next to a children s playground Miniature Steam Train Rides offer young and old a ride to remember Open daily except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day 9 30am 5pm children under four are free Lake Burley Griffin Canberra s man made lake has always felt like the heart of Canberra to me Walk cycle or picnic along the shoreline take a boat cruise or even hire a canoe It sits at the centre of so many key attractions the National Museum of Australia Blundells

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  • Going Off Grid | Expedia.com.au
    online it is a problem When you re online all day every day whether it s at work checking your emails posting in Facebook updating Twitter snapping on Instagram or even reading the weekend newspaper on your iPad it can be hard to switch off And why would you want to Well aside from being rude according to Melbourne based psychoanalyst Adam Szmerling an obsession with being online ultimately puts us offline with regards intimate relationships and this could impact our brains and how affects are metabolised Adam s practice has been treating more and more clients with internet addiction the side effects Depression social isolation anxiety and poor self esteem So what s the solution One option is to switch off Go cold turkey with an off the grid digital detox Yes it s not easy to resist the temptation to check your phone but at these off the grid hotels you might as well leave your electronics at home Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa Tucked below a dramatic escarpment on the edge of Wollemi National Park there s no phone reception at Wolgan Valley You re left to distract yourself with the beauty of the Blue Mountains an award winning spa and Heritage Suites almost too cosy to consider leaving Almost as soon as you turn off the main road and start the half hour drive into the valley you can say goodbye to reception but the resort does has free wifi if you re desperate to stay in touch Petit St Vincent When you ve got 115 acres of tropical woodlands 360 degrees of private island and two miles of sandy beach do you really need to digitally connect We hope not because at Petit St Vincent in the Caribbean there s no TV phones or Internet connections Forget about calling reception you ll be left alone in your beach cottage to enjoy the tranquility of paradise unless you raise the flag The resort uses flag signals raise the red flag to be left alone hoist the yellow flag and a butler in a buggy will zip over and sort out almost any request food massage drinks Hoist the red flag and you won t be disturbed Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Australia Caribbean Florida Keys St Lucia Anse Chastanet Resort This St Lucia resort discourages the use of technology you definitely won t find a TV in your bedroom and cable is a dirty word but they don t sacrifice on anything else at Anse Chastanet Taking eco luxury to the next level the resort s beautiful villas are tucked into the hillsides hidden from the world by lush rainforest There s 600 acres of rainforest to

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  • Maui and Kauai Top Activities | Expedia.com.au
    McIntyre yTravelBlog Ms Darlinghurst Expedia About Listopedia MAUI Feast at Lele Click Here A tropical feast and a show Sit down for five courses of local Hawaii Kiwi Tahitian and Samoan dishes with Polynesian performances and an open bar for the night MAUI Haleakala Central Maui and Iao Valley Adventure Click Here Head to the House of the Sun summit of Mount Haleakala Maui s dormant volcano is just one stop on a day of adventure MAUI Pacific Whale Foundation Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkel Click Here Explore Molokini Crater the semi submerged crater perfect for sheltered snorkeling with green sea turtles KAUAI Waimea Canyon Experience Click Here Blue Hawaii fans this one s for you Spend a few hours exploring spots from the movie and of course the Grand Canyon of the Pacific Waimea Canyon KAUAI Smith s Tropical Luau Click Here Watch on as the Smith family prepare the centerpiece for their traditional Hawaiian Luau a pig is roasted underground and served in the imu ceremony KAUAI Blue Hawaiian Kauai Garden Isle Deluxe Helicopter Tour Click Here Soar above the Garden Isle in this 50 minute helicopter tour taking in the best of the island from great heights

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  • Big and Beautiful Big Island Hawaii | Expedia.com.au
    a cow pat The cow pats are one of the biggest drawcards to Hawaii s Big Island If you re after a Christmas getaway the festive season is one of the most popular times for Expedia s Aussie travellers and a few days on the Big Island is all you need to tick a few things off the Bucket List ie up close volcano viewing I ve traipsed about a kilometre over this incredible terrain to this viewing spot The hike from the car park requires sensible walking shoes and a bottle of water The viewing site shifts depending on the wind the fumes can be toxic Park rangers are on hand to advise you of where to park and view on any given day There aren t many places on the planet where tourists can wander up to the core of the earth fly over it in a helicopter or even take a boat to watch it sizzle madly into the sea Watching crimson and orange rocks shooting into the clouds of smoke is mesmerising It s a daytime firework show Kilauea translates to spewing in Hawaiian It s very apt because the mountain has been constantly erupting for the last 30 years In that time it s resurfaced 123sq kilometres of land The Big Island keeps getting bigger Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Big Island Hawaii Mt Kilauea Tips But this is only one drawcard to a beautiful island which is a microcosm of the earth s climate You ll find lush tropical rainforests with waterfalls which will make you stop and stand in awe snow topped mountains and black sand beaches don t forget the coffee plantations The famous Kona coffee is only grown here but you ll find it for sale all over the world It gets its accolades because the high elevation constant cloud coverage and rich volcanic soil create an ideal environment for growing coffee beans There are hundreds of coffee farms on the Big Island and if you re a connoisseur you can pop in and do some tastings If you re not just choose one with a veranda and a great view and drink the whole cup There s so much to see and do on the Big Island I d recommend hiring a car It s very easy to get around Tip Rent a car before you arrive as they go quickly and you don t want to be stuck waiting for one to be returned If you plan on visiting the volcano you need to be staying in Hilo as tours like the Kilauea Volcano and Sunset Lava Walk go before dawn and just on dusk to get the full effect

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  • The Best Job in the World Roberto Seba | Expedia.com.au
    their respective States I went to Melbourne with the two other contestants from the Lifestyle Photographer category The first day we had a guided tour in the city and then attended the world premiere of the musical King Kong It was quite a spectacular show The second day we were given the real challenge to shoot and write an article about Melbourne in one day and then present it to our future employers at TimeOut Melbourne and Tourism Victoria For the final interview we returned to Sydney to meet with Tourism Australia s marketing and HR managers What are you looking forward to most about this job Melbourne has a lot of hidden secrets little gems that you can only find by walking around and talking to the people that live there I think being able to live there for six months will be an amazing experience It will allow me enough time to discover the different sides of the city and its people And Victoria has a lot of beautiful landscapes I can t wait to explore I want to drive along the Great Ocean Road ride in a hot air balloon over the Yarra Valley and explore the region as much as I can I m really looking forward to sharing the wonders of Australia with people around the world through my photographs What does an average day look like for you at the moment It s been a few weeks since I returned from Australia and right now I m here in Sao Paulo finishing some jobs and getting everything organised for my trip My wife will also be coming with me to Australia so we have a lot to do here before September What will an average day in the best job in the world look like I ll be based in Melbourne and I ll be shooting there and also other places in Victoria The job will depend a lot on what s going on in the city and also on the special assignments I get sent on One week I might be shooting a new restaurant and the next I might go to a festival or travel along the coast There s always something going on there Whether it s a new restaurant a festival a theater premiere you ll never be bored That s the great thing about this job I ll also regularly undertake shoots in regional Victoria What gear do you use I have a Canon7D and a T3i backup I usually carry a 10 20mm 24 70mm and some primes like a 30mm and 50mm lens Sometimes I also take a telephoto zoom but it s not something I use that much Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just

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  • Taking Kids to the Tropical North | Expedia.com.au
    If you prefer to self cater try the Rendezvous Reef Resort Port Douglas for two and three bedroom villas with free internet kids pool on site a kitchen and laundry facilities The main attractions of Port Douglas however are the amazing excursions available to reef and rainforest Snorkelling There are several family friendly trips out to the Great Barrier Reef many are on cruise liners which go out to a pontoon in the middle of the reef The Wavedancer Low Isles Cruise is aboard a luxury catamaran It zips out to a secluded island where the whole family can frolic on the beach or in the water Kids under 3 are free and there s snorkelling gear and floaties available for toddlers and older It s a full day on the water but the staff look after you with morning and afternoon tea and a buffet lunch on the beach Seeing large Parrot Fish Turtles or Nemo is sure to be a highlight for the kids Kuranda Scenic Railway This is top of my list for our next trip north The Kuranda Scenic Railyway and Skyrail Tour is a great way to do the scenic loop You re picked up from your hotel in Cairns or Port Douglas and taken to the Cairns train station The train climbs through the rainforest all the way to Kuranda the hippy friendly town famous for markets tie dye t shirts and Devonshire teas You ll head back down to ground aboard the Skyrail the cablecar sliding down through the rainforest canopy with a stop at the CSIRO Interpretive centre and a great boardwalk through the trees Rainforest The Daintree Discovery Centre is a lovely way to give children a taste of the magnificent Daintree Rainforest via a boardwalk 23 metre high canopy tower and aerial walkway For children aged 6 and over the Aboriginal Cultural Experience would be a lot of fun as a family outing Spend an evening in the middle of the rainforest and learn all about authentic Aboriginal culture through theatre music storytelling and food Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Australia Cairns Family Palm Cove Port Douglas Palm Cove Only 25 Minutes north of Cairns Palm Cove is not a big place but the village atmosphere is why we like it It has just enough of everything to make it a beautiful place to unwind and enjoy some family time in the sun There s a beautiful beach to stroll along and build sandcastles on The enclosed swimming area ensures swimmers are protected from Box Jellyfish November March There s a lovely enclosed playground for the kids with wooden benches available for parents Grab a coffee from across the road first

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