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Top 10 Tourist Destinations In Australia!

Heading for some fun in the Land Down Under? Here are 10 must-see travel spots to make the most of your Australian adventure!
 
Melbourne Cricket Ground
 
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The Melbourne Cricket Ground (aka the MCG) is the largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere, seating 100,024 people. In a country that’s extremely passionate about their sport, this is the beating heart of it. In the summer, it’s a great place for a relaxing afternoon of cricket or, in winter, an exciting evening of Aussie Rules. Check it out at the end of September for the nail-biting final.
 
Shark Bay
 

Shark Bay is way across the country, at the westernmost point of Australia. It’s known for its stunningly beautiful scenery and aquatic life, like the manatee and the sea grass.
 
But what Shark Bay is really known for are its stromatolites, living fossils that are up to 5,000 years old. They provide an insight into what life was like 1.9 billion years ago, and were a critical factor in the area being declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
 
Fraser Island
 
Fraser Island is another example of incredible natural beauty. It’s an island off the Australian east coast that had for the most part avoided modern development. Fraser Island is now a destination for camping, canoeing, fishing, four-wheel driving, or just lounging around the numerous freshwater lakes. From sand dunes to eucalyptus wonderlands, it’s no wonder Fraser Island is a tourist hot spot.
 
Bondi Beach
 
Bondi Beach is a few miles from the Sydney core and an opportunity to see Australia at its best. Favored by backpackers, Bondi is a great place to relax in the sun, be a part of big crowds (while keeping an eye out for celebrities) and just generally kick back, Australia style. Just remember to bring extra sunscreen.
 
Twelve Apostles and the Great Ocean Road
 
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The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most dramatic road trips. Stretching 151 miles along the southeast coast of Australia, this winding piece of tarmac hugs the ocean, giving you spectacular views all the way.
 
The twelve Apostles are towering limestone formations in the ocean, huge hunks of coastline that are being slowly eroded by the waves. Only eight of the twelve remain, so make sure you see them while you can.
 
Port Arthur
 
If you’re more of a history buff than a nature fanatic, head across the Bass Strait to Tasmania’s Port Arthur. An old penal colony from the mid-1800s, it was a prison for crooks who reoffended once they landed in Australia. It’s a beautifully preserved collection of old buildings and open-air style museum exhibits and is definitely worth the trek southward.
 
Surfers Paradise
 
Surfers Paradise is, as the name suggests, a surfing hot spot. It’s all about beach relaxation during the day and partying at night. With a host of high-end shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs, Surfers has a little something for everyone after the sun goes down. It’s the perfect combination of soaking up rays and urban highlife.
 
Uluru
 
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Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock or the ‘red center of Australia,’ is a natural and cultural wonder. A rock formation 200 miles from the nearest town that rises abruptly 1,100 feet out of the ground, it’s the sacred site for the Anangu, the local Aboriginal people. They now guide tourists, helping point out scared writings and local flora and fauna. It’s also a famed photography destination, as the rock is known to change color depending on the time of day.
 
Sydney Harbor
 
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Sydney Harbor, a distinctive site for anyone who’s seen Finding Nemo, is home to the architectural marvel the Sydney Opera House. Arguably the most recognizable symbols for Australia, this architectural marvel is a great place to catch a show.
 
The harbor is also home to the Sydney Harbor Bridge. You can walk to top for an incredible view. The Sydney Harbor is one of the world most picturesque harbors.
 
Great Barrier Reef
 
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The spot that everyone HAS to visit is always going to be the Great Barrier Reef. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, visible from space, and the world’s largest living organism, this is truly something everyone should see. You’ll see more amazing sea-life on the Reef then almost anywhere else in the world. Colorful fish, coral, rays, and sharks, the Great Barrier Reef has it all in abundance.
 
Australia’s a wonderful country with an incredible amount to offer visitors. These are the top 10 to get you started, but in a nation so big, there’s always more to see. So get out there and start planning your trip down under!

 

 

5 of the Most Underrated Places in the World

When most people think of traveling, they think of traveling to the most extravagant, beautiful places around the world. According to Travel and Leisure, Kyoto, Japan was the world’s best city of 2014. Although the entire world is beautiful and has so much to offer, travelers tend to follow the status quo and visit what is known to be a good visit.

Each city is different from the next, offering a variety of foods, cultures, races, languages, fashions, and more. There are so many places in the world that fly under the radar simply because not enough people know, or talk about them.

Taipei, Taiwan

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Back in the 1980-1990’s, Taipei was home to about three million and enough smog to clear every single one of them out. Today, Taipei is one of Asia’s most beautiful cities to visit. The city has come a long way since the smog issues after adopting a more environment-friendly route. Taipei is now covered in acres of greenery, hiking trails, and bike paths along the mountains. This city is perfect for the outdoor and adventure lover! The public transportation system is very easy so there are no more worries of a smog overload. Taipei is known to have some of the world’s best Chinese food, which also makes this the perfect place to visit for a foodie! Locals tend to be very friendly and resourceful for those that don’t speak their language, so don’t be shy.

Tucson, Arizona

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Most people, especially Americans, never think of an American city to be an extravagant place to visit. Tucson is surrounded by mountains and Saguaro National Park, which gives this city so much of its beauty. The city of Tucson also has a rich heritage and cultural roots implanted so deep that nowhere else is like it. Downtown Tucson is filled with historical buildings that have been brought back to life, including the theater The Rialto that was built back in the Roaring Twenties. Downtown holds a large variety of shops, restaurants, and bars, so you will surely never run out of things to do! On every second Saturday, a few blocks are closed off for the street fair. There are artisans, street performers, some live music, and plenty of good food.

Glasgow, Scotland

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Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the third largest city in the United Kingdom. People tend to think that London and Manchester have the best music scenes in the UK, but Glasgow has them both beat. Performers like Franz Ferdinand and Belle and Sebastian started their road to success in Glasgow’s clubs. Keeping the artsy theme, Glasgow is the perfect city for an architecture enthusiast. The city’s architecture is astounding, and the Glasgow School of Art holds a bright and promising future. Glasgow is also known for having the cutest little vintage shops, so don’t forget your wallet!

Nara, Japan

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As mentioned earlier, most people travel to Kyoto, Japan since it was named the world’s best city of 2014, but many will never get to experience the beauty of Nara. While Kyoto is home to beautiful gardens, shrines, and Buddhist temples, Nara is filled with just as many gardens, shrines, and temples. Nara also has a large amount of machiya, which are traditional wooden townhouses. Nowadays, a lot of machiya have been transformed into restaurants and cafes. This creates more business for the city, but also keeps the beautiful, serene atmosphere that you can only find here, making it a one of a kind experience.

Adelaide, Australia

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Adelaide is nicknamed “the city of churches,” so to some, that can a bit off-putting as a vacation destination. Most visitors tend to travel to the bigger, more well known cities of Australia, so Adelaide is often left as an afterthought. If you ever get the opportunity to visit here, you will see some of the most beautiful art and scenery you can lay your eyes on. Adelaide is very well known for its 125-acre botanic garden that’s open all year round. This city holds a variety of art festivals at the beginning of the year, and also has several art galleries that you can enjoy any time of the year. The cafe scene is very lively and gives Adelaide a specific ambience that you can only find in this city. A lot of Australia is hot, but Adelaide was graced with a mild climate so you can enjoy virtually everything year round, making it a great place for anyone.

 

 

Skydiving: Diving In The Sky Of Sydney

Many people envy skydivers and skydiving is among many people’s to-do list. So when you finally get your chance to skydive, remember the most important decision is the location! To make your skydiving experience the most memorable one, you need astounding scenery. A beautiful sky, fine weather, a breathtaking skyline, and some gold sand to land on is what the perfect skydive requires.
 

The adrenaline rush that a jump from 14,000 ft above the ground can bring to you is beyond imagination. Whatever you do in life, skydiving will always remain the most heart-thumping experience ever! You can never imagine the ecstasy and euphoria the jet-speed free-fall of the first 60 seconds will bring. It’s more like an addiction; once you do it, you need more and more of it. As you set out the parachute after that, the jet-speed is now converted to a smooth serene and nerve-relaxing descent. All in all, skydiving is a package of adventure and excitement and you definitely need some guts to try it out.
 
Wollongong, Sydney, is considered a skydivers’ favorite location. As you fall, the incredibly spectacular coastline of Australia, the awe-inspiring view of Sydney and the amazing skies will make your skydiving experience a cherished one.
 
Following are a few things you need to consider before and things you’ll gain after attempting your experience of skydiving at Wollongong, Sydney:

     

  • For the newbies: The newbies will remain more comfortable, safe, and amused with a tandem skydive or accelerated free fall jump. The instructor will have most of the command during the entire flight so that you can let yourself be free and enjoy the amazing skyline of Australia.
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  • The height-phobics: No, the fall will not cause any churning inside your stomach. It’s totally different from looking down from a high bridge or building. It is a free-fall; the most exhilarating feeling you can ever experience.
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  • Fit and active: For skydiving, you not only need to be lively at heart but also physically fit. It requires muscles and energy. Some overweight people may experience some problems. But usually skydiving institutes have separate equipment for them. In short, no one shall be left out.
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  • Self confidence: Skydiving does not fit in everyone’s boots. You need to step out of your comfort zone to attempt skydiving. Once you have pushed aside those mental boundaries, it will boost your self confidence and give you a sense of achievement and reward. The feeling after the fall is unmatchable!
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  • Mental relaxation: Skydiving is totally therapeutic! Whether it be work or personal stress, skydiving will untangle all those knots in your mind and rejuvenate your body and soul. The insane 60 seconds of a frenzy fall followed by a smooth 7 minutes of downward flight is exactly what you need to relax.
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  • Adventure sport: Who doesn’t need one crazy life experience? Make skydiving it! Do something beyond the regular and live life.
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  • Casualty: The worldwide incidence of any casualty during skydiving is 1 out of 1000 attempts. Risk exists, but if you’re a thrill-seeker, the amusement, adventure, and thrill will more than make up for it.
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So, schedule skydiving in Wollongong for your next vacation! Arrange the excursion with friends or family who are as equally crazy as you. This adrenaline driven experience should be a mandatory once in lifetime excursion for everyone. Once you try skydiving, you’ll realize how addicting the thrill and fall is. Even the idea of that frenzy of 60 second freefall at 200km/hr followed by a slow decent towards the gold sand of the Australian beaches is mesmerizing!
 
The most treasured adventure of your life awaits!
 

 

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Netherlands Wins Exciting Match Against Austrailia

Arjen Robben opened the scoring in the 20th minute. It started when he took a pass in the midfield, shook off a challenge in the process, ran the ball upfield all by himself and put a shot into the lower right corner past the keeper.

 

That goal was very short lived as right off the ensuing kickoff, a cross to Tim Cahill was perfectly struck in mid-air over the outstretched hands of Jasper Cillessen, off the crossbar and into the net. Brilliant efforts on both sides.

 

The score remained even until the 54th minute when Australia’s Mile Jedinak took advantage of a penalty kick. Australia couldn’t hold the lead for long though as Robin van Persie was able to even the score again in the 58th minute. He received a nifty little pass behind Australian defenders while staying onside and sent a laser of a shot into the top left corner.

 

A giveaway to the Aussies gave them a golden opportunity to take the lead, but couldn’t capitalize. Instead, the Dutch turned back the other way and Memphis Depay put a great amount of curl on the ball and found the back of the net, just out of reach of Mathew Ryan’s hands.

 

Tim Cahill and Robin van Persie both received yellow cards during the match and will miss their next game.

 

 

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Chile Defeats Australia

Chile found the back of the net early and never trailed. They scored their first 12 minutes into the match and then their second only 70 seconds later.

 

Australia scored their first in the 35th minute, and used the momentum they built to keep pressure on the Chileans well into the second half.

 

Chile finally put it out of reach with another goal in injury time.

 

 

Affordable Luxury In Australia

Queensland, Australia, has something magical: passionate tourists prefer this place to spend their vacations while enjoying every bit of tranquility. Hotel Qualia is said to be one of those fine-looking, contemporary resorts located in Hamilton Island in the state of Queensland, Australia. For leisure, the island has exotic resorts, fine dining, as well as casual restaurants and recreational beaches. There are also some elite yacht clubs and golf courses. Qualia is among the two privately owned, reservation-only resorts on the island. Qualia has recently been declared as one of the best resorts in the world.
 
Reaching Qualia
 

Reaching Qualia is very easy. You can catch flights from Cairns, Brisbane, and Sydney. JetStar and Virgin Australia are your two airlines of choice. Qualia provides transportation services to you and your family to and from the airport with no additional charges. The excellent time to visit Qualia is from April to June. The weather is pleasant. From October to December, the weather is chilly with snowfall. The appropriate time for rain-lovers to visit Qualia and enjoy the refreshing rain is from January to March.
 
What to expect?
 
Accommodation
 
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Qualia has three offers for you when it comes to accommodation – Leeward Pavilion, Windward Pavilion, and The Beach House. Windward Pavilion has a private plunge pool and Leeward Pavilion has private decks. Otherwise, all other amenities are similar with lavish villas with a Coral Sea outlook. The Beach House is slightly different, with one luxury master bedroom, an infinity pool, a kitchen and a dining lounge for 10 people. These accommodations may cost from $830 per night to over $1000 depending on the influx of vacationers.
 
Ambience
 

Qualia has a perfectly luxurious and contemporary ambience. The first impression of the resort is its lobby. They have made the lobby shockingly breathtaking. The interior is lavish and avant-garde. The spacious lobby has comfortable seating arrangements for the newly arrived guests. There they are served complementary drinks. The staff discusses the landscape, the exciting recreational activities, and caters to the guests’ queries.
 
Food
 
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Like all other luxury resorts, breakfast is complementary. Qualia has two restaurants for its guests. The Long Pavilion is the formal and fancy one with a maximum of ten course menu to blast your taste buds. Pebble Beach is more relaxed and laid-back. Along with the hot, sizzling seafood, it also has a magnificent view of the sea.
 

Apart from these two restaurants of Qualia, Hamilton also has other eating outlets. Coca Chu and Romano’s are the two most favorite eateries of the island with mouthwatering menus.
 
Service
 

Qualia has amazingly polite and sweet staff for their guests. The staff is helpful and courteous. Their service is very smooth and spontaneous. They furnish all the needs of their guests satisfyingly. They find pleasure in surprising the guests with little presents. Guests are allotted private golf carts to wander around and also with a map of the entire property.
 
Recreation
 
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There are many recreational activities to indulge in. Most are water related. Their white sand beaches are very renowned. The water is ridiculously blue, the view is breathtakingly quaint and the sunsets are delightfully tranquil. The proximity has picturesque Great Barrier Reef which augments the beauty of the island.
 
You can arrange for trips into the sea. Cliff diving and snorkeling are also very popular in Hamilton. Having a picnic on the white sand beaches is also a favorite activity among the vacationers.
 
The non-water activities include sightseeing, and there is a wildlife park. You will find cute and cuddly koalas and other animals to have fun with.
 

 

Glamping: 7 Places To Enjoy Luxury Camping

If you want to enjoy camping, but also want luxury, then ‘Glamping’ is the perfect option for having an exotic vacation. Originating from the words “glamorous” and “camping,” glamping means going experiencing the serenity of nature with the luxury of a hotel all in one go. Your accommodation during this trip would be a luxurious tent which would include a king sized bed and heated bathroom floors. Some of these camps also come with butler service.
 
Here are 7 of the best places for your glamping trip. The price range starts from about $60 a night and climbs up to a whopping $1000 a night, all depending on the kind of luxury you can afford. Some of the high-end glamping facilities include activities like kayaking in Canada’s wilderness to daytime safaris in Africa.
 
Sanctuary Swala, Tanzania
 
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Sitting in a private section of Tarngire National Park in Tanzaina, Sanctuary Swala is a heaven in the form of 12 pavilions. These pavilions are shaded by acacia trees and have a spectacular view of a waterhole where bull elephants, leopards, and lions come to drink. These pavilions are available with king and twin-sized beds with bathrooms offering you the facility of an indoor or outdoor shower.
 
Resort at Paws Up, Montana
 
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It’s a ranch resort providing you a couple of options for glamping in Montana.
 
There are two basic types, Cliffside Camp and Moonlight Camp.
 
Cliffside Camp started in the summer of 2013. These are two bedroom tents which are located atop a cliff providing a view of Blackfoot River and Elk Creek. The special features of these tents include luxurious bathrooms with jet tubs and climate controll cooling fans and heaters.
 
Moonlight Camps are located near a fly-fishing spot on the ranch. The camps are one and two bedroom tents finished with heated slate floors and his and her sinks in the bathrooms. Guests living there also have the amazing opportunity to dine in a central pavilion.
 
Ketchup’s Bank Glamping, Australia
 
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If you’re looking for an ultimate peaceful glamping experience location place is a must for you as it is located in a secluded setting in the Scenic Rim. It’s almost a 90 minute drive south-west of Brisbane and the Gold Coast. It’s the best place to enjoy trees and mountains in the distance along with beautiful evenings.
 
Yurt Camp in Patagonia
 
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Most of the people going to Patagonia are looking for wild adventure and the beauty of a rugged landscape, but that shouldn’t mean that they can’t enjoy a good night’s sleep! For that, Yurt Camp is the place to stay with 18 yurts set in a beech tree forest facing the Paine Massif and Lake Torro. These yurts are tastefully decorated with locally handcrafted furniture.
 
Safari West, California
 
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Be wild and comfortable in California at Safari West where you find yourself eye-level with giraffes. The design of the camps is inspired by African tents. It offers sights of exotic animals like zebras, cheetahs and giraffes.
 
Clayquot Wilderness Resort, Canada
 
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Raised on platforms, Clayquot Wilderness Resort has deluxe tents designed in quarters. They are connected by boardwalks and the best part of it is the climate control and Adirondak-style beds. Bathrooms in the tents have in-floor heating and indoor and outdoor showers.
 
This establishment offers a complete package of wildlife viewing, hiking in forests, kayaking, horseback riding and surfing.
 
A Roundhouse in England
 
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If you’re visiting Cornwall, England, we definitely suggest you to go here. It’s basically an entertaining overnight choice with handmade four-poster beds with Epyptian cotton sheets and comfortable comforters.
 
Geodesic Domes in Patagonia
 
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Set at the foot of Las Torres in the beautiful wilderness of the Patagonia, Geodesic Domes are basically EcoCamps. At night these domes offer a beautiful view of a starlit sky and in the daytime you can enjoy at the riverbank of Grey Lake.

 

 

5 Coffee Shops In Melbourne You Can’t Miss

We’ve seen a lot of places selling expensive brew now as it’s became a popular trend. However, Melbourne has another prevailing fashion sweeping the city. During the last few years, there has been a phenomenal spurt in the quantity of espresso outlets in the city driving a few authorities to call it the cutting edge wave in espresso. And what’s more that it has brought a lingo of its own like organic, single-origin, fair trade, and cold-brewed. Some of these terms may sound a little specialized to coffee addicts as well.
 
All things considered, Melbourne’s downtown is a must visit place if you are a coffee enthusiast. So when you get a chance, check them out, but these five should be on your must-visit list.
 
1. Krimper
 
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Krimper is situated within an old carton packaging warehouse, which looks more like a hangout spot than a bistro. It’s designed to look like a warehouse and it has utilized the historical backdrop of the spot and reused things to make furniture as an exquisite niche in the center. The walls have been left as they were, giving it a regal and unique look with bare bricks with little lights giving off a subtle effect. Krimper gives you a variety of food including burgers, sliders, and even has a version of “umpa.” The specialty of the café is its cold drip brew, a coffee which is left overnight to brew for at least 10 hours and is made from cold water and the immersion method. It is served with a big ice cube in a clear glass and will definitely give your day the swift start it needs.
 
2. The Hardware Societe
 
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This place may be concealed in a little by side lane, but you just can’t miss the spot as most days there is a line winding its way around the shop to get a table, particularly on the weekends. The insides are a touch industrial, however it takes little away from the general experience. Thought to be an adolescent home base, the spot additionally dishes up some remarkable espresso and snacks. Their famous drip coffee, smooth, rich lattes or the hot chocolate will surely make your mouth water. Their one of a kind breakfast menu – tortilla, fried brioche, fried egg with baked egg chorizo is sure to be the highlight of your day. You could also go for the sweeping charcuterie board with an assortment of cured meats, pickles, cheeses, and breads.
 
3. Padre Café
 
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Quiet and tranquil, painted in calming pastels and whites, Padre holds a high esteem for sustainable practices and brews their coffee in small batches. They even have a furnace and have specialists to curate unique and finest quality of blended coffee beans, obtained from merchants all across the globe who pride themselves to practice ethically. The beans are brewed in little bunches in a controlled temperature and wind stream, making the procedure sound more like a science lesson than the start of an energizing brew. Be that as it may, some one of their scrumptious mixes of single origin or filter coffee will justify it all.
 
4. Brother Baba Budan
 
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Strolling in the Melbourne’s CBD, it is not uncommon to unearth little, particular, and enchanting spots. Brother Baba Budan is one of them. It is mainly famous for its uncommon name which comes from India’s Chickmagalur district, one of the coffee developing zones of the Indian nation. Baba Budan, who was a Sufi Saint, is attributed with acquainting coffee to Chickmagalur and to the rest of the country. The region is named after him. Known for its espressos from different nations, including India (Chickmagalur), this café offers a wide range of filter, hot, and cold coffees.
 
5. Heronswood Garden
 
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Located just outside of Melbourne, in the Mornington Peninsula, you can find the beautiful Heronswood Garden. This is also the location of Diggers’ Club, the place known for the enthusiasts who possess a love for gardening. Positioned on a somewhat lifted area with an enchanting view of the ocean and with the beautiful views of blooms, vegetable and flower patches all over the slopes. Particularly amazing are the unique selection of heirloom tomatoes. Surrounded by the spectacular view of flowers and vegetables overlooking the sea, you can enjoy your coffee served mismatched cup and saucer in dazzling bright colors to brighten your day with English sides – scones with clotted cream and delicious blueberry jam, the stuff that will have you coming back for more!
 

 

Destinations of 2015: 10 Cost-Effective Vacations

With greater information about travel-friendly destinations to visit, it’s little wonder that you’re still unsure about your travel itinerary. Should you fulfill you’re backpacking dream and hike through Europe, or go for the exotic locales of Asia? This article will help you get a better idea of some budget-friendly destinations that you absolutely have to visit this year.
 
1. Saint Petersburg, Russia 
 
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In spite of Moscow’s popularity, the city pales in comparison to the rustic charm of St. Petersburg. Its highlight is the Armitage with its enthralling art display. Moreover, the Winter Palace is a sight to see with its 1500 rooms and a gruesome battle scenario depicting the 1917 October Revolution.
 
2. Istanbul, Turkey
 
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Rich in its culture of Islamic architecture, thrumming bazaars and historical monuments, Istanbul is certainly one of the most appealing destinations to visit this year. Staying in Sultan Ahmet will facilitate your visit to Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace. For the most vibrant shopping and dining experience the city has to offer, you can stroll through Beyoglu which is next to the famous Taksim Square.
 
3. Washington DC, USA
 
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Heralded as one of the world’s best museum and monument cities, this is the place for art aficionados and history lovers. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and will thus be commemorated with notable artifacts.
 
4. Milan, Italy
 
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This is one of the travel destinations dripping with elegance and prominently displaying its wealth. However, in 2015, it opens its doors to all travelers with the Expo 2015. This fair will have 1.1 million square meters of ground so that visitors can enjoy plazas full of street musicians.
 
5. Macau, China
 
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The intriguing element in Macau’s offering is the fusion of European, African, Indian and Chinese influences. A new rail system is also underway. What’s more is that you can enjoy the world’s highest bungee jump right here in Macau.
 
6. Bali, Indonesia
 
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This Pacific paradise beckons to you since hotel prices are down by 12% in specific places. You can enjoy an array of underwater exploration and surfing activities and discover volcanoes amidst the jungle vegetation.
 
7. Khumbu, Nepal
 
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Follow in the footsteps of Hillary and Tenzing. Experience the elation that culminated in the scaling of the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest. The Three Passes Trek and the Mera Peak expedition are bound to bring out the adventurous spirit in you.
 
8. Tokyo, Japan
 
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The country’s tourism has taken a hit which is why travel expenses of such destinations are at a low this year. Tokyo is preparing for the 2020 Olympics and is rife with activity in this regard. Check out the KoishikawaKorakuen Garden and the Imperial Palace.
 
9. Svalbard, Norway
 
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Bear witness to the moon blocking out the sun for several minutes on March 20. This heavenly sight can be seen here and is situated between Norway and the North Pole. The aurora borealis will continue this year, and herds of polar bears will constitute a spectacular viewing.
 
10. Tasmania, Australia
 
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Renowned as the landing site of the first convict ships to Australia, Tasmania has a lot to offer to the avid traveler. This year, the second leg of the Three Capes Track will open up. You can make the most of coastal bushwalking and view the breathtaking sea cliffs of Tasman National Park.
 
Make 2015 the year of the traveler. Pick one or more of these must visit destinations and we guarantee an enriching and fulfilling travel experience!

 

 

5 Of The Best Coffee Cities In The World

Most people would agree that they like coffee or drink coffee on a daily basis. Coffee has become such a morning staple and is even consumed throughout the day. The world loves its coffee. There are so many cities around the world that are home to some of the world’s most delicious coffee. You can find coffee anywhere, but these are five of the best coffee cities on our list.
 

London, England
 
The city’s first espresso coffee shop opened over two decades ago and they have become more and more popular over the years making London one of the best coffee cities in the world. Over the past 10 years alone, the coffee scene has exploded. Local coffee drinkers typically order a cappuccino or a flat white which is the current craze. Some of London’s most popular coffee shops include The Attendant, Climpson and Sons, and Look Mum No Hands, which reflects one of the coolest and hippest atmospheres in the city.
 
Portland, Oregon, USA
 
Portland, Oregon came in second place on Travel + Leisure’s list of the best coffee cities in the U.S. It has been said that Portland has a very intimate coffee scene which intrigues visitors and tourists enough to stop by and see what Portland has to offer. There is a large selection of delicious coffee shops and the baristas know what they’re doing and provide some of the most artistic coffee creations around. Portland has some of the finest espresso and brewed coffee in the USA (and the world) and is considered one of the hippest cities as well.
 
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Rome, Italy
 
As they say, do as the Romans do, and drink strong, hot coffee on the go. “Drink and go” tends to be the average Roman’s lifestyle. Most Romans drink five or more espressos a day so needless to say, they tend to move! Rome is a city of ambience and coffee locals are no exception. The service is very friendly and the atmosphere is cozy and inviting & tourists from all over the world mingle with politicians. You might even bump into President Giorgio Napolitano. Some of Rome’s best coffee shops are Recafe, Giolitti, and Rosati.
 
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Vienna, Austria
 
Probably the birthplace of coffee culture, Vienna has been stoking this scene since the 17th century. Nowadays, most coffee shops in Vienna offer as many as twenty different kinds of coffee drinks to their very picky patrons. It is very unlikely that you will meet a local that doesn’t drink coffee since it’s practically in Vienna’s DNA. Vienner Melange is a popular coffee drink, which is similar to espresso and can usually be found in traditional coffee houses. Vienna is so well known for being one of the best coffee cities in the world that it was listed as such by UNESCO back in 2011. The city of Vienna also hosted the World Barista Championship back in 2012.
 
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Melbourne, Australia
 
According to a booking.com survey, Melbourne was voted best coffee city in the worlds. It beat Rome, Vienna, and Sydney in the 2014 survey. More and more people are saying that Melbourne has the world’s best coffee. There is a history behind their independent cafes and brewing techniques that makes a cup of coffee from Melbourne worth the long plane ride. And, not only do visitors appreciate Mebourne’s coffee, coffee baristas appreciate the visitors, which makes the experience that much better.