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Western Australia is Australia’s largest state by area.
About three-quarters of the state’s population live in the capital Perth, which is the fourth most populated city in Australia.
The east of the state is mostly desert while to the west the state is bound by almost 13000 kilometres of pristine coastline.
In the 1890s gold was discovered and mining is still one of the state’s biggest industries.


Known as Australia’s longest ever running cultural festival, the Perth International Arts Festival features a variety of contemporary music, classical music, dance, theatre, opera, art galleries and collections of public works – such as the Lotterywest Festival Films and the Perth Writers Festival.

Hosted in Perth during the months of February and March, the Perth International Arts Festival is also historically the oldest international arts festival in Australia because it was created in 1953 by the University of Western Australia. Highlights of the Perth International Arts Festival include the street performers, the Perth Writers Festival and the various art works on display. In 2011, there was a cloud like city floating in the air.


Indulge the senses with a trip to the Swan Valley and Darling Range.
The vineyards of Western Australia’s oldest wine region invite you to sample their fruits, feast on award-winning local produce, discover local heritage and relax in the natural bushland of the Darling Range.

Just 20 minutes east of Perth, the Swan Valley and Darling Range is a world away from city life.
You can reach it by road, or take the scenic route aboard a Swan River cruise from Perth’s Barrack Street Jetty.
You can even winery-hop in the back of a horse-drawn wagon or chauffeured classic car.

Many of the vineyards are still owned by the descendants of early European settlers, who may share their story over a fruity red at the cellar door.
Alongside these charming family-run wineries you’ll also find some major international players, not to mention the more recent emergence of award-winning boutique breweries and talented artists.


One of the largest inner-city parks in the world, Kings Park and Botanic Garden covers 400 hectares of Perth’s heart with serene natural bushland and sculpted gardens.
It’s perched high on the crest of Mount Eliza, making it a top spot to take in sweeping panoramas of Perth’s city skyline and Swan River.

Pack a picnic or barbecue and take the 15 minute walk to Kings Park from Perth’s centre, or hop on a free CAT bus.
Pick up maps and brochures from the Visitor Information Centre, take a free guided walk or enjoy a self guided tour.


WA has the world’s oldest operating open air cinema, Sun Pictures in Broome.
Opened on December 16th 1916. Unlike most outdoor cinemas, it screens multiple films per night, while the majority of outdoor cinemas screen one or two films a week.

The picture Gardens makes a significant contributing to the townscape and have been associated with prominent people.

In 1995 the building is placed on the State Register of Heritage Places. The Register of Heritage Places states Sun Pictures has cultural and heritage significance because it:
1. Is a rare example of a purpose built picture garden still in commercial operation.
2. Is an integral and distinctive part of the Broome community contributing to its sense of place and identity.
3. Contributes and enhances the streetscape by its building form.
4. Is representative of construction designed to suit the tropics.

Mention must be made of Sun Pictures’ unique location under the flight path to the runway at Broome airport.
Films through the decades have been interrupted at strategic moments by the engine roar and flashing lights of a landing aircraft, often accompanied by applause from generations of movie lovers.

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Canberra is the national capital and the centre of government. It is located approximately 290 kilometres south of Sydney in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Canberra lies on the ancient lands of the Indigenous Ngunnawal people, and its name is thought to mean ‘meeting place’, from the Aboriginal word ‘Kamberra’. It is home to important national institutions, including the Australian Parliament and the High Court of Australia.

Home to around 380,000 people, Canberra is one of the world’s few planned cities, a city in a park, with a kaleidoscope of colours and experiences turned by the changing seasons. The territory has an abundance of nature with 53 per cent of the total area preserved as parks and reserves.

Immerse yourself in the true nature of the native bushland that cradles our city and reveals unexpected delights among the leafy surrounds including stylish restaurants, hip bars, boutique shopping, fun for the kids, great outdoor fun and a busy calendar of events and festivals.


The Poacher’s Way was developed by a group of people from Canberra and the region drawn together by a common inspiration derived from their land and lifestyle. Immerse yourself in the lifestyle and passions of these creators by discovering exceptional artists, chefs, winemakers, galleries and rural retreats. We’re all in search of some inspiration. This is where it lives.

Be inspired by members lifestyle decisions. They have changed career directions, locations and life to follow their dreams and create something for others to experience and enjoy.

The Poacher’s Way is a platform for more than 24 local businesses to highlight some of the best the region has to offer. The Poacher’s Way presents two annual festivals; the Summerside Festival in February and the Fireside Festival throughout August.


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ANU enjoys a high ratio of academic staff to students, world-class facilities and an educational culture built on an all-pervading sense of discovery.
Facilities Australia’s national university offers students world-class facilities, including the most powerful computer system in Australia, modern laboratories, classrooms and lecture theatres and libraries that are home to more than two million traditional volumes. Campus living provides students with all the facilities needed, including a health centre, optometrist, dentist, cafes, restaurants and bars, well-equipped gym and excellent sporting grounds.
Best of all, if a student can’t find what they need on campus, it’s just a short walk to Canberra’s city centre.

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Victoria is the smallest of the mainland states in size but the second most populated.
Melbourne is the capital and is Australia’s second most populated city.
During the gold rush of the 1850s, it became one of the world’s largest and wealthiest cities.
Melbourne is sometimes referred to as the “cultural capital of Australia” and is the birthplace of Australian film, television, art, dance and music.
Victorians’ enthusiasm for sport is also legendary and this is where Australian Rules football began.


The Australian International Airshow, also called the Avalon Airshow, is a large air show held biennially at Avalon Airport, between Melbourne and Geelong, Victoria. It regularly features planes from the Royal Australian Air Force, United States Navy and the United States Air Force. It has been said by air show organisers to be the largest air show in the southern hemisphere.


Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the awe inspiring views from the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere at Melbourne’s Eureka Skydeck 88.

Eureka Skydeck 88 is Melbourne’s must see attraction. Two dedicated lifts propel visitors to level 88 in under 40 seconds. Only Skydeck 88 can take you to The Edge, a switchable glass cube which slides out from the building, with you inside!

Touch and discover Serendipity, the six metre long interactive Table of Knowledge; follow the scrolling LED floor displays; match the directional sounds to the Melbourne landmark or simply step on to the Terrace and expose yourself to the outside elements.


Victoria is the home of Australian rules football, with ten of the eighteen clubs of the Australian Football League based in Victoria, and the traditional Grand Final held at theMelbourne Cricket Ground usually on the last Saturday in September.

Melbourne has held the 1956 Summer Olympics, 2006 Commonwealth Games and the FINA World Swimming Championship.

Melbourne is also home to the Australian Open tennis tournament in January each year, the first of the world’s four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, and the Australian Formula One Grand Prix


Travel one of the world’s most scenic roads through the Great Ocean Road region which covers south-west Victoria and is home to the famous 12 Apostles.

Drive along the coast to seaside resort towns such as Torquay, Lorne and Apollo Bay which offer stunning beaches and water sports as well as some of Australia’s best rainforest scenery in the nearby Otway Ranges.
Stop off at one of the most visited stretches of the road at the 12 Apostles. See the rugged splendour of these huge rock stacks that rise majestically from the Southern Ocean. Take a helicopter ride to get a bird’s eye view of these famous natural wonders.

Discover the region’s rich maritime past at historic towns such as Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Portland. Enjoy seafaring village life, with their fishing wharves, beautifully preserved colonial buildings and maritime museums recounting the stories of ships that have foundered off the rugged shipwreck coast.

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Queensland is Australia’s second-largest state in size.
The state capital is Brisbane, the home to 2 million people and is the third most populous city in Australia.
It forms part of Australia’s fastest growing metropolitan region – South-East Queensland – with the population expected to double to almost 4 million by 2056.
Queenslanders enjoy more winter sunshine and warmth than most other Australian states and it’s perfect for all types of outdoor activities and water sports.
Queensland is also home to the world famous Great Barrier Reef as well as five World Heritage listed areas.

Nearly 30 per cent of Brisbane’s population is born overseas. More than 16 per cent of households speak a language other than English at home.
Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin, Samoan and Vietnamese are some of the most commonly spoken languages in Brisbane home.


As the largest living structure on the planet, the Great Barrier Reef is incredibly rich and diverse.

Stretching 2300 kilometres, this natural icon is so large it can even be seen from outer space.
While it’s known mostly for its large maze of colourful reefs, its intricate architecture also provides a home for a huge number of plants and animals.

Some of these, such as turtles and crocodiles, have been around since prehistoric times and have changed little over the millennia.
The breathtaking array of marine creatures includes 600 types of soft and hard corals, more than 100 species of jellyfish, 3000 varieties of molluscs,
500 species of worms, 1625 types of fish, 133 varieties of sharks and rays, and more than 30 species of whales and dolphins.

The Great Barrier Reef is also unique as it extends over 14 degrees of latitude, from shallow estuarine areas to deep oceanic waters.
Within this vast expanse are a unique range of ecological communities, habitats and species – all of which make the Reef one of the most complex natural ecosystems in the world.
CNN labeled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Queensland National Trust named it a state icon of Queensland.


Brisbane’s largest event is the Ekka which attracts around 400,000 visitors every year.
The Ekka kicked off in January 1876 at the Bowen Park and continues to entertain locals and tourists.
Popular for the diverse and wonderful show bags that can be procured at the Ekka, very few people are privy to the fact that the first showbag at the Ekka was a free bag of coal.
In today’s world, a free bag of coal may not be too enticing for many!

The Ekka also occupies its own place in the history of Queensland for introducing the latest trends in technologies to Queenslanders.
As early as 1879, Ekka patrons were entertained and amazed with introductions to telephones, microphones, electric lights, electric thief detector and so forth.

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South Australia is a state in the southern central part of the country which covers some of the most arid parts of the continent.
It is the fourth largest of Australia’s states and shares its borders with all of the mainland states and the Northern Territory.
The state capital is Adelaide, the fifth-largest city in Australia.
South Australia has a thriving arts scene and is sometimes known as the ‘Festival State’, with more than 500 festivals taking place there every year.
South Australia is the wine-making capital of Australia, producing about 50% of Australian wines and 65% of national wine exports.


The capital of South Australia,
Adelaide has historically been the hub of free-spirited and free-thinking people.

Adelaide was the first place to abolish sexual and racial discrimination, the first to do away with capital punishment, the first to recognise Aboriginal land rights, the first to give women voting rights and interestingly is also the first place to legalise nude swimming.


Adelaide has been nicknamed the City of Churches.

Although it is not known as to who first started using this nickname, one only needs to take a look around to dig out the rationale behind such a nickname.
Churches boasting exquisite architectural designs abound in this beautiful city with the Holy Trinity Anglican Church being the oldest which was built in the year 1838.

With the increment in population, the number of churches enjoyed a huge boost over time.


Adelaide is renowned for being highly accessible.
Arguably one can reach any point in the city within a period of 20 minutes thus the nickname of ’20 minutes’ city. This essentially suggests that any high profile location in Adelaide including the airport, city centre, beaches can be accessed within 20 minutes.


This particular festival boasts a longevity of thirty plus years and it all happens every two years in the capital city of South Australia, Adelaide. An alternative festival to the Adelaide Festival, the Adelaide Fringe Festival offers small time and local unknown artists the opportunity to perform. Historically, the Adelaide Fringe Festival came about in 1960, when local artists decided to stage their own event in response to being excluded from the Adelaide Festival.

Today the Adelaide Fringe Festival is the largest of its kind in Australia because of its repertoire of local talent and as a festival can only be rivalled by the likes of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As for where the Adelaide Fringe Festival takes place, that can be anywhere because a lot of venues open their doors to local artists in order to support them.

For more information, check out www.adelaidefringe.com.au


Meet Wang Wang and Funi, Adelaide’s two giant pandas

They are the only giant pandas in the southern hemisphere. The pair arrived at Adelaide Zoo in 2009; one and a half years after the Wenchuan earthquake in China destroyed their original home. Today they are popular, Adelaide celebrities, with thousands of people visiting them each year.

Wang Wang has a reputation for lazing about in the shade, while Funi is more playful.
Don’t be surprised by how much Wang Wang and Funi eat. Giant pandas must eat for more than 10 hours per day to meet their nutritional needs. That’s a lot of bamboo!

Giant pandas are an endangered species, with less than 2,500 left in the wild. The zoo hopes that Wang Wang and Funi will have at least one panda cub during their 10 year stay in Adelaide.

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New South Wales is Australia’s oldest and most populated state.
It was originally settled as a penal colony on the shores of Port Jackson where the bustling capital city of Sydney now stands.
More than a third of Australians live in New South Wales, and Sydney is the nation’s largest city.


Sydney Harbour is one big blue playground, alive with ferries, yachts, launches and kayaks. Laze on a chartered yacht moored in one of the bays or unwind on a cruise vessel departing from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour.

One of the best ways to travel around Sydney Harbour is by ferry. For fantastic harbour views, try the Manly, Watsons Bayor Taronga Zoo ferry routes.

Sydney Harbour islands – Fort Denison, Shark, Clark, Rodd, Goat and Cockatoo – have great cultural and historical significance. Some of the sites resonate with Aboriginal history, while others reflect a European past with convict-built structures and old forts. Cockatoo Island is one of 11 Australian Convict Sites that are on the UNESCO World Heritage list.


There is no denying it: Sydney is the premier city for events in Australia.
The city ends each year and kicks-off every new-year with a world-renowned display of fireworks. There are countless festivals, cultural exhibitions, days of celebration, and sporting events filling Sydney’s calendar.
With the ability to entice people to from around the world, Sydney is always buzzing with activity, no matter which season!

Vivid Sydney

Each year the city of Sydney is transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas when Vivid Sydney takes over the city after dark. Colouring the city with creativity and inspiration, Vivid Sydney highlights include the hugely popular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.

Performances from local and international musicians at Sydney Opera House and the Vivid Ideas Exchange, featuring public talks and debates from leading global creative thinkers. For 18 days, creative types, corporate professionals, families and people of all generations take advantage of Sydney’s mild winter weather and immerse themselves in the truly spectacular show.

Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

The Sydney Mardi Gras Parade is the biggest event of its kind in the world. A vibrant, electric, free celebration of the power and beauty of diversity, bursting with creativity, colour and wonder designed to provoke and entertain.

From the moment the Dykes on Bikes kick start their engines, the roar of excitement explodes into a rainbow extravaganza of lavish floats and energetic marching troops, with almost 10,000 people making their way along Oxford and Flinders Streets. The whole route is 1.6 kilometres and is filled with heaps of unique and extravagant costumes, from the exotic to body art.

Today, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of Australia’s most famous and well-loved events, bringing thousands of visitors to Sydney to join in the celebrations. It captures the imagination of Australia’s LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) and mainstream communities, taking over the city for weeks on end, culminating in the world-famous Parade: a colourful and dazzling night of pride, celebration and self-expression.

The Highest Mountain in Australia

Mount Kosciuszko is a mountain located in the Snowy Mountains in Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales. With a height of 2,228 metres (7,310 ft) above sea level, it is the highest mountain on the Australian continent

There’s a certain sense of achievement in climbing the peak of Australia’s tallest mountain and it’s far easier than attaining similar feats in other parts of the world. The best way of getting to the peak is via the year-round chairlift fromThredbo followed by an easy six km walk. Mount Kosciuszko is located above Thredbo village where you’ll find a variety of amenities, restaurants, accommodation and hotels. Be sure to discover much more about the 675,000 hectareKosciuszko National Park.

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At the top end of Australia lies the Northern Territory.
Darwin, on the northern coast, is the capital, and Alice Springs the principal inland town.
Alice Springs is the physical heart of Australia, almost exactly at the nation’s geographical centre.
The Northern Territory is home to the famous Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Kakadu National Park.


Darwin is the most popular destination for visitors to the Northern Territory.

The weather is tropical, and the city is host to over 60 cultures. This makes for a variety of foods, markets and festivals that can be experienced in the city. The city is also rich in history, especially naval history and World War II history.

Popular activities in the areas surrounding Darwin include sailing through the harbor, boating next to crocodiles on the Adelaide River and bushwhacking in Mary River National Park. To the south of Darwin is Litchfield National Park, which is a popular camping destination.


Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is another World Heritage site of the Northern Territory.
It is located in the southwest corner of the state and is named for the Uluru/Ayers Rock.
Uluru/Ayers Rock is the largest sandstone monolith in the world. It is a sacred site of the Anangu Aborigines.

Uluru rises 348 metres above the plain, more than 860 metres above sea level.
That’s higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Chrysler Building in New York.
The tallest dome of Kata Tjuta rises 546 metres above the plain, or 1,066 metres above sea level.
That’s the same size as the One World Trade Centre in New York.

Anangu own all of Uluru and Kata Tjuta and lease it back to Parks Australia to be jointly managed as a national park.
This arrangement first came into place in October 1985, in an historic moment known today as handback.

Each year more than 250,000 people visit the park from all around the world.


When the sun goes down
The Sunday markets at Nightcliff present a variety of cuisines, art and craft, massage, tarot, and fresh produce.
Take an afternoon stroll and pick up a uniquely Territorian gift or grab a coffee, find some shade and take in a show on the central stage.

Held one Thursday each month from August through to November,
the Alice Springs Night Markets are often themed and held alongside events like the Alice Desert Festival, the Henley on Todd Regatta or the Alice Springs Masters Games.
Along with entertainment, there’s a huge range of stalls, from indigenous art and crafts, locally roasted coffees and fresh-made donuts, to recycled treasures and hand-made clothes.

Here comes the rain
The Rapid Creek Monsoon Markets in Darwin happen Thursday evenings from November to April (or Sunday mornings outside Monsoon season).
60 stalls offer fresh organic produce, Asian fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, exotic plants, flowers and seafood.
Plus you’ll find a range of local handmade arts and crafts for that special gift, as well as local entertainers.

Around the world
Each Thursday and Sunday evening between May and October the stalls at Darwin’s Mindil Beach Sunset Markets offer international cuisine from Turkey,
Greece, Sri Lanka, South America, North Africa, India and all over South East Asia.
Make like a local and grab some take-away to have down on the beach as you enjoy a spectacular Darwin sunset.

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The state includes the island of Tasmania, the 26th largest island in the world,
and the surrounding 334 islands.Tasmania is promoted as the natural state,
and A World Apart, Not A World Away owing to its large and relatively unspoiled natural environment.
Almost 45% of Tasmania lies in reserves, national parks and World Heritage Sites.

The Museum of Old and New Art

MONA is arguably one of the most controversial private collections of modern art and antiquities in the world – it’s certainly the largest. Located in Hobart, MONA is described by its owner as a ‘subversive adult Disneyland’.

In all, the collection takes up three floors within a subterranean architectural masterpiece and is guaranteed to impress. With over 400 art works, the collection includes Sidney Nolan’s Snake, Wim Delvoye’s Cloaca Professional, a machine that turns food into excrement, and Chris Ofili’s The Holy Virgin Mary.

Visitors can catch a high speed ferry from Hobart’s waterfront for a 30-minute ride up the Derwent River right to the steps of the museum.

Mount Wellington

Mount Wellington is a wilderness experience just a 20-minute drive from Hobart and is much loved by locals. The 21-kilometre drive to the summit passes through temperate rainforest to sub-alpine flora and glacial rock formations, ending in panoramic views of Hobart, Bruny Island, South Arm and the Tasman Peninsula.

No other city in Australia has a vista like this one. The interpretation centre at the top protects you from the blustering winds while an open viewing platform on the western side of the car park looks out to the southern World Heritage Area beyond.

There are bushwalking trails suited to all fitness levels and barbecue and picnic facilities are provided. Mountain activities also include trail biking and abseiling.

Lake St Clair

Lake St Clair is at the southern end of the of the world famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The lake is the deepest in Australia and is surrounded by rugged mountain ranges with impressive views of Mount Olympus, the Traveller Range and Mount Rufus.

There are several walks in the area around Lake St Clair ranging from leisurely strolls to overnight bushwalks, as well as beautiful forests to explore. Other activities include trout fishing, a ferryboat ride, picnics by the lake, not to mention great photo opportunities.

A wide range of animals and endemic plants are also found in the area. Bennetts or red-necked wallaby, and the smaller, more timid Tasmanian pademelon are common sights around the parks interpretation centre, while occasionally wombats and quolls can be seen after dark.