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Australia, you need to learn from this country

Norway has been consistently ranked number one in the UN’s Human Development Index with high scores on life expectancy, education and income. Picture: Lonely Planet’s Wild World NORWAY has beaten us again — it’s been ranked the top country to live in by the United Nations Development Program. Some Aussies …

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Australia, don’t you ever change

Come on, what’s not to love about Australia? AUSTRALIA, don’t ever change. From some very confused — and muscly — kangaroos to curious wombats, nothing says ‘Straya quite like a scroll through Tourism Australia’s insanely popular Facebook and Instagram pages. And now, Tourism Australia has pulled together its favourite and …

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Secret Aussie destinations you’ve missed

The Atherton Tablelands, about 90 minutes south west of Cairns “provide some of the most beautiful Australian landscapes I’ve ever seen”, says photographer Tim Coulson. AUSSIE travel photographer Tim Coulson has travelled the globe. He believes that no other country can provide more incredible outdoor experiences than Australia. He’s teamed …

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The Gold Coast you don’t often see

On Eagles Wings Mountain Retreat and Spa in the Gold Coast hinterland is perfect for a hit of “me time”. Picture: Supplied HIS name’s Bundy, but I’m not going to hold that against him. He’s tall, dark and handsome; 15-and-a-half hands high, to be exact. But it’s his big, brown …

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Inside the eerie Dog Leg tunnel

It’s a long walk through Dog Leg tunnel on Cockatoo Island. Flickr Wyncliffe IT’S COLD and damp inside this long and narrow tunnel on a windswept island in the middle of Sydney Harbour. At 180m long, this dark tunnel weaves its way through the belly of Cockatoo Island. Built in …

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Surreal place of mystery and lost treasure

Bruny Island is a stunning island that sits off Tasmania’s south coast. AS THE car ferry arrives on Bruny Island, out the window my partner Stephen and I spy an island that has impossibly white beaches and robin eggshell blue waters. Wait, did my boat just take a detour to …

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The horrors behind this photo

Located on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour, Biloela was established in 1871 to deal with “street arabs”, a term used to describe orphans and homeless children. The school has a dark history that includes rape, beatings, arson and riots. Picture: Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. IT’S pitch black inside this dank …

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The Aussie town celebrating Thanksgiving

Norfolk Island is the one Aussie place celebrating Thanksgiving. THE Thanksgiving holiday is a quintessential American holiday and all but for a small territory of Australia, it passes us by without so much as an increase in the sale of turkey sandwiches. It may come as a surprise but many …

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‘It was a nightmare camping trip’

These creatures got between us and a good time. “GET OUT, get out, we’ve been invaded by flying termites,” my partner screamed as he backed out of the tent holding our baby. Ah … camping. If it’s not burnt sausages, uncomfortable mattresses, mosquito bites, wet matches, tinned food, hard ground, …

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Cheeky new Schoolies trend

Thousands of School leavers descend on Surfers Paradise for Schoolies 2015. Picture: Scott Fletcher WITH schoolies celebrations well underway at the Gold Coast, school leavers have taken to social media to share some very cheeky selfies. As the week-long kicked off at the beachside party strip in Surfers Paradise, so …

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