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Visit Sydney for the Italian Festival

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Travellers taking Sydney tours later this year may have the opportunity to attend the Italian Festival from May 20th to June 7th.

This event will come to venues all over the city and celebrate various aspects of Italian life, including food, art, fashion, cinema and music.

One of the most popular reasons for attending the Italian Festival is to sample the cuisine that the Mediterranean nation is so famous for.

In past festivals, the food and wine section has included participation from establishments including La Sala, the Bondi Trattoria, Bacino Bar and Sugo Restaurant.

Last year’s event also featured a concert by the classical pianist Andrea Padova at the Italian Institute of Culture and an exhibition at the State Library of New South Wales exploring the glory of Venice.

As well as enjoying the cultural and social events on offer, visitors to Sydney can take part in popular tourist activities such as climbing the city’s bridge and jet-boating in the harbour.

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Northern Territory wants more backpackers

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The local government in Australia is hoping to attract more backpackers and gap year travellers on Northern Territory tours this year.

Some 92,000 people embarked on backpacking trips in the Northern Territory in 2008, an increase of seven per cent on the previous year.

The state government is hoping to boost that number further this year by launching a campaign that includes a partnership with the online traveller forum gapyear.com.

Tourism minister Chris Burns said: "We’ve worked hard to increase the number of backpackers coming to the Territory and we want to see even more backpackers travelling across the NT.

"That’s why we’ve joined with gapyear.com to promote the Territory and help independent travellers plan their trip down under."

Two travel guides have been produced for publication on gapyear.com, one focusing on Kakadu and the other exploring the whole of the Northern Territory.

It was recently announced that a new viewing platform is being constructed at Ormiston Gorge in central Australia.

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New isango! Travel Experiences February 09 Update!

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February has brought us a library of exciting new tours and deals for exploring the globe. On isango! you can find the best offers for biking across the hills of San Francisco, USA or absorbing the magical air blowing off the ocean at Cabo da Roca on a tour of Sintra, Portugal. From Washington DC to Paris to Dubai we have great products for you!

New Things to Explore in Portugal:

Sintra Scenic TourThis 4.5 hour tour takes you through the scenic countryside of Lisbon providing splendid views of castles, ocean and the alluring Boca do Inferno where the waves stir in chaos. Stretch your legs at the Pena National Palace and the small town of Cascais, home to local fisherman and sometimes the royals of Europe.

Hop on Hop off 48h Bus ticketExplore Lisbon at your own pace with a 2-day access pass to a bus driving to all the best destinations within the city. Offered in 8 languages, the tour provides an unbeatable orientation to the city.

Red Tramcar – The Hills TourThe easiest way to explore the expansive hills of Lisbon, the Red Tramcar allows you to explore the city without leaving your seat! Just look out your window to see the medieval architecture of the Alfama, people chatting and shopping by homes in Chiado and the impressive government buildings and mansions of Lapa. continue reading

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See the ‘supercroc’ on Australia tours

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Travellers planning Australia tours this year may be interested in paying a visit to the city of Darwin to see the so-called ‘supercroc’ – the largest crocodile ever recorded.

People who list reptiles among their phobias should not fear, however, as the display at Darwin’s Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory will only feature the giant skeleton of the 12-metre-long crocodile.

The exhibit is part of a gallery that uses crocodilian specimens to illustrate Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Arranged to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great scientist, after whom the city of Darwin is named, the exhibition will be open until November 29th.

Travellers who are interested in seeing some live reptiles can go on a crocodile cruise along the Northern Territory’s Adelaide River or visit the Crocosaurus Cove centre in Darwin.

Arguably the most famous attractions of all in the Northern Territory are the Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kakadu national parks, where visitors can set off on adventure tours and see the famous Ayers Rock.

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Northern Territory gorge to get new viewing platform

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Travellers exploring the Northern Territory during their Australia tours will soon be able to take in breathtaking views from a new viewing platform being constructed at Ormiston Gorge.

The local government has provided A$100,000 (£46,000) to build the platform on the popular Ghost Gum walking route that leads along the gorge.

Northern Territory tourism minister Chris Burns said that the new attraction could give the region "the edge over other holiday destinations".

He added: "Investing in the Northern Territory’s parks is vital considering that an estimated 425,000 interstate and overseas holiday visitors included a visit to a Territory park in the last financial year."

"That represents 65 per cent of visitors to the Territory."

Ormiston Gorge, which acts as a showcase for the stunning rock and land formations of the MacDonnell ranges, is located 135km west of Alice Springs and can be accessed via the Larapinta and Namatjira drives.

The Northern Territory occupies the majority of the central region of mainland Australia and boasts one of the country’s iconic tourist attractions – Ayers Rock, known in the local language as Uluru.

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New Year’s Eve Tjapukai Cultural Park

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One of the most popular tourist attractions in Cairns is to hold a special event on New Year’s Eve that’s not to be missed.

The Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is to put on a seasonal edition of its Tjapukai by Night show for the occasion, with lots of treats in store for visitors stopping by as part of their Queensland tours.

At 19:00 local time, guests will meet in the Gecko Courtyard for photographs, traditional face-painting and a pre-dinner tipple.

A traditional Kup-Muirri and international buffet dinner will follow and plenty of souvenirs will be on offer, such as pictures with the performers in traditional dress and painted ‘message stones’, intended as lucky keepsakes.

The evening will end with a spectacular firework display – the memories from this unique way of spending New Year’s Eve are sure to last a lifetime.

The Tjapukai, meaning ‘rainforest’, is an Aboriginal tribe indigenous to this part of Queensland. The cultural park allows visitors to learn more of the tribe’s fascinating and ancient culture and to educate members of the wider public about its traditions and customs.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18928578-ADNFCR

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Port Douglas comes alive at Carnivale

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The town of Port Douglas will come alive in a festival of fun and excitement once again next year.

From May 22nd to 31st the Reef and Rainforest Carnivale will kick-start the summer season with much excitement for locals and visitors exploring the state on Queensland tours.

For the duration of the event the entire town is awash with colour and noise as this otherwise fairly low-key destination shows the world that it knows how to party.

The name of the event is inspired by the proximity of the town to two important world heritage sites: the lush and verdant Daintree Rainforest – one of the oldest natural spectacles on Earth – and the incredible living marvel that is the Great Barrier Reef.

Only an hour’s drive from Cairns, Port Douglas is a key destination for adventure tourists and outdoor pursuits with, of course, diving being one of the most popular.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18928485-ADNFCR

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Carols for all at the Domain in Sydney

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The warm sunshine and the summer season means that Christmas can be an al fresco affair in Australia – what better way to celebrate by singing carols outdoors with a few thousand or so close friends?

On December 20th the Domain in Sydney will host a huge carol service, in which as many as 100,000 locals and visitors on Sydney tours will flock to this fantastic outdoor venue.

From 15:00 local time a fantastic programme of pre-show entertainment will entertain the crowd before the main event begins at 20:00.

Ex-Neighbours actress and singing sensation Delta Goodrem will be the star attraction, as the entire venue unites to sing some favourite Christmas songs by candlelight.

Broadcast on network television across the country, the event will also be raising money for some important causes such as the Salvation Army.

The Domain is located in the Royal Botanical Gardens, one of the most popular attractions in the city.

Sydney – Take a cruise of Sydney Harbour or relax on the white sands on Manly Beach.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18927341-ADNFCR

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Sydney to Hobart yacht race creates post-Christmas buzz

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Each year courageous seafarers battle it out to reach the capital of Tasmania in a 628 nautical mile dash to the finish line.

The annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race sees competitors leave Sydney Harbour and steer their boats almost due south as they attempt to be the first to reach Hobart.

Setting off on Boxing Day – December 26th – at 13:00 local time, hundreds of crew will begin the event at the world-famous location.

The plucky sailors will then embark on a journey that will see them brave the elements on the fringes of the Tasman Sea before taking on the Bass Strait on their way to the finish line.

Friends and family of the crews and yachting enthusiasts the world over will be able to view of a state-of-the-art ‘yacht tracker’ on the event’s website which uses the latest GPS technology to keep tabs of each craft as they proceed in the race.

The event began in 1945 and has seen some of the finest yachtsmen and women compete – as much for the prestige of victory as for the ample prize money on offer.

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Adelaide says “g’day” to great music

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Adelaide is home to a key leg of one of the most popular music festivals in Australia, even the world – Big Day Out – on January 30th.

Built on a core philosophy of really good music, the festival includes some of the best-known bands from around the world, transcending but by no means excluding the thriving contemporary music scene in Australia.

Among the highlights across the different venues will be the guitar driven sounds of Arctic Monkeys, Serj Tankian and the Dropkick Murphys.

Catering to more electronic tastes are Hot Chip and the Ting Tings, while hip-hop fans will no doubt be excited about an appearance by Lupe Fiasco.

Possibly the biggest draw this year, however, will be the legend that is Neil Young, who is lined up to play a 90-minute set.

As if those superb guests weren’t enough then there’s plenty to keep revellers occupied in between sets, with a selection of side shows and other attractions on hand.

Adelaide is the capital of the state of South Australia.

Culture and Sightseeing – City Tours – Whichever city you are in these tours will help to ensure you do not miss a thing.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18885235-ADNFCR

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