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New Australia driving tour launched

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Travellers taking Australia tours this year will have the opportunity to take advantage of a new driving route that has been opened in the state of Victoria.

Tourism Victoria announced that the new self-drive tour links the state capital of Melbourne with the Yarra Valley wine region, Mornington peninsula and Phillip Island.

These destinations form a rough triangle in south-east Australia, making them particularly convenient for tours.

There are nearly 100 wineries to visit in the Yarra Valley, including the Australian base of Moet and Chandon, as well as other activities including hot-air balloon rides.

A Mediterranean feel pervades the Mornington peninsula owing to its olive groves, vineyards and waterfront cafes, while Phillip Island is known as a wildlife haven and every evening hosts a penguin parade.

Tourism Victoria recently announced the launch in Melbourne of Australia’s first city tour run by street artists, which introduces visitors to Melbourne’s underground art scene and explores winding lanes and alleyways filled with graffiti.

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Relaxing Vacations in Oceania

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As the continent most known for Australia’s walkabouts in the outback and the largest population of dangerous and deadly creatures anywhere, Oceania is a paradise only for the out-doorsy adventurer right? Well, maybe not. Companies have begun launching new cruises and services to make your trip down-under more of a luxury and less of an effort. Those who want to explore the world but not necessarily hike mountains or bunjee jump into the Pacific can now experience even the most rugged of terrains and discover their peaceful neighbors.

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Travellers invited to Drive the NT

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Travellers could squeeze even more into their Northern Territory tours this year by using the latest driving guide launched by Tourism NT.

In conjunction with the Northern Territory News, the tourism agency has revamped its Drive the NT guide to encourage visitors to spend more time in the state and explore regional areas.

Available from visitor information centres across the Northern Territory, the publication provides details on driving routes that take in attractions including Uluru, Kakadu National Park and the cities of Adelaide and Darwin.

Tourism NT chief executive Maree Tetlow said the region boasts "an array of fantastic options for driving holidays".

She added: "The information will enable [visitors] to slow down their trip and get more from the places they visit.

"There is a bit of a misconception that you have to have a four-wheel drive to travel in the Northern Territory, and while we boast some exciting and challenging adventure routes, most of our best known attractions can be accessed by two-wheel drive vehicles."

Tourism NT this year launched a new promotion to boost the number of backpackers visiting northern Australia.

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The UK and Australia Aim to Re-invent Easter Traditions

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Springtime Comes to Britain

Deep into history the day when the cloudy top is lifted off Britain and sunlight finally hits the ground is an epic one. The Saxons originally celebrated this day by munching hot cross buns (bread rolls with crosses on top representing the lunar calendar and the goddess) and dancing in the sun. As Christians arrived on the rain-drenched land mass they brought with them Easter Sunday, the day on which Christian’s believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead. With hot cross buns re-oriented to symbolize The Cross, Christians celebrate the rebirth of their savoir and the rebirth of the earth, spring!

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Lily Allen to tour Australia

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Music fans on Australia tours may get the chance to see contemporary pop songstress Lily Allen in concert this year.

As part of an international series of shows to promote her latest album, Allen will play at the Tivoli in Brisbane on June 8th before giving two shows at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney on June 9th and 10th.

Fans will also see the Smile singer perform twice at Melbourne’s Forum on June 12th and 13th before she heads back to Europe.

Allen is currently flying high in the music business after her album It’s Not Me, It’s You, released in February, shot to the top of the charts in the UK, Australia and Canada.

The record also gave the singer her second number one hit in the UK with The Fear, which spent four weeks in the top spot in February.

Travellers looking for some musical entertainment during their travels in Australia can visit the Sydney Opera House, which over the coming months will host The Ultimate Pink Floyd Experience (May 8th), a gig by the Kronos Quartet (June 5th) and other events.

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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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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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