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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.

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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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Australia’s cultural heart celebrates its diversity

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Sydney is known for many things and it does a fairly good job of incorporating most of them into the expansive and incredible event that is the Sydney Festival each January.

For three weeks from January 10th to 31st, the city sees a wealth of events and performances with something for virtually every kind of cultural consumer.

Theatre, music and dance are given a huge presence at the festival, with concerts, theatrical productions and dance shows catering to a wide range of tastes.

Guests young and old will find plenty on offer – family and children’s events ensure that no-one feels left out, while thought-provoking cinema and discussions will plenty of food for thought among older visitors.

Free attractions through the days and nights give something back to the army of dedicated culture vultures who flock to the city for the duration.

The festival will feature in excess of 80 experiences incorporating some 300 or more artists and performers. The Sydney Festival began in 1977 and has grown in stature ever since.

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Flinging fish festival set to go the distance

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For more than 40 years, the Australian town of Port Lincoln has been home to a unique celebratory and athletic extravaganza – the Tunarama fish festival.

Some 25,000 people descend on the coastal town for the event, which sees parades, firework displays, fun runs and a beauty pageant, all in celebration of the town’s iconic export of tuna fish.

Taking place from January 24th to 26th, the festival features something for everyone but the highlight is undoubtedly the frozen fish throwing contest.

Each contestant has to throw a tuna fish – frozen for aerodynamic purposes – as far as possible, using a technique similar to that of Olympic hammer-throwers.

Scotland may have its caber tossing, but as far as the people of Port Lincoln are concerned, there’s only one thing to throw through the air in the name of old-fashioned friendly competition: fish.

Port Lincoln is a town in South Australia approximately 400 hundred miles from Adelaide, the state capital.

Active and Adventure – Air Activities – Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over New York or a serene hot air balloon ride over the Australian outback.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18877045-ADNFCR

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Charity marathon with a sweet reward

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Distance running and a sweet tooth might not naturally go hand in hand but that”s no barrier to the thousands of people who gather in Tasmania every year for the annual Cadbury”s Marathon.

Chocolate lovers and athletics enthusiasts alike will be donning their running shoes on January 4th in Hobart, Australia for the tasty event, the finish line for which is at the Cadbury factory.

The best part – and surely an advantage over every other marathon in the world – is that each competitor is given some free chocolate from the company to reward their having taken part.

Those not feeling energetic enough to complete the entire course can run the shorter half marathon course or just compete in the 5km or 2.5km events.

Cadbury”s chocolate was first sold in Birmingham in England in 1824 and is one of the world”s best-selling chocolate and confectionary brands, with its products available the world.

Special Interest – Nightlife – From an extravagant meal to an eerie ghost walk – plenty of things to keep you entertained after the sun goes down.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18851553-ADNFCR

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Sydney prepares for dance festival

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Of all the music festivals set to wow fans across the world on New Year”s Day, Fuzzy at Field Day 2009 in Sydney promises to be one of the biggest and best.

Dance music fans can look forward to seeing some of the biggest names in the industry as they descend on legendary venue The Domain.

Field Day is part of promoter Fuzzy”s series of events which take place throughout the year, with events catering to fans of dance music in the Sydney area.

Other highlights include the Summa Dayze festival which takes place only a few days later on January 3rd – prospective visitors from the Northern hemisphere shouldn”t forget that while they might be accustomed to cold weather around the holiday period, January is near the peak of Australia”s summer!

Among the guests scheduled to perform are Roger Sanchez, A-Trak, Cicada, Eric Prydz, Santogold and many more, all of whom beckon will you to "start your year here".

The Domain is a large urban park in the middle of Sydney, the largest city in Australia.

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Sunseekers from all over the world gather for the ”first dawn”

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While a number of countries and territories around the world maintain that they see the first dawn of the new year every January 1st, Millennium Island may well hold the most legitimate claim.

Situated in the Pacific Ocean as part of the island chain of Kiribati, which is one of the world”s smallest nations, Millennium Island expects to see the sun rise at approximately 5:45 on New Year”s Day 2009.

Thanks to a readjustment in the international date line in 1995, the island is now widely-thought to be the first place to see the sun rise every new year.

Also known as Caroline Island, Millennium Island was a British colony until 1979, when the nation of Kiribati declared its independence.

Sitting only six metres above sea level, many environmentalists fear the island will soon fall victim to rising sea levels, perhaps as early as 2025 – so those wishing to see the first dawn of the year might be wise to start planning their trip sooner rather than later.

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-18840818-ADNFCR

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Sunseekers from all over the world gather for the ”first dawn”

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While a number of countries and territories around the world maintain that they see the first dawn of the new year every January 1st, Millennium Island may well hold the most legitimate claim.

Situated in the Pacific Ocean as part of the island chain of Kiribati, which is one of the world”s smallest nations, Millennium Island expects to see the sun rise at approximately 5:45 on New Year”s Day 2009.

Thanks to a readjustment in the international date line in 1995, the island is now widely-thought to be the first place to see the sun rise every new year.

Also known as Caroline Island, Millennium Island was a British colony until 1979, when the nation of Kiribati declared its independence.

Sitting only six metres above sea level, many environmentalists fear the island will soon fall victim to rising sea levels, perhaps as early as 2025 – so those wishing to see the first dawn of the year might be wise to start planning their trip sooner rather than later.

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-18840818-ADNFCR

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