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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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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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Jazz hits Sydney in October

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This year”s Manly International Jazz Festival will take place between October 4th and October 6th featuring a host of talent from across the globe.

The small coastal town of Manly is located on the outskirts of Sydney and the festival is a free event that takes place across five outdoor stages.

Headline performances from the Sydney All Star Big Band on the Bland Aid Stage, Dr Vs Swing Thing on the Jazz Stars of the Future stage and the Beau Golden Quartet on the Markets by the Sea stage will all feature at this year”s festival.

Two groups from the US, Wycliffe Gordon and Light of Love, are also set to grace the Bland Aid Stage on the final day.

Organisers will also be marking the 31st Manly Jazz Festival with a tribute to Charlie Parker, featuring the US-born local altoist Andrew Speight, which will be taking place at the Star and the Sea Theatre on the final day.

Special Interest – Nightlife – From an extravagant meal to an eerie ghost walk – plenty of things to keep you entertained after the sun goes down.
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Sydney Opera House named Modern Wonder of the World

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The Opera House beat the Eiffel Tower to reach the top spotSydney”s Opera House has been named as the top Modern Wonder of the World in a poll by Halifax Travel Insurance.

The famous Australian building beat the Eiffel Tower, which came in at number two, as well as Rio de Janeiro”s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, which was named number three.

Situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the building and its surroundings are one of the best known in Australia.

Construction started in 1959 and work was finally completed in 1973.

The Opera House is the home of Opera Australia, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony.

It is administered by the Sydney Opera House Trust, under the New South Wales Ministry of the Arts.

Last year, it was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was also amongst the 20 finalists in the New Seven Wonders of the World project.

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Fashion festival in Sydney

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The festival is a great way to discover new trendsThe first ever Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival takes place from August 13th to 17th.

Organised by the same team as Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, the festival is a great chance to catch upcoming trends from top designers.

Fashionistas can catch a glimpse of the spring and summer collections from Australia”s biggest fashion names including Alex Perry, Charlie Brown, David Lawrence, Kirrily Johnston, Nicola Finetti and Lisa Ho, as well as Sydney”s most fashionable retailers like David Jones and General Pants Co.

Other events include celebrity appearances, styling workshops, fashion films and exhibitions.

In the evening, don your trendiest outfit and join well-heeled crowds at festival parties in bars around the city.

Of course, only the most fabulous crowds head to the festival”s own bar, constructed in Martin Place especially for the event.

Events may be free or ticketed – find out more from the festival”s website.

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