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5 thrilling microadventures you can have in Australia (Part A)

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  1. The Great Ocean Road by plane, Vic

You may have road-tripped this famous Victorian touring route, but have you seen it from above? Hop aboard a private plane in Melbourne and let Australian Air Safaris whisk you over the curves and coastal countryside of the Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles. The flight includes a picnic at Peterborough and – get this – every passenger has a window seat.

  1. High Country mountain biking, Vic

Victoria’s High Country has a great reputation for forest trails to zip along, and Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is a top location post-winter. Only two hours from Melbourne, mountain biking at the resort is an accessible half-day adventure. There’s a handful of trails around 2km long, as well as the 28km single-track Cascades route to Marysville.

  1. Tall ship sailing, NSW

Hoist the sails and scale the mast on a Sydney Harbour Tall Ships tour. If you’re new to sailing or a history buff, this is the micro-adventure for you. Hop aboard for a lunch or twilight sail, but for something to write home about sign up for the Soren Larsen Overnight Cruise. You get the best of both worlds – wine and canapés with a convicts tour and bunk sleeping.

4.Blue Mountains canyoning, NSW

The Blue Mountains is home to a stellar range of canyons for active families. Blue Mountains Adventure Company runs an introductory Empress Canyon Explorer tour that’s four hours of scrambling, swimming and jumping. Who could say no to that? One of the best things about this company is they’re happy to take children as young as six on a case-by-case basis.

5.Conquer Mount Kosciuszko , NSW

If you’ve always wanted to tackle Australia’s highest peak but haven’t had anyone to go with, a four-day Women Want Adventure tour could be for you. This is a fully supported hiking trip just for women, with numbers capped at 12. The itinerary includes three hikes, all meals and accommodation in Thredbo Valley. It’s a challenging trip, but rest assured you’ll have plenty of other gals cheering you on.

 

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Best Australian festivals to visit in 2022 and 2023 (Part A)

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  1. Vivid Sydney – May 27 to June 18, 2022 

Vivid is famous for turning Sydney into a nocturnal playground, illuminating the Harbour City’s best-known buildings with incredible free lightshows. But there’s much more to it than that: a program of talks and big ideas, and live music from the likes of Marcia Hines and Cate Le Bon.

 

  1. Broken Heel Festival – September 18-12, 2022

The best-named event on this list, Broken Hill’s Broken Heel Festival celebrates the anniversary of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert with a smorgasbord of drag-themed fun. Fabulous is the key word here, with the nation’s leading drag queens and kings taking over the town with cabaret, comedy, live music, markets and a giant parade down the main drag.

 

  1. National Cherry Festival – December 4, 2022

The southern NSW town of Young hosts a huge tribute to the cherry once a year. Live music, fireworks and outdoor dining are a given, but it’s the pip-spitting and pie-eating contests that keep visitors coming back. 

 

  1. RISING – June 1-12, 2022

Starting on the first night of winter, Melbourne’s Rising festival has been three years in the making. Though it takes place across the city, one of the key places to visit will be The Wilds, a riot of sculpture, performance, kids’ events, international food and an ice rink in the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

 

 

  1. Falls Festival – December 2022 to January 2023

It’s been a rough couple of years for Falls. Bushfires and the pandemic have meant the Victorian version of the music festival has been cancelled three years in a row. But now it’s back at a new site, Pennyroyal Plains in Murroon, two hours from Melbourne. If you want to party your way into 2023, there’s no better place.

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5 steps in writing an effective e-mail

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  1. Keep your e-mails short

Less is more. The shorter you can keep your e-mail while still relaying your message or question the better. At most we suggest no more than three paragraphs of text.

 

  1. Make the subject line clear and easy to read

The subject of the e-mail should contain enough information to let the recipient know the contents of an e-mail.

 

  1. Make the e-mail personal

Always include the name or alias of the e-mail recipient. If you want the e-mail to be even more personal include your real name in the e-mail as well.

 

  1. Watch your spelling and grammar

E-mail with spelling and other grammatical errors tells the reader it’s not that important. Always spell check, keep the below suggestions in mind, and proofread the e-mail before sending it out.

– Always use proper punctuation and capitalization.

– Never use shorthand or acronyms people don’t understand.

– Do not WRITE IN ALL CAPS; it gives the impression you’re YELLING.

 

  1. Use a clean signature

Signatures is an effective method of displaying your contact information at the bottom of e-mails. However, follow e-mail signature etiquette when creating a signature.

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5 incredible ways to experience the outdoors (Part B)

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  1. Croc Spotting

Home to the world’s biggest population of  wild crocodiles, there’s nowhere better than   the NT to take the family to spot a croc. See a  salty in its natural habitat on a boat tour of  Mary River Wetlands. 

 

  1. Cradle Mountain

You don’t have to hike up Cradle Mountain to have an epic Tassie adventure. There are a tonne of family-friendly trails at the base, including the fairy-tale-like Enchanted Walk. You don’t need a guide and can pack a picnic lunch to make it easy on the budget. Don’t forget a raincoat. 

 

  1. Mungo National Park

Mix history with an awe-inspiring landscape with a visit to Mungo National Park, NSW. Aboriginal people have been connected to this desert for 40,000 years and you can learn about its cultural significance on a tour with an Aboriginal ranger.

 

  1. Little Blue Lake

For a magical experience of another kind, make your way to Little Blue Lake on South Australia’s Limestone Coast for a swim in the sapphire sinkhole at Mount Schank. 

 

  1. Capilano Suspension Bridge

Every Aussie heading to Canada’s west coast has to visit Capilano Suspension Bridge Park at least once. It’s iconic, with seven suspended footbridges through a forest. A highlight is the environmentally sensitive and slightly unnerving Cliffwalk. It’s best suited to children from primary school age.

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