Category: Travel

5 Summer Vacation Ideas for Families

Natalie Di Paola The summer holidays are a great time for families to kick back and spend some quality time together. Here are five holiday options that can be enjoyed right here in Australia. 1. Gold Coast, Queensland It’s almost a tradition among Aussie families to visit the Gold Coast at least once. The whole family will love visiting all the theme parks – MovieWorld, SeaWorld, Wet ‘n’ Wild, Dreamworld and WhiteWater World – and enjoying the fun rides and attractions. Stay in a hotel near the beach and soak up the sun on days that are not spent...

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VOLUNTEERING OVERSEAS: Rise in ‘voluntourism’ industry leads to a culture of exploitation

Tina Wu Despite the fact that many Australians are taking part in volunteering overseas, it is becoming increasingly more risky to do so ethically. Known as “voluntourism”, this particular activity has become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly for Australian students. Approximately 15 per cent of high schools provide volunteer trips overseas in Victoria and the ACT. Research by ReThink Orphanages also found that 14 per cent of Australian schools were associated with an orphanage program in 2016. Although voluntourism isn’t new, this phenomenon has grown exponentially in recent years for young people wanting to take gap years abroad...

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Visit Marrakesh

Brooke Fryer The fast paced city of Marrakesh welcomes a wide range of diversity into its chaotic yet orderly streets. The city is crammed with clay-pastel washed buildings formed to create endless mazes of souqs, food stalls and spice markets. Each turn holds temptations for tourists to wander further into the depths of the Medina. Whether you are intrigued by hundreds of lanterns lining a string of markets, or hand woven carpets, Marrakesh is not just a hot spot for Europeans craving African heat, but for all travellers alike. The ideal time to travel to the thriving city of...

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Catriona Rowntree: Australia’s Most Travelled Woman

Hanna Moore “I was on the road for about 42 weeks of the year, and loving every minute of it.” Born on Sydney’s North Shore, Catriona Rowntree still calls East Lindfield home. But after 21 years (and counting) on the hit travel show Getaway, Catriona now spends most of her time in the peaceful surrounds of rural Victoria with her husband and two children. That is, of course, when Catriona isn’t out on the road, discovering the best places the world has to offer. When cracking into the challenging media industry all those years ago, it was the warmth...

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Discover South Africa

Discover South Africa Hanna Moore South Africa provides a fascinating mix of experiences for the eager traveller, from up-close wildlife adventures, to pristine coasts and thriving cities, this destination has it all. The high season (Nov-March) is generally the busiest time. However, for optimum wildlife watching conditions, and perhaps fewer tourists, the best time to go is from April-May and September-October. This is when the summer weather has begun to ease and the flights are often cheaper, with the most expensive being during peak period. It’s also often cheaper to fly via Johannesburg when travelling anywhere else in South...

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