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Experience Queensland at Its Best

Brisbane

Brisbane

The Land Down Under certainly offers countless explorations and possibilities, and Queensland is becoming particularly interesting to numerous globetrotters. Some of them are eager to see a whole different culture from the most distant part of the world whereas some others are searching for the adrenaline rush and different adventures related to the ocean. No matter what, Queensland is definitely a very desirable destination for anyone who cherishes exciting vacations and natural wonders. Here are some top destinations everyone should visit. Enjoy!

Brisbane

Being the third largest city in Australia, Brisbane indeed has very much to offer. Some of the top places are City Botanic Gardens and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, which is one of the top ten zoos in the world. As its name says, it features the largest number of koalas in the world. This zoo also offers tourists the option to be a “keeper for a day” – to take care of all the animals and interact with them. On the other hand, the City Botanic Gardens is the most amazing place to relax. Take a long walk and learn about its history, or just sit and relax in one of the garden’s shaded areas. For the best view of the city, visit Mount Coot-tha Lookout. It offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the whole city as far as Moreton Bay.

Gold Coast

Gold Coast

Gold Coast

Gold Coast and Surfers’ Paradise are known as true havens for surfers all over the globe. 70 magnificent kilometres of fabulous beaches, together with four point breaks, are the main reasons for that claim. These are appropriate for both beginners and professional surfers – there are limitless possibilities for everyone! If surfing is too extreme – try Zorbing! This activity consists of basically riding down a massive hill in a huge transparent ball, which is appropriate for kids as well.

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Being the largest living structure on Earth, the Great Barrier Reef can even be seen from outer space! It is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands, which make this structure very impressive. Its crystal clear waters and incredible diversity of sea life are the main reasons for numerous people from all over the globe to explore it. Scuba diving is definitely a must, simply because it allows visitors to see interesting underwater creatures and the rich sea life first-hand.

Noosa Biosphere

Noosa Biosphere

Noosa Biosphere

The hills and valleys that surround Noosa are just perfect place for a spiritual retreat in the Land Down Under. It offers unforgettable sunrises and sunsets, which contribute to the overall feeling of blessedness. Its diverse wildlife makes it perfect for a getaway from the everyday life, which largely contributes to mind, body, and spirit rejuvenation. Numerous spa treatments here are very refreshing and relaxing, and they will definitely pay off.

Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island

This fantastic island is best known for its exquisite beaches, and the best way to explore it is to go sailing and snorkelling on a catamaran. The gem of this island is certainly Whitehaven Beach, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is secluded and everyone will be stunned with the peaceful simplicity of this gorgeous place. White sand and a turquoise sea will make everyone feel at peace.

Harvey Bay

Harvey Bay

Harvey Bay

This place is certainly unique for one good reason – humpback whales come to it regularly to play and enjoy themselves! This is exactly why tourists love visiting it – such a fabulous experience should not be missed. Experience the marine life at its finest by booking a tour that seems the most interesting to you. Experienced guides will provide a breathtaking adventure by getting as close as possible to these marvelous creatures. Of course, what is very important, neither the whales nor the tourists will be in danger.

A trip to Queensland definitely means making memories that lasts a lifetime, everyone should know that. It is up to you to choose what type of destination you would like to explore. Queensland indeed has it all, and you will certainly not regret if you decide on visiting it.

By: Nicole Noel

Nicole Noel is an avid traveller. She enjoys discovering different cultures, exploring new things, and sharing her ideas with others. You can find her on twitter and FB.

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Australia: A Work Travel Experience Program

Working Hard Down Under

Diana Chowdhury of Alliance Abroad Group, ‘working’ hard to enjoy herself on the Great Barrier Reef

Normally, I’m happy to be over the age of thirty as the twenties sure were fun, but I have little desire to go back to the days when I had such self-doubt and concern over making a living and having a future. Alas, I have reached an age where I am much more zen and content, but when I read about a program like this… it makes me yearn for the days when I, too, could get a job Down Under and sail through my youth (or lounge on Bondi Beach). Ahhhh…

Alliance Abroad Group’s Work Experience Australia Program has just launched and we wanted you to be the first to know about this exciting new program for anyone under the age of 30 years old. Just in time for Summer 2012, this program is a perfect opportunity for hospitality and tourism professionals and young adults to have a guaranteed job placement while gaining international paid experience. The first of it’s kind to guaranteed jobs prior to leaving the U.S., you’ll meet with all of the employers and experience staff lifestyle first hand – familiarizing yourself with the working and social environment each employer has to offer.

Dancing with the locals

Dancing with the Aborigines. She sure is cute!

In partnership with Tourism Queensland, the Alliance Abroad Group (AAG), a 20-year-old cultural exchange organization, is expanding its offerings to the South Pacific. Launching this spring, AAG’s Work Experience Australia program offers American students and young professionals an opportunity to enrich their lives with a cultural exchange to gain valuable, paid work experience and international experience on the pristine beaches of the Great Barrier Reef.

This first-of-its-kind program guarantees participants a job placement in advance of their travels as well as travel insurance and assistance with visa paperwork, transportation and in-country needs while abroad. These components provide ease of mind to those participating as the place of work and wage will be secured before departure in addition to on-the-ground support throughout their stay. AAG actively recruits and pre-screens potential candidates nationwide and matches them to appropriate tourism and hospitality employers to ensure employment expectations are met on both sides – employer and employee.

Surf's Always Up for Aussies

Surf’s Always Up for Aussies and Those Who Love Them

One of the many participating employers in AAG’s Work Experience Australia program is Hamilton Island’s luxurious resort, qualia, considered one of the finest resort properties in the world. When not gaining invaluable professional experience with international clientele at four- and five-star resorts, students spend time experiencing the beauty and wonder that the magnificent Great Barrier Reef offers. Additionally, the tax refund students earn will likely provide enough monetary means to account for the program fee and airfare to Australia.

Profile of Work Experience Australia Candidate
• Students, recent grads and young professionals
• Under the age of 30 upon entry into Australia

Work Experience Australia Program Types
• Signature –train and work with world-class, award-wining hotels and resorts, learning from some of the finest in the industry.
• Horizons –for those who want to work in a variety of departments and get a full-picture of the industry with exposure to a number of facets of the hotel business.
• Specialist –enhance specialized skills for those who want to build upon a specific skill set such as massage therapy.

$2500 Program fee includes:
• Guaranteed Job Placement in Tourism/Hospitality (Paid on average $18 a hour)
• Facilitation in paperwork for Visa
• 24/7 support before, after and on the ground support while in Australia
• Travel Insurance
• Assistance finding housing, flights and support adjusting to the local culture

Time Frame:
• May, June, September 2012 departures
• 3 -6 month positions (with the option of two 6-month positions)
• Travel within the country for up to a total of 12 months

Example Job Description:

• Service attendant – island resort, Great Barrier Reef. Weekly Earnings: 38 hours+ @ $18.20 p/hr = $691.60 minus tax/housing/utilities = Net Pay $544 p/week. (a proportion of taxes are refundable upon after departure from Australia)

Apply here: http://australia.allianceabroad.com

Prepare for a Breathtaking Australian Solar Eclipse

Breathtaking Australian Solar Eclipse

Sometimes it happens that the perfect opportunity for a relaxing vacation coincides with a natural phenomenon to create an absolutely unforgettable trip. That will be the case for those fortunate enough to make it to Australia in November of 2012 for a viewing of a total solar eclipse. These marvels of nature occur once for a few minutes every couple of years and those who have seen them agree they are incredible.

Right now Eclipse Tours is offering a twelve, ten, and eight-day tour that will take travelers all over the continent and will culminate with an early morning trip on November 13 to see the total solar eclipse from the Northeastern beach, which is an absolutely gorgeous site to view the phenomenon.

Cairns Reef – Australia’s Northeastern Coast

While you’re in Australia, you should spend some time with the spectacular wildlife. The arid desert landscape of most of the country has forced much of the wildlife into close quarters, making it ideal for travelers who can’t spend more than a few days in the country. Of course, there are the iconic kangaroos which can be found on the country’s coat of arms and all over the outback. Koalas are also native to the country and, if you decide to embark on the Eclipse Tour, you’re almost guaranteed to see these furry creatures.  Koalas densely populate the coastal regions of the country and provide beach-goers with a lot of entertainment.  Just keep in mind: if you venture into Tasmania or Western Australia, don’t expect to see any of these little guys.

A wee little koala and her mama

71% of the freshwater marine life in Australia is endemic to the country. This means that if you get a chance to explore Lake Awoonga, Blue Lake or one of the country’s other freshwater lakes, you should take that chance. The Blue Lake in Mount Gambier, South Australia is a large monomictic lake located in an extinct volcanic maar associated with the Mount Gambier maar complex. Here, you’ll also be provided with rare opportunities to see species that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

Mount Gambier Blue Lake

Mount Gambier Blue Lake

Finally, you should spend some time on your trip soaking up the local flavor and communing with the people who know the country best. The tour ends in Sydney and that city’s Pyrmont Fish Market is a great place to get fresh sea food and chat with the locals to enrich your experience and enhance your knowledge.

Sydney Fish Market

So check it out: the Total Solar Eclipse Tour being offered by Eclipse Tours is a great way to create an unforgettable vacation that mixes the perfect amount of relaxation and interaction with nature.

Logan is a guest writer on the subject of travel, hiking and how to get a great deal on a jet charter when he’s not writing for the Blog Content Guild.

Natural Hotel Wonders of the World

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

Without a doubt, Machu Picchu is among man’s most awe-inspiring wonders, and the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge sits just outside the gates of this Inca citadel.  The hotel was originally built as lodging for the teams of archaeologists who flocked to the region after Hiram Bingham’s discovery of the ruins around 1910. It offers its guests the opportunity to explore this great site late in the evening and early in the day; this sacred place of ancient stones is illuminated by spectacular sunrises and mystical moonlit nights. Sit out on the terrace and savor Peruvian cuisine based on produce grown on the Lodge’s own plot. The hideaway is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the shadow of the Lost City. Rates start from a steep $925/night, single or double occupancy, but this spot is uber famous so what do you expect?  Booking code is L04.  www.LHW.com/machupicchusanctuary

Hayman Private Island Resort - Great Barrier Reef/Australasia

Hayman is a magnificent private island resort, nestled amid a tropical paradise in the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef – Australia’s national treasure and one of seven natural wonders of the world. A site of remarkable variety and beauty; it contains the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, with 400 types of coral and 1,500 species of fish. As Australasia’s most awarded luxury nature resort provides astonishing beauty and restorative peace. Rates include daily buffet breakfast, tax and service charge, and start from AUD 670/night, single or double occupancy. www.hayman.com.au

Royal Suite at the King George Palace

Travelers wanting to explore the remains of ancient Greece can’t find a better base than the King George Palace in Athens.  The hotel’s jaw-dropping views of the Acropolis cannot be surpassed.  From now until the end of the year, the hotel gets guests off on the right foot with its two-night Acropolis Museum Package, priced from EUR 280/night, single or double occupancy, which includes daily breakfast, an exclusive 1 ½ hour guided tour of the new Acropolis Museum, Wi-Fi access and entrance to the gym.  The offer is valid every day except Mondays, when the museum is closed.  There is a two-night minimum, and a one-night deposit is required at the time of the reservation.  Booking code is L16. www.LHW.com/kinggeorge

Victoria Falls Hotel

A stunning African wonder created by nature – Victoria Falls.  And since the grand Edwardian-era Victoria Falls Hotel is just a leisurely ten-minute stroll from this spectacular sight, there is no need for an elaborate package to enable guests to fully enjoy the majestic cascade.  The hotel’s Leading Suites offer, which is valid until December 31, 2011, and priced from USD 399 per night, single or double occupancy, is straightforward and includes a welcome box of Belgian chocolates (yummers!), buffet breakfast daily, dinner for two one evening, a gift from the general manager, a snack tray each evening, and tax.  Booking code is L06. www.LHW.com/victoria


Hot Travel Deal: Qantas to Australia for $380 R/T!!


We usually leave the last minute or cheap flights to the plethora of economy travel sites, but this one is for those in the know so we felt compelled to share the wealth. As a matter of fact, it’s so hot they’re running it for the next 48 hours only!

Starting…

NOW!

Seats on Qantas’ new flagship, the Airbus A380, went on sale today, ahead of the airline’s first A380 flight between Los Angeles and Melbourne on October 20, 2008. From Los Angeles to Sydney and Melbourne, 380 Economy seats on the new A380 aircraft are on sale for just $380 round-trip . Yes, that’s cheaper than going to New York!

This is a 48-hour fare sale for purchase and ticketing on June 16-17, 2008 (or until sold out). Tickets are valid for travel departing November 2 to December 8, 2008 on A380 flights only. Fares are valid to Sydney on QF 12 and returning on QF 11 (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday), and to Melbourne on QF 94 (Monday and Wednesday), returning on QF 93. Other restrictions apply.

The Qantas A380 will be configured with 450 seats – 14 individual First Suites, 72 in Business, 32 in Premium Economy cabin and 332 in Economy.

Qantas A380 features will include:

– completely redesigned First cabin, offering customers privacy and luxury in their own First Suite
– a fully-flat next generation Skybed and separate, dedicated lounge area in Business
– the airline’s Premium Economy cabin with extra wide Recaro seats
– new ergonomically designed Recaro seats and self-service refreshment bars in Economy
– on demand entertainment system with over 1000 entertainment options and onboard connectivity.

For reservations or information
Qantas Airways
Tel: 1-800-227-4500

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