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3 ways to get close to Rotorua’s volcanoes

Rotorua is one of the most romantic places on Earth, and when you visit it’s easy to see why. Set on the edge of Lake Taupo on New Zealand’s North Island, one of the main reasons people visit Rotorua is for its amazing geothermic landscapes. Vast lakes, incredible thermal pools and hot springs are interspersed with towering mountains and impressive volcanoes, including some which are still active..

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Important tips and advice for first-time visitors to China

There is so much more to China than meets the eye, especially for those visiting China for the first time. For every bustling city like Beijing and Shanghai with their skyscraper skylines and millions of inhabitants; there are peaceful rice paddies, snow-topped mountains and even desert in other areas of the country. Add to that ancient history, rich cultural heritage and a cuisine unlike any othe..

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Three reasons to visit the Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is often one of those places talked about as somewhere you should definitely visit at least once in your lifetime, but why visit the Great Barrier Reef? Whether it’s the amazing sights of the blue waters and colourful coral or an unforgettable marine adventure you’re after, there are plenty of reasons to visit the Great Barrier Reef.   (more…)..

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Native Australian mammals you need to see during your time Down Under

One of the main reasons that people visit Australia is for its unrivalled natural scenery, as well as the diversity of wildlife that call these amazing landscapes home. Australia’s unmissable wildlife ranges from the dingoes of the desert to the colourful fish of the Great Barrier Reef, and of course the trademark Australian animals: kangaroos and koalas.   In this article we’ll be taking you..

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Six of Adelaide’s most amazing attractions

Compact in size yet bursting with a variety of attractions to suit all tastes, Adelaide is one of the best Australian cities to visit, offering excellent cultural attractions, shopping, vineyards and natural landscapes in the surrounding area. The coastal and cosmopolitan capital of South Australia, there are a whole host of brilliant things to do in Adelaide. Here are just some of the best Adelai..

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5 of the best places to visit in Australia for nature lovers

Alongside the whole wealth of experiences and things to do, another reason why several people flock down under is to explore its unique natural habitats and take in its incredible natural landscapes. Much of the nature and wildlife in Australia cannot be seen anywhere else, which makes it a must-visit for lovers of the natural world.   If you’re a nature lover, take a look at just a few of th..

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5 breathtaking panoramic sceneries to enjoy by train in New Zealand

Covering hundreds of miles of beautiful rolling scenery and offering relaxing comfort as you gently cruise along, New Zealand rail journeys are one of the best ways to see the country and enjoy the variety of stunning landscapes in a short period of time.   New Zealand train trips range from rides aboard heritage steam trains to coastal railways and scenic train rides past mountains, lakes an..

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Rotorua: one of the most romantic places in New Zealand

The beautiful area of Rotorua, incorporating lakes, pools, hot springs and traditional towns, is one of New Zealand’s most romantic destinations, and should be on everyone’s list when exploring North Island. Hundreds of sulphurous pools, a trademark of the area, decorate the landscape, although they also play a role in Rotorua’s distinctive smell. The sulphurous smell is a by-product of the area’s..

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What to pack for Australia

Packing for your travels is perhaps the most difficult part of any holiday, with packing for Australia being especially difficult due to the varying climates across the country. If you’re travelling around Australia on an extensive Australia tour to see all of the sights, you’ll need to think of everything from swimwear for a sunny beach day to a raincoat for those days out in the rainforest...

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6 great reasons why you should visit Australia

Australia is a must-visit at least once in your lifetime. It’s a bold statement we know, but Australia is a country you can – and will – fall in love with. Here are just some of the many reasons why you should visit Australia:   (more…)..

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