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Velothon Sunshine Coast (Queensland) 2017

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© Beardy McBeard

Entries are open for the Velothon Sunshine Coast which will be held from 13th to 16th July 2017 in Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Velothon is a rapidly growing global event series that is already successful in Germany, Wales, Sweden and Canada.

A mass-participation cycling event in and around the stunning Sunshine Coast hinterland and coastal roads, Velothon Sunshine Coast brings the Gran Fondo experience to riders! The course offers dream riding conditions with the perfect mix of sprints, hills, flats and distances.

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Affordable Ways To Travel To The World’s Most Expensive Places

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Is your travel bucket list filled with spots like Iceland, France, and Hawaii? While the costs fluctuate due to exchange rates, here are some tips to get the most bang out of your buck in these destinations.

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Travelling to Aus? Watch out for fake AUD100 & AUD50 notes

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While Australia is largely considered a cashless society, there have been news of fake AU$100 and AU$50 notes in circulation. While it’s rare to spend large notes on the ground while travelling, chances are that travellers may come across them at money changers. In December 2016, there’s been a surge in circulation of these notes, particularly the AU$100.

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Need ideas for next year’s Valentine’s Day?

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While romance can often bloom in the most unlikely of places, here are some locations that may be ideal to spend that quality time together.

 

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Jan/Feb 2017 Issue Out Now!

cover65Our Journeys Issue is out!

It’s the beginning of the year, and a great time to start planning those trips before dates get filled up.

This issue, we feature all sorts of journeys – from exploring wine trails in Portugal, to rail sojourns in Alaska, and driving trips in Queensland/NSW to take in its landscape. No matter where you head, there’s always a good reason to slow down and take it all in.

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Travel Destinations Based on Feng Shui Elements

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With Chinese New Year comes the re-emergence of frenzied zodiac readings and auspicious Feng Shui guides for luck and happiness. Looking to travel to get away from it all? Why not match your destinations to Chinese elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Wood, and Metal) – who knows, it may bring some good luck!

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Cocos Keeling Island – Indian Ocean Getaway

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Text by Deborah Dickson-Smith

Christmas Island’s closest Indian Ocean neighbour, the Cocos Keeling Islands, lie just 1,000km to the west, and were likewise settled to be exploited rather than admired for the natural tropical paradise it is now.

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Tasmania Will Remain Pristine

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By Jethro Wegener

The Tasmanian and Australian governments have abandoned their plans to allow logging in the UNESCO World Heritage listed Great Tasmanian Forest. Covering an area of over a million hectares, it is one of the last stretches of temperate rainforest in the world. Evidence found in limestone caves there suggests that humans have inhabited the area for more than 20,000 years. And obviously, commercial logging would have destroyed what is now one of the last remaining pieces of wilderness of its kind in the world.

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Christmas Island’s Case of Crabs

It’s either the most amazing or the creepiest of scenes – millions of tiny clawed creatures scuttling across the entire ground as they make their way from the forests to the ocean, much like a carpet of red zombies that will stop at nothing to reach their goal. They will scurry across roads, patios, your foot, and anything that comes in their way – you can hear the pincers of this little red army scrape across the floor as they march.

The mighty red army

Whichever way you look at it, the great annual Red Crab migration on Christmas Island is definitely breathtaking and has to be seen to be believed. The migration happens at the onset of the wet season (usually somewhere between October and December) each year in synchronisation with the cycle of the moon. The main goal for this teeming mass is, of course, to have sex. Normally dormant in their burrows in the forest for most of the year, the rain acts as a wake-up call (or an aphrodisiac) and turns these crabs into soldiers of love.

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It’s not that you don’t see the crabs in the dry season – they’re pretty prolific all over the island. Whether you’re hiking in the jungle, chilling out on your beach-front patio or playing a round of golf, the crabs are always there. It’s just that during rainy season, their population simply explodes.

In an instant, the jungle floor, roads, patios and the golf course all become a carpet of red. Instead of being extras at a B-grade zombie movie, they’re instantly elevated to movie-star status. There is a penalty stroke should your golf ball accidentally hit one. The school bus stops short of the school to avoid the migrating mass. Even classrooms have to have specially-designed crab boards to stop the them marching right on under the doors and filling up the classrooms. Roads have to be diverted and crab bridges have to be built specially for them.

Crab Mating
The mating scene is simple – both male and female crabs dip just briefly in the ocean and then mate in newly-dug burrows. After that, the exhausted males will return to the jungle and the females stay along the shoreline, with their eggs stuffed in a pouch under their carapace. In between the tides, the females will raise their claws to the sky and give a pelvic shake – as if to say ‘I’ve scored!’ – and wiggle out globs of eggs into the water until it turns into some sort of egg soup.

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After about a month in the ocean, the surviving hatchlings (most will be eaten or swept away by ocean currents) gather in pools close to the shore where they grow into baby crabs. These 5mm critters will then march inland into the jungle to mature for about 4-5 years, and then crawl out of their burrows to repeat the performance of their parents.