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We’ll admit it. Travel technology is a huge crutch. Take, for instance, a smartphone. It knows where we are, where we’re going, and can find good stuff along the way. That is, when it works. Far away from home and with roaming fees and other international penalties, we usually just rely on hopping from WiFi spot to WiFi spot...or pull out a paper map.
Due to our reliance on the less-than-scale map from the Hertz rental car counter at the airport, this is where we found ourselves a few months ago while making our way across the Sunshine State in Australia.
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The majority of the US is gearing up to dive head first into fall as the temps start drop, dew blankets the morning grass, and turtlenecks and scarves come out of drawers. While some of us might be looking forward to pumpkin-spice flavored anything and the certain grand feast of Thanksgiving, there are destinations that don't even shudder at the turning of the calendar from September to October...and November and December.
If you just can't let go off your flip-flop tan-lines, here are some hot-spots that bask in the sun and heat all year round:
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Here at home we’ve always just assumed that there’s one and only Sunshine State—Florida. A quick Wikipedia search reveals that the nickname has also been used for New Mexico, California, and South Dakota, but we just guess those locations aren’t as good as marketing the fun and the sun.
Well upon our arrival down under we quickly learned there’s another Sunshine State, and now it's definitely our favorite—Queensland. We’re hardly experts on the region, as we pretty much limited our exploration to Far North Queensland and spots in and around Cairns. However, with the Great Barrier Reef just off shore and more national parks than one knows what to do with we can only assume the rest of the area only adds to the state’s awesomeness.
February marks the birthday month for Australia's most famous conservationist, Steve Irwin. There might be no better way to celebrate the life of the zoo-keeper than to head off to his very own zoo, aptly named, Australia Zoo.
Located about 60 minutes north of Brisbane, the 100-acre park was originally started by Steve's parents as solely a croc and reptile park. In 1992, Steve took ownership of the zoo and he escalated it to become one of the best zoos in the country, featuring a unique 'Crocoseum' for putting on demonstrations for visitors with live crocodile hand-feedings and a full animal show.
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In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.
The Little Thing: Queensland Rail's Cooktown Orchid spray in the overnight sleeper cabins.
Boarding a train with plans to share some stories with fellow travelers in the club car and then retire to your berth is super glamorous as it is, but when we walked into our cabin to find a delicate orchid spray in a bud vase, it put a smile on our face and added to air of retro travel glamor.
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Forewarning is fair warning. We gave ample notice for yesterday's astronomical event in Australia. Now, we can give you the low-down on the total solar eclipse that passed directly over the tropical town of Cairns.
Star gazers from all over the world flocked to the Aussie state called Queenslandironically known as the Sunshine Stateto view the phenomenon. The towns of Port Douglas and Cairns had the best vantage points to catch the precise moment the moon passed in front of the sun to block out its rays. The result? Imagine looking at everything through darkly tinted windows.
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The mercury is beginning to drop and autumn is right around the corner. At the same time, things are doing the opposite and heating up Down Under. Soon, the sun will be shining with the southern summer in Australia
We come to you now from the Gold Coast of said continent. The name of the specific city: Surfers Paradise. With beach after beach as far as the eye can see, we understand why it's considered the playground for the nation. Sun, sand and surf are some of the more popular attractions for the region, but nature walks, wineries and paragliding are all part of the fun.
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When a city is situated on a body of water, be it an ocean, lake or river, we can appreciate when it uses said body of water to form the city's identity. Take for instance, Brisbane. Brisbane River in this, Australia's third largest city, winds through the CBD and has become as much part of the city as the people that call it home. So why not set it on fire in a festival called Riverfire?
Although Brisbane has a sordid past with the river from various catastrophic floods through its history, the river is not actually set a-light. Part of a larger festival (aptly name Brisbane Festival), Riverfire celebrates the Brisbane River itself and acts as a grand finale for various celebrations throughout the city. The giant firework show that uses bridges, buildings and barges as its stage make for an awe-inspiring experience.
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Your attention please as you've got just under three months to plan where you'll be to enjoy the next total solar eclipse. This warning comes so early because it may just require some serious long-haul travel, considering that the best viewing area will be Down Under.
Now keep in mind that this sort of total solar eclipse visible from a city won't happen again until spring of 2016, and then you'll have to be in Indonesia. So here's the details you'll need to get going on trip planning:
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We admit to heading to the airport with a few minutes to spare so we can watch airplanes take off and land. Sometimes we get lucky and we spy a new aircraft of a foreign carrier or just one in a new paintjob. On a recent trip to the tropical island of Hamilton Island in Queensland, we took note of the proximity of the airport to...well, everything.
While chowing down on a seafood lunch, we watched a Boeing 737 so close we could practically see the whites of the passenger's eyes peering out. So naturally, we hopped in our golf cart there are no cars on the islandto get a closer look. This place sees some arrivals from Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar, with most flights arriving around the same time.
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Tucked away in the heart of sugar cane fields on a tropical island is a little gem for those preferring a jolt in the morning or a little buzz throughout the day. Yes, friendsit is coffee, and the place is called Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation.
The plantation, one of the largest down under, is located in a small rural town of Proserpine in north Queensland. While the majority of the land here is devoted to sugar cane fields, the founder of the plantation took a chance to grow coffee bushes and got lucky that the climate and soil was just right. The region is not best known for fields and fields of green leafy plants; it is considered the start of the Whitsunday Region which is the southern most point of the Great Barrier Reef. So, naturally, it's far better known for its ocean than its land.
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We've shown you the carriage of Queensland Rail's luxury train The Sunlander. We've even spoken about the destination on our recent culinary experience on board the train. Now, we highlight the dining options while we traveled; we hope you aren't hungry.
The theme of the tour, Masterclass Experience, revolved around food. DUH. More specifically, the focus fell on local produce from Queensland, a state that plays host to perfect climates for growing tropical fruits and vegetables, wide open spaces for beef cattle, and coastal waters for plenty of seafood.