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Covid-19 WA: Hard border critics include senior heath experts and Qantas

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Mr. McGowan scrapped the February 5 date, citing the surge of cases in the eastern states and suggesting parents needed more time to vaccinate their children, while others required more time to get their booster shot. Australian Medical Association president Omar Khorshid said on Monday that the border was never going to protect WA from Omicron forever. “Relying on it as the main strategy now is...

Australia Day public holiday: How to be an Indigenous ally on January 26

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More and more Australians are recognizing that celebrating Australia Day on January 26 is problematic. But our leaders are not yet on the same page, which means there will still be a public holiday on that date this year. The good news is, spending the day respectfully does not mean you have to sit at home on your own and wait for the hours to pass. How you should and shouldn’t spend the public...

Norfolk Island: Why it is the best Pacific Island for Australian travellers

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Les Quintal is shimmying around the bar – his bar – with a parade of mature lady partners, all clearly delighted to find themselves tipsy-dancing in the sunshine on this very remote, very beautiful Pacific island. It’s Sunday afternoon and Les and Pip Quintal’s Norfolk Island yard is packed with people, vehicles and umbrella-shaded tables. There’s a local band doing decent covers. The vibe is...

Royal Botanical Garden: Ghosts and mysteries at Sydney landmark

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On a day of blue skies, with the sun streaming down, Sydney’s Royal Botanical Garden is blissfully serene as it bustles with joggers, picnickers, and amblers. But those who have spent longer in its 26 hectares suspect something darker may lurk among the rare plants and heritage buildings. “I don’t love being here by myself,” a Royal Botanical Garden (RBG) staff member says of 1856 built Rathborne...

Camp Island: Queensland private Island you can stay on for $225 a night

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Family holidays get tricky when the kids stopping being kids. It happens fast. All of a sudden your tottering toddlers have phones and jobs and ideas of their own. One day you wake up and the little butterball who once rode on your shoulders is wearing your shoes and planning to drive across the Nullarbor. You realise family holidays are on a time limit. And the time to take them is now. Which is...

Tim Ross names Tasmania’s best Airbnbs and hotels for design lovers

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Comedian and architecture enthusiast Tim Ross treasures time in Tassie. I love Hobart. There’s something about the crisp air and the water. It’s always been a fabulous place to visit, but it’s really finding itself in the sweet spot in terms of a place to get great food, and there are plenty of amazing places to stay. I find my love for places through their natural beauty and architecture. Layers...

Glenelg Beach tops list as best city beach in Australia

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The summer holidays can be a glorious time in the city – a time when everyone clears out in pursuit of holiday hot spots; bags packed, boots loaded and camping gear prepped for its annual adventure. What’s left is a sense of calm in what is otherwise a bustling urban metropolis.  Without the rush hour and school-run traffic, getting to one of the city beaches for the morning and back to your...

Australia’s best indigenous art show is on at the Art Gallery of South Australia

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I’ve got the show to blow away that 2022 pessimism. One of my all-time favourites is on right now in Adelaide and there’s only a week left to see it. Tarnanthi 2021, at Art Gallery of South Australia until January 30, under the artistic direction of national treasure Nici Cumpston, is – in my opinion – the best annual survey of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. The title –...

Tasmania: Best places to visit on a road trip in 2022

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After I-can’t-remember-how-many false starts in 2021, I finally made it to Tasmania this year. As soon as the border reopened in December I dusted off my plans and booked a visit. Never give up. That’s my motto. Travel in the Covid era’s not impossible. It just requires precision timing. After I-can’t-remember-how-many-false-starts in 2021, I finally made it to Tasmania this year. As soon as the...

Aussies face holiday nightmare by contracting Covid-19 overseas

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A Sydney family has joined the growing list of Australians abroad essentially trapped in paradise after testing positive to Covid-19 before their flight home. Ivan Kules, his niece, and his mother-in-law are currently stuck in Fiji after the trio caught Covid-19 while on holiday. Now stuck in the country and unable to board a plane until they’re able to test negative, Mr. Kules said they are in a...

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