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Hey Friends! I know I've been MIA, but that's just because I've been having so much fun in Australia! Two weekends ago I was able to go to Port Stephens for the day. With all that Port Stephens has to offer, I knew it was going to be a ... read more
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Hello again! I've officially been in this beautiful country for a month now and I have to say, the time is going too fast. I'm enjoying myself so much here that even thinking about this process being close to half way over makes me quite sad. However, I'm still exploring ... read more
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Blue Mountains My name is Maggie and I will be interning for Colourful Trips for the next 3 months. When I first arrived in Sydney, Australia, I simply couldn't get enough. Walking outside to 70 degrees Fahrenheit was a pleasant change from the 2 degrees Fahrenheit Chicago was experiencing ... read more
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Last weekend I had a great time with my friend in Melbourne. Saturday we went to Phillip Island. Our first stop was at Moonlit Sanctuary, which is a Wildlife Conservation Park. We learned a lot about the Australian animals. It was possible to hand feed the kangaroos and wallabies. In ... read more
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Yesterday I went surfing with Mojosurf for the first time in my life. Learning how to surf was something on my bucket list that I wanted to do in Australia. We went to Ocean Beach, 1.5 hours away from Sydney. It was a beautiful sunny day and the waves were ... read more
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Last Monday I went togheter with two friends to Australia Zoo, Home of The Crocodile Hunter. It was a beautiful sunny day. We saw a lot of Australian animals and I had a koala encounter. That was really amazing to experience. The koalas are so cute and very photogenic. In ... read more
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Last weekend my friend and I went to Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world and one of the only places in the world where rainforest grows in sand. Fraser Island is over 120 kilometres long and over 25 kilometres across at its widest point. First we had ... read more
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The whale-watching season has arrived. Last weekend I joined a small group on a trip to Port Stephens. First we arrived at Anna Bay, where we went sandboarding. Anna Bay has the largest sand dunes in New South Wales. Stretching 32 kilometres and covering an area of 2,500 hectares. The ... read more
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Last weekend I went to Canberra, what a beautiful city! It was a nice day with a blue sky. First we went to Parliament House where the driver guide showed us around. On the rooftop we took some beautiful pictures. After the Parliament House we drove around the consulates and ... read more
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I am almost one month in Australia and I have done a lot. Sydney is really an amazing city! In my second week I went to the Blue Mountains! The first stop was at Featherdale Wildlife Park, here you can get close and personal with Australian animals. After the Featherdale ... read more
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Hi, my name is Larissa, the new intern at Colourful Trips. I started on Monday 12 May and I will be working untill Friday 22 August. I am from The Netherlands and I study International Tourism Management in Amsterdam. My passion is travelling; I hope to see the whole world! ... read more
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Whale-watching season has officially arrived and a couple of weeks back the the first migrating Humpback Whale was spotted frolicking off the coast of Narooma. Here's a link to the local newspaper that reported it: http://www.naroomanewsonline.com.au/story/2238229/first-whales-of-the-season-spotted-at-narooma/. The location is Narooma which is about a 5-hour drive south of Sydney. The ... read more
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Tasting wine is something I’m not too familiar with. That’s why it was well worth to go on the day trip with Colourful Trips to learn various local and international wines! At the first winery, named Mount Pleasant, we learnt how to drink wine from a professional. Once I found ... read more
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Sunshine, white sand beaches and watching dolphins…it sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? Last weekend I went to Jervis Bay with a group of 19 and a very funny tour guide, Ronnie! Our journey begun with an impressive look out, over the Wollongong coastline. Back on the road again we ... read more
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Hi, I’m Dirk van Oosten the new intern at Colourful Trips and I’m studying International Tourism Management. When travelling is your passion and you get the opportunity to go abroad for your tourism study, it's hard to say, "No"! Not even a week in in Sydney and I was off ... read more
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G'day mates! Now it's happening what I tried to suppress all the time: It's my last day in the office. I really don't know how time can pass so fast. It feels as if it was yesterday when I arrived in Sydney and my first impression was: WOW, this is ... read more
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Time is passing so fast... I can't believe it's only 8 days until my internship finishes and I'm starting my month of travelling along the east coast. Where as the time gone?! I don't even want to think about leaving Sydney so soon. I prefer telling you about my last ... read more
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After a long time skyping with my family and friends at home in Germany, ...finally my cousin and her boyfriend arrived and we spent a nice time together in Sydney. I was taking them to all my favourite places in this beautiful city. It made me feel like a real ... read more
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Pancakes on the Rocks - heaven on earth or devil's delight?! I'd say it's both because this amazing restaurant hightened all of my senses. I know it's kind of odd writing a blog post about food, but I think everyone who comes to Australia should try these delicious pancakes and ... read more
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This weekend was absolutely fabulous! Let me begin on Thursday, the day before my 25th birthday... When I arrived at the office in the morning, my lovely colleague and friend Danii surprised me with a delicious chocolate cake and a decorated office. We celebrated an early birthday and ate lots ... read more
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As you can see in the collage below, I had an amazing time on the Jenolan Caves trip last Saturday. Unfortunately, it was raining during the day, but in my opinion it always depends on the view you have; If you bring your own sunshine and you're keen on having ... read more
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While thinking about my plans for last weekend, I came to the decision that it's about time to join another Colourful Trip and it was definitely a great decision! I joined the new South Coast & Royal National Park trip and words can't even explain how amazing this day was! ... read more
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My last weekend was fantastic! Danii (who also works for Colourful Trips) inivted me to do a road trip on Saturday morning. After putting fuel in the car, she switched on the navigation system and just started driving down the south coast of NSW. We didn't plan where to go ... read more
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..is not as bad as you may think! Most people are dreaming or thinking about going somewhere but they often fail to put a plan into action because there's someone missing who could join them. It's so hard to find a friend who is available and got enough money at ... read more
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Happy New Year dudes and dudettes! I hope you had a great night and a good start into 2013! I'm back from my trip to Byron Bay and I can tell you I had heaps of fun at the surf camp! I'm so proud of myself because I was able ... read more
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With 5 days til Christmas, it's time to tidy up my desk, put out the paper bin and shut the windows. But before I close the door behind me and jump on the bus to Byron Bay, I'd like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New ... read more
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I believe most Europeans spending their time in Australia over Christmas are thinking: What's going on? Where is the snow? Where are the Christmas cookies, the Christmas markets and all the nice decorations? It doesn't feel like Christmas at all! I can't believe my parents are telling me that they're ... read more
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What's wrong with the Australian Sunscreen? I spent the whole weekend outside because of the beautiful weather and I got totally sunburnt! I know that my German skin needs to get used to the Australian sun but I've been to many countries with hot weather and I never had a ... read more
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For those who want to have a look around Sydney or get to know their hometown a little bit better, a nice thing to do at the weekend is to join a Free Walking Tour in Sydney. I joined it last Saturday and had a really nice and knowledgeable guide ... read more
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The Ozzies and The Melbourne Cup - I never could imagine how strong people can be into horse races and bets. Like most of all other inhabitants of this continent my colleagues stopped working last Tuesday for a short time to go out to watch The Melbourne Cup. I ... read more
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This weekend I joined a small group on the trip to Jervis Bay. We started the day by playing frisbee at the beach and relaxing in the sun. We then jumped on board the dolphin watching cruise and the journey began. We saw many dolphins swimming around our boat and ... read more
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I'm so lucky. After weeks of searching and despairing I've finally found an apartment in the heart of Sydney. In a 3 bedroom apartment I'll be sharing one bedroom (has its own bathroom) with 3 other girls. I'm happy to finally have a place to call "home". Altogether there are ... read more
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I started my weekend by walking out of the door early Saturday morning without a plan or even a map. The weather was nice and during the day I went to several beautiful places including Hyde Park and Darling Harbour. I find the best way to have a look around ... read more
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Finding accommodation in Sydney is like finding water in a desert! Before I came to Australia I was already searching for a shared room but couldn't find one. I thought I didn't have to worry because it will be easier to find a place when I'm here. Now I've found ... read more
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Hello Everyone! We have a lovely new intern, Sarah who has started with us here at Colourful Trips and she will be our blogger for the next six months. Hi, my name's Sarah and I'm from Germany. I studied Hotel & Tourism Management and now I've joined the Colourful Trips ... read more
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Well here's some good news. Starting in 2013 university graduates will be eligible for Australian work visas regardless of their field of study. Graduates with a bachelor degree, a master’s degree or a doctorate will be allowed to stay and work in Australia for two years, three years or four ... read more
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Now the snow is here let's watch the most amazing race winner of one of Australia's gold medals won at The Salt Lake Winter Olympics 2002. Just goes to show you why you can always win, no matter the odds.  read more
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It's a quiet time over winter for tourism so until the weather warms up again in September, this Saturday 23 June, is our last day trip for the South Coast Beaches & Boomerang tour. It's also discounted from $115 concession to only $105 so with only three places left here's ... read more
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Being brought up near the NSW town of Wagga Wagga meant playing all the traditional Aussie footy codes of Aussie Rules*, rugby and rugby league. All three are great sports and blindly following only one of these games means you miss out on seeing and appreciating great athletes perform in ... read more
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OK, so what's this about? Well rather than go into a long explanation the best thing you can do is make your way to a local pub anywhere tonight and this game of rugby league will be showing on the big screens everywhere. It's arguably the toughest game of sport ... read more
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Here's the chance for those of you who are missing home to see films from your country on the big screen. Or a chance to show your friends what's great about your film industry. Or just an excuse to get out and be part of this BIG event - The ... read more
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This is the latest ad to be brought out by Tourism Australia which will be shown in the US, Europe and China. What do you think about it? read more
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Seems like people need some enticing to get them out from under the doona, away from the heater and out the door on an adventure! So this month we're offering $10 off every Sydney Weekend Day Trip. So with that extra $10 in your pocket what could that buy you ... read more
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