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Top Festivals in Sydney and New South Wales!

We all know that there are more things to do on a regular day in Sydney and New South Wales than you can shake a didgeridoo at (and if you don’t know that already, get on it!), but the state is also home to some fabulous festivals.

Read on for 5 ways to pass the time when stunning beaches, unique eco-systems, brilliant breaks and the friendliest people on earth just aren’t enough for you.

Vivid 2014 – Image Credit Andrew Smith

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Fiji FAQ

Today’s blog comes from STA Travel’s Sarah Hickey who can be found either curing her wanderlust in various parts of the world, or wishing she was back in the backpacker bubble.

I went to Fiji on a wing and a prayer! I booked it a couple of days before and all I was expecting were desert islands, excellent snorkeling and blue skies. Even though I was right about all of these things, if I’d have known what else was on offer I would have been more prepared, and I may have had a more exciting experience. Here’s what I wish I’d known before I left.

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Your 60 Day Adventure Questions Answered


Good luck to everyone who entered, we’re reviewing the videos and Round 2 will open shortly!

Are you a repressed adventure junkie, idly playing with your camera phone at home and wishing that summer could last forever? Well, we might just be able to help with that…

So What Is It?

60 Day Adventure is one of those competitions that doesn’t come along every day, or even every year. It’s your opportunity to win an adventure in Sydney, Australia where you will live and tour around Sydney and New South Wales, try out a bunch of amazing activities and be an ambassador for everything Aussie for two whole months!

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5 Reasons You Need To Take The Great Aussie Detour

In 2013 Saxon Yuen gave up a job he loved to follow his dream. His latest adventure finds him on the highways and byways of Western Australia, and he thinks you should follow him there.

Here’s the thing about detours. When you travel with an open mind, they have this cheeky habit of becoming the main event.

While everyone else is on the well-worn path from A to B, you’re neck-deep in an adventure through C, D, E and beyond – all because you decided on a different path. And what made you decide? Maybe it was some chance conversation with that random guy at a party. Maybe you discovered a grainy, long-lost photograph behind the bookshelf like some archaeological prototype to Instagram. Who knows? Even your chance encounter with this very blog post could become the start of the greatest adventure you’ll ever know…

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5 reasons to visit the Cook Islands

When my fiancé and I were planning our pretty epic honeymoon back in 2013, it’s safe to say we didn’t have a clue what we were doing. We had 2.5 months and we knew we wanted to go to Australia and New Zealand. But that was it. So we decided to speak with one of STA’s Travel Experts (hi, Adam at London Victoria!).

Turned out for the price of a return to Auckland via Melbourne, we could get a Round the World ticket and head home via LA. Score. Then came the suggestion that made our honeymoon: “Air New Zealand do a twice weekly flight from Auckland to Rarotonga and on to LA – you guys could spend a week in the Cook Islands”.

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