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What do you know about Australia Day?

We caught up with real-life Aussie, Reuben Acciano, who works for STA Travel Down under, to get the run-down of his nation’s proudest public holiday, upcoming Australia Day. This is what he had to say…

If you’re lucky enough to be Down Under towards the end of January, you’re in for a treat: Australia’s national holiday — imaginatively titled Australia Day — falls on January 26th, during the most glorious month of our year.

Although the young nation (at just 223 years old) doesn’t commemorate the day with any odd/arcane traditions upheld over thousands of years, we certainly enter into celebrations with the exuberance and abandon the Brits have come to love (and sometimes loathe) about their colonial mates down south.

You might have to zip your lip about the convict gags on Australia Day, though. For one, they were British convicts. For another, us Aussies are a justifiably proud lot; passionate about our sport, but also sharing a genuine affection for our innovative, vibrant country, nurtured to prominence from a less-than-glorious kick-off.
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High Five… Sydney!

It’s big, it’s brash, it’s beautiful… it’s Sydney! Established in 1788, this city is not only home to two of Australia’s most iconic landmarks — the Harbour Bridge and Opera House — it’s also surrounded by some beautiful National Parks, and boasts an impressive stretch of coastline. What’s not to love?

Regularly voted one of the top ten cities to live, the capital of New South Wales is as schizophrenic as Fight Club’s Tyler Durden; whatever mood you’re in, Sydney will match it.
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Local’s Tips for Visiting Melbourne [Video]

Melbourne is one of the world’s most vibrant cities. I had the pleasure of living there for six months during a recent Working Holiday in Australia, so it doesn’t take long for me to succumb to the temptation to talk about life in and around the city.

This time, however, I threw it open to you.

A few weeks ago, I asked the STA Travel Facebook community to submit questions to three of STA Travel’s resident Melbournians: Gretel, Natalie, and Hien, about life in their home-town.

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Ask the Experts: Escaping the City

This week, our Ask the Experts panel have knocked noggins to answer a question from Natalie in Loughborough about her upcoming trip to Australia.

If you would like to follow suit, and pose a question to the panellists, email social [at] statravel [dot] co [dot] uk, and you might see your name up in lights over the coming weeks.

Also, if you have an opinion on today’s question, then lay it down in the comments below this post, and share your ideas with fellow travel fans.

Here’s this week’s question:

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What’s Our Melbourne Prize?

Stop what you’re doing, and clear your mind for a second. I need your undivided attention. I want you to take a breath, and imagine what it would feel like to win a holiday to Melbourne.

Imagine seeing this subject line in your inbox: “Congratulations! You’ve won our prize of a trip to Melbourne for you and a friend!”

Imagine calling up STA Travel, and shrieking like a banshee down the phone, “I won! I won! I’m going to Melbourne!”

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