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Shakedown, Sunshine Coast

This week, we’re giving Australia’s stunning Sunshine Coast a good old-fashioned shaking down.

We’ll be taking you on a journey through all you could possibly need to know to prepare for a visit to this sun seeker’s dream: when to go; how to get there; what to see, and most importantly, where to catch those promised rays! Strap yourself in – we’re going Down Under!
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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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Shakedown, Wellington

What’s the capital of New Zealand? Auckland! Wrong. It’s Wellington, the country’s third largest city, and the subject of this week’s Shakedown. If you’ve visited the city, consider adding your experience to the conversation via the comments below.

Wellington is located at the south end of New Zealand’s North Island, appearing to be pooled at the foot of a rumpled hill range, with uninhibited views across the Cook Strait to the Kaikoura Range weighing down the South Island.

Wellington is famous for its wind: with mean speeds of 22 km/h, and almost half of days experiencing gusts greater than 60 km/h, earning the city its moniker of Windy Wellington.

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How does New Zealand taste?

I imagine New Zealand tastes slightly salty, yet wholesome and fulfilling. Like a bacon sandwich, made with crusty bread and the finest fillings. I was so curious about this theory, that I tried to find out.

Word came through that not one, not two, not three, not — this could get a little boring — four, not five, not six, not — you might want to skip this part — seven, not eight, not nine, not — I can’t believe you’re still reading this paragraph — ten, not eleven, but twelve STA Travel staffers have just returned from the South Island of New Zealand, the Land of the Long White Cloud.

STA Travel staffers ‘Taste’ New Zealand

So I challenged them, to summarise New Zealand in a series of senses. Today, I’m bringing you a round-up of five of the traveller’s flavoursome interpretations of the sense of ‘taste’.

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