Australia Travel & Recreation
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH122 forced to make emergency landing in Alice Springs
Traveller arrested at airport for wearing too many clothes
Three words you’ll never hear a Disney theme park worker say
How you can turn your food waste into homemade cooking gas
The extreme heat in Australia is causing bats' brains to fry
Dozens of countries now tax sugary drinks but sweet-toothed Australia isn't interested
Bats' brains boil in Australia heatwave
More Australians travelling overseas, as China tourism boom continues
2018-01-19 10:18:11 Australians travelling overseas, as China tourism boom continues The international departure gates were busy over the past year, with more tourists travelling to and from Australia. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released overseas arrival and departure figures for November, providing an insight into where Australians are heading on holiday and who is making the journey Down Under from overseas. A total of 10   Read More ...
Marco Pierre White puts Perth on the menu for Good Food Month
2018-01-19 09:12:46 He was the youngest chef ever to be awarded three Michelin stars - and even rarer he handed them back. Marco Pierre White is a celebrity chef who does things his own way, proving his cooking skills are as sharp as his tongue on Australian Masterchef and Hell's Kitchen,while keeping a hand in some of the world's best restaurants. And he's about to come down under to celebrate the fourth edition of Perth's Good Food Month presented by Citi, teaming up with legendary Aussie chef Neil Perry and a galaxy of local talents like Wildflower's Jed Gerrard   Read More ...
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH122 forced to make emergency landing in Alice Springs
2018-01-19 06:14:01 Passengers have spent the night in Alice Springs after their Malaysia Airlines flight from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur was forced to divert due to engine trouble. Those on board described hearing a loud noise when flight MH-122 was nearing the West Australian coastline, forcing the plane to turn around. TERRIFIED passengers on-board the Malaysia Airlines flight that was forced to make an emergency landing at Alice Springs were told to “brace for impact” and thought they were about to die   Read More ...
Woman ‘humiliated’ by hotel owner’s rant
2018-01-18 05:05:10 WHEN social media “influencer” Elle Darby asked a hotel owner for a free stay, she never expected the public humiliation that followed. A blogger has shared her horror at a hotel owner's public response to her request of a free hotel stay. CREDIT: Youtube/Elle Darby. WE ALL love a good freebie, but this social media influencer picked the wrong hotel owner to try her luck with   Read More ...
Tourist vandalism sparks outrage in Thailand
2018-01-18 03:35:01 On the weekend, a couple was spotted spraying graffiti on a wall in Ko Lanta, a sleepy island district east of Phuket, the reports. Photos of the wannabe street artists caught in the act were uploaded on Facebook, although they still remain unidentified, reports Next Shark. Social-media users are outraged, with one Facebook user writing, “I think everyone should know what these people have been doing to this lovely island   Read More ...
Kings Park segway tours take off with tourists ready to roll
2018-01-17 09:13:31 Segway tours offered for visitors to Perth's iconic Kings Park are ready to roll. Promising a "boost for tourism", the tours were announced by Tourism Minister Paul Papalia and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson on Wednesday. A two-year trial will be run by Segway Tours WA, which has conducted tours for 30,000 tourists in Perth, Fremantle and Rottnest Island since launching in 2013   Read More ...
‘The best flight I’ve ever had’
2018-01-17 05:44:42 This high praise comes from computer giant Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich after hopping on board a new aircraft with a difference, called the Volocopter. The unique-looking aircraft is one of the world’s first passenger drones to take to the skies. It can be operated by a pilot or fly on its own, has a joystick and runs completely on electricity. The immediate benefits of the Volocopter are striking: Bye-bye turbulence, annoying fellow flyers and airport queues   Read More ...
Traveller arrested at airport for wearing too many clothes
2018-01-16 09:05:13 IN A bid to avoid an excess baggage fee on a flight to the United Kingdom, this man put on eight pairs of pants and 10 shirts. It didn’t end well. A MAN travelling from Iceland to England was arrested at Iceland Keflavík International Airport for attempting to avoid an excess luggage fee by wearing eight pairs of pants and 10 shirts   Read More ...
Country’s bold plan to get out of economic chaos
2018-01-16 05:04:19 But after two decades of corruption, civil unrest and rampant crime — and the tumbling price of oil — Venezuela is on the brink of collapse. The situation is dire. The Venezuelan bolivar is so worthless people have started to trade with meat. People in the capital, Caracas, are so poor they’ve started to scavenge in the city’s filthy rivers. Supplies are so scarce, mothers can’t find nappies for their babies   Read More ...
Three words you’ll never hear a Disney theme park worker say
2018-01-15 12:10:19 JUST when we thought we’d heard all the juicy secrets, another former employee has lifted the lid on what it’s really like working at the Happiest Place on Earth. A mom in San Jose, California, was given tickets to Disneyland by her daughter for Christmas following a tough 2017 for the family. Twitter user and San Jose resident @FifthJauregui_ treated her mom to Disneyland passes after her mom “had the hardest year of her life”   Read More ...
Operation Escargot: Belgian train driver admits intentionally delaying trains in a bid to get fired
2018-01-15 09:06:09 Sydney Commuters may struggle to get to and from work again today as staffing issues continue for the city's train network. TRAIN delays are frustrating at the best of times — but finding out they were being caused intentionally would be enough to make any commuter see red. But that’s exactly what has been happening in Belgium recently following a workplace dispute between train drivers and the country’s state-owned rail company, SCNB   Read More ...
Holidaying family loses $16,000 in Airbnb scam
2018-01-15 05:04:56 A FAMILY paid $16,000 for an Airbnb rental only to arrive at the doorstep with their suitcases to discover the listing was fake.   Read More ...
The other Underground: London’s eerie subterranean Mail Rail
2018-01-14 18:34:24 Every day, up to five million people — commuters and visitors alike — crowd onto its surprisingly small trains, navigating their way around the UK capital. The Tube’s network of tunnels creates a dense, spaghetti-like web beneath the traffic-choked streets. But, there is another, altogether more mysterious network of tunnels under central London. Away from prying eyes, this parallel underground system was never intended for commuters   Read More ...
Passenger jet skids off runway in Trabzon, Turkey to stop on a cliff just metres above the ocean
2018-01-14 14:04:42 The Pegasus Airlines flight had taken off smoothly from the capital Ankara and landed in Trabzon, but skidded off the runway in the northern airport. No one was injured or killed in the landing. Dramatic images from CNN Turk broadcaster showed the plane dangerously hanging off a cliff several metres from the Black Sea, its wheels stuck in mud. Pegasus Airlines confirmed in a statement on Sunday there were no injuries among the 162 passengers on-board as well as two pilots and four cabin crew after they were evacuated   Read More ...
Norway pokes fun at Australia's travel warning of polar bear attacks on tourists
2018-01-13 06:10:15 Official Australian travel advice warning of "polar bear attacks" in Norway has been mocked by the Scandinavian country's Foreign Ministry in online posts. Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs took to Twitter to poke fun at a Smartraveller update which suggested Aussie tourists could be hurt by the animals. "Thank you Australia for your concern. We can assure you that in mainland Norway all polar bears are stuffed and poses only limited risk," the Norwegian Foreign Ministry   Read More ...
California's green rush as recreational marijuana use becomes legal
2018-01-13 05:38:25 Across the bay from San Francisco, the smell of melted chocolate wafts through former Apple manager Eric Eslao's warehouse in an industrial pocket in Oakland known as the "green zone". Workers are churning coffee beans through glistening liquid chocolate and stacking matte black packages with gold labels and embossed font that read: Defonce. "We wanted something that felt high-end," says Eslao, who left his plum Silicon Valley job three years ago to become a high-end cannabis chocolatier   Read More ...
‘Super juvenile racist trash’: Restaurant slammed for their ‘racist’ menu
2018-01-12 12:08:32 A copy of the menu from Asian fusion restaurant Bamboozle, owned by restaurateur Phillip Kraal, was posted to Twitter on Tuesday and slammed as “juvenile racist trash”. Ho lee phuk, the menu for Bamboozle restaurant in Chch is some super juvenile racist trash! pic.twitter.com/HcKPvUBbxW. — Alice Galletly (@alicegalletly) The menu, which features items such as “chirri garrick prawn dumprings” and “Eja ku rait”, was labelled “disgraceful” and “gross” with one Twitter user questioning the legality of the wording   Read More ...
South Australian ice cream maker issues product recall over fears of metal pieces
2018-01-12 07:30:17 South Australian ice cream maker Golden North is recalling at least nine of its products sold nationwide following consumer complaints about metal fragments in an item, health authorities said on Friday. The recall was precautionary and there had been no reports of harm or injury, the state health authorities quoted food and controlled drugs director Fay Jenkins as saying. "Metal fragments can be potentially dangerous and cause injury if ingested," Jenkins said   Read More ...
How you can turn your food waste into homemade cooking gas
2018-01-12 06:12:45 Last night I cooked my family a delicious pasta dinner using biogas energy. This morning we all had eggs cooked on biogas. I'm not sure what's for dinner tonight, but I know what will provide the energy for cooking: biogas. And not just any biogas — it's home biogas, produced in our suburban backyard, as part of my ongoing "action research" into sustainable energy practices   Read More ...
There's a big fight brewing over what pregnant women should eat
2018-01-12 05:08:37 Many have seen someone throw a cold stare in the direction of a pregnant woman ordering a second glass of wine or, heaven forbid, smoking a cigarette.But with the list of potentially dangerous foods growing by the day, an expectant mother shouldn't be surprised if a stranger pipes up as she buys a frozen, pre-cooked meal. "Your doctor said you could eat that?" Tut-tut   Read More ...
New Delhi's last elephants: Wildlife advocates argue city is no place for creatures
2018-01-12 00:11:03 . : Wildlife advocates argue city is no place for creatures New Delhi's last elephants Elephants are a special sight for most people in the Indian capital, but for a few, they're a source of income. Now wildlife advocates argue the city is too polluted and congested for the animals to live happily and healthily, and want them gone   Read More ...
Cathay Pacific launch seat sale on flights to Australia, Hong Kong and more from Manchester Airport
2018-01-11 16:12:32 Cathay Pacific have launched a seven day seat sale on flights from Manchester Airport. Holidaymakers can purchase the seat fares from midnight tonight (January 11), for travel dates between January 11 and December 6. Discounts include return flights to Hong Kong from £479, South East Asia, including Thailand and China from £469 and Perth from £579 or Brisbane from £669. Offers are available on economy, premium economy flights and business class flights   Read More ...
Twelve Apostles ire: 'The act of a selfie has gone above and beyond people’s ability to judge their own safety'
2018-01-11 12:27:50 Twelve Apostles tour operators concerned about tourists climbing safety barriers to get closer to the "unstable" cliff edges want more Parks Victoria staff to police the attraction. Images taken from the Great Ocean Road destination's viewing platforms and boardwalks show tourists flirting with danger by standing far beyond the barriers, and tour operators said they see people jumping the fences every day   Read More ...
Twelve Apostles ire: 'The act of a selfie has gone above and beyond people’s ability to judge their own safety'
2018-01-11 07:18:25 Twelve Apostles tour operators concerned about tourists climbing safety barriers to get closer to the "unstable" cliff edges want more Parks Victoria staff to police the attraction. Images taken from the Great Ocean Road destination's viewing platforms and boardwalks show tourists flirting with danger by standing far beyond the barriers, and tour operators said they see people jumping the fences every day   Read More ...
From Broadway to the high seas: The best onboard entertainment
2018-01-11 06:35:08 SPIEGELTENT-STYLE R-RATED ENTERTAINMENT. When you attend a Fringe Festival do you head directly for the Speigeltent to see some of the world’s best immersive live entertainment? P&O’s Pacific Explorer has brought a Speigel-worthy production to their Black Circus theatre. It just costs $10 to experience the adults-only Love Riot production (with a cocktail thrown in) directed by Scott Maidment, who was one of the masterminds behind Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour   Read More ...
Bats are frying to death in Australian heat wave
2018-01-10 21:08:23 Temperatures topped 110 degrees in parts of Australia this week. It's so hot, wildlife officials say bats are frying to death. “They basically boil ... their brain just fries and they become incoherent." Subscribe to the "CBSN" Channel HERE: Watch "CBSN" live HERE: Follow "CBSN" on Instagram HERE: Like "CBSN" on Facebook HERE: Follow "CBSN" on Twitter HERE: Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access   Read More ...
Antarctic Road Trip | Mt Hordern
2018-01-10 12:29:08 A team from Mawson research station headed out on an Antarctic road trip to Mount Hordern . The expeditioners packed up their Hägglunds (tracked snow vehicle) with supplies and drove about 40 kilometres across the ice cap to camp at the base of the rocky mountain. Check out their road trip adventure!   Read More ...
Restaurant fined $87,000 for using trendy wooden boards as plates
2018-01-10 04:35:07 A restaurant in Birmingham, England, has been charged $87,000 for dishing up meals on “unhygienic” planks. Ibrahims Grill and Steakhouse in Acocks Green was slapped with the fine on January 4 for failing to comply with food safety requirements, according to Birmingham City Council. The eatery was first visited by health inspectors in October 2016 after an alleged food poisoning outbreak affecting a party of 14   Read More ...
How Maldives resorts are fighting to save the coral reef
2018-01-10 03:35:28 After a brutal coral bleaching incident spurred on by El Nino in 1998, a second-coming in 2016 pierced into the otherworldly aqua waters surrounding the Maldives’ 1200-something islands during some of summer’s hottest days. By securing these pieces of coral onto the frames and placing them in cool, deep waters, within one to two years the depth of the regrowth of coral and attraction of fish seen on other frames is heartening   Read More ...
It was so hot in Sydney, Australia, that hundreds of bats were 'boiled' alive
2018-01-10 02:04:38 Hundreds of dead bats were left scattered on the ground and dangling from trees after extreme heat decimated an Australian colony in Sydney on Sunday. Warning: some of the details in this story are graphic. While most Campbelltown residents did all they could to escape the heat, several volunteers from WIRES, which aims to rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife, descended on the colony near Campbelltown train station as part of a mass rescue and body collection mission   Read More ...
The extreme heat in Australia is causing bats' brains to fry
2018-01-09 23:00:41 Animal rescuers in Sydney's outlying suburbs described "heartbreaking” scenes of Australia's largest but vulnerable-listed bat species dying by the hundreds, if not thousands. Volunteers had used fluids to save 80 juvenile "flying foxes” but at least 500 youngsters had succumbed to the heatwave, said Cate Ryan of the WIRES wildlife group from Campelltown, west of Sydney. "They have less heat tolerance,” she said   Read More ...
Bats' brains boil in Australia heatwave
2018-01-09 14:07:18 The mercury rose to 45C (113F) in Sydney's western suburb of Campbelltown on Sunday. Wildlife officials said hundreds, if not thousands, of flying fox bats fell from trees after falling victim to the intense heat. Campbelltown flying fox colony manager Kate Ryan told the local Camden Advertiser: "They basically boil... their brain just fries and they become incoherent. "It would be like standing in the middle of a sandpit with no shade   Read More ...
Bats’ brains boil in Australia heatwave
2018-01-09 12:40:49 Hundreds of bats have died in sweltering conditions in Australia, with many dropping from their perches as the scorching temperatures “fried their brains,” wildlife officials said Tuesday. A record-breaking heatwave saw the mercury rise to 45 Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) in Sydney’s western suburb of Campbelltown on Sunday where hundreds, if not thousands, of the animals fell from trees after succumbing to the heat   Read More ...
Dozens of countries now tax sugary drinks but sweet-toothed Australia isn't interested
2018-01-09 12:26:46 This year five countries, including Ireland, the United Kingdom and South Africa, will join 26 nations who have raised the price of sugary drinks in the hope of a healthier population. Meanwhile, Australia - one of the fattest countries in the world - is defiantly refusing to consider a so-called "sugar tax". "Zero chance," Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said. Obesity is an international conundrum, sparking fierce policy brawls between the sugar and beverage industries on one side and health groups on the other   Read More ...
Bats' brains boil in Australia heatwave
2018-01-09 12:08:47 Hundreds of bats have died in sweltering conditions in Australia, with many dropping from their perches as the scorching temperatures "fried their brains", wildlife officials said Tuesday. A record-breaking heatwave saw the mercury rise to 45 Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) in Sydney's western suburb of Campbelltown on Sunday where hundreds, if not thousands, of the animals fell from trees after succumbing to the heat   Read More ...
Prince George’s lunch is way better than yours
2018-01-09 11:42:57 IF YOU thought cucumber sandwiches were the height of sophistication for British school lunches, you may want to check out what Prince George munches on. WONDERING what to put in your child’s lunch box? Get some inspiration from Prince George. The young prince, who attends Thomas’s Battersea, has a lunch menu that would not be out of place at any great restaurant   Read More ...
Australia Heatwave Was So Bad It Fried Brains Of Hundreds Of Bats
2018-01-09 11:00:46 Sydney: Hundreds of bats have died in sweltering conditions in Australia, with many dropping from their perches as the scorching temperatures "fried their brains", wildlife officials said Tuesday. A record-breaking heatwave saw the mercury rise to 45 Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) in Sydney's western suburb of Campbelltown on Sunday where hundreds, if not thousands, of the animals fell from trees after succumbing to the heat   Read More ...
Bats’ brains boil in Australia heatwave
2018-01-09 10:42:54 SYDNEY – Hundreds of bats have died in sweltering conditions in Australia, with many dropping from their perches as the scorching temperatures “fried their brains,” wildlife officials said Tuesday. A record-breaking heatwave saw the mercury rise to 45 Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) in Sydney’s western suburb of Campbelltown on Sunday where hundreds, if not thousands, of the animals fell from trees after succumbing to the heat   Read More ...
Robbo's Great Adventure | Studio 10
2018-01-09 10:15:21 If you thought dinosaurs were extinct... think again! The Australian Reptile Park has some scaly friends you can meet these school holidays. Studio 10 | 8:30 AM - 12 PM weekdays on Channel TEN Network Ten’s morning show Studio 10 is hosted by Sarah Harris, Joe Hildebrand, Jessica Rowe, Ita Buttrose and Denise Drysdale, along with Jonathan Coleman and reporter David (Robbo) Robinson. Find out more about 'Studio 10' here: To add to the discussion on topics and share your opinions on 'Studio 10', head to one of our social media platforms below. Facebook: Twitter: (@studio10au) Instagram: (@studio10au) Tag us using the hashtag: Subscribe to the 'Studio 10' Channel here: Join our LIVE studio audience at our studio in Sydney, Australia   Read More ...
Tobacco giant Philip Morris publishes advertisement declaring it wants to ‘give up smoking’. This is not new
2018-01-08 16:11:56 Philip Morris is a giant tobacco company that produces and markets cigarettes worldwide, including Australia. Its brands include Marlboro, Parliament and Alpine cigarettes, among others. “It won’t be easy. But we are determined to turn our vision into a reality,” the ad says. “There are 7.5 million adults in the UK who smoke. The best action they can take is to quit smoking   Read More ...