Australia Travel & Recreation
Cooking up creative solutions for food waste problem costing billions a year
North Queensland residents hit by flash floods warned about crocodiles sighted in rising waters
Camel tours are the new way to see Perth
Airline wins praise for ‘brilliant’ reply to customer complaint
Packing hacks: 11 things expert travellers carry in their suitcase
Mum slams airline for ‘limited’ response after son nearly dies on flight
These two words get me flight upgrades
Cooking up creative solutions for food waste problem costing billions a year
2018-03-13 04:10:30 The average Australian household throws away a whopping 14 per cent of their weekly food shop, and even more unsold produce is dumped by supermarkets and farmers daily. The Federal Government wants to halve food waste by 2030, but according to Julie Broad from charity Food Rescue that goal will only be met with innovative solutions. "We are in a throwaway society for sure," Ms Broad told   Read More ...
Passenger plane crashes, catches fire at Kathmandu airport
2018-03-12 22:06:43 A top airport official said the pilot of US-Bangla Airlines flight BS211 did not follow landing instructions from the control tower, and had approached the airport’s one runway from the wrong direction. “The airplane was not properly aligned with the runway. The tower repeatedly asked if the pilot was OK and the reply was ‘yes,”’ said Raj Kumar Chetri, the airport’s general manager   Read More ...
North Queensland residents hit by flash floods warned about crocodiles sighted in rising waters
2018-03-12 18:44:10 A crocodile alert has been issued in parts of Australia after the reptiles were spotted near people’s homes following severe flooding. Residents in North Queensland already struggling to cope with damage caused by torrential rain were warned to keep out of the water and be wary of areas where crocodiles could be lurking just under the surface. Authorities appealed for people to report sightings to a CrocWatch emergency line   Read More ...
Travel tips and advice: The 20 things we only do on holidays
2018-03-12 17:15:26 We all have them. Strange little foibles. Rituals that have become an intrinsic part of any holiday. It doesn't matter if you're visiting somewhere new or the same place you've been to every summer for the last 30 years – if you don't do a certain activity or eat a certain food, it just feels wrong. Like the holiday somehow didn't count   Read More ...
Camel tours are the new way to see Perth
2018-03-12 13:37:48 The fisherman on the riverbank looks borderline terrified as he turns round to see a small train of camels approaching. I get similar reactions from the cyclists coming down the cycle path, and from the ambling tourists on the way to the Rottnest Island ferry jetty. Around the world, there are certain destinations where you expect to see camels. Dubai’s deserts, perhaps   Read More ...
How hackers are stealing personal data by infiltrating phones through fake hotel Wi-Fi
2018-03-12 05:33:34 A special investigation by the Today show in the United States revealed just how easy it is for cyber crooks to jump into your phone and steal your credit card information as you lounge around a pool and soak up the sun. Investigative journalist Jeff Rossen recruited a security expert to set up fake Wi-Fi hot spots at the Grand Fiesta Americana hotel in Cancun, Mexico, reports   Read More ...
Helicopter crashes in New York East River
2018-03-12 03:34:07 A TOURIST helicopter has crashed in New York’s East River, where the pilot escaped but two tourists died as police divers rescued three others on board.   Read More ...
Airline wins praise for ‘brilliant’ reply to customer complaint
2018-03-12 03:34:02 WHEN unhappy passenger Gus Dolding complained about an extra fee he was charged by Norwegian Air. . , he never expected the sassy response he’d get in return. A Transavia flight from Dubai to Amsterdam’s Schipol airport was forced to make an emergency landing in Vienna on February 11, after a fight broke out because a passenger refused to stop passing gas   Read More ...
Cockatoo Paul used experience of homelessness to learn about edible weeds and bushfoods
2018-03-12 02:08:00 Eating a March fly is not a party trick for a man who goes by the name of Cockatoo Paul. When Cockatoo Paul visited dirtgirlworld, he found many edible native plants and weeds in dirtgirl's garden. Weird plants and animals for lunch Some of the plants Cockatoo Paul found have multiple uses. One of the world's worst weeds, Imperata cylindrical, or Blady Grass, has reeds that are used by Indigenous people across the planet for roof thatching   Read More ...
Why your breakfast foods contain so many added vitamins and minerals
2018-03-11 22:10:23 If you're reading this while munching on breakfast, take a quick look at the ingredients in your cereal. You might see added niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, B6 and folate in the list. Now, the milk you've poured over it. Is there extra calcium in there? Your toasted bread may contain iron and zinc, smeared with margarine that supplies you with a bit of vitamin D   Read More ...
Engine problem blamed for QANTAS mid-flight scare
2018-03-11 04:03:12 The Boeing 717 flight QF1799 took off from Alice Springs at 2.30pm local time Saturday, an hour and 20 minutes after it was scheduled to depart. Witnesses on-board reported hearing a loud bang before the plane began to shake shortly before landing. One passenger claimed they were told to brace, and were sending goodbye messages to loved ones, while the crew briefed one man on how to operate the emergency door on the aircraft   Read More ...
Two men dead in East Coast boat incident near Ansons Bay
2018-03-11 03:32:34 A LONG weekend boating trip has turned to tragedy after two men in their 60s drowned after their boat overturned off the coast of Tasmania. A LONG weekend boating trip has turned to tragedy after two men in their 60s drowned after their boat overturned near Ansons Bay, on the state’s North-East Coast. Tasmania Police confirmed two men had died but that a third man in the boat at the time of the accident was able to swim ashore and raise the alarm   Read More ...
Hotel rooms vacant as home owners cash in on Commonwealth Games tourists
2018-03-10 10:46:51 Commonwealth Games accommodation still available, as Airbnb listings soar on Gold Coast There are nearly as many Airbnb listings on the Gold Coast than there are in Brisbane, with private hosts set to provide stiff competition to the city's hotels during the Commonwealth Games. Early reports the Gold Coast could be booked out during the event appear to be wrong, with plenty of rooms available at all price points less than a month out from the event   Read More ...
Tourist sites at centre of measles outbreak
2018-03-09 10:05:44 Tourist locations are at the centre of a measles alert after a woman in her 20s was diagnosed with the illness. People may have been exposed to the virus between Saturday and Wednesday, at locations including Flinders Backpackers, Flinders Street Station, Phillip Island, St Kilda Beach, and multiple sites along the Great Ocean Road between Geelong and Warrnambool. Measles has an incubation period of 18 days, so symptoms may show by March 21   Read More ...
Measles alert issued for Melbourne, tourist sites after backpacker hospitalised
2018-03-09 06:11:53 Victorians and travellers have been warned to check for measles after a backpacker infected with the disease visited popular tourist locations. The British woman, who is in her 20s, had been staying at Flinders Backpackers in Melbourne's CBD and visited St Kilda Beach, Philip Island and the Great Ocean Road between March 3 and March 7. She is now being treated in hospital   Read More ...
Australian airport travel tips: Eight traps travellers need to know about
2018-03-08 14:16:06 While the nuances of commercial air travel – seat comfort, cabin service, the in-flight entertainment – are analysed in forensic detail, the airport experience is almost overlooked. And there's plenty about an airport that inspires caution. Terminal woes Transferring from one flight to another? You need to factor in the time it takes to get between terminals. Most of the world's larger airports have speedy rail systems to whisk passengers between terminals, but not all   Read More ...
Sydney train travelling at 35km/h moments before hitting safety buffer
2018-03-08 10:10:27 A passenger train that ploughed into a safety stop at Richmond station in Sydney's north-west in January was travelling at 35km/h just seconds before impact, investigators have found. After smashing into the buffer shortly before 10am on January 22, the train was propelled backwards about three metres, sending passengers flying before coming to a complete stop. Many of the 24 passengers on board the Waratah train had risen from their seats as the train entered the station, leaving them unprepared for the force of impact   Read More ...
Cyclone Hola creates storm of panic in South Pacific as Category 4 weather event hits
2018-03-08 07:07:25 P&O is just one of many tourism operators in the South Pacific caught off guard by the rapid intensification of a cyclone in the South Pacific. The P&O cruise ship Pacific Explorer has diverted its path after Cyclone Hola prompted swift changes to avoid catastrophe for tourists heading towards the area. Cruises and flights are said to be affected while tourists in the areas have been forced to lay low   Read More ...
Egypt is building a new megacity on the Red Sea
2018-03-08 06:34:54 A Saudi official confirmed this week that the vast new city, known as NEOM, will be more than 1000sq km in total. The official told Reuters that the city will be built from a joint fund between Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan worth more than $US10 billion ($AU12.7 billion). The details of the project were announced during a visit to Cairo by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, reports   Read More ...
Packing hacks: 11 things expert travellers carry in their suitcase
2018-03-07 13:25:27 And most of their smartest tips of what to pack are small everyday items that don’t cost much, but may end up saving a lot of time and money. Like a packet of dental floss for instance — we never knew there were so many uses for this humble $2 item. Here are 11 things we’re now putting on our packing list, thanks to our readers’ suggestions   Read More ...
Winter Paralympics: Sean Pollard goes from shark-attack victim to Paralympic snowboarder
2018-03-06 08:18:47 Around 60 seconds. Maybe more. That's all it took for Sean Pollard's life to change. "I went on a trip to Esperance with my girlfriend, Claire, and I went out for a surf and didn't make it back in one piece," Pollard said. In October 2014, the then 23-year-old was attacked by two great white sharks while surfing. He fended them off but lost his left arm and right hand in the incident   Read More ...
Flight attendants’ fury over note
2018-03-06 03:07:00 United Airlines president Scott Kirby informed his more than 80,000 employees that their quarterly performance bonuses of up to $386 would be eliminated. Instead, the crew would be placed in a lottery which would see less than 2 per cent actually gain anything. Luxury cars, holidays and a grand prize of $128,000 were among the new rewards on offer, with the move set to save the airline nearly $400 million a year   Read More ...
Rapist sought by police over assault of teen girl delivered to Toowoomba hotel room by mother
2018-03-06 00:12:32 Peta Butler was 15 years old when her mother took her to a Toowoomba hotel, where she had arranged for a man to rape her. Detective Senior Constable Jodi Bell said it took Ms Butler until 2016 — 12 years later — to work up the courage to approach police, who are still trying to find the man responsible. "Her mum had taken her on a bus ride, on the guise of having a girls night away for her birthday   Read More ...
China lists $400m Gold Coast theme park as 'key' part of global initiative
2018-03-05 12:19:16 One Belt One Road: China lists $400m Gold Coast theme park as 'key project' of global initiative China's Ministry of Culture has listed a Chinese developer's planned Gold Coast theme park as a "key cultural trade and investment project" that is linked to the country's ambitious Belt and Road investment plan. Key points: Chinese theme park giant Songcheng behind Australian Legends World plan The tourism and real estate project will host Chinese and Australian cultural shows Songcheng spokesman said China would not influence park's operations "The Australian Government may not want to not sign up to the initiative as a program but there's nothing to stop particular projects in Australia signing up on their own account," China expert John Fitzgerald from Swinburne University said   Read More ...
Mum slams airline for ‘limited’ response after son nearly dies on flight
2018-03-05 01:05:03 The woman’s 10-year-old son Luca ate a cashew — and had a near-fatal allergic reaction. Now the mum hopes to raise awareness and get airlines to change their policy to prevent similar emergencies in the future, reports. On February 28, the mother from New York took to Facebook to detail the incident on the American Airlines flight, which has since gone viral with more than 2500 reactions and 1500 shares   Read More ...
Travel guide and things to do in Longreach, Queensland: A three-minute guide
2018-03-04 18:10:59 WHY If you drop a pin on the very centre of a map of Queensland chances are you'll hit Longreach. The outback town, named after the "long reach" of the Thomson River which runs through it, is an important regional hub. The traditional industries of cattle and sheep farming have been augmented by a push for the tourism dollar, with former pastoralists, the Kinnon family, some of the key players   Read More ...
The Healthy Mummy’s Meal Prep Queens share five easy ways to nail this week’s cooking
2018-03-04 05:05:42 They think it means your entire Sunday cooking up a million different meals and somehow finding space in your tiny freezer to store them all for the coming week. Granted, some people — the annoyingly smug kind — do exactly this. Then they post about it on Instagram, making the rest of us feel inadequate. But all meal-prepping really means is having a few bits and pieces in your fridge or freezer ready to go for the week   Read More ...
Terrified tourists in Thailand flee in panic as rival jet ski operators engage in shootout
2018-03-01 02:35:31 TOURISTS lounging on a Thailand beach have fled in panic after a fatal shootout between two rival jet ski operators broke out. WARNING: Graphic content. Severe flooding continued to hit southern Thailand on Friday, January 6, following last week’s torrential rain. The islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, popular with tourists, were also affected. Local residents were evacuated from their flooded homes, while overflowing main canals in Nakhon Si Thammarat swamped majors roads on Friday, the Bangkok Post reported   Read More ...
Woman ‘humiliated’ during carry-on stoush
2018-02-28 01:39:49 Natalia Rutkowski, 27, was travelling with her mother Anna, 58, from Chicago to New Jersey with United Airlines on February 12 when the incident occurred. Ms Rutkowski had checked her bag in at Chicago O’Hare Airport and was helping her mother to check in, SWNS reports. It was then that Ms Rutkowski, who caught the incident on camera, claims she was told her mother was not allowed to take her bag onto the plane   Read More ...
These two words get me flight upgrades
2018-02-28 00:10:16 Airlines prefer charging cold hard cash for upgrades, but some will release spare seats shortly before the flight for frequent flyers who want to pay with air miles, author Tilly Bagshawe says. The trick is catching the flights before they get snapped up. According to Tilly, calling the airline and using the phrase “revenue management” always convinces them to release any sets they might have early   Read More ...
Aussie safety agency reports on Auckland Airport Jetstar flight clipboard scare
2018-02-27 12:45:35 A picture has emerged of the moment a clipboard got sucked into an Australian bound passenger carrying flight before it took off. On October 27, 2017, the Jetstar passenger jet heading to Sydney was forced to return to Auckland after a clipboard got sucked into one of its engines. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau report released Tuesday found an Auckland Airport ground worker had left the plastic and metal clipboard resting inside the left engine's air intake   Read More ...
Aussie safety agency reports on NZ bound Jetstar flight's clipboard scare
2018-02-27 11:45:21 A picture has emerged of the moment a clipboard got sucked into a New Zealand bound passenger carrying flight before it took off. On October 27, 2017, the Jetstar passenger jet heading to New Zealand was forced to return to Australia after a clipboard got sucked into one of its engines. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau report released Tuesday found a Sydney Airport ground worker had left the plastic and metal clipboard resting inside the left engine's air intake   Read More ...
Venomous snake turns up in Australian lunchbox
2018-02-27 07:00:21 A woman has discovered a highly venomous snake in her child's lunchbox in Australia. The juvenile snake was spotted in a lid as the woman packed school lunches in Adelaide, according to reptile handler Rolly Burrell. Mr Burrell said he advised her to close the box and take it outside, after the woman had called him for assistance. He identified the reptile as an eastern brown, one of the world's most venomous snakes   Read More ...
Ex-hotel worker reveals secret ways front desk staff get back at rude guests
2018-02-26 03:04:51 Maybe it has been demagnetised by your mobile phone — or perhaps a member of staff is trying to teach you a lesson. In his tell-all memoir Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustlers and So-Called Hospitality, Jacob Tomsky said there were many ways staff got back at rude guests without them realising. Mr Tomsky, who worked in the industry for a decade, described the tricks he and his colleagues used to avoid getting into trouble with their bosses   Read More ...
Six face charges after Sydney cruise drama
2018-02-25 20:44:49 A young Australian woman whose 21st birthday cruise was marred by a brawl at Sydney Harbour says her function was not at fault. Six people have been charged over the fracas, which erupted about 11pm on Saturday night (local time) as Lana Battaglia was celebrating her 21st with friends on board a Constellation Cruises vessel. It had returned to the dock to offload a "severely intoxicated person" after leaving the wharf at 5   Read More ...
Retired city chefs cooking up a storm on Abingdon Downs station after tree change
2018-02-24 22:08:24 Stories abound on sheep and cattle stations about cooks who get drunk, cooks who do midnight flits, and cooks who cannot … cook. "Any place that hires them could write a book just on cooks!" Abingdon Downs owner Campbell Keogh said. He said finding cooks to work in Queensland's Gulf country was a constant challenge. "The cook is probably the most important role on the property," he said   Read More ...
Great White Shark Attack in Sydney Australia
2018-02-24 20:21:49 Another gruesome shark attack ... this time in Australia. A woman suffered deep cuts to her leg Friday after what appears to be an attack by a Great White Shark ... and it occurred near shore. The attack occurred on a Sydney beach around La Perouse. It's been closed since the attack which occurred at dusk. The woman in her 50's was swimming around 20 meters from shore at Congwong Beach in Botany Bay National Park at around 7pm   Read More ...
Did the US government successfully experiment with time travel?
2018-02-24 14:34:23 A look into time travel and how one Youtube channel seeks the truth behind the phenomena by investigating supposed real time travellers. ALFRED Bielek died in October 2011 but he will forever be associated with mysterious experiments allegedly conducted by the United States government known as the Montauk Project. Not much is known about the highly secretive military experiments which supposedly took place during the Cold War era, but the conspiracy theories that surround them make the idea that the Moon landing was faked sound like child’s play   Read More ...
Travel tips & advice: Why you should avoid coffee and 7 other travel hacks you haven't heard
2018-02-24 07:13:48 Samantha Brown was a breakout star on the Travel Channel in the early 2000s, when she hosted multiple different series, including The Trip, 50/50, and Great Weekends, logging visits to 260 cities in more than 60 countries around the world. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, conveniently near the airport. "I have a back route to JFK - I know the back roads," she laughs   Read More ...
Beaches around La Perouse closed after 'great white shark' attack
2018-02-24 07:13:43 Beaches around La Perouse have been closed on Saturday after a woman suffered deep cuts to her leg in a suspected great white shark attack at dusk on Friday. The woman, aged in her 50s, was swimming about 20 metres offshore at Congwong Beach in Botany Bay National Park about 7pm when she was bitten. The woman suffered deep lacerations and puncture marks to her left leg and foot, but managed to make her way towards the shore   Read More ...