The 15 Best Adventures You Can Take Right Now; Luxatic

Australia – Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

What about a vacation? Everyone is longing for one, right? But what if that vacation was more than sipping cocktails on a beach and relaxing in a cozy hotel room? What if that vacation was something so memorable that you wouldn’t forget it for the rest of your life? What about an adventure?

Yes, that’s what you need. An adventure. Something that will stick with you every time you think of choosing a new travel destination, something that will change your perspective on life, that will enrich it with new meanings and dazzling experiences and leave you wanting more.

That’s the power of an adventure. It pushes you out of your comfort zone, it makes you stare fear in the face and takes you beyond your known limits before leaving you in utter astonishment and longing for more on the other side.

If you’re curious read on and find out which are The 15 Best Adventures You Can Take Right Now:

15. Climbing Active Volcanoes in Ubud, Bali

Bali. Beautiful beaches, crystal clear blue water, comfy resorts, tasty cocktails and fun in the sun…

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Australia’s $60 million plan to save the Great Barrier Reef dismissed; Vaidehi Shah; Eco Business

Australia – Great Barrier Reef

The Australian government has unveiled a $60 million funding package to protect the Great Barrier Reef from pollution and coral-eating organisms, and fund research. But environmentalists have slammed the plan for ignoring climate change.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday announced A$60 million in funding for an 18-month programme to help restore the health of the ailing Great Barrier Reef, but conservation and climate change activists have slammed the announcement as “nowhere near enough” to solve the problem.

Announced in a speech at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Queensland, the commitment will see A$10.4 million (US$8.3 million) spent on increasing the number of vessels that control populations of the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish; A$36.6 million to incentivise farmers to reduce soil erosion and the amount of pollutants being washed into the ocean, and A$4.9 million to have more officers to monitor water quality and the health of the reef.

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LEGO: Brickvention 2018 Coverage; Jeremy; Rebel Scum

Australia – Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens

January 24, 2018: Last weekend saw Melbourne play host to the annual Brickvention at the Royal Exhibition Building, and Rebelscum was there to enjoy the Star Wars builds.

Each year volunteers from the Melbourne LEGO Users Group (MUG) puts on an Australian-based convention and public display for LEGO fans. This two-day event brings LEGO fans of all ages together from all across the country to view original and unusual creations built by local and regional bricksmiths. Open to the public it is a safe-haven for LEGO fans of all ages and levels of interest.

If you’ve ever been to a LEGO convention before then you’ll know what to expect – a central core with a Great Ball Contraption and a massive train set which combines a number of environment and building themes, surrounded by an endless number of MOC builds and dioramas. If you’ve never been to a LEGO event before think of the playroom you always wanted!

Brickvention didn’t fail to deliver the standard recipe, so no-one would go home disappointed.

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Giant fans, starfish assaults and the half-baked plan to save the Great Barrier Reef; Nick Lavars; New Atlas

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Australia – Great Barrier Reef

​Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is in a bit of trouble. Back-to-back coral bleaching events brought on by warming waters have devastated areas of the Reef over the past two years, and 2018 has brought another feisty and familiar foe: the predatory crown-of-thorns starfish. Things are so dire that the Australian government has announced a AU$60 million (US$48 million) plan to preserve the world’s largest living structure, including using submerged fans to pump cold water over the top of it and an “all-out assault” on the starfish. But environmental experts are wondering how much impact this likely to have, and whether it is simply a way of avoiding a larger, more complex issue.

What’s up with the reef?

Coral bleaching comes about as a result of abnormal sea conditions (such as warmer waters), which cause heat stress on the algae that lives inside the coral. This leads the coral to expel the algae from their tissue and, because the colorful algae are vital to their health, their departure leaves the coral whitened, withering and in danger of dying completely.

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Australia’s natural wonders; MSN

Australia – Tasmanian Wilderness

From the famous Great Barrier Reef to the beautiful Twelve Apostles, here’s a peek into the delightful places you could visit in Australia.

Blessed with amazing reefs, rocks and beaches, Australia boasts some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. Take a tour of these awesome locations that will make you want to visit them right away.

MARIA ISLAND NATIONAL PARK, TASMANIA

This wildlife sanctuary is located off Tasmania’s east coast and houses historic ruins, dramatic cliffs and sweeping bays that are accessible only via ferry. The Painted Cliffs at Hopground Beach are patterned sandstone shaped by the water and wind. The shoreline contains a fascinating marine life and the island is a hotspot for bird watching with 11 of Tasmania’s 12 endemic species found here.

KATA TJUTA, NORTHERN TERRITORY

Formerly known as the Olgas, named after Queen Olga of Württemberg, Kata Tjuta is about 31 miles from Uluru.

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Australia For Innovative Ideas To Save Great Barrier Reef; Sakshi Post

Australia – Great Barrier Reef

Sydney: Australia announced on Tuesday a fund of Australian $2 million ($1.59 million) for innovative ideas to save the Great Barrier Reef, a Unesco World Heritage site located of its northeast coast.

The fund is aimed at developing “innovative solutions which will protect corals and encourage the recovery of damaged reefs”, said Australian Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg in a statement, Efe news agency reported.

“The Reef is the planet’s greatest living wonder. The scale of the problem is big and big thinking is needed, but it’s important to remember that solutions can come from anywhere,” he added.

Queensland’s Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Leeanne Enoch, urged innovative solutions, keeping in mind tourism, fishing and other sectors in the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef comprises 3,000 reefs and over 1,000 islands, and is spread over an area of 2,000 km.

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Celebrating 25 years of Unesco protection for this unique Australian island; Tasmin Waby; Lonely Planet

Australia – Fraser Island

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Fraser Island’s Unesco World Heritage listing after a fraught two decades of environmental activism in Australia, that began in 1971 by one of Australia’s leading nature conservationists, John Sinclair. Just off the Queensland coast Fraser Island, or K’gari, is the world’s largest sand island stretching 120 X 17 kms, and covered in towering rainforests and fresh-water lakes.

Much maligned by industry and the mass media at the time, protesters eventually persuaded the government to halt salt mining of the island in 1974, and logging of its precious rainforests in 1991. This unique sand island is now a favourite Australian tourist attraction, often hailed as one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Visitors head over to the island either by four-wheel driving and camping, or on a tour, but few can help but fall in love with Fraser Island’s exceptional natural beauty.

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Plan a Visit to Key Neighbourhoods on Your Australia Vacation in Melbourne; Robert Glazier; Goway

Australia – Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens

Nothing reveals the real flavour of a city more than its neighbourhoods. Visit one of these the next time you are in Melbourne on an Australia vacation.

I have always, when visiting a large city, sought out what the locals call their neighbourhoods. On trips to trips to Australia, of course, you want to take in the important highlights of Melbourne such the Eureka Tower, the Royal Botanical Gardens, and the Melbourne Zoo, plus visit the exceptional city museums and art galleries, etc. Many city tours include these but they are geared to the possibly first time visitor and don’t always show another side of the city.

Let’s take a look at some of the key neighbourhoods in Melbourne, a city which is blessed with many and which add so much to its vitality. All of Melbourne’s neighbourhoods are easily accessible.

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Sydney Opera House: A Visitor’s Guide; Karen Hastings; PlanetWare

Australia – Sydney Opera House

Among all the tourist attractions in Sydney, the magnificent Opera House is the shining star. Perched on Bennelong Point, a tongue of land protruding into Sydney Harbour, this UNESCO World Heritage Site comprises a complex of roofs shaped like huge shells or billowing sails that blend beautifully with its waterfront location. The glistening harbor surrounds it on three sides and the palm-studded Royal Botanic Gardens border it to the south.

Much more than an opera house, the structure encompasses theaters, studios, a concert hall, rehearsal, and reception rooms, restaurants, and a spectacular open-air forecourt overlooking the harbor and city. American architect Louis Kahn once said, “The sun did not know how beautiful its light was, until it was reflected off this building.” Today visitors can admire the building’s great beauty and learn about its turbulent history on a guided tour.

History

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The 20 destinations you must visit in 2018; Telegraph

Australia – Gondwana Rainforests of Australia

Our experts reveal their top 20 picks for the year ahead, from the beaches of Turkey to the rainforests of Nicaragua.

1. Turkey’s Turquiose Coast

Sunshine-soaked and with a glittering blue seaboard, Turkey’s glorious “turquoise” coast wouldn’t normally rank as a newly rising star. The 300-mile loop of coastline that unfurls like an iridescent ribbon between Marmaris and Antalya has long been a favourite for holiday-makers, with UK visitors in particular flocking to its picture-perfect fishing villages and chic little bougainvillea-laden resorts. But over the last couple of years, following a wave of terror attacks and political unrest, things have taken a well-documented nosedive. Between 2014 and 2016 Turkey’s visitor numbers slumped from 42 million to 25 million. And now? Maybe we’ve all simply had to accept that no country is guaranteed terror-proof. Maybe people have realised that Syrian border is hundreds of miles from Turkey’s tourist areas.

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