Australia

Why You Should Never Use Hotel Soap

It’s literally a life-or-death situation.

June 19, 2017

Justin Bieber Can’t Even Have A Normal Lunch And It’s So Sad

So much for grabbing a bite with friends.

March 20, 2017

Two 12 Year-Old Boys Charged With Raping A 6 Year-Old Girl At School

“Police request the community respect the privacy of the young people involved.”

September 1, 2016

The 12 Sexiest Athletes Competing At The Rio Olympics

We award these athletes GOLD in the hot AF stakes.

August 2, 2016

8 Unexpected Things I Learnt About Myself While Traveling Alone

No one was available to come on the trip of my dreams, so I did it myself.

July 29, 2016

Women’s Lives Don’t Matter: Why Oscar Pistorius Got Away With Killing His

Murder is murder – it should be as simple as that.

July 8, 2016

16 Next-Level Ice-Cream Concoctions Worth Traveling For

Save up so you can travel the world to eat ice-cream. 

July 4, 2016

This Australian Election Looks Like It May Be The Closest Call Ever

Right now, Australia doesn’t know who will be Prime Minister.

July 3, 2016

19 Extremely Unfortunately Named Streets

You’ll appreciate your boring address after reading this.

April 4, 2016

13 Inexplicably Weird Cafes You Need To See To Believe

Petting an owl while sipping hot cocoa from a toilet is the next big thing.

February 24, 2016

Everything You Need To Know About Visiting Uluru

Getting up close and personal with Australia’s red heart is a spiritual experience.

February 12, 2016

Why I Don’t Agree With Banning Chris Brown From Australia

Banning Chris Brown may have made a statement, but is it the right one?

September 28, 2015

Weekend Wit: Do You Live In Australia’s Horniest Suburb?

Do you think you live in one of Australia’s horniest suburbs?

Recently, Elite Singles asked over 25, 000 random subscribers how strongly they related to the question, “I have a strong desire for sex.” Looking at where these horny buggers resided, they actually came up with a list of Australia’s top 10 “sexiest” suburbs!

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Now, if you’ve always thought that seaside living was somewhat arousing, you’d be right. In fact, 8 of 10 of Australia’s horniest suburbs reside by the sea. Something in the sand, perhaps? In particular, New South Wales’ coastal subscribers proved to be especially horny. Coogee won the honor, Manly landed in second place and Cronulla came in fourth. South Melbourne, Victoria spoiled the NSW trifecta by taking out third place, however.

Here’s a wrap up of the top 10 horniest suburbs in Oz.

  1. Coogee
  2. Manly
  3. South Melbourne
  4. Cronulla
  5. Port Melbourne
  6. Broadbeach
  7. Darlinghurst
  8. St Kilda
  9. Bondi
  10. Brunswick

On the flip side, subscribers who related least to having a strong desire for sex generally lived further inland with Shepparton being the location where sex was least desired. So, ladies, here’s the results of Australia’s least horny suburbs.

  1. Shepparton
  2. Caboolture
  3. Sunbury
  4. Glenroy
  5. Albury

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August 15, 2015

5 Things To Do In Byron Bay

Byron Bay is one of Australia’s most popular destinations both for tourists and locals. It’s perfect for a long weekend away, but you will most likely want to stay longer. If I had to describe Byron Bay in three words, they would be surf, love and music.

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Of course you can go to Byron Bay just for the beaches and great surf, but there are a few other things that you shouldn’t miss while you’re there:

1. Explore Cape Byron lighthouse

Located at the very east of Byron Bay – and in fact, Australia – you find the beautiful Cape Byron light house on top of a hill. You can drive up by car, but make sure you get out and walk a few minutes to Australia’s most easterly point and take in the stunning view. Of course, sunrise and sunset times make for the prettiest backdrop.

2. Visit the markets

The hippie-haven markets in Byron offer everything from pottery to clothes and lots of really good food. The location changes depending on the day, but it’s hard to miss them; just check here for more information.

3. Listen to the music

If you walk through the main streets of Byron, you will pass plenty of street musicians, some of which are very talented. Just take some time and enjoy the music, or even dance in the street! There’s no better place to do it.

4. Walk along Seven Mile Beach

This very long and picturesque beach stretches from Lennox Head to Byron Bay and is perfect for surfing and (very) long walks. Why not get up early and watch the sunrise from there?

5. Have breakfast at the Macadamia Castle

Ok, technically this place is outside of Byron Bay, but it’s just a 15-minute car ride away and worth a visit if you like macadamias and Disneyland-style fake castles. Behind the “castle”, there is a small wildlife park which is great for kids, but even if you just come for the pancakes, it’s worth your while.

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April 12, 2015

Australia’s Most Wanted Family Holiday Spots

Time to book your family holiday, but you don’t know where to go? Beaches, fun parks, cities, bush, snow – Australia has so much to offer that it’s no wonder you’re finding it hard to choose! Take some inspiration from other Australians, who have shared the destinations they’re most likely to visit in the next 2 years.

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The most wanted state

A recent Ray Morgan research found that 46% of Australian families would like to go to Queensland for their holidays, closely followed by Victoria (45%) and NSW (43%).  The Sunshine State provides everything the families are looking for – beautiful beaches, plenty of outdoor fun, warm weather and theme parks. It also has a great choice of family-friendly accommodation with parents’ favourite feature, kids’ clubs.

The most wanted destination

As far as individual destinations go, here are the top 5 winners as revealed by Ray Morgan Research:

5. The north coast of NSW

This is a perfect choice if you want a beach holiday and lots of outdoor action. Popular activities include nature walks, diving and whale watching.

4. The Great Ocean Road

Want to take a road trip? Look no further. The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives, offering both natural beauty and cultural attractions, with charming coastal towns where you can take a break along the way.

3. Sydney

If you’re looking for a city-based experience, Sydney offers a range of attractions for families, including museums, beaches, performances and wildlife parks.  The city comes alive in school holidays. There are activities for kids everywhere and lots of them are free.

2. Surfers Paradise

It’s no surprise that Surfers Paradise is close to the top, with so many family-friendly resorts and close proximity to every kid’s dream – the theme parks. You don’t have to wonder how to entertain the kids, take them to a park and you know they’ll love it.

1. Melbourne

25% of Australian families said they would like to visit Melbourne for their family holiday. You definitely won’t run out of things to do there with so many museums and cultural events, and the adult part of the family can indulge in some shopping.

Still struggling to choose your family holiday destination? Here’s something that will help. Close your eyes and relax. Imagine your prefect holiday. Where are you? What are you doing? What are your kids doing (important!)? How are you feeling? Now that you’ve got a better idea of what you want, take your pick!

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April 7, 2015

Cheating: 1 In 3 Australians Have Done It

Cheating. Have you ever done it? What about your partner? Of course not. They’d never do that to you would they. Yet what if I told you about 37 per cent of the Australian population have done it at one time or another. Would you still be so confident in thinking that your partner has never ever sneaked off to do the dirty? Don’t think for a second that being male makes any difference to the heartbreak of cheating either. The gap is closing in and has been sitting at less than four percent.

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Where do these cheating stats come from?

Now you might be wondering where I’m getting these numbers. Well the Great Australian Sex Census is possibly the place to get stats on sexual behaviour in Australia. With over 17,000 Australian participants, the census collects data from a wide cross section of our public. Some have questioned the validity of responses. Apparently people aren’t very honest about their sex lives. Hmmm, who would of thought? I reckon though if it’s good enough for most of the top news publications in Australia, it’s probably as reputable a sex survey as we’re ever going to get.

The reasons behind cheating

So why do people cheat? Most men’s and women’s motivations are fairly similar. A recent study by a team of geneticists and neuroscientists examined the possibility that genes may have something to do with it. They concluded that genes could account for about 62 per cent of cheating behaviour in men and 40 per cent in women. Therefore, one reason for cheating maybe genetic or passed down through observed behaviour within a family.

Engaging in sexual activity they won’t ask their partner to perform is another one. Desire or to be desired, the thrill of the chase, excitement of a new lover, wanting variety or a shift in their intimate relationship are some more. Plus we can’t rule out the revenge bonk. People discover their partner’s are cheating on them and can’t resist.

The greatest discrepancy lies in the physical desire of men verses the emotional desire in women. Plus cheating men are often satisfied with their relationships but women generally aren’t. These are fairly similar to views on infidelity.

Getting upset about cheating

According to researchers, heterosexual males are primarily concerned about the sex. This might have something to do with feeling possessive of their partner or having doubts about who’s really fathered their children. Women and people of bi or homosexual orientation are more concerned about the emotional attachment their partner might experience. They view infidelity as the ultimate emotional betrayal whereas men see the betrayal as mostly physical.

Tips to spot a cheat

While people are unique, there are some general tell-tale signs that a partner maybe cheating. Men should look at changing patterns in their partners confidence, appearance, happiness and contentment. If they don’t have any explanation like loosing weight, career progression or improved satisfaction in their relationship something could be up.

Ladies – if your man suddenly regains his libido for no viable reason after a dry spell, he could be beginning an affair. Men generally aren’t dissatisfied with their relationship, so he may try to reignite the passion there. It’s only when the affair progresses that men are likely to withdraw.

Cheating trends

Looking at the 2013-14 Great Australian Sex Census, it appears that around 30 per cent of cheaters get caught. So basically that’s a majority. Men seem slightly more susceptible to getting sprung though. Alternately females are more likely to be forgiven. It also looks like the cheating trend is declining. In the previous census (2011-12) cheating rates were roughly 45 out of every 100 people. However the margin between male and female cheaters has remained stable.

So what does this tell us? It seems the battle of the sexes is far from dead. While the cheating rates are almost equal, men are more likely to get caught but not forgiven. Women on the other hand seem to be getting off  lightly (pardon the pun). Not only do they get caught less but when they do there’s a greater chance the relationship might survive. Hmm, it just doesn’t seem quite fair does it? Then again I am talking about cheating. Fair really doesn’t enter the equation does it.

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February 24, 2015

How Aussies Celebrate Australia Day

Aussies are customarily a pretty laid back bunch so it makes sense that Australia Day, celebrated on January 26th is basically r’n’r on a grander scale. BBQ’s, fun and fireworks are generally the order of the day.

The local communities plan events around the prefect weather and laid-back lifestyle, so there is always something happening close at hand. Multiculturalism is everywhere and most Australian’s are united in true Aussie pride.

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Granted, the weather is usually superb. It somehow manages to turn it on for the celebrations and is pretty much perfect for outdoor activities all over the country. With all the sun, surf and sand at their disposal the day is typically spent outside in private back yards, local parks, pools or beaches. The water is patrolled by volunteer life savers who are always on hand as a traditional Aussie icon in small red and yellow caps.

If Aussies do want to head further than their back yards or local neighborhood, extra public transport is provided to most larger cities. This is handy, because plenty of Aussies indulge in a few drinks and most have been educated not to take their cars out if they plan to have a few.

This advantage is usually taken as the sun goes down and the masses make their way into the cites to witness the spectacle of firework displays. It’s similar to New Years Eve except there are kids everywhere as there’s no need to wait until midnight. As soon as the sun sets the skies light up in sparkling lights and massive coloured explosions.

As the day draws to a close most Aussies make their way home. As long as they’ve had loved ones to enjoy and share it with, Aussies are pretty content to spend their national day of pride relaxing by the water, swimming, playing cricket, picnicking under the shade of a tree, watching children play and enjoying their freedom. There might be the odd disruption but Australia Day is traditionally quite peaceful, being more about family, community and coming together as a nation.

If foreigners ever want to meet an Aussie, and haven’t visited the land down under, visit a licensed venue on January 26th, particularly in the UK, Bali and other Aussie tourist and backpacker hot spots. Fueled by national pride and a few liquid amber’s, they will probably be a little homesick knowing the majority of Aussies are out celebrating. Shout out the words… Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! If the hear they reply oi, oi, oi shouted back like some national mating call, they are a pretty easy crew to spot!

 

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January 25, 2015

Experience Glamping in the Top End

The top end of Australia should be a travel destination on everyone’s bucket list. Home to some of the most stunning scenery Australia has to offer, the NT has a unique blend of flora and fauna, which must be seen to be appreciated. From exotic waterfalls, landscapes and wildlife to ancient Aboriginal rock art, there’s something for young and old to see and do.

What makes it even better, is that they also have superb glamping accommodation options. Some of which you don’t even have to get out of bed to witness the incredible sunrises! No, it’s not too good to be true, it’s a reality!

Here we are featuring four of the regions top rugged, yet ritzy venues. From romantic couples getaways, to family friendly safari tents, it seems the top end is the place to go and experience the best glamping options on offer. Rather than just finding a place to lay your head, opt for a once in a lifetime experience.

Bamuruu Plains WilSafari Bungalowsdbush Luxury
Looking for a hint of romance? This luxury getaway provides the perfect privacy for couples looking for that romantic escape. With only nine bungalows available, guests are able to escape to a place of intimate isolation. Each bungalow overlooks the floodplains visited by a many unique flora and fauna, such as Magpie Gees and Plumed Whistling Ducks.

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This is the ultimate natural Aussie outback experience so don’t expect technology. Sorry the mobile won’t work either. There are binoculars and species guides for sitting back and thoroughly enjoying the experience. The food options are reflective of the region, so if you’re into Australiana, be sure to check it out.

 

Longitude 131
Fancy waking upLongitude_131_4A to breathtaking views of Uluru / Ayers Rock from the comfort of your bed? Flick the switch, the curtains rise and there it is! This intimate 15 luxury tent venue ensures interrupted views of the iconic landmark from each tent. King sized beds, air-conditioning and even complimentary use of an Ipad and MP3 makes this the type of glamping experience something even a princess could endure!

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After a long hot day of sightseeing, you can relax poolside then head into the outback for a gourmet four-course dinner under the spectacular glory of the milky way. If you have been searching for a way to propose or celebrate something special, this experience is certainly worthy of investigating.

 

 

Kings Canyon WilKC Wilderness Lodge (2)derness Lodge
This boutique lodge is glamping at its best, complete with token campfire. There are only ten spacious luxury tented cabins on offer, so intimate numbers are assured. With king size beds and air conditioning, the owners are catering for your comfort. It’s set in a secluded and picturesque corner of Kings Creek Station with easy access to Kings Canyon.

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In the evening you can experience a three-course gourmet dinner with Aussie flair! Sample the fresh homemade damper, served with platters of beef and barramundi or kangaroo and lamb, all served with the chef’s choice of vegetables and salad. Yum! Complete the day by sitting back and relaxing in front of an outdoor campfire.

Wildman Wilderness Lodge

For a family option, consider wild 2Wildman Wilderness Lodge. They have 10 family friendly safari tents, complete with two single beds, plus en-suite. The beauty of Wildman is that it is easily accessible to both Darwin and Kakadu, located on the stunning Mary River Wetlands. It too is home to exquisite local bird and wildlife.wild1

An added specialty of the lodge is a fisherman or woman’s dream! You can catch your own Barramundi and then have the chef cook it for your dinner. Now, I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the ideal fishing experience!

January 16, 2015

Ongoing Quest To Make Bushfires Fatality Free

The recent fires in Adelaide have served as a grim reminder that bushfires aren’t just a concern for country residents. There are plenty of suburbs around the country which are literally a disaster waiting to happen. I recently sat down with Brian, a lifelong rural resident with exceptional acknowledge and a survivor of the tragic Black Saturday fires of 2009.

While he spoke, it became startlingly obvious that if I was ever caught in a bushfire, I’d be in serious trouble. More apparent was the fact that I probably wouldn’t be alone. There are so many aspects of bushfires that most city and suburban dwellers just aren’t aware of. So, when Brian shared his experience about escaping the Black Saturday bushfires, his life saving information prompted me to write this article in a quest to spread the word and hopefully save some lives.

Now, most of us would have heard the warnings about pre-planning and deciding whether to stay or go BEFORE a fire approaches? How many of us in the city or suburbs really take notice? I’ll admit that I’ve never really considered it. I’ve assumed those warnings are mainly for residents in fire prone areas. Naive really, because bushfires can strike anywhere.

During the conversation, I realised that my naivety would have cost my life and the lives of my family. I don’t know if you recall, but during the Black Saturday fires, people were found burned alive in their cars? What a terrifying thought and my heart goes out to their loved ones. I assumed it was because the fires surrounded them, leaving no way to escape. In reality, it may have been something very different.

Imagine a combustion heater and the way it works. Without fuel and oxygen, they just go out. Most have a lever which oxygen levels can be adjusted to reduce or increase the heat. A bushfire works exactly the same way. The more fuel and oxygen it can get, the hotter and more deadly it becomes.

Cars also need air to circulate around the engine to keep running. Without it the car ceases, just like running out of petrol. So like me, if your plan would be to wait until the last minute and jump into your car to escape an oncoming fire, you would very likely die. At some point the engine would cease and you’re brilliant escape plan would actually put you right in harms way.

Thankfully, a car can still roll if you’re on a downward slope. Brian explained that his car’s engine ceased on the way down a hill toward safety, during Black Saturday. He let the car roll and tried to restart the engine. Luckily, as he approached the base of the hill, the engine restarted. Apparently the air concentration was greater at the lower altitude, plus the distance from the fire had also increased. Without this knowledge, Brain could have very likely become trapped in his car and become another fatality.

My conversation with Brian was a massive wake up call. I hadn’t ever considered the way bushfire works or how incompatible an escape in a car would be. Despite seeing the commercials and billboards about planning for a bushfire, I’d neglected to understand the significance of the message; plan to stay or go BEFORE the fire.

Now I know why, the message really hits home. There’s no escape in a vehicle once the fire gets close. Due to the intensity of the heat, the safest option is to leave the area well and truly before a fire rips through. Your home and belongings can be replaced, but your life and that of your loved ones can’t. Please share this information in a quest to make all bushfires, fatality free.

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January 14, 2015

Best Vacations for Animal Lovers

Who doesn’t want to see all of the world’s crazy and colorful wildlife? One of the greatest thrills of travelling is experiencing and witnessing things you would never see in your homeland. Seeing exotic creatures in their natural habitat is what I call living! If you’re planning an escape in 2015, try these vacations for animal lovers.

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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The islands sit along the coast of ecuador and are peculiar in that they were never attached to any continent. The archipelago is a volcanic formation, creating rather peculiar living conditions for its inhabitants. The animals which currently reside on the islands had to either swim, float or fly there, and then adapt to the strange conditions. Therefore, a number of “homegrown” species exist on the islands, including the Galapagos tortoise and the marine iguana.  Fun fact: It was after studying the wildlife of the Galapagos that Charles Darwin developed his Theory of Evolution.

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Kenya

Of course. An African Safari is every wildlife-lovers dream expedition. There are endless tour options that guarantee you a look at the Big 5: Elephants, Rhino, Lions, Leopards and Buffalo. But let’s not forget zebras, hyenas, giraffes, flamingoes, hippos… ah, the list goes on. The best time to visit is during the migration – when the animals come to Kenya from the Serengeti in Tanzania – which occurs between July and October.

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Great Barrier Reef, Australia

It is no surprise the Great Barrier Reef one of the natural wonders of the world – it is the largest coral reef system (covering an area of 133,000 square miles), and is comprised entirely of living organisms. You will be mesmerized by the kaleidoscope of colors and the variety of weird and wonderful things living in our ocean. The reef is along the coast of Queensland, and once you have returned to dry land you might also consider popping in to the Australia Zoo – Steve Irwin’s legacy and home to some of the nation’s one-of-a-kind animal species, like kangaroos and koalas.

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Madagascar

Roughly 90 per cent of Madagascar’s wildlife is endemic, like its lemurs – of which they have approximately 100 different species! It is also home to 300 species of birds, more than 250 reptile species and the fossa – some kind of cat-mongoose hybrid. On top of its unique animal life, its landscapes and plant life are equally rare and impressive.

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