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Hidden Aussie beach cracks the top 10 in the world

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Sydney-based content creator has gone viral for his footage from beaches that are very definitely off-the-beaten track.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Adam Rikys shares clips on </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@adamrikys/video/6985683756568808706?lang=en&amp;is_copy_url=1&amp;is_from_webapp=v1" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tiktok</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> where he drops a pin on a new location in Australia using Google maps, then zooms in with stunning images of the beach, proving we’re a country full of hidden beachy treasures.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In one of his latest videos, the creator chooses Turquoise Bay in Western Australia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Found in Cape Range National Park near Exmouth, Turquoise Bay was ranked as the sixth best beach in the world in Trip Advisor’s 2021 Travellers’ Choice Awards earlier this year.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLqMB0vJg2E/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLqMB0vJg2E/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Perth is OK! (@perthisok)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With its crystal clear waters and white sand, it’s easy to see why it scored a top spot.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, the area is prone to strong currents, with inexperienced swimmers advised to take caution.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Venture Wanderer / Instagram, Hike Australia / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Aussie beach nabs #2 spot in world ranking

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The world’s top-50 beaches for 2021 have been announced, with an Australian beach taking the runner-up spot.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In their annual </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://bigseventravel.com/the-50-best-beaches-in-the-world/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">‘Best Beaches in the World’ list</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, global travel authority Big 7 Travel included Queensland’s Whitehaven Beach in their scoring of stunning beaches from around the world.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When citing why they decided on Whitehaven as the second-best, the judges cited the famed beach’s soft sand and named it “among the purest in the world”.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRS0mbBja_e/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRS0mbBja_e/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Whitehaven Beach Day tour (@whitehavenxpress)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Found on the Whitsunday Islands, the beach boasts 7km of white silica sand and is “one of the world’s most unspoiled and beautiful beaches”, according to Big 7 Travel.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Because of the silica, the sand doesn’t retain heat, so it’s a fantastic place to walk on barefoot, even on a hot day.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; 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font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNQVw1RspWZ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Norge 🇳🇴 Norway (@nortrip)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The top spot was taken out by Vaeroy beach in Norway, which offers amazing coastline views from its clifftops and surprisingly warm waters.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: The Whitsundays Queensland / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Be amazed by Queensland’s new 65-million-year old attraction

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Talaroo Hot Springs, Queensland’s latest attraction, has officially opened to the public.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 65-million-year old hot springs are found in the heart of Queensland’s outback brimming with soaking pools that reach a surface temperature of up to 68C.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The destination also features a new campground, caravan park, and elevated walking tracks for visitors to explore.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The site also offers 40-minute sessions in private soaking pools, which are the ideal size for couples.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The region has been managed by Ewamian rangers, the Traditional Owners of the land, and is considered an Indigenous Protected Area and Nature Refuge.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rangers also encourage visitors to learn about the secrets and history of the land.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Every part of our country tells a piece of our story,” said Ewamian Elder and Talaroo cultural advisor Jimmy “JR” Richards. “From the plants we’ve used for thousands of years to the history and culture of our people and to the future we’re building right here. It’s an incredible evolving journey that mirrors the constantly changing Springs at the heart of our land.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Travellers can book campsites and activities on Talaroo’s </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.talaroo.com.au/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">new website</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Talaroo Hot Springs / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Farmers fear mice plague could explode again

<p>Farmers are terrified that the horrifying mice plague could occur across parts of NSW and Queensland this spring.</p> <p>NSW Farmers Vice President Zavier Martin has warned that despite the mice plague not hitting capital cities in Australia, it's still a massive problem for farmers.</p> <p>“If they explode like some are saying they will now, holy moly it’s going to be on for young and old and we’ll be talking some pretty serious numbers,” Mr Martin said.</p> <p>“They’re still all here and if they... start having 10 pups every 20 days, they’ll just wipe out crops come spring-time if we’re not prepared.”</p> <p>While the cold weather and baiting has given some farmers respite, Martin said that many mice have likely "dug deeper underground" to stay warm.</p> <p>Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall has warned that there could be a surge in mouse numbers and farmers will need the tools to combat them, which includes rebates of up to $10,000.</p> <p>He's also advocated for the use of bromadiolone in paddocks, despite environmental concerns it could lead to secondary poisoning of predatory birds, like owls, hawks and eagles that eat mice.</p> <p>“I won’t shy away from advocating for farmers to have all the tools they need and ask for to manage this mice plague, including the use of bromadiolone,” he told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/worrying-reason-mouse-plague-could-explode-again-095425430.html" target="_blank"><em>Yahoo News Australia</em></a><span> </span>in a statement.</p> <p>“There is no single solution which is why the NSW Government has provided primary producers with a multi-pronged approach to knockdown numbers.”</p> <p>The federal agricultural poisons regulator, the APVMA, rejected the emergency exemption of spraying paddocks with bromadiolone.</p> <p>Animal Control Technologies Australia (ACTA) has housed significant stores of bromadiolone, where the government sourced 2,000 litres from ACTA.</p> <p>ACTA owner Linton Staples said that he believes the government "went wrong" when they decided to advocate for broad-acre as it's "potentially environmentally dangerous".</p> <p>“Had they gone ahead on a massive scale with thousands of litres of chemical, then that amount of bait would have probably caused environmental problems to my judgement, if it hadn't been controlled wisely,” Mr Staples told Yahoo News Australia.</p> <p>“But I know the people who are involved at the government level, and they're pretty solid citizens, and they were going to be very cognisant of those risks and how we were going to monitor for them.”</p> <p>“You can always pull back if things start to go wrong, and you start to seeing birds dying or other animals being affected.”</p> <p>While he believes controlled use in paddocks could have worked, words like "napalming" were "inappropriate" when discussing how to use the poison scientifically.</p> <p>“It caused the welfare people to start to become involved in things and in some ways rightly so,” he said.</p> <p>"It was just a poorly chosen description of a chemical control method unfortunately.”</p>

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This is the Australian trip you should take at least once

<p>If you love supporting Australian businesses then this<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.constellationjourneys.com.au/kimberley-coast-2021" target="_blank">12 day Kimberley Coast expedition cruise</a><span> </span>aboard a privately chartered ship will be the trip of a lifetime.</p> <p>The appeal of the scenic beauty of this spectacular and remote part of Australia is undeniable. Add the unique experience of staying on the luxury vessel the Coral Adventurer, the opportunity to make friends with 100 or so like-minded travellers onboard and discovering the remote Kimberley region in Western Australia, and it is a hard combination to beat.</p> <p>If you have a bucket list of places you’d love to visit then the stunning Kimberley region must be on it. What better time to tick it off the list than travelling with and supporting two Australian companies – Constellation Journeys and Coral Expeditions. Crewed by Australians, the Coral Adventurer is a purpose-built expedition vessel. Satisfy your urge to explore and stay safe in this unpredictable era, without leaving Australia.</p> <p>There’s still time to make 2021 a year to remember for all the right reasons. This 12-day Australian adventure kicks off with a night staying at the Cable Beach Club in Broome with a welcome dinner on the 5th of September. Want to make it a longer trip? There’s the option of arriving earlier in Broome or staying for an extra few days in Darwin when the trip concludes there on the 16th of September.</p> <p>Apart from all the fun of socialising with new friends, the experience of discovering the Kimberley’s dazzling cascading waterfalls and finding yourself in the absolute silence of its secluded gorges, there is also all of the ease of exploring on board a small cruise. There’s always a doctor on board and quality, fresh food prepared with locally sourced ingredients served with all-inclusive beer, wine and soft drinks.</p> <p>This adventure is an opportunity to explore the remote Kimberley region in Western Australia and experience some of the most expansive and magnificent landscapes on Earth.</p> <p>The first day brings adventure exploring the Willie Creek Pearl Farm before boarding the Coral Adventurer. Get settled and unpack your favourite party outfit for the Captain’s Welcome cocktail party before your first dinner on board and enjoying freshly made cuisine.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.constellationjourneys.com.au/kimberley-coast-2021" target="_blank"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841248/dji_processed_0061.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/083392616e7248c78a4eefd5bf438478" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The Coastal Adventurer</em></p> <p>Wake up on board and ready to hopefully spot pods of whales who will be preparing for the warmer southern months by migrating south as you cruise through the water surrounding The Lacepede island group, which is a Class A nature reserve.</p> <p>The next day it is time to explore The Horizontal Falls. These unique visions are a stunning natural beauty created when the ocean thunders through a narrow gorge in the McLarty Ranges. You’ll learn exactly how this happens and then take in the dazzling Buccaneer Archipelago.</p> <p>These ancient rock formations are a fantastic opportunity for budding photographers to capture the stunning beauty of natural Australia. Then keep your camera out to capture photos of new friends with a spectacular view and to enjoy sunset drinks at Nares Point.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.constellationjourneys.com.au/kimberley-coast-2021" target="_blank"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841247/zodiac-in-horizontal-falls.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/404d2a3e776845c8882f304016813a49" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Enjoy the natural beauty of Horizontal Falls</em></p> <div id="primary" class="contentAreaLeft"> <div class="Maincontent"> <div> <div> <div> <p>There’s still a whole week of fun ahead including seeing important sites such as the ancient Wandjina rock art galleries. Also, experience magical moments such as swimming in a freshwater swimming hole overlooking a waterfall. Nature fanatics will love seeing birds flying overhead, spotting turtles, native animals, white-bellied sea eagles or other birds of prey, mangrove crabs, other marine life, monsoon rainforests and even crocodiles.</p> <p>Spectacular views are only surpassed by the incredible experiences you’ll have when you explore this stunning part of Australia with ease. Savour the serenity of this ancient landscape while taking in remarkable visions such as the Jar Island Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) rock art galleries which are estimated to be around 15,000 years old and the well-preserved wreckage of a US Air Force C-53 Skytrooper aircraft.</p> <p>Of course, there’s also the awe-inspiring images of the magnificent King Cascade with its terraced waterfall and surrounding nature and the ochre red cliffs where the King George River ends will stay with you forever.</p> <p>There is limited availability to secure an Explorer Deck Balcony stateroom before the trip is sold out. Comfortably furnished with a junior king or twin bed and private balcony these 21.4 sqm rooms are a great choice for a once in a lifetime experience.</p> <p><em>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with </em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.constellationjourneys.com.au/kimberley-coast-2021" target="_blank"><em>Constellation Journeys.</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Shift work with Justine Tyerman

<p><em><strong>Justine Tyerman can’t wait to return to her unpaid job with two ‘bosses’ who scream at her . . .</strong></em></p> <p>Mid-60s is rather late in life for a couple to start doing shift work but we took to it like proverbial ducks to a millpond.</p> <p>The job description was extremely off-putting but we accepted the challenge with great gusto and enthusiasm. It involved up to 10-hour shifts cleaning up vomit and poo, being splattered with food, saturated with water, frequently screeched at and occasionally scratched.</p> <p>There were also regular wrestling matches involving the application and removal of sanitary items and clothing. Other tasks included daily food preparation for finicky eaters, house cleaning, endless loads of washing, ironing and folding, shopping, sewing, pushing heavy loads up and downhill, singing, dancing, playing and counselling and companionship services.</p> <p>The two youngest ‘bosses’ were the most demanding – regardless of the time of day or night, they wanted their needs met... immediately. If not, they would scream at the top of their lungs until their wishes were granted.</p> <p>One would expect such difficult work to be well-rewarded financially but we were not paid a cent. However, we were overjoyed to provide our services, free of charge, and keen to be engaged again by the same ‘employers’... as soon as possible.</p> <p>As you will have no doubt guessed, the ‘work’ involved helping to care for our grandchildren, Isabel, a newborn, and Francesca aged one year.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840366/2-justine-and-newborn-granddaughter-isabel.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b12bf1ba6f8844b09b1938cd719270cb" /><br /><em>Justine and newborn granddaughter Isabel.</em></p> <p>The pandemic has kept us apart from our Sydney-based daughters, sons-in-law and their babies for the past year, so except for a visit at the birth of Francesca before the outbreak of Covid-19, we have not had the opportunity to practise our grandparenting skills. We weren’t even sure if Francesca would accept us, or if we were up to the task of doing 10-hour shifts with a toddler when our elder daughter returned to work after a year’s maternity leave. Nor did we have any idea how we’d cope with night shifts if our younger daughter and husband needed help with an unsettled newborn in the small hours of the morning.</p> <p>However, all our fears were completely groundless. Isabel slept well at night and boisterous Francesca loved us from the moment we started playing noisy hide and seek games, doing animal impersonations and singing Wiggles’ songs.</p> <p>She was an exceedingly cheerful and sunny-natured child until it came time to change her nappies or clothes. Then she turned into a feisty wrestler who had perfected the art of the corkscrew. It was a two-man job, one occupying her windmill hands, the other executing a lightning-fast nappy change and getting her into easy-on/off clothes. Gone were any naive ideas of dressing her in the pretty smocked outfits with many buttons I’d made for her mother.</p> <p>Mealtimes were quite a mission. She was a determined self-feeder which resulted in a monumental mess on the floor, herself and any well-meaning grandparent who attempted to streamline the process with a spoon. The trough-like silicone bibs from my young friend, Gisborne-born Emily Spear’s <span><a href="https://www.petiteeats.co.nz/collections/dinnerware">Petite Eats</a></span> range were a godsend, catching at least 50 percent of the food that was dropped.</p> <p>We were able to help with Francesca’s gradual transition to daycare, taking her for increasing time periods over a period of weeks. Being a sociable, adventurous wee soul, she adapted to the stimulating environment with great glee.</p> <p>In the afternoons when we collected her, she would spy us at the door and her little face would light up like sunshine. She’d wave vigorously and come toddling towards us. Talk about heart-melting!</p> <p>She was often tired and played-out by then so we took her for long shady walks in the pushchair until it was time for dinner, bath, stories and bed. By which time her mum or dad were home to take over.</p> <p>Our time with Isabel was radically different. She was such a tiny, wee bundle compared to her robust cousin.</p> <p>To begin with, she obligingly just slept and fed but after a couple of weeks, she ‘woke up’ and began to yell loudly and feed ravenously. She was not the easiest baby to settle, especially late in the day, but she seemed to like my over-the-shoulder burping technique and the rhythmical rocking of the pram.</p> <p>We went for long walks along the Bondi Beach promenade two or three times a day with Isabel in the pram or front pack. It was very therapeutic to get out of the house and into the fresh air when she was fractious.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 300.78125px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840350/1-justine-and-chris-pushing-granddaughter-isabel-in-her-pram-at-bondi-beach.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f88f2737d14745b4b897b10439bea6e6" /><br /><em>Justine and Chris pushing granddaughter Isabel in her pram at Bondi Beach.</em></p> <p>I found myself gazing at her as she slept, marvelling afresh at the miracle of new life. In the time we were there, she changed from being a sleepy newborn still curled up in a foetal position, to being a lively, alert little human being, kicking vigorously, stretching her little limbs, exercising her healthy lungs and experimenting with a wide range of quizzical facial expressions.</p> <p>The new parents, in their sleep-deprived state, were so appreciative of our help with meals, housework and shopping, and our daughter also welcomed her mum’s companionship and advice during the long hours of breastfeeding.</p> <p>Being able to support them through this momentous, life-changing time brought us closer than ever. It was such a privilege to watch them discover the joys (and trials) of parenthood that no one can really prepare you for.</p> <p>None of this would have been possible without laying the groundwork in advance. Well before we left home, we organised two key components — independent accommodation and transport. Our daughters live in small apartments about 10 minutes’ drive away from each other but now they both have babies, there’s no spare room for guests. Ideally, we wanted to find our own place midway between the two. I knew the cost of a hotel or holiday rental for an extended period over summer in Sydney would be prohibitive so I resorted to my favourite accommodation site, <span><a href="https://www.lovehomeswap.com/homes">Love Home Swap.</a></span> I’ve been a member of this international home swap club for over 10 years and during that time, we’ve stayed in some wonderful private homes all around the world – Santorini, the Swiss Alps, Paris, London, Piha, Wanaka... You pay a membership fee (see footnote below) and then stay free, absolutely free.</p> <p>I searched for properties available in the Edgecliff-Bondi area, sent out a few messages and within hours, I had a positive response from a couple who live near Bondi Beach. We arranged a points swap which meant home-owners David and Imy were not locked in to a simultaneous swap with us with but could use the points or credits to stay in the home of any Love Home Swap member, anywhere, any time. Their scope is mainly limited to Australia at present due to COVID-19 but as soon as border restrictions ease, they will have the choice of thousands of homes in hundreds of countries all around the world.</p> <p><img style="width: 374.8782862706914px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840351/3-chris-cooking-dinner-in-the-well-equipped-kitchen-at-david-and-imys-apartment.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3ac892bf7df744ed965492930cb49f92" /><br /><em>Chris cooking dinner in the well-equipped kitchen at David and Imy's apartment.</em><br /> <br />David and Imy’s compact two-bedroom, two-bathroom, open-plan apartment worked incredibly well for us. Located on the top floor of a three-storey building in a great neighbourhood with excellent cafes, restaurants, seafood, bakery and fruit shops nearby, the apartment was absolutely immaculate, and equipped with high-quality appliances and everything we needed. Above all, it provided a quiet, tranquil haven for us to escape to at the end of a busy day with the little ones. We enjoyed many a relaxed glass of wine or beer on the balcony overlooking the rugged coastline on the famous Bondi to Coogee walkway, a great track for an early morning or evening run or walk.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 300.78125px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840352/5-sunset-from-the-balcony-of-david-and-imys-love-home-swap-apartment-near-bondi-beach.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/46c9f67f3cf94ced9e52970fad53c717" /><br /><em>Sunset from the balcony of David and Imy's Love Home Swap apartment near Bondi Beach.</em></p> <p>Having independent accommodation also allowed our daughters and sons-in-law to have their own space, privacy and time to be together as a family.</p> <p>We met David and Imy before they headed off on a road trip in New South Wales. They left an impressive 40-page guide to the apartment covering everything from security and access to neighbourhood shopping, dining and recreation - the most comprehensive compendium I’ve ever seen. They also left us some superb local wines to sample which was a lovely hospitable touch.</p> <p>Having a secure covered carpark under the apartment building was another huge plus as parking can be a major problem around Bondi... which brings me to my next key component: securing our own means of transport so we were not dependent on family members. We organised a <span><a href="https://www.jucy.com/au/en/cars/">JUCY Rentals</a></span> vehicle before we left home which turned out to be absolutely indispensable. JUCY provides an excellent pick-up/drop-off service at Sydney Airport which was very convenient. Our zippy Toyota Corolla hatchback did umpteen trips to the supermarket, delivered supplies and home-cooked meals to three households, and transported our elder granddaughter to and from daycare in the secure, back-facing car seat that JUCY fitted for us. The vehicle was big enough to accommodate the pushchair and other toddler paraphernalia for trips to the beach and playground but small enough to squeeze into tight parking spaces. Having our own wheels literally enabled us to be in two places as once – one with Isabel and the other with Francesca. We would often swap shifts in the middle of the day to make sure we saw both grandchildren every day.</p> <p><img style="width: 374.8782862706914px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840353/8-our-zippy-jucy-hatch-back-was-indispensable.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ea017fe08a2e4a5aa026040fd34cc26a" /><br /><em>Our zippy JUCY hatch-back was indispensable.</em></p> <p>After six weeks, we said a tearful farewell and reluctantly returned to New Zealand to enter our compulsory two-week managed isolation period. We spent 14 days in a standard hotel room at The Grand Millennium in Auckland under the ever-watchful eyes of defence force, police and security personnel. We had great plans to do Pilates and yoga together but the room was so small only one of us could exercise at a time. We were comfortable, well-fed, thoroughly Covid-tested and kept safe from infection but two weeks in a room with windows that did not open and just 30 minutes of fresh air and sunshine a day was challenging to say the least.</p> <p>However, it was worth every minute for the joy and fulfilment we discovered as grandparents. It’s given new purpose and meaning in our lives. I just can’t wait to go back to shift work in Sydney. <br /><br /></p> <p><strong><u>Factbox:</u></strong></p> <ul> <li>In preparation for the time when we can again travel freely, check out thousands of <a href="https://www.lovehomeswap.com/homes">Love Home Swap</a> properties all around the world.</li> <li>There is a two-week free trial and then you choose from one of three membership tiers starting at around $NZ20/$AUS18 a month.</li> <li>Have a look-see at what’s available in <a href="https://www.lovehomeswap.com/homes/newzealand">New Zealand, </a><a href="https://www.lovehomeswap.com/homes/Australia">Australia</a> and the <a href="https://www.lovehomeswap.com/homes/Australia"></a><a href="https://www.lovehomeswap.com/homes/cook-islands">Cook Islands</a>.</li> <li>Rent a car or campervan from <a href="https://www.jucy.com/au/en">JUCY Rentals</a> who have been providing reliable and budget-friendly rentals in Australia for over 11 years.</li> </ul>

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"Ticket to recovery": How to grab your half-priced flights

<p>The Australian Federal Government is trying to encourage Aussies to holiday domestically in tourist spots that are struggling without international visitors.</p> <p>This means hundreds of thousands of heavily discounted airfares will be available due to the $1.2 billion tourism package announced on Wednesday night.</p> <p>“We need to get Australians back in planes, we need to get those planes back in the air, because planes in the air means jobs on the ground,” Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack told the ABC.</p> <p>“This $1.2 billion package is going to support so many businesses and so many, so many workers.”</p> <p>There are expected to be around 46,000 half-price tickets available per week up to a total of 800,000 cheap airfares.</p> <p>Buying a discounted flight is easy, as all you have to do is visit your chosen airline's website from April 1st to take advantage.</p> <p>Qantas, Virgin and Jetstar are rumoured to be the main airlines operating the routes, but smaller carriers are urged to get involved as well.</p> <p>Here's a list of all the potential routes:</p> <p><strong>Kangaroo Island (South Australia)</strong></p> <ul> <li>Adelaide – Kingscote</li> </ul> <p><strong>Avalon (Victoria)</strong></p> <ul> <li>Gold Coast – Avalon</li> <li>Sydney – Avalon</li> </ul> <p><strong>Merimbula (New South Wales)</strong></p> <ul> <li>Melbourne – Merimbula</li> </ul> <p><strong>Broome (Western Australia)</strong></p> <ul> <li>Darwin – Broome</li> <li>Sydney – Broome</li> <li>Melbourne – Broome</li> </ul> <p><strong>Lasseter and Alice Springs (Northern Territory)</strong></p> <ul> <li>Adelaide – Alice Springs</li> <li>Sydney – Uluru</li> <li>Brisbane – Alice Springs</li> <li>Melbourne – Alice Springs</li> <li>Perth – Alice Springs</li> <li>Sydney – Alice Springs</li> <li>Brisbane – Uluru</li> <li>Melbourne – Uluru</li> </ul> <p><strong>Launceston, Devonport and Burnie (Tasmania)</strong></p> <ul> <li>Melbourne – Launceston</li> <li>Sydney – Launceston</li> <li>Brisbane – Launceston</li> <li>Melbourne – Devonport</li> <li>Melbourne – Burnie</li> </ul> <p><strong>Gold Coast (Queensland)</strong></p> <ul> <li>Adelaide – Gold Coast</li> <li>Melbourne – Gold Coast</li> <li>Sydney – Gold Coast</li> <li>Canberra – Gold Coast</li> <li>Avalon – Gold Coast</li> </ul> <p><strong>Tropical North Queensland (Queensland)</strong></p> <ul> <li>Melbourne – Cairns</li> <li>Sydney – Cairns</li> <li>Darwin – Cairns</li> </ul> <p><strong>Whitsundays and Mackay region (Queensland)</strong></p> <ul> <li>Sydney – Proserpine</li> <li>Sydney – Hamilton Island</li> <li>Sunshine Coast (Queensland)</li> <li>Sydney – Maroochydore</li> <li>Melbourne – Maroochydore</li> <li>Adelaide – Maroochydore</li> </ul> <p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said the package is the "ticket to recovery".</p> <p>"This is our ticket to recovery," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.</p> <p>"This package will take more tourists to our hotels and cafes, taking tours and exploring our backyard."</p> <p>However, Flight Centre managing director Graham Turner said that the scheme doesn't do enough.</p> <p>It is a very small, very meagre package at best," he told Nine.</p> <p>"I don't think this is going to help at all, really. It is about the borders. Keeping the domestic borders open and getting the international borders open as soon as possible."</p>

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Victoria's borders REOPEN to majority of NSW

<p class="p1">In just hours, Victoria will downgrade border restrictions on the majority of the local government areas in New South Wales from red to orange.</p> <p class="p1">On Monday, Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews said the health team spent the weekend to assess each case in the Sydney region.</p> <p class="p1">In total, 25 out of 35 LGAs will be switched from red to orange.</p> <p class="p1">This means, residents from those zones can get an automatic permit to travel back to Victoria but must get tested within 72 hours of arrival and isolate for a negative result.</p> <p class="p1">From 6pm on Monday, all LGAs will be downgraded from red to orange except for the following:</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Bankstown City</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Burwood</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Canada Bay City</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Canterbury-Bankstown</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Cumberland</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Fairfield City</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Inner West</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Liverpool City</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Parramatta City</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Strathfield Municipality</li> </ul> <p class="p1">Those 10 LGAs remain in the red category and anyone who has visited those areas in the last 14 days are not allowed to enter the state without prior permission.</p> <p class="p1">“We’re not seeing spread or contacts in isolation in those other 25 local government areas,” Andrews said.</p> <p class="p1">The Blue Mountains and Wollongong will also be downgraded from red to orange.</p> <p class="p1">NSW border towns with Victoria will move to the green zone from 6pm one Monday.</p> <p class="p1">These include Albury City, Balranald Shire, Bega Valley Shire, Berrigan Shire, City of Broken Hill, Edward River Council, Federation Council, Greater Hume Shire, Hay Shire, Lockhart Shire, Murray River Council, Murrumbidgee Council, Snowy Monaro Regional Council, Snowy Valleys Council, City of Wagga Wagga and Wentworth Shire.</p> <p class="p1">The permits are available <a href="https://www.service.vic.gov.au/services/border-permit/home"><span class="s2">here</span></a>.</p>

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"Day of mourning": Calls to scrap Australia Day grow louder

<p>Every year, right before January 26, Australians clash over a date that some see as a celebration and others see it as a day of mourning.</p> <p>This year will be no different. The Australia Day public holiday has seen thousands of Aussies take to the streets to protest, as they call it Invasion Day.</p> <p>The Invasion Day rallies call for a changing of the date to reflect the fact that for some it represents more than the beginning of British colonialism when the First Fleet arrived at Sydney Cove in 1788.</p> <p>They want it to be moved because that same date represents the “continued genocide of Aboriginal people”.</p> <p>This year, due to the pandemic, Victorians won't be able to gather for an Australia Day rally, but Melbourne City Council has approved an Invasion Day Dawn Service.</p> <p>Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp says the seated, 250-capacity service at Kings Domain is “a way of supporting an event that reflects that ancient Australian history”.</p> <p>On social media, calls to scrap Australia Day entirely are being shared in huge numbers.</p> <p>“I cannot celebrate a country built off the continued genocide of Aboriginal people,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“A place where Aboriginal people, including children are incarcerated at a higher rate than any people in the world. Where over 445 Aboriginal people have died in police custody since just 1991 with no one held accountable. Where governments and corporations continue to destroy sacred land for their colonial pursuits.</p> <p>“January 26th and every other day of the year represents continued genocide, mourning, resistance and strength. Until there is meaningful First Nations led change, there will be no right day to celebrate so called Australia. Sovereignty was never ceded.”</p> <p>Another person wrote that “changing the date isn’t our end game”.</p> <p>“Changing the outcomes for our people is. However, we cannot change our outcomes until we as a nation COLLECTIVELY acknowledge the past wrongs of history and how they still til this day are affecting our people. Don’t tell us to get over it because it happened 100s of years ago while we continue to remember the ANZACS. Don’t tell us that you didn’t invade Australia when you’re still benefiting from the dispossession and genocide of our people.”</p> <p>Lidia Thorpe, the first Indigenous woman in Victorian Parliament, is asking for change.</p> <p>On Twitter, she wrote: “Too many Australians still think January 26 is a day of celebration, but for Aboriginal people across this country, it’s a Day of Mourning.</p> <p>“That’s why I’m inviting communities, councils and organisations to fly the Aboriginal flag at half-mast on #InvasionDay.”</p>

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"When Poppy met Ella": David Koch finally meets his granddaughter

<p><em>Sunrise</em> TV host David Koch has finally met his beautiful granddaughter Ella, who was brought into this world eight months ago.</p> <p>In April, Kochie’s daughter Brianna and partner CJ Jayasinghe welcomed their stunning baby girl in Perth.</p> <p>However though, like many families across Australia, Kochie was unable to visit his sixth grandchild due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.</p> <p>\</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CI1hIqAgJEB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CI1hIqAgJEB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kochie_Online (@kochie_online)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The day finally came on Tuesday when Kochie and wife Libby, who both live in Sydney, picked up their West Australian relatives from the airport ahead of Christmas.</p> <p>“When Poppy met Ella,” he said in a post that featured photos on his newest grandchild.</p> <p>“Eight months ago, Ella was born in Perth.</p> <p>“Last night she came home for Christmas.</p> <p>“And just like the movie, it was love at first sight.”</p>

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Jetstar launches massive Christmas sale

<p>Jetstar has launched a massive Christmas sale to make up for massive losses due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>The company is offering 300,000 fares across 55 domestic routes, with some flights starting from $29 one way (Adelaide to Avalon, Melbourne).</p> <p>The sale starts today and ends on 11:59 pm Saturday 19th, so get in quick if you want a last-minute Christmas gift for your loved ones.</p> <p>Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans said that the airline is in a unique position to offer additional flights in the new year.</p> <p>"We have a lot of repair work to do given the huge toll the COVID crisis took on airlines. But the flexibility we have across our fleet means we can offer these extra services, help boost tourism and the local economies of the communities we fly to and also get more of our people back in the air," he says.</p> <p>The airline has committed to operating more than 860 return weekly flights over 55 routes by March 2021.</p> <p>A recent survey done by Jetstar shows that 86 per cent of respondents said they intend to travel domestically in 2021, with more than half planning on visiting places they've never been before.</p> <p>Below is the full list of the one-way fares<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals/christmas-sale?dealsorig=*" target="_blank">available</a>.</p> <ul> <li>Adelaide-Avalon $29</li> <li>Adelaide-Brisbane $79</li> <li>Adelaide-Cairns $99</li> <li>Adelaide-Darwin $119</li> <li>Adelaide-Hobart $75</li> <li>Adelaide-Sunshine Coast $85</li> <li>Adelaide-Melbourne (Tullamarine) $49</li> <li>Adelaide-Gold Coast (Coolangatta) $89</li> <li>Adelaide-Perth $119</li> <li>Adelaide-Sydney $75</li> <li>Avalon-Gold Coast (Coolangatta) $65</li> <li>Avalon-Sydney $41</li> <li>Uluru (Ayers Rock)-Brisbane $89</li> <li>Uluru (Ayers Rock)-Melbourne (Tullamarine) $89</li> <li>Uluru (Ayers Rock)-Sydney $89</li> <li>Brisbane-Cairns $79</li> <li>Brisbane-Darwin $89</li> <li>Brisbane-Hobart $119</li> <li>Brisbane-Launceston $109</li> <li>Brisbane-Melbourne (Tullamarine) $89</li> <li>Brisbane-Mackay $59</li> <li>Brisbane-Newcastle $49</li> <li>Brisbane-Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) $55</li> <li>Brisbane-Sydney $59</li> <li>Brisbane-Townsville $89</li> <li>Ballina Byron-Melbourne (Tullamarine) $97</li> <li>Ballina Byron-Sydney $56</li> <li>Busselton (Margaret River)-Melbourne (Tullamarine) $99</li> <li>Cairns-Darwin $129</li> <li>Cairns-Melbourne (Tullamarine) $99</li> <li>Cairns-Gold Coast (Coolangatta) $79</li> <li>Cairns-Perth $129</li> <li>Cairns-Sydney $99</li> <li>Darwin-Melbourne (Tullamarine) $129</li> <li>Darwin-Sydney $119</li> <li>Hobart-Melbourne (Tullamarine) $45</li> <li>Hobart-Gold Coast (Coolangatta) $99</li> <li>Hobart-Sydney $69</li> <li>Hamilton Island-Sydney $99</li> <li>Launceston-Melbourne (Tullamarine) $45</li> <li>Launceston-Sydney $49</li> <li>Sunshine Coast-Melbourne (Tullamarine) $85</li> <li>Sunshine Coast-Sydney $59</li> <li>Melbourne (Tullamarine)-Newcastle $45</li> <li>Melbourne (Tullamarine)-Gold Coast (Coolangatta) $69</li> <li>Melbourne (Tullamarine)-Perth $129</li> <li>Melbourne (Tullamarine)-Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) $99</li> <li>Melbourne (Tullamarine)-Sydney $49</li> <li>Melbourne (Tullamarine)-Townsville $99</li> <li>Newcastle-Gold Coast (Coolangatta) $45</li> <li>Gold Coast (Coolangatta)-Perth $129</li> <li>Gold Coast (Coolangatta)-Sydney $45</li> <li>Perth-Sydney $149</li> <li>Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine)-Sydney $69</li> <li>Sydney-Townsville $89</li> </ul>

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Now's your chance to own a ghost town in remote WA, deserted 70 years ago

<p><span>Urban explorers and the paranormal curious, listen up — you could soon the be proud owner on an entire abandoned town in remote Western Australia.</span></p> <p><span>The former township of Cossack, on the coast, is now up for sale after laying abandoned for 70 years.</span></p> <p><span>The ghost town, established in 1863, was once a thriving hub for the pearling industry, located on the Butchers Inlet.</span><span></span></p> <p><span>However over time, the population left to be absorbed into larger towns, eventually deserting the area completely.</span></p> <p><span>Today, Cossack's historic buildings all lay abandoned, trapped in an eerie timewarp.</span></p> <p><span>Tourists pass through, using the nearby hiking trails and paying a visit to the beautiful beaches — the town is surrounded by a coastal reserve.</span></p> <p><span>As well as 12 historic buildings and nearby Jarman Island, the town boasts archaeological sites dating back to the 1870s, some of which contain evidence of the impact of European settlement on the Aboriginal communities.</span></p> <p><span>The WA Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage are seeking buyers with proposals that will bring social and economic benefits to the region, so the idyllically-located town may just be a future tourism hotspot.</span><span>While no price tag has been assigned to the town, proposals that prioritise innovative low-impact tourism ventures will be top of the list, with things like eco accommodations, camping, dining venues, museums and galleries that will help support the regeneration of the town among the governement's criteria.</span></p> <p><span>Those keen to place a bid can do so before November 20, at 2pm, with proposals and registrations of interest to go to LJ Hooker Commercial Perth.</span></p> <div class="styles__Wrapper-sc-2o34ro-0 cmwkBV"> <div class="styles__Column-sc-2o34ro-3 jJDKrX"> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Katherine Scott. This article first appeared on <a href="https://travel.nine.com.au/latest/a-wa-ghost-town-deserted-70-years-ago-is-now-on-sale/44e8a83b-18fc-4c23-b84b-cfe9cd84b150">Honey</a>.</em></p> </div> </div>

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Million dollar fish released into Sydney Harbour

<p>A giant kingfish will be released into Sydney Harbour with $1 million on the line for the lucky fisherman who ends up catching it.</p> <p>Harbour of Life festival organisers have announced plans to release a tagged fish into the western side of the harbour, spanning from Barangaroo to Pyrmont.</p> <p>The only way the giant fish can be caught is with a net as it cannot be fitted with a tracker, like the ones used on sharks, because they only reveal a location when he fish surfaces and kingfish stay submerged.</p> <p>The competition, designed by the Western Harbour Alliance, is part of an effort to kick-start Sydney after coronavirus. </p> <p>“The $1 million kingfish is going to cause a lot of excitement among the millions of anglers across NSW and Australia,” Bob Baldwin, chairman of the Australian Fishing Trade Association, told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/sydney-harbour-festival-1m-to-angler-who-catches-tagged-kingfish/news-story/7b02117ccdd55048b01a96d537168873" target="_blank">Daily Telegraph</a>.</p> <p>“I can't think of a better place in the world to wet a line and maybe catch a fortune right in the heart of our magnificent city.”</p> <p>Organisers are hopeful that the festival will rival Vivid, which attracts millions of tourists to the harbour every year and generates $172 million.</p> <p>The festival would begin with a 'sculptures in the sea' exhibition, similar to Hong Kong's annual aquatic art festival.</p>

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11 things you do in your car – but shouldn’t

<p>Driving in your car can feel like a portable home. It’s often so comfortable that sometimes you pick up a few bad habits along the way, such as eating in the car to having sex. Read on to find out what you should not do in your car.</p> <p>Putting your feet on the dashboard<br />Whether you’re in the passenger seat or driving your car, your feet should stay off the dashboard. In a 2017 NerdWallet report, 3% of drivers admit to putting their feet on the dashboard or out the window while driving with cruise control. Although this is a relatively small percentage, there is no reason for keeping your feet up – even if you’re sitting shotgun. In 2015, a US couple was in a car accident where the passenger had her feet on the dashboard. She broke both of her legs in several places and urges people not to make the same mistake.</p> <p>Eating<br />Almost everyone is guilty of eating or drinking behind the wheel at one point or another. Richard Reina, product training director of an aftermarket auto retailer says sipping on a cup of coffee or water is generally fine; just make sure you’re able to grip the wheel and keep your eyes on the road. “However, the more involved a snack or meal gets, the more distracted you might become,” he says. It might be tempting to reach for a fallen French fry, but it’s also incredibly dangerous.</p> <p>Storing unnecessary items<br />Some people treat their cars like their home away from home, but it shouldn’t act as a storage unit. Reina says large items in your car could block your visibility, creating dangerous blind spots and limiting your view when reversing. If there’s an emergency or an accident, anything not bolted down could easily move around your car and injure someone if you brake rapidly. Plus, storing items in plain sight can make you a target for theft.</p> <p>Using headphones<br />Listening to music during road trips and long commutes isn’t a problem, but using headphones or earbuds isn’t the best way to listen to it while driving. “Headphones decrease your awareness by filtering out other noises more than your car’s speakers,” he says.</p> <p>Blasting music with the windows down<br />In addition to annoying other drivers, playing loud music with your windows down in your car serves as another distraction. Much like earphones, driving with loud music distracts drivers from hearing important noises around you, Reina says.</p> <p>Having sex<br />Having sex in public – including a parked car – could result in your arrest. Some people have even had sex in their car while driving. According to a study published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention, 33% of men and 9% of women in its study participated in some sort of sexual activity while driving, Women’s Health reports.</p> <p>Smoking<br />Smoking health risks are generally well-known. If you do decide to smoke, however, there’s research showing you should avoid doing so in your car. After just half a cigarette burns in a car, the quality of the air can reach levels 10 times over what the US Environmental Protection Agency considers hazardous. Plus, smoking in a closed environment like your car increases third-hand smoke exposure. When people sit in a car that someone has smoked in, the nicotine and other pollutants covering the car release into the air and get on your skin and mouth, according to Psychology Today.</p> <p>Changing clothes<br />It’s not always illegal to change in your car. However, you could get in trouble for public nudity or indecent exposure depending on where you live, if anyone sees you, and the local laws. It’s better to be safe than sorry and change in an appropriate, private place instead, if possible.</p> <p>Doing your makeup<br />Focusing on anything other than driving means you’re distracted and more prone to accidents. “Putting on makeup while driving doubles the reaction time a driver needs to put their foot on the brake,” says Traffic School owner Stephanie Schwartz. Most people also adjust their mirrors to see themselves while they’re putting on their makeup, which means you’re not using your mirror to look at the cars around you. Even if you’re parked, keeping your makeup in your car could actually damage some of your products and make them vulnerable to melting and mould growth.</p> <p>Driving without shoes on<br />Many drivers might be guilty of this, according to Reina. It’s not necessarily the least safe thing you can do behind the wheel, but it still isn’t a good idea. “For instance, you might need to brake very hard suddenly and find yourself unable to apply the proper force with a bare or socked foot as you would with a shoe on,” Reina says. “Additionally, if you need to step out of the car in an emergency, you run the risk of injuring your feet or wasting precious time putting shoes back on.”</p> <p>Arguing<br />Road rage, angry outbursts, and arguing in your car can make you vulnerable in more ways than one. According to a 2014 research review from the Harvard School of Public Health, it’s possible angry outbursts both on and off the road can trigger a heart attack or stroke hours later. The psychological stress can increase your heart rate and blood pressure, which other research found can have adverse effects up to six years later. Even if you’re having a more mellow conversation with someone in your car, you still put yourself at risk. More than half of distracted driving accidents are because of talking with another passenger, per federal data, the Washington Post reports.</p> <p>Driving with your seat too far back<br />Drivers should be in the best possible position to control their car – and people don’t have that same control if they’re too far from the wheel. “Aside from your ability to reach the pedals and react quickly to road events, you may need to control your lights, wipers or other systems at a moment’s notice and have a hard time doing so if you’re seated too far back,” Reina says.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by<span> Emily DiNuzzo</span>. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/11-things-you-do-in-your-car-but-shouldnt"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. 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Aussies rejoice as "one-off" virus rules come for Christmas and NYE

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p><span>Christmas and New Years Eve gatherings might be bigger than once thought for NSW residents after the Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed to reporters that additional activities could be granted exemption from restrictions in the near future.</span></p> <p><span>She confirmed that the next big milestone would be opening the border with Victoria, but said there's something in the works. </span></p> <p><span>“We’re always looking at opportunities to make life easier for our citizens, but we need to be mindful that with additional gatherings during the summer period, it is a riskier environment,” Ms Berejiklian said on Tuesday.</span></p> <p><span>“We are also looking to provide one-off exemptions for a lot of organisations who might be doing their annual event or some type of commemorative, religious or Christmas event.”</span></p> <p><span>"Please assume that the current health orders are in place, anything beyond this is a bonus"</span></p> <p><span>She's also reminded NSW citizens that there are other options available for celebrating.</span></p> <p><span>"If you can afford it please consider supporting your local suburban restaurant… you can have 30 people to a booking," she said.</span></p> <p><span>"Obviously in your home its 20 so for those of us with large extended families 20 doesn't cut it but all of us have to adjust."</span></p> <p><span>Health authorities are looking into what cultural events are able to go ahead over the summer, including Christmas carols and choir performances.</span></p> <p>"We are very closely looking into what we can do over summer in relation to hospitality and the arts community," she said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Gladys to open up NSW border to VIC in coming weeks

<p><span>After months of staying tightly shut off from NSW, Victorian residents may be able to visit in just three weeks.</span></p> <p><span>NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announcer that a target has been set for November 23, The Daily Telegraph reports.</span></p> <p><span>The southern state has recorded four consecutive days of zero cases since Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews lofted intense coronavirus restrictions on Melbournians.</span></p> <p><span>The NSW Premier has repeatedly hinted at bringing down the border soon.</span></p> <p><span>On Monday she said it would come down within “weeks, not months” and said a decision would be revealed on Wednesday.</span></p> <p><span>Annastacia Palaszczuk however has so far refused to open the Queensland border to Sydneysiders.</span></p> <p><span>Ms Berejiklian previously told reporters that a final decision on opening the border Victoria would only come after the state has been out of lockdown for a minimum of two weeks.</span></p> <p><span>“Now that Victoria is down to zero or a just handful of community transmissions a day that gives us pause to reflect on when that two-week period starts for us and of course we'll base that on health advice,” she said on Monday.</span></p> <p><span>“But I certainly wanted to give the signal to the people of NSW that we're talking weeks not months in terms of when the Victorian border may come down, but that again is based on health advice.</span></p> <p><span>“I think it is important to allow people to plan ahead, it's important for our airline sector, it’s important for people who rely on hospitality and tourism to consider what the future may hold.</span></p> <p><span>“That's why, without pre-empting any future decisions, it could be weeks not months in terms of the NSW-Victoria border opening.”</span></p> <p><span>The border between NSW and Victoria closed for the first time in a century on July 8.</span></p>

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Queensland border closure for Victoria and Sydney to remain in place after election win

<p>Any hopes that the Queensland border could open up following the state election have been rapidly slashed.</p> <p>On Saturday night, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk won the election, with many people in the political sphere crediting her response to the coronavirus crisis as a large reason for her popularity.</p> <p>But one rule that hasn’t been taken well has been her hard stance on border closure.</p> <p>From Tuesday, all Australians will be allowed to enter Queensland bar those from Greater Sydney and Victoria.</p> <p>That rule is likely to stay in place for at least several more weeks.</p> <p>A review won’t be conducted until the end of November, at the earliest.</p> <p>“There were a lot of attacks and we stood strong,” Palaszczuk said on Sunday.</p> <p>“In this job, you have to listen to the experts and you have to communicate that to people, and that has stood us in good stead.”</p> <p>Earlier, National Cabinet agreed to open all internal borders by Christmas, except Western Australia.</p> <p>Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt on Sunday said the ongoing closure had to be motivated by medical advice and no ulterior motive.</p> <p>“I am very hopeful that now the election is over that this will continue to be a medical decision,” he said.</p> <p>“If it is a medical decision the very low case numbers will provide the strongest possible basis for moving to the next step.”</p>

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Scott Morrison drops huge COVID travel news

<p><span>Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced all Australia’s state and territories – apart from Western Australia – have agreed “on principle” to get borders open by Christmas.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Morrison says that the next National Cabinet meeting was scheduled for November 13.</span><br /><br /><span>Leaders plan to discuss ways on potentially moving the timetable forward.</span><br /><br /><span>Western Australia has hard border restrictions in place while Melburnians are banned from entering every state and territory.</span><br /><br /><span>West Australian Premier Mark McGowan is still on the fence about reopening his state but the PM was hopeful the entire country could be reopened by late December.</span><br /><br /><span>“I look forward to the continuing opening up,” Mr Morrison said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Western Australia, there are special circumstances there. I made that very clear, the nature of our economy and how that works, the premier continues to maintain that position.</span><br /><br /><span>“Around the rest of the country, they have their timetables and we look forward to it opening by Christmas of this year.</span><br /><br /><span>“Certainly seven out of the eight states and territories will be open and that will be a great day for Australia. You never know, it might be eight.”</span><br /><br /><span>In his press conference on Sunday afternoon, Mr Morrison also went on to say that the National Cabinet have also agreed to increase the cap on international arrivals.</span><br /><br /><span>Western Australia will accept an additional 140 passengers a month from November and Queensland will accept an additional 150 Aussies.</span><br /><br /><span>Meanwhile, South Australia and the ACT have also agreed to ongoing support.</span><br /><br /><span>Tasmania offered to take overseas Aussies but does not have an international airport.</span><br /><br /><span>“If we needed to stand that up in order to achieve what we have set out then we will certainly do that. (Tasmania) is our first standby option. I want to think Premier Peter Guitman for working with us to achieve that,” Mr Morrison said.</span><br /><br /><span>“It will be similar to what we have done in the Northern Territory.”</span><br /><br /><span>More than 26,000 Australians are still hoping to get home from overseas.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Morrison said 1278 of the 4100 Australians overseas considered to be vulnerable have made it home.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Morrison said the government hoped to get all 26,000 Aussies home by Christmas.</span><br /><br /><span>“It is our goal to get those 26,000 Australians home that are registered by Christmas,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Whether we achieve that is going to depend on many factors – it will depend on flights, be dependent on the continued co-operation of the states and territories.”</span></p>

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