Floriade, Australia

As a celebration for the coming of spring, Australia’s Floriade festival is the largest flora and fauna show in Australia, with over one million blooming flowers being showcased.  The festival runs for 4 weeks from mid-September each year in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park and entry is free.  The event attracts approximately 400,000 people each year from across Australia, as well as international visitors.

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Hippest hotel bars in Australia

A stay at a great hotel is undoubtedly enhanced by the typical Aussie hospitality provided by a cool hotel bar.  Some are so great that it’s not only the hotel guests that are attracted for a drink or two. Below are the top 5 hippest hotel bars in Australia, worth checking out even if you’re not checking in.

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Top city bike rides in Melbourne

A great way to explore Victoria’s bustling, cosmopolitan capital is on wheels.  Melbourne has been voted one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities; its scenic cycle trails take in the city’s sights and sounds, perfect for getting to grips with the layout and experiencing all the charms and flavours on offer.  What’s more, there are no time restrictions on a bike ride so urban adventures can be enjoyed at any pace.  The Capital City Trail in its entirety is a 30km loop which, for die-hard cyclists, can be completed in one go.  Alternatively, shorter sections can be enjoyed more thoroughly.  Cycling each part of the trail is the most comprehensive way to cover the city including its inner suburbs and classic landmarks, all on car-free, dedicated and signposted cycle paths.  It is mostly flat but there are a couple of flights of steps including the infamous Abbotsford steps on Gipps Street.  Follow these trails to discover another side of Melbourne:

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Sydney’s small bars

As a city, Sydney ticks all the boxes for famous attractions, incredible beaches, international cuisine and a great range of nightlife.  However, set in amongst the more well-known areas and tourist attractions, are some small drinking establishments which allow those who enjoy being part of a less commercial and trendy bar scene the chance to kick back and relax alternative style.  Ensure you don’t miss out on these top 5:

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After dark – best kept secrets. London late night venues you may not know

Visitors to London can spend many hours travelling on the tube or attempting to hail a taxi, only to find themselves loitering on the street whilst the gates of a club are closed in their faces. Although late night clubs can be difficult to find, there are plenty around the city that stay open just long enough for you to enjoy a traditional English breakfast on the journey home. Finding these clubs can be difficult as many of the most famous and well respected establishments in the city seem to take the limelight.

Egg

Egg is known for hosting some of the most respected DJ’s in the world. It is situated near Kings Cross St. Pancras tube station which is within easy reach of both the West and East of London. The venue itself stays open all night on Saturdays, closing at 10am on Sunday mornings. The large capacity dance floor is perfect for those who enjoy a lively atmosphere.

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