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Most beautiful cycling routes in Australia

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Australia is indeed a land of many riches among which, some of the most beautiful cycling routes in the entire world. Both Australian roads and Australian landscapes are simply ideal for a lengthy excursion on your bike. Furthermore, the weather of this amazing continent is quite favorable for this sport which is why Australia has one of the greatest cycling communities in the world. Here are some of the favorite routes of Australian cyclists.

The Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

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Any decent bucket list cannot be complete without visiting The Great Ocean Road at least once in your lifetime. Even though some people constantly stand amazed at the creation of man just one look at these incredible landscapes will be more than enough to prove them nothing in the face of the force of nature. A rich tapestry of life that can be seen here is simply amazing since this route consists of everything from seaside towns and dairy farms to wild rainforests beaming with all sorts of life. All else pales, in comparison to the dazzling beauty of these natural riches of Victoria.

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Temperate climate of this part of Australia is simply perfect for cycling. One more thing, this region represents a perfect combination between the first world touristic destination and a primal beauty of the newly discovered world. In other words, even though here you can see the most amazing wildlife, you also travel on some of the most quality roads in the world. These two notions are truly not one would expect to see in one place.

The Gap to Mt Glorious via Mt Nebo, Queensland

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Now for some of the most daring and adventure craving cyclists there is nothing that could top The Gap to Mt Glorious via Mt Nebo, Queensland. Even though its beauty is in no way inferior even to The Great Ocean Road, the most curious thing about this bike track is that is quite difficult to handle indeed.
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Unfortunately, this would have to exclude all but the most physically ready and experienced cyclist. That is, unless you are willing to get an electric bike. Not only would this allow one to enjoy this incredible bike route but also to go there without worries whether or not they will be able to carry on once they get tired. Your safest bet for getting a bike of an adequate quality would be from electric bikes retailers based in Australia.

Sydney and Blue Mountains, New South Wales

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Seeing how Sydney is the largest and most recognizable city in whole of Australia it is an obvious Touristic choice for tourists from all over the world. However, what most people don’t know about it is that it has some of the best places for urban cycling in the world. Entire city is incredibly bike friendly, but if you still don’t feel like going for a ride around such a crowded and hectic place you can always take a tour around Blue Mountains. Known as one of the most incredible places in whole of Australia, this is just yet another of this continent’s incredible natural landmarks that you simply cannot afford not to visit.
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There is nothing better than using your tour to see new places, witness new sights and expand your horizons. Still, if you want to break the common practice on going on same old, organized tours, you can come up with a plan of your own. Set your own destination and most important of all, plan your own mean of commute. If you ever wanted to go on a bike tour and visit some incredible landscapes, than Australia might be the place where your dream is going to come true. The world is your oyster!

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Active Weekends in Sydney

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Loved by its citizens as well as international tourists, Sydney is a true cosmopolitan. It is home to a thriving arts and culture scene, world-class shopping, top restaurants, captivating beaches, national parks, and many more breath-taking attractions just waiting to be rediscovered by you. With its packed calendar of events, this vibrant city offers many ways to explore it and have fun all year round.

Here are some ideas for an active weekend in Sydney:

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Hug the Harbour

This is one of the must-do Sydney tours. Sydney Harbour, with its 240 kilometres of shoreline, is regarded as one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. Walk the harbour shoreline, or embark on a charted ferry passing by some of the most famous landmarks, and enjoy the scenic views. Cross the much loved Coat Hanger on foot, or climb it. Sydney Tours R Us organise tours with a stop at Milsons Point for another magnificent view of the iconic Sydney Opera House, and city skyline. Watch the sun set over the harbour’s sparkling waters from a beachfront restaurant.

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Hyde Park

Australia’s oldest park is home to hundreds of exotic and native trees and several monuments, including the Archibald Fountain, ANZAC Memorial, and the Pool of Reflection. It is a perfect spot for a picnic, or to take a seat and have a breather, or to sunbath lazily on one of the many benches. Don’t miss St. Mary’s Cathedral on the edge of Hyde Park.

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Bondi Beach

Australia’s most famous beach was added to the Australian National Heritage List in 2008, but it has been a hub of entertainment in Sydney since the dawn of time. This kilometre long expanse of golden sands attracts tens of thousands of people each year, who come here to walk, jog, surf, or simply relax in numerous cafes, bars and seafood restaurants. Swimming is permitted, water temperature is around 21 degrees in the summer months, and there is a shark net to keep swimmers safe.

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Step Back in Time in The Rocks

Since 1788, when the first settlers stepped ashore, the birthplace of modern Sydney, The Rocks, has transformed from a convict-built settlement into a thriving neighbourhood featuring many sleek hotels and funky bars. Discover the heritage sandstone buildings, cobblestone streets and monuments . The precinct is also an arts and cultural hub, so be sure to check out some of the art galleries or museums it offers. Visit The Rocks Weekend Markets, with over 200 stalls selling anything from designer clothing to cookware, but most importantly – delicious food.

How would you spend your weekend in Sydney?

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The Ultimate Guide to the Best Beaches in Sydney

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Australia’s favorite pastime is surfing. Sweeney Report claimed that there are two and a half million surfers in Australia (Andrew Start for CoastalWatch.com, 2010). This means that all those amazing and wonderful beaches in Australia are packed with people. The beaches are big and long, so even though it is crowded, it is never too busy so that you cannot enjoy your stay there. Here are some of the most interesting and most famous beaches that you may want to check out while in Sydney.

The Big Bondi Beach

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This is not only one of the most famous beaches in Australia, it is one of the most famous beaches in the world. For those that love the outdoor sports, especially beach volleyball, visiting Bondi will be a real treat. This is where the court for the beach volleyball for the Olympics 2000 was erected and it is still there. You will have the chance to play on that very court. The usual swimming, surfing and sunbaking activities are always available. If you get up really early, you will see a different face of Bondi. A lot of people come to jog, swim or do some other sort of exercise before going to work. On Sundays, you can even check out the Bondi Market that is always busy and fun.

The Families’ Favorite Coogee

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There are many amazing activities that make this beach a perfect beach for families. The first are the great natural and artificial sea pools where kids can freely swim and have fun. Another thing are the many rides and activities for kids. There is also a free petting zoo for kids. On the top of all that, there is a Coogee Family Fun Day where everything gets turned into fun for families. Besides being the place where families and surfers have all the fun, sunsets are amazing at here and Coogee makes a very romantic place for couples and those long walks.

The Hidden Long Beach and Fisherman’s Beach

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For those that want something far more romantic, you need to go and find the Long Beach and the Fisherman’s Beach. These romantic and secluded beaches make perfect beach wedding venues in Sydney. They are small and secluded, but they have amazing views and they give you the privacy that you cannot get on the big beaches around Sydney.

The Amazing Manly

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Manly is also one of the most well-known beaches in the entire Australia that is busy with people during the night and the day. The outdoor activities of all sorts are available, as well as many cafes, bars, food stands and restaurants. For something really amazing and unique, you will need to make a move from the crowd and go toward the great North Head. It is a nice walk and not a short one, but it pays off. North Head is one of the best whale spotting places there are. If you do not want to walk, find some of the whale watching tours that guarantee that you will spot the whales. It is remarkable experience.

Needless to say, the majority of beaches in Australia are perfect for one or another type of surfing. On most of them, you can go swimming and you can dive. However, after a day or two, you will be compelled to search the surrounding and find other ways to enjoy these places, as well. Luckily, these amazing beaches have a lot to offer.

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Boutique Hotels in and Around Sydney

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Sydney is a city that is filled with many interesting activities. From chilling on a beach, to sailing, dining, cultural events or shopping, the city has got you covered. You can also find great quality accommodation options, and the number of boutique hotels in Sydney is getting bigger and bigger. What follows is a list of 5 beautiful boutique hotels in this magnificent city.

Establishment Hotel

Establishment is a luxurious hotel in the very center of Sydney. It is conveniently near the Sydney Harbour, the botanical gardens and the Opera House. Establishment is an award winning hotel as it won the Best Boutique Hotel award in 2013.

Before it was a hotel, the Establishment was a warehouse in the city centre. Now, it has 31 guest rooms, 2 Penthouse suites and 3 restaurants with Asian and Australian cuisine and three bars. You can also enjoy a fine breakfast in the elegant garden terrace.

The Darling

This is the first 5-star hotel built in the 21st century. It is rather young and very luxurious. It boasts cutting edge technology and modern design, combined with aesthetically pleasing interior and exterior. The Darling is a redevelopment of the Star complex, located near the Sydney Harbour.

What is another benefit of staying here are the stunning views of the Blue Mountains and the Harbour Bridge, other than the amazing view of the Sydney’s skyline. Furthermore, the hotel offers a pool which scented with eucalyptus, rooms that are equipped with Egyptian cotton sheets and a Japanese restaurant.

Avonmore on the Park

This hotel is in a close vicinity of the University of NSW, the Royal Randwick Racecourse and the Prince of Wales hospital. It is a beautiful historic property, built in 1888 as a Victorian mansion. Right now, Avonmore on the Park is a charming building renovated into a 4-star boutique hotel.

The hotel has 23 luxurious heritage rooms, 1 large meeting room and 7 suites. What radiates with historic flavour is the hotel’s grand terrace, but it also features pressed metal and wood carvings and stained glass which gives it a specific elegant touch. This is one of the best accommodation options in the Randwick area.

QT

This is a hotel with staggering 200 suites! It is located in the center of the town in a building that was once the State Theatre. If you want to go stay somewhere unique, this is definitely the place to be. It is designed in the art deco and Gothic style and the staff that will welcome you is matched to the interior. They wear high heels, red wigs, berets and stockings, so you can go back in time and feel this special 18th century vibe.

QT has its own traditional barber, a coffee parlour, a chic cocktail bar and many other interesting features. You can indulge in quirky food such as chocolate covered bacon, and drinks that follow suit. This will definitely satisfy your need to get away from the ordinary world.

Sangoma Retreat

If you wish to stay further away from the city, then the Sangoma retreat in the Blue Mountains is the perfect option. In the Zulu language, sangoma translates to ‘healer’, and with a good reason. Here you can rest your soul and body and regenerate your overall physical and mental state. You will be close to nature in all of its calmness.

This is an ecological retreat with a proper certification and it boast a sauna, an infinity pool, and open plan lounge and five suites that are surrounded by nature. Some of the suits have beautifully designed window walls and charming fireplaces which make it ideal for a stay with your loved one.

There are a lot of boutique hotels in and around Sydney, so you can find literally anything that your heart desires. If you prefer something more modern or luxurious, an artsy place or a historic mansion, even a nature getaway, then Sydney will definitely meet all of your criteria. Enjoy yourself, immerse yourself in the parallel world of reworked buildings turned hotels and find a peace of mind in this hectic world that we find ourselves in.

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6 Business Cities Around The Globe

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Shanghai’s Pudong – A Testament to Its Rise to Power

Shanghai is China’s most populous city with over 23 million people living there. This city is the commercial and financial capital of China and is now the leading center for culture in all of Asia.

Pudong is at the heart of the business district where the highest skyscrapers are found. No longer a farmland, it now has 35 structures towering over 200 meters.

Beijing as an Economic Hub

This is one of China’s historic fortresses. Today, Beijing is a vast metropolis with fine architecture and numerous skyscrapers. If you want to enjoy a game of chess right after shopping in a busy district then Beijing is the best place to visit.

Shenzhen’s Vibrance

Modern day Shenzhen is now a cosmopolitan city that offers leisure, culture and business. If you are looking for a wonderful way to shop and dine but would not want to go to the busy streets of Hongkong, then this city is your best destination.

Sydney – A Strategic Point of Australia

Sydney’s CBD is the city’s commercial and financial hub. Here, there are more than 4.5 million square meters of towering buildings. These are quite comparable to the office spaces in London, Hongkong and New York. You have probably heard of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House – these two are world famous Aussie attractions strategically situated in the heart of the city.

Sites such as the Hyde Park, Fort Denison, The Government House, Chinese garden and the Royal Botanical gardens are just a few of the sights that you will surely enjoy there; and of course, your day won’t end without you spending your hard earned money on the shopping areas in Sydney.

Mumbai – Financially Secure

This is India’s financial capital as it is the center of banks, stock exchanges and financial companies. The Ballard Estate has now given way to the Nariman Point south of Mumbai. Redeveloped textile mills now line the Bandra Kurla Complex and the Lower Parel. Andheri is not far behind with its newer business complexes.

Dubai – Haven for Investors

Just think of the eight-lane highway on this city and you will know that it is a bustling center for business. Called a city without borders, Dubai is situated at the Persian Gulf and is the most developed United Arab Emirates city.

Starting with barely nothing, the city has made it big through its oil reserves. Now, there are lots of hotels and commercial buildings throughout. Tourists and investors all flock because of the sights and trading opportunities.

The great thing about this city is that it has not lost its traditions despite modernization. Majority of the population is comprised of foreigners, many of which have put their money on the bustling businesses that are found in Dubai.

About the author:

Andrew Livingstone is a business jet management specialist. Andrew has enjoyed incredible perks – traveling around the globe, enjoying new places, people and experiences – of which Thailand and its people topped his list.