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Fun Festivals in Melbourne

G’day it’s Emily again, ready to give you more information about my favourite city, Melbourne! 

There's always a festival going on in Melbourne, whether it's film, comedy, arts, music or design. So I would like to share with you some of my favourite Melbourne festivals.

Australian Open - 13 - 26 January

This great summer event is held in Melbourne over the last fortnight of January every year. It is a major international tennis event dating back to 1905.

The Australian Open typically has very high attendance, second ...

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Traveling Over the Holidays - What to Know

Hi all, it's Rachel.  Holidays are the best time of year for most folks to travel. You’re off work, the kids are out of school, and the weather is COLD back home so you’re ready to escape and go somewhere warm! 

There are challenges though when it comes to actually booking a trip over the holidays, since everyone has the same idea you do.  Fortunately you have us at Down Under Endeavours to help. We’re experts at this stuff.

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Go to Rwanda.. what are you waiting for?

Muraho everyone! (that's hello in Kinyarwanda -the official language of Rwanda).  I wanted to tell you about the amazing experience I recently had tracking the Mountain Gorillas of the Virungu Mountains.  This was by far the coolest thing I have ever done in my life, and anyone with a passion for wildlife should definitely put this on their bucket list!

You begin the morning quite early (5.30a) wake up call.  Our lodge was in the mountains, so after breakfast, we jumped in with our guide, William, and started the 45 ...

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4 Baby Animals You Need to See Right Now

Hey folks, Rachel here.  From my recent trip to Kenya and Tanzania, here are 4 baby animals pics I took, that you need to see right now.  I would love to tell you more about it, call me at 312-951-8517 or email at  

Here is one of my favorite packages from our website.  

1. Serengeti, Tanzania. I don't walk. I HOVER.

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Bungy Jumping in New Zealand

Hi everyone, it's Emily!  The world’s first organised commercial bungee jumping began in New Zealand. So what better place to take your very own first bungy jump?! Sound a little crazy or too adventurous for you? I thought so too… until I had the opportunity to do it myself last month in New Zealand. As I learned from Regan Pearce from A J Hackett Bungy New Zealand, “bungy jumping is from the neck up.” Which basically means, it’s all psychological. I tried to remember this when I was ...

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Rotarians are traveling down under

Rotary International is a service organization that started in 1905 and now has 1.2 million members worldwide.    Their mission is “commitment to service above self,” with over 34,000 clubs Rotary International is doing a great service to help better our world.  The Rotary focuses on service in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe.         

The 2014 Rotary International Convention is going down under.  The 105th annual convention will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park from 1-4 of June. ...

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Must Sees and Hidden Gems in New Zealand

Hello everyone, it’s Shannon here. I just returned from an amazing 16 day trip to New Zealand. Yes, I drove myself on the wrong side of the road. It was a bit of a challenge the first day, but after that, no worries. You have to laugh at yourself the 5th time you hit the windshield wipers instead of the blinkers. J


So I wanted to share with you some the “must sees” of New Zealand and a ...

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Should I fly Business or Premium Economy from the US to Australia and New Zealand?

Hi folks, Rachel again here.  You might remember me from previous posts, especially the one on why you would upgrade from Economy to Premium Economy on flights to Australia.  That post is here.

The bottom line is that if you can afford Business Class (or even First Class) then Do It. This post is for those of you who want Business Class but feel like it’s too expensive.  What sort of experience do you get on Premium Economy versus Business Class?  What are the differences?

I’ve flown in Economy, ...
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Train Travel in the South Pacific

Hi everyone, it's Candice.  Train travel can be a fantastic way to see the countryside at a leisurely pace.  While most people are familiar with train travel throughout Europe, the South Pacific also offers some fantastic opportunities to see the sights by rail.  

The Ghan - This is a luxury train that travels the return route of Adelaide - Alice Springs - Darwin.  You can either take the train all the way to the opposite end for a two night journey, or do just one night and jump off in Alice ...
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When is the best time to travel to Australia?

G'day, this is Emily!  Growing up in Australia I spent a lot of time traveling and exploring the country. People often ask me when is the best time to go to Australia. Unfortunately, there is no straight answer. Australia is about as big as continental United States, so weather and high/ low season varies across the country.

Being from Melbourne, my favourite time of year in Melbourne is the summertime (December - March). During this time of year Melbournians love spending time outdoors, ...
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