The Lat­est In­tel­li­gence

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Sleep de­pri­va­tion could help to fight de­pres­sion; con­scious­ness re­stored in man af­ter 15 years in a veg­e­ta­tive state…

No mat­ter how pop­u­lar it gets, the stun­ning Syd­ney har­bour will still cap­ti­vate first-time and re­turn­ing vis­i­tors alike. Take to the stun­ning wa­ter at a pace of your choos­ing. You can take a ferry to soak in the views and use the slow speed to cap­ture the per­fect shot, or get the wind in your hair by try­ing jet­boat­ing. You could even test your en­durance by kayak­ing across the wa­ter. Lounge on any one of Syd­ney’s 70 sparkling beaches, or get ac­tive as you dive with sharks at Manly SEALIFE. Re­fuel with a yum cha feast in Chi­na­town or tuck into a hearty pie at Harry’s Café de Wheels; this city truly has it all. Just a 90 minute drive to the west of Syd­ney, The Three Sis­ters is an iconic rock for­ma­tion which hap­pens to be a part of the World Her­itage Blue Moun­tains. Ideal for canyon­ing and cav­ing, the moun­tains have deep fis­sures gouged from the sand­stone over eons. Jenolan Caves is a labyrinth of sta­lac­tite­lined lime­stone chasms carved by un­der­ground rivers. Scenic World takes you into the Jami­son Val­ley floor, via rail­way, ca­ble car and sky­walk. Fol­low the board­walk through the trees and take in the sounds and tran­quil­lity of the Juras­sic rain­for­est. For generations the con­ti­nent has at­tracted vis­i­tors hop­ing to get a real taste of 1950’s out­back Aus­tralia. Bro­ken Hill is the per­fect so­lu­tion, a unique out­back ex­pe­ri­ence com­plete with an au­then­tic milk bar, fa­mous so­das, and milk­shakes. The lo­cal mail­man also takes vis­i­tors out on tours, a first hand op­por­tu­nity to wit­ness his epic 550 km mail run. If not on foot, vis­i­tors can even take a camel sa­fari to see in­dige­nous an­i­mals, rep­tiles, birds and veg­e­ta­tion, along with a chance to ex­plore the Mundi Mundi ru­ins, steep wa­ter-filled gul­lies, dry creek beds and ranges, all on a work­ing sheep and cat­tle sta­tion.

No trip to Aus­tralia is com­plete with­out at least tak­ing a shot at surf­ing. First-timers can head to Aus­tralia’s most fa­mous strip of sand, Bondi Beach, to learn to surf. Let’s Go Surf­ing’s friendly and pro­fes­sional staff can help you catch the

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