Aussie Alert: Win a Trip for Two to Australia from Kay Jewelers

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The folks over at Kay Jewelers are offering up the chance to win a dream trip to Australia.

Here are the prize details (there are TWO grand prizes):

Grand Prizes (2): Two (2) Grand Prizes will be awarded from among all eligible Entries received.  Each Grand Prize is an 8-day/7-night trip for (2) to Australia. Trip includes coach class air transportation between major airport nearest winner’s residence to Sydney, Australia and from Perth, Australia back to major airport nearest winner’s residence; all domestic flights in Australia; hotel accommodations based on availability and double occupancy in each city; round/trip ground transfers between all hotels and airports; a guided tour of the Argyle Diamond Mine; breakfast daily; and $1,500 spending money, awarded as a check for winner only. The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of each Grand Prize is $20,000. Weekly Prizes (75 total):Twenty-five prizes will be awarded each week, as follows: ten (10) from among all Registration entries received each week; ten (10) from among all Facebook® entries received each week; and five (5) from among all Twitter® entries received each week.  Week 1 Prizes (25): A Shades of Wonder 1/6 Carat Total Weight Natural Brown and White Diamond Pendant in Sterling Silver and 10K Rose Gold (ARV $299 each).  Week 2 Prizes (25): A Shades of Wonder Silver 1/4 Carat Total Weight Natural Champagne and Brown Diamond Pendant (ARV $399 each).  Week 3 Prizes (25): A Shades of Wonder 1/4 Carat Total Weight Natural Brown, White and Champagne Diamonds set in a Sterling Silver and 10K Rose Gold Pendant (ARV $399 each). All prizes are Sponsor-specified. Availability of chain lengths vary by style.

Sounds totally amazing!

This sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older as of date of entry.

Limit: Multiple entries allowed, see rules for details.

Deadline: You must enter by April 11th, 2014 so get your entries in right away!



History: Kangaroo in 400-year-old manuscript could change Australian history

A 16th century manuscript featuring an image that looks like a kangaroo could prove that Portuguese explorers discovered Australia before the first recorded European landing in 1606.

A drawing of a kangaroo on a 16th century Portuguese manuscript could potentially change the world’s understanding of Australia‘s history.

The manuscript, which is thought to date from between 1580 and 1620, appears to show a small kangaroo within the letters of its text. If the image actually is a kangaroo, the drawing suggests that Portuguese explorers may have discovered Australia before the first recorded European landing on the continent by Dutch navigator Willem Janszoon in 1606.

The document, which contains text or music for a liturgical procession, was recently acquired by the Les Enluminures Galley in New York, which has valued the item at $15,000 (£9,174). It was previously in the possession of a rare book dealer in Portugal.

Read all about the fascinating discovery here.


Article: The Sorry State of Qantas Airlines

Qantas, Australia’s flag carrier, is struggling amidst global competition and other problems inherent in the air travel industry.

The BBC has a great article on it:

Australia’s Flying Kangaroo is facing the most tempestuous times in its long history.

Battling record fuel costs and unrelenting competition from subsidised rivals, Qantas has just announced 5,000 job cuts alongside an underlying pre-tax loss of 252m Australian dollars (£135m; US$225m) for the second half of 2013.

The cuts are part of the airline’s ruthless make-or-break plan to revive its wilting fortunes by reducing costs by A$2bn over the next three years.

“Hard decisions will be necessary to overcome the challenges we face and build a stronger business,” chief executive Alan Joyce said in a statement.

So can Australia’s national carrier turn things around?

Read the whole article here.


History: Aircraft At Work – Transport In Australia

Made by The Commonwealth Film Unit 1966. Directed by Donald Crombie. An educational film detailing the general types of aircraft in use in Australia and the types of uses they have in the aviation industry. Including an introductory history of aviation in Australia it is an ideal introduction to aviation for young people, the film stresses the importance of the use of aircraft in commerce and agriculture.

Top Tips for a Magnificent Melbourne Move

Relocations are always time consuming and hard work, whether you’re moving house or your office. With so much to plan and coordinate, it can feel like as soon as you cross one job off the list, another five suddenly appear from out of nowhere! But the hard work that comes with moving house or your office doesn’t have to mean stress and hassle. Here are some handy tips for your move; tips that will ensure your relocation little to no damage not only to your furniture and belongings but also to your sanity!

1)      Use a checklist  

Like you would do with your grocery shopping, a checklist is the most effective way to keep track of everything you’ve done and everything you still need to do. Break up your checklist into several time periods, for example 4-6 weeks from moving day, 2-3 weeks, 1 week, day before and even the moving day itself. Separate the jobs you need to do into these time periods and within those periods, break the jobs up into the ones you can do yourself and the ones you need assistance with. Adopting a methodical approach will ensure that nothing is forgotten. You’ll find many relocation checklists online.

2)      Safeguard your goods from damage

When you’re packing everything up for your Melbourne removalists, be sure to wrap up and pack each item individually. At the bottom of each carton or box you fill up, be sure to place packing paper or blankets, towels or pillows to reduce the likelihood of breakage. Secure both ends of your box with as much packing tape as is necessary. And of course, make sure you clearly label any boxes containing breakable items with FRAGILE. Do it on all sides of the box if need be.

3)      Tips for specific items

  • Before packing up your home computer, BACK UP YOUR FILES. Now is as good a time as any.
  • Cover any paintings, prints or other artworks with bubble wrap.
  • Clean out and dry any household appliances like fridges, freezers, washing machines etc.
  • Remove light globes from any lamps.

While this is by no means a definitive list, these tips will certainly make your life a lot easier. Whether you’re looking for a removalist in Melbourne or simply want more handy hits for your relocation check out

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A BIG 2013 for SMART Insurance Brokers Melbourne

It’s been a big 2013 for the Melbourne based SMART Business Insurance Brokers.

While SMART Business Insurance Brokers provides advice and multiple quotes to businesses throughout Australia being based in Melbourne means the SMART team of insurance brokers have as strong foothold on a diverse type of business insurance for companies with a Melbourne presence.

With a population of over 4 million people Melbourne is Australia’s industrial centre.  In addition to manufacturing businesses, Melbourne also has a strong finance industry, and good representation of research, IT, education, consulting, logistics, and transportation businesses. It is also arguably the fashion and food capital of Australia.

Located in St. Kilda Road Melbourne SMART Business Insurance brokers are familiar with the trek down Nepean Highway and South East Arterial to visit manufacturing clients in suburbs such as  Dandenong, Clayton, Braeside and Carrum Downs.

They are also accustomed to catching the tram outside their 484 St. Kilda Rd. offices into the city to visit financial, consulting and service based businesses.  Being Melbourne it is inevitable that every other time the SMART insurance brokers hop on  a tram into town  with the sun shining, rain will greet them on their arrival in the CBD.

The diversity of people, businesses and locations SMART Business Insurance brokers Melbourne meet and see delivers pleasure and satisfaction to Melbourne’s specialist business insurance brokers.

Below are just a few of the types of businesses SMART Business Insurance has had the pleasure of  broking insurance for in a BIG 2013.

  • Ship vetting- Collins Street, Melbourne
  • Environmental consulting-Healesville
  • Hr services- Ivanhoe
  • Fashion importing and wholesaling – Cremorne/Richmond
  • Fashion retailing- High street Armadale
  • Glaziers- Richmond, Patterson Lakes
  • Electricians-Braeside, Essendon, Mornington
  • Tradesmen-Bayswater, Cheltenham, Rowville
  • Builders-Hallam, Glenroy, Moonee Ponds
  • Financial Planners-Prahran
  • Strata Title property: Parkdale, Greensborough
  • Accountants-Dingley, Werribee, Balwyn
  • Lawyers- Werribee
  • Consultants- Brunswick Collingwood, Point Cook
  • Hydraulics importing and wholesaling- Clayton
  • Manufacturing -Dandenong, Springvale
  • Commercial property- Frankston ,Ringwood ,Pascoe Vale
  • Interior Design consulting- Elwood
  • Restaurants-Aspendale, South Yarra
  • Fast Food retailers-Hoppers Crossing
  • Mortgage Brokers- Essendon
  • I.T Industry: Southbank, Fitzroy
  • Logistics: Sunbury
  • Hair and Beauty- Northcote, Keon Park
  • ASX Listed junior miner: South Melbourne

The types of insurance policies our SMART Business Insurance brokers have placed include public and products liability, commercial property insurance, professional indemnity, industrial special risks, marine cargo, strata insurance, biz packs, business interruption, commercial motor fleet, contract works, directors and officers, management liability, and workers compensation insurance.

The businesses the team at SMART Business Insurance Melbourne have insured are as diverse as the people that run them.  The common thread is they are all experts in their field and have subsequently chosen to use the services of Melbourne’s Business insurance experts to help them protect their assets.

So as we head towards Christmas 2013 the SMART Business Insurance Brokers Melbourne team would like to thank all our valued clients for the tremendous support you have provided us with.   Whether you are heading to the Boxing Day test on the 26th, Federation Square or Southbank on New Year’s eve, or the Mornington or Bellarine Peninsulas during January we wish you ALL a Merry Christmas plus a Happy and Safe  New Year!

All the best and see you in 2014.

1300 542 573

Insurance Brokers Melbourne

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Travel: An Introduction to Norfolk Island


When one chooses to get away from busy cities and crowds of people, they will want to think about booking a trip to the fairly remote Norfolk Island in the South Pacific Ocean. This 13.4 square mile island is home to less than 2,200 year round residents, and it has pleasant tropical temperatures in the mid-70s year round. An occasional daytime high in the mid-60s may occur in the winter months, but there are no complaints about the weather heard on the island. 

This get-away destination is home to rainforests, volcanic rocks and a cove or two with swimming, snorkeling and surfing. The island was discovered by the Polynesians in the 1500s, but the British were the ones who brought structure and modern civilization to the island in the 1700s. The original intent was to create a penal colony to house convicted prisoners from Australia. Norfolk Island is now under the Commonwealth of Australia.

This island has no ports, and everything must be jettied into the bay at Kingston or Cascade. The coastline is largely made up of sheer face cliffs due to the formation of the island. The island is the result of a volcanic eruption, and the center of the island is the home of Mount Bates, which stands at 1,047 feet above sea-level. The peak is surrounded by the Norfolk Island National Park.

Mountains and the Ocean


The Norfolk Island National Park makes up approximately 10 percent of the island, and it is home to trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

The Botanic Garden offers a chance to see the plants that are native to the island in their habitat. As well as the more well-known Norfolk Pine, there are over 200 species of native plants on the island. Since the island is subtropic, there are 40 plants that are only found on the island.

Migratory birds are common to the island, and bird watching is a favorite pastime for tourists. Inhabitation of the island caused the extinction of many of the native birds, but there are still 116 different migratory birds that find their way to the island.

Swimming and snorkeling can be enjoyed in Emily Bay. Due to the rough coastline, there are only a few places that safe swimming is available. The bay is protected by a coral reef, which invites the snorkeler to enjoy the abundance of tropical fish and sea creatures. Anson and Ball bays provide surfers with challenging waves.

Vacation Packages

There are plenty of places to explore on the island. Kingston is home to the World Heritage Area that consists of remnants from the British occupation. The local cemetery is even considered a place to explore. There are four museums in Kingston.

The consistent climate of Norfolk Island makes it a great place to book a golf vacation. A few days on the links can help remove the stress from any busy city couple.

The Norfolk Island International Airport makes transportation to and from the island easy.

Mark Your Calendar For the Biggest Music Concerts in Australia


2014 is definitely going to be a huge year in Austria especially when it comes to the music scene. This is because there are very many musicians who have confirmed that they will be visiting the place with mind blowing concerts. This covers different musical genres to ensure that there is something for everyone. The concerts will be happening throughout the year to ensure that fans are well occupied. Take out your calendar and mark some of the concerts that you should be on the look out for this year.


Tim Bergling the Swedish sensation will be landing in Brisbane where he is anticipated to give his fans an electrifying show. This will happen at 5pm on the 24th of January which is going to start out the year in style. Avicii is set to play across Australia from here with different shows lined up in Sydney on 25th Jan at 5pm, Melbourne on 26th Jan at 5pm and Perth on 27th Jan at 5:30pm. This comes as great news to all his fans as they will be able to catch the show in a town near them as they have different options to choose the one that suits their schedule best.

Rolling Stones

This famous band has announced that they will hold a total of five shows when they land in Australia in March, one of which will be a family reunion. The first concert that will be held to open Adelaide oval is already a sell out. Tickets to the four arena shows and the special Hanging rock are expected to move very fast once they are on sale so get your tickets from while they are still available. This will be a great opportunity for fans to enjoy the bands show indoors after playing in numerous outdoor stadiums. Fans should be prepared for a show that they will never forget as the band performs some of its hit songs taking people way back from the day they started their incredible musical career.

Bruno Mars

Fans of Bruno Mars can also start preparing for his concert that will take place in the months of February and March. The announcement comes after his incredible performance at Logies. He is set to perform with his entire band and will most likely blow off the roofs with his performance. The musician who is a Grammy award winner ARIA #1 and multi-platinum superstar has sold millions of albums and singles since he started off his career. This is one of the shows that you cannot afford to miss with shows in Perth Arena on 28th Feb, Adelaide Entertainment Centre on March 2nd, Rod Laver Arena on 4th and 5th March, Brisbane Entertainment Centre on 7th March, Qantas Credit Union Arena on 8th March and Allphones Arena on 10th & 11th of March.


Dolly Parton

One of the greatest musicians of all time will also be performing in Australia as she goes on her Blue Smoke world tour. The shows will happen in February. She was very excited as she announced the shows that will take place here saying that Australia was like home to her because of the many successful shows she has had there in the past. The shows will happen at the Rod Laver Arena on 11th and 2th, Qantas Credit Union Arena on 18th and 19th, Brisbane entertainment center 21st and 22nd, Adelaide entertainment center on 25th and Perth Arena on 27th.

James Blunt

Blunt and his great band will also visit Australia in the months of May and June. The timing of his tour is nothing short of excellent as his new single dubbed “Bonfire Heart” has already taken the number one position on the iTunes single chart and is number five on ARIA single chart. He will be performing with his full band bringing on stage his renowned grace and charm. He will be coming back to Australia after his captivating visit in 2011 playing new songs and a collection of his great hits of all time. His shows are scheduled to happen in June where on the 1st he will be at the Newcastle civic theater, on 2nd Brisbane convection center, 6th at the Adelaide entertainment center theater, 7th at the Royal theater Canberra and 13th at riverside theater Perth. Here you will get a variety of packages that you can choose from to get the one that will work out best for you.


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Video: Tourism Australia Debuts Latest Ad

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Aussie Alert: Win a Trip to the 2015 Australian Open


The Tennis Channel is offering up the chance to win a trip to the 2015 Australian Open.

Here are the prize details:

One (1) Grand Prize which includes: (i) round trip coach class air transportation on a carrier to be selected by Sponsor (the “Airline”) for the winner and one (1) guest from a major commercial airport near winner’s residence (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) to a major commercial airport in Melbourne, Australia (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) Six Thousand U.S. Dollars (USD$6,000.00)); (ii) standard hotel accommodations (single room/double occupancy, room and tax only) at a hotel to be selected by Sponsor (the “Hotel”) for the winner and one (1) guest for five (5) nights in the greater Melbourne, Australia vicinity (ARV Two Thousand U.D. Dollars (USD$2,000.00); and (iii) an opportunity for winner and guest to attend two (2) days of the 2015 Australian Open (either the day or night sessions, at Sponsor’s sole discretion) (ARV Four Hundred U.S. Dollars (USD$400.00)).

Sounds like a wonderful opportunity to explore Australia, even if you don’t like Tennis much.

This sweepstakes is open to legal U.S. residents physically located and residing in the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years of age or older at time of entry.

Limit: One Entry Per Person, Per Day.

Deadline: You must enter by January 26th, 2014.