Using your mobile in Australia

Apps and gaming have been done for many years and is seen as a easy way to earn some extra money in no time. Over the years people have lost a lot of money in waiting for a huge jackpot, while some have earned a fortune by betting at right places and at right times. 

Betting is a sort of gambling in which results of a event like sports, elections, competitions are predicted and wagers are placed on the various outcomes. Sports betting is the most popular form and prediction of matches like football matches, baseball matches are done regularly and he amounts of bets are placed before every match. Earlier, a bookie had to be contacted to place bets on a event, but with the foray of smart phone era, placing bets was just a click away.

Mobile betting has emerged as one the major source of betting in recent years. After the wide spread of smartphones, various mobile applications were developed for both iOS and android which enabled users to place bets very easily and conveniently.

There are many applications like bet365, William hills, unibet etc. which are the most popular mobile betting apps. Surveys have showed that on an average 5 per cent of iPhone users use a mobile betting applications and use it at least 6 times a month.

It might seem as a small percentage but the amount of revenue it generates is astonishing. Application called Paddy power confirmed that its 51% of bets came from a mobile betting software, while the overall mobile betting has seen a rise of 19 % over the last year.

One such popular mobile betting application is UNIBET, which offers services like sports betting, online casinos and online gambling. Using its mobile app user can bet online on sports events like NHL, Premier league, Champions league etc. very easily.

Mobile betting has increased the reach of sports betting many folds, only to increase in the coming years. The potential and revenues that will be generated in the future by these mobile betting applications look very promising.

Learning English in Australia Can be a Bundle of Fun

There are tons of places one can travel to with the goal of becoming fluent in English and choosing just one can be a bit overwhelming. Choosing Australia as your language-learning destination has a plethora of benefits. Not only is a country full of warm, fun-loving people with plenty of amazing English courses available in various cities, but there also are tons of unique things to see in do in Australia you can’t find anywhere else. From natural wonders to gourmet cuisine, there’s something for everyone in the Land Down Under.

If you’re into art, music, fashion, and the finer things in life there are plenty of exciting attractions waiting for you in Australia. The Australian art scene is a reflection of its eclectic culture. There are several world-class museums in the major cities including the National Gallery in Canberra that holds works from Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, David Hockney, and Lucien Freud. One truly unique aspect of the Australian art scene is the presence of the beautiful and culturally rich Dreamtime art scene created by Australian Aboriginal peoples. Artists such as Gloria Petyarre (along with her other equally talented sisters) are famous worldwide for their unique paintings that reflect important cultural ideals. Much of the Petyarre work has even been reprinted onto highly valuable scarves coveted by the fashionistas from around the globe. Speaking of fashion, while it isn’t as well known as Paris or Milan, Australia has its own Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. And with designers such as Akira Isogawa creating mesmerizing collections year after year it pays to keep an eye on the up-and-coming scene.

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If you’re more of the sporting type, Australia is a great place to try out some new games. The famous beaches like the ones of Byron Bay with the warm waters and white sands are perfect for learning how to surf. And you can’t visit Australia with checking out footie—Australian Football which is different from American gridiron and traditional football. Ozzies also inherited a love of cricket from their British colonizers. And if you’re into the international sports scene, the Australian Open is one of the most important tennis tournaments in the world. If you’re less into competition and more into the great outdoors, there’s no lack of adventure. From sailing along the coast to camping in the great outdoors, you’ll find more than you bargained for waiting for you in Australia. The numerous National Parks provide various topographies and climates so you could take a completely different trip once a month and never leave the country. Hiking enthusiasts shouldn’t miss an opportunity to see the natural wonder of Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) or the Blue Mountains of New South Wales.

Next to language, food is the best way to experience a new culture. Exploring some of the exotic dishes of Australian cuisine is a foodie’s dream. Being such an isolated country/continent, much of the food culture is based on what can be produced locally. Along the coast, freshly caught fish and shellfish are unlike anything else in the world. And while they’re sold mostly as novelty, native animals such as emu, kangaroo, and crocodile are available for consumption. Australia’s large immigrant population also means there is a presence of variety in the food scene. From Italian to Korean, you’ll find whatever you’re craving freshly made. Vegetarians and vegans shouldn’t shy away due to their lifestyle choices. There are plenty of options for the meatless and cities such as Nimbin will spoil an herbivore with choices. Of course, wine enthusiasts can note that Australian presence in the market has increased drastically in recent years. A trip to the wine country in Clare Valley is the perfect adventure for your inner sommelier.

If you’re searching for a new living experience like no other while you acquire English, consider Australia as your main destination. Whatever your current interests, Australia has something for you. Plus, there are so many unique Aussie experiences to learn from while you’re on your language-learning journey.

Dani Barrow is a representative of Language Trainers, which provides individually-tailored language training on a one-on-one or small group basis worldwide.

The Top 5 Natural Wonders of Australia

We all know that Australia is an incredibly beautiful place, with plenty to offer; but did you know just how beautiful? There are more natural wonders in Australia than anywhere else on the globe, which is probably the reason so many people want to emigrate over there. We’ve picked our top five natural wonders in Australia, to give you just a taste of what to expect.

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1. Katherine Gorge

We’ll start with one that is slightly lesser known, yet still wins awards on all of the top traveller websites. Katherine Gorge, situated in Nitmiluk National Park is a true natural beauty, that has to be seen to be believed. The River Katherine runs straight through the park, which has then carved out this beautiful ancient sandstone gorge. There are plenty of tours operating in this area, to show off the natural beauty and the incredible wildlife (expect some crocs). If you’re feeling brave and want to take a dip then make sure you visit between April and October.

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2. Shark Bay

Talking of taking a dip, this is probably one natural wonder you won’t want to be swimming around in. Shark Bay can be found just North of Perth, on the Western coast of Australia, and attracts tourists from all over the world. 2.2 million hectares of Shark Bay coastline are now a World Heritage Area, thanks to the biological diversity and natural beauty on offer. Of course, there is an obvious reason why Shark Bay was named so; it is an incredible place to watch these creatures in their natural habitat.

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3. Great Barrier Reef

If you’ve ever watched any of the videos from Francesco Corallo then you may already know that the Great Barrier Reef is actually one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. You may have seen pictures, even videos, of this intricate underwater paradise, but nothing will ever prepare you for the real thing. The colours, wildlife and the living reef itself are completely mind blowing; making it the reason Queensland use it as their state icon. Much of the area is protected, however, there are tours available for you to see this stunning natural wonder in all its glory.

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4. Uluru

Also known as Ayers Rock, this is one of the most famous natural landmarks in the whole of Australia. Yet another World Heritage Site (we have a few in Aus), this sandstone rock formation can be found in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It is not just the rock itself that people flock to see though; this Aboriginal sacred site is filled with ancient paintings, warm water springs and rock caves. You could easily spend a couple of days visiting Uluru, and probably never want to go back home.

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5. Horizontal Waterfalls

Last up, the horizontal waterfalls in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. Nicknamed ‘The Horries’ this natural phenomenon is one of just two in the entire world. Despite their name, these horizontal waterfalls are actually tidal currents that are quickly hurtling through a narrow gap between two gorges. Although you can’t get too near, for safety reasons, there are boat trips that will get you as close to the action as possible.

There you have it, our top 5 natural wonders in Australia! Are there any you think we missed from the list? Or do you agree with our choices?

Does Australia have a shot at the World Cup?

In all honesty, the best that any Aussie soccer fans travelling to the World Cup can hope for is a great holiday. The Socceroos will have their work cut out to get anywhere near the knock-out stages, let alone the big prize itself. In truth, the Australian game is undergoing a transitional period and Brazil 2014 could be a good chance to give some big tournament experience to players looking to make their mark in four years time.

If you check out liveworldcupodds.com you will see that Australia has been given little hope by the bookies. And a quick glance at Group B gives you a good idea why. If Australia hope to repeat their success of 2006 and reach beyond the group stage, they will need to finish in the top two of a group including current world champions Spain, 2010 World Cup finalists Holland and one of South America’s most impressive outfits at the moment, Chile. It seems to be somewhat of an impossible task. However, there are few expectations of the Socceroos and with Aussie sport on a high following the Ashes whitewash of England and Rugby League World Cup glory, Australian sporting appetite may have been satiated. The pressure will be off for Ange Postegocelu’s side.

In truth, Brazil 2014 could be a good opportunity for fearless younger players to gain some important experience. Heroes of the past such as Harry Kewell and Brett Emerton are unlikely to feature this time round. Although tireless midfielder Tim Cahill is still very much integral to the national side, there are relatively few players who have played regularly in top European leagues. Long-time captain Lucas Neill will probably make the cut, but veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwartzer has played precious little first team football of late and is far from guaranteed his place in Postegocelu’s side.

Instead, the stage is set for a number of young players to make their mark on the global stage. Keep an eye out for 25-year-old forward Robbie Kruse, who graduated from the domestic A-League and is now plying his trade in the German Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen. 21-year-old attacking midfielder Tom Rogic has yet to make a real impact at Celtic but is nonetheless a rising star. Postegocelu will also be keen to throw in right-sided player Ivan Franjic who plays for Brisbane Roar but is considered an excellent prospect and will be keen to put himself in the shop window in Brazil.

In short, there is plenty of opportunity for a new generation of Socceroos to make their mark. And although Postegocelu has only inherited the coaching mantle since Australia qualified for the World Cup, he would seem to be in an ideal position to mould a promising new national team. He has previously coached Australia’s under-17 and under-20 teams with some success and will be keen to further oversee their development at senior level.

Australia will open their World Cup campaign against Chile on 13 June. Realistically, this is a game that they will have to win if they are to have any chance of qualifying from what has been dubbed by many as the ‘group of death.’ If they can record a victory against the South Americans and put three points on the board, then it will instantly mean Postegocelu’s campaign is regarded as a success. It could also lay the platform for a more ambitious campaign in four years time.

5 Cities You Must Visit During An Australian Vacation

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After saving your hard earned cash for what seemed like an eternity, you are finally able to book the adventure of a lifetime. Where better to go than to visit our cousins down under?

Australia has an ingrained connection with Great Britain, as we helped to populate the continent (let’s not go into that right now)! We have fought wars together, and it is still a highly prized member of the British Commonwealth. The queen is highly regarded by most Aussies and always receives a tremendous welcome on her visits.

One danger of visiting is that you may never want to return. If you are so inclined, you may take advantage of your visit and find out your options when it comes to emigrating to Australia.

But what to see when you arrive there? Here are some suggestions to help with your planning.

Sydney

Sydney opera house is an iconic building, and an image most people conjure when thinking of Australia. However, Sydney has far more to offer. A bustling centre of business, museums, art galleries and spectacular beaches. A few days spent exploring what is possibly the most exciting cities in the world will be well spent. Passing under the famous harbour bridge and reaching the dock is just the start of a fabulous vacation.

Gold Coast

The world famous gold coast is set within coastal Queensland and is the number one destination for beach lovers and surfers worldwide. Incredible surfs kiss the beaches here, and you will also find exciting nightlife. If you fancy a change from the beach, treat the children to a theme park adventure; there are about seven in the locality.

Perth

Set in Western Australia, Perth offers beaches that are as beautiful as any in the world. A visit to the zoo may be in order to say hello to fauna that you will rarely find in zoos here in good old Blighty, surely a must for the children? Since Western Australia is so vast, and relatively sparsely populated, you will not have to drive far out of Perth to experience the true feel of the outback. A guided adventure tour is highly recommended.

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Ayers Rock

The truly impressive monolith of Ayers Rock is an essential destination for your tour. Made of sandstone it stands three hundred and fifty meters high and is positioned within the Uluru-Kata national park . An awesome sight  and highly recommended.

Melbourne

Another top attraction. Melbourne is another of Australia’s cities with an exciting night life. Here you can find the Royal Botanical Gardens among other top attractions. Of course, there is always Melbourne Cricket Ground where sporting war is the order of the day. You will also find the national gallery of Victoria where traditional and modern pieces cater for every taste. Dare you travel The Great Ocean Road to take advantage of the stunning views? This is not for the nervous driver. Perhaps you would prefer travelling around the city on Melbourne’s exciting tramway and seeing the attractions in comfort and style?

There are so many exciting, educational, historic and breathtaking places to visit in Australia that we can only scratch the surface. Rest assured a holiday ‘down under’ is a chance never to be missed.

Travelling in Australia: The Benefits of Hiring a Campervan

When you think about visiting Australia for a holiday, you normally just think about being settled in one place. However, why go to just the one place, when you can take in so much more? This is all possible through the nostalgic campervan.

For most people, when you take a holiday to Australia, you’ll fly into one of the main airport hubs. There are plenty of companies offering campervan hire in Sydney, as well as most of the other major cities.

In terms of locations, you’re spoilt for choice. Here are just a few of the destinations on offer, made all the better through travelling the country via a campervan:

Ayer’s Rock

This is one of the gems in the Australian crown. Its popularity isn’t a coincidence. It’s recommended that you try and visit either at sunrise, or at sunset, where spectacular views will await you. If you want to explore the site in more depth, you’ll find an Aborginal centre nearby, which is great if you want to learn more about the local people and their culture.

The Great Barrier Reef

If you travel along the coast, please ensure you make enough time to stop off and take in the Great Barrier Reef. There are plenty of dive sites along the way, should you want to take a boat out and swim amongst the coral and it’s wild inhabitants.

Fraser Island

Not as well-known as either Ayer’s Rock or the Great Barrier Reef, but still very much worth a visit. For those that haven’t heard of Fraser Islands, it’s the world’s largest sand island. Here you can camp, take in the lakes and hike. It’s about taking in one of Australia’s natural wonders. It’s extremely popular with both locals and tourists, so don’t be afraid to make a few friends along the way.

The Daintree

You don’t need to travel to the Amazon to take in a Rainforest. The Daintree may not be the biggest rainforest, but it’s the world’s oldest. It’s everything you’d expect from a rainforest, dense with high peaked mountains and jaw-dropping waterfalls. It’s recommended that you try and visit Cape Tribulation if you want to experience some peaceful jungle ambiance.

Melbourne

If you’ve come straight from the hustle from Sydney, Melbourne is definitely worth a visit. It’s a much more relaxed city, with laid back bars, gardens and some amazing eateries. Melbourne is Australia’s food capital, making it a must visit location for people who love their food.

The Outback

From the laid-back city of Melbourne to the desolate Australian Outback, no trip to Australia is complete without taking in its natural, brutal, yet beautiful terrain. It’s recommended that you visit the Red Centre, especially for those you want to become the next Crocodile Dundee. It’s not for the faint hearted, with its valleys, lakes and scorched red desert.

You can visit all these places, and lots more, all by campervan. So, if you’re looking at travelling to Australia soon, consider this adventure the adventure of a life time!

Explore the amazing world of Australian art!

If you’re a fan of our blog you won’t be surprised to hear that there is much more to Australia than surf, beer and barbeques! Our picturesque coastline (and interior) is scattered with dozens of amazing art centres, spaces and galleries, a veritable feast for the art – and travel – lover.

For a different tour of Australia, why not focus your travel down under on Oz’s thriving art scene? Australia has undergone an art boom in the past decade and some of worlds most respected contemporary art centres are now happily hosted by our land down under.

From Melbourne to Sydney, from Adelaide to Canberra, from Brisbane to Cairns, here is our list of must-visit art galleries Australia today, with a focus on contemporary art. Why not use this as a starting point to develop your art-inspired travel itinerary of Australia, you culture vulture you?!

1. Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

Part art commune, part atelier, part gallery space, Heide shows that Melbourne is a high-level cosmopolitan city. The core of the museum’s Collection was assembled over five decades by Heide founders John and Sunday Reed who collected a broad range of art from figurative to abstract, expressionist to realist.

2. Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide

Adelaide has plenty of museums but the first name in contemporary art is the CAC of South Australia. The organisation publishes the influential Contemporary Visual Arts and Culture Broadsheet quarterly, currently in its 40th year of publication.

3. Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, or GOMA, is a design-forward depot of contemporary art by Architectus and describes itself as Queenslands premier visual arts institution. The Gallery is part of the Queensland Cultural Centre.

4. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

As Australia’s largest art museum, the National Gallery’s modern collection is impressive and includes seminal works by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, David Hockney and Lucian Freud.

5. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Founded in 1861, it is the oldest public art museum in Australia. The NGV’s Australian art collection encompasses Indigenous (Australian Aboriginal) art and artefacts, Australian colonial art, Australian Impressionist art, 20th century, modern and contemporary Australian art.

6. Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne

Housed in a vast converted warehouse in the suburb of Fitzroy, Gertrude Contemporary was opened in 1985 and is centred around not only the presentation and exhibiting of contemporary art but the creation of it as well.

7. Nellie Castan Gallery

This highly respected gallery is interested in not only new contemporary artists but those who are established to a certain degree, past exhibitions displayed a very diverse and wonderfully experimental group of works.

8. Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

This not-for-profit organisation consists of five spaces showcasing the most current and up-to-date photography of the time, including Australian and International works from both new and established artists.

9. Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns

The permanent collection at this gallery can be described as experimental, with multi-media sculptures and wall-art by the territory’s indigenous population reflecting the consciousness of northern Queensland.

10. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

The gallery’s permanent collection is world-class, with expansive rooms again showcasing highly varied artworks from indigenous, Australian, Asian and Pacific bark paintings, weaving and sculpture to contemporary and Western installations, photography and oil paintings.

If you have the art bug but can’t physically make it to one of these museums, there are some great websites to check out – we love these vintage bally posters on Picturestore.

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Private health insurance as part of a salary package

Salary packaging is an arrangement often made between an employer and employee where the employee agrees to forgo part of their salary or wages which their employer then uses to provide them with benefits, such as private health insurance.

The average weekly salary sacrifice in 2012 was $45, according to a May 2013 release from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Superannuation is by far the most popular salary benefit, with 44.5 per cent of all salary sacrificed among Australian workers going towards superannuation payments.

Private health insurance is another common salary packaging choice, allowing Australian workers to cover themselves and their family via an untaxed portion of their wage.

This system is beneficial for both the employee and the employer for a number of reasons.

For the employee, salary packaging allows untaxed income to be used to pay for these benefits, which can ultimately lead to paying less income tax each financial year.

Individuals who obtain health insurance cover through this method may still be eligible to collect their Private Health Insurance Rebate at the end of the financial year. However, salary packaging can affect the amount of rebate available to the employee.

The employer may benefit from salary packaging due to potential reductions in the required superannuation contributions and workers’ compensation tax.

Additionally, salary packaging has been associated with improved staff attraction and retention as employees are more likely to want to work for a company that offers this benefit.

Salary sacrificing also reduces the administrative burden and frees up cash flow for both the employer and the employee.

Whether you are an individual investigating your packaging options or an employer planning to offer salary sacrificing, it pays to complete a thorough private health insurance comparison to make the sure the cover you receive is the most suitable on the market.

DT: Obtaining private health insurance as part of a salary package can be beneficial to both employers and employees.

The Amazing Truth About Living in Australia

It seems just about everybody is either migrating to Australia, or wants to migrate to Australia. I know of at least 4 people who went there to live/work in the last couple of years, and I’m sure you probably do too. But do you ever wonder, ‘what’s so great about Australia anyway?’? Why exactly is Australia, ‘the place to be’? I mean, it doesn’t look that amazing on Neighbors or Home and Away…does it? It’s obvious that Australia has some amazing qualities that draw people to it year after year – so if you want to know what they are, here’s the amazing truth about living in Australia:

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The People and Lifestyle

This country has amazing values and a wonderful view on life, whether you’re in a big city or a small town. In Australia’s laws, all residents have the right to express their beliefs and cultures, and are allowed to participate freely in life in Australia. The people of Australia believe that everyone is equal, and should be; respected, allowed freedom of speech and allowed to follow whichever religion they choose.

Australians also love art (there’s a vibrant art scene) and sport (you’ll find a mix of sports from all countries and cultures, to suit every age), and take a laidback approach to work. That’s not to say that Australian’s don’t work hard – they work very hard indeed. They just encourage an attitude where workers take time to recuperate and enjoy time off. If you want to move to Australia, the country also insists you bring value to them. You need to have a good job, skills or a talent, and enough money to get by. They don’t just let anybody become an Australian citizen!

The Beaches

Australia has basically a never ending summer, with beaches stretching from coast to coast. Some of the best beaches in the whole world reside here, like the famous Bondi Beach. Tourists, sunbathers, surfers – you’ll find them all on the beaches of Aus. Cable beach, Cottesloe beach, Gold coast, and Noosa Heads, are just a few of the beaches you could chill out on in Australia.

The Scenery and Wildlife

The scenery and wildlife in Australia is like no other. We’ve already mentioned the stunning beaches, but what about the koalas nestled high in the trees or the kangaroos hopping around in the distance? It’s true that you’ll find some of the world’s deadliest animals here; snakes, spiders, crocs, and sharks – but you’ll also find some of the most interesting that you’ll never see anywhere else.

You’ll also find some amazing natural beauties in Australia; the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser island, The Pinnacles, and The Kimberleys. They’re all waiting to be explored! Why not take a look at Kimberley Holidays to see them for yourself?

Whether you’re planning to migrate to Australia, go for a short holiday, or a couple of months; you’ll soon realise what all the fuss is about. Before you go, get up to date on Australian slang so you can chat with the locals with confidence!

Saving Money on the Family Holiday

If you have school-age children you cannot have failed to have noticed how the price of taking holidays during the school holidays is far, far greater than it would cost to holiday during term time. Perhaps you remember those heady days of your pre-children days when you and your loved one could jet off to wherever you fancied on a whim, without having to pay through the nose to do so because you could travel whenever you wanted to.

There is, of course, a reason for the price of holidays to increase during school holidays: it is the economic principle of supply and demand: the more people there are who want to buy (holidays, in this case), the higher the seller can set their prices. The travel companies and hoteliers also know that people with children tend to spend less money when they are on holiday compared to single people or couples, who like to treat themselves when away.

Going on holiday with children is expensive enough without also eating out every night or paying for pricey excursions. So they charge a premium price for travel and accommodation during school holidays. Similarly, they change their prices (upwards) if you book far in advance and/or if you book at the last minute, knowing that you’ll want to get the exact holiday of your choice or that you have decided that no matter what you are going to take a foreign holiday this year!

However, there is a company that does not do this. Owned by French company SNCF, iDBUS bus travel offers everyone the chance to travel to European cities for the same low price regardless of when they book their tickets or whether the planned journey falls in a school holiday or not. You can travel with iDBUS from London to Paris for a Mini Price of £33 per person each way, during the Christmas holidays!

A journey by coach naturally takes about as long as it would take to drive yourself, but when you add up European insurance and break down cover, plus the cost of the petrol and the stress of navigating and driving in unfamiliar territory you can see how attractive the price of taking the iDBUS from London to Paris is in comparison.

Remember that you can book an overnight journey, allowing you all to get some shut eye during the trip. Or you can take your electronic devices and take advantage of the free on board Wi-Fi and plug sockets, or take travel games and books to while away the hours.  You can also choose your seats when you book so you can all sit together, and the journey starts at London Victoria coach station and ends in the heart of Paris at Paris Bercy (or other central coach stations in various cities across Europe).

All that for a very low cost whenever you want to travel – and the prices stay the same no matter when you book.