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Weekly Oz roundup:

Go west! It's just turned Winter in Australia but there are still plenty of things to do outdoors, with a lot of action in Western Australia this week.

Western Australia: The Leonora Golden Gift weekend 2010, 5th - 7th June Gold Gift Weekend is a real outback community event. The $50,000 Golden Gift is Australia's premier 1 mile athletic event with entrants and major sponsors from all over the country. The Shire of Leonora has cleverly positioned itself on the national calendar with this event and people visit from all over to see the race, all the other entertainment and the outback in the one place at the one time every year. Events include dirt track horse racing, live music, a fashion show, fireworks and other entertainments, a big community breakfast, great food and the chance to legally play the classic Aussie gambling game of "Two Up".

Sydney and Melbourne: MS Australia's Walk and Fun Run, 2010 charity event, Suday 6th June MS WALK. Whether you're in Sydney or Melbourne, you could do worse than go for a walk or run for Multiple Sclerosis assistance/research funding. This year, participanting individuals and teams have already raised $624,876 before the event. In Melbourne, take in the lush Albert Park and surrounds and in Sydney, take in the views around the Harbour as you help raise funds for a great charity. No matter which city, you can be assured of a big social day out with entertainment for all ages and you'll be supporting a worthy cause. These have been running (that's a pun!) for 20 years so it's likely to be huge.

Central Australia: The Tattersall's Finke Desert Race, 2010, Friday 11th - 14th June Finke Desert Race The biggest outdoor bike and buggy racing event on the Australian calendar. The race sees competitors, local and from around the world, tackle a long 2 day multi-terrain course. The racing (each class in stages) begins at Alice Springs and finishes at Aputula (Finke community). It is considered by many to be one of the most challenging and extreme racing events anywhere in the world. Here's an eye openner - the bike race alone currently has 499 listed entrants this year. This is a popular attraction and a great way to see the real true blue Australian outback whether you're following the trail as a crazy adventous racer, or just touring the trail of associalted events.

Queensland: Bump Nights and Bistro C - Noosa, beginning this Sunday 6th June 2010 Bump Nights. If you've ever wanted a perfect social way to experience the Noosa sunsets on Sundays this might have you covered. Bistro C is one of the best dining experiences in Noosa with seating out to the beach overlooking Laguna Bay on the main beach. Now on Sundays from 4-8p.m. you can get your groove on with DJs Roland and Mikey over drinks and a world class meal in a world class setting while you say g'night to the sun every Sunday.

Oz surf conditions for the weekend 5th-6th July 2010: The east coast is still affected by some choppy weather systems so Western Australia will probably have the better conditions over the weekend with small and moderate swells. Consider a trip to Yallingup and Scarborough for some nicely formed waves and some sun.

-Oz Suntan


Springtime in Australia - Update from Oz - NEW UPDATE!!!!


It's springtime in Australia and as the cooler months give way to warmer weather across most of the country, we begin to see more events taking place in the great outdoors. If you're curious about all things Australian, I'll gladly take you on a flight of fancy to find out a little more about the lifestyle events that take place at this time of year which help to make Australia a great place to live and to visit.

The Australian tourism industry is abuz with the news that the ever popular Oprah Winfrey will be treating one of her lucky US studio audiences to a trip of a lifetime to OZ - and will be broadcasting from many locations down under, well known to tourists and locals alike. So if you're reading this 'Stateside' you might also like to plug into the Oprah Show for details.

Let's think fun, fashion and of course outdoors!

Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

One of Australia's most enduring and endearing events is the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival which culminates in the running of the famous "Melbourne Cup" which is arguably the premier horse racing event in the southern hemisphere.

The thing to note however, is that the Carnival is not only for racing enthusiasts. It's a spectacular season of events from the homespun to the most lavish. From the heart of Melbourne and enjoyed by many throughout Australia, such is the drawing power of the event that there are many annual visitors to Melbourne just to attend fashion events or take advantage of the many carnival culinary specials and travel packages and the extra vibrancy to be found throughout the great restaurant districts and to see all of the associated entertainments provided. Not to forget the big race itself, on the first Tuesday of November which is the 2nd this year (2010).

Onlookers from afar are not left out, due to blanket nation-wide media coverage and thousands of smaller local events which run in tandem. From Melbourne to the outback and back, through to Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane - basically everywhere across the continent - you will be hard-pressed to miss out on some of the big event action.

The Melbourne Spring Carnival and the big race has been bringing Aussies everywhere together for a shared season of outdoor and culinary fun for generations. It's a tradition for many people in Australia to place a bet or a "sweep" on the day. Indeed, it's such a big deal to the economy that it's a public holiday for Melbournians. Horses from all over the world come to compete for the Melbourne Cup.

No matter where you are in Australia, especially on Melbourne Cup Day, you'll most likely be able to watch the main event live online or on television or hear it broadcast on radio. If you miss the race in real-time there is no shortage of coverage in the press in the lead up and for a good while after. One of the more popular aspects of the carnival is fashion. "Oakes Day" brings fashion under the spotlight. It's traditional to dress to the nines and hope to make the magazine, newspapers and social pages or a TV interview or two. Of course the eccentrics rock up in droves to enjoy a day out at the track to make a splash and have as much fun as possible. Hats are a common feature, both in good taste and just for fun. So all things considered, a flying spring visit to Australia for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival can be a great time to be in OZ, no matter where you travel - there's a little bit of extra fun in the air.



-OZ Suntan

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