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1. I resolve to learn something through travel
The trend for educational travel ensures you
can learn everything from foreign languages to
kickboxing while enjoying a unique immersion
in your surroundings. Vacations that encompass
yoga retreats, cooking courses and surfing camps
are available in a range of locations, and often
include board and meals. It’s a great way to connect
with locals, meet kindred spirits, and return from
your holiday with valuable skills as well as happy
2. I resolve to take foreign public transport
Taxis make it easy to forgo the hassle of negotiating
a foreign transport network, but to truly get a sense
of a destination, jump on a public bus or ferry and
rub shoulders with the locals. You might have to ask
how to hail the appropriate minivan on the street
corner, and there’s a chance you’ll get on a ferry
travelling the wrong way, but it will be worth it to take
a glimpse through that window of authenticity.
3. I resolve to travel with meaning
This year make a point of setting forth on a
journey that holds some personal meaning to you.
Perhaps your ancestors hail from rural Germany,
and you want to visit the village where your great-
grandmother grew up, or maybe you’re a die-hard
foodie, and you’ve always dreamed of taking a slow
food tour through Italy.
4. I resolve to take a tour
Tours have come a long way since the days of daggy,
superficial coach trips. Guided explorations are now
so specialised that you’re almost guaranteed to find
something that speaks to your particular interest.
Imagine joining an after-hours tour of the Sistine
Chapel, where you can contemplate the heavenly
frescos totally free of distraction as your guide
recounts intricate history.
5. I resolve to research my destination
While there is a lot to be said for spontaneous
discovery, finding out that you’ve missed something
incredible is always a bit of a kick in the guts. A little
research before travel imbues landmarks with a new
significance, and can also reveal hidden gems that
take a bit of getting to.
6. I resolve to travel solo
In the past, solo travel has been seen as a last resort
for those who have no companion, but today’s travel
organisations cater for singles as a matter of course.
If you want to spend five hours in the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, no one will drag you away. Choose
your own adventure, eat whenever and however you
like, and stay open to what the world has to offer
7. I resolve to explore closer to home
Our country is a wonderland of natural features,
from the world’s most celebrated reef through to
the mysterious landscape of the Kimberley. Go
snorkelling with manta rays in Broome, or attend
a show at the iconic Opera House - there are an
overwhelming amount of unforgettable moments to
be had in your own back yard.
What’s your New Year’s Resolution?
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Lisa has travelled to many of the world’s iconic
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The world can be a mystical place, one that is both
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to make each journey a special experience, where
every tour and itinerary is tailored specifically to the
individual interests and tastes of each of her clients.
Dave enjoys the chance to sit down with his clients
as he gets to know them on a personal level.
Because he enjoys developing a personal rapport
with his clients, Dave is able to create a memorable
holiday package that is based on the clients’
personal style, with an itinerary that flows at their
Carolyn has travelled to over 53 countries and
has enjoyed such fascinating activities as hot air
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in Turkey and riding the rails on a scenic train tour
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at travelling to, Carolyn can put together an
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A severe thunderstorm hit the Barossa
on December 27-29 leaving many people
without power and houses at risk of tree
damage from the high speed winds.
Certain areas in the state had no power
due to downed power lines while other
homes had to be cleaned up after the
carnage from the night before.
The region had just recovered from the
last bout of extreme weather in October
with the state wide power outage and
The main issue with the recent
thunderstorm was the extreme winds
that brought down trees onto power lines,
houses and sheds.
Matthew Bain, Barossa CFS Group
Officer, said that some of the worst hit areas
were around Eden Valley, Williamstown
and Mount Pleasant.
“All of the brigades were out and
running about the place. We had 45 calls
per brigade. All of the jobs were for trees
down,” said Matthew.
“This was far more windier than the last
[blackout and storm in October]. Heck of
a lot more trees down...
“The biggest winds I have ever seen in
38 years of service. The strongest winds.
There were fallen trees, but not massive
damage. A few pergolas and sheds were
bent, but not extensive house damage.”
Matthew continued that the winds
during the October thunderstorm were
around 90km, while this time the winds
were between 120-130 km.
There was two reported house fires in
the early hours of December 28, but they
were due to no electricity which set off
false fire alarms.
There were instances of trees falling on
houses and sheds; a TV antenna needed to
be removed from someone’s home, and a
trampoline had to be pulled off of a house.
The Barossa CFS’s main problem
was an ambulance that was trying to
get to Abbeyfield Aged Care Facility in
Williamstown but couldn’t due to fallen
trees blocking the roads to the facility.
Matthew said that had to be cleared up
urgently to allow the ambulance through.
The Barossa CFS group trucks started
being called out around 12.30 a.m. on
December 28 and the final CFS truck went
back at 1 p.m. the same day.
Matthew also said that a lot of the fireys
who were out serving the community had
to return to find their own homes had been
left a mess by the storm.
Matthew had the same problem at his
own property. One of his sheds had lost
part of the roof sheeting and the insides
were saturated with water.
Many houses were left without
electricity while some people were lucky
enough to be unaffected by the ferocity
of the storm.
Areas in Lyndoch were fully functioning
while one small part of the township was
without power for 34 hours due to fallen
trees damaging a power line.
Angaston Roaring 40’s proprietor, Mr
Damon De Ruiter, came into work on
December 28 to find a tree had fallen onto
the back of the restaurant.
He said there wasn’t a lot of damage,
Damon cut up 90 per cent of the tree
before the CFS came to help.
The Barossa Council said, “As a result
of the severe storm event, there has been
significant tree damage across the Council
area, with some areas being worse hit than
“Council staff have been responding to
reports of fallen trees and will continue to
prioritise their response.”
Barossa Council received between 60-80
calls that still need to be responded to in
regards to tree and branch removal.
Council also found the main damage
was located around Williamstown, Mount
Pleasant and Lyndoch.
The council crew’s main priority was to
open up roads covered with fallen trees.
However, they have moved onto lower
High speed winds
The tree that fell onto the back of the Angaston Roaring 40’s.
Photo by Damon De Ruiter.
Bordering the fence line to Angas Recreation Park, the entire width of the footpath is now blocked by this large
branch which is believed to have come down during the storm.
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