Stunning Contrasts of Western Australia

There are so many luxury tours and five star hotels and resorts in Western Australia you could spend a lifetime here! From secluded, unspoilt beaches to the night life in Perth, from the wineries of the Margaret River region to the wilderness of the Kimberley’s, you will find something to fascinate you. Why not take a few combined tours to really get to know this rugged region of Australia.

Stay a few days in Perth, in one of the many fabulous five star hotels. Enjoy some champagne while you take in a sunset over the Indian Ocean. Spend some time soaking up the night life, visit the art galleries and enjoy some live entertainment over a delicious a la carte dinner.

You could also stay at Cape Lodge, a small boutique five star hotel, in the Margaret River district. Set around two lakes and located around its own vineyard, your privacy is guaranteed. It was voted in the top 100 hotels in the world in 2005. Go canoeing, play tennis or have a massage. Take a luxury picnic with you from the fine dining restaurant and enjoy the local area or treat yourself to lunch at one of the many wineries.

For the lovers of great rail journeys, book a tour on the Western Spirit. This luxury train travel takes you on a tour from Perth to Adelaide. With a night spent at a 5 star hotel in Kalgoorlie, you will visit the Super Pit, taking in a tour of the mine and the minerals gallery. While on-board, be treated to poetry recitals and enjoy Aussie Bush Tales while crossing the vast Nullarbor Plain.

From Adelaide join the combined train/boat luxury tour, ‘The Ghan and Kimberley’s’. Travel north through Alice Springs and visiting Uluru. Spend two nights in Darwin before boarding the Oceanic Discoverer where you spend ten delicious nights soaking up the atmosphere of this unique wilderness. Sail through Buccaneer Archipelago with its hundreds of wild islands and see the horizontal waterfalls at Talbot Bay as the large tide recedes.

Another great luxury travel package is ‘Cable Beach and Kimberley’. With four nights at the Cable Beach Club Resort, there is plenty to do in this fun packed luxury tour. Broome is the hub of the pearling industry and there are exquisite beaches to explore and adventure activities such as parasailing and tandem free falling skydiving. Pay a visit to historic Chinatown and grab a bargain at the markets on Sunday. Included is a sea plane tour to the north, including the horizontal waterfalls at Talbot Bay.

When in the Kimberley’s, there is luxury accommodation waiting for you at Voyagers El Questro. Set amid one million acres of some of the most spectacular wilderness in the world, you will enjoy dining in style at any of the fabulous cliffs or waterfalls that abound. Relax in the thermal Zebedee Springs, fish for barramundi, and explore the Bungle Bungles which are fascinating sandstone formations shaped like beehives. Book the Chamberlain Suite with its superb views over the gorge and watch both the sunrise and sunset over the gorge from the privacy of your own room.

The East Kimberley package is another way to see this magnificent country. Beginning at Kununurra, the package takes in the El Questro Station, the Bungle Bungles and includes two nights at Emma Gorge Resort. Enjoy the local tropical fruits, discover the droplet waterfalls and stay close to nature in tented cabins.

Western Australia is certainly an amazing place to visit with many luxury tours and the luxury accommodation for your total enjoyment.

Extreme Dog Sports

Humans are not the only ones who enjoy extreme sports, it would seem. Twenty-two-year-old Michael Naish took his Jack Russell, Oli, out onto the waves, where the dog rode the board as well as his owner. With tail all a-wag, he looked to be having the time of his life.

It was sort of an experiment at first, according to Naish, who is a student at Reading University. But the first excursion out into the water at Sidmouth, Devon, England inspired Naish to really try to turn his dog into a “surf hound.” Apparently, Jack Russells really are the best dogs for learning new tricks!

In San Diego, they make a regular event of taking dogs out on surfboards, and the proceeds go to the local Police Department Canine Unit. The Loews Hotel competition winner gets a vacation for themselves and their pet, while the thousands of spectators get to enjoy the view of dogs decked out in all kinds of swim gear, including shades and bikinis, in some cases.

The dogs must wear mandatory life vests as well as ID tags.

Elsewhere, Otis the pug is going skydiving with his owner Will Da Silva. With over sixty jumps to date, the dog acts like a first-time skydiver every time, according to Da Silva, getting nervous when the door to the plane opens. He is calm on the way up, and once they are out of the plane, snugly strapped together, Otis acts like a dog with his head out the window on the freeway.

He even has specially designed “doggles” to protect his eyes during freefall, where skydivers usually reach terminal velocity after a few seconds. This means that they are no longer gaining speed as they fall, and the sensation is allegedly more like flying than falling.

Otis is so chill about being a skydiver that he never puts up a fuss when they are hooking him into the harness. On the way up in the plane, he has even been known to fall asleep. While it is hard to gauge a dog’s reaction to things, the jumps certainly get his adrenaline pumping, and sometimes after a landing, he goes for a run.

People even come from out of state to do a tandem jump with Otis, who seems to be making quite a name for himself, or at least his owner is.

I would not recommend taking your dog skydiving, surfing, or anything else unless he or she has shown a natural propensity for it already. Not all animals will react the same to this sort of thing, just like all people won’t.

Still, there are enough stories of dogs participating in these sorts of activities to make you wonder if they can have a drive for adrenaline and adventure just like we do. Biscuit is a case in point.

This dog was “weird” from the start, according to her owner, chasing brooms and other things. When he took her out walking, she started scrabbling on rocks and jumping over streams, so the two of them started going mountain climbing together. Like Oli the surfhound, Biscuit is a Jack Russell, so maybe there is something in their constitution.

Whatever the case may be, dogs are certainly loyal to their owners as long as they are treated well, and if they grow up with an extreme sport-lover from puppy age, I don’t see why that could not rub off on the dog’s sense of how to live life.

If the dog is having a good time and not in any real danger, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be allowed a little fun.

A Brief Overview On Skydiving Magazine

Skydiving Magazine was first published in 1979, it is the principal leader in skydiving news, training, and equipment. Unrivaled by competition, this magazine has survived the test of time, continuously providing up-to-date, unprecedented information to avid skydive fans, Boasting that it is a magazine “published by jumpers and for jumpers”, this has become the handbook for skydiving safety and technique.

Often compared to Parachutist, the only other magazine for skydivers, Skydiving Magazine offers more regional news, safety and performance articles. Since Parachutist is published by United States Parachute Association (USPA), the agency which governs skydiving in the United States, it tends to focus more on USPA events and news, technical articles and regulations. Skydiving tends to cover competitions more fully and also provides information on non-regulation subjects. The coverage of nonconformist skydiving techniques has created a following of enthusiasts that enjoy other versions of this extreme sport.

One major advantage of Skydiving Magazine is it is the only widely distributed source of information on BASE jumping and BASE events as USPA does not recognize BASE jumping. BASE is an acronym for Building Antennae Span and Earth and represents fixed objects from which jumps are made. Because BASE jumping is very dangerous and often illegal, it is not only disparaged in general, but frowned upon by USPA. This makes Skydiving Magazine a leader in this area of the sport.

The primary distinguishing characteristic of Skydiving Magazine is its print style, Skydiving is printed on enlarged tabloid style paper with a non-slick finish. More like a newspaper than a magazine. Skydiving is often criticized as having inferior picture quality and inadequate color due to this type of printing. However, many prefer this style as it maintains a traditional design and because of its shorter production cycle remains the most current in news and equipment information. Either way, if the publishing style is objectionable, it is not apparent in the record number of magazines that are sold every month to ardent readers.

Regardless of your skydiving experience, novice or expert, Skydiving Magazine is a must for your library in order to stay abreast of the latest advancements in equipment, news, and the hottest gossip, you have to go to the authority in the sport, Skydiving Magazine is that authority.