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Melbourne Serviced Apartments

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Melbourne is the city never sleeps and it boasts of an exhilarating nightlife, a paradise for food lovers and a great place to shop. Melbourne has a diverse variety of accommodation like boutique hotels and holiday apartments. These serviced apartments are also offered on short term rentals. You can enjoy your time and business in Melbourne without worrying much about the usual chores.

Whether you are on a business trip or with a group for an expended period, it is always a welcome to have a space that belongs to you, where you can cook your own meals or whip up a coffee. Opting for short term rentals turns into a blessing in disguise when you don’t have to pay $20 for cup of coffee or tea at a café and a kitchen is especially a necessity for families. The Melbourne serviced apartments offer this convenience.

The Melbourne serviced apartments are stylish and they are the most popular choice as far as short term stay is concerned. There are numerous apartments for short term rentals in Melbourne, but when you are choosing accommodation, bear in mind a few points: tt is always a wise idea to choose an apartment that is closer to your business establishment, but apartments that are in the Southbank area have views of the Yarra River and are perhaps the most fashionable and sought after.

The Melbourne serviced apartments  have and are everything you could wish for. They are comparable to any 3 star hotel rooms. They are ultimate in home away from home living. The Melbourne serviced apartments come in various sizes, there are studio apartments and apartments that have 1, 2, 3, and at times even up to 4 bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. They also have laundry that includes dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. Some of the Melbourne serviced apartments come in complexes having gym and swimming pool facilities. You can even find basketball or tennis courts.

The practice of taking the fully furnished apartments on short term rentals was once the domain of the business executives who were temporarily relocating. However, this is also spreading amongst the travelers who are in the city only for leisure. It also makes sense to opt for the apartments on short term rentals when the hotel prices go up during the peak tourist season.

Renting a well equipped place in the correct location is an important task. You must conduct a lot of research as there are numerous listings on the internet. Need caution to do the whole exercise. The majority of the agencies of the Melbourne serviced apartments require you to pay a month’s rent in advance. Therefore before you start searching for the apartments on short term rentals, identify the points that could make or mar your trip or business opportunity. Essentially you need to have a sense of adventure mixed with flexibility.

The Diversity Of Cultures In Australia

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

The first inhabitants of this vast continent are the aborigines, coming to the land some 40,000 to 50,000 years ago, and the scholars thought they may have crossed the land bridges from Southeast Asia. It is believed that before the European settlement, as many as half a million to a million Aborigines lived peacefully. Today, an estimated 350,000 Aborigines are living on the continent.

One of the most remarkable aspects of the Aboriginal culture is their belief of the Dreamtime or the sacred time of the world’s creation. Stories of the Dreamtime are depicted in bark painting and rock art as well as lyrical music, which are handed down from generation to generation and has remained intact for at least 50,000 years. Dances are also major feature of the Aboriginal culture and tradition portraying the creation myths as well as recent events of historical significance.

The Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch explorers have landed on the continent but it was not until the late 18th century that a European settlement really started with the arrival of settlers and prisoners from Great Britain. Australia was a penal colony of the British Empire until the system was abolished around the mid-1800. The former prisoners and other pioneers founded six colonies and these are New South Wales, Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland.

The colonial past of this land has inspired the Australian affinity for social equality, for justice and liberty, and for the will to survive in new and largely unfamiliar lands and situations very much like the pioneers of the land.

During the gold rush of the 1850s, immigrants from all over the world, such as Europe, North America and China, traveled to Australia in search for the gold and the riches buried beneath the red sands of this vast continent. These immigrants brought with them their unique culture to merge with the flourishing culture of the settlers and the long-standing Aboriginal tradition. However, this period of prosperity was short-lived and the 1890s was a time of financial recession.

After the Second World War, Australia promoted immigration from Europe and later on, immigrants from Asia and elsewhere begun coming in and building new lives in the Land Down Under. Once again, Australia experienced another cultural transformation. From then on, this vast arid land has undergone so many transformations and Australia is now one of the highly industrialized countries in the world.

Another distinct feature of the Australians is their sheer love for sports. There are more than 120 national sports organizations and thousands of state, regional and even local sports associations. Australian athletes have proven time and time again in international sports competitions that they can step up to the challenge. Football, cricket, and water sports are just some of the favorite sports of the Aussies. Since most of the populations are living within easy access of the coast and the sea, it is not surprising that the beach and the water is a central part of the Australian lifestyle.

As a steady stream of immigrants arrive, the multiculturalism of Australia is further defined with more than 20 percent of the population being foreign born and another 40 percent are of diverse cultural background. Most Australians are multilingual, speaking a second or third language after English, the most popular of these being Cantonese, Greek, Italian, and Arabic.

Australia has indeed come a long way from the land. Now it is one of the most culturally diverse countries by blending the past with the present and forging an enduring future for the next generations of Aussies.