Destinations

Melbourne

capital city of Victoria, Australia

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Watarrka National Park

most famous for Kings Canyon, a mighty chasm reaching a depth of 270 metres

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Perth

capital city of Western Australia, Australia

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Canberra

the relatively small, purpose-built national capital of Australia is home to plenty of museums

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Brisbane

capital city of Queensland, Australia

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

national park in the Northern Territory, Australia and location of a sandstone monolith

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Katherine

town in the Northern Territory, Australia

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Kakadu National Park

protected area in the Northern Territory of Australia

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Sydney

capital city of New South Wales, Australia

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Cairns

city in Queensland

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Adelaide

capital city of South Australia, Australia

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Hobart

capital city of Tasmania, Australia

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Darwin

capital city of the Northern Territory, Australia

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Sights

Tasmania

island state of Australia

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Western Australia

state in Australia

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Sydney Opera House

multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Newcastle, New South Wales

city in New South Wales, Australia

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University of Queensland

One of Australia's oldest and most prestigious institutions, situated on a bend of the Brisbane River. Its majestic sandstone buildings are surrounded by ornamental lakes, jacaranda-lined boulevards and some of the finest architecture. Visitor attractions include the Great Court, the UQ Art Museum at the James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre, the Eleanor Schonell Bridge, and wildlife in the UQ lakes. It can be reached by CityCat, or bus route 66 from the CBD along Busway.

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Art Gallery of New South Wales

public art gallery in Sydney

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

bridge across Sydney Harbour in Australia

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Townsville

city in Queensland, Australia

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Ballarat

city in Victoria, Australia

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State Library of New South Wales

Central library for the state of New South Wales, Australia

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Great Barrier Reef

see first hand this natural wonder, off the coast of Queensland and easily accessible from Cairns

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Manly, New South Wales

suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Mildura

city in Victoria, Australia

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Rottnest Island

island near Perth, Western Australia

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Fremantle

port city in Western Australia

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Parramatta

suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Blue Mountains (New South Wales)

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Bundaberg

city in Queensland

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Powerhouse Museum

science museum in Sydney, Australia

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Uluru

large sandstone rock formation in Australia

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Australian Open

Australian Open Tennis Championships

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National Portrait Gallery (Australia)

The Gallery opened to the public on the 4 December 2008, and displays some 400 portraits of people who have shaped and who continue to shape the nation. There are gallery spaces for the collection and temporary exhibitions, public areas including a café, shop, function room, theatrette, education and school group areas, and basement car parking. Portraits are in various media, depending on the era. Galleries are themed by era. The web site gives a good idea of the content.

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Sydney Conservatorium of Music

music faculty of the University of Sydney

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Melbourne Museum

museum in Victoria, Australia

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Port Douglas

town in Far North Queensland, Australia

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Sydney Olympic Park

suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Magnetic Island

island offshore the city of Townsville, Queensland, Australia

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Bondi Beach

suburb in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Parliament House, Canberra

The seat of Australia's federal government and legislature and a remarkable piece of modern architecture. Outside, the forecourt faces Federation Mall and has iconic views. Much of the inside is open to the public during business hours (your bags are x-rayed and persons pass through a metal detector at the entrance). When inside the building, do not miss: Queens Terrace upstairs towards the forecourt, and the roof (via an elevator close to walkway to the House of Representatives). Various art, including portraits of past prime ministers are hung in the hallways. Enthusiastic guides perform free tours daily at 10AM, 1PM and 3PM (no booking required). Tours are shorter when Parliament is sitting as the chambers are occupied.

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Birdsville

town in Queensland, Australia

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Adelaide Oval

stadium in Adelaide, South Australia

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Sydney Tower

architectural structure

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Mount Wellington (Tasmania)

Situated within Wellington Park, Mt Wellington peaks at 1,270 m with breathtaking views of the Derwent River and Greater Hobart Region. At the top of the road up the mountain is the Pinnacle Observation Shelter, an indoor viewing area with binoculars. There are also several other lookouts on the way up to the peak. Your main options for heading up the mountain include taking your own car, going with a private tour operator or walking, if you are adventurous. Temperatures at the summit can range from 4-13°C in summer to -2-4°C in winter, so be sure to bring along warm clothes. It will often be 10-15° cooler at the top of Mt Wellington than it is in Hobart. There are multiple activities to do on the mountains, including cycling and hiking. See the Do section below for more information.

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Currawinya National Park

national park near Hungerford in South West Queensland, Australia

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Cape Tribulation, Queensland

headland at the east coast of Australia

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Rod Laver Arena

tennis stadium in Melbourne, Australia

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Snowy Mountains

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Kings Park, Western Australia

park in Western Australia

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State Library of Queensland

main research and reference library in Queensland

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Queensland Performing Arts Centre

performing arts centre with three theatres and a concert hall in Brisbane, Australia

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Australian Grand Prix

auto race held in Australia

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Humpty Doo

town in the Northern Territory, Australia

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Charles Darwin National Park

national park of Australia

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Elsey National Park

national park of Australia

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Mount Coot-tha, Queensland

Brisbane's tallest mountain. A popular make-out spot with a great view and good but overpriced cafe and restaurant. Large TV and radio antennas line some of its broad peak. You can take a scenic drive through the heavily forested Mount Coot-tha Reserve to the peak to see the almost-360° views of Brisbane and the surrounding region. The mountain is 287 m (941 ft) above sea level and forms the eastern extent of the Taylor Range. It is the most northern part of Australia to record snow. It is a prominent landmark approximately 6 km (4 mi) to the west of the Brisbane central business district and is visible from much of the city. Before the Moreton Bay penal settlement, Mount Coot-tha was the home of the Turrbal Aboriginal people. Early Brisbane people called it One Tree Hill when bush at the top of the mountain was cleared except for one large eucalypt tree. The Aboriginal people of the area used to come to the mountain to collect ‘ku-ta’ (honey) that was produced by the native stingless bee. Mount Coot-tha (Place of Honey), a derivative of the indigenous term, replaced the title ‘One Tree Hill' in 1880 when the area was declared a Public Recreation Reserve. Car is the most effective way to enjoy Mount Cootha at your own pace. There is ample parking at the peak. One can also hike the marked trail from the mountain's foot. See one of the best views of Brisbane. It is best to arrive just before dusk or dawn so you can enjoy the transition from day to night. Drive to the peak for a picnic dinner and admire the views. There are several walking tracks through the forests that surround the summit; some are difficult. It is a great place from which to watch the Riverfire fireworks in Sep.

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Mount Ainslie

mountain

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Commissariat Store, Brisbane

Occupying the oldest habitable building in Queensland, the museum highlights both the building and aspects of Brisbane and Queensland's convict, colonial and more recent history. Run by The Royal Historical Society of Queensland. Audio tour can be downloaded from website in advance.

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Woronora

locality in New South Wales, Australia

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Brisbane City Hall

The City Hall is Brisbane's most significant historical landmark and was restored in 2010–2013. The area has free public Wi-Fi.

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Anglesea Barracks

barracks in central Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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National Wine Centre of Australia

A part of the University of Adelaide, here you can learn more about Australian viticulture, wine and food in general and there's of course also wine bar.

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Sydney Theatre Company

arts organisation in Australia

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City Botanic Gardens

Walking and cycling tracks. Exhibits. Free tours are a mix of the history of the gardens and the city whereas the garden tours at Mt Coot-tha are more focused on the wide variety of plants.

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Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha

Beautiful subtropical gardens with many walks.

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Red Hill, Australian Capital Territory

suburb of Canberra, Australia

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Norwood Oval

Multipurpose stadium near Adelaide, Australia

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Royal Military College, Duntroon

The Australian Army's officer training college was established in 1911 and is one of the oldest institutions in Canberra. Duntroon is open to the public and includes a number of historic buildings (though it is generally not possible to enter them as they remain in use). A chapel built by Australian prisoners of war being held in harsh conditions at Changi in Singapore during the Second World War has also been relocated to Duntroon, and is located halfway along Miles Road.

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National Motor Museum, Birdwood

Cars and motorcycles from all eras on display, also historical car parts, car-related items from repair manuals to petrol station signs and toys

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Darling Harbour

recreational and pedestrian precinct on the western edge of the Sydney central business district

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Circular Quay

locality in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Queens Domain

locality in Tasmania, Australia

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Kata Tjuta

mountain

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Mrs Macquarie's Chair

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Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

horse racing venue in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

nature reserve in the Australian Capital Territory

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Melbourne Park

sporting complex in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Daintree River

river in Queensland, Australia

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Melbourne Cup

horse race

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Adelaide Botanic Garden

The gardens are quiet and relaxing even though they're in the heart of the city. They contain many large grassed areas ideal for relaxing, and just outside the gardens are the city parklands where ball games and picnics can be held. There is a cafe in the gardens and a conservatory.

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Cazaly's Stadium

stadium in Cairns, Queensland, Australia

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Bradleys Head

Take a ferry to Taronga Zoo wharf and then head to your right along the promontory. There's pristine bushland (almost unchanged from the time of European colonisation), quiet beaches, and knockout views across the harbour, and in the warmer months you'll spot plenty of Eastern Water Dragons, a type of large lizard. Once you reach the tip of the headland, you can either amble back to the wharf or - if you're feeling more ambitious - follow the track several more kilometres to Clifton Gardens, ogling the gigantic houses along the way. From there, you can either hike all the way back to Taronga or get a bus to a ferry wharf.

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National Zoo & Aquarium

This privately owned zoo and aquarium offers the standard service plus special tours that allow interaction with the animals. The range of tours offers opportunities to interact with animals (feed or touch) including tigers, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, bears, dingos, elands and snakes. The tours are quite special and certainly worth it if you love animals. Make sure that you turn up at the 'Check in time' for a tour instead of the start time as the two are different.

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New Farm Park

park in Queensland, Australia

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Morialta Conservation Park

Famous for its ridges with waterfalls that are particularly impressive during the winter and spring when the water flows at its strongest.

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Fremantle Markets

market in Fremantle, Western Australia

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Nourlangie Rock

mountain in Australia

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AFL Grand Final

Australian rules football match to decide the premier of a Victorian Football League or Australian Football League season

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Mount Majura

mountain

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Lake Monger

lake in Australia

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Whiteman Park

bushland reserve north of Perth, Western Australia

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The Lodge (Australia)

The Prime Minister's official residence. Generally closed to the public and one can only see part of the garden from behind the wall. There are open days about once a year and if you are lucky to be in Canberra then, it shouldn't be missed.

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Government House, Canberra

The main official residence of the Governor-General of Australia, representative of Queen Elizabeth II in Australia. Closed to the public except for open days, which take place approximately twice a year. There is a viewing platform off the Lady Denman Drive, or glimpses can be seen from the main gate at Dunrossil Drive, Yarralumla, or Weston Park, Yarralumla. Often kangaroos are to be spotted munching grass on the lawns, so be careful driving along the ride that gets to the viewpoint, especially at dusk.

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Sydney Fish Market

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Scenic Rim

mountains in Australia

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Bicentennial Park (Darwin)

park in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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Adelaide 500

During mid-March, the Clipsal 500 supercar racing event is very popular, sporting massive street parties, huge concert line-ups and many fanatic Adelaidians.

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Arafura Games

disability sports event in the Northern Territory, Australia

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Adelaide Casino

casino in Australia

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Bold Park

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Belvoir St Theatre

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Cathedral Arcade

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Seymour Centre

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Roma Street Parkland

The world's largest subtropical garden in a city centre and home to 1,800 unique species of plants. Experience the theme gardens such as the topiary maze, rain forest walk, lake, celebration law and amphitheatre with many public artworks to admire.

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Ubirr

mountain

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Jim Jim Falls

waterfall

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Fannie Bay Gaol

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Blundells Cottage

A historic cottage of some of the earliest settlers of the area. Guided tours and school tours available.

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Darwin Beer Can Regatta

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Casuarina Coastal Reserve

protected area in the Northern Territory, Australia

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Constitution Dock

harbourside dock in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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Lyons Cottage

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Darlinghurst Theatre

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Daintree Rainforest

Daintree

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Australia

There is nowhere else quite like Australia, the only country that has a whole continent to itself. With an indigenous culture lasting over 60,000 years and truely global immigration from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, the continent is famous for its natural wonders, wide open spaces, beaches, deserts, "the bush", and "the Outback". However, it is also a highly urbanised, with cosmopolitan cities such as Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth.

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Indonesia

Indonesia is a huge archipelago of diverse islands scattered over both sides of the Equator between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. With more than 260 million people, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world — after China, India and the USA — and by far the largest in Southeast Asia. While it has land borders with Malaysia to the north and East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the east, its exclusive economic zone also abuts Australia to the south; Palau, the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, and Thailand to the north; and India to the northwest. With an extensive, but quickly carved out amount of green forests on all of its islands and half way between the poles, Indonesia is nicknamed The Emerald of the Equator.

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New Zealand

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Papua New Guinea

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East Timor

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