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Adventures All Around
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You never know where Amanda will turn up next as she tours around the country and the globe to bring you the best entertaining stories of her Adventures All Around.
After years of dreaming about going to Uluru, Amanda finally makes it to this special part of Australia and realises just how easy it was to do all along.
Huntington Beach, Surf City USA
As Huntington Beach celebrates the 100th anniversary of surfing and the opening of their famous pier, Amanda takes us to Surf City USA.
Amanda heads back to Singapore to try a new hotel concept which moves people to different locations each night and provides guided tours so visitors can learn about the history and culture of various areas.
Hopping on a train from LA, Amanda takes a trip to San Diego and discovers a city that's hard to leave, and pays a visit to the world famous zoo to get close to pandas, polar bears and more.
Shark Reef Snorkel at Sydney Aquarium
Snorkeling with sharks may sound scary, but at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium they've found a way to make it fun and feel safe with their new Shark Reef Snorkel attraction.
Alcatraz Night Tours
The famous prison is fascinating to visit by day, and has even more to offer at night when special areas of the prison including the hospital are opened for visitors to explore.
Celebrity Century's Final Cruises
As Celebrity Century prepares for her final cruise season in Australia, Amanda travels to California to experience the ship for herself and finds it hard to say goodbye.
NSW's second largest city has undergone a revival in recent years. Amanda takes a road trip to Newcastle and discovers great food, great people, great shopping, and an inspirational energy in the air.
More Australians are saying "Aloha!" to Hawaii than ever before, with the number of Aussie visitors passing 300,000 for the first time in 2013, a 24% increase on the year before. Amanda takes her first trip to Hawaii and discovers what all the fuss is about.
Disco on the Sydney Harbour Bridge
To celebrate Sydney Mardi Gras, BridgeClimb Sydney is putting on a series of special climbs that include dancing under a disco ball on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Amanda heads up to the top of the iconic bridge to find out more.
A short ferry ride from Sydney's CBD, Cremorne Point offers a beautiful walk amongst formal gardens and bushland, and is a stunning spot to soak up the city views. As Amanda discovered it also has a charming boutique hotel in one of the oldest continually run guesthouses in Sydney.
Flying over Antarctica
For twenty years Antarctica Flights has been taking people from Australia to Antarctica and back on their popular sightseeing trips. This week Amanda makes one of her travel dreams come true by joining one of the flights and seeing the frozen continent for the first time.
Cruising the South Pacific
As MS Oosterdam carries more than 1,000 Australian passengers on a Holland America Line ship for the first time, Amanda joins the Aussies falling in love with cruising on a journey through the South Pacific.
Since it opened in 1981 Singapore's Changi Airport has won hundreds of "Best Airport" awards. Amanda moves into the airport for a couple of days to find out why so many people love Changi.
Norway's second largest city, Bergen is surrounded by seven hills and seven fjords and is full of charm. It's also the perfect place to start a cruise through Norway's fjords or take one of the world's best railway journeys.
Amanda returns to London for the first time in five years to discover while some things remain the same, other parts of the great city have changed dramatically, including Kings Cross following at a £550 million redevelopment.
As Adventures All Around moves to its new home on Sunday afternoons with Tim Webster, Amanda talks about a recent visit to Monaco where she discovered catching a helicopter from the airport can cost the same as a taxi, and had a taste of the glamour of this beautiful principality.
Scotland's capital is a city full of history and interesting places to explore. Amanda checks out some of the museums and monuments, has fun wandering through the city, and has an unusual beauty treatment to the sound of sea shanties.
Northern Lights in Norway
After years of dreaming about seeing the northern lights, or aurora borealis, Amanda heads to Norway and the dream becomes a reality as she takes a cruise through the breathtaking fjords.
Norway cruise and train adventures
After eleven days cruising up and down the coast of Norway, it's time to return to dry land and hop on one of the great train journeys of the world from Bergen to Oslo, and explore some of what Norway's capital city has to offer.
Murray and Amanda's Favourite Places
In the last Adventures All Around with Murray Wilton, Amanda and Murray take a look at some of their favourite travel destinations, and at some places they dream about visiting in the future.
Eating, drinking, shopping, museum hopping and cruising down the river on a free ferry service; it had been far too many years since Amanda was last in Brisbane and she loved rediscovering the city.
Sydney Coastal Walks
Part sightseeing, part history lesson, Amanda joins Sydney Coastal Walks for one of their tours around Sydney's beautiful South Head, and discovers a company that's passionate about sharing the natural wonders of our great city.
This week Amanda's adventure takes her back to her old university home of Bathurst, where she finds things have changed over the years and meets a passionate group of people committed to the new Amazing Bathurst.
Aussie World and the Sunshine Coast
Queensland's Sunshine Coast is not only home to beautiful beaches, it also has the Australian theme park, Aussie World. Amanda rides the Redback and lives to tell the tale.
A Winter Break in Coogee
The seaside village of Coogee is a hot spot in summer, but as Amanda discovered it's also a great place to enjoy a Sydney winter stay-cation.
Night Light Painting Tours
It's a Sydney tour with a difference, and one that ends with some spectacular photos. Amanda heads out on a night light painting tour and discovers it's a lot more fun than she expected.
From getting a history lesson in heritage homes to checking out great restaurants, wineries and a microbrewery, Amanda has fun exploring Macarthur, and being a human sundial one afternoon.
Sunlander Train's Farewell Year
The Sunlander train from Cairns to Brisbane is one of the world's top 25 rail journeys. Amanda joined the Sunlander on its 60th Birthday, and discovered there's only one year left to experience a trip on the old train.
Cairns and Kuranda
From a flying fox over a crocodile in Cairns, to taking the Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway to explore the rainforest, Amanda found lots of fun things to do on her first trip to Cairns.
Road Tripping in RVs
Travelling in an RV isn't just for Grey Nomads. Amanda joins her parents in their motorhome to explore Queensland's Fraser Coast, and learns how to play her new favourite card game - Bush Rummy.
Cavalia Show and Stable Tours
Rave reviews and audience demand have led to extra dates being added for Cavalia's Sydney shows. Amanda experiences one of Fraser Suites Sydney's VIP packages including accommodation, tickets to the show, and meeting the horses afterwards on a stable tour.
Kangaroo Island Feastival
Australia's third largest island has celebrated its food and wine culture with a tempting food festival. Amanda samples some of the local produce, and meets some of the local wildlife.
Sculpture at Scenic World, Katoomba
The Blue Mountains has long been popular with art and nature lovers. Now the two have been combined with Sculpture at Scenic World, with dozens of works of art to be found in the rainforest.
Talofa! From snorkeling with tropical fish and swimming with turtles to spending the night under shooting stars and a mosquito net, Samoa is a tropical paradise that will have us coming back for more.
Sydney Aquarium and Fish Pedicures
Boeing Factory Tour and Simulator
It's up up and away with Adventures All Around this week as we travel to the Boeing Factory in Seattle, Washington, and then find out what it's like to fly a commercial jet in a flight simulator in Sydney.
Mardi Gras Museums
The Ferrython is one of the highlights of Australia Day on Sydney Harbour. Amanda Woods looks at the tradition, and also discusses taking a different kind of ferry to start a Tasmanian holiday.
Adventures in Ballarat - Eureka!
More than 160 years after the gold rush began, a half a million dollar gold nugget has been found at Ballarat. Amanda Woods didn't find gold, but she did find the original Eureka flag in Ballarat, and also shares some fishy tales from Sydney Seafood School.
While many people don't think of sandy beaches and seafood when they think of Alabama, the Gulf Coast is the most popular tourist spot in the state. Amanda heads back to Alabama to discover this special part of the Deep South.
Floriade in Full Bllom
With more than one million flowers in bloom, Canberra's Floriade is once again delighting tourists. Amanda Woods travelled to the 25th anniversary of Floriade and shared her tulip tales with John Kerr.
Falls Creek Fun
She doesn't know how to ski, but that didn't stop Amanda Woods heading to Falls Creek in Victoria for a snowy adventure. There she discovered a range of activities, including her favourite, the snowmobile tour.
After spending a week on the Mekong on a Pandaw Cruise, Amanda Woods speaks to John Kerr about life on the great river, and the advantages to exploring Cambodia and Vietnam from the water.
Even before watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat, Amanda Woods fell in love with Cambodia. She tells John Kerr why so many Australians are now heading to this beautiful country.
QVB & Harrods
After using it as a thoroughfare for years, Amanda slows down to fully appreciate Sydney's Queen VIctoria Building with a guided tour, and then looks at another shopping centre with a lot of history - London's Harrods.
As someone who enjoys spending time in a good airport, this week Amanda looked at Sydney and Singapore Airports, and tried her first caviar shot at Sydney International's Caviar House
She's loved seeing the NSW Mounted Police on the streets and at events for years. This week, Amanda goes behind the scenes on a tour of the Mounted Police Unit in Sydney, and then talks about the charm of equestrian events at country shows.
Canyon Swing & Ballet
As the 40th anniversary of the Tamworth Country Music Festival got underway, Amanda Woods visited the country music capital of Australia, and then came back to Sydney for the closing of Sydney Festival at Parramatta.
They're dark, wet, and cramped, but a tour of a tunnel can still be a lot of fun. Amanda explores two tunnel tours, Sydney's Tank Stream Tour, and Fremantle Prison's tour, where she was able to paddle a small boat around underground.
Tigers in Thailand and at Taronga Zoo
This week Amanda is talking tigers, from visiting the latest arrival at Taronga Zoo, three adorable Sumatran Tiger cubs, to a monastery in Thailand where you get as close to these beautiful creatures as you'd ever like to be.
Illawarra Fly & Litchfield National Park
From the beautiful treetop canopy walk of the Illawarra Fly, to Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territory, Amanda explores two great adventures for nature lovers.
Harry Potter & Mary Poppins
In this week's Adventures, Amanda heads to the Harry Potter Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum, and tempts the Two Murrays into trying some unusual treats, and pops into the practically perfect Mary Poppins as it enters its last month of Sydney shows.
Darwin & Wild Life Sydney
As President Obama prepares to visit Darwin, Amanda Woods looks at some of the top tourist attractions in this tropical city, including a crocodile park in the CBD, before talking about a city dwelling crocodile of our own in Sydney.
Cremorne Point & Cinque Terre
As the weather warms up, it's the perfect time to enjoy a walk around Sydney Habour. Amanda Woods heads to Cremorne Point for a walk with perfect harbour views, and then remembers another one of her favourite walks in Italy's Cinque Terre.
On this week's Adventures All Around, Amanda Woods looks at the 15th anniversary of Bondi's Sculptures by the Sea, and then takes us to another beautiful sculpture exhibition on the salt lake that is Western Australia's Lake Ballard.
Enemy at Home
As Germany marks the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Wall, Amanda Woods remembers her visit to the historic city, and discovers the fascinating Enemy At Home exhibition at the Museum of Sydney which looks at the so-called "German concentration camps" here in New South Wales.
The Gruen Transfer
Sometimes the magic of television needs a little help from a live audience. This week on Adventures All Around, Amanda Woods heads to ABC TV's studios to be part of The Gruen Transfer's audience, and shares tips on how to attend TV show recordings in Sydney and beyond.
Harry Potter the Final Chapter
As the final Harry Potter movie breaks box office records, Amanda Woods has a sneek peak at the Harry Potter Exhibition at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum, and talks about Il Porcellino - the wild boar statue in front of Sydney Hospital in Macquarie Street, which also appears in the last movie.
World Press Photo Exhibition
The powerful and moving World Press Photo exhibition is back at the State Library of NSW. Organisers choose around 200 of the best photos by news and freelance photographers around the world to create an unforgettable exhibition. From Sydney, we then travel to the British Library in the UK where rare manuscripts and the world's first printed book can be found among the collection of more than 14 million books.
ASIO & Alcatraz
ASIO has opened files on more than 500,000 Australians, but how do people end up in their sights? This week, Amanda Woods visits "Persons of Interest: The ASIO Files" exhihition at the Justice and Police Museum at Sydney's Circular Quay to find out. Then it's over to one of the most famous prison museums in the world - Alcatraz.
A chandelier made out of every bone in the human body? That's just one of the macabre features of the Bones Church at Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic. This week Amanda Woods remembers her first visit to this unusual church, and explores the Skeleton Exhibition at the Australian Museum in Sydney.
Hairspray and Dr Martin Luther King
Hairspray the musical has opened in Sydney after rave reviews in Melbourne. Hairspray is a fabulously fun story filled with music and dance, that also explores racism in 1960’s. On this week's Adventures All Around, Amanda Woods reports back from Haispray's opening night, and also shares what it is like to visit Dr Martin Luther King's church in Alabama, and the museum built around the spot where he died in Memphis, Tennessee
Amanda's Adventures: On the Buses
Most people only hop on double decker tour buses when they're on holiday in a new city. So what's it like to get on board for tour of your own city? In this week's Adventures All Around, Amanda Woods road tests the Sydney Explorer buses and reports back to The Two Murrays.
In this week's Adventures All Around segment on The Two Murrays, Amanda Woods looks at the fascinating tours of Rookwood Cemetery - the largest necropolis in the Southern Hemisphere. Then it's from six feet under to six feet over with a look at the unusual cemeteries of New Orleans.
Tomb at Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans.
Photo: Judi Bottoni of Save Our Cemeteries.
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