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Published on April 14th, 2009 | by john.weir

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New tourist sights in Australia

Planning a trip Down under ? Have a look at the latest to see and do while you are there

Roar and Snore in Sydney, NSW
Taronga Zoo has just this month launched new, safari-style tented accommodation to their popular Roar and Snore overnight programme. With spectacular Sydney Harbour views, the comfortable tents, which each sleep four, now allow overnight guests the chance to sleep soundly amid the zoo’s animals. Roar and Snore starts at 6.15pm and provides visitors with an insight into the life of the zoo; including a guided zoo night safari walk, behind the scene tours and animal encounters. Overnight stays cost A$269 (approx £130) per adult and A$195 (approx £95) per child. Price includes Taronga Zoo day admission, buffet style dinner and all other refreshments throughout the night.

Terrifying Tassie, Tasmania
Tasmania attracts nature lovers the world over, and for good reason. But the island’s convict history means it also has a few dark secrets to share. Launceston City Ghost Tours offers brave visitors a 90-minute walking tours of the town’s ghoulish laneways. Experienced guides will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing to attention as they recount the posting photographic evidence on the Ghost Tours website. Children under 10 are not allowed. Adults A$25 (approx £12); children A$15 (approx £7); family A$55 (approx £25).

Lights, camera, Sydney, action!

Sydney has hosted its fair share of blockbuster films, which makes Sydney Movie Tours’ a must for film buffs. This 90-minute walking tour covers locations used in films such as Mission Impossible 2, The Matrix, The Adventures of Priscilla:, Queen of the Desert, Muriel’s Wedding, Babe: Pig in the City and Australia. Participants visit The Rocks area, which was transformed into a Spanish quarter for Mission Impossible 2; and locations in Martin Place which appeared in The Matrix. Wannabe superheroes will enjoy the Superman Returns tour, which encourages participants to recreate scenes from the movie. Adults from A$45 (approx £20), children from A$25 (approx £12).  posting photographic evidence on the Ghost Tours website. Children under 10 are not allowed. Adults A$25 (approx £12); children A$15 (approx £7); family A$55 (approx £25).

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