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Your tech gear bucket list for 2017

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Forget about 2016 – this year boasts a lineup of great new tech gadgets. 2017 will be a year where our homes, phones and bodies are all becoming connected through a suite of new tools now available. We’re also seeing a refinement of Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and a new dimension of video recording such as drones and 3D capture.

There’s so much to get excited about this year if you’re into tech. Here’s six new gadgets to add to your tech bucket list for 2017:

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Ricoh Theta S

2D photos are sooo 20th century! When the Theta was released it was a one-of-a-kind camera that allowed you to capture the world in a new way. Last year we saw many new products compete, but none have surpassed the quality and ease of use as the Theta S. With Facebook 360 opening up and YouTube now allowing 360 degree video uploads, now is the perfect time to grab one of these for your next adventure. The Theta S starts at US $349, AU $459.

 

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Apple Watch 2

The AW Series 2 is the best smartwatch you can buy right now. With water resistance, GPS and a a fast new processor it’s at the top of the game for fitness and health tracking. Only downside – Apple Watch S2 is on the expensive side, starting at US $369, £369 in Europe or $529 in Australia.

 

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DJI Mavic Pro

There’s been a lot of drone releases in the last twelve months, but DJI has taken the lead with the Mavic Pro. This tiny foldable drone makes it easy to slip into your backpack when on the move. It’s packed with a high end 4k camera along with sensors and stabilisation for a smooth and safe flight. The Mavic can reach speed of up to 40mph and fly for around 30 minutes on a single charge. The price is cheaper than the popular Phantom 4, starting at US $999 or AU $1799.

 

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Oculus Rift

Virtual Reality is here! There’s been a huge wave of products hit the market in 2016, with Sony, HTC, Samsung and Google all competing for the top. The Oculus Rift was first to trail-blaze VR since their launch of the concept, and has delivered a superior product with breathtaking graphics and games to back it up. Prices start from US $600, £499, or $859 in Australia.

 

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Google Home

Given the surpassing success of the Amazon Echo, Google Home is has been voted by many as the best Smart Home device for 2017. There are now a lot of devices out there for the home, from speakers, to security and even lightbulbs. “Okay Google” is all you need to start with Echo. The voice powered AI can search the web, stream your TV show, turn off lights, play Spotify, check traffic and more. Google has connected Echo with a heap of third party services and products, and for a competitive price of US $130.

 

Macbook Pro

While it received some very mixed reviews from the media, the latest MacBook Pro with Apple’s new Touchbar has outsold the Microsoft surface for the first 5 days since its launch in November 2016. The pricing has been the biggest question over the new upgrade, however, the specs and features clearly point to this being the best MacBook on the shelf for the year ahead. Pricing starts at US $1499.

 

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Where to escape to this summer in Australia

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As we enter the Christmas season it’s important we take a few days to draw back and refresh before the new year. Whether you’re escaping the heat, the relatives or just the busyness of the holiday season – we put together five unique destinations to consider this summer.

Surprise a loved one, book in a long weekend, indulge, relax and refuel for 2017…

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Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge – TAS

Located on the edge of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain Lake National Park, Peppers Lodge is a luxurious natural haven. Enjoy long treetop views of the surrounding myrtle forest, while relaxing in the Alpine Spa, a luxury treatment for your body. You can indulge in a range of therapies including hot and cold hydrotherapy, steam rooms and saunas and thermal massage. Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is widely considered one of Australia’s iconic wilderness experiences.

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The Byron at Byron – NSW

The Byron Resort & Spa is located in a 45 acre lush subtropical rainforest in Northern New South Wales, and only a short stroll from Tallow Beach. Just minutes drive down from Byron town, this is your perfect place to get away from it all, a place that allows you to unwind, relax and rejuvenate. Each beautifully styled and self contained suite provides the creature comforts you will need. If you’re travelling from Sydney or Melbourne you can fly into the Gold Coast airport, hire a car and drive south just 45 minutes along the coast.

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One&Only Wolgan Valley – NSW

The Emirates One&Only at Wolgan Valley is located in the Greater Blue Mountains region of New South Wales. Less than three hours drive from Sydney, this award-winning sanctuary hosts 40 inpidual suites spread across several thousands of acres of conservancy reserve. Here you can soak up the rich heritage of the region while enjoying the Australian wilderness in unsurpassed luxury and comfort.

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O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat – QLD

Situated in World Heritage Lamington National Park, O’Reilly’s is a true nature paradise. If you’re looking to enjoy some peace and quiet then this rainforest retreat is perfect for you. Just an hour drive from the Gold Coast, O’really’s features stunning perched villas to relax in, overlooking the National Park. There’s hundreds of birds, waterfalls and and plenty of nature walks to be explored nearby. Treat yourself to the Lost World Day Spa, put your feet up and soak away the stress.

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australia escapes summer yarraYarra Valley – VIC

Less than an hour from Melbourne, Yarra Valley offers breathtaking scenery, quality local food and wine, indulgent adventures and romantic hideaways. With over 80 sensational cellar doors, Yarra is known as one of the world’s premier wine growing regions. The valley is a cool climate even during summer with an average temperature of 25 degrees. There’s a wide variety of accommodation to stay at and National Parks to visit.

 


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25 things to add to your travel bucket list

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It’s a big and wonderful life…But we only got one go at it!
So we compiled 25 incredible ideas of things to see and do around the globe – all from our Squirrellers. Whether you’re a foodie, a bit of a thrill-seeker or just enjoy a spectacular view, there’s something for everyone on this list…

Need more ideas? We share plenty in the app + on our Facebook and Instagram – What are you waiting for! Start ticking off that bucket list!

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There’s no better time to see Australia

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Spring has arrived, our sun-scorched land of Oz is warming up to a busy tourism season – and so should you! Laced with natural splendour and multi-culture, our great big backyard has so much to put in your next bucket list!

From the white sandy beaches up north to stunning sunset views along the Sydney Harbour. Whether you’re an adventure junkie or urban dweller, there’s plenty to see and do this season. So get get packing and start Squirrelling away towards these Aussie adventures:

 

Relax on Hayman Island

Nested in the north point of the Whitsunday archipelago, Hayman Island sits in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. If you’re looking for indulgence and rejuvenation then book yourself into the One&Only Haymans resort. Beautiful villas, fresh seafood, striking beach surroundings, coral reef snorkelling and mountain trails are just some of what’s on offer. To top it off – you can fly directly with Qantas to Hayman Island from Brisbane and Sydney. This is the ultimate relaxation bucket list.

Hayman Island. Credit One&Only Resorts

 

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

If you’re love a great view and some exercise then climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a great match to cap off a visit in the city. Soak up the world around you as your step up to the peak with panoramic views of Sydney and the harbour at 134 metres above sea level. Admission starts at $250pp. We recommend climbing at twilight to catch the sunset and city night light views.

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Ride camels in WA

Cable Beach in Broome Western Australia is famous for its 22 kilometres of sun-kissed white sand, turquoise water and spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. The flat beach with gentle rolling waves is perfect for swimming and sunbathing on, and also something unexpected: Camel riding. Yep, you can ride your own camel on a beach tour during sunset! There’s a story for you to bring home…

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Discover lush and green Daintree

Heading up to northern Queensland? Step into Australia’s largest tropical rainforest, Daintree. Noted as one of the oldest and most beautiful rainforests in the world, the Daintree spans over 1200 square kilometres boasting wet-tropical and coastal scenery. Take a day to hike or bike through the trails, stay the night in Cairns and experience the region including the almighty Great Barrier Reef.

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Wander down Melbourne’s laneways

Melbourne is known around the world for it’s unique street art and culture, along with some damn good coffee. The city laneway culture offers a feast of colour, ideas and energy. Inner city Melbourne by foot is the best way to explore the al fresco eateries, one-off shops and cosy alley-way cafes. This city is also packed with arcades, public art, stunning monuments and historical buildings, and live music and buskers on every corner.

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Get the birds eye of Canberra

Visited the Capital yet? Or looking for a romantic gesture for that special other? We found something breathtaking in Canberra you can add to the bucket! Float along the nations capital landscape in your own air balloon, taking off at dawn and gently floating for 45 minutes as the sun rises. You can also add a romantic breakfast to complete the splendid morning. After your romantic morning you can explore the city region, stroll into the National Portrait Gallery, stop by the Australian War Memorial, or maybe even snap a selfie with a politician? Just make sure you tag us! #Squirreller

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Drive the Great Ocean Road

Up for some big nature? Immerse yourselves in one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. See the twelve Apostles, walk along the very bottom of Australia and explore the local seaside villages. There’s plenty to experience and admire down south, including fine dining and local winemakers – if that’s your thing.

Helicopter ride over the Twelve Apsotles

 

Surfers and SkyPoint

Dying to get back to summer beach vibes? Head to Surfer Paradise on the Gold Coast for a few nights and relax with rolling waves, sunshine and stress-free accomodation. While you’re at ‘the Goldie’ check out the local inland national parks, or if you want an adrenaline rush then hit up Australia’s best theme parks (just up the road). For panoramic views of the coast go up the Q1 tower to SkyPoint. At 225 meters levels high the observation deck gives a full view of the entire Gold Coast and hinterlands region.

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