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Bush farmers in outback NT tap into agritourism to stay afloat. Cattle musterer Nicole Lorimer moved her family to a run-down Northern Territory cattle property three-and-half years ago because they "didn't want to have all of our eggs in one basket".

Bush farmers in outback NT tap into agritourism to stay afloat

Key points: NT farmers are tapping into agritourism to diversify their incomesFarmers say a labour shortage is one factor that has destabilised the agriculture industryFarmers hope the remoteness of NT properties will appeal to visitors The family had struggled after a snap ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia in 2011, which brought the Territory's cattle industry to a standstill. "Ninety per cent of our cattle went to live export," she said. With the purchase of the 242-hectare Ooraminna Station, nestled within the 242,340-hectare Deep Well Station, Ms Lorimer, her partner and three young children tapped into Australia's burgeoning agritourism industry.

At Ooraminna Station, cattle meander past stone cottages and walking trails crisscross a vast wilderness. World of Dinosaurs put Creswick on the map, millennium technology killed it off. When Tim Myers put out a call on social media asking for photos of regional Victoria's World of Dinosaurs theme park, he was swamped.

World of Dinosaurs put Creswick on the map, millennium technology killed it off

"I got inundated with people sending photos," he said. A volcano of nostalgia erupted over a carefree time in the 1980s and 90s when a weekend picnic looking at large motionless dinosaurs was a big day out. "Bringing up those happy memories of what we used to do in the 80s, being a kid back then, people missed it," Mr Myers said. He now has a photo album full of strangers straddling life-sized dinosaurs.

Meet the man taking old safes out of closing Tasmanian bank branches. Rudy Valentino is a bank robber — of sorts.

Meet the man taking old safes out of closing Tasmanian bank branches

Key points: After years of collecting safes, Rudy Valentino opened a shop in LilydaleHe has worked as a locksmith for over 20 yearsWhen a bank branch closes in Tasmania, Rudy takes the safes out and keeps them He is a safe specialist based in Lilydale, a small town in Tasmania's north-east, and work has never been busier. "Banking is changing a lot — little country banks are closing and main banks in the cities are being redeveloped," he said. Outback Queensland star astrotourism destination as Charleville boasts state-of-the-art Cosmos Centre.

For astronomer Mike Dalley, the opportunity to trade the crystal clear waters of the Maldives for the red sand of outback Queensland was too good to refuse.

Outback Queensland star astrotourism destination as Charleville boasts state-of-the-art Cosmos Centre

Three years ago, he packed his bags and headed to Charleville, armed with a dream to turn the town's Cosmos Centre into a world-class astrotourism attraction. Friday was Mr Dalley's last day as the coordinator of the centre, which he said was now unrecognisable compared with when he arrived. After a COVID-ravaged year, Uluru's tour operators and Anangu eye off economic recovery. Residents of the Mutitjulu Aboriginal community on the outskirts of Uluru briefly blockaded the gates to the iconic national park last year, fearing tourists arriving from interstate would spread the COVID-19 virus.

After a COVID-ravaged year, Uluru's tour operators and Anangu eye off economic recovery

Key points: Visitation to Uluru plummeted 77 per cent in 2020Locals say the destination has struggled, with few other income drivers nearbyBut many are hopeful there are early signs of economic recovery But they are now preparing to welcome them back as vaccines are rolled out across the country and government-subsided half-price airfares to Uluru become available in April. In Spain, the pandemic is killing the nation's most iconic artform — flamenco. Sweat pours from the lead dancer's long, flowing hair as his feet pound the wooden platform in the small cafe.

In Spain, the pandemic is killing the nation's most iconic artform — flamenco

Next to him, a guitarist strums furiously with his bare fingers while another dancer claps and cries: "Asi se baila! " Campervan renovators are riding high in an era of domestic holidays. Before COVID, cabinetmaker Callum Keyssecker and carpenter Chris Holmes were renovating their friends' vans into campervans for some extra income and trying their hands at a different style of work.

Campervan renovators are riding high in an era of domestic holidays

Key points: Van-to-campervan renovators are booked up for months, with vans themselves hard to sourcePeople are taking to domestic driving holidays with international border closuresRV manufacturer Jayco has employed 200 extra workers to try to meet demand for new vehicles In a global pandemic and under its restrictions on international air travel, it would make their skill sets heavily in demand. The pair from Kiama on the NSW South Coast are booked-out with van conversions until June — for those able to buy a van to renovate in the first place. "It was just a little niche thing and we thought we'd give it a crack, and then COVID helped us out," Mr Holmes said. Camping and hiking fees at NT parks and walking trails to increase from July 1. An essential part of the Territory lifestyle — hiking and camping — is about to become significantly more expensive.

Camping and hiking fees at NT parks and walking trails to increase from July 1

Over the next three years, starting this July, weekend campers and multi-day trekkers will pay increasingly higher park fees, the NT government announced today. Here are the main things you need to know before digging deeper into your pockets to enjoy the natural beauty of the Northern Territory. Camping fees are increasing For the first time since 2000, campers will pay more to sleep at NT campsites. The fee increase of up to $3.40 per night at all NT campsites will begin on July 1 this year. Victoria's Great Ocean Road is going quiet, and it's both a blessing and a curse for locals. Throngs of Melburnians swamped the Great Ocean Road this summer, eager to escape the city after months of hard lockdown.

Victoria's Great Ocean Road is going quiet, and it's both a blessing and a curse for locals

But absent this year are the tour buses brimming with international visitors, mostly from China, that have become increasingly common at Victoria's most popular tourist destination. The Great Ocean Road attracts 2.7 million visitors a year, more than Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef combined. And while the vast majority of visitors are domestic, for the businesses that rely on the thousands of annual bus tours, the year is off to a slow start. Asian tourist numbers plummet Tom Hyunh is the general manager of Extragreen Holidays, a business that provides tours mostly to tourists from Asia, and he said his company's fleet of buses are sitting idle. Australian Open tennis players find fault with hotel quarantine, but your horror stories put them to shame.

The world's best tennis players are doing it a bit tough at the moment.

Australian Open tennis players find fault with hotel quarantine, but your horror stories put them to shame

They've flown to Melbourne for the Australian Open but have been met with hard quarantine in sometimes less-than-lavish circumstances. Some don't have balconies. One likened it to a prison. Russian player Yulia Putintseva complained of mice in her room only to have the Victorian Police Minister later accuse her of feeding them. Tournament director Craig Tiley cautioned his crowd that their bugbears may not garner much sympathy with Australians, and he may have been right. In light of the complaints from a select few, we asked the ABC audience to share their own horror hotel stories from their travels.

Northern Land Council opposes NT park entry fee plan, citing tourism impact. One of the Northern Territory's most powerful land councils is opposing the NT Government's introduction of national park entry fees for now, citing the impact it could have on tourism during the pandemic. Key points: The NLC boss says the fees would have a "negative effect" on Indigenous tour operatorsSome traditional owners say they support the fees, but want extra oversightThe NT Government says it will begin consultations in the coming weeks The NT Government has confirmed it will start charging international and interstate visitors entry fees to popular Top End tourism drawcards such as Litchfield National Park during the next financial year.

The Government says the entry fees will not apply to Territorians taking a day trip. But Marion Scrymgour, the chief executive of the Northern Land Council (NLC), said the peak body for the Top End's traditional owners "did not support the introduction of park-use fees at all NT parks at this time". Calls for more help as international border stays closed due to COVID threat. Australia's tourism industry has demanded more financial support amid warnings the nation's international border could remain shut for much of this year.

Key points: Australians have been warned international border restrictions could be in place for "most" of this yearThe tourism sector says it cannot survive on domestic travel alone, especially if state borders keep closingThe Federal Government has defended its support measures and says JobKeeper won't be extended again Almost 12 months after travel restrictions first started being imposed, Health Department secretary Brendan Murphy said he could not see them lifting any time soon. Cairns' Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park shuts for good as COVID wreaks tourism havoc. A pioneering Far North Queensland Aboriginal tourism attraction, which was once the scene of a controversial visit by the Queen, has become the latest COVID-19 victim and will close its doors for good. Key points: Tjapukai was struggling financially before the COVID-19 pandemic hitThe tourist attraction has educated visitors about Australia's rich Indigenous culture since opening in 1987 About 65 staff have lost their jobs as a result of the park's closure The Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in Cairns, which has educated and entertained more than 3 million people over the past 33 years, was always heavily reliant on international tourism.

When the pandemic started, it was forced to go into caretaker mode and the Tjapukai board has now confirmed that the park will not reopen. "The closure of Tjapukai wasn't a decision made lightly or quickly," a statement from the board said. NT Kakadu wetlands tourism site to close, as visitor numbers decline. A Northern Territory Government-run tourist attraction, Window on the Wetlands on the edge of Kakadu National Park, will close from January 1, 2021, after declining visitor numbers. Key points: The NT Government said the Windows on the Wetlands was a declining attraction that had to be shutPrivate investors will be invited to purchase the attraction and run it as a private businessThe NT Opposition said the decision was 'nonsensical' given the impact of COVID on tourism Window on the Wetlands is located on the top of the highest point on the Adelaide River floodplain and offers 270-degree views of Kakadu wetland areas.

From shanty shelters to luxe lodgings, Tasmania's bush huts have evolved. If you're one of the hundreds of thousands of people who visit Tasmania's picturesque national parks every year, you may have noticed the tracks are littered with small, wooden huts. As you fight your way through native plants or scramble up remote cliff faces to panoramic viewpoints, these small shanty houses appear in the distance, sometimes in the most unlikely of places.

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