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Afternoon delight: the best activities before sundown

Thursday, September 2, 2010
Here's a Getaway experience with a difference. Our presenters visited 22 wonderful locations in 17 countries on five continents to bring you 24 Hours Around the World.


Everyone thought a bit of afternoon activity was a good idea, as long as it was something to work off the lunch but not too tiring for the evening and night activities.

United States

Kelly Landry headed to Miami's South Beach — known to those who frequent it as "SoBe". Once farmland, the area runs 23 blocks along the main barrier island separating the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay.

It's the trendiest neighbourhood in the city of Miami Beach and it's hot in more ways than one. It's one of those people-watching places and there's a lot of flaunting going on.

The tropical climate draws people away from Northern Hemisphere winters and many people retire there or have a second home. It's a huge melting pot and more than half of South Beach's residents speak Spanish as their first language. Then there's English, Portuguese, French, German, Russian, Italian, Hebrew and Yiddish.

All of those cultures mean there's a diverse nightlife. South Beach has hundreds of nightclubs, restaurants, boutiques and hotels. It is described as the pinnacle of hedonism with an atmosphere of fun and reckless abandon.

There are more than 800 protected buildings from the art deco period. Thanks to a destructive hurricane in 1926, everything was rebuilt so the beautiful buildings came about almost by default.

On the beach you will see several aesthetic lifeguard stands. The colourful towers were built by architect William Lane after the destruction of another natural disaster — Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

South Australia

When Dermott Brereton is on the road for Getaway, he's found that walking around a new place is a little slow, driving is a little too fast and cycling is the happy medium.

He hopped on a bike to have look around the Flinders Ranges, five hours north of Adelaide.

The area is perfect for cycling — it's a mix of dirt, nature, tranquillity and adrenaline.

The Mawson Cycle Trail stretches 800km from Adelaide to the outback town of Blinman. One of the most stunning sections runs alongside the towering cliffs of Wilpena Pound. The natural amphitheatre is the centrepiece of the Flinders Ranges National Park. Its rich wildlife includes emus, kangaroos, the threatened yellow-footed rock wallaby and loads of birdlife.

If you want an active, quiet afternoon, put the Flinders on your list!


Ben Dark's afternoon contribution was on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, the first land immediately west of Australia.

He went to the village of Tamarin on the west coast of Mauritius. Ben had the distinct feeling that life in the old fishing village was pretty laid-back all day every day. Fishermen come in every day with fresh catches, and Ben enjoyed sitting with them as they mended their nets, listening to the lapping water and taking in the beauty of the palms, casuarinas and surrounding mountains and forest.

Tamarin is popular with surfers as huge waves rush through a break in the surrounding coral reef. The beach is good and there are some facilities nearby. It's not as developed as some other parts of Mauritius have become so is a good place for an afternoon with nature.


In south-eastern Europe, Montenegro has no shortage of neighbours. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the south-west and shares borders with Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania.

When Catriona Rowntree went there at 3pm for her afternoon segment, she wondered where the locals were. Seems they have a siesta between 2pm and 5pm every day. How civilised is that?

One local Catriona did manage to catch awake said the character of a typical Montenegrin is to sleep and rest and enjoying a peaceful life.

Montenegro isn't short on tourists. They arrive on cruise ships from the Mediterranean, day trippers from Dubrovnik and backpackers from around the globe have discovered the attractions of one of the world's newest nations.

The Bay of Kotor is Montenegro's busiest port and many say it's the most beautiful. It's really quite breathtaking. For centuries it was the boundary between Christianity and Islam. The winding bay is Europe's southernmost fjord and is in fact a submerged river canyon of the disintegrated Bokelj River. It's a popular tourist attraction and the afternoon siesta isn't observed there. It's business as usual.

Kotor's old town is a magnet for tourists and you can explore the religious heritage around the bay. There are numerous Orthodox and Catholic churches and monasteries. Or you might prefer to enjoy a time-honoured siesta.

South Africa

Natalie Gruzlewski's afternoon was a little more active. She was in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve in South Africa, a two-hour drive from Johannesburg.

The 55,000-hectare reserve is home to healthy numbers of Africa's "big five" animals — elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros. There's no guarantee you will see them all in one visit, but it's a place you'll quite probably want to revisit.

There are other rare and common creatures to spot. The nocturnal brown hyena, cheetah, sable, giraffe, zebra, giraffe, crocodiles and hippopotamus. They share the reserve with more than 300 bird species. There is 20km of tracks and road to explore and there are guided tours or you can self-drive.

Pilanesberg is set in the crater of an extinct volcano and its beauty is reflected in Mankwe Dam, a large central lake. Wind and water have carved a spectacular landscape with rocky outcrops, open grasslands, wooded valleys and thickets.

Related: Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, South Africa


The United States, South Australia, Mauritius, Montenegro and South Africa.


Emirates has some fantastic fares to 25 European destinations from:
  • Perth $1710
  • Melbourne and Adelaide $1713
  • Sydney $1733
  • Brisbane $1735

These fares are available only online and for a limited time to the first 100 people to book. Log on to Sales and validity dates and conditions apply.

Prices correct at September 2, 2010.

For further information

Ph: 1300 303 777

South Beach Tourism

Flinders Ranges Tourism

Montenegro Tourism

Mauritius Tourism

Pilanesberg Game Reserve

United States

Visas: Most Australians do not need a visa, providing they have a machine-readable passport with at least six months' validity after the departure day, have a round-trip non-refundable ticket and do not intend to stay longer than 90 days. Australians need to complete a pre-travel authorisation at
Electricity: 110V to 115V at 60Hz. Outlets take two-parallel, flat prongs. Australian visitors will need a US adapter and converter.< br> Time zone: Miami is GMT -5.
Currency: The American dollar.
International dialling code: +1.


Visas: Australians do not require a visa for stays of up to 60 days. A valid passport is required.
Electricity: 230V at 50Hz.
Time zone: GMT +4.
Currency: The rupee.
International dialling code: +340.


Visas: Australians do not require a visa for a stay of up to 90 days.
Electricity: 220V at 50Hz using two-prong round-pin plugs.
Time zone: GMT +1.
Currency: The euro.
International dialling code: +382.

South Africa

Visas: A passport is needed but no visa is required.
Electricity: 220V to 230V at 50Hz. Most plugs have three round pins.
Time zone: GMT +2.
Currency: The rand.
International dialling code: +27.

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