Aussies Take Over Vancouver For G'Day Vancouver: Australia Week 2008

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 27 /CNW/ -- Aussies are set to take
over Vancouver next week for G'Day Vancouver: Australia Week 2008. With
Australian themed events across the city, Australia Week is an opportunity for
Canadians to immerse themselves in Australian culture, nature, food, wine,
arts and entertainment.
    Taking place from 3 - 6 April 2008, G'Day Vancouver: Australia Week 2008
is the largest single-destination promotion of its kind in Canada. Throughout
the three days, downtown Vancouver will play host to OzFlix Film
Weekend; Macquarie Penfolds Wild Tasmania Gala; an Aussie Travel Expo; and
Surf's Up! Sydney Foam Party -- all in celebration of Australia's diverse
culture and landscapes.
    The events also mark the launch of a three-month long exhibition Planet
OZ: Walk on Australia's Wild side at Vancouver's Science World.
    A highlight of the celebrations will be the Penfolds Macquarie Wild
Tasmania Gala at The Pan Pacific Hotel on Friday 4 April featuring a keynote
address from 2007 Australian of the Year, Professor Tim Flannery. Themed
around Australia's Tasmanian Wilderness and with cuisine prepared by
internationally-acclaimed Australian Aboriginal Chef Mark Olive and served
with Penfolds Estates premium wines -- the event will be a unique and elegant
occasion for guests to be indulged in the finest of Australian hospitality.
    Planet Oz: Walk on Australia's Wild Side is an interactive and
educational exhibition allowing visitors to walk through different ecosystems
found within the Australian States of Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland
and Tasmania. Learn about how some of the world's most amazing creatures
adapted to their natural environment, what they eat, how they live and how
they continue to survive today.  From the cute and cuddly koalas, wallabies,
the laughing kookaburra, and little fairy penguins to the carnivorous
Tasmanian Devil and the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef -- visitors will
be left with a real sense of natural life Down Under as they take a walk
through Australia's wild side.
    Canadians wanting to research their next Australian vacation will get the
perfect opportunity at the Aussie Travel Expo, 5 - 6 April at Science World
where Australian travel experts will be on hand to give out their top tips and
travel advice. Guests will also have the opportunity to view IMAX Film
Australia: Land Beyond Time and see live performances from Indigenous dance
troupe Descendance.
    And Vancouver's Gay and Lesbian Community are invited to get wet and wild
on 3 April at G'Day Vancouver's Surfs Up! Sydney Foam Party presented by Xtra
West.  The event will bring Sydney's world famous gay party scene to
Vancouver's Celebrities Night club as part of the G'Day Vancouver festivities.
Guests will enjoy the beach party and dance the night away with Aussie Diva
Courtney Act and renowned Sydney DJ Jayson Forbes.
    From 3 - 6 April 2008 G'Day Vancouver: Australia Week is a celebration of
art, cultural and film with series events in the heart of Vancouver promoting
Australian culture and tourism.
    Each year more than 100,000 Canadians vacation in Australia. With 35 per
cent of visitors coming from British Columbia and desire to experience
Australia first-hand growing to record levels, there's no better time for
G'Day Vancouver: Australia Week 2008.
    G'Day Vancouver is organised by Tourism Australia, Qantas Airways, The
Australian Trade Commission and Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and
Trade. G'Day Vancouver follows on from successes at G'Day USA and last year's
G'Day Toronto. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Rebel Neary of Tourism Australia, 
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