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Aussie holidays for people wondering, “Where did that half year go?”

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Sorry to interrupt. Just a very quick question. While you’ve been busy you didn’t happen to see the first five months of 2011 anywhere did you? Bit of a worry, but we can’t seem to find them anywhere. However, we did manage to grab July before it disappeared – and reserve you a whole lot of fun Aussie holiday ideas… 

No more excuses. Just stand up and say it. “Hello, my name is (you go here), and I’m a chocoholic”. Feel better? Good. Now as a big reward you can head down to the fabulous Chocolate Winterfest in Latrobe, near Devonport on 10 July.

Celebrate the food of the Gods as you drool over dessert competition entries, eye off chocolate handbags and wearable art, indulge in chocolate delights and masterclasses. Not to mention, give up any semblance of grace and elegance for a dabble in the Chocolate Mousse Mayhem.

Finish your day of cocoa heaven with a toast in the cocktail lounge at the Quality Hotel Gateway Devonport.

See more great Devonport hotel deals for 10 July.

The kids will have a whale of a time at the 2011 Whaletime Playtime Festival at Victor Harbour, South Australia from 9-10 July. There’s live entertainment on three stages, face painting, jumping castles and, of course, learning about whales from the bubbly Professor Blubber.

The Comfort Inn Colonial has comfy family rooms and suites to choose from, plus Austar TV for those all-important cartoons.

See more great Victor Harbour hotel deals for 9-10 July.

The pen is indeed mightier than the sword at the Reader’s Feast Crime and Justice writers event in Melbourne from 15-17 July. You can listen to and learn from masters of crime writing and legal eagles as they discuss the topic of justice—perfect for budding Elmore Leonards and Agatha Christies who want an authentic edge to their writing.

Meet up with your writing muse and have an inspiring evening of tapas and fine wines at the bar of the Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne.

See more great Melbourne hotel deals for 15-17 July.

The Townsville V8 Supercars from 8-10 July is less words, plenty more action for rev-heads and motor neophytes. Slip out of the leathers and into finery for the Gala Ball, party on at the post-race rock concerts, and lap up the 400kms of street racing.

Get the little ones obsessed early with a stay at the Holiday Innownsville, where they have an outdoor pool and kids activities.

See more great Townsville hotel deals for 8-10 July.

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