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The Research Triangle area of North Carolina is in the state’s Piedmont area. It is composed of 8 counties in all. It is anchored by the population centres of Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Durham. Fourteen colleges and universities are located in this area. The population totals approximately 1.7 million people. The name Triangle area began to be used in the 1950s when the Research Triangle Park was first built. The research area is home to various high-tech companies.
Triangle Transit coordinates the separate municipal transit systems in the area which are bus-based. There have been attempts to develop a light rail system which have not been successful to date due to failures to find adequate funding. There are several large shopping centres and malls in the area.
The Raleigh based Carolina Hurricanes hockey team is the only professional sports team in the area. There are notable college teams however, and college basketball is nationally notorious here. A number of galleries and museums can be found in Raleigh, the largest city in the area and capital of the state.
There are a number of neighbourhoods known for entertainment in the area. The Warehouse District of Raleigh is one of the quirkier areas. The largest selection of beers, live music and late night hot spots are in this area to the far west of downtown Raleigh. Moore Square in the southeast has cobblestone streets and many pubs and eateries. Chapel Hill however, is where some of the best eateries can be found.
Durham’s Morehead Hill boasts a variety of architecture styles dating back to the 1880s, when several industrialists settled in the area. Many of the oldest homes are no longer standing but several do still remain. Old tobacco manufacturing warehouses are found here. The area’s economic development was originally based on the tobacco industry, founded by Sir Walter Raleigh on behalf of the English crown. It still palys a large role today.
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Numerous festivals and events are held throughout the Triangle area every year. Since the mid 1980s, the Raleigh International Festival is held in early October. This is a paid event. This 3-day event showcases ethnic cuisine and culture from around the world. It is currently held in the Convention Center here. (http://www.internationalfestival.org/)
Since the late 1980s, the Bull Durham Blues Festival in Durham has celebrated the southern birth and tradition of blues music. A dozen acts take to the stage in this 2-day festival organized by the St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation. The festival promotes this African American music genre and its proliferation. This is a paid event every September. (http://www.bulldurhamblues.org/)
The Troika Music Festival began in the Triangle area in 2004. It’s organized by the Durham Association for Downtown Arts. Local musical acts are featured in this 3-day affair. One paid ticket is good for admission all 3 days of the event. This is held in early November. (http://www.troikamusicfestival.org/)
The State Fair in Raleigh is the largest fair in the state. It is held during 10 days in late October. Agricultural exhibits, clean energy exhibits, rides and music are all part of this annual event. A horseshow, livestock competitions and games for the general pubic are held. (http://www.ncstatefair.org/)
The Annual Nouveau Night is celebrated by the Chapel Hill Museum since 2005. It celebrates the release of Beaujolais Nouveau seasonal wine. In addition to wine, fine food from local restaurants is sampled in a French atmosphere. This ticketed event is held in late November prior to the American Thanksgiving holiday. (http://www.chapelhillmuseum.org/Events/PP_nouveaunight5/)
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The shortest United Airlines service from Sydney (SYD) to this destination (RDU) is estimated at 22 hours of travel time. Delta offers 21 hours and 20 minutes minimum flight time. Northwest offers a 22 hours and 13 minutes minimum travel duration. Qantas offers this flight in 24 hours and 30 minutes. American offers a minimum flight time of 23 hours and 20 minutes.
Consular services for Australians visiting here may be obtained from the Embassy located in Washington, DC.