Plane speaking in Australia

onJuly 8, 2013

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It’s an old joke that in Australia people take planes like the rest of the world takes buses and like many old jokes there’s an element of truth in it. Australia is vast, several other countries could fit into it quite easily. With such huge distances to travel, going by air has a number of advantages.

 

Nowhere is this more evident that in the famous outback, where many people look on flying planes in the same ... View More

Australia – Pretty in pink

onJune 30, 2013

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Although most tourism in Australia focuses on the country’s wonderful coastline, there is plenty to see further inland. One of the lesser-known attractions of Australia is its beautiful pink salt lakes.

A product of the harsher inland environment, the salt lakes are pink due to the activity of bacteria. While the salt lakes are generally considered areas of natural beauty, they can also be used for other purposes. For example, in March each year ... View More

Australia’s underground history

onJune 23, 2013

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Sometimes it’s worth waiting. Some people literally wait years to get onto the Tank Stream Tours, which are run (usually) twice a year by the Sydney Living Museum. Of course, you can always get lucky and get on earlier.

"Helmet" by Suat Eman

“Helmet” by Suat Eman

Although the Tank Stream is hidden out of sight today, it still plays a vital role in the running of Sydney ... View More

The truth about Wycliffe Well

onJune 16, 2013

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The truth is out there, or so many sci-fi fans would like to believe. Given that there’s so much in Australia which is unique and extraordinary, it’s not all that hard to believe in the influence of beings from another planet.

 

Australia’s UFO centre is called Wycliffe Well, although located in the outback, is regularly visited by tourists looking to catch a glimpse of something (or someone) from another world.

 

Before WWII, Wycliffe Well was essentially a ... View More

Going Underground in Australia

onJune 10, 2013

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Everyone knows there’s plenty of interest to see and do in Australia, so travellers may want to complete the experience by finding interesting places to stay. The town of Coober Pedy is famous for two reasons. Firstly it’s so hot that the inhabitants literally live their lives underground and secondly, the reason they live there at all is because it is a major opal mining centre.

 

The inhabitants have built their lives around the realities of ... View More

The bluffers’ guide to the Sydney Harbour Bridge

onJune 2, 2013

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The Sydney Harbour bridge began life as a construction site in 1924. It was finished in 1932 at a cost of more than double the original estimate. The final payment of the loan with which it was built was paid in 1988.

 

It was originally painted grey because that was the only colour paint available in sufficient quantities to cover the 53,000 tonnes of steel and 6 million rivets which make up the bridge. The first ... View More

What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t come back?

onMay 27, 2013

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If you answered “a stick”, you get no points. There are actually 4 types of boomerang, the “hook”, “the club”, “the V” and the “hunter”. Only the hunter is designed to come back. Boomerangs were originally made out of bone and then out of wood. These days mass-produced boomerangs are made out of a variety of materials.

 

In the heyday of the boomerang as a tool, the non-returning boomerang was actually more important than the returning ... View More

Yowie v Bigfoot

onMay 20, 2013

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Many people will have heard of the Bigfoot legend in the U.S., but maybe fewer know of Bigfoot’s Australian cousin, the Yowie. According to reliable sources, Yowies can be hard to see, but only too easy to smell and hear as they make blood-curdling screams.

One eye-witness is former economist Tim Bull aka Tim the Yowie Man who stumbled upon a Yowie while walking in the bush and has dedicated his life to them ever since, ... View More

All creatures great and small

onMay 14, 2013

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One of the standard jokes about Australia is that it has a wide variety of wildlife and most of it can kill you. As with many jokes, there’s some truth in it and a lot of exaggeration. It is true that Australia is known to have 1500 species of spiders, 6000 species of flies and 4000 species of ants. The 1500 species of spiders includes the infamous Sydney Funnelweb spider, which is a strong ... View More