The flying doctor from Galifrey

onNovember 26, 2013


Australia’s flying doctors are known worldwide, but none of them have quite the same level of celebrity as the famous Dr Who, who was recently claimed as an “Australian institution”. The classic theme tune was originally composed by Australian Ron Grainer and going by the evidence of the 50th anniversary simulcast, he has no shortage of admirers down under. One of them is Australian MP George Christensen who moved ... View More

Scaling Sydney’s Opera House

onNovember 17, 2013


While attempts to scale Sydney’s famous harbour bridge may be more noticeable, the work of a Scottish team may help to preserve Australia’s heritage for generations to come. Even though the opera house is a relatively new addition to Sydney’s skyline (building started in 1958 and it was officially opened in 1973), it’s now hard to imagine the city without it. To ensure that the residents of Sydney (and its many visitors) never have ... View More

Australia – Naturally Full of Surprises

onNovember 10, 2013


In a country renowned for its unique wildlife, it takes something special to get people excited, but the recent discovery of an ancient tooth has done exactly that. The reason for this is that it points to the existence of a creature nicknames “Platypus-zilla”. More formally named Obdurodon tharalkooschild, it is literally a giant ancestor of today’s cute platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus). For giant read over a metre long. Scientists make decisions on how types ... View More

Spooky Sites

onOctober 31, 2013


Many visitors to Australia will want to take in the country’s iconic attractions, from the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, to the wineries and the outback. Some visitors, however, will be looking for something a little out of the ordinary and Halloween is either the best or the worst time to visit some of Australia’s more haunting attractions.

In Sydney, the old Quarantine Reserve is now open to the public and even though the animal ... View More

Australia’s Floating Forest

onOctober 22, 2013


Australia has some truly unique wild environments and one of the most unique of all is the floating forest in Homebush Bay. The name of Homebush has been claimed to be an abbreviation of Home in the Bush, although it’s location on the western side of Sydney is hardly the outback. It wa s created by Englishman D’Arcy Wentworth so its possible that the name refers to Homebush ... View More

A Kangaroo or a King?

onOctober 7, 2013


That was the question facing the new Federation of Australia as it began to carve out an identity for itself as an independent country. Even though Australia had become self-governing, it still acknowledged the British monarch as head of State, although at the time there were plenty who were calling this fact into question.

When Australia’s first stamp was commissioned it featured a portrait of King George V, but the appointment of a new ... View More

Get Pally With A Platpus

onSeptember 25, 2013


If you’ve heard the word monotremes then you’re probably Australian or a pub quiz guru. The term refers to species of mammals which lay eggs. There are only three of them and they are all indigenous to Australia. They are the platypus, the short-beaked echidna and the long-beaked echidna. While the spikey echidna (or anteater) is not the sort of animal with which most people would like to get up close and personal, ... View More

Flying the Flag for Australia

onSeptember 16, 2013


A country’s flag is usually a proud symbol of their nation and some flags carry a lot of information about a country, it’s culture and its history.

The current Australian flag is based on the British blue ensign design. This is essentially a blue flag with a Union Flag in the top left-hand quarter. To this has been added a Commonwealth Star below the Union Flag while the right-hand side of the flag features ... View More

Secret Sydney

onSeptember 11, 2013


Sydney’s buzzy vibe is part of its charm and a lot of what sets it apart from Melbourne, but sometimes even the most energetic need to find a bit of breathing space, so here are some lesser-known options for those heading to the city.

Camperdown Cemetery

Although visiting a cemetery may seem an odd pursuit unless you know the dearly departed, Camperdown Cemetery can be either a history lesson or just a beauty spot, depending on your ... View More

Ned Kelly – Hero, Villain or Both?

onSeptember 2, 2013


Rather ironically Australia doesn’t really have all that many internationally-famous criminals, in fact Ned Kelly is about it. While Ned Kelly was indisputably a criminal in the eyes of the law, whether or not he should have been is still a hotly-debated one.

There is little doubt that the Ned Kelly, his brothers and their relatives became involved in crime from an early age, although there is an argument that there was a strong ... View More