Gollum Just Needed Sunshine And Vitamins

onDecember 15, 2013

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Gollum Just Needed Sunshine And VitaminsWhile Tolkien’s novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were both filmed in New Zealand, they are popular all over the world and have inspired people from all walks of life. Recently the Australian Medical Journal published a study which suggested that the villains of the pieces were suffering from a lack of sunlight and vitamins. The study ... View More

What’s to Like about Australia?

onDecember 13, 2013


Like most countries, Australia has a tourist office, whose job it is to publicize what a great place it is to visit. One of their most popular features is their photo collection, much of which has been contributed by amateur photographers. Showing how proud Australians are of their country, about a fifth of the board’s Facebook followers are actually Australians who submit pictures of their area and act as local experts, answering questions from ... View More

Watch the Birdie – Australian Style

onDecember 3, 2013


Australia is a great place for photographers, particularly wildlife photographers. People who are keen on getting top-quality pictures of birds and animals going about their business can become very creative about how they go about getting them. Some photographers have started using hidden cameras or mobile ones fixed to remote-control vehicles of all descriptions.

Recently, however, rangers in Western Australia inadvertently captured the country from a whole new perspective – that of a flying ... View More

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