Australia – Naturally Full of Surprises

onNovember 10, 2013

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Standing on shifting sands

onAugust 26, 2013

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While real snow needs cold weather, if you live near a beach, as many Australians do, sand is available all year round. Australia therefore has become one of the world’s major destinations for sandboarding. The general idea is much the same as snowboarding, but participants need to remember that it’s much more difficult to install lifts on sand dunes than it is on snowy mountains, so generally, what goes down has to go up the ... View More

The Flying Postman

onAugust 18, 2013

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While Australia’s flying doctors are known throughout the world, a lesser known Australian flying hero is the postman who delivers the mail on the world’s longest mail run. Starting in Port Augusta (South Australia), the route covers 2500km to end in Glengyle Station, Queensland. While seats on the mail plane itself are in high demand (particularly during the winter months), there are also unofficial tours in light aircraft, which cover much the same route. ... View More