Watching the sunrise over Uluru

onAugust 11, 2013

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Like a glacier, most of Uluru lies beneath the surface, although in this case of the earth, rather than the water. Nonetheless, at 348 metres (at its tallest point), the rock is only 33 metres lower than the Empire State Building.

The area was originally settled by humans over 10,000 years ago and has immense spiritual significance for the Pitjantjatjara people. The surrounding area is known for ancient paintings and a key Dreamtime track ... View More

Seeing Australia in Miniature

onAugust 4, 2013

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Visitors to Cockington Green Gardens in Canberra could be forgiven for thinking that they’d somehow stepped into Lilliput, but actually they’ve just stepped into a model village. In fact, they’ve stepped into a model village representing the best of the UK. Even people from the UK are likely to see models of areas they’ve never had time to visit themselves.

The display includes everything from cricket on the village green in the quaint town ... View More

Live History in Australia

onJuly 29, 2013

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Many aboriginal communities continue to thrive in Australia, one of the most famous is that of the Yolngu people of Nyinyikay, in the Northern Territory, who carry on the way of life as they have done for centuries. A visit to Nyinyikay in the beautiful setting of Arnhern Bay is a chance to experience life at a slower pace, in a place where nature and the seasons take precedence over technology.

The community is ... View More

Let The Train Take The Strain In Australia

onJuly 21, 2013

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Although Australia may be far more famous for beaches and planes than mountains and trains, the aptly-named scenic railway in the Blue Mountains is the steepest incline railway in the world at an angle of 52 degrees. Passengers descend 310 metres down a tunnel in the side of a cliff, before emerging into the heart of the Jamison Valley rainforest which they can admire from glass carriages. At the end of the line, passengers ... View More

Exercise with a view

onJuly 15, 2013

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Australia is a country which is famous for sport. While it may have its biggest international reputation in the fields of summer sports, such as rugby and cricket and, of course, the famous Australian Rules Football, they also have plenty of options for winter sports enthusiasts.

Part of the reason why sports is so central to the Australian way of life is because of an overall interest in healthy living. This means that there are plenty ... View More

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