Enjoy the view from Kings...
Enjoy the view from Kings park. You can see The Perth skyline and the Swan river all the way to Fremantle. The fireworks on new years eve in Gloucester park was really great. 15 minutes of superb fireworks ending when the clock striked 12.
Live Music in the Shopping Streets
Australians love music as much as people everywhere else in the world. The invention of the MP3 player, however, is not yet known down under...
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The lively pedestrian streets in Perth City, Hay Street and Murray Street, become open air stages when street musicians and other performers put on their shows. Best during peak shopping times like Friday afternoon and Saturday. Get yourself an icecream, smoothie, milkshake and watch and listen...
If you enjoy the performance, throwing a coin into the hat or whatever the busker has put up is just fair!
THE WEST COAST
Heres a brief...
THE WEST COAST
Heres a brief run down on my trip up the West coast ;
I left Perth in a car with 4 strangers who'd been advertising for someone to share petrol costs in their car. We drove from perth to Darwin in 5 weeks. If you do the drive direct, its approx 4500km. after all detours, we completed 9000km!
First stop was the Cervantes and the Pinnacles desert : a load of funny shape rocks in a desert...nothing special but worth a photo!(just)
Kalbarri : If youre not fed up with Rock formations and gorges, then Kalbarri is a great national park....but be warned.....the flies really really hack you off! The park is full of gorges and waterfalls and rivers where you can kayak and trek.
Geraldton : Not much in the town but the day trip to the Abrolhos islands was one of my highlights in Australia. The trip costs approx $150 and you fly to the islands, 50km off shore, landing on one and having lunch on a deserted beach and snorkelling around the reefs. The islands are famous for the Batavia shipwreck in 1629, 150 years before the Brits arrived, a fascinating story if you get into it!
Monkey Mia : not much there but a great beach and one huge resort with accomodation ranging from luxury to camping. The main attraction is the friendly dolphins who interact with humans every morning in knee deep water. Best go at around 11 o clock once all the tour buses have left! You cannot touch the dolphins when they are in shore, but after that you can swim out and swim with them.
Coral Bay : aaahhhh...Coral Bay...tiny town of a few hundred people....a beautiful bay which marks the start of the Ningaloo reef...great for diving and snorkelling and just chilling out. There really is nothing here but a big of sand and a bar and a campsite!
Exmouth : The largest town since Geraldton, and only 3000 people. Not much in Exmouth, most people are here to dive and snorkel the Ningaloo reef. The town itself has a few bars, a swimming pool and a few beaches which are nothing special. A trip to Cape Range National Park is a must, 50 km out of Exmouth.The Park is home to hundreds of kangeroos, driving through, they all sit by the side of the road. I sat down one day and shared my cheese sandwiches with a gorgeous little Skippy! The beaches in the park are beautiful with the most turquoise water ive ever seen, hence the name Turquoise Bay of one of the beaches! Its pretty quiet around here and not that many tourists so its great for abit of peace and quiet! Theres no camping with facilities, only designated areas to put up your tent - its just you and the outback. One morning i was getting out of the sea after an early morning dip to find a shark swimming where i had been bathing 30 seconds before! Theres also a gorge worth a walk around in the park. Karijini National Park : Red dirt roads, more gorges and waterfalls, this is one of WA's best national parks for Rocks and grogres if youre not tired of them by now!
Broome : Home to Cable beach, voted the 3rd best beach in the world. The town itself is nice and a very popular Winter destination for those living further south. Theres an outdoor cinema and a crocodile farm too.
The Kimberley : home to the Bungle Bungles - some of the oldest rocks on the earth, and they were only discovered 20 years ago. You can take a 4x4 to see them or do a scenic flight. There are many other gorges and rugged scenery around the Kimberley. Lake Argyle is spectacular. The road around here is closed in wet season for many months.
And that sums up the highlights of Western Australia before heading into the Northern Territory which holds a load more suprises and delights such as Kakadu and Litchfield national parks with their waterfalls.
Picture:Cable beach , Broome
The boomerang is...
The boomerang is the long range weapon of the Australian Aborigine and was devised only in Australia. No other peoples anywhere else in the world use this unique weapon.
Australian Aborigine has been making boomerangs for a very long time - for hunting, tribal warfare and also as musical instruments in secret ceremonies and corroborees.
Boomerangs are traditionally fashioned from Mulga or Black Wattle. Returning boomerangs were made from roots of these trees which already had the right shape. This is because the tips of a boomerang will break off when it hits the ground unless the grain of the wood follows the shape.
Fighting boomerangs also called killer boomerangs - are larger and heavier and have a distinctive hook shape. They were used in tribal warfare and could inflict serious wounds and they were also used to bring down medium size prey like wallabies, goanas etc.
For ceremonial purposes boomerangs were richly decorated with Aboroginal Artwork. Usually the decorations related specifically to the corroboree or ceremony where the boomerangs were to be used.
The Australian people are very...
The Australian people are very friendly, they like to greet, although some of them do not really welcome the Asian people (but it's minor), greet them by saying 'G'day' (read:Gi-day. meaning:Good day)