Favorite thing: PROTESTERS FALLS
It was 1979, people were angry, people who didn’t want to lose something. The oft despised Greenies were out in force, a forest was in peril, 300 year old blackbox and brushbox trees were listed to be cut down and 300 protesters dug in for starters.
A rally of 2,000 people eventually woke the government up and an impact study was set up. Its findings led to a national park being declared in 1984 called Nightcap. In the year 2000 they discovered a tree for the first time and called it the Nightcap Oak.
I’d seen the protests on T.V. and wondered what all the fuss was about, wondered for a long time in fact. Wondered for 35 years, but my curiosity never abated. So it was that when Lorraine and I went house sitting at Skennars Head, I noted that Protesters was within striking distance and we pencilled in a day to visit this place.
Strong winds had pounded the seas for days and some rain had arrived with them but, on our allocated day we drive inland beneath sunny skies and soft white clouds, skirting Lismore and plunging further north, up past The Channon and into alternative life style country. Here voluminous vines cluttered up fence lines, secondary growth shielded houses from prying eyes and the road turned from bitumen to gravel.
There’s a sense when you enter places like this; a sense of peace, a sense of quiet, a feeling of freshness. At the end of this entry road there’s a ford and then a carpark. Had we known better we’d have parked before we crossed the ford; reason being that once you unpacked, dressed properly and were on your way, you had to come back across the concrete ford which entailed taking your footwear off to get through Terania Creek.
As you entered the walkway to the falls, it wasn’t brushbox or blackbox that caught your eye, it was the vast amounts of piccabeen palms with their lichen lined trunks, tubular root systems and voluminous discarded fronds. The abstract patterns they formed were a constant distraction, as was the occasional strangler fig and different fungi that we stumbled across.
Then we came to the bridge, a.k.a. a series of planks across the stream. It was here that a returning couple tipped us off about a resting reptile only about 50 metres further on and that set our blood racing. With wary step we trod, eyes wide open and nerves at the ready. Finally we saw the resting python, whose aura was as benign as a pet dog and it moved not from its curled position while we rattled off numerous images. It’s not often you get a chance to get that close to a reptile and feel safe.
The creek’s waters were so clear, a fact that attracts the endangered Fleay’s frog apparently and you are requested not to swim in the water to avoid endangering it even more.
The steps are few but they get tricky towards the end and I had to assist Lorraine near the falls proper. The drop was much higher than I imagined, just over the 25 metre mark and more than you could cover with a normal camera wide angle lens. Tall palms sit atop a ledge halfway up on one side while the other has mosses where weeping water exudes from the cracks.
The walk had been only short, you can get up and back in an hour, but the beauty of it all made it easy to understand why it was worthy of preservation. From the red berries to the moth in its last hour there was an ecosystem worth showing your grandchildren and letting them know they, too, would be able to show their grandchildren.
We ticked our next box by calling into the hotel at The Channon. Once the inn had been a butter factory and now the spacious interior lent itself well to becoming a pub. Lorraine decided the fare on offer wasn’t to our liking so we had a drink in the rustic surrounds before leaving.Related to:
- Family Travel
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
AUSTRALIA'S GREAT TRAIN JOURNEYS
Favorite thing: Generally Train travel in Australia is simalary priced to other countries.
My husband and I have done "special" scenic train trips around the world, and found they are usually more expensive........Well, in Australia it is the same.
What I like here, is the FREE BOOKLET which is obtainable from some Tourist Information Centres.
I think they may probably mail one to you if you rang the number.
I thought it an excellent publication, for not only does it give details on each Train journey, but it includes the sightseeing from a 4 hour tour, and up to a 13day 12nights package tours.
It covers journeys by the
INDIAN PACIFIC -------- Sydney - Perth via Adelaide or the opposite way
THE GHAN ------------- Adelaide to Darwin " " " "
THE SOUTHERN SPIRT- Adelaide to Brisbane via Melbourne " " " "
THE OVERLAND-------- Adelaide to Melbourne " " " "
So, if you are planning one I these trips, I recommend the following book to you!
To book your Rail Journey, call Great Southern Rail
Package bookings 1300 132147
Rail only bookings 132147
Website.... www.greatsouthernrail.com.auRelated to:
INFORMATION ON AUSTRALIA
Favorite thing: Each State of Australia has its own website detailing on everything necessary to know when visiting that State.
AUSTRALIA, also has its own website, so for details, visit....
If you need online Visa's or anything to do with a Government department, then this is the website for you..................www.australia.gov.au
CURRENCY Australian Dollar (AUD). We have notes and coins. For converting money, I use http://www.xe.com/ucc/
WEATHER This website will help you with all the details you need.
THE INTERNATIONAL DIALLING CODE IS.... +61, just incase somebody wants to ring you!
Favorite thing: Want to see one of these monsters? Well, you will have to head into the outback a little as they are not allowed in the more populated southern and eastern states. It is in the Outback where you will see the larger ones, starting off with three or more trailers, these are restricted to the Australian Outback regions.
The Northern Territory, northern Western Australia and Queensland's Outback regions rely a lot on triple trains for transporting goods: fuel, ore and cattle and are the most common freight, but roadtrains cart everything else, too.
A "Road Train" has two or three normal trailers, connected by converter dollies and can be between 36.5 and 50 metres long.
BEST PLACE TO SEE REAL ROAD TRAINS......
Stuart Highway north of Alice Springs, and the Victoria/Great Northern Highway between Katherine and Broome and around the Outback of Western Australia. If your travels take you off the beaten track in an area near a big mine or into cattle country, you may even get to see four or more trailer road trains...Related to:
- Road Trip
HOW TO FIND WORK IN OZ
Favorite thing: WORK............
It can be hard find, especially these days.
Work that is always available, is Fruit and Vegetable picking. It is hard work, you may be working through all weather conditions, and during the Australian summer it is HOT!
Some places pay by the hour, and others are "piece' work.
Hospitality work is also in high demand. This may involve washing dishes.
For other types of work, the website to check out is SEEK. This is the main one that unemployed Australian's use.
The Employment Agencies now put their job's on this website.
A "friend" is the easiest way to find work, as Employer's no longer wish to sieve through up to a 1000 application's per position.
Just recently in a Sugar Cane area, I saw a notice on the side of the road wanting Backpackers for work, so keep your eyes open as you travel the countryside.Related to:
- Budget Travel
WHAT IS THE WEATHER GOING TO BE?
Favorite thing: I don't know how many times this has been asked on the forum, so many times that I have decided to give the link for finding the weather conditions all over Australia
Its is called "bom" and this is the link....Just copy and paste
Here you can find everything you want and need about the weather in Australia!
Favorite thing: You may not want any photos processed before heading home, or perhaps you may like to do what I did.
Instead of buying postcards, I made collage photos of where I had been the last week/fortnight and sent them to friends and family along with a note. Cheaper and more personal!
But where to get them done?
There are plenty of Camera shops that have processing facilities all around Australia. If you want reasonably priced photos that are done quite quickly and can usually be picked up in an hour, then head to BIG W where the charge is 15 cents a 4x6 print. If you have a 200 or more, then the price drops to 12c print, or if you wish to pick them up the next day, then it is 10cents a print. You use a self service kiosk to put your photos through and to choose which ones you want. It is quite easy and the camera location staff are there to give help if needed.
KMart and Harvey Norman are other cheap places. Harvery Norman often has specials of 9cents a print, watch their website for deals.
HARVEST TRAIL FOR BACKPACKERS & OTHERS
Favorite thing: The harvest area usually rely on backpackers to help with their seasonal workload.
The Harvest trail links jobseekers with harvest jobs Australia wide. It offers a great way for people to travel around Australia at their own pace while sightseeing ...
You can download the info or you can pick up a booklet at our Centrelink offices when in Australia. I have a booklet and its a good book. A new book comes out each year.
The website for all your informations is......
To see beforehand what fruits are in season when you arrive in Australia
- Work Abroad
- Budget Travel
CARAVAN/CAMPGROUNDS - Discount cards
Favorite thing: Want to save a little money, and stay in proper Camping / Caravan grounds?
The larger Caravan chains which I have listed below, all have discount cards.
I wouldn't do this if you aren't travelling much, but if you are, then they are worth the money.
We have joined the Big4 and Top Tourist several times, and both times have saved money, plus stayed in lovely caravan parks that we normally would not have stayed in!
These days, The Big4 chain has become to expensive for us!
This is a 2 year membership which offers the card holder 10% discount up to the value of $30 per stay in any accommodation choice (from non powered tent site through to cabin accommodation) in any Top Tourist Member Park, plus you also receive the option of a free book ahead service to the next Top Tourist Park to help make your travels easier.
Current Cost is $30 (GST inclusive) for a two years.
Another that you save 10% on at over 170 Family Parks locations in both Australia and New Zealand. (Up to a maximum of $20 on sites and $40 on cabins per stay)
$50 for 2 years membership, and it also covers New Zealand where BIG4 Members save 10% and up to $30 at TOP 10 in New Zealand. They have Holiday Offers and savings at Holiday Attractions.
You would need to buy a card for each chain, or just choose one chain. Big 4 is the dearest and the most upmarket.
All of those parks I can recommend, we have found them to be of a high standard.
One thing to remember, the ones by the seaside are the most expensive, and in school holidays will probably be booked out in advance. The further inland you go, they usually are cheaper, with the exception of Uluru area.
As you can see by my photo's, in lots of Parks you will experience wildlife, from plenty of wild Birds to Kangaroo's, even on the Beach!Related to:
- Budget Travel
EMERGENCIES - WHAT TO DIAL!
Favorite thing: This tip is not just for Queensland, but for the whole of Australia.
The national telephone number for all emergency services in Australia including AMBULANCE, FIRE, and POLICE is "000".
000 calls are answered by an Operator who will ask which service you require - Police, Fire or Ambulance.
The operator will ask relevant questions, and arrange an appropriate response from the local Police, Ambulance or Fire Service.
000 calls are free on all mobile phones.
Remember this number, it may save your life one day if something goes wrong!
The Australian animal the...."WALLAROO"
Favorite thing: "WALLAROO" .......Is it a Kangaroo?........."NO!"
It does look and act like a Kangaroo, but is isn't a Kangaroo.
The name came about by joining WALLaby and kangAROO together.....WALLAROO. This is because he is an inbetween size between these two animals.
There is the Eastern Wallaroo, the Euro, the Black Wallaroo and the Antilopine Wallaroo. The Antilopine Wallaroo is the one most like a Kangaroo as he likes to be in groups, whereas, the others are more solitary.
The Eastern Wallaroo has a coat of grey fur and the Euro has reddish fur. They all have a bare black nose and big ears.
The males usually measure up to 1.5mtrs in height and weigh 22 to 45 kgs, with the female about 1metre tall, and weighs between 18 to 22.5kgs.
Wallaroos usually live in rocky areas as they have fur on the pads of their feet which makes rock climbing very easy for them. When there is a drought wallaroos will survive by digging holes in the ground of up to 1 metre deep to find water. Usually, they get the water they need from their food.
They are quiet animals who use foot thumping to warn each other of danger, When annoyed they may "hiss or cough. I did see mine in a very rocky area and found him to be rather inquisitive of me, not bothering to move on for quite a while.
Can you imagine this animal's baby being the size of a peanut when it is born after 32 days gestation.
A similarity, is the baby is also called a joey, is born without fur and blind but still finds its way into its mother's pouch. The joey will stay in his mother's pouch until the age of 6 months when he is takes his first steps, and keeps on returning to the pouch up to a year in age. It is possible for a female wallaroo to be pregnant and have a baby in her pouch at the same time.
Wallaroos live usually up to 17 or 18 years of age.
The one in my photo had a mate. If you look at his ears, you can see that he has been involved in fights, they are pretty tattered!Related to:
- National/State Park
QUARANTINE LAWS IN AUSTRALIA
Favorite thing: As you know, when arriving in Australia you have quarantine to pass through.
This is not the end to the quarantine process, because Australia is divided into different States, and some States have more pests and diseases than others, so there are quarantine laws for when you are travelling between States.
Some of the areas of importance are the ......
In VICTORIA.........Greater Sunraysia area, which is part of the far west and most of the Murrumbidgee and Murray regions, MUST NOT TAKE FRUIT to this area.
NORTHERN TERRITORY...............Ti Tree Fruit fly zone which extends from Tennant Creek to Alice Springs.........NO FRUIT!
Kangaroo Island has a Ligurian Bee sanctuary and Potato protected area, so beware of this.
These are just a few examples, watch for the signs at the State borders or on roadsides when entering fruit growing areas.
Do the right thing, and pop your produce in a bin!
Better to do the right thing, save the industry, and avoid a big fine!
Fondest memory: For more infomation there is a ......
FREECALL 1800 084 881
and the website is..................
- Road Trip
AUSTRALIAN TIME ZONES
Favorite thing: In Australia, we have THREE DIFFERENT TIME ZONES
Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)...
New South Wales (except Broken Hill), Victoria, Queensland,Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory
Australian Central Standard Time (ACST).....
South Australia, Northern Territory, and Broken Hill in NSW
Australian Western Standard Time (AWST)
Australia also has daylight saving, this is observed from the 1st Sunday in October, to the 1st Sunday in April, every year.
To make life difficult, not all states have it. At the moment (2014), Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory do not move their clocks forward.
Fondest memory: Check this website if you are unsure of the time zones.
SAVE MONEY WHEN FILLING YOUR CAR WITH FUEL!
Favorite thing: An easy way to save money when filling your car with fuel, is to have previously bought $30 & over worth of groceries from either COLES or WOOLWORTHS stores.
When you take a look at your receipt, you will find on the bottom what I have taken a photo of.
Sometimes you may receive either 4c litre off, 8cents or even 10cents litre off the cost of your petrol [fuel]
Just tear of the part that I have a photo off, then for Coles vouchers, head to a SHELL service station to use, and for Woolworths, to a WOOLWORTHS service station or a participating CALTEX service station.
Usually outside the station, they have how much per litre the discounted fuel will cost. Just take your docket/receipt with you when you pay, and the amount will be deducted from the bill.
Depending on how much you buy, it can save you quite a few dollars.
is discount is available all around Australia, and can be used from state to state. Just remember to use before the expiry date on the docket!Related to:
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
CUDDLE A KOALA
Favorite thing: So, you have come to Australia and you want to see and cuddle a Koala.
ONLY QUEENSLAND AND SOUTH AUSTRALIA ALLOW "YOU' TO HOLD AND CUDDLE A KOALA.
Other States only allow the handler to hold them, so before you go anywhere, look on the website to see if "YOU" are actually allowed to hold and cuddle the Koala and CHECK THE TIMES WHEN THE KOALA CUDDLING TAKES PLACE. Koalas sleep most of the day.
Prices do vary, as does who can take the photo. Sometimes only the photographer can, and you can buy the photo, other times you and the photographer can take photos.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA has quite a few Wildlife Sanctuaries that offer this, but an excellent one, where you can pat a Emu and Kangaroo as well, is the CLELAND WILDLIFE RESERVE.
Just twenty minutes from the Adelaide city centre.
OPEN 9.30 am to 5 pm daily. No entry after 4.30 pm.
CLOSED.... Christmas Day.
Park entry costs $16 for adults, $13 concession, $9.50 for kids or $43.50 for a family (2009)
QUEENSLAND also had many places to do this, all the way from the New South Wales border up to Cairns.Related to:
- National/State Park
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