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    Currumbin Creek - Gold Coast
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Australia Favorites

  • Zoo / Wildlife

    Sydney Favorites

    The one activity that was a must for me during our visit to Sydney was getting up close and personal with a Koala. On my Birthday trip in 2007; Chris took me to Taronga park for my first Koala encounter. I must admit the bears are very cute and fuzy but they are rather stinky(Phew.....). Our particular Koala seemed attracted to the smell of my hair...

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  • Perth City

    Perth Favorites

    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... [/nonsense modus off] 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...

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  • Flora & Fauna

    Brisbane Favorites

    These Birds are quite friendly even though they may not look it. They love to hang around eating areas, hop on tables etc, where ever food is. They never used to be like this, there home was in the Farmer's paddocks, finding grubs to eat with their long beaks. A long drought, thousands of hungry birds, and they found Suburbia for a food supply. DO...

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  • Great Ocean Road

    Melbourne Favorites

    I constantly fly to Melbourne with my partner and I always call Private Budget Tours Australia. They are a local couple from Melbourne whom provide private tours at affordable rates. They are very flexible and knowledgeable. When ever we go to Melbourne, they organise a good package deal for us as we like to go to different tours everyday. They...

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  • Food and drink

    Adelaide Favorites

    As I first mentioned on my Australia COUNTRY page, we Americans have been taught, via television advertising, to believe that all Australians LOVE Foster's Beer. Before I visited Oz, I thought Fosters to be the ubiquitous national brand of suds. Boy, was I ever wrong. Most Aussies tell me that the only persons who drink Fosters in Australia are...

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  • Tourist Attractions

    Canberra Favorites

    The visitors centre is a great source of information on Canberra, the Australian Capital Territory and the region more generally and certainly worthy a stop for all but the most prepared visitor to Canberra. In addition to an extensive display of literature the staff here are very helpful. The Centre can assist you with last minute accommodation...

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  • Beaches.

    Gold Coast Favorites

    I am not one for busy crowded beaches, I prefer ones with less people, but still with the Life Savers on patrol for my safety, OR still water ones. Some of the quiet Beaches are The Spit, Main Beach, Mermaid Beach, Nobby Beach ,Main Beach ,Tallebudgera and Bilinga. I love the water without the waves, especially at Tallebudgera Creek,...

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  • Baywalk Bollards

    Geelong Favorites

    There are over 100 bollards which have been made out of hughe wooden pylons;many recovered from the Yarra Street pier,which was destroyed by fire in the 1980`s.The bollards are painted as historic people and remind about events and history of Geelong.The painting artist was Jan Mitchell.The bollards are to be seen from Ripleside Park till...

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  • Salamanca Markets.

    Hobart Favorites

    There was music everywhere. There was an absolute gem of an open boat being rowed around with a lady playing piano down the back and a bearded man on accordion amidships (pic 5). Every time they finished a tune applause rang out from all parts of the docks. Then there were the dancing girls in their fetching nautical outfits strutting their stuff;...

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  • Sydney Harbour

    Sydney Favorites

    I loved that I could see so many lighthouses from the ferry to Manly. Some of them I could identify, but some of them I could not. It was just interesting to see so many different types of aids to navigation My husband the sailor would love sailing in the harbour at Sydney. Later we got a good view of some weekend races from the Sydney Tower

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  • Fremantle

    Perth Favorites

    Visit Rottnest Island... you can get around on bikes or walk... there are no cars just people powered vehicles. Crystal blue ocean surrounds this small island. Scuba diving, surfing, snokeling and sailing are some of the things you can find yourself getting the urge to try at this magical little place. Great resturants and accommodation are...

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  • Information

    Brisbane Favorites

    Looking to book some local or overseas travel? Seeking enlightenment on where to go and what to do? There is an annual Travel Expo held on a weekend in February at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre which is located at South Brisbane close to the Cultural Centre and South Bank. Typically around 100 exhibitors from all aspects of the...

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  • St. Kilda

    Melbourne Favorites

    St Kilda is one of inner city suburbs of Melbourne and in recent years, it has begun to shake off a seamy reputation and is home to many of Melbourne's famous visitor attractions including Luna Park, the Esplanade Hotel, Acland Street, its many theatres and St Kilda Beach. St Kilda is home to many of the city of Melbourne's big events. Despite...

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  • City Centre

    Adelaide Favorites

    ADELAIDE has a great idea of having 'GREETERS" to "meet & greet " you. Greeters are trained volunteers, some speak more than one language, they are not professional tour guides, and they come from all age groups, backgrounds and have a variety of interests. The volunteers help you find your way around the city and the numerous attractions in...

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  • Parks / Gardens / Lakes

    Canberra Favorites

    Of course, Floriade is also about people; about the charming little girl with the great hat I spotted running around who just made my shot of the playground; the guy I met who was involved in the first ski resort in Kashmir; the old lady with the walker who was just happy to be there; the artist who was in a nice place, mentally and physically....

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  • Theme Parks.

    Gold Coast Favorites

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  • The Great Ocean Road

    Geelong Favorites

    The whole Great Ocean road is great, though not everyone has time to see it in its entirety. I'd recommend starting the trip at the trendy surf town of Torquay with its world famous competition surf beach, Bells Beach. The next major small town on the map is Anglesea, more of a fishing town and less commercial, followed by Lorne, almost as famous...

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  • General Scenery.

    Hobart Favorites

    I'm not sure what did it to be honest. But I left Hobart wanting to see so much more of the little town. In someways it reminded me of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in others, a small Danish coastal village. It had many charms and that intself was my favorite thing about Hobart. It was a great little town which you can tell will someday be a tourist...

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  • Beaches

    Sydney Favorites

    New tourists to Australia will undoubtedly have this iconic image of Bondi Beach with sunny skies, scantily clad people and benign surf. However, as you can clearly see from the pictures, Bondi Beach isn't always like that. Some days you can't even swim in the baths. A few thought they might the day I took this picture but they quickly left the...

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  • King's Park

    Perth Favorites

    It's definitely worthwhile to check out Kings Park...it's a huge park that overlooks the city of Perth and isn't too far from the centre...it's an uphill walk though so take a bus or taxi if you don't like walking. :)

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  • Walks & Itineraries

    Brisbane Favorites

    It is Sunday 4 October 2009, and a new $63.3 million pedestrian / cycling bridge in Brisbane is opened. The bridge, which is expected to have 36 500 people cross it each week, was originally known as the Tank Street Bridge and received its new name "Kurilpa" through a public naming competition. Its new name is ‘Kurilpa’ .......which is Aboriginal...

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  • Flinders Street Station

    Melbourne Favorites

    The station at Flinders street is a wonderful old building serving the train loving people of Melbourne. I have used this station for transport since 1977 and the place has only gotten grubbier since then!! Plenty of trains arrive & leave with lots of platforms for a busy popoulation. In the photo you can see a number of clocks (9 in total) just...

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  • Native Fauna

    Adelaide Favorites

    Elder park in the city centre is home to Adelaide's beautiful black swans who spend their days swimming back and forth in the river Torrens. These elegant birds are very use to living with people and will often come to the sides of the bank to check you out. Unfortunately they do this in the hopes of receiving food but try to resist the temptation...

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  • History/Location

    Canberra Favorites

    Walter Burley Griffin originated this term, which refers to the area between Parliament House and the lake, flanked by Commonwealth Avenue on the west and Kings Avenue to the east. As a visitor, it is important that you should understand that the buildings here are entirely of national significance - they are here for the nation and in general...

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  • Bird / Animal Parks.

    Gold Coast Favorites

    At the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, you can either watch the Lorikeet's feed for FREE, or for a small donation, buy a plate of Lorikeet food [Wombaroo milk] to feed, this will be re-filled for NO extra charge. This is a really fun thing to do if you've never done it before! Once you have paid your donation, then your given a plate which is...

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  • Geelong Waterfront

    Geelong Favorites

    All the parks along the foreshore are lovely. Palm trees, as well as shade trees are everywhere. During the summertime, it can get a little crowded here, as there are many visitors from the surrounding regions, as well as Melbourne.

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  • National Parks.

    Hobart Favorites

    Waterfalls are often a popular destination for tourists and Tassie has its share of good ones. Not all that far away (about an hour) are the most popular of all, Russell. They are located in Mount Field National Park and it will cost your carload $22 to walk five minutes up the trail to view them. However, there is a lot more to see at Mount Field....

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  • Parks / Gardens

    Sydney Favorites

    So I turned and walked through a tunnel beneath the railway and started to climb the stairs up beside a park landscaped into the slope. Halfway up I traversed this park over to the next ascending walkway and then, soon after, moved on to another delightful little park that had a sculpture beside the path (pic 2). It was not long after when I...

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  • Aboriginal Culture

    Perth Favorites

    BOOMERANG 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...

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  • Parks & Gardens

    Brisbane Favorites

    The Kangaroo Point cliffs have so much to offer. Perhaps we should start at the top of the cliffs. At the top is a narrow strip of lawn, where electric bbqs, picnic settings and toilets are located. The view is of Southbank, the winding Brisbane river and the Brisbane CBD, one of the best! At the bottom, is another park with the same plus a...

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  • Crown Casino

    Melbourne Favorites

    I stood one night, unknowingly, beside the river when all was suddenly light. From whence had this emanated I immediately wondered. It was over in moments, so I was unsure, then it burst with a roar and it filled the sky. There was a time, co-inciding with the massive gas flame bursts, when I thought I had done Hell and Melbourne in one hit. The...

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  • Parks

    Adelaide Favorites

    The Botanic Park is a 34 hectare (84 acre) park in the Northeast Parkland's of the South Australian capital of Adelaide. Its nestled between the zoo and the botanical gardens making it a perfect spot to picnic, read or lie in the sun. Its very quite and has a abundant bird life. The park popularity is due mostly to its giant fig trees. Their...

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  • Views

    Canberra Favorites

    Around Canberra you have some lookouts that offer some nice views around the nations capital, as you can see, it is a very lush area, and its in a nice spot, though they can work on the nightlife of the spot.

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  • Shopping.

    Gold Coast Favorites

    YOU HAVE WRITTEN YOUR POST CARD, AND NOW WANT TO BUY THE STAMP AND POST IT....... Don't worry, there are a number of Post Offices on the Gold Coast. They provide more than Stamps these days! Their range of services includes ....electronic banking and passport interviews, stationery & gifts as well. Most post offices these days have extensive Post...

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  • Port Arthur /Historic Architecture.

    Hobart Favorites

    North of Hobart there is a series of villages, all of them historic. They include the famous Ross and Campbell Town amongst others but you'll notice smaller ones just off the highway that are also worth a visit. Jericho, for instance, has the grave of the first Australian born Victoria Cross winner. Situated 84 kms north of Hobart or 117 kms south...

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  • Sydney Suburbs

    Sydney Favorites

    You can follow the walk around down below on your way to or from Clifton Gardens or, if you want to chack out some lovely real estate, you can climb the stairs and walk along Iluka Road. We chose to go to the upper part of Iluka Road as it's split into twol These shots were taken on that walk.

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  • Pilbarra

    Perth Favorites

    Water...Australias most precious commodity. In the goldrush era water was worth more than the gold that was mined.Of all the necessitys travellers need to take with them in Australia is adequate water. If you get stranded on The Nullabour Plains for example the fee for a 20 litre bottle of water to refill your radiator is aproximately 450...

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  • Transport

    Brisbane Favorites

    The City Cat trip from bretts Wharf to the University of Southern Queensland is a Great! way to see Brisbane from a different angle. Bretts Wharf lies at the bottom of Racecourse Rd in Ascot, one of the richer Northside suburbs of Brisbane, and at the top end lies Eagle Farm Racecourse. Along the street are many cafes, reatuarants and boutiques to...

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  • Queen Victoria Market

    Melbourne Favorites

    Check out the Queen Victoria Markets. Located on the corner of Elizabeth & Victoria Streets. At the markets you will find all sorts of things - fresh produce, clothes, crafts, jewelry, leather goods etc. It's a great place to spend a couple of hours... Open Tuesday to Sunday. Phone: 03 93205822 Web: www.qvm.com.au

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  • Beaches

    Adelaide Favorites

    If you love the beach, take the time to go to at least one of these beaches rather than the tourist beach, Glenelg: Moana, Christies Beach, Port Noarlunga, Port Willunga, Aldinga, Silver Sands and Victor Harbour. Glenelg is great for people watching but these beaches have far less people, and nicer water and sand. I love Adelaide weather. It is...

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  • National Parks/Reserves/Countryside

    Canberra Favorites

    The Canberra-Nara Park opened in 1999. The Park is a symbol of friendship between the sister cities of Canberra, built as the national capital of Australia in the 20th century, and Nara, the capital of Japan in the early 8th century. Set on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the park features traditional timber structures, stone lanterns and other...

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  • National Parks.

    Gold Coast Favorites

    The Natural Arch is a stand alone attraction and very popular. It's about a 45 minute drive from Surfers along a scenic drive that makes the trip doubly worthwhile. The short walk down to the waterfall is very scenic as far as rain forest is concerned. Some large strangler figs (pics 3&4) and a few other giants can be viewed on the main...

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  • Walks

    Sydney Favorites

    We started at the Rose Bay end, alighting at the ferry wharf and trudging along the footpath until we reached Tivoli Avenue. Here you should turn left and head down to the waters edge which is where the track actually starts. En route you will get some spectacular views of Sydney Harbour, see some lovely little beaches, brush against native plants...

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  • Perths Sunset

    Perth Favorites

    At a certain time in the later afternoon, the light of the already low sun is reflected by the glass facades of Central Park tower and other skyscrapers in a way that is, well, almost magic. I have been lucky to catch it twice, both times on board an incoming Swan River ferry. Watch out if you return from Fremantle on an afternoon ferry. The...

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  • Brisbane suburbs

    Brisbane Favorites

    This tip is for all those people who love browsing around cemeteries. The Nudgee Catholic cemetery is the only major private cemetery in Brisbane, and the 1st burial here was in 1867. It really is quite interesting to have a walk and drive around, its very large! The cemetery is divided into distinct sections. It has an area for the church...

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