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    The Lone Pine Sanctuary

    by roamer61 Updated Feb 28, 2015

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    The Lone Pine Sanctuary near Brisbane. This is one of the worlds leading breeding facilities of Koalas. Here, you can see many, both young and adult. You can even have your picture taken holding one. In addition, there is an area where Emus and Kangaroos and wallabies roam free. Here, you can feed them. This is truly a wonderful place to go if you love animals like I do.

    Admission is charged. A combo boat and sanctuary tour ticket can be purchased from tour operators.

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    Phillips Island

    by roamer61 Updated Feb 28, 2015

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    One of the most unusual places to visit is the Sanctuart off the coast of mainland Victoria in Southern Austraila. Here, at dusk, one can see the worlds smallest penguins, Little Penguins, returning to their burrows on land. Stands are available to sit in as you watch the procession of sliitle birds emerging from the sea. Close-up flash photography is not generally permitted because the flash stuns the little birds, especially any chicks that may be present. In any case, if you are into wildlife, this is not to be missed.

    The posted photo was taken prior to learning that flash isn't permitted.

    Little Penguin
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    The HARS museum of airplanes

    by globetrott Updated Dec 27, 2014

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    This is Museum that I found accidentially while driving south from Woolongong:
    The HARS (Historic Aviation Restoration Society)-collection of airplanes is an interesting museum and most of these airplanes are even still able to fly or are under repair or restoration in order to be able to fly some day soon.
    Unfortunately you can visit this collection only as a guided tour, BUT they do it even for a single person like me and even, when you get there just about 30 min before they are closing. In similar situations other museums would have told me to come back tomorrow.
    You will be able to enter some of the airplanes as well !
    An ordinary tour will take about 1 hour or even more and there is no extra charge for it, you just pay the entrancefee !
    Going to the HARS-museum by car is the very best option, because that airfield with the HARS-museum is next to the highway Nr. 1 when you are driving south from Wollongong.
    You can click here for a map of the area !
    You will find easy car-parking-spaces there free of charge, next to the entrance of the museum !

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    The HARS-collection of airplanes was open in 2011:
    Monday – Sunday: 09:30 am – 3:30 pm
    BUT in Nov. 2014 I saw on their webpage that they have restricted openingtimes !!!
    So check the webpage below before you go !!!

    The Address is: Boomerang Ave / Albion Park Rail NSW 2527

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    Yass: The Yass & District museum

    by globetrott Written Dec 24, 2014

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    This is the Yass & District museum, it was closed while I was there, but I was able to take a look through the windows and this is what I saw: remains of the past and of the early days of settlement in Australia. Take a look at my last Picture, where you will read that electricity did not come to Yass before 1927 !
    They also have quite unique opening times, as you can read here:

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    The Yass & District museum is open
    Saturdays & Sundays from 10.00am till 04.00pm
    ...and some weekdays if volonteers are available !!! ;-)
    Admission is 5 AUS$ children 1 AUS$

    The Yass & District museum is on the main road, not far from the tourist-information.

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    Wollongong: Flagstaff Hill

    by globetrott Written Dec 24, 2014

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    Take a walk along the port of Wollongong and you will see this great light-tower next to some cannons on top of a small hill that gives you also a good panorama-view of the town and its beaches.
    Close to that lighttower you will find a great beach with toilets, changing facilities and even showers, totally free of charge and open all day and night.

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    Wollongong: The Illawarra Museum

    by globetrott Written Dec 24, 2014

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    The Illawarra Museum

    The Illawarra Museum is a museum about the Illawarra-district, that is the area around of Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama in the south of Sydney. This building was built in 1882 as the Post Office of Woolongong.

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    The adress is :11 Market St / Wollongong NSW, Australia 2500
    The Illawarra Museum is open for visitors:
    Wednesday & Thursday:Noon - 3 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm
    Public Holidays: 1 pm - 4 pm

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    Woolongong:some great mosaiques

    by globetrott Written Dec 23, 2014

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    I found some great mosaiques, made in the kind of Aboriginees art in the pedestrian zone of Woolongong, just take a look at my extra pictures here as well: in my 4th and 5th picture: some great mosaiques as well on a zebra-crossing next to the theatre of Wollongong and next to the new townhall & the tourist information !

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    Werris Creek: the "path of service"

    by globetrott Written Dec 23, 2014

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    the "path of service"

    You will find a special kind of tribute to the people who were working for the train in Werris Creek and you will find their names written on the bricks in a small park next to the station-building. It is called the "path of service"

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    Werris Creek: an interesting village

    by globetrott Written Dec 23, 2014

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    The village of Werris Creek

    There are some interesting houses in the old colonial style as well in Werris Creek and you will find most of them around the train-station.
    I was there at the end of November and they started with the x-mas-decorations, for me as an Austrian, who always connects x-mas-feelings with snow and cold weather is was quite unusual to see this on such a hot day (my last picture)!
    In 1877 the Great Northern Railway-line built the station in Werris Creek and they found this town to be the very best place for a junction for a sideline to Gunnedah and so Werris Creek became one of the most important stations of that area - you can still see that nowadays by the giant station-buildings.
    In the 1950s around 700 people were working for the trainline in Werris Creek.
    In my 4th picture: this train is out of service now and shown in front of the station and in the station you will also find a very good museum about the history of trains in Australia.

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    Tamworth: The trainstation

    by globetrott Updated Dec 23, 2014

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    In my opinion the trainstation of Tamworth is an interesting building as well for tourists, especially when you get inside and take a closer look at the platforms with iron columns and great decorations made with a combination of wooden elements and iron. I think that also the combination of red and yellow paint looks very nice in this building !
    In the trainstation you will find an office and a travel-agency, but I did not see a single person there in the station or the platforms, it looked quite spooky and also spotlessly clean like a trainstation in Europe will never be !
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    By train Tamworth is in a distance to Sydney of around 6 hours one way. BUT europeans, please note: you cannot compare the trainsystem in Australia with the trains that will take you across Europe several times a day between the big european cities. In Australia you can be happy to find a railway at all and in case of Tamworth, I found not more than just 1 train per day, and it is always leaving Tamworth at 10:48 am and arriving in Sydney at 05.00pm.
    For more details - see my link below !
    b.t.w. all of the area in the station and also on the platforms there is strictly no smoking !

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    Tamworth: The Conservatorium of Music

    by globetrott Written Dec 23, 2014

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    The Tamworth Conservatorium of Music

    This is the Tamworth Conservatorium of Music, that was established in 1984. The scenic building used to be a Dominican Convent building before and it is certainly one of the beautiful buildings worth seeing for tourists as well.

    You will find this building next to St. Nicholas Church and also not far from Peel Street.

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    Tamworth: The Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum

    by globetrott Written Dec 23, 2014

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    The Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum

    The Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum is a great private collection of over 50 motorcycles of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. The collection includes an extremely rare limited edition F4 MV Agusta Series ORO, various bikes of Ducati, Honda, Triumph, Velocette, Laverda and many more.

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    The Powerhouse Motorcycle Museum is open for visitors:
    daily from 10.00am till 06.00pm
    Admission is AUS$7 adult, AUS$4 child and AUS$16 per family

    The adress is 250 Armidale Road, New England Highway

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    Tamworth: The street of Music-award Winners

    by globetrott Written Dec 23, 2014

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    When you walk in Peel Street you will see an interesting pattern in the pavement and in many places you will as well find the names of the winners of the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival that lasts for two weeks over Australia Day during late January. There will be around 50.000 visitors and in 2007 Forbes rated the Tamworth Country Music Festival as number 8 of the World's Coolest Music Festivals !
    The trophy that the winners will get is a small golden guitar, just 22cm high and it looks just the same as the "Big Golden Guitar" with a hight of 12m that you will see close to a shoppingcentre in the outskirts of Tamworth.

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    Sydney: inside the famous Opera

    by globetrott Written Dec 23, 2014

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    During the day you will be able to enter the Sydney Opera freely and without lots of restrictions, even when you dont plan to take one of the guided tours through this magnificent building.There are various halls from where you will get an excellent view of the Harbour Bridge and the other places around the Opera.
    The idea behind the building was to make a building that looks like a giant shell and the design was made by Jørn Utzon from Danmark, who had won the international competition for this building in 1957 , but not all of his plans were taken into the final construction.

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    There are various guided tours offered for the Opera building
    such tours will last 1 hour and adults are 37 ,- AUS$ / children pay 20 AUS$
    mostly it will be 1 tour per day between Mon and Fri
    german tours for instance were: Mon + Wed + Fri at 03.30pm and Tue & Thu at 11.30am
    click here for more details about these tours in various languages

    The Sydney Opera House is next to the famous Harbour-bridge. All cruiseships will pass by there !

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    Sydney: The Dymocks Building & the Block

    by globetrott Written Dec 23, 2014

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    The Dymocks Building is another great sight of Victorian Architecture right in the very centre of Sydney. Dymocks is a chain of bookshops that was founded in 1879 and they have nowadays around 65 bookshops all over Australia. I really enjoyed taking a look around for the great details and its unique character in architecture and the exquisite mosaiques on the floor.

    George Street 428 is the adress and that is just a few steps from other shopping-arcades like the Strand and the Queen Victoria Building.

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