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    Climbing bridges

    by SirRichard Written Sep 1, 2009

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    Aussies have rather weird but funny sport: climbing bridges. The most famous is the Sydney Bay Bridge climbing, but there are climbing experiences in Brisbane and other places. You only have to be in reasonable fit and don't suffer "vertigo". I didn't do it myself, as it was a bit out of my budget (over 100 AUS $) but seemed thrilling and exciting.
    No Bungee Jumping allowed, sorry. :-)

    Climbing Sydney Bridge
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    Snorkeling (or diving)

    by SirRichard Written Sep 1, 2009

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    If the underwater world is your passion, or even if it's not, the Great Barrier Reef is a must for you. Ihave been to a few snorkeling places around the world, but this is by far the best of the best.
    Just by snorkeling and floating still you can see thousands of fishes and multi-coloured corals down there, is just amazing.
    The best way to do it is flying to Cairns and then staying either in Cairns or in Port Douglas. From there there are daytrips to the barrier everyday. There are many agencias, just look and compare. The boat trip starts at about 10 am and takes 90 minutes to get to the Barrier.
    I did it with Quicksilver, an agency that has got a ponton (floating basecamp) there, so the catamaran leaves you at the platform and there you have buffet, underwater gallery, mini-submarines, diving lessons, snorkeling material... the ferries return at 14:30, arriving in Port Douglas at 16:00h.
    Price, about 200 AUS $. Lunch included. Snorkeling material included, but there are extras (diving, helicopter...)

    Me snorkeling
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    Climbing The Sentinel

    by iandsmith Written Mar 4, 2009

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    I returned in 2009 to Tasmania and one of the things I wanted to do was climb the Sentinel. At 963 metres it's no Everest but then again I'm no letter day Edmund Hilary and I was 62 years old.
    You have to cross Wedge River first but that's fairly easy as there's a few logs and it's not that deep anyway.
    Immediately you come across a bog for about 50 metres and then have to sign the register book. After that you start to climb slowly and might even see a black snake like I did before you reach the base of the cliffs and then it starts to get serious. At times you have to use your hands to scramble up the steeper parts but, at the hour and a half mark, you should have reached the top and had a look around.
    Some of the views are spectacular and there's a sense of achievement but it was a little hazy the day I was there as it often is.
    Still, I have boasting rights, how many other VTers have been up there?

    Equipment: Good shoes, a water bottle and your camera.

    The aawesome Sentinel Views over Lake Pedder Nerve test at the top The chute you climb through View at the top
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    Be a water baby

    by marcia1 Written Apr 21, 2007

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    My advice is for water activities. Many of us like to "leave only footprints, take only photographs". These are a few tips for being an innocent in your waterbased activities - of which there are plenty in Oz.
    * Water babies wear organic sunblock and remove chemicals from skin before entering water. Most marine life, from anemones to dolphins, has really porous and sensitive skin. In Australia, many dolphin-encounter places will ask you to remove chemicals before touching these creatures - but even if they don't, you should! Water babies remove chemicals before approaching aquarium touch tanks, too.
    Organic sunblocks are available at health stores. Many are like a mud, much thicker than chemical creams, and they will stick fast and protect you adequately in the ocean.
    * Water babies never touch coral - they certainly don't stand on it. Coral takes hundreds of years to form and is seriously sensitive. Whole formations may die after just a moment's touch from a foot, and many types are brittle too. Water babies keep their flippers under control.
    Beginners: it can be really hard getting used to snorkelling gear - both your flippers, and your mask and snorkel. If your mask or snorkel gets flooded with water, of course your instincts will tell you to find your footing so you can fix your gear. However, it is usually just as easy to fix things while floating. Water babies don't panic. Here's a few tips:
    If your snorkel floods, you can simply lift your head from the water, let go the snorkel from your lips, and breathe. You won't lose the snorkel, because it is also attached to the mask. At the same time, raise your knees to avoid kicking around. Put your snorkel back in and return to horizontal floating.
    If your mask floods, again just lift your head, at the same time lifting your knees. Let the water out of your mask by lifting it off your face, and then return it to your face, giving it a good shove to expel air. Return to snorkelling.
    See?
    Water babies have more fun, because they know they're doing no harm.

    Equipment: Organic sunblocks. Mosquitoes won't bother you out in the ocean.

    A happy water baby snorkelling near Heron Island.
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    Fishing is a very popular pastime in Oz

    by unravelau Updated Mar 29, 2007

    This man started before I woke up because he had about 6 lines into the harbour going. He just moved backwards and forwards checking for nibbles. I don't know whether the other person in the photo was an official but they seemed to be engaged in quite a serious conversation.....the fisherman didn't stop so it must have been ok.

    Equipment: All fishing equipment is readily available all around the coast of Australia in most small townships. You would need to check for local regulations and other information but there are still quite a few places where fishing is allowed.

    Caught in the act....fishing in the harbour

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    Hockey is a pretty popular sport here

    by unravelau Updated Nov 6, 2006

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    I was watching my two sons play in the grand final of the local competition last weekend and it took me back to when they first started to play. Wow, they were primary school students and from the word go showed an aptitude for sport of any kind but were really attracted to hockey. Broken bones, cracked teeth and numerous stitches later and still they play and enjoy.

    There are many playing fields dotted around Australia ......... every council area has space set aside for all sports. Bring your hockey stick and a ball and keep up with your practice while holidaying in our wonderful country.

    Equipment: Plenty of equipment available here if you don't want to tote your own.

    Hockey Final

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    Aussie Rules

    by martin_nl Updated Oct 8, 2006

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    If there was only one thing you could experience of the Australian culture I would suggest you to attend a game of Aussie Rules Football. Best place to see this spectacle is definitely The Melbourne Cricket Ground. When I was in Melbourne they were renovating the MCG, so there was a good view of the city too. Even if you don't like football a game of Aussie Rules is a must. The whole atmosphere in the stadium is fantastic.

    Equipment: Bring some money for a beer and a sausage roll.

    Footy in the MCG

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    Sea kayaking

    by martin_nl Updated Oct 8, 2006

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    The best place to go sea kayaking would be in Broome. The water here is crystal clear, you have the chance to see sea turtles and you are constantly looking at the stunning ocre colours of the cliffs on Gantheaume Point. So if you're done beach bumming on Cable Beach book a kayak trip for some action.

    Equipment: Just bring a towel, bathing suit and a camera. The rest will be provided.

    Having lunch on a very small beach Meet the locals Cliffs of Gantheaume Point Linnea relaxing at a small beach
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    Horse Races

    by martin_nl Updated Oct 8, 2006

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    Australians love to gamble and the races in Broome is one place where there is a possibility. During the right season there are horse races here every Saturday. Bet on your favourite horse and you might win some. People really dress up in all sort of creations. Here I captured some locals and some of the organisation.

    Horse racing in Broome is biiiiiig The organisation Two local ladies
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    Scuba diving

    by martin_nl Updated Oct 8, 2006

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    All over Australia you have the possibility to go scuba diving. The Great Barrier Reef on the East Coast is probably the most popular place to go (and learn how) scuba diving. All over the east coast you have the possibility to do so. On the West Coast you've got the Ningaloo Reef, with a lot of rare species of hard coral. Best places for diving here are Exmouth and Coral Bay. I particularly enjoyed Coral Bay. There are a couple of dive sites here that aren't very deep, but so very beautiful. The colours of the coral are very diverse and you sometimes feel like being in that kids tv cartoon the snorkels. Brilliant. There are also possibilities for diving in Perth and the jetty in Busselton. For someting very exclusive you can dive on the South Coast of Australia to try and see the leafy sea dragons that are very rare. As you can see many opportunities.

    Equipment: You don't have to bring your own diving equipment, since you can hire everything. I do recommend taking your own dive computer and your own mask and snorkel.

    Kitt back in the boat after diving Ningaloo Reef
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    Snorkeling

    by MichaelFalk1969 Written Aug 2, 2006

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    The best place for snorkeling is either the Great Barrier reef or the Whitsunday Islands. From Airlie Beach go daytrips with "Fantasea Cruises" to a snorkeling platform on the outer Barrier Reef - highly recommended. You need not to be a diver to appreciate the corals and the marvelous fish life; you`ll see lots of fish just by snorkeling!

    Equipment: If you go on a boat trip that includes snorkeling usually the operator will provide snorkeling equipment, i.e. mask and rubber suit. But you can bring your own if you want to.

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    Mountainbiking from Glenelg to the Adelaide Hills

    by Joenes Updated Sep 29, 2005

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    Along the Torrens River you will find a cyling route which is both challenging for the body as well as he mind. It takes you from Glenelg trough Adelaide to the Adelaide Hills.
    You go up and down and the surroundings get more breathtaking when you get closer to the Adelaide Hills.
    It is about 40 kilometers each way.
    I have done this route about 10 times the last 3 years and I would go back to Adelaide for that alone if there wasn't anything else which there is!!

    Equipment: Rent a mountainbike at your hostel or another place.

    Adelaide Hills Adelaide Hills The origin of the Torrens River in the Adelaide Hi Crossing the Torrens River in Adelaide Closing in on the Adelaide Hills
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    All water sports

    by iandsmith Written Mar 11, 2005

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    Yes, that is exactly what this sign is all about. The hoarding at the eastern end of the D'Albora Marina at Nelson Bay is a feast for those who want to partake in water borne activities.
    There's dolphin and whale watching, fishing, kayaking, cruises, paddle boats for the kiddies or just plain old hire boats. So many to choose from, so little time.
    If you want to surf, parasail or windsurf, Post Stephens has it all. They advertise the place as "Blue Water Wonderland". The only amazing thing is that so relatively few people go here (compared to say Surfers Paradise).
    It is always in my top ten places of "must see" things in Australia.

    Equipment: You can jump aboard with others, hire it for yourself or fly in the sky. All you really need is a pair of swimmers (maybe) and some suntan oil. It's that simple.

    Take your pick
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  • Aussie Rules Football in Melbourne

    by Lildeer Written Mar 1, 2005

    If rugby is grid-iron without the pads, Aussie Rules Football is rugby without the rules! Go watch one of the most athletic and enthusiastic ever devised. Try to pick a game when the two most competitive teams are playing: the Blues or the Magpies.

    Equipment: Show up two hours before game time to get a same-day ticket to the action.

    Melbourne Cricket Ground
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    GOOD OLD AUSSIE RODEO

    by Amelei Written Jan 23, 2005

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    There's no mistaking the atmosphere at a rodeo; the air is charged with it, as well as a fair amount of dust from the arena. Then there’s that perfectly still moment just before the chute boss opens the gate, then about half a tonne of beef launches itself into the arena, the crowd goes wild, and usually, the cowboy on top doesn’t stay there for long.

    This time the bull is called “Forklift” and the cowboy is a young lunatic called Brad Ison. Forklift played his part to perfection with a premier display of twisting jinking and corkscrewing that threatened to buck his brand off. Brad ended up having a good ride, stayed on for the whole eight seconds, then jumped off to the acclaim of the crowd while rodeo clown Denis Johnson distracted the bull.

    You have to ask; why would someone do something that puts them so close to mortal danger? You might think the only winner here would be the local physiotherapist.
    Part of the answer goes back to the days when after a big muster, the stockmen would try to ride some of the “rough stock” they had mustered to let off a bit of steam. It became competitive, and the next thing you know people are making money doing it.

    Interesting? You have to see it///good fun.

    Equipment: I have only been to a Rodeo once and really i had a great time. I think with all things that you do and see, the whole event is what you make of it.

    I am not really a great rodeo fan BUT i had my cowgirl hat on and was getting amongst it, following the crowd and cheering on.

    The atmosphere is great and it is an event that all ages can attend.

    For a real country experience i would suggest popping into see one for the hell of it. Its a laugh and a great time all 'round!

    GIDDY UP!!

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