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    Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa

    by roamer61 Updated Jan 21, 2015

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    Formerly Uluru National Park, it is located in the red center of Australia. This park is home to both Ayers Rock and the Olgas. Both are amongst Australias best known natural attractions. Ayers Rock is the largest sandstone rock in the world and people come from all over the world to see and climb it. The park gets its name from the local aborigines who consider the whole area sacred. Examples of aboriginal rock art can be seen here as well.

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    Yass: The Banjo Paterson Park

    by globetrott Updated Dec 27, 2014

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    Yass: The Banjo Paterson Park


    Andrew Barton Paterson (1864 - 1941) was a wellkown poet of Australia and he was called Banjo Paterson or The Banjo, and he was as well a lawyer and a journalist. His parents moved with him to Yass, when he was 7 years old, he had spent his childhood there and eventually he bough a house there as well. In one of the parks of Yass you will find his monument and lots of stones that have some of his best known poems written on them.He wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life, focusing particularly on the rural and outback areas, his most famous ones are "Waltzing Matilda", "The Man from Snowy River" and "Clancy of the Overflow"

    Waltzing Matilda

    Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
    Under the shade of a coolibah tree
    And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
    "Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me?"

    Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
    Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me
    And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
    "Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me?"

    Along came a jumbuck to drink at the billabong
    Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee
    And he sang as he stowed that jumbuck in his tucker bag
    "You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me".

    Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
    Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me
    And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
    "Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me?

    Up rode the squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred
    Down came the troopers, one, two, three
    "Whose is that jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?"
    "You'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me".

    Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
    Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me
    And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
    "Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me?"

    Up jumped the swagman, leapt into the billabong,
    "You'll never catch me alive," said he
    And his ghost may be heard as you pass by the billabong
    "Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me".

    Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
    Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me
    And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
    "Who'll come a-waltzing, Matilda, with me?"

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    Yass: Aboriginal Art

    by globetrott Updated Dec 27, 2014

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    Yass: Aboriginal Art

    Here you see where the upper part of my introduction-picture for Australia comes from: In Yass there is a great Kind of graffity in Aboriginal Art right under the modern Bridge for the cars on the main road through Yass. There are many animals and typical sceneries in these graffities, so drive down the small path next to the court House in order to get under that Bridge and enjoy that great graffity.

    And below one of the graffities I found the inscription: Dale R. Huddleston & Scott Towney.

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    Yass: The Court House of 1880

    by globetrott Updated Dec 27, 2014

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    Yass: The Court House of 1880

    Yass was founded in 1821 and in 1837 they got their first Court House. The last link with the convict past of Yass, the flogging tree, was removed in 1878 in order to build this new Court House in 1880. The architect was James Barnet. In Europe it is hard to believe that a village like Yass, that has nowadays only 5500 inhabitants and had certainly a lot less inhabitants in 1880 would really ever need such an impressive Court House !
    Yass is about 59km North of Canberra and it was one of the towns proposed for the Federal Capital after 1901 !

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    Yass: Cooma Cottage

    by globetrott Updated Dec 27, 2014

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    Yass: Cooma Cottage

    Cooma Cottage used to be the grounds & home of the explorer Hamilton Hume (1797 - 1873). Hume's father had been an officer who had been discharged from Moira Regiment of Volonteers after a duel with a superior. He immigrated to New South Wales as a superintendent of convicts. At the age of 17 Hamilton Hume started his first expedition to investigate the Bong Bong District. Later he discovered Lake Bathurst, the Goulburn Plains and many other areas. In 1821 Hume discovered the Yass Plains and in 1829 he settled at the west end of Yass Plaines at Borroo and in 1839 he finally moved to Cooma Cottage.

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    Cooma Cottage is open for visitors:
    Thursday & Friday & Saturday & Sunday
    10.00am - 04.00pm
    Entry fees: adults pay 7 AUS$ Families pay 15 AUS$

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    Woolongong : the Motorlife-museum

    by globetrott Updated Dec 27, 2014

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    The Motorlife-museum in Wollongong is a great collection of vinatge-cars and it was certainly one of the best 3 such museums that I saw in Australia so far. You will find lots of interesting sportscars and cars of everyday life of the early years of automobils there and there are also lots of interesting vintage-trucks, a great car of the firebrigades and even some old buses. A nice collection of car-accessories is also on display in that car-museum like old filling-stations and many other exhibits and you will even find some caravans of the early days - how funny to see how that all has started !
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    For more infos and pics see my Wollongong-page!
    The Motorlife-museum in Wollongong is open for visitors:
    Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 4.30pm
    entrancefee is 11 AUS

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    ROAD DISTANCE

    by balhannah Updated Dec 24, 2014

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    Major cities are a long way apart when travelling by road.

    To give you an idea, here are some travel times.......

    THESE ARE FOR NON STOP DRIVING, WHICH YOU CAN'T DO!!

    PERTH TO ADELAIDE.....2700KMS 28HOURS

    ADELAIDE TO MELBOURNE.....740KMS 8HOURS

    MELBOURNE TO SYDNEY.....875KMS 9HOURS

    SYDNEY TO BRISBANE......1000KMS 12HOURS

    BRISBANE TO WHITSUNDAYS.....1100KMS 13HOURS

    WHITSUNDAYS TO CAIRNS.....600KMS 8HOURS

    ADELAIDE TO ALICE SPRINGS .....1600KMS 16HOURS

    ALICE SPRINGS TO DARWIN ......1500KMS 15HOURS

    Remember, you will need breaks, there are speed cameras and Police patrols, and Towns have a 50 - 60km speed limit through them, and you often strike roadworks that have a 40km speed limit, so it is going to take a lot longer than those times.

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    Yass: remains of a former railway

    by globetrott Written Dec 24, 2014

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    Here you will see some more of the interesting remains of the former tram / Train that once had connected the village of Yass with the main trainline between Sydney and Melbourne, that had it's closest Station 4 km from Yass. The former Yass Town Trainstation was transferred into the Yass Railway Museum and it is showing machinery & rolling stock of the 19th and 20th century. The museum is operated by volonteers and I think I also came outside of the opening hours, but was lucky that someone of the volonteers let me in and also showed my around a bit ! The station dates back to the year 1891 and it has the shortest platform of all stations in Australia

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    The Yass Railway Museum is open for visitors:
    10.00am - 04.00pm, Sundays and public holidays.
    (except Christmas & Boxing Days )
    %L[Website: http://railway.yass.com.au/]http://railway.yass.com.au/

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    Yass: The old Post Office of 1860

    by globetrott Written Dec 24, 2014

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    This is the building of the old Post office of Yass, an interesting building with quite an impressive example of Georgian architecture, that was built in 1860, first as the yass Courier Office and from 1871 as the Yass Post Office.Hamilton Hume had explored the area of Yass in 1821 and described it as a good area for sheep-farming. In 1835 the village was founded with a few farms and the name Yass was taken from the aboriginal word "Yhar" that is "running water". Between 1901 and 1911 Yass was one of the candidates for the new capital of Australia.
    In my last Picture: another exhibit in the Train-Museum.

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    Yass: The Rose Inn of 1837

    by globetrott Written Dec 24, 2014

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    In 1835 the village of Yass was founded with a few farms and the name Yass was taken from the aboriginal word "Yhar" that means "running water".The Rose Inn was built by Isaac Moses and licenced in April 1837 as "The Rose" and it is now the oldest surviving building in Yass town. In later years the name of the pub had changed into "Golden Fleece" and the "Rock of Cashel" and all of the time since the early days of 1837 untill 1998 a part of the building was also used as a medical practice - what a clever joint-venture with lots of benefits for both sides. This building is obviously now a private home and still has lots of roses around the building

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    Wollongong: The old Court-House of 1858

    by globetrott Written Dec 24, 2014

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    The old Court-House of 1858


    This is the old Court-House of Wollongong and Yes, 1858 that is in fact quite old for Australia, that was settled at the beginning of the 19th century. From 1858 till 1903 this building was used as a courthouse, then it became the Army Drill till 1973 and finally it was used for the headquarters of the Naval Reserve Cadets till 1999.
    Nowadays the old courthouse is the Environment and Heritage Centre of Wollongong.

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    Werris Creek: The trainstation of 1877

    by globetrott Updated Dec 23, 2014

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    In case that you come to Werris Creek and the museum might be closed, it makes sense as well to take a look around at the great historical station in Werris Creek ! 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.

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    Werris Creek: The Railway Museum

    by globetrott Written Dec 23, 2014

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    The Railway Museum

    While the trainstation is still used for passanger-trains as well, most people come to the station of Werris Creek by buses and private cars, as it is a nice train-museum with a lot of interesting exhibits of the early days of trains!
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    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.

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    Tamworth: The Country Music Festival

    by globetrott Written Dec 23, 2014

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    The Tamworth Country Music Festival

    The Tamworth Country Music Festival is held every year in January, and it lasts for two weeks over Australia Day. Normally they get around 50.000 visitors on that festival. There will be performances of a wide range of country music: Classical · Country · Folk · Immigrant · Indigenous · Hip-hop · Jazz · Reggae · Rock (Indie · Metal · Pub · Punk) · Ska !
    January is in the middle of the Australian summer and temperatures might get over 39 degrees, that is why most of the outdoor-performances will take place in the evening and night.

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    Tamworth: The Big Golden Guitar

    by globetrott Written Dec 23, 2014

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    The Big Golden Guitar

    The Big Golden Guitar is obviously the best-known sight of Tamworth, although I think there is much more for a tourist to see in Tamworth than this giant guitar, 12 meter high, BUT without any strings at all, so you cant really call it the biggest guitar on earth or something similar. It is mainly ment as a symbol for the annual trophies that are given to the annual Country Music Awards of Australia and the trophies look exactely like that stringless golden guitar, except that they are just 22cm high. And of course there is a shoppingcentre, a restaurant, a bar and a large carpark as well at the giant golden guitar, so lets make a stop there and take a photo. And there is also a Country Music Wax Museum as well at the Big Golden Guitar.

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