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  • Sydney Opera House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    We were on a cruise circumnavigating Australia which embarked from Sydney Harbour, next to the Opera House. The sailaway was great fun because of the unique views of the Opera House from the water. While the lighting was soft, we had a view of the use of plates and triangular shapes which created the architectural wonder.

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  • Great Ocean Road

    Melbourne Things to Do

    We took a day trip along the Great Ocean Road. This was by far the highlight of our trip. The scenery is amazing. Rocks have been eroded into a variety of spectacular shapes by the constant pounding of the ocean. The erosion of course is on-going and the scenery ever changing. There are fewer apostles now than on our visit. We saw a picture of one...

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  • Kings Park

    Perth Things to Do

    Perth has some first-rate parks filled with native plants. The Boab trees were transplanted from nearby Broome and, six years later, remain alive but distressed. This is a marvelous park for the photographer who likes trees and plants. If you can travel with a tripod, do so since it will be useful to get sharp images. Personally, I also use a zoom...

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  • Southbank

    Brisbane Things to Do

    The site of the original settlement, this area of Brisbane was damaged in the floods of 1893. The CBD was moved to the north side of the river and the area became industrialised and run-down. It was given a new lease on life when used for the World Expo 88 site. After Expo the area was transformed into parkland. There you can find rainforest,...

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  • Theme Parks.

    Gold Coast Things to Do

    I have been going to Seaworld on and off for the last 30 years. I decided to go there this holiday season to see how the place had changed. Sadly, going to Seaworld has become so expensive it is barely worth going. The animal enclosures are very good. Mind you I was only able to watch one show as waiting in ques takes up much of your time. The...

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  • Hahndorf

    Adelaide Things to Do

    We were led to believe that Hahndorf was a small artistic colony - much like Taos in the Southwestern USA - but we were disappointed to find that it was more commercial than expected. There were shopping gems, but you'll need to be discerning to find them. We hoped to buy an Aborigine flag but failed. It turns out that the flag is copyrighted,...

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  • Australian War Memorial

    5 out of 5 stars

    Canberra Things to Do

    UNDER CONSTRUCTION – March 2014 This a summary and introductory review on the Australian War Memorial. On it you will find links to more detailed reviews on aspects of the memorial that I find particularly interesting – lots!. “Here is their spirit, in the heart of the land they loved; and here we guard the record which they themselves made.”...

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  • Great Barrier Reef

    Cairns Things to Do

    We took a trip aboard the Falla while in Cairns last week and are so glad we did. It was great to have a reef experience that felt rustic and relaxing as apposed to an over-crouded frustration. We booked through bookme and got a great deal, but even at normal rate it would be a good price. Falla is a historic Pearl Lugger built in 1956, and...

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  • Mindil Beach Markets

    4 out of 5 stars

    Darwin Things to Do

    The Mindil Beach Market really is almost a compulsory must do when in Darwin – and it was so good that Lady Gaw and I braved the hoards of tourists and locals and went there twice – and both on the very popular Thursday late afternoon and into the evening. (Market is also open Sunday afternoon/evening). Perhaps one of the great drawing attractions...

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  • Geelong Waterfront

    Geelong Things to Do

    Eastern beach has a beautiful hill landscape for jogging, a gated swimming area, stunning views of Corio Bay. Locals and tourists come here to spend morning walk, jogging, photo shooting, and etc. You can continue walking along the coast all the way to western beach. This is a must visit place in Geelong... not to miss the stunning views and a...

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  • Mountains.

    Hobart Things to Do

    Hobart sits in the shadow of Mount Wellington and many suburbs are situated in the foothills including South Hobart, Lenah Valley and Fern Tree. The mountain is easily accessible by car from the city centre but the road can be impassable during winter when snow is frequent. The Wellington Park reserve is a popular area for rock climbing, cycling...

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  • West MacDonnell Ranges

    Alice Springs Things to Do

    I visited the West MacDonnell ranges with Emu Run Tours. The day-trip consisted of visits to Flynn's Grave, Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek Bighole, Orche Pits, Ormiston Gorge & Glen Helen for A$99 tea, lunch and park entrance fee included (circa 2003). Ellery Creek Bighole is one of Central Australia's most pristine waterholes and is...

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  • Jewel Cave

    Margaret River Things to Do

    Located at the entrance to Lake Cave is a very interesting and informative display called Caveworks and is ideal for those with a mobility disability who would otherwise be unable to enter and enjoy the caves - Jewel, Lake and Mammoth. There are over 300 steps and some are slippery with the ever constant dripping of water. Visitors need to walk...

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  • Flagstaff Hill

    Wollongong Things to Do

    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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  • Remarkable Rocks

    Kangaroo Island Things to Do

    Remarkable Rocks are on every Postcard and every show on Kangaroo Island. I have seen their photos many times, so I was looking forward to seeing them "in the flesh," so to speak! I never realized just how huge these granite boulders were. I had to stand beside one to get the height into perspective. They really were amazing, a MUST SEE if you come...

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  • Broken Hill Living Desert and Sculptures

    Broken Hill Things to Do

    This part of the park is where we arrived first. There was quite a good size car park, picnic amenities and free Toilets. 1st, I will tell you about the Flora. In April, there wasn't a lot in bloom, so it is best to come in Spring. I still did find some plants of interest, and I really like seeing them growing in the brightly coloured soil. Most...

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  • Barrington Tops National Park

    Gloucester Things to Do

    The scenic drive across the Barrington Tops between Gloucester and Scone forms a direct link between the Upper Hunter and the coast. It's a popular road for tourists but is also used by logging trucks transporting hardwood logs so watch out for them. It is unsealed a lot of the way as it is in national park. The mountain scenery, Beech Forests,...

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  • Great Ocean Road

    State of Victoria Things to Do

    A few miles further south from Portarlington around the bay is another low-key holiday resort, St Leonards. There's not a lot to it - a pub/hotel, a few shops (convenience store, fish & chip shop, pizza and the real estate), a caravan park and a number of holiday homes spread along the shoreline. But there's a long stretch of safe if...

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  • Bungle Bungle Range

    State of Western Australia Things to Do

    beside the giant trees and forestry national parks, western australia enriched by rocks formations and boulders which worth to be explored. amongst the lists are: - stirling ranges national park - the pinnacles, nambung national park - the kimberley - porongurup national park - purnululu national park or bungle bungles - karijini national park -...

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  • Darling Harbour

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    Darling Harbour is what was a run-down dockland area, rebuilt back in the eighties at a cost of around a billion dollars, as a major attraction. It has shops, restaurants, the Maritime Museum, an Australian wildlife park, an aquarium, the Chinese Garden, Powerhouse Museum plus the city's main exhibition centre. There's also the world's largest...

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  • Queen Victoria Market

    4 out of 5 stars

    Melbourne Things to Do

    The Queen Victoria Markets are the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere since the 1850's. As well as being a tourist destination it is a great place for locals to find souvenirs, clothing,gifts, wine, specialty food items,homewares, fresh produce, meat, seafood, breads, cheeses, candy, pastry and prepared foods. Our hotel was only a...

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  • City Centre

    Perth Things to Do

    If you think that Megamouth is simply an opinionated sports commentator, then think again (he's actually called Sam Newman)! I am ambivalent about the Perth Museum - which is good but not great - but the one 'must see' there is the Megamouth shark. Megamouth is a large and extremely rare species of shark, of which only a few dozen (and here I...

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  • Roma Street Parklands

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Brisbane Things to Do

    At one point this area was overgrown , derelict and disused railway lines. Now it is a wonderful landscaped park filled with colourful flowers. Near this area there was a windmill that used to be turned manually by chained convicts.

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  • Hinterland / National Parks.

    Gold Coast Things to Do

    After much debate, we decided to head up to Tamborine mountain, really really enjoyed the day. A few wineries, cheese tasting and gallery walk. Really great day out....only 30 mins from Surfers Paradise.

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  • Barossa Valley

    Adelaide Things to Do

    Well I guess you just have to go and discover the Barossa for yourself... you can drive or do as we did and book a guided tour. We only had a day or two in Adelaide (August 2010) so this was the best option for us..We are not much for wine but the wineries are worth seeing. On our way we stopped to view The Big Rocking Horse in Gumeracha....it was...

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  • New Parliament House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Canberra Things to Do

    Once you have had a look around outside Parliament House (and I recommend you do that before going inside) go inside noting that you must go through airport style security so please, dear readers, no bombs, guns, nail files and the like☺). Once you have passed through security you will immediately be in the very grand entrance hall/foyer...

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  • Atherton Tableland

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cairns Things to Do

    This was actually a great day out. I went with a company called Northern Experience Eco Tours. The Tablelands area is very scenic and we visited some nice waterfalls that were tucked out of the way. Another surprise was Paronella Park, a Spanish Castle built here by one man, Jose Paronella, in the early 1900's.

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  • Jumping Croc Cruise

    Darwin Things to Do

    The park is the home of overfed crcodiles. They are ugly, so much so that only their mothers could love them - or not. Crocs are cannibals. The park's crocodiles are overfed so they won't kill each other. The lagoon has a feeding station at which the crocs are encourages to 'jump' into the air and catch a chicken. Note, they do not 'jump', but swim...

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  • The Great Ocean Road

    Geelong Things to Do

    The road starts at Torquay and ends at Allansford . Drive along the Great Ocean Road (243 kms long) and see the 12 Apostles, limestone stack formations that are a little way out, standing in the ocean. There are also several blow holes and naturally formed caves to see.

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  • Salamanca Markets.

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Hobart Things to Do

    While best known for its Saturday Markets, Salamanca Place is a great place to visit on any other day of the week. Spend time visiting the shops and galleries or enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants - or just wander up the street taking in the elgance of the historical buildings. The architecture is that of the Georgian period and many of...

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  • Blue Mountains

    Sydney Things to Do

    The Blue Mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located about a little over an hour out of Sydney, the Blue Mountains are nestled among plateaus and some pristine rain forest. It's home to places of interest like Flat Rock, which affords excellent views of the surrounding areas of the valleys. There's also the Scenic Tram that takes you across...

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  • Phillip Island

    Melbourne Things to Do

    Phillip Island seems to be well known for the penguin parade, but there is more to do and see to make the long trip truly worthwhile. I know in asking about the island, there were many that said "don't bother", but we ended up taking a tour out that direction, and found it very worthwhile. The big difference is probably us "furr-i-ners", who can...

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  • The Pinnacles

    Perth Things to Do

    It will cost you much less to drive yourself there. The paths around the Pinnacles are hard-packed. You don't even need a 4WD. Also, after Pinnacles, drive back to Lancelin, rent a sand board and sand board down the sand dunes. Make sure you park in the designated car park or your car will be bogged down. It will cost $500 to tow your car out of...

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  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Brisbane Things to Do

    Our travels took us to the Sanctuary where we had an opportunity to be up close with many of the animals for which Australia is famous. Koalas climbed in the Eucalyptus trees, safely out of reach, but easily photographed. The wallabys were quite tame. We walked in a field where they rested in tree shade. There is also a flock of twenty or so sheep...

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  • Beaches.

    Gold Coast Things to Do

    Miami is one of about 4 beaches immediately south of Surfers Paradise. It is a patrolled beach but generally not as crowded as some of the main ones due to lack of high rise developement. It's a nice beach to relax on and there's a surf life saving club cafe at the southern end

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  • Glenelg

    Adelaide Things to Do

    We boarded the tram from Victoria Square and went off to spend an afternoon on the beach at Glenelg. Glenelg is located 10 kilometres from the centre of Adelaide. It is a pretty seaside resort set on the white sands of Holdfast Bay. Victoria Square, Adelaide to Moseley Square, Glenelg takes only 25 minutes by tram.

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  • Parks /Gardens / Lakes

    Canberra Things to Do

    Allow yourself about two hours (more if you want to sample the café in the gardens which I thoroughly recommend you do – see separate tip - Floresco in the Gardens) to see these delightful and varied gardens. The National Botanic Gardens, run by the Government, specialises in Australian native plants and contains nearly 7,000 of some 18,000...

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  • Kuranda Scenic Railway

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cairns Things to Do

    As I’m a volunteer conductor on Melbourne’s iconic Puffing Billy Railway, it was compulsory that I ride and enjoy the experience of the Kuranda Scenic Railway. I had pre-booked tickets from Melbourne, but judging on the number of people on the train, I didn’t need to bother – perhaps I was there on a quiet day. We decided to “lash out” and travel...

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  • Visit Litchfield National Park

    Darwin Things to Do

    The Falls and pool are iconic. Photographs of swimmers cavorting in the pool beneath the falls appear in "Visit Australia" brochures. Rather than swim, we walked up a footpath through the forest where we could see the falls in a natural state.

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  • Geelong Botanic Gardens

    Geelong Things to Do

    From my emails at the time: "A diffused sun pushed its wan light below the clouds as I surveyed the morning scene overlooking the bay and pondered the advantages of a motorhome; parked here with million dollar views and not a soul to disturb me though I knew that would change. Behind me was Geelong Botanical Gardens. Last time I’d been there the...

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  • Parks / Gardens / National parks.

    Hobart Things to Do

    Arthur Circus, located in beautiful Battery Point, is a circular street filled with historical cottages that once housed the officers of the nearby Battery Point garrison. Battery Point was established in 1818 and Arthur Circus was developed in 1837. The cottages are in a wonderful condition, privately owned now and the gardens are stunningly...

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  • Queen Victoria Building

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sydney Things to Do

    Well I just love going to Queen Victoria Building and make a point of doing so whenever I visit Sydney, This time staying in Astral Towers of the Star Casino I was in walking distance by just crossing the Pyrmont Bridge across Cockle Bay. I walked there in record time so I could enjoy breakfast on the second floor. I was only sorry I could not stay...

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  • St. Kilda

    Melbourne Things to Do

    Southern Cross station on Spencer St. Compared to other beaches around Australia, it was not really for surfing, but still it was good for myself to get away from the city and relax, walk around, enjoy an ice-cream.

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  • Fremantle

    Perth Things to Do

    We used the local trains to travel to the port area of Fremantle. We had a look at the former whalers' tunnel, then headed to the maritime shipwreck museum. Now I am not in general a fan of museums, but this one was superb. We spent hours there learning the story of the Batavia, a vessel of the Dutch East India Company, which in 1628 was...

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  • City Hall

    4 out of 5 stars

    Brisbane Things to Do

    On the City Hall tour, we were taken to see the William Bustard stained glass window. This was created approx. 100 years ago and is in the unusual position of being inside City Hall! What is meant to happen, is for the sun to shine through a skylight and to light up the window, unfortunately it was a cloudy day when we were here, so a very dull...

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