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    Early Morning Walk

    by unravelau Updated Nov 6, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Favorite Thing:
    The first place that I would take a visitor to is the beach where I walk most mornings. There is something absolutely heartstarting about Australia's beaches.....and it doesn't really matter which one, they are all beautiful. The mid north coast where I live, and early in the morning is clean, quiet and different every day.......just amazing. If I could bottle it up and give a piece to everyone I would.

    Fondest memory: Fondest Memory:
    Of course when away in Italy I miss my family and the early morning beach walk most of all.

    I really enjoyed raising my family of 2 sons and a daughter, but there is something even more special about grandchildren. They sure do add a dimension to your life.......it must have something to do with unconditional love. It just beams out of the little blossoms.

    http://www.visitcoffsharbour.com/coffsharbour/beach.html

    Early Morning sunrise
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    Walk through a rainforest......now.

    by unravelau Updated Nov 6, 2006

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    One of many favourite things about Australia is the rain forest magic. It is like walking into a mystical sea, but not getting wet..........oops that is not quite right because you can actually get a bit damp just walking in one. And, what with frequent showers (otherwise why would we call it 'rain forest'), you are likely to get very damp.

    Some kind of insect repellant would be a must, plus your raincoat (a light one because it can be very steamy in there), and a small container of salt could be useful too (for leaches). A friend now living in NZ, formerly of the UK and a new member now of VT, proudly displayed his leech bight for a photograph.............must ask him to show it here. He gained it on a walk through Dorrigo National Park.

    Fondest memory: Fondest Memory:
    Miss the beach and my family mostly.

    http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/parks.nsf/dec_contacts/C041?Opendocument

    Rainforest walk in Dorigo
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    Hug a cuddly gum tree

    by unravelau Written Feb 25, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Hug a gum tree by unravelau


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    Another important activity for Australia and its well being would be the daily tree hugging. Gum trees are native to Australia and one species makes the food for our Koala population. All trees purify our air so its a good idea to give a tree a hug a day............

    Fondest memory: Fondest Memory:
    I do miss my tree hugging but try to do that wherever I am.

    Baby koala hugged by Mum and having a feed
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    Have you done it yet? How to do it.

    by unravelau Updated Dec 7, 2006

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    Favorite thing: How to hug a tree.......if you are a person not a koala that is.

    Go into any Australian forest. Close your eyes and and centre yourself. Take three deep breaths and line up the object of your affections. Walk slowly, yet purposefully with arms outstretch ready for the embrace. When you have arrived, let the right cheek gently rest on the bark while you enclose as much of its trunk as you can, in your arms. Close your eyes and give thanks that we still have trees to produce our oxygen and allow us to live on earth.

    Fondest memory: I miss hugging my friends and family most when I am away from home.

    Every one looks totally huggable to me
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    %DCBNew South Wales

    by olja1234 Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    Favorite thing: This photo was taken from the sea side. There is this settlement of the luxury houses, approachable from a sea side only. We took a short cruise along the gulf in Sydney.
    I recomand such a tour to everyone who visit Sydney. It's so amazing to admire the sigst from "water-side".

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    CBlue Mountains

    by olja1234 Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The landscape around Blue Montains is realy breathtaking. In our one day trip to this place - it was a guided tour,. We stopped at the points from where the view was the best. Everybody wanted to took some photos, the place worth it for sure.

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    Blue Mountains

    by olja1234 Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    Favorite thing: We made a day trip from Sydney to Blue Mountains. It was guided tour and a bus driver was a guide as well. All the way he explained us about the places we were passing. He also told us a legend about three sisters - the three peaks you can see on the photo.

    Three sisters

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    Flooding in the Wet Season

    by Kate-Me Written Jun 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The Wet Season in Northern Australia (Northern Territory, Queensland) is normally between October - about the end of March.
    As you see from the photo, this time of year really isn't a good time to go touring!
    During the wet season, there always seems to be floods, at least somewhere, and they can last for weeks.

    Better to travel in the Dry season!
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    Emus

    by Kate-Me Written Jun 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: You'll see plenty of Emus out in the outback as you're travelling around. You don't even have to be in the outback to see them either.
    They are curious birds, and those used to humans are usually anything but shy! (ie they'll steal your picnic lunch if they're given even half a chance, so beware!...standing 5 feet tall, in the battle for your lunch, they can be a bit intimidating.)

    Emus
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    Frill Necked Lizard

    by Kate-Me Written Jun 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Here is another desert animal you can hope to find in the Outback, Australia's famous frill necked lizard.

    Fondest memory: I particularly love the reptiles (excluding snakes!) in the Australian outback. Often you can see lizards sunning themselves by the side of the roads.

    Frill Necked lizard
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    Termite Mounds

    by Kate-Me Written Jun 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: These structures are actually termite ant mounds!
    They're a rather common sight in the outback and in some instances they can be as tall as a bus. Why? Because of the wet season floods.
    When the Wet Season comes, the ants move higher to escape the water.
    Interestingly, these termite mounds are also magnetic, pointing north. It's scientifically proven but they don't know why. They've done experiments on the mounds, even trying to turn them around, but the ants just keep pointing north.

    Termite mound
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    Ettamogah Pub

    by Kate-Me Written Jun 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: I don't know how the Ettamogah pub idea began, but there is one of them in Queensland and another in Albury, Victoria.
    The main idea seems to be for them to be pubs so Aussie that they're more than Aussie and larger than life, combining all the aspects of outback pubs - funny and rude jokes on noticeboards and walls, memorabilia, - and more, including souvenirs, plenty of beer (of course) and even the floor is on a slight lean to make you feel drunk before you are.
    Outside there's more of the same - funny signs and weird things to see.

    Ettamogah Pub
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    ¸THE THREE SISTERS

    by olja1234 Updated Sep 10, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The legend

    Three sisters, the members of Katoomba tribe, had fallen in love with three brothers from the Nepean tribe. Tribal law forbade them to marry, and the broders decided to use force to capture the three sisters, causing a tribal battle. As the lives of the three sisters were in danger, a witchdoctor from Katoomba tribe turned them into the stone. After the battle a witchdoctor inteded to reverse the spell to return the ladies to life again. Unfortunately, a witchdoctor was killed and the three sisters remain in their rock formation.

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    Making Shell Chimes

    by aussirose Updated Jul 6, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Ever made shell chimes with the kids?
    It was one of our favourite things to do, especially on our verandah with the sea breeze cooling us down after a hot summer day at the beach. Oh, and a glass of wine too :o) Mmmm, I miss our van at Hastings Point!!! :o)

    beach shells
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    The Ship

    by Kakapo2 Written Jul 4, 2009

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    The Pacific Sun is 224 metres long, 31.6 metres wide and has a maximum draught of 7.8 metres. It can carry 1900 passengers. It was full to capacity when we travelled.

    It is a ship of 47,546 gross tons, powered by two single acting, two stroke, slow speed, turbo charged, non-reversible crosshead diesel engines. Her cruising speed is 19 knots.

    (1 knot = 1 nautical mile per hour; 1 nautical mile = 1852 metres; so: 19 x 1852 m = 35,188 m; so the speed is 35.188 km/h)

    So you see, a cruise ship travels at very low speed. It only gets from A to B relatively quickly because its engine keeps on running until you reach the next port of call.

    The ship has two stabilizers that can be extrended at any time, in order to reduce the rolling of the ship by 85 per cent.

    Each fin is 15 feet long, 10 feet wide, and 2 feet thick, and they are located 14 feet below the waterline, on either side of the vessel – if you think they sit right next to your cabin ;-)

    The ship was built in 1985 by Kockums AB in Malmö (Sweden), and delivered on 2 June 1986. The original name was Jubilee, and she was run by Carnival Cruise Lines. It became the Pacific Sun in 2005.

    In December 2009 the Pacific Jewel will take over the Pacific Sun’s cruising itinerary out of Brisbane (and Auckland), and the Pacific Sun will relocate to Fremantle and undertake voyages to Asia.

    Anchoring off Rarotonga.
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