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    The Grampians

    by shavy Written Jun 15, 2013

    The Grampians a majestic island of mountains and forests of flat farmland in Western Victoria. The national parks are home to a huge amount of native plants and animals and a rich continuing Aboriginal history. Most Aboriginal Places in Victoria are located here in the Grampians, known as Gariwerd the Aboriginal Clans linked to this site. Their life characters including the ancient mound and 60 rock art sites with more than 4,000 different motives are scattered throughout the region.

    Gulgurn Manja is translated as "hands of young people 'and this shelter in the Northern Grampians is covered with tiny handprints of red ocher. You can also stroll through the cultural center of the Grampians or a tour from Halls Gap follow for a better understanding of the five Aboriginal communities in Victoria.

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    A little bit of Australia

    by wise23girl Updated Jan 3, 2012

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    This tip was in response to a question in the forum re time of year to visit Australia and where to go in a short time in parts of Queensland and Victoria..

    Hey do look at the photos...see the outback, the tropics, surburbia in flood time to give you a bit of an idea.

    Well March should be a good time to be in Australia as the hottest time should be over.
    Do not underestimate the distances if you have not been here before. I agree Cairns is great but a long way north given your circumstances and you just cannot see and enjoy everything in a short time.

    To me Gold Coast is very" touristy " and though Sunshine Coast is heading that way there are still some spots that do not have houses built all over them. You might look at my Maroochydore pageand scroll to the the reviews... .

    Depending on which option you choose and if car hire is a possibility have a look at the Sunshine coast hinterland...Charlie Moreland park out of Kennilworth is beautiful and somewhat unspoilt and from Montville to Mapleton there are little shops and cafes and magnificent views. Must not forget Maleny. Great little town. Of course there are beautiful beaches all the way along the coast and just out of Brisbane you will find Bribie Island with its sandy beaches and inland tracks and lakes.

    Photo of card with permission of author...see my Queensland page for details.

    You might look at my Victoria page too for some delightful spots around Gippsland.. hope this helps...Marg.

    And for all things Australian do visit our group page The_Downunder_Mob

    Australian countryside Australia is a BIG Country Outback Australia Tropical Australia Suburbia in Floodtime
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    KATOOMBA FALLS

    by AusPinay Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The majestic and hidden Katoomba Falls are mainly accessible by visiting SCENICWORLD at Katoomba as you have to use the skycable or railway, both steep rides going to the various sights around Katoomba.

    From there, you alight at one station where it is still a good 15-20 minutes walk down the falls.

    Adjacent to the Scenic Railway is the new Sceniscender, the steepest aerial cable car in Australia. The Sceniscender takes you on a 545 metre ride into the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area rainforest of the Jamison valley. Also at the same site is the magnificent Scenic Skyway.

    From either the two sky cable rides or railway, you must alight to be able to walk down the various scenic walks - to the Falls and other lookouts with the most amazing sights of Katoomba's forests and even the old coal mine.

    The moderate exercises will give you a very good reward- the scenic bushwalk with the lush greenery at the bottom floor of the forest with lovely ferns, shurbs, more gum trees and other native Aussie species of plants and trees. Of course the ultimate reward is viewing Katoomba Falls hidden deep down the forest in Katoomba where the spectacular Blue Mountain ranges are. From there are more enchanting places to go to, each with its own stream, gully or lookout all with breathtaking sights.

    the majestic Katoomba Falls hidden in the forest another view of the falls my son posing at the falls the falls as viewed high up at the skywalk
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    OUR LITTLE FISHING SPOT AT THE ENTRANCE

    by AusPinay Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are lots of superb areas to go fishing in the central coast and around Sydney but our family has found our own littlel fishing spot!

    It is never crowded, in fact, we usually find the place all to ourselves at whatever season! So it is easy to find one's favourite spot if you're anywhere the central coast!

    It has picnic facilities, ample parking though might be a bit hard to get during school holidays and public holidays. The best time to go are during off peak season even on weekends!

    Our own peaceful fishing spot awesome tranquil setting father and sons bonding safe nighttime fishing with ample picnic amenities
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    AROUND WOLLONGONG (beaches & temple)

    by AusPinay Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Wollongong's location, climate and lifestyle give both tourist and locals alike amazing choices for recreational opportunities.

    Visitors can spend their leisure time parasailing, windsurfing, fishing, sailing or scuba diving or just soaking in the beach atmosphere at its lovely unspoilt coastline.

    Wollongong's superb, golden beaches are excellent for swimming and surfing too.

    As always, picnic and barbecue areas abound so there is no shortage of where you can take your loved ones. Going to museums (science and other cultural ones) are a fave too for us. Go to the info office right at the heart of Wollongong. You won't miss it as there are signs directing visitors to the area. You must also visit the historical sites like the lighthouse.

    People can climb a mountain or soar above the escarpment under a colourful hang glider and gracefully glide to the earth below.

    Biking is also a popular sport here. Starting at Thirroul, the cycleway winds its way through spectacular scenery. The city boasts over 60 kilometres of shared cycleway. Not only is cycling an excellent recreational pursuit, it's a great way to explore the region.

    Finally, don't miss going to the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple ( got a separate page on this!), for some peace and tranquility for your tired bodies and soul. Go grab a bite to eat at their authentic tea house! The food is to die for, and they're all vegetarian! The exquisite crockery adds to the memorable food experience there too!

    the lighthouse near the city centre at one of the numerous sandy beaches still at wollongong city centre the Buddhist Temple at the majestic and serene Buddhist temple
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    A visit to Queensland not to be missed.

    by unravelau Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Queensland extends along the east coast from Coolangatta in the south to Bamaga on the tip of the triangle in the north and West to Burktown and down south to Birdsville and Thargominda etc. Another huge area with lots of attractions. I am imagining you to be with your young family enjoying a coastal holiday at a resort or beach house of some kind, so I would highly recommend a visit to Seaworld on one day and to the Aussie Zoo on another.

    Water ski team giving the crowds a thrill a minute Downtown Surfer's Paradise.....don't wear your dia
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    At the Zoo you can see many animals.

    by unravelau Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There is an area set aside for the viewing of taxidermist samples. Another area accommodates all of the Australian native animals. It is in this area that we can see a fossil or two of the wollemi pine and some Australian aboriginal cave drawings too. All exhibits go to make a unique area of strictly Australian interest.

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    Simply amazing trees

    by unravelau Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This tree will draw you from Sydney and its beautiful attractions to a small by usual standards park just a fraction North West of Coffs Harbour. I had stopped to look at The Vincent Tree (now featured on my home page in a personal album) which is famous for its size for type, when I walked to the other side of the road and saw this.

    The next photo is of the same tree but a section towards the bottom and turned upside down for easier viewing. I was asked to highlight this as illustration of 'spirit departing the dying tree', as recognised by an aboriginal elder. If you return to the big picture again and enlarge it you will locate the vision's position in relation to the whole tree.

    UPDATE : Yesterday (29th September 2006) prompted by a vter's interest, I drove up the mountain to see how this particular tree was faring. It is looking pretty sad actually although the vine is healthy. I took a couple of new photos but I wont be able to put them up until I finish the reel and have them developed - maybe next week.

    Fighting for its life spirit departing. How the amazing tree has grown in 2006 Just the lower section of the amazing tree in 2006 2006 close up of the tree spirit
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    It's hot enough where I live but in Fiji it is

    by unravelau Updated May 28, 2010

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    a lot hotter.

    Some thirty five or so years ago, I can remember feeling so hot that I thought that I would explode. Even the locals thought it was too. Very high humidity as well made me wonder how the young women could continue working in the fields as they did when I was there.

    Locals enjoying the shade.
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    SYDNEY

    by olja1234 Updated Sep 6, 2009

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    Another famous landmark of Sydney is defenitively the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which connects the Sydney Central Business District with the North Shore commercial area. Very imposing construction.

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    SYDNEY

    by olja1234 Updated Sep 6, 2009

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    Among the most famous landmarks is outstanding Sydney Opera House, located on Sydney Harbour. It was designed by Danish architect in 1955. After a lot of problems, it wascompleted in 1973 and opened by Queen Elisabeth II.

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    Sydney

    by olja1234 Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    Another photo from the sea side. On the left side - countless tall buildings - then Opera House again and on the right side - another land mark of Sydney - Sydney's bridge.
    It is highly recomanded to take a cruise tour.

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    Sydney

    by olja1234 Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    And this is Sydney. The capital of New South Wales, the city "must" to visit when you travel to Australia. There's a lot to see and to do, when you have more time. I had only three days.
    The photo was taken in Sydney's Harbour.

    Sydney-harbour

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    Melbourne

    by olja1234 Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    Once more view to Melbourne, with Yarra river in front.
    Very interesting is to take a cruise upon the Yarra river, by ferry boat. It is guided, and kind guides give you a lot of informations about Melbourne and the places you passed

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    Melbourne

    by olja1234 Updated Sep 4, 2009

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    Melbourne:

    Strolling the streets of Melbourne.
    Photo was taken in front of the Exebicion center I'm in the left side, in the middle is the friend of mine (we traveled together to Australia) and in the righ is our Australian friend.

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