Australia

MY COUNTRY

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!

Dorothea Mackellar OBE (1 July 1885 – 14 January 1968)

ABORIGINAL  AUSTRALIA

Immerse yourself in Australia’s Aboriginal experiences, places and journeys.  The Aboriginal people of Australia have a rich, living culture stretching back at least 50,000 years. Throughout Australia you’ll find opportunities to explore and immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture.

THE 20 AUSSIE SLANG WORDS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Yes, Australians speak English. But it’s a special kind of English that develops when you drag the language halfway across the globe then leave it out in the sun for a couple of centuries. Are you struggling to understand the locals in this land of bloody galahs, barbies in the arvo and choccy bikkies with your cuppa? Then use this dictionary of Aussie slang to help translate.

THE 11 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE TACKLING AN OUTBACK ROAD TRIP

“Eat your vegetables. Take a sweater. I don’t think that’s a good idea. Hmmm”. We don’t want to sound like a naggy Marge Simpson, but this is the stuff you need to wrap your head around if you’re planning to jump behind the wheel for an epic Aussie road trip.

HOT DRINKS OUTDOORS (BYO MARSHMALLOWS)

You don’t have to be a Masterchef to whip up a steaming cup of something delicious when you’re staying in a national park. These recipes are so simple and so good, they may even earn you a night off washing up (look, it’s worth a try).

AUSTRALIAN FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVALS WORTH TRAVELLING FOR

The great thing about the Australian food scene is that it’s so different, not only from state-to-state, but it also widely varies from region-to-region within each state. There’s just one teensy, tiny problem – with so many festivals celebrating the unique food culture of Australia, how do you know which ones are worth going to, let alone jumping on a plane for?

ICONIC AUSSIE FOODS THE WORLD IS MISSING OUT ON

Australia’s not just a nation of quirky animals, people and landmarks – Big Banana, we’re looking at you – it’s also a nation of some very interesting food. For the full Aussie experience, don’t miss these ten interesting, delicious foods you can only find in the land down under.

BROADSHEET

Through breaking news, features, event guides and insight from industry experts, Broadsheet is the authority on the cultural life of your city. We’re here to keep you across the goings on around town and to cover, analyse and comment on it all with accurate reporting, sharp photography and clear, clean design.

STILL OUR COUNTRY

We Yolngu, we are proud of our culture, of who we are. Our culture makes us strong. We Yolngu, we belong to our country and our country belongs to us.  Our country makes us strong.

Sydney 1940

Paul Hogan – shrimp on the BBQ ad

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John Collinson singing Waltzing Matilda around 1930

Answer to Waltzing Matilda Mystery Found in Broome, Western Australia

ABC Arts: Girt by Sea, An Archival History of the Australian Coast

Recently overseas friends have been asking about travel info for Australia and for your interest I have put some general info here:

2018 YHA Accommodation Guide

TEN CHEAP, EASY AND HEALTHY MEALS YOU CAN WHIP UP IN A HOSTEL KITCHEN

You don’t have to be a MasterChef contestant to knock up these budget meals for two.

HOTEL LUXURY, HOSTEL BUDGET

MONUMENT AUSTRALIA website is a historical and educational research site which records the public monuments and memorials in all Australian States and Territories under various themes.   These public monuments and memorials were erected by a public desire to commemorate people or events.

An Interesting Web Page FIND MY AUSTRALIA

Interesting information about Australia on All Down Under

Car Rentals – economy car rentals

AUSTRALIAN OUTDOOR CINEMAS

SUMMER OUTDOOR CINEMAS 2017-2018 

There are a few visual cues that mark the beginning of summer in Australia. Jacarandas blossoming on suburban streets. Cricket replacing footy on local ovals. Backpackers sunburning on crowded beaches. And big screens popping up in parks and on rooftops around the country, preparing for another summer of outdoor cinema. Because what better way to spend a balmy evening than under the stars watching your favourite flick?

The world’s longest golf course:

 As if golf didn’t take long enough to complete as it is, Australians have created a course that takes four days to play. Stretching 1365 kilometres from Ceduna in South Australia to Kalgoorlie in the West, the Nullarbor Links is a great way to break up the tedious journey on the long drive across the desert heartland of Australia.

Some of my Australian adventures:

I have travelled around many parts of Australia and enjoyed visiting each and every place. Born in Charters Towers,

The Lynd Highway Cemetery was established in 1895.  It is the resting place for a number of interesting local characters including Jupiter Mossman who, as the local lore has it, was one of the party that discovered gold in Charters Towers; Doctor Leonard Redmond who discovered Australian Dengue Fever; Frederick Pfeiffer, owner of the rich Day Dawn PC Mine and James Knenniff who was the last bushranger in Queensland.

growing up in Townsville, spending family week-ends on Magnet Island and going to college in Brisbane I have seen many parts of Queensland.

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Ross River and Castle Hill, Townsville. Photograph by Nghi Nguyen

In my youth I started my adventures, moving from Brisbane together with friends we drove to Perth via Broken Hill and settled in Perth for awhile. Later that year we spent several months driving from Perth to Townsville via the west coast to Port Headland, Broome, Halls Creek, across to Darwin and Mt Isa.

Many years later , in 1991 I enjoyed a lovely couple of weeks driving around Tasmania with Mum.  We arrived in Launceston after a couple of days exploring the area then onto Evandale, Scotsdale, Derby, St Helens, Scamandar, St Marys, Ross, Bicheno, Freycine National Park,  Swansea, Port Arthur, Stewarts Bay, Hobart, Smithton, D’entre Casteaux Watering Hole, Huonville, Richmond, Lake Pedder, Lake Gordon, Strathgordon, Queenstown, Strahan, Zeehan, Cradle Mountain, Smithton, Burnie, Ulverstone, Devenport, Exeter, Beaconsfield, George Town and back to Launceston.

Several years later Mum and I did a trip to Canberra. We went especially to see Floriade, it is this wonderful spring showcase of millions of flowers blooming. If it is not millions it certainly looks like millions and there is colour and design for as far as the eye can enjoy. I had previously visited Canberra with Dad and one of the highlights for us was the visit to the Australian War Memorial.

Christmas 2000 I stayed with friends living in Alice Springs and we travelled to The Canyon, Ross River Homestead, Uluru and Kings Canyon. I have also spent time visiting friends living in Melbourne, Canberra, Swan Hill and Frankston.

In 2000 Dad and I had a great time at the Sydney Olympics.

Recently Dad and I travelled from Adelaide along the Great Ocean Road though Ballarat, Ned Kelly country, Falls Creek in the summer, Albury to Sydney.

As a member of BSM ski club, Falls Creek, friends and I have relaxed in the snow village and skied in the snow storms. I am not so keen on the snow storms anymore. Thanks to Russell and Jane for the opportunity to be part of the club and enjoy many a holiday with friends there. Russell spent his childhood growing up in the area living at Bogon Village. He has taken many a skier on an evening adventure around the mountain and showed me how to make my first snow angel.

I was regularly blessed with catching up with my childhood friend Bern and her husband Andy who were living in the village for several years. Then there was their very wonderful son Louis. Her Dad, Kevin and my Mum, Hilary have known each other since childhood.

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