Category: Australia

Australia’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed cultural and natural attractions; Tim Richards; Traveller

Photo: Traveller

NSW has six, Victoria just one. So what are Australia’s 19 World Heritage sites and why are they important?

Source: Australia’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed cultural and natural attractions

Norfolk Island: a rich bounty; John Borthwick; Traveller

Norfolk Island has shaken off its reputation as a holiday destination for ‘the newly wed and nearly dead’, writes John Borthwick.

Source: Norfolk Island: a rich bounty

Oct. 25, 1616: Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog finds Australia’s west coast; Christy Karras; Compass

Although more people are familiar with Australia’s east coast, home to most of the country’s population, its northern and west coasts were the first ones Europeans explored. The Dutch led the way, since they were already trading with what is now Indonesia (which they called the Dutch East Indies). In 1606, Willem Janszoon came upon the Cape York Peninsula, not far from Indonesia on Australia’s northern side, the first European to encounter Australia.

Source: Oct. 25, 1616: Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog finds Australia’s west coast

Celebrating the history of the Sydney Opera House; ABC

Find out about the construction of the iconic building and the man who designed it.

Source: Celebrating the history of the Sydney Opera House

Opera House is Australia’s Top Icon; Bidita Debnath; MedIndia

Sydney Opera House was declared Australia’s best-known icon ahead of its 40th birthday this weekend, in a report that said it was worth Aus$775 million to the economy every year.

Source: Opera House is Australia’s Top Icon

40 (odd) things you never knew about the Opera House; Daily Telegraph

THE Sydney Opera is the world’s most iconic building.

Source: 40 (odd) things you never knew about the Opera House

New tours, a safari camp and a music legend in the Bungle Bungle range; Easier 

Photo: Easier

New tours, a safari camp and a music legend in the Bungle Bungle range. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the Bungle Bungle range – the distinctive beehive-like domes in Western Australia’s Purnululu National park.

Read more from source

Kakadu National Park in Australia; Xinhua

 

Read more from source

Wave-breaking music; Louise Turk; Illawarra Mercury

Victorian-based surf photographer and videographer Jon Frank has been to some of the best locations in the world in a bid to capture his ethereal images of ocean waves.

Source: Wave-breaking music

Australia’s wild wild West: Whale sharks and wow factor on a land and sea adventure; Helen Nicholson; Daily Mail

Western Australia offers plenty of surprises for those who make the journey. Helen Nicholson dives in for encounters with whale sharks and happy days in sunny Perth.

Source: Australia’s wild wild West: Whale sharks and wow factor on a land and sea adventure

Discovering Queensland’s World Heritage-listed wonders; Roz Fisher; Northwest Star

FROM the minute you round the bend and catch a glimpse of the Daintree River, you know you are about to enter a very different world.

Source: Discovering Queensland’s World Heritage-listed wonders

Exploring Queensland’s rainforest hinterland; Olivia Pozzan; BBC

Photo: BBC

Beyond the bikini-draped shores of Australia’s Gold Coast is a lush, subtropical wonderland of cascading waterfalls, bioluminescent mushrooms and rainforest retreats.

Source: Exploring Queensland’s rainforest hinterland

Guide at a glance: Armidale; Caroline Gladstone; Stuff

Photo: Shiftchange

Australia’s highest city celebrates culture, nature and hairy men.

Source: Guide at a glance: Armidale

Australia’s Blue Mountains: Forests, Cliffs, and Waterfalls; Caroline Morse Teel; Smarter Travel

This stunning UNESCO World Heritage site gets its refreshingly cool name from a blue eucalyptus haze that hangs over the whole region.

Source: Australia’s Blue Mountains: Forests, Cliffs, and Waterfalls

Under cranes and canvas; Sean Mooney; Traveller

Sean Mooney leaves the tent and sleeping bags at home and opts for a family ‘glamping’ stay on historic Cockatoo Island.

Source: Under cranes and canvas

Old growth, new life; Leisa Tyler; Traveller

Leisa Tyler walks in the vast Tarkine wilderness in the state’s north-west, among some of the oldest forests on earth.

Source: Old growth, new life

Daily Daydream: Fraser Island, Australia; Caroline Morse Teel; Smarter Travel

Photo: Smarter Travel

Take a whale-watching tour, head into a rainforest, snorkel in the ocean, swim in a freshwater lake, or explore the sand cliffs—you’ll never run out of things to do on this island!

Source: Daily Daydream: Fraser Island, Australia

Retreat to rainforest; Cameron Wilson; Traveller

Photo: Traveller

Cameron Wilson explores Lamington National Park’s forests and birdlife along its extensive network of walking tracks.

Source: Retreat to rainforest

Tasmania is an attractive alternative to nearby Australia; Jim Winnerman; St Louis Post Dispatch

While planning a trip to Australia, Jim Winnerman was quickly stymied by the nation’s enormous size and the long distances separating major attractions.

Source: Tasmania is an attractive alternative to nearby Australia

%d bloggers like this: