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11. Feb 2013
Sydney - Public Library of New South Wales
The State Library of New South Wales is a big public library, which is owned by the state of New South Wales. The spacious library is located on the corner of Shakespeare and Sydney Place, Macquarie Street. The State Library hosts many free exhibitions, both from different organisations and its own collections. The library is the oldest library in Australia. It was the first library, which was established in the colony of New South Wales. The library was first named the Australian Subscription Library in the year 1826 and then in was bought by the New South Wales Government in 1869 and became the Sydney Free Public Library. It was named The State Library of New South Wales in 197 ...
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22. Jul 2011
Victoria
Victoria is the smallest of the mainland states in Australia. Around 5 million people live in Victoria, which makes it heavily populated by Australian standards. Almost 75 % of people live in Melbourne, the largest city and state capital. Victoria is bordered by Tasmania to the south, New South Wales to the north and South Australia to the west. Victoria was named after Queen Victoria, the monarch at that time. Victoria stuttered into life with the first permanent European settlement at Portland in the year 1834. In 1851 Victoria seceded from New South Wales. Within weeks gold was discovered and prosperity and the new state’s population boomed. The countryside is still littered w ...
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22. Jul 2011
New South Wales
New South Wales is most populous state in Australia. It is located in the south-east of the country, south of Queensland, east of South Australia, north of Victoria and encompasses the whole of the Australian Capital Territory. New South Wales containes one third of population in Australia. The capital and the largest city is Sydney. The colony of New South Wales was founded in 1788 and originally comprised much of the Australian mainland and islands. The state can be divided geographically into four areas. The New South Wales’ three largest cities are Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle. Most of the state has semi arid or an arid climate. The eastern portion has a temperate clima ...
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22. Jul 2011
Kiama
Kiama is a seaside town, which is located on the east coast of Australia, about 120kms south of Sydney. Bordered in the east by golden beaches, and in the west by rugged rainforest, and relatively close to Sydney, Kiama is a popular tourist destination. Kiama features several popular caravan parks, surfing beaches and numerous restaurants and alfresco cafes. In Kiama is a nice Hindmarsh Park, where we can relax and enjoy. Beaches in Kiama are Jones Beach, Kendalls Beach, Bombo Beach, Surf Beach, Easts Beach, Werri Beach and Seven Mile Beach. The city attracts a big number of day trippers. Sometimes was Kiama the site of two strong volcanic flows, named the Gerringong Volcanics. ...
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22. Jul 2011
Narooma
Narooma is a small town in the New South Wales. The heritage town of Central Tilba is nearby to the south. The city is located on the Narooma Terrane which used to be separated by thousand of kilometers from the Australian coast. The town was regarded as a tourist destination from the early 20th century. The local oyster industry was established around the year 1900. Today are the main industries tourism, timber and fishing. The family beaches, surfing, waterways and surrounding state forests make the town an attractive holiday destination. The Narooma bridge was the first major bridge, which was constructed on the Princes Highway by the Main Roads Board. The bridge crosses the W ...
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11. Jul 2011
Sydney - Conservatorium of Music
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music is a global centre of superiority in music, providing leading edge research, performance and education. It is located at the edge of the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Sydney Conservatorium of Music is one of the most prestigious and oldest schools in Australia. Originally commissioned in1815 as the stables for the proposed Government House, the building was designed by the convict architect, Francis Greenway. It has a gothic structure with turrets. Between 1908 and 1915, a concert hall, roofed in grey slate, was built on the central courtyard and the building was converted for the use of the new Conservatorium of Music. Recently added facilities in ...
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11. Jul 2011
Sydney - Sydney Tower
Sydney Tower is the tallest structure in Sydney and the second one in Australia. It is also known as Centrepoint Tower, AMP Tower and other. Construction of Sydney Tower Centrepoint shopping centre began in late 1970 with the first shops opening in 1972. The office component was finished in 1974 and the final stage of the complex, the Sydney Tower, was opened to the public in 1981. The 56 cables weight seven tonnes each. The windows comprise three layers. The turret's nine levels include a cafe, two restaurants, the Observation Level, and Sky Tour, the largest simulated virtual ride in the southern hemisphere. Sydney Tower features three attraction which are Observation Deck, ...
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11. Jul 2011
Sydney - Sydney Hospital
Sydney Hospital is a principal hospital in Sydney. It is situated on Macquarie Street in the Sydney central business district. It is the oldest hospital in Australia and it first got the name Sydney Hospital in 1881. The building stands on the site of what was once the central section of the original convict-built Sydney Hospital, known as the Rum Hospital, because the builders were paid by being allowed to import rum for resale. Both the south and north wings of the Rum Hospital survive as Parliament House and the Sydney Mint. The central wing was demolished in 1879 and the new hospital, which still functions today, was completed in 1894. The Classical Revival building boasts ...
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05. Jul 2011
Sydney - Hyde Park
Hyde Park is the Sydney's central open large green space. It was named after its London equivalent Governor Macquarie in 1810. Originally the Hyde Park was a sporting ground playing host and a racecourse to all manners of competition. The park is today much smaller than the original park. The only reminder of its early competitive heritage is the large playable chess set that features on the western side of the Hyde Park. The quiet setting is popular among office workers, some time out from the bustling city centre or a quick siesta. The central pathway through the park is a wonderful, fig lined road linking two of the parks other feature, the War Memorial and the Archibald Fou ...
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05. Jul 2011
Sydney - Olympic Park
Sydney Olympic Park is located at Homebush Bay, about 14 km west of the town business centre. Olympic Park in Sydney host in the year 2000 the 27th Summer Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Visitors can buy a ticket for a guided tour to access venues or follow a self-guided walk. For nature lovers, there is a special tour of the five wetlands of the Bicentennial Park. At the park are held many events each year, including Rugby Union, Sydney Royal Easter Show, Australian Rugby League games at ANZ Stadium, Australian Football League, swimming, athletics events and many other. It also hosts the Big Day Out music festival, Sydney Festival and Sydney Royal Easter Show.
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05. Jul 2011
Sydney - St Mary
St Mary's Cathedral is situated in the centre of Sydney as a Christian statement of beauty and grace. The cathedral represents the incorporeal origins of the Catholic Church in Australia. It is one of the finest examples of English style gothic churches in the world and one of Sydney's most treasured buildings. Generations of artists have left to it their magnificent gifts in glass and stone, designing a beautiful space of prayer and solace within this vibrant city. The cathedral is full of devotional objects and treasures. William Wilkinson Wardell, the 19th century architect, dreamed of a gothic structure shaped from the yellow-block sandstone on which the city is built. The ...
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07. Apr 2011
Sydney - Parliament House
Parliament House is located on the east side of Macquarie Street. The central section of this building, which houses the New South Wales State Parliament, is part of the original Sydney Hospital built between 1811 and 1816. It has been a seat of government since 1829. The building was extended during the 19th century and again during the 1970s and 1980s. The facade consists of a two storey Georgian building, flanked by two Neo-gothic additions containing the parliamentary chambers. The current building contains the chambers for both houses of state parliament and also parliamentary offices. Parliamentary memorabilia is on view in the Jubilee Room, as are displays showing the legisl ...
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07. Apr 2011
Sydney - Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney is located on the eastern edge of the central business district. It is bounded by Mrs Macquaries Road, the Cahill Expressway and by Macquarie Street. Surrounding the Royal Botanic Garden is the open parkland of the Domain. The National Herbarium of New South Wales is located within the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Botanic Gardens were founded by Governor Macquarie in 1816 as part of the Governor's Domain. The long history of study and collection of plants began with the appointment of the first Colonial Botanist, Charles Fraser, in 1817. The Royal Botanic Gardens is the oldest scientific institution in Australia. The Royal Botanic Garden covers ...
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07. Apr 2011
Sydney - Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach is one of the Australia's most well-known beaches and among the world's most famous. Bondi Beach is located in a suburb of Sydney, 7 kilometres east of the Sydney central business district. Bondi Beach is well served by public transport. It is about one kilometre long and has many visitors from far and wide throughout the year. This long crescent of golden sand, has long been a paradise for the surf set and sun. The founding of the surf lifesaving club at Bondi Beach in 1906 gave start to the formation of the other local clubs and to a global movement. People seek out Bondi Beach for its trendy seafront cosmopolitan milieu and cafes as much as for the beach. The Bondi P ...
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07. Mar 2011
Sydney - Gap Park
Spectacular views of the ocean at Gap ParkCoastal walkInteresting rocks at Gap Park
23. Feb 2011
La Digue - Grande Anse Beach
La Digue, about 5km long and 3km wide, is the fourth largest on the Seychelles Plateau. It is generally considered the most beautiful of all the islands in the Seychelles. La Digue was discovered by Lazare Picault in 1744. Anse La Reunion, on the west side, is the island's longest beach. Among the favourite haunts of tourists and commercial photographers from all over the world are Grand Anse, Petite Anse and Anse Cocos on the east side and Anse la Source a Jean with the nearby rock cliffs of Pointe Source d'Argent on the west. The loveliest bay at the north end of the island is the isolated Anse Patates where tall waves sweeping in from the open sea break on the red granite rocks.
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23. Feb 2011
Praslin - Anse Lazio Beach
Praslin is the second largest granite island in the Seychelles archipelago. It consists of several ranges of hills the highest summit of which reaches 367m above sea level. Anse Lazio is the prettiest beach on Praslin and one of the most delightful anywhere in the Seychelles. During the north-west monsoon high, crystalclear waves break on its undulating shoreline and over the smooth-worn red granite boulders scattered like great marbles in the sea. In recent years Anse Lazio has become much better known and many more people now frequent this once rather secluded spot.
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23. Feb 2011
Mahe - Anse Royale
Anse Royal, in the bay of that name, is Mahe's oldest settlement. It was founded by Gillot in 1771/72 on the instructions of Pierre Poivre and is now the island's second largest centre. Gillot's brief was to establish the plantation, where Poivre successfully introduced the first cinnamon trees and other spice plants. Worth seeing here are two churches, one built in 1889, the other in 1930. The long beach at Anse Royal bay is a favourite with the inhabitants of Mahe. Snorkellers in particular will find the lagoon to their liking, sheltered as it is by the fringing reef. A number of restaurants and guest houses are located along this particular stretch of coast.
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21. Feb 2011
Sydney - Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the widest single-span bridge in the world. The bridge was erected during the depths of the 1930s Depression as a symbol of hope in the future. By locals is known as the Coathanger, the Iron Lung and the Toast Rack. The Sydney Harbour Bridge celebrated its 70th birthday in 2002, with its official opening on 19 March 1932. The bridge construction started in 1924 and took 1,400 men to built it. Now it carries two rail lines and eight traffic lanes, one in each direction. Climbing to the bridge started in 1998 and attracts locals and tourists alike to climb the monument. After climbing through up ladders and stairs and catwalks, the view is absolutely brea ...
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21. Feb 2011
Sydney - Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is located in the Sydney Harbour, close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Just near the Sydney Opera House are the Royal Botanic Gardens and Circular Quay. It is the second symbol of Australia and probably the most photographed site in the city. The construction of the building began in 1959 and completed in 1973. The Opera House is one of the most spectacular buildings which was designed by Utzon, a Danish architect, after an international competition. The roof structures of the Sydney Opera House are commonly referred to as shells, but are instead precast concrete panels. The Opera houses the following performance venues: the Concert Hall, the Drama Theatre, th ...
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15. Feb 2011
Sydney - Rocks
The Rocks in SydneySoldier Statue at RocksMuseum of Contemporary Art in SydneyAustralasian Steam Navigation CompanySydney Opera House and Circular Quay from the RocksBradfield Highway over Sydney Harbour Bridge
09. Feb 2011
Melbourne
Melbourne is one of the world's most liveable cities. It is the capital city in the state of Victoria. Melbourne is situated on the huge natural bay known as Port Phillip, with the city centre located at the estuary of the beautiful Yarra River. The city was founded in the year 1835 and declared a city by Queen Victoria in the year 1847. Melbourne has one of the largest tram and light-rail networks in the world. Enjoy the beautiful gardens and parks throughout the city. Take advantage of the Yarra River and waterfront precincts for outdoor activities such as watersports and picnics. In the Melbourne's Docklands we can relax and enjoy fabulous wine, food and coffee on the waterfront ...
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09. Feb 2011
Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is a 243 kms long road between the Victorian cities of Warrnambool and Torquay. The road stretching along the south-eastern coast of Australia was built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932. The Great Ocean Road is dedicated to casualties of World War I and it is the world's largest war memorial. The road is two lane and it is an important tourist attraction in this region. The Great Ocean Road is the world's most spectacular coastal route. We can see Lorne, The Twelve Apostles, Split Point Lighthouse, Apollo Bay, Gibson's Steps, Lord Ard Gorge, Razorback, London Bridge, The Grotto, Peterborough and many other interesting destinations. The Twelve Apostles ...
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09. Feb 2011
Phillip Island
Phillip Island is about 26kms long by 9kms wide, is big enough to create that characteristic holiday atmosphere. George Bass discovered the island in January 1798, ten years after the first fleet arrived in Sydney. He named the island after Captain Arthur Phillip, the first governor. The magnificent 97 kilometre coastline transforms from massive rocky outcrops to sheltered golden beaches which face Westernport Bay, the surf coming off Bass Strait attracting some of Austria's top surfers. Renowned for its amazing wildlife, including the world famous Little Penguins, Koalas, Seals and over 200 species of birdlife which inhabit or migrate to the island. To complement the natural attra ...
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31. Jan 2011
Sydney
Sydney Opera House from Sydney HarbourLifeguard at Bondi BeachView of the Bondi Beach from walking pathCircular Quay Railway StationIl Porcellino - This wild boar has come from Florence to Sydney as a link of friendship between Italy and Australia.Bondi Park Information BoardChinese GardenTumbalong Park at Darling HarbourNorth Bondi
30. Jan 2011
Seychelles - La Digue
La Digue lies 50km northeast of Mahe and it is the fourth largest of the granitic islands. It has sculptured, dramatic granite rocks and exquisite beaches. The island has no natural harbour and is almost completely encircled by coral reef. The island is over 3km wide and about 6km long. The main villages are La Passe and La Reunion. Magnificent white beaches, few shops, coconut palms, plenty of bicycles and a couple of ox carts all add up to a totally relaxed island style way of life. On La Digue you will find coconut and vanilla plantations, small, welcoming hotels, art studios and the most seductive beaches. The public telephones may not always work, but ferries and schooners do ...
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30. Jan 2011
Seychelles - Praslin
Praslin is the second largest granite island in the Seychelles archipelago. It is less mountainous in characther than Mahe. The beaches on Praslin are longer and more attractive than those on Mahe, especially the ones at Anse Lazio in the north and the ones on the east coast. In the centre of the island, is the Vallee de Mai National Park. This unique valley is home of the legendary coco de mer palm and vanilla orchids. The island is about 12km long and more than 5km wide. The highes granite summit is Fond Azore. The first recorded visit to Praslin was made by Lazare Picault in 1744. Most of the people living on the island have jobs in tourism. Fishing and agriculture are also impo ...
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28. Jan 2011
Mahe
Mahe is the largest of the 115 islands of the Seychelles. The islands are located in the western Indian Ocean. The nearest neighbours are the great continent of Africa and Madagascar. Mahe is the largest granitic island. It is 27 km long and only 8 km wide. The town of Victoria, the administrative and busy commercial capital of the Seychelles, nestles below the mountains. On Mahe is the Seychelles International Airport, which was open in the year 1971. We can drive almost all the way around Mahe. The highest peak, Morne Seychellois, reaches up to 905m. On Mahe we will never feel swamped by huge numbers of other tourists. It is an island of long and secluded beaches, shady palms and ...
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28. Jan 2011
Mahe - Tea Factory
Tea factory is one of the things that you need to visit on Mahe. Tea factory is located only 4 km from Port Glaud and it is part of the Morne Seychellois National Park. The Sans Soucis road from Port Glaud through the mountains to Victoria is one of the most scenic drives on Mahe. Tea production began in 1966 and tea bushes are visible along the main road. The tea factory is open from 10.00 to 16.00 on weekdays. It is possible to buy some of the delicious, fragrant SeyTe (Seychelles tea) that is produced in five different flavours – orange, mint, lemon, vanilla and cinnamon. In the nearness is Capucin Mission Ruins, Val Riche, Forestry Station, residental area Bel Air and other. Ca ...
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25. Jan 2011
Old Melbourne Gaol
Old Melbourne Gaol is the oldest Victoria's prison. In the prison where hanged 135 people, including infamous bushranger Ned Kelly. We can take a tour anytime and it is not guided. It will take approximately one hour. The building of Melbourne Gaol began in 1841 on a block of scrubland fronting a dirt track that became Russell Street. Before the first cell block opened in 1845, prisoners were kept in a series of inadequate lock-ups from which escapes were frequent. By 1850, the new Gaol was already over crowded. In 1851, the Port Phillip District became the new Colony of Victoria. The discovery of gold that same year stimulated a massive infux of population, making it hard to maint ...
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25. Jan 2011
Melbourne - Rialto Towers - Melbourne Observation Deck
The Observation Deck at Rialto Towers gives you an extraordinary look at every part of Melbourne. Rialto Towers is offering spectacular 360 degree views to the city. The incredibly fast lifts will transport you in seconds to the Observation Deck. Once on top, you will find all kinds of attractions and services to help you make the most of your visit to Melbourne. Get a thrilling look at all that Melbourne has to offer in the RialtoVision Theatre. A free, 20 minute film showcases the many wonderful attractions, regions and hallmarks of Melbourne and Victoria, and will help you get your bearings for explorations further afield. With two outdoor-viewing platforms and floor-to-ceiling ...
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21. Jan 2011
Melbourne - Immigration Museum
In the Immigration Museum we will discover the dreams and achievements of those who have settled in Victoria from the 1800s to the present day. The museum is open from 10.00am to 5.00pm daily. It is closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day. The Immigration Museum has ground floor, first floor and second floor. The ground floor includes the Immigration Discovery Centre, an exhibition in the corridor and atrium, the Museum Store and the information desk, where you can purchase Museum tickets. Entry to the ground floor is free. The first floor includes the Museum's permanent exhibitions, which explore Victoria's multicultural history and the immigration experience, as well as the Commu ...
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21. Jan 2011
Melbourne - Royal Botanic Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne extends over 38 hectares and displays more than 52,000 individual plants, representing approximately 10,000 different species from every part of the globe. Gardens open at 7.30am daily. A variety of walks and tours are available. Take a piece of the Gardens home with you – visit the tourism award winning Gardens Shop and view the beautiful range of botanic inspired gifts and homewares. Founded in 1846, the Gardens owes its botanic heritage and landscape beauty to the first two Directors, Baron Ferdinand von Mueller and William Guilfoyle. Royal Botanic Gardens have a rich array of plant collections, including their world-renowned Camellias, water c ...
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21. Jan 2011
Melbourne - Shrine of Remembrance
The Shrine of Remembrance is Victoria's memorial to the men and women who have served Australia in armed conflicts and peacekeeping operations throughout the nation's history. The site where the Shrine stands today was chosen for its elevated location, allowing its silhouette to stand out against the Melbourne skyline. At the time of construction, the Shrine was visible from most suburbs, the bay and the city, yet was in a quieter setting to preserve its sacred character. Built between 1928 and 1934, the Shrine was designed by returned veterans Hudson & Wardrop. Their design, inspired by one of the seven wonders of the ancient world – the tomb of King Mausolus at Halicarnassus – wa ...
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