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A big country -don't miss it!

Australia has much to offer but often people forget that sometimes it's a long way between attractions.
If you plan wisely and look beyond the regular tourist haunts there are attractions just as wonderful as the better known ones. My mission is to point some of these out to you to give you a better knowledge of what to look for and where to find it.
I beg your patience as I have many pictures and many locations to show and it will be an ongoing work.
First picture is one of my favourite subjects - waterfalls.
This one, Hopetoun Falls, is in south western Victoria in the beautiful Otway Ranges but you can find similar ones all down the east coast. There are thousands of waterfalls, particularly along the Great Dividing Range, largely ignored by foreign tourists, yet for me they represent some of the best Australia has to offer.
I unearthed some stats on falls that I'll share with you and maybe settle some arguments as well.
Wallaman Falls, west of Ingham in Queensland, has a height of 305 metres. Here, water from Stony Creek plunges down numerous ledges. Wollomombi Falls, east of Armidale in New South Wales, has a height of 220 metres and includes a single drop of 100 metres. It's sometimes quoted as Australia's tallest waterfall — but this is only true if measurement starts where the water does not truly fall, but instead flows against the rock due to the gentler gradient.
It's Ellenborough Falls just north of Taree in New South Wales that's regarded as Australia's tallest single-drop waterfall. This waterfall launches off the edge of the New England Tableland and has a single drop of 160 metres.

The agony and the ecstacy

Australia has two things that get a lot of publicity, beaches and bushfires. The former are generally a pleasant experience, the latter is decidedly unpleasant because it has to be hot to start with and when the bushfires take hold, nothing will stop them. The eucalyptus oil hanging around the trees literally explodes when a big one gets going. Those who fight the fires are special people indeed and we are all indebted to them.
That leads me to perceptions. Whilst the water has a benign appeal and the fires an horrific image, 312 people drowned in 2008, mostly males and 30% alcohol affected, many more than perished in the tragic bushfires. What that amounts to is that, as an average generalization, more people die in a month in the water than a whole year in bushfires. It is the water we should really fear.
This picture has a bit of both. It is a shot of Bar Beach in Newcastle but the weird colours are caused by haze from a raging bushfire in the hinterland.
Remember, if you haven't any experience of surf, take time to learn before you go in and, if you're planning a dip in our rivers, there are lots of snags in there - never jump in either place before you know how deep it is.
Australia (can you believe a university person actually went out and checked it all?) has 11,011 beaches, the longest of which is the Coorong at 210 kilometres. It's in South Australia.
Some of my best beach shots are in my Wilson's Promontory pages.


There are sights like this in Australia that most people, Australians included, never see or even hear of.
Things like Rusconi's masterpiece, Flagstaff Hill, Tahune State Forest, Albany Whaling Museum, Walhalla, Grand Ridge Road are some of the things I have included.
I've made a list of 15 places your travel agent didn't tell you to visit:-
1. Newnes - Panoramic scenery en route, even better when you get there and historical ruins to boot.
2. Crater Lake circuit, Cradle Mountain - You get four lakes for the price of one, stunning.
3. Comboyne - Australia's waterfall capital.
4. Narawntapu NP - Puts the "wild" into wilderness.
5. Whalers Way - Better than the Great Ocean Road.
6. Walking the north shore of Sydney Harbour - The best view of any city in Australia.
7. Broken Hill - Art capital of Australia; stunning colours.
8. The coast road between Wynyard and Devonport - Australia's unsung (but gorgeous) coastal drive.
9. Waterfall Bay - Spectacular walk overlooked by almost all.
10. The gold mining towns: Beechworth, Ballarat, Bendigo, Benalla - Shining examples of how to make history work for you.
11. Australian Age Of Dinosaurs - Where to go to learn all about palaeontology; you can actually touch dinosaurs here.
12. Karajini - Best national park in Australia for photography
13. Grand Canyon Track, Blue Mountains - Drag yourself away from the Three Sisters, this is so much better,
14. West Canungra Creek walk, Lamington NP - Best rainforest walk in Australia
15. Blackdown Tablelands - Part of Queensland's sandstone belt, a very special place

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Friendly people, good weather generally, beautiful rainforest and beaches, most relaxed lifestyle
  • Cons:It's a long way from anywhere else
  • In a nutshell:Relaxed, pretty, friendly, vast.
  • Last visit to Australia: Sep 2014
  • Intro Updated Sep 14, 2014
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    G'day, mate! Thanx for your fine story! Take care! ~

  • donya.amini's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    Thank you.

  • amandajayne81's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    I was hunting for items on the Gibraltar Range National Park for this long weekend and stumbled across your page-wonderful. I particularly enjoyed your write up regarding water vs bushfires. Sad and true.

  • omidamini's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2008 at 12:08 AM

    Really you have very nice australian page , thanks

  • australia2's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    WOW ! You are a gem. The most Aussie pics ?? Great ! Thanks for your Broome visit too. Laurie.

  • Jan 21, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Like the gate sign lots. Must get one custom made! :)

  • Dec 17, 2007 at 7:05 PM

    I also have loved the pie shop sign in teagardens since I was very little and could first read! I go up there to tea gardens often and always have a pie from them! You forgot the second half of the sign! "I only have pies for you, cakes 'n' bread too!"

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2007 at 12:30 PM

    Millaa Millaa falls!!??....Beautiful summary of the Aussie sights to behold!Glad i saw a lot b4 getting waylaid in the sights of europe, thanx for your lovely photos and tour!im flying back for a quick trip next mth and very excited!all the best

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2007 at 1:36 PM

    Thanks for the introduction to your wonderful country--such scenic beauty! I enjoyed your lively commentary and great pictures...regards from Texas

  • Dec 29, 2006 at 12:47 AM

    i do beleive it called that because it was a tacking point for the old ships that sailed our coast

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