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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. September 14, 2013: Stromatolites, Shark Bay, Australia

DrFumblefinger ·
Geologists are our friends.
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Re: Good news, bad news on UNESCO's world heritage

DrFumblefinger ·
I enjoy traveling to UNESCO sites because most of them are very interesting destinations. I even know of some travelers whose goal it is to see "every" UNESCO listing. Good luck to them! I really think UNESCO is doing it's job by identifying important places and encouraging their conservation. I shudder at the thought of a global UNESCO police swooping in to "defend" these sites. It's up to the countries that govern them to do so. Some do a great job; others don't. Some citizens care, others...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 11, 2014: At the Australian Embassy, DC

IslandMan ·
thanks for the pic PH. Nice to see the Aussie coat of arms in other parts of the world. You're right about the reputation for casualness too. We don't take anything too seriously and have a "she'll be right" attitude about life.
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Re: Impression about Perth, Australia

DrFumblefinger ·
I've actually visited Perth, attending a medical meeting there some years back. I really enjoyed the city. Mostly modern, but with historic colonial era buildings. Very friendly people, especially considering they're all descended from convicts (a point of pride and good humor with them, I found). Perth was a good springboard for a road-trip around southwestern Australia, including a drive up to Shark's Bay, through the wildflower way (am I remember that name correctly), down to the large...
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Re: Impression about Perth, Australia

GarryRF ·
" considering they're all descended from convicts " Very cruel DrF ! With the discovery of gold just outside Bathurst in 1851, the nature of Australian migration changed completely. People arrived in far greater numbers and from more varied backgrounds than ever before. Between 1851 and 1861 over 600,000 came and while the majority were from Britain and Ireland, 60,000 came from Continental Europe, 42,000 from China, 10,000 from the United States and just over 5,000 from New Zealand and the...
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Re: Impression about Perth, Australia

DrFumblefinger ·
You understand that it was a joke, GarryRF. Perth is not far from Freemantle, where you'll find the oldest building in Australia, the Round House. It was built to be a prison. Says a lot about the Aussie founding fathers' priorities, don't you think?! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Round_House I don't recommend you visit the Round House, Garry. They would likely never let you out. But do visit nearby Perth! It's a great city.
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Re: Impression about Perth, Australia

GarryRF ·
My 3 kids lived and worked in Australia for a year. I loved going to Oz to visit them. Once in summer and once in winter. We accept young folks from Australia to live and work here in the UK as part of the Commonwealth of countries. Like Oz does for our kids. As you say Aussies are proud of their convict heritage and are often disappointed to find they have ancestors who merely migrated. I have lots of relatives in Oz today - mostly found using the internet. Its surprising when we swop...
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Re: Mar. 26, 2016: Waiting for the big one...

Travel Rob ·
A great shot! A lot of us can learn from that surfer
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Re: Mar. 26, 2016: Waiting for the big one...

Marilyn Jones ·
Great photo...it really gives perspective as to the size of the waves!
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Re: Mar. 26, 2016: Waiting for the big one...

The Grey Traveller ·
Thanks, it's a favourite of mine, even though I'm not a surfer.
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Re: Mar. 26, 2016: Waiting for the big one...

The Grey Traveller ·
Thanks, Rob.
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Re: Mar. 26, 2016: Waiting for the big one...

DrFumblefinger ·
It is a great photo! Aussie culture sounds a lot like Hawaiian culture. When work in Honolulu ends, there is a massive migration of youngsters and their surfboards to Waikiki. Here the waves are a lot more predictable because of the coral reefs, but the enthusiasm for the water sounds very similar.
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Re: Mar. 26, 2016: Waiting for the big one...

DrFumblefinger ·
Sounds like the making for a good mystery novel! Perhaps even a Bond film.
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Re: Mar. 26, 2016: Waiting for the big one...

Samantha ·
Beautiful pictures. Hope to get there one day and enjoy this amazing view. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Mar. 26, 2016: Waiting for the big one...

FlashFlyer ·
Hey, great picture...almost needs a poem with it!
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Re: The (Long and Winding) Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

GarryRF ·
Some wonderful pix of Australia that bring back so many memories of my visits Islandman I could look at those rock formations for hours. Looking into a million years of history. Australia is certainly like nowhere else on Earth and every day is a fascinating adventure. Certainly is a well written comprehensive Blog you've presented. I've enjoyed it. Thanks.
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Re: The (Long and Winding) Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for sharing this interesting and most beautiful roadtrip with us, Islandman! Another one for my bucketlist.
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Re: The (Long and Winding) Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Travel Rob ·
Wow Islandman ,thank you for this blog. it really moved Australia up on my list. When i saw your photo of the Loch Ard Gorge i immediately thought of the Calanques near Marseilles, France .
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan 6, 2015: Melbourne Transport

IslandMan ·
     On a recent trip back home to Melbourne (Australia) , we took a leisurely stroll down Swanston Street , one of the main thoroughfares in  the centre of the city. I spotted this horse and carriage and tram bypassing each other...
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Australia bans dumping in Great Barrier Reef

PHeymont ·
This is the sort of headline that makes you scratch your head. Of course, no one should be allowed to dump waste on one of the world's greatest and most endangered natural wonders.   And yet...it is not just that the Australian government has now...
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U.S. ski resort giant takes a bite of Australia

PHeymont ·
U.S. ski resort operator Vail Resorts has paid $136 million to take over Australia's popular Mount Perisher ski area in the Snowy Mountains.   Vail, which owns a dozen or so ski areas in the U.S. (Colorado, California, Utah, Michigan and...
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United: Dreamliner flights to 6 continents

PHeymont ·
No complaints received yet from Antarctica, but its now the only continent with no Boeing 787 Dreamliner service from United. United, which has been the fastest U.S. airline at getting the 787 into the fleet, is adding flights this week from Houston...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 23, 2014: Traveller's Rest Hotel, Gippsland, AUS

IslandMan ·
   Australia is well known for its country and outback towns. The region of Gippsland is located in the south-eastern part of the state of Victoria. It covers an area of around 16,000 sq.miles (41,000 sq.klm) and is an economic, rural area...
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Kudos to Virgin Australia!!

DrFumblefinger ·
In a dramatic switch from the shrinking benefits one generally experiences if sitting in the back of an aircraft in the 21st century, Virgin Australia is doing tangible things to actually make this a more enjoyable place to travel.   Coming to...
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5 Top Destinations to Check Out When Visiting Sydney

Candice Larson ·
Sydney is the oldest and biggest city of Australia. It lies in between the intermingling of land and sea. In 1788, commander of the First Fleet Captain Arthur Phillip established the first British colony in Sydney Cove of Australia. Tourists can no visit Sydney's fabled history in the narrow cobbled laneways and historic buildings surrounding the area. After booking your flight and choosing the best hotel such as Four Seasons and Holiday Inn accommodation , it is time to explore the various...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day. September 14, 2013: Stromatolites, Shark Bay, Australia

DrFumblefinger ·
 The oldest known organisms that still live on the planet are stromatolites, rock-like structures built by an algae known as cyanobacteria.  Stromatolites have an extensive fossil record in Western Australia dating back some 3.5 million...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 2, 2015: Warped Reflections, Melbourne

IslandMan ·
    The city of Melbourne (Australia) is my home town, and I enjoy being a tourist in my own city. It has been called one of the most livable cities in the world, and I can only agree with that.   The central downtown area makes for...
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AA/Qantas add more joint flights on West Coast

PHeymont ·
 American Airlines and Qantas, not only Oneworld partners, but linked in a joint operation and revenue-sharing agreement, are added two more flights to the mix. Starting in December, American will operate a daily non-stop between LAX and Sydney,...
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Australia gov't cuts travel cost by using FF points

PHeymont ·
Australia's central government is planning to save about $50 million a year, almost 15%, from its official travel budget by using frequent flyer points to buy tickets for government employees flying on official business.   The plan, which would...
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Canadian Firefighter Continues Cycling Around the World

Travel Rob ·
Rudy Pospisil is a Firefighter in Canada that is cycling the globe on his vacations to raise money for Cancer research. He's a Cancer survivor himself and is halfway done with his journey. For this trip, he takes on Australia. He hopes to cycle 6 of...
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Impression about Perth, Australia

Bliss Around The Corner ·
Hi Guys,   just a quick question - what's the first thing that comes in your mind when someone mentions Perth, Australia? I am curious to know how it is perceived from outside. Also, would you agree with these, or would you have your own...
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Australia finds new rival for Great Barrier Reef

PHeymont ·
You may not have heard of Wilson's Promontory, but you likely will. Scientists exploring the area with robot cameras and sensors have found that the area, part of an Australian Marine National Park, shows great similarities to the Great Barrier Reef,...
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Help Wanted: Australia seeking canine penguin guards

PHeymont ·
Australian authorities are seeking two puppies to grow into an unusual job: bodyguard for penguins. They'll get two summers of training by the dogs who have the job now, and then take over keeping foxes off small Middle Island, off Warnambool on...
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Priceline Continues to Bet on Restaurant Reservations

Travel Rob ·
Priceline announced in September that it purchased, AS Digital, a restaurant reservation system provider based in Australia. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. This follows their purchase of OpenTable in 2014 for 2.5 billion dollars....
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'No Kangaroos in Austria'...well...hmmm

PHeymont ·
  Anyone who's been to Austria lately will have noticed souvenir shirts, mugs, everything playing on the slogan "No Kangaroos in Austria." It's an answer to a stunningly common confusion of Austria with Australia. But now the slogan seems less...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug 18, 2015: Dragon in the Park

IslandMan ·
    On a recent trip to Brisbane (Australia) we took a walk through the Botanic Gardens in the heart of the downtown area. It's a beautiful, lush, green oasis that's perfect for a bit of time out whether you are working or just touring...
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Good news, bad news on UNESCO's world heritage

PHeymont ·
The good news: The Great Barrier Reef is no longer one of the most endangered World Heritage sites. The bad news: a number of World Heritage sites in the Middle East have been damaged or destroyed either by ISIS or general war damage. And the worst...
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The ultimate round-the-world selfie

PHeymont ·
Traveling the world, one second at a time, and posting the daily second to YouTube (above) and at  https://youtu.be/8-g1Xangxs8   This is the story of Jordan Simons...a man for whom it's almost pointless to cite a nationality, because, as he...
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Qantas plans 19-hour nonstop, London to Perth

PHeymont ·
Qantas, Australia's flag carrier is planning to offer first-ever non-stop service to the UK with a planned route between London and Perth. At just under 9,000 miles, it would be the world's longest flight.   The airline plans to fly the route...
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Canberra , Australia Becomes First Capital to Regulate Uber

Travel Rob ·
Canberra, Australia will become the first capital in the world to regulate Uber and other ride-sharing services. Uber drivers will be able to legally pick up passengers from October 30 onward in Canberra but the city will require...
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Sydney Opera House (Where Gumbo was #277)

Lestertheinvestor ·
Gumbo was visiting the fabulous Sydney Opera House, an iconic landmark of Australia's gateway city.
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Active Leisure: Walking Tours around Australia

VictoriaLim ·
New contributor Victoria Lim has several terrific suggestions on active walking vacations in Australia. It's good for your body and your mind, so get going!
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The (Long and Winding) Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

IslandMan ·
Australia is a vast country, and, if you have ever been there and traversed it in some way, you will appreciate the sheer size and expanse of this island continent. The best way I have discovered to see the true beauty of this country is to drive...
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Where Gumbo Was #7.8

DrFumblefinger ·
 Despite some very thoughtful and educated guesses by our readership, Gumbo was elusive this time around. Gumbo was traveling with some biologists in southern Australia (Kangaroo Island to be precise) and was fascinated to see this baby...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan, 6, 2014: The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park, Western Australia

DrFumblefinger ·
 Situated in Western Australia, Nambung National Park is well known for its eroded rock columns, known as "The Pinnacles".  It's a fascinating desert landscape, yellow sand with thousands of these erect limestone pillars like a stone...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct 5, 2013: Tammar Wallaby, Kangaroo Island, Australia

DrFumblefinger ·
 The tammar wallaby (also known as the dama or darma wallaby) is quite small, not much larger than a house cat, and pint-size when compared to its large cousin, the kangaroo.  Tammar wallabies mostly live in the southwestern parts of...
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Five Must See Australia Travel Destinations

BillGordon ·
Bill Gordon shares his top picks of things to see and do in Australia.
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Best of Australia: Outdoor Activities to Do in Australian Summer

ArronHidd ·
When the western world is sitting quietly near its fireplace (or in the living room watching Netflix), the boiling-hot summer is booming Down Under. Filled with a ton of activities throughout the year, Australia outdoes even itself when the hot season arrives. Vast and beautiful, this continent has numerous outdoor activities to offer in the summer months, which is why we’ve come up with a quick guide for your holiday experience in the Outback and beyond! Adventures Australia is one of the...
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Germany claims 'world's biggest orchestra' title

PHeymont ·
A huge gathering of European musicians overturns a 2013 record set in Australia.
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Yes, there IS a kangaroo in Austria!

PHeymont ·
Despite the souvenirs that play on confusion Australia, it turns out there are more kangaroos in Austria than you'd think...and some are on the run.
 
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