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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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Australia bans dumping in Great Barrier Reef

Paul Heymont ·
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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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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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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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

Paul Heymont ·
  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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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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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

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

Paul Heymont ·
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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Top Things to Do in Melbourne

NinaSim ·
NinaSim offers some suggestions on things to see and do in lovely Melborne, Australia's second most populous city.
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Australia’s Most Beautiful Islands For Your Bucket List

Sophie Armstrong (Guest) ·
Sophia Armstrong has several suggestions for interesting islands to visit off the Australian coast (sponsored content)
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Points to Consider before Apply for Temporary Graduate Visa Subclass 485

Migration Agent Perth ·
You must in a deliberate confusion as a non-native student graduated in Australia in deciding your future plan: to top up and earn a livelihood in the nation or go for higher education. To make things simpler for you, Temporary Graduate Visa Subclass 485 can suffice both your requirements. This visa has been particularly introduced for non-native scholars from Australian study institutes. The 485 visa incorporates the following classifications: Graduate Work Stream (legitimate for one and...
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Migration agents in Brisbane - One of the best immigration agents in Australia

Jacob William ·
Introduction Nowadays people are migrating from one place to another in search of job, shelter and a better living environment, many people even migrate from one country to another in search of better living opportunities but this is not at all an easy task as it requires a lot of official procedures and formalities. Here comes the job of a migration agent who not only help the people in getting their visas but also clarifies all the official proceedings. The migration agents in Brisbane are...
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Sydney to Brisbane Road Trip

Liam Smith ·
Few people would argue that Australia is one of the best possible destinations out there for any traveler: it has both interesting cityscapes and natural sceneries of a lifetime. And if you like the freedom of stopping whenever and wherever you wish to in order to marvel at the beautiful view, perhaps a road trip is right up your alley. One of the most popular roads for such a trip in Australia is the one taking you from Sydney to Brisbane: the Legendary Pacific Coast. This road stretching...
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23 million cruisers—a new record!

Paul Heymont ·
Cruising continues to grow as a popular travel option, with record numbers last year and even more expected this year.
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Mar. 26, 2016: Waiting for the big one...

The Grey Traveller ·
The Grey Traveller stops to see a young surfer waiting for the perfect wave, and to think about how to live a fuller life. Click the link to see the full picture.
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Austrian kangaroo takes last hop (No, not Australian)

Paul Heymont ·
Austria, Australia...this escaped kangaroo apparently didn't know the difference. Sadly, it died in a collision with a taxicab in southern Austria.
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Celebrating Nature on 7 Continents: Australia, part 1 - Bowerbirds in Australia's Bunya Mountains

Kirsten Hines ·
Always a scientist with an eye to detail, Kirsten shares her observations of the BowerBird's nesting and mating behavior in the Bunya mountains of Australia.
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Quokkas of Rottnest Island

Kirsten Hines ·
Celebrating Nature on 7 Continents: Australia, part 2 Like many before her, Kirsten Hines was charmed by her encounters with the quokka, a small marsupial living in the safety of its island home off the coast of Western Australia.
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Purple-crowned Fairywrens of Western Australia

Kirsten Hines ·
Celebrating Nature on 7 Continents: Australia, part 3 We finish our celebration of Australia’s nature with a species of bird that’s name and coloration evoke images of dainty fairies, but that should not be underestimated in its territorial defense.
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Tasmania Travel Experience – Get the Most out of Your Trip

NinaSim ·
Nina Simons has some suggestions for visiting Tasmania and shares some of the travel gems you'll find there.
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Why is Australia the best country for vacation

Emily Wilson ·
This continent-size country, sitting at the edge of the world, is a perfect place for your next vacation. Why? In addition to having unique flora and fauna, it still has all the advantages of a highly - developed western country. And that is one of the best things about Oceania - it is a mix of urban cities and unspoiled nature . But as the country has a lot to offer, it is best to plan ahead, thus making the trip more memorable and less stressful. Travel and accommodation can be...
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Spending a Gap Year in Australia: How To Get The Most Out Of It

Emily Wilson ·
Taking a gap year is an exciting time for any student. After all, you have a whole year to get to know the world around you and yourself . You also have this unique opportunity to do whatever you want for a year, without the pressure of society, college, or work. This might be the only time in your life when you’ll be able to have such an unforgettable experience. Where better to live out your most adventurous dreams than in Australia? It’s the country of untouched nature and the most...
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Unusual Travel Getaways For All Seasons!

StephanieMTM ·
It’s becoming increasingly popular for Aussies to check out Thredbo, a resort that is: open year-round for skiing or snowboarding in winter, mountain biking , hiking, fishing, or just relaxing in the summer season. Still, tourists will come through for more unusual Christmas festivities, since this generally isn’t the rule. By the same token, many Aussies look to experience a white Christmas in other parts of the world, as the literature paints it. There are adventures to be had in the...
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Re: Austrian kangaroo takes last hop (No, not Australian)

GarryRF ·
He's probably playing Possum. He'll bounce back.
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Re: Best of Australia: Outdoor Activities to Do in Australian Summer

GarryRF ·
I've done most of those activities in the Oz winter. The winter time is a much cooler version of summer with temperatures below the 100f + that they get at Xmas - nearer 60/70f and just as sunny. Much more pleasant for a traveller from the frozen north. The Bridge Climb was a hoot - laughing all the way. But climbing trees is an invasion of Spider Territory. But at least the tree snakes eat 'em. Not for me.
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Re: Celebrating Nature on 7 Continents: Australia, part 1 - Bowerbirds in Australia's Bunya Mountains

Marilyn Jones ·
Such a beautiful bird. I enjoyed following your adventure!!
 
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