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Noosa Town | Noosa Heads

Near the lake Country and provides many attractions. Trips can be arranged to local beauty spots including the Stairway and Paradise Cave. The fishing is good. Although reports of the area can be traced back to Captain Cook's voyages in May 1770, European settlement in the region did not proceed for almost a century. This early settlement was primarily driven firstly by timber logging and the...

Northern Territory | Darwin

Formerly known to early surveyors as Alexandra Land, named after the them Princess of Wales, and first successfully explored by McDouall Stuart, who, in 1862, proved the practicability of an overland route from Adelaide to the seaboard in the North. Efforts to settle the Northern Territory by the South Australian Government in 1864, when land sales were held in Adelaide, met with little success. ...

Old Melbourne Gaol, Cnr Russell and La Trobe streets | Melbourne

Old Melbourne Gaol, now an interactive museum, is the site where 136 people, including the notorious bushranger Ned Kelly, were hanged. The Old Melbourne Gaol – Crime and Justice Experience includes a visit to the Old Melbourne Gaol, the former City Watch House and Old Magistrate’s Court. The prison was also a focus during some of Australia’s most significant historical moments, including...

Parliament House, Corner Spring and Bourke Streets | Melbourne

An Act of the Imperial Parliament, passed in the year 1850, decreed "that the district of Port Phillip should be separated from the Colony of New South Wales and should be named and designated as the Colony of Victoria", having a separate Legislative Council. But not until 1855, when the daily discoveries of gold and the rapid progress of the State were exalting public ideas, was a start made on t...

Phillip Island | San Remo

Phillip Island stands at the entrance to Western Port. Its distinctive feature is the quantity and variety of native marine and animal life living there in a wild state. With abundant food and free from molestation, koalas thrive, and at almost any time a dozen or more may be seen in the forks of the eucalypt trees around Cowes, Rhyll, and Newhaven. Seal Rocks, a few hundred yards from The Nobbies...

Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck Trip (193 km) | Hobart

This trip to Tasman's Peninsula comprises a beautiful drive and a visit to the old penal settlement at Port Arthur. The outward journey crosses the Derwent River to Bellerive and continues through farming and bushland scenery to Port Arthur, which is reached in time for lunch. Official guides are then available to show visitors through the ruins and to explain the old penal system. The return tri...

Port Arthur Town | Port Arthur

Port Arthur is the focal point in the history of Tasmania's penal system. The town is typically "English" and is one of the most popular tourist resorts on the Island. The ruins of the former Penal Settlement can be visited under the direction of guides. Port Arthur was established by Governor Arthur in 1830 and remained Australia's principal penal settlement until 1853, when convict transportati...

Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre | Port Campbell

Your one stop 12 Apostles and region specialist. The Port Campbell Visitor Centre offers itinerary planning for individuals groups and industry. Contact us to find just the right property for a romantic getaway, a haven for the family or make use of our vacancy reporting to check on availability in peak times. Call into the centre for shipwreck artefacts, souvenirs and plenty of friendly advice o...

Princes Park and Mulgrave Battery, Hobart | Hobart

Prince's Park was laid out on the site of the first military battery erected in Tasmania. On the water side is the entrance to the tunnels which once formed a part of the magazine of the battery. These tunnels are constructed of solid stone and extend beneath the ground in various directions for two to three hundred yards. Some of the passages have been walled up, but at one time it was possible t...

Queen Victoria Museum, Royal Park | Hobart

The most interesting exhibits in the Queen Victoria Museum are the Beattie Collection of Historic Relics, and a collection of Tasmanian native implements. The Beattie Collection contains items relating to the early penal settlement at Port Arthur such as: domestic utensils, furniture, and specimens of convict handicrafts; china, pewter, and brassware used by the early Governors of the colony and e...

Queen's Domain, Hobart | Hobart

Queen's Domain extends along the shore of the Derwent River to the north-east of the city and covers an area of 640 acres. The Domain is the largest public reserve in Hobart. The main entrance is near the foot of Liverpool Street within ten minutes' walk of the business portion of the city. In the eastern corner of the Domain and plainly visible from the higher points of the city is the War Memo...

Queen's Gardens, East Perth | East Perth

With water-lily ponds, flocks of waterfowl, and weeping-willow trees, Queen's Gardens is an area of eight acres at the eastern end of the city. Formerly a disused quarry, landscape gardeners have transformed the old excavations into a series of lily-covered lagoons connected by a miniature canal system. A Peter Pan statue stands between the lakes at the western end. It was donated by the Perth Ro...

Risdon, Hobart | Risdon

Risdon, the site of the first settlement in Tasmania, stands on the eastern bank of the Derwent River, five km from the city. A monument marks the landing-place of Lieutenant Bowen who, on 13th September 1803, selected Risdon Cove for the establishment of a permanent settlement. During its brief existence of less than six months, the Risdon settlement was in a constant state of uproar because Bow...

Rottnest Island | Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island is situated 19 km from Fremantle and is used exclusively as a permanent reserve. Every facility has been created for the travelers’s convenience, including camping space, bungalows and hostel. Fishing, hiking, swimming are a few of the countless attractions. A splendid view of the surroundings can be gained from the tower of the lighthouse. The beautiful salt lakes are an added ...

Sarina Town | Sarina

Discover the Serenity Coast and Sarina. Located about 37 kilometres south of Mackay, at the foothills of the Connors Range, Sarina Shire is home to the largest coal export facility in the southern hemisphere, Hay Point Coal Terminal. Sarina also offers a spectacular range of unspoilt beaches which provide sheltered swimming, sailing and fishing spots, with over 90 kms of coast line fronting the Co...

Shrine of Remembrance, Royal Domain | Melbourne

The Shrine of Remembrance stands on the summit of a low hill in the Royal Domain, clearly visible from almost every part of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay. It was erected in 1933 to commemorate the sacrifices of Australians in World War I and now contains a forecourt dedicated to the memory of the servicemen and women of World War II. The Shrine is a good example of classical Grecian architecture...

Singleton Town | Singleton

Further inland, the towns of Singleton and Muswellbrook on the New England Highway, servicing the Upper Hunter region and providing most of the accommodation. Singleton is a sizeable town with a visitor information centre, shops, cafes and restaurants. There is also the new Hunter Valley Gardens, Singleton Historical Society and Museum, Royal Australian Infantry Corps Museum, and a few family bus...

Southport Town | Southport

Southport, bordered by the open seas and Nerang River, is 77 kms south of Brisbane, and Surfers' Paradise, 3 kms further down the coast, forms a favourite winter playground for Southern visitors. There is a splendid surf. A string of fine beach resorts stretches from Southport right down to the N.S.W. border Southport is the largest of the south coast towns. It is at the southernmost end of More...

St Andrews Church, Bathurst Street | Hobart

The Presbyterian Church of St Andrew was opened in 1836, and is one of the oldest ecclesiastical buildings in Hobart. Adjoining the church is the Sunday school, which was the first church building

St Georges Cathedral, Cnr Cathedral Ave., and St Georges Tce. | Perth

Work was begun on St Georges Cathedral in 1879 to a design by Sydney architect Edmund Blacket. The great tower and steeple of the original plan were never constructed. The present bell tower was added in 1902 as a memorial to Queen Victoria. This Cathedral is situated in the heart of the city, facing Stirling Gardens. The Cathedral, which follows the Gothic style of architecture of the early Engl...