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Australian version of "where I've been" meme.... [May. 13th, 2007|04:45 pm]
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In response to a comment by acelightning this is an Australian version of the "where I've been in bold" meme. It's necessary in constructing this to include places I know exist but to which I've never been.

Alice Springs
Ayer's Rock
Gold Coast
Cooper Pedy
Nullabor Plain
Rotnest Islalnd
Barossa Valley
Dungog (helped "count inventory" for a timber company I worked for)
Dubbo (trip to Seven Seas Stamps - a subsidiary of Reader's Digest)
Gundagai (dog sat on the tucker box) song "On the Road to Gundagai"
Griffith (town with drug related connections)
Iron Knob
New England (University of New England - graduated with Master's Degree)
Norfolk Island
Port Arthur
Snowy Mountains
Tamworth (music festival held here)
Wagga Wagga

fairly random
(some places selected from http://www.zades.com.au/ozindex/ozindex.html)

[User Picture]From: acelightning
2007-05-13 08:55 am (UTC)
i was going to do this one myself, but you mostly just posted places like towns or cities or areas, not landmarks like "Sydney Opera House" or "The Dish" or "Rialto Towers, Melbourne" or "Queen Victoria Market". (not that i've been to all that many landmarks in Australia either.)

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[User Picture]From: bobbain
2007-05-13 09:22 am (UTC)
Hum. Yes. I think it can be said that almost everyone in Sydney has been to the major landmarks which include The Sydney Opera House, Lady McQuaries Chair, The Rocks, Bondi Beach, Kings Cross but excluding the most difficult of all (not included in any tourist trips) Captain Cook's landing place (which is close to an oil refinery).

Out from Sydney the major feature is the Blue Mountains and "The Three Sisters"



The Aboriginal dream-time legend has it that three sisters, 'Meehni', 'Wimlah' and Gunnedoo' lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe.

These beautiful young ladies had fallen in love with three brothers from the Nepean tribe, yet tribal law forbade them to marry.

The brothers were not happy to accept this law and so decided to use force to capture the three sisters causing a major tribal battle.

As the lives of the three sisters were seriously in danger, a witchdoctor from the Katoomba tribe took it upon himself to turn the three sisters into stone to protect them from any harm. While he had intended to reverse the spell when the battle was over, the witchdoctor himself was killed. As only he could reverse the spell to return the ladies to their former beauty, the sisters remain in their magnificent rock formation as a reminder of this battle for generations to come.


Ayer's Rock and Coober Pedy are landmarks in themselves. In Cooper Pedy nearly all the accomodation is underground.

I've been to "the Dish" - Parkes Radio Telescope and in Sydney the nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights. I went inside the reactor. I don't believe I was ever the same after that. That was a fascinating visit and not one that many tourists make. Also interesting in Sydney is "Pinchgut Island" which most people see every day but rarely visit (nor realising that it is possible).

(The early settlers in Sydney chopped down a very picturesque peak to construct a fort to fend of a possible invasion of Sydney by the Russians. The Russians never invaded and the island was used to chain up convicts - where they starved to death - hence the name "pinchgut").



The island has a fascinating convict past, being originally used as a place of punishment for the more difficult convicts. It was the convicts who named it ‘Pinchgut’ after the starvation rations they had to face.

In 1788 a convict named Thomas Hill was sentenced to a week on bread and water in irons on what was then referred to as ‘the small white rocky Island adjacent to this Cove’. By 1796 a gibbet was constructed and convicts who were sentenced to death were left to hang until their bones turned white.


I could have included Yeppoon in Northern Queensland which I found a quiet and relaxing place and which has a very interesting musical sculpture close to the beach.
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[User Picture]From: acelightning
2007-05-13 09:38 am (UTC)
now, those places all sound fascinating, and clearly deserving to be mentioned individually, not just as "Sydney".

i've visited three nuclear reactors in my life, although one was no longer operating. usually the visits are rather disappointing, because they can't let tourists into any places where they might cause an accident; usually they have a walkway, behind a glass or clear plastic window, where the tourists can watch the workers sitting in front of control panels and things. i've also been inside an oil refinery, under very similar constraints.

and when i was in Melbourne, the goth club sheramil took me to was in a place that had once been an old jail, or gaol. when we needed a break from the loud music, we went into a small room that had been one of the cells. it was very gothic ;-)

i never got to Ayers Rock, of course, and i don't think i'm fit for the climb, even if i were allowed to. there's a lot of Australia i haven't seen yet. for that matter, there's a lot of the US i haven't seen yet either.

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[User Picture]From: bobbain
2007-05-13 12:45 pm (UTC)

At Lucas Heights we were admitted into the nuclear reactor itself. There were no glass partitions. We stood alongside those working on the reactor core. There were chalk marks on the floor which indicated in very clear letters "Possible Contamination". There was no daylight and to enter we had to pass through at least two extremely thick (possibly 10 feet thick) reinforced concrete "firewalls".

Captain Cooks' landing place is not only close to an oil refinery but on Botany Bay itself which was named by Sir Joseph Banks for the beauty of it's flora. It is "on the other side" of Sydney Harbour. it's possible to see the entire landscape of Sydney from the tallest buildings in the CBD - looking out over Botany Bay and the Harbour and out to the Blue Mountains and into the extensive areas of "bush" which surround Sydney.

For "landmarks" in Melbourne (where I lived for a while) - Old Melbourne Gaol (where Ned Kelly was executed), Fitzroy Gardens, Captain Cook's Cottage, St. Kilda Beach, St. Kilda Road, Port Melbourne and the walk from St. Kilda Beach to Port Melbourne which was very bracing come to mind. I don't believe the towers of which you speak were built at any time I was there.

In Adelaide there is Adelaide Casino which was converted into a Casino from the Adelaide railway station and is possibly one of the "nicest to visit" casinos I have been to. Sydney casino is absolutely ghastly.

Rotnest Island which I listed is an island off Perth and is one of the most scenic and natural places I have ever visited. It was first visited by the Dutch who named it after the "rats" (not truly rats) which populate the island. I cycled around the island and the "rats" were in no way frightened of the human presence.


(note that the Dutch were exploring Australia long before Captain Cook)

Adelaide is also famous for Glenelg Beach and the tram which runs from Adelaide CBD into Glenelg.

There are many many places in Australia worth visiting. It can be a very pleasant country. Also on the list is Katherine Gorge in the Northern Territory and "The Olgas" in the NT which are a fascinating rock formation not far from Ayer's Rock.

I never visited or even know where "Hanging Rock" may be. This is a place where a fictional event was turned into one of Australia's most successful feature films - "Picnic at Hanging Rock". I believe that is in Victoria and possibly not far from Melbourne.

The barren landscapes outside the "bush" be they desert or just flat plains have a spirituality that I never felt in the region of the Mojave Desert in the United States or on the outskirts of the Sahara Desert in North Africa. The trees are unique and each tree is considered by the aboriginal people to have spiritual connotations associated with ancestors.

There are or have been some fascinating railway journeys - one rickety old train just outside Cairns and the infamous "Ghan" railway which still appears to be functional (although I thought it had been discontinued).


Port Arthur I also listed is a place in what is now known as "Tasmania" (after Sir Abel Tasman) but was long known as Van Diemen's Land which was one of the most hated words in a convict's vocubulary. Port Arther is eerie. There is an island just off the convict colony where they buried the convicts who were mistreated to the point of considerable cruelty. It is known as the "Island of the Dead" or something similar.

I had to leave Port Arthur as there were considerable "vibrations" which compelled me to leave. I felt considerable spiritual presences in Van Diemen's Land.



There is a marvelous "mountain" just outside Hobart which was climbed by Charles Darwin on one of his quests for the truth of human evolution.
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[User Picture]From: acelightning
2007-05-14 06:22 am (UTC)
when i was in Melbourne, i saw the Old Melbourne Gaol (which was not the same as the old prison they'd made into a goth club), Fitzroy Gardens, and the Rialto Towers observation deck. i still have a fridge magnet from the Rialto on my refrigerator door. also, sheramil's mum thought i should see St. Kilda and Hanging Rock. apparently the famous story about Hanging Rock is entirely a work of fiction... although it's easy to see how a young person wandering aroud might easily fall down one of the deep rock fissures and be killed, and nobody would know what had had happened to them. i'm afraid that, so far, all i've seen of Australia has been Melbourne and its environs.

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