Having visited the Daintree Rainforest in Far North Queensland, walking and talking under its leafy green canopy with Venture Deeper guide Chris O’Dowd, listening to Chris’s unquenchable enthusiasm for his subject has changed the way I look at trees.
To their horror, the light didn’t scare the giant snakes. It only served to illuminate the people’s fate. The Akurra surrounded the Aborigines in their giant coils and set about swallowing every human they could.
We were told that if we wanted to see elephants, we would have to head south of Phuket Town about an hours’ drive by car, to Siam Safari’s award-winning Sea View Elephant Camp.
Makes sense, I thought. The elephants had set up camp where they could see the sea, just in case the surf came up.
If you want to expand your mental horizons by being made to feel really small, there’s no better place to do it than on the 1,100km Nullarbor Plain, on a roadtrip between Perth and Adelaide.
There is no doubt that owning a pet, particularly a dog, can be good for our health. They not only provide us with companionship and unconditional love, it is widely accepted that people who own a dog are more likely to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol and suffer less from depression.
If you want to place yourself at arms length from the street sellers and enjoy the ebb and flow of Hanoi’s city traffic while you are hunting for bargains, a three-wheeled cyclo, or pedi-cab, is the way to go.
The Western Tasmanian Wilderness Area was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in December 1982, taking its place alongside iconic Australian regions including Queensland’s Fraser Island and Great Barrier Reef and Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory.
More than 350,000 Australian men and women volunteered when the Great War broke out in August, 1914, serving as soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses in foreign lands, from Gallipoli in Turkey to Palestine and France. More than 60,000 young men and women who never made it home.
On August 22, 1770 Captain James Cook laid claim to eastern Australia on behalf of King George III, calling it New South Wales. Cook’s presence and actions went largely unnoticed by the tens of thousands of inhabitants which made up Queensland’s then 200-odd Aboriginal nations.
Progress marches through South Australia’s Mid-North with the blades of wind turbines sweeping in the winds that cross the Gawler Ranges to drive a rusting galvanized iron windmill, an icon of Australia’s rural past.