27 June 2012

A to Z of Australia

A Airlie Beach is the perfect beach destination on the Whitsunday coast.

B The Big Banana is a popular tourist attraction in Coffs Harbour, NSW. It’s a bunch of fun!

C Carlton is an area in Victoria that is known as one of the greatest food districts in Melbourne. It’s well known for its ‘little Italy’ precinct on Lygon Street,

D The Dog on the Tucker Box is situated just outside Gundagai, and is a monument to our early pioneers. 

E The Emu is the largest Australian native bird and can run up to 45km per hour.

F Floriade is Australia’s celebration of spring, and features more than a million colourful blooms in Commonwealth Park, Canberra.

G The Great Barrier Reef off Queensland is one of the seven wonders of the natural world and is the only living thing on earth visible from space.

H Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria is a zoo specialising in native Australian animals.

I Icehouse is an Australian rock band best known for their iconic Australian song ‘Great Southern Land’, released in 1982.

J Jindabyne is a town in south-east New South Wales that overlooks Lake Jindabyne near the Snowy Mountains, in Snowy River Shire. It’s a popular holiday destination, especially in winter, due to its proximity to several ski resorts throughout the Kosciuszko National Park, including Thredbo and Perisher.

K Kangaroo Island off South Australia is often known as the ‘zoo without fences’. Expect to meet local sea lions on the beach at Seal Bay, and encounter little penguins at Kingscote and Penneshaw as they head home at dusk.

L Lord Howe Island is widely regarded as the most beautiful island in the Pacific. The island is about 10 km long and between 2.0 km and 0.3 km wide and is a World Heritage Site of global natural significance.

M The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s premier thoroughbred horse racing and fashion event of the year. The ‘race that stops the nation’ has had horses running for the win since 1861.

N Nimbin is a village in the northern rivers area of New South Wales that is well known for its hippy communes and alternate way of life.

O The Opera House is a Sydney performing arts centre and famous icon on the Sydney Harbour. It was designed by a Danish architect in 1973 and is listed as a World Heritage Site. 

P Pub Crawls are a regular Australian tradition, especially on weekends and public holidays, where groups of drinkers undertake marathon drinking sessions that move from pub to pub.

Q Questacon is Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre located in Canberra. This interactive science centre was Japan’s gift to Australia for the 1988 Bicentenary.

R Rottnest Island is located just off Perth, Western Australia and is surrounded by vibrant aqua blue water. This island is home to some of the finest beaches and bays in the world, with a selection of 63 secluded beaches and 20 bays.

S Sheep Shearing has had a strong historical background in Australia which began with the Australian settlement. It inspired many artists, poets and songwriters throughout Australia’s history.

T Tucker is Australian terminology for food.

U Uluru also known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia, and is one of Australia’s most recognisable natural landmarks. 

V Australia is well-known for its great vineyard regions such as the Hunter Valley, Barossa Valley and Margaret River regions which produce award winning internationally acclaimed wines.

W Whale Sharks are commonly found off the coast of Western Australia, specifically in the Ningaloo Reef. These sharks grow up to around 13 metres long, but there have been reports of sharks sited at around 14 metres. That’s one big shark!

X XXXX is a famous Australian brewery in Queensland that started brewing in 1878. "XXXX" itself refers to a traditional grading system for strong beer.

Y The Yarra Valley is located in Victoria and is renowned for its abundant vineyards, cellar doors and fine fresh produce.

Z Adriano Zumbo is Australia’s favourite pastry chef who has taken tastebuds around Australia by storm. He is famous for his colourful macarons and quirky sweet treats. You can find his sugar trail in Balmain, Pyrmont, Manly and Rozelle in Sydney

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