March 2009


Earlystreet Historical Village: 75 Mcllwraith Ave, Norman Park. Examples of early Queensland buildings, including an old store, a pub, a county cottage and an elegant colonial house, all displayed in an attractive garden setting.
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North Stradbroke Island: Largest of the Moreton Bay island (37km by 11km) and noted for its beautiful surfing beaches and many natural attractions. It has a resident population of about 3,000 and very good holiday facilities. Accessible by light aircraft and vehicular ferry from Cleverland.
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Flinders Ranges: Spectacular mountains which begin about 250km north of Adelaide and stretch for about 400km into the Outback. Noted their rich colors, majestic peaks, wilderness areas, prolific wildlife, historic ruins and Aboriginal rock paintings. Short and extended tours are available from Adelaide.
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Cleland Conservation Park is located at Mt. Lofty, 19km south-east of Adelaide. Includes walk-through aviaries, lakes and areas where animals roam free.
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Migration Museum is sited in Kintore Avenue. Exhibits trace the story of the diverse races who have settled in South Australia from 1836 to the present time. Housed in a beautifully restored old building. Open from 10am to 5pm weekdays, 1pm to 5pm weekends and public holidays.

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Himeji Garden is a nice place where it is situated in corner South Terrace and Glen Osmond Rd. This traditional Japanese garden, complete with temple gate, lanterns, bridge and lake was established to symbolize the friendship between Adelaide and the Himeji region of Japan.

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Port Arthur. About 100km SE Hobart. The side of the colony’s main penal settlement between 1830 and 1877. The side covers several hectares and many buildings have been carefully preserved to show the life of the era. Museum, audioivisual displays, guided tours including mysterious after dark “ghost” tour by lampsight.
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Dandenong Ranges is 35km east of Melbourne. The area features spectacular scenery, wooded hills, fern-filled gullies, bushwalking paths, and attractive villages. Its gardens are noted for azaleas, rhododendrons and berry fruits. Places of interest include Sherbrooke Forest, home to colorful parrots and lyrebirds. Another popular attraction is Puffing Billy, a vintage steam train which departs from Belgave for trips through the ranges. Accessible by road or coach tour.


192km Hotham St. Elsternwick (4km south-east of Melourne). A 33-room Victorian mansion surrounded by beautiful gardens.
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Dine in style while touring the city in a 1927 tram converted into a top-class restaurant. The ornately decorated interior recalls a bygone era, but modern comforts such as air-conditioning and stabilizers ensue an enjoyable ride. Two departures daily (early dinner and late dinner) from train stop 12, near the National Gallery.
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