May 2009



Museum of Victoria:  32 Swanston St. Melbourne.  A large collection of Australiana, natural history and scientific exhibits, including a children’s museum with various hands-on displays.  Main museum open daily.

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National Gallery of Victoria:  (part of the Arts Center) has an impressive collection of Australian, Asian, European and American works. 

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Captain Cook’s Landing Place:  At Kurnell, about 35 km south of Sydney, on Botany Bay.  Site of the first recorded landing by Europeans on the east coast of Australian in 1770.  Now part of the Botany Bay National Park.  Follow the signposted walking track past a series  of historical monuments and points of interest and an easy bushwalking track which highlights the area’s  diverse plant species.  Large reserve with picnic and barbecue areas.  Visitor center includes a shop and diplyas highlighting the history and natural features of the area.

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Gledswood Winery and Historic Homestead:  50km west of Sydney.  Attractions include sheep shearing, sheep dog displays, boomerang throwing, homestead tours, wine tasting.  Open daily 9am-5pm.  Admission to grounds, picnic area and wine tasting free  costs for activities vary.

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The Rocks:  On the western side of Sydney harbor.  Site of Sydney’s first European settlement, and for many years a colorful maritime area.  Many of its restored buildings now house shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

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Paddington – Old inner city suburb noted for its many attractively-restored terrace  houses, fine art galleries and shops.  A popular market is held here each Sunday

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Huonville:  About 37km SW Hobart.  Center of the State’s apple-growing industry.  Apple museum at Grove, open daily.  In the early days valuable softwood Huon pine was discovered in the district.

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Lone Pine Sanctuary: Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket. Australia’s largest koala sanctuary, set in tranquil bush land on the banks of the Brisbane River. You can feed kangaroos, cuddle koalas and see other Australian animals.
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