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Barossa Valley
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The Barossa Valley is Australia's best-known wine region. Also it is an often visited tourist destination in South Australia lying just north of Adelaide. The Barossa Valley is uniquely beautiful..

Barrosa is Spanish for "Hill of Roses", a name given to honor the beauty of the valley.

Vine-covered plains and hills surround German communities founded to escape religious persecution in their homeland. The new settlers were quick to establish farms, particularly wheat, wool and wine.


Sydney

Pictured are both the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Downtown Sydney teems with life. Put yde Park, The Royal Botanical Gardens, Mrs. Macquarie's chair, and Woolloomooloo Bay on your exploration schedule. Don't miss the Docks, St. Mary's Cathedral, Paddy's Markets, and certainly don't miss the Queen Victoria Galleria.

Sydney is a walkabout city, a modern city, with old England memories, an Australian City.

Sydney

Exhibition Hall


Melbourne

The Royal Exhibition Building, the surrounding Carlton Gardens, and the three important fountains are pictured at left. They have been designated a World Heritage Site. Much in use still today the original gardens began in 1836 and the building in 1880. When I was there students were occupying the building to take their college entrance exams.


Cairns

Located in far north Queensland this is a tropical city and a tourist destination. From here boats leave for the Great Barrier Reef.

It has a large marina, huge public swimming area, and a very active night life. Large luxury hotels line its shore. Once people came for gold and coal mining. It is surrounded today by a large farming area -- sugar cane, corn, rice, bananas, pineapples, and dairy production on the Tableland.

Cairns

Tjapukai


Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

The world’s oldest living culture is brought to life by Aboriginal performers with authentic music, dance and storytelling by the Tjapukai people.

Prior to British settlement, the Cairns area was inhabited by the Walubarra Yidinji people, who still recognise their indigenous property rights.

Beside the Cultural Park is the 7.5kms Skyrail which allows you to explore the wonders of an ancient tropical rainforest and learn about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth. Upon reading Kuranda you can return in on old time railway carved from the mountain side by miners.


Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru, Red Rock, or Ayers Rock is owned and managed by the aboriginal peoples. This is Anangu land.

The Anangu believe this land was created by creation ancestors. Generations of Anangu have actively managed this ancient land using traditional practices and knowledge.

The spectacular rock formations and surrounding sand plains provide habitats for an incredible variety of unique plants and animals.

Uluru

Conservatory


Melbourne's Fitzroy Garden Conservatory

This Spanish Mission styled building is filled with flowers. Opened March 30, 1930, it originally cost 4000 pounds.

It graces the trees and gardens of Fitzroy Park with more formal and year around floral display.

It is used by tourists, schools, families and anyone who wants to view a captured moment of floral beauty. And, yes, brides and graduates come for picture taking among the fountains and sculptures.

 

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