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Australian nature

Even though Australia is an island, it is so large it is also a continent. It's not surprising then that ecology is very different in different parts of the country.
Even if we just travel 200km around Melbourne we would see a great diversity of Australian nature: ancient forests, huge gumtrees, mountains, waterfalls, farmland and country Australia.
Travelling further from Melbourne the mountains and farms dissappear and the outback (and the desert) starts.

Many of the most beautiful places are declared national parks and protected by government. There are lots of parks in Victoria, which is why Victoria is called "The garden state".

Fitzroy gardens situated in the city centre
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Fitzroy gardens situated in the city centre
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Forest sculptures at the William Ricketts sanctuary
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Forest sculptures at the William Ricketts sanctuary
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Giant fern trees in Ferntree Gully. 
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Giant fern trees in Ferntree Gully.
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Otway National Park.
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Otway National Park.
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Temperate rainforest
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For a weekend, it's nice to take a longer trip and camp in the bush, or go fishing by a river or lake. At night you may hear many animals, Wombats and Kangaroos, moving around or the frightening growls of the male Koalas. It's hard to believe this little "bear" can make such a loud noise! At sunset and sunrise the noise from Magpies, Parrots, Lorikeets and Cockatoos can be deafening. And don't forget the laughing Kookaburra.
Alpine National park discowery on 4WD.
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Alpine National park discowery on 4WD.
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Collecting firewood
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Collecting firewood
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Fishing on the Jamison river.
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Fishing on the Jamison river.
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Valencia Creek
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Valencia Creek
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Hughe
Hughe's creek
 Doing the lawn
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Doing the lawn
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The Alpine National Park and the Grampians (Garywerd) are fantastic places for those who like mountains. You can go rock climbing, bushwalking or just enjoy the beautiful views.
 The Bluff in the Alpine National Park
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The Bluff in the Alpine National Park
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Scenic lake in the Grampians
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Scenic lake in the Grampians
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McKenzie falls in the Grampians
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McKenzie falls in the Grampians
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It's hard to believe but there is snow in Australia. But only on skiing resorts!

Actually, Australia has more land under snow in winter than Switzerland. But don't forget, Australia is very large, so even this is a VERY tiny part of Australia.

 Waiting for the ski lift
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Waiting for the ski lift
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Snow tracktor is the only way to get to the hotel
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Snow tracktor is the only way to get to the hotel
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The famous Australian outback is another unforgettable experience. You can drive hundreds or even thousands of kilometers and not meet a single person.
Abandoned railway station in Burra (South Australia)
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Abandoned railway station in Burra (South Australia)
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Postboxes in the countryside
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Postboxes in the countryside
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It's fun to explore Australia. Many towns have a visitor information centers where friendly staff will advise you about places worth visiting and can also provide you with local maps and brochures. By the way, it's all free!
Paddle steamer on the Murray River
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Paddle steamer on the Murray River
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Burra - shady town lost in the endless outback
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Burra - shady town lost in the endless outback
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Wind water pump - a common outback sight
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Wind water pump - a common outback sight
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Posting 1734 by Taylah
Gladstone

Monday October 31st, 2005 07:00 PM

hey


hey my class and me are doing ABORIGINALS and i was wondering if you could send me some information on that type of people???
please send to [email protected] and [email protected]
ASAP thankyou
Taylah Roberston


Posting 217 by nathan
scotland

Tuesday December 09th, 2003 07:01 AM


is this a spirt

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