Australia Night (2010)
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Recommended Listening

Great South Land - How did the search for spice lead to the charting of a continent?

Wiki Places

ACT - Canberra
New South Wales - Sydney
Northern Territory
Queensland - Brisbane - Cape York - Townsville
South Australia - adelaide
Tasmania - hobart
Victoria - Melbourne
Western Australia - Perth


Australia Great

We’ve been trying out the ‘daily state’ theme over on Twitter (@AustraliaGreat) and been having a lot of fun with it. Jump in too if you like, either on Twitter or GooglePlus.
Here’s the schedule (with suggested hashtags):
Monday: New South Wales & the ACT (#NSW / #ACT)
Tuesday: Tasmania (#Tas)
Wednesday: Western Australia (#WA)
Thursday: Victoria (#Vic)
Friday: South Australia (#SA)
Saturday: Northern Territory (#NT)
Sunday: Queensland (#QLD)

Come and hoof it over to the Australia Community, say G’day, and let’s show what makes each state of Australia GREAT!

Double checking

47% of Australians are foreign born or have a parent who is from another country. (Magda Szubanski - LNL)


ABC Open

43:45 "Prince Harry buys Queen Victoria burger in Perth. That's a news story? Are we serious? We're better than this"


Run that town

Clarke And Dawe

Respecting Our Culture (ROC)
Ecotourism Association of Australia
CRC Sustainable Tourism
Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources
Australian Tourism Data Warehouse
Araucaria Updates
Quality Tourism
Travelbiz Australia
Victorian Tourism Awards
Tourism Industry Australia
Sustainable Tourism for Heritage Places
International Centre for Ecotourism Research (ICER)
Understanding the Jargon - Tourism Western Australia
Tourism Australia News Centre
National Tourism Alliance
Australian Society of Travel Writers
Australian Traveler
Travel Weekly
Travel - Nine MSN
New Resource Launched to Assist Indigenous Tourism Businesses


The 2015 Melbourne International Comedy


Outer Edge


Australian Farm Institute
Biological Farmers of Australia
Permaculture Research Institute of Australia
Jerra Park
19th World Congress of Soil Science
CSIRO land and water
Birchip Cropping Group
Radio National - Future Tense - The world's first digital Global Soil Map
Year of the farmer

Caring for our Country is one way the Australian Government funds environmental management of our natural resources by supporting communities, farmers and other land managers to protect Australia’s natural environment and sustainability.



The Australian National Anthem - Australia Now
Australian National Anthem - Images Australia

Anzac Day

Anzac Day

archie roach

Green Building Council of Australia

Arts and Culture

Joanna Murray Smith's keynote address at the National Play Festival
Australia's Culture Portal
2004 Australian Culture Now

Art Tours

Palya Art Tours


Australia Day

australia day

Australian of the Year

Australian of the Year
Australian of the Year - Wikipedia

AIMIA Awards 2011


Adventure and Backpacking Conference
Backpacking Australia


Beaches -

Big Things (Queensland)


2080: The future of Australia's biodiversity. Hugh Possingham
The business of biodiversity

Big Volcano

BigVolcano on Twitter
Big Volcano
Ecotourism Resource Centre
Wollumbin Visitor Guide


Lost in Transit - @SalPiracha - @Amanda467 - @CSIROStaff - @brianfurze



    Burke and Wills
    Modern tourists following Burke and Wills across Australia
    Indigenous perspective on Burke and Wills
    Burke and Wills' fatal error



    A horror bushfire season awaits southern Australia this summer as a result of the on-going drought, according to the latest forecast from the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre.
    You Tube
    Seasonal bushfire outlook map - National 2008-9
    Wildlife Rescue - Wires


    Ships of the Desert: Camels in Australia - Camels were part of some of the important colonial expeditions into the Australian interior, and they carried the railway sleepers and telegraph poles that connected the vast continent and eventually opened it up to the rest of the world.

    Caravan parks

    Caravanning Qld
    Go See Australia

    First Dog at Crikey


    Christmas Island



    Bureau of Meteorology (Weather Forecasts) - National Radar Loop
    To see the Miriwoong calendars go to weather calendars
    Interactive: 100 years of drought in Australia
    Garnaut Review 2011
    Australia - Climate of Our Continent - Bureau of Meteorology
    Climate change in Australia: technical report 2007
    How climate change will affect your backyard - CSIRO (podcast)
    Climate Change in Australia
    Climate of Australia - Wikipedia
    Parliamentary committee on climate change website
    National Tidal Centre website
    National Sea Change Taskforce website
    Gold Coast City Council website
    Gold Coast City Cultural and Civic Precinct Master Plan Ideas Competition
    Master of Design Future's website
    Australian Government report: Climate Change Risks to Australia's Coasts

    Climate change and our coast

    1. Scientists believe the drought that has been plaguing southern Australia is caused by…

    a) A dominant El Nino weather pattern bringing less rainfall to southern Australia
    b) Temperature fluctuations in the Indian Ocean
    c) Climate change leading to overall lower rainfall across Australia
    d) Bad luck

    Australia's severe drought is being driven by temperature fluctuations in the Indian Ocean, scientists reported in February 2009. They investigated a climate pattern called the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD). In its negative phase, the IOD is characterised by cool water to the west of Australia and warm water to the north, leading to winds that bring warm, moist, rain-bearing air to the continent. In the positive phase, water temperatures are reversed and less moisture travels to Australia. In the past 15 years the IOD has been either neutral or positive and in the last few years there were three consecutive positive phases, say the scientists.

    Read the article: Indian Ocean driving Australia's big dry
    An estimated 4000 tonnes of dust settled on Sydney, while scientists calculated about three million tonnes landed in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand, during the dust storm that hit the city in September. Measurements taken at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science in Sydney Harbour and 10 kilometres offshore two weeks after the dust storm showed a tripling of microscopic plant life, or phytoplankton.
    Read the article: Dust storm triggers ocean bloom

    Island koalas too close for comfort


    Coastal Watch
    Coasts and Oceans - Department of the Environment
    Oz coasts


    Australian Competition and Consumer Commission



    Semi-arid and arid lands ('deserts') cover over two-thirds of Australia.

    Realising the potential of desert environments - ABC
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    Nearly three quarters of Australia is desert, you know. Consequently, most of our population centres have built up around the edges of the continent.
    Recent discussion around deserts here have focused on the viability of remote Indigenous communities, with remote Australia being described by some as a 'failed state' ... referring to the difficulty maintaining infrastructure like health and housing. But it's a bitter contradiction -- Australia's deserts and the people living there contribute over ninety billion dollars to Australia's gross revenue. That's according to the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre.
    In early November this year, over 300 people got together in Alice Springs to discuss the potential of desert environments. A sixth of the world's population live in desert regions ... and the conference examined the potential of these environments to generate energy, food, knowledge and industry. Sharing and developing knowledge of desert environments seems particularly relevant given climate change.

    Dick Smith




    Australia Greens After Record Rains - Earth Observatory (2010)
    Drought in Southeast Australia - Earth Observatory (2005)


    Stubborn Mule
    Beyond Zero Emissions
    University of Newcastle - Coal production research forecast
    Grattan Institute- Energy Programs
    The zero carbon jump

    Burning desire to put coal industry out to pasture - Sydney Morning Herald


    Eco Shop
    Australia Conservation Foundation
    Ecosustainable Hub Australia
    Coasts and Oceans - Department of the Environment
    Ethical Consumer Guide
    Rainforest Way
    Greening Australia
    Wilderness Society - An olive branch offered at the Wilderness Society (04.2010)
    Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network -



    Flag - -

    Food - -
    Back 'o' Bourke Tails And How To Cook 'Em
    Food on Friday - camp cooking

    Australian cuisine - Meat pie, pavlova, lamingtons - is there such a thing as a national Australian dish? Today Australian cuisine is a mix of cooking styles from all over the world. You particularly see that in the variety of restaurants. But how about our home cooking? What defines Australian cuisine and the Australian eating culture?

    De Groots Best Restaurants
    Food Standards Australia New Zealand
    Organic Growers Australia
    Biological Farmers of Australia
    Australian Certified Organic
    Demeter Biodynamic Agriculture Australia
    Australia's Organic Directory (website of Environment Society of Australia)
    Bathurst Agricultural Research Station
    Farmers Markets
    Seasonal food
    Australian Food and Grocery Council
    Green Tucker
    ABC News - Government pulls plug on grocery choice
    Australian Food News
    Australian National Retailers Association

    Beets on a hamburger

    Bush tucker
    Aboriginal Trail home page
    Better Health Channel - Aboriginal diet and nutrition
    Bush food of Australia
    Aboriginal Bush Tucker
    Bush Tucker Plants or Bush Food - Australian native food plants
    Cultivating bush tucker


    Small is beautiful
    Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA)

    Farmer's Markets

    Australian Farmers' Markets Association
    Is Australia in danger of farmers market saturation? - Bush Telegraph
    Victorian Farmers' Markets Association -!/VicFarmrsMarkts
    Bendigo Community Farmers' Market -


    Oxfam Australia




    How does film-induced tourism affect a country town?



    The drama of rocks
    Answer to opal mystery shows Red Centre's links to Red Planet


    Australia Bureau of Statistics
    Bureau of Rural Sciences

    Great Artesian Basin

    Australian Heritage Council


    Moving forward, looking back
    Alfred Deakin Research Institute website
    Australian Policy and History Network website

    A Merciless Place

    When Britain was defeated in the American War of Independence, it had nowhere to send its criminals. Australia wasn't an option at the time but the British did have many slave-trading ports in West Africa. These convicts could fill the ranks of British soldiers who guarded the forts and their human cargo, kept there before they were shipped to North America, South America and the West Indies. What happened to many of these convicts during Britain's disastrous West African scheme that led to the colonisation of Australia, is told in a new book by Dr. Emma Christopher




    Queensland Hotels Association
    Australian Hotels Association


    The Chaser
    The Bladder


    The Kosciuszko Huts Association (KHA) is an organisation of concerned people who care about the preservation, maintenance and history of the huts in the Kosciuszko (NSW) and Namadgi (ACT) National Parks.
    Mountain Huts Preservation Society - Facebook (Tasmania)
    Huts in the wild - Bush Telegraph
    Huts and the imagination - By Design


    The search for Jandamarra's head

    Jorg Imberger





    Lighthouses of Australia

    Mail / Post Office -


    Water Sports Map


    Where the hell is Lara's line?- Courier Mail


    interactive website
    The Matilda Myth


    Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC)


    Major Thomas Mitchell

    Thomas Livingstone Mitchell: Mapping maestro
    Celebrations in central Victoria commemorate the 175th anniversary of Major Mitchell's expedition
    Australia Felix - 175 years on

    View Major Mitchell's Australia Felix expedition, 1836 in a larger map


    Mountains of Australia - Wikipedia

    Murray Darling

    The basin covers 14% of Australia's land mass generates 40% of our income derived from agricultural production. It's home to more than 2 million people and a further 1.3 million people, including the population of Adelaide who are reliant on its water resources.
    Murray Darling Basin - Wikipedia
    Murray Darling Basin Authority
    Weirs, barrages and rhetoric - Bush Telegraph
    The Murray Darling Basin Draft Plan
    Murray-Darling Basin Plan leaked before release next week (2011)
    The proposed Basin Plan for consultation
    The Murray Mouth Controversy
    One place, Many Stories: Murray Darling-Basin


    Australian War Memorial
    National Museum of Australia (Canberra)
    Museum Victoria
    Powerhouse Museum


    An interactive guide to the wild, the weird and the vernacular in Australian music
    Folk Art Alliance
    Dead Can Dance - Wikipedia
    Paul Kelly
    Australian music centre
    Ngarukuruwala - @aukkestrelmusic

    Music Festivals

    Neighbour Day

    Australia's annual celebration of community is held on the last Sunday in March

    Norfolk Island
    Norfolk Island fails self governing experiment


    Outback Now


    Picture Australia


    Wayne Quilliam


    Ern Malley Hoax
    A secret history of Australian poetry


    The Interpreter - Lowy Institute for International Policy

    Australian Labour Party - @australianlabor
    Australia Greens - @GreensMPs
    Australian Greens - Wikipedia
    Bob Brown - Wikipedia
    Kevin Rudd - Wikipedia

    Politics: Greens


    e-Travel Blackboard
    Crikey - @crikey_news

    About Australia
    The Aussie Pub


    Radio National
    Radio National Editor’s blog - - @FriendsoftheABC


    RN is the ABC’s national ideas network. With more than 60 distinct programs including the latest in arts culture, current affairs, health, religion, science, technology and social history, RN is a vital element of the contemporary Australian conversation.

    Radio (Other) - -

    Redfern Speech

    Rock Art

    Centre for Rock Art Studies UWA
    ABC Science - Debate over industry impact on WA rock art
    ABC News - Megafauna cave painting could be 40,000 years old
    ABC Radio National - Awaye!: Rock of the ages
    Protect Australia's Spirit - a campaign to save our rock art
    Australia's first chair in rock art, Professor Paul Tacon, launched a campaign called Protect Australia's Spirit.
    Traditional owners welcome rock art register - SBS


    Our Future World
    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
    Australian skeptics
    Australian Academy of Science - - -
    Government plan won’t save Great Barrier Reef: Academy
    Australia's National Science Week: 15 - 23 August, 2015 #natsciwk
    Australia ·


    Australia's Sustainable Seafood Guide
    Seafood Experience Australia
    The Australian Marine Conservation Society
    Eat fish (ethically)


    Standard Recycling Signs - Environment NSW


    Australian Institute of Sport
    Communication and Media Studies, Monash University
    Sport Studies, University of Canberra
    Australian Sports Commission, Ethics in Sport
    St. James Ethics Centre, Sport
    The Future of Sport in Australia
    Australian Institute of Sport
    Australian Canoeing
    Independent Sport Panel
    ABC Grandstand - Goal posts shift in sport overhaul
    ABC News Video - Olympic Committee insulted by sport-funding report
    @AUSTbaseball @TeamAusBaseball

    Sporting Goods

    2016-2020 Australian Rugby Strategic Plan, which is due to be finalised in November 2015.





    The Car Pool
    Road Conditions Reports Site


    National Tree Day

    Universities and Research Centers

    Outdoor and Environmental Education - La Trobe University
    Australian Catholic University
    Australia Institute
    Macquarie University
    Charles Darwin University
    University of Newcastle
    University of Western Sydney
    Macquarie Globe
    William Angliss Institute



    Water - The Age
    Water Trail - CERES
    Land and Water Australia
    Average annual and monthly rainfall
    The Climate Series: Mike Young on Australia's water in a time of climate change

    In this Climate Series conversation, one of the nation's leading water experts Mike Young talks to Age environment reporter Adam Morton about water in a time of climate change. They discuss the extent of the nation's water shortages and the outlook for the future, strategies for coping with the likely ongoing deficit, the troubles of the Murray-Darling system and much more. Professor Mike Young is a member of the Wentworth Group, Executive Director of University of Adelaide's Environment Institute, Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO Land and Water, and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences.

    The CSIRO has released its most comprehensive study yet into the future of the Murray-Darling basin. It shows by 2030 there'll be 50 per cent less water flowing in the southern end of the Murray than now, if the drought continues.

    The Murray Darling system is dying from the mouth up. In the midst of the rhetoric, the drought and our competing demands, an entire ecosystem and its people, are running out of time. One of the constant cries from people at the end of the river system is for some kind of single vision - an entity that can leap frog state politics and individual catchments to calculate a balance of flow and allocation that's both accurate, independent and truly sustainable. The Murray Darling Basin Authority only began life in December last year and is now reviewing the special drought sharing arrangements for the Murray.These special water sharing arrangements between New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia have been in place since June 2007 as the normal sharing arrangements did not provide for the extreme and prolonged drought conditions that the Basin has been suffering.

    The Great Artesian Basin


    Australian Collaboration
    Waste Wise Events
    Convict Creations
    Rainforest Rescue
    Lismore Tourism
    A walk in the park – ABC
    Local Tourism: Your guide to tourism and local governments
    Anna Wearne Trust
    Northern Rivers Tourism

    Charles Firth

    Conservation Covenant

    Conservation Covenant Concessions
    Conservation covenant concession
    Nature Conservation Covenant Program
    Covenant program components
    Conservation covenant concessions

    Outdoor Australia



    Markets -


    Wine - @WineDayOut


    Australia Survey


    Hotel Link
    Travel Lodge

    MGSM Executive Hotel
    Sydney - Hotel Link

    Byron Bay
    Arts Factory


    Australia 2020

    car rental




    Anzac Day
    Australia Institute
    Monkey Grip
    Reg Sprigg
    Southern Cross
    Tim Flannery
    Tall poppy syndrome
    Tasman Sea


    From little things big things grow
    Get Up Australia
    Gunns and labor
    River's End
    Sport: a panel discussion with William McInnes, Gideon Haigh and John Harms. Adelaide Writers' Week
    From little things big things grow
    A humorous look Gunns, the Tasmanian Government and old growth forestry logging in Tasmania - John Clarke and Brian Dawe


    Australian Rainforest Conservation Society

    Government 2.0 Taskforce webpage



    Australia's Bicentennial National Trail is a 5330-kilometer route through Australian bush, wilderness and mountain areas

    Land and Water Australia

    Lyrebird TV

    Tourism Australia
    Tourism and Transport Forum

    Wandarra nyundu

    Torres Strait

    Torres Strait Islands: Pearlshelling, Treaty, the Sea and Joh
    With the announcement of a referendum on the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the constitution, Rear Vision asks: what do we know about the history of the people from the second half of that phrase? How is it that Australia recognises two different groups of indigenous people?


    Winton is the birthplace of QANTAS and the home of Waltzing Matilda, Dinosaurs and Opals.
    Walking with Winton


    Art at the heart - A total of 950 delegates met in the desert town of Alice Springs for Regional Arts Australia's sixth biennial conference art at the heart. The conference held from 3-5 October 2008 provided artists, arts workers and arts volunteers the opportunity to gather, discuss, perform and celebrate the arts and cultural achievements of regional Australia.

    art at the heart was hosted by the Northern Territory Government through Arts NT in collaboration with the Alice Springs Town Council. The Australian Government supported the conference through the Regional Arts Fund, the Australia Council for the Arts supported the artistic program and the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs supported the Indigenous participation in the conference.

    Regional Arts Australia's seventh national biennial conference - .... a cool change is coming - Launceston,Tasmania, August 2010. More information is available on

    Red Mob Wangka Man

    Rethinking our Place in Nature
    - The School of Philosophy at ACU National

    Video - Clive Hamilton: Consumerism, Self-Creation and Prospects for a New Ecological Consciousness

    Ross Garnaut on the costs and benefits of climate change mitigation - The Monthly

    Ross Garnaut presents key findings of the Garnaut Climate Change Review (commissioned by the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments), which examines the impacts, challenges and opportunities of climate change for Australia.

    Gina Rinehart

    Maree Bike Tour Oz - @mareebiketouroz


    The Rudd government has set up a 200-million dollar Reef Rescue plan. One of the key elements is to reduce the high rate of pesticides, sediment and fertiliser that runs off farms along the north Queensland coast, many of which are sugar plantations.


    Why the bloody hell they aren't coming - Eddie McGuire
    "The world economy is on the fritz, people are staying close to home. And just as Paul Hogan was the face of Australia, well, Paul Hogan remains the face of Australia! We need more than shrimps on the barbie and babes in bikinis on beaches. You can do that nearly everywhere else in the world. Cheaper and more conveniently ... As romantic as it used to be to imagine Australia as a happy-go-lucky Crocodile Dundee backwater, that now works against us. The first thing people ask when contemplating going somewhere a bit different is "how safe is it?" The only news people hear about Australia and tourism is Ivan Milat, the Backpacker murders, people being left out among man-eating sharks on dive tours off Queensland, crocodile attacks and the world's deadliest spiders. Tickets, anyone?"

    Glass House Mountains National Park

    The great race: Mapping the Australian coastline
    Who was the first to map the entire Australian coastline? Was it the British or the French? David Hill presents a gripping account of the competition between those early explorers and their journeys into the unknown.

    Ludwig Leichhardt
    Leichhardt's Brass - A musical adventure across the Australian desert in search of Ludwig Leichhardt.
    In the footsteps of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt

    Australian Environment Foundation


    2013 Election

    2013 election
    Hashtag: #ausvotes

    2010 Election
    Our nod to the federal election campaign and an update on Gov 2.0 initiatives

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    malcolm turnbull

    Alice Gorman
    The_Anthropocene_in_the_Solar_System (PDF)

    peter garrett