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  1. COOBER PEDY Coober Pedy, South Australia Coober Pedy is one of the most unusual places in the world. It is a town where (due to the heat) approximately 80% of the population live and work underground. This is a mining town - opal mining to be precise - and following the early discovery of opals here by a teenager there has been a huge influx of miners since 1915. There are tunnels and associated pitfalls everywhere and mining still goes on here today. There are many truly fascinating attractions around Coober Pedy including underground homes to explore. Other subterranean structures operating in the same manner as an above ground equivalent, include a church, shops, pottery, art gallery, hotel, and other assorted offices and businesses. Some of the town’s other must-see attractions include the Big Winch and the Oldtimers Mine, and the most unusual of all must surely be the golf course where not a single blade of grass can be seen. The fairways are bald and the greens are oiled sand! The Underground Catacomb Anglican Church (above) is one of many subterranean wonders at the remarkable opal mining town of Coober Pedy in South Australia. There is even an underground pottery, museum and art gallery, and approximately 80% of the population live underground as the temperature can rise to 60 degrees centigrade in summer. Because of opal mining, the town and surrounding area is riddled with tunnels. A sign (above, top) warns of these perils in its own inimitable way. NARACOORTE CAVES Naracoorte National Park, South Australia Although this complex consists of 26 caves many are not open to the public as they are set aside for important scientific research, or to protect the contents. There is so much to see at Naracoorte Caves that visitors are truly spoilt for choice. Several spectacular chambers showcase some of the most striking underground scenery you are ever likely to see. The Alexandra Cave Tour is one of the many treasures here. This is a beautifully decorated cave with a huge collection of straws. The Victoria Fossil Cave Tour passes through several decorated chambers before arriving at the Fossil Chamber itself. Fox Cave is undeveloped and in its original state. It is an important Bentwing bat wintering location and also has many fossils and a rare invertebrate colony. There is also a dedicated Bat Tour which offers the opportunity of observation platform viewing via infra-red cameras. The Starburst Chamber, Blackberry Cave, Stick-Tomato Cave, and Cathedral Cave are some of the many other attractions in addition to speciality tours. Naracoorte Caves National Park has a host of other activities. Naracoorte Caves (above) in South Australia consists of 26 caves in total, whilst Marakoopa Caves (below) in Tasmania is known as the Handsome Cave - as ‘marakoopa’ is aboriginal for ‘handsome’. This river cave also has the largest amount of glowworms of any show cave in Australia. MARAKOOPA CAVES Mayberry, Mole Creek, Tasmania, Australia Glow-worms are endemic to both Australia and New Zealand, although they are less common in Australia. Marakoopa Caves however has an abundance of them and they can be seen - like a glorious stretch of the night sky - on either of the 2 interesting tours available. Marakoopa has 2 cave rivers, admirable speleothems, and huge caverns including the Great Cathedral which is a quite magnificent cavern. The Gardens is a cave branch that boasts delicate formations in an array of striking colours. Tasmania, which promotes itself as the ‘Natural State’, has a relatively unspoiled natural environment. About 40% of it consists of National Parks, reserves, and World Heritage Sites. WELLINGTON CAVES Wellington, New South Wales, Australia Wellington Caves are actually dry caves and they were formed when Australia was a lot more southerly to the pole and the climate much drier. The river passages here are the only reminder of a previous cave river, and visitors today see only a floor covered with dry earth. The caves were first explored by Europeans from 1823-1831 when fossil bones of a giant kangaroo, and those of a diprotodon dating back to the Pleistocene period were discovered. Phosphate mining (operational here from 1913 to 1971) is remembered with the fully restored Phosphate Mine which is now open to visitors. Declared a natural reserve in 1884, by far the most impressive cave here is the Cathedral Cave. It is famous for a huge stalagmite known as the Altar Rock which is over 15 metres high and has a base circumference of an astonishing 32 metres. The most important discoveries at Wellington Caves have been the River Cave and Water Cave, both of which contain valuable fossils. Read a lot more at this: LINK
  2. Hi All, Got a strange question for you Halloween is coming up and I'm going to a fancy dress party. I want to go as Chucky but I need a pair of dungarees, I'm in the Bondi Junction area, anyone have any ideas where I can get them on the cheap!? Thanks
  3. Bod

    Strangest Pub/bar Names

    A Pub Down the bottom of were my brother lived call the: Who'd have fought it.
  4. A friend of mine recently got an I.T. job in London. When he went for the interview the first thing they asked him was "do you have a degree". At this his heart sank as he doesnt have a degree in I.T. He said no and waited to be told the job wasnt for him etc etc. They actually turned round and said, "thank god for that". Apparently young people coming through with degree's at the moment are not all they are cracked up to be, they dont have the experience and the degree isnt actually worth the paper its written on (apparently before you all attack me) Anyway they said they and lots of other employers in and around London are now avoiding people with just a degree, and going for people with the experience. Now all I need is for this to catch on in OZ and we can get a permanant visa no problem!!! just thought would share that with you all.:arghh:
  5. Guest

    The strangest day.

    After our whole skills assessment saga we are still none the wiser to what we are doing, but despite the bloody headache it causes as you all know life goes on!! Work to be precise, Last year i set up a community magazine (bare wiv me) advertising at low costs for local businesses. Its good but its become a pain as i really need to make an effort with it! (lazy i know) I was just contemplating how i could actually make enough money to be of any use, when i get a phone call from the company that deliver the mags for me! They wanna take my lil mag that covers 5000 house holds and make it big and cover 30,000 house holds:swoon: . Now i am slightly concerned as i have no business exp, don't know an accountant that isn't bloody bent or a complete rip off merchant, and i'm slightly baffled at how to go about selling them shares or what ever i'm supposed to do. So after trying to remain calm and not see the pound signs flashing at me. I told them i wud have to discuss it with mark. Then as they were leaving the bloke says hey let me know when you get your visa? and i'll buy your house and any furniture your not taking with you.:jiggy:Its just what i'm after. You want my business, my house, you want my kids too???