logoTrip to Australia - October 2012.   Ed Anderson


Australian Videos, Sydney Harbor Bridge, Sydney Opera House , Cowra, Japanese Gardens, Paragliding, Wild Animals, Birds, and much more.


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NOTE. Electronic Travel Authority for Australia. I had a surprise at the airport. I was told I needed a visa. My airline had not advised me of this. The solution was an electronic visa. Lucky for me that my iPhone was working well . It did take me 35 minutes at the counter to get the visa number, then the airline double checked it before giving me my boarding passes. It was a close call. I nearly missed my first flight. https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETA/etas.jsp
The World Factbook.
The First Fleet is the name given to the eleven ships that sailed from Great Britainon 13 May 1787. The passengers consisted of: 10 civil officers, 212 Marines, including officers, an additional 28 wives and 17 children of the marines, 81 free persons, 504 male convicts and 192 female convicts; the number of free persons was 348 and the number of prisoners was 696, coming to a total of 1044 persons. The Fleet was led to New South Wales (as named by Captain Cook) in order to begin European colonisation in Australia. Orders-in-Council for establishing the colony were Issued in London on 6 December 1785. The fleet was led by Captain (later Admiral) Arthur Phillip. The ships arrived at Botany Bay between 18 and 20 January 1788. HMS Supply arrived on 18 January; Alexander,Scarborough and Friendship arrived on 19 January, and the remaining ships on 20 January. On 7 February 1788, after his commission as Governor was read, Phillip addressed some words to the first settlers.

First Fleet Arives 1788. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bD933tBZvQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district(CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of Sydney, New South Wales, and Australia. The bridge is nicknamed "The Coathanger" because of its arch-based design.[1][2]

Under the directions of Dr J.J.C. Bradfield of theNSW Department of Public Works, the bridge was designed and built by British firm Dorman Long and Co Ltd of Middlesbrough and opened in 1932.[3][4]The bridge's design was influenced by the Hell Gate Bridge in New York.[5] It was the world's widest long-span bridge until construction of the new Port Mann Bridge.[6][7] It is also the fifth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world, and it is the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 metres (440 ft) from top to water level.[8] Until 1967 the Harbour Bridge was Sydney's tallest structure.[citation needed]


Dr. John Job Crew Bradfield CMG (26 December 1867 – 23 September 1943) was a prominent Australian engineer who is best known for his work overseeing the design and building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Construction of Sydney Harbour Bridge. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPQ7CzVHdMs&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Sydney Australia (Part One). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16_aLGl7Ozg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Sydney Australia (Part Two). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78uJuJWsQbw&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Sydney, Australia: Harbour Cruise. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKmr_CLoz-k&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Sydney Video Diary - Entry 12 - Harbour Bridge Lookout. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGNpkRTQir4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

This woman, a female contortionist, from England, thinks " inside the box" at Sydney Harbor.
Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Opera House - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Opera_House

The Sydney Opera House - Fun Facts, Questions, Answers, Information. http://www.funtrivia.com/en/subtopics/The-Sydney-Opera-House-267167.html

The Art of Engineering - The birth of the Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Opera House is like an orange peel - Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections - BBC Two.



Michael Spathaky likes the Queen Victoria Building , especially the clocks.

This is another interesting clock in the QVB.
I visited this aircraft museum to see their flying Catalina. They also have a Connie.

Cnr Airport Road and Boomerang Avenue
Albion Park Rail NSW 2527, Australia
t. (02) 4257 4333
f. (02) 4257 4388

Catalina Restoration Making Strong Progress « Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Inc. http://hars.org.au/2009/05/catalina-blisters-making-progress/

Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvnQOA1e03Y&feature=youtube_gdata_player

HARS PBY Catalina Engine Run. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VjrYnjM9WM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Aerosoft PBY Catalina Review. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRqsPmVShBU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Lockheed Super Constellation “CONNIE” VH-EAG « Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Inc. http://hars.org.au/2009/05/the-connie/

"CONNIE" - Super Constellation "Wings over Illawarra". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVZurbr39ik&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Contour GPS Paragliding Stanwell Park January 2011. It was a delight to see about 20 paragliders in the air at Stanwell Park. They can stay up in the air a long time. One told me he had to come down after 4 hours to go to the toilet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lh868KAw3P8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Adventure Plus Tandem Paragliding: Between Sydney And Wollongong Australia. http://www.adventureplusparagliding.com.au/

I saw a lot of Bunya trees in the Prospect Reservoir Park. Araucaria bidwillii, the bunya pine, is a large evergreen coniferous tree in thegenus Araucaria, family Araucariaceae. It is native to south-east Queensland with two small disjunct populations in northern Queensland's World Heritage listed Wet Tropics, and many fine old specimens planted in New South Wales, and around

Sheep shearing with Shannon Warnest . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwDjgy0yL4s&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Featherdale good place to see the koalas, emu, dingoes, crocodile, wallabies echidna, wombat - u name it, u can see it.

Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney, Australia; part 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRZHKsYXuVY&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney, Australia; part 2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOB1Hr-O6iQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Australia - Featherdale Wildlife Park and Blue Mountains Ridge. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJI09zz4fV0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Orphaned koala twins - snopes.com. http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=70083

Boxing Kangaroo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPqvqPIGFts&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Quick trip consisted of . Leave USA Tuesday October 9, ,
arrive Sydney thursday oct 11 @ 755am. seeing animals , koala, roo, and botanical gardens .Saturday, Catalina day, go to Hars in Illawarra and Bankstown, see the latter first, sunday, church. Monday 15 , off on train to Bathurst and Cowra, japanese gardens, Parkes telescope, saturday 20 return to Sydney by train , depart oz wednesday oct 24 @ 1050 am.

Get my photo taken at the Botanical Gardens with the cockatoos. They were not around when i was there .

Also fruit bats . They were not around . They had been invited to leave.

Visit Darling Harbour for souvenir purse. You also asked if you could cuddle a koala - you can do that at Featherdale which is 10 minutes by car from us. The aquarium, also at Darling harbour, might be the only place in Sydney where you can see the platypus .

Ornitorrinco / platypus. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmWN0vrCX0s&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Platypus @ Sydney Aquarium. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am-YxZHP7Ek&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Echidnas ( /ɨˈkɪdnə/), sometimes known as spiny ant eaters,belong to the familyTachyglossidae in the monotreme order of egg-laying mammals. The four extant species, together with the platypus, are the only surviving members of that order and are the only extant mammals that lay eggs. Although their diet consists largely of ants and termites, they are no more closely related to the true anteaters of the Americas than to any other placental mammal. They live in Australia and New Guinea. The echidnas are named after amonster in ancient Greek mythology.


Echidna Puggle at Taronga Zoo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGleaTJoy1U&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Long-beaked Echidna at Taronga. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oFSLQn9nNE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Or,,,, Australia Souvenir Gift Shop 644 George Street Sydney, NSW 2000 Why it’s unique? According to an Aborigine legend, their pouches are said to bring good fortune. Typically used to hold coins and other small items, these will make for great mementos and serve as a conversation starter.

Sydney's Jacaranda. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdDAtj4D5o0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Sydney Guided Walks - Jacarandah Walk.

William Bligh statue in Sydney, NSW, Australia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySHth0zS-yc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Aboriginal DIDGERIDOO Playing Live in Sydney. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgwsGjRk61M&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Sydney Didgeridoo Player at Circular Quay. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c1K_gkclOE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Didgeridoo Techno, Sydney Australia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ-t5Q9abio&feature=youtube_gdata_player



This is the Red Hand Cave we saw in the Blue Mountains , depicting early aborigine art. White hands where they blocked the paint. Red hands when they used their hands as a brush.

Waltzing Matilda. Video theme. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INdjRCNcZj0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Waltzing Matilda With Steve Irwin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1HlG4ZqAuk&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Slim Dusty - Waltzing Matilda.

I was impressed with this small town Cowra , population 10,000. It's special visitor center, and rose gardens . The Japanese POW camp , gardens and cemetery . Vineyards. Peace Bell. It's excellent public swimming pool. It's main street with lots of stores. Thrift stores like Vincent's de Paul , Salvation
Army , Reject Shop and Go-lo. And they have an Aldis store which I visited. Didn't like that the railway link has been lost recently.
Japanese Garden - Cowra NSW Australia. Nice place. Bamboo pumps. Wooden platypus carving? Is this owned and maintained by the Japan Gov. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwk51uwRiU4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Bamboo rocking fountain at Japanese Gardens. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhNj5ONoba8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Shishi-odoshi (鹿威し lit. means "scare the deer" in Japanese?). In a wide sense, it refers to Japanese devices made to scare away birds and beasts damaging agriculture, such as the kakashi(scarecrow), naruko (clappers) and sōzu(see below). In a narrower sense, it is synonymous with sōzu.

Cowra has a very interesting visitor center with a beautiful rose garden and fantastic hologram presentation. Here you will find a small display relating to the Prisoner-of-War camps and the Cowra Breakout, as the event is known. Best of all, there is a small theatre in the style of a POW hut, running a free 9 minute show which is truly magical. A ghostly little lady the size of a leprechaun walks the stage and tells the story of her fiance who was a POW of the Japanese and how he was fortunate, unlike many others, to emerge alive at the end of the war despite the terrible conditions. She also tells the story of the Japanese and Italians who were POWs in Cowra and the aftermath. On the little stage, she is surrounded by actual items from the former POW camp and, in the background, changing photos from the period.

Her image is created by a process called Pepper’s Ghost (not, as often suggested, by a hologram). This display is without doubt the most impressive and professional I have seen in any Information Office – factual, informative, charming and moving. Don’t miss it!

World War 2 History: The War's Biggest POW Escape. http://unnamedharald.hubpages.com/hub/World-War-2-History-The-Wars-Biggest-POW-Escape

The Cowra Breakout - Ben Hardy and Ralph Jones (GC). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmheKebSBzQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I went to a Field Days in Orange. In one day I only saw one half of it. Started in 1952, the ANFD is Australia's oldest annual agricultural exhibition where visitors will see a vast range of agricultural machinery, implements, services and ideas. Each year over 600 exhibitors from throughout Australia and overseas display there products and services at our event. The ANFD is conducted by the Orange Field Days Co-op Ltd, a not for profit co-operative, whose charter is to Advance Australian Agriculture through exhibition, research, demonstration, competition and education.

Australian Outback Felt Hats. Bought meself an akubra fur felt hat .
Akubras are among the finest hats being manufactured in the world today. For over 100 years, Akubra has taken the highest quality, super fine range-rabbit fur, luxurious silk linings, full grain leather sweatbands and handsome trims to create hats that have become part of Australia's heritage. Akubras offer uncompromising durability that provides superior protection from the sun, wind, rain and snow. It's then said that an Akubra improves with age, often developing special characteristics worn into it by its owner, be it a rugged range rider or a "city slicker".

When I was at the Orange field days , I saw the largest exhibitor there, a gold mining company .
Newcrest Mining Limited is an Australian-based corporation which engages in the exploration, development, mining and sale of gold and gold-copper concentrate. It is Australia's leading gold mining company and its operations have expanded beyond Australia, for example Indonesia, thus becoming a prominent international mining corporation. Newcrest incorporated inVictoria in 1980.


Mining is very important in the Australian Economy.

Newcrest builds on higher commodity prices. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1JzSQcUvDk&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Newcrest Mining - Channel 9 - Today Weekend - 20 May 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0xb5kcsXCI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Alan Haynes, AWU, Orange. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zvYvNtEQ6Q&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Canola - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. New South Wales grows a lot of Canola. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canola

snopes.com: Canola Oil and Rape Seed. http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/canola.asp

For the smaller property owner we have designed two models of a movable chook pen for you. The first one is our 'Standard' Mower. This unique design will house from 4 to 6 chickens. It has a full metal roof for protection from the elements. The back half is also enclosed with metal and has two laying/bedding areas. One is just off the ground for a laying area or for the newly hatched chickens to access their bedding and the other is a little higher for the older chooks in which to lay their eggs.

A young organic egg producer has won the Australian Farm Inventor of the Year title for his chicken caravan.
Daniel O'Brien, from the NSW Mid North Coast, designed the portable egg laying house, which housees 450 hens, with his brother Evan.
He says they're now starting to sell the caravan to other farmers.
"It's a single axle trailer that's quite large. It's eight metres long and 2.5 metres wide and it's got three doors down each side that are on rubber straps that open out like large awnings, so providing a lot of shade and shelter."

Some of my friends talking here about farming.


Australian Photography

Olive Cotton (1911- ). Her home at Hornsby was filled with the stimulating influences of music and art. In 1929, at the age of 18, she became a member of the Sydney Camera Club and the Photographic Society of New South Wales. She graduated from Sydney University with a BA, majoring in English and maths. She joined Max Dupain's studio. She married Dupain in 1939, separating two years later. During the war years she ran Dupain's studio while he was doing war service. In 1946, after her marriage to Ross McInerney, Olive moved to Cowra, continuing to photograph the landscape and her family, and run a photographic studio. In the early '80s she began to print from the many negatives amassed over the years (continuing until the studio closed mid '90s). It was fortunate this coincided with a re-evaluation of the contribution made by women artists and photographers to our cultural richness. Olive is now recognised as a major contributor to Australian photography.

Received an adult education course in Rose Horticulture in Cowra.

Rosa 'Mister Lincoln' - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It's a good smelling rose. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_'Mister_Lincoln'

Rosa 'Oklahoma' - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Nice smelling rose. It's a relative of Mr. Lincoln. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_'Oklahoma'

'Double Delight' (syn. 'ANDeli') is a hybrid tea rose cultivar bred by Swim & Ellis and introduced in 1977. The plant grows about 90 to 150 cm high,blooms repeatedly and has strongly fragrant white flowers with dark red edges.The flowers have up to 30 petals.

My Favorite Climbing Rose, ‘Zephirine Drouhin’. Rosa 'Zephirine Drouhin' first caught my eye because of catalogue descriptions claiming it would bloom in the shade of a north-facing wall. I was skeptical, but intrigued. I had a partly-shaded nook by the steps leading to our new deck, and I thought a climbing rose would be very pretty there.http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1203/#b

The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is a semiaquatic mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth. It is the sole living representative of its family(Ornithorhynchidae) and genus(Ornithorhynchus), though a number ofrelated species have been found in the fossil record.


Sydney Aquarium. Looks like the Sydney Aquarium is best place to see this cute egg laying mammal.

Platypus at Sydney Aquarium. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSYfKMAx6KY&feature=youtube_gdata_player

The platypus, *Ornithorhynchus anatinus*, belongs to the smallest mammal order in the world, the monotremes, or egg-laying mammals. The only other member of this exclusive club is another Australian, the echidna.

Found only in eastern Australia, the platypus makes burrows in the steep banks of creeks and rivers and hunts for small prey such as shellfish, fish, tadpoles and insect larvae in deep pools.

Though the platypus can cope with conditions ranging from the humid heat of north-east Queensland to the snowy winters of Tasmania, this shy, protected animal is at risk from predators such as goannas, snakes, eagles, eels and feral animals, as well as destruction of its habitat, water pollution and illegal fishing nets.

The Platypus habitat at Sydney Aquarium recreates a typical deep-pool community of water life, including fish, turtles, lizards, shellfish and insects. Home to three female platypus, Zoe, Jackie and Nayda, the girls get along fine, whereas the male platypus is a territorial animal, which may use poison spurs on the heels of its hind legs to fight with other males over females and territory. There's enough venom in a spur to kill a small dog and, while females are also born with the spurs, they lose them at around one year of age.

The indigenous people of Australia have always had a special relationship with the land and water and tell many stories about how things came to be. These are known as Dreamtime stories.

In Dreamtime, the Platypus was set apart by ancestor spirits as uniquely important, because Byamee the sky-father who made all land and water animals and birds, had given Platypus a bit of every group. This made her very special, for whenever they saw a platypus, everyone would be reminded of Byamee. The platypus was never hunted and respected at all times.

Food is a big issue when you're keeping a platypus in captivity because to survive it needs to eat a third of its body weight in food each day. That might not sound like much, because the platypus is not very big - males weigh about 1.7 kg and females 0.9 kg - but, to put it into perspective, a saltwater crocodile, weighing hundreds of kilograms, will eat only a kilo of food a week. At Sydney Aquarium, platypus are fed on a diet of yabbies, earthworms, blackworms and insect larvae, and are regularly weighed to ensure they're eating enough.

The platypus hunts by means of a unique receptor that enables it to detect small electrical fields generated by the muscle activity of small prey moving in the water. It's the only mammal that can do this.
The Galah ( /ɡəˈlɑː/), Eolophus roseicapilla, also known as the Rose-breasted Cockatoo, Galah Cockatoo, Roseate Cockatoo or Pink and Grey, is one of the most common and widespread cockatoos, and it can be found in open country in almost all parts of mainland Australia. It is loved by the people and its beautiful to see it in flight. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galah

"Joey" the galah comes home. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtewwDtK73A&feature=youtube_gdata_player

The Australian Magpie is one bird you see a lot of. They are quite popular . They are intelligent and talkative. And are quite tame. They can be taught to eat out of your hand.

Cheeky Magpies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG67ylwBcbg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

During nesting season these magpies are particularly aggressive. They will attack people , like cyclists on the back of the head. Some cyclists put imitation eyes on the back of their cycling helmets to keep these birds at bay.

Magpie Cyclist attack caught on camera in Australia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv4F3W1th1U&feature=youtube_gdata_player
The range of the Common Myna is increasing at such a rapid rate that in 2000 the IUCN Species Survival Commissiondeclared it one of the world's most invasive species and one of only three birds in the top 100 species that pose an impact to biodiversity, agriculture and human interests.[4] In particular, the species poses a serious threat to the ecosystems ofAustralia where it was named "The Most Important Pest/Problem".[5]

talking mynah bird "Banjo". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYNCAT6NJ8c&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Indian Myna Birds: A Misconception. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuYYu3AaAAc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Laughing Kookaburra - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laughing_Kookaburra#section_5

Kookaburra laughing in my backyard, near Geelong, Australia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovIYsi8O0Jg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Kookaburra Vs Blue-faced Honeyeaters on a balcony. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcsYx8u_vrc&feature=youtube_gdata_player
A Hills Hoist is a height-adjustable rotary clothes line, manufactured in Adelaide, South Australia by Lance Hill since 1945. The Hills Hoist and similar rotary clothes hoists remain a common fixture in many backyards in Australia and New Zealand. They are considered one of Australia's most recognisable icons, and are used frequently by artists as a metaphor for Australian suburbia in the 1950s and 1960s.[1] Although originally a product name, the term "Hills Hoist" became synonymous with rotary clothes hoists in general, throughout Australia.

As early as 1895 Colin Stewart and Allan Harley of Sun Foundry in Adelaide applied for a patent for an ‘Improved Rotary and Tilting Clothes Drying Rack’. In their design the upper clothes line frame tilted to allow access to the hanging lines.[2]Gilbert Toyneof Geelong patented four rotary clothes hoists designs between 1911 and 1946. Toyne’s first patented clothes hoist was sold though the Aeroplane Clothes Hoist Company established in 1911.[3] It was Toyne’s 1925 all-metal model (Australian Patent No. 24553/25) with its enclosed crown wheel-and-pinion winding mechanism that defined clothes hoist designs for decades to follow.[4][5]

Lance Hill began to manufacture the Hills rotary clothes hoist in his backyard in 1945. His wife apparently wanted an inexpensive replacement to the line and prop she had for drying clothes.[6][7]

Lance Hill's brother-in-law Harold Ling returned from the war and joined him to form a partnership in 1946. Ling became the key figure in expanding the production and marketing of the Hills Hoists. In 1947 Hills Hoists began manufacturing a wind-up clothes hoist which was identical to Gilbert Toyne’s expired 1925 patent with the crown wheel-and-pinion winding mechanism.[8][9] Initially the clothes hoists were constructed and sold from Lance Hill’s home on Bevington Road, Glenunga.[10] Soon production moved to a nearby site on Glen Osmond Road and within a decade the factory had relocated to a larger site at Edwardstown.[8] The company Hills Hoists became Hills Industries in 1958


A Splayd (plural 'Splayds') is a brand ofsporf, an eating utensil combining the functions of spoon, fork, and knife. It was created by William McArthur in the 1940s inSydney, Australia.