- Richmond Oval (South Australia)
Richmond Oval (currently City Mazda Stadium and formerly Broadspectrum Oval) is an Australian rules football oval in Richmond, a western suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It is the home of South Australian National Football League (SANFL) club West Adelaide Football Club.
Richmond Oval is historically important as the first ground purpose-built for Australian Rules football, predating Waverley Park by over a decade. It was constructed upon land formerly used for housing that fell into major disrepair during the Great Depression and possessed demand for restoration because of the movement of people from the inner city. Unlike Waverley, however, Richmond Oval was originally designed with cricket pitches. Before it opened, all major clubs in the VFL, SANFL and WANFL had used grounds originally designed for cricket. West Adelaide had lost Wayville Oval after the 1939 season and had no home ground, instead playing its matches at Adelaide Oval along with South Adelaide. A major problem [read more...]
- Aquarium of Western Australia
The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) is a privately owned aquarium in Hillarys, Western Australia. AQWA was Australia's largest aquarium when it opened, and remains so in 2010.
The aquarium opened on 13 April 1988 as Underwater World, Perth. It was acquired by the current owners, Coral World International and Morris Kahn, in 1991, and changed its name to Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) on 1 January 2001.
The aquarium specializes in marine animals that inhabit the 12,000-kilometre (7,500 mi) Western coast of Australia.
The main tank is 40 metres (130 ft) long and 20 metres (66 ft) wide and holds 3,000,000 litres (793,000 USgal) of seawater. It incorporates a 98-metre (322 ft) acrylic tunnel. The facility holds approximately 400 species of marine life.
The facility is host to a seal enclosure, "Seal Island". From 1992 to 1999 the aquarium hosted a family of dolphins enclosed in a sea pen, which later died due to poisoning.
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- The Skyneedle, Brisbane
The Skyneedle is a prominent feature of the Brisbane skyline which was constructed especially for World Expo 88.
The 88 m landmark was earmarked for relocation to Tokyo Disneyland (following the completion of Expo '88). However, hairdresser Stefan Ackerie stepped in and purchased the Skyneedle, which was then relocated to the Stefan HQ at South Brisbane. After purchase, Stefan added his firm's signature rainbow rings logo to the top of the tower.
The Skyneedle' light, which is capable of emitting a beam of light that may be seen 60 km away, is rarely seen except on special occasions, because of safety concerns for flight paths around Brisbane Airport.
On 4 November 2006, the Skyneedle caught fire due to an electrical fault, this incident being the second of its kind after a similar fire had broken out in 1988. Subsequent investigations have found that the fault was most likely caused by bird droppings. Ackerie has stated that it will be restored to its former glory. On 5 November [read more...]
- Buckaringa Sanctuary
Buckaringa Sanctuary is a 20 km nature reserve in the southern Flinders Ranges of South Australia. It is 30 km north of the town of Quorn. It is owned and managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC).
Buckaringa was a pastoral lease which was taken up in the 1880s, and used for sheep grazing and cereal cropping until 1990. It was acquired by Earth Sanctuaries as a wildlife reserve in the early 1990s, before being purchased by AWC in 2002.
Landscape and climate
Most of Buckaringa consists of rocky ridges, plains with shallow soils and rock debris, and steep-sided gorges with caves, crevices and piles of boulders. The climate is one of cool winters and hot summers in an arid region with an average annual rainfall of 329 mm.
Buckaringa’s habitats include Hummock grassland, Acacia shrubland, low woodland dominated by Northern Cypress Pine, Mallee scrub, and strips of River Red Gum woodland along the creeks.
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- Zig Zag Railway
The Zig Zag Railway is a heritage railway at Lithgow in New South Wales, Australia on the site of the famous Great or Lithgow Zig Zag which operated between 1869 and 1910. As built, the line formed part of the Main West line from Sydney across the Blue Mountains and served to lower the line from its summit into the Lithgow valley on the western flank of the mountains. The Zig Zag railway run steam and diesel hauled trains over the Zig Zag for tourists. They are unique in NSW as being the only heritage operator to run everyday except Christmas Day. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays railmotors are operated. Every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday a steam loco with train will operate. Sunday has a two train timetable. Special events include a Day Out with Thomas and a Wizards express event held a couple of times per year. During most of the NSW school holidays steam services run every day.
Lithgow Zig Zag routes
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- Hamra Homes Oval