- Derwent Entertainment Centre
Derwent Entertainment Centre (DEC)is a multi-purpose arena and is the primary venue, in Hobart, for large indoor functions/events. It was constructed in 1989 and is situated in between the waterfront of the River Derwent, the Brooker Highway and Tattersalls Park.
Between 1989 and 1996, it was the home of Tasmania's former NBL team, the Hobart Devils, who moved to the larger and far more modern venue from their previous home court, the Kingborough Sports Centre. During Devils home games the DEC was often referred to as the "Devils Den" by local TV commentators. Today it still occasionally plays host to international basketball with 4,000 fans attending a game on August 17, 2006 to see the Australian Boomers defeat the New Zealand Tall Blacks 79-78.
Like several other venues in Tasmania, it often attracts the "big" artists that tour the state.
It is also the home of the Music for the Massas, Australia's largest quiz night.
Other uses include clearance sales and Expos.
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- Mole Creek Karst National Park
Mole Creek Karst is a national park in Tasmania, Australia, 168 km northwest of Hobart. It is the only national park in Tasmania created specifically to protect karst landforms. It is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site.
The national park was declared in 1996 to provide protection for an extensive system of over 300 known caves and sinkholes, including Marakoopa and King Solomons Cave.
Marakoopa Cave features two underground streams, glow-worms, large caverns, rim pools, reflections and shawl and flowstone features. King Solomons Cave includes shawls, stalactites and stalagmites.
Protected areas of Tasmania
- Araluen Botanic Park
Araluen Botanical Park is located in a sheltered valley in the Darling Ranges approximately 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of Perth, Western Australia, in the suburb of Roleystone. The Botanical Park covers an area of about 59 hectares (150 acres). There is a small entry fee to the park, and it is open every day of the year. There is a mixture of exotic plant varieties, however the park also contains many remnants of native bush.
Jack Simons bought the property in 1929 on behalf of the Young Australia League to use as a Holiday Camp. The YAL put the Araluen Botanic Gardens up for sale in 1985 (but retained Camp Simons). A private investor was going to redevelop the land, however the local communities rallied the State government to purchase the Park. Encouraged by strong community support, the State Government purchased the Park in 1990. The Araluen Botanic Park Foundation (Inc.) became incorporated in July 1990 with the aim of working with the WA Planning Commission to [read more...]
- Mount Jagungal
Mount Jagungal is a mountain within the Jagungal Wilderness Area of the Kosciuszko National Park in New South Wales, Australia. At 2061 metres AHD, Mount Jagungal surpasses any elevation except for peaks in the Main Range and Gungartan (which is directly adjacent). Because it stands alone in an extensive plain Mount Jagungal is visible for many kilometres in all directions. Similarly, there is an excellent view from the top in all directions.
The Jagungal Wilderness Area is a large wilderness region north of the Main Range. Within this area there is some excellent alpine walking in summer and cross-country skiing in winter. As about 70% of the region is open grassland, it is possible to walk almost anywhere. The Alpine Hut, near Mount Jagungal was built in 1939 to cater for skiers. Access was arduous - via packhorse and ski.
Skiing in Australia
- Waterfall Way
Dangar Falls at Dorrigo
165 km (103 mi)
Pacific Highway, 5km north of Urunga, New South Wales
Bellingen, Dorrigo, Ebor,
New England Highway, Armidale, New South Wales
The Waterfall Way is a road and State Highway 78 in New South Wales, Australia. It runs east-west from the Pacific Highway to the New England Highway at Armidale. The route passes through some of New South Wales' most scenic countryside and has become well known as New South Wales best and Australia's third most beautiful tourist drive. Seven national parks, three of which are listed as World Heritage Areas by UNESCO and form part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia (formerly the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves) are located on or close to the route. Dorrigo National Park encompasses the waterfalls that give the route its name. It also provides one of the few road links between coastal and inland New South Wales, and is [read more...]
- Mick Doohan's Motocoaster
Mick Doohan's Motocoaster is a 605-metre (1,985 ft) long motorcycle roller coaster at Dreamworld on Queensland's Gold Coast. The A$10 million ride, constructed by Intamin and opened to the public in September 2007, is associated with Australian motorcyclist Mick Doohan. It is the first motorcycle coaster in Australia, the first Intamin MotorBike Launch Coaster worldwide, and the first to feature life-size replicas of 500 cc racing bikes. The ride was heavily advertised, and has proven to perform well at the park. It is also the first motorbike launch coaster in Australia and the first Intamin motorbike launch coaster worldwide.
In its debut year, the coaster was "narrowly beaten by a 1989 Vekoma ride for the title of world's worst steel roller coaster". The coaster ranked 356th out of the 357 coasters in the Best Steel Roller Coaster Poll. The ride was rated higher in 2008, coming in at number 278 of 392.
The coaster was constructed in the Rivertown section of the [read more...]