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This blog is dedicated to inform and inspire you on all things to do with Australia. Actually we write posts on anything that’s of interest in the South Pacific (our home) DownsideUP was started to inspire you to visit us Down Under.  

"Stranger from another Planet, Welcome! to our shores, the landscape here is pretty wild but I’m sure you’ll feel at home."
Elizabeth Marshall
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You are forgiven for thinking you’re facing a James Cameron Sci-Fi set, and one certainly not modeled on anything you would expect to find on this planet. Australia has more than it's fair share of extraterrestrial looking landscapes that have inspired onlookers for millennia. Here are just a few to inspire you off the beaten track to see beautiful Australian landscape …

Elizabeth Marshall
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Elizabeth Marshall

The Akaman Track
Steve Taylor
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Steve Taylor

Australia boasts some of the most extraordinary landscapes for the hiker to enjoy, ranging from Lush tropical rainforests to remote and seemingly endless deserts and everything in-between. This country was made to be explored, but you won’t have to compromise on either comfort or cuisine as the new breed of walker gets into the 'Great Outdoors' Here are some great Australian hiking trails.

Steve Taylor
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Steve Taylor

The Beautiful Jenolan Caves
Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey

At a stately 340 million years, the Jenolan Cave network is the oldest open cave system in the world and are absolutely spectacular. Located in the beautiful Blue Mountains World Heritage Area the Jenolan Caves are only a couple of hours drive from Sydney and make a great day or overnight excursion. The vast cave network has over 40 km (25 Miles) of multi-level passages offering easy site seeing walks, educational and historical tours to active adventure caving. The question is, what cave is right for you

Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey

Safe and Aware while enjoying your holiday in Australia
Suzie
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Suzie Thorp

Australia is a very welcoming country to travel to and appeals to a broad range of visitors from families with children to gap year students, and with wide open spaces, beautiful beaches, glorious sunshine, low crime statistics, and a vast and diverse landscape, it is one of the safest countries in the world to visit. But there are some catches, this article will help you be 'Safe and Aware while enjoying your holiday in Australia' Topics Covered: Driving, Snakes, Spiders, Crocodiles, Swimming, Sharks, Mosquitoes and Stingers. 

Suzie
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Suzie Thorp

Australia
Steve Taylor
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Steve Taylor

Driving in Australia, in this "Great Southern Land" is an experience to be savored. Get into the wide-open spaces and see nature at its best. Drive hard and see if you can put an end to that massive horizon - Some adventures can only be found by car. But before setting off you should make sure you are well prepared to ensure you have a great road trip. So "Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel!" 

Steve Taylor
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Steve Taylor

No Bubbles in the Bath ... Diving Australias Great Barrier Reef - The Alternatives
Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey

Superlatives, Superlatives and more Superlatives! Yes, we all know the Great Barrier Reef has nice diving, however, it’s certainly not the be all and end all of the diving in Australia. Let's face it unless you get right out to the actual outer reef you can't help comparing the diving to places like Egypt’s “Red Sea” or Fiji’s coral coast and there are at least half a dozen other well-known diving locations with similar diving.

Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey

When is the Best Time of Year to visit Australia? – There is not a Short Answer.
Elizabeth Marshall
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Elizabeth Marshall

The sheer size of Australia means there is a wide variation in climate. These range from a ‘wet’ and a ‘dry’ season in the tropical north, an area that is also prone to cyclones to the outback ‘the Red Centre’ that experiences blistering temperatures with severe droughts.  At the same time down south in Tasmania, an icy breeze from Antarctica can prevail – So planning your holiday is essential.

Elizabeth Marshall
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Elizabeth Marshall

Aboriginal Mythology - Some Truths Revealed
Anne Baumscheiper
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Anne Baumscheiper

The Aboriginal people believe they have lived in Australia since the beginning of all things. Archaeologists have dated their occupancy to many tens of thousands of years and much of the Aboriginal mythology harks back to these earliest of times. Stories and legends were expressed in everyday life through art, song, and dance - verbally handed down by word of mouth from these ancient times. Here is a selection of fascinating mythology including some that have startling explanations. 

Anne Baumscheiper
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Anne Baumscheiper

The Ghan -  A Classic Rail Journey through the Australian Red Centre.
Maz
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Marianne Davies

This iconic Australian passenger train 'The Ghan' took over one hundred years of planning, $1.3 billion in resources, and its path now stretches from Adelaide through Alice Springs and onto Darwin. It travels North to South through the center of Australia covering 2,979 kilometres (1846 miles) in 3 days Its been one hell of a journey, the project began construction in 1878 and was completed 126 years later,  `The Ghan' now crosses the continent twice a week offering accommodation options rivaling the best in the world.

Maz
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Marianne Davies

Great Ocean Road
Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey

Often rushed, the Great Ocean Road should be the Destination, not the Journey. The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243-kilometre (151 miles) stretch of road that hugs the contours of Victoria's rugged southwest coast winding between hillsides and beach, through the rainforest and past the Twelve Apostles. It is one of the 20 coastal areas in Australia to have a heritage listing and is arguably one of Australia's greatest and most spectacular coastal drives.

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