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Title: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 01, 2009, 12:44:12 pm
Lets feature some great spots over our globe?

We have a place called "Wave Rock" in Western Australia and Apparently so do America, in Arizona which is pretty fanfoockingtastic....


Wave Rock is a natural rock formation located east of the small town of Hyden in Western Australia. It derives its name from the fact that it is shaped like a tall breaking ocean wave. The total outcrop covers several hectares. The "wave" part of the rock is about 15 metres high and approximately 110 meters long.


The Wave, Arizona


The Wave is a sandstone formation on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, located in northern portion of the U.S. state of Arizona, just south of the Utah-Arizona border about halfway between Kanab, Utah and Page, Arizona.

This formation can be reached by hiking approximately 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) across rugged, trailless landscape, making the round-trip to and from The Wave a nearly 6-mile (9.7-kilometer) hike that climbs about 350 feet (107 meters) in altitude. The area can be really hot in summer (100 F +), so it is best to start the hike early. It is recommended to carry 1 gallon of water per person and lunch.


Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 01, 2009, 01:13:45 pm
This is WAVE ROCK WA, from another angel...


Wave Rock is composed of granite. It should be pointed out that the shape of the rock is not caused by a wave phenomenon, rather its rounded wave-like shape was formed by subsurface chemical weathering followed by removal of the soft weathered granite by fluvial erosion, thus the weathering occurred below ground level before it was exposed. The end result is an undercut base, leaving a rounded overhang.[1] Wave Rock is situated in Hyden,Western Australia and is not the only wave like rock in the area.


Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 01, 2009, 02:21:03 pm

(http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/2007/cottesloebeach.jpg) (http://img99.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cottesloebeach.jpg)

I think I'll feature my state first, since it is my most favourite place on the planet.
Now about 5-10 minutes from me is Cottesloe Beach....a fantastic spot. My mother grew up here and was born at Cottesloe Hospital....and no, I don't use that as a secret password to any of my emails...LOL....

Trying to find a decent shot of the place is hard so I have managed to scrounge two decent views without showing the choppiness caused by the sea breeze [as some on the net show] or as locals call it, The Freo Doctor...the groyne showing in the picture is a place that nearly killed me once....I had jumped in the water on the opposite side and everytime I tried to pull myself out, the waves would smash me up against the rocks and then drag me back into the water..don't even bother to try to fight waves....you'll lose.

(http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/8597/666696indianateahouseco.jpg)[/ (http://img401.imageshack.us/my.php?image=666696indianateahouseco.jpg)

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 01, 2009, 02:30:10 pm
On the otherside of the groyne is a surfing place called, "The Cove".....there is plenty of jagged reef there and the waves are OK but really only beginners waves, I would sayok, ok, sometimes they get big but nothing like Hawaii or Margaret River Western Australia.....because Margaret River is the place to surf in WA...

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 01, 2009, 02:40:36 pm
Margaret River WA surfing




Title: Re: Travel
Post by: arete on March 01, 2009, 04:42:20 pm
AWESOME pics!  I absolutely loved visiting Arizona.
BEAUTIFUL state.  Hot and dry but absolutely incredible.
California and Colorado are next on my agenda.

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 01, 2009, 05:37:13 pm
I think it is pretty cool that both American and Australia have "Wave Rocks"

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 03, 2009, 02:29:20 pm
When I was a kid, my widow mother remarried and my step father wanted to go to New Guninea with his job and I put up a contest at the time. I didn't want to go to New Guinea and obviously mum didn't want to leave our home either. I am glad we didn't go because they had serious civil unrest and the natives were raping and murdering everyone the next year after he was asked to go...someone up above was looking out for us, I think..

Anyways, here is Port Moresby. This is a picture of the remains of a WW2 bunker..

I love ruins and landmarks and icons like this. I wonder why? I grew up with a destroyed jetty close to my grandmothers house.....destroyed so that the Japanese couldn't land....pretty cool.....it is still there too. That must be the reason why I love pictures like this.


I think I'd be too scared to live over water like this after seeing Tidal Waves take out places. That is just asking for trouble if you ask me. Interesting just the same.


Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 03, 2009, 03:09:02 pm
This the old jetty that was wrecked so the Japanese couldn't land. They left some of it in the water and now it is a landmark to a little history. The marina in the background wasn't there when I was growing up. The beaches were whiter than snow. The marinar has caused the beach to be stained with oil from the boats BUT either side of the marinar is still whiter than snow. I had the opportunity of buying here after the house burned down because over 1/2 acre blocks of land at South Beach were going for 30,000...but I chose to stay and build on my property...those blocks aren't 30,000 now though.


Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 03, 2009, 03:24:53 pm
I get so excited seeing old retained building from former days. Thanks God for historical societies retaining all these fantastic buildings amongst the multi-million dollar homes we have now.

This is a dunny, an outhouse to Americans…Imagine being pregnant and in the middle of winter in the middle of the night needing to use one…..YUK!


This is typical of any old buildings still laying around…Port Denison/Dongara was a coastal town so farmers spent their holidays amongst the fishermen….great times in a great spot on our lovely planet.


Title: Re: Travel
Post by: bella on March 03, 2009, 06:08:57 pm
glorious photos!  thank you  :)

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: arete on March 04, 2009, 07:48:39 pm
Hell, I can't even imagine having to go out and
use one of those NON pregnant & not in the middle
of the night.  Thank God for indoor plumbing.

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: BallBag on March 04, 2009, 10:01:27 pm
Hell, I can't even imagine having to go out and
use one of those NON pregnant & not in the middle
of the night.  Thank God for indoor plumbing.

You don't go camping?

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: Outlawed on March 05, 2009, 01:32:05 pm
I like to travel.

I have some pics to post later.

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: arete on March 05, 2009, 02:57:58 pm
I've gone camping but usually they have one of those
big bathrooms with showers and stalls and sinks & electricity.
I guess I've not really roughed it.

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: arete on March 05, 2009, 02:59:48 pm
& I don't go camping in the freezing cold either.

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 05, 2009, 03:07:24 pm
Just looking at real estate in Dongara....here is a place for $350 a week...This is the North Shore....it is nice inside..



this is what you look at from the house...


Title: Re: Travel
Post by: «ŠÞëärƒïsh» on March 05, 2009, 09:57:36 pm
Beautiful pictures of your area!  Thank you for the scenic tour!

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 05, 2009, 11:33:40 pm
Beautiful pictures of your area!  Thank you for the scenic tour!

That is the first major coastal town north of Perth. I used to take 6 hours when I was a kid to get there and that is a long drive when you're a kid.

They opened another highway and took an hour off the driving so it takes 5 to 5.5 hours....most people stop halfway and fuel up and visit the toilets and get something to eat. There are two road houses halfway......they do alright business...LOL

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 06, 2009, 03:08:36 am
There is fair on in a town called Wagin at the moment...lol

Buzzstubbycock is attending....

I grabbed some pictures off the site....it is a small in Western Australia....


Cowboys in all countries, including ours...LOL




Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur on March 11, 2009, 02:24:37 pm
Since we have some biki clad females posted, who
would like to come with me to this location?

Can anyone guess where it might be?

(http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/5886/tahiti.jpg) (http://img509.imageshack.us/my.php?image=tahiti.jpg)

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 11, 2009, 05:05:39 pm
Room service looks like it would be  a real drag....lol


Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 17, 2009, 11:23:24 am
This is one of the largest musical instruments in the world...The Perth Bell Tower


It cost Richard Court, [our state premier and the BIL of Margaret Court the tennis player] the state election a few years back.


This ring of bells is one of the most historic rings in the world, highly revered in English changeringing circles it is the only location in the world where a major set of changeringing bells – the only peal of 16 changeringing bells in Southern hemisphere!! – can be observed by the public whilst they are being rung ~ all in a safe, pleasant and truly unique setting.
Come enjoy a behind the scenes look at our bellringing chamber, where one of our expert bell ringers will give your group a brief history of the Bell Tower and the art of bell ringing – YOU might even get a chance to chime one of the famous bells!

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur on March 17, 2009, 05:04:24 pm
Anyone want to guess this cosy city?

(http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/4442/wellingtonnz.jpg) (http://img10.imageshack.us/my.php?image=wellingtonnz.jpg)

a hint:

it has a north and south island.

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: «ŠÞëärƒïsh» on March 17, 2009, 06:29:57 pm
No idea on the city...

I can picture me on the lounge chair of the cabin on the water.   ;D

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 18, 2009, 03:26:15 am
That looks like Wellington New Zealand to me.

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: bella on March 18, 2009, 11:03:33 am

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur on March 18, 2009, 07:21:14 pm
Looks like we have two smart women and one who hasn't learned
to right click pictures.

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 23, 2009, 02:51:57 pm
Ah, the lovely Maldives..


Title: Re: Travel
Post by: arete on March 23, 2009, 03:04:44 pm
Ahhh that's beautiful.  I went to an island once called half moon cay & it
looked much like that.  I went parasailing over the water and it was amazing.
Walking down the beach they had little "mist huts" where you could just
get misted by cool water.  I loved that island.  The water was crystal clear straight
to the bottom.

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 23, 2009, 03:10:14 pm
yes, yes....that is where I would love to be right now....

on an island doing NOTHING except watch the seagulls and breathe the salt air and be waited on, hand and foot...LOL

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur on March 26, 2009, 05:22:28 pm
Where is this location members?

Any takers?


Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 27, 2009, 10:50:15 am
That is very cramped livng there. That has to be Malta.

Malta is known for its world heritage sites,most prominently the Megalithic Temples which are the oldest free-standing structures on Earth.

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 27, 2009, 11:00:12 am
The oldest structures man built were made with lentils. That is the flat stone balancing across pillars. You wouldn't survive an earthquake living in one of those. One earthquake and you'd be squashed like a pancake.


Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur on March 27, 2009, 11:17:53 am
That is very cramped livng there. That has to be Malta.

Malta is known for its world heritage sites,most prominently the Megalithic Temples which are the oldest free-standing structures on Earth.

It is Malta.

Malta in reality is a lot dirtier though. It also has a lot of poverty.

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: Demeters Daughter on March 27, 2009, 11:28:40 am
Aaah; all these island pics are making me long for summer. Long Island has some of the best beaches in the world, especially the North and South Forks!

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 27, 2009, 11:56:10 am
The singer Chris Isaacs comes to Australia at least twice a year. He has said on two occasions that he used to brag about Californian beaches and how great they were, until he saw Australia’s beaches….now when he goes home he says he shuts his mouth and says nothing… ;D .He is a gorgeous man, that guy is. Great singer, fantastic sense of humour, good looking…down to earth….we love him in Oz.

But alas, a couple of weeks ago, there was sea tragedy in Queensland. A ship against the crews wishes, sailed towards a cyclone [hurricane] and lost its oil from being battered by the seas so for a stretch of beach in Queensland, there is one hell of a clean-up….I think they’ve gotten on top of it now though cuz it isn’t in the news lately.

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 29, 2009, 04:18:58 pm
Mangroves are very important places for the sea life as many species start their life at the mangroves.

I was watching a documentary last night on the mangroves. They are very important trees that grow on the edge of swamp land and where all the food grows for other larger creatures....and there were these funny looking mud crabs called Fiddler Crabs with one giant claw apiece fighting each other over mating with the female. It is hard to imagine crabs mating.....they looked ridiculous too....it was funny.....btw, the crabs didn't rip each other claws off either....it was more for show than anything.....I just think one of the crabs was gay and was looking for a mating...LOL


But the funniest looking creature in the Australian mangroves has just got to be the mudskipper…..I’m trying to score a picture of them face on….LOL….here is one from Wikipedia….I can see where artists get their inspiration from for science fiction movies.


this youtube is a bit too dark as it was shot by an amateur no doubt...lol...mudskippers are fish that can also hop across land.


Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on March 29, 2009, 06:34:34 pm
This one is better...



Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on April 05, 2009, 09:14:35 pm
South Island gets its own Lonely Planet

www.Stuff.co.nz | Monday, 02 March 2009


DEDICATED GUIDE: Travel bible Lonely Planet is releasing a
guide to New Zealand's South Island, catering for travellers
who spend a lot of time there. — Photo: Lonely Planet.

Travel guide Lonely Planet will publish a dedicated guidebook to New Zealand’s South Island.

“This is something that our readers have been crying out for, and we’re pretty excited to be finally bringing it to them,” said Errol Hunt, author and Lonely Planet’s Australia-Pacific commissioning editor.

“It’s aimed at travellers who spend their entire time in New Zealand on the South Island, so removes the need for them to buy the heavier full-country guide,” Errol said.

320,000 Australians, 61,000 Britons and 43,000 Americans all fly directly to New Zealand’s South Island each year.

• The guide will be available in April.


Capital start for a smart guide to the other island

By CAMERON WILLIAMSON - The Dominion Post | Tuesday, 31 March 2009

The most surprising thing, on opening Lonely Planet's good-looking new guide to the South Island of New Zealand, is a beefy chapter on Wellington.

This morning, admiring the harbour and the hills, I and my fellow capital-dwellers were convinced we were in the North Island. Reassuringly, Lonely Planet agrees. “But it's such a major travel hub and point of entry for the South Island, we thought it was important to include it,” they say. And showing admirable balance, Stewart Island at the other end of the long, underpopulated land mass the tourists love, is included in rich detail also.

While no guidebook can hope to be right up-to-date, capital visitors looking for caffeine at the “grungy bunker” Espressaholic, or Maori- fusion food at Kai in The City, or hoping to catch a film at Rialto cinema, will find the businesses no longer exist.

And if they dwell too long on this chapter, with its comprehensive coverage of the Kapiti Coast and the Wairarapa, they might just miss the ferry.

Once across Cook Strait the guide, written for the more than 450,000 British, Australian and American travellers who visit the South Island each year, is exhaustive in its coverage of every stop on the main tourist trails, and clever about its advice for those who want to get off it: “Truly wild places are rare in today's world, but the South Island delivers them in droves: fiords, sounds, glaciers, cloud-topping mountain ranges, remote islands, raggedy peninsulas and wide river plains.”

“You might meet other travellers seeking the same solitude, but there's plenty of wilderness to go round.”

With a history chapter supplied by James Belich and a nice summary of the Captain Cook legend by Tony Horwitz, it's no wonder visiting travellers are well informed, although editors make the common mistake of pluralising our PM's name. But the book supplements its savvy and up-to-date travel information and advice with solid information on culture and environmental awareness — warning of the danger (and repercussions) of unthinkingly contributing to the spread of “rock snot” or didymo that threatens to choke our rivers and kill our delicate freshwater fishery.

All told, it leaves a reader with an unequivocal appreciation of New Zealand's core value: “There are few wild places on this not-so-lonely planet as pristine, diverse and staggeringly good-looking.”

• New Zealand's South Island, Lonely Planet, paperback — $36.95.



Title: Re: Travel
Post by: Outlawed on April 11, 2009, 10:49:50 am
No one wants to go to New Zealand.

They only have sheep and fields to look at.

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on April 11, 2009, 02:31:04 pm
My family said New Zealand was beautiful and going by the big screen views of the landscape in The Lord of the Rings, I would say it was too.

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: arete on April 19, 2009, 05:07:47 pm
I'd love to go to NZ!  It looks so storybook-ISH.
Sometimes the landscape is the best entertainment of all.

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on October 30, 2009, 08:59:20 pm
Ok recently, I took a short trip to Busselton. That is only a 3 trip by car down the south coast of my state.

Busselton boasts the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere and is under repair so you cannot walk its length for the time being however this is the spot and it’s a pretty spot…..


The 140-year-old Busselton Jetty, measured at 1841 metres, is the longest wooden jetty (pier) in the southern hemisphere and today is one of Australia's most unique eco-tourism sites.
Just two and a half hours drive south of Perth, the seaside resort town of Busselton is situated at the northern gateway to the Margaret River Wine Region. The Busselton Jetty attracts over 400,000 visitors a year and is the most popular tourist attraction in the South West region. It is an ideal starting point for any visit to the South West Capes.
The Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory, with more than 300 individual marine species, is host to an awe inspiring "forest" of vividly-coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates. It is described as Australia's greatest artificial reef.
Each year during autumn and winter, the Leeuwin Current brings a narrow band of warm water down the Western Australian coastline. This warm southerly current is responsible for the incredibly diverse array of tropical and sub-tropical species in Geographe Bay including coral growth at a latitude of 33 degrees south. The west coasts of other southern hemisphere continents such as Africa and South America have no coral growth below 5 degrees south.

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on December 03, 2009, 05:25:03 pm
Calamity gives birth to one of a handful of dolphins to give birth in captivity..
cool stuff...

Coffs Harbour..


Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on February 16, 2010, 08:58:06 pm
I haven’t been to very many places in Australia and certainly never traveled overseas like my well traveled family counterparts. I never really had that much of an inclination to travel as such but have enjoyed holidays I have taken.

I’ve been to Melbourne and it was very cold at the time and Hobart which was also cold, though extremely beautiful. In Hobart I won $1200 the first night,….. at the Wrest Point Casino where we stayed in the five star accommodation. Everything was first class except the heating was turned a little high. I was in Port Arthur (just outside of Hobart) 1 year before Bryant massacred the 35 people with his semi-auto. I get the creeps that he shot these people in the very souvenir shop/restaurant I had stood in, in the twelve months previous to the tragic incidence. My cousin, who was living in Hobart at the time, was living in the very same suburb as Bryant and that was Newtown. In any case, staying in five star accommodation gave me a taste of what that feels like and unless I can stay in accommodation like that I wouldn’t travel otherwise.

On the way to Tasmanian’s, Port Arthur this rainy day, our bus driver took us through a town called “Doo Town” a very quaint and quirky place where all the houses have names that contain the word “Doo” Scooby Doo, Xanadoo, Doo Nothing and further from site where it is googled
[As well as the dramatic coastline, there are the houses where most have names with “doo” in them, such as “This Will Doo”, “Doo Come In”, “Just Doo It”, “Love Me Doo”, “Much-A-Doo”, “Doo-All”, and the house which reputedly started the craze, “Doo Little”.]

click this link to view the town,


Port Arthur History,,+Tasmania&hl=en

In Melbourne I stayed with my step-fathers parents and I remember they had one of those disgusting toilets that can’t be flushed and once a week a man comes around and changes the bucket. Yuk, yuk, and double yuk. My mother travels a lot to Bali and for years I’ve been hearing the toilet habits of people who live in far away places and this has been the main reason I have been turned off travel. I’ve been offered free trips to Bali and wouldn’t go unless someone actually paid me a lot of money, even then I would think twice. Still I pay people to import shoes and sarongs for me and that’s all I want from that place.
I do have a strong inkling to go to Europe to see the art galleries and that is my dream.
Now America is on my agenda and I look forward to that. I mainly want to see the G.P. Getty Museum for artists and I can’t wait to see that place.
I’ve been to many country towns in my state which is very vast and has extreme to temperate climates. Port Hedland [Port Hedland]

was one place with an extreme climate. Kalgoorlie [Kalgoorlie-Boulder
] was a great place to see with their history and huge wide streets of this famous gold mining town. Munglinup.

I grew up holidaying in a Cray fishing town Dongara and Geraldton [Geraldton
Dongara ] Donagara/Port Denison contains the monument where my father and his crew are memorialised with other men who lost their lives at sea.

Title: Re: Travel
Post by: caskur™ on February 26, 2010, 02:32:37 pm
No change to racist names

NZPA | 2:32PM - Tuesday, 23 February 2010


While Americans and Australians try to banish racist place names from the atlas it seems New Zealanders are quite happy to cross **** Stream to get to a hill bearing the same name in the Arthur's Pass area.

A spokesman for Land Information New Zealand said yesterday he was not aware of complaints about the names **** Hill and **** Stream, or proposals to change them.

This week, a peak in Southern California known as Negrohead — it had been changed from the more offensive word in the 1960s — was renamed Ballard Mountain after a former slave, and in Australia plans are afoot to rename Mount Niggerhead something less offensive.

However, it it appears the "n" word will be in the New Zealand vocabulary for some time yet.

Swamps are alive with niggerheads (Carex secta), a tussock-forming sedge, so called because it resembles the feathered headwear of African tribes people, or to describe the plant's blackened appearance after the fires that swept through swamplands during early European settlement.

Similarly, in the United States and the United Kingdom there are cactus, termites and even cabbages bearing the same name as the swamp plant.[/size]

http://www.stuff.co.nz/oddstuff/3364258/No-change-to-racist-names (http://www.stuff.co.nz/oddstuff/3364258/No-change-to-racist-names)


I told you all **** isn't a racist word in Aus and NZ.....changing in Oz though for some mad reason..