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Things to See in Australia: Jenolan Caves Travel Attractions 17 JUN 2015

In South Africa we have of course the Oudtshoorn Cango Caves. In Australia they have the Jenolan Caves.

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The Jenolan Caves are limestone caves located within the Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve in the Central Tablelands region, west of the Blue Mountains, in New South Wales, in eastern Australia. The caves and 3,083-hectare (7,620-acre) reserve are situated approximately 175 kilometres west of Sydney, 20 kilometres east of Oberon and 30 kilometres west of Katoomba.

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The caves are the most visited of several similar groups in the limestone caves of the country, and the most ancient discovered open caves in the world. They include numerous Silurian marine fossils and the calcite formations, sometimes pure white, are noted for their beauty.

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The cave network is very large following the course of a subterranean section of the Jenolan River, with over 40 kilometres of multi-level passages, more than 300 entrances, and the complex is still undergoing active exploration. The caves are a popular tourist destination, with eleven show caves accessible to paying visitors and are well lit with an assortment of LED light sources.

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The caves and conservation reserve are one of the eight protected areas that, in 2000, was inscribed to form part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Greater Blue Mountains Area. The Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve is the most westerly of the eight protected areas within the World Heritage Site. The reserve forms part of the Great Dividing Range.

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Of interest, one of the eleven general public caves, The Chifley Cave, happens to be the first cave in the world to be lit by electric light (in 1880). Two of the cave’s chambers are still decorated with historic coloured lights.

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Related Links: Jenolan Caves | Wikipedia

World Wonders: Lake Hillier (Australia) Travel Attractions 31 OCT 2013

Lake Hillier sits like a giant punch-bowl at the edge of Middle Island in Western Australia’s Recherche Archipelago, surrounded by a thick forest of paperbark and eucalyptus trees. A slender strip of shore separates Lake Hillier from the predictably blue Southern Ocean, highlighting the lake’s otherworldly appearance.

Theories differ on the origins of the lake’s bubblegum hue. Some believe it comes from a dye produced by two microorganisms called Halobacteria and Dunaliella salina, while others suspect the red halophilic bacteria that thrive in the lake’s salt deposits. In any case, the lake’s color isn’t a trick of the light — it’s pink no matter the angle you view it from!

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Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_hillier

How to Greet an Englishman Sport & Health 19 OCT 2007

How to greet an Englishman…

The Aussie way:

english rugby player helping up an australian rugby player

The South African way:

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C’mon boys, the whole of South Africa (apart from perhaps ANC stalwarts and old stick in the muds in general) will be cheering for you come Saturday night. Go out there, show the English how to play and come back with the Cup.

That’s the plan, now stick to it!

What the heck!?! Zimbabwe beats Australia by 5 wickets! Sport & Health 12 SEP 2007

What the heck just happened? Zimbabwe just pulled off what must be the upset victory of the year! Zimbabwe just defeated Australia in the Twenty20 tournie by five wickets, here at Newlands stadium.

I fear that the world might be ending :(

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Related link: http://www.news24.com/News24/Sport/Twenty20/0,,2-9-2268_2182466,00.html