Bondi Beach,Sydney

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Bondi Beach or Bondi Bay (/ˈbɒnd/ bon-dye) is a popular beach and the name of the surrounding suburb in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Bondi Beach is located 7 km (4 mi) east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Waverley Council, in the Eastern Suburbs. Bondi, North Bondi and Bondi Junction are neighbouring suburbs.

“Bondi” or “Boondi” is an Aboriginal word meaning water breaking over rocks or noise of water breaking over rocks. The Australian Museum records that Bondi means place where a flight of nullas took place.

Bondi Beach is about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) long and receives many visitors throughout the year.

Bondi Beach is the end point of the City to Surf Fun Run which is held each year in August. The race attracts over 63,000 entrants who complete the 14 km run from the central business district of Sydney to Bondi Beach. Other annual activities at Bondi Beach include Flickerfest, Australia’s premier international short film festival in January, World Environment Day  in June, and Sculpture by the Sea in November. In addition to many activities, the Bondi Beach Markets is open every Sunday. Many Irish and British tourists spend Christmas Day at the beach.

Numerous festivals and events such as the annual Miss Bondi beauty pageant have made Bondi Beach a popular destination among travellers. The beach has long captured the attention of poets including Joanne Burns, Les Murray and Brook Emery. The Vans Bowl-A-Rama skateboarding competition is held at the skate bowl in February every year.

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Great Barrier Reef

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The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system  composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres (1,400 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi).The reef is located in the Coral sea, off the coast of Queensland,Australia.

The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from Outer space and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms.This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps.It supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage Sites in 1981.CNN labeled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Queensland National Trust named it a state icon of Queensland.

A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef marine park, which helps to limit the impact of human use, such as fishing and tourism.

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Australian Capital Territory,Canberra

Namadgi National Park in the Australian Alps is a world of natural bushland, breathtaking vistas, abundant native wildlife and rich Aboriginal history, all just 45 minutes drive from Australia’s capital, Canberra.

As you explore the area you’ll discover old campsites with fragments of stone and animal bone left by the Ngunnawal people during the last Ice Age. You can visit the ancient quarry sites where they gathered stone for making tools and even follow the Yankee Hat Walking Track to the rock painting sites of Yankee Hat Shelter. See where Ngunnawal people harvested nut-flavoured Bogong moths in Mount Kelly and the ceremonial stone arrangements in the high peaks of Mount Namadgi are another attraction you simply won’t want to miss.

With over 50 sites of Ngunnawal occupation in Namadgi, a guided tour will help you experience the absolute highlights of the area. In nearby Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve you can travel back in time as you follow the Birrigai Time Trail to the state’s oldest Aboriginal site, the Birrigai Rock Shelter where the local people took shelter from the extreme conditions of the Ice Age. You can also visit Bogong Cave, where tribes gathered to collect Bogong moths which were a tasty food source, and Tidbinbilla Mountain, a sacred initiation site for young Aboriginal men.

The National Gallery of Australia has recently established a dedicated section highlighting the diversity and complexity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art. It focuses on the evolution of Aboriginal art and its regional stylistic variations. The National Museum of Australia also features an extensive section showcasing both the traditional and contemporary stories of Aboriginal Australians