Issue Number 4, 26 November 1999
Editors: Eric Lindsay and Jean Weber
In this issue...
South Australia - Wilpena Pound
Monkey Mia, Western Australia
More budget accommodation
Postcodes and other postal information
Alternative technology in Australia
A camping trip on the east coast
We've found a motor home
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth host annual or biennial cultural festivals, featuring music, dance, drama, and other arts. If you're planning a trip to Australia and are interested in that sort of thing, you might find the various festival sites useful when deciding when to visit. Start here:
A beautiful place to visit is Wilpena Pound, 83 scenic square kilometres of bush in the Flinders Ranges, a day's drive north of Adelaide. I haven't been there for years, but I really enjoyed an all-too-brief visit, and I'm looking forward to a longer stay next time.
This site gives you a good introduction to the area, and you can book tours and accommodation. It's got lots of good photos, and the site is well-designed so you can read the words while you wait for the photos to download -- and if you turn off graphics, you won't lose any information.
Moved to our Aboriginal Australians page.
Many websites are devoted to Melbourne, the capital city of the state of Victoria, in Australia's southeast. One of my favourites is Festivale: http://www.festivale.info/
The site is designed, written and constantly updated by enthusiasts, so it isn't the flashiest you'll see, but the contents more than make up for the occasional lapse in layout. I'll admit I'm biased -- I prefer substance over style -- and the Festivale site is run by some friends of mine.
August 2003 note: this section had information about YWCA hostels, but the links no longer lead to that information. In fact, the "Y" does not appear to have many, if any, hostels left in Australia, although they do have at least two budget-priced hotels, one in Melbourne (http://www.ywca.net/) and another in Sydney (http://www.ywca-sydney.com.au/hotel.asp?HotelID=1).
Moved to our page on Australian Language.
If you've got an address for someone in Australia, but there's no 4-digit postcode, you're taking a chance mailing anything to them, so this site is very handy for looking up that crucial bit of missing information.
You can also look up a postage calculator and much more.
ReNew is a magazine published by the (Australian) Alternative Technology Association, a non-profit community group involved in promoting and using appropriate technology: solar, wind, micro-hydro and other renewable energy sources. It also deals with sustainable transportation and housing, conserving resources, recycling and broader environmental issues.
Some friends of ours recently travelled in a small campervan along the south coast of Queensland and the north coast of New South Wales. We've put their report on our website; we hope you'll enjoy it as much as we did.
After much searching and debate, we've now found the motor home for our around-Australia trip. You can read all about it:
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