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3 can’t miss places in Australia according to Chris Hemsworth

<p><span>Chris Hemsworth quickly rose to fame after his appearance in superhero film Thor which solidified his place in the Marvel universe.</span></p> <p><span>However, despite the atmospheric rise to fame, he still calls Australia home and loves to explore when he gets an opportunity.</span></p> <p><span>He sat down with <em><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/places-to-visit-in-australia-according-to-australians">Travel + Leisure</a></em> and spoke about his favourite places around the nation.</span></p> <p><span>“Australia has some of the most diverse, vibrant, and pristine coastlines in the world,” says Hemsworth. </span></p> <p><span>The quality of life here is second to none; plus we have some of the most unique marine wildlife. There are places where the red dirt meets crystal turquoise water, and you can go days exploring the coast without seeing anyone else. </span></p> <p><span>“You can be in the heart of a buzzing city, like Sydney or Melbourne, with great restaurants and beaches just around the corner.”</span></p> <p><span>However, his three favourite places are as follows:</span></p> <p><strong><span>1. The Kimberley</span></strong></p> <p><span>Hemsworth recently went to the Kimberley in the Northern Territory and was in awe of the natural wonders there. </span></p> <p><span>“In The Kimberley, we went fishing in one particular spot that rivalled Jurassic Park — there were crocodiles, snakes, buffalo, and an abundance of other amazing native wildlife. Sunset dinners in The Kimberley are another absolute must. </span></p> <p><span>“The colours of the skyline there are as rich and vibrant as anywhere I've seen, and it is pretty special to see the millions of stars of the Australian outback’s night sky. We stayed at a beautiful place called Berkeley River Lodge, having dinner each night on a sand dune, barefoot in the desert sand was pretty cool.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B35W_PRFPbY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B35W_PRFPbY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Berkeley River Lodge (@berkeleyriverlodge)</a> on Oct 21, 2019 at 3:00pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>“And one of the best afternoons in The Kimberley was swimming in a secluded waterhole at the base of a waterfall. We helicoptered down along the winding Berkeley River and then boated across to this really private spot. It's something I'll never forget.”</span></p> <p><strong><span>2. The Whitsundays</span></strong></p> <p><span>The Whitsundays are a must-see if you’re interested in seeing the Great Barrier Reef, which is the world’s largest coral reef at 2,300kms long. </span></p> <p><span>“In the Whitsundays, we stayed at One&amp;Only Hayman Island, which was a real highlight. Amazing food and wine, it overlooks the reef — plus, they have an awesome kids club, with face painting, fish feeding, jewellery making, and some great swimming pools for us to chill out as a family,” Hemsworth remembered.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B47KYzXh1Qm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B47KYzXh1Qm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Małgorzata Stępińska (@mstepinska67)</a> on Nov 16, 2019 at 3:20am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>“On the Great Barrier Reef, I went scuba diving for the first time, which was amazing. It’s like visiting another planet. We also had an afternoon at Whitehaven Beach, which was absolutely stunning—it has the most pristine white sand and crystal-clear water. </span></p> <p><span>“The next day we took the kids for a picnic and a bit of beach cricket on Langford Island, just off Hayman Island. The kids loved running along the sand and playing in the shallows.”</span></p> <p><strong><span>3. Uluru</span></strong></p> <p><span>Hemsworth said that the first time he saw the rock monolith was “really awesome”.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5CFZJqg6rY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B5CFZJqg6rY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Southern Travelnet Limited (@stravelnet)</a> on Nov 18, 2019 at 7:51pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>“</span>We had the very special experience of meeting with Sammy Wilson, a local Anangu Traditional Owner. Listening to the local Indigenous people speaking with us about the cultural and spiritual significance of Uluru was fascinating and inspiring.</p> <p>“The kids loved running around the base of the rock and exploring all the little caves and trails.”</p>

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Australia named Travel + Leisure’s Destination of the Year for 2020

<p>Australia has taken out the title for the 2020 Destination of the Year from Travel + Leisure Magazine.</p> <p>The title of the Destination of the Year goes to places that the magazine says captures the travel zeitgeist of the moment, whether that’s cultural relevance, energy or experiences.</p> <p>Editor-in-chief Jacqui Gifford explained “why now” in a statement to <em><a href="https://news.yahoo.com/australia-named-travel-leisures-destination-2020-164952069.html">Yahoo News</a></em>.</p> <p>"Why Australia? And why now? It's always been considered a 'bucket list' spot, a place that people would reserve for a once-in-a-lifetime trip when they had a longer window of time to travel," she explained.</p> <p>"In today's 24/7-connected world, we want you to switch off and take that time. If the thrill of travel is to be pushed, mentally and physically, to discover something new -- and to appreciate the simple, awe-inspiring beauty of this earth -- Australia and its seven states deliver and then some."</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B444MuRjJeH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B444MuRjJeH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Dreaming of visiting our 2020 Destination of the Year, Australia? We've teamed up with @blacktomatotravel to create a one-of-a-kind journey that will take you to Sydney, Alice Springs, Melbourne and more. Find out how to book at our link in bio! #tlpicks courtesy of @incyvincyspider</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/travelandleisure/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Travel + Leisure</a> (@travelandleisure) on Nov 15, 2019 at 6:02am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The magazine has released travel guides for all seven states of Australia, which focus on some of the natural wonders that the nation has to offer. However, it was also the culinary delights available in Australia that tipped the scales in the country’s favour.</p> <p>“New experiences and hotels have opened up less-frequented destinations. Innovative chefs and winemakers are putting a global spin on native ingredients,” according to a statement on <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/destination-of-the-year">their website</a>, which was key in helping Australia win the top spot of Destination of the Year.</p>

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Kevin the Kookaburra's killer receives maximum penalty

<p>The man who tore the head off a kookaburra at a Perth pub has been fined the maximum penalty of AU$2,500.</p> <p>WA Police and RSPCA WA began an investigation following accounts from patrons at the Parkerville Tavern, who said they witnessed Daniel Welfare rip the head off Kevin the kookaburra after the bird took food from his plate.</p> <p>The $2,500 fine is the maximum penalty for the offence of “unlawful take of fauna”.</p> <p>According to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Welfare was the first person to be fined the maximum amount for the offence since new laws came into force on January 1.</p> <p>“Even though kookaburras are not native to Western Australia, they are classified as fauna under the Act, which means people must not take or disturb them without lawful authority,” a spokesperson said.</p> <p>The kookaburra had been well-known to pub staff and regulars prior to the attack, with a notice featuring a photo of Kevin on display at the tavern.</p> <p>“Meet one of the locals (he’s still out there). He has a love for the Parky Steak Sandwich and fish. He is loathed to buy his own and whenever possible, will sneak up and steal yours,” the sign warns.</p> <p>“Please be mindful of your precious steak sandwich and meals in the garden and in the meantime, we shall continue our negotiations with this chap in the hope that he learns some table manners.”</p> <p>A customer told <em><a href="https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/wildlife/kookaburras-head-ripped-off-in-barbaric-attack-at-parkerville-tavern-ng-b881364437z">PerthNow</a> </em>that Welfare “grabbed” Kevin after the bird flew down onto his plate.</p> <p>“I went ‘Oh my god, he’s got him’ and then he sort of just hesitated for a moment, like seconds, and then put his hands under the table and just ripped his head off,” the customer said.</p> <p>“The thing that got me is he just threw the bird on the floor, he just ditched it.”</p> <p>Investigations with the RSPCA and the Department of Primary Industries and Development are still ongoing.</p>

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Qantas lands historic non-stop flight from London to Sydney

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Qantas has done the unthinkable and touched down in Sydney after departing from London on a shocking 20-hour flight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The journey was 17,800 kilometres long and this means that Qantas have successfully landed its second ultra-long-haul research flight as a part of Project Sunrise.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s the second time the route has been flown by a commercial airline, as the first time was back in 1989.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Project Sunrise is studying ways to combat jetlag for those on board and the flight carried just 52 passengers and crew.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s not the first test flight that Qantas has done, as they did another non-stop flight trial that connected New York and Sydney last month.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the London-Sydney flight being 1500 kilometres further than New York-Sydney, it takes a shorter journey due to tailwinds.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said that Qantas wants to make the non-stop journeys a reality within the next few years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We know that travellers want room to move on these direct flights, and the exercises we encouraged on the first research flight seemed to work really well,” he said to </span><em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/flights/qantas-to-add-move-and-stretch-zones-to-ultralong-haul-flights/news-story/b8359f1b6cb804809567ed253fd0578a"><span style="font-weight: 400;">news.com.au</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So, we’re definitely looking to incorporate on-board stretching zones and even some simple modifications like overhead handles to encourage low impact exercises.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Joyce also mentioned that the non-stop Perth to London flight has boosted confidence in the longer proposed journeys.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It had the highest customer satisfaction rating after a year of any route on our network, and it’s been the most successful launch of a new route,” he said.</span></p>

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How bushfires create their own ferocious weather systems

<p>As the <a href="https://theconversation.com/drought-and-climate-change-were-the-kindling-and-now-the-east-coast-is-ablaze-126750">east coast bushfire crisis unfolds</a>, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Rural Fire Service operational officer Brett Taylor have each warned residents bushfires can <a href="https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6486857/nsw-fire-emergency-what-all-the-terms-mean/">create their own weather systems</a>.</p> <p>This is not just a figure of speech or a general warning about the unpredictability of intense fires. Bushfires genuinely can create their own weather systems: a phenomenon known variously as firestorms, pyroclouds or, in meteorology-speak, <a href="https://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/pyrocb.html">pyrocumulonimbus</a>.</p> <p>The occurrence of firestorms is increasing in Australia; there have been <a href="https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/news/2018/predicting-fire-thunderstorms">more than 50 in the period 2001-18</a>. During a six-week period earlier this year, 18 confirmed pyrocumulonimbus formed, mainly over the Victorian High Country.</p> <p><img src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/301180/original/file-20191112-178498-1f0m8xr.JPG?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="" /> <span class="caption">A pyrocumulonimbus cloud generated by a bushfire in Licola,Victoria, on March 2, 2019.</span> <span class="attribution"><span class="source">Elliot Leventhal</span>, <span class="license">Author provided</span></span></p> <p>Its not clear whether the current bushfires will spawn any firestorms. But with the frequency of extreme fires set to increase due to hotter and drier conditions, it’s worth taking a closer look at how firestorms happen, and what effects they produce.</p> <p><strong>What is a firestorm?</strong></p> <p>The term “firestorm” is a contraction of “fire thunderstorm”. In simple terms, they are thunderstorms generated by the heat from a bushfire.</p> <p>In stark contrast to typical bushfires, which are relatively easy to predict and are driven by the prevailing wind, firestorms tend to form above unusually large and intense fires.</p> <p>If a fire encompasses a large enough area (called “deep flaming”), the upward movement of hot air can cause the fire to interact with the atmosphere above it, potentially forming a pyrocloud. This consists of smoke and ash in the smoke plume, and water vapour in the cloud above.</p> <p>If the conditions are not too severe, the fire may produce a cloud called a pyrocumulus, which is simply a cloud that forms over the fire. These are typically benign and do not affect conditions on the ground.</p> <p>But if the fire is particularly large or intense, or if the atmosphere above it is unstable, this process can give birth to a pyrocumulonimbus – and that is an entirely more malevolent beast.</p> <p><strong>What effects do firestorms produce?</strong></p> <p>A pyrocumulonibus cloud is much like a normal thunderstorm that forms on a hot summer’s day. The crucial difference here is that this upward movement is caused by the heat from the fire, rather than simply heat radiating from the ground.</p> <p>Conventional thunderclouds and pyrocumulonimbus share similar characteristics. Both form an anvil-shaped cloud that extends high into the troposphere (the lower 10-15km of the atmosphere) and may even reach into the stratosphere beyond.</p> <p><a href="https://images.theconversation.com/files/301195/original/file-20191112-178516-1qzj1pp.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1000&amp;fit=clip"><img src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/301195/original/file-20191112-178516-1qzj1pp.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="" /></a> <span class="caption">NASA image of pyrocumulonimbus formation in Argentina, January 2018.</span> <span class="attribution"><span class="source">NASA</span></span></p> <p>The weather underneath these clouds can be fierce. As the cloud forms, the circulating air creates strong winds with dangerous, erratic “downbursts” – vertical blasts of air that hit the ground and scatter in all directions.</p> <p>In the case of a pyrocumulonimbus, these downbursts have the added effect of bringing dry air down to the surface beneath the fire. The swirling winds can also carry embers over huge distances. Ember attack has been identified as the main cause of property loss in bushfires, and the unpredictable downbursts make it impossible to determine which direction the wind will blow across the ground. The wind direction may suddenly change, catching people off guard.</p> <p>Firestorms also produce dry lightning, potentially sparking new fires, which may then merge or coalesce into a larger flaming zone.</p> <p>In rare cases, a firestorm can even morph into a “<a href="https://theconversation.com/turn-and-burn-the-strange-world-of-fire-tornadoes-11193">fire tornado</a>”. This is formed from the rotating winds in the convective column of a pyrocumulonimbus. They are attached to the firestorm and can therefore lift off the ground.</p> <p>This happened during the infamous January 2003 Canberra bushfires, when a pyrotornado tore a path near Mount Arawang in the suburb of Kambah.</p> <p><em><iframe width="440" height="260" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5H1eVy6O3Fo?wmode=transparent&amp;start=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> </em></p> <p><em><span class="caption">A fire tornado in Kambah, Canberra, 2003 (contains strong language).</span></em></p> <p>Understandably, firestorms are the most dangerous and unpredictable manifestations of a bushfire, and are impossible to suppress or control. As such, it is vital to evacuate these areas early, to avoid sending fire personnel into extremely dangerous areas.</p> <p>The challenge is to identify the triggers that cause fires to develop into firestorms. Our <a href="https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/science/research-clusters/applied-and-industrial-mathematics">research at UNSW</a>, in collaboration with fire agencies, has made considerable progress in identifying these factors. They include “eruptive fire behaviour”, where instead of a steady rate of fire spread, once a fire interacts with a slope, the plume may attach to the ground and rapidly accelerate up the hill.</p> <p>Another process, called “vorticity-driven lateral spread”, has also been recognised as a good indicator of potential fire blow-up. This occurs when a fire spreads laterally along a ridge line instead of following the direction of the wind.</p> <p>Although further refinement is still needed, this kind of knowledge could greatly improve decision-making processes on when and where to deploy on-ground fire crews, and when to evacuate before the situation turns deadly.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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The reason why fires are lighting up the east coast of Australia

<p>Last week saw an unprecedented outbreak of large, intense fires stretching from the mid-north coast of New South Wales into central Queensland.</p> <p>The most tragic losses are concentrated in northern NSW, where 970,000 hectares have been burned, three people have died, and at least 150 homes have been destroyed.</p> <p>A <a href="https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fdr-and-tobans">catastrophic fire warning</a> for Tuesday has been issued for the Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter, Shoalhaven and Illawarra areas. It is the first time Sydney has received a catastrophic rating since the rating system was developed in 2009.</p> <p>No relief is in sight from this extremely hot, dry and windy weather, and the extraordinary magnitude of these fires is likely to increase in the coming week. Alarmingly, as Australians increasingly seek a sea-change or tree-change, more people are living in the path of these destructive fires.</p> <p><strong>Unprecedented state of emergency</strong></p> <p>Large fires have happened before in northern NSW and southern Queensland during spring and early summer (for example in 1994, 1997, 2000, 2002, and 2018 in northern NSW). But this latest extraordinary situation raises many questions.</p> <p>It is as if many of the major fires in the past are now being rerun concurrently. What is unprecedented is the <em>size</em> and <em>number</em> of fires rather than the seasonal timing.</p> <p>The potential for large, intense fires is determined by <a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1466-8238.2009.00512.x">four fundamental ingredients</a>: a continuous expanse of fuel; extensive and continuous dryness of that fuel; weather conditions conducive to the rapid spread of fire; and ignitions, either human or lightning. These act as a set of switches, in series: all must be “on” for major fires to occur.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://images.theconversation.com/files/301032/original/file-20191111-194628-1xowzaz.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1000&amp;fit=clip"><img src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/301032/original/file-20191111-194628-1xowzaz.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="" /></a> <em><span class="caption">L</span></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span class="caption">ive fuel moisture content in late October 2019. The ‘dry’ and ‘transitional’ moisture categories correspond to conditions associated with over 95% of historical area burned by bushfire.</span> <span class="attribution"><a href="https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2016GL0686140" class="source">Estimated from MODIS satellite imagery for the Sydney basin Bioregion.</a></span></em></p> <p>The NSW north coast and tablelands, along with much of the southern coastal regions of Queensland are famous for their diverse range of eucalypt forest, heathlands and rainforests, which flourish in the warm temperate to subtropical climate.</p> <p>These forests and shrublands can rapidly accumulate bushfire fuels such as leaf litter, twigs and grasses. The unprecedented drought across much of Australia has created exceptional dryness, including high-altitude areas and places like gullies, water courses, swamps and steep south-facing slopes that are normally too wet to burn.</p> <p>These typically wet parts of the landscape have literally evaporated, allowing fire to spread unimpeded. The drought has been particularly acute in northern NSW where record low rainfall has led to <a href="https://biocollect.ala.org.au/acsa/project/index/77285a13-e231-49e8-b212-660c66c74bac">widespread defoliation and tree death</a>. It is no coincidence current fires correspond directly with hotspots of <a href="http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/drought/">record low rainfall and above-average temperatures</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://images.theconversation.com/files/301040/original/file-20191111-194650-458t68.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=1000&amp;fit=clip"><img src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/301040/original/file-20191111-194650-458t68.png?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em> <span class="caption">Annual trends in live fuel moisture. The horizontal line represents the threshold for the critical ‘dry’ fuel category, which corresponds to the historical occurrence of most major wildfires in the Bioregion.</span> <span class="attribution"><span class="source">Estimated from MODIS imagery for the Sydney basin Bioregion</span></span></em></p> <p>Thus, the North Coast and northern ranges of NSW as well as much of southern and central Queensland have been primed for major fires. A continuous swathe of critically dry fuels across these diverse landscapes existed well before last week, as shown by damaging fires in September and October.</p> <p>High temperatures and wind speeds, low humidity, and a wave of new ignitions on top of pre-existing fires has created an unprecedented situation of multiple large, intense fires stretching from the coast to the tablelands and parts of the interior.</p> <p><strong>More people in harm’s way</strong></p> <p>Many parts of the NSW north coast, southern Queensland and adjacent hinterlands have seen population growth around major towns and cities, as people look for pleasant coastal and rural homes away from the capital cities.</p> <p>The extraordinary number and ferocity of these fires, plus the increased exposure of people and property, have contributed to the tragic results of the past few days.</p> <p>Communities flanked by forests along the coast and ranges are highly vulnerable because of the way fires spread under the influence of strong westerly winds. Coastal communities wedged between highly flammable forests and heathlands and the sea, are particularly at risk.</p> <p>As a full picture of the extent and location of losses and damage becomes available, we will see the extent to which planning, building regulations, and fire preparation has mitigated losses and damage.</p> <p>These unprecedented fires are an indication that a much-feared future under climate change may have arrived <a href="https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0222328">earlier than predicted</a>. The week ahead will present high-stakes new challenges.</p> <p>The most heavily populated region of the nation is now at critically dry levels of fuel moisture, below those at the time of the disastrous Christmas fires of 2001 and 2013. Climate change has been predicted to <a href="https://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WF08133">strongly increase</a> the chance of large fires across this region. The conditions for Tuesday are a real and more extreme manifestation of these longstanding predictions.</p> <p>Whatever the successes and failures in this crisis, it is likely that we will have to rethink the way we plan and prepare for wildfires in a hotter, drier and more flammable world.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. Please DO NOT REMOVE. --><img style="border: none !important; box-shadow: none !important; margin: 0 !important; max-height: 1px !important; max-width: 1px !important; min-height: 1px !important; min-width: 1px !important; opacity: 0 !important; outline: none !important; padding: 0 !important; text-shadow: none !important;" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/126750/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-basic" alt="The Conversation" width="1" height="1" /><!-- End of code. If you don't see any code above, please get new code from the Advanced tab after you click the republish button. The page counter does not collect any personal data. More info: http://theconversation.com/republishing-guidelines --></p> <p><em><a href="https://theconversation.com/profiles/ross-bradstock-1495">Ross Bradstock</a>, Professor, Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires, <a href="http://theconversation.com/institutions/university-of-wollongong-711">University of Wollongong</a> and <a href="https://theconversation.com/profiles/rachael-helene-nolan-179005">Rachael Helene Nolan</a>, Postdoctoral research fellow, <a href="http://theconversation.com/institutions/western-sydney-university-1092">Western Sydney University</a></em></p> <p><em>This article is republished from <a href="http://theconversation.com">The Conversation</a> under a Creative Commons license. Read the <a href="https://theconversation.com/drought-and-climate-change-were-the-kindling-and-now-the-east-coast-is-ablaze-126750">original article</a>.</em></p>

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John Travolta's in Australia and posts rare pics of kids Ella and Benjamin

<p>Iconic<span> </span>Grease<span> </span>star John Travolta has shared a rare photo with his two children, 19-year-old Ella and 8-year-old Benjamin enjoying a fun day out.</p> <p>Travolta, 65, took the family out to the Featherdale Wildlife Park in Australia, where they hung out with koala bears and spent time with kangaroos.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4vBY9hHRwE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4vBY9hHRwE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">At the @featherdalewildlifepark with the kids</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/johntravolta/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> John Travolta</a> (@johntravolta) on Nov 11, 2019 at 10:10am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>He captioned the sweet snap “at the Featherdale Wildlife Park with the kids”.</p> <p>He also posted another photo of Benjamin at the cockpit of a commercial flight and joked that his son was following in his footsteps.</p> <p>“My son Ben is taking my place! His first A380 @qantas flight,” he captioned the photo.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4qCoxLHdLv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4qCoxLHdLv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">My son Ben is taking my place! His first A380 @qantas flight</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/johntravolta/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> John Travolta</a> (@johntravolta) on Nov 9, 2019 at 11:45am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Travolta often shares photos including his children, but there is rarely an opportunity for a group photo like the one he posted at Featherdale.</p> <p>It is currently unclear if his wife, actress Kelly Preston, joined the family on their trip Down Under.</p> <p>The pair have been married for 28 years and met on the set of the 1989 film<span> </span>The Experts. Although Kelly was married at the time, she has since clarified that she was not “happily married”.</p> <p>“Well, I was not that happily married, let’s put it that way,” Kelly explained to Andy Cohen on<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/movies/kelly-preston-fell-in-love-with-john-travolta-while-married/" target="_blank">Watch What Happens Live</a>.</em></p> <p>“I was really with the wrong person.”</p> <p>Travolta has often said it was love at first sight.</p>

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Stupid, vile and dangerous: all of the idiotic things people have done during the NSW total fire ban

<p><span>Authorities are overworked and fed up of the “sheer stupidity” of some people amid “catastrophic” bushfires, after numerous people were caught fling drones, lighting fires and ignoring advice from firefighters.</span><span> </span></p> <p>Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson slammed the use of a personal drone after it was spotted hovering near smoke in Sydney’s North Shore.</p> <p>“There are no circumstances where an unauthorised drone should be flown near a fire,” Mr Gibson said to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/authorities-blast-sheer-stupidity-as-people-fly-drones-light-fires-and-defy-orders/news-story/d4f1fb5302ce92cd3cd449e480da8bca" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>. “It is sheer stupidity as it puts lives at risk, both on the ground and in the air.”</p> <p>No fire was found where the drone as looking, but it could have seriously hampered firefighting efforts. This was confirmed by the Killara rural fire brigade via<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/RFSKillara/photos/a.1991262597617013/2487759301300671/?type=3&amp;theater" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</p> <p>“If a fire was confirmed at the location we would not be able to request any aerial assistance due to the sighting of a drone near the fire,” the brigade posted in a statement on Facebook.</p> <p>“Please do not fly drones near fires, you are risking lives, if you fly then we can’t.”</p> <p>The Killara brigade also spoke about a number of vehicles coming to “sightsee” the fires. NSW RFS spokesman Matt Sun condemned this behaviour.</p> <p>“Don’t drive to where the fire trucks are going.” NSW RFS spokesman Matt Sun said, adding that drones should never be used near fire crews.</p> <p>“A mid-air collision with a firefighting aircraft could be catastrophic,” Mr Sun said.</p> <p>“People shouldn’t be going out of their way to try and get photos of these situations, they shouldn’t be anywhere near the bush at all, it is that dangerous,” he said.</p> <p>People are also defying advice given by the RFS, after tourists were spotted at the Three Sisters lookout in Katoomba despite warnings to leave the area.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4yBCPPASZ3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4yBCPPASZ3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A huge thank you to all our firefighters this week. The Blue Mountains are blessed with your work. 🙌🏼 This Christmas we will be running a Pinot and present wrapping evening. All participants are asked to bring an extra gift or two, of which will be donated to the families that have lost homes over this period. #rfs #bluemountains</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/pinotandpicassokatoomba/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Pinot &amp; Picasso Katoomba</a> (@pinotandpicassokatoomba) on Nov 12, 2019 at 2:05pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Locals were  seen taking photos with houses that were doused in bright pink flame retardant.</p> <p>RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons reassured locals that the retardant would wash off with water.</p> <p>“Clearly, it’s not only hit the mark of the fire, but extended into the road and we’ve got crews, we’ve got vehicles, we’ve got homes, we’ve got property that is now coloured pink,” he said.</p> <p>“There are guidelines available … about hosing down and washing down the retardant.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4wqpGfBEjK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4wqpGfBEjK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">While the fire at South Turramurra has been downgraded to advice, blaze that was previously at emergency level created some extraordinary scenes. ~ A fire plane dropped fire retardant on homes turning them pink. ~ While it's been downgraded, the @nswrfs is encouraging people to remain vigilant. ~ #NSWfires #NSWbushfires #fires</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/abcinsydney/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> ABC Sydney</a> (@abcinsydney) on Nov 12, 2019 at 1:30am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Many people are also breaching the total fire ban in place for NSW, with three men and a nine-year-old lighting fires with a blowtorch.</p> <p>A 27-year-old man was caught lighting a fire to boil water for tea and despite immediately extinguishing the flames after police and firefighters arrived, he was issued with an on-the-spot $2,200 infringement notice.</p> <p>It was only hours after this incident that police were called to another house in Sydney’s southwest, where a 35-year-old man burned fence palings in a cylindrical barbecue.</p> <p>“Embers from this fire fell to the ground and ignited palings, causing a secondary blaze,” NSW Police said in a statement.</p> <p>He was also issued with an infringement notice.</p> <p>The third man allegedly lit a small coal barbecue in Sydney’s west in the early hours of Tuesday morning and will face court due to allegedly breaching bail conditions.</p> <p>The nine-year-old who lit a fire with a blowtorch was warned under the Young Offenders Act due to his age and caused a small grass fire to break out in Nowra on the South Coast.</p>

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Creator of Uluru’s Field of Light launches new exhibition in Darwin

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prolific light artist Bruce Munro is back again to dazzle tourists and locals alike in Darwin with his latest light-driven installation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The latest exhibit stretches across 2.5kms around Darwin’s city centre and features eight illuminated sculptures by Munro, whose a world renowned artist.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3w58f5lhfl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3w58f5lhfl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Bruce Munro: Tropical Light opens November 1st Darwin, Australia.Fireflies, copyright © 2019 Bruce Munro. All rights reserved. Photography by Mark Pickthall.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/brucemunrostudio/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Bruce Munro</a> (@brucemunrostudio) on Oct 18, 2019 at 8:12am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Munro was inspired by the Northern Territory’s capital city and is the first citywide exhibition in the world.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The collection reflects Munro’s personal history of visiting Australia as well as the Northern Territory.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is a collection of smaller installations and a very different experience to Field of Lights,” Mr Munro told </span><a href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/australian-holidays/northern-territory/creator-of-ulurus-field-of-light-launches-new-exhibition-in-darwin/news-story/003b3522311a1e3d4d96b451c20ed9d0"><span style="font-weight: 400;">news.com.au</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnmRCh7BFaQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnmRCh7BFaQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">One of my favourite Fields of Light, Uluru, Australia - Jane OConnor, Bruce Munro Studio. Photographs by Mark Pickthall and Serena Munro</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/brucemunrostudio/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Bruce Munro</a> (@brucemunrostudio) on Sep 11, 2018 at 12:40pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Those coming to Darwin for Tropical Lights will experience the beautiful city … which has everything a big city has but slightly more condensed. This exhibition is not about me plonking sculptures from (the) other side of the world and putting them in Darwin, the sculptures are inspired by Darwin.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So I am interested to see if people enjoy it and feel and think the same as I did when I first came here.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4VKb-HlSw6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4VKb-HlSw6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Bruce Munro: Tropical Light, Darwin Australia. November 1st 2019 - April 30th 2020. Photography by Serena Munro, copyright © 2019 Bruce Munro. All rights reserved. A huge thank you to @fusionexhibitionandhire &amp; @NTmajorevents an install we will never forget ❤️@tropicallights.darwin</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/brucemunrostudio/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Bruce Munro</a> (@brucemunrostudio) on Nov 1, 2019 at 10:09am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Tropical Light exhibit in Darwin is open until the 30th of April 2020. </p>

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This is spook-tacular! Haunted Halloween house in Queensland bound to give you chills

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Gold Coast family has turned their suburban house into a Stephen King-inspired mansion.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The homeowners, known to locals by pseudonyms Mr and Mrs Strapleberry, are once again opening the doors to their house of horror in Pacific Pines, just in time for Halloween.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The ‘Neibolt Well House’ was inspired by the abandoned home where IT lived and featured boarded-up windows, broken shutters, overgrown grass and vinces, and rusty metal fences as well as a life-size figure of Georgie from King’s story.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The couple first held the extravaganza last year, allowing children and adults to celebrate the festivities and try mazes with special effects and scares.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He spoke to </span><a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7603803/Family-transforms-humble-property-incredible-horror-house-just-time-Halloween.html?fbclid=IwAR31j101Mj6zt6LXu3iNCnoT-JvjurCxXz4tdOdtpPu4MoAfRFOHf_jofWQ"><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Daily Mail Australia</span></em></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> about how the creepy Halloween house all started.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We put out a smoke machine and some cheap spider webs a few years ago and noticed how many families and children were out trick-or-treating,” he explained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was wonderful to see excited kids out having fun, so we decided we could do more.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Due to the success of last year’s attempt, this year’s idea ended up snowballing quickly into “<a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/Panic-on-Pandora-260293314625500/posts/?ref=page_internal">Panic on Pandora</a>”.</span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2F260293314625500%2Fvideos%2F505896146632451%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We didn’t know if anybody would show, but ended up with more than 600 happy families and haunters,” said Mr Strapleberry.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We are firm believers to the idea that you should be the change you want to see in the world,” the father-of-one explained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Seeing the streets filled with children and families enjoying time together.. children genuinely excited, neighbours talking/meeting each other.. it's just an incredible atmosphere of the community coming together.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While the Strapleberry family have kept quiet about just how much this all costs, Mr Strappleberry has joked that “it was either a jet-ski for me or a Halloween event for everyone”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The house has continued to bring joy to locals for two years in a row, and with the extensive effort gone into the designs, it’s easy to see why.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery to see the spooky transformation. </span></p>

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Top 5 new and exclusive experiences to add to your 2020 bucket list

<p><em>Dreaming of your next extended holiday or an escape for several weeks? You’ll be blown away by the incredibly diverse array of unique tours available right in your own backyard or within a short flight to Australia.</em></p> <p>Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in food and wine culture, reconnect with nature at a national park, or simply explore a new destination, AAT Kings’ range of Guided Holidays has something for every traveller.</p> <p>Because we all dream a little differently, AAT Kings offers two distinct styles of Guided Holiday to dozens of destinations in the new 2020/2021 brochure. Choose a <a href="https://www.aatkings.com/first-choice/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=online_ebs"><strong>FIRST CHOICE</strong></a> Guided Holiday for premium inclusions and more downtime, or take a <a href="https://www.aatkings.com/best-buys/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=online_ebs"><strong>BEST BUYS</strong></a> Guided Holiday for ultimate flexibility and must see sights.</p> <p>Can’t decide where to go first? We have listed our top five destinations you need to add to your 2020 holiday to-do list.</p> <p><strong>1. Margaret River, a food and wine lovers paradise</strong></p> <p>Discover the incredible scenic landscapes, natural wonders and food and wine culture of Western Australia on the <a href="https://www.aatkings.com/tours/western-wonderland/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=online_ebs">15 day Western Wonderland Best Buys Guided Holiday</a>. For the food and wine lovers, AAT Kings have added a brand-new experience to delight the senses and allow you to dine at the region’s best.</p> <p>While taking in the scenery of the gorgeous <a href="https://www.aatkings.com/destination/regions/margaret-river/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=online_ebs">Margaret River</a>, you will enjoy a private wine tasting and three course lunch, tastefully paired with the region’s finest wines, at the Brookland Valley Estate. And as the Guided Holiday experts, AAT Kings take care of everything, so all you have to do is sit back with a glass of wine and relax with your fellow travellers.</p> <p><strong>2. The Magnificent Kimberley</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7832032/aat-kings.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a430d6dcb3d74b82b5675200950f7a77" /></strong></p> <p>On an AAT Kings holiday, you won’t just visit the bucket list sights, you will become immersed in the cultures and lifestyles of the distinctly unique destinations you visit. The Kimberley region of Western Australia is one of these unique destinations, and one that is unlike anywhere in the world. The unbelievable natural wonders such as the Bungle Bungles are truly otherworldly.</p> <p> </p> <p>On the <a href="https://www.aatkings.com/tours/wonders-of-the-west-coast-and-kimberley/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=online_ebs">21 day Wonders of the West Coast &amp; Kimberley First Choice Guided Holiday</a>, guests will be able to meet the artists of the Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency and Gallery, a fine art gallery, specialty store and studio space located in the centre of Fitzroy Crossing. A guided tour hosted by the Centre Curator provides an opportunity to not only view the incredible artworks, but to see the local artists working in the studio. You can purchase art directly from the local Aboriginal artists which contributes to the running and operating of the arts centre.</p> <p><strong>3. Iconic North Island of New Zealand</strong></p> <p>Immerse yourself in the Maori culture and history as you venture from Auckland down to Wellington. Experience the North Island’s most iconic sights in this <a href="https://www.aatkings.com/tours/iconic-north/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=online_ebs">7-day First Choice Guided Holiday</a>. As you make your way down the coast, you’ll stop off for an exclusive lunch at a private Waikato dairy farm, learn insider knowledge from your experienced guides, and immerse yourself in the centuries-old traditions of New Zealand’s indigenous people, including a cultural evening at Tamaki Maori Village. At Rotorua, you will choose from a range of sightseeing experiences, including a tour of the Hobbiton movie set, a tour of Waitomo Glowworm caves, or exploring Rotorua and its lakes in an amphibious WWII-era craft.</p> <p><strong>4. New Zealand’s Sensational South</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7831983/aat-kings.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0a2670a80dc74b1e83ab2361b4f23e57" /></strong></p> <p>If you prefer to delve into the heart of New Zealand’s renowned food and wine country, you must add this <a href="https://www.aatkings.com/tours/sensational-south/">11-day Spectacular South</a> tour to your list. Starting in Wellington, where you’ll go on a guided walking tour with a foodie twist to get your senses tingling. The tour winds down the South Island’s east coast to Christchurch before branching off to Mount Cook, where you’ll join a local expert at New Zealand’s longest glacier, the Tasman Glacier. You’ll then head to picturesque Queenstown, embark on a scenic journey through Fiordland National Park, and travel to the magnificent wild West Coast and mesmerising Milford Sound. Culinary highlights include dinner at a top winery in Marlborough, a Be My Guest lunch at Morelea, and a farewell dinner at the Boatshed restaurant in Queenstown.</p> <p><strong>5. New Zealand Uncovered</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7831981/aat-kings-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e5d0eafaf9f748478f9bde67d578b97d" /></strong></p> <p>Can’t decide between which island to visit next? Why not experience the best of both islands on AAT Kings <a href="https://www.aatkings.com/tours/new-zealand-uncovered/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=online_ebs">17-day New Zealand Uncovered First Choice Guided Holiday</a>. Explore from Auckland down to Christchurch, experience the contrasts between the two islands: travel through picturesque Hinuera Valley, journey through farmland to the turquoise waters of Huka Falls, and explore magnificent Milford Sound on a nature cruise. See the scenery magically change from alpine to magnificent rainforests and the wild West Coast when crossing over the Haast Pass. Iconic destinations this Guided Holiday will take you include: the Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Lake Taupo, Charlotte Sound, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier, and Punakaiki – to name but a few.</p> <p>A journey through the North and South Islands of New Zealand is best undertaken with the experts. Delve into New Zealand’s national identity and explore the country’s Maori culture and history. Enjoy lunch at a dairy farm and Monteith’s Brewery, cruise across Lake Wakatipu for a gourmet dinner at Walter Peak Farm, and experience a Hangi feast at the Tamaki Maori Village.  There is truly something to appeal to every traveller on this 17 day journey through the incredible North and South Islands of New Zealand.</p> <p>Start planning your 2020/21 escape now and save 10% with <a href="https://www.aatkings.com/earlybird/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=online_ebs">Early Bird Savings</a> on all First Choice Guided Holidays in Australia and New Zealand when booked by 31 January 2020 and travel dates up to 31 March 2021. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMWdUqmsOdY?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=online_ebs">Need more reason to book? Click here.</a></p> <p><em>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with </em><a href="https://www.aatkings.com/?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=online_ebs"><em>AAT Kings</em></a><em>.</em></p>

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Irwin family in mourning after loss of beloved family animal

<p>Bindi Irwin is in mourning following the death of one of her animal-obsessed family’s most beloved pets. </p> <p>Piggy, the Irwin’s 13-year-old chicken passed away earlier this week - a remarkably long life-span for a bird of her species. </p> <p>“For nearly 13 years you made us smile through life’s ups and downs,” Bindi wrote in a heartfelt Instagram photo of the pair, adding “Rest In Peace my lovely girl.”</p> <p>In a public show of support, Bindi’s fiance Chandler joined in on the chorus of support and commented a love heart to his partner. </p> <p>The youngest member of the Irwin family, Robert, shared his own sweet tribute to his beloved chicken, telling fans just how much she meant to his family. </p> <p>“Saying goodbye to one of our dearest friends. Almost 13 years ago, ‘Piggy’ came into our family and brought so much joy to everyone who knew her over the years,” he wrote.</p> <p>“I’ve never known a chicken with the character and personality that this hen had, she was one of a kind. We’ll miss you little Pig.”</p> <p>At 13-years-old, it is likely the sweet bird entered the Irwins’ life soon after dad Steve passed away in 2006.</p> <p>Despite the bittersweet memories attached to Piggy, and the death of crocodile hunter Steve, Bindi says she is hoping to implement her father’s presence at her wedding to Chandler next year. </p> <p>“I really want to include Dad on the day and make sure that he is with us in some way,” Bindi previously told<span> </span><em>People</em>.</p> <p>“Just little bits of Dad that will make it feel like he’s there with us.”</p> <p>The conservationist says she and her fiance are to hold a candle lighting ceremony. </p> <p>“So we’ll be able to all get up as a little family and light a candle in his honour and share a few words on what an amazing dad he was and still is.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the Irwin family with their beloved pet. </p>

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Hopping wet: Stubborn kangaroo jumps back into river after police rescue

<p><span>Police on a jetski were filmed rescuing a kangaroo who went for a swim in a lake in ACT yesterday.</span></p> <p><span>The video of the attempted rescue was filmed on the edge of Lake Burleigh Griffin and featured a very happy marsupial just going for a swim.</span></p> <p><span>Police officers on a jetski pulled the kangaroo onto their jetski in an attempted rescue and dumped the animal on shore, hoping it would hop away to safety.</span></p> <p><span>However, the kangaroo had other ideas.</span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ul087KosE8g"></iframe></div> <p><span>As soon as the kangaroo was put onto shore, he turned around and jumped back into the water and swam away.</span></p> <p><span>The video ends with disgruntled police officers jetting back to the marsupial.</span></p> <p><span>Commenters were thrilled with the animals determination to keep swimming, as many had never seen a kangaroo in the water before.</span></p> <p><span>“Obviously wants to get to the other side! Kangaroos are great swimmers,” one commenter said.</span></p> <p><span>“Feet like flippers,” another said.</span></p> <p><span>ACT Police spoke to </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/animals/police-jetski-rescue-foiled-by-stubborn-swimming-kangaroo/news-story/c8d10ff0ae037d66c0b4b15d6044671b" target="_blank">news.com.au</a> </em><span>about the incident, saying that after the camera stopped rolling, the kangaroo was rescued again and taken to the bush.</span></p> <p>“ACT Water Police officers were alerted to a kangaroo in the Central Basin of Lake Burley Griffin,” a spokesperson said.</p> <p>“Officers rescued the kangaroo from the lake, and handed it to parks workers who relocated the kangaroo to a bushland location.”</p>

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Is this the world’s cutest animal?

<p>Hayley Shute, the curator of the Australian Reptile park has taken a joey koala named Elsa under her wing. </p> <p>The cute little reptile might have faced an entirely different fate if keepers had not stepped into to intervene and retrieve Elsa from her mother, Irene, who was experiencing a case of mastitis. </p> <p>Irene’s mastitis meant Elsa was not getting the milk she needed to grow and thrive. </p> <p>"Both mum and bub are doing amazingly in care and will be reunited in no time," Ms Shute told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.lakesmail.com.au/story/6417615/koala-joey-melting-hearts-after-tough-start-to-life-photos-video/#slide=0" target="_blank">Lakes Mail.</a></p> <p>The “koala whisperer” is no stranger to nursing koala joeys, however raising three children meant juggling between her human and fur babies which are no easy feat. </p> <p>"Koala joeys require 24 hours of care, supervision and seven bottles of a special milk formula a day," Ms Shute said.</p> <p>"I can't tell you the last time I've had a proper night's sleep.</p> <p>"Elsa will feed from the bottle from the next 4 to 6 months until she becomes independent enough to eat eucalyptus leaves. Once she is strong enough, she will be reunited with her mum Irene and be introduced to our koala family here at the Australian Reptile Park."</p> <p>Elsa is one of the seven adorable koala joeys - dubbed the lucky seven - who will be on display at the park. </p> <p>Visitors will be able to watch the cute koalas cuddle up to their mother. </p> <p>Irene is in receiving care and is expected to make a full recovery.</p> <p>Elsa is a true sign of hope and will act as an ambassador for the koala.</p> <p>The Australian Reptile Park is an interactive zoo located in Somersby on the Central Coast.</p> <p>Visitors can enjoy live shows, funky themed exhibits, and interactions with many of the wildlife sanctuary's residents.</p> <p>The park is open daily from 9 am to 5pm, with free parking and barbecue facilities.</p> <p>Visit<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://reptilepark.com.au/" target="_blank">reptilepark.com.au</a></p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the beautiful Elsa.</p>

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“They kept walking”: 78-year-old man breaks hip and is left on the road without help

<p>A 78-year-old man was left on the road for an hour and a half without help after falling off his bike, his daughter said.</p> <p>Karingal resident Allan Mayo-Smith was cycling near Skye Road in Frankston, Melbourne when his front wheel slipped on sand, landing him on concrete and breaking his hip.</p> <p>His daughter Kathryn Smith said he called on several people who saw him, but they did not go to his aid.</p> <p>“He saw some people walk past and he was waving at them,” she told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-06/elderly-melbourne-cyclist-ignored-after-falling-daughter-says/11481550" target="_blank"><em>ABC</em></a>.</p> <p>“He was screaming ‘help me’, and they just looked at him and kept walking.”</p> <p>Smith said her father was “left to lie on wet grass” before a father and a son stopped to call an ambulance and take his bicycle for safekeeping.</p> <p>“I was really disappointed in those people who just looked and then kept going,” she said.</p> <p>“It’s not hard to check on someone.</p> <p>“You can check on them a couple of metres away if you’re afraid it’s a set-up or a drug person. But he was in cycle gear, he was an old dude, you know.”</p> <p>Since the fall earlier this week, Mayo-Smith has had hip replacement surgery.</p> <p>Smith recalled a similar experience that she had when motorists “were just driving past” as she struggled in a motorbike accident on the Monash Freeway three months ago.</p> <p>“People stopped, but only the ones that witnesses it. They didn’t get out and help, they saw me struggle to pick the bike up,” she said.</p> <p>“I think everyone’s just out for themselves these days.”</p>

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A selfie-loving emu is quickly putting a small Queensland town on the map

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A town in the Queensland Hinterland in Australia is quickly finding itself on the map after news got out about a fun-run’s local mascot: Fluffy the emu.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fluffy has been turning up every Saturday to keep fun-run joggers company as they run through Nambour.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The emu is even ready to help organisers set up before the sun rises.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We don’t get big numbers normally, but since Fluffy has been around our numbers have been increasing,” Parkrun organiser Melissa Taylor told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">7 News</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Organisers said that Fluffy has been boosting numbers as people are flying from around the nation to get a photo with the emu.</span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2F7NEWSAdelaide%2Fvideos%2F2455662484494154%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, event organisers were worried last month as Fluffy and emu buddy Muffy might be forcibly relocated from the Nambour site due to a complaint. The complaint that was lodged to Queensland’s Parks and Wildlife Services.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">QPWS spoke to </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">7 News</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and said that at the time, there is no intention to remove the animals. Rangers would be monitoring the emus closely.</span></p>

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Drunk man fined $2000 for groping and shoving trolley at flight attendant

<p>A Wellington man has been fined $2,000 after groping a flight attendant and shoving a service trolley at her multiple times.</p> <p>Christopher Campbell of Karori, Wellington was convicted for breaching Civil Aviation rules on Wednesday after the Wellington District Court determined that he behaved in a way that interfered with a flight crew member’s duties on a Virgin Australia flight.</p> <p>The incident – which took place on July 9 last year on a trip from Brisbane to Wellington – began at boarding when Campbell, who had been drinking, initially refused to show his boarding pass.</p> <p>During the flight safety briefing, he yelled, clapped his hands loudly and attempted to grab a flight attendant’s whistle. While dinner was served, Campbell was talking loudly, clapping his hands and pulling the seat in front of him.</p> <p>A judge said when Campbell called a crew member over for assistance, he laughed and did not ask for anything but touched her bottom as she walked away.</p> <p>The cabin crew supervisor gave Campbell a warning, leading him to apologise. Later, Campbell approached the attendant and tried to hug her, which she refused.</p> <p>Towards the end of the flight, Campbell stood at the end of a service trolley where an attendant was collecting rubbish. He shoved the cart into the attendant about five times, hitting her in the stomach and pushing the trolley over her toes.</p> <p> “This incident left the flight attendant shaken and in tears,” said Judge Jan Kelly, as the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&amp;objectid=12258455" target="_blank"><em>New Zealand Herald</em></a><span> </span>reported.</p> <p>“She also suffered a sore stomach following the incident. She was extremely upset and was unable to continue with her duties.”</p> <p>Campbell also refused to put on his seatbelt for landing until he was told that the plane would not land unless he complied.</p> <p>“As a result of your disruptive behaviour, the captain was required to leave the flight deck at one stage to check the flight crew were coping,” Judge Kelly said.</p> <p>According to a summary given to the court, Campbell told investigators from the Civil Aviation Authority that he did not remember some of the flight. The court was also told that Campbell had been drinking before and during the flight.</p> <p>The 48-year-old man was fined $2,000 and ordered to pay court costs. While the maximum penalty for the infringement was a fine of $5,000, Campbell received the full discount for pleading guilty at the earliest opportunity.</p>

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Have you considered “glamping” for your next holiday?

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Glamping” is known as a form of camping that involves accommodation and facilities that are more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s essentially camping for “city-slickers”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many places across the world are adopting this style of camping for those who still want to explore the bush, but not want to give up creature comforts such as a comfortable bed and a shower.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One destination that’s taken advantage of glamping as well as their beautiful scenery is Kings Canyon in the Northern Territory of Australia. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The new glamping tents offer our guests a sensory experience of the Australian outback. From the early morning song of the crested bellbird to the call of the dingo, the sights and sounds of the desert are front and centre of the glamping experience at Kings Canyon Resort,” says General Manager, Michelle Ikin.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With six premium canvas tents to choose from that have been designed to blend in with the landscape of the Northern Territory, some would argue you’re spoilt for choice.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Three tents have been designed for couples whereas the other three are for families as they feature a king bed as well as two king single beds.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Each tent includes premium linen, a modern lounge area, dining space and an outdoor deck with seating so you’re able to take in the natural beauty around you.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There’s also a split air-conditioning system to beat the heat as well as a private ensuite bathroom full to the brim with Australian made skin care products.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery to see what the glamping tents look like.</span></p>

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This island off an island is Australia’s best kept secret

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This island is one of the more exclusive islands within Australia, as it’s hidden just off the south coast of Tasmania.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here lies Satellite Island, which is a little further north from Bruny Island.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There’s not a lot on the 34-hectare island apart from a luxury summer house on the hill, a boathouse on the jetty and some deer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, Satellite Island has gained a cult following from travellers across the world due to the exclusivity of the small island.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The private island’s owners only rent out accommodation to those who book the entire island.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It costs two guests $1950 per night to stay on the island with each additional guest paying $300 a night.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BYVdHQShbVg/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BYVdHQShbVg/" target="_blank">| very excited to welcome these two back to the island for their WILD cookbook island adventure workshop | 📷by @luisabrimble #sarahglovercookbook #outdoorcooking #satelliteisland</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/satelliteisland/" target="_blank"> SATELLITE ISLAND</a> (@satelliteisland) on Aug 28, 2017 at 4:08am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, once you pay that price, you’re treated with private access to the whole island. If things go wrong, there’s a caretaker keeping a low profile nearby if those on the island need anything.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Be8v3ABhn1j/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Be8v3ABhn1j/" target="_blank">‘waking up not here tomorrow is going to hurt...last night we slept with the roller door open and watched a huge golden moon rise up over Bruny, glittering on the sea!! little island you wrangle magic like no other’ regram from the gorgeous @tess.newman.morris #satelliteisland #island #islandbedroom #sea #privateisland #discovertasmania #tasmania</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/satelliteisland/" target="_blank"> SATELLITE ISLAND</a> (@satelliteisland) on Feb 8, 2018 at 12:30pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Guests can stay in the three bedroom summer house or the boathouse where they can sea-gaze from bed. There’s also a fully kitted out glamping tent that overlooks the cliff as another sleeping option.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The pantry is fully stocked and there’s an organic herb and vegetable garden and orchard. There are also chickens that provide those just-laid eggs for breakfast.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you get tired of fresh eggs, sea urchins, abalone and mussels are able to be picked straight from the water.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There is also a range of entertainment options on board, including kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, fishing gear and yoga mats.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s also the perfect spot for stargazing.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BhiypZYlF0d/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BhiypZYlF0d/" target="_blank">| I never tire of the island’s night sky | and seeing the Southern Lights Aurora Australis from Last Glimpse Point at the island’s end was unforgettable and a life memory | thank you little island ! | the French discovered satellite Island in 1792 and used it as an observatory for the night sky | #satelliteisland #tasmania #discovertasmania #sky #seeaustralia #southernlights #aurora #auroraaustralis 📷 @luke.a.mccauley</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/satelliteisland/" target="_blank"> SATELLITE ISLAND</a> (@satelliteisland) on Apr 14, 2018 at 1:08am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the island was a makeshift observatory for French explorer Bruni D’Entrecasteaux, you’ll soon find out why the explorer was so keen to see the stars at night.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The island was formerly a getaway for writer and painter Ian Alstergren, who used it as a private retreat. The new owners, who are relatives of Alstergren, have turned it into a hideaway for guests six years ago.</span></p>

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