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From inventing Wi-Fi to the ginger nut recipe


I’ve spent the summer shocked, freaked, pumped, amused and straight up WHAT THE ACTUAL about some of the things I discovered while road-tripping for months around our sunburnt country.

Here are my top 18 ridiculous facts that are now my favourite things about Australia.

THE GREAT EMU WAR

In 1932 emus were running amok in the farmlands of Campion, Western Australia so the military were called in to ‘manage the situation’ … with machine guns. One month and 10,000 rounds later, the crestfallen field force of humans withdrew from combat having only knocked off 986 of the 20,000 bullet-dodging feathered heroes. Emus won the war. Lest we forget.

ANTI-CLOCKWISE WALKERS

Did you know that nearly everyone walks around Uluru anticlockwise? Well, you do now.

COFFEE QUESTIONS ARE DIFFERENT IN EVERY STATE

The baristas of NSW will ask if you want milk with your long black. In Queensland you’re asked if you want your coffee in a mug or cup. Peeps in the Northern Territory assume you’re ordering ice-coffee (you have to specify you want it hot) while South Australians and Boomers across the land generally ask for it to be ‘extra hot’ (aka burnt).

WI-FI WAS INVENTED HERE

Which doesn’t explain why it’s so hard to get.

QUOKKAS DON’T HAVE DADDY ISSUES

They have mummy issues. The female quokka will expel her offspring from her pouch when threatened by a predator. The noise made by her young attracts the attention of the predator, giving mum the chance to escape.

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CANBERRA IS BY THE SEA

Jervis Bay is technically part of the ACT. It was surrendered by NSW in 1915 and handed over to the ACT so the pollies could have some oceanfront. Are you surprised?

CROISSANTS BETTER THAN PARIS

According to everyone including The New York Times, Melbourne’s Lune Croissanterie makes the best croissants in the world. Founder Kate Reid apprenticed in Paris before setting up her croissant warehouse-lab in Fitzroy, that sees lines around the corner, literally every day. Her traditional French croissant is prepared over three days and makes you feel like a thief – a steal for only $5.90.

BANANA IS NOT A FRUIT

Banana shire in central Queensland was named after a prize-winning bull that used to help local stockmen getting cattle into yards. A statue of Banana stands proudly in the main street so his great herding deeds are never forgotten.

EACH STATE HAS ITS OWN GINGER NUT RECIPE

The NSW/ACT one is hardest, Queensland’s is thinnest, SA/WA/NT recipe is sweetest and the Victorian/Tassie recipes are closest to traditional ginger nuts of overseas. At one stage, Arnott’s trialled a single recipe for the whole country and there was absolute uproar.

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WELL-HUNG WADDLERS

Male echidnas have four-headed penises. Apparently they have to be well endowed to get around the spines.

A MAN IS REAL ESTATE

Chris Hemsworth aka the Barefoot Bandit of Byron is the very essence of ‘location location location’. His mere presence in Australia’s once laid-back – now poshest – beach-town (sorry Noosa), upped the prices of real estate in Byron by around 30 per cent, and that was before COVID hit (it’s now nudging 50 per cent). He even coaxed Matt Damon to give up Hollywood and move here too so I ask you IS THERE A GREATER FLEX than baiting Jason Bourne? Thor has the maddest real estate flex on Earth.

POO ISLAND

The Great Barrier Reef’s Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay that is home to nesting turtles, 100,000 birds and incredible marine life. While people come from around the world to snorkel and scuba its turquoise waters the best thing about the island is knowing it is held together by three things – dead coral, tree roots and guano, aka bird poo.

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A PIE GRAVEYARD IN THE CAPITAL

At the opening of Old Parliament House in Canberra in 1927, two truckloads of pies, sausage rolls, prawns and fish had to be buried nearby due to over-catering.

PARROTFISH SLEEP IN A COCOON OF MUCUS

Parrotfish males are a vivid neon colour, green, red, turquoise and pink. They are named for their parrot-like ‘beak’. And when they sleep, they create a mucus cocoon to protect themselves from parasites, like bloodsucking isopods. They are found mostly off the coast of WA and Queensland.

THE WORLD JOUSTING CHAMPION IS ONE OF US

Phil Leitch is the hero you didn’t know we had. He is Australia’s only full-time professional knight and jouster, and currently holds the title of World Jousting Champion. Working at Kryall Castle just outside of Ballarat he runs a team of jousters (which includes his daughter) who use real horses, armour and wooden jousting sticks at mock-jousts for tourists. Phil has been repping Australia in world jousting tournaments for years but why his face isn’t on our money, remains unknown.

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A TRUE AUSTRALIAN HORROR STORY

Mutiny, sunken treasure, desertion, murder, starvation, massacre, sexual slavery, treachery, drownings, poisoning of babies and bloody battles were all part of the terrible fate of passengers on-board the Batavia which shipwrecked on WA’s barren Abrolhos Islands in 1629. This INSANE horror is all thanks to one Dutch passenger Jeronimus Cornelisz, who led a sickening campaign that saw 125 men, women, children and babies brutally murdered for no apparent reason. Historians consider it to be Australia’s first mass murder, and Jeronimus to be the world’s first documented psychopath.

AUSTRALIA’S FIRST POLICE FORCE WAS MADE UP OF THE BEST-BEHAVED CRIMINALS

Lol.

FINALLY … WE ARE THE ONLY COUNTRY TO HAVE TURNED ON TOM HANKS

It was his own fault though. While locked up in hotel quazzleton, Tom Hanks did the impossible and turned our entire country off him thanks to his utterly offensive Instagram pic of Vegemite on toast. With no sign of butter, and the bread-to-Vegemite ratio of a 10-year-old and Nutella jar, Hanks rightly received so much backlash from Aussies about his balls-up of our national dish, it made headlines around the world. While he apologised for his offensively thick spread, we will never forgive or forget.



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18 bizarre facts about Australia that no one tells you


Like the rest of Australia, I spent the summer exploring our own backyard.

But throughout my trip, I have been shocked, freaked, pumped, amused and straight up WHAT THE ACTUAL about some of the things discovered while cruising for months on end around our sunburnt country.

Here are my top 18 ridiculous facts that are now my favourite things about Australia.

1. The Great Emu War

In 1932 emus were running amok in the farmlands of Campion, WA, so the Australian military were called in to “manage the situation” … with machine guns. One month and 10,000 rounds later, the crestfallen field force of humans withdrew from combat having only knocked off only 986 of the 20,000 bullet-dodging feathered heroes. Emus won the war. Lest we forget.

2. Anti-clockwise walkers

Did you know that nearly everyone walks around Uluru anticlockwise? Well, you do now.

3. Coffee questions are different in every state

The baristas of NSW don’t understand what a long black is because they’ll always ask if you want milk with it. In QLD you’re asked if you want your coffee in a mug or cup. Peeps in the NT assume you’re ordering ice-coffee (you have to specify you want it hot) while South Australians and Boomers across the land generally ask for it to be ‘extra hot’ (aka burnt).

4. Wi-Fi was invented here

Which doesn’t explain why it’s so hard to get.

5. Quokkas don’t have daddy issues

They have mummy issues. The female quokka will expel her offspring from her pouch when threatened by a predator. The noise made by her young attracts the attention of the predator, allowing mum the chance to escape.

6. Canberra is by the sea

Jervis Bay was surrendered by NSW in 1915 and handed over to the ACT so the pollies could have some oceanfront. Are you surprised?

7. Croissants better than Paris

According to everyone including The New York Times, Melbourne’s Lune Croissanterie make the best croissants in the world. Founder Kate Reid apprenticed in Paris before setting up her croissant warehouse-lab in Fitzroy, that sees lines around the corner, literally every day. Her traditional French croissant is prepared over three days and makes you feel like a thief – a steal for only $5.90.

8. Banana is not a fruit

Banana shire in central Queensland was named after a prize-winning bull that used to help local stockmen getting cattle into yards. A statue of Banana stands proudly in the main street so his great herding deeds are never forgotten.

9. Each state has its own Ginger Nut recipe

The NSW/ACT one is hardest, QLD’s is thinnest, SA/WA/NT recipe is sweetest and the Vic/Tas recipes are closest to traditional G.Nuts of overseas. At one stage, Arnott’s trialled a single recipe for the whole country and there was absolute uproar.

10. Well-hung waddlers

Male echidnas have four headed penises. Apparently they have to be well endowed to get around the spines.

11. A man is real estate

Chris Hemsworth aka the Barefoot Bandit of Byron is the very essence of ‘location location location’. His mere presence in Australia’s once laid-back -now-poshest- beach-town (sorry Noosa), upped the prices of real estate in Byron by around 30 per cent, and that was before COVID hit (it’s now nudging 50 per cent). He even coaxed Matt Damon to give up Hollywood and move here too so I ask you IS THERE A GREATER FLEX than baiting Jason Bourne? Thor has the maddest real estate flex on earth.

12. Poo island

The Great Barrier Reef’s Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay that is home to nesting turtles, 100,000 birds and incredible marine life. While people come from around the world to snorkel and scuba its turquoise waters the best thing about LEI is knowing it is held together by three things: dead coral, tree roots and guano – aka bird poo.

13. A pie graveyard in the capital

At the opening of Old Parliament House in Canberra in 1927, two truckloads of pies, sausage rolls, prawns and fish had to be buried nearby due to over catering.

14. Parrot Fish sleep in a cocoon of mucus

The Parrot Fish males are a vivid neon colour, green, red, turquoise and pink. They are named for their dentition, which forms a parrot-like beak. They can be seen in the Maldives coral reef and in tropical seas, for snorkellers delight.

15. The World Jousting Champion is one of us

Phil Leitch is the hero you didn’t know we had. He is Australia’s only full-time professional knight and jouster, and currently holds the title of World Jousting Champion. Working at Kryall Castle just outside of Ballarat he runs a team of jousters (which includes his daughter) who use real horses, armour and wooden jousting sticks at mock-jousts for tourists. Phil has been repping Australia in world jousting tournaments for years but why his face isn’t on our money, remains unknown.

16. A true Australian horror story

Mutiny, sunken treasure, desertion, murder, starvation, massacre, sexual slavery, treachery, drownings, poisoning of babies and bloody battles were all part of the terrible fate of passengers on-board the Batavia which shipwrecked on WA’s barren Abrolhos Islands in 1629. This INSANE horror is all thanks to one Dutch passenger Jeronimus Cornelisz, who led a sickening campaign that saw 125 men, women, children and babies brutally murdered for no apparent reason. Historians consider it to be Australia’s first mass murder, and Jeronimus to be the world’s first documented psychopath.

17. Australia’s first police force was made up of the best behaved criminals.

Lol

18. Finally … we are the only country to have ever turned on Tom Hanks

It was his own fault though. While locked up in hotel quazzleton, Tom Hanks did the impossible and turned our entire country off him thanks to his utterly offensive Instagram pic of Vegemite on toast. With no sign of butter, and the bread-to-Vegemite ratio of a 10-year-old and Nutella jar – Hanks rightly received so much backlash from Aussies about his balls-up of our national dish, it made headlines around the world. While he apologised for his offensively thick spread, we will never forgive or forget.

This article originally appeared on Escape.com.au and was reproduced here with permission



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Coral IVF trials in Australia turn successful, offer hope for Great Barrier Reef’s renewal – travel


Coral populations from Australia’s first “Coral IVF” trial on the Great Barrier Reef in 2016 have not only survived recent bleaching events, but are on track to reproduce and spawn next year, researchers say.

“I’m really excited,” said Peter Harrison, director of Southern Cross University’s Marine Ecology Research Centre, who led the development of the larvae restoration technique which involves collecting coral sperm and eggs during the annual mass spawning on the reef.

After culturing larvae in specially designed enclosures for about a week, scientists distribute them to parts of the reef damaged by bleaching and in need of live coral.

Harrison’s team, working with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, first used the tactic just off Heron Island in 2016, where more than 60 corals are now on the way to being the first re-established reproducing population on the reef through Coral IVF.

“This proves that the larvae restoration technique works just as we predicted and we can grow very large corals from tiny microscopic larvae within just a few years,” Harrison said after visiting the restoration site in early December.

The corals varied in diameter, from just a few centimetres to the size of a dinner plate, and were healthy, despite a bleaching event that hit Heron Island in March.

The March bleaching was the reef’s most extensive yet, scientists said, and the third one in five years.

Bleaching occurs when hotter water destroys the algae which corals feed on, causing them to turn white.

A recent study from James Cook University found the reef had lost more than half of its coral in the past three decades and raised concern that it is less able to recover from mass bleaching events.

The Great Barrier Reef runs 2,300 km (1,429 miles) down Australia’s northeast coast spanning an area half the size of Texas. It was world heritage-listed in 1981 by UNESCO as the most extensive and spectacular coral reef ecosystem on the planet.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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Places to stay and visit


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In partnership with Tourism Australia

The world-renowned natural wonders of Tropical North Queensland are only a short flight away for most Queenslanders.

Starring World Heritage sites the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, this majestic region is made for adventure seekers, especially in the lush, green summer.

Waterfall chasing, trekking through dense rainforest, learning about the importance of the rainforest and reef with the Traditional Owners of the land, and relaxing on picture-perfect sand cays – all of these incredible experiences await you up towards the pointy tip of Australia’s east coast.

Here, you can tick off two bucket-list-worthy attractions. At 160 million years old, the Daintree Rainforest is the world’s oldest rainforest and is abundant in wildlife and cultural significance. At Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park, pristine waters flow over granite boulders and lush greenery cloaks impressive mountains, while an elevated boardwalk takes visitors through the lower rainforest canopy.

You can also take part in a Ngadiku Dreamtime Gorge Walk with an Indigenous guide and hear stories and see traditions of the Kuku Yalanji culture. The Wet Tropics region, which stretches across 450 kilometres, is a veritable wonderland of flora and fauna and home to countless species of vertebrates and butterflies, as well as 227 threatened plant species.

And speaking of natural wonderlands, the Great Barrier Reef has long awe-struck those who have visited the world’s largest coral reef. Whether you choose to scuba-dive, snorkel or tour the turquoise waters in a glass-bottomed boat, summer is a brilliant time to visit the reef as the northerly winds bring calmer seas and incredible water clarity. November onwards is the perfect time to view turtles hatching and nesting, and from throughout the season, coral spawning will have you swimming through a real-life snow globe under the sea. If you choose to stay above water, you can take a kayak tour or even get a bird’s eye view of the spectacular reef on a jaw-dropping helicopter trip.

The climate mix of the tropics also creates the ideal conditions for quality produce. Make sure you taste tropical favourites such as mangoes, papaya and jackfruit, and in the cooler temperatures of the Atherton Tablelands, you can create your own personalised food trail with coffee and tea plantations, biodynamic dairies and aquaculture farms. For an even more magical experience, book a rainforest retreat up in the treetops for the ultimate sleepover adventure.

THE HIT LIST

•Book a stay in an eco-friendly bayan tree houses at the Daintree Ecolodge for accommodation truly connected to nature.

•Take a Ngadiku Dreamtime Gorge Walk or a Walkabout Cultural Adventures tour through Mossman Gorge to learn stories and traditions of the Kuku Yalanji people.

•Hit Rusty’s Markets in Cairns for fresh local fruit and vegetables, baked treats and bric-a-brac.

•Go chasing towering waterfalls in the Atherton Tablelands.

•Discover the sand cays along the Great Barrier Reef and find a moment of solitude to take in the azure waters.



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