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The Bewitching Bondi Beach, Sydney



The Bewitching Bondi Beach, Sydney

 

bondi-beach-surfingSituated 7km east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Waverly Council, in the eastern suburbs, Bondi beach or Bondi bay is the name of a famous beach and a suburb, in Sydney, New south wales, Australia. Bondi, North Bondi and Bondi junction are all neighboring suburbs.

A little into history…’Bondi’ or ‘Boondi’, is an indigenous Australian word, meaning ‘noise of water breaking over rocks’. Bondai beach was a private piece of land, which was later on opened to the public. Throughout the 20th century, Bondi was a working class suburb and comprised a majority of  immigrants hailing from New Zealand. Post World war two, immigrants from Germany, Russia, Poland, Hungary etc., also came and settled in the Bondi suburb. With this mixing of cultures, Bondi slowly became the domain of the rich upper class people from the poor working class. Bondi beach has a history of being the centre of protest against the strict laws stating that the bikini was an indecent and improper attire to be worn on the beach.

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The Bondi beach is about 1 km long and receives a lot of visitors throughout the year. The beach has been given different hazard ratings by the Surf Lifesaving Australia. The southern end has been rated gentle, while the northern end is not so gentle, with its famous rip tides known as ‘Bagpackers Express’. The presence of the rip tides makes the tourists feel vulnerable and unwilling to walk the length, there is a bus depot to help tourists go across. The southern end is reserved for surf board riding and the ‘safe swimming’ areas have been marked with yellow and red flags.

Bondi beach shares an underwater shark net with the other beaches, on the southern parts of the coast during the summer months. During the migration months one can sight pods of whales and Dolphins in the bay. Fairy Penguins, though rarely, are also seen swimming close to the shore or even amongst the surfers in the southern line up.

The Bondi beach also holds the Guinness World Record, for the largest swimsuit photo shoot, which was set up at the Bondi beach, with over a 1000 bikini clad women taking part in it.

The Bondi beach found a place in the list of Australian National Heritage in the year 2008.

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The Bondi beach being the end point of the City to Surf Fun Run held every year in the month of august attracts a lot of visitors. There are over 63,000 entrants participating in this race, which starts from The Central Business district of Sydney and finishes on the Bondi beach. Other yearly activities at the Bondi beach include, the Flickerfest, which is an academy award accredited short film festival. Founded in 1992, at the Balmain High Schthe festival is held every year in the month of January, on the Bondi beach, Sydney.

The people celebrate the World Environment Day with a lot of fervor, the celebrations are held on the beach.

The Sculpture by the Sea, is the largest outdoor exhibition. It was initiated at Bondi Beach and it featured sculptures, made by both Australians as well as overseas artists. Sculpture by the sea is held annually in the month of November.

Also, the Bondi beach market is open every Sunday. Owing to all these various attractions, a number of Irish and British tourists, decide to spend their Christmas day relaxing on the beautiful Bondi beach.

A beach volleyball competition, organized by the 2000 Summer Olympics, was held at the Bondi beach. A 10,000 seat stadium, 2 warm up courts and 3 training courts were set up for the competition.

The Life guard clubs at Bondi beach consist of , The Bondi Surf Bather’s Life Saving Club, which is supposedly the first surf lifesaving club and the North Bondi Surf Lifesaving club, which is a federation club.

Bondi Iceberg Swimming club was set up by a band of Lifesavers, who wished to keep their fitness intact.

As if all that wasn’t enough, the Bondi beach, has a commercial and a residential area, housing en number of cafes, hotels and restaurants, all with a breathtaking view of the beach. The Hotel Bondi is an important landmark of the Bondi beach townscape, and enjoys a State Heritage status.

The Swiss Grand hotel situated opposite the beach, is another landscape of the Bondi beach residential area. The hotel was built on the site of an old service station, which was in a very poor condition, as a result of disuse and neglect.

A community cultural centre by the name of Bondi Pavilion, housing a theatre, rehearsal, gallery, meeting and function rooms, art workshops, studios etc., is located on the Bondi beach itself. The pavilion too enjoys a state heritage status. Throughout the year, there are a number of festivals and performances taking place in the Bondi Pavilion.

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Other popular cultural events include numerous festivals such as the annual Bondi Beauty Pageant have attracted a lot of travellers from all around the world.

The Bondi beach has been used as a set in a lot a hollywood films such as the Breakers, Being Lara Bingle, the Bondi vet etc.

The breathtaking Bondi beach is an absolute paradise for those who want a refuge from their monotonous city life…give it a chance, visit Bondi Beach, Sydney !

Saint Helena Island, Britain



Saint Helena Island, Britain

Saint Helena Island situated  in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and is one of the world’s most isolated islands. Saint Helena named after Saint Helena of Constantinople, an island of volcanic origin in the South Atlantic Ocean.  Saint Helena island, one of the most inaccessible and forbidding- looking place on the earth, lying 1,200 miles west of the southwestern coast of Africa. Its maximum length is 10.5 miles and breadth is of 6.5 miles. The perpendicular cliffs rise 1, 600 to 2,300 feet on the eastern, northern and western sides of the island.

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This island was discovered by the Portuguese in 1502 as an uninhabited with an abundance of trees and fresh water. This island was most importantly known because British used this island as a place of exile for napoleon and more than 5000 Boer prisoners. Located in the south Atlantic ocean, more than 2000 km away saint Helena is one of the remotest place of the world. The nearest port of the island is Nambia and the nearest international airport is the quarto de fevererio airport, service of this will start from 2015 till the time it is only accessible by boat. This island also associated with two more islands in the southern Atlantic one is ascension island about 1,300 km away and second is Tristan da cunha, 2430 km to the south.

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Saint Helena island’s natural beauty and historic heritage are in turn stunning and dramatic, offering all visitors an extraordinary lifetime experience with its outstanding beautiful scenery. Saint Helena surrounded by thousands of miles of water, has a total 47 sq meter area covered with forest. High land area contains most of the island’s endemic flora, fauna, insects and birds. The coastal area is barren covered in volcanic rock and drier than the center of island. Much of the island has been identified by bird life international as being important for bird conservation.

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A semicircular rim of mountain north of sandy bay includes the island’s two highest points provides the glimpse of green area of the island with clear blue water, first is the Diana peak which rises 823 meters above sea level with almost 5000 gum wood plants and mount Actaeon , 800 meters, which provides visitors beautiful glimpse of mountains surrounded with blue water as many water cut gorge dispersed. Saint Helena island is Queensland’s most historic island. This has a beautiful national park located from the mouth of the Brisbane river and for more than 60 years was home of rich and fascinating past. Visitors can also see the Jamestown city located on the northwest side of the island.

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The museum of saint Helena, consisting a variety of exhibits on the island’s history is a great place to start your visit. The cenotaph on the wharf in Jamestown includes the names of all saints who died in the II world war. Jacob’s ladder is somewhat misnamed staircases with 699 steps that rises from Jamestown to half tree hollow high above. The castle built in 1659, serves as seat of governor and the castle garden full of variety of plants and trees. The heart shaped waterfall named so because fall on rock which in heart shaped.  the saint James church built in 1774, oldest Anglican church in the southern hemisphere. The Boer cemetary located on the deep side of a valley in the countryside provides information about the prisoners from the Boer war in south Africa who were detained on saint Helena.

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Visitors can also see the long-wood house, in which napoleon spent the great time. Saint paul’s cathedral the seat of Anglican bishop of saint Helena. . Napoleon’s tomb regarded as his burial place. Than the High knoll fort, built in 1894, it provides a beautiful views of the ocean and saint island. than the Jacob’s ladder, this stairway and inclined plane was built in 1829 to haul and transport goods up and down a mountain. There are several rocks and islets off the coast like castle rock, lower black rock, bird island, peaked island, George island and sandy bay island. The flora and fauna of the island are marvelous. Visitors can also see the rarest found birds of the world and the largest giant earwig and the saint Helena wire-bird, a plover like bird with long beak and legs. visitors can get accommodation in hotels situated at the door of natural beauty and surrounded with white sandy beach with crystal blue water like consulate hotel, situated in the heart of the town, fronted by trellised verandas.

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saint Helena island regarded as land of contrasts and contradictions as the black rocks of sandy beach in the south clashing with the green meadows of nearby mount pleasant. The spectacular and beautiful landscape with clear crystal water on Helena island is the most important tourist destination. St Helena has a wide variety of fascinating locations which gives you a beautiful view of mountains covered with plants.  Jamestown, the island’s capital, can keep you occupied for much of the day.  this town from the hill side provide a beautiful view of sunset and sunrise. Venture further afield and you will discover the many reasons why Saint Helena was such an important location for so many years.  Indeed, you can track the whole history of the British Empire on this single island.This little and extraordinary island provides visitors unforgettable memories. so must visit to this isolated island of the world to explore its natural beauty.

The Pearl of North West Australia: Broome, Western Australia



The Pearl of North West Australia: Broome, Western Australia

Remote, romantic and ravishing, the exotic pearling town of Broome is like a crown jewel in a headdress of natural finery. Located a good 2000 km from Western Australia’s capital city Perth, book a trip to this idyllic town for a relaxing getaway. With its white sandy beaches, rocks ranging from deep ochre to bright vermillion and crystal clear waters hued cerulean, cobalt and indigo, the rich burst of colour Broome hits you with is unparalleled.

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From expansive deserts to the fringing blue oceans, the stunning beauty of Broome’s natural landscape will vary only in kind and not degree. Prepare to be enchanted by this exotic location, a melting pot of cultures in every sense whether you ride its camels, walk along its shores, drive through the desert or soak in the comforts of your hotel. The Gateway to the Kimberley is one of the fastest growing towns in Australia. You will never be short of things to do in this gorgeous idyll, making it a perfect destination for your next holiday.

History

Broome’s story begins as a pearling port where people of various nationalities and races settled to seek their fortunes. Today, the town boasts a mélange of Koepanger, Malay, Chinese, European and Aboriginal racial groups, lending to it a truly multicultural character.

Traditionally home to the Yawuru people, the town was named after Sir Frederick Broome, the Governor of Western Australia from 1883 to 1889. An undersea telegraph cable was laid from Broome to Singapore further connecting to England in 1889 and the site was later named Cable Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the world today.

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Many luggers, divers and oyster harvesters gave their lives to the pearling industry of this town; a few of them are marked by the headstones at the iconic Japanese Cemetery in the region. World War II saw four attacks on Broome by Japanese aircrafts in which a minimum of 88 people lost their lives.

Broome proudly upholds the tradition of its multiethnic population with an annual cultural celebration called Shinju Matsuri. One of the fastest growing towns in Australia, the development of the mining industry and the tourism industry has helped Broom progress into a world-class destination.

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You can also find dinosaur footprints at low tide dating back to 130 million years ago at Gantheaume Point. On going further north, keep your eyes peeled for plant fossils in the Broome sandstone.

Tourist Information

To get to Broome, catch a two and a half hour flight from Perth to Broome International Airport. The weather in Broome is characterised by two distinct seasons. The dry season lasts from around April to November with temperatures ranging from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. There is very little rainfall during this period. This is the perfect time to visit. The wet season on the other hand sees extreme weather with very high temperatures, high humidity and lightning storms. But this season offers picturesque sunsets like no other and the area is also less crowded.  Accommodation is available at all price ranges ranging from budget to luxury but it is advisable to book in advance for the dry season.

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Attractions and Activities

One cannot visit Broome without taking a day or two to kill time at the charming Cable Beach. Located in the Kimberley Region, this 22 km long beach of gleaming, white sand is flanked by fiery orange cliffs as it gives way to the pristine blue waves if the Indian Ocean. Enjoy camel rides on the sands at dawn.

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Feast your eyes on the natural wonder that is Horizontal Falls and explore them by boat, seaplane or a scenic flight. Watch in wonder as the Indian Ocean defies all that you knew about nature, tides and waterfalls.

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Lose yourself in the history of the South Sea pearl and learn about the pearling industry so deeply integral to the history of this town at the Willie Creek pearl farm or Cygnet Bay. Shop for some of the finest South Sea Pearl jewellery as souvenirs from your holiday.

Take a guided tour or drive a rented 4×4 across the Dampier Peninsula sure to leave you with an unforgettable experience. Take a tour of town to see the roots under Broome’s multiethnic character and relive its colonial grandeur. Relax at sunset on a hovercraft flight and step out on to the ocean floor with a glass of champagne in hand to take in the natural beauty of the region.

Have a go at fishing for Barramundi, Spanish Mackerel, Thread Fin Salmon, Jacks and Bill Fish in Broome’s creeks and keep your eyes peeled for the world’s biggest humpback whale, manta rays, dolphins and dugongs. Take the aerial route and explore the beautiful Kimberley Coast over Cape Leveque, Beagle Bay, Tunnel Creek, Geike Gorge and the Windjana Gorge by flight tours or seaplane. If the marine way is more your thing, the calm waters of Broome make for an ideal kayak ride.

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Enjoy a movie at Sun Pictures, the oldest functioning outdoor cinema in the world. The beautiful Kimberley night sky makes this a perfect setting for a romantic date. Do not forget to visit Chinatown, once the hinterland of pearls, billiards and opium. This town today houses world-class pearl showrooms and many restaurants serving a unique blend of eastern and western cuisine.

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Visit Roebuck Bay to see a wide array of exotic wildlife and to see remains of Dutch aircrafts in World War II. And end your day sipping on a cold, special handcrafted boutique beer at Matso’s Broome Brewery.

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Split view- The Galapagos Islands



Split view- The Galapagos Islands

The Galapogas Islands

THE LIVING MUSEUM

The Galapogas Islands

The Galapogas Islands

The Galapagos islands are the most famous wildlife viewing destination in the entire world.It is a chance in a lifetime to watch the wild animals  which are found only here which is also zoologist’s dreams.It is a home like place to numerous animals.It also has the richest marine ecosystem in the world with its volcanic lava flows,unique type of wild life and biological life.

Location:

The location of Galapogas Islands

The location of Galapogas Islands

The Galapagos Islands are located on the Pacific Ocean to the west of Ecuador of 600 miles which is situated in the western coast of South America.It is the most amazing natural park in an amazing place of 960 kilometers from the mainland. It is located at the merging of three oceans which makes it rich in its marine ecosystem.It consists of 13 major islands out of which there are nearly 40 islets,which are small islands.These are the volcanic islands present in the western coast.The independent islands may have its own type of lava flow.

History:

The location of Galapogas Islands

The location of Galapogas Islands

The Galapagos islands are discovered by Charles Darwin at nearly 1835 who was collecting some plants and observing the life of plants and animals.Then,he did not experience the beauty of it but when reaching home,he began to reveal and understand its evolution that due to the island’s different climatic conditions,these animals adopt here.But according to history records,the islands were discovered in 1535 by a Spanish bishop – Fray Tomas de Berlanga who named this island  for its amazing giant tortoises.

Both plant and animal life still exists there in those islands which are really an unique piece of nature.Ecuador is officially named as the Galapagos Archipelago in 1983 where the islands have a limited habitat of living people which later on was closed.

Life in Galapagos Islands:

Various islands present over there

Various islands present over there

The unique weather over there which accustoms some types of flora and fauna which are present nowhere in the world are really a beautiful sight for animal lovers.The best part is that the animals have tolerance part more than most of the animals present and they are fearless to humans and due to this,we can approach them closely.

Galapogas Giant Tortoise

Galapogas Giant Tortoise

Most of the animals here are originated from North,Central and South America.The unique and distinct array of animals are Land birds,California Sea lions.Land iguanas,giant tortoises,cormorants from different places

Some migratory birds change their destination to this place  like Sea Birds which carry seeds in its feathers and digestive tracts.

Marine life in Galapogas Islands

Marine life in Galapogas Islands

The rich marine life is really a worth to watch with its nutrient,warm tropical water where the trips to Darwin and Wolf which is an exception to Diving which highlights the animals including Hammerheads,Manta Rays and Whale Sharks,Sea Lions,Galapagos Sharks and a wide variety of reef fishes which are regularly seen around.

Cruises to travel in the sea

Cruises to travel in the sea

Some cruises present over there allows us to have a glimpse of marine animals present under the sea which is really breath taking.Also,the trip consists of snorkeling excursion which is similar to tropical fish tank swimming in a place like Devil’s Crown which is a submerged volcano.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

The Pacific Green Sea Turtles which spends its life mostly under the water has a splendid body weight of 180 kg.The male species never leave the sea while the female ones comes to the banks and lay eggs there in the islands.These are the endangered species as the eggs are destroyed by hawks,herons and some birds and if those young ones comes to sea,sharks may kill them.

Pacific Green Sea Turtle

Pacific Green Sea Turtle

The lowest life zone on the island is the coastal zone. Those plants that exist on the seas edge can be divided into two portions the Wet Coastal Zone or Mangrove Zone and the Dry Coastal Zone or Beaches and High Tide Areas .
Mangroves live in the Wet Coastal Zone. These salt-tolerant trees and shrubs thrive in shallow and muddy saltwater or brackish waters. In the Galapagos there are 4 varieties of Mangroves including the Black Mangrove, White Mangrove, Red Mangrove , and Button Mangrove.

The giant Pinta tortoise which is the only one in the world was once present in this island and the marine iguana is the only lizard which swims in the ocean.

The Palo Santo Tree

The Palo Santo Tree

The island slopes is the home to Cacti trees in Galapagos which includes Lava Cactus,Candelabra Cactus,Prickly Pear Cactus.Also,the Arid lands consists of vine plants and different species of lichens in silvery leafed Palo Santo Tree.

Whale watching

Whale watching

The Whale watching,snorkeling are the best ways which attract people and they enjoy the most.The whale watching is really excellent in night.

It is really a thrill watching those wonderful living beings which are present only there and hence we need to preserve the species that are going to be extinct as they are really wonderful ones which we cannot view if we are not preserving properly and it is just a real example which shows the thrill of preserving endangered species.