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My Favourite Aussie Places To Remember When I'm Feeling Sad

Updated on March 27, 2016
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Travelling around Australia for the last fifty plus years, Jan T Baillie can tell you of some of her favourite places to visit.

I simply remember my favourite things (about Australia)

What are your favourite things? Do you have a special dress, a special song, favourite place to visit, favourite recipe? I think about my favourite things in this great country of ours, Australia, whenever I need to distract my self from everyday life.

Hub title contains some of the words from the song made famous by Julie Andrews in The Sound Of Music. Picture from Wikipedia

My favourite butterfly - Ulysses


Photo:Wikipedia. Photographer: Brian McKenna, 2007

One of my favourite views - The Bridge over Sydney Harbour


Photo: Creative Commons Licence. Photographer: Adam.J.W.C.

Toronto (where I grew up) on Lake Macquarie

Source

Stockton Sand Dunes from the air

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Mount Kosciuszko

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Q1 on the Gold Coast

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My favourite largest things - in Australia (and the world)

  • Sydney — Australia's largest

    city


  • Newcastle — the largest

    non-capital city in Australia


  • Fraser Island, Queensland — largest

    sand island in the world


  • Lake Macquarie — Australia's largest

    coastal salt-water lake


  • Stockton Sand Dunes — the largest

    moving sand dunes in Australia


  • Uluru — Ayers Rock — largest

    monolith in the world


  • Great Barrier Reef — the world's largest

    coral reef


  • Mt. Kosciuszko — our highest

    mountain


  • Q1 — the world's tallest

    residential building


  • Images from Wikipedia,

    Gold Coast Tourism,

    Lake Macquarie Council

A few of my favourite historical places - in Australia

Images from the particular websites of each link

Old Wentworth Gaol

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Port Arthur, Tasmania

Silverton, NSW

Elizabeth Farm, Parramatta, NSW

Newstead House

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My favourite island paradise - Dunk Island


I've been there twice and would go again in a minute!

Photo: Queensland Tourism

A Different Drummer: The Story of E.J. Banfield, the Beachcomber of Dunk Island
A Different Drummer: The Story of E.J. Banfield, the Beachcomber of Dunk Island

My late husband Paul loved the desert and the bush. I love the sea. On a 'payback' trip where we went to my sort of destinations, we were at Mission Beach in North Queensland.

I told him the really close island was Dunk, so we went there the next day. We learned from a guide about E J Banfield, which sparked Paul's interest, so I bought him this lovely book.

He loved reading it, and seeing the photos. I still have it.

 

My favourite Aussie building - The Sydney Opera House


I went to see Ross Ryan and Helen Reddy in the opening month.

Photo: Wikimedia

Favourite trip

in Australia

Cape York Peninsular is at the very top of Australia's mainland and is affectionately known as 'The Tip".

Ruggedly beautiful, wild, one of Australia's last frontiers. The last time we visited these falls, there was a crocodile in the water beneath.

History making, apparently!

Eliot Falls on the Jardine River, almost at the tip.

Photo courtesy: Tourism Queensland

Australia in pictures - on Amazon

Australia: Continents of Contrasts
Australia: Continents of Contrasts

Australia is the world's oldest continent, and is a land of great contrasts. Rainforests, deserts, mountain ranges which can be seen from space, barrier reefs that are world heritage listed, great cities, tiny outback towns...

Oliver Bolch is a world-renowned nature photographer whose travel books are unsurpassed.

Even if you can only dream of visiting my country, Australia, you can travel here in spirit when you turn the pages of this gorgeous coffee table book.

Truly beautiful!

 

© 2016 Jan T Urquhart Baillie

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    • JanTUB profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      8 years ago from Australia

      @Ramkitten2000: Come and see us, the door's always open downunder!

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Now I have the song stuck in my head. I love "Sound of Music" and the song, so it's not a bad thing. Anyhow, I enjoyed seeing some of your favorite things in these photos. I'd love to eventually see many of them in person.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      9 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to C-Joy] If you tell me I'll meet you at the airport!

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      I haven't been to Australia.......yet! I'll let you know when my plane lands :) Great lens!

    • JanTUB profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      9 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to Pmona] Why, thank you ma'am. ;>)

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      Pmona LM 

      9 years ago

      You've created a very clever and creative lens!

    • JanTUB profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      9 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to KarateKatGraphics] Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef is an experience of a lifetime.

    • JanTUB profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      9 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to KarateKatGraphics] Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef is an experience of a lifetime.

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      Mary 

      9 years ago from Chicago area

      Very nice. I really want to get to Australia someday...esp. the Great Barrier Reef for diving & snorkeling. Must save up! 5*****

    • JanTUB profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      9 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to sandyspider] He's so smooth isn't he? It's a pleasure to listen to him sing.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Very nice Favorite things. Great photos. First time I heard Tony Tony Bennet sing this.

    • JanTUB profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      9 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to mysticmama] Glad you liked it, mysticmama.

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      Bambi Watson 

      9 years ago

      nicely done :-)

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      9 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to ChineseKitesforKids] Thanks for all the presents. Bless you.

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Great title! I love the Sound of Music! You're such a blessing. This lens is fabulous and just goes to show you how creative you are. **5** I'm going to lensroll this to my About Me lens. Have a wonderful day!

    • JanTUB profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      9 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to Pukeko] I've got a spare room... Glad you liked it!

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      Rhonda Albom 

      9 years ago from New Zealand

      Your wonderful title brought me to this great lens. Nice to meet another downunder Rocket Mom. We travel a lot, but still haven't made it across the ditch - after looking at this page, I really want to come for a visit.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      9 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to bdkz] Thank you so much, Bonnie.

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      bdkz 

      9 years ago

      What a beautiful lens Jan!

    • JanTUB profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      9 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to shajo] I'm going to look at your lens now! Fun stuff about the largest things isn't it?

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Great minds think alike! I did my "about me" lens on my favorite things too! I even have the song on my lens also. I love your lens and the pictures. I like the largest things section the most. Keep up the great work!

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      9 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to flipflopnana] The Ulysses flies around the Daintree, as big as a sparrow, and so blue! And where do you live, that you love so much?

    • JanTUB profile imageAUTHOR

      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      9 years ago from Australia

      [in reply to puzzlemaker] I had to struggle too, because I have made two extensive About Me lenses. Once you get started, it'll all spill out!

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      Terry Boroff (flipflopnana) 

      9 years ago from FL

      I would have to say my all time favorite place is right where I live. I enjoyed your lens! Your favorite butterfly is beautiful.

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      puzzlerpaige 

      9 years ago

      What great pictures you've got here. One of my favorite places is Hunting Island State Park in South Carolina. Lots of great memories made there. Hope to visit Australia one day. I like this idea for an About Me lens...I'm still struggling for the "right" idea to come my way.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      9 years ago from Australia

      Hi, we call them chips, not french fries in Oz, but they taste the same. The Ulysses is my talisman.

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      TwinsMama LM 

      9 years ago

      I love your graphics and photos! WOW! That butterfly photo is amazing. Hmmm... my favorite things ... places: Australia and England; food:popcorn and french fries; book:The Queen's Necklace by Frances Mossiker; current TV: Burn Notice.

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