Special Sub-Topic: The Land of Oz
|My friend lives in a suburb of Perth and so our first trip was to the city of Perth where we started at the famous bell tower. For what occasion were the bells given to Perth?|
Australia's Bicenteniary in 1988. The bells were originally made in the 14th century and recast at the order of Queen Elizabeth 1 in the 16th Century. They were installed in Trafalgar Square where, for more than 275 years, they were rung every near year.
|Araluen is a botanical garden south of Perth. For which flower is this beautiful garden best known?|
tulip. Created in 1929 the park was named "Araluen", which is an aboriginal word meaning "singing waters", or "running water," as a holiday camp for the Young Australia League, the ." The park features tulips planted on terraces and in the "Grove of the Unforgotten".
|What is a 28?|
a parrot. This is a species of Rosella parrots, nicknamed "28" because of the number of colors that can be found on the feathers.
|There is a monument to a ship which was sunk in 1941, under mysterious circumstances, killing all men on board. What is the name of this ship?|
Sydney. The Sydney's last battle was off the coast at Shark Bay against a German auxiliary cruiser, the Kormoran. The Sydney was victorious, but never seen again. One of its life rafts was recovered a few days later. HMAS Sydney was eventually located, in 2008.
|The one place I wanted to visit when I went to Western Australia was Shark Bay. Why?|
to feed the dolphins. Sometime in the 1960s bottlenose dolphins started visiting the Bay and interacting with humans. Up to 25 dolphins have been known to visit. They come on their own and are fed up to three times a day and tourists are allowed to wade out into the water to feed them, under supervision by a park ranger.
|"Nature's Window" is a famous feature of Kalbarri National Park, which overlooks which river?|
Murchison. The Murchison River is the second longest river in Western Australia, flowing nearly 500 miles from the Robinson Ranges to the Indian Ocean.
|We went to the new Maritime Museum in Fremantle. I studied and was prepared to see a famous ship. It turns out that the hull and most of the items collected from this ship is the centerpiece of the "shipwreck gallery" elsewhere. What is the name of this ship?|
Batavia. The Batavia is the country's second oldest shipwreck, dating from 1629, whose remains were only found within the last 40 years.
|We spent a wonderful day at New Norcia. For what is New Norcia known?|
it was a mission village for converting Aborigines. A monastery was established by Benedictine monks in 1846. As aboriginal couples married they were given houses on the monastery grounds and over time, a village grew and was eventually named New Norcia.
|I became quite a fan of "footy". "Footy" is the colloquial name of which sport?|
Australian Rules football. Australian Rules football is played on an oval field with a ball that looks like a slightly flattened American football. Points are scored by kicking the ball between the four posts at either end of the field. The action is non-stop and there is no "offensive" and "defensive" team, no helmets, no padding. Amazing sport. "Footy" can also be used for the sports of rugby league and rugby union in states where those sports dominate (NSW and Qld.)
|The Nambung National Park is famous for what geological feature?|
limestone pillars. The Pinnacles Desert is part of Nambung National Park and contains thousands of limestone pillars, some rising up as high as 4m.
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