Monday, 28 April 2014

Removals to Australia: Great Food for the Barbecue

With your removals to Australia comes the prospect of great weather, fine food and wine and the chance to indulge in that most Australian of traditions – The Great Aussie Barbecue. We’ve gotten used to snatching them where we can in the UK but, in Australia, most every day is barbecue day and, once you’re settled into your new Australian home, what better way to get to know the neighbours than by inviting them round for some food?

Test your al-fresco culinary skills by trying out some new and exciting Australian dishes, or give them a taste of home by preparing something tried, tested and typically British. Don’t be afraid to try something new and before long your removals to Australia could see you cooking up a storm with lobster, shrimp and squid.

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In this article, we thought we’d have a rummage around in the fridge and larder, to see what barbecue delights await you in the land of down under. Enjoy!

Top Aussie Barbecue Ideas

Oz Lobster or - More Specifically - Lobster Tails

Seasoned with garlic, parsley, and sea salt and spooned over with melted butter while cooking, here’s what you’ll need to get going: Lemon juice, olive oil, salt, paprika, white pepper, crushed garlic and lobster tails. Adjust your quantities to taste and the size of your party.

Get the barbecue nice and hot, either the traditional way, or by turning the dial. Mix and whisk together all of the above seasonings to make a thick gloopy marinade. Cut the lobster tails lengthwise and brush the fleshy side with the marinade. Place the lobster on your preheated bbq hotplate flesh side down and cook for 10 to 12 minutes. Turn them over after 5 or 6 minutes and brush again with the marinade. When done, the lobster should appear darkened, almost muddied in colour and be quite firm. Serve with a fresh crisp salad.

Oz Squid

This is another fishy barbecue favourite and the secret to great barbecued squid is plenty of heat, time and a decent marinade. Here’s what you’ll need for the sauce: red chillies, coriander, garlic and ginger - all finely chopped. You will also need lime juice, soy sauce, honey, some five-spice powder, sesame and olive oil. Mix the marinade ingredients in a large bowl, tasting as you go to get the quantities just right. Cut the squid into halves or quarters, depending on their size, then make cuts into the flesh to help them marinate properly. Place them into the marinade, cover it over, and leave for an hour.

That’s the hard bit done. After an hour or so, take the squid out of the marinade and place it on your hot plate, which by now should be very hot. Give it a few minutes, and watch as the squid curls up at the edges. That’s your marker for well-cooked squid. Allow to cool for a while and plate up with lemon wedges and new potatoes.

Oz Shrimp

Thanks to Paul Hogan, he of “Crocodile Dundee” fame (and, incidentally, one of the guys who helped paint the Sydney Harbour Bridge), it is well known that Australians like to grill shrimp on the barbie. Try this recipe for Barbecued Shrimp with Mango and Lime Mayonnaise.

It’s dead simple and really tasty. Here’s what you need: mayonnaise, grated mango, lime juice, a pinch of salt and some canola oil. If you’re using bamboo skewers, our top tip is to soak them in water for 10 minutes beforehand; this will stop the skewers from burning. Brush the shrimp with canola oil and mix the ingredients for your mayonnaise, adding to taste as you go and stirring so that the flavours mingle nicely. Skewer the shrimp and place them on the barbecue. Give them about a minute each side and you’ll be ready to serve.

Oz Fish

With so many different types of fish to choose from, we thought we’d opt for something typically Australian: barbecued barramundi or barra. This is another quick and easy barbecue fix. You’ll need lemon juice, olive oil, salt and black pepper, a bay leaf and the fish and that’s it. You can modify the quantities of each depending on taste and the size of your party.

Get the barbecue nice and hot, wait for the charcoals to turn white, or just flip the dial. Take a bowl and stir the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and bay together, then rub the barra with the mixture both inside and out. Wrap the fish in foil or use a grilling basket to keep it from falling apart and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, turning at 4 or 5. Test with a fork, and when it flakes easily it’s done.

Oz Burger

A burger isn’t a burger until it’s been done Aussie style. Check this out! There’s a stack of ingredients and one or two steps to follow, but we think you’ll find it’s worth it.

Here's what you'll need: some potatoes, beetroot, lamb mince, salt and pepper, 2 egg yolks, flour, frying oil, sweet onions, burger baps, bacon, sliced pineapple, beefsteak tomatoes, lettuce and bbq sauce. Thinly slice the onion and pineapple and beetroot for use later.

With all that in place, cut the spuds into chunky chips and fry them in oil until soft, but catch them before they brown. Take them out of the oil and set them aside. Next, take a bowl and mix together the mince, egg yolks, flour and beer. Shape the mixture into burger sized patties and fry off until they're the right colour inside. Add bbq sauce, fry the bacon and lightly toast the bread.

Then its back to the chips for a 2-3 minute fry off in hot oil, drain them well and while they're still fizzing, dust them with salt and pepper - they're done.

Time to build your burgers. From the bottom up its bread, a slice of pineapple, slice of onion, burger, bacon, slice of beetroot, slice of tomato and bread. Arranging them this way will stop the beetroot from bleeding into the pineapple and making a mess. Serve up with the chips and you're done.

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Friday, 25 April 2014

Removals to Australia

If you are reading this article, then you're probably some way into planning your removals to Australia. You may have already decided what's going to stay and what is either coming with you on the plane or going into storage for shipment later. With all the excitement, you may not have even given a thought to what you're going to do with your free time once you get there.

In this article, we shall take a look at some of Australia's top zoos and animal farms with pointers on where to go and what to look out for. Along the way, you are bound to bump into the odd kangaroo and lots of other weird and wonderful creatures, some of which can only be found in this part of the world.

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Top Australian Zoos and Animal Parks

Calamunnda Camel Farm - Perth WA
361 Paulls Valley Road, Paulls Valley, Perth

Western Australia is an unlikely place in which to find camels, but here they are, and not only can you see them, you can ride them too. Believe it or not, there are around 175,000 camels in Australia, strange when you think that they originated in North America. Before the truck, camels were relied upon in Australia's construction industry. They carried telegraph poles, huge pipe sections, building materials and all manner of goods to and from the inland towns. The fact that they could travel vast distances without need of water made them very valuable assets. Nowadays though, here at Calamunnda, they are looked after well and carry  people, just for fun.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – Brisbane QLD
Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane

Here you'll see large groups of koalas relaxing and munching on eucalyptus. There's a wallaby and kangaroo enclosure as well as snakes, dingo's, wombats, crocs and brightly coloured lorakeets. This was the world’s first koala sanctuary and has over 130 koalas just waiting to be fed and petted. You can even become a keeper for a day. Youngsters are encouraged to join the team of experienced wildlife education officers and help with the everyday tasks that the job entails. You'll get to go with the dingoes or wombats on their daily walks, get as close as you like to the snakes, and help out with the owls and koalas.

Melbourne Zoo – Melbourne VIC
Elliott Avenue, Parkville, Melbourne

An amazing day out with loads to see and do for the whole family and more animals than you can shake a stick at (don’t do that, some of them won’t like it!). Here you can meet over 300 different species from all over the world including elephants, tigers, orang-utans gorillas and, of course, koalas and kangaroos. There are interactive exhibits designed especially for kids and you'll get the chance to learn all about the animals. You can also find out what the zoo is doing to help save some of them from extinction, and what you can do to help.

Monarto Zoo SA
3401 Old Princes Highway, Monarto, Adelaide 

A taste of Africa in South Australia, Monarto Zoo features zebra, waterbuck, hyaena, rhino, oryx, ostrich, meerkat, giraffe, eland, chimpanzee, cheetah, bongo, lion, and addax among others. You won’t want to get too close to these guys but it is great to see them in surroundings that are as near to natural as Australia can manage. Zoo keepers provide daily talks on the animals and you can go on various tours including the Zu-Loop shuttle, the behind-the-scenes tour and even a tour lasting a full day.

Cairns Night Zoo QLD
Cook Highway, Palm Cove, Queensland

For a very different and fun night out, Cairns Night Zoo is hard to beat. You are met at the gates at 19.00hrs and treated to a bush barbie. Then your guides take you around the park by torchlight. You get to see and hear the animals, watching out for glowing eyes and shapes in the shadows. It’s thrilling but very safe. The guides are experts, so they know where to go for the best sights, what to do and, more importantly, what not to do with the animals. You'll get to see kangaroos and crocodiles and you may even meet a bushman or “swaggie” and share some tea, and a traditional Auzzie sing-song around a campfire.

Perth Zoo WA
20 Labouchere Road, South Perth

Located on the banks of the Swan River, one of Australia’s best small zoos is just 5 minutes from Perth's Central Business District and is open every day to visitors. Although you can get to see all the sights in around half a day, you're best off allocating a full day to it; that way you won’t miss out and can get the most from your visit. Walks, talks and presentations are held throughout the day and you'll get to meet elephants and primates and the Western Swamp Tortoise – Australia’s most endangered reptile. You'll see penguins, get to feed a giraffe, and meet crocodiles and dingoes.

Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo QLD
1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah, Queensland

The late Steve Irwin's name is synonymous with the crocodile. He and his wife Terri filmed the TV documentary series, The Crocodile Hunter, which has been shown worldwide. Australia Zoo is not all about crocs though; every day there are live presentations featuring Otters, Elephants, Koalas and Birds of Prey. The “Crocoseum” is a must-see. You can hand feed the kangaroos, pat a koala, feed the elephants, meet baby alligators, admire talking cockatoos, see wombats and view, from a safe distance, the zoo’s magnificent Sumatran tigers as well as rhinos, giraffes, zebras and cheetahs. You’ll want to spend the day here so bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, a rain mac, some water and snacks - and don’t forget your camera!

Taronga Zoo NSW
Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales

The best of both worlds are here: a zoo with views over the Sydney Harbour. To really make a day of it, take the ten-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay. It’ll take you past the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Once there, you’ll be immersed in a world of wildlife with daily talks about seals, koalas, gorillas, reptiles, Tasmanian devils, chimpanzees, owls, giraffes, big cats, penguins and spiders. Become keeper for a day and get a behind the scenes to look at the workings of a zoo. Help them look after the animals and learn about animal first aid. It could even encourage your youngsters to go on to become zookeepers themselves, or even vets.

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Removals to Australia – A Guide to Some of the Most Iconic Structures in Australia

With your removals to Australia planned, organised or even completed, you may be interested in and whereabouts of the country’s most famous buildings and monuments. While we can all recognise The Sydney Opera House, many people in the UK would be hard pressed to name some of the other famous structures in Australia, let alone know the history behind them. In this article we shall give you a brief guide to some of the more famous ones.

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We want your removals experience to be as smooth and trouble free as possible. To that end, when partnering with firms to complete your removals to Australia, we will endeavour to use only those who are British Association of Removers (BAR) registered or FAIM accredited, thus assuring you that your removal will be carried out to the highest standards.

Wherever you are based in the country, you will most likely want to take a sight-seeing tour of your area, or even further afield. Come with us on a whistle stop tour of some of the country’s most notable buildings.

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Eight of Australia’s most interesting Buildings and Structures

Harbour Bridge - Sydney

Officially opened on the 19th March 1932, the Sydney harbour Bridge was built to connect the harbour’s north and south shores. An English firm, Dorman Long and Co of Middlesbrough, undertook this marvellous feat of engineering and it took 1400 men a total of eight years to complete. A true Australian icon, Sydneysiders and tourists alike flock to the bridge not only for the photo-opportunities but also to climb it. There are 4 organised climbs and the price varies, depending on the time and date of your climb; they are available to anyone with reasonably good fitness levels. 

Opera House - Sydney

Opened in 1973 by Queen Elizabeth II, The Sydney Opera House has become one of the most recognised buildings in the world. With five theatres and rehearsal studios, 2 main halls, 4 restaurants, 6 bars and many souvenir shops, each year it plays host to around 3000 events with audiences totalling around 2 million and is visited by up to 200,000 people who simply want a look round. As a venue, it is as prestigious as they come, right up there with The Royal Albert Hall. Ask any performer on the worldwide stage and it would certainly be in their top five, if not their top three.

ANZ Olympic Stadium - Sydney

Officially opened in 1999, the ANZ stadium was built to showcase the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As with London 2012, a large part of the city was earmarked for renewal to house the games and the stadium was designed as its centrepiece. Originally opening with a seating capacity of more than 110,000, making it the largest Olympic stadium in the world, it was remodelled after the games, which saw its capacity shrink to 83,500. As a result of these modifications, the stadium can now easily be converted to host rugby league, rugby union, football and cricket.

Old Convict Buildings - Port Arthur

Here, a group of buildings come under a single banner; The Port Arthur Historic Sites. They are all concerned with days gone by when much of Australia was given over to the housing of deported English convicts. Sites listed include: the Port Arthur penal settlement, the coal mines, the Cascades female factory, Darlington probation station, Brickendon and Woolmers Estates, Kingston and Arthurs Vale on Norfolk Island, Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney, Old Government House in Parramatta NSW, Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour, The Old Great North Road and Freemantle Prison. All would have had special significance to convicts of the time.
Telstra Tower - Canberra

Officially opened on May 15, 1980, the tower is a relay and booster centre for the capital’s radio, telephone and television transmitters as well as mobile phone operators. All of that technical stuff aside though, it is also a centre for business with meeting rooms, breakout areas and offices and a tourist attraction welcoming 430,000 visitors each year. Arguably the best place for a view of Australia’s capital city, The Telstra Tower rises to nearly 640ft above the summit of Black Mountain in the heart of the Canberra National Park. From viewing platforms near the top, you are rewarded with breathtaking views of the city.

The Round House - Fremantle

The oldest public building in the State of Western Australia, The Round House is steeped in legal history. Opening in 1831, it was first used to house a convict just 18 months after the area was originally settled. From then until 1886, it was used to incarcerate those found guilty of anything from drunkenness to theft and desertion to murder. It was then handed over to the police who used it as a storage facility into the early 1900’s. Scheduled for demolition in 1920, the building was saved by local interested parties and later deeded to the City of Fremantle.

Jimbour House - Queensland

Built in 1876, Jimbour House is one of Australia’s most wonderful historic homes. Still in private hands, the house opens its doors to the public only on very special occasions but you are free to take a walk around the very impressive gardens and grounds. On entry, you are asked for a small donation but this means you can take the "Living History Walk" a tour which includes the original Water Tower, The Chapel, the Jacaranda Avenue, Jimbour House, The Rose Garden, Millicent Russell Kitchen Garden, The Bull Stalls and Stables, The Bluestone Building and many other points of interest.

Rialto Towers

Rialto Towers is the tallest office building in the Southern Hemisphere if you disregard communication masts and spires. Opened in October 1986, its huge glass fa├žade appears to change colour from dark blue to gold depending on the direction and intensity of the sun. At 824 ft with 63 floors and 3 basement floors, it provides 84,000 m² of office space. In 1994 The Melbourne Observation Deck was opened to the public. Situated on the 55th floor, it provides views of up to 60 km on a clear day and, the good news is, you don’t have to walk. The deck is served by two express passenger lifts.

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Monday, 21 April 2014

Removals to Australia – Celebrating Labour Day

If you’re planning your removals to Australia, just as in England, you will find yourself with time off from work to mark the various public holidays. One such public holiday is Labour Day which is celebrated on different dates, depending on which part of Australia you are moving to.

If your removals to Australia are taking you to the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and South Australia, you'll find it celebrated on the first Monday in October. If you’re emigrating to Victoria or Tasmania, here you'll find Labour Day marked on the second Monday in March and, if you are moving to Western Australia, it is celebrated, on the first Monday in March. If you're headed to Queensland and the Northern Territory, your removals to Australia will see you celebrating Labour Day on the first Monday in May.

The reason Labour Day is marked on different dates around the country is because each state or territory adopted the eight hour working day at a different time.

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Here’s our guide to Labour Day and an overview of what to expect from the celebrations.

The History of Labour Day in Australia

Labour Day is known by various other titles across Australia. In Tasmania they call it Eight Hours Day and in the Northern Territory it is called May Day. Its Tasmanian title is the most descriptive as it marks the granting of the eight-hour working day for Australian workers. It serves as a reminder of the everyday workers’ contribution to the nation’s economy. 

The tradition of Labour Day goes back over one hundred years and is a day set aside to remember those who struggled for fair working conditions in Australia. In the previous century, it was not uncommon for workers to have to put in 12 hour days and work 6 days a week.

It was the stonemasons who struck first. On April 21, 1856, a group of them marched on Parliament House demanding reduced working hours and pushing for an eight-hour day. The 48hour week was eventually agreed upon and they celebrated with a victory march on May 12th that year. The other Australian states and territories soon followed suit and by 1873 all of Australia had adopted the 48hr working week.

The Main Celebrations on Labour Day

Across Australia, Labour Day is marked as a public holiday, much like our May Day holiday here in the UK. There are no Maypoles for the children to dance around though. This is more a holiday like our bank holidays. A day for the family to get together or one which can properly be celebrated the evening before, safe in the knowledge that you don't have to work the following day, unless you are involved in the entertainment or hospitality fields of course.

The day used to be marked with celebratory marches, a sort of “one in the eye” to the establishment. Now though, there is less in the way of hue and cry and more in the way of rest and relaxation.

Labour Day Celebrations Near You

In Melbourne the Labour Day holiday has been taken over by the Moomba Festival, a street parade rounded off with fireworks in the evening. It's a huge and colourful street party featuring floats and fancy dress and culminating in the crowning of the Moomba Monarchs.

Previous Moomba Monarchs have included Olympian Cathy Freeman, TV personalities Denise Drysdale and Molly Meldrum and singers Kate Ceberano and Marina Prior. The festival brings Melbourne's city streets, riverside areas, parks and waterfront to life with several days of free public events during the Labour Day long weekend.

There are Labour Day discounts at bars and restaurants and also at DIY stores. There's 10% off at Terra Rossa Restaurant on Flinders Lane, between Russell St and Exhibition St. There's a long weekend mega party at Sugar, 8 Jackson St, Toorak on Sunday 10th March 2013. It's Labour Day Eve with no work the following day so an excuse, as if one were needed, to let your hair down. At Veludo in Acland Street, St Kilda, they're really pushing the envelope. They're looking to spread Labour Day over 5 days with live bands and DJ's in the evenings and throughout the day over the weekend.

The Cairns Blues Festival takes plays during Queensland's Labour Day weekend. On Saturday 11th May, Fogarty Park is set to play host to the likes of Billy T.K. Junior & The Groove Shakers, The Mason Rack Band, Hatz Fitz & Cara Robinson, Bluesville Station, Sugarcane Collins, Luke R Davies, Blake Saban 3, Carinda Christie, The Hillbilly Goats and Rockabilly Blues Xpress.

Hotels, restaurants, pubs, clubs and bars throughout Australia, will all look to do something to mark Labour Day; it is a national holiday after all. So, wherever you are moving to in Australia, and on whatever date they celebrate Labour Day, you are bound to find something going on locally. It’s not all fun and games though; there is a serious side to Labour Day. This is often marked by politically oriented marches which still take place on Labour Day in other parts of the country. In Brisbane, for example, a march was held in support the Aboriginal workers whose wages have been taken by governments and never given back. Known as the Stolen Wages issue, it is as yet unresolved.

Future Labour Day, May Day And Eight Hours Day Dates For Your Diary

Mon May 5 2014 May Day Northern Territory
Mon Oct 6 2014 Labour Day South Australia
Mon Oct 6 2014 Labour Day Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales
Mon Oct 6 2014 Labour Day Queensland

Mon Mar 2 2015 Labour Day Western Australia
Mon Mar 9 2015 Eight Hours Day Tasmania
Mon Mar 9 2015 Labour Day Victoria
Mon May 4 2015 May Day Northern Territory
Mon Oct 5 2015 Labour Day Queensland
Mon Oct 5 2015 Labour Day South Australia
Mon Oct 5 2015 Labour Day Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales

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Friday, 18 April 2014

Removals to Australia – A Guide to Some of the Best National Parks on the continent

If you are a nature lover, one of the things you might want to do after you have organised your removals to Australia and you are comfortably ensconced in your new home is to visit one of the country’s national parks. Australia is a vast continent with a wide range of national parks to visit, from the internationally acclaimed Lord Howe Island to the beautiful Bay of Fires. Whether you like the rainforest, desserts and beaches or mountains and volcanoes, there are some fantastic national parks to visit, just choose one that works for you.

At MPL removals we organise removals to and from destinations all over the world, including removals to Australia. We partner with high quality removals firms, most of which are BAR or FAIM accredited for your peace of mind and we can help you with every aspect of your international house move.

There are over 500 national parks in Australia covering more than 28 million hectares of land which equates to almost 4% of Australia's total land mass. If you add to that a further 6% which is protected, including state forests, nature parks and conservation reserves, that means that 10% of the country is safeguarded.

Space limitations mean we are unable to list all the best national parks here, but here’s our pick of some of what we feel are among the top ones to visit.

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Removals to Australia – Six of the Nation’s Great National Parks

Blue Mountains National Park NSW

More than a National Park, Blue Mountains is a World Heritage site and an adventure waiting to happen. Close to Sydney in NSW, the park offers more than 140km of hiking trails and plenty of camping sites as well as the opportunity to take part in adventure sports like challenging rock climbs, canyoning and horse riding. The area is one of huge botanical and cultural interest too, boasting majestic trees, some of which are hundreds of years’ old and Aboriginal sites and lookouts dating back to the Victorian era. The views from these lookouts are stunning and varied; from one, you might see vast forests of gum trees and from another the most stunning waterfalls. There are plenty of lookouts in place throughout the park, many of which have been made wheelchair friendly.

Carnarvon Gorge, QLD

Carnarvon Gorge in Queensland features towering cliffs, secluded gorges and an abundance of wildlife. Setting off from Takarakka, there are hiking trails and walks to suit all ages and abilities. Peaceful riverside walks can be combined with wildlife spotting on one of the Gorge's 9 bush walking sites and, if you’re into hiking, there are a number of trails to choose from including Devil's Signpost, The Ranch and Battleship Spur. En route you are bound to see some of the country’s famed natural wildlife including wallabies and kangaroos and you may even see a platypus or a spiny anteater. For the best chance to see these and many other creatures, you might want to book a guided tour. The tours are offered from April to September and their tour guide has over 10 years’ experience so, if the animals are out there, he’ll find them.

Fraser Island, QLD

Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and the entire island is designated as national park. Also known as The Great Sandy National Park, it has suffered recently from beach erosion making driving conditions difficult on the island but don’t let that put you off. Fraser Island is a delight to visit with some great walks including the one from Central Station to Lake McKenzie via Basin Lake and Pile Valley and the one from Kingfisher Bay to Lake McKenzie via McKenzie's Jetty and the Dundonga track. Others to head for are from Lake McKenzie to Lake Wabby and from Eastern beach via Lake Wabby to the lookout. Those of you who are in it for the long haul can take on the Fraser Island Great Walk, which covers 90 km and takes 6–8 days to complete. Be aware though, that certain areas may be off limits due to planned burns, weather conditions and dingoes. The Fraser Island Dingo is a protected species and certain areas have been fenced off for safety and conservation.

Kalbarri National Park, WA

The combination of coastal, gorge and marine landscapes and virtually year-round sunshine make Kalbarri a favoured destination for all lovers of flora and fauna in Western Australia. Here, the ancient gorges and plains are home to a myriad of wild flowers and, on the edge of the park, on the coast you’ll see dolphins and whales. There are many different tours on offer in the area whether you choose to travel by land, air or water and, for the adrenalin junkies among you, there’s quad biking and abseiling. There’s so much to do here and so many ways to do it. You can walk, climb, paddle, cruise or drive, exploring 183,000 hectares of rock formations, flora, fauna and cultural heritage. Sites of special interest here are The Loop, Nature's Window, Red Bluff, The Z Bend Gorge, The Ross Graham Lookout and Hawk’s Head picnic spot. Hawk’s Head is a fairly recent facility, which has been created with the wheelchair user in mind, but as time goes on more and more of the park is being made easily accessible.

Lord Howe Island NSW

A two hour flight from Brisbane or Sydney takes you to Lord Howe Island, one of the most beautiful islands in the Pacific and THE place to go if bird watching is your thing. A UNESCO world heritage site, just 400 tourists are allowed on the island at any one time to help maintain the incredible natural beauty and rare wildlife of the island. One hundred and seventy species of bird can be seen here, among them are: the Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Red-fronted Parakeet, Far Eastern Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, the Woodhen or Lord Howe Rail, Australasian Bittern, Sooty Shearwater, Hutton's Shearwater, Buller's Shearwater and the Mottled Petrel, all of which have been classified endangered or near threatened. Make sure you bring your binoculars and consider yourself very lucky if you happen to spot one of these guys. The island is surrounded by the world's southernmost coral reef and its pristine waters teem with marine life making it a Mecca for those into scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, kayaking and fishing.

Southwest National Park TAS

This is Tasmania’s largest national park and forms part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Remote and wild, the weather here can at best be described as changeable and sometimes severe, so a trip to this park is not for the fainthearted or the ill prepared. There has been little in the way of modern human colonisation here and, as a result, large swathes of the area have remained untouched. The farthest south and western parts of the park can only be reached on foot, by boat or light aircraft. That said, walking in the park is far from discouraged. Two popular tracks cross the park: the Port Davey Track and the South Coast Track. Port Davey takes you south from Lake Pedder and the South Coast track runs to the east and west of Cockle Creek. It’ll take about two weeks to complete the walks and you’ll need to be fit but it’d be worth the effort especially if you are lucky enough to catch sight of The Orange-Bellied Parrot. By all accounts there are only 36 of them left in the wild, placing them firmly on the critically endangered species list.

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Removals to Australia – History of Rugby in Australia

Looking for removals to Australia? You will most likely want to take up some form of activity when you get here. One of the favourite team sports in Australia (after cricket) is rugby. Starting in New South Wales and Queensland, the game, in its various forms, has become extremely popular throughout the country. So, wherever your removals to Australia take you, whether you a going to Darwin in the northern territory, moving to Adelaide in the south, relocating to Sydney in the east or emigrating to Perth in western Australia, you are bound to find a local rugby team to either support or play for. The really good thing about moving to this part of the world is that your removals to Australia need not remove you from the game of rugby.

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A Brief History of Rugby in Australia

Both rugby league and rugby union are popular in Australia but in this blog post, we will concentrate on the union game. Rugby is believed to have hit Australian shores as far back as 1865. There are reports in the Sydney Morning Herald of June of that year that the newly founded Sydney Rugby Football Club played its first match against a team of Aussie cricketers, winning by one goal to nil. Back then of course, the scoring system was very different to that of the modern game.

Rugby grew in popularity over the coming years and by 1874 there were enough clubs to form a Sydney Metropolitan competition. Also in that year, the Southern Rugby Union was established, initially being administered from HQ at Twickenham.

As the popularity of the code increased it began to spread north to Queensland and this resulted in the first inter-colonial game in 1882 between the Southern Rugby Union of New South Wales and Queensland. This led to the creation of the Northern Rugby Union (of Queensland) which was officially incorporated on November of 1883. By 1892 the Southern Rugby Union of New South Wales and the Northern Rugby Union of Queensland became New South Wales and Queensland Rugby Unions respectively.

Representatives from these two unions joined forces in June 1899 to play a visiting team from the British Isles. Four tests were played with the Australians winning the first test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Since then, of course, Australian rugby has gone from strength to strength, spawning some great teams and some truly great players.

Top Teams in Australia

Any discussion centring around the top teams in any given sport is always going to be hotly debated but it can’t be denied that the teams that appear in Australia's Super Rugby division, previously the Super14, have to be at the top of their game. At the time of writing, these teams, and they are listed alphabetically, are hailed as the ones to watch: Brumbies, Melbourne Rebels, New South Wales Waratahs, Queensland Reds and Western Force. As you can tell from most of their names, the teams come from all over Australia and, just to clear the other two up, The Brumbies play their rugby in Canberra, Australia's Capital City and the Force play out from Perth in Western Australia.

The ACT Brumbies

Established in 1938, The Brumbies home ground is at Canberra Stadium, near the Australian Institute of Sport. Their ground is shared with the Canberra Raiders rugby league team. In 2003 they hosted some of matches in the Rugby World Cup. The all seated stadium has a capacity of 25,011; however, their largest recorded crowd was 28,753, for the 2004 Super12 Final.

The Melbourne Rebels

The Melbourne Rebels are a relatively young club having made their debut in The Super Rugby tournament in 2011. They play their rugby out of the AAMI Park in Batman Ave. The stadium was officially opened in May 2010.

The NSW Waratahs

Established in 1874, their home ground is now the Aussie Stadium (Formerly known as the Sydney Football Stadium, or SFS) at Moore Park in Sydney.  Built in 1988, it has a capacity of 45,500 though this has never been reached for a Waratahs game.

The Queensland Reds

The Reds play out of Lang Park Castlemaine St, Milton in Brisbane. The stadium, known as the Suncorp Stadium, has a capacity of 52,500. Founded in 1882, they played their first Super12 game in 1996

The Western Force

On the 10th of February 2006, the Western Force made their rugby debut playing at home against the Brumbies. The Subiaco Oval in Perth was a near sell out for this match which The Force ended up losing 25–10. The Subiaco stadium can be found on Roberts Road, Subiaco, Western Australia.

Great Australian Rugby Players

Again, any discussion around the best players in any sport is bound to provoke reaction but here are 6 players who can be counted among the best in the business.

Nathan Sharpe
Position: Lock
Height:  200cm 
Weight:  115kg 
Date Of Birth:  26/02/1978 
Born:  Wagga Wagga, NSW 
Plays for:  Western Force 
Test Rugby Caps:  114 
Test Rugby Points:  40  
Test Rugby Debut:  2002 v France in Melbourne

Radike Samo
Position: Loose Forward
Height:  197cm 
Weight:  117kg 
Date Of Birth:  09/07/1976 
Born:  Nadi, Fiji 
Plays for: Queensland Reds 
Test Rugby Caps:  23 
Test Rugby Points:  15 (3t) 
Test Rugby Debut:  2004 v Scotland in Melbourne

Adam Ashley-Cooper
Position Fullback
Height:  182cm 
Weight:  98kg 
Date Of Birth:  27/03/1984 
Born:  Sydney 
Plays for: NSW Waratahs 
Test Rugby Caps:  73
Test Rugby Points:  115
Test Rugby Debut:  2005 v South Africa in Perth 

Michael Hooper
Position: Openside Flanker
Height:  182cm 
Weight:  97kg 
Date Of Birth:  29/10/1991 
Born:  Sydney, NSW 
Plays for: NSW Waratahs 
Test Rugby Caps:  11 
Test Rugby Debut:  2012 v Scotland in Newcastle 

Sekope Kepu
Position: Prop
Height:  188cm 
Weight:  125kg 
Date Of Birth:  05/02/1986 
Plays for: NSW Waratahs 
Test Rugby Caps:  20 
Test Rugby Debut:  2008 v Italy, Padova 

Anthony Faingaa
Position: Outside Centre
Height:  178cm 
Weight:  88kg 
Date Of Birth:  02/02/1987 
Plays for: Queensland Reds 
Test Rugby Caps:  23
Test Rugby Debut:  2010 v New Zealand in Melbourne

These are just a few of the ones to watch; there are of course a great many others. To see them in action, pop along to your local rugby stadium, you're guaranteed a great afternoon's entertainment.

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