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What makes Australia Great?
What makes Australia Great?


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Bridges of Australian Capital Cities on Instagram
Last week's theme on Instagram as we traveled around Australia, was bridges. Each day a bridge from the state's capital city was posted. Join us this week on Instagram for the new theme.

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Richmond Bridge, Tasmania
The Richmond Bridge is a heritage listed arch bridge located on the B31 ("Convict Trail") in Richmond, 25 kilometres (15.5 mi) north of Hobart in Tasmania, Australia. It is the oldest stone span bridge in Australia. In 2005, the bridge was recognised as an outstanding historic place and added to the Australian National Heritage List.

The foundation stone for the Richmond Bridge was laid on 11 December 1823 and construction continued using convict labour until completion in 1825. The bridge was originally named Bigge's Bridge after Royal Commissioner, John Thomas Bigge, who recognised the need for the bridge in 1820.

In 1832, an employee of the Richmond Gaol was murdered at Richmond bridge. George Grover was employed as a gaoler whose duties including flogging the prisoners. He was unpopular due to his ferocity and was pushed off the edge of Richmond Bridge after drunkenly falling asleep. No one was convicted of his murder.

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23 Beautiful Places You Won't Believe Are Actually In Adelaide

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Australia's 'big' problem: What are we going to do with our ageing super statues?
Australians have been fascinated by "big things" since the 1960s, when statues such as Adelaide's Big Scotsman and the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour were opened to great fanfare.

These super-sized structures can be found in other countries, too. The United States is known for its Big Donut, Canada has the world's largest fiddle, but the attachment to big things here has an almost patriotic quality.

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A brief history of Thylacine sightings
The alleged Thylacine sighting, and accompanying video, by the Booth Richardson Tiger Team in the past week is far from an anomaly according to experts.

Ever since the last Tasmanian Tiger died in captivity 61 years ago, there has been many sightings, videos and photos to prove that Thylacines still exist.

According to the founder of the Thylacine Awareness Group, Neil Waters, one of the most convincing photos taken of the marsupial was by Andrew Orchard in 2012.

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Tassie Tuesday
Interested in learning more about our sunburned country? Today we're in Tasmania and feature some Aussie slang.
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Good morning from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia! 🌴🌞
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Celebrating World Emoji Day in Australia!
Did you know, the koala has two thumbs on each hand? This means that 🐨👍 is like giving someone a double thumbs up!

#WorldEmojiDay 🌏 😀 📅 🎉

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Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia
According to the Aṉangu, traditional landowners of Uluru: The world was once a featureless place. None of the places we know existed until creator beings, in the forms of people, plants and animals, traveled widely across the land. Then, in a process of creation and destruction, they formed the landscape as we know it today. Aṉangu land is still inhabited by the spirits of dozens of these ancestral creator beings which are referred to as Tjukuritja or Waparitja.

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Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
The Northern Territory is also home to two spectacular natural rock formations, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), which are sacred to the local Aboriginal peoples and which have become major tourist attractions.

In the northern part of the Territory lies Kakadu National Park, which features breathtaking wetlands and native wildlife. To the north of that lies the Arafura Sea, and to the east lies Arnhem Land, whose regional centre is Maningrida on the Liverpool River delta. There is an extensive series of river systems in the Northern Territory. These rivers include: the Alligator Rivers, Daly River, Finke River, McArthur River, Roper River, Todd River and Victoria River.
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