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Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Mon, 30th Jun '08 4:17 AM


I'm just north of Sydney, on the shores of bee-utiful Lake Macquarie; the city of Newcastle is "Our Town".

We get masses of Rainbow Lorikeets, Eastern Rosellas, Cockatoos, Corellas, Galahs in the yard, and a pair of ravens, a pair of magpies....complete with squarking kids.....and great views of the lake.

Newcastle is on the Hunter River, and there are great vineyards up the Hunter Valley.....quite often there are concerts up there too....along with first-class accommodation.

To the west, I can see the Watagan Ranges, about 20 minutes drive from here. Jeremiah and I LOVE hiking and camping there: it's our playground!
There are lots of cute critters there, and lyrebirds to wake you in the mornings with their mimicry and repertoire of songs.
The Watagans have ancient volcanoes, fossils and petrified wood for those who care to find it.

More info if you wanna hear about it!

....So tell me about the bit of Oz YOU live in, willya?
Cheers, Bev

Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Mon, 30th Jun '08 5:55 AM

I am in the retirement capital of Downunder, Adelaide, South Australia. Even our bloody country town/cities get more action than this place, I swear! But it's home, and I love the slower lifestyle to that of Melbourne and Sydney. It's 'HEAPS' good here, especially weather wise. Not much stinkin rain for all the blinkin farmers at the moment though ... Strewth!

I live 10 mins from Glenelg and 20 minutes from the CBD aka "Town", in the beautiful West Beach - Award winning caravan park down the road if we ever get a Sploof-Oz-arian convention happening off the ground. City of Churches with a pub on every corner ... just not much goin on In them LOL

One time of the year that does go off, big time, is when the Fringe Festival, Womadelaide world music festival, Festival of the arts and the V8 Supercar series all come to town at once! Book a tour to my place and it wants to be in March! Look forward to seein ya soon!

Oh yeah ... Lleyton Hewitt is from here - COME OOOOOON!

Joee  (Level: 164.1 - Posts: 255)
Fri, 4th Jul '08 7:43 AM

Hi I'm from Avalon in Sydney, quite a nice spot on the northern beaches. The beach is beautiful and a great place for surfies. Plenty of trees and wildlife, though most of the koalas have died off. Village atmosphere with lots of cafes but sometimes you have to fight for a table, especially on weekends with the invasion of the yuppies from the eastern suburbs.

I love this new Sploofus and hope to get to know more Aussies on the site. I've met Rick - not in person but he's a friendly bloke and sends little messages occasionally. Bev waved to me from her place just a little further north - couldn't quite make her out but was pleased just the same. And Scrabq too who has gone mad with her quizzes lately. Hope you realize how hard it is to get a quiz launched with you hogging the place. (Just kidding)

Keep in touch everyone, won't you!

Chakka161489  (Level: 6.2 - Posts: 2)
Fri, 4th Jul '08 8:15 PM

I came over to Perth about 40 months ago from Switzerland and am about to return back to Europe. I live in Fremantle which i simply love. I find Adelaide exciting compared to 'Perth proper'.
Besides work i have not been doing much during this stint in Australia but more than what i did in my first stint in Sydney 11 years ago. I have kept myself busy with Scuba diving, rescuing and training dogs and my freshwater aquariums and have clocked about 650,000 flight km in the last 3 years. I dont want to see an airport or an airplane in the next months/years.
Once back home, I will live in my little village which is about 60 km East of Zurich and towards Lake Constance. There will be many things which i will miss from my time downunder but there are many things where i am looking forward to which i have been missing.
I generally romp around Geography and History questions during my Sploofus online time. Of course the Language Section is always welcome to clock up some points quickly and easily ....
So, I need now to head off and take care of my aquariums as somebody is coming in to pick up the fish and the tanks. I will spend the next hours attempting to catch fish which dont want to be caught ... should be fun and will be messy!
Ahhhhh, any Metropolitan Perth person perhaps interested in re-rescuing two big puppies ??? Newfoundland Border Collie mix and a Bullmastiff ??? Mature dogs ..... Help needed here and all Refuges are full with unwanted dogs and cats and the Pounds just will put them to sleep which I can do on my own and not shirk responsibility .... Thanks

Kellerluvstoby  (Level: 57.1 - Posts: 5)
Wed, 9th Jul '08 10:07 PM

I'm from the Mid North Coast of NSW and small beach side town called Smiths Lake ..... Just a stones throw away from Bev *waves*.

I am about 15 - 20 minutes from Forster/Tuncurry also known as the twin towns .... when the weather is good the lake and the ocean are crystal clear.

At the moment we have Whales hanging out, I haven't seen one yet but can't wait till I do.

Debbie aka KLT

Praetorian  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 357)
Fri, 11th Jul '08 9:25 AM

I am also from NSW, living in an area which is part of the Cumberland Basin that feature undulating ridges, creeks and man-made plains. It is the traditional home of the Darug tribe of indigenous Australians. There used to be farms and orchards and dirt roads here about 30 years ago. The weatherman on TV tells us what our days might be like according to his/her predictions from the city of Richmond. My local council is Baulkham Hills Shire and is chock full of families with young children. There was a famous Irish rebellion close to where I am right now many years ago in colonial times and we have an Orange Blossom Festival that takes over the main street every year. The usual flora and fauna associated with schlerophyll forests is found here such as Eucalypti, Kookaburras, Willie Wag-Tails, Casuarina, Possums and those naughty rabbits.

Odge  (Level: 32.4 - Posts: 24)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 6:53 AM

Well, just to break the mold, I'm from the one of Australia's three small islands to the south... you know... New Zealand... I live in Nelson - which can be found at the top of the South Island. A great place with fantastic weather with plenty to do for the energetic types. I can relate to Bev (Bushyfox), cus when I look out at my back yard I see a couple of cockatoos, about 40 cockatiels and some other birds, but unlike Bev's view, these birds are all enclosed in mesh aviaries.

No doubt I'll be chatting with you all...



Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Sun, 27th Jul '08 6:07 AM

Welcome Cuzzie Jo!!

When I was in NZ about ten years ago, I had to laugh at a postcard that showed a large map of New Zealand, with the islands labelled "NORTH Island" and "SOUTH Island"......with a very small Australia alongside labelled "WEST Island"........

I thought it was hilarious! I love the Kiwi humor: subtle and very dry.

Cheers, Bev

Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Fri, 15th Aug '08 4:59 AM

Jo, ya know we love to claim our "Outer Island"ers as our own. Great to have ya on board!

Madmario  (Level: 27.3 - Posts: 33)
Sun, 21st Sep '08 8:35 AM

I've moved around a few times...

Born in lovely Mount Gambier, SA. Absolutely the prettiest town I've ever seen. The area used to be volcanic, and the town is set below the beautiful Blue Lake, which changes colour from electric blue to dull grey with the seasons.

Raised in Bundaberg, QLD. Home of the greatest rum the world has ever known, and surrounded by endless fields of sugar cane and small crops. Coincidentally, the town also has a volcanic history, although the Hummock has been dormant for 10,000 years or so.

Now living in Brisbane, the sunny capital for us banana-benders. The days are warm and the nights are mild (mostly!), but the endless streams of traffic I can hear from my house are driving me insane!



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