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Old 19 June 2019, 04:17 PM   #1
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visit Australia...

and meet our wildlife!

https://www.theguardian.com/environm...um-in-tasmania
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Old 19 June 2019, 06:21 PM   #2
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I lived there for 4 months, and glad I lived in a highrise in Sydney. Even though harmless to humans I never wanted to run across a huntsman spider, just creepy!

Amazing city and country!

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Old 19 June 2019, 07:24 PM   #3
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Old 19 June 2019, 07:25 PM   #4
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I’m taking my first trip to Sydney in August. I hope to avoid these spiders!
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Old 19 June 2019, 07:28 PM   #5
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I’m taking my first trip to Sydney in August. I hope to avoid these spiders!


The huntsman is not poisonous, we have plenty of spiders that are though
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Old 19 June 2019, 08:25 PM   #7
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Crikey.......

FYI there are 27 different animals in Australia that can and have killed humans, but for our American friends the most likely thing to kill you are cars, given we drive on the OTHER side of the road.
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Old 19 June 2019, 10:32 PM   #9
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For the next visit Australia thread (although this topic is interesting) could someone post about wine tasting trips from Sydney?
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Old 21 June 2019, 02:32 AM   #10
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For the next visit Australia thread (although this topic is interesting) could someone post about wine tasting trips from Sydney?
1. Hunter Valley - about 2.5 hours drive north. Beautiful valley, great food, coffee, accommodation and a great variety of wines. Due to proximity to Sydney it can be a bit crowded and bus loads of people trying to get drunk for free has lead to many places charging a ‘tasting fee’ at $10 per person. It gets waived for us and most people who are genuine tasters.

2. Mudgee - about 4 hours west of Sydney. A great drive across the great dividing range - spectacular change in landscape. Mudgee is a small country town with sophisticated food scene and brilliant wines. Particularly Robert Stein for their reds and their restaurant where you watch the sun go down with kangaroos bouncing around. Great Ports up there too.

3. Orange - 3 hours West. It’s a regional centre. Country NSW has reinvented itself with wine and food.

Search these 3 as a start, rent a car and enjoy.
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Old 21 June 2019, 03:54 AM   #11
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I had the cleanest windshield in Australia.

Whenever I was making a turn left or right and went to put on the signal light, I put on the windshield wipers instead since for some reason they put them there instead. (signal light thing is on the right of the column).

So to not look like an idiot I hit the washers too, to make it look like I meant to do that.
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Old 21 June 2019, 04:27 AM   #12
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I had the cleanest windshield in Australia.

Whenever I was making a turn left or right and went to put on the signal light I put on the windshield wipers instead since for some reason they put them there instead. (signal light thing is on the right of the column).

So to not look like an idiot I hit the washers to, to make it look like I meant to do that.
You should have rented a European brand car instead
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Old 21 June 2019, 05:05 AM   #13
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You should have rented a European brand car instead
I think it was the car made in Australia, a Holden maybe.
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Crikey.......

FYI there are 27 different animals in Australia that can and have killed humans, but for our American friends the most likely thing to kill you are cars, given we drive on the OTHER side of the road.
The steering wheel is where the passenger normally sits also.
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Old 21 June 2019, 06:33 AM   #15
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Old 21 June 2019, 06:46 AM   #16
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I think it was the car made in Australia, a Holden maybe.
Sadly the Holden is not made in Australia any more, actually no cars are made here anymore.
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1. Hunter Valley - about 2.5 hours drive north. Beautiful valley, great food, coffee, accommodation and a great variety of wines. Due to proximity to Sydney it can be a bit crowded and bus loads of people trying to get drunk for free has lead to many places charging a ‘tasting fee’ at $10 per person. It gets waived for us and most people who are genuine tasters.

2. Mudgee - about 4 hours west of Sydney. A great drive across the great dividing range - spectacular change in landscape. Mudgee is a small country town with sophisticated food scene and brilliant wines. Particularly Robert Stein for their reds and their restaurant where you watch the sun go down with kangaroos bouncing around. Great Ports up there too.

3. Orange - 3 hours West. It’s a regional centre. Country NSW has reinvented itself with wine and food.

Search these 3 as a start, rent a car and enjoy.
I had read about Hunter Valley but I was unaware of the other suggestions. Much appreciated!!
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Old 21 June 2019, 03:20 PM   #18
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I had read about Hunter Valley but I was unaware of the other suggestions. Much appreciated!!
I completely agree with these recommendations (Mudgee Shiraz can be excellent). But I'd like to add Margaret River (south of Perth) for a wide variety of grapes. Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer from Tasmania. Yarra Valley in Victoria for some very visitable wineries and restaurants. Also in Victoria, King Valley for Italian varieties and Rutherglen for desert wines. On top of that we have South Australian wines with a great history of producing remarkable wines (the only region unfortunately, I have not actually visited myself).

One thing to note with Australian wine however, is that our weather can vary dramatically from year to year. To get the absolute best out of a bottle you have to not only look at the grape and the origin, but the vintage as well.

Perhaps this topic deserves its own thread.

Back on topic however, it should be noted that this possum was the pygmy variety (about the size of a house cat), so this spider isn't actually as large as you might think.
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I opened my front door one day to find a big, black, bird-eating spider on the mat.
I said a few expletives and took a major step back but she was not well and allowed herself to be put into a jar and taken to a Spider-expert.
To my shame, I would normally squash a spider but this one was too big to squash, more like a small animal. Like the picture below.

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For the next visit Australia thread (although this topic is interesting) could someone post about wine tasting trips from Sydney?
Step 1 - board plane to Adelaide....
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