Tasmania, Australia

Tasmania is one of the most picturesque places to see, rich in convict and colonial history with a combination of green rolling hills and stunning natural beauty. Throughout  Tasmania there are fabulous orchards and vineyards. The Eastern coast is beautiful with a 7mile beach that is remarkable to visit, as are the gorge walks from the centre of Launceston. After visiting the historical Port Author where the realities of the Convicts life are shown,  view the Tasman’s arch on the southern coast as it truly a breathtaking.  Tasmania is truly a beautiful place to holiday.

Circular Quays, Sydney Harbour

Circular Quays is a great place to come, the romantic backdrop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on one side and the Sydney Opera House on the other, this is a popular place with various restaurants and entertainment. The variety of shows at the iconic Sydney Opera House will satisfy all tastes and for those with families, a short ferry ride can take you to the Sydney Zoo and Luna Park.

 

 

Cartier Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia

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Cartier Exhibition is magnificent, the unimaginable jewels range from petite pieces of conventual jewellery to absolutely astonishing wealth of diamonds and jewels.

King Edward VII described Cartier as “Jeweller of Kings and King of Jewellers”This magnificent collection shows how  Cartier was influenced by different cultures and historical events. This collection is truly remarkable with specially designed pieces for those of the British monarchy, wealthy and famous.

I suggest all go and see the collection as it is such a rare opportunity to see such an enormous range of exquisite and glamours diamonds and jewels of all cuts and colours from around the world.

The National Gallery in Canberra is holding the collection until July 22nd, 2018;    ADULTS $28.00 CONCESSION HOLDERS $25.00 CHILDREN: FREE

This portrait ‘Wattle Queen’ by William Dargie of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II  was to commemorate her first visit Australia in 1954.

One of Cartier largest pieces was a brilliant necklace and choker commissioned by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala (An Indian Prince) The enormity and weight of such pieces are amazing to see.

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The below set was part of the Cartier Paris Collection 1906. Created for Mary Scott Townsend a prominent heiress of the American Coal and Railway.

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The below pendant is part of the Cartier Paris Collection 1913: Platinum, Sapphire (478 carats). diamond.

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Bondi Beach, Sydney

 

Australia’s most iconic beachfront renowned for all things Fun in the Sun and Surf and only 7km from Sydney CBD.

The heritage-listed beach with beautiful views of rocky headlands makes the scenery mesmerizing.  After taking in the gorgeous atmosphere while lying on the soft white sand the refreshing blue sea is fantastic for swimming and surfing.

There is always fun to be had at Bondi: whether you’re looking for a relaxing time beachside, exciting nightlife, or to meet the locals and have a nice meal you’re guaranteed to find what you’re looking for.

Come and see why this is such a great spot there is accommodation and public transport available.  This hot spot holds lots of events: Surf Sports Competitions, City to Surf Race, Sculptures by the Sea, Flicker Fest (short film festival) and General Pants Bowl-A-Rama to name but a few.  Come and experience this beautiful way of life.

 

 

 

Immerse yourself in Magnetic Islands seascape and native wildlife while hiking the historic forts.

 

 

The hike to the forts takes you through National Park where you are able to see Australian wildlife including koalas, wallabies and an array of native birds all in their natural habitat.  The Forts were erected during the battle of the Coral Sea and was manned by the Australian Royal Navy until the end of World War 2.  This hike takes you through Bays where you can cool off with a swim and snorkel through the beautiful reefs.

The Battle of the Coral Sea

When the Japanese bombed the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbour on December, 7th 1941 this ignited an assault on the Pacific Ocean. The Japanese invaded Thailand and Malaya and destroyed 2 of the British Capital Royal Navy warships (HMS Prince of Wales & Repulse)  that were positioned off Singapore. All this had been done within 3 days and was of grave concern to the Australians as this meant the Japanese had almost gained control of all Australians northern shores.

As the threat in the Coral Sea became apparent the HMAS Australia and HMAS Hobart were ordered back home to Australia to meet up by May 4th, 1942 with the USS Chicago and 3 escort destroyers (USS Perkings, Farragut, and Walke).  Their combined efforts were to cover the US Carrier taskforce 17 (Yorktown and USS Lexington). 

The Naval air battle started May 7th, 1942 with the Americans sinking (Soho) a Japanese Carrier. During this battle, the Japanese also did damage to the US Oiler (Neosho) and also sunk was Neosho’s escort (USS Sims).

The battle of Midway Island took place approximately 1 month later and during this battle the Japanese had 4 aircraft carriers destroyed and the Americans lost 1 carrier (USS Yorktown). This was the turning point of the war so thanks to the Australian Defence Forces and their Allied forces, Australia was safe again. 

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References

Battle of the coral sea (2014, June 30th).Retrieved

from http://www.ww2places.qld.gov.au/theservices/royalaustraliannavy/

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