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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Queensland Beaches

Whitehaven Beach

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Whitehaven Beach is a pristine beach on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. Whitehaven Beach stretches over six kilometres and boasts brilliant silica sand that is among the purest in the world. Sink your feet into the sand and wade into the warm waves that gently crash against the shore and you’ll soon realise why people come here from all over. At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach is Hill Inlet, a stunning inlet where the tide shifts the sand and water to create a beautiful fusion of colours. Many people claim Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach are the most beautiful places they’ve ever seen. There’s a lookout on Whitsunday Island where you can view both Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. Most people moor their boats in Tongue Bay, take a dingy ashore and make the short walk to the lookout for the breathtaking views. If possible, try to reach the lookout when the tide is changing, as the golden sand and aqua water hues blend seamlessly into a mosaic of colours. Whitehaven Beach can be experienced in several ways. If you’re interested in a day trip, there are ferries and luxury cruising yachts that depart from Airlie Beach. A variety of sailing companies also offer multi-day charters that include a memorable visit to Whitehaven Beach in addition to stops to the outer Great Barrier Reef. Seaplanes and helicopters also visit the area offering stunning views from the sky. It’s even possible to completely indulge and partake in a romantic getaway to your own private beach for a champagne picnic. Whitehaven Beach, it’s definitely a must-see in the Whitsundays.

Burleigh Heads

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Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast is world renowned for its spectacular surfing conditions. Burleigh attracts professional surfers from around the world with its tubular Burleigh Barrel waves and is the venue for major international surfing tournaments including the Quicksilver Pro Surf Tournament. Burleigh Heads has a chilled out, beach atmosphere with several alfresco restaurants, bars and cafes. This relaxed charm exudes from everything in Burleigh, making it a perfect holiday destination. Burleigh Heads is nestled beneath the rolling Burleigh headland, which is studded with distinctive pines and pandanus palms. From here you have expansive views north to the high-rises of Surfers Paradise. There’s also a lovely beachfront park that is enjoyed by locals and tourists a like. The dramatic Burleigh headland was formed by an ancient volcano and is a sacred spot for Aborigines who once gathered here to fish and feast. It adjoins the Burleigh Head National Park on the banks of the Tallebudgera Creek.

Mission Beach

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Mission Beach is a relaxed, yet vibrant beachfront town with over 14 kilometres of magnificent golden sandy beaches. Here two World Heritage areas, The Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest, come together to form a tropical paradise. In many places, the rainforest literally fringes stretches of pristine golden beach, giving the destination reputation as an ideal natural holiday choice. Less than 5 kilometres offshore, Dunk Island and Bedarra Island make up an aquatic playground that is renowned along the east coast of Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef is only 38 kilometres away making Mission Beach the closest mainland access to the Reef, just an hour or so by boat. This means more time experiencing the wonders of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef when you stay at Mission Beach. There are four villages that are collectively known as Mission Beach: South Mission Beach, Wongaling Beach, North Mission Beach and Bingil Bay. Fourteen kilometres of palm-fringed beach connect these four small townships, from Kennedy Bay in the south, to Garners Beach in the north, a favourite spot for naturalists. The Edmund Kennedy walking track at the southern end of the beach is part beach, mangrove and rainforest. Several creeks empty their waters at Mission Beach and locals can often be found fishing for barramundi and mangrove jacks. Good fishing is also to be had at Clump Point jetty and the rock wall at Clump Point boat ramp. And for absolute seclusion, try Brooks Beach or Garners Beach at the northern end. It’s quite likely that you’ll catch a glimpse of the endangered Southern Cassowary in the rainforest around Mission Beach. At Mission Beach, you will find a tranquil and very friendly tropical holiday township ideally suited to those who desire a true break from everyday life.

North Stradbroke Island

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Refreshing, relaxing, and simply beautiful, North Stradbroke Island, or “”Straddie”", as the locals call it, is one of Moreton Bay’s best loved getaway spots. The resident community, some 3,000 lucky people, will welcome you, and they’ll also expect you to look after this spectacular natural environment. Located at the southern end of Moreton Bay, it is one of the largest sand islands in the world, and is a popular escape destination for couples, families, nature lovers and adventure-seekers. Stretches of white sandy beach line the island’s ocean side making it ideal for swimming, surfing, and fishing, while the sheltered western edge offer a calm environment for those after a more relaxing experience. “”Straddie”" is the perfect destination for a four wheel drive or bush adventure. While there are paved roadways around the island, much of the hinterland, including the lakes, is only accessible by four wheel drive, and these areas are fascinating sanctuaries for local flora and fauna. Bring your own four     wheel drive or book a tour with an experienced “”Straddie”" operator. Some also offer “”tagalong”" tours for less experienced four wheel drive enthusiastists. North Stradbroke Island is rich in Aboriginal and European historical sites. Visit the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum at Dunwich for a fascinating history of the island. Eerily, the cemetery at Dunwich includes the graves of shipwreck and typhoid victims from the early 1800s. Aboriginal shell middens can be found throughout the island. You can also attend indigenous cultural and bush tucker talks organised by the Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders.

Surfers Paradise

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Surfers Paradise is the jewel of Queensland’s Gold Coast and one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia. Surfers Paradise is where you’ll find the perfect fusion of city and beach lifestyles set amidst a spectacular skyline and brilliant stretch of coast. Once you arrive, you’ll soon feel that you’ve literally arrived in paradise. Vibrant and eclectic, Surfers Paradise provides non-stop action. With an abundance of theme parks and family attractions all in easy access, you’re never short of finding things to do. The trouble instead may be finding enough time to do everything. Surfers Paradise invites exploration. Whether it’s through the winding streets lined with alfresco dining restaurants or the art galleries that showcase local artists’ works and Aboriginal exhibitions. There’s the unending shopping options from top-end designers to outlet bargains and nighttime beachfront markets. Surfers Paradise is enticing in every way imaginable. And when nightfall comes, Surfers bursts into action    with 24-hour excitement. Bars and nightclubs start pumping with live music and dance beats, while non-stop events keep you entertained. And of course, there’s the Indy Races, which jumpstarts Surfers Paradise into action every October. And the next day when you’re tired from all of the action, grab your towel and hit the beach. Learn how to surf or watch the pros make it look so easy. If you’re around in March, you’ll be able to witness incredibly fit athletes competing in the Quicksilver Pro-Surfing Competition and the Surf Life Saving Championships. It’s all in a hard day’s work at Surfers Paradise. So now, it’s time for you to come to experience ‘Australia’s playground’ for yourself…Surfers Paradise.

These are yust a few of the beaches in Queensland, i will make a second edition, so you can see all the nice beaches in Queensland.

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Mcleods season 7

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Jodi has the day planned out to the last detail. But her easy confidence and control are about to be tested. Into her morning & totally unannounced, Matt suddenly appears. With the trial over and free of his assumed identity, he’s journeyed back to the place and the girl that have meant so much to him. A charming and good-looking man arrives at Drover’s looking for Killarney. His name is Marcus Turner and he is quite enamoured of Stevie. Kate’s romantic exit has stirred up some confusing emotions for Jodi. Meanwhile, Tayler is trying to prove herself to the Drovers’ girls, so volunteers to do a branding job. When a sale falls through, Matt, who’s started working for Jim Selkirk, arranges for him to buy them. Bringing the sheep in, Jodi discovers an angry rash has developed on her wrists and ankles. Believing Regan should be arriving back from her mother’s, Tayler is worried when she hasn’t arrived. When she and Patrick find an injured possum inside the house, Tayler insists on caring for it. Riley’s estranged father, Bill, visits Drover’s Run. When Marcus phones Nick in Argentina to talk business, it’s the last straw for Alex. Meanwhile, Tayler is thrilled that the baby possum has flourished in her care. Jodi is becoming increasingly disturbed about Emma McLeod and the identity of her secret lover. Meanwhile, Alex, angry that Marcus lied to him for so long, is doing his best to not deal with the fact that he and Marcus are brothers. Tayler gets in trouble with Stevie over trying to do extra work with the brumbies. Riley and Matt both declare their love for Jodi, but who will she choose? Stevie risks losing Alex when she helps Marcus with a secret cattle deal. Jodi has an overnight vigil in the national park with Matt, when her horse Tucker is bitten by a tiger snake. Jodi faces a gut-wrenching decision when Matt is forced back into witness protection - will she choose love over Drovers Run? It’s sibling rivalry gone mad when Marcus and Alex compete to woo Stevie. Kate returns to Drovers Run for a funeral - but whose funeral is it. Kate uncovers the shocking truth about Jodi and Matt’s murder. Meg returns for Jodi’s funeral with a bizarre secret. Alex takes drastic action to prove how much he loves Stevie. Regan receives a surprising legacy from Jodi’s will. Regan tries to reconcile with her wild-at-heart sister, Grace McLeod, after Grace inherits a part share of Drovers Run. Riley is seduced by a sexy cowgirl, with disastrous results. Kate is determined to prove her bizarre farming methods to Marcus. Alex’s plan to propose to Stevie goes horribly wrong, when a series of accidents and disasters threaten to ruin their relationship. Kate and Riley are caught in a game of theft and deception over stray cattle. Tayler has a crush on Riley, with humiliating results. When sheep rustlers steal Drovers Run’s breeding stock, reckless Grace McLeod takes the law into her own hands. Regan struggles to convince Grace to stay permanently at Drovers Run. Kate becomes obsessed with organising Stevie and Alex’s wedding, as a way of mending her own broken heart. Bryce resorts to blackmail to force Alex and Stevie into signing a pre-nuptial agreement. Stevie takes drastic action to avoid being pigeonholed as ‘Mrs Alex Ryan’. Marcus buys a racehorse and finds himself in serious financial trouble. Phil buys the truckstop in a disastrous attempt to impress Moira. Loyalties are tested when Grace forces Regan to choose between her family and her new lover. The girls fight to stop Drovers Run becoming the site of a toxic waste dump. Alex takes drastic action to lodge his marriage licence application in time. Phil’s cost-cutting at the truck stop backfires, when Patrick resigns rather than sign a new workplace agreement. Grace kidnaps a government official to prevent the toxic dump going ahead. Regan fights to save Drovers Run, as her relationships with Grace and Lyle reach crisis point. Phil thinks Riley is having an affair with Moira, and is determined to fight for his girl. Tayler and Patrick use guerrilla tactics to stop the toxic dump going   ahead. Old wounds are opened when Stevie’s estranged mother visits Drover’s Run and Rose tries to force a reconciliation. Passions are aroused when Stevie and Alex organise a laser skirmish for their combined “bucks and hens” party. Kate returns from Africa after her relationship with Dave has failed. The alpha males on Killarney butt heads over who will manage the property while Alex is on his honeymoon. It’s Alex and Stevie’s wedding day, but will Alex get out of jail in time for the service? Alex’s sister Ashleigh tries to ruin his wedding and take control of Killarney. Grace’s stubborn pride threatens to wreck Stevie’s big day. Rose gives Stevie a pre-wedding makeover - with disastrous results. Grace is convinced she has cursed Drovers Run when a series of bizarre plagues hits the farm. It’s pride versus prejudice when Grace locks horns with a rich new neighbour, Heath Barrett. With Alex away on his honeymoon, Ashleigh undermines Marcus’ authority on Killarney. Ashleigh seduces Patrick, and Tayler is surprised to find herself feeling jealous. Moira’s love is tested when Phil profiteers from high petrol prices. Grace is determined to resist Heath’s charms, but for how long? Patrick suffers a life-threatening reaction when bitten by a lizard. Grace questions her future on Drover’s Run when her best friend dies suddenly. Heath and Marcus clash over a livestock dispute. Moira moonlights as a mechanic, setting herself up in competition with Phil’s truck stop. Grace & Kate are taken hostage by a bankrupt farmer. Moira has a premonition that someone will be shot by the gunman, but who will it be? When the bank refuses credit to Drovers Run, Grace accepts a secret loan from Ashleigh…but has she made a deal with the devil? While Alex stays behind in Argentina, for some business, Stevie returns to Drover’s Run. Rose makes plan to travel with a male friend, much to Stevie’s dismay, but she suffers a tragic farm accident, which will change the lives of everyone on Drover’s Run. Grace takes desperate measures to    repay her secret loan to Ashleigh. Riley trains up a new horse for Grace, but will any horse be as good as Baggins? A guardian angel visits Drover’s Run to make the girls’ dreams come true. Rose returns from hospital in a wheelchair and is involved in a freak car crash. But was it really an accident? Moira convinces the girls to do a naked rain dance, with unexpected results. Tayler discovers the shocking truth about Rose, but will she tell Stevie? Sceptic Phil meets a ghost, and gains a new respect for Moira’s psychic gifts. While the girls investigate a mysterious explosion at the fuel dump, wheelchair-bound Rose is trapped in the homestead during a brazen robbery attempt. Ashleigh blackmails Grace into lying to the police. Marcus and Heath clash over Grace’s drought-proofing scheme. Kate falls for Mitch, an ex-army mate of Riley’s with a dark secret. Stevie is forced to leave Drovers Run, when Grace accuses her of disloyalty. Riley makes a dangerous enemy when he rejects Ashleigh’s advances. Tayler  uncovers a dark secret about Ashleigh. Will she tell Patrick, knowing it will break his heart? Riley discovers his best mate Mitch is trading in stolen army weapons. Blinded by love, Kate helps her new beau Mitch hide from the police. A dangerous beast is killing Drovers stock. Is it a wild dog, or something more exotic? Tayler and Patrick steal the truckstop safe in a misguided attempt to get Tayler’s back-pay. Heath and Marcus come to blows over Grace. Blinded by love, Kate decides to go on the run with her outlaw boyfriend Mitch. Drovers Run and other local farms are the victims of a professional arsonist. Stevie and Grace investigate the arson attacks and uncover a conspiracy to bankrupt local farmers. Could Phil Rakich be responsible? Grace fights to save Ashleigh’s life, after they are involved in a serious car accident. When a stud bull is murdered on Drovers Run, the girls are convinced someone is trying to bankrupt them. But who? Grace is shocked when Heath proposes marriage. Will she accept? The girls host a spectacular medieval pageant to raise money for Drought Relief. The future of Drovers Run hangs in the balance, when Ashleigh forces Grace to sell her heritage. Patrick gets his heart broken by Ashleigh, and Tayler is there to pick up the pieces. Grace takes drastic action to capture a cattle thief. The girls uncover Ashleigh’s plan to bankrupt Drovers Run. But can they stop her before it’s too late? Grace questions her future with Heath, after losing her engagement ring. Kate is convinced she has killed Ashleigh in a hit and run accident. But where is the body? Stevie discovers she’ pregnant. Tayler meets her long-lost mother under bizarre circumstances. A mysterious stranger forces Grace to reconsider her future with Heath. Patrick organises a surprise party for Tayler’s 18th birthday. The sexy new female vet teaches Marcus a lesson. Marcus suspects Heath is cheating on Grace. Or is jealousy clouding his judgement? Grace starts to question Heath’s love for her, until Heath surprises her with an   amazing gift. It’s Christmas Eve, and Alex makes an surprise return from Argentina to visit Stevie. Christmas Day ends tragically when Grace, Riley, Tayler and Patrick are involved in a shocking car accident at the flooded river. Who will survive?

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Mcleods season 6

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Alex is missing but soon returns with his new fiancée, Fiona and unknowingly breaks Stevie’s heart. Tess learns that Nick’s remains have been found. Jodi finally reveals to Tess that they are sisters, but things don’t go as she had hoped. Alex and Fiona’s engagement is publicly announced, thanks to a meddling Harry. A jealous Stevie looks into Fiona’s past. Tess asks Jodi to move into the main house. Heartbroken Stevie has a one-night stand that she may soon regret. Jodi learns Rob’s secret and they are brought closer together. Moira moves into Drovers Run. With their biological meat status lost, and no prospects for new buyers, the women of Drovers struggle to keep the bank from taking the farm. In an effort to help, Stevie gambles away Drover money. Sandra takes advantage of the weakness at Drover’s Run by messing up Tess’s deal with a buyer. After a pregnancy scare, Tess offers Jodi half her share of Drovers. Jodi fights for the respect of the local farmers. Harry begins receiving death threats. After many confusing dreams and visions, Tess begins to suspect Nick is really alive. Kate thinks she may have skin cancer. Moira questions her psychic abilities. Nick returns home, but he is troubled by flash-backs of Argentina and his mugging. Kate goes to see a cancer specialist. Tess learns that Nick wants to return to Argentina, but must decide if she’s really ready to leave Drovers. A brumby stallion lures Phoenix back to the wild. Jodi discovers that a journalist seeking a story on Nick is actually after Rob. Jodi risks her own life in an attempt to save Rob from hitman that is hunting him. Dave’s brother, Patrick, returns with a truckload of goats. Meg proposes to Terry. When Patrick is blinded in an accident, he must rely on Kate for help. Jodi arranges a surprise wedding for Meg & Terry. Stevie and Fiona take on a horse dealer and learn respect for each other. Regan returns to Drovers with a devastating secret. Through an accident, Fiona discovers she is infertile and decides to NOT tell Alex. Now that  everyone knows about Meg & Jack McLeod’s affair, and who Jodi’s biological father is, Stevie forces Jodi to step up to the responsibilities of running Drovers as a part owner. Alex asks Stevie to be his best man, but Stevie ends up as Fiona’s bridesmaid. Kate and Moira find common ground when they partner up for a radio trivia quiz and Harry receives more death threats. Jodi believes she has killed Harry Ryan in a car accident and is facing manslaughter charges. A Japanese trade delegation visits Drovers to make a lucrative export deal with ‘Gungellan Fresh’. Stevie helps a Japanese delegate’s Australian wife reconcile with her husband and her new life in Tokyo. Alex learns the real story of Harry’s life. Feeling responsible for his death, Stevie guiltily admits to Alex that she argued with Harry the morning he died. Alex reconciles with his father’s ghost and is able to give a heartfelt eulogy. Kate and Regan learn new respect for each other when a lead poisoning mystery forces them to work together. Jodi’s ‘father’, Kevin Fountain, returns wanting to get his daughter back and Jodi is devastated to learn he is using her for her inheritance money. The girls race against the clock to shear 500 sheep before morning in order to make an important Gungellan Fresh sale. Fiona’s mother Trudie arrives at Killarney, determined to see the wedding through. Jealous of Stevie and desperate not to lose Alex, Fiona tells him she’s pregnant. Stevie discovers Fiona is lying about being pregnant. Racing to stop the wedding, Stevie is too late — Fiona has fast-tracked the ceremony before Stevie can tell Alex. Dave admits he cannot dance and begs Regan for help. In exchange, Dave sets out to change Regan’s views on marriage and the two end up rekindling their romance. When brumbies are found shot dead, the Drovers girls suspect Riley, a handsome stranger. Sandra moves back into Killarney, convinced she is carrying out Harry’s legacy. Moira and Regan go into a fuel carting business together. Kate decides to find her inner daredevil  to impress Patrick. Stevie and Riley clash over horse training techniques when the pressure is on to have a horse ready for sale in a day. Regan buys a quad bike as a horse substitute, but an accident makes her realise that she must learn to ride to become a true Drover’s girl. Sandra and Fiona create a stalemate of power at Killarney when it’s revealed they each have damaging information on the other. Moira’s husband, Hugh, returns to Gungellan, wanting her back. Regan saves the day when she discovers that a paratyphoid outbreak on Drovers is the result of Sandra’s dirty work. Jodi realises that family ties are more important than winning the inaugural Gungellan Fresh Cross Country Challenge. Post race, news comes that Tess & Nick’s baby daughter has been born…Claire Ruth Ryan. When evidence mounts against Stevie, Kate starts to believe that she could be guilty of Harry Ryan’s murder. Riley reacts badly when a local trainer is revealed to be abusing his horses. Kate and Patrick’s night of passion is  interrupted when Kate is distracted by the evidence against Stevie. Kate learns a valuable lesson about trusting her heart when she realises she was wrong to go to the police about Stevie. When Alex returns to Killarney, Fiona gains the upper hand over Sandra by faking a miscarriage (!) and confessing that she may be infertile. When the mood of the town turns against Stevie, Jodi pulls Drovers Run out of the Gungellan Fresh Cooperative. When Leo returns to the district, Stevie loses control when trying to prove he murdered Harry Ryan. Alex discovers Fiona lied about the pregnancy. Sandra loses the war when Fiona’s honesty leads Alex to kick Sandra out of Killarney for good. Moira’s decision to take a shortcut leads to a dangerous petrol spill on Drovers Run. With his marriage on shaky ground, Alex’s world is turned upside down when he and Stevie nearly kiss!!! Tensions rise between the Drovers’ girls when Jodi is forced to make a farm decision based on the possibility that Stevie will go to jail. As Stevie   ties up loose ends on her last day at Drovers Run before trial, she’s saved at the final hour by a Ryan’s desperate confession. Eager to integrate herself into the community to save her marriage, Fiona joins the CFS. Alex is at loggerheads with Riley when gates are mysteriously left open all over Killarney. Stevie is excited about her daughter Rose coming to stay and sees it as an opportunity to rebuild their relationship, but Rose sees it differently. Also on Stevie’s mind is the kiss she and Alex shared. It’s Gungellan’s 150th anniversary and the town is celebrating, but Jodi comes to blows with the organiser and discovers that history is repeating itself. Unaware of Leo and Stevie’s history, Rose secretly starts seeing Leo. Riley, Alex, Jodi and Kate take cattle along the stock route overnight. A series of pranks ends with an outburst from Riley that shocks them all. When Patrick discovers a ring box in Dave’s car, Jodi and Kate warn Regan to prepare for a proposal. Rose and Stevie enthusiastically prepare for dinner with Rose’s “mystery man”, but are horrified when Rose’s date turns out to be Leo. Kate wants to apply for the Young Farmer of the Year Award, but is crushed when she discovers Jodi has entered, because Kate has never beaten Jodi at anything. Jodi has introduced Boer goats onto Drovers and wants to associate them with Gungellan Fresh, but Phil Rakich is against it and bad mouths them. Riley overhears and gets his revenge, but when it backfires Rakich threatens to sue…Jodi is furious. Dave and Regan make some decisions about their relationship, but is it really what they both want. When Alex returns from the city, Stevie fears he’s changed his mind about leaving Fiona for her. Meanwhile, Patrick and Jodi battle it out over who knows Kate the best, while the Boer goats behave strangely by refusing to drink. In the midst of the storm, Jodi wakes from a devastating nightmare about Rob and fleeing from the hitman. Fiona is free to leave the hospital and the newly-separated couple endure a tense return to Killarney. Riley tells Jodi that he needs help searching for a brumby that escaped during the storm. Stevie learns that Alex missed their rendezvous only due to circumstance and she believes there may still be hope for their love. Dave gets offered a research job in Africa for two years and although he’s tempted, he convinces himself, and everyone else, that he’s not interested. Kate’s relationship with Patrick is not travelling well. Stevie is now determined that if Alex wants a war, that’s what he’s going to get. Moira, newly divorced, finds herself the object of Phil Rakich’s affection. Kate is rattled. Dave’s imminent move to Africa has awoken old feelings and whenever she sees him now she lapses into daydreams of Dave declaring his love for her. Over at Killarney, Fiona turns up claiming half the furniture and sets the tone of the conflict by chainsawing the dining room table in half. Riley wants to join the CFS, but Jodi takes this as a clumsy ploy to get near her.

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