Canetoads

EVIL CANETOADS ATTACK!!



Canetoads were released in Queensland in 1935.
Following the apparent success of the cane toad in eating the beetles that were threatening the sugarcane plantations of Puerto Rico, and the fruitful introductions into Hawaii and the Philippines, there was a strong push for the canetoad to be released in Australia to negate the pests that were ravaging the Queensland cane fields.



As a result, 102 canetoads were collected from Hawaii, equally comprising males and females, and brought to Australia.




After successful testing, by 1937 62,000 toadlets had been released into the wild. The canetoads became firmly established in Queensland, increasing exponentially in number and extending their range into the Northern Territory and New South Wales.
Recently, the toads have made their way into Western Australia and one has even been found on the far western coast in Broome.




Canetoads have rapidly multiplied in population and now number over 200 million and have been known to spread diseases affecting local biodiversity.


Stop squeezing me!!!

However, the canetoads were generally unsuccessful in reducing the targeted beetles, in part because the cane fields provided insufficient shelter for the predators during the day.






YUMMY!!! Lunch time

Canetoads have also been known to be a significant source of food for humans in their native environment; cane toads are cooked by skinning them and removing the internal organs (including the poisonous glands), then roasting them. It has been said they are like chicken except with a drier taste.





canetoad kung-fu

In Australian states where the canetoads are common, some 'sports' have developed, such as canetoad golf, and canetoad cricket, where canetoads are used as balls.







Australias biggest surf breaks


Shipsterns Bluff Tasmania
Australias biggest surf breaks are very dangerous, a breaking wave can push surfers down 20 to 50 feet (6.2 m to 15.5 m) below the surface. Once they stop spinning around, they have to quickly regain their equilibrium and figure out which way is up. Surfers may have less than 20 seconds to get to the surface before the next wave hits them. Additionally, the water pressure at a depth of 20–50 feet can be strong enough to rupture one's eardrums. Strong currents and water action at those depths can also slam a surfer into a reef or the ocean floor, which can result in severe injuries or even death.


One of the greatest dangers is the risk of being held underwater by two or more consecutive waves. Surviving a triple hold-down is extremely difficult and surfers must be prepared to cope with these situations.

Tassie!

One of Australias biggest surf breaks and scariest, is Shipsterns Bluff it is located in between Cape Raoul and Tunnel Bay, Tasmania. It is approximately a 2 hour drive to the Westside of Tasman National Park where Shipsterns Bluff is located, it has two-hundred-metre cliffs rising vertically out of the ocean, and if you are looking for a reassuring hint of civilisation you won't find it.

It is approximately a 30km boat/jet ski ride to the location and is regarded amongst the surfing community as one of the wildest and most dangerous locations in the world, also considering waters surrounding the Shipsterns are known as habitat of great white sharks.

Shipstern Bluff's ferocity when seen at close quarters, will leave little doubt that this scary hellish right-hander could indeed be a crossover point to the Underworld. For decades this wave was more myth than reality, as no one had even considered surfing it.


Shipsterns Bluff ya ever love it or hate it!

 
Rumours of a wave in Tasmania far gnarlier than anything on the mainland first drifted across Bass Strait in 2000. Up until that point the true, awful potential of Shipstern Bluff was known only by the local guys who'd already surfed it (at that stage about three of them).

Nature's raw power is not often on display like this.




Australias biggest surf breaks

Cow Bombie is deep water reef break about 2 km offshore from the Western Australian suburb of Grace Town, south of Perth. It is now recognised as one of Australia's big wave hot spots, having produced XXL awards Australasia biggest wave, upwards of 40ft in 2009
More recently big wave rider Mark Viser has said "If the conditions are right, it could be up to 60ft (18m)," Visser said. "It's a massive wave which rarely breaks and it's the biggest wave in the country."


Mark Visser

LOVE and hate. Fear and bravery. Tragedy and humour. Life and death. Blind panic and an exhilaration beyond comprehension. Fine lines.


Alfy Carter rode the line. He rode the line with a bunch of his mates at a previously secret place, "Cow Bombie", in Western Australia. Here, the waves resemble mountains. Here, courage, patience, sanity and heart are tested as never before. Here, Carter made his name.



"Go Alfy"

He isn't claiming his wave was the biggest ever ridden in Australia - he doesn't want to sound like a smart-arse. He doesn't have to. Everyone else is doing it for him. The proof is in the photograph. The proof is in his nomination for the hugely prestigious 2006 Oakley/ASL Big Wave Awards. The proof is in the shaking heads, the rolling eyes, the disbelief in anyone who speaks about it.

The fine line. Carter rode it and landed on the preferred side, the side where there's love and bravery and humour and exhilaration and life.

He's getting all the kudos, but he's lucky he wasn't killed that day.

Before the thunder rolled in - his wave - Carter had been pummelled by a wave of comparable magnitude. He went down so deep it was as black as night. Twice he had to equalise the pressure pounding in his head. He was tossed around like a rag doll, unable to take a breath, telling himself not to freak out . . . don't freak out, whatever you do, don't freak out . . . but, with every passing second, the time to start freaking out drew closer. Forty seconds after going under, he came back up.
Australias biggest surf breaks.









 






Bondi Beach


One of many celebrities who visit our fair shores, Snoop Dogg enjoys a leisurely stroll along Bondi Beach


Bondi Beach, what better place to find yourself during 100-plus-degree temperatures in Australia, than along Sydney’s iconic beach.
Bondi beach is also a haven for backpackers, with lots of hostels and bed and breakfast accommodation.



Bondi Beach is one of Australia's most famous beaches and among the world's most well-known beaches. The beach is roughly a kilometre long and is patrolled by TV celebrity lifeguards.
Bondi Rescue is an Australian factual television program which is broadcast on Channel Ten. The program follows the day to day life of the lifeguards at work patrolling Bondi Beach.
Bondi Rescue is also broadcast in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, Italy, Belgium, Hong Kong and worldwide on National Geographic Adventure.






Bondi beach is the closest beach to the Sydney city centre (8kms), this south facing beach can attract more than 40,000 visitors on a typical summer weekend.

Offering topless sunbathing, swimming and great surfing for boards and bodies, the beach is popular with Australians as well as international tourists.



Amy Winehouse helping out the lifeguards at Bondi

Bondi Beach lifeguards perform around 2,500 rescues over the summer period, dealing with lost children, shark scares, sexual deviants, and thieves on the beach in addition to watching the water. Every once in a while celebrities such as Snoop Dogg, Amy Winehouse, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Russell Crowe, Richard Branson, Hugh Grant, Zac Efron, Rowan Atkinson, David Hasslehoff, and the Indian Cricket Team also make appearances on their shores.







In 2007, the Guinness World Record for the largest swimsuit photo shoot was set at Bondi Beach, with 1,010 women wearing bikinis taking part.





Year after year, thousands of backpackers, travellers, visitors, even locals converge on the golden sands of Bondi Beach to spend Christmas Day at one of Sydney’s iconic beaches. Decked out in bold red Santa hats and proudly wearing Christmas decorations around bikinis, girl elves in short red skirts and men in Santa costumes are common sightings.
Beachgoers park their decorated Christmas trees next to their beach towels, pose for photographs in the front of the surf, even take on to surfboards in their best Christmas beachwear.









Bondi Beach is patrolled 365 days a year



DON'T FORGET - Always swim between the flags


Australia's most dangerous creatures



Australia has a large share of some of the world's most painful and poisonous creatures. We have deadly spiders, and six of the top ten most deadliest snakes of the world. Even our cute little platypus produces one of the most excruciating venoms known.


Here are just a few of Australia's most dangerous creatures.





Now that's a snake... king brown in Branxton, NSW Australia.

INLAND TAIPAN
The inland Taipan also known as the Fierce Snake is found only in Australia, it is the most toxic snake in the world. One bite will release about 100 mgs of poison which is enough to kill one hundred men or more. This snake is very rare and cases of snake bite from the Inland Taipan are not common at all. Although this is the most toxic of all snakes it is not the most aggressive.



 

BOX JELLYFISH
The box jellyfish has been called "the world's most venomous creature."
Box jellyfish or "sea wasp" is also a common name for the notoriously dangerous Chironex fleckeri. The ambiguous but commonly used terms "sea wasp" and "marine stinger" are sometimes used to refer to the more venomous species of box jellyfish.
In northern Australia, the highest risk period for the box jellyfish is between October and May.

Each tentacle has about 500,000 venom cells, containting nematocysts, a harpoon-shaped miscroscopic mechanism that injects venom into the victim. In Australia, the fatal envenomations are most often perpetrated by the largest species of this family of jellyfish Chironex fleckeri, owing to the high potency of the venom carried in their microscopic harpoons

Once a tentacle of the box jellyfish adheres to skin, it pumps venom into the skin, causing the sting and agonizing pain.

In Australia, box jellyfish have caused at least 64 deaths since the first report in 1883.
In April 2010, a 10 year old Australian girl survived multiple stings from box jellyfish and her survival is considered a medical miracle.






BROWN SNAKE
Brown Snakes, are an elapid snake native to Australia. This species is considered to be the second most venomous land snake in the world based on LD50 value.
Unfortunatley due to their mainly rodent diet, they can often be found near houses and farms.
In Australia 60% of all deaths caused by snake bites are from this fella.







CROCODILES
Saltwater crocodiles known as Salties are likely to revive calls to allow safari crocodile hunting, observers said. Killing saltwater crocodiles has been strictly restricted since 1971 when the animals were near extinction. But with more than 80,000 saltwater crocodiles now in the Northern Territory, many political groups have called for the ban to be lifted.


Saltwater crocodile attacks on average, kill one person a year in Australia, so as long as you take some sensible precautions there is no need to worry a crocodile attack may ruin your Australian holiday.

Salwater crocodile attacks occur between late September and January when crocodiles are hungry after the dry season and are preparing to breed, and most victims had been under the influence of alcohol, and swimming at times and in places that most sensible people would avoid.






FUNNEL WEB SPIDER
The funnel web spider is one of the three most dangerous spiders in the world and are regarded by some to be the most dangerous.

Funnel web spiders are medium-to-large in size, with body lengths ranging from 1 cm to 5 cm (0.4" to 2"). They are darkly coloured, ranging from black to blue-black to plum to brown, with a glossy, hairless carapace covering the front part of the body.
There have been 27 recorded deaths in Australia in the last 100 years from spider bites. Bites from Sydney funnel-web spiders have caused 13 deaths (seven in children),although since the introduction of antivenoms there have been no deaths from funnel web spider bites.




 

BLUE RINGED OCTOPUSBlue ringed Octopus are one of the most dangerous animals on earth.
The blue-ringed octopus, has been found lurking in increasing numbers around Sydney beaches in recent weeks.
Already one person has been taken to hospital with a bite from the creature, with experts fearing the worst is still to come - with millions of the deadly octopuses living along the NSW coast.

Despite their small size and colours, a bite from a blue-ringed octopus quickly paralyses a person to a point where they fall unconscious and can't breathe, it carries enough venom to kill 26 adult humans within minutes.
Its venom is 10,000 times more toxic than cyanide.
Victims can only be saved with immediate medical treatment that involves resuscitation and putting pressure on the wound.
Though the octopus has bitten people it has only resulted in three known deaths. The octopus usually only bites if it is provoked in some way or another.




SHARKS
Shark attacks have killed only 11 people over the last 50 years in Australia. Numbers continue to fall despite Australia being the second most likely place after the United States to be attacked by a shark.


Fatal shark attacks are more likely to be in Queensland and South Australia.
Overall there have been 600 shark attacks throughout Australia in the last 50 years, most of which have not been fatal. The highest state for attacks is NSW. A great White shark attack is the most likely shark.






HORSES AND COWS 
Horses are the animals that are most likely to cause human deaths in Australia, according to a report.
Statistics compiled by the National Coroners Information System suggests that cows are the second most dangerous. For their investigation, coroners studied deaths linked to animals between 2000 and 2006.
They found that 40 of the 128 deaths were caused by horses.
Most of such mishaps took place when riders fell off, including one that resulted in a coroner recommending that helmets be encouraged for commercial horse riding and mandatory for tourism operations.





Australian Horror movies




Australian Horror movies have had great success overseas, a major horror movie success story that started in Australia is Saw (2004).
Arriving in Los Angeles with a short promotional film and a script, young Australian filmmakers Leigh Wannell and James Wan secured financial backing and shot the grisly shocker in the US, where it reaped $848 million and seven sequels.

Australian Horror movies





The Cars That Ate Paris 1974

Mild-mannered Arthur is trapped in a quiet country town where feral youth drive souped-up cars and the hospital is full of brain-damaged accident victims.


Dead Calm 1989

Nicole Kidman was 20 when she was cast in Dead Calm. Within a year of the film opening, she was in Hollywood – partly as a result of her performance in this film.


The Last Wave 1977

As the weather gets worse, tax lawyer David Burton has a premonition of disaster, in which he is to play a key role.


Long Weekend 1978

On a long weekend camping trip to a lonely beach, Peter and Marcia confront the despair of their marriage, as nature takes revenge on them.


Mad Max 1979

Mad Max was a piece of impolite, independent cinema that had a profound effect on audiences and filmmakers across the world.


Modern Love 2006

Like Wake in Fright, Modern Love plays upon the threatening nature of the Australian outback as an ordinary man undergoes an extraordinary personality change.


The Night the Prowler 1978

This savage satire on the neuroses of the privileged of Sydney’s eastern suburbs was written by the great novelist Patrick White.


Patrick 1978

Patrick proved that Australia had the capacity to produce exportable exploitation movies and is better regarded now than it was in 1978.


Picnic at Hanging Rock 1975

On St Valentine’s Day 1900, three schoolgirls from an exclusive English-style boarding school go missing, along with a teacher, at Hanging Rock, in central Victoria.


Thirst 1979

Australia’s only postmodern vampire movie, Thirst is a highlight of the ‘Ozploitation’ films made in the late 1970s and early 80s.


Turkey Shoot 1982

Without doubt one of the most notorious Australian films ever made, Turkey Shoot has attracted both wildly positive and negative reactions over the years.


Dracenstein 2009

Two Horror Legends combine into one HORRIBLE MONSTER !!!

Wolf Creek, Rogue, Razorback, Undead, Body melt

 and many many more.




Dracenstein





SAW 3D



Keith Urban Australian Superstar



Keith Urban started a campaign to convince Americans he was a new man who'd cleaned up his act, Urban appeared as cover boy in the April 2001 edition of Playgirl magazine.




Keith Urban Australian superstar spent most of the 1990s in the US snorting cocaine and recording very little, Keith Urban got his act together in 2001 and won the Academy of Country Music Awards as top new male vocalist.




1999 Interview


In 1999 Keith was not at the top of the Australian Country charts, nor was he one of Australia's top Male Country Artists. Keith had to forfeit the idea of winning Golden Guitars in order to follow his dreams that took him and manager Greg Shaw to Nashville in 1989.


Keith Lionel Urban (born October 26, 1967)
Caboolture in the state of Queensland is the hometown of singer Keith Urban; although born in New Zealand, Urban moved to Caboolture when he was two-years-old.





Keith Urban made his solo American debut in 1999 with the album Keith Urban. Certified platinum in the U.S., it also produced his first American Number One in "But for the Grace of God". His breakthrough hit was the Number One "Somebody Like You", from his second Capitol album Golden Road (2002).





This album also earned Urban his first Grammy Award win for "You'll Think of Me", its fourth single and the fourth Billboard Number One of his career. 2004's Be Here, his third American album, produced three more Number Ones, and became his highest-selling album, earning 4× Multi-Platinum certification. Love, Pain; the Whole Crazy Thing was released in 2006, producing the record-setting #17 country chart debut of "Once in a Lifetime", as well as Urban's second Grammy for the song "Stupid Boy", while a Greatest Hits package entitled Greatest Hits: 18 Kids followed in late 2007. This album was re-released a year later as Greatest Hits: 19 Kids with one track added: the number one "You Look Good in My Shirt", which he had previously recorded on Golden Road. Additional albums Defying Gravity and Get Closer were released on March 31, 2009 and November 16, 2010, respectively.





Keith Urban has released a total of nine studio albums (one of which was released only in the United Kingdom), as well as one album in The Ranch. He has charted more than fifteen singles on the U.S. country charts, including ten Number Ones. Urban plays acoustic and electric guitar, as well as ganjo, bass guitar, mandolin, piano, sitar, bouzouki and drums.



On December 28, 2010,Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman welcomed a second daughter, Faith Margaret Kidman Urban, at Nashville's Centennial Women's Hospital.






Tattoo Designs Australia



Tatoo designs Australia
Lucky Diamond Rich is from Australia. When he ran out of room on his body for more tattoo designs he went over the existing tatoos with a black ink.

After completly covering himself black, even his gums and ear canal with tatoo designs, he then tatooed himself with white designs on top, before deciding on colored tattoos on the white.



Lucky has spent more than 1000 hours in the tattoo shop.


Tattoo fail !
And he'll juge your spelling



Tatoo designs on the eye ball

Tatoo Designs Australia has tattoo and body art expos in both Sydney and Melbourne this year


Angel wing tattoo designs are still the most popular of tatoos with both men and women today



 To get the tattoo of your dreams all you need to know are these three simple things:

1.You need to know EXACTLY where on your body you want your tattoo.

2.You need to know EXACTLY how big it should be.

3.You need to know EXACTLY what your tattoo will look like before it's permanent.

These three things add up to one basic concept... IT JUST FEELS RIGHT...!

Give yourself a satisfaction guarantee, avoid mistakes, and have fun test-driving your tattoo.



Before you get close to the needle, take your tattoo for a test drive. With Tattoo Johnny's Tattoo Transfer Paper you can turn any ink jet or laser printer into a temporary tattoo test center.  From only $5.99









LA Ink Featured artist Corey Miller's designs at Tattoo Johnny


Termites





 

Termites are sometimes referred to as ‘white ants’ because of their creamy colouring and ant-like appearance. There are over 350 species of termites in Australia of which some 20 species can damage timber in houses.
Termites avoid light and rarely come out into the open. Often termites are found within timbers where they leave a wafer thin layer to protect themselves from the outside environment. Sometimes they conceal themselves within mud-like tubes or galleries.




In nature termites assist in the recycling of organic matter and nutrients back to the soil.



Exploding Termites

Termites can explode by a contraction of muscles around a large gland that leads to the gland wall breaking. Soldier termites  release a sticky secretion by rupturing a gland near the skin of their neck, producing a tar baby effect in defense against ants. It is a form of suicidal Kamakazi.




Groups of termite whose soldiers have been found to explode, are defending their colonies,this is thought to be one of the most effective forms of defense, that termites possess as the ruptured workers, block the tunnels running into the nest, and it causes a one to one exchange between attackers and defenders, meaning attacks have a high energy cost to predators.













Pig Hunting





Pig hunting tours and safaris, are becoming a great Eco-tourism holiday adventure, for cashed up local, and overseas travellers.



There are now estimated to be over 23 million feral pigs in Australia, concentrated predominantly in NSW, Queensland and across the top of the Northern Territory. In other areas of the country, small isolated populations are present.



The distribution and abundance of feral pigs fluctuates markedly between years based on environmental conditions and availability of food and water.


The Fraser coast council in Queensland paid out $6680 in bounties to 21 people who had killed the destructive animals — and the program has been so successful that another $5000 has been added to its budget.





Ground-based feral pig hunting is considered by many to be good sport. and can be a useful control measure provided the shooting is carried out and supervised by experienced hunters.



Pig hunting is a real challenge, it can be exciting and very risky. As most of us know Pigs are very smart animals, their very cagey, and have excellent hearing and can smell you from a mile away, they also will not hesitate to attack when they are chased and cornered. Their poor eyesight is their only weakness but are still difficult for young and inexperienced hunters to shoot.




Pig hunting tours normally encourage clients to bring their own firearms but firearms can be supplied upon request.

All companies have specialised guides that can cater to shooters, bow hunters and doggers.

Goodhand Outback Experience targets big boars and there is no better place for them on the floodplains of the NT. Boars in excess of 100kg are usually encountered a daily basis. Whether you are experienced or a beginner GOE can cater to your needs.
With good quality comfortable accommodation (not tented camps), Luxury 4x4’s and new Polaris Rangers GOE is one of the best-equipped outfitters in the Territory.

7 Day trip 5 Days Hunting( Inc up to 5 Boars Per person Per day)
Price on Application



Camouflaged Vehicles available

HuntingSafaris
Pig hunting tours to the finest hunting in Northern Queensland - explosive action, big boars, fantastic trophies, wildlife and breathtaking scenery within 2 - 5 hours drive of Townsville airport.

Experience living and hunting amongst picturesque mountains, rivers, bushland, huge river red gums, billabongs, marsh swamps to rocky ravines and gorges where you will have opportunities to shoot at pigs
NO FEES or limits on shooting - Pigs, Boars
Rifles and ammunition can be supplied at $100 each for the duration of the Safari
PIG HUNTING - individual daily rate reduces as the numbers of hunters and days increase,

Pricing at
http://www.huntingsafaris.com.au

These are just two of the excellent Pig hunting tours and safaris available you can find more by Googling 
Pig Hunting Tours and safaris Australia.

Do Australia a favour, Shoot a Pig!