Musters in Australia, usually involve cattle, sheep or horses, but may also include goats, camels, buffalo or other animals. Mustering may be conducted for a variety of reasons including routine livestock health checks and treatments, branding, shearing, lamb marking, sale, feeding and transport or droving to another location. Mustering is a long, difficult and sometimes dangerous job, especially on the vast Australian cattle stations of the Top End, 'The Falls' (gorge) country of the Great Dividing Range and the ranches of the western United States. The group of animals gathered in a muster is referred to as a "mob" in Australia and a "herd" in North America.
Aussies muster their livestock, with various vehicles, horses or with aircraft.

Cowboys in Australia are called stockmen or jackaroos. Women are called jillaroos.
Australian Aboriginal cowboys played a large part in the life of Top End cattle stations. These men and women are splendid stockmen and are an integral part of the musters. Mustering in the Top End is conducted during the dry season from April to September when additional stockmen will be employed for the purpose. Initially, mustering here involved having stock camps where about three to seven ringers under a head stockman or overseer rode out with the horses to the area to be mustered.

The musterers started early each day by bringing up the hobbled horses, saddling up and then spending a long day mustering, branding, castrating and drafting the cattle. These long days were hard on man and beast with each having to contend with the heat, dust and flies. The men endured camping on the ground and had a monotonous diet of meals that were cooked on an open fire, usually by an unskilled cook.

Australian cowboys chase aggressive, rogue bulls or buffalo in the Top End of Australia, and they are captured using specially converted 4WD ‘bull catcher’ vehicles to bring them down prior to their transportation. This work can be very dangerous and requires great skill and agility on the part of the stockmen involved. Sometimes professional bull catchers, who were paid per beast captured, were used for this work.

A 'bang-tail muster’ is conducted to accurately account for cattle on large properties by cutting the tail brush before their release. Thus those with long tails have not previously been counted.

Musters usually involve cattle, sheep or horses, but may also include goats, camels, buffalo or other animals. Mustering may be conducted for a variety of reasons including routine livestock health checks and treatments, branding, shearing, lamb marking, sale, feeding and transport or droving to another location. Mustering is a long, difficult and sometimes dangerous job, especially on the vast Australian cattle stations of the Top End, 'The Falls' (gorge) country of the Great Dividing Range and the ranches of the western United States. The group of animals gathered in a muster is referred to as a "mob" in Australia and a "herd" in North America.

If you want to be a Australian cowboy, you'll be working very long days from sunrise to sunset, often seven days a week, and the work will be hot and dusty.

Working  at a cattle station

Cattle station work is officially the most dangerous job in Australia, with the most injuries and deaths per year.
You need to pull your weight, and there is no room for petty gripes or for whingers.
You will be working hard from sunrise to sunset, often seven days a week, and the work will be really hot and dusty.
No vegetarians, as food consists of minimal fruit and Veg, your diet will be meat, meat and rationed water.

Cattle stations are remote and isolated. Think hard about whether this really sounds like you, because the last thing they need during mustering is a worker who wants leave after two days, it will not happen.

Redback spider bites

Redbacks are considered one of the most dangerous spiders in Australia.The Redback spider has a neurotoxic venom which is toxic to humans with bites causing severe pain. There is an antivenom for Redback bites which is commercially available.

Throughout Australian history, only 14 deaths from redbacks have been recorded. However thousands of people are bitten each year across Australia,  bites generally occur as a result of a person placing a hand or other body part too close to the web, such as when reaching into dark holes or wall cavities. Bites can also occur if a spider has hidden in clothes or shoes.

Bites from Redback spiders are generally characterised by extreme pain and severe swelling. The bite may be painful from the start, but sometimes only feels like a pinprick or mild burning sensation. Within an hour victims generally develop more severe local pain with local swelling and sometimes goosebumps. Pain, swelling and redness spread proximally from the site. Systemic envenoming is heralded by swollen or tender regional lymph nodes; associated features include malaise, nausea, vomiting, abdominal or chest pain, generalised sweating, headache, fever, hypertension and tremor.
Rare complications include seizure, coma, pulmonary edema, respiratory failure or localised skin infection. Severe pain can persist for over 24 hours after being bitten

Redbacks usually prey on insects but they can capture larger animals that become entangled in the web including king crickets, trapdoor spiders, and small lizards. Commonly prey stealing occurs where larger females take food items stored in other spiders' webs. Most commonly, ants stray into the web. Redback spiders are known for deadly poison and lightning speed.

There was a red-back on the toilet seat

When I was there last night,

I didn't see him in the dark,

But boy! I felt his bite!

I jumped high up into the air,

And when I hit the ground,

That crafty red-back spider

Wasn't nowhere to be found.

There was a red-back on the toilet seat

When I was there last night,

I didn't see him in the dark,

But boy! I felt his bite!

And now I'm ere in hospital,

A sad and sorry plight,

And I curse the red-back spider

On the toilet seat last night.

Rushed in to the missus,

Told her just where I'd been bit,

She grabbed the cut-throat razor blade,

And I nearly took a fit.

I said "Just forget what's on your mind,

And call a doctor please,

'Cause I've got a feeling that your cure

Is worse than the disease."

There was a red-back on the toilet seat

When I was there last night,

I didn't see him in the dark,

But boy! I felt his bite!

And now I'm ere in hospital,

A sad and sorry plight,

And I curse the red-back spider

On the toilet seat last night.

I can't lay down, I can't sit up,

And I don't know what to do,

And all the nurses think it's funny,

But that's not my point of view.

I tell you it's embarrassing,

(And that's to say the least)

That I'm too sick to eat a bite,

While that spider had a feast!

There was a red-back on the toilet seat

When I was there last night,

I didn't see him in the dark,

But boy! I felt his bite!

And now I'm ere in hospital,

A sad and sorry plight,

And I curse the red-back spider

On the toilet seat last night.

And when I get back home again,

I tell you what I'll do,

I'll make that red-back suffer

For the pain I'm going through.

I've had so many needles

That I'm looking like a sieve,

And I promise you that spider

Hasn't very long to live!

There was a red-back on the toilet seat

When I was there last night,

I didn't see him in the dark,

But boy! I felt his bite!

And now I'm ere in hospital,

A sad and sorry plight,

And I curse the red-back spider

On the toilet seat last night.

Bart Cummings Aussie Legend

Bart Cummings Aussie Legend
Australians are known around the world as mad racing enthusiasts, hosting thousands of different races each year.

In Australian racing,  there will never be another trainer like Bart Cummings. The “Cups King” has more wins to his name than any other trainer in the history of Australian racing.

Bart is a absolute legend in Australian sport, with a training feat to date of 12 Melbourne Cup winners and 5 quinellas.
In the 1965-1966 season Bart Cummings received his first Trainer’s Premiership after winning seven Cups, setting a training record in the Australian racing history. He quinellaed the Melbourne and Adelaide Cups and won the Caulfield, Sandown, Sydney, Brisbane and Queen’s Cups.

Barts first Melbourne cup winner in 1965 was Light Fingers ridden by Roy Higgins

Here is a list of just some of his achievements.

2 Stakes races won.
SAJC SA Derby Stormy Passage

4 Stakes races won.
VATC Underwood Stakes Trellios
VRC LKS Mackinnon Stakes Trellios

4 Stakes races won.

1 Stakes races won.

3 Stakes races won.
AJC Chipping Norton Stakes The Dip

5 Stakes races won.
VATC 1000 Guineas Anna Rose

12 Stakes races won.
SAJC SA Derby Ziema
VRC Oaks Light Fingers
AJC Oaks Light Fingers

17 Stakes races won.
VRC Melbourne Cup Light Fingers
VATC Merson Cooper Stks Storm Queen
VRC Sires Produce Stks Storm Queen
STC Golden Slipper Stks Storm Queen
AJC Champagne Stks Storm Queen

24 Stakes races won.
SAJC SA Derby Peculator
VATC Caulfield Guineas Storm Queen
VATC Toorak Hcp Galilee
VATC Caulfield Cup Galilee
VRC Melbourne Cup Galilee
VRC George Adams Hcp Storm Queen
VRC Lightning Stakes Storm Queen
AJC Sydney Cup Galilee
SAJC Adelaide Cup Fulmen
QTC Brisbane Cup Fulmen

16 Stakes races won.
SAJC SA Oaks My Lady Fair
VRC Melbourne Cup Red Handed
VRC Australian Cup Arctic Coast
AJC Oaks Lowland

15 Stakes races won.
VATC Invitation Stakes Joking
VATC Underwood Stakes Lowland
AJC Sydney Cup Lowland
AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes Lowland

15 Stakes races won.
SAJC SA Derby Paradigm
VATC Caulfield Cup Big Philou
VATC Oakleigh Plate Arello
AJC Oaks Gay Poss
SAJC Adelaide Cup Tavel

16 Stakes races won.
VATC Caulfield Stakes Gay Poss
VRC Lks Mackinnon Stakes Voleur
VRC Oaks Sanderae
VATC Futurity Stakes Silver Spade
SAJC Adelaide Cup Laelia

10 Stakes races won.
VRC Newmarket H'cap Crown
VRC Sires' Produce Stakes Century

20 Stakes races won.
MVRC Freeway (Manikato) Stakes Century
SAJC SA Derby Dayana
VRC Victorian Derby Dayana
WATC WA Derby Dayana
WATC Australian Derby Dayana
WATC Perth Cup Dayana
VRC Newmarket H'cap Century
VRC Australian Cup Gladman
STC Golden Slipper Stakes Tontonan
AJC Sires' Produce Stakes Tontonan
SAJC Goodwood H'cap Wise Virgin

33 Stakes races won.
MVRC WS Cox Plate Taj Rossi
VRC Craven 'A' Stakes Century
VRC Victorian Derby Taj Rossi
VRC George Adams H'cap Taj Rossi
WATC WA Derby Asgard
WATC Karrakatta Plate Vain Prince
WATC Australian Derby Leica Lover
VRC Lightning Stakes Century
VATC Oakleigh Plate Tontonan
VRC Sires' Produce Stakes Skyjack
AJC Australasian Champion Stakes Asgard
AJC Doncaster H'cap Tontonan
AJC The Galaxy Starglow
AJC Oaks Leilani
AJC All-Aged Stakes Tontonan

45 Stakes races won.
AJC Flight Stakes Cap d'Antibes
VATC Caulfield Guineas Kenmark
VATC Toorak H'cap Leilani
VATC Caulfield Cup Leilani
VRC Lks Mackinnon Stakes Leilani `
VRC Melbourne Cup Think Big
VRC Oaks Leica Show
VRC George Adams H'cap Skyjack
WATC WA Derby Bottled Sunshine
MVRC William Reid Stakes Leica Show
VATC CF Orr Stakes Leilani
VRC Lightning Stakes Cap d'Antibes
VATC Futurity Stakes Martindale
VATC Blue Diamond Stakes Lord Dudley
VRC Newmarket H'cap Cap d'Antibes
VRC Sires' Produce Stakes Lord Dudley
VRC Australian Cup Leilani
SAJC Goodwood H'cap Kenmark
QTC Queensland Derby Bottled Sunshine
QTC Brisbane Cup Herminia

31 Stakes races won.
MVRC Freeway (Manikato) Stakes Lord Dudley
VATC Marlboro (Vic Health) Cup Cap d'Antibes
SAJC SA Derby Prince Of All
VRC Melbourne Cup Think Big
MVRC William Reid Stakes Lord Dudley
VRC Australian Cup Lord Dudley
STC Golden Slipper Stakes Vivarchi
AJC Champagne Stakes Vivarchi

27 Stakes races won.
AJC Epsom H'cap La Neige
AJC Flight Stakes Apollua
SAJC SA Derby Vacuum
VRC Craven 'A' Stakes Maybe Mahal
VRC Lks Mackinnon Stakes Gold And Black
VRC George Adams H'cap Maybe Mahal
VRC Lightning Stakes Maybe Mahal
VRC Sires' Produce Stakes Bold Zest
VRC Australian Cup Ngawyni
AJC Doncaster H'cap Just Ideal
AJC Queen Eliz Stakes Ngawyni
SAJC Goodwood H'cap Romantic Dream
BTC Doomben '10,000' Maybe Mahal

32 Stakes races won.
STC Canterbury Guineas Belmura Lad
AJC Flight Stakes Sun Sally
AJC Derby Belmura Lad
SAJC SA Derby Stormy Rex
VATC Caulfield Cup Ming Dynasty
VRC Victorian Derby Stormy Rex
VRC Melbourne Cup Gold And Black
WATC WA Derby Stormy Rex
WATC Marlboro '50,000' Stormy Rex
VRC Lightning Stakes Maybe Mahal
VRC Newmarket H'cap Maybe Mahal
VRC Australian Cup Ming Dynasty
AJC Doncaster H'cap Maybe Mahal
AJC The Galaxy Luskin Star
AJC Oaks Invade
AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes Ming Dynasty

18 Stakes races won.
AJC Metropolitan H'cap Ming Dynasty
VATC Caulfield Stakes Lloyd Boy
VRC Newmarket Hcp Better Beyond
STC Golden Slipper Stakes Century Miss

13 Stakes races won.
VRC Melbourne Cup Hyperno
WATC WA Derby Lloyd's Gold
VRC Australian Cup Ming Dynasty
STC Rosemount Classic Stage Hit

15 Stakes races won.
VATC Caulfield Stakes Hyperno
VATC Caulfield Cup Ming Dynasty
VRC Mackinnon Stakes Belmura Lad
VRC Newmarket H'cap Elounda Bay
VRC Australian Cup Hyperno
STC Rawson Stakes Hyperno
STC Rosemount Classic Cordon Rose

22 Stakes races won.
AJC Spring Champion Stakes Best Western
AJC Metropolitan H'cap Belmura Lad
VRC Lks Mackinnon Stakes Belmura Lad
STC Rosemount Classic Sheraco
STC Storm Queen Stakes Sheraco
AJC Oaks Sheraco

16 Stakes races won.
VRC Pure-Pac Stakes Foregone Conclusion
SAJC Australasian Oaks Royal Regatta
STC Tancred Stakes Trissaro

1983-84 18 Stakes races won.
VATC Underwood Stakes Trissaro
AJC Epsom H'cap Cool River
VRC Victorian Derby Bounty Hawk
VRC Oaks Taj Eclipse
WATC Western Mail Classic Bounty Hawk
WATC Australian Derby Bounty Hawk
AJC Derby Prolific
AJC Sydney Cup Trissaro
SAJC Goodwood H'cap Leica Planet

9 Stakes races won.
VATC Underwood Stakes Bounty Hawk
VRC Lks Mackinnon Stakes Bounty Hawk
VRC Australian Cup Noble Peer
STC George Ryder Stakes Hula Drum

6 Stakes races won.
VRC Lightning Stakes Hula Chief
AJC Doncaster H'cap Hula Chief
SAJC Adelaide Cup Mr Lomondy

16 Stakes races won.
VRC Gadsden Stakes Taj Quillo
STC George Ryder Stakes Campaign King
AJC All-Aged Stakes Campaign King
AJC Champagne Stakes Sky Chase
SAJC SA Derby Sharks Fin
QTC Queensland Oaks Round The World
BTC Doomben '10,000' Broad Reach

28 Stakes races won.
AJC George Main Stakes Campaign King
AJC Spring Champion Stales Beau Zam
VRC Victorian Derby Omnicorp
STC Rawson Stakes Beau Zam
STC Rosehill Guineas Sky Chase
STC George Ryder Stakes Campaign King
STC Tancred-International Stakes Beau Zam
AJC Derby Beau Zam
AJC Champagne Stakes Full And By
BTC Doomben '10,000' Campaign King
QTC Stradbroke H'cap Campaign King

23 Stakes races won.
VATC Caulfield Stakes Sky Chase
SAJC Australasian Oaks Stapleton Lass
STC Rawson Stakes Beau Zam
STC Orlando Classic Red Express
AJC Sires' Produce Stakes Reganza
QTC Sires' Produce Stakes Zamoff
QTC Stradbroke H'cap Robian Steel

20 Stakes races won.
AJC Spring Champion Stales Stylish Century
VACT 1000 Guineas Tristanagh
VRC Oaks Tristanagh
VRC Newmarket H'cap Gold Trump
STC Canterbury Guineas Interstellar
STC Rosehill Guineas Solar Circle

15 Stakes races won.
VATC Show Day Cup Submariner
AJC George Main Stakes Shaftesbury Avenue
VRC Melbourne Cup Kingston Rule
VRC Oaks Weekend Delight
VRC Honda Stakes Shaftesbury Avenue
VRC Lightning Stakes Shaftesbury Avenue
VRC Newmarket H'cap Shaftesbury Avenue
AJC All-Aged Stakes Shaftesbury Avenue
SAJC SA Derby Shiva's Revenge

24 Stakes races won.
VATC Caulfield Stakes Shaftesbury Avenue
VATC 1000 Guineas Richfield Lady
VATC Caulfield Cup Let's Elope
VRC Lks Mackinnon Stakes Let's Elope
VRC Melbourne Cup Let's Elope
VRC Oaks Richfield Lady
WATC WA Oaks India's Dream
VATC CF Orr Stakes Let's Elope
VRC Australian Cup Let's Elope
VATC Blue Diamond Stakes Riva Diva

12 Stakes races won.
VRC Gadsden Stakes Unspoken Word
SAJC Australasian Oaks Our Tristalight
SAJC SA Oaks Our Tristalight
QTC Stradbroke H'cap Never Undercharge

15 Stakes races won.
MVRC Manikato Stakes Never Undercharge
SAJC Australasian Oaks Tristalove

9 Stakes races won.
AJC Flight Stakes Danarani
AJC Derby Ivory's Irish

10 Stakes races won.
VRC Australian Cup Saintly

21 Stakes races won.
AJC Flight Stakes Dashing Eagle
VATC Caulfield Guineas Alfa
VATC 1000 Guineas Dashing Eagle
MVRC WS Cox Plate Saintly
VRC Melbourne Cup Saintly
VATC CF Orr Stakes Saintly
STC Storm Queen Stakes Danendri
AJC Oaks Danendri
QTC Stradbroke H'cap Dane Ripper

9 Stakes races won.
MVRC WS Cox Plate Dane Ripper
VRC Chrysler Stakes Catalan Opening
VRC Australian Cup Dane Ripper
AJC Doncaster Handicap Catalan Opening

9 Stakes races won.
MVRC Manikato Stakes Dane Ripper

13 Stakes races won.
AJC Epsom Handicap Allez Suez
VRC Mackinnon Stakes Rogan Josh
VRC Melbourne Cup Rogan Josh

2 Stakes races won.

5 Stakes races won.
VATC 1000 Guineas Magical Miss
VRC Oaks Magical Miss

1 Stakes races won.

2 Stakes races won.

5 Stakes races won.

15 Stakes races won.
MRC Caulfield Guineas God's Own

11 Stakes races won.
MRC Caulfield Guineas Wonderful World
TC Queensland Derby Empires Choice

8 Stakes races won.
VRC Mackinnon Stakes Sirmione
VRC Australian Cup Sirmione

4 Stakes races won.
VRC Melbourne Cup Viewed
VRC Classic Swick
AJC Derby Roman Emperor
QTC Winter Stakes Russeting

15 Stakes races won.
VRC Toorak Handicap Allez Wonder
MRC Caulfield Cup Viewed
MVRC Cox Plate So You Think
VRC Oaks Faint Perfume
Crown Australian Guineas Rock Classic
STC Vinery Stud Stakes Faint Perfume
Queensland Derby Dariana

10 Stakes races won.
Underwood Stakes So You Think
Yalumba Stakes So You Think
MVRC Cox Plate So You Think
VRC MacKinnon Stakes So You Think

To be continued........

The Great Australian Bight

The Great Australian Bight is a large bight, or open bay, off the central and western portions of the southern coastline of mainland Australia.
The Bight's boundaries are from Cape Pasley, Western Australia, to Cape Carnot, South Australia - a distance of 1,160 km or 720 miles.

The coast line of the Great Australian Bight is characterised by cliff faces (up to 60 m high), surfing beaches and rock platforms, ideal for whale-watching.

Cape Le Grand National Park

The waters of the Great Australian Bight, despite being relatively shallow, are not fertile. While most continental shelves are rich in sea life and make popular fishing areas, the barren deserts north of the bight have very little rainfall, and what there is mostly flows inland, to dissipate underground or in salt lakes. In consequence, the Great Australian Bight receives very little of the runoff that fertilises most continental shelves and is essentially a marine desert. It is probably best noted for the large number of sharks that frequent its coastal waters, as well as the increasing numbers of Southern Right Whales that migrate within the region.

40 Tonne Southern Right Whale VS Sailing Boat

In areas, the southern ocean blows through many subterranean caves, resulting in blowholes up to several hundred metres from the coast.

The much more generally accepted name in Australia for the adjoining waterbody is the Southern Ocean rather than the Indian Ocean. Much of the Bight lies due south of the expansive Nullarbor Plain, which straddles the two Australian states of South Australia and Western Australia.

The settlements existing along the coastline of the Bight, such as Ceduna and Eucla have facilities to access the bight. Some other locations on the Eyre Highway or located on the Nullarbor do not have facilities or easy access.


Fishing in Australia

Groote Eylandt lies approximately 50 km from the Northern Territory mainland and eastern coast of Arnhem Land (approximately 630 km from Darwin), opposite Blue Mud Bay. The island measures approximately 50 km from east to west and 60 km north—south, a total area of 2,326.1 km². It is generally quite low-lying, with an average height above sea level of 15 m, although Central Hill reaches an elevation of 219 meters.

It was named by the explorer Abel Tasman in 1644 and is Dutch for "Large Island" in a now-archaic spelling (nowadays it would be spelled Groot Eiland).

The island has until recently been open to the public only with permission, and the local Aboriginal Land Council did not encourage tourism.

Groote Eylandt is part of the Arnhem Land Aboriginal Reserve. GEMCO, a BHP Billiton subsidiary, operates a large manganese mine near the community of Angurugu. In operation since the early 1960s, the mine produces more than 3.8 million tonnes annually - about a quarter of the world's total.

It is the homeland of, and is owned by, the Anindilyakwa people (who still speak the isolated Anindilyakwa language).

Dugong Beach Resort is working with the Anindilyakwa speaking people, helping to organise a diverse range of tours that will enhance your Groote Eylandt experience.

Groote Eylandt is a fantastic spot for fishing, with queen fish, trevally, tuna, billfish, mackerel, barracuda and many reef species in abundance.
The elusive, world famous Barramundi, growing to more than a metre in length inhabits the waters of Groote will certainly test your angling skills.

Sports Fishing Adventures: The best fishing holidays in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. You can save time and many by using our experience and knowledge.

Aboriginal Tribal Chief

Bungaree (1775 - 24 November 1832) was an Aboriginal Australian from the Broken Bay area, who was known as an explorer, entertainer, and Aboriginal community leader. He became a familiar sight in colonial Sydney, dressed in a succession of military and naval uniforms that had been given to him. His distinctive outfits and notoriety within colonial society, as well as his gift for humour and mimicry, especially his impressions of past and present governors, made him a popular subject for portrait painters.

Bungaree first came to prominence in 1798, when he accompanied Matthew Flinders on a coastal survey as an interpreter, guide and negotiator with local indigenous groups.

He later accompanied Flinders on his circumnavigation of Australia between 1801 and 1803. Flinders was the cartographer of the first complete map of Australia, filling in the gaps from previous cartographic expeditions,and was the most prominent advocate for naming the continent "Australia". Flinders noted that Bungaree was "a worthy and brave fellow" who, on more than one occasion, saved the expedition.

Bungaree continued his association with exploratory voyages when he accompanied Phillip Parker King to north-western Australia in 1817.

In 1815, Governor Lachlan Macquarie dubbed Bungaree "Chief of the Broken Bay Tribe" and presented him with 15 acres (61,000 m2) of land on George’s Head. He was also known by the titles "King of Port Jackson" and "King of the Blacks". Bungaree spent the rest of his life ceremonially welcoming visitors to Australia, educating people about Aboriginal culture (especially boomerang throwing), and soliciting tribute. He died at Garden Island on 24 November 1832 and was buried in Rose Bay.Obituaries of him were carried in the Sydney Gazette and the Australian.

Bongaree in Queensland is named after him.

Australian male actors takeover Hollywood

Geoffrey Roy Rush (born 6 July 1951) is an Australian actor and film producer. He is one of the few people who has won the "Triple Crown of Acting": an Academy Award, a Tony Award and an Emmy Award. He has won one Academy Award for acting (from four nominations), three British Academy Film Awards (from five nominations), two Golden Globe Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards. He is the foundation President of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.

Australian actors, first started appearing in American films a few years ago now, and no one raised much of a fuss. After all, there were only a few of them ( Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, etc.). Stars such as Mel Gibson and Nicole Kidman became household names, but even so, their movie accents were so Americanized that many people didn’t know they were foreign. Back then, Australians who came here wanted to blend into the fabric of American society, except maybe Paul Hogan.

Then the flood gates opened in Hollywood, and some very talented Aussie male actors have emerged.

Here are a few you may have heard of !

Eric Bana (42) Born Eric Banadinović on August 9, 1968 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia to a father of Croatian descent and a German mother. Mostly known for playing Rachel McAdams’ love interest in The Time Traveler’s Wife. His other movies include Black Hawk Down, Finding Nemo, Hulk, Troy, Munich, The Other Boleyn Girl, Star Trek and Funny People.

In 1995, Bana began dating a publicist and daughter of the chief justice of Australia, Rebecca Gleeson. The couple married in 1997 and now have two children, a son named Klaus – born August 1999, and a daughter named Sophia – born April 2002.

1. His first jobs include washing cars, pushing trolleys and serving drinks at a hotel

2. He loves racing bikes and cars

3. Big fan of Australian rules football

4. Bana began as a stand up comedian

5. His first car was an old 1974 Ford Falcon XB Coupe, purchased for $1000 at age 15

Favorite TV/ Movie appearance: The Time Traveler’s Wife.

Russell Crowe (46) Born Russell Ira Crowe on April 7, 1964 in Wellington, New Zealand and is of Polynesian, English, Scottish and Norwegian descent. Crowe is mostly known for movies like The Quick and the Dead, The Insider, Gladiator, Proof of Life, Master and commander, Cinderella man, American Gangster, Body of Lies, State of Play and Robin Hood.

While filming The Crossing, Crowe met Australian singer and actress, Danielle Spencer. The couple married on April 7, 2003 (Crowe’s 39th birthday) and now have two sons, Charles born December 21, 2003 and Tennyson born July 7, 2006.

1. Dropped out of high school

2. His favorite toy growing up was Action Man

3. Crowe plans to donate his brain to medical science when he dies

4. When his wife was pregnant with his first child, Crowe gave up drinking alcohol with her

5. In 2007 decided that he finally wanted to be baptised

Favorite TV/ Movie appearance: Master and Commander.

Hugh Jackman (42) born Hugh Michael Jackman on October 12, 1968 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia to English parents. He is mostly known for the role of wolverine in X-Men. Some of his other movies include: Swordfish, Kate and Leopold, Van Helsing, The Prestige, Flushed Away, Happy Feet, Real Steel and Australia.

Jackman married Deborra-Lee Furness in 1996 after meeting on an Australian TV show. Furness had two miscarriages after which the couple decided to adopt Oscar Maximilian – born May 15, 2000 and Ava Eliot – born July 10, 2005.

1. As a child he wanted to be a chef on a plane.

2. Jackman is left handed

3. One of his lifelong goals is to play Pharaoh in a Broadway production

4. His stunt double for Van Helsing and X-Men was his brother in law

5. In elementary school, he had a poster of Olivia Newton-John and he kissed the poster every day

Favorite TV/ Movie appearance: Van Helsing.

Simon Baker (41) Born July 30, 1969 in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. Baker is mostly known for playing Patrick Jane on the CBS drama The Mentalist but he has also appeared in shows such as L.A. Confidential and The Guardian, as well as movies like The Ring Two, The Devil Wears Prada and The Killer Inside Me.

Baker married Australian actress Rebecca Rigg, they have three children: Stella Breeze – born in 1993, Claude Blue – born in 1998 and Harry Friday – born in 2001. Two of the children’s god parents include Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts.

1. Became a U.S. citizen in 2010

2. As a teen, Baker competed on a state level in water polo and surfing

3. Used to work as a bricklayer before he became an actor

4. Met his wife on a blind date in 1991

5. Raised Roman Catholic

Favorite TV/ Movie appearance: The Mentalist.

Ryan Kwanten (34) Born Ryan Christian Kwanten on November 28, 1976 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and is of Dutch ancestry. Mostly known for playing Sookie’s brother on the HBO vampire drama, True Blood but he has also appeared in shows like Tru Calling, Summerland and Law & Order: SVU, as well as the movie Flicka and Legend of the Guardians.

Kwanten dated The Event’s Taylor Cole (Vicky Roberts) from 2006-2008 as well a country music singer named Whitney Duncan, who was the fifth place finalist on the fifth season of Nashville Star.

1. In 2010, the Australian GQ magazine named Kwanten as Man of the Year

2. His interests includ triathlon, swimming, tennis, golf, surfing and snow skiing

3. As a teen, he was the state welterweight boxing champ

4. Discovered acting by accident, when he wondered into his brother’s theater audition

5. He attended catholic school

Favorite TV/ Movie appearance: True Blood.

Liam Hemsworth (20) Born January 13, 1990 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Hemsworth is mostly known for playing Will Blakelee in The Last Song, along-side Miley Cyrus. He has also appeared in the Australian TV series Home and Away, McLeod’s Daughters, The Elephant Princess, the movie Knowing and is currently filming Arabian Nights.

Hemsworth started dating Miley Cyrus after they filmed The Last Song together. The young couple were together for fifteen months, then broke up in August 2010, got back together in September and broke up again by November.

1. Liam was already in a 5 year relationship while filming The Last Song

2. Has two older brothers who are also actors

3. Had a small part in the Expendables but was written out of the script

4. Lost the part of Thor to his brother Chris Hemsworth

5. Went back to Australia to break up with his girlfriend so he can date Miley Cyrus

Favorite TV/ Movie appearance: The Last Song.

Sam Worthington (34) Born Samuel Henry J. Worthington on August 2, 1976 in Godalming, Surrey, England and moved to Perth, Western Australia when he was only two months old. He is mostly known for playing Jake Sully in Avatar, Marcus Wright in Terminator Salvation and Perseus in Clash of the Titans.

Worthington dated actress Maeve Dermody from 2004 to 2007 and since 2009 he has been dating stylist Natalie Mark. The couple is now keeping a low profile, living in New York.

1. Sold all his possessions for $2,000 when he was 30

2. Lived in his car until getting the part in Avatar

3. Was a finalist to play James Bond in Casino Royale before Daniel Craig was cast

4. Just like Simon Baker, he was a bricklayer before becoming an actor

5. Sam has blurred vision but does not wear glasses

Favorite TV/ Movie appearance: Avatar.

Julian McMahon Born Julian Dana William McMahon on July 27, 1968 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Mostly known for playing the role of Christian Troy in Nip/Tuck and Cole Turner in Charmed. His movies include Fantastic Four, Premonition and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

McMahon married Kylie Minouge’s little sister, Dannii Minogue in 1994 and divorced by 1995. In 1999 he married actress Brooke Burns, had one child with her and divorced in 2002.

1. McMahon enjoys surfing, biking, and cooking

2. Collects classic books

3. Has worked as gardener and ice cream salesman

4. His favorite beer is Aussie Victoria Bitter VB

5. Favorite song is “People are Strange” by The Doors

Favorite TV/ Movie appearance: Charmed.

Alex O’Loughlin (34) Born Alexander O’Lachlan on August 24, 1976 in Canberra, Australia. He is mostly known for playing detective Steve McGarrett in Hawaii Five-O. Other shows include The Shield and Moonlight, as well as the movies Whiteout with Kate Beckinsale and The Back Up Plan with Jennifer Lopez.

Had a son named Saxon when he was 20 that currently lives with his mother in Australia. O’Loughlin also dated Australian Actress, model and singer Holly Valance, who released the international single “Kiss, Kiss”.

Fun Facts:

1. Enjoys riding motorcycles, rock climbing and playing his guitar

2. Was a fan of the heavy-metal band Iron Maiden as a kid

3. His parents got divorced when he was two years old

4. Is of Irish and Scottish descent

5. Is a big fan of vampires

Favorite TV/ Movie appearance: Hawaii Five-O.

Chris Hemsworth (born 11 August 1983) is an Australian actor. Most notable for protraying Thor in the Marvel Studios film Thor. Hemsworth is set to reprise his role as Thor in the upcoming films The Avengers in 2012 and Thor 2 in 2013. He also starred as Kim Hyde in the Australian soap opera Home and Away.

His older brother Luke and younger brother Liam are also actors, and have had recurring roles as Nathan Tyson and Josh Taylor on Neighbours, respectively

The Aussie Salute

The Aussie salute is the waving of one's hand in front of the face at regular intervals in order to prevent flies from landing on it, or entering your nose or mouth.

Flies on her clacker!

The bush fly, is the species that is the cause of the Aussie salute as opposed to other flies such as the housefly, as the bush fly is attracted to bodily fluids such as sweat, snot, saliva, blood and eyes.

Many overseas tourists spit the dummy when they visit the outback, not realising that the Aussie fly and his relatives are very sociable, and will accompany them on their adventures all day long.
 Its not long before their packing their cork hat, and heading back to their fly proof beach front hotels, beauty spas and champagne. 

Sticky Fly!

The Aussie salute is effective only as long as the flies are not too sticky, and that once a fly has tasted sweat, hand waving is generally useless at encouraging it to leave, with physically wiping the fly off being required.

No Wucking Furries!!

Historically in Australia, the cork hat was worn to discourage flies but has been replaced by insect repellents and mesh masks in areas where the flies swarm.

Fraser Island K'gari paradise

Fraser Islands 75 mile beach Highway

Fraser Island gives visitors, the opportunity to observe a ‘real Australian dingo’, whether up close, or from the window of a tour bus. There is never a dull moment, when dingoes venture out onto the pristine beach's of Fraser Island.

Fraser Island  was once called 'K'gari' in the Butchulla people's language (pronounced 'Gurri'). It means paradise.
According to Aboriginal legend, when humans were created and needed a place to live, the mighty god Beiral sent his messenger Yendingie with the goddess K’gari down from heaven to create the land and mountains, rivers and sea. K’gari fell in love with the earth’s beauty and did not want to leave it. So Yendingie changed her into a heavenly island – Fraser Island.

Aboriginal people regarded dingoes as being equal to man

Archaeological research and evidence shows that Aboriginal Australians occupied Fraser Island at least 5000 years ago. There was a permanent population of 400-600 that grew to 2000-3000 in the winter months due to abundant seafood resources. The arrival of European settlers in the area was an overwhelming disaster for the Butchulla people. European settlement in the 1840s overwhelmed the Aboriginal lifestyle with weapons, disease and lack of food. By the year 1890, Aboriginal numbers had been reduced to only 300 people. Most of the remaining Aborigines, the Butchulla tribe, left the island in 1904 as they were relocated to missions in Yarrabah and Durundur, Queensland. It is estimated that up to 500 indigenous archaeological sites are located on the island.

The dingo was so sacred and revered, that Aboriginal women nursed dingo pups from their own breasts.

Fraser Island is an island located along the southern coast of Queensland, Australia, approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Brisbane. Its length is about 120 kilometres (75 mi) and its width is approximately 24 kilometres (15 mi). It was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1992. The island is considered to be the largest sand island in the world at 1840 km². It is also Queensland's largest island, Australia's sixth largest island and the largest island on the East Coast of Australia.

Fraser Island has over 100 freshwater lakes, as well as the second highest concentration of lakes in Australia after Tasmania. The freshwater lakes on Fraser Island are some of the cleanest lakes in the world.

Fraser Island Lake McKenzie

Mammals found on Fraser Island include swamp wallabies, echidnas, ringtail and brush tail possums, sugar gliders, squirrel gliders, phascogales, bandicoots, potoroos, flying foxes and dingoes. The Swamp Wallaby finds protection from dingos in the swampy areas which have dense undergrowth. There are 19 species of bats which live on or visit Fraser Island.

Estimates of the number of visitors to the island each year range from 350,000 to 500,000. The chance of seeing a dingo in its natural setting is one of the main reasons people visit the island.

How to get there

Follow the Maryborough - Hervey Bay Road from Maryborough. Continue past the Bundaberg turn off on the left, and turn right into Booral Road. Continue past the General Store and reach the waterfront. Look for the Kingfisher Bay Resort Barge. Bookings have to be made in advance.

David Boon Boony sporting legend

Boony was known for his portly figure and distinctive moustache. His international playing career spanned the years 1984–1995,  Boony scored over 7,000 runs at Test level, cricket and made over 100 appearance for both the Test and One Day International Australian side. After leaving the international game he went to England to captain Durham before retiring to become a national selector.

Boony was a right-handed batsman and a very occasional off-spin bowler, he also played First-class cricket for his home state of Tasmania. At the age of 17, David Boon made his first-class debut for Tasmania during the state's second season of Sheffield Shield cricket, 1978-79.

1993 Boony makes 164 runs not out at Lords

 Boony is a legendary Australian Cricketer, but also a legend for his drinking exploits. He is alleged to have once consumed 52 cans of beer on a flight from Sydney to London in 1989, in a story that is considered by some to be part of Australian sporting legend. This has never been confirmed by Boon however though Geoff Lawson did confirm it.

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo Aussie Icon

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo is an Australian icon and a television series made for children, produced from 1966–1968, telling the adventures of a young boy and his intelligent pet kangaroo, in the (fictional) Waratah National Park in Duffys Forest, near Sydney, New South Wales.

The star of the show was Skippy, a wild female Eastern Grey Kangaroo, befriended by Sonny Hammond, the younger son of the Head Ranger of Waratah National Park. The stories revolved around events occurring in the park, including its animals, dangers arising from natural hazards in the Park's environment, and the actions of various visitors to the Park.

The clicking sounds made by Skippy during the show, are vocal sound effects, rather than the natural vocalisations of a kangaroo, with chocolate, chewing gum or grass (and in some cases, an elastic band around the lower jaw, used to make Skippy move her mouth. Between nine and fifteen kangaroos were actually used for each show. The apparent manual dexterity was often faked using separate arms in the hands of human operators.

The series was dubbed into Spanish in Mexico, where it is known as Skippy el canguro, and distributed to most Spanish-speaking countries, including Cuba and Spain, countries where the show became very popular. The series also crossed the Iron Curtain and was aired in Czechoslovakia in the 1970s and 1980s and is currently still being broadcast in Iran. However, the show was forbidden to be shown in Sweden where psychologists believed that the show would mislead children into believing animals could do things that they could not.

Mud Crabs

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