安娜·高兹沃斯 (Anna Goldsworthy) 最心仪的澳洲五大旅游胜地

安娜·高兹沃斯(Anna Goldsworthy)天赋秉异且一直致力于参加各种高难度的活动。今年她就参加了以下各种活动:舞台剧《钢琴课》(Piano Lessons) 巡演,她不仅参与演出而且还在其中演奏钢琴;作为天使三重奏(Seraphim Trio)组合一员共同演出贝多芬钢琴三重奏;还有她的卡巴莱演出《Cole》也将在阿德莱德卡巴莱节(Cabaret Festival)上进行首演。今年十月,她将第六次担任“神仙港春季音乐节”(Port Fairy Spring Music Festival)的艺术总监。

作为享有盛名的钢琴独奏家,安娜不仅在澳大利亚也在世界各地进行演出,范围之广,可见一斑。作为一名室内演奏家,她也是著名的天使三重奏(Seraphim Trio)组合一员。该组合成立至今已有二十一年,以首演澳大利亚作曲家作品而闻名。

安娜同时还以传记家、散文家、剧作家及剧本作者而闻名。2009年安娜出版了她的第一本书《钢琴课》,这本动人的自传描述了她成为音乐家的历程,也刻画了一名极富天赋的学生与其严格但富魅力的老师埃莉诺拉·斯万(Eleanora Sivan)之间的关系。这本畅销书被列入了众多奖项的候选名单并获得了“2010年澳大利亚图书行业新进者”(Australian Book Industry Newcomer of the Year)奖项。

成为母亲的她在其新的回忆录《欢迎来到你的新生活》中以热切、诙谐且尖锐的洞察力获得了好评。

欲阅读更多关于安娜的内容,请登陆她的网站www.annagoldsworthy.com

照片由Nicholas Purcell提供

Flinders Ranges South Australia

Flinders Ranges
South Australia

弗林德斯山脉

Flinders Ranges

弗林德斯山脉是很多孩子露营的地方。对于我来说这里是最具有澳大利亚特色的地方。这体现在它整体的色调、静谧及令人惊奇的各种声音,还有那一直挂在天边的星星。

Melbourne, CBD

Melbourne, CBD

墨尔本

Melbourne

我在墨尔本待了17年,在这里我遇见了我的另一半尼古拉斯(Nicholas),这里也是我两个儿子出生的地方,所以我对这里有情感上的寄托。但客观上来讲,这里也绝对是一个很棒的城市,因为它满足所有的必备条件,在这里你可以听到好的音乐、喝道好的咖啡、看到好的作品以及交到好朋友。

Port Fairy Victoria

Port Fairy
Victoria

仙女港

Port Fairy

在仙女港春季音乐节表演的时候我爱上了这个地方。在这个瑰宝小镇上有着无价的室内音乐节。这里也被投票为“2012年世界最适宜居住的地方”。6年前我因为种种机缘巧合成为音乐节的艺术总监,其中很重要的一个原因就是我觉得仙女港注定可以成为我的第二故乡。今年年末我会上交这个重职,但是我已经开始给自己找理由再来这个地方了。

Noosa Queensland

Noosa
Queensland

努萨 Noosa

自从我们有了小孩,度假的方式就变得不一样了。从前我从没有想过这里会是一个令人激动的度假胜地,但是在这度过的两个假期让我改变了想法,现在我们正在计划再去一次。去年我们去努萨的时候正好赶上当地的长周末节(Noosa Long Weekend Festival),我们非常享受那里的卡巴莱表演还有那里的海滩,真是一个两全其美的组合。

Epsom House Tasmania

Epsom House
Tasmania

塔斯马尼亚爱普生小屋

Epsom House, Pontville, Tasmania

我们去爱普生小屋已经有很多年头了,并且非常享受在那里的宴会厅听音乐会,重新翻修过的小屋给人与世隔绝的纯净之感,里面还有全国最好的音响设备之一。这间小屋就像是一颗来自优雅年代的时间胶囊,前来的参观者无不感到内心的满足感,特别是现在小屋的所有者杰奎(Jacqui)和杰夫·罗伯森(Geoff Robertson)给这里新增了两个英式花园。

旅游小贴士:

-关掉你的电子设备

-尽可能准备好一条“不在办公室”的信息

-随身带好一本书

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乌鲁鲁(艾尔斯岩石)— 澳大利亚的红色中部

 

At the end of May 2017, Uluru stood as a silent sentinel over an historic summit of the First Nations of Australia. They had come from across the continent and the Torres Strait Islands, 250 community leaders. At the end of 3 days of deliberation, they issued a powerful and beautifully crafted document, entitled Statement From The Heart. It rejected symbolic recognition. Speaking from the “ torment of powerlessness” it demanded a constitutionally enshrined Indigenous voice in government decision-making. It also called for a Makarrata Commission to supervise agreements with government and lead the way to a treaty.

And so another dimension was added to the political, cultural and spiritual significance of Uluru.

Uluru is one of the few places in the world to have been awarded dual World Heritage recognition  – for both its outstanding natural values and outstanding cultural values.

On our trip to the Red Centre of Australia, we found extraordinary beauty, cultural richness, and new perspectives on this iconic Australian landmark.

We began with the perspective on Uluru from the distance,  at both sunrise and sunset. In the darkness of early morning, we watched as a dark shape outlined by the first rays of the sun began to loom over the flat plain. By day, we saw a monolith, 9.4k in circumference, rising up 348 metres from the semi-arid desert that surrounds it. Both the rock and the sand are stained a deep red by the iron oxide in the earth. Late afternoon, we watched from afar as the sunset coated Uluru pink, then rich purple colours.

But nothing really prepared us for the shock of seeing Uluru up close.

It is not a uniform lump of rock. As you walk into it, you discover oases with vegetation, waterholes, waterfalls, caves with rock art, gullies and rocks sculptured into remarkable shapes. Changes of light, shadow and perspective bring with them continuous shifts in appearance, an impression of movement at odds with the idea of a stolid monolith.

In the tranquility of the Kantju Gorge, we were enclosed by towering rocks that spectacularly changed from yellow to gold, orange to ochre, pink to purple, and brown to grey.

This breathtaking physical perspective is only a part of Uluru. We began to see that there is another more compelling perspective. We began to learn about the Anangu, the Aboriginal people who are the traditional custodians of Uluru and the country around it, and we pay our respects to them.  Their traditional languages are Pitjantjatjara and Yankunitjatjara. Carbon dating on caves, shows that indigenous people have lived in this area for at least 22,000 years, and possibly 30,000. Elsewhere in Australia, there is evidence of Aboriginal habitation dating back to around 60,000 years, making them one of the oldest human societies on earth.

Traditional custodianship is quite different from our concept of land ownership. It is not personal possession, but public, common responsibility to care for the land, its flora and fauna, and to carry on that care from generation to generation.

For thousands of years, the indigenous people have passed down the knowledge of how to survive on the land and how to survive as a community. But they have not written it down. There are no written texts. There is no sacred literature. They have no Bible, Koran, Sutras, Vedas or Chinese Classics that have guided the survival of other peoples.

It is an oral tradition that has sustained the Aboriginal people with a strong culture in Australia for 60,000 years, in some of the harshest terrain on earth.

The landscape is their sacred text.  The land is endowed with sanctity. Aboriginal spiritual heritage, history, laws, culture, knowledge, geography are all embodied in the land.  They read their land – its shape, its contours, its plants, animals and birds. And they express this connection to the land through songs, stories, ceremonies and art.

The foundation of the culture is called Tjukurpa – Creation – when the ancestors, changing shapes between humans, animals, birds and spirits, roamed the formless land. Their travels, battles and experiences gave shape to the land and created its distinctive topography and all life. As well as  creation stories, Tjukurpa is a body of knowledge governing human behaviour and care of country.

According to Tjukurpa, Uluru was formed by Two Boys. They were playing at the Kantju waterhole, piling up mud until it was the size of Uluru. The long channels and gullies on the southern side of Uluru were formed when the Two Boys slid down from the top on their bellies, dragging their fingers through the mud.

The python woman, Kuniya and the poisonous snake man, Liru, are other ancestors who shaped Uluru and left visible marks. Signs in the rock chronicle their struggle and the places where the grieving Kuniya struck Liru dead in vengeance for spearing her nephew.

When visiting Uluru, you are not just walking amongst boulders and rocks. You are following the path of the creation stories that the Anangu continue to celebrate. The spirits of the ancestors are believed to still dwell here so it is considered sacred, and parts of Uluru are closed to the public.

The initiation of the young into the complexities of Tjukurpa continues. And in caves in Uluru, grandfathers pass down knowledge to young boys, drawing on the cave walls as a teacher in any other classroom would illustrate on a blackboard. In separate caves, women elders pass on women’s business to young girls.

It is an ancient culture that is still alive and still defines the indigenous people.

Another new perspective we had on Uluru was looking up to the desert sky – the stark blue of the sky by day and the sheer brilliance of the night sky. Since tourist and local accommodation is concentrated in a particular area, the township of Yulara, electric lighting does not blot out the stars as it does in cities.  You can look up and clearly see endless swathes of stars shining directly above you.

Uluru is within the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park which covers 327,414 acres of Australia’s desert outback. In 1985 title deeds to the land were handed back to the Anangu, and it is managed jointly by the traditional owners and Parks Australia.

The Cultural Centre in the National Park is very beautiful. Built from mud bricks, it represents the two ancestral snakes, Kuniya and Liru. Inside, there are outstanding exhibits about Anangu culture, and you can purchase original indigenous artworks. The bookshop also provides information on a variety of walks around Uluru. Different tour companies also offer tours.

Since Uluru is a sacred site, climbing the rock is disrespectful. It is also dangerous, so visitors are requested not to do so.

The best times to go are during the Australian winter and spring, when the nights may be freezing, but the days are mild. In summer, temperatures can be extremely hot with outdoor activity limited to the morning hours.

The hotels all belong to one group so there is not much competition, but there is a range of accommodation from camping to 5-star tents and hotels.

Our photos were taken only where permissible. To see each photo separately go to our Gallery page.

Photography – Rosalie Zycher & Augustine Zycher

Video editor – Augustine Zycher

Music – Albare  CD  ‘The Road Ahead’  title track www.albare.info

 


 

 

 

Polixeni Papapetrou最心仪的澳大利亚五大旅游胜地

Polixeni Papapetrou passed away in April 2018. We keep this post about her as a tribute to this courageous woman and acclaimed artist.

When photographic artist Polixeni Papapetrou chose her 5 favourite places to visit in Australia, they were not just travel destinations. They were landscapes that captured her imagination and inspired her to transform them into her art. Dramatically beautiful, they are insightful and unsettling works.

Her art provides us with a unique perspective on these landscapes.

Polixeni has said that in her work, landscape is another protagonist in the narrative.

Polixeni’s parents immigrated to Australia from Greece, and she was born and raised in Melbourne. She qualified and practised as a lawyer. But it was her intense and singular vision as a photographic artist that won acclaim and forged for her an Australian and international career replete with grants, exhibitions and awards. Her works have featured in over 50 solo exhibitions, and over 90 group exhibitions in Australia, the United States, Asia and Europe. They are held in private and institutional collections in leading galleries here and abroad, including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Polixeni and Lexi by Robert Nelson

Polixeni’s art has evolved through a series of themes.

Earlier works depicted the construction of identities through photographs of drag queens, body builders, clowns, circus performers, and Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley impersonators.

Subsequently and most notably, Polixeni created the series on childhood and its shifting meaning. Featuring her own children, Olympia and Solomon as they grew into adolescence, the series uniquely combined reality and imagination, nature and theatre, the benign emblems of childhood story-telling with an underlying sense of menace.

In later works, Between Worlds, (2009), The Dreamkeepers (2012), and The Ghillies (2013) masks and costumes worn by the children allow them to transgress boundaries – young to old, human to animal – and transform them into disruptive and unsettling figures in picture-perfect landscapes. As Polixeni describes it: “ I have these characters in my mind and like to find the habitat for them and then photograph them. For me it is about reconciling my inner world, possibly the unconscious to the real world.”

It was her son’s interest in the camouflage outfits named after Scottish gamekeepers and used in computer games and by the military, that inspired the stunning images of The Ghillies. Polixeni photographed Solomon wrapped in camouflage in the landscape. But in this series, instead of being hidden in the landscape, he seems to grow out of it.

Despite serious illness in recent years, Polixeni has continued until her death to create new series of works with the continued enthusiastic participation of her children and her husband, art critic and academic Robert Nelson.

 

WomanGoingPlaces is privileged to publish 4 works in the ‘Eden’ series. See below.

Polixeni’s Top 5 Places:

Polixeni_Papapetrou_The_Loners_2009

Polixeni Papapetrou The Loners 2009

Flinders, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria 

When friends invited us to their holiday home in the coastal town of Merricks, on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria I was eager to go. I knew about the town as it is the home of the popular 1920s- built Merricks General Store and Stonier’s and Merricks Estate wineries (two of my favourite reds). I was enchanted with a site in Flinders, known as Bush Rangers Bay. The contrast of rural and the wild coastal terrain of Bass Strait makes for breathtaking landscape.

 

Polixeni Papapetrou The Shell Collectors 2009

Polixeni Papapetrou The Shell Collectors 2009

I have made numerous pictures at this location such as The Loners, portraying two elderly rabbits walking along the coast line framed by basalt cliffs, another of two horses enjoying the violin, three industrious pigs gathering straw at the site of the old quarry and a mother and son collecting shells on the coast. When making The Shell Collectors we were caught out by a rapidly changing tide and while the children scurried away in a flash, I had to gather my camera equipment before the encroaching waters carried it away to sea!  Nearby is the formidable Flinders Blowhole where if you dare you can walk on the rocks or even walk to the spectacular Cape Schank.

 

Polixeni_Papapetrou_Study_for_Hattah_Man_and_Hattah Woman_2013

Polixeni Papapetrou Study for Hattah Man and Hattah Woman 2013

The Mallee region 

VIC and NSW 

Mildura is a short plane trip from Melbourne, but I find the six hour long scenic journey by car one of the most relaxing drives in Victoria. As we progress through the drive, I love seeing the earth change colour turn from brown to a rich red. That is the signal that we have arrived in Mallee country, on which the beautiful stunted mallee tree grows. Before we reach our destination in Mildura to spend time with family friends, the         De Pieris who run the acclaimed Stefano’s restaurant and Mildura Brewery, we stop off at various locations to make work.

The semi-arid Murray-Sunset National Park is a must stop for me. The landscape is virtually untouched other than the site of the Raak Plain, an old gypsum mine which looks like an apocalyptic landscape. I made the picture called Study for Hattah Man and Hattah Woman on the Raak plains.

Polixeni Papapetrou Salt Man 2013

Polixeni Papapetrou Salt Man 2013

The landscape has a mysterious and ancient mood that I wanted to capture. I also love the Pink Lakes in the same park which change colour throughout the year. During Spring the lakes turn a deep pink colour and you can walk across them. I made the picture Salt Man on the Pink Lakes. The gorgeous pink coloured salt we have on our table at home is produced by the Murray River Red Salt Farm.

A short distance further from Mildura crossing the Murray River into New South Wales brings you to the town of Wentworth and the spectacular ancient site of the Perry Sand Hills. It was once a camping and hunting ground for Aboriginal people. As a result of the Ice Age, the area turned into sand dunes sculpted by wind erosion over thousands of years. As far as the eye can see, the area feels like a scene from another planet, acres and acres of shifting orange coloured sand dunes. I have visited this site a number of times to make photographs.

 

Polixeni_Papapetrou_Wild_World_2008

Polixeni Papapetrou Wild World 2008

Lake Mungo, NSW  

Another favourite destination is Lake Mungo, a significant ancient Aboriginal site, which was once  an Aboriginal fishing, hunting and camping ground. During the last Ice Age the water levels dropped and the lake dried up. Subsequent erosion of the land revealed human and animal remains as well as tools. The most spectacular discovery were 40,000 year old skeletal remains known as ‘Mungo Man’ and ‘Mungo Woman’. Walking on the dried lake has a moon-like eeriness about it.  The small museum on the site and the old woolshed are added attractions. Many visitors camp on the grounds, but as I can’t wear my heels camping we stay in the Lake Mungo Lodge.

 

Polixeni_Papapetrou_Hanging_Rock_1900_2006

Polixeni Papapetrou Hanging Rock 1900_2006

Hanging Rock, Macedon Ranges, Victoria 

As a teenager in the 1970s I was captivated by Peter Weir’s film, Picnic at Hanging Rock. Set on Valentine’s Day in 1900, a party of schoolgirls ventured out for a school excursion at Hanging Rock. Three of the party set out on a walk on the rock and were not seen again. The story of the three missing schoolgirls has become embedded in Australia’s cultural imagination to the point where people are surprised to learn that the account is a fiction. When I discovered that Hanging Rock was just outside of Melbourne, I hopped to and immersed myself in its mysterious history.

Polixeni_Papapetrou_The_Lantern_ Keeper_2012

Polixeni Papapetrou The Lantern Keeper 2012

The site itself is one of the world’s most extraordinary and significant geological formations. The Rock is a former volcano and is shaped into pinnacles created over 6 million years ago when lava rose through the earth’s crust. The magma that rose to the surface is only found in two or three other places in the world. It is a ghostly place, wild and chaotic and is a perfect backdrop to set the scene for my work portraying the ancient, spiritual wilderness of Australia.

I was moved to make a photograph about the three missing schoolgirls at Hanging Rock as well as making Magma Man and The Lantern Keeper as I could imagine my invented characters living there, hiding in the Rock’s many nooks and crannies.

 

Polixeni Papapetrou The Visitor 2012

Polixeni Papapetrou The Visitor 2012

The Victorian High Country (Mt Buller) 

When you mention Mount Buller, in Victoria’s high county, you immediately conjure up images of snow and skiing. I love to visit the mountain in the warmer months of the year, as working on-location is more comfortable and easier. The stunning snow gums at Mount Buller are also fully expressed in the warmer months and create pockets of natural beauty set against these spectacular mountains.

When we made The Wanderer, we arrived the day before and were surprised by sudden overcast conditions, a thunderstorm and a blackened sky. I despaired and thought that I would not be able to take photographs as planned on the following day. I resigned myself to having a holiday, but plans were once again changed when we woke up to a brilliant blue sky the following morning.

Polixeni_Papapetrou_The_Philosopher_2012

Polixeni Papapetrou The Philosopher 2012

Similarly when I made The Visitor during the Spring, a dampness descended on the mountain, which was atmospheric. I thought that I’d have days of this perfect photographic backdrop, but once again we woke to a clear sunny sky the following day.

 

I also made The Philospher at this location. The image reflects a person alone on the top of a mountain. It symbolizes the solitude of thought where the vastness of the landscape is the counterpoint to the intimacy of an internal world. It is an internal/external that we all struggle with. I love the way that the landscape in the High Country plays tricks on me.  We also love to visit the nearby town of Mirimbah, eat at the café, walk in Mirimbah Park and jump into the lake when it is hot enough.

 

Images in Eden Series

Travel Tips:

* If you are friendly with your neighbours, let them know that you will be away. Otherwise leave home in the dead of night! And don’t forget to put the dogs in kennels.

* Research the history of the areas that you are visiting. And take maps. Intuiting your way across foreign terrain is only great if you enjoy becoming seriously lost.

* Pack as lightly as possible as you always accumulate things along the way. Kidding yourself if you say that you won’t.  But always take plenty of water.

* A book goes a long way to relieving the boredom of travel.  Yes holidays can be a bit boring, but you can always attempt an interesting conversation too.

For more information about Polixeni Papapetrou see:http://www.polixenipapapetrou.net

Exhibitions

• MAMA Art Foundation Photography Prize, Murray Art Museum, NSW, 21 May – 7 August 2016

• Timelapse, Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria, 24 May – 24 July 2016

•European Month of PhotographyAthens, Benaki Museum, Athens, 9 June – 26 July 2016

•Spring 1883, Windsor, Kalli Rolfe Contemporary, 17-21 August 2016

•Eden, Stills Gallery, Sydney, 31 August – 5 October 2016

•European Month of Photography, Berlin, 1-31 October 2016

•Beyond Eden, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, 22 October – 2 December  2016

 

Photo of Polixeni Papapetrou by Robert Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

 

一年中的哪个时间去日本旅行最好呢?When Is The Best Time To Visit Japan?

 

一年中的哪个时间去日本旅行最好呢?

 

秋天

媛梦之旅团队选择秋天来日本旅行是因为在秋天我们可以欣赏到秋叶的美色。虽然今年日本的秋天比原计划来的晚了一些,但是我们还是在十一月份的时候看到了一些绝美的叶子。尽管天气变得越来越冷,我们在十二月上旬也还是看到了这些叶子的身影。北海道的叶子颜色变的要早一些,因为北岛的天气要比南岛更冷一些。

春天

因为能欣赏到樱花的美,所以春天的日本非常受游客欢迎。在春季,无数日本人及游客都会蜂拥至各个公园及花园 ,就是为了欣赏小路两旁的花海,淡粉、玫瑰红、以及白色的花朵交错陈列、美轮美奂。不过,真正的花季却会受天气的影响,所以与预期相比,开花时间可早可晚、很难预测。同时,花期也很短,所以很难说在你的路途中一定能够看到樱花绽放。

夏天

选择在夏天来日本游览有时会让你感觉不是那么得舒服。从六月开始一直到九月底,日本都是阴雨连绵、炎热且潮湿的。更糟糕的是,夏天是台风最恶劣的季节。

冬天

日本的各个滑雪圣地纷纷会在冬季出现在人们的视野中。对于那些想要在冬天来日本的人来说,这些地方日益受到他们的青睐。每年二月份在北海道的首府都会举行札幌滑雪节(Sapporo Snow Festival)。有了积雪和冰雕的助阵,这里俨然已经成为吸引游客的又一胜地。

 

请跟随我们下面的视频来欣赏日本美轮美奂,五彩缤纷的秋叶吧。

 

 

吉莉安•崔格最心仪的五大澳洲旅游胜地 (Gillian Triggs)

Gillian Triggs, who just completed her term as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, was catapulted onto national headlines when she released a report on children in immigration detention. Tony Abbott, the then Prime Minister, Attorney-General George Brandis, and the then Immigration Minister Scott Morrison declared that the report was biased, that they had lost confidence in her and that she should resign.

Professor Triggs stood firm. She insisted the report adhered to the law and was objective, and if she were to resign, it would suggest otherwise and would undermine the independence of the commission.

These personal and professional attacks on Professor Triggs sparked a social media campaign of huge support for her which affirmed widespread confidence in her integrity. It also had the effect of making people aware of the existence of the AHRC and led to thousands more seeking its services.

"Human rights are for everyone, everywhere, every day." Professor Gillian Triggs

“Human rights are for everyone, everywhere, every day.” Professor Gillian Triggs

Australia has no Bill of Rights, so the AHRC is the “first port of call” for complaints regarding human rights and breaches of anti-discrimination laws, she says. Its responsibility is to monitor Australia’s performance in meeting its international human rights commitments. And its services are free.

In her three years as President of the AHRC, Professor Triggs describes this past year as the “year of living dangerously” because the Commission has drawn attention to  “the erosion of our human rights and to the diminution of the checks and balances that preserve our democracy…all in the year in which, ironically, we also celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.”

Gillian was born in England, and when her parents decided to emigrate to Australia when she was 12, she was was not happy about having to give up her studies as a ballet dancer at the Royal Academy. But once in Australia, she joined the Borovansky Ballet. At university, she was one of the small number of women studying law. She was part of the burgeoning feminist movement on campus, and with characteristic flair, won Miss University at Melbourne University in 1966.

Gillian Triggs is held in the highest esteem by her peers. In her 50-year career as a lawyer, she has held academic positions such as Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney. She has also had an international commercial legal practice, and worked with governments and international organizations on human rights law. She was Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-7 where she directed social justice projects in Iran and Africa.

She has written five books, mostly on international law and human rights.

A portrait of Gillian Triggs in Lego blocks appears in a new work by Ai Wei Wei commissioned by the NGV for the exhibition Andy Warhol/Ai Wei Wei. Incorporating more than two million Lego blocks, the cube features portraits of twenty Australian activists, champions of human rights and freedom of speech. (See image above)

 

Gillian’s Top 5 Places:

 

Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park - photo Great Trails Victoria

Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park – photo Great Trails Victoria

Wilsons Promontory, Victoria

True Australian wilderness that has been protected with fierce determination by locals, government and environmentalists. The area is a treasure trove of Aboriginal middens, wildlife and dramatic scenery. The beaches are pristine and ‘Squeaky Beach’ has tiny white particles of sand that record every step.

 

 

 

 

Sydney Harbour & Opera House

Sydney Harbour & Opera House

Sydney Harbour, New South Wales 

One of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. Every inlet and beach can be explored by ferry or walking.  There is something of interest for everyone. The zoo, local history, the sculpture walk across the cliffs, fishing and sailing, or eating in the restaurants. I took my family visiting from England on a yacht  trip around the harbour for Christmas eve; an unforgettable night.

 

 

Green turtle - photo courtesy of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Green turtle – photo courtesy of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland 

One of the natural wonders of the world. Snorkelling or diving reveals a magical world of colour and life .  The reef is radiant with fish and marine species.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mt.Buller - photo by daz77

Mt.Buller – photo by daz77

Mount Buller, Victoria

Mt.Buller is the beginning of the Great Dividing Range and a stunning change from coastal Australia. The cattle trails through the mountains or the ski runs down the mountain offer spectacular views of an Australia that is unexpected and grandiose. The local wines, cheeses and  fresh produce make it a gourmet’s delight.

 

 

 

 

Great Ocean Road - photo Britannica Kids

Great Ocean Road – photo Britannica Kids

Great Ocean Road, Victoria 

The Great Ocean Road is  spectacular as it winds around the edge of the Australian continent from Geelong in Victoria to the Coorong in South Australia. The coast is rugged and home to vibrant bird and wild life.

 

 

 

 

 

Travel tips:

* Do your homework before you go to avoid the traps and to get the most from your adventure

* Stop to watch and listen rather than trying to do too much; enjoy the moment.

* Pack really wearable comfortable clothes

* If you can, pay extra for good accommodation

* Look up a friend in the area or find a new one; they can introduce you to the best secrets of the area

 

Photo of Professor Triggs by Matthew Syres.

 

 

 

 

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特雷西·斯派瑟(Tracey Spicer):我最心仪的澳洲五大旅游胜地

特雷西·斯派瑟(Tracey Spicer)在TedxSouthBankWomen演讲上的出色表现不仅在Youtube视频网站上获得了一百多万的点击率,而且获得了人们的一致好评。她在舞台上褪去自己的外衣,一反女性应有的形象,这种做法是对当代社会人们对于女性外表所提出的无理且不现实要求的挑战。

拥有在各种媒体工作30余年的经验,特雷西身兼数职。不仅是社会评论员,同时也是广播播音员、新闻和杂志评论专栏作家、电视新闻主持人、演讲家和旅行作家。目前她正担任澳大利亚Sky News的国际主持人。

特雷西最心仪的五大旅游胜地:

uluru-at-sunset

Uluru

  乌鲁鲁Uluru

我竟然等到自己46岁才去这个令人叹为观止的地方,这真是让我不太好意思承认啊。它是澳大利亚土著遗产很好的教育素材。在乌鲁鲁有一个非常棒的针对土著年轻人的培训项目。
想要阅读更多关于乌鲁鲁的精彩内容,请访问:

http://womangoingplaces.com.au/uluru-ayers-rock-australia

Far-North-Queensland

North Queensland

       昆士兰北部   Far North Queensland

好吧,我承认,我就是昆士兰人,而且我非常喜欢那种悠闲的生活态度。棕榈湾(Palm Cove)和道格拉斯湾(Port Douglas)的每个人都会说‘你好啊’、‘亲爱的’或者‘小可爱’,这会让我很有家的感觉。当然了,丹特里(Daintree)雨林的美令人叹为观止,特别是当你从SkyRail 雨林坐缆车从上往下看的时候。

 

Questacon

Questacon

堪培拉   Canberra

好吧,我又得承认一下:我们全家都是政治迷,所以对于堪培拉肯定有独特的感情。这里也有澳大利亚最好的博物馆,包括国家科技中心(Questacon)。如果不是因为离海滩太远,我们全家肯定会住到堪培拉的!

 

Falls Creek

Falls Creek

 位于维多利亚的佛斯溪   Falls Creek

在冬天我们非常喜欢到这里,因为在滑雪场内的住宿对于家庭来说是个非常便捷的选择。这里的餐厅也非常棒,三蓝鸭(Three Blue Ducks)就是一家非常有名的饭店,它崇尚从牧场到餐桌的天然烹饪理念。

 

Emily Bay Norfolk Island

Emily Bay Norfolk Island

诺福克岛   Norfolk Island

是的,它是澳大利亚的一部分哦! 上周我带着九岁的儿子去了那里,因为那时他正在学习有关第一舰队(The First Fleet)的历史,古老的历史历史令人着迷。艾米丽湾的海滩就像是小号的塔希提岛。

 

旅游小贴士:

*轻装上阵,特别是你带着孩子一同出行。我们总是喜欢带着过多的东西旅行!
*做一些与众不同的事情。我们全家之前是在帆船上渡过了一周,这是我们享受过得最好的假期。

            *  *  *  *  *  *

日本记事 – Notes on Japan

 

媛梦之旅刚刚在去年年末完成了第一次日本之旅。2016年,访日的游客达到了两千万人次。随着2020年东京夏季奥运会的临近,去日本旅行的游客更是将会大增。大家可以欣赏到日本奇幻的美景,感受日本独特的风情。

我们选择在秋天时节,探访了北半球上的四大岛屿:北海道、本州、九州和四国岛,还有包括宫岛在内的一些其他小岛。

在接下来一系列的旅游微博中,我们将会与您分享我们参观过的一些景点以及我们在这段旅行中一些独特的体验。

在日本这个国度里,人民对于外国人的态度都是相当的礼貌,并且乐于伸出援手帮助外国游客,特别是那些愿意花力气学上几个日语单词的人。尽管英语并没有在日本普及,但是语言并不是像你想象的那道不可逾越的鸿沟。当你需要指路或搭乘公交的时候,你会发现带着善意和将你的目的地与住宿以日英两种语言写下来是非常重要的。

希望你们能喜欢我们的《日本记事》。下面的视频即为《日本记事》的开头篇。同时也希望我们的经历能给为您带路,引导您来领略这个美丽岛国的风光。

 

 

Ningaloo Reef

澳大利亚尼加卢礁


在澳大利亚的海域里我们可以寻找到这些壮丽的珊瑚礁。不过它们不是来自我们所熟知的澳大利亚东海岸的大堡礁,而是来自西海岸的尼加卢礁。着实奇怪的是,虽然这片礁脉在去年被评为世界遗产,但是却鲜为人知。

尼加卢是世界公认的最壮观的珊瑚礁群之一同时也是最后一片依旧保持原生态的珊瑚礁群。在尼加卢栖息着220种珊瑚以及500种热带鱼类。我对于这样一片拥有富饶的独特海洋生物并鲜为人知的地带充满好奇。

带着这份好奇,我潜入海底与它的鲨鱼,大海龟,黄貂鱼,儒艮以及无数令人惊艳色彩斑斓的鱼群一起畅游。

 

事实上,尼加卢是世界上最长的近岸礁之一。因为它怀抱澳大利亚多岩的西北海岸线远郊一角,所以乘船观赏实为上佳之选。

我在尼加卢航海(Sail Ningaloo)处为自己订了一个为期5天的52英尺双体船航行。这次旅行我偶遇了一位来自英国的独立航海探险者—凯特。她是唯一的一位同行者,也是一名女性,她航行经历广泛,足迹遍及北极、南极以及加拉巴戈斯群岛。她此行的目的就是在珊瑚礁中潜水。
我选择了用通气管潜水。在此之前我从未尝试过通气管潜水,不过这并无大碍。潜水教练指导我穿好潜水服并教会我使用通气管,然后我便滑下轮船跟着他们潜入海底。

青绿色的海水通透无比,峡谷中精巧玲珑的珊瑚霎时映入我的眼帘。与此同时,我的周身也游弋着一群形态各异五彩斑斓的鱼群,它们的队形千变万化令人称奇。

一直以来,我都迷恋在自然纪录片中看到的那些绿色的大海龟。现在我万分激动因为终于有幸可以在他们中间畅游一番甚至可以和他们中的一些近到咫尺。直到他们发现了我,拍打着鳍肢匆匆游远。这时有两头儒艮慢慢游近,我异常兴奋,因为这些体型奇特的生物真的是难得一见。
nigaloo reef sailing

不过鲨鱼、黄貂鱼就可怕多了。虽然他们告诉我珊瑚鲨对人不感兴趣,但是当几头珊瑚鲨急速向我游来的时候我还是不禁屏息凝神直到他们游走。而黄貂鱼则是非常难觅的,因为他们会躲藏在海底纯白的沙子中,然后突然跃起,抖落身上的沙子,如离弦之箭般迅速游远。

当我们在甲板上闲逛时,我们就会看着鲸鱼游过,看着它们从呼吸孔中喷射出水柱。此时正值白鲸和座头鲸在6000平方米的尼加卢海域进行他们一年一度的迁徙。一天,一头母座头鲸和她的孩子靠近了我们的船。凯特和我立刻停止了讲话生怕把他们吓跑,而事实恰好相反,我们越对着他们说话,他们就越靠近,最后母座头鲸游到她孩子的身下将他驼在背上让他更好地看看我们。真是一群高智商又充满好奇的动物呵。

 

每天我可以用通气管潜水两次,每天我都看到完全不同排布的珊瑚丛,甲壳类动物,哺乳动物和鱼。

当我不在海底时,我就躺在甲板上读书,时不时地看看有没有鲸鱼,蝠鲼鳐,海豚或是海龟。

躺在我船舱床铺上最美的事便是看着初升的旭日慢慢点亮舷窗外的大海。

这是一次适合女性的旅游。即便我做的是以前从未做过的事,但是我感到安全、舒适而且也不感觉别扭或者感觉像是一个女人自己出游。这是一个去亲近和享受这个世界的这份独特美丽的绝好方式。

 

备注:最后一刻订的确认航程有的时候会被取消。

尼加卢航海(Sail Ningaloo)最近刚获得了由西澳旅游局颁发的生态旅游银奖和探险旅游铜奖。

 

潜水中看到的珊瑚丛中的儒艮、海龟、黄貂鱼、鲨鱼以及色彩绚丽的鱼类,请在影片中欣赏。

感谢尼加卢航海(Sail Ningaloo)和Prue Johnson的海底照相及摄影。Augustine Zycher编辑


更多信息:http://www.sailningaloo.com.au
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卡卡杜国家公园 – 加拉邦弥 (库尔品大峡谷) 澳大利亚北领地 – Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

 

作者 Jacinta Agostinelli

卡卡杜国家公园之不走寻常路

我女儿吉纳维芙现居在达尔文,她在附近的土著社区内工作。我曾经让我女儿带我去一个她最喜欢的景点。她从朋友那里听说了加拉邦弥(Jarrangbarnmi)这个地方,因为这里是一个神圣的地方,她想应该能成为带着母亲和妹妹安娜一起去游览的一个理想地点。因为我对于土著文化以及其与周围环境的关系很感兴趣,我以前总是想找一处圣地去参观。而在此之前的一次旅行中,我们已经去了几个在卡卡杜国家公园内更受欢迎的地区。

 

Jacinta hiking

Jacinta hiking

在八月份的一个周五下午,我和我的两个女儿离开了达尔文。在离开达尔文约三个小时后,我们在玛丽河(Mary river)护林站的钥匙箱内找到了我们的钥匙。在我们开车回家还钥匙的过程中,我们停下来研读了片刻这张记载了当地文化和考古历史的巨型故事板。

 

加拉邦弥 (库尔品大峡谷)

Two upper pools

Two upper pools

 

位于北领地卡卡杜国家公园东南部,加拉邦弥是坐落于达尔文324 公里外的一块进入有限制的区域。这里只有在干旱的季节游客才允许进入。因为加拉邦弥地处偏远山区,并且其在文化和环境方面的影响也非常重大,所以游客一定要提前申请许可(申请许可最长可能需要七天的时间)。想要在这里游玩,你必须有一辆较高的四驱车。手机在这里是没有信号的(所以只有你感觉自己适合并且可以接受这种环境再过来玩)。另外,这里没有可以直接饮用的水,并且游客们要遵守严格的游客指南。旁边的营地里有环保厕所和壁炉,厕所产生的废物可以作为燃料。因为我女儿平时会因为工作或休闲的原因去偏远的地方玩,并且她还是一些偏远地区的救护车志愿者,所以和她一起旅游我很放心。鉴于此,我只建议那些在澳大利亚有这种到偏远地区游历经验的游客或者有此类经验的人陪同的游客来这里游览。对于游客来说,尽管去加拉邦弥玩要花费很大的精力,但是在这里他们绝对会有所收获。

 

Swimming at pink pool

Swimming at pink pool

 

如何到达

我们沿着一条崎岖的四驱车的轮胎印开进灌木丛中。因为当时正当旱季,灌木丛非常的干,尽管如此,我们还是在沿途中穿过了两条小河。许多土生土长树木的叶子正在飘落,这让我想到了原来现在还是“秋天的时节”。卡卡杜是一片不老的土地,拥有着几千万年的历史。这些都表明它具有高度的适应性,才可以生存至今。实际上,这里的生态系统非常的微妙,几乎没有留下什么余地可供我们人类进行干扰。一旦我们失去了它,可能再也无法重新恢复这里天气,土地以及万物间紧密契合的关系。尤其是加拉邦弥 (库尔品大峡谷)(Koolpin Gorge),它很好地反映出了这个微妙的平衡关系。当我们到达这里时,天色已暗,所剩无几的光线仅够我们支起帐篷和做个晚饭。

第二天我们在营地看到了指示牌,指示牌上警告说当地原住民的土地已经越过了边境线,另外在一些特定的水域中还有鳄鱼,所有游客下水游泳前不可以涂抹防晒霜。因为气温已经快超过三十度了,所以宽沿的帽子和保护性的衣物都是必需品。我们打包了野餐午饭,泳衣和足够供当天饮用的水,之后就向着峡谷出发了。

 

池子和水洼

Vegetation pool

Vegetation pool

尽管这里没有标记好的小路,但是踩着岩石、沿着小溪的河床就可以到达加拉邦弥境内众多的池子和水洼。植被池(Vegetation Pool)是途径的第一个水塘,但是游客不得入内,这是因为这里是个神圣的地方,彩虹蛇便栖息在此。鳄鱼也会在此出没。在峡谷的深处,有另外四个池子,分别是粉池(Pink Pool),黑池(Black Pool)和两个更小的池子。如果你想把所有的池子都看个遍,那你的身手就要足够的敏捷,不然就无法攀爬众多的岩石,尤其是如果你想要到看到最里面的两个池子。游客要量力而行,只攀爬至自己力所能及的高度和深度。

这片世外桃源相对封闭,沿着水洼水塘走就不太容易走丢。我们将这些池子当作向导,花了一整天时间在池子里和池子旁边游玩。小鸟儿们频繁的冲击着水面,在安全返回树上之前在水面上迅速的小呷一口。除了能看到小鸟、昆虫和听到鹦鹉的声音外,我们再也听不到和看不到其他的动物。这里安静而昏暗,天上的星星明亮而美丽。尽管我们藏匿在这黑暗而偏僻的地方,但我没有一丝的恐惧或害怕。互相陪伴能够起到很大的作用。

 

原住民的圣地

我们知道我们处在一片神圣的土地之上,考虑到这附近的社区,并且怀着敬畏之心,我们决定不要随便向灌木深处闲逛了。大多数来游览加拉邦弥的人都对原住民文化和环境也感兴趣,因此,游客们都对这里的人和土地充满敬意。

当我们处在这一片神圣的原住民土地上时,我们有那么一种感觉。当我躺在静止的阴凉下,或感受着冰凉的溪水抚过温暖的肌肤,亦或是聆听着那些狂乱拍打的小翅膀发出的轻微的响声,都让我感受到了周围的神圣,让我不禁对其肃然起敬,发自内心的想去关心它。这令我们对大地赋予的如此美妙的礼物充满感恩之情。

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照片由 Jacinta Agostinelli 提供

 

 

澳大利亚的内陆地区:昆士兰卡穆威尔 派特•麦克弗森

 

 

 

      在澳大利亚,牧牛人是一个标志性的形象,在诗歌、民谣、绘画及文学中得到不朽传颂。

       在澳大利亚的内陆地区,牧牛人就是这里的传奇,这种关系就如同牛仔在美国西部所刻画出的标志性形象那样。

       但是如今在内陆地区,真正的牧牛人已经为数不多了,取而代之的则是公路列车和直升机。

       我的朋友,现年82岁的卢克•麦考尔(Luke McCall)就是那些为数不多的传奇的牧牛人之一。在半个多世纪里,他和成千上万头牛马一齐穿越澳大利亚广袤的大地。他热爱这样的生活,也深爱着他的这些伙伴们。他从未把这样的生活视为流离失所、危险重重或者与世隔绝。

       我的老朋友当卢克•麦考尔经常会讲他牧牛的经历。曾经有一段时间,他连着九个月每天都要坐在马鞍上,每晚都要轮流看守牧群。

       但那些已经是过去的事情了,而现在卢克也是澳大利亚仅剩的不足80位牧牛人之一。每年,这些剩下的牧牛人都会前往昆士兰的卡穆威尔(Camooweal)参加一年一度的“牧牛人扎营节(Drover’s Camp Festival)”。每年八月的第四个星期的周末,他们都会千里迢迢赶来参加这个活动。

       每年我都会开车送我的朋友卢克去参加这个活动。

卢克最近非常喜欢赶时髦。但是对我来说,这是一趟7000公里的旅程,耗时大约三周。我们会住在我能找到最好的汽车旅馆里,同时得保证卢克每天都能有两次透气休息的时间,一次是吃午饭,另一次就是每晚来一顿不错的晚餐。他的那些在内陆的睡在地上、就着茶吃干面包的日子已经一去不复返了。他也发现到他这个年纪,是该稍微享受享受了。

       “牧牛人扎营节”纪念的是卡穆威尔作为全世界规模最大的牧牛群中心所流传下来的传统。当时这里的牧牛人会把1000至1500头牛从大型的牛场(驿站)一路驱赶到澳大利亚西北部的金伯利地区、北领地以及昆士兰。 牛群们走过2000公里,穿越最恶劣、最炎热、最干旱但同时也是澳大利亚最美丽的地区,从西澳到昆士兰州及南部地区,最后到达铁路和肥沃的土地。

       牧牛人有数十月的时间是在旅途中渡过的,他们经历了常人无法想象的困难。他们仅靠牛肉、干面包和茶度日,同时还要与严寒和烈日作斗争。

       这样的牧牛方式持续了一百年。但是在20世纪60年代的时候,这种方式骤然发生了改变。在短短的几年中,牲口的铃铛声就被摩托车的响声所替代了。叫做公路火车的长卡车被引进,从而取代牲口成为拉货进出市场的工具。那些由牧牛人带领牲口驮东西的日子已经变成了历史…… 但是,他们并没有被人们所遗忘。

       在卡穆威尔,人们产生了一种情结。它是由多个元素所组成的,包括一片室外的活动区域、一座纪念牧牛的博物馆、一个放置从前牧牛人肖像画的画廊以及一片扎营的广场。每年,年老的牧牛人都会聚集于此,重现那些值得回忆的日子。成千上万的人都会前来加入他们的队伍,参加各种庆典活动。

       我们欢迎每个人来参观。您可以借此机会见见这些传奇人物,感受一下澳大利亚内陆地区的文化遗产。尽管这个活动一年只举办一次,您可以在一年中的任何时候前来参观这里的博物馆,同时这里还有很多其它的活动,可以带您领略澳大利亚不同的内陆地区以及牲口驿站。

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派特•麦克弗森(Pat McPherson)是维多利亚州一名退休的护士。20世纪60年代,她是西澳金伯利地区Fitzroy 红十字会“澳大利亚内陆任务(Australian Inland Mission)”的一名护士。她定期会前往被她视为“内心故乡”的内陆地区。