塔斯马尼亚玛利亚岛 – Maria Island, Tasmania

Maria Island: Historical, Geological and Natural Wonder

玛利亚岛:历史、地理以及自然的奇迹

 

玛利亚岛(Maria Island)在澳大利亚历史中占有举足轻重的位置。这里是澳大利亚野生动物的避难所。这里不仅有美丽的自然景观,同时也是一片地质奇迹。

在殖民时代到来之前,土著居民会定期登上玛利亚岛,那里仍旧保存着他们出现过的证据。最早出现在这里的欧洲访客是捕鲸人和捕海豹者。之后到了1825年,这里成为了澳大利亚领土上由英国人设立的第一批流放地之一,这里甚至比臭名昭著的亚瑟港(Port Arthur)更早。

如今,它已经成为那些受到威胁的自然野生动物的”野生动物方舟”了。

这里是观察袋熊,小袋鼠,小型树袋鼠和树丛大袋鼠自然习性的最好的地方之一。他们可以无拘无束的漫步,因为岛上不允许出现任何车辆,商店或是宾馆。我们偶遇了一个母袋熊和婴儿袋熊。算上引进的觉鹅(Cape Barren Geese),这里有超过140种鸟类。

游客可以在这里参观和短期停留,但是应该是不能够在玛利亚岛长期居住的。

 

 

玛利亚岛沿着海岸线的地质构造所带来的复杂美令世界各地的地质学家心生敬畏。在近海岸搭乘小船是欣赏这些构造的最佳地点。

沿着海岸线的旅途让我们欣赏到了包含着许多古代化石的高耸的石灰岩化石悬崖的壮丽美景,被砂岩装饰的悬崖由于被氧化铁附着,染上了极为美妙的彩色斑点,那便是红赭石色和灰色。我们还见到了3亿年前由冰川滴落形成的名为坠石(Drop)的岩石。在这里,就算形成时间最晚的岩石也要早于恐龙出现前1亿年。

小船经过一条由悬崖倾泻到海里的瀑布,悬崖的外部由美轮美奂的钟乳石构成。我们进入了一个镶嵌着化石的深洞,尽管里面很黑,但通过照相机魔术般的镜头,明亮的粉色、绿色、棕色和金色的石头像蛋糕的千层一样展示在了我们的眼前。

这里有丰富多样的水下生命,包含了海豹和海豚。当我们对着海水望眼欲穿时,一条飞鱼一跃冲出了海面,它闪着光芒的鱼鳍伸展开来就像翅膀一样,它的这一跃就高出了水平面一米,在重新潜入海里前它飞过了差不多15米的距离。我们都被这一幕震撼了,导致都没来得及掏出我们的相机, 不过幸运的是在这艘小船上的其他人之在前一周捕捉到了跟这条飞鱼一样的画面。

壮丽的白色新月和由蓝绿色海水充斥的古朴的海湾构成了玛利亚岛的轮廓。从小船上,我们能欣赏到纯洁无暇的沙滩,然后在达灵顿(Darlington), 我停靠在其中一个码头。这些沙滩上的沙子是由与坐落于塔斯马尼亚弗雷西内半岛(Freycinet Peninsula)的世界著名的酒杯湾(Wineglass Bay)一样的白色花岗岩构成的。

 

Darlington

达灵顿

达灵顿是在世界文化遗址上列出的最早的罪犯聚居地之一。我们花了些时间在这里周围参观。英国在19世纪中期抛弃了这块地方。取而代之的是,殖民统治者在更加偏远的阿瑟港建立了罪犯聚居地。一些早期罪犯的住所仍然还在达灵顿,不过现在已经被用来当做游客的宿舍了。

漫步穿过达灵顿保存完好的壮丽的大楼是一件非常值得做的事情。除了最早期的罪犯用的大楼,这里还有许多令人印象深刻的建筑。比如说由满怀希望的移民者在19世纪建造的咖啡宫殿(Coffee Palace)。当时这里的生活十分艰难,他们没能维系住他们的居所, 但是他们留下了令人着迷的印记。在一些著名人士的见证下,包括像由于参与1848年年轻爱尔兰叛乱运动而被流放在这的爱尔兰民族主义领导人William Smith O’Brien, 他们赋予了玛利亚岛丰富多彩的历史和自然景观。

 

除了Karen Dick拍摄的飞鱼(Flying Fish)外,所有照片均由Rosalie和Augustine Zycher拍摄。

音乐:Albare演唱《No Love Lost 》选自专辑《The Road Ahead》

 

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奥莉维娅·纽顿-约翰最心仪的澳洲五大旅游胜地 – Olivia Newton-John

 

 

奥莉维·纽顿-约翰(Olivia Newton-John)是一位在国际上享有盛名的明星。在澳大利亚,人们对她喜爱有加,这种爱经久不衰的原因之一是她的天赋,同时也是因为她在一系列重要事件中所展示出的勇气和做出的承诺。

 

奥莉维娅辉煌的事业持续了几十年,期间她不仅是唱作人也是著名的演员。专辑有着一亿的好销量、多次位于排行榜的首位、四次获得格莱美大奖、在热门音乐电影《油脂》(Grease)中表现出色。她的事业也继续因巡演、电视节目和电影蒸蒸日上。

 

她的事业远不止于演艺方面的成就,奥莉维娅同时也是一位积极参与环境保护的行动家。除此之外,动物权益保护、人道事业募捐以及呼吁人们提高健康意识的活动也都是她事业的组成部分。在1992年成功战胜乳癌之后,她开始鼓励女性提早预防乳癌。

 

在澳洲,奥莉维娅与奥斯丁健康中心(Austin Health)合作,为在墨尔本开设奥莉维·纽顿-约翰癌症与健康中心(Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre)成功筹款数百万,该健康中心于2012年6月正式开幕。作为筹款的部分工作,她带领一支团队在中国长城进行了全程228千米的徒步活动。该活动为期三周,团队包括癌症治愈者、各界名流以及奥运选手。该癌症与健康中心针对癌症治疗、教育、培训及研究提供全面综合的服务和设施,旨在建立一个集身心灵于一体的健康中心。

这种一体化的方法同时也是位于新南威尔士拜伦湾的盖亚休闲和水疗中心(Gaia Retreat and Spa)背后的理念。奥莉维娅也是该中心所用人之一,中心曾荣获多次大奖,特别是在2013和2014年获得世界旅游大奖,被评为澳大利亚“精品酒店和水疗胜地”。

 

奥莉维娅已经进入了澳大利亚音乐荣誉殿堂。2010年,她还从澳大利亚总督昆廷·布赖斯(Quentin Bryce)手中接过了澳大利亚特别贡献勋章(Medal of the Order of Australia).

 

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奥莉维娅最心仪的澳洲五大旅游胜地

让我说出在澳洲最喜欢的五个地方真是太困难了,因为我喜欢的地方太多了!

 

Gaia Retreat & Spa New South Wales

Gaia Retreat & Spa
New South Wales

Gaia Retreat & Spa

盖亚休闲和水疗中心

不得不说我心中的第一永远是盖亚休闲和水疗中心,作为共有人之一我感到非常骄傲。这个位于拜伦湾内地的水疗中心绝对是个治愈心灵的好地方。在待了五天的时间,我感觉整个人都恢复过来了,这都是这里滋养护理和休闲美食的功劳。五天的休息好像达到了一个月修身养性的效果。现在的我能够在忙碌的生活工作中找到自己的最佳状态。

Mullock Heaps, Coober Pedy South Australia

Mullock Heaps, Coober Pedy
South Australia

Coober Pedy

库伯佩迪

很多年前,我做了一个电视特别节目,把澳大利亚的地方基本上都拍了个遍。有一个地方让我印象非常深刻也让我非常喜爱,那就是库伯佩迪。这是个非常奇特的地方,也有着许许多多鲜明的特点,让人难以忘怀。

Bondi to Bronte Walk Sydney

Bondi to Bronte Walk
Sydney

Bondi to Bronte Walk Sydney

邦代到勃朗特海滩漫步(悉尼)

我对邦代到勃朗特(Bondi to Bronte)海滩的漫步绝对是大爱,简单来说,我觉得那里超棒。那里就像是另外一个世界,集沙滩、公园、美景于一体。这里是我最喜爱的澳洲海岸沙滩漫步地之一,另外一个地方便是是拜伦湾的塔伦沙滩(Tallow Beach– Byron Bay)。

Melbourne

Melbourne

Melbourne

墨尔本

墨尔本是我的故乡,那里有很多我的美好回忆,特别是我妈妈原来住在那里的时候。现在我的大部分亲戚也还是住在那里。我待过墨尔本的里阿尔酒店(Lyall Hotel), 那是个舒适温暖的私人精品酒店,提供很好的设施和服务,给人小但精致的感觉。

Lizard Island Queensland

Lizard Island
Queensland

Lizard Island Queensland

昆士兰蜥蜴岛

我推荐的最后一个地方是位于昆士兰北部的宁静小岛—蜥蜴岛(Lizard Island)。这个岛位于著名的大堡礁之上,是我最珍爱的澳洲小岛之一。那里有细腻的白色沙滩、令人惊叹的暗礁浮潜。我要赶紧带我的丈夫约翰去那里,因为岛上的一切都是他的最爱:美轮美奂的自然风光、令人称奇的澳洲本土植物,而且所有的一切都被大海所包围。

旅游小贴士:

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*我总是会随身带一条保暖的围巾,不仅可以对脖子和胸口起到保暖作用,还能在我想睡觉的时候当眼罩用。

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麦琪·碧儿(Maggie Beer):我最心仪的澳洲五大旅游胜地

 

麦琪·碧儿(Maggie Beer)是一位在澳大利亚厨艺界非常出众的人物,她的头像曾作为澳大利亚传奇被印在澳大利亚的邮票上。她因选用新鲜的当季食材而闻名,同时她的菜外形可观、价格亲民。

早在“季节性”和“可持续性”这样的字眼成为人们的常用词以前,麦琪和她的丈夫科林(Colin)就秉持了这些理念并在1973年成立了他们的家庭农场巴罗莎谷(Barossa Valley)。他们开始饲养山鸡并且在农场大门口卖自制的肉干。

慢慢的,人们开始络绎不绝地涌入农场,他们不仅前来购买麦琪自制的美食,也到久负盛名的山鸡农场餐厅(Pheasant Farm Restaurant) 品尝她的菜肴。

从那时起,她和科林的农场商店和咖啡店开始走向成功,他们的食物也销往澳大利亚和海外的美食市场。

麦琪在澳大利亚广播公司(ABC)的《厨师和大厨》(The Cook and The Chef)栏目、超受欢迎的《厨艺大师》(Masterchef)以及她自己的圣诞电视特别节目中都展示出了其热情和充满活力的一面。迄今为止,她已经出了9本食谱。

麦琪已经获得了许多荣誉和奖项,其中包括了获得了澳大利亚勋章(AM)。 该荣誉是为了表彰其对旅游和餐饮做出的突出贡献,同时也是因为她将巴罗莎地区变成了一个让美食美酒爱好者趋之若鹜的地方。

 

想要阅读更多关于麦琪的精彩内容,请访问:www.maggiebeer.com.au

 

麦琪最心仪的澳洲五大旅游胜地:

Southern Ocean Lodge Kangaroo Island

Southern Ocean Lodge
Kangaroo Island

袋鼠岛 Kangaroo Island

去年二月的旅行是我最爱的旅行经历之一。在澳洲本土还是闷热难耐的时候,南澳大利亚正值盛夏,我们作为入住袋鼠岛上南海旅社的贵宾,在28摄氏度的气温下尽情狂欢。

关于南海旅社,旅行中的每一部份都超出我的预期:热情且专业的员工、美味的食物及带有南澳特色红酒的开放式酒吧。尽管对我们大多数人来说这是个特殊的场合,但我认为每个人都会觉得这个旅行物超所值。我们是多幸运啊!

 

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

悉尼 Sydney

对于成长在这片土地上的我来说,悉尼永远是个特殊的地方。我喜欢回到一些我最爱的且让人多愁善感的景点,例如玫瑰海湾(Rose Bay),或者就是花点时间沿着海滩边悠闲地漫个步。当然对于钟爱音乐的我来说,悉尼歌剧院充满着难以抵挡的诱惑,每当我来到达令港,我就会去看看歌剧院。 还有一点我不得不提,正如你们可以想到的,饭店也是非常棒的。

 

 

Desert Park Alice Springs

Desert Park Alice Springs

爱丽丝泉的沙滩公园 Alice Springs

在几年前,当我被邀请在沙漠节期间前往爱丽丝泉给野外食品比赛(Wild Foods Competition)做裁判时,我没有一丝的犹豫。 因为在那之前我从来没有去爱丽丝泉参观的机会,那是一个可以加深我对自己国家了解的绝佳机会。在前往沙漠公园的旅途中,我有幸可以由两名原住民女性带我参观。年长的叫弗洛妮卡(Veronica), 另一位是雷丽(Rayleen), 她是这个野外食物烹饪比赛的带头人,她坚信袋鼠是可以烹饪并且食用的。沙漠公园实在是太美了,除了可以说对于其它的沙漠我绝不会再有这般的感受以外,我已无法言表我的感受。有着弗洛妮卡和雷丽的陪伴,我得知了所有有关食物和药用植物的信息。在我较忙的时候,丈夫科林则是一个人旅行,但是他对于公园美的感受也是一点都不亚于我的。我觉得每个澳大利亚人都应该亲自来到这个地方感受一下。

 

 

Glenmore House garden produce

Glenmore House garden produce

新南威尔士格兰莫名宿 Glenmore House,

New South Wales

坐落在悉尼边上的格兰莫名宿是一处非常漂亮的房产。它是一系列的早期殖民农场建筑,周围有华丽的花园环抱。在这样的环境下,诸多的问题,像是日常用水短缺、土质不佳、夏天温度过高、冬天严重的霜冻和无情的季风都比不上要把这个花园经营好的决心。能够在这样的环境下生长出这么好的东西激励着我也要好好经营自己的花园。

 

Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley

Barossa 山谷   Barossa Valley

我知道这可能听起来比较老套,不过巴罗莎仍然是我最喜欢的地方,并且我希望每个人都可以有机会去感受一下我为什么喜欢这个地方。尽管我经常旅行,但是我总是尽量减少在外过夜的次数,从而让自己可以尽可能的多呆在家里。不管从哪个方面来说,这里依旧是我最爱的地方,它可以让我重新充满能量。

 

旅游小贴士:

顺其自然,愿意妥协。

时刻带着音乐,不仅可以在飞机上听,还可以用来为酒店房间创造温暖的氛围,为你旅途中的记忆创造声迹。

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Woman In…Patagonia

    “Oh, that’s impossible, I can’t do that!” This is what I would have said, if I had known what I was about to embark on beforehand. But I didn’t know. And so, when my daughter asked me to go with her to Patagonia, I agreed. Although this remote part of Argentina and Chile had never appeared in my travel imaginings, I knew that I was going on a 60 kilometre trek of medium difficulty over five days, and I knew I could do that.

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    So off we went, first to the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, and then to El Chalten in Argentina. We set off happily on our first day shouldering backpacks with six to seven kilos of bare essentials, our sturdy waterproof walking shoes, a map, water- and wind-proof jackets, and the promise of experiencing natural beauty which an American trekker we met in the base town of Puerto Natales told us “nothing can prepare you for.”

    The natural beauty

    The American was right. The mountains of snow and ice, the blue lakes (paine is the native word for blue) and the painted skies were endless. Natural tracks that were not manicured but still safe and easy to follow, lead us around the mountains, through wooded areas and over trickling waterways. The sky was a great empty plain and we could hear the rumble of avalanches falling miles from where we stood. There is only one path to follow so it is impossible to get lost, and yet you have the sense that you are lost from the rest of the world. I am privileged to own such rare,unique moments.

    The refugios 

    On the Torres del Paine trek you take a day to walk from refugio (lodge) to refugio. The path is well marked, and there is enough time to make the distance without having to hurry. You measure distance in time because the terrain has to be considered. Pre-booking is essential to make sure you get a bed, and we did all our booking from Australia. There are lots of companies online. I was unsure what to expect from the refugios as they are remote and Patagonia isn’t economically wealthy. We had dormitory sleeping arrangements and I hadn’t slept like that since I was young. But the lodging surprised me and it was always exciting to arrive at our new lodge, each one warmed by a stove and the sound of exhausted, hungry and happy trekkers. Food was delicious and ample, and we ate at long mess tables, so you always had company while dining. We collected a picnic lunch and snacks in the morning when leaving, which meant we only had to carry food for the day.

    Fitness

    I am in my mid-fifties and if referring to age and fitness, I was in a minority. Most of the trekkers were under thirty-five. Some were extremely fit and I swear some of the young men who galloped past us were cloven-footed, their feet barely hitting the ground. But there were still plenty like me, moderately fit and young at heart, and we managed steeps ascents and the distances. Perhaps it was the curiosity of what’s around the next corner that kept me going, but mostly my strength of mind compensated for my lack of physical strength, and meditating on the present kept ‘what if it’s too hard’ thoughts at bay. I would have liked to have been fitter. It may have made the difficult stretches easier, although I have no lasting ill effects on my knees or ankles! However, be aware that once you leave the drop-off point and head into the mountains, there is no vehicular access. If you injure yourself you will rely on the goodness of strangers to carry you out or on the availability of a donkey.

    Other trekkers

    While there are many welcome ‘alone’ times, you are never lonely. We met women travelling on their own, families, dads carrying their small children in backpacks. We met an artist returning after ten years; people of all ages from around the world. So many interesting people and conversations.

    El Chalten

    Just when we thought it was safe to hang up our trekking shoes, we arrived by bus in El Chalten and Los Glaciares National Park – the trekking capital of the world. We hired a local taxi driver – enterprising young people use their own cars to provide a taxi service – to drive us out of town to a starting point for the Laguna los Tres hike. This day-long hike was the most difficult of all the hikes around El Chalten – but the most beautiful. At the bottom of the steep ascent to view FitzRoy Mount was a sign warning that only trekkers in top physical condition should attempt the climb. I knew by now that I always had one more step in me, so off we went. We climbed for an hour or so, the people on the rocky slopes ahead of us like a thin trail of ants. I treated it as sacred, my treading on the aloofness of mountains.

    The weather

    We had expected strong winds and rain, which are daily occurrences in Patagonia, particularly in March. But the gods were smiling on us and we had still, sunny weather for four out of five days. It was cold but it was a clear sunlit cold that is ideal for trekking. And being cold means the paths and lodges are less crowded.

    And in conclusion…

    Now back in Australia, I want my steps to stay slow, the silence of mountains to stay in my mind and their grandeur impressed on my imagination – and the impossible to remain possible.

     

    Jacinta Agostinelli  is a Melbourne-based writer and editor.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and five daughters, and travelling to far-away places.

     

     

     

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    在澳大利亚将霞多丽葡萄酒转变为伏特加

    It is rare to find a winery and a distillery located in the same vineyard. It is extremely rare to find that this winery is producing chardonnay that is then transformed into cognac by the distillery.

    But this is exactly what is happening at the Darling Park vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula. In this wine making region, the Darling Park winery and the Bass & Flinders Distillery have an unorthodox, but very innovative relationship.

    Judy Gifford is the winemaker.  A former biochemist, she studied wine making at the University of Burgundy in France. She is an admired and respected member of  the Red Hill  community, and in a profession dominated by male winemakers, she has become the general manager of the of the Darling Park vineyard. Judy is responsible for a range of wines produced at the vineyard, including chardonnay, pinot noir, pinot gris, shiraz, and sauvignon blanc. But it is the chardonnay that is the basis of the relationship with the distillery as it is a base wine for the cognac.

    Bob Laing and Wayne Klintworth are the distillers. They are neighbours who together decided to do things differently. Instead of making vodka and gin from potatoes and grains,  the way it is made in Russia and Poland, they wanted to make them from grapes. Chardonnay, which they source from different vineyards, was considered the  wine most suitable to undergo the conversion into spirits.

    They sought mentors internationally, and then set up their Alembic copper still in Darling Park.  These copper stills date back to the Egyptians in 800AD, and were used over the ages to concoct not only alcohol, but also medicines and perfume. Alchemists even used the alembic still in their attempts to magically convert base metals into gold.

    And there is something magical about the process of turning wine into spirits. The grapes are crushed and fermented into wine which is heated until it is vaporised. The vapour is then chilled to condense into liquid and flows out as spirits.

    You can taste the wines and spirits at the Cellar Doors of both the Darling Park winery and the Bass & Flinders Distillery, and stroll through the pretty vineyard that surrounds them both.

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    Videographers and Photographers: David Zycher and Rosalie Zycher

    Video Editor and Writer: Augustine Zycher

    For further information:

    http://www.darlingparkwinery.com

     

     

     

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    走进澳洲雨林, 喂养本土鸟类

    跟随媛梦之旅一起走进已有6千万年历史的热带雨林。

    这片森林是如此的古老,它早已在澳大利亚成为独立的大陆前就存在,当时我们还只是冈瓦纳古大陆(Gondwana)的一部分呢。

    然而从墨尔本只需一小时的车程,我们便可以飞驰进入这片古老的发源地,这可谓是非常的奇妙。

    丹德农国家公园(Dandenong Ranges National Park)连绵起伏的山脉上厚厚地盖上了凉爽温润的热带雨林。不管你是开车、走路还是寻找适合野餐的好地方,这里都有许多不同的入口供你选择。我们是从舍布鲁克(Sherbrooke)的格兰茨野餐地(Grants Picnic Ground)开始我们的徒步之旅的,舍布鲁克位于蒙巴克路(Monbulk Rd)上(C404公路)。

    美丽的深红色玫瑰鹦鹉飞离枝头,落在我们的头上,胳膊和手上来寻找种子。然后,在我们把它们捧在手上的时候不慌不忙地吃着种子。白色和粉色凤头鹦鹉也神气地走来走去,抢夺已经掉落在地上的种子。

    接着,我们选择了一条泥泞之路,沿着哈迪沟大自然之路(Hardy Gully Nature)向雨林深处进发。这是一条走起来相当容易的路,但是根据徒步的难易程度以及时间长短,你还可以选择很多其他不同的徒步路线。

    沿着壮观的阿什山(Mountain Ash)一路前行,很快我们进入了一个蕨类植物丛生的沟壑。这里有着世界上最高的开花植物——桉树, 这些树的高度可以超过100米,树木底部直径可达30米宽。这些庞然大物给森林里的100多种哺乳动物、鸟类、爬行类动物和蛙类提供了栖息之地和食物来源。

    在桉树林中生长着厚厚的蕨类植物,我们完全沉浸在了这片绿色的汪洋中。鲜绿色的苔藓依附在倒下的木头上,给树的根基盖上了一件绿色的衣服。我们也听见了涓涓细流在蕨类植物中流淌的声音,水流过苔藓汇入小溪流中。

    空气的味道也令人难忘, 桉树叶、树皮、蕨类和灌木植物湿漉漉的泥土气息混合在一起。这种味道是如此的与众不同,它渗入你的记忆,久久不会褪去。

    笑翠鸟沙哑的笑声打破了寂静。但这真的是笑翠鸟吗?又或许是世界上最擅长于模仿的华丽琴鸟(Super Lyrebird)?这种琴鸟不仅能维妙维肖地模仿其他鸟类的叫声,而且还可以模仿电锯、爆炸、乐器、狗和婴儿哭泣的声音!有时你还可以在较矮的灌木丛看到它呢,你会发现雄性琴鸟美丽的尾羽就像一把七弦琴,它们的名字就是由此而来的。

    雨林里的化石告诉我们,琴鸟已经在这里生活了1600多年。

    但是雨林的面积正在大幅度地缩小。我们必须竭尽所能来保护这些不可取代并且美的森林。

    发帖及照片编辑:Augustine Zycher

    摄影:D. Zycher

    维多利亚公园管理部门关于琴鸟的照片

    欲了解更多关于访问丹德农国家公园(Dandenong Ranges National Park)的信息,请联系维多利亚公园管理部门,网址是http://parkweb.vic.gov.au

     

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    去认识一下手艺高超的奶酪制作者和养羊人伯克·布兰登

    WomanGoingPlaces drove deep into a forest to film cheese being handmade by one of the leading artisan cheesemakers in Australia.

    Burke Brandon recently won 2 Gold and 3 Silver medals at the Royal Sydney Cheese & Dairy Show. And he was also recognised as the 2013 Outstanding Farmer of the Year by The Weekly Times Farm Magazine.

    Why did he win such distinction? After all, sheep have always been central to Australia’s wealth, history and and folklore. But Burke is not interested in the sheep’s wool or its meat. He is part of a small group of farmers who are pioneering the breeding of sheep for its milk. Cattle and cow milk have traditionally dominated the dairy industry in Australia, but now as many of these cattle farms go into decline, some farmers are experimenting with sheep dairies.

    On their beautiful family farm in South Gippsland Victoria, Burke and his wife Bronwyn are involved in the whole process – growing the pastures, breeding the sheep, milking them and handcrafting the cheese.

    From paddock to plate.

    The farm and their range of Prom Country cheeses mark the evolution of the Brandon family as cheesemakers. It all began in the 1990’s when Brandon’s parents, Jan and Trevor Brandon set up Red Hill Cheese on the Mornington Peninsula. Their handmade cheeses developed such a following, that streams of people continue to make their way down winding dirt tracks through wooded hills, to taste and buy Red Hill cheeses at the cellar door.

    And this is where, in a forest of eucalyptus trees, that WomanGoingPlaces was able to film Burke Brandon during the entire cheese making process, something not usually open to the public. What made it such an exciting experience was that we could see each stage of the process. In commercial dairies, you can’t see the milk and you can’t see the cheese, as they are concealed in massive closed vats and the entire process is mechanised from start to finish.

    We watched Burke measuring, pouring, adding, stirring, adjusting, raking, scooping, draining, turning – constantly monitoring and shepherding the cheese as he shepherds his sheep.

    We watched the miraculous moments when milk turned to curds and whey, and when the curds then turned to cheese.

    Amazingly the run-off whey is not discarded. Instead, winegrowers from the region come to collect it and spray it on their vines, to reduce mildew and allow them to grow their grapes organically.

    Prom Country Cheese is now celebrating the opening of their new specially designed Cheese Cellar Door on the farm in South Gippsland.  As well as tasting and buying their cheese directly from this farm gate outlet, there are displays of the farming and cheese making process. Classes in cheese making will also be held there. You are welcome to visit the farm.

    For more information: http://www.promcountrycheese.com.au      http://www.redhillcheese.com.au

    Interviewer, Videographer & Editor- Augustine Zycher

    Farm visuals – Burke Brandon

    Prom Country Cheese, Moyarra, Victoria

     

     

    Red Hill Cheese, Red Hill, Victoria

     

     

     

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    Melbourne Now – The National Gallery of Victoria

     

     

    Like an Empress Dowager, the National Gallery has reigned over art in the state of Victoria for 152 years. This bluestone building, standing like a fortress behind a moat of water, has been a revered institution but also a very conservative one. Contemporary art was rarely exhibited here.

    But now, in a dramatic break with the past, the Empress Dowager has flung off her ceremonial robes and put on jeans.

    This is the feeling I got at the launch of the National Gallery of Victoria’s first ever massive exhibition of contemporary art, Melbourne Now. It is an explosion of colour and creativity. It features video, sound and light installations, interactive community exhibitions and artworks, and design and architectural components.

    Over 400 local artists, designers and architects have individually and collectively brought a new excitement into the galleries. They are boldly and exuberantly celebrating the contemporary cultural identity of Melbourne.

    This unprecedented exhibition was initiated by Tony Ellwood, the director of the NGV. He explained that “It takes as its premise the idea that a city is significantly shaped by the artists, designers, architects, choreographers, intellectuals and community groups that live and work in its midst.”  The Melbourne Now exhibition has brought this creative energy into the NGV and the effect, he said, has been “transformative.”

    As you walk amongst the more than 250 works, you are able to identify and recognize so much of what it means to live in Melbourne today. There is a Design Wall with 600 everyday items such as tram handles and water coolers; icing-coated edible living and dining rooms; a large dome constructed out of plastic Ikea bins; and many other remarkable exhibits.

    That could be the reason Melbourne Now has struck such a chord with both locals and tourists.

    A record number of more than 100,000 people saw the exhibition in its first 2 weeks alone.

    It is the perfect place to come on your own. You can come again with a friend or a group of friends. In fact, you can probably do all three as there are many opportunities to visit repeatedly and it would be near impossible to see it all in one visit. Entry is free, however often you visit.

    We’ve prepared a presentation of photos of some of the exhibits for you to see. Photography by Augustine Zycher and Rosalie Zycher.  Several photos courtesy of NGV. Post by Augustine Zycher

    When

    Melbourne Now will be open until 23rd March, 2014. Note that the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square is closed on Mondays and NGV International on St. Kilda Road is closed on Tuesdays.

    Where

    Melbourne Now is not only the first major exhibition showcasing the city’s contemporary art, it is also the biggest exhibition in the gallery’s history. Spread over its two sites, NGV International on St. Kilda Road (B in map below) and NGV Australia at the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square (A in map below), it also spills out into street art in the city’s laneways.

    WomanGoingPlaces has written about the street art in Hosier Lane (http://womangoingplaces.com.au/go-touring-melbourne-street-art/ ). The project ALLYOURWALLS associated with Melbourne Now has painted over these works to allow a new group of the finest of Melbourne’s street artists a chance to exhibit.

    Further Information

    Not only is there so much to see, but there are a great many public events scheduled over the next few months as part of the Melbourne Now exhibition. You can get information on the website http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/melbournenow.  

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    Go Yachting in Australia – A Great Activity For Women

     

    You’ve always wanted to go yachting but you don’t have a boat or a friend with a yacht. Here’s what you can do.

    For $20 or less, you can become a temporary member of yachting and sailing cubs all around Australia. This enables you to go out on a boat as part of its crew.

    It’s a spectacular way of seeing beautiful beaches along Australia’s magnificent coastline.

    In Victoria alone, there are 89 clubs and about 400 clubs overall in Australia. Many offer one or even two days a week that you can go out for a sail. So there are opportunities for sailing in different parts of the country.

    I phoned the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron in St. Kilda, Melbourne, and asked if I could take part in a sail. I was told to come along that afternoon, pay a fee of $20, and I would be assigned to a boat.

    I knew nothing about sailing, but this was not a problem at all. Because it is entirely up to you whether you just want to sit back and enjoy the sail, or whether you want to have a more hands-on experience. Either way, the clubs, boat owners and crews are very welcoming.

    And that’s how I came to take part in my first ever yacht race, a Twilight Sprint which began at dusk and ended at sunset on the waters of Port Phillip Bay.

    I was on a 57′ S&S Swan yacht called the White Swan. And because we were in what is called a ‘pursuit’ race, White Swan was handicapped to start last because of her speed and size.

    There was another guest on the boat. Diana had just completed her first sailing course because she thought it would be  a great idea to be able to sail to different countries when she retires.

    Skipper of the day, Lee Maddison steered us out of the St. Kilda Marina into the bay. As we got into position for the start of the race, the skyline of Melbourne’s city centre rose up on our right. The gold cap on the striking Eureka Tower caught the fading sunlight and became a glittering beacon.

    We set off and the crew went into frantic motion. Letting down sails, hoisting up sails, letting out ropes and winding them in. On a boat, ropes are called sheets – a whole new vocabulary. The excitement rose even higher as we began tacking or jibing, that is, quickly switching the position and tautness of the sails in order to make the most of the wind and trap its power to propel the sails.

    As you do this, all crew members have to swiftly move from one side of the boat to the other to help balance the boat. You have to remember to duck as the boom swings from side to side.

    At times, it was like being on a sea-borne roller coaster as the boat rose precipitously out of the water. And then suddenly, we were skimming along at an angle of almost 45 degrees. That was when I decided to stow my camera away and hang on with both hands.

    Acting Skipper Lee maneuvered us very capably through it all, rapidly catching up on the other boats and flying past the markers.

    White Swan finished in second place, even though we had started the race 25 minutes after the first boat began.

    And I had an exhilarating, wonderful sail. Take a look at the video I took of the yacht race.

    An additional benefit to signing up as a temporary member is that it entitles you to have dinner in the Royal Melbourne Yacht Club’s Members’ Dining Room. So after the sail, relax and join the crews for drinks and dinner overlooking the marina and the city lights.

    Increasing numbers of women are taking up sailing. Yachting Victoria is now taking the initiative to increase the number of women taking part in sailing and to promote as many woman-friendly clubs as possible. They have set up a website www.womenandgirlsinsailing.com.au . Contact them to find out what’s available. You can decide on your level of involvement – a day trip or sailing courses, club membership, joining teams and racing. You can also search the internet for yachting and sailing clubs and call them to find out what they offer.

    Woman-friendly: Definitely for women travelers wanting an exciting experience.

    Videography and editing by Augustine Zycher

     

    See our Noticeboard for more contacts both Australia-wide and in Victoria that will give you information about how to begin sailing at the various yacht clubs around Australia.

     

     

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    寻觅墨尔本巷道艺术

    墨尔本这座城市以引人入胜的巷道著名。酒吧,俱乐部,咖啡馆,饭店和展览馆就位于这些巷道之中,不过很多都没有标志或者街道地址,只有从人们的口口相传之中或者社交媒体上你才能知道如何找到它们,否则你根本无从知晓原来它们在那儿。当然,寻找这些地点也是颇有乐趣的。

    巷道艺术为这些隐藏着的巷道增添了一重活跃。墨尔本也因此成为了澳大利亚的巷道艺术之都,甚至是世界巷道艺术最重要的地点之一。国际知名的巷道艺术家如Banksy(英国)和Swoon(美国)都曾来过墨尔本在巷道中展示他们的绘画艺术。当地的艺术家诸如Phibs,Rone,HaHa等都在这儿因他们的巷道作品名声大噪。

    收藏家们和拍卖行对巷道艺术的兴趣也不断升温并且也认可了巷道艺术是当代艺术的一种趋势。艺术家的作品也不断卖出高价并且不断升值。

    一直到几年前,这些狭窄又黑暗肮脏的小巷还一直被忽略。青石铺就的小路,有些还颇有19世纪的遗风。它们是墨尔本潜藏的一面。它们与美丽宽阔的林荫大道并行且悄悄地与其相接。

    有些巷道,如曾有一个多世纪是众多服装工厂所在地的福林德斯巷(Flinders Lane)都是这座城市生命的一部分。但它们曾经却都不是这座城市体面和值得炫耀的一部分。

    但是不久之后的现在,富有想象力和活力的五彩绘画、蜡板画、设计、信息和装饰画改变了它们。这些巷道开始找到新的生命并为这座城市增添了新的精彩,同时也吸引了众多当地人和游客前来欣赏这些艳丽和活力。

    其中最有特色的巷道艺术当属位于霍西尔巷(Hosier Lane)的了。参加一次游览或是自己去寻找它们吧。最后你还可以在沿途众多的咖啡馆中以享用美妙的咖啡完美收官。

    墨尔本的巷道艺术请观看视频和图片。

    摄影及编辑Augustine Zycher

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