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Heritage Towns of Australia

Tasmania Victoria New South Wales South Australia Queensland Northern Territory Western Australia ACT


By clicking on a state or territory on the map, you can access a guide to Australia's historic towns, including a wealth of information about local history, heritage buildings, museums and places of interest.

We invite organisations to submit information for inclusion on this site. Please click here to email your information to the Directory Editor.

 

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The Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, has acquired almost mythical status since it was hunted to extinction last century. Once widespread across Tasmania, the Australian continent and New Guinea, the thylacine seems to have been quite susceptible to changes in its habitat, and its fate was sealed when European settlers decided that it posed an unacceptable threat to their sheep.

There is a story from the Dreamtime handed down through the generations by the Wannarua people of the Upper Hunter Valley that tells how one of the strangest natural phenomena in Australia came about. This is how it is re-told on a sign at the base of Burning Mountain, near the little town of  Wingen.

“One day, the Gummaroi (or Kamilaroi) people to the north sent a raiding party to Broke to steal Wonnarua women for wives. The Wiradjuri to the west, who were friends of the Wonnarua, told them of the Gummaroi plans.

The Wonnarua gathered all of their warriors and sent them to do battle with the Gummaroi.

On a quiet road through the rolling hills of the Darling Downs in southern Queensland is a small plot of land that has been set aside in memory of  the author of one of Australia’s best loved literary works.

The treacherous waters at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay are amongst the most dangerous in the world, and more than 700 vessels have met their end at the entrance and within the bay. Since 1839, it has been the responsibility of the Port Phillip Sea Pilots to steer ships safely through the labyrinth of rips, reefs and unpredictable tidal currents as they enter and leave the bay.

The Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, has acquired almost mythical status since it was hunted to extinction last century. Once widespread across Tasmania, the Australian continent and New Guinea, the thylacine seems to have been quite susceptible to changes in its habitat, and its fate was sealed when European settlers decided that it posed an unacceptable threat to their sheep.

There is a story from the Dreamtime handed down through the generations by the Wannarua people of the Upper Hunter Valley that tells how one of the strangest natural phenomena in Australia came about. This is how it is re-told on a sign at the base of Burning Mountain, near the little town of  Wingen.

“One day, the Gummaroi (or Kamilaroi) people to the north sent a raiding party to Broke to steal Wonnarua women for wives. The Wiradjuri to the west, who were friends of the Wonnarua, told them of the Gummaroi plans.

The Wonnarua gathered all of their warriors and sent them to do battle with the Gummaroi.

On a quiet road through the rolling hills of the Darling Downs in southern Queensland is a small plot of land that has been set aside in memory of  the author of one of Australia’s best loved literary works.

The treacherous waters at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay are amongst the most dangerous in the world, and more than 700 vessels have met their end at the entrance and within the bay. Since 1839, it has been the responsibility of the Port Phillip Sea Pilots to steer ships safely through the labyrinth of rips, reefs and unpredictable tidal currents as they enter and leave the bay.

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