students in Christine Rhodes' English class in
Australia share their impressions of places they
have visited in Australia.
the Nicest City in
Siebold from Germany
went for a short holiday to Canberra
because my son lives there. Canberra is a
city in NSW Australia. It is the nicest
city in Australia, a little bit similar to
Canberra there are lots of big rivers and
trees. Canberra has lots of cultural
activities such as theatre, and art
Small City of Mount Isa
Mont Isa is a small city,
which has a population of
came to Mount Isa six months ago. It's a
long way from Brisbane about 2,000
km. It is a small city, which has a
population of 21,000, but it has all the
basic facilities such as a base hospital,
six schools, super markets, many
government offices, and a city council.
is a mining city. There is a big mine in
the heart of the city which mines zinc,
copper, and lead.
the weather is hot and humid and gets very
little rain. There are two big lakes to
keep the rain water for drinking for the
city. There is not much vegetation and the
environment looks dry.
are few small towns surrounding Mount
Isa Cloncurry ,Boulia and Duchess.
Mount Isa is not like other big cities in
Australia. It is quiet and calm. There are
about fifty nations living here. Many of
these people come here to work and earn
lots of money.
Moondara and a Mine
People go fishing here.
Sometimes they catch a
Robb from Indonesia
Mount Isa, there is a dam called Lake
Moondarra. On the weekend you can go to
Lake Moondarra with your friends, and it
is beautiful. On the lake, there is water
skiing. Also, people go fishing there, and
they catch barramundi fish. Sometimes they
catch a crocodile.
Mount Isa there is a big mine. Lots of
people come to Mount Isa to work in the
mines and earn a lot of money. This work
is very hot and dangerous, and sometimes
there are accidents. Mt. Isa is not a
beautiful green place, but many people
come to love it.
Holiday in Mount Isa
Photo: Chris Rhodes
I spent all of my 2-week
holiday in Mt Isa. I enjoyed it
so much that I'm really sure that
I will go back
came from Malaysia and spent my holiday in
Mount Isa, Australia, with my friend. He
told me that Mt. Isa is nice,
multicultural place to live.
was interested in his stories and decided
to visit his town. I read a lot of
information about the town and then made
my own travel plans.
friend met me at the airport in Cairns. We
took the taxi from the airport and went to
the bus terminal. Greyhound Pioneer and
McCafferty's are the major operators of
the bus companies with services to most
traveled on Greyhound Pioneer from Cairns
via Townsville to Mount Isa. The bus
services continue on to the Northern
Territory from Mount Isa.
Isa is the mining, industrial and
commercial capital of North Western
Queensland and is a visitor's paradise. It
is the LARGEST town in the world and is
located 1829 km North West of Brisbane and
883 km West of Townsville. It is 356 m
above sea level.
also has a great climate. There are two
distinct seasons. It is the wet season
from November to March and the dry season
centered on June, July and August. The
summer months are so hot that almost all
houses and business are
Isa has many attractions and interesting
places for visitors within the city as
well as outside. Places of interest
include the fossil area, the beautiful
Lawn Hill George, barramundi fishing, the
Riversleigh Fossil and Interpretive
Centre, the John Midlin Mining Display
Centre and the Frank Aston Rotary Museum.
Photo: Chris Rhodes
Mount Isa is the mining,
industrial and commercial capital
of North Western Queensland and
is a visitor's
museum features early homestead equipment,
mining displays and a simulated Aboriginal
encampment depicting tribal customs of the
Kalkadoon Tribal Centre is the centre for
preservation of the culture and heritage
of the Kalkadoon people. It is a display
centre and a keeping place for Aboriginal
City Lookout, located almost in the centre
of the business centre, a panoramic view
of the city can be seen. It is one of the
places of interest for tourist and towns
of the largest attractions is the
RIVERSLEIGH FOSSIL CENTRE. It is a unique
centre as it interprets the World-Heritage
listed fossil sites at Riversleigh and
unlocks the secrets these deposits have
recorded over 30 million years. Don't miss
it if you come here!
the west of Mt Isa is located Lake
Moondarra which was built by the Mt Isa
Mines as a water supply for Mount Isa
residents and businesses. Lake Moondarra
is a very relaxing area and is great for
family BBQs. In the dam, recreational
sports like water skiing, canoeing,
swimming and fishing are
is not difficult to find accommodation for
tourists in Mt Isa. Around the city there
are many motels, caravan parks, hotels and
backpacker hostels at reasonable price. I
spent all of my 2-week holiday in Mt Isa.
I enjoyed it so much that I'm really sure
that I will go back again. I like Mount
of a Trip to Darwin
went to Darwin on the 10th of September.
Before we went there, we stopped in
Tennant Creek. The next day, early in the
morning, we went to Katherine and stayed a
couple of days in Shady Lane Park. There
we went for a nice walk in Nitmluk
National Park and saw Edith Falls Plunge
pool. It was beautiful, and luckily the
weather was good.
that, we went to Jabiru in Kakadu National
Park. We stayed a couple of days there. We
went for a walk to Nourlangie Rock and saw
Ubirr Aboriginal rock art. The rock art is
very old and is preserved on the rocks. It
is a sacred place for the Aborigines who
use these places for their sacred
ceremonies. People cannot touch the rock
as it is breaking and one day will
we went to Darwin. I was very, very happy
to see Darwin. We stayed a couple of days
in a hotel there. There we looked at the
fish feeding. We fed the fish by hand. We
also saw the Botanical Garden, and the
Aircraft Museum. Finally, we went shopping
we left Darwin, we drove back. Then we
stayed a couple of days in Mataranka
National Park. Lots of people come there.
While we were there, we went to the
Thermal Pools for a swim and had a nice
walk in the park. We walked 8 kilometres.
The water is warm and lovely to lie in. It
comes from a spring under the ground. I
saw lots of birds, but I was happy not to
see any crocodiles and snakes.
Pitaxsin from Thailand
first time I came to Australia, I was
happy. I traveled to Sydney. Four million
people live there, and many are Asians. I
saw the harbour and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
I saw the Opera House and I went to see
the koalas and kangaroos in Taronga Park
Zoo. There were many kinds of animals in
that I went to eat. I went to the Thai
restaurants because I like Thai food very
much. I saw many people eating Thai food.
I think they like Thai food too. There are
many restaurants in Sydney. One is a
revolving restaurant, so you can eat and
see the city.
next day, I went shopping. Many people
were shopping, and they very happy. After
shopping I went to the I went to the big
skyscrapers. There are very
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