Thursday, December 4, 2014

Platypus, Platipi, Platapod? Oh what is it?



Koalas Hug Trees to Keep Cool

Koala in a Tree
 Koala 


What is a Kola?

The koala is a small cuddly-looking Australian tree-dwelling plant-eating marsupial.


The Koala's Air-conditioner - It hugs trees

Yes its true.  On very hot days, the koala may resort to hugging the truck or large branches of a tree to keep cool. By doing so it transfers its body heat to the tree and in the process cools itself. 

This is the same principle used in air-conditioners called heat transferal or thermal conduction. 


Learn more about the Koala at our fantastic Koala website.












Why Do Koalas Hug Trees? (No Its not what you think)



Koalas Hug Trees to Keep Cool

Koala in a Tree
 Koala 


What is a Kola?

The koala is a small cuddly-looking Australian tree-dwelling plant-eating marsupial.


The Koala's Air-conditioner - It hugs trees

Yes its true.  On very hot days, the koala may resort to hugging the truck or large branches of a tree to keep cool. By doing so it transfers its body heat to the tree and in the process cools itself. 

This is the same principle used in air-conditioners called heat transferal or thermal conduction. 


Learn more about the Koala at our fantastic Koala website.












Monday, November 10, 2014

Australian Animal Facts: Kookaburra - Why are they Fatal Road Kills?



Kookaburras as Road Kill

Kookaburra in Flight
Laughing Kookaburra in Flight


What is a Kookaburra?

The Kookaburra, the world's largest kingfisher but it doesn't hunt fish. Instead it preys on snakes, frogs, lizards and large insects. Its about 18 inches (45cm) long and weighs about 1lb (.5kg). 


Why is the Kookaburra prone to Vehicle Strikes?

Being a carnivorous bird the Kookaburra is also an opportunist and will try to eat road prey knocked down by passing road vehicles. Unfortunately the kookaburra is a slow flier. It finds it very difficult to quickly get airborne and get out of the way of oncoming traffic.

Unfortunately as a consequence the bird itself becomes a road fatality. 

Learn more about the  Kookaburra here...












Australian Animal Facts: Southern Cassowary the Endangered Dinosaur Bird of the Australian Rainforest


Southern Cassowary Endangered Dinosaur Bird
of the 
Australian Rainforest

Cassowary -Dinosaur Bird of the Australian Rainforest.
Southern Cassowary the Endangered  only 1500 remain

What is a Cassowary?

The Southern Cassowary is a massive flightless Australian bird that lives a solitary existence in the rainforests of northern Australia

If provoked it will attack with a powerful kick slashing its victim with its fearsome claws. 


Why is it Endangered

There are only 1,500 Cassowaries left in the wild today. This is nearly a 50% drop in population over the last twenty five years. The major causes of its decline are habitat loss, motor vehicle accidents, attacks by dogs, feral pigs and human hand feeding. 

Read more ..














Thursday, November 6, 2014

Great Barrier Reef Facts: Touring the Great Barrier Reef


Great Barrier Reef Tours

Great Barrier Reef Australia
Great Barrier Reef Coral and Fish (including a Star Fish)

The Great Barrier Reef off the Gold Coast of Queensland Australia is one of the finest coral reefs in the world. It is also the largest. These are hundreds of tour operators providing 


Major Cities near the Great Barrier Reef

The key "jump-off points for the reef are Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Port Douglas and Townsville. These cities are all well equipped to handle tours. 

Getting to the Great Barrier Reef

The Best way to get to one of the major cities of the Gold Coast is by air. Local and international airlines such as Qantas, Virgin, Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand fly into these cities regularly.











Saturday, October 25, 2014

Waltzing Matilda Facts: Waltzing Matilda page Updated on Trishan's Oz.


Waltxzing Matilda Swagman lying under a Coolibah Tree

Waltzing Matilda Page Updated



We have updated our Waltzing Matilda page on Trishan's OzWe believe this page is now the most comprehensive, easy to understand page about Waltzing Matilda. Come check it out for yourself. 

This page was originally written in 1997 by Trishan, an eleven year old Australian child and his dad. Over the ensuring years this page continued to rate in the top 10 sites in Google’s raking on the subject. We have now given the page a long overdue face-lift with new video clips (which didn't exist at the time the page was originally written) and lots of additional content. We have, however, decided to maintain some of the “look and feel “ of the original website. So you will still see Trishan’s artwork and explanation of the song as it appeared on the original website. We hope you find our site informative and fun.

Waltzing Matilda - The Woman Who Inspired Waltzing Matilda?


Would there have been a Waltzing Matilda without her?


It was Christina Macpherson who inspired Banjo Paterson to compose Waltzing Matilda

Christina Macpherson
Christina Macpherson
She also arranged the original music for the song. Christina readily admitted that she did not originate the music for Waltzing Matilda but that she had heard it played by a brass band at the horse races at Warrnambool Victoria in April 1894. She found the tune catchy and had learned to play it by memory on her autoharp. As part of an evening’s entertainment Christina played this tune to Banjo. He asked her what the tune was and she told him she didn't know. (The tune in question is the Scottish song "Bonnie Wood O' Craigielea" first published in 1818.) Banjo liked the tune and immediately started to put down some words to it. Christina and Banjo worked though the score, Christina playing the tune on her autoharp and Banjo penning the words as they came to mind.

Christina never married. She moved to South Yarra, a suburb of Melbourne and died in relative obscurity on March 27 1936. She left her entire estate worth £3,624 to her younger sister. She was buried in in the St Kilda Cemetery. It was only in the late 1970's while the Australian Broadcasting Commission was making a documentary on Waltzing Matilda that her burial plot, without a tombstone, was rediscovered. Christina's grand-niece had a small marker placed on the spot where she was buried.

This small marker on a long forgotten grave-site is the only recognition, it seems, given to the woman who inspired the creation Australia's most treasured song.

Read the full story of Waltzing matilda here.


An extract from the Waltzing Matilda webpage of Trishan's Oz written by Senani Ponnamperuma





Thursday, October 16, 2014

Great Barrier Reef Facts: Where is the Great Barrier Reef?


Where is the Great Barrier Reef Located?


The grey area on the map is the location of the Great Barrier Reef

Location of the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is located along the north-eastern coastline of Australia. It starts off the coast of the city of Bundaberg in the south and extends all the way up to the Cape York Peninsula to the north. This is a length of nearly 2300 km (1450 miles). The breath of the coral reef varies from 60 to 250 kilometres wide (37 to 155 miles).

It is the largest coral reef in the world.



Australian Animal Facts: Cassowary- The Dinosaur Bird

What is a Cassowary?



The Cassowary is a large flightless bird found in the rainforests of Australia and New Guinea.  The Australian cassowary is known as the Southern Cassowary or Double Wattled Cassowary. This is to distinguish it from other types found in Papua New Guinea.

A fully grown Cassowary can weigh as much as 60kgs (130lbs) and grown up to 2 meters in height ( 6.5 feet).

While usually shy, it will attack with a deadly kick if provoked.

This bird is endangered, with only about 1500 still remaining in the wild.

Related Article: What is a Cassowary? 

Great Barrier Reef Facts: How Long is the Great Barrier Reef?


How Long is the Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef Australia
Great Barrier Reef Coral and Fish (including a Star Fish)

The Largest Coral Reef in The World

The Great Barrier Reef off the Gold Coast of Queensland Australia is the largest coral reef in the world. It is so large in fact that it is the only living organism on earth which is visible from space. 


Length of the Great Barrier Reef

It is  is about 2300 km (1450 miles) long. It stretching along the north-eastern coast of Queensland, Australia from Cape York Peninsula in the north to Bundaberg in the south. This is about the same distance along the west coast of North America starting at Vancouver and ending in San Diego, California.










Monday, February 24, 2014

Waltzing Matilda Australia's Favorite Song

Waltzing Matilda

Australia's Favourite Song


Waltxzing Matilda Swagman lying under a Coolibah Tree

Waltzing Matilda is Australia's favourite song.  It is quite likely that more Australians know the words to this song than the national anthem. There is probably no other song that is more easily recognised by people young or old, native born or a newly arrived immigrant.


We have updated our Waltzing Matilda page on Trishan's OzThis page was originally written in 1997 by Trishan, an eleven year old Australian child and his dad. Over the ensuring years this page continued to rate in the top 10 sites in Google’s raking on the subject. We have now given the page a long overdue face-lift with new video clips (which didn't exist at the time the page was originally written) and lots of additional content. We have, however, decided to maintain some of the “look and feel “ of the original website. So you will still see Trishan’s artwork and explanation of the song as it appeared on the original website. We hope you find our site informative and fun.

We believe this page is now the most comprehensive , easy to understand page about Waltzing Matilda. It also contains the most extensive information about Christina Macpherson who history has over looked as the person who wrote the music for this Australian icon. Come check it out for yourself.