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White Cliffs

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White Cliffs is 89 kilometres north of Wilcannia, 1,050 kilometres north-west of Sydney.

After opal was found by kangaroo shooters on Momba Station in 1889, White Cliffs developed quickly into an important Opal Field with an estimated population of 5,000 in 1900.

Today the town is accessible by sealed road, has an all weather airstrip, fuel, store, solar power station, and has become home to opal miners, artists, photographers, tourist operators and others with many of them living underground in dugouts to avoid the weather extremes experienced in this part of outback Australia.

Due to the good road conditions the town and its moon like landscape has become a tourist attraction creating new ways of income for the friendly permanent residents offering a range of accmmodation, galleries and opal shops.

Visitors who do not fancy the thought of sleeping underground with many tons of rocks above them can find comfortable air conditioned motel accommodation at the White Cliffs Hotel which is also a good place for a yarn with locals or to quench the thirst after spending the day in the hot and dusty surrounds.

The Paroo Darling NP Visitor Centre in White Cliffs helps visitors to discover artesian mound springs, ephemeral lakes and spectactular landscapes.

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This panorama was taken in Australia

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There are no kangaroos in Austria.

We're talking about Australia, the world's smallest continent. That being cleared up, let's dive right in!

Australia is a sovereign state under the Commonwealth of Nations, which is in turn overseen by Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.

The continent was first sighted and charted by the Dutch in 1606. Captain James Cook of Britain came along in the next century to claim it for Britain and name it "New South Wales." Shortly thereafter it was declared to be a penal colony full of nothing but criminals and convicts, giving it the crap reputation you may have heard at your last cocktail party.

This rumor ignores 40,000 years of pre-European human history, especially the Aboriginal concept of Dreamtime, an interesting explanation of physical and spiritual reality.

The two biggest cities in Australia are Sydney and Melbourne. Sydney is more for business, Melbourne for arts. But that's painting in very broad strokes. Take a whirl around the panoramas to see for yourself!

Text by Steve Smith.

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