Australia / Oceania

Shot Towers

The Phoenix Shot Tower in Baltimore was erected in 1828 and stands at 71.3m, which at that time made it the tallest structure in the United States, as well as the world’s largest free-standing masonry tower1. The shot tower was…

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Thursday, 24th July 2008

Stefan’s Skyneedle

The Skyneedle is an 88m tower in Brisbane, Queensland, that was constructed for the World Expo ’88.1 During the course of the Expo the tower shone a beam of light upwards that could be seen from 60km away. After the…

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Tuesday, 22nd July 2008

Blue Trees

It’s commonly quoted as fact that in nature, no food or vegetable is naturally blue. This information was again disputed recently by the re-introduction of blue Smarties1, this time using 100% natural seaweed extract to create the blue colour. Additional…

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Monday, 30th June 2008

Three Sisters, Australia

Here in New South Wales, one of the most popular sights are the famous Three Sisters – three spectacular rock pinnacles which tower over the Jamison Valley in the Blue Mountains. The rock spires are named Meehni (922 m), Wimlah…

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Tuesday, 24th June 2008

Sky Tower

The 12th tallest member of the World Federation of Great Towers, Auckland’s Sky Tower is 328 metres tall (from ground level to the top of the mast), which makes it the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere1. Friend of…

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Tuesday, 10th June 2008

A Lost Submarine

The town of Holbrook, Australia, is notable as home to the only set of traffic lights between Sydney and Melbourne. Slightly more interesting though is that here, 160 miles inland we can plainly see a full-size submarine. Originally this place…

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Wednesday, 28th May 2008
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