The South West region of Western Australia is a very popular holiday destination for both Australians as well as tourists. It’s 2 to 3 hours drive by car from Perth, depending on which part of the South West you want to visit. These photos are a personal view with short notes, no way is everything covered here. If you want more, you can Google South West holidays or Bunbury or Margaret River or Augusta – there’s plenty of tourist websites. We visit this area a lot and are lucky to be able to stay at Karridale farm, where our good friends Annette and Les live. There’s plenty of other accomodation though, ranging from 5 star holiday resort, to camping in tents! Busselton Beach. The ocean is extremely calm here, so it’s popular with families who have young children. Busselton has many holiday resorts. The Mile Long jetty is very popular.
Dunsborough Beach. About 30 minutes by car past Busselton, Dunsborough also has some beautiful beaches, some with pretty coves.
Margaret River is the name of the small inland town around which are many famous wineries. At Xmas and New Year holiday time, the streets are jam-packed with holiday goers. The beaches near Margaret River are renowned for their spectacular surf.
The Boranup Forests. These are mainly Karri Trees. As you can tell, some of them are pretty tall! Along the road which you can see, are many large underground caves. They are very popular with tourists.
Cape Leeuwin This sensational place is where two oceans meet – The Southern Ocean and the Indian Ocean. The sea here is dangerous and many ships have been wrecked! So they built a lighthouse! Augusta is the town nearest to Cape Leeuwin.
Augusta is a small but very pretty town with spectacular ocean and river views. Flinders Bay is a fantastic spot.
Karridale Farm. My good and long-time friends Annette and Les live here, about 10 kilometers from Augusta. It’s not a commercial farm. A large part of their property is made up of quite thick forest. Around the house they also have trees and pretty bushes which attract lots of birds and other small animals. They have chickens; some fruit trees and also grow vegetables. It’s a picturesque and very relaxing place. In the evenings Les will often light a fire outside to sit next to, chat and enjoy a glass of wine.
European and American Christmas is a bit different to Christmas in countries like Australia and New Zealand. This is because December is summer in Southern hemisphere places like Australia and New Zealand. In London and New York you are more likely to see wintry objects like a fire-place; a snowman and a sleigh. However, people in most countries celebrate Christmas by going to church; singing or listening to Christmas carols and by exchanging presents with family and friends. Continue reading Christmas Time Around the World→
Baseball is a sport made famous by the United States, but which is also extremely popular in East Asian countries including Japan and South Korea. Baseball, however, is not played or watched a lot in Europe, Africa, Australia, Russia or the Middle East.
In many ways modern living styles are much the same in Australia as they are in Japan. But there are some differences in the types of homes. Because the ratio of people to land space is much smaller in Australia, most people live in single storey houses on rather large blocks of land. High rise apartments are very much exceptional.
The Yomiuri Shimbun reported recently that an estimated 867,100 foreign tourists visited Japan in September 2013. This was an increase of 31.7 percent from a year earlier.As the 2020 Olympics approach, the number of overseas visitors to Japan is likely to boom. Whether you are a professional or a volunteer; working as a tour guide can be very interesting and rewarding. A great deal of unique words phrases and expressions are used in the field of tourism. As a guide for domestic tourists; you already know most of these in your own language. But knowing tourist language in English will be very useful for an international tour guide. Continue reading Tour Guide English→
Most people like some form of sport. Sport is a great way to bring people together!
It’s certainly very useful when you have work colleagues or new friends from a different country that you want to talk with. We start by looking at tennis. But don’t worry I plan to add soccer and other sports eventually. Continue reading English in Sport→
We use particular language when we talk about photos.
(Less commonly paintings and pictures)
This language can be quite complex, but here we’ll stay more simple.
When we show somebody a photo, we usually describe the photo. To describe means you tell somebody about the photo, giving more details. Continue reading English for Talking about Photos→