Friday, July 12, 2013

Club Read #40 - Down Under: Winter in Australia

While we are enjoying summer with barbecues, pool parties and baseball games, we can’t forget the Southern Hemisphere is in their winter season. I did a bit of research (by the way, Australia’s official tourism website,, is fantastic) and here are 5 Things I Learned About Winter in Australia:

  • Hiking and exploring are favorite winter-time activities since temperatures are normally mild. In Queensland and the Northern Territory the weather remains warm and dry, making these locations ideal for a vacation during school holiday.
  • If skiing or snowboarding is a winter necessity, Victoria and New South Wales offer plenty of locations for downhill adventures.  Avid skiers also head to New Zealand for some fun on the slopes.
  • Over 12,000 species of wildflowers bloom in Western Australia from June through September.
  • Between May and November humpback whales travel north along the west and east coasts of Australia—a prime time for whale-watching!
  • Since Christmas occurs in the Australian summer, holiday festivities are plentiful during the winter.  Yulefest in the Blue Mountains and the Fireside Festival in Canberra are perfect opportunities to get a taste of the holidays.
To learn more about Australia read or view these titles:

Australia Travel Guide Book, Including Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Uluru, and the Great Barrier Reef (Always Available)

Australia for Dummies

Australia Land Beyond Time (eVideo)

Also read more with our always available eBooks in the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Worldmark's Culture and Daily Life - Australia

Blackbirch's Kids Visual Reference of the World - Australia ( Tip: For a better experience: click the PDF icon near the upper right corner to view it book mode.)

Countries of the World and Their Leaders 2012 - Australia

A-Z World Travel - Canberra, Australia

A-Z World Travel - Melbourne

A-Z World Travel - Syndey

Get any kind of map you want of Australia by using A-Z World Maps.

For additional resources on travel see Hot Topic - Travel

Remember, it doesn't matter what you read this summer for Club Read, just read!

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