Defence Family Matters : December 2015
DFMDecember2015 7 MORTLOCK WING – NORTH TERRACE SA North Terrace has a world- class architectural gem – the Mortlock Wing of the South Australian State Library. Opened in 1884, the wing was voted one of the 20 most beautiful libraries in the world. Its ornate wood carvings, Victorian wrought iron work, sculptured wooden furniture and splendid clock take you back to a different era. Even the furniture and chairs are small by today’s standards, and the modern study necessities of laptops and tablets seem out of place. Defence Social Worker Kate Crawford says it’s a magical place reflecting the dignity of a bygone era. IPSWICH NATURE CENTRE – QLD Ipswich’s very own zoo in Queens Park has been delighting visitors since 1936. The Nature Centre offers free entry to a range of lush landscaped gardens, exhibits and Australian wildlife including wombats, wallabies, emus, quolls, and snakes. It’s a wonderful place where families can enjoy a meander along the boardwalk past the native animals, the nocturnal bilby exhibit and the rain forest bird aviary, then visit the pigs, calves, guinea pigs and lambs in the barn. Family Liaison Officer, Nadine Bidner says young and old folks alike love this hidden gem. KATHERINE HOT SPRINGS – TINDAL NT Katherine Hot Springs is a must visit for anyone posted to Tindal. Located in Katherine South, these natural thermal springs are on the banks of the Katherine River and have a tepid temperature of around 32 degrees which is best enjoyed during the cooler dry season months. Facilities are family friendly and include car parking, picnic area, public toilets, shaded areas and walking tracks. The springs close from November to April due to excess water. STOCKTON SAND DUNES – NEAR WILLIAMTOWN NSW These dunes are the largest moving dune system in the southern hemisphere. Located 10 minutes from Nelson Bay, there’s lots to do and see. You can discover marine life in rock pools and check out the historic ‘Tin City’. Military Support Officer Keely Cotter says she has great memories of sand boarding the dunes with her family. “If you own a four wheel drive you can buy a permit and access the dunes at either Burubi, Lavis Lane or Williamtown,” Keely says. COMMUNITY WOOD FIRED OVEN – ALBURY WODONGA, VIC Head down to Hovel Tree Park where you’ll find a community pizza oven fired up every second Sunday. Family Liaison Officer Kate Timothy-Nesbitt says there’s an expert oven coordinator on hand to help. “We had our welcome event here and the families loved it,” she says. Bring your own ingredients and watch on as your lunch or dinner is cooked. Located near the Albury Swim Centre, there’s also a children’s playground, large shady trees and seating areas. n The pirate ship at St Kilda Playground in Salisbury, SA. The Japanese garden at USQ is peaceful and tranquil. Photo courtesy University of Southern Queensland. The Mortlock Wing is considered to be one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Photo courtesy of the State Library of South Australia.