Canberra was under Prohibtion law from 1910-1928.

Boxes containing Canberra’s first shipment of the demon drink after prohibition ends. Image Credit: National Archives of Australia.
by James Cameron,
On 22 December, 1910, new liquor licenses were banned in the Australian Capital Territory, and a 17 year dry spell for the capital began. 
Shortly after the creation of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), which is now the ACT, the then-Minister of State for Home Affairs, King O’Malley, proposed that liquor sales be banned.
It became the very first ordinance passed in the new territory. “O’Malley was a quite influential figure in the early days of Canberra,” says Amy Lay, a curator at the National Archives of Australia. “He lobbied hard to keep alcohol out of the FCT, believing that it had a depressing influence”.
At the time the Cricketers’ Arms Hotel (which is now gone) was the territory’s only pub and so slid under this new set of rules.
Canberra’s prohibition wasn’t very effective The new rules wouldn’t stop the thirsty capital for long. “The laws only prevented the granting of liquor licenses in the ACT.
So you couldn’t get a license to open a bar, but you could bring alcohol into the ACT and drink it there,” Amy explains.
“There was nothing to stop someone from heading across the border to New South Wales to buy or drink alcohol,” says Amy. Workers, she says, simply saved up their thirst for a big night in the town of Queanbeyan, which was just across the border.
There was also no reason thirsty punters couldn’t just bring alcohol back. By 1927 the transport of liquor into Canberra had become so common that local guidebooks like A Descriptive guide to Canberra explained how to move liquor across the border.
“[This] guide to Canberra for workers moving there, explicitly states that one could simply drive over to Queanbeyan, fill their boot with grog and drive it back into Canberra for drinking,” Amy says.
Interestingly this ban was finally brought to an end by thirsty pollies. In June 1926 the Joint House Committee passed a resolution to allow the construction of a bar in Parliament House.
Members of parliament were deeply divided by this, some pollies announcing they would boycott the bar until the locals could drink at an establishment too. Outraged locals, who were still under prohibition, finally forced the issue.
A plebiscite took place on 1 September 1928, resulting in the removal of the prohibition.
Source: On this day: Canberra’s prohibition begins – Australian Geographic

Sydney’s Pubs, Liquor and Larrikins.

The landscape of Sydney is unthinkable without its vibrant, character-filled and sometimes controversial pubs. Pubs define the pulse, personality and tempo of the city and provide a convenient yardstick of how our customs and social mores have evolved.
More than any other Australian institution, the pub provides a convenient yardstick to measure the way our customs and social mores have evolved over the years.
Think back to the makeshift grog shops in the goldfields; to the rough-and-tumble bush pubs where the drover or shearer cashed his season’s cheque and then attempted to drink his way through it; to the tiled, male-only monstrosities of the ‘six o’clock swill’ era; right up to the smart, architect designed inner-city bars, gastro pubs and mini casinos of today.
Pub is a shortened version of ‘public house’, which helps to explain the origin of many colonial-era hotels like The Lord Nelson Hotel in The Rocks, which claims to be the ‘oldest continuously licensed hotel in Sydney’.
The Lord Nelson was originally a two-storey private home built by William Wells in 1836 from sandstone blocks quarried by convicts from the base of Observatory Hill.
Wells obtained a liquor licence and in 1842 he opened the doors of his home to the public for the first time, naming his hotel after the English naval hero of the day.
The doors have remained open ever since, but the interior of the hotel and the nature of its clientele have changed over the years, reflecting whims of fashion and taste.
Sometime in the 1930s the sandstone walls in the public bar and upstairs were covered with tiles or coated with concrete render, as if to hide their naked historical significance.
Read more via Sydney’s Pubs: liquor, larrikins & the law | Sydney Living Museums.

The ‘Powerful Owl’ is a Top Predator.

6277916-3x4-700x933Photo: Brendan Sheean says powerful owls were classified as apex predators and mainly hunted tree-dwelling mammals. (ABC News: Adrienne Francis)
Bird enthusiasts are in a flutter after a rare sighting of Australia’s largest owl, the powerful owl, spotted devouring ringtail possums and sulphur-crested cockatoos in a suburban Canberra park.
The owl has taken up long-term residence in Haig Park near the CBD, and bird watchers from across the country and even overseas have flocked to catch a glimpse of it.
“It is classified as an apex predator, so what they will do is hunt a variety of food, mainly tree-dwelling mammals,” National Zoo and Aquarium senior keeper Brendan Sheean said.
Photo: Brendan Sheean said powerful owls were classified as apex predators and mainly hunted tree-dwelling mammals. (ABC News: Adrienne Francis)
Canberra Ornithologists Group (COG) member Terry Bell said the big predator had been caught on camera devouring sugar gliders and feathery cousins, like Canberra’s emblem bird the gang-gang cockatoo.
Source: Bird enthusiasts flock to see Australia’s largest owl devour ringtail possums, sulphur-crested cockatoos in suburban Canberra park – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Kings Creek, Watarrka National Park.

Kings Creek, Northern Territory. 
Image Credit: Photograph by Richard Thwaites
Kings Canyon is one of the most beautiful sights in the Territory.
The canyon is about 230 kilometres south west of Alice Springs off the Stuart Highway.
Watarrka National Park holds its secret tightly, revealing little to the traveller arriving at its gates.
The surprise comes when this extraordinary chasm suddenly reveals itself, its sandstone walls plunging over three hundred feet into the earth.
This is paradise for the serious and very fit walker who can handle the steep rise to the rock domes at the top of the canyon to enjoy the breathtaking views below.
It is a challenging four hour hike.
via Kings Creek, Northern Territory – Australian Geographic.

Our Very Long Dingo Fence.

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Photograph is of part of the South Australian section of the Australia’s extremely long Dog Fence.
The Dingo Fence or Dog Fence is a pest-exclusion fence that was built in Australia during the 1880s and finished in 1885, to keep dingoes out of the relatively fertile south-east part of the continent (where they had largely been exterminated) and protect the sheep flocks of southern Queensland.
It is one of the longest structures in the world and is the world’s longest fence.
It stretches 5,614 kilometres (3,488 miles) from Jimbour on the Darling Downs near Dalby through thousands of kilometres of arid land ending west of Eyre peninsula on cliffs of the Nullarbor Plain above the Great Australian Bight
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Source: ABC OPEN: A fence too far || From Project: Snapped: Your Top 3

Star Trails over Bourke.

Image Credit: Photograph by Ron Pantekoek.
“This is a composite image consisting of 150 images to create the star-trails, one image for the truck ‘moving’ head and tail lights, and one for the foreground.
All images were taken on the same night just outside the city limits of Bourke, New South Wales, Australia, and took several hours to make.”
Source: Your pictures: Best of 2016 – BBC News