GREY NOMADS

Welcome Grey Nomads everywhere. If you’re an over 55 Grey Nomad, then most likely you’ll be SKI-ing (Spending the Kids’ Inheritance).

A lot of SKI-ers that have travelled around Australia are seeking momentos such as novelty number plates with place names on them, and this is where you can buy them – we have lots to offer

We also have a category for seniors and retirees – just click HERE

  • MOUNT GAMBIER

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    MOUNT GAMBIER is is the second most populated city in South Australia with an estimated urban population of 28,684. The city is located on the slopes of Mount Gambier (volcano) in the south east of the state, about 450 km south-east of the capital Adelaide and just 17 km from the Victorian border, it is the most important settlement in the Limestone Coast region and the seat of government for both the City of Mount Gambier and the District Council of Grant. The city is well known for its geographical features, particularly its volcanic and limestone features, most notably its Blue Lake, parks and gardens, caves and sinkholes. The peak of the dormant volcano was the first place in South Australia named by European explorers. It was sighted in 1800 by Lieutenant James Grant from the survey brig, HMS Lady Nelson, and named for Lord James Gambier, Admiral of the Fleet. The peak is marked by Centenary Tower, built in 1901 to commemorate the first sighting, and at 192 m above sea level the landmark is the city's highest point This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable.  

  • WARRNAMBOOL

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    WARRNAMBOOL is a city on the south-western coast of Victoria, Australia. At June 2016, Warrnambool had an estimated urban population of 34,618.Situated on the Princes Highway, Warrnambool marks the western end of the Great Ocean Road and the southern end of the Hopkins Highway. The Great Ocean Road is quite simply a must-drive for grey nomads serious about doing the Big Lap. As well as taking in some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world, the Great Ocean Road – which was built between 1919 and 1932 by returning soldiers – is a lasting memorial to the casualties of World War I. This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable.  

  • PORT FAIRY

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    PORT FAIRY is a coastal town in south-western Victoria, Australia. It lies on the Princes Highway in the Shire of Moyne, 28 km west of Warrnambool and 290 km west of Melbourne, at the point where the Moyne River enters the Southern Ocean. The Great Ocean Road is quite simply a must-drive for grey nomads serious about doing the Big Lap. As well as taking in some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world, the Great Ocean Road – which was built between 1919 and 1932 by returning soldiers – is a lasting memorial to the casualties of World War I. This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable.  

  • PORTLAND

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    PORTLAND is a small city in Victoria, Australia, and is the oldest European settlement in the state. located on the far south-west coast of Victoria, mid-way between Port Fairy and the small town of Nelson which is adjacent to the state border with South Australia. Portland was the site of Victoria's first permanent settlement back in 1834, with the town quickly prospering due to fishing, pastoral and agricultural industries. Portland is the only deep-water sea port between Adelaide and Melbourne, making it a major centre for sea transport of goods and produce from the surrounding areas. A large sheltered harbour provides calm waters for a marina, wharves and shipping berths. One of Portland's major industries is the Alcoa aluminium smelter which commenced operations in 1986. South of Portland is Cape Nelson which includes a 210 hectare state park bordering rugged cliffs with the Cape Nelson Lighthouse located on the coast's southern tip. Around 19 kilometres west of Portland is the small community of Cape Bridgewater. From here, the Discovery Bay Coastal Park stretches 50 kilometres north-west along the coast to the small town of Nelson, close to the state border with South Australia. Cape Bridgewater is a hiker's paradise and there are several lookouts perched above the beaches which overlook Bridgewater Bay. Fur seals can be sighted in the area during their breeding season The Great Ocean Road is quite simply a must-drive for grey nomads serious about doing the Big Lap. As well as taking in some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world, the Great Ocean Road – which was built between 1919 and 1932 by returning soldiers – is a lasting memorial to the casualties of World War I. This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable.  

  • EXMOUTH

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    EXMOUTH is a small resort town on Western Australia’s North West Cape. It’s a gateway to nearby Ningaloo Marine Park with its coral reefs, colourful fish and migratory whale sharks. Nearly surrounding Exmouth, Cape Range National Park has kangaroos, sheer cliffs and red, rocky gorges. On the Cape's northwest coast, Jurabi Coastal Reserve's tidal rock pools, beaches and seasonal nesting grounds for marine turtles. This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable.  

  • GUNDAGAI

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    GUNDAGAI is a classic Australian country town located on the Murrumbidgee River between Sydney and Melbourne. It would have to be one of the most picturesque areas of the Riverina . Read more about it's features HERE Although a small town, Gundagai is a popular topic for writers, including writers of poems and songs, and has become the representation of the typical Australian country town. Gundagai also has a long and strong oral tradition or folklore related to both Aboriginal and European events, as the location was an important gathering place and river crossing for teamsters ("bullockies"), bush travellers, swagmen, shearers and drovers. The Statue of the Dog on the Tuckerbox at Snake Gully, is 8kms from Gundagai. Jack O'Hagan's song 'Where the Dog Sits on the Tuckerbox, 'Along The Road To Gundagai', 'Snake Gully Swagger', and 'When a Boy from Alabama Meets a Girl from Gundagai,' Other references in literature include Banjo Paterson's 'The Road to Gundagai,' and the traditional ballad 'Flash Jack from Gundagai'. This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable.  

  • MONTVILLE

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    MONTVILLE is a small town in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, on the Blackall Range in Queensland,  around 400 m above sea level. At the 2016 census, Montville and the surrounding area had a population of 2,632. Being only about an hours drive up from Brisbane, it's become incredibly popular as a weekend tourism destination and is packed with shops, coffee shops and restaurants, making it a lovely scenic place for a stroll and relaxation. Read more about it's features HERE This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable.  

  • MALENY

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    MALENY is is 90 kms north of Brisbane on the Blackall Range overlooking the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Nearby towns include Landsborough, Montville, Peachester, Palmwoods and Hunchy. Nearby places of geographical significance include the Glass House Mountains and Baroon Pocket Dam. Constructed in 1989 the dam is fed by the Obi Obi Creek, a significant tributary of the upper Mary River, which drains the basalt capped Maleny plateau. Water runoff statistics have been kept in this area since the 1940s showing that the average annual rainfall is just over 2 metres and the runoff into Baroon Pocket Dam receives annually about 64,000 megalitres. The Baroon Pocket Dam holds about 61,000 megalitres of water and the treatment plant supplies about 150 megalitres of treated water to the Sunshine Coast daily This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable.  

  • ROCKHAMPTON

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    ROCKHAMPTON is is a city in Central Queensland coast. The population in the 2016 Census was 76,985, making it the fourth-largest city in the state outside of the cities of South East Queensland and the 22nd-largest city in Australia. Rockhampton is one of the oldest cities in Queensland and in Northern Australia. In 1853, Charles and William Archer discovered the Fitzroy River, which they named in honour of Sir Charles FitzRoy. The Archer brothers took up a run near Gracemere in 1855, and more settlers arrived soon after, enticed by the fertile valleys. The town of Rockhampton was proclaimed in 1858, and surveyed by Arthur F Wood and Francis Clarke, the chosen street design closely resembled the Hoddle Grid in Melbourne and consisted of a grid of wide boulevards and laneways, which was uncommon in Queensland. Within the year, gold was found at Canoona, and led to the first North Australian gold rush. This led to an influx of migrants who quickly transformed Rockhampton into the second-largest port in the state; during this period, Rockhampton was nicknamed as the "City of the Three S's", of which were "Sin, Sweat, and Sorrow". Subsequent gold rushes at Mount Morgan Mine, which was at the time one of the most productive gold mines in the world, laid the foundations for much of the city's Victorian architecture. Today, Rockhampton is an industrial and agricultural centre of the north, and is the regional centre of Central Queensland. Rockhampton is also a large tourist destination known for its history and culture supporting such institutions as the Rockhampton Art Gallery, one of the most extensive regional galleries in Australia, the Central Queensland University with campuses across five states, the Rockhampton Heritage Village, and Dreamtime Cultural Centre. It is also famous as the hometown of Rod Laver - one of the best tennis players in history. The city is served by the Rockhampton Airport and acts as a gateway to local tourist locations such as the Capricorn Caves and Mount Archer National Park, as well as regional tourist areas such as Yeppoon and the Capricorn Coast alongside the island chains offshore that include Great Keppel Island. A giant waterslide was built in Rockhampton for an attraction This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable.  

  • PARDOO

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    PARDOO is in Far North WA near Broome and features (a) Pardoo Station which is a pastoral lease, formerly a sheep station, and now a cattle station approximately 120 kms east of Port Hedland and 121 kms north of Marble Bar, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The property used to be about 250,000 acres in size. It's on the western end of the Great Sandy Desert where it meets the Indian Ocean at the southern end of the Eighty Mile Beach. Mount Goldsworthy, located on the South Western side of the lease, is the site of the first iron ore mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The Pardoo mine, also an iron ore mine, is located in the region, too, and shares the stations name. The station was sold in late 2014 by the Rogers family to a Singaporean-based investor, Bruce Cheung, for A$13.5 m. Cheung's company, the Pardoo Beef Corporation appointed Eric Golangco as the general manager. At this time the property was running 5,700 head of cattle on 2,000 sqkm. The property also has 60 kms of ocean frontage and has a 145-bay caravan park tourist operation. Secondly (b) there is the Pardoo Roadhouse , which is a fully self-sufficient operation providing and generating its own electricity and water, all sewerage and general waste is dealt with on site. The Roadhouse offers fuel, food, coffee, a convenience store, souvenir, accommodation,camping sites and a powered caravan park. This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable.  

  • MACLEAN

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    MACLEAN  is by the beautiful Clarence River in the Northern Rivers region on the NSW North Coast. The town is surrounded by cane fields and farmland, and fishing boats harvest fresh prawns from Australia’s largest east coast river system. Called the Scottish Town of Australia, Maclean celebrates its heritage with the Highland Gathering, a festival held every Easter for more than 110 years. Two days of family fun, enjoy street concerts, bagpipe competitions, traditional highland games such caber tossing, and lots of dancing in kilts. This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable.  

  • GLEN INNES

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    GLEN INNES  is in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. It is the centre of the Glen Innes Severn Shire Council. The town is located at the intersection of the New England Highway and the Gwydir Highway. At the 2016 census, Glen Innes had a population of 6,155. Glen Innes Highlands’ Celtic connections are strong. The earliest settlers in the region were Scots. There was something in the landscape – and the winter weather, no doubt – that reminded them of their homeland. The love of Celtic history, music and culture has remained strong among the Glen Innes Highlands residents. In 1992, locals organised the first Australian Celtic Festival. The festival celebrated its silver jubilee in 2017 and attracts Celtic musicians and performers from around the world, as well as many thousands of visitors. It was the passion of a group of locals that led to the establishment of the Australian Standing Stones on a plateau overlooking the town. The stones are recognised by the Celtic Council of Australia as the national gathering point for Celtic descendants and clans. This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable.  

  • CAPE HILLSBOROUGH

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    CAPE HILLSBOROUGH  is approximately 50 kms north of Mackay, is a natural paradise where rainforest meets the ocean. The rugged scenery, picturesque walking tracks and native wildlife make it a perfect destination to explore. Watch the sunrise on the beach and meet friendly wallabies and kangaroos as they bound along the sand and feast on the water’s edge. This is the perfect opportunity to get beautiful photos of the sunrise over the national park and get up close to these iconic Australian animals. Explore nearby walking tracks to view a plethora of colourful birds and butterflies, including the vivid Ulysses butterfly. Meander through a mangrove community, eucalypt open forest and vine thicket along the Diversity Boardwalk, or discover the 1.6 kilometre Juipera Plants Trail for a fascinating insight into local Aboriginal history. This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable.  

  • SIMPSON DESERT

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    The SIMPSON DESERT  is a large area of dry, red sandy plain and dunes in Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland in central Australia. It is the fourth-largest Australian desert, with an area of 176,500 km2 and is the world's largest sand dune desert. The desert is underlain by the Great Artesian Basin, one of the largest inland drainage areas in the world. Water from the basin rises to the surface at numerous natural springs, including Dalhousie Springs, and at bores drilled along stock routes, or during petroleum exploration. As a result of exploitation by such bores, the flow of water to springs has been steadily decreasing in recent years. It is also part of the Lake Eyre basin. The Simpson Desert is an erg that contains the world's longest parallel sand dunes. These north-south oriented dunes are static, held in position by vegetation. They vary in height from 3 metres  in the west to around 30 metres on the eastern side. The largest dune, Nappanerica or Big Red, is 40 metres  in height. The desert is popular with tourists, particularly in winter, and popular landmarks include the ruins and mound springs at Dalhousie Springs, Purnie Bore wetlands, Approdinna Attora Knoll and Poeppel Corner (where Queensland, South Australia and Northern Territory meet). Because of the excessive heat and inadequately experienced drivers attempting to access the desert in the past, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has decided since 2008-2009 to close the Simpson Desert during the summer — to save unprepared "adventurers" from themselves!! This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable.  

  • ANNE BEADELL HIGHWAY

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    The ANNE BEADELL HIGHWAY  is an outback unsealed track linking Coober Pedy, South Australia, and Laverton, Western Australia, a total distance of 1,325 km.  The track was surveyed and built by Len Beadell, Australian surveyor, who named it after his wife. The track passes through remote arid deserts and scrub territory of South Australia and Western Australia, which often have summer temperatures as high as 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit). Sand dunes predominate for most of the track. The road was constructed to provide access for a series of surveys adding to the overall geodetic survey of unexplored parts of Australia. The information was required for rocket range projects at Woomera. Construction was completed in five stages, spanning nine years from 1953 to 1962. The first stage from Mabel Creek station near Coober Pedy, west towards Emu Field, was built in February and March 1953 to provide access for British atomic tests at Emu Field. This stage preceded the formation of Beadell's Gunbarrel Road Construction Party, and was the first road built by Beadell. The second stage was begun in July 1957 in the reverse direction, from Anne's Corner towards Emu Field, after Beadell had completed the Mount Davies Road in the north-west of South Australia. The third stage was commenced in August 1961, running westward from Anne's Corner to Vokes Hill. In April 1962 the fourth stage proceeded west from Vokes Hill, beyond Serpentine Lakes towards the future Neale Junction where the construction party arrived on 16 August. From Neale Junction during August and September 1962 the north-south Connie Sue Highway was constructed between Warburton and Rawlinna. The fifth stage of the Anne Beadell Highway was then commenced, and was completed at Yamarna near Lake Yeo when it joined an existing track to Laverton on 17 November 1962. Beadell put considerable effort into rediscovering Vokes Hill while surveying the track, as a new device called a Tellurometer was being introduced. It used radio waves for distance measurement, thus requiring high points for operation This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable.  

  • CONDOBOLIN

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    CONDOBOLIN (nicknamed 'Condo' by locals) is the largest centre in the Heart of N.S.W. and is home to approx. 3,500 people. The town lies on the bank of the Lachlan River, an hour from Parkes, Forbes, West Wyalong & Lake Cargelligo. This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable.  

  • TOOWOOMBA

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    TOOWOOMBA (nicknamed 'The Garden City') is a regional city in the Darling Downs region in the Australian state of Queensland. It is 125 km  west of Queensland's capital city Brisbane by road.  The estimated urban population of Toowoomba as of June 2017 was 135,631. A university and cathedral city, it hosts the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers each September and national championship events for the sports of mountain biking and motocross. There are more than 150 public parks and gardens in Toowoomba. It has developed into a regional centre for business and government services. It is also referred to as the capital of the Darling Downs. Toowoomba is served by Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport and the smaller Toowoomba City Aerodrome. Toowoomba is the second most populous inland city in the country after the national capital of Canberra. Since 2015 it has also become one of the fastest growing towns in the country, with low unemployment and an increase in infrastructure leading to employment generation. This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable. TOOWOOMBA AS DESCRIBED BY A TOURISM WEBSITE - see this link HERE Toowoomba is Queensland's largest inland city. It occupies a commanding position atop the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, 700 metres above sea level. As the regional capital for the Darling Downs, Toowoomba has long been a major centre for commerce, industry and education. Wealthy pastoralists sent their offspring to one of the many private schools where they mixed with the children of local merchants and professionals. With suburban growth, especially since World War II, a stately city centre with lush parklands has had to compete with huge suburban shopping centres. By the early 1840s most of the Darling Downs was taken up by pastoral runs. Near the intersection of the Eton Vale, Westbrook and Gowrie runs a rudimentary settlement occurred, convenient for passing stockmen. Known as The Springs, it included a permanent settler Thomas Alford. He named the place Drayton, soon after his arrival in 1842, after the village of Drayton in Somerset, England. About six km north-east of Drayton there was a marshland, Drayton Swamp. Its almost perennial dampness was an answer to the dry spells that beset Drayton, and in 1852 Alford moved his residence to the swamp area. The location had good market garden land, a better track down the Range to Brisbane and more passing traffic. Local interests had the area surveyed for farm lots and a township. Alford named his residence Toowoomba, based on an Aboriginal expression describing the swamp or a small native melon (not endemic to the area). Neither has been verified. FARMS, SCHOOLS AND GARDENS Farm lot sales proceeded throughout the 1850s and urban settlement gradually moved from Drayton to Toowoomba. A hotel was opened in 1856, and another the following year, although the best in the district remained the Bull and Mouth (1847) in Drayton. Church of England and Presbyterian churches were opened in 1857 and 1859. In 1860 Drayton interests proposed the creation of a local government division to include both Drayton and Toowoomba, but the latter opposed any such union. Led by William Groom, Toowoomba achieved recognition as a municipality in 1860. Groom, formerly a transported convict and Drayton storekeeper, became Toowoomba's first mayor and a Queensland parliamentarian, ever intent on getting advantages for his local electorate. Farmers prospered on the upland soils, and in 1866 the Toowoomba and Drayton Agricultural Society held its first exhibition. Horticulture preoccupied the local council who took control of the 26 ha Queen's Park, formerly a Crown Reserve, in 1865. Toowoomba's garden city reputation began with this park, 8 ha larger than Brisbane's Botanic Gardens. William Groom chaired the formation in 1875 of the Toowoomba Permanent Benefit Building and Investment Society, a facility for local saving and building finance. Over 100 years later the Society amalgamated with another building society to form the Heritage Building Society and redevelop a city block for its new headquarters. With a population of about 4000 people Toowoomba was described in 1876 in the Australian Handbook: Education in Toowoomba began with the Church of England St Luke's school in 1856. Three more private schools were opened before the first National School in 1865. Twenty more private schools were opened by 1900. The survivors of those early schools include Toowoomba Boys' Grammar (1876) and Christian Brothers' College (1899). Several more private secondary schools which opened during the next century made Toowoomba a regional educational centre. Agriculture and industry underpinned the economy. The Darling Downs were a fertile grazing and cereal-growing area and the upland ranges provided timber for mills, pasture for dairying and markets for agricultural implement makers. The Toowoomba Foundry (1874) began with farm equipment such as troughs, wool presses and wagons and diversified into wind pumps, steam engines and locomotives. Its Southern Cross wind pumps became a national emblem. Defiance Milling (flour) began in 1898 and by 1983 had 40% of Queensland's flour trade and bread market. The approach from Brisbane to Toowoomba was by a toll road. Telegraphic communication with the capital began in 1861. In 1867 railway communication spread from Toowoomba, west to Jondaryan and east to Gatton. Rail connection to Brisbane was completed in 1876. Toowoomba and nearby Gowrie Junction became a railway hub with lines to Crows Nest, Wallangarra (New South Wales) Pittsworth and Allora (1886-97). Further branches from the main western line were opened to Haden, Millmerran, Cooyar and Cecil Plains (1910-19). CAPITAL OF THE DARLING DOWNS By 1900 most of the pastoral estates had been resumed for closer-settlement. The livestock saleyards, however, were kept busy with cattle from the western plains. A butter factory was opened by the Downs Co-operative Dairy Association in 1905 and by 1919 it had branch factories at Clifton, Miles, Dalby and Crows Nest. A similar enterprise arose from dairy farmers feeding skimmed milk to pigs, the Darling Downs Co-operative Bacon Association (1910), which constructed a factory at Willowburn, 4 km west of Toowoomba. Toowoomba was described in the 1903 Australian handbook: Toowoomba was known both as the 'Gateway to' and 'Queen City of' the Darling Downs, being raised to the status of 'city' in 1904. Its touristic and recreational qualities were confirmed by the Governor taking the Harlaxton homestead as his summer residence: the Darling Downs Souvenir booklet (1906) observed that 'nearly 2000 feet above the level of the sea Toowoomba is blessed with a glorious clime. Even the hottest summer days are followed by lovely cool nights'. It predicted that tourists would be attracted in large numbers. For Anglo-Celtic and German populations, the ease with which exotics such as plane trees, willows and Norfolk Island pines grew in Toowoomba was a balm to heat-oppressed minds. Annuals and perennials grew equally well in a climate both temperate and sub-tropical. The Spring Carnival of Flowers became a major tourist attraction, with dahlias 10 inches in diameter. Architecture also tended to the exotic, avoiding the raised timber houses typical in other parts of the state, and using finely cut Helidon stone for public buildings. Monuments were erected to local notables and heroes, including George Essex Evans (patriotic poet) and Littleton Groom, lawyer and politician, son of William. William Peak, one of the founders and a life member of the Toowoomba Agricultural and Horticultural Society, was commemorated in a drinking fountain, while World War I casualties were remembered in the Mothers' Memorial. In 1946 the Australian Blue Book described the 'Capital of the Darling Downs': By 1949 its population was about 40,000. Half a century later this figure had doubled. Although its long term postwar growth did not match that of Townsville and Cairns, the population increase was impressive for an inland city. Manufacturing remained important, recording 13.5% of total employment in 1976 and 12.2% in 2001. This was despite the decline of the Downs dairy industry and the loss of the co-operative butter and bacon factories. Wholesale and retail employment, however, recorded more than one-fifth of total employment, 22.7% in 1976 and 22.4% in 2001. Ruthven Street and adjoining thoroughfares constituted the retail heart of Toowoomba until the 1980s when the Clifford Gardens (1983) and Village Fair (1989) drive-in centres to the west of the city centre were opened. The Grand Central, with a Myer department store, is a short distance from Ruthven Street. Suburban drive-ins on the residential outskirts are fewer than in other large regional cities. In 1967 the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education was opened in south-suburban Darling Heights, converting to the University of Southern Queensland in 1992. Also on the outskirts of Toowoomba are the airport, Clifford Park Racecourse and the show ground, venue for the Royal Show each March. Easy access from Brisbane, first by rail and then by road, helped make Toowoomba a popular tourist destination. Motorists had access to comprehensive tour guides in the 1930s, and the Carnival of Flowers has been an annual drawcard since 1950. Jack McCafferty (1914-1999) developed a bus business in Toowoomba from 1940. McCafferty served as Lord Mayor from 1958 to 1967 and his bus business grew into a major national firm. Prior to the twentieth century, Toowoomba's importance grew as a regional commercial centre for distribution and finance, together with a growing role in education. Toowoomba has about 50 sites in the central city and inner suburbs listed on the Queensland heritage register. In the main thoroughfare, Ruthven Street, there are the Defiance Flour Mill and the next door Foundry (c1911) near the railway station, Piggots department store (1910), the Alexandra building (1902), the White Horse Hotel (c1900) and the clock-towered city hall (1900). The railway station and yards (1873) are also heritage-listed. In Neil Street there are St Patrick's Cathedral (1883), a massive masonry edifice, Wesley Church (1877), the adjoining Empire Theatre (1911) and the court house (1876). Around the corner in Margaret Street there is the clock-towered former post office (1878), and elsewhere in Margaret Street the Strand Theatre (1915) and the former Toowoomba Technical College (1911). Other religious and civic buildings in the heritage list include the Anglican St James complex (1869) in Mort Street, the Anglican St Lukes complex (1897) in Herries Street, the Lutheran Concordia College (formerly Redlands, 1889) in Stephen Street and the Soldiers memorial hall (1923) in Herries Street. Toowoomba's best-known philanthropist, Clive Berghofer, made his money out of suburban development. He served as Mayor of the Council from 1982-1992 and as National Party member for Toowoomba South from 1986 to 1991. He opposed the referendum on recycled water for Toowoomba in 2006, suggesting that his town ran the risk of being called 'Poowoomba'. FLOODS 2011 In contrast to the water shortage in 2006, a change of climate delivered a downpour on 10 January 2011. Toowoomba’s swamp history was amply demonstrated when a wall of water poured down East and West Creeks, merging into Gowrie Creek north of the railway station. There was localised flash flooding of Chalk Drive (beside East Creek), Margaret Street, Campbell Street and Russell Street. There were two drowning deaths. (The water proceeded onwards to the Condamine and, perhaps at some future time, the mouth of the Murray River.) There have been previous flash floods, often blamed on poor drainage and silting, further evidence of Toowoomba’s origin as a swamp. In March 2008 Toowoomba City was amalgamated with Cambooya, Clifton, Crows Nest, Jondaryan, Pittsworth and Rosalie Shires to form Toowoomba Regional Council, with an estimated population of 153,000.

  • MURPHYS HAYSTACKS

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    MURPHYS HAYSTACKS are inselberg rock formations located at Mortana, between Streaky Bay and Port Kenny on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. The overhanging dome formation is approximately 8 metres high. They are of a 'tumulus' form of weathered granite outcrop. They are made of a pink, massive, coarsely equigranular rock consisting mostly of quartz and orthoclase. Their appearance may be due to a combination of erosion by underground rainwater and then by subsequent weathering after they were exposed. Most of the pillars emerge without a break from the underlying granite. Their structural base may be of orthogonal or vertically-aligned sheet jointing. They obtained their name because a traveller in a coach saw the formation in the distance. He asked how a farmer could produce so much hay. As the farm was on a property owned by a man called Murphy, the rocks became known as Murphy's Haystacks. The site is listed on the South Australian Heritage Register This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable. MURPHYS HAYSTACKS AS DESCRIBED BY A TOURISM WEBSITE - see this link HERE Murphy's Hay Stacks is a fine example of an inselberg formation and is well worth a visit. Murphy's Hay Stacks is located 40 kilometres southeast of Streaky Bay and can be accessed by following the Flinder's Highway and turning onto the Calca - Point Labatt Road. After travelling approximately 1.6 kilometres along a sealed road a picnic area becomes visible. This marks the entrance to the viewing area. Murphy's Hay Stacks were weathered and sculpted into their present form about 100,000 years ago. Geologists say the Hay Stacks are composed of pink granite from the Hiltaba suite of rocks whch were laid down some 1500 million years ago. Amazingly these beautiful pink granites were formed at a depth of 7 to 10 kilometres below the earth's surface. Today when we look at Murphy's Hay Stacks we see these Hiltaba granites exposed on the surface. Clearly a very great deal of erosion has occured since the granite's formation. Local legend says that Murphy's Hay Stacks acquired its name from an Irish agricultural expert who saw this landmark in the distance whilst travelling on a coach. Apparently the learned Irish gentleman was very impressed and informed his fellow passengers that the farmer must have harrowed his land to produce such a great abundance of hay! Well, by now you must have guessed it! The original farmer of the land was a Mr. Murphy and to this day the landmark is known as Murphy's Hay Stacks.

  • KALBARRI

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    KALBARRI is a coastal town in the Mid West region located 592 km north of Perth, Western Australia. The town is found at the mouth of the Murchison River and has an elevation of 6m. The local Aboriginal people inhabited the area for thousands of years and have a dreaming story about the Rainbow Serpent forming the Murchison River as she came from inland to the coast. The first European people to visit the area were the crew of the trading ship Batavia, belonging to the Dutch East India Company, who put two mutinous crew members ashore near Bluff Point just south of the town. The cliffs near the river mouth were named after another trading ship, the Zuytdorp, that was wrecked there in 1712. The area became a popular fishing and tourist spot in the 1940s and by 1948 the state government declared a townsite. Lots were soon surveyed and the town was gazetted in 1951. Kalbarri was named after an Aboriginal man from the Murchison tribe and is also the name of an edible seed. The town is geared towards tourism and fishing, with attractions including the daily pelican feeding, the Kalbarri National Park, Murchison River Gorge and the Murchison River. There are two charter boats to go on to view the Murchison River. The town attracts 200,000 tourists every year, with the population of the town swelling to 8,000 during holiday seasons. The Kalbarri National Park is home to a phenomenon of geography and geology known as the Z Bend, a walking track, and "Nature's Window", a rock formation overlooking hundreds of kilometres of Murchison River. The Rainbow Jungle (The Australian Parrot Breeding Centre), located a few kilometres south of the town centre, features hundreds of exotic species of birds in their native habitat plus a walk-in cage allowing humans to interact with the birds. Red Bluff and other coastal cliffs and formations are located south of the town. This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable. KALBARRI AS DESCRIBED BY A TOURISM WEBSITE - see this link HERE Nestled at the mouth of the Murchison River, Kalbarri boasts an ideal climate where fishing, swimming & many coastal activities can be enjoyed all year round. Add to that the amazing Wildflower & Humpback Whale season and you have the perfect destination for your next holiday. From the rugged inland gorges to the dramatic coastal cliffs, sensational beaches to the tranquil Murchison River, Kalbarri is unique and has something to offer everyone. The attractions of the nearby national park and its reputation as a wildflower hotspot draws thousands upon thousands of grey nomads to the Western Australian town of Kalbarri every year. Sitting at the mouth of the Murchison River, about 600 kilometres north of Perth, Kalbarri’s popularity as a tourist destination has been further fuelled by the development and promotion of the iconic Indian Ocean Drive. While fishing enthusiasts have been enjoying the area for decades, it is the improving infrastructure and the growth of the grey nomad phenomenon which has really seen the personality of the one-time cray fishing village slowly transformed. But, while the fishing fleet may have diminished in recent years and tourist numbers may have increased, Kalbarri still retains its relaxed atmosphere … and fresh fish can be purchased directly from the boats at the wharf. Kalbarri didn’t became a town until 1951, but it now attracts an estimated 200,000 tourists annually, and the full range of shops, services and accommodation options – including caravan parks – have been developed to cater to their needs. There is no camping allowed at the Kalbarri National Park just out of town, but visitors shouldn’t hold that against a park that delivers so much else. There are many easily accessible lookouts which offer spectacular views of the gorges, sandstone cliffs and formations carved over thousands of years by the Murchison River. These include the iconic Nature’s Window, a natural rock arch which perfectly frames the stunning vista, as well as The Z Bend, The Loop, Hawks Head, and the Ross Graham Lookout. There are a range of walks of differing lengths and difficulty which allow visitors to truly immerse themselves in the spectacular coastal landscape. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a migrating humpback whale or two. Of course, between August and October, it is the more than 700 species of blooming wildflowers which steal star billing. Everything from daisies to orchids throw a colourful blanket over the landscape for as far as the eye can see. While modern Kalbarri is a bustling tourist centre, evidence of its less glamorous past are not far away. This part of remote coastline has been the scene of more than its fair share of shipwrecks over the years, including the infamous Batavia, which sunk on its maiden voyage in 1629. Just to the north of town is the site of the original lead smelter for the nearby Geraldine mine, which operated in the mid 19th century. The track in is a bit rough but some of the original stone work and foundations are still there to see. The historic town of Northampton, which is an hour or so southeast of Kalbarri, actually grew up to support the Geraldine mine, and history buffs will find it worth a trip out. Many of the original 19th century building are still there, and there us is also the Gwlaa cemetery and church ruins, and a Heritage Railway Line. Also a little to Kalbarri’s south east is the self-declared ‘independent’ province of Hutt River. A visit to this principality and a meeting with His Royal Highness Prince Leonard will certainly add another unique chapter to the Big Lap stories of many, and there are basic camping options available here for caravanners and motorhomers, as well. Mix a healthy dose of natural magnificence with a few slices of historical interest, and mix together with a topping of Aussie larrikinism and you have the recipe which makes the Kalbarri area so very special.

  • BOGAN

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    BOGAN Shire is a local government area in the Orana region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is located adjacent to the Mitchell and Barrier highways and its only significant town is Nyngan. The Municipality of Nyngan was proclaimed on 17 February 1891 with Nyngan having a population of 1,355. In 1906 the Bogan Shire was incorporated. The Bogan Shire and the Nyngan municipality amalgamated in 1972. In 2015, the Bogan Shire Council, wanted to exploit its link to the often-derogatory label by building a "big bogan" statue. Thus a "Big Bogan" statue was unveiled in NSW town of Nyngan. Joining Australia's grand list of all things big - from a pineapple to a koala - comes the Big Bogan, who stands proud with his mullet, stubbies, singlet and a Southern Cross tattoo in the NSW town of Nyngan. Locals were keen to admire their new five-metre-tall icon, who's a bit of a fishing enthusiast type of bloke with his rod, fish and an esky at his thonged feet. This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable. NYNGAN AS DESCRIBED BY A TOURISM WEBSITE - see this link HERE Town on the Bogan River on the edge of the NSW Outback Nyngan is a rural service centre situated on the Mitchell Highway astride the Bogan River on the eastern edge of the Great Outback. The Barrier Highway starts at Nyngan and heads west to Cobar and Broken Hill and the Mitchell Highway heads north to Bourke. Wool, wheat and cattle are central to the local economy in what is a very productive pastoral and agricultural shire. In 1990 the town was devastated when the Bogan River burst its banks and spread across the low, flat plains and in the summer of 2012-2013 the temperature broke local records when it reached 47°F. Much of the appeal of Nyngan lies in its location. It is an ideal starting point for people wanting to explore the Macquarie Marshes, to learn about the fascinating history of shearing in the area and to explore the old Cobb & Co routes which contributed so much to the economic health of the region. Location - Nyngan is located 572 km from Sydney via Dubbo, 204 km south of Bourke and is 173 metres above sea-level. Thomas Mitchell explored the area along the Bogong River in 1835 and recorded that the local Ngiyambaa Aborigines had a word 'nyingan' which he understood to mean 'long pond of water'. Other meanings including 'place of many streams', 'mussel' and 'crayfish' have been suggested.

  • COFFS HARBOUR

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    COFFS HARBOUR is a city on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, 540 km north of Sydney, and 390 km south of Brisbane. It is one of the largest urban centres on the North Coast, with an estimated population of 71,822 in 2018. Coffs Harbour's economy was once based mainly on bananas, now being superseded by blueberries as well as tourism and fishing. The wider region is known as the Banana coast. The city has a campus of Southern Cross University, a public and a private hospital,  several radio stations, and three major shopping centres. Coffs Harbour is near numerous national parks, including a marine national park. There are regular passenger flights each day to Sydney and Melbourne departing from Coffs Harbour Airport. Coffs Harbour is also accessible by road, by NSW TrainLink, and by regular bus services. Coffs Harbour is a regional city along the Pacific Highway between Newcastle and The Gold Coast. It has become a major service centre for those living between South West Rocks in the south and Grafton to the north. The surrounding region is dominated by coastal resorts and apartments with hinterland hills and mountains covered by forests, banana plantations, and other farms. It is the only place in New South Wales where the Great Dividing Range meets the Pacific Ocean. This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable. COFFS HARBOUR AS DESCRIBED BY THE GREY NOMADS WEBSITE - see this link HERE I’m afraid no self-respecting grey nomad can miss out on Coffs Harbour … even if they want to. What would the friends and rellies say if you got back home and couldn’t show them a pic of you next to the Big Banana? Nah, love it or loathe it, that giant, curvy, yellow structure is so integral to a trip around Australia that it’s probably what put the Big in the Big Lap. OVERVIEW Coffs Harbour’s other claim to fame, of course, is its legendary sub-tropical climate, reputedly the most perfect in Australia. Beautiful in winter, not too hot in summer. Be warned though, that Coffs Harbour is a high-rainfall area and sometimes when it rains … it really rains. If you are unlucky, you might cop for a good drenching over a good couple of days. Don’t let it put you off, though, because Coffs Harbour is a magical place. It’s where the mountains meet the sea and, despite its beach paradise reputation, it has a lot more to offer than sun, surf and sand. Nonetheless, the beaches are magnificent … and numerous. Both to the north and south, glorious stretches of uncrowded golden sand make it easy to just sit and stare. If you’re into fishing, then you’re also in the right place. This is a top spot whether you’re ready to go out on a game fishing boat or simply wanting to dangle a line off the wooden jetty with the locals. Coffs has grown a lot in recent years and, with the population, have come improved facilities. There’s great shopping, great restaurants and, it has to be said, great caravan parks to suit all budgets. There is also some excellent national park camping at Station Creek and Minnie Water in Yuraygir National Park to the north. IN THE AREA Some wonderful seaside villages nearby provide a nice alternative if you’re looking for a quieter place to park up or just take a stroll. To the south, Sawtell and its historic First Avenue, and Urunga and its spectacular river estuary location spring immediately to mind. Both offer superbly located waterfront van parks. The same can also be said of Red Rock and the underrated township of Woolgoolga to the north. They are stunning. Yet it is in the hinterland that the Coffs Harbour area surprises most. The country around Bellingen is green and beautiful and, if you’ve got a DVD player in the van you might want to watch Danny Deckchair while you’re in the region. The movie (which incidentally isn’t bad at all) was filmed in the township. Bellingen is set on the magnificent Bellinger River and it boasts a lovely ‘oldy worldy’ feel. It hosts the highly-rated and always-entertaining community markets on the third Saturday of every month. It’s worth trying to make your visit coincide with this event. A little further inland is the mountain-top settlement of Dorrigo. It’s home to the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre where you can enjoy a skywalk above the world heritage listed rainforest. Bring a jumper though, you might notice a bit of a temperature drop from sunny Coffs Harbour. The drive from Coffs to Dorrigo is really the start of the much vaunted Waterfall Way, a drive some claim (probably a little ambitiously) nearly rivals the Great Ocean Road in its beauty. Even if you don’t keep pressing on along the Waterfall Way, if you get as far as Dorrigo make sure you visit Dangar Falls just outside town. The Coffs Harbour region then, for all its fame, is still full of surprises. Nomads who grab a quick Big Banana pic and then keep on rolling up or down the Pacific Highway are missing out on something just a little bit special. MAKE SURE YOU  ….  get your picture taken at the Big Banana; stroll down main street at ‘Sunny Sawtell’; visit the ‘Jetty’; consider climbing Muttonbird Island; visit  Dorrigo to check out the rainforest skywalk and spectacular Dangar Falls; head out to the newly renovated Sealy Lookout to enjoy spectacular views over Coffs Harbour and south along the coastline; try to get along to the community markets at Bellingen, west of Coffs.  . WHERE TO CAMP … numerous excellent caravan parks in Coffs Harbour and surrounding towns; great coastal camping at Station Creek and Minnie Water in Yuraygir National Park to the north; Platypus Flats camping area in the Nymboi-Binderay National Park to the west of Coffs is an idyllic riverside spot for those happy to get off  the bitumen.

  • WAGGA WAGGA

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    WAGGA WAGGA  informally called Wagga is a major regional city in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. Straddling the Murrumbidgee River, with an urban population of more than 54,000 as at the 2016 census, Wagga is the state's largest inland city, and is an important agricultural, military, and transport hub. The ninth fastest growing inland city in Australia, Wagga is located midway between the two largest cities in Australia–Sydney and Melbourne–and is the major regional centre for the Riverina and South West Slopes regions. The central business district is focused around the commercial and recreational grid bounded by Best and Tarcutta Streets and the Murrumbidgee River and the Sturt Highway. The main shopping street of Wagga is Baylis Street which becomes Fitzmaurice Street at the northern end. The city is in an alluvial valley and much of the city has a problem with urban salinity. The original inhabitants of the Wagga Wagga region were the Wiradjuri people. In 1829, Charles Sturt became the first European explorer to visit the future site of the city. Squatters arrived soon after. The town, positioned on the site of a ford across the Murrumbidgee, was surveyed and gazetted as a village in 1849 and the town grew quickly after. In 1870, the town was gazetted as a municipality. During the negotiations leading to the federation of the Australian colonies, Wagga Wagga was a contender for the site of the capital for the new nation. During World War I the town was the starting point for the Kangaroo recruitment march. The Great Depression and the resulting hardship saw Wagga Wagga become the centre of a secession movement for the Riverina region. Wagga Wagga became a garrison town during World War II with the establishment of a military base at Kapooka and Royal Australian Air Force bases at Forest Hill and Uranquinty. After the war, Wagga Wagga was proclaimed as a city in 1946 and new suburbs were developed to the south of the city. In 1982 the city was amalgamated with the neighbouring Kyeamba and Mitchell Shires to form the City of Wagga Wagga local government area. This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable. WAGGA WAGGA AS DESCRIBED BY THE GREY NOMADS WEBSITE - see this link HERE Just the name itself is enough to put Wagga Wagga on most grey nomads’ must-visit list … but the inland New South Wales town is much more than a great place from which to send a postcard. Straddling the mighty Mur­rumbidgee River, ‘Wagga’ is situated midway between Sydney and Melbourne, and it’s a great base to explore the Riverina district. The tour­ism authorities here assure visitors that they can sample the extremes of Australia’s natural and cultivated envi­ronment with an easy day trip in any direction. To the east rises Mount Kosciuszko in the Snowy Mountains. To the west lies Griffith, the heart of New South Wales’ biggest wine producing region. Towns like Junee, Lockhart and Temora are all within striking distance. Okay, so what about the name? The area’s original inhabitants were the Wiradjuri people and in their language ‘Wagga’ means crow. Repeat­ing it means the plural, hence ‘the place of many crows’. Today, the thriving commu­nity of around 60,000 inhabit­ants wows visitors with its heritage buildings, beautiful parks and modern facilities. Many energetic grey nomads find taking the Wiradjuri walking track is the best way to get their bearings and to discover history and nature along the banks of the Mur­rumbidgee River. Although the track meanders through the city for a daunting-sound­ing 30 kilometres, there are 11 sign-posted access points. As you might expect, there are a number of excellent places to enjoy the Murrumbidgee and perhaps to catch a fish or two. These include Brick Kiln, Or­ange Tree Point, Wagga Beach, Wilks Park, Wiradjuri Re­serve, Kolhagen’s Beach, Frog Hollow, Ashmont Reserve and Bateman’s Reserve. Some of these places allow camping … and they are top spots. There are also a number of excellent van parks in and around town. Another popular location for swimming, fishing and boat­ing is Lake Albert … but don’t start thinking Wagga Wagga is all about water and walking. Other highly recommended attractions include the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, the Temo­ra Aviation Museum, and the Steam and Vintage Museum. When you’ve finally finished soaking up the atmosphere and attractions of Wagga Wagga itself, it could be time to explore the surround­ing gourmet food and wine producing region. Sigh! It’s a tough life, isn’t it? There’s a lot more to ‘the place of many crows’ than just crows.

  • ARMIDALE

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    ARMIDALE is a city in the Northern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia. Armidale had a population of 24,504 as at June 2017. It is the administrative centre for the Northern Tablelands region. It is approximately halfway between Sydney and Brisbane at the junction of the New England Highway and Waterfall Way. Armidale traditional owners are Anaiwan people. Many Gumbaynggirr people have settled in Armidale since colonisation. Armidale is on the banks of Dumaresq Creek, in the Northern Tablelands in the New England region about midway between Sydney and Brisbane at an altitude ranging from 970 m at the valley's floor to 1,110 m above sea level at the crests of the hills. A short distance to the east of Armidale are heavily forested steep gorges dropping down to the eastern coastal plain. Large parts of the highlands are covered by Palaeozoic aged metamorphosed sedimentary rocks. Intruding into these meta-sediments are granite plutons which decompose to form sandy soil, slightly deficient in nutrients. There are also basalt flows which are more fertile for the soil substrates. Those areas away from the deep gorge country tend to display gently undulating terrain mainly used for pastures and where granites occur the areas are usually covered in bushland. The area contains a number of places of outstanding natural beauty and scientific interest as well as several World Heritage national parks including the New England National Park and the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. To the west is Mount Yarrowyck Nature Reserve. The coastal plain can be reached directly at Coffs Harbour via Waterfall Way to Dorrigo and Bellingen on the Bellinger River, a two-hour drive. This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable. ARMIDALE AS DESCRIBED BY THE TOURIST OFFICE - see this link HERE Admire colonial heritage, explore fine museums and galleries, and enjoy delicious food and wine in this elegant regional city. A picturesque spot in the New England High Country, Armidale is home to the University of New England and an ideal base for exploring nearby national parks. There’s a number of great things to do and see in Armidale. Discover this cosmopolitan centre on a heritage tour, and see grand cathedrals and colonial buildings in pretty tree-lined streets. You can join Armidale Heritage Tours for a guided bus tour or take a self-guided heritage walk.  See fluted Corinthian columns of the Armidale Courthouse, built 1859-1860 Visit the New England Regional Art Museum, which houses the important Howard Hinton and Chandler Coventry collections, and works by famous artists Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and James Gleeson. You’ll find indigenous art at the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place. With a lively events calendar, enjoy festivals, exhibitions and the Armidale Farmers Market, held on the first and third Sunday of the month. A short drive southwest of Armidale is Saumarez Homestead, a National Trust-listed Edwardian mansion built between 1888 and 1906 – you can take a guided tour. See two cascading waterfalls, Ebor Falls, Guy Fawkes Rivers National Park Surrounded by some of Australia’s richest pastoral lands, you’ll find quality restaurants and cafes, trendy bars like The Welder’s Dog and classic pubs like the Wicklow Hotel. The New England region is also known for its elegant cool-climate wines. Nearby, find magnificent waterfalls, striking escarpments and ancient rainforests. You can take the Wollomombi walking track to Australia’s second-highest waterfall in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. On the Northern Tablelands of NSW, Armidale is halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. You can travel by road, rail or air. There are plenty of places to stay, including B&Bs, guesthouses, farm stays, motels and apartments. You can even stay among vineyards in a winery.

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    BUNDABERG is a city in south-east Queensland, Australia, about 385 kms  north of the state capital, Brisbane. It is 15 kms inland from the coast and situated on the Burnett River. It is a major centre within the broader Wide Bay–Burnett geographical region. Bundaberg is the business centre for a major sugar cane growing area, and is well known for its namesake export, Bundaberg Rum. The city is an important tourism gateway for inland national parks and the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef and resort islands. It is the seat of the Bundaberg Regional Council. At the 2016 Census population of the Bundaberg Significant Urban Area was 69,061. The name was coined by surveyor John Charlton Thompson and his assistant Alfred Dale Edwards. Bunda is derived from the name of one of the kinship groups of the local Taribelang people, to which was added the Saxon suffix berg, meaning "town". Colloquially the city is known as "Bundy". Bourbong Street is the main street of the city and there is some controversy in regards to its spelling and meaning; Bourbong was alternatively spelled Bourbon or Boorbong, which was a local Aboriginal title given to a large waterhole in the area. The main street was historically also gazetted in the Bundaberg Mail as "Bourbon" street, but by 1941 there is no reference to "Bourbon" street. Robert Strathdee's farming selection in the vicinity of the watering holes was recorded on early survey maps as 'Boorbung'. A pioneer pastoralist of the region, Nicholas Tooth, wrote that "Bourbong" was derived from the local Aboriginal phrase "bier rabong", meaning "plenty dead". Tooth, who took up land in the area in the early 1860s, found that Aboriginal people resolutely avoided the "bier rabong" vicinity. He later found the skeletal remains there of around twenty Aboriginal people who were apparently massacred in a raid by the Native Police. Bundaberg War Memorial in front of the Bundaberg Post Office, 1948 The local Aboriginal group is the Taribelang people of the Gureng nation. They are the original inhabitants of the region which stretches from the Burrum River in the south to the Burnett River in the north. The four kinship groups of the Taribelang people were called Banjurr, Barrang, Bunda and Turroine. This plate comes standard as a  flat and non-embossed plate and for a little more cost we are able to give it a pressed out embossed border, so you have a choice. Please select your preference from the drop down menu. These novelty number  plates are made from high quality aluminium and the artwork applied by a dye sublimation process with a lovely gloss finish. They measure 37 x 13 cm, exactly the same as the traditional fully embossed type of plate and look just like our other Aussie made novelty number plates; even the mounting holes are in exactly the same positions, so they can easily be hung on display indoors or outdoors. One great advantage the flat non-embossed version is that owing to the absence of embossed border, and being just under 1 mm thick, it’s quite flexible and will flex about 10 cm from the centre, so can be mounted on curved surfaces. Each embossed rim style plate is sealed in a clear plastic sleeve, and each flat non-embossed plate is shrink-sealed in plastic film, so both types are ready for retail display, plus we offer the option of fixing them to a cardboard display card, so they can then be hung and displayed on the same display racks that are used for the other Aussie size plates we sell. To see what the display card looks like please click here. For protection during delivery we use extra packing materials to ensure they arrive in tip-top condition The design and photography of this plate is the property of Dixie Souvenirs If you would like plates or signs made to your own design, we can easily do this for you. Virtually anything you want can be created with our modern digital equipment.  The key is good art, and we can do ANY GRAPHIC!    ANY DESIGN!    ANY COLOUR! For more details on how to create a sign or plate to YOUR design PLEASE CLICK HERE Important note about images we provide : Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable. BUNDABERG AS DESCRIBED BY THE TOURIST OFFICE - see this link HERE Bundaberg is an Australian city on Queensland's coast. It's known for Bundaberg Rum, and the Bundaberg Distillery offers museum tours and tastings. Bundaberg Botanic Gardens is home to the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, dedicated to solo long-distance pilot Bert Hinkler. Nearby on the coast is Mon Repos Regional Park, home to sea turtles, and offshore is Lady Elliot Island, part of the Great Barrier Reef.