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New South Wales possesses no fewer than twenty-six different systems of limestone caverns, the most famous of which are those at Jenolan. The Jenolan Caves rank among the world's wonders. They are bewildering in their immensity, and mystifying in the weirdness of their phantastic formations. Twelve chambers, each distinctive in the variety and colouring of their formations, are open for inspection. They are highly improved by pathways and stairways and electrical installation, and are viewed with the utmost ease and comfort. They hold myriads of
lias its robe of ferns from the tiniest coil of tender green to fronds which extend to a spread of twenty feet. The cabbage tree and bangalow palriis rear their giant, naked stems for scores of feet, unfolding at their tops exquisite clusters of polished foliage. The waratahs bloom like balls of hre in all the coastal forests, side by side with the germea or giant lily, a noble flower of deepest red, larger than any cabbage, tree ferns growing to handsome proportions in the riot of verdure along the coast where the tree-tops are matted in rolling, woolly masses by many varieties of
The native fauna consists almost entirely of different varieties of queer marsupials, ranging in size from the "old man" kangaroo of the plains, standing taller than a man, to the diminutive bandicoot, and include wallabies, wombats, native bears and dingoes or native dogs. Queerest of all the native animals is the platypus (Ornithorhynchus paradoxus), a four-footed creature with the bill of a duck and furry coat, which lays shell-less eggs, and lives in the water. Birds are represented by the emu and cassowary, as large as ostriches, and of similar type; the lyre bird, with a t:A il shaped like the ancient musical instrument, noted for its marvellous powers of mimicry ; the kookooburra, or laughing jackass ; swans ; endless varieties of pigeons and gorgeous-plumaged parrots.
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