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Welcome to the vast continent of Australia. Either the world's largest island or smallest continent, its contrasts and wonders are explored in Grant Foster's "Amazing Australia," the fourth travelog of the University Travel Club's season. It will be screened Tues., Nov. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah campus.

From the quiet innocence of the koala bears in the remote outback to the bustling metropolis of Sydney, Foster takes you on an unforgettable journey of this fascinating land.The film begins by introducing you to the friendly "Aussie" people. Then, during a visit to Sydney, you encounter the world-famous opera house, built in the shape of an enormous spiraling seashell.

You press on to the "Rocks" area below the Harbour Bridge where the ships of the British fleet landed in 1788, creating Old Sydney Town.

The sea comes alive with amazing colors and shapes during an underwater expedition of the Barrier Reef. You'll marvel at varieties of fish and plant life in this crystal clear water. In stark contrast, you'll watch some modern cowboys choke in the dust during a typical outback cattle roundup.

Australia's colorful animals are not limited to the Barrier Reed. A paddle steamer cruises down the Murray River where you will see hundreds of exotic birds of every hue. Reptile lovers will thrill to crocodiles jumping out of the water for bait dangled from a boat.

Foster's camera zooms in on Canberra, the country's capital, and its new Parliament House and diplomatic embassies. It goes to Melbourne, with its 700 streets cars; Brisbane, capital of Queensland and gateway to the Aborigine people, and Alice Springs, home of "flying doctors" who care for people in remote communities in the Northern Territories.

The camera descends into a desert mine to discover a netherworld of brilliantly colored minerals and vivid opal gem stones.

It captures the world famous Ayers Rock, the immense monolithic island of scarlet rock rising from the desert floor.

Foster is a New Zealander and an award-winning filmmaker. His films include the 10-part natural history television series "Land of the Birds," and "Amazing New Zealand," which won the World Championship Cup in France.

For information about tickets, call 581-7100 weekdays between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The campus shuttle will begin service between the northeast corner of Rice Stadium parking lot and Kingsbury Hall at 6 p.m.

The ticket office is also open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.