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You Can Pier Into Australia

September 17, 2000|VALERIE GUTIERREZ

Santa Monica Pier will be transformed into a miniature Australia today, thanks to the Down Under Tour, a traveling exhibition divided into six parts, which aims to bring the Olympic experience to 48 cities in 21 U.S. states.

The free Down Under Tour, open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., features:

* Outback Airlines: "A personal tour guide" of Australia with views of its jungles, rain forests, woodlands, mangrove swamps and the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef.

* The Sydney Opera House: A surround-sound presentation of Sydney's most recognizable landmark.

* Olympic Gateway: Relives the triumphs of past Olympians, including beach volleyball player Karch Kiraly.

* Ayers Rock: Features a "climb" through visuals and audio highlighting a rock more than 600 million years old. To the indigenous Aborigines, Ayers Rock (or Uluru) is sacred. Today it is a major tourist attraction.

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