To "surf" the Internet, you need a program called a web browser. The two most popular ones are Netscape Navigator (NN) and Internet Explorer (IE).

You can begin to use an Internet browser with only a few skills.

Use the HELP menu in your browser should explain what you need to know.

Click on a hyper link to jump to another part of a web site or to a different web site

Click on the back Button to go back to the previous page

Click on the Forward button to come forward again

Use the Go button to access the list of recent sites

Open the History list to find things you've looked at recently.

Use the Favourites (or Bookmarks) to remember sites that you like and may want to use again.



The first thing to do on your Internet journey of discovery is to learn about the incredible range of information and experiences available on the Internet. The address of a web site is called it's URL (Uniform Resource Locator). It just means "address", it tells the browser how to locate it..


Exploring the Wonders of the Web

Spend sometime exploring the web sites described below. The list includes a good selection of Australian sites.

If you find ones that you particularly like and think you may use again add them to your Favourites (Internet Explorer) or Bookmarks (Netscape Navigator). Make a note on paper of 5 to 10 that you particularly like. If any site gives an error message or doesn't load. Don't worry, don't waste time on it, move on to the next one. It is quite common for web sites to change address, be busy or be turned off for the weekend! We'll learn more about that later.


For the latest Satellite View of Australia look at


Look at this photograph of the Earth at night. See where the earth's energy is consumed.


How Stuff Works is a collection of hundreds of explanations of how things work. Look down the left side for the 10 top questions of the moment http://www.howstuffworks.com/index.htm

For 1 million short educational activities online try Quia.com


B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper is one of the best of its kind. It is regularly updated. A great resource for teachers and kids.


Australian History Links is a good example of a site which checks and indexes other sites in a particular area of interest. http://www.ozemail.com.au/~rchaffer/aushist.html



Math's Homework Help is a similar sort of site which collects together links to resources on a particular topic. http://users.erols.com/bram/

Enchanted learning is a fantastic site for animals and themes, lots of printables and great info http://www.enchantedlearning.com

For a virtual reality tour of the pyramids try


To find out ALL about Egypt try


Buy a Ferrari at http://www.ferrari.com/

Check your Telstra shares on line at http://au.finance.yahoo.com/q?s=TLS.AX&d=2b

For other shares try http://au.finance.yahoo.com/l

Order your customised Volkswagon New Beetle http://www.vw.com/newbeetle/

Look for a job at Job Search e.g. http://www.jobsearch.gov.au/

Find out all about Joe Cocker at http://www.cocker.com/Menu.html

Find out about almost anybody at Biography.com http://www.biography.com/

Learn about Parrot Breeding at http://www.parrotsociety.org.au/index.html

Teaching With the Internet contains a very good selection of links arranged in curriculum areas. http://web.syr.edu/~djleu/teaching.html

Information about Notre Dame's East Timor Project is at


Good examples of news and journals on line

The West Australian is online at http://www.thewest.com.au/

The Sydney Morning Herald is at http://www.smh.com.au/

ABC On Line is at, take a look at the BTN pages a while your here http://www.abc.net.au/

The Atlantic Monthly Unbound (Web Edition) is a great monthly journal with online archives. It has an excellent food section. http://www.theatlantic.com/index.htm

If you want another view of the news, you could try the BBC web site at


Or the BBC World Service is available via Internet TV at


For more Streaming Internet Television (over 30 channels) try


Other sites of local and Australian interest

The City of Fremantle is at http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/

The Australian Stock Exchange is at http://www.asx.com.au/

The National Library of Australia is at http://www.nla.gov.au/

National Library Photograph and Image Collection - half a million images is at http://www.pictureaustralia.org/

Surf Cams and other surf information http://www.coastalwatch.com.au/