Kathleen Swinbourne

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Jumping out of a plane and other fun things to do on your birthday

The outdoorsy one and I jumped out of a plane last night. From 14,000 feet. In the dark. And it was amazing. We weren’t alone. We each had an experienced parachutist from Skydive the Beach strapped to our back, and they had parachutes strapped to their backs, so it was perfectly safe.

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Where are the best outback festivals?

Suggestions for our trip have centred mainly around outback festivals, so I’ve done a bit of research.I’ve compiled a list of all the outback festivals I could find for June and July in the areas we’ll be visiting. These are:

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Where are the world’s most beautiful sunsets?

Someone told me that they thought the world’s most beautiful sunsets were in Africa. I beg to differ. Travelling through Australia I have seen some amazing sunsets (and sunrises but that’s for another day). Whether it’s in the outback, over the ocean, or an inland lake or river, Australia has the most beautiful sunsets in …

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Are country towns better than cities at maintaining their heritage?

I was reading an article this morning about heritage, and valuing our past, and that’s when it hit me. That’s what I really love about so many of the Australian country towns that I’ve been through. They seem to have found a way to value and preserve their heritage, and integrate it into their present.

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Setting up for the next trip

Doc is making drawers for the back of my ute. I’m not sure if this is because I keep suggesting that taking the Cruiser away would be much more practical, or in spite of it!

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Two Sheilas in a Ute – we’re off again!

Planning is underway for the next great Two Sheilas in a Ute outback adventure. Helen has another couple of months off work, so we’re heading out. This time most likely to Uluru. I say most likely, because one of the objectives of the trip is to get out of the cold, and believe me, it …

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