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May 14 2017

Top five places to (re)visit in Australia

One of the best things about going on holidays is thinking about where to go. And while doing that, looking back on where you have been. Should I go somewhere completely new? Or go back to somewhere I really enjoyed before? Parachilna or Woomera? Uluru via Oodnadatta, or the Simpson? Australia is such a vast …

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Jan 09 2017

The real Waltzing Matilda

Update: My apologies, it seems I had the wrong information. Christina McPherson wasn’t Banjo Patterson’s fiance. The story is much more interesting than that. Christina’s friend, Sarah Riley, was engaged to Banjo Patterson, and had been for eight years. Right up until he met Christina and collaborated with her on Waltzing Matilda. The engagement was broken …

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Sep 02 2016

The Corner Store: where all the kangaroos hang out

I’m sitting at the Corner Store. Not the one down the street from home, the one at Cameron Corner, where three states meet: New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia. I’m not sure which state I’m in, or should that be what state I’m in. And I drove the Strzelecki and Old Strzelecki tracks to …

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Jan 28 2015

Where to see kangaroos in Australia

Kangaroos, koalas, wombats, echidnas, platypus(es??? – platypodes?), emus, wallabies, and more kangaroos. Everyone loves Australian animals. What’s not to love – they’re cute, cuddly, and they sleep in the shade all day – or swim in the case of platypus. And as long as they’re not spiders, snakes or crocodiles, or octopuses or some fish, …

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Jan 19 2015

Can you travel Australia without a 4WD?

I was driving down the motorway from Sydney to Wollongong the other day, playing tag with a Nissan Patrol. (that’s not it in the photo, that’s our Cruiser). Now that’s a fairly large 4WD vehicle, and it had all the travelling accoutrements. Camping gear on top, jerry cans for water/fuel, offroad tyres, etc. And it …

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Jan 16 2015

Australia’s best camping spots – part 2

Part 2 of my favourite camping spots in Australia. While writing this I realised that most of my favourite places to camp are in Queensland. Given the beauty and variety of the landscape in Queensland this probably isn’t surprising (and I haven’t camped anywhere in Western Australia). So here are the next three best places …

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Jan 15 2015

Australia’s best camping spots

You have amazing, magical experiences camping that you just can’t get if you stay in motels. I’m one of those people who used to turn her nose up at camping. Too uncomfortable, not enough basic amenities (ie toilets), dirty, too many insects, and too uncomfortable. Yes, I know I said that twice, but really, camping …

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Apr 17 2014

Where to find good travel information

How do you find out about a place that you’re visiting? The obvious place is visitors’/tourist centres, or on line. A number of places even have their own apps giving out information on what’s happening and what to see. Google “Sydney tourist information” and you get 30,200,000 hits. How helpful is this really?

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Mar 20 2014

It’s coming up to festival time in Outback Queensland

There are a lot of festivals coming up in outback Queensland. So many that it’s just impossible to get to them all, so I’ve been picking out the ones I want to go to. Planning for my solo outback trip is underway, and I’m speaking with somebody about sponsoring at least part of the trip. …

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Nov 21 2013

We’re going on an adventure

“I love our adventures” I say to Doc when we’re travelling. Usually this means “We’re lost”, but that’s how we have our best adventures. We have a philosophy when we travel – be prepared, but don’t over plan. That means being flexible enough to take a detour on a whim, but prepared enough in case …

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