Category: Queensland

Big Red here I come. Driving through the Simpson Desert

I had my first lesson driving on sand today, so now I’m ready to tackle the Simpson Desert! The Simpson was my original choice for this year’s trip, but I decided against it because I didn’t feel confident that I had enough experience diving on sand. But now, after an hour driving around in sand …

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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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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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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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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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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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