Category: Travel tips

Feb 12 2015

Six things you need to know before traveling in Australia

Neighbours, Home & Away, Crocodile Dundee, Mad Max. The Sydney Opera House, Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef, Bondi Beach. Where do people get their ideas about Australia, and how does that match with reality when they get here? If you think there’s no such thing as a stupid question, you haven’t heard some of the …

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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 17 2015

Australia’s best camping spots – Part 3

Part 3, and the final instalment, in my favourite camping places. And none of these are in Queensland. I know a lot of people think of “Outback Australia” as the Northern Territory, but it extends across all states (except Tasmania). While I’m still trying to get to South Australian and Western Australia, I can promise …

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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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May 26 2014

The blokey world of 4WD shows

Doc is a typical bloke and loves shopping. At least if tools or cars are involved. Yesterday he found a great bargain on-line. 35 4WD DVDs for only $50. A saving of $450, and they were only just down the road! That’s the bloke equivalent of shoe shopping! So guess how we spent our afternoon. …

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May 15 2014

My first 4WD lesson

Last time we were at the farm I had my first official 4WD lesson. I have done some 4WDing before. Doc sometimes lets me drive across creeks or washouts when we go away, but, as the Cruiser is his baby, I’m not allowed to drive it too much. I’m definitely not allowed to take it …

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May 07 2014

Women can travel alone in outback Australia

I’ve had my solo outback trip accepted for crowdfunding on Trevolta.com I’m so excited. In case you don’t know, crowdfunding is where individuals or businesses donate to your project – in this case my solo trip outback. Sometimes they get something in exchange (see my ‘rewards’), and sometimes they do it just because they think …

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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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