Camping is the most romantic way to go on holidays

Starry starry skyIt’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow, and what better way to celebrate than camping.

Have a candlelit dinner, snuggle up by the fire, and look at a million stars above you. What could be better?

Seriously. Camping is both romantic and sexy.

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Six things you need to know before traveling in Australia

Sydney Opera House & Sydney Harbour BridgeNeighbours, 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 things people ask about Australia.

Stupid questions aside, there are a few things you need to know before you travel in Australia

 

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How does your garden grow

My new garden

My new garden

It was one year ago today that I posted the first picture of my new garden.

What a difference a year makes!

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Out camping with wombats

Our campsite Bendeela“I miss being able to squat behind a behind a bush.”

That’s a phrase I certainly never thought I’d say, but somehow on the weekend it popped out of my mouth.

Yes, we went camping. And it was a different experience.

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Where to see kangaroos in Australia

Kangaroos under the trees near WhitecliffsKangaroos, 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, or jelly fish, they’re unlikely to kill you. Though that’s not impossible either!

I once took somebody on an outback tour and her first priority? “I want to see a kangaroo”.

So where are the best places to see them?

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Can you travel Australia without a 4WD?

The Cruiser on the Old Tele TrackI 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 had stickers all over the rear windows showing the amount of travel they’d done. Every time I got close to it I looked at some of the stickers. As a matter of fact my passenger and I made a game of it – see who could see where they’d been. The big banana, Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Port Stevens, Noosa, Cairns – all along the east coast of Australia, and none off tar. Even the inland places we identified – Dubbo, Moree, Lightning Ridge – aren’t off road. Now we didn’t get to read all the stickers so there may have been some identifying places that are off road, so this isn’t a critique of this particular car, but it did get me to thinking – do you really need a 4WD vehicle to travel in outback Australia.

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