You don’t need a 4WD to visit most of the sights in Kakadu, but when you have a 4WD vehicle, you obviously have to use it. Not just for the 4WDing, but because you’ll see …
“Don’t go to Kakadu go to Litchfield, it’s much nicer.” The number of times I have heard a variation of that sentiment is astounding. As if a) you can’t go to both places, and b) …
When you travel in northern Australia, the first and most important thing to remember is DO NOT SWIM. This is croc country. Crocs are found in water everywhere – rivers, creeks, billabongs, even the ocean. …
Now that I’m home, it’s time to review how everything handled while I was away. Remember – this is my experience of the products I used, and yours might be different. I am not sponsored …
Remember that ‘clunk’ I heard on the top of a sand dune back in the Simpson? Well, I know what it was. I also learned (again – maybe I don’t learn), not to take anything …
“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 it doesn’t work out. We always have lots of water, food, shelter and emergency equipment. And a map, blindfold and pin for an adventure into the unknown.
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One of the main reasons people visit Australia is the wildlife. Well, the cute and cuddly variety anyway, mainly kangaroos and koalas.
Yet most people never get beyond Taronga Park Zoo to see them. While it is a beautiful zoo, with one of the best views around, a zoo isn’t the same as seeing animals in their natural settings. After all, you can see them equally as well in London Zoo or Beijing Zoo as you can at Sydney zoo.
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I slept through sunrise again.
This time I blame Doc for setting fire to the house last night.
And for that story we have to go waaay back …
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We’re back on the farm. It’s only been 2 weeks since we were here last, but Doc wants do more work on our country dunny.
And in the spirit of our gendered division of labour – while he’s been digging, levelling and concreting, I’ve been out taking photos.
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“What will you do if something goes wrong?”
Everytime I told somebody I was travelling to the outback with a girlfriend, that was the first thing they said. What they really meant was “But you’re female – you can’t fix a car or kill a snake.” They’re right about the first, but I don’t know about the second. Fortunately I’ve never had to find out.
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Days go so slowly when you get up before sunrise.
After going to bed before dark, unsurprisingly I was up this morning to watch the sunrise, and a beautiful one it was too. The countryside with its open spaces and trees makes for great scenery. Dead gum trees with branches reaching for the sky make the perfect silhouette against the backdrop of the gold, orange and purple sunrise.
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Aah, back on the farm. A bit late, but we’re here.
Usually we come down on Friday night after work, but Doc had the 7 year old for a sleepover. By the time he went to his mother’s and we packed up, it was almost lunch time before we left, so we didn’t arrive until around 3.30pm.
It was nice to drive in during the day and check the changes in the scenery. As spring moves into summer the wattle is replaced by the bright red bottle brush. It’s enough to make even the Hume Highway look good.
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Below are pictures showing the changes in the dam at the farm over time. The first was taken in June 2012, then Christmas 2012, August 2013 and the last one in November 2013. That’s big changes in a short time.
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Once again I find myself on the wrong side of the Bridge.
The lovely Jean-Claude has been inviting me to come and stay at Cremorne Point Manor, so finally we decided on a day. The day before we were going it was gorgeous weather, and I was getting excited about my trip on the Harbour. But as has been the norm in Sydney lately, that was followed by a shitty, overcast and very, very windy day. It was so bad I kept one eye on the Sydney Ferries website all day to check if they were still running. The Outdoorsy One called me a couple of times “Are we really going to catch a ferry in this weather?” she asked.
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Sydney’s gearing up for summer, and festival season.
I love Sydney in summer. I love the heat, the beach lifestyle, drinks in the beer garden, barbecues, the Sydney Festival and, of course, the New Years’ Eve fireworks.
The only thing I don’t like is the choice of wine at festivals.
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