The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft a-gley, [often go awry] – Robert Burns
Everybody knows the Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, Uluru, and the Great Barrier Reef. But there are many other places that are just as magnificent that you’ve probably never heard of or, …
The Australian outback is not all flat, endless plains. The countryside is constantly changing – rainforest, floodplains (and drought plains), ‘jump up’ country, rivers, deserts, sand dunes, and red dust are some of the things …
You’re thinking about visiting Australia, and want to make the most of your time here. You’ve checked the web for the best places to visit, and come up with your list of places to see. …
I will not pretend I wasn’t petrified. I was. But mixed in with the awful fear was a glorious feeling of excitement. Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us …
For somebody who gets claustrophobic in the M5 tunnel, I’ve done my fair share of exploring deep, dark places. And not all inside myself!
The area between Yass and Wee Jasper has quite a few limestone caves, and there are a couple on the farm. When there’s a lot of water around the caves can be difficult to access, and even if you do get inside exploring can be restricted because of the creeks running through them. So of course now that everything is very dry, we had to go and explore the big cave.
It’s called the big cave to distinguish it from the small cave – we have a unique naming system at the farm.
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“Torches!” Doc exclaimed as we were driving down the Hume Highway. “I forgot the torches.”
Those of you who follow this blog regularly will know that just about every time we come to the farm we forget something. At least torches aren’t essential – we always keep a couple of spares down there and there’s solar lighting in the house. Little did I know just how essential the torches were going to be, but more of that in a day or so.
It wasn’t until we were unpacking that I discovered the most essential thing that we forgot.
“Where’s my camera bag?”
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The outdoorsy one and I jumped out of a plane last night. From 14,000 feet. In the dark.
And it was amazing.
We weren’t alone. We each had an experienced parachutist from Skydive the Beach strapped to our back, and they had parachutes strapped to their backs, so it was perfectly safe.
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Suggestions for our trip have centred mainly around outback festivals, so I’ve done a bit of research.I’ve compiled a list of all the outback festivals I could find for June and July in the areas we’ll be visiting.
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Someone told me that they thought the world’s most beautiful sunsets were in Africa. I beg to differ.
Travelling through Australia I have seen some amazing sunsets (and sunrises but that’s for another day). Whether it’s in the outback, over the ocean, or an inland lake or river, Australia has the most beautiful sunsets in the world.
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I was reading an article this morning about heritage, and valuing our past, and that’s when it hit me. That’s what I really love about so many of the Australian country towns that I’ve been through.
They seem to have found a way to value and preserve their heritage, and integrate it into their present.
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