The real Waltzing Matilda

Combo WaterholdUpdate:

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 off soon after.

You can read more about Christina McPherson and her contribution to Waltzing Matilda here. The rest of the story stands.

For a place that’s seared into the Australian psyche, Combo Waterhole is very little known – and very badly signposted.

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5 top myths about Darwin in the wet season

sunset-darwinI’m off to Darwin in January. Yes, in the middle of summer and in the middle of wet season.

If you haven’t been to the Top End in wet season you don’t know what you’re missing.

I know a lot of people are put off by the thought of all the rain, and the possibility of cyclones. That suits me – it means it’s much quieter while I’m there, but wet season really is worth seeing.

 

 

 

 

 

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Australia’s best outback road

wide-open-spaces-red_02Part 2 of the best and ‘didn’t quite live up to expectations’ of my last trip.

This time tourist experiences and outback roads.

 

 

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What is Australia’s best outback pub?

Birdsville-trackWhenever you go away, there are things that you just have to do. Experiences you’ve heard about or sites you are really looking forward to seeing.

Sometimes they meet your expectations, sometimes they don’t.

And sometimes things that you weren’t expecting surprise you.

What were those things on this trip? The best and worst (or at least not best) experiences?

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How much does it cost to travel in outback Australia?

Driving on wide open spacesTravelling in outback Australia is expensive, right?

What with fuel, food, and accommodation, let alone paying for tourist experiences. Who can afford to take a month off to see the outback?

So here it is – how much it really costs to travel outback for four weeks:

 

 

 

 

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Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary Ridgetop Tour

down-then-upridgetop-tourThe Ridgetop Tour at Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is not for the faint hearted. The road is ‘exciting’ in places, the tour takes you through some amazing scenery in the Flinders Ranges, and you go to places that you can’t see on your own. Our guide was informative and entertaining.

The weather was perfect on the day I went: well, I woke up to ice on the swag, and it was rather cold when we started out. But by the end of the tour it had warmed up considerably and was a beautiful day.

I know it’s not cheap, but if you can afford don’t let the price put you off. It’s one of those experiences you will remember. Check out the video below.

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