Mar 06 2015

The beach disappeared while I wasn’t looking!

20150305_083726There’s nothing like a coastal road trip to make you think about climate change. Or is that just me?

Doc and I camped at Sawtell a few years ago. I can’t remember where we were going to or coming from, but I do remember our night in Sawtell. The camping area is right by the creek & the beach, with a boardwalk along the rocks. The main street is wide, with gorgeous fig trees and gardens along the middle, and the cafes make great coffee. And there’s a long beach with soft white sand.

So when a friend asked me if I wanted to come away to Sawtell for a few days I jumped at the chance. I didn’t even need the inducement of free luxury accommodation, though it certainly helped. As did its location on the north coast of NSW so the weather is a bit warmer than in Sydney.

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Mar 03 2015

A few of my favourite things

Kangaroos

As somebody who travels a lot in Australia, I often get asked “where’s the best place to for …”, so here are a few of my favourite things.

One of my favourite places to see all of these things is the farm in rural NSW that we go to to get away from the world. But that’s not accessible to everybody, so I’ve picked places where anyone can go.

If you have the right equipment that is. Some places, like Chili Beach, you do need a 4WD and complete self-contained camping set up, but others, like Darwin, are easy to get to. Some, like Bendeela are even close to the city. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 20 2015

Orange Food Week

DSC_0044 (2)Orange Food week is coming up from 10-19 April. Yes, I know that’s more than a week, but I didn’t name it. And it just means a few extra days to eat and drink. What’s wrong with that?

If you don’t know, Orange is a town in NSW. It’s out past Bathurst on the way to Dubbo, and was the first stop in the Two Sheilas in a Ute trip to Broken Hill.

They have great food, and not too shabby semillon blancs! I’m not going to give you the low-down on the events because I haven’t been to one of their festivals (I’m open to invitations), but if you like autumn colours, and light sauvignon blancs (I do) then you’ll enjoy Orange in April.

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Feb 16 2015

Hold my beer and watch this ….

The Cruiser on the Old Tele TrackWe went 4WDing the other day. Or Doc went 4WDing, I went along for the ride.

That’s how it goes in our relationship.

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Feb 13 2015

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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Feb 12 2015

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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Feb 05 2015

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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Feb 02 2015

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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Jan 28 2015

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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Jan 19 2015

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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