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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Jan 17 2015

Australia’s best camping spots – Part 3

Darling River MenindeePart 3, and the final instalment, in my favourite camping places. And none of these are in Queensland.

I know a lot of people think of “Outback Australia” as the Northern Territory, but it extends across all states (except Tasmania). While I’m still trying to get to South Australian and Western Australia, I can promise you that NSW also has some amazing outback places to visit.

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Jan 16 2015

Australia’s best camping spots – part 2

Campfire Cape MelvillePart 2 of my favourite camping spots in Australia.

While writing this I realised that most of my favourite places to camp are in Queensland. Given the beauty and variety of the landscape in Queensland this probably isn’t surprising (and I haven’t camped anywhere in Western Australia).

So here are the next three best places to camp in Australia, in no particular order.

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Jan 15 2015

Australia’s best camping spots

Starry Night Jundah 2You have amazing, magical experiences camping that you just can’t get if you stay in motels.

I’m one of those people who used to turn her nose up at camping. Too uncomfortable, not enough basic amenities (ie toilets), dirty, too many insects, and too uncomfortable. Yes, I know I said that twice, but really, camping is too uncomfortable.

Or so I thought.

Now I wouldn’t want to go on holidays any other way.

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Jan 07 2015

New Years resolutions to stop and smell the roses

Facebook-cover-go-out-on-a-limbAah, new year’s resolutions. I don’t make them. Well, except for now, and not just to give me something to write about (though that’s one of them).

So many times I’ve said to Doc (or to my girlfriends, children or whoever), “we really should ….”. There are so many things “we really should” that I’d only ever get around to doing them if I had plenty of money and never had to work again (if only!).

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Jan 05 2015

Somebody prowling around our remote farmhouse at night

We're going on an adventureThe last thing you want when you’re almost asleep at a very remote location is to be rudely awakened with a hand across your mouth and somebody whispering in your ear “Sssh.”

That’s what happened to me last night.

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