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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Jan 02 2015

Kangaroos. With photos

With a joeyIt’s my first blog of 2015 so I feel this should be something ‘important’.

So what better than kangaroos?

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Dec 30 2014

I think we’re headed for a drought in NSW

The paddock next to the house. Brown on top but still green underneathAccording to Doc we’re in for a spell of dry weather at the farm.

“A spell of dry weather” is country bloke talk for “drought”, and apparently the signs are there.

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Dec 28 2014

We’re going on an adventure

We're going on an adventure“Let’s go on an adventure” Doc said.

Those words can mean so much – a harbinger of doom or exciting times. Rarely something in between, and never boring.

“There’s a track I want to explore” he said.

Given that Doc’s been coming to this farm for around 12 years and has done a lot of exploring on both the bike and the Hilux, an unexplored track can only mean one thing. It’s difficult – and definitely an adventure.

So of course I agreed

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Nov 12 2014

Cruise Sydney Harbour like a local – in luxury

My luxury cruise boatWhat could be more “Sydney” than cruising Sydney Harbour on a sunny Sunday afternoon?

That’s what the people at Sea Sydney Cruises think when they say they “cruise like a local”. But mixing in the circles I do (not the rich people), cruising Sydney Harbour can mean a ferry ride to Manly.

If you read this blog regularly you’ll know that luxury isn’t my normal mode of travel, so when I received the invitation for a “luxury Sydney Harbour lunch cruise” I jumped at the chance. All I had to do in return was write about the experience. Aah, the life of a travel blogger is a tough one!

And that’s how I found myself sitting on a cruise boat one recent Sunday afternoon. An exclusive luxury cruise boat with only 4 other passengers.

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