My TOP 10 Favourite things to do on Norfolk Island

Phillip Island offshore from Norfolk Island

A week on Norfolk Island should give you just enough time to realise that a week on Norfolk Island isn’t nearly long enough. Whether or not you’re an amateur photographer/twitcher duo like us, on the prowl for amazing natural attractions, unusual birds (feathered) and scenic loos in exotic locations, chances are you won’t be able to fit it all in.

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Why Port Clinton is a TOP Aussie Town!

Port Clinton Playground

I was once one of the many travellers who, upon driving down the eastern shore of South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula, would pass the Port Clinton turn-off without a second thought. That was my mistake. And theirs. Because it’s only 90 minutes from Adelaide, it’s a great base from which to explore many of the FAAAAABULOUS upper Yorke Peninsula’s attractions AND

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FIVE Reasons why Wyndham is a TOP Aussie Town!

Kimberley Transport via Wyndham

I’d only been in Wyndham a couple of hours, but I was liking it already. First up was the 20 metre (65.6 ft), grinning crocodile at the town’s entrance – the most creative way to use up 5.5 km (3.4 miles) of steel rods, 50 kg (110 lb) of welding rods, 10 rolls of bird mesh and 6 cubic metres

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Basalt, Birds and Balls Pyramid!

Balls Pyramid, via Lord Howe Island

‘The current’s running like a cut cat round the island,’ Jack shouted, firing up Noctiluca‘s powerful 200 horse power engines and guiding the eight-metre vessel into the bay. If not for the camera in one hand and a convenient strut for balance in another, I’d have high-fived Pilchard. On our first trip three years ago, our tour had been cancelled

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Two Twitchers, Two Nights and Two Thousand Clicks!

Lake Tutchewop Track

If I hadn’t been twitching I would never have gone to Tittybong. And if that’s conjured up a disturbing mental image, keep reading! It’s not quite as perturbing as it sounds!! Or maybe it is … Most Northern Hemisphereans probably won’t understand why two otherwise sane, normal Australians (that’s a self-assessment, not an oxy-moron) would spend three days driving over

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TOP Aussie Birding Spot #1 – Somewhere in the Adelaide Hills …

The Secret Lake in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia

I slowly climbed the hill through the knee high dry grass, each step raising a cloud of dust. Every stick looked like a snake. But that was better than the other way around. The heavy breathing behind me increased. The horse that owned the paddock was getting tetchy. I wondered what he’d do when he found out the camera bag

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Beauty and the Bridge!

Waterfall at Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park, Queensland

Although it’s the bird du jour around almost any given sub-tropical picnic area and car park, my shots of Australian Brush-turkey in the dark depths of Natural Bridge*, in Springbrook National Park’s lushly magnificent rainforest, all had something missing. Clarity. But that’s what you get for driving up the impossibly steep Border Ranges from New South Wales across the Queensland Border, into

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6 Random Moments at the Broome Bird Observatory!

Roebuck Bay, Broome Bird Observatory

1 The Gun Birder* As far as I could tell, driving a bouncing 4WD with 4 passengers along a rough station track in search of Australia’s rarest bird wasn’t cramping the gun birder’s style one bit. All I could see were the vast, rolling plains of grass and samphire stretching to the horizon against an endless blue sky. But our

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Birds, Ballads and Billabongs: Australia’s Wild West!

En Route to Marlgu Billabong, via Wyndham, Western Australia

It’s hardly surprising, given the lyrics of Aussie folk ballad Waltzing Matilda* are responsible for most people’s entire knowledge of billabongs**, that to visit a real one raises certain expectations. So the unexpected dearth of swagmen, coolibah trees, jolly jumbucks and troopers at the Marlgu Billabong, oasis in the Kimberley west of Kununurra, was a staggering disappointment. BUT … at

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The Hypipamee Heebie-jeebies …

The Crater, Mt Hypipamee National Park, Far North Queensland ‘I would NOT like to fall down there,’ the backpacker remarked to his mates with that peculiarly British mixture of overconfident understatement and blinding obvious as he stared down into the depths of the crater. They nodded wisely, unsure whether or not they’d heard something profound, but deciding to play it

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