Aussie Icons #1 – Largs Pier Hotel, Largs Bay, South Australia

OK, so now you’re looking at the photo and thinking yep, Red Nomad OZ has finally lost it.  What’s so iconic about an ordinary (albeit attractive and well preserved) Aussie seaside pub?? Well, this isn’t just ANY Aussie seaside pub – this is the Largs Pier Hotel!  Yeah, so?  I hear you ask. The Largs Pier Hotel is the stuff[…]

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Dear You …

Dear You We first met 19 years today – love at first sight, and we’ve been together ever since. We’ve been inseparable through all my Aussie adventures and you’ve been by my side at all life’s important events. I never dreamed you’d bring me so much pleasure over the years – better even than … Well, never mind about that! You’re[…]

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The Big Koala many years ago, Dadswells Bridge, Victoria

Only in OZ #9 – Big Koala, Dadswells Bridge, Victoria

Well, now that Oprah-mania has died down we’re left with images of the Uluru sunset thing, the Opera House mega-thon and the koala hugging! But I bet she didn’t hug THIS koala! Dadswells Bridge has the dubious honour (conferred by moi) of having one of the most grotesque and unashamedly unattractive ‘attractions’ I’ve encountered in Australia.  Conversely, however, that in itself makes[…]

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Off the Tourist Trail #3 – Woomera, Outback South Australia

Woomera? Or Stepford?!?!? Was our July 2008 visit during a particularly slow time, or are the wide, open streets normally this neat, quiet and uninhabited? I guess we’ll find out next time we visit – and there WILL BE a next time, because this unusual outback South Australian town just off the Stuart Highway en route to Roxby Downs and[…]

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Irukandji Warning Sign on Cairns Beach

Signs #8 – On the Beach

Don’t panic!  As far as I’m aware, there are NO giant squid plaguing Australia’s northern beaches – despite the graphic on this sign!! But no giant squid doesn’t mean there’s no danger.  What IS prevalent during October – May in Australia’s Far North is the Irukandji (carukia barnesi), one of the most virulent jellyfish in the world. Its sting (ie marine ‘Stinger’) brings[…]

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Only in OZ #8 – Talking Termite Mound, Mataranka, NT

Visit Australia’s Northern Territory and it won’t take long before the giant termite mounds become a bit commonplace. After a couple of photos, the average tourist won’t even bother stopping! Until they reach the amazing talking termite mound at Mataranka, that is! Not everyone has the capacity to turn a termite mound into a tourist attraction – but the Mataranka[…]

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Off the Tourist Trail #2 – Brentwood, Yorke Peninsula, SA

Blink, and you’ll miss the little town of Brentwood – so you’ve got almost NO chance of finding the Brentwood cemetery without local assistance! Don’t look at me – I’m not going to tell you exactly where it is! But I’m not exactly going to hide it either. After all, it IS mentioned in official Yorke Peninsula Tourist information brochures,[…]

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Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #9 – Brachina Gorge, Flinders Ranges SA

A public toilet in Teamsters Campground??  Sounds like something the Village People could be proud of!!  Or is that just me … Go west – or at least to the western end of Brachina Gorge, deep in the heart of South Australia’s magnificent Flinders Ranges!  Teamsters Campground is the perfect spot from which to explore the pre-historic strata layers of the gorge’s geological trail more[…]

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OZ Top Spot #4 – Porcupine Gorge NP, QLD

We only made three mistakes when we visited Porcupine Gorge National Park in Northern Queensland’s Outback. The wild, natural beauty of this spectacular gorge is a short drive (by outback standards) north of nearby Hughenden – with various points of interest along the way outlined in a self-drive tour guide available from the ‘Flinders Discovery Centre’. The town of Hughenden[…]

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Tambo Teddies Road Sign

Signs #7 – Today’s the Day!

Note to overseas visitors: DON’T PANIC!  This ISN’T a standard Australian road sign.  In fact, it just MIGHT be the only one of its kind in Australia!  Let me know if I’m wrong … Other than consistently having the coldest minimum winter temperatures in Queensland, the town of Tambo on the Matilda Way is also on the map as home of Tambo Teddies, a[…]

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