Red Nomad OZ Wraps Up 2010

2010 – The Year of the Disaster! Well, after 650 days away from work, I’ve finally lost the ‘rabbit in the headlights’ look! According to Pilchard, anyway. This proves what the REAL stressor was – despite 2010’s disaster-ridden status, the ‘look’ has gone! 2010 got off to a great start when a marauding flock of sulphur-crested cockatoos descended on the

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

The Big Koala many years ago, 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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Signs #8 – On the Beach

Irukandji Warning Sign on Cairns 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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Don’t Miss This! Old Bakery, Stone Hut, SA

The unkind may call us ‘Bakery Sluts’ with some validity – but Pilchard and I prefer the term ‘connoisseurs’! Either way, the Old Bakery Stone Hut took our extensive bakery experience to a new level. From the ‘Best Pies in the Universe’ claim around the side to the value-added local produce (including wine) in the cafe, this bakery has it

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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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