Only in OZ #11 – The Big Winch, Coober Pedy, South Australia

Last Updated on March 3, 2017 by Red Nomad OZ Big Winch, Coober Pedy, South Australia Like a giant sword of Damocles, Coober Pedy’s Big Winch looms over the head of a hapless tourist. Well … actually, it’s Pilchard, sacrificing himself for the photgraphic greater good – so you can see just how big the ‘Big Winch’ actually is! Luckily[…]

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Storm clouds gather over the West MacDonnell Ranges via Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Aussie ABC – A is for Alice Springs!

Last Updated on March 25, 2019 by Red Nomad OZ All roads lead to Alice Springs – as close as a fart in an outhouse to the centre of OZ!  It’s not the country’s official geographic centre – but go on! Have a look at the map of Australia – how do you find the centre of THAT?! But exact[…]

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Signs #10 – So there!

Last Updated on March 20, 2015 by Red Nomad OZ At first glance, this sign in Far North Queensland’s Atherton appears to be a fairly standard ‘No Parking’ notice.  But is it really?  A few deviations, slight, but immediately detectable by your sign-junkie-sleuth MAY show something more sinister… Generally, a no-parking area would be signed ‘No Parking Anytime’.  Note the difference! […]

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Off the Tourist Trail #4 Pentland, Queensland

Last Updated on July 20, 2018 by Red Nomad OZ We needed warmth NOW. We’d left the cold south a few weeks ago, but hadn’t yet hit the tropics. You KNOW you’re not warm enough when even the thermal pools feel cold … The solution? Head further north – and QUICKLY! Our map (no, I DON’T mean ‘GPS’) showed a[…]

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Chainsaws of the Sky

Last Updated on October 9, 2014 by Red Nomad OZ I’m going to slap the next person who tells me how peaceful living in the country must be. Peaceful, huh?? Yeah, nothing much disturbs the equilibrium in the country! Like the other night. The open window directly above the bed didn’t just let in the cool night air – the[…]

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Fort Bourke Stockade - the Replica!

Only in OZ #10 – Fort Bourke Stockade, Bourke, NSW

Last Updated on March 11, 2018 by Red Nomad OZ Surprisingly little is known about Fort Bourke Stockade, the only defensive fort in Australia, but this has been no barrier to building a lifelike facsimile near Bourke, in outback New South Wales. Although its a) true dimensions; b) exact location; and c) the building materials used in its construction are not recorded, this[…]

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OZ Top Spot #5 – Kanyaka Ruins, Flinders Ranges, SA

Last Updated on August 18, 2019 by Red Nomad OZ What happens in a world where resources are divided equally, with equal opportunity for developing and managing them through good times and bad, and with an equal chance of success or failure? No, I’m not paraphrasing ‘Imagine’, writing the manifesto for a great big new mining tax or plotting a[…]

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Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #10 Evans Head, New South Wales

Last Updated on September 15, 2014 by Red Nomad OZ Strategically located at the Razorback Lookout Picnic Area in Evans Head in Northern New South Wales, the views from these amenities would HAVE to be among Australia’s most spectacular! From the outside, that is… Inside the facilities is a VERY different story!  Or at least it was during our November 2009 visit[…]

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