Mandorah, via Darwin, Northern Territory

Off the Tourist Trail #5 – Mandorah, via Darwin, Northern Territory

Last Updated on March 3, 2017 by Red Nomad OZ Yes, we’d crossed the portal into a parallel universe. But at least it was Tropical-Paradise-Cliché universe! Balmy breezes wafted through the open walls of the pub where we kicked back, drinks in hand, admiring the endless white sands, tropical palms, blue water and skies. Bob Marley played in the background.[…]

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Cooper's Creek, Outback Queensland

Aussie Icons #2 – Cooper’s Creek

Last Updated on March 3, 2017 by Red Nomad OZ Studded with campfires in the late evening dusk, the creek banks were alive with the sounds of trucks thundering across the bridge, beer cans popping and that combination of braggadocio, loud laughter and hi-jinks peculiar to any random group of three Aussie males on a boy’s own adventure. Yes, Cooper’s[…]

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Signs #11 – What’s the Problem?

Last Updated on September 15, 2014 by Red Nomad OZ What do overseas visitors make of Australia’s more esoteric pictorial instructions? Space constraints mean non-English wording is often limited – or non-existent! So the sign designer is stuck with conveying important, but sometimes obscure facts and instructions with stick figures. Their success necessarily relies on reader ability to immediately interpret[…]

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Swimmers Beach, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

7 Days … on the Southern Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Last Updated on February 4, 2021 by Red Nomad OZ South Australia’s Southern Yorke Peninsula (SYP) can get pretty tedious – day after ho-hum day of blue skies, mile after punishing mile of spectacular coastal scenery, more and yet more (almost) deserted beaches. Seal and dolphin watching, fishing, museums, shipwrecks, snorkelling, surfing, wildflowers, markets and country shows. A well preserved, documented[…]

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Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #11 – Stansbury, Yorke Peninsula, SA

Last Updated on February 21, 2017 by Red Nomad OZ Australia’s beaches don’t all look like the pre-tropical-cyclone-Yasi* paradisical wet dream of white sand, palms and crystal clear water! While this may fill some reader’s hearts with dismay, there’s no way the southern beaches, especially those of South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula, could be mistaken for their northern counterparts! But this[…]

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OZ Top Spot #6 – Starlight’s Lookout, Longreach, Queensland

Last Updated on March 3, 2017 by Red Nomad OZ Puffing and panting, we haul ourselves up the rocky path, our feet sliding on the dusty gravel. Another few metres and we reach the base of the rocky outcrop at the summit. We peer through the gap. We’ve climbed Starlight’s lookout – a mound rising high above the surrounding plain[…]

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Weird Stuff #3 – Quorn, South Australia

Last Updated on November 14, 2015 by Red Nomad OZ Desperately seeking sewage ponds (as one does!), we whizzed down a dirt road behind Quorn, in South Australia’s mid-North, only just keeping ahead of the clouds of dust we were generating. And the squalor of the sewage pond? Does that quantify Quorn’s quintessence?? Of course not! Our quest will be[…]

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