Signs #15 – BYO Waterproof Matches …

Maybe South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula is riddled with pyromaniacs.  Or maybe a fire-bug convention is headed for town.  Just maybe the local school hasn’t got to the bit about fire and water yet.  Perhaps it’s a popular site for shipwreck survivor re-enactments.  Then again, maybe fisherfolk can’t wait to cook up the catch of the day.  Maybe there’s an overabundance of

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Random Adventure #1 – Isabella Falls, Cape York, Queensland

 The Cape York Road The customary morning rain had finally let up. Even the locals had remarked on this dry season’s uncharacteristic wet spell – normally by mid-July they’d have the sprinklers going to kill the dust and save the lawns. But 2010 was an aberration. Of course! Now the sun turned every drop to sparkles in the Endeavour

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My Lord Howe Island Triathlon!

 *WARNING*: Real triathletes may find this post offensive! Please select another post!!    Lord Howe Island visitors seeking inertia are likely to be disappointed. Getting from A to B usually involves walking or cycling – and the best island activities are high-energy, hands-on and outdoors based. So after two days of reconnaissance on foot, we extended our range

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Aussie ABC – D is for Dune!

Sand Dune Survivor, Windorah QLD

It’ll take massive advances in virtual reality to develop a lounge-room based version of ‘sand dune sports’ – if it ever can be! BUT for the moment, pretty much the only way to slide down, climb up, frolic in, pose on, admire, photograph or otherwise enjoy the dunes of Australia in their many guises, is to actually visit them. Luckily,

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Don’t Miss This! Daintree Discovery Centre, Queensland

Looking 23 metres down – the Canopy Tower The Demon Duck of Doom (Dromornis stirtoni) at the Daintree Discovery Centre is unlikely to cause panic unless you’re of a particularly nervous disposition. That’s because it’s a metal cutout, the real life version having been extinct since the late Miocene period. Likewise, the Giant Ripper (by name AND nature) Lizard (Megaliania prisca) –

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Favourite Place #6 – Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

Mounts Lidgbird and Gower, Lord Howe Island

OK, I admit it. I’m shallow. For a favourite place to make it onto my favourite places list, it’s got to be able to deliver experiences I can’t have anywhere else. In Australia, if not the world! And a selection of good bakeries doesn’t hurt either … Stepping onto the 1km airstrip bisecting Lord Howe Island and into a Bali

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Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #14 – Mallanganee, New South Wales

Along with most of the rest of Australia, we’ve never been to Mallanganee.  Or at least not the actual township. The Bruxner highway, linking the New England Ranges Region with the Northern Rivers Region through the Richmond Range bypasses Mallanganee nestled in the valley below.  And, as we’re generally en route to either the coast or the New England ranges,

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OZ Top Spot #8 Noccundra, Queensland

Thank god for Kerry Packer*! When his Consolidated Pastoral Company purchased nearby Nockatunga station in 1990, the Noccundra Hotel, part of the lease, was almost certainly saved from the oblivion often suffered by historic (aka ‘old’) buildings in areas without a critical voting mass. Outdistancing its surrounding very remote localities (Thargomindah to the east, Tibooburra to the south, Innamincka to

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Weird Stuff #5 – Mareeba, Queensland

The spectacular Gouldian finches* caged for the breeding program at the Mareeba Wetlands Visitor Centre are great, but there’s WAAAAAY more birds to be seen out and about around the lagoon or on one of the walks in the 5000 acre reserve. So, bins** in hand, we took the Pandanus walk, its varied habitats promising – and delivering – a cross-section of

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