Australia by Red Nomad OZ

Signs #15 – BYO Waterproof Matches …

Last Updated on September 15, 2014 by Red Nomad OZ 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[…]

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

Last Updated on June 22, 2017 by Red Nomad OZ  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[…]

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My Lord Howe Island Triathlon!

Last Updated on March 3, 2017 by Red Nomad OZ  *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[…]

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Sand Dune Survivor, Windorah QLD

Aussie ABC – D is for Dune!

Last Updated on October 2, 2016 by Red Nomad OZ 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[…]

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Don’t Miss This! Daintree Discovery Centre, Queensland

Last Updated on March 3, 2017 by Red Nomad OZ 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.[…]

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Mounts Lidgbird and Gower, Lord Howe Island

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

Last Updated on March 18, 2019 by Red Nomad OZ 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[…]

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

Last Updated on August 18, 2019 by Red Nomad OZ 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[…]

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OZ Top Spot #8 Noccundra, Queensland

Last Updated on March 3, 2017 by Red Nomad OZ 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[…]

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Weird Stuff #5 – Mareeba, Queensland

Last Updated on March 18, 2019 by Red Nomad OZ 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[…]

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