OZ Top Spot #9 – Devils Marbles, Northern Territory

Devils Marbles, Northern Territory

To go from the bizarrely sensational Wycliffe Well, UFO capital of Australia (if not the world!), to the magnificent grandeur of the Northern Territory’s Devils Marbles is to go from the ridiculous to the sublime. A few hours on the road north from Alice Springs, exploring the weird and wonderful Wycliffe Well after parking in the Elvis campsite, then a

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Aussie Outdoor Art #1 – Blackall, Queensland

The Australian landscape has provided the inspiration behind many creative and artistic endeavours. Some, for example, use their powers for good, and write poetry, books or music. Others, on the other hand, produce blog posts about Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets. BUT … there are those who capture the essence of OZ by creating artistic installations that reflect and define the

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Red’s Aussie Rainbow OR Colours of OZ!

Having trouble staying damp? Rivers running dry?? Rain dances not working??? Who’re you going to call???? Droughtbusters! That’s us!! Not sure how it works, but the drought often breaks in places having a bit of a dry spell not long after our arrival. I guess it’s a gift … But it’s not all sunshine and Starbucks on the road –

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Aussie ABC – E is for Emu!

Emus near Quilpie, Outback Queensland The Australian emu*(Dromaius novaehollandiae**) is arguably the most highly evolved bird on the planet.  Or perhaps even in the universe! But whether or not you agree may well depend on your gender … After mating, the female emu sticks around just long enough to lay the eggs, with the male in attendance night and day.  Then

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Only in OZ #14 – Tractor Monument, Wentworth, New South Wales

 TE20 Harry Ferguson Tractor Monument, Wentworth  In a parallel universe, the Australian government and public service pantheon would have been well placed to see first hand the effects of ‘policies’ governing the Murray Darling Basin in the capital Wentworth, at the junction of the Murray and Darling rivers. BUT … while iconic Wentworth, once busiest inland port in

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Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #15 – Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

The View from the Loo, Lord Howe Island

You can blame the public amenities block at Kata Tjuta, near Uluru in the Northern Territory for my obsession with the odd juxtapositioning of Australia’s most spectacular scenery with the often mundane conveniences that service its admirers.  The view from this loo MUST be the best in Australia, I thought. So I captured it on film.  And it remained my

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Weird Stuff #6 – Little Topar, New South Wales

The 5 hour* drive between Broken Hill and Cobar in western New South Wales generally scores a pretty high ‘tedious’ rating.  Unrelieved except for the township of Wilcannia on the Darling river and a couple of roadhouses, the scenery is mainly dusty, dry and desolate, like this picture taken near Broken Hill about 13 years ago. Near Silverton, Broken Hill NSW

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