Red Alert #1 – Holes in my Soles goes to AFRICA!

Developing ‘My FavouRED OZ Things’ was ALMOST as much fun as finding a new OZ Scenic Public Toilet!!  So much fun, I didn’t stop at one … and ‘My FavouRED OZ Things #2’ became an entertaining (for me!) way of fulfilling my guest post promise on Jim’s wonderfully diverse travel blog ‘Holes in my Soles’! Q:  But what’s BEYOND the marvellous RED of OZ??

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Aussie Outdoor Art #2 – Thargomindah, Outback Queensland

Drawing Water – Thargomindah I’ve always known – and accepted! – that when it comes to art, I’m a philistine. But two recent stand-out incidents confirm it beyond all reasonable doubt!! Andrew’s comment on Aussie Outdoor Art#1 affirmed my simplistic and populist tastes – which I happily acknowledge! But was I REALLY such a philistine I’d mistake Thargomindah’s landmark sculpture

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Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #18 – The Most Glamorous Little Outhouse in OZ! One Tree Hill, SA

The Lion and the Loo, Art Through Da Vince’s Eyes, South Australia* Don’t let the stone lion fool you. We’re not at a garage sale of ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ props. And don’t be fooled into thinking the building behind the lion is a gatehouse. Oh no! It’s an Outback Outhouse. Or so it was described by the waitress at surreal

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Aussie ABC – F is for Fossils!

Plesiosaur at the Stone House Museum, Boulia

The ancient landscape of OZ, eroded by time, long disappeared sea beds and a harsh climate has given rise to weirdly unique and bizarre creatures. Well … their remains, anyway! I knew this. But I DIDN’T know the present day Outback fossil fields near northwest Queensland’s Richmond, would engender a creature more fantastic than any of them. And I was

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Random Adventure #4 – Toompine, Queensland

Toompine - the pub with no town!

With an official population of 2, tiny Toompine is barely a blip on the radar! And yet, all roads seem to lead there in the western Queensland Outback. A simple triangulation between Eulo, Thargomindah and Quilpie yields Toompine’s coordinates almost exactly. Is that enough reason to visit? Of course not! But finding out why the local cemetery is called a

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Aussie Icons #5 – Tree of Knowledge Barcaldine Queensland

Under the Canopy - Tree of Knowledge, Barcaldine

When the 200-year-old Tree of Knowledge was poisoned shortly after being included on the National Heritage List on Australia Day 2006, I was appalled. Yet another historic Aussie landmark fallen victim to the disregard sometimes shown for our heritage. But although the tree’s demise was disappointing, I was also resigned to its fate. Because when a tree dies, it’s gone for

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