Random Adventure #5 – Fogg Dam, via Darwin, Northern Territory

Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve# The muggy tropical night enclosed me in its warm fist, immediately bonding the long-sleeved light shirt I wore to my sweaty glowing skin. A squadron of mosquitoes lined me up and zoomed in for the kill – until they reached the tropical strength DEET forcefield surrounding me and fell back, choking on the blood they’d sucked

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Aussie Icons #6 – Min Min light, Boulia, Queensland

Between Boulia and Bedourie, Western Queensland Outback

The benign, blue sky stretches away to infinity around western Queensland’s Boulia, mostly unrelieved by clouds, birds or planes. Unremarkable – at least by Outback standards – Boulia’s boundless blue backdrop is the ultimate Big Sky luring travellers to the Outback. But it’s not the splendidly panoramic sky of daylight hours that attracts visitors to this remote capital of the

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OZ Top Spot #11 – Griffiths Island, Port Fairy, Victoria

Causeway, Griffiths Island, Port Fairy

Apart from the snake on the beach, our island circumnavigation stroll was pleasant, albeit uneventful. But a frisson of danger changes everything – and an element of uncertainty elevates the ordinary, or even just plain old pleasant, into something more remarkable, doesn’t it? Or is that just me? Whether Griffiths Island, at the mouth of Port Fairy’s Moyne River on

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Favourite Place #7 – Halls Gap, Grampians, Victoria

Halls Gap, Lake Bellfield and surrounds from Boroka Lookout What do you call a town set amidst a 360ºpanorama of staggering beauty? A town with not only a clutch of Australia’s most scenic public toilets in and around it, but (arguably) the most spectacular caravan park and bakery settings in OZ?? Not just ANY old bakery, but (arguably) the best in

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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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