OZ Top Spot #10 – Cawnpore Lookout, Middleton, Queensland

View from Cawnpore Lookout, via Middleton, Queensland

Watching people do things you just KNOW they’re going to regret is one of life’s guilty pleasures. Even more so when there’s a cruel laugh to be had at their expense – without their knowing! So the staggering 360° view from the top level of western Queensland’s Cawnpore Lookout didn’t completely distract us from the horrifying sight of a pair of Grey

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Return to Green Island – via Cairns, Far North Queensland

Green Island from the Jetty, via Cairns, Far North Queensland

We Arrive on Green Island Although it was 20 LOOOONG years since our last Green Island National Park visit, Pilchard’s first action on our return just MAY have been a little bit extreme. I mean, propelling a perfectly good hat into the sea wasn’t some kind of superstitious ritual, was it? Did he perhaps think it meant we wouldn’t have

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Only in OZ #16 – Cane Toad World, Gordonvale, Far North Queensland

Mosaic Cane Toad at Cane Toad World, Gordonvale, QLD

Well, the government was never going to do it – and it probably didn’t occur to anyone else. So when casting about for something other than its 100 year sugar milling history to put it on the map, Gordonvale, deep in the wet tropics of Queensland’s far north, didn’t have to fight too hard for the right to immortalize what

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A Few of my FavouRED OZ Things!*

Swanvale Jump-Up, Outback Queensland RED Outback sunsets; and  Julia Creek, Outback Queensland RED Windmill vanes,   Cawnpore Lookout, Outback Queensland  Rugged RED Ranges that turn into plains! Poetic Public Toilet, Gunnedah, New South Wales RED-roofed Public Toilets –  The Red Devil, Minlaton, South Australia and RED Devil Wings … The Big Park Bench, Broken Hill, New

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Random Adventure #2 – Herveys Range, Townsville, Queensland

Hervey’s Range Heritage Tea Rooms I never thought I’d be grateful for my unsophisticated palate until it saved me $50 and a mouthful of cat-poo … That publicity favours Townsville’s Paluma Range National Park over the much closer Herveys Range may be due to the unfortunate council boundary line placing Herveys Range on the wrong side of the Townsville regional

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Camels, Cowboys and Cockies Joy – Bedourie, Queensland

Excitement on and off the track - Bedourie Camel Races, 2011

Cockroaches, cane toads and camels are generally considered physically and/or temperamentally unsuited to commercial racing. But here in OZ, the absence of animals traditionally raced, such as horses and dogs, is no hindrance to holding a race meet… Although all these races are held in Australia, I’ve yet to experience the pleasures of cane toad or cockroach racing. But …

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Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #16 – Richmond, Queensland

At first glance, the setting of these conveniences in western Queensland’s Richmond is far from exotic.  It’s nowhere near as scenic as Lord Howe Island’s #15 – my favourite to date!  Unlike Largs Bay’s #12, there’s no colourful loo-art adorning the amenities block either.  And it also lacks a quirky connection, like the poetry of Gunnedah’s #8! Fossicking fields – loo

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