OZ Top Spot #13 – Standley Chasm, via Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Standley Chasm, MacDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory

‘It’s just a short walk up the gorge starting over there,’ the kiosk attendant told the three fit young women in front of us, waving casually towards the trail head. Then it was our turn. Pilchard produced his senior’s card. ‘The track is uneven and rocky, and there’s a couple of creek crossings so please take it easy and take

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Only in OZ #22 – The Big Malleefowl, Patchewollock, Victoria

The Big Malleefowl overlooking the Patchewollock Railway Station, Victoria

The insatiable curiosity that leads me off the main road to explore an interesting sounding place or rumoured oddity isn’t always rewarded. But in the tiny town of Patchewollock, deep in the Victorian Mallee and just off the Hopetoun/Walpeup road, I hit paydirt. Big time! Unmarked on any tourist literature (that I’d seen) Patchewollock hosts one of the most bizarre

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Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #25 – Mt Hotham, Victoria

Snow on Mt Hotham, Victorian Alps As the car gained altitude – all 1861 metres of it, to be precise – the temperature gauge was dropping faster than a beach towel in the tropics. Entrance to Hotham Heights, Mt Hotham, Victoria All the same, it was a warm-ish April day for Hotham Heights, Victoria’s highest town perched precariously just below

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