Rainbow Bee-eater fights the cold in Southern Australia

1000 Words About … the Mating Season!

Caught out by unseasonal – and unaccustomed – cold, this Rainbow Bee-eater family turned up in our backyard on a freezing spring morning in October. Huddling together to maximise the rays of the rising sun – and their body heat – the row of seven little jewel-like birds (count the beaks!) looked far less comfortable than when we’d seen them[…]

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Victoria River Cruises Pontoon AND Scenic Loo! Via Timber Creek, Northern Territory

Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #29 – Crocodile Cruise Conveniences!

Maybe the multiple crocodile sightings did it. Or the 70 km (~45 miles) cruise from the Timber Creek landing to the middle of nowhere. Or perhaps the sunset drinks and snacks, taken incongruously in the middle of the crocodile-infested Victoria River were responsible. Whatever it was, the public amenities on the purpose-built pontoon where we took a break from crocodile[…]

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Red’s Readers’ REWARD!!

Willie Creek via Broome, Western Australia When I took this photo of Willie Creek near Broome in Australia’s Top End, I wasn’t planning a cover shot! BUT … I hope you’ll agree it was the obvious choice for the cover of the latest calendar in my CafePress Shop: COOL Aussie Blues with HOT Aussie Views! Click HERE for more details[…]

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Victoria River Escarpment, Northern Territory

The 5-Experiences-in-24-hours Victoria River Roadhouse Action Plan!

I don’t know what made us decide to stay overnight at the Victoria River Roadhouse as we pulled in for fuel, late on a Northern Territory July morning. Perhaps we took the Grey Nomad’s experimental driving technique involving an inexpertly executed U-turn directly in front of us without warning as a sign to stay off the roads that day.  […]

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Mangrove Reflections, St Kilda Boardwalk, Adelaide, South Australia

1000 Words About … Mangroves!

Travellers downunder don’t generally associate South Australia’s Adelaide with mangroves*. Nor do they associate Adelaide with St Kilda**! But once past the tremendous view over the samphire flats to the Adelaide Hills, the mangrove boardwalk in tiny seaside enclave of St Kilda transports visitors into another world. And was once the setting of a dastardly rip-off that still assaults our[…]

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Hikers at Joffre Gorge, Karijini National Park, Western Australia

Mind over Madness … Joffre Falls, Karijini National Park

The edge of the gorge was no place for a recovering acrophobic*. Despite its well-made viewing platform with solid handrails, the lookout overhung the sheer drop to the Joffre River far below, many more metres than I wanted to count**. I don’t think I’ll EVER get used to being on an overhang … But weirdly, the scare-factor just added to[…]

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“Red and Pilchard’s Day in the Country” by Red

My Story by Red Nomad OZ Today we went for a drive in the country on the Yorke Peninsula. Crops on Southern Yorke Peninsula, South Australia The fields were all dry but the sky was very blue. We stopped to look at flowers.   There were lots of white everlastings.   We had to look for snakes but we didn’t[…]

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2 Million Miles … and counting!

 1942 ex-Fire Tender, Edithburgh, York Peninsula, South Australia Anything RED will catch my eye. An interesting history will hold my attention. But it takes more than hue and back story to boggle my mind! And this ordinary looking 1942 truck sitting inside an old shed behind a Yorke Peninsula country town museum with magpies roosting on its rusting railing[…]

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Eagle Bluff, via Denham, Shark Bay, Western Australia

What to see at Eagle Bluff, Shark Bay, Western Australia

‘Shark! Everyone out of the water!!’ he yelled, and I involuntarily jumped back from the guardrail high above Eagle Bluff, my movement triggered by that most primeval of Australian fears: Shark Attack!! The amphitheatre of crumbling white rock plunging down into the green shallows of the bay below from the tourist brochure HAD to be trick photography, I’d thought upon[…]

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