5 Cool BLUE and 5 RED Hot Aussie TOP SPOTS!

Roebuck Bay, Broome, Western Australia

Is BLUE the new RED? It is downunder where blue and red have been interchangeable for YEARS! But before you start thinking us Aussies are a nation of colour-blind fools, it’s all due to the colloquial contrariness that means we call things the opposite to what they are. So a tall person becomes ‘Shorty’. A skinny person becomes ‘Fatso’. And

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1000 Words About … Duckweed!

Lake Lonsdale with Duckweed, Grampians, Victoria

I couldn’t believe my luck!  Lake Lonsdale, deep in the heart of Victoria’s wonderful Grampians region, was red!!  RED!!! A perfect placement of … Duckweek?  How cool is that?! But wait!  There’s more!! A wondrous array of dead tree silhouettes; clear blue sky with just enough cloud to be interesting; distant mountains; a perfect reflective surface.  All off-set by that AWESOME red.  Who

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Say it with … Toilets! Australia’s Scenic Public Toilet #28

Scenic Public Toilet #28 - South Australia/Northern Territory Border

The convoluted maze of tracks, walkways, parking spaces and picnic spots at the South Australia/ Northern Territory border makes it difficult to determine exactly which state is responsible for this nouveau-classic Aussie Outback Dunny! But my money’s on the Northern Territory. Because after driving 900+ km through the South Australian Outback along the Stuart Highway from Port Augusta to the

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At the 2231 Kilometre Mark Across Australia!

 Half Way Across Australia – or is it??!!  Kimba, South Australia The 4000 km drive across Australia* is such a LOOOONG way even getting halfway is an achievement. The small town of Kimba, deep in the South Australian Outback on the Eyre Peninsula, leaves Cross-Australia travellers in no doubt that they’ve reached this significant milestone. If you don’t feel

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Wind, Water and the Lost Art of Whale-Sexing!

Whale with calf at Head of Bight, Nullarbor Plain, South Australia

The dry, dusty and unseasonally hot wind that had kept our fuel consumption at an all time high swept us out of the car, whistled around our ankles and bent us double until anchored by our lunch bag we landed in the shelter shed. With any luck, being behind the windbreak would stop our sandwiches filling with sand. Despite the

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Good Times @ Gantheaume Point – Broome, Western Australia

High Tide at Gantheaume Point, Broome, Western Australia

Is high tide the best time to see the amazing rich red soil, and the coloured layers of the rocks against the astonishing blue sea at Gantheaume Point Broome? Well … maybe! Broome’s iconic point, at the northern end of the 22km white sand curve of world famous Cable Beach, is a stunning scenic masterpiece during the strong light of

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Save the Poor Bustard!

Australian Bustard at Quobba, Western Australia

The superb double entendre of 70’s conservation poster slogan ‘Save the Poor Bustard’ gave my childish mind what I can now identify as a salacious thrill. It could actually be repeated without the speaker being accused of swearing!! All the same, it shouldn’t have come as a complete surprise when, after testing the slogan out once or twice, I was

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Good Day at Black Rock Falls! Kununurra, Western Australia

Reflections at Black Rock Falls, via Kununurra, Western Australia

Bloated from a surfeit of mango smoothies from several Ord River irrigation scheme produce outlets and cafés during a mini-heatwave, we finally left Kununurra for the day and hit the Parry Creek Road eatery-free zone. Going cold turkey was the only way to break the smoothie stranglehold, whether or not our abstinence caused the producers financial hardship. While the significant

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The Best Shots I Never Took … Ormiston Gorge, Central Australia

Mt Sonder from Ormiston Gorge and Pound trail, West MacDonnell National Park, Central Australia

‘If it’s a choice between my camera and the family jewels, you know what to do,’ I instructed Pilchard as I plunged into the thigh-high frigid water flowing through Ormiston Gorge. Despite the hypothermia warnings on the Ormiston Gorge fact sheet, it was either that or return the seven km (~4.5 miles) we’d already come over a cross section of

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Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #27 – Sun Pictures, Broome, WA

Ladies Amenities at Sun Pictures, Broome, Western Australia Many Australian natural wonders with public amenities (think Kata Tjuta, Wyndham or Lord Howe Island) are set amidst such scenic splendour that using them is part of the sightseeing experience! But once you’ve seen it, the view doesn’t really change.  Sun Pictures Screen (with Ladies to the left) by Day So imagine

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