Reflections at the Grotto, via Wyndham, Western Australia

OZ Top Spot #14 – The Grotto, via Wyndham, Western Australia

My hard-won title of ‘World’s Greatest Coward’ was in no danger of disappearing as I stood poised on the first of the 140 hand-hewn rocky steps descending into the depths of the chasm. Above the Grotto:  A loo and no view! The Grotto’s inauspicious car park and ‘rest area’ had promised worse than nothing. A desolate expanse of bare, rocky[…]

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Spot the Loo! It's down near the Jetty at the Five Rivers Lookout, Wyndham, Western Australia

Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #26 – Five Rivers Lookout, Wyndham, Western Australia

Western view from Five Rivers Lookout, Wyndham, Western Australia The lookout with the most staggering scenery in Australia will always be a matter of personal taste. There are so many contenders that jaded travellers have been known to pass up the opportunity to see yet another lookout over even more staggering vistas. Southern View – Five Rivers Lookout, Wyndham, Western Australia[…]

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Mirima National Park, Kununurra, Western Australia

Good morning from … Kununurra, Western Australia!!

A good morning in Kununurra starts really early.  That’s because this town in the East Kimberley is just west of the Northern Territory border and the Central Australia time zone.  Crossing the border into Western Australia means you gain 1½  hours so what was 7:30 am in the Northern Territory is now 6:00 am! And the sun is well and truly up[…]

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Signs #20 – Croc? OR CROCK!!

Swimming sign at Elsey National Park, Northern Territory “Hey guys! The swimming hole’s open – but I’ll go in first and check for crocodiles,” said no one ever after reading this sign in the Northern Territory’s Elsey National Park. Looks inviting, doesn’t it?!  BUT … It’s a relief to learn that despite other signs in the park indicating crocodiles ARE[…]

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Standley Chasm, MacDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory

OZ Top Spot #13 – Standley Chasm, via Alice Springs, 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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The Big Malleefowl overlooking the Patchewollock Railway Station, Victoria

Only in OZ #22 – The Big Malleefowl, Patchewollock, 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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View from Mt Wycheproof Summit, Victoria

World Mountaineering Exclusive! Mt Wycheproof, Victoria

It’s getting increasingly difficult to do something that no one else – or at least very few – have done. Even the ‘I’ve-climbed-Mt-Everest’ club is not the insider clique it once was … But conquering Mt Wycheproof, deep in the heart of Victorian Mallee country should cement my mountain climbing credentials once and for all. Because I’ve now done what[…]

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