The Big Murray Cod car-surfing, Swan Hill, Victoria

Only in OZ #21 – Big Murray Cod, Swan Hill, Victoria

The huge fish levitating planking looming above the cars parked opposite the Swan Hill Visitor Information Centre ALMOST made up for Pilchard’s refusal to take a detour via the tiny town of Tittybong. Just so I could say I’d been there … But the thrill of ALMOST visiting Tittybong dissipated as I sniffed out a story here on the Victorian side[…]

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The road to the Horn, from the Horn lookout, Mt Buffalo National Park

7 Random Alpine Adventures – Bright, Victoria

1. Happy Campers – Bright Big 4 Caravan Park From the expletives, it appeared the rain-lashed grey nomads repeatedly jack-knifing their massive van into the bushes around their campsite as thunder rumbled thorough the night were NOT “Livin’ the Dream” their van proclaimed. Although their inadvertent behavioural benchmark reinforced the pact between Pilchard and I. ‘If I ever …’ Pilchard[…]

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Public Amenities, Ned's Beach, Lord Howe Island

Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #24 – Ned’s Beach, Lord Howe Island, NSW

These conveniences could be ANYWHERE, right? Anywhere with tropical vegetation and killer blue skies, that is. But that doesn’t narrow it down much. Nor does its proximity to a beach and picnic and barbecue areas! Unlike many of its tropical counterparts, however, this public loo at Neds Beach on gorgeous Lord Howe Island has no predators such as snakes; the[…]

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Mounts Gower and Lidgbird, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

Aussie ABC – I is for Islands!

  I’ve spent my entire life on Islands large and small. But only if you count Australia! Some say it’s the world’s biggest island, some the smallest continent, others don’t actually care … But me? Of COURSE it’s an island! Anything to add more bragging rights another world class experience to my loud, proud Aussie portfolio! But while my devotion[…]

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Random Adventure #7 – Taking the Train to Tumoulin

1925 D17 Class Steam Locomotive ‘Capella’ in Tumoulin, Queensland Over 100 years ago on 31 July 1911, regional Parliamentary representatives invited to the Herberton-Tumoulin railway line opening were too busyto attend according to a local historian. Exactly 100 years later – and how things have changed!! Crossing the trestle bridge, Tumoulin to Ravenshoe So, on 31 July 2011, during a[…]

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Looking South over 4 mile Beach, Port Douglas

7 Days in … Cairns!

Cairns is one of the best Australian travel destinations – and I’ve got the photos to prove it! This laid back city 2000 km north of Brisbane between World Heritage Listed Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, has come a long way from its sugar-cane farming roots to become Far North Queensland’s tourist hub. Cairns has just as much to[…]

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Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #23 – Port Fairy, Victoria

Scenic Public Toilet, Port Fairy, Victoria Spectacular though the view is from this coastal amenities block on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, there were more important things to do than admire it. And I’m not talking about using the conveniences, either! Pilchard defends our lunch to the death … The goods from one of Port Fairy’s TWO fine bakeries were under[…]

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Off the Tourist Trail #8 – Point Pass, South Australia

Looking towards Point Pass at Inspiration Point, Mid North, South Australia Penniless Australians despondent over their inability to travel overseas to areas of unfettered opulence and baroque magnificence need no longer be depressed about the prospect of never seeing their gilt and glamour.  Lutheran Church, Point Pass, South Australia In fact, those unable to leave the country for ANY[…]

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RED Alert #4 – Adventure Before Dementia goes WEST!

WARNING: My REDAlert #4 guest has photos that’ll make you turn GREEN! Don’t believe me? Well … read on and see if I’m right!! Diane’s wonderful ‘Adventure Before Dementia’ blog has MANY great shots – but I was particularly interested in her REDphotos from places in Western Australia (WA) and South Australia (SA) I’ve yet to see! Pindan Country, Gantheaume[…]

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