Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mine Super Pit, Western Australia

Unnatural Attractions: The Super Pit, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia

So what creative uses are there for a whacking great hole in the ground? A hole 3.8 km long, 1.5 km wide and 600 metres deep that can make a 680 tonne shovel look like a kitchen utensil?? Or a 166 tonne truck like a Matchbox toy??? A hole so large it’s colloquially known as the Super Pit Kalgoorlie? That’s[…]

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Sugar Pine Walk, Bago State Forest, New South Wales

The Pines, the Portal and the Parallel Universe!

I’m convinced the Bago State Forest has a portal into another world. Or at the very least, to a parallel universe … A few hundred metres down Kopsons Road, off the main road between Batlow and Laurel Hill on the South West Slopes of the New South Wales High country, and you’re already in a part of Australia that doesn’t[…]

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Mt Kosciuszko from Charlotte Pass Lookout, Snowy Mountains

Aussie ABC: M is for Mount Kosciuszko

‘Good on ya, love,’ a bloke sang out, one of a trio of pensioners trotting past me as I trudged wearily up the last slight steady impossibly steep incline before the Mt Kosciuszko lookout. Leaving the summit behind I only had 2km of the 13 km (8 miles) round trip summit hike to go, and altitude sickness was kicking in.[…]

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Wool Bay Jetty (and public loos) from old Limestone Kiln, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

The Landslide Legacy – Australia’s Scenic Public Toilet # 34, Wool Bay

Looking down over the steep limestone cliff into the multicoloured waters of the Southern Yorke Peninsula’s Wool Bay can be a parallel universe moment as the flat and unremarkable pastoral country – often dry and arid – gives way to the vividly coloured and splendid panorama of the bay. High on the cliff the now disused limestone kiln, the only[…]

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En Route to Marlgu Billabong, via Wyndham, Western Australia

Birds, Ballads and Billabongs: Australia’s Wild West!

It’s hardly surprising, given the lyrics of Aussie folk ballad Waltzing Matilda* are responsible for most people’s entire knowledge of billabongs**, that to visit a real one raises certain expectations. So the unexpected dearth of swagmen, coolibah trees, jolly jumbucks and troopers at the Marlgu Billabong, oasis in the Kimberley west of Kununurra, was a staggering disappointment. BUT … at[…]

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Tunnel Creek Crossing, Western Australia

1000 Words About … Pedestrians Crossing!

The advantages of long legs were immediately apparent as we entered the enclosing darkness of the Tunnel Creek cave system east of Derby – and stepped into the thigh high cold water. Sparing a thought for legendary Indigenous leader and activist Jandamarra, who used these remote caves in the depths of the Western Australian Kimberley region along the infamous Gibb River[…]

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