Capture the Colours of OZ Country Towns!

Last Updated on March 18, 2019 by Red Nomad OZ

Surf Beach with Cape Byron - Australia's easternmost point - in the background, Brunswick Heads, New South Wales
Surf Beach with Cape Byron – Australia’s easternmost point – in the background, Brunswick Heads, New South Wales

The FAAAAAABULOUS colours of OZ make the life of a downunder blogging, photographing, writing traveller with a penchant for bakeries REALLY easy …

Getting a good pic from right in front of a spectacularly AWESOME panorama, a weird and wacky BIG Thing or a KILLER sunset is what’s called, in the technical photographic terminology used by us amateurs, a SURE THING.

It’s SO easy, in fact, that worrying about my eventual exposure as a photographic fraud just makes me break out in capitals all over!

So when the wonderful Linda of Journey Jottings tagged me to enter this year’s Capture the Colour competition sponsored by TravelSupermarket, my heart sank momentarily. Because not only am I a loud & proud photographic AMATEUR, the impact of my photos very much relies on the stories I tell about them.

Just FIVE photos? In Red, Blue, Yellow, Green and White?? That STAND ALONE???

Yeah … I can do that! Kind of!! Let me show you my FIVE colours of OZ as captured in FIVE very different Australian towns!!! Towns I haven’t before shown you!!

BUT … because I struggle with brevity AND I’ve got a snowball’s chance in hell of winning anyway, I’ve backed up each town with another photo to help show its true colours!

RED … Marree, South Australia

RED ENTRY:  Tom Kruse’s ‘Back of Beyond’ Mail Truck, Marree, Outback South Australia

These days, thanks to roads now mostly sealed in recent times, this little outpost on the edge of the remote South Australian Outback is less than a day’s drive – 685 km – from Adelaide.

But that wasn’t always the case. Once the rail head for the Ghan railway, then an important link on the now defunct rail route to Alice Springs, but only accessible over a LOT of gravel, like in this photo, Marree was once considered WAY beyond the Back of Beyond!

Marree Landscape, Outback South Australia
Marree Landscape, Outback South Australia

And that’s also the name of a documentary about Tom Kruse, legendary Outback mailman who for nearly 30 years battled extreme temperatures, dust storms, sand dunes, floods and breakdowns to deliver mail in this RED 1936 Leyland Badger mail truck along the 519 km of the notorious track from Birdsville to Marree.

The truck now rests at the old rail yards across from the Marree Hotel – which ironically offers scenic plane and helicopter flights!  And why not? You wouldn’t want to miss Lake Eyre and Marree Man now, would you?!

MORE about Tom Kruse and Marree

BLUE … Brunswick Heads, New South Wales

An ecstatically happy combination of beaches, river, cafés, historic buildings, markets, shops, restaurants and other good stuff, Brunswick Heads is often (unaccountably) bypassed in favour of its bigger and WAY more brash neighbour Byron Bay, just down the coast from the Queensland/New South Wales Border.

And did I mention the bakery?

Brunswick River at Brunswick Heads, New South Wales, Australia
BLUE ENTRY:  Brunswick River at Brunswick Heads, New South Wales, Australia

A vibrant community set amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, whether you’re a surfie, fisherperson, yuppie, grey nomad, tourist, trendy, backpacker, retiree or hippy there’s always something interesting to do at Brunswick Heads! And I’m not just talking about the bakery … although that’s SO fine, it’s worthy of visiting in its own right!!

Surrounded by the sea (see 1st photo above), the Brunswick river, and the hinterland behind, it’s hard to imagine Brunswick Heads featuring any colour but BLUE!

Sigh … I’m going to stop writing about it RIGHT NOW, so I can save it ALL for myself …

MORE about Brunswick Heads

A thirsty traveller on the Windorah Sand Dunes (see below) ... Outback Queensland

A thirsty traveller on the Windorah Sand Dunes (see below) … Outback Queensland

YELLOW … Windorah, Queensland

Actually, small town Windorah, a great base from which to explore the Barcoo shire, is better known for its RED! SO red they hurt the eyes (see above), the incredibly photogenic local sand dunes just west of the township within cooee of the well known Coopers Creek are a tourist attraction in their own right.

BUT despite that – or maybe because of it – I couldn’t help noticing this YELLOW Backhoe (? can anyone enlighten me??) just off the highway in a Windorah backyard.

YELLOW ENTRY:  My Heart Belongs to Daddy! Windorah Backyard, Outback Queensland
YELLOW ENTRY:  My Heart Belongs to Daddy! Windorah Backyard, Outback Queensland

Actually, the matching toy backhoe right next to it is really what caught my eye …

And while yellow is an aberration in this Outback Queensland town dominated by the strong reds, greens and blues that typify the region in a good year, it’s a story in the making!

I wonder what the toy-owner will become when she or he grows up?!

MORE about Windorah and Coopers Creek

GREEN … Shepparton, Victoria

GREEN ENTRY:  MOOOOVING Art project exhibit on the streets of Shepparton, Victoria
GREEN ENTRY:  MOOOOVING Art project exhibit on the streets of Shepparton, Victoria

Nothing says ‘Shepparton’ or ‘Goulburn Valley Food Bowl’ better than an individually decorated life-size fibreglass cow – part of the MOOOOVING Art project – right??

Well, this one DOES have a GREEN agricultural bent …

For several generations of Aussies raised on Goulburn Valley products, the large regional town of Shepparton is worth a visit. And not just for the factory outlets such as Campbells and SPC Ardmona either!

Early morning at Lake Victoria, Shepparton, Victoria
Early morning at Lake Victoria, Shepparton, Victoria

Check out its natural attractions, wineries and walking trails, restaurants and – yes – bakeries, including the award winning slices of Tatura! But for my money, a morning walk around Lake Victoria is hard to beat – and it’s also GREEN!

MORE about Shepparton

WHITE … Carnarvon, Western Australia

Carnarvon will always be remembered as the town where Pilchard & I first spotted Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis) – an interloper native to Sub-Saharan Africa, but on the official Australian Bird List nonetheless. We take our ‘Lifers’ where we find them …

WHITE ENTRY:  The multicultural Laughing Dove, an emigrant from Africa to Carnarvon, Western Australia
WHITE ENTRY:  The multicultural Laughing Dove, an emigrant from Africa to Carnarvon, Western Australia

And … celebrate with copious quantities of chocolate coated frozen banana and mango – just two of the fabulous treats on offer from this Western Australian food growing region on the banks of the Gascoyne, 900 km north of Perth. Just check out the plantation produce stalls and the Gascoyne Growers Market if you don’t believe me …

Then check out the Heritage Precinct with One Mile Jetty and the Tramway (check out that WHITE fence!) to really get a feel for this beautiful town! And, like me, plan a return trip to finish off the bits you missed …

Tramway Bridge, Historic Precinct, Carnarvon, Western Australia
Tramway Bridge, Historic Precinct, Carnarvon, Western Australia

MORE about Carnarvon

They’re MY true colours!  But there’s PLENTY more colour in Australia’s colourful country towns!  Check out my other TOP Aussie Towns HERE!  Or better still – visit some and see what I mean for yourself!!

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  1. Wow! These pictures are gorgeous… I had just read about Short Breaks – The Shires when I came upon your blog. Lovely, lovely images… Thank you!

  2. Wow! These pictures are really gorgeous… I had just read about Short Breaks – The Shires when I came upon your blog… Lovely, lovely images… Thank you!

  3. Wheee! I really liked that red truck–it looks like something my grandfather would have driven. But I’m afraid that the button eyes of that scarecrow in the green picture are following me….

  4. Thanks so much for nominating me – I had fun doing the challenge!! I love the Marree landscape photo as I love the colours of the earth in the outback. You make me want to go and visit all these places (I might have actually been to some of them, but never can quite remember them as much as I should!!).

  5. Magnifiques photos! superbes paysages et aventures!
    Très joli post! je découvre ton blog que je trouve très intéressant, je reviendrai bien sûr, je me suis inscrite pour le suivre et je t’invite à venir me voir sur les miens à l’occasion, n’hésite pas, j’aurai le plaisir de te lire! Merci encore!
    Have a good day !

  6. Red, you are one of the best advocates for Australia I have ever come across! Your stunning photos and brilliant, friendly “banter” is appealing to tourists and Aussies alike!

    I really want to visit Brunswick Heads now.
    And, oh for a chocolate covered frozen banana in Carnarvon! Bliss – and summer is coming.


  7. What a great post! Both words and pics! Hard to choose a favourite…they are all so very different…but probably the last because of the interesting composition. BTW…speaking of colours… I have an ORANGE weekly challenge if you are interested:)

  8. Love your color theme and your nomination of other bloggers to post their photos. You always manage to expand my horizons. That truck just cries out for a restoration, it is great looking. The red sand photo was funny as well as being visually striking. Thank you for your visit and comments on my blog.

  9. Am I happy to say: I was in Marree 🙂 And “rode” the Birdsville track, oh it can be chaos over there! So sad I can´t visit Tom Kruse Gallery!
    I have sadly not been in Brunswick Heads, though… Will have to wait till I retire! 😉
    And you know something? Since I moved to Braunschweig blue stuff haunts me! May it be a carpet, a car, the last pair of shoes… blue it is when I cannot choose!

    Quite honestly I think it´s also a bit sad those gravel roads get bitumened (is that a word, bitumened?).
    I loved the gravel roads, I loved the grids, I loved all those cows roaming free (yes, I was a traveller for fun, I know!).

    Windorah 🙂 Sweet memories! Carnarvon, the big dish, ohhhh… I´m “homesick” now! All in all we spent I guess at least 8 weeks in Carnarvon. Luckily Ingo never – but once – caught an ediable fish on the old prawn jetty, so Chicken Treat was my best friend, food wise!
    And… we have nothing like Chicken Treat over here! No Hawaiian Pack in 7 years!!!

    Awww, sweet and yummy memories (and yes, only some weeks to go to Jerky, Pie and Chicken Treat!)

    Am off to check out the other blogs 🙂 Yay for traveling!

  10. Awesome Red, and I’m so glad you suffer from a lack of brevity 🙂 Although I loved your photos (and I have fallen in love with Brunswick Heads – I think I’d like to go and live there from your summary of it) your stories around the photos were the magical bit for me 🙂 Glad you took the time to take up the challenge. My fave pic was the laughing dove, and reminded me of our time in Africa.

  11. the laughing dove was great to see; I’d not even heard of it before; well done you two for finding it AND getting a photo to prove it! I love the Windorah red sands too

  12. Great choices for your photo hunt. The shot of the guy in the red sand is awesome. I love the cow and the dove. Great post, Red! Have a happy week ahead!

  13. Really great entries Red, I particularly like that cleverly painted cow in Shepparton. I’ve been there, but it was a quick shopping trip and I really don’t remember it.

  14. Lovely collection of photos and their colours.
    Shepparton’s Lake Victoria, great to see it has water in it once again….was not long ago and all the water was but gone, the revamp is good or the swamp.
    Love the cow, never did see that!
    Good luck with your competition.

  15. The Marree Man is an interesting mystery I never heard about when I was in the area, and I love the little yellow bulldozer!
    Back of Beyond is an interesting documentary to watch after seeing the landscape around Marree from the airconditioned comfort of a car. It might well be a story from another planet.
    A very interesting post, Red. [Someone really should have told that thirsty man to never leave his car.]

  16. I am quite surprised in this post that some of your land n beach photos remind me of life here and the bushes n trees, beaches n surf and also inland photos remind me of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Is that Pilchard on the sand being thirsty n all. he,he I very much enjoyed this post as it reminded me of home Red. Great job and as usual great photos. Take care, Eh 🙂

  17. Why Red ~
    You didn’t disappoint with your wonderful selection of photographs Capturing the Colour of Oz country towns –
    I have to say I love the green cow superimposed with the scarecrow that makes use of the legs 🙂
    Not sure whether a Mooooing piece of art is more in keeping?

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