Australian Watercolours made EASY!

There are only a few small obstacles standing between me and international superstardom as a painter. Things like talent, aptitude and skill. Patience. Vision. Technique and vision. Ability and patience. Artistic temperament, creativity and patience. And a pathological inability to starve in a garret. Or starve anywhere … So I got all excited when I saw how this reflection of trees in

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Behind the Sunset

13 Aussie Sunsets For the FAAAAABULOUS and Divine Ms J, who didn’t get to see nearly enough sunsets but sure made the most of the ones she did.  Safe journey, my friend! The sun’s slow burn singes the edge of the darkness And the radiant blaze salutes as you pass behind the sunset Where your journey begins. But it’s ended

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The Democratic Dunny – Australia’s Scenic Public Loo #37, Exmouth, WA

Q: What do you call a person who speaks 3 languages? A: Trilingual! Q: What do you call a person who speaks 2 languages? A: Bilingual!! Q: What do you call a person who speaks only 1 language? A: An Australian! Yes, embarrassing though it is to admit such a culturally insensitive reality, it’s true. For large portions of the

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Capture the Colours of OZ Country Towns!

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

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13 Aussie Place Names that WON’T keep you guessing …

Big Bend, Murray River via Swan Reach, South Australia

Despite lacking maps to guide them, visitors to OZ – whether overseas tourists or aliens from beyond the Southern Cross – need not fear losing their way. In some parts of Australia, anyway. Where, thanks to the daring imagination and colourful speech of our colonial past, working out your location can be as simple as describing what you see.  So

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In the Mood … the BEST of the Barossa at Café Y!

South Australia’s world famous Barossa Valley is 400 odd km² of wine-buff, foodie, photographer and bakery aficionado heaven. With more than 70 cellar doors, over 40 restaurants and cafés, and a huge variety of accommodation in a relentlessly picturesque and historic setting, you can’t swing a brush-tailed possum without hitting something gorgeous to see, do or eat. In fact, there’s

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The DARK Side of OZ travel – my TOP 7 Hazards!

Wild, rugged mountains. Ancient, arid deserts. Weird, wonderful wildlife. Magnificent beaches, lush rainforests, untamed islands. These – and other amazing wonders – are just part of everyday life in the mystical, magical land of OZ! What could possibly go wrong?? Most of the time, nothing. But road-tripping round Australia isn’t always beaches and bakeries, sunlight and surf, RED rock and

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Lake Cullulleraine and the Singing Camera! via Mildura, Victoria

Lake Cullulleraine Sunset, Victoria, Australia

OK, so I’d been reading a photography magazine as we approached Lake Cullulleraine at the end of a long day on the road, and I was itching to try a few things out. So what if my camera was ‘only’ a point & click, and not one of the fancy-schmancy-hi-tech must-have gadget-laden-gizmos the mag condescended about. Besides, I was in

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Walk Dales Gorge! Karijini National Park, Western Australia

Sunset at Dales Gorge, Karijini National Park, Western Australia

I gripped the railing and looked through the deep shadows down the deep RED gash of Dales Gorge. WAAAAAY down. Late afternoon at the lookout meant the sun was long gone from the gorge floor although it lit up the eastern wall quite spectacularly. Ho Hum. Another day in the Pilbara, another killer landscape … A movement among the rocks

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