Arkaroola: Australia’s Wilderness Adventureland!

Lone Gum at Stubbs Waterhole

For a place explored, surveyed and ravaged by pastoralism, mining and smelting; overrun by sheep, camels, donkeys, rabbits and dingoes; and more recently under threat from an avaricious government looking to sell off uranium mining rights, Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is looking mighty fine! That’s due to the extraordinary Sprigg family* – visionaries, eco-tourism pioneers and explorers – who bought this

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Aussie ABC: Q is for Quirky

Aussie House made of Stubbies

The Aussie sense of humour – ie laconic crossed with off-beat crossed with extreme larrikinism – sometimes manifests itself in unusual, weird and downright bizarre ways. And that means ‘Quirky’! But … be warned! There’s a fine line between ‘Kitsch’ and ‘Quirky’ – and an even finer one between ‘Quirky’ and ‘Tasteless’! So I’ll leave you to decide into which

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Beauty and the Beasts: Bruny Island Cruises

Sea Cave Bruny Island

As far as I could tell, the fashion police hadn’t made it down to Bruny Island’s Adventure Bay. Just as well. If they had, they’d have been handing out infringement notices left, right and centre on board our purpose-built Naiad as we donned the Bruny Island Cruises complimentary waterproof onesies – our only protection from the winds and open waters

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Why Woodenbong is a TOP Aussie Town!

Woodenbong Landscape

Even if I’d been to Woodenbong BEFORE I listed the Aussie place names that WON’T keep you guessing, it never would have made the cut. Yes, there really IS a town called Woodenbong. And no, this Northern New South Wales town just south of the Queensland border and ~150 km west of coastal hot spot Byron Bay ISN’T named after

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World Exclusive at the Lismore Turf Club Loo! OZ Scenic Public Toilet #39

On a fine and sunny non-race-day Saturday morning, the Lismore Turf Club’s sensational sub-tropical setting is generally race-horse-and-people-free. And the Lismore Turf Club Loo is generally unused and unappreciated with an uninteresting view! But last Saturday morning the sunny serenity of the Lismore Turf Club Loo was disturbed by a sight never before seen anywhere in the WORLD. On that

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Australia’s Scenic Public Toilet #38 – The Neck, Bruny Island

The Neck from Truganini Lookout, Bruny Island, Tasmania

If you like your landscapes complete with killer views, superb natural attractions, unusual wildlife and a touch of history, Truganini Lookout overlooking ‘the Neck’ on Tasmania’s Bruny Island ticks all the boxes. Pretty good, huh?! But this already FINE outlook is elevated from pretty good to perfect by its scenic public toilet. That’s it, right down there near the car

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8 Random Adventures on the Kanawinka Geotrail!

On the Lake Surprise circuit track, Mt Eccles National Park, Victoria

My first adventures on the Kanawinka Geotrail pre-date Pilchard by quite a few years But they also pre-date both owning a camera AND knowing that the Kanawinka Geotrail even existed!! Now I know the Geotrail connects 60+ significant sites across South-Eastern South Australia and South-Western Victoria in Australia’s first UNESCO Global Geopark – one of the largest regions of volcanic

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P is for Patriotic: 26 Reasons to ROCK Australia Day!

Outback near Blinman, Flinders Ranges, South Australia

As this FAAAABULOUS January 26 gets under way, the ozone layer prepares itself for a high carbon emission onslaught and the planet’s remaining trees breathe a sigh of relief. It’s Australia Day and almost compulsory to have a barbecue and PROVE your Aussie pride with Aussie flags on every conceivable product from toothpicks to tablecloths; serviettes to stubby holders; picnic

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TOP 7 Central Australian RED HOT Spots once you’re done with Uluru!

Ochre Pits, West MacDonnell Ranges via Alice Springs, Central Australia

For some, the whole point of Central Australia is Uluru. For others the whole point of AUSTRALIA is Uluru. And who can blame them? It’s HUGE. It’s magnificent. It’s RED!! But Central OZ isn’t just about Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Of COURSE they’re several kinds of awesome, but there are lots of other attractions that’ll show you just as good

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