Lake Cullulleraine: So COOL it’s HOT!

Late Afternoon from the Bushman's Rest Caravan Park at Lake Cullulleraine, Victoria

I’m not sure why it’s never occurred to us to stop at Lake Cullulleraine, 58 km west of northern Mildura and deep in the heart of the Victorian Mallee. Until now. Only 3½ hours from Adelaide, Cullulleraine (as it is shown on more modern maps) is a perfect example of why it’s SO worth exploring places not so far from

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The Travelling Stones Roll On … Goolwa Beach, South Australia

The Travelling Stones at Goolwa Beach, South Australia

I see a lot more crowds in the Travelling Stones’ future! But that’s because I know something that only two of you don’t – YET! So for their last day in Australia – on this visit, anyway – I gave the stones the gift of Australia’s Magnificent Emptiness! And an experience that many overseas – and local – tourists never

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

The Big Murray Cod car-surfing, 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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Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #22 – Perry Sandhills, Wentworth, New South Wales

Amenities Block, Perry Sandhills, Wentworth New South Wales If time travel and/or tele-transportation leave you stranded at the Perry Sandhills amenities block, you’d use your deductive powers to interpret the clues around you. Blue sky, tall sand hills and arid-land vegetation – that’d be the desert, right? RIGHT?? Or somewhere in the Outback at the very least! Sandhills, Perry Sandhills

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Signs #18 – Historical? – OR Hysterical?!

Historic Sign, Wentworth, New South Wales At what point is an object, action, document or place deemed ‘historic’ – and therefore worthy of recognition and/or preservation? Sometimes we realise the significance too late and tangible symbols of our heritage are lost forever. Australia’s relatively short record of non-indigenous exploration doesn’t make us immune from failing to recognise the importance, or

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Only in OZ #14 – Tractor Monument, Wentworth, New South Wales

 TE20 Harry Ferguson Tractor Monument, Wentworth  In a parallel universe, the Australian government and public service pantheon would have been well placed to see first hand the effects of ‘policies’ governing the Murray Darling Basin in the capital Wentworth, at the junction of the Murray and Darling rivers. BUT … while iconic Wentworth, once busiest inland port in

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Signs #13 – ‘Droughts and Flooding Rains …’*

The Mid Murray Council ‘s having one of those years.  Years of drought (and arguably a bit of un-Australian upstream behaviour!) has seen the Murray River, lifeblood to South Australia’s fruit bowl the Riverland, fall to the lowest levels in decades.  So low, in fact, that parts of the river banks are seeing the light of day and they don’t like it!  Without

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