Tinsel Lilies, Grampians

5 Grampians Wildflower HOT Spots!

In spring, the distinctive landscapes of Victoria’s Grampians National Park – where vista after staggering vista stretches out in an almost endless 360° scenic panorama – become an irritating distraction from its main attraction! Because springtime is double the fun in the Grampians when every magnificent view comes with a bonus extra – a unique display of wildflowers especially formulated[…]

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Sunset at Dales Gorge, Karijini National Park, Western Australia

Walk 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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Mt Nameless, Tom Price, Western Australia

Why Tom Price Western Australia is a TOP Aussie Town!

I had no idea that at 747 metres (2450 ft) above sea level Tom Price is the highest town in Western Australia. I had no idea Tom Price is at the foot of the highest Western Australian mountain with a summit accessible by road. And I had no idea that the town was named for American geologist Thomas Moore Price,[…]

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Waterfall at Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park, Queensland

Beauty and the Bridge!

Although it’s the bird du jour around almost any given sub-tropical picnic area and car park, my shots of Australian Brush-turkey in the dark depths of Natural Bridge*, in Springbrook National Park’s lushly magnificent rainforest, all had something missing. Clarity. But that’s what you get for driving up the impossibly steep Border Ranges from New South Wales across the Queensland Border, into[…]

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Sawn Rocks, Mt Kaputar National Park, New South Wales

Strange Risks at Sawn Rocks, Narrabri, New South Wales

Risking it all at Sawn Rocks! ‘You’d be REALLY unlucky to be underneath when a rock column fell,’ the Grey Nomad to his wife as I stood, camera pointed up at the rock face directly above me, waiting for the sun. They laughed merrily. While the notoriety of being the first person killed by a falling organ-pipe column in living[…]

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Nature's Window, Kalbarri National Park, Western Australia

Surviving Nature’s Window – Kalbarri National Park, Western Australia

The sun wasn’t that hot.  The track wasn’t that long. The going wasn’t that tough. And yet, all along the shortis Kalbarri Natures Window walk, people were dropping like flies. Despite the detailed warning signs above the steep staircase accessing the track below the gorge rim, the walk to Kalbarri National Park’s favourite attraction looks deceptively easy. Nature’s Window is[…]

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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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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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Charlotte Pass Amenities Block, Mt Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales

Australia’s TOP Toilet! #33 – Charlotte Pass, New South Wales

The road wound ever upwards through rocky peaks and alpine meadows studded with non-operational chairlifts.  The temperature dropped, then dropped some more. Fresh from the 39°C of an Adelaide autumn heatwave, we’d plunged (right along with the temperature!) into a parallel universe.  We’d gone all alpine near Charlotte Pass in the Mt Kosciuszko National Park in the heart of Australia’s[…]

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Yardie Creek Gorge, Cape Range National Park, via Exmouth, Western Australia

6 ALMOST Secret TOP Australian National Parks!

At LAST I’ve got the answer to that irritating question – Have you been to all the Australian National Parks? I’ll just get out my recently released 2nd edition of Explore Australia’s excellent Explore Australia’s National Parks! And point out that to visit ALL of Australia’s 500+ National Parks would be a life-long project. The question comes up because lots of visitors stop[…]

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