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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As HIGH as you can GO! Australian Scenic Public Toilet #37

View of HIGHEST Loo in OZ at Rawsons Pass from Mt Kosciuszko Summit, Snowy Mountains, NSW Some do it for the record. Some do it for the challenge. Some do it just because it’s there. But I climbed Australia’s highest mountain for the chance go as HIGH as I could go – at the highest Scenic Public Toilet in the

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Postcard from … Nimbin, New South Wales!

Cullen Street, Nimbin, New South Wales

Hi There! Amongst Nimbin’s main street throng of weekend hippy trippers, bong-brain backpackers and Rainbow Region locals I stood out like a tourist. The specially chosen bright orange chain store T-shirt I’d worn to Australia’s alternative lifestyle capital just didn’t stack up against the psychedelia of wildly experimental natural-dyed organic hand-woven fibres in daring and cutting edge styles. The locals

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The Controversial Crustacean! Big Prawn Ballina, New South Wales

Good enough to EAT!  Big Prawn, Ballina, New South Wales

Once upon a time – WAAAAAAY back in the dim, distant world of 1989 – Ballina’s tail-less BIG Prawn sat atop the West Ballina transit centre and restaurant. Inside, visitors could climb up into its head and view a distorted world through the thick perspex of its concave eye. Over time, as businesses came and went below, the passive prawn’s

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Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #36 – Compact Array, Narrabri, NSW

Radio Telescope #1, Australia Telescope Compact Array, via Narrabri, New South Wales

The future of Southern Hemispheric radio astronomy was in my hands, at least for the next 30 minutes or so. The staggering advances in technology that channel radio signals from deep, DEEP space through the 6-Dish Australia Telescope Compact Array working together to simulate a much larger antenna were apparently not quite advanced enough to drown out the rather weak

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Drama Queen Dreaming … Ballina, New South Wales

Surf's UP at Sharpes Beach, Ballina, New South Wales

Being a drama queen is a good thing, right?? So the naturally monochromatic landscape of a stormy day on Australia’s east coast where an offshore low made mountains of the waves and piled the sky high with clouds thrilled my little DQ soul to bits. And has given me a rare opportunity to silence those who, based on my photos, ask if

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Strange Risks at Sawn Rocks, Narrabri, New South Wales

Sawn Rocks, Mt Kaputar National Park, 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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The Death-Trap Dam Wall Dunny – Australian Scenic Loo #35, Blowering Dam

Blowering Dam Scenic Public Toilet

The chances of the overly excitable, the imaginative and the paranoid of finding their Blowering Dam Wall public amenities experience more than a little stressful are better than average. While answering nature’s call in this relief station’s unusually picturesque setting amidst the heavily wooded Tumut River Valley is a positive pleasure, its placement is a potential death trap. And while

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Aussie ABC: M is for Mount Kosciuszko

Mt Kosciuszko from Charlotte Pass Lookout, Snowy Mountains

‘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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