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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View of HIGHEST Loo in OZ at Rawsons Pass from Mt Kosciuszko Summit, Snowy Mountains, NSW

Rawson Pass: Scenic Public Loo #37

Some get to Rawson Pass en route to Mount Kosciuszko for the record.  Others do it for the challenge.  And still others 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 Rawson Pass, the highest Scenic Public Toilet in the country!! 100 metres or so below the[…]

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Cullen Street, Nimbin, New South Wales

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

The Controversial Crustacean! 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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Radio Telescope #1, Australia Telescope Compact Array, via Narrabri, New South Wales

Australia Telescope Compact Array – Loo #36

Australia Telescope Compact Array At the Australia Telescope Compact Array, the future of Southern Hemispheric radio astronomy was in my hands, at least for the next 30 minutes or so. Staggering advances in technology channel radio signals from deep, DEEP space through the 6-Dish Australia Telescope Compact Array.  The dishes work together to simulate a much larger antenna. However, the[…]

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

Drama Queen Dreaming … 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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Sawn Rocks, Mt Kaputar National Park, New South Wales

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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Blowering Dam Scenic Public Toilet

The Blowering Dam Dunny – Scenic Loo #35

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

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Sugar Pine Walk, Bago State Forest, New South Wales

The Pines, the Portal and the Parallel Universe!

STOP PRESS:  Tragically, the Sugar Pine forest was burnt in the horror bushfire season of 2019/20. The Sugar Pine walk has been closed pending removal of the trees which are a danger to visitors.  I hope this glimpse into my past experience inspires readers to get out there NOW and explore Australia while you can.  Don’t leave it – tomorrow[…]

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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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