Windorah Landscape, Outback Queensland, Australia

Red’s TOP 10 Accessible Outback Experiences

If you’ve ever decided against touring the Aussie Outback because you don’t have a 4WD, today is your lucky day. You CAN visit the Australian Outback in a standard, non-4WD car! Just follow these simple rules: Choose destinations that don’t require an especially equipped vehicle – there are more than you think! Know your vehicle’s limitations – consider fuel economy,[…]

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White Cliffs New South Wales

Aussie ABC: O is for Opal!

Australian Opal I didn’t understand all the fuss about SiO2.nH2O until 2004. That’s when I first visited Coober Pedy.  It’s slap bang in the middle of absolutely freakin’ nowhere in the South Australian Outback.  And it’s where I first found a piece of SiO2.nH2O I wanted to take home with me. You might know SiO2.nH2O better as Hydrous Silica. Or[…]

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Toompine Pub, Outback Queensland

A Day Trip to Toompine, Outback Queensland

With an official population of two, tiny Toompine is barely a blip on the radar! And yet, all roads seem to lead there in the western Queensland Outback. A simple distance measurement between the outback towns of Eulo, Thargomindah and Quilpie yields Toompine’s coordinates almost exactly. Is that enough reason to visit? Of course not! But finding out why the[…]

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Aussie ABC – E is for Emu!

Emus near Quilpie, Outback Queensland The Australian emu*(Dromaius novaehollandiae**) is arguably the most highly evolved bird on the planet.  Or perhaps even in the universe! But whether or not you agree may well depend on your gender … After mating, the female emu sticks around just long enough to lay the eggs, with the male in attendance night and day.  Then[…]

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View from Baldy Top Lookout, Quilpie, Outback Queensland

Why Quilpie is a TOP Aussie Town

  Spending a fun filled week in Quilpie is easy.  In the photo above, this Outback Queensland opal mining town is visible way off in the distance from landmark lookout ‘Baldy Top’ just out of town.  But just because it (almost) disappears into the distance from any vantage point doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do there. About 955 km (593[…]

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