7 Days from Darwin to Broome via the Great Northern Highway

Port of Broome, Western Australia

Whether you got to Darwin by plane, train (the Ghan), or my 7 day Road-trip from Adelaide, once you’ve seen the sights – like my TOP TEN things to do in Darwin – you’ll eventually have to leave. But if you’ve got another 7 days (or more!) to kill, the alternative to returning the way you came is to take

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7 Reasons to Road-trip the Lions Road NSW

Queensland from Lions Road Border Crossing

****PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LIONS ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 9TH JANUARY 2017, TO ALL TOURIST TRAFFIC, FOR APPROXIMATELY SIX MONTHS WHILST COUNCIL CARRIES OUT BRIDGE RENEWAL PROGRAM-6 WOODEN BRIDGES BEING REPLACED.****   More information and updates HERE on the Visit Kyogle website. As Aussie road trips go, the Lions Road NSW isn’t the best known. Or the longest. Or

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8 Random Adventures on the Kanawinka Geotrail!

On the Lake Surprise circuit track, Mt Eccles National Park, Victoria

My first adventures on the Kanawinka Geotrail pre-date Pilchard by quite a few years But they also pre-date both owning a camera AND knowing that the Kanawinka Geotrail even existed!! Now I know the Geotrail connects 60+ significant sites across South-Eastern South Australia and South-Western Victoria in Australia’s first UNESCO Global Geopark – one of the largest regions of volcanic

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TOP 7 Central Australian RED HOT Spots once you’re done with Uluru!

Ochre Pits, West MacDonnell Ranges via Alice Springs, Central Australia

For some, the whole point of Central Australia is Uluru. For others the whole point of AUSTRALIA is Uluru. And who can blame them? It’s HUGE. It’s magnificent. It’s RED!! But Central OZ isn’t just about Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Of COURSE they’re several kinds of awesome, but there are lots of other attractions that’ll show you just as good

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Aussie ABC: O is for Opal!

White Cliffs New South Wales

I didn’t understand all the fuss about SiO2.nH2O until 2004. That’s when I first visited Coober Pedy – slap bang in the middle of absolutely freakin nowhere in the South Australian Outback – and found a piece of SiO2.nH2O I wanted to take home with me. But you might know SiO2.nH2O better as Hydrous Silica. Or maybe Opal!  Down here,

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Aussie ABC: N is for Nullarbor

90 Mile Straight, Nullarbor, Ten Budget Travel Tips

I was 4 – nearly 5! – the first time I crossed the Nullarbor. Xmas day, and we were on the Indian Pacific* heading for Adelaide. We’d spent Xmas eve in a pub somewhere in rough as guts Western Australian gold-mining town Kalgoorlie, but I don’t remember that – maybe I blanked it out … In September 2012, I made

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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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The Bizarre Back-of-Beyond Bakery – Farina, South Australia

STOP PRESS!  2017 Farina Bakery Opening Dates:  Saturday 27th May to Sunday 23rd July 2017  The sign shimmered through the haze of dust and heat like a mirage. Or the product of too much wishful thinking. Or the BEST kind of fantasy … Whichever it was, the Bakery Baking Today* sign at the Farina turn-off in the middle of the South Australian Outback

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Life on the Edge … Carrieton South Australia

Horseshoe Range from Carrieton, South Australia

Live on the edge from just ten bucks a night. That’s all it costs for a powered site at Carrieton’s Horseshoe View Caravan Park with the Stay-2-nights-Get-2-nights-FREE deal*. And that’s a small price to pay for a chance to explore Carrieton South Australia, perched on the edge of the vast expanse of the Minburra Plain stretching east with virtually nothing

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Birds, Ballads and Billabongs: Australia’s Wild West!

En Route to Marlgu Billabong, via Wyndham, Western Australia

It’s hardly surprising, given the lyrics of Aussie folk ballad Waltzing Matilda* are responsible for most people’s entire knowledge of billabongs**, that to visit a real one raises certain expectations. So the unexpected dearth of swagmen, coolibah trees, jolly jumbucks and troopers at the Marlgu Billabong, oasis in the Kimberley west of Kununurra, was a staggering disappointment. BUT … at

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