Ride the Ragged Ranges: The RED HOT Arkaroola Ridge-top Tour!

Coulthard Lookout View, Arkaroola Ridge-top Tour

‘Now we’ll see some REAL scenery!’ Doug announced, herding us away from the spectacular outlook from Coulthard’s Lookout towards our convoy of two vehicles. I was sceptical. The ragged mountain ranges (yes, I’m channelling Aussie poet Dorothea Mackellar*) glistened and glowed in a glorious 360° panorama in the perfection of a clear Outback day. I thought Doug was joking. He wasn’t.

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

STOP PRESS!  2019 Farina Bakery Opening Dates:  Saturday 25th May to Sunday 21st July 2019  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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Weird Stuff #9 – Magnetic Hill, South Australia

The Magnetic Hill Magnet, via Orroroo, South Australia

Discovering the Daleks of Khancoban in a remote Snowy Mountains hideaway was, I thought, the pinnacle of my paranormal participation in the world of real-life Australian sci-fi. But that was before Magnetic Hill South Australia struck back. Pushing for a place in the paranormal pantheon, and surrounded by this mid-North peaceful pastoral panorama, the sign promised a strange and bizarre

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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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The Landslide Legacy – Australia’s Scenic Public Toilet # 34, Wool Bay

Wool Bay Jetty (and public loos) from old Limestone Kiln, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Looking down over the steep limestone cliff into the multicoloured waters of the Southern Yorke Peninsula’s Wool Bay can be a parallel universe moment as the flat and unremarkable pastoral country – often dry and arid – gives way to the vividly coloured and splendid panorama of the bay. High on the cliff the now disused limestone kiln, the only

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Now you see it … OZ Scenic Public Toilet #32

Semaphore streetscape, Adelaide, South Australia

What’s a nice Scenic Public Toilet doing in a street like this? Who knew that exploring Adelaide beachside suburb Semaphore would reveal such an intriguing blend of almost tasteful camouflage and cutting edge convenience technology? Actually, who knew there WAS such cutting edge convenience technology?? Accidentally wandering into the main street’s residential zone after trawling the Semaphore shops for loot,

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7 Days … from Adelaide to Darwin!

Mindil Beach Sunset, Darwin (pic by Pilchard)

Does it REALLY take 7 days to drive the ~3000 km from Adelaide to Darwin? Only if you want to see a few sights along the way on a REAL adventure! Driving yourself is the best option (try Car hire if your vehicle isn’t up to scratch) to experience a cross-section of Australia’s unique countryside from the dry south, through the Red

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The Travelling Stones Roll On … Goolwa Beach, South Australia

The Travelling Stones at Goolwa Beach, South Australia

I see a lot more crowds in the Travelling Stones’ future! But that’s because I know something that only two of you don’t – YET! So for their last day in Australia – on this visit, anyway – I gave the stones the gift of Australia’s Magnificent Emptiness! And an experience that many overseas – and local – tourists never

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GREEN with Envy! Australia’s Scenic Public Toilet #31, Adelaide Hills

Umbrellas at Tenafeate Creek Wines, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

I’m SOOOOO lucky. Not just because I’m based in South Australia’s splendidly scenic Adelaide Hills. Not just because I’m within cooee* of a clutch of supremely photogenic attractions. Not just because of Adelaide’s enviable Mediterranean climate. The real reason I’m so lucky? I live within 5 minutes of TWO of South Australia’s most Scenic Public Toilets!! You’ve already seen #18

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