Queensland from Lions Road Border Crossing

7 Reasons to Road-trip the Lions Road NSW

As Aussie road trips go, the Lions Road NSW isn’t the best known. Or the longest. Or even the most demanding! But this 50 km fully sealed stretch of road linking the Mt Lindesay Highway near Queensland town Beaudesert with the Summerland Way near New South Wales town Kyogle is one of the most scenic, unusual and intriguing stretches of[…]

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Mt Abrupt from Dunkeld Arboretum

Climb Mount Abrupt! Grampians, Victoria

Climbing Mount Abrupt took us an awfully LOOOOOONG time. First, it took a long time to even get there. Over 20 years of regular trips to the Grampians National Park and its amazing natural attractions had passed by without fully exploring its wilder, more remote southern end. We’d always found plenty to do from more central Halls Gap 65 km[…]

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Lone Gum at Stubbs Waterhole

Arkaroola: Australia’s Wilderness Adventureland!

For a place explored, surveyed and ravaged by pastoralism, mining and smelting; overrun by sheep, camels, donkeys, rabbits and dingoes; and more recently under threat from an avaricious government looking to sell off uranium mining rights, Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is looking mighty fine! That’s due to the extraordinary Sprigg family* – visionaries, eco-tourism pioneers and explorers – who bought this[…]

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Sea Cave Bruny Island

Beauty and the Beasts: Bruny Island Cruises

As far as I could tell, the fashion police hadn’t made it down to Bruny Island’s Adventure Bay. Just as well. If they had, they’d have been handing out infringement notices left, right and centre on board our purpose-built Naiad as we donned the Bruny Island Cruises complimentary waterproof onesies – our only protection from the winds and open waters[…]

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Woodenbong Landscape

Why Woodenbong is a TOP Aussie Town!

Even if I’d been to Woodenbong BEFORE I listed the Aussie place names that WON’T keep you guessing, it never would have made the cut. Yes, there really IS a town called Woodenbong. And no, this Northern New South Wales town just south of the Queensland border and ~150 km west of coastal hot spot Byron Bay ISN’T named after[…]

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The Neck from Truganini Lookout, Bruny Island, Tasmania

Australia’s Scenic Public Toilet #38 – The Neck, Bruny Island

If you like your landscapes complete with killer views, superb natural attractions, unusual wildlife and a touch of history, Truganini Lookout overlooking ‘the Neck’ on Tasmania’s Bruny Island ticks all the boxes. Pretty good, huh?! But this already FINE outlook is elevated from pretty good to perfect by its scenic public toilet. That’s it, right down there near the car[…]

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

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

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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The Secret Lake in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia

TOP Aussie Birding Spot #1 – Somewhere in the Adelaide Hills …

I slowly climbed the hill through the knee high dry grass, each step raising a cloud of dust. Every stick looked like a snake. But that was better than the other way around. The heavy breathing behind me increased. The horse that owned the paddock was getting tetchy. I wondered what he’d do when he found out the camera bag[…]

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View across the Bunbinyunna, Elder and Red Ranges from Bridle Gap, Wilpena Pound, South Australia

Walk the Bridle Gap Wilpena Pound Trail, Flinders Ranges

The last few kilometres were heavy going as I trudged back to camp. The bright daylight faded into twilight as the sun sank below the eroded peaks surrounding the amazing Wilpena Pound valley, centrepiece of South Australia’s Flinders Ranges National Park. The evening coolness rose as we entered the campground. While taking an 18.8 kilometre (11.7 mile) hike might not[…]

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White Cliffs New South Wales

Aussie ABC: O is for Opal!

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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