Off the Tourist Trail #1 – Thargomindah, Outback Queensland

Conveniently located between Eulo and Nockatunga, Thargomindah isn’t really on the tourist trail as an end destination – but our 4 day stopover in 2009 showed us there’s more to this town than meets the eye … The Bulloo River crossing at the town’s eastern entrance made our arrival unexpectedly interesting, giving us the opportunity to test our camper trailers[…]

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Only in OZ #2 – A Point of Interest, Outback Queensland

Somewhere west of Windorah (Outback Queensland) en route to the little Public Toilet at the End of the Universe where the track heads south to Birdsville, a tantalising tale unfolds. The first hint of something weird afoot is a sign – ‘A Point of Interest – 5 km’.  What a tease!!  As it didn’t actually state what you’d see at the end of 5[…]

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Only in OZ #1 – The Golden Gumboot, Tully, Queensland

The Golden Gumboot, Tully, Queensland Yes, this is the fabulous Golden Gumboot in Tully, Queensland that my blog devotees will recall from previous posts. As it was pouring with rain both times we passed it on our 2010 trip, here’s some photos I prepared earlier!  Yes, that is a frog crawling up the side.  Sadly, the photo doesn’t show the[…]

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Troubridge Lighthouse, Troubridge Island, South Australia

Favourite Place #4 – Troubridge Island, SA

You’d think Troubridge Island and lighthouse would already be several years into a conservation program to preserve this unique South Australian heritage icon, but the SA State Government has different priorities.  The costly shrines to its self indulgence are in urban areas where the votes are, meaning this unique spot is at risk of being lost forever. Think I’m being a little melodramatic? The fine[…]

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Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #4 – The Little Public Toilet at the end of the universe … Outback Queensland

Last year, my partner and I took a drive west of Windorah, near Cooper’s Creek in SW Queensland, to the start of the Birdsville road.  We’d never been on the Birdsville track, so thought we’d scope it out from the Queensland side for future reference! Imagine our surprise to find this little gem at the junction of the Windorah/Bedourie Rd[…]

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The view from the Rainbow Valley campground Loo!

Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #3 – Rainbow Valley, NT

The view from the Rainbow Valley campground Loo! Yes, yes, I just had to keep the theme going (check out Scenic Public Toilets #1 and #2 if you don’t know what I’m talking about)!  From Stuarts Well in the Northern Territory, it’s only a short drive to the amazing Rainbow Valley where yet another public convenience with a splendid view awaits[…]

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Favourite Place #3 – Stuarts Well, NT

One of the most bizarre and amazing experiences of our travels occurred at Stuarts Well, 90 km south of Alice Springs.  I haven’t linked to a map because it’s idiot simple to find- just look for the straight line between Alice Springs and Adelaide on any map and you’ve found the highway!  Look for the eastern turnoff to Rainbow Valley, and just south of[…]

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Eulo town sign, Outback Queensland

Favourite Place #2 – Eulo

Eulo?  Where’s Eulo?  Click HERE for the Google map!  Only 68 km west of Cunnamulla, we stopped (in true Grey Nomad style) after less than an hour on the road!!  We’d seen a locally produced brochure listing Eulo attractions, and thought it deserved a look.   Did it ever!  How could anyone pass up the opportunity to see the site of the famous lizard[…]

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