Roebuck Bay, Broome, Western Australia

5 Cool BLUE and 5 RED Hot Aussie TOP SPOTS!

Is BLUE the new RED? It is downunder where blue and red have been interchangeable for YEARS! But before you start thinking us Aussies are a nation of colour-blind fools, it’s all due to the colloquial contrariness that means we call things the opposite to what they are. So a tall person becomes ‘Shorty’. A skinny person becomes ‘Fatso’. And[…]

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Mt Buffalo, Victoria

Afloat in the Sky – The Land Locked Island of Mt Buffalo

Approach south eastern Victoria’s magical Bright region Victoria from any direction, spot Mt Buffalo’s impossibly scenic bulk dominating the skyline and you’ll swear you’re not in Australia! It’s difficult to believe the soaring granite cliffs and outcrops leading to the extensive plateau more than 1200 metres above sea level were once much higher. Right at the end of the Aussie[…]

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The Big Malleefowl overlooking the Patchewollock Railway Station, Victoria

Only in OZ #22 – The Big Malleefowl, Patchewollock, Victoria

The insatiable curiosity that leads me off the main road to explore an interesting sounding place or rumoured oddity isn’t always rewarded. But in the tiny town of Patchewollock, deep in the Victorian Mallee and just off the Hopetoun/Walpeup road, I hit paydirt. Big time! Unmarked on any tourist literature (that I’d seen) Patchewollock hosts one of the most bizarre[…]

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Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #25 – Mt Hotham, Victoria

Snow on Mt Hotham, Victorian Alps As the car gained altitude – all 1861 metres of it, to be precise – the temperature gauge was dropping faster than a beach towel in the tropics. Entrance to Hotham Heights, Mt Hotham, Victoria All the same, it was a warm-ish April day for Hotham Heights, Victoria’s highest town perched precariously just below[…]

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View from Mt Wycheproof Summit, Victoria

World Mountaineering Exclusive! Mt Wycheproof, Victoria

It’s getting increasingly difficult to do something that no one else – or at least very few – have done. Even the ‘I’ve-climbed-Mt-Everest’ club is not the insider clique it once was … But conquering Mt Wycheproof, deep in the heart of Victorian Mallee country should cement my mountain climbing credentials once and for all. Because I’ve now done what[…]

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The Big Murray Cod car-surfing, Swan Hill, Victoria

Only in OZ #21 – Big Murray Cod, Swan Hill, Victoria

The huge fish levitating planking looming above the cars parked opposite the Swan Hill Visitor Information Centre ALMOST made up for Pilchard’s refusal to take a detour via the tiny town of Tittybong. Just so I could say I’d been there … But the thrill of ALMOST visiting Tittybong dissipated as I sniffed out a story here on the Victorian side[…]

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The road to the Horn, from the Horn lookout, Mt Buffalo National Park

7 Random Alpine Adventures – Bright, Victoria

1. Happy Campers – Bright Big 4 Caravan Park From the expletives, it appeared the rain-lashed grey nomads repeatedly jack-knifing their massive van into the bushes around their campsite as thunder rumbled thorough the night were NOT “Livin’ the Dream” their van proclaimed. Although their inadvertent behavioural benchmark reinforced the pact between Pilchard and I. ‘If I ever …’ Pilchard[…]

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Mounts Gower and Lidgbird, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

Aussie ABC – I is for Islands!

  I’ve spent my entire life on Islands large and small. But only if you count Australia! Some say it’s the world’s biggest island, some the smallest continent, others don’t actually care … But me? Of COURSE it’s an island! Anything to add more bragging rights another world class experience to my loud, proud Aussie portfolio! But while my devotion[…]

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Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #23 – Port Fairy, Victoria

Scenic Public Toilet, Port Fairy, Victoria Spectacular though the view is from this coastal amenities block on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, there were more important things to do than admire it. And I’m not talking about using the conveniences, either! Pilchard defends our lunch to the death … The goods from one of Port Fairy’s TWO fine bakeries were under[…]

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Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #21 – Lake Bellfield, Grampian NP, Victoria

Lake Bellfield – AND Scenic Public Toilet – from Dam Wall, Grampians, Victoria At first glance you’d think the only thing lacking in this staggering panorama is a scenic public toilet, right? Wrong! Look again – they’ve thought of everything on the shores of Lake Bellfield, deep in the heart of Victoria’s Grampians National Park. Lake Bellfield from the Amenities![…]

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