Australian Bustard at Quobba, Western Australia

Save the Poor Bustard!

The superb double entendre of 70’s conservation poster slogan ‘Save the Poor Bustard’ gave my childish mind what I can now identify as a salacious thrill. It could actually be repeated without the speaker being accused of swearing!! All the same, it shouldn’t have come as a complete surprise when, after testing the slogan out once or twice, I was[…]

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Reflections at Black Rock Falls, via Kununurra, Western Australia

Good Day at Black Rock Falls! Kununurra, Western Australia

Bloated from a surfeit of mango smoothies from several Ord River irrigation scheme produce outlets and cafés during a mini-heatwave, we finally left Kununurra for the day and hit the Parry Creek Road eatery-free zone. Going cold turkey was the only way to break the smoothie stranglehold, whether or not our abstinence caused the producers financial hardship. While the significant[…]

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Ladies Amenities at Sun Pictures, Broome, Western Australia

Sun Pictures Broome – Scenic Loo #27

Many Australian natural attractions with public amenities are set amidst such scenic splendour that using them is part of the sightseeing experience.  But once you’ve seen it, the view will be the same every time you visit. So imagine a convenience block where the view changes a couple of times each night. And where, like a wormhole, it can transport[…]

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Charles Knife Road Gorges, Exmouth, Western Australia

What Does a Frenchman wear under his Sarong?!

Most people know what a traditional Scotsman wears under his kilt*. But far fewer people know what a Frenchman wears under his sarong! I’d never given this tragic gap in my knowledge any consideration whatsoever – I mean, who associates Frenchmen with sarongs? But if this vexed question HAD been keeping me awake at night, I certainly wouldn’t have expected[…]

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White Crocodile, Victoria River, Northern Territory

7 Crocodile Hot Spots in Australia’s Top End

Crocodiles are a weird combination of Aussie ‘Big Thing’ and perilous prehistoric predator. Maybe our fascination with crocodiles in Australia is what makes this my most viewed post of all time*. Or maybe it’s because of the awesome photos and superlative writing … read on, and decide for yourself 😀 But before you do, PLEASE NOTE this WARNING: Crocodiles are VERY dangerous and[…]

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Yes, that's a Cane Toad in his mouth!  Thommo at Kununurra Agricultural Show

I was a Cane Toad Race Virgin! Kununurra, Western Australia

The pairing of Australians and Cane Toads works well. Almost as well the pairing of pavlova with pepperoni!  Although, come to think of it, while the Cane toad is an introduced species, so are its colonial counterparts … but I digress! 77 years after ‘experts’ deliberately introduced the Cane Toad (Bufo Marinus) into the wild, this alien animal has infested[…]

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Reflections at the Grotto, via Wyndham, Western Australia

OZ Top Spot #14 – The Grotto, via Wyndham, Western Australia

My hard-won title of ‘World’s Greatest Coward’ was in no danger of disappearing as I stood poised on the first of the 140 hand-hewn rocky steps descending into the depths of the chasm. Above the Grotto:  A loo and no view! The Grotto’s inauspicious car park and ‘rest area’ had promised worse than nothing. A desolate expanse of bare, rocky[…]

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Spot the Loo! It's down near the Jetty at the Five Rivers Lookout, Wyndham, Western Australia

Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #26 – Five Rivers Lookout, Wyndham, Western Australia

Western view from Five Rivers Lookout, Wyndham, Western Australia The lookout with the most staggering scenery in Australia will always be a matter of personal taste. There are so many contenders that jaded travellers have been known to pass up the opportunity to see yet another lookout over even more staggering vistas. Southern View – Five Rivers Lookout, Wyndham, Western Australia[…]

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Mirima National Park, Kununurra, Western Australia

Good morning from … Kununurra, Western Australia!!

A good morning in Kununurra starts really early.  That’s because this town in the East Kimberley is just west of the Northern Territory border and the Central Australia time zone.  Crossing the border into Western Australia means you gain 1½  hours so what was 7:30 am in the Northern Territory is now 6:00 am! And the sun is well and truly up[…]

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