Off the Tourist Trail #6 – Irvinebank, Queensland

Mining Machinery, Irvinebank

As an antidote to the Atherton Tableland mist and drizzle, Irvinebank was working just fine. A few kilometres beyond Herberton, we’d crossed the range to clear skies, warmth, and a spectacular setting – another universe far, far away from yet another day of dampness. Just what Dr Pilchard ordered! Sadly, no bakery but the monster plate of chips accompanying the

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Aussie Icons #2 – Cooper’s Creek

Cooper's Creek, Outback Queensland

Studded with campfires in the late evening dusk, the creek banks were alive with the sounds of trucks thundering across the bridge, beer cans popping and that combination of braggadocio, loud laughter and hi-jinks peculiar to any random group of three Aussie males on a boy’s own adventure. Yes, Cooper’s Creek earned its Aussie-rite-of-passage status in the June 2009 week

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7 Days … on the Southern Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Swimmers Beach, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

South Australia’s Southern Yorke Peninsula (SYP) can get pretty tedious – day after ho-hum day of blue skies, mile after punishing mile of spectacular coastal scenery, more and yet more (almost) deserted beaches. Seal and dolphin watching, fishing, museums, shipwrecks, snorkelling, surfing, wildflowers, markets and country shows. A well preserved, documented – AND fascinating history. And it all comes with arguably

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7 Days in … Ballina, NSW

Skennars Head Beach, Ballina, New South Wales

Thank goddess for Byron Bay! The Byron tourist magnet sucks a conglomerate of backpackers, yuppies, new age-ists, surfers, whale watchers and regular local and overseas tourists into its vortex, leaving the fabulous, diverse and bakery-filled Ballina region relatively uncrowded. This is good. This 7 day teaser is only an introduction – complete with ‘bakery alerts’ – as a week isn’t

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Favourite Place #5 – Innes National Park, Yorke Peninsula, SA

Entrance to Innes National Park, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

It’s a mystery to me why Innes National Park (INP) isn’t on any Top 10 Australian National Parks lists. At the south-western tip of Yorke Peninsula’s ‘toe’ (you’ll see what I mean on the map) its wild and remote beauty is unique. BUT … perhaps the unparalleled coastal scenery, historic buildings, walking trails, shipwreck sites, deserted beaches, fishing, lighthouses, wildlife

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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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Favourite Place #1 – Wycliffe Well, Northern Territory

Wycliffe Well Mural

Wycliffe Well’s claim to be the UFO capital of Australia (if not the world!) makes it unique among the roadhouse/diner/pub/motel/caravan park/store/motel complexes en route to Darwin from Alice Springs. The aliens at the roadhouse entrance; souvenir alien imprint caps and stubbie holders inside; and press clippings detailing UFO sightings over the years pasted to the walls are just the beginning.

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