A Day in the Border Ranges National Park

Berries and Leaves

If Australia’s aggressive marketing of itself as all sunshine, surf and sand; red rocks, red dust and reefs has infected you, then a visit to the Border Ranges National Park is the most effective antidote. Because the ancient sub-tropical rainforests of Gondwana that clothe the sheer cliffs formed by the eroded caldera of what’s left of a massive shield volcano

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7 Random Kimberley Adventures

Track to Marlgu Billabong

By Northern Hemisphere standards, winter in many areas of Australia isn’t particularly cold. But that doesn’t stop a mass exodus from the ‘cold’ south during the Aussie winter (officially June/July/August), to the north where it’s actually hot! But it’s not just the average daily maximum of around 30 °C that makes the Kimberley region stretching across the north of Western

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7 Reasons to Road-trip the Lions Road NSW

Queensland from Lions Road Border Crossing

****PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LIONS ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 9TH JANUARY 2017, TO ALL TOURIST TRAFFIC, FOR APPROXIMATELY SIX MONTHS WHILST COUNCIL CARRIES OUT BRIDGE RENEWAL PROGRAM-6 WOODEN BRIDGES BEING REPLACED.****   More information and updates HERE on the Visit Kyogle website. As Aussie road trips go, the Lions Road NSW isn’t the best known. Or the longest. Or

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Why Woodenbong is a TOP Aussie Town!

Woodenbong Landscape

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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8 Random Adventures on the Kanawinka Geotrail!

On the Lake Surprise circuit track, Mt Eccles National Park, Victoria

My first adventures on the Kanawinka Geotrail pre-date Pilchard by quite a few years But they also pre-date both owning a camera AND knowing that the Kanawinka Geotrail even existed!! Now I know the Geotrail connects 60+ significant sites across South-Eastern South Australia and South-Western Victoria in Australia’s first UNESCO Global Geopark – one of the largest regions of volcanic

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Aussie ABC: O is for Opal!

White Cliffs New South Wales

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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The Jewel in the Toe – Innes National Park, South Australia

Pondalowie Bay from West Cape Lighthouse

Visit Innes National Park on a fine day and if you don’t end up with a photo that looks almost exactly like the one above, you’re just not trying! But joining the ‘Entrance to Innes National Park’ photo club isn’t the only reason to visit this smallish 9400+ hectare National Park around 300 km from Adelaide on the toe of

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5 Grampians Wildflower HOT Spots!

Tinsel Lilies, Grampians

In spring, the distinctive landscapes of Victoria’s Grampians National Park – where vista after staggering vista stretches out in an almost endless 360° scenic panorama – become an irritating distraction from its main attraction! Because springtime is double the fun in the Grampians when every magnificent view comes with a bonus extra – a unique display of wildflowers especially formulated

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Postcard from … Nimbin, New South Wales!

Cullen Street, Nimbin, New South Wales

Hi There! Amongst Nimbin’s main street throng of weekend hippy trippers, bong-brain backpackers and Rainbow Region locals I stood out like a tourist. The specially chosen bright orange chain store T-shirt I’d worn to Australia’s alternative lifestyle capital just didn’t stack up against the psychedelia of wildly experimental natural-dyed organic hand-woven fibres in daring and cutting edge styles. The locals

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