Adelaide, Autumn and the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens

Red Leaves in the Sunset

As any South Australian pedant (is that a tautology?) will know, Mount Lofty isn’t South Australia’s highest mountain. That honour, as said pedant/s would confirm, goes to the 1435 metre high Mount Woodroffe in South Australia’s far north up near the Northern Territory border. But Mount Woodroffe is a long way (and not visible) from state capital Adelaide, so Mount

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7 Wonderful Walks in Innes National Park

The sand dunes and shipwrecks; a wild and windswept heli-pad; magnificent cliffs; an old wooden railway transport line; exotic lighthouses; historic ruins; and sailor a long way from home aren’t visible from the entrance to Innes National Park. And you can’t see them from the ~30 km of road winding through the park. To discover the history, see the sights

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Random Adventures in the Scenic Rim: Part One

There’s a magical, mystical land where ancient, dense rainforests cloak majestic mountains, their serrated silhouettes marching across a dramatically sensational skyline. Where vertically columned cliffs fall into fertile valleys patch-worked with produce and criss-crossed by rocky streams. Picturesque hamlets dot the landscape providing shelter, food and a base from which to explore their impossibly scenic surroundings. Numerous National parks showcase

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Cruising with Crocodiles on Australia’s WILDEST River

Crocodile from Cruise Boat, Victoria River, via Timber Creek

‘There it is,’ shouted Pilchard, pointing towards the bank. I looked, but there was only an old tyre on the edge of the water nestled in the grass. Typical bloke. All excited about nothing. The boat moved closer to the river banks. ‘Where?’ I whined as cameras clicked all around me. Damn! If everyone else could see a monster crocodile,

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Walk Wild Wilkawillina!

The Bunkers, Wilkawillina Gorge

A six hour drive north of Adelaide takes you deep into South Australia’s Outback zone AND into the Flinders Ranges National Park. It’s considered remote. By most people’s standards, anyway. Factor in its staggering scenery, wonderful wildlife, numerous hiking trails and awesome natural beauty, and you’ve got one of the best eco-tourism adventure destinations in the country! That makes it

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Why Hopetoun Victoria is a TOP Aussie Town!

Sunrise at Lake Lascelles

I don’t know why it is that travellers are routinely described as ‘weary’. If I’m describing myself, I just say I’m a traveller – not a weary one. But when travel publications refer to havens for the weary traveller; and weary traveller’s resting places; and recharging the weary travellers batteries and the like, you start to believe the hype. So after

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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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12 HOT Aussie Sunsets … and a Sunrise!

Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

2014 was a big year. My book “Aussie Loos with Views!” was published. We saw the first Long-billed Dowitcher ever recorded in Australia. And my blog got a facelift. All while enjoying the attractions of FIVE Australian states – some for the first time. Yep, it was a BIG year!! So why is it that when I review my photos of

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Aussie ABC: R is for Rocks

With the world’s biggest rock AND largest monolith*, Australia’s the land of the ultimate ROCK – or at least the coolest Australian rock formations! But where’s a keen rockhound to go once they’ve seen Mt Augustus (biggest rock) and Uluru (biggest monolith)?? Check out a few more Australian Rock Stars – otherwise known as distinctive and unusual Australian rock formations – with

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Basalt, Birds and Balls Pyramid!

Balls Pyramid, via Lord Howe Island

‘The current’s running like a cut cat round the island,’ Jack shouted, firing up Noctiluca‘s powerful 200 horse power engines and guiding the eight-metre vessel into the bay. If not for the camera in one hand and a convenient strut for balance in another, I’d have high-fived Pilchard. On our first trip three years ago, our tour had been cancelled

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