Only in OZ #14 – Tractor Monument, Wentworth, New South Wales

 TE20 Harry Ferguson Tractor Monument, Wentworth  In a parallel universe, the Australian government and public service pantheon would have been well placed to see first hand the effects of ‘policies’ governing the Murray Darling Basin in the capital Wentworth, at the junction of the Murray and Darling rivers. BUT … while iconic Wentworth, once busiest inland port in[…]

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Fort Bourke Stockade - the Replica!

Only in OZ #10 – Fort Bourke Stockade, Bourke, NSW

Surprisingly little is known about Fort Bourke Stockade, the only defensive fort in Australia, but this has been no barrier to building a lifelike facsimile near Bourke, in outback New South Wales. Although its a) true dimensions; b) exact location; and c) the building materials used in its construction are not recorded, this tiny stockade is apparently a ‘real life’ replica! Built in[…]

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Sunset over the Richmond River, 10 Budget Travel Tips

7 Days in … Ballina, NSW

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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Only in OZ #6 – The Flying Combi, Lightning Ridge, NSW

The combi van is generally accepted as a symbol of surfie/hippie culture, but a decorative, airborne one with the label ‘surfing art’ in the middle of the outback town of Lightning Ridge in north central New South Wales far, far from the ocean SURELY deserves its own classification! I just don’t know what that is. I DO know that Lightning Ridge, world[…]

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OZ Top Spot #3 Gundabooka NP, Bourke, New South Wales

Two wrongs don’t make a right – but maybe three do? If the Bourke visitor information centre staff had been less busy; AND our tour of Bourke more comprehensive; AND our allocated campsite spacious and attractive, we’d have spent more time in Bourke itself! That would have been a tragedy because we wouldn’t have got to see Gundabooka National Park! On[…]

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The Big Park Bench, Broken Hill, New South Wales

Only in OZ #4 – The Big Park Bench, Broken Hill, New South Wales

So you’re in a mining city, on top of the slag heap.  What’s up there? No, it’s not a trick question – but it MAY be a trick answer!!   Unless mining towns are different where you come from … Broken Hill, half an hour over the South Australian border into New South Wales, boasts a killer slag heap with a stupendous view[…]

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