Behind the Sunset

13 Aussie Sunsets For the FAAAAABULOUS and Divine Ms J, who didn’t get to see nearly enough sunsets but sure made the most of the ones she did.  Safe journey, my friend! The sun’s slow burn singes the edge of the darkness And the radiant blaze salutes as you pass behind the sunset Where your journey begins. But it’s ended

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Capture the Colours of OZ Country Towns!

The FAAAAAABULOUS colours of OZ make the life of a downunder blogging, photographing, writing traveller with a penchant for bakeries REALLY easy … Getting a good pic from right in front of a spectacularly AWESOME panorama, a weird and wacky BIG Thing or a KILLER sunset is what’s called, in the technical photographic terminology used by us amateurs, a SURE

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The DARK Side of OZ travel – my TOP 7 Hazards!

Wild, rugged mountains. Ancient, arid deserts. Weird, wonderful wildlife. Magnificent beaches, lush rainforests, untamed islands. These – and other amazing wonders – are just part of everyday life in the mystical, magical land of OZ! What could possibly go wrong?? Most of the time, nothing. But road-tripping round Australia isn’t always beaches and bakeries, sunlight and surf, RED rock and

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Lake Cullulleraine and the Singing Camera! via Mildura, Victoria

Lake Cullulleraine Sunset, Victoria, Australia

OK, so I’d been reading a photography magazine as we approached Lake Cullulleraine at the end of a long day on the road, and I was itching to try a few things out. So what if my camera was ‘only’ a point & click, and not one of the fancy-schmancy-hi-tech must-have gadget-laden-gizmos the mag condescended about. Besides, I was in

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Walk Dales Gorge! Karijini National Park, Western Australia

Sunset at Dales Gorge, Karijini National Park, Western Australia

I gripped the railing and looked through the deep shadows down the deep RED gash of Dales Gorge. WAAAAAY down. Late afternoon at the lookout meant the sun was long gone from the gorge floor although it lit up the eastern wall quite spectacularly. Ho Hum. Another day in the Pilbara, another killer landscape … A movement among the rocks

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The HIGHEST Tide in OZ! Derby, Western Australia

Sunset over King Sound from Derby Jetty, Western Australia

The splendiferous sun sank into the shadowy waters on this balmy OZ winter’s evening with a sensational splash of colour. The superb sunset would make a good stand-alone shot. But a prop or two would turn it into a GREAT one! Luckily for me, this July 2012 Derby sunset over stunning King Sound in Australia’s North West had three: a massive

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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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Drama Queen Dreaming … Ballina, New South Wales

Surf's UP at Sharpes Beach, Ballina, New South Wales

Being a drama queen is a good thing, right?? So the naturally monochromatic landscape of a stormy day on Australia’s east coast where an offshore low made mountains of the waves and piled the sky high with clouds thrilled my little DQ soul to bits. And has given me a rare opportunity to silence those who, based on my photos, ask if

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Strange Risks at Sawn Rocks, Narrabri, New South Wales

Sawn Rocks, Mt Kaputar National Park, New South Wales

Risking it all at Sawn Rocks! ‘You’d be REALLY unlucky to be underneath when a rock column fell,’ the Grey Nomad to his wife as I stood, camera pointed up at the rock face directly above me, waiting for the sun. They laughed merrily. While the notoriety of being the first person killed by a falling organ-pipe column in living

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Lake Cullulleraine: So COOL it’s HOT!

Late Afternoon from the Bushman's Rest Caravan Park at Lake Cullulleraine, Victoria

I’m not sure why it’s never occurred to us to stop at Lake Cullulleraine, 58 km west of northern Mildura and deep in the heart of the Victorian Mallee. Until now. Only 3½ hours from Adelaide, Cullulleraine (as it is shown on more modern maps) is a perfect example of why it’s SO worth exploring places not so far from

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