Australia

The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road

Most Australians have either driven it, or aspire to drive it. There is something about the Great Ocean Road that strikes a cord deep in the heart of my fellow countrymen. Maybe because it was built by returning soldiers from WWI between 1919 – 1932, to honour their fallen comrades. Thus making it the world’s

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The first two months of our nomadic adventure

The first two months of our nomadic adventure

On 15th September 2017 we completed on our property sale and started our nomadic adventure. And what a lot of ground we have covered since then. Both mentally and physically. I honestly didn’t know how I was going to go, not having the security of a home to return to. So far so good, I

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No Picnic at Hanging Rock

No Picnic at Hanging Rock

I would hazard a guess that most Australians know the movie “Picnic at Hanging Rock“. It is one of my favourite Australian movies of all time. And one I insisted James watch before he came to live in Oz. It is the story of a girl’s school picnic to Hanging Rock on Valentine’s Day 1900

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A walk in the Dandenongs

A walk in the Dandenongs

  We are huge fans of pulling our boots on and getting out into nature. Whether you call it walking, hiking or tramping we love it! And the gorgeous Dandenong Ranges, just 35kms from the heart of Melbourne, are a walker’s dream. After all those steep gardens I thought we deserved an easy mark to

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Gardens of the Dandenong Ranges

Gardens of the Dandenong Ranges

The scene is set as soon as we walk in the gate. Sitting unceremoniously in plastic buckets are glossy red Waratah blooms for sale. Nothing special to Dandenong locals but to a Queenslander, it was enough to send me fumbling for my camera! A mere 35kms from Melbourne the Dandenong Ranges are a low mountain

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Melbourne – on foot and for free

Melbourne – on foot and for free

Between housesits we find ourselves in elegant Melbourne. So what to do? We have been here before, and the credit cards still bear the scars. So this time we are playing it differently. We have a neat little pad in the trendy Docklands and have decided to explore on foot and see what we can

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The Blue Mountains are calling us!

The Blue Mountains are calling us!

Anyone who knows us, will readily tell you we are not big city people. So after a few days of vivacious, vibrant Sydney and climbing a certain bridge we are ready to hit the road. The Blue Mountains are calling us, loudly! The Blue Mountains are just over an hours drive from Sydney, Australia’s largest

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Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge

I have a bit of a habit of doing things on my birthday. Spectacular things that is. And they don’t come more spectacular than climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Well not in my book they don’t! My faithfully buddy in crime, James, was invited of course. Can’t do something like this on my own, and

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Australian Favourites

Australian Favourites

A reoccurring theme runs unashamedly through my writing, a love of animals. Both domestic and wild. Wherever we are in the world, if there is an animal experience on offer we are in the front row. Okay maybe not where snakes are concerned, we are not even in the audience! Whilst we are housesitting on

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O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

In a flash of red the King Parrot ousts the Crimson Rosella from prime position on top of my head. The Rosella undeterred by the new status quo repositions himself on my shoulder, then proceeds to edge down my arm. How cute, I think, until I realise he has his beady bird eye on my

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