Category Archives for Australia

24Aug2014

Our Big Australian Road Trip in Pictures

View from the headland at Byron Bay.

For the tightwad with a loose schedule, a relocation camper is the perfect way to travel Australia. This is the behemoth that brought us from Brisvegas to Sydney – not bad for a dollar a day, right? I can’t speak highly enough of Byron Bay, the hippie-divey-weedy-yogaish surf town that feels like anywhere other than […]

04Aug2011

The Friday Photo: Sunrise over Uluru

Sunrise over Uluru

In an attempt to improve my photography, I’ve been reading an ebook called Getting Out of Auto. To motivate me, I’m going to post a regular photo every Friday. This week? A shot of Australia’s sacred Uluru, showing the colour change from sunrise to dawn. Like travel pictures? Pop on over to Delicious Baby for […]

20Feb2011

The Sunday Six: Melbourne Bars

biero melbourne wall poster

Biero Like beer? Then you’ll love Biero, which offers several hundred of the world’s finest brews, from the eye-wateringly expensive high-alcohol triple bocks through to local craft brews at $5 a pint on Wednesdays. And the styling’s funky, too. Biero is at 525 Little Lonsdale Street, CBD Der Raum If you’re a cocktail geek — […]

06Feb2011

The Sunday Six: Sydney Bars

wall of poster collage at Sticky in Sydney

1: Shady Pines Saloon A New York hipster bar with an Aussie sense of humour. Country and Western plays, skulls adorn the bar, a fine selection of whiskies, beers and cocktails fly about the place and pretty much anyone’s welcome, provided they enjoy a good time. That means, in a city where CBD bars have […]

18Jan2011

Going Nuclear in the Outback

little fluffy clouds across an Outback sky

The Outback majors on crazy towns. Tiny communities, stranded in an inland sea of sand and scrub, hundreds of miles from anywhere. Yet even after the Martian landscape of Coober Pedy, Woomera, South Australia, is pretty special. Woomera sits on the edge of a bona fide nuclear wasteland: the Woomera Prohibited Zone, a landscape more […]

12Jan2011

10 Things to Know before Driving Outback Australia

big truck carrying industrial machinery in outback australia

1: Farmers Don’t Like Pulling Your Camper Out of Their Road Outback Australia is a great place to drive a 4WD. If you know how to do it. When a road says “4WD only” it means: “only for drivers of high clearance 4WDs who know how to use a 4WD in different grades on different […]

07Jan2011

The Craziest Town on the Planet?

spaceship in red desert, coober pedy, south australia

Arriving in Coober Pedy, in the South Australian outback, is like landing on another planet. Not just because the place has stood in for Mars in many a movie and almost outclassed Tina Turner in Mad Max III. Not just because of the crazy pits and slagheaps which dot the barren red landscape. This place… […]

26Dec2010

My Love-Hate Relationship with Australia

pair of koalas at australia zoo

THINGS I LOVE ABOUT AUSTRALIA 1: The Landscapes After Namibia and Mongolia, Australia is the third least densely populated country in the world. And given almost everyone lives in cities and the nation has the money to build roads, it has the most easily accessible big, empty landscapes on this earth. The horizons are huge… […]

17Dec2010

Solo in Sydney* or: Getting My Groove Back

Emerald Peacock

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a pulse will not be in want of attention in a cocktail bar. I have no idea how I’d forgotten this. But I had… Over the course of a “career” not so much chequered as positively gingham, but dominated by language and […]

06Dec2010

The Barmy Army Explain the Rules of Cricket

barmy army flag of St. George, labelled Expat Andy, Convict Colony

Today in Adelaide saw the fifth and final day of the second English-Australian Test cricket match, to the outsider one of the most bewildering sporting events on the planet, after cheese-rolling, bog-snorkelling, synchronised skating and that thing that Afghans do with dead goats on horseback. I went down to the English end of the ground […]