When is the best time to travel?

February 22nd, 2019

Now. Why? Because none of us know what tomorrow will bring. We all have to keep a bit aside in case we reach 95. And nobody wants to reach 80 & be scratching for cash. But on the other hand, most 95 year olds need very little spending money; they’re not going out on the […]

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Top End & Kimberley Photography Tour

January 12th, 2019

Been dreaming of escaping to the Northern Territory’s Top End and Western Australia’s spectacular Kimberley region? Come with us in 2020 on a ten day dream trip covering more than 1,000km across the remote north-west corner of Australia. From the crocodiles, buffalo and magnetic antbeds of the Northern Territory’s Top End… …to the red cliffs […]

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‘The World’s Toughest Trucker’ TV show

June 12th, 2012

An Aussie roadtrain driver was amongst the 8 truck drivers competing in ‘The world’s toughest trucker’ TV show. Australia features in the first and second episodes of the 8-show series.  And while a lot of  film crews will venture inland a couple of  hour’s drive from a coastal city and call it ‘the outback’, ‘The […]

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Agquip, Gunnedah (NSW) – Australia’s largest agricultural field day

August 22nd, 2011

As is apparently the case in all but the very worst drought years, it rained at Agquip last week – in  fact there was also a bit of hail on the last day.  But like most agricultural field days, rain has a beneficial affect on visitation and sales.  Only an absolute deluge like that received at Agquip 2010, causes running headaches […]

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In search of real hamburgers, not those made with frozen sausage mince

May 9th, 2011

For years I relied on hamburgers once every day or two for a proper feed when travelling.  All five food groups  – cereals (roll), dairy (cheese), meat (mince and maybe steak as well, and certainly bacon), salad (lettuce, fried onion, beetroot and tomato) and fruit (a pineapple ring).  Plus a bit of barbeque sauce [certainly […]

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Flash food in the bush (the real bush, not the outer suburbs of Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne)

May 9th, 2011

Discovered another top eatery on the road in April, Bertoldo’s Pasticceria and Panetteria in Griffith (central NSW).  Apparently Bertoldo’s bakery opened in 1952 but for some reason I haven’t discovered it until now.  By sheer chance we were driving past just as the Easter Sunday after-church crowd were feasting.  The crowd in the quiet street […]

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Quadrant Agtour to NT cattle stations

March 2nd, 2011

This year Quadrant Agtour is running another cattle station tour.  This year it runs for 21 days in June-July, and the travellers are escorted by Brian Hill.  The cattle stations to be visited include:  Alexandria, Brunette Downs, Hayfield, Victoria River Downs, Wave Hill and Melaleuca.  Other tour highlights  included are:  the buffalo programme on Beatrice Hill Farm, Kakadu, […]

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Uniting Church McKay Patrol (Cloncurry) and the RFDS

January 5th, 2011

The McKay Patrol is a remote-area aerial padre service run by the Uniting Church of Australia, based in Cloncurry (northwest Queensland).  It is named after the Reverend Fred McKay.  In 1927 Fred was appointed by Reverend John Flynn to oversee the formation and operation of the aerial medical service that later become the Royal Flying Doctor […]

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Travel accommodation & meals – outback & in town

October 5th, 2010

I don’t mind paying a fair price for a good feed but there’s nothing worse than coughing up the hard earned readies for plastic sandwiches or those hideous frozen hamburger patties, when on the frog & toad.  Nor is it good to be kept awake all night by passing semis or the partying of neighbouring […]

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Have a gallop in Cobb & Co Coach at Longreach, Queensland

June 1st, 2010

Cobb & Co. was the Australian equivalent of Wells Fargo, the horsedrawn stagecoach company made famous worldwide many decades later, via a myriad of American western films. Australia’s most famous coach business was created in Victoria in 1853 by Freeman Cobb and three other Americans who had migrated to Australia. Cobb & Co commenced services […]

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