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Leaving Our Legacy

Sunday, 20 Jul 2008 | Views [3295] | Comments [3]

Having come through sub-tropical rainforests , learned to drive on the other side of the road , squished squeaky sand between our toes at beach towns, slept in the chilly high-altitude tablelands , fossicked for treasure in opal mining ... Read more >

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Gallery: great ocean road

Sunday, 20 Jul 2008 | Photo Gallery


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Lonely Planet Great Guidebook Moment: Great Ocean Road

Sunday, 20 Jul 2008 | Views [4047]

As the road south from the climbing and trekking Mecca of Grampians National Park spilled out onto the ocean a few hours later, we knew our World Nomads Ambassador adventure was coming to an end. But it wasn’t a sad moment, because we plan to ... Read more >

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Lonely Planet Great Guidebook Moment: Brambuk Cultural Centre

Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | Views [2740]

Being from Canada, we feel right at home in Oz. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again.   Everywhere we turn, we see more and more similarities between Australia and Canada, and are amazed that two countries so far apart geographically ... Read more >

Tags: aboriginal culture, ambassador van, australia, brambuk cultural centre, grampians, world nomads


More Brilliant Caravan Parks

Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | Views [3528] | Comments [2]

Pursuant to my earlier post on caravan parks , we have become quite acquainted with the likes of these travel stops as the weeks have progressed on our World Nomads Whirlwind Trip. And no two parks are the same, which is part of the charm of ... Read more >

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Gallery: Grampians National Park

Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | Photo Gallery


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The Mining Horns of Broken Hill

Friday, 11 Jul 2008 | Views [3267] | Comments [1]

A long blare of a not-too-distant horn echoed throughout Broken Hill around 6:30pm, while we were preparing dinner. Shortly thereafter, a short blare of the horn followed. Being of a volume and pitch similar to what we heard in Hawaii ... Read more >

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Royal Flying Doctors to the Rescue!

Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | Views [3425]

No, for once, this isn’t a story about Kelly needing medical assistance (as he did in Thailand     and Hawaii )! No, instead, this is about an incredible tour we did of the Royal Flying Doctor Base in Broken Hill. ... Read more >

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Outback Adventures

Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | Views [2651]

When people told us about the colours of the outback – the stark contrast between the red of the dirt with the blue of the sky, and the silvery green of the eucalypt trees that dot the landscape – we were somewhat blasé about it. We knew it would ... Read more >

Tags: ambassador van, australia, driving, outback, world nomads


Lightning Ridge: Catching Opal Fever

Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | Views [13477] | Comments [2]

“When I close my eyes, I see opals,” said Kelly, shaking his head. It seems he has a touch of opal fever. Lightning Ridge and the surrounding areas are famous for its abundance of opals, and in particular the black opal, which can basically ... Read more >

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Gallery: Driving Thru the Outback

Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | Photo Gallery


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Gallery: Silverton

Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | Photo Gallery

just outside of Broken Hill, this is a ghost town that is used in lots of movie sets, including Mad Max.
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Gallery: Broken Hill

Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | Photo Gallery


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Lightning Ridge: The Black Queen Experience

Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | Views [3495]

"Outback theatre with a twist," says the flyer for Black Queen , with a picture of an oil lamp and a woman with a mysterious look. I didn’t really anticipate that this mining town would exactly have a bustling theatre community, but there ... Read more >

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Lonely Planet Great Guidebook Moment: Lightning Ridge - The People, and The Appeal

Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | Views [3921]

When we rolled into Lightning Ridge , after a series of unfortunate and displeasing coincidences, we were ready to roll right back out the following day. I was crushed. Ever since reading about it in the Lonely Planet, I wanted to go, and was ... Read more >

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Lightning Ridge: Past & Present, Outback & Inland

Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | Views [4456]

Upon first blush in Lightning Ridge, you may find an opal-mining town with very little to keep you here for more than a day or so. It reeks of an environment trying a touch too hard to be attractive to tourists. The one and only road to leading into ... Read more >

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Gallery: Lightning Ridge

Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | Photo Gallery


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Lonely Planet Great Guidebook Moment: Warrumbungle National Park

Friday, 4 Jul 2008 | Views [4295]

or: How Close to a Kangaroo do You Think You Can Get? “I’m sure I’ll eventually get tired of seeing all these kangaroos, but for now I just can’t get enoug h of them,” I said, as I apologetically snapped off a few more pictures at one of my many ... Read more >

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Bloody Cold: It Really Is That C-c-cold

Tuesday, 1 Jul 2008 | Views [3141] | Comments [1]

Uralla - a very small town in the New England Tablelands (read: high altitude lands) was a painful shot to our tropical arms. If we thought we were cold in Springbrook , we didn’t know what cold meant. We knew we were in trouble ... Read more >

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Fishing (and Whale Watching) at Ballina and Beyond

Tuesday, 1 Jul 2008 | Views [5120] | Comments [3] | Video

Byron Bay is lovely. It is a surf town full of surf shops, surf food places, surf cafes, and more surf-y stuff. Everything is horribly over-priced, but that’s what you get in a touristy town with tons of character. It was the small towns ... Read more >

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