Just about everyone in Australia knows about the historic ‘Port Arthur Historic (convict) Site’ and a bit about its history. Yet very few know about the convict ‘Historic Coal Mines’ just 30kms away at Little Norfolk Bay. The Port Arthur Site is a BIG tourist attraction and you pay BIG money to enter and see the islands. Yet few go to the Coal Mines Site by the … Continue reading Convict Coal Mines – Harsh – Cruel -Historic
Glenrowan, Victoria – Ned Kelly’s final capture! Ned (Edward) Kelly had a short and illustrious life. Ned was born in Victoria of Irish convicts. At the age of 11 years, he was awarded a green sash for rescuing a child from drowning in a creek – a hero. Ned was wearing his green sash under his armour when he was shot and the blood stained sash now sits … Continue reading Glenrowan, Victoria – Ned Kelly’s final capture!
Driving out of the Snowy Region, you pass through Cooryong. This is the region where Banjo Patterson’s famous poem ‘The Man from Snowy River’ is written about. There are different versions who Banjo Patterson was writing about, yet Jack Riley is supposedly the most obvious person. The annual ‘The Man from Snowy River’ Bush Festival is a big event beginning 31st March to 3rd April, 2016. … Continue reading Cooryong – Jack Riley ‘The Man from Snowy River’ territory.
I’d never heard of Mitta Mitta, yet the glorious scenery made me quickly put on my brakes. I made a sandwich and sat to bathe in the surrounds of the beautiful colours of the landscape. I will now remember Mitta Mitta…. Continue reading A quick stop in Mitta Mitta…
‘My Country’ Ok, Australia is a huge continent. Cut out the map and place it over Europe, it will cover the countries from Ireland to Turkey! AND we have just about weather condition. Arid hot deserts to rugged snow country. Lush tropical rainforests to balmy beaches (we have over 11,000 of them) Surrounded by a few oceans and contains rivers filled with an abundant of fish. … Continue reading ‘I love a sunburnt country…’ – Heading South!
I prefer NOT to read much about a place before I arrive as it influences you from another’s perspective and I like surprises! Bay of Fires on Tasmania’s North East coast gave me many surprises. The vibrant orange lichen on the boulders and rocks and the glorious azure blue waters and soft green hues made me feel I could have been in the Outback or the Whitsundays. Cozy Corner is … Continue reading Bay of Fires, Tasmania – Vibrant – Distant -Unexpected
Coombabah is a gorgeous tranquil gem in south Queensland. Close enough to Surfers Paradise, yet far away from its frantic lifestyle. Staying with my nephew and his family organising ‘Bugsy’. Scott is a wonderful example as a father, taking time to teach and show his children the wonders of nature and the finer things in life. It makes you stop and rethink life. These are treasured images of … Continue reading Bondi Girl Meets…Coombabah Queensland