The Trees are Alive . . . with Slithering Snakes

Undara National Park is teeming with wildlife and, to get a sense of how much wildlife, I joined the Sunset Lava Cave Tour to discover what happens after the sun had dipped well below the horizon. Our guide, a 5th generation family member that had settled this land in 1862 – all 499 square miles […]

Steering in the Right Direction – Texas Longhorn Cattle Country

I arrived in Charters Towers, Queensland about midday and the heat was stifling. My first stop was to check into a Big4 Campground called the Aussie Outback Oasis and began preparing a leisurely lunch. My afternoon visit to nearby Leahton Park had been put back until 5pm as the owner Michael had arranged to move […]

A One Man Quest – Finding Good Accommodation

A bit of a surprise on this trip was just how much apartment style accommodation has been added to the traditional hotel experience across Queensland, and probably other parts of Australia for that matter, in the last ten years or so. For two nights recently in Townsville I stayed in the Quest Serviced Apartments in […]

A Horse is a Horse of Course of Course!

“Jack’s quite peculiar,” said Leonie, the wrangler. “He’s a snorkeling horse!” Right, I’ve heard that one before, I thought. On Queensland’s Magnetic Island, Jack, apparently is known as a one-of-a-kind. I was on a two hour Bush and Beach Horse Trek with a small group that included a couple of lasses from Leeds, in West […]

Graeme Manson’s Farewell Party

Some well-known faces at Graeme Manson’s farewell party last night: Jane Wilson from South Australia Tourism Commission, Graeme Manson, Jenny Aitkin from Tourism Australia and Sonja Lawson from Destination New South Wales.