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Close up of the big penguin

There is a Place in Tasmania Called Penguin

There is a place in Tasmania called Penguin. When I heard the name I thought to myself, I hope it’s a town full of penguins! but I didn’t really believe that it would be. Well IT WAS. Penguin, Tasmania saw a golden opportunity and by god they went for it. There were penguins everywhere I […]

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Lightning Ridge is strange

Yep, Lightning Ridge is Strange

I had the following conversation at least three times with strangers in St. George, Queensland: Stranger: “Have you been to Lightning Ridge yet?” Me: “Not yet, but that’s our next stop.” Stranger: (Knowing glances at companions, raised eyebrows, head nods) “It’s…well, it’s a strange place. I can’t really explain it, but you’ll know when you […]

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carved egg Queensland

The Unique World-Class Attractions of St. George, Queensland

When we got to St. George, I was not a happy bunny. We’d been driving for six hours, and in that time the temperature had gone from shorts-and-shirt weather to pants-and-jumper weather, plus it was pouring. Then I saw a sign for ‘The Unique Egg: A Unique World Class Attraction’ and my mood started to […]

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Palm trees gorge

Detour to Carnarvon Gorge

We met a French couple in Agnes Water who debated about whether or not to go to Carnarvon Gorge. She was insistent that they make the six-and-a-half hour drive inland because she’d heard it was something they shouldn’t miss. He was not convinced, but she was doing her best to change his mind. I have […]

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Gembag Queensland

Fossicking in Central Queensland

Central Queensland is not quite the outback, but it’s a stark difference from the towns of the coast. Wikipedia describes it as ‘an ambiguous geographical division of Queensland,’ which seems dismissive but is technically accurate. The blues of the seemingly endless ocean were gone, swallowed up by dusty browns and greens as we moved inland. […]

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Adelaide beach

On Hiatus: Six Months in Adelaide

In late December I spotted an ad for a communications job with a South Australian government agency. The job was three days a week so I could balance it with writing, and the description closely mirrored what I did in Newcastle. Then I saw the length of the contract: it went until the end of […]

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