Tag Archives: New South Wales
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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tent on sand

The night some dirtbag stole our camper trailer

Jared and I woke to a frantic knock on the bedroom door at 6:30am the morning after Melbourne Cup. “Your trailer’s gone.” Stunned, we roused ourselves. I had heard what his cousin said, but I didn’t believe it until I went outside. There was the car, parked right in front of the house, but behind […]

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Cape Byron Australia

How Not to Ask a Stranger to Take Your Photo

Byron Bay contains the most easterly point in mainland Australia. Like any good point of interest, there is a sign legitimizing it. If you want a picture of yourself with the sign, you either have to wait in line or sneak in like a ninja when the other people are examining the photos they just […]

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Byron bay NSW

Good Omens in Byron Bay

We booked seven nights in Byron Bay, and the sun was shining when we rolled into town. It was a good omen, I thought, while fighting the crowd in the surf for a piece of wave. The next day I dropped my phone on the concrete floor of the camp kitchen, smashing the screen. It […]

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Yamba NSW

Is Yamba Still the Best Town in Australia?

When I first moved to Newcastle I was not impressed. It struck me as dull and suburban, especially in contrast to London, where I’d most recently lived. Newy lacked the backpacker vibe I’d loved in Coffs, and if I wanted to get to the beach from my in-laws’ place, I had to drive. Like, in […]

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Coffs harbour NSW

Return to Coffs Harbour

I first arrived in Coffs on an overnight bus from Sydney, unaware that the town would play a pivotal role in my life. I planned to stay for weeks but stayed for months, extending my flight back to the US because I wasn’t ready to leave. It’s where I learned how to be a backpacker […]

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