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Australia's biggest attraction is its natural beauty. The landscape varies from endless sunbaked horizons to dense tropical rainforest to chilly southern beaches. Scattered along the coasts, its cities blend a European enthusiasm for art and food with a laid-back love of sport and the outdoors. Visitors expecting to see an opera in Sydney one night and meet Crocodile Dundee the next will have to re-think their grasp of geography in this huge country. It is this sheer vastness that gives Australia - and its diverse population - much of its character.

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ONE FLU OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1)

Tue, 4 Aug 2020 | By countryboy | Views [151] | Comments [3]

I feel like an Airfix model that somebody started in 1972, forgot about, and rediscovered in the attic when they had to sell the house they’d inherited because they’d decided to downsize and move to Mudgee. All the parts are actually there ... Read more >

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Grounded

Sun, 22 Mar 2020 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [163] | Comments [1]

COVID-19 has officially wreaked havoc. When I flew from Bangkok to Gold Coast last week a device was held to my forehead to see if I had a fever, and at Australian immigration I was asked if I've recently been to China, South Korea, Iran, or Italy. The ... Read more >

Sydney to Tassie

Mon, 3 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [65]

THIRTY-KNOT WINDS WHIPPED SPUME from the waves — White Horses JRR Tolkein called them — and forced Noordam into a port-side list.  Luckily, the swells were moderate so the rockin’ and rollin’ was minimal as we cruised ... Read more >

In The Nick of Time

Fri, 31 Jan 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [106]

AUSSIE KIDS ARE BACK IN SCHOOL FROM THEIR Xmas/Summer vacation.  The sugarcane, ankle-high when we arrived, is now taller than I.  And the occasional rain showers have become a daily deluge.  We have been in Australia for ten weeks and ... Read more >

The Joke's On Us!

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [65]

I EXPECTED MISSION BEACH TO BE HOPPING on this Australia Day weekend, something like Seaside Heights, NJ on the July 4 th .  The town isn’t just quiet, it’s dead.  And we like it!  You see, we are mostly passing time until ... Read more >

Australia — Ya Gotta Love It, Mate!

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [78]

ON THIS AUSTRALIA DAY I WANTED TO SHARE a story we heard about how some Aussie towns got their names.  A white “explorer” asked an Aborigine “What do you call this place?” The answer — in the local language, of course ... Read more >

Platypus — Right Time, Right Place

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [69]

AUSTRALIA IS KNOWN FOR ITS STRANGE ANIMALS and none is more strange than the platypus.  It appears to be an evolutionary afterthought, a hodgepodge made from spare parts — the bill of a duck, the tail of a beaver and the feet of an otter.... Read more >

Atherton Tablelands: Yungaburra

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [70]

CHAMBERS WILDLIFE RAINFOREST LODGE certainly lives up to its name.  It is in the forest smack-dab inside Crater Lakes National Park on the Atherton Tablelands, and, yes, it rains.  Our cabin is smaller than some of other places we’ve ... Read more >

Cooktown

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [281]

FOLKS SAY, “IT’S NOT THE HEAT, IT’S THE HUMIDITY.”  Cooktown has both heat and humidity— in abundance! — and a bit of rain to keep things interesting.  But not much else, at least not the birds we were seeking.... Read more >

Port Douglas and Daintree

Mon, 13 Jan 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [74]

PORT DOUGLAS IS PROBABLY MY FAVORITE TOWN in Queensland.  From the cute main street to the glitzy marina and tropical Four Mile Beach, it is nearly perfect.  And Lychee Tree Holiday Apartments is a wonderful place to stay, thanks to hosts, ... Read more >

Cassowary Country

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [78]

WHILE VICTORIA AND NSW ARE IN FLAMES, it’s the beginning of “The Wet” here in northern Queensland.  Granted, the lakes and billabongs are still low and the waterfalls are mere trickles compared to what they will be later in the ... Read more >

Safely in Cairns

Mon, 6 Jan 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [217]

THE BRISBANE AIRPORT SEEMED FILLED WITH Queensland Fire and Rescue troops on their way to Victoria where the bushfires are out of control, just like Victoria's firefighters recently helped with Queensland's blazes.  The seasonal “Wet”... Read more >

Photos: Tasmania 7 2019 North East

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Photos: Queensland — Cairns and Around

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There Will Be A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight

Tue, 31 Dec 2019 | By graynomadsusa | Views [71]

WE ARE ENDING THE YEAR IN THE BRISBANE at the Balmoral Queenslander B&B.  For a straight guy, Brian has done a wonderful job of decorating this traditional “Queenslander.”  We are 20 minutes from the airport and within walking ... Read more >

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