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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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Photos: Eungella National Park

Mon, 9 Nov 2020 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

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Heart Reef Overflight

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [69]

A few days ago, a lovely lady named Chonita showed me a video of her at the controls of a small Cessna aircraft over the Great Barrier Reef, and said "Oh my, you've just inspired me." The other day I was the first customer at Le Shack in Airlie Beach, ... Read more >

Whitsunday Fun Days

Tue, 22 Sep 2020 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [75]

I love Australia, plain and simple! COVID-19 hasn't exactly wrecked all of my travel plans; it's just placed them on the back burner. If things were normal, I'd be in Russia or somewhere in Europe at the moment. Despite the disaster of a year 2020 has ... Read more >

Photos: Whitsundays

Mon, 21 Sep 2020 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Airlie Beach

Wed, 9 Sep 2020 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Mackay

Sun, 6 Sep 2020 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

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Tue, 4 Aug 2020 | By countryboy | Views [172] | 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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Sun, 22 Mar 2020 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [193] | 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 [76]

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 [120]

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 [77]

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 [90]

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 [78]

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 [81]

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 >


Sat, 18 Jan 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [294]

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 >

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