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Footprints on Misery Beach, Western Australia
  • Do quiet, out of the way places appeal to you more than bustling crowds on the tourist trails?
  • Do you enjoy the beauty of nature more than seeing the sights in urban areas?
  • Does the freedom of independent travel suit you better than organised group tours?

If so, then you should find here something to interest you, stir your travel bug, and give you ideas of places to go and things to do in Australia and New Zealand.

This is an independent hobby website where I showcase great locations and activities that I've enjoyed on my travels. Mostly places a bit out of the way or a little overlooked, or else better known but seen out of season. Also a collection of articles and travel tips, and all illustrated with original photos and a few videos.

I mostly cover Tasmania, the south of Western Australia, and the south island of New Zealand … and some bits of Victoria and southern New South Wales. In other words, the cooler southern parts of "down under".

Not travelling, or planning to? Armchair travellers can still enjoy "virtual travel" to some beautiful places you might not have heard of.

Boranup Drive, Western Australia

Finding your way around

  • Explore by location - pages grouped by state or region (WA south coast, etc)
  • Explore by category - the same pages grouped by subject (beaches, scenic drives, etc)
  • Browse the list of articles - things relating to travel down under, but not about any particular place (photography, hiking, travel tips, etc)
  • Watch the videos - some of my pages are illustrated with a video, along with the photos and text. The Videos pages gather all these videos together.
  • Otherwise, there is a sitemap which lists every page.
Larger photos are usually available by clicking on the small ones.


This website is a very long term project. I hope to average two new pages every month, but this will vary. You can be informed of new additions by:

RSS feed for new pages  Subscribing to my RSS feed
Follow RoaminDownUnder on Twitter  Following me on Twitter (@RoaminDownUnder)
  ... or by checking the space below.

Most recent changes:

Lucky Bay, Western Australia, from east end 30 January 2016 - Added Lucky Bay - the far side, about the less visited eastern end of one of the most magnificent beaches in WA.
Milestone: this is the 150th page of content I've written for this site ... small efforts repeated consistently really do add up!

Creek crossing the main beach at Thistle Cove, Esperance, Western Australia 9 January 2016 - Added Thistle Cove. If a beautiful wild beach in a remote cove among rocky hills sounds nice, then you might like Thistle Cove near Esperance in WA. I did, very much.

Malleefowl at the Yongergnow Malleefowl Centre, Western Australia 12 December 2015 - Added Meeting Malleefowl at Ongerup - where you can see and learn about a very distinctive and sophisticated Australian bird, and the efforts to preserve them. Being endangered, this could be the only place most will see get to see them.

Whaling Cove beach, Albany, Western Australia 28 November 2015 - Added Whaling Cove beach - one of my favourite sheltered beaches near Albany, with views across one of the world's great natural harbours (King George Sound).
I've also joined Twitter, mainly to announce new pages.

Compact camera, Ultrapod and spare battery 14 November 2015 - Added Lightweight travel photography - all you really need. This is my own answer to the question of how much (or rather, how little) camera gear a weight-conscious traveller really needs to get great travel photos.

Kukenarup memorial, Ravensthorpe, Western Australia 17 October 2015 - Added Kukenarup - memorial to a massacre - about a historic memorial I came across on the way to Esperance, opened just a few months ago to commemorate a little-known massacre near Ravensthorpe.

Tin Horse Highway, Kulin, Western Australia 26 September 2015 - Added Tin Horse Highway of Kulin, about a delightfully quirky collection of horses-themed roadside sculptures made from farm junk. It makes this 15km stretch of road unique in Australia.

Taieri Gorge Railway, New Zealand 29 August 2015 - Added Taieri Gorge Railway - a return train journey up a rather nice gorge near Dunedin in New Zealand. Great for train buffs, people accessing the Otago Central Rail Trail ... and anyone else.

On the Pig Route, New Zealand 15 August 2015 - Added Driving the Pig Route - about a mountain road between Palmerston and Ranfurly in southern New Zealand. I was drawn by the curious name, and its frequent mentions in road reports when I last visited NZ.

Bluff Knoll from the airstrip with glimpses of accommodation through the trees below. Stirling Range Retreat, Western Australia 25 July 2015 - Added Stirling Range Retreat - a range of accommodation spread out among the trees bordering a national park. It's a great base for exploring southern WA’s highest peaks and unique wildflowers.

Omeo from the Kosciuszko Lookout, Victoria 2 July 2015 - Added Omeo - history in the high country, about a small gold rush town in Victoria's high country which is surrounded by mountains and some great scenic drives.

Tarra Bulga National Park, Victoria 13 June 2015 - Added Trees of Tarra Bulga National Park - a small but gorgeous remnant of old growth mountain ash forest in South Gippsland, Victoria, with lush ferny glades and some well formed paths to enjoy it from.

Distant peaks viewed from Donaghys Hill lookout, Tasmania 13 May 2015 - Added Donaghys Hill lookout - about a walk up a hill to a lookout with extensive and glorious views of Tasmania's western wilderness. Unless the weather is bad, which it often is.

Sea Elephant River, King Island 20 April 2015 - Added Sea Elephant River - a peaceful estuary on King Island's sheltered east coast which is popular with rare birds, and wallabies which are anything but rare. But no sea elephants.

Currie Harbour at dusk, King Island 28 March 2015 - Added A taste of Currie, King Island - about the friendly town of Currie on King Island. Its harbour, great bakery and a restaurant with no food helped make it a lovely place to hang out.

Toorongo Falls, Victoria 8 March 2015 - Added Toorongo Falls - a lovely Victorian waterfall (plus its neighbour, the Amphitheatre Falls) which can be enjoyed on a pleasant walk in mountain ash forest near Noojee, east of Melbourne.

Approaching Mt Hotham on the Great Alpine Drive, Victoria 7 February 2015 - Added How great is Victoria's Great Alpine Road? - about a road trip I did through some of Victoria's most impressive mountain scenery at the end of last winter. Includes a driver's eye view video: 300 km of scenic driving compressed into 6 minutes.

Calcified Forest, King Island, Tasmania 24 January 2015 - Added King Island's Calcified Forest - the remains of an ancient forest, now a small collection of rocky pinnacles scattered across a sandy hillside on King Island.

Rainbow over Lake Lilla, Tasmania 10 January 2015 - Added Rewards of photography in unkind weather - about the sort of photos which can reward those who venture outdoors with a camera in bad or uncomfortable weather. With examples from some of my own inclement excursions.

Yellow Rock Beach, King Island, Tasmania 13 December 2014 - Added Shipwreck at Yellow Rock Beach - about a beach on King Island. Apart from splendid isolation it is distinguished by a river, lots of nesting birds and a shipwrecked boiler.

A Virgin flight landing into a northeasterly wind, from the public viewing area, Perth Airport 29 November 2014 - Not a new page, but an update. To my Plane spotting at Perth Airport page I've added a video which shows the outdoor viewing area near the end of the long runway, and some of the landings and take-offs that can be seen from there.

Roaring Forties blue cheese, King Island Dairy, Tasmania 11 November 2014 - Added Cheese tasting at King Island Dairy - about my visit to one of Australia's great cheese makers, where the tastings are generous and it's best not to think about about your intake of saturated fat.

An 8-seat Piper Navajo Chieftain preparing to leave Moorabbin Airport for King Island 28 October 2014 - Added Visiting King Island - about my recent visit to the large island community at the west end of Bass Strait, where the grass is green, the cows are contented, and the cheese is delightful.

Snowy River dawn near the caravan park, Dalgety NSW 5 October 2014 - Added Dalgety - almost a capital city - about the small historic town on the Snowy River which almost became Australia’s national capital. It is also handy for the Snowy Mountains, and a good place to spot platypuses.

Waiting for the van to de-fog on a frosty morning near Mole Creek, Tasmania 20 September 2014 - Added Campervans and cold weather - about the challenges and rewards of using a small campervan to travel the coldest parts of Australia in winter conditions. Is it as bad as people think?

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