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Articles: photography and hiking

Lightweight travel photography - all you really need
Minimal gear which is enough for the weight-conscious traveller to get great travel photos
Rewards of photography in unkind weather
Examples of photos which can reward those who venture outdoors in uncomfortable weather
Benefits of camera-free periods
How putting away the camera occasionally can enhance enjoyment of a scenic place
Five things I've learned while hiking
Lessons learned on long hikes in Australia
Lessons learned on the Bibbulmun Track
Some things I've learned from one of Australia's great hiking trails

Articles: travel tips

Playing your own music in rental vehicles
Gadgets and methods for playing digital music in hired vehicles, and their practicalities
Reasons to avoid central accommodation
Seven reasons to consider staying out in the suburbs or out of town, rather than in central locations
Benefits of revisiting old places
The rewards of going back to places already visited, instead of only seeking new places
Travelling light with bulky winter clothing
Options for single carry-on bag travel when you need bulky clothing at your destination
Five strategies for travelling light
Ways to make travel more enjoyable by reducing the load you carry
Ten reasons to think twice about frequent flyer credit cards
Why using a rewards card to earn free flights might cost more than the price of the flights
Reasons to avoid January travel in Australia
Disadvantages travellers may face in Australia during the summer peak
Reasons to seek out the least promoted areas
Being less popular and less advertised doesn't necessarily mean less for the visitor to enjoy
Internet access in country WA
Finding PC-based internet access in parts of WA with fewer tourist facilities

Articles: various travel-related musings

Campervans and cold weather
The challenges and rewards of campervan travel in Australia in cold winter conditions
Special places: tell others, or keep quiet?
The dilemma of wanting to share a place with others while wanting it to stay unspoiled by crowds
Top travel quotes
A collection of my favourite quotes containing wisdom relevant to travel
Winter travel in Australia and New Zealand
Some advantages of travelling down under in the winter off-season
Tasmanian forestry signs
The public relations messages behind some of the signs you see in Tasmanian forests
Australia's unappreciated wonders
About the overlooked and understated nature of so many of Australia's great wonders

Western Australia: south coast

Circular Pool
A tranquil forest pool fed by foamy rapids near Walpole
Conspicuous Beach
A wild and isolated beach near Walpole on Western Australia's south coast
Elephant Rocks, WA
Granite rocks resembling elephants near Denmark on the south coast of Western Australia
Fernhook Falls
Cascades and forested pools between Manjimup and Walpole
Stopping to smell the roses on Frenchmans Peak
Unique WA vegetation illustrates the value of pausing to study the surroundings
Kukenarup - memorial to a massacre
A unique memorial to a little-known massacre of Aboriginal people near Ravensthorpe
Lake Seppings
An Albany wetland suitable for bird watching or just going for a walk
Lucky Bay - the far side
The less visited east end of one of Western Australia's most magnificent beaches
Wild solitude at Mandalay Beach
A ruggedly handsome beach on the wild and undeveloped coast of WA's south
Beautiful Misery Beach
A scenic and sheltered but little-used beach near Albany
Mt Frankland
A granite dome with views over the forest wilderness north of Walpole in WA
Nuyts wilderness track
A coastal wilderness walk to secluded coves on the south coast near Walpole
Winter on the WA south coast
Reasons to visit the WA south coast in winter
Stirling Range Retreat
A great base for exploring southern WA's high peaks and rare wildflowers
Thistle Cove
A beautiful wild beach with rocky backdrops near Esperance
Walpole wilderness by boat
An entertaining and informative cruise on a small boat through unspoiled coastal inlets
Whaling Cove beach
A sheltered beach near Albany with views across King George Sound
Sunsets at the Albany Wind Farm
A coastal vantage point ideal for viewing sunsets and whales, not just turbines

Western Australia: south west corner

Good budget accommodation in Augusta
One of the best YHA hostels in Australia, near a great bakery in a great little town
A drive through Boranup Forest
A gravel road passing through majestic karri forest near Margaret River in WA
Wilderness views from Mt Chudalup
A big granite hill with a great view over forest to the coast, near Northcliffe in WA
An unusual roadside community of thousands of garden gnomes
Lake Maringup
A pristine lake and wetland accessible only on foot from the Bibbulmun Track
Lane Poole Falls
A modest but gorgeous waterfall near Northcliffe in the southwest corner of WA
The little pinnacles of Cape Leeuwin
Dwarf limestone pillars near Augusta, resembling The Pinnacles north of Perth
Ludlow Tuart Forest
A minor detour between Bunbury and Busselton reveals some unique native WA trees
Salmon Beach
A rugged and usually deserted beach near the cliffs of Windy Harbour
An unusually scenic main road
Main roads are usually less scenic than minor roads, but not this section of highway in the southern forests of WA
Yeagarup Dunes - where sand invades forest
A giant patch of mobile sand dune slowly creeping into the forest near Pemberton, WA

Western Australia: wheatbelt and Perth coast

Beringbooding Rock
Balancing boulders, waterholes, and Australia's largest rock water catchment tank
Elachbutting Rock
An outback monolith with caves and a wave shaped wall
Hidden Hollow
A secluded rock amphitheatre near Narembeen in WA
Good coffee at Kellerberrin
Quality coffee and food in Western Australia's wheatbelt
Kokerbin Rock
Australia's third largest monolith, near Bruce Rock in WA
Lake Grace hospital museum
A tiny outback hospital built in 1926 and restored as a museum
Meeting Malleefowl at Ongerup
See and learn about this distinctive rare bird at the Yongergnow Malleefowl Centre
Merredin Railway Station Museum
A well-done historical museum with much more than train artefacts
Merredin town tour
An interesting and inexpensive tour of a growing WA wheatbelt town
Mukinbudin Caravan Park
Basic but good value cabin accommodation in a small WA wheat belt town
Mulka's Cave
A small cave with prehistoric Aboriginal rock art and cultural walks, near Wave Rock in WA
Guesthouse in a monastery at New Norcia
Unique monastery accommodation in Australia's only monastic town
The other wave rocks
Examples of wave shaped rock formations in Western Australia, other than the famous one known as Wave Rock
Plane spotting at Perth Airport
Watching aircraft take off and land from Perth Airport's outdoor viewing area
Alternative viewpoints for photographing Perth city
Some good places to photograph Perth city from, other than Kings Park
Lake Clifton thrombolites
Rare and primitive life forms dating back 3500 million years
Tin Horse Highway of Kulin
A quirky collection of horses-themed roadside sculptures made from farm junk

King Island

Visiting King Island
My visit to the large green island in the west end of Bass Strait
A taste of Currie, King Island
The main town on King Island, with a harbour, a foodless restaurant and a great bakery
Cheese tasting at King Island Dairy
One of Australia's great cheese makers, on a Bass Strait island
King Island's Calcified Forest
A small collection of rocky pinnacles which are the remains of an ancient forest
Sea Elephant River
A peaceful estuary popular with wildlife on King Island's sheltered east coast
Shipwreck at Yellow Rock Beach
A gorgeous beach with a river, nesting birds and a shipwrecked boiler

Flinders Island

Visiting Flinders Island
A large, scenic and little-visited island near Tasmania in Bass Strait
Walker's Lookout on Flinders Island
A hilltop with great views over most of Flinders Island
North East River
A river inlet with beaches on a remote corner of Flinders Island
Walking at Trousers Point
A walk showcasing some of Flinders Island's best coastal scenery
Sad history at Wybalenna
A significant historic site involving the fate of Tasmania's Aboriginal people

Tasmania: north east

Up the plateau from Deloraine
A drive from Deloraine up to Tasmania's central plateau with hairpin bends, lush forest and views
Frosty mornings at Great Lake
Photos from a frosty morning in one of Tasmania's coldest areas
Great Lake Hotel - refuge in a storm
A visit to the cosy Great Lake Hotel during a snowstorm on Tasmania's central plateau
Halls Falls
A charming waterfall in the Blue Tier region of north-east Tasmania
Driving up Jacob's Ladder
A steep and dramatic zig-zag road climbing the Ben Lomond plateau in Tasmania's north
Lower Liffey Falls walk trail
A gentle walk throught lush forest to the Liffey Falls in northern Tasmania
An alpine stroll at Pine Lake
A very accessible lake with unique trees on Tasmania's central plateau
Steppes sculptures and homestead
A ring of sculptures in the bush near a historic homestead in Tasmania's central highlands
Tomahawk Bay
A remote Bass Strait beach with a caravan park

Tasmania: north west

Devil's Gullet and Lake Mackenzie
A dramatic viewpoint and a placid alpine lake on the edge of Tasmania's central plateau
Dip Falls
A distinctive basalt-column waterfall in north west Tasmania which is spectacular after rain
The Honey Farm at Chudleigh
More than 50 types of Tasmanian honey with free tastings, plus great ice cream
Lake Chisholm - a really nice flooded sinkhole
A calm lake hidden in the beautiful rainforest of northwest Tasmania
The Pieman River gumboot tree
A tree decorated unconventionally with rubber footwear on Tasmania's west coast
Cruising the Pieman River wilderness
A charming boat journey on a pristine river through Tasmania's Tarkine rainforest
Snow at Cradle Mountain
Tasmania's best known national park transformed by a winter snowstorm
Tarkine rainforest
Australia's largest remaining chunk of temperate rainforest, in Tasmania's north west
Delightful place names of Tasmania
A selection of odd and quaint place names to delight, or arouse curiosity
Why visit Waratah?
A distinctive Tasmanian town on a plateau next to wilderness

Tasmania: south west

Donaghys Hill lookout
A walk up a hill with extensive views of Tasmanian wilderness
The overlooked Mt King William, Tasmania
Its shape resembles Cradle Mountain, but most visitors drive past without stopping
Mt Jukes lookouts
Roadside lookouts providing views of west coast wilderness near Queenstown in Tasmania
Nelson Falls
A great waterfall in Tasmania's west coast forest, just a short walk from the highway
Lake Pedder campgrounds
Three places to park a campervan or tent near Lake Pedder in Tasmania's southwest wilderness
Scotts Peak Dam Road
A good gravel road accessing Lake Pedder and Tasmania's southwest wilderness
Snow at Lake St Clair
Tasmania's most famous lake seen during a light snowfall
Waddamana Power Station Museum
Tasmania's first hydroelectric power station, preserved as a museum

Tasmania: south east

Bruny Island cruise
An exhilarating boat ride along rugged coastline and sea cliffs on Tasmania's Bruny Island
Visiting Bruny Island
A large Tasmanian island with unspoiled coastline and great cheese, reached by a vehicle ferry
Cheese tasting in Tasmania
Tasmanian cheese makers where you can sample the products
Convict ruins at the Coal Mines historic site
Remains of a small Tasmanian convict settlement, near Port Arthur but very different
Duckhole Lake walk
A gentle forest walk to a tranquil lake in Tasmania's far south
Extreme south
Visiting the most southern parts of Tasmania, and Australia
Free glow-worms in Tasmania
A small grotto of glow worms beside the path to Russell Falls
Hobart Astor Hotel
A central and comfortable place to stay which is reasonably priced and near a great bakery!
Ida Bay Railway
Australia's most southerly railway and last surviving bush tramway, in the far south of Tasmania
Lake Esperance walk, Hartz Mountains
A relatively easy walk to an alpine lake in the Hartz Mountains south of Hobart
Mawson's Huts replica museum
Faithful replicas of the historic Antarctic huts used by Australian explorer Douglas Mawson, located in Hobart
A curious sign at Oatlands, Tas
An unusual warning sign, whose meaning may not be immediately obvious
Reasons to stay in Richmond, Tasmania
A charming small town with a good bakery, close enough to use as a base to explore Hobart
Snug Falls
A waterfall reached by a one hour forest walk near the town of Snug in Tasmania
South Cape Bay walk
A 16km return day walk through southern Tasmanian bush to Australia's most southerly point
Tarraleah Falls
A small but pretty waterfall plunging 40 metres into empty space in central Tasmania
Tasman Island cruise
An exhilarating boat ride along the spectacular cliffs and coast of the Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania


The many Blue Lakes
Diverse examples of the lakes in Australia and New Zealand which share the name Blue Lake


How great is Victoria's Great Alpine Road?
A road trip from Wangaratta to Bairnsdale through Victoria's best mountain scenery
Dining pleasure in suburban Melbourne - Maling Road
A charming street with a special ambience and some unique coffee and eating places
Omeo - history in the high country
A high country gold-rush town in Victoria, surrounded by mountains and scenic drives
Paradise Falls
A seasonal waterfall with an overhang, in north-east Victoria
Trees of Tarra Bulga National Park
A beautiful remnant of old growth mountain ash forest in South Gippsland
Toorongo Falls
Two waterfalls and a pleasant walk in mountain ash forest near Noojee, Victoria
Warburton to Jamieson: road of serendipity in Victoria
A slow gravel back-road with history and little traffic
Westgate Park
A Melbourne park with an unusual mixture of natural and industrial views
Back to Yackandandah
A small historic town in northeastern Victoria; a charming base for exploring the region

New South Wales

Dalgety - almost a capital city
A small historic town on the Snowy River which nearly became Australia’s national capital
Ramshead Range in summer
A gentle range near Thredbo, great for camping or strolling among alpine wildflowers
Ramshead Range in winter
A range near Thredbo which becomes a frozen wonderland in winter
Summer skiing in Australia
Limited late spring or early summer skiing for those willing to hike for it
Sydney Harbour Bridge up close
Ways to experience the Sydney Harbour Bridge and its views without doing the bridge climb
Tranquillity in Thredbo?
Thredbo - bustling in summer and winter, but a tranquil mountain village in the off season

New Zealand: Nelson-Marlborough

Lake Rotoiti
A large glacial lake among the forest and mountains of the Nelson Lakes National Park
Staying at the beach in Golden Bay
Beachside cabins and caravan sites in the Pohara Beach holiday park, NZ
Pupu Springs
A nature reserve with gentle walks and possibly the purest spring water in the world
Skiing at Rainbow Valley
An uncrowded and friendly small ski area in the mountains of New Zealand's Nelson Lakes
St Arnaud
A lakeside village in the beech forest and mountains of the Nelson Lakes National Park

New Zealand: Westland-Canterbury

Comfort on a budget in Christchurch
A small and homely hostel near the Avon River and within walking distance of the city centre
Jet boating in New Zealand
Some of the many worthy options for riding jet boats in New Zealand
Whale watching at Kaikoura
A boat trip to see whales at one of New Zealand's most scenic coastal towns
Lake Ohau
A stunning New Zealand glacial lake with little development and few visitors
Mt John Observatory at Lake Tekapo
An observatory offering night and daytime tours, plus a cafe and great lake views
New Zealand budget accommodation in comfort
Options for solo travellers wanting a private room without the expense of hotels or motels
Rare snow on the NZ west coast
The uncommon sight of snow near sea level on the south island's west coast
Skiing the Tasman Glacier
An unforgettable skiing adventure on the longest glacier in New Zealand

New Zealand: Southland-Otago

Aerobatics over Queenstown
A bi-plane flight with aerobatic manoeuvres over the snowy landscapes of Queenstown in winter
Battle of the Cardrona bra fence
Hundreds of bras on a fence near Cardrona - quirky kiwi humour battling council rules
The coldest town in New Zealand
A trip to Ophir in Central Otago to see why it has experienced New Zealand's lowest temperatures
Elephant Rocks, NZ
Limestone outcrops resembling elephants near Duntroon on the south island of New Zealand
The Queenstown to Glenorchy road
A drive along the edge of Lake Wakatipu which many think is the best in New Zealand
Maniototo: a different New Zealand
Part of Central Otago with unique character, bypassed by most foreign visitors
Matai Falls
A charming waterfall in the Catlins Coast area of New Zealand
Matukituki Valley, New Zealand
A drive up a spectacular valley near Wanaka with unblemished scenery and sense of wilderness
Milford Sound scenic flights
Scenic flights in a class of their own, across snowcapped wilderness to a spectacular fiord
Snow at Naseby
Snow in the streets of a town, an uncommon sight down under
A great kiwi country pub in Omakau
Comfortable accomodation, good food and rural hospitality in the Maniototo region of NZ
Driving the Pig Route
A scenic but sometimes treacherous mountain road between Palmerston and Ranfurly
Poolburn Gorge rail trail walk
A short walk on the Otago Central Rail Trail with a gorge, a viaduct and two tunnels
Easy kiwi walking on the Rakiura Track
A not-too-hard three day hike through deserted beaches and forests on Stewart Island
St Bathans: ghost town with a non-human tour guide
A remote NZ gold mining town whose population has dwindled to 7 people and a dog
Relaxed and natural Stewart Island
An unspoiled island, mostly national park, off the south end of New Zealand
Taieri Gorge Railway
A historic train journey up a gorge near Dunedin
Te Anau Wildlife Centre
A cost-free way to see rare or endangered native New Zealand birds
Toilet paper art in a tree
A tree decorated by toilet paper, seen at Cromwell, New Zealand
Skiing at Treble Cone
A popular ski area near Wanaka with challenging slopes and gorgeous views
Ulva Island sanctuary
A tranquil bird and wildlife sanctuary visited from Stewart Island, off the south end of New Zealand
A drive down the Waitaki Valley
A lesser used route between New Zealand's Mackenzie Country and the coast
Wanaka River Jetboat Journeys
A great jetboat ride and wilderness experience up New Zealand's Matukituki valley


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