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Colours of north Queensland

On a recent trip to far north Queensland, we walked on the beach near the Town of 1770…

Beach at 1770

…and strolled by the bay…

Leaves in the sea at 1770

We admired the shells at Swamp Bay near Airlie Beach…

Shells at Swamp Bay

…and the seaweed at Stingray Bay in the Daintree…

Weed at Stingray Bay

On the Bump Track near Mt Malloy, leaves settled in the creek between stepping stones:

Leaves in stream on Bump Track

Lily pads at Mareeba wetlands concealed a shallow depth:

Mareeba wetlands

And the microbats at Paronella Park dozed in a cluster…

Microbats at Paronella Park


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Melbourne moments

On a recent trip to ‘sunny’ Melbourne, we visited Brighton Beach, listened to Mark Seymour in Federation Square and took in some sights. We didn’t JUST go shopping!

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Cooloola, camping and cycling

Recently we headed for Noosaville on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, during a week-long festival of arts. Our tent site was right next to the river, the cycling in Cooloola Recreation Area was challenging (wettish) and the sunsets divine.

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Brunswick Heads revisited

The recent Kites and Bikes festival at Brunswick Heads (New South Wales, Australia) drew the crowds – to show off bikes in the town, and fly some kites on the beach. Bruns is a terrific community and a nicely low-rise, family friendly coastal township. On our trip down for the weekend, we popped into the Tweed Art Gallery, to check out the most excellent Margaret Olley exhibit (no photography allowed, but you can find links to her work here). The gallery has a superb setting, looking toward Mount Warning and Murwillumbah.

We stayed at Hotel Brunswick, which has some nice period pieces, including fabulous ducks on the wall!!

We walked on the beach…

And into town…

And back to the beach…

For a grand weekend!

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Tootling around Bruns…

On our recent weekend at Brunswick Heads in coastal northern New South Wales, we went to the beach and saw Nippers …

Nippers at Brunswick Heads

Our potential surf lifesavers start training young

… to the river and saw a happy dog strolling along …

Dog on river at Brunswick Heads

“I’m bored with that blow-up island”

… admired the catch …

Man with catch on Bruns river

“Yes, this is my ironing board .. and the problem is?”

… cycled to the Nature Reserve and visited the feral chooks …

Chooks at Brunswick Heads

Now, this is free range!

… and enjoyed the delightful soft bark of lovely paperbarks:

Genus Melaleuca in the family Myrtaceae, mostly endemic to Australia

Genus Melaleuca in the family Myrtaceae, mostly endemic to Australia

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Ballina: beach, bikes, beauty

Partner and I headed off on an early weekend to visit friends in Ballina, a pretty seaside town in New South Wales. We camped near Shaw’s Bay at a terrific resort-style caravan park and cycled on the levy to the pub for dinner. A wild wind was blowing but our trusty tent held up well.

On our cycle next day, we visited an 1866 lighthouse.


Richmond River Lighthouse, Ballina, with trusty Trek

And looked down on Lighthouse beach:


Pandanus in the foreground

On the breakwater, we looked across to another artificial sea wall of striking appearance.


“Tombstone” point?

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