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A must visit spot on the Overlanders Way

The town of Mckinlay, population currently 14 people. Photo: Kate Webster In the Shire of Mckinlay you will find the quaint town of Julia Creek. If you are driving the Overlanders Way, you will pass through this tiny town and most travellers will use it as a rest stop on their journey. What it is lacking in size, it makes up for in the atmosphere. Before settling...

48 hours in Mount Isa

A short two hour 40-minute flight from Brisbane and I touched down in Mount Isa, some 1880kms from my home on the Gold Coast. It couldn’t be more different than what I am used to. I swapped surfboard carrying, beachgoers in their boardshorts and flip flops for boot wearing, buckle toting cowboys. Sandy beaches were replaced with red dusty roads and someone had sucked...

6 things to do in Cloncurry

Known as ‘The Curry’, Cloncurry is just under 1.5 hours drive from Mount Isa. It is affectionately called the Friendly Heart of the Great North West, and in 2017, celebrated its 150th anniversary. Few places can claim to be as influential in shaping Australia, as Cloncurry. It is the birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the destination of the first...

Haunting Port Arthur

Whether you’re a believer in the supernatural or not, you cannot deny some historical places and buildings in the world radiate a certain ‘energy’. What this energy is we don’t know, but stories of unexpected reactions to this invisible force field are experienced daily the world over. As a run my fingers slowly across the handmade clay brick remains of once imposing...

light sea dawn landscape

Overview: Tasmania, Australia

A journey to Tasmania is a rare chance to disconnect from stress and reconnect with the things that matter. About 40 percent of the island is protected as national parks, reserves and UNESCO World Heritage areas and, remarkably, these wild places are easily accessible. Hike the tallest sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere and breathe some of the purest air in the...

Hassle-free camping on North Stradbroke Island

Adder Rock Camping Ground | Photo by: Leonie Vandeven A nesting plover, expertly camouflaged amongst the leaf litter, gives me a sharp alarmed shrill, warning me I’ve over-stepped her invisible boundary as her mate flexes his wings in protest. I side-step automatically, apologising profusely to the annoyed looking little birds, as a group of statuesque curlews watch...

Tour Review – Intrepid 5 Day Daintree Retreat

Heading North to answer the ancient call of wild coastal rainforest, this five-day journey takes you into some of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest and the untouched coast it spills onto. Famous for being the place where two UNESCO World Heritage Sites meet – the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree truly is the place where the...

5 reasons to hang out in the Huon Valley, Tasmania

Hartz Peak Track, Hartz Mountains National Park, Tasmania Tasmania’s Huon Valley retains the beauty, charm and heritage of a bygone era, yet it is only a 30-minute drive from Hobart. The main townships are Huonville, Franklin, Cygnet, Geeveston and Dover. There’s plenty of reasons to hang out in the region; some are new and some are as old as the mighty forests that...

Meet the aviation legends at Queensland Air Museum

Queensland Air Museum at Caloundra is home to an amazing collection of aircraft and aviation artefacts, and exciting tales of courage, adventure and lucky escapes. However, you don’t need to be an aviation enthusiast to enjoy a visit here. The volunteers who have been preserving Australia’s aviation history at this museum since 1973 are what make this place special...

Get close to wildlife at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is an educational experience that is a must visit attraction on the Gold Coast. Located at the Southern end of the Gold Coast, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is an outdoor venue that connects people with nature and wildlife, providing not only an educational experience but a safe haven for wildlife with its attached wildlife hospital. The...