St Augustin

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.
Who lives sees much, who travels sees more.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Brisbane to Rockhampton

Left Brisbane about 7am, heading for Rockhampton on the first day of our road trip. Not a lot to see on this route except Aussie bush. Quite a way between towns. Major towns are Gympie, an old Gold Rush town which now is quite flourishing, then Maryborough, a port. Maryborough is quite beautiful. It is set on the Mary River and once was a major ship-building port. There are some lovely old (by Aussie standards) heritage buildings in the main street, painted in lovely colours and in good shape. Well worth a look. The major road bypasses Bundaberg, the sugar town, but you get to see lots of sugar cane fields as you buzz by. Gladstone is next. A major port for mining. Bypass it. Rockhampton, where you cross the Tropic of Capricorn is our stop for the night. It is the Beef Capital of Australia and has a huge Beef Festival every four years. Goes without saying that it gets hotter the further north you go. Was good to pull into our Rocky place for the night at about 5pm.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Road trip - Brisbane to Townsville

I'm off to Townsville early Friday morning. Will take 2 days to get there. Staying at Rockhampton on Friday night, then should be in Townsville Saturday night. Will hopefully have a great trip and get lots of photos.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Townsville here I come

In a week or so I'm about to head off on a rather long road trip to Townsville in North Queensland. It will take 2 days to get there. I'm off to see my daughter Candice who manages a Coffee Club on the Strand, a beautiful promonade on the beach. It is brand new and only opened about a month ago, so she is looking forward to showing us (her dad and I) her baby. The trip will be beautiful. The only problem with this drive is that it goes too far from the coast. It just misses the ocean view, instead there is hundreds of kilometres of bush which does get boring after the first few hundres kilometres! It will be a great trip to document and photograph!

Friday, June 19, 2009

On the Road

On the Road magazine, an Aussie traveller's mag, has just published my article on My Favourite Place, a two-page spread with photos, of an idyllic long weekend near Byron Bay, northern New South Wales. Was interesting to see which photos the mag chose. I'll put up a copy soon. Having to go to the local library for internet while I wait to get reconnected after my move to Brisbane.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, is a great city to live in. There is heaps to do, with many relaxing spaces to visit. I live in the inner city, only a few minutes from the central shopping precinct, the Queen Street Mall. Just across the river from my apartment is the South Bank, which is a great place to stroll along the Brisbane River, many restaurants, markets, and the Kodak Beach, a bone fide man-made beach. A great spot in a boiling hot Brisbane summer. By day or night, Brisbane (or BrisVegas as it is cheekily called) is a good looking, easy living city. Well worth a stopover if you visit Australia.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Travel article published

Pretty excited that a competition I entered on 'My Favourite Place' in On the Road magazine (Australian travelling magazine) ended up being the winner for July! Got a nice surprise when I got home to find a lovely big travel bag on wheels waiting on the doorstep! Was the first I knew of it! It'll be published in the July issue. Looking forward to reading it and seeing which photos they used. I wrote the article about a weekend away in a gorgeous French-inspired B & B in New Brighton on the Northern Coast of NSW. Was a lovely place, set right on the river. Pretty area with lots to see and do. Hopefully it's the first of many published articles...

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Aussie Travel

It is really good to get a good knowledge of your own country. How often do you travel to another country and ask locals questions only to hear that they've never been to the place you ask about. But not everyone has the travel bug I know, even to see their own country.
Australia is a mighty big country and I have covered a great deal of it. Western Australia is the only state I haven't visited, but I hope to rectify that before too long.
Meanwhile, I've always lived near Noosa, one of Australia's most beautiful areas, so I often act like a tourist in my own backyard. Visit and you might get an idea why I love living here. I am writing an article on Noosa for gonomad, the online travel site, so I hope I soon get it finished and sent off.
Happy travelling!