Byron Bay Beautiful Beaches and a Meeting Place of Cultures

Cape Byron overlooks the beautiful beaches of Byron Bay on the far north coast of New South Wales. Known as the most easterly point on the Australian mainland, the Cape now crowned by a vivid white lighthouse was discovered by Captain James Cook back in May 1770. He named it after “Admiral John Byron” but the […]

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Free and Low Cost Camping along the Bruce Highway in Australia

Australia is a large country just begging to be explored and nothing beats the freedom that an Aussie road trip offers. Commercial caravan parks provide excellent amenities and charge accordingly, but when you just want a place to park your van for the night, free and low cost camping will save you big bucks. Plus, […]

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Mullumbimby or Mullum a Little Town with Big Spirit

If you’re driving through the Rainbow Region of New South Wales,  you might happen upon the self proclaimed Biggest Little Town in Australia. I think it’s moniker should be Little Town Big Spirit. The Rainbow Region. The Rainbow district starts to the west in the town of Nimbin and wafts it’s way through The Channon, Uki south […]

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Coolum a Beautiful Australian Beach

Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and Coolum on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland is a real beauty. Queensland’s Sunshine Coast stretches 55 km from Caloundra near the top of Bribie Island in the South to iconic Noosa in the north. Coolum is the name of a beachside town, beach […]

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Best Kissing Spots in Townsville

The Christmas parties are over and Easter Bunny has been seen prematurely offloading his eggs, but with February 14th been and gone my thoughts are on romance.   Valentine’s Day. My perfect V day would see me and my love lounging somewhere cool by the water’s edge. And, there would be palm trees, a good glass […]

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Australia is a bloody big country

Marty and I have travelled around Australia.  Not in one long drive, but a bit here and a bit there, mostly in Queensland because that is where we live. We’ve lived in Perth the Capital of Western Australia, but those were pre-blogging and pre-digital days so the photographic proof is sketchy to non-existent. Landing there […]

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Best of 2015 Travel at Budget Travel Talk

Best New Travel Experience In 2015 we added a brand new Coromal Caravan to the Budget Travel Talk arsenal. This photo was taken at our first free camp at Notch Point Queensland.  Years ago we purchased an old van without amenities to see if we liked the lifestyle.  We did, but decided we needed to be self-sufficient […]

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Dickson Inlet from the Deck of the Lady Douglas

We were guests on board the Lady Douglas, a purpose built riverboat, reminiscent of the smaller of the Murray River paddle steamers in Victoria and New South Wales.  But we’d swapped the muddy Murray for the tropical mangroves of Dickson Inlet in Port Douglas, North Queensland. Dickson Inlet looking out to sea. Water is our element […]

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Trinity Beach and Beyond in Tropical North Queensland

Imagine. Absorbing the sights and sounds of a world heritage rainforest, or stalking Nemo through a myriad of brilliant coral formations, or best of all spending quality time just wiggling your toes into golden sand at Trinity Beach and beyond.     This is Tropical North Queensland. Cairns City sits at the corner of the […]

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Ten Reasons to Escape Townsville and drive North to Lucinda

1.Pineapple Farms near Rollingstone. Pineapples are one of the 3 Big Crops grown in the north.  On the trip north from Townsville at the 54km mark near Rollingstone both pineapples and sugar cane crops make an appearance and later on Bananas join the scene. The crimson tops of the pineapple plants when viewed en-masse are […]

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