Lounging in Lightning Ridge

July 2019, Lightning Ridge, NSW Lounging around Lightning Ridge Quite possibly the best attractions in town are the “Three pubs in the scrub” which is a drive out to the Grawin opal fields and its iconic pubs , the “Car Door tours” which entails following the trails of coloured car doors hanging from trees to see the sights of the town and the “Chambers of the Black Hand” a hand hewn underground art gallery like no other. Having got down and dirty noodling for opal and enjoying these tours on our previous visit this time we’re here just for a … Continue reading Lounging in Lightning Ridge

A Grand Sunset

Mar 2015, Cape Le Grand, WA Who wants an infinity pool when you can have an infinity beach. Cape Le Grand National Park near Esperance on Western Australia’s south coast abounds with photographable scenery. The Cape Le Grand campground overlooks a beach that seems to stretch forever. Small islands dot the seascape and wild brumby footprints can sometimes be seen in the sand. Continue reading A Grand Sunset

Noodling at Grawin Opalfields

May 2016, Near Lightning Ridge, NSW The Grawin Opalfields is a short drive from Lightning Ridge (about 80kms) and well worth the visit for the pubs and the humour. If you are a fossicker there are public dumps available to noodlers. Need an explanation? Well the professional opal miners dump their unwanted tailings at a public dump. Amateur fossickers must never trespass on mine sites but they may fossick or noodle at these public dumps. Read the signs carefully and only noodle where it is specifically allowed. Fossickers do find small pieces of opal at these places. I have no … Continue reading Noodling at Grawin Opalfields

Loddon River Reflections

May 2019, Bridgewater on Loddon, Vic A meandering pathway follows the river for several kilometres allowing campers to traipse to the renowned Bridgewater Bakery and pub without having to cross the often busy Calder Highway. The walk also provides them with an excuse for buying that big soft fluffy blueberry scroll that was winking at them from the cake display. Continue reading Loddon River Reflections