A good old chinwag is a part of the fun of life, telling tales of exploits in travel, of that fishing trip or that thing that happened on the way to the pub. Here’s some of the fun we have had with family, friends and while earning a living. We enjoy telling about it as much as doing it.

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Christmas Island for Christmas

The reason for travelling to Christmas Island at Christmas is to see the red crab migration, it hadn't occurred to me to study this in any great detail before leaving and so I wasn't really sure what to expect.   If I was honest , I was probably hoping for a bit of a fishing trip, with an island in ...
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Sun Moon Lake Here We Come

After my assignment in Taipei Al and I decided to brave the wilds of inner Taiwan and find somewhere to spend a few days doing very little other than a some walking and perhaps some bike riding. Our destination is Sun Moon Lake in the province of Taichung. An exciting way to travel is to take the train, and  there ...
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Gazza Curse Again

On previous occasions I have professed there are some people that bad things just happen when in their company . Gazza is one of those people, this is an account of such an occasions.He arrived to go fishing, I didn't immediately think of him as the instigator or the catalyst for each event, it's just if you sit back and reflect ...
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Arriving in POM

The hop from Cairns to Port Moresby is quite short. I always imagined PNG to be a wet, a hot steamy and stormy jungle sort of a climate but coming in to Port Moresby it appeared the complete opposite. The country side is dry and the grasses and bushes appear as if a big bush fire had just rushed through ...
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2011 Rarotonga

This is the holiday that we weren't really sure why we were going other than Al's sister and brother-in-law were going, which in itself is reason enough. But Rarotonga! This turned out one of the best island holidays we have had, we meet a great bunch of people through family and greeted and treated above and beyond by some of Chris and Barbs ...
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First Red Claw Catches

First trip for our camper, we  traveled very west of here, to a place called Lake Boondooma . This is a man-made lake which has a huge area for camping. The camping is "bush camping", off grid no power, no phone or Internet. The camper has power on board and we have a solar blanket to help charge the batteries ...
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Coast Guard Rescue

Sometimes things just don't go as right as they could and sometimes when that happens particular people are always present. You get the feeling that perhaps, just perhaps they have a little bit influence, it could be some sort of bad air or perhaps it’s a form of karma attached to your relationship with that person. Just maybe, a bit ...
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Gazza Curse Again

On previous occasions I have professed there are some people that bad things just happen when in their company . Gazza is one of those people, this is an account of such an occasions.He arrived to go fishing, I didn't immediately think of him as the instigator or the catalyst for each event, it's just if you sit back and reflect ...
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Breakfast for Bush Rats

Another perfect morning, event better than yesterday. Harley and I went out for the pots, you never know we might end up with crab for breakfast.  Disappointment again, although we got three muddies in one pot they were all to small. We caught a small sand crab, and he was too small and we weren't targeting him anyway. The consolation ...
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Fishing on Sandbanks

It was an early start today, the day is one of those perfect dawns with the passage like a mirror in the warm morning air. Cuppa tea in hand, Harley and I headed up the still waters to check the crab pots. The geology of the passage is channels and shoals, at high tide most of the shoals have over ...
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Off Fishing for the Weekend

We had planned for weeks, the weather was forecast in the high 20's centigrade. Preparation for the trip included me hammering and banging in the shed by me, Ali doing the normal gear reconciliation and quarter master activities. Expectations are high, this will be a great fishing weekend. My garage efforts saw the boat now equipped with a hydrofoil on the motor, to make ...
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Okay what’s My Choice

The next morning I took the car to the tyre repair place which was within walking distance, a good thing in long run as I did a lot of walking between them and the motel room. They looked at the car and declared I had bent the wheel, which means I needed a new one, and on closer observation they ...
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Outback QLD

Birdsville day off

Today was a down day, time to get familiar with our surrounds at Birdsville and do some washing, stock up on things we had run out of or were likely to run out of, as from here we are travelling down the Birdsville Track and the Oodnadatta track on our way to Ayer's Rock. After we had lunch we walked ...
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Chinchilla Weir

Royal Flying Doctor Museum Charleville

The morning was grey and we were slow to get up, we had no intention of driving today. After a simple breakfast we headed the five minutes into town and up to the Big Blue I to find out more about heading to Birdsville. Convinced this was not on because of the weather we need to start to make alternative plans ...
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The Rock

2007 To the Rock and Back

This is a journal of our trip out west in August and September of 2007. Our plan is to drive to Birdsville following the Birdsville and Oodnadatta Tracks to the Stuart Highway, heading north. We would then stop at Uluru and Alice Springs and continue home via Tennant Creek and Mt Isa. Some short instructions in looking at this diary. We have used Google Maps to provide a complete Route Map. At ...
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Stanthorpe Central Pub

First time to Stanthorpe

Drove down to Stanthorpe left around 7.30 and went via the office then on south west and we arrived around 11:30. Stopped for gas at Warwick, the guy at the gas station said it has not rained since Christmas. The wind had been blowing from the south and this was wrong for rain it had to come from the west ...
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Cairns on the Skyrail

Today we're going to take the Skyrail down to Cairns, so we got up around 6am and made breakfast. It's a beautiful morning as we walk along the riverbank to the station . Before the tourists arrive for the day is a lovely time in Kuranda. We turn up at the Skyrail station just on 9am, a bit early for our ride ...
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The last leg home

Up late and with a couple of coffees to get us started for the day, we left the Barcoo Hotel in Blackall.  Back on the road south, we headed ever closer to home. We decided to stop at another pub, this time it was the Morven Hotel in Morven. The Morven Hotel wasn't in our book, but after a wonderful half ...
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Outback Pub Crawl

Today was again east and then south on our way home, since we had stopped at a few pubs on this trip we decided we would follow the "Outback Pubs" brochure we picked up in Charleville and see a few of these characters shown in the brochure. The Walkabout Creek had been one of those pubs, and we looked forward ...
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Walk about Creek Hotel

A night at Walkabout Creek

Today was an early start we got up and had a quick breakfast before hitting the blacktop  further north to the Three Ways turn off and the turn east onto the Barkley Highway. Mt Isa is around 650km from Tennant Creek, and it would be a full-day  drive to get there. The trip was largely uneventful as we drew further ...
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Outback QLD

Plane on the road, Mungerannie hotel, finished with a spar

We were up reasonably early and we both wandered off for our showers. The morning was freezing and everybody even the rally blokes had their beanies pulled tight down over their ears. They were standing around their brightly painted cars sipping from steaming hot coffee mugs instead of the frosty tubes of beer their drink yesterday afternoon. Conversations were a mixture ...
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Outback near Windorah Queensland

Birdsville

Last night was really cold we went to bed in long johns and T-shirts. I set the alarm for 5.30am however when it went off it was too cold to get up and still dark and very quiet. It was one of the quietest nights I have experienced. There was no insect or wildlife noise and certainly no humans. The ...
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Off to Charleville

We had spent a delightful half-day in Charleville, we had visited three pubs, watched a bit of test cricket and decided to have a perfectly ordinary meal in the Cattle Camp, our home for the night.I realised I didn't have enough cash to pay for dinner so I went to the bar and asked to get $50.00 cash out while ...
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Christmas Island for Christmas

The reason for travelling to Christmas Island at Christmas is to see the red crab migration, it hadn't occurred to me to study this in any great detail before leaving and so I wasn't really sure what to expect.   If I was honest , I was probably hoping for a bit of a fishing trip, with an island in ...
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Jungle Wedding

Staying in the resort was a couple from Japan, they were on their honeymoon and had asked if it was possible to go through a local wedding ceremony, and the resort obliged. The resort had done nothing like this before. They invited the entire guest list to the ceremony pool side at approximately two in the afternoon. After our return ...
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The Village and the Waterfall

After the skull caves, we had to pass through the village to get to the waterfall. This was the first time I had seen a village up really close and it was absolutely fascinating. I kept referencing in my own mind that these guys lived without any modern facilities at all. It was much like us camping in the Australian ...
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Snorkelling Boia Boia Waga

We went to Boia Boia Waga , for the day snorkeling, it was certainly some of the best I have done. It was a beautiful day out on a very small island at the most eastern tip of PNG mainland. The trip was pure magic; it gave me a perspective of an environment where there are no modern facilities at ...
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Tawali Resort

I am not sure how we ended up on our recent trip to Tawali in PNG. It was a complete blast I cant believe I have had the opportunity to do these things. We went with the Lae Explorers club which in there are own words are a "Bunch of Drinkers with a Travel Problem". Twelve great people, who with ...
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Dinner was as good as the view

Earlier in the week we had planned to take the back roads right around the island, but some how fallen short of this goal, so today we decided to take as much of the inside  road as possible, it was much quieter on these roads and they are very good. I noted the radio station aerials of the transmission station ...
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