Australia

Scenic World: The world’s steepest railway

Australia is home to the world’s steepest railway line. There are a few caveats that I have to add of course: Australia is home to the steepest cable-driven funicular railway. The world is so awesome and awe-inspiring that these little caveats matter now. There’s probably a steeper non-cable driven funicular…

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A Day at Sydney’s Hyde Park Barracks

 I’m guilty of a traveller’s worst sin – seeing more of other countries and cities than your own hometown. Not that Sydney’s a town. But there really are tonnes of tourist attractions, naturally beautiful landscapes and awesome things to see and do. Of which, I’ve done approximately half, although even…

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Traipsing Tasmania’s Overland Track (Part 2)

Tasmania’s Overland Track is not for the feint-hearted. It’s 65 kilometres of hiking – sometimes it feels like we were just hiking uphill to go down and then up again. I know that nature doesn’t really have any regard for my legs and feet, but I wouldn’t have minded a…

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Trekking Tasmania: The Overland Track (Part 1)

WARNING: The Overland Track is a serious undertaking, requiring well-prepared walkers with a good level of fitness, who understand the risks of walking in a remote alpine area. The weather can change rapidly and frequently, within just a few hours, from burning sun to sleet and snow. Deaths have occurred (even…

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A Visit to Sydney’s Jenolan Caves

Let’s take a detour from the US trips and head back to Australia for a visit to Sydney’s Jenolan Caves. Mr M and I have just returned from a stiflingly humid fortnight in the motherland (yes, that’s what I’m calling Australia now) and I’m full of homesickness and memories. Jenolan…

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Why Australian Animals Aren’t That Deadly…

Picture: Graeme Rainsbury. “I’d love to visit Australia but… I’m scared of all the killer animals there.” A variation of this sentence has been uttered to me by many, many people since I started travelling at 16. It doesn’t matter where I went – Malta, Italy, London, Belgium, Germany, America…

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Why Aussies can’t say “No” and other linguistic failures

That’s not my name! “Can I have the chicken salad and a bottle of water please?“ “Sorry?“ “I just wanted to order the chicken salad. And a water.“*confused look* “I don’t understand you.” I’ll spare you the entirety of this conversation, suffice to say it ended when I did my…

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