Lemme Hear You RAW!

Doing the RAW Challenge Gold Coast with Kids. Published in Kids on the Coast, Aug 2018 My nine year old stands with his seven year old brother at the lip of a trench, both of them eyeing the muddy water doubtfully. I wade straight in, my battered old sneakers squishing in the marshy bottom. “Come…

Alice in Wonder-Where-I-Am-Land.

Remember blimmin’ months ago when I promised to tell you about the time I went for a stroll around the block, decided to go off-trail into the bush and nearly put myself into a survival situation? Well I’m finally making good. It happened on Easter Sunday. I remember it well, because I’d eaten a shitload of chocolate and was…

The Journey From Sandgroper to Snowfaceplanter. (Cardrona, New Zealand)

nb for the non-Strayans out there a ‘sandgroper’ is another name for a West Australian. It’s quite an agreeable nickname really, considering we call Queenslanders “banana benders”, South Australians “crow eaters” and New South Welshpersons “cockroaches”. I’ll never forget seeing snow for the first time. It was 1994, I was 19, and on my first trip overseas, visiting Mosey who…

The Wilds of Suburbia: Burleigh Head National Park, QLD.

Disclaimer: Not sponsored. But you know that by now. Burleigh Heads is a little town on the Gold Coast that’s like a ‘best of’. It has everything on the Goldie in one place (well, except for the theme parks) but on a smaller scale; gorgeous beaches and surf breaks, a wildlife park just up the road, cafes and restaurants, parks…

On ANZAC Day.

Reblogged from ANZAC Day 2014. On the 31st of May back in 1999 I joined the Army. I joined part-time, but back then both part- and full-timers (Regular Army) did the same 45 day basic training together, over in New South Wales. During the final stage of assessment in Perth one of the recruiters and…

ACDC on the ATCT: Abel Tasman Coastal Track, New Zealand.

Disclaimer: This post wasn’t in the slightest bit sponsored, unfortunately. (I did get a hot lunch on our flight to Enzed but I think everyone got one.) We enjoyed our New Year’s 2016 in one of my favourite places on the planet; Abel Tasman National Park, on NZ’s South Island. Unlike our previous South Island beach holiday destinations it’s right at…

On The Other Day…

Poor Rory. I reckon having your birthday at the start of January is almost as bad as having your birthday on Christmas Day, at least when your mum’s as useless as me. His birthday sneaks up on me every new year! It doesn’t help that we’re usually travelling, or recuperating from travelling, and my brain is still AWOL. As I did…

Abel Tasman National Park, N.Z. Takes 1 & 2.

The journal continues… with a flashback to Saturday 21 December 2002, during my first ever trip to New Zealand. What the hell for, you ask? Read on. Out with Kaiteriteri Kayaks, and my second trip into the Abel Tasman NP. I luv it – the only place I’ve visited twice in Enzed! Well, besides Wellington, but that…

On This Day…

I’ve been working my way through this enormous book for the past ten months called The Assassin’s Cloak. It sounds like a badass historical thriller, but is actually an anthology of badass diary entries. From the 1660s to the 1990s, grouped together for every day of the year. There’s all kinds of shit going down – 25 January 1851 Leo Tolstoy wakes up…

The 40 Year Old Comic-Con Virgin.

Greetings, Earthlings… (I have filed this one under the category ‘Creative and/or Inspiring Yodas’ even though Yoda wasn’t actually at Oz Comic-Con this year.) At the start of the September school holidays Finn, Rory and I were very excited to attend Oz Comic-Con in Brisbane courtesy of Blue Planet PR. Thanks guys! All three of…

Swimmin’ with Whale Sharks in Ningaloo, Western AustraYEE-HAH!!

Exmouth, Day 6. Finally, the long-awaited day has come! (AND the long-awaited post, I hear some of you mutter) Swam with Rhincodon typus – known as ‘rinky dinks’ by me and ‘whale sharks‘ by everyone else – today, and it was totally worth the 20 year wait! At 7.15am got picked up by MJ and Kirby of Three Islands Whale…

The Coral Coast.

Day 2 Episode I. Limo pickup this morning; outback style! ‘Top of the Range’ tour with Dave from Ningaloo Safari Tours – a full day in the Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Marine Parks! On the drive up to Shothole Canyon Dave regaled us with amusing tales: Like how even though all new houses are cyclone…