Category: Australia

Artwork by Tin Bowtell, Winton Wetlands. Photo: Marjie Courtis

Rutherglen, Victoria. A destination and a base

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Rutherglen as destination The wineries – Buildings, bottles and bullshit?! My partner and I chose Rutherglen, Victoria for a three day getaway.  I thought we’d spend it primarily around the…

The Twelve Apostles. Photo: Marjie Courtis

Great Ocean Walk or Great Ocean Road?

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The Great Ocean Road was progressively opened from 1922 to 1932.  The official Great Ocean Walk didn’t arrive until 2004. Which is the best way to see this great ocean…

Reflections in the Ovens River at Bright

A Bright Autumn

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Bright is a Victorian town in the Alpine Shire, close to the Mt Buffalo National Park, Alpine National Park and Mount Hotham. I visited before winter set in, just after…

Chapel Street From My Room © Marjie Courtis

A Sojourn in my own city of Melbourne

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I took an eight week holiday in my own city of Melbourne, taking a break from my outer suburban home, and moving into The Olsen Hotel in South Yarra, as…

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Dampier Peninsula: A Pristine Destination in Western Australia

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More than 300 years ago, the explorer and buccaneer, William Dampier, sailed along the Western Australian coast in his ship, the Roebuck. He wrote the first European account of Aboriginal…

Cunningham Pier Geelong

Geelong : A Bright Look At Itself

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Geelong takes a bright look at its past with a series of more than 100 boldly painted and decorated bollards, permanently ensconced on its waterfront. The bollards, reclaimed from a…

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Outback Australia : Travelling On the Sheep’s Back

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Australia’s economy rode the sheep’s back well into the twentieth century. And for those of us raised on Click go the Shears, Waltzing Matilda and Clancy of the Overflow, there…

Mulling Over The Wine

Toast to the Coast : The Geelong Wine Region

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The tenth annual Toast to the Coast Festival was held on the Melbourne Cup “Long Weekend”. So on the last weekend in October, 2011, I decided to share in the…

Cycling & Food Pursuits: North East Victoria

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Cycling and food pursuits complement each other wonderfully in North East Victoria. My cycling buddies and I based ourselves in little cabins at the Everton Gardens Caravan Park at Everton…

Bruno Benini and Fashion Photography : Creating the Look

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The Powerhouse Museum in a former industrial zone of Sydney, celebrates design in a historical context. For the Creating the Look exhibition of Italian-born Bruno Benini, the historical context is…

Laneways hidden behind the skyscrapers Melbourne

Melbourne Laneways

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Melbourne’s Laneways have become destinations for locals and visitors, they are colourful alternatives for music, art, bars, and restaurants. They are also places to stroll and to party. And their…