Australia Off The Beaten Path

  • Dunluce 'Castle' - Brighton
    Dunluce 'Castle' - Brighton
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  • Hinze Dam
    Hinze Dam
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  • Looking south from one of the headlands
    Looking south from one of the headlands
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Australia Off The Beaten Path

  • Suburbs

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    I came across this eclectic mix of ceramic tile murals as I was wandering around some of the lesser known streets in Darlinghurst. They are affixed to a currently vacant building on the corner of Francis and Yurong streets, formerly a Vincentian Village (nursing home) run by the St Vincent de Paul Society. Having established the ownership of the...

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  • Rottnest Island

    Perth Off The Beaten Path

    On Rottnest Island, one can rent a bicycle and with the Bus ride option, return the bicycle at any one of the bus stop on the island and hitch a bus ride for the remainder of the journey. They provide a lockable bicycle chain for securing the bicycles. Renting the bicycle comes with the helmet for safety reason. Selecting a good bicycle is also...

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  • General

    Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

    I hope that you have a car so that you can spend a lovely day in the countryside near Brisbane. This full day tour I have done many times and every time I enjoy its beauty. Departing from Brisbane, we head on the Ipswich Motorway [2] which then goes into A2. Follow the road that says to Toowoomba, we don't want to go to Ipswich today! Just past...

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  • Outer Towns and Suburbs

    Canberra Off The Beaten Path

    Apart from the St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church on the outskirts of Narrabundah there is little to attract the tourist into this Canberra suburb. That said, if visiting the church, which I recommend you do, or if you otherwise find yourself here, there is, in addition to the Aboriginal artwork I refer to in this review, a piece of street...

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  • Adelaide Hills

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    Our next stop on DAY TRIP 5 was the small town of Echunga. We are now 34kms from Adelaide, and in a small sleepy town, which was more alive back in 1852, when it became the first proclaimed goldfield in South Australia. Settled in 1839, a gold rush occured in 1852, however it did not last long with the diggings exhausted and all but abandoned...

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  • Islands.

    Gold Coast Off The Beaten Path

    This is definitely undiscovered, but only a couple of kilometres from Surfers Paradise. A large sand island 20km long, it has empty beaches. A ferry runs from the west side of The Spit for about $7 return. A more expensive ferry to Couran Cove runs several time past the campgrounds.

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  • Great Ocean Road & Otways

    Geelong Off The Beaten Path

    Geelong to the Great Ocean Road One part of living in Victoria that I love is our beaches, and the history of those beaches. Along the Great Ocean Road there are numerous places where many ships and mariners died off the coast in the 18th and 19th Century. Warnambool is a particularly good place to go to find out about all things maritime (Check...

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  • Suburbs.

    Hobart Off The Beaten Path

    A great trip out of town is to visit Seven Mile Beach. If you're brave enough you can go for a swim is the cold water, if you like walking -there's a trail to Lauderdale (about 10km) from where you can take the bus back to Hobart. Buses: Routes 191 192 291 292 293 X13 X14 X15 X16

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  • Parks and Gardens

    Fremantle Off The Beaten Path

    During the operation of the battery there were some 120 to 135 personnel employed within the complex. Men and women alike. After the war, the battery was used for normal army training. Most of the guns etc were sold for scrap but the facilities were still used by the Army until 1979. Location : Leighton Gun Battery Park, Mosman Park

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  • Devonshire Tea

    Toodyay Off The Beaten Path

    The Bindoon Bakery is a 'must do' when in the area. It is well worth driving off the beaten path to visit for a Devonshire Tea. Warning...... this place is popular so invariably it will be busy. It is also popular with bikies (the nice ones that like to all bike together on the weekend). There is so much to choose from in the cake/slice...

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  • Badgingarra Wildlife Walk

    Cervantes Off The Beaten Path

    If you want to see a wide array of Wildflowers on an easy walking trail that has low flat land, swampland and woodland varieties, then you must visit Badgingarra wildflower walk. You even go 'beyond the black stump!' And Aussie expression for 'whoop whoop', another Aussie expression for 'a long way away' ;o) See the link to my Badgingarra...

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  • Nathalia

    Echuca Off The Beaten Path

    We are leaving Echuca and travelling to Tocumwal via the small town of Nathalia. The town is surrounded by Dairy farms and agricultural businesses. A quiet country town, although small, it does have a heritage walk/drive you can do. There are some nice buildings here from the late 1880's. Some are the Nathalia Herald building (1888) and the...

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  • Road trip from Port Augusta to Lyndhurst

    Port Augusta Off The Beaten Path

    We were at Port Augusta and thinking about going home a different way, but which way? Port Augusta is known as the "Gateway to the Outback. it's also a gateway to the northern and central Flinders Ranges, a range of mountains stretching some 400kms in length. As we hadn't been to this part of the Flinders Ranges for a long time, our decision was...

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  • Open Art

    Mannum Off The Beaten Path

    From Mannum, we return home to Adelaide via Palmer where there are lots of granite boulders in the paddocks. Between Palmer and Tungkillo is where the majority are, we saw sheep trying to feed inbetween the rocks. Watch out on the RIGHT HAND SIDE for Bear Rock. It is just a rock which somebody thought looked like a Bear, it really does! It has...

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  • Wonboyn Lake

    Eden Off The Beaten Path

    Wonboyn Lake also known as "the fisherman's paradise," is a drive of around 23 kms from Eden. We took the drive out of curiosity to see what was there. Wonboyn Lake for us was a little disappointing. We came across a small village with general store and quite a good size caravan park, I imagine it would be busy in warmer weather. Driving to...

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  • Cockatoos in Three Springs

    Perenjori Off The Beaten Path

    At the Perenjori-Three Springs Road junction is a funny sight, a kid's push bike stuck in the tree. The bike wasn't the only interesting thing at this junction. In the tree were a bunch of loud cockies making a dreadful racket :o) I found out later that Three Springs is full of Cockatoos. Aparently the Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo, a threatened...

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  • Beachside Drive

    Narooma Off The Beaten Path

    Heading north towards Sydney, we could either travel inland along the Princes Highway or beside the coast. As we were already on Centenary drive at Narooma which joined into Dalmeny drive, we chose this route which took us along the coast, past Kianga and Kianga Lake, Duesburys Point and along to the small town of Dalmeny. From here we rejoined...

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  • John Forrest road

    Hopetoun Off The Beaten Path

    John Forrest road begins or ends at Ravensthorpe and comes out near Hopetoun. The wide dirt/gravel road skirts the Fitzgerald River National park and was in good condition. We entered from Hopetoun end as I wanted to look for more wildflowers, many of which grow on the road verges. Beginning from this end we drove across a plain from where we...

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  • Woolshed Flat

    Riverton Off The Beaten Path

    We took a drive to Woolshed Flat for the simple reason we hadn't been there before. Today it is a locality, the school has gone although we did find a Methodist church (established 1859) which is still standing, surrounded by a cemetery. The information board had all the details about the Church and Hall (since demolished) The church was built...

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  • Goodenia Rainforest

    Pambula Off The Beaten Path

    From the picnic area in the Goodenia Rainforest is where the walking trail begins. It is classified as moderate, but be warned, there are lots of gradual steps, these aren't great if you have knee problems. What I liked were the interpretive signs situated at different locations along the walk, these were full of information. The further down...

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  • Tilba Tilba

    Bermagui Off The Beaten Path

    A short 20km drive from Bermagui was to Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba, two delightful well maintained period villages that are protected by the National Trust. Set against the magnificent backdrop of Gulaga / Mt. Dromedary, Central Tilba has quite a good range of shops to browse around. There are antiques, traditional crafts and woodworks to...

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  • Little River

    Snowy River National Park Off The Beaten Path

    The Little River rises below Mount Stradbroke in a remote alpine area within the Alpine National Park, and flows through the Snowy River National Park where I happened to be looking at the Little River falls. I stuck to the walking path on the way there, but on the way back, the river beckoned me to come and explore, how could I not go and...

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  • Cemetery

    Binalong Off The Beaten Path

    Not far from Ben Hall's grave you will find the grave of Catherine Ada Foster, who was better known as Kate Kelly, and she was the legendary sister of Ned Kelly. She was no criminal like Ben Hall, but rather a victim by some local policeman, just like Ned Kelly, read more about this story in my links below ! My other pics: the cemetery is divided...

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  • Six Mile Creek

    Bombala Off The Beaten Path

    From Bombala we decided to drive 35kms along the Tantawangalo Mountain road to Six Mile creek picnic and camping area. The road was originally constructed in 1860, it still is dirt and is lined on either side by tree ferns and rainforest, it was a pleasant drive. We arrived at Six Mile Creek picnic ground to find a nice cleared area in amongst...

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  • Scenic drive to Buchan

    Orbost Off The Beaten Path

    A nice days outing for the family is to take the scenic drive from Orbost to Buchan. Along the way is good scenery, but as you get close to Buchan it is hard to beat! Buchan is only a small town but it has some of the best caves you can see in Australia. At Buchan Caves reserve is a Visitor Interpretive Centre about the caves. You need to take a...

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  • Pambula Lake

    Ben Boyd National Park Off The Beaten Path

    On the way to Merimbula we happened to see a turn-off to Pambula Lake, that caused us to detour to see what was there. It turned out there wasn't much, only a few picnic tables, a few houses and lots of Oyster farms. On an information board near the sheds we found details about the lake, history and oyster farming. Next we noticed a sign...

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  • Foxglove Spires Garden

    Tilba Tilba Off The Beaten Path

    This is the name of an open garden at the town of Tilba Tilba. It is quite well known as the garden has been shown on several television gardening shows. It is open all year round. A large garden has been created out of once was three and a half acres of farmland, is now a wonderful woodland garden with rambling walks, archways, hedges and...

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  • Scenic Drives

    Candelo Off The Beaten Path

    A wonderful scenic drive from Candelo is along the Tantawangalo Mountain road to Six Mile creek picnic and camping area (22kms) or further onto Bombala, complete distance is 95kms. The road was originally constructed in 1860 and is still dirt, we found it in good condition. The road heads out of Candelo up a hill to where we drive along ridges...

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  • Scenic Walks

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    We did a day trip to Watson's Bay to meet up with Laura for lunch at Doyle's at the Beach. After lunch Laura had to rush home so we decided to explore more of Watson's Bay. The Bay has some of the most amazing views. Watson's Bay is located on the southern head of the entrance to Sydney Harbour. According to my guide book, it is considered the...

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  • Wave Rock

    Perth Off The Beaten Path

    This is an amazing site!! Strange rock formation hey!! It's even better walking underneath it and looking up. You'll find it right in the scrub in the middle of nowhere just west of Margaret River. You can do a day trip there and it's definately well worth it!! Wave Rock, just out of Hyden is 4 hours from Perth. Although you can do it in a day,...

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  • Day trips from Brisbane

    Brisbane Off The Beaten Path

    St. Helena Island is Queensland's most historic island, located 4kms from the mainland. The entertaining tour made this a wonderful historic site to visit, sadly not many overseas tourists found their way here, pity as the island is full of fascinating history. We came here on a day tour, this is the only way you can visit the island. St. Helena...

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  • National Parks / Reserves

    Canberra Off The Beaten Path

    The Camel’s Hump walk is the longest and overall the hardest (though the Nils Desperandum walk , for instance, has harder sections) of the marked walks within the Reserve. There are two suggested ways of getting there with one departing from the Visitors Centre (19kms return) and the other leaving from the Mountain Creek car park (11.6kms return)....

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  • City Centre

    Adelaide Off The Beaten Path

    One of the great things about just going out for a wander or getting around a city on foot is that you come across places like this. Interesting places, but not must see tourist attractions, they are great ‘spacefillers’ between more significant sights. In 1877, German emigrant and veteran of the Franco-Prussian war, Otto Boettger, set up a...

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  • Hinterland / Springbrook National Park

    Gold Coast Off The Beaten Path

    Holidaying on the "Coast" is full of fun, sand & surf and nightlife. Perhaps one day, you may feel like a change of scenery, if so, a drive to the hinterland in a hire car, or with a tour company is an excellent days outing. This is a drive I have often done. It begins at Nerang (exit 69) off the Pacific highway. The drive is past lush green...

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  • Bellarine Peninsula

    Geelong Off The Beaten Path

    The Bellarine Peninsula - Meander around the Bellarine Peninsula - a trip of about 86 kilometres. The Bellarine Peninsula follows the Portarlington Road out of Geelong to historic Drysdale and to nearby Clifton Springs. Then you can drive to Portarlington, through the rolling Peninsula Hills, with views over vineyards to Port Phillip Bay. Follow...

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  • Beaches

    Fremantle Off The Beaten Path

    unarguably, beach destination in freo is cottlesloe. but this is not the only place where you can swim and enjoy the weekend. you can jump to the blue water in several places nearby freo, such as: - bather's beach - john graham reserve's beach [at woodman point] - leighton beach

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  • New Norcia Hotel

    Toodyay Off The Beaten Path

    Half an hour up the road is the cute little town New Norcia. New Norcia is full of amazing old buildings including a Monestry and Convent. The monks make a unique beer, Abby Ale. New Norcia Hotel is the best place in town for a homely lunch and a glass of Abbey Ale. The natural surroundings and old wooden carriage make for good photo...

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  • Lesuer National Park

    Cervantes Off The Beaten Path

    Looking for things to do near Cervantes besides the famous Pinnacles and Stromatolites? Lesuer National Park is worth a visit. In Wildflower season, it comes alive with glorious colour, coupled with many unique grass trees. If you are driving up the coast road heading for Dongara, then Lesuer National Park is worth a detour. The road through...

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  • Ben Boyd National Park

    Eden Off The Beaten Path

    Ben Boyd National Park is a national park located either side of Eden in New South Wales. The park is named after the entrepreneur Ben Boyd, also the town of Boydtown. The smaller northern section is made of mainly sedimentary rock (ironstone and clay), a must see in this area is the Pinnacles, a multicoloured erosion gully with white sands...

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  • Little River falls

    Snowy River National Park Off The Beaten Path

    As we were heading along McKillop's road to the Little River Gorge, we came across a picnic ground beside Little river before crossing the bridge for our onward journey. Signage told us Little river falls were located 400metres away. Never one to miss waterfalls, I set off on the dirt track, along the way seeing some snippets of the pretty...

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  • Crankies Plain Bridge

    Bombala Off The Beaten Path

    Wooden bridges like Crankies Plain Bridge over Coolumbooka River are a thing of the past, so those that are around and still standing are listed on the State Heritage register. Crankies Plain bridge was completed in 1892 and is one of the seven McDonald timber truss road bridges remaining in New South Wales. New South Wales has quite a few...

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  • Snowy river flood plain

    Orbost Off The Beaten Path

    Orbost is located on the foothills around the lower reaches of the Snowy River, even so, the town still gets flooded badly by the Snowy River. Covering a large area around the town is the Snowy River flood plain/ Snowy river flats, some of the most fertile soil in the world. Around here we saw large Dairy farms and lots of Friesian cows, some...

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  • Look-outs

    Tilba Tilba Off The Beaten Path

    Well, after walking up and down Central Tilba's street and browsing many shops, I decided to climb the hill to the lookout. The track begins up a side road by the Dromedary Hotel. You open a gate,and walk through somebodys paddock to where a tank is, this is the lookout. From here there is an excellent view over Central Tilba and of the road...

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  • Blue Mountains

    Sydney Off The Beaten Path

    Of course you want to go to the Blue Mountains while you're in Sydney - that's why I created a whole lot of Blue Mountains pages. So why are you looking here? Check out my numerous and informative pages under that title. Okay, I'll give you a sampler. This is one of my favourite walks up in the hills (remember, they're only about 1,000 metres...

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  • Margaret River

    Perth Off The Beaten Path

    If you are looking for the finest wine in Margaret River, then look for Voyager Estate which s located in the premium wine producing region of Margaret River Our oldest vines date back to 1978, just over 10 years after vines were first planted in the area. When current owner, Michael Wright, took over the property in 1991, he set out to expand it...

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