Outing to Olleywood – Tweed Regional Gallery turns 30.

Olleywood is our favoured destination when we have visitors. We take the winding drive up over the Burringbar Ranges towards Murwillumbah with the views of the Wollumbin Caldera to that wonderful art gallery perched on a rise overlooking the beautiful Tweed River valley. Last month we went alone – on the 30th anniversary of the … More Outing to Olleywood – Tweed Regional Gallery turns 30.

Tropical reef adventures on Lady Elliot Island

Our tropical reef adventures began over 30 years ago on a romantic holiday in Vanuatu. Here our combined love of underwater life began, rather daringly for me with my first scuba dive. Snorkelling on Lady Elliot Island was a more sedate but equally wonderful experience. Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay shaped like a … More Tropical reef adventures on Lady Elliot Island

Coastal Queensland Road Trip – Brisbane to Maryborough

Well, we’re on the road again, this time to the Town of Seventeen – Seventy (1770) – only Australians know the significance of this date – and then to Lady Elliot Island. The first leg of this trip was Brisbane to Maryborough to stay with good friend Sue, electrical engineer/electrician apprentice for Queensland Rail. Taking … More Coastal Queensland Road Trip – Brisbane to Maryborough

Road trip final leg, Day 5-6 – Armidale to Byron via Yamba

We enjoyed a coffee in downtown Armidale before setting off north east, towards the coast, along Waterfall Way. The temperature was a very mild 20 degrees. Wallmumbi on Waterfall Way was home to the poet, Judith Wright’s family and she captures the landscape in the poem, South of my Days, the first few lines quoted … More Road trip final leg, Day 5-6 – Armidale to Byron via Yamba

Road trip from Wellington – Day 4 Gulgong to Armidale

Bidding farewell to the relatives, we headed north east in the direction of Gulgong. Gulgong’s name is derived from the Wiradjuri language meaning ‘deep waterhole’. The town was settled in the 1860’s as part of the gold rush but was known as a ‘poor man’s digging’ site. Much of the original 19th century character remains … More Road trip from Wellington – Day 4 Gulgong to Armidale

Road trip to Wellington – Day 2 and 3

Australia Day celebrations passed us by as we set off south from Narrabri in the direction of Coonabarabran. Outside this lovely country town is the Siding Springs observatory at the entrance to the Warrumbungle National Park. Siding Springs was chosen as the best place in the Southern Hemisphere to view the southern skies and houses … More Road trip to Wellington – Day 2 and 3