The Great Barrier Reef Escapes Endangered Listing from WHC

3 July 2015 Australia's Places

For almost 8 years now me and Mrs Bob have lived in Queensland and we still haven’t yet visited the Great Barrier Reef. We came close a few years ago, it was a toss up between the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru; we chose the latter, embarking on a Journey to the Centre of Australia. […]

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The Capital of Australia: A Brief History

1 July 2015 Australia's Places

Is Sydney the capital of Australia? No, it isn’t. Is Melbourne the capital of Australia? No it isn’t. This is the capital of Australia… A Very Brief History of Canberra, Capital of Australia And when I say brief, boy do I mean brief. If you have this as a homework question kids, move on, unless […]

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Australia’s Major Cities House Price Predictions 2015 to 2018

29 June 2015 Cost of Living - Australia

I’m sure you will all be very pleased to hear that speculation about house prices here in Australia, just as it is in England, is a very popular pastime indeed. There is much ongoing chatter and I did list some of the scary headlines I found in Google in my recent article UK and Australia: […]

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Skinny-dipping in Hobart’s Derwent River for Winter Solstice

26 June 2015 Australia's Places

Dark MOFO. Image courtesy of Paris B-A Doesn’t sound very pleasant, does it? It even sounds a little scary. It’s not though, here’s what it is. MONA FOMA is an acronym, it stands for Museum of Old and New Art: Festival of Music and Art. Of course, MONA FOMA is still too long, so that […]

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From the UK to Australia: Council Tax Bills and Rates Compared

24 June 2015 Cost of Living - Australia

Rates, council tax, community charge, poll tax, whatever you want to call it, if you live in a house, you have to pay some kind of tax. In the UK this tax is called the Council Tax and here in Australia, certainly in Brisbane, it is known as Council Rates and Charges. Comparing UK Council […]

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Going to the Market in Australia

22 June 2015 Australia's Places

It’s not often I get up at 6:15 AM on a Sunday morning, but that’s exactly what I did yesterday. If you read Friday’s post called A Trip to Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, you will know that my daughter Elizabeth took off on her latest school trip on Sunday. It would have been a little […]

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A Trip to Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

19 June 2015 Australia's Places

We like to travel and since we’ve been in Australia, which is about 7 and a half years now, we’ve done quite a bit of it. When we had a holiday in Perth earlier in the year, it meant we have now been to every single state or territory capital in Australia. Except one. One […]

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Revisiting Our Long Tweed Coast Weekend

17 June 2015 Australia's Places

Last month the reprint of one of my Australia and New Zealand magazine articles was on the rather contentious subject of housing; it was called UK and Australia: The House Price Debate. Nothing contentious about this months reprint though, it’s about going to the beach for a long weekend. Long beachy breaks are what Australia […]

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