About Australia’s ‘Bad Things’…


A few years ago I wrote a post about Mad Birds in Australia. I listed 5 birds, all mad in their own different way, and then added a final sixth, arguably the maddest of them all. I probably didn’t do this huge and sometimes intimidating creature full justice, and I was reminded of that when [...]

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Last week, if you recall, my post was about Snaking Caterpillars: The Pine Processionary Caterpillar. Caterpillars, at some point, turn into butterflies or moths. Last week, some rather large moths showed up in the upper south-east of South Australia. When I say big, I’d do mean big, as you can see from this tweet: Um [...]

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Does anybody remember my post Going for a Walk with Mrs Bob? Let me remind you. There are a succession of four rather steep hills in a piece of conservation parkland close to where we live that can be rather challenging for a power walk. This is what it looks like… Mrs Bob and her [...]


This is the Brisbane Valley Highway… Maybe you remember it, we have driven down it before, on Father’s Day in 2013. It is a road just west of Brisbane that links the Warrego Highway near Ipswich to the D’Aguilar Highway just past Harlin. It is a journey takes you through Fernvale… Esk… And past the [...]


Interesting Fact About Australia #5 appeared on these pages in May of last year, but you have to go back to 2009 to find Interesting Fact About Australia #4. So I thought I’d quicken the pace on this ‘Interesting’ series by releasing another ‘Interesting Fact’ today. Prison Yes, this is an Australian prison. Bad people [...]


I’ve mentioned the red-bellied black snake a few times around this website, but I’ve never actually posted a photograph of one or spoke about them in any real detail. So let’s change that today. This is a red-bellied black snake… Here’s another one, he has popped his head up to have a good look around… [...]


On Sunday I popped round a friend’s house and during my brief visit I broke one of my own mini rules. The rule is simple, you may have already guessed it, it’s ‘beware the path less travelled with bushes either side.’ Something like this… In fairness to me, I didn’t know this was a path [...]


If you took part in the Austrivia quiz I published in my post called How Much Do You Really Know About the Land Down Under, then you would know exactly how fast kangaroos can run. And believe me, it is pretty fast. Here is a picture though of some cute kangaroos not running… If you’ve [...]