Australia’s Places

Australia’s Ever Changing Economy; Have Sydney and Melbourne Peaked? thumbnail

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia, in case you didn’t know, is one of Australia’s big four banks. Commonwealth Securities, also known as CommSec, is an Australian online stockbroking firm operated by the Commonwealth Bank. I’m sure you’re grateful of introduction, but why should we care? Because every three months, CommSec produce a report called ‘State [...]

6 Must Dos in Cairns and Port Douglas; a Queensland Coast Road Trip thumbnail

As any long-standing readers with even longer standing memories will recall, back in 2016 I was writing a series of posts about my coastal Queensland road trip. Then in November 2016, when the series had got as far as Cairns, I had to put it on hold after we bought a new house. That placed [...]

housing

Biff! Bosh! Bash! ‘Ouch!‘ This is exactly what you don’t want to happen to you whilst you’re out at night on walkabout, or any time really. But when you’re looking at new areas in which to live, and you don’t know the country well let alone those areas, how do you find somewhere that is [...]

A Burleigh Heads Break for the School Holidays thumbnail

I would have told you about this on Monday, but I didn’t, because I was enjoying the day off on account that it was the Queen’s Birthday. Of course, it wasn’t really the Queen’s Birthday, but then I expect you knew that, assuming you have read When is the Queen’s Birthday? If you haven’t read [...]

The Top 20 Most Beautiful Countries in the World thumbnail

As you probably know, we love a good report or survey here on Bobinoz. Australia normally does quite well in these things too, which is probably why I like them so much. For example, Australia’s biggest two cities did very well when compared to London and New York in the Safe Cities Index report of [...]

A Weekend Trip to Tenterfield, New South Wales thumbnail

Just two days after posting about how hot it was on People’s Day in Brisbane last week, we went away for the weekend. Six of us set off in the car at around 4 o’clock on Friday, and drove for 3 1/2 hours. We were heading south-west, a journey that took us from the ‘frying [...]

Australia’s Economy: CommSec’s State of the States Report July 2017 thumbnail

If this were a horse race, the commentary as they crossed the line would probably go something like this: “NSW romp home having led from start to finish, gallant effort by Victoria towards the end to grab second slot. ACT simply ran out of legs after a promising start. There’s a bit of a gap [...]

The Alternative Lifestyle in Australia; Byron Bay thumbnail

I suppose I’m a bit of a hippie myself, if truth be known. Had a great time at the Glastonbury Festival in 1992, highlights for me being The Fall, The Orb, The Ukrainians and John Otway. It doesn’t get too much more hippy town than Glastonbury. But, of course, I now live in Australia. One [...]