Australia’s Places

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 [...]

Crime Statistics in Australia: Finding Safe Suburbs thumbnail

This internet thing, it’s really catching on, isn’t it? There’s lots of stuff available online now, it’s come along in leaps and bounds in the last 6 or 7 years. That might seem a strange thing to say right now, but I do have a reason. Quite some time ago I wanted to write a [...]

The Pros and Cons of Moving to Sydney or Melbourne thumbnail

What a difference a decade makes. When I first moved to Australia in 2007 I chose to live in Brisbane. I could have chosen Melbourne, I could have chosen Sydney, or I could have chosen anywhere else. Back in those days, house prices from city to city were not really significantly different. The first time [...]

beach

It’s not quite summer here yet in Australia but where I live, which is Brisbane in case you didn’t know, it might as well be. Temperatures recently have been hovering at around 28°C, the skies are blue and the best place to be at the weekend is the beach. Brisbane doesn’t do beaches very well, [...]