Free Stuff


It’s the start of the second week of the winter school holidays here and for those who have decided not to go away, there’s always plenty to do in and around where you live. Take, for example, where I live in Brisbane. A quick Google for “things to do in Brisbane during the school holidays” [...]


Friday was the first day of June and, for us here in Australia, the beginning of winter. Just last week, you may recall, I had my breakfast in a beach side cafe, and couldn’t resist sitting on the sand for a while afterwards on such a beautiful 22°C day. That happened the morning after Blues [...]


The Blues on Broadbeach This weekend we headed down to the Gold Coast, past Surfers Paradise, past the Meter Maids, and just kept on driving those extra 3 kilometres until we hit Broadbeach. I am often harping on about Australia’s free stuff, and Blues on Broadbeach is a great example of that. This year was [...]


There are two things I know I have written about before on this blog. The first is that Australia is a nation of immigrants. The second is that Australia is full of free stuff. This weekend the two came together with a couple of multicultural festivals. First up was…. Dipawali: The Indian Festival of Lights. [...]


Since living here in Australia I have been to every Riverfire, which, as you must surely know, is the firework display that marks the opening of the Brisbane Festival. In 2008, before this blog was even invented, I watched Riverfire from South Bank Parklands. In 2009, I watched it from Mt Coot-Tha. And last year [...]

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If I walk out of my front door and turn left, then left again and keep going for about 500 km, I get to a town called Roma, which is in the western Darling Downs. The town of Roma has a population of just under 7,000 people, and it is to those people that I [...]


Well, that’s what I would be demanding if it wasn’t that Tropfest is yet another of the many Australian outdoors event that is completely free of charge. For those of you who are really only interested to read about the life in Australia stuff rather than me having a rant, click these links to read [...]


For those of you currently covered in a blanket of snow, it may cheer you up to know that our weekend here was also a bit of a washout, as far as the weather is concerned. But I suspect you all had much more fun playing in the snow than I did playing in the [...]