New South Wales


The Easter Celebrations in Lightning Ridge are one of the must do outrageous country town festivals. Right up there with the Parkes Elvis Festival, Lightning Ridge has made a name for itself with their annual Great Goat Race! Accomodation– Motels book out a year in advance- so start calling now! If you don’t mind camping or staying a bit out […]

Lightning Ridge, Easter Celebration Tips #3 Food and Accomodation


The town of Lightning Ridge really pulled out all of the stops for their Easter Celebration. In addition to their Great Goat Race, There were several other events that if you attend- you should know about. The Carnival– to keep the masses of tourists…about 2000 of them busy and the locals entertained, there was a carnival complete with rides, games, […]

Lightning Ridge, Easter Celebration Tips #2


Come on Come on, Come on Come on… you know you’ve got a thing for those Aussie LifeSavers! You see them on the beaches-cute little yellow and red swim caps, authoritative swagger and all. For over a 100 years before Australia’s newest Reality TV show Bondi Beach Patrol (or something like that), The Aussie Lifesavers have been not only an […]

Australian Lifesaving, an Exhibit in Darling Harbour



This is a picture of Amigo’s Castle in Lightning Ridge. Quirky and independent, Lightning Ridge has long been known as a… ahem…shall we say…unique place? I’ve been told by one long time resident of Wellington that Byron Bay used to be considered drop out country but now it was just a big tourist spot. He went on to say that […]

Lightning Ridge, NSW Easter Weekend, Wheelie Bin Races and Goats?


Do you feel the need for speed? Easter Weekend sees lovely Bathurst turn into a motor revving, testosterone fuelled metropolis when the Bathurst International Motor Festival rolls into town. The oldest inland settlement, Bathurst, on the far side of the Blue Mountains, is always a picturesque little town. It also happens to be home to the very famous Mount Panorama […]

Bathurst Driving Circuit, Mount Panorama


Looking for an affordable surfie get away? Want to see some real wild and untamed ocean? About 2.5 hours south of Sydney, the Culburra Hide Away, located on Culburra beach near Jervis Bay, is sooooo chillaxed. A true 1960’s beach pad, it has modern amenities, but beachy charm. Capable of sleeping up to 7, it has an eclectic decor, and […]

NSW South Coast Accomodation, Culburra Hideaway




Touted as one of only 7 totally enclosed Valley’s in the entire world, Kangaroo Valley is a perfect quick weekend away from Sydney. Only a 2 hours drive, it has been described as having a view that no painter could beautify I’ve been all around the region and can vouch that it is gorgeous. However, the tales I’ve heard from […]

Kangaroo Valley NSW, Canoes, Clydesdales, and Adventure


The heady scents of damp earth and wine enter you senses the second you open the huge barn like doors to the Pieter Van Gent Winery. More than just a cellar door, this is a small independent family winery built beside Pipeclay Creek in Mudgee. Mudgee is an established, yet lesser known wine region in Australia. Mudgee the town is […]

Australian Wineries, Pieter Van Gent