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On Circumstantial Citizenship

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I never felt American until I moved to Australia. And then when I moved to Queensland, I felt really, really American. Being American, ironically, was never a category I applied to myself even when I lived there. Nationalism is a strange disease. Like a bad cough, or a runny nose, it infects some people worse than others. Many are quite simply immune to i[...]

Eumundi: Our Story Past, Present & Future

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As part of the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast, Eumundi celebrates its story! From 29 September to 1 October, there’s a full weekend of family-fun, community events ranging from indigenous talks and a grand parade, to music and beer celebrations, as well as ballroom dance. As a gift for generations to come, a time capsule documenting the[...]

A Tale of Two Caravan Parks: The Good, the Bad & The Ugly

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Oasis in the desert: BIG4 MacDonell Ranges Holiday Park The MacDonnell Ranges Holiday Park truly is an oasis in the desert. Located just outside Alice Springs at the base of the rocky, red Eastern Macs, this caravan park has it all! The kids will be entertained for hours on the two, huge jumping pillows, in the sand pit, playground and games room. There is [...]

Lost in Time: SE QLD's Mystical Glass House Mountains

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It’s hard to imagine what Southeast Queensland looked like 25 million years ago – but there is something mesmorisingly prehistoric about the landscape around the Glass House Mountains. A maze-like series of dirt tracks winds through the pine plantations around the national park offering glimpses of the iconic rocks, muddy water holes and rutted hill climbs. [...]

Glamping on North Stradbroke Island

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Flash Camp pops-up in Dunwich Instead of the usual roof top tent set-up on the beach for Australia Day weekend, we trekked to North Stradbroke Island or “Straddie” for some luxurious glamping. Situated in the clear, blue waters of Moreton Bay, Straddie is the largest island in the bay’s archipelago and also, the closest to Brisbane and easily accessible[...]

Australia's Roadhouses

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Identity Crisis, Where are all the Roadhouses Going? The Pink Roadhouse of Oodnadatta is for sale. The owners of 40 years, Adam and Lynnie, are keen to retire. Rabbit Flat, one of the few places to camp and fuel up along the Tanami Track is closing on Jan 1 2011. Bruce and Jaqueline, after 40 years of desert life, are going to shut the gates. Are they goin[...]

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, Qld's Moreton Island

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Our second day on Moreton, we woke up before the sun and hiked our way to the FJ. I had planned a rather ambitious expedition to explore most of the northern half of the island and wanted to cover as much ground as possible in one day (but still make it back to the resort to watch the famous sunset)... I wrote this travel article for Pat Callinan’s 4x[...]

From Passenger to Driver, A Single Mother's Guide to Going Off Road

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We were supposed to be on our way to Uluru, the boys and I crammed into the small confines of my newly purchased FJ Cruiser watching the flat, red desert unfold around us. But life’s complexities had prevented us from going very far, especially on a trip so grand.   It was Easter break and instead of trekking off towards ‘the Big Rock’ as my youngest referre[...]