Wildlife

Reining in the Rainforest – easy ways to experience the Australian rainforest

Image of small person in Daintree Discovery Centre rainforest in Tropical Northern Queensland Australia
Small person in a big rainforest

When you think Rainforest then you might immediately conjure up an image that’s more ‘jungle’ than what’s sometimes the case. Now of course parts of the Rainforest in Australia are in the Tropics in Queensland, and it can definitely get quite hot and steamy in there, but you still don’t need to be an intrepid explorer to enjoy them.

Here’s my mini guide to how you can ‘rein in’ the rainforest – and when I say ‘easy’ ways to explore the rainforest I mean ‘so easy you can take your baby and small children with you easy’…

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What do you call a 4-mile beach without a spade on its head?

Image of small person at helm of Sailaway Low Isles cruise, Port Douglas, North Queensland Australia
Small person at helm of Sailaway – Low Isles cruise, Great Barrier Reef

Answer: Port Douglas

An old joke the Douglas (dug-less) one, and probably more funny if you’ve had a nice glass of wine (which I’d had when I wrote that).

I want to do a ‘while I am here’ post about lovely Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland.

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The Italian/Outback Job (a mini adventure across Australia)

Image of a mini in the Australian outback
Mini in the outback – Mark Bramley

I read a really great article this week written by Gavin Green who drove a mini across the red centre of Australia from Sydney to Perth in honour of his father, who had made the same trip (and for the first time in a mini in 1966).

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Congratulations and Caution: the best job and huge spiders Down Under

Image of a spider's web
Look out Ben…

Lucky Ben Southall was today announced as the new Caretaker of the Great Barrier Reef, but he’s going to want to keep an eye out for these hairy chaps who have taken up residence in one unlucky Queensland town…

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Luxury Australia — I’m saving up for ‘Crocodiles and Canapes’

Browsing through my Sunday Times travel section yesterday (always the first bit of the paper I read!), I spotted this article about a new luxury ‘safari lodge’ in Australia that brings you closer to the crocs, while not making you rough it ‘Mick Dundee’ style 😉

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P.A.D. — Post Australia Depression

Image of Miss Small Person crawling along the boardwalk in the tropical conservatory in Adelaide's botanical gardens
Miss Small Person takes her time to negotiate the boardwalk through the tropical conservatory in Adelaide’s Botanic Gardens. It was dripping hot inside and roasting hot outside that day!

I have P.A.D.

I have self-diagnosed myself with Post Australia Depression.

This is the feeling of being back at home and almost forgetting that a few days ago you were all “no worries” and enjoying yourself in the land Down Under.

I am not sure it’s a recognised condition, but it’s my reason why I haven’t been attending to the blog. It’s all too depressing to think about now we’re back and I don’t know when our next trip to Australia is ;-(

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Golf or Snap? Crocodile sets up home at the 14th hole of Queensland Golf Course!

I read a story today in the London paper about a crocodile that has made a lake on the Willows Golf Course in Townsville his new home! Apparently, the croc is not a “significant threat” to players, but I wouldn’t be taking my time over my swing, that’s for sure!

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A Hot-Air Balloon… the best way to see Australia

Probably my best experience ever in Australia was a hot-air balloon ride at dawn over the outback!

Admittedly, we did have to get up VERY early (something ridiculous, like 3.30am!), but it was completely worth the bleary eyes once we took off…

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Scary Sharks!

As it’s Halloween, I thought I would cover a ‘scary’ topic: Sharks!

I am sure like anyone else who watched Jaws when they were little (or big!), you might have a certain amount of trepidation when swimming in the sea when you can’t see your feet…? Not helped of course by the fact that Australia is well known for its resident shark population. However, what you need to remember is that a shark attack is VERY unlikely…

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