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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Griffith June 4th 2014

It's been loooooong overdue: moving away from Griffith. Don't like the place, don't like the work, the money hasn't been great (though I just deposited 3 weeks of pay and it's enough to buy me a new car), and the work experience hasn't been all too relevant for my future career. But I did meet some nice people. Mostly Taiwanese, some Italian, some German, some dutch even. I'm going to miss the house cat/kitten Ozzy as well. But fuck yeah, I'm leaving Griffith tonight! I'll see how far I get until I find a suitable free camping spot. Headed for Albury, from where I'll drive to Canberra, Sydney (maybe the Saphire Coast first, but the weather ain't great), and then up up and away to Darwin to see how far I get until I have to ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Griffith May 10th 2014

I probably shouldn't have told so many people where my car was parked with the keys inside, but I was happy when someone broke into it. For the past 3 days I've been working near Narrandera, helping Agri Australia plant hazelnut trees that will be used by Ferrero Rocher for the production of Nutella, and we were staying in 'Top Pub' (undoubtedly called this way because it's located at the top of the main road, not for any other reason). The hostel we work for arranged for us to stay there for a couple of nights, to save us the one and a half hour drive each day from Griffith to Narrandera. That it meant cooking our food with only a supply of boiling water and a microwave, ah well, right? But yeah, the first night ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Griffith March 29th 2014

First off: I got a shiny new car! Spent 2 weeks in Sydney, slowing being drained of cash (funny how fast things go with 150 dollars a week for the hostel, and then shopping and indian food @ $7.50 to $10 each day)..... trying to use the internet at the hostel (soooo slow; I'll never take speedy internet for granted after 1+ year of trying to use free internet at hostels in NZ/OZ), trying to find a suitable car for my travels while not being distracted too much by the game of Dwarf Fortress. And here it is! A 2001 Daihatsu Pyzar. Oh yeah, buying cars in Australia is really confusing, with all the rebranded cars, renamed cars and the 'local' Holden company (owned by GM) selling cars that are essentially Opels and Suzuki's under a ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Griffith February 25th 2013

One of the little joys in life is to take a drive to neighbouring towns, pack a picnic, explore the area on foot and maybe find a great vineyard. This day was a success. All the boxes were ticked.... read more
Whitton Main Street
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Whitton Railway Station

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Griffith February 24th 2013

During those months of being ill and the recovery period that followed, I craved to be well enough to have long walks in nature, enjoy bike rides and to kayak down rivers. I pictured myself as a bit of a "Solo" Woman, the great outdoorsy type. Just realised today, I'm actually doing it and it's making me extremely happy. I don't quite match the picture I had in my head but the reality is better. A relaxed lifestyle with time for all the things I love doing. Here's a peek at our time along the Murrumbidgee River with our "Flailing Paddles", the name given to our kayak. It's our version of "Dueling Banjos".... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Griffith February 21st 2013

Carrathool is an historical town, once used as a transport network for wool. First bullocks were used, followed by the Paddle Steamer, then the Railway. Large sheep properties on either side of the river contributed to Australia's major exports. Today properties have almagamated or diversified but it is still a viable area for produce. This tiny town has a population of 99 people. Once a year in February, 4000 people descend on the town for "The Last of the Bough Shed Race Meeting". They come by plane, car and bus. This was established in 1878 and has continued each year. Punters love it, but I have no idea where all the people and horses stay. They even have a "Belle of the Bough Sheds Ball". We missed it this year as it was 2nd Feb 13. ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Griffith February 19th 2013

Darlington Point: Goanna Track The area was used in the 1800's as a meeting place for tribes of indigenous people. After white men arrived in the 1830's the river was a major transport link for supplies to and from cities. During the 1930's this stretch of river was used as a common for 25 families, but bachelors had to live down the end with the Bunyip. The feared Bunyip hole still exists today.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Griffith February 17th 2013

It's been a while since the Lonie Rangers have blogged. Dave's been busy with poetic ramblings and I with photographic pursuits. Due to popular demand we have resurfaced. This time I'll be adding short blurbs with snaps (not photography) and Dave will add special issues to interest, delight and tickle your fancy I'm sure. Darlington Point, you may wonder where, what and particularly why? A small town on the Murrumbidgee River, 35km south of Griffith. We've been camping along the river for the past month and it started as a raging current up stream and has been dwindling the further we travel down stream. This is due to the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Canals pumping 1.2 megalitres of water out to water crops. Why do we stay here for over two weeks? Beautiful walks along the river, tracks ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Griffith January 12th 2012

Last year, when I first left, I always had one eye on home. I saw it as a year to figure myself out, learn some things and use that knowledge back in England to start doing something with my life. But by and by my dreams changed. Rather than wishing for a place to live, a girl, a good job that paid enough not to worry about money, friends and a settled life, I wanted to move and not stop. As I travelled I flew further down the path of wild abandon which peaked in my last month in Australia; hitching four thousand kilometres, sleeping on the side of the road, on beaches and then the madness of Sydney. I no longer wanted what I wanted before, I wanted love and madness, and a man is ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Griffith January 12th 2012

I gave up hitching the Princes Highway. I waited more than an hour and was offered one ride to the next service station. I ran across to the opposite side and hitched back to the turn off to the Hume Highway, the direct inland highway between Melbourne and Sydney. A Taiwanese guy took me all the way to the outskirts of Canberra. We stopped off for breakfast and coffee along the way. He told me about his life before he came to Australia in Taiwan where he'd been part of a gang, carried a gun and fought people. He'd travelled to South Africa for a few weeks and realised he wanted to change. He was friendly and polite but he had a very confident air unlike a lot of Asians abroad. His English was good and ... read more




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