Tag Archives: New South Wales

A Whale of a Tale in Eden, NSW

On the south coast of NSW you’ll find the town of Eden, one of Australia’s whale watching hotspots. There on the Sapphire Coast you’ve got a reasonable chance of spotting humpbacks, orcas, southern right whales, minkes, and maybe even a blue whale if you’re *very* lucky. The downside of being a whale magnet is that […]

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Yep, Lightning Ridge is Strange

I had the following conversation at least three times with strangers in St. George, Queensland: Stranger: “Have you been to Lightning Ridge yet?” Me: “Not yet, but that’s our next stop.” Stranger: (Knowing glances at companions, raised eyebrows, head nods) “It’s…well, it’s a strange place. I can’t really explain it, but you’ll know when you […]

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The night some dirtbag stole our camper trailer

Jared and I woke to a frantic knock on the bedroom door at 6:30am the morning after Melbourne Cup. “Your trailer’s gone.” Stunned, we roused ourselves. I had heard what his cousin said, but I didn’t believe it until I went outside. There was the car, parked right in front of the house, but behind […]

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How Not to Ask a Stranger to Take Your Photo

Byron Bay contains the most easterly point in mainland Australia. Like any good point of interest, there is a sign legitimizing it. If you want a picture of yourself with the sign, you either have to wait in line or sneak in like a ninja when the other people are examining the photos they just […]

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Good Omens in Byron Bay

We booked seven nights in Byron Bay, and the sun was shining when we rolled into town. It was a good omen, I thought, while fighting the crowd in the surf for a piece of wave. The next day I dropped my phone on the concrete floor of the camp kitchen, smashing the screen. It […]

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Is Yamba Still the Best Town in Australia?

When I first moved to Newcastle I was not impressed. It struck me as dull and suburban, especially in contrast to London, where I’d most recently lived. Newy lacked the backpacker vibe I’d loved in Coffs, and if I wanted to get to the beach from my in-laws’ place, I had to drive. Like, in […]

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