Norfolk Island

A recent visit to Norfolk which is an amazing small Island in the South Pacific with some great scenery and climate. It’s the kind of place for people who like to get away from it all and not be interrupted by white noise such as phones, traffic and crowds. You won’t find any large shopping malls here but what you will find is friendly local hospitality and a lot of things to see, especially things of historic value. It is also a place where the locals come out to wave planes goodbye at the airport. I think that sums it up right there and I was lucky enough able to capture a few pics during my stay.

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Terrigal

This is a small coastal town close to Sydney that apart from a big hotel everything else blends into landscape nicely with beaches to cater for locals and tourists without losing it’s mojo. It’s always hard to balance growth without destroying natural beauty but I think this place is nice.

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Port Macquarie

A well laid out coastal town that is in stark contrast to Byron Bay, it is looked after and easy to get around with some nice scenery and good beaches. Check out the local who came to greet me even though I wasn’t carrying any treats to give away.

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Byron Bay

It’s been some 35 years since I last visited this iconic town located in the most eastern part of Australia. At that time it was pristine and now it looks a lot less than that. While nature dealt it a great hand with beaches and landscape, the people living in the town seem to be oblivious to just how tourists vs infrastructure are a complete mismatch. The roads are now all goat tracks and it looks very much like a town left to deteriorate without any planning for growth. However I was amused by the council literally putting parking meters everywhere including the beaches without anything to show for it. They have lived off a reputation that cashes in on an endless supply of millennials due to music and arts community festivals without too much thought on anything other than that. I’m sure the locals would say otherwise but to an outsider it looks like a tired old town that lost it’s way.

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Call of the wild

Here are some of the local wild life caught around my treks through National parks around the Sunshine coast area. The Koala’s get an easy life with 16-18 hours sleep a day so when you do spot them it’s usually up a tree doing exactly that. Then there is the Kookaburra which are a unique bird to Australia and they have a very distinct call which resembles sometimes like a human laughing. Its a sound all Australian’s who live near the bush are very familiar with early morning and evening.

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Noosa National Park

Noosa has some nice beaches and a great National park on the headland to walk around. It’s such nice scenery you can easily forget the walk all together. The paths are well maintained and most of it is well shaded due to the tropical climate. I particularly like the way the ocean reflects a nice shade of blue and it’s a favourite play ground for winter escapes from the south and international tourists.

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Brunswick Heads

This was a annual family holiday place in my teens that involved a long road trip not unlike the “Griswolds” vacation treks. But pleasant memories and long days at the beach the town has not changed much at all. It is as if time has stood still, the only thing missing was the juke box in the milk bar.

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Gosford Classic Car Museum

This Classic Car Museum is something else, it has all the boys toys anyone could dream of. What’s even better they are all under one roof, for any car enthusiast it’s a must see. Especially for those rare cars that most of us would not likely see in our lifetime. Plus a huge collection of classic cars from almost every vintage. A special favourite of mine is a restored sixties “James Bond” style model Aston Martin DB5

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Calexico

Saw this group at Enlighten too, they are good. As I already had a couple of their Albums I was keen to see how they would sound live and I wasn’t disappointed. I particularly like this song.

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Enlighten 2016 Canberra

Took these pics at the Enlighten Festival in Canberra. Please excuse the lack of sharpness as I took them without a tripod with most being a 2 second exposure. So I had to hold the camera as steady as I could by hand without any props near by.

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