Cruising Sydney : Parramatta River

rivercatBeing in Sydney for a stint, while we wait for the motor upgrade on our cruiser we have been forced to take advantage of public transport. Now, we are both retired and had arranged for the local ‘Opal’ transport cards. As pensioners and seniors we have our own class of card and what a gem these ‘Opal’ cards are… And what a wonderful fraternity of senior concessions NSW has, this specifically in the Sydney region for golden oldies to enjoy. Wake up Queensland… the Go-card’s barely cut it in comparison. Both these cards, as within other States, have been designed to facilitate the use of public transport with ‘tap on, tap off’ technology and I LOVE our NSW ‘Opal’ Cards.

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Australia’s Remarkable Pre-History

In this article I am going to ask that you come on a journey with me, one back in time and beyond our own culture, the culture you are most familiar with. I am going to ask that you leave this behind for a moment and come travel back beyond the time of Australia’s written record, back into pre-history.

We are going to go beyond the dogma of an English colony, that of a penal settlement in Sydney Cove 1788 which was a colony of men and women enslaved by a military and social ‘upper’ class who commonly saw themselves beyond the law. I want you to step with me into a strange new world. It is not Terra Nullius as the English insisted, it is a healthy and thriving culture that had travelled a vast landscape for tens of thousands of years. This is a time before the English arrived.

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The First Australians – Our Aboriginal History

Const. Willshire and Native police in Arrernte lands

A Informal Picture : The Native Police

While sitting on The Homesite waiting for The Man to get back from down south while he is on a mission of his own, I have been exploring the free “on demand” telly options over the Internet. A remarkable series, which I have found free to air, is the SBS series “First Australians”.

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Grey Nomads and The Digital Divide

digital ageWhen we set out on The Lap eighteen months ago we thought we were doing very well. I had actually convinced The Man that a smart phone was the way to go… so now we’re duly armed with one each. This is progress. The Man hates mobile phones and while they are invaluable when trying to find him in a shopping centre, this was the only use he could think of for those pesky mobile phones.

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Nulla Nulla

Nulla_Nulla_Cover_for_Kindle copyAvailable for only a few days is a promotional download of the e-book Nulla Nulla and find a Breath of Yesteryear

A trip into Colonial Australia as told by Cecil Roy Mackaway

This is an account of growing up in the Hunter Valley north of Sydney. The tales and the vernacular used are of an era now passed. Join Cecil as brings to life the world of colonial Aus’

For other books on travelling around Aus’ see “Around the Campfire” and the stories from “Discovering Australia and Her Lore”

Jan also writes novels on contemporary Aboriginal Australia. In The Dreaming Series, you will walk with the Shaman as they struggle to survive in a contemporary world. Each book from The Dreaming Series is a tale in its own right, each book will step you into a world hidden from your own.

To discover more of the ancient Aboriginal Lore, visit the page dedicated to exploring this Lore in “Australia an Ancient Land”.

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Secret Places – Sydney’s Cave Dwellers

Screen Shot 2014-04-12 at 7.07.41 pmYou wake to the sound of the ocean swell breaking against sandstone. The dawn is breaking as the endless surging roll of the Pacific Ocean drives its swell in through the narrow sandstone cliffs at the head of Botany Bay. It is here where Lieutenant Cook moored up. It was here that he sent his men ashore looking for water. It was the Great Southern Land of what soon became New Holland, then New South Wales.

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Freecamping Around “Country” and What It Means

Screen Shot 2013-12-07 at 7.04.36 amWe are currently back where we began many years ago.. in fact we are fluffing around what could be considered “Country”.  The meaning of the term, in the Aussie modern vernacular, means a great deal. It is where you find your world, where you are at home even though it may not be your home anymore. It is often the place of your birth and passage to adulthood as within the Aboriginal meaning.

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Camping Amongst the Giants – Victoria’s Forests

forest campbarkThere is nothing quite like the dawn as it sweeps through the forest in the early break of day. These are the things that I love about camping in the forestry. The forests are a place of mystery for me, a place of quite contemplation where you can sit with the giants of the land. Here in Victoria it is a wonderful place to enjoy the forests. Having recently been in the west coast forests of the US where the trees are mostly pine, I can truly appreciate the diversity of Aussie forests. It is coming on winter here… autumn has settled and the beautiful gums are shedding their coats of bark, littering the forest floor. The colours are breathtaking.  Continue reading

WA’s Recreational Camps – A History

Sunrise WAWhile we are preparing to point our noses east across the ‘Nullabor’ once more, (colonial spelling here), having dawdled around the shores of the SW corner of Western Australia, there is a history here that has become more evident. It is an unexpected tale perhaps. We have all heard of Australia’s whaling history, where the giants of the sea were once harvested indiscriminately along our shores and particularly along the shores of the SW WA, while settlement and colonization crept across the land. The harvest that is believed to have begun around 1837 was huge and bountiful and it decimated the whale population leaving a lasting impression on places like Albany, Esperance and much of the south west coast in a vivid history. The industry lured the French and Yanks to our shores as their ships cargoed the convicts and then turned their interests to whales in season. On the return run back to their home port they took the bounty of our seas with them. This oceanic massacre however eventually led to the industries own demise as whale numbers declined steadily over the decades of indiscriminate hunting and killing.   Continue reading

Australia Day – A Peoples Celebration!

Australia DayFree E-book, available for download from Amazon.com for a short time to celebrate Australia Day and its true meaning.

“Out on the Never Never” is a true Australian adventure in traveling our land. One celebrating the love of our Land as two Grannies, two pups in a ‘Bitch Box’ set out to cross the continent in their little caravan… join them on their journey to discover modern-day Australia.

Celebrating our love of the Land and our Freedom. This is the original meaning of the peoples celebration known as Australia Day, the 26th January.

Down through the history of Australia many groups, factions and Governors have tried to hijack what is and always was the “peoples” celebration, this to their own cause but it is truly time we reclaimed what rightfully belongs to the people.

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