Kings Canyon



Kings Canyon, Watarrka National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

About 300 kms north west of Uluru and about the same distance south west of Alice Springs, deep in the desert of Central Australia, there’s a spectacular spot made (somewhat) famous by ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’. As well as shots taken at Carmichael Crag, the high point at the western tip of the George Gill Range, there’s also a spot on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk known as ‘Priscilla’s Gap’ (where the character posed in various outfits). Continue reading

Uluru Sunrise


Uluru, Central Australia

Because I knew you’d want to see the sunrise on Uluru as well as the sunset, I rose before dawn and joined a surprising number of other hardy souls on the same mission. We swarmed to the designated viewing point, alighted from our buses and cars and vans for a quick cup of tea in the dark, then hoofed through the desert sands to snag an ideal viewing spot. It’s a testament to the organisers of this pilgrimage that ¬†everyone can take photos of The Rock (because we all need more of those) without showing any people. The empty desert myth is preserved in everyone’s digital devices. Continue reading

Uluru Sunset


Uluru, Central Australia

Out at ‘The Rock’ in Central Australia, the tour buses, campervans, cars, trucks, mini-vans and motorbikes all converge on the “sunset viewing area” about half an hour before the sun is due to go down. Most people have a glass of domestic sparkling wine in hand, and a finger-full of snacks. The avid photographers (almost everyone) soon have to put down these impediments, however, because taking pictures is what it’s all about. Continue reading

Medieval Party Time


Medieval Madness


This blog interrupts its usual fare of travel, opera, art and adventure to bring you a picture gallery from a recent Birthday Party of note, that of a certain seven year old. This year’s theme was Medieval Times, complete with a Dark Knight, a Silver Knight, at least one Princess, Sir Tain, a Witch with an apple, and a search for the Holy Grail. It’s that search you can follow as the intrepid party-goers follow the clues and defeat the Black Knight to hold aloft the Grail.

Happy seventh birthday, Pandora! Continue reading

Winter Culture in Sydney


Opera Australia Open Day

Opera Australia Open Day

Sydney has had a brilliant winter, weather-wise, with clear blue days, sunshine with a crisp winter edge, and just enough rain to caress the garden. It’s time I gave you a round-up of what’s been happening culture-wise. On my personal Sydney Winter Culture menu were festivals, exhibitions, performances, and of course a little opera…Here’s a brief round-up. Continue reading

Sydney Biennale


Jim Lambie’s striped floor (MCA)

Having gone to a lot of effort to visit the Venice Biennale, I thought I should make a little more to get out the door and into some of the galleries and other venues to check out the 19th Sydney Biennale – a contemporary art event that is rather well-regarded. I must say I was pretty impressed with some of what I saw, though – as is natural – not everything. I didn’t manage to get to every venue, but did check out the works at The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of NSW; and I took the ferry to Cockatoo Island, an ex-industrial site, and spend a long afternoon wandering around and being surprised. Continue reading

The Battle of Hastings


Battle, UK

If, like me, you claim descent from William the Conqueror (and there’s plenty of English people who can) you’ll be interested in The Battle of Hastings, that seminal moment in 1066 when the Norman king defeated Harold of the Anglo-Saxons. Who was in the right? William or Harold? Who had a better right to the throne of England? Continue reading