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Casual Excursions


The world is an amazing place. And the fantastic thing is that you do not need to travel to famous landmarks or strange and exotic locations to experience interesting and wonderful things.

You do not really need to fly in a balloon, climb a mountain, go white-water rafting, or take an ocean cruise to break the monotony of every-day life. Of course, we may dream of visiting such fabulous places and participating in such exciting activities and, with luck and good management, perhaps one day we will. But, meanwhile, some of life’s greatest pleasures can be derived from casual excursions not too far from home.

If we open our senses – I mean really open our senses and see and listen and smell and touch – there might be something quite special waiting an hour’s drive away or just up the street. Or even in your own backyard!

You might not be able to get to Paris, or London, or the Grand Canyon next weekend Beach image(unless you live near one of those places, of course), but you might be able to grab the kids and head of to the nearest National Park and go trekking through the bush for a bit. Even if the walking tracks are safe and well-defined and the chances of you meeting a tiger are pretty remote, you’ll most probably come home feeling refreshed and perhaps just a little more at peace with the universe.


The Louvre or the Metropolitan Museum of Art might be a little problematical for a Sunday afternoon outing, but you might find some hidden treasures in your local museum, even if it is only a tin shed staffed by volunteers from the local Historical Society.

This website features some of my own casual excursions. Many of these destinations are quite unlikely to ever make it into glossy tourist brochures or sophisticated travel websites. But they are worth seeing nonetheless. Each one of these places has given me something valuable – peace, relaxation, enlightenment or just the pleasure one receives from experiencing something beautiful or inspiring even for just a few brief moments in time.

One of my primary motivations for building this website is to give some small, but richly deserved recognition to such special places.

I also want to thank my former employer, Portland Movers, American Family Van Lines for a No Worries move to Australia.

Sharon Gorge – Bundaberg Queensland

sharon-gorge-main4  If you’ve even driven between the town of Gin Gin and the city of Bundaberg in Queensland, you may have noticed a quiet rest area located a few kilometers north of the village of Sharon. The rest area has the usual facilities, including toilets, picnic tables and BBQ’s.

But it also has a terrific extra feature that even many Bundaberg locals might not be aware of. Originating from the rest area, a walking track winds its way throug

h the thick bush of Sharon George down to the banks of the Burnett River. The walk is very tranquil, with only the sounds of bird and insects calls, and the rustling of bush denizens to break the silence.

At one point in the walk, the track arrives at a wonderful,and quite unexpected, grove of tall and slender palm trees. Being in such contrast to the surrounding bush, the palm tree grove seems almost otherworldly. Further down the track, stately gum trees reach skyward.sharon-gorge-main3

The track finally emerges at a wide and slow-flowing portion of the Burnett River. On the day that we visited, ski boats thundered down the river, seeming quite incongruous after the peace and solitude of the bush walk.

The Sharon Gorge walk takes around 15 to 20 minutes each way – or longer if you take your time and enjoy the bush. Be sure to take some insect repellent as the area provides a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and there were certainly plenty during our excursion.

To get to the Gorge, drive north along the road to Gin Gin from Bundaberg for approximately twelve kilometres. The gorge is located on the left when heading towards Gin Gin, around four kilometres past the Sharon service station. Look for a rest area sign. The road-side sign identifies the area as “Sharon Nature Park” while other signage near the walkway is labelled “Sharon Gorge”.


Coonarr Beach – Bundaberg Queensland

coonarr-7 Coonarr is one of the very best beaches in the entire Bundaberg district. Its clean, wide sands and beautiful ocean vistas never fail to lift my spirits. And, one of the best features of the beach is that it is almost always peaceful and crowd-free.

In fact, quite often when I visit the beach I find myself totally alone with this fabulous expanse of sand and sea all to myself. Even on relatively “crowded” days, I might only encounter the odd fisherman, a few other walkers like myself, and the occasional family on a beach picnic.

There is nothing like walking alone along a lonely beach if you need to kick back and think about the meaning of life ancoonarr6d other important stuff and Coonarr Beach really fits the bill for this. And of course, like any beach, Coonarr makes for a great day trip for the family as well.

To get to Coonarr Beach, travel from Bundaberg along the Goodwood Road until you reach the Elliot River. Turn left onto the Coonarr Road under the railway bridge and follow the signs. There are actually shorter ways to get to the beach (check alocal map), but the Elliot River route is a very pleasant drive if you are not in a hurry. There is a section of gravel road leading into the beach but you do not need a four wheel drive as long as you stick to the main access track.

Picnic tables, BBQ’s and public toilets are available at the beach, but there are no shops. Right now, only a few houses and shacks are built along Coonarr Beach, but this is likely to change in the future.
Click here to view a Gallery of Coonarr Beach Photographs

A short slideshow of our Coonarr Beach Excursioncoonarr-5

Whale Watching – Hervey Bay Queensland


There are few more majestic creatures on our planet than the humpback whale. I live just a short drive away from Hervey Bay, a destination recognized as one of the best places in the world to view whales in their natural environment.

The Hervey Bay whale watching season stretches from late July to early November each year and my family and I were lucky enough to experience a wonderful whale watching excursion at the height of the season.whale_watch-2

We embarked on the “Spirit of Hervey Bay”, one of the newer whale watching vessels in the region. This large catamaran is well appointed with several viewing areas including underwater widows. After a very pleasant cruise through the calm waters of the Bay, we began to spot whales in the distance. Soon, we were able to view a number of magnificent Humpback whales as they swam around, and sometimes under, our vessel.

Often, the whales seemed very curious, raising one huge eye out of the water to peer up at us.
For several hours, we followed different pods of whales and were rewarded time and time again with spectacular, close-up views. Whale watching is a fantastic experience and one not to be missed.