agnes water and 1770

10 things to discover at Agnes Water

Agnes Water and Town of 1770 at the southern end of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef have come a long way since I first visited the Discovery Coast, long before the access roads were sealed.   Back then, generally only Bundaberg and Gladstone locals who were looking for quiet fishing spots, and their relatives like us, […]


Olivetti trumps Captain James Cook

Captain James Cook was swiftly demoted to second rank in my eyes when I discovered a long-lost love, Olivetti, at the Agnes Water Museum. Despite Captain Cook’s notable achievements in charting Newfoundland and leading discovery expeditions to Australia, New Zealand and the Hawaiian Islands, I could only think of Olivetti. My heart skipped a beat […]

art gallery

Outdoor art gallery a surprise find

Discovering Kent Barton’s outdoor art gallery on my first excursion at Agnes Water was a good sign I’d made the right choice in agreeing to a three-week house sitting stint in the region. I’m not fussed on fishing or surfing so what else is there to do at Agnes Water and the neighbouring Town of […]

Mary Poppins Festival

Mary Poppins Festival 2017


Recycling old jeans to soothe souls

Out-of-work anthropologist Vickie Hartland has found her groove recycling old jeans to create bears that bring comfort to people around the globe.  “Making Comfort Bears is my accidental business,” Vickie said when I met her recently at the Cairns Esplanade Markets. “When found myself out of work, I made a bear for my grandson and put a […]


Sailing v sashaying at Yorkeys Knob 

For a landlubber more used to hoofing it across cow paddocks than sailing, when ‘Captain Awesome’ spoke of jibing, I thought he was into dancing.  You know, jiving! That’s the international ballroom dance style which originated in the United States from African-Americans in the early 1930s and popular throughout the 1940s.  I must get my hearing […]

Cooktown Cemetery

Cemetery steeped in history

For a free snapshot of any town’s history, one of the best places to visit is the local cemetery. I’d never considered a cemetery to be a tourist destination until my late husband, Don, and I visited Norfolk Island. Soon after arrival, he made a beeline for the cemetery! “That’s odd,” I thought at the […]

Rock around the croc at Cooktown

Rock around the croc at Cooktown

When this year’s Discovery Festival at Cooktown kicked off last week, even the wildlife put on a stunning show to welcome the deluge of visitors. Spotted on a bank of the Annan River just south of the town in Far North Queensland was Blackie, the five-metre male croc that rules the area. Last time I visited Cooktown, […]

Discovery Festival

Cooktown Discovery Festival 2017