Brissy at New Years was pretty quiet not surprisingly as holiday makers were scattered up and down the coast. This worked out pretty well as we were able to explore the city without the usual traffic snarl. The fake beaches on the river were jam-packed with families and backpackers however the galleries weren’t and we […]
With the Daintree behind us we skirted the coast to Ellis Beach where some wild weather whipped up the sea and turned an idyllic tourist haven into a fight for survival for beachfront campers with tents. We planned to go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns however the weather wasn’t with us so […]
Somehow we’d made it as far as Queensland the long way around. But this isn’t the green lush part featured on the tourist brochures, it’s the dry and dusty North West. We found a pretty good spot to camp on the Camooweal billabong, not sure if we were in the shade of the coolibah tree […]
A blink and you miss it check point singled our entry into the Northern Territory followed by many hours of driving through mostly rocky and scrubby country. Lunch was at a speck on the landscape called Timber Creek and we pushed on into the afternoon until we arrived at Katherine tired and emotional after a […]
An abrupt departure from Broome mid morning in a cloud of red dust meant we weren’t traveling that far and decided to head to Derby which has special circular pier. This seemed the highlight of the place until we discovered an disused outdoor cinema which housed a wandering camel. Apparently the owner is keen to get […]
So we actually made it to Broome, which seemed like a significant achievement when you look at how far it is away from old Ballarat. The first thing you need to know when you arrive is that’s it’s dusty and hot…and there are about 20 shops that sell pearls. After settling on a caravan park […]
We had to decide whether we’d head up to coast to Karratha or inland to Karijini National Park, after consulting the Lonely Planet we opted to go inland as it was described as one of WA’s must see destinations. To drive from Nanaturra inland was spectacular with vivid wildflowers and red rocks piled on top of each […]
Leaving Perth in our wake we took a rather circuitous route North before making our destination of Jurien Bay in the early evening…can’t say too much about the place except it has a flash new pier and as we were up with all the school kids still on holidays we got cracking into the long […]
It was a sad goodbye to Margaret River. We had considered squatting in the house indefinitely, however our hosts weren’t keen on a house/caravan swap, (we did ask the question) so it was time to move on. Enroute to Perth we stopped in Busselton, to visit the longest wooden pier in the southern hemisphere. At […]
After a long drive to Esperance, we found the caravan park on the waterfront fully booked, so we ventured out to a park near the pink lake, which of course isn’t pink at all. We were so happy to be reunited with our traveler friends, that we met at Streaky Bay and paid the price […]
We decided to head North to Kalgoorlie for a few nights….it seemed like one of those places you have to see once and not necessarily for it’s charm. We found a free overnight camp site near town which we shared with a number of other caravans and motorhomes. Kalgoorlie certainly was an interesting place, the […]
Reluctantly dragging ourselves out of Streaky Bay we headed for Ceduna for supplies….this was caravan central, parked up all over the place. The Information Centre man repeated his Nallarbor spiel in a world weary tone like he’d said in 1000 times, which he probably had to e fair. Headed west for a few hours we […]
Breezed through Port Augusta and down the coast towards Port Lincoln, attempted to stop overnight at various towns but all had big signs saying “No Camping”…we’d been staying in caravan parks almost every night and now it was time to see how we went free camping. Unfortunately we were running out of light and not […]
While staying in the Clare Valley we heard about the town of Yakka which was described as a beautiful town with no people, which it was…..wide streets, perfectly preserved historic buildings and every shop closed. As we wandered up he middle of the main street one local pulled up and explained that everyone works in […]
Heading up the coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula we were trying to work out where to stay and settled on the town of Aldinga which is adjacent to Port Willunga and McLaren Vale, they really have it made with the beach and great wineries/food within 10 minutes of each other, also an excellent market at […]
Leaving the big island for a little island proved rather dramatic. The first challenge, reversing the caravan onto the ferry, into the seriously narrow space provided, looked daunting to say the least. When offered the option of having one of the crew do the job, I gratefully accepted… I’m sure the crowd of passengers didn’t […]
Departing from Port Fairy in gloomy conditions we resolved to make it to the warmer (hopefully) climate of Robe, visiting Portland, Cape Nelson and Cape Bridgewater enroute….the lighthouse at Cape Nelson was suitably spectacular in a classic style…whitewashed walls, built to withstand howling gales, much like today. Well it’s goodbye to Victoria and hello to South Australia! The only indication that we had arrived, was a […]
After much preparation and procrastination, Paula and I have finally hit the road on our trip around Australia….and what a way to start by heading into the wettest spell seen for many months. Apollo Bay was our first stop, where I managed to break the weight distribution system on the caravan (it was faulty, not my fault) and had […]
My Abandoned Places series has been selected to exhibit at the Backspace Gallery from 24th April – 11 May, see details on opening hours in flyer below.
Exhibition opening is on Saturday 26th April between 2 – 4pm.
Why Abandoned Places?
I’ve been exploring the theme for a number of years as for some reason I’m drawn to the broken down and derelict.
These places, often built with great hopes, have gradually outlived their purpose, now lying discarded and have fallen into decay…..Who worked, lived or played in these places? What happened there and what secrets do they hold
Often surrounded by vast empty spaces, yet still tentatively connected to the outside world, the images capture these lonely monuments to human endeavour and habitations.
In doing I hope to bring new life to places otherwise deserted and forgotten.