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Australia 2004

This trip to Australia was strictly for chilling and hanging out with the friends I was visiting, so I didn't do too much gadding about in the relatively short time I was there. I did have a fabulous, magical time nonetheless.

I flew in to Brisbane airport from Christchurch which was the last point of my short but hectic 10 days whizzing round New Zealand.

Within a 2-3 hours of being picked up from the airport we were back on familiar territory having crossed the border from Queensland into New South Wales.

The drive gave us a bit of time to catch up on all the local goss and see what had changed since the last time I was there about 5 years previously.

"Home" for the next 2½ weeks was Stoney Chute, near Nimbin, in rural, northern New South Wales. The whole area is really beautiful, set in a dramatic volcanic landscape surrounded by a ring of mountains. It's also very calming, just what I needed after a long, hard year.

Various friends stopped by to visit the Stoney Chute posse -- often intending to stop for just a day or the evening and ending up staying 2 or 3. Christmas wasn't far off and there were many reasons to party ... In fact my whole stay there turned out to be one long party -- it was great.

Although we spent a lot of time just hanging out and partying, we did have to make the occasional foray into town every now and again to top up the supplies (mainly beer, cider and chocolate!).

Trips into Nimbin were always a treat ... not least because they meant passing the magical, mystical and beautiful Nimbin Rocks.

Some days we went a little further afield. The beautiful Border Ranges National Park could be seen from the house, but we also had a fun packed afternoon driving over and checking it out more closely rather than just admiring from afar.

En route we stopped off at the local version of Hanging Rock -- not the one of Picnic At Hanging Rock Fame -- but it was a rock, it hung, it was very idyllic and if we'd been organised enough we could have brought a picnic.

Other days were spent mooching around some of the surrounding towns like Bangalow, and the beach at Byron Bay. I have fond (if slightly painful) memories of a certain tattoo parlour in luvverly Lismore ...

All that fresh air and beauty was really just preparation for 3 days of debauchery over New Year. On New Year's Eve, we donned our glad rags and headed into Lismore for Tropical Fruits dance party. Danced two nights away with brief returns home for refuelling and sleep stops.

Luckily Nimbin is such a healing, calming kind of a place conducive to rapid recovery so we were able to start all over again the next day.

I loved my stay here. We had a whole heap of fun, and I met a whole heap of great people.

I sorely miss the days spent lying swinging in a hammock in the sunshine, looking out over a beautiful view, cold beer or cider in hand, surrounded by fabulous folk. But, as ever, all good things must come to an end ... unfortunately.


Click on a picture to enlarge it and get a short description of the place

Wallaby and Joey, Nimbin, NSW Australia
Stoney Chute


Nimbin, NSW, Australia


Nimbin Rocks, Nimbin, NSW, Australia
Nimbin Rocks


Border Ranges, NSW, Australia
Border Ranges


Hanging Rock swimming hole, Wadesville, NSW, Australia
Hanging Rock

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