Odd Ambiance at Temple of Breakfast

Before I left Australia I had a weekend to kill in the city of Brisbane, QLD.  On the way back from a long night of field testing the city’s bar selection I stumbled across a twenty-four hour church.  But it’s not a place to worship jeebus or that elephant with ten hands… it’s been converted…

Black Mountain Road

Black Mountain Road (BMR) is a great track about twenty clicks north of Cairns, QLD that I had the chance to explore on my last trip to Cape York.  Running about forty kilometers between Kuranda and Julatten, it’s a chance to get off the pavement early if you’re heading up north… worth checking out especially…

Cape York I (Early May 2011)

My first tour with OAT kicked off beautifully.  Not only was I driving a massive vehicle I could never afford, but I got to dress like Steve Irwin and say cool things into a CB radio like “proceeding to rendezvous point.” I still couldn’t believe my good fortune for getting this opportunity. For the first…

Rental Car Relocation… Legit?

With some time to kill I shopped around for a rental car.  I thought it might be a good way to see the area on my own time before going on-duty for the desert crossings.  But of course, all the rental cars are shitty and there are a hundred stipulations to keep you from having…

Frozen Fish; Colder but Less Cool than Live Fish

Last night I (literally) bumped into a portly gentleman on the steps at my hostel.  I apologized and started to pass him when he got my attention again and asked if I knew any “fit guys looking for some cash work tonight.” “Uh, do I have to get naked?” He replied with a hearty Santa…

Taste of the Jungle

Took advantage of a free trip into the (outskirts of) the Northern Queensland jungle, courtesy of the hostel I’m currently based at. A short trek through the mud brought us to a waterfall, but being Australia you couldn’t touch anything without risking paralysis.  Including the mysterious blonde chick I came across on the rocks.

The suit looks way cooler with diving gear over it.

Cairns, Queensland: Even the British girls are hot.

Carins, Queensland is another Australian city with a teaser oceanfront location- the asshole jellyfish won’t let anybody in the ocean without a goofy skin-tight Star Trek outfit on. Despite being in the middle of absolutely nowhere, Cairns has a pretty impressive nightlife and tourist infrastructure. That might be because it’s just a 90 minute boat…

Working, Living With Strangers. Safe Enough.

When some dude I barely know asked if I wanted to go help his friend I’ve never met renovate his house I figured I’d be crazy not to. So I ended up in Mackay, Queensland for the weekend… a lovely town with cranes for a skyline and money lenders advertising “$200 Cash Loans Now!” Yikes,…

Stuck in “Paradise”

Living in a rented jungle hut at Airlie Beach, Queensland with three Swedes, three aussie football (soccer) players and some chick from New Zealand. With the word “Beach” in the town’s name you would think there’d be one, but alas the coast is rocky and swimming is forbidden due to a high concentration of deadly…

Squashing Spiders at Landcruiser Park

Had a chance to join Dave of P7 Offroad a few days ago as he taught one of his 4WD courses.  We made a 4AM journey to the famous “Landcruiser Park” in Kilcoy, Queensland- and with an address of “MS526, Diaper Road”, you know this place is out there. We spent about six hours climbing,…