I’ve just returned from camping at Bay of Fires on Tasmania’s East Coast.
The camp is one of the annual, end-of-year activities for Year 9 students. The last Year 9 camp I attended was Maria Island where the teenagers were nearly as feral as the island’s Tassie Devils.
This camp was different.
The students were less…Read More
Ever wondered what it’s like behind the wheel of a small plane?
I took a two hour introductory flying lesson at Melbourne’s Moorabbin airport to find out.
Of course, taking to the sky in a small piece of metal is never going to run smoothly.
Shortly before my flight, the weather deteriorated and the airport was closed. I had…Read More
In 1981, my mother and I flew with Qantas to Los Angeles. I was a teenager and it was my first international flight.
I was impressed with the beautiful flight attendants who could all just as easily been models. They served us orange juice in little containers and supplied warm flannel hand…Read More
The latest book from Midlifexpress columnist Susan Bell is now available on Amazon Kindle.
The following post is taken from the introduction.
This book is a collection of articles about living and travelling in Tasmania and includes some of the more controversial issues facing the state such as the fight against logging…
Recently, a work colleague (let’s call him Stu) invited me to crew his boat for the annual Table Cape Cup sailing race. Normally I’m happy to assist a friend, but the problem is that Stu is a disaster magnet.
You might recall Mr Magoo, the cartoon character who caused mayhem for everyone when he lost his glasses,…
If Douglas Adams were still alive, he’d find Corinna uncannily similar to the quirky café from his famous book The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
Corinna nestles in the midst of a rainforest on the Whyte River in East Tasmania and can only be accessed in two ways: a barge from Zeehan or a long and…Read More
I’d never heard of Wynyard until I bought a small acreage nearby on Tasmania’s North West Coast.
Wyynard (population 4,800) could never be mistaken for a hip and happening place and its streets and green rolling hills certainly exude the tranquil melancholia common to small, isolated hamlets.
Yet, there’s more to this quirky place than meets the eye.
In the early…Read More
I once worked on a scuba diving boat in the holiday resort town of Eilat on the border of Israel and Egypt.
This was in 1993 during a lull in hostilities between the Israelis and Palestinians and just before Yitzhak Rabin was shot.
I met Israelis who were nice people and some who…Read More
If Stanley didn’t exist then you would have to invent it.
This quirky town (population 428) sits on the North West Coast of Tasmania. It derives its name from former British Prime Minister Lord Stanley and was originally claimed by the Van Diemen’s Land Company and settled in 1826.
Situated in Circular Head, Stanley has a thriving scallop industry…Read More
Cycling is one of life’s great joys.Read More
A Vision Fast is a rite of passage.Read More
The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England is a fascinating BBC TV series (on YouTube).
Its premise is that if you were to visit this era, you’d need a visitor’s handbook because the 16th century is no place for 21st century softies like us.
Presenter Ian Mortimer spends much of his life shuffling through musty manuscripts,…Read More
I admit that cutting wire on the Western Front is not exciting.Read More
I never did lose the habit of staying in backpacking hostels.Read More
I wondered leading up to my departure if I wanted to go.Read More
I’ve just arrived in Darwin, Australia’s tropical northern capital.Read More
Are you paying attention to your inner Daredevil?Read More
Alas, counteracting my superpower is my kryptonite equivalent.Read More
This beautiful corner of the world lies on Tasmania’s East Coast.Read More
I’ve discovered travelling in midlife holds benefits.Read More