Bay of Fires: Tasmania’s stunning natural wonder

 |  by  |  Daredevil, featured

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

Please, Mr Flying Instructor, don’t slap me on the head

 |  by  |  Daredevil, featured

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

Leaving on a trashed plane, don’t know if I’ll be back again

 |  by  |  Daredevil, featured

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

When Dreamworks Came to Stanley: Dispatches from Tasmania

The latest book from Midlifexpress columnist Susan Bell is now available on Amazon Kindle.
The following post is taken from the introduction.

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…

Read More

Mr Magoo goes sailing

 |  by  |  Daredevil, featured

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,…

Read More

The restaurant at the end of Corinna

 |  by  |  Daredevil, featured

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

A town like Wynyard

 |  by  |  Daredevil, featured

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

My memory of Israel

 |  by  |  Daredevil, featured

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

The magic of Stanley

 |  by  |  Daredevil, featured

 

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

Safely cycle like a pro with Sue’s top ten tips

 |  by  |  Daredevil

Cycling is one of life’s great joys.

Read More

Plants, birds, rocks and Jamie Oliver: Shipping out to a desert vision fast

A Vision Fast is a rite of passage.

Read More

Who’d be a time traveller in Elizabethan England?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFNCFMT6Tas

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 was a World War 1 wire cutter: What do you think you were?

 |  by  |  Daredevil, featured

I admit that cutting wire on the Western Front is not exciting.

Read More

Youth hostels for midlife travellers

 |  by  |  Daredevil

I never did lose the habit of staying in backpacking hostels.

Read More

Budapest: City of secrets

 |  by  |  Daredevil, featured

I wondered leading up to my departure if I wanted to go.

Read More

The art of earthing

I’ve just arrived in Darwin, Australia’s tropical northern capital.

Read More
daredevil with champagne

Have you performed random acts of daredevilry lately?

 |  by  |  Daredevil

Are you paying attention to your inner Daredevil?

Read More

What’s your kryptonite?

 |  by  |  Daredevil, featured

Alas, counteracting my superpower is my kryptonite equivalent.

Read More
Frecycinet

Freycinet

This beautiful corner of the world lies on Tasmania’s East Coast.

Read More
motel sign

10 reasons why midlife travel rocks

 |  by  |  Daredevil, featured

I’ve discovered travelling in midlife holds benefits.

Read More