Bay of Fires: Tasmania’s stunning natural wonder

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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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…

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Mr Magoo goes sailing

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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,…

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The restaurant at the end of Corinna

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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…

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A town like Wynyard

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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…

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My memory of Israel

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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…

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