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Remembering Norman Kunkel

Today is the 10th anniversary of my father’s death. His death went unremarked in the wider world as he was always a loner and never cultivated a friendship circle but of course for me it was a sadly memorable event. 1,500 more words

Kunkel Family History

Airlie Beach, Magnetic Island and Cairns

I arrived in Airlie Beach in the blistering hot sun at 8am after a ten hour overnight bus journey.  I chose to stay away from the main street where most of the hostels are located, and booked into Backpackers By The Bay.   577 more words


Australia Part 1: Cairns To Brisbane

This was a great part of the trip, the snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef and seeing wild Koalas on magnetic Island were real highlights of my travels! 456 more words


Sea Air And Writing

In September I was able to attend a local Writers Retreat at Magnetic Island in North Queensland (Australia).
The day was filled with wonderful company and two workshops on editing and marketing. 30 more words

Magnetic Island / Townsville, QLD

I absolutely loved my time on Magnetic Island and would definitely go back. There is plenty to explore with paths through the bush to viewpoints and archaeological sites, as well as along the coast connecting all the bays. 197 more words


Townsville - Gateway to Magnetic Island

Townsville won’t be winning any awards for place names, in a country that boasts such peaches as Bong Bong, Cock Wash, Useless Loop and Eggs and Bacon Bay its just a bit tame. 532 more words

The magic of Magnetic Island 

Before moving to Australia, I was unhappy with my daily routine and it was sucking me into a place I didn’t want to be. When I bought my plane ticket I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for, but when I arrived on the island for what was meant to be a two day trip, I knew I’d find something I needed there. 1,000 more words