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Dear Lucy, Rain check? Love, Australia.

We left Airlie beach promptly at 4.30am the following morning, meeting our new tour group but not growing greatly attached as we were merely travelling with them for the day. 2,888 more words

The Magic of Maggie Island

Magnetic Island is a pure gem of paradise only 30 minutes away from tropical Townsville, a popular pit-stop for backpackers who are exploring Australia’s East Coast… 453 more words


Magnetic Island

Well hello old friend. Its been some time. Laziness perhaps. That or a preoccupation with doing rather than writing. The positive is that the entries will be written for a while at least retrospectively. 771 more words

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