The Gold Coast is best known for meth-addicted single mothers, drunken teenagers shitting in the streets, rampant home invasions and roided-up pindicks with shit tribal tatts. But head inland, climb up into the hinterland, and it's possible to lose yourself in a natural wonderland of indescribable beauty. Tamborine Mountain is around 45 minutes west of … Continue reading Gold Coast Hinterland
Narrabri and Mount Kaputar
Looking for the rest of my shorts The Doug Sky Lookout sounds like it was named after an '80s porno star, but offers the best views in the park You can see something like 10 percent of the state from the top of Mount Kaputar. Unfortunately, it's not the 10 percent that's full of topless … Continue reading Narrabri and Mount Kaputar
The King of Bathurst
It's almost impossible to top a visit to Lithgow, but as I continued my journey to rekindle an old flame in Orange, I was determined to make the most of it. My next stop was Bathurst, which is Australia's oldest inland city and was founded on gold. Who cares about any of that, though - … Continue reading The King of Bathurst
Oh, Mount Wilson! Blue Mountains, Lithgow and the frozen outskirts of Bathurst
Orange is a five-hour drive from Gosford, so I decided to break up the trip by seeing a few sites along the way. After all, it had been two decades since I found and lost love within the space of five minutes, so what was another few days? The road winds its way through the … Continue reading Oh, Mount Wilson! Blue Mountains, Lithgow and the frozen outskirts of Bathurst
Barrington – Tops!
With the Wu-Flu destroying economies and riots popping off around the globe, 2020 will see The Drunk and Jobless World Tour stay a little closer to home. But that's just dandy, because Australia is the best country in the world, and I'll take sharks and spiders over sick and deranged foreigners any day. First stop … Continue reading Barrington – Tops!
Goon and lagoons: The Laguna de los Tres trail
The Laguna de los Tres hiking trail in El Chalten, Argentina, is one of the most awe-inspiring walks in tbe world. It sweeps along ancient cliffs, past raging rivers, and towards glowing glaciers - but I didn't get to enjoy much of it because I was monumentally hungover after a night of drinking the dodgiest … Continue reading Goon and lagoons: The Laguna de los Tres trail
El Chaltén is an el champion place!
I've been to plenty of out-of-the-way places over the years, but few have been as remote as the Argentinean village of El Chaltén. This tiny dot on the map is home to just 1600 people and a bloody long way from anywhere - around 220km down the road from El Calafate, which itself has a … Continue reading El Chaltén is an el champion place!
Torres del Paine, Day Quattro: The rain in Paine falls mostly on me
Torrential rain. Sub-zero temperatures. Sleet and snow. Cyclonic winds. They sound like good names for heavy metal bands, but they're not the kind of words you want to hear while you're hiking through Chile's Torres del Paine National Park. My fourth day on the W Trek dawned with absolutely appalling weather that saw a number … Continue reading Torres del Paine, Day Quattro: The rain in Paine falls mostly on me
Torres del Paine, Day Dos: Prances to Frances
After a spectacular first day in Chile's Torres del Paine National Park, I was looking forward to a cracking second day that would see me hike 23km from Camp Grey to Camp Frances. This section of the W Trek winds past lakes, mountains and waterfalls, but when I woke up, all I could see was … Continue reading Torres del Paine, Day Dos: Prances to Frances
Torres del Paine, Day Uno: Wild on the W
Tonight, Drunk and Jobless is coming to you live from Patagonia's world famous Torres del Paine National Park. Don't worry, I hadn't heard about it until a few weeks ago, either, but it's famous with the hiking set, and for good reason. The mountains in this part of Chile are incredible, the lakes are so … Continue reading Torres del Paine, Day Uno: Wild on the W