Pedalling the paddocks: Dookie Rail Trail

Part of the trend to rejuvenate disused railway lines and making them into cycling tracks, the Dookie Rail Trail is short* but sweet. It is 4.8km long, but as a casual round trip, it is a nice couple of hours of cycling (or a bit longer if you prefer to walk) through paddocks in thisContinue reading “Pedalling the paddocks: Dookie Rail Trail”

New look for an old hall

The Dookie Memorial Hall has been around since 1897 and the site for many an old-projector-style cinema night, 21st birthday party, old time dance, and badminton practice. Not to mention the many stars that have been born at the Dookie Primary School Christmas concert. Today, the Hall ‘re-launched’ with more of an arts bent —Continue reading “New look for an old hall”

Dookie waking

Having returned from New York last week, I’m having a few days in Dookie, in country Victoria, where I grew up. It is quiet, and with the wheat crops yet to turn golden just yet, it is very green and pretty. My jetlag also means that I am waking full of energy before 6am (whichContinue reading “Dookie waking”

Get your popcorn ready

Justin Evans and partner Zara were driving through north east Victoria when they saw a sign marked ‘Dookie’, and decided to follow the direction. They were led to a small town, and on an adventure of scarecrows and deserted streets, that has inspired the film producers to make a short film with ambition for entryContinue reading “Get your popcorn ready”

My five favourite things: Hobart

Hobart, the capital of the ‘Apple Isle’ Tasmania, is also home to good friends of mine, so I’ve been lucky to be a frequent visitor. Here are my five favourite things from Australia’s postcode 7000: 1. Fresh air and attitude: The minute you arrive at the airport, everything is more chilled – both in attitude,Continue reading “My five favourite things: Hobart”