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About US

Ted and Judy with their Pajero near Tenterfield

Ted and Judy near Tenterfield

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” – Rachael Carson

Site Objective

TJDWalkabout.com is the blog site of Ted and Judy Dahms.  We are biologists, inquisitive about the world around us and amateur photographers.

The blog originated through the desire to share our love and knowledge of the Australian environment, both natural and man-made, with as wide an audience as possible. The aim is to stimulate readers’ inquisitiveness and observation skills to enhance their experience when out and about. This aim was inspired initially by the lack of any detailed notes to our national parks and then spread to travel experiences generally.

When travelling we visit information centres and Historical Museums, which are an excellent source of historical information, books, brochures and other travel opportunities in their district. References occur on our blogs for further reading with our notes and photographs.

During our travels we accumulate lists of places for coffee, scones or cake as well as accommodation, usually tourist parks or camping.  These are included in our blogs as we find them.

Site Contents

The blog includes the following sorts of information –

  • Travel destinations an experiences
  • Notes an photographs describing what to look for
  • Links to other useful web sites
  • References for further reading

Audience

Anyone who is, or is planing to be, out and about in Australia. The aim of TJDWalkabout is to increase the touring experience for visitors to the blog by enhancing knowledge of the world around them. More details of our blog coverage can be seen in our WELCOME blog.

Disclaimer

Our blogs occasionally contain GPS co-ordinates and/or mileages. These are to be taken as indicative only and meant as a general guide. Therefore allow for some plus or minus adjustments (GPS coordinates, in many cases, can be verified using Google Earth). In addition, changes to roads and their condition may occur after our blog was written.

When undertaking any trip it is your responsibility to have up-to-date maps, information and appropriate, serviceable equipment.

If you are going off-road or into any remote area always check for road or track conditions and inform someone of your trip plans including return dates. If traversing remote and rugged areas it is useful to have another vehicle to assist in recovery operations or serious breakdowns. A registered Epirb (personal distress beacon) is advisable for remote area travel.

In national parks, keep to the walking trails unless you are experienced at map reading and navigation. Always ensure you have the necessary permits for the area you will be traversing and be aware of any warnings issued by relevant authorities such as National Parks.

Carry maps, adequate communication and navigation equipment, safety gear including a first aid kit and extra water.

Remember just because you are in a 4 wheel drive you are not necessarily bulletproof. Before going off-road make sure your vehicle is suitable for the conditions you will encounter, mechanically sound and appropriately equipped. Learn the limitations of your vehicle and improve your off-road driving skills by undertaking an off-road driving course.

You are responsible for all of these and for the safety of any people accompanying you. Last but not least you are responsible for the application of common sense.

5 comments to About US

  • What a terrific rainy Sunday afternoon I have just spent exploring your Blog. The writing style took me right there and the photos compelled me to go walking-about this beautiful land; was planing as I read and the information provided left me without excuse! Going to send link to my friend and college Michelle at Ipswich West State Special School, whom is currently made about stick insects and has joyously infested our school with the ‘bug’, and to our daughter Candice, an avid bush walker located in North Queensland -currently mad about her new walking shoes.
    Here’s to the joy of sharing and the amazing job you are doing!
    Gratefully yours,
    Karen

    • Ted

      Hi Karen

      I’m pleased you enjoyed the blog and I have much fun writing articles for it. Judy and I have just retuned from a trip to the New England National Park and I have a few new blogs in process. We traveled from Armidale east via the “Waterfall Way” and saw a number of wonderful waterfalls. Regards Ted

  • joe

    hi there, wonderful blog, just a polite note to point out a spelling error in your title: Observations and photograhs [*photographs*] while out and about in Australia. sorry for being a pedant 🙂 happy travels. jb.

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