Patricia Newell- Dunkley – Photographs by Reginald J. Dunkley

Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ships met in Sydney Harbour both on world voyages.  These two grand dames of the ocean made a magnificent sight with the backdrop of the Harbour Bridge and the gleaming sails of The Opera House .Australian cruise passengers are the second biggest market for world voyages, and with ships like these it is easy to see why.

QM2 is the flagship and features all the grandeur of the golden age of seafaring, with added modern amenities for the ultimate in luxury. There are five pools, fifteen sumptuous dining options, fourteen decks of sporting facilities, a Casino, a ballroom, theatres, shops and onboard Planetarium. This lady travels in style. For those with limited time a cruise on Q.M.2 from Fremantle to Sydney is a great option taking in Busselton, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, and Hobart.

Freemantle, Western Australia, is situated at the mouth of the Swan River and the gateway to cruising, with world-famous heritage buildings and fascinating marine and convict history. It is worth time exploring this historic town before you start your cruise.

The streets buzz with the song of buskers, the sidewalks fill with a wild collection of art, and music floats out from trendy cafes and bars. The city can be explored by foot or bike and the free Fremantle Cat bus; there is also a tram tour which circuits the city with a commentary.

Fremantle gets its name from Sir Charles Howie Fremantle. He was the Captain of the H.M.S. Challenger, which took possession of the West Coast of Australia for Britain in 1829.

The Yacht Australia 11 which won the America’s Cup on 26th September, 1983 after 132 years, is displayed in a museum located at the Western end of Victoria Quay in Fremantle.

Busselton is a top tourist town with the famous 1.8 kilometre long Busselton Jetty and the fantastic waterfront precinct which has developed around it. Seaside cafes, kiosks, bars and restaurants which give way to bike paths, large sandy grassed areas and a calm tranquil white sandy beach. There is also an underwater observatory where you can view amazing marine life.

gulls flying

It is also the gateway to ‘Your Margaret River’s’ premium wine region. A journey through this area is sophisticated yet relaxed, authentic and unique. Meandering from cellar door to cellar door is easy and spectacular with vistas of farmland, wine country and the coast. You’ll find ninety five cellar doors and your favourite wines.  Try a glass of Cabernet and celebrate the red velvety liquid before you cruise onto cosmopolitan Adelaide the capital city of South Australia which boasts some of the country’s best festivals and events, world-famous wine regions, restaurants, bars and beaches, with unbeatable gourmet produce and unique wildlife.

The Flinders Ranges and the outback are spectacular and are of great cultural, natural and spiritual significance, with rich texture and colour a photographer’s paradise.  The coastline is over 3,800 kilometres long and sprinkled lavishly with towns, beaches, cliffs and jetties, allowing fantastic fishing, boating and surfing on the Yorke Peninsular and Eyre Peninsular.

Visit Clare Valley and taste Australia’s best Riesling wines and discover the Adelaide Hills, the rugged area east of Adelaide known for its many arts and crafts, kangaroos and koalas, and the magical leafy region of Hahndorf . Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement and home to the famous German landscape artist Sir Hans Heyson, who painted the majesty of outback Australia though images of huge gum trees and droving scenes, capturing the light and beauty of the region as no other artist. He is featured widely in the National Gallery.

Kangaroo Island has a worldwide reputation as a wildlife destination of great repute, where Australian marsupials have flourished due to the absence of foxes and rabbits.  It lies off the mainland of South Australia Southwest of Adelaide. Over a third of the island is protected in nature reserves, home to native wildlife like sea lions, koalas and diverse bird species. Flinders Chase National Park is famous for its penguin colonies and amazing rock formations.

It has a fascinating history which can be found in “Hope Cottage Museum”. With its breathtaking scenery it is classed as an escape like no other, where you can find yourself in a new world. It is known as a zoo without fences and there are plenty of kangaroos hopping around to prove its name.

It is also famous for Kangaroo Island Spirits with the only boutique distillery in South Australia, producing Wild Gin made with native juniper, liquors and cordials from organic lemons, an altogether fascinating Island and well worth a visit.


Here at Shelly Beach the weather has cooled down and we are now in the midst of tropical storms with massive rainfalls, however, nothing stops the surfers at Shelly as they don their rubber suits and ride the waves.  In the garden my birds are still enjoying morning and afternoon feeds, the lorikeets outnumber the pink and grey galahs, white parrots, and fairy wrens, but my yellow wattle birds have increased in number, with my hand fed favourite stepping into the kitchen if I take too long. Princess Pixie my Pomeranian is still enjoying her ice cream and if I forget she licks her lips to remind me.

At the moment I am involved in two Fine Art Exhibitions, one to be held in May the other November with another possibly in July, Pastels, Oils and Watercolours.  I am also working on a Poetry Pamphlet on the theme of flowers to accompany the flower paintings, busy times ahead.

My books “The Complete Guide to Painting and Decorating Porcelain, Wallis the Woman I Love, and Letters of a Travelling Lady,” are available on Amazon,  Xlibris and my website

Cheers.   Patricia.