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300 Followers – Thank You!

This morning I woke up to see that we now have over 300 WordPress followers to our Geokult Travel blog – how exciting!

Over the 3.5 months since we started we have achieved:

  • 182 posts
  • almost 5,400 views
  • over 1700 ‘likes’

Our current publishing reach also includes 1,500 people on Facebook through our Geokult page and personal pages, over 1,200 on LinkedIn, 480 on Twitter via @bytetime and @geokult_travel and coverage across Google+ and Tumblr.

People from all over the world have checked out our blog, have a look at the map below.

Geokult Travel map of viewers
Geokult Travel map of viewers

Thank you all for your support and we look forward to bringing you more interesting articles about travel, arts and culture.

365 Places: Nhulunbuy

Day 40: Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, Australia

Image Credit: http://www.goveonline.com/
Image Credit: http://www.goveonline.com/

I have only visited Nhulunbuy once, when I was invited to take part in a workshop with the Northern Territory Library, where for two days, a range of skills in technology were shared with some of the local Yolgnu people.

The RIPIA (Remote Indigenous Public Internet Access) workshop explored a range of skills and tools including, documenting artefacts, video, iPad educational tools, online conferencing and more.

Nhulunbuy is on the Gove Peninsula of the Northern Territory, and located at the far north of Northeast Arnhem Land, also being home to the Yolngu Aboriginal people for at least 40,000 years.

The region has a complicated history, which is worth learning about. One very interesting fact is the Maccassans were trading with the Yolgnu people for many centuries as was discovered by Matthew Flinders when he circumnavigated the Australian mainland in 1803. Another very interesting fact was that in 1963, a government decision excised part of the land for a bauxite mine. The Yolngu people at Yirrkala were strongly opposed, and forwarded a bark petition to the Australian House of Representatives, which attracted national and international attention and which now hangs in Parliament House, Canberra.

This article Journey goes full circle from Bark Petition to Blue Mud Bay by one of the signatories, Wali Wunungmurra is testimony to the strength, commitment and passion of the Yolgnu people.

Dancers from the Blue Mud Bay region of north-east Arnhem Land sing in celebration at the annual Garma Festival of Traditional Culture. Image Credit: ABC https://i1.wp.com/www.abc.net.au/news/image/475930-3x2-940x627.jpg
Dancers from the Blue Mud Bay region of north-east Arnhem Land sing in celebration at the annual Garma Festival of Traditional Culture. Image Credit: ABC http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/475930-3×2-940×627.jpg

Here is a photo of one of the petitions, from an article on the ABC website titled The seed for land rights: Yirrkala Bark Petitions

Bark Petitions: Image Credit http://www.abc.net.au/local/videos/2013/07/05/3797036.htm
Bark Petitions: Image Credit http://www.abc.net.au/local/videos/2013/07/05/3797036.htm

It is a place of great natural beauty, and one that is high on my list as a place I would like to see again. Perhaps next year I will head up to the Garma Festival, which would be amazing.

365 Places: Bellingen

Day 29: Bellingen, New South Wales, Australia

Today, we wandered over to Bellingen, a lovely village about 20 minutes south of Coff’s Harbour.

It is known for being a beautiful location as well as having a vibrant arts community. The Visit NSW website says:

Referred to as the creative hub of the Coffs Harbour region, Bellingen is also home to the Bellingen Jazz and Blues Festival (held every year around August). Within the Bellingen community are a number of writers, artists and musicians: imbuing the area with a dynamic creative energy.

One of Bellingen’s claims to fame is that it was one of the locations for the book and film of Peter Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda.

Image credit: The Guardian
“I dare not hope, and yet I must that through this deed I gain your trust.” Image credit: The Guardian

It is a lovely place to talk around, just to soak up the creative atmosphere. The main street of town is lined with quaintly restored old shop fronts that have been converted into quirky designer stores, organic cafes and fresh food markets.

We had lunch at a great local cafe/bar – 5 Church Street. The food was excellent and we also had a delicious juice – apple, ginger and mint. 5 Church Street uses local, organic and biodynamic ingredients where possible in their food and you can really tell – my veggie burger was just divine, as were the chunky fries! The burger had lots of caramelised onion, freshly grated beetroot, greens and carrot, with a big chunk of grilled halloumi – you really can’t beat a veggie burger made with organic ingredients.

Here is a quirky map from the 5 Church Street menu, showing some of the local suppliers:

Coff's Region Map - Image Credit: 5 Church Street
Coff’s Region Map – Image Credit: 5 Church Street

The other place that is worth visiting is the old Butter Factory on the outskirts of town. Here you will find a number of galleries promoting local artists, a gorgeous homewares shop, a leather-craft shop, massage therapy and a cafe.

For more, you can also check out Martin Drury’s Photo Essay on Bellingen.

Check out our new section of the site: Destinations

Good morning lovelies!

To make it easier to find articles and photos of some of our favourite locations, we have created a new section of the site: Destinations. Under the tab, located on the main menu, you can find information grouped under the place-name.

We hope this new feature will be useful and help you navigate our site.

Tracey and Marty in Istanbul
Tracey and Marty in Istanbul


200 followers – thank you!!

Thank you to everyone who visits our site and likes and follows our posts. We really appreciate your support – it inspires us to continue to write and publish our travel stories.

Don’t forget – we welcome guest contributions (like the prolific Garry Benson), so if you have a great story please check out the submission guidelines and  contact us.

Thanks again – you are awesome!

This is us at our fave cafe in Istanbul , more later 🙂

Tracey and Marty in Istanbul
Tracey and Marty in Istanbul

Help us make 200 followers: it’s still the w’end in some parts of the globe:

Yesterday we hit 500 likes on our travel site www.geokult-travel.com .

We are really excited to share that we almost have 200 followers. We would love to make this milestone this weekend,  so if you haven’t already checked out the site, drop by and say hi. We would really appreciate it 🙂

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365 Places: Launch

Over the past few years, I have watched with great interest friends and fellow artists who have created visual diaries from taking photographs of their everyday life and themselves. Many of these projects have been shared on Facebook and other social media channels, making the experience as a viewer immediate and intimate. I also love the Day in the life of series of books as they create a create sense of time and place.

One of my favorite projects is the Rock a Day for my Creativity project by friend and artist Jo Tito. Her project demonstrates a commitment to being more creative and to having focus and discipline as an artist and writer. What is really wonderful, is that now three years later, Jo has amassed a great collection of images, stories and rocks, that she continues to use and build upon in her art practice. Another source of inspiration is Maria Popova’s statement that “every city needs a love letter” in her Brain Pickings article, A Love Letter to the City about artist Steve Powers.

Christmas greeting card featuring Sutton's Beach, Redcliffe, Photographer: Murray, J.
Christmas greeting card featuring Sutton’s Beach, Redcliffe, Photographer: Murray, J.

365 Places is a dedication to geographical connections to place through storytelling. It is an exploration of where I have been and where I would love to go. 365 Places is probably the most literal project I ever created that relates to place, as in the past, there has been an overriding  theme that connects the project to other ideas – e.g. Big Banana Time Inc. and Fauxonomy.

This project, like Jo’s is intended to make me accountable as a writer and artist who works with ideas of identity and ‘place’. Also, like Jo I need to set guidelines for time – 1.5 hours maximum per day. However, I can’t wait for the 1st January 2015 – this project will start on the 20th April 2014, coincidentally my parent’s wedding anniversary. My first post is a tribute to them, the place where they made their first home together and my first home – Redcliffe.

Every day for one year, I will bring you a story about a place, sharing with you why I think it is special and unique. If you have any special places you would like me to write about please contact me and I will write you a story.

The images will either be our own, contributed by readers or from Flickr Commons and authors will be attributed. At the end of the project, we plan to publish a book about this journey.

Places visited so far

Check out the page 365 Places for a complete list.


Tilley’s – a Canberra institution

Tilley's light © Tracey Benson 2014
Tilley’s light © Tracey Benson 2014

When we first arrived in Canberra in 2001, we lived in a tiny apartment in the infamous Brigalow Court in O’Connor. The rent was cheap, it was close to the school, the university and located opposite the Lyneham shops.

In those early days, I would often meet a friend for coffee at the cafe across the road, Tilley’s Devine Cafe Gallery, affectionately known as Tilley’s. I learnt very quickly that this cafe had a rich history as an identity as a local music and social venue.

Tilley’s has a special history for Canberra women as well, as when it initially opened men were only welcome if they were in the company of women.

Lights at Tilley's © Martin Drury 2014
Lights at Tilley’s © Martin Drury 2014

Sally Pryor, in 2003 wrote about Tilley’s in the Canberra Times:

With elegant, dark wood fittings, a moody, deep red colour scheme, and soft jazz wafting between the old-fashioned booths lining the walls, there is some things essentially nostalgic and cinematic about Tilley’s romantic atmosphere, reminiscent of a Hollywood film noir. Its timeless in a way that’s hard to emulate in a youngish, fickle town like Canberra, where high turnover of night spots seem inevitably dictated by the relative hip-factor of the decor, the DJ and the cocktail menu.

Over the years we have had some special times at Tilley’s, for example, we celebrated our son’s 21st luncheon there, which was a lovely day. Another fond memory is of  the cold winter’s day we were very privileged to see Martha Davis from The Motels rehearsing for the evening concert. I remember being quite star struck as well as feeling incredibly lucky to see one of my rock heroes in such an intimate setting. When I asked the waitress if we should go (as we hadn’t paid to watch), I remember her smiling and telling us to relax and enjoy our hot chocolates. Our son was only 8 at the time and he wondered what the fuss was about. For me, memories of playing “Take the ‘L’ out of lover” on the record player in my bedroom came flooding back. At the time, The Motels were one of my favourite bands, so to sit in the booth, all nice and snug watching  Martha was really special.

Inside Tilley's © Tracey Benson 2014
Inside Tilley’s © Tracey Benson 2014

Today, after a gorgeous morning getting pummeled at the foot&thai, we wandered over to Lyneham for a delicious lunch at TIlley’s. It is a cafe style menu, with generous servings and some nice options. The Mushroom Bruschetta was delicious, my husband really enjoyed the Fish and Chips and the Portuguese Chicken Burger was a winner with the 21 y/o.

Tilley’s has not changed much over the years, and Sally’s description of the decor and music in 2003 still holds true. This is a rare thing in a town where re-branding cafes is almost a yearly occurrence, thanks to some bad advice going around from some marketing ‘guru’. Also what hasn’t changed is the quality of the coffee, they certainly know the difference between a latte and a cappuccino – it is surprising the number of cafes in Canberra that don’t know how to make a decent coffee. So after a morning of self indulgence and spoiling, we are off to a great start for the Easter long weekend.
Phone for reservations and information
Reservations available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.
+61 2 6247 7753

Corner of Brigalow & Wattle Streets,
Lyneham ACT 2602, Australia

Youth Week Canberra: Burner Collective

Today we headed over to Glebe Park in Civic to check out a Youth Week event “Beats in the Park”, put together by Burner Collective, a collaboration between Lukas Benson and Angus Adamson. Burner Collective “aims to help expose local electronic producers and provide an outlet for them to host and disperse their tunes in a way that connects them with other local artists, creating community and exposure.”

Beats in the Park: Burner Collective
Beats in the Park: Burner Collective

This is not our usual type of activity, but given that the sun was shining and we were already in Civic, we were keen to check it out. We didn’t stay for the whole event as it ran from 2pm to 10pm, but we spent a few hours sitting back, relaxing and enjoying some great emerging talent.

One of the things we particularly enjoyed was checking out the audience, an eclectic mix of dreadlocks, hoola hoops, baseball caps, and beards. The music was very diverse, with sounds reflective of reggae, electronic production, hip hop and more. The nicest aspect of this event was the vibe, laid back and positive, just the thing for a Sunday afternoon.

The weather was on Burner Collective’s side, after more than a week of steady rain, we had a perfect autumn weekend, fresh and clear.

For more information about Burner Collective, you can check out this article in BMA magazine.