travel and life with lee mylne

Merry Christmas from Australia

For several years, I drove from Melbourne to Brisbane – around 1700km – for Christmas. It’s a long and sometimes tedious haul but in December there are compensations. One of them is the fact that in rural areas – and the inland routes were always my favourites – many families decorate their farm gates with Santas.

Spotting roadside Santas and other Christmas-themed decorations became one of my obsessions to while away the drive, and provide me with excuses to stop and stretch my legs. Then, whenever I’ve been travelling in December, I’ve looked out for them everywhere and I’ve not been disappointed. What I love about them is that they are crazy and creative, cobbled together by bags of stuffing or grass, old clothes, and odd assortments of accessories.

My photo collection of these creative works has become quite extensive – and I haven’t stopped looking!

This year, I’m not taking that long drive, but I’d like to share some of my roadside Santa collection with you.

Merry Christmas to all my readers!

Lee

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Roadside Santa, Newell Highway, NSW

No reindeer required! This Santa is a fixture on the Newell Highway, NSW.

No reindeer required! This Santa is a fixture on the Newell Highway, NSW.

Waving Santa, on the Oxley Highway, near Wauchope, NSW.

Waving Santa, on the Oxley Highway, near Wauchope, NSW.

Fishing Santa, Newell Highway, NSW (after a lot of rain).

Fishing Santa, Newell Highway, NSW (after a lot of rain).

Christmas teddies, Mission Beach, north Queensland.

Christmas teddies, Mission Beach, north Queensland.

Christmas hounds, Summerland Way, NSW.

Christmas hounds, Summerland Way, NSW.

Happy Christmas from the haybale reindeer, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland.

Happy Christmas from the hay bale reindeer, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland.

Santa and friends on the farmhouse verandah, Summerland Way, NSW.

Santa and friends on the farmhouse verandah, Summerland Way, NSW.

Christmas on the truck, Herberton, north Queensland.

Christmas on the truck, Herberton, north Queensland.

Small Santa, climbing up the verandah post, Summerland Way, NSW.

Small Santa, climbing up the verandah post, Summerland Way, NSW.

Smiling haybale Santa, Atherton Tablelands, Queensland.

Smiling haybale Santa, Atherton Tablelands, Queensland.

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