Larnach Castle History and Gardens

Larnach Castle History is interesting. Despite being located on New Zealand’s Otago Peninsula, the castle was built and owned by an Australian of Scottish descent. William Lanarch was that man and his story is a dramatic one. It was fresh in my mind as we explored the extensive castle gardens. Larnach Castle History The William […]

Moraine Lake Hike in the Canadian Rockies

From Banff to Jasper, the Canadian Rockies are stunning at every turn. Towering mountains, multiple glaciers and a variety of blue/green lakes litter the landscape. The best way to personalise a Canadian Rockies trip is by swapping the tourist trail for a Moraine Lake Hike. Moraine Lake is still partially frozen early June with the […]

Lake Louise Viewpoint and a Teahouse Hike

When the sun shines, Lake Louise, the starting point of Alberta’s exciting Icefield Parkway, turns a stunning turquoise and at other times an alluring blue. Whatever the colour, in Spring and Summer adoring masses crowd her shores. After paying homage it’s time to admire Louise from afar by finding a Lake Louise Viewpoint and a […]

Lake Louise to Emerald Lake Detour

I am a huge fan of the Canadian Rockies. When our Banff to Jasper Road Trip was over, I admit to having a few tears and that’s a first in more than 40 years of travel. Those tears were testament to the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, surely one of the most visually stunning places […]

Banff Hoodoos and Lake Minnewanka Hike

It is easy to fall in love with the Canadian Rockies postcard town of Banff, with it’s cute buildings and Cascade mountain backdrop. Arriving in Banff via Kootenay National Park, where Grizzly Bears were visibly out of hibernation, had us pumped to begin our Banff to Jasper road trip.  But first we’d planned some easy […]

Topkapi Palace Views in Istanbul

The best way to absorb the Ottoman opulence of old Istanbul is to take in some Topkapi Palace Views. Located in the historic district close to Hagia Sophia, the Palace (a museum since 1924) is a reminder of those grand times. It is interesting to note that although Istanbul or Constantinople as it was then […]

Kangaroos and Adventure at Cape Hillsborough Tourist Park

On a recent road trip from Townsville to the Sunshine Coast we detoured to Cape Hillsborough Tourist Park, 50 km north of Mackay Australia. We were there to see kangaroos on the beach and do the Andrews Point walk in the Cape Hillsborough National Park. After pre-dinner drinks with some like-minded travellers we called it […]

Monto Qld Gateway to Cania Gorge

South of Cania Gorge on the Burnett Highway is the cute country town of Monto Qld, the most northern and youngest town in the North Burnett region. With a current population of around 1,500, it came into being in 1924 with land plot handovers to soldiers returning from WWI. On arrival I suggest dropping into […]

Noosa National Park Walk from Sunshine Beach

The Sunshine Coast in Queensland has a stellar line-up of sun-soaked beaches stretching 65 km north from Caloundra to the celebrated holiday destination of Noosa. Most people visit Noosa and the Noosa National Park, so it makes perfect sense to combine the two in a Noosa National Park Walk from Sunshine Beach to Noosa Heads. […]

Dululu Free Camp in Central Queensland Australia

Free Camping is never far from the thoughts of travellers camping or caravanning in Australia. Sprinkling free camps liberally amongst paid caravan park stays is a great way of keeping costs down. South of Rockhampton in Central Queensland, the Burnett Highway leaves the coast and the Bruce Highway behind and heads inland to a great […]