Mt Ninderry and the Cute Town of Yandina

The Sunshine Coast of Australia is teeming with easily accessible hikes that involve climbing. We’d had our sights set on Mt Ninderry near the cute Queensland town of Yandina for a while and when friends came to stay it was all systems go. Pin Panoramic coastal views and local trivia. The hill in the distance […]

A Famous Bridge in Rome: Ponte Sant’Angelo and a Walk by the Tiber

Springtime in Rome is perfect for the leisurely exploring of one of her captivating river neighbourhoods.  This particular 20 minute walk by the Tiber, really packs a punch. Crossing the Tiber to the right bank at Ponte Cavour, the walk passes the Palace of Justice, a famous bridge in Rome called Ponte Sant’ Angelo or […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Grotta Gigante Trieste

Grotta Gigante, or Giant Cave, is one of the best caves in Europe. It’s gigantic natural cavern space makes Grotta Gigante a definite Trieste must see. Until 1995 it was known as The Largest Tourist Cave in the World, a title it lost in 2010, with the opening of La Verna Cave in South-West France. […]

Cania Gorge National Park

Halfway between Biloela and Monto Queensland, on the Burnett Highway, Cania Gorge National Park is a landscape carved out of sandstone by water. It is 3000 hectares of sandstone rock faces, towering gums, open woodland and fern fringed secluded pools. The gorge has eight well-signed and maintained walking tracks ranging from 20 minutes to 8 […]

Palm Creek Folk Festival Townsville

We’ve made the 1250 km road trip north from Coolum to attend the Palm Creek Folk Festival. If you’re joining us for the event head 40km south of Townsville and turn right to Mountain View Lake Eco Park where the Best Little Festival in the North takes off.  [pinit] Mountain View Lake Eco Park The […]