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 hit the […]

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 […]

Jellies at Coolum Beach

Jelly Blubbers are appearing like blobs of Alien gloop at Coolum Beach. I’ve seen bright blue Jellies before, but this batch is in the brown colour range. There are many different species with the biggest I’ve seen measuring 35 cm across, ranging down in size to a cute 6cm. Coolum Beach is on the Sunshine […]

Coolum Beach by Instagram

For those who didn’t know, we’ve uprooted ourselves from our home town of some sixty years and relocated to the Sunshine Coast just 98 km north of Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, the Sunshine State. It was a big move distance-wise, some 1,243 kilometres by road in fact, but in other ways it feels so […]

An Aussie Sunday Drive Mullumbimby to Uki

I can’t think of a better route choice for that popular 1950’s Aussie tradition of the Sunday Drive, than the one from Mullumbimby in the rainbow region of northern New South Wales through the Mount Jerusalem National Park to Uki. [pinit] What’s in a Name? Mullumbimby – Known locally as Mullum. Uki – The original European […]

Road Trip New Zealands South Island Part 2

Part 2 of New Zealand’s South Island road trip kicks off at Hope River in Canterbury, zig-zagging toward Christchuch before cutting back through the alps at Arthurs Pass to Hokitika on the West Coast. The route passes glaciers, threads between twin lakes before arriving at picture-perfect Wanaka, with a finale of the highest main road […]

Plitvice Lakes blew our minds and questions are answered

It has been close to twelve months since we stood on the timber boardwalks at Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, mouths agape and cameras clicking. Where we live it doesn’t rain often (unless it pours) so it wasn’t surprising that Plitvice Lakes with it’s lashings of water and verdant foliage blew our minds. [pinit] Have you […]

Free and Low Cost Camping along the Bruce Highway in Australia

Australia is a large country just begging for the freedom and adventure of a road trip. Even better is a road trip that taps into the savings to be gained by free camping in Australia. Commercial caravan parks provide excellent amenities and charge accordingly, but when you just want a place to park your van […]

Dickson Inlet from the Deck of the Lady Douglas

We were guests on board the Lady Douglas, a purpose built riverboat, reminiscent of the smaller of the Murray River paddle steamers in Victoria and New South Wales.  But we’d swapped the muddy Murray for the tropical mangroves of Dickson Inlet in Port Douglas, North Queensland. Dickson Inlet looking out to sea. Water is our element […]

Trinity Beach and Beyond in Tropical North Queensland

Imagine. Absorbing the sights and sounds of a world heritage rainforest, or stalking Nemo through a myriad of brilliant coral formations, or best of all spending quality time just wiggling your toes into golden sand at Trinity Beach and beyond. [pinit]     This is Tropical North Queensland. Cairns City sits at the corner of […]