Featured Photos: Autumn Views in Murodo on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route in Japan

Murodo on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route in Japan

On our recent Autumn trip to Japan a great day out which I planned and the weather helped to come to fruition was to ascend the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, which links the Nagano prefecture with Toyama. While you can traverse the full length, we decided to make a base in Shinano Omachi and then … Read more

More Than Uluru: The Best Kept Secrets of Central Australia

Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Northern Territory, Australia

You can’t visit Uluru without being caught up in the debate over whether to climb ‘the rock’. More on that topic later.  A visit to the spectacular Uluru (Ayers Rock) in central Australia is a definite bucket list item for many people.  One of the challenges with visiting Uluru is that it is a long … Read more

Featured Photos: Ebor Falls on Waterfall Way Australia

View of both tiers of Ebor Falls on Waterfall Way Australia

We visited Waterfall Way in January 2015, and were fortunate that a few days prior to our visit there was quite good rainfall.  As a result we were able to see the waterfalls along Waterfall Way in their full glory! Waterfall Way is the name of the east-west route between Coffs Harbour and Armidale, and … Read more

Don’t Book Your Holiday Until You Read This!

I was shocked to see the news about the first Christchurch earthquake.  While it was fortunate that no one died, we had booked to travel to Christchurch for a family holiday in only one month’s time.  After doing some research about earthquake aftershocks we quickly realised that we definitely did not want to stay in … Read more

Why Every Australian Should Visit the Australian War Memorial

Our Guide explaining about the Roll of Honour to Our Son

On the first look it was an amazing display.  Seeing the famous G for George Lancaster bomber aircraft still standing after so many missions and the amazing ambience and audio visual display was great.  On the second look and reflection it was a heart-wrenching display.  Seeing how so many Australians and other nationalities had fought … Read more

Photo Essay: Floriade Night and Day

Photo Essay - Floriade Day and Night

As we turned the corner our spirits lightened upon seeing an amazing display of ever changing lights, music and flowers.  Not just any flowers – these were the largest inflatable flowers we have ever seen!  Our children giggled and pointed at the fairy wonderland before us and danced along with the music as we slowly … Read more

Wrap Up: Australian Whale Watching

Wrap Up - Australian Whale Watching

There are some facets of nature which are simply amazing.  The annual migration of humpback and southern right whales along the Australian South, West and East coastlines is one of those. Australian Whaling History Each year the whales migrate from the cold nutrient rich depths of Antarctica to the Australian coastline to mate and give … Read more

7 Family Friendly Ways to Discover Springtime Canberra

7 Family Friendly Ways to Discover Springtime Canberra

Many visitors to Australia think that Sydney is the capital of Australia, but they are incorrect – in reality it is Canberra!  As a result Canberra is often overlooked as a tourist destination. Canberra is Australia’s 9th largest city with a population of around 380,000 people, with a large proportion of the population working for … Read more