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

How to Visit Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park from Tokyo and Nagano in 2020

How to Visit Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park from Tokyo and Nagano

Walking to see snow monkeys in the Jigokudani Monkey Park was like a dream come true.  After seeing the iconic image of the Japanese snow monkeys we had finally achieved our goal to see them with our own eyes, and they did not disappoint.  The group of 30 to 40 monkeys was fascinating to observe … Read more

Top 3 Snow Play, Skiing and Snowboarding Day Tours From Tokyo

Top 3 Snow Play, Skiing and Snowboarding Day Tours from Tokyo

Visitors to Japan may not realise that even from Tokyo there are some great day tour options to visit the snow nearby at Mt Fuji, and either ski, snowboard or just play in the snow. In addition, if you want to get some real snow there is a great day tour option via shinkansen to visit … Read more

Heading to Japan? Want to Find the Best Japan Tours for 2020? Read This.

Best Japan Tours

Japan is an awesome place to visit, however due to the language barrier it can be a bit more complicated to work out your trip than many other destinations.  For many people the option to book a package tour is attractive as you only need to make one booking rather than many, and you also … Read more

12 Rocking 2WD Road Trip Routes to Escape Sydney These Spring School Holidays

12 Rocking 2WD Road Trip Routes to Escape Sydney in the Spring School Holidays

I still vividly remember my first trip to the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road.  At the time I was living in Melbourne as a university student and had recently purchased my first car.  One beautiful blue sky day I was feeling restless and I was suddenly inspired to go for a solo drive … Read more

Mini Road Trip: Exploring the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and Waterfall Way

Ebor Falls on Waterfall Way in Australia

How often have you driven a route and not taken the time to explore?  We are guilty of this, as while we are very familiar with the Pacific Highway route between Sydney and Brisbane we have not often taken the time to better explore the area between the two capital cities.  For our upcoming trip … Read more

Snowy Mountains Mini Road Trip: Our Family Trip to Australia’s High Country

Watching the Campfire in the Snowy Mountains

Our children cackled as they hit me in the face with a snowball.  I quickly reciprocated the favour by setting up a rapid fire of snowballs right back at them as they quickly scattered in all directions, with their laughter and screams following behind. During the spring school holidays we went on a mini road … Read more

Canberra Mini Road Trip: Our Family Holiday in Australia’s Capital City

Via from Mt Ainslie over Canberra, with the Australian War Memorial and Parliment House

My ten year old daughter’s eyes filled with sadness as we tried to explain what happened during World War Two, and how so many Australians died during the conflict.  She got it.  At the same time my two younger sons were oblivious and were just enjoying seeing the ships, airplanes and weapons at the Australian … 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