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About Toni

Hi and welcome to 2 Aussie Travellers. I’m Toni and I’m happy to see you here. Why don’t you grab a cuppa and I’ll show you around?

2 Aussie Travellers

What we’re all about at 2 Aussie Travellers

I’m Toni and with my husband Drew, we started the website to share our travel photos and experiences, together with the lessons we learned along the way.  Travel budgets are limited for most of us so I’m here to help you squeeze the most fun times and fabulous adventures you can out of every travel dollar.

We live by the philosophy that you shouldn’t wait for the holidays to enjoy yourself, explore and experience new things.  Get out and see what’s going on in your own city.  Take short breaks and get away for the weekends.  Even a day trip can turn up a completely new experience.

I was born in the UK, lived a large part of my life in New Zealand, spent a short time in the USA and for the past 15 years I’ve called Australia home.  We’ve travelled to 25 odd countries and can claim a passport from three.

Our travel plans continue to focus on Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the wider Asia Pacific region.

Australia is our home, Queensland to be precise but we plan to see it all eventually. It’s a huge country and we’ve been fortunate to see so much already but we won’t be done until we have explored all corners and what is in between. 

New Zealand is our second home, it will always have a strong draw for us with many family and friends based there, and we will continue to return regularly. Its natural diversity and beauty in such a compact package are quite exceptional.

Japan has been my long-time passion. It all started with a school project when I was 7 years old. We’ve been travelling back frequently now since 2010, over 13 years, and we still have so much more we want to see, do and share with you.

We hope you’ll find some inspiration, useful information and planning tips that will help you on your own adventures.  We’ll also be keeping you updated with what there is to see, do and eat in South East Queensland in case you find yourself in our backyard sometime soon.

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Thursday 18th of May 2023

Hi, We are going to Japan for the first time this October. Love your blog! Just wondering where you stayed in Tokyo and Osaka.

Toni Broome

Sunday 28th of May 2023

I have an article going up soon to discuss the factors we consider when deciding, the different parts of the cities we like to base ourselves and discuss some of our personal favourites. In the meantime some we have used and would return to in both cities are:

Osaka The Namba/Umeda area is our preference now and we like Swissotel Namba and Namba Oriental Hotel, near Osaka Station the Hilton Osaka was good and we always like the Granvia Hotels that are located adjacent to the main train stations in many cities.

In Tokyo we have stayed in the Tokyo Park Hotel in Shiodome several times, it has good JR and subway access, plenty of restaurants and you can walk into central areas like Ginza and Tsukiji market from here. The Hotel New Otani in Akasaka Mitsuke is another one we stay at regularly, it has beautiful gardens and easy access to all the main subway lines, JR and restaurants.

I hope that is some help in getting started.


Tuesday 14th of March 2023

Hi, I was wondering where did you stay in Hobart? I am going with my mother in law in July and have no idea where to start. Any advice?


Saturday 25th of March 2023

@Toni Broome, Thank you

Toni Broome

Saturday 18th of March 2023

We stayed at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on the waterfront. We found the waterfront made a great base, as we were there without a car and walked all through the city and waterfront area, took a bus up to the brewery, a ferry to MONA and a couple of days we took tours further afield to Port Arthur and Bruny Island.

Jennifer McMahon

Wednesday 15th of February 2023

Hi, Where do you stay in Kyoto? Cheers Jennie

Toni Broome

Thursday 16th of February 2023

Hi Jennifer. It depends on the trip, we've stayed at the Hotel Granvia several times in the Kyoto Station area, it is so easy arriving through on the airport train at night to just walk upstairs and for longer day trips on the bullet train. The bus and subway depart from the station too so easy to get around the city from there. We also like Citidines Karasuma Goji, it is one subway stop from the station but that is a nice walk for us if we are going somewhere and about 1 km to Shijo Dori which is a main shopping street, access to Nishiki Market and along to Gion and Yasaka Shine. Yasaka Shrine and Kiyomizudera are about a 2 km walk. Another spot we love if we are immersing in Kyoto city and not doing so many day trips away, is the Gozan Apartments on Sanjo, they are in the Higashiyama area, short walk down to the canal and follow the river along, lots of restaurants and cafes nearby.


Sunday 19th of October 2014

Toni, I love, love, love Kyoto. I think your choice of photos shows the modern Japan, and Kyoto is so well known for its history. I love the juxtaposition of the two, don't you? Thanks for linking up with Weekend Travel Inspiration!

Sunday 19th of October 2014

Hi Corinne, Thanks for visiting. I love all things about Kyoto, the old and new. We've spent quite a few weeks there across different seasons so the photo walk series will definitely cover plenty of historical and cultural points too in coming weeks.

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