crystal waters lagoon

Crystal Waters Lagoons in Redland

I’m always on the lookout for new walking spots around greater Brisbane for those days when I need to stretch my legs and get some fresh air without having a whole lot of free time available.  Redland City is part of greater Brisbane although it’s…

Venman Bushlands

Venman Bushland National Park

The Venman Bushland National Park is around 40km south of Brisbane on West Mt Cotton Road.  Drew spotted the entrance last week and we added it straight onto our list for closer investigation.  It’s a block of 415 hectares a large chunk of which was…

kanazawa

Kanazawa Day Trip from Kyoto

When we travel to Japan we  base out of 2-3 cities to minimize time changing accommodation and take day trips using the amazing rail system to maximize what we get to see.  Trains between cities as opposed to commuter trains are so comfortable it is…

Koala

Koala in the Brisbane neighbourhood

Koalas are an internationally recognized symbol of Australia so it’s not surprising when I’m asked by people overseas whether they live in my garden.   They’re really fussy on what trees they like so they’re not likely to venture into my yard often but they are…

Cai exhibition

Cai Guo-Qiang Brisbane Exhibition

I don’t go to galleries and museums that often so it has to being something a bit out if the ordinary to entice me in out of the Southbank sunshine. Cai Guo-Qiang is definitely a special artist.  Although the show is only 3 exhibits plus…

Sacred Kingfisher

Australian Birds – Sacred Kingfisher

The Sacred Kingfisher has a wide habitat and around Brisbane you see them in woodlands, forests, mangroves and river valleys.  They aren’t generally a suburban bird but we’re lucky enough to have two adults and a chick regularly visiting the trees in our garden and…

Goanna

Simpson Falls Walk in Brisbane

Over the last few years we have tried to explore at least one or two new places every month and we are still finding great new locations right on our doorstep.  Simpson Falls picnic area and hiking tracks are only 30 minutes from home and…

tree top walk

Rainforest Skywalk on the Gold Coast

Sunday was HOT in Brisbane so we headed for the hills in the hopes of a bit of a cooling breeze, well Mount Tamborine was pretty hot too but we had a fabulous day out in the mountain air.  It’s about an hours drive from Brisbane…

Black Duck Lagoon

A Walk Around Black Duck Reserve

Black Duck Reserve is a series of lagoons with walking paths at Marrumba Downs just off the Bruce Highway about 26km north of Brisbane.   Although the reserve is part of a residential estate the lagoon system is large and clean attracting a good variety of…

Australian Brush Turkey

Australian Birds – Brush Turkey

How cute is this? When we were out at the Pine River Osprey House there were several of these really young Brush-Turkeys wandering around the picnic area.  Despite being very young they show no fear of people or the Grey Butcher Bird who seemed determined…