Our Blog


Snow Monkeys daytrip from Tokyo

The Japanese snow monkeys in Japan are a fabulous experience, especially if you can time your visit for a snowy winters day when you will see their natural area at its best. It’s reasonably easy to do this as an independent day trip from Tokyo. Let us show you how.


Photographing Eastern Osprey in Hervey Bay

Getting to watch an Osprey is always a magical experience, they’re skilled hunters and dramatic in flight.  Earlier this week in Hervey Bay we were lucky enough to see a good number of Eastern Osprey at Urangan, Dundowran and Gatakers Beaches.  These photos were all…


Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is a ‘must see’ destination on a trip to Kamakura.  The site is historically and architecturally impressive in addition to its cultural value.   The Shrine was founded in 1180 for Yoritomo Minamoto, the first Shogun of the Kamakura period immediately after…

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 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 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…


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…