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Toowoomba lookout

Picnic Point Park & lookout in Toowoomba

The Picnic Point Park and lookout is a popular Toowoomba spot for leisurely coffees, family picnics and short walks. Located on a peak in the Great Dividing Range it provides excellent panoramas out onto the Lockyer Valley plains below and is the starting point for…

Japanese Garden

Ju Raku En – A Japanese Garden in Toowoomba

During our weekend road trip I couldn’t resist a visit to this Japanese Garden in Toowoomba.   We love Japan and we always include a variety of gardens on our travelsthere whether they’re parks or part of temple and castle complexes.  These are 10 of our…

Lake Galletly

Lake Galletly & Lenore in the Lockyer Valley

Over the weekend we set out to explore the Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba area.  It’s about a 90 minute drive from Brisbane in good traffic.  The Lockyer Valley’s an interesting drive, quite different to the coast to the north and south, it’s rich farmland and…

Body Art

Australian Body Art Festival | Sunshine Coast

The Australian Body Art Festival is back again this year.  This is the largest body art competition in Australia and attracts both local and international talent up to the Sunshine Coast together with a good number of spectators every year.  The event entry is free…

Graphic flutter

Egret Colony Wetlands in Redland

These striking double winged dragonfly are the Graphic Flutterer, they’re common throughout the summer in Brisbane and we often see them around creeks and still water when we’re out walking.  I love spotting their golden wings next to the bold greens of the grasses, a true ‘Aussie’ colour combination.They…

A day trip to Enryakuji, Mt Hiei

Enryakuji – A Day Trip from Kyoto

Enryakuji is an easy day trip from Kyoto, just half an hour on the train and you can be breathing the mountain air with stunning views out over Lake Biwa. This peaceful collection of historic temples on Mt Hiei is the perfect spot for a bit of light hiking, a living history lesson and a whole lot of serenity.

Light yellow robin

Witches Falls & Witches Chase Tracks

The Witches Falls and Witches Chase Tracks are entered from the picnic area on the Main Western Road on Mount Tamborine.   Witches falls (3.1 km) is a circuit track returning to the car park and picnic area, the Witches Chase track (2.7 km return) is…

Sakura blossom at Ryoanji temple

Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) in Japan

In late March and early April the Cherry Blossom trees bloom across most of Japan.  This is called Sakura and it’s a magical time to visit.  Not only are cherry blossoms beautiful but they’re a symbol of new beginnings, of impermanence, the coming of spring…

Great Buddha of Kamakura

The Great Buddha of Kotoku-in Temple

The Great Buddha in Kamakura is one of the largest Buddha statues in Japan. It’s just one of several great attractions that make this coastal city, just an hour from Tokyo, the perfect day trip. The Great Buddha statue was at the top of my…

Japanese snow monkeys in Nagano

Snow Monkeys daytrip from Tokyo

Seeing the Japanese snow monkeys in Nagano is 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…

Osprey

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…

Hachimangu

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…