Australia

Review of Madame Wu Brisbane Review 7.7

A review of Madame Wu in Brisbane

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We recently headed into Brisbane CBD with good friends for a relaxed weekend lunch.  The area along the river is packed with restaurants of all styles and price points and on a sunny day, which lets be honest is most days in Queensland, it really is…

Tinchi Tamba Wetlands

A walk through Tinchi Tamba Wetlands

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The Tinchi Tamba wetlands, a name meaning ‘mangroves and ibis’ in the local Aboriginal dialect, was our destination for the day.  Only a half hour drive north of Brisbane it’s an easily accessible park covering 380 hectares on the banks of the Pine River. The Day…

The Brisbane Good Food and Wine show - Cooking demo with Adam Liaw

Brisbane Good Food and Wine Show

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One of the highlights of travelling, at least in our view of the world, is the food.  The unique ingredients and preparation that make each country, city and  culture special.  I’ve never agreed with the notion that the countries down under, and especially Australia, have…

Toowoomba Street Art

16 Amazing Street Art Murals in Toowoomba

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Toowoomba is an inland city on the Darling Downs about 90 minutes from Brisbane. It’s known as the garden city, is surrounded by some great national parks and is loved for it’s well preserved heritage buildings, many from the art deco period. What I didn’t…

Top 10 Free things to do in Brisbane City

Top 10 Free things to do in Brisbane City

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Brisbane is a great city to live in and a major hub for visitors to Queensland.  Despite that many visitors bypass it entirely and head directly to the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast or further into the tropical north without taking the time to explore….

Coomba water hole

Detour and explore at Coomba Falls

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As my sense of direction improves the improvised side trips reduce and there’s more time to explore things that grab our attention while travelling.  A couple of weeks back we were stopped having a cuppa in Maidenwell when we spotted the sign to the Coomba Falls swimming…

Brisbane Riverfire

Brisbane Riverfire

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In September each year Brisbane Riverfire lights up the city sky.  The stunning display of pyrotechnics is choreographed to music and is the biggest in Queensland.  The fireworks cap off three weeks of festivities as part of the Brisbane Festival with sparks flying from buildings, barges and bridges…

Australian walking track grading system

The Australian Walking Track Grading System

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Australia has some fantastic walking tracks all around the country.  Whether you’re tempted by a coastal hike, a day in the rainforest or an outback adventure, they all offer something unique.  We regularly recommend trying out various walks and immersing yourself in all the natural beauty…

Twin Falls Circuit

Twin Falls Circuit, Springbrook National Park

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The most spectacular short hike on the Gold Coast! It’s a big call with so much stunning scenery and so many well maintained tracks throughout the Lamington, Springbrook and Tamborine Mountain National Parks.  Last weekend was our first visit to this track which forms part…

We can make another future | GOMA

We can make another future: GOMA

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Do you like modern art?  A couple of years back I would have said I could be bothered with it at all.  That all changed with the Cai Guo-Qiang exhibition at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) last year.  I totally fell in love…

Caloundra Walkway

Caloundra Coastal Walk

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Queensland beaches are great all year round.   With the mild sub-tropical climate even a winters day can be a great time to head to the coast. The beaches can be at their most beautiful on these sunny ‘off-season’ days when the sky is clear,…

Hinze Dam

Hinze Dam, Advancetown

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A dam might seem like an unusual place to feature in a travel blog but many of the water catchment areas of South East Queensland also provide attractive natural spaces for recreation as well as habitat for our local wildlife.  The Gold Coast has made…