Australia

Australian rural roads

Safe driving tips for outback Australia

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This huge country needs exploring. Which means leaving the cities and coastal strip and heading into the heartland. Driving in remote, outback and rural areas is a little different to what the majority of Australians and international visitors do on a day to day basis so here is what you need to know to drive safely in Australia.

Brisbanes old government house

Queenslands Old Government House

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I’ve walked past Old Government house on the banks of the Brisbane River many times but I finally made the time to stop and take a look inside.  Well to be totally honest I desperately wanted a cuppa while taking a shortcut through the university and…

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

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This week I wanted to introduce you to the Mary Cairncross scenic reserve in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.  Maleny isn’t a big detour for the main highway and a visit to this park is an option even if you’re only passing through or visiting the area for the…

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…