Australia

Wild Horse Mountain - Glasshouse Mountains

A guide to the Glasshouse Mountains National Park

The Glass House mountains are the remaining cores of 26 million year old volcanos. Get all the info you need to explore this dramatic National Park and region We recently headed away for a couple of days in the Glass House Mountains.  This region is one…

Things-to-see-and-do-in-Ipswich

What to do in Ipswich this weekend

Have you visited Ipswich lately?  Being based in Brisbane we regularly jump on the highway and head south until we hit the Gold Coast.  It’s like the car’s on autopilot.  Recently we’ve become curious about Ipswich,  the provincial city that lies in between.  It’s high time…

Nerima Japanese Gardens in Ipswich

Nerima Japanese Gardens in Ipswich

We’ve continued to explore the Ipswich region south of Brisbane this month and recently discovered the Nerima Japanese gardens.  Along with the Ju Raku En gardens in Toowoomba they are one of the best examples of Japanese garden design that we’ve found in Australia.  We…

Lion dance - Chinese New Year in Sydney

Celebrate an Amazing Chinese New Year in Sydney

I love the Chinese New Year celebrations and wherever we are I try to get along to some of the festivities.  A few years back we celebrated in Kobe, Japan.  Last year we decided to spend Chinese New Year in Sydney, Australia so I thought…

Billy tea at O'Reillys Rainforest Retreat

Drinking Billy Tea at Lukes Bluff Lookout

You can’t get much more authentically Australian than a mug of billy tea.  Enjoyed by the early settlers to Australia, a staple of bushmen and women across the country and a highly anticipated part of any camping trip.  It’s a good strong brew, simple and…

Glamping in Australia - like camping in nature with a touch of luxuary

Glamping – like camping but not as you know it

As we drove through the Sunshine Coast the cragged Glasshouse mountains loomed up around us.  It’s not much more than an hours drive from Brisbane but the relaxation started almost immediately.  To get a perspective on the mountains, our destination for the next couple of days,…

Yamba, new South Wales

13 Awesome Reasons to Visit Yamba, NSW

There’s a vibe when you arrive at Yamba on the northern New South Wales coast.  Your breathing slows, your shoulders relax, it feels good to be at the beach. We watch as a fur seal makes a leisurely entrance from the rocks into the water,…

Noosa Beach House - Peter Kuruvita

Sri Lankan Curries from the Master on Noosa Beach

It’s been over a year since we last visited Noosa’s Hastings Street and slightly longer since we were last at Noosa Beach House.   It’s a stunning location and we love a good curry so we had no hesitation in accepting this weekends invitation to join other local…

Wild kangaroos on the Gold Coast

Wild Kangaroos on the Gold Coast

Do you love Australia’s cute and unique animals? Do you want to see wild wallabies and kangaroos on the Gold Coast? Here’s what you need to know. Australia has some fabulous wildlife parks and they’re a great place for visitors to see the diverse range…

Rhapsody Resort in Surfers Paradise

The new Rhapsody Resort in Surfers Paradise

A month or so back I attended a function on the rooftop of the new Rhapsody Resort on the northern end of Surfers Paradise beach.  It was a warm winters evening as they tend to be in Queensland and as we chatted and sipped our drinks the sun…

Cockatoo Island heritage prisoner barracks

5 reasons to visit Cockatoo Island, Sydney

One of the more unusual places we visited while in Sydney recently was Cockatoo Island, a tiny island in the mouth of the Parramatta river.  If you haven’t spent much time in the city you may not have even heard of this little 18 hectare…