Australia

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast tubes

Underwater discoveries at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

While visiting Mooloolaba Beach recently we were invited to visit the aquarium and marine displays at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast.  We hadn’t been for several years so were very excited to head back and take a look around again. The aquarium is a labyrinth of…

Boulders from prehistoric times on the Border track at Lamington National Park

The Best Lamington National Park Walks

We’ve spent some time this summer revisiting the Lamington National Park walks and wanted to share some of our favourites.  There’s something here to suit almost everyone from serious hikers to families catering to little legs.  The great thing about the climate here in south-east…

Koala at Tweeters Country Getaway

A weekend escape to Tweeters Country Getaway

We’d been meaning to walk some of the tracks in the Toowoomba Region National Parks for a while so when Peter and Thuy invited us out to Tweeters Country Getaway to experience their new farm stay we didn’t hesitate.  Tweeters is located in Glenaven in…

O'Reillys sunset from the infinity pool

O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat | Gold Coast

We recently spent 3 days in the Lamington National Park as guests of O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat.  We’ve stayed once before many years ago and it’s incredible being right there surrounded by the rainforest 24/7 but still with all the comforts you could wish for.  The…

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,…