Australia

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 patch…

Angourie Rainforest Resort

Perfect relaxation at Angourie Rainforest Resort

This month we headed down to the Angourie Rainforest Resort to spend a few days in the Clarence Valley region on the north coast of New South Wales.  We’d only stopped for a couple of hours in the coastal towns of Yamba and Angourie previously as…

Nightquarter

NightQuarter on the Gold Coast

Have you been to NightQuarter, the Gold Coasts newest foodie market?  Located in the Gold Coast suburb of Helensvale, NightQuarter is around a 30 minute drive from Surfers Paradise but this market is anything but suburban. It opened in November 2015 after three years of planning.  NightQuarter is the…

Koala at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

10 reasons to visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

This week we had the opportunity to visit the Lone Pine koala sanctuary in Brisbane’s western suburbs.  This is the only wildlife park within Brisbane itself and it’s very easy to get to either with your own car or public transport.  We really enjoyed our…

Tangalooma whale watching off Morton Island

Dugongs, Dolphins and Whale Watching from Brisbane

Did you know you could go whale watching from Brisbane? See magnificent humpback whales, dolphins and dugongs just a short boat away off Morton Island. The river is such a dominant part of Brisbane life that many visitors to the city don’t immediately think of…