Bonsai Botanika

Brisbane Cafes – Bonsai Botanika


When your preference is tea over coffee it can be difficult to find a really good cuppa in the Brisbane CBD.  Especially if you factor in a preference for modern or slightly quirky surroundings.  Bonsai Botanika may just be my new favourite cafe. What makes…


The Metroplex on Gateway in Brisbane


We were directed to the Metroplex in Brisbane by some local birders, to be honest the idea of heading into a light commercial area to see birds  and other wildlife didn’t sound overly promising but I was impressed. The Metroplex on Gateway is a master-planned…

City cycle

City Cycle around the Brisbane river


When I’m on holiday I look for the opportunity to cycle, whether that’s a ride around a small pacific island like Rarotonga on a mountain bike or along the edge of rice paddies on a mamachari in Japan.  Even around Australia I’ll often take to…

Bargara cycleway

The Turtle Trail Coastal Cycle Path


While we were in Bundaberg recently we cycled the Turtle Trail bike and walking path that runs from Kelly Beach south of Bargara up the coast to the Burnett Heads harbour area in the north.  You can extend it further with a very short and…

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Brisbane’s Noodle Night Markets


There were murmurings of a Sydney style good food month coming to Brisbane, then someone mentioned noodle night markets and I was there! The western end of the Southbank parklands around the cultural forecourt has been transformed from the 17th-27th July into an noodle night…

Obi Obi gorge

A walk in Obi Obi Gorge at Maleny


The Obi Obi Gorge is an easily accessed section of the Sunshine Coast hinterland just down from Maleny.  There’s a carpark near Baroon Pocket Dam on Narrows Road and from there its only a short walk down to the picturesque Obi Obi gorge. These photos…

Toowoomba lookout

Picnic Point Park & lookout in Toowoomba


The Picnic Point Park and lookout is a popular Toowoomba spot for leisurely coffees, family picnics and short walks. Located on a peak in the Great Dividing Range it provides excellent panoramas out onto the Lockyer Valley plains below and is the starting point for…

Lake Galletly

Lake Galletly & Lenore in the Lockyer Valley


Over the weekend we set out to explore the Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba area.  It’s about a 90 minute drive from Brisbane in good traffic.  The Lockyer Valley’s an interesting drive, quite different to the coast to the north and south, it’s rich farmland and…

Body Art

Body Art Carnivale in Eumundi


Each year in May Queensland hosts the Australian Body Art Carnivale in Eumundi.  On Saturday the event shares space with the iconic Eumundi markets followed by an after party and more painting of bodies and car bonnets on Sunday.  The 2014 theme is dreams and…

Graphic flutter

Egret Colony Wetlands in Redland


These striking double winged dragonfly are the Graphic Flutterer, they’re common throughout the summer in Brisbane and we often see them around creeks and still water when we’re out walking.  I love spotting their golden wings next to the bold greens of the grasses, a true ‘Aussie’ colour combination.They…

Light yellow robin

Witches Falls & Witches Chase Tracks


The Witches Falls and Witches Chase Tracks are entered from the picnic area on the Main Western Road on Mount Tamborine.   Witches falls (3.1 km) is a circuit track returning to the car park and picnic area, the Witches Chase track (2.7 km return) is…