Australia

Metroplex

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…

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…

Japanese Garden

Ju Raku En – A Japanese Garden in Toowoomba

During our weekend road trip I couldn’t resist a visit to this Japanese Garden in Toowoomba.   We love Japan and we always include a variety of gardens on our travelsthere whether they’re parks or part of temple and castle complexes.  These are 10 of our…

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

Australian Body Art Festival | Sunshine Coast

The Australian Body Art Festival is back again this year.  This is the largest body art competition in Australia and attracts both local and international talent up to the Sunshine Coast together with a good number of spectators every year.  The event entry is free…

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…

Osprey

Photographing Eastern Osprey in Hervey Bay

Getting to watch an Osprey is always a magical experience, they’re skilled hunters and dramatic in flight.  Earlier this week in Hervey Bay we were lucky enough to see a good number of Eastern Osprey at Urangan, Dundowran and Gatakers Beaches.  These photos were all…

crystal waters lagoon

Crystal Waters Lagoons in Redland

I’m always on the lookout for new walking spots around greater Brisbane for those days when I need to stretch my legs and get some fresh air without having a whole lot of free time available.  Redland City is part of greater Brisbane although it’s…