Travel Diaries – Newcastle, Australia

Travel Diaries – Newcastle, Australia

Gap Year Days 1 – 5 Finally our long awaited gap year begins! Our first stop is a local one, only a short flight to Sydney and a drive north to Newcastle. We were spending a few days with friends we had not seen for years. With our gap year in front of us, we...
Kurri Kurri – A Town of Murals

Kurri Kurri – A Town of Murals

While staying in Newcastle in New South Wales, we spent a lazy Sunday afternoon driving to the Hunter Valley. This area is best known for it’s vineyards, and on any other day we would probably have done some wine tasting. The day we were there though was Easter...
Canberra on the Cheap

Canberra on the Cheap

With only weeks left in Australia, we found ourselves with the terrible first world problem of some free flights but no real reason to use them. Two of the credit cards we have for the frequent flyer points include a free return flight to certain points within...
Things to do in Port Adelaide

Things to do in Port Adelaide

Mention Port Adelaide to an Australian and they will probably tell you about either their love or hatred of the Australian Rules football team. They might also know it’s near the water and has a maritime history. There is a lot more to the area than that though,...
How to Visit the Melbourne Beach Boxes

How to Visit the Melbourne Beach Boxes

I have been to Melbourne many times over the years, but I had never been down to Brighton to see the iconic beach boxes. I had a couple of hours to spare on a recent trip so decided it was time to go and have a look. My preparation before arriving in Melbourne...
Bushwalking in the Flinders Ranges

Bushwalking in the Flinders Ranges

After our long drive and a good sleep, here’s what we came to the Flinders Ranges to do. We want to get out amongst the nature, and enjoy the surrounds, so bushwalking it is! Preparation for the Flinders Ranges There are many great walks around Wilpena Pound....
Driving the Long Way to Wilpena Pound

Driving the Long Way to Wilpena Pound

As our big international trip gets closer I have been lamenting my lack of Australian travel knowledge. I can’t do much about getting to Uluru or the Great Barrier Reef, but for the second time this month we’ve jumped into the car to visit a part of South...
Road Tripping to Innes National Park

Road Tripping to Innes National Park

A spur of the moment decision saw us packing the car for a road trip. In went the tent, some bedding, the camera – and, well, that was about it! This unheard of spontaneity culminated in a visit to the stunning Innes National Park. We hit the road heading north...
Street Art of Port Adelaide

Street Art of Port Adelaide

I’m a bit of a street art lover. I seek it out whenever I travel and love finding it hidden down laneways and back alleys. The colours are always so bright. There is nothing better than seeing a plain brick wall turned into an amazing canvas. Here in my own back...
Things to do on a Visit to Adelaide

Things to do on a Visit to Adelaide

Visitors to Australia often neglect Adelaide in favour of the bigger Eastern cities. The capital of South Australia is a city of about a million people and is located on the south coast of Australia, about half way across the country. Adelaide is worth a visit though,...
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – A Gold Coast Must-See

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – A Gold Coast Must-See

I have travelled to the Gold Coast in Queensland many times. Most of the trips have been for my kids to participate in competitions for their various sports, but we have always stayed on or had time for some tourist activities. In November during our visit, we went to...
Hahndorf – A German Gem in South Australia

Hahndorf – A German Gem in South Australia

Hahndorf is a small town in the Adelaide Hills, about thirty minutes drive from the city centre. It is an old German settlement, first established in 1839, so by Australian standards it’s been around a while. Much of the heritage has been preserved, and...