Return To Wonga

Wonga Beach is over 10 kilometres long, stretching from Rocky Point all the way up to the Daintree River mouth and beyond, with crocodile infested Snapper Island just off the coast and the distant Low Isles just perceptible on the reef horizon. It’s at this spot that the lush dense rainforest tumbles down to the…

Sculpture By The Sea 2022

For three weeks each October (aside from the last two years being cancelled due to COVID), Sculpture By The Sea is the largest annual sculpture exhibition in the world, spreading out along the stunning rugged cliff tops stretching from the glorious sandy beach of Tamarama to Bondi, with jaw-dropping views out to the ocean and…

There’s Gold In Them Thar Hills – Road Trip Part #4

Our road trip continued out of Melbourne northwards to Castlemaine, staying a couple of days with good old friends and exploring the surrounding gold rush towns of Maldon, Daylesford, Hepburn Springs, Kyneton and Trentham. Thanks to the 19th Century gold rush, these small towns reflect the enormous wealth that was created here, with fine mid 19th Century…

St. Kilda’s Mr Moon – Road Trip #3

Mr Moon’s laughing face at the Great Scenic Railway (rollercoaster) at Luna Park has been creepily beaming down on St Kilda in Melbourne since 1912 and is now the oldest continually operating rollercoaster in the world. There’s a slightly younger and happier looking version in Sydney built in 1936, both of them designed and built…

To Eden And Beyond – Road Trip Part #2

The country south of Bermagui is pretty spectacular, rolling lush hills and large empty sandy beaches that seem to stretch on forever. We took the quieter coastal road to Cuttagee, across a low-slung rickety wooden bridge and wound our way through the gorgeous Biamanga National Park with hardly a hamlet or human to be seen….

On The Road Again – Road Trip Part #1

Having completed one long road trip up the Northern NSW coast (and loved the travelling), we thought we’d take in the other half of coastal NSW and head south in our trusty Suzuki Swift, Boswell. Actually, we were bound for Melbourne and beyond – driving across the border into Victoria and down to the East…

Pick A Pocket

The ‘Pockets’ are a group of small bucolic hamlets tucked away in the lush rolling hinterland of Northern NSW, just a few k’s back from Brunswick Heads and nestled in the foothills of the Mount Jerusalem ranges. There’s ‘The Pocket’ and ‘Inner Pocket Reserve’, but if you had to pick a pocket, it’d be ‘Middle…

After The Fire – Three Years On

It’s shocking to realise that during the ‘Black Summer’ of 2019-2020 more than 80% of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area was ravaged by ferocious out of control bushfires, covering some 1 million hectares. Over the past 2 years or so since the fires were finally extinguished, we’ve been regularly heading up to the…

To The Wilds of Cape Bruny

From up high on Mount Wellington you can see right across the Derwent and out to Storm Bay, with South Arm and Opossum Bay fish-hooked around to face back towards the city. Beyond lies Bruny Island, separated from ‘the big island’ by the d’Entrecasteaux Channel, and further across to the east coast are Eaglehawk and…

A Winter’s Tale

It’s a sign of the times when you get to the airport at 5.45am to find total crowded chaos – thousands of frustrated sleep deprived people snaking and pooling around the domestic terminal for ridiculously slow security and, worse, dozens of cancelled flights. Welcome to travel mid 2022.  Thankfully, our early morning Jetstar flight to…