The Lazy, Crazy, Hazy Days of Summer

“This place, with its shifting, salted air, tangled fabric, voluptuous topography, winding muscular flora and glorious chiaroscuro light, seemed to me the most thrilling, most picturesque, most romantic city on earth.” – Elizabeth Farrelly One of our favourite spots for a swim is the intimidatingly named Shark Beach at Nielsen Park – thankfully, there’s a shark…

The Accidental Tourist in the Emerald City

How glorious is summer in the Emerald City* at the moment. A completely different summer from last year of course in so many ways, not least the lack of intense searing heat, the choking smoke and the devastating fires, but of course the ongoing pandemic and its long-lasting (the new normal?) social ramifications. Currently in…

The Best Things in Life are Free

There’s been a pool of sorts at Bronte since 1883 when it was known as ‘the bogey hole at South Nelson Bay’, but it wasn’t until 1887 that Waverley Council set aside 150 pounds to carve out a sea bath from the towering sandstone cliffs. Shortly after opening the council imposed a set of rules. …

Wonderful One Day… Wonga The Next

Sadly our time is up at Wonga. We head back down to Sydney in the morning – as the border slams behind us…. but we’ll be back to this magical tropical heaven for sure.  Wonga is one of those rare super laid-back places, seemingly untouched, and unknown of – unchanged even for decades. After two…

Hello 2021!

Greeting the dawn of a new year. Wonga Beach, Far North Queensland, Australia 1.1.21

Where the Rainforest meets the Reef

The ancient Daintree River rises in the lush rainforest covered slopes of the Great Dividing Range, descending 1,270 metres and meandering 127 kilometres before finally reaching the Coral Sea, opening on to a giant shifting sandbar at the northern reaches of Wonga Beach.  Because of the ever-shifting sandbar, accessing the Daintree has always been problematic….

Swimmin’ In The Rain

I’m swimmin’ in the rain, just swimmin’ in the rainWhat a glorious feeling I’m happy againI’m laughing at clouds so dark aboveThe sun’s in my heart and I’m ready for loveLet the stormy clouds chase everyone from the placeCome on with the rain, I’ve a smile on my faceI’ll walk down the lane with a…

Gorgeous Mossman

Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park is part of the traditional lands of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people. A dense rainforest that carpets the Main Coast Range, Windsor and Carbine Tablelands that soar above the endless sugarcane fields of Far North Queensland.  The mountain table tops are often shrouded in heavy white blankets of…

Queensland – ‘Beautiful one day, stormy (perfect) the next’.

Well, certainly beautiful. The wet arrived today, bringing such torrential, but brief, localised rain that you actually couldn’t see in front of you, although it’s a much welcome respite from the intense heat and humidity.  We had planned on driving up to Cape Tribulation and got as far as the ferry on the Daintree River…