Australia: You May Need A Hand When Exploring Queensland

Australia is a vast place but few travellers truly appreciate that. Like many other popular tourist destinations, the most famous Australian cities get all the attention and vast swathes of land are left unvisited by the majority of travellers in this great country. There’s more to the land down under than Sydney and Melbourne. Though those are great cities, you could be seeing so much more than that; you’re seeing but the tip of the iceberg if you limit your travels to such destinations. That’s why you should move up from New South Wales and see some of the wonderful…

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Australia: The Southport Spit, Gold Coast

I feel like I’m letting you into a secret so I feel very guilty about writing this post. When I used to think about the Gold Coast I’d think about Surfers Paradise Beach, probably because it’s the one everyone goes to when they visit the Gold Coast. Without doubt it is clean with soft sand and have lots of facilities BUT it is busy and full of tourists (yeah I know I’m a tourist but you know what I mean!) So when we met up with one of my husband’s school friends who has lived in Australia for 20 years and…

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Australia: Australia Zoo!

Just a quick post about a great day you can have whether you are staying on the Sunshine Coast or Brisbane…….. I’ve always been a fan of animals, preferably in the wild where possible. I used to think all zoos were there to look after and care for animals that weren’t able to look after themselves in the wild and also to facilitate breeding programmes where possible. And so, in my naivety, over the years I have visited zoos all around the world. However, following the highly publicised case of Marius, the healthy giraffe at Copenhagen Zoo followed shortly after…

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Australia: Bustling Brisbane

I’ll be honest, I didn’t like Brisbane…..to start with. Having spent time in Melbourne and touring the Great Ocean Road I found Brisbane completely different and it took me a day or so to get to grips with this city but once I had I loved every minute. We arrived in Brisbane mid-afternoon and checked into our accommodation – the Meriton Serviced Apartments on Herschel Street. Fantastic apartments with a washing machine and dryer (which were very much needed). It is also the tallest building in Brisbane which is great if you venture out without a map as you can…

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