See the Best of Cairns Australia

Cairns

Fish sculptures at the Cairns Esplanade LagoonSome of the ‘Best of Cairns‘ things to do are visit the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), and experience the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Cairns is Continue reading

To Visit the Great Barrier Reef or Not?

Great Barrier Reef

Hawksbill turtle image credit Sola HayakawaThe Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is touted as a special place, and has been on my bucket list for a long time. The question remains – ‘Is it still the special place it once was, and worth a visit?’

Having just been there for 10 days this year (2017), I have a strong opinion about whether it is worth spending the time and money, or not. It is not strictly a ‘yes or no answer.’ Check out our experience and my recommendations… Continue reading

Why visit Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation?

In Queensland Australia

Walu Wugirriga view from Mount Alexandra lookoutA visit to Daintree promises a variety of unique opportunities to see rare flora, fauna, and coastal vistas. Daintree National Park boasts exquisite scenery of waterfalls, gorgeous remote coastline and beaches, and the Mossman Gorge for an experience of Aborigine culture. This park is in the extreme Northern part of Queensland, considered the ‘Wet Tropics’ of Australia. The lush biodiversity with swamps and mangroves, eucalyptus woodlands, various birds, including cassowaries (a beautiful rare bird, and only 1000 left) is an extraordinary experience. Daintree is one of the few places in the world where the rainforest meets a coral reef (Great Barrier Reef).  Check it out … Continue reading

See the Best of Darwin & Litchfield National Park, NT Australia

Darwin Waterfront Precinct, with Wave Lagoon and saltwater Recreation LagoonMany who know Australia urged us to visit the Northern Territory (NT) and Litchfield National Park in our 2 month trip to Australia. In April (Australia’s Autumn), we flew from Western Australia to Darwin, the gateway to two famous national parks – Litchfield and Kakadu. We did not have enough time to go to Kakadu, which deserves at least 2 days due to travel time to/from Darwin. With 1 day available to visit, we chose to visit Litchfield. Litchfield National Park was such a treat that it made our stay in Darwin worthwhile.  Continue reading

Exmouth – Ningaloo Reef & Muiron Islands Underwater

Wendy in the fishesIn my last post about this Coastal World Heritage Area, I told you about the Exmouth environment.  We spent lots of time on the water; we did two days of boat dives.  I promised to share a glimpse of the fantastic underwater environment, our dive experience, so here are the photos… Continue reading

Exmouth Australia – Why is it our favorite Australia destination?

Vlaming Head Lighthouse Ningaloo Coast 360If you love warm temperatures, the ocean, beach and azure blue water, it doesn’t get much better than the North West Cape of Western Australia. If you love snorkeling, diving, and swimming in calm seas, there is nothing like the gateway to the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef Marine Park in Exmouth Australia. Its proximity to the Coral Coast is a draw … Continue reading

Tasmanian Gems – Tasman Island and The MONA

Coastal Gem, Tasman Island, and a City Gem, MONA

Tasman Island's towering rock cliffs as seen while on Pennicott Wilderness JourneysAfter leaving Freycinet, we headed to Hobart with 2 goals in mind:
1) See the famous MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Hobart, Tasmania’s Capital, and  Continue reading

Want to See Tasmania’s Coastal Gems, like Freycinet?

Tasmania

Freycinet Tasmania coastal viewWe spent one week in Tasmania where we explored Cradle Mountain, Devonport, Launceston, Freycinet on the east coast, and ended in Hobart. Do you like nature, the ocean, and fresh seafood and produce? We love Tasmania for its wild coastlines, foodie culture with fresh fish and oysters, wineries, locally made cheeses, and organic produce.  Best of all, its Continue reading

New Zealand’s Poor Knights Marine Reserve – A Special Place

Tutukaka Poor Knights islands panaroma - Dive! TutukakaWe chose to visit Tutukaka in the northern part of New Zealand’s north island because of its access to Poor Knights Marine Reserve.  Our preference for nature, water sports, and diving, coupled with quieter, less touristy areas drove our choice.

What is Poor Knights?

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Rotorua New Zealand – Geological & Cultural Diversity

Why visit Rotorua?

Tamaki Maori Village warriors guarding entranceDoes local culture and history interest you? How about geology? Or Hobbit and Lord of the Rings? All this and more awaits Continue reading