Arizona’s Playground – Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu beach

Lake Havasu

Arizona’s Playground – Lake Havasu is a find! A beach town in the desert – like an island oasis, and it gets 300 days of sunshine a year. It’s a special place in my mind. We were there at Spring Break; we saw no crowds. Perhaps that is due to the remote location of Lake Havasu.

There are many reasons to go to Arizona’s Playground – Lake Havasu. Continue reading

Great Barrier Reef – To Visit or Not?

Great Barrier Reef

Hawksbill turtle image credit Sola HayakawaGreat 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

Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation – Why visit?

Daintree In Queensland Australia

Walu Wugirriga view from Mount Alexandra lookoutDaintree – a visit 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

Darwin & Litchfield National Park – See the Best of them in Australia’s Northern Territory!

Darwin Waterfront Precinct, with Wave Lagoon and saltwater Recreation LagoonDarwin & Litchfield in Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) is worth the visit.  We included it 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

Ningaloo Reef & Muiron Islands, Exmouth Underwater World

Wendy in the fishesNingaloo Reef & Muiron Islands in Western Australia is one of our favorite parts of Australia trip.  In 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 360Exmouth Australia is the place to go if you love warm temperatures, the azure oceans, and expansive white beaches; 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