One of the jewels of South East Queensland and only one hour drive from my home on the Gold Coast, plus a 75 minute ride on the Moreton Island barge, is the pristine and relatively underdeveloped island of Moreton Island. Geographically it lies 58 kilometres northeast of the Queensland capital, Brisbane in Moreton Bay and is an idyllic place to become marooned.
The annual Chagu Chagu Umakko Horse Festival is not simply a parade of horses, but the whole farming district gets involved with a gorgeous display of flowering gardens and people from afar and the local community flock to the parade in their thousands to watch the spectacle.
Queenstown: Mountain vistas that would rival the Swiss or French Alps, azure blue mountain lakes that would rival Lake Louise in Canada, rippling river rapids that would rival the Colorado River in the USA, gushing waterfalls that would rival Yosemite Falls in the USA, lush green pastures that would rival the English countryside, ski resorts that would rival some of the best in the world and adventure tourism that would have to be the best on offer in the world!
For some reason I have always thought of Japan as being a winter travel destination for it’s superb skiing or maybe during spring when the Cherry Blossoms bloom.
Newsflash!!! During my recent trip however, I was quickly convinced that this region, known as Tohoku, has many more goodies up her sleeve rather than just loads of snow and Cherry Blossoms.
Forget Athens in Greece and Rome in Italy! Turkey is undeniably one of the best countries in Europe for visiting ancient ruins. Basically wherever you roam throughout Turkey you will glimpse an acropolis perched high atop a hill and well-preserved Roman or Greek ruins are aplenty.
Here on the Gold Coast we are not only blessed with a wide selection of stunning beaches – twenty at least, but we also have two wonderful estuarine creeks that provide a safe haven for all types of water activities.
Currumbin Creek towards the southern end of the coast and Tallebudgera Creek in the middle of the Gold Coast at Burleigh Heads. Both of these creeks are extremely popular with locals and holidaymakers equally.
I will be travelling with a group of influencers including a travel magazine writer, another travel blogger and travel agents on a fully escorted tour of a few of the Prince Hotels in Japan and also seeing some of the magnificent sights and countryside in the north.
We are a mixed bag, our group numbering six fifty-plus women, who come from all different walks of life and having different tastes. However we all had one thing in common on our recent girls trip to Krabi in Thailand, and that was the desire to kick back and relax for seven rejuvenating days!
I’m not going to sugar-coat it. The five ‘P’s that best describes South East Asia are:
- Putrid Water
I’m talking about South East Asian tourist destinations such as Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui or Krabi in Thailand; Bali in Indonesia; Langkawi in Malaysia; Nha Trang and Hoi An in Vietnam; and Sihanoukville in Cambodia.
When I think about Koh Samui it conjures up palm-fringed beaches, 5-star resorts, lazy days relaxing on sun lounges dipping in and out of the ocean, cocktails in the afternoon at the Pool Bar and an invigorating Thai massage under a grass roofed open-sided hut on the beach!