In My Backyard: Marooned on Moreton Island

Moreton-Island-Beach

Moreton Island

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.

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A Festival of Horses in Japan

Ok horse lovers you will be green with envy when I tell you this! During my recent travels in Northern Japan I was extremely fortunate to attend a horse festival in the town of Takazawa, Iwate.Chagu-Chagu-Umakko-Foal

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.

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A Week in Queenstown

Views over Queenstown & Lake Wakatipu

Views over Queenstown & Lake Wakatipu

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!

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10 Reasons to Visit Northern Japan in Summer

Cherry Blossom, Farmlands and Mt Iwate in background, Iwate

Cherry Tree, Farmlands and Mt Iwate in background, Iwate

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.

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In My Backyard: The Two Creeks

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.

Tallebudgera Creek

Views of Tallebudgera Estuary

Views of Tallebudgera Estuary

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Turning Japanese

Japan

Yes that’s right, in a few short days I will be turning Japanese and touring parts of Northern Japan on a media trip sponsored by Prince Hotels and All Nippon Airways.

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.

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Is South East Asia the right Travel Destination for you?

A pristine beach off the coast of Krabi

A pristine beach off the coast of Krabi

I’m not going to sugar-coat it. The five ‘P’s that best describes South East Asia are:

  1. Poverty
  2. Pollution
  3. Putrid Water
  4. Pandemonium
  5. Peddlers

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.

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