Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Soak up the #NSW Sapphire Coast

 What to see and do 

Beautiful beaches abound on the Sapphire Coast, but for a particularly memorable swimming or snorkelling experience, Bermagui's Blue Pool is a natural rock pool that lies at the base of a dramatic rocky cliff face. You can also go kayaking on the beautiful Bega River with Coastlife or go game fishing with Headland Fishing charters in Merimbula. Further south, Eden is a paradise for whale watching — get up close to bouncy cetaceans with Cat Balou Cruises, which runs regular trips during peak season from September to mid-November.  

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

True Australian Outback in Broken Hill


Travel to the furthest reaches of western NSW to Broken Hill, about a 13-hour drive or 2.5-hour flight from Sydney, to explore a town of contrasts and unexpected discoveries. Founded as a frontier mining town, Broken Hill has evolved as an eclectic destination of artistic creativity. Its ochre rocks and national parks have been home to ancient Aboriginal storytelling for millennia. In this jewel of the outback and Australia's first heritage-listed city, feel a million miles away and connect with its seemingly endless earth.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Travelling to Italy in 2022

I'm so looking forward to boarding my Singapore Airlines flight and heading for Rome in the middle of April.  We have three tours scheduled in May (Sardinia; Naples and Campania; and Sicily) but first I'll be re-walking a couple of our self-guided walks, starting with the Amalfi Coast (yeh!).

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Celebrating Chinese New Year around SE Asia



Banyan Tree Samui

Visitors to Koh Samui can ease into this Lunar New Year with a rejuvenating massage and treatment at Banyan Tree Spa. Throughout the month of February, this luxury venue, which includes a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy facility, is offering a 90-minute Purposeful Therapy for Two for 8,888 THB per couple (reduced from 12,000 THB). The promotion also includes one complimentary Wellbeing Sanctuary activity and a 25% discount on selected purchases at The Gallery, an onsite boutique. 

For reservations:

Relaxing with a massage treatment at Banyan Tree Spa Samui

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The historic Norwood Institute, Adelaide

Norwood Institute, Norwood Parade | Flickr User denisbin

A Norwood and Stepney Institute was formed in 1855 by a group that met in a schoolroom in Beulah Road, Norwood. Lectures were soon advertised and a library of 200 books organised.

The following year a different group met in Mr Barrow's old chapel in Kensington for a similar purpose and proposed an amalgamation with the other group.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

The history of Australian Riverboats

Paddle-steamers and riverboats were vital to the opening up and development of Australia. While ocean-going ships brought people to Australia, it was the river system and river trade that opened up the whole south-east corner of the continent.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Rediscovering Swan Reach SA


Prior to the arrival of Europeans in 1836, the custodians of the region were approximately 1200 Ngalawang tribal members. The aborigines lived with nature, while the white man tried to tame it. Living along the river on a semi-permanent basis, they used the skins from their catches to ward off the cold during winter, made an arrangement of baskets from the reeds, built low stone walls across the river to trap fish, in all, surviving a healthy lifestyle.

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