Kobe

After Kyoto we headed South-West to Kobe – the 6th largest city in Japan with a population of 1.5 million and famous for it’s Arima Onsen (hot springs) and Kobe Beef! Kobe is a port town sandwiched between the sea and the Rokko Mountain Range and is thought of as one of Japan’s most attractive […]

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Kyoto… Part 2…

After a couple of days exploring and visiting some of the stunning temples & shrines (post to follow) we headed off to the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest – a 30-40 minute walk from the Utano YHA. The bamboo forest is located near the Ōi River and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and narrow streets lined with […]

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Kuranda… Part 2…

After a stunning ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway we arrived at the small village of Kuranda! Kuranda is a quirky place with an laid back, relaxed, hippy vibe and is home to artisans of all descriptions – from painters to sculptors and foodies! The markets and stalls in Kuranda are an eclectic mix and […]

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Brisbane: Art & Culture

Brisbane has it all! Theatres, galleries, museums, history and lots of culture! The city is full of sculptures, artworks, monuments and inspiring spaces and is a great place to explore if you’re an art lover! While in the city we snapped numerous art installations, visited the State Library of Queensland, rode to the top of […]

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Brisbane… Part 2…

Brisbane is a city with a lot of surprises. There always seems to be something going on around the corner… whether it’s free mini-golf, live music or yummy produce markets. The city has a relaxed vibe and the bars, restaurants and clubs have a lot to offer. The South Bank is amazing (especially at night) […]

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Sydney: Exxopolis

During our time in Sydney we were fortunate to coincide with the Architects of Air – Exxopolis Tour! Architects of Air is an amazingly quirky and quite random obsession of Englishman Alan Parkinson and his team who have built several inflatable cities over the years. Exxopolis is one of their creations and “seeks to bring […]

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Canberra

After 11 nights in Melbourne and Phillip Island we headed to the bus station and the first Greyhound journey of many! Because of the vastness of Australia and the distance between major towns and cities there’s 3 choices when it comes to transport. Hire a car/campervan and drive. Fly between destinations. Hop-on the Greyhound Bus […]

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Melbourne: Art, Culture & Partying!

If you’re looking for a city of culture, art, music, entertainment and partying then Melbourne won’t let you down. The city embraces art of all shapes, sizes and mediums and the architecture mixes the modern with the traditional. Around every corner, on every block there’s a funky building, cow up a tree or sculpture waiting […]

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Mount Cook

From Oamaru we headed North towards Mount Cook National Park with it’s breath-taking scenery, icy blue lakes and glaciers. En route we stopped at Maori Rock Art and Elephant Rocks (used in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) and soaked up the amazing scenery. As you approach Mount Cook National […]

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Oamaru

Our next stop in New Zealand was Oamaru. Oamaru is a little town on the coast known predominantly for 2 things, penguins and Victoriana. Although we’d already seen the amazing yellow-eyed penguins in the Catlins we’d fallen in love with the adorable creatures and wanted to see them again in Oamaru… that was until we […]

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