Miyajima

Just a short train ride from Hiroshima is the island of Miyajima – known for its giant Torii Gate – which at high tide seems to float on the water – beautiful walks and deer! The approach to Miyajima and the Torii Gate is ranked as one of the top 3 views in Japan and […]

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Kobe… Part 2…

While in Kobe we pottered around the many shopping malls, strolled along the bay, headed to Kobe’s Kitano district, rode a cable car up the Rokko Mountain and sampled some of the yummy food on offer! Kitano is a quirky district of Kobe at the base of the Rokko Mountain and is famous for it’s […]

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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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Nara… Part 3…

Perhaps my favourite shrine in Nara – despite not having a 15 meter tall statue of Buddha – is Kasuga Taisha! What I loved most about Kasuga Taisha is it’s bold simplicity… although not the largest, grandest or most popular shrine in Nara it’s simple clean lines, vibrant orange and red paintwork and lanterns make […]

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Magnetic Island… Part 2…

As one of Nick’s favourite places from his previous travels in Australia we knew we wanted enough time to do Magnetic Island justice so we booked into Bungalow Bay Koala Village YHA for 6 nights. While on Maggie we relaxed, soaked in the pool, hiked to some of the many secluded bays and coves on […]

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Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island – as the name suggests – is a mountainous island 5km offshore from the city of Townsville covering 52km2 and is home to a permanent population of just over 2100. The island gets it’s name from the apparent magnetic effect the island had on Captain Cook’s compass as he sailed by in 1770 […]

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Townsville

After 3 nights bobbing up and down at sea in the Whitsundays and a couple more partying and recovering in Airlie Beach we got back on the infamous (but necessary) Greyhound and headed to Townsville, 276km (3 hours 31 minutes) away. Like Airlie Beach, Townsville is used as a gateway city – in this case […]

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Rainbow Beach

After a week in Noosa pottering around the shops, national parks, everglades and getting our kit off at the nudist beaches we jumped back on the Greyhound and headed to Rainbow Beach – 138km (2hrs 4 mins) away. Rainbow Beach – as the name implies – is known for it’s beautiful coloured sands (post to […]

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Noosa… Part 2…

With so much to do in Noosa we wanted to make sure we made the most of our time whilst still being able to relax on the beach, potter around the shops and soak up the sun and beautiful setting. After a day of settling in we headed out, water and sunscreen at the ready […]

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Sydney: Coogee & Bondi

As well as a day-trip to Manly we visited the coastal suburbs of Coogee and Bondi. Bondi is probably the best known beach suburb of Sydney but the lesser-known Coogee is well worth a visit! If you’re feeling energetic there’s a beautiful coastal walk (8.8km) between the two suburbs that takes 1-2 hours depending on […]

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