Tokyo

After an amazing day in Nikko we headed to Tokyo, our final destination of the trip! We’d originally planned to spend our final 5 nights in a hotel but due to Golden Week prices on our first night were ridiculously high so we decided to have 1 final night in a hostel and the remaining […]

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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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Kyoto

After a 4 night stay in the beautiful Nara we headed to our next destination, Kyoto! Kyoto is a large city with a population of 1.5 million and is known predominantly for it’s temples & shrines (post to follow). Despite booking our accommodation in advance it was really difficult finding hostels that could accommodate us […]

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Osaka… Part 2…

Osaka is a great place to relax, shop and party the night away! The city is full of shopping malls of all shapes, sizes and budgets and there’s a great food and drink scene with restaurants to suit all tastes! Food in Japan is varied and wonderful and not speaking Japanese can lead to some […]

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Osaka

After an amazing 6 nights in Singapore we hopped on a plane and flew to Japan (Monday 7th, April), our final destination of our round the world trip! For those following our adventures from the start you might recall that we were supposed to go to China before Japan! Unfortunately due to a change in […]

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Cairns

After a relaxing few days at Mission Beach it was time to hop on our last Greyhound bus – YAY! – and head to Cairns, 139km (1hr 52mins) away. Cairns is the gateway to the Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef and is a great base for Atherton Tablelands (post to follow), Port Douglas (post […]

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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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Whitsundays… Part 2…

After an hour or so on Whitehaven Beach we returned to the Solway for another delicious meal prepared by our resident chef before heading into deeper water where we heaved the main sail and made use of wind power. It’s amazing watching the crew climb the masts, release the sails and repel down to the […]

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Whitsundays

Sandwiched in the middle of our time in Airlie Beach was our Whitsunday Islands tour! The Whitsunday Islands are one of the must-see places in Australia and there are numerous tours and packages to choose from ranging from day trips to 1-2 week excursions. Although most tours offer pretty much the same itinerary you need […]

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