Nikko

After a short stay in Takayama and with a slightly less painful foot we hopped on the train and headed to Nikko. Nikko is a small town nestled in amongst the mountains and is known for it’s temples, shrines and as the entrance to the Nikko National Park. Unfortunately we only had 1 night in […]

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Takayama

After 3 nights in Hiroshima we hoped back on the Shinkansen and headed to a little mountain town called Takayama. Takayama is known for it’s high quality timber, highly skilled carpenters and Sake! Like few other Japanese cities Takayama still retains a traditional touch and has fast become the town of choice for travellers wanting […]

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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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Nara

After the hustle and bustle of the big city we hopped on the train for our next destination Nara! Nara is one of Japan’s oldest cities and is steeped in history and culture. As the former capital of Japan (710 – 784) there’s a lot of tradition and the temples, shrines, parks and hills are […]

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Port Douglas

After 4 nights in Cairns we headed down the road (66km, 1hr 4mins) to Port Douglas – a small coastal town with a lot of character and charm and the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation! We’d planned 4 nights in Port Douglas with a day-trip to Cape Tribulation (post to follow). Port […]

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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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Akaroa

After a couple of days in Geraldine we headed to Akaroa, our home for the Christmas period (apologies for being so behind on my posts!) and our penultimate stop in New Zealand. Akaroa is an historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of a flooded (and thankfully extinct) volcano! Akaroa is definitely a […]

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Tekapo

After Mount Cook, entering our final few weeks in New Zealand, we hit the road and headed towards a little place called Tekapo known predominantly for it’s stunning blue lake. We had 2 days in Tekapo which we spent pottering around the very small centre, walking along the lake and enjoying the tranquil setting. On […]

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