Miyajima… Part 2…

While on the island we wandered around the Itsukushima Shrine – like hundreds of other day-trippers – before heading up Mt. Misen on the island’s Ropeway. A short walk from the end of the ropeway is the Misen Hondo Hall as well as an observatory with spectacular 360o views! From the summit you can hop […]

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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… 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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Melbourne… Round 2!

After 84 days travelling the length of the East coast we said goodbye to Cairns and hopped on a plane back to Melbourne for a final farewell and our last 4 nights in Australia. Our friend Caroline had kindly agreed to play host for 2 nights (with 2 in the YHA) so we arrived in […]

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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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Fraser Island

Despite Fraser Island being arguably one of the top 10 places to visit in East Coast Australia we weren’t sure we were going to bother – WHY..? 4 years ago when Nick first travelled around Australia he signed up for a tour on Fraser Island which, at the time, meant a self-drive tour, unsupervised with […]

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Brisbane

After 4 nights in Byron Bay we hopped on the bus for a relatively short journey by Australian standards (165km, 1hr 46mins). We arrived in Brisbane and checked into our hostel with it’s city views and rooftop swimming pool! After a short swim we headed out and explored! Brisbane is the 3rd largest city in […]

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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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