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 3…

As well as it’s history and architecture Kyoto (and Japan in general) is a great place to spot wildlife! During our time in Japan we’ve seen herons, cranes, turtles, frogs, lizards and lots and lots of koi carp! As a break from the temples and shrines we decided to walk the Philosophers Path (Tetsugaku no […]

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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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Atherton Tablelands

As Cairns is a great base for the Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef we booked onto several tours including a day-trip to Atherton Tablelands! The tour we chose was the Active Tropics Explorer which should be renamed the Active Tropics Waterfall tour which was an amazing day out! The tour takes you to some beautiful, […]

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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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Rainbow Beach: Coloured Sands!

Before I start this post I want to say upfront that the photos I took of the coloured sands at Rainbow Beach DO NOT do them Justice and I urge anyone travelling the East Coast of Australia to go see them for yourselves! Just a short walk up the beach – be careful of high […]

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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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