Very popular with many Australians (including Canberrans) and international tourists, Victoria’s Great Ocean Road stretches along the south western coast of the state spanning the Surf Coast (Torquay to Cape Otway) and Shipwreck Coast, further west of Cape Otway. Heritage listed, winding (treacherously so at times) and hugging the coastline, the road was built by Australia’s returned soldiers during 1919-1932, and dedicated to soldiers killed in World War I. … Read more.
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Around two and a half hours’ drive from Canberra via Tarago and Nerriga across various State Forests that meet the Princes Highway just south of Nowra, the Huskisson Bed & Breakfast (www.huskissonbnb.com.au), is hosted by Kate and Steve, renowned for their hospitality in ensuring that guests enjoy a peaceful break from modern life. … Read more.
Located 80 km north west of Canberra, Wee Jasper (pop 100) boasts a variety of attractions, including camping and recreational reserves – perfect of course for adventurers and outdoor people wanting to explore nearby caves such as Careys Caves (which has seven chambers of crystal formation) – www.weejaspercaves.com/. Set among a mix of broad acre and grazing properties, Wee Jasper’s other attractions include heritage-listed sites such as the Wee Jasper Bridge over the Goodradigbee River. … Read more.
A holiday in Japan provides experiences of history, culture, people, natural and urban geography, architecture, food and way of life which contrast markedly with that of Australia. Rather than staying in hotels, a better way to experience “everyday living” may be Airbnb accommodation. Apartments are small, have tiny kitchens and compact laundry/bathroom facilities and little space for entertaining, but generally have all that a tourist needs. … Read more.
For those who love art and cats and collecting prints, there’s been a great collection of vintage and contemporary images of cats at Braidwood’s fYREGALLERY. Gallery director, Cheryl Hannah’s collection includes litographs, linocuts, serigraphs, etchings and drypoint, from 30 international and Australian artists. Open until 15 April 2018, the exhibition is presented in association with Josef Lebovic of the Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney and Robert Newman, The Old Print Shop New York. … Read more.
This lovely old Queenslander in Hawthorne is a very comfortable and convenient place to stay when visiting Brisbane. Number 12 B&B is only three kms from the city, a short stroll to dining and shopping in nearby Hawthorne Road, or, Oxford Street, Bulimba and a short walk to the stop rivercat stop for the short trip to the city. … Read more.
Dating back to 1890, Yungaburra is charming little village a mere hour and a half from Cairns. This little village features great eateries, hotels and B&Bs and is a great place to wander around to check out its lovely old homes, churches and other historic places. The fourth Saturday of each month features the famous Yungaburra Arts and Crafts Markets, which are said to be the largest and most popular of all the region’s country markets. … Read more.
After a European holiday mostly in Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, we boarded the very comfortable 300-passenger Silversea ship at Barcelona, looking forward to seven days of Mediterranean cruising to various French, Italian and Spanish port towns, and later, having a sojourn in England, including the Lake District.
We’d meandered around enchanting European towns and villages, visited magnificent cathedrals, galleries, museums and opera houses and sampled fine fare. … Read more.
Canberrans on the Portuguese Camino
Our Camino Walk started in the World Heritage city of Oporto, Portugal. The Portuguese Camino begins at Lisbon or Oporto from where pilgrims travel north, cross the Lima and Minho Rivers to reach Spain’s Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of the remains of James the Apostle. … Read more.
Two hours’ drive from Canberra, the NSW Southern Highlands area including Berrima, Bowral, Moss Vale, Mittagong and other smaller villages is characterised by old stone churches, weatherboard cottages, stately homes and mansions, cosy warm fires, charming country lanes and white railing fences, not dissimilar to rural England. Cold and brisk, the region caters for those keen on antiques, cafes and restaurants, art galleries, pottery, golf, or brushing up on history. … Read more.