Gold Coast, Australia: Two Mt Tamborine Walks You Need To Do!

When you think of Gold Coast in Australia, what’s the first thing that comes into your head?  I’m probably not wrong in thinking ‘beaches’…it’s in the name after all!  It shouts out white sandy coastline!  Away from the hustle and bustle of the cities, Gold Coast’s Hinterland is home to several national parks, including: Tamborine National Park, Springbrook National Park (the ‘I’m a Celebrity Jungle’ for my UK readers!) and Lamington National Park.  This post will focus on Tamborine National Park and things to do on Mt Tamborine in a morning or afternoon, just a 50 minute drive from Surfers Paradise!

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Why You Should Visit Australia in Winter

I’ve been to Australia 3 times now and ironically have never been there in summer.  First time was spring, then autumn and most recently, winter!  I actually think winter is a great time of year to visit Australia.  For me working in a school in the Northern Hemisphere, it also just so happens to coincide with when I get all of my time off!  Here are a few reasons as to why winter is the best time to visit Australia and a few tips to get the most from your visit!

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What It’s Like To Stay In A Capsule Hotel – Sydney, Australia

Staying in a Japanese style capsule hotel had been on my bucket list for a while.  I then read somewhere that a lot of the ones in Japan are ‘male only’, so I wouldn’t be welcome anyway!  HOWEVER in May 2017, Australia’s very first Capsule Hotel opened in Sydney and during my 2018 trip, I booked in for 4 nights!

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Brisbane to Sydney Road Trip: 7 Day Itinerary

A while back I shared my Perth to Coral Bay Western Australia road trip itinerary and now here is my next Australia itinerary!  In this post I share my Brisbane to Sydney road trip.   Here’s the thing, there are SO MANY places and things to see and do on Australia’s East Coast.  I was travelling with 2 people with restricted holiday time but does that mean we shouldn’t travel because we can’t do it ‘slow enough’ of course not!  We packed so much into our 7 day road trip and now I’m sharing my experience with you!

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Australia Packing List: Winter Edition

There’s no denying that everyone loves a good nose at what people pack in their suitcases and now I’m going to give you a look into mine.  This is a look at what was on my Australia packing list for a 2 week trip during winter!  Typically when the Northern Hemisphere gets their school breaks, the Southern Hemisphere is just coming into winter.  So while I’ve been used to temperatures reaching between 30c – 40c (high 80fs to 90s), I traded them in for temperatures a bit of a jump lower than that!

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Perth to Coral Bay: Western Australia Road Trip Itinerary

I could have spent an awful lot longer in Western Australia.  But as a part time traveller who just wants to see as much as possible, I crammed a 3000km road trip into just 7 days and I loved every single second.  This is my 1 week Western Australia road trip itinerary, including where I stopped each night, what there is to see on the route and how we spent our time in our overnight town stops!  I designed my trip so I either had a full afternoon or morning in the towns that we stopped at.   If you don’t have the time to go from Perth to Exmouth, Perth to Coral Bay is well worth the trip!

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Alice Springs to Uluru – I didn’t climb Uluru and nor should you!

The adventurer inside of me was SCREAMING out to climb Uluru (aka Ayers Rock) in Australia.  What does it look like from the top?  I heard there were water holes up there, can they be seen?  Could I psychically get up there…sounds like a challenge, look there’s even a rope to help!  BUT I didn’t.  The responsible side of me took over.  Not only is it steep and dangerous (I saw people sliding back down on their bums!), the Aboriginals ask you not to out of respect.

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Exploring Lancelin Sand Dunes Western Australia

After getting a taste for Australia in 2008, I really wanted to go back and road trip the west coast, escape the cities and experience ‘outback’ Australia.  Lancelin Sand Dunes were one of my highlights from my 7 day Western Australia road trip.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much WHITE sand in my life!  The town of Lancelin is just a short 90 minute drive north of Perth, making it an easy day trip from the city! Continue reading “Exploring Lancelin Sand Dunes Western Australia”