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A Long Weekend on the Gold Coast

Every time I go back to Queensland, I make a pact with my boyfriend to go back more often. After this past long weekend on the Gold Coast, we’ve made plans to go back once every three months next year! Melbourne has public holidays for not one, but two sporting events every year. In September, we get a long weekend for the AFL Final and in November, … Continue reading A Long Weekend on the Gold Coast

Best Brunch in South Melbourne

Where to Find The Best Brunch in South Melbourne

South Melbourne is seriously spoiled when it comes to eating and drinking, with more than its fair share of cafes, tiny owner-operated restaurants, specialty wine stores and old world pubs. At the centre of it all is the famous South Melbourne Market, full of fresh produce and street food. After living in the area for two years I’ve definitely put the cafe scene through its … Continue reading Where to Find The Best Brunch in South Melbourne

NGV Free Exhibition

5 Free Exhibitions to See Now at the NGV, Melbourne

It’s not often that you find a world class art gallery that’s as easy to visit as the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). Melbourne’s  fortress-like art museum has free entry and only charges admission for the annual summer blockbuster and winter masterpieces exhibitions. The NGV is the oldest major art gallery in Australia, founded before Australia as a nation even existed. The 2017 Winter Masterpieces … Continue reading 5 Free Exhibitions to See Now at the NGV, Melbourne

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A Visit to Brisbane’s Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

Beautiful one day, perfect the next.  The old adage about Queensland holds true in the capital. One of the best things about Brisbane is year-round blue skies and perennial greenery. Brisbane’s seasons may be a little one-dimensional, but if I had to be stuck in any season, it’s summer. A Brisbane winter is blessedly a little cooler than its sweltering summers, but blue skies and lush … Continue reading A Visit to Brisbane’s Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

Photo of Senso-Ji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo Japan

Tokyo Photo Diary: Senso-Ji At Night

I was warned about temple burnout in Japan. Before visiting, I couldn’t image becoming numb to the historic beauty of shrines and temples. This was my first time travelling in Asia, so I hadn’t done the temple trails before. I also didn’t plan on visiting enough temples to put me at risk of burnout. I wasn’t in Tokyo for the temples, so I’d only planned to visit the … Continue reading Tokyo Photo Diary: Senso-Ji At Night

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Itinerary: One Day in Northern Tokyo

Tokyo is the biggest city in the world, so it makes sense to break the city into smaller regions to get the most out of your time. My itinerary for one day in Northern Tokyo covers Nishi-Nippori, Yanaka, Asakusa and Ueno and includes a variety of temples and shrines, shopping streets, charming neighbourhoods, Ueno Park and the magnificent Senso-Ji Temple. Morning: Temple Trail in Nishi-Nippori, … Continue reading Itinerary: One Day in Northern Tokyo

Yanaka Ginza Hero

Tokyo Photo Diary: Yanaka, Northern Tokyo

For a taste of Old Tokyo, head to Yanaka. This charming neighbourhood in Northern Tokyo has largely escaped the fires, earthquakes and WWII air raids that have flattened so much of the rest of the city and has one of the sweetest shopping strips in the city. Temple Trail in Nishi-Nippori & Yanaka We started at Nishi-Nippori station and wandered the backstreets of Nishi-Nippori, passing … Continue reading Tokyo Photo Diary: Yanaka, Northern Tokyo