Whale Watching on the Gold Coast’s Humpback Highway

One of my resolutions in 2017 was to spend more time in nature. While I’ve failed dismally for most of the year, I got October off to a flying start by whale watching on the Gold Coast with Spirit of Gold Coast. Sports-mad Melbourne has a public holiday for the AFL Grand Final at the end of September. I couldn’t care less about the Grand Final (shhh), so … Continue reading Whale Watching on the Gold Coast’s Humpback Highway

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

Photo of Brisbane Botanic Gardens lake

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

Yanaka Ginza Tokyo

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