Waipapa Lighthouse

Waipapa Point Lighthouse – located at Waipapa Point in Southland, New Zealand. About an hour’s drive south from Papotowai  or 50 mins from Invercargill, in the beautiful Catlins district.

Cairns – Queensland

Welcome to Tropical North Queensland – Welcome to Paradise (they say) –  This stunning region has such a variety of attractions, there is something for everyone!. The Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest,  easy-going beaches, a vast savannah landscape with spectacular gorges, serene waterfalls and towering trees.  Cairns from the road to Kuranda Cairns from the road to Kuranda…

Airlie Beach – Queensland

We had a great few days staying at Airlie Beach and a quick look around the area. One of the highlights was a trip to Daydream Island, Hamilton Island and Whitehaven beach (see post). Airlie beach is a nice place to stay (in the winter), reasonably quiet, a nice place to walk around and good…

Hervey Bay – Queensland

Beautiful laid back Hervey Bay – we stayed here primarily so we could visit Fraser island but we were really impressed with the place. We were expecting a mini Gold Coast but much to our delight – no huge high-rise hotels and apartment blocks. A great esplanade that stretched for miles, with lots of gardens,…

Daydream Island and Hamilton Island

During our recent holiday we visited Daydream Island and Hamilton Island which are part of the Whitsunday Islands – a collection islands of various sizes off the central coast of Queensland , Australia. The group’s commercial centre is  Hamilton island. Whitsunday islands are a popular tourist destination for travellers to Queensland and the Great Barrier…

Daintree River – Queensland

Daintree River Cruise   There were plenty of warning signs about crocodiles in many areas we’d visited but we hadn’t seen one in the wild so we decided to do the “Crocodile Express” cruise. The cruise takes you along sections of the Daintree River with your guide pointing out wildlife and flora along the foreshore…

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures – Queensland

We decided, as we hadn’t seen any crocodiles in the wild (at that stage) we would visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, located just 40 minutes north of Cairns and 25 minutes south of Port Douglas. In the brochure they said “simply the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in Tropical North Queensland”. After our…