Time for another little day trip in the Gold Coast Hinterland. I had never been along this section (that I could remember, anyway!) – probably because it’s a little out of the way. We stopped for lunch at a cafe with a nice view – at least down the bottom of the property: The next […]Read more "A day at Springbrook National Park"
A group of us decided to celebrate the new year by camping at Cooloola in the Great Sandy National Park, at Teewah Beach. There were days of preparation for which only two were available, poor buggers! However, on the 29th of December, we took off towards Tewantin, from where we had to catch the ferry: […]Read more "Camping at Cooloola"
The Brisbane Open House event was on this weekend, and I went along to see a few of the buildings. It is a free event held in October each year. There were about 100 buildings you could see – some of them by booking only – and those bookings went fast!!! As per usual, some […]Read more "Sight-seeing in Brisbane – Brisbane Open House 2016"
We wanted to go for a walk and explore nearby a little. I found Plunkett Conservation Park about 20 minutes from home. I’d never been there and the was little information on it on the National Park site, except that there was sandstone outcrops and there’s a guided wildflower walk coming up in September. We […]Read more "Plunkett Conservation Park, Cedar Creek"
After breakfast, Taeko’s husband gave us a lift to the subway station and Taeko, Ela and I got the subway to Umeda where we met up with Taeko’s english teacher and friend for our excursion to Minoh/Mino-o – spelling seems to be interchangeable! We got the train to Mino-o station and then walked through beautiful […]Read more "Minoh/Mino-o Area"
Taeko made us a nice breakfast and then her daughter picked Taeko and us up with her two girls, and drove us to Nara. Our first stop was at Horyuji Temple. The complex has the oldest wooden structure in the world, apparently. Fortunately, it wasn’t so very over-run with tourists. Then we walked over to […]Read more "Nara"
We had seen most everything I’d planned to see in Kyoto and had the day to kill, so, since we still had our JR Pass, we decided to make use of that and go to Hikone Castle. It’s about an hour away from Kyoto – about 1.5 from Osaka, our destination that evening – so […]Read more "Hikone"