Hobart's Eastern Shore - A Three Day Program

Hobart's Eastern Shore - A Three Day Program

Often neglected by visitors, Hobart’s Eastern Shore has a lot to offer. It has the city’s best beaches, the Coal River Valley wine region, some great restaurants and cafes, Hobart’s best views (looking back at the city and the mountain), and a long list of activities to experience. With growing tourist numbers coming to Hobart, and the expansion of the shared economy opening up accommodation options all over the city, including the Eastern Shore, increasingly visitors are finding themselves staying in this part of town. Well, here’s how you can spend three excellent days on the Eastern side of the river and not have to cross the Tasman Bridge.

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Arthurs Peak Day Walk, Tasman National Park

Arthurs Peak Day Walk, Tasman National Park

Arthurs Peak is in the Tasman National Park in Tasmania and is on the route of the recently opened and popular Three Capes Walk - a multi-day fee paying walk.  Since the advent of the Three Capes Walk we were unclear as to whether it was still possible to walk to Arthurs Peak via an old track. We also wanted to clarify what the options were for overnight walking in the park for self-sufficient campers who were not paying to stay in the designated huts that are exclusively for paying walkers. This post sets out to provide answers these questions and describe the day walk we succeeded in doing to Arthurs Peak.

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Getting a Footy Fix in Australia's Sporting Capital - Melbourne

Getting a Footy Fix in Australia's Sporting Capital - Melbourne

The purpose of this post is to provide overseas visitors with a sort of “Dummies Guide to Football in Australia”. Should you be coming to Australia during the football season (March to the end of September) you’ll have the opportunity to partake in one or more of our national sporting obsessions – footy, in its various guises. Yes, we have four footy codes!

The impetus for this was a recent trip to Melbourne with a friend for a footy fix. And whether it’s football or just about any other sporting pursuit you care to name, the best place in Australia to see it is Melbourne. Melbournians love their sport and turn out in big numbers to support their favourite team, especially in AFL

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Shadow Lake and Mt Rufus Circuit (Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park)

Shadow Lake and Mt Rufus Circuit (Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park)

Lake St. Clair is at the southern end of Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park. The car park and visitors centre are at Cynthia Bay. This is also the end point for people completing the Overland Track from north to south. From here there are a number of good day walks as well as longer walks. We decided to head out there for a long weekend, with a good weather forecast, to do a bit of exploring, including a walk and camping at Shadow Lake and to do the Mt Rufus Circuit.

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A Week in Oman

 A Week in Oman

In 2014 we contemplated making a short trip to Oman on the Arabian Peninsula, so we did some research to find out whether this was a good idea. It revealed that Oman is a country of 3 million. It has a traditional Islamic culture and is known for its hospitality and tolerance of other religions. It has a rich history highlighting the ancient frankincense trade, it’s redoubtable coastal forts, and impressive Islamic architecture. It also has a varied natural landscape with the Hajar Mountains guarding the coastal strip; countless clean, white sand beaches; vast sparsely populated deserts; and Arabia’s Grand Canyon – Wadi Gul. We were sold. So, we booked for a one-week whirlwind stop-over. Here’s how we spent our time there.

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Tips for Winter Roadtrippin' in North America

Tips for Winter Roadtrippin' in North America

We spent three and a half months on a road trip around the US and Canada in the winter of 2017 (Jan to April). Before we went we couldn't find much specific info on road trippin' at this time of year so we just had to wing it. This post contains our tips on some things we did and items we took which made the experience a good one.

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