The right time for adventure

What a great story on the ABC this week. My Crazy Gap Year followed a couple and their two young boys as they set sail from England in a catamaran to find paradise in the Pacific. Their adventure got off to a very shaky start, with the two and four year old boys behaving likeContinue reading “The right time for adventure”

Genteel delights of the Swiss Riviera

There’s more to Switzerland than bankers, cuckoo clocks and pocket knives. Over the centuries Switzerland’s Lake Geneva has attracted English aristocrats on their Grand Tour of Europe, inspiration-hungry writers, international jet setters and the occasional cashed-up despot. The perfect aesthetic alliance of mountains and water has provided visitors with a spectacular summer retreat. And theContinue reading “Genteel delights of the Swiss Riviera”

Touring Tasmania by motorhome

The kids want to see Tasmania from the back of a motorhome. We prefer some comfort. The answer: a holiday of two halves. The excitement hits fever pitch as our aged motorhome rumbles into the pick up zone at Launceston airport, in Tasmania’s north. Our seven and ten year old sons have been counting downContinue reading “Touring Tasmania by motorhome”

Glamping at Uluru

Uluru may have iconic status but it still has the power to surprise. And even softies can enjoy the experience of camping here. The Southern Cross is rising in the night sky and a cold westerly wind is blowing the canvas over our heads. Through the darkness I can just make out the outline ofContinue reading “Glamping at Uluru”

Hooked on Hong Kong

Hong Kong isn’t what it used to be. Maybe that’s a good thing. No-one taxi surfs in Hong Kong these days. The old practice of riding home from night clubs on the roof of a taxi has disappeared along with British governors in feathered hats and the old white-knuckle airport landing. Well over a  decadeContinue reading “Hooked on Hong Kong”

Climbing Mt Warning

Mt Warning (Wollumbin) in the NSW Tweed Valley,  stands at 1157 metres, the plug of a once massive volcano that erupted some 20 million years. The 4.4 km track to the summit is an unrelenting and steep walk that finishes with a 100 metre stretch of bare rock with chains. The path is rough inContinue reading “Climbing Mt Warning”

Entering the Lost World at Cedar Glen Farmstay

A lot can change in a weekend, especially when you’re visiting the Cedar Glen Farmstay in the Lost World region of south east Queensland. A weekend at home lasts two days. Saturday is for children’s sport, then there’s the lawn and the shopping. Sunday is for the papers and lunch with friends and family. AContinue reading “Entering the Lost World at Cedar Glen Farmstay”

Just a Thredbo Tragic

There’s nothing quite like  skiing in Australia. We have just forked out a wad of cash at the entrance to the Kosciuszko National Park and the temperature is dropping. There’s snow on the peaks and the kids are getting excited. It’s their first ski holiday in Australia and my first visit to Thredbo in 24Continue reading “Just a Thredbo Tragic”