- Do quiet, out of the way places appeal to you more than bustling crowds on the tourist trails?
- Do you enjoy the beauty of nature more than seeing the sights in urban areas?
- Does the freedom of independent travel suit you better than organised group tours?
If so, then you should find here something to interest you, stir your travel bug, and give you ideas of places to go and things to do in Australia and New Zealand.
This is an independent hobby website where I showcase great locations and activities that I've enjoyed on my travels. Mostly places a bit out of the way or a little overlooked, or else better known but seen out of season. Also a collection of articles and travel tips, and all illustrated with original photos and a few videos.
I mostly cover Tasmania, the south of Western Australia, and the south island of New Zealand … and some bits of Victoria and southern New South Wales. In other words, the cooler southern parts of "down under".
Not travelling, or planning to? Armchair travellers can still enjoy "virtual travel" to some beautiful places you might not have heard of.
Finding your way around
- Explore by location - pages grouped by state or region (WA south coast, etc)
- Explore by category - the same pages grouped by subject (beaches, scenic drives, etc)
- Browse the list of articles - things relating to travel down under, but not about any particular place (photography, hiking, travel tips, etc)
- Watch the videos - some of my pages are illustrated with a video, along with the photos and text. The Videos pages gather all these videos together.
- Otherwise, there is a sitemap which lists every page.
This website is a very long term project. I hope to average two new pages every month, but this will vary. You can be informed of new additions by:
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Most recent changes:
27 Aug 2016 - Added Stopping to smell the flowers on Frenchmans Peak. The value of "pausing to study the surroundings" is illustrated by the unique wildflowers and vegetation I found while interrupting a walk near Esperance in WA.
2 July 2016 - Added Five things I've learned while hiking - some of the lessons I've learned on long hikes in Australia (other than the lessons specific to the Bibbulmun Track in WA, which has its own page).
19 May 2016 - Added Alternative viewpoints for photographing Perth city. Everybody takes photos of Perth from Kings Park. In the interests of photographic diversity, this is my personal top-seven list of other locations to photograph the city from. Illustrated with some of my favourite Perth cityscapes.
1 May 2016 - Added Whale watching at Kaikoura - about a boat trip to see whales at one of New Zealand's most scenic coastal towns. It's one of those "must-do" activities whose popularity is deserved, and the setting is awesome.
28 March 2016 - Added Convict ruins at the Coal Mines historic site - about a small Tasmanian penal settlement where reoffenders were put to good use, and where visitors can freely roam the ruins without crowds or cost. It's not far from the more famous convict colony at Port Arthur, but very different.
5 March 2016 - Added Why visit Waratah? Many visitors don't detour to this wet and chilly Tasmanian town. I did, and enjoyed a distinctive and historic mining town on the edge of a plateau next to the Tarkine wilderness.
30 January 2016 - Added Lucky Bay - the far side, about the less visited eastern end of one of the most magnificent beaches in WA.
Milestone: this is the 150th page of content I've written for this site ... small efforts repeated consistently really do add up!
9 January 2016 - Added Thistle Cove. If a beautiful wild beach in a remote cove among rocky hills sounds nice, then you might like Thistle Cove near Esperance in WA. I did, very much.
12 December 2015 - Added Meeting Malleefowl at Ongerup - where you can see and learn about a very distinctive and sophisticated Australian bird, and the efforts to preserve them. Being endangered, this could be the only place most will see get to see them.
28 November 2015 - Added Whaling Cove beach - one of my favourite sheltered beaches near Albany, with views across one of the world's great natural harbours (King George Sound).
I've also joined Twitter, mainly to announce new pages.
14 November 2015 - Added Lightweight travel photography - all you really need. This is my own answer to the question of how much (or rather, how little) camera gear a weight-conscious traveller really needs to get great travel photos.
17 October 2015 - Added Kukenarup - memorial to a massacre - about a historic memorial I came across on the way to Esperance, opened just a few months ago to commemorate a little-known massacre near Ravensthorpe.
26 September 2015 - Added Tin Horse Highway of Kulin, about a delightfully quirky collection of horses-themed roadside sculptures made from farm junk. It makes this 15km stretch of road unique in Australia.
29 August 2015 - Added Taieri Gorge Railway - a return train journey up a rather nice gorge near Dunedin in New Zealand. Great for train buffs, people accessing the Otago Central Rail Trail ... and anyone else.
15 August 2015 - Added Driving the Pig Route - about a mountain road between Palmerston and Ranfurly in southern New Zealand. I was drawn by the curious name, and its frequent mentions in road reports when I last visited NZ.
25 July 2015 - Added Stirling Range Retreat - a range of accommodation spread out among the trees bordering a national park. It's a great base for exploring southern WA’s highest peaks and unique wildflowers.
2 July 2015 - Added Omeo - history in the high country, about a small gold rush town in Victoria's high country which is surrounded by mountains and some great scenic drives.
13 June 2015 - Added Trees of Tarra Bulga National Park - a small but gorgeous remnant of old growth mountain ash forest in South Gippsland, Victoria, with lush ferny glades and some well formed paths to enjoy it from.
13 May 2015 - Added Donaghys Hill lookout - about a walk up a hill to a lookout with extensive and glorious views of Tasmania's western wilderness. Unless the weather is bad, which it often is.
20 April 2015 - Added Sea Elephant River - a peaceful estuary on King Island's sheltered east coast which is popular with rare birds, and wallabies which are anything but rare. But no sea elephants.
28 March 2015 - Added A taste of Currie, King Island - about the friendly town of Currie on King Island. Its harbour, great bakery and a restaurant with no food helped make it a lovely place to hang out.
8 March 2015 - Added Toorongo Falls - a lovely Victorian waterfall (plus its neighbour, the Amphitheatre Falls) which can be enjoyed on a pleasant walk in mountain ash forest near Noojee, east of Melbourne.
7 February 2015 - Added How great is Victoria's Great Alpine Road? - about a road trip I did through some of Victoria's most impressive mountain scenery at the end of last winter. Includes a driver's eye view video: 300 km of scenic driving compressed into 6 minutes.
24 January 2015 - Added King Island's Calcified Forest - the remains of an ancient forest, now a small collection of rocky pinnacles scattered across a sandy hillside on King Island.
10 January 2015 - Added Rewards of photography in unkind weather - about the sort of photos which can reward those who venture outdoors with a camera in bad or uncomfortable weather. With examples from some of my own inclement excursions.
Older pages are accessible using the navigation links below (or at the top of the page)