Queen Victoria Building

Queen Victoria Building, QVB, was on my list of places to visit each time we went had a trip to Sydney.  It is a while since I last wandered through its tiled walkways or visited any of the eclectic array of shops which call QVB home. Australia is still a relatively young country but it…

Picton, South Island, NZ

Linda Stewart We left the Coastal Pacific rail trip, the final leg of our South Island holiday, at Picton.  The town sits poised at the head of the Queen Charlotte Sound which, as part of the Marlborough Sounds, was carved out of glaciers millions of years ago.    The scenery is fantastic with photo opportunities at…

Opera House, Sydney

Linda Stewart The Sydney Opera House is an Australian icon that is instantly recognisable around the world, as is the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  No visit to Australia would be complete without a visit to Circular Quay where both these icons dominate Sydney Harbour. Queen Elizabeth II opened the Opera House in October, 1973, the year…

Nobby’s Beach and Headland

Linda Stewart It has been a while since we rode our bikes so when the sun shone through we planned a special trip to Newcastle to explore the shared coastal walkway/bicycle track.  We picnicked in Nobby’s reserve where tables are set out in lovely surroundings that overlook both the city of Newcastle as well as…

Murramarang National Park

Linda Stewart We consider ourselves glampers as opposed to hard-core camping types.  We enjoy our comfortable camping chairs, inner sprung mattress in the camper trailer and meals cooked in pots and pans rather than heated up tinned food.  That said our love of the Australian outdoors is only hampered by work restrictions (it sure gets…

Lake Macquarie

Linda Stewart Lake Macquarie is the largest salt water lake in Australia and covers an area four times the size of Sydney harbour.  Its eastern outlet is to the Pacific Ocean and its western border nestles into the Watagan Mountains.  We came to live in a suburb of the City of Lake Macquarie in 2003…