Hiking Review: Fingal Beach Coastal Walk

Once you emerge from the pine trees, this 10km (6.2 mile) coastal hike leads you to all the best bits of Mornington Peninsula National Park.  Visit at low tide and you’ll be able to take the lower track down to the beach to enjoy even more idyllic views of Victoria’s dramatic coastline . Continue reading “Hiking Review: Fingal Beach Coastal Walk”

11 Days Driving around New Zealand’s South Island

This is a post in retrospect, in that I actually took this trip a year ago. The other day one of my friends asked for my advice on road tripping around New Zealand’s South Island. So after I’d sent her my itinerary I thought I may as well go one step further and write a post about so I could share this trip and my advice with everyone else too. Our road trip began and  finished in Christchurch and took us via Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown and Fox Glacier as we visited four of New Zealand’s regions: Canterbury, Otago, Southland and West Coast.

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Hiking Review: Bay Trail

This week I was looking for a hike a bit closer to home, so I chose the Bay Trail, a path that extends along Melbourne‘s Port Phillip Coastline. The trail begins in Spotswood and runs all the way to Seaford, 45km down Melbourne’s coastline. Cycling the entire trail would be manageable in a day but walking it, not so much. Of course, you can just choose a section that suits you and that’s exactly what I did. I chose to walk the Brighton to St Kilda section and back again. This was only a 13.5 km return hike but it takes you past three iconic Melbourne landmarks; the Brighton beach boxes, Luna Park and St Kilda Pier so it’s not a bad choice for tourists either.

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Hiking Review: Cape Woolamai Trail

Yesterday I had a day off work and Melbourne was having an unusually smoggy day (for what is usually a very clean city). So I decided I needed to head somewhere a little more remote for some fresh air, views and exercise. A quick google search led me to the Cape Woolamai Trail on Phillip Island. I’ve been to the island a few times but hadn’t ventured out to the cape at the eastern end. Two hours later and I was looking out over a world-famous surf beach ready to begin my hike.

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West Lake, Hangzhou: Tea, Pagodas & Lakes

Well, Hangzhou was the perfect side trip from Shanghai. In 2016 Hangzhou self-described itself for the G20 summit as “Paradise on Earth” and having visited the city I don’t think that is such a bold claim after all. Hangzhou is situated on an enormous lake aptly called West Lake. Seriously, this UNESCO world heritage site is enormous so don’t be naïve (like me) and assume you can

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