The Oldest Operational Lighthouse in the World – Keeping the Seas Safe since the 5th Century

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Hook Lighthouse

 

Ever have one of those moments when you just think, ‘Yup, this is why I’m doing this’? We had one of those recently. In fact, the day that we went to visit Hook Lighthouse in County Wexford, Ireland Simon and I had lots of those moments. Ireland is steeped in the most incredible history. History you can still touch, feel, experience, it’s all around us here. A day-trip with the kids climbing to the top of the lighthouse, and meandering about old abbey ruins reminded us exactly why we’ve chosen the whole world as their classroom… Continue reading

Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

 

White, sandy Byron Bay with a view to the lighthouse on Cape Byron.

White, sandy Byron Bay with a view to the lighthouse on Cape Byron.

The coastal town of Byron Bay in northern New South Wales, Australia has developed a reputation over the years as a laid back, sleepy town, with a hippy/surfie vibe. In truth there probably isn’t a lot that separates this town from other pretty beach towns along this stretch of popular coast, but it’s this ‘vibe’ that brings the backpackers and tourists each year in search of a spot to chill out. Byron Bay’s close proximity to hippy mecca Nimbin, a little further in land, and the great surf conditions on local beaches are major drawcard to the dreadlocked 18-25’s but over the years we have found that this spot has a lot of appeal to families also. Continue reading

Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia

The view at brunch.

The view at brunch.

Lakes Entrance  is situated between Bairnsdale and Orbost in Victoria, Australia. It is a man-made channel that links Bass Strait and the Tasman Sea with a network of inland waterways known as the Gippsland Lakes. This small towns proximity to Melbourne, and it’s waterfront position make it a very popular holiday destination all year round.  There’s a a good selection of shops, restaurants and accommodation options on the Esplanade that runs along the shoreline of the Cunninghame Arm inlet, with marinas and attractive foreshore gardens at the water’s edge.  Continue reading

Noosa – Queensland – Australia

One of our favourite family holiday destinations in Australia is Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. We love the laid back feel, the beautiful sandy beaches and lush green hinterland. It’s also the home of some very special friends of ours, so we’re fortunate enough to visit this beautiful region frequently. The area around Noosa and Eumundi are our favourite spots as there are no shortage of family activities there and nearby, and the coastline and scenery are simply beautiful.

Noosa Heads

Noosa Heads

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The Great Ocean Road – Australia

The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road along the southern coast of Victoria in Australia is one of the greatest road-trips, and it is high on many Aussie’s bucket lists. We’ve been lucky enough to do this one a couple of times, once in each direction. This stretch is considered by many to be one of the most magnificent coastlines in the world. The route is considered to start at Geelong, south west of Melbourne and journey toward Port Fairy. If you want to drive on the coast side of the road, it is best to head this direction, (remember Aussie’s drive on the left). Continue reading

Fraser Island – Australia

A few years ago we took a very memorable trip with some friends to Fraser Island, off of the southern coast of Queensland. The island is over 123 kilometres in length and 22 kilometres at its widest point. It is the largest sand island in the world with an area of 184 000 hectares. Just like Australia’s Uluru, Kakadu and the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island is World Heritage listed. The spectacular island is a precious part of Australia’s natural and cultural heritage, and it is protected for everyone to appreciate and enjoy. Continue reading

Adelaide – Australia, Our Home Town

Adelaide South Australia

Adelaide, South Australia

We call Adelaide in South Australia home. It is only the fifth-largest city in Australia with a population of 1.23 million. So, as far as cities go, it’s not huge even by Australian standards, but that is both a blessing and a curse for the people who live here.

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