The most fascinating country!!Read More
Well it’s not animals or hiking or swimming, but for the real plane buffs out there or for those who just generally love planes or like doing something different like me, both these places are pretty cool.
The best places for having fun spotting ‘live’ planes has got to be at Maho Beach in Sint Martin – a popular Caribbean destination. (Read more about Saint Martin.) Beach bars abound at one end of the beach so there’s plenty to do while you’re waiting for the next flight – that’s if lying on a beautiful beach, getting a massage on your sun lounger, or swimming in beautiful blue water aren’t enough for you. Best is the middle of the day for quantity of larger planes landing (approx. 10.30am to 1.30pm) but if you want to hang out without the madding crowds, then the afternoon is way quieter. Although there is plenty of room for all so I wouldn’t be too stressed about sharing the beach with others.
On the other hand, for ‘dead’ planes a great spot is Yap – part of Micronesia and not so easy to get to – but very worth it if you do. In Yap you can ‘discover’ both Japanese and US WWII air force planes in all sorts of crashed decay, as well as the bonus of a more recently crashed (1980) Boeing 727. (Read more about Yap.)
Of course neither place is to be compared with the like of the Smithsonian in the US, or the UK’s Fleet Air Arm Museum, but I think even a buff plane spotter would find both impressive.
We arrived in Coober Pedy (CP) just after dark after a stunning sunset. (Don’t start me on the night sky. I can't even describe in words how amazing the star strewn night sky is over the outback so I'm not going to try.) Sky cannot be appreciated until you are in a landscape as flat as the outback... you can see it forever, and during the day you can see where the horizon meets the earth so it seems as if you are driving into the clouds. An excellent exercise in one point perspective!Read More
My first target was Wilpena Pound in Flinders Ranges National Park, a 300km detour from the Stuart Highway. On the way I stopped to take in some aboriginal artwork sited in caves, which was simply beautiful. The artwork is completely in synch with its natural surroundings and looks stunning - the hand-prints being my favorite, created as the maker spat ink over their hand to create a silhouette.Read More
Following on from my earlier post Hunting Australia’s big five – where to see kangaroos, koalas, platypus, echidnas, and wombats in the wild” I am going to add to this with some of Australia’s other iconic creatures and turn it into the big fifteen!Read More
Hunting Australia’s big five – where to see kangaroos, koalas, platypus, echidnas, and wombats in the wild!
Having constantly seen the following question on travel forums....
“Where can I see kangaroos and koalas in the wild?”
....I thought I should give a few tips on where and how!!Read More
Struck Melbourne in winter? Then this day-trip is a must.
You need one car, your maps app, plenty of time to visit the wineries en route and even more time to while away warming up your body temp at the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs.
Sydney – my hometown at the moment!
The iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House take the limelight for near every tourist and, even though right now it’s a daily event for me, watching them fade in and out of, view as I ferry commute to work is always a bit of a kick!Read More