Sea Lions in Jurien Bay & a day trip to Rottnest Island

Is there a better way to break up two back-to-back weeks of work in Perth than with a weekend of sunshine, saltwater, and some very friendly sea lions ? No.   Getting to Jurien Bay Jurien Bay is located on the Indian Ocean, an easy 2.5 hour drive north of Perth. It’s a small fishing […]

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The No Dive Dive Trip to Fiji

We were a little lax plannning where to go for Christmas in 2016. To be honest, we were both a little depressed after the amazing trip to swim with the whales in Tonga 🙁 Yes, I realise how horribly spoiled that sounds. We were looking for somewhere warm, relatively close to home (by Australian standards), […]

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Esperance – Western Australia’s Best Kept Secret

Have you ever seen that photo of a kangaroo lounging on a pristine white sand beach? Some quick googling identified the destination to be Esperance, which is also known for leafy sea dragons. Esperance isn’t easy to get to – we think this is why it remains so special. From Perth, it is an 8 […]

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Bareboating in the Whitsundays – Take Three

There are few places that we visit more than once, so it should come as a shock to most that we spent Christmas in 2015 in the Whitsundays. Yes, that makes the THIRD visit in two years. We absolutely love it there, it is an easy trip from Melbourne, and the boat we chartered in […]

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Exploring Cape Otway

We timed this overnight adventure with the new moon, hoping for a last glimpse of the full Milky Way arch before it sinks below the horizon for summer. From Melbourne, we took the Great Ocean Road, stopping in Kennet River for a coffee at the Kafe Koala. If you want some easy wildlife spotting, this […]

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Photography Workshop in Fiji

Location: Mana Island, Fiji Sometimes it is good to get away and focus on photography for a few days. Especially when the lineup of instructors is stellar and the workshop is in Fiji. Fiji is relatively close to Australia (five hours non-stop), but the ferry schedule (and frequent flyer tickets) necessitated a layover night in […]

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Non Glamping Camping in Wilson’s Prom

The state had declared a new public holiday. The weather forecast looked good. The campground had availability. Wait. What? Yep. You read that right. We went camping. And not glamping either. Wilson’s Prom actually has fancy tents, but they book out a year in advance. Wilson’s Promontory is located three hours southeast of Melbourne. Unpowered […]

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Bareboating in The Whitsundays – Take Two

(Location: The Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia) In 2015, we returned to the Whitsundays for Andy’s birthday. This time, we chartered a 41′ Bavaria and hoped to see some whales. Trip Summary Temperature: high of 23 (perfect), lows at night around 18 (need jumper/sweater) Water temp: too cold for Jennifer. Around 22c Wind: 15-25 (gusting to more […]

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Swimming with Whale Sharks

(Location: Exmouth, Western Australia) In Victoria (the state where we live), the Queen (of England’s) Birthday is celebrated in early June. Other states celebrate it on a different day, and none are near the actual Queen’s birthday, but whatever, we get a day off work. Given June is peak whaleshark season, we decided to go […]

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Tasmania – Much More than Devils

(Location: Tasmania, Australia) Each night, the ferry to Tasmania leaves from the pier near our house. It isn’t the most efficient way to get to Tassie, and it is probably cheaper to fly, but it’s a ferry to Tasmania that is walking distance. It had to be done. We booked the nicest cabin available for […]

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