Swimmin’ with Whale Sharks in Ningaloo, Western AustraYEE-HAH!!

Exmouth, Day 6. Finally, the long-awaited day has come! (AND the long-awaited post, I hear some of you mutter) Swam with Rhincodon typus – known as ‘rinky dinks’ by me and ‘whale sharks‘ by everyone else – today, and it was totally worth the 20 year wait! At 7.15am got picked up by MJ and Kirby of Three Islands Whale…

Kids On A Plane: Tips for Travelling with Offspring.

We interrupt our irregularly scheduled blogging to bring you this important announcement: I’m going to my first ever blog “do” next week! It’s called ProBlogger and I am rather thrilled about it – I get to meet some bloggy heroes, gush with like-minded grownups about the joys of blogging, learn stuff that will help me to do it better (blogging), and…

The World Returns: Sunrise.

After the clouds arrived and my star trails got mucked up I sat in the hireclunker out of the wind for an hour and lay in wait for dawn. I’m not a morning person so while I’ve seen hundreds of sunsets I’ve seen relatively few sunrises. Usually when I’m travelling, working early shifts, or feeding very young…

Watching the World Turn: Star Trails.

Exmouth. Stupid o’clock in the morning, Day 4. I realised shortly after I booked my flights that one of my main goals for this trip, to take a star-trail-silhouetted photo of Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, was going to be a bit harder than I thought: Problem 1: VHLH is nearly 20km from town. Solution: Easy. Hire a car….

Turquoise Drift. (Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia)

Exmouth Day 3. As I enjoyed my brekky al fresco this morning a couple of kids at a nearby campsite started getting stuck into each other. Mummymode clicked on automatically and I was halfway out of my seat to go break it up before I stopped and thought, hang on; not my problem! Yippee! I was missing the boys,…

Yardie of Glass. (Yardie Creek Gorge, Western Australia)

Day 2 Episode III. Was having a fantastic day tooling around the North West Cape with Ningaloo Safari Tours, with still a couple of stops to go! Cruising Yardie Creek Gorge was something else off my bucket list; I can’t believe it’s only the first W.A. gorge that I’ve been to! I always meant to at least visit Karijini while…

The Edge of the World. (Ningaloo Coast, Western Australia.)

Day 2 Episode II. Left Vlamingh Head Lighthouse and continued around the headland into Ningaloo Marine Park. “Ningaloo” is an Aboriginal word for promontory; I’m unsure which language group it’s from but the Cape’s original inhabitants were known as the Yinigudura people. I couldn’t find out much about them; they apparently left the cape before white settlement….

The Coral Coast.

Day 2 Episode I. Limo pickup this morning; outback style! ‘Top of the Range’ tour with Dave from Ningaloo Safari Tours – a full day in the Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Marine Parks! On the drive up to Shothole Canyon Dave regaled us with amusing tales: Like how even though all new houses are cyclone…

Red-eyes & Red Skies: Exmouth, Western Australia.

Day 1 11pm Wednesday, in midair somewhere between the Gold Coast and Perth. I’m turning 40 soon and it’s already the best birthday ever because I’m finally doing something that I’ve wanted to do for over half my life. I told you I grew up in Carnarvon? Well my dream of the last 25 years has…

The Misty, Muddy Mountains: Binna Burra, Queensland.

Last December J & I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary.  The day itself was a bit of a fizzer; I awoke with a 6 yr old’s foot up my bum and J started work at 5.30am. So romance. Eh, it was fine. Once the right time presented itself however – the following Easter weekend – we…

Paua Play. (Kaka Point, New Zealand)

The South Island of Enzed in summer is SOMETHING ELSE. If you happen to be visiting there in January you might be lying on a beach saying to yourself “This is amazeballs! So sunny and clear, and the scenery’s stunning! It’s really something else!”or you might be in all-weather gear and thermal underwear muttering “What the Hell IS…

Shafts of Light: Arrowtown, New Zealand.

Arrowtown Day 1. We used to stay with beloved family whilst in the Queenstown area, but in summer the 3 hour time difference including daylight saving means our body clocks make us a bit antisocial – 7am is a completely reasonable time for Kiwis to get up but the only Aussies that want to be awake at…