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David C

Australia

Dec222010

Travel Recommendation

Newcastle Coastal Walk

New South Wales

My Recommendation Tip

Newcastle has some beautiful beaches and coastal scenery. From Newcastle Beach there's a lovely walk which extends for several kilometres north and south, with plenty of great views along the way. I preferred the northern section though, and when I was there I was lucky enough to see some pelicans and dolphins.

From Newcastle Beach it's an easy stroll to Nobby's Beach. If you have time it's worth stopping along the way to take a tour of Fort Scratchley. Then continue walking on past the lighthouse to the end of the breakwater. This is a nice place to view the sun setting over the harbour.

My Photos

  • Pelican close up
  • Close encounters of the bird kind
  • Pelicans at Newcastle Beach
  • Newcastle Harbour

Dec162010

Travel Recommendation

Mole Creek Caves

Tasmania

My Recommendation Tip

Beautiful limestone caves located just over an hour from Launceston. It's worth visiting both Marakoopa Cave and King Solomons cave because they're both very different.

Marakoopa Cave has an active creek running through it, some beautiful rimstone pools and glowworms. King Solomons cave is more colourful, and has some stunning formations - particularly the shawls.

My Photos

  • King Solomons Cave
  • Marakoopa Cave 5
  • Marakoopa Cave 4
  • Marakoopa Cave 3
  • Marakoopa Cave 2
  • Marakoopa Cave
  • Creek

Dec162010

Travel Recommendation

Freycinet National Park

Tasmania

My Recommendation Tip

Freycinet National Park is a great place to visit to enjoy spectacular coastal scenery. There's plenty of good walks, beautiful unspoiled beaches and no shortage of photo opportunities.

It's well worth the climb up to Wineglass Bay lookout, the postcard like views are stunning. Some of my other favourite places within the park included Honeymoon Bay, Sleepy Bay, and Cape Tourville.

My Photos

  • Honeymoon Bay 4
  • Cape Tourville
  • Sleepy Bay
  • Honeymoon Bay 3
  • Honeymoon Bay 2
  • Honeymoon Bay

Dec162010

Attraction

Port Arthur

Hobart

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I've been to Port Arthur twice, and I'm sure I'll be back again some day for another visit. Some amazing ruined buildings, particularly the Penitentiary, the Guard Tower and the Church.

Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to see some of the beautiful scenery nearby as well. Tesselated Pavement, Devils Kitchen, Tasman Arch and Remarkable Cave are all well worth a visit.

My Photos

  • Tesselated Pavement
  • Devil's Kitchen
  • Tasman Arch
  • Remarkable Cave
  • More Coastal scenery, Port Arthur
  • Tasman Peninsula
  • Guard Tower at Port Arthur
  • Port Arthur
  • Old church 3
  • Old church 2
  • Old church

Nov102010

Tour/Activity

Cradle Mountain National Park Day Tour from Launceston

Launceston, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Cradle Mountain is a beautiful place to visit. Would have loved to spend longer at Dove Lake though, an hour isn't really enough. I quite enjoyed the stopover at Sheffield on the way back.

My Photos

  • Cow Sculpture 4
  • old tree
  • waterfall
  • Mural
  • Cow Sculpture 3
  • Another Cow Sculpture
  • Painted Cow

Oct182010

Travel Recommendation

Photographic Tip for Cloudy Weather

New Zealand

My Recommendation Tip

If there's lots of clouds in the sky head straight for the nearest body of water (sea, lake or river). There's plenty of low clouds in New Zealand, and chances are you'll be able to get some great shots.

My Photos

  • City beach in Napier 2
  • City beach in Napier

Oct182010

Attraction

Sydney Opera House

Sydney

My Photos

  • Opera House - Long Exposure
  • Opera House at Night

Oct182010

Attraction

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney

My Photos

  • Under the bridge
  • Underneath the bridge

Oct162010

Attraction

Darling Harbour

Sydney

My Photos

  • Sydney Aquarium
  • Darling Harbour at night
  • Darling Harbour at night 2

Oct032010

Attraction

National Museum of Australia

Canberra

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Highly recommended for anyone interested in architecture. The National Museum of Australia is truly amazing structure! I must have spent at least an hour just staring at the building from different angles. Although I was blown away by the architecture, I have to say that the quality of some of the exhibitions was a bit of a let down though. They were some interestingly displays, but overall the collection wasn't quite as engaging or innovative as I'd been expecting.

Oct032010

Attraction

Great Ocean Road

Melbourne

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Some of the best coastal scenery you'll see anywhere. The 12 Apostles and London Bridge were my favourites, but there's no shortage of lesser known lookouts to stop at along the way. A must do for everyone who visits Melbourne.

Oct022010

Attraction

Melbourne Aquarium

Melbourne

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Worth the price of admission just to see the King and Gentoo penguins, which you won't see in any other Australian aquariums. It was quite a sight seeing the Gentoo penguins race each other - they were swimming through the water with bullet like speed. The King penguins weren't as active but there was something majestic about their appearance, even when they were waddling across the ice. Other highlights included the sharks, stingrays and turtles.

Oct022010

Attraction

National Gallery of Victoria

Melbourne

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
Without a doubt one of the best art galleries in Australia. I've travelled down from Sydney on a number of occasions to see some of the exhibitions on display. A word of warning though - some of blockbuster exhbitions can get extremely busy, particularly if you visit during the school holidays. You can however purchase tickets online for these exhbitions, which greatly reduces the amount of time you spend queuing up.

Apr192009

Tour/Activity

Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Full-Day Tour

Rotorua, New Zealand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
A day full of stunning scenery. The highlight was Waimangu Volcanic Valley - the Frying Pan Lake there was simply breathtaking. Wai-O-Tapu was also very beautiful, as were the various lakes. The guide was excellent - he was extremely knowledgeable and did a great job of explaining the history of the area.

Apr192009

Tour/Activity

Ruakuri Cave Experience from Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The driver was very knowledgeable, and provided some interesting commentary en route to the caves. Thoroughly enjoyed the cave tour itself. Some beautiful formations, and the small group size really added to the experience.

Apr192009

Tour/Activity

Auckland Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Auckland, New Zealand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
A great way to see the city - covered pretty much all the attractions I wanted to see. Favourite stops were Auckland Museum and Mt Eden. Would definitely recommend the 2 day option.

Sep102008

Tour/Activity

Margaret River, Caves, Wine and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Tour from Perth

Perth, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
This is a great tour to do if your time is limited, and you only have a day to see Margaret River. The rugged coastline around Cape Leeuwin is stunning. Mammoth Cave is very beautiful, although the cave tour was a little short for my liking it would have been nice to spend another 10 or 15 minutes there. Had a nice stroll along the jetty at Busselton and watched the sunset over the bay.

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