Traffic jam in Tasmania

Traffic jam in Tasmania

Tasmania (or “Tassie” as it is affectionately known) is the smallest state of Australia and is an island state, separated from mainland Australia by Bass Straight.

Given Tasmania’s physical separation, it has been known for Tassie to be omitted from maps of Australia. Continue reading

Tasmania series: Hobart and Port Arthur

Fabulous Salamanca Markets setting

Fabulous Salamanca Markets setting

Alex and I have booked a ten day holiday to Tasmania, the most southern state of Australia with its city of Hobart just a short flight from our home state of Melbourne.

During our 10 days we will travel by car in an anti-clockwise direction from Hobart in the south, across to the west coast to Strahan, finally making our way in a north-east direction, finishing our journey in Launceston. Continue reading

Mooloolaba Beach Queensland for a perfect winter break

Mooloolaba Beach is picture perfect

Mooloolaba Beach is picture perfect

I am on a weekend break with two friends at the lovely Moololaba Beach in Queensland. Mooloolaba is a popular destination because it is easily accessible, located on the Sunshine Coast, approximately 90km north of Brisbane.  Mooloolaba, like much of Queensland has an excellent year round climate, during winter averaging 25 degrees. Continue reading

Mooloolaba Beach Queensland beautiful one day perfect the next

Mooloolaba beach looking left

Mooloolaba beach looking left

It is a brilliant sunny Saturday morning and the first proper day of our weekend break at Mooloolaba in Queensland.

Today’s weather is in stark contrast to Melbourne’s which I have been reliably informed by Alex (my long suffering partner back in Melbourne) is a chilly 5 degrees.  I am so pleased to have a break from that! Continue reading

Mooloolaba Beach Queensland for its stunning beach, restaurants and shops

Mooloolaba beach

Mooloolaba beach

Last weekend I found myself departing Melbourne to escape the cold of winter by heading to the popular holiday destination of Mooloolaba Queensland.

Mooloolaba Beach is a popular destination because it is located on the Sunshine Coast, approximately 90km north of Brisbane and has an excellent year round climate, during winter averaging 25 degrees. Continue reading

Vietnam series: Bangkok Thailand hotels and shopping at the MBK Centre

MBK Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

MBK Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

I am at the Dang Derm Hotel in Bangkok Thailand and I can’t leave this place quick enough (Dang Derm, not Bangkok Thailand) so first thing in the morning I have my bag packed and make my way down to reception. 

Last night I stood at this same reception desk asking (like a real nanna) to be moved to a different room courtesy of a constant DUF DUF noise emanating from the nightclub located 5 floors below my bed (or was that under my bed?). Continue reading