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Waihi Train Station in New Zealand

This is not a kitchen sink, it’s a…..!

The Hundertwasser Toilets were bizarre toilets but this one in Waihi just made us laugh out loud! I talked about the artistic Hundertwasser toilets in my previous Travel Tuesday (or maybe that should be Toilet Tuesday) post. I hasten to add that these Men’s toilets in Waihi were not in anyway artistic, quite the opposite in fact,  but they did make us…

Hundertwasser toilet bloack in Kawakawa New Zealand

An artistic toilet block on the tourist trail in New Zealand captures our imagination

The Hundertwasser Toilets are one of the most bizarre toilet blocks I think I’ve ever seen. We missed them the first time.   We drove back up the street and there they were, how on earth had we missed them? Bright, colourful, artistic and brilliant!  Maybe the hundreds of motorcyclists riding up and down the street had something to do…

karangahake gorge bridge 2

What you need to know to cycle the beautiful Hauraki RT for the first time

My husband and I are keen bike riders and Rail Trail enthusiasts and we take every opportunity to get out and about, seeing the countryside while riding our bikes.  Our little town has finally started building it’s very own Rail Trail and we are heavily involved in the project. In November 2016 we travelled with friends to New Zealand’s South…

Iga Warta

Aussie outback adventure #5 – Aboriginal Art and Women’s business

Art and Women’s Business were on the agenda for days 5 & 6 of our Outback Aussie Adventure. Women’s Business: I was privileged to take part in the ‘Women’s business’ talk with Josie and Glenise Coulthard while at Iga Warta. Men could have joined the group to hear the stories, but it was stressed that only women can actually tell the…

River gum along the Frome River in South Australia's Flinders Ranges

Aussie outback adventure #4 – Mt Serle

Walking the Frome River – Day 4 Today saw our little group of five (we call ourselves the Famous Five) walk from Mt Serle homestead, down the Frome River, with our cultural guide Cliff Coulthard. We walked about 13kms and I must say it was a very pleasant day of walking. A reminder of what we’re doing on our 2…

Aussie outback adventure #3 – a cultural day

Welcome to Iga Warta – Day 3 full of culture and history  Nangga (pronounced nunga) means hello/welcome in the local Adnyamathanha (pronounced Udna-mat-na) language. We are learning lots of words for plants, animals and birds, as we go on our walks with guides Sharpie, Cliff and Terry.  It’s been very enlightening and educational not to mention interesting. The good news…

An ancient old tree on the Frome River

An Aussie outback adventure #1

Welcome to Iga Warta A superb sunrise greeted us on Day 1 of our walking tour in the Aussie outback. We arrived in Iga Warta late in the afternoon after driving over 400 kms from the verdant Clare Valley.  As we drove further north, into the Flinders Ranges, the vegetation slowly changed from vineyards, green pastures and pretty towns to…

Travel Loving Parents

Originally posted on thewanderingdarlings:
My parents have recently retired which, when they are still in their very early 60s/late 50s is really bloody early. I had like 5 mins worrying about what they would do with this new found freedom of the daily grind then I realised they are going to be even busier now than ever before. You see…

Travel to Tasmania's north west coast

Tour de Tassie #6 – The white road through the Wilderness to Stanley

The Silica Road All good things come to an end…. Here is the final instalment in my Tour de Tassie series of travel blogs. Moving on from West Coast to North West Coast Strahan – Zeehan – Corinna – Smithton – Stanley After our 2 day stay in beautiful Strahan on the West Coast of Tasmania, we decided to head…

Port Arthur Historic Site Tasmania

Tour de Tassie #5 – A convict journey

A convict journey It really seems like we were on our very own ‘Convict Journey’ as we visited Darlington Probation Station on Maria Island, Port Arthur Historic Site, the Coal Mines and later in our trip, Sarah Island on the (West Coast).  How’s this for a great list of names? Eagle Hawk Neck, Dog line, Coal Mines, Remarkable Cave, Devil’s…

Top 10 tips for two weeks of travel in Tasmania

#Top10 Tips for Two weeks of Travelling in Tasmania

Our Top 10 tips for seeing Tasmania in two weeks Disclaimer: We are two recently retired teachers who have been to Tasmania several times but we still have lots to see and do.  These are our thoughts made from our notes and discussions as we travelled around.  We wished someone had paid for our trip but sadly that didn’t happen!…

West Coast of Tasmania

Tour de Tassie #4 – The Wild and Wonderful West Coast

The Tour de Tassie continues! Where to next?? From East to West So far I’ve told you about the circuitous route we took on our trip around Tasmania,  our visit to Timeless Tarraleah and our stay in the penitentiary on Maria Island. The East Coast of Tasmania is a beautiful area – dark, deep forests with waterfalls and ancient trees, mountain bike…