Peaceful Rishikesh

Rishikesh Sunset

I arrive in Delhi, but I decide to leave as soon as possible and head to Rishikesh, to have some calm before the storm.  Luckily, due to jet lag, I manage a very early start.  I rush to New Delhi train station to catch the 6.50am train, only to discover non-Indians need to pre-book and the office is not opened today. Grrrrrr!!!  Great start!!!! I then discover there are no trains until tomorrow. Double grrrrrr!!!!! In a … Continue reading

Where is Sri Venkateswara Temple?

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This weekend I had lots and lots of fun celebrating Lord Ganesha’s birthday.  I joined in the festivities at Sri Venkateswara Temple for the Hindu festival, Ganesh Chaturthi. The first pit stop was the temple canteen to stuff myself silly with yummy South Indian food.  Masala dosa (mahoosive pancakes stuffed with spicy potatoes), idly (rice cakes with very tasty sauces), vada (deep fried rice cakes; very naughty, but nice) and some scrumptious … Continue reading

#7 Sydneysider: An Impromptu Whale Watching Trip

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Before I lived in Sydney, the animals I always associated with Australia, were bouncy kangaroos and cute koala, chewing eucalyptus leaves.  However, between May and November, every year, Australia gets some very special visitors, which made my normal commute to work this week pretty extraordinary. Whilst catching my morning ferry, a humpback whale, popped up literally metres for us and decided to put on a spectacular show.  It kept hitting the … Continue reading

#2 Guest: Better the devil – Tasmania’s Wild West

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I’d like to welcome back Andrew as a guest blogger.  Have you ever wondered if anyone actually wins those competitions on Facebook, well this jammy git recently liked Jetstar, typed 25 magical words and voilà a trip to Tassie… Recently I visited the Wild West of Tasmania thanks to a competition win with everything arranged by Discover Tasmania. A four day self-drive tour with set itinerary and free time in … Continue reading

Tips for Surviving Fraser Island

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Tip 1: Best Visited with a 4WD Yeah Easter!!!! I make a last minute decision to escape Sydney for a few days and head to Fraser Island with some friends.  Good Friday was spent travelling (it’s a long, long, long way away), leaving us with a full day on Saturday to explore as much of the island as possible. We started at the bottom of the island, driving cross country … Continue reading