• My recent stay at Southern Ocean Lodge

    We all flew from Sydney and easily made the connection to REX Airlines for the short hop to Kangaroo Island, home to Southern Ocean Lodge. Once we landed, there stood Craig Wickham of Exceptional Kangaroo Island, the best tour operator in Australia and a great friend. I have known Craig for over 25 years and consider him a real mate! Continue Reading

    April 10, 2013 • Australia, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 3106

  • The 10 most wonderful features of the Whitsundays

    1. There are 74 islands. The best thing about this breathtaking assortment of islands in the Coral Sea is that there are so many of them. Located along the coast of Queensland, the Whitsundays are made up of islands, reefs, rainforests and deserted coastlines. Continue Reading

    April 4, 2013 • Australia • Views: 6607

  • Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – Top 10 List

    The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest and healthiest reef. It provides world-class scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, boating and cruising.

    Stretching over 1,400 square miles — from Tropical North Queensland in the North, to Bundaberg in the South — the Great Barrier Reef is easily accessible from various points, including Port Douglas, Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Seventeen Seventy and Bundaberg. Continue Reading

    April 1, 2013 • Australia • Views: 9282

  • Head north to Hayman for an amazing tropical experience

    Hayman Island is the northernmost Whitsunday Island and offers the quintessential tropical paradise experience.

    Hayman is a private island, but it’s open to the public and a good thing too with long, white-sand beaches, green tropical gardens and the stunning Blue Pearl Bay, it would be a shame not to share it. Continue Reading

    March 27, 2013 • Australia • Views: 4914

  • Experience a natural wonder in style at qualia

    The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world — larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space. The Great Barrier Reef also provides world-class scuba diving and snorkeling, sailing, boating and cruising. Continue Reading

    March 25, 2013 • Australia • Views: 5460

  • Discover the real Australia on Walkabout

    I think I’ll go on a walkabout
    And find out what it’s all about – and that ain’t hard
    Just me and my own two feet
    In the heat I’ve got myself to meet.
    – Walkabout, Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Visitors to Australia are missing the boat if they don’t experience an Aboriginal cultural program, because it’s such an enriching way to better understand and respect the customs, traditions and ceremonies that date back tens of thousands of years. One way to do so is to experience a Walkabout. Continue Reading

    March 20, 2013 • Australia • Views: 37945