• Hop To It: Kangaroo Island

    Kangaroo Island isn’t that remote, it just feels like a world away.

    Just off Australia’s southern coast, surrounded by stunning, aquamarine-colored waters, Kangaroo Island is a multifaceted wonderland of bushland, beaches, wildlife and adventure. Continue Reading

    February 20, 2013 • Australia • Views: 8738

  • Fun Facts about the Land Down Under

    In honor of Australia Day, which we celebrated last Saturday, here are some fun facts about the continent:

    • When the English first saw a platypus, they thought the Australians were playing a joke on them by sewing the bill of a duck onto a rat.

    • Australia was once a British penal colony of thieves and other unsavory folks. Australia’s first police force was made up of 12 of the best-behaved convicts. Continue Reading

    February 1, 2013 • Australia • Views: 5776

  • The Top End at Wildman

    My recent adventure brought me to the Northern Territory, where my son Ian II and I made our way to Darwin. We flew straight from Philadelphia to Darwin, via Denver, Los Angeles and Brisbane – talk about a journey. As we landed in Darwin, we were met by a very familiar face, Bob McDonald from Kakadu Art. Bob has been flying in Kakadu for as long as I have been arranging travel from the States – and also happens to be a good friend. Continue Reading

    July 16, 2012 • Australia • Views: 4689

  • Sydney Update

    Sydney, Australia

    I had to come down and visit Sydney as 2 new hotels have appeared. The Park Hyatt Sydney was closed for 8 months as they completely refurbished the entire hotel and added 3 sensational new suites on the 4th floor. I was lucky enough to stay a night as Andrew (the General Manager) allocated me into one of their Premium Deluxe Opera View rooms. The room looked right at the Opera House, boasting a large balcony with a chairs and tables to allow a chance to sit and marvel at this unique building. Continue Reading

    May 17, 2012 • Australia, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 2382

  • 25th Anniversary Celebration

    We departed on QANTAS’s A380 non-stop for Melbourne, Australia! I love this aircraft and the great service onboard. 14 hours later, we landed and were on our way to The Langham Melbourne. Ben Sington, the General Manager, and his team do such a great job for our clients and for us whenever we are in town. Melbourne itself is a wonderful city. Located on the banks of the Yarra River, the city is renowned for its sidewalk cafes, laneways, and wonderful restaurants. I love coming down here and exploring a little more each time.

    25th-Anniversary-Celebration Continue Reading

    November 2, 2011 • Australia, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 2324

  • Wolgan Valley – Revisited

    Cities: Blue Mountains, New South Wales

    I was fortunate to visit Wolgan (located west of Sydney, Australia about 3 hour’s drive) the day before it opened in 2009, and spent a couple of hours with Joost Heymeijer (the General Manager) who showed me around, beaming with delight as he had been since ground breaking so everything that was there, Joost organized! Continue Reading

    August 28, 2011 • Australia, Bloggers, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 2531