Ian Swain Sr

  • Family vacation continues in Sydney

    There is always this special feeling I get when I land in Sydney – always something new to the city or exciting people to meet.  This time, after only a short flight from Hamilton Island and our island getaway at Hayman – it felt great to re-immerse into city life. And, with the fairly new tunnel system, it was a quick 15-minute transfer to the InterContinental Sydney, where we would be spending the next three nights. Continue Reading

    May 7, 2013 • Australia, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 2557

  • Wolgan Valley and my incredible stay


    It had been over a year since I last visited this beautiful lodge, and my how things have changed. During the interim and under the guidance of Joost (the GM) and Ben (Manager of Conservation and Activities), thousands of trees have been planted and wildlife safety and conservation has been at the forefront of operations. Continue Reading

    April 23, 2013 • Australia, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 5529

  • Hayman Island with the family

    Hayman was our first stop after my Mum’s 80th birthday celebration on the Gold Coast. We had almost all of the family including my brother George, his wife Michelle and their two daughters, Georgia and Ashley. After our flight, we popped the sunnys on and walked down the jetty to board the Sun Goddess. Continue Reading

    April 15, 2013 • Australia, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 4675

  • 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: 2765

  • Safari in Kruger and Sabi Sand

    Kruger and Sabi Sand – South Africa

    As I sit outside on the deck of my suite at Singita Lebombo at 4:30 AM, I am surrounded by the sounds of the African bush as the moon retreats to bed for the day. I can hear Hippos grunting to each other and splashing in the river below, lions sending guttural calls, birds just starting to rise and chirp and the baboons swinging in the trees. How could this get better, in the stillness of the southern skies at night? The all familiar (to me) Southern Cross is making its way across the lower skies, something I miss living in the Northern Hemisphere. Perhaps it is right now guiding a sailor across the seas towards Australia? Continue Reading

    May 23, 2012 • Africa, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 1844

  • 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: 1713