• Incomparable Nature with a Resort to Match – Lizard Island

    When Captain Cook came ashore in 1770, he wrote, “The only land animals we saw here were lizards, and these seem’d to be pretty plenty.” Hence he named this Northeastern Australian isle, Lizard Island.

    If the good captain had possessed a snorkel and a mask, he might have looked below the surface to see some of the most striking coral reef life in the world with more than 1,500 fish, 400 coral and 215 bird species living in and around Lizard Island. Continue Reading

    March 14, 2013 • Australia • Views: 13654

  • Gratuities in Australia – the safe way about it

    There’s a lot of confusion among travelers about how much one should leave as a gratuity (or tip). For example, last year in Japan, I paid my fare and tried to give the driver the change as a gratuity. He winced as though I had insulted him and, to my surprise, he insisted on giving me change.

    In the U.S., you’re a louse if you leave less than a 18-20 percent gratuity in a restaurant. That’s because the minimum wage for food service workers is painfully low in places such as New York City — just $2.13. Workers are expected to live off the tips. Continue Reading

    March 1, 2013 • Australia • Views: 9750

  • Travel Trivia: Sydney

    Established In: 1788

    Established By: Arthur Phillip

    Population: 4,627,345 Continue Reading

    February 25, 2013 • Australia • Views: 4063

  • 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: 9012

  • 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: 6111

  • 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: 4946