Wonderful Wyoming: Planning a Shoestring Trip to Jackson

Positioned in a postcard-perfect valley that is encompassed by snow-capped mountains, Jackson is a destination that nature-lovers are sure to adore. The city’s close proximity to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks helps to make it a popular base for exploring nature’s hotspots, while a host of activities make Jackson itself a fabulous vacation…

Cradle Mountain National Park: The Basics

How we got there We flew into Launceston from Sydney, and the flights were the most costly component of our trip. Other options for getting to the Apple Isle include taking the ferry over from the mainland, which may be more cost effective for families. Once in Launceston, we hired a car at the airport –…

Hiking Cradle Mountain

The most famous of trails in the Park is the Overland Track. 65 km cutting through pristine alpine scenery, past calm, glittering lakes, over lofty mountain passes, the Overland takes six to seven days to traverse. We had insufficient time to do this trail while we were in the area, so we settled for a…

Hiking the Grand Canyon: South Kaibab & Rim trails

The Grand Canyon is everything its name suggests – it is one of the largest and deepest canyons in the world. We arrive at sunset, driving in from Phoenix, our rental car hot and dusty from the long journey. There are crowds of tourists along the Rim Trail at the visitors centre, all there to…

The Enchanted Isles: The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The dreamlike Enchanted Isles “Mantas!” Marianna, our guide, calls out excitedly, and with a flick of her yellow fins, she’s gone, diving down through the cold, clear water towards the dark shapes on the white sand at the bottom. We are snorkeling in the Galapagos Island during our 8 day cruise aboard the MV Samba,…