Beaches of the North

In a way it is hard to say which beach is the best beach in Sydney. When it comes to accessibility these ones up North really don’t make the grade. Well, if you do happen to have a car, and live within a reasonable distance, then maybe they aren’t that bad, but when you are either like a friend of mine, who lived in the far west, or me who happens to be a tourist that does most of his touristing by public transport, then maybe not. … More Beaches of the North

A Singapore Stopover

I would say that it has been a while since I have actually posted something, but I have managed a couple of posts since getting everything back after seven weeks outside of the Australia (though these were posts that I had written before I left). What I discovered, and I have found this with others as well, is that when I am travelling I find it very hard to actually blog at the same time, namely because there are so many other things that I could be doing, which includes reading books, going to museums, and sitting in cafes drinking Belgium beer. … More A Singapore Stopover

Submarines & Destroyers – Australian Maritime Museum

If you are standing on the shores of Darling Harbour you will no doubt see what are quite obviously naval ships – it is not a naval base but the National Australian National Maritime Museum. Mind you, some of these museums tend to call themselves national despite the fact that they are only state based (the National Railway Museum in Adelaide is quite guilty of that) however since Canberra happens to be very landlocked, and carting the ships overland can be very difficult, the National Maritime Museum finds itself in Australia’s First City – Sydney. … More Submarines & Destroyers – Australian Maritime Museum

Cruising the Torrens – The Popeye

Even since I was a kid these boats have been cruising up and down the Torrens River. Okay, they may not have been these particular boats as sometime along the way the old wooden boats were replaced with new fiberglass ones (quite possibly because the older ones were getting, well, a little too old). I remember when I was a kid we would jump on the Popeye at Eldar Park, go for a cruise up to the wharf outside the zoo, and then go and have a look at the animals. Well, remembering those more innocent days in my life I decided to take my brother on that exact same journey. … More Cruising the Torrens – The Popeye

Phuket Phenomenah – Speedboat to Phi-Phi

After a relaxing day wandering around Patong Beach (and a couple of not so relaxing nights) it was time to go on my first tour. However I was a little worried, namely because this isn’t Australia where you can take companies to the ACCC if they rip you off by taking your money and vanishing into thin air (not that the ACCC can do all that much when that happens anyway – it is still a case of caveat emptor). So, I went into the lobby of the hotel (after having breakfast) with my laptop and book in my backpack (which was going to be a mistake) to wait for the bus to come and pick me up. After five people coming in calling out ‘James Bond Island’ and one calling out ‘Phi Phi Island’ I was starting to get a little worried. However the driver soon turned up, collected me, and took us off to the Royal Phuket Marina where our tour company, Sea Star, was based. … More Phuket Phenomenah – Speedboat to Phi-Phi

Queensland Maritime Museum – The Last River Destroyer

The first thing that I noticed about this place was the River Destroyer sitting in the old dry dock. In fact it was on my first trip to Brisbane, after having lunch at a not very cheap cafe on the river bank and then deciding to cross the footbridge over the river to the CBD, that we (that is my brother and I) saw the destroyer sitting in what looked like an old dry dock. … More Queensland Maritime Museum – The Last River Destroyer