Sunrises and Sunsets on Hamilton Island

There is nothing quite like waking up to a sweet orange glow peeping through your curtains, or sipping exotic cocktails as you watch the sun lower over the ocean.  Both glorious experiences, and an array of other sunny opportunities, are frequently available on Hamilton Island.

Behold below some examples stunning enough to tempt you to book that flight!

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The National Arboretum, Canberra

14 July, 2017

The general assumption is that, as a political city, there is not much else to be seen in Canberra.  I myself have been guilty of the “there’s nothing interesting in Canberra” stereotype.  But I do declare that I have changed!  I am a new woman, with new perspectives, and I have learned that Canberra most certainly does have things to offer, some of them surprising.

Before a visit was suggested to me by a friend, I had no idea what the National Arboretum was.  I was unaware that such a place existed just on the outskirts of Canberra.  Though I am glad that it was suggested to me, because the place is simply magical!

After parking the car, we stepped out into the crisp morning air and made our way up the path towards the visitors’ centre.   Our gentle stroll through the beautiful reserve took us first through the gorgeous bonsai garden, which was filled with many carefully curated plants.  There were even a few native Australian species, which I was not expecting.  Several of these were small banksias which had been carefully grown and maintained.

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We then wandered through the vegetable, cactus and herb gardens, all of which were impressive.

A trek up to Dairy Farmers Hill was then in order.  It was late morning by this stage, but still bitingly cold and the remnants of fog hung over the low land.  As we made out way up the hill, lamenting our unfit states, the fog slowly began to rise.  By the time we reached the top, it was all but gone, and the surprisingly beautiful Canberra landscape stretched before us.

Behold:

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Looking out over the landscape, I had a sense that I was standing in a surreal moment.  It seemed that all the world was still – the tiny cars on the highway below us moved slowly, quietly, and there were a few small people casually walking or biking on the distant paths which criss-crossed the reserve.

The Arboretum was also full of beautifully-decorated trees, such as the ones below, which fit perfectly well with the cold weather!

We spent a couple hours roaming the hillsides and the paths, taking in the fresh winter air and the clear skies around us.  It was entirely relaxing and very beautiful, and although we went there on a whim, it turned into a lovely morning!

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Hawaiian Road Trips, by the Walker family

My father loves to drive.  This is a statement which should not be taken lightly.  I don’t mean it in a crazy/fast driver sorta way, but he genuinely likes driving.  So one of the things he enjoys when we are holiday is driving around the area.  When I’m on holiday, I personally prefer to chill in the backseat and take in the sights, so I don’t really get it – but hey, this does mean that my father’s knack for taking the wheel is quite relaxing and convenient for the rest of us.

A couple times now, we have driven around Oahu, one of the most popular of the Hawaiian Islands.  Hence, we have accumulated a bit of knowledge/experience and some fun tips for other road-tripping families.  So here are some of our top suggestions, brought to you by the Walker family!

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Reflections of “The Returned”

There is an incredible expectation which comes with being one of The Returned.  One of those who has gone beyond the boundaries of their comfortable suburban existence and dared to brave the big, wide world.  One who has seen things, experienced things, supposedly gone and conquered and returned all the wiser and grander.  You get to carry yourself with airs and grace because you are now Travelled.

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