I have this gorgeous 12 year old border collie cross named Jack. He was a rescue dog that we gave a forever home to when he was 2 years old. He is one of the most beautiful dogs with the kindest hearts that I have ever met. For the past five years my sister and I (my mum has recently joined us) have been travelling for a day trip from our home in Canberra to Tomakin for a beach day.
This is Through an Aussie’s Eyes first official blogging recognition! Woo! I can hear the crowd going wild now!!
Before I go any further about the Liebster Award, I want to thank and apologise to the wonderful Angie Briggs from Feet Do Travel! The reason for my apology is that it has taken me so long to get this post up. Sorry Angie! But thank you so much for the nomination and all of the support you have provided me and other travel bloggers especially with the running of the Feet Do Travel Facebook Group which is designed to bring travel bloggers together and to inspire them to reach for the stars. I love it. It really has helped me so much.
One of the very first things I saw when I approached Riversdale was a horse water trough that was hand chiseled by a convict. These hand carving showed the start of Australia’s history. Riversdale is one of Australia’s oldest Colonial Georgian buildings and is full of a rich and vibrant history. This restored house is situated out in Goulburn in rural New South Wales, Australia. The National Trust purchased this house back in 1967 and have dedicated their time to restoring this magnificent house.
Animals can make us feel so many emotions; that smile we have on our face as we see one of the most enchanting creatures on this planet or the look of horror as we realise we have just escaped death from some man eating beast.
I wish I could say that I came across this scary beast that made my life flash before my eyes but I came across a bird, an arctic skua to be exact. I was exploring Neist Point, Isle of Skye, Scotland when this terrifying incident happened. Firstly, I explored this charming lighthouse and then decided to go down to the cliff edge and do a quick walk around. I would also like to point out that Neist Point is a decent tourist attraction and there were quite a few people around…
Happy birthday Queen Elizabeth!!
In Australia we celebrate the Queen’s birthday on the second Monday in June (well all states except for Western Australia…). This year Queen Elizabeth turned the big 9-0 – well her actually birthday is on the 21st of April but don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story. The Queen has travelled pretty much all over the world but in her old age she has chosen to stay in the merry old UK. In honour of the Queen Elizabeth’s birthday, here is a list of 10 awesome gifts to give a traveller.
‘You are going to Indonesia? So Bali?’
‘Ah no, there is more to Indonesia than just Bali…..’
This seems to be a a pretty standard conversation when it comes to planning a trip to Indonesia. But what if I told you that there was more to Indonesia than just Bali? What?! You don’t believe me? Well let me tell you about this little hidden gem called Manado in North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Manado (pronounced Ma-nado) is the capital city of the North Sulawesi province in Indonesia. In 2010, Manado had a population of 408,000 of some of the happiest people you will ever meet. The name Manado comes from the words manadou which means ‘on the far coast’. Manado has a Spanish and Dutch influence due to early settlement. In 1942, the Japanese captured Manado and the city was heavily damaged by the allies bombing in WWII.
As you walk up over the cliff face and realise that one wrong step means a fall of a couple of hundred metres, you embrace it. It takes all of your strength to jump over a waterfall to continue your journey along the cliff face. But the view just makes you feel like the King of the world. All you can see is a winding road and a pathway that edges along adventure. I thought these places only belonged in a fairy tale. But it is simple. The Quiraing will take your breath away. There is a reason that this is one of the top places to go to on the Isle of Skye (Skye). Skye is one of the most enchanting places on this planet – this is where faeries live and adventures begin.
As some of you may know, today is Australia Day (26 January). But what actually is Australia Day? Today isn’t just all about having a public holiday (a nice bonus though that was introduced in 1994), but it is a day that we can reflect upon our diverse society and landscape. A day we can think about all of the amazing achievements and what our future may hold for us. And even more exciting, a day for the new Australian citizens who can call themselves Australian after being conferred citizenship.