For ages JJ and I have been talking about visiting the New South Wales central west region of Orange – it’s known as the ‘food basket’ of NSW, and is a renowned cold-climate wine growing area, so we knew it’d be right up our street. I’d also heard that the area is really beautiful in the Autumn months. We don’t really get a proper Autumn where we live in Sydney ’cos we don’t have many deciduous trees by the beach, so I was looking forward to kicking big piles of fallen leaves while walking in the crisp country air…..and quaffing wine. (more…)
Seeing photos of the Yukon’s national parks was what first convinced me that I needed to visit Canada. The territory is wild, mountainous and very sparsely populated with only about 35,000 people on almost half a million km squared. (more…)
On the edge of the Arctic and the western shore of Hudson Bay lies the small frontier town of Churchill. This unique community is accessible only by plane or train, with Thompson, about 400km to the south, being the nearest settlement.
Churchill is most famous for being situated on a polar bear migratory path. During autumn, bears head towards the shores of Hudson Bay from the tundra, earning Churchill the nickname ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World’. Residents of Churchill leave their cars and houses unlocked to offer an escape for pedestrians who encounter polar bears in town. (more…)
One of Canada’s premier wild grizzly bear viewing locations
Located 80kms north of Campbell River on Vancouver Island, is a remote area of the Pacific Northwest called Knight Inlet. 60kms from the mouth of the inlet is Glendale Cove, home to Knight Inlet Lodge, a small floating eco-resort. Glendale Cove has one of the highest concentrations of grizzly bears in British Columbia, so it made sense that JJ and I stay at Knight Inlet Lodge for our ultimate bucket list bear viewing experience. (more…)
Why does this Canadian city consistently rank amongst the world’s most liveable places?
Aside from Vancouver’s cleanliness and high standard of living, it’s a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a relaxed and friendly vibe. The Vancouverites we met were fun-loving, led healthy lifestyles and enjoyed spending as much time as possible outdoors. As JJ and I live in a Pacific harbour city (Sydney), we knew Vancouver would feel a bit familiar which might have been part of its appeal. The major difference between Sydney and Vancouver I guess is the weather during colder months, but visiting in late July we were blessed with long days and perfect summer temps in the high 20s – woohoo for escaping southern hemisphere winter! (more…)
Exploring west and north of the world’s second largest country
If you read my travel bucket list post or follow me on Pinterest you’ll have seen that there are few experiences I’m yearning for that are distinctly Canadian. So yep, you guessed it, I’m off to Canada this month with JJ (my handsome partner and best travel buddy) – we could not be more excited! (more…)
So many unhighlighted countries on my map, so many adventures ahead
By way of introduction, for my first ever post I thought I’d combine two of my biggest obsessions – travel aaand making lists. I’ve been keeping and adding to a travel list for several years now and as you can see below I’ve crossed off a few experiences, but still have loads more to get ‘round to! (more…)