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Fiji Time
Manta Ray Island was a contrast to the previous islands that I'd visited.  This was certainly the most
commercialised place I visited.  On arrival one of the
first things we had to do was sign a two page disclaimer for all the
things the resort wouldn't be ...

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Yasawa Islands
The islands off the western coast of Viti Levu are broadly divided
into the Mamanuca and Yasawa Groups.  I bought a 7-day boat
pass for the Yasawa Flyer catamaran, chose six islands to visit
and spent one night on each island.  The islands
I selected were B...

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Levuka and the Coral Coast
I went over to the town of Levuka on island of Ovalau.  Levuka
was the capital of Fiji until it was moved to Suva in 1882. 
It's a delightful little place built on a flat area between
the island's eastern coast and and the hills which form an
imposing natur...

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Nadi and Suva
Bula! Almost from the moment my flight touched down in Nadi airport,
I realised that this greeting of Fiji is usually offered with a wide
smile and warm handshake. It’s something that I’d enjoy time and
again with the locals over the next 16 days. As most...

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Bibbulmun Track
Another trip that I’ve done while living in Brisbane is back to the
southwest of Australia to hike the Bibbulmun Track. This is one of
the world's great long-distance walking trails, stretching nearly
1000km from the Kalamunda National Park near Perth down...

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Weekend in Bundaberg
On a weekend away from Brisbane, I went on a road trip with a friend
to the city of Bundaberg. This old-fashioned country town is firmly
on the east coast budget travel trail because of the abundant
fruit-picking and farm work. On my travels I met many ba...

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North Queensland
While I have been living in Brisbane, I took a job for several months
in the town of Mackay on the Whitsunday Coast on central Queensland.
It was a great opportunity because I was provided with flights home
every two weeks, accommodation, food allowance an...

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Northern New South Wales
Having been to the most westerly point of mainland Australia, the
most easterly point of Byron Bay was added to my bucket list. So
with my girlfriend and a rental car, we headed south for a long weekend.
Before crossing the New South Wales border, we pass...

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Brisbane
A wonderful couple of weeks disappeared quickly and it was time to
head south to Brisbane. The Queensland capital shares its name with
the Brisbane River that winds through the heart of the city. It’s
an easy going place where green spaces, an artificial ...

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The Sunshine Coast
When I was living in Cairns, I added the World Heritage listed Fraser
Island to my Australian bucket list. Unfortunately this largest sand
island in the world (120km by 15km) hasn’t been ticked off yet but
I can at least say I’ve seen it. On a trip north ...
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