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Fairy Stream of Mui Ne, Vietnam – Photos & Info

Friday, September 2, 2011
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Ferry Stream Turns Red, Mui Ne
The soil begins to darken along the Fairy Stream

Mui Ne, Vietnam is mainly known for 2 things to the traveller (if you’ve even heard of it): Kite Surfing and Sand Dunes.  Most people that go see the sand dunes book a trip by jeep, and they throw in a few extra bonus stops along the way.  The Ferry Stream is kind of brushed off as an additional stop on the sand dunes tour; however it was actually better than the dunes themselves.  They’re not marketed well, and it’s really unofficial when you get there, but as tourism in Mui Ne grows, I’m sure they’ll become more well known.

Diving Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, Byron Bay

Thursday, July 21, 2011
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Julian Rocks Marine Reserve & Dive Site
Julian Rocks Marine Reserve & Dive Site

Before visiting Byron Bay, my perception of the place was that my trip would be mainly party oriented with some beach time during the day. I arrived in the morning on a shuttle from Surfers Paradise and walked straight into a shop to ask about diving a place I had read was one of the top 10 dive sites in Australia, Julian Rocks. They quickly ushered me over to the Byron Bay Dive Centre and said a boat was leaving in a few minutes.

Sailing The Capricorn Coast: Great Keppel Island

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
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Corner Beach Girl Great Keppel Island
A girl enjoying the corner beach on Great Keppel Island

The east coast of Australia has a well worn travel path carved into it, running from Cairns to Melbourne in either direction.  Along the way there are a set of stops which virtually everyone picks, and all the tour agencies promote.  These include from south to north: The Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, Sydney, Byron Bay, Gold Coast / Surfers Paradise, Brisbane, Fraser Island, Agnes Water / 1770, Airlie Beach & The Whitsundays, Townsville / Magnetic Island, and finally Cairns.  Most people don't stray very far off this path, but some of these places were not even that developed until fairly recently, so why do people not explore new places more often?  Recently I took a road trip from the Gold Coast up to a place called Yeppoon on the Capricorn Coast, where we set off for a sail around the Great Barrier Reef and Keppel Islands.

Questions About Hiking to Everest Base Camp

Riding A Yak in Lake Namtso
Riding A Yak in Lake Namtso with the Nyechen Tangla mountains in the background

Q. I have a question about your travels, if you can think back to Everest Base Camp. Can you tell me about how that worked? How long did it take? How much did it cost? Any other tips or tricks in booking and doing it? Anything you’d do differently if you were to do it again?

Visiting China – Questions & Answers

Great Wall of China - Jinshanling and Simatai
The best part of the wall to see from Beijing: Jinshanling and Simatai

Q. I need tips for China, I'm going there this week and meeting Anna on tuesday. We start from Beijing, and then have no idea where to go, have about a month there. Any must places outside of the big cities what did you enjoy, or anything else you recommend?

Largest Sand Island In the World – Fraser Island

Fraser Island Beach
Beaches, Streams, Sand Dunes and Forest cover Fraser Island

Fraser Island is one of the best places to visit in Australia, worth going out of your way to see. Fly into Brisbane, and head a couple hours North to Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay, or Hervey Bay, the 3 crossing points over to Fraser. You have several options on how to get around: you can rent your own 4X4 doing everything yourself, do a self drive tour, where you ride along in a caravan of 4X4s, but drive your own vehicle, or take one of the massive offroad buses in a group of 15-25. I made the mistake of doing the bus tour, because my license had expired, and this tour provided transport in and out of Gold Coast; I knew straight away this was a mistake.

Blue Mountains, Just Outside of Sydney

Wentworth Falls, Australia
Wentworth Falls from the viewpoint across the canyon. You can't even see the entire thing!

The Blue Mountains are just a couple hours away from Central Sydney, and worth a visit if you have a few days. There are several tours operating out of Sydney, they cost about $70 aud and provide round trip transport, a guide, tea and cookies. The tour we went on included a boat cruise from Olympic Park Wharf to Circular Quay as well, stopping at Darling Harbor. This was a pleasant surprise as it meant we got a quick overview of Olympic Park also which was pretty cool, and saved me the train ride and time doing it myself.

Lake Wabby, Fraser Island

Friday, April 22, 2011
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Lake Wabby Beach, Fraser Island
The beach at Lake Wabby is at a steep incline from the sand dune, it gets pretty crowded

One of the many lakes on Fraser Island, Lake Wabby is an essential stop on your Fraser excursion. Its like a desert oasis in that you've got to hike several kilometers from the beach, with the end being through a sand dune, and over a hill, where you'll stumble upon the lake in the middle of nowhere. Its algae covered bottom gives it a dark green color, but the water is actually quite clear. In it you'll find loads of catfish swiming around you, it seems as if you can reach out and grab them, but apparently nobody has ever been fast enough to actually catch one.

Fraser Island By Air

Maheno Shipwreck Ariel View, Fraser Island
Maheno Shipwreck as seen from the air

As soon as you arrive in Australia, you're going to hear about Fraser Island and The Whitsundays. Everybody sees Fraser Island by 4X4, which is amazing and has to be done, but while there I highly recomend you also splurge and pay the $75 to take the breif scenic flight over the island. How many places in the world do you get to use the beach as your runway? You get to see things from a completely different perspective; you also get to see things you probably won't make it to by car like Butterfly Lake. Chances are on a nice day you'll spot Stingrays, Manta Rays, Dolphins, and maybe even sharks. This is one of those things you need to put in perspective, I know $75 sounds like a lot, but take a night off the drink and do this instead.

The Monkeys of Gibraltar

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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Rock of Gibraltar Monkey
A monkey sitting on the edge of the Rock of Gibraltar

Gibraltar is a unique place, whether you go to get your passport stamped or just to say you have been there, you have to get to the top of the giant rock and hang out with the Barbary Macaque Monkeys. It's a great opportunity to take an up-close picture of a semi-wild monkey, and it could be the closest you are ever able to get to a monkey and still be pretty assured you won't walk away with a disease or two; these monkeys are tested.

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