In Pictures: A Tasmanian Wilderness

Tasmania is expansive and magnificent yet sometimes daunting. As I stood atop the state’s peaks and battered west coastline, I sensed that I was almost at the end of the earth.   To a certain extent this is true. Indeed, it’s possible that the island’s remote location provides an easy explanation for its emptiness. Despite…

In Pictures: Being Enlightened in Canberra

In early autumn, Canberra’s political and cultural center takes on a different hue. Even the deep reds and picturesque rustiness of the trees encircling Lake Burley Griffin can’t compete with the vivid glow of the annual Enlighten Festival. Through the wonder of modern technology and some very creative lighting architects, some of the city’s most…

A Tale of Two Worlds: Hiking & Biking In The Blue Mountains

The heavy contrast of the Blue Mountains’ haze against the rich ochre of the ancient sandstone escarpments isn’t the only disparity in the Blue Mountains National Park. Two worlds coexist almost seamlessly in this renowned tourist haven; While the abrasive daily onslaught of trippers from Sydney clatter off double decker buses, eagerly clasping cameras and…

It’s A Mystery: Camping On The NSW South Coast

I wake up slightly disoriented and quickly tug at the zip. A tepid breeze sifts through the tall trees overhead, casting flecks of sunlight on the leaf-littered forest floor. A mild morning glow touches the branches of eucalyptus and bird calls echo towards the ocean. Only the occasional bark of an excited dog pierces the tranquillity…