My favourite island in Sydney Harbour

Cockatoo Island, Sydney, Australia

 

Smack bang in the middle of Sydney Harbour lies Cockatoo Island, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was once a convict penal establishment, and then one of Australia’s biggest shipping yards. Retaining some of the original remnants and prison buildings of a distant past, Cockatoo Island is now a harbour attraction and home to cultural events such as the Biennale. With such a rich history and spectacular harbour views to boot, come for a day visit, or even better – glamp it up or do like we did and get a bunch of friends and stay in one of the beautiful heritage houses. You will wake up to a sunrise you will not forget.

 

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My favourite vineyard in country NSW

Logan Wines, Mudgee, NSW

I know, there are plenty of amazing vineyards and cellar doors in NSW, but a few kilometres before Mudgee, you’d be a fool to miss this one. Voted one of the best cellar doors in Australia, Logan Wines is a gem. The laid-back feel of this modern setting of polished concrete and expansive glass and timber is a match made in heaven. With open fires and friendly and knowledgeable staff, this is an essential place for any local or traveller to stop by if interested in tasting some of the best wine of the region.

My favourite cruise in the Whitsundays

Whitsunday Blue, Queensland, Australia

The Whitsundays is a special spot in the world, and sure, Airlie Beach is a fun place to spend a night or two, but really everyone is there to get out on the water and soak up the beauty of this part of the Great Barrier Reef. We went on a 3 day/2 night cruise with Whitsunday Blue, and it was a perfect few days to really see how beautiful the area is. Bring a couple of friends, and a bottle or two of Champagne and you are in paradise….

 

 

 

My favourite snorkelling spot on the Great Barrier Reef

Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia

Cape Tribulation is located within the Daintree National Park an hour or so drive north of Cairns, where the rainforest meets the sea. With a population of only around 100 or so people, Cape Tribulation has more of a quiet village life with a number of small eco lodges, hostels and resorts, and has only been accessible by a sealed road since 2002. Aside from crocodile cruises, 4WD tours, horse-riding and kayaking, Cape Tribulation is the perfect launch point for visiting some of the most pristine parts of the Great Barrier Reef, with only a few dozen visiting divers and snorkellers each day, unlike the crowded dive tours leaving from nearby Port Douglas or Cairns. We took the Rum Runner catamaran, which seems to be unfortunately currently out of the water, for a perfect day on the reef. Snorkelling or diving, everyone got to see an amazing array of fish, turtles and reef with colours I have never seen before nor knew existed. My only tip is to pop a sea sickness tablet before you head out…