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Cycling Java’s Secret South Coast

Escaping Jakarta Cycling out of Jakarta is pure madness: the surging crush of motorbikes and buses, trucks and taxis, all racing and suddenly braking through impossibly slender streets. We dive into the mayhem before we lose heart, hoping like hell that nobody clips us and kills off this great Java adventure before it begins. Escaping Indonesia’s........Read More

Maya Bristow Youngest Australian to trek to Everest Base Camp

Youngest Australian reaches Everest Base Camp, aged 6

Meet our gusty six-year-old daughter Maya Bristow who in May 2018, walked herself into the record books as the youngest Australian to trek independently to Nepal’s Everest Base Camp. Our pint-sized adventurer from Cairns, Australia, reached the foot of the world’s highest peak on 21st May after trekking for a solid 14 days through Nepal’s Solu........Read More

30 Free things to do around Cairns

If you can do it outside, you can do it in the tropics and this list of top outdoor adventures from Cairns to the Tablelands and Daintree National Park is oh-so-budget-friendly, guaranteed to fill your days and mothball your wallet. All your need is a lazy couple of weeks, a set of wheels and some outdoor adventure toys.   Outdoors in Cairns:........Read More

Maratua Island – Indonesia’s Paradise Found

Snorkelling along the edge of the reef, Maratua’s sheer wall of coral disappears into the blue, a swirling mass of tropical fish dazzling me at every turn. Suddenly the turtles sense my presence and peel off the wall in synchronised succession, one, two, three….I count eight ahead of me, drifting alongside as the current carries us south........Read More

The Route to Everest Base Camp: Get Trekking

Our Everest Itinerary We spent 14 days hiking from Phaplu to Everest Base Camp, and another five days getting back to the airport at Lukla. Below is a breakdown of the itinerary we trekked, which will give you an idea of the overall route. If you fly into Lukla, the route above Namche will be the same, but how you break up your trek and how long........Read More

Trek to Everest Base Camp

Of all the captivating mountains on the planet, the one so many of us strive to get close to is Mount Everest. Wrapped in ethereal wonder, fuelled by the storytelling of our youths, this mountain alone attracts the majority of Nepal’s trekking tourism, and more of us than ever are turning up to trek her foothills to spend just a few hours in her........Read More

Underwater statue s Gili Meno Indonesia

The Gili Islands: Bali’s best escape

Why we love the Gili Islands As Bali’s most popular island escape, the Gili Islands trio of tropical isles, each with distinctly different personalities, is where every traveller finds their perfect fit. Each island nurtures a distinctly different scene, naturally segregating the party-hard backpackers who arrive in droves for Gili Trawagan, from........Read More

Nepal Himalaya. Image Credit David Bristow

Walking out of Kathmandu – The 3-day trip anyone can tackle

Kathmandu Valley’s Best Walking Tour If you thought that the only way to glimpse Nepal’s spectacular Himalayan peaks was by tackling an arduous mountain trek, this three-day wander out of Kathmandu is going to surprise you! Not only does it deliver jaw-dropping mountain panoramas that stretch from the Annapurnas all the way east to Mt........Read More

Swimming Babinda Boulders Queensland

Babinda Boulders: Discover North Queensland’s Favourite Waterhole

Rainforest Escape Nestled against the rainforested slopes of Queensland’s highest mountain, enormous granite boulders divert the flow of Babinda Creek into deep, translucent pools and over treacherous granite falls Each year more than four-and-a-half metres of rain falls on the tiny town of Babinda, snagged by Mount Bartle Frere’s towering 1622........Read More

It’s said that when children die in the mountain village of Moni, their spirits soar high towards Mount Kelimutu, settling in the warmest and bluest of the volcano’s tricoloured crater lakes. Image Credit - David Bristow

Climb a volcano: Mount Kelimutu’s Tricoloured Lakes

Climbing Kelimutu It’s said that when children die in the mountain village of Moni, their spirits soar high towards Mount Kelimutu, settling in the warmest and bluest of the volcano’s tricoloured crater lakes. Known as Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai, this sacred turquoise lake is the most bewitching of Kelimutu’s three, richly coloured pools that stud a........Read More