Visiting Australia? Just Know Our Politicians Are Fools

Visiting Australia? Just Know Our Politicians Are Fools

Visiting Australia? Just Know Our Politicians Are Fools

Opinion Piece By Anthony Jury of Fair Dinkum Traveller

This may not be a travel piece but heck I just must say it, because in Australia we have the luxury of freedom of speech that not everyone around the world is afforded. Therefore, it is my right to bag, in good nature, our useless politicians who can’t make up their own minds at what they were elected to do by the people. Which is to basically make decisions, however basic they may seem.

First of all, I love my country, I am proud to call it home, I am passionate with any national sports team, I proud of the attractions that us travellers get to visit and beautiful beaches along our vast coast line. I would defend this great country with my life. But there is one thing you must know about this great country if you are visiting Australia, our politicians are completely useless.

Now where do I start, oh yeah, our Prime Ministers? We have had five Prime Ministers in the space of ten years and to think one of them (Kevin Rudd) served twice in a matter of a three years, only to be voted out a couple months into his second term, by another idiot, Tony Abbott, who was replaced a year later by Malcom Turnbull, who somehow still holds the job today.

Oddly of those five Prime Ministers, three of them, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott were thrown out by their own party. Great stuff Aussie politicians, although I must admit they are great at stabbing their own in the back, but I guess that is no different in a lot of other countries, where most pollies are only interested in their very own space.

Now my biggest bug bare that inspired this opinion piece. Marriage Equality. Our pollies in the Liberal Party cannot decide a simple outcome, at least it is simple in my opinion. To pass a simple legislation to allow gay people to get married. What is the hold up? if they want to get married then let them get married, I promise you the world will still rotate and proceed as normal.

Since the pollies can’t decide, instead they want to spend 120-million-dollars on a non-compulsory voting plebiscite. That’s right, a vote where not even all eligible Australians are forced to vote, that worked out well with Brexit and good old Donald Trump didn’t it? Even after the vote, the Australian government, still may or may not let the legislation pass. What a crock of shit and a useless waste of time and dollars, where the money could be better spent of fixing roads and infrastructure.

The fact that it is even going to a vote is pathetic, to pass Marriage Equality should really be a simple solution, just pass it through and move on. At the end of the day, whether you like it, lump it, get your head around it, it is inevitable that one-day gay people will be allowed to get married in this country without having to fly to New Zealand to tie the knot. In the meantime, we could save a heap of tax payers money, if only our pollies would only have some guts to make a decision.

There you go visitors to Australia. Enjoy our land, the attractions, the scenery, the great beaches and all the great stuff that this great country has to offer, but please, ignore our foolish politicians and try and not make sense of them or you will only do your head in. Happy Travels.

 

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House.

A Gallery of Nannup Hideaway Spa Cottages and Retreat

A Gallery of Nannup Hideaway Spa Cottages and Retreat

The Nannup Hideaway Spa Cottages and Retreat is one of the most picturesque pieces of accommodation you will find in the South West of Western Australia. From the great Bush that surrounds the cottages, to the Deluxe suites at the big house, you will see in picture why Nannup Hideaway is the ideal choice of stay for couple or families. It is a hideaway where good times are made and memories are created.

 

 

Nannup Hideaway Spa Cottages

Welcome to Nannup Hideaway Spa Cottages and Retreat.

Be Mesmerised in the Australian Bush

The Australian Bush is what you first notice at the time you drive into the Nannup Hideaways Spa Cottages and Retreat. Taking the drive into the woods along the gravel road all the way to the big house, you will be mesmerised by the nature and the bush around. It is fair to begin this gallery with some great outdoor shots of Nannup Hideaway.

 

Nannup Hideaway

Enjoy the open spacious and nature of Nannup hideaway.

The Hidden Spa Cottages

The two cottages at Nannup Hideaway are neat and cosy. Whether it is the Treetops Cottage or the Jarrahwood Cottage, both come with stunning scenic views. You will enjoy the fact that the cottages are hidden and that privacy is maintained away from the busy world, your only neighbours will be the surrounding wildlife.

Enjoy the benefits the benefits the cottages have to offer, each comes with a kitchen, private bathroom, queen beds, a wood fire, television and a wonderful deck with stunning views and private spa that will help to make your stay even more memorable.

 

Trretops at Nannup Hideaway

The Treetops cottage

The Jarrahwood Cottage

The Treetop Cottage

The Deluxe Suits at the Big House

At the big house, where the reception is also located, you will find comfortable suites that are ideal for couples. The suites come with a comfortable queen bed, common kitchen, bathrooms, television and a large sharing balcony that creates even better views of the surrounding Hideaway.

If that is not enough, wander the grounds of Nannup Hideaway Spa Cottages and Retreat and take in the fresh outdoors with a visit into the bush, perhaps take in some yoga or a sauna, or simply relax with a glass of your favourite wine. The choice is yours.

 

Nannup Hideaway Spa Cottages and Retreat.

The Big house at Nannup Hideaway Spa Cottages and Retreat.

Extra Gallery of Nannup Hideaway Spa Cottages and Retreat

take in a little added gallery of Nannup Hideaway and book yourself a visit for yourself when next in the South West of Western Australia. Check out the website for more details.

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DISCLAIMER: hey all, I hope you enjoyed the blog post. Just to let you know this post is a sponsored post but as always, I keep everything real and honest. Thanks for reading.

Travel Report: Jan to June 2017 – Six Countries in 6 Months

Travel Report: Jan to June 2017 – Six Countries in 6 Months

Six countries in six months won’t break any records but it was good to get out and explore the world and see different cultures at every opportunity. It started with Vietnam and ended with a brief trip to Bangkok. Every country had its own unique difference but each six countries were as unique and special as the next.

Let’s take a peek at the travel report for January to June 2017 –  Six countries in six months.

Patuxai Monument, Laos

The stunning Patuxai War Monument.

Vietnam

The year in 2017 started with little madness in chaotic Ho Chi Minh City. The first visit to the Vietnamese city, it was a real eye opener from the moment we arrived, grabbed our Visas, luggage and made our way on to the streets of the city using Uber. The chaos had well and truly begun.

A family trip and our first visit to Vietnam, we didn’t waste any time checking out the great attractions of Ho Chi Minh City, visiting great locations such as the four islands on the Mekong River, Cu Chi Tunnels, the War Museum, Ben Thanh Markets and stunning French architected buildings like the Cathedral and the Old Post Office. BTW the Vietnamese food is the real winner around these parts, especially the rice noodle soups and so cheap.

Da Lat was the next little city we visited in Vietnam, a short plane ride and we were in greener pastures with divine mountain ranges. The city centre of Da Lat still packed a punch, it’s what’s on the outside that delivers its real beauty with lovely lakes, stunning waterfalls and epic scenic nature.

Bitexco Financial Building

Bitexco Financial Building in Ho Chi Minh City.

Da Lat

Beautiful Da Lat

 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

One night in Kuala Lumpur, certainly not enough time in the Malaysian city, but enough to get a little tease. A modern city that delivers on all fronts, with shopping, food stalls and of course famous high-rise buildings known around the world. This great city left such a positive reflection on me, that I will be back in April 2018 for a longer stay.

K tower

Kuala Lumpur Tower in all its lights

 

Bali, Indonesia

An accidental trip to Bali but I will take it any way I can, especially when I got the opportunity to work with two luxury resorts on the Indonesian Island. It started on the white sands of Tanjung Benoa, a real hit with the water sports. I stayed at the Sakala Resort, a perfect stay for any luxury escape in paradise, with a stunning beach club, swimming pools and restaurants.

Check out the link to Sakala Resort post.

Sakala Resort

The Sakala Resort

 

Next stop in Bali was inland to Ubud, a pretty tourist township known for its rice fields and monkeys. I stayed at the incredible Alaya Resort, beautiful in many ways with its stunning rice fields being the back drop to the Manisan Restaurant. The resort has lovey lovely outdoor setting with large palm trees and boutique swimming pools as well as the decorative Indonesian theme throughout Alaya. It was a pleasure to stay in a fine resort such as the Alaya.

Check out the link to the Alaya Resort post.

Bali

Alaya Resort.

 

Perth, Western Australia

A quick trip to Perth for a camping in a slightly different environment away from the woods and in the vicinity of the CBD. The time in Perth during this Easter break was not wasted at all, exploring the city centre and the beautiful Elizabeth Quay, discovering Whiteman Park and getting up close and personal to a few Australian Native Animals and we even stopped in at NIB stadium to watch Perth Glory play a little soccer.

City of Perth

City of Perth, so close you can touch it.

 

Vientiane, Laos

A journey of a different type, this time volunteering to school kids and Monks in Laos. It was an incredible experience like no other in my life. The proud feeling of giving back to travel and helping a community in need gave a great strength of personal satisfaction. The trip was not cheap but it was fulfilling nonetheless.

Obviously, there was a time to do some sightseeing, checking out Vientiane and the attractions it had on offer such as various temples, markets, shopping malls and the Patuxai War Monument. It is a smaller city but it is steep in culture and tradition.

Vang Vieng was another little city that I visited in Laos. A pretty city with lovely mountain ranges and the Nam Song River giving I is picturesque scenic look. The city itself is full of foreigners looking for a good time, with a range of bars and clubs that keeps the party going all night.

Golden Palace

Golden Palace, Vientiane, Laos

Blue Lagoon

The blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng, Laos.

 

Bangkok, Thailand

Another one night transit stay and another tease. Not too far away from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, I stayed at the Thong Ta Resort, perfect for transit stay. In the brief visit, I explored the streets of Bangkok, wandered through some markets and tasted some delicious food from the streets of Thailand.

artwork of Thong Ta

Great artwork at the Thong Ta resort in Bangkok.

 

What’s next in 2017?

Right now, the second half of 2017 is a little low key, but that’s what I initially thought of the first of 2017 when in planning. As of this stage, travel plans for the rest of the year are planned around the great state of Western Australia and another trip to Thailand where I will visit Phuket and Khao Lak. Stay tuned for some great travel stories to come and who knows where I will land next.

Six countries

Six countries in Six months

Explore Whiteman park in Perth, Western Australia

Explore Whiteman park in Perth, Western Australia

Nothing says Australia more than Whiteman Park.

Explore the spacious parklands with the surrounding gumtrees and the native Australian plants, not to mention the loveable wildlife and you’ll know in an instant that this park represents Australia to perfection.

The kids will run and play, as the Parents sit back on the rug and relax within the nature around them. It’s happy times at Whiteman Park, the perfect place to take the family as you enjoy the great outdoors discovering the iconic park in Western Australia.

Whitman Park

Family fun is alive at Whiteman Park.

 

 

Where is Whiteman Park?

It will be hard to believe that Whiteman Park and its 4000 hectares of Australian bushland is only 15 minutes north of the Perth CBD, in the Caversham area. It’s next door to the famous Swan Valley wine region which is a treat in its own Right. Take the road down Reid Highway and follow the signs, you won’t miss it.

tram

An Heritage tram.

 

The Village of Whiteman Park

The Village is a popular hangout that features heritage wooden buildings. Take a walk down the main village area, with the trams tracks down the middle and gaze at the different souvenir store and take a peek at the Print Shop, Handcraft Centre and Lolly Shop for those who have a craving for the sweet tooth.

If you didn’t bring your own bike to ride around the park, there is always pedal play. Here you can hire the traditional two wheel bikes or enjoy family fun on the four seater pedal carts. It is full on adventure as you explore on wheels.

Get all the facts you need at the information centre, not only about Whiteman Park but also grab a brochure about various destinations within state of Western Australia. When done with the rest of the village, it’s time to rest the feet, stop in at the Village Café for a delicious cappuccino or a bite to eat.

The Village

The Lolly Shop in The Village.

 

The Village Whiteman Park

The Village

 

 

Take a picnic on Parklands

There is plenty of open parklands to lay out a rug, get out the picnic basket and munch on a few snacks with a cold beer in hand or a bottle wine bought at the nearby Swan Valley Region. Life could not be better as you sit back on a fold out chair and watch the little ones having a ball in the great outdoors. As every kid should be in their youth.

Whiteman Park

The open areas of Whiteman Park.

 

 

Explore on the open trails

Hiking through paths of this great park is the highlight of the day. It’s a leisurely stroll through easy going tracks that take you to all corners of Whiteman Pak. Discover different areas of the park as you pass the Mussel Pool, through the dog park, where the happy K9’s are in their own little doggy heaven, before wandering past the popular cricket pitch, where there is further open space to throw the ball around and roll out the rug.

Start at The Village and take your time exploring the different facets of Whiteman Park. Spot the various wildlife that are hidden amongst the bush and visit the Children’s Forest on your way around track, here the young ones can learn about the Australian Forest with their own kid friendly adventures.

hiking whiteman Park

Take a hike in the Park.

 

The Heritage Museums

Heritage means a lot at Whiteman Park and it is on show wherever you gaze your eyes. From the Motor Museum and tractor Museum (separate locations) full of olden day vehicles and machinery that will get any rev head excited. Then take a ride on the Vintage Trains and Trams, where you can have a joy ride within the park at an affordable price.

Motor Museum

The Motor Museum.

 

 

Tractor Museum

Tractor Museum.

 

Caversham Wildlife Park

Located close to The Village, The Caversham Wildlife Park is a must visit for any visitor to the park, especially for those who are eager to get up-close and personal to some famous Australian animals. Feed the Kangaroos, watch the hilarious farm show and cuddle everyone’s favourite, the Koalas. It’s a few hours of education at the Wildlife Park, discovering a large range of Australian Wildlife and reptiles.

Easter Getaway

The Kangaroos of Caversham Wildlife Park in Whiteman Park.

 

Lama at Caversham

What are you looking at? Says the Lama.

 

It is the park that keeps on giving and it is fair to say that a whole day may just not be enough. Not with The Wildlife Park, museums, The Village and stunning walking tracks that will leave you mesmerised as you have a fun adventure exploring Whiteman Park. Remember while attractions within the park may cost, but it is free to enter and explore.

Visiting Perth, check out these hotels at TripAdvisor.

 

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5 Family Fun Activities in the South West of Western Australia

5 Family Fun Activities in the South West of Western Australia

Family fun is assured whenever you’re in the South West corner of Western Australia. Whether it’s fun on the beach or exploring the tall forests of Caves road. You can’t go wrong with the gang when you take a South West road trip.

Of course, there is a lot more than 5 family fun things to do in the South West, I am only scratching at the surface. However, here is a brief guide to a range of must-do activities for the families in this amazing region.

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Family fun in the South West

 

  1. Margaret River Chocolate Factory:A Café, play area for the kids and a whole heap of chocolate. So much chocolate that you may need to look after your hips. Family fun is assured at this treat of a chocolate factory, with a large range of sweets and fudges to stuff your face with and a fabulous large outdoor area, so the family can relax. The factory may be a little on the expensive side, but the admission is free and you can also help yourself to the complimentary bowl of chocolate buttons. Yummy.

    When in Margaret River stay at the gorgeous Margarets Beach Resort.

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    Gimme chocolate.

    Lots of chocolate.

     

  2. Xscape to the Cape:The kids will love place with a number of fun activities to occupy the whole day while the parents sit back and relax with Ice cream. The attraction are plenty at Xscape with bouncy trampolines, mazes, mini golf, indoor playground and electrifying waterslides a few of the fun stuff on available. Xscape to the Cape is in the Dunsborough area of the South West and is a buzz for the whole family, where boredom doesn’t exist.
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    Fun on the water slides

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    Bouncing fun for kids.

     

  3. Camping the South West:The mighty South West Bush, flowing rivers and Giant Ocean are some of the amazing spots you will be able to pitch a tent in the South West. You can choose the cheaper government owned locations, or seek a little comfort and power in the many holiday Parks in the region. Either way, you can’t go wrong camping with the family in the South West with a whole heap of family fun to be had.
    I Highly Recommend Honeymoon Pool in the Wellington National Park for that secluded Australian bush feel with sounds of the river nearby.

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    Perfect fire at Honeymoon Pool.

    Camping amongst the Roos in the South West.

     

  4. Dolphin Discovery Centre:Learn, explore, feed the sea creatures and even take a little cruise where you have the opportunity to swim with one of Australia’s favourite sea animals, the dolphins. Located in the Bunbury area, The Dolphin Discovery Centre is a popular and affordable choice for families whenever taking a trip down south. It may only take a couple hours of your time, unless you participate in a tour, but it will be an education for the whole clan as the caring volunteers do their best to teach and entertain.
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    A volunteer on the lookout for dolphins.

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  1. Busselton Jetty:A jetty with the lot. Go fishing off the side of the pier, or take a stroll down the 1.8km Busselton Jetty where you will find the fascinating underwater conservatory at the very end. If walking the distance of the jetty is not your thing, then take the train ride instead. The jetty looks after everyone’s fitness levels.
    Once you done at the jetty, stop in for some lunch or coffee at the Café’s nearby and admire the gorgeous Indian Ocean Views and depending on the time an amazing sunset.

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    Busselton Jetty.

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    Train over the jetty

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7 Stops in 7 Towns Along the South West

7 Stops in 7 Towns Along the South West

It’s a road trip that must be on your agenda whenever you visit the state of Western Australia.The South West, it is as captivating as it is beautiful.

The drive will hold your attention as you change from different scenery. There are no boring bits, as you pass by the beaches, through the lush vineyards, into the shadows of the tall trees, before losing yourself amongst the epic coastal views.

You start in Perth. Take the path down the Forrest Highway, before reaching the residential areas of Bunbury and Busselton. From there you hit the vibrant tourism towns in Dunsborough and Margaret River, which is a real hit, especially in the summer months. The road trip in the South West ends in the pretty little town of Augusta.

It’s the South West and it is 7 stops in 7 towns.

The beautiful South West, this picture was taken in Augusta.

 

Bunbury

Bunbury is the largest region in Western Australia outside the Perth/Peel region and it is the perfect spot to kick off a South West road trip. Bunbury is more a residential area, although it doesn’t let the tourist down with popular spots, such as the scenic Back-beach, Dolphin Discovery Centre and Koombana Bay to name a few.

Where you must stop for a visit: The Bunbury Waterfront is perfect for a pleasant lunch or perhaps just a morning coffee by inlet. Sit down at the Dome café or try some local beer at the Mash Brew house with the fabulous views in the background. A dolphin may even pop its head in if you are lucky.

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Bunbury, South West

Resting and admiring the Bay. Bunbury, Western Australia.

The Bunbury Waterfront.

Busselton

Busselton packs a punch with its bustling town centre and stunning foreshore. Great for walks along the sands of the calm beach and seaside dining, Busselton is a priority whenever in the South West.

Where you must stop for a visit: Busselton Jetty is the longest jetty in the Southern Hemisphere at 1.8km in length. It is great stroll or a peaceful train ride over the Indian Ocean as you make your way to the end of the Jetty. Awaiting is the Underwater Conservatory where you receive a detailed history lesson of the jetty and see some amazing coral and sea creatures.

Find hotels in Busselton on TripAdvisor.

 

Busselton Jetty

Busselton, South West

Busselton Jetty is popular attraction in the South West.

 

Dunsborough

Dunsborough is small and boutique with a vibrant town centre and placid beaches a short walk away. For a crazy family fun activity, stop in at the Xscape fun park and let the kids run wild while the parents eat ice-cream.

Where you must stop for a visit: Dunsborough Town Centre is a fantastic shopping hub. Full of retail outlets, Cafés and excellent restaurants, it gives the town centre its lively vibe.

Find Hotels in Dunsborough on TripAdvisor.

Dunsborough.

Dunsborough.

 

Yallingup

Yallingup is a stone throw from Dunsborough and is more of a younger sibling to its larger neighbour. Come and enjoy a takeout coffee while looking at the views of Yallingup and Smiths beach. Have a dip in the ocean too.

Where you must stop for a visit: The Ngilgi Cave is between Dunsborough and Yallingup and is one of the four major caves in the South West region. Go deep inside and see the wonders of Ngilgi and the crystals below. Visiting a cave is a must see on a South West road trip. Whichever one you choose is up to you.

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Ngilgi Gace, South West

Ngilgi Cave.

Yallingup

Smiths Beach in Yallingup

 

Margaret River:

Known for its wineries, surfing and the Chocolate Factory. Margaret River is popular amongst tourist. No matter the season, there is a good reason that this town is one of Western Australia’s top tourist spots. Come and see why for yourself, because you will read plenty about it.

Where you must stop for a visit: Prevelly Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Western Australia. Not only does it have some of the state’s best surfing spots, it has one heck of a coastal view as far as the eye can see. Another great reason to visit Margaret River.

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Margaret River, South West

Prevelly Beach at Margaret River.

 

Hamelin Bay:

Hamelin Bay is not a town. It’s a caravan park and it makes for a popular spot to camp over a weekend or school holidays. It’s still worth the detour off Caves road for the beautiful bay and the Rays.

Where you must stop for a visit: The stingrays at Hamelin Bay is the highlight in this stunning area. The Rays are often around and they get so close that you can touch them. Watch out as they swim between your legs.

Hamelin Bay.

The Stingrays at Hamelin Bay.

 

Augusta

The most South Western town in the State. You have finally reached the last leg after about 300km of driving when you arrive in the boutique town of Augusta. Explore the town with all the time you have left, because you will always find a spot that is ideal for that perfect photo.

Where you must stop for a visit:  The Leeuwin Lighthouse is on the most south Western area of Western Australia. It is situated on the corner of the coast where the Southern and the Indian Ocean meet. Climb high to the top of the Lighthouse and be prepared to be knocked out by gorgeous views. If that is not enough, enjoy a coffee afterwards at the Leeuwin Café.

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The Leeuwin Lighthouse

Augusta, South West

Picturesque views in Augusta.

It is 7 stops in 7 towns. All you must do upon reaching Augusta, is do the return leg. Never threat, because you could never get bored in the beautiful South West region as you explore the towns all over again and learn new destinations.