Banff

Really loved this place, its right in the middle of a National park and it feels like it blends in perfectly with nature. No high rises, all the buildings have that natural heritage sort of look and yet still caters for a constant influx of tourists. Yes there are some large hotels in districts close by but they are one of a kind in isolation. I loved the layout of the town and it’s buildings plus the scenery that surrounds it. Not so far down the road is the Lake Louise not to mention the hotel and its surroundings. That was fantastic, I really enjoyed my stay there so much I felt the urge to take a selfie.

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Rocky Mountianeer

Rocky Mountianeer had always been on my wish list, and it was everything I expected except for the train strike one day. But anyway it still must be one of the worlds best train rides, it offers picture postcard scenery no matter which way you look. All these photos were taken through the window and you can see one where the train actually comes into the frame as it turns a sweeping bend. Trains in Canada and the US are very long, especially the freight trains, they seem to go on forever.

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Vancouver

Recent trip to Canada and the USA overseas saw Vancouver as the first major stop. It’s a diverse city with lots of contrasting areas. Gastown is worth a visit, a lot of rare sights there, like the narrowest building and one of the worlds rare steam clocks still in operation. Stanley park is also a must see for any tourist venturing there. For car enthusiasts the inner city seems to have more than its fair share of exotic cars running around the streets but traffic flows freely unlike what happens in Sydney.

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Sunshine Beach

Some snaps from this year’s trip north to warmer Queensland in what we southerners call our “winter escape”. Including sunshine on the water at along the many beaches there. I just like this shot better than the moonshine one I had previously, as it typifies the wonderful blue sky days they have there in abundance during an Australian winter.

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Norfolk Island

A recent visit to Norfolk which is an amazing small Island in the South Pacific with some great scenery and climate. It’s the kind of place for people who like to get away from it all and not be interrupted by white noise such as phones, traffic and crowds. You won’t find any large shopping malls here but what you will find is friendly local hospitality and a lot of things to see, especially things of historic value. It is also a place where the locals come out to wave planes goodbye at the airport. I think that sums it up right there and I was lucky enough able to capture a few pics during my stay.

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Terrigal

This is a small coastal town close to Sydney that apart from a big hotel everything else blends into landscape nicely with beaches to cater for locals and tourists without losing it’s mojo. It’s always hard to balance growth without destroying natural beauty but I think this place is nice.

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Port Macquarie

A well laid out coastal town that is in stark contrast to Byron Bay, it is looked after and easy to get around with some nice scenery and good beaches. Check out the local who came to greet me even though I wasn’t carrying any treats to give away.

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Byron Bay

It’s been some 35 years since I last visited this iconic town located in the most eastern part of Australia. At that time it was pristine and now it looks a lot less than that. While nature dealt it a great hand with beaches and landscape, the people living in the town seem to be oblivious to just how tourists vs infrastructure are a complete mismatch. The roads are now all goat tracks and it looks very much like a town left to deteriorate without any planning for growth. However I was amused by the council literally putting parking meters everywhere including the beaches without anything to show for it. They have lived off a reputation that cashes in on an endless supply of millennials due to music and arts community festivals without too much thought on anything other than that. I’m sure the locals would say otherwise but to an outsider it looks like a tired old town that lost it’s way.

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Call of the wild

Here are some of the local wild life caught around my treks through National parks around the Sunshine coast area. The Koala’s get an easy life with 16-18 hours sleep a day so when you do spot them it’s usually up a tree doing exactly that. Then there is the Kookaburra which are a unique bird to Australia and they have a very distinct call which resembles sometimes like a human laughing. Its a sound all Australian’s who live near the bush are very familiar with early morning and evening.

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Noosa National Park

Noosa has some nice beaches and a great National park on the headland to walk around. It’s such nice scenery you can easily forget the walk all together. The paths are well maintained and most of it is well shaded due to the tropical climate. I particularly like the way the ocean reflects a nice shade of blue and it’s a favourite play ground for winter escapes from the south and international tourists.

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