Australia is an island, a country and a continent. The perfect destination for the young and the young at heart. A place as diverse as the topography, the people, the plants and wildlife that inhabit it. I loved sophisticated Sydney and pretty Adelaide, driving the Great Ocean Road, navigating the Snowy River Mountain Pass, and sampling world-class wines in the Mudgee, Barossa and Hunter Valleys, but it was Queensland that captured my heart.
Described as both the Sunshine State and the Northern Hinterland, these contrasting and differing perspectives dance together to weave the kind of magic that causes you to spread your wings and take on bold new challenges. I find myself embracing the philosophy, ‘the more you do, the more you can do!’ to ensure I remain an intrepid traveller – at home and abroad.
Crossing over the border from New South Wales into Queensland, we head north along the Gold Coast to Surfers’ Paradise, Australia’s equivalent of Miami but with a much more laidback vibe that is underscored by welcoming energy. The two-kilometre stretch of golden sand beach and rolling surf is lined with skyscrapers and condos that dominate the horizon, but it is at sea level where all the action takes place.
By Ron Perlman
I was finalizing the itinerary of our trip to Australia to visit my daughter and her Aussie husband, but an important piece of information was missing. I called up my son in law.
“Byron, since you’re a member of Royal Queensland, can you get us on Royal Melbourne?”
“No problem, Mate.” My heart jumped a beat.
“However”, he continued “since you’re flying half way around the world, I want you to check out these two courses. They’re only an hour flight from Melbourne. It would be a shame to miss them.”
Sometime later, I got on line and looked up “Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm”. I only needed about twenty seconds to make a decision. I looked at my wife.
“Nadine, I’m making a slight adjustment to our trip. We’re going to Tasmania.”