All posts tagged: Experience

Off-Leash Dog Park, Gerringong Headland and Boat Harbour Reserve

This is my favourite dog park ever – what an epic view. Gerringong Headland is a beautiful spot to bring a picnic rug and your pooch, and I bet he or she will be more than ready to unclip and run wild for some park time fun. A local we briefly met at a cafe, recommended us to visit this off-leash dog reserve. And wow, wow and wow. I’m in love. It was honestly a highlight for me over our weekend getaway (maybe more for me than my pooch) as the view was breathtaking. I currently don’t live next to a beach in Sydney, so when you have glimpses of water views like this – dedicated to a dog park mind you – it is magnificent. Located at the southern end of Werri Beach and above the Boat Harbour ocean pool, access to the off-leash dog park at Gerringong Headland is walking distance from the main parking area of Boat Harbour Reserve. We actually weren’t too sure where to go initially, but we followed people …

Cycling the Narooma Coastline

Just 4 1/2 hours drive from Sydney, is the beautiful seaside town of Narooma. With a planned weekend away with friends and sunny skies all around, a bike ride along Narooma’s coast is the perfect morning to be out and about. We hired bikes from Southbound Escapes on Campbell Street, Narooma. There’s the option of standard mountain bikes or you can go all out with their electric bikes (e-bikes) which either option is quite affordable and a brilliant way to see the seaside town. Prices start from just A$20 for two hours of mountain bike hire (i.e. only A$10 an hour), or A$40 for two hours for the e-bike hire – which is honestly a bargain for either option. We ended up choosing the e-bikes and they’re pretty cool once they get going. I have to admit, they’re alot heavier in weight than a normal push bike, but whilst you’re pedalling, the bike is doing all the efforts and you’re pedalling ever so lightly. The e-bikes operate the same way as a mountain bike with …

Swimming with Seals at Montague Island, near Narooma

A weekend away from Sydney included a stay in the beautiful coastal town of Narooma. What we thought was a quiet, seaside town, is actually a city packed full of outdoor activities. From Sydney, it’s about a 4 1/2 hours drive, or from Canberra, just shy of 3 hours to get here. Ever thought you could get up close to seals? Narooma is actually the pick-up point to experience this crazy, fun, day-trip to Montague Island and one not to be missed whilst you’re in the area. We booked a snorkelling with seals adventure tour at Montague Island with Underwater Safaris. And boy, what an experience. What impressed me the most about the Underwater Safaris crew, is that from the get-go, they were professional and organised. I must admit, I’m not someone who loves being on boats nor a strong swimmer in open water, but when you want to try such a tour, you must to give it a go right? Underwater Safaris is the only dedicated PADI snorkelling and dive boat based in Narooma, …

Bagnalls Beach Reserve Off-Leash Dog Beach, Nelson Bay

Centrally located in Nelson Bay, Bagnalls Beach Reserve is a great off-leash dog area for pooches to run wild and free. Ample car parking is available near the roundabout of Government, Sandy Point and Bagnalls Beach roads and adjoins the beach with a marked path, less than 100-metres to the water’s edge. This is the first time I’ve visited Bagnalls Beach Reserve – and wow, what an amazing stretch of coastline for dogs to experience. During our visit, this beach was not busy at all, the waves were fairly calm and if you’re lucky, you could have full 180-degree water views during your stay. Bagnalls Beach Reserve is a long and narrow stretch of sand with plenty of spots to place your towel down – you definitely aren’t wading through crowds of beachgoers enjoying the sun. It was a relaxing and calming, dog friendly, beach day out and I’d definitely visit here again next time I’m in the area. There are a number of shaded pockets too, so being only a stone’s throw away from …

Kyoto tour: Explore Gion and Possibly see a Maiko or Geisha too

We stumbled across Kentaro’s small group Kyoto tour through Airbnb Experiences and what I loved about it – other than it being a tour about Kyoto – was that it offered a maximum of six participants. Six did you say? Yes you read right. You’re so use to seeing large group tours, 20+ participants, a flag held high and a loud hailer overhead. Which to be honest, I’m not a fan of unless I have no other option but to book such. With two spots secured by us – in addition to only two others joining – I’d highly recommend booking this tour for anyone who wants to learn what the beautiful city of Kyoto is really about. The group was of a manageable size, the tour was affordable, and I can assure you, you will have a brilliant Japanese local guide, Kentaro. Let me start by saying it is very rare that you can be guaranteed to see a true geisha (also known as a geiko in Kyoto), unless they’re not the real deal, …