One-A-Week # 10 A day in South Australia’s turquoise sea – The jewel that is Second Valley

The allure of Bali is a hard thing to shake. Even now, two months after returning to Australia, I constantly find myself yearning for its long white beaches, clear blue waters stretching off into the horizon and, most importantly, its constant saturation of warm tropical weather. I’d spent so much time dreaming about my return…

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One-A-Week # 9 In search of the Coorong’s rare birds

  The days of spring are fast approaching their end. This means that the warm weather of Summer will soon be here and I can finally wave goodbye to negative Celsius degree mornings for, at least, a few months. While this is cause for celebration, it also means that many of the migratory species that…

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One-A-Week # 8 Clandestine camping and screaming belligerents on the Murray’s red cliffs

For a long time, I’d heard rumors of a place along the Murray River, where the cliffs are a rich orange color and soar high above the valley. From all that was described of the place, it sounded amazing. I have always wanted to see it and on Friday, I finally decided to go and…

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One-A-Week # 7 Well… I’m back in Australia, now what?

After an epic trip to Bali, I wasn’t looking forward to my return to Australia and, more importantly, to work. As much as I didn’t want too, my funds were getting low and I had bills to pay. I decided to return to work, but I vowed that I wouldn’t spend another 3 months working…

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One-A-Week # 6 A hectic final day in Bali

The last 10 days in Bali had been amazing. But, like any travel, the time always comes when you have to pack up your bags and move on, whether you want to or not. For me, that meant returning to work in Australia for a couple months to fund the next leg of my journey,…

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One-A-Week # 5 A day of exploring Nusa Penida Island

To sum up today’s post quickly; I fell for a tourist trap! Naturally, all the issues associated with this kind of travel were prevalent. However, this is not to say that I had a bad day, merely something I wasn’t use to and usually avoid. At the end of the day, it still felt like…

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One-A-Week # 4 A week of exploring Ubud’s waterfalls and other places

There can be no denying that south Bali as a whole will never leave a tourist feeling bored. From Nusa Dua to North Kuta, whether you like surfing and snorkelling, relaxing by a pool or going out for a night on the town, there’s something for everyone. But sometimes the simpler things in life are…

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One-A-Week # 3 Hilltop temples and the threat of exploding volcanoes

The sun had barely risen above the horizon when we exited our hotel room at the Rama Sinta in Candidasa, Bali. There was a faint breeze that made the weather cool enough that I would have worn a jumper if I had packed one. Me and Wanida – my partner – were up early because…

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One-A-Week # 2 The Tegalalang Rice Terrace and the stampede

We woke up at dawn on a Saturday morning to get to the Tegalalang rice terrace early, in the hopes of catching the first light before the sun rises above the horizon. However, poor planning in relation to transportation – the phone we had been using to navigate the region ran out of credit and…

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One-A-Week # 1 Thieving monkeys and auspicious kings in Bali

Nestled away in the heart of Bali, the Monkey forest of Ubud is home to some 600 Balinese long-tailed Macaque. They’re a popular tourist attraction, with many people coming to Ubud to watch their cheeky shenanigans and whimsical appearance. No matter how naughty they may be, people love them and the monkeys know people love…

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