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They called it Paradise!


And paradise it is,  even today!

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Norfolk Island is about a 2hr flight from either Brisbane or Sydney  and no matter where you are coming from, it is well worth the journey.

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Famous for it’s Norfolk Pine trees, this tiny sub-tropical island is the idyllic place for a holiday.  A peaceful haven to get away to, leaving the hustle and bustle behind.  We spent 2 weeks there and both agreed it wasn’t long enough.  One day we will return to do all the things we didn’t have time for the first time.                   Find accommodation on Norfolk Island

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Original Ford truck still running tours for Pioneer Village

So why is it called paradise?  Well that came from the first settlers and when you go there you can see why.  I think it’s paradise for everything it DOESN’T have!

It’s an island, but doesn’t have any pesky seagulls to steal your food on the beach!  It doesn’t have any poisonous plants or insects.  It doesn’t have any (or at least so little it’s not mentioned) crime – after all where would a criminal run to? And most of all it doesn’t have any flies to annoy you when you’re dining alfresco.

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Country lane where cows have right of way!

What it does offer is picturesque scenery,  fantastic fishing (my husband calls it ‘catching’ not fishing!)  great local produce, safe swimming beaches and the most friendly locals ever!  Getting used to doing the “Norfolk Wave” was quite fun, it’s a subtle one finger raise from the steering wheel as you pass another car!

And talking of cars,  a hire car usually comes included with your accommodation!  That’s because even though it is a small island, only 8kms x 5kms,  it is full of hills and winding roads, a car is really essential.  Just drive slowly to avoid the many roosters and cows that roam free everywhere. (oh yeah, and the pot-holes in the roads!)

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Emily Bay safe swimming inside the reef

Norfolk Island is an external territory of Australia, and was self-governed up until 2016.  It has one pub, mainly for the younger crowd, but has a golf club, a Leagues Club and an RSL club. You’ll find you won’t be allowed to drink alone, the locals like to make everyone feel at home and are really welcoming.  The capital – yes an 8x5km island has a capital,  Kingston,  is quite cosmopolitan with some great restaurants, cafes and bistros with alfresco dining.  Off the beaten track you can also find some nice homely rustic restaurants, little hidden gems.

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The history of Norfolk Island goes right back to the Mutiny on the Bounty which is what brought us there in the first place – read more about that on my other post here.

There is plenty to do on Norfolk Island, like I said,  we left there after two weeks wishing we had more time. Between museums, art gallery, pioneer village, historic buildings, national park walk trails, beautiful swimming beaches, wineries, and oh so much more!

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I could really go on forever raving about Norfolk,  but I’m not going to, you really need to go see and enjoy it for yourself.

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So, Exactly Where is Mandurah?


It just occurred to me that in my previous post about my town,  I never actually said where “my town, Mandurah” is on the map!

Well Mandurah is a beautiful low-rise city about an hours drive south along the coast from Perth, Western Australia.

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I have lived in Mandurah since 2009, and love every little part of it. From the beautiful grassy foreshore, with its walkways, shady trees and barbecues, to the white sandy beaches ideal for swimming and fishing.

Mandurah is a fantastic holiday destination for families and couples, it has so much to offer, especially with the wonderful sunshine this part of the country enjoys.  One thing I really enjoy is taking friends out on our boat at Christmas, through the canals to see the lights displayed at many of the houses.  The Mandurah Christmas Lights in the canals has gained world recognition and rightly so!  IMG_1461

I’m afraid my photos don’t do the lights justice, they are truly magical and to watch children’s  (and adults too I might add)  faces when they see them is priceless….

Mandurah has always been a holiday town,  and I remember coming here for a “day out” with my sister and her family when I first came to Australia. There has been so many changes over the last 40-odd years, Mandurah has really kept up with the times.  Some may say its progress, others may not!  One good thing is that through all the changes, (I won’t say “improvements”)  Mandurah has managed to keep quite a few heritage sites and has not forgotten it’s days of yore!  Many streets are named after founders of the town and the museum houses some great memorabilia. mandurah-traffic-bridge-boardwalk-east-rcn-d162355689.png Even as I write this, more changes are being made, the new traffic bridge is almost finished, as the old one just cannot cope with the amount of traffic that passes each day. There will be walkways and cycle paths underneath and platforms at either side for fishing.

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Mandurah  also plays host to many festivites throughout the year,  in March there is the Crabfest where locals and visitors can enjoy loads of activities on the foreshore, watch watersports and shows, partake in cooking classes and demonstrations,  and of course plenty of food and  beer on offer! There is always a well-known band playing in the open air stage and when the sun goes down, the fireworks start!

Many Sunday afternoons throughout summer,  parks play host to outdoor concerts sundownerwhere people come deckchair under arm and picnic basket in hand to sit, relax or get up and dance to live music.  My town – Mandurah I just love it!!

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Youth Hostel Association (England & Wales)


YHA (England & Wales) provides lowcost accommodation which is often in unusual places, perfect for adventurers.

YHA has been operating for around 80 years and is also a charity organisation working to ensure that every young person should have the opportunity to venture out and experience something new and exciting.

With over 150 places to stay, YHA accommodation is no longer the “big dormitory bunk-bed, communal kitchen” type of place. There are so many other options to choose from, YHA caters for every sort of traveller. And likewise, not all accommodation is in diverse country places, some are, but some are in the middle of towns if that’s what you prefer.

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YHA offers a divers range of accommodation, everything from Castles to Campsites!

To find out more about YHA and the unique opportunities they’ve created, watch the video.

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